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6 years ago

Droid X is up to some monkey business in this Robitussin commercial [video]


Our primate brothers and sisters aren't so different from us after all. Like us, they even use Android phones. I'm serious! In this Robitussion commercial, we see our hairy friend pull out a Motorola Droid X to find what type of Robitussion to take for his cold. And just like him, you too can use the Robitussuin Relief Finder. It is available here in mobile form. See the full commercial in its entirety after the break. [mossyoak - Android Central Forums]

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6 years ago

DL09 update for the Samsung Fascinate brings a mounting headache for many


V-Cast manager

Last week Verizon pushed the Froyo DL09 update to innocent Samsung Fascinates all across the U.S. The good news is DL09 fixed a major bug related to standalone GPS lock times.

The bad news is DL09 also introduced a major headache for users who want to mount the Fascinate's SD card as a mass storage device.

This feature is standard on all Android phones and is used to transfer files back and forth between a computer and SD card. Media sync programs, such as iSyncr and Handbrake, also require SD card mounting in order to synchronize files. For Mac users, SD card mounting no longer works with the DL09 update, nor is there a workaround.

PC users are expected to download and install the 113MB V CAST Media Manager application, install specific drivers via a program called ToolLauncher-Bootstap.exe, and follow several other dizzying steps before the SD card mounting feature will work again. These important details weren't listed on Verizon's support site as part of the update, nor do they provide instructions on how to get all of this working. We basically had to stumble and guess our way through it before we finally figured it out.

The average consumer would probably give up in frustration (I know I almost did). Even more bizarre is the fact that the Fascinate shows up as Galaxy S tablet in the V CAST Media Manager application.

PC users can get step-by-step instructions in post #60 of this thread.

Mac users (that's me!) keep an eye on this thread.

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6 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Jan. 15 2011


 weekly apps

It's been a couple weeks since we have let you know the fun applications we have running on our devices, and we apologize for the delay, but the suspense was fun, no? Well, fear not, we are back on our weekly track of bringing your our favorites, so let's take a look at some of the great applications we got running this week!

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6 years ago

Updated Android Market (2.2.11) appears in the Android Central Forums


Android Market

If you're looking for the latest version of the Android Market, look no further than the Android Central Forums. Member Upstreammiami has blessed us with Version 2.2.11 in .apk and .zip form. He says it's a security fix, and apparently some people have seen it pushed out already. But if you're not in the waiting mood (that'd be us), you can get your download on at the source link. Huzzah! [Android Central Forums]

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6 years ago

Gametanium bringing games-on-demand to Android



In an interesting development for Android gamers, games distributor Exent has announced that it'll be bringing its Gametanium games-on-demand service to the Android. Gametanium will allow Android device owners to access over 100 native, but as yet unnamed games for a flat monthly fee. A free seven-day trial period will also be offered for the service.

Exent has big plans for its Gametanium service. In addition to phones, the company is aiming to bring cross-platform on-demand gaming to a number of devices, including tablets and TV's.

"Exent's GameTanium™ OnDemand will be enhanced and become the first-of-its-kind integrated gaming service that enables users to start a game on one device and continue it on another, delivering seamless play across multiple platforms. Gamers will be able to effortlessly switch between their phone, PC, tablet and TV while their games, scores and levels are instantly saved, transferred and carried to the next device. The gamer's community features including user profiles, customized avatars and prize points will also cross over to the other screens."

Android game developers interested in getting a piece of the games-on-demand action can do so by visiting Exent's site. Gametanium is due to launch on Android in February. [PRNewswire]

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6 years ago

SwiftKey keyboard on sale, VIP group closing



TouchType sent out an email Friday (Jan. 14) reminding everyone that their SwiftKey VIP program sign up was ending Jan. 18, and to announce that they're offering SwiftKey keyboard at a sale price on the Android Market.  We already heard that they were closing the program to any new members (last chance to sign up), and they say this is just ahead of "releasing some great new stuff in there," so it sounds worthwhile to get enrolled while you still can.

They've also put SwiftKey keyboard on sale for just $1.99, and this one too isn't going to last forever.  The sale is only going to run for a few weeks, so if you've been on the fence consider this the heads-up that you can save a couple bucks off the regular price of $3.99.  We've dropped a link to the app after the break, and you can also visit SwiftKey keyboard's developer forum right here at Android Central.

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6 years ago

Accessory review: Aaxa P1 Jr. Pico Projector [video]


 Aaxa P1 Jr. Pico Projector

The Aaxa P1 Jr. Pico Projector is a small, portable projector designed to work with cameras and camcorders. However, having the right cables and adapters will allow the savvy Android phone user to display content directly from their phone onto the projector. I used my Droid Incredible A/V cable to demo the device and was left with a very positive opinion. The P1 Jr. is easy to set up and use and would get a lot of use from someone who likes to show off pictures and videos to others. 

The P1 Jr. has an A/V plug along with a composite video adapter, a micro USB plug with a full USB adapter, and a slot for an SD card for getting content from your device onto the wall. It has an internal batter which will last about 3 hours when fully charged and has a built-in speaker for audio. Aaxa ships a small tripod with each projector, so you don't need to worry about having your own. Because the projector is not specifically designed to work with Android devices it is not listed in the Android Central Store. However, you can find it from several online retailers for around $110, including Amazon. Jump past the break for a video walkthrough.

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6 years ago

Motorola i886 runs some form of Android -- without a touchscreen?


Let's first off start by saying we have no idea what, exactly the recently announced Motorola i886 is running other then to say it's some form Android. With that out of the way, what you're looking at is apparently some sort of frankendroid built by Motorola and destined for Sprints iDen network.  It has very few "normal" Android apps built into it and as noted by Phone Scoop's in-store hands-on, it appears to be running a J2ME virtual machine that allows for installation of apps through a GetJar application. The thought for this is that it is designed to be the first non-touch based Android device since it has none of the normal touch based apps loaded onto it but thus far Motorola and Sprint are staying hush on the matter. Video can be found after the break, if you dare. [PhoneScoop]

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6 years ago

Everybody loves Lloyd


Call of Lloyd

Whether your tastes run from the eclectic, cutesy, or insane (guilty!), Android Central Forums member Cyber Warrior has you covered when looking for a wallpaper for your Android phone.  This gentlemen seems to have been born pre-programmed to run Photoshop, and his skills top the chart.  We all know that everyone loves Lloyd, and with a little help from Cyber Warrior you can show your support with style.  Tres cool.

No need to take my word for it, check it out in the Android Central forums.  Don't forget to spread some love and give the man some thanks.  Speaking of which, thanks to @JayPhill89 for the heads up!

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6 years ago

DL09 Super Clean ROM makes your Fascinate fantastic [from the forums]


DL09 Super Clean

Want to get more from your Samsung Fascinate?  Android Central Forums Adviser Adrynalyne has worked some magic and offers up a DL09 Super Clean ROM -- removing the bloat, leaving what you really want, and improving what needs made better.  It's not a Froyo ROM, as it is built from the current DL09 release, but by all accounts you won't mind -- it's fast, everything works (and works as intended!), and all the bloat is gone. 

Adrynalyne has worked with the rest of the Galaxy S community to include things like custom built AOSP apps, tools like a BASH shell and nano, and in his words he's removed "ALL VZW and Bing crap" and "As much TouchWiz crap as I could, including livewallpapers".  If you're looking for a stock look and feel, this one is for you -- and Adrynalyne is actively supporting the build right in the Fascinate Hacking forums, so no hunting down anyone when you have a question.  Free yourself from a carrier deciding what you should have on your phone, and give this one a try.  You can find it right here.  Hit the break for some pictures of how nice a clean ROM looks on the Fascinate.  Thanks Adrynalyne!

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6 years ago

Nookie Froyo, DL09 update issues and Best Buy savings [from the forums]


Android Forums at Android Central

Friday already? Feels like this week flew by with everything that was going on. If you've not had a chance yet to listen to the podcast, maybe this weekend you can set aside some time do so. We'll of course be here all weekend making sure we keep the news flowing for ya so grab yourself a seat and join us in the forums won't you? We've opened a few new ones up. More specifically, the Nook Color forums are now getting some good treatment. If you have a Nook Color we're showing you love.

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

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G-Slate passes through FCC


When T-Mobile announced the G-Slate, the biggest question on everyone's mind was when we could get it in our hands. Well, we still don't have an official release date but we're now one step closer. It looks like the FCC has had their time with it. Although nothing in the report specifically names G-Slate, the fact that it's sporting AWS connectivity makes it compatible with T-Mobile's network here in the United States, and it's pretty likely that the LG-V900 is the G-Slate. Nothing too exciting here, but we've hit a crucial step in getting the device released into consumer hands. Hit up the source links for the full report. [FCC via Unwired View]

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6 years ago

Motorola and Verizon team up to give away NFL Pro Bowl tickets


 Verizon NFL Pro Bowl

Verizon has started a contest that will reward a pair of tickets to the NFL Pro Bowl game for a lucky winner. The contest involves picking which Verizon Android phone you use -- only Motorola phones here, sorry fellow Droid Incredible users -- and registering into the contest. It looks like you don't have to actually have the device you pick as your "king of the gridiron" and the only entry requirement is that you be at least 13 years old. It would seem that customers on other carriers should have no problem entering.

One winner will be chosen and he or she shall receive:

  • Two tickets to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii on Jan. 30.
  • Two plane tickets.
  • Two-night stay at a hotel for two rooms.
  • The Motorola phone they chose when entering the contest (we would suggest shying away from the Devour)
  • $125 in Verizon gift cards

The whole thing ends at midnight on Jan. 15, so anyone interested should head on past the link and register pronto. [Verizon

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6 years ago

Phones4U gets Giorgio Armani Galaxy S exclusivity in UK


Giorgio Armani Galaxy S

Excessive disposable income got you down? Samsung, Giorgio Armani and UK retailer Phones4u have you covered. Phones4u announced today that it's obtained UK exclusivity for the Giorgio Armani Galaxy S, which branding aside is essentially identical to regular GSM Samsung Galaxy S phones.

Only 800 of the devices will be made available, and the phone will set you back £45.96 per month, with an additional £49.95 upfront charge. To put that in perspective, Phones4u offers the standard Galaxy S on a number of carriers for free, on contracts as low as £25 per month.

Still, if you absolutely must have an Armani-branded phone with a slightly tweaked UI, and are willing to pay top whack, then head down to Phones4u, where the device will be available at an undisclosed point in the future. [Phones4u]

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6 years ago

Google Music sync on its way?


Google Music

It has been long rumored that Google will release a cloud-based music service that will integrate with Android, with Google having showed off a preview last year at its Google IO dev conference. 

And now a device that claims to run Gingerbread also appears to have a Google Music option in the Data & Synchronization menu. Whether this is a feature we will see with Gingerbread (Android 2.3) or one that we will have to wait for remains to be seen. It is exciting to see that the rumored "Google Music" may come to fruition sooner rather than later. Many of us have been searching for a viable cloud based service that syncs easily with our devices and Google Music could be that; then again, we don't know much about it yet, so stay tuned. [GizmoFusion via Engadget]

Update: Oh, yeah. Forgot. That's a feature that shows up when you install that leaked music app. So not really new, just forgotten.

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