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3 years ago

G2X now available, Bionic dead or alive? [from the forums]

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And here we are at the weekend, for most folks. Last night we unleashed the Android Central podcast for you all and today we loaded up the audio file, so that said -- if you missed be sure to check it out some time over the weekend. Also, be sure to check out the forums for anything you missed, we've still got some contest winners to be picking out so get in there, make a post and be sure to check your emails. Also, check to see if you're name is listed -- we have a few unclaimed winners out there.

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3 years ago

A look at Photo Movie Creator from Sony

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Here's a look at a cool new application from Sony called Photo Video Creator.  If you like to take and share a lot of photos with your Android phone, this is definitely one you will want to look at.  The app has a simple interface that takes a group of user selectable pictures and package them up as a video slideshow, complete with a frame, transitions, and background music.

Once the movie is finished, you can save it for playback on your device or upload it to Facebook.  Unfortunately, you can't save a local copy to share with friends or view on another device, exporting to Facebook is the only option.  As Facebook uploading was not available in the press copy, we're not sure of any options for saving it to a computer once it is on Facebook would become available, but it's a possibility.  We Android users are a pretty crafty bunch.

We'll have a closer look with a few pictures of the interface and a video, as well as the download link, after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid X2 gets benchmarked, videoed, still looks like a Droid X

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We got pictures and video of the Motorola Droid X2 being handled already, but one thing we didn't have was benchmarks. Well, that problem has now been rectified as more evidence of the Droid X2 has leaked on to the Interwebs. You can see the Tegra 2-powered X2 easily besting its predecessor's score of just under 1,250 with nearly 2,500 in Quadrant -- that is just about twice the graphical power, people. Suffice to say, the Droid X2 will be quite a powerhouse once Verizon gets around to launching it. [TechnoBuffalo] Thanks to Sean for the tip!

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3 years ago

Google kills off Google Tags

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While it may not really seem all that interesting at first glance, today's announcement from Google regarding the discontinuation of Google Tags could potentially mean quite a bit to businesses who jumped on board to support the program. The trial, which began last year, has come to a close and despite the claim tens of thousands of businesses have used Tags Google has decided to shut it down, leaving those businesses with the task of finding alternative ways to promote themselves.

Google Tags may not have had widespread usage throughout mobile usage and Android; one has to wonder why Google just decided to shut Tags down as they did. If we had to guess, based solely on speculation -- they're likely (or at least hopefully) making way for NFC usage, which is bound to be more widespread in the coming months if Google has anything to say about it. [Google Lattlong blog]

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3 years ago

New LauncherPro beta released with widget skinning support

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LauncherPro developer Federico Carnales has released a new beta version of his popular Android homescreen replacement, which brings skinnable widget support for the first time. The beta is intended to help skin creators get content created in time for the next version of LauncherPro, which some have already started to do.

Fede also notes that this isn't the completely re-written version version of LauncherPro that was promised a few months ago -- instead it's based on the current version 0.8.4. Hit the source link for more information and the files themselves. [LauncherPro]

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3 years ago

Sprint announces the Green Sprint ID pack

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To go along with the eco-friendly Samsung Replenish, Sprint has announced the availability of the Green Sprint ID pack.  This will give access to applications and mobile content to help you "live a greener lifestyle" through your Android smartphone.  Included in the Green ID pack are:

  • Live Green widget with access to a carbon footprint calculator
  • Green Now widget, with content from TreeHugger, Earth911, and GreenBiz
  • ShopGreen widget full of eco-friendly daily deals
  • iRecycle to help locate the right recycling center
  • TreeHugger.com's Android application
  • Light Bulb Finder to help make the Green choice when replacing your light bulbs
  • Seasonal Harvest Lite to help find locally grown produce
  • eBay Green to find those Green gadgets and sustainable home products

Before any of us scoff at this, it's important to try to keep our planet from going any further into decline.  I'm not sure is using a smartphone to do it is going to be very effective, but it certainly can't hurt.  And to many this will hold real appeal.  If you're interested, you can grab the Green ID pack for free using any of the Sprint devices that have Sprint ID enabled. 

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3 years ago

Sprint announces the eco-friendly Samsung Replenish

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Sprint has announced what they are calling the world's first "green" Android phone, the Samsung Replenish.  The Android 2.2 phone is partially built with recycled plastic and uses recycled materials for the packaging, uses less harmful materials, and has an energy efficient charger.  Add in a unique solar charging battery cover, and this should appeal to all of us who are concerned about the environment. 

While I'm concerned about my planet, I'm just as interested in the specs of the Replenberry Replenish:

  • 2.8-inch QVGA TFT display
  • Android 2.2 with Sprint ID
  • full QWERTY portrait keyboard
  • 2 MP camera
  • Qualcomm MSM7627-2 CPU clocked at 600 MHz
  • 256 MB of RAM, and 512 MB ROM space
  • 1160 mAh battery

So it's not going to blow your hair back in the specs department, but that's OK -- some folks aren't interested in that.  The thing should be a champ in the battery life department with it's smallish screen and solar-powered battery charging backplate.  The full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

Leaked HTC Pyramid ROM ported to Desire HD, we go hands on!

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Well that didn't take long. The HTC Pyramid (Sensation) ROM that leaked yesterday has already been hastily ported to the Desire HD, thanks to XDA member capychimp. As you'd expect for a port of a leaked ROM less than 24 hours old, there are some pretty serious bugs to be found, and needless to say you won't be using this as your daily driver anytime soon.

Nevertheless, what it will let you do is try out some of the shiny new 3D features of the Sensation's Sense 3.0 UI on current-generation hardware. A few more screenshots can be found at the source link. Quick video of the ROM in action can be found after the break. [XDA] Thanks for the tip, Kristopher!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G hands-on

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The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, an upcoming device from Samsung, brings both style and innovation and meshes it perfectly with an awesome Android experience. Whether you are a previous Sidekick user or just simply a T-Mobile user who is in need of a device with a physical QWERTY that will allow for excellent messaging, this device is definitely one you will want to check out.

We have spent the past few hours getting to know the device quite well, checking out all the various options, and playing with the applications, so join us after the break to take a deeper look into this device.

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 56

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry and Cory tackle all the Gingerbread leaks, the lack of Froyo on the Fascinate, and whether you really should be thinking about rooting your phone. Listen in!

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