Chrome for Android Beta gets updated, Finally able to download files and request desktop versions

Chrome for Android Beta just received an update, and they finally added two features I’ve been begging for: the ability to download files and request the desktop version of websites. Unfortunately it’s still only available for Android 4.x devices. Version 0.18.4409.2396 is available now in the Play Stores. Full changelog below and hit the break below for download links.

  • You can now request the desktop version of a website, in case you would rather not view the mobile version.
  • You can now add bookmarks as shortcuts on your home screen, so you can get to your favorite sites faster.
  • Choose your favorite apps to handle links opened in Chrome.
  • Have a proxy setup for Wi-Fi access? You can now use Chrome with the system proxy configured in Android settings.
  • Allow for download of files to the device
  • Complex Text Layout (CTL) and Right to Left (RTL) text support in rendered pages
  • Enable old-style YouTube embed content to be played via native YouTube app
  • Support for country-specific suggested search engines.


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Sprint announces the Eco-Friendly and Economical LG Optimus Elite for Earth Day

April 22 looks to be a busy day for Sprint as the LG Viper and Galaxy Nexus should be released, but they are adding another device, the LG Optimus Elite. This one is similar to the Viper in that it’s eco-friendly, but it’s more of a budget phone. Since April 22 is Earth Day, it makes sense releasing it then. It will be available on both Sprint and Virgin Mobile.

The Optimus Elite is the successor to the Optimus S and will feature an 800 MHz single-core processor, 5MP rear camera with flash (with video capabilities), NFC, 3G connectivity, and Android 2.3. Users will also get 50GB of cloud storage on Box for free until July 22. It will be available in Titan Silver and White and priced at $29.99 with a 2 year contract and $50 mail-in-rebate reward card. It will show up in Sprint stores on May 18. So far no details were given for Virgin Mobile pricing and availability, but should soon follow.


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No more teasers: T-Mobile releases ‘Alter Ego’ Commercial, No More Mr. Nice Girl for Carly [Video]

Earlier today we told you about T-Mobile’s “Alter Ego” campaign and showed you a quick teaser video. T-Mobile just released the full 60-second spot so you can see the full transformation of Carly from sweet and innocent to “No more Mr. Nice Girl” as she races her 1000 cc Ducati superbike through the city symbolizing T-Mobile’s 4G network. T-Mobile is hoping to “set the record straight.” Did they? Check it out below.

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Tax Day sale in the Google Play Store, 33 albums for $2.99 today only

What better way for music lovers everywhere to spend their recently acquired tax return dollars than on some cheap jams from the Google Play Store. Today only, Google will offer 33 albums for only $2.99. Some of the artists featured include Weezer, Sublime, Coldplay and other various popular performers of different genres. We can look at it two ways, Google is providing an avenue for which to spend our newly returned tax money or they are slashing the prices as a courtesy for those of us that had to pay Uncle Sam. Either way, it’s good to have Google looking out for our wallets! Hit the Play Store link below to get the goods.

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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II Begins Receiving Android 4.0 ICS In The UK

Like a wayward step child, the unlocked Galaxy S II will start to join its cousins in regards to receiving Android 4.0.  In what seemed like a forgetful device, Sammy, in typical Sammy fashion, is a little late to the game but nevertheless here.  The company has confirmed and has actually already begun pushing ICS 4.0 to the best selling handset as I write.  Like O2, Vodafone and other carriers, the GSII will begin joining the club of 4.0′ers with the slightly tweaked addition of Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay.

“Samsung UK has been working as hard as possible over the last few weeks to get Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) rolled out to all our Galaxy S II customers. We can confirm that ‘XEU/sim-free’ and all network upgrades are now complete except for Orange and T-Mobile which will follow as soon as possible, pending software testing and approvals. Thanks again for your patience” Samsung

And of course, we weren’t expecting this to be a typical Android fashioned OTA update.  So get your Favorite Samsung KIES app ready (sarcasm mine) because that’s the only way you’ll be pushing this to your device, sorry folks.  Following carrier testing, T-Mobile UK and Orange should be joining the party.  Timing couldn’t have been any closer as Samsung will most likely be unveiling the Galaxy S III with ICS on-board in London on May 3rd, of which our very own Chris Stewart will be in attendance to cover the whole event.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Wirefly offers the Verizon Galaxy Nexus for $49.99

Wirefly is one of the top online cell phone retailers and always offering great prices on top Android devices. Today we can see more proof of that. If you’ve been drooling over the latest VZW device but that original price gave you a case of the sticker shock, you’re in luck. The Galaxy Nexus is on sale now for the low, low price of $49.99 with a new contract. That is a far cry from the price of $299 when it first appeared on Big Red. This is definitely a great choice for anyone looking to switch to Verizon Wireless and longing for a new device. Now from the looks of it, if you chose to upgrade to the Galaxy Nexus, you’ll have to dig a little deeper in those pockets and fork over $149.99. Still that’s not a bad deal for a device that sports Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.65” display, 32Gb built-in storage, LTE, NFC and more.

So head on over to Wirefly and take a look and see if this offer is for you.

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European Carriers Say Nokia Phones Would Be More Successful Running Android

If you read about all kinds of mobile tech, not just Android, you may have heard about the rather popular Nokia Lumina 900. While sales have been fairly successful for the Windows device, European carriers feel it could do a heck of a lot better. How, you ask? With Android, that’s how!

According to a conversation Reuters had with European carriers, they feel that the Widows OS can’t hold a candle to Android and… pardon my French, iOS products.

“No one comes into the store and asks for a Windows phone,” said an executive in charge of mobile devices at a European operator, which has sold the Lumia 800 and 710 since December. “If the Lumia with the same hardware came with Android in it and not Windows, it would be much easier to sell.”

Nokia has recently said that they will post a loss for the first and second quarter which is reflected in Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s recently lowered credit rating. Moody’s goes as far as rating them one step above junk on a recent report. This just goes to show that a flashy neon colored phone with an awesome camera and a poor operating system isn’t going to put you ahead of the competition. Looks like Nokia would be better off ditching the zero and getting with the hero if you now what I mean.

source: Reuters
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Oakley Testing Technology “Comparable With Google’s Project Glass”

 

Google’s Project Glass is no doubt one of the most anticipated gadgets of the year. While it’s a unique and special concept/project, it’s about to get some major competition— and not from Apple either. According to Bloomberg, Oakley is currently developing a technology that can project information directly onto lenses, similar to how Project Glass projects information through a heads-up display. Oakley would be able to create the glasses for use as a standalone product or have them connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth while also featuring voice commands. Oakley is excited about the technology too. CEO Colin Baden highlights this technology would make “make hardware that’s comparable with Google’s Project Glass”. Having this technology would allow Oakley create a wide-range of items and products that can wirelessly connect to the internet like other companies are doing.
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Will the Samsung Galaxy S III meet expectations?

Now that we have a date in which we’re almost certain that we will finally see the Galaxy S III, it doesn’t mean the rumors will stop. The invitation says that they will show the “next Galaxy.” Of course it doesn’t even say it’s going to be a smartphone, but don’t worry, I’m not about to start a rumor that we won’t see the Galaxy S III on May 3, but CNET is reporting that this really won’t be much of an upgrade, and furthermore, it might not even be called the Galaxy S III.


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HTC One X for AT&T posted for sale on Craigslist for $675

I always tell people that you can find anything on Craigslist these days. I found an Ikea computer desk for $50 ($200 retail) and the owner was literally down the street from where I lived. Now for those of you who live in the LA area and are anxiously waiting for the arrival of the HTC One X for AT&T, there is a seller on CL that has just posted one for $675 for whomever is curious enough to set up a rendez-vous. The ad appears to include the phone, original box and booklets and we can assume that the charger and other accessories are included as well.

It’s safe to say that the phone should be in mint condition seeing as how it is not even released yet in the States. It’s a certainty that the seller has already received many emails inquiring about this hot item, where he got it, and so forth. My guess is that he is a developer or tester for HTC and has decided to part with it. Crazy, right? The price isn’t too bad, however it’s used. Would anyone be willing to jump on this deal to claim early bird status for the HTC One X? I know I would be jealous!

source: Phandroid