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4 years ago

Reality Robotics Kickstarter wants you to be the robot


4 inches high. Wirelessly controlled. Bugdroid. Need we say more?

Reality Robotics, the company behind the likes of the nerd-friendly, Android-controlled TankBot, is back with another gadget, this one a little more near and dear to our hearts. A Kickstarter campaign has been launched for BERO -- Be The Robot. 

There are a number of models of the 4-inch BugDroids from which to choose. They've got tracks for legs, LEDs for eyes, and the headphones pulse to music. Plus there's a built-in speaker that will play music from an included storage card. Very cool.

The different models will behave different. They're programmable, voice-activated -- and the whole thing is open-sourced. (Jerry is going nuts already, we imagine.)

There are a dozen Kickstarter pledge levels, starting at $35 for a paperweight (basically the shell of a BERO with no electronics), all the way up to a $7,800 pledge that will send you to Hong Kong to see how these little guys are made. (There are only two of those available.)

Hit the links below for more, and check out the gallery after the break for more color options.

The BERO robots are expected to ship in late November. iOS funcationality will be added later, as well as integration with MP3 players and (possibly) Twitter.

Source: Kickstarter, Be the Robot

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4 years ago

Official SkyDrive for Android app now available in the Google Play Store


It wasn't any secret that Microsoft was working on an official SkyDrive for Android app. In fact, it wasn't all that long ago they let us know it would soon be here and now, if you head on over to the Google Play Store you'll find it readily available for download. It has all the features you'd expect but in case you need a run down:

  • Access all of your SkyDrive content including files shared with you.
  • View recently used documents.
  • Choose multiple photos or videos to upload from your phone.
  • Share your files and photos – send a link in email or in another app.
  • Open your SkyDrive files in other Android apps.
  • Manage your files – delete, or create new folders.

I've not really used SkyDrive in the past but now that there is an app for it, I'm more likely to go ahead and give it a try. Besides, who can really say now to free storage right? In total, Microsoft gives you 7GB for free so give it a go.

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4 years ago

Android Central Live from IFA 2012 in Berlin!


Greetings from beautiful Berlin, Germany! We've made our way to eastern Europe for the annual IFA conference, and we've got our two resident Brits -- Alex Dobie and Richard Devine -- on hand to bring you every last drop of Android that IFA has to offer. 

Things slowly get started this evening, but the real show kicks off Wednesday with the Sony and Samsung press events, followed by a Samsung redux on Thursday. Times, though. You need times. Here they are:

  • Sony IFA 2012 Press Conference - Wednesday, Aug. 29 - 1500 BST, 1600 CEST, 1000 EDT, 0700 PDT
  • Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 in Berlin - Wednesday, Aug 29 - 1800 BST, 1900 CEST, 1300 EDT, 1000 PDT
  • Samsung International Press Conference - Thursday, Aug. 30 - 1000 BST, 1100 CEST, 0500 EDT, 0200 PDT

Look for loads more on the show floor, as well, and be sure to check out our IFA 2012 preview, where you can get the rundown on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the what we're expecting from Sony, and other odds and ends. And be sure to bookmark our IFA 2012 page so you don't miss a thing!

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4 years ago

Firefox for Android brings speedy and powerful update for tablets


If Chrome really isn't your browser of choice and you prefer Firefox, you'll be interested to know Mozilla has now released the latest update to the Google Play Store. This update targets tablets more so than anything else but it has plenty of all-around fixes included as well:

  • Native UI for tablets, including faster startup and a beautiful new Awesome Bar!
  • Desktop sites can now be requested from the menu
  • Even better tabs experience - now includes swipe to close
  • Find in page implemented
  • Support for SPDY networking protocol v3
  • Bookmarks and history can now be imported from the stock browser in the Settings

According to Mozilla, everything in this release is based on speed and performance so you should be able to notice pages opening faster, better panning and zooming and even improved startup times. The update is live now, so get to it.

Source: Firefox

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4 years ago

Magisto arrives on Android, aims to take the frustration out of video editing


There is a lot of devices out there with great cameras for taking video. Chances are, you've taken some videos on your device and now have a bunch just hanging around. I say hanging around because video editing sometimes isn't always easy to do nor is it all that fun really.

A new but well known app has now made its way to the Google Play Store and it aims to take some of the frustration of video editing for you. Just shoot and upload video from your device, choose a soundtrack and give your movie a title and the Magisto movie maker will automatically edit your movie for you.

  • Unprecedented AI Technology that analyzes and edits the best parts of your videos
  • Easily share to Facebook, Twitter, Email and even YouTube
  • Automatic video stabilization, filters, effects and transitions
  • Facial recognition detects the important people in your videos
  • Upload videos from your Gallery or use Magisto as a smart video camera
  • Add soundtracks from your device or from Magisto’s library of licensed music
  • Access your movies from any device

We've yet to give it a go here but if you're looking to learn more or see it in action, you can jump below to view the video as well as read the full press release from Magisto. If you're having great results with it, drop a comment and let us know.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S2 software update available through Kies


For those of you still making use of a T-Mobile Galaxy S 2, it's time to grab your USB cable and fire up Kies as a new update has now been made available for your device. The change log is short and sweet but it certainly is interesting:

  • Version
    • Android version 4.0.3/ Software version T989UVLH1
    • Manual Update ONLY (Size varies based on previous software version)
    • Approved 8/14/12
  • Improvements
    • ISIS/NFC update
    • Bug fixes

Bug fixes are expected but the inclusion of "ISIS/NFC" is the highlight there. As we know it, T-Mobile is a part of the NFC mobile payment group but until now they've not put out any sort of information when ISIS would become active on T-Mobile devices.

At this point, it's hard to even know what they mean when they say ISIS support is included so if you managed to get the download installed, let us know in the comments or drop by the Android Central forums and share your findings.

Source: T-Mobile; via: Android Police; Thanks, Nadine!

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4 years ago

Nobex Radio review - a BlackBerry port with its work cut out


Earlier this summer Nobex Radio made its way onto Android after establishing itself as pretty much the only radio streaming application for BlackBerry. For the low, low price of free, users had access to thousands of traditional radio stations through a categorized, searchable database. No matter what the station, Nobex provided a listing of the songs that have been played recently, allowing you to look back and share particularly good tunes that come up. For $3.99/month, users can get in on the premium service, which provides access to stations outside your country, skips pre-roll audio ads, and a handful of other features.

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4 years ago

Nexus 7 gets a little Google homepage love


Ah, the big guns. Google today has put the Nexus 7 tablet square in the middle of its homepage. That's a page that gets a wee mount of traffic, as you can imagine. It's also a page that, aside from the infamous Google Doodles, doesn't often get clunked up with anything that might distract from Google's true sole purpose -- search. (You'll recall that the number of words on the page traditionally is limited to 28.)

But there it is. "The playground is open," Google says. And the Nexus 7 (read our full review, by the way) is suddenly in front of a lot more eyeballs.

Now some will argue that's a sign that the Nexus 7 isn't selling well. That's certainly a possibility. But then again, we have no idea what Google's sales projections are. Others will argue that it's Google promoting its products where it can. And there's precedent for this -- the original Nexus One got some homepage love as well. Hell, so did the original Motorola Droid. This has happened before, and it will all happen again. Still, this is a strategy Google doesn't use all that often. And not everybody's happy about it

As for us? It's a good thing. The more eyes on the Nexus 7, the better. End of line.

Source: Google; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

MetroPCS gets the Coolpad Quattro for $149


MetroPCS this morning announced it's carrying the CoolPad Quattro 4G, a 4-inch Android 2.3 smartphone. The Quattro 4G also sports a 1GHz processor, rear 3.2-megapixel camera and a VGA front-facing camera.

The phone runs $149, and plans begin at $40 a month. MetroPCS, for a limited time, also is offering a $50 rebate on the second of any two 4G smartphones you purchase. (So if you buy two Quattros, the second would cost $99.)

Source: MetroPCS

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 gets a new range of colors


Samsung this morning announced four new colors (OK, three new colors and the black one we already knew about) for the Galaxy S3. Officially, what you see here is "Amber Brown," "Garnet Red," "Sapphire Black" and "Titanium Gray."

The new colors, Samsung says, follow in the "designed by nature" theme that's surrounded this phone from the outset. Each of the colors is said to "take their inspiration from the Earth's richest materials." (Jerry's hoping for a beer-colored phone already.)

Samsung stresses, however, that the availability of colors will depend on your country, retailer and carrier.

Source: Samsung

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4 years ago

Apple v. Samsung v. Apple jury foreman: 'It was very exciting'


We're just gonna let this sit here. Draw your own conclusion. (The hostess seems to be a little excited about all this, too.)

That said, you'll also find this line 9:22 in: "The Android operating system, clear and of itself, was not something that infringed."

Source: Bloomberg

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4 years ago

John Lewis will sell Barnes & Noble Nook readers in the UK


We're slowing starting to get more details surrounding the long-awaited UK launch of Bares & Noble's Nook line. John Lewis will carry the Android-powered Nook Simple Touch and Simple Touch with GlowLight. There's still no word on the Nook Color and newer Nook Tablet, though BN does say the Touch devices will be the "first available." (The new page still has the more traditional tablets pictured, but it also appears to be redirecting to U.S. content. So take that for what you will.) 

No word on pricing or availability, other than to expect them this fall.

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4 years ago

LG Optimus G is officially official



Well, that didn't take long. Following the leak we saw just a couple days ago, LG has released information regarding the launch of its latest superphone, the Optimus G. The finalized pictures look just about the same as the leaks we saw, which we'd assume considering how quickly the release has come. It's always good to know for sure what you're getting though. The Optimus G is looking to be quite a speedy phone -- assuming LG can step up its software game -- with specs that are top of the line:

  • 4.7-inch True HD IPS 768x1280 display
  • 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 2100mAh capacity battery
  • 13MP rear and 1.3MP front cameras
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

LG is saying the phone is set to release in Korea, LTE in tow, next month. A full global launch is expected by the end of the year, hopefully with the appropriate LTE bands for each market as well.

Be sure to follow our continuing IFA coverage as we cover all of the latest and greatest in the Android world.

Source: LG Newsroom

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4 years ago

Samsung introduces Drive Link driving companion app


Samsung has just introduced the Drive Link app for its devices. The basic idea of Drive Link is to provide a safe user interface and portal to the most commonly used applications on your phone while driving -- navigation, hands-free calling and listening to music. For navigation, you get full access to the phone's GPS and mapping features, allowing you to speak destinations or pull them up from text messages. Full hands-free calling and text-to-speech message reading are available in several languages. The Music portal gives access to all media stored on the device. If you're looking to do more than all of that while driving, you're probably not staying very safe behind the wheel. Samsung also points out that a device with Drive Link installed can provide the services directly, or even connect to your car's current infotainment system with the MirrorLink protocol, a standard embraced by the Car Connectivity Consortium.

Drive link is making its debut on the international version of the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3), with other devices coming later -- provided they are running Android 4.0 -- and will be available for download via Samsung Apps on your device in 21 countries worldwide, none of which is the good ol' U.S. of A.

Source: Samsung Official Global Blog

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4 years ago

Movie player choices, Facebook is a terrible app [From the Forums]


Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

We've got nearly 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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