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Android 101: Adding your own custom sounds to Android events

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The first thing most people do when getting a new phone is change the ringtone. Depending on which Android device you own, your options for different alarms, notifications, and ringtones will vary. Perhaps you aren’t happy with the sounds that came preinstalled on your phone, or you’ve been using the stock sounds and are ready for a change. You’ve got some ringtones on your computer, and want to use them on your phone. How do you get the files from your computer, to your phone? Do you have to put them in any specific place for them to be selectable in the Android menu, and will they be listed in the same place as the sounds that came with your phone? Does it matter what kind of sound files you use? You can find the answers to these questions, and more, after the break.

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OnLive added to LG Smart TV with Google TV

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OnLive this morning announced that as of today it's being integrated into the Google TV build on the Samsung G2 Smart TV. Updates should be delivered over the air today, and it'll be preinstalled on all future LG Google TVs.

The LG G2 comes in a couple of flavors — a 47-inch monitor for $1,699, and a 54.6-inch set at $2,299.

The OnLive gaming service also is preinstalled on the Vizio CoStar Google TV box.

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Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus Will Have Bloatware… Barely

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If you were worried that Verizon might put all their usual software on the Galaxy Nexus – V Cast, VZ Navigator and the like – here is some news for you. Recent screenshots have suggested that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus will come with two preinstalled applications. VZ Backup Assistant and My Verizon Mobile. Doesn’t seem too bad, right?

We imagine the applications won’t harm the first Verizon Nexus experience too much, and most rooters will likely get rid of it the moment they can. And even then, you can just hide it from your app tray in Android 4.0. Let’s just hope things don’t change by the time this actually makes it to retail, whenever that is. [via Droid-Life, thanks JDog!]


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Preinstalled Motorola DROID RAZR Apps Can be Hidden and Uninstalled

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As I wrap my review of the Motorola Droid RAZR I figure it’d be a good time to mention a quick blurb regarding preinstalled applications on the device. Long story short, they can be removed and hidden.

It’s a great option from Verizon and Motorola for users who don’t want a cluttered app tray. Upon holding on an application while inside the app tray, a context menu will pop up allowing to do a few different things.

Alongside grouping the item or adding it to your homescreen, you can hide its icon. It won’t scrub the app from your device entirely but it’s not getting in the way of your other apps.

To access it, simply press the menu button and find the “Hidden Apps” button at the top right of the menu. Some apps can even be uninstalled, with Let’s Golf 2, Madden 12 and a few more putting up no fight. You access the uninstall feature on supported apps by long-pressing, just as with the Hide feature. Let’s hope this becomes a theme with all of Verizon’s phones, Motorola or otherwise.


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Karoke Channel on Google TV

If you want to discover a singing star in you – that’s OK, we won’t stop you. Just on the contrary – we would like to give you a hand. All you have to do is to have an updated version of your Google TV running the latest modified Android version 2.0. I think you’ve noticed that it comes with lots new applications preinstalled and one of them happens to be Karaoke channel. Yep, you sing, people enjoy, you become popular. Here’s what officials say about this service: “Stingray is thrilled to launch The KARAOKE Channel App for Google TV”, says Eric Boyko, President and CEO of Stingray Digital, owner of The KARAOKE Channel. “Google TV owners will be the first to experience the best karaoke experience of both worlds: HD karaoke videos displayed on large screen tvs with the catalog, features and convenience that Internet streaming allows on the Google TV platform“. More than 8,000 licensed, high-quality songs are available for streaming to your TV. So, what are you waiting for?

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Yelp Preinstalled On New T-Mobile Phones

Yelp mobile is now available for a select amount of T-Mobile smartphones.
As of November 2nd, Yelp, the local service, business, and decision making released a statement saying it will now be preloaded on the Exhibit 4G and the myTouch family.
In the second half of 2011, roughly 5 million monthly visitors, which were unique, use Yelp to influence their on the go decision. They want to find businesses nearby, and they want to find them relatively quick. Yelp helps with excellent business ratings and consistent updating. Andrea Rubin, Vice PResident of North American Marketing, makes some striking points as to why this shipment is important:
“As smartphones become more ubiquitous we’re finding that increasing numbers of consumers are turning to Yelp on their mobile devices to find amazing businesses nearby…Through this relationship and the new features we’ve created for T-Mobile users, we hope to increase the ease of use and decrease the amount of time and taps that it takes for someone to find a great local business.”
You can check out Yelp at www.yelp.com

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Swype Beta 3.26 Is Now Available – Improved Features and Layout

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Swype Beta has been updated to version 3.26 but not in the market — no, sir. The only place to get Swype Beta is by registering on their Beta site to become an official “tester.” Really, it’s not as scary as it sounds and if you want to stay up-to-date with the latest Swype features before they’re released in a stable update, Swype Beta is the place to be.

If you’re currently using a device that had Swype (regular) preinstalled, you may want to listen up. Swype Beta cannot be installed over regular Swype and with no way to uninstalling the original app, you’re kinda out of luck. For everyone else, here’s what to expect from the new version of Swype Beta v3.26.

  • Android 1.6 and WQVGA resolution no longer supported
  • Automatic Updates have finally arrived! Once installed, this latest version of Swype will let you install updates on-the-fly via Swype Connect.

    • When an update is ready, you’ll receive an Android Notification informing you that an upgrade is available
    • Install the update right through the Swype Settings window
    • Your user dictionary and settings will automatically be saved during the update!
  • Improved Language Control gives you access to only the languages you use. From Swype Settings you can select which languages will appear when switching languages directly from Swype. Never cycle through a language you don’t use again.
  • The Refined Key Layout brings a better overall user experience, more in line with what users expect. Numbers are now across the top row, and the symbols layer contains several new characters, and a button to switch between 2 pages of symbols.
  • Redesigned Settings & Help makes it easier than ever to control how Swype behaves, and learn how to become an advanced Swype user. Just long-press Swype key to go straight to the Swype Settings window!

[Via SwypeBeta]


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LG Marquee for Sprint

Starting the 6th of October Sprint will be offering the LG Marquee smart-phone aka as the LG Optimus Black. This should be pretty sweet piece of software and hardware candy and I hope that Sprint will offer reasonable prices as well. Also, thanks to the official Sprint’s announcement – the LG Marquee will have the following specifications: a 4-inch color TFT NOVA display at 480 x 800 WVGA resolution capacity, a 1GHz processor, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity with Hotspot support, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front facing camera, Sprint ID, a microSD card slot (2GB included card), 512MB RAM, 2GB ROM, virtual QWERTY keyboard (with SWYPE text input technology preinstalled) and Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a board. Also, expect to get about 5.5 hrs of talk time with its 1500mAh battery. Of course, the most exciting thing is its NOVA display that offers perfect looking angels and behaves great while using it outdoors. So, the only thing we have to do is – wait.

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Verizon Said to Announce Verizon Apps Store Later Today

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CNN reports that Verizon will be announcing Verizon Apps later today at a Las Vegas Conference. It will be an Android app store exclusive to Verizon customers and the store is expected to be preinstalled on new handsets going forward and offered to existing Android smartphone owners.

Details are a tad scarce at the moment, but it’s said Verizon will employ Chomp to power their application searching engine. Without knowing much more than that, we’re inclined to scratch our heads and question why Verizon’s doing this. If you don’t remember, they launched the V Cast Apps store a while back.

Among carrier billing to make it easier for users to buy apps, they also promised more visibility due to a more hands-on approval process which would eliminate the many garbage apps you see in the Android market. It’s perceived that didn’t go too well for Verizon, but we can’t say for sure.

But if they really didn’t do all too well with V Cast apps, why would they come out and reintroduce the same thing? Will there be different and newer incentives for developers? Is Chomp’s discovery engine the main driving force for a relaunch? We can’t say for sure, but hopefully we’ll know more before the sun goes down.


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More Android-Running HP TouchPad Units Popping Up at Retail [Video]

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Well, this is just peachy. Another lucky soul was able to buy an HP TouchPad (for $100) that had Android preinstalled instead of WebOS. Apparently, there’s a bit of a back story as to why this anomaly is happening. It appears Qualcomm, the chipset vendor for the tablet, tested Android on several units.

Probably the result of a geek’s boredom between shoving more chipsets into more phones and tablets. But, somehow, retail stores are getting these units and selling them to customers. One user gives us nearly 3 and a half minutes of Android love on the TouchPad showing that Android can run quite nicely, likely without a lick of optimization.

We only have one question, Qualcomm – when will you release the method? The community’s going to get this thing cracked wide open eventually, so you might as well come clean and make it easier for everyone involved. Video’s above. [Android & Me]


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Samsung Conquer 4G

Well, just a usual update in Sprint’s line that will give us a possibility to purchase the Samsung Conquer 4G, one of the most affordable 4G smart-phones. So, without any delays here are its specs: a 3.5-inch touch-screen display, a 1GHz processor, a 3.2MP rear camera, a 1.3MP front facing camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, GPS navigation, stereo Bluetooth wireless technology, dual-mode 3G/4G support, a microSD card slot that supports up to a 32GB memory card (2GB card included), 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capable, supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G networks, Sprint ID and Android 2.3 Gingerbread preinstalled on it. Starting the 21st of August you will be able to get the smart-phone mentioned for $99 with a two-year contract and $50 rebate. Well, it looks a bit old-fashioned but it doesn’t mean that the Samsung Conquer 4G has nothing to boast with. Stay tuned for a detailed review from our dedicated writers.

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AT&T’s Nexus S Now Available for $100 Through Best Buy

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If you were one of several souls waiting for a subsidized version of the Nexus S to hit AT&T, you should already know that it’s out today via Best Buy. And if you don’t know, then now you know. The Nexus S is the second ever Nexus phone, this one being manufactured by Samsung. AT&T’s version comes with Android 2.3.4 preinstalled and all of the same internals and goods as the original. Go ahead and scoop yours up if your upgrade is itching for some pure Google love.


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LogMeIn Ignition Preinstalled On Toshiba Thrive

Well, this is nice! Toshiba has made a decision to release its Toshiba Thrive tablet with the preinstalled LogMeIn Ignition application. This app is great because it allows you to access your computer with the help of mobile devices. Those lucky owners of Toshiba Thrive tablets will be able to get the app mentioned for a discount price of $24.99. Also, a 45-day free trial is available. Normally, the app is worth $29.99. There are lots of apps like this on the Android Market but only a few of them work just as they should to and by all means LogMeIn Ignition app is the best combination of features and price offered. I do not know what for you might need something like this but if there is anything that requires wireless access to your Desktop – LogMeIn Ignition should become that connecting bridge from your mobile device to your PC. Enjoy and do not forget to share your impressions in the comment section below.

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The Milestone 3 made official in China

The Milestone 3 or the Motorola DROID 3 has been rumored quite a bit during the last couple of weeks. And today Motorola has made the device official, unveiling its specs. Interested? Well, the device will pack a 4-inch 540×960 qHD display, dual-core processor, 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and 1080p video capture, front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, global calling capabilities, and Android 2.3 preinstalled.Motorola Mobility and China Telecom Introduce the Third Milestone to China

“Motorola’s Milestone line has already been a great success in China, and XT883 is a much anticipated addition to the family,” said Ma Daojie, director of the China Telecom Device Management Center. “We are delighted to introduce XT883 here in Guangzhou at our most important trade show of the year. The launch represents a genuine milestone for China Telecom’s partnership with Motorola, and for our combined commitment to bringing great mobile experiences to Chinese consumers.”

“The Motorola XT883 enables even the most productive people accomplish more,” said Frank Meng, corporate senior vice president, and president, Greater China of Motorola Mobility, Inc. “The Milestone brand invokes a sense of advanced intelligence and amazing speed, and we wanted to build upon that standard. We are happy to continue the Milestone tradition in cooperation with China Telecom with the introduction of XT883 in China.”


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Samsung Exhibit 4G and Gravity Smart For T-mobile

So, if T-mobile is your favorite mobile carriers, then we have some good news for your interest. It looks like T-mo has some serious intentions to expend its line with two brand new smart-phones from Samsung. Those lucky devices are going to be the Samsung Exhibit 4G and the Samsung Gravity Smart. The Exhibit 4G (that one on the left) is equipped with a 1GHz CPU, a 21Mbps 4G radio (nice), Samsung’s Media Hub, Doodle Jump, Bejeweled 2 and Scrabble apps preinstalled and is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Exhibit 4G will cost you $79.99 with a new agreement and a $50 rebate. The Gravity Smart (that one on the right) has a slide-out four-row QWERTY keyboard, is running Android 2.2, has T-Mobile’s Group Text service and a 3MP camera.  It will also come in different colors and the Berry Red and Sapphire Blue models will cost $69.99, while the Lunar Gray model will go for $29.99 but only after the usual agreement and $50 rebate.

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Dropbox App Preinstalled On SE Phones

To be frank, I do not often use my Dropbox account. Well, I have everything “under control” and all the important files are backed up in the dark and safe places. But, Dropbox is a good service no matter what and it looks like Sony Ericsson is aware about it. To prove SE’s confidence in Dropbox, this great manufacturer is going to release a number of phones with the preinstalled Dropbox application. Devices labeled as “Dropbox-powered phones” will be sold in Denmark, the UK, Sweden, Australia and Italy. To be frank, that “Dropbox-powered phone” label means nothing as far as you can get the app mentioned from the Android Market anytime and it will work on almost every “non-Dropbox-powered phone.” Already beginning this month, Sony Ericsson will sell phones in Japan through Softbank with Dropbox app on them. In addition, Softbank customers will get 1GB+ bonus on top of the free 2GB already given.

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T-Mobile confirms gratis WiFi calling for the magenta-clad masses

Last week, the online grapevine foretold that T-Mobile users would have complimentary calling over WiFi. Now, the pink provider’s powers that be have made good on the gossip and officially made free WiFi calling official. The service is available to those with Android handsets with the carrier’s Smart Wi-Fi app preinstalled and are on T-Mo’s Even More or Even More Plus plans. All others wanting a dose of free will have to pony up for a new plan — you didn’t think it was actually free, did you?

T-Mobile confirms gratis WiFi calling for the magenta-clad masses originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 16 May 2011 21:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Casio Commando

If a carrier is not talking about the upcoming release it doesn’t mean that the mystery device won’t appear on the market. So, the announced Casio Commando is going to be launched on Verizon on the 28th of April. And because there are a few days left before its release, we will share with you a few specs about this smart-phone. Casio Commando was called that way not because of the fact that its creator likes Schwarzenegger’s movie Commando but because it is carrying the 810G Military Specification. You will also find here a 3.6-inch touch-screen display with a 480×800 resolution capacity, an 800 MHz CPU, a 5 MP camera rear camera, 512 MB RAM, mobile hotspot capability, a preinstalled 8 GB microSD card (but you can put 32 GB microSD if you want and need to). What concerns the application matter, Casio Commando will have Casio GzGear apps as well as Verizon’s value-added applications. So, if you are interested, get yourself prepared for release.

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T-Mobile Sidekick 4G root already discovered

The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G has only been on sale since Wednesday, but that hasn’t slowed down the rooting masters at xda-developers. They’ve already come up with a root for the messaging-centric smartphone, opening the door to custom ROMs and other juicy hacks.

The root is the handiwork of “josby”, but according to other xda members there are several ways to hack the Sidekick 4G. Next up is stripping away some of the preinstalled apps T-Mobile load onto the handset, which may give it an extra turn of speed.

We found the Sidekick to be something of a unique proposition among Android devices, doing a darn good job of following in the footsteps of its unusual predecessors and differentiating itself for a pretty specific market. More on the Sidekick 4G in the full Android Community review.

[Thanks Kenny!]

1) enable debug USB mode on your phone

2) install Samsung drivers for the phone – right now Samsung’s site seems to not have a choice for the Sidekick 4G’s model (SGH-T839), but I grabbed the drivers for the Vibrant (at www .samsung.com/us/support/downloads/SGH-T959ZKDTMB) and they worked.

3) get adb shell working on your PC (Google it)

4) download the rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin and Superuser packages from the links in this page: wiki.cyanogenmod.com/index.php?title=HTC_Hero_%28CDMA%29:_Full_Update_G uide (be sure to unzip the files into the directory where your adb.exe program is unless you’ve put it in your path)

5) reboot your phone and plug it in

6) adb push rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin /data/local/tmp

7) adb shell

8) cd /data/local/tmp

9) chmod 755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin

10) ./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin

11) wait until you get booted back out to your DOS command prompt

12) adb kill-server

13) adb start-server

14) adb shell

15) you should now be at a # prompt. The first few times I tried, I wasn’t – I was at $. Doing this from a fresh boot seemed to be the trick. Reboot your phone and try again if you’re getting a $.

16) mount -o remount,rw /dev/block/stl9 /system

17) exit

18) adb push su /system/xbin

19) adb shell chmod 4755 /system/xbin/su

20) adb push Superuser.apk /system/app

21) adb shell mount -o remount,ro /dev/block/stl9 /system

22) exit

23) reboot the phone then run an app that requests root, such as Root Explorer, to verify

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