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2 years ago

Sprint brings real-time captions to phone calls with CapTel

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Sprint's offering up another interseting accessibility option on select Android phones with its new Wireless CapTel service. Powered by Raketu, CapTel is real-time captioning for phone calls. You still make a call like normal. You're then connected to CapTel automatically and can listen to the call while reading the transcription in real time. Pretty cool, actually. Check out the video after the break.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 75

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Audio-only stream below

Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Repeat as necessary.

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2 years ago

Steve Jobs: "I'm going to destroy Android"

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Though we all knew it, now we have it in writing: Steve Jobs really hated Android, according to his biography, which will hit store shelves on October 24. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is said to detail what Jobs really thought about the competition, according to the AP, who purchased a copy before its official release.

"I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong... I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."

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2 years ago

T-Mobile: Apple still hasn't made an iPhone for us, but how about that Amaze 4G camera

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T-Mobile still doesn't have an iPhone, in case you didn't know. (A fact we're perfectly OK with.) But it does have yet another news release explaining why. Apparently Apple won't make one that will work on T-Mobile's 3G and 4G networks. (Never mind that AT&T's apparently trying to call its HSPA+ iPhone 4S a 4G device.)

Anyhoo, TMo's Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president of marketing, just wants to remind y'all that they do have other devices with faster speeds, bigger screens, "compelling service pricing," more choice, and how about a "more advanced camera on the HTC Amaze 4G." And how about that 4.52-inch Super AMOLED display on the Samsung Galaxy S II?

It's yet another bizarre news release from the carrier whining about not having the iPhone (What? That's what it is.) while trumpeting Android. While we're perfect happy about the latter, we could do without seeing Android lumped in with the former, ya know?

Check out the full missive after the break.

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2 years ago

Google Movies starting to appear in UK Android Market

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If like me, you're a UK based Android user we have some good news to get you started. As of this morning you may be seeing this shot in your Market application - that's right folks, Google Movies has landed in the UK.

Up until now the service has been exclusive to the US and Canada, but hot on the heels of Google Books, the UK is gradually receiving more love from Google.

If you're in the UK, and have tried it out, hit us up in the comments.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

HTC Amaze 4G gets a one-click root option, permanent for unlocked bootloaders

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Developers have worked out a one-click root option for the HTC Amaze 4G, that provides a temporary root option if you have a locked bootloader, or a perm-a-root if you've managed to get the bootloader unlocked.  While many (yours truly) aren't a fan of one click solutions, I know a lot of you guys love them, and as long as you're careful you don't need folks like me giving you guff.

The process looks pretty painless -- you'll need the adb drivers from HTC, and the ability to follow some easy instructions.  Hit the source link for all the details and the download.

Source: XDA
More discussion in the Amaze 4G forums

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2 years ago

Google Maps updated to support NFC-powered Beam feature

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During the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich demo we got to see another use for NFC. Beam, demonstrated sharing of information across devices and it looks like Google has now updated Google Maps to support the feature. You won't find it listed in the change logs though. In fact, the change log only states the update has reduced file sizes for app storage on different devices but the permissions tell the truth. New permissions requested are for NFC and when you put the pieces together, its safe to assume Beam support has been added to Google Maps.

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2 years ago

TELUS launching the Samsung Galaxy S II X October 28th

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While the Samsung Galaxy S II has been available in Canada for quite some time now, TELUS has been holding back their release for whatever reason but the time has come and they're ready to release it. October 28th is when the Samsung Galaxy S II  X, as TELUS is branding it will drop bringing its 1.5Ghz dual-core processor goodness. Still no word on pricing as yet but the fact that we finally have a date is good enough for me.

Source: TELUS via: Mobile Syrup

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2 years ago

BlurSandwich, SenseCream? [From the Forums]

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Now that just about everyone has got their latest devices out of their system -- what's next? HTC has been rather quiet lately but we know they have a few things cooking. We've had plenty this week to talk about though, so make sure you jump a few pages back collect the news and head on into the Android Central forums for more discussion:

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

Will my phone get Ice Cream Sandwich? Our predictions:

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The wait is over -- Google has officially announced Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and showed us a whole lot to like.  Of course, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is coming soon, and and many others will follow shortly thereafter with the latest and greatest that Android has to offer. But right now the big question is "When will my phone get the Ice Cream Sandwich update?"

With two-year contracts and $500-and-up off-contract prices, most of us will want to hold on to the phone we bought this year and milk it for every penny we can.  That's the wise (and frugal) thing to do, and we're right there with ya when it comes to saving a few dollars.

So which phones do we believe will see an ICS udpate? Hit the break for our predictions.

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