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4 years ago

Nexus S case review: Seidio Innocase Active X

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Seidio Innocase Active X for the Nexus S

The Seidio Innocase Active X is a case for the Nexus S is built like a tank and perfect for protecting your phone while you're out and about.  It's two-piece design really wraps your phone up well, and while it adds in a bit of bulkiness, it fits really well and doesn't take away from the unique styling that some of us really love about our Nexus S -- myself included.

The case consists of a flexible rubber polymer skin and a hard skeleton that holds the skin in place and protects each corner of your phone from bumps and falls.  Preliminary testing using clumsy hands and parking lots or hardwood floors have been successful :)

It's easy to put on and take back off, and your ports and controls are just as easy to use as they would be without a case, with the USB connector and the headphone jack being cut-out in the rubber skin, and the skin itself designed to operate the power and volume switches via raised spots on the case.  It works just fine. 

Also available is the matching Seidio Active X holster, which holds your Nexus S face-in right on your belt or clipped to your pocket.  It's easy to get the phone in and out of it, and the clip swivels (and locks into place) in six different angles to keep things comfortable.

A lot of Android phones pass through our hands here, but the Nexus S is my personal phone.  I carry it daily, and highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a way to protect their Nexus S.  You can grab the Seidio Innocase Active X case in the Android Central Store for $27.95, or as a bundle with the matching holster for $46.40.  More pictures are after the break.

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4 years ago

LauncherPro 0.8.5 released, LP Plus now unlockable via Market

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 LauncherPro with skins

LauncherPro 0.8.5 is now available on the Android Market, bringing bug fixes, reduced memory usage and widget skinning support to the popular homescreen replacement. Widget skinning first appeared in a beta version of LauncherPro informally released on the app's website last week, in order to help skin creators get content ready for the Market release.

Version 0.8.5 also introduces the option to unlock LauncherPro Plus via the Android Market too, though if you've already paid for a key via PayPal, then don't worry -- it'll still work in the new version of LauncherPro.

Join us after the jump for the Market link and QR code. [LauncherPro]

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4 years ago

Adult Swim video app coming in May, Robot Unicorn Attack available today

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Robot Unicorn Attack

Angry Birds might have some competition as Adult Swim launched Robot Unicorn Attack on Android today. The game grants wishes for $1 and comes packed with OpenFeint support. In addition, Adult Swim may bring both Amateur Surgeon and Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself) to Android in the coming months alongside the Heavy Metal and Christmas versions of Robot Unicorn Attack. The porting of these and other games will depend on how well received Robot Unicorn Attack is. 

Adult Swim is also bringing its free video player app that will allow fans to watch clips and some full episodes of shows like Robot Chicken and The Venture Bros. Expect the Adult Swim app to land sometime this May. By then you should have had plenty of time to consider how open your eyes are.

Download links? Yep, we got 'em. After the break.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Pinball HD for NVIDIA Tegra 2-optimized devices

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Here's another Tegra 2-optimized game that's coming down the pike. Pinball HD is, well, it's a pinball game. It's a pinball game with some extremely fluid and intricate graphics. But at the end of the day, it's a pinball game. And that's not a bad thing -- it's pinball's simplicity that's allowed it to span the decades.

Anyohoo. Pinball HD has a trio of tables, and those tables have story lines. Unfortunately in our review edition the story lines either were missing or unplayable in demo mode. But you'll get the idea.

We've gone back and forth on whether we prefer Pinball HD on a tablet or a phone. Obviously you'll get a different experience on a 10-inch device compared to a 4-inch device. But PinBall HD runs flawlessly on either, a testament to the Tegra 2 platform, and it's a game you should check out when it becomes available in the coming weeks.

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4 years ago

Contest: Win 1 of 2 Samsung Modus 6450 Bluetooth headsets

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Samsung Modus HM6450

Around here, we love contests and with Samsung having recently announced three brand new Bluetooth Headsets they've let us know they love contests as well. As such, they were kind enough to send us two Modus HM6450 Bluetooth Headsets to give away to our readers. Want know more about it and what you have to do to possibly win one?

Modus 6450 Product Features

  • Samsung FreeSync Android App-compatible & Android application support
  • Voice Command & Voice Prompt
  • Voice command and EQ setting implementation through a separate Voice Command Button on the headset
  • Mono & Stereo convertible
  • SoundAlive stereo audio enhancements
  • Dual-mic noise/Echo cancellation
  • Simple, LED display shows battery/call status
  • Advanced Multipoint and Multiconnection Technology
  • Active Pairing
  • Up to 6 hours of talk time/180 hours of standby time
  • Bluetooth version 2.1+EDR

That's it for the specs -- all you have to do to possibly win one is drop a comment on the post and we'll pick two lucky winners. Easy enough right? Big thanks to the fine folks at Samsung. If you're looking to learn a little more, jump past the break for the full press release.

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4 years ago

Droid Bionic not canceled, Motorola says, may slip to the third quarter

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Motorola Droid Bionic

Been here before, haven't we? Despite unsourced, unfounded and generally un-everything rumors, people keep insisting that the Motorola Droid Bionic has been killed off. Not so, a Motorola spokeswoman told Dow Jones Newswires' Roger Cheng.

It's been more than three months since the Droid Bionic was announced at CES (see our hands-on) and since then has been tucked neatly out of sight. But the unnamed Motorola official tells Cheng "Based on compelling feedback since the show, we are incorporating several enhancements to make this an even better consumer experience." A second-quarter launch is still possible (we've heard as much), but a push to the third-quarter apparently is possible, too. That either means stuff ain't ready, ain't good enough, or they're still figuring out what the heck to do.

But canceled, it is not. At least not yet. [WSJ via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Evernote gets major update to v3.0, bringing better sharing, location support,

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Hey, you. Evernote fan. (We'll wait while most of you out there raise your hands.) Know this: Your favorite note-taking and syncing app just got a big update. Actually, it's a HUGE update. That's what Evernote tells us, anyway.

"Today’s Evernote for Android update is, in a word, HUGE. This is the first time that we have crammed this many great features into a single release of any Evernote product. We’ve added sharing, organizational features, improved text editing, security options, new views, a revamped widget, and tons more."

See? We weren't making that up. For those of you who prefer bullet points, here they are:

  • Browse and edit shared notebooks
  • Sharing to Facebook and other apps
  • Search and create notes within notebooks
  • Create and edit notebooks
  • Better support for notebook stacks
  • Maps and other location-based features
  • PIN locking
  • New widget
  • Better user interface

And so on and so forth. There's video of the update and download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Riptide GP for NVIDIA Tegra 2 devices

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NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset -- you know it on devices such as the Motorola Xoom, LG Optimus 2X and a wealth of other new top-end sets -- has quickly solidified its place as the go-to chipset for gaming on Android. And NVIDIA's been showcasing Tegra 2-optimized applications in its own TegraZone app.

One app that's been teased the past couple months is Riptide GP. It's a graphically beautiful racing game. You're on a souped-up Jet Ski on a slick man-made track. You compete against other riders and can perform tricks to earn pin-your-ears-back speed boosts. The graphics are pretty stunning considering you're on a mobile device. The game flies on a 4-inch screen, but it's on the larger ones (we used the Motorola Xoom) where it really shines.

The only problem is that gameplay is so fast you don't have much of a chance to appreciate the subtle shading in the water, or the landscape, or the giant Android robot banners. Have someone else play and peek over their shoulder. You'll see what we're talking about. 

But enough talk. Check out our demo of Riptide GP after the break.

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4 years ago

Sonos Controller for Android now available in the market

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The ability to control things right from your Android device is always a great feeling, and today Sonos has given that ability to users of its high-end multi-room music system who also rock an Android device. Sonos officially announced that you can now transform your Android device into a wireless controller for your Sonos system, giving you the ability to play the same song throughout the house, or different songs in different rooms.

“We’re pleased to deliver a great new way for music lovers to tap into all the music on earth,” said John MacFarlane, founder and CEO, Sonos, Inc. “Now Android owners can pull out their phones and bring music home with Sonos.”

If you are a Sonos enthusiast, and own an Android device be sure to head to the market and download this free application now. Download links available after the break. [Sonos]

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4 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt [Auto] Root and Unroot [from the forums]

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HTC Thunderbolt auto-rooter

The HTC Thunderbolt is the latest in the line of new HTC products that are less than hacker friendly, and the steps needed to root it have proven to be a thorn in the side of many, leading to the emergence of "easy root apps..  Now I still say you should read up and be familiar with what you're doing when you hack your phone, but if you still need a bit of assistance (or are just plain lazy like I am) Android Central forums adviser DroidXcon has you covered with a new option -- one that includes an un-root function should you find a need to roll back.  He's written a Windows command script that does it all for you, and all that's needed is to read and say yes or no.  He says it's he has ideas to streamline things (hence the alpha tag), but as-is it works just fine and will get your TBolt rooted, or un-rooted, in a jiffy. [Android Central Thunderbolt forums]

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4 years ago

HBO Go will be making its way to Android

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See our video hands-on with HBO Go for Android

HBO Go

If you are a HBO subscriber and an Android lover, you will be happy to know that HBO has announced they will be bringing HBO Go to Android devices. HBO Go is a streaming service that will allow subscribers to bring all their favorite shows on the go with them (thus the name), giving them the ability to watch them at any time, from any where. Unfortunately there is no release date given in the video, though the end appears to not-so-subtly hint at May 2. [Youtube] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Galaxy S Gingerbread update 'temporarily suspended by Google'

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 Gingerbread for the Samsung Galaxy S

Ruh-roh. Here's some bad news for European Galaxy S owners following the triumphant roll-out of the handset's Gingerbread update last weekend. According to Vodafone UK, the update has been "temporarily suspended" by Google due to "an issue".

Vodafone doesn't say exactly what the problem is, but claims that its Galaxy S variant isn't affected by it, and that it's working with Samsung to have the update reinstated. Based on Vodafone's comments, it's looks like all Gingerbread updates for all European Galaxy S phones should be subject to this suspension, though we haven't been able to confirm this yet.

In the meantime, Vodafone has apologized to its customers and says it's "working hard to address the matter with Samsung." [Vodafone UK forum via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Leaked ThunderBolt ROM brings new a new radio, bugfixes

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HTC ThunderBolt bootloader

If you've gotta have the latest unofficial ROM for your new HTC ThunderBolt, you're in luck this morning. An RUU has leaked out of one of those places RUUs tend to leaked out of (don't ask, you don't wanna know), stripped down and put back together again. And the list of known features is interesting enough.

  • New radio, version 1.16.00.402
  • Fixes to SQLite
  • GPS Location Services
  • LTE/3G handoff (huzzah!)
  • Audio recording
  • Video playback
  • Proximity sensor drain

Those are some fixes we'd certainly like to see. For those of you who know your way around a rooted ThunderBolt (you'll need S-off), head on over to the source link to check it out. For everyone else, let's hope that this shows up in an officially sanctioned update right quick. [Radio 1.16.00.402, how to root the ThunderBolt]

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4 years ago

CNN app for Android phones

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iReports, breaking news, videos and photos round out
the CNN Android app arsenal

We knew CNN could make an Android app -- our headline "CNN's Android tablet app a model of how to present an overflow of news" on the Honeycomb app pretty well summed that up, if we do say so ourselves. But one thing that was missing was a companion application for smartphones. That hole has now been filled.

CNN just released its Android smartphone application. And it's just about the perfect mix of overkill of breaking news, video, still images -- and the all-important "iReport," or the ability to document news yourself and sent it in. (No, we will not call it "citizen journalism.")

The application is as intuitive as it is overwhelming. You're greeted with a host of news in a number of categories -- top stories, U.S., world, politics, justice, entertainment, tech, health, living, travel and opinion -- and those are just for CNN's Lindsay Lohan coverage. (Zing!)

You have easy access to CNN's treasure chest of videos, though you'll have to sit through a 5-second advertisement to watch them. There are ads embedded in the stories, too, but they're not intrusive.

There's also the ability to share stories via e-mail or through the usual social networking sites you might have linked to your phone, or you can go a step further and link them directly to the CNN application.

All in all, it's a great news app from a great news organization. Our only complaint thus far is that it took so long to get it. Check out our video review and grab the download links after the break.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile G-Slate launch date and pricing leaked

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Update: And it's official, folks.

Some new pricing and launch date info on the LG G-Slate for T-Mobile has emerged, just a couple days away from its expected in-store availability. The highly anticipated tablet from T-Mobile and LG will cost you $529.99 on contract after a $100 mail in rebate and $749.99 at full retail price. The tablet is set to hit stores this Wednesday, April 20. That $529.99 pricing is the same number we saw a few weeks ago. Not surprising, but this is also the same day as the T-Mobile event coming up this Wednseday night in New York City (we'll be there!).

But the new G-Slate isn't the only new Android powered device we'll see this Wednesday. The G2X, T-Mobile's first dual-core powered phone, and the Sidekick 4G will also launch this Wednesday. The Sidekick on contrant will set you back $99.99 after a $50 mail in rebate on a new two year contract. If you don't want to do the contract thing, the phone will cost you $379.99. As for the G2X, the 3D powered cell phone on contract will be $199.99 after a $50 mail in rebate. And again, if you don't do the contract thing, it's gonna cost you $499.99. Whooo... okay, now who's getting what this Wednesday? [TmoNews]

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