Netflix Updates App For Honeycomb Tablets; Expands Support To Canada and Latin America

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Netflix has announced the launch of their newly updated application in the Android Market, made to support Android Honeycomb 3.x tablets. News of this tablet-minded app update comes as especially good news for users in Canada and Latin America, as the app will now extend Android support in those areas for the first time – welcome to the party!

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Swype Beta Releases Version 3.26; Includes Automatic Updates

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The crowd-pleasing Swype Beta keyboard app has been updated to build 3.26. This is the first update we’ve seen since August and it comes with a bunch of additions including automatic updates. After you’ve advanced to version 3.26, Swype will begin pushing new updates to your device automatically and present you with a notification to install it. That’s right, no more fooling around with that troublesome installer app any more.

Other updates include:

  • Improved Language Control gives you access to only the languages you use. From Swype Settings you can select which languages will appear when switching languages directly from Swype. Never cycle through a language you don’t use again.
  • The Refined Key Layout brings a better overall user experience, more in line with what users expect. Numbers are now across the top row, and the symbols layer contains several new characters, and a button to switch between 2 pages of symbols.
  • Redesigned Settings & Help makes it easier than ever to control how Swype behaves, and learn how to become an advanced Swype user. Just long-press the (Swype icon) to go straight to the Swype Settings window!

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Andy Rubin Doesn’t Think There Should Be Tablet-Only Apps

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Google’s mobile chief Andy Rubin took a pointed position at the All Thing D’s AsiaD conference when pressed on the issue of what some Android users would deem an insufficient amount of tablet-optimized apps.

“I don’t think there should be apps specific to a tablet.” – Andy Rubin

The Android founder elaborated on his assertion while managing to touch a bit on the future direction of Ice Cream Sandwich, “if someone makes an ICS app it’s going to run on phones and it’s going to run on tablets,” he said. This direction would mean incorporating more single apps with the ability to scale to the different handset and tablet device screen sizes,  thereby allowing a fluent switch from handset to tablet and back, as needed by the user throughout the day.

For my own consumption, I favor a focus on single scaling-capable apps and have found that most specimens I’ve tried provided mostly comfortable functionality and a solid, proportionate appearance. Though I must say, each app download is basically a crap shoot as it’s not until after you get hands on with it that you know for sure how well it truly holds up. Looking forward, if Google diligently beefs up the quality of these kinds of apps and provides these optimizations for a larger selection, I am definitely on board.

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Motorola exec confirms Android 4.0 update heading to Droid Razr early 2012

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It has only been a couple days since we brought you the announcement of the new Motorola Droid Razr with it’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. Well, Alain Mutricy, the man who unveiled Moto’s new device to the European market, has already confirmed plans to update the Razr to Android’s new fandangled OS, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Without an official U.S. launch date, and the outed UK release of Nov. 1, Mutricy says the Droid Razr will receive an OTA ICS update in “the start of 2012″. Mutricy continued to say that ICS will incorporate all the innovation that went into the Droid Razr and a more solid release date will come to us in the future. You can bet your ass we will let you know as soon as we hear more. We would love to see ICS on as many devices that are capable!

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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.

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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?

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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