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5 years ago

DoggCatcher price cut, all proceeds go to Japan quake fund this weekend



The team behind DoggCatcher, the popular Android podcast player, have cut the app's price to $2.99 (£1.84 in the UK) this weekend, and are donating all proceeds from app sales during this time to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund. This is a great way to get hold of one of the best podcast catchers for Android at a reduced price, while helping those in need following the natural disasters in Japan last Friday, so it's definitely worth a look.  But hurry, the weekend is almost over!

Market links and a QR code for DoggCatcher can be found after the jump.

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5 years ago

AT&T set to Acquire T-Mobile USA from owners Deutsche Telekom


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Earlier today AT&T and Deutsche Telekom entered a deal for the acquisition of T-Mobile, which between cash and stocks is a deal valued at 39 billion. Part of the deal also gives Deutsche Telekom an equity stake of the company, which is about an 8% of ownership in the company. While this news is rather stunning, and customers of both networks probably have many questions, keep in mind that it will take at least a year to finalize, and faces regulatory approval, but either way this is pretty huge news. With the joining of the two networks, they certainly hope to build one super network, which they put as:

AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA provides an optimal combination of network assets to add capacity sooner than any alternative, and it provides an opportunity to improve network quality in the near term for both companies’ customers. In addition, it provides a fast, efficient and certain solution to the impending exhaustion of wireless spectrum in some markets, which limits both companies’ ability to meet the ongoing explosive demand for mobile broadband.

As the deal continues to develop, we will continue to bring you the news. All we can hope for is one super competitive true 4G network that is ready to compete with Verizon. For all the details currently available be sure to check out the press release here. [Business Wire]

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5 years ago

O2 enables 900MHz 3G network in major UK cities



O2 UK has announced that it's enabled a 900MHz 3G network in London, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, after the carrier obtained permission to use the spectrum from communications regulator Ofcom in January. O2 says this will increase its 3G coverage, improve download speeds by 30% and network capacity by 50% in these areas.

To take advantage of O2's "3G900" service in the cities with coverage, you'll need a phone with UMTS/HSPA 900MHz capability. Thankfully most popular Android smartphones sold by O2 fall into this category. The Xperia X10, HTC Legend, Wildfire and Desire series, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S series should all be able to use O2's speedy new network.

O2 says it will use a range of new technologies in the future to improve its mobile data network. Nigel Purdy, O2 UK's CTO, mentions in today's press release that the carrier plans to implement HSPA+ and LTE networks in addition to its current 2G and 3G coverage. [O2 UK]

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5 years ago

Android Quick App - GroupMe



Ever try to make plans with a group of friends, and have to send the same message to all of them, only to have to reply with the same answers to all of them? Wouldn't it be much easier if you were able to just text one number, and have it go to all of your friends, creating a group SMS message? The folks at GroupMe had the same idea, and they have released an application that will do just that; make it easy and effective for people to SMS with a group of people.

Simply launch the application, search your contacts for the people you wish to be in the group, create the group, and boom, you are assigned a number. This number is the one that will be used to send messages to, and all the people in that group will receive them, and be able to reply to it, making planning events a piece of cake. Additionally, not only are you able to send SMS but you can call that number as well, which creates a conference call between all of your friends in that group. If you are looking for a free, yet extremely simple and effective way to communicate with a group of friends, you will want to head into the Android market, and check out GroupMe. If you have friends on BlackBerry devices, be sure to let them know it has just gone into beta for them. Download information after the break.

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5 years ago

First HTC Thunderbolt custom ROM [From the Forums]


HTC Thunderbolt

The HTC Thunderbolt just got released, and Android Central forums adviser Adrynalyne has already worked up a custom ROM.  


It's a basic stock setup with all the Verizon crapware value added software removed, based on the 1.12.605.9 RUU that has been floating around.  Besides the removal of the Verizonware, the ROM is deodexed, zip-aligned, and has the latest versions of Gmail and the Android Market.

Word is that this is just to get things started, and Adrynalyne will have something special for TBolters soon.  Keep your eyes peeled and visit the Android Central Thunderbolt forums for more news.  [Android Central forums]

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5 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for March 19, 2011



Whether you just picked up a HTC Thunderbolt this week, or you have been an Android lover for a while now, finding new useful applications can be a struggle at times. Let us share with you some of our favorites that we have found, and hopefully you will find them useful as well.  Join us after the break to see what we have in store for this week.

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5 years ago

More pictures of Casio C771 G'zOne leaked


Casio G'zOne

We know very little about the Casio G'zOne -- it showed up briefly during CES 2011, but no real details came with.  An anonymous friend has sent us a few pictures and little bit more information about this rugged phone that should show up soon on the Verizon network.  According to our tipster, the GzOne will be run Froyo, have a 5 MP camera, be built to military specifications (including water resistance) and ship with an 8 GB micro SD card. Also the OS will have a button to sync all your social networks (Twitter and Facebook MySpace are specifically mentioned) and all the rest of the normal "Android Goodness".  Also on board is Casio G'zGear, a collection of tools for outdoor activities.

Much like the Motorola Defy or the Motorola i1, this one should appeal to those of us who need a phone that can stand up to an abusive environment.  Folks like emergency personnel and our troops should soon have another choice for a rugged Android phone.  Hit the break for a few more pictures. Thanks anonymous!

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5 years ago

Android 3.0 and hardware acceleration


Xoom UI

Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) provides full 2D hardware acceleration in applications, and Romain Guy explains the ins and outs of enabling it in your app at the Android Developers Blog.  Mr. Guy is a software engineer for Google's Android project, and is heavily involved in the graphics rendering code for both Gingerbread and Honeycomb, and seeing him take the time to further application development for Android is great.  He's also one hell of a photographer, and some of his work has been used as the stock backgrounds on Android phones.

Developers should check out the source link for all the details, but we'll keep it a little more end-user friendly here.  Hardware acceleration has been around for a while in Android for things like OpenGL games, but now normally coded apps can use and benefit from it as well.  On the Motorola Xoom, all the stock applications already use accelerated 2D graphics, and third party apps can take advantage of it with a single line added to the AndroidManifest.xml file in the source code.  If the app is using the standard set of drawables, all operations will then use the GPU when drawing them on-screen.

There are some other things to consider if you've written custom drawing code, which is why hardware acceleration is disabled by default.  Mr. Guy takes the time to explain what you need to do as well as what operations are supported if you need to go this route.  Looks like we're going to be seeing some awesome third party apps coming up for tablets running Honeycomb.  [Android Developers Blog]

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5 years ago

Amazon App Store could launch as soon as March 22


 Amazon App Store

Amazon has been spending time wooing developers, and they might finally be ready to open their app store to the masses. Wired is reporting that Amazon could launch their app store this coming Tuesday, March 22. Their main selling point to developers (and users) will be a more curated storefront to help quality apps stand out from the pack. In addition, Amazon is already set up to take money in more countries than Google's Checkout which would open entirely new markets for developers and finally give customers living there a (legal) way to obtain paid apps. [Wired]

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5 years ago

Virgin Mobile launches new, free music app in Android Market


Virgin Mobile USA has released a new, free music app to the Android Market and it's not just limited to Virgin Mobile users. All Android users can access Virgin Mobile Live 2.0 and the benefits it offers for music fans. After the app is installed, you'll be able to tune into Virgin Mobiles streaming music channel as well as view videos from past artist performances and starting next week, performances from SXSW will start to appear.

Another cool feature that Virgin Mobile has included is the "check-in" option for concert events. You can check into live events and share them with friends on Twitter and Facbook. As of now, it is loaded with Lady GaGa concert info but over the next few weeks the app will expand to more artists and venues. Full press release can be found after the break, as well as the download QR code for those interested. [Businesswire]

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5 years ago

Motorola Atrix coming to T-Mobile UK in June


 Atrix on T-Mobile UK

T-Mobile UK will begin carrying the Motorola Atrix from June, according to a recent update to the carrier's "coming soon" page. Previously the Atrix has only been available on T-Mobile's sister carrier Orange. In 2010 Orange and T-Mobile merged to form Everything Everywhere, and now subscribers to one carrier are able to freely roam on the other's network.

Other phones due to arrive on T-Mobile UK include the LG Optimus Black and Samsung Galaxy Ace this month, and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and HTC Desire S in April. [T-Mobile UK]

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5 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt to be on sale for $175 starting at midnight PDT, $200 right now


 LetsTalk Thunderbolt sale

If you missed out on Amazon's own sale of the HTC Thunderbolt just two days ago (they are currently in backorder status), you now have a second shot at getting the LTE phone at a discount. Online retailer LetsTalk is primed to drop the price of the TBolt down to $174.99 starting at one minute past midnight (PDT) tomorrow, March 19.

Our tipster has assured us that they have the device in-stock and will be offering the discount on all order types - new account, upgrade, add-a-line are all good to go. If you can't wait, LetsTalk is currently offering the phone for $199.99 but their stock (and website) will likely be hit hard as soon as the sale goes active. Decisions, decisions. [LetsTalk] Thanks to anonymous for the tip!

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5 years ago

Sprint's CTIA announcement details leaked -- Expect Evo 3D, Evo View 4G, and Xoom


Sprint at CTIA11

Rumors have been flying for a few days, but there's now a new leak with a bit more information.  BGR reports that they have been tipped about two new devices from HTC, and more about the Motorola Xoom.  The specifics --

The Sprint Motorola Xoom will be identical to the Verizon model, except the Sprint version will run on the WiMax 4G network.  This lines up very nicely with what we've already heard about Sprint and the Xoom.

The HTC View 4G will be Sprint's version of the HTC Flyer, a seven-inch tablet with a 1024x600 display, an aluminum body, 5 MP rear and 1.3 MP front camera, HTC Scribe pen support, a 4000 mAh battery, HDMI out and DLNA support running Android 2.3 on Sprint's 3G/4G network.  See our Flyer hands-on here.

The HTC Evo 3D is the real show-stopper though, and has some awesome specs.  The Evo 3D supposedly has the following hardware:

  • 4.3-inch 3D qHD capacitive 960 x 540 px display
  • 1730 mAh battery
  • 4GB internal memory with 8 GB SD card, expandable to 32 GB
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU
  • Android 2.3
  • Dual 5 MP rear cameras (3D)
  • 1.3 MP Front camera
  • records 2D @ 1080p, 3D @ 720p
  • Dimensions = 5.0 x 2.6 x .48 inches
  • DNLA support and HDMI port

BGR reports that special 3D versions of the Blockbuster and YouTube apps will be on board as well.  And don't forget the rumors of a Nexus S 4G either.  CTIA looks like a lot to be happy about if you're a Sprint customer, and we'll be there to cover it all.  [BGR]

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5 years ago

Nexus S 4G rumors; Rooting the Thunderbolt [from the forums]


Android Forums at Android Central

Another insanely busy week has flown by. Next week is the start of CTIA so be sure to get well rested during this weekend folks. Again, lots of rumors have been circulating about what exactly will be shown off from the various vendors -- some them might just come true. Make sure you all pop on into the forums and see what is happening or just catch up on what you may have missed from earlier.

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

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5 years ago

Adobe Flash Player 10.2 for Android now available


 Flash Player logo

Version 10.2 of Adobe Flash Player is now available on the Android Market for devices running Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb. The Honeycomb version of Flash Player 10.2 is technically still a beta, so a little wonkiness is to be expected as Motorola Xoom early adopters get their first taste of Flash. On Honeycomb, Flash Player 10.2 will take advantage of hardware acceleration to speed up the display of Flash content, particularly H.264 videos. Xoom owners should grab the recent Android 3.0.1 update before installing the new version of Flash Player.

On Gingerbread and Froyo devices, Adobe says version 10.2 will deliver performance boosts across the board -- especially on dual-core devices, as well as improved soft keyboard support and rendering changes to improve the way Flash content is displayed in browser windows.

Our early impressions of the new version are that it definitely seems faster than both Flash 10.1 and the build of Flash 10.2 that leaked a few days ago. It also bears a different version number to that leaked build --, compared to

To grab the new version of Flash, use the Market link or QR code after the jump.

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