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5 years ago

App Inventor now open to everyone


App Inventor

Google has announced that its popular (and fun) tool App Inventor is now open to anyone with a Google account.  If you're not quite sure what App Inventor is exactly, don't feel too bad -- in typical Google fashion it's been a limited access tool, trickling out to users a few at a time.  Think of it as a tool to create fun little apps, for people who have no idea how to create fun little apps.  All you need to get started is a PC or Mac, an Android phone, and a Google account.  And you'll want to visit and bookmark our App Inventor forum -- it's bound to get jumping now that anyone with a creative streak has access to the tools.  There's a short demo after the break, and hit the source link to get started. [Google Research Blog]

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5 years ago

Trillian for Android IM client is out of beta, into the Android Market at $4.99


Trillian for Android

Fans of the Trillian IM client should know that it looks like the beta period has ended (you can no longer download the app from Trillian's website), and it's now up in the Android Market. It'll run you $4.99. But is that too high a price to stay in constant contact with your friends be they on Astra, AIM, Yahoo, ICQ, Windows Live, MySpaceIM, Google Talk or Jabber? Depends on the friends, we suppose.

Anyhoo, download links are after the break. Enjoy! Thanks, Jason!

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5 years ago

Case review: Hellbent Green Skull Top Pouch


Hellbent Green Skull Top Case

A little secret: I'm a metalhead. I like skulls. (And flames.) And so I like the Hellbent Green Skull Top Case. As far as cases go, it's your basic leather top case. Your phone slides in vertically, and there's a flap with magnetic clasp to keep it in place.

There's a belt clip on the back of the case for (what else?) riding on your belt. It's not detachable, which is too bad. But, frankly, with a killer design like this, you're not going to want to hide it in your pocket anyway. Our biggest niggle with this case is that you can't get to the phone's 3.5mm headphone jack on a lot of devices. So no listening to music while riding at your hip.

So more about the artwork: It's not just painted onto the case. It's not going to wash or rub off. It's embedded into the leather using a process that allows museum-quality prints without sacrificing the performance of the leather. Same toughness. Same look and feel. And it's resistant to perfume, cosmetics and household chemicals. It won't fade. It will not separate from the leather.

The Hellbent Green Skull Top Case -- which fits a wide variety of phones -- is available now in the Android Central Store for $49.95. We've got more pictures after the break.

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5 years ago

Posterous releases official app for Android devices


Although blogging with Posterous already IS as easy as sending off an e-mail, having more options to make use of is something we'll never complain about. Posterous users can now rejoice as Posterous has just released their mobile blogging application for Android devices. The application falls in line with the whole "feel" of Posterous in the fact that it is dead simple setup and use. It really is just open, tap and post. The only drawback at this time is that you need to have a supported device. Although, I'm sure it will work on some not listed.

  • HTC Desire
  • HTC Legend
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • Samsung Galaxy Spica
  • Motorola Droid
  • Google Nexus One
  • HTC Hero
  • Google G1

You'll find the download available after the break, and many thanks to everyone who sent this into us. [Posterous]

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5 years ago

Nexus S live wallpaper available for download [from the forums]


Nexus S live wallpaper

While the Nexus S isn't available quite yet, that didn't stop some enterprising hackers from fashioning a re-work of the ho-hum boring original Nexus live wallpaper into the beauty you see above.  It's easy to install (yes, you have to be rooted), but it does overwrite the original -- so back that up if you want to keep it. 

We've got it working here on the Evo 4G and the Droid Incredible, but didn't have much luck on the Droid X. Your mileage may vary.  Check it out, and get the download  and full instructions in the Droid Incredible forums. [Android Central Forums]

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5 years ago

Dolphin Browser Mini beta now available in the Android Market


We previously got a look at the new Dolphin mini browser in its preview stages, and the application is now fully available in the Android Market as an open beta. The Dolphin teams main goal with this browser was to make it as fast as possible for end users. It's nice and lightweight and while it lacks many features of the Dolphin HD browser that's kind of the point. A slimmed down, super fast version of the Dolphin browser you already love.

Key Features:

  • Speed through the web
  • Browse with ease
  • New fresh UI
  • Speed Dial Homepage
  • Infinite tabs browsing
  • Innovative Menu design
  • Powerful tool box
  • Gesture commands

If you're looking for a faster browsing experience on your device, you might want to check out Dolphin Mini. Keep in mind of course it is beta, so that said if you run into any issues; be a good sport and report them to the Dolphin team. They can't fix what they are not fully aware of. Download link can be found after the break. [Dolphin Blog]

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5 years ago

Major Google TV update being pushed out, Logitech Revue included

Google TV and Logitech Revue

Let's face it; Google TV owners have thus far had a bit of a rough ride out the gates. Big media hasn't been all too friendly as of late and many would say that Google TV was in desperate need of an update as soon as it was released. Google today, though, has taken care of some of that with a major update to Google TV, which includes some new features, fixes some of what was broke and as Google claims adds more value to your Google TV. In addition to the Google TV changes, Logitech has updated its Revue set-top box as well.

So what does the update fix? Well first off, Netflix has finally received a much-needed overhaul. It is now using the HTML5 version of the app that actually improves the overall experience (i.e: makes it usable) and functionality. Dual View, which has been a pain for some folks, now allows you to move those lovely windows around to wherever you do so wish. And you all remember that YouTube Remote App, right? Well, starting today, Google has made one available for Google TV as well. (download after the break) Finally, the last revision covers movies and how information about them is displayed. A new info window has been introduced which better filters search results from content available on the web providing more details about the movie you search, related movie to it and much more. [GoogleTV Blog and Logitech]

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5 years ago

Pocket Legends receives holiday update -- new loot, quests, combat areas


If there's one thing that rubs me the right way, it's game publishers releasing holiday updates.  First Rovio gave us the increasingly frustrating Angry Birds Seasons, and today Spacetime Studios delivers the High Winter Festival update for Pocket Legends.

In addition to the ability wield dual weapons, Pocket Legends players can expect to see:

High Winter Festival

  • New quests
  • New combat area
  • Special holiday-only loot (permanent)
  • New story-line.  Defend Father Frost from evil Toy Master and save the High Winter Festival.

Swamp Towne

  • 18 new quests
  • New town
  • New loot with new appearances including moonshine hat, frogwang, banjo, blunderbuss, and lizard spear
  • Four new combat areas dealing with the feuding McCrocs and Scalefields

Hit the break for some download links.

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5 years ago

HTC Merge shows at Verizon LTE demo, but still nowhere near stores


YouTube link for mobile viewing

The myth of the HTC Merge continues! We've been slipped a video taken last week at a Verizon LTE demo that clearly shows the Merge. Yes, the same Merge that we got our grubby fingers on two and a half months ago. Yes, the same Merge you saw in our video preview. And the same Merge that has hardly seen the light of day since.

But, wait! The Merge at an LTE demonstration? Might that lend credence to the rumor that it's gone back underground for a 4G upgrade before release? It's possible. But we know that a good number Verizon peeps have been walking around with the Merge, so it's just as likely that it was making a 3G-only appearance to remind people that it still exists. We know how it feels. Thanks, anon! More on the HTC Merge in the Android Central Forums

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5 years ago

HTC Evo 4G getting an update, adds NOVA demo game, Swype


Evo 4G update

HTC has confirmed to us that a maintenance update (3.70.651.1) is being pushed out to the Sprint Evo 4G as we type. No, it's not Gingerbread. Gonna have to wait a while for that, folks. Instead, it looks like we're getting:

  • Blockbuster (including WM DRM 10)
  • Kindle eReader
  • Preloaded try/buy video game: NOVA from Gameloft
  • Sprint Zone update
  • Latest Telenav
  • Latest VVM App
  • Latest Sprint TV app
  • SWYPE Keyboard
  • Scan Now Widget for 4G (does not need to be available on any panel, just a widget option users could find and use).

If you don't want to wait for the update to push to your phone, we've got manual installation instructions after the break. (Note that it's worked for some people; I've had problems with my old Google IO freebie Evo.) More on the update in our Evo 4G forums.

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5 years ago

HTC's CEO says LTE phones coming in 2011, will support NFC, too


HTC Mecha/Incredible HD

HTC CEO Peter Chou recently spoke with the GSMA (those are the folks who put on Mobile World Congress) and talked a tad about LTE phones. They're definitely on the way, though not before sometime next year (that's a surprise to no one), and the U.S. is likely to get them first because (to the surprise of everyone) we're actually ahead of the game on LTE. Said Chou:

"We are working on an LTE device for next year, 2011. We think that the U.S. mobile operator will be taking some lead and pushing 4G in the U.S. market. But, however, we are seeing the rest of the world will be deploying LTE networks in 2011. Could be the second half of 2011."

One of those phones is likely to be the HTC Mecha (possibly to be the Incredible HD on Verizon), which you see above. Chou also mentioned that HTC phones will incorporate NFC (near-field communications) mobile payment systems. Again, an expected feature, which we're seeing first in the Samsung Nexus S

Check out the whole video at the source, but you'll need to register first. [GSMA Mobile World Live]

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5 years ago

The Nexus S takes a trip into space


Nexus S in space

A handful of Google engineers, students from UC Santa Cruz and seven styrofoam beer coolers each packed with a Nexus S sure sound like a lot of geek fun.  Start attaching weather balloons and talk about sending the phones to the edge of outer space, and it just got serious.  That's exactly what happened as this team set out to test the Nexus S sensors in the cold, harsh conditions of high altitude flight, using apps like Google Maps and Google Sky Map.

After three hours or so, the balloons popped and the phones (and their coolers!) came back to earth, chock full of useful data that Google plans to use with a UK satellite manufacturer to build small "commodity" satellites using core Nexus S technologies.  According to Zi Wang, a product manager for the Nexus S, "The phone is powerful enough."  And to think the hardest task I'll ever give to my Android phone is to remind me where I parked.  There's a video you don't want to miss after the break. [NewScientist via tecca; Engadget]

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5 years ago

Introducing the TPad-780 Android powered tablet from Poland


Quite honestly, we've never heard of Trak Electronics out of Poland until now but they are the latest to offer up an Android powered tablet / mobile internet device. And well, it actually looks pretty nice. On top of looking good it has a nice price to go with it. The specs aren't exactly where we would like them to be but they are pretty sufficient depending on your intended usage.

  • 800×400 (WVGA) Resistive touch display
  • Telechips TCC8902 (ARM11) 800 MHz processor
  • 256 MB of internal RAM
  • 4GB Flash Memory built in
  • Android 2.1 / Android Market enabled
  • Micro SD/SDHC support up to 32 GB
  • 1080 p HD video playback with HDMI output
  • Mini USB-OTG adapter
  • Wi-Fi b/g,
  • 3.5 mm Headphone jack
  • Lithium-polymer battery, 3500mAh
  • Support for USB 3G Modem For GPRS / 3G

We've not had the pleasure of giving the $299 tablet a run through but we did get sent a nice video of it in action. You can hit the break for a video of it in action. Tip: Turn down your volume before watching, music gets kind of loud. [Tablet Online]

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5 years ago

Gingerbread to be in AOSP soon says Googler


Gingerbread to AOSP soon

While we still don't have a definite date, Googler Jean-Baptiste Queru lets us know that we'll be seeing Gingerbread in the AOSP tree soon after the Nexus S ships.  My geeky side is all tingly, as this means we can expect it on our Nexus One at any time after.  Oh and that means these guys you might have heard of, that work on this thing called CyanogenMod, can get their groove on.  Say it with me guys ... giggity. [@jbqueru via @morrildl]

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5 years ago

Swiftkey keyboard updates with a new HD skin, 5 new languages, holiday trial period


Swiftkey for Android

Swiftkey, one of our favorite keyboards for Android -- just got a pretty major update. The already stellar key design is now even better, with an HD skin and better fonts. Five languages have been added, as well as five new keyboard layouts. There have been a fair amount of bugfixes, and the trial version of the keyboard (the full version is $3.99) has been increased to 31 days as a holiday promotion.

Swiftkey might not be your favorite keyboard, but it definitely warrants a look. We've got download links after the break, and you can find the full release notes at the source. [Swiftkey]

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