Google Maps 5.7 brings Transit Navigation (beta) and better search results [Video]

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Google Maps has been updated to version 5.7 and one of the big highlights is Transit Navigation (Beta). The update also includes updated access to directions, better suggested search results, and a photo viewer for Place pages.

Transit Navigation give you public transit directions in 400+ cities around the world. It works within turn by turn directions so it will alert you when you need to get off or make a transfer. You can even open up other applications and it will still alert you as your stop approaches. This will obviously work better with above ground transit. Check out the video after break:

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Microsoft Demands Recompense From Samsung For Android Handsets

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According to Reuters, a report has surfaced that charges Microsoft with demanding $15 from Samsung for every Android handset that they manufacture. This fee relates to licensing fees that stem from some patents that Microsoft owns that the Android operating system supposedly infringes upon and Microsoft came to a similar licensing deal with HTC last year for similar reasons. This move from Microsoft comes following Samsung’s spectacular sales last year with the Galaxy S line and just in time to take advantage of the US release of the Galaxy S II, which promises to do even better than its predecessor; the prodigious sales of the device in Europe and Asia already have surpassed whole sales of the Galaxy S last year, selling 3 million units since April. While the report also claims that Samsung will move to lower the device charge from $15 to $10, Microsoft is definitely making a smart move here, especially given Samsung’s burgeoning popularity. Of course, Microsoft finding a way to turn a competitor’s gain into their own profit really isn’t much of a surprise.

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Bloomberg Releases Their Android App For Tablets

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Bloomberg is adding more functionality to its mobile application by making it a little more “tablet” friendly.  The financial news guru has recently launched a version of their application, Bloomberg for Tablet, that is said not to just be tailored for Honeycomb 3.x specific devices, but all tablets running 2.1 or higher.  However, that being said, I attempted to download it onto my original Samsung Galaxy Tab and was unable to.  The app doesn’t show up in the Android Market indicating that the device is not supported.  In addition, when trying to push it to your device from the Android Market online, it also corroborates that the device is not supported.  Oh well, I guess the original mobile application will have to do till the issue is resolved.  If any other non 3.x tablet owners are having the same problem, feel free to leave a comment below.

As for the application itself, it still has a nice clean and polished UI just slightly more optimized for the big screen.

Get instant access to all your finance and business news, market dataand portfolio tracking tools from the most trusted source financial professionals around the world rely upon. Get comprehensive news coverage along with easy-to-understand charts that illustrate the impact of important business trends and help analyze the world’s markets.

If you want to give it a try for yourself to verify whether or not it works on your specific device then head on over to the Android Market to snag the download.  If you’re interested in the original, you can snag it from our database here or in the Market here.  Hit the break to check out more screen shots of the app as well.   » Read the rest

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo comes in Red at Vodafone

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo has gotten itself a new shade with Vodafone. If you’re the type who fancies alternate colors for your devices, you may want to check this out, as the Xperia Neo is now available in Red exclusively at Vodafone. That means you won’t be able to get a red Neo anywhere else (unless of course you buy it used from ebay, etc and switch networks to a carrier using the same frequency).

Having different colors is a nice option, as the Xperia PLAY comes in white or black as does the Apple iPhone. Obviously people want variety from the manufacturer rather than having to buy a pink gel case. But, you can still do that too.

[via intomobile]

Foursquare brings “Beyond Check-In” notifications to Android first

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Most developers, like Foursquare, have given major updates to iOS before Android. With Android leading the market share, one has to wonder how long that will keep up.

Foursquare just changed things up a bit. They recently added “beyond check-in” notifications, but only to the Android version (and web). We already had push notifications for check-ins so this focuses on other activities like comments on check-ins and photos, alerts when friends sign up, alerts about tips, alerts when you’re ousted as mayor, etc.

“People in the Android-iverse, you’re first to play with this; download today’s update to get started. For the rest of you, head over to foursquare.com to see what it’s all about (just click on ‘notifications’).”

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Gameloft’s BackStab HD comes to the Android Market [Video]

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We reported last month that Gameloft’s fears of the Android Market are starting to dissipate. The past practice for Gameloft has been to only sell their games via their website, but most likely this has affected their sales.

BackStab HD is the latest game to release in the Android Market. The story is that you are a rogue killer that wants vengeance on those who betrayed you.

Take on the role of Henry Blake, a broken man whose life was stripped away, and help in his quest for justice and revenge. Climb, jump and sneak your way through diverse settings to reach your target and strike down adversaries. Use your deadly fighting skills and the combo-based combat system to defeat your nemesis and anyone else who gets in your way. Roam freely across a huge island and gaze upon its magnificent full-3D environments and experience the feeling of an immersive, realistic world around you thanks to impressive non-player character interactions with true-to-life voice effects.

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Samsung Conquer coming to Sam’s Club July 24th

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Just a few days ago, we heard about a new mid-range smartphone from Samsung that will be a 4G device called the Samsung Conquer. That device seems to be making its way over to Sam’s Club on July 24th as seen in the leaked shot above of the Sprint device launches to take place there.

This mid-range device actually has decent specs;

  • 3.2MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with Sprint ID)
  • 1 GHz CPU
  • 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • Tri-Band CDMA

This one will most likely go for a small $99 on a new 2 year with 4G data plan, but we’ll have to wait and see.

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Samsung Galaxy S II with Tegra 2 passes through FCC

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Back in March, a Samsung Galaxy S II with a model number of I9100 passed through the FCC with AT&T compatible bands. Now we have another Galaxy S II, which also has AT&T bands, but sports a Tegra 2 chip, and has a model number of GT-I9103. The I9100 has the Exynos chip, which is found in all 3 million Galaxy S II’s that have sold to date worldwide.

So the big question is which one ends up on AT&T? It appears the choice of going with a Tegra 2 is not for performance, but more likely for cost or supply issues. Other than AT&T, either of these could also wind up in Canada or Russia. Stay tuned.

[via engadget]


comScore reports May 2011 mobile stats: Android continues to roll

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The May 2011 comScore numbers for U.S Mobile Subscriber Market Share are in, and Android continues to steamroll over the competition. For the three month period, 234 million Americans (ages 13 and older) used mobile devices. Of those, 76.8 million (32.8%) had a smartphone which is up 11 percent from the previous period.

Google’s Android was the top operating system with a 38.1% share which was up 5.1%. Apple came in second at 26.6% with a gain of 1.4%, but they moved ahead of RIM who is now ranked third at 24.7%, followed by Microsoft (5.8%), and Palm (2.4%). RIM was down 4.2% so it looks like Google is grabbing more of their market share than Apple is.

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Bitcoin Android app now available in the Market

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Have you been hoping for a bit more convenience when you use your Bitcoin currency? Developer of the app, Brian Armstrong has introduced to the Android Market an app just for that purpose. You can now send and receive coin from your Android device. As with any application under development, use at you’re own risk.

Over at github social coding the development of the application is being recorded, and the code is completely open source and can be accessed by anyone wanting to contribute. Hit the break for a video and more on the features with-in the app.

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