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4 years ago

Android 101: Clean your lens for clearer pictures (natch)

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One thing that seems to be a common complaint is "My pictures just look crappy." Many mess with settings, lighting, and more but nearly all of us have overlooked one very obvious thing, which Locoman from our forums reminds us. He just brought us some amazing moon pictures from hi HTC Droid Incredible, and now he brings us the simple tip: Clean your camrea. Simply take a cleaning cloth, any microfiber cloth should work just fine, and clean off your lens, and voila, clearer pictures. Could it be any simpler? Check out the improvement seen in the example pictures here, and be sure to use the forums to share any other tips you may have for us!

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4 years ago

Google snags Palm webOS UI guru Matias Duarte to work on Android

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Matias DuarteYou might have heard us (erm, OK, me) gush on occasion about certain aspects of Palm's webOS user interface. Now let us (erm, me again) gush a little about Matias Duarte, who has left Palm and is now User Experience Director for Android. And he's a friendly face among the Android leadership, having worked on the Sidekick with Andy Rubin when they were both still with Danger.

Some of you prefer the stock Android UI; others prefer Sense or (gasp!) Motoblur and TouchWiz. But we'd love to see the stock Android UI revamped.

In fact, we'll even go so far as to throw out this completely unsupported opinion: Now that Android's getting things together under the hood in Android 2.2 (and we're still expecting more before the end of the year), perhaps this move will bring a fresh UI to Android sometime next year. Stay tuned, folks. [All Thigns DEngadget; via PreCentral]

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4 years ago

Verizon reportedly ended intership for kid who snapped this pic

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You mean you can get fired (in this case, it was an intern whose stint ended all of a week early) if you find an unreleased phone and take a picture of it, which your "friend" sends to a tech blog? Go figure. Discuss. [via Gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Facebook for Android having hiccups today

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Facebook for Android

Looks like the Facebook Android app is having a bit of a conniption fit today. Could just be network problems, or maybe it's unhappy that my privacy settings quit grabbing their ankles today. Anybody else having issues? (Thanks, @vizzle07 and @hmdearras)

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4 years ago

Froyo Feature: A better Android Market

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Along with Android 2.2 comes a new version of the Android Market. While we still wish something could be done in regards to content (the Wild West still is in effect), Google's begun to at least clean up the interface a bit. Comments are now in their own tab -- no more scrolling down to see just one or two.

You also can see here the "Allow automatic updating" checkbox -- hit it and the app will update on its own, in the background. No muss, no fuss.

(Thanks Russ! Find a cool new feature in Froyo and want to tell the world about it? E-mail us here and we'll make you famous!)

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the LG Eve (GW620) [#io2010]

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Here's a look at the LG Eve -- aka the GW620 -- which was announced last fall and later released in the U.K. but is nary to be seen here in the states. Specs include a 3-inch HVGA touchscreen and horizontal sliding QWERTY keyboard. It also sports a 5-megapixel camera and FM radio, all powered Android 1.5 with by a Qualcomm MSM7200a processor running at 528MHz. It's by no means a top-of-the-line Android phone at this point, but the keyboard felt pretty usable. So it has that going for it, which is nice.

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4 years ago

Exploded Andy shows Android's heart, brain (but where's the JIT?)

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Exploded Andy

Just look at that. Somebody's Android's gone and exploded all over this poster, spilling the heart and brain for all to see (and putting it in a convenient T-shirt and poster form and making it available for purchase). One thing's missing, though: The speed-demon Just-in-Time compiler. Maybe that'll be in Exploded Andy 2.2. [Exploded Andy via Gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Beautiful Widgets gets update - new live wallpaper to accompany it!

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Over at LevelUp Studio they have been hard at work in their continued development and support of a highly popular application we have all grown to know and love, Beautiful Widgets. Lately there have been a slew of updates, which we have not covered, and for those that may have missed them, some of them include:

  • Ability to customize color of widget text
  • Show four day weather forecast
  • Hide background / adjust transparency
  • Download various weather skins
  • Custom live wallpaper

This custom live wallpaper takes your standard grass live wallpaper and adds a very nice touch, showing current weather conditions as long as you have Beautiful Widgets installed on your device. If you don't have it installed, the wallpaper will still work, except you will only have the sun and moon animations, and it will not adjust to your current weather conditions. If you have the Beautiful Widgets, be sure to check out this latest update, and if you are interested in purchasing, be sure to check it out in the Market.

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4 years ago

Sprint Evo 4G software walkthrough

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Sprint HTC Evo 4G

If you get a sense of deja vu watching this software walkthrough of the Sprint HTC Evo 4G, we don't blame you. We've seen the new Sense user interface on a number of devices (the HTC Legend, Droid Incredible and Desire, to name three) since we first got our hands on it at Mobile World Congress, and it hasn't changed, save for a few carrier tweaks.

We'll go more in-depth with Sprint's customizations later. In the meantime, check out a brief walkthrough of what's included on the Evo 4G after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' Apps of the Week for May 26, 2010

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While the Marketplace continues to grow and it gets harder and harder to weed through all the new applications, we aim to make your experience as smooth as possible. And so, we bring to you another week of applications that we use.

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4 years ago

Froyo Feature: Android 2.2 screen rotation

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Another welcome feature uncovered by many of you in Android 2.2 is the ability to work in apps through 270 degrees of rotation. That is, if you turn the phone to the landscape position to the left, it'll rotate. And it'll rotate to the right now, as well.

But, wait, there's more. The car app has gotten smarter. So when you're using the car dock and need to pull up a contact, you don't have to turn the phone back to portrait (or worse, tilt your head) just to find whom you're looking for. We'd prefer that the home screen rotate, too, but custom Froyo ROMs will take care of that soon enough.

(Thanks, Mike B! Though try to turn your caps lock off, m'kay? :) Find a cool new feature in Froyo and want to tell the world about it? E-mail us here and we'll make you famous!)

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4 years ago

The future of print online is in a 500MB download? (We don't think so)

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Wired on the iPadOne of the pictures you see here represents the online future of print journalism in a sleek, easy-to-access open Google web app format. The other comes in a 500-megabyte (that's half a gigabyte, people) download on a tightly locked-down device.

Above is Sports Illustrated editor Terry McDonell at Google I/O, showing us the new HTML5-optimized version of last week's issue. And we expressed our excitement for it at the time. And we're even more excited about it now that we've seen Wired magazine come out with its gianormous 500MB file size for its first iPad issue.

Judging from the screen shots at TiPB (we haven't gotten a chance to actually use the app yet), the Wired app indeed looks like a beautifully designed translation from print to online (an endeavor I know a thing or two about). But the mere act of having to download the app (Will each update be the full 500MB? We hope not.) doesn't sound so futuristic to us. No, Google's SI web app beats the pants off this one.

Don't believe us? Check out McDonell's segment from Google I/O after the break. Just like the Wired app, there's no Flash. (Erm, except for the YouTube video on our site, but that's changing.) And there's noo 500MB download. Just pure web goodness.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Garminfone coming June 9 for $199 after rebate

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The good news, for those of you hankering for Garmin's special blend of navigation software, is that the Garminfone will be available June 9 on T-Mobile. What we're still scratching our heads over, however, is the $200 price tag -- and that's after the $50 mail-in rebate card that you won't get for a month or so after you sign away two years of your smartphone life. Anyhoo, you'll get the same level of Android 1.6 coolness that we saw back with the Nuvifone A50 at Mobile World Congress, so check out our video of that if you're still on the fence. [T-Mobile]

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4 years ago

Android Girl -- 'Take a Bow' by Rihanna on a Samsung Android phone

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Remember Applegirl? Now she has some serious competition.  Using what looks to be a Samsung Galaxy A this young lady shares a beautiful rendition of Take a Bow by Rhianna.  From the YouTube comments it appears that someone other than the artist uploaded the video, anyone know who this gal is?  I know we're interested, and maybe Samsung would be as well.  In the meantime, enjoy! Thanks, NickF227!

Update: Meant to mention she's playing the "Solo" app. [Market link]

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4 years ago

Google's tips for becoming a top app

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Guest writer Amit Kulkarni, Co-Founder and CEO of Manymoon, took to the Google Code blog recently with a very interesting article that gives four important tips to would-be app developers.  While this is geared more to the Google apps space and enterprise solutions, it's also a must read for anyone thinking about developing applications for the Android Market.  Google's cloud computing scales down very well to our phones, and potential tie-ins between Google apps and Android applications is still a largely untouched field.  Whether you're an app developer, or just curious, take a look to get a little inside view from a very popular developer. [Google code blog]

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