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3 years ago

AppBrain launches new version with social baked in

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After launching a new version of its website recently, AppBrain has brought many of the new sorting features to its Android app. In addition, AppBrain now has a social element so you can follow other users to quickly browse what apps they have installed. You can log in to Facebook to see if your friends use AppBrain (they should!) or browse by popular users. Also, you can share a link to your profile quickly via email, Twitter, SMS, and just about every other mode of communication on your phone. The free update is on the Market now. Click past the break for the usual Market link (with QR code!), more screenshots, and even a list of the Android Central writers so you can follow us in AppBrain. [AppBrain blog]

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3 years ago

Adobe: Same code on five screens

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When we talked a couple weeks ago with Adobe platform evangelist Ryan Stewart, we talked about how Adobe Flash and AIR can help developers work for multiple platforms with minimal changes to the code. But talk gets us only so much understanding. After the break, video with Christian Cantrell from the Adobe AIR team, who shows a simple Reversi-type game on the Mac, Windows 7, Linux, iOS and Android -- all with the exact same code. Nary a single line has been changed, and the look and feel is the same across all platforms. Check it out after the break. [Adobe]

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 29

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Audio-only stream below

Phil and Jerry are back for the launch of the Samsung Fascinate, the Bing debacle and the announcement of the T-Mobile G2. BONUS: After the show, stick around for a tablet chat with Dieter Bohn, who was at IFA 2010 in Berlin.

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3 years ago

Review: Mobi Products Cradle for the Verizon Droid Incredible

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The Mobi Products Cradle/Dock for the HTC Droid Incredible is a great way to hold your phone on your desk, whether at work or at home. The dock is made of solid black plastic and has rounded edges, which is a nice feature you may not find on cheaper docks. The dock's color goes nicely with the black trim of the DInc and your eyes could almost mistake the combination for a single device. I was surprised to find that the dock comes with three cables, each of which has a different purpose. Let's go more in depth about those cables and the rest of the dock (plus, more pictures!) past the break, shall we?

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3 years ago

Android will have second-largest market share by 2011, says Gartner

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Gartner Inc., a leading information technology research company, is forecasting that Android OS will be #2 in market share by the end of 2010, only behind Symbian and will even challenge Symbian for the top spot in 2014. A year ago, Gartner predicted that Android would claim the #2 spot eventually, but not until 2012. The increase in popularity and manufacturer support has driven them to change this forecast.

Symbian still has a large share of the market due to its proliferation in mass markets. Android will be challenging them in those markets soon enough, according to Gartner:

"Gartner expects manufacturers such as Samsung to launch many new budget Android devices in 2H10 that will drive Android into mass market segments. Other players, such as Sony Ericsson, LG and Motorola, will follow a similar strategy. This trend should help Android become the top OS in North America by the end of 2010."

This is a sign and example of Android's growth. Gartner, along with other research companies, had expected Android to gain considerable market share, but not for a couple years. The fact that they are now expecting it to claim the #2 spot by the end of this year showcases its popularity and adoption. [Gartner]

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3 years ago

Get Google back on the Samsung Fascinate for free and without rooting

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So you want the Samsung Fascinate, but don't want to give up your precious Google services, eh? Can't stand that Verizon traded Google Search for Bing? Gotta have Google Maps? No worries. We've got your covered. With three free apps and one bookmark, you can transform the Fascinate into a nearly stock Google experience. And it's all done without rooting the phone.

How'd we do it? Let's discuss, after the break.

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3 years ago

Keep those Epic 4G capacitive buttons lit longer

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With many of you Sprint users gleefully setting up those new Epic 4Gs, its time to give the newest WiMax phone some tip love.

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3 years ago

Android 2.1 now available for Rogers HTC Magic+

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Canadian carrier Rogers has announced that the HTC Magic + (that's the name they have given their refresh of the venerable HTC Magic) is now receiving the Android 2.1 update via OTA. Yes, it happens to be the same 2.1 update they have been talking about since February of 2010.  Good things happen to those who wait.

To jumpstart the OTA process on your Magic +, head to menu, settings, about phone, system software updates and select to check now.  This will fire off a ping to the server, and if you're lucky, you get a tasty eclair dessert in return.  [@RogersMary]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile starts the school year off with Kids Are Free promotion

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Ahh, it's that time again here in the states. The leaves start changing colors, the sweatshirts come out of storage, and moms and dads everywhere are rejoicing as they pack their kids' lunches and send them back to the classrooms. Though, this also means kids need to be picked up from school too. With all the after school activities and practices going on these days, it's hard to keep up with them. The easy thing to do would be to get them a cell phone to stay in touch. Unless, that is, if you strike up a deal with the overnight custodians to keep your kids until the next morning. Wait, bad idea, that's probably illegal, right? So instead, why don't you add a line to your family plan for free with T-Mobile? Now there's a novel idea.

T-Mobile has announced their Kids Are Free promotion allows "new and existing T-Mobile customers who sign up for a qualifying family plan through Nov. 2, 2010, receive free add-a-line service on up to three lines of their plan until 2012." Wouldn't that be nice if little Sally could have the new Samsung Vibrant, or better yet, the newly announced G2. Heck, with one of the latest Android phones from T-Mobile, she might even end up being the most popular girl in her class. And you might land parent of the year award -- well, from little Sally that is. Unfortunately, there is no word on how old the little one has to be to qualify; we're assuming they need to be 17 and under. For more family friendly promotions and full press, be sure to make the jump. [Business Wire]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2 will cost $199 at Best Buy; presales start Friday, in stores Oct. 6

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Best Buy just announced that it will begin presales for the T-Mobile HTC G2 starting Friday. You'll have to plunk down $199 and two years of your contract life, but we're willing to bet more than a few of you will be doing so. Best Buy also announced that the G2 will be available in stores starting Oct. 6. Still no official word from T-Mobile as to when it will have the G2 on sale. [Best Buy] Thanks, Jeff!

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