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Google Maps 5.3 released for Android

Google-Maps-5.3-Location-History-189x300 Google has just launched a new version of their Maps app for the Android operating system. Bringing the version up to 5.3, Google Maps for Android packs some new features that would make any check-in fanatic happy. Google Maps now has a Google Location History dashboard, the ability to check in at “home” and the function to add your own aspects for places when rating them. The Location History dashboard basically records where you’ve been over the past few weeks – so you can keep tabs on where you’ve been in case you’ve had an exciting week you wanted to right about, but you forgot some spots at the end of the trip. The history is only for you to see, and will not be shared with anyone else, plus you have the ability to delete it anytime. Users can now mark a location as their “home”, which Google Latitude will record how long you spend at home, and if you choose to, it can also alert your friends that you’re back at home. And as for the improvement to the rating system, you’ll be able to add your own aspects when rating a spot – i.e. if there’s no rating for music at a place, you can easily add music, rate it and share it with the world. If you’d like to update Google Maps on your Android device, just head to the Android Market and grab it from there for free.

  • See your location history for Latitude (which includes things like how much time spent at home, work, out, etc. if you set those locations up).
  • Check in at home, work, etc.
  • Add your own aspects about places you rate (so you can add “service quality” to a restaurant and then rate that specifically).

Here’s the original link to the Google post:…board-and.html


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Microsoft’s ‘NoDo’ Windows Phone update still days, even weeks away


Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that its first major Windows Phone update — dubbed NoDo — is being pushed to users’ handsets. Sixteen Windows Phone devices from over a dozen countries have, or will have, the update — which finally brings copy & paste functionality — in the coming days. Users in the United States, however, still have a bit of waiting to do. According to a new status page setup by the company, T-Mobile’s pair of Windows Phones — the Dell Venue Pro and HTC HD7 — are currently in the “scheduling” phase. This procedure typically takes “10 days or less,” according to Microsoft, at which point the update will begin rolling out to handsets. AT&T’s trio of Windows Phones — the Samsung Focus, the LG Quantum, and HTC Surround — are currently in the “testing” stage. Microsoft explains that phones with this distinction are “undergoing mobile operator network and quality tests,” but does not provide an estimated time of completion for this step. Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, at one point championed the fact that updates to the Windows Phone operating system would be delivered by his company, not wireless carriers. While Microsoft may be the one delivering the bits, it looks like U.S. mobile operators are still finding ways to slow things down.

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HTC Desire to Get Android Gingerbread in June


HTC has announced that its Incredible S phone would be getting Gingerbread update in the month of June. The phone was unveiled at Mobile World Congress a few weeks back. At that time, the company said that the phone will be updated to Android 2.3 ‘quickly’. Seems like, for HTC, 4 months of time period for software update come under the realm of ‘quick’.

Anyhow, Incredible S is not the only lucky HTC phone. Apparently, the company’s older models such as Desire HD and Desire Z would be getting 2.3 update as well. And let’s not forget the grand old daddy of Desire series, the original HTC Desire. All these phones will be upgraded alongside Incredible S. As for the recently announced HTC phones, Wildfire S and Desire S, these babies will come pre-loaded with Gingerbread flavor of Android.


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AT&T: HTC Aria Getting Android 2.2 (Froyo) Tomorrow

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Via Facebook, AT&T has made its second major Android operating system update announcement in as many days. The subject of today’s post: the HTC Aria. AT&T has informed its friends that an Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for HTC’s mid-level Aria handset will be ready for public consumption beginning tomorrow. Ma’ Bell is asking eager Aria owners to hit up the company’s Facebook page tomorrow for download instructions.


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Gmail App Updated For Gingerbread To Include Long Press To Copy Text

gmail_thumb In a minor update to the official Gmail app, Google has addressed one of "the little things" that have been plaguing Android since the beginning. In this case, a lack of uniformity for copying text.

In all previous versions of the Gmail app, a user would have to press Menu, More, and then Select Text. Fortunately, this update fixes that issue by making copying text the same as in the Browser or a textbox: by long pressing it. It’s not a huge addition, and is only available for those with devices running Gingerbread, but it is definitely a step in the positive direction.

The update also brings the ability to sync custom label colors, as well as some minor bug fixes.

[Source: Market]


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Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out To The Nexus S And Nexus One


Here is a bit of good news for Nexus S and Nexus One owners – the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update has officially started rolling out. The Twitter account, GoogleNexus, tweeted a few minutes ago that the update had started. Here is what was stated:

Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3) update now rolling out to Nexus S and Nexus One. Be patient, may take a few weeks for OTA to complete.

In this update, users should get near-field communications (NFC) capabilities, as well as a fix for random reboots and other bugs. Sounds good to me! Be sure to let us know when you receive your update so the whole world can know. I just wonder how long it will take for the Gingerbread update to hit other Android devices like: the HTC Droid Incredible, HTC EVO, Motorola Droid X, Droid Pro, etc. Btw, Galaxy S owners we wish you luck!

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