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6 years ago

TuneIn Radio goes pro, adds recording feature to its Android version


We've taken TuneIn Radio for a spin in the past and walked away quite pleased with its free offering. Now it's decided to step up its Android game by making available TuneIn Radio Pro --  a new, updated and paid version of TuneIn Radio. So what's new? They've gone ahead and added the ability to record the streaming audio content to your device -- something that was previously only available on other platforms.

Now when Lady Gaga visits your favorite talk radio station to talk about her crazy outfits and ramble some nonsense about bacon, you can record the interview along with the live performance right on your device for playback at a later time.

TuneIn Radio Pro is available now in the Amazon Appstore for only 99 cents and later this week will make the transition over to the Android Market. Certainly worth checking out if you have a need for such a service, if not then you can continue to the use the free version as it remains unchanged.

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6 years ago

Developer interest in Android and iOS neck-and-neck as both see slight declines


Developer interest over time

IDC and Appcelerator have released the findings of their survey of nearly 2,800 developers concerning interest in working on various mobile platforms. Unsurprisingly, Android and Apple's iOS were well ahead of all others. Android phones had 85 percent and Android tablets saw 71 percent of developers being "very interested" in developing for each platform. iOS was still king by a slight margin with 91 percent for the iPhone and 86 percent for the iPad. Windows Phone 7 grabbed the number five spot at just 29 percent, barely beating out BlackBerry at 27 percent.

While both Android and iOS saw slight dips in developer interest in the latest survey, Android took a slightly larger hit. Still, only six percentage points separate Android phones from the iPhone. Tablets are a different story as developers seem uncertain which tablet to focus on. The current front-runners are the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Motorola Xoom, but no single Android tablet has really broken through in the minds of mainstream consumers. In addition, Android tablet sales have yet to take off like Android phones did back in 2010.

The biggest issue in the minds of developers interested in Android development is fragmentation of the platform. Having multiple versions of the OS on devices along with all of the different hardware and custom software running on devices simply makes it harder to develop (bug-free) applications for the platform as opposed to the one-size-fits-all approach of Apple.

Still, it is clear Google needs to find a way to solve this issue if it wants Android to be the number one choice for developers in the long run. As for Microsoft, RIM, and HP, well, they have a lot of work to do if they want to become the clear number 3 choice behind iOS and Android. Check out another graph showing interest in each mobile platform after the break.

Source: Appcelerator

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6 years ago

Android Quick App: Google Docs native app


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Now that we've got a proper native Google Docs Android app, it's time to take it for a spin. Here's the thing: It's a native app, all right. But if you're looking for an experience that's far and away better than editing Google Docs on the mobile site, you're going to come away disappointed. It definitely borrows from the mobile side of things.

But that's not to say it's horrible. On the contrary. It's relatively fast (your data connection will affect that, obviously), and the app's pretty intuitive to navigate. And, more important, it lets you search through all of your docs, making for easy reading and editing.

The optical character recognition -- where your phone takes a picture of a piece of paper and turns the text into a Google doc -- works surprisingly well. Our first test was flawless. Our second test -- the one you see in the video above -- didn't go quite as well. Your mileage may vary.

Peep our hands-on video above, and hit up the download link after the break if you're ready to give it a try.

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6 years ago

T-Mobile's Speed Challenge bets you $1,000 that your iPhone is slow


T-Mobile is so confident in its HSPA+ network that it is willing to bet anyone in the Seattle area $1,000 that its Samsung Galaxy S 4G is faster than an iPhone (Verizon and AT&T, both). Bring your iPhone (any generation will do) into a participating Seattle-area T-Mobile store this weekend and play a good ol’ fashioned game of “best out of three,” in which you can pit your iPhone against the Galaxy S 4G. Using a “third party” speedtest app, T-Mobile will test its network against yours, and it is confident that it will reign supreme. If you happen to pull off an upset and beat T-Mobile at its game, the carrier will give you a cool $1K. If not, T-Mobile will give you $300 to trade in that slow iPhone for that blazing new Galaxy S 4G.

Participating locations are listed in the shot above. Check out the official press release detailing T-Mobile’s Speed Challenge at the source link, and if you’re in or around Seattle this weekend and still holding on to your iPhone, stop in and try your odds.

Source: T-Mobile

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6 years ago

Viewdle SocialCamera now available, uses facial recognition to automatically tag photos


The Viewdle SocialCamera, that nifty little facial recognition app we first saw back at CTIA, is now available for download. The concept is really cool and from what we saw back in March, it works like a charm. Simply take a photo with your camera and Viewdle will recognize the faces in the picture and automatically tag them for Facebook, Flickr, MMS, or e-mail.

Viewdle does need to learn the faces you frequently snap, but once you’ve told it who’s who, it delivers on its promise. Check out the demo above and grab the newly released beta version for free directly from Viewdle or in the Android Market. Download links are after the break.

Source: Viewdle

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6 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Prevail available starting April 29, according to Boost site


If you've had a hankering for the new Samsung Galaxy Prevail on Boost Mobile but have been dying to know when you can get it (last we'd heard was "sometime in May") , Boost's website now says it'll be available starting April 29. That's this Friday, folks. The Galaxy Prevail is a mid-level phone, with specs as follows:

  • Android 2.2
  • 3.2-inch touchscreen
  • 2MP camera with video
  • GPS enabled
  • Bluetooth® capable
  • Wireless Web enabled
  • Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing
  • Telenav navigation, free and unlimited
  • Supports microSD™ cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
  • Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling

So just a couple days more, apparently. While you wait, be sure to check out our hands-on and initial review of the Galaxy Prevail.

Source: Boost Mobile. Thanks, shmutt1980!

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6 years ago

Official Google Docs Android app is here!


It's finally here, folks. Google has released an official Google Docs Android application. Official and proper access to all of your Google Docs, in any of your Google accounts. Filter, search, star, rename, edit, read, upload new content from your phone, open docs directly in gmail -- it's all there.

But, wait, there's more. You can take a photo of a physical document with your phone's camera, and it scans it into a proper Google Doc. This. Is. Awesome. Download links are after the break, and hit the source for more info.

Source: Google Mobile Blog. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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6 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 retail box


Read our Droid Incredible 2 initial review

We got a plain white box with our Droid Incredible 2 review unit, but here's a good look at what you'll get when you get yours starting tomorrow. It's your basic Verizon retail box, that's for sure. And yours won't come with the Android Central watermark, though it'd be pretty cool if it did.

Thanks, ac666!

Droid Incredible 2 specsDroid Incredible 2 forumsDroid Incredible 2 accessories

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6 years ago

Defend the castle from invasion with Hero Princess


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Sometimes a video is just the best way to explain exactly what you can be looking forward to when purchasing a new game. That is exactly the case with Hero Princess, a fast-paced game in which you continually fight off a rather large collection of potential intruders in attempts to keep the castle safe. There are tons and tons of extra powers, and abilities that can be unlocked and used, and the graphics are nothing short of spectacular.

Hero Princess is only available in the Amazon Market currently, so that means most AT&T users, and International users are left out on this one, but if you have the ability to purchase this game, it is 99 cents well spent.

Source: Amazon Market

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6 years ago

Acer Iconia Smart hits the FCC


Acer Iconia Smart

Back during Mobile World Congress we went hands-on with the Acer Iconia Smart and in the time since then, the FCC has also gone hands-on with the device. While we're pretty sure the Acer Iconia Smart will appeal to some out there -- we walked away convinced it wasn't going to be a device for everyone.

The specs are pretty easy to handle given that it comes with 1024 x 480 screen, 8MP camera on the back and a 1.3MP shooter on the front. Plus you also get Android 2.3 HDMI-out, DLNA and 720p video recording capability all wrapped up in the Acer Breeze UI powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor and 512MB of RAM and ROM.

As it stands now, you can find the device still in the hands of the FCC complete with its user guide in tow. Eventually though, given the 850, 1900 and 2100MHz 3G frequencies on board -- we expect it to arrive on AT&T in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada.

Source: FCC; via: Engadget

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6 years ago

Pure News scrollable news widget now available


Adding to the series of Pure Widgets, Android developer Francois Deslandes has released Pure News to the Android Market after plenty of beta testing. Pure News is a scrollable widget that works in combination with many of the launchers that are available and allows for creation of a customizable, scrollable news widget through Google Reader. If you're also lucky enough to own a Motorola Xoom you'll find that Pure News is supported and all of the customizable options that are made for smaller devices will also run on the Xoom such as skinning, update options and cache operations.

One small caveat of the Pure News widget is that you have to enable scrollable widgets within whatever launcher it is that you are using. You should find those options under the settings area of your launcher of course but once enabled you'll be up and running. Android 3.0 can by pass this step though as 3.0 allows for scrollable widgets.

Sadly, no lite or trial version is available currently but you should certainly be able to see if it fits your needs within the refund time allotted. Jump on past the break for the download and to see it up and running on the Motorola Xoom.

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6 years ago

Yep, Verizon's having LTE problems today


When your LTE-capable phone is poking along at 1xRTT and your 3G-only phone is cruising right along ... yeah, Verizon's having network issues, folks. The good news is that if you're not on an HTC ThunderBolt, you're probably OK.

More in the ThunderBolt forums

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6 years ago

Motorola to have a new bootloader policy come late 2011


Motorola has a locked bootloader policy

By now everyone with even the slightest interest in Android or smartphone tech knows that Motorola has been pretty pugnacious about locking and encrypting the bootloader on their Android phones.  There have been numerous community-driven calls for action to try to convince Motorola to change this policy, and it looks like the current one could be the straw that broke the camel's back.  Motorola has responded to Irwin Proud, a gentleman who started a Groubal complaint about the bootloader issue, with the following:

In terms of your question – we completely understand the operator requirement for security to the end user, and as well, want to support the developer communities desire to use these products as a development platform. It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM across our portfolio of devices starting in late 2011, where carriers and operators will allow it.

Don't break out the bubbly just yet though, the last bit there is pretty telling.  Carriers and operators aren't going to be chomping at the bit to sell unlocked developer phones, especially Verizon -- which happens to be the major player in the U.S. for Motorola and Android.  It's possible that it will see the value in this, but so far it has remained silent about the entire issue.  I also wouldn't be surprised if this policy is in effect for new phones only, and not applicable for the Atrix or upcoming Bionic.

But something is always better than nothing, and this may be the first step to a future where Motorola Android phones are friendly to developers.  We can only hope. [Ausdroid] Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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6 years ago

HTC Merge may launch April 29 on US Cellular after all?


HTC Merge

The HTC Merge is once again rumored to launch on US Cellular come April 29.  We sort-of-kind-of already saw this when we posted some leaked internal US Cellular documents that gave us that date, but that was promptly denied by US Cellular, which said the Merge would be launching "later this spring."  Now a second set of different, but just as leaked documents sent to Engadget again say April 29. 

What we do know is that the Merge is available from Alltel and Cellular South, has an awesome sliding horizontal keyboard (check out our most recent hands-on), and once upon a time had Verizon branding all over its face.  After that, it's all a crap-shoot apparently.  Anyhow, if you're a US Cellular customer, the Merge may/possibly/hopefully/should/might-not be hitting the shelves this Friday.  Maybe.  [Engadget]

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6 years ago

BodyMedia pack launches on Sprint ID – A complete health and fitness mobile experience


BodyMedia pack launches on Sprint ID Devices

I've never really been much of a health and fitness buff but -- I know a lot of folks out there who are, so Sprint teaming up with BodyMedia to offer a complete solution sounds like a winning combination. (Check out our first look at CTIA.) The Android Market is full of apps that can assist with better health practices and keep track of fitness regimens but filtering out the good from the bad is something Sprint and BodyMedia recognized as a challenge.

“Finding and installing the right applications is an essential part of the Android smartphone experience,” said Wayne Ward, vice president of Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. “We’re pleased to offer leading brands like BodyMedia the ability to provide their customers with a customized starting point that offers an entire user experience based on user needs and interests.”

The BodyMedia ID pack is available now for most Sprint ID enabled devices and as of May 8 will be available on the all new Samsung Replenish. Full press release is available after the break for you all [Sprint]

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