Google Maps for Android was updated to v5.9

Google-Maps-LogoThe Google navigation application for Android was updated yesterday to version 5.9. This version is already available for free download from Android Market.

The Google Maps application is available for all devices running Android 1.6 operating system or higher, but the 5.9 version is not available for all of them.

Google Maps has over 100 million downloads from Android Market, and is the most popular software for mobile navigation.

See below what is new in version 5.9 of Google Maps for Android:

  • Voice and ring tone notifications for Transit Navigation (Beta)
  • Tablet support for Transit Navigation (Beta)
  • ‘Bubble Buttons’ Lab to add call and navigate buttons to results on the map

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Facebook for Android updated to v1.6.1

facebook-logoAnother great news come from Facebook! It seems these guys don’t waste their time, and has released a new version of Facebook for Android, the Facebook 1.6.1, which brings a range of new features and some bug fixes.

Compared with the last Facebook update for Android devices, which only brought a new page browsing feature and video upload support, this new version includes a great package with goodies including:

  • Improved Pages Support
  • View the full list of pages you like as well as pages you admin
  • Post a page you admin
  • Tag Pages in status update using “@”
  • Various Bug fixes
  • Instant Google+ Invite

So, what are you waiting for? Hit the Android market or check the QR code below, and ensure that you are on the latest update, the Facebook v1.6.1. We guarantee it’s worth it, because in this new version they have also implemented various bug fixes as the other great changes.

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Samsung Replenish – an eco-friendly Android device

Samsung ReplenishWe’re living in an era where everything is starting to focus on eco-friendly products in the attempt to bring different and innovative alternatives that will be less harmful to our environment.

Sprint thought about helping the environment and based on this new eco-friendly trend, has announced the Samsung Replenish, which is the world’s first “green” Android device. It is made out from more than 80% recyclable materials, and will also be packed with partially recycled plastics. So, if you’re thinking about going “green” without sacrificing technology, the Replenish will be available starting May 8.

Samsung Replenish comes equipped with a 600 MHz Qualcomm processor, and features a 2.8-inch QVGA TFT Display, Full QWERTY keyboard, a 2 megapixels camera and a 1160 mAh battery. It also comes with an optional solar door charging accessory. This new eco-friendly Android device runs the Android 2.2 Froyo. The device comes with a Green ID Pack, which includes a variety of apps and mobile content that allows you to live a “greener” life.

Replenish will be available for the price of $49.99, which is a big incentive to go green, but Sprint is offering a $10 premium data charge for all new and existing customers that will purchase this new eco device.

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Software Update for Motorola Atrix: version 4.1.57

Motorola AtrixA new software update is now available for Motorola Atrix, the 4.1.57 version. This new update is available over the air, but unfortunately it won’t fix the pathetically slow data upload speeds or the voice quality issues that some users are experiencing with the Atrix 4G.

This new 4.1.57 update for Atrix 4G will bring a number of bug fixes and enhancements including:

– Fingerprint reader – Improved fingerprint reader performance
– Battery- Improved battery performance for longer battery life
– Screen – Display will turn off automatically now while charging directly on wall charger
– Phone stability – Improved stability resulting in fewer occurrences of touch unresponsiveness and/or programs quitting unexpectedly.
– Car dock – Improved performance of car dock and 3.5mm jack

Motorola has noticed that Atrix 4G users should make sure that the device has minimum 50% battery level when performing the update once the notification hits their phones.

You can grab this update by going to Settings – About phone – System updates – and click Download. After a few minutes you can hit the Install button when the pop-up appears, and just wait.

Google Instant Previews available for Android and iOS Devices

GoogleGoogle has introduced a new feature called Instant Previews for mobile to help you choose the best search result from all the available ones based on the the search query entered by you.

I have to say that the new Instant Previews is quite useful, because instead of trying to cram additional information into Google’s already-crowded mobile website you just have to tap on the magnifying glass icon located at the right corner next to the search results.

You may wonder how it works? Well, the Instant Previews adds a little magnifying glass next to almost every search result, and by clicking on the magnifier, a series of cached thumbnails will appear of each page so you can scroll through in portrait or landscape modes. All you have to do is visit www.google.com from your Android or iOS device and search for something.

The Instant Previews is available for Apple (iOS4) and Android (version 2.2+) devices in 38 languages.

Watch the demo video of Instant Previews for Android and iOS platforms below:

Sprint released its Total Equipment Protection App for Android and BlackBerrys

The sprint logo white is a new application released by Sprint, meant to protect your phone and is addressing to one of the biggest user concerns related to loss of data in the case of lost, damaged or stolen devices. This new app is available for both Android and BlackBerry smartphones.

You can access the Total Equipment Protection App beginning today, at www.sprint.com/protection, and you will benefit the following features:

– Locate lost device by sounding an alarm on the smartphone even if in silent mode, doing a real time locate via GPS technology, or viewing the smartphone’s location history on a map via a Web Interface
– Remotely lock their smartphone
– Erase contacts in the address book on a lost smartphone
– Backup, manage and restore contacts

The application is the equivalent of Lookout, and is available to download for free, but just in case you have the Total Equipment Protection plan for $7 per month. There are currently eight Android and six BlackBerry smartphones listed as being compatible so make sure to check out the Sprint page for details on how to install.

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[Via SlashPhone]

Mozilla Firefox 4 Beta 5 has just been updated for Android

firefox-logoToday, the Mozilla team updated the Firefox 4 Beta 5 version for Android devices . This new update brings speed improvements in page rendering, startup time, scrolling, and it should also take up less RAM.

Other improvements of the Mozilla Firefox 4 Beta 5 update includes:

Improved performance: Faster page load times, reduced startup time, better Javascript performance and lower memory usage
Continued improvements and fixes focusing on stability and usability
Firefox will now move its profile data to the SD card when you move the application to the SD card on Android 2.2 or higher.

The Vice President of Products, Jay Sullivan told IDG News Service at Mobile World Congress that Firefox 4 for Android will ship in a few weeks, so it seems this will be the last beta before the ultimately becomes “final”.

This new update it’s available for Android 2.0 and higher devices as well as Nokia’s Maemo running N900. If you want this app on your Android device you just have to hit Android Market and install it. Also, if you have some time, please let us know what do you think about this latest Firefox 4 Beta 5 in the comments below.

Check out the video below to find more about this new Mozilla Firefox 4 Beta 5 update:

Leak: Motorola Droid X2 in new photos – dual-core processor on board

Motorola Droid X2New images with Motorola Droid X2 appeared today on the web, Droid X2 is the successor of Droid X.

Motorola Droid X2 (Daytona) is expected to come with 1 GHz dual-core processor and 768 MB of RAM. Other specs of Droid X2 include a 4.3 inch touchscreen with qHD screen resolution (540 x 960 pixels) and an 8 megapixels camera.

Droid X2 aka Droid X “squared” is coming to Verizon in Q2 2011 without LTE.

Rumor: Motorola Bee to be the first Android Honeycomb smartphone

Motorola_Bee_Honeycomb_concept_1The first smarphone to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb has been revealed as a concept, and is dubbed as Motorola Bee.

The design of this new Motorola Bee is very similar to Atrix, and according to its designers it will be compatible with a laptop dock and HD multimedia dock.

Speaking about the most important part of a smartphone, its features, the new Motorola Bee Honeycomb will pack a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED screen with multitouch, an 8 megapixels camera capable of full HD video capture, but also a front 5 megapixels videocall camera.

Motorola Bee supports 3G+ connectivity and has 32/ 64 GB of memory. The screen has a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution and it allows you to bring the content to big screen via micro HDMI.

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The new Firefox for Android is faster and brings over 200+ add-ons (video)

firefox-logoFirefox has just updated their version for Android devices. The new Firefox 4 beta brings a lot of new improvements on the browser’s speed and performance. Its makers says this version is the fastest and crushes the stock Android browser in every single speed test.

The Firefox 4 Beta for mobile has the same technology platform as the Firefox 4 for the desktop and includes features like Firefox Sync, Add-ons and the Awesome Screen, to offer users a new mobile browsing experience. It also includes over 200 add-ons just like the desktop version.

This release brings improvements like increasing stability, reducing installation memory usage, improving readability with zooming, and fixes some keyboard issues. Firefox 4 beta is faster than stock Android browser, nearly three times faster on Kraken JavaScript benchmark tests and twice as fast on SunSpider JavaScript benchmark tests.

You can get the Mozilla Firefox 4 Beta from the Android Market and start testing it on your Google Android device.

[Via blog.mozilla]