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3 years ago

Motorola and Verizon team up to give away NFL Pro Bowl tickets

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 Verizon NFL Pro Bowl

Verizon has started a contest that will reward a pair of tickets to the NFL Pro Bowl game for a lucky winner. The contest involves picking which Verizon Android phone you use -- only Motorola phones here, sorry fellow Droid Incredible users -- and registering into the contest. It looks like you don't have to actually have the device you pick as your "king of the gridiron" and the only entry requirement is that you be at least 13 years old. It would seem that customers on other carriers should have no problem entering.

One winner will be chosen and he or she shall receive:

  • Two tickets to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii on Jan. 30.
  • Two plane tickets.
  • Two-night stay at a hotel for two rooms.
  • The Motorola phone they chose when entering the contest (we would suggest shying away from the Devour)
  • $125 in Verizon gift cards

The whole thing ends at midnight on Jan. 15, so anyone interested should head on past the link and register pronto. [Verizon

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3 years ago

Phones4U gets Giorgio Armani Galaxy S exclusivity in UK

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Giorgio Armani Galaxy S

Excessive disposable income got you down? Samsung, Giorgio Armani and UK retailer Phones4u have you covered. Phones4u announced today that it's obtained UK exclusivity for the Giorgio Armani Galaxy S, which branding aside is essentially identical to regular GSM Samsung Galaxy S phones.

Only 800 of the devices will be made available, and the phone will set you back £45.96 per month, with an additional £49.95 upfront charge. To put that in perspective, Phones4u offers the standard Galaxy S on a number of carriers for free, on contracts as low as £25 per month.

Still, if you absolutely must have an Armani-branded phone with a slightly tweaked UI, and are willing to pay top whack, then head down to Phones4u, where the device will be available at an undisclosed point in the future. [Phones4u]

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3 years ago

Google Music sync on its way?

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Google Music

It has been long rumored that Google will release a cloud-based music service that will integrate with Android, with Google having showed off a preview last year at its Google IO dev conference. 

And now a device that claims to run Gingerbread also appears to have a Google Music option in the Data & Synchronization menu. Whether this is a feature we will see with Gingerbread (Android 2.3) or one that we will have to wait for remains to be seen. It is exciting to see that the rumored "Google Music" may come to fruition sooner rather than later. Many of us have been searching for a viable cloud based service that syncs easily with our devices and Google Music could be that; then again, we don't know much about it yet, so stay tuned. [GizmoFusion via Engadget]

Update: Oh, yeah. Forgot. That's a feature that shows up when you install that leaked music app. So not really new, just forgotten.

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3 years ago

NewEgg Mobile updated to 1.0.2 -- brings some bugfixes

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 NewEgg mobile for Android.

Although it had a rather shaky start, NewEgg's Android app has been given a welcomed update.  Now in version 1.0.2, NewEgg Mobile allows you to browse their entire online inventory (with customer feedback), create wish lists, and even buy items directly from the app.  To make searching for that new CPU easier, NewEgg mobile also supports voice and barcode search functions.

NewEgg Mobile 1.0.2 does bring some enhancements, but I still notice some issues that need to be resolved.  Many times in a row I received a "network error" message (I'm on Wi-Fi), which is pretty frustrating.  Additionally, if you leave the app for any reason at all, it will not save your state.  And don't even think about trying to use it in landscape mode -- won't happen.

Being the computer geek that I am, I browse NewEgg all the time.  I've been a NewEgg customer for 10 years, so it's good to finally have a NewEgg app for Android.  I buy a lot of items from NewEgg, and I'm thrilled to have the option of buying something directly from the app.  It's usable as it is now, but I look forward to future refinements. Download link's after the break. [NewEgg Facebook]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Calendr

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While most users may be familiar with Clockr, the minimalistic time display application a lot of you may not have heard of Calendr yet. Calendr offers the same minimalistic approach as Clockr with the difference being that it's used to display your calendar events rather than the time.

Calendr, while pretty basic in function is still a nice widget to have placed on your homescreen if you need to be unobtrusively reminded of upcoming events ahead of time. Events will be displayed up to one week prior and will only display the information you enter in and nothing more. You'll also find Calendr very light on battery usage as it only updates the display once a day or when a new entry is added. Custom options include font size, color adjustments as well as background and alignment options so that you may customize it anyway you wish.

Calendr is now available for free but keep in mind it only works with the default Android calendar. If you are making use of the HTC calendar or the Moto calendar this will not work.

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 46

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Audio-only stream below

Phil and Mickey return from CES to face a flurry of FUD, growing hate over slow Froyo upgrades, and to try to make sense of all the new smartphones coming our way.

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3 years ago

Life isn't fair; neither are OS updates -- why a recent study doesn't predict the future

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There's been much hubbub made this week over a study by Computer World that tracks which phones have been upgraded to Froyo, and how long it took them to receive the update.

Here's a little secret though: That's all it does.

Don't get us wrong, it's nicely done, with easy-to-read charts, and raw data that even this math flunky can understand. But it doesn't predict the future.

Squint at it all you want -- you cannot look at the raw data or bar graphs and predict if your phone is more likely to be upgraded, or which carrier is more likely to upgrade a phone in the future.

Crazy talk, we know. But we'll explain after the break.

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3 years ago

LG Axis now available from Alltel Wireless

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If you're an Alltel customer, chances are you haven't really been feeling the Android love from them. But that's not to say they aren't working on correcting that for you. Aside from the HTC Desire and Wildfire that is already available from Alltel customers can now pick up the LG Axis. The LG Axis sports 3.2-inch touchscreen, QWERTY sliding keyboard, a 3MP camera with Auto-Focus and runs Android 2.1. No, it's not exactly at the top of the list when it comes to specs and such but given its pricing of only $89.99 after a $50 mail in rebate I'm sure some new to Android users wouldn't mind it. Just keep in mind the HTC Desire is currently only $10 more. Full press release from Alltel can be found after the break. [Alltel]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Mini breaks cover

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It looks like Samsung is gearing up to announce a new Galaxy smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Mini -- also known as the S5570 -- takes on a whole new look from its older brothers. This Froyo phone sports a smaller form factor with a 110.42×60.76×12.68mm build. But the 240×320 screen resolution is nothing to go crazy over, though. Other features regular like Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n are included as well as bluetooth and microSD slot. No word on a release date or carrier. We're pretty sure Mobile World Congress will reveal some more info about this little nugget. [Samsung Hub]

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3 years ago

Telenav updates Android version to 6.2, available on AT&T today

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Telenav 2.2

Telenav, makers of popular cross platform turn-by-turn navigation software, has updated their Android application to version 6.2.  Many improvements come along for the ride, including improved responsiveness, 22 million new points of interest (all searchable inside the app), a new quick search bar, better voice recognition, and new multiple route suggestions.

While we applaud Google for excellent turn-by-turn navigation via Google Maps, ask anyone who uses Telenav and they will likely tell you they love it.  It's a very well written and great performing application, and today's improvements should only make it better.  Especially interesting is the multi-route suggestion -- enter your destination and Telenav will tell you up to three different routes to reach it.  As Todd Witkemper of Telenav reminds us in their video demonstration (after the break!), there will always be certain roads you don't like to travel, so having a choice of route from the beginning is a very nice touch.  And choice?  I'm always for more of it.

Telenav 6.2 is available today as an Android Market update for the Samsung Captivate, the HTC Aria, and the Motorola Backflip, branded as AT&T Navigator 2.2.  Telenav also tells us that Android devices on other carriers will soon be able to upgrade their version as well.  Follow the break for the full press release, a series of pictures of the new UI,  and a video from Telenav showing off the cool new features.

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3 years ago

Looks like Google TV's getting another update

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Google TV update

Word on the street (and in the Android Central Forums) is that the Logitech Revue is in the midst of another update to Google TV. Sounds like nothing too major as far as the UI is concerned, but the build is dated Dec. 15, if that's any indication. If you see something different, be sure to sound off in the source link. [Android Central Forums] Submitted via the Android Central app

Update: It's for security fixes.

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix coming to Bell soon, website is live

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Motorola Atrix

The Motorola Atrix was undoubtedly one of the biggest announcements at CES. We learned essentially everything about the device except where else other than AT&T it will be available and how much will it be.

It has shown up on Bell Canada's website and listed as coming soon, so Canadian consumers hoping for the Atrix can rest easy. It will be available in the coming months, laptop dock and all. The price is still unknown, but we'll keep you apprised if we hear anything else. [Bell] Thanks David!

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3 years ago

Samsung Fascinate 3G+ (Telus) Froyo source released

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Fascinate 3G+

Samsung has released the Android 2.2 source code for its Fascinate 3G+ for Telus. Anyone interested in poking around Sammy's code can head over to its Open Source Release Center and enter the model number "SGH-T959D."

It's always great to see manufacturers contributing back source code (especially since they have to under the open-source rules), and hopefully this will help the development of third-party firmware for other Galaxy S phones. In particular, this release may be of use to anyone working on ROM's for the Samsung Vibrant, which is very similar to the Fascinate 3G+. [Samsung Open Source Release Center]

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3 years ago

HDMI mirroring, Droid X gallery fix and Gingerbread for the Thunderbolt when? [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

We've been digging a lot of tips out of the forums as of late so thank you all for that. Over the past few weeks we've been seeing a lot of folks signing up and helping out in there and that's something we love see. Lets see some more of it. If you're new to our forums and looking to get started check out some of the threads we dug up today.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Is the Motorola Atrix 4G coming to AT&T on March 1?

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Motorola Atrix launch date?

The Motorola Atrix 4G (check out our hands-on) on AT&T easily is one of the hottest phones to come out of CES, with its dual-core processor, the very cool laptop dock and the even cooler HD dock, which basically turns your smartphone into a mini-desktop computer with Firefox browser.

But one thing we didn't get out of CES was a launch date. It's possible we have that now, thanks to a leaked internal AT&T screen showing March 1, 2011, and the SKU of 65230. (There's a much bigger pic showing all this and a whole bunch of specs after the break.)

We say this launch date is "possible" above because AT&T routinely launches phones on Sunday -- March 1 is a Tuesday. That doesn't mean it's not the date, but it also breaks from tradition. That said, it also matches what Android Central Forums member BloodiedWraith mentioned a day ago. Right now we'll leave this as "possible," but it's starting to look good. Thanks, anon!

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