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2 years ago

Google Reader website sees a major face-lift, new Android app expected soon

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If you use Google Reader to make all your RSS feeds a little more sane organized, be ready for a pleasant surprise.  Google has begun the rollout of the new look and feel for the reader website, and everyone should expect it by this evening.  Go on and hit F5 for a while, we'll wait (have to admit, I did just that).  The new look lines up with the rest of the updated Google service websites, including the black omnimagicbar across the top and your Google+ notifications baked right in to the upper left corner.

Speaking of Google+ and integration, the new Reader allows you to +1 and share stories right from the stream.  This is an easy way to share with friends, and should work much better than the previous friending, following, sharing, and comments methods, which have been removed in favor of the new integration.

It works the same as the +1 button does anywhere -- click it, and you're given the option to share it on Google+.  Type in your message, and the magic happens.

We're big users of both Google Reader and Google+ around these parts, and we're excited about the new look and the new + integration, but the last little tidbit Alan Green (Google software engineer) threw out on the official announcement is the best of them all -- expect a new Android app shortly.  Sweet.

Source: Google Reader blog

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2 years ago

Google+ for Android update now rolling out - UI changes and bug fixes aplenty

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Google+ is getting some love tonight. The latest version has just been pushed to the Android Market and should be showing up for most folks. If not, you'll just have to sit tight for a little while longer. This release -- created during the Ice Cream Sandwich developement brings a few changes to the table.

Most notably the UI and styling of the app is more in tune with how Android 4.0 looks and for those who loaded up the previously leaked version -- it will look familiar but others changes can be found within as well such as:

  • Battery life improvements
  • Navigation and performance improvements
  • Significant notifications improvements
  • Brand new posting UI
  • Several bug fixes
  • Support for Google Apps users
  • Ability to sign out
  • Add people to a circle from circle profiles

All in all, a nice update that will hopefully correct a lot of concerns some have had. You can fire up the Android Market or grab it from the link below, where you'll also find some more screenshots

Source: Ben Eidelston

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2 years ago

Rezound announcement, Vivid LTE [From the Forums]

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It's all Hallows Eve and we here at Android Central all hope you have a safe and happy Hallowe'en. That said, after you've raided all the candy you can get your hands on make sure you check out the latest here posts on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums.

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

Nyan Droid Live Wallpaper in the Market

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Looks like we're really going there. Just remember, what has been seen can never be unseen. Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Redux for Google TV brings quality, curated content right to your living room

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With all the Google TV news the past few days, we wanted to let you guys know about Redux.  Back at Google I/O Redux was featured by Google as something Google TV was all about -- quality content you can view right in your living room via Google TV.  Their HTML 5 app has been in the GTV spotlight (Google's app picks for the Google TV platform) for a while, and to be ready for the Honeycomb rollout, they already have their Android app ready in the Market.  That's cool -- Redux is ready for you, but what exactly is Redux?  hit the break to find out, and get information where you can check it out right now.

More: Redux

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2 years ago

Android Theme Review: Ice Cream Sandwich CM7 Theme

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Ed. note: This theme requires use of the Theme Chooser.

When Google finally unveiled Ice Cream Sandwich to the world, we all knew it was going to be the new hotness. How much it changed things, though, I'm not sure anyone could have really predicted. Fortunately, it didn't matter. Once the event was over, I knew I wanted it, period.

Thanks to one enterprising developer, there's a wicked theme for CM7 that gives you all the aesthetic polish of ICS on your current-gen, non-ICS phone. It's done by the same guy who made Tangerine and Arctic Green (to name a few), and as good as those were, Ice Cream Sandwich CM7 Theme rules the roost in terms of look and quality.

For starters, all of the system apps we've come to know and love have had their icons updated to their Ice Cream Sandwich counterparts. That means Calendar, Camera, and the like have fresh, new looks, while Gmail is finally the icon we've become accustomed to from Honeycomb.

The notification bar and its respective icons have been all TRON'd out, as they're sporting the new blue color that was first introduced in Honeycomb and is being carried over into Ice Cream Sandwich. The text in the pulldown bar (such as your carrier, the date, and the word 'Notifications') are similarly colored.

Text on your actual notifications is a bright white, which stands out nicely compared to the darkness of the pulldown and makes everything easy to read. Instead of a 'Clear' button, there's just a blue X, but its purpose is obvious. It also looks much sleeker than the button of Android's yesteryear.

The dialer is sporting Roboto Light (or something close to it) and looks all the better for it. The numbers are in blue and the letters are in grey, but it all comes together nicely.

Check boxes inside menus have also been rendered blue, with a subtle glow to them. (No, it doesn't pulse.) Anything highlighted is the same blue, and the force field that appears when a list hits the top of bottom of the screen is colored the same, too.

For anyone else who can't wait for Ice Cream Sandwich to officially drop (and has a rooted phone running CM7), I'd pick this theme up, posthaste. It's clean, works like a charm, and best of all, it's free. Plus, if you use LauncherPro Plus, there's an additional app you can download that themes your widgets to look all Ice Cream Sandwichy, too.

We've got a few pictures and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note European carriers and release dates

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Samsung recently gave more details on the availability of the Galaxy Note across Europe. The device launched over the weekend in Germany, and will roll out across the UK and mainland Europe between now and Nov. 25 on a variety of carriers.

Here's your country-by-country breakdown:

  • Germany (out now) - Vodafone, DT, O2
  • Netherlands (Nov. 1) - KPN, Vodafone
  • Belgium (Nov. 1) - KPN, Vodafone
  • United Kingdom (Nov. 2) - Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U, O2
  • France (Nov. 2) - SFR, TPH
  • Poland (Nov. 4) - Plus, Mediamarkt
  • Hungary (Nov. 4) - Panon
  • Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia (Nov. 5) - Swisscom, MOT, Three, Mobitel, SIM-free
  • Spain (Nov. 7) - Telefonica, Vodafone, Orange
  • Italy (Nov. 10) - Vodafone, Three, TIM
  • Portugal (Nov. 10) - Fnac, Worten, TPH, TMN
  • Greece (Nov. 11) - Cosmote, Vodafone, Wind, SIM-free
  • Romania, Bulgaria (Nov. 14) - Vodafone, M-Tel, Globul, Vivacom, SIM-free
  • Lithuania (Nov. 14) - Omnitel, LMT, EMT
  • Finland, Denmark, Sweden (Nov. 22) - Telia, Telenor, TPH, Elkjop, DNA
  • Croatia, Serbia (Nov. 23) - Telenor, VIP, TOP
  • Czec Republic (Nov. 25) - XSK, VDF, XEZ, ORS

Check out our hands-on feature for more Galaxy Note-based goodness.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile myTouch and myTouch Q to be available Nov. 2

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Having been previously announced as arriving 'in time for the holidays', T-Mobile has now given more firm dates for the T-Mobile myTouch and myTouch Q availablity. Planned roll-out will start happening on the T-Mobile website come Nov. 2, with Nationwide availability happening on November 9th,  No matter which device you pick, each will cost $79.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate, with a two-year service agreement and qualifying classic voice and data plan. Shared specs include Android 2.3, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 5MP camera with 720p video.

Source: T-Mobile Facebook

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy W now available on Three UK

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British network Three has announced that it's now stocking the Samsung Galaxy W, Sammy's latest mid-range offering, with a 1.4 GHz chip and a 3.7-inch Super LCD display. On the software side of things, you've got Android 2.3 Gingerbread, along with Samsung's TouchWiz 4.0 UX.

Three customers can pick up the Galaxy W for free on 24-month contracts of £22 or more per month, or on Pay As You Go for £249.99 (~£400) up-front.

Source: Three UK

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2 years ago

HTC Rezound (aka Vigor) gets a pre-production hands-on

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

So here's our first look the HTC Rezound -- aka the HTC Vigor -- on Verizon, which we're fully expecting to see officially unveiled Thursday in New York. (We'll be there, by the way.) JohnBoy shows us what we pretty much expected -- it's an HTC device with a fairly cool looking battery cover, Android 2.3.4, Sense 3.5, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0.

The differentiator here, of course, is that it's a Beats Audio device, so you'll be able to rock out on that sweet ELO or whatever it is the kids are listening to these days.

Source: Droid Forums; via HTC Rezound forums

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