17
Oct
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Joining the vast crowd of dialer replacements in the Android Market, our hunt has brought us to Angel Dialer, an uncomplicated app that effectively replaces the stock Android dialer, but which may have compromised necessary functionality for a no-frills implementation.

At A Glance

While Angel Dialer takes a concerted stance against superfluous features, its simplicity is not always a plus. While its features work, and it provides the same basic functionality we've seen before, it is lacking a few things that would take it up a level, and make it a decent dialer replacement.

17
Oct
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BlizzCon is an annual convention held to celebrate the three major franchises (Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo) of Blizzard Entertainment. The next convention has been announced for October 21 to 22 and to help conference goers stay on top of all the events BlizzCon, in collabaration with NVIDIA, have launched the official BlizzCon 2011 Android App.

The app features:

  • A built-in calendar and planner that allows you to view the details of all the events taking place and add them to your personal calendar.
17
Oct
LG DoublePlay

Confirming the leak from last week, LG and T-Mobile USA have announced the whacky LG DoublePlay Android 2.3 smartphone. In portrait mode the phone is a fairly standard, albeit smallish, Android device, but slide it open and suddenly you have an extra screen in between a full QWERTY keyboard.

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When we first posted images of the DoublePlay its specs and features were uncertain, we can now confirm the following:

  • 3.5-inch main display, 2.0-inch sub display
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • 5MP camera with 720p video recording
  • "Group Text" - create group chats on-the-go for faster content sharing
  • "Cloud Text" - send and receive texts between a PC or a tablet

The press release boasts a lot about the DoublePlay's dual capacitive touch screens, which supposedly makes the device the "ultimate multitasking handset".

17
Oct
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U.S. Bank has decided to jump on the bandwagon and release their own Android banking app, which promises a fresh look, better navigation and improved security.

The app supports all the standard features one would expect from banking apps, including the ability to:

  • Deposit checks with DepositPoint Mobile - simply take a photo of the front and back of your check and input the dollar amount.
  • Pay bills
  • Check balances
  • Transfer money between accounts
  • View transactions
  • Locate ATMs

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17
Oct
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AT&T's fall line-up of smartphones got a boost today with the Motorola Atrix 2 going on sale for $99.99 with a 2-year contract.

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However, if you are a new customer signing up for a 2-year contract, we would strongly recommend heading to AmazonWireless and picking up the device for only $49.99.

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Unfortunately, the deal isn't so great for current customers as they will have to pay $199.99 for the handset.

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Those who already have an AT&T contract may be feeling left out by Amazon's lack of a discount, but fear not as Best Buy is offering the Atrix 2 for $49.99 to ALL its customers, regardless of whether they are upgrading or signing up for a new line.

17
Oct
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Samsung just announced in a blog post today, that they have filed preliminary injunctions in the Tokyo District Court and in the New South Wales Registry to ban the sale of Apple's iPhone 4S in Japan and Australia, respectively. Additionally, in Japan, Samsung have also requested an injunction to bar the sale of the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2.

According to Samsung, the injunction request in Australia is premised on Apple infringing various patents relating to wireless telecommunications standards, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) and High Speed Packet Access (HSPA).

16
Oct
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The Sony Reader PRS-T1, a 6" e-ink reader that debuted earlier this year, has been hacked to run Android. It's a known fact that the Reader has been running Android from the get-go, but it runs a heavily modified build, and many thought that it would never see true Android goodness. Any doubt users had, however, can now be laid to rest - an unnamed hacker has got the T1 running Android with AWLauncher, and a bevvy of reading apps in tow.

16
Oct
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Twitter is absolutely abuzz about Verizon's LTE network at the moment, but not because it's blazingly fast or convenient for on-the-go web browsing. No, Twitter is currently blowing up because it seems that 4G is down for most (if not all) VZW subscribers. For many 4G users, 3G is also having issues, likely a side-effect caused by Verizon's 4G devices. Adding to the flood of tweets, reader J Weissman has also confirmed the outage, tipping us just moments ago.

16
Oct

Firefox is finally getting flash support. Support for the plugin landed in the nightly builds a few days ago - meaning you can try it yourself, right now.

If you want to experience the magic of flash on Firefox, you can try out the latest trunk build right here (pick the .apk file). A word of warning though, it crashes. A lot.

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It really works!

Luckily they've got tons of time to work the bugs out.

16
Oct

This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Are You Waiting For The Galaxy Nexus/Nexus Prime To Upgrade Your Phone?

A fairly simple question this week: what is your primary portable music player? Do you still have a personal media player (PMP), or do you rely on your phone? Or perhaps another device - or none at all? Sound off in the poll below, then head down to the comments to discuss.

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