Verizon simplifies remote access with the announcement of the multi-talented My FiOS app

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It looks like Verizon has just combined home monitoring, customer service, entertainment, and remote control functions of several separate FiOS apps into one single “My FiOS” app. It used to be that FiOS users would have to download and use separate apps for each device or account they wanted to control. Now, Big Red has made it super convenient by removing the need to use functions of many apps and simply combined them into one.

Currently only available on Android, Verizon’s new app allows users remotely access home automation, movies and Flex View TV programs while being able to monitor account activity and billing all within the same application. You can even control your home phone and DVR, but there are a few requirements to do so. The Android Market states that “you must have the current version of the My Verizon Home Account, Verizon FiOS Digital Voice, Verizon Media Manager, Verizon Home Control, or Verizon FiOS Remote mobile applications on your device.”

Like I said earlier, it is currently only available on Android and your device must run on Android 2.1 and above. Jump past the break for download links and a full press release with all the gritty details. If you are Verizon FiOS client and give this new app a whirl, be sure to let us know what you think.

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Sprint announces HTC EVO Design 4G, available Oct. 23

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OK guys, we have yet another official device announcement for you and this one will be heading to Sprint. The HTC EVO Design 4G has just been announced and it will come in at a reasonably priced $100. This new 4G phone was leaked last month and now we have an official release date of October 23rd on the Now Network.

The EVO Design 4G definitely has a great price point, but for you high-end aficionados, the specs might leave a little to be desired.

Features:

  • Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread
  • HTC Sense – Award-winning user experience taking social networking, navigation and customization to new levels
  • Aluminum unibody design gives the HTC EVO Design 4G a slim, streamlined profile –guaranteed to get attention and nicely compact in your hand, pocket or bag
  • 1.2GHz single-core processor
  • 768MB RAM
  • 4-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen display
  • Dual cameras: 5MP rear-facing camera/camcorder with flash and HD video recording and 1.3MP front-facing camera for video chat
  • World Phone capabilities to make and receive calls and texts, and to access email and news from locations around the globe
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n

[via Sprint]

HTC wants to release Beats Audio API for developers to do as they wish

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If you are familiar with HTC and keep up with the latest Android news you probably already know that HTC has teamed up with Dr. Dre and added Beats Audio to some of their newer devices. You might also know that HTC even invested in Beats Audio stock and probably wants to see it succeed just as much as Dre does. Reports are saying that HTC will be releasing a Beats Audio developer API and HTC says the tools will “allow third-party developers to harness the potential of Beats Audio and bring that top-notch audio experience to their own apps.”

At this time there is no word of a release date for the tools, I am sure excited to see what developers can come up with though. What app do you think could benefit from a little Beats Audio integration? Let us know in the comments below.

[via endgadget]

Meet Iris – “Yeah, that is Siri in reverse.”

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Introducing Iris; your new intelligent Android assistant. Talk to Iris about anything and listen to its wisdom.

Android developers sure do know how to mock Apple, as clearly evidenced by this new addition from developer, Dexetra, to the android market. You may be familiar with Dexetra already for their former claim to fame, the “Friday” app. Their latest, Iris, is a direct play on Apple’s Siri. In fact, it’s an acronym for Intelligent Rival Imitation of Siri. Iris talks to you in a conversational manner about whatever topic you desire; Philosophy, Culture, History, Science to general conversation. I’ve tried it myself* and it works pretty decent, and it even has a bit of personality. You may get a few oddball responses but understand the app is still alpha. The real kicker of this story is that, Siri, the main attraction of Apple’s iPhone 4S announcement, was imitated on Android with a mere 8 hours of work, according to the developers. Looks to me like some Siri-ous alternatives are taking shape… Ok, maybe that was lame, but really there are a lot of alternatives to Siri on Android right now. We wrote a comparison of Siri and Android’s built in speech controls earlier in the month while at the same time offering up some examples of alternative apps; apps such as Vlingo, Voice Actions, and Eva. By the way if you are already using Androids built in voice search tool, here’s a quick tip. Long pressing the search key can automatically launch the voice controls. Nifty right?

Update: Leave a comment with something funny she said :D

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich may be dreamy but where’s Cloud Syncing?

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I’m not looking to rain on anyone’s parade after last night’s announcement of Ice Cream Sandwich. There is no question that Google has done some amazing stuff, and I’m truly excited, but with excitement comes some sort of disappointment. Now that it’s officially out in the open, I found myself asking where cloud syncing is?

We’ve been talking it up that Apple is playing catch up with Android by finally adding notifications and other features to iOS, but now it appears that Google might be falling behind with cloud syncing. Sure they already have some cloud applications like Google Music and Google Docs/Apps, but that isn’t enough. What about syncing app data? Many consumers are playing games on their phones and tablets, and that progess data needs to be easily backed up so when they go from their phone to tablet, they can continue where they left off.  This is also important when purchasing a new device or suddenly their phone is in need of a warranty replacement. There is also the data for other types of apps that could easily be transferred from device to device. Last but not least, there is your files, pictures, and videos from your home or business computer.

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What You Should And Shouldn’t Be Excited For With Ice Cream Sandwich

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The Android 4.0 presentation probably got the most attention of any Android release presentation so far. Android has grown to be more and more popular over this past year and the Android lovin’ is at an all time. A lot of the time we get so caught up in the newness that we forget what is truly innovative and what should have been here a long time ago. Apple presentations, for example,  are famous for having two sides. There’s always the side that has a religious experience with everything that’s announced, and another that likes to point out that while the newer things are nice, they shouldn’t be considered “new.” After talking with some of my friends about the ICS presentation, I’ve realized that even Android is starting to develop that dual nature. So without further ado, I’ll present the things that you should be genuinely happy that Android now does while also declaring the improvements that it should have done a while ago.  Ain’t nobody done tell me I be too biased. » Read the rest

Newest Dolphin Browser Launches Exclusively On GetJar

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For the many people (including myself) that aren’t overly thrilled about Android’s stock launcher, Dolphin Browser is one of the most popular alternatives. It’s fast, looks nice, and has tons of options. In an interesting twist Dolphin Browser v7.0, the next version of Dolphin, will be launching exclusively on a third party market: GetJar. The biggest update is Dolphin Connect.

Dolphin 7.0 is moving your mobile experience to the cloud by introducing Dolphin Connect.  With Dolphin Connect your bookmarked sites and your browsing preferences will be kept in sync across all of your devices. No longer forget web addresses—Dolphin Connect remembers them for you. With Dolphin Connect, Dolphin will once again reshape the mobile browsing experience.

Why would a company want to sidestep the biggest market it has? Perhaps GetJar offered a few incentives to launch it their first. Something tells me it won’t stay exclusive for too long though. Any of our readers die hard GetJar fans?

[via androidcentral]

Steve Ballmer Thinks We’re All Computer Scientists

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At the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer either has a horribly skewed idea of the worlds population or is starting to get bitter about the success of Android. “You don’t have to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone, but you do to use an Android phone.” Good ol’ Steve also let on that Android phones just didn’t get him “excited.” For a company that’s weaseling up to $15 out of OEM’s for every Android device phone sold, you would think that Microsoft would be ecstatic that Android is doing so well. Apparently not. It also doesn’t help that many draw parallels to Android when it comes to the Android vs Apple smartphone war and the PC vs Mac war of the 90′s. Perhaps this is just his way of getting some press for WP7 now that the iPhone 4S and Android 4.0 have largely stolen all of the media’s attention. Either way, this just seems to me like the youngest brother complaining when no one picks him for their team. It’s okay Steve. Maybe one day when WP7 grows up people will obsess about your mobile platform too.

[via engadget]

Three, O2 and Vodafone Getting Galaxy Nexus and Clove Getting Droid RAZR In The UK

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Our friends in the UK are about to receive a lineup of smartphones that are going to make the upgrade process a bit of a challenge this Holiday season.  Three, O2 and Vodafone have announced that they’ll be receiving the highly anticipated Galaxy Nexus device with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.  Three says their device will be available to run on their still rolling out HSPA+ network while Vodafone and O2 have yet to mention whether or not the device will run on HSPA+ technology.

In addition, online retailer, Clove has announced via their blog that they will be offering the Motorola RAZR for £455 ($720) off contract beginning November 1st.  If you can do without an ICS device for now, this would be the phone to purchase.  Check out our hands-on from yesterday’s event as we’re confident you’ll find this device to be a top contender.  And who knows, maybe the device will see Android 4.0 soon enough.

[via Android Central 1,2]

Samsung Claims Small Victory In The Apple/Samsung Pissing Contest

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Samsung won a minor victory yesterday when a California judge threw out some of Apple’s claims against it. Samsung asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to throw out several of Apple’s anti trust complaints to which the Judge Koh was apparently happy to oblige to. However, she has still not come to a ruling about Apple’s request to block Samsung phones in the US. Another important note is that Apple can amend the claims slightly and bring them back to court if they so choose.

Will this ever end?

[via bloomberg]