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Best Android Apps and Options for Persons with Disabilities

by: Brigitte NovabosNovember 8, 2011

With the swiftness with which technology has drastically changed over the years, it can be easy to get so caught up in all the hype and excitement of how the latest gadgets have transformed how we live. For techies and the younger generation, getting up to speed and adapting to the change in our lifestyles is a breeze. But, for some others, catching up is somewhat akin to a chore, and so they are, quite sadly and unintentionally, left in the dust.

Not to worry, though. Android and app developers are becoming more and more sensitive to the special accessibility needs of our friends with disabilities. Apps and mobile operating systems are now designed with these users’ [...]

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Adaptxt for Android: The Keyboard App That Adapts to You Rather Than You to It

by: Brigitte NovabosNovember 7, 2011

Another predictive text app? Groan.

We’ve all been there before. We know what it’s like. “Oh, that’s a useful app.” Then you download and install it onto your Android device, looking forward to how it will make typing a whole lot easier.

That is, until a slew of bugs comes up. Delayed touch interface. Inaccessible special characters. Really bad predictive text suggestions. You toss the app, and decide that primitive typing is a lot more bearable.

But, those days are gone. A much-better predictive text app has just landed on the Android Market. One that we’d dare say so revolutionarily smart and intuitively game-changing because it’s packed [...]

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Android, iOS to Unite for Global Symphony at 11:11 on 11/11/11

by: Brigitte NovabosNovember 7, 2011

On November 11, 2011 or 11-11-11 at 11:11, the Earth’s multitude of voices from different races, ages, and locations will unite in a cacophony of digital sound, in a move to unite Android and iOS users all over the globe.

The project, dubbed as Massive Symphony, attempts to create the largest symphony orchestra in the world, with the help of the 111111 app.

How does it work? Once the free app is downloaded and installed on your smartphone, it will begin playing music at 11:11 (GMT+1), simultaneous with every other user on the planet that has the app installed. Music will continue to play for every hour until 10:11 so that everyone will have a chance to join in [...]

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Amazon Launches Free Book Lending Service

by: Brigitte NovabosNovember 4, 2011

If you’re among those who are still on the fence about getting the latest Android-based Amazon Kindle Fire unveiled in late September, we have just one more reason that might make the scales tip in favor of getting the new gadget.

What could be more heavenly to book hoarders than the ability to borrow as frequently as one e-book a month for free and without due dates? Book lovers everywhere will rejoice as has announced a new e-book lending service called the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, exclusive for U.S. Amazon Prime members for a US$79 annual membership fee.

Under the program, customers can check out one e-book at a time and can keep it [...]

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Updated Android Market App APK Leaked, New Features Inside Shopping Bag

by: Brigitte NovabosNovember 3, 2011

App shopping on the Android Market while on the go is about to change, thanks to our friends over at Android Police, who have discovered a leak to download the Android Package (APK) for a new version of the official Android Market app (version 3.3.11).

Android smartphone users may rejoice, as this new version of the Android Market app works fine on mobile devices, but not so on Honeycomb tablets, there being reports of far too many bugs and glitches.

Featuring better app download controls for users, the new version of the Android Market app includes the following improvements:

Auto-update apps. Always behind on the latest upgrades for your apps? Not to [...]
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Google+ App for Android Prepped for ICS; New UI, Sign Out Features Added

by: Brigitte NovabosNovember 2, 2011

For Google+ users, getting in touch and staying connected with friends and family on the go is now a more convenient, enjoyable experience–thanks to the new Google+ App for Android, optimized for Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich.

Google has released a new version of the app for users of the quickly rising social networking site.  The app was made available on the Android Market as of last Monday.

Since its initial release and user review in mid-October, Google has released another update that featured post re-sharing, but this fresh round of updates includes a host of other cool new features, and the revamped Google+ app is thought of as a “completely new [...]

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Installing Amazon Appstore on Your Android Device in 5 Minutes (or Less)

by: Brigitte NovabosOctober 31, 2011

Ever gone shopping, all excited to get your favorite item off the shelves and into your cart, only to find out that the store you walked into does not have the item in stock? Or, saddened that the store closest to you does not have the exact size or color you just really really need?  We at Android Authority understand you shopaholics, and we agree that app-shopping is pretty much the same experience: One store just does not have it all.

But, the good news is just starting to pour in. The Android Market currently provides more choices for its many dedicated users.  But, there are other third-party, non-Google sources of Android apps.  One such source is the Amazon Appstore for [...]

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HTC EVO 3D Security Update Due for Release Tomorrow

by: Brigitte NovabosOctober 26, 2011

HTC bears good news to all HTC EVO 3D users:  a security update for this device will be rolling out starting on October 27. It’s just a few hours away, but you can force install this update right now from the Sprint Community.

Software version 2.08.651.3 will feature a host of security improvements, but Sprint remains mum on what these updates specifically are. Like most updates, Sprint will be cascading this update in stages. So if you don’t get the update right away, just keep trying and checking within this week.

HTC users have reported a few security flaws over the last few weeks, citing claims that the HTC Android gadgets could potentially allow intruders [...]

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HTC to Upgrade Devices to ICS, Doesn’t Say Which or When

by: Brigitte NovabosOctober 19, 2011

Now that Google has started officially serving bars of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich through the freshly launched Galaxy Nexus, Android smartphone users have several questions in mind, among which an important one is “Will my HTC Android smartphone get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich?”  The likelihood is high, but HTC may take some time before it delivers Android’s latest tasty treat from the ice cream truck.

HTC has released a statement through Engadget to address how it will level up to Samsung’s advantage in being the first to carry and show off the latest Android mobile operating system:

We are excited about the [...]

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Samsung Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile), Motorola DROID Bionic Source Code Released

by: Brigitte NovabosOctober 18, 2011

Android hackers, modders, customizers, bug squashers, and enthusiasts rejoice with news of bits and bytes from Samsung and Motorola.  The two companies just unleashed the opensource portions of the source code for their two most recent Android superphones.

Samsung, which has been known to provide source code for its devices around the same time as the devices’ launch dates, has recently released the source code for the T-Mobile variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II.  Motorola, on the other hand, has also publicly released the source code for the Motorola DROID Bionic–Verizon’s come-too-late, soon-to-be-elbowed-out-of-the-room-by-the-Motorola-DROID-RAZR [...]

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