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3 years ago

Toshiba Thrive initial review

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It's been some six months since we first saw the Toshiba Thrive at CES. At the time, it didn't have a name, and it wasn't even a Honeycomb tablet -- more of a hardware prototype running Froyo.

That all ends today. Let's start with the obvious: It's not the most svelte Android tablet out there. No, that crown still belongs to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Thrive's actually thicker than the Motorola Xoom while weighing about as much. But the Thrive more than makes up being a bit portly with its hardware features. Let's explore them after the break.

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3 years ago

Twitter for Android receives big update, now supports multiple accounts and push notifications

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Twitter for Android has received a sizable update, which now provides users with two features that have been absent from the official app for too long: support for multiple accounts and push notifications.

There are a good variety of Twitter apps to choose from on Android depending on what you're preferences are. The crowd who prefers the official Twitter for Android app has long complained that if these two features were added, it would be near perfect. Well, they're available now, so check out links to the app after the break.

Source: Twitter Blog

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3 years ago

Sprint's Motorola Photon 4G available July 31 for $199 on contract

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Sprint Premier customers can snag it July 28

Sprint just dropped word that the long-awaited Motorola Photon 4G -- the first Wimax device from Moto -- will be available on July 31 for $199 on contract. As you'll recall from our hands-on with it in June, it's a 4.3-inch Gorilla Glass-sporting, 8MP-shooting, 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2-processing, Gingerbread world phone, with Sprint ID thrown in to boot.

More specs, straight from the source:

  • Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor with each core running at 1GHz and 1GB of RAM
  • Large 4.3-inch touchscreen with qHD (Quarter High Definition) display
  • Dual cameras – 8-megapixel, dual-LED flash camera with front-facing webcam and VGA front-facing camera for video chat
  • Android Market™ for access to more than 200,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
  • 16GB of onboard memory, support for up to 32GB SD Card, for a total of up to 48GB
  • Worldphone capabilities to access emails, calendars and news from anywhere around the globe
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to eight devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G networks.
  • Supports critical IT device policies commonly requested by enterprises and governmental entities, including integration ease, cost-of-management and data security concerns

And because we know some of you are going to ask, no, it's not supposed to ship with an unlocked bootloader. Remember that Motorola said it'd get into the unlocking thing in late-2011. July is mid-2011. So let's all wait a couple more months before we go through this with every new Moto phone that's announced, m'kay?

That said, we're plenty excited to see a phone with this much depth and power on Sprint. What about y'all?

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

New Android Market allows you to choose your Google account

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Google just showed us the new updated Android Market client that brings a UI overhaul, as well as Google Books and Movies for folks in the states.  Not long after, we gave you a way to download the new Market for yourselves, and you guys got to work checking it out.  It has a lot of different features, including one that a lot of us have been wanting -- the ability to switch to any Google account on your phone for Market use.  You can even choose a Google Apps account.  This could be a pretty handy feature, but also opens up the possibility of abuse via shared account credentials.  We'll have to see how it all unfolds.

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

PayPal unveils peer-to-peer NFC payment system

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PayPal has shown their new peer-to-peer NFC payment system at MobileBeat 2011 today, using two Android powered Samsung Nexus S phones.  The premise is simple -- open the app on both phones, enter the payment amount on one, and bump them together.  After the buzz, enter account details, and the payment is processed.  Afterwards, the normal email receipts are generated and sent out, just like we did it in the old days.

There's no firm date when to expect this, but PayPal says "late this summer".  Another compelling reason for manufacturers to put NFC capabilities in their new models, or just a security concern?  Either way, we'll find out soon enough.  Hit the break to see a demo video.

Source: PayPal

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3 years ago

Reminder: Win 1 of 2 HTC EVO 3Ds from Sprint and TeleNav


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Just a quick reminder here that we're giving away (with some sweet help from TeleNav and Sprint) a HTC EVO 3Ds to two lucky readers. (Don't worry, each winner will get their own, so they don't have to share.) And check out the video above for a look at what TeleNav brings to navigation on the EVO 3D.

Here's what you need to do to enter:

  • Follow @telenav, @sprint and @androidcentral on Twitter.
  • Leave a comment on the original contest post, including your twitter handle.
  • Contest ends at 5 p.m. PST July 15, 2011, at which time two winners will be picked at random (provided you followed the instructions above).
  • It's a Sprint phone, so you need to be in the United States. (Sorry, world.)
  • Telenav's offering the hardware only. Prize(s) estimated retail value is $600 per phone, or $1,200 total in prizes.
  • We can't stop you from entering more than once, but we'll know if you do.

Enter to win one of two EVO 3Ds from Sprint and Telenav

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3 years ago

Google wants to hear your ideas about Android's core apps

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If you're a Google+ user (and if not, hit the forums and get you an invite!) and have ideas how Google can improve Android's core apps like the calendar, contacts, email, etc., Attila Bodis, Android applications engineering manager, wants to hear from you.  He's set up a threaded post at Google+ asking for feedback and ideas, and even Andy Rubin has chimed in to participate.  Like Atilla says, he won't be able to reply personally to every message, but they're reading them, and some great ones should come out of this.  Be sure to head over and share your thoughts at the source link below!

Source: +Atilla Bodis

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3 years ago

Adobe announces 'AIR App Challenge' and Flash Player support for Sony Tablets

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With the new Sony S1 and S2 tablets set to hit the market soon, Sony has now teamed up with Adobe for a couple of things. The first, being the announcement that all Sony tablets will indeed support Adobe Flash when they arrive at retailers. The second, being a new contest for Adobe AIR developers.

The ‘Adobe AIR App Challenge Sponsored by Sony’ contest offers developers a chance to win $200,000 in total cash prizes and the promotion of the application on ”Sony Tablet” devices. Adobe and Sony are challenging developers and content publishers to build breakthrough mobile apps optimized for the S1 and S2 tablets. The contest will give selected developers pre-release access to “Sony Tablet” prototypes and the latest version of Adobe tools. Contest categories include Entertainment, Lifestyle and Community, Games, Business and Productivity, and Innovation. A panel of Adobe, Sony and third party judges will evaluate application submissions based on quality and performance, innovation and creativity, as well as overall user experience. The contest is open to submissions from the U.S., Japan, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K.

The contest opens up to everyone today, if you're interested in learning more you'll find the full press release below or you can click on the source link to be taken to the AIR app challenge website directly.

Source: Adobe

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3 years ago

Sony's S2 tablet headed to AT&T, will sport HSPA+

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Sony's S2 tablet, which posed for some close up shots the other day, is headed to AT&T. The carrier announced this morning that upon launch, the dual-screen device will work on their 4G HSPA+ network.

The S2 sports two 5.5-inch touchscreens, which can be used separately or as one large canvass. (Sound familiar?) Pricing will be announced at launch, which is unknown as well.

AT&T is vamping up its 4G offering and more tablets is the next logical step. Look for the S2 tablet "later this year." See the full press release after the break.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom drops to $499 in Canada

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While Woot is currently offering the Motorola Xoom for $399 as a refurb, that will only last for a while. Future Shop locations across Canada have now started offering something a little more solid. Right now, you can pick up a Motorola Xoom WiFi for only $499 -- that's exactly $100 off what it was previously for Canadians. Any takers?

Source: Future Shop

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