4 years ago

Google+ updated to v2.1.1 - Home screen widget returns, bugs fixed


The last version of Google+ to roll out, while having some nice additioons with it -- also brought along some bugs as well. Google saw fit to go ahead and correct those for everyone and now v2.1.1 is available in the Android Market. You'll get the homescreen posting widget back, installation issues should be fixed along with some various other unmentioned bug fixes.

Thanks, Brian!

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4 years ago

German courts grant injunction against Apple for Motorola patent infringement



Courts in Germany have found in favor of Motorola in two cases of patent infringement by Apple.  These are the same types of proceedings that Apple has used to get Samsung products pulled from shelves and show floors in the past, and the current documents from Germany look to affect all Apple mobile products, and have enabled damages that go back to April 2003.  But let's not get too excited, because I doubt that Motorola will ask for Apple products to be banned from sale in Germany, even though the courts have said they can do so.

Of the two patents in question (EP 1010336 (B1) and EP 0847654 (B1)), Motorola has already declared that one (the US version -- U.S. Patent No. 6,359,898) is "essential to ETSI standards (GSM, UMTS, 3G)".  There's a very good chance the other patent will be essential to use as well.  These are not patents on ideas, they are methods to use specific hardware.  Motorola did invent the cell phone, after all.  It's speculated that Apple "allowed" this ruling to happen so they stand a stronger chance during the appeals process, but that sounds very un-Appley and I doubt anyone in Cupertino is happy about the situation.  In addition, Motorola has communicated to Engadget the following:

As media and mobility continue to converge, Motorola Mobility's patented technologies are increasingly important for innovation within the wireless and communications industries, for which Motorola Mobility has developed an industry leading intellectual property portfolio. We will continue to assert ourselves in the protection of these assets, while also ensuring that our technologies are widely available to end-users. We hope that we are able to resolve this matter, so we can focus on creating great innovations that benefit the industry.

It certainly sounds like Motorola wants to license these patents out versus force Apple to stop selling their 3G devices in Germany, and I applaud them for it. 

It's worth noting that Apple has tried and failed to negotiate a better price for network technology patents in the past against Nokia, and while these patents are not the same, the premise is -- without them, you can't make a cell phone.  It's mandated all over the world that fair license fees are charged for these types of patents, and anyone using them has to pay the owner -- even Apple.  Fees will be paid, agreements will be reached, and iPhones will stay on the shelves in Germany.  The full court judgment (in German) is after the break.

Via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Google TV - Sing your heart out with the new karoke channel!


Since Google TV 2.0 has been rolling out, a lot of new apps are being added to the mix. One of those apps will help you channel your inner rock star or maybe your inner pop star. Yes, the Karoke channel is now available for Google TV.

"Stingray is thrilled to launch The KARAOKE Channel App for Google TV", says Eric Boyko, President and CEO of Stingray Digital, owner of The KARAOKE Channel. "Google TV owners will be the first to experience the best karaoke experience of both worlds: HD karaoke videos displayed on large screen tvs with the catalog, features and convenience that Internet streaming allows on the Google TV platform".

With the app you'll have access to the Karoke channels library of over 8,000 licensed, high-quality songs available for streaming to your TV with full video in HD. A subscription will be required to access the full library of content but the free song list is updated often so that you always have some fresh songs to be rocking out to. Full press release is past the break for you or you can hit the source link for more details.

Source: The Karaoke Channel

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4 years ago

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit now available in the Android Market, we go hands-on!


Gentlemen, start your engines!  Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is now available in the Android Market.  No longer an exclusive for the Xperia Play, the latest in the Need for Speed series, Hot pursuit promises racing action from the perspective of both sides -- the pursuer and the pursued.  Play as a scofflaw in one of the exotic super cars like the Pagani Zonda Cinque, or be Johnny Law in your high speed police interceptor (the Lamborghini Reventon makes for a hell of a cop car!).  If you love racing games, this looks like a real treat.

The game is available in both U.S and international versions (links below) and you'll need to be running Android 2.0 or higher -- also don't expect stellar performance without a beefy piece of hardware.  The Market download is about 7.5MB, and you'll need to download an additional 291MB of content on the first run. 

Check out our hands-on video after the break!

Android Market link (US version)
Android Market link (international)

Thanks, @niwasiuk!

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4 years ago

Taking the root plunge, Xoom 2 talk [From the Forums]


Huzzah! Another weekend is upon us and its been busy this past week for Android news. If for some reason you managed to miss out on anything, make sure you head on back a few pages -- get yourself caught up. Check out the Android Central podcast, and be sure to cruise on into the forums as well.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central Forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

US Cellular launching its 4G LTE network in 2012 in six states


US Cellular this afternoon announced that it's launching a 4G LTE network in the first quarter of 2012, with select cities in six states getting the nod.

The markets that will initially have the LTE data, which is being provided in conjunction with King Street Wireless, are:

  • Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Madison and Racine
  • Iowa: Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport
  • Maine: Portland and Bangor
  • North Carolina: Greenville.

Oklahoma and Texas will see some 4G LTE coverage as well, but USCC didn't specify which cities. Specific devices were not announced, either, but we're more than willing to bet we'll see some Android fare. Check out the full press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Boost Mobile drops the ZTE Warp down to $199


Boost Mobile this morning dropped word that it's dropped the price of the ZTE Warp to $199. It's a solid little phone, with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 5MP camera and 1GHz processor. Also, if you buy and activate a Warp on the Android  Montly Unlimited or Daily Unlimited plan by midnight Nov. 8, you'll get a one-time $55 credit to you account. Noyce!

More: ZTE Warp on Boost Mobile

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4 years ago

Android 101: How to manage syncing in Gmail

4 years ago

'Occupy' protesters, Communications Workers of America to march on T-Mobile store [updated]


Look at that face. No, the other one. Wait. No. Back to the first one. That's what's going to be protested at lunchtime today as protesters from the "Occupy Wall Street" movement and Communications Workers of America march from New York City's Zucotti Park to a nearby T-Mobile store. Apparently they're all upset over T-Mobile's alleged "anti-worker and union-busting tactics," according to a press release that also says hundreds of people will take part. The whole thing takes place at 12:30 p.m. and will hit the store at Maiden Lane and Water Street.

But, again. Look at that face. No, the other one. Is that really what you want to protest?

Update: Just got the following comment from T-Mobile regarding the protest:

T-Mobile USA respects the rights of unions to exist and recognizes and respects our employees' rights to organize or to refrain from organizing.  That said, we remain convinced that it is better for both T-Mobile employees and our business to maintain a direct working relationship between management and employees. The vast majority of T-Mobile employees have chosen not to be represented by a union.

T-Mobile is a great place to work. Our employees receive competitive compensation and benefits including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as a 401K and educational assistance.  We’ve added new stores and new employees in New York City this past year, and we remain focused on making wireless affordable for everyone.  Today’s protest seems misguided.

Source: Press release

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4 years ago

Swiftkey confirmed to come preloaded on the Xoom 2


When it comes to third-party keyboards on Android devices, there are two roads developers take. You have the likes of Swype, which makes its money getting preloaded onto devices (but also has a "beta" line for anyone else to download). And then there's most every other keyboard developer, which uses the Android Market (among others) for distribution. Such has always been the case with Swiftkey. Until now.

Pocket-Lint first reported -- and we have independently confirmed -- that Swiftkey indeed will come preloaded on the Motorola Xoom 2 (and Media Edition) Android tablets. That's less of a big deal for us, the users, but it's a pretty big deal for Swiftkey.

We're seeking official comment from Swiftkey. Swiftkey replied to us with a simple "No comment." In the meantime, are we about see two keyboard giants go head-to-head in the OEM space? News at 11.

More: Pocket-Lint

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4 years ago

Amazon introduces Kindle Lending Library to all Kindle owners with Amazon Prime membership


Odds are that if you own one of the Amazon Kindle tablets / E-Readers you enjoy reading. (Duh.) But have you ever avoided reading a book because of the pricetag? Meet Amazon Kindle Lending Library, a new way for Kindle owners to "borrow" a book for their reading pleasure for free, if they meet a few requirements. First you must own a Kindle device -- shocking, huh -- and second you must be a part of Amazon Prime, which is an $80 annual membership (sign up for one month free) that also allows for free second day shipping on all Amazon orders as well. If you are a Prime member, and own a Kindle device you can borrow one book a month, without any due dates for its return. Hit the source for full details on how to get started.

Source: Amazon

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4 years ago

Shocker: Quad-core devices benchmark higher than single- or dual-core


You should know by now just how we feel about benchmarks -- they're easy to manipulate, and really don't tell you anything about how a device will actually behave. And so you should know by now that we're really not going to get all that worked up over the ASUS Transformer Prime showing up in a benchmark app. Look, it'll be fast. It'll be great. Hell, we got to experience some early quad-core processor action some nine months go. It's going to rock. And that a quad-core device tops out like you see here should really surprise no one. But, anyway, there it is. Huzzah.

Source: Tech2; via Engadget

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4 years ago

Android App Review: Lapse It


YouTube link for mobile viewing

Back when Google unveiled the Galaxy Nexus, we were shown a pretty cool time-lapse video that was recorded using nothing but the phone. I was curious if there was something out there that'd let all the non-Galaxy Nexus users (see: all of us) do the same thing. What I found was Lapse It.

Lapse It is a free app that takes a snapshot every couple of seconds (at an interval you decide) and then strings them all together into one nice, complete time-lapse video. It's all pretty straightforward, and if you're only using the free app, there's not too many settings to jiggle with, aside from the time interval.

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4 years ago

Galaxy Nexus boot, recovery and system dumps now available


Following on from yesterday's root-based escapades, MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien has uploaded the boot and recovery images from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, along with a full (non-odexed) system dump from the device. While all three files should be of interest to Android hackers and developers, the system image in particular should be a great source for anyone looking to pillage ringtones, graphics or live wallpapers for use on other phones.

Paul points out that these are from a pre-release development build (ICL23D), so they'll likely differ from what you'll find on retail units later this month. With that in mind, hit up the source link for more info, along with download links.

Source: MoDaCo

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4 years ago

Challenge your brain with Revolutionizer for Android



Looking for something a little more challenging for yourself than flinging some birds across a screen? The folks at Second Lion have released Revolutionizer for Android, a rather interesting and brain enticing puzzle game for your downloading pleasure. For 99 cents you are sure to get hours of challenge, check out the video above and hit the break for the download links.

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