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2 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer appears on Amazon briefly

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Although we've already done the review for the ASUS EeePad Transformer, we're still waiting for it to actually become available in the U.S. but today is supposed to be launch day. Some savvy Android Central readers however, have let us know that it's now showing up on Amazon, albeit off and on. Some folks are saying they managed to place their orders, while others are saying it's now showing as no longer in stock. As you can see above, I was able to add it to my cart and before doing so there was 3 left available -- but, now they are temporarily out of stock. Try your luck at it and of course, we'll let you all know when it does show available for all. [Amazon] Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Sony unveils the S1 and S2 dual-screen Android tablets, coming this fall

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Sony has made its 9.4-inch Sony S1 and 5.5-inch dual-screened S2 Honeycomb tablets official with a press event in Tokyo today.  We've been hearing about these since mid-February, and recently the Japanese paper Nikkei has said Sony has plans to enter the U.S. market before the end of Summer 2011. That's not to be the case, however, as Sony says we'll have to wait until fall 2011 before these come to market.

The S1 is a 9.4-inch tablet with an "off-center of gravity design" that supposedly makes it easier to grip and more comfortable to hold.  Kunimasa Suzuki, Deputy President of Sony’s consumer products and services group likens it to holding a magazine.  The S2 is a 5.5-inch dual-screened tablet that has the ability to use the screens as one large canvas, or feature specially coded applications running in each independently.  This sounds very much like the Kyocera Echo.

Both the S1 and S2 house Nvidia Tegra 2 processors, and the ability to integrate with other Sony products. And they both sport the Playstation Suite moniker, like the new Xperia Play smartphone. An example was given where the S1 can act as a remote for Bravia marked equipment.  These two look very interesting, and ones we'll certainly be following.  You can find a short video and the press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Amazon MP3 app updated to v2.0.3, brings lock screen controls, bugfixes

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Looks as though Amazon decided today was going to be the day to push some updates. Following up on their Amazon Appstore update, they've now updated Amazon MP3 to v2.0.3. Although it's just mostly bug fixes, one thing that will stand out is the addition of lock screen controls to the player. Check out the full list below:

  • Added lock-screen music controls
  • Enabled playback using preset equalizer modes for Gingerbread and Honeycomb (Android OS 2.3+)
  • Enabled the app to remember the last playing song after the app or device goes to sleep
  • Enabled skipping back to the previous song using Bluetooth player controls

Certainly some welcomed changes there -- jump on past the break for the Android Market download or, you can fire up the Amazon Appstore and grab it from there.

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2 years ago

Michael Vick weighs in on Dog Wars Android app; developer softens app description

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Dog Wars by Kage Games, LLC

The Humane Society of the United States and NFL star and convicted dog fighter Michael Vick have weighed in on the "Dog Wars" Android app that we first told you about last week (and has since been picked up the likes of the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, and the Washington Post, among others). Styled after such simulation games as the popular "Dope Wars," "Dog Wars" touts itself as "A GAME THAT WILL NEVER BE IN THE iPHONE APP STORE!!!" in which you "feed, water, train and FIGHT your virtual dog against other player's." [sic]

Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback who currently is with the Philadelphia Eagles, pleaded guilty to state felony dog fighting charges in 2007 and 2008 and was released from prison in the spring of 2009. In his statement Monday to the Humane Society of the United States, Vick said:

“I’ve come to learn the hard way that dogfighting is a dead-end street. Now, I am on the right side of this issue, and I think it’s important to send the smart message to kids, and not glorify this form of animal cruelty, even in an Android app.”

Humane Society president and CEO Wayne Pacelle added:

“Android should drop 'Dog Wars' from its online market and join the national movement to save dogs from this violent practice. Because 'Dog Wars' actually instructs players on how to condition a dog using methods that are standard in organized dogfighting, this game may be a virtual training ground for would-be dogfighters. Its timing and message are all wrong.”

Since we first brought you this story on Saturday, developer Kage Games LLC has significantly softened the Dog Wars app description on the Android Market. Gone is the "If you have a bug up your butt about the game concept ..." line that precedes a six-point reasoning of the application. The description has since added:

We appreciate everyone's thoughts about our app as we are firm believers in the right to free speech and the free exchange of ideas.

These freedoms are the building blocks of the Google Android operating system and the very reason so many users choose Google Android over the alternative.

We've heard thoughts from many dog and animal lovers about our app and first we, as dog owners and dog lovers ourselves, would like to thank you for your thoughts and for the work many of you do on behalf of our canine friends. We DO NOT CONDONE violence towards animals or humans, and we are confident in humankind's ability to distinguish between a rudimentary game and the consequences of real life.

We are confident this game will be a net benefit to dogs as it has been in our operating agreement from the start of this project that a portion of the proceeds go to animal rescue organizations. Further, this is a satire about the ridiculousness of dogfighting and we believe in the power of a modern media tool to educate and raise awareness of the real horrors.

There's another paragraph about how a portion of the proceeds from the app (it's a free app, but there are advertisements in it) are "being appropriated for catastrophic human tragedies, the first of which is the Japan Tsunami relief effort." You can read the entire revised description in the Android Market. [Humane Society, Android Market]

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2 years ago

Amazon Appstore pushing minor update, brings some fixes and improvements

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The Amazon Appstore is pushing a minor update tonight, bumping it up to release 1.11. It looks like nothing major, just some miscellaneous fixes and improvements, all listed in the screenshot above. Jump on the Appstore icon when it appears in your notification bar to install the update, and for those unsure whether or not they have the latest version, you can check the release number on the app's settings page.

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc initial review and hands-on redux

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It’s no secret that Sony Ericsson had a bit of a rocky start with its first generation of Android phones. Its 2010 Xperia models have been criticized for shipping with an outdated version of Android, as well as lacking some basic functionality like multitouch out of the box.

Fortunately, it looks like the manufacturer has fully overcome these teething problems with the release of its flagship phone for 2011, the Xperia Arc. The Arc is a device which compares well to similar offerings from other manufacturers, and brings to the table some outstanding multimedia features, including a very high-quality camera.

Read on to find out our initial thoughts after our first few days with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, along with video footage of the device in action.

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2 years ago

Amazon now offering $25 Amazon Appstore credit with Android device purchases

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There is no doubt about it; ever since the launch Android, Amazon has been looking for better ways to take their piece of the proverbial pie. Aside from having cool deals on phones they've launched apps, cloud services, a music store and now the push is on to entice users into using their own app store. For Amazon, who says Android devices are they're best sellers when it comes to mobile devices-- this is big business users are benefiting.

Not only do they give away a free app each day -- a new promotion happening now and for the next week has Amazon offering up a $25 credit to their app store for anyone who purchases a Verizon device in that time. (Yeah, we know-- lame that it is limited)  Still, not a bad deal if you're looking to pick up a new Android device [@amazonwireless]

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2 years ago

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G users, Flash on the Xoom [from the forums]

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Having a bad case of the Mondays? Maybe it was all the Easter candy you ate. For some folks today is still a day off but in case you're among those who had to head to work today -- we feel for ya. That's why we're here posting to the blogs and to the forums so you are all kept up-to-date on the Android news. Jump on into the forums with us.

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

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Review

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The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is a smartphone that since its announcement has intrigued a lot of us. While Sidekicks are usually associated with the younger generation, Samsung has definitely taken that voice and attempted to change it with the customized version of Android 2.2.1 that brings new features for just about anyone.

Has Samsung done enough with the Sidekick to make appeal to the masses, or will it still only appeal to the younger generations? Let's hit the break together, and take a look at what I found throughout my time with the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G.

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2 years ago

Lenovo may have a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet up its sleeve

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Lenovo is planning a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet, slated to appear in Q4 of this year, according to a leaked slide deck. The leaked slides indicate that the tablet will feature a dual-core ARM processor and a mighty 1280x800 resolution display (which has the potential to look fantastic on a 7-inch Screen). The tablet will run Android 3.0 skinned with Lenovo's UI, a.k.a. “Le OS,” and isn't set to show its face until Q4 of 2011. Lenovo has been hard at work fighting its way onto the Android tablet scene, as we saw this morning with the news of this summer's 10.1 inch ThinkPad tablet. Should the still-unnamed 7-incher clear the cutting room floor, it would appear that Lenovo is covering all of its Android tablet bases. [thisismynext]

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