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4 years ago

Android 4.1 for the T-Mobile G1 probably won't be your daily driver...

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... But damned if it isn't cool to see the original Android phone from late 2008 getting some custom Jelly Bean love. Yes, it's slow (sloooow), unstable, and the hardware's prehistoric, but it's Jelly Bean -- based on a port of CyanogenMod 10 -- and it's running on the T-Mobile G1 (aka HTC Dream). See the full preview video from the developers above, or check the forum thread linked below if you fancy firing up your G1 for old time's sake and flashing this custom ROM.

Source: XDA

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4 years ago

Cablevision Optimum TV streaming app now available on the Kindle Fire

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If you current needs for streaming content on the Kindle Fire are not really working out there is a new option out there if you're a Cablevision subscriber. Cablevision has now released a revised Optimum app for the Kindle Fire. This app differs from the one currently available in the Google Play Store that simply allows you to control your DVR and browse listings. The new app has a whole new set of features built into it that will make those stuck with the Google Play version a bit jealous:

  • Live TV and On Demand – customers can experience the channels they receive as part of their home cable television service, live, when connected to their home network, as well as all the On Demand programming that is part of their monthly service.
  • Enhanced User Interface and Channel Guide – customers can review and search through program listings, filter listings across a variety of categories and then choose to watch on the Kindle Fire or use the device to control conventional television sets in the house.
  • DVR Management – customers can use the Optimum App to manage previously-recorded DVR content, or schedule new recordings.
  • Program Ratings and Recommendations – customers can use the app to rate programs they are watching, and receive viewing recommendations that become more accurate based on previous ratings.
  • Parental Controls, Closed Captioning and other options in settings.

Yep, direct streaming of shows and movies over Wi-Fi is offered on the Kindle Fire version. The press release which can be found below makes no mention of an update coming to the Google Play version so alas, Kindle Fire and iOS users are the only ones who get in on this action. Hopefully though, Cablevision will roll out an update to bring all their apps on the same level.

Source: Cablevision, Download: Amazon

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4 years ago

Ouya's Kickstarter campaign ends tonight - did you pledge?

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Update: As of 9:20 p.m. EDT, they've passed $8.3 million. Insane.

Tonight's the night, folks. Ouya's record-breaking Kickstarter campaign comes to a close, and then begins the wait for what may prove to be one of the most highly anticipated gaming consoles the world has ever known.

Wait. We're getting a little ahead of ourselves here. (Then again, that's kind of the the point.) Ouya, if you haven't heard, is a proposed Android-based gaming console. The idea is to make it easy for developers to get their game into gamers' hands, and to make it easy for gamers to play. To that end, OnLive is on board. As is VEVO. And XBMC. TuneIn Radio. iHeartRadio. If this thing doesn't take off, it won't be for a lack of backers.

And tonight, it all comes to a head. Oyua has nearly 59,000 kickstarter backers for $7.96 million in pledges, as of this backing. Will it break $8 million by 1 a.m. EDT? We'll find out.

And full disclosure: Android Central is one of those nearly 59,000 backers, despite there not actually being a physical product to purchase. So we're going to take this ride together.

Did you back Ouya? Hit the poll below and let us know.

Source: Ouya on Kickstarter

Did you back Ouya on Kickstarter?

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4 years ago

Gamepad controllers, Viewing images from the S3 on PC [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.

We've got nearly 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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4 years ago

Vodafone Australia finally rolls out Jelly Bean on its Nexus S

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You might remember that Vodafone Australia halted the roll-out of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean to its version of the Nexus S last month, following regulatory concerns over the handling of emergency calls. Well, it now seems everything's been straightened out, as according to Ausdroid, Aussies are waking up on Thursday morning to a brand new Vodafone Nexus S OTA.

In addition, customers on the Vodafone-based Crazy Johns network (yes, that's a real carrier name down under) are reporting that their Nexii are also seeing the update to Jelly Bean.

It's bound to have been a frustrating few weeks for subscribers on these networks, as U.S. and international Nexus S phones started to receive Jelly Bean way back on July 19. But it seems the wait is over now, so if you're on Vodafone Australia, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates to see if it's your turn to grab the OTA.

Source: Ausdroid

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4 years ago

Sprint Motorola Photon Q release rumored for Aug. 19

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Sprint fans eager to try out the Motorola Photon Q's potent mix of 4G LTE connectivity, a dual-core CPU and a QWERTY slider may be able to pick up the device sooner than expected. Reports from PhoneDog​, which cites sources at the carrier, suggest that Sprint currently plans to launch the Photon Q next Sunday, Aug. 19. As ever, that doesn't necessarily mean the date is set in stone.

The claims follow earlier reports that Sprint staff had begun training with the new Photon -- usually a sure-fire sign that release day is fast approaching. Officially, though, Sprint and Motorola are still offering no firm release window for the Photon Q. Last we heard was from the announcement press release, which said the phone would be "coming soon."

In addition to a full physical keyboard, a dual-core CPU and support for Sprint's shiny new LTE network, the Photon Q offers Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, an 8MP rear camera and a qHD "ColorBoost" display. All in all, that probably makes it the highest-spec'd QWERTY slider around.

Tempted by Sprint and Moto's latest offering? Shout out in the comments if you're planning on picking one up.

Source: PhoneDog

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Vu with Ice Cream Sandwich hands-on

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Oh Optimus Vu, what an odd little device you are. Developed as a less than subtle knee-jerk reaction to Samsung’s Galaxy Note, the Vu went on sale in Korea earlier this year, and it’ll soon be making its way to Japan on NTT Docomo, too. Stateside, a Verizon launch is rumored, though far from certain. Shaped more like a placemat than a telephone, the Optimus Vu is one of the most outlandish-looking devices to have ever passed across our desk.

In any case, this is LG’s 5-inch, stylus-using, 4:3 aspect ratio squarish slab. It ran Android 2.3 at launch, but it’s recently received a substantial update to version 4.0 and the new LG Optimus UI 3.0, and that's what we're looking at here today. For LG phones like the Vu, ICS provides not only performance improvements and new features, also a much needed visual refresh.

We'll bring you a full review of the Optimus Vu with ICS soon. In the meantime check out our video walkthrough above.

More: LG Optimus Vu non-unboxing unboxing

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4 years ago

Stitcher Radio updated with Facebook timeline integration

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A little while back, Stitcher Radio updated their iOS app with some new features and now they've finally arrived on Android as well. Many folks use Facebook each day and often spend a lot of time sharing music, podcasts and more with their friends. Given that Stitcher Radio is a great resource for such things, they've now added Facebook timeline integration to their app that makes use of Facebook login.

Now, you'll be able to share your stuff directly as well view what others are listening to and sharing with you. In addition that all of that, Stitcher was mindful to add in privacy controls along with usage data. You can view your listening habits through a full social graph. Now, just be sure to tell everyone when you're tuned into the Android Central podcast!

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4 years ago

Gallery Lock review - where to hide pictures on your Android device

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Do you have pictures on your phone that you don’t want just anybody to see? Don’t answer that, just plead the fifth. Gallery Lock is a free, secure app to hide your personal pictures from prying eyes. Tucked away behind a the phone dialler is a secret gallery that isn’t viewable from other spots on an Android device.

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4 years ago

Contest Winners: Samsung Galaxy S3 accessories and Tablified Market HD!

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If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up during the week. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to the winners!

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4 years ago

NoiseHush NX26 Stereo headset review

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Sometimes you want to relax and pump up the tunes and still be able to take a phone call on your Galaxy S3 or other Android phone.

 

NoiseHush makes all kinds of headsets, car kits, Bluetooth accessories and more. The NX26 is a full size over-the-ear stereo headphone that also fields your phone calls and lets you control your music like many smaller headsets.

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4 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S III review

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It has been one heck of a summer for Samsung, with both good press (Olympic sponsorship) and bad press (ongoing litigation with Apple) fueling sales of its biggest device to date, the Galaxy S3. Since it went on sale just a few short months ago, the GS3 has been flying off the shelves, with nearly 10 million sold to date.

Late to the party is Verizon, the last of the big carriers to release its Galaxy S3 into the wild. So how does it stack up to the rest of Big Red's cache, and more importantly, how does Verizon's flavor compete with the rest of Samsung's flagship line? 

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4 years ago

Splashtop 2 HD now available - Free for a limited time and updated to be faster, more secure

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Looking to expand their app further, the folks from Splashtop have now introduced Splashtop 2 HD to the masses. With over 7 million users accessing their desktops remotely, Splashtop 2 HD brings along a newly refined UI and promises to be faster and more secure than ever before.

Splashtop 2 HD for Android tablets features:

  • Pinch and zoom (which is a new feature first introduced into HD version)
  • Optimized performance leveraging hardware specific platform acceleration
  • New, easy user interface
  • Wake-on-LAN (WoL)
  • 3G/4G and Internet support with the Anywhere Access Pack

For a limited time, Splashtop 2 HD is available as a free download. I'm forced to use the term free lightly because it's not really a full-featured version. The access the basic version allows for is up-to two systems over your local Wi-Fi. In order to make use the truly remote desktop options you'll need to add the Anywhere Access Pack that is available for $0.99 USD per month or $9.99 USD per year.

If you're running Windows 7, Vista, and XP or Mac OS X 10.6+ and in need of a remote desktop solution, it's worth looking into as a viable solution. Need some more info? Full press release can be found below.

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4 years ago

The IDC's quarterly numbers show Android leading in market share and shipments

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The International Data Corporation (IDC) released its Q2 2012 data today, which shows Android maintaining a firm lead in both market share and overall shipments between April and June. Android’s market share has grown to 68.1%, up from the 46.9% it held at this time in 2011. iOS holds the number two spot with 16.9% of the market, while Blackberry continues its decline with 4.8%.

In terms of overall shipments, Android pushed 104.8 million during the three months. The surge, says  Ramon Llamas, a senior research analyst at the IDC, can be attributed to the release of flagship devices across multiple manufacturers (i.e. the HTC One series and the Galaxy S III from Samsung) as well as the rising prominence of Ice Cream Sandwich.  

The market was entreated to several flagship models from Android's handset partners, prices were well within reach to meet multiple budgetary needs, and the user experience from both Google and its handset partners boosted Android smartphones' utility far beyond simple telephony.

To put it in perspective, only 50.8 million Android devices were shipped during Q2 2011. A full breakdown can be found at the source link.

Source: IDC

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4 years ago

Five podcast apps for Android now that Google Listen is dead

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Google Listen is officially dead. It was fun while it lasted, but the app's demise hardly signals an end to podcast listening on Android. See, much like the Nexus line of phones and tablets, Google Listen appears to have existed as an example to developers of what to do and encourage them to build upon it. The community responded positively and now Android has a plethora of podcast apps. Some are good, some not so good, but the bottom line is that developers are being aggressive in the podcast space, and that’s a good thing.

Here we present five podcast apps that we like in case you’re wandering around after being a loyal Google Listen user. Admittedly, there are many more podcast apps on Android, many probably very good, but these are five that we like in particular. Let’s get started, shall we?

And don’t forget to check out the Android Central podcast, which can be found on all of these.

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