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2 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 72

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry, Cory and Rene brave the wilds of their first video podcast to tackle the Amazon Kindle Fire, the latest Ice Cream Sandwich/Nexus news, plus more of your questions. Listen in!

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2 years ago

Virgin Mobile announces the LG Optimus Slider, coming Oct. 17 for $199

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Following up on their rather successful LG Optimus V, Virgin Mobile has announced it will be bringing a full QWERTY slider, the LG Optimus Slider to customers starting Oct. 17 on their website, and Oct. 31 in retail locations. The Optimus Slider will offer a 3.2-inch touchscreen, along with Android 2.3, Gingerbread. The device will come preloaded with Virgin Mobile Live 2.0, their own social media type application, along with all the other goodies of Android 2.3. At a price point of $199, it is set to draw some attention for those who aren't fans of contracts and are looking for a new device.

Source: Virgin Mobile

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2 years ago

SwiftKey X update brings heat map, stat panel and more

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One of the many great things about the Android platform is that there is such a wide variety of keyboards to chose from, and many great developers behind them. The folks at SwiftKey X have been known for some amazing updates, and they have hit it out of the park, yet again. Their latest update brings a slew of new features, such as:

  • Blog and RSS learning, so you can personalize based on your previous posts;
  • A heatmap that shows how accurately you type on your keyboard (these insights are used by SwiftKey to make predictions more accurate);
  • A new stats panel that gives great insights into what SwiftKey is doing for you, which you can share with your friends;
  • Language layout switching for users who use different keyboard layouts (e.g. English/Russian users);
  • The reintroduction of the autocaps toggle for those who wish to always write in lower case.

In addition to all these new features, they have made many "improvements" better error reporting, instant language updates, and several others. They have also addressed some bugs that affected various users, greatly improving the overall experience. If you are a current SwiftKey X user be sure to grab the update, and if you don't currently use it now would be a great time to check it out. Download links after the break.

Update - Swiftkey is rolling this update out over the next day or two apparently, so keep your eye out for the update!

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2 years ago

Have a Droid Incredible that never got its Gingerbread update? We can help

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Seems a lot of people still haven't gotten the Gingerbread OTA update for the Droid Incredible but no need to worry. We've got the full details on just how you can go about getting updated manually. Just follow the instructions below and you'll be up and running:

  1. Grab the OTA file here.
  2. Rename it to update.zip. (If you're on Windows, be careful to not make it update.zip.zip.)
  3. Copy it to the root (base directory) of your SD card.  Don't put it in any folders, and don't put it on the internal memory.
  4. Shut your phone off
  5. While holding the volume down button, turn the phone back on.
  6. In the white Bootloader screen, select recovery from the list.
  7. In the recovery screen (the triangle with exclamation mark), press volume up and power.  You'll go to the recovery menu.
  8. In the recovery menu, select "apply sdcard:update.zip"
  9. The phone will find the file, and when finished prompt you to reboot.  Reboot via the menu, then patiently wait for the phone to reboot. That's it, you're done!

If you happen to run into any problems, we got you covered there as well. You can head on into the Droid Incredible forums where many folks have already gone through the process and shared their thoughts on the update.

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2 years ago

Samsung announces the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

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Tipped for T-Mobile a few days ago, Samsung has now officially announced the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, an updated version of the venerable 7-inch tablet. Samsung was first to market with a quality Android tablet, but it did (and still does) so with Froyo, not the newer Honeycomb tablet-optimized OS.

That changes with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. In addition to having Android 3.2 Honeycomb, it's got a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 3MP rear camera and 2MP front camera and Samsung's TouchWiz UI on the 7-inch, 1024x600 display. It'll come in either 16GB or 32GB flavors, with a 4,000 mAh battery, and weigh 345 grams.

The version announced today sports tri-band HSPA+ (900/1900/2100) and quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900), but, again, there's that T-Mobile leak, so we'd expect some AWS love at some point, too.

Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

Foursquare updated - Now includes lists and sorting of friends

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The latest Foursquare update for Android is now available for download in the Android Market. Nothing huge will be found here like previous versions where we got a whole new UI but lists is now included and that's been lacking on the Android front until now.

  • Lists for Android! Wooo!
  • Points for check-ins are now in the post check-in screen.
  • Connect your Twitter account via the Settings screen.
  • Sort Friends by Nearby or Worldwide on Friends screen. Hit the menu or list footer.

All of those things should help keep things more organized and functional for all you Foursquare users out there. You can jump past the break for the update link or just fire up the Android Market if you already have Foursqaure installed.

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2 years ago

Postcard on the Run lets you easily drop word to friends and family

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Since we're on the road so much, we're always on the lookout for a good postcard app. And an old favorite was just released for Andronid. Postcard on the Run has a great UI, with easy instructions and options to use pictures from the camera, your gallery or even Facebook. Pick the pic, and Postcard on the Run mails it anywhere in the world.

But what if you don't know the physical address? (That's a common problem in a lot of address books these days.) Postard on the Run has its "Postal Gopher." Just give it the e-mail address or cell phone number of the person you're trying to send to, and it'll contact them, then update your address book and send. Other options include cropping the photo, leaving a message, adding a real signature (as in sign with your finger) and even a GPS map of your location you're sending from. It's pretty slick.

Prices vary from 99 cents to $1.69 per postcard sent (add 20 cents for international), and you can pay by credit card or PayPal. (We'd love to see in-app billing added so we don't have to enter our credit card -- again.)

We'll be giving this one a go this weekend from the Big Android BBQ, no doubt. Hit up the download links after the break.

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2 years ago

ICS talk, Kindle Fire ROM's possible? [From the Forums]

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We're getting geared up for this weeks podcast, which will be epic as always so make sure you tune in. If you're looking to spend some time getting caught up on things before we get going you can skip on back a few pages or head on into the forums to check out some of the threads in there:

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

Supposed 'list of files' for Verizon Nexus Prime leaked, bloatware free

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A list of the installed apps in the ROM for the Verizon Nexus Prime has been leaked, and they are unsurprisingly bloat free! OK. That's not surpring since it's a Nexus device, but surprising because it's Verizon. Some of us (cough) thought would never happen.

(And I'm required by law and/or Phil to point out that we first brought Verizon into the Nexus equation way back in June.)

We have no idea of the validity or source of this one -- or just how finished a build it might have been pulled from -- but we're going to go on assumption that a device tester was able to get the info out there, and let's all hope it's final.  It's a long list, and we want to discuss some of it, so hit the break and play along.

Source: My Droid World

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Intimity - For the ladies

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Any woman can tell you, tracking your monthly cycle is not the most fun thing ever. Trying to plan around it can be a real pain, and let's just be honest, it's really not the easiest thing to stay on top of. We have enough going on in our daily lives without having to stop and try to calculate if today is an especially good day to get pregnant or if that spontaneous weekend trip is going to be hindered by mother nature. Intimity is a new app aimed to make it all effortless, so that with a glance at your screen, you can tell what your body is planning for you.

Getting started is pretty simple. Simply input a few dates and indicate if you are trying to get pregnant or not, and the app does the rest for you. The main screen shows the current date, the day of your cycle you're on, and if it's a fertile, not fertile, or ovulation day. It was funny to me that the picture of the girl changes depending on those circumstances; if you're not trying to conceive, on fertile days she's dressed very prim and proper, and on non-fertile days she's ready to party - and vice versa if you are trying to conceive. Options at the bottom of this screen take you to view a monthly calendar that is in the shape of a flower with many petals. Spin the flower to choose a date, and you can enter notes, weight, mood and other details. You can even view statistics about your cycles and be notified when it's time to take birth control.

All in all Intimity is a handy app that takes much of the guess work out of at least this aspect of being a woman. Whether you're trying to get pregnant, or trying NOT to get pregnant, this app can be a great tool to use. You can grab it in the Android Market for $1.35. Download links and screenshots are after the break!

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