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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab now said to possibly get 'Value Pack' instead of Ice Cream Sandwich

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In the continuing story of "Nobody knows what the hell's going on with the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab," (see Part 1 and Part 2) a new report out of Korea suggests that the manufacturer's 2010 flagship devices may receive a "Value Pack" update instead of a full-fledged refresh to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The "Value Pack" -- we'd expect a better name once all the translation and marketing is done -- would bring some of the sex of ICS without the hastle of an actual OS update.

That's probably a good middle ground, if indeed it is the case. It's not going to silence those who won't settle for anything less than Android 4.0, of course. But for the vast majority out there (who likely wouldn't really notice the difference anyway), it's a compromise worth exploring.

Source: Daum.net (translated); via Unwired View

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2 years ago

3.7 million Android devices activated over the Christmas weekend

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With Christmas all said and done for yet another year, it's time for those at Google to start looking at the number of devices that got activated over the Holidays. Luckily, Andy Rubin anticipated our wondering and has given up the goods:

UPDATE: There were 3.7M Android activations on 12/24 and 12/25. Congrats team-android!

Also, as noted on his Google+ account from previously -- "activations" means you go into a store, buy a device, put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service. It does not count devices that have been resold. That's a pretty nice number -- congrats team Android indeed.

Source: Google+

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2 years ago

Multiple alarm clocks, Talking Galaxy Nexus [From the Forums]

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With Christmas all over and done with now, it's time to look onward to the new year. We have plenty of stuff lined up for the next little while to celebrate 2011 as we saw it but in the meantime -- join us in the Android Central forums. You'll find plenty of Android help and discussion to fill in the time while we wait to kick off 2012 with an Android bang.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

PRADA phone by LG 3.0 now available in South Korea; Europe, rest of Asia in January

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The obtusely named PRADA phone by LG 3.0 is now available in South Korea, the manufacturer announced today. It'll be released in most European nations and in other parts of Asia in January.

As you'll recall from our hands-on with the phone earlier this month, the PRADA phone by LG 3.0 (seriously, we're just calling it PRADA 3.0 from here on out) is running a unique UI on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has a 4.3-inch display at 480x800 resolution and 800 nits of brightness, 8GB of onboard storage, a 1GHz processor and a 1540 mAh battery.

We've got our hands-on video and the full press release after the break.

More: PRADA phone by LG 3.0

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2 years ago

Introducing the Android Central Wallpaper Gallery!

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Free wallpapers for Android smartphones!

Finally, it's time to take the wraps off the Android Central Wallpaper Gallery! We've got your new home for free Android wallpapers. High-resolution wallpapers of just about everything you can think of, ready for downloading to your Android smartphone or tablet. And it's constantly growing with new Android wallpapers because it allows you, dear reader, to share your favorite Android wallpapers as well! Here are the big strokes:

  • Download high-resolution Android wallpapers directly to your smartphone or tablet.
  • E-mail Android wallpapers to your phone or tablet.
  • Scan a QR code for easy downloading

And our favorite part: Upload your own Android wallpapers to share with the world!

We've got full instructions and a video walkthrough after the break, or hit the links below to get started!

Free Android Wallpapers | Upload your own wallpapers

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2 years ago

DroidDoodle - Christmas hangover

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Maybe tell him to turn it off and on.

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2 years ago

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer gets itself another non-ICS update

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Word on the street is that the original ASUS Eee Pad Transformer (read our full review) is in the midst of another firmware update. Nope, it's not Ice Cream Sandwich, but instead it's a bunch of little tweaks, which we're always more than happy to see. Head on in to ASUS' update app to download it for your own, and then head into the forums at the link below to see what everybody else is seeing.

More: Transformer forums; thanks to Chris, and everybody else who sent this in!

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2 years ago

HTC official bootloader unlock now supports the EVO View 4G & myTouch 4G Slide

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Although it has been a fairly slow roll out of devices, HTC has been keeping their word by offering bootloader unlocks for various devices across their line up and now -- they've added the EVO View 4G & myTouch 4G Slide to the mix. If you're looking to easily unlock either of those devices bootloader, you can head on over to the HTCDev website now to get started.

Source: HTCDev; Via: @HTCDev

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2 years ago

Phil's most-used Android apps of 2011

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We go through a lot of Applications here at Android Central. Some are good. Some ... not so good. Some are awesome, but I don't need them.

Here's a look at the apps that get me through the day, whether it's at home or on the road.

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Dead Space

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Ed. note: The game was sideloaded on a Toshiba Thrive, as it doesn't natively install from the Android Market.

Oh, boy, here we go again. One man stranded on a spaceship? Been there. Hordes of Necromorphs? Done that. On Android? Well now, slow down there, Ace. Now we're talking.

Yes, it's finally happened. Electronics Arts has brought its shock-filled, gore-laden, space epic to Android, and man oh man, was it worth the wait. Dead Space has all the markings of a AAA title, and if it weren't for the slightly dumbed down graphics, you wouldn't know you were playing on a mobile device.

For fans of the Dead Space story, you'll be pleased to know that Dead Space (for Android) is part of the canon and takes place three years after the first official game but before the events of the second.

You play the aptly-named Vandal, a voice-distorted, identity-protected agent of the Church, who is "perfect" for sabotaging power supplies and causing havoc on his ship. Well, until all Hell breaks loose. Necromorphs start pouring out from every hole and crevice, gallivanting about all nimbly bimbly, all with the intent to gobble you up.

But this is Dead Space. You expected that.

For a mobile game, Dead Space plays well. Incredibly well, actually. EA has finally come up with a control scheme that doesn't use a restricting virtual joystick but still is as tight and (fairly) precise as a physical one. Instead of limiting your movement within an imaginary circle, EA simply says, "Move your fingers on top of Vandal as though you were using a virtual joystick and he'll respond appropriately."

It's effective, it feels good, and you never run the risk of stretching your hands too far out and running into the bezel, thereby stopping your movement completely. It works, and I hope to see other enterprising game developers shamelessly copy this control method for their own games. It'll make everyone's experience better.

Shooting is equally intuitive, with a simple tap bringing up your targeting reticule, and another tap popping off a shot. For those mining weapons that can shoot either horizontally or vertically, EA employed a quick screen tilt to change firing modes. No buttons to push, no combos to remember, just a quick tilt and the accelerometer will handle the rest. Just like with the non-existant joystick, it just works.

Graphically, the game looks great. Yeah, they're not quite PC or console graphics (that's especially evident on the Necromorphs close up), but by and large, everything looks amazing. Vandal looks like an absolute boss, and the glowing column along his spine (along with the rest of his getup) is incredibly detailed.

The opening sequence of the game also realy shows off the masterpiece EA has put together for us. Ship environments look realistic. Planets look impressive and rocky. With six different environments to fight (and survive) through, you'll constantly be finding something new to look at (and admire). Weapons look not only futurisitc and worthy of your nerd love, but functional, too. And did I mention the whole thing is voice acted?

There's also the requisite amounts of over-the-top gore, seen as you dismember Necromorphs, find brutalized corpses, and discover messages written in the final moments of someone's life. It all adds up to the heart-pounding experience EA is trying to pull you into. (I mean, they do recommend playing the game with headphones on.)

Overall, Dead Space is one of the strongest entries we've had into serious Android gaming yet, and it has earned a special spot in the upper echelons of the Market, reserved only for those games that truly push the boundry of what we're seeing. Other notables that come to mind are Shadowgun and Emissary of War, so Dead Space finds itself in elite company, and rightfully so.

If you can handle the gore, the thrills, and the heart-pounding "gotcha" moments, Dead Space is most definitely for you. Dead Space is $7.43 in the Android Market.

We've got download links after the break.

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