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4 years ago

BeyondPod updated to include better support for ICS

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Over the next little while we're slowly going to see Android 4.0 ICS rolled out to a number of devices and for some -- that may cause some havoc when it comes to app compatibility. One of the more popular podcast apps on Android, BeyondPod has now been updated to include not only better support for Ice Cream Sandwich but correct a few other issues within the app as well:

  • Better support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • BeyondPod has a new launcher icon.
  • On devices running Android 2.3 and later, you can now switch between posts in the post view by swiping left or right.
  • Small "face lift" of the player screen.
  • Added a new option that allows videos to be automatically included in the playlist the same way audio episodes are.
  • Added a new setting that allows video playback to continue when the screen is manually turned off.
  • Many bug fixes.

Whether you're an already existing BeyondPod user or just looking for an ICS compatible podcast app, BeyondPod may be just what you're looking for. There is a lite and paid version available, with the lite being free and the paid version around $7. Download can be found past the break for you -- once you're done, make sure you add the best damn Android podcast in the world!

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4 years ago

CM9 for the HP TouchPad gets previewed, still work to be done

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With webOS heading towards being open sourced and it's overall future still unknown, the HP TouchPad is still living it up on the Android side of things as a lot of folks have adopted the device as an Android tablet by running CyanogenMod 7 and now we're getting a preview of the ICS based CyanogenMod 9 running on it. It's still a bit off from being complete and as such few things are still broken but hey the HP TouchPad may see CM9 before many official Android tablets see ICS.

Source: RootzWiki

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom 'project' starting to roll out now and to continue through the weekend [updated]

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*UPDATED* - ICS it is -- hit the break.

We've known for a while now Motorola has been prepping a 'project' not only for the WiFi Motorola Xoom but the 4G LTE equipped Motorola Xoom as well. However, there was no mention of when it may be rolling out to users and Motorola themselves claimed that due to it being a GED (Google Experience Device) they had no idea as to when either. Looks as though that time has come according to some info we just recieved. The following email was sent out to folks:

Thanks for your patience as we've waited for this project to begin. Because we are dealing with a Google Experience Device (GED) we have less insight to timing than we would usually have.
 
However, I'm happy to announce that we will start the update this evening. Because it was delayed a few days, we will also have additional time to test; we will let it run through the weekend.

Could it be Android 4.0 ICS? Likely, but don't be insanely disappointed if it's not. Either way, we'll soon find out what it is and we'll be sure to let you all know as well.

Thanks, Anon!

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4 years ago

Ford shows off updated Sync vehicle Android integration

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Ford has quite the presence at CES 2012. From the slick Evos concept car to the upcoming Focus Electric (with nice mobile app integration) and 2013 Ford Fusion, Ford has a strong showing (which is impressive, when you consider that the Detroit Auto Show is also this week). In addition to the mobile integration going with the Focus Electric, Ford's moving forward full stream with their in-car infotainment system Sync. Powered by Microsoft's Windows Embedded Automotive operating system, Sync has been leading the in-car media game for a few years now, and the latest version naturally kicks things up another notch. Sync integrates with BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android devices, allowing a driver to control apps on the device with a combination of voice commands, steering wheel controls, and the center stack and touchscreen.

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4 years ago

CES 2012: A quick look at Powerbag!

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Ashley roams the halls of CES 2012 looking for the weirdest, coolest, most fun tech on the show floor. For all of us in the Mobile Nations, the Powerbag is a must-have bag to tote around all your gadgets, since you can charge on the go.

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4 years ago

First look at the Supertooth Disco 2 Bluetooth speaker

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The original Supertooth Disco has long been one of our favorite speakers to pair with an Android phone. Whether you're using it via Bluetooth or connected with the 3.5mm headphone jack, it's got great sound, ample volume, and the price was right.

Now we have the Supertooth Disco 2, and it's undergone a pretty thorough redesign. Whereas the orignal Disco was a pretty simple rechargable soundbar-type speaker, with three drivers, a volume knob and Bluetooth controls on the front, the Supertooth Disco 2 has gone vertical, sports two tweeters, a mid and a sub -- and does so in a 360-degree format. It's got the controls on top, and the removable, rechargable battery -- yes, removable, so you can have more than one on hand if desired -- is tucked into the bottom.

It's not quite as powerful as the original Disco -- 16 watts instead of 28 -- bnd you can use two speakers at once for a seamless stereo experience.

It's tough to get great feel for the audio on the show floor at CES, so that'll have to wait until we get the Disco 2 into our Bat Cave before rendering final judgment. But for just $99, we're fairly certain this one's going to be a good buy. Stay tuned.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the first Intel Android phone, the China-bound Lenovo K800

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Your first time with a Chinese smartphone that marks the beginning of a new era of Android computing is a lot like your first time with a woman. You're pretty sure you know what you're getting into, and you sort of know your way around already. But when you get down to it, you're on your own, wondering if one wrong press of a button is going to blow up the whole damn experience, leaving you naked and alone, quivering at the thought of anyone seeing how badly you just failed at what should have been been a simple task. You had your chance. You blew it. And you're going to have to live with that shame forever. You tool.

The Lenovo K800 has a 4.5-inch display at 1280x720, runs Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by an Intel Atom Z2460 CPU running at 1.6GHz. It's got an 8MP camera.

You'll never forget your first. Hands-on is after the break.

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4 years ago

Google unveils new Android design standards website

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Google has let loose a new section of their Android developer portal -- Android Design.  It's a site full of tools and suggestions to help application developers build apps that look and feel alike, following a sort of a style guide from the folks at Mountain View.  Things like menu button location, and drawing windows and fragments should be done so that they "behave in a consistent, predictable fashion".  We're not going to argue.

Besides all the helpful hints and guidelines, there's a special section for folks designing apps that are cross-platform.  Suggestions like "Don't mimic UI elements from other platforms" or "Don't use bottom tab bars" will help Android apps look like Android apps, instead of rehashed iOS apps. 

While these are all just suggestions, apps that follow them will look like they belong on an Android device.  Conversely, apps that don't follow them will stand out -- and that's not always a good thing.  Android should start to look awfully darn pretty from Ice Cream Sandwich forward -- I'd suggest everyone take a look at the links below and have a read.

Source:Android Design; via +Tim Bray

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod hits 1 million unique installs

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Last night Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) and Jef Oliver from the CyanogenMod team broke the news that the popular custom firmware has reached 1 million unique installs. CM, which is by far the leading multi-device custom ROM for Android phones, is officially supported on 56 Android devices, with many more available via unofficial or nightly builds.

Interestingly, almost half of the CM installations are of unofficial or "KANGed" builds, although that's likely skewed by official-unofficial self-KANG builds by developers maintaining not-yet-supported phones like the HTC Sensation and EVO 3D. Top devices include the HTC Desire and Motorola DEFY, with over 80,000 and 58,000 installs respectively.

Congrats to the CM team in reaching this huge milestone. With more than a few Android owners eagerly awaiting the ICS-based CM9 in the months ahead, that number is sure to increase in 2012.

More: CM Stats

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4 years ago

TELUS officially launching the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Jan. 13

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TELUS took to Twitter to officially the news that has been known for a few days now. They will indeed be launching the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on their network for Canadians to make use of. If you're looking to pick one up,  you'll be expected to fork over $159.99 on a three year term. But, if you're not one who digs contracts TELUS will have the device for $650 outirght, $600 on a 1-year term while a two year contract will set you back $550.

More info: TELUS

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4 years ago

T-Mobile shows off Bobsled Messaging - free cloud-based SMS texting

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I think we're all a bit curt with T-Mobile for announcing the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, but not actually having it here at CES 2012 for us to play with, but they did have something substantial to show off in Vegas. Bobsled Messaging is a new free SMS messaging application which allows you to read and send texts from just about any web-enabled device. 

The Android app propogates text messages across multiple screens, including phone, tablet, and web, while packaging everything in a familiar threaded interface. The web console is particularly cool in that you can send out group messages with minimal fuss.

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4 years ago

Ford talks Focus Electric and its deep integration with Android

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Ford's Sync system has been leading the way as far as in-car mobile technology is concerned. With the upcoming launch of the Focus Electric, Ford is leaping into the mobile space with a new app that allows owners to manage their vehicle remotely. While it won't let you drive (sorry James Bond wannabes), the MyFord Mobile app they're showing off at CES 2012 enables Focus Electric owners to manage how and when their cars charge at home, allowing you to set it so the car charges at night off peak hours with lower electric rates or override it to get your car charged up for an impending trip. MyFord Mobile users will also be able to find charging stations out and about and even plan trips around those charging stations (useful, given the 100-mile range of the all-electric vehicle).

The app, which will be available for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry smartphones is launching with the Focus Electric, which itself is ramping up production right now.

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4 years ago

Socks-on with Samsung's washing machine Android app

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Samsung announced a new smartphone app here at CES 2012 which will help you handle your laundry by communicating wirelessly to a Wi-Fi-enabled washing machine and dryer. I got a closer look, and am still hugely impressed. At first, the idea seemed a little hoaky, but then I looked back on how many times I've forgotten that I had put anything in the wash, and how much a tailored mobile notification system would help out. 

Here's how it works: the washer and dryer each have their own I.P. address, which your phone can tunnel to no matter where you are. Using the app, you can remotely start up any cycle, which then gives you a timer on how long until it's done. You can also remotely pause a cycle if need be, and use a variety of notification types to let you know when it's done. 

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4 years ago

Stuck in Customs 'Photo Voyages of Trey Ratcliff' Android app now compatible with Google TV

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Photo Voyages of Trey Ratcliff, the "official" application of the popular travel photography blog Stuck in Customs is now compatible with Google TV.  The app consists of hundreds of Ratcliff's images (and they are spectacular images indeed) as an endless slideshow to view on your screen.  With Google TV support, that big screen in your living room can become a piece of art while you're not watching cartoons the news.  Another interesting aside, a note in the market says an update that allows setting any of the images as your wallpaper is coming "very soon".  The app will cost you $2.99 and requires Android 2.1 or higher.  Hit the break for the download link.

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