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3 years ago

Android 101: How to use Android native tethering

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3 years ago

iSpeech brings the commanders in chief to your Android smartphone

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We figure it'll take about 15 seconds before some of you start abusing this one, and about 15 minutes before the Treasury Department finds a way to shut it down. But for now, there's iSpeech Obama and iSpeech Bush for Android. You speak, the the president (or former president) parrots it back to you. You can share what they say, or just have your own twisted one-way conversation.

See what we mean after the break.

Download: iSpeech Obama; iSpeech Bush

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3 years ago

X10 AirPad promises to be the best $199 tablet around, sports full USB port

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We usually scoff when we hear about Android tablets going for $199. But when we hear about stalwart retailer X10 selling one for $199, we'll at least give things a listen. The X10 AirPad promises to be the "best tablet on the market for under $200."

Let's talk specs: You've got a 7-inch display with a measly 800x480 resolution. (By comparison, the Acer Iconia a100 and HTC Flyer each has a 7-inch touchscreen at 1024x600 resolution.) So it's fewer pixels, but that means less work for the 1.2 GHz Rockchip 2918 processor. That's all pushing Android 2.3 Gingerbread, so it's got that going for it, which is nice. There's 512MB of RAM on board, and 4GB on internal storage. There's a 2MP camera, which we're probably safe in ignoring on spec.

The 4000 mAh batter is rated as 6 hours of movie or music playback (we have a hard time believing music playback takes as much juice, but whatever), or 4 hours of Wifi Internet accvess. And speaking of Wifi, it's got 802.11 b/g. There's also HDMI out for 1080p playback, a full-size USB port, mini (not micro) USB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot.

Source: X10

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3 years ago

How unlocked is HTC's bootloader unlocking method?

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It looks like HTC's unlocked bootloader policy may not be just what everyone was looking for, and several key portions of the firmware remain locked.  What appears to be the case, is that using HTC's tool does unlock your bootloader, but doesn't grant you S-off status. Right off the bat -- if you don't understand what S-off means, you don't need it. It unlocks the ability to flash things like radios and hboot versions, which are all closed and protected files from HTC and the carriers.

What HTC's method does give you is the ability to flash a modified version of a custom recovery, which can be used to flash the files needed to root the phone. Once rooted, you can run root-required apps and have read/write permissions on the system files. As it stands now, if this is all you ever wanted to do anyway, HTC's tool will work for you. If you think you might one day decide to get a little deeper, I suggest you wait it out for a while. Will methods to flash ROMs get figured out for phones unlocked with HTC's tool? Probably. There's also a chance the boot partition is able to be flashed. The one thing we all know for sure is that HTC has made it very hard to go back if you go through with updating and using their unlock tool. Waiting to see how this all plays out is probably the wise decision.

There are also Internet rumors flying around saying HTC will send another update to give the phones S-Off status, or that this is just step one and they will release updated tools to do it.  At this point, all that is just speculation.  Personally, I'll wait and see exactly what works and what doesn't before I decide to buy another HTC phone.  If all they have done is block access to carrier-protected files and still allow the flashing of a new system, data, and boot partitions, I can accept that position.  If they have blocked the flashing of new kernels or the boot partition as a whole, that's another matter.  With all the development going on for the Sensation and EVO 3D, we'll know soon enough.

More info at XDA: EVO 3D; Sensation

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic's 'Rule All Machines' commericial returns, looks even better

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We gave you your first look at the official Verizon commercial for the Motorola Droid Bionic earlier this week, and now it's back in even better quality, thanks to our pals at Droid-Life. It's exactly the same violent commercial we gave you, only even creepier with the singing and what not.

Take a look after the break, at least until it gets TOS'd, too.

Source: Droid-Life

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3 years ago

Android Game Review: 7 Little Words

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I can make no bones about it: I like words. It's why I write, why I fail at attempt to do crossword puzzles, and why I've become a huge fan of a big game called 7 Little Words.

7 Little Words is a word puzzle game, but unlike a crossword puzzle, except you're supplied with combinations of letters you need to solve the puzzle. Each "level" has only seven words to solve on it, hence the game's name.

To spell out a word, simply tap the boxes containing the letters you need, in the order you'd spell the word. When something is suitably spelled out, press the Guess button to see if it's correct. If it is, the clue will be bolded and the correct word will appear alongside it. If incorrect, there's no penalty! The letters are simply returned to you.

Another point to mention is that combinations of letters can only be used for a specific word, so as you fill out more of your list, guessing the last words is easy, as there's usually only six or so boxes left.

7 Little Words is free to install and comes with one free puzzle zone. You can buy more puzzle zones for 99 cents. Each puzzle zone comes with at least 30 puzzles inside of it, so there's lots of gameplay to be had.

This is a fun game that isn't too difficult it's off-putting, but is still challenging enough to make your brain work a little bit. If you're up for a bit of word mania or just want to keep the ol' noggin greased up, I'd definitely check this out.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Case review: Seidio Surface case for the T-Mobile G2X and LG Optimus 2X

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We all want to keep our phone looking good, even when it's built as tough as the LG G2X (and it's European twin brother the LG Optimus 2X) is.  For many, that means a hard shell case like the Seidio Surface.  It's tough, easy to use, and looks great on your phone.

 

It's a two-piece design that slides together and latches, built from a tough yet flexible material that is about 1mm thick.  Putting it on and removing it is a piece of cake, just press down on the shorter of the two pieces where they meet, and the interlocking latch will open and the sides slide right off.  Once together, it's a solid fit and feels great while holding and using your phone, thanks to Seidio's soft touch coating.  It gives the plastic a premium feel, without the lint collection superpowers that come with rubberized cases.  It's also easy to wipe clean, just be sure to remove it first.

The case is also perfectly cut to allow access to all the controls, ports, and even the dual speaker openings on the bottom of the G2X.  The camera and flash are left open as well, so you won't be seeing any shadows on that excellent camera the G2X has, and it even keeps the lens cover off any surface if you lay the phone down on it's back.  The case also wraps around the front edge and corners, keeping that expensive beveled glass screen safe. 

And the Amethyst looks hot!  Check out some more pics after the break

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3 years ago

Google Docs updated, now has increased Web Clipboard functionality

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Google Docs for Android (see our hands-on) has received an update, bringing some welcomed new features for mobile users. The biggest update is the increased Web Clipboard functionality, which allows users to take photos from their mobile device and easily insert them into a Google Doc. Here is how it works:

On the Google Docs widget, select the Camera option. It will send you to your default camera application which will let you take a photo. Once it is taken, you'll see three options: Upload file without conversion, Convert file to Google Docs format and Send to Web Clipboard. By selecting Web Clipboard, you're sending your photo to a cloud-based clipboard used by Google Docs. Once it is uploaded, you can go to your Docs and select the Web Clipboard button, which is the fourth option from the left. You should see the photos that you've designated for the Clipboard, making it extremely simple to add photos quickly to Google Docs.

Other enhancements include the ability to open your Google Docs with any compatible viewer application and the option to send them to other apps or as an attachments on an email.

A final update is that the app is officially available in 45 more languages starting today.

To get the update or the app if you haven't check it out yet, check out the links after the break.

Source: Google Docs Blog

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 4G software update 4.53.651.1 now showing up for some

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If you have your HTC EVO 4G in your hands and are thinking, "Man.. I wish this thing would get an update" you might want to go ahead and check for system updates. The latest info from Sprint says the update listed below will be rolling out in the next week or so, but some folks are already seeing it. Here's what's new:

  • Integrated voice recognition accuracy with voice search and voice-to-text
  • Image size issue with contact transfer over Bluetooth
  • Images cut off in Picasa
  • Group contacts not in alphabetical order
  • Out of memory, Unable to send SMS

Go ahead and check for updates, if you get then let us know in the Android Central forums how it's working out for ya. If not, just wait longer -- it will be along shortly and you can take satisfaction in knowing it'll be here soon.

Source: Sprint; Thanks, Kurt!

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3 years ago

Three UK takes a sneak peek at Samsung's Galaxy W

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British carrier Three got some hands-on time with the Samsung Galaxy W, one of the new mid-range offerings announced by Sammy earlier today. It looks like a solid mid-range device, with a 3.7-inch SLCD display, 1.4 GHz single-core CPU and TouchWiz 4.0 on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The Samsung Galaxy W will be "coming soon" to Three, though no release date or pricing info is available just yet. Join us after the jump for the video, which offers a closer look at the Galaxy W's hardware.

Source: Three Blog; via: Eurodroid

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