Monthly Archives: October 2011

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Android Central Podcast Episode 76

Thing 1: Latest Galaxy Nexus news

Thing 2: An awesome app, and in-app purchasing

Thing 3: Odds and ends

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It’s Official – HP TouchPad is History

Bummer news for those who were hoping to pick up a new HP TouchPad at fire sale prices only so you could port some Android goodness onto it. It looks as though the future is grim for the TouchPad and it has reached the end of it’s production.

With the majorly successful fire sale that HP had, all TouchPads at the discounted rate disappeared almost instantly. Although you can still find them places at full retail price, there was always the hope that HP would magically replenish stock and continue to sell the TouchPad at the discounted rates. HP even had a sign up page on their website leading consumers to believe that the TouchPad may eventually be resurrected.  Read More…

It’s Official – HP TouchPad is History


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Motorola Devices Receive Possible Permanent Root

A new root method for Motorola devices has shown up on the interweb claiming that it may be a permanent solution. There is still the possibility that Moto will patch this method closed in future updates but if you are already rooted you might as well give it a try. It should only take a matter of minutes to complete and will work on most Motorola devices including the Bionic, Droid 3 and Droid X. Before you can start you need to be rooted and in case you aren’t, the directions can be found here. Once you have root you will just need to change a few lines in your “mount_ext3.sh” file using Root Explorer. Hit the break for full instructions. Read More…

Motorola Devices Receive Possible Permanent Root


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Gingerbread Now Official For LG Revolution, Verizon Posts Change Log

It’s been a great day for LG Revolution owners. We heard earlier about a potential update for the Revolution, but Verizon has officially let the cat out of the bag by releasing their change log for the VS910ZV7 software update which includes the long-awaited Gingerbread 2.3. In addition to the standard Gingerbread features, the software update includes Email folders now displaying in the correct order and data now working correctly when toggling in Airplane mode among other things. Now that we have the change log, it should only be a matter of days before the update is officially pushed to Revolution devices. When you do receive the update, do tell us how it’s working out for you.

Full change log after the break:

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Gingerbread Now Official For LG Revolution, Verizon Posts Change Log


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Android Apps Alert #78: Happy Halloween Edition

Each week, Androinica.com does a weekly round-up of the best new and noteworthy Android apps. We scour the Android Market so you don’t have to. Below is a list of a few Android apps, games, and live wallpapers that may interest you. Click the “Install App” button to be taken to the Android Market page and get download links.

AMC Mobile

Android 2.1 or higher required

Did someone mention The Walking Dead? Well, then let’s take a look at the television network that produces a show not as good as the comic but still entertaining. AMC’s official Android app provides a lot of behind-the-scenes information and video for its shows. It doesn’t stream full episodes – with the exception of a few season starters – but it does show highlights, talked-about scenes, and five-minute videos of the cast discussing episodes. There are also blogs and schedules for its popular shows, allowing you to always know when they are coming on or what movie is playing on AMC at this very moment. There’s naturally a lot of horror and zombie movies being displayed at the moment. For fans of shows like Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels, Mad Men, The Killing, and AMC in general, this can be a useful app for seeing more than what’s broadcast on TV.

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University of Phoenix Mobile

Android 2.2 or higher required

The University of Phoenix is a for-profit college that prides itself on being a university of the future that adapts tot e needs of its students rather than force students to adapt to the institution. So why the heck did it take so long for UP to release an application so its Android-wielding students could access discussions on the go, something its iPhone students have done for a while? Whatever the reason, the University of Phoenix Mobile app is now available to anyone enrolled in the online university. With it, students can rearm write and reply to class discussion forum threads; be alerted as soon as grades or posted, professors create a new discussion or send a message; and communicate with team members. According to its Android Market listing, upcoming features geared for faculty will improve the app further. For now, students can keep in touch with their peers and professors wherever they may be.

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Halloween Jack Live Wallpaper

Android 2.2+ required

Get ready for the spooky days coming up with this new Halloween live wallpaper. The Halloween Jack Live Wallpaper designs your homescreen to have a creepy jack-o-lantern with a witches hat greeting you upon unlocking the screen. The light inside the lantern flickers and lightning bolts pop-up now and then to add to eery feelings. Users can change the app to not display lightning, show lightning whenever they touch the screen, or turn off lantern embers. See a video demo at the Android Market page.

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Walking Dead Live Wallpaper

Android 2.1+ required

Speaking of wallpapers and spooky, who’s up for a little zombies action? The Walking Dead Zlango Live Wallpaper is another great option for making your home screen a tad bit freakier this Halloween. Zlango includes artwork from the highly-successful comic book series and has slow-moving zombies move across the screen in the 2D-motion style comics way. Sound effects make it sound as if the undead are growling at you and tapping on an area of a screen makes Rick send a shotgun blast to make them permanently dead. The sound is optional, but if you’re a fan of the comics, downloading this is not. Grab it now.

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Google TV 2.0 has finally arrived; brings new TV and Movies app along with Android Market

Well, that was quick. Google today on its GTV blog announced the Android 3.0 update for its smart TV platform. This news comes days after we noticed a peculiar feature in the Flixster update, which showed support for Google TV 2.0.

The new release features a “TV & Movies” app for browsing shows and movies from your channel lineup, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, and more. Also, YouTube video streaming is better than ever with an enhanced Google TV experience and deeper integration.

On its blog, the search giant said it focused on four areas of user feedback:

  • A simpler user interface, with a customizable home screen.
  • Finding content becomes easier. TV and movies get their own search, whether they’re on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, cable, satellite, etc.
  • Improved YouTube experience. Leanback was just the beginning. It’s now been integrated even deeper.
  • Apps. Finally, the Android Market comes to Google TV. You won’t initally have the full breadth of the market on Google TV apps that require a touchscreen, GPS or telephony won’t show, so that pares things down quite a bit — but Google says it has 50 developers already lined up.

Google wanted to reassure users (or networks) that it wants contribute to this evolution of consumers being able to access their favorite shows by enabling new content creators to add to the programming you already enjoy on your TV.

“It’s not about replicating what’s on TV to the Web. It’s about bringing millions of new channels to your TV from the next generation of creators, application developers, and networks.”

I can’t wait to test drive this bad boy when the update gets pushed out sometime next week. Now that Google has finally added the long-awaited GTV 2.0 update, will it make you run to your nearest Best Buy retail store and purchase one?

Source: Google

 


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The9 launches new game channel to combat Android Market shutdowns in China

When the Android Market goes down in most places, people freak out for a couple of hours and then go back to their business until the next failure happens weeks or months later. In China, Market failures are more frequent and annoying since its outages last for days, not hours.

Chinese gaming company The9 is launching its own Android app distribution channel, powered by OpenFeint, in order to combat the “common disruption” caused by Market failures. Partnering with three Chinese carriers, The9 will set-up a Game Zone that enables smartphone users in China to have continued access to games during outages.

“Official Android shutdowns are a recurring issue for mobile users and developers,” said Chris Shen, GM of The9 Mobile Business Unit, in a statement released today. “However, our partnership with Chinese application distributions reaches over 30 major channels including telecom carriers, mobile device manufacturers and third-party channels.”

The9 basically serves as a publishing house for developers looking to reach Chinese users. The company has a fund that helps translate games built by American and European developers, then provides an easy way to publish an app once and have it appear in 30 different app stores. Yes, 30. (And you thought managing Amazon and Google downloads was tough?)

Chinese gamers already use the many app store alternatives and do not rely exclusively on the Android Market. I’m sure most of the 100 million smartphone users in China would love to have that luxury, but The9 thinks it can set-up the partnerships to make that not be an issue. Developers interested in learning more about The Game Zone can click here.

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Samsung Galaxy Note uses a Wacom digitizer for precision stylus tracking

Undoubtedly, the Samsung Galaxy Note’s partypiece is its ability to interact with the specially designed S Pen, which as you saw in our hands-on demo from the event last night, is deeply integrated in the OS.

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Missed the Samsung event in London last night? No biggie, watch it here [VIDEO]

In case you just couldn’t catch the live stream of last night’s Samsung event in London, where the company officially presented the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Nexus, don’t be in a chafe.

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Service Pack for Symbian Anna is on its way to the N8, more soon to follow

Symbian Anna is about to receive a special service pack, which Nokia says is all about performance.