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4 years ago

Waze unveils version 3.2, with waypoints, voice control, and real-time gas pricing

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Waze has taken the wraps off the latest version of their über-popular social navigation app, and there's some pretty cool new features thrown into the mix. For starters, you can now find the things you're looking for along the route your traveling with the new waypoints feature, where you can search for gas stations (more on that in a minute), parking, auto repair and more that are on your way. Then there's the addition of full voice control for reporting incidents to the rest of the community for Android phones, and an inbox for updates from the Waze community. The big news is the real-time gas search, which allows you to say a couple of bucks when you're at the pumps. In addition, Waze has partnered with Kum & Go, Hess, Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (BP and Exxon stations) and Vintners Distributers (Shell) locations to bring in-app discounts on gas to users. As outrageous as gas prices are getting, this is something everyone should try.

Of course everything else you love (or heard about everyone else loving if you haven't tried Waze yet) is still there -- real-time traffic, social integration, speed trap reports, and fun. The best part is that it's all free! 

Hit the break for a short video, a handful of app screenshots, and Waze's press release

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4 years ago

Major Swype beta update released with syncable dictionary, personalized prediction

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Swype developer Nuance has announced -- and released -- a major update to the beta version of the popular Android keyboard. The new Swype beta, which is available to download now from the official site, adds in several new abilities designed to make word prediction more accurate. Among these is a feature more commonly associated with rival SwiftKey -- personalized prediction based on social networking accounts, SMS and email.

The devs have also added in the ability to sync your personal dictionary across multiple devices, and download new languages from within the app. On top of that, a more intelligent prediction engine is promised, based on Nuance's XT9 tech, which the developers say will make Swype smarter based on historical usage. Dragn dictation is also included, if you prefer talking to typing.

All in all, this looks like a worthy update to one of the most popular Android keyboards, so if you're a fan of Swype, you'll definitely want to check it out. The new version of Swype is available now over at the source link for English and Spanish users.

We've got the presser after the break.

Download: Swype Beta

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4 years ago

Google Developers Live aims to bring I/O to developers all year round

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Naturally, excitement is building as we get ever nearer to Google I/O 12. Alongside the release of the new Google I/O 12 Android application, Google has kicked off the Google Developers Live page over on the Google Developers site. Say Google; "we want to bring you knowledge, tools, and people from the Google Developers community, all year round–not just three days in June." 

Google already publishes regular video sessions, such as Office Hours on YouTube, but keeping track of what's out there and when it's available can be challenging. Google Developers Live aims to bring all that content under one roof effectively, and provide an easy portal complete with calendar, to find the sessions that interest you. 

And, to kick-start the I/O all year round message, the first, starter-level sessions on various topics to prepare eager developers for next weeks more advanced material. 

Source: Google Developers Blog

 

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4 years ago

Motorola and Alitalia pair up, Xoom 2 tablets to appear on board

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Motorola Mobility has announced a partnership with Italian airline, Alitalia, that will see the Motorola Xoom 2 start to appear on board Alitalia flights. The on-board crew will have access to the tablets with a custom manifest application built in, on which they can view detailed information about passengers, their meal requests, travel history and any previous 'inconvieniences' -- whatever they might be. The benefit to staff is the ability to have real-time information at their finger tips, as well as easy access to the aircrafts manuals. 

Additionally, the Xoom 2 will be introduced into Business and Magnifica class cabins, initially only a selection of mid and long-range flights to Russia and the Middle East that don't currently carry an in-flight entertainment service. Movies, games, magazines, music will all be pre-loaded for passengers to take advantage of.

Back on the ground, the tablets will also start to appear in 10 Alitalia lounges as well. The full presser can be found after the break along with a short, and Italian, promotional video

 

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4 years ago

Some Sprint Galaxy S IIIs seem to be shipping out tonight

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Sprint was serious when they said they would still be shipping out pre-orders of the 16GB versions of the Galaxy S III on time. Even though there's some sort of delay in the chain, users in the Sprint GSIII forums are getting their shipping notifications, much like RawisTheGameHhH's who you see above. 

The timing is perfect, you can read both our Sprint GSIII review as well as Alex's primer on the new Touchwiz while you're waiting and refreshing the UPS tracking number. Afterwards, be sure to dive in the forums feet first -- half the fun of having a new Android phone is finding ways to fiddle around with it, and there's some pros in there who think outside the box. Now hurry UPS trucks!

Source: Sprint Galaxy S III forums

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4 years ago

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 review

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Behold, the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III (S3)! 

That's all we need to write, right? The Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) really doesn't need too much preamble at this point, having been released overseas for several weeks now. We covered the launch event in London. It's a big, sleek, powerful phone. And it's coming to AT&T this week. And it's doing so in exactly the same form factor as we see abroad.

It's not quite that simple, of course. While it looks exactly the same on the outside (and on the software side as well) AT&T -- like the other U.S. carriers and a few in Canada -- has a slightly different version under the hood. And this is AT&T we're talking about, so we'd better open things up to make sure nobody's hidden anything up their sleeve.

Ready for some more Galaxy S3 goodness? Dive on in for our AT&T Galaxy S3 mini-review.

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4 years ago

Sprint Galaxy S3 review

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Samsung's Ferrari is stuck in the slow lane for a little while longer, but that doesn't necessarily mean you should pass up the Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) on Sprint

Say you're one of the top smartphones in the world. (In the whole entire world!) You know you're going to sell millions and millions of units in more countries than a 10th-grader has to memorize before the last week of school. You know your place in the world. Things are looking pretty good.

Now imagine you're the Samsung Galaxy S III on Sprint.

It's just not fair.

Oh, you're still that same bad-ass phone with that bad-ass phone strut -- at least as long as you've got a stable Wifi connection. But out on your own, with only a sub-par 3G network to get you by, it's like you're walking along in slow motion as the rest of the world flies by. How's that strut looking now? Yeah. Not so good.

But -- and we've said this before -- Sprint's working on it. We should see its LTE network go live any day now. And we know that the Samsung Galaxy S III is a more-than-capable smartphone. Indeed, it's easily in the running for the best Android phone of the year. So let's get to it. Behold, our Sprint Galaxy S3 mini-review.

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4 years ago

LG unveils 'Quick Voice' in Korea to take on Siri and S-Voice

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With Apple having Siri and Samsung having S-Voice, we were kind of wondering if any other other manufacturers were going to join this voice driven assistant party. As it turns out, LG is willing to take a run at it having now unveiled Quick Voice as they're calling it in Korea. LG's Quick Voice (from what we can tell so far) will provide you with all that you would expect from a voice recognition system. Meaning it can launch searches, schedule appointments, bring up apps, make calls and even tell you what the date is. Right now, LG has noted it will be coming to their Optimus line of devices by end of June through July through a software update. At this time, there is no mention of a U.S. release date but it seems likely that LG would want to roll it out in as many places as possible eventually.

Source: LG

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4 years ago

Samsung releases source code for AT&T and T-Mobile versions of Galaxy S III

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Sammy has spat out the source code for GPL portions of the AT&T and T-Mobile Galaxy S III firmware, and made it available for download at their developer site. It goes without saying that unless you're the type who builds software, this won't be something you need to download, but for the folks who do it means things like custom kernels and tweaks, which a good many folks love. 

No word on any other versions, but since they haven't shipped yet we're not going to give them any grief about it just yet.  If you're an interested developer, or just curious what a bunch of Linux kernel source looks like, grab either (or both!) versions at Samsung's open-source developer portal below.

AT&T Galaxy S III source codeT-Mobile Galaxy S III source code

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4 years ago

Official Google IO 2012 app now ready for download

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We're now seven days away from the kick off of Google IO 2012 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco and now, Google has gone ahead and updated the official conference app for those who are lucky enough to be attending the event. This year, the app has received a makeover and some great new features have been added including Google+ integration as well as the ability go stream conference video directly. The full list looks a little something like this:

  • View the conference agenda and edit your personal schedule
  • View detailed session, code lab, and speaker information, including speaker bios, photos, and Google+ profiles
  • +1 sessions right from the app
  • Participate in public #io2012 conversations on Google+
  • Guide yourself using the conference map
  • Get a reminder a few minutes before sessions in your schedule are due to start
  • View information about companies in the Developer Sandbox
  • Keep up with announcements from the I/O team during the conference
  • View your schedule on your Android 3.0+ device's home screen using an app widget
  • Play back "I/O Live" session video streams on your Android 3.0+ devices
  • Automatically sync sessions in your schedule to your Android 4.0 device's calendar
  • Beam session details from your Android 4.0, NFC-enabled device to another using Android Beam

As you can tell, the app really is intended for those actually attending Google IO 2012 but there is enough features built in that everyone can enjoy it in one way or another. We'll be there at the Moscone Center from June 27-29 taking it all in and bringing it all back to you guys. In the meantime though, go ahead and grab the app from the Google Play Store and follow along.

Download the Google IO 2012 app

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4 years ago

Launch dates and delays, How do you use Google Wallet? [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

TouchWiz Nature UX: The definitive guide

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$jump = Jump to a sectionBack to the topGetting started with TouchWizNotification barHome screensPersonalizationLock screenWifi, Wifi Direct and DLNAKeyboardEmail and messagesBrowser and FlashGalleryMusicCameraPhone and ContactsMultitasking and Task ManagerS Planner and TasksS VoiceMotion and GesturesFlipboardWeatherDisplay and Smart StayDeveloper OptionsKies and Connecting to a ComputerAllShare PlayMusic, Video and Games HubOther Notables EOT; ?>

Want to get to grips with the new version of Samsung's ​TouchWiz software on the Galaxy S III? We’ve got all the info you could ever want...

Samsung’s Galaxy S III introduces a new version of the manufacturer’s UI layer, known as TouchWiz. TouchWiz has its roots in Samsung’s Symbian featurephones and Windows Mobile smartphones, but most Android fans will recognize it as the software that Samsung used on its Galaxy S and Galaxy S II devices. TouchWiz has typically been brighter and more feature-packed than vanilla Android, if a little scattershot in terms of overall design. Nevertheless, millions of consumers have used the software on Samsung devices over the past few years, making it one of the most popular Android “skins” out there. And for its latest flagship phone, Samsung has unveiled a brand new version -- the “TouchWiz Nature UX.”

Drawing design cues from Samsung’s “inspired by nature” slogan, the new TouchWiz has undergone a visual overhaul, and introduced a truckload of new features. At the same time, the manufacturer’s stripped out some of the extraneous apps and widgets found in TouchWiz 4 in an effort to make things more streamlined (though many of these extras are still available for download under “more services”).

So there’s a lot to learn, and plenty of new functionality to discover. Fortunately, we’re here to help with our definitive guide to Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX.

Getting started with TouchWiz | Notification bar | Home screens | PersonalizationLock screen |
Wifi, Wifi Direct and DLNA | Keyboard | Email and messages | Browser and Flash |
Gallery | Music Player | Camera | Phone and Contacts | Multitasking and Task Manager |
S Planner and Tasks | S Voice | Motion and Gestures | Flipboard | Weather | Display and Smart Stay |
Developer Options | Kies and Connecting to a Computer | AllShare Play |
Music, Video and Games Hub | Other Notables

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4 years ago

Galaxy S III release partially delayed on Sprint; T-Mobile reportedly splits launch to two dates

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Sprint has announced that it is "running a little behind on deliveries" of the Samsung Galaxy S III. The 16GB versions will be available from Telesales and online on June 21 as advertised, and pre-orders will ship this week. They also say that the 32GB versions will be shipped out for customers who pre-ordered next week, but again with no word about in-store sales.

Due to overwhelming demand and limited supply for Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S III, we are running a little behind on deliveries. The 16GB version of Samsung Galaxy S III device will be available in Web Sales and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) beginning on Thursday, June 21. It will be in all remaining sales channels next week.

We are optimistic that we’ll be shipping all Samsung Galaxy S III-16GB pre-orders this week and that they will be delivered by June 21 as anticipated. There is a chance, however, that we may be a day or two late. We anticipate shipping all Samsung Galaxy S III-32GB pre-orders next week. To check the status of your pre-order, please visit www.sprint.com/myorder.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate the patience of our customers as we work through this minor delay in availability. We know that many of you are eager to experience the next generation of the Samsung Galaxy series on the only network to provide unlimited data plans to new and existing customers. Should this situation change, we will continue to update this post as we have new information to share.

This comes shortly after word leaked out to TMo News that the T-Mobile version release was being split into two parts, with a June 21 date for the top markets and a June 27 date for everyone else. We're not sure why the Sprint release was delayed, and they're not saying, but according to T-Mobile the release date was split to try and meet demand. We've reached out to all major US carriers to get any updates to their release schedules.

As we mentioned when reporting that Canadian GSIIIs were being held back, we're not sure that we're getting the full story when told the delays are to help meet demand. Surely it's not some vast conspiracy, but we'd like nothing more than knowing the full story behind this date juggling. We'll keep asking, and when we can ferret out an answer you'll be the first to know. 

Source: Sprint; TMoNews

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4 years ago

Reminder: Win one of four Samsung Galaxy S IIIs!

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The Samsung Galaxy S III is the new hotness, and you wouldn't want to miss a chance to win one, right? RIGHT? Heck no you wouldn't! And we're just about a week away from the day when we give not one, not two, but four shiny new GSIIIs to four lucky winners. Entering is easy and fun -- print out Lloyd, take him somewhere cool, and pose with him for a photo. Then there's some e-mailing involved, and you've entered. Click here to read all the rules and what-nots.

Go out and have a good time with Lloyd (careful, he's a party animal). Capture the evidence and win an awesome new phone from your pals here at AC. It's as simple as it sounds, a lot of fun, and has a bad-ass prize at the end. 

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4 years ago

MiHome Launcher [Android App Review]

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The MIUI ROM's by Xiaomi are an interesting take on Android, offering up something pretty different to everyone else. It isn't to everyone's tastes, but it's bright and colorful, simple, and very well designed. But, not everyone is into flashing ROM's and all that hack-foolery. We've already seen the MiLocker application hit the Play Store, and now the launcher has been separated off and released too as MiHome. There's a ton of launchers out there these days, but MiHome is pretty individual. We'll take you through it after the break. 

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