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4 years ago

Google's eBooks go live, available on Android, iOS, and the web

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Google eBooksGoogle eBooks

Google's long-awaited e-reader service has gone semi-live this morning. It's not called Google Editions as previously believed. Books and are available online, and Android, the iPhone and iPod touch, the Barnes & Noble Nook and Sony eReader.

You'll need be running at least Android 2.1 to take advantage. (The good news is that some 83 percent of all Android phones are at least on Eclair.)

The store has some 3 million books available, with many around the $9.99 point that we're used to on Amazon. We'll give this the full what-for once the Android app is live in the Market. [Google eBooks via Google Mobile Blog]

Update: The Android app is now live, and download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC Desire runs World of Warcraft, society's days are numbered

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 World of Warcraft on Android

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is uber-popular MMO World of Warcraft being played by real human hands on a HTC Desire. Now, we could get into semantics and say "Well, the game is being streamed online and isn't really 'running' on the phone" but that really isn't the point here, is it? No, the point is that simply leaving your house is no longer enough to escape the addictive clutches of WoW -- It can and will follow you where ever you go.

This wizardry is possible thanks to online game streaming company GameString, which is dedicated to bringing video game streaming to the masses. In short, the game is run in "the cloud" and then you access the game's user interface from any browser. The service was designed for computers, but why not take advantage of the fast data connections modern phones have? Looks like 4G just got a lot more useful. Check out the full video demo after the break. [DroidGamers]

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4 years ago

Seesmic for Android gets updated UI

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Seesmic for AndroidSeesmic for Android

Seesmic for Android -- the Twitter client of choice for a certain Android Central editor -- just got an update to Version 1.5. And if you haven't tried Seesmic yet, it's time to rectify that. With the update you now have:

  • A new UI: Refresh, compose and search buttons are front and center, no longer hidden under menu button.
  • Post to Salesforce Chatter.
  • Autocomplete usernames when you type @xxxxx.
  • Improved attachment uploader.
  • Ability to change avatar from the app.
  • Now available in eight languages.

And that's in addition to the usual excellent support for Facebook Google Buzz and multiple Twitter accounts. Seesmic's free, and download locations and video of it in action are after the break. [Seesmic blog]

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4 years ago

Android ported to Nokia N8 -- not really [Photoshop fail]

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Nokia N8 with a touchwiz notification bar

If skyrocketing marketshare, multimillion-dollar ad revenue, and mind-boggling hardware specs aren't enough to keep Android on the tip of everyone's tongue, Photoshopping failures by advertising companies seem to crop up everywhere you look.  Case in point -- this ad from a Vodaphone store in Sydney.  There's either some misguided photo wizardry going on, or someone in the land down under has ported Android from a Galaxy S phone to the N8, with working mobile data, bluetooth, and Google's own applications up and running.  I'm going with the former.  Thanks, Ravrahn!

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 6.1 hits stable release

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CyangenmodFor all you folks running the CyaongenMod brand of custom ROM -- and if you're not, you really should give them a shot -- know that CM6.1 has just be released. Released as in stable Android 2.2.1, ready to go, flash at your convenience.

And the list of supported phones is large -- and growing: Nexus One, Droid, Dream/Sapphire, Hero, Desire, Incredible, Espresso (myTouch 3G Slide), Supersonic (Evo 4G), Legend, Vision (G2/DesireZ), Geeksphones ONE, Z71, Wildfire, NVidia Harmony, Ace (Desire HD) and Glacier (myTouch 4G).

For those of you new to the game, CM ROMs are more than custom ROMs, actually. They're built off the publicly available Android code -- that's the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) -- and include a ton of cool tweaks from developers throughout the community. You'll want to check out the CM6.1 changelog for all the goodies, and get to downloading. [CyanogenMod, CM6.1 changelog]

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4 years ago

Will we see Gingerbread tomorrow?

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread

The question on everybody's lips going into this week is "Will we finally see Gingerbread?" Our answer:

Maybe. Let's recap:

  • Google's Andy Rubin is speaking Monday at All Things D. And there's a pretty good chance he'll finally give us some actual news.
  • Notion Ink -- which has had a tablet in the works for a year or so now but hasn't yet produced -- says on its blog that Dec. 6 "is another big day for Android and you will find out how fast Notion Ink can work. [Eden is extremely compatible with 2.3]." (Eden is the name of the UI of Notion Ink's "Adam" tablet.)
  • And as our French pals at Frandroied point out, a Saint Nicolas cookie is a sort of Gingerbread cookie. And Dec. 6 is St. Nicholas Day.

So we've got Andy Rubin speaking, a manufacturer that has yet to bring a tablet to market and French cookies. That's good enough for us! (We're rolling our eyes as we type this.)

Actually, nobody wants to See Gingerbread more than us. But remember that even if it's announced tomorrow, it's not going to magically appear on most phones for quite some time. The Nexus One is likely to get it first (or maybe the not-quite-official Nexus S). As for everyone else? Before the end of the year is extremely unlikely -- and a lot of you are still waiting on Froyo.

So sit back, relax, and let's see what Uncle Andy brings us tomorrow.

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4 years ago

Google doodles going mobile

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Ok, we'll admit it's really not the most exciting news to post about, but it is cool. Google doodles, which have been in use since 1998 on the Google homepage, are now mobile. While a few have been made available in the past presumably to test them out, Google has now committed to making the majority of the doodles that are available to desktop users available to anyone running Android 2.0 and up on their mobile device. It's a finer detail but one that I'm sure some folks out there will enjoy. [@GoogleMobile]

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4 years ago

New Dolphin Mini browser aims to bring faster browsing to Android

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Dolphin Browser Mini

The team over at Dolphin Browser is working on a new browser which they hope will bring faster browsing to your Android device.  Currently in a "preview" stage, the team just released the second public build of the browser on their blog.

Some new features include:

  • Completely redesigned user interface
  • Faster page loads
  • Infinite tabbed browsing
  • New menu layout 

 Hit the read more link to grab the download link.  The application isn't in the market yet, so if you're on AT&T, you'll need our Sideload Wonder Machine.  If you decide to take the new browser for a spin, be sure to give the team feedback in our developer forums. Via [Twitter] [Dolphin Browser Blog]

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4 years ago

Official Epic 4G Froyo build leaks out (it's likely a test build, though)

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Froyo on the Epic 4G

For those of you dying to get your hands on an official Android 2.2 build for the Sprint Epic 4G, it looks like one has found its way onto at least one phone. The update, which appears to be build DK28, brings the phone up to Android 2.2.1. Doesn't look like it's being pushed to a large number of phones yet -- in fact, the total as we see it so far is one, and it appears to be a dev unit -- so everybody stay tuned. [XDA Developers]

Update: You want the link to the DK28 update?  Of course you do!  Grab it direct from Google right here.  For questions about the installation procedure, be sure to visit the Epic 4G forums for all the answersThanks dieselg5!

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Dec. 4, 2010

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app-picks

Even with the recent updates to the Android Market, finding a great application can still be quite a hunt due to the shear size of the market. Here at Android Central we spend a lot of our time on our devices, so we sort through what we can on the market, and we bring you weekly some of our favorite picks from the last week. Let's take a look at what made it into this weeks choices.

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4 years ago

Nexus S demonstrates its video recording capabilities

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Nexus S demonstrates its video recording capabilities.

Despite Eric Schmidt showing off what we believe to be the Nexus S at last month's Web 2.0 summit, Google has been very tight-lipped about its new flagship device.  Thanks to a Picasa gallery that has since been removed, we got to take a look at some photos that are rumored to have been taken with the yet to be announced Samsung device.  And today, thanks to somebody who hopefully won't lose his or her job, we get to check out the video recording capabilities of the Nexus S, and Google's pimpin' bus fully equipped with leather seats.

Check out the video after the break!

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4 years ago

A brief look at the Playstation app [video]

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Playstation App

After we got a nice, clear video of the not-yet-announced Sony Playstation Phone, another video pops up, briefly showing the Playstation app.

By brief, we mean it; the clip is just 15 seconds long. It shows what appears to be the dedicated Playstation app from Sony. In the Library section of the app, it looks to have three tabs: All, Recently used and Recently Added as well as a search option. 

What we're all waiting for is to see some content in the app to see how the gameplay is, but until then this will have to suffice. Enjoy the video after the break. [YouTube]

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4 years ago

Comcast Mobile Android app now aims for Dec. 7, Xfinity still delayed

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Comcast Xfinity App

For all you Comcast subscribers out there waiting on the Comcast Mobile and Xfinity apps for Android, listen up. (Erm, or just keep reading).We're still waiting on the Xfinity Mobile App (aka Comcast Mobile App 3.0), and the Comcast Mobile App Android 2.0 release (there's a mouthful) is now slated for Dec. 7 release -- yes, another delay.

In the meantime, we've basically got the user manuals, plus feature lists, buglists and troubleshooters. Everything you could want, except for the actual app, that is. You can check it all out after the break. E-mail retrieval, DVR settings, voicemail, TV listings, the works.

And in the meantime, we'll all just have to sit back and wait and hope that there won't be any more delays.

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