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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich Easter Egg follows in Honeycomb's footsteps

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For those who hadn't seen it yet: Yes, the Ice Cream Sandwich Easter Egg looks a little familiar. I'm still kind of partial to the Gingerbread Easter Egg myself.

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2 years ago

Bluegrass Cellular gets the Samsung Admire

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On Bluegrass Cellular? Want the Samsung Admire? It can now be yours for the low, low price of $49.99, if you're willing to go in for a two-year contract. But for our money, we'd do the $213, no-contract deal. And for that you get mid-level 3.5-inch device. Could certainly do worse.

Source: Bluegrass Cellular

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2 years ago

Breaksclusive update: Still no official U.S. carrier for the Galaxy Nexus

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Update: And the same person who initially said what we already all knew has now retracted that statement, saying what we all know is not officially known yet.

Original: We've suspected it for a while, we've even got a poll up asking what you think about the possibility. Now it seems we finally have confirmation that the shiny new Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Galaxy Nexus will, initially at least, only be offered on Verizon Wireless in the US.

On its official Facebook page, Samsung Mobile USA confirmed that Verizon "will be offering the Galaxy Nexus with the initial release." As for other carriers, Samsung says they "may support this device in the near future", meaning the door isn't being closed on other networks offering the new Nexus further down the line.

So while Verizon customers get bragging rights for now, there's still at least the possibility of the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus gracing AT&T or T-Mobile at a later date. In any case, be sure to hit our Verizon Galaxy Nexus poll, before sounding off in the comments.

Source: Samsung Mobile USA on Facebook
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Tegra 3 gets an unofficial official promo video

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So the world has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of NVIDIA's latest mobile offering, the quad-core Tegra 3 (Kal-El). While the actual goods are still not out in the wild, a short teaser video has been leaked to keep our interest in the meantime.  

While not revealing anything about any devices the Tegra 3 may be appearing in, the emphasis is as expected on performance. Although, a clear bezel on a tablet could be pretty cool.

via Youtube; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Poll: How's a Verizon-exclusive Galaxy Nexus going to affect you?

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So the Galaxy Nexus is coming to Verizon. Not like we didn't know that. And it might only be on Verizon in the U.S. for a little while. Not like we never said that wasn't a possibility. So the big question is this: Will a Verizon exclusive sway you to switch?

Would exclusivity on the Galaxy Nexus get you to switch to Verizon from your current carrier?

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich: What happens next

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Well, now. That was quite the Android 4.0 launch in Hong Kong, eh? Now that the dust has settled ever so slightly on the Ice Cream Sandwich event, let's take a look at what's going to happen in the coming weeks and months. (Hint: It ain't all gonna happen this week.)

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2 years ago

Netflix updated to officially support Honeycomb tablets

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Netflix updated its Android app today, which now officially supports all tablets running Honeycomb (Android 3.0+). It wasn't too long ago  that the app was updated to support all phones running 2.2+. Since then, tablet owners could find the app and install it on their own to find that it ran fine on their tablets, but it's great to see official support for more devices.

This update also brings support for everybody in Canada and Latin America, so you can now get Netflix on Android in those regions.

Please find links to the app after the break. If you have any questions about the app or want to share your experiences, shout out in our Android App Forum.

Source: Netflix; Thanks to everybody who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Sentinel 3 - Homeworld

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Another week, another tower defense game. This one is in space, you say? And has an HD texture pack upgrade? And a giant, robo mech that protects your base? Alright, I'm sold. Let's have a look.

When you first open up Sentinel 3: Homeworld, you'll be prompted to download additional files (19MB worth, to be exact). I get it, it's a big game so not everything comes bundled in from the Market. There's also an optional 40MB "HD pack" add-on that's totally not mandatory, but recommended if you've got space to spare and you're playing on a tablet.

There's three game modes: Campaign, Endless, and Classic. In Campaign, you play through the (cliche and weak) story. You get to control where your mech's skill points are spent, buy more weapon slots for your ground and sentinel weapons, and buy the weapons themself.

Endless mode is just what is sounds like. Endless (natch) waves of bad guys come at you and you try to stave them off until you lose. The Classic mode is similar to the Campaign, except each level has you outfitted with specific towers and such to fend off your enemies.

Gameplay is typical from a tower defense game. You put up towers, they kill bad guys, you get money, and the whole cycle repeats itself. Sentinel 3 tries to differentiate itself from the pack with two ideas: the commander and the sentinel itself.

The commander is the mech I've mentioned a few times. He's controlled by the computer, parks himself in front of your barrier (your first physical structure in blocking your base), and generally owns anything that comes at him. He's got a wide range shot, can melee attack, and boosts the attack speed and damage of units within his 'morale' radius. (Morale is one of his stats you can boost up, too.)

The sentinel is your spaceship, presumeably floating in near-Homeworld orbit. As you continue to move through the levels, you'll be able to purchase new and exciting abilites for the sentinel. I think the first one you can buy are homing missiles that rain destruction upon your enemies. All the sentinel abilities require energy to use, and there's an energy pillar thing that keeps sending charges up as long as it doesn't get destroyed.

Sentinel 3 is also long. The first level on Classic took me 35 minutes, and that was with the fast forward option turned on. While this definitely promises a lot of gametime for your money, at some point you've got enough towers out to know you're not going to lose, and at that point, it feels like it wouldn't hurt to set your device down and go for a walk.

Still, there is a lot to do in Sentinel 3, between the three games modes, and then two styles within Classic. Oh, and did I mention there's four levels of difficulty? And OpenFeint support? Cause there is, and there's achievements to go along with everything, including things as simple as beating a level.

At $3.06, Sentinel 3 is one of the pricier games out there (but still cheap in the grand scheme of things), and for a fan of any tower defense game, feels like a must-have. The gameplay has just enough variation to keep things feeling fresh. There's interesting towers, lots of different enemies, and a sweet soundtrack, to boot. (What is it? Techno? Dubstep?)

If you're willing to take the plunge and bring the fight to the homeworld, download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Camera rig shots reveal Galaxy Nexus with Verizon 4G LTE

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If you've watched last night's Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling, you'll recall the sequence where the phone was hooked up to a camera rig and used to capture some impressive-looking time-lapse videos. Now, some behind-the-scenes photos of the rig, uploaded by Google's Romain Guy, have given us our best indication yet that Big Red will indeed be getting an LTE version of the upcoming Nexus. Yep, that's Verizon's 4G LTE logo on the battery door.

Of course, that shouldn't really surprise anyone, right?

Source: +Romain Guy; via: Droid-Life

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2 years ago

Boost Mobile set to launch the ZTE Warp

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Boost Mobile is starting to flesh out their Android line up and come Nov. 2, they'll be adding the ZTE Warp to help achieve that goal. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered device will bring Boost customers a 1GHz processor along with a 5MP camera.

Boost Mobile is very excited to partner with one of the fastest growing and largest handset makers in the world, to introduce the ZTE Warp,” said Andre Smith, vice president-Boost Mobile. “ZTE Warp delivers a powerful Android device for Boost Mobile customers searching for a big screen experience to capture and view higher quality photos and video.

Boost will have the device with no contract required for $250 and the ZTE Warp will be the first Android device loaded with the "Boost Zone,"  -- a centralized place on the device where Boost Mobile customers can access their account, pay their bill, get assistance with their phone, and stay up-to-date on Boost Mobile’s products and services. Full PR is past the break.

Source: Sprint

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