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3 years ago

Words with Friends updated, brings Facebook play to Android

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Words with Friends has been updated to allow cross platform play with Facebook players, but only on the phone version for now.  According to the changelog on the Android Market:

What's in this version:
This is a big update! You now have the ability to play with your friends on Facebook! Just link together your Facebook and Words accounts and you'll be able to see which of your friends also have the game and start playing with them instantly (Honeycomb users, Facebook features are coming soon).
We've also improved stability and fixed several additional bugs.
As always, we appreciate your feedback! And if you like the new update, please rate us 5 stars!

Bug fixes are always nice, and we all know that Words with Friends can use them.  The lack of an update for Honeycomb is a bit concerning, but hopefully Zynga can get that taken care of soon.  In the meantime, if you haven't completely moved to Google+, link up those accounts and get playing!  Download link is after the break.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide available today for $199

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If you haven't already ordered and received your MyTouch 4G Slide, today is the day you can grab one from your local T-mobile store.  Packed with a great sliding keyboard and all new camera optics and software on top of the dual-core Snapdragon CPU, it's another great Android offering from HTC and T-mobile (check out our initial review).  Available for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and on a standard contract, the 4G Slide is one that anyone on T-Mobile needs to take a look at.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Win one of 10 MyBackup Pro licenses

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If you've ever switched Android phones, or like to tinker and are always changing things up a bit, you know how nice it is to have a backup program that works.  That's where MyBackup Pro comes in -- it's powerful and full of options for the advanced user, but simple enough for the average user to get all their data safely backed up with little fuss.  It's one of those apps that you'll hear recommended quite a bit, and for good reason.  You can back up things like your SMS messages, browser bookmarks, contacts, applications and more -- either locally or on Rerware secure online servers.  And if you're rooted, you can even back up your application data so you never lose your Angry Birds levels again.

There's a lot to love, especially with the latest update, and we're going to take a deeper look at it.  But in the meantime, the folks at Rerware have hooked us up with 10 licenses for MyBackup Pro to share with you guys.  You won't wanna miss out on this one, there's a reason it has over 7,500 five-star ratings in the Android Market.  Hit the contest forums for contest details and a chance to win, and we've got a link to download the 30 day trial version after the break.

Android Central forums

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3 years ago

ASUS Transformer to receive Android Honeycomb 3.2 update tomorrow

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ASUS announced via Twitter today that their EeePad Transformer will receive the Honeycomb 3.2 update tomorrow, July 28. Though we knew ASUS was testing 3.2, it's refreshing to see a manufacturer turn an update around so quickly . Honeycomb 3.2 brings with it compatability zoom for phone apps, support for microSD loading, and other tablet-based optimizations. No word on whether ASUS will be gradually rolling out the update (and how long that would take) or releasing to all at once, but we'll keep our ears open for more word. Be sure to check your Transformer for updates tomorrow and keep us posted in the comments below.

Source: @ASUS

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2 set to start receiving Gingerbread OTA today

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Great news for T-Mobile G2 users who have been patiently waiting for their Gingerbread update, as it is going to start rolling out today via OTA.

The update will be to Android 2.3.3 and will bring:

New features:

  • Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Tell HTC
  • Google Books added
  • Notification bar color scheme is changed to black
  • New battery indicator, phone, and web icons
  • Color-coded network icon and signal indicator added. Green when connected to Google servers. Grey when not connected.
  • Pressing the power key while on a call disables the proximity sensor
     

Fixed or improved issues:

  • Wi-Fi calling improvements
  • New SMS and email notification improvements
  • Improvements to sending MMS from the Gallery

To check to see if you have it yet: Menu -> Settings -> About Phone -> System Updates

T-Mobile said that they're rolling this out over 'the coming weeks' so if you don't have it yet sit tight, it's coming. If you were lucky enough to receive the update already or want to see how it's working for everyone else, visit our G2 Forum.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Verizon: Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- not the Galaxy S II (yet) -- has LTE

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Update: Verizon Support has tweeted again (and again and again), saying it mistweeted and it's the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that has LTE, and it has no info on the Galaxy S II. Move along, folks.

Original story: Great news just keeps coming for the Samsung Galaxy S II as Verizon reveals that their model will support their 4G LTE network. Five million have been sold worldwide thus far without hitting the US market. Many US consumers are considering one, but the question of LTE support has remained unanswered until now. Today's announcement will give Verizon customers food for thought, as the Galaxy S II and LTE-toting Droid Bionic are both due for release around the same time.

Here's the Tweet from @VZWSupport:

Great news! The Samsung Galaxy SII will have 4G. ^LM

So now that it will be running on Verizon's blazing fast 4G LTE, who is going to get one? And perhaps more importantly, what kind of toll can we expect LTE, SuperAMOLED+ and a dual-core CPU to take on the device's battery?

Source: @VZWSupport via Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

White Galaxy S II coming August 15, says UK retailer

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While most of the US is going nuts waiting for the launch of their Samsung Galaxy S II, it looks like Sammy could also have a little treat in store for Europeans next month. UK-based online retailer Clove Technology reports that it'll begin selling a white version of Samsung's flagship smartphone from August 15. There are no photos available just yet, but the internals match the impressive specs of the black original, and the price tag isn't too far off either -- the white Galaxy S II will sell for £410, compared to £399 for the black version.

The Galaxy S II has already seen success internationally, with 5 million units sold in just 85 days. Head on over to our full review of the device to find out why it's one of the most exciting Android phones of the year.

Source: Clove Blog

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3 years ago

Xperia X10 Gingerbread update actually 'days' away

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Whoops. Looks like someone over on the Sony Ericsson support site pulled the trigger a little early on the news that the Xperia X10's Gingerbread update was live. Sony Ericsson has issued a clarification today, saying that the announcement was "premature" and that while everything was going "according to plan", it'll still be a few more days before the update to Android 2.3.3 goes out through the PC Companion app.

So hold tight, X10 owners, your Gingerbread update isn't far away!

Source: Sony Ericsson Product Blog

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 major software update unveiled Aug 3 in New York

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Samsung is holding a press conference to unveil the TouchWiz update for the US Galaxy Tab 10.1  August 3 at the Samsung Experience at Columbus Circle in New York.  They plan a live showing and full demonstration of the new TouchWiz for tablets, and will sideload the update on-site during the briefing, as well as for the general public afterwards.  It's not often that we would want to see a manufacturer UI placed on a stock Android device, but everything we've seen and heard about TouchWiz for the Tab 10.1 makes us think this will be a bit different.  The changes look like they add to the Honeycomb experience in a good way, both in the looks department as well as the functionality.  Besides the changes included in TouchWiz like the mini-apps and live panels, Samsung plans to bring a new Media Hub interface, the Kindle and Amazon Music Cloud player, Words with Friends, and a set of "Enterprise Mobile" solutions. 

While the press will be there checking out the demo and sampling the provided lunch, the public can get involved after.  Starting at 1PM and running until 6PM, you can bring your Tab 10.1 in and have the TouchWiz UI flashed by the pros at Samsung.  Samsung warns us that sideloading the update will wipe your Tab, so keep that in mind.  For the rest of us, and those who don't want to lose all their data, the OTA version of the update will be coming soon after.  If you're in New York, you should drop by and check it out.

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3 years ago

Sharp FX Plus for AT&T coming to a Walmart near you

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Walmart has always been great at letting things get out early, and this -- the Sharp PX Plus was feeling left out of all the Android love. This Android 2.2 powered device recently popped up in a Walmart brochure sharing only a small amount of specs being that it has a 3.2-inch display, and Audience's earSmart noise cancellation technology built in. That's about it for now as pricing or launch details are not available at this point.

Source: Engadget

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