Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

29
Mar
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Last Updated: April 4th, 2012

So here we go - the rumor mill is really starting to churn out some seemingly solid details about Sprint's supposed version of the upcoming HTC One X. We first heard about this device shortly after the One X's official announcement back at Mobile World Congress, then rumored to be called the Jewel. Rumors later suggested the name internal name was actually Jet, but few other details have made their way to the masses - until now. 

I briefly suggested that the name of the device could be the EVO LTE, as it's said to be the newest successor in the EVO line.

28
Mar
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You have Android on your phone, tablet, and TV. But what about your car? If you're not only an Android fanatic, but a car stereo junkie, Clarion is serving up a fully loaded new car stereo system called the Mirage just for you.

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The Mirage is what Clarion calls a "smart car stereo" and boasts a 6.5-inch touch display panel, runs Android 2.2, and comes with Facebook and Angry Birds pre-installed (because Facebooking and playing AB while driving is a fantastic idea, and we need to promote this sort of behavior).

28
Mar
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Looks like Sprint is pushing some OTA updates to a couple of all-but-forgotten devices: the LG Marquee and the Kyocera Echo. We haven't really heard much about the Marquee since it was announced back in September, but it appears that Sprint hasn't forgotten about it. A minor OTA update should be rolling out to the Marquee right now that brings a couple of bug fixes:

  • Device may lockup while on call
  • Security Update

Similarly, that quirky little dual-screened oddity known as the Kyocera Echo is also on the receiving end of a minor update that fixes some issues:

  • MMS audio cuts off after 8 seconds
  • Changes to roaming guard display
  • Activation of Commercial Mobile Alert System
  • Security Update

It's probably safe to assume that the security update portion of both OTAs is the removal of Carrier IQ, which Sprint has been removing from all of its devices over the last several weeks.

28
Mar
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Google Maps just received an update that brings a few awesome enhancements along with it. For starters, the navigation home screen has been redesigned for Android 4.0.x devices, bringing a more useful and intuitive interface. The four main options - speak destination, type destination, go home, and map - are now larger, more touch-friendly buttons and a list of recently navigated locations are directly below. A quick swipe to the from right-to-left will display all contacts with addresses, while a swipe from left-to-right will show all starred locations.

28
Mar
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Amazon started pushing an update to the Kindle Fire yesterday, bringing software version 6.3 to the device. The update brings several new features/enhancements to the supercharged e-reader, including:

  • The ability to share passages and notes directly from books
  • "Book Extras" brings additional information, including description of characters, glossary of terms, information about authors, and more
  • Personal document archiving  for easy retrieval
  • Print-replica textbooks for students
  • New "reading view" for Silk removes images and other distracting content for easy reading
  • Movie rentals now officially start when you begin the movie, rather than when you rent the movie
  • ...and more.
27
Mar
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If you haven't tried out Evernote, you're missing out. It is, hands-down, one of the best note-taking applications for Android. It's not just on Android, though - it's cross platform and always in-sync. This means you always have your notes with you wherever you may be.

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Today, the Evernote team added an array of useful features to its already impressive app, including

  • audio notes with speech-to-text transcriptions,
  • improvements to note lists and larger thumbnails,
  • the ability to disable auto-titling,
  • improved legibility of the settings screen,
  • a feature to help discover more of what Evernote has to offer on Android tablets,
  • and a "major" update to widgets.
27
Mar
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How many times have you said to yourself "I'd really love to learn a new language, but I just don't have the time"? Ten? Fourty? Three-hundred-twelve? Well, good news - you can learn the basics of a new language as you have time, all on your mobile, thanks to a series of new apps from Babbel.

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Babbel helps you learn a new language using similar methods to that parents and teachers use to teach children how to speak - by association.

27
Mar
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All you Handcent loyalists should love this one - your favorite SMS app just received a pretty major up to version 4.0 in the Play Store. If you've been testing the open beta for the last several weeks, then none of these changes should be surprising to you, but if you haven't been in the beta loop, this version brings several new features:

What's in this version:

  1. Main update of Handcent,include universal messaging with free Handcent talk services and new style user interface
  2. Handcent Talk service,send FREE messages/picture to android & iPhone (Coming soon) users easily,fast,security
  3. Support ICS+SGS2,won't send double messages
  4. Support Group mms with iPhone,useful for US networks
  5. First version of Handcent SMS for jailbreak iPhone released
  6. New Handcent website

The update is live in the Play Store right now, so go ahead and hit the widget to grab it.

27
Mar
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If you're a fan of Seesmic, then you may have noticed an update hit the Store earlier today that brings a number of new features, including Instagram embedding, the ability to upload images directly to Twitter, and the arrival of ads. While the latter will surely make some users rage, there is actually a good reason for this: the Pro version hit the Store today, as well.

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The Pro version not only gets rid of the ads (so you get the same familiar Seesmic that you're used to), but it also brings the ability to combine your Facebook and Twitter streams into one.

27
Mar
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Registration is now open! Gogogogo!

Update 1: Academic tickets (for students) are now sold out.

Update 2: Looks like it's completely sold out now. That's a new record - 25 minutes (ish). Congrats to all who got a ticket!

Update 3: Vic Gundotra hit up G+ to let users who didn't get registered in time know that they won't be missing out on all the fun. We can expect all key sessions and the keynote to be streamed live, available for viewing after 24 hours, and Google I/O Extended viewing parties will be happening all over the world.

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