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4 years ago

Advanced Map Live Wallpaper -- this is why we love open source

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Advanced Maps - lock screen Advanced Maps - live wallpaper

Remember how much we loved the live wallpaper that came with a recent Google Maps update?  The developers at AndroidGamer just cranked things up a notch.  This goes way beyond changing map layers and brings just about every type of map you can imagine to life on your home screen.  AndrodiGamer goes one step further though. In their own words:

"It's battery and data friendly, and available now."

The way the map tiles are cached should really cut down on the data flowing in and out if you're concerned about data usage and the app itself shuts down whenever the homescreen is not visible.  The app is still in Beta, but I've not seen any show stoppers and feel good about recommending it.  Best of all, it's open source, and free.  Warm fuzzy feeling time :)

Follow the break to see a few more screenshots as well as download links.  Hit the source link to follow along with the development.  [xda-developersThanks David!

(Note: Live wallpapers are still only for Android 2.1 and up. That hasn't changed.)

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4 years ago

Droid X seen alongside the Evo 4G, iPhone, Droid Eris

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Droid X (Xtreme) with Evo 4G and iPhone

It's been a few hours, so we should see another leak of the Motorola Droid X anytime now and -- oh, look, there it is.  That's it on the left, hanging out with the Evo 4G and an iPhone. We get another look what this all new Motoblur may look like, but we still have no real idea how useful it may end up being. All these leaks mean it must be getting close to launch, right? One more pic of it after the break. [Android Forums via BGR]

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4 years ago

Fancy Widget looks a wee bit familiar

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Android Fancy Widget

What's that? The HTC Sense clock widget on stock Android? (And Froyo, no less?) Sure looks that way. What you see is called Fancy Widget, and it sure does look like it was all but stripped straight out of HTC's customizations. Load it up and it automatically snags your location and weather information. Tap it to customize clock, weather and refresh settings. It's free (donationware), and you may want to snag it soon, because we have a feeling some letters are already being written. [Market linkApp Brain] Thanks, Brett.

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4 years ago

Jumping from BlackBerry to Android? Here's what you need to know!

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Getting a little tired of your BlackBerry and looking for a change to Android? You've got questions, we know. How smooth will the switch be? How do you move your contacts and e-mails? Can you find all the apps you need? Will the change be hard to adapt to?

Just a few months ago, I was in the same boat, getting bored with my BlackBerry Storm 2 (which was not my first BlackBerry). And after talking to friends who grabbed the Motorola Droid, I began to research Android for myself. Immediately, I jumped into the Android Central forums.

Let’s take some time to go over the conversion process, what you will need to know if you're coming over from BlackBerry, and some other information to help make the transition an extremely smooth process.

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4 years ago

Sprint may be preparing to throttle you (or at least your data)

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Pitchforks up, people. In Sprint's most recently published issue of “The Playbook” there is a very distinct section stating that this summer, the function of data throttling will be enabled. Exactly what the new policy may entail, who will be subject to it and how and how often it may be implemented isn't yet known. But we're never happy to hear that a carrier plans to regulate the speed at which you can upload and download data over their network in relation to how often you access it and how heavily you use it. Shout out in the comments if you think this is a sign of the apocalypse or just a big mutual misunderstanding.
[via Engadget]

Update: As commenter Ecoteric points out, Engadget has updated their story.  Sounds like this may about a "new feature for businesses looking to restrict disproportionately high usage by employees with company data cards".  Here's hoping for some official word from Sprint.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Apollo headed to Europe 'soon'

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Samsung Galaxy Apollo

Looking a lot like the M100S, the Samsung Galaxy Apollo appears to be headed to Europe (at least the UK anyway) 'soon'.  If it is the M100S, or a close copy, look for it to show up with Android 2.1, a 5 Megapixel camera, 3.7 inches of AMOLED screen, and 802.11n wireless ability.  Oh yeah, the Korean edition has that T-DMB TV tuner.  Would be interesting to see an Android phone with mobile TV appear in the West, but absolutely no word from Samsung on that -- don't hold your breath.  [Samsung UK via Engadget]
 

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4 years ago

HTC Legend comes to North America on Canada's Virgin Mobile

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HTC Legend

The HTC Legend has been one of our favorite phones to come out of the Taiwanese manufacturer this year. (Read our full review) Its unibody aluminum construction, the new Sense UI, optical trackpad, gorgeous AMOLED screen, 5MP camera, speedy processor ... the list goes on. Only problem's been that it's kept itself out of North America -- until now. Canada's Virgin Mobile network has scored it for $79 with a three-year (Canadian standard) contract and data plan at $50 a month. Welcome to the new world, little Legend. Now let's work our way south into the States, eh? [Virgin Mobile]

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4 years ago

AT&T's data down again in the Southeast

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AT&T

Say what you will about AT&T's network issues, but for a lot of us it's worked just fine. Except for when it doesn't work, like today. Seems that it's taken quite a hit in the Southeast again (Sunday wasn't much fun either). AT&T's support forums are lighting up, as is our inbox. What's everybody out there seeing? [AT&T Forums - must be registered]

Update: AT&T tells us a couple of major fiber lines were cut, but everything should be back up now.

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4 years ago

New pics of the Droid X emerge, looking like a major player (updated)

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DroidX

In a word: Wow. Finally, some clear pics of the Droid Xtreme -- which apparently is going to be called the Droid X -- and it's a looker. Gadget University scored some time with the as-yet unannounced Verizon-branded phone and reports back that it indeed has a 4.3-inch screen (and says "the colors are much better than on the Droid"), 1GHz Snapdragon process (Really? Switching to Snapdragon? The 1GHz part may still be true, though. -- Update: Now they're saying 750Mhz TI OMAP3630.), HDMI out, 8MP camera with flash, Android 2.1, and an updated Motoblur when they say isn't as bad as what we have now.

Not sure how crazy we'll be about the physical button on the bottom -- they look a little out of place on an otherwise very slick phone. GU says we may see this guy on Verizon in the next month or so. Let's certainly hope so. [Gadget University via Droid Life]

Update: BGR's got an unsourced post that says we'll see this puppy in July and the Droid 2 in August, with the latter launching with Android 2.2. We'll see.

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4 years ago

Milestone, Xperia X-10 to get updates, says O2 Germany

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Milestone and X10

O2 Germany says that the  Motorola Milestone and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will soon be getting updated ROMs.  Sorry, but the Milestone won't be getting Android 2.2/Froyo this time around, nor will the X10 be getting Android 2.1/Eclair -- they both are getting small maintenance releases.  Expect them within the next two weeks according to O2.

We've heard nada from Motorola or Sony Ericsson about this, and can only assume that the software will also be headed for other carriers if needed.  And even though it's not the update you might have been hoping for, it's nice to know the manufacturers haven't forgotten you.  [Twitter via TheUnwired.net]

 

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4 years ago

LG planning 20 Android phones in next 6 months

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HTC, Motorola, and Samsung are the three juggernauts of the Android phone world. So what’s the deal with LG? So far, they don’t have much to show for in the US, except the LG Ally. On top of that, their first-quarter smartphone profit sales have dropped 6.7 percent from last year. Since the Android market is starting to become insanely lucrative, they’ve decided to get serious and have released a statement saying that 20 LG Android powered devices will be rolled out before the end of the year. Now, it’s hard to say how many of those phones will make it to the US, but we should expect to see at least a few. [via Unwired View]

Update: It appears that LG's 20 new smartphones won't all be running Android.  Android Central commenter On2Vegas points us to a comment on a story at GigaOm from Ken Hong at LG Electronics in Seoul.  According to Ken no solid numbers for the Android platform as the "portfolio is still in flux".  Thanks On2Vegas!

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 16

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry and Mickey break down the latest on the Evo 4G, Froyo on the Motorola Droid, the new Droid 2 pictures, the upcoming U.S. launch of the Samsung Galaxy S, and squeeze in a few of your voicemails and e-mails.

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4 years ago

AT&T HTC Intruder (or Liberty, or Aria) teased in testing video

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AT&T Intruder
(AT&T Android Product Manager Dante Martin)

We brought you the first picture of the AT&T HTC Liberty -- which may well be named the Intruder -- and now we can bring you a video teaser of the phone. It's clearly a small HTC phone running Sense, and it definitely lines up with the Liberty render we stripped out of the ROM, with the Evo-style buttons and Incredible-style trackpad. Can't tell too much otherwise, except that the microUSB port is on the bottom of the phone, and the phone itself appears to be pretty small, which could line up with the 320x480 screen resolution.

The video itself is pretty interesting, too -- check it out after the break -- showing how AT&T tests its phones long before they ever get into your hot little hands. And that they did so with an as-yet unannounced Android phone is very cool, too. Nicely done, AT&T. Thanks, Will!

AT&T IntruderAT&T Intruder

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4 years ago

Android Town is looking for a new name

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Remember that Quick App post from Jerry back in May? Well, Android Town is looking to expand and they’re in the process of making a multiplatform application and with that in mind, they’re looking to change their name and they’re going to let the users who helped them grow this app with such great feedback and suggestions, pick the new name! Drop a suggestion down in the comments and if you haven’t got this app already or taken a look at the latest version, you can get it here:

[Market Link | AppBrain]
Android Town QR Code

Also, don't forget to look for us in the town!
phil, duvi, drm2blv, Jorge, afazel, jerry and Dman

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4 years ago

Evo 4G screen scratch test isn't pretty to watch, but the result's not bad

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Evo 4G scratch test

When you see a phone along side a set of keys, a screw, a penny a razor blade, you know something bad's about to happen. Right? Roman G lets us know in the Android Central Forums about his scratch test on the Evo 4G (he was sending the phone back to Sprint for another physical problem anyway), and he definitely put it through its paces. Check out the video, after the break. [YouTube via Android Central Forums]

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