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3 years ago

ASUS -- next generation Transformer will be announced Nov 9, ICS on existing hardware this year

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Johnny Shih, chairman at ASUS, had a few things to say of interest to Android fans about the popular ASUS Transformer tablets at the AsiaD conference in Hong Kong this morning.  When asked about the next generation Transformer (check out the teaser video here), Shih said to expect the formal announcement on November 9, and tonight was a sneak peek of what he dubbed the "Transformer Prime".  He went on to mention the quad-core NVIDIA chipset, a 10-inch display, USB and mini-HDMI ports, SD card slot, and the Transformer Prime's 8.3mm thickness.  He also let the cat out of the bag for the original Transformer and any Ice Cream Sandwich plans, when asked if ASUS would have it by the end of the year he replied "Maybe earlier than that".  Finally, he talked about the Padfone -- a combination tablet and phone that should come around early next year after carrier testing.  That's all great news, let's hope it works out that way.  In the meantime, we're all waiting patiently for a couple weeks until the Transformer 2, err Prime, gets official.

Source: All Things D

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3 years ago

Samsung's Galaxy Nexus signup sheet shows 7 US carriers

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All kidding and interweb trolling aside, nobody really thinks the Galaxy Nexus will be a Verizon exclusive.  But the site to register for more information does have something there few were expecting -- the Galaxy Nexus looks to be launching on more than just the big four in the US.  Besides Verizon, we see listings you would have imagined, like Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T, as well as a few others -- Cellular South, Metro PCS, and US Cellular.

A Nexus phone on every major US carrier?  Who would have imagined that two years ago.  Nice work Google and Samsung, let's hope it's not a misprint or typo.  We'll be on the lookout for individual carrier announcements in the coming days and weeks.

Source: @AshleyEsqueda

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3 years ago

HTC releases kernel source for myTouch 4G Slide, Desire Gingerbread, and Raider 4G

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HTC has (finally) released the GPL kernel source for the myTouch 4G Slide, and they have tossed in the Gingerbread update kernel source for the Desire, and the code for the Raider 4G (Korea) kernel.  It's a case of better late than never, and I know more than a few developers have been waiting for that Doubleshot kernel source code.  Let the CM7 games begin.

Most of us won't be in any rush to grab these, but developers have been waiting so they can work their magic with it.  Give them a few days then be ready to have a flash-fest.  If you're interested or a developer, grab them at the source link.

Source: HTCdev

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3 years ago

Hidden screenshots, Ice Cream Sandwich [From the Forums]

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With yesterday and today being jam packed with news we're sure a lot of you all out there have quite a bit to say about the events. You can catch up on everything here on the blogs and once you do -- make sure you hit the Android Central forums to discuss it all. Anger, Joy, frustation -- we're here for ya!

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

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3 years ago

New Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich wallpapers

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Can't wait until November for your Ice Cream Sandwich fix? You can now find eleven new high-resolution wallpapers from the recently-released Android 4.0 SDK build over on the Android Central forums! The images are same abstract backgrounds that've been spotted in a number of Galaxy Nexus photos, and we've got the high-resolution (1440x1280) originals pulled from the SDK, ready to spruce up your phone's homescreens while we wait for ICS to officially arrive.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to the AC forums to get started!

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3 years ago

Android AOSP source code back online with a new home

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In a post on the Android-building Google group, Dan Morrill announced that the AOSP tree (the "Master" and "Gingerbread" branches) are once again available online.  Because of problems with the kernel.org servers, the source has been MIA for a while, and in the downtime Google ramped up work for their own git hosting on Google's servers. 

For now, only the code is available.  Google is working hard to get the Gerrit code review site back in operation, then gitweb afterwards.  Dan also reiterates that the Ice Cream Sandwich source code will be available as soon as devices running it are delivered. 

With new servers comes new download and building instructions, which Dan outlines in his message at Google groups.  Be sure to have a look and get your new repository set-up -- you can find all the information at the source link.

Source: Android-building

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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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