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4 years ago

Motorola Droid 3 soak test e-mails now being sent out

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If you're looking at the Droid 3 in your hands and thinking it's really time for an update, that will soon be a reality. Motorola has sent out emails advising folks there is a new soak test being prepared for eventual rollout to the masses:

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Motorola Droid 3 on Verizon to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a Droid 3, please excuse and ignore this email.

Click this link to take a short enrollment survey if you wish to take part. Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners' Forums to be included. The registration window is can close without notice so please respond as quickly as possible.

Thanks -- please understand that start times are always fluid. We ask for your patience if you register but don't hear from us right away.

If you're hoping for Ice Cream Sandwich, sadly -- you'll need to drop that thought from your brain considering Verizon left the Droid 3 off their ICS update list. However, bug fixes are a good thing to have.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Readability for Android hits Monday - we've got your preview today!

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Welcome to Readability for Android. So-called "read-it-later" apps have become a godsend for when you're short on time and even shorter on bandwidth. A couple clicks and webpages are sent from your desktop browser to an app your phone, stripping off the fat and leaving pure lean meat on the bone.

Readability is the latest in this line of applications. Having just been released for iOS, it'll be release for Android on Monday, March 12. We got to take Readability for a quick spin today. And if this sort of app service is indispensable for you, we're glad to report that Readability performs wonderfully.

If you're new to this space, the idea's simple. You sign up with Readability (I did it right from my phone -- just took a few seconds) and then install a plugin in your browser. (They've got plug-ins for all the major browsers.) When you get to a webpage you want to send to your phone, you click the Readability. You then have the option to "read now," "read later" or "send to Kindle."

Once a webpage hits the Readability on your phone or tablet -- it looks just fine on a 10-incher like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- everything's stripped out except for the text, images and links. No muss, no fuss, no messy load times. It's got a web view built in, too, so if you want to see something in its original format, it's just a click away.

We've got a full review on the way. For now, check out some preview screenies after the break.

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4 years ago

Using the Android SDK tools with Windows 8 Consumer Preview

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Unlike the Windows Phone SDK, the Android SDK works fairly well with the Windows 8 consumer preview. We know a lot of you folks want to be on the bleeding edge, and for Windows users that means installing the Win8 preview on your computer at home. I decided to dive in and see what was working, and what wasn't, and installed it on my laptop to test things out.

The verdict -- most everything works just as it did before. It's just harder to get to it with Windows' silly new interface. Hit the jump, and we'll have a look.

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4 years ago

The new iPad versus the Transformer Infinity (and others)

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Our cousins at iMore.com have been killing the iPad (3/HD/new) coverage today. The long and short of it is you've got more powerful iPad with a killer resolution, and a bunch of other cool stuff thrown in. You can't deny that it's still the tablet to beat, even though we're certainly bigger fans of the Android OS.

Anyhoo. The iMore kids worked up a comparison chart so you can get your specs on. Check it out.

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4 years ago

Google Music Manager also updated with Google Play branding

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Not a huge update, we suppose, but the Google Play branding has made its way into a new version of what previous was Google Music Manager. Guess now it's Google Play Music Manager? Snag the latest version at the link below.

Download: Google Play Music Manager; Thanks, Chris!

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4 years ago

DroidDoodle: Playing around ...

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RIP Android Market.

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4 years ago

Android Central on Google Currents: 198,000 subscribers ... and still growing!

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Google Currents so far has survived the Google Play rebranding. (Play Currents?) So now's as good a time as any to check in and see how it's doing. And at the time of this writing, Android Central has an astounding 198,000 subscribers.

Floored. Simply floored.

If you haven't checked out our Google Currents edition yet, it's the same Android Central you've come to know and love, neatly packaged into more of a magazine format. Check out our full walkthrough, and be sure to subscribe to Android Central on Google Currents!

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4 years ago

Purported LG Lucid render shows ... just another Android phone

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We brought you the first specs on the LG Lucid several weeks ago, and now an unofficial render has surfaced from wherever it is they surface. Not a whole lot to write home about here, visually speaking. Specs, as we reported them previously, are:

  • 4-inch NOVA display (not IPS, like the Spectrum)
  • 5MP camera with 1080p video
  • 16GB of storage
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3 (Boooooooo)
  • 4G LTE

Do note that these leaked renders as often as not turn out to be different when the phone is actually announced.

Source: Pocketnow; more: Rumored devices forums

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4 years ago

Free Android Wallpaper of the Day: Winter Windshield

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Writes today's anonymous submitter:

I took this photo looking out of the front windshield from inside my Murano one morning before starting my car.

Be sure to log into the site before submitting your wallpapers, folks! We love to give credit!

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4 years ago

Reminder: The Android Market is now the Play Store

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We've gotten more than a few e-mails today from folks wondering where the heck their Android Market app has gone and run off to. (Don't laugh, it's perfectly OK to take a day off from obsessing over Android news.)

If you missed the news yesterday, the Android Market is now the Google Play Store. Or, rather, everything that was in the Android Market is now a part of Google Play, and you get to it all through the Play Store. Or something like that. We're still trying to decide exactly how to phrase all this without having to take a second breath.

Anyhoo. Just look for the Play Store icon you see above. Same goes for Google Books, and Google Movies. And Google Music. And Play Books. And Play Movies. And Play Music. Just the same, only different.

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4 years ago

Gravilux [Android App Review]

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

One of my favorite parts of this app reviewing gig is coming across really obscure apps that can't fit into a specific genre. To me, Gravilux is just that. Its developers describe it as a "combination of painting, animation, art, science, and gaming," which is as confusing and uninformative as it sounds. Fortunately, it gives me license to create a new word in its honor, and I've settled on gamelication. (Appligametion just doesn't have the same ring to it).

Now that we've established Gravilux is an unwinnable game of beauty and finesse, what is it exactly you do? Simply put, you touch the screen. When you touch the screen, that incredible grid of dots begins to rapidly gravitate toward all of the inputs on your screen, creating a swirling mess of anarchy and motion. It's awesome.

One of the coolest parts of Gravilux is that it analyzes whatever hardware it's running on before it loads up a grid, so it knows exactly how many dots should be on screen for the best experience. By default, colors are set to black and white, but with a simple hop into the settings menu, you're able to pick up to three colors or randomize the whole bit.

The trade-off here is your performance; what once ran smoothly now might be choppy and laggy. The solution is another simple hop into the settings menu, and then change your grid density. With a couple thousand less points bouncing about on screen (using beautiful real-time physics), things will speed right back up to where they were before.

You can also toy with settings like gravity strength and turn on antigravity from said settings menu, and most importantly, you can change how the dots react to your touch. Normally, they'll be attracted to your input, but if you so desire, you can set them to be repelled.

The result is a lot of negative space on the screen and dots being pushed up against the edges of the screen, bouncing around and struggling against your fingery might. It's not quite as stimulating as the swirling mass, but it's still impressive to see.

My one major complaint with Gravilux is that it's completely devoid of sound. (I made my own sound effects in the video.) For something so visually creative and dynamic, a nice, Osmos HD-esque soundtrack would have really pushed Gravilux over the top. Still, even without it, it's a gamelication that everyone should try at least once (and if you're up for it, again and again).

Gravilux is $1.99 in the Google Play Store. We've got download links after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC unlocks the bootloader on the Dream (yeah, really)

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Chances are a good many of you out there aren't even old enough to remember the HTC Dream. (By the way, get off our lawn.) And chances are even slimmer that there are many still being used today. But if so, know that HTC has added the Dream to its cadre of unlockable bootloaders. Blow the dust off and hit the link below.

Source: HTCDev.com; via @htcdev

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4 years ago

Sony PlayStation Suite SDK public beta coming April

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Sony has announced that the software development kit for its PlayStation Suite will launch in public beta form from this April. The public release follows the closed beta of the SDK, which began in November 2011, and was open to a select few developers in the United States, the UK and Japan.

The kit allows game developers to create titles optimized for PlayStation-certified phones and tablets, like the Xperia Play and Tablet S, as well as Sony's recently-launched PlayStation Vita gaming system (and we'd expect the Vita angle alone to attract a fair few devs).

The public beta will be open to anyone and everyone, free of charge. However, the full version will set devs back $99 annually when it lands later in the year.

We've got the full press release from Sony after the break.

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4 years ago

Get a Motorola Atrix Lapdock for only $50 from 1 Sale A Day

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Just in case you never got in on the Motorola Lapdock deals that were happening before, the folks from 1 Sale A Day are now giving you the chance to go ahead and get one on the cheap again. For your hard earned $50, you can now pick up a Motorola Lapdock compatible with the Motorola Atrix 4G. The Lapdock does come brand new and not refurbished, you will however have to supply your own Motorola Atrix -- that's not included in the deal.

Source: 1SaleADay via: Android Central Forums

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4 years ago

comScore: Android building on its lead, Samsung still top manufacturer

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comScore today released its latest MobiLens report, which shows that Samsung is maintaining its lead among mobile phone manufacturers, while Android is continuing to grow at the top of the mobile OS heap. The data, representing the total U.S. mobile phone marketshare for November, December and January, shows that Samsung, despite a tenth of a point drop from its October score, remains the number one manufactuer with 25.4% of the total marketshare. LG and Motorola also saw slight drops, down to 19.7% and 13.2% respectively. Apple, reaping the benefits of its iPhone 4S release, saw a 2% gain in the market, now maintaining a 12.8% share, while RIM stayed dead even with 6.6%.

Among all mobile operating systems, Android remains top dog with 48.6% of total marketshare, up 2.3% from the last quarter. Number two iOS also saw a gain with 29.5% of the market. RIM, Windows, and Symbian all saw losses, coming in at third, fourth, and fifth respectively.

Mobile content usage is up across the board, with 74.6% of all mobile phone owners using their device to text message. 48.6% of the market use apps on their device, while 48.5% use their device's mobile browser. Social networking, playing games, and listening to music are up as well at 35.7%, 31.8%, and 24.5% respectively. comScore's full report can be found at the source link.

Source: comScore

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