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3 years ago

Motorola Spyder and Xoom 2 appear again in new images

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We know Motorola has something ready for us all, they've made no bones about teasing everyone with it, so it's not surprising more leaks have now shown up for the devices known as the Xoom 2 and Spyder / Droid HD / Droid RAZR.

The Xoom 2 hasn't changed all that much since we last saw it, though it is noted that these devices are as close to final form as can be. Looking at the Spyder though, we can see Verizon logos all over the thing, leaving no doubt about where it will drop.

Noted also is the info that the Spyder actually has a 1.5GHz processor but when it arrives in consumers hands it'll only be clocked at 1.2GHz -- nothing new but still interesting.  Also, the back of the device is said to be kevlar coating, though I'm sure it won't be stopping bullets any time soon. More shots can be found past the break for you all.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

Atrix battle, Devices upgrades [From the Forums]

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We're up and running at CTIA and while we had a few things trickle out, there is still more to come. You'll want to stick around either here on the blogs or in the forums for more Android news as it happens.

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

Hands-on with the Samsung Stratosphere

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The Samsung Stratosphere made a brief cameo at CTIA today, two days ahead of its official launch on Verizon, and we were there to catch all of it's full QWERTY, LTE goodness. The Stratosphere is Big Red's first LTE slider, and if you've ever encountered Sprint's Epic 4G, you'll know what to expect.

The Stratosphere has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display that looks just as good as what we've come to expect from Samsung. The QWERTY keyboard doesn't disappoint, either. The slider mechanism works and feels great and you'll have plenty of room to let your thumbs do some walking. In the back you've got a 5 megapixel camera; up front, a 1.3 megapixel shooter.

Inside, it's got a 1 GHz single-core Hummingbird processor with 512 MB RAM and 4 GB system storage. Oh, and let's not forget Verizon's blazing-fast LTE. While the specs might not be the biggest we've ever seen, performance didn't suffer for it. The UI (yes, it's TouchWiz) felt zippy and smooth, and coupled with 4G data speeds, the Stratosphere should be able to handle most of what you throw at it.

The Samsung Stratosphere officially launches on October 13 on Verizon for $149.99 with a two-year contract. Until then, enjoy the photos and the video after the break.

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3 years ago

BlueStacks now available, brings Android apps to your PC in style

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It seems forever ago that BlueStacks was announced as coming soon but no -- it's finally here. In case you don't remember, BlueStacks is for now, a Windows application that allows you to run Android apps directly on your computer and easily switch between say Windows and Android.

The BlueStacks Android Player was released in Alpha form last night and to go along with that came of course, the Android app syncer as well. The App Syncer application allows you to sync any Android app on your device with the BlueStacks cloud service. When synced, the apps will then become available for use on your PC.

After having given it a go, I have to say it is pretty impressive. Most of the apps I synced worked quite well. Some apps did lag, and some apps for whatever reason refused to sync but that's to be expected as it is still Alpha testing. If you give it a go, make sure you send the BlueStacks team some feedback as that will help their offersings progress. You can hit the source link for more info plus, a demo video can be found after the break.

Note: You do need a Facebook account in order to have access. Other methods are on their way but for now, Facebook it is.

Source: BlueStacks

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3 years ago

Google+ updated, includes bug fixes

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An update for the Google+ app is hitting the Market today that includes mainly bug fixes. There was a sizeable update a few weeks ago and while this one is not as feature-rich, it is just as important.

Here is the changelog:

  • Fixed a bug that prevented installation on some devices
  • Improved messenger notification reliability
  • Numerous crash fixes
  • Disable speakerphone when headset is plugged in for hangouts
  • New translations

If you don't see the update now, it will be rolling out to more users this afternoon. If you don't have the app yet, check the links after the break and make sure to follow your favorite writers from Android Central!

As always, if you have questions or comments about the app, please visit our Android App Forum.

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3 years ago

Android 101: Uninstalling apps on Honeycomb

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the T-Mobile Springboard with Google

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Here's our first look at the lastest in the line of 7-inch Android Honeycomb tablets -- the T-Mobile Springboard with Google. Not a whole lot here you haven't seen before. It's Honeycomb (Android 3.2, to be exact), and it's 7 inches. Nothing's really been customized, though you've got a wealth of T-Mobile apps.

Physically speaking, Huawei's made a nice little device here. It's reminiscent of the BlackBerry PlayBook in look and feel, and that's not a horrible thing. It's got HDMI out and microUSB and, well, that's about it. It's powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8260 processor. It's got a 5MP camera on the back, and 1.3MP up front.

Still no word on pricing, but Huawei said this morning that "you'll be impressed." Pics and video are after the break.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the AT&T Impulse 4G

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

And here we have the AT&T Impulse 4G from Huawei. It's a nice little entry-level phone, with a 3.8-inch display running Android 2.2. Not a whole lot to say -- it's snappy enough and has a 5MP camera. And while being a little portly, it still feels pretty good in the hand. It also feels good in the wallet -- it's just $29 on contract.

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3 years ago

Android App Review: Theme Chooser Themes

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I'm a bit of a themaholic. It's not the same as a flashaholic (although I am one of those, too), but it's in the same vein. Up until now, I had to really search for good CM7 themes, but with the discovery of this app, I'm sure my problem is only going to get much, much worse.

Theme Chooser Themes is a CM7 theme collector/list that displays not only themes that are in the Market, but also themes that are on XDA. They're color coordinated by price, with green being free, blue meaning there's free and paid versions, and red being paid.

You can also filter the themes by free, free/paid, paid, by a developer, and screen size support. You can also search for themes using the theme's name, a description of the theme, or the developer's name.

If I had any complaints, it'd be screenshot previews of the theme before you get redirected to the Android Market or XDA, but I'm not sure how time consuming and/or data intensive that would be. Still, it's something I'd like to see in the future.

Theme Chooser Themes comes is ad-supported normally, but if you opt to buy the donate version (99 cents), you can kiss those ads goodbye. 

We've got download links and more screenshots after the break.

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3 years ago

Qualcomm's Snapdragon team presents the Bug Circus Generator

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

If there's anything we love more than a tech company that's constantly pushing the envelope and developing new things, it's one that has a sense of humor whilst doing it.  We're assuming that Qualcomm hasn't really developed a working bug circus to recharge smartphone batteries, but who can be sure?  In either case -- it's amazing, or terrifying, and worth a look.

More: How many Praying Mantids does it take to power a desktop computer?

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3 years ago

TripAdvisor launches City Guide apps for 20 destinations across the globe

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TripAdvisor announced today that they have released 20 City Guide apps to aid tourists when they visit some of the most popular destinations.

The apps provide easy access to Restaurants, Guided Tours, Attractions, Hotels and User Reviews. In addition, you can view information such as the history of the places you visit. The app does not require a data connection, which is great news for everyone travelling abroad who doesn't want to splurge for a pricey roaming plan or have to worry about load times with a less than stellar signal.

Here are the current cities supported with links to the Market:

This is a great idea for TripAdvisor as they aim to be your go-to companion when on a trip.

For more, please visit out Android App Forum.

Source: Yahoo! Finance

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3 years ago

CTIA Day 1 keynote Liveblog!

We're up, ready and raring to go at CTIA Enterprise & Applications here in San Diego. First up is the Day 1 keynote, with the CEOs of Sprint, Verizon and AT&T. Just as when they got together for us in March, this should prove to be a barn burner.

Join us after the break for the liveblog. Things get going at 9:30 a.m. Pacific, 12:30 p.m. Eastern.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile brings its Bobsled service to Android

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T-Mobile announced today that its Bobsled VoIP service is now available on Android smartphones and tablets. Bobsled, developed by Vivox and previously available for desktop broswers only, allows you to call your Facebook contacts for free from your device. Instead of dialing a number, simply select your Facebook friend and Bobsled will call or send a voice message for you. T-Mobile has also updated the browser version with free calling to any mobile or landline device within the U.S. and Canada. Despite its name, Bobsled is available on all carriers, and can be downloaded from the Android Market after the break.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Slingbox releases Slingplayer for Tablets optimized for Honeycomb

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Slingbox, the popular set-top box that allows you to watch your TV in a variety of places, today released Slingplayer for Tablets optimized for Honeycomb. There has been a Slingplayer for phones for quite some time, but it wasn't specially designed for a large-screen experience.

If you have a Slingbox SOLO or PRO-HD, you can now get all of your channels directly on your Android tablet. The cost of the app is $29.99 from the Android Market. With the app, you can change channels, control your DVR and enjoy your favorite shows on-the-go as long as you have an Internet connection.

To get the new Slingplayer for Tablets app, follow the links after the break.

Are you a big Slingbox user? We'd love to hear your thoughts on Slingplayer for Tablets. You can share in our Android App Forum.

Source: Marketwire

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3 years ago

BOLT browser now out of private beta, available on Android Market

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BOLT browser, which up until now has been in a private beta, is now available to all for free in the Android Market. Version 3.0 brings many improvements to the highly touted speedy browser, just as its name suggests.

The Webkit-based browser claims that website loading times can be 25% - 50% faster than its competitors, which is significant.

New features coming in the 3.0 update include a new social tab on the homescreen that allows you to share more easily to Facebook, Flash and HTML5 video playback with compression, web apps for websites like Wikipedia and Twitter and a simplified UI.

Other features of BOLT browser are:

  • Tabbed browsing, URL auto-complete, a download manager and web history
  • Ability to save webpages for offline use
  • Support for Facebooks apps such as Mafia Wars
  • Text copy/paste
  • Full support for mobile security standards

To download BOLT 3.0 for free, please follow the links after the break. To discuss the browser further, sing out in our Android App Forum.

Source: BOLT

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