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3 years ago

Samsung Fascinate rooted on Day 1

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Well, that didn't take long, folks. (And nor did we think it would.) The Verizon Samsung Fascinate has been rooted. And that means it's just a matter of time before we see the thorn in many a side (aka Bing) stripped out and a more *cough* acceptable Google experience replaced on the latest vest of the Samsung Galaxy S. [XDA (2), SDX via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Dirrk!

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3 years ago

Real HDMI app lets you take everything on your Droid X to the big screen

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If that 4.3-inch screen on your Droid X (our review) isn't big enough to show off them cute pictures you took at Disney World to your grandma's weak eyes -- there was always another alternative. By using the micro HDMI (you can buy one here at Android Central Store) port on Droid X, owners have always had the ability to take their pictures and video to the big screen. Though, wouldn't it be great if you could display all of your apps, games, soundboards, etc on your TV too? 

GmanApps, developer of the new Real HDMI app on Market, will now allow you to do just that. We're probably most excited to be able to play our favorite emulators on the big screen. Now, where is that Wii-remote? If you already have or gonna give this app a try, shout out in the comments section. Download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Regarding the 'Verizon going exclusive with Bing' rumor

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This is all we have to say about that: Verizon is not going exclusively with Bing for future Android smartphones, [via Business Insider and Engadget], contrary to an anonymously sourced story by The Droid Guy that inexplicably gained traction today. Also, the Google Search widget indeed is on the Samsung Fascinate, it just routes searches through Bing.

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3 years ago

Videotron initiates new wireless network in Québec; Nexus One to ship with Froyo

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Vidéotron, a subsidiary of Quebecor Media Company, today unleashed new airwaves on to the people of Québec. The wireless service provider's President and CEO, Robert Dépatie, is promising customers, "the best possible customer experience through one-stop shopping to make life easier for consumers. Not only is our offering highly advantageous in this respect but it is particularly attractive for our existing customers, who can get exceptional rates. We remain true to our policy of offering substantial discounts to customers who choose our service bundles."

To coincide with the launch of the new network, Vidéotron is releasing 12 handsets, including four firsts for Canada. One of those is Google's own bread and butter, the Nexus One. Along with the Nexus One, Motorola will also be on board, shipping the XT720. Both the Nexus One and Motorola XT720 will ship with Froyo. With these devices launching with Froyo from the get-go, Vidéotron will become the first Canadian provider to carry a phone with Froyo preloaded.

And for those of you still wanting to purchase the pseudo dead Nexus One here in the states, it is now available... again. It is now in stock again for you developers.[Canada News WireThanks, cracktight!

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3 years ago

Google Maps gets Walking Navigation

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Google Maps for Android just got itself a nice little update, blending the navigation feature with walking directions to create -- you guessed it -- "Walking Navigation." Now you'll get the same three-dimensional view with walking directions as you would in a car, only a little more pedestrian-friendly.

Separately, there's an update for the Street View on Google Maps app that adds "smart navigation," meaning you can tap and drag to make your way through city streets. Check out video of that after the break.

And finally, the Google Maps search bar has been refreshed, filtering results, showing prices with dollar signs and adding cross streets. Nice. [Google]

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3 years ago

Google Voice update brings those widgets you have been lusting for

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Just like the rest of us, you have been craving those new Google Voice widgets ever since they leaked onto the internet from that G2 ROM. All you have to do is update your current Google Voice app. 

The Google Voice Inbox widget (top) lets you get a quick preview of any messages; a tap will open up the selected message in its entirety. The Google Voice Settings widget has four buttons, which:

  • Launch Google Voice 
  • Compose new message
  • Toggle Google Voice call settings (you can use Google Voice for outgoing calls if you want)
  • Toggle "do not disturb" mode

The update is in the Market now, so happy updating! [Google Voice Blog] Thanks to Michael and CliqAnDroid for the tips! 

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3 years ago

A white HTC Desire and silver HTC Wildfire pose for pictures, headed to the UK

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Two of HTC's phones, the Desire and the Wildfire, are getting a makeover; both have been spotted sporting different colors from their original design. The Desire can be seen showing off its new white look while the Wildfire goes silver. 

These are reported to be special editions, only available in the United Kingdom. In fact, Carphone Warehouse will be the only store carrying these versions. 

They look pretty slick and just provide more choice in the market for consumers who are tired of the standard colors. [Android Community]

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3 years ago

Remote Notifier for Android -- forward notifications from phone to computer

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Many of us spend a big part of our days in front of a computer.  Wouldn't it be nice if notifications from your Android phone used some sort of ancient magic and appeared in your computer monitor?  Android developers rdamazio and Leandro have managed to do it across the three popular desktop platforms, and we're going to have a look at it in action after the break. (With a tip of the hat to Lifehacker)

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3 years ago

HTC Desire receives performance update

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The HTC Desire is receiving an update today labelled 2.10.405.2. According to the announcement from HTC, the update will provide:

  • An Android OS update patch
  • Enhanced multi-inbox Gmail support
  • Improved Russia keyboard layout

Thanks to Kash, who sent us the tip about the update. He mentioned that the biggest change he has noticed is that the voice input is now integrated across the OS and appears every time the keyboard is available. 

If you update your Desire and find other improvements, let us know! [HTC]

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3 years ago

Android Market has more than 80,000 apps, Android's Rubin says

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Andy Rubin, Google's Vice President of engineering -- Android development head honcho and the man behind both Android and Danger -- was quoted in the press release announcing the T-Mobile G2 that the Android Market now has over 80,000 applications -- up 10,000 from the last we heard on July 15.

“One of the advantages of an open platform is the opportunity for developers to create rich mobile experiences and seamlessly get those experiences into the hands of consumers,” said Andy Rubin, vice president, engineering, Google. “From new services, such as Voice Actions, to mobile applications, developer-led Android innovation is flourishing. On Android Market alone, the number of applications available to consumers has grown from just 50 applications two years ago to more than 80,000 applications today.”

Of course there is still no way of telling just how many are themes, keyboard skins, icon packs unauthorized soundboards or "Sexy Lady No. 357" apps.  Like all App Markets, you'll have spam.  But the growth rate is telling, and it pretty much mirrors everything else we hear about Android and it's ever increasing market share.  

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