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3 years ago

Motorola officially announces, details Android 3.1 update for Xoom

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Motorola has officially announced the Android 3.1 update rolling out to Verizon Xoom owners this week, first detailed by Google yesterday in San Francisco. Improvements will include:

  • Support for the new Android Market movie rentals service with thousands of titles available for immediate viewing on the Motorola XOOM’s high-resolution display or on a larger screen via HDMI
  • Full support for the final release of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2, delivering significant performance enhancements when viewing rich Flash content on the web
  • Resizable widgets to enable further customization of home screens
  • Support for USB-connected peripherals and accessories, such as keyboards, mice, game controllers and digital cameras
  • Expanded Bluetooth features to support Bluetooth headsets in Google Talk™ video chats and Bluetooth mouse support in addition to additional shortcut keys with the Bluetooth keyboard
  • Picture Transfer Protocol Feature support to enable easier transfer of photo files to your PC without the need for drivers

While some have already received the update, Motorola says that the new and improved Honeycomb will be rolling out to Verizon customers throughout the week, with the WiFi version and “other variants” of the Xoom receiving the update “in the next few weeks.” Hit the source link for Motorola’s official press release.

Source: Motorola Mobility Media Center

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3 years ago

Fireside chat with the Android Team highlights

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One of the coolest things (after getting a Galaxy Tab 10.1 of course) about the first day of Google I/O was the fireside chat with the people behind Android.  Chris DiBona, (moderator, and pictured) Dan Bornstein, Debajit Ghosh, Dave Sparks, Xavier Ducrohet, Jeff Hamilton, Andy Stadler, Dan Morrill, Dianne Hackborn, Rebecca Schultz Zavin, and Ficus Kirkpatrick all got up on stage and fielded informal questions from anyone and everyone, and they even pulled Tim Bray up on stage a few times. 

Some questions were easy, some were hard, some were downright nerdy and quite a few didn't get answered.  But huge props to everyone involved for getting up there and facing the unknown.  I'm not going to cover every question, but I've got a handful of the ones I think you'll find most interesting, after the break.

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab Gingerbread update reportedly rolling out in Italy

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While we've all been gawping at Samsung's new 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab, it seems some original Galaxy Tab users have been getting their hands on a brand new OS update, bringing the 7-inch tablet up to Android 2.3.3. According to multiple reports on an Italian Android forum, the Gingerbread update has begun rolling out through Kies to Galaxy Tab owners in Italy.

We've yet to hear reports of anyone outside of Italy receiving this update, so if you've managed to get it on your Tab then be sure to let us know in the comments. The build number to look out for is XXJQ1 (baseband version P1000XXJPZ).

Source: Androidiani forum

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3 years ago

Google IO Day 1 Podcast

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Audio-only stream below

Jerry and Phil wrap up Day 1 of Google IO. We've got Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 3.1, Google Music Beta, Android Open Accessory, Android @Home, demos, the new Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Jane's Addiction. Listen in!

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3 years ago

Return of the crazy dancing Android: Google IO Edition

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

First we saw him in Taiwan, then he made his presence known in Malaysia. The world waited with bated breath. When would we see the dancing Android return?

Today we have our answer. It seems Google IO is just too big an event to not bust a move at.

And Lloyd still needs to step up his game.

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3 years ago

First look at Lightbox for Android

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Who needs Instagram? Let the iPhone have it. We're holding out for Lightbox, which is coming soon to an Android phone near you. More than just a camera and effects app, it's a whole photography suite for your phone. It's your photos. It's your friends' photos. It's Facebook. It's Twitter. It's effects.

And it's coming soon at Android phones and tablets. We got a good look at it at Google IO. Give 'er a gander.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with Expedia Hotels for Android

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

The power of Expedia meets the power of Android in the new Expedia Hotels app. Search and book hotels, right from your phone. OK, that's overly simplified. Here's what you can expect:

  • An interactive map view shows all hotels in the area, with a variety of sorting options.
  • Hotel ratings are provided by TripAdvisor®; the highest rated hotels are clearly marked.
  • For each hotel, amenities and details have been beautifully summarized, complete with a vivid display of hotel images.
  • Just four taps are required for a traveler to move from research to purchase.
  • Once booked, travelers can tap for directions to the hotel and share their confirmation via email.
  • The Android version of Expedia Hotels also features all-new Android-specific landscape views for flexibility on a wide range of Android devices.
  • The app is being released worldwide, with 20 local currencies supported.

We caught up with Mobiata, developer of Expedia Hotels, at Google IO. Check it out. And download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Tripit updated, big enhancements including two new widgets

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The popular travel app Tripit has been given a major update. Here are the release notes:

  • Create, edit, or delete trips and plans
  • Two new TripIt for Android widgets - app needs to be installed on phone memory
  • Enhanced sign-in and sign-up including list of emails stored on device
  • Long-press action menus
  • General bug fixes

If you are a big Tripit fan, be sure to head to the Market to get the update and if you haven't used it and are interested, see the links after the break.

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3 years ago

Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball app finally comes to Android

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Right before baseball season started, we gave users a good selection of baseball apps that they could get on their Android device. ESPN had just released an app for fantasy baseball users, but Yahoo! was still missing. Today, however, the app is available for free in the Android Market, so it's time to get excited if you play fantasy baseball on Yahoo!.

With the Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball app, users can now:

  • Get access to real-time scoring updates by team, league
  • Manage your lineup
  • Track matchups
  • Search for free agents and read breaking news

It's been a long time coming, but Yahoo! fantasy baseball users can now manage their teams on-the-go from their Android device. Find the app links after the break. Thanks Ben!

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3 years ago

Google I/O day one keynote video now available

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Android 3.1 Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Google Music Beta, Movie rentals on the Android Market and a new milestone for daily Android activations. There was a whole lot of cool stuff packed into the Google I/O day one keynote, not to mention shiny new Galaxy Tabs for attendees.

Now you can relive the excitement and catch up on any details you might've missed, as Google has just uploaded a full video of the I/O 2011 day one keynote to YouTube. The keynote runs for 54 minutes, and is available for your viewing pleasure after the jump.

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