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3 years ago

Samsung hopes to woo more developers, launches forum to prove it

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If you're a developer who has always had a soft spot for Samsung's hardware, this might be your lucky day. Samsung has just launched their official forum for Android developers with such helpful links as "Device Specs" and "Code Sample" (for alternate screen sizes).

If you're not interested in developing for Samsung, let me remind you of a few things I can think of.

Full presser is after the break.

More: developer.samsung.com/android

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3 years ago

Leaked T-Mobile roadmap includes plenty of Android

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If you're a T-Mobile customer or plan on becoming one in the next little while, you'll want to listen up. Roadmap for the rest of the year has popped up and it has quite a few upcoming Android devices on it.  According to the list, which was sorted by month -- here is what we're going to be looking at for releases:

That's it for the known, the rest -- is speculation based on the listings from the roadmap. HTC and LG play a big part here though. The LG “Gelato” Optimus II is suggested to be a follow-up to the successful LG Optimus line. While HTC is bringing the “Bresson” and “G-Infinity.” with the G-Infinity being the next device in line to follow the T-Mobile G - series of devices.

Of course, roadmaps don't always hold up over time. But we're willing to bet we'll see these guys sooner rather than later.

Source: This Is My Next

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3 years ago

Google Music, Xoom lag [from the forums]

As we roll on through the week, we're starting to see some goodies roll out as well. Google Music Beta invites are now showing up, the LG Revolution is getting released and Verizon is unleashing the Xperia Play -- exciting times. Looking to discuss more? Jump into the Android Central forums.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Music beta invites rolling out, inboxes refreshed en masse

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We got our first look at Google Music Beta at Google IO this year, and it looks like some who requested invites are finally starting to see a response. Your Google Music Beta invite nets you just one invite (none to give out) that works across all your 2.2+ devices.

Uploading is done through the browser-based web app and music syncs in the background. Expect more as we find out.

And anyone who gets an invite, let us know how it's working for you. Sound off, comments, you know the drill.

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3 years ago

More Android Market security woes -- and a novel idea to fix them from Sophos

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Malicious files once again have found their way into the Android Market, with a set of applications being hijacked, reverse engineered with malicious code injected, and published alongside the legitimate applications.

Two thing need mention up front -- Google has already removed the apps from the Market, and this time around they only affected users in China, where they also originate from.  If you're reading this story, you probably are safe and never were at risk.  But this is still a big concern.  A set of bad guys (that's my safe-for-work version) were able to de-compile apps from a legit developer, put in some code that sends SMS messages to a Chinese subscription service, and then took some really ingenious steps to keep everything hidden from the user.  That's going to happen, because everything that's electronic and popular enough is a target.  The part that is concerning is that these are making their way into the Android Market.

Allow me to have a few hundred words with you about it, after the break.

Source: AegisLabs via Sophos; Thanks, Tony Bag o' Donuts!

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3 years ago

LauncherPro 0.8.6 brings icon pack support and more

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Federico Carnales has announced the release of an update to LauncherPro, his popular homescreen replacement for Android. Version 0.8.6 adds new features including icon pack support, real home screen looping (as opposed to the virtual looping included in earlier versions), and the ability to hide icon background labels. There's also the usual mix of performance improvements and bug fixes, as you'd expect.

The new version is available now from the Android Market (links and QR code after the jump), or as a direct download from the source link below.

Source: LauncherPro.com

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3 years ago

LG Optimus Pad now available from Rogers

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Remember when we mentioned the LG Optimus Pad was coming to Rogers? Well, it has now arrived at retail locations and is ready for sale. With the addition of the Optimus Pad to Rogers, Canadians now have one more choice added to their Android tablet line-up -- to bad about the pricing structures though.

Rogers is currently asking $449 for LG Optimus Pad on a three-year contract with the no-term pricing coming in at $699. The LG Optimus Pad is a fine tablet so, you'll have to weight the pros and cons there like anything else I suppose. If you're still on the fence about the Optimus Pad check out our previous hands-on with it or skip on over to the Rogers site for more info.

Source: Rogers

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3 years ago

Dolphin Browser HD v5.0 Beta 1 goes public

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For many folks out there, the stock web browsing experience on Android isn't the best -- luckily, there are a lot of third-party web browsers to choose from. One that appeals to many is Dolphin Browser HD. Previously only available to a closed beta testing group, Dolphin Browser HD v5.0 Beta 1 is now available for all and has plenty of changes to it as noted on their blog:

  • Innovative UI changes: fresh tab color; more elegant and more modern settings interface, fantastic fluorescein effect of context menu as well as sub folder support.
  • Speed dial style new tab: access your favorite site easily, undo your previously closed tabs, and tell your most visited sites history at a glance.
  • Powerful bookmarks sidebar: all bookmark folders, quick menu to access feature settings.
  • Faster browsing experience and more stable performance: We have to admit Dolphin Browser HD v5.0 private beta is very unstable. However, we have fixed many random crash problems in this public beta version. Also, both launching speed and browsing speed get  optimized in this public beta version.

Give it a run through if you're looking for a new way to browse from your Android device. You can find the download link past the break.

Source: Dolphin Browser Blog

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3 years ago

T-Mobile 'Hercules' rears head, muscle comes from dual-core Qualcomm proc?

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It looks like T-Mobile just can't stop the good Android news from flowing. Word on the street is there's a new Samsung phone in the pipeline for T-Mobile, codenamed "Hercules," which might be the Infuse 4G's stronger, faster cousin.

Details aren't scant even though this one won't be released for a while (we're talking mid-August), but this is what's currently listed:

  • 4.5-inch Super AMOLED plus display at 480x800
  • Android 2.3
  • NFC
  • T-Mobile's new 42Mbps HSPA + data speed
  • TMo's 1700MHz band for 3G, plus AT&T's 850MHz and 1900MHz bands, in case the merger goes through
  • A 1.2GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 processor -- fast, fast, fast
  • 8MP rear camera
  • MHL adapter for HDMI out. Booo.

So it's a souped up Infuse 4G? And judging by our recent review of the Infuse, that's certainly saying something. What's everyone think? Is this T-Mobile's next superphone? At any rate, if it's packing hardware like that, it's bound to be a strong contender.

Source: This Is My Next

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3 years ago

Sonos for Android review

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I can remember, on at least two occasions, my father greeting me with a foot-long drill bit and a wild look in his eye. This would have been in the mid-1980s or so, and we were running speaker cable through walls, around beams, inside attics, from the laundry room across the house to the living room, and a couple points in between. Or maybe we were going through wallboard, insullation and the brick facade to put a couple speakers outside on the desk. Either way, it was dirty work, and very much not fun.

That was before the age of wireless. And that brings us to Sonos.

There are a million ways to run a music system in a house, and I've tried a good number of them. And Sonos has just about been the easiest, most enjoyable of them all. Android makes it even better, having recently released a controller application, turning any Android smartphone into a whole-house music remote control. Let's do the full review thing after the break, shall we?

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