Yahoo! Weather now shows local pictures matching weather conditions

Yahoo! just announced a major update to Yahoo! Weather, which brings the weather to life with beautiful photos that correspond to location, time of day, and current weather conditions. The photos are crowd-sourced from the Project Weather group on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/projectweather). So obviously, the more pictures users take, the more pictures you will see. Other features include:

  • Get an instant five day forecast for your current location by simply opening the app
  • View detailed weather information for the day by tilting your phone
  • Access up to 10 locations accessible with a simple swipe
  • Share the weather and corresponding photo on Facebook, Twitter, and email
  • Stay updated from your home screen by installing the Yahoo! Weather widget
  • Quickly access The Weather Channel for detailed weather information

Yahoo! Weather is free, so give it a try and let us know what you think. Download links below

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Alcatel 995 will debut in 2012, Promises Ice Cream Sandwich

Alcatel One Touch hasn’t made much noise in the Android world recently, but that could all change. The above picture is the Alcatel 995 which will have a 4.3-inch display, 1.4GHz processor, 5MP rear camera, and 1.3MP front camera. It has Android 2.3.4 with a custom UI similar to SPB Shell 3D, but they are committed to bringing Ice Cream Sandwich.

The plan is to officially launch this puppy at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain at the end of February. Shortly after that it will launch with a price of €199 or approximately $270.

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New DROID RAZR hands on shows speedtests and boot animation [Video]

I know the DROID RAZR is “under the radar” with the Galaxy Nexus launching soon, but seriously folks, this is one sexy beast at 7.1mm thick. We already did a hands on at the announcement, but here’s another video showing the boot animation, speedtests, and some of the Motorola UI (don’t call it Blur). You can already pre-order it, but everyone will have the chance to get their hands on one next Thursday, November 10 for $299.99 with a 2-year contract or the incredibly high full retail price of $649.99.

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Quick look at Bro Lifeline by TechiXoft, Winner of the Break the Maze contest [Video]

A week or so ago we ran a contest for developers along with other participating sites sponsored by appbackr. We are happy to announce that TechiXoft was the first developer to find all the pieces from the participating sites to complete the maze. Their app, Bro Lifeline, will be the first app accepted in the appbackr Xchange program.

Bro Lifeline is for all the men out there. It just might be the ultimate wingman in your pocket. but can also help you be a wingman to your friends.


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Republic Wireless To Give You Unlimited Talk, Text And Data Starting November 8th

We love our Android phones, but loathe the expensive monthly plans. Most of us pay what can be an arm and a leg monthly to use our devices. Here’s something that is sure to be an eye-opener for all: paying $20 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data courtesy of Republic Wireless. The carrier is fed up with the excessive prices for Android users and argues we’re “overdue for a serious evolution”.

Republic Wireless works in a unique way. Using specific Android-powered phones equipped with a technology similar to T-Mobile’s UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access), RW allows you to make phone calls over WiFi networks as VoIP (Voice Over IP). In addition, you will have the ability to text over WiFi as well. As you leave the WiFi signal, RW users will then use a cell tower from Sprint for talk, text, and data. No word yet on the data speeds, but expect to see 3G technology as RW will be providing uncapped data for its users.

There are no details of which phones will be compatible with RW. However, we suspect we will see special variations of lower-end phone models from manufacturers. One major clue is the company’s preview page presenting clear images of what looks to be an LG Optimus One entry-level phone being taken apart. Be sure to share with us if you want to take it to The Man and go for the $20 monthly unlimited buffet when it becomes available next week.

[via Republic Wireless]

A Quick Peek at Toon Ball – Free Game in The Android Market

We here at TalkAndoid are often approached by developers with hopes that we will review their latest apps. I recently looked at the growing list and thought I would randomly check one out. A game called Toon Ball caught my eye with its quirky art and goofy looking camel.

After downloading the game I noticed that the camel really has nothing to do with game play and is just used as background art (and, in my case, successful advertising!). The mission of the game is to get the ball to roll past obstacles and traps by altering the path it takes. Relying on gravity, the ball rolls from the starting point once you initiate movement by breaking a wooden block or other object that is keeping the ball at rest. As soon as it’s off and rolling you have to act quick in order to complete your next move to keep the momentum going. Once the ball is static you have to start the level over.
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Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 Unboxing and Initial Review

It’s been a little over a month since Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Players for the United States. The Galaxy Players have been available overseas for some time, but as of about 2 weeks ago you can purchase either model in the states. The Galaxy Player 5.0 features a 5-inch (800 x 480) Super Clear LCD display and the Galaxy Player 4.0 features a 4-inch (800 x 480) Super Clear LCD display. These are WiFi only devices similar to the iPod Touch, but you still have the full Android Market and all the capabilities of a typical Android phone minus mobile data connectivity.

Both come with a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 3.2MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 8GB built in memory (expandable to another 32GB via microSD), and Gingerbread 2.3.5. You will find a bigger battery in the 5.0, which is at 2,500mAh, as opposed to 1,200mAh for the 4.0. You can purchase the 5.0 for $269 or the 4.0 for $229 through all major retailers. So far it looks like a really nice device for those that just want something simple to use in the house for media and playing games. I will give a full review soon, but for now, check out the initial hands on after the break.


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LG Uses Facebook To Confirm Ice Cream Sandwich For Optimus 2X And Other ‘High-End Smartphones’

Well this is a sudden turn of events. After previously stating that the phone would not be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich, LG has confirmed Android 4.0 will be coming to the Optimus 2x as well as other high-end handsets. Hit the break to see the official statement from LG’s Facebook page.

“LG firmly denies the rumors that claim LG will not be providing the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) OS update for the LG Optimus 2X. These rumors are NOT true. LG is currently in the process of planning the ICS OS update for the LG Optimus 2X as well as other LG high-end smartphones. Detailed information on the ICS OS update schedule for specific models will be announced, once the ICS OS is publicly released by Google. Please stay tuned for more updates from LG.

Thank you very much.”  
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Verizon Begins to Roll-Out Gingerbread Update for OG 7-inch Galaxy Tab

Today, Verizon begins officially rolling out the Gingerbread update to OG 7-inch Galaxy Tab’s. It was only a last week that we got the update announcement and here we are a few short days later and Big Red delivers.

If you own a 7- inch GTab and have yet to receive the OTA update you can try and push the Gingerbread treat to your device yourself. To do so, you just need to press Menu –> Settings –> About Tablet –> System Updates. From there you will see if the i800.E104 version is available to you yet. If it’s not, try again later because roll outs can take a while to reach all devices so if your GTab isn’t among the first group than you should see it fairly soon.

For a recap, jump past the break for a full changelog. If you get the update be sure to let us know how you’re liking it!
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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich To Bring Smoother UI Experience and GPU Acceleration, Duh

A new tidbit has come to light thanks to a couple of Android engineers, Romain Guy and Chet Haase over at the Android Developers blog.  They’ve touted that as part of the Android 4.0 ICS update, devices should experience better hardware acceleration by default.  It turns out that this is the same hardware acceleration that can be found in our beloved Android 3.2 Honeycomb for tab’s however, for the tab version, enabling of the GPU was required via command line.  Meaning, experience for the end user post ICS is going to change up a bit.

We should see smoother and faster UI scrolling and navigation throughout the device entirely.  Animations should be quick and fluid with this latest iteration.  It shouldn’t matter whether or not a dev has enabled the GPU acceleration.  Because lets face it, though we’re not particularly all iPhone or Windows Phone 7 fans, we have to admit that scrolling on those devices tends to always be naturally smooth and quick.  And though we love Android, most devices tend to have a bit of a “choppy” experience.  Well, here’s to hoping that all changes with the roll out of Ice Cream Sandwich.  But we’ll let you all be the judge of that.  Now you just need to make sure that you have an ICS enabled and upgradable device when it comes.

[via Android Dev]