3 years ago

iOS finally gets a native gmail app, but is it as good as Android's?


Rut ro, Raggy. The iOS -- and therefore the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch -- just got itself a native Gmail app, straight from Google itself.  That means proper Gmail on iOS, in its own application, and not though the iOS mail app with IMAP. Guess that means the end of Android, right?

Not so much.

The app itself isn't horrible. But neither does it feel like an Android or iOS application. It's in a weird in-between place. It's got push notifications, but you have to pull to refresh (on the other hand, the Android version doesn't do that -- it has a refresh button). You can get to your labels via a nice slide-out section on the left -- just like the Android version.

But the five-minute version is this: The addition of a Gmail app on iOS is a plus for iPhone and iPad users, and it's not likely steal users away all by itself.

We've got a brief walkthrough after the break (note that Google's pulled the app from the Apple App Store to fix a few bugs), and you can find loads more on our sister site, TiPb.com.

More: Google Mobile Blog; More iOS news at TiPb.com

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3 years ago

Age of Defenders - A unique multiplayer cross-platform tower defense game


If you're into tower defense games then you'll want to get your hands on Age of Defenders from Cuketa. Having now gone official on the Android Market, Age of Defenders allows for multiplayer cross-platform action meaning, through the help of P2P and realtime sockets you can go head-to-head with iOS, Mac, PC and of course -- other Android players.

Given how the game is set up, phone users won't be able to get in on this action. However, tablet users -- game on. Age of Defenders will only set you back a few bucks in the Android Market and looks to be well worth it. Check out the trailer above, you'll find the download link past the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Amaze 4G launching on TELUS Nov. 4


Back in October, TELUS put up their 'coming soon' page for the HTC Amaze 4G but never mentioned any dates for release. Now, it looks as though they are finally getting set to roll this one out to everyone on November 4th. Pricing details are said to be laid out like this:

  • $99.99 on a 3-year contract
  • $500 on a 2-year contract
  • $550 on a 1-year contract
  • $600 with no contract

What do you get in return? A 4.3-inch qHD display, Sense 3.0, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, Android 2.3.4 and an 8MP rear camera, Not bad, make sure you check out our T-Mobile HTC Amaze 4G review though if you're not sure whether or not it is a right fit for you.

Source: Mobilesyrup

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3 years ago

Announcing the winners of the Mobile Nations No Tricks, Just Treats Halloween Costume Contest!


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The judges worked long and hard going through the 300+ submissions in the Mobile Nations No Tricks, Just Treats Halloween Costume Contest, and they have finally narrowed it down and chosen 15 winners! There were so many incredible entries, from funny to scary with everything in between, and all of them were super creative, so this was a really hard contest to judge! We appreciate all the pictures that were submitted, and hope that you all had as much fun entering as we did getting to see everyone.

You can watch a video of some of the best entries above, and check out all of them at the link below. (If you don't see your picture in the photo gallery, it's likely because it didn't have a tablet or phone in the picture.) We threw a few pictures from Mobile Nations writers/editors in the photo gallery too, see if you can spot them! Winners are posted after the break!

Check out the full gallery of entries

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3 years ago

Duke Nukem ditches the ads after initial complaints


Good news for those of you who paid your 99 cents for Duke Nukem 3D (check out our review) only to be greeted with a few ads in the game menu -- they're gone. Finished. Kaput.

It's an interesting argument -- should an app that you paid for (albeit less than a dollar) have ads as well? Or should it at least warn you up front? (That seems a bit much.) Maybe it's double-dipping. Maybe we're just used to seeing ads. (Lord knows we have enough around here.) Regardless, Duke's killed 'em. Huzzah.

Thanks, @imjustjoshinyou

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3 years ago

Cellcom of Wisconsin updates its Samsung Galaxy S Showcase to Gingerbread


Rocking a Samsung Galaxy S Showcase on Cellcom of Wisconsin? (We know you're out there.) You've got a Gingerbread update waiting for you. The Android 2.3.5 changelog reads as follows:

  • Improved Battery Life: This update more efficiently manages the way your device uses resources while you enjoy your favorite apps, increasing battery life.
  • Downloads Management: A new downloads application provides easy access to view, re-open, delete, and manage files downloaded in browser, Gmail, or email.
  • Google eBooks: Read and enjoy books through the Google eBooks website. There's over 3 million books to choose from.
  • Improvements in Performance for: missed calls, screen freezing and black screen.

And Cellcom's doing something we've not seen before (though it's not terribly surprising given it's a smaller regional) -- phone support should you have issues updating. Very cool.

Source: Cellcom of Wisconsin; thanks, gmonkey88!

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3 years ago

My Fishing Companion for Android


Like to fish? Love your Android phone?  Me, too.  I recently checked out My Fishing Companion and came away really pleased.  It tackles (pardon the pun) the problem apps designed for fishermen seem to all have in common -- nobody wants to enter info on a touchscreen phone while out fishing -- by allowing you to set everything up beforehand, and having a one-click solution for things like location and weather data.  Combined with a feature rich interface, and easy to manage lists and database for your catches, your gear, your places, and multimedia, it's one of the best outdoorsman's apps I've run across.

The full version of the app is $1.99, (Android 1.6 and higher) and it's well worth it.  But the free (lite) version has most of the functionality, and is a great way to check it out yourself.  We have the download links after the break, along with a video walkthrough and a handful of screenshots.

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3 years ago

Gingerbread for original Verizon Galaxy Tab rolling out


We just told you guys the other day that Verizon was ready to push out Gingerbread to the OG 7-inch Galaxy Tab, and it looks like they have flipped the switch -- OTA's are now rolling out.  With all the new and shiny Android tablets getting built, it's nice to see the 7-incher wasn't forgotten by Big Red.  A refresher:

The update is to Android 2.3.5 and will bring:

  • Improved security for the PIN method. When using the PIN, the device will no longer request a symbol as a numeric entry
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • A 'View Data Plan' icon so that users can adjust their plans accordingly
  • Verizon Data Service feature will allow users to see how much data they have used so that they won't go over
  • A new download manager app
  • The ability to use the front-facing camera as a camcorder
  • Widgets will resize to reflect landscape and portrait mode more accurately
  • Support for Verizon Pay As You Go prepaid plans
  • Google security patches

If you've resisted the urge to root your Tab, be ready for the OTA notification any time now.  Be sure to sing out in the forums once you get it and let everyone know how it's working for ya!

More: Verizon

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3 years ago

LG, on Facebook, says Optimus 2X getting Ice Cream Sandwich, other phones to be decided later


Because PR messages too often are, well, borked on Facebook, we instead point you to the most recent statement from LG on, erm, Facebook, regarding Ice Cream Sandwich updates and the fact that the Optimus 2X will indeed be updated to Android 4.0. It reads thusly:

LG firmly denies the rumors that claim LG will not be providing the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) OS update for the LG Optimus 2X. These rumors are NOT true. LG is currently in the process of planning the ICS OS update for the LG Optimus 2X as well as other LG high-end smartphones. Detailed information on the ICS OS update schedule for specific models will be announced, once the ICS OS is publicly released by Google. Please stay tuned for more updates from LG.

Thank you very much.

To repeat: We're still just two weeks out of the ICS announcement, and the ICS code has not yet been made available (publicly, anyway). Let's all exercise a little caution when we see someone supposedly saying a phone will or won't be getting an update. Unless you're reading LG, of course.

Source: LG Mobile on Facebook

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3 years ago

Angry Birds hits 500,000,000 downloads


What does it take for a game to hit a half-billion downloads? Here's how Angry Birds breaks it down.

  • No. 1 in 79 Countries
  • 266 billion levels plalyed
  • 400 billion birds shot
  • 44 billion stars collected
  • The equivalent of  200,000 years played
  • 300 million minutes played daily

Say what you will about the longevity of Angry Birds -- that's a bunch of downloads.

Download: Angry Birds for Android

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3 years ago

Logitech unveils the Mini Boombox: Rocking and talking via Bluetooth for $99


Logitech has announced a new little Bluetooth speaker that in addition to handling music and media playback also serves as a speakerphone for honest-to-goodness phone calls. Logitech's specs only mention the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch as being supported, but we're willing to bet our lowly Android smartphones will work as well.

The Mini Boombox has an internal battery (recharable via miniUSB) that claims to have up to 10 hours' playback time. It's got backlit controls via a touch panel on top of the speaker, an on-off switch, line in, and the whole thing is small enough to be palmed one-handed.

It's available for preorder for $99 and is expected to ship sometime this month.

Source: Logitech

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic maintenance update coming ... eventually


Pop quiz: Which one of the following is true about the upcoming maintenance update for the Motorola Droid Bionic:

  1. It'll likely be out by the end of the year.
  2. It'll likely be out by Christmas.
  3. It's coming in the next 30 to 60 days.
  4. Nobody really knows when it's coming.

You're right. It's a trick question. Moto Matt, everybody's favorite Motorola support forums manager, this afternoon dropped the following regarding the Bionic:

I know everyone is eager for updated software. We have been working diligently on a software update for DROID BIONIC and have a version in the testing stage; we expect to deliver it to users in 30 to 60 days. The update is targeting issues identified through owner feedback and we’re confident it will improve device performance.

Presumably we'll see one of those "soak tests" when things are really ready to roll. Stay tuned.

Source: Motorola support forums; via Droid Bionic Forums

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3 years ago

New Android Market pushing out with a few new settings


Here's the latest version of the Android Market. Looks mostly like the Android Market you have now, but it's not. It's better. It's newer. And therefore better. And a fun fact about the Android Market: Once one person gets it, it can be pulled from the phone and shared. And that's what we've got here.

So what's better and newer in Build 3.3.11, you ask? So far as we can tell, it's mainly in the settings. You now have the option to tell all of your apps to automatically update, instead of checking a box on each on individually. (Bugdroid be praised for that one.) You can also tell the Market app to only update applications when you're connected to Wifi. Again, a good one.

And you can have it automatically add shortcuts to your homescreen, if you're into that. There are a few UI tweaks, too. Nothing major.

There's also some legalese regarding open-source licenses, which makes Jerry happy.

You can download it now, or just hang out and it'll push to you (assuming this isn't just a test build) when the time is right. Do note that apparently it's not playing nicely with Honeycomb tablets, and we're not exactly seeing our inbox clogged with people saying they've gotten this build (which is what usually happens). So if you sit this one out, we won't blame you one bit.

Source: Android Police

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3 years ago

Up early Wednesday? Catch Phil on the Ausdroid Podcast


Somebody get a pot of coffee going and find a box of krullers -- I'm going down under on Wednesday morning. The folks at Ausdroid have graciously asked yours truly to join them for their biweekly podcast. So I said yes.

And then I realized what time it is in Australia. Whoops.

No matter. If you're just getting up on the East Coast (that'd be 6 a.m.) or just going to bed on the West Coast (that'd be 3 a.m.) or are in one of those parts of the world that actually has sun at the ungodly hour for the rest of us, swing on by Ausdroid and have a listen. And take notes -- I'll likely have no recollection of anything I say.

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3 years ago

PSA: Use the factory-supplied charger and cable when applying the OTA to your Lenovo Thinkpad


An OTA for the Lenovo ThinkPad (see our hands-on) went out for a while today, included was a firmware update for the battery.  Lenovo says they have halted the update, but just in case  -- use the OEM power supply and cable while applying.  According to the official Lenovo support forums:

Battery firmware update was included in the OTA released today. The battery firmware update is applied after your Tablet restarts.

If your tablet gets in the power off state as posted by some of the forum users, do this to recover it.

Use a pin and hold the "reset button" (between the SD card and SIM card slots) for about 20 seconds.

After debugging we have found out that the issue happens only if you are NOT using the original USB cable that was included with the charger that was provided with the Tablet.

You can recover your system as mentioned above and then complete the battery firmware update using the original USB cable and power adapter supplied with your tablet.

We have stopped the OTA update and are working on messaging this information in the update.

So if by chance you've left your ThinkPad sitting all day, and see an OTA notice when waking it up, you've been warned.

More: Lenovo. Thanks, Adam!

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