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2 years ago

SMS from the year 1969, Android 3.2 help [From the Forums]

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Yayy! The weekend is well on it's way -- we made it through another week of Android news and pushed out plenty of blog posts for you all. Make sure you get caught up on whatever you may have missed here on the blogs and in the forums.

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2 years ago

Judge rules that HTC infringed on 2 of 10 Apple patents

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The International Trade Commission has ruled that HTC is infringing on two of the ten patents involved in the original Apple v HTC suitGrace Lei, general counsel for HTC has already stated they plan to appeal the decision:

HTC will vigorously fight these two remaining patents through an appeal before the ITC Commissioners who make the final decision. This is only one step of many in these legal proceedings.

If said appeal is not successful, HTC will have to try to find a way to settle with Apple, or face the prospect of an importation ban of the offending products.  HTC was the first company that builds Android phones to be sued by Apple, but as we all know, not the only -- or likely the last.  Apple has another suit filed against HTC, as well as Motorola and Samsung.  We don't have the details of the two patents HTC allegedly is infringing on, so we can't comment any further than say the US patent system is completely broken.  No word from Apple, or Google as of yet.  We'll say more when we know more.

Source: CNET. Thanks, Andrew!


 

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II coming to Bell July 21

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No surprises here since the information has been available for a few days now but it's always nice to see rumors turn to reality. Bell has now officially set the launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S II in Canada to July 21. Pricing for the device is still up for debate but it's looking as though $599 will be the no contract price while those agreeing to a new three-year will pick one up for $169.

Source: Bell Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Android 101: How to manage what syncs to your device

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By now your Google account is probably linked to just about every Google product available, and having them all sync to your device can be quite a strain on your battery.

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Ringdroid

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If you're looking to create notification sounds and ringtones right on your Android device, there is nothing better than Ringdroid. Ringdroid was one of the first apps of it's kind when it came out, and because it was so awesome then, it's gained a loyal following, lasting up to now.

Ringdroid is one of those straightforward apps, nothing unnecessary about it. It's a graphical waveform editor, right on your phone, that lets you take audio and music on your microSD or sounds you record and select just the portions you want to use. It's simple, easy to navigate, and so simple, a caveman could do it.

Just drag around the grey tabs to select your start and end point, and everything in the brightly colored area is what will be used. You're also able to listen to your selection prior to committing it to a ringtone, by clicking the big, obvious "Play" button. If you're interested in getting a very fine-tune part, you can zoom in to try and isolate the exact snippets you're gunning for. When you're done editing your audio, a simple click of the save button (that looks like an old floppy disk, of all things) allows you to pick if it'll be a ringtone or a notification and give it a unique name.

If you opt to go the recording live audio route, all you need to do is click the "Record New" button from the main screen and it'll take you to Android's sound recorder. Click "Record" and have at it. When you're done, save it and you're on your merry way.

If your microSD is loaded with music and you know the filename of the piece you're after, you can search for it, and the list will dwindle down to only the selections that meet your criteria. From there, I'm sure you can handle the rest.

Overall, Ringdroid is one of those apps that's almost necessary to have, even if just in case. It's useful, user friendly, and it gives you the freedom of having to edit things on your computer and then transfer them to your phone. Plus, it's free.

Download links as well as more pictures can be found after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Pinball HD for Tegra 2

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One of the first apps I downloaded on my tablet was the TegraZone, a special app browser developed by NVIDIA to showcase applications that were optimized for its Tegra II chipset.  Sure, I have my tower defense games and angry birds, but I wanted to see what an "optimized" game would look like on my Tab's massive screen.

Pinball HD was published by NVIDIA to show off the graphics power of their Tegra 2 processor, and it shows.  The colors are vibrant and there are a ton of little animations shown in that seem to exist just because they make the game nicer to look at.  My favorite board is the Jungle, because if you can aim the ball just right, the Gorilla will pick it up and pound his chest before throwing it back on the board.  Each board has a special animation to fit the theme, but I like "Big Kong" the best.

As far as actual gameplay goes, it performs how you would expect it to.  You tap the right side of the screen to move the right toggle, and do the opposite for the left.  Response time was fast, and the sounds seemed in sync with what was happening on the screen.  One nice feature is that if you swipe with two fingers, the game will zoom out to show the entire board instead of following the ball with a camera.  I found it a lot easier to play this way, though others might enjoy the added detail that the camera view provides.

Much like a regular pinball game, I found myself greeted with the game over screen a lot faster than I expected, but this was due to my lack of skill more than any problems with the controls.  When a game ends, you're given the option to input your name so that your score can be listed on your devices high score board as well as a leader board for other players who have the game installed.

Pinball HD is a fun game with great graphics and pretty addictive game play.  At $2.99, it's also one of the least expensive optimized games for Tegra 2 devices.  If you're looking for a great time waster, or if you're training to be the next wizard, give Pinball HD a try.  Additional screenshots and download link after the break.

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid 3 Desktop Dock review

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What's the Droid 3 without accessories, right? Here's a quick look at the official Motorola Desktop Dock for the Droid 3, which offers up a stylish and simple way to present and use your Droid 3 on any flat surface, while providing HDMI and analog audio out, as well as charging it in the process.

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2 years ago

Cincinnati Bell now offering the Samsung Nexus S 3G

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The Nexus S has arrived on Cincinnati Bell, according to the regional carrier’s website. Customers can grab Samsung’s pure-Google device for $150 on a two year contract or for $300 without commitment, though either way you’ll have to send in those pesky mail-in rebates. Keep in mind that this Nexus S is the 3G model and therefore will not support the carrier’s “4G” bands. Regardless, a phone as solid as this on a regional carrier is certainly worth getting excited about. Hit the source link for CB’s purchase page.

Source: Cincinnati Bell; Thanks, Josh!

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2 years ago

HTC Status hits Best Buy Mobile just days before release

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The good news: The HTC Status -- perhaps you've seen our full review of the European version, or our more recent hands-on with AT&T's offering -- is starting to make its way into Best Buy Mobile stores. The bad news: You'll likely still have to wait two days before picking one up. More's the pitty.

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play review (European version)

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An official "PlayStation phone" had been rumored since before the release of the original Sony PSP way back in 2005, and it’d been the subject of many a leak leading up to its announcement. However, it wasn’t until this February that we got our first official glimpse of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. With mobile gaming on the rise, and already a major draw for iOS, the PlayStation-certified Xperia Play was seen as an integral part of efforts to promote Android as a viable platform for games developers.

But can the Xperia Play live up to this promise, not to mention all the years of anticipation and hype that preceded it? And more importantly, is it a good smartphone in its own right? Join us after the jump to find out, in our review of the European Xperia Play. And you might also want to check out Andrew’s full review of the Verizon model if you’re considering picking up that version.

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