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2 years ago

Editorial: Is the Verizon Galaxy Nexus really a Nexus? You betcha

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Google Wallet isn't there, MyVerizon and contact backup assistant (as well as some network code to assist GPS) is there, and everyone is freaking out.  Verizon has killed the Nexus.  The Verizon Galaxy Nexus isn't really a Nexus.  Verizon kills kittens!  Let us take a minute and try to put all this in perspective.  Take a deep breath and follow along, and we'll figure it all out.

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2 years ago

Google Wallet travesty, Naked or case? [From the Forums]

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While Verizon appears to be treating our emotions like a roller coaster, we're still bringing you all the best Android news out there. If you missed on any of the latest, make sure you check it all out and be sure to hop on into the Android Central forums as well:

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2 years ago

Verizon says it's working on 4G LTE outage; 3G data, voice are unaffected

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Looks like Verizon's data issues are growing. We've been getting reports from many of you today, and our data's gone kaput as well. 

We just got the following statement from Verizon:

Verizon Wireless engineers have been working to resolve an issue with 4G LTE service that is affecting some customers’ 4G devices.  3G data and voice devices are unaffected.  All customers’ voice calls and text messages continue to go through. In the past 24 hours, some 4GLTE customers have reported their devices are operating on 3G data service where they would normally get 4G.  Some have reported no issues, others that data access is either intermittent or unavailable.  We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

That's the official line. However, like many of you, we're dead in the water on 3G as well.

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2 years ago

Get priority access to ngmoco's DragonCraft beta courtesy ngmoco and Android Central

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If you're interested in checking out ngcomo's new game DragonCraft, you're gonna love this.  The good people at ngmoco hooked us up with a priority beta code so we all can get in on the beta as soon as it launches.  Sweet!  It's a fantasy game, where you are in charge of rebuilding your city and building a dragon army to conquer the 12 Baronies of Terra Vale.  It promises fun. strategy, combat and rich interaction with NPC's and should be a hell of a game.  To get in on the beta, point your browser at the DragonCraft website and use the code ANDROIDCENTRAL.

We'll be sure to check it out when it launches, in the meantime you can hit the jump for a bunch of game player assets and in-game screen shots.  This looks like quite the fun one!

Thanks, ngmoco for the code!

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2 years ago

KODAK Document Print App comes to Android, allows wireless printing via Google Cloud Print

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Kodak announced today that they have launched their Document Printing App for Android, which allows you to print wirelessly from your device to a Kodak printer using Google Cloud Print.

To get started, set up a Google Cloud Print account if you haven't done so. After you're set up, connect your Kodak printer to the service. Once this is done, you'll be printing from your Android device is no time!

Supported file types include:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Microsoft Excel
  • PDFs
  • Text files
  • Web pages
  • Images such as jpg, jpeg, bmp, png, gif and tiff

To get the free Kodak Document Print App, follow the Market links below. Full press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Musaic Box

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Music has always held a special place in my life. I did choir, play the tuba, and am majoring in music in college. Unfortunately, music doesn't usually make a compelling game, so when I was presented with Musaic Box, I was understandably skeptical. In short, HeroCraft proved me very, very wrong.

Musaic Box is built in the point-and-click genre of games, where you're searching for clues by tapping on seemingly random objects on screen. Musaic Box does a pretty good job of guiding you towards the appropriate places to touch with a fairly noticeable sparkle, so don't worry about getting stumped.

You're looking for old music manuscripts that are littered throughout the room. When you've assembled all four pieces of a piece of music, you're then tasked with reproducing the melody and harmony as they're played to you.

This is all done in a very fresh, puzzle-style interface. The melody (and accompanying parts) are played for you at the beginning, then you're presented a series of differently-shaped rocks with runes carved in them. The runes are different colors (like red is always the melody), and you can tap on any rock segment to hear that piece of music be played.

Once you've worked out where all the pieces go (and are correct), the game automatically rewards you for your success by playing the piece of music through once more and adding it to your record book. From there, you keep doing more of the same, until you've found all the music in a particular room.

The scroll in the top-right corner of the screen lets you know how many pieces are left to find before you can advance, so it's easy to track your progress as you go.

One of the coolest features to me (aside from the rough translations in some spots) is that Musaic Box uses real historical references for much of the music you come across. Parts of the environment that don't hold clues (but you can still interact with) often reveal little tidbits about a composer or an instrument, and while it doesn't further the game, it's educational, and it's music, so I like it.

I would probably drop the cursive font if I could go in and change anything, but if that's the biggest gripe I can come up with, I think we're doing just fine.

Musaic Box is $1.49 in the Android Market. We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Radio Shack offering free phones for the holidays, new selection each week

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If you're in the market for a new smartphone on AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon, and aren't afraid to sign a new contract you might want to check out Radio Shack before you spend your cash.  They're running a holiday promotion where they give away free phones (including some Android handsets) with a new agreement, and the list of devices changes every week.  This week's offerings (good until Dec. 10) include the HTC Inspire 4G, the HTC Status, and the LG Phoenix for AT&T; the LG Marquee, the Kyocera Milano, the Samsung Conquer 4G, the Samsung Transform Ultra, and LG Optimus S for Sprint; and the Samsung Stratosphere and LG Enlighten for Verizon.

Remember the list changes every week, so if you've had you eye on a particular model you'll have to grab it while it's on sale.  Might be a great way to get a Facebook phone or a QWERTY LTE phone without any out-of-pocket cash.  Hit the break for the comparison charts for this week, and for more info, visit Radio Shack Wireless.

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2 years ago

Gameloft brings Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front to the Android Market

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The Bothers In Arms franchise has done rather well for itself on the gaming from and now, Gameloft has brought Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front to the Android Market. Inspired by real-life battlefields from WWII, Brother in Arms 2 brings plenty of action to your Android device;

  • Free to play: Play for free in either Story mode or Multiplayer where you can earn Dog Tags and XP or purchase medals to unlock tons of extra features and gear to help you customize your soldier.
  • Join your alliances online: Challenge up to five friends online or via Bluetooth to play multiplayer battles on five maps in three different modes including, Free For All, Team Deathmatch and Domination.
  • Fight across the Globe: Experience every front of the war with 50 missions to unlock across five locations: the Pacific, Normandy, North Africa, Germany and Sicily.
  • War machines: Take control of three different vehicles including the tank, off-road vehicle or glider to overrun your opponents or to make a daring escape.
  • An arsenal at your disposal: Chose from a wide variety of historically accurate weapons including machine guns, bazookas, sniper rifles and flamethrowers.

Gameloft has put Brothers in Arms in the Android Market as a free download but that does come with a few caveats as well. As noted in some of the reviews, there is paid upgrades built into the game so keep that in mind as you may end up spending some coin to keep the game going. Overall, it's a pretty slick game -- I'm just not sure paying for things here and there is the best choice. But, you all can be the judge of that should you grab the download from past the break. Keep in mind, it is a large game as well, approx. 250MB will need to be downloaded.

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2 years ago

Redesigned Facebook update hitting Android devices today

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Yesterday we saw that the Facebook application for Android was about to receive an update, and today the update was made official. While the update hasn't hit the market yet it does indeed bring the redesigned interface, moving messages to the top, and your menu to the side. The redesigned Facebook application is supposed to improve on the speed of the application, as well as make it look much prettier. Keep your eyes on the market for the update, and be sure to let us know when you see it!

Source: Facebook

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2 years ago

Google Goggles reaches v1.7 - Adds continuous mode and user submitted results

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Google Maps gets a bugfix update

 

Aside from the other updates Google has been making available, they've also set everyone up with a new version of Google Goggles, bringing the app up to version 1.7. In this version, they've add some new features to make the experience better:

  • Continuous Mode allows you to use Goggles without pressing the shutter button
  • Goggles can recognize text in a document and return a link to its online version. Try it on your favorite newspaper!
  • You can help Goggles recognize more objects. Tap on 'Do you have a better suggestion' in the Goggles results page.
  • Google Goggles will now show user submitted results in the search results page.

The continuous mode should be a great addition for anyone who uses Google Goggles a lot and the text recognition is just awesome, try it out for yourself -- pretty impressive! You'll find the download link past the break.

Also, Google Maps got itself a little bugfix, too. Go get 'em!

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson also tells how it's handling Ice Cream Sandwich

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Two manufacturers explaining the upgrade path to Ice Cream Sandwich on the same day? It's gotta be a coincidence, right? Anyhoo, Sony Ericsson -- hot on the heels of Motorola's own post -- has explained in great detail on its developer blog what all goes into updating its devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

It's a pretty interesting read (if a little long) and gives a great look at everything that has to happen while the rest of us are setting our hair on fire impatiently waiting on updates. Give it a read.

Source: Sony Ericsson Developer World
Thanks, kjell, for the tip!

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2 years ago

Google+ updated with more functionality, bugfixes

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Looks like Android's Google+ app just got a nice little update to add some more features -- including the ability to search! -- and squash some bugs. Here's the full changelog:

  • Search
  • +1 photos
  • +1 comments
  • High resolution photo upload support
  • See if someone's online and currently typing in Messenger conversations
  • Start Messenger conversations by just entering a phone number
  • Links to posts or profiles can now open inside of the app
  • Instant Upload supports videos again
  • Several stability improvements and bug fixes

It's live now on phones and in the web Market. Have at it!

Thanks, @J_Godd, for the tip!

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2 years ago

Enter to win an iBOLT Charging Dock for the HTC Rezound!

Tis the season for travel, and if you're doing it by car, you're definitely going to want to look into a car dock to keep your device charged up and easily accessible. Of course, the Android Central store has tons of awesome car mounts and kits, so make sure you check them out before you head out on the road.

As a special gift for all you new HTC Rezound owners, we have 10 iBOLT Charging Docks for the Rezound to give away, courtesy of ShopAndroid.com. To enter, leave comment in the thread at the link below telling us why you want the dock or how you'll use it to make your travel or commute easier. The contest will run through Sunday and we'll pick two winners from each day, so get your entries in!

Enter to win an iBOLT Charging Dock for the HTC Rezound

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2 years ago

Motorola explains what all it has to do before you get an Ice Cream Sandwich update

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Motorola Mobility, on its blog, has done a great piece explaining the steps it has to take before releasing any upgrades to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That includes getting the source code, merging it with its existing frameworks, bug-testing, getting carrier certification, doing an initial pre-release with some of us in the real world (those are those "soak tests" we hear about) and, finally, releasing the upgrade. No small feat, to be sure.

We still don't have a hard time table for when we'll start seeing Motorola's devices get their updates, though the manufacturer does remind us that the Droid RAZR, Xoom and Xoom Family Edition, and Droid Bionic will all receive updates to ICS. And that's just for starters, most likely.

Source: MotorolaThanks, Durthquake!

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2 years ago

Verizon's Galaxy Nexus now said to miss never-announced Dec. 9 launch date

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We've gotten a ton of tips from Verizon employees this morning saying that the unofficially official -- and very much not publicly announced -- Dec. 9 launch date for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been scrapped for an unannounced reason. 

We've talked with a Verizon spokesperson who reiterated that no official launch date announcement has been made. So, yeah.

Anyhoo, we're in the exact same position we were yesterday. Still no official announcement. We're talking more about it here in the forums.

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