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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Oct. 28, 2010

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With the Android market breaking 100,000 applications, it is no wonder why finding the perfect application can be a difficult task. Many hours are spend, many batteries killed, all in the hunt of finding a great application. Check out some of our favorite applications with us after the jump. 

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3 years ago

Is the Android Market down for you? (Update: Google says it's fixed)

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Here we go again, folks. The Android Market seems to have taken a bit of a header this afternoon. We've gotten apps to download find on some devices, and not so fine on others, so maybe the worst is behind us. What say you all?

Update: The AndroidDev Twitter account reports that everything should be fine now. The whole thing started about noon Pacific time and "lasted a few hours."

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3 years ago

Logitech apologizes for late Revues with a $25 gift code

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If your Logitech Revue didn't make it to your doorstep as quickly as it was supposed to, check your inbox. An apology in the form of a $25 gift code might have just arrived. That's $25 off anything, no minimum purchase, plus you'll get free shipping. Which is darn nice of Logitech, we say.

Oh, and speaking of nice things, be sure to register for our Logitech Revue Giveaway if you haven't already.

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3 years ago

Nexus Two (or Nexus S) reportedly a lot like the Galaxy S, only different

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We're not sure we'd call this an actual hands-on, per se, but Gizmodo says "a friend of ours" got to play with an upcoming Samsung device that will be the Nexus Two, or Nexus S, or whatever the darn thing ends up being called. From what Giz's friend says, it pretty much sounds like a Galaxy S device with a front-facing camera and a slightly different, more curved shell. We'll just have to see, won't we.

Oh, and before you wet yourself, that's just Giz's mock-up you see above, not the actual thing. [Gizmodo]

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3 years ago

Is a cameraless version of the Motorola Droid Pro coming soon?

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It appears that there may be a cameraless version of the Motorola Droid Pro available in the near future. This would be aimed at the often overlooked but large group of workers who are unable to sport a camera on their phones due to security concerns. As cameras have continued to evolve and improve in the mobile space, there are lots of jobs that unfortunately don't allow those technologies to be enjoyed. It doesn't mean they should have to settle for a less capable phone though.

It's good to see Motorola and Verizon catering at the market that has been dominated so heavily by RIM and Microsoft. 

Does anyone work in an environment where you're not allowed to have a camera on your phone? If so, does the Droid Pro entice you? [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Dell Venue shows up at the FCC, leaves the 'Pro' out of its name

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A device called the Dell Venue has appeared at the FCC. A few days ago, we reported that Dell was possibly going to release an Android version of the Venue Pro that was recently announced for the Windows Phone 7 platform.  This looks to be confirmed with a slight difference as the device is dropping the "Pro" from its name. 

We don't know too much about the Venue, but expect it to be very similar to its Windows Phone counterpart. Instead of a vertical slider however, this version will have a full touchscreen, that should be nice on the 4.1-inch Super-AMOLED screen. 

Good news for those of you who were a little jealous during Windows Phone 7 launch day. Let's hope Dell releases it with an updated version of the OS. [FCC via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Verizon giving away the HTC Merge as part of 'Urban Challenge' in Seattle (Update: It's the Droid Incredible)

Update: Just heard back from HTC, and they tell us that anywhere you see the word "Merge" below, replace it with "Droid Incredible." They then told us they didn't know what we were talking about, there is no HTC Merge, we must be a prank caller and then hung up on us. (Not really.)

The HTC Merge is still very much unofficial, not having been announced by either HTC or Verizon. So imagine our surprise when it shows up on the prize list for the Verizon Urban Challenge. In fact, Verizon is giving away six of the Android 2.2 sliders on Saturday. Here's the deal, according to Verizon:

[The Urban Challenge is] a rat race through the fair city of Seattle. A grueling test of head-to-toe and between-the-ears strength. An unpredictable, multi-stage contest against 49 teams all with a ravenous appetite for the same dish-1st place. Or maybe it's the cash and HTC smartphone. Either way, grab the closest relative, girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend, neighbor, or stranger and snag one of the 50 spots while you still can.

The first-place team wins $3,000 case, a pair of Merges Droid Incredibles, and a couple of $125 Verizon gift cards. Second place wins $1,500, plus the phones and gift cards, and third place gets $500 plus the phones and gift cards.

If you're looking for more information on the HTC Merge, allow us to present our initial hands-on, video preview, photo gallery and -- oh, heck, you can just find it all right here. [Verizon Urban Challenge via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Android 2.3 -- and Android 3.0.1 -- are starting to ping websites

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Android 2.3 -- which we told you last week will indeed be Gingerbread -- is starting to show up in Google Analytics logs. Our pals at Android and Me are seeing them, as are we. And while it's impossible to know what phone they're coming from -- it's what's at the bottom of our list that's piqued our interest even more.

Yep, that's Android 3.0.1, which made an appearance last week before going dark again. Now how real is that? Unknown. Could be kids looking to cause trouble. Seeing Gingerbread pop up isn't that surprising, but seeing the next version -- tentatively code named Honeycomb -- appear? That's downright intriguing. Discuss.

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3 years ago

Adobe releases security advisory for Flash

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Adobe has announced another security advisory for Flash on Android, affecting all builds, including the current version of 10.1.95.2.  Additionally, the same advisory goes out to users on Windows, Mac, Solaris, and Linux for builds up to and including 10.1.85.3, and for Acrobat and Reader 9.4.

According to Adobe, "This vulnerability (CVE-2010-3654) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x. Adobe is not currently aware of attacks targeting Adobe Flash Player." 

Adobe says it is already in the process of finalizing the fix, and will have it rolled out by Nov 9.  Should any real exploits for Flash on Android surface, we'll let you know.  [Adobe via PC Mag] Thanks evoinmypalm for the tip!

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3 years ago

Google Maps updated to Version 4.6 with search improvements

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Google Maps just got itself a little update in ye olde Android Market. And as you can see above, the changes are as follows: You can filter your search results by what's currently open, but neighborhood or by related searches. Also, you can browse the updated reviews section of Place Pages to read others' reviews.

OK, so not the sexiest of updates, but a fairly major one nonetheless. Have at it! [Google]

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