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2 years ago

Swiftkey X update brings some handy bug fixes

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The Android Central Editors keyboard of choice, Swiftkey X, got itself a little update today, bringing with it a couple of handy bug fixes. 

The changelog promises improved handling of low memory situations, force close issue fixes, XKDPI icons and key-press popup fix, and voice input improvements for the Droid Bionic. 

Hit the market link below to grab the update.

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2 years ago

Box Android app updated, brings couple of new features to the table

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Box have been pushing themselves in the Android world recently with a slew of 50GB account giveaways to owners of LG and Sony Ericsson devices. Today they update their Android application to bring to the table a couple of nice new features, including a homescreen widget. 

It also now offers better integration with other apps on your device, and the ability to upload content such as email attachments directly to your Box account. 

The full changelog reads:

  • Version 1.5:
  • View recent activity in your account
  • Home screen widget shows updates and provides shortcuts to create and upload content
  • If you have a compatible app installed, the ability to create new documents, spreadsheets, presentations and text files
  • Upload content directly to Box from anywhere you view a file (like an email attachment)

Hit the market link after the break to grab yourself the update.

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2 years ago

AT&T lights up 11 new LTE markets

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AT&T announced this morning that its blazing fast LTE network is now live in 11 new markets, joining the likes of Las Vegas, Chicago, Boston, and other cities currently reaping the benefits. The new members of the club include:

  • New York City (officially, this time)
  • Austin, TX
  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Orlando, FL
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Raleigh, NC
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose, CA

If you're in one of these fine cities and have been holding onto your upgrade, now might be the time to take an LG Nitro HD, HTC Vivid, or Galaxy S II Skyrocket for a spin. Hit the source link for AT&T's full presser.

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

Motorola Mobility announces two new smartphones, the MOTOLUXE and DEFY Mini

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Motorola Mobility has added two new smartphones to their lineup, the Motoluxe and the DEFY Mini. Both devices will come with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but that's about all that they have in common. The Motoluxe sports a 4-inch screen, 8-megapixel rear camera and a front-facing VGA camera.

Meanwhile, the DEFY Mini is, you guessed it, a smaller version of the rugged Motorola DEFY.  It's got a 3.2-inch touchscreen with a Corning Gorilla Glass display, 3MP rear camera and a front-facing VGA camera. It is also water-resistant and dust proof. The DEFY Mini is perfect for everyone who wants a smaller phone but also wants to be able to beat it up a bit without having to worry about it breaking.

The MOTOLUXE and DEFY Mini will be available in China, Europe and Latin America starting this Spring. No word yet on US availability. Both will also be showing off at CES next week, so if you're going to be there, check them out.

Source: Motorola Mobility

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2 years ago

White Samsung Galaxy Nexus sighted in the UK, due early February

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Out of the blue today, we're seeing reports of two major British online retailers listing a white (GSM, 16GB) Samsung Galaxy Nexus for launch in just over a month. MobileFun and Clove both show the device with a £500-ish (~$775) price tag, and Clove says it's expecting stock from the week commencing Feb. 6. MobileFun also has a handy promotional shot of the phone, showing that the white Galaxy Nexus not only exists, but looks like a white Galaxy Nexus.

There's no word yet on when (or even if) Verizon will offer a CDMA/LTE version in white, but the good news for importers is that the white GSM version should be a pentaband model, just like the original. If you've yet to pick up a Galaxy Nexus, let us know in the comments if the prospect of owning a shinier version in a different color could push you over the edge.

Source: MobileFun, Clove; Thanks to eveyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Swype prepping Ice Cream Sandwich beta release for late January

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Swype -- the top keyboard in the 2011 Android Central Readers Choice Awards -- on Twitter today announced that we should see a beta release for Ice Cream Sandwich at the end of January. Here's the full tweet:

Good news! Official ICS support is near. Final tweaks and testing should be done in time for an anticipated end-of-month beta update.

Yeah, there's been a hacked version of Swype working on ICS, but we prefer the real thing, ya know. Counting the days.

Source: @Swype

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2 years ago

Android A to Z: What is Dalvik

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What is Dalvik?  We hear that word getting thrown around a lot on the Internet when talking about Android and its inner workings.  While there's no easy explanation we can give in just a few paragraphs, we can cover the basics and point you in the right direction if you need to feed your nerdly side. In its simplest terms, Dalvik is a virtual machine that runs applications and code written in Java. A standard Java compiler turns source code (written as text files) into Bytecode, then compiled into a .dex file that the Dalvik VM can read and use. In essence, class files are converted into .dex files (much like a jar file if one were using the standard Java VM) and then read and executed by the Dalvik Virtual Machine. Duplicate data used in class files is included only once in the .dex output, which saves space and uses less overhead. The executable files can be modified again when you install an application to make things even more optimized for mobile. Things like byte order swapping and linking data structure and function libraries inline make the files smaller and run better on our devices. The Dalvik VM was written from square one with Android in mind.

Confused yet?  Don't feel bad, geeky programming talk usually has that effect. Think of it this way -- when you build a Java application for your computer, a Java Virtual Machine runs the compiled output of the source code. This is why Java runs on just about any operating system. Dalvik is a mobile-optimized version of a Java Virtual Machine, built with code from the Apache Harmony project, which is open-source and runs better than a standard Java VM would on our limited hardware, designed so that you can run more than one instance of the VM at a time -- ie multitasking.  Because Dalvik is open-source, it's also been ported to other operating systems, like the one on the BlackBerry PlayBook. It's pretty damn complicated, pretty damn cool, and Oracle (the company that bought Java from Sun) hates it.

Android uses Dalvik because while the license for the standard Java Virtual Machine is GPL2 (free and open-source), when placed in a mobile device and using the Java Micro Edition, it is not.  The big dispute between Google and Oracle is all based around Dalvik.  Google claims it was written in a "clean-room" environment without using any of Oracle's code, and Oracle disagrees.  We claim to have no idea, we're just glad it works as well as it does. 

For more on Dalvik, see the Google I/O website.

Previously on Android A to Z: What is CES?; Find more in The Android Dictionary

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2 years ago

Samsung Replenish hops from Sprint to Boost Mobile, available Jan. 16 for $99

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The Samsung Replenish started life on Sprint as the first "eco-friendly" smartphone. Today, it's made the leap to the no-contract Boost Mobile. The Replenish, which sports a 2.8-inch display, full QWERTY keyboard and runs Android 2.3, will be available at Boost retail stores Jan. 16 for $99.99. It'll hit national retailers by March.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch coming in white Jan. 8

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If you've got a hankering for a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch in white, get thee to thy nearest Sprint retail channel (in stores, online, and telesales) starting  Jan. 8, as that's when the pale version of the world's most obtusely named phone will be available. It'll cost you $199 on contract, and other than the paint job it's the same as the original SGSIIE4GT we reviewed in 2011.

Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

10-inch Acer Iconia A200 hits Jan. 15 for $329

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Ice Cream Sandwich update available in mid-February

Acer's looking to make a dent in the Android tablet market, having started with the 10-inch Iconia A500 and then with the 7-inch A100. And now it's back in the larger category with the A200 -- and doing so with a price that all but promises sales. The Acer Iconia Tab A200 is a 10.1-inch Android 3.2 tablet (it'll get Ice Cream Sandwich in mid-February) with a 1280x800 resolution, full-size USB port and a Tegra 2 processor. Nothing we haven't seen before. But the $329 price tag is what really has our attention here. Of course, that's the price for the version with only 8GB of storage. The 16GB Iconia A200 will run a whopping ... $349. Somebody here is doing things right, folks. 

We'll expect to get our hands on this puppy next week at CES, and it'll be available starting Jan. 15. Stay tuned.

Source: Acer

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