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2 years ago

Microsoft tries to keep Motorola from importing phones it's no longer selling anyway

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Look at the list of Motorola smartphones that Microsoft has dragged out before the International Trade Commission in hopes of blocking future imports, and you can't help but chuckle. Oh, there are a couple of high-enders there -- the Droid X and Droid 2 -- but everything else is an also-ran -- the Charm, Cliq XT, Backflip and Devour. And considering most of them either have gone the way of the dinosaurs or have been replaced by sequels, well, let's just say they won't be missed.

At issue are patents covering functions "essential to the smartphone user experience." We'd argue that there was little on the likes of the Devour or Backflip that was ever essential to any experience (at least not a good one), but that's not quite the point, is it. Chances are Microsoft's looking to set a little precedent with this one.

Set your calendars for Nov. 4, folks, when we'll get some initial findings from the administrative law judge. And start prepping for March 5, 2012, when the investigation is set to conclude. We're on the edge of our seats.

Source: Bloomberg

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Pocket God

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Pocket God, I'm not sure where to place you. You're definitely a well-made game, but your lack of purpose makes me feel powerless to accomplish anything. That's a sad irony, because Pocket God is all about making you feel powerful.

If there are any questions about what Pocket God is about, look no farther than the name. You're the big man on campus, with near unlimited powers and a whole civilization of pygmies to save (or destroy). Really, it's all up to you

There's various locales you can jump around using the map, each with its own special perks. Underwater, for example, you can create whirlpools to torture your pygmies or skewer them with a harpoon. In the graveyard, you can turn them into ghosts, zombies, or have them get eaten by a spider. There's a lot of little goodies slipped into Pocket God that you'll totally miss if you don't just try and touch everything.

The game settings are fairly thorough and unique to each location on the map. Most of the things you'll be looking to do (ghosts, zombies, etc.) are revealed to you through these settings because you can turn them on or off. For things like items, tapping the item "on" will drop one on the play area. These can range from baby T-Rex eggs to spears (to defend against said T-Rex).

The one issue I had with the actual game (besides wondering what I was supposed to do with it) was the consistent force closing. Maybe I just wanted to add some pygmies too quickly, but when I went to town on the + button, I force closed out. It didn't necessarily need to be spam-fast, either. Sometimes I'd take my time, sometimes I'd rush it, but despite the speed, I'd force out. Only niggle I had, but still irritating.

Pocket God still escapes me as far as Android games go. For what you can do, it's fun. I'm not a "microgamer" and I don't really geek out on hidden/endless minigames, so besides being able to zap pygmies with a lightning bolt, Pocket God didn't really do it for me. However, for those of you ready to try your own hand at being a supreme being, it's only 99 cents in the Market.

Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung releases new U.S. Galaxy S II teaser

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It's big, it's thin, and it's coming to the United States (finally). It is, of course, the Samsung Galaxy S II. We've got less than a week before the big event in New York (we'll be there, of course), where we should find out all the little tweaks the U.S. carriers have done this time.

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2 years ago

HTC domination, Why Vanilla Android? [From the Forums]

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Kicking off another week here at Android Central -- we're shaking off a bad case of the Mondays but rest assured, we have lots planned for the rest of the week. Join us here -- on the blogs or in the Android Central forums for more Android goodness headed your way this week!

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

And the winner of the $1,500 bounty for Android on the TouchPad is ... Qualcomm?

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It appears that a U.S. customer has gotten his hands on an HP TouchPad running Android, courtesy of Qualcomm.  Details are a bit sketchy, but we can see an HP TouchPad, still in the protective film, apparently booting and running Froyo.  Could this be faked?  Certainly anything is possible. But in the video ( see it after the break) you can see and hear the folks holding the unit talk about the TouchPad booting up with Ubuntu of some sort, then springing into life with a plain vanilla Froyo build.  We also see the Quic logo, which stands for Qualcomm Innovation Center. 

It makes sense that the folks at Qualcomm would be able to get Android (whether natively or running in a chrooted environment via another OS) up and running, they designed the processor in the thing.  The real question is why they were working on this, and how did it end up outside the office in the hands of a customer?  Hopefully we can find an answer, and it helps all those working on a port of their own.  Hit the break for the short video.

Source: NotebookItalia (Italian)

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2 years ago

Google TV add-on preview for Android SDK now available

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Back in May at Google I/O 2011, we learned that Honeycomb would be coming to Google TV, and that we would be seeing an SDK add-on for developers to begin work on apps for the big screen.  Since then, we've seen Honeycomb leak out for the Logitech Revue, so we know it's pretty far along.  Today the Google TV team has announced and released a preview of the Android SDK add-on, allowing developers to start getting ready for the Honeycomb update.  This isn't something for the average Android user to play around with, even though a Google TV emulator on your computer may sound tempting.  It requires a machine running Linux, with  kernel-based virtualization built and operational.  This means that the emulator won't be the sluggish build we currently see for Honeycomb, and should make for a much better experience for the folks developing apps for Google TV. 

The Google TV team has also published design patterns and UI guidelines for Android on the television, with great notes about resolution, overscan, application scaling and other issues likely to crop up while writing apps for 1080p displays.  We're excited to see Google getting ready for the Honeycomb update for Google TV devices, and it's great to see good tools for developers making their way out the door.  Google TV could be the next big push from Mountain View, and a little pro-active planning will go a long way.  For more information, or to get the tools ready and set up your own Google TV development environment, check out the source link.

Source: Google TV blog

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2 years ago

Sneak peek at Verizon's Droid Bionic 'Rule All Machines' commercial

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Update: Looks like the video unsurprisingly got TOS'd overnight. Hope you caught it while it was still up.

If you've been fortunate to catch the sneak peeks of the Motorola Droid Bionic of Verizon's website lately, you've likely seen the "Rule All Machines" tag line. And that sort of robot domination is continued into Verizon's upcoming commercial for the Droid Bionic. A sneak peek just found its way into our inbox, which we now present to you here.

There are a couple of things to note here. One is the September window, of course, and the other is a QR code that shows up for just a few frames around the 33-second mark. We've been trying (to no avail) to scan the damn thing. If any of you get it to work, sing out in the comments.

Bon appetite.

More: Droid Bionic forums

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2 years ago

À la carte 3G/4G data on the EVO View 4G now available

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Sprint has some pretty awesome news for EVO View 4G owners, especially if you're concerned about data packages available to the device. Today, they announced they will be offering up À la carte 3G/4G data on the EVO View 4G.

Starting today, Sprint customers have the option to pay for data access on the Sprint 3G and 4G networks using the HTC EVO View tablet by the day, week or month with no long-term contract. Customers can choose the 3G/4G Day, Week or Month pass that fits their needs:

  • Day: $14.99 for 150 MB of on-network usage in a 24-hour period (includes 50 MB off-network roaming usage)

  • Week: $29.99 for 500 MB of on-network usage in a 7-day period (includes 100 MB off-network roaming usage)

  • Month: $49.99 for 1.5 GB of usage in a 30-day period (includes 150 MB off-network roaming usage)

These options are available for both businesses and consumers.
And there are no overage charges to worry about. Once you hit your data limit, or the end of your day, week or month, the data access automatically turns off.

Not bad, Sprint -- nice to see. Sprint also notes that they'll be adding Mobile Broadband devices in the near future, that can make use of these contract free offerings. Hit the source link for the full details, and of course -- a comparison chart of what the other carriers charge vs. what Sprint is now charging.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Gingerbread leaked for the Droid 2 Global

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It's been a while since we heard any Gingerbread news for the Droid 2 Global, as Motorola seems to have slowed things down after finding some issues with Gingerbread.  But thanks to Android developer aceoyame, we now have a leaked build to play with.  It's not yet rooted, and there seems to be some confusion about it unlocking the D2G bootloader (spoiler: it doesn't), but it is Android 2.3.3 and software version 4.5.606 with some new Blur and all the other Gingerbread perks.

Installing it seems to be a bit tricky, you need to be sure you are at a 100 percent stock .330 build, with no recovery or bootstrap installed.  Aceoyame suggests flashing back to .330 with a clean wipe before attempting this update.  As for rolling back, several say you should be able to SBF back to .330, but I've yet to find anyone who can confirm -- so you're going forward at your own risk.  For more information, links, and installation details, hit the source link.  Be sure to sing out in the Droid 2 forums if you give this one a spin!

Source: RootzWiki

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Android Pro Widgets

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If that widget looks familiar and you're not using HTC Sense, chances are you've been acquainted with LauncherPro Plus and the Sense-like widgets that are bundled with it. I'm a big fan of LP+ and all, but the only thing keeping me tied to it were the awesome widgets. Thanks to Android Pro Widgets, however, I'm free to move on.

Android Pro Widgets is a free Market download that looks to replicate the Sense/LP+ widget and make it usable on any launcher. Android Pro Widgets does just that, and it does it well. Widgets scroll nicely, and there's a good variety.

One of the best selling points about Android Pro Widgets is that it's actually free to use. The only things you miss out on by not buying the license are the skins, unlocking the timeline widget, and a few features unique to certain widgets (people, calendar, agenda, and bookmarks). There's fairly strong theme support already, and the "Holo" theme based off of the Honeycomb look is just too cool.

If you're looking for excellent widgets but don't want to have to be confined to Sense or LP+, I'd definitely take a look at Android Pro Widgets. For me, it means being able to use ADW EX again, and that's worth the $1.99, to me.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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