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3 years ago

Tribune Co. developing a tablet device?!

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These days, it seems as though everyone wants to make a tablet so a new rumor suggesting the Tribune Co. is looking to release one doesn't really come all that much as a shock. It does however all sound rather, well -- silly.

The story as it goes, claims that the Tribune Co. will releases a modified version of Android and that the Tribune will "offer the tablet for free, or at a highly subsidized price, to people who agree to sign up for extended subscriptions to one of its papers and possibly a wireless-data plan with a partner cellular carrier" So who is helping the Tribune Co. with this tablet? According to the article -- Samsung.

Sounds more like a subscription-based package to us. Buy a subscription, get a free tablet and gain access to all of the Tribune Co.'s publications. At least that would make more sense then Samsung developing actual hardware just for the Tribune.

Source: CNN

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3 years ago

Orange UK taking Android to Monte Carlo

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Sadly, it isn't the infamous playground of the rich and famous, but their latest Android device to be released sometime this weekend on Orange UK.

The Monte Carlo was first seen during MWC in Barcelona earlier this year, in its other guise as the ZTE Skate. As with the San Francisco, it will come pre-loaded with goodies from Orange such as HD voice (as seen on the Xperia Arc) and a whole host of their own apps. 

Squarely aimed at the lower end of the market, the follow on to the San Francisco packs a 4.3" screen, 800mhz processor, 5MP camera and comes fresh out of the box running Gingerbread. We're also looking at the latest 2.3.4 version, and all this for £149 ($242) off contract. 

Hopefully we'll be getting one soon to have a proper look at, but in the meantime take a look at the video after the break.

Source: Orange UK

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3 years ago

MetroPCS to launch Samsung Admire for back to school

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After having been spotted in a few leaks before now, the Samsung Admire has finally hit MetroPCS in official form and will arrive on the scene just in time for back to school.

"The Samsung Admire is the latest device in our growing Android smartphone lineup and delivers the right set of features at the right price for students as they head back to school. And the best part is that customers will continue to save money year-round with MetroPCS' affordable, unlimited service plans," said Tom Keys, president and COO, MetroPCS"

Those features are of course the 800MHz processor, 3.2MP camera , Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS all wrapped up in some TouchWiz UI. Still no pricing details revealed or an exact launch date but as noted before, we can't see this one going for more then $150. Full press release is beyond the break.

Source: PRNewswire

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3 years ago

Android App Review: Weeds on Showtime

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Weeds is one of the most popular shows on TV today. The Showtime series that centers around a widowed mother who sells pot to provide for her sons now has an official Android app. With the app, fans of the show can enjoy a good experience on their mobile device.

When you first open the app, you’ll see four main tabs at the top as well as a scrolling home screen that displays the latest features. For example, you’ll see a picture of Mary-Louise Parker that contains an Animated Recap of the last episode. This is all under the Home tab.

The next tab, The Show, provides extensive information about all aspects of the series. You can read the premise for the current season, sift through an episode guide, see when the show will air on Showtime and view the main cast list with full biographical information.

The third tab, Videos, contains a full episode that users can view for free as well as various video clips to browse through such as interviews and short snippets from the season.

The final tab is the Photobooth option which offers the most user interaction. It allows consumers to insert a photo of their choosing into a Weeds-themed background which can then be shared with friends. Themes include: Mugshot, Case File, Passport, Baked, Jail, Subway, Photocopy and Airplane.

This app is perfect for the ultimate Weeds fan. If you haven’t gotten into the dark comedy yet, now is the time to start. The app is free from the Android Market and links to it can be found after the break along with more screenshots from the app.

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3 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Spring Zen HD

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Down here in Texas, the heat is so sweltering and the air so dry, everything is reduced to an unfortunate shade of brown. Fortunately, I can still see some green grass and lively nature in the Spring Zen HD live wallpaper.

Spring Zen HD is pretty simple at first glance, giving you a nest with eggs in it, falling leaves, a bench, and the occasional butterfly. Occasionally the whole scene pans around a bit, giving you a better look at the bench, leaves, and nest.

It runs incredibly smoothly and the graphics are fairly top-notch. Everything has a soft glow to it, and the colors are vibrant. The paid version also boasts a considerable settings menu.

The settings menu gives you two preconfigured themes: Sakura and Maple. Sakura is the pink-flowered one, Maple is a maple leafed one.

From there you can choose to randomize the entire scene every time you turn on your screen, or you can specify very criteria, like what tree type, bench type, or egg color. You can also toggle things such as a butterfly, falling flora, sun beams, and the river.

Overall, Spring Zen HD is a pretty, aesthetically pleasing live wallpaper that performs well. It only sets you back a dollar, and for those who don't want to pay, there's also a free version, but it lacks the settings menu entirely.

More screenshots and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

HTCDev site outs more pics of Sense and Honeycomb

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Now that HTCDev.com is up and running, it's time to see what sort of secrets it holds. And Android Central reader Kevin's found this tasty little tidbit in the OpenSense documentation -- more of the Sense customizations of Honeycomb.

Note that the picture above (and we've got more after the break) mostly matches up with what we saw from the purported HTC Puccini tablet screenshots leak, though the multitasking button in the bottom left was swapped out for a traditional menu button. No telling yet if one (or both) is correct, an early dev version, or what.

Otherwise, fonts is fonts, skins is skins, and it's probably pretty safe to say we'll see HTC Scribe on a Honeycomb tablet.

Source: HTCDev.com; Thanks, Kevin!

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic battery life said to be better in latest tester leak

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And here's yet another pic of the upcoming Motorola Droid Bionic (suffice it to say it's deep in the throes of testing among average Joes at this point). So you see some speed test action going on here, and that's some fine LTE data speed. But what's got us interested is YodaDroid's follow-up, where he declares "battery life improved once again," and that he's seeing more than 15 hours of use, with push e-mail and widgets running full-bore.

Let's certainly hope so. Battery life has been the Achilles' heel of LTE devices. And if Verizon puts out one that can last past lunchtime, it'll make all this hype (and that Pentile screen) worth it.

Source: Android Forums; via Phandroid

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3 years ago

Sprint's Epic 4G Touch, EVO Design 4G, Motorola Admiral tipped off

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Looks like Sprint's got quite the mouthful coming to its stable in the coming months, according to a leak received by Engadget. The U.S. carrier's version (previously codenamed "Within") of the Samsung Galaxy S II will go by Epic 4G Touch, or Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, if you're man enough for it.

Then there's the HTC EVO Design 4G, which Engadget opines is what's been codenamed the "Kingdom," which we've already seen in leaked shots some months ago with a qHD display.

And, finally, there's the Motorola Admiral, which is ... well, it's the Motorola Admiral. No 4G in the name, so it's a safe bet it's lacking any sort of Wimax data.

As for when any of these will hit? No telling. The fall CTIA show is two months away, but here's to hoping we get something before then.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

YouTube app updated, now allows more control over your uploaded videos

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The official YouTube app has been updated to v. 2.2.14, which brings a host of improvements. Prior to this update, users were limited with what they could do with their uploaded videos. Now, they are able to customize them much more, such as editing the title and tweaking privacy settings. Also welcomed is the ability to edit and delete playlists with your mobile device, which was frustrating before.

Here is the full changelog:

  • Edit the title, description and privacy of your uploaded videos
  • New uploading UI integrated into the app
  • Create/Edit/Delete playlists on the go
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

If you haven't received the update yet, hit the Market link after the break.

Thanks Tyler!

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3 years ago

Google exec: 'We have options to protect the values of Android'

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Google's director of Android global partnerships, John Lagerling, addressed the issue of patent lawsuits against Google's partners while speaking at a Pacific Crest investor conference.  At a time when everyone under the sun is suing everyone else, I assume Mr. Lagerling felt the need to explain to investors that Google does have a strategy to assist and protect Android from legal issues, though he didn't give much detail.  His take on the subject:

Without going into too much detail, I do think that we have very strong paths that we can take to protect the values of Android that we have built through the open-source Apache 2 license with our partners. Obviously, Google doesn’t build — we don’t build phones and devices, but we had a vested interest in protecting the values of the Android ecosystem.

So when our partners are being attacked by aggressors, which we see as materially unfounded, it’s something that we join up together with our partners to resolve. And we have, I think, several options that we can take that will help protect the values of Android.

So again, we want to protect innovation. Patents were supposed to be there to enable innovation and monetization of innovation. When it’s being used in a prospective which is more to, as we see it, stifle innovation, it’s not something that is good for consumers.

Android is the only operating system, modern smart-phone operating system, that exists on devices that cost $200 or less. That is what is enabling the next billion of users of the Internet on mobile in the world. There might be players that are not so excited to see the margins and the prices go down like that and the variety that Android enables, but I think we are very convinced that we will be able to continue and create and protect the value of Android.

This echoes what Eric Schmidt and Larry Page have said, while saying just as little.  It stands to reason that Google has a strategy to protect the interests of their partners, and we can only assume that we'll see it when the time is right.  Or on Twitter.

Source: ZDNet

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