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Mobile Nations Survey: Do you use a car mount with your smartphone?

This Mobile Nations Survey comes to you via our accessories team. We're always putting new smartphone accessories to the test, and are often getting into debates over which are the best.

One topic where the team is 100% in agreement though is car mount docks. We think that car mounts are the absolute best way to take your smartphone with you on the road.

We're curious to know if you agree, if you own a car mount or not, if you like them or not and why. Thanks for sharing!

Take the Survey

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Hot in the forums: The impending EVO 4G LTE update

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If you've never spent time in a forum for a Sprint device, well, things can get a little a little rowdy. Such is the case for the HTC EVO 4G LTE, which never really got the respect it deserved. (Much of that probably should be placed on Sprint's shoulders, but we digress.)

Currently the hot topic is a rumored update. Is it Jelly Bean? Is it just some other maintenance release? And just when will said update ever see the light of day? These questions — and more — in our EVO 4G LTE forum.

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Likes, Retweets, Double Taps and Smiley Faces: The Economy of Social Networks [Off Topic]

Lately I have been trying to be more conscious of the reasons behind why I post something on a social network. As I near 19,000 tweets I am keenly aware that I share my thoughts more than most people. I am certainly not anywhere near having the most tweets, but as I have participated in [...]

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My Top 10 Android Games of 2012 [My Life Scoop]

The folks behind Intel’s My Life Scoop have asked that I return for another quarter and share my thoughts on life and tech. The first topic that I tackled was one that we talk about quite often here at DL, games. If I could look at all of 2012, what were the top 10 games [...]

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Thursday Poll: How Much Data Did You Use Last Month?

Data usage is going to be a hot topic whether you want it to be or not. Now that carriers like Verizon and AT&T have created tiered and shared data plans, it’s obvious that they have realized what their next cash cow will be. Gone are the days of worrying about how many texts you [...]

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Android Users Catching Up with iOS in Willingness to Pay for Apps

A study put out today shows that the discrepancy between iOS and Android users on the topic of spending money on applications has drastically shrank over the past year. The guys over at SwiftKey partnered with a few websites to take a poll to see how users on each OS buy applications. Last year 39% [...]

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Quora review – the biggest name in social Q&A comes to Android

Quora launched its Android app today, extending the mobile presence of its social question and answer network. Though they’ve been on iOS for a little while now, Quora on Android is highly polished and built with Google’s design practices in mind. Location is tied in to provide you with relevant topic suggestions, plus there are push notifications to let users know about a variety of activity, and voice search integration.

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Quora review – the biggest name in social Q&A comes to Android

Quora launched its Android app today, extending the mobile presence of its social question and answer network. Though they’ve been on iOS for a little while now, Quora on Android is highly polished and built with Google’s design practices in mind. Location is tied in to provide you with relevant topic suggestions, plus there are push notifications to let users know about a variety of activity, and voice search integration.

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Why Should Companies Like Motorola and Verizon Allow You to Unlock Bootloaders?

Bootloaders will likely forever be a hot topic around the Android community, unless of course, we get some government ruling that forces carriers and device manufacturers to stop locking them. As many of you know, there are a few key players in the locked bootloader game that have their reasons for doing so. While most [...]

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Monday Poll: Does an Unlockable Bootloader Matter Anymore?

Bootloaders are back in the spotlight this week thanks to Verizon deciding to lock down the Galaxy S3. Whenever this topic comes up, some of us freak, threaten to change carriers, and even go as far as creating petitions to try and force a change. Others could care less, as a secured bootloader really only [...]

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Late-night poll: Are you switching from Verizon after the news about shared data?

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Pretty specific poll here tonight, but it had to be done. A lot of people are pretty unhappy about it, and it's a hot topic for discussion. Of course I'm talking about Verizon's newly-announced shared data bucket plans. I'll still agree with Phil that it's something we should have expected eventually, but that does little to soften the blow for most folks. Let's cut right to the chase — if you're a Verizon customer, after this week's reveal of the new plans are you staying or leaving?

Take the poll, let's hear it.

Are you leaving Verizon over the new shared data bucket plans?

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Thursday Poll: Will You Buy a $199 Google Branded Tablet?

Today’s hottest topic has easily been the $199 Google tablet that will most likely be unveiled at Google I/O next month. We are expecting it to be built by Asus, powered by NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor, measure in at around 7″ on the display front, and be sold directly to customers through the Google [...]

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There is Future Nexus Hope: Verizon’s LTE SIM FAQ Talks of Activating “Any 4G LTE Device” Not Purchased Through Them

  Yesterday’s biggest topic was the report that pegged Google as opening up the “Nexus” or lead device game to multiple manufacturers at a time. The plan, according to reports, is to have up to 5 devices (both tablets and phones) ready for the launch of Jelly Bean around Thanksgiving. When ready, they would sell [...]

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Quick Hands-on With the DROID Incredible 4G LTE

Last night, while making the rounds in New Orleans, I had a chance to spend a few minutes with the newly announced DROID Incredible 4G LTE. This will be Verizon’s next major LTE release and has easily been the topic of the week here at CTIA. The phone in hand, feels great. It only carries [...]

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Google Drive "Support" Is Coming To Linux, Pray That It Doesn’t Involve WINE

220px-TuxGood news, Penguins! Google is working on a Drive client for your favorite OS!

Google Drive, if you haven’t heard, is Google’s Dropbox/Google Docs hybrid. It launched yesterday with 5GB of cloud storage and desktop apps for Windows and Mac, but our tuxedoed counterparts were left out in the cold.

The lack of Linux love caused a bit of an uproar on Google+, where #driveforlinux was a trending topic for a good part of the day. Teresa Wu, the Community Manager for Google Docs, took to a G+ thread and gave the happy news:

We’re working on Linux support – hang tight!

So there you go.

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Saturday Poll: When You Buy a Phone, How Long Do You Expect to Receive Updates For?

The never ending hot topic in the Android world is and may always be software updates. We talk about them constantly. Each week we have a different device that is due for one, whether it be an incremental bug fixer or something major like Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s a cycle that will be here through [...]

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Additional $30 Upgrade Fee Details – When and Who Pays It, Can It Be Refunded, and Why It’s Here

The hot topic of the morning is hands-down Verizon’s new $30 upgrade fee for existing customers. Many of you have questions about it along with some colorful comments, so we thought we would share some additional details about it. Business customers are probably wondering if this affects them, others might want to know when they [...]

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[Rumor] Galaxy S III enters carrier testing in Korea, sporting 4.65-inch screen and 720p Resolution

A new device has to go through hell and back long before it ever makes it to your hands. There are multiple prototypes, multiple software tests and a million other things that the manufacturers put the device through. Once they have the primary kinks worked out of the design and operations, they then move to testing in the wild. Seeing how the battery life performs, signal strength and software holds up in a real world environment. This is probably the most exciting phase of a new products journey to consumers.

Samsung is in the all important carrier testing phase of the hot new Galaxy S III device in Korea. Everyone hopes that testing goes with out a hitch. If there are issues to address then it is going to push back the launch a little further than we all want. Apparently things aren’t all gravy. The presence of the 4G LTE radio and the quad-core processor seems to be cause some issues that will need to be ironed out ASAP.

The Galaxy S III is going to stay a hot topic until it is finally announced and delivered to your doorstep. There is no lack of rumors surrounding the device. The latest rumors on the hardware side peg Samsung to be manufacturing their Super AMOLED Plus screens that produce 720p clarity for the device. Packing in a 316ppi on to a 4.65-inch display. That is pretty close the density found on their Retina displays found on Apple products.

I have faith that Samsung’s next Galaxy device is going to be anything short of spectacular. I just hope we finally get to see this bad boy before summer is over.

Source: The Verge

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Letter From Verizon to FCC Details Their Stance on Bootloaders

Android and bootloaders, a topic we can’t seem to get away from. Starting back with the locking of the original Motorola Milestone and then kicking into overdrive with the DROID X, the battle of consumers vs. OEMs and carriers has been an ugly one. As many of you know, a locked bootloader denies an end [...]

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Late night poll: Would you use an NFC mobile payment system?

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Google Wallet and NFC is a hot topic with a lot of folks.  It seems like a whole lot of people are concerned with the availability of Google Wallet (including yours truly), and we're all curious to learn more about ISIS, but we've no idea how popular either will ultimately be.  Just how many of you guys see yourself using any sort of NFC based mobile payment method?  NFC on phones has been around for a while in many parts of the world, but it never caught on in a big way — especially in North America.  Of course, it wasn't really very available either, so maybe it never got a fair shake.

So let us know — if and when NFC ends up on more new Android phones, will you use a mobile payment service?  Let us know in the poll.

Would you use an NFC based mobile payment system?

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[Off-Topic] Roku Streaming Stick brings streaming content in ultra portable Fashion

Roku is not a name some of you may have ever heard of before. Essentially it is a multimedia set-top box company that has a few products on the market at great prices. They get good reviews and work as well as any other box in the market, in my opinion. The die-hard Roku users will go to town on how wonderful it is and the great things it can do, the same could be said for die-hard Logitech Revue owners. This article isn’t aimed at anyone and their personal preference, it is aimed at some really cool technology that could change how we access streaming services such as Netflix, Pandora and Hulu.

Enter the Roku Streaming Stick. A compact Wi-Fi enabled dongle that plugs directly into your HDMI port on your TV. It is small, compact and portable. Requiring no batteries or external power supply, the device is powered right off the HDMI port as long as it is MHL-compliant. The stick contains all necessary attributes to operate, with a processor, memory, software and of course Wi-Fi. There wont be any extra remote to carry around with you either. The device is set up to use your TVs remote control for navigation and selection.

Of course there aren’t any TV’s out there that have MHL-compliant HDMI ports just yet, that I know of anyways. Best Buy’s Insignia line, which is made by LG, will be offering the stick as a bundle with their new line of TV’s later this year. I fully expect to see a cost-effective solution to this to make it more compatible with today’s tech though. With so many accessory companies out there trying to get your business, some one will do it and make it worth the money.

The new thumb drive sized Roku should be running around CES. No price point has been announced, but with the Roku LT coming in at a mere $50, we expect this little gadget to undercut it.

Source: slashgear

 

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The Android Google+ account promises a surprise come Monday

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The +Android team on Google+ has made a little announcement that we should expect a "surprise" tomorrow (Dec. 19).  What it may or may not be is currently the hot topic of discussion, and I'm not even going to make a guess.

But that doesn't mean you guys shouldn't — speculate away in the comments, someone is bound to be right.

Source: +Android

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Another Samsung Galaxy S II commercial targeting iPhone

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Samsung appears to be enjoying poking fun at the iPhone faithful with their latest Galaxy S II ad campaign. In this newest Samsung video, the target is movies and music using  iCloud.  The video starts off  showing iPhone fans waiting in line again as the SGS2 guy approaches the topic is music and movies and it is pointed out how well the Galaxy S II handles cloud media as well as plenty of options for purchasing music.  This particular video may not have been the best one done so far but what can I say? I love what Samsung is doing.

The Samsung VS Apple battle is far from over and you can expect to see a whole lot more over the next little while. Well at least until Apple somehow manages to patent ad campaign competitor attacks and well then the fun would end in lawsuits.

Check out the latest Galaxy S II video and let us know in the comments what you think of Samsung’s ongoing iPhone targeted ads.

 

Source: YouTube

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Monday Poll: Root, ROM, Both or Neither?

With bootloaders continuing to be a popular topic these days, we started asking ourselves questions like, “Does a locked bootloader matter as much anymore?” And of the topics that were brought up, one was whether or not people are using custom ROMs and kernels like they once did back in early 2010. As someone that [...]

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Google and Samsung Team Up For CTIA Event, Time to Find Out “What’s new from Android” – Ice Cream Sandwich

  The press invite above just landed in our inbox, giving us slight chills. We’ll be at CTIA covering every minute of what is sure to be the unveiling of Ice Cream Sandwich.  The details of this event were unclear at first, but I think it’s pretty obvious now what will be the topic.  Samsung [...]

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Talk Android Weekly Recap, What You May Have Missed

Have a you had a busy week?  Allow us to summarize this week’s hottest topics for you.  Check out the buzz below on what’s hot with this crazy insane union we all call Android.  Hit the break to get all caught up and let us know what your favorite topic of the week is.

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Talk Android Weekly Recap, What You May Have Missed


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Take It From An Evo User: Why I Will Be Skipping The Evo 3D For The Nexus Prime

After hours of going back and forth on the topic, I’ve decided I won’t be getting the Evo 3D and instead will be holding out for (and praying) that the Nexus Prime will be on Sprint. It’s no secret that I was originally planning on upgrading to the 3D, but I’ve finally convinced myself that it simply isn’t worth it.

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Take It From An Evo User: Why I Will Be Skipping The Evo 3D For The Nexus Prime


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[OFF TOPIC] This Was Just to Much Fun Not to Share

¡ʇno sıɥʇ ʞɔǝɥɔ ¿snɹıʌ ɐ ǝʌɐɥ ʎǝɥʇ ʞuıɥʇ ɯǝɥʇ ǝʞɐɯ ʇsnظ ɹo ¿buıɥʇǝɯos pɐǝɹ oʇ ʞɹoʍ ʎןןɐǝɹ ɯǝɥʇ ǝʞɐɯ ¿ןıɐɯǝ uɐ uı ɹo +b uo ǝןdoǝd ɥʇıʍ ssǝɯ oʇ pǝʇuɐʍ ɹǝʌǝ noʎ ǝʌɐH

What, WHAT?!? Are you confused yet? That’s kind of the fun and the point. All work and no play makes Stormy a cranky boy, so after I saw this I just had to share. The site is called FlipText.org. Just type in the text you want flipped and hit the button. Copy it and past it where ever you want to share anything via written word.

I wonder how many of you either flipped your phone over or turned your head crooked. Check it out some time when you have nothing else better to do.

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DROIDX2 Bootstrap Released, Clockwork Recovery is Go

Before we get into this, we need to make it clear that this DROIDX2 bootstrap app was found in a random Chinese forum, so we definitely aren’t recommending that you jump all over this.  With that said, we’ve been following the thread for this topic over at XDA throughout the last day to see if [...]

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Dropbox Leading The Charge For a Privacy Revolution

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Privacy practices have been an extremely hot topic these days. Facebook and Google have found themselves in hot water because of it. Popular online storage company, Dropbox, is also no stranger. Following some changes to their privacy policy and revisions to their terms of service, some users were outraged by unclear wording that lead some to believe that Dropbox claimed a user’s data as their own. Turns out their terms of service was poorly worded and Dropbox took to further revisions.

Now, Dropbox is leading the charge of what can be seen as transparency in a companies terms of service providing clear, reader friendly contractual language and letting users know exactly what they are signing up for. Here’s a quote from their new copyright section:

By using our Services you provide us with information, files, and folders that you submit to Dropbox (together, "your stuff"). You retain full ownership to your stuff. We don’t claim any ownership to any of it. These Terms do not grant us any rights to your stuff or intellectual property except for the limited rights that are needed to run the Services, as explained below. …

To be clear, aside from the rare exceptions we identify in our Privacy Policy, no matter how the Services change, we won’t share your content with others, including law enforcement, for any purpose unless you direct us to.

Now, I may not always be the brightest bulb in the box but even this is something I can read and clearly understand. No legal speak, just clear, plain English. If only more companies like Google or Facebook were more clear about their privacy practices and let users know exactly what they are signing up for, maybe the feds wouldn’t be involved as much.

[Via GigaOM]


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