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2 years ago

Hacks bring Google Wallet to all Nexus S phones

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NFC may or may not be the future of on-the-go banking, but for most Android fans it's pretty damn cool.  That's why there was a whole lot of disappointment when Google decided to go exclusive with Sprint and the Nexus S 4G on the Google Wallet app for Android, leaving the majority of Nexus S users out of the picture.  This likely has something to do with money (it always does), Isis mobile payment, and competition, but we don't really care about any of that -- we just want to play with our NFC chip.

Now we can, thanks to hacks.  Users have found that the files included in the Sprint version of the Nexus S 4G work just fine on other Nexus S phones -- both stock and with custom ROMs.  Installation is easy enough (though you do need to be rooted and/or running a custom recovery), just flash a package or move a few files.

There's a big caveat here, however. While it's cool that we're able to circumvent the restrictions of exactly who gets to use this, we're not so sure Google and MasterCard will be happy with the $10 credits people who aren't eligible are getting.  If you want to try it for yourself, though, check out the links below.

Source: XDA; (custom ROMs), (stock ROMs)

Thanks, John!

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2 years ago

Adobe's Touch Apps sure look sweet

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Adobe's cracking through its first-day Adobe Max keynote today. And while we were teased with the Photoshop Touch SDK in the spring, we're now getting down to brass tacks. The promo video above gives you an idea of what's going on. And while things are always ideally edited in promo videos, you get a sense of what's in store. We're talking full digital content creation on Android (and iOS) devices. And as we type this, we're watching a Photoshop Touch demo being done not on an iPad, but on Honeycomb. Android, folks.

Exciting times, indeed.

Source: Adobe; More Watch the keynote live

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Smartr Contacts Beta

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Sometimes your contact list just gets large. It happened to me and I'm still not quite sure how. You get an email here, exchange some business cards, and boom, before you know it, your contact list is overflowing with people. If you're struggling to keep track of all your contacts and are interested in how you stay in touch with them, Xobni's new Smartr Contacts is the app for you.

Upon opening Smartr Contacts, you're asked to either log in or sign up. Once you've done that, you can move to the account linking process. Essentially, Smartr Contacts pulls contact and calendar information from your Google account, sorts everyone, adds a picture to their profile, and tries to make sense of why you've contacted them in the first place.

You can also log in to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to see more detailed information about your contacts. Otherwise, you're limited to three of the four tabs available whenever you choose a contact.

The details tab will show you all of the different contact methods you have with a particular contact. If you only have their email, that's all you see. If you've got their email and a few phone numbersthat's what you'll see. Details is basically the standard contact information.

History is perhaps the most interesting of the four, showing you how many times you contacted this person, when your initial contact was, and what the subject was. Additionally, a list of emails, calls, and text messages details your timeline with this person, starting with most recent.

The common tab shows you what people you've got in common. If you email a colleague often and this colleague works with other people you know, they'll show up here. Otherwise, it'll either be empty or have you (if you keep yourself in your address book).

If you slide the screen once to the right you'll see your Google Calendar events. Smartr Contacts will put a profile picture (of your contact) on any event you're going to that another one of your contacts is going to. It's kind of cool, if you don't mind going into this app to see your calendar.

Smartr Contacts can also show you who your top contacts are, in case you didn't already have some idea. You can see top 10, 40, 100, or 200+ and email, call, or text anyone straight from this menu.

Smartr Contacts Beta is free in the Android Market, so if you're itching to know more about your contacts than you ever wish you had, we've got download links and more pictures after the break.

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2 years ago

Editorial: Android is the new Linux -- and that's a great thing

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Recently, a popular website ran an editorial about how Android was turning into the new Linux, and just how awful a thing that was.  The author was half right -- Android is turning out to be the new Linux.  If he had stopped there, he and I would see eye-to-eye, and this rebuttal would have never happened.  He also would have gotten far fewer pageviews.  He goes on to discuss patents and other issues that don't really explain his position before he comes to the meat of his issue -- fragmentation.  You know, that buzzword that's ever so popular in any hit-piece about Android.  I'm here to tell you what I think about fragmentation, Linux, Android, and how it all fits together after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung's Media Hub Beta program will trade AT&T Galaxy S II owners $25 in content for feedback

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If you're a new AT&T Galaxy S II owner, Samsung is willing to trade you $25 worth of free Media Hub content for some of your feedback. The Media Hub Beta program, which launches today, adds integration between your Galaxy S II (AT&T's model only, at the moment) and your 2011 Samsung Smart TV: purchase a movie or TV show from your phone, and watch it on your TV's built in Media Hub app. If you're willing to sign up for the beta and test it out, Samsung will give you a $25 Media Hub credit. Not all who sign up will be chosen, but if you're the proud owner of both Samsung devices, it's worth your time to throw your hat in the ring. Hit the source link to sign up.

 Souce: Samsung

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2 years ago

Cincinnati Bell now offering the HTC Sensation

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It's never any fun to see all these new shiny devices get announced when they aren't coming to your carrier, is it? Today Cincinnati Bell has announced it will be offering the HTC Sensation. For those unfamiliar, this 4.3-inch device is powered by a 1.2GHz processor and runs Gingerbread. The device will be priced at $249 after a $50 mail in rebate, pricing it pretty fairly for a device with such great specs. Picking one up? Be sure to hop in the forums and see what others think of it, and to learn a thing or two about it as well!

Source: Cincinnati Bell

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2 years ago

Android App Review: BIG Launcher

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We have seen tons of replacement launchers surface, many of them bringing plenty of cool features, and added customization, but BIG Launcher is unlike any we have seen. BIG Launcher is geared toward users who may have a bit of trouble seeing the screen, finding the icon they are looking for, or accurately tapping the right places.

The launcher offers you a home screen which contains six large icons in addition to the time and date. From the home screen you can easily access the phone, messages, camera, gallery, SOS, or the app drawer.

The application drawer is in list form with large text, and decent sized icons, making it easy to find what you are looking for. Every aspect of the launcher is created to cater to those who have difficulty seeing, and you can tell this by the large font and the colorful icons making it easy to tell exactly what it is.

No longer do you have to struggle searching for things, and squinting your eyes to try to read what you are doing, instead simply download this launcher and make things easier for yourself! For only $1.35 in the market you can take your new confusing Android device, and simplify the experience for yourself. Hit the break for more images and download links.

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2 years ago

BBQ texting contest sees unofficial new record using Swiftkey X

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Speed texting has a new champion, and it all went down at the Big Android BBQ in Austin, TX this past weekend. 

The keyboard app used in the contest was Swiftkey X and with it the winner, Rachael Loncar, smashed the current world record of 35.54 second with her time of 10.7 seconds! 

The contestants were chosen by typing the phrase "The little green Android jumped over the lazy Apple" on day one.

The fastest 10 went on to attempt the official Guinness World Record phrase of; “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”

The previous record was set using Swype, but the Swiftkey X prediction feature proved to be king, and with it won Rachael her very own Galaxy Tab 10.1.

If you haven't tried Swiftkey X yet, check out the download link below to the free trial version which gives you a month's free use.

via Swiftkey

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2 years ago

Announcing the winners of the 500,000th member giveaways

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We had a blast last week giving away prizes in honor of our 500,000th member here at Android Central.  It's you guys who make this such a great place to read a bit of news (and for us to write it) and hang out in the forums, and we love every chance we have to give a little bit back.  After five days of contests, it's finally time to announce the winners -- here they are!

Monday: Win a free case for the smartphone of your choice

  • tdosthp

Tuesday: Win a free Bluetooth headset of your choice

  • saltysteve

Wednesday: Win a spare battery for the smartphone of your choice

  • captmeach7
  • dcreed
  • Jaysus

Thursday: Win one of five Android Central T-shirts

  • droidify
  • IceDree
  • Photon4glover
  • Saneless
  • Suntan

Friday: Win an IOU for the next Nexus phone

  • digitalslacker

Congrats to one and all!  Be sure to check your email and get back with us to collect your prize.  Everyone keep your eyes peeled for the next big giveaway -- you never know when they're gonna show up.

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