Fring brings multi-user video chat to Android, iOS [video]

By on April 27, 2011 at 9:08 PM.

Fring brings multi-user video chat to Android, iOS [video]

Earlier this month, we told you about Internet voice and video chat company fring and its plans to release a multi-user video chat client. Today, the company announced that both its Android and iOS software bundles now have this new feature. “With fring’s Group Video calling, four fring friends can now share a simultaneous video call, for free, on their mobile phone (on Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G) using fring’s proprietary DVQ technology, that delivers the highest quality video for all four participants,” reads the press release. The apps are ready to be downloaded from the Android Market and App Store. There is an awesomely bad music-video demo thingy waiting for you after the break. More →

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Amazon Wireless, Appstore team up for promotion

By on April 25, 2011 at 8:35 PM.

Amazon Wireless, Appstore team up for promotion

If you’re looking to get a new Android device on the nation’s largest wireless carrier — and don’t mind buying online — listen up. Amazon Wireless and the Amazon Appstore are teaming up to offer Android handset purchasers a little added incentive. Now through Sunday, May 1st, customers that purchase any Verizon Wireless Android device will receive a $25 credit to the Amazon Appstore. You heard that right. Buy yourself a ThunderBolt, DROID 2, DROID X, DROID Pro, Fascinate, or any other Android set to cash in on this promotion. “The combination of Amazon Wireless and Amazon Appstore is unique in the industry because it provides customers with a one-stop Android shopping experience,” writes the company. “Amazon is excited to start offering customers promotions that give them a bonus once they get their phone.” No word on if the DROID Charge, which will be available on April 28th, will be eligible for this promotion.  More →

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Skype patches Android client weakness; adds 3G calling

By on April 20, 2011 at 7:28 AM.

Skype patches Android client weakness; adds 3G calling

Last week, we told you about a weakness discovered in Skype’s Android client. The issue stemmed from a combination of incorrect file permissions and lack of encryption usage on the database files used to store contact information, chat history, and more. The company has gone ahead and updated said client, and as an added bonus has included the ability to make VoIP calls via your phone’s 3G data connection. “Calling over your 3G connection is available worldwide – now including the US,” reads the post. We can’t see any reason not to mosey on over to the Android Market and update to the latest version of Skype. The scannable QR code is after the jump. More →

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Android game developers voice concern over Amazon's pricing practices

By on April 14, 2011 at 8:59 PM.

Android game developers voice concern over Amazon's pricing practices

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has taken exception with Amazon’s Android application store pricing practices. In a letter to its members, the group voiced concerns of stringent rules that revolve around the temporary discounting of games. “Amazon has little incentive not to use a developer’s content as a weapon with which to capture marketshare [sic] from competing app stores,” reads the correspondence. The IGDA specifically called out Amazon for requiring developers to permanently lower the price of an application on its store should the price of that same app be cut on a different distribution outlet — even if the pricing change is meant to be temporary. The group is concerned that Amazon’s Android Appstore will become too popular – forcing developers to accept the company’s lower price-ultimatum as the norm and further cutting into app profitability. Amazon has yet to publicly respond to the IGDA’s comments. More →

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iPhone, iPod touch, Android phones to hurt Nintendo 3DS sales

By on April 11, 2011 at 5:31 PM.

iPhone, iPod touch, Android phones to hurt Nintendo 3DS sales

In our recent review of the Nintendo 3DS portable gaming console, we noted that the iPhone and iPod touch could be a big threat to devices like the 3DS due to the low cost of iOS games and the increasingly impressive gaming capabilities. Research firm IHS on Friday issued a report in line with that thinking, suggesting sales of the 3DS may be limited by the increasing popularity of converged gaming devices like the iPhone, iPod touch and Android-based devices. “Nintendo’s accent on network services in the key U.S. market represents an attempt to convince users to carry their 3DS systems with them at all times and to engage with the platform everyday and in every place,” said Piers Harding Rolls, lead games analyst at IHS, in a statement. “This engagement strategy, alongside 3-D graphics, camera and video, is key to Nintendo competing with upcoming devices from Sony and also from non-specialist smart phones, entertainment devices and tablets, which offer a legitimate alternative to handheld consoles.” IHS still expects strong 3DS sales, but thinks performance will fail to meet the precedent set by earlier DS models due to the emerging competition from converged devices. Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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Isis announces Salt Lake City as first trial market

By on April 6, 2011 at 3:33 AM.

Isis announces Salt Lake City as first trial market

Mobile payments collaborative Isis has announced its first trial market, Salt Lake City. The group, which is comprised of AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, plans to bring its contactless payment system to the Utah merchants in “early to mid-2012.” Isis also announced a working agreement with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) to enable Isis payments throughout the entire public transportation system. “By working with the Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake Chamber and Salt Lake City-area merchants, Isis is bringing the mobile commerce vision to reality,” said the group’s CEO, Michael Abbott. “Salt Lake City consumers will experience a new way to shop, pay and save.” The announcement comes one day after a report suggested Sprint would develop its own mobile payment solution for future use. The full Isis press release is after the break. More →

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T-Mobile expands 4G HSPA+ network to 10 new markets, speed boost coming soon

By on April 5, 2011 at 9:33 AM.

T-Mobile expands 4G HSPA+ network to 10 new markets, speed boost coming soon

T-Mobile on Tuesday announced that its 4G HSPA+ network is now available in 10 new markets including Ames, Iowa; Anderson, Indiana; Battle Creek, Benton Harbor and Jackson, Michigan; Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado; Lawrence and Manhattan, Kansas; Springfield, Illinois and Wichita Falls, Texas. T-Mobile also reaffirmed that it will soon double the speed of its 4G network from 21Mbps to a theoretical download speed of 42Mbps in Las Vegas, New York and Orlando. Chicago, Long Island, N.Y. and Northern New Jersey are scheduled to get the speed boost shortly after, and the carrier says it hopes to deliver those speeds to more than 140 million Americans in 25 markets by mid-year. T-Mobile’s 4G network now covers 167 U.S. markets and more than 200 million people nationwide. Hit the jump for the full release. More →

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LTE toggle switch for HTC ThunderBolt hits Android Market

By on April 4, 2011 at 4:07 PM.

LTE toggle switch for HTC ThunderBolt hits Android Market

In our review of Verizon’s first LTE-capable smartphone, the HTC ThunderBolt, we told you about a minor gripe we had with the device: battery life. It’s true, powering a 4.3-inch screen and a handful of wireless radios can take its toll on battery life, so we were shocked to find that the ThunderBolt did not have a carrier-supported method for turning off the device’s 4G radio. The handset is sold in markets where Verizon’s next-generation wireless network is currently unavailable, and power-users often like to toggle the feature on and off as needed. While this functionality may not be included out of the box, the open nature of Android has brought a simple application to the Market to help you out. Dubbed LTE OnOFF, the 11KB application allows you to toggle LTE in three simple clicks. Open the app, click “OK” on the instructions page, and select “CDMA auto” for LTE-less operation. The applications creators describe the code as follows:

Like all the paid LTE “Switch” and “Toggles”, just faster, smaller and free. Simple, to the point. Distribute freely.

LTE OnOFF is sitting in the Android Market, just waiting to be downloaded. If you’re a ThunderBolt owner looking for an easier way to toggle your 4Gs, enjoy.
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Angry Birds Rio for Android now available [video]

By on March 31, 2011 at 2:33 AM.

Angry Birds Rio for Android now available [video]

Angry Birds Rio, the latest free game in the Angry Birds franchise from Rovio, is now available from the Android Market. The game features two episodes — a total of 60 different levels – complete with some gameplay twists built around Rio the movie. Rovio has added new achievements, as well as “hidden fruits” that you’ll discover as you play.  Instead of attacking pigs, as usual, your goal is to liberate imprisoned birds by knocking them out of their respective cages. We played through the first few levels of episode 1 and are digging it so far; it has the same addictive gameplay we’ve come to expect from Angry Birds. The best part? Rovio will add episodic updates each month through November. Hit the jump for a gameplay trailer. More →

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Dell, HP executives take shots at Apple, iPad; look foolish

By on March 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM.

Dell, HP executives take shots at Apple, iPad; look foolish

Here’s a head scratcher: You’re an executive at a major electronics manufacturer. A company, Apple, has beaten you to market with its first tablet offering, the iPad, by nearly one year. In this single year, your competitor sold nearly 16 million tablets worldwide and managed to accumulate 75% of the tablet market share. What should you do? Make outlandish accusations and start calling that company names, of course. Executives from both Dell and HP have weighed in on what exactly is wrong with Apple’s iPad — aside from the fact that people are lining up to buy them the world over — and some of the quotes are quite humorous. More →

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In-app billing launches on Android Market

By on March 30, 2011 at 7:32 AM.

In-app billing launches on Android Market

Via a brief blog post, Google has announced the availability of in-app billing for Android Market applications. The new feature will allow application makers to publish apps that can facilitate future payments via Google’s Checkout system. “In-app Billing gives you more ways to monetize your apps with try-and-buy, virtual goods, upgrades, and other billing models,” writes Google. “If you aren’t yet familiar with In-app Billing, we encourage you to learn more about it.” The company notes that several applications, including Tap Tap Revenge and WSOP3, are already utilizing the service. Developers interested in taking in-app payments can find detailed documentation here. More →

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Android 2.2 Froyo powers 61.3% of all Android devices

By on March 17, 2011 at 11:22 AM.

Android 2.2 Froyo powers 61.3% of all Android devices

According to new data released by Android Developers, Android 2.2 (Froyo) currently powers 61.3% of all Android devices that accessed the Android Market during the first two weeks of March. That figure is up just under 10% from January, when the group reported that Froyo powered 51.8% of all devices. Sadly, the stale, older operating systems like Android 1.5 (3%), Android 1.6 (4.8%), and Android 2.1 (29%), are still far more prevalent than the most current version being offered by Google; Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) was installed on just 1% of all devices. Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) was the the most rare, and represented just 0.2% of all tablets (and phones if you’ve loaded a custom ROM) accessing the Android Market. With Google expected to announce a new version of its mobile operating system during the Google IO conference in May, we’re starting to wonder if Gingerbread is ever going to take off. More →

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Verizon grabs 12% of U.S. iPhone market in just one month

By on March 15, 2011 at 5:31 PM.

Verizon grabs 12% of U.S. iPhone market in just one month

Mobile analytics company Chitika has been keeping a running tally of just how many iPhones are running on both AT&T and Verizon. Using the data flowing across its ad network, the company has calculated that almost 1 out of every 8 iPhones in the U.S. — 12.4% — are now running on Verizon Wireless’ network. Just one month ago, Verizon only had a 3% share of U.S. iPhones. Apple’s smartphone has been available on Verizon for just over thirty five — it will be interesting to see if Verizon’s iMomentum can be sustained over the next thirty days.  More →

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