Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

28
Aug
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Last Updated: September 1st, 2012

Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt delivered the MacTaggart keynote lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival last Friday - the first time a non-TV exec has been invited to do so. In his address, Schmidt indicated the UK as being "among the top priorities" in Google TV's European launch next year.

Google TV experienced a rough beginning, facing suspicion - and blocking - from some of the top broadcasting networks in the US.

27
Aug
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Following the release of the Thrive in July, Toshiba is now rumored to be working on a tablet that could compete with Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 by coupling a sleek, thin design with a large screen and Android Honeycomb while adding a handful of useful ports that the Tab 10.1 lacks.

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Earlier today, an Italian tech blog Notebook Italia brought to light some renders of the alleged tablet killer (their words, not ours) that show a very attractive device featuring a profile as sleek as the Galaxy Tab, but with a microUSB port, microHDMI port, and a microSD slot, along with an interesting grooved frame and a slim black bezel around the 10.1" screen.

27
Aug
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The HTC Holiday is another device we've been watching for months, ever since its ROM leaked back in May. Earlier today, Engadget revealed photos of this powerful device spotted in the wild, so we can finally put a face to a name.

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As evidenced by the screenshots above, the Holiday is packing some impressive specs. Here they are again:

  • 4.5 Inch qHD 960x540 display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi

We're looking for this device to land in AT&T's fall offerings and will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

27
Aug
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Since an anonymous NenaMark revealed the HTC Vigor's alleged specs, the Android community has been waiting to hear more about the powerhouse supposedly heading for Verizon. Yesterday, some new info about the Vigor came in the form of blurrycam photos posted by the folks over at Droid-Life.

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For those who may have forgotten, here are the Vigor's rumored specs:

  • 1280x720 display
  • Qualcomm Adreno GPU
  • 1.5GHz processor
  • Android 2.3.4
  • 4G LTE Capability

No doubt the Vigor is looking like a powerful and sleek device, one which we're eagerly waiting to learn more about.

26
Aug
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Lookout Mobile Security, developers of Lookout Security & Antivirus (more commonly known as Lookout) look to stand out in the lineup of Android Security apps, offering a great set of security features that not only find (and control) your phone once it is lost, but protect against apps and web pages that seek to harm your phone from the inside.

At a Glance:

At first blush Lookout already seems impressive. A quick look at its page in the Android market reveals that it is “the #1 Security & Antivirus App for Android,” and that it falls into the “10 million to 50 million downloads” category, meaning the developers must be doing something right.

25
Aug
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Overvi3w from Unfairware is our next entry in the Mobile Security App Shootout, bringing a nice set of features for free (and a bevvy of other features with a subscription) in a lightweight, battery-friendly package.

At A Glance

Unlike the past two apps in the Shootout, Overvi3w relies on an online interface to remotely control and receive data from your phone. The app itself installs pretty quickly and is out of your hair after that - it automatically hides itself after setup (if  you reboot), making it more secure against clever thieves.

25
Aug
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Google+, the titular search giant's latest entry into the social networking scene, has seen some success so far, and of course a mobile app is a critical step in making the service usable and popular. Android's Google+ app got an update to version 1.0.6 recently, bringing a few much-needed conveniences as well as support for a ton of new languages.

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Here's a list of just what this update includes:

  • The ability to reshare a post
  • The app is now available in 38 languages
  • Incremental Improvements to notification reliability
  • Clearer instant upload options in the initial setup dialog
  • A host of bug fixes

If you haven't already, head over to the Market and grab the update.

25
Aug
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One of the most basic and (relatively) inexpensive genres of games, hidden-object games ask the player to find, well, hidden objects in a given scenario. Generally this involves some level of problem-solving and combining objects to find the next clue.

There are myriad hidden-object games developed for Android, but we've picked out five that we think are worth checking out.

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First up is Mystique, a hidden-object game that comes in three parts - only the first of which is free.

24
Aug
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One of my favorite keyboard options for Android, Thumb Keyboard from Beansoft, has recently updated to version 4.3.3. Beansoft already upped the app to version 4 a little while ago bringing themes (and a slick coverflow gallery view of the themes) and a ton of other features that improved the keyboard's capacity for customization. Building on that update, 4.3.3 brings the following:

  • Customizable keyboard backgrounds
  • Adjustable typing volume
  • Full support for h/qvga screens
  • Minor bug fixes

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If you haven't already, check the Market link below and grab the update!

24
Aug
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Utilizing the same phone-centric implementation that we've just covered with PhoneLocator, Where's My Droid by alienmanfc6 is a light-weight, free security app that promises to help you recover your lost Android device.

At A Glance

As with most other security apps, Where's My Droid sets up with ease, asking only your name and zip code, and automatically using the email address of the Google account connected with your device. Likewise, WMD uses your Google account to push information to your phone once it receives an SMS containing a keyword for the desired command.

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