6 years ago

Hailing a cab in London with your Android phone? About time!


For anyone who ever lives in, or has ever visited London, you'll know that hailing a cab can sometimes be tough. It's never quite as easy as it looks on TV, and sometimes can be quite treacherous. Now though, a group of enterprising London cab drivers are ready to launch a new service which makes it as easy as two taps on your smartphone. 

The service, known as "Hailo" goes live tomorrow in the Android Market for free, and will allow its users to call nearby taxis without taking their lives into their own hands. So far 2,000 drivers have signed up to be part of the service.

The app will locate you via the phones GPS system, and any free drivers nearby will be able to accept the fare. You will then be able to see the drivers name, vehicle registration, how far away they are, and even pay a fare with your credit card. 

Source: The Independent

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6 years ago

Dear Walmart: This is not the EVO Design 4G

6 years ago

Breaksclusive: Samsung Galaxy Nexus render with a 4G symbol found lurking on Samsung's site


Hey, guess what. If you've been trolling around the Android Central Forums for the past day or so -- hey, it's Halloween weekend, but it's still the place to be -- you no doubt know by now that there's been a Samsung SCH-i515 -- you know that as the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus -- lurking in some source code on Sammy's site. You'll also realize that it's really not that big a deal, since it's a pretty plain render of the Galaxy Nexus with a 4G symbol in the status bar -- and not even the "4G LTE" symbol we've come to expect on Verizon phones. But, hey, it's just an image, so we're not all that worked up over it. But what the hell. It's Sunday night. Enjoy.

Source: Samsung; Galaxy Nexus Forums

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6 years ago

Nascar.com launches their own Google TV app


Nascar fans rejoice! Right out of the gates following the recent Google TV update announcement they have launched their own Nascar.com Live app into the market. 

Promising access to HD on demand content as well as all manner of information on your favourite drivers, teams and circuits the first racing app for Google TV is squarely aimed at enhancing the fans experience of watching Nascar racing. The apps "live mode" pairs up with the TV broadcasts picture-in-picture feature to bring you additional content while you watch. 

Check out the full press release and market link after the break. 

Source: Nascar.com

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6 years ago

Motorola RAZR and Samsung Galaxy S Glide possibly coming to Rogers next week


If the internal procured by MobileSyrup are correct, Rogers subscribers will have a pair of hot new phones to check out next week -- the Galaxy S Glide is slated for a Nov. 3 launch, and the MotoRAZR shows up the next day on Nov. 4.  The Glide packs a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.2 GHz processor, and a full sliding qwerty keyboard, and our Canadian office (hey Chris!) is itching to have a play with it.  The RAZR is super thin (7.1mm), has a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP, 4.3-inch AMOLED, and the Rogers version may be bootloader unlockable direct from Motorola.  They both look like real winners, and should see lots of fans on both sides of the 49th parallel.

Source: MobileSyrup

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6 years ago

Jolicloud aiming to bring all your cloud services under one Android application


Gmail, Flickr, Dropbox, Picasa, are all massively popular cloud services, but all requiring their own applications to allow you to access your data. This is where Jolicloud, the portable desktop steps in, as they aim to bring their communal cloud access platform to the mobile space. 

For anyone not familiar, presently Jolicloud is basically a home for all your different cloud services, to be accessed from one place. The current offering is available as a web app, and also as an entire OS in the form of Joli OS. I've tried the OS, and while the range of cloud services that can plug into it is pretty wide, as a desktop OS there's no real need for it as Google Chrome has it covered for me. As a mobile offering, if done correctly, it becomes a whole different ball game. 

Task switching on Android is pretty simple, and slick in the case of Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich. The point remains though that you have to jump from your Gmail app, to your Dropbox app, and then over to your Flickr app. Jolicloud's principle is to remove task switching, and have everything accessible from one app, similar to the Flipboard social networking application. 

Currently still in beta in its early stages, there will soon be an Android application available for both phones and tablets that will provide access to the service over wifi and cellular data. There is no date as yet for the launch of the app, but applications for invites when the beta opens up can be found by hitting the source link below. 

Source: Jolicloud via The Mobile Indian

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6 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Oct 29, 2011


With Halloween coming up so quickly we decided to treat you to a little bit of fun with a Halloween themed round up for this week! So, let's hit the break and take a look at some of our favorite Halloween flavored apps!

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6 years ago

Editorial: Fun with ‘fragmentation’ charts (or, why you shouldn’t be distracted by shiny objects)


Let’s not mince words here: This “Android and iPhone Update History” chart is not a good chart. Oh, it’s a pretty chart, to be sure artfully illustrated and researched. But this chart -- done up by Michael Degusta at The Understatement and reposted by anyone unable to think clearly, apparently -- is not a good chart. Or at the very least, it fails to recognize a fundamental difference between Android and iOS and the iPhone.

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6 years ago

HTC rolling out update to Android 2.3.5, Sense 3.0 for Desire S in UK


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According to reports from multiple sources, the HTC Desire S is currently receiving an update to Android 2.3.5, which also bumps the mid-range handset from HTC Sense 2.1 right up to Sense 3.0. The new version of Sense, which first shipped on the Sensation earlier in the year, features a redesigned 3D launcher and lock screen setup, amongst other enhancements.

Apparently unbranded Desire S owners in the UK, as well as owners of Vodafone T-Mobile, O2 and Orange have begun to see the update roll out to their handsets over the past few days. To see if you're in line for the update yet, head to Menu -> Settings -> About phone -> Software update. If you're not seeing anything just yet, then hold tight, it'll probably be sent out sooner rather than later.

Source: XDA; via: Eurodroid

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6 years ago

Pure entering the UK music streaming market, Android app in tow


The reign of Spotify as music subscription of choice in the UK market may be about to face its toughest challenge yet, as premium radio manufacturer Pure is ready to launch it's own service. Like Spotify, they're also bringing an Android application to market with them for all your music on the go needs. 

"The Lounge" service will work, like its competitors, on any web connected PC, Mac, their own range of Internet Radio's, and of course your Android devices. Costing just £5 per month though, it's half the price of a premium Spotify subscription. 7Digital have developed the backend to the service, whose biggest drawback prior to launch seems to be lack of offline caching. With UK mobile contracts being quite strict on data usage, streaming over 3G on the go may not last very long. 

As well as being able to search their massive catalogue of music, you will also be able to listen to your favourite web radio stations and podcasts on the go too, with this feature also supported in the Android application. 

Check out the Pure promo video after the jump. The service is expected to launch in December, with the Android application "coming soon."

Source: Pure Music via Gizmodo UK

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6 years ago

Barnes & Noble readying themselves for new Nook Color?


The Nook Color is somewhat of an Android phenomenon, and according to the folks over at The Digital Reader the sequel is potentially just around the corner. 

Sources close to them from Barnes & Noble have previously leaked information regarding a successor to the popular e-Reader. Now though they go one better and claim that there will be a "major announcement from the company" on November 7.

One of the sources goes on to detail changes that are to be made in-store, with a "Nook boutique" to be created complete with LED TV's, and touch screen POS systems. 

There are no spec's mentioned, or for that matter, no Android mention but with the development that Barnes & Noble have put into the platform there's no reason to believe they wouldn't return again with an Android offering. We'll just have to wait it out on this one, but with the Kindle Fire due it isn't such a crazy thought that Barnes & Noble would try and beat them to market with a new Nook. 

Source: The Digital Reader

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6 years ago

Gingeritis 3D, GoogleTV getting love [From the Forums]


We've blasted through another week of Android news, brought you the worlds greatest Android podcast and gave you all some Galaxy Nexus visuals to hopefully hold you over but the weekend is here we're glad to see it arrive. That doesn't mean the news will stop mind you but things may slow down just a tad bit as our hands will be full of halloween treats. Be sure to get caught up on the blogs and in the Android Central forums if you missed out on anything this week.

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6 years ago

HTC releases Gingerbread kernel source for EVO Shift 4G, Thunderbolt, and Droid Incredible


HTC has made the Gingerbread kernel source for the EVO Shift 4G, HTC Thunderbolt, and Droid Incredible available for download on their developer center website.  As always, unless you're a kernel developer or ROM chef, this won't do too much for you -- other than build anticipation for the awesome new flashables that will be coming soon for these three. 

Devs, have at it.  And don't be afraid to holler at us when you get something good cooked up!

Source: HTC Developer Center

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6 years ago

GameStop testing the waters of being an Android tablet retailer


Not to long ago a rumor popped up that video game retailer, GameStop -- would be developing their own Android tablet to sell in their retail locations. Seems a portion of the rumors were true at this point as GameStop has now reportedly teamed up with Asus, Acer, and Samsung to offer up 'specialized' Android tablets pre-loaded with seven quality Android games and support for the GamesStops own tablet controller.

Right now, its been suggested to be a pilot program so not all Gamestop locations will these tablets available but who knows? If all goes well with the pilot Gamestop could widen the availability in an effort to attract more customers. Would you really buy a tablet from GameStop though? Not sure they'd be first on my places to shop when scoping out a new tablet.

Source: WSJ via: TechCruch

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