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3 years ago

Galaxy on Fire 2 now available for Tegra 2 Android devices

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Galaxy on Fire 2 -- one of the most visually stunning games we've ever played on Android -- is now available in the Android Market and in NVIDIA's Tegra Zone app. GoF2 is a space-based saga where you're stuck working for a mining colony (not exactly of your on free will) and alternate between working for the man and blowing up bad guys for the man.

The story line's fine and all, but it's the gameplay that's stunning. An on-screen joystick controls your ships and weapons, and you're bound to fall out of your chair at least once, thanks to the completely free range of movement you get with flying through space. You really do have to experience it to believe it.

Galaxy on Fire 2 is available free in the Android Market and Tegra Zone. You'll get just the first galaxy (which you can play as much as you want) and can unlock the entire game with a $14.99 in-app purchase. Give it a whirl. Download links and more screen shots are after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation now available on Three UK

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Today sees the end of Vodafone's UK-wide exclusivity of the HTC Sensation, with the launch of the phone on rival network Three. Three has HTC's dual-core monster available for £449.99 without a contract, or for free on 24-month contracts starting at £30 per month.

This matches the cheapest Vodafone contract that includes a free Sensation, though for your £30 Three will give you a more generous data and text allowance (1GB and 5000 texts), at the expense of fewer minutes (500 vs. 1500 on Vodafone). Three's also offering the Sensation on its £37 per month "One Plan", which includes unlimited data, 5000 texts and 2000 minutes.

If you're thinking of snapping one up today, make sure you check out our full review of the HTC Sensation before parting with your cash.

Source: Three Store

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO

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There's no shortage of exercise trackers in the Market these days, but if you're looking for something fully-featured, comprehensive, and user friendly, Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO is the way to go.

To start, Endomondo gives you an incredibly expansive list of activities to track. You're not limited to just running or biking with this app. It covers things like badminton, baseball, yoga, and kayaking, just to name a few. If there's something that gets your heart rate going, Endomondo probably tracks it.

Endomondo also supports full GPS tracking while you exercise, so if you are doing something mobile and outside, Endomondo can tell you your average mile pace, total distance covered, and time spent working out. It can also give you an estimate of calories burned, based off of your weight and pace. Endomondo also supports Bluetooth heart rate monitors (my favorite part!) so you can check if you're hitting your target heart rate during exercise. Pairing is simple and once you've paired once, Endomondo will automatically sync up when the app is opened.

The app also keeps a saved history of all your workouts, so you can compare times against older workouts to see if you're improving, but if you have to wipe your phone, your list will disappear. All of your workouts get automatically uploaded to your workout portal on Endomondo's website, but syncing from website to phone isn't possible.

Endomondo also boasts a social aspect to exercise, so you can friend other people using the app and see when they start working out as well as checking out their results when they're done. You have the option (from the website) to send messages to your friends that are in-progess, so feel free to trash talk or send words of encouragement. Just know your friend will hear these messages read out to them while they exercise and they might return the favor. You can also set the app to automatically share your results with Facebook or Twitter, or you can manually share from the website.

Endomondo PRO adds in the option to try and beat your own (or someone else's) time on a given workout, and the audio coach will give you periodic updates as to how you're doing on your goal. It seems like a simple thing, but when you're striving for a better time (on say, a 5K), it's a huge help to get continuous, real-time feedback on your performance.

Endomondo PRO is, in my opinion, the king of exercise tracking. At ~$4.26, it's definitely not free, but for how detailed and well-maintained the app is, it's a small price to pay, especially if you're serious about getting in shape. Maybe you could skip your morning coffee one day to pay for it and go running instead. Give it a try! Your body will thank you for it.

More pictures and download links after the break.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile boosts bunch of cities to faster HSPA+

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If you're on T-Mobile, have one of those fancy 4G phones and happen to live in an HSPA+ coverage area, you might have notice faster speeds today. Some 47 markets have been bumped up to 42Mbps. That's theoretical speed, of course, and TMo says it's seen average download speeds "approaching 10Mbps," with peak speeds hitting 27Mbps. That's nothing to sneeze at.

The cities that have been upgraded are:

  • Akron, Ohio
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Allentown-Bethlehem, Penn.
  • Brownsville, Texas
  • Cape Coral, Fla.
  • Canton, Ohio
  • Charleston-North Charleston, S.C.
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Columbia, S.C.
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Florence, S.C.
  • Fresno, Calif.
  • Harrisburg-Carlisle, Penn.
  • Hickory-Lenoir-Morgantown, N.C.
  • Killeen, Texas
  • Lakeland, Fla.
  • Lancaster, Penn.
  • Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Madera, Calif.
  • McAllen, Texas
  • Merced, Calif.
  • Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  • Napa, Calif.
  • Palm Bay, Fla.
  • Palm Coast, Fla.
  • Panama City, Fla.
  • Pueblo, Colo.
  • Reading, Penn.
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.
  • Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, Calif.
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, Calif.
  • Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, Calif.
  • Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Sarasota, Fla.
  • Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Penn.
  • Sebastian, Fla.; State College, Penn.
  • Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Va.
  • Wilmington, N.C.
  • Visalia-Porterville, Calif.
  • Waco, Texas
  • York-Hanover, Penn.

Android smartphones that can take advantage of these speeds are the Galaxy S 4G, myTouch 4G, T-Mobile G2, Sidekick 4G, G2X and the new Sensation 4G.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Verizon lights up 19 more locations with LTE today

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Verizon today has officially thrown the LTE switch today on 19 more markets, bringing high-speed mobile data to 74 metro areas. Verizon currently has the only LTE-capable Android devices in the United States -- the HTC ThunderBolt, Samsung Droid Charge and LG Revolution. The Motorola Xoom is still expected to receive an update to LTE at some point.

The new LTE locations are:

  • Fresno and Sacramento, Calif.
  • Hartford, Conn.
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Flint, Grand Rapids and Lansing, Mich.
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Erie, Harrisburg and State College, Pa.
  • Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.
  • Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah
  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.

Additionally, LTE coverage has been expanded in San Francisco and Detroit. Verizon says its entire 3G coverage area will have LTE data by the end of 2013.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic cases on the shelf at Meijer

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A tipster just sent us a few pictures of Motorola Droid Bionic cases sitting pretty on the shelves at Meijer.  According to our friend, these just got stocked today.  While this doesn't mean anything about a release (see the HTC Thunderbolt ), they sure look lonely sitting there empty.  Maybe Meijer knows something we don't, or maybe it's all wishful thinking.  Either way, nobody makes or stocks accessories for things that won't show up eventually.  We just have to be patient.  There's another pic after the break, check it out.

Thanks, John Trojan!

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3 years ago

HTC will cut apps to squeeze Gingerbread, Sense on the Desire

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Ah. So that answers that. If you were wondering how HTC plans on getting Android 2.3 Gingerbread and its Sense user interface onto the HTC Desire after it previously said it couldn't be done, we now have your answer. In an update on Facebook, HTC explains:

To resolve Desire's memory issue and enable the upgrade to Gingerbread, we will cut select apps from the release. Look for status updates starting next week. We apologize for any confusion.

Makes sense to us. Now the question is, which apps will be removed?

Source: HTC Facebook

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3 years ago

EVO 4G about to get Netflix fix; EVO Shift 4G getting Gingerbread

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Remember how we first told you the EVO 4G's Gingerbread update killed Netflix and that a fix was on the way? Well, sho' 'nuff, looks like's it  could be available come June 20, according to the latest Sprint Playbook. In addition to fixing the Netflix issue, the update will be taking care of the phantom voicemail icon, plus adding a hearing aid compatibility issue.

Also, it looks like the EVO Shift 4G has an update on the way as well, and this one's none other than Android 2.3 Gingerbread, plus Swype, a new downloads app, and a media streaming fix. Good times. This one's tentatively scheduled for a manual update starting June 17 -- this Friday.

Source: Android Police (1, 2)
More EVO 4G Forums; EVO Shift 4G Forums

 

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3 years ago

Starbucks for Android - the video

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We broke the news last night with a flurry of screen shots that underscored just how much coffee we drink on a daily basis. Now here's the Starbucks Android official video, which shows how you can pay for your beverages via a handy barcode and your Starbucks Cards. Doesn't get much easier than that.

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3 years ago

Google Voice updated to improve battery life

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Google Voice just got a small update in the Android Market.  The changelog is short and sweet, telling us the update will improve battery usage, and keep the screen on while playing back voicemails.  Anytime we see the words improvement and battery in the same sentence we pay attention. And since Google Voice is probably the app we depend on most around here, we're glad to see it.  Keeping the screen on during voicemail playback is a handy fix as well, especially if you use a PIN, password, or pattern on your lock screen.

We'll have to see about these battery improvements, and there's only one way to tell.  Grab the update from the Android Market on your handset.

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3 years ago

Summer vacation: Top 5 apps to have

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The days are hot, the sun is high in the sky, and that can only mean one thing: summer is right around the corner. But summer also means road trips, vacations, and all sorts of other unwinding from the tedium of non-summer life. Wondering about the best apps to arm yourself with? Don't worry, we've got you covered.

Join me after the break to see the five essential apps for any summer vacation.

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3 years ago

HTC Evo 3D review roundup

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Read our HTC EVO 3D review


With the release of the HTC EVO 3D just a few days away, we're finally starting to see some reviews pop up. (Don't worry, ours is coming. You've got our permission to read others in the meantime.)

The EVO 3D's shaping up to be one of the hottest phones of the year, no doubt. Following up on last year's blockbuster EVO 4G, the sequel continues the trend of large screens, fast processors and brings along some of HTC's stellar customizations.

Consider the specs:

  • 4.3-inch 3D qHD capacitive 960 x 540 px display
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 4GB of internal memory
  • 8GB microSD card pre-installed (expandable up to 32GB)
  • 1730 mAh battery
  • 1GB RAM
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Dual 5 MP rear cameras
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 2D video recording at 1080p
  • 3D video recording at 720p

That's nothing to be trifled with. But probably the biggest question about the EVO 3D we're asked is "Is it a good 2D phone?" If the latest reviews and our own hands-on with the EVO 3D back at CTIA are any indication, Sprint and HTC likely have another winner our their hands.

More: HTC EVO 3D Forums

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3 years ago

HTC ChaCha with AT&T 3G goes through FCC testing

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Aside from the HTC ChaCha landing on O2 in the UK, it has now also popped up at the FCC in the U.S. wearing AT&T 3G bands. That doesn't necessarily mean it'll arrive on AT&T but it has the capability to run on their network should it be offered up to them by HTC. If you're into full QWERTY keyboards and fun little dedicated Facebook buttons then this is the device you'll want to be adding to your collection. If not, well -- you'll want to be moving on then now, won't you?

Source: FCC; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Netflix arrives for the Droid X, Removing Bing [From the forums]

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The news keeps rolling out today -- and we'll keep on posting it up for you all but if you're looking to discuss things a little bit further then what the blog comments allow for, you'll want to jump on into the Android Central forums. Feel free to fire up some new threads and get things rolling or choose from some of the highlighted ones below:

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3 years ago

Google gives developers another small tool -- 'Available in Android Market' logo

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It's nice to see Google focusing on supporting developers as best they can.  We noticed a shift towards this at Google I/O, and they have released major updates to make app development easier, and better.  Now they released a small tool that helps every bit as much in a different way.

On the Android Branding pages, developers can now download a graphic to promote their Android Market applications.  Full usage terms are available as well, to keep you within the rules.  There's several different versions to choose from, including an .eps file for use in vector graphics applications.  To grab one, and read the terms of use, hit the source link.

Source: Android.com via @AndroidDev

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