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3 years ago

S-OFF, Motorola Droid HD [From the Forums]

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Well.. although it doesn't fall under Android news, we can't say it isn't news. HP managed to shake things up with their killing off of webOS but plenty of Android news was going on as well. Make sure you flip on back and check out today's Android news, and head on into the Android Central forums as well.

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3 years ago

Google Videos app now working on all devices rocking Android 2.2 and up

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Google Movies, or the Videos app for Android, has been rolled out to some of the lucky Honeycomb devices earlier this summer. While the rest of the Android user base waited patiently, Xoom and Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners were able to rent and watch movies instantly on their devices. Now, the Videos app is available for all devices that are running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or higher.

With the app, users are able to rent from thousands of movie titles to stream instantly on their device. The app also has an offline mode for those that choose not to stream or are in a place that does not support it. There are  also settings within the app that allow you to specify what your default preference is for downloading the movie (WiFi-only or mobile network).

The app also has a Personal Videos section that aggregates all of the videos taken from your device.

For those who haven't installed the app yet, check out the links after the break. It's free and available from the Android Market.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

First pics of Ice Cream Sandwich leaked, running on Nexus S

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The first photos of a phone running Ice Cream Sandwich have been leaked out, and we get to see a little bit of the UI running on a Samsung Nexus S (T-Mobile USA).  Visually, things look a bit different, with a less AMOLED-friendly blue color scheme and a revamped launcher and app drawer.  A little back story goes along with this from the fellow who leaked it out -- expect a native panorama mode for the camera (finally), and an all-new look to the GMail app. The OS will now have Google Shopper integrated, and NFC-enabled devices will be able to utilize those features, and after it launches on the next Nexus device, it's expected to roll out for the Nexus S.

If these shots are legit, and all things point to them being so, things are still in the early stages.  We also don't get to see anything incriminating or confidential, so there's a lot of blacked out space in the pictures.  This is to be expected, as we're not supposed to be seeing these just yet.It's not a lot to go on, but just seeing it on a device is exciting enough.  Jump past the break to see the rest of the pics.

And the really big thing we don't yet see is how all this ties the phone and tablet OSes together. Stay tuned, folks.

Source: AndroidPolice; RootzWiki

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G-Slate's Android 3.1 update pushing out now

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It's been a few days since we first learned the T-Mobile LG G-Slate would be getting its Android 3.1 update soon. And that day has now come. Pushing out over the air, the update will roll out in waves, meaning not everybody's going to get it at the same time. You'll see a notice on your tablet when the update's ready.

Here's what you're getting in Android 3.1:

  • Google Videos - A new Videos app has been added that allows you to buy and rent movies.
  • Recent apps list expanded - The recent apps list has been expanded to show all apps recently used. After opening the apps list, touch one of the apps to access it.
  • Home screen resizable widgets - Widgets built-in to Android 3.0 (Calendar, Email, Gmail, etc.) can now be resized vertically or horizontally on any one of the five home screens.
  • USB accessory support - Customers can now attach a keyboard, pointing device, or gamepad to the G-Slate for use with typing, gaming, etc.

You're also getting bugfixes to Google Talk and Google Music, as was as for the browser and widgets.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

HTC's dabbled in the whole audio thing before

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So HTC and Beats Entertainment (aka Beats by Dre) have hopped into bed together. It's a $300 million "marriage," as HTC CEO Peter Chou and music mogul and Beats chairman Jimmy Iovine officially announced Thursday night ... and again Friday morning. If you joined us for the liveblog of the conference call and Q&A, you know that we didn't learn a whole lot more than we already knew the night before.

We did learn, however, that it was Beats who approached HTC, back in March. And that despite Beats' business doubling, according to Iovine, the $300 million buy-in (HTC now owns 51 percent of the company) remained unchanged.

Perhaps the phone you see above is what kicked it all off. That's the HTC Surround, which was one of the first Windows Phone 7 devices. We've never considered HTC devices to have the best speaker quality; that crown goes to Motorola. But the Surround (see my initial hands-on from the Windows Phone 7 launch event) sought to change that with its crazy slide-out speaker. Gimmicky, to be sure. But it also sounded a slide shade better than anything else HTC had on the market, for sure. Try one. You'll be surprised. Anyhoo, that speaker's built with Dolby Mobile and SRS WOW HD. (As have a couple Android phones since, but not as well.) And I still don't know what that means, 'cept it sounds better than most of the smartphones I have.

And that's where Beats comes in. You can argue all day about the sound quality -- and you will argue all day about the sound quality. But it's got name recognition and a bit of the ol' sex factor. And that's important. Or maybe it means better earbuds and/or gaudy headphones. Know what? Just about anything would be better than what you get now. So long as they're subsidized in the cost of the phone, we're all for it.

One way or another, this deal is a big one for HTC, and an even bigger one for Beats, as Iovine underscored as he repeated several times how Beats "had to get to the phone." We know you wanted new hardware. We know you want Ice Cream Sandwich. Those things are coming, and coming pretty soon, we reckon. In the meantime, ponder what kind of audio miracle we might soon see -- Chou said Beats-impregnated devices are coming this fall.

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3 years ago

Dell Streak 5 unceremoniously discontinued

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Leave your condolences for the overhyped, oversized, overpriced, underappreciated, underpowered, took-too-long-to-get-to-market Android phablet (that's that weird size between phone and tablet) in the comments below. Or don't.

Source: Dell; thanks to everyone who sent this in

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3 years ago

HTC Stunning will be HTC's first NFC-enabled phone, headed to China

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HTC announced that their first NFC-enabled smartphone, called the Stunning, will be headed to China. With the Stunning, users will be able to use their phone with China UnionPay, the country's sole credit card company. Consumers can pay bills with their phone as well as make payments at point of sale.

The Stunning will feature a 4-inch display and will be available sometime next month. It's good to see HTC getting into the NFC game and I'm sure the technology will be apart of many of their handsets going forward.

Source: Asia Droid

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3 years ago

LG Optimus Sol leaked, AMOLED display, 1GHz CPU and Gingerbread on board

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The fellas over the the German site BestBoyZ have got their hands on an upcoming LG phone dubbed the Optimus Sol (E730).  We don't know a whole lot about this one just yet, but it should hit Vodaphone in Europe eventually, and come in two colors -- black or silver.  On the specs side, it's running Android 2.3.3 on a 1GHz CPU, with LG's very own 3.8 inch AMOLED display.  Top it all off with LG's Optimus UI (we've seen that in action on the Optimus Black and the Optimus 3D) on top of Gingerbread, and you have what looks to be a very nice piece of gear.  After the break you can watch a video hands-on with the LG Optimus Sol -- it's in German but you'll get the gist of it by watching.  Also hit the source link for a couple more pics.

Source: BestBoyZ

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3 years ago

Supposed specs of upcoming Samsung gear outed by Lithuanian retailer

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Samsung has been leading the global charge to put an Android phone into everyone's hands, and if we're to believe some specs listed by Mobili Linija, an online retail shop from Lithuania, we have a slew of new models with some great specs coming.  They have listed details for seven new phones and two new tablets, with the words dual-core and Super AMOLED thrown around liberally.  Hit the break to see the list, and a bit 'o commentary.

Source: Mobili Linija; via SamFirmware

More: Oled-infoThanks, Nick!

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3 years ago

NFL releases official fantasy football app just in time for football season

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Football is right around the corner (finally!), and that means fantasy players everywhere are gathering information for their drafts. NFL.com is obviously the official site for the league and therefore is immensely popular with the football crowd. An official fantasy app from the NFL has been added to the Market that will allow users to manage their teams on-the-go. This means that wherever they are, they can look for ways to improve their teams.

Here is what you can do with the app:

  • Join or create a league
  • Check live fantasy scoring
  • Sit/Start and Add/Drop players
  • Propose and accept trades
  • Read up-to-the minute player news
  • Manage teams in multiple leagues

This is great news for NFL.com fantasy owners who have been calling for a dedicated Android app to manage their teams. The app is available for free from the Android Market, please find links after the break.

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