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2 years ago

Google Play kicks off end of summer sale

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Gameloft isn't the only one putting their Android wares on discount for the long weekend; Google Play has an official end of summer sale that has quietly started, with many apps already discounted. Check out this search to see what's currently discounted, and expect that list to grow as the weekend wears on. We've received a few tips about the impending sale, but we're still waiting for a big promotional banner on the front page of Google Play, or some equally obvious place to find all of the discounted apps in one spot. (Update: Ahh, here we go.)

Have you found any particularly great apps with recent discounts? 

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2 years ago

Modern Combat 3, NOVA 3 and Gangstar Rio go on sale for a buck each

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Gameloft has just kicked off a Labor Day sale featuring Modern Combat 3, Gangstar Rio, and NOVA 3. These are some of their biggest titles, and they're available for a buck each in Google Play. Sure, they're "homages" to Call of Duty, Saint's Row, and Halo, respectively, but they're all extremely well polished and the closest you'll see to those franchises finding a home on Android. 

I've personally put a fair bit of time into Modern Combat 3, and found the accelerometer controls to be really precise once you got used to it. I wasn't a huge fan of NOVA 3, though I never got into Halo either. Any Gangstar Rio players out there? What's your top pick out of these three games?

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2 years ago

Evernote updated with new Jelly Bean notification features

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Evernote has been updated with some fresh features for Jelly Bean users. Now notifications show some additional information and buttons for sharing and editing included. Here's the full changelog.

  • Notifications improvement [Jelly Bean only]
    • Displays thumbnails and text snippets
    • Share and edit the note from the notification
    • Groups similar notifications
  • Improved performance:
    • User interface refinements
    • Notes containing images load faster
    • Faster notebook scrolling
  • Numerous bug fixes

The last big update made Evernote look great on tablets, and this handful of tweaks makes the quintessential cloud notetaking experience even better. Evernote actually just wrapped up their annual developer conference, and there seemed to be a lot of cool apps being shown off there. You can catch up on what happened at the Evernote Trunk Conference over at their latest blog post

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2 years ago

Five great Android time-wasters for this weekend

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Hey, it's Labor Day weekend. And as far as we're concerned, we're going to do everything we can to not lift a finger. In fact, we're not even going to bother writing any more. Without further ado, here are five Android apps that will help you waste away the weekend and not take up too much brain power:

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2 years ago

Hands on with Huawei's Emotion UI

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Huawei recently announced its new interface layer for upcoming Android phones, dubbed the Huawei Emotion UI 1.0. Despite being announced a couple of months back, so far it's only been available in Chinese. But at IFA 2012 today, we tracked down the new UI running on an Ascend P1 at the manufacturer's booth. It's a fairly drastic departure from the way Android normally works, as there's no traditional app drawer, with all app shortcuts being displayed on the device's homescreen instead.

Huawei's also introduced a host of modular, customizable widgets to display personal info, contacts, weather forecasts and other pertinent data. And as far as visuals go, the Emotion UI ships with several skins that completely change the look of the UI, including one inspired by stock Android 4.0.

Check out our video for a quick preview of what to expect in Huawei's new Emotion UI software.

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2 years ago

Kyocera Rise now available on Virgin Mobile

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Virgin Mobile USA has put the Kyocera Rise on sale for $99.99 today. The slider was announced back in May and launched on Sprint last week. Here's a quick overview of the specs.

  • Touch slider with QWERTY Keyboard and a 3.5” HVGA LCD touchscreen
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
  • Google Play for access to over 600,000 apps
  • 3.2MP Camera, LED Flash and Video Capture
  • microSD Card Slot – supports up to 32GB
  • Swype for rapid text entry
  • Eco Mode for better battery management
  • Stereo Bluetooth

Yeah, it's nothing flashy, but a decent, cheap phone with a real keyboard is just what the kids starting off the school year are looking for. You can get shopping over here at Virgin Mobile or check out our hands-on video below for the full tour. 

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2 years ago

LG Optimus L9 hands-on

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Here we have the LG Optimus L9, the fourth and newest phone in the series LG unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February. The specs, as you'll recall:

  • 4.7-inch IPS display
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 4 GB onboard memory
  • 2,150 mAh battery
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 9.1mm thin

The big talking point on this one, though, is the Quick Translator app that uses optical character recognition for some serious translation. 

Hands-on video and photos can be found after the break.

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2 years ago

Carphone Warehouse confirm release dates for the new Sony Xperia T & Xperia J

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We told you yesterday that Carphone Warehouse had opened up a pre-registration page on its website for the new Sony Xperia T which was announced at IFA this week. Some progression has now been made and release dates have now been sent out by the retailer for the Xperia T and Xperia J. If you are looking to pick up either of the new swanky Xperia smartphones you can do so on September 5th. Unfortunately, prices are not yet confirmed but I would imagine that we will be updated very soon. In addition, Sony's new Xperia tablet S has been priced and will set you back £329 for the WiFi version and £429 for the 3G variant. No date has been confirmed for its release.

Nice to see a short turnaround between announcement and availability. This we like.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Camera - sample pics gallery

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We've been all over the Samsung Galaxy Camera so far at IFA here in Berlin, but we're still not done! Here's a recap so far:

And that's all well and good. But let's get down to the really important stuff. How do the images shot by the Galaxy Camera actually look? We've got a monster gallery after the break showing just that.

One thing to remember, though, is that these are shot with preproduction software. So think of them as preview samples, perhaps. Quick-and-dirty from the show floor. We'll obviously be spending more time with the retail hardware when it's available. [Update: We now have full-resolution images available after the break.]

And with that, on to the gallery!

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC Desire X

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The HTC Desire brand has a history stretching back to the dark depths of early 2010. The original Desire was the flagship of its time, but since then the name has been re-purposed for HTC's entry-level and mid-range smartphones. The latest phone in this range is the Desire X, which the company's showing at IFA 2012 this week.

The Desire X incorporates a classic HTC design, with rounded corners in a polycarbonate chassis. Around the back there's a large, stylized camera lens alongside branding from HTC and Beats Audio. Incidentally, as a Sense 4.1 device, the Desire X comes with Beats pre-loaded, as well as many features from the company's premium HTC One line of phones. It's packing a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 768MB of RAM and a 4-inch WVGA SuperLCD display, which actually stacks up favorably against the higher-end One S's SuperAMOLED. For image capture, there's a 5MP BSI camera on the rear.

Software-wise, you get Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4.1. This means the Desire X benefits from all the performance enhancements introduced in the latest version of HTC's software layer, as well as features like menu button remapping and quick settings in the notification bar.

On the whole, it's a pretty compelling device for mid-range buyers, and a much more attractive proposition than the lower-end One V. Look for the HTC Desire X on European store shelves within the next month.

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