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Google Enables Overflow Button on All Devices, Even if There is a Dedicated Menu Button on Your Phone

Regardless of whether your device features a dedicated Menu button or not, Google has decided to push OEMs in the right direction and are now enabling the action overflow button permanently throughout applications. Previously, some applications wouldn’t show an action overflow button depending on if your device featured a dedicated hardware/on-screen menu button for an options menu, such as certain Samsung devices like the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3.

Moving forward, there will now always be one within an app for easy access, according to a Git repository change by Google.

We are hoping that this will be a wake up call to OEMs, who continue to use Menu buttons and opt not to use onscreen keys. Sure, it’s nice to have device differentiation, but there are ways to do that besides using permanent Menu keys.

Via: Reddit | Google

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Back and Menu Button Not Responding

Galaxy Note 2 Back and Menu Button Not Responding

One Android Smartphone user shared to us the problem that he is encountering. According to him, the issue involves the Galaxy Note 2 Back and Menu buttons not responding. He stated that before the problem happened, the LCD of his phone got cracked so he had it replaced.

Although there was no mention how his display was damaged, we could only assume that a strong impact caused by deliberate or accidental dropping of the phone might have been the cause.

A couple of days after replacing the LCD of his device, he noticed that the Galaxy Note 2 Back and Menu buttons have become unresponsive.

The Possible Causes of the Galaxy Note 2 Back and Menu Button Not Responding and its Solutions

Unfortunately, the problem is most probably connected with the impact that cracked the LCD of the phone. It is likely that the sensors located in the area of the Back and Menu buttons have been damaged too. If this is the case, it is strongly advised to have the phone looked at by a technician who specializes in the hardware of the Galaxy Note 2.

A temporary remedy for the hardware problem if you have no way to reach a technician right away is by performing a Soft Reset, which can be done by holding the Power/Lock button until the phone reboots. You can also detach and reattach the battery again to reset the phone. However, these methods will only provide temporary solution to your problem. In addition, these methods will only work if the hardware problem is not that serious yet.

If you suspect that the problem is only software-related, a Factory Reset will probably do the trick. But, then again, looking at the details provided to us by the sender, our best bet is a hardware problem.

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PayPal updated with refreshed UI

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Although the previous version of the PayPal app was functional, it wasn't going to win any design awards. It was clearly something from a previous era — one where phones had menu buttons to be specific. Luckily the latest version has undergone quite a bit of a makeover, following a few of the latest Android design guidelines for 4.x devices. Gone is the legacy menu button, replaced by an overflow settings button in the top action bar. The app now looks like it follows more of a "holo" UI, with separate tabs at the top of the app, but unfortunately looks can be deceiving and the only way to switch between tabs is to select them directly. It's understandable that each app will tailor the guidelines to their own needs though.

Overall, it's great to see another app developer putting in the time to update and follow the latest guidelines. The apps look and perform better, especially as a higher percentage of users move up to Android 4.0 and above. Hit the Google Play link above to download or update the app on your device.

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International One X receives update to bring legacy menu button option

HTC has been upgrading all its HTC Sense 4.0 phones to bring some much needed changes to the way legacy menu buttons work. Since HTC’s device features capactive navigation keys instead of virtual ones they needed a sensible way to allow users to access Android 2.x menus.

The original way forced users to put up with a huge, black bar which took up prime real estate at the bottom of the display. This new update eradicates that issue by giving users the option to use a long-press of the recent apps button instead.

HTCInside also notices a new tab button that can be accessed without going into the browser’s menu, better performance, tweaked homescreen animations, and more. This 148.13MB update (which brings build 2.17.401.2) is said to be headed out to devices right now so check for it in the settings menu.


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Google Friendly Reminder: The Menu Button Does Not Provide For An Ideal User Experience

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The Android developers blog was updated today with a friendly post reminding developers that in Google’s vision for Android’s future — there will be no menu buttons. Google has instead replace the menu button with this little guy (above), dubbed the “action bar.” Everything that ever was hiding inside the menu, will now be displayed in plain view on the app for all to see.

So what happens when you’re using a device on Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich that has yet to adopt Android’s new “action bar” standard? Well, older “legacy” apps will receive a — don’t-you-dare-call-it-a-menu-button –”action overflow” button (those 3 little dots on the side) but make no mistake, this is still a swear word to Google with them saying, “this button doesn’t provide for an ideal user experience.”

Apparently, it’s fairly simple to bring this legacy apps up to date with a few simple code changes and Google even going as far as providing a few icons to match the rest of the decor. Personally, I’m going to miss the menu button. Seems to me those software buttons are looking mighty scarce after Google killed the search button. But perhaps I’m holding on to the old world. What about you guys? Would you rather keep the menu button? Or do you feel action bars is really more intuitive?

[Android Developers]

 


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Google’s Android developers want you to say goodbye to the menu button

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Goodbye menu button, hello Action Bar overflow!  Today on the Android Developers blog Scott Main, lead technical writer from Google, wrote up a nice piece of prose about how developers should migrate away from the traditional menu-button based way of designing applications.  You see, Ice Cream Sandwich allows for the folks designing phones to do away with all those buttons we've grown accustomed to at the bottom of our screen, and replace them with software based buttons built into the OS and apps.  It's something we first saw in Honeycomb tablets, where the need for menu buttons was removed by the introduction of the ActionBar class.  

Google wants developers, and in turn us users, to learn to love the Action Bar.  Scott gives examples of how the new Action Bar "overflow" (those three dots that replace a menu button in ICS) can replace what we traditionally needed a menu button for, and even how to build applications to use both methods — developers don't want to forget all the devices that haven't been updated to Ice Cream Sandwich yet.  It's an interesting read for those who keep up with Android application interface guidelines, and a must-read for all you developers out there.  

Most importantly, Scott stresses that the application UI should have all the important  elements right up front for the user to see, and the overflow should be used for things not important enough to be on the screen.  He also gives instruction on how to make the legacy menu button not appear if it's not being used, and how to get rid of the whole Action Bar if an application doesn't need it.  As developers get their apps updated for ICS and beyond, we'll be able to say goodbye to those three dots we chase all over on "buttonless" phones and tablets.  That's a good thing.

Source: Android Developers Blog.  Thanks, Sebastian!

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Early Galaxy Nexus UI Patch Brings Always-Active Menu Buttons, Dedicated Search Button

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Paul from Modaco has updated the community on his latest Galaxy Nexus developments. This UI patch would allow users to set their navigation bar up so that it always shows a search button, a menu button on the left, a menu button on the right, both or all of them at the same time.

I’m sure many of you wouldn’t mind being able to customize this and we’re happy the development community has created an easy way to do it. You’ll need ADB, but everything else is pretty much straight forward from there. Find the instructions (installation and uninstall) and download links here. [via AndroidForums.com]


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Nexus Prime’s extra screen space is for Android navigation buttons

A consistent part of the ever-changing Samsung Nexus Prime/Galaxy Nexus rumors is its eye-popping 4.65-inch, 1280 x 720 display. If you’re the kind of Android user whose small digits quaver at a screen that size, fear not: a reddit user going by the name of “thantik” has drawn up a quick schematic illustrating the need for an extra .35-inches. The bonus space may be reserved for Android’s navigation buttons, which will soon be migrating to the phone screen.

If you’ve ever used a Honeycomb tablet’ you know that they eschew any sort of physical control buttons, including a home button. Instead, the standard home, back and menu buttons reside on the status bar, and follow the user around as he or she rotates the screen. The next version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, will combine elements from Gingerbread and Honeycomb for a universal OS, one of which will be the navigation buttons. You can check out these virtual buttons on the leaked Nexus Prime video from last week.

While the mock-up graphic certainly makes sense, it doesn’t make the wait for the Nexus Prime or Ice Cream Sandwich any easier to bear. Samsung and Google delayed what was probably the unveiling of the new phone and OS from Tuesday, October 11th to an unspecified date, giving technology followers the world over a little breathing room after the untimely death of Steve Jobs. Rumors of an October 27th date persist, but have not been confirmed.

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Pantech Breakout Review [Video]

Welcome to the most affordably priced 4G LTE device to be released on Verizon yet, a device made by Pantech to not only give customers a choice of a cheaply priced bit of access to the highest speed network in the USA, but a reinforcement of their still tiny Android-based representation here in the United States. We’ve got a review of the Pantech Crossover, the first time we got hold of a Pantech Android smartphone. It’s here though that we see a real fighting representation of the Pantech brand, complete with 4G LTE to download all your favorite apps and browse the web at the fastest speeds around. Then there’s the brand new Pantech interface, completely unique in the Android world.

Hardware

What you’ve got here is a unique vision for a handset, set up with a 4-inch WVGA display and a 1GHz processor, both standard for the higher end of mid-range devices, and a casing that’s both soft plastic and textured with tiny ribs for a rather nice grip on the back. The front has the standard four Android menu buttons that you’d expect here in the USA, but they’re separated with a unique set of plastic bits.

They’re really quite nice when it comes down to it.

The display is certainly not the brightest or the sharpest on earth, but without a doubt this is the quality we’d expect to see for the price we’re paying for this handset and more — $99 after $50 mail-in rebate, that is. You’ve got a volume knob on the left at the top, a microphone button at the bottom (which, when pressed, activates voice command abilities powered by Google). Nothing at the top, nothing at the bottom, and on the right a microUSB port covered with a plastic cap, a power/lock button in the middle [strange place to put it, but works out ok], and a camera button at the bottom [right where it should be].

This device certainly aims at a specific crowd of those people who wish to have all of their functions not only is right at their fingertips on their display, but all around the rim of their phone with physical buttons. If pushed by the employees inside the Verizon stores across the USA, this device will sell like hotcakes to the waves of citizens looking to get into LTE via as simple a means as possible.

Software / Connection Speeds

Inside the device you’ll find a unique look at Android. This is a user interface that’s not stock, it’s not TouchWiz, it’s not HTC Sense, it’s not LG’s UI, it’s uniquely Pantech. Have a look at the hands-on video here to get a better idea of what you’ll be dealing with on the software side:

Then let’s have a look at how fast this device connects. I hit the GO button in a few different speed test apps here to give you a fair look at what the connections actually are, have a look in the gallery and see if this is what you’ve been looking for your whole life:

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On a device as inexpensive as this, it usually doesn’t make a whole lot of sense concentrating on the camera as the camera is generally a piece of junk. Here, on the other hand, the camera has a unique interface, plenty of options, and the quality isn’t half bad! See this photo for your interface, hooked up perfectly with your physical camera button:

Then have a look at a video and a couple photo examples to tantalize your senses:

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Wrap-Up

This is a device that has surprised your humble narrator with its quality. Pantech has created what many companies would classify a mid-range phone because of its price into a high-class 4G LTE connected effort, the nicest Pantech has yet released here in the USA. When you’re entering into the LTE world with Verizon, you’ve now got the choice of the DROID Charge from Samsung (with a Super AMOLED Plus display), HTC ThunderBolt (the first LTE Android device on the market in the USA), LG Revolution (your only choice with a BING-powered set of apps), DRIOD BIONIC (Motorola made and the only dual-core LTE device on the market), and the Pantech Breakout.

Pantech does not win in a race for the top specs, but it is certainly the least expensive and does stand out in a lineup as having a unique chassis. Should you just be getting into the smartphone world with this jump, Pantech may well have the easy-to-use device for you. Should you already be in the Android world and are looking to turn over to a higher-powered device than you’ve already got, chances are you’ll go with the BIONIC. Those with a taste for physical buttons will find the Pantech Breakout their favorite flavor of LTE.

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A New Twist On Fake Chinese Android Tablet

Some folks might think the Chinese knock off tablets aren’t innovative, well you gotta hand it to the makers of the Chinese tablet dubbed Z500 they’ve taken fake to a new level.

Apparently the makers of the Z500 didn’t want to go through the front door at Google, if they had they would have had to use better components and adhered to a higher standard. Instead this tablet which sports an RK2918 processor, 512mb of RAM, 4GB of memory, and a 7inch 800×480 pixel display runs Android 2.3 custom skinned to look, and partially feel like Honeycomb.

More after the break

The custom skin includes the blue holographic images and background. The notification bar has been moved to the bottom and the home, back and menu buttons are still present. What’s not available in this “fake” Honeycomb is the ability to run any real Honeycomb apps, and the ability to run apps meant for larger screens.

Can’t fault these guys for trying huh?

source: Liliputing

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LG Enlighten Sale Image Appears for This Weekend

You’re going to be able to be picking up LG’s latest effort for less than a dollar right out of the gate if you happen to be heading to Wal-Mart this weekend – LG Enlighten being the name of the game, a 97 cent pricetag being the cost. What we’re looking at here is a mid-range Android slider with a full QWERTY keyboard and what MIGHT be Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That or you’ll just be working with FroYo – either way this device isn’t going to be busting apart the oncoming dual-core competition any time soon, so it’s not truly necessary for the world’s most advanced version of Android to be on this relatively small 3.2-inch display having smartphone.

The LG Enlighten looks to be a fabulous choice for those looking to get into the Android game for the first time with a 320×480 pixel resolution display, 800MHz processor, and 3 megapixel camera on the back. Also notice that it’s carrying the same in-display menu buttons on the right trend we’ve been seeing lately in Android devices, starting with the HTC Status here in the USA then popping up again in a few different Samsung devices. Look good to you? It’s been sliding around for far too long already if you ask me.

UPDATE: those of you with slide-out QWERTY keyboard-toting Android devices — what does your homescreen look like when the keyboard is popped out?

This Enlighten device from LG will be rolling out on Verizon with 3G connectivity, a microSD card slot capable of holding up to 32GB, and will have a perfectly generous 1500mAh batter attached. We’ve also got word that this device may be hitting US Cellular and Cellular South soon as well. For a buck, this Android device doesn’t look half bad. Look good for your new-to-smartphones uncle Jimbo?

[via WallMart Local Ad]

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Samsung Galaxy M Pro and Galaxy W Revealed [video]

There’s a whole lotta Samsung going on today, and it’s certainly not all up there in the clouds. What we just revealed not 10 minutes ago was a list of new Samsung devices that included the Galaxy R, W, M, Y, and of course S. A couple of these we already knew about, the rest we’re going through here one by one. In addition to the post you’re in right now exploring the Samsung Galaxy W, aka the Samsung Galaxy Wonder, a High-Tier device, you’re going to get a brief look at a device which you’ll quickly realize is a real oddity – the Samsung Galaxy M Pro.

First let’s talk about the Samsung Galaxy W, this is a device that’s coming out in the UK at first – we even got a hands-on look at the device courtesy of UK carrier Three earlier today – and will hopefully be making it’s way to the USA soon afterward. This candybar device runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has a 1.4 GHz processor, a 3.7-inch WVGA 800×480 TFT LCD display, 14.4Mbps HSDPA capability, 5 megapixel camera on the back, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and a 1500 mAh battery inside. Social hub, Game hub, Music hub, Kies Air and more will be available inside.

In addition to the Three video from earlier today, you can see the Galaxy W in the terribly filmed video below:

Then there’s the Galaxy M Pro. This is Samsung’s first big Android QWERTY effort in a portrait mode device, this being what Samsung also calls a high-performance device at an economically sound price point. What you’ll notice right away (after seeing the lovely chicklet keyboard, physical Android menu buttons and middle joystick) is the software on the display showing the TouchWiz menu sitting up against the right side. Have you seen this configuration before? This basic bit is the first thing we also noticed when using the quite similar HTC Status – have a look at our full review of that product and get back here for the rest of these specs.

The Galaxy M Pro is tuned to business needs with a 9.97mm thin body, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 2.66-inch HVGA (480×320) TFT display, and a 1GHz processor. On the back you’ll find a 5 megapixel camera, the front has a VGA camera, inside there’s Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and a 1350 mAh battery to boot. This device will also be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will be filled with some neato apps like Cisco Mobile, Webex, and Sybase Afaria.

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2011 Samsung Galaxy Smartphone Naming Scheme Goes Live

It appears that the Samsung “Galaxy” line of Android smartphones has just received a whole new set of names, all the way from the top to the bottom. Right up at the top is a name we’re all very familiar with, the Galaxy S, this being the group’s Flagship device name. Next there’s R for Royal, this device being Samsung’s “Premium” device. W for Wonder comes next as a High-Tier device. After W there’s M for Magical, this device being the first in this new line to have a full QWERTY keyboard, four Android menu buttons and a joystick – very familiar in the smartphone world but generally new for Samsung. Finally there’s Y for Young, this being the Entry-Level Galaxy device.

This new naming convention comes with specs for all of the new devices, these devices being live in our device.ac archives early today. We’ve heard of a couple of these devices before, but today marks the first day that Samsung is officially letting us know that they all really do exist and are all related to one another. Each of them appears also to be rolling out with a newer version of Samsung’s TouchWiz interface – as indicated here by the wallpaper, of all things, which we only started seeing once the Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1 started showing off their versions of TouchWiz.

This will also be a major part of Samsung’s IFA 2011 lineup in Berlin. Certainly we’re expecting something in addition to this set of Galaxy devices that are soft of neat yet have little int he way of real NEW features to show, but you never know. For more information on what else we might see at IFA 2011, check out our [Unpacked portal] Samsung may yet have something “Big” up their sleeve.

Also click on the thumbnail below to see the original Galaxy map released today.

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Glance Android Concept Phone Made for Skinny Jeans

If you’re not one of those people who has the biggest pockets in the world so wide and deep that they’re able to keep an Acer Iconia Tab A100 in them without a problem, we’ve got the phone for you. This is a conceptual design, meaning that it’s certainly not based in reality at the moment, and given what it’s got going for it, we’re looking at a few years at least before something like this can become a reality. The greatest and most obvious feature here is the thinness of most of the device.

Approximately as thin as half a Samsung Galaxy S II at its thinnest point with a much thicker base so that not only can it slide into your pocket and be held up at the top, you can stand the device up on its base and have it held upright with its own weight. This device is hypothetically got a few impressive specs going for it, including a 4-inch OLED screen with scratch resistant glass, a bottom 2-inch OLED screen, 3.5 mm headphone jack (also in base), and dual speakers for stereo sound. There’s also a mini (not micro) USB for some reason or another, and one camera on the front and one camera on the back with flash (no megapixels listed.)

Along with the obviously quite unique shape of this device, the fact that the glass on the front curves up near the base allows for a unique area for buttons, here utilized for what seems like the standard four Android menu buttons, but where the search button would normally sit is a Twitter button instead. The bottom of the device, under the larger side of the device, under the base that is, the second OLED display shows several items here, Twitter notifications, Mail notifications, time, date, and battery level. This piece of the concept is very similar to the classically strange Samsung Continuum – another dual-display whose second tiny screen has similar functionality.

Now this device, again, is just a concept and of course there’s no plan to produce it any time in the near future, but give designer Alan Gerardo Farías props for making some unique stuff right here.

[via Yanko Design]

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Apps of the Day: QR Pal, UNO, and More

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Every day we peruse the Android Market looking for the best, worst, interesting, and most unique apps in an effort to sift out a few gems. We call it Apps of the Day. We can’t guarantee that every app featured below is a real winner, but each is worth at least a quick look. It’s all in an effort to help you, our faithful readers, get the most out of your Android handsets. Read on to see what we found today!

QR Pal - Looking for  new way to scan, save, and share QR codes? QR Pal could be your new best buddy. The app seeks to be the last resource you could need for scanning those oh so helpful tags that seem to be showing up in more places than ever. For added value, QR Pal lets you earn points with each scan and even create and use QR codes for PayPal transactions. At first glance it’s one of the most full-featured scanning apps we have seen to date. [Market]

UNO - UNO isn’t a newcomer to the Android market, but Gameloft has updated the classic card game of colors and shapes with enhanced HD graphics designed to look great on high-end devices and tablets. The game itself remains the same, save for some improved online multiplayer. For fans of the game, taking UNO with you anywhere you go couldn’t get much easier. [Market]

GetGlue - Another update app, GetGlue has updated their social media app for those that love taking in media (a social media media app?) with an overhauled interface and other improvements. A new Quick Rate button, universal search, and integration with Android’s menu buttons all enhance the experience of using GetGlue to “check in” to the movies, shows, and music you consume. New are sports check-ins. Fans of GetGlue won’t want to miss this update. [Market]


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HTC Wildfire S Review

Welcome to the smallest member of the HTC Android family, one that fits directly in the palm of your hand, comes in at least a couple of cool color combinations, and beats out the whole rest of the world in mid-range competition. This is the HTC Wildfire S, the newest in a lovely line of HTC devices announced back in February, plus more since, these being thus: myTouch 4G Slide, Sensation, Flyer (tablet), and Facebook phones – ChaCha (aka Status on AT&T) and Salsa. Will the HTC Wildfire S stand up with the impressive lineup HTC has already released this summer season? Let’s take a look!

Before we continue, let’s have a look at our hands-on video so you know how incredibly handheld this device is, how the UI is looking, and what’s under the boot. This video shows yours truly taking the device out of the box for the first time as well as starting it up and exploring the contents:

Hardware

This being the smallest HTC device on the block, one might think that it’s squished, tinier than it aught to be, too small for Android. While this may be true of the competition whose devices are essentially the same size with basically have the pixel resolution in the display, here the HTC crew have provided a start screen for such a small device on a TFT display that looks rather bright and nice. The only complaint I’ve got about interactivity is the small area in which now the four Android menu buttons and the buttons at the bottom of the display (for apps, phonecalls, whatever you might put there.) This area has many different things now in very close proximity, a situation where a person with above-average sized fingers might find tapping to be rather inaccurate.

On the other hand, the rest of the display is just the right size for tiny computing. As this device is rolling out with a 600Mhz processor on a single-core chip, we won’t be using it for too many high-quality apps. On the other hand, its size and its ability to use music apps like Spotify and DoubleTwist (a shortcut for DoubleTwist is included on the device out of the box), this handset is perfect for day-to-day media interaction. The speaker is loud, the construction is creak-free, and the plastic making up most of the casing is not quite as nice as HTC usually comes out with, but isn’t the worst we’ve seen as far as quality goes either. Having the ability to get a different color combination in this device is a plus as well.

Software and Performance

In your apps drawer, you’ll find your usual set of Google-set items including the Android Market, FM radio, Camera and Camcorder, and easy to use apps such as Gallery, Calculator,Music, Phone, and Peep for your Twitter activity. You’ve also got Slacker radio built in for some streaming music action, HTC’s Weather app for some excellent and totally simple GPS-location-based weather reports, and “My Device” which will give you, the new-to-smartphones user a full guide on how to get acquainted with your new device.

You’ll find that you’re able to run the simplest apps plus a few slightly-higher-functioning apps like Angry Birds without a hitch. Unfortunately the internal storage on this device is relatively low, and it’s not immediately apparent to brand NEW to Android users how to push their content over to their external memory, that being the 2GB microSD card that comes with the device. Once they DO figure out such a thing, then do the smart thing and upgrade to a much larger 32GB card, they’ll be doing just fine from that point forward.

As far as performance goes, you’ll not find the Wildfire S winning any contests, but the results are certainly OK for a 600Mhz single-core, that’s for sure.

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Camera and Battery

The camera quality is OK, certainly no competition for the higher-range 8 megapixel cameras we’ve seen come out over the past few months. A 5-megapixel camera on the back of the device takes decent photos and 640×480 video at 24fps. Made for sharing, looks pretty good for day to day activities, not made for professional capture, if you know what I mean. Have look here:

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Wrap-Up

This is THE perfect phone for a new Android user. Not only will they be treated to an easy to use interface with the fun extra bits HTC offers (such as the world-renowned weather widget, of course,) they’ll have a tiny screen with bright colors and relatively sharp picture to do it with. This device will both impress a new-to-smartphone user and make them wanting more Android in the future. Not only that, they’ll want to stick with HTC because of the ease in using that one single big time draw: the weather widget again! Customization is tuned directly to new users, and with such a compact device that’s not much bigger (and in some cases smaller) than feature phones on the market today, they’ll want to continue sizing up.

In addition, those who’ve used Android in the past and want to down-size for one reason or another would be wise to take a peek at the Wildfire S. Because I’ve got more than one Android device sitting around here for testing, i plan on using this little beast for short trips and those that I don’t plan on being out of the house for more than a couple hours. Email, Twitter, Google+, Facebook, photos, video, and all the rest of my basic communications work on here just fine, leaving only big-screen interactions like video chat (this device doesn’t have a front-facing camera) and video viewing for the bigger guns. Well done, HTC, what a cutie!

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Google Nexus 4G Details [BREAKING - Next Generation Ice Cream Sandwich Device]

So you’d like to know what you’re waiting for next, yes? You’d like to get yourself the newest and greatest phone but you’re hesitant on grabbing the Galaxy S II and you just can’t bring yourself to get that Sensation, yes? Lucky you, someone leaked some information to BGR, and now we’re passing that information on to you, about the next NEXUS device. That is, the next device Google will be participating in closely to bring you the next level of Android in its purest vanilla form. This device may be called the Nexus 4G, and it may well be the most powerful and awe-inspiring Android we’ve seen yet. Do read on!

This device, it’s said by BGR’s source, will feature a processor that is NOT the fabled NVIDIA Kal-El quad-core processor, but will be instead some sort of OMAP 4460 or an ultra low-power 28nm Krait-based Snapdragon. The power on this dual-core processor will be something 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz, while the display will be 720p HD and “monster-sized”, whatever that might entail. Furthermore, per what’s been happening on the Honeycomb side of things, this device will no longer be featuring any kind of physical Android menu buttons, instead relying solely on software-based interaction.

You know what that means: Ice Cream Sandwich! BGR’s source confirms that this device will be running Android version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will be running it on an ultra-thin chassis along the lines of what we expect will be Galaxy S II lines. Inside will be connectedness along 4G LTE pointing toward Verizon or perhaps AT&T. This would be a new direction for Google if they choose AT&T as they’ve favored T-Mobile and Sprint in the past for their Nexus S and Nexus One devices while Verizon has gotten the Motorola DROID and Motorola XOOM, all of them hero devices exemplifying the Android versions they held with vanilla flavoring.

Inside this device will be 1GB of RAM, the ability to capture 1080p video with it’s back-facing camera which will also be 5-megapixels, and a 1-megapixel camera on the front for video chat. This device will of course also be able to play back 1080p video so you can watch Tron and Speed Racer all day long.

This device is said by sources apparently familiar with the matter to be coming out somewhere around Thanksgiving here in the USA. Sound like something you’d like to pick up? Always a rather hearty and solid situation when it comes to Google getting directly involved with an Android!

[via BGR]

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ROM – @trismegist0s ZuluGen – 0.9.2 for Google Samsung Nexus S

trismegistos has released an update to ZuluGen – 0.9.2 . The latest version is now 0.9.2.

This release is supported on the following Device(s):
- Google Samsung Nexus S

Changelog

Version 0.9.2 [7/6/11]

– newest cm nightly source from 07/06/11
– fixed some orange themed things to blue

Version 0.9.1 [5/6/11]

– added blue color when pressing menu buttons

Head over to trismegistos’s CommunityRelease Developer Homepage for more information and downloads.

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Samsung Galaxy S II review: Interface, hardware and operation

So we’ve already looked at the very nice HD camera Samsung has stuck in the Galaxy S II, now it’s time to prod and poke our way around the phone itself and show off a few of Samsung’s user interface tweaks.

Featuring Android 2.3.3 with Samsung’s light and simple Touchwiz interface over the top, the dual-core processor makes the Galaxy S II lightning fast throughout. The 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen screen is dazzling. It feels like a genuine next-generation mobile phone that’s streets ahead of today’s competition.

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And it’s thin. Alarmingly thin. It feels like phones feel when they haven’t got their batteries in – even WITH THE BATTERY IN. In fact, it’s so thin it makes you worry it’s not strong enough, but it seems pretty tough once you’ve got over the shock of the lack of weight in something of this size.

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The back cover is also comically thin and flimsy. Putting it back on the phone is like trying to put the peel back on an orange. It doesn’t snap on, you sort of have to bend it around the compartment and hope the tiny plastic hooks don’t snap. It’s not something you want to do more than once.

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But the result is a phone that’s extremely thin. To be honest, we find Samsung’s black slab design to be a little dull. It is literally nothing more than a rectangle, and has an unsympathetic feel in the hand. A bit like Apple’s oddly aggressive iPhone 4, this has been designed to look nice in photographs rather than feel good in the hand like a nice, rubberised, curvaceous HTC phone.

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It’s also a little odd having capacitive Back and Menu buttons with a physical Home key in the middle. You have to learn which ones to press hard and which ones just need a gentle tickle. Plus the other physical buttons – the volume toggle and power key – are a bit on the small and cheap side.

Again, we miss HTC’s solid chrome-effect finishes.

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We’d have liked to see a bit more KERPOW and glamour in the hardware design, basically. Sure, it’s a big and impressive screen, but there’s nothing about the phone design that makes the Galaxy S II stand out. It is all about the screen.

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And when you turn it on, all negative thoughts disappear. The screen is sensational. Massive. Bright. Sharp. The dual-core processor never skips a beat, either. Apps install fast, the seven Home screens scroll without worry and we’ve not encountered the slightest wobble in operation in a solid six days of use.

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The Home screens can be customised, with Samsung’s Touchwiz interface letting you change the order in which they appear, resize many widgets and much more. The floating dock can’t be edited, but it’s nice to remember that this is a telephone – so having shortcuts to the Phone, Contacts and Messaging apps along the bottom is actually quite useful.

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You can even edit the display fonts, if you want to make it all look weird and unsettling and turn your amazing new phone into something that looks like it belongs to a child.

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The app drawer scrolls sideways, one screen at a time, and automatically puts your installed apps on a separate screen. It’s totally editable, with Samsung’s Touchwiz interface letting users create new pages or store apps in tidy sub-folders.

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There are also some odd motion-based scrolling features in here, which use the phone’s accelerometer to handle page zooming and sorting. Onboard memory is more than adequate – we have 11.5GB of the phone’s internal storage space available, with nearly 2GB available for apps.

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The Notifications bar is relatively untouched, plus there’s a very advanced power-saving menu in here to help keep the phone alive.

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Swype is pre-loaded and works better than ever thanks to the phone’s massive screen and swift processor. And that’s the text messaging system on the left. Little cartoon speech bubbles. Lovely. It’s odd that there’s also a non-customisable Associated Press news widget on here, which pulls in nothing but seriously hardcore US news. Not very useful.

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So anyway, to recap thus far. Amazing screen and a blisteringly fast phone to use, while Samsung’s Touchwiz customisations are only very mild and inoffensive. Using the Galaxy S II is very nice indeed, as long as you don’t mind the phone’s absolutely enormous slab-like design.

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Having spent a bit of time with the similarly-sized Xperia Arc, we’d have to say that Sony Ericsson has done a better job of putting a huge screen into a stylish, ergonomic case. But that’s probably more of a personal preference than a criticism, so don’t get too upset.

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We’ll take a look at the Galaxy S II’s web performance and the pre-loaded apps later today, before giving it a number out of ten. We’re still undecided at time of writing.

Related posts:

  1. HTC Desire S review: HTC Sense 2.1, hardware and operation
  2. Samsung Galaxy Spica hits T-Mobile UK, rebranded the Samsung Galaxy Portal i5700
  3. Galaxy Tab 8.9 confirmed by Samsung
  4. Korean Samsung Galaxy S to get Android 2.2 “from August”

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Adobe Flash 10.2 with Honeycomb Support (in Beta) in the Android Market

All you early adopters out there who spent your life savings on the very first Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola Xoom, will finally be able to use Adobe Flash.  The updated Adobe Flash player is available on the Android Market and is currently in beta for Honeycomb.

 

Adobe Flash 10.2 on Android Market

 

Here’s what they had to say:

DESCRIPTION

Bring the FULL web to your device with Flash Player- videos, games, apps & moreFlash Player enables a FULL web browsing experience.

NOTE: This is a finished production quality release for Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices and a BETA release for Android 3.0.1+ tablets. Please check with your device manufacturer or carrier to ensure you have the latest firmware update for your device.

Flash Player delivers access to your favorite web videos, games and interactive content. Flash Player on your device gives you:
• The freedom to access the same rich web content you experience on a desktop PC from your mobile device – anywhere, anytime;
• Uncompromised browsing without ‘empty boxes’ on web pages.

For optimal performance and the most immersive experience on Android 3.0.1+ tablets, view Flash Player delivered content in full screen by using the menu buttons provided by content providers, or by tapping content once followed by a long tap to bring down a button in the upper left corner which can be tapped to enable full screen mode.

 

What are you waiting for? Head over to the Android Market and download it now and then let us know what difference it makes for you.  Whether you’re running the latest Smartphone or the Motorola Xoom, we’d love to know if it improves anything on your device.

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Adobe Flash 10.2 with Honeycomb support (in Beta) in the Android Market

All you early adopters out there who spent your life savings on the very first Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola Xoom, will finally be able to use Adobe Flash.  The updated Adobe Flash player is available on the Android Market and is currently in beta for Honeycomb.

 

Adobe Flash 10.2 on Android Market

 

Here’s what they had to say:

DESCRIPTION

Bring the FULL web to your device with Flash Player- videos, games, apps & moreFlash Player enables a FULL web browsing experience.

NOTE: This is a finished production quality release for Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices and a BETA release for Android 3.0.1+ tablets. Please check with your device manufacturer or carrier to ensure you have the latest firmware update for your device.

Flash Player delivers access to your favorite web videos, games and interactive content. Flash Player on your device gives you:
• The freedom to access the same rich web content you experience on a desktop PC from your mobile device – anywhere, anytime;
• Uncompromised browsing without ‘empty boxes’ on web pages.

For optimal performance and the most immersive experience on Android 3.0.1+ tablets, view Flash Player delivered content in full screen by using the menu buttons provided by content providers, or by tapping content once followed by a long tap to bring down a button in the upper left corner which can be tapped to enable full screen mode.

 

What are you waiting for! Head over to the Android Market and download it now and then let us know what difference it makes for you.  Whether you’re running the latest Smartphone or the Motorola Xoom, we’d love to know if it improves anything on your device.

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