Social Networking

Viewdle SocialCamera auto-tags friends for easy Facebooking [Video]

Social networking integration is one of those elements that pushes Android ahead of the pack when it comes to smartphones, and Viewdle reckons it can make things even better with its new app, SocialCamera. A free photo app, SocialCamera allows you to instantly share images with Facebook, Twitter and other networks, using a carousel of shortcuts. It's actually the auto-tagging which is more interesting, however. After you've given SocialCamera an initial lesson as to who your friends are, subsequent shots are auto-tagged with their identity. The video below explains it more thoroughly, or you can just download and try it yourself. Viewdle SocialCamera is a free download from the Android Market. [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/22869441[/vimeo] [gallery] [via TechCrunch]

Motoblur gets an update

There's a new MotoBlur UI coming to Motorola Android Phones. Some phones, like the Atrix 4G will receive the new UI through an update, while others will have it shipped on device later this year. Many of the upgraded features include enhanced photo-sharing and media syncing and location based social interaction.

HTC adding Facebook button to social networking phone?

HTC is reportedly readying a new Android smartphone with in-depth Facebook integration, expected to make its debut at MWC 2011 next Tuesday. According to the FT's sources, the unnamed smartphone will not be Facebook branded, but will instead have a dedicated Facebook button to act as a shortcut to the social network's services. The rumor follows talk yesterday of an INQ Facebook device, though HTC isn't confirming any of the speculation at this stage. Android Community will be on hand at the HTC press conference next week, so whatever Facebook-flavored loveliness is announced, you know you'll see it here. [via SlashGear]

Facebook for Android Updated, Added Deal Support

Facebook for Android has received a small update last night. Bringing it up to v1.5.1, now you can get access to Facebook Deals from within the application. Deal support will allow you to get free offers, savings, and special deals from nearby businesses.

FourSquare gets 2.0 Update for Android Devices

Foursquare, the popular check-in based social networking app, has just been updated to 2.0 bringing in an array of new features. Among them is a newer, simplified UI. The new Foursquare app is geared directly towards collecting and communicating your real-world experiences. One change is the Tips and To-Do sections have now been split and access is easier for both ultimately making it easier for you to add Tips and To-Do’s. There also is a new “Add to My Foursquare” button that can be embedded on websites. If you see something online that you would like to do sometime, you can click the button and it will be added to your mobile To-Do list. The update is available now, for free, in the android market. QR code below: [caption id="attachment_14304" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="Foursquare 2.0 Download"][/caption] [Via Foursquare Blog]

Facebook for Android updated

The Android Facebook app hasn't exactly proved inspiring in comparison to the company's iPhone version, but there are signs that the company is waking up to the popularity of the Google platform.  Overnight the app has been updated, with more in-app functionality rather than kicking users out to the mobile website version in the Android browser. That functionality includes video playback, the ability to view and RSVP for events, respond to friend requests without leaving the app, and an updated home page; the latter gets a draggable notifications drawer, a photo reel for easy viewing of friends' photos and videos, and the ability to post a status update or search for friends with just one click.  Facebook for Android is available in the Android Market. [gallery]

SAMSUNG LAUNCHES GALAXY APOLLO ANDROID-POWERED SMARTPHONE WITH ORANGE: SPEC SHEET INCLUDED

According to a press release by Orange UK, the Galaxy Apollo will launch soon and will be exclusive to their network.  If you were hoping to get your hands on it and you’re not in an area that is supported by Orange UK, you may be out of luck for awhile. There is currently no unlocked version that I could find. This device is a mid-range Android handset and it can be you’re either on a Pay as You Go Plan or on contract.

Bell Introduces the Motorola DEXT

Canadian carrier Bell has just released the Motorola Dext, you may know this device as the Motorola Cliq. Bell had announced in the past that this phone will be due in the first half of this year, they are cutting it real close but it’s finally been released.

Lenovo LePhone unboxed ahead of launch in China

This Android phone quietly snuck by all of us. We first seen this device at CES and hasn’t really heard much about it since then. It’s not a bad looking device and it has a nice screen similar to that found on the nexus one. This Android device will be available in China and it has some impressive specs to boot.
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