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3 years ago

DoubleTwist update brings WiFi syncing with paid 'AirSync' add-on

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 DoubleTwist

DoubleTwist has just been updated with the long-promised and highly-anticipated wifi syncing feature, which has been dubbed "AirSync." Unlike the player itself, which is free, AirSync is an add-on that will run you $4.99 (or 99 cents for the first 10,000 users), you will see a link to purchase it when you start up the updated DoubleTwist Android player. In addition to the phone app, users will need to make sure to update their desktop client, which is available for the Mac and PC.

If you jump on the DoubleTwist wagon, make sure you visit the Android Central Forums to discuss the new update. If you haven't used the program (or any syncing app), check out our handy guide to syncing music onto your Android phone. [DoubleTwist]

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3 years ago

LG Star dual-core Tegra 2 smartphone gets the hands-on treatment from GSM-Israel

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LG Star

It's kind of fitting, actually, that the LG Star makes an appearance during the holiday season, and in Israel, no less. But such is the case with the 4-inch dual-core Tegra 2 monster. GSM -Israel got their hands on the unannounced device (model LGP990) and have given it some serious video treatment. Front-facing and rear 8MP cameras? Check. HDMI out? Check. LG's custom UI? Yep. It's running Android 2.2 Froyo -- not Gingerbread, but that's not much of a surprise because we're all waiting on Gingerbread.

Other nuggets we glean from the video (it's in Hebrew, and we're a little rusty on that language): LG's got its own Facebook app, the Star towers over the iPhone 4 (Apple's really going to have to up that screen size someday), and the browser loads as fast (if not faster) than mobile Safari, the test page loads just as fast, and Flash is as smooth as it's ever been. Video's after the break. It's a sight to behold, folks. [GSM-Israel via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Best Of 2010, Nook Color thoughts and can you do video calls on the Tab? [From the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

It's that time of year again. We say goodbye to November as we roll into December and ultimately after that a new year is upon us. Like most folks, we like to reflect on the year past and this year will be no different. Join us in the forums as we look back at the Best Of 2010 and help us vote for your favs!

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

Logitech Revue about to get a much-needed update to its Netflix app

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Netflix on Logitech Revue

One of the biggest disappointments when we first fired up the Logitech Revue was the Netflix app. You can watch anything in your Instant Queue, but that's it. Nothing else. Sad panda. But it looks like there's another update in the works that brings a fully functional Netflix to Google TV.

The new build -- KA1X-20101122.184803.user-b41730 -- is dated Nov. 22. The last update, dated Oct. 27, started rolling out around Nov. 2, so we should be seeing this one anytime now. We've got video of the Netflix update and a few more pics after the break, and you can find the whole shebang at the source link. [SatelliteGuys via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Winamp for Android officially announced

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Winamp for Android

Despite having been available in the Android Market in beta form for a while now, Winamp for Android was never really officially announced by AOL. Today however, they've updated the app and put the official stamp of greatness on it, including full Shoutcast support. As noted on the Winamp blog, this release pushes Winamp to version 0.9.2 and adds a ton of new features to the already awesome media player. Hit the break for the download and full rundown of features. Be sure to check out our hands on review if you want to see it in action. [Winamp Blog]

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3 years ago

Google shows us how to hotpot [video]

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How to hotpot

We've talked about Google's hotpot before, it's the new feature from Google Maps and places for Android.  And, to be honest, it's pretty cool having ratings from people you know and trust built right in to the Maps app.  Now Google Product Manager Mat Balez has a short video explaining how using hotpot can help you find the places you love, as well as find new places to love.  Give it a look, after the break. [Google Lat Long Blog]

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3 years ago

Revision3 releases official Android app

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If you're a fan of Revison3 shows such as Diggnation, The Totally Rad show or Tekzilla then you'll be pleased to know the official Revision3 app for Android has arrived. Yes, it's been a long time coming but now that it's finally here you can get in on all the Revision3 goodness on the go. Be sure to check it out, the download is available in the Android Market for free. Download link after the break. Thanks Zac for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Archos family of internet tablets finally receives update to Android 2.2 Froyo

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 Archos Internet Tablets receive FroYo

Archos, which recently revealed its FroYo update timeline via Facebook, has held true to its word.  As of today, anxious Archos internet tablet owners can get in on the Froyo goodness. For their price and functionality, the Archos line of internet tablets are an excellent option if you're in the market for an Android powered portable media player or tablet.  I'm guilty of owning an aged iDevice from 2007, and I'm looking for any reason to ditch it for an Android PMP, and this FroYo update could be what it took for me to get on board with Archos.

FroYo brings quite an impressive list of improvements and enhancements to the Archos family.  In addition to the infamous JIT compiler, Android 2.2.1 brings enhanced Microsoft Exchange support, better 3rd party application support, improved camera operation, faster USB transfer and more.

Hit the break for a full list of improvements.  And of course, head into our tablet forums to share your thoughts.  Let us know what you think of FroYo on your Archos tablet.  [Archos.com]

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3 years ago

Samsung releases 'GPS Restore' app for Vibrant, Captivate -- does it work?

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Samsung GPS Restore

It's hardly a secret that the Galaxy S Android smartphones have had some, erm, problems when it comes to GPS location. For some of us, things have worked just fine. But far too many have had problems -- from slow to no GPS functionality. We've installed new ROMs. We've hacked our way to fixes. Now Samsung has released an app to undo anything we might have messed up in the process. GPSRestore does just what it says -- fixes any fixins' you might have fouled up.

Download links are after the break. Does it help? Let us know. [Samsung]

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3 years ago

Content ratings now live in the Android Market developers' console

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Android Market content rating

The Android Market's new content rating system is now live in the developer's console. From here on out, any new or updated applications will be required to choose from Mature, Teen, Pre-Teen and All. While ratings ultimately are the responsibility of the developers, Google has given a set of guidelines that must be followed.

Apps that include references to Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs, as well as violence (cartoon, fantasy or otherwise) shall be labeled "Mature." Same goes for sexual or suggestive content. Porn still isn't allowed.

A app that includes inflammatory content, profanity and crude humor,  that may offend users should be rated "Teen" or "Mature."

Here's where it gets a little interesting: Apps that ask users for their location at any point must not be rated "All." Apps that "ask to access course or fine location data" are "Pre-Teen." Any app that can publish your location should be rated "Teen" or "Mature."

Users will be able to flag apps that they believe are incorrectly rated, and Google will take a look. Repeat offenders can be "subject to further action," says Google, up to and including killing the dev account.

We're not seeing ratings on apps in the Market just yet, but you know they're coming.

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3 years ago

Review: Seidio Innocell 1750 mAh battery for the Evo 4G

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Seidio Innocell 1750 mAh battery

Let's face it -- Android phones use a lot of juice.  They do a lot, and need a lot of power to do it, and the Evo 4G's big screen doesn't help matters.  This makes a spare battery almost a must if you're on the go a lot.  That's where the Seidio Innocell 1750 mAh battery comes in to the picture.  While some folks prefer a much larger capacity battery, others (like myself) prefer something that uses the stock battery door, and fits into other accessories without any issue.  An extra 250 milliampere-hours may not sound like a lot (the stock Evo battery is rated at 1500 mAh), but I've found it extends my usage by several hours.  And I actually use my unlimited minutes, making several hours worth of calls daily.

Construction-wise, the Seidio Innocell 1750 is identical to the stock battery -- minus the color.  My inner child would love to see it in red, but how often do we really see the battery?  As you can see in the pictures (after the break) the Innocell is the same dimensions as the stock battery, and fits perfectly with the OEM battery cover.  I know many of us carry a spare battery and swap mid-day, and the Innocell is perfect for this.  It fits as you would expect, and offers a bit of extra oompf to make sure you're still up and running when you get to a charger.

If you use your Evo as intended, syncing mail and social networks, taking pictures, or playing games, you need to consider this one.  You can grab the Seidio Innocell 1750 mAh battery from the Android Central store for $44.95.  More pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

All T-Mobile G2 hardware security gets defeated

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Lockpicking

Despite the best efforts of the manufacturer and carrier, the T-Mobile G2 is now completely hardware unlocked.  This goes beyond flashing ROMS and rooting, the phone is now wide open for development, much like the Nexus One, or it's namesake the G1.  The methods aren't for the faint of heart, not even by a longshot, but I'm pretty certain that someone will take the lead and produce a semi-automated method that's fit for the above-average Joe.

In the meantime, it's an awesome read -- if only so you can see what the folks hard at work were up against.  Since I first used one, I have said the T-Mobile G2 is one of the best Android phones made -- there was nothing I didn't like enough to not use it, save the ridiculous lengths someone took to prevent full access to the hardware.  If you've been holding off for the same reason, or have the need to own your phone hardware, hit the source links. [XDA-Wiki via XDA-Developers] Thanks, theglock!

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3 years ago

It's not quite a Verizon iPhone, is it?

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Verizon iPhone X

Apple's iOS on a Motorola Droid X? Wishful thinking on someone's part, no doubt. [Verizon via Engadget]

Also see: Windows Mobile on the Droid X

 

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3 years ago

Verizon announcing LTE details Dec. 1

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Verizon LTE

Verizon's having a little shindig tomorrow, Dec. 1, to provide details on its LTE rollout. As a refresher, Big Red's 4G service initially will be available in 38 cities and more than five dozen airports nationwide. What we're not expecting, however, is the announcement of any LTE-capable phones, like the rumored HTC Incredible HD/Mecha. Instead, we'll start with some LTE USB modems and work from there. We'll still kibitz on the presser and keep our fingers crossed, though. [Verizon]

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3 years ago

HTC releases source code for Legend Froyo update

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HTC Legend

HTC has released the source code for the Legend's Android 2.2 Froyo update. No, that doesn't mean you have to download something all over again. It means that modders now have access to the official kernel, which is nerdspeak for the official code that makes Android 2.2 work on the HTC Legend. Don't worry your pretty little head about it. But for you modding types, get to downloading! [HTC Developer Center]

HTC Legend kernel code

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