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3 years ago

James Gosling, Java's Godfather, joins Google

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You may not be familiar with the name James Gosling, but you're a fan of his work.  In 1994, he practically invented Java -- the programming language, the compiler, and the virtual machine to run it all -- while working at Sun Microsystems.  This not only got him elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, it helped him become an officer of the Order of Canada.  If you are using a computer on the Internet, or an Android phone, you're using his work now.  We can sum it all up by saying the dude is a genius of the highest caliber.

And now he's coming to work for Google.  Mr. Gosling did not stay on when Oracle bought out Sun, and by all accounts didn't agree with Oracle's methods.  He also gives a unique insight about the Oracle/Google patent dispute:

"During the integration meetings between Sun and Oracle, where we were being grilled about the patent situation between Sun and Google, we could see the Oracle lawyer's eyes sparkle."

We can't be sure Mr. Gosling will be working with Android development, he isn't even sure yet what his daily routine will be at Mt. View, but whatever he touches will likely get better.  [cnet news]

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3 years ago

Android Central ROM review: Incredibly Re-Engineered for the Droid Incredible

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The HTC Droid Incredible has had a rough life.  Between supply issues, problems sourcing components, and the difficult time folks had rooting it, a lot of people had to wait a long time to to get one in their hands, and make it their own.  All that is behind us now, and even with new models coming out people still love the DInc.  With good reason -- its unique style and huge development community make it the perfect phone for anyone on Verizon who likes to tinker.

Android Central forums member PvilleComp shows us all the above is true with his review of Incredibly Re-Engineered for the DInc.  This one is a complete re-work of HTC Sense, and by all accounts will make you think you have a different phone compared to stock.  In the words of the developer chingy51o it's "Fast, Beautiful, and Simply Magnificent".  Who am I to argue?  Read all about it, after the jump.  Thanks, Mike!

Want to write a ROM review for Android Central?  We'd love to hear from you!  Look here for details.

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3 years ago

HTC Merge now available for pre-order on Alltel

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Not long ago we caught wind of the HTC Merge heading to Alltel, and being available soon for pre-order, and that time has come. The HTC Merge is available today for pre-order, with a still unknown ship date. The device will still ship at the $124.99 price point that it was listed at previously, and that is quite a fair price for all that we have seen the device can do. [Alltel] More in the HTC Merge Forums.

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 7 RC3 starts rolling out

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I guess this is a testament as to how many people out there love CyanogenMod 7. The latest Release Candidate hasn't even fully populated in ROM Manager as of yet and already our inbox has been slammed with people letting us know CyanogenMod 7 RC3 is now available for some devices. Hit the source link for the downloads to see if your device is listed. In the meantime -- if you're looking for any sort of change log and such you will need to hit up the CyanogenMod forums for complete details on each device. [CyanogenoMod] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Poll: How's Google TV working out?

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Google TV hit with high expectations, it's yet to really disrupt the television experience the way many had hoped. Maybe it's the content providers dragging their feet, or that Android applications haven't yet been set free on the devices. But no matter the cause, Google TV's a good idea that's aging quickly.

So where's it stand for you? Are you rocking the Logitech Revue (seen above) or Sony Internet TV? Are you waiting for the next generation? Or did you stay away, thinking it's all DOA anyway? Cast your vote, then sound off in the comments.

Are you using Google TV?customer surveys

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3 years ago

Samsung offers $100 off on Galaxy Tab, Fascinate to first 500 fans on Facebook

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Samesung has teamed up with online retailer Wirefly to offer 500 of its fans $100 off on either the Fascinate or Galaxy Tab on Verizon. To get in on the deal, you need to have 'liked' Samsung's Facebook page and click on the "$100 promo" link that will appear on the left side of the page once the sale goes live around noon EST today. You can also "like" the page once the sale goes live and you will get the coupon code automatically. The sale drops the price of the Fascinate down to free, while the Galaxy Tab will run you just $99 but both will require two-year contracts. Check out the full press release after the break. [Facebook]

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3 years ago

LauncherPro 0.8.4 brings Gingerbread performance fixes and Gmail widget

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App developer Federico Carnales has announced that LauncherPro, his popular homescreen replacement, has been updated to version 0.8.4. The new version includes performance optimizations and 3D app drawer fixes for Gingerbread, as well as two new screen transition effects. LauncherPro Plus customers will also get a new Gmail widget, along with bug fixes for the existing Twitter and Facebook widgets.

Fede has also revealed that due to changes to the Android Market's terms and conditions, the PayPal option for buying LauncherPro Plus will soon be phased out in favor of Market-based purchases. This will only affect new purchases of LauncherPro Plus, and LPP keys bought through PayPal will still be valid after the switch-over. 

Join us after the jump for a QR code and Market link for the new version of LauncherPro. The .apk file is also available for download over at the source link. [LauncherPro]

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3 years ago

Rooting the HTC Thunderbolt on a Mac [From the Forums]

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Have a shiny new HTC Thunderbolt, itching to be rooted, but only have a Mac with which to do the deed?  You're in luck -- our very own Cory Streater happens to love his MacBook Pro, and he's the type who can't sleep well when he has an unrooted Android laying around.  He's taken the time to work up an excellent tutorial, complete with a single download for all the needed files.

If you're looking for a way to root with your Mac that doesn't involve Boot Camp, you can stop.  Just point your browser to the Thunderbolt hacking forums and start reading.  [Android Central forums] Thanks, Cory!

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3 years ago

Google working with Mastercard and Citigroup to make NFC payments a reality

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google has begun working with Mastercard and Citigroup to make NFC mobile payments a reality. NFC, or near-field communication, was touted by Eric Schmidt back in December of last year when Google's flagship device, the Nexus S, was announced. The contact-less payment system would allow customers to simply tap or wave their NFC supported mobile device to make payments at stores that support the new technology. Retail giant, Wal-Mart, has also confirmed that they have met with Google to begin preliminary discussions about the new tech.

Additionally, VeriFone Systems is working to bring more contact-less supported readers to merchants. Contact-less payment machines and credit cards have been around for years now, but most consumers aren't aware of it -- and if they are, most have concerns about sending confidential information over the air. "Because it's contact-less there's a perception people can grab it from thin air, but it's actually a more sophisticated technology than credit cards with a magnetic stripe, making it more difficult to steal a consumer's payment information," said Nick Holland, a mobile-transactions analyst at Yankee Group.

Interestingly enough, just last week at CTIA's annual event, none of the phones announced sports NFC. If Google and credit card companies are moving forward with this, who's making the devices? And when? Not everyone has a Nexus S, you know. Or maybe, this whole thing is just too far off from becoming mainstream and OEMs are just waiting? What do you guys and gals think? [The Wall Street Journal]

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3 years ago

Hands-on with Gingerbread on Droid X

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Android 2.3.3 leaked out for the Droid X and Droid 2 earlier tonight, and we just had to take it for a spin, especially given that it has an all new skin atop it. We even hesitate to call it Blur, because it's definitely better than the old Motoblur and not-a-Blur from days gone by.

There's a proper dock now, with three customizable icons. That's right, you can put whatever you want in there, which is the way it should be. But by default, Motorola gives you the phone dialer, e-mail and text messages, which is much better than the dialer and contacts we had before.

The app drawer also is greatly improved. You can now make groups of applications within the drawer. And the first thing we're going to do with it is make a group of icons that excludes all the VCAST stuff that's on the phone, and maybe the stub apps for NFS Shift and Madden 2011. For those of you who don't root and kill unwanted apps, this is a nice, safe way to get the bloatware out of sight.

The menus have a new look, too, which is OK by us.

Anyhoo, peep the video after the break. We're going to give it a go for a few more days, but our initial impression is pretty good. Give it a shot, or sit back and wait for the over-the-air update, whenever that is. More on the update in the Android Central Forums

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