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3 years ago

Vizio tablet gets its first OTA update

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The Vizio tablet has an OTA upgrade rolling out, and while it's not a version upgrade to Honeycomb it does look to address a few nags we have with the software -- namely the application launch speed and scrolling between screens.  If you have a look at our review, you'll see that the VIA software on the tablet seems slower than we liked, and full of shiny animations that look good but don't really add to the experience that much.  Better scrolling and faster app loading will go a long way towards making the software more tolerable.  Toss in better touchscreen response and even more devices in the IR remote control database (both of which we already found working quite well), and QVGA video support and we won't complain.  If you haven't already got your notice to upgrade, you should see it soon as long as you're connected to Wifi.

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3 years ago

HTC Jetstream, LG Thrill 4G available today on AT&T

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The HTC Jetstream 10-inch Honeycomb tablet and LG Thrill 4G Android smartphone are available today on AT&T. The Jetstream's going for a rather ridiculous $699 with a two-year contract, and LTE data plans start at $14.99 for 250MB. Or, you can buy it for $849 outright. The LG Thrill's running a more realistic $99 on contract, or $449 outright.

Source: AT&T (Thrill 4G, Jetstream)

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3 years ago

Android App Review: Cyanide & Happiness

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Cyanide & Happiness is pretty darn hilarious. From their nonsensical comics to their "no one has hair" drawing style, the crazy antics and social commentary never cease to make me chuckle. When I found out they had an Android app, I was all over that like white on rice.

As far as the app goes, it's pretty simple to navigate. Open it up and you're taken to the main home screen which displays the latest comic, latest news story, and latest short. Basically, if you're looking for the latest, home is the place to be.

There's also a comics tab for (you guessed it!) an entire archive of comics as well as a list for those you've denoted as your favorites. The shorts tab has all of their videos. Select a short and you'll be prompted to choose your browser or the YouTube app (provided you have the YouTube app installed), but since it's streaming from YouTube regardless, playback works well.

The last tab is news and it's where all the non-comic, non-shorts blurbs go. Everything is chronological, with the newest stuff up top. Tap an article and it full-screens, perfectly rendered for whatever your resolution is.

There's also a pretty bare options menu, but you should check it out for the "Seizure Mode." I'll leave it at that.

The Cyanide & Happiness app costs 99 cents in the Android Market. More pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic browser benchmarked, numbers look impressive

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     Droid Bionic                                Stock Android 2.3.4

In his pre-release hands-on and review of the Motorola Droid Bionic, Joe the Insider also gave us a peek at some web browser benchmarks.  These numbers aren't the end-all be-all of real world performance, but they do show how the hardware and the software handle things like sprites and math functions while rendering what you see in the web browser window.  And the Bionic looks like it does a fine job handling it's business.  Compared to a fully stock Android 2.3.4 build on the Nexus One (it's not even rooted!), the Bionic beats the score hands down, even while running out of the box stock with all the Blur bells and whistles.

We should expect this based on the new hardware, but it sure is nice to see it in handy picture form.  Be sure to read Joe's thread and get the full details. 

The full scoop: Thoughts after using Bionic, plus pictures

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Sept. 3, 2011

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Ah, so, the Android Market. We meet again. What apps shall we pluck from the depths this week? Join us after the break for a look off the beaten path. Apps that might not get the attention they deserve, deserve attention nonetheless.

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3 years ago

Android App Review: Kinetic Clock

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I’m a sucker for clock widgets. I have the time displayed clearly on my lock screen, in my notification bar, I even have a watch I wear semi-regularly, but none of them compare to a clock widget. A lot of our readers seem to agree, as most “post your home screen” threads are quickly dominated by a large half-screen widget that lets you know the time. Maybe scientists will diagnose this obsession some day and we’ll all go on to leave fulfilling, clock-widget free lives, but that day is not today. Today I get to tell you about Kinetic Clock.

The first thing you’ll notice is that Kinetic Clock isn’t a “minimalist style” widget, not that I’m knocking minimalism. I’ve installed my fair share of “Minimalistic text” widgets, but lately it seems like everyone is in a race to see who can make the most minimalist app without simply being a featureless black square and it’s nice to see someone try and buck that trend. The gears and wiring on the widget are so detailed that I spent a few minutes after I first installed it just waiting for something to move. The gears are actually just static images, but the developers did such an amazing job capturing the 3D "feel" of the gears that I had to email the developers just to make sure the widget functioned properly.

Kinetic Clock has a handful of customization options as well. There are two clock widgets to choose from, a 4x2 portrait widget as well as a 3x3 landscape option. Each widget will allow you to toggle how much information you want displayed (AM/PM, Date, etc) and provide space for two applications, such as my alarm clock and a shortcut to Google+.  There are sixteen different skins available for the clock, with the developers promising more are on their way, such as holiday-specific skins, or user-requested skins to match their favorite theme's.

Overall, I’m very impressed with kinetic clock. The gears might not move, but they look like they should, and that level of detail is still pretty rare in the market. Kinetic clock doesn’t have dozens of themes like Beautiful widgets, or the granular level of control afforded by “Minimal Text” type clocks, but it has a unique and detailed skin that’s sure to get noticed. The market link and additional screenshots can be found after the break. Kinetic Clock is $1 in the Android Market.

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3 years ago

Congratulations to our SpeedX 3D contest winners!

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Last week we gave you the chance to win a 3D phone of your choice, in conjunction with HyperBees and their excellent SpeedX 3D game. We challenged players to make the longest run possible in SpeedX 3D, and now, as promised, we're pleased to announce the winners... (drum roll)

  1. Grand Prize Winner: HomerSp, 146,953 points

Congratulations to our first-place winner, HomerSp, who chose the HTC EVO 3D, HTC's latest high-performance smartphone with a 3D display and 3D recording capabilities.

  1. filip8429, 132,356 points
  2. hamatro, 125,179 points
  3. Vec1nu, 89,924 points
  4. mbigby, 89,833 points

Our second through fifth place runners-up will receive Zeemote mobile gaming controllers. Also second and third place entrants filip8429 and hamatro will each receive an exclusive SpeedX t-shirt for their efforts. Congratulations!

In announcing the winners' names, HyperBees added --

With more than 10,000 participants, the contest mode was played over 180,000 times. These are spectacular results. A big thank you to all who took part! The players demonstrated great gaming spirit throughout, and the final hours were especially exciting.

Thanks to everyone that participated. Keep watching AC in the coming weeks for more awesome contests like this.

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3 years ago

Latest Droid Bionic video shows retail box, more hands-on love

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Hope you're not sick of the Motorola Droid Bionic yet. Because yet another video has popped up in our forums. This one, from bworley50, also shows us the retail box, if you're into that sort of thing. Plus there's a quick run through the UI to the About screen. Check it out, and hit the link below to ask your questions.

More: "My Bionic" in the Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Google Voice for Android updated with tablet support

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The Google Voice app just received another update this evening, bumping it to version 4.2.34 and bringing a very short (but welcome) change log -- tablet support.  We've seen just how easy it is to sideload the app onto your tablet, and plenty of folks noticed the way the action bar looks more tablet-like in the update a few days ago, but now it's more official with it sitting right in the Market, waiting for you to download it.

So get to it -- link is after the break.

Thanks, Daves!

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3 years ago

Friday freebie: Win one of five Android Central T-shirts!

It's Friday, and we're feeling generous. So let's give away a few T-shirts, shall we? That's right, T-Shirts. Android Central T-Shirts. With Lloyd on them. For wearing, and such.

Couple things to note:

  1. The shirts run a little small, so consider going up a size.
  2. We ship shirts all over the globe, so this one's open to everyone.
  3. How to win: Just leave a comment in this post. We'll pick winners at 5 p.m. EST today.

Good luck!

Update: Congrats to postbus31, danuff, JackiesGirl, Roni1188 and mason2674. E-mails have been sent!

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3 years ago

Backing up data, Buying a Thunderbolt [From the Forums]

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We've reached then end of the week and what a week it was. Plenty of new device news landed, some device leaks arrived and plenty of new apps were released as well. If you missed out on anything, go ahead and get caught up -- you have a long weekend to do so. Make sure you hit up the forums as well, especially if you're looking to discuss any of these weeks news further.

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

Mobile Nations 6: Size matters

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Phil, Kevin, Derek, Dan, and Rene discuss why carriers keep getting in the way of our gadgets, how big a phone can get before it's a tablet, what does a $99 TouchPad fire sale means, will Windows 8 really be no compromises, the value of music lockers, and what does an Apple without Steve Jobs as CEO mean for the industry? This is Mobile Nations!

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3 years ago

Latest Android version numbers released, 84% of devices running Android 2.2 or higher

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Google has just released the latest set of Android version numbers, and the overall trend of legacy version numbers dropping continues.  There's no drastic changes, but a quick look at the chart above lets us see that numbers for Donut and Cupcake are now in the "also ran" category with each under two percent, and Eclair is steadily dropping compared to last monthFroyo (Android 2.2) still leads the pack with over 50 percent of all devices using the Android Market running it, but we see a nice boost in the number of phones running gingerbread, with numbers for Android 2.3 climbing over six percentage points.  With Gingerbread updates rolling out or in the works for the Dinc, Droid 2, Droid X, and more, we expect another significant increase next month.

Interestingly, Honeycomb growth seems to have stalled with a measly 0.1 percent increase since August.  It looks like most folks buying into the Android eco-system today prefer it on their smartphones.  We expect that number will change this holiday season.

Source: Android Developers

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic ARena app live on Android Market, the game starts shortly

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Ready to try your hand at winning a Motorola Droid Bionic, and another "machine" to control with it?  To make it even better, how about using a fancy Augmented Reality app to assist in the nationwide scavenger hunt?  Yeah, now we have your attention. 

The Droid Bionic ARena scavenger hint kicks off Sep. 4, with a chance to win one of 16 Motorola Droid Bionic smartphones, coupled with an HDTV, an Intel laptop, A Motorola Xoom, or a video streaming enabled Quadcopter to pair it to.  Four folks will win each day, and the winners will be announced when the whole thing gets wrapped up on Sep. 8.  It's free to play (of course), and it looks pretty interesting -- install the Android app, collect a randomly dropped render of a prize, and each one you grab is an entry in the drawing for the prize.  See the Droid Does site for the full details.  We've got a pic of the UI in action as well as the download link after the break.

More: Droid Does

Share tips and strategy in the Droid Bionic forums!

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic forums are home to the latest pre-release review

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Here we go again, folks. Yet another Motorola Droid Bionic review (of the pre-release nature) is under way in our Droid Bionic forums. And along with some great info, Joe the Insider's given a few of the clearest hands-on pics we've seen thus far.

As for Joe's thoughts on the DB? In his own words:

Initial thoughts. The phone is extremely light and is actually pretty thin. The battery is 1730 mah and is pretty big. The screen is contoured on the edges, and it comes with a 16GB microSD card. Power button is in a awkward spot though. It's on the left shoulder of the phone. It's a pretty big phone as well, its along the lines of the charge.

Start up is ridiculously fast, sound is surprisingly good. The back is plastic like the D3. The camera problem that was widely talked about this the D3 is a NON factor. It boots up right away with no lag. The Pentile screen looks a little different, but to be honest I love the Pentile screen.

The glass on the screen is very nice. It's hard to explain, but it compliments the actually screen. I want to stress that there is NO redraw. If you're not familiar with what that is, the D3 has an issue where after closing a app that's pretty heavy on RAM or it would have to load all apps and widgets on the screen and it would take about 5 secs before it finished and was extremely annoying.

And that's just the beginning. Hit the link below for more.

Read: Thoughts after using Bionic, plus pictures

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