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6 years ago

Write an awesome Firefox mobile add-on, win a trip to Barcelona


Firefox Mobile Add-ons Cup

This one's for you coders out there: Mozilla's looking for some good add-ons to be built or ported to the mobile version of Firefox (aka Fennec). There are six categories (Sports/games, commerce/shopping, geolocation, productivity, sharing/social, novelty/innovation), and prizes will be awarded in each category. The winners will get $1,000 cash, an Android (or Maemo) phone, a spot on the Firefox for Mobile Start Page, be listed as a featured add-on, and a blog post about your add-on.

And one grand-prize winner will get a free trip to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress in February and a full pass to the event. (And if you're really, really lucky, you'll run into us there.)

So get to coding folks! Full info at the source link. [Mozilla]

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6 years ago

Smart Keyboard Pro updated to 3.11.0 -- adds really long spacebar


 Smart Keyboard Pro updated to 3.11.0

When the Android naysayers come out of the woodwork, they never fail to mention Android's stock keyboard as one of its weaknesses.  Personally, I don't think the stock keyboard is all that bad, especially on a device that has over four inches of screen real estate.  However, that doesn't mean I actually use it, as my heart (and $2.73) belongs to Dexilog's Smart Keyboard Pro.

Smart Keyboard Pro needs no introduction.  Based on its average 4.62 (out of 5) rating more than 6,000 ratings, it's evident that Smart Keyboard Pro has its share of satisfied buyers.  The developer pays attention to user feedback, and issues bug fixes very quickly.  Tweaks and enhancements are added quite frequently as well.

If you're always looking to try out a new keyboard, and haven't gotten your thumbs on Smart Keyboard Pro, I definitely recommend it.  Join me after the break as I dig a little deeper into the increased spacebar length.

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6 years ago

Gingerbread shows itself in official video (update: And the video's back up)


Android 2.3 Gingerbread

We're still waiting on an announcement for Gingerbread, but damned if Android 2.3 hasn't shown up in a demo of voice search (in Cantonese) on the GOOGLEinHK YouTube channel. The video likely will be pulled pretty quickly -- and in all honesty you don't get too much more than the new black nav bar and colored launcher, along with a new tab in the market and a few new settings buttons. But it's Gingerbread (and no telling how complete), and we'll take what we can get. Peep it after the break. [YouTube via Android-HK Android Noodles, Android Police]

Update: And the video's been pulled rehosted. After the break.

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6 years ago

Using the Droid X overseas [from the forums]


Do you travel internationally but have a CDMA (think Sprint or Verizon) non-"world" phone? Android Central Forums user jdbower has written up a great guide just for you. He details a trip to Tiawan in which he was mostly able to get by using his Droid X on open WiFi networks (he did have a world BlackBerry for email) but ran into a couple interesting issues along the way. In particular, he had some issues getting GPS to work while preventing his phone from connecting to a local network, which he ended up solving by telling the phone to not connect to any network that wasn't Verizon. For tons of other useful tips and observations, check out the article past the link. [Ebower via Android Central Forums

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6 years ago

YouWave is Android on your Windows PC


YouWave is Android on your PC

Playing with the Android emulator on your computer is a pretty geeky endeavor, but YouWave makes it easy to accomplish on your Windows PC.  If you can download and install a Windows program, you can have an Android 2.1-update 1 virtual machine running on your desktop in just a few minutes. All without ever touching the SDK or Sun's JDK.  As a bonus, the Window it runs in has a really easy method of installing third party apps from free Android applications stores, as well as apps downloaded to your PC. 

It's not without its flaws, and there are no Google applications of course (yet), but it's just as easy to uninstall if it's not for you.  Grab the program from the source link, and hit the break for an installation and quick breakdown video to get you started.  [YouWave] Thanks Allen for the tip!

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6 years ago

Is that a BlackBerry Torch running Android?



We have seen our fair share of funny looking ads, like iOS on a Droid X or the HTC Aria being boasted as a 4G device, but this one is rather unique. It appears as though one marketing team has decided to up the anty a little to attract some attention to the BlackBerry Torch and have decided to picture it with the Droid X / Droid 2 Moto Blur interface. The image looks very similar to the DroidX theme we saw a few months back when it released, but either way it sure makes for a good laugh. [via FrAndroid]

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6 years ago

RIM buys The Astonishing Tribe


T-Mobile G1

Big news in the design world this morning: The Astonishing Tribe -- see that clock up there, they did that, along with tons of other stuff you've never thought of and most recently some awesome live wallpapers -- has been purchased by RIM. That's right, BlackBerry might finally get a decent UI. From RIM's blog:

Today we are pleased to confirm plans for The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) team to join Research In Motion (RIM). We’re excited that the TAT team will be joining RIM and bringing their talent to the BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphone platforms.

For those who don’t know, TAT is renowned for their innovative mobile user interface (UI) designs and has a long history of working with mobile and embedded technology. TAT focuses on delivering great user experiences, from a design, technology, and usability perspective. Their design technology is used today in a variety of industries including the consumer electronics and automotive sectors.

TAT on its blog said it will "honor our current agreements and service our existing customers." But how long before all the work goes to Waterloo? If you see RIM people smiling today, you'll know why. [RIM, TAT via CrackBerry]

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6 years ago

Verizon offering BOGO for the Droid X, Droid 2 Global, and Droid Incredible


 Verizon Droid BOGO sale

Verizon has pretty much pulled all the stops for people looking to get an Android smartphone on their network, as you can now get a "buy one, get on" free offer on the the entire lineup of Droids except the Droid Pro, which is probably feeling left out. That means if you buy a Droid X, Droid 2 Global, or Droid Incredible you can get another one for free on 2-year contract. This is in addition to waiving the $10 per month add-a-line fee for smartphones on family plans. All told, you would save $680 over the life of two 2-year contracts ($200 for the free phone, $240 x 2 for the waived $10 monthly fees) using these pair of deals. Verizon might have just settled the "do I upgrade now" question we keep seeing for a good number of people just in time for the holidays. [Verizon Wireless

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6 years ago

Kevin Bacon and the Logitech Revue - zero degrees of separation


Kevin Bacon and the Logitech Revue

And about 17 degrees of creepiness. Check out the latest Google TV commercial after the break.

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6 years ago

Pocket God for Android now available


Pocket God for Android

Been waiting for Pocket God on Android? Wait no longer, as the game is now available on Android for a mere 99 cents. The collaborative effort between Bolt Creative and ngmoco brings the popular iOS game to Android -- think of it as a new Sim City on an island, where the Pygmies are subject to your control. Download link and press release are after the break. Now excuse us while we control a virtual universe for a few hours.

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6 years ago

Android Quick App: Aces Traffic Pack



If you are like me, and are easily amused, Aces Traffic Pack is a game that is bound to keep you busy for hours on end. After spending just two minutes with this game I instantly knew I was going to be hooked, and was very thankful that the game came with over 400 different puzzles to play through. The graphics instantly caught my attention, the vibrant colors used on the game brought it to the next level and set it apart from many other puzzle-style games.

More after the break.

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6 years ago

Android 2.x on 83% of all phones


Android versions breakdown

The latest data from the Android Market is in, and according to what has been collected Android version 2.0 or higher is on 83 percent of all phones.  In even better news, Android 2.2 (Froyo) is now on over 43 percent of all phones, up 10 percent since October.  Legacy versions (Android 1.5 and 1.6) are still on a steady decline, and we hope to see them disappear soon for all but the hardcore users and developers. 

Of course, we're looking forward to seeing Gingerbread added to the big green pie chart soon, and hope the trends continue.  [Android Developer]

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6 years ago

Samsung Continuum review


A dual-screen 'Ticker' brings a new look to Verizon

Samsung Continuum

We've been talking about the Samsung Continuum for a while now.  We were able to get a hands-on with it before it released, so we've hashed over the hardware, and I don't think there's anything more that can be said about TouchWiz. This is a Galaxy S phone, after all.

But something as potentially innovative as the "Ticker" needed some attention, and we're about to dive head-first into in on Verizon's newest Samsung phone.  Hit the break to see what this Ticker is all about, and what it can do for you, for Android, and for the world.

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6 years ago

$5 app promises to put LTE on your Android smartphone today! (Not really)


LTE Android app

We kind of didn't even want to draw any attention to this app, this $4.99 waste of time, but figured in the interest of public service ... So there's "4G LTE Upgrade" app that popped up in the Android Market today, just after Verizon announced its 4G data (and not smartphone data) will be flipped on come Sunday. The app promises you can get 4G early, which of course, you can't.  It also says to wait a day or two if it doesn't work at first. And you'll keep waiting.

So go ahead and drop $5 on it if you really, really, really want a 4G icon in your notification bar. Or, do what I did and buy it, refund it and mark the SOB as malicious. Download links are NOT after the break.

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6 years ago

Samsung unveils new NFC chips destined for mobile devices



While it shouldn't really come as a surprise since Google CEO Eric Schmidt showed it off during the Web 2.0 Summit. But Samsung today, has finally unveiled its NFC (Near Field Communications) chips with embedded flash. The embedded flash portion could be quite a key factor for Samsung as the NFC technology grows. The embedded flash will allow Samsung to upgrade the firmware on "in market" chips easily rather then have it's users using outdated firmware.

While the chips are not slated to hit mass production until the first quarter of 2011 no mention was made as to when we could see widespread usage of them in mobile devices. But, given the fact the Nexus S will possibly have the technology on board it's likely only a matter of time before we start to see it spread across the Android platform as a whole. Not to mention, many other platforms as well as both RIM and Apple have been rumored to be looking at NFC. Full press release from Samsung is available after the break. [Samsung]

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