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2 years ago

About Android Open Accessories

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It's another of those cool things from Google I/O that nobody is talking about enough -- Android Open Accessories.  Still in its geek-stage of development, Open Accessories have the potential to change the way we use and interact with our smartphones and tablets.  But what exactly are they?

Think of it as a new way to use the USB port.  It's different from the USB host support we've seen hackers and modders build in the past, and Google itself supports in Android 3.1.  Open Accessories are designed to be used on any Android device (2.3.4 or higher), because the accessory acts as the USB host.  A developer will build some hardware (using something like the Microchip PIC24F you see on the left in the picture above -- they'll get smaller, that's a dev board) that can set up a handshake with any Android device.  Once the handshake is complete, the correct app starts, or if it's not installed, it's market page opens so it can be.  Très cool.  After that, control is passed to the application that will use the accessory and everything is up to the great minds that develop Android applications.

We saw the demo using the excer-cycle at Google I/O, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.  I can see all sorts of gadgetry being possible -- IR transmitters, portable medical diagnostic equipment, multi-meters, and so on.  The tools are in place, both the reference hardware as well as the Open Accessory Development Kit (ADK), and the people I talked to at Google I/O seem pretty darn excited.  Hopefully the idea takes off, any bugs and kinks get worked out, and we start to see some offerings using this new technology.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson searching for the ultimate reviewer, checks fan page first

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Sony Ericsson is looking to drum up excitement for their two new devices in the pipeline by holding a worldwide reviewing contest. The steps to enter are simple:

  • Step 1: Correctly answer question 1
  • Step 2: In 50 words or less, tell us why you should be the first to review one of these two phones
  • Step 3: Tell us who you are
  • Step 4: Submit your entry before the 26th of May

To participate, you need to head over to Sony Ericsson's Facebook page and click on the reviewing link. From there on in, you're ready to enter the contest (and maybe win 10 free phones).

Source: Sony Ericsson Review Competition

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2 years ago

Test Gingerbread ROM leaks out for the original Droid Incredible

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You didn't really think the Droid Incredible would be left to languish with Froyo, did you, folks? (You certainly shouldn't, because HTC's said Gingerbread's coming. And to that end, a leaked Gingerbread ROM (Android 2.3.3) has made its way out of everybody's favorite Chinese ROM dumping ground and packaged up into flashable form.

If you're hoping for the latest and greatest version of Sense, well, you're going to be disappointed. But that's also why we keep telling you not to expect it. It ain't gonna happen.

If you're in the mood for a little hackery, check out the links below.

Download: XDA Developers; Source: 911HTC; Via: Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

Pizza Hut app available now in Android Market

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Pizza lovers, unite! Pizza Hut has released its own app available now for free in the Android Market. Users can order pizza from the Hut on the fly from a full menu with a quick and easy checkout either through their account or as a guest.  Those with an account will have access to their most recent orders, making that large triple meat lovers special a bad decision you can just keep on making. Grab it from the Market after the break.

Thanks, James, for the tip!

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2 years ago

Tonight, on the Android Central Podcast ...

We're back, and we're giving away a Sonos system!

How do we make up for a couple weeks away from our regular Thursday night live show? Let's give away a bad-ass Sonos system! That's right, we've got a pair of Sonos S5s, plus a ZoneBridge, and one lucky Android Central reader is going to win them. That's some $900 worth of Sonos gear, and all you have to do is leave a post in this forums thread. One post per person, contest ends at 5 p.m. EST.

Oh, and we'll also recap Google IO, talk some tablets and whatever other Android news floats our boat.

So join Phil and the gang -- and, of course, the chat room -- live tonight at 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST for the live broadcast. You should be there. You will be there. You must be there. After all, you are what makes it the Greatest Android Podcast in the World.

Not at a computer? Pick up the free UStream Viewer from the Android Market [link] and search for Android Central a little before the show (it won't appear until we go live). We'll see you there! AndroidCentral.com/live

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2 years ago

Official Preakness app hits Android Market

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Good news for anyone who is faithfully devoted to the Preakness Stakes, as the official app is now live in the Market.

The app allows you to check out the schedule, jockey information, race replays, and up-to-date results, to name a few. A must have for any Triple Crown fan, this looks to be an app you'll use well after the Preakness race is finished this Saturday afternoon.

Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Cliq 2 rolling out limited update, testers needed

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Motorola is looking for 200 software testers to test the latest version of Android they've developed for the Cliq 2. Unfortunately, this is not a Gingerbread update.

If you're interested in getting the release early, all you need to do is hit the source link and fill out a survey to become a candidate to test the early software release.

If anyone's fortunate enough to get the software early, as always, let us know what's different and how it's running for you.

Source: Motorola Support Forums

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2 years ago

Logitech debuts new lineup of Android tablet accessories

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Logitech has launched a new line of Android tablet accessories today. Some of the highlights in the lineup include:

  • Logitech Wireless Speaker: Eliminate cables and listen to your music from up to 50 feet away from your tablet with Bluetooth connectivity. The speaker delivers rich stereo sound and its rechargeable batteries last up to 10 hours.
  • Logitech Tablet Keyboard: This keyboard comes in two models — one for Android-based tablets and one for iPad — and the carrying case converts to a stand when you’re ready to type.
  • Logitech Tablet Mouse: Pairing to your Android 3.1 + tablet using Bluetooth, this mouse delivers laser-precise tracking, smooth cursor control and easy up-and-down scrolling.

Anyone interested? I know products like the Motorola Atrix 4G and the Eee Pad Transformer have an edge with their dedicated keyboard docks, but will this pull anyone away? I for one think the keyboard would look great with a Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Source: Blog.Logitech

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2 years ago

HTC Sensation now available from Vodafone UK

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The wait is finally over, at least for Vodafone customers in the UK. HTC's new dual-core flagship phone, the Sensation, is now available to purchase from Vodafone UK. Pre-orders made over the past few weeks should also start arriving from today. The Sensation is available for free from Vodafone on 24-month contracts of £35 or more per month. On shorter or cheaper contracts, you can expect to pay between £100 and £200 up-front for the phone.

The Sensation boasts the most impressive hardware and software of any HTC device to date -- there's the brand new HTC Sense 3.0, running on a 960x540 display, powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. And of course you'll be running Gingerbread out of the box, too. If you're planning on picking up the Sensation, or its American cousin the Sensation 4G, then be sure to check out our hands-on coverage from last month's HTC Roadshow.

Source: Vodafone UK

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2 years ago

How to stream Hulu on a hacked Nook Color

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Have 11 minutes? Wanna get Hulu streaming on your hacked Nook Color (or another Android device)? Android Central Forums member Huskermaina -- who also brought us the excellent Netflix on a Nook Color video -- is back for more.

The gist of it is that you'll be loading a modified Flash Player as well as Dolphin Browser HD. A couple other settings tweaks, and you're streaming away! As often is the case with Hulu, however, it wouldn't surprise us in the least if this method ceases to work at some point. But for now, get to streaming! Full instructions are in the forums (hit the link below), and we've got the instructional video after the break, too.

How-to: Stream Hulu on the Nook Color

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