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3 years ago

Beautiful Widgets Beta, Thunderbolt themes [from the forums]

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It's Friday, April Fools Day, and it's also the start of the weekend, which is a good thing considering some of the pranks we've seen through out the day. Everything from Cyanogen leaving Android to ClockworkMod being acquired by HTC. Needless to say, we're glad it's all coming to a close for another year. We've covered a lot of news this week and did a stellar podcast for you all so be sure to check it out. If you're looking to get totally caught up over the weekend, jump into the forums and get started.

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3 years ago

Google I/O Extended events connect developers across the globe

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Can't attend this year's Google I/O conference? Google and the GTUG network have you covered, with a number of Google I/O Extended events around the world where developers can watch live streams of all the action for free. Google describes the Extended events as "part viewing party and part community building", with some events even including local developer demos and speaker sessions.

Hit the source link for a map showing all the I/O Extended events around the world, along with registration links. [Google I/O 2011 Extended]

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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt 2750mAh extended battery

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When it comes to extended batteries, there are a couple things I worry about. First and foremost is having more juice. That's a given, though. With the 2750mAh extended battery for the HTC ThunderBolt, you're getting nearly double the miliAmp/hours of the stock 1400mAh battery. So it's going to last longer. (Or in the case of the ThunderBolt on LTE, which sucks through a battery, you might actually get a day's use out of it.)

But the other thing -- and for a lot of us the only real concern -- is how the extended battery looks and feels on the phone.

First things first: It's bigger. Along with the battery, you get a new battery cover. And the cover has the same cutouts for the camera, dual flashes and 3.5mm as the standard battery. And it also has the same internal antenna connections, which is important, too. It's also made of the same soft-touch plastic as the stock battery cover and has the same HTC and 4G LTE markings.

As for the size, it's definitely larger, sticking out from the back of the ThunderBolt, whereas the stock battery and cover are flush. That's to be expected, of course. Funny thing is, it doesn't feel too bad in the hand. It's noticeably heavier -- about 1 ounce -- but, again, that's to be expected. But our fingers rest comfortably on the top lip. So despite the added size and weight, it's not horrible.

We'll talk actual battery life once it's broken in and properly tested. But for a good look at how it'll fit on your ThunderBolt, hit the pictures after the break. You can snag the HTC ThunderBolt extended battery in the Android Central Store for $49.95.

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3 years ago

Win a Tablet of your choice from TouchType!

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To celebrate 1 million downloads of their SwiftKey keyboard app, TouchType is giving away a tablet each to THREE lucky winners! Which tablets? Whichever the winner chooses so long as they're available for purchase for up to $800 where he or she lives. iPad 2, PlayBook, Xoom, Galaxy Tab are all on the table.

How do you enter? TouchType has put together a small survey which shouldn't take more than five or ten minutes to complete. That's it - well, that and a quick perusal of the official entry rules just to make sure you're eligible (sorry minors and SPE employees). The contest is open to readers of Android Central, CrackBerry.com, TiPb, and WPCentral and ends at midnight Pacific on April 14th.

Not familiar with TouchType? You may have also seen that TouchType made a splash at this year's CTIA with their tablet keyboard for Honeycomb - that's coming soon, but SwiftKey is available now for Android devices. 

So get cracking on the survey, folks - these tablets aren't going to give themselves away.

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 54

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Audio-only stream below

Phil and Jerry get a little ranty as we discuss the possibility of Honeycomb not being open-sourced. Plus, Amazon's recent awesomeness, and another CTIA wrapup. Listen in!

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt outselling the iPhone 4 on Verizon, analyst says

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The HTC Thunderbolt has been outselling the iPhone 4 at Verizon Wireless locations nationwide, according to the research firm BTIG. 

Their research methodology was simple: call 150 Verizon Wireless retail locations in 22 major cities and talk to the sales people to get a sense of how each device has been selling. 

Here are the results:

  • 61% of respondents said that the two devices were selling equally as well
  • 28% said that the Thunderbolt was selling more units
  • 11% answered that the iPhone 4 was the subject of more sales

Keep in mind that these are not actual sales figures, but rather based on interactions with the people who have been selling the units. Either way it's great news for Android and HTC as the Thunderbolt appears to be an early success. Android has been outselling the iPhone for a while now due to the fact that there are so many Android handsets to choose from. However, there was never one device that kept up with iPhone sales on its own, until now. If you have a Thunderbolt and want to share your experiences or have been considering one and want to know more, please visit our HTC Thunderbolt Forum. [BTIG]

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3 years ago

4shared mobile goes live on the Android Market

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

4shared, the popular file sharing site, has released an Android application allowing users the same access to their 4shared account on their Android device that they have on their computer.  You can manage (or create) your 4shared account, upload and download files, search for other files, and copy already hosted files to your own account, right from the app.  There's also a picture viewer and video player built into the app itself, so you can check out any downloaded media without leaving the app. 

While it's true that services like this quite often are used to share copyrighted material, they also can be used for legally distributable files as well.  Many Android themers and modders use 4shared, so you now have a quick way to download those files right to your phone.  If you're a 4shared user, you'll certainly find this useful.  It's free for devices running Android 2.1 or higher, and download links and the press release are after the break.

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3 years ago

Bing Maps gets an Android SDK

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Developers over at InKnowledge have created a native Android SDK for Microsoft's Bing Maps. The SDK allows "developers a choice in terms of map controls" for those not interested in the ubiquitous Google Maps. Interested developers will be pleased to learn that no JavaScript knowledge is required as the SDK comes in pure Java. Download the SDK right here. [Bing Community via Liveside]

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3 years ago

Sony Ericcson launches Xperia Play in 11 markets, sadly not in the U.S. yet

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The highly anticipated "PlayStation Phone," which is now known as the Xperia Play by Sony Ericcson (see our hands on)  is set to launch in its first 11 markets, which sadly none of which are the US. This device is now on sale in the UK, Netherlands, Germany and many other countries this week, and will be available in six more the following week. The device will launch with a market of 60 game titles, including Splinter Cell, Need for Speed, Worms and many more. Verizon Wireless is set to release some time this spring, so hopefully this announcement will mean that it will be available sooner then later. For more information on release countries and game titles, hit the break for full information. [Sony Ericcson]

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3 years ago

RadioShack tweets that the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G will be available April 20

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If you have been eying the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G ever since its official announcement a few weeks ago, you have probably been anxiously awaiting some release date information. While T-Mobile has still yet to come forward with a release date, RadioShack has tweeted that the device will be releasing at The Shack on April 20, about 3 weeks from now. So, with a release date coming up its almost time to decide if this will be your next device. Be sure to hop in the Sidekick 4G forums and chat it up! [@RadioShack]

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