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2 years ago

TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 launches on Android devices from Sprint

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TeleNav has been working hard on their latest update and they are now soon ready to release TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1. First up, will be availability to Sprint customers, who can start taking advantage of the newly implemented features such as:

  • New Home Screen - TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 uses a new, unique home screen, called “My Dashboard ™,” for quick and easy access to what on-the-go people need every day. The redesigned interface includes a map of the user’s current location with real-time traffic overlay and customizable “Home” and “Work” buttons to show current drive times based on live traffic.
  • Improved Map Options - TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 also includes smoother and faster map rendering, enhancing features such as live traffic, red light cameras and satellite view map layers. The application includes Multi Routes™, which recommends up to three routes to the destination with distance and estimated drive times based on traffic conditions.
  • New Widgets - Customizable Android widgets have been added for quick access to the information that on-the-go people need and use every day. Three TeleNav widgets are available for download on the Android home screen, including a map of the user’s current location, a one-box search field, and navigation with Home and Work commute times.

TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 will be available later this month at no additional charge with Sprint’s Everything Data and Simply Everything plans, with optional premium features such as lane assist, speed trap, red light camera, speed limit notification and commute reports available for an additional $4.99 per month. Full press release is beyond the break.

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2 years ago

AT&T announces the AT&T Avail from ZTE

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Covering all bases, the AT&T Avail from ZTE will be filling out the Android portion of AT&T's GoPhone Pre-paid services. This device features a 3.5-inch touch screen, 5- megapixel camera and runs on Android 2.3 OS. Other specs include:

  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Internal memory: 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM, 2 GB microSD™ card
  • Seven customizable homescreens
  • Wi-Fi capable

Kudos to AT&T for bringing an Android 2.3 device to their pre-paid offerings. If you're looking for more info, the full press release is past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

AT&T announces the Pantech Pocket

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Next up in the deluge of Android devices announced by AT&T tonight is the Pantech Pocket -- a unique looking device that AT&T says is focused on messaging and social entertainment.  It's wide 4-inch SVGA (that's 800x600 for those following at home) should make for a nice experience using a touchscreen keyboard, and the mini-tablet form factor should allow for nice browsing and video playback.  Check the specs:

  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Internal Memory:  ~600MB plus 2GB microSD™ included.
  • User Memory: 2.5 GB included (Includes a 2 GB microSD Card)
  • Support for up to 32GB microSD
  • Android  2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Full touch 4" SVGA display
  • Screen size & resolution: 4" (600x800) 16M TFT
  • 5 MP camera with flash and HD video recording
  • 114.7mm x 78mm x 11.3mm
  • Weight is 4.66 oz
  • Bluetooth: v. 2.1 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi and access to AT&T hotspots

While this may not appeal to everyone, it's nice to see AT&T branching out and trying new things.  Again, the press release is after the break.

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2 years ago

AT&T announces the Samsung DoubleTime

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AT&T hasn't forgotten the cost effective line of devices with their latest unveiling of their Android line up either. The Samsung DoubleTime specs fit that bill nicely, and while you won't be blown away with the specs it's still a worthy device to be picking up as a back up or for those in school.

  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Processor Qualcomm 600 MHz
  • Onboard Memory Supports 260MB
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • microSD™ memory card supports up to 32GB (2GB microSD card included)
  • 3.2” full touch screen display with 320 x 480 and 480 x 320 (HVGA) resolution

You are for now at least -- going to be making use of the pink and white color scheme but you get a  3.2 MP digital camera with a camcorder, voice recognition, a dedicated function key for shortcuts and full QWERTY keyboard. Full press release is beyond the break.

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2 years ago

AT&T announces the Samsung Captivate Glide

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AT&T is certainly on a roll this evening, and hot on the heels of the Atrix 2 announcement comes the Samsung Captivate Glide -- a Tegra 2, 1GB RAM, Super AMOLED sliding qwerty with AT&T's 4G speeds.  We've seen this one way back in July, where many thought it would be the Galaxy S II.  We now know that's not the case, and fans of the sliding qwerty form factor (right here!) should be pleased with this one.  The full specs:

  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 4G HSPA+ 21 Mbps (Category 14)
  • 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 AP20H dual core processor
  • 1GB RAM/1GB ROM/8GB Internal microSD to 32GB (not included)
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 4-inch 480x800 WVGA Super AMOLED
  • Dual camera - 8MP Autofocus w/LED + 1.3MP front
  • Full HD 1080p video camera + HDMI playback
  • Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) to sync email, contacts, calendar and tasks
  • Device and SD card encryption
  • Virtual private network support
  • Mobile Device Management (MDM)

Looks like a nice phone, especially if it hits the sweet spot for pricing.  The full presser is after the break.

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2 years ago

AT&T announces the Motorola Atrix 2, available Oct. 16 for $99

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AT&T isn't waiting for daylight to start announcing new Android phones, they have busted out a handful, one of which is the Motorola Atrix 2.  It looks like a decent refresh of the original Atrix, with a new body design, faster HSPA+ modem (it supports speeds up to 21Mbps), and ships with  Android 2.3.  We don't have the full specs or parts list, so we don't know if other internals have been changed or not -- though rumors abound as always. 

Specs are as follows:

  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 4G HSPA+ 21 Mbps (Category 14)
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • Internal memory: 8GB ROM, 1GB RAM, 2GB microSD card (expandable to 32GB)
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 4.3-inch qHD screen 960x540 TFT, with more than  500,000 pixels for sharper, clearer display
  • 8MP camera and LED flash with faster viewfinder start-up and shutter speeds than a digital camera
  • Front-facing camera
  • 1080p HD video capture, 30 frames per second playback
  • On Device Encryption (ODE) and Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync® (EAS)
  • IPsec VPN
  • Lapdock 100 Accessory

We've got the full press release after the break.

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2 years ago

AT&T Toggle - go ahead, bring your own device to work

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AT&T has announced their latest offering for users looking to bring their own devices to their work environment. AT&T Toggle, as it is called allows your device to contain two worlds essentially -- your work world and your home world all while keeping both worlds safe and secure and making it easy for IT admins to implement:

  • Personal mode: When not working, send text messages to friends, watch TV shows and movies, and play games on your mobile device as you otherwise would. Personal activities remain segregated.
  • Work mode: If it’s time to buckle down and focus on business, employees can enter their work environment. In this mode, users can access corporate email, applications, calendars and more, just as they would on a company-provided device.

The service will allow IT admins to control the corporate side of the device with the capability to update applications, remote wipe and manage company access while the personal side of your device remains unaffected.

The long and short of it, you get to use the device you love to use and businesses save money and know that their data is both compliant to security standards and secure on whatever device it is that you are using. AT&T Toggle can be used on devices running Android 2.2 and higher, and with any service provider. Full press release can be found after the break.

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

New phones, ICS upgrades to current devices [From the Forums]

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It's a holiday Monday but that apparently hasn't stopped the news from flowing. Plenty of stuff happening today so make sure ya jump back a page or two in order to get caught up. Make sure you jump on into the Android Central forums as well for plenty more Android discussion.

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Buddy Rush

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

I get to play a lot of games as I'm looking for the best stuff to show you guys and gals. Most of the time I find pretty good stuff. Occasionally though, I come across something that's kind of a dud. Buddy Rush is one of those games.

Buddy Rush is a cross-platform (Android, iOS, and Facebook) action/RPG where you pick a character and complete missions to get items. Instead of just playing with developer-created computer players, though, you can take computer controlled characters that your friends have made. That's where the social aspect is supposed to come into play, anyway.

You control you character by tapping the place you want to walk to and you attack enemies by tapping them. Likewise, you also tap on computer characters (like merchants) to open up a dialog screen where you can either accept items or quest invitations, or purchase items that will advance you on your journey.

There's three characters you can pick from the start (a melee class, a mage, and an archer), and all the other characters on the roster need to be bought. They've got pretty funny names (like the Worrier, who is a worrisome warrior, or Wizz the wizard), so I'll give the developers one for creativity there.

From a gameplay perspective, Buddy Rush is alright. The graphics are ok, the music is chipper, and everything runs generally without issue. Now, I did get a few force closes here and there, and the mission progress I was in the middle of in had reset, so that kind of sucked.

Buddy Rush is also peppered with weird grammatical errors. If you pay attention you'll notice phrasings that aren't quite right, like they came straight out of Google Translate. I don't mind if the game was originally localized somewhere else, but that just kind of bugged me as I was reading mission information.

Buddy Rush also uses a special (see: paid for) currency called Chips. Chips are used to buy special items in-game or buy the characters that are both cooler and off-limits to you when you're creating a character. If you don't want to spend cash for chips, there's a list of offers you can complete to get Chips for free. Some of them require you to sign up for Netflix while others are as simple as installing and running a free app.

I wanted to see the Chips system at work, so I downloaded one of the free apps and booted it up. Not surprisingly, my Chips weren't awarded to me. So I played that free app for a little bit, tried to see if there was some threshold I had missed, but still, no Chips. That bugged me quite a bit because it's either poor programming and partnership or a thinly veiled attempt to set up your expectations and then deny you (so then you'll buy Chips).

The social aspect is also completely ruined if none of your friends play (like in my case), so you end up losing a whole component there. I know the rewards for having friends play are trivial at best, but it'd at least be a little entertaining to see a friend's avatar instead of some weirdo wearing a pumpkin for a head.

Fortunately, Buddy Rush is free, so there's no barrier to entry (just a barrier for Chips). If you're one of the folks who has already enjoyed it on the browser side of things, this is the best way to take it with you when you're on the go. And if you're someone who can convince your friends to give it a shot, it might not be a bad idea.

For me, it's lacking some of the polish I've become accustomed to in a great Android game, but that might just be me.

We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Verizon Wireless launches Mobile Unified Communications Client

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Verizon is well aware of the growth in the mobile industry and as such, they're also aware that buinesses no longer rely on their workers to be in the office all the time. Fact is, we're becoming a mobile society and being in an office all day is quite a thing of the past. Knowing this, they've now announced the Mobile Unified Communications Client.

This allows business owners to have both a landline and mobile number attached to their employee's smartphones. Calls initiated from the mobile phone’s line are routed through the existing corporate IP PBX system and display the employee’s business number to callers.  This helps maintain the corporate identity while allowing employee's to be wherever they need to be outside of the office.

The Mobile UC Client is available for a $7 monthly fee per user, and most Motorola Android devices such as the Droid X, Droid X2, Droid 2 & Global and Droid Pro are supported. Full press release is past the break for you all.

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