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3 years ago

Rdio updates its Android app ... for Ice Cream Sandwich compatibility

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Eagle-eyed Android Central reader @baynard17 pinged us on Twitter this morning to alert us to an update to Rdio's Android app. It's good to see the bugfixes and TELUS integration (Canadian carriers need love, too), plus support for gift cards.

But the really interesting bullet point is "Android 'Ice Cream Sandwich' support. We know Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in the fourth quarter this year -- Google announced it at its developer conference in May -- and that it'll bring the Android tablet and smartphone tracks back together. We've yet to see public release of the SDK, and likely won't for an other couple months. But it'd be of little surprise to us to learn that some developers already have it under an NDA, and Rdio's a good choice for that.

Does that mean ICS is imminent? Google said Q4, and we've got no reason to believe we'll see it sooner. (But it'd certainly be cool if we did.)

Thanks, @baynard17!

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3 years ago

Time Inc. bringing all 21 of its magazines to tablet form

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Digital subscriptions also extended to the Nook Color

Time Inc. today announced that it'll be bringing all 21 of its magazine brands to tablet form -- that means Android Honeycomb tablets (along with the iPad and webOS TouchPad). We've been enjoying the likes of Sports Illustrated on our smartphones and tablets for a while now -- the tablet version is excellent -- and seeing more titles added only makes Android tablets stronger.

In addition, Time Inc's penned a deal to bring subscriptions and single-copy sales to the Barnes & Noble Nook Color. Fortune, People, Sports Illustrated and Time will roll out later this month, with the other publications to follow by the end of the year.

Source: Press release

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3 years ago

Sign up for Comcast cable, get a Motorola Xoom for free (or $99)

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Comcast -- yeah, that Comcast -- apparently is offering up the Motorola Xoom Android tablet when you sign up for a cable contract. There's a trio of options, but the gist is sign up for an applicable cable deal and get a Xoom for free, or $99, depending on the two-year contract you sign.

According to the internal memo, you'll have to actually ask about this deal, and you'll get the Xoom by mail -- in other words, they're not carrying them around in the trucks, ya' dig?

The promo, of course, ties in to Comcast's Xfinity app, which lets you control your Comcast experience from your phone or tablet. Interesting tie-in, that's for sure. Hit the break for more on the promo.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Cellular South getting the Samsung Admire

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We've seen a sneak peek of the Samsung Admire on MetroPCS, and now it's officially coming to regional carrier Cellular South. The Admire looks to be a pretty basic entry-level phone, with a 3.5-inch touchscreen at HVGA resolution. That's 320x480, which is what we consider to be the bare minimum these days, and not something we'd really recommend.

Official specs are a bit scarce, but it'll be running Android 2.3 and have a 3.2MP rear camera. The usual connectivity options (Wifi, Bluetooth, etc.) are on board, but you'll be on your own to supply a microSD card.

No word yet on pricing or availability. We've got more pics after the break.

Source: Cellular South; thanks, rscarpenter, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Reminder: We're live from London and New York for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 events

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Just a quick reminder that today's the day Samsung starts offering the Touchwiz update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Things kick off at 11 a.m. EST in New York City with a press-only event. We'll be there, of course.

And from 1 to 6 p.m. EST, at the Samsung Experience at The Shops at Columbus Circle (third floor, folks), you, gentle member of the general public, can take your very own Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be updated to Touchwiz. It comes with a caveat, however, as getting the update today will wipe your device. (If you want to wait for the over-the-air update, your data will remain intact.)

But that's not all. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is launching this afternoon in London at PC World -- we'll be there as well.

So look for updates from not one but two continents today. That's how we roll. And be sure to check out our TouchWiz preview if you've not yet done so.

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3 years ago

MetroPCS hangs out with the dancing Android

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This is one Android that really gets around. MetroPCS got to hang out with the one and only crazy dancing Android and can we just say how fitting the song is? Because really, we just can't get enough -- so awesome.

Source: Twitvid; via: @MetroPCSSAC

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3 years ago

Study shows that 'mobile threat activity' has risen significantly in past 6 months

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Based on information collected from more than 700,000 applications installed on more than 10 million devices, the folks at Lookout have released their first Mobile Threat Report.  This data shows that the threat of coming across malware has increased by as much as 250 percent in the past six months.  We want to make it clear that the huge majority of Android applications, both in the official Market as well as other sources, are completely legitimate and built by honest, hard working developers -- but malware, spyware, and various nasty bits of code are out there.  We've seen them out there, both real issues and overblown ones.

Now it is certainly in a company involved in mobile security's advantage to report this kind of situation, but it's always best to know exactly what we are facing out there in the wild internet.  That's where Lookout's Mobile Threat Report enters the picture, explaining the different types of security issues users are likely to come up against, and information about how to protect yourself against them.  Armed with this information, and a smattering of old fashioned common sense, you'll be better able to make the right decisions.  Hit the break to see Lookout's press release, and visit the source link to read the Mobile Threat Report in it's entirety.

Source: Lookout

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3 years ago

Best Buy offering Nexus S free for a day, new contract required

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Have you been on the fence about the Nexus S?  Maybe this will get you to take the plunge.  Best Buy will be offering any version of the Nexus S (for T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint) for free.  The catch?  You have to sign a two year agreement (new line or upgrade) with the respective carrier.  The offer is good specifically from tonight at 11:00pm CST and August 3rd at 11:59pm CT.  Plenty of time to make your decision, right?

Source: Best Buy

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3 years ago

Google+ app updated, brings ability to hide 1-1 Huddles

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Google has updated its Google+ app, bringing a host of improvements. Two of the biggest gripes I have heard about the app are that there is no way to leave a 1-1 Huddle and that notifications are slow or spotty. With this latest update, Google has  answered both of those concerns, giving users the ability to hide 1:1 Huddles and has improved the reliability of notifications. To hide a 1:1 Huddle, go into your conversation hit Menu and then Hide. It's great to see them iterating so quickly and listening to user feedback. Here is the full changelog:

  • Improved notifications reliability
  • "_add to circle" notifications shown in bulk
  • Share stream posts to individual people
  • Clicking a +mention takes you to the person’s profile
  • +mentions now autofill from your Circles
  • Stream no longer resets to top when screen is rotated
  • Nearby accuracy
  • Start a 1:1 huddle from a person’s profile or a group huddle from a circle profile
  • Hide 1:1 huddles
  • Clickable links in huddles
  • Improved autocomplete when adding a person to a huddle

To get the latest update, hit up the app links after the break.

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3 years ago

Latest Android version numbers are out; Froyo still rules the roost

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Google has released the numbers for the different platform versions accessing the Android Market ending Aug. 1, and there are no big surprises. Froyo still leads the pack with over 55 percent of devices running it, down about 10 percentage points because we're seeing a jump in devices running Android 2.3.3 or 2.3.4. The full breakdown is in the chart above, but if we take a quick comparison to the last time we looked at numbers, we see Android 1.5 shrinking by 0.4 percentage points, Android 1.6 dropping a half-percentage point, Eclair dropping a whopping 6 percentage points, and Honeycomb being split up into three versions for 1.3 percent total, up a full percentage point.

In simpler terms, like the ones used for other mobile operating systems, only 3.3 percent of all Android phones are not running version 2.x of the OS.  In more realistic terms, well outside of any reality distortion machinery, 18.3 percent of Android phones can't run applications designed for all devices.  It's a number that's slowly improving, and we hope to see the trend continue.

Source: Android Developer

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