GroupMe: The Best Group Messaging App Around

 

Let’s face it, we live in a world of internet-based communication. In fact, most of us tend to keep in contact with our friends and loved ones with messaging clients, especially if your friends and loved ones are spread out around the country or world. The most famed and successful international messaging client is no doubt the Blackberry Messenger by RIM, especially because it featured the popular group chat function. My friends and family aren’t particularly fond of the Android platform, so most of them are on either iPhones or Blackberries. That means unless we use some sort of cross platform IM client like AIM or Facebook messenger, we can’t communicate with each other in real time. Enter: GroupMe— one of the most important apps I use daily. This is not only the best group messaging client, it’s one of the best IM clients, period.
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Mysterious Motorola Device Similar To DROID RAZR Appears In China

Happy Sunday all!!! We can’t get the new week started off without new news from the rumor mill, right? Manufacturing giant Motorola seems to have yet another DROID RAZR-like device in the works, this time making an appearance out in China. This gorgeous device (identified as “Blade” in some forums) features a nice build with all black casing (sans the Motorola logo on the front) and a kevlar backing, an HD camera which may feature around a 13MP count and hardware soft keys. Oh and it looks like it has the same thickness as the DROID RAZR MAXX, so it’s possible there’s a beefy 3300mAh battery inside. All of this points to a device that’s awfully similar to the DROID Fighter we highlighted last week. Perhaps this is a Chinese variant of the upcoming device.

Hit the break to see additonal photos and to let us know what you think about this device in the Comments section.
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HTC Budget News: One V Gets FCC Approval and ICS Coming To EVO Design 4G

HTC has been getting a lot of attention recently with their One Series of phones. Looks like the HTC One V, the budget device in the series, has gotten FCC approval and is likely getting an April release. It already got GCF certification, and FCC approval is the last step leading up to a release of a smartphone. The One V will come with a 3.7-inch 800 x 480 touch screen, single core 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 5MP camera with LED flash, and 4GB of onboard storage.

In other HTC news, Sprint’s Evo Design 4G, released last October, just gained Bluetooth re-certification. Why would it need to get re-certified? Most likely it’s because it will be getting a system update soon, and the rumor mill is churning out three letters: ICS. The Evo Design 4G is a mid-range device that has been fairly popular due to its affordability. When it gets Ice Cream Sandwich, it should help extend the life of this solid device. No news on when the update will come, but with the re-certification complete, it should be relatively soon.

sources: fcc, bluetooth
via: androinica

 

Instagram for Android Sign-Up Page Goes Live

Instagram for Android has been in the rumor mill for quite a while now and it wasn’t until a recent comment given at SXSW by the founder himself that we finally knew it was actually on its way. For those of you who are just dying to get your hands on the app may I suggest heading over to the sign up page to register to be notified once it’s available. No telling whether this is a beta sign up or if it’s simply a notification that the app is officially available. Either way the sooner you sign up the sooner you will be notified… You still here? Hit that that little link below already. I know you want to!

Instagram sign up
source: Twitter

Radiant Particles: One of the Coolest Live Wallpapers I Have Ever Used [Video]

Live wallpapers are a dime a dozen these days and many of them simply just fall flat. I am usually not even a big fan of them, especially not the “particle” ones that all do pretty much the exact same thing. That was until I tried Radiant Particles, the particle live wallpaper that actually kicks ass.

The $1.59 paid version of this live wallpaper allows you to customize up to 50,000 tiny particles, altering their shape, color, movement and touch-response actions. Tap or swipe your screen and watch the particles swirl behind your touch and then slowly dissipate on their own. There is even an auto motion feature that makes the particles move by themselves without requiring your touch interaction. If you are ready to turn the live wallpaper off to save on battery, just double tap the screen and freeze all particle movement.

The free version is definitely a good place to start to see if this is an app that you will like. You won’t get all the cool options but you do get a choice of either blue or orange particles with a black background and either version works on both tablets and smartphones. I am pretty confident that once you check out the free version you will want to unlock all the possibilities of the paid version so you can tweak it to your liking. Jump past the break for a short demo video and download links, you wont want to miss out on this one!
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Flash Blink for Android utilizes your camera flash for call notifications

XDA forum user faiyyaz came up with a nifty little app for those of you looking for a new notification method for your incoming calls. Upon installation, whenever you get a call, your camera flash LED will blink.  It can also act as a flashlight, or torch as he calls it, by simply opening the app. Upon opening the app it will show you a digital clock as well. The assumption is that you might find this useful in the middle of the night for checking the time and maybe getting up in the dark after you’ve realized that nature is calling. This one isn’t in the Play Store, but you can download the APK here.

source: xda

How to get an additional 23GB of Dropbox storage for 2 years

The folks at XDA developers were able to extract the Dropbox APK from the HTC One X and modify it to work on any Android device. As we already know, the  HTC One X comes with 25 GB of free space for two years, which equates to 23 GB more than everyone else (standard is 2GB for free). By installing this modified APK on your device, you will instantly have access to the same additional 23GB for two years.

Hit the break for the download link and intructions


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Motorola’s Connected Home Gateway Home Automation Box Arrives At FCC’s Door, Ready For A Date With Verizon

Motorola is one step closer to bringing yet another toy for those of you who want to make life easier (and automated) for you and your homes. Its Connected Home Gateway box is a home automation box tool which was introduced earlier this year, is intended to make things simpler for users by having the ability to do such things like dim lights and adjust a temperature once you leave your home. The awesome thing is once everything is programmed with its UI, it allows for simple and seamless operation and accessibility from your mobile device. Apparently it has quietly slipped past the FCC doors and looks as if its set for arrival on customers’ doors in the near-future. No word yet on exactly when it will arrive on customers’ doors, but we do know Big Red will be featuring the product as it will be part of its Z-wave based Home Monitoring and Control system. It always seems like Verizon always gets the good stuff doesn’t it?

source: Engadget

Sony Xperia S all set for Canadian debut (or is it?)


Sony
has really upped its game this year as it looks to go toe-to-toe with Android kingpins Samsung, HTC and Motorola. The latest flagship device, the Xperia S, was revealed to the world at the CES show back in January and the device is picking up critical acclaim throughout the tech world. It seemed this morning that Canada would be the next country to pick up the device as the Sony Mobile Facebook page posted the above image early this morning.  The admittedly genuine looking advert suggested that Xperia S is ‘coming soon’ to Rogers Canada  however all may not be as it seems. Just as quickly as the image was posted it disappeared again in a cloud of mystery.

Canadian tech site MobileSyrup contacted Rogers who confirmed that while the device will certainly be compatible with its network, there are no specific plans to offer it directly. It looks like any Canadian Xperia S fans might need to pick up this new flagship device sim-free.

Just in case you’d forgotten, The Xperia S boasts a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.3″ 720p display, and a market leading 12MP camera. The device ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread however Ice Cream Sandwich will follow shortly thereafter. Definitely a device worth getting your hands, whether it’s sim-free or otherwise!

source : mobilesyrup

GCF Approves LG Optimus 3D Max, Possible Q2 Release

The yet-to-be-released LG Optimus 3D Max, successor to the very first 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D,  is now one step closer to release, gaining Global Certification Forum (GCF) approval. The Max, codenamed the P720, is approved for quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz frequencies, EDGE class 12, and HSDPA category 14. It will most likely not have 4G LTE.

This device will sport a dual-core 1.2 GHz TI OMAP procesor, 1GB of RAM, and run Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread out of the box (promised ICS update to come). The Max will also feature greatly improved 3D experience.

No official dates for release, but judging by when they got GCF approval, the device could be launching before the end of Q2. That’s anywhere between April and June, and that’s most likely starting with Asia.

So who’s looking forward to the Max?

source: globalcertificationforum
via: androinica