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3 years ago

Amazon working on in-app purchasing for the Kindle Fire

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Amazon's had quite the learning curve over the past 10 months, first with the Amazon Appstore (remember when AT&T phones couldn't use it?), and now it's taking another giant leap forward with the Kindle Fire tablet. We already know it won't have the Android Market on board. That makes sense. But what about in-app purchases? That's one of the more important features Google rolled out this year.

Never fear, as Amazon's working on it and indeed is planning on allowing in-app purchases. With the "Amazon Appstore for Android In-App Purchasing Beta Request Form," developers can sign up for the in-app purchasing beta SDK. It's invite-only, for now, and you have to answer a few questions, including:

  • Name and e-mail (natch), plus a company name.
  • Whether you're a current member of the Amazon Appstore Developer Program. And if so, how many apps you've submitted.
  • Whether you've used Google Checkout, PayPal, iOS or some other form of in-app billing.
  • The current number of apps you have that include in-app billing.
  • The kinds of in-app content you currently offer.
  • What kinds of apps you develop.
  • What kinds of devices you offer. (Interestingly, there are three choices -- handsets, tablets and Kindle Fire. That shows how Amazon's treating its product, no?)

Point is this: We're pretty sure Amazon has Google's attention now with the Kindle Fire. (Not that it didn't before, but still.) And it really presents an interesting conundrum. On one had, Amazon's doing exactly what Google wants to be done with Android -- using it as an embedded OS. On the other hand, it's quite the end run around the established Android ecosystem. And maybe that's just the -- ahem -- fire Google needs to have lit under it.

Source: Amazon; More: Kindle Fire Forums

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3 years ago

Best Buy slashes the HTC Flyer pricing again, now just $99

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Update: Yeah, not so much.

Earlier this week we saw the price of the HTC Flyer (read our review) get dropped from $499 down to $299 at Best Buy -- a pretty sweet deal. But they have one upped themselves, dropping the price yet again, after only 5 days, to just $99. No, you are not dreaming, I just said $99. Insanity. So, if you have been looking for a great Android tablet that didn't break your bank, act quick. Odds are this deal will sell these puppies out pretty quickly.

Source: Best Buy

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3 years ago

Google Books update brings 'better support' to 7-inch tablets

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An update for Google Books, Google's own e-reader Android app, is live and ready to download in the Android Market. You can now +1 a book while you're reading, as well as perform an in-book search. On your phone, you can now use Books in landscape mode "for flowing text," and on your 7-inch tablet, you'll notice better support for your screen size. Hit the link after the break to grab the free update.

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3 years ago

Droid X2 poised for another update with a boatload of improvements

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Verizon's updated its Motorola Droid X2 support page with new update info. Here's what's coming down the pike in buile 1.3.380.MB870, which should be that Android 2.3.4 update that's been floating around:

Device Features

  • Keyboard remains visible during text input.
  • Input characters are properly displayed during text entry.
  • Device will no longer lockup or reset when using the keyboard.
  • Charging indicator will display only when the device is plugged into a charger.
  • Home key functions correctly while the device is in the desktop cradle.
  • Successfully use the camera after unlocking the device.
  • Video quality has been improved for video recording and playback.
  • Mobile Hotspot password can now exceed 63 characters.
  • Improvement to the device stability limits resets and lockups.
  • The Magic Smoke live wallpaper animation now works properly.
  • Enjoy improved audio when streaming music.

Applications & Widgets

  •   When playing MP3s through the Music App, songs will not skip.
  •   Avoid YouTube video lockup while viewing.
  •   Desktop cradle application starts correctly.
  •   No longer receive an error message when purchasing the Let’s Golf App.

Sing out when you see the update, will ya?

Source: Verizon (pdf); via Droid X2 forums

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3 years ago

T-Mobile announces the LG myTouch and myTouch Q

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T-Mobile has announced a pair of new smartphones from LG -- the myTouch Q (seen here at left) and myTouch. The latter has a 3.8-inch touchscreen, while the former sports a 3.5-inch touchscreen and four-row QWERTY keyboard. Shared specs include Android 2.3, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 5MP camera with 720p video. Both phones include the same Genius Button found on other myTouch devices for voice commands. The phones also are Netflix-ready.

The myTouch will be available in black or white, and the myTouch Q in gray or violet. Pricing was not announced, nor was a release date, though both are expected to be available in time for the holiday season, T-Mobile said.

Full press release is after the break.

More: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

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3 years ago

Facebook app gets some bugfixes

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Android's Facebook app just got an update for what the social network's calling "a whole slew of fixes." It's not saying what was fixed, but any bugfix update is a good one, we reckon. Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Looks thin, 10 things I don't like [From the Forums]

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Exciting week thus far. Plenty of Android news happening right now here on the blog and in the forums. Looking for the best place to talk about it all? The Android Central forums is where you want to be. Check out some of threads below or start your own 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

Challenge your friends to a battle of the words with Fightin' Words

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Sure, the long awaited Scrabble and Words with Friends games have long been available on Android, but that doesn't mean that other Scrabble clones don't exist, or offer functionality that they don't. Say you have a friend who is on a BlackBerry device, and you want to play with them, unfortunately you can't since there is no app on BB, but the folks at Interworks Inc decided that didn't work for them. Fightin' Words is a great Scrabble style game that allows you to play verse other friends on Android or BlackBerry devices, and even better is that it is a free download from the market. So, head into the market and grab your own copy today, or hit the break for download links.

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3 years ago

Android 101: How to set your e-mail signature

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3 years ago

Google Shopper gets updated; +1 and save your favorite products

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Google has released yet another update to Google Shopper today that brings some of their newest features to the application, bringing added functionality for all. This update brings quite a few warmly welcomed features, such as:

  • +1 your favorite products
  • Save products to your shopping list and continue researching on Google Product Search
  • Discover nearby offers for spas and salons in the new "pamper" category
  • Receive notifications for Google Offers
  • Bug fixes

Head into the Android market and grab your update, or hit the break for download links.

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3 years ago

PrivacyStar Porsche wins 2011 GT Drivers’ Championship, now you can win some free PrivacyStar licenses

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The folks from PrivacyStar are celebrating a bit after their sponsored Porsche 911 GT3 driven by Patrick Long won the 2011 GT Drivers Championship in the Pirelli World Challenge at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.

If you're not familiar with PrivacyStar, they offer a complete solution for call blocking, text blocking, call lookup and even caller ID on Android devices. The app offers a free 7-day trial in the Android Market but not wanting to leave anyone out of their celebrations, they've offered up some free PrivacyStar licenses to Android Central readers.

If you're looking to win one of the four licenses available just drop a comment in the Android Central forums and we'll pick some winners for Monday, until then -- you can jump on past the break for the full press release as well as a link to the 7-day free trial of PrivacyStar.

Leave a comment in the Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Light Grid live wallpaper adds some Halloween fun to your Android device

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We have seen Light Grid live wallpaper for Android before, and personally it is one of my favorite wallpapers to use. Keeping up with their holiday spirit they have added a nice set of Halloween icons to be used so you can spruce up your device with some ghosts and skulls. What better time than now to get your device all Halloween'd up? Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android App Review: Tuner - DaTuner Pro

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For anyone who has ever been involved in playing a musical instrument, you know the importance of tuning, which is why DaTuner is for you.

DaTuner is a highly accurate strobe tuner that not only automatically locks onto the pitch you're playing, but also tells you the register you're playing in along with how many cents sharp or flat you are. It's a welcome change from the needle-reading we're all accustomed to, and it's as intuitive as it is functional.

DaTuner also boasts a highly functional settings menu that lets you change everything from the sensitivity to the responsiveness, the color for notes that are sharp or flat, and even the temperament, for those who subscribe to the notion of just intonation.

A pitch pipe is also included in DaTuner, for those who prefer to tune to a relative pitch, although it has a tendency to be a little buggier than just tuning using the phone's microphone. Still, it works often enough, and in the event it doesn't, there's still an incredibly powerful tuner at your disposal.

For the Android-loving musician, I think DaTuner Pro is easily the best tuner you can have on your device. I used to give that title to gStrings, but DaTuner has proven to be so powerful, easy to use, and accurate, it'd be foolish to not use it.

DaTuner comes in three varities: free, donate (with a few more features), and experimental (for those who want to be on the cutting edge of tuning technology). The donate version is $2.34, but when dedicated tuners cost upwards of $40 or more, this is an absolute steal.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

The already-struggling Google TV just found itself in a deeper hole

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Microsoft announces wealth of new Xbox 360 content partners

Google TV's pretty much been a non-starter since it was announced at Google IO in 2010. Trouble with networks and other content providers has kept any sort of mainstream adoption at bay, and we're still waiting on the long-promised update to Honeycomb that will bring more apps and features.

Microsoft might have just made any update moot with the announcement of a major update to the Xbox 360 and the announcement of  slew of new content partners worldwide. Movies. Games. Sports. News. Worldwide. Coming around the holiday season. Ouch.

Here's the list of the new partners:

  • ABC iView – Australia
  • AlloCiné – France, Germany, Spain, U.K.
  • Antena 3 – Spain
  • Astral Media’s Disney XD – Canada
  • BBC – U.K.
  • blinkbox – U.K.
  • Bravo – U.S.
  • Canal+ - France, Spain
  • Channel 4 – U.K.
  • Channel 5 – U.K.
  • CinemaNow (Best Buy) – U.S.
  • Comcast – U.S.
  • Crackle – Australia, Canada, U.K., U.S.
  • Dailymotion – Available in 32 markets
  • EPIX – U.S.
  • GolTV – Spain
  • HBO GO – U.S.
  • Hulu – Japan
  • iHeartRadio (Clear Channel) – U.S.
  • LOVEFiLM – Germany, U.K.
  • Manga Entertainment – U.S.
  • Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment/Real Sports – Canada
  • MediaSet – Italy
  • MSN with MSNBC.com – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, U.K.
  • MUZU.TV – France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K.
  • Rogers On Demand Online (RODO) – Canada
  • RTVE – Spain
  • SBS On Demand – Australia
  • Syfy – U.S.
  • Telefonica – Spain
  • Televisa – Mexico
  • “The Today Show” – U.S.
  • TMZ – U.S.
  • UFC – Canada, U.S.
  • Verizon – U.S.
  • VEVO – Canada, U.K., U.S.
  • YouTube – Available in 22 markets
  • ZDF – Germany

Read over that list again. Those are just the new additions, folks. And YouTube -- probably the biggest draw on Google TV next to Pandora and Amazon -- is among them. This is going to be an uphill battle now, that's for sure.

Maybe Google's got something up its sleeve for Google TV. But a shovel might well need to be one of the tricks.

Source: Microsoft

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