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2 years ago

Time stones at the ready -- Sonic CD now available for Android

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SEGA has just released Sonic the Hedgehog CD on Android, as well as a few other platforms. The Android version is available for $1.99 on the US Market, or £1.29 in the UK. Sonic CD, which first appeared on the Mega CD (SEGA CD) back in 1993, is fondly remembered for its fast platform gameplay and over-the-top, J-Pop-inspired soundtrack.

A few words of warning, though -- some users are reporting slow playback on certain devices, including the Droid Bionic and the shiny new Samsung Galaxy Nexus. So you may want to hold off if you're planning on playing it on one of those devices.

The game worked flawlessly on the handful of Gingerbread devices we tried, however. SEGA has enabled widescreen support too, so you won't have to deal with any black bars. There's also the option to forego the English soundtrack in favor of the crazier Japanese original. Trust us, that's a good thing.

Why? The answer, along with the Market link and QR code, lies after the break...

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2 years ago

Archos 35 Home Connect now available for $149

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If you're looking for a fun little Android-powered radio, the Archos 35 Home Connect is now available for $149. As you'll recall from our hands-on earlier this year, the Archos 35 Smart Home Phone is a DECT-compliant device running on a 1GHz single-core Texas Instruments OMAP chip. It's got a 3.5-inch LCD display, above which sits a front-facing camera capable of 720p recording. 

More: Archos

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson releases Android 4.0 Alpha ROM for Xperia phones

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Sony Ericsson has become one of the first manufacturers to release an early Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, hot on the heels of Huawei, which uploaded a test build for the Honor a couple of days ago. The alpha ROM released today supports bootloader-unlocked Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray handsets, and is intended to give developers a preview of what's to come. Sony Ericsson has of course already confirmed that the entire 2011 Xperia line will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich  in the months ahead.

Certain functionality is limited in the alpha ROM, most likely for legal reasons -- there are no Google apps included, and you won't be able to make phone calls, pretty much eliminating the possibility of using the ROM as your daily driver. We suspect some enterprising folks will be hacking away at this soon enough though, with the intention of removing some of these restrictions.

If you're not quite brave enough to flash this ROM on your own device, Sony Ericsson has also shot a brief video walkthrough showing off ICS features like the lock screen music controls and task switcher. You'll find it embedded right after the break, while instructions for flashing the alpha ROM can be found at the source link.

Source: Sony Ericsson Developer World

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus retail price: $649

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If you're looking to buy the Verizon Galaxy Nexus off-contract, get ready to fork over some bills. It's $299 on contract (and you can find it some places for less), it'll run you $649 if you pay full retail. That's actually a tad less than the quad-band GSM version that's still available for importing.

More: Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

Things to do once you get your Galaxy Nexus

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It feels like forever, but the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is finally among us.  Hopefully, everyone who wants one was able to get out and grab a GNex of their very own, and have been fooling around with it wanting it to hurry up and charge (hint -- it will charge faster if you leave it alone!).  Now it's time to get serious, and there's a few things you should do right away with your new shiny.  Hit the break and read along!

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2 years ago

Day 10 of Google's 10-day, 10-cent, 10 billion app download celebration

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Here 'tis, folks. The final day of Google's 10-cent app promotion, celebrating (more than) 10 billion downloads from the Android Market. The final day sadly has a couple more repeat apps, but we're not about to turn down a 10-cent app. Here you go:

Also: Day 1 appsDay 2 appsDay 3 appsDay 4 apps,
Day 5 apps, Day 6 appsDay 7 appsDay 8 apps, Day 9 apps

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2 years ago

Grand Theft Auto III now available on Android

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Sex, guns, drugs, violence -- and that's just in the splash screen. Yes, folks, Grand Theft Auto III is now available on Android as part of Rockstar Games' 10th anniverssary celebration of the game. It's been optimized for touchscreens. But if you've got an Android device that suppports USB controllers, you can rock one of them as well. (And Rockstar's promising support soon for the Galaxy Nexus.

It'll cost you $4.99 and a few hours of your life. We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus now available online

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More in the Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums

The wait is over, and you can now order the Verizon Galaxy Nexus online!  Many will say it's a month late, many will say there never was a date, but none of that matters now, and you'll all have soon forgotten.  Things change when you get the shiny Nexus feeling in your hands, the birds sing more, the sun shines brighter, dogs and cats lie together in harmony, you get the idea.  Like all good things in life though, this one isn't free.  It will set you back $299 with a new contract, but that's the same as any high-end LTE phone available on Big Red.

What are you waiting for?  Go grab one!

Verizon

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2 years ago

Video walkthrough of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus navigation vehicle mount and spare battery charger

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

What we have here is an excellent video walkthrough of a couple of Verizon Galaxy Nexus accessories that should be available in the morning -- the navigation vehicle mount and the spare battery charging kit -- from forums member Aatrek.

Note it's a "Navigation vehicle mount" and not a "Car dock" or anything. It's a hunk of plastic that the phone sits in, that's all. No contact charging, no Bluetooth audio. In other words, it does not bring, as the kids say, the sex. The spare battery charger, on the other hand, chargers a spare battery. No muss, no fuss. 

Source: Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus, Smoother on ICS [From the Forums]

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And just like that.. no more speculation about the Verizon Galaxy Nexus release date. If you're looking to talk about that and more,  head on into the Android Central forums. You can hit up some of the threads below or start your own today:

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

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