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T-Mobile CEO reveals resolutions for 2014

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The CEO of T-Mobile is always known to have great social media presence, especially on Twitter. And with the company gearing up to announce something special and consumer friendly at CES next week, CEO John Legere has been getting more attention than usual. And now, the official Twitter account of T-Mobile has posted an image with the company’s resolutions for 2014 as mentioned by the CEO himself.

The image has the 2013 resolutions to the left with all the boxes checked as well as upcoming resolutions which include continuing to “remove customer pain points” and making a splash at the CES 2014 event. In his usual way, the CEO didn’t refrain from taking a jibe at the carrier’s arch enemy AT&T. The efforts made by T-Mobile in the past year to revolutionize the telecommunications industry in the U.S. has been very commendable and it is hoped that the carrier continues its merry run going forward in 2014, as promised.

Source: @JohnLegere – Twitter

Via: Phone Arena

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Building a Better Android [Opinion]

Designing Android apps can be a monstrous challenge. Between multiple screen sizes, resolutions, Android versions, and manufacturer skins, developers have enough variables to make it nearly impossible to make an app that both looks like it fits the design language of your phone and is enjoyable to use on the devices you own. While Google [...]

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Use the Nexus 10 to simulate almost any Android device while testing your app

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We've all heard the stories that say it's impossible to develop for Android because of all the different possible screen sizes and resolutions. The flip side is that the way Android development is done, most of the time that doesn't really matter. I'm able to string together an Android application, but I'm no serious app developer, so I'm guessing the reality lies somewhere in the middle — having a selection of screen sizes and resolutions to test on can;t be a bad thing.

If you have a Nexus 10, none of this matters. Using a tool first developed in 2011, you can use your Nexus 10 to simulate almost any Android environment. Because the N10 screen is so high resolution and has such a high pixel density you can emulate the different sizes and ppi right on the tablet with a few handy commands – "adb shell am display-size" and "adb shell am display-density". 

Using those two commands while the screen is off will let the attached device will emulate the chosen parameters when the screen is turned back on. You'll want to read all the documentation before you get started, but this looks like a great (and inexpensive) way to test your app layout across many different environments. 

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Healthy Wealthy nWise Debuts On iPad To Bolster New Year Resolutions

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Developer: THE METIS GROUP, L. L. C.  
Price: free   Download

As part of their continuing growth strategy and their drive to empower and improve , Healthy Wealthy nWise Magazine releases the iPad version of their publication today. The online mag brings the experience and insight of dozens of leading growth and development experts during a time of year when people refocus their priorities and strengthen their resolve to improve their well-being.

The digital-only magazine centers on helping to create success, freedom, balance and passion for life – issues that are on the forefront of everyone’s mind at the start of the New Year.

According to USA.gov 12 of the 14 most persistent resolutions are commitments to improving health, improving financial situation and increasing personal growth. These include simple promises to get fit, eat better, lose weight and moderate drinking and smoking. The list also includes vows to manage stress, to pursue traveling and to get better financial footing through savings, debt management or a better job, usually complemented by getting a better education.

Healthy Wealthy nWise provides a wealth of expert advice and instruction on health and wellness, careers and business, money and finance, spirituality and mind science and personal empowerment. The magazine does this through the contributions of industry giants such as Dr. Stephen R. Covey, Jack Canfield, Les Brown, Eckhart Tolle, Larry Winget and dozens of other “Real Life Legends”.

Readers gain specialized insight into actually keeping their promises for the new year, as well as comprehension of what keeps us from meeting our yearly goals. In addition to its 160,000 online subscribers, this year the magazine will bring its powerful messages to iPad users as well. It’s an emerging market that increasingly favors the magazine’s simple, uncluttered, intuitive format.

The health and fitness focus by itself already has sizeable potential in the app market. Some of the best New Year’s apps this year according to Mashable, Yahoo! and iMore are centered on fitness. That’s because half of resolutions this year (again) are centered on watching your weight and getting more exercise.

But the personal development content is where the magazine really shines. According to Prof. Peter Herman of the University of Toronto most New Year’s resolutions fail because of unrealistic goals and the failure to “calibrate your ambitions to your abilities.”

Another reason is that people often bite off more than they can chew. Resolutions are often focused on drastic changes and thus set up for drastic failures. Dr. Stephen Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People emphasizes starting small. Setting small achievable goals leads to successes. Says Dr. Covey, “You can build on this with other small promises and enlarge your victory until you establish healthy habits for your life.”

Healthy Wealthy nWise provides consistent, valuable inspiration and direction on how to create realistic goals and build those small successes into healthy habits. Even more, readers are educated by industry experts on how to break other barriers to success and keep the momentum of improving their personal development – part of the 10-year mission of this digital publication.

Ric Thompson, co-founder and CMO of Healthy Wealthy nWise explains enthusiastically about the magazine’s app debut. “New Year’s is about fresh starts but it’s also about new perspectives. Being able to see things more clearly allows us to re-evaluate what we truly want in life. Sometimes that’s all we need to find success. We hope that bringing the magazine to the iPad will help many more people find that success too.”

Over 100 million iPad users will have a choice of purchasing single issues of Healthy Wealthy nWise or taking a monthly subscription. The magazine offers a free first issue for monthly subscriptions, available through the iTunes store.

Healthy Wealthy nWise 2.7.5 is free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.

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Philips to offer multiple 7″ tablets with Android 4.0

Philips recently announced its plans to offer Android 4.0 in their new line of 7″ tablets. Initially only slated for introduction in China, it’s not known if they will make their way to the US market. Though not the first to use the 4.0 software, they are going a different route with its processors.

Where most manufacturers are using primarily ARM or 86x processors, Philips has gone with the MIPS processor. Philips is not the first to use this combination of MIPS and 4.0,the Ainol Novo 7 being one of the original devices doing it. Google has taken notice of the expanding use of the newer MIPS based units and is promising more support with their software.

Looking at the 2012 line up of new tablets from Philips, we can get some specs on the pending releases. Resolutions appear to be either a 1024×600 pixel or 800×480 pixel depending on model. Also there will be support for the different media types including MP4, H.264 and WMV. Projected battery life is going to be 4 to 5 hours for the new devices. Philips has been introducing many new products recently that support Android devices so this move just seems makes sense.

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webOS Enyo 1.0 now available to all, just requires patch and patience

HP’s Enyo framework is an essential ingredient for allowing new apps to work on webOS devices with different resolutions, but due to some sort of ethnocentric hiccup, v1.0 hasn’t officially reached all international webOS phones and tablets. Fortunately, WebOS Internals has prepared a nice little Preware install package that anyone, anywhere can enjoy. At this point, adding Enyo will only provide access to a few extra apps, but at least the world will be reunited in its preparedness for a glistening future, right?

webOS Enyo 1.0 now available to all, just requires patch and patience originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 03 Feb 2012 19:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android Resolutions: Resolve to put the phone down and talk to someone

Android Central

You know what?  We've come a long way when we're talking about smartphones.  I remember carrying an old BlackBerry pager to check my work e-mail, and back then I would have never imagined having something like an Android phone that was bright, colorful, and filled with fun stuff to keep me occupied.  I love how far we've come, and the nerd in me can't wait to see what's next.  But I see a trend that's a little disturbing, and I'm sure you guys see it too — people getting so involved in what's happening on the 4-inch screen in their hands they forget about what might be going on around them.  Which leads me to our final Android resolution.

Resolve to put the phone down and talk to people

It sure is fun to play Fruit Ninja, and I can't wait to see what Google+ has to say about the GOP primary in New Hampshire.  And when I hear that sound telling me I have a new DM in Twitter, well, I've got to jump on that, right?  Wrong.  My grouchy neighbor or the retired gentlemen I eat breakfast with at the truck stop would love to talk about politics, and I can think of plenty of fun games I could play with my wife that don't involve slashing watermelons on a touchscreen.  And that tweet that just came in?  It will be there when I'm finished.  Playing Words with Friends isn't nearly as fun as sharing real words with real friends.  Don't be that guy at the party, sitting alone and texting someone miles away when people are right there, ready to be real with you.

We tend to get wrapped up in our own little Android world, when the great big world is busy and filled with something new and different all the time.  Going through life with your nose stuck in your smartphone only makes sure you miss a lot of cool stuff in the real world.  Let's all try a little experiment, if only for an hour or two.  Put your phone in your pocket, get in your car and go to the park and feed some ducks.  Or grab a carload of friends and go tubing.  Or spend a quiet morning fishing and enjoying the sounds and sights of Mother Nature.  Talk to your family a bit more, talk to your friends a bit more.  See if you enjoyed your time in the real world better than you would have enjoyed it had you spent it on Facebook.

I'm betting you will.

Read all of our Android resolutions

Choose an Android ResolutionResolve to leave better comments in the Android MarketResolve to be hands-free in the carResolve to help thy fellow Android neighborResolve to spend more in the Android MarketResolve to love the phone you're with

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Android Resolutions: Love the phone you’re with

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There's probably absolutely nothing wrong with your phone. No, really. So what if it's a year old? Hell, so what if it's two years old? So long as it's relatively free of dings and scratches and is in reasonably good working order, chances are you've got an above-average Android smartphone. And remember that even a mid-level Android smartphone is better than, well, everything else.

Resolve that if you can't be with the phone you love, honey, love the phone you're with

The Android world moves pretty damn fast. If your phone is the new hotness today, chances are it'll seem old and busted in a month. But it's not. If we seem to forget about your phone, try not to take it personally. We love your month-old  phone. Really, we do. And you should still love your phone as well.

Every now and then I charge up my Nexus One to do something or other. And I hold that little guy (remember when a 3.7-inch screen seemed big?) in my had, feel the smoothness and contrast of the soft-touch paint and metal — and briefly think about making it my main phone yet again. It happens every time. For me, the Nexus One was the damn near perfect device. Not flawless, but just right.

Maybe for you that phone for you is one of the versions of the Samsung Galaxy S. That was the phone to have in 2010, no doubt. We finally got it here in the U.S. in the latter half of the year, and not too long after that, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the Samsung Nexus S were announced. Whoops. So much for that Captivate/Vibrant/Fascinate/Epic 4G Touch, which barely got Gingerbread and in all likelihood won't seen an official upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. 

The HTC ThunderBolt was the phone to have in the spring of 2011. The Bionic was hot for, what, a month? Now we've got the promise of quad cores and radios that work and Ice Cream Sandwich. The Samsung Galaxy S II — which took its sweet time getting here, too — has already given way to talk of an unannounced Galaxy S III. Same goes for the Droid 2, which was replaced less than a year later by the Droid 3. And the Droid 4 is already waiting in the wings. (Bloggers lazily love, if nothing else, the ideas of sequels.)

You get the point. It's basically like the first 15 minutes of Toy Story around here. What once was shiny and new and played with every day is relegated to the toy box. And it's a shame. There's an assumption that just because an aging Android smartphone isn't getting the latest major upgrade because the Earth turns too damn quickly, it should be put down like Old Yeller. That's ridiculous.

A Galaxy S or ThunderBolt or Nexus One with Gingerbread hardly is a worthless device. Still makes phone calls, right? Still browses the web. Still runs most Android apps. Still handles e-mail better than any device on the planet. Yeah, it might not do it as sexy as an Ice Cream Sandwich device. But it still does it. And it does it better and with more flare than any other smartphone available.

We're not helping matters any, we know. It's our job to stay up with the latest and greatest Android devices. We get to play with them all. It's insane. And we too quickly forget about what are some really great devices that are available within months for a not a whole lot of money. 

When you reach into your pocket and pull out that little glass and plastic miracle, don't look at it with disdain, simply because it's gotten a stray gray hair or two. Think of all the e-mails it's handled. All the games it's played. All the pictures it's taken. All the texts it's messaged. And how many more it has to come.

It's OK to look longingly at the next best thing. But if you can't be with the phone you love, honey, love the phone you're with.

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Android Resolutions: Resolve to spend more in the Android Market

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There's a fallacy about Android users: We're cheapskates. We refuse to purchase applications. Or, at least, we don't purchase apps as frequently as users of other platforms. On one hand, so what? There are countless bad-ass Android apps that don't cost a dime. What's wrong with that?

On the other hand, none of us would be here if it weren't for developers and content creators. And we should all want to support them. And so …

Resolve to spend more in the Android Market

Actually, let's start with apps, but we need to remember to think beyond them.

When it comes to Android applications, there are myriad options. Consider the following:

  • You've got your free apps.
  • Your free apps with ads.
  • Your "lite" apps.
  • Your paid apps without advertising.
  • The odd paid app with advertising.
  • And our favorite, the "donate" version, which might have the same functionality as the free version.

It's that last bullet point that probably deserves more attention. If presented with two apps that do the same thing, only one is free and the other costs, say, 99 cents as a "donation," ask yourself which you'd be more likely to download. Now ask yourself why? If it's an app you use and like, why not give back to the developer?

That said, we'll be the first (well, we'll hardly be the first) to mention that the Android Market's making things a little more difficult by allowing only a 15-minute refund window if you purchase an app and discover it sucks. That makes pulling the trigger a little more difficult. But not all app purchases need that sort of trial period. Point is, if you're presented with a choice, spare a buck when you can.

And then there are the newer fares in the Android Market — movies and music. Don't forget about them. The movies section still leaves a lot to be desired. Or maybe it doesn't. That can be a bit subjective. Same goes for purchasing music from Google. Some days it's great. Other days I go running back to another music store. But the only way either one is going to get better is for us to keep using it, to keep purchasing.

It's a bit of a Catch-22, I know. If there's nothing good in the Market, you won't spend money there. And if nobody's spending money, you'll not seen newer, better content added. So think about that when you're deciding whether to go with a free or donation version of an app. Or if you're going to torrent a movie or album (you naughty thing, you) instead of spending a couple bucks. In the end, shelling out makes for a better ecosystem.

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Android Resolutions: Resolve to help thy fellow Android neighbor

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Sharing is caring.  We've all heard that phrase before, and I'll wager that most of the time we all agree.  I think at heart everyone wants to be a helpful member of society, both online and off.  If I'm right, there's an easy way we can make an impact — helping our fellow Android enthusiasts. 

Resolve to help thy fellow Android neighbor

Think back to when you first got your hands on an Android phone or tablet.  Remember the excitement and fun you had discovering all the great stuff you could do with it?  Now remember how frustrating it was when you couldn't find the easy way to do something simple, like add a contact or change the notification for SMS messages.  We all have been there, and chances are we had to ask a question or two along the way.  Hopefully, the answers we all got were helpful and friendly.

Now think how many people got an Android device this holiday season — 3.7 million of them (not counting Amazon Kindle Fires).  You will meet some of these people online, and especially here at Android Central.  They are going to have questions if this is their first Android device.  Take a moment, and offer advice in a helpful way.  In fact, resolve to go one step further and head into the forums once a day and try to find someone to help.  You'll feel good doing it, and chances are you can help make someone a bit happier with their new Android phone or tablet. 

We're not suggesting you hold someone's hand and walk them through every simple little thing — nobody learns anything that way.  We're just saying that we all need to take a few moments and offer an helpful advice we have to our neighbors in need.  Try it, chances are you'll like it.

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What Are Your 2012 Android Resolutions?

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So 2012 is finally upon us and, according to some calendar by some ancient civilization, the world (as we know it) is supposed to end. Well, that doesn’t mean you have to stop using your Android phones and run for the stores to stock up on water and tissue. Assuming this year does, in fact, go as planned, what will be your 2012 Android resolutions?

For me, I need to stop flashing so many custom ROMs. I have missed tons of calls and text messages this way and it’s a main reason why I now use Google Voice almost exclusively for messaging and sometimes voice calls. And, well, having a Nexus sort of subsides my urge to flash ROMs as I think Ice Cream Sandwich has nearly everything I want.

I do still have a ROM – Android Revolution HD –  and plan to keep it updated, but I won’t be switching back and forth between 15-20 different developers’ wares like I was back when I had my G1, EVO 4G, Epic 4G and Epic 4G Touch. The backup and restore processes alone are excruciating even if it is all automatic.

I also need to stop buying so many phones. Within the past 4 months I’ve had about 5 different phones. To date, since the G1 was released, I’ve owned about 12 different Android phones between Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. I don’t even want to get into my old Windows Mobile days.

Twice I have broken contract to get a certain phone on a certain carrier, and since I’m on a family plan and often break contract early it costs me a LOT of dough. That definitely needs to stop. With my Galaxy Nexus I don’t think I’ll need another phone for a long time anyway

What about everyone else? Will you be doing some storage cleaning? Getting rid of some apps or games you don’t use, perhaps? Will you be doing any of the things I mentioned above? Let’s hear what you vow to do in relation to Android this upcoming year in the comments below!


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Happy New Year 2012: Android Resolutions

Happy New Year from Android Community! I know many are probably still sleeping off the nights party but for those making resolutions, or already made a few last night we thought we’d chime in with a few from the world of Android. Traditionally people resolve to eat less junk food, stop a bad habit, lose some weight, be nicer to people and more — we have a few Android-based resolutions of our own.

Once I really sat down and starting to think about a few new year resolutions for Android I quickly started getting all sorts of ideas. From saying to leave nicer, more useful comments in the Android Market comment/reviews section, to be friendly in forums and developer sites and help your fellow Android enthusiasts. Although I do agree people need to search, investigate, and read how-to guides before asking silly questions when it comes to modding and hacking Android. Either way — be nicer to our friends and foes in the Android Community.

Battery Life

Battery life: we need bigger, better, with shorter charging times. Obviously the technology has only came so far and there is only so much room in these increasingly thinner phones and tablets. Batteries like the one above plastering 2,430 mAh (wow) in a big noticeable sticker isn’t what I have in mind either. That cheap battery probably is 1000 mAh under that wrapper. I’m talking about real battery improvements — whether that be in general power management with OS, displays, and apps — to bigger and better batteries that wont make our devices larger.

If people can drive 100 miles with a Prius with nothing but battery power then why can’t my Android smartphone last 3 days like my old Nokia candy-bar phone did? Just a thought. That is my first resolution for 2012.

Google Nexus Tablet

Now I wont spend too much time on this Nexus Tablet thing — mainly because we heard it from the big man himself. Google CEO Eric Schmidt said back in December that a Google Nexus Tablet could be here within the next six months. Now this is a very real possibility and something I’ve wanted forever (well, since the Xoom let me down). My only concern is making the design impressive enough for it to blow up, without getting Apple’s slew of lawyers in crazed dash for the courtroom. That is also my next resolution — chill out on the lawsuits everyone! Back to the tablet though, I have a feeling Google is planning a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 Android 4.1 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet that will hopefully set the tone once again for Android. Who’s with me?

Lawsuits and Carrier IQ

This entire lawsuit and Carrier IQ disaster than has erupted throughout 2011 is actually very irritating. I seriously almost didn’t even want to mention it but I feel it is quite necessary. Between the Apple/Micro$oft vs Google thing to the train wreck many are calling Carrier IQ. These types of things in general need to stop — although I’m almost positive the never will. The countless countless lawsuits thrown around by Apple are starting to get a bit ridiculous, not to mention all their “innovative” patents. And don’t even get me started on Carrier IQ.

Micro$oft needs to focus on Windows Phone 7.whatever and leave Android to do its thing. Attacking every manufacturer in their grasp isn’t going to do any good for anyone or the technology market as a whole — other than make Bill Gates richer.

Now I might have ended that on an angry note so sorry about that. I’m going to keep this sort of short and sweet and leave you guys with those few resolutions although here at Android Community we could think of plenty more. I do love innovation and the increasingly better and faster technology and devices, but could a few manufacturers (I’m looking at you Motorola) slow down on the releases. I know many Bionic owners were angry to see the RAZR appear so soon, and the DROID 3 getting replaced by something awesome isn’t sitting well with D3 buyers either. The rate of speed smartphones are being released and produced is awesome in every way that is for sure. Getting locked into 2-year contracts is almost a crime and something I just don’t see myself doing again. I’ll buy outright and enjoy the best whenever possible — but that is just me.

I’m sure many of our readers have resolutions of their own, plenty probably of which are Android related. Feel free to share any and all resolutions you may have in the comment section below.

Happy New Year!

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Android Resolutions: Resolve to leave better comments in the Android Market

Android Central New Year's Resolution

The New Year holiday traditionally is a time when people resolve to do things better.  Many of us will resolve to lose a bit of weight, or stop a bad habit, or any number of things we can think of that would make life, or the quality of it, better.  Some things we resolve to do are big and important, others are a bit more simple, but they all work towards the same goal — improving ourselves.  We all have our personal New Year's resolutions (guess who started smoking again and is going to put a stop to it), but here at Android Central we'd like to extend some more community-based ways we all can improve, and we're calling them Android Resolutions.  We'll start small:

Resolve to leave better comments in the Android Market

If you've ever made something for use by others, you know how important feedback can be — and, more important, the right kind of feedback.  Android's open spirit and nature means there's more possibility for things to go wrong, so communication is important when you're talking with a hard working application developer.  Consider this:

Dis app sucks yo. zero stars

That's a real comment left in the Market, by a user whose name I won't mention for an app I'll also not mention.  The comment is 100 percent worthless, both to the person reading it and trying to decide if they should spend 99 pennies, and to the developer who would like the app to work well for everyone.  We have no idea why the app "sucks," and it may as well have not even been posted.  In contrast, look at this one from the same app:

Everything seems good until a text comes in, then the app crashes. Have to force close it and reopen to get back.  3 stars for the effort (Optimus V-Froyo)

Same app, and very likely the same issue "Mr. app sucks yo" is having.  But this time around, the developer knows where to look for the problem, and you and I know that if we have an Optimus V (which is an amazingly popular Android phone) or if we're running Froyo we might experience issues.  This is helpful in every way. 

So I'm suggesting we all resolve to leave clear and concise comments in the Market for apps we try and use.  We all benefit, and it's really not a lot of effort.  (If you really want to go the extra mile, take 60 seconds and e-mail the developer. They'll likely thank you for it.)

Remember — developers and the applications they create are a huge part of any smartphone platform, and we're lucky to have a ton of them.  Let's all do our part to help make them better.

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Size Really Does Matter: Common Tablet Resolutions Compared

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In one of the the more recent weekend polls, we asked what is your ideal tablet screen size? - most users went for 9.51" – 10.5", which ended up taking about 50% of the overall votes. This is not much of a surprise since 10.1-inch is the most common size of Android tablet.

For those who don’t already own a tablet, though, trying to decide what size to get can be somewhat of a task. Today we’re going to take a closer look at a couple of different tablet resolutions to give you a better idea…

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Google+ Update: +1 Photos, +1 Comments, And Added Support For Higher Photo Resolutions

  Google just pushed out an updated version of their beloved Google+ application.  New support for higher photo resolutions was much needed and now users can even “+1″ individual comments and photos.  Big props to Google for continually supporting this great application.  It will only get better. Market Link

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Holiday gift guide: What to get the fitness nut

 

Android Central Gift Guide

With the holidays right around the corner, we're staring down the ugly double-barrel of gifts and the inevitable New Year's resolutions. Finding the right gifts for the fitness freak in your life can sometimes be a chore, but here at Android Central, we've got you covered.

And what about those folks who'll pledge to be more active and exercise more in the new year? Well, there's gifts for them on this list, too.

Join us after the break for the whole shakedown of what'll get yours (or their) blood pumping.

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Up close and personal with HD SuperAMOLED

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Because we know some in the Android community (and elsewhere) like to get worked up over things like the PenTile matrix used Samsung's new HD SuperAMOLED display technology, we decided to snap some close-ups of the tech in all its high-def (1280×800) glory on a shiny new Galaxy Note. If you're a regular around here, you'll know that HD SuperAMOLED also used on the Galaxy Nexus's 720p display.

We think it's safe to say you don't have anything to worry about — HD resolutions on a hand-held SuperAMOLED device look just as gorgeous as you'd expect them to, even when you're viewing things up-close. Hit the jump for a few more photos…

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Google Maps Update Adds NFC Support For Upcoming Android 4.0′s Android Beam Feature

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Google has updated Google Maps to prepare for the upcoming launch of Ice Cream Sandwich. The update’s changelog suggested the only change was related to reduced app storage size for devices with varying resolutions, but tucked away in the permissions list was NFC support, likely for the Android Beam feature that we saw demoed this past Tuesday at the Ice Cream Sandwich / Galaxy Nexus event.

Read more about Android beam here. While the update won’t mean anything for anyone but Google employees with the Galaxy Nexus, we’re glad to see the feature will be ready once the phone and OS launches. Update in the Android market if you want.


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Velocity Micro unveils new Cruz T408 and T410 tablets

Velocity Micro is extending its tablet offerings with a pair of new budget-priced Gingerbread models. The Cruz T408 and Cruz T410 are 8-inches and 10-inches respectively (natch), with built-in access to the Amazon App Store and WiFi Internet access. The tablets are available now starting at $239.

Both tablets share identical internals: a 1GHz Cortex processor, 512Mb of RAM, a front-facing camera and an extremely welcome capacitive touchscreen. The screens themselves are oddly mismatched: the 8-inch T408 will have a 4:3 screen, whereas the T410 goes for a full widescreen 16:9 experience. Resolutions weren’t announced, but I’d guess 8oo x 600 and 1280 x 720, respectively. There’s a surprising amount of built-in apps, including QuickOffice, Adobe Flash and the ever-popular Angry Birds. These being Gingerbread tablets, there’s no access to the Android Market or Google apps, but the Amazon App Store should have most people covered.

Check out the official video below – watch at 42 seconds for a familiar face.

Both tablets are shipping from Velocity Micro’s web store now, and you can probably expect them at retail locations soon. The Cruz T408 will retail for just $239, while the big brother T410 will cost $299. That might be a hard sell as the Amazon Kindle Fire release draws nearer, but some might prefer a more traditional Gingerbread tablet to Amazon’s super-customized loss-leader. And who knows – if Google releases the open source code for Ice Cream Sandwich as promised, these budget tablets could become platforms for custom ICS ROMs very quickly.

[via Android Central]

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Getting your apps ready for Ice Cream Sandwich [developers]

Fragments

With the release of Ice Cream Sandwich looming on the horizon, Android lead tech writer Scott Main has taken some time to talk to developers about how to get Honeycomb-only apps ready for the smaller screen.  When ICS is released, and going forward from that point, the Android code for phones and tablets will be the same, just displayed differently based on screen size.  Because of the different devices available, tools and methods were built into Android to handle how things are shown to the user.   Using fragments and the action bar, apps can be built that show information in one big view, or split into separate screens for devices with lower resolutions.

Scott goes over all the tecnical aspects well at the Android Developers blog (see the source link below), and gives developers a lot of ideason how to get started when the ICS SDK finally arrives.  What you can do right now if you've developed and app for SDK 11 or higher is make sure it's only available for large screen devices in the Android Market, at least until you can implement some of the new changes coming with ICS.  Now all that's missing is the update, which should be pretty soon we think.

Source: Android Developers


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Two New Sony Phones Unveiled by User Agent

Not long ago, Sony announced the return of the Xperia handset with the new Xperia Ray and the Xperia Active. Hot on the heals of this announcement, the source of Sony’s Site seems to reveal the release of two even newer phones, codenamed MT11a and MT11i.

Both will ship with 2.3 Gingerbread, FWVGA screens at 480 x854 resolutions, no hardware keyboard, and a likely Cortex A8 single-core 1Ghz processor. Little other info is known, but judging by the nearly identical specs of the two phones, it’s  safe to assume that one will release globally, while the other will be a US-only device.

We’re still waiting for Sony’s next superphone, though it isn’t yet known when that device will be released.

Two New Sony Phones Unveiled by User Agent


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Note Widget From XDA

One of the best things that every smart-phone is equipped with is that precious function of making notes. I was using that feature the whole time even when my phone was not from the Android family. Anyway, this function is pretty regular but very useful. The only thing that it misses, as a rule, is a reminder. Well, you can set an alarm but if you have 20 things in your list – not the best idea ever. Anyway, perisicboro user from XDA-developers has made a decision to create a little and comfortable widget to keep your notes on the home-screen. It fits perfectly well and has lots of different options. But mind that it is still in development stages so if any bugs occur – simply report Mr. Perisicboro. By the way, here is an official word from the XDA about this widget: “…it adds a LWP which can be edited to have sticky notes, so that you will not forget about what you were supposed to do when you are playing with your phone, The app comes in two themes and can have up to 5 different sticky notes. Lastly, it supports various resolutions with more being added.”

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Keep track of darn near everything with sticky notes as your live wallpaper

Keeping notes, keeping track of stuff, staying up to date… someone, please put me out of my misery. Is there anything more tedious? Well, folks, take that note-tired frown and turn it live-wallpaper-upside-down, because your life just got a lot easier. With as annoying as it is to keep notes, one developer perisicboro at xda-developers has given us something wonderful. It’s a sticky note widget.. that doesn’t take up your precious screen real estate. According to xda:

“…it adds a LWP which can be edited to have sticky notes, so that you will not forget about what you were supposed to do when you are playing with your phone, The app comes in two themes and can have up to 5 different sticky notes. Lastly, it supports various resolutions with more being added.”

We remind you, however, that the app is still in development stages, so your mileage may vary. However, if you happen to do the right thing (and we know you will…), be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments! You can view the original thread and download it here.

Keep track of darn near everything with sticky notes as your live wallpaper


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FiLMiC Pro Brings Hollywood Video Features to iPhone

Hi, my name is Greg. “Hi Greg.” And I’m a film junkie (insert clapping sound). Good thing I’ve found another way to feed this addiction with FiLMiC Pro, an iPhone video app that allows you to select frame rates, resolutions and shooting modes. I’ve been using it for the past few weeks and must say, [...]

Continue reading FiLMiC Pro Brings Hollywood Video Features to iPhone or visit our website for more great iphone apps.

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1.8GHz Dual-Core OMAP4470 by Texas Instruments Sounds Amazing

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Texas Instruments just upgraded their OMAP4 line with the 4470, a 1.8GHz dual-core chipset with a PowerVR SGX544 that’s said to be 2.5x faster than its predecessor. It can handle resolutions up to 2084×1536, stereoscopic 3D in HD over HDMI and more. TI’s OMAP4430 already looked amazing when we got our eyes on it at Mobile World Congress so we’re surprised to see them 1up it so quickly.

It’s shipping out to OEMs in the second half of this year, but devices aren’t expected to use the powerhouse chipset until mid-2012. We expect Motorola to revisit TI for their high-end chipset needs as NenaMark benchmark results have already suggested.


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T-Mobile G2x Issues And Resolutions Internal Document Leaked

The T-Mobile G2x being pulled from the carriers online store recently spawned rumors that quality issues were behind it. But according to T-Mobile, they temporarily pulled the phone due to inventory constraints. However, they did admit to a having some issues that they plan to fix with an upcoming update. Now a leaked internal document reveals that they’re finally getting more serious about addressing them.

Since day one, the T-Mobile G2x had been plagued with problems such as random reboots, light leakage, and other quality issues. However, T-Mobile says that only a “small percentage” of its customers raised complaints, or in their words “commented about possible improvements.” The carrier did promise that it was working closely with LG to deliver an update to fix those issues.

An internal G2x Issues and Resolutions document surfaced today that shows that T-Mobile is finally trying to address a lot of the quirky problems. But many of the issues are still marked as pending resolution. Hopefully, the upcoming Gingerbread update will fix things. In the meantime, take a look at our G2x review.

[via TMoNews]

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Nook Color App For Androids

The good news is that Barnes and Noble have updated the Nook app for Androids. In other words – Barnes and Noble has brought high resolutions for Android devices. Also, the update brings support for magazines and carries a few bug fixes for the HTC Thunderbolt and Android 3.x Honeycomb devices. It works great and the best thing about it is that that friendly and intuitive interface was not changed that can’t but make us feel happy about it. While using the updated app and its “shop” section you’ll have the entry for magazines where you can actually subscribe, manage subscriptions, or just download a single issue.  Prices are very comfortable. For example, a National Geographic subscription runs $1.99 monthly plus the format works great for reading. The application itself is totally free and should run on anything that has Android 2.1 Éclair on it and higher OS. Well, enjoy your reading and have a nice evening.

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Hands-on with the second-gen Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and Mini Pro

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro

In a time when phones seem to only be getting bigger, it’s fun to see something like Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Mini and Mini Pro. When we first saw these phones a year or so at Mobile World Congress, they were pretty much a novelty, tiny little things. But they grew in popularity, and just last week SE announced a refresh.

The new Mini and Mini Pro now sport 3-inch touchscreens at 320×480 resolutions, up from the 2.5-inch, 320×240 screens of old. The Mini Pro’s gotten a keyboard refresh, too, and we’re just fine with that.

Check out our full hands on with video and a slew of pics after the break.


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Android Smartphone | Samsung Galaxy Neo SHW-M220L

Samsung has added a new Android smartphone to smartphone popular Galaxy series called as Samsung Galaxy Neo (SHW-M220L). New Android Smartphone is supported by the processor 800 MHz and paired with 512 MB of RAM. Galaxy Samsung Android operating system preloaded with 2.2 Froyo. Features with touchscreen display 3.5 inches with 800 x 400 resolutions,

Android Smartphone | Samsung Galaxy Neo SHW-M220L is a post from: Love Androids

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