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Pandora for Android

Oh, my, folks sure got themselves into a tizzy this afternoon, didn't they? See, the Android Pandora application got itself a sizable update today. And the third item in the changelog was (and still is) "Compatibility support for upcoming Android OS."

ZOMG! A new, unannounced version of Android?!?!? Jelly Bean, perhaps?!?!? Key Lime Pie?!?!? Licorice?!?!? Meringue?!?!? Newton?!?!?

Not so much. As we suspected, it's just a bit of future-proofing, and isn't referring to any specific and as-yet-unannounced version of Android. In fact, that's exactly what Pandora told us.

"That line just refers to some minor code cleanup that had hard-coded functionality to the current version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich. This update just future-proofs the Pandora app for the upcoming versions of Android." 

Now, that's not to say there's nothing of note in this update. More and better settings? Sweet. Better and easier sign-up? Excellent. Plus a host of other fixes, including the removal of the "change network state" permission, which should help the tinfoil-hat types sleep better at night.

But no new version of Android was tipped tonight, folks. That'll have to come another day.

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Vodafone Smart II

Vodafone UK today introduced the Smart II, its budget-friendly Android smartphone priced at a cool £70 on pay-as-you-go plans. Targeted at first-time smartphone buyers, the Smart II is the successor to Vodafone’s original SMART. The Smart II comes spec’d in line with its price tag, and includes a 3.2-inch display at 480 x 320 HVGA resolution, an 800 MHz processor, a 3MP camera, and Gingerbread underneath the hood. The Smart II is available now at the source link and in stores in both dark grey and white. Vodafone's promotional video can be found after the break.

Source: Vodafone UK

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Google Translate

Although Google has been constantly updating their apps on what is seemingly a more then average frequency as of late, one app left behind for quite some time now has been Google Translate. That said; Google has now gone ahead and given translate some love by adding the Holo theme to the mix and bringing in more in line with their rest of their Ice Cream Sandwich looking apps. In addition to the updated looks, folks are also getting additional text to speech language support including Esperanto.

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After a short delay for a U.S. Customs inspections, HTC handsets have been cleared for entry into the U.S. The inspection was brought on by the enforcement of an exclusion order which was handed out by the ITC when HTC was found to infringe on an Apple owned patent. The exclusion order applies to all [...]





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Google Play

Today on Android A to Z we're going to talk about Google Play. If you're new to Android, you see us throw it around a lot when talking about downloading apps, but there's a good bit more to it, and we think there's even more planned. It's much more than a name for Android's official application store, and it's worth having a good long look at it.

Looking at the Google Play store on your phone or on the web, you'll see categories of the different types of media Google has to offer. There are Music, Apps, Books, and Movies – and one more treat we'll get to in a minute. At each section of the Play store you'll find media for your Android device, sometimes free, sometimes not free. For the things you'll need to pay for there's Google Wallet (the service, not the Android app) and if you're downloading from your Android phone some carriers support direct billing. Shopping is pretty straightforward, you browse the sections by category, and when you find something you want, you simply tap a button and it gets downloaded to your device. As long as the content is available in your region (that's a sore spot Google needs to work out), and you have the correct application (Books and Movies use an Android app you can get free from the Applications section of the Google Play store), things are pretty instant and pretty simple.

One really cool thing we never seem to remember to talk about is downloading apps from the web on your computer directly to your Android device. Using a regular hyperlink to the Google Play store, like this one for Dropbox, you'll find a handy install button you can click to install it to your phone or tablet. If you have more than one Android device, you'll get to choose which on to install it to. Books, Movies and Music work the same way — once installed from the web they are instantly available on your Android device(s). This type of integration between the web interface and the phone version is pretty awesome, and makes for easy shopping.

There's one more section of the Google Play store. You won't see it from your phone, and it's the latest (and most exciting) section of Google Play. It's the Devices section. Right now you can buy a factory unlocked Galaxy Nexus, as well as a few accessories, direct from Google. The cupboards looks pretty bare now, but we have a feeling it may soon have more to offer, and we'll see phones, tablets, Google TV units and related accessories there for sale.

Google seems pretty dedicated to their new Google Play branding, and so far it's worked well. Android is turning into it's own ecosystem, and as dedicated Android enthusiasts we're excited to see how it all plays out!

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From the Forums

If you're looking for something to do this evening and happened to miss out on some of the Android news of the day, no better way to get yourself caught up than hanging out with us here at Android Central. Click on back a page or two on the blogs and then hop on into the Android Central forums for some discussion:

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Archos and the Chipmunks

Yes. Those are chipmunks holding the 7-inch, Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Archos Child Pad. We'll get to them in a minute. For now, know that the Child Pad is available as of today for $129. Yeah, it's a couple months late. (We'll forgive you for not remembering that it originally was to be released at the end of March.) But, look! Chipmunks!

Let's start with the important specs. You'll have access to "specific" "Alvin and the Chipmunks 3" content. (Presumably "general" "Alvin and the Chipmunks 3" content will be available in the places where you'd usually find "Alvin and the Chipmunks 3" content.) That includes behind-the-scenes clips, photos from the set, wallpapers and online games. There's also a 6-month trial of a parental control application from Editions Profil. Angry Birds are on board (of course), as well as other "educational and general-knowledge" apps.

Oh, and it's got a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage, if you're into that sort of thing. You can find out more and order your very own Child Pad at the link below.

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Seidio CONVERT Combo for Samsung Epic 4G TouchThe May 30 ShopAndroid.com Deal of the Day is the Seidio CONVERT Combo for the Samsung Epic 4G Touch. This combo includes the Surface Case, a Rugged Skin and Skeleton and the CONVERT holster. Put on the first layer, the Surface case, when using your Samsung Epic 4G Touch everyday.

When you're in tough or rugged conditions put on the Rugged Skin and Skeleton and securely hold your Samsung Epic 4G Touch wherever you go with the Seidio Locking Holster.  When you don't need the extra protection, simply remove the Rugged Skin and Skeleton. It's available today for just $28.95 – that's 42 percent off! Get yours while supplies last!




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Question: What do you get when you take the HTC EVO 4G LTE, remove the kick-stand, give it some gold trip, add global GSM capabilities and swap out its S4 chip for last year’s S3 chip? Answer: China Telecom’s new HTC X720d. According to the latest report, the HTC X720d will be heading to China Telecom in mid-June. [...]





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