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Google Maps 4.3 Update Rolls Out 3 New Awesome Features

Today Google released an updated version 4.3 of its popular Google Maps Android application. The update brings the following features:

  • reviews for places now contain more detailed ratings of individual qualities, such as food, service, selection, atmosphere, value, and more
  • public transit stations now contain schedules, making half of the public transportation apps out there instantly obsolete, especially considering that Google Maps on Android supports getting directions via public transport
  • adding friends in Latitude, which is Google's version of foursquare, is now very easy - in fact some of you (*cough* @Stericson *cough*) have been doing nothing but adding Latitude friends all day

Overall, excellent update, Google!

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HTC Aria Rooted Two Days After Release, Instructions Are Live

This article mentions rooting and flashing of non-stock ROMs. If you’re unfamiliar with either term, hit up our primers here and here for additional information

After being out for just two days, the HTC Aria has been rooted. Turns out the method Android hacker and XDA-Devs forum member Eugene373 (you may remember him as the man who also rooted the MyTouch 3G Slide last Tuesday) used to hack the Slide works for the Aria as well.

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No More Invites - Google Voice Opened To Public

Great news for those of you in the US today, as Google has now moved Voice out of private and into public beta. The service, among other things, allows users to:

  • choose a phone number and then funnel all calls through this new number
  • have multiple phones ring simultaneously
  • manage a variety of rules, treating each contact differently (sending straight to voicemail, playing an out of service message, etc)
  • transcribe voicemail messages straight to their inboxes.
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802.11n Available For Rooted EVOs And Incredibles, (Maybe) Officially Coming Soon To Incredible

As if the EVO and Incredible weren’t already great phones, it turns out both are capable of 802.11n.

Incredible

An FCC filing by HTC was posted a few days ago, revealing that the Droid Incredible packs a chip that supports 802.11n, though currently not supported by the OS itself. Speculation around the interwebs is that it means such support will be added in a future update from HTC. I’m slightly less convinced of this than the rest of the blogger-army, but more on that in a minute.

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Samsung Expands Galaxy S To T-Mobile – Introducing Samsung Vibrant

Last week, Samsung announced the Galaxy S for AT&T would be named the Captivate. Today, they have announced the same phone for T-Mobile will be called the Vibrant, and boy is it (still) one sexy piece of kit.

In case you need a refresher on the details, based on AT&T’s spec page:

  • Android 2.1 with Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 user interface overlay
  • 4” AMOLED Screen
  • 1 GHz Hummingbird CPU
  • 16 GB internal storage (and support for a 32 GB microSD card)
  • 802.11n, FM Radio
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 5 MP camera (no flash), 720p video recording

Couple this with the fact that T-Mobile doesn’t cripple their phones like AT&T does, and they’ve got a blazing fast 3G network… well, things certainly look good for T-Mo customers at the moment, don’t they?

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First Motorola Droid X Commercial Shows Up, Bursting With Easter Eggs - Can You Find Them All?

In preparation for the Droid 2 and Droid X launch, Verizon has put out its first commercial, in the best Droid traditions, complete with the "Droid" sound at the end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOnC5chCag0

Did you even notice how much information this video just provided? Besides the flashing X symbol, pointing at the model being advertised, can you spot all the other easter eggs? Switch to full screen and up the video quality to 480p to see the details better.

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Samsung Galaxy S Already Rooted!

This article mentions rooting and flashing of non-stock ROMs. If you’re unfamiliar with either term, hit up our primers here and here for additional information

Well, this didn't take long. A samdroid.net admin by the name of LeshaK just announced that he had rooted Galaxy S, after playing with the open source code released by Samsung earlier:

Now we have
1. Full Root access from adb
2. Root in terminal via 'su'

More detailed instructions are posted in the thread.

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Google Officially Updates Us On Froyo Status - FRF72 Was Not Final, Release Date Still Unknown, "On Its Way Shortly"

We've been watching the semi-official "when will Froyo come out" thread at Google support forums for quite a while, and lately have been seeing more and more unhappy Nexus One and other Android users, complaining about Google's failure to deliver Froyo in a promised "within a few weeks" timeline.

Today, after the release of iOS, things have really heated up - there are now over 1275 responses to the thread, all wanting to know the same thing - when will Froyo finally come out?

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$149 Wi-Fi Nook Now On Sale, 3G Model Drops To $199, Kindle Follows Suit By Undercutting To $189

Barnes & Noble has announced a new, Wi-Fi only, version of the Nook today, offering a lower introductory price point next to the more expensive 3G model.

Available to buy from today, the new Wi-Fi model is available for just $149, over $100 cheaper than the original price of the 3G model. For that price, you’re still getting what’s essentially the same Nook as before, just without the 3G internet connection.

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[Giveaway] Vlingo Voice Control App Reviewed + We’ve Got 25 Licenses To Give Away!

The winners have been selected and contacted via email.

Enjoy your Vlingo licenses and look out for future AndroidPolice contests!

Living in Houston, you encounter some pretty horrendous traffic. Out of the 45 minutes I spend commuting(one way), about 20 are probably spent at a red light.

With all of that downtime it’s pretty tempting to reach over and check your latest email, or, if you’re like me, compulsively check the market for updates, but every time you do so, you’re risking injuring yourself, and those around you.

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