In the old days, speed dial was a vital phone function that saved time and energy, but now that so many of us have outsourced our contact info storage to smartphones, the feature doesn't get nearly enough love. Sure, you can reach almost any contact with just three or four clicks, but for those we reach out to every day, that is two or three clicks too many. Your Android phone has a built-in speed dial function that's under the radar, but if you're willing to give up space on a home screen, you can set up … Read more
LauncherPro is a free Android app that lets you strip down and customize your Android interface without any rooting, hacking, or coding. Set the number of home screens, customize your dock, or modify the appearance of your Android OS by way of an exhaustive menu of Preferences.
After installing, press Home, and choose to "Complete action using" LauncherPro instead of your device's stock interface (e.g. HTC Sense for HTC EVO owners). Then, press Menu, and go to Preferences (not Settings) to start exploring the world of customization possibilities. You can set your number of home screens … Read more
CNET's Antuan Goodwin gives you the details on how to pair a Bluetooth device with your Android phone.
One of the coolest features about the upcoming HTC Flyer is the Scribe and digital ink technology that lets you take notes, draw pictures, and more, right on the tablet with a stylus. However, it looks like you'll have to pay extra for that privilege.
As first reported by DroidLife, Best Buy currently has the HTC Digital Pen for the Flyer listed at $79.99, on top of the $499.99 for the tablet itself. Though this may be Best Buy's price, HTC told CNET that it has not announced pricing for the stylus but did confirm that … Read more
Bud Tribble, Apple's vice president for software technology, will testify at next week's hearing on mobile devices and privacy, a U.S. Senate committee said today.
Tribble is a Silicon Valley veteran whose resume includes co-founding NeXT Computer and heading the original Macintosh software team in the 1980s that designed the Mac user interface. (Here's an earlier interview he did with CNET about OS X security.)
Sen. Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat who heads a subcommittee on privacy and technology, convened next Tuesday's hearing in response to reports that mobile devices either store location data or … Read more
The Samsung Infuse 4G is a remarkable smartphone, but not for the reasons you might be thinking. Yes, the massive 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen, thin 8.9mm design, and 1.2GHz processor are impressive, but none of these features has Android fanboys buzzing with excitement. Rather, the hot topic today is that the Infuse 4G is the first Android phone from AT&T to allow app installation from outside of the Android Market.
Long a thorn in the side of Android enthusiasts, AT&T has restricted the ability to load apps from any source outside … Read more
What do you get when you merge Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch high-end screen, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and 4G capability? Simply Samsung's best smartphone to date.
The Samsung Galaxy S II (first announced at Mobile World Congress) impresses with a long list of top-shelf features that overall deliver. Not every design element is perfect and we weren't always able to maintain 4G-like speeds, a hurdle that's hardly surprising given this model is an unlocked handset that's unoptimized for US networks.
Chrome to Phone is a Chrome browser extension that allows PC users to send links to their Android phones. It works in conjunction with the Android app of the same name and is simple to set up. CNET associate editor Seth Rosenblatt, recently provided an overview of Chrome to Phone. We'll show you how to set it up, step by step.Install Chrome browser extension
Google has updated its version of Google Earth for Android to take advantage of the large screen size and processing power of tablets.
In a blog post yesterday, product manager Peter Birch said the update added support for fully textured 3D buildings, as well as a new action bar making it easier to search the imagery and navigate layers of information. Google Earth started life as the company's virtual globe, but now incorporates street-level imagery and even extends out to space.
"Moving from a mobile phone to a tablet was like going from a regular movie theatre to … Read more