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5 years ago

Epic 4G -- Hidden DRM service may cause battery issues [From the Forums]


DRM service

The Epic 4G update seems to have caused a lot of issues with battery life, and it looks like flynlow from the Android Central forums may have found the answer why.  After various attempts to fix the problems, both by Sprint and flynlow himself, he stumbled across a very interesting and pretty relevant issue -- The Media Hub update brought a DRM content service along with it, and that service is keeping his Epic 4G from sleeping properly. To be clear -- I'm not knocking Samsung for the DRM service, they do need to protect their assets.  And the fact that it took some digging to see the issue means the DRM is pretty seamless to the end user.  It does appear that some bug fixes need added to the list though.

Having been a HTC Hero early adopter, I know exactly what a process that wake-locks the phone can do.  If you're having issues with your battery after the update, do yourself a favor and check out the thread and try it for yourself.  [Android Central forums] Nice work flynlow!

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5 years ago

HTC Aria makes its way to Australia


HTC Aria

The HTC Aria is now available in Australia, supported by the carrier Optus. The Aria features a 3.2-inch touchscreen, Android 2.1, 5MP camera and HTC Sense. It is an attractive phone, especially if you don't want to spend top dollar on one of the high-end devices. The Aria will be available mid-October free with a two-year contact on on the Optus if users choose the Optus Cap plan or the Business Complete Advantage plan.

“The HTC Aria’s unique combination of compact size and beautiful design instantly separates HTC Aria from other devices on the market,” said Anthony Petts, Sales and Marketing Director ANZ, HTC Corporation.

For the full announcement, see the source link. If you're in Australia and have been looking for a cost-efficient, but powerful device, consider the Aria. [HTC]

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5 years ago

Sony Ericsson LiveView: For when your pocket is just too far away


Sony Ericsson LiveView 

Bluetooth watches aren't exactly new, but Sony Ericsson's new LiveView accessory is, and it's looking to keep your phone in your pocket. The basic idea is that it connects to your phone via Bluetooth and then repeats information such as Facebook updates, music controls, calls, texts, RSS feeds, calendar reminders and so forth -- all on a 1.3-inch OLED display.

What's missing, you ask? We would love to have seen an integrated noise-canceling microphone, so that we could slip on a leather jacket, poof up our hair, summon our Pontiac Trans Am and fight crime at a moment's notice. A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. A young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law.

But, alas, that dream will have to wait. Again.

The LiveView is compatible with Android 2.0 and up (and, says SE, the Xperia line, even though it's still stuck on Donut) and will be available in the fourth quarter. Check it out in action after the break. [Sony Ericsson]

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5 years ago

Manage diet with Calorie Counter Pro



With summer coming to an end, the hunt for ways to keep the pounds off during the winter months begins. Sometimes just watching what we eat is not enough and it needs to be taken to the next level where calories are counted. Previously counting calories while on the go was a pain, people had to carry around books that contained the information on how many calories each piece of food they were eating had, as well as log it by meal. While this worked for some, it was a pain to many and luckily the folks at MyNetDiary agreed and have released Calorie Counter Pro into the Android market. For those who left an iOS device to come to Android or those who still carry an iOS device, this application may have been a favorite for you already, and for those new to the application, this is one you won't want to miss.

Calorie Counter Pro is an intuitive application that offers users an abundance of features, and covers nearly every aspect of a daily healthy life. From measuring your daily intake of vitamins to water consumption as well as calories taken in verse burned through excersize, this application is a great one stop for all your dietary needs. Entering meals is extremely easy as the application features a real time search, like Google, so as you type it is giving you options to select. With over 300,000 food items in the database that continues to grow, searching for your food choices should be a painless process.

If for some reason you happen to be without your device you can log into their website and enter your meals in the same way, and sync it to your device at a later time if needed. With MyNetDiary you are not alone, their amazing dieting community is always just a click away from you if you need some extra motivation or any assistance in figuring out exactly what is best for you. If you want to crack down on what you are eating, and transform your lifestyle to a healthier one you will definitely want to check this out in the Android market today for $2.99.

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5 years ago

Sony teases Internet TV (aka Google TV)


 Sony Internet TV

Since Google TV was announced, we have been waiting for some concrete products that will have the software. The Logitech Revue is nice, but for Google TV to really change the way we watch TV, it has to be imbedded into the actual TV you buy and not another set-top box. Sony has stepped up to the plate by teasing its Internet TV, which it proclaims as "the world's first HDTV incorporating the Google TV platform."

Details on the specs of the TV itself are sparse, and any hint of a release date or price are also absent. However, it is probably safe to assume Sony would love to have this out for the holiday shopping season, and they had them on hand at Google IO last spring. We will all just have to wait until October 12th to find out more. Click on to the source link to read all the (vague) details (and some old videos). [Sony]

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5 years ago

Droid Incredible ROM -- Uncommon Sense v1.0 [From the Forums]


Uncommon Sense ROM

Here's what looks to be another great custom ROM for the Droid Incredible -- Uncommon Sense v 1.0.  It comes with a load of UI customizations, and I'll be the first to say they look as good or better than anything from a carrier or manufacturer.  It's more than just visual tweaks though, there is a lot behind the scenes as well as application level tweaks that sound like the makings of a winner -- both improvements to the Standard Dinc system and bits and pieces from other phones.  I know you guys get addicted to flashing ROMs, so do I :)  Try this one out!  You can download it from the forums post, and there's a nice collage of the ROM on device after the break.  [Android Central Fourms]

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5 years ago

FM Radio now available for Droid 2



Although there are plenty of online radio apps on the Android market, nothing can really replace an old fashioned FM radio. If you own a Droid 2, you can thank XDA for yet again figuring out how to implement one just by following a couple simple steps. As with most things of this nature, a little command line work is necessary, but beyond that it’s easy as pie. Just make sure before you try that your Droid 2 is rooted or else this will end in failure. You’ll be jamming to your local stations in no time. [via XDA Developers]

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5 years ago

Florida-Times Union and Handmark team up to release app

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Florida’s most popular newspaper, the Times Union, has collaborated with Handmark to produce an Android app based off the popular website. Their simple yet sleek UI gives users around the clock updates on news, sports, traffic and entertainment all around the Northeast Florida area. Handmark has stated that they aren’t stopping here and to be on the lookout for individual apps for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Florida Gators, and some of the First Coast’s high schools. The app itself is quite simply a pleasure to use and it's nice to see a newspaper finally get it right. Snag it at or with the download links after the break.  [via Business Wire]

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5 years ago

BlackBerry Playbook tablet [the competition]


BlackBerry Playbook

Well, folks, RIM did it. It unleashed the BlackBerry Playbook -- a 7-inch tablet with specs that even the biggest Android fanboy can look at and nod approvingly. Cribbing from our pals at CrackBerry, who are in San Francisco at Devcon, we learn:

  • 7-inch screen.
  • Dual-core Cortex A9 processor at 1GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • A special BlackBerry tablet OS
  • Ultra thin at 9.7mm.
  • HTML 5 and full Adobe Flash 10.1.
  • Hardware-accelerated video.
  • Front (3MP) and rear (5MP) cameras. 1080p video recording.
  • HDMI out.
  • BlackBerry OS

Except for that whole BlackBerry Tablet OS thing, sounds pretty sexy. Be sure to check in with CrackBerry for the hands-on and more.

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5 years ago

Verizon's HTC Merge (aka Lexikon) shows itself, Bing bruises and all


 HTC Merge/Lexikon

The good news, the Verizon HTC Merge -- also codenamed the Lexikon -- has gone full frontal yet again, with BGR scoring a plethora of shots of what looks to be a more finished device. The model number (ADR6325) and system identifiers are in plain sight, and we now know it's got a 5MP camera.

Oh, but look at what else is there -- Bing. Just like we told you a week ago after ripping down the RUU, Verizon's gone and binged up this phone, which is a big shame since it's a world phone, with a GSM card for working overseas. The good news? This is still and HTC phone, so we fully expect the full force of the hacker nation to focus on it, and hopefully free it of whatever shackles Verizon weighs it down with. More glamor shots at the source. [BGR]

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5 years ago

Call Informer brings more information to incoming call screen



Having a large contact list can be a little bit difficult at times as it is easy to confuse people, especially those with common names, or similar last names. Having the company name that the caller was from, or just some additional information about them on the incoming call screen would be great as it would help differentiate the people that are calling, and until now this was not readily available.

Jesta's Funhouse has recently released an application called Call Informer which allows additional information to be shown on the incoming call screen so you can have a better understanding of who is calling. Users have the option to add notes, company names, nicknames along with the city, state and country the caller is calling from. This information must appear under the inbound callers contact information in your Android device, and users can define exactly which pieces of information they want displayed.  For only 99 cents in the Android market, this is a must-have for anyone who has a large phone book.

This application has been tested on the Motorola Droid and Droid X but should work on other devices. If your device is not supported please send feedback to the developer so the development can continue!

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5 years ago

Amazon offering the Samsung Fascinate for 1 cent


Amazon's Samsung Fascinate page

In a move that should shock no one given similar pricing for the Samsung Vibrant and Captivate, Amazon is now offering the Verizon-locked Samsung Fascinate (check out our initial impressions here) for just a single penny for new Verizon Wireless subscribers. Current users that are eligible for upgrade can get the phone for $99, which is still a great discout over the usual sticker price of $199. If this whole Bing nonsense does't bother you (or you are willing to use another launcher), this is a great deal for an excellent phone. [Amazon

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5 years ago

Cease app update notifications


Android Update notificationsIn Android 2.2, you have the option to allow applications to automatically update themselves. And that's a good thing.

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5 years ago

R2-D2 Droid 2 edition priced at $249 after rebate; plus, Star Wars app coming


R2-D2 Droid 2 special edition

We're only a few days away from the launch of the R2-D2 branded Droid 2 from Verizon Wireless, and we know all you Jedi and Bounty Hunters can't wait for this one. To ease some of that nerd pain, Verizon has released some extra info on some goodies that will ship with the R2-D2 unit this Thursday.

First and foremost, the phone will cost you $249, after $100 rebate and two-year contract. You'll also need a $39.99 voice plan and $29.99 data plan to get things going. But for all that scratch, you get:

  • Packaged in a custom box resembling carbonite
  • Star Wars media dock
  • Wired stereo headset
  • R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones
  • Four live wallpapers
  • R2-D2 Clock Widget
  • “The Best of R2-D2” video with the original Cantina music
  • Exclusive Binoculars App

Additionally, any Star Wars fan who owns a Verizon Wireless Android phone running Android 2.1 and above will be able to download the Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back app. The app will cost you $2.99 and will include some pretty snazzy extras.

  • Bounty Hunt Visual ID: Find and capture images around the Star Wars universe to unlock hidden content
  • Sound and Photo Gallery
  • Live Wallpapers:
    • Blast the Probe Droid
    • Luke Balancing Yoda
    • Navigating the Asteroid Field
    • Watch Bespin’s Cloud City
  • Trivia Challenge: Answer trivia questions about the Empire Strikes Back
  • Widgets

Just a couple more days, Star wars fans. It's coming.

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5 years ago

Contest: RoboPrint for Android - 10 copies to be won


The amazing folks at Blue Planet Apps have been kind enough to partner with us and our readers and offer up 10 copies of their RoboPrint application. This is an application which will allow you to print to any printer from anywhere while on your Android device. Contest will run through Oct. 3, hit the link for full contest rules and how to enter!

Enter here for your chance to win 1 of 10 copies of RoboPrint

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