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Shortly before releasing Ubuntu 11.04, the folks at Canonical released an updated version of their Ubuntu One Music app for Android. This week HBO also launched mobile apps for iOS and Android, Motorola promised future devices would have unlockable bootladers, and we found a nifty app for automatically uploading files from your Android phone to Dropbox.
Here’s a roundup of some recent stories from Mobiputing:
- HBO Go brings TV Shows, movies to Android and iOS
If you’re an HBO subscriber, go check out this app now. The network is offering 1400 movies and TV shows for free… assuming you’re already paying your cable, satellite or telephone company for access.
- GameStop to bring streaming video games to Android
Video game retailer GameStop acquired a company called Spawn Labs which makes software or streaming console games over the internet to a PC. Now GameStop has posted job listings for someone to help bring the technology to Android phones and tablets.
- Motorola promises future devices will have unlockable bootloaders
The Motorola XOOM has an unlockable bootloader, making it easy for hackers and third party developers to play with custom kernels and alternate firmware. The company’s smartphones? Not so much. But now Motorola is promising to have unlockable and relockable bootloaders in all its devices starting later this year.
- Google Android 2.3.4 released, install it now on a Nexus S smartphone
Google has released the source code for Android 2.3.4 and promised that an over the air update for the Nexus One and Nexus S smartphones are on the way. But if you have a Nexus S you can install the software manually right now, bringing support for voice and video chat to Google Talk.
- ScheduledSync for Android automatically uploads files to your Dropbox
You can use the Dropbox app for Android to store your files in the cloud manually. But ScheduledSync lets you automate the process for free.
- FileXChange will make transferring files between iOS, Android easier
FileXChange is an upcoming app which will run on iOS and Andriod and make transferring files over WiFi or Bluetooth a snap.
- Google finally releases Google Docs app for Android
The good news: You can view and edit virtually any file in your Google Docs account. The bad news? The editor is pretty basic and the app is useless without an internet connection.
- Fring brings group video calling to iPhone, Android
Fring might not exactly be a household name, but the internet telephony company has made a habit of staying a few steps ahead of Skype, Apple, and Google. Fring’s latest achievement is 4-way video calling over 3G or WiFi on Android and iOS devices.
You can find more smartphone news and app reviews at Mobiputing. And don’t forget, you can also download the Mobiputing app for Android to keep up with the latest mobile software news on the go.