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2 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 67

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry and Mickey take on HTC's stake in Beats by Dre, go deep into the Ice Cream Sandwich leak, lament the loss of Google App Inventor and answer a slew of your e-mails and voicemails. Listen in!

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2 years ago

Samsung's whipping up something Aug. 29 - looks like the Galaxy S II

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They're not being coy about this one, are they? That giant Roman numeral II in the bottom there sure makes it look like Samsung's got Galaxy S II news headed our way on Aug. 29. You know we'll be there, which means you'll be there with us. Stay tuned.

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2 years ago

7-inch Acer Iconia A100 available today

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If you've got to have Honeycomb and you've got to have it in a 7-inch tablet, the Acer Iconia A100 might be right up your alley. It's the first 7-inch tablet to launch with Android 3.2, has a TFT WSVGA screen (that's 1024x600) and a 16:10 aspect ratio, boasting a 75-degree viewing angle. It's also go HDMI out, a 5MP rear-facing camera with flash and a fixed-focus 2MP front shooter.

The A100 is a Wifi-only tablet and comes in 8GB or 16GB versions, starting at $329 for the former and $349 for the latter. Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

Foursquare gets a new look in latest update

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Checking in's never been easier now that Foursquare's gotten itself a bit of an update. In addition to a redesign, it's got:

  • New redesign for titlebars and tabs, check in button added to titlebar.
  • Explore redesigned with specials and more.
  • Added support for managing Facebook and Twitter sharing from Settings page.
  • Venue photos gallery redesign.
  • Share photo with venue when checking in.
  • Added option to save photos to SD card from Settings page.
  • Viewing items in notification tray clears push notifications in notification manager.

Update now in the Android Market, or hit the download links after the break.

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2 years ago

The one where a Droid Bionic walks into a Verizon store

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Hey, look at that. An actual Motorola Droid Bionic, in actual hands, in an actual Verizon store, apparently. The picture above is just the latest in the seven-month (and counting) saga that's been the Droid Bionic.

You do get a pretty good look at the screen here, and there's the non-Blur UX we've starting to love a little more each day.

One more pic's after the break.

Source: Howard Forums; via Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

S-OFF, Motorola Droid HD [From the Forums]

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Well.. although it doesn't fall under Android news, we can't say it isn't news. HP managed to shake things up with their killing off of webOS but plenty of Android news was going on as well. Make sure you flip on back and check out today's Android news, and head on into the Android Central forums as well.

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

Google Videos app now working on all devices rocking Android 2.2 and up

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Google Movies, or the Videos app for Android, has been rolled out to some of the lucky Honeycomb devices earlier this summer. While the rest of the Android user base waited patiently, Xoom and Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners were able to rent and watch movies instantly on their devices. Now, the Videos app is available for all devices that are running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or higher.

With the app, users are able to rent from thousands of movie titles to stream instantly on their device. The app also has an offline mode for those that choose not to stream or are in a place that does not support it. There are  also settings within the app that allow you to specify what your default preference is for downloading the movie (WiFi-only or mobile network).

The app also has a Personal Videos section that aggregates all of the videos taken from your device.

For those who haven't installed the app yet, check out the links after the break. It's free and available from the Android Market.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

First pics of Ice Cream Sandwich leaked, running on Nexus S

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The first photos of a phone running Ice Cream Sandwich have been leaked out, and we get to see a little bit of the UI running on a Samsung Nexus S (T-Mobile USA).  Visually, things look a bit different, with a less AMOLED-friendly blue color scheme and a revamped launcher and app drawer.  A little back story goes along with this from the fellow who leaked it out -- expect a native panorama mode for the camera (finally), and an all-new look to the GMail app. The OS will now have Google Shopper integrated, and NFC-enabled devices will be able to utilize those features, and after it launches on the next Nexus device, it's expected to roll out for the Nexus S.

If these shots are legit, and all things point to them being so, things are still in the early stages.  We also don't get to see anything incriminating or confidential, so there's a lot of blacked out space in the pictures.  This is to be expected, as we're not supposed to be seeing these just yet.It's not a lot to go on, but just seeing it on a device is exciting enough.  Jump past the break to see the rest of the pics.

And the really big thing we don't yet see is how all this ties the phone and tablet OSes together. Stay tuned, folks.

Source: AndroidPolice; RootzWiki

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2 years ago

T-Mobile G-Slate's Android 3.1 update pushing out now

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It's been a few days since we first learned the T-Mobile LG G-Slate would be getting its Android 3.1 update soon. And that day has now come. Pushing out over the air, the update will roll out in waves, meaning not everybody's going to get it at the same time. You'll see a notice on your tablet when the update's ready.

Here's what you're getting in Android 3.1:

  • Google Videos - A new Videos app has been added that allows you to buy and rent movies.
  • Recent apps list expanded - The recent apps list has been expanded to show all apps recently used. After opening the apps list, touch one of the apps to access it.
  • Home screen resizable widgets - Widgets built-in to Android 3.0 (Calendar, Email, Gmail, etc.) can now be resized vertically or horizontally on any one of the five home screens.
  • USB accessory support - Customers can now attach a keyboard, pointing device, or gamepad to the G-Slate for use with typing, gaming, etc.

You're also getting bugfixes to Google Talk and Google Music, as was as for the browser and widgets.

Source: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

HTC's dabbled in the whole audio thing before

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So HTC and Beats Entertainment (aka Beats by Dre) have hopped into bed together. It's a $300 million "marriage," as HTC CEO Peter Chou and music mogul and Beats chairman Jimmy Iovine officially announced Thursday night ... and again Friday morning. If you joined us for the liveblog of the conference call and Q&A, you know that we didn't learn a whole lot more than we already knew the night before.

We did learn, however, that it was Beats who approached HTC, back in March. And that despite Beats' business doubling, according to Iovine, the $300 million buy-in (HTC now owns 51 percent of the company) remained unchanged.

Perhaps the phone you see above is what kicked it all off. That's the HTC Surround, which was one of the first Windows Phone 7 devices. We've never considered HTC devices to have the best speaker quality; that crown goes to Motorola. But the Surround (see my initial hands-on from the Windows Phone 7 launch event) sought to change that with its crazy slide-out speaker. Gimmicky, to be sure. But it also sounded a slide shade better than anything else HTC had on the market, for sure. Try one. You'll be surprised. Anyhoo, that speaker's built with Dolby Mobile and SRS WOW HD. (As have a couple Android phones since, but not as well.) And I still don't know what that means, 'cept it sounds better than most of the smartphones I have.

And that's where Beats comes in. You can argue all day about the sound quality -- and you will argue all day about the sound quality. But it's got name recognition and a bit of the ol' sex factor. And that's important. Or maybe it means better earbuds and/or gaudy headphones. Know what? Just about anything would be better than what you get now. So long as they're subsidized in the cost of the phone, we're all for it.

One way or another, this deal is a big one for HTC, and an even bigger one for Beats, as Iovine underscored as he repeated several times how Beats "had to get to the phone." We know you wanted new hardware. We know you want Ice Cream Sandwich. Those things are coming, and coming pretty soon, we reckon. In the meantime, ponder what kind of audio miracle we might soon see -- Chou said Beats-impregnated devices are coming this fall.

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