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3 years ago

Android Central 2010 Holiday Gift Guide

Android Central Holiday Gift Guide

What do you get the Android user who has everything? More Android, of course! So you or a friend or relative has an Android phone -- now what? You need to accessorize. Form cases to cables, from memory cards to Bluetooth headsets -- there's a veritable treasure trove of useful accessories you can choose from, for all sorts of types of people, for all sorts of applications.

 And to that end, we present to you the 2010 Android Central Holiday Gift Guide, in conjunction with the Android Central Store.

Gifts for Mom and DadGifts for travelersGifts for music-loversStocking Stuffers

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3 years ago

Howard Stern re-ups with Sirius XM, finally coming to Android app

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Howard Stern

Howard Stern fans will be pleased to know that they will soon be able to listen to their favorite radio personality on their Android device through the SiriusXM  mobile app. Sirius XM was released earlier this year for Android and has been steadily increasing the amount of programming available on mobile devices.

Stern has just inked a new five-year contract with Sirius that will bring him to internet streaming as well as to mobile, two areas that were previously restricted. 

No date has been set for when mobile streaming of Howard will be available, but rest assured Stern fans, he is coming. [Electronista via TiPb]

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3 years ago

What version of Android do I have?

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3 years ago

What happened to the HTC Merge?

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HTC Merge

Let's face it, folks: The prospects of the HTC Merge seeing the light of day before 2011 are next to nil. It just ain't gonna happen. And that's a darn shame, because a lot of you -- and us -- were looking forward to Verizon getting its own version of the G2.

We got a good look at it way back at the beginning of October (see our hands-on and video preview), but aside from the odd advertising appearance, Best Buy mention and random accessory spotting, we've seen little indication that it's been scheduled for release.

So what happened to the Merge? Current scuttlebutt is that it was caught in a strange time for release. The Droid 2 (and Droid 2 Global) is still pretty new. LTE was about to be announced. Did we really need another non-4G slider keyboard? Toss in the firestorm over the G2 locking out hackers, plus Bing being on the Merge, and the strikes were mounting.

Will it return in 2011 with an LTE radio? Will Bing still be on board? Tough to say at this point, with the prospect of dual-core processors and new versions of Android on the horizon. Tis a shame, really. The Merge may have died before its time.

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3 years ago

Get the Gingerbread launcher now

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Gingerbread launcher

If you're just dying to try the Gingerbread launcher, MoDaCo's pulled it from the Android 2.3 SDK and packaged into a handy app. How's it different from the stock Android 2.2 launcher? It has colors. But, hey, it's cool to try, we guess. Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Froyo OTA for European HTC Legend is now live!

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HTC Legend

The Froyo OTA for the HTC Legend  is now live across Europe, according to HTC's Twitter account. Last month, we heard of some Legend owners on Vodafone receiving Froyo, but this time around it encompasses all European versions of the device.

If you have a Legend and have been anxiously awaiting Froyo, go get it! [HTC's Twitter]

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3 years ago

AT&T and other locked Dell Streaks set to receive Froyo mid-January

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Dell Streak Froyo

An internal e-mail confirms that the locked versions of the Dell Streak, such as the one on AT&T, will have to wait until the week of January 12th for the Froyo update. The OTA was thought to be coming earlier, but has been pushed back for an unknown reason. 

In other Streak news, the ship date for Streaks preloaded with Froyo has been pushed back to Dec. 26, causing anger among customers hoping to get their hands on the device earlier. 

Not the best news for Dell or Streak owners; let's hope the long awaited Froyo isn't delayed much more. [Streak Smart]

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3 years ago

Notion Ink Adam tablet -- all six variants -- available for preorder later today

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Notion Ink Adam tablet

The long-awaited Notion Ink Adam Android tablet is finally available for preorder. Actually, there are six versions of the thing available for preorder, starting with the LCD Wifi version at $375, and going up to a Pixel Qi screen with Wifi and 3G for $549. Preorders will start this afternoon for those who commented on Notion Ink's blog previously, then later for the rest of us.

Along with that you get Nvidia Open GL support, full SIP and VOIP, Notion Ink's "Eden" user interface, and it'll be upgradeable to to Android 2.3 and likely Honeycomb. You can preorder at notionink.com. Full details at the source. [Notion Ink]

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3 years ago

Wyse reaches 250,000 PocketCloud users -- gives us PocketCloud 1.1

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 Wyse released PocketCloud 1.1.

Wyse has reached the 250,000-user milestone across Android and iOS devices. To celebrate this milestone, Wyse simultaneously launched PocketCloud 1.1, which is already available in the Android Market. Boasting industry-leading security, improved performance, and tablet optimization, Wyse is positioning PocketCloud 1.1 to be your one and only remote desktop app for your Android tablet or wireless handset.

Available in the Android market as a free or paid ($14.99) app, PocketCloud offers something for everybody. Enterprise users will appreciate its NLA (Network Level Authentication) security, while the casual remote desktoper (that's a term now) will probably be suited perfectly with the free version.

If you're looking for a more robust remote desktop experience from your Android device, join me after the break as I lay out some key features and bullet points for you.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Madden NFL 2011

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Madden NFL 2011 on Android

EA Sports' series of Madden NFL football video games is easily one of the most popular sports video game franchises. So it's easy to see why we'd be excited to see it on Android. But Madden NFL 2011 on Android -- and the Motorola Droid X, specifically -- has gotten off to an inauspicious start. Read on to find out why.

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3 years ago

Android activations now number over 300,000 daily, Andy Rubin tweets

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300k per day

Andy Rubin, the person at the top of the Android project, just tweeted that there are over 300,000 activations of Android phones per day, up a full 100k per day since Aug 2010.  Let's have a look at that number, shall we?

  • That's 2,100,000 weekly
  • Or 9,000,000 monthly
  • Or 109,500,000 yearly

That's a lot of phones, and we like it a whole lot.  Go Android! [@arubin

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3 years ago

How to manually apply Android 2.2.1 for the Droid X

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Droid X update

That update to the Droid X that we told you about last week has been pushed out to a few people today. For everybody left waiting, you can download a copy of the update form our forums, thanks to Joe92t.

Flashing is simple. Download the file from the Android Central Forums and copy it to your SD card. Then turn your phone off. Wait a second. Hold the power and home buttons until you see the exclamation point. Let go, and then press the search button. Then choose "apply sdcard:update.zip" to apply the update. Reboot, and you're good to go!

No, it's not Gingerbread -- though we fully expect the Droid X to get Gingerbread. What things update brings is a slew of fixes and improvements. Here are the big strokes:

  • Preloaded Madden NFL football game.
  • Preloaded Adobe Flash Player 10.1.
  • Preloaded MyVerizon application (v5).
  • Added Data Widget to home panel.
  • Improved Android OS Froyo stability
  • Fixes to Exchange Activesync
  • Fixes to Visual Voicemail

The EAS fixes actually are the biggest things, we think, in Version 2.3.340.MB810.Verizon.en.USIBP_C_01.09.07P. There are a slew of other fixes as well; you can find them all in this PDF. And once you've updated, be sure to join the discussion about the update in this forum thread. Thanks, Joe92t!

Note: Yes, you must have a stock Droid X to manually update like this.

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3 years ago

Bell Mobility rolling out Froyo to its Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant users

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We've been expecting the rollout of Android 2.2 Froyo for Canadian Samsung Galaxy S users since the previous acknowledgment from Samsung.  Now, we've been getting a ton of emails saying that it's currently available to Bell Mobility users but seemingly not all as folks are getting mixed result when checking for updates. Worst case, you'll have to wait a few more days to get it. Best case of course, being that it'll be available and you can get your Froyo on. You'll need to to visit here and download Keis to load up Android 2.2 but that's minor. Screenshot of Keis running the update can be found after the break. Thanks, Pej, for the pics and everyone else for letting us know!

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3 years ago

YouTube, Voice Search apps updated

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YouTube app updateVoice sreach app updated

 The YouTube for Android and Google Voice Search applications have been updated (no it's not Gingerbread! :p ) with some welcome improvements and the obligatory bug-fixes.  With the YouTube app update comes what everyone has been wanting, commenting from within the app itself.  You also can now see videos you subscribe to on the main screen, and an "All" category has been added to the browse screen.  Add in some bug-fixes and the app really gets better, even if all we care about is commenting.

The Voice Search app also brings some very nice improvements, namely "improved connectivity" to squash some of those connection errors many now see, and better name recognition when using Voice-Actions.  We all welcome those kind of changes.  Of course, the bug-fixes are there, too. You can update right from the market, or hit the download links after the break. [Android Central Forums]

Update: Google has posted the full changelog, which you can find here.  Also worth mentioning -- "Please note that the new YouTube app only works on devices running Android 2.2. To install it, search for 'YouTube' in Android Market. It also comes pre-installed on many upcoming Android 2.3 devices, such as the Nexus S."

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3 years ago

New round of Swype invites goes out

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Swype for Android

Judging from all the e-mails we just got -- including one from Swype that says we were accepted into the beta program -- it looks like a new round of Swype invites has gone out. Trust us, folks, it's a much better track to be on than having to deal with the hacked (and pirated) versions out there. So congrats, everyone! [via Android Central Forums]

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