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2 years ago

HTC Flyer review

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As a veteran Android manufacturer that rapidly rose to the top of the smartphone food chain, the news that HTC was working on an Android tablet didn’t come as much of a surprise. But when the HTC Flyer was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress back in February, we saw a device a quite different from what most were expecting. This was no 10-inch, Honeycomb-toting slate like other manufacturers were offering, but a smaller 7-inch tablet with pen input, running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

HTC seemed to be positioning the Flyer as a different sort of tablet -- something smaller and lighter than the portly Motorola Xoom, but more multimedia and web-friendly than the average smartphone. As the original Samsung Galaxy Tab proved, the 7-inch tablet form factor has a lot to offer, but with prices set around the level of larger, dual-core tablets, is the HTC Flyer worth your cash? Read on to find out.

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2 years ago

Mobile Nations Podcast: Episode Zero

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Introducing our cross-platform podcast, the state of the union for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, and Windows Phone!

Mobile Nations is our brand new podcast, bringing together the heads of state from Android Central, CrackBerry.com, PreCentral.net, TiPb.com and WPCentral for full on round-table action. This week Phil, Kevin, and Rene discuss new Gingerbread phones, iOS 5 and iCloud, Playbook updates, and Apple stealing back. This is Mobile Nations!

Meta Talk

  • Do we go clean or explicit?
  • Do we use theme music or smash cut straight to the talk?
  • Should we stick to a bi-weekly schedule?
  • What should our album art be?

Tech Talk

Feedback

Hosts

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2 years ago

Halfbrick puts you in zombie hell with Age of Zombies [video]

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Halfbrick, creator of the super popular Fruit Ninja, has released Age of Zombies on the Android Market today. The zombierific game puts you in the shoes of badass, Barry Steakfries. Our hero is on a mission to protect the Earth from Professor Brains who is plotting to destroy humanity with zombies. Armed with cheesy one-liners and tons of big guns, Steakfries reminds us of popular video game character, Duke Nukem.

“We’re happy to finally bring Barry to Android,” says Michael Dobele, Executive Producer. “Our fans have been following his time-travelling adventures online for a while, and we’re excited to release the full version of the game out to the greater Android market.”

Age of Zombies isn't new to mobile games, though. It's already been on iOS and PlayStation Minis for months already. In fact, Xperia Play owners have been killing zombies for a few weeks now. The zombie filled game was a timed exclusive on the Sony Ericsson device. The game is priced at $2.99 according to the press release, but a quick Market search lists the game for $3.16.

Hit the break to see some gameplay footage and Market link.

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2 years ago

How to unlock the bootloader and install SU and CWM on the Nexus S 4G [from the forums]

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I'm going to start this off with a disclaimer: We all know the Nexus S and Nexus S 4G are developer phones, and as such, they're (supposed to be) easy to crack open. While things (like unlocking the bootloader) can go pretty swimmingly, I'll be the first to point out that getting all the appropriate drivers on your computer is a bit of a hassle, so if you're not willing to do some homework beforehand, root is not for you.

That being said, I will guide you through the initial steps of getting all the drivers on your computer so you can proceed with this if you want to, so join me after the break if you're willing to take the plunge.

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2 years ago

Youtube problems on the Charge, CyanogenMod 7 on the DInc [From the forums]

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We've managed to blast through another awesome week of Android news here at Android Central -- and despite not having a podcast this week, we have plenty of stuff for you all out there to catch up on. We of course will be here through the weekend as well -- so join us in the Android Central forums and relax a little:

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

Samsung Infuse 4G looks to hit Canada as a Gingerbread device

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The Samsung (Galaxy S) Infuse 4G is headed to Canada, and it looks like it might do so as a Gingerbread device, and not as a mere Froyo phone, as we currently have here in the United States. Along with that, you'll get the same 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, and 1.2GHz processor, and that awesome camera. ... Know what? Read our full review. And then turn your gaze south and snicker at your American neighbors. It's OK. We know you do it anyway.

Source: Samsung Canada; Thanks, Colton!

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2 years ago

Fling a new birdie in Angry Birds Rio

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Calling all Angry Birds players!  If you've "3 starred" all the levels in Angry Birds Rio, you have some more work to do.  Amazon has released an update via their Appstore for Android bringing the current version to 1.2.0.  Well what's new in this update?

  • A whole new episode! It's time to Samba!
  • 15 all-new levels
  • New bird type

So start flinging those birds, especially the new one, and finish up those newly introduced levels. This update seems to be pushing out gradually so be patient if you haven't got it yet.  I've not received it yet so you can be sure I'm refreshing the Appstore every few minutes!  Shout out in the comments if you're liking the new update.

Source: Amazon

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2 years ago

Virgin Mobile will keep its Android phones pure by omitting manufacturer skins

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If you’ll recall, we reported yesterday that the Motorola Triumph, that surprise little powerhouse headed to Virgin Mobile this summer, will be Blur-less. That’s right: Vanilla Froyo on a prepaid carrier. We’re officially excited. Today, a Virgin Mobile spokesperson explained the decision to PCMag, citing the company’s commitment to the user experience, and ultimately customization. In short, Virgin Mobile's policy is to retain “the true Android experience” on all of its Android offerings. No word yet on whether or not that translates to other goodies like unlocked bootloaders, and whether or not manufacturers will play ball, but it’s certainly refreshing to see a carrier as big a fan of Android as we are.

Source: PCMag

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S sees Android 2.3.4 leaked build

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Android 2.3.4 has been leaked for the Samsung Galaxy S (that would be the i9000 international version), and the folks at SAMFirmware have made it publicly available.  Early reports are saying that it does address some of the bugs found in the 2.3.3 version, but the all important video chat via Google Talk is not included in this build.  We're not going to read too much into that, this is a leak and nothing official after all. 

The real question is how long will this take to move from leaked status, to something that can be deployed across all carriers, for all Galaxy S variants.  We don't have that answer -- I don't think anyone does.  Hopefully it's sooner rather than later.

Source: SAMFirmware via MobileGearz

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2 years ago

Friday freebie: HTC ThunderBolt Seidio 3200mAh extended battery

 

The mother of all extended batteries for the HTC ThunderBolt just dropped into the Android Central store -- and being the benevolent bloggers that we be, we're going to give one away right here, right now. This massive 3200mAh extended battery from Seidio has more than double the juice of the stock battery, and it comes with an extended battery cover with soft-touch coating. And, best of all, it fits the new extended battery cases as well.

So. Wanna win one? Just leave a comment on this post, and we'll pick a winner at 5 p.m. EST. You'll need to be in the United States, and have a ThunderBolt, of course. Good luck!

Update: And the winner (chosen at random) is ... LethalDonkey!

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