Google Editions

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is set to launch their own ebook store, Google Editions by the end of the month.  The idea has been kicked around since May 2010 and was initially set to launch this past summer.  Scott Dougall, a Google product management director, tells the WSJ it is set to debut in the U.S. by the end of the month and internationally in the first quarter of next year.  There’s also word from some independent booksellers who say they have received their contracts for the venture from Google already, so it does appear that things are ready to launch.

What does this mean for us?  Google is set to take on the big players in this space with a new distribution model — web-based book reading.  The goal is to have content purchased from Google, or any of its independent partners entered into an online library tied to your Google account, and accessed via any modern web browser.  Of course plans for applications for popular platforms are in the works, and you can bet that Android is high on that list.  While we don’t know how well this model will work, you can bet devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab will soon be seeing some Google Edition love.  [WSJ online]

Google set to tackle the eBook market with Google Editions posted originally by Android Central

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 DoubleTwist

DoubleTwist has just been updated with the long-promised and highly-anticipated wifi syncing feature, which has been dubbed "AirSync." Unlike the player itself, which is free, AirSync is an add-on that will run you $4.99 (or 99 cents for the first 10,000 users), you will see a link to purchase it when you start up the updated DoubleTwist Android player. In addition to the phone app, users will need to make sure to update their desktop client, which is available for the Mac and PC.

If you jump on the DoubleTwist wagon, make sure you visit the Android Central Forums to discuss the new update. If you haven’t used the program (or any syncing app), check out our handy guide to syncing music onto your Android phone. [DoubleTwist]

DoubleTwist update brings WiFi syncing with paid 'AirSync' add-on posted originally by Android Central

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Android Market content rating

The Android Market’s new content rating system is now live in the developer’s console. From here on out, any new or updated applications will be required to choose from Mature, Teen, Pre-Teen and All. While ratings ultimately are the responsibility of the developers, Google has given a set of guidelines that must be followed.

Apps that include references to Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs, as well as violence (cartoon, fantasy or otherwise) shall be labeled "Mature." Same goes for sexual or suggestive content. Porn still isn’t allowed.

A app that includes inflammatory content, profanity and crude humor,  that may offend users should be rated "Teen" or "Mature."

Here’s where it gets a little interesting: Apps that ask users for their location at any point must not be rated "All." Apps that "ask to access course or fine location data" are "Pre-Teen." Any app that can publish your location should be rated "Teen" or "Mature."

Users will be able to flag apps that they believe are incorrectly rated, and Google will take a look. Repeat offenders can be "subject to further action," says Google, up to and including killing the dev account.

We’re not seeing ratings on apps in the Market just yet, but you know they’re coming.

Content ratings now live in the Android Market developers' console posted originally by Android Central

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Seidio Innocell 1750 mAh battery

Let’s face it — Android phones use a lot of juice.  They do a lot, and need a lot of power to do it, and the Evo 4G’s big screen doesn’t help matters.  This makes a spare battery almost a must if you’re on the go a lot.  That’s where the Seidio Innocell 1750 mAh battery comes in to the picture.  While some folks prefer a much larger capacity battery, others (like myself) prefer something that uses the stock battery door, and fits into other accessories without any issue.  An extra 250 milliampere-hours may not sound like a lot (the stock Evo battery is rated at 1500 mAh), but I’ve found it extends my usage by several hours.  And I actually use my unlimited minutes, making several hours worth of calls daily.

Construction-wise, the Seidio Innocell 1750 is identical to the stock battery — minus the color.  My inner child would love to see it in red, but how often do we really see the battery?  As you can see in the pictures (after the break) the Innocell is the same dimensions as the stock battery, and fits perfectly with the OEM battery cover.  I know many of us carry a spare battery and swap mid-day, and the Innocell is perfect for this.  It fits as you would expect, and offers a bit of extra oompf to make sure you’re still up and running when you get to a charger.

If you use your Evo as intended, syncing mail and social networks, taking pictures, or playing games, you need to consider this one.  You can grab the Seidio Innocell 1750 mAh battery from the Android Central store for $44.95.  More pictures after the break.

Review: Seidio Innocell 1750 mAh battery for the Evo 4G posted originally by Android Central

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The Nokia E7 is seen to be released. Its popularity looks assured thanks to key features which include an eight mega-pixel camera, AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and comprehensive multimedia compatibility.


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LG Star

Just a few weeks after we first saw a glimpse of the LG Star, it makes another appearance, this time showing off more than just the screen and battery door.  We’re seeing HDMI out, a decent look at LG’s custom Froyo OS, and even a benchmark of the Tegra2 chipset in action.  All that’s left is to find out if and when this baby will ever reach North America, and how the chipset preforms once a version of Android that supports dual core processors is installed.

There’s a gallery of pics at the source link, be sure to have a look.  [Phandroid]

 

LG Star makes another appearance, shows off UI and a benchmark posted originally by Android Central

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Samsung Nexus S?

Maybe we’re all just getting so tired of waiting for the Samsung Nexus S (if indeed that is its name) to be announced that we’re starting to see it everywhere. The latest case: A photo posted to Picasa by Google senior software engineer Erik Beans, pointed out to us by a hungry tipster. It’s tough to tell exactly what it is, but it certainly shares some of the basic lines of the phone that’s making the semi-official and unofficial rounds, much as the original Nexus One did before its release. We’ve been kicking this one around the forums all day, and now we turn it over to you. Nexus S? Or just wishful thinking? [Picasa] Thanks, Bruno.

Is this another Nexus S sighting? posted originally by Android Central

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Sharp has announced that it is joining the Android tablet race with the Galapagos Tablet device. The tablet with ship in two models: 5.5-inch and the 10.8-inch screens. They will sell for 39,800 Yen ($473) and 54,800 Yen ($642) respectively. The 5.5-inch screen will sport a resolution of 1024 × 600 and the 10.8-inch screen will sport 1366 × 800. We’re glad to see that they didn’t just keep with the lower resolution for the larger display. Other than that, the tablet will come shipped with your standard tablety things: microSD, modified Android OS, and e-books. Unfortunately, the tablet is not shipping with wireless N support, only B and G. Video after the break. [Akihabara News via TechFresh]

Sharp unveils the Galapagos Tablet posted originally by Android Central

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Android Quick App: SMS2PC

29 November 2010

SMS2PC - Send and receive SMS messages from your computer.

Like I mentioned in the Nov. 19 edition of our Editors’ App Picks, I send a lot of text messages.  Maybe not as much as some of you, but, it’s not uncommon for me to have used over 3,000 text messages each month.

If you’re a heavy texter who spends a substantial portion of your day in front of a computer, you might be surprised how much you’ll enjoy SMS2PC.  Respond quicker, and type faster — without ever having to pick up your phone.

Join me after the break to dive a little deeper into SMS2PC, and get some download links.

Android Quick App: SMS2PC posted originally by Android Central

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