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4 years ago

iheartradio brings the best of terrestrial radio to the Android Market

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iheartradio

After a bit of a false start this morning, Christmas has come a day early for you radio lovers out there. Clear Channel Radio's iheartradio app is now available in the Android Market for phones running Android 1.5 and above. That's the Motorola Droid, HTC Droid Eris, HTC myTouch 3G and the Samsung Moment. With the app you get:

  • Streaming broadcasts from almost 400 U.S. radio stations, including digital-only stations such as erockster, Pride, Christian Aguilera Radio, Eagles Radio and the White House Brief.
  • Frequently updated traffic reports available for several major markets including New York, L.A., Chicago, San Francisco and Houston.
  • You can set a station to play automatically when you launch the App
  • Lyrics, album art and more

More at iheartradio.com. You can download the free app now in the Market. Happy listening!

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4 years ago

Analyst predicts 150,000 apps by 2011, and you did, too!

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your app predictions

Let's play "Are you Smarter than an Analyst." Simon Khalaf, CEO for analyst Flurry Inc., which studies apps and their use, says the Android Market could have 100,000 to 150,000 apps by the end of 2010. Currently, there are about 16,000 apps in the Market.

We previously asked for your predictions, and above is where your predictions fell. Twenty-seven percent of you also predicted 100,000 to 150,000 apps, and 75,000 to 100,000 was just behind at 25 percent. So congratulations, you're all now official analysts!

[Business Week via Android Guys]

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4 years ago

Android From A Nokia Perspective, Smartphone Round Robin

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As you know, the second week of the Smartphone Round Robin is going strong and if you're wondering where Android is this week, well it's in the hands of NokiaExpert's Matthew Miller! Matt is putting Android through the paces and offering unique viewpoints that only a Nokia user can. We're sure that he'll bring new ideas and insight while using the Android platform so be sure to check out his hands on video!

You can also help out Matt in our Android Central Forums. He's started a thread that's asking us Android users a ton of questions regarding our favorite smartphone OS. If you're new to Android, his thread would probably be where you want to start. And remember, every day you make a post in that thread this week you're entered to win a free Android smartphone from Android Central! (details here)

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4 years ago

Beautiful Widgets drama, Moto Droid home screens, Nexus One, Android Apps

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  • The Beautiful Widgets drama continues as HTC once again has asked to "review" the latest version, and that means our thread regarding the widgets continues to grow. Be sure to keep up with the latest information in this thread here.
  • If you own an Android device, chances are you like to be able to customize things. And that's exactly what all of you Moto Droid owners seem to be doing. Share your home screens in the thread: Post your Screen!
  • With so much hype surrounding the Nexus One, why not jump in our forums and discuss it?
  • If you had to choose one single Android application, what would it be?

See you on the forums!

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4 years ago

FTC wants more info on Google-AdMob deal

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Google

Google today responded to the FCC's FTC's request for more information regarding its purchase of AdMob, the mobile advertising company. And, as expected, they're putting a positive spin on the delay that's holding up the $750 million deal.

As we said when we announced the deal, we don't see any regulatory issues with this deal, because the rapidly growing mobile advertising space is highly competitive with more than a dozen mobile ad networks.

That said, we know that closer scrutiny has been one consequence of Google's success, and we've been talking to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over the past few weeks. This week we received what's called a "second request," which means that the FTC is asking for more information so that they can continue to review the deal.

Hey, time is money. And Google certainly has more than enough of both. [Google via MacRumors]

Update: Yes, we know the FCC is not the FTC. We're lucky we didn't call the darn thing the HTC. :-/

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4 years ago

LG Prada 3 rumored to be an Android (or WinMo) WiMAX phone on Sprint

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LG Prada 3

The rumors are building ahead of CES, and the latest involves LG, Sprint and a little 4G standard called WiMAX. The long-rumored LG Prada 3 reportedly could be an Android device. [MobileOSNews via Slashgear] Or, it could be a Windows Mobile device. [Information Week via WMExperts] It all depends on who you ask right now.

Either way, an actual WiMAX phone will be a pretty big deal. So we're just gonna have to go to Vegas and see for ourselves. Besides, Brooke Shields will be there. We just can't pass that up.

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4 years ago

Photobucket app now available in Market

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Photobucket for Android

For you folks who are big into Photobucket, there's now a free Android app for you. With it you can search PB's library, get easy access to image URLs from your phone, and you can upload multiple files in the background. The app's now available in the Android Market. [Photobucket via AndroidOS.in]

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4 years ago

Quick App: TETRIS for Moto Droid

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You knew this was eventually going to happen. An official version of Tetris, from EA Mobile, was just released and it takes full advantage of the Motorola Droid's gorgeous screen.

With smooth animations along with some pretty decent music and sound effects, you have yourself a version of Tetris that competes with the best of them. Sadly, there is no multiplayer mode, but you do get three challenging single player modes -- Marathon mode, Ultra, and Forty Line.

This is a very polished version of Tetris, although I noticed the controls at times seemed a little clumsy, especially at higher levels. Hopefully an update will fix this. The other negative is that you can not use the Droids directional pad. Now perhaps I am being a bit harsh, because at the end of the day it is Tetris, and it's addicting.

Tetris is now available in the Market for $4.99.

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4 years ago

Nexus One specs leaked, retail sales may be 'invite-only' intially

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Nexus One specs

We've seen tons of pictures and a few unofficial specs for the Nexus One trickle out of the past couple of weeks, but the folks at Engadget have found the mother lode. They've also gotten word that the Nexus one will be sold starting Jan. 5, albet on an invite-only basis at first, which they're guessing will be developers. A full T-Mobile retail launch is still in the cards, though, it's just that nobody knows when. Hit the break for the rest of the specs. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Tether your Droid with a wee bit of work

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Motorola Droid

Let's face it: A smartphone doesn't really reach manhood until it can achieve the almighty tether -- we'll ignore for the moment whether it's Kosher with your carrier. And you can now tether with the Motorola Droid.

Sure, you previously could use PDANet. And while that's fine for many, it's just not the same. It you want true tethering, however, you're going to have to work for it. A new firmware isn't a small matter, but the instructions are now available, thanks to DroidForums user webacoustics. We'll warn you in advance: Read the instructions. Then read them again. And if you're not sure what you're doing, don't do it. But otherwise, happy tethering!

[DroidForums via Engadget]

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4 years ago

HTC's Past, Present, and Future -- From Nothing to Heavyweight

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The story of HTC is nothing short of amazing. From a little OEM company that developed phones for other companies to a complete powerhouse of a manufacturer and heavyweight in the smartphone industry in 10 short years--it's simply incredible the growth that HTC has shown. In 2008, one in six smartphones in the US were built by HTC. How did this Taiwanese company become so relevant, so fast?

Wired examines the history of HTC and showcases its plan for the future. In the past, they made the right bets (on Android) and did a great job with design and in the future, they'll continue to build their brand and globalize their company. Here's our choice nuggets from the story:

  • “When we started to work with Google, we had no visibility at all,” says Wang. “The (Android) platform probably would not even materialize and even if it did, it could be just another one in the market. But we shared the excitement.”
  • Over the next three years, it will spend $1 billion to create a new R&D facility near a Taipei suburb. 
  • Personalization will be another big trend, “I firmly believe that the phone you have should never look like the phone I have,” he says.”If you love stocks and financial news that’s what your phone should show. But if I am interested in Hello Kitty and manga then my phone should reflect that.”
  • “Brand value is like respect, you have to earn it,” he says. “You can’t buy respect. You can spend all the money you want to build the recognition but that doesn’t mean anything. I want the HTC brand to stand for a great experience.”

The whole story is worthy of a read even with some factual oddities (Sense on the Motorola Cliq, HTC Tattoo on Verizon? Huh?) that we'll begrudgingly excuse because HTC deserves all the accolades and acclaim they're receiving. HTC undoubtedly makes great products and we're glad to see the little company that could become a powerhouse in the industry. Now if HTC can follow up the Hero with the Nexus One ASAP, we'll love them even more.

[wired]

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4 years ago

Nexus One Gets A Hands On Impression

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The guys at Gizmodo got their hands on the Nexus One aka the Googlephone and have come away with some impressions that have been surprisingly hard to come by. We'll give you the highlights but it seems like they've concluded that the Nexus One (or the N1?) will be the Android phone to get when released. Yep, better than the Droid, the Hero, and whatever else Android phone you want right now.

Here's their thoughts:

  • The Nexus One is slightly thinner than the iPhone 3GS, and slightly lighter.
  • The back is definitely not cheap and plasticky, like the iPhone's backing, and feels like some sort of rubbery material.
  • It feels long and silky and natural in your hand—even more so than the iPhone 3GS.
  • Even though the screen is the same size and same resolution as the Droid, it's noticeably better.
  • This is probably the best screen we've seen on a smartphone so far. Probably.
  • The Nexus One is astonishingly faster than the Droid.
  • [For webpage loading]...the Nexus One loaded first, the iPhone 3GS came in a few seconds later, and the Droid came in a little while after that.

Head over to Gizmodo for their take but this is getting us more excited about the Nexus One than ever before. We love our Droids here at Android Central, something definitively better than the Droid will have to be eye-poppingly good.

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4 years ago

Motorola CLIQ Gets Rooted

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Hooray! The Motorola Cliq (full review coming, we promise) has officially been rooted. Which means you can turn this tween-text-teen-social-centric phone into a powerhouse of whatever you like, in time. It's not quite ready for what we all expect rooted Android phones to be ready for--cyanogenMOD ROMs, Sense ROMs, etc.--but we expect that to be all figured out shortly. In the meantime, enjoy the fact that the rooted Cliq won't have to be stuck with Motoblur and will eventually be able to handle anything the devs throw at it!

Hit the link if you want to know how to root your Motorola Cliq!

[via redmondpie]

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4 years ago

NPR app is now available

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National Public Radio Android appNational Public Radio Android app

At long last, National Public Radio's Android app is ready and can be downloaded from the Android Market. The app's launch comes in conjunction with a refresh of NPR's mobile site, m.npr.org.

"We've seen a nearly ten-fold increase in our mobile traffic since the launch of our iPhone app earlier this year, Kinsey Wilson, senior vice president and general manager, NPR Digital Media, said in a news release. "With the redesign of our mobile web site and the launch of the Android app we’re now able to bring that superior experience to a much wider audience."

The NPR app has access to more than 600 NPR stations and hundreds of on-demand streams. Live station streaming is expected to come in the spring. [NPR]
 

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4 years ago

Nexus One poses with iPhone, Hero, shows its French skills

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Nexus One with an HTC Hero

Looks like just about everybody got tipped to this one, but no matter: Here's the Nexus One sized up with the iPhone, and inside, the HTC Hero. And after the break we have a slew of other shots of the device, as well as that 5-minute video walkthrough that's making the rounds. Enjoy! (And thanks, Chris) [img source]

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