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2 years ago

Touchy touchscreens, Google Hangout experience [From the Forums]

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With the week off to a great start, we're going to keep rolling on. If you're looking for more action, make sure you check out the Android Central forums. In there, you'll find plenty of knowledgeable folks to help you out or to just simply discuss Android with. Make sure you stop by:

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2 years ago

HTC Rhyme exclusive to O2 in the UK, coming Oct. 17

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British network O2 has announced that it'll be the only carrier in the UK to offer the new HTC Rhyme, which was unveiled in New York City today. According to a an official tweet from O2, the device will go on sale from Oct. 17, and be available in a "lovely plum" color. That's purple to the rest of us.

Check out our hands-on coverage for a closer look at the HTC Rhyme, which is also headed to Verizon in the US.

Source: @O2; via: Eurodroid

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2 years ago

ESPN and Slacker launch customizable sports stations on Slacker Radio

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I know plenty of people who listen to sports radio programs and one common thing I noticed between them all is that as soon as someone starts talking about something they don't like, they tend to get all fired up.  But what if you could customize your sports radio stations to however you like, so that you never really have to deal with the stuff you don't enjoy listening to?

That's exactly what ESPN and Slacker Radio have announced today. Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium Radio subscribers now have unlimited access to the ESPN Radio integration, and the ability to create highly personalized, myESPN Radio sports stations based on favorite sports, teams or ESPN programs. If you're not yet a subscriber, you have free access to ESPN Radio but without all the extra bonus content.

In addition to the extra content being added, Slacker also updated their Android UI and optimized it to perform better across a range of devices. If you're looking for the full details, the press release is past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC Rhyme

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Fresh out of HTC's purplicious press conference this morning, we have our first look at the HTC Rhyme, which is hitting Verizon on Sept. 29. They might not be actively marketing it toward women, but make not mistake about it, they're marketing it toward women.

So you've got your basic 3.7-inch candybar form factor, with Android 2.3. But it's Gingerbread in name only -- the Rhyme is rocking a new version of HTC Sense, much like the myTouch line on T-Mobile has custom builds.

Check out our hands-on video and photo gallery after the break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with mobile Hangouts and the Google+ update

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Here's our first look at the major update to Google+ for Android 2.3 and above -- and it's a doozy. Mobile Hangouts are seamless and awesome, though you can only join a Hangout -- not initiate one.

The notification settings are a must. Basically, we're getting even more excited about Google+. Check it out.

And if you're looking to circle all of your favorite Android central writers on Google+, here's a handy list:

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2 years ago

Possible 7-inch Motorola tablet shows up on blurrycam

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Thats right folks, our old friend Mr Blurrycam is back in town and this week brings pictures of a Motorola Android tablet that could well be a 7-incher. 

Thisismynext obtained the image that shows a much slimmer and sleeker design than the Xoom, and very barely shows the tablet running the Honeycomb camera app. The Motorola logo in the top left corner seems to point towards a possible portrait orientation, similar to that of the Acer Iconia A100

No official details, or specs were leaked with the image, so we'll just have to wait and see on this one. 

Source:  Thisismynext

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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix 2 (aka the Edison) images make a brief showing

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Remember not too long ago when it was discovered in the Bionic's webtop that there was a mysterious Motorola Edison? Well, the folks over at BGR have been sent some images of an upcoming AT&T Motorola device, the MB865, which is believed to be the Motorola Edison (internal name), or the Motorola Atrix 2.

This device is said to have a dual core processor, running at either 1.2 or 1.5GHz, an 8MP camera, and should launch with Android 2.3.5. Unfortunately no release time frame as of now, but it is likely that it will be launching in the coming months. Hit the break for a couple more images.

Source: BGR

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2 years ago

Google+ Hangouts now available for Android 2.3+, opens registration to all [update]

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Google+ Hangouts have become one of the most popular uses of the rapidly growing social network. Until now, they were relegated to the desktop, making users pine for mobile support. Today, Google announced that they have made Hangouts available for phones running 2.3+.  This is amazing news and will certainly make the feature more widely used now that they can be done anywhere and on-the-go.

To use the feature, once you see a Hangout in your Stream, just click Join and you should be all set.

The new version of the Google+ app will be rolling out today, so if you don't have it yet, sit tight. For those who don't have the app yet, see the links after the break. For those with friends and family on iOS, they promised Hangouts will arrive soon. Until then, you can tease them about Hanging out right from your Android phone.

Also of note: Google+ has opened registration to everyone -- no more invites needed. Hangouts also can be broadcast for all to see, plus Hangout APIs have been released, and Google's added better search functionality. Check it all out at the link below!

[update] Google announced a bunch new features for the Google+ Android app in addition to Hangouts:

  • US and India users can post, respond and receive notifications via SMS (you need to verify your phone number in settings)
  • Improved + mention support
  • Edit your Profile photo
  • Customize notifications
  • Support to move to SD card
  • Huddle is now Messenger
  • You can share photos via Messenger now (killing Pool Party makes sense now)

Source: Official Google Blog

Google Mobile Blog

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2 years ago

NVIDIA releases project Kal-El whitepapers, unveils fifth companion CPU core for low-power use cases

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NVIDIA has let loose some more technical talk about the upcoming project Kal-El chip, and are showing off a new patented process they call vSMP (variable Symmetric Multiprocessing).  As part of this new tech, they tell us of a new fifth CPU core that resides on the silicon designed to maximize the power savings of multi-core processing.  I'll leave the tech talk to the whitepapers themselves (be sure to check them out at the source link), but we can break it down in human terms, after the jump.

Source: NVIDIA

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2 years ago

Caillou's World joins Android kids educational games

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Heads up, parents. Everybody's favorite bald-headed boy is now on Android. Caillou's World (for those of you without kids, Caillou is a popular kids show on PBS) is intended for children ages 2-5 and helps with reading, spelling and phonics. The child spots a highlighted item in a picture and taps it, and then has to choose which letter the item starts with, all while associating the picture with the sound of the word, and the spelling.

The app works well enough on a large smartphone, but it's even better on a tablet, with more screen real estate. Caillou's World is $2.99 in the Android Market. We've got download links after the break.

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