Motorola Xoom starts showing up in stores, at Verizon, and User Guide leaked

The Motorola Xoom is almost out, and how excited are we getting?! I’d have to say pretty darn excited! With the price of $800, the Xoom began showing up at Verizon stores, among others with promo materials and goodies to assist in the retail launch. The units to hit Verizon thus far look to be dummy devices, but still, that makes it that much more real.

Pricing for the tablet should still be around the $800 range we saw at Best Buy, and had heard about Motorola’s CEO justifications of that pricing, but we’ll really just have to wait and see what it gets listed as the day of sale. That sale should be Feb. 24th.

If you’re going to grab one on the 24th, or there after right away, why not get familiar with how to use it before hand. You can now because the Xoom user guide made its way online already, just before launch. You can grab a copy of it here if you want to get a head start.

[via BGR, intomobile]

Google gives users 5 helpful tips for using Blogger from your Android device

Just earlier this month, Google released an official Blogger app for Android that would allow users to blog straight from their phones. Now, Google is providing you with five helpful hints that can help you take advantage of all of Blogger’s features from your Android device.

1. Attach photos as you compose

Take photos using your phone’s camera and instantly add them to your post while you draft. You can also insert photos from your phone’s gallery, all within the Blogger app.

2. Include your current location
With your phone’s GPS, you can let your readers know where you’re blogging from by selecting your current location, no additional typing needed.

3. Share to Blogger
Share videos, products, photos, links and other interesting things you would like to include in your blog via the share button that’s available in many apps, including Google Maps for mobile, YouTube, and your web browser. After you share an item to your Blogger, it will be inserted into new post that’s automatically created for you so that start can composing right away.

4. Switch across multiple Blogger accounts
If you’re an author of more than one blog, you can easily switch between your different accounts by tapping on the orange arrow next to the title of your blog. That way, you can publish articles for each of your blogs to keep your all of your readers up to date.

5. Keep track of published posts and saved drafts
See what you’ve composed in an easy to read list by tapping the list icon located on the top right-hand corner.

If you haven’t done so yet, you can download Blogger for Android for free from the TalkAndroid ApptlyAndroid database.

[via GoogleMobile]

Adrynalyne Opens the Door for Rooted Samsung Continuum Owners and Developers

If you own an Android device, chances are you want to stretch the capacity of your device’s hardware within inches of it’s breaking point. You want to customize it beyond recognition. You want to squeeze every ounce of processing power out of your phone, treating it like a NASA supercomputer while laughing in the face of your warranty and smartphone insurance. Otherwise, you’re doing it wrong. Then again, maybe everyone isn’t as passionate as I am about making my phone do anything and everything it was never intended to do. But for those of you who are, yesterday Adrynalyne of Android Central released the first ROM for the Samsung Continuum. Albeit extremely vanilla, it will serve as the blank canvas for all the other developers, as well as the streamlined, bloat-free ROM for the minimalist user.

Download your Samsung Continuum ROM here.

[via androicentral]

Android Tablets Making Their Mark on the iPad’s Marketshare

The tablet market is fairly young, but pretty much its entire life has seen the iPad claiming nearly the entire market. In spite of there being several Android tablets on the market, Apple’s reign in this challenge this has never been contested. And while the last quarter of 2010 may not have seen this title change hands, it did, for the first time ever,see Apple drop below the 95% mark…and it dropped hard. Android is offering a huge variety of tablets at varying price points, with some very capable Acer tablets dropping at $299. When measured against Apple’s $499 offering at the cheapest, that price difference is a huge consideration. While Apple certainly hasn’t seen the last tablet sold, Android tablets are on the rise and will undoubtedly continue to erode the iPad’s lead. Apple’s tablet is expected to slip to as low as 67% in just the next couple of months. Android tablets saw an increase of 22% of the marketshare, up from 2.3% in Q3 2010. At this rate, Android will be well-poised to challenge Apply for dominance by the end of this year, if not sooner.

The Motorola Xoom will almost definitely tip the scales even farther, as the first dual-core tablet to his the market. Those looking for the toughest hardware available will surely give the Xoom their full attention. We’re looking to see what the myriad of tablets have to offer against Apple lead in this department, but frankly, we expect good things, and can’t wait to see how the chips fall.

[via Bloomberg, by way of Android Central]

Boost your 4G WiMax signal in Samsung Epic 4G


Ever find that your signal just doesn’t seem like a real fast 4G connection on your Sprint Epic 4G? Has your connection dropped, only for it to seem to take forever to pick WiMax up again? If so, you may want to have a look at this fix for your Epic 4G, and although the instructions seem easy enough, as always, take caution when messing around with the original programming.

That being said, XDA-Develop gokuman56 has figured out a way to improve your 4G signal on Sprint’s WiMax. You will need your MSL, Call Sprint or follow this:

Dial ##3282#
It will open a menu, click WiMAX and enter MSL. Note: 4G radio must be on.
Go to extensions and Hold EntryRX and Write Extension
Change the Value to -110 (The Lower the weaker the signal can be for the phone to connect.
Change EntryCINR to 0004

You can find more information in the hack thread.

[via XDA-Developers]

App 2 SD for Android helps you install more apps


So you’ve got an Android device, running Android 2.2 or up, and you want to move some of your apps to your SD card, but you don’t want to start digging around in your settings. What’s an Android enthusiast to do? How about going and downloading App 2 SD? This app allows you to have a UI for the built-in storage choice of internal or external. All you have to do is install this app on your Android phone running 2.2 or higher, and it will tell you what apps you have installed that can be moved to external storage. Sure, you can do this through the settings menu on Froyo or above, but this will make your app moving much easier.

On top of giving you the UI for your already installed devices, the app will also run in the background, and – when you install an app that can be moved to the SD card – will tell you so in your notification bar. Hit the break for all the features, and be sure to check out App 2 SD on our app database here.

Tips, tricks and tutorials: Getting started with your new Android phone

So, you opened up that present on Christmas, and found a brand new, shiny Android phone inside. Sure, you kissed them on the cheek and told them it’s everything you’ve ever wanted, but now what? Fortunately, we’re here to help you out in getting started with your awesome new smartphone.

Nexus S kernel released via Android’s Open Source Project

Get excited Android enthusiasts! They day you all have been waiting for is here. Samsung’s Nexus S is scheduled to be sold by Best Buy in two days, but today presents a special treat and answers a question as old as the Android Community itself. Will we see a root for it? Headline news is that two days before its release the Nexus S Linux kernel source is released to the public using Android’s Open Source Project. The early release allows developers a head start in development; whether it is for custom ROMs, hacks, or to update applications. The release can be found at Android’s Open Source Project.

On Google’s repository, developers have different options. They can clone one tree from the kernel by installing and using git or the entire platform by installing and running repo. If you are unfamiliar with the purpose behind repo and git, but have a desire to dig deeper into the power of Android, you can find out more information here. If you desire an in-depth tutorial about how to access this powerful release, check out the git tutorial here. Now that the kernel is released it is only a matter of time before the major developers of the Android community release their modified versions for the pleasure and business of Android enthusiasts world-wide. Happy developing!

[via Twitter]

Android 2.3 SDK released: video walkthrough and new feature highlights

Not only did Google formally announce Android 2.3 earlier, they have also released the Android 2.3 SDK as well. You may be wondering what some of the exciting new features are, so we’re going to tell you about them! Continue reading after the break for a video walkthrough straight from Google, and a rundown of some of the most important new features of Gingerbread.

Tutorial: How to install Android on iPhone 2G and 3G, no computer needed

We love a good Apple story (*as plainly seen here, cough cough*) as much as the next person, and this is no exception. You may have already heard that Android had been ported to the iPhone, but now it appears that you can install our favorite little Android on the iPhone 2G and 3G without a computer. The following models are supported:

  • iPhone 2G with iOS 3.1.2, 3.1.3
  • iPhone 3G with iOS 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 4.0, 4.0.1, 4.0.2, 4.1

And, your device has to be jailbroken with any of the following:

  • PwnageTool
  • RedSn0w
  • BlackRa1n

As long as your device meets these requirements, you can hit the break to find out how to install Android on your iPhone, and steal a small part of Steve Jobs’ soul.

Mikka’s Top 5 most anticipated Android devices!

It’s an exciting time for the Android community. It seems as though new Android devices are being announced everyday; some have been revamps of classics (like the T-Mobile G2) or completely new devices that will cater to more and more new Android users. With that said, this opinion article is going to cover my personal top 5 most anticipated Android devices!

How2Moto releases videos of Motorola DEFY in use

The ruggedness of the Motorola DEFY is the driving force behind the marketing of this device. But now, How2Moto has released a few videos highlighting the more practical features of the Motorola DEFY, such as texting, Quick Launch, and setting up personal email and social networking accounts.

The Motorola DEFY will be available November 3rd from T-Mobile.

Hit the jump for for the full playlist of Motorola DEFY videos!