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Review: gReader App for RSS Feeds

Not many people use RSS feeds anymore it seems, as Twitter and facebook page updates have added another mobile medium to getting the information you want by those you follow. I prefer RSS feeds myself, along with Twitter, facebook and Google+ updates. One of the best RSS apps I’ve used for Android is called gReader made by noinnion. It wasn’t much of an RSS reader back in the beginning of 2011, as there were many better RSS apps on the market such as Pulse, Google Reader (official), and NewsRob. Other apps gained users mainly because they had a much more beautified GUI along with full tablet support. It took a while for gReader to catch up. Now that they’ve done that, it is the smoothest RSS feed reader on the market, in my humble opinion.

I’ve used a lot of RSS readers on both my Android smartphones and tablets, but if you’re looking for an easy to setup RSS reader, that supports both tablets and smartphones alike, and has automatic Google Reader single sign on…grab this app, it’s free.

As you can see to the right side, the app has a nice visual interface, almost identical to what you would see in Pulse. Don’t get me wrong, I think Pulse is a great app too, but it can be slow at times, most likely to make way for the visual enhancements it shows. If you have an older Android device, this can slow your smartphone down while it’s updating feeds as well. Anther great feature about gReader (and yes, many other other RSS readers in general) are the

Android Market Link

Guide: How to Change Your Sounds and Ringtones

Guide: How to change your ringtones

One of the best things you can do to turn your Android device into a personalized smartphone is load it up with your own Ringtones and Sounds. Every Android Operating system comes with the ability to change the default ringtones, notifications and alarms. So whether you love waking up to some Metallica, or would rather simply change that facebook pop’ to a cowbell (and we all know the only cure for that disease is more cowbell), this guide will help you get the most out of your Android device, and truly make it your own!

Guide: What is a QR Code? (Beginners)

First of all, I’d like to tell you that you made the right choice grabbing an Android device. So, let’s get down into just what your new Android smartphone can do for you. The best way to do that is to grab the apps that get you up and using the power of Android quickly, without causing too much reading. Let’s be honest here, you don’t want to read a novel on how to use your smartphone, you’d rather take the knowledge in doses so you can get back to the 108th level of Angry Birds. If you’ve had an Android device for some time, pass this information around to other Android newbies you know around you.

A question many people have when they look around in stores and websites now, is what the heck are those black and white squares for? Those are called ‘QR Codes‘ (quick response code), and your Android device has the ability to scan them and display information. Until the past year or so, QR codes didn’t really take off into mainstream advertising. Now, you see them everywhere from Real Estate, Starbucks, and the latest Best Buy flyers. They can do much more than just display websites and facebook pages though, with the right app, you can easily share your installed apps, contact information and clipboard to anyone with a QR code scanner too. (The other person will need an Android device to grab your shared application though).

Top 5 Free Apps for Android Beginners

So you got yourself a new Android smartphone on the recommendations of fellow work nerds, your nerdy brother, or the resident Best Buy sales clerk who just loves Android! You take it out of the box, give it a nice wipe with your hand, turn it on….and now what? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

There’s so many different things about an Android device that sets it apart from the iPhones and BlackBerrys out there, and you’ll soon find out just how versatile it can be. We’ll tell it like it is here, it can be a challenge for Android beginners to figure their way around the operating system. So what we’ll do is look at the best apps to get you rolling the fastest with anything you’re likely going to want to do, like say…tell all your friends and followers on facebook and twitter that you just got the latest Android! They will be jealous.

CyanogenMod 7 testing for Motorola Atrix underway

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The Motorola Atrix was the top of the Android foodchain at the beginning of the year being the first dual-core Android device released. Since then, you gotta wonder how it could be improved upon. How about giving it a software overhaul by way of CyanogenMod 7 for example? CyanogenMod is easily the most popular of any available Android ROMs out there, and for good reason. It’s offers add-ons and features that we only wish were built into the actual Android 2.3 code and left that way when we buy it.

Now that the bootloader has been unlocked for the Motorola Atrix (which was an uphill battle for a long time), there’s no stopping the amount of mods and ROMs that we’ll start seeing. Best of all, testing is underway as you read this to get CyanogenMod 7 onto the Motorola Atrix. No time has been given for its release, but we’re sure at the pace they have worked for many other devices, it shouldn’t be long before it’s up for download.

Stay tuned!

[via xda developers]

Verizon may be first in U.S. to launch Samsung Galaxy S II ‘Function’ on August 12th

Verizon will be launching the Samsung Galaxy S II variant called the ‘Verizon Function’ on August 12th according to Shin Jong-Kyun, president of the company’s mobile communications business. It’ll start landing in Las Vegas locations, then others immediately afterwards. Other Galaxy S II variants called the ‘Attain’ and ‘Within’ are also expected to launch in August with other US carriers, but Verizon looks to be the first.

Analyst Paul Mueller says, “August 12 is a possibility. It will arrive first on Verizon and then the rest of the carriers within a month. Samsung will market this directly against the iPhone 5”. The Samsung Galaxy S II is Samsung’s fastest selling device to date, already selling over 6 million units shipped in 3 months since its release.

[via pocketnow]

Blu-ray digital download movies coming to Android from 20th Century Fox

With services like Netflix and Hulu making their way to Android devices, even if its only a small amount so far, it’s no wonder that other distributors are looking to make mobile apps for their services. 20th Century Fox may be the next in line to bring movies to the small screen, by releasing an app that allows you to download a digital copy to your device from Blu-Ray titles it offers.

Those who take advantage of the service should be warned that downloading an entire movie, never mind a Blu-Ray title will use up a significant amount of bandwidth, and thus, recommended it be done over Wi-Fi, not 3G or 4G connections (unless of course you pay for unlimited use, or a large amount of bandwidth). When Fox launches this app, let’s hope they are learning from Netflix and Hulu’s limits, and launch the app for compatibility to any Android device over Android 2.2 at the very least.

[via slashgear]

T-Mobile G2 gets official Gingerbread 2.3.3 build leaked

On one of T-Mobile’s support forum threads, The T-Mobile G2 Gingerbread leak for build 2.3.3 is creating some steam. It looks like the official Android 2.3.3 build for the G2 is now available, with a couple of minor bugs still, but none the less, it’s there. So if you’re OK with installing this very close to complete build for Gingerbread 2.3.3 on the G2, here’s some more information to help you along the way, including the bug list, and instructions on how to get it running.

As always, be sure to run backups of your device in the event something goes wrong with the update. I recommend Titanium Backup for starters.

HTC EVO 3D accessories coming to Sprint and Best Buy – video dock, holster and cases

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You gotta love when a company make a little tiny change to their products, and its the one change that everyone complains about, forcing the company to plea for your forgiveness by launching other products to help ease the pain. Remember when hotels used to give free Wi-Fi? Well, similarily, if you want a kickstand for your

[via engadget]

Netflix patch works on ASUS Transformer – makes Honeycomb sweeter

We had some Netflix news a couple days ago for Honeycomb tablets, but ASUS Transformer users were perhaps feeling a little left out in the cold on the support side of things. It was working on some, but unfortunately not all. That’s going to change today, as a patch is now available to get Netflix running on all ASUS Transformer devices. Yeah, we said it, now grab it from the source link below!

[via xda developers]

T-Mobile myTouch 4G starts getting Gingerbread update today

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T-Mobile has began pushing Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) out to a group of myTouch 4G users today after T-Mobile put up the information on their support site. The update will make its way to all T-Mobile myTouch 4G users within the next ‘coming weeks’, and will continue through the end of the year. Anyone else think that this is a HUGE timeline to roll out an update?

Among the many improvements any Android user who has moved to a Gingerbread build will appreciate, here are some of the specific features;

  • 2010 Exchange compatibility
  • New version of Swype
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS

Very Nice.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro goes through FCC approval, launch imminent

It’s been some time since we had heard about the Xperia Pro back at MWC 2011, but we hadn’t forgotten about it. Now that parts for Sony Xperia devices are starting to get back to satisfactory levels after the Japan earthquake a few months back this year, Sony Ericsson is pushing ahead with the Xperia Pro release.

The Xperia Pro has been pushed through the FCC for approval, so a September launch date seems achievable and conceivable still. In the gallery below, you’ll see the Xperia Pro taken apart to pieces, showing us the underbelly of the Arc and PLAY’s younger family member… or is it ‘members’. Enjoy!

Breaking News: DC Comics app released for Android with over 3,000 issues available

DC Comics

Comic lovers everywhere rejoice! Just in time for Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego, DC Comics and comixology have partnered to bring Android devices a branded DC Comics app available for free in the Android Market now! The app will feature DC Comics which you can purchase through the app for $0.99 – $2.99 per issue. The payment will be made through the Google in-app purchase system for ease of use. The app will have a library of over 3000 titles to choose from, while adding over 80 format title per month.

Here’s what Senior Vice President of DC Entertainment Hank Kanalz had to say about the release;

This launch is another great milestone in our digital strategy, Our goal is to make DC Comics available to the broadest audience possible and this Android launch extends our reach among mobile phones and tablets. We want our readers to enjoy comics whenever and wherever they want, be it at home, work or while walking around San Diego Comic-Con.

Grab the app by clicking or scanning below now!

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[TalkAndroid Apps Link]

Dolphin Browser HD updated to v6.0 available now – Webzine, speed dial and tabbed browsing

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The free Android app called Dolphin Browser HD is now updated to version 6.0 and available for free in the Android Market. This version was in beta since June 17th 2011, and has now shed the beta tag, giving users a great browsing experience on the Android devices with gestures, multitouch, tabbed browsing, Speed Dial, and Webzine features. Here’s what the Press Release states regarding the new Webzines feature;

Dolphin brings out the beauty of the web and with Dolphin Webzine users can experience the web like never before. Web pages are cleanly displayed as a series of thumbnail images and users can scroll through web pages instantly using an intuitive touch interface, tapping on any thumbnail image to open the desired page.

MoboTap, developers of Dolphin Browser technology, has received a $10 million funding injection led by Sequoia Capital and Matrix Partners, helping them continue to bring mobile browsing innovations. With over 8 million users within 15 months total, the mobile browsing market continues to see growth and demand. Grab it below by scanning or clicking.

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[Android Market Link]