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frankspin

by frankspin

Are you ready for Android powered cameras?
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The Coolpix S800c is a new camera from Nikon that is powered by Android. It’s your standard run of the mill compact point-and-shoot camera but with the added bonus of the Android OS. The following is from the Nikon press-release about the S800c:
Powered by Android: The camera's connection features allow users to seamlessly connect, browse and upload to their social networks, including Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Users can also take advantage of the full functionality of Android technology to... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Google is planning to sell 5 Nexus devices via its Play Store.
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The WSJ has gotten some information that Google may be announcing it's plan to announce 5 unlocked Nexus devices at the upcoming Google I/O event. There is no word yet on who will be making the phones but the report states they're planning to partner with a variety of OEMs to make this happen. Oh and the cherry on top, they'll be rocking the latest version of Android which at I/O will be Jelly Bean. The one thing that wasn't mentioned was which carriers this will work with but given the fact... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

ICS is now on 2.9% of all Android devices. How do you think the roll out is going?
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Yesterday it was reported[1] ICS was on 2.9% of all Android devices with Gingerbread still being the main OS on Android devices at 63.7%. It's already hit the S II and the Sensation with the Razr, Rezound and Note coming up very soon. With the source being out since November how do you feel manufactures are doing with getting the latest OS version out to their devices?

[1] http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/02/ics-reaches-2-9...
peter

by peter

Anyone else think "Google Play" is a dumb name for the Android marketplace?
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Look, I totally get changing the name away from "Android Market", since it looks like Google would like to have a common marketplace across different platforms, but I don't see the logic in renaming it "Google Play". "Play" doesn't connote a place to go and buy stuff, and while I could see it making some sense for a marketplace for music, movies, and games, it certainly isn't the right word to describe one that encompasses apps and books as well. (For what it's worth, I thought Apple would have... Read more →
Dawagner1

by Dawagner1

Are Developers Losing Interest in Android?
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I have read that:
  1. Developers can make more money on iOS
  2. It takes more time to develop an application for Android as opposed to iOS
  3. Developers may have to account for variations in more than 550 different Android gadgets. Apple, by contrast, has just a few models.
  4. Distributing Android software to multiple application stores takes more work. For Android, there are 90 app stores.
  5. It's also not as easy to charge Android users for apps as it is on Apple devices.
For you Android developers out there. What... Read more →
btate0121

by btate0121

Do seperate/proprietary android markets hurt the android platform?
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I've been meaning to ask this for a while, and I'll keep this to the point. What are the opinions out there regarding separate and some even proprietary markets for android apps? I don't know about you guys but I'm constantly hearing about random markets and it's a bit frustrating, personally. I USED to grab the free apps on amazon but it caused undesired (and unfortunate) side effects with the regular market if those apps happened to be available there. Issues like random notifications for... Read more →
timchoi89

by timchoi89

If you're on T-Mobile and want to install Google Wallet using the Android Marketplace on your Nexus S or Galaxy Nexus, follow these instructions
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  1. Open this link on your phone but https://market.android.com/search?q=google+wallet when asked to open in the browser or market, click on browser.
  2. Click on the Google Wallet icon and, when asked to either open in the browser or market, click on market.
  3. Install and enjoy!
It's all thanks to this thread in xda developers (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=... that I found it.

P.S. Apparently this is supposed to work on all carriers. I'm only on T-Mobile so I can't validate this. Read more →
jclthei

by jclthei

Do you think individuals should be allowed to Root/Jailbreak?
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The US Copyright Office in 2010, stated Jailbreaking iOS devices is legal. Now this exemption is running out. I would like to hear what you think about rooting or jailbreaking. I'm doing some research of my own and want any information, whether you oppose Jailbreaking/Rooting or you're in favor, I want to know. Please be as detailed as possible when replying, so that your comment is not misconstrued.
cass

by cass

Why haven't you bought a Windows Phone yet?
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I just read this article on the NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/technology/micr... about how Windows Phone is critically a hit, but I think it's also a "hit" with consumers too. I have a Zune HD and I think it's the best media player on the market and always enjoyed using Windows Phone in the couple of instances where I got to test them out. I also know a few (very few) Windows Phone owners that love it and seen others been... Read more →
jonursenbach

by jonursenbach

Is the Facebook Android app always running in the background? Here's a fix.
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If you're like me, you've probably been annoyed that Facebook's Android app is always running in the background, even when you've disabled notifications. How to fix this? In the settings screen, re-checked Notifications so the "Refresh interval" option becomes available and then change that to "Never". Then disable Notifications again. Force quit the app and it should never be running again.
I have only tested this on stock Ice Cream Sandwich, but I don't see any reason why this shouldn't work on... Read more →
Dawagner1

by Dawagner1

How Do You Feel That Most Android Users Can't Upgrade to 4.0 ICS?
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Will You Be Getting An Upgrade?
It seems that most of Google's installed base is stuck on versions of Android more than a year old, and few will get updates on devices more than a year old, even if they are still under contract.
"Blogger Michael Degusta revealed in October that 45 percent of Google's installed base of active Android users were stuck using software released in the middle of 2010. That's because handset makers like Samsung, HTC, Motorola and others do not make those updates... Read more →
cass

by cass

10 billion Android app downloads = 10+ awesome Android apps for $.10 each!
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Looks like Google is celebrating their 10 billionth app download by offering 10 different, awesome apps for .10 a piece. They're all pretty good too:
  • Soundhound - It's like magic
  • Asphalt 6
  • Minecraft
  • SwiftKey X - My keyboard of choice
  • Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO
  • Great Little War Game
  • SketchBook Mobile
  • Fieldrunners HD - This one looks pretty great
  • Color and Draw for kids
  • Paper Camera
I picked up Minecraft, Fieldrunners, and Great Little War game. I already had Soundhound and SwiftKey X.
Download them here:... Read more →
mjpuczko

by mjpuczko

Siri android competitor
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Just saw this on bgr. Been testing it out this morning, it's pretty interesting. I havent used siri first hand so i'm not sure how it truly compares. Cluzee seems better than the other android voice control apps ive tried recently http://www.bgr.com/2011/11/29/siris-first-real-com...
Frood

by Frood

iOS feels old, need new phone.
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Ive had every iPhone that has been released, but I'm finding myself bored with the design of the OS. I'm curious about other smartphones available on AT&T. I really do like what windows phone offers but it's missing some important apps for me. Android seems nice but I'm turned off by how it has a similar feel to iOS. I'm interested in hear some views from people with android and windows phone. I'm currently a Mac user, own a Xbox and apple tv; if that helps at all.