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SlideScreen 2.0 In The Works, Beta Build Now Available For Download

Remember Larva Labs, the Android development team behind the awesome home replacement SlideScreen? Well, they're back and working on SlideScreen 2.0, a more advanced version of the original. With 2.0 (a beta preview is now available, get it here), things have been taken up a notch. For example, developers will now be able to write plugins using an API and release them on the Android Market - which means you no longer have to wait for the Larva Labs team to add new features.

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Carrier Billing Comes To Android Market On AT&T - Creates Audible Drop In The Paid App Bucket

carrier-billing-androidThat's right, carrier billing is now available for some Android users on the least Android-friendly wireless carrier in the US. Huzzah. I guess I shouldn't be so cynical - I am an AT&T customer, after all. Unfortunately, I also run CyanogenMod 6 on my AT&T Nexus One, and have not yet received any Market update to allow me to use carrier billing, and doubt I will until an official Gingerbread build coaxes me off my custom ROM goodness.

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How To: Customize Your WidgetLocker Lockscreen

Many people who use custom themes or launchers are familiar with WidgetLocker. What many people don't realize, though, is that customizing WidgetLocker itself is a fairly straightforward task. Better still, there are plenty of existing customizations available, meaning that you have to do little more than shove your modified .PNG files into the APK.

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Before / After

Dalton Gore - better known as @colormeandroid - is responsible for gathering the individual mods and creating the guide.

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Firefox 4 Beta For Android Gets Updated, Finally Enters The Market

Mozilla's been pretty good about keeping the mobile version of its ever-popular Firefox browser up to date (both with the current beta and with the old Fennec Alpha), and it looks like they have every intention to continue that trend. Just today, the third beta of Firefox 4 went live in the Android Market, bringing a number of minor additions along with it:

  • Several UI modifications
  • Easier discovery of add-ons
  • The ability to save websites as PDFs so you can read them later
  • Support for complex scripts (i.e.
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OTA Update Fixes Bugs, Brings Latest Version Of Maps To Samsung Nexus S

The Nexus S may have just been released, and it may be running the latest version of Android - but Samsung and Google aren't holding back on software updates. Instead, the two have teamed up to release the first OTA update for the device, which contains "important bug fixes" as well as the latest version of Google Maps. Don't feel like waiting for the update to hit your device? The file is already available to download from Google's servers, so after this, you can simply flash it as you would any other ZIP file:

  1. After the file is downloaded, rename it to "update.zip".
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Five New OpenFeint-Enabled Titles Launch Today, Six Existing Games Receive Updates With Feint Compatibility

OpenFeint, a social gaming network for Android and iOS users, already comes included with 158 Android games - not too shabby. However, it's about to get even better - five titles completely new to Android are launching today:

Additionally, the following six games have just been updated with OpenFeint compatibility:

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"Android Data" Trademark Withdrawn From Erich Specht, Google Free To Continue Calling Android "Android"

If you were worried that Google would no longer be able to call its mobile operating system "Android," fear not.

From 1998 to 2002, a gentleman by the name of Erich Specht ran a company called "Android Data." Android Data went bankrupt in 2002, and Erich hasn't used the name since. However, when he heard of Google's use of the "Android" name, he put together a website to "prove" that Google had infringed on his trademark.

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Android Market Updates Continue With New Application And Game Categories

Continuing with the numerous Android Market updates, Google just refreshed the categories that users can use to filter and browse Market apps and games. The changes are now live on both the backend Developer Console and the live Market.

Here is a table showing the previous and new categories (new categories are in green, modified in yellow):

Previous app categories New app categories Previous game categories New game categories
  Books & Reference Arcade & Action Arcade & Action
  Business Brain & Puzzle Brain & Puzzle
Comics Comics Cards & Casino Cards & Casino
Communication Communication Casual Casual
  Education   Sports Games
Entertainment Entertainment    
Finance Finance    
Health Health & Fitness    
Lifestyle Lifestyle    
Multimedia Media & Video    
  Medical    
  Music & Audio    
News & Weather News & Magazines    
  Personalization    
  Photography    
Productivity Productivity    
Reference      
Shopping Shopping    
Social Social    
Sports Sports    
Themes Themes    
Tools Tools    
  Transportation    
Travel Travel & Local    
Demo      
Software Libraries Libraries & Demo    
  Weather    

A shot of the Developer Console:

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Thanks, yuku

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AT&T Will Buy Wireless Spectrum For $1.93 Billion To Expand Its 4G Offerings

AT&T will be purchasing wireless spectrum from Qualcomm, the computer chip manufacturer, for $1.93 billion to provide higher speeds for its 4G network. The spectrum is in the lower 700 MHz frequency band and covers 300 million people in the United States.

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The AT&T mobile network has been criticized heavily for some time because of connectivity issues which have caused poor service for its iPhone users. The iPhone uses more data than any feature phone and most smartphones (but not Android phones), so having exclusivity over the phone has put a severe strain on AT&T's network.

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Gameloft Giving Away Hero Of Sparta For Android For Free Today, December 22nd, 2010 (Reg. $4.99)

Gameloft, the game publisher with arguably the most advanced Android games, which you, unfortunately, won't find in the Market (I guess they really hate giving Google the 30% fee), announced its latest daily Christmas promotion. On the 22nd day of December, Gameloft is giving away Hero Of Sparta, an RPG with awesome 3D graphics, for absolutely free.

The game's dedicated page lists it at $4.99, but this special url offers the freebie in exchange for your phone number, which Gameloft promises to use exclusively for sending the download link.

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