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2 years ago

Sprint Wifi Motorola Xoom and Samsung Replenish now available

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If you've been anxiously awaiting the Sprint-branded Motorola Xoom, today is your lucky day. The device is now officially available from Sprint, but does require you to actually go into a Sprint store for purchase. So, if you have been saving your $600 for the purchase, head into your local Sprint store today, and be sure to let us know what you think in the forums! Also available today from Sprint is the Samsung Replenish, their first "green" phone, which we have gone over once or twice already.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Carphone Warehouse to ship certain Android phones with Spark XL launcher

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UK-based retailer the Carphone Warehouse will be shipping certain Android phones with the SparkXL custom launcher as standard, according to a press release from developer HipLogic. The ad-supported homescreen replacement includes feeds from social networks and news sites, along with weather information and an optional "deals" feed.

Some Android devices (Carphone has yet to announce specific models) will ship with SparkXL set as the default launcher. On other devices, the retailer will offer SparkXL to customers via its "Walk Out Working" in-store setup program. The full press release can be found after the jump.

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Giant Fighting Robots

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From Laminar Research, the developer that brought us X-Plane, we now present Giant Fighting Robots! We said, GIANT. FIGHTING. ROBOTS!

The premise is simple:

Aliens have invaded our outer colonies with no warning, and we are madly trying to raise a defense as our outposts fail, scrounging up anything we can do defend ourselves with.

You will command an All Terrain Attack Walker, or ATAW ... They are calling them Giant Fighting Robots' in the press now.

The controls ... well, if you've played X-Plane, you'll be used to things here. You have a throttle for going forward and backward, and tilt the phone to steer. Arm your weapons and fire away.

As you'll see in our video, the graphics aren't 100 percent, the sounds are simple and the gameplay is a bit rudimentary. But with a name like GIANT FIGHTING ROBOTS (OK, the all-caps are our doing), we just couldn't pass it up. The game's $1.99 in the Android Market, and we've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC's ChaCha and Salsa now available for pre-order via Amazon

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Facebook, of course, is slowly be taking over the world, and if you feel the need to have a dedicated Facebook button on your device like on the HTC ChaCha or Salsa, the time has come. Amazon UK has offered a pre-order for these devices and they are also showing a release date of June 26, which is still over a month away. The HTC ChaCha is set to launch at £249.99, while the HTC Salsa carries a price tag of £319.99. Will you be placing a pre-order for either of these devices? If so, be sure to discuss it in theChaCha or Salsa forums!

Source: Amazon UK; Via Engadget

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2 years ago

Zipcar for Android now in the Android Market

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Early last month word slipped about Zipcar and their Android application that was in the works and now the application has finally hit the market. If you're unfamiliar, Zipcar it is a popular metro-based loaner car company that allows people to rent and use cars in a rather non traditional manner. The application does have a disclaimer in the market that it still is a beta version, but don't let that deter you from giving it a shot, and if you notice any bugs be sure to provide feedback! Download links available after the break.

Thanks, tati!

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2 years ago

What do you want to see at Google IO?

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Jerry and I are winging our way west today, ahead of the Google IO developer conference Tuesday and Wednesday. Last year we got a look at Foyo and Google TV, plus a sneak peak at Android's music service (which has yet to materialize), among other things.

What's everybody hoping to see this year? Sound off in the comments. And if you're at Google IO, or just see us in the bars streets of SF, be sure to say hi.

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson teaches how to build and flash a custom kernel

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Sony Ericsson just proved to us all that they get it.  First, they offer up a real bootloader unlocking solution, and now they have published a How-To on their official developer blog with instructions to build, flash and boot a custom Linux kernel for the Xperia Arc, the Xperia Play, and the Xperia Neo.  They even provide links to the needed tools, and give some tips for editing the kernel source and config.

To all the Android kernel developers out there this is like solid gold.  No more fighting the manufacturer and their protection schemes, instead they provide a How-To and offer support at XDA-Developers.  If only other manufacturers would follow their lead. 

Source: Sony Ericsson Developer Blog

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2 years ago

Editorial: It's time to stop the 4G smoke in our eyes

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You would think maybe AT&T might have learned something through osmosis, through the months and months and millions and millions of dollars of highly successful advertisements Apple has run promoting the iPhone. They've pulled at our heartstrings. They've played off our emotions. And they've been very, very good at it.

But that's Apple.

AT&T, meanwhile, has found itself on the wrong end of the 4G argument, and it's doing its damnedest to lose it.

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