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5 years ago

S Health application for the Samsung Galaxy S III now available


Remember the S Health application that Samsung told us about back in May? Well, today sees it official launch so if you fancy keeping track of how your body is doing under the pressures of life you may want to check it out. You will of course need a Samsung device as the application can be found within Samsung's more services.

The application will allow users to enter information such as diet, exercise, medication etc, so keeping track of how your body is doing couldn't be easier.

In addition it will also integrate with other healthcare sensors via Bluetooth such as blood glucose meters, blood pressure monitors and body composition scales. Clever stuff.

You can read the full press release below:

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III at Sprint, 32GB and all


The wait is over for you Sprint customers. If you have been anxiously awaiting your chance to put the amazing new Samsung Galaxy S III in your hands, the time is now, you can finally have your very own 32GB model. If you are still on the fence, or looking for a little more assurance that this could be a great move for you, be sure to check out our review of the device and see just how great it really is. So will you be heading off to the local Sprint store to hand over $249 in return for one of these, and if so which color will you be picking up? Be sure to sound off in the comments and hit the forums as well!

Source: Sprint

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5 years ago

Google Wallet updated, still doesn't work on the EVO 4G LTE


Here's one of those good news/bad news stories. Google Wallet has gotten itself an update today for "Support for new device form factors," "prepaid top-up improvements" and "security enhancements." Sweet.

The bad news is that it still doesn't work on the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE, and that's still no good. The EVO is one of the top two phones in Sprint's lineup right now, and Google Wallet's one of the major features touted. And it still doesn't work.

Anyhoo, if you're using Google Wallet, be sure to get your update on ASAP. 

Download: Google Wallet for Android; more: EVO 4G LTE forums

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5 years ago

Lenovo Thinkpad Ice Cream Sandwich lands for US customers


Back in May we saw the roll out of the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Lenovo Thinkpad begin to roll out in Europe, and for a while it has laid still. The update has picked up again and is now hitting US devices, so for those of you who have been waiting patiently, you will want to check your devices for updates. While the update comes a few weeks later than we had originally thought, it is finally here, so you will definitely want to hop into your settings and manually check for the update if you haven't already received the OTA notification. Be sure to sing out in the comments and the forums and let us know how the update works out for you!

Source: The Verge; via: Android Central Forums

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5 years ago

Jabra Drive Bluetooth speakerphone review


For those who don’t want a Bluetooth headset in their ear but still want or need to take calls in the car, the Jabra Drive speakerphone might be just the ticket.


As we have pointed out   before, Bluetooth hands free calling is required in many states – it is also the smartest way to use your Smartphone in the car. Headsets can be uncomfortable for some. If you are not worried about others in the car listening to your conversations, a Bluetooth speakerphone – like the Jabra Drive – might work well for you.  Read on for a full review.

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5 years ago

Google I/O 2012 - more than swag and Jelly Beans


You might have heard that we just got back from Google I/O (it was sort of a big deal for Android fans). We're tired, we're cranky, and we're sitting with our sore feet propped up just waiting for next year so we can do it all over again. It's work, but it's the best part of the best job a nerd could ever want. You also probably heard about the "big news" from Google I/O, namely Nexus tablets and Jelly Bean. But that's not what I/O was really all about. 

Google stretched I/O into three days this year, and that gave us 33-percent more of what's really important about the entire event -- code-jams and sessions for developers by developers. Google I/O is all about the code. I had that epiphany sitting in an overcrowded room waiting for one of the great talks from the Android developers to start, looking at the excited faces of people who felt exactly the same way I did. I was there on a press pass, but at heart I'm just a code-monkey (Thanks for this Dr. Lee, I owe it all to you). I've moved away from it as of late, but every time I see brackets or a .h file I can't help but remember what I really am. The under-appreciated folks who gave the talks and answered all our questions left me star-struck, and satisfied in a way that wine or women never will.

The keynotes were impressive, there's no doubt. Skydiving and magic glasses are impossible to ignore. The toys kick ass, and I'll use them until I wear them out, knowing all the while that getting them from Google makes me lucky as hell. But for me, they were just the appetizer for the main course, which was held in each of the smaller rooms where geek-speak ruled the day. Some were more interesting for me than others, some I attended simply to stay abreast of Android's direction, but every one of them was important to the future of technology. Google I/O is good for Google and all their products, but you still have to appreciate the lengths they go to so that we can learn. It really is Mecca for a Google fan.

There's one other thing that a trip to Google I/O (and probably Apple's WWDC or any similar event) will remind you of. In a room full of Android phones, MacBooks, iPhones, and Blackberries (sorry Windows Phone) you realize that squabbles about which platform is better don't amount to a hill of beans and all the noise about lawsuits and rivalry is just that -- noise. We were all there to learn, and we all learned how to make technology better. Better for Android, better for iOS, better for the web, and most importantly, better for you and me. News is news, and we still have to make a bit of noise ourselves, but I want to take this one chance to mention that it doesn't matter what brand of consumer electronics you use, only that you like it.

I've got a head full of Google and Android to try to put into words the next couple of days, but I wanted to start with what's important. I cant wait for next year!

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5 years ago

Amazing Alex from Rovio arriving on Android in July


Rovio's next eagerly awaited title, Amazing Alex, will be with us on Android sometime in July. The above trailer has been created by Rovio confirming such, that we'll be seeing it this month. Sadly, what the trailer doesn't give us, is any sign of gameplay footage. 

Amazing Alex will of course be a follow up title from the developers of the smash hit, Angry Birds franchise. It will  be a physics based puzzle game, with over 100 levels to tackle. Additionally players can design their own levels using 35 different interactive objects. And, in true Rovio style, we're promised regular, free updates. We're looking forward to getting our hands on this one.

Source: Amazing Alex (Rovio)

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5 years ago

Final Fantasy III finally breaks free of Japanese exclusivity, comes with a price tag


The 3D remake of the 90's classic, Final Fantasy III. has been available on Android since March, should you live in Japan. If you're looking for something to occupy, post Google I/O, the title has now become available to the rest of the world as well. 

Priced at a whopping $15.99/£10.99, FInal Fantasy III isn't much of an impulse buy. But, if anyone knows how to make a great game, it's Square Enix. Additionally, the Android version comes with improved 3D visuals, and story sequences that are exclusive to Android. The download also weighs in at 172MB, so worth making sure you've got the space, but it will work on Android 2.2 and above. Time to get your quest on. 

Download: Final Fantasy III

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5 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 30, 2012


​With Google I/O only just barely behind us, the excitement is probably still running through you. Whether you just flashed some Jellybean love for yourself, or you are just overly excited about any of the announcements, odds are you want a new application to check out on your device. Let's hit the break and check out some of our favorites from this week!

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5 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich now available for everyone with a Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX


Who needs push when you've got pull? The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX has been trickling out for a week or so now. But today it's available to anyone with those devices. Just hit the menu button, choose Settings>About and get your ICS on.

And while you're at it, be sure to check out our preview of what you'll be getting in the update.

More: Droid RAZR forums; RAZR MAXX forums

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5 years ago

Sprint pushing Samsung Galaxy S III security software update


For those of you with a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III in your hands, Sprint has noted that a software update will soon be pushed (if it hasn't been already) to your device. The update labeled as software version L710VPLF9 is only showing as being a security update for the device so it appears there may not be any other bugs squashing happening but as we know it, not all changes tend to get listed so you'll have to give it a go and then let us know if you spot anything else. Did you get the update yet? Drop a note in the comments or in the Android Central forums if you did and want to talk about it.

Source: Sprint

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5 years ago

Android 4.1 factory image for the Nexus 7 is now available online


Did you take your tinkering on your brand new Nexus 7 a little bit to far? Looking to bring it back to its original status, and fix whatever you may have already broken? If you have been patiently waiting for the factory image to appear, you are in luck as it has been posted online, and ready for you to download. So if you are in need of the files, or just want to take a look around a little bit deeper, be sure to hit the source link and grab it for yourself now!

Source: Google Developers

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5 years ago

Apple wins a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus; we're giving one away right this second!


Apple ... blah blah blah ... Google ... blah blah blah ... Patent ... blah blah blah ... Search ... blah blah blah ... Banned ... Blah blah blah.

Frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a shit. Lawyers are doing what lawyers are wont to do. This is only growing more ridiculous with each passing day.

In fact, here's how much I don't care. We're going to give away another Galaxy Nexus right here, right now. Because despite this ruling, they're still shipping. It's just lawyers being lawyers.

Here's how to win: Leave a comment in this post about how messed up all this patent nonsense is. We'll pick a winner by noon EST Saturday, June 30. Everyone's invited. Not just in the U.S.

Here are a few links about today's news, if you still wanna read more: ReutersFOSS Patents

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5 years ago

Google I/O debrief from Android HQ


Google I/O 2012 is winding down and what a developer conference it was. If you missed any of Android Central's coverage, you'll want to grab yourself a cool bevvie, kick back and catch up on a ton of reading. Or, if you have only 3m47s to spare, you can watch the video above for Phil and Alex's quick recap on the big news of the week. 

We figured there could be no better setting for an I/O debrief than from the home of Android, so this one is coming at you straight from Android HQ, also known as Building 44 at Google's Mountain View Campus. And if you're wondering where Jerry is, well, he skipped the road trip to hang back in SF and take in more I/O sessions. That guy is hardcore.

Why are you still reading this? Hit play!!

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5 years ago

Google Analytics for Android now available in the Google Play Store


There is a countless number of websites out there on the internet these days and chances are if you're the owner of one who is seriously interested in maintaining it, you're looking at your traffic on a daily basis. One such service for doing so is Google Analytics and for a long time now, Google has ignored putting out an Android app for the service.That ends now though, as Google Analytics is available for download in the Google Play Store. The feature set looks nice though, it does seem to be a little short with this first iteration:

  • Real-Time: See the number of visitors you currently have and a list of the pages (for websites) or screens (for apps) that are currently popular.
  • Dashboard: Monitor the KPIs and user metrics you care about the most. By default, you’ll see your Daily Unique Visitors and your Goal Conversion Rate, but you can customize the dashboard to change which reports, metrics, or segments you see. 
  • Automatic and Customized Alerts: Google Analytics detects statistical anomalies in your data and can send you an alert when something unusual happens. See either automatic alerts, or customize your settings to send alerts based on your own benchmarks.

No doubt Google will expand the effort here once they get some feedback but one major gripe right now is the fact you can only use the accounts on your device for access. So if your Google Analytics account is associated to an email you don't use often, you'll need to add it to your device in order to view the information. Overall though, it looks pretty sharp and is certainly useful for pulling stats on the go.

Download: Google Analytics; More Info: Analytics Blog

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