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3 years ago

IGN launches coverage of Android games

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Now that you have your shiny new Droid X (and maybe even a Vibrant or Captivate?) in hand, you want some games. And you don't want to waste money on bad games, you want the best. IGN has been doing game reviews for the iPhone since the App Store was launched two years ago, and today they announced they will be reviewing Android games as well. 

They are kicking things off with a HTC Evo review, top app recommendations, and a number of games including NOVA and Asphalt 5. You might recognize Asphalt 5 from our Captivate benchmarks.

The fact that a mainstream gaming site like IGN is investing time and resources into Android is a great sign of how far the platform has improved since the G1 days. However, there is still a lot that can be done to help it grow further. Hey Google, if you really want to play for keeps, why not get a deal worked out with Valve to get a mobile version of their Steam platform (with 25 million users) built right into Android? [IGN]
 

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3 years ago

Froyo leaked for the Samsung Galaxy S

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Froyo leaks are coming out of the woodwork, and next up is the Samsung Galaxy S i9000.  Some friendly Samsung hackers in Amsterdam got ahold of the leak and are hard at work getting it ready for download.  Hopefully, they're in a quaint coffee shoppe un-watermarking and prepping things and not locked away in some harshly lit basement :)

The download is scheduled to be up at 1200 Amsterdam time (that's 6 a.m. EDT/ 3 a.m. PDT for those of us on American unstandard time), and you'll be able to find it at Samsung Firmwares.  Be warned -- this isn't for your Vibrant or Captivate just yet ... give the developers a few hours to get it ported over, we'll let you know!  [Samsung Firmwares via BriefMobile]

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3 years ago

Android 2.2 Froyo with Sense leaks for the Droid Incredible

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Well what have we here for you Droid Incredible owners? Looks like some folks over at XDA have landed the download files for Android 2.2 (Froyo) with Sense. Fear not, it is said that all features are working in this download, no missing camera like you may be used to. So, well, we won't hold you back any longer, hop over and download this leak, and be sure to let us know in the forums what you find. *Keep in mind you will need to flash the previously leaked OTA prior to flashing this leak. [via XDA]

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3 years ago

G1 - tonight we bid you a sad farewell

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The G1. The founding father of Android as we know it today has finally been removed from the T-Mobile website. This device has had quite a run since its launch in the fall of 2008, and we have seen a lot more happen for this device then we ever thought imaginable. The original Android device, the one running "only" a 528MHz processor, may have not been anywhere near the top in comparison to other device specs, but this will be a device that no one will ever forget. From the protoype demo by Andy Rubin to the leaked specs to the long awaited release the device will surely never be forgotten, heck it even landed itself a 2.1 based ROM for all the faithful users. Now, let's all take a minute to remember our fallen soldier. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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3 years ago

Samsung Vibrant review

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T-Mobile's top-of-the-line Android smartphone

 

T-Mobile scored the very first Android smartphone with the G1. And now with the introduction of the Samsung Vibrant, it has one of the fastest and most powerful as well.

The Vibrant, as you know, is part of the Galaxy S line of Samsung Android smartphones, along with the Sprint Epic 4G, AT&T Captivate and Verizon Fascinate. Each remains the prototypical black slab, albeit with its own personality and customizations. And like its cousins, the Vibrant also sports one of the fastest mobile processors available, one of the best screens and some great software tweaks.

Need more prompting? After the break, we dive into the T-Mobile Vibrant and see what all the hubub's about.

(For more from the Galaxy S class, read our AT&T Captivate review)

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3 years ago

Samsung Captivate review

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AT&T gets serious with Samsung's Galaxy S

Finally (finally!), AT&T has a competitive Android smartphone with the launch of the Samsung Captivate. It's as simple as that. Moreover, it's arguably the first smartphone AT&T has carried that could pose a real threat to the iPhone, laying waste to a conspiracy theory that the carrier would forever shun Android in favor of its Apple cash cow.

The Captivate, of course, is AT&T's version of the Samsung Galaxy S, a phone first announced at the CTIA trade show in March 2010 (watch the presentation here). Its shining features: A 1GHz "Hummingbird" processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, and an all-new Touchwiz 3.0 user interface. The other U.S. carriers (as well as others worldwide) also have Galaxy S-class phones coming out, including the T-Moble Vibrant, Samsung Fascinate and Sprint Epic 4G.

Where does the Captivate stand out (and stand apart from its cousins)? And is it really poised to knock the iPhone from its perch as the only smartphone on AT&T really worth considering? Answers to all that (and more!) after the break.

(For more from the Galaxy S class, read our T-Mobile Vibrant review)

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3 years ago

Google to provide copy protection to Android Market applications [updated]

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Google has announced that it will be rolling out a copy protection mechanism for Android Market applications when used with phones running Android 1.5 or higher.  It works kind of like this:

  • Google sets up a special licensing server, which keeps record of application purchases.
  • Developers can use libraries provided by Google that query this server each time the application is started.
  • The server then tells the application if the user has a valid license to use the application.

Relax everyone.  Google already has this info, it's how it (and you) keeps track of apps you've purchased for re-installation or updating.  All Google has done is allow applications to ping the new server to get a "yes" or "no" on whether or not the user has really paid for the app.  This is a good thing for developers and users alike -- at least until someone finds a way around it.  It also means a new SDK is in the works, as this will be out "in the next few months."  Developers can check out the new Licensing Your Applications portion of the Android Developer Guide, and the Android Market Help Center to learn a bit more.  [Android Developers Blog]

Update: There's a new post on the Android Developers Blog with some clarification and highlights.  Hit the link to see them, here's a quick overview:  It's secure, using public/private keys.  Nobody is going to get your details.  User applications don't talk to the licensing server, the Market handles it all on the back end.  Tools are in place to allow developers handle times when a user may be off line.  This should alleviate some fears, and answer some questions.

Update #2: The original blog post has been updated.  These tools are available for use now, and the old way will be phased out over the coming months.  Maybe the guys in the Android Dev Ecosystem read Android Central :)

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3 years ago

Dell Streak $299 after contract; $549 outright; Aero is $99 on contract

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Dell has announced the prices for the much anticipated Streak and Aero Android phones.  The 5-inch Streak will be $299.99 with an eligible two-year AT&T agreement, and $549.99 if bought outright.  It's normal-sized little brother, the Aero, will run you $99.99 with contract, and only $299.99 off contract. 

For the Streak, you will need to sign up for the pre-sale opportunity, which gives you a spot in line, free shipping and a $0.99 cent Plantronics Bluetooth headset.  Those who register will receive a special purchase link sometime on July 27, and if you don't use it before July 28, the deal disappears.  No such deal for the Aero, which will be available at the Dell website on Aug. 9.  [Dell]

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3 years ago

Root your Droid X the easy way

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Now that you can root your phone without fear of prosecution (not that we were ever really worried about that), you've really got no excuse not to try the latest method on the Droid X. (If you want the "hard" method, click here.) Released by the lads and lassies at All Droid, it's as simple as plugging in your phone, running the app and clicking the appropriate button. Boom. [All Droid via Droid-Life]

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3 years ago

Cincinnati Bell offering Samsung Behold II

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Regional and smaller carriers are jumping on the Android train left and right it seems, and Cincinnati Bell is no exception, as it is now offering the venerable Samsung Behold II for $129.99 after rebate and with two-year agreement.  While the fact that the Behold II is possibly outdated and not nearly as desirable as it once was can't be ignored, Cinci Bell offering a selection of Android devices like the Behold II and the Blaze is a good thing indeed. [Cincinnati Bell via Android Central forums]

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