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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 6 does fast 'booting,' too

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CM6 fast booting

For those that don't feel like loading the Desire HD leak on their Nexus One just to take care of that fast booting (as opposed to fastboot) feating, Cyanogen has built the feature into the wildly popular CyanogenMod 6. OK, now's a good a time as any to remind ourselves that you're not actually shutting down the phone when you use this, so you're not really waking it, either. It's more of a hibernation thing.

Everyone figured it would come, but seeing it this soon is quite a pleasant surprise.  It may be a novelty at best (how often do you really NEED to reboot your Android phone?) but it's cool -- cool enough to make it into CyanogenMod.  Check the video from the man himself after the break.  [via @cyanogen]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile G2 won't have free tethering, but may have WiFi calling

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T-Mobile G2 WiFi calling

We all want free tethering, and everyone who has ever used it wants UMA on the T-Mobile G2.  It looks like we'll be getting half of what we're asking, as TmoNews has received some inside information (screenshot after the break) that the Froyo hotspot features have been disabled, but a new feature called WiFi calling is currently being tested on HTC's latest and greatest slider. 

We're not surprised that the Froyo hotspot and tethering has been disabled, we said all along that we doubt we will ever see free tethering on a carrier-subsideized phone.  I'm sure that's something that the hackers third-party Android developers will figure out in short order.  The WiFi calling is a whole 'nother animal.  TmoNews has an internal screen grab with some very interesting info (again, after the break), as well as the picture above that shows WiFi calling installed on a G2.  I'm pretty sure that the WiFi calling is the pseudo-UMA from Kineto that we looked at last week, that lacks the seamless handoff to cellular that we're used to seeing from "normal" UMA.  I'm also pretty confident that we won't be seeing the G2 launch with WiFi calling on board, it will come in a software update or be downloadable from T-Mobile.

To end this post full of if's and but's, there is some great news -- an internal T-Mobile document shows that WiFi calling will be available on any voice plan, with no additional account features needed.  That screenshot is after the break.  [TmoNews, here and here]

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4 years ago

Fix in the works for Droid X messaging issues

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The Android 2.2 update for the Motorola Droid X was an extremely anticipated update, to put it mildly. After having some time to play with it, a good many of us found that there was a rather strange and annoying SMS bug. We were seeing SMS chats remaining static in position even after receiving a new message instead of bouncing to the top like normal. Luckily the folks at Motorola have already began working on a fix for this issue, unfortunately we just don't know exactly when that will be ready. So if you are one of the unlucky folks who are experiencing this bug, hold tight, a fix is on the way. [Motorola Support via Phandroid]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: JellyBalls

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JellyBalls

New on the Market from Hyperbees, JellyBalls is a simple ball popping game with a very cool twist.  Rotating your Android phone changes the direction the new balls drop from.  It's funny how a small change like that makes such a difference in the gameplay.  JellyBalls includes five different gameplay modes, uses Scoreloop for a global online leaderboard (hit me up: gbhil), and has a groovy soundtrack.  I'm really loving the new breed of easy, time filler games on Android, and this one's a perfect fit.  If I can wrestle it away from my wife, that is.  Grab it from the Market for £ 0.99 (about $1.50 USD).

If you're into casual gaming like I am, you'll like JellyBalls.  Check out the video, and download links after the break. Thanks Tom!

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4 years ago

Sony to unveil Google TV products Oct. 12

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Sony's Google TV announcement

Sony is getting ready to unveil some Google TV products on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Invitations went out that promised the introduction of "the world's first Internet television." 

We're not sure if they will show off the rumored Blu-Ray players as well, but be on the lookout for details on the first Google TV powered televisions.

As always, we will have all the details when they come out, so be sure to come back to read all about the new and exciting products. [Cnet]

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4 years ago

This week in Android news

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4 years ago

Connectin brings Linked In contact integration to Android

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Connectin

A new application from the developer that made Rdio allows users to integrate their contacts with Linkedin; it works similar to the way the Facebook and Twitter contact syncing does. There is no dedicated Linkedin application yet, so this looks to be a welcome addition to the Android Market.

The app, called Connectin, syncs phone numbers, photos, status updates and headlines (which are the titles associated with the Linkedin profile). It also supplies a link to open the full profile in the browser. 

Some planned features from the developer are:

  • In-app profile viewer
  • People search

The app is $0.99 and is now available in the Market. Follow the link or the QR code after the break to find it. [Whacked.net via Tim Bray]

Note: Once you install it, it’ll be accessible via your System Settings > Accounts & Sync screen. Click the Add Account, and you should see a LinkedIn account type. Click that and you’ll be walked through the LinkedIn OAuth authorisation process. Once that’s done it’ll automatically start syncing in the background. To actually display the contacts go to your Contacts app and go to the Display option in the menu to enable display of LinkedIn contacts. On HTC phones using Sense UI, you’ll want to use the People Search app instead of Contacts.

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4 years ago

A quick look at the new Sense 'HD' on the Nexus One [video]

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We're all waiting to see what the Desire HD and it's new version of HTC Sense UI brings to the table, but thanks to leaks and ingenious hackers, we can get a pretty good idea of what to expect.  Some of the changes are subtle, some not so much, and some are huge.  For you hands-on types, you can check it out for yourself on your Droid Incredible, Evo 4G, HTC Desire, and now the Nexus One.  Be warned, it's not ready for prime-time yet.  Data, camera, and WiFi are pretty well borked on the Nexus, for example.  At least at the time this was written they were ... those hackers are fast!

Follow past the break to see a look at many of the new goodies. [Xda-developers -- Evo -- Desire -- Incredible -- Nexus] Thanks jlevy73 for the Nexus One tip!

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4 years ago

R2-D2 dummy units arrive ahead of midnight launches next week

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R2-D2 Droid 2 launch

As Sept. 30 creeps up on us, it comes as no surprise that Motorola Droid 2 R2-D2 edition launch kits are showing up in some Verizon stores.  Word has it that these are non-functional dummy units, so don't expect to get to play with any of the geeky Star Wars customizations even if you are able to get your hands on one early. 

But, wait, there's more. Select stories nationwide will open at midnight on Sept. 30 -- and parties are planned throughout the day. Here's what the manager of one Verizon store has told us:

  • His store's gotten three outdoor tents for its event. The event actually will start around 9:30 p.m. 
  • This store will get about 200 of the special-edition phones. There will be a two-phone-per-person limit.
  • Look for contests at the stores. You could win a free phone.
  • Pricing isn't known yet.
  • You'll get the R2-D2 edition multimedia dock with the phone.

Where will special events be taking place? Cities we know of include:

  • Sugar House Salt Lake City; Lone Tree, Colo.; Corte Madera, Calif.; Mountain View, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle downtown; San Dieo Sports Arena; Santa Monica, Calif.; Tempe (Ariz.) Marketplace; Boca Park Las Vegas [Verizon Insider via Droid Life]

That's just a partial list, though. Miami Herald blogger Bridget Carey reported Florida stores will include Colonial Orlando, Hialeah, Orange Park and St. Petersburg. And that matches what we've heard. (Update: Add Lewisville, Texas (outside Dallas) to the list, per BGR.)

I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I'm a bit jealous that I won't be getting one of these, so anyone who gets an early peek at the in store promotional materials and dummy units, holler at me.  And may the force be with you. [BGR, Engadget]

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4 years ago

Samsung promised to bring 10-inch Galaxy Tablet in first half of 2011

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As we have seen recently, the Samsung Galaxy Tablet has been quite a popular piece of technology as it prepares for its launch across all four major U.S. carriers. While many were left wondering why there was only a 7-inch version available and not a choice of sizes, it seems as though our question was quickly answered. A General Manager from Ireland has confirmed that they are in the works of a 10-inch version to match their current tablet and are hoping for a release in the first half of 2011. Part of this delay could be that Samsung is waiting for the release of either Gingerbread or Honeycomb, which should be displayed better on a tablet form factor, since we know Android 2.2 was not made for that. [Silicon Republic via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Paid apps coming to more nations, Google tells developers

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Google just dropped word to developers that paid apps are on their way to 14 more markets. It didn't specify which nations will be getting them, but we do know that paid apps have been in testing in India.

Getting paid app markets to the rest of the world has been a pretty big hurdle for Android, and it's good to see the market's finally opening up. Expect word on which nations will be added in the coming weeks. Full text of the e-mail is after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola XT720 releases on Wind Mobile

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Wind Mobile, a rather new Canadian based wireless carrier, has released the Motorola XT720, a high-end Android device. This phone has a 3.7-inch display with a resolution of 480x854, 512MB of on board memory, an 8MP camera and will launch running Android 2.1. We have seen that other carriers plan to launch this device with Android 2.2 so hopefully this device will see an update shortly after launch as well. So if you are on Wind, or looking to switch, and want yourself a feature loaded Android device, this could be the perfect choice for you. Check it out for yourself today and save $20, bringing the price down to $430. Thanks James! [Wind Mobile]

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4 years ago

Rounding out the OS update apocalypse

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Two days, seven device updates pushed or announced. If that doesn't overload your systems and make you giddier than a schoolgirl, what will?!? From GPS fine-tuning to pulling the training wheels off a figurative muscle car of a phone and letting it's FPS rate run free, we can agree without a doubt that its been a day chock-full of updates. Join us after the jump to check the round up!

Samsung Moment

Nexus One

Samsung Fascinate

Samsung Captivate

HTC Evo 4G

HTC Hero

Motorola Droid X

LG Ally

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4 years ago

Manage your Android sound profiles better with RingLeader

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Ringleader

Managing sound profiles on an Android device has been a struggle for me since first picking up a device. Having been used to being able to set different profiles for different occasions and having the ability to keep them saved on the device was something I was very used to, and going from that to a ring / vibrate set up was a big change. The hunt for a profile manager has been a tough one, many different applications have been tried, some which were complex to set up, some which didn't meet the needs. A new application, Ringleader, brings everything that is needed, and more to the table.

This application is extremely easy to set up and manage. Users will set up their system sounds right from within the application, and they can all be managed from one universal screen. Not only can you manage from one single screen, but you can set up various profiles for different areas such as a school profile, work profile, night time profile and more. The Pro version of Ringleader will offer a widget for easy switching as well as a Tasker plug-in to automate the switches. If you are looking for a simple yet effective way to manage your sound profiles on your Android device, this is a must have. For download information be sure to hit the jump.

More on Ringleader in the Android Central Developers Forums 

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