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2 years ago

Cadillac unveils its Cadillac CUE infotainment system; we take it for a spin

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Cadillac took the wraps off of its new Cadillac CUE infotainment system on Tuesday in San Diego. We're not, strictly speaking, looking at an Android product here. (Though it does run Linux, so that's close enough, right?) But it absolutely concerns your Android smartphone on a couple of levels.

Cadillac CUE -- that stands for Cadillac User Experience -- is a gorgeous in-dash and in-console experience. On the dash side, you have a totally digital readout. Tach, spedometer -- all digital. It's also customizable. You can have a traditional (read: boring) look, or go with something more sexy at the touch of a button. Very cool.

But what we're more concered with is the monster 8-inch capactive touchscreen with haptic feedback in the center of the cockpit. You read that right. An 8-inch capactive touchscreen with haptic feedback. Oh, and it's got a proximity sensor. Yes, Cadillac's taken the best parts of smartphone and tablet tech and has put it in a vehicle. And it's gone even further, with a user interface that's as intuitive as anything we've seen. Smartphone and tablet manufacturers should take note -- this car manufactuer just showed you how to do car mode.

So where does your phone come in? You'll be able to connect your device to the vehicle over Bluetooth, and they'll interact just as you saw in our walkthrough of Chevy MyLink. In fact, Pandora once again is on board here. Cadillac CUE doesn't replace your phone. Yet.

What you see here will be available on in 2012 in the Cadillac XTS and ATS, and the SRX luxury crossover. So, yeah, it'll be out of reach for many of us. But we'll repeat what we said back in the summer with the MyLink launch: This is the future of your smartphone on the road. Get ready for it.

More official footage from Cadillac, as well as the press release, is after the break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Transfix

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Here we go with the Samsung Transfix, Cricket Communications' new 3.2-inch Android 2.3 slider. In all respects it's a fairly benign phone. Fast enough with an 800 MHz processor, a stock Gingerbread experience, and the four-row QWERTY keyboard is of the usual Samsung fare. The buttons are flat and shallow.

Really, it's the price -- $179 -- and Cricket's prepaid service that is the most attractive feature here. 

Speaking of attractive -- we've got more hands-on pics and video after the break.

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2 years ago

Motorola announces the new Motorola Lapdock 100 - Coming soon to Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and AT&T

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Motorola made us all fully aware of the fact they were going to be bringing top notch accessories to their higher-end devices in the future. What started with the Motorola Atrix 4G, webtop has now expanded into Motorola's latest accessory announcement being the Motorola Lapdock 100.

Equipped with a bright 10.1 inch high resolution screen, high quality audio, large ergonomically-slanted keyboard with dedicated Android™ keys, touch-pad, multi-tasking capabilities, and desktop-class tabbed web browsing using Wi-Fi or the smartphone’s data plan, the innovative companion device is now more affordable, lightweight, and intuitive.

Motorola LAPDOCK 100 supports full multi-tasking - making it easy to respond to an incoming text or take a call while browsing the web, using any one of the thousands of Android™ apps available, viewing pictures, or listening to music.

At a mere 2.2lbs (less than 1Kg), Motorola LAPDOCK 100 is designed to be as mobile as its owners’ lives. Compact enough to carry in a back-pack or briefcase, use in the office, in the classroom, at a café or on the couch at home, the device’s up to five hour* battery charges the phone so a user never loses their freedom to be mobile.

Motorola LAPDOCK 100 is compatible with multiple Motorola smartphones, including Motorola ATRIX™ 2, PHOTON™ 4G, and DROID BIONIC by Motorola.** It will also be compatible with future Motorola webtop-enabled devices.

So when will it be available? The Motorola Lapdock 100 will be available online at AT&T on 10/17. It will also be available through Verizon Wireless and Sprint later this quarter. No pricing was announced as of yet either but you better believe we'll keep you all up to date on that.

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

Motorola Spyder and Xoom 2 appear again in new images

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We know Motorola has something ready for us all, they've made no bones about teasing everyone with it, so it's not surprising more leaks have now shown up for the devices known as the Xoom 2 and Spyder / Droid HD / Droid RAZR.

The Xoom 2 hasn't changed all that much since we last saw it, though it is noted that these devices are as close to final form as can be. Looking at the Spyder though, we can see Verizon logos all over the thing, leaving no doubt about where it will drop.

Noted also is the info that the Spyder actually has a 1.5GHz processor but when it arrives in consumers hands it'll only be clocked at 1.2GHz -- nothing new but still interesting.  Also, the back of the device is said to be kevlar coating, though I'm sure it won't be stopping bullets any time soon. More shots can be found past the break for you all.

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Atrix battle, Devices upgrades [From the Forums]

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We're up and running at CTIA and while we had a few things trickle out, there is still more to come. You'll want to stick around either here on the blogs or in the forums for more Android news as it happens.

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

Hands-on with the Samsung Stratosphere

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The Samsung Stratosphere made a brief cameo at CTIA today, two days ahead of its official launch on Verizon, and we were there to catch all of it's full QWERTY, LTE goodness. The Stratosphere is Big Red's first LTE slider, and if you've ever encountered Sprint's Epic 4G, you'll know what to expect.

The Stratosphere has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display that looks just as good as what we've come to expect from Samsung. The QWERTY keyboard doesn't disappoint, either. The slider mechanism works and feels great and you'll have plenty of room to let your thumbs do some walking. In the back you've got a 5 megapixel camera; up front, a 1.3 megapixel shooter.

Inside, it's got a 1 GHz single-core Hummingbird processor with 512 MB RAM and 4 GB system storage. Oh, and let's not forget Verizon's blazing-fast LTE. While the specs might not be the biggest we've ever seen, performance didn't suffer for it. The UI (yes, it's TouchWiz) felt zippy and smooth, and coupled with 4G data speeds, the Stratosphere should be able to handle most of what you throw at it.

The Samsung Stratosphere officially launches on October 13 on Verizon for $149.99 with a two-year contract. Until then, enjoy the photos and the video after the break.

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2 years ago

BlueStacks now available, brings Android apps to your PC in style

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It seems forever ago that BlueStacks was announced as coming soon but no -- it's finally here. In case you don't remember, BlueStacks is for now, a Windows application that allows you to run Android apps directly on your computer and easily switch between say Windows and Android.

The BlueStacks Android Player was released in Alpha form last night and to go along with that came of course, the Android app syncer as well. The App Syncer application allows you to sync any Android app on your device with the BlueStacks cloud service. When synced, the apps will then become available for use on your PC.

After having given it a go, I have to say it is pretty impressive. Most of the apps I synced worked quite well. Some apps did lag, and some apps for whatever reason refused to sync but that's to be expected as it is still Alpha testing. If you give it a go, make sure you send the BlueStacks team some feedback as that will help their offersings progress. You can hit the source link for more info plus, a demo video can be found after the break.

Note: You do need a Facebook account in order to have access. Other methods are on their way but for now, Facebook it is.

Source: BlueStacks

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2 years ago

Google+ updated, includes bug fixes

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An update for the Google+ app is hitting the Market today that includes mainly bug fixes. There was a sizeable update a few weeks ago and while this one is not as feature-rich, it is just as important.

Here is the changelog:

  • Fixed a bug that prevented installation on some devices
  • Improved messenger notification reliability
  • Numerous crash fixes
  • Disable speakerphone when headset is plugged in for hangouts
  • New translations

If you don't see the update now, it will be rolling out to more users this afternoon. If you don't have the app yet, check the links after the break and make sure to follow your favorite writers from Android Central!

As always, if you have questions or comments about the app, please visit our Android App Forum.

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2 years ago

Android 101: Uninstalling apps on Honeycomb

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the T-Mobile Springboard with Google

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Here's our first look at the lastest in the line of 7-inch Android Honeycomb tablets -- the T-Mobile Springboard with Google. Not a whole lot here you haven't seen before. It's Honeycomb (Android 3.2, to be exact), and it's 7 inches. Nothing's really been customized, though you've got a wealth of T-Mobile apps.

Physically speaking, Huawei's made a nice little device here. It's reminiscent of the BlackBerry PlayBook in look and feel, and that's not a horrible thing. It's got HDMI out and microUSB and, well, that's about it. It's powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8260 processor. It's got a 5MP camera on the back, and 1.3MP up front.

Still no word on pricing, but Huawei said this morning that "you'll be impressed." Pics and video are after the break.

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