Google updates news alerts with new features, formatting

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Google users who take advantage of Google’s email alerts based on searches may have noticed a new format that rolled out over the past week. The emails that show up in a user’s inbox incorporate many of the “card” design cues that Google is spreading throughout their services. The format draws more attention to headlines and separates the stories with dividers.  » Read the rest

CM10 Updater, Revisited

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We told you about the CyanogenMod (CM) 10 Updater a couple of weeks ago and we wanted to revisit the nice feature that the CM team included. Not so much a review, but an update as it’s simply a feature of a full-fledged ROM. The CM team was very quick about releasing this feature after they initially announced it. It was actually a feature found on a few previous versions of CM ROMs, but it’s been a while since CM users have been graced with this convenient feature. Granted, some may not feel comfortable trying something new or jumping back to a way they used to update their ROMs, but the feature is very convenient and at least worth a look if you’re running CM10 on your device.


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Twitter Updates Android App with Improved UI and New Features

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‘Tis the season for social networking sites to update their Android Market app, I guess. Just after we saw yesterdays much needed and anticipated Facebook update, Twitter follows suit and releases one today as well. With the new update you will notice a few changes with the UI and the addition of new features like:

  • The latest version of Twitter offers a faster, simpler way to stay close to everything you care about on your Android.
  • Home is where you start: a personal collection of Tweets from the sources you care about. The Tweet details show rich information such as replies, retweets and embedded images.
  • Connect is the place to see who followed or mentioned you, retweeted or favorited one of your Tweets.
  • Discover is where you can tap into the stories and trends people are talking about in your world.

I really like the new Twitter app and its UI improvements. I usually use a third party app for my Twitter account but I might just keep using the official Twitter one now, I just wish they would have made the widget scrollable. Jump past the cut to check out some new screenshots, promo video, and download links. Be sure to let us know what you think! » Read the rest

Samsung Releases a Bunch of New Galaxy Nexus Instructional Videos

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Today is sure a big day for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus! First off, it was released in the UK and oddly enough the first one that was sold got returned. Samsung then updated its US Galaxy Nexus product page, adding an official US spec sheet, 3D view, and outed its official US commercial. The specs sheet then confirmed that here in the US we will be treated to a 100mAh larger battery compared to its overseas counterpart. Specs also reveal that the stateside device is now a half a millimeter thicker than the one originally debuted. And as if that wasn’t enough, to top it all off, the Galaxy Nexus was then put through a brutal scratch test to determine the resilience of its non Gorilla Glass display. Whew! All that and still no US release date!

Anyway, one of the coolest events from today was the additions to the Galaxy Nexus website. You can now watch a bunch of walkthrough videos explaining many of the device’s awesome features. We round up the whole lot and thought we would share them with you here on TalkAndroid. There are quite a few so you will need to jump past the break to check them all out. After you’re done, be sure to let us know in the comments what feature/s you are most looking forward to. I am sure there is at least one that will catch your eye!

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Sprint Outs Unannounced Huawei Express in Youtube Overview Video

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Last week we had an opportunity to show you the unannounced Sprint Express. The only way we spotted the device was because some ninja noticed the unfamiliar full QWERTY phone within the Now Network’s most recent Playbook. Now, it seems that Sprint has slipped out even more info on its Youtube channel via an introductory promo video of the device.

Check out the video below for a quick run down of the Express’ hardware and features. Don’t expect to do any serious data consumption with this phone, it is more geared toward the casual communications user. If this entry level Android looks like something you might be interested in, our earlier leak shows that the device will become available on November 18th for $20 on contract.

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[Video] Motorola DROID RAZR Submitted to Real Life “Splash Test”

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So have you ever wondered what Motorola really means by saying that the DROID RAZR is “splash resistant”? Well it looks like a few brave Verizon wireless employees submitted the ol’ RAZR to their own form of splash test. Check out the video below and tell me that isn’t cool! My only questions now is what the charging port will look like in a week or two. Will corrosion eventually take hold?

Either way, the RAZR has some pretty rad specs/features and will make a great and welcomed replacement for many current handsets. I mean come on, 4G and only 7.7mm thin! Who’s getting one?

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HTC Rezound Promo Video and Feature Documents Surface

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Fresh after the official HTC Rezound Announcement in New York, HTC released a promo video and feature documents for their final 2011 flagship phone. The one minute video focuses mainly on the new Beats Audio integration and shows the cool red ear buds with in-line controls that will come with the device. The documents give a full overview of features and makes the Rezound look pretty damn cool if you ask me. Check out the feature pages and promo video after the break and tell us what you think. Is this edging out the competition for you? Or would you rather go with the Galaxy Nexus or the DROID RAZR? It’s nice having these tough decisions, huh? » Read the rest

Winamp For Android Update Includes Wireless Sync With Mac And Pro Bundle

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The latest Winamp for Android update has been released and it’s packed with a bunch of new features including “Winamp for Mac Beta,” which supports the same quick wireless syncing of music and video, previously limited only to Windows users. The update also offers an ad-free Pro Bundle for $4.99 with a 10-band graphic equalizer, customizable home screen and more.

More New Features:

  • Unlock premium features with the Pro Bundle (via in-app purchase)
  • Touch sensitive album art gesturing
  • Access to more free music downloads in Spinner
  • More albums available in CDLP (free streaming)
  • Headset optimizations

More Pro Bundle Features

  • Browse by Folder
  • Crossfade
  • Gapless playback
  • Support for FLAC playback in Folders View (lossless audio playback)
  • Replay Gain
  • Personalized station recommendations
  • Play any streaming audio URL (supported formats only)

Hit the break for a link or QR code to this app in the Android Market.

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich may be dreamy but where’s Cloud Syncing?

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I’m not looking to rain on anyone’s parade after last night’s announcement of Ice Cream Sandwich. There is no question that Google has done some amazing stuff, and I’m truly excited, but with excitement comes some sort of disappointment. Now that it’s officially out in the open, I found myself asking where cloud syncing is?

We’ve been talking it up that Apple is playing catch up with Android by finally adding notifications and other features to iOS, but now it appears that Google might be falling behind with cloud syncing. Sure they already have some cloud applications like Google Music and Google Docs/Apps, but that isn’t enough. What about syncing app data? Many consumers are playing games on their phones and tablets, and that progess data needs to be easily backed up so when they go from their phone to tablet, they can continue where they left off.  This is also important when purchasing a new device or suddenly their phone is in need of a warranty replacement. There is also the data for other types of apps that could easily be transferred from device to device. Last but not least, there is your files, pictures, and videos from your home or business computer.

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