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3 years ago

CNET releases Android twin of iOS application

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Many of us rely on CNET for the latest and greatest when it comes to a wide variety of news in our daily life (except for Android news, right?). Whether looking for tech articles, seeking money advice, or just reading about the happenings of the world that day, CNET is a great one stop shop for all of this. They have released a clone of their iOS application, which contains a ton of features for users. Within the application you are able to read articles on a full screen, search using their optimized mobile search as well as tweet links to your favorite articles instantly. If your an avid CNET reader and you were using their mobile site, it's definitely time to hop in the market and download this free application. Download links available after the jump. [via CNET News]

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3 years ago

After the seventh day, devs created the SermonAudio app for Android

If you need some inspirational words from the holy book or want to hear words of wisdom from greats like John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul, SermonAudio has got you covered. The newly released app will help you find over 350,000 popular audio and video sermons. If you want to see one of these sermons live, simply use the search option to find a local church that offers great sermons. Full list of features and download links after the break. [SermonAudio]

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3 years ago

Google Instant brings 'real-time' search to the web; coming to mobile this fall

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Google today introduced its newest search feature, dubbed Google Instant. The search giant is always exploring innovative opportunities to present relevant search results faster to the end-user. Instant provides search results while the user types, taking away the need to press enter or even finish typing. 

The three core features of Google Instant, as laid out in Google's blog post:

  • Dynamic Results: Google dynamically displays relevant search results as you type so you can quickly interact and click through to the web content you need.
  • Predictions: One of the key technologies in Google Instant is that we predict the rest of your query (in light gray text) before you finish typing. See what you need? Stop typing, look down and find what you’re looking for.
  • Scroll to search: Scroll through predictions and see results instantly for each as you arrow down.

This is a great new search feature that's fun to play around with. It will be rolled out to most users over the coming weeks, so if you can't see it now, check back soon.

This is a web-only feature at the moment, but Google is aiming to get it up and running in the mobile space in the fall, according to Google's official Twitter account.  That said, you can get a mobile preview now by clicking here (in a mobile browser, natch).

For a demo, check out the video after the break. If you have Google Instant, have some fun and play around with it! [Official Google Blog] [@Google]

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3 years ago

R2-D2 Droid 2 boot animation breaks cover, available for download

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It looks like the official boot animation for the R2-D2 Droid 2 has hit the web. We broke the news a few weeks about the phone's Sept. 30 release date. As we move closer to the launch date, we're pretty sure more and more little surprises should start showing up. If you really want the little walking trash can on your phone right now, Droid Life has also uploaded the boot animation zip file here

Full video after the break to get those midichlorians pumping in your veins. Oh, and may the force be with you. [Droid Life]

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3 years ago

Android Central asks -- what's your favorite launcher?

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Everyone knows that the best thing about Android is the fact that it's so darn customizable. As the adage goes, you can never have too much of a good thing -- provided you don't get overwhelmed by all the choice.  Today we're going to take a look at custom launchers.  Which one suits you the best?  Have a read (after the break) and be sure to vote in the froum poll!

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3 years ago

Samsung goes pink with their Galaxy S in South Korea

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Samsung has not only rolled out a device line that can be purchased on nearly any and all carriers, but now they appear to be offering this device in color choices in some markets. South Korean's will soon be given the option to pick up the Samsung Galaxy S (M110S) in a pink flavor, as well as the original. While unfortunately at this time it does not appear as though this color will be making its way to to the states, we can always hope for some color choices to find their way to us. [via SamsungHub]

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3 years ago

HP Zeen spotted, running Android (sort of)

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The Zeen is the Android tablet from HP -- that gianormus company that bought Palm and still felt a need to bring us an Android device.  Turns out it really does ship with the Zeus printer bundle, and it brings a very different Android than we're used to. HP's calling it their TouchSmart UI, and it looks like it may be a simplified and functional desktop style arrangement instead of the standard homescreen and dynamic content system we're used to.  We've not actually handled the thing, so all this could be just a new skin and widget setup as well.  In either case, it looks like this won't be a 'with Google' device so the standard Google apps and Market are missing. 

In other words, instead of a new Android tablet, we are seeing a stand alone printer that operates on Android.  The fact that you can pop off the "control panel" and use it as a tablet happens just because HP was smart enough to think of it.  Even though it gives me a fuzzy open source feeling, I'm not going to run out and get it because it happens to be an Android device.  But next time I'm in the market for a printer you can bet I'll give it a good look. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Those three-dot buttons on the G2 keyboard? They're still three dots

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Remember the trio of keys on the HTC T-Mobile G2 that don't really appear to have much function, what with their vague three dots and all? We're getting a better look at them now thanks to newcomer His and Her Android. The three dots are still there, and it's pretty apparent that these are going to be user-definable keys. But let's hope there's actually a function assigned to them by default. Because if there's anything new users love, it's having three buttons on their keyboard that don't actually do anything. One more pic after the break. [His and Her Android via TMo News]

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3 years ago

From the Forums: First custom Droid 2 ROM now available

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The Motorola Droid 2 now has a custom ROM available.  Epic Unleashed 1.1 (don't be confused by the name, this ROM is only for the Droid 2) brings more to the table than many thought would be possible because of the locking down that Big Red and Moto attempted on the phone -- being deodexed, with some of the carrier extras removed, helpful shell scripts added, and a customized build.prop.  That's developer speak for faster with nice features, and we all can understand that.

You can check it out in the developers threads right here in our forums.  And if you're sporting a rooted Droid 2, you gotta check it out! [Android Central forums] Thanks, Matt!

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3 years ago

Verizon Samsung Fascinate on sale now online for $199, in stores Thursday

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It's that time, folks. The Verizon Samsung Fascinate is now available online for $199.99 after two-year contract and mail-in rebate. You're still going to have to wait a day before it's in stores (or for them to ship it to you, for that matter). But what's a few more hours, right? [Verizon] Thanks, Kyle!

Oh, yeah. And it's buy-one-get-one. But you already knew that, right?

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