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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom appears headed for Sprint, will sport WiMax (natch)

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xoom wimax

It appears that the Motorola Xoom is heading to Sprint's network, and will sport WiMax in lieu of Verizon's LTE. (No telling if you'll have to send it back to Motorola to get it, though.) Verizon had exclusivity on the first Honeycomb tablet for quite some time, until the WiFi-only was released a couple weeks ago. Now thanks to cases appearing at Sprint stores, it looks like it will be getting some more carrier love, boasting Sprint's 4G WiMax network. 

No release date yet, but you have to believe it will be soon to compete with Verizon's unit, especially when the LTE ready devices finally start rolling out. [BGR]

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4 years ago

Skype Video for the HTC Thunderbolt leaks out

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Skype Mobile with Video chat

Although the HTC Thunderbolt was supposed to of have launched with it -- it didn't. And although HTC and Verizon tried to hide the fact it ever existed -- it didn't work. Skype Video has now leaked out for all Verizon HTC Thunderbolt users. No telling how long it will work for once Skype and Verizon catch on, or if they'll even care enough to bother shutting it down but we do know it will only work on the Thunderbolt so, don't bother trying it on anything else at this point.

Phil took it for a ride over 3G and Wifi. It works over the former and works pretty well over the later, but doesn't seem to do much for the person you're talking to. (Hi, Jerry!) Remember that this is leaked and unofficial software, so consider yourselves warned. Download links are at the source link, if you're the brave type. [Droid-Life] Thanks, 0mie!

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4 years ago

Rooted device now trying CM7, Resetting webtop settings [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Here we are again, Monday. While I dislike Mondays, they're always better when we start off on good note and today appears to have gone that way. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer got root, and the Wifi-only Galaxy Tab is now officially available from Samsung. That's a good start, I think. The forums were busy over the weekend as well, jump on in there and join in on some of the conversation.

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4 years ago

Wifi-only Galaxy Tab officially available from Samsung

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung has made the Wifi-only version of the original Galaxy Tab officially available today.  If you weren't lucky enough to get yours a few days early, you can now jump online and order one, at the reasonable cost of $349.99.  Samsung lists six "official"  retailers that are selling the tab, and interestingly enough Frys and Amazon are both already sold out.  Whether this is because of demand, or supply issues is unknown, but it's worth mentioning.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that the Tab is still a Froyo tablet.  I hope there are plans for an official update, but with the changes Google has made that's anyone's guess.  There is an unofficial update in the works, and I'm pretty certain that if Google does release tablet-centric source code we'll see some great implementation of it on the Tab, but it is what it is.  We recently asked readers if they would choose the Wifi Tab or the Barnes & Noble Nook Color, and the Nook was the more popular device with readers who had plans to purchase one or the other.  I think both would be a fine choice, but I already have a Nook Color so I think I'll pass on this one and wait to see what Toshiba has for us.  But if you're in the market for a very nice, low priced Android tablet, the Wifi Tab is certainly worth looking at. [Samsung]

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4 years ago

Weeklong giveaway: iGrip PerfektFit Car Charging Dock for HTC Thunderbolt

iGrip PerfektFit Charging Dock for HTC ThunderboltHeads up, all you HTC ThunderBolt owners. It's time for a weeklong contest, and we've got 10 -- count 'em, 10 -- iGrip PerfektFit Car Charging Docks to give away, courtesy of the Android Central Store.

So here's how it's going to work: Head on into this thread in the Android Central forums and leave a post. We're going to pick two winners each day this week, until we've given away all 10 car docks.

Oh, but there's more, folks. We've got giveaways going on all the rest of the month, so stay tuned!

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4 years ago

Pinball Deluxe updated in the Android Market - New Wild West table added!

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Pinball Deluxe

We've posted about the awesome and free pinball ball game Pinball Deluxe before, and now the folks from Mobigloo have let us know the game has been downloaded over 1 million times and to celebrate, they just sent an update to the Android Market for everyone to enjoy. The latest update adds a new pinball table to the mix adding even more of that classic pinball game feel to it. Wild West is the new table and if you're looking to try out your pinball wizard skills head on past the break for the download.

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4 years ago

Google I/O ticket listed on eBay reaches $3,000

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Google I/O ticket listed on eBay reaches $3,000

This isn't the first time we've seen Google I/O tickets go up for sale on eBay -- previously they were being sold for what we thought at the time was an alarmingly high price. But, this one -- this one, takes the cake, and some most might say totally overcharges you for it. To their credit though, they are offering to send you any goodies they may get ahead of Google I/O, whatever that means. That makes up for it, kind of. OK, not really. Although the seller says they're unable to attend, this just seems like a total cash grab to us, and is just plain wrong. [Android Central Forums]

Going to Google I/O? Let us know in the forums,
and maybe you can meet Phil and Jerry!

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4 years ago

What do screen resolutions mean?

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: simplePlay

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There's a definite lack of Windows Phone-themed music players in the Android Market -- can't imagine why -- but simplePlay hopes to remedy that.

SimplePlay is actually a dual music/podcast player that boasts a clean UI, innovative navigation system, and some slick, eye-catching effects. Setup is simple, with the app asking you to locate your music and podcast folder on its first boot up. From there, you're given the option to download album art, and after that you're off to the races. Let's take a closer look after the break.

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4 years ago

Asus Eee Pad Transformer gets rooted

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer

We know -- it's pretty much inevitable these days when it comes to Android devices. They're going to get rooted, most before they even hit mass consumption. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is no different and as such, we now have root courtesy of Paul O'Brien and BumbleDroid. That said, the full details on how-to have yet to show up but considering the device still hasn't shipped to the masses, we've got some time. Does knowing it can be easily rooted impact your buying choice? If so, let us know in the comments. [via @paulobrien]

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 accessory leak: CommandOne Bluetooth headset

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Motorola Droid CommandOne Bluetooth Headset

In keeping up with all their previous Droid branding we're now seeing more Droid branded items come to market -- although, this time it's not a handset. It's actually a Bluetooth headset dubbed the Droid CommandOne. OK, so it's a Droid-branded Motorola Command One, which, is an awesome headet but that also raises the question of how many other accessories is Verizon planning on pushing out carrying the Droid branding. No pricing or launch date details are to be had here but we're thinking the standard "coming soon" should cover it. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II launching in the UK on May 1

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 Samsung Galaxy S II

Samsung has announced that its dual-core Galaxy S II will be released in the UK on May 1. The Gingerbread-powered Galaxy S II brings some impressive specs to the table -- a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 4.2-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, making it one of the most powerful Android devices around.

Samsung says the Galaxy S II will be available on-contract all major UK networks, as well as SIM-free from British retailers. If you'd like to be serenaded with more tech specs, you can read Samsung's full press release after the jump. Find out what we thought of the Galaxy S II by checking out our hands-on coverage of the phone from Mobile World Congress.

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4 years ago

Cloud Printer extension enables printing from Firefox mobile

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With Google's release of cloud printing on the Android platform, many developers have been wondering how to implement the offerings into their applications as well. Sadly, they've been finding a road block when it comes to being allowed access to this service.

Firefox Mobile now has an app that allows for cloud printing. Designed as a restartless app (meaning you can install it and it not require a browser restart) Firefox Mobile users just simply have to add the extension in Firefox Mobile and you're all set.

As noted by developer Mark Finkle, because Google never made the API available, a lot of back ground script work had to be done in order to get things working correctly. With that noted, Mark has welcomed everyone to try it out and report back on how it is working for them. You can hit the source link for the full details and how to get started with cloud printing on Firefox Mobile. [Cloud Printer add-on, Stark Raving Finkle]

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4 years ago

A.I.type keyboard looks like Gingerbread, predicts like a psychic

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A.I.type Android keyboard

Want the stock Gingerbread keyboard with a little extra oomph in the text prediction? Check out the A.I.type keyboard. It's currently in beta but is pretty darn stable. The gist is this: You get the stock Gingerbread keyboard with some pretty good text prediction. It claims to be able to save you 75 percent of keystrokes (or taps, we gather). Don't think we'd go quite that far, but the prediction is rather accurate, and we'd expect it to get better in future releases. Also, text prediction requires a data connection. So if you're in BFE, you might be SOL.

A.I.type currently supports multiple languages, voice recognition, keyboard themes. It's free in the current beta, and we've got promo video and download links after the break. [A.I.type]

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4 years ago

MSNBC's 'Meet the Press' makes its way to the Android Market

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Meet the press

MSNBC teamed up with Zumobi to make an app for their popular program Meet the Press. If you're not familiar with the program, it's a weekly show that has been running since FDR was President. It focuses on the major political, economic and social issues consuming American policymakers and is able to bring in very esteemed panels week after week. 

With the app, simply titled Meet the Press, consumers will now be able to access interviews from the show wherever they are on their mobile device. The app is integrated with Twitter and Facebook, making it easy to share clips that you've loved or hated. Additional features include push notifications of weekly guests, contacting David Gregory (the host), and trivia to ensure that you're up-to-date on current affairs. 

If you're interested in the Meet the Press app, it is available for free from the Market, follow the link after the break. 

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