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3 years ago

Meet Google Hotpots -- (Local hot spots, only missing a letter)

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Tucked into Google's official blog post on the most recent update to Google Maps is a little bit about Google Hotpots. No, we didn't misspell that. Head to google.com/hotpot and you can rate local places -- restaurants and the like -- from the safety and comfort of your Web browser. And they go with your on your smarpthone, too.

There's a five-star rating system and smiley-face/frowny-face options on food, service, atmosphere and value. Next step: Check-ins. (By the way: If you're even in Pensacola, don't miss McGuire's.) [Google Lat-Long blog]

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3 years ago

Google Maps, Street View updated

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Google Maps just got itself a little update to Version 4.7. And as you can see above, you can now rate plates (as in Google Places) to get personalized recommendations, and add a widget to your home screen to make it that much quicker. (How long before you let us check in, Google?) Street View also got itself a little bump, which is nice. We'll have to poke around this one and see if there are anymore Gingerbread Easter eggs, too. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

LG Optimus One sells 1 million units in its first 40 days

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LG has announced that the sales of its Optimus One (check out our hands-on) line has hit the 1 million mark -- in just 40 days.  That's a huge milestone, and it's worth noting the phone hasn't hit the shelves on Verizon just yet (though variants are on Sprint and T-Mobile).  Ask anyone who has used one, and it's likely they won't be surprised.  It's an extremely solid phone, the software is well designed and works just as intended, and the price is right.  Add in a budding hacking community and the Optimus line is one worth looking at.  The full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Shopper updated to version 1.3 for better filters, featured lists

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Here in the states, we are about a week-and-half away from one of largest shopping days in America: Black Friday. The day after people stuff their faces with Turkey, crowds of people bum rush retailers just to get that "big" TV or "in" toy for half price. But instead of running the risk of being trampled by raging soccer moms at 5 a.m., a wise team over at Google just made shopping a bit more easier. 

Google has just updated the Google Shopper app in the Android Market. The new update brings the app to version 1.3. As noted on the Google Mobile Blog, the update carries new search filters that allow users to filter by price and brand. In addition, the app now features -- well, a new "featured lists." The lists let you browse suggested gifts and let you know where the best place to get them at. So instead of trying to fend of some women swinging her purse at you for that microSD card -- remember, a Googler made shopping for the cheap deals a bit easier for you. [Google Mobile Blog]

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3 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Tab updated to address Exchage policy?

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Sprint's version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab -- all of one day old at this point -- has already gotten its first over-their-air update. MR0 DJ30 "will address the Microsoft Exchange IT Admin policy compliance and SMS Short Code messaging." It's a 6.2-megabyte download and takes just a few minutes to download. Installation, however, has failed for myself and at least one other person. Not a huge deal, unless you're counting on this fix, and we'd rather an update ... you know ... not fail. Thanks, Chuck!

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3 years ago

Google CEO teases Gingerbread on Samsung Nexus S

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Google CEO Eric Schmidt this afternoon gave a sneak peak at Gingerbread -- Android 2.3 -- on "an unannounced" Android device that sure looked a lot like the Samsung Nexus S. It's all going down as we type at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.

Will we "get" Gingerbread today? Doesn't sound like it. Schmidt said Gingerbread is on its way "in the coming weeks." And as we've said before, we still have to see the SDK and what-not before it starts rolling out to phones, with the Nexus One likely among the first.

What there has been is a bunch of search talk, natch, plus a bunch on NFC, or near-field communication. Basically using your smartphone to complete real-world actions, such as payments. Exciting stuff, to be sure. Be we know what you nerds want. Gingerbread. [Web 2.0 Summit]

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3 years ago

Blogger teases time with Samsung i9100, MotoTab

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You know how bloggers are -- gotta take us all with a grain of salt (and some of us more than others). But when Mobile-Review's Eldar Murtazin teases that he's seen something, chances are better than average that he's actually laid eyes on the unicorn. And that brings us to a couple of recent tweets. First was the one where he he mentioned playing with the Sony Ericsson Anzo and Samsung Galaxy 2 (or Galaxy s) i9100. An a tweet today says that Motorola's working on a 7-inch "Motopad" that will be the first to sport Honeycomb, which is believed to be Android 3.0.

Tweets -- even from Eldar -- are still usually a ways form us mere mortals having devices in-hand, so we'll see. [Twitter 1, 2]

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3 years ago

Bootlace creators bringing Froyo to iPhone 4, iPad

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If you found the news about the iPhone 3G running the latest version of Android depressing, you might want to stop reading now.  The team that brought us the OpeniBoot Bootlace for the iPhone 3G is working hard to bring Froyo to the iPhone 4 and iPad.  

OpeniBoot is an Application downloaded through the Cydia app store (Jailbroken devices only) that allows users to load unsigned code, such as Android, onto their iOS devices.  The application currently only works with the iPhone 2g, 3G, and first generation iPod touch, but should work on the iPad soon(tm).

 One more image and a short video after the break. [Via Redmond PieThanks Brad!

More at TiPb: OpeniBoot set to unleash Android on your iPad and iPhone 4
| Install Android on iPhone using Bootlace

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3 years ago

Droid Pro benchmarked, Samsung Galaxy Tab going strong and a new contest [from the forums]

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The forums are hot today, we're still talking about the Samsung Galaxy Tab as it spreads across carriers. Droid Pro benchmarks are in and the HTC Mecha/Incredible HD release date is certainly on our minds. Also, we got another great contest happening with more on the way! Join us in our discussions!

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Pulse news reader now free

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Pulse, a popular news reader by Alphonso Labs, is now available for the low, low cost of free on your Android smartphone.  Pulse allows you to select up to 20 feeds and arrange them in an image-based grid.  Check out our Quick App Review.

Previously the app was available for 99 cents, but thanks in part to those who purchased the application, the development team had the time and resources needed to bring the app to it's current release.  If you're in the market for a news reader (or you just want to give another one a try) check out the video and market links after the break. [Alphonso Labs]

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