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4 years ago

Android Central weekly photo contest winner: Flowers

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Shalom Veffer; taken with the Samsung Galaxy S II

The winner of this week's photo contest is Shalom Veffer, who gave us this great picture with his Samsung Galaxy S II. We chose it because it's clear, captures the subject perfectly (this week was flowers) and provides a great contrast between the yellow flower and the scrubby landscape behind it. Beautifully composed, Shalom. Be on the lookout for information about your prize!

This week was the hardest ever to decide a winner. There were so many entries worthy of winning, it was hard to even pull out the 10 best let alone decide on a winner. If anyone ever says Android phones don't take excellent pictures, send them my way show I can show them at least a few hundred reasons why they are wrong. And you guys are some very skilled photographers. It's both humbling and awesome to look through them all each week!

We've got a gallery of 10 other awesome shots after the break to look at and enjoy. Keep taking and sending those pictures each week -- you make me love my job.

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4 years ago

Android Central Forums app now available from the Amazon Appstore

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Just a quick heads up that the Android Central Forums app is now available in the Amazon Appstore, for those of you who roll like that. It's all the same incredible forums content you get right here on the site, packaged in a handy free application. If you're rocking a Kindle Fire, it works just fine on that bad boy, too. 

Thousands have already downloaded the Android Central Forums app. What are you waiting for?

Download from: Amazon | Google Play

 

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4 years ago

Nexus S 4G gets a new 4.0.4 leak

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Android 4.0.4 has leaked for the Sprint Nexus S 4G, and is ready to flash with Odin. It bumps the system up to IMM76D, like the rest of the devices running 4.0.4, and contains a new set of images as well as a new radio. We've seen Ice Cream Sandwich leak before for the Nexus S 4G, and this ROM looks to be pretty much the same type of case.

It's officially signed off by Google with release keys, but that doesn't mean anything for the radio and Sprint specific network code inside the ROM itself. You'll be flashing this one at your own risk -- but should be able to roll back to stock in case of any issues easily enough. The folks in the forums are giving it a go, and early reports are looking good. Be sure to chime in with your own experience if you give it a shot.  As for when we'll see anything official from Google and Sprint, nobody that knows is saying. 

Source: Brief Mobile; via Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus my way: Jerry Hildenbrand

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The other night on the Android Central podcast a great idea was born. Someone, and forgive me for not remembering who, wanted to know how our phones are set-up. I promised to kick off a series from the various AC staff members showing just what software we have running on our devices. I trade back and forth between the Samsung Galaxy Nexus or the T-Mobile Galaxy S II (dat cam!), but both are set up the exact same way. One is just more TouchWizzy than the other. Hit the jump and I'll break it down.

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4 years ago

SAWS | The Puridium War - first look

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A couple days back we mentioned that SAWS | The Puridium War (which I'm going to just call SAWS from here on out) couldn't get here fast enough. Turns out it got here pretty fast after all, and is now available in the Google Play Market for download. We've been fooling with it for a couple days, and let me tell ya, if you're a mobile gamer you have to give it a try. Think part tower defense, part third-person shooter, and part space adventure and you'll have an idea of how it all works.

You're PFC Lucas 11, and it's your duty to protect the Puridium crystal from a horde of monsters hell bent to eat it. You have an assortment of weapons and special items at hand in the store, a few are in-app purchases but most are obtainable by just playing, and turrets to help you fend them all off. It's flat out fun, and as I mention in the video after the break, it hits the right spot between hard and easy to be enjoyable to play. You'll get good at it, but the endless maps keep getting harder until you die. If you find it's your style of game, it's one you'll keep installed and play. And a big shout out to the developers for making great extras available in the store for an average player. Nothing there costs so much that you'll never be able to get it, even if you're a casual player. That's something we rarely see beside paid in-app purchases.

Mobilwerx has designed the game to play an a laundry list of devices, with versions for Open GL 1.1 devices like the HTC Desire, to a full HD version for the latest quad core devices like the Transformer Prime. I've tested it on the Transformer Prime and the Galaxy Nexus, and it works great. Hit the break and have a look at a video and some game screens, and click the download link.

More: Mobilwerx

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4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: More quick hits

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It's another working weekend. Yeah, that's two in a row. For now, some more random thoughts:

  • Go download the Android Central Forums app right this second! Don't read the rest of this column until you do. (It's also available from the Amazon Appstore, too.)
  • We don't do April Fools jokes. For one, they're 99 percent not funny. (For reals. Look at the sites that try to pull them off today and tell me I'm wrong.)  For another, you can't do them as good as Google. Go ahead. Fake some screen shot. Pretend that some phone has some long-hidden feature. Whatever. You can't beat 8-bit Google Maps. (Which, by the way, should totally exist outside of April 1.) You can't beat Gmail Tap for Android  -- which, by the way, may be the greatest troll since some site tried to tell you every single phone released that year would get Froyo. (Yes, our bullshit meter goes back that far.) You can't beat the other ones Google's done today. To quote my Austrian/Russian/Brazilian/American high school soccer/Spanish/English/life coach: "If you're going to do something ... Don't."
  • Lulz at SwiftKey, though.
  • So we got an unconfirmed tip (never mind how other blogs might have misreported it) about what we might see Wednesday at the Sprint/HTC event event in New York City. On one hand, the prospect of something based off the HTC One X -- with a bigger battery and a microSD card -- sounds pretty good. That said, I'm not sold on the AMOLED screen we were told about, but stranger things have happened. We've had other people tell us it's a departure from the HTC One X. On one hand, that's cool. A bigger batter and expandable storage never is a bad thing. On the other had, that would mean a divergence from the HTC One line as we saw it at Mobile World Congress. So much for continuity?
  • The FUD got a little ridiculous this week. Yes, you can securely wipe your phone before giving it away.
  • Yes, Jerry posted a slightly NSFW video from MiKandi about its new "Adult Mobile Theater." Some folks got their panties in a bunch, and that's OK. Different strokes, consenting adults and all that. I rather enjoy that we're willing to do stories that others won't touch. If it offends you, if you don't want to read it, it's cool. Don't read it. (That said, there are a lot of crappy adult apps out there, if you'll recall.)
  • Know what offends me? When a developer's apps are rehosted and shared outside the Google Play Store without their permission. Why is that considered OK? 
  • If you didn't listen to the podcast yet, you missed out on a bunch of talk about why your phone might get a different version of Android than a similar phone.

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for March 31, 2012

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We are back again, and in full force. This week we bring to you yet another amazing selection of free and paid applications that we are enjoying. Let's hit the break and check them out without any further delay!

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4 years ago

How I do it: Working from my Transformer Prime

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I've always been the first one to say that getting any work done with a tablet of any kind isn't very practical. They're great for consumption, but production was something all-together different. I've changed my mind a little bit this week. I now have a Transformer Prime and keyboard dock, and have found that you can get some work done with an Android tablet, you just have to find the right tools. Hit the break, and I'll walk you through how I wrote this blog post (and others) with my Prime.

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4 years ago

ICS for the Droid RAZR/MAXX and HTC Rezound coming next week, says Best Buy memo

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We don't want anyone to get too excited and set themselves up for a heartbreak just yet, but a leaked document from Best Buy pins the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX for April 4, and the HTC Rezound on April 6. Anyone with a HTC Thunderbolt can tell you more about dates provided through Best Buy, and Motorola still hasn't given any type of ballpark date for the update for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX, which are still listed as being in the "evaluation and planning" stage. We've seen ICS leaks for both devices (the RAZR and RAZR MAXX run the same software) but nothing official from anyone involved. Both phones were to have ICS "soon" after release, but so far we're still waiting.

We want it to be true. We hope it's true. We're just naturally skeptical, especially when a third party like Best Buy is involved. We're sure nobody is trying to troll the Internets, but anyone who has worked in a corporate environment knows how things get fouled up. Here's hoping, and we'll know next week!

Source: Android Police

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4 years ago

Play Ball! Baseball apps for the upcoming season

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The 2012 baseball season is upon us. The opening game has been played in Tokyo already, but the rest of the league doesn’t begin until next week. That’s why we thought it appropriate to bring you our picks for some of the best baseball apps for Android. Whether you’re looking for news, scores, live streams of games, or fantasy apps, we’ve got you covered. Baseball season is a long one and therefore it’s much more important to keep up-to-date via your mobile device. 

Looking for a few good baseball apps? Here we go.

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4 years ago

Android Central international round-up - March 31, 2012

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Next week is HTC One week in Europe, and over the past seven days we've seen more tantalizing details about HTC's new One X and One S smartphones. Stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are expected to carry HTC One phones from next Monday, April 2, with a wider European launch for the One X and One S slated for Thursday, April 5. It's one of the biggest Android launches of the year. We're excited, and we're sure you are, too, so be sure to keep watching for more HTC One goodness as the phones finally hit store shelves

Aside from shiny new toys, the steady trickle of Ice Cream Sandwich updates continued this week, with the O2 Galaxy S II and Vodafone HTC Sensation both receiving their updates. And original Galaxy S owners finally got their hands on the promised "value pack", which brings some ICS features to the current Gingerbread firmware.

Oh, and Samsung launched its very own "store within a store" at Phones4U in London. (Yo dawg, I heard you like stores.)

Check some highlights from past week's Android developments in Europe, Asia and beyond in the list below. And if you've got international news, you can tip us at the usual address.

 

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4 years ago

Temple Run update fixes crashes and includes support for the Droid RAZR and Bionic

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Many folks waited a long time for Temple Run to come to Android only to find out their device either wasn't or supported or worse being that it couldn't run the game without constantly crashing. The latest update addresses all of those concerns by adding support for the Droid RAZR as well as the Droid Bionic and in addition to that also includes various bug fixes for the crashes some folks were experiencing. Download link is past the break for you all, give it a look if you had issues previously.

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 9, Galaxy Nexus 4.0.4 improvements [From the Forums]

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We've blasted through a bunch of content this week and managed to get up a new Android Central podcast for you all. If you missed out on anything, this weekend would be a good time to get yourself caught up and hang out in the Android Central forums:

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

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4 years ago

Securely wiping any device makes it just fine to sell [#FUDfighters]

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The latest bit of FUD spreading around about Android is that you can't ever sell your old Android phone without giving away all your data, secrets, and possibly the recipe for KFC.

Like many things you'll read elsewhere on the Internet, there's a lot of crap attached and presented as fact that is just wrong. Someone needs to explain what exactly is going on here. Allow me to try my best. Hit the break for a read.

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4 years ago

New malware appearing in dodgy apps you shouldn't be downloading anyway

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The next time you're cruising one of the various Android app piracy forums looking for the free crack for ROM Manager or Root Explorer, be warned that you may get more than you're looking for. A new bit of malware named DKFBootkit has been found attached to pirated apps that require root. It hooks itself into the boot sequence by altering files in the system, and can cause all sorts of problems without the user being aware. Since you think it's a legit application, you say OK when it asks for root privileges, and you are owned. It's bad news all around.

The good news is that it's easy as hell to avoid. That's the part of these types of stories that never seems to get mentioned. Use a bit of common sense -- you download a file from someone who is able to crack a legit app and defeat any license checks, and you don't think they can drop a bot or keylogger in there as well? Idiocy like this is what keeps malware alive on Windows desktops, and Android devices. Stop stealing apps, and don't be stupid enough to trust someone who steals and redistributes them. Period. Full stop.

If you didn't pay for it, chances are you'll wish you did. And you deserve it. 

More: NQ Mobile

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