Promoted Tweets Coming to Official Twitter App

If you are a Twitter user, you are already familiar with Promoted Tweets, which is Twitter’s fancy name for “ads”. Now, the official Android Twitter app will bring these promotions to your timeline:

Promoted Tweets will appear in your timeline like any other Tweet, and like regular Tweets, they will appear in your timeline just once; as you scroll, the Promoted Tweet will flow with the rest of the Tweets in your timeline.

The promoted tweets were already accessible in the timeline of desktop and mobile versions of Twitter, but had only appeared in searches in the official Android app. Recent updates to the app had added “Promoted Accounts” suggestions in your “Who to Follow” section. In the coming weeks, the app will show promoted tweets in your timeline from brands or companies that you are currently following.

If you feel that the promoted tweet isn’t relevant (or you think it’s just plain annoying) you can remove it from your timeline with a single swipe.

For now, it appears this will not apply to third-party Twitter Android apps.

source: Twitter blog

U.S. Cellular Selling Samsung Galaxy S II Online Now, In Stores Starting Tomorrow

If you’ve been eyeing the Samsung Galaxy S II, you may want to jump on the bandwagon with U.S. Cellular. As we previously reported, the phone will not work on their upcoming LTE network, but will use their 3G network. This version of the Galaxy S II will have the 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor. The phone comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but will hopefully update to Ice Cream Sandwich at a later date.

For new activations, the phone will be $229.99 with a two-year contract after a $100 mail-in rebate. You can also use the additional $100 activation credit that US Cellular is offering online right now. If you’re looking to upgrade on U.S. Cellular, the Galaxy S II will be $249.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. You can order yours now at the U.S. Cellular link below, or you can go in store starting tomorrow.

source: U.S. Cellular

Updates to Google+ and Google Wallet hit Android Market

 

Whilst the Google Execs were busy strutting their stuff at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Google Developers were beavering away in the labs to bring you some updates. If you head on over to the Android Market you’ll find updates to both Google Wallet and Google+ waiting for you. The excitement stops there I’m afraid folks as both updates are minor bug fixes and process enhancements.

Still it’s good to know that the Google Developers are always working on improving their already great applications. Bug fixes and stability improvements can only be a good thing so why not check out the links below and get yourself updated!

 

Google+ Market Link

Google Wallet Market Link

 

 

Samsung Makes Education Cool with the Learning Hub [Video Demo]

Some of you may already be familiar with Samsung’s various social and cloud “hubs” that are included on current Sammy tablets and smartphones. So far they have the Social, Music, Video, Reading, and Game Hubs but they are getting ready to add the new Learning Hub that was announced at MWC. I imagine you are wondering what the Learning Hub actually is and thanks to our friends at the Phone Arena, we now have a video demo from a Samsung specialist himself. Essentially you can watch a video lecture on one half of the screen while a text explanation is displayed on the other half. What’s cool about this idea is that you can use a stylus (or finger) to highlight or take notes on the text portion of the lecture. A very interactive way of learning indeed, and one that could change education for the better.

When the Learning Hub launches on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 LTE on launch, it will provide access to over 6,000 textbooks and videos spanning across 30 different publishers. As you probably already imagined, some of the content will be free but the majority will most likely come at a reasonable price. This isn’t a bad thing when talking about furthering one’s education. Jump past the break to see what the Learning Hub is all about. 
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Missed Eric Schmidt’s MWC Keynote Speech Yesterday? Don’t Worry, We Have You Covered.

There have been a lot of big announcements at MWC this year already and everyone looked forward to Google’s keynote speech in hopes that they would drop hints at Jelly Bean or some other Android based projects they had in the works.Well sadly the speech came and went with no word on Jelly Bean or these projects. However, that’s not to say that the speech wasn’t great nonetheless. Eric Schmidt delivered what he believes the world of technology should be. As we told you before Google hopes to get it right with everyone having a Android Device but rather than tell you all the stuff I think you should take away from it I will let you folks watch it for yourselves. Get some popcorn and a cold one and sit back, you have about 70 minutes worth of watching ahead of you. Hit the break below to check it out and let us know in the comment section what you took away from it. Enjoy!
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Data From Android Market Suggests Less Than One Million Google TV 2.0 Upgrades

It’s no secret that GoogleTV hasn’t made the largest splash in the smart TV sector. This isn’t to say that it’s done horribly, but it’s safe to say that work still needs to be done to facilitate higher adoption rates. It’s also fairly hard to judge the number of GoogleTV’s in the wild, since Google and it’s partners don’t really like to give out the sales numbers. This is where Xyologic comes in; an app search company that allows users to find mobile apps across various platforms. They’ve recently released results that suggest, based on an estimate of the active install base for pre-installed GoogleTV apps, that the number of GoogleTV’s actively in use are between 500,000 and 1 million, of which the Logitech Revue dominates 50 to 70 percent.

It’s very important to point out that these numbers are estimates only, and do not actually resemble sales numbers, which could contain variables such as people that purchased the hardware but never even ended up using it. Another variable that these numbers don’t reflect are GoogleTV units that are running v1.0 of the software, which don’t show up on Android Market data. This data does still provide insight into usage of GoogleTV, and although the numbers aren’t exceptional, I wouldn’t say Google is out for the count just yet.

source: xyologic

Google Music Leap Year Sale: 29 Albums Only $2.99 Each

Looks like Google is offering another one of their Google Music sales in celebration of leap year, but you better act quick as it ends tonight. Currently there are 29 full albums to chose from and each one will only run you $2.99. This can be a great opportunity to add to your online music collection so you can stream even more tunes to your Android device. From hip-hop to country there is bound to be something in this selection you can groove to. Hit up one of the links below to check out Google Music’s one-day-only sale.

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Dolphin Browser Gets Updated To v7.4, Includes Dolphin Sonar Feature

Dolphin Browser has just been updated to v7.4 and includes a new concept. Dolphin has unveiled Dolphin Sonar, which looks to change the way we do our web browsing. It’s a voice-control feature which aims to let us use our voices in order to search on the web, find what we are looking for on websites, bookmark a page and actually navigate the internet— all using our voice! Here are the 3 major features we can look forward to by using Sonar:

1) Search – Talk to Dolphin and let Her Do the Work
2) Social Search – Impress your friends and stalk like a pro
3) Navigate – Just Tell Your Dolphin Where To Go

The update is ready and waiting for Android 2.0+ devices. Before you go out and download it, make sure you hit the break to see the full presser.

 


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Toshiba Releases 10-Inch Excite 10 LE tablet on March 6 in US

Skinny is in this season, and Toshiba is bringing it with the world’s thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet. It’s only 0.3 inches thick and weighs 1.18 pounds. This magnesium alloy cased tablet, with a 1.2GHz processor, can be yours in the US on March 6. It will set you back $529.99 for the 16 GB version, and $599.99 for the 32 GB version. It will ship with Android 3.2 Honeycomb, but will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich. The 10.1-inch screen has a Corning Gorilla Glass display, and a 1280 x 800 resolution. It has 1 GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, micro SD card slot, micro USB, and micro HDMI ports.

We went hands-on with this tablet at CES, when it was previously called the Toshiba Excite X10. We found it to be a pretty nice piece of hardware, especially considering its thinness, but the price is a little bit high for the 1.2 GHz CPU. The ASUS Transformer Prime is a hot competitor with its Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments.

Check out the press release and some photos after the break.


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AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note Review, It’s time to be noteworthy

When it came to phones for 2011, the two hottest phones in terms of buzz had to be the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Note. Interestingly enough, both phones are made by Samsung. The buzz for the Galaxy Nexus was surrounded around Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich whereas the Galaxy Note was all about its mammoth 5.3-inch display and stylus, dubbed the S Pen. The Galaxy Note was already available internationally for several months before finally landing in the U.S. with AT&T a week ago, priced at $299.99. The U.S. version brings LTE and a Qualcomm processor, but has the overall same look and feel. It’s available in both carbon blue and ceramic white.

The Galaxy Note might be a niche market for now, but is it starting a new re-birth in productivity devices? This is my full review, but you can also check out my initial hands on and my quick look at some S Pen optimized apps.


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