Posts tagged with: GPS
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    Out of the box Android wear can do a lot of amazing things (although, as we mentioned in our review, it's still somewhat buggy and inconsistent). We've all seen the commercials showing you how Android Wear can set a reminder or even hail a cab. While those are certainly noteworthy, there are some even cooler things that your Android-powered wristwatch can do today. There are a few ways you can add features and functionality to your Android Wear smartwatch, regardless of who makes it. Both methods start with grabbing some apps from the Play Store, and one is super-charged through an ...

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    Several months ago Waze, the insanely popular GPS navigation company, was in the middle of negotiations over selling their company to the highest bidder. Facebook reportedly want to buy Waze for the social aspects of the company. Google apparently didn't want Facebook to become a competitor in that industry, so the two companies got into a bidding war. What would this new partnership be called? Facebook Waze? Facebook Maps? Google Waze? Google Maps and Waze? As soon as the bidding started to heat up, I posted an article in which I made a very bold statement: If either Facebook or Google ...

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    "The world around you is not what it seems." At least that's what the website for Google's latest pet project would have you believe. Two new apps from a group inside Google have recently surfaced, both published by a somewhat cryptic group called NianticLabs@Google. The first app, originally called Scout and now called Field Trip promises to help you find "cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you". It does this by running in the background on your smartphone and alerting you when you get close to something interesting and displays a card with details about the location. ...

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    "In a world where Google Maps exists, who needs a carrier-branded navigation offering?" That's the question that leapt to my mind when I was given the opportunity to review VZ Navigator, Verizon Wireless' house-branded GPS navigation app. Not that I had a bad history with carrier-badged navigation software; the first turn-by-turn app I ever used, back in 2004, was only briefly sold under its original TeleNav title before being repackaged as "Sprint Navigation." And I loved it. Even running as a Java app on a dumbphone, the software got me where I needed to go, and featured plenty of ...

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    "Shorten your topic list," they said. "The show won't run as long," they said. An hour and a half later, another lengthy episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast is ready for your listening enjoyment. And make no mistake: we could have talked for another 40 minutes at least. That's not because it's been a huge news week, but because our discussion topics are dense and detailed. Topics like phone reviews, new platforms, and 1080p screens. Subjects like GPS navigation, wide-angle smartphone cameras, and whether Google should become a wireless carrier. The merits and shortcomings of the Lumia ...

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    The Sony Xperia X10 is an Android device that has been available in Europe for some time already. It has received a fair share of both praise and criticism since its original release date. Now, the X10 has finally made its way stateside, with AT&T. With only three Android phones to choose from, AT&T could certainly stand to gain by adding to their selection. Is the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 a worthy addition for AT&T? Read on below to find out! BOX CONTENTS Here's the unboxing for the Xperia X10. The box comes packed with just about everything you need, including a 2GB MicroSD card and ...

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    The Sony Ericsson X10 Mini is truly a unique smartphone. With a form-factor unlike any other Android device, our final review is sure to be very interesting. So, check it out below! If you have already seen our video coverage you can skip to the bottom of the page and watch the final video review. SOFTWARE This device was created with the idea of single-handed operation in mind. Due to this, Sony has created a custom user interface for the X10 Mini. Users can easily swipe left and right through the menu system. Navigation is literally a breeze. Despite the fact that this is a custom skin ...

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    Times certainly are changing. Devices that can boast a larger screen are becoming the current fad. By increasing screen sizes manufacturers hope to fortify users' ability to multitask and become even more efficient by maximizing usability. Dell has jumped onto the bandwagon by releasing the Dell Streak, an Android tablet device that also doubles as a phone. The 5" screen certainly creates a long list of possibilities, but will the screen be too big, making the phone cumbersome? Read on to find out! BOX CONTENTS Here's the unboxing of the Dell Streak. The box comes loaded with just about ...

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    In this video we demonstrate the new HTC Desire HD navigation software that comes standard on the HTC Desire HD. The navigation program is easy to use and very fast to route a course. You may wonder why you would need to have a navigation program on an Android 2.2 device. Unlike Google Navigator this program saves all of the maps directly to the device or storage card. If you find yourself traveling outside of your coverage area you will still have the ability to navigate to points-of-interest and addresses. There are two versions that come on the Desire HD; Locations is the free version ...

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    Google Maps for Android just got updated to version 4.5.0 and brought with it a couple cool new features. What's new in Maps? First up is Navigation for walking directions. This is especially handy when you want to get from one point to another, but you don't want to hop in a car to do it. Cars have to follow roads and obey one-way signs, whereas, someone walking can cut through an alley, walk "the wrong way" down a one-way street, and go places that a car can't. And second, with this version you can now filter your search results by distance or ratings. Note that this isn't sorting by ...

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    Since kicking off our coverage of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, you've seen our unboxing video, Part 1 of our software overview, and the hardware overview. Well now it's time for Part 2 of the software overview. In this video we compare the speed of the Xperia X10 against the Samsung Galaxy S. The X10 is preloaded with Android 1.6 while the Galaxy S comes with 2.1. These two devices face off in a stock browser comparison, YouTube load time test, and finally a simple assessment of app opening times. You will surely notice that we have opted to load custom launchers on these two devices over ...

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    So far, we have unboxed and taken a look at the presinstalled softwware on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. We now take a look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10's hardware. The 4" capacitive touch screen makes navigation through the user interface a breeze. 4" seems to be a very happy medium in terms of screen size-it's not too small and difficult to use and it's not too large and hard to hold. Powered by a 1GHz processor the X10 stays current with its competition and shows little to no slowdown. The X10 comes packed with a 1500mAh battery that Sony claims provides 8-hours of talk time to the ...

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    CoPilot now comes with traffic support for an additional $10 per year subscription fee. Real-time traffic information is used to avoid congestion, offer a more accurate arrival time, and provide alternate routes when available. Users of CoPilot Live v. 8 for Android, iPad, iPhone, and Windows Mobile will be able to try out ActiveTraffic, the traffic monitoring feature, for free for 14 days; after that, the fee will be $10 per year for an annual subscription. Users of CoPilot Live v. 8 U.S. Traffic will be able to upgrade to ActiveTraffic free of charge. CoPilot and its maker ALK ...

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    Next up, we scrape the surface on the software that makes up the Xperia X10. Unfortunately, with Android 1.6 preinstalled the X10 is slightly behind the 8-ball. Sony has stated they will be upgrading the device to Android 2.1 in late September, but there is no word on 2.2. Sony has however included two custom applications on the X10 that each serve a useful purpose. Timescape is an application that aggregates the users social networks into one common area. There is also a Timescape homescreen widget for added convenience. Mediascape on the other hand, brings pictures, videos, and music ...

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    We were in San Francisco earlier in the week and got a chance to see the Samsung Epic 4G, a dual-mode 3G/4G hybrid smartphone that runs Google's Android operating system. The Epic 4G is definitely the most unique Galaxy S smartphone model, outpacing its competitors like the Captivate on AT&T, Vibrant on T-Mobile, and Fascinate on Verizon Wireless. Unlike its close cousins, the Epic 4G has some unique features that make it stand out from the pack. First, it's the only 4G smartphone on the market from the Galaxy S family, running on Sprint's growing WiMax network. Additionally, speaking of ...

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    A great feature with Android is the ability for device manufactures to implement their own "skin" to work in their device(s). We've seen this in the form of HTC Sense on HTC phones, and, Dell has also followed suit with the release of the Dell Streak Android Tablet. In Part 1 of our Software Overview on the Dell Streak, we showed you Dell's custom interface. Well, now it's time to run some tests and check out how a few highly used apps perform on the Dell Streak. First, we check out how fast the YouTube app loads. Next, we look at how well the browser performs on this device and if the big ...

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    We now get up close and personal with the Dell Streak to take a look at its hardware. With its 5" Gorilla-Glass screen, the Dell Streak has taken a great deal of both positive and negative criticism. The larger than average form factor could make the phone cumbersome and difficult to use. However, it could also increase the users efficiency by allowing them to type faster and more accurately on a larger keyboard, and also allow more widgets and shortcuts to fit on the screen. The Streaks 5" screen has a 800 x 480 resolution and is equipped with a 1Ghz processor and 512MB of RAM & 2GB ROM. ...

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    We recently kicked off our series on the Dell Streak Android Tablet with an unboxing video. We next follow up by taking a look at the custom interface system that Dell has implemented with this device. The typical notification bar on Android devices call for a downward swipe and only includes information such as new email, missed calls, text messages, etc. Dell has taken this a step further by also adding connectivity options, a favorite programs list, and the ability to add "rooms", or homescreens all to the top bar. The Streaks 5" screen also gives the user much more flexibility in ...

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    Join us as we kick off our next review series by unboxing the Dell Streak Android tablet device! Some of our recent Android coverage has been of smaller form factor devices. We now take it to the opposite spectrum by looking at the largest Android phone to date. The Dell Streak is a combination of a phone and tablet that is graced with the Android operating system. Devices like the HTC EVO 4G have gained a large following due to its large 4.3" screen size. The Dell Streak takes the cake with a screen measuring 5". Will this large, Gorilla-glass screen make the device easier to use? Or, ...

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    Previously you heard from Joe Levi on why he uses a Nexus One as his daily driver, and from Brandon Miniman on his choice of the iPhone 4. Now I'd like to tell you why it is the EVO 4G that can be found in my pocket each day. As someone who has a huge weakness for anything new in the tech world, I've owned many phones over the past few years. Some of these devices were mine only for a very brief period. I found myself switching phones every month or two, until I landed on the iPhone. However, I recently left the iPhone behind so that I could enter the Android world. This transition has ...

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    HTC has become a powerhouse in manufacturing Android powered devices. They have created a device to fit practically every form factor, budget, and cellular network type. HTC has now set their sights on the budget friendly market with the release of the HTC Wildfire. Typically, in order to create a lower-priced device, manufacturers must sacrifice some quality or features. We can't help but be curious to see as to whether or not HTC puts a mark on its reputation for quality with the Wildfire. Read on to find out in our full review of the HTC Wildfire! BOX CONTENTS Here's the unboxing for ...

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    Our software overview part 1 video gave you a tour into the HTC Sense skin that the HTC Wildfire utilizes for navigation. In this next video, we compare how well the HTC Wildfire performs against one of its big brothers, the HTC EVO 4G. As mentioned in the hardware overview, the Wildfire has a 528mhz processor, whereas the EVO is equipped with a 1Ghz processor. The EVO is also equipped with a better GPU and more available RAM. Below, we run through a series of comparison tests with these two devices including gaming, loading YouTube videos, and social networking applications. Despite the ...

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    Google just released an update to their Maps app for Android, bringing it to version 4.4. So far Google has bee releasing a fairly substantial update to this app every month for the past several months. Rather than just talk about the new changes, in the following video I've broken down Google Maps based on its four distinct functions (including the new "Places" feature), and demo'd adding a Directions & Navigation shortcut to one of your home screens. 0:00 - Intro 0:49 - What's new in Google Maps 1:43 - Overview of Labs 3:42 - Lattitude 5:10 - Navigation 6:10 - Directions & Navigation ...

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    We've written about CoPilot Live before (here and here), with rave reviews. I'm so impressed with this software that I've owned copies for my GPS-enabled laptop computer, Windows Mobile phones, and now my Android. Unlike Waze or Google Maps Navigation, CoPilot Live doesn't need a data connection to help you get from point A to point B, which can be an especially good thing if you plan on driving cross-country or to the sticks! (Trust me on that one!) Through the end of August ALK (the folks who make CoPilot Live) have reduced its price in the Android Market. They've even got discounted ...

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    The HTC Wildfire has been described by many as a miniature-sized cross between the Nexus One and the HTC Desire. As previously mentioned, HTC has targeted the masses with this device by making it very affordable. The shell of the device is much like the Nexus One in its combination of aluminum and Teflon painted plastic. Quite obviously, the overall design of this device is not lacking, despite its low price point. On the spec side of things, the HTC Wildfire is accompanied with a 528MHz processor and 384MB of RAM. Based on the current generation of Android smartphones, these specs are a ...

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