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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic review

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The Motorola Droid Bionic is a hell of a phone —
but can it possibly live up to the months and months of hype?


Finally, Verizon combines LTE data with a dual-core processor in a familiar and stylish form factor. It's fast, well-built with a large screen.


What took this phone so long to get to market? It's found itself in a precarious place, with a new version of Android imminent, along with new hardware. Then there's the Pentile display and continued LTE battery suck, plus a suspect camera.



This should have been Verizon's Droid X2. Or maybe it was supposed to be the Droid X3. Regardless, it's the best LTE device available today.

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2 years ago

Sony Walkman Z-series announced -- Tegra-powered Android PMP for Japan

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Sony has officially unveiled the Walkman Z-series, a new line of personal media players running Android, powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 chips. The 4.3-inch device was on show at IFA 2011 last week, albeit without the official name or branding. The Walkman Z sports a WVGA (800x480) display, 512MB of RAM and between 16 and 64GB of internal storage depending on your chosen model.

Software-wise, you've got a skinned version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with additional software perks including DLNA connectivity and FM radio. Being a Tegra device, you'll also get 1080p playback, either through the included micro-HDMI port or over the air using DLNA.

The Walkman Z-series is due to hit Japanese retailers from December 10, with prices starting at ¥28,000 (~$360) for the 16GB model. Currently Sony is offering no additional information on wider international availability or pricing.

Source: Sony (Japanese)

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2 years ago

Android App Review: StatusBar+

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Another entry in the Seven+ Android project is StatusBar+. StatusBar+ is, as it sounds, a complete status bar replacement, but what makes it so revolutionary is that it doesn't require root or any flashing .zips in recovery. You simply install the app, enable it, and it replaces your normal status bar.

StatusBar+ is technically still in its first alpha, but the only bugs I noticed were the notification icon color and background color options. Choosing either causes the app settings menu to force close, but the status bar itself actually never closes.

As for the status bar itself, it's very minimal and very clean. When you enable it, it slides down over your current status bar and will be completely black. Tap on the bar and your other icons (cell signal, data connection, battery) bounce down into place, similar to the lockscreen. After a couple of seconds, they'll disappear.

Fortunately, you can remove the option clicking to drop, so the icons will always be there. This required a restart on my part, but from there, everything worked fine. You can also choose to have StatusBar+ run on phone boot so you don't even need to think about turning it on.

Other than that, there's not much to say. It's a status bar. It's black (for now), very clean, and the icons are cool. It's definitely impressive that this has been pulled off without requiring root or flashing in recovery. For those looking to WP7 their phone out, this is a must have.

StatusBar+ is $1.29 in the Android Market.

More screenshots and download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Gingerbread pushing out for the R2-D2 Droid 2, too

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Word on the streets -- and in our Droid 2 forums -- is that the R2-D2 version of the Droid 2 is getting its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update today, just shy of the anniversary of its launch. Dunno how many more updates we can expect to get out of this thing, and that's a shame, be cause it really is in first-class condition. We've worked with him before.

Source: Droid 2 forums

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2 years ago

Squarespace finally releases official app for Android

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Squarespace has finally released an Android version of their app. The popular blog and hosting site has had a gorgeous iOS app for quite some time, leaving us Android users very jealous. Squarespace for Android brings great functionality to your mobile device, enabling you to manage your blog on-the-go.

Features include:

  • Post directly to your blog
  • Edit content in multiple modes including Text, Markdown, Textile and HTML
  • Post photos on the go
  • Fully manage comments: approve them, reply back, or mark them as spam
  • Receive a push notifications for new comments and comments awaiting moderation
  • See a live preview of your entire site and posts
  • Manage multiple Squarespace sites from one device
  • View robust site statistics in real time

To get the free mobile app for your Android device, follow the links after the break. Squarespace is one of the most popular blogging sites, so it's great to see a dedicated Android app finally released.

If you're a Squarespace user, we'd love to know what you think of the app. Once you try it out, sing out in our Forums.

Source: Squarespace

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Talking Transformers

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So my Nexus S got stolen. I caught the thieves, giggling on the couch, poking at the glass and saying ridiculous things into the microphone. That's right, it was my children, and they had discovered Talking Transformers, the app I had downloaded earlier in the day. I can't blame them for their crime, it's an awesome app that will keep you rolling.  

You can transform this red car into his robot form, complete with realistic Transformer sound effects. Poke him and he moves, fire his weapon at the push of a button, and watch what happens when he punches your screen. You can even see the lighter side of his personality by pushing the "D" button to watch him put on a dance on stage. The best part of Talking Transformers though, is of course the talking part! Speak into the microphone and hear your words repeated back. Just be careful, and keep a watchful eye on your phone, or it may fall prey to thieves, just like mine did.

More screenshots and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Italians now joining the ever-growing tablet market

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When you think of Italy, you think of Ferrari, Pasta, beautiful architecture. You might not think of Android and with good reason. However, Italian company Olivetti has set out to change all that by launching a pair of Android tablets, a 10 inch Honeycomb device and a 7-inch Froyo (yes, Froyo) device. 

So what's the deal with these two? The smaller tablet, the Olipad Smart is packing a 1GHz TI OMAP Cortex A8 processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB on board storage and an 800x480 multitouch display with 3G connectivity. The big downside is the operating system. At this stage releasing any device without at least Gingerbread on board is a big fail, especially given it's price point. It's due for release Sept.15 with a price of €299 ($431).

It's bigger brother, named the Olipad 110 is a lot more promising. Running Honeycomb 3.1 on top of a Tegra 2 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of on board storage and a 1280x800 IPS display. We also get dual cameras, 5MP on the back and 2MP on the front, MicroUSB and MicroSD support, and HDMI out capabilities albeit via a docking station. 

The price for this Italian slice of Honeycomb? €449 ($647) which rather predictably is a little on the high side. It's available right now via the Mediaworld.it online store, with no official word as to whether or not it will ever be available outside of Italy. 

Check out the full press release after the break. 

Source: AndroidOS.in

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2 years ago

Facebook gets a noticeable update, starts to suck less

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To say that Facebook's Android app has been ... less than exciting ... would be the understatement of the past year or so. Hopefully tonight's update is a sign of greater things to come, as Version 1.7 brings some UI tweaks and features that frankly should have been added by now. Here's the rundown:

  • Made it easier to share with who you want
  • Improved the sharing tool to add privacy controls on posts and match your settings on the web site
  • Added the ability to tag friends and places in photos posts
  • Added new design for Profile and Group Walls
  • Improved photo browsing with swiping
  • Added the ability to tag your friends in photos
  • Improved Messages and Notifications
  • Fixed a number of crashes and performance issues

Not mentioned in the bullet points -- these are the official changes mentioned in the Android Market -- is that you can also now pull to refresh. It's about time. And while the app's now installable on Android 3.x devices, let's see about maybe getting a proper tablet layout, shall we?

Snag the updated version in the Android Market now. We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Transferring data, Cyanogen Mod 7 Alpha [From the Forums]

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Under Monday over and now, we're ready for the rest of the week with some awesome contests and content for you all -- make sure you stick close to the blogs this week for sure. Looking for more great content? Head on into the Android Central forums and strike up some discussion with fellow Android fans.

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2 years ago

Reminder: Enter to win an Acer Iconia A100 from Nvidia and Android Central [contest]

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The Acer Iconia A100 is the first 7-inch Honeycomb tablet, and it's filled with the same Tegra goodness as it's big brother.  And you can win one in our Tegra Madness giveaway right in the Android Central forums.  There are quite a few of us who love the idea of a full fledged Honeycomb tablet in this size range, perfectly portable and just right for reading.  Being able to play those cool Tegra 2 games is a nice perk as well.

Winning one is easy, just hit the forums and drop a note in the contest thread, and you're entered.  We'll pick the winner at random, and announce them all in one big blog post next Sunday (Sep. 18).  Good luck to all, and be sure to enter all week!

Win an Acer Iconia A100

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