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3 years ago

Android Quick App: QuickPic

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If there's always been one stock app I've heard people gripe about, it's the gallery. QuickPic aims to be your total gallery replacement, eschewing some of the eye candy Android's gallery offers and giving you heaping bundles of functionality in its stead.

Instead of the slick, floating stack of pictures the normally gallery gives you, you're granted a static list. No cool effects, no changing angles as you move your phone, nothing. What you do get, however, is speed. The list loads near instantly (at least with my meager amount of albums). I mean, hey, the app is called QuickPic.

Something you lose from the stock gallery app is the ability to long press an entire album, and from there, move it, share it, delete it, etc. Long pressing on a gallery from the main menu only gives you the option to see a slideshow, hide the gallery, exclude it, delete it, or rename it. You also can see the exact location of the gallery from the main menu. It's not necessary at all, but it is helpful, especially if a lot of your different apps all save in different locations. (For me, that's ShootMe in one folder and everything else in DCIM.)

Once you actually select a gallery to look at, the quick in QuickPic becomes readily apparent. Pictures scroll without hesitation from a left or right swipe, and a double-tap gives you not one, but two levels of zoom. A third double tap brings you back to the original size. There's also pinch-to-zoom. That's nothing revolutionary, but it's included and it works.

Before you can do anything with your pictures (like share or rotate them en masse), you're going to either want to press the checkbox in the top-right corner of the screen, or press Menu > Multiselect. From there, you'll notice the stock Android checkboxes appear on each and every picture, allowing you to select them for editing.

Once a picture (or pictures) are selected, you can share them, copy them, move their location on your SD card, delete them, or rotate them. There's also a double check button that let's you select everything in an album instantly, so if you were planning to copy or move, that'll save you a bit of time (especially on a larger album).

Other than that, there's not much to talk about. QuickPic doesn't try to be something it's not, but for what it aims to be, it excels. If your preferred gallery experience is a fast, straight-to-business approach, QuickPic is the app for you. At the whopping price of free, it won't break the bank, and with nary an ad in sight, there's nothing to sully the experience that QuickPic offers.

Download links and more pictures are after the break.

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo now available in the UK

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After delays resulting from the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, Sony Ericsson's Xperia Neo is finally starting to see widespread availability, as the handset launches in the UK today. We've been playing around with the Neo for just under a week now -- in terms of internal hardware and software it's pretty much identical to its bigger brother, the 4.2-inch Xperia Arc. There's a larger battery, as well as a front-facing camera, but besides that it's the same phone packed into a smaller (if slightly bulkier) 3.7-inch chassis. However, the Neo is a little more affordable than the Arc, with prices on launch day ranging from £342 at Clove to £390 at Amazon UK.

We'll have a full review of the Xperia Neo written up in the next week or so. In the meantime, let us know in the comments if you're thinking of picking one of these up.

Source: Clove, Amazon UK; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

Samurai II: Vengeance now available for non-Tegra devices as well

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Were you one of the many who got extremely excited when Samurai II: Vengeance THD was released, only to be immediately disappointed to find out it was only supported on Tegra devices? Today is your lucky day, as Samurai II: Vengeance has been released and will now support game play on all other devices, and is even optimized for the Sony Xperia Play. If you are looking for a game with high quality graphics, smooth game play, and hours of fun on your Android device, Samurai II: Vengeance may be the best $2.86 you can spend today. Download information and video after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D coming to Europe in July

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OK, Europe. It's time to stop glaring at us and our every-so-sexy HTC EVO 3D, as you're about to get one of your very own. (Check out our initial review if you haven't already.) Same 4.3-inch screen. Same dual 5MP cameras. Same Sense 3.0. Same dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and so on and so forth. Really, the only difference here is the inclusion of GSM radios -- for you tech heads, it's 850/900/1800/1900MHz for EDGE, 900/2100MHz for 3G), and a few cosmetic changes.

Also interesting is that it's also importing the EVO name -- not the first time we've seen this happen now, but so much for it being a Sprint thing, eh?

Pricing wasn't announced, but it'll be available in July. Full presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 7.1 release candidate now live

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CyanogenMod 7.1 RC1 is now available for download from the mirror network.  The changelog looks pretty impressive, addressing most of the user issues and adding features and options -- which everyone loves (we've got it posted after the break).  The highlights are Android 2.3.4, Bluetooth mouse support, and improvements to the notification swipe to clear and Profile application.

It looks like a late night for all of us flash-a-holics.  Grab it through ROM Manager, or from the source link below.  Don't forget your Gapps!

Source: CyanogenMod.  More: GappsThanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

The Week in Android News

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3 years ago

Gears of War theme for the Epic 4G [from the forums]

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Want a badass theme for a badass phone?  Then you'll want to have a look at the Gears of War theme for the Samsung Epic 4G.  It's based on the EC05 Froyo build, and turns your Epic into something the Delta Squad would approve.  It's all done up -- icons, notifications, dialer, and you even have your choice to drop in a nifty GoW boot animation.

And as with any modification, the most important part is the support.  Android Central adviser Paul627g will have that covered, because that's how he rolls -- helping users and spreading the Epic 4G love from coast to coast.  If you've rooted and Rom'd your Epic 4G, you'll want to take a look at this one.

Source: Android Central forumsThanks, Paul!

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3 years ago

EVO 3D dock up for preorder at Best Buy

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Remember HTC's EVO 3D desktop docking station that first appeared on Best Buy's website earlier this month? You know, the one powers your  EVO 3D while propping it up for ideal multimedia playback? Well, it is now officially on sale, though at the moment it appears to be a bit backordered. You'll have to shell out $49.99, and you'll have to wait 1 to 2 weeks for availability, but if you're looking for that perfect dock to compliment your shiny new smartphone, hit the source link to order yours today.

Source: Best Buy; Thanks, jeallen1, for the tip!

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3 years ago

LulzSec's latest (and final) leak drops off dozens of files detailing AT&T's LTE plans

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LulzSec, the anti-sec group that quickly rose to Internet infamy over the past month or so, has just as quickly disbanded and disappeared back into the ether -- but not without one last data dump. And buried inside the 450-or-so megabytes is a folder labeled "AT&T internal data." And inside that folder is a massive dump of AT&T's plans, memos, timelines and other sundries regarding its LTE rollout.

Most of the documents are highly technical and are obviously pointed at engineers, talking about the back-end stuff that we never see -- and that most of us have no chance of actually understanding. And the documents themselves are pretty old in the scheme of things, from late 2010 to early 2011. So keep in mind that anything you read in there likely isn't up to date, was never intended for public consumption, and is very likely to change.

But one interesting tidbit is AT&T's apparent plan to market LTE data with various speed tiers, which it's calling "Speed Based Pricing." Verizon's about to switch to tiered pricing for its data plans (3G and 4G), but that's based on total consumption, not speed. The basic idea would be pay more, and you get faster LTE speeds. Not exactly a new premise -- cable companies have been doing this for Internet access for a while now, but it'd be an interesting change in the mobile space.

And then there's "Session Based Pricing," or the option for faster data speeds when you need them (that's the "per session"), even if you're a slower plan. Interesting stuff, actually.

Now, all that said: Something we haven't seen in the leaks are any specific smartphone plans. Nor are there any juicy pictures of upcoming phones and anything. In fact, it could well be that the speed-based pricing will be geared toward laptop-type data and not for smartphones. Will there be a difference between that and smartphones? Dunno. Point is, we're looking at this as an interesting look into what we might eventually see if and when AT&T's LTE network is up and running -- and not as anything written in stone.

Source: LulzSec

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