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2 years ago

Toshiba announces the Thrive 7" Android tablet, available in December

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The Toshiba Thrive was one of the first 10-inch Android Honeycomb tablets with full-size port -- and it'll be joining the expanding ranks of 7-inch tablets come December.

Officially dubbed the Toshiba Thrive 7", it'll sport a 1280x800 resolution with Toshiba's Adaptive Display and Resolution+ video enhancements, stereo speakers, a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, and be available in either 16- or 32-gigabytes. It'll run Android 3.2, powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual processor.

But back to the size. It'll weigh less than a pound at 14.1 ounces and is 0.47 inches thick. It's not skimping on ports, either, with miniUSB, microHDMI and a microSD card slot.

Pricing has yet to be announced. The full presser is after the break, and you can find more images here.

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2 years ago

ITC to investigate Apple over HTC's patent complaints

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Tech Armageddon continues, and now the ITC (International Trade Commission) will be launching an investigation against Apple Computer Corp. over disputes brought by HTC earlier this year.  TechCrunch reports (by way of BusinessWeek) a basic description of the patents in question as:

The patents in the ITC case relate to an interface that lets the user add identifiers such as .com or .org; an interface that enlarges characters being typed; a way to display information on mobile devices; and status bars that let a user check phone calls, text messages or calendar events.

The investigation itself goes well beyond the smartphone arena -- the ITC states it will cover "computers, tablet computers, and smartphones."  It's worth noting that some of the patents in question were granted to HTC by Google, who so far has stayed out of the current tech courtroom drama it's OEM's are involved in. 

As always, it's the consumer who will be the biggest loser here.  Licensing agreements will be worked out, and that cost will be funneled down to all of us.  It's a war with no winners.

Source: ITC; via Tech Crunch

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2 years ago

Android 201: How (and when) to clear app cache or data

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2 years ago

Amaze 4G, Separate Android Market accounts [From the Forums]

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We're rocking through this week and the celebrations continue for our 500,000-member giveaway in the Android Central forums. You can check in there for your chance to win some cool prizes. Check out some of the threads below or start up your own today!

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

Qualcomm and BSQUARE announce the Dragonboard - a reference platform for the S3 Snapdragon series

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Qualcomm and partner BSQUARE announced the APQ8060 S3 reference development  Dragonboard today.  Besides having a cool name that conjures up images of Bruce Lee, it's a great way for hardware and software developers to work with Qualcomm's latest and greatest gear without the bulk (and locked hardware silliness) of the typical OEM Android phone.  The Dragonboard includes an APQ8060 processor (think the T-Mobile Galaxy S II or HP TouchPad), and two pre-installed daughterboards with sensors and wireless (802.11 b/g/n Wifi and Bluetooth) complete with a full build of Android and all hardware drivers for just $299.  Other packages include a 480x800 touchscreen, camera, and earpiece for $199, or you can get the whole bundle for $498.

The benefit of using this type of kit for design and testing is the wide open hardware, and the ability for expansion.  The board has all the connectors we're used to on our phones, like USB, as well as test points and a JTAG connector.  You wouldn't use this to build your next custom Android ROM, but it sure would be handy when designing and building an Android powered home automation system, or even the mythical Android powered toaster.  If you're interested in more details or purchasing, hit the source link and have a look.

Source: Qualcomm

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2 years ago

ROM review: CyanogenMod 7 (VALPHA 2) for EVO 3D

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I'm an AOSP man. Sense has gotten good, but I just can't seem to tear myself away from vanilla Android, and more specifically, CyanogenMod.

The speed, the themes, and the customization are just a few of the reasons I'm always drawn back into Steve Kondik's world, so the night the EVO 3D alpha went live, I flashed it.

If you're curious about the goods, follow me after the break.

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2 years ago

Google Maps updated, brings improved location accuracy and more

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Today we see an update to Google Maps. The update bumps us up to version 5.10.1, and brings some bug fixes, as well as improved location accuracy for Transit Navigation. So, why wait any longer? Hop past the break for download links, or head into the market and grab your update.

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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G case review: Seidio ACTIVE case

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Looking for the right case for your Android smartphone is not always as easy as it should be, especially when shopping online.  Getting to feel a case and seeing how it fits on your device is always an advantage when buying cases at a local store, so we'll be taking an in-depth look at the Seidio ACTIVE case for the Motorola Atrix 4G and how it holds up in terms of protection, functionality and overall comfort.  

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2 years ago

Sprint’s new Push-to-Talk Service launches Oct. 2

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Sprint Direct Connect -- that's the name of the new Push-to-Talk service coming from Sprint  next week (Oct. 2, to be exact), is bringing a lot of changes to Push-to-Talk as we know it today according to Paget Alves, president-Sprint Business.

“We’ve seen steadily increasing demand for faster data speeds, better and broader coverage, and more applications on push-to-talk devices. Sprint Direct Connect is designed to solve for all three.”

Sprint’s 3G data network will be used now instead for Push-to-Talk services instead of the aging iDEN system and while coverage support for Direct Connect won't be as broad at first, Sprint expects that by 2012 direct connect coverage will be almost three times the square miles covered by iDEN.

When it comes to compatible devices, Sprint has stated three new devices will be released in Q3 that are compatible with the new direct connect service. The Kyocera DuraMax and DuraCore will both be available but Sprint left out the other. We're guessing that's because they've not yet announce the previously outed Motorola Admiral, which should support the services as well. Full press release from Sprint is past the break for you all or you could just "chirp" Sprint for more details.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Xobni launches Smartr Contacts for Android - makes your address book smarter

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If you came to Android from the BlackBerry world then there is a good chance you've heard of the folks behind the newly released contact management app Smartr. Xobni, while having first made their app available on BlackBerry has now launched Smartr to the Android Market after a long beta and alpha testing phase.

Rather then just simply offering you another address book, Smartr organizes your address book and takes it to the next level by offering a solution of making sure the people you contact the most, are always at your fingertips. Contacts are no longer arranged alphabetically, your contacts are now ranked by how often you reach out to them -- bringing the most important to the top. In addition to the better organization, profiles can be completely filled out with a photo, job title, company details, email history, common contacts and info from social networks.

Acessing your Smartr contact information is easy as well, you have access to them from the home screen, via the main search bar, the widgets, or the Smartr app. If you're in need of a better contact management system for your device, give Smartr a look. Couple it with Smartr contacts for GMail and you have a pretty awesome solution for keeping your contacts organized. We're going to have a full review up soon but for now -- it's available in the Android Market for free and you'll find the download, press release and a video further explaining the services past the break.

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