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    What makes a smartphone “smart”? The apps of course! Every week we will feature some of the best newest or updated apps for the three big names in the mobile industry; iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android. We have sifted through hundred of apps and have deemed these 12 the most noteworthy for you, the smartphone enthusiast. To download any of these apps to your respective platform just click on the name of the app to launch the AppStore, Windows Marketplace, or Google Play.     iPhone Earth Lapse– A paid app that costs $0.99 With Earth Lapse you can explore amazing ...

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    What makes a smartphone "smart"? The apps of course! Every week we will feature some of the best newest or updated apps for the three big names in the mobile industry; iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android. We have sifted through hundred of apps and have deemed these 12 the most noteworthy for you, the smartphone enthusiast. To download any of these apps to your respective platform just click on the name of the app to launch the AppStore, Windows Marketplace, or Google Play.   iPhone Kitchenator – A paid app that costs $0.99 Kitchenator is a unit convertor for nearly everything related ...

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    Cupcake, Doughnut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich. If this weren't Pocketnow you might think I was trying to figure out what to have for dessert, but you're a smart cookie and you know I'm talking about the different versions of the Android operating system. (Are you hungry? I'm hungry now.) Other than finding out what the next confection is going to be made into a statue and placed on the lawn in front of Google's HQ, do people really care what version of the OS they're running on their phones? I do. I want to run the latest and greatest on everything. I'm so ...

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    Before we dive too deep (after all, love is such a strong word) people like Android. About 51% of smartphone users are running Android on their device. By February 2012 there were over 300 million Android phones (not including tablets) in the hands of consumers, with an additional 850,000 phones and tablets being activated every day. Obviously Android is doing something right. But that's just people who like Android. Some of them may not even know they're running Android, but it gets the job done and they're not at all worried about the nuts and bolts of what make their gadgets tick. Why ...

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    If you've used an Android-powered smartphone or tablet for any length of time you've probably run into more than one instance where the "back" button didn't do what you were expecting it to. Sometimes the back button hides the keyboard, sometimes it takes you to the previous app or back to the desktop, and sometimes it navigates you back to previous screens in an app. Before we dive into how the back button works today, let's review a little history. Looking Back at Buttons Long ago -- okay, maybe it wasn't that long ago -- Android's had physical buttons on them. Usually there were four, ...

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    A couple times over the past few months, we've heard rumblings about a special project Google was working on, one that would produce an Android unlike any we're familiar with. Supposedly, the company was attempting to create a wearable Android system built-in to a pair of glasses. It sounded a bit out there, or like the kind of thing Google might turn into a prototype but never develop for commercial release, but we kept the rumor in our mind. There's still no word if Google will ultimately come out with a system like this, but we now know for sure that Epson is, as the company today ...

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    With the Mobile World Congress just around the corner, we've been focusing much of our attention lately on upcoming models: what we expect for the show, what will be hot, and when they'll arrive. Even as keep up with all the leaks and rumors of this next-generation gear, manufacturers continue to remind us that they haven't yet forgotten about the smartphones of yesteryear. We just saw HTC show some love to a handful of older models it added to its bootloader unlocking program. Today it's Samsung's turn, with the Galaxy S-line Continuum tapped to officially get Froyo. We love it when ...

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    Google recently started its Android Design site where developers can find information about how Google thinks applications can be developed to match the new look and spirit of Android. Now Mountain View is continuing its demarche telling developers why they should migrate designs away from using the Menu button and toward using the action bar. Once Honeycomb landed it removed the need for physical buttons, introducing the ActionBar class "as the standard solution to make actions from the user options immediately visible and quick to invoke". According to the recent blog post, few lines of ...

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    The idea of the smartphone industry getting in bed with the fashion community is certainly one that takes a little while getting used to, but once you accept the odd pairing, you'll start to notice that handsets like LG's Jil Sander phone and its new Prada Phone 3.0 are legitimately really-nice-looking phones. Then again, that's really a best-case scenario, and we're only reminded of how much those models succeed when we see a peer fail. Just such a lesson in what NOT to do when releasing one of these handsets comes to us courtesy of Fashion TV and ZTE. The FTV Phone, as it's called, is ...

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    Beyond just straight-up smartphones, we like to tell you about other products that exist right on the fringe of that classification. Sometimes that means tablets, and sometimes it means Android-running watches. The latest to walk that line is in many ways a traditional smartphone, but one you're meant to use at home instead of over a cellular network. The Archos 35 Smart Home Phone is basically a high-end cordless phone running Android. Unlike an Android phone being used with a carrier that supports calls over WiFi, the Archos SHP employs DECT, a digital cordless phone standard, for ...

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    Well we already read of the whole RuFraud scam of apps that pose as free versions of popular games or wallpapers. What's even more interesting now is to see that recent statistics from mobile security firm Lookout show that malicious Android apps have nearly doubled to over 1,000 in the last six months. The study even shows that a vast majority of these apps are found on third-party stores that serve as an alternative to the official Android Market, and we won't share any names. We're not trying to light any fire on the Android Market's competition, but this could only be the result of bad ...

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    In this episode of the Android Application Weekly we demonstrate some apps that will keep you entertained, help you find free Wi-Fi hotspots in your proximity, and clock unwanted calls. To download these directly to your Android smartphone or tablet just take a picture of the QR-Code using Google Goggles or any other QR-Code scanner or click on the app title link to be taken directly to the Android Market. Call Block – A free application Block unwanted phone calls and SMS messages from unknown, blacklist, and whitelist numbers. Import numbers to your lists to easy block or allow certain ...

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    It can be difficult getting excited about the introduction of lower-end smartphones, especially with our sights already set upon quad-core handsets. They're still an important part of the market, and for many users, can represent their first exposure to smartphones. US Cellular has announced that it's adding to its line-up with the Samsung Repp; how does it stack-up against the rest? With an 800MHz processor, 3.2-inch HVGA display, and three-megapixel camera, the Repp reminds us of a slightly-smaller Samsung Admire. It arrives running Gingerbread, and has 2GB of internal flash storage. US ...

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    In this episode of the Android Application Weekly we demonstrate some apps that will keep you entertained, have a Siri clone on your Android, and find recipes based upon collections and searches. To download these directly to your Android smartphone or tablet just take a picture of the QR-Code using Google Goggles or any other QR-Code scanner or click on the app title link to be taken directly to the Android Market. Iris – A free application The iPhone 4S has Siri but Google has been using voice services for years. Iris (Siri spelled backwards) is an Android voice assistant that will help ...

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    In this episode of the Android Application Weekly we demonstrate some apps that will entertain, allow you to back up your data, and share viral videos and news clips with friends. To download these directly to your Android smartphone or tablet just take a picture of the QR-Code using Google Goggles or any other QR-Code scanner or click on the app title link to be taken directly to the Android Market. Move The Box – A free lite application Move The Box is a simple puzzle game. The object of the game is to move boxes in a set number of turns to eliminate them all from the screen. If you are ...

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    With iOS 5 on the horizon, we'll soon see nearly all of Apple's userbase, with the exception of those poor saps still on 3G (or earlier) hardware, make the move to the latest version of the operating system. What's the upgrade story looking like over in Android land, though? The latest figures showing the breakdown between Android revisions are out, detailing the continuing trend towards Gingerbread. The good news is that there are clear signs of users updating, whether that's because new software was made available to them, or they traded-in an old handset. The growth in Gingerbread ...

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    Four months ago, we got a look at an AT&T roadmap mentioning the internal codenames of several upcoming smartphones for the carrier. Some we already were able to match up with their common names, while others were new to us. One of those unknown models was the Samsung i857 Habrok, apparently a low-to-mid-tier device. At the time, the Android phone was tipped for a Q3 release. Just where has it been, and what will it be called? While we still can't answer the former with any certainty, the latest data from Cellebrite ties that model i857 to the name Samsung Doubletime. Cellebrite provides ...

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    The LG Thrill 4G is naturally the AT&T version of the LG Optimus 3D, which we previously reviewed. It's designed to compete with the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint as a GSM flavored Android phone featuring 3D imaging and display technology. The Thrill 4G also features three technologies that are "dual" in nature; a dual-core processor, dual-channel data transport and memory, and dual-memory chips. Of course, you've got the dual cameras for 3D photo and video recording as well as the 3D screen which displays two fields to your two eyes. As you can imagine, the 3D imaging needs a lot of power. Can the ...

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    This past winter marked our first exposure to ViewSonic Android smartphones, with the company revealing its ViewPad 4 and V350 models. Now the company is ready to come out with a new model that makes some upgrades from that previous pair, but are the changes going to be enough? The V430 is powered by a single-core 1GHz Snapdragon, has 512MB of RAM, and a five-megapixel rear camera (VGA front-facer). Those aren't bad specs (though certainly far from high-end), but they're also specs shared by the ViewPad 4. The V430 does matter to pack-in a larger 4.3-inch display, but it keeps the earlier ...

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    The LG Thrill 4G is very similar to the LG Optimus 3D. It's running Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box and not everything makes use of the 3D screen technology. There is a special 3D launcher that is activated from a button on the side and 3D enabled applications appear separately by default in the application tray. This is also running LG's custom flavor of Android, so you'll see some significant differences from the stock Froyo build. The video below will show you all of the added AT&T programs that have been bundled with this device as well as show you some of the 3D programs, though you ...

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    We heard a rumor late last month about an Android smartphone called the Impulse; it was supposedly made by Samsung, and might be one of the first LTE devices on AT&T's fledgling network, but there wasn't much to go on besides that one render of the phone. As fate would it have it, it looks like the name was spot-on, but nearly everything else about that rumor is turning out to be wrong. In reality, the Impulse is manufactured by Huawei, and while it will find a home on AT&T, it won't be an LTE device. AT&T announced the Huawei Impulse 4G this morning, with plans to start selling the ...

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    It's been a long time since we heard about plans to bring Motorola's Droid Pro to Europe, dropping the Droid moniker, as the Motorola Pro. The Droid Pro's been out in the US since fall of last year, and over winter we learned of plans for its global launch. Since then, though, things have been pretty quiet. We had heard of its French launch last month, but the UK has been kept waiting. Now it finally looks like the Pro is about to arrive, in about a month's time. Retailer Clove has updated its page for the Pro to reflect "mid-late September" availability. Until then, you can get in your ...

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    It's been ages since we last talked about the Motorola Flipside, a QWERTY slider that looks like a little brother to the Droid lineup with the unusual inclusion of an optical trackpad. When the smartphone launched late last fall, it shipped with Android 2.1 Eclair. That was annoying enough at the time, but Flipside users have been stuck with Eclair ever since. We'd have thought that Motorola had forgotten about the phone, when all of a sudden the company has revealed an official update to Froyo. We haven't heard anything about this update going out OTA, but you can easily download and ...

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    Last time we told you anything about the Samsung Continuum, it was back in January when the phone received a bugfix update. After being tipped-off that an update was on the way, we were getting optimistic that it might just be Froyo, but saw our hopes dashed. While some other Galaxy S models have seen official Froyo updates, the Continuum has remained stuck on Eclair. That's a shame, because it's got some interesting hardware, like its 480 x 96 sub-display. For those of you who haven't given up on the phone yet, we've got great news, as a developer on XDA has released a leaked Froyo ROM ...

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    Motorola's Defy hit the scene last year, bringing some ruggedizied Android action to T-Mobile. Since then, it's moved on up from Eclair to Froyo, and we've seen a Gingerbread leak hinting at an official update on the way. Now a new rumor says that we might be about to see a Defy refresh, bringing with it a hardware upgrade, as well as the emergence of the smartphone on some new frequency bands. This so-called Defy+ would swap out the original's 800 MHz OMAP 3610 Texas Instruments chip for a 1GHz OMAP 3620 TI model. It's not a huge improvement, sure, but the 25% clock bump should help the ...

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