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4 years ago

NYT subscibers on the Nook will soon get free access to NYTimes.com

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New York Times on the Nook Color

Bummed about the New York Times paywall? Have an Android-based Barnes & Noble Nook or Nook Color and already subscribe to the New York Times? Oh, happy day. You'll soon also be able to visit NYTimes.com from your awesome little e-reader in the coming weeks.

Yeah, that's a little redundant, seeing as how you've already got the Nook-optimized content, but we like free stuff as much as the next guy. Not sure how this will affect a hacked Nook. Check out the full presser after the break, and you can find everything you need to know about the Nook -- stock or hacked -- in our Nook Forums.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Domino Solitaire [video]

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Domino Solitaire

Domino Solitaire is a new puzzle game on the Android Market, and I, for one, am loving it.  It's a great way to spend a little quiet time exercising your gray matter, and it's fun.  Some puzzle games are too easy to offer a challenge, while some are too difficult to make you want to return for more. Domino Solitaire falls right into the in-between space that makes a great app. Paired with the big 10.1 inch display on the Motorola Xoom, and it's something we had to take a better look at.

The premise is simple -- a domino deck is used to draw a board, and you have to try to find out which domino is which.  It's not as easy as it sounds, because each domino will fit in multiple places until you start getting some of them filled in.  It sounds much more confusing than it really is, and in just a few minutes you'll have it down and be hunting dominoes like a pro.  As a bonus, you also have the game Buccaneer Domino, which ramps up the difficulty a bit.  The objective is to place the double tiled dominoes on the bottom of seven stacks.  You can move dominoes from one stack to another, as long as at least one side of each matches.  The trick is that each stack can only hold five tiles, so there's a lot of strategy involved.  I haven't been able to beat this one yet, but I'm having a lot of fun trying.

Both games have clear and easy-to-understand gameplay, and should provide a lot of fun to anyone who is a fan of relaxed single-player games.  Domino Solitaire is free on the Market for Android 2.0.1 and up, works on both phones and tablets, and will install to the SD card on Android 2.2 or higher.  The download link, and a video are after the break.

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4 years ago

A look at Android's 'Test Market' -- complete with a new Music app

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"Test" Market

The folks over at Tech from 10 have ran into an interesting scenario -- it seems that somehow they have received a test or pre-release version of the Android Market.  It just appeared, and they even tried to remove it.  Since that wasn't happening, they decided to take a look at it and found some major changes.  They found a few differences in the interface, but the two things that stand out are some apps marked as test or beta, and a new section for content rating.  The content ratings are something we first heard about way back in Nov. '10, so they've been a long time coming, but certainly will be a welcome addition.

Among the test and assorted oddities in this market is a version of the Music app marked version 3.0 (.zip install files).  It looks and acts like the Honeycomb Music app on the Xoom (or the last leaked version), just shrunk for the smaller screen and built with settings for the Google Music cloud.  Other cool finds were test apps from Sony, and a few apps from Google --  Gallery 3D, Camera v12,  and Desk Clock 10.  None of these would launch after installed though. 

We're not exactly sure if this is all a preview of whats to come, or just a test bed, but it's an interesting look at what goes on behind the scenes in Google's proprietary apps.  Hit the source link for more, as well as a slew of pictures.  [Tech from 10] Thanks, Tim!

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4 years ago

Sprint beta testing Google Voice integration

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Sprint and Google testing Google Voice integration

Sprint and Google have already teased us about Google Voice integration on Android phones, and they were serious.  We're getting numerous reports that the beta program has started, and a little bit of information comes with them.  You'll have two options -- use your existing Sprint number to replace your Google Voice number, or use your Google Voice number to replace your Sprint number.  The first option sounds very much like a carrier-supported version of porting your cell number to Google Voice, while the second option should provide the benefit of using Android's native (or a third party) SMS/MMS client.  Both sound awful useful to me, and I can think of use case scenarios for each. 

The drawback to enrolling in this testing is the lack of customer support.  Instead of calling customer service, you'll be at the mercy of support via a Google Group.  I guess that beats Google's python script help center, though.  And to answer your next question -- no, there's no place to sign up, it looks like Sprint is cherry picking testers from their user base. 

I expect we'll see this open to the public sooner rather than later, but right now I'm more curious about where this one is heading, and Sprint's new relationship with Google.  Things could get very interesting here.  The full text of the email testers are receiving is after the break.  Thanks, Dave and riggsAndroid!

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4 years ago

ESPN text alerts shut out of Sprint network [Update: Or did ESPN shut out Sprint?]

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ESPN text alertsThis isn't, strictly speaking, just an Android issue. But enough of you Android peeps have pinged us over ESPN's text alert service no longer working on Sprint's network that we'll make an exception. It seems you're getting a text message that declares:

Alerts Unavailable
Dear Sprint / Boost / Nextel / Virgin Mobile subscribers,
ESPN Alerts are no longer available from your carrier. We apologize for the
inconvenience, however, our service is available across most other US
Carriers.

And that sucks. Because ESPN's also announcing this on its text alert sign-up page, We're willing to bet it's a money thing (when is it not?) and that it has nothing to do with your using an Android phone. (Which makes you a pretty awesome person.) And unfortunately it means Boost, Virgin and Nextel are caught in the crossfire. Let's hope they get this worked out soonest. But in the meantime, you could give a full-fleged ESPN app a shot. [ESPN] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

Update: And just like that, we get a tip about what's really going on. Here 'tis:

It's not a "money thing" in the traditional sense. They didn't give us a real clear picture of what's going on, but ESPN offers these messages free of charge to ESPN.com members, and Sprint is going to start charging their customers for each individual text message, regardless of having an unlimited messaging package. ESPN really isn't going to put up with it being "free," yet not free.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App - GoodNews Google Reader

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GoodNews Google Reader

I'll admit, coming from mostly a BlackBerry background I struggled when hopping onto Android in finding some apps that fit my needs. Not due to lack of apps, but mostly due to the fact there were so many to choose from. RSS readers, for example, was one genre in particular that stuck out as having plenty of options, but none that seemingly fulfilled my needs.

Luckily, I came across GoodNews Google Reader, which fit nicely into what I was looking for. Given that I maintain a lot of RSS feeds, GoodNews handles them and the sharing aspect of RSS feeds quite nicely. The ability to listen to and play podcasts from with the app itself was an added bonus. While in beta the app did have some rough edges but for the most part they are now a thing of the past. Jump on past the break for a full list of features built into the app.

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4 years ago

Body Glove Snap-On Case for the HTC Thunderbolt review

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Body Glove Snap-On case for the HTC Thunderbolt

If you need a sturdy hard-shell case for your HTC Thunderbolt, the Body Glove Snap-On Case might be just the ticket.  It's a two-piece case, with a rubberized outer shell over a hard plastic protective case, that wraps around all four corners.  You have the option of using the included belt clip, or switching out the removable knob for the flush insert for pocketability.  The belt clip also doubles as a sturdy, adjustable vertical kickstand.

The case itself goes on easily, and once it is on you'll need a flat screwdriver or a coin to remove the interlocking pieces.  Just place either in the slot on the lower right, and twist.  This one's not coming apart on its own.  Make no mistake -- this case adds in a bit of bulk, but it's providing a lot of protection, too.  The case lip keeps the screen off the surface if it's laying face down, and is plenty thick enough to protect the camera lens cover when placed on its back.  The cut-outs for the ports and controls are well placed, and they are all easy to use while the case is on, and ample space is provided for all the noise cancelling microphones.  Of course, the kickstand is cut-out, too.

If you're looking for a sturdy case that gives the maximum protection from bumps and dings, and want or need a non-slip texture, you can grab the Body Glove Snap-On Case for the Thunderbolt for $27.95 from the Android Central store.  Hit the break for more pics.

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4 years ago

Verizon-branded Samsung Gem pictures surface

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Verizon's Samsung Gem

We first saw pics of a Verizon-branded Samsung Gem (OK, of a dummy unit) back in February, but today new pictures, including what looks like retail packaging, have surfaced.  Alltel, U.S. Cellular, and Bluegrass Cellular already offer the Gem, which is a mid-range device sporting a 3.2-inch WQVGA display, an 800 MHz CPU and Android 2.2, so this one isn't an exclusive.  The good news is that we're pretty sure it won't be Binged, and for those interested it should be available soon from Big Red.  When and if Verizon has anything official to say, we'll let you know.  [Chris Ziegler]

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4 years ago

Anticipation for the EVO 3D, Thunderbolt apps that are safe to remove once rooted [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Back from the weekend, hope you all had a good one. This week is already shaping up to be a busy one from looking at the posts from today. People suing each other, new devices hitting carriers and so much more. In any event, we're here to bring it all to you so if you feel like chatting it up a little bit more than the comments can provide, hop on into the forums.

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

HTC Incredible S now available at Virgin Mobile Canada

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HTC Incredible S now available at Virgin Mobile Canada

We've been waiting to see when, exactly this would go live on their site and now it has finally. Yes, the HTC Incredible S is now available from Virgin Mobile Canada on-line and in most of their retail outlets. The Android 2.2 rocking HTC Incredible S will set you back $499 with no contract attached to it and if you're looking to get on your Virgin Super Tab it'll ring in at $99.99. Not bad for a new device destined to be upgraded to Android 2.3 in the near future as long as you're not in a specs race. Check out our previous hands-on with the device to get a better look at it. [Virgin Mobile]

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4 years ago

WWE 'Tough Enough' returns tonight, brings Android, iOS apps to the ring

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WWE Tough Enough

The WWE's "Tough Enough" wrestling reality show returns to the USA Network tonight at 11:05 p.m. EST -- right after Wrestlemania XXVII and "Raw" -- and along with it comes a brand new Android application. It's designed to be used while you watch the show, with check-in features that allow you to compete against your friends, plus hidden features that will be unlocked during the show. You'll also earn points that can be redeemed through USA's Tough Club program, chat with your friends and other "Tough Enough" fans during the program.

Android and the WWE. Nice. Look for the app to go live this evening. We've got more screenshots after the break. [Tough Enough]

Update: And the app is now available.

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4 years ago

Android now the UK's favorite smartphone OS

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 Android #1 in UK

Android is already confirmed as the leading smartphone OS in Europe as a whole, and now it's stolen iOS's crown in the UK, according to a study carried out for Intelligent Environments, a British banking software provider.

The numbers show that Android's 28% of the British smartphone market now surpasses that of iOS, which has a 26% share. BlackBerry OS is left in the dust with just 14% of the market. Windows Phone 7's share wasn't even mentioned. Among Brits aged 25-34, Android's dominance was even greater, with a 36% share of smartphone users in this age group.

This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. In addition to Android's European success, the Carphone Warehouse, a major retail player in the UK, has reported Android sales increases of over 2,000% in the past year. Android remains strong across the pond too, with a recent ComScore survey suggesting that it's just dethroned RIM as the market leader in the US. [Press Association]

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4 years ago

No, the Nexus S 4G isn't shipping April 6

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Sprint Nexus S 4G

Hate to burst anyone's bubble, but the Sprint Nexus S 4G won't be shipping from Best Buy on April 6. Over the past couple of days you might have seen the "Pure Google" phone switch to "Coming soon" on Best Buy's site, with a target shipping date of  April 1-5, or April 6, depending on who you asked. Doesn't really matter, because it's all wrong.

First off, the dates have been removed from Best Buy's website. Secondly, we asked Best Buy, which quickly told us indeed it was in error, and that it's not shipping today, or tomorrow, or April 6. "We don't have a date yet," Best Buy tells us. (Oh, and then there's that whole thing about reps getting some Nexus S 4G training starting April 18.)

So don't look for the Nexus S 4G before Thursday, at least, and more than likely another for couple weeks after that.

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4 years ago

Google Maps updates to v5.3, focuses again on Latitude

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Google Maps updates to v5.2.1, focuses again on Latitude

Google has once again pushed a new update for Google maps. The last version we received from the Android Market was that of v5.2 and now v5.3 is available for all. While most of the update looks to be just bug fixes, Google lists the new additions for us as being:

  • Location history dashboard for latitude
  • Check in at home after setting a home location in latitude.
  • Add your own aspects about places when rating them.

You can load up the Android Market now and grab the latest update or jump on past the break for the download link. [Google Mobile blog] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Google's first-quarter 2011 earnings call is set for April 14

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Googled

Set your alarms, boys and girls: Google's first-quarter 2011 earnings call has been scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EST on April 14. You'll hear the word "billion" used more than you ever will in your life. And, more important, we'll probably get a couple of juicy Android nuggets. See you there! [Google]

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