04
Apr
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Google unleashed a small round of updates today, bringing new features to both the Play Books and Street View apps. Play Books has been updated with a brand new UI for devices running Android 2.2/2.3, including the nifty 3D page-turning animation users of Books' tablet interface have come to know and love.

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Users can also add home screen shortcuts for individual books, allowing you to jump straight into your favorite book without actually opening the app.

04
Apr
Sprint

Owners of the Samsung Conquer 4G on Sprint may have received notification of a small OTA update this morning that brings a couple of little changes to the device, including a "security fix." Like with past updates, that basically translates into "removal of Carrier IQ software."

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Aside from that, it also removes the Magic, Smoke, Maps, Nexus, Spectrum, Water, and Waveform live wallpapers (does anyone actually use those, anyway?). The update should be rolling out now according to Sprint's online documentation and will hit all devices within the next ten days.

04
Apr

An update to the Gmail app just hit the Play Store that brings a number of smaller-ish features, most of which are for Honeycomb tablets. The app now offers some of the benefits of ICS on its older brother:

Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) users get the Android Gmail 4.0 (ICS) experience with:

  • Swipe to move between newer and older conversations
  • Tap your account to access Recent labels
  • Set custom notifications for individual labels
  • Sync last 30 days of messages so you can read and search messages faster both online and offline

It also brings some minor changes for users on Froyo or Gingerbread:

Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) users get:

  • New Labels API for 3rd-party app developers
  • Performance improvements

The update is live in the Play Store right now, so go ahead and pull it down to enjoy the new features!

02
Apr
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Do you have an LG Optimus S? Are you tired of running Froyo? Do you long for something newer, even if it's already outdated? Good news! Sprint plans to re-push Gingerbread to the Optimus S starting just two days from now, on April 4th. This time, however, it should be free of awful bugs that broke things like predictive text, charging, and USB mass storage.

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As you can see, the update brings more than just Gingerbread to the device; it also brings quite a few other enhancements and fixes, including:

  • Device not charging
  • SD card un-mounting error
  • Device not recognized by Windows XP, Vista, or 7 operating systems
  • Predictive Text with Android Keyboard issue
  • Voice call volume issue
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread):
  • Updated color scheme (includes darker notification bar and black-based menus)  
  • New on-screen keyboard (supports multi-touch input and a  smart auto-correction function)
  • Improved cut-paste functionality
  • New integrated download application for ease in accessing downloaded files
  • Updated camera application
  • Power management and task killer applications

The update will rollout in stages, with all users having received it within 21 days.

31
Mar
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MEIZU may have gotten its start as a maker of crappy knock-off electronics, but lately, the company has been making an impressive push into the mainstream. Take a look at the specs of the flagship MEIZU MX and you can see what I mean: 4" qHD screen, 8MP rear shooter, 1.4GHz dual-core CPU, and all the other usual goodies.  The smaller (and 15 month old) M9 packs a punch too, with a 3.5" qHD screen, and 1GHZ CPU - also damn respectable for its time.

30
Mar
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Last week, Motorola announced a separate Golf edition of the MOTOACTV fitness tracker, due to start shipping the first week of April. The good news is that as of today, existing non-Golf MOTOACTVs are receiving the same software through an upgrade with version 6.5 6.6, available via MOTOCAST. Update 4/2/12: Motorola pulled the 6.5 update and released 6.6 a few days later (today) instead. I am willing to bet 6.5 had some last-minute bugs.

30
Mar
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Looks like Rezound a RAZR/Maxx owners could be seeing Ice Cream Sandwich as early as next week, if this leaked document from Best Buy that just landed in our inbox is to be believed.

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As you can clearly see, Wednesday, April 4th is slated to be the day that the RAZR twins see the Android 4.0 update; while the Rezound update should begin rolling out just two days later.

Now, we realize that it's pretty close to April Fool's Day, so before you scream out "Fake!", we've already reached out to our sources to verify the validity of the image, and it appears to be the real deal.

29
Mar
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The Amazon Appstore Android app was just updated to version 2.3, which finally raised the maximum application size that can be downloaded over a mobile connection from 20MB to 50MB - something we've been asking the company nonstop for over a year. I understand why they set the default to 20MB, but enforcing a max, especially on 4G (Sprint has unlimited 4G, for example) didn't make sense. After all, it's my data, I should be the one to decide how to use it.

29
Mar
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The Android 4.0.4 OTA update started rolling out to the GSM Galaxy Nexus yesterday (where's the love, Verizon?), but many users are still without the update. Fortunately, the official update is now available for download directly from Google. Getting it installed, on the other hand, is a bit of a task. We've done most of the legwork for you here, so follow the below instructions and you'll be running 4.0.4 in no time.

29
Mar
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If you're at all into TV, you've heard of Hulu. Chances are, you're watching something on Hulu right now on your PC, phone, XBOX360, Wii, Roku, PS3, iPad, 3DS, or any of the other supported devices. The list is pretty long, but until today it had one glaring omission - Android tablets. Sure, some tablets, like the Kindle Fire, HTC Flyer, or the Vizio VTAB, were already supported, but they were running Gingerbread and didn't have a proper tablet UI.

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