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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 years ago

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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 years ago

Android 101: How to set your e-mail signature

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