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2 years ago

Boost Mobile needs help naming its next Android phone

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Are you a fan of Boost Mobile? Want to help them name their next Android phone? Survey links are being e-mailed out doing just that. Five choices are listed:

  • Director
  • Lux
  • Warp
  • Rhyme
  • Forge

For our money, we'd probably go Director or Forge. How bout you guys?

Thanks, girldroid!

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Roboto

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I think most of you would agree gaming on Android has improved, but there's not quite as many heavy-hitters as we'd like. That's why I'm so excited to introduce you to a new game in the Market -- Roboto.

Simply put, Roboto is out-of-this-world awesome. You play a hoverboarding robot on a quest to find his lady love after she takes a spontaneous trip into the wild blue yonder right in front of your eyes. Is the story original? Not so much, but it doesn't matter. The gameplay is where it's at, and in this regard, Roboto delivers.

You're looking at a typical side-scroller, standard fare to any of us who grew up in the '90s. Where things get interesting is when you look at all the futuristic, robo-inspired tricks and abilities in the gameplay. For starters, you've got an energy gun. I'm not quite sure what to call it, but it shoots out little blue orbs, and when enough of them pew-pew your enemies, they explode.

There's also environmental things, like the reverse gravity portals, for lack of a better term. Whenever you pass one of these physics-defying purple spots, your whole world gets turned upside down. Roboto flips over and starts riding on the ceiling, and it's wild. There's usually a purpose for one being in your way, so take that into account and just go with the flow, and you'll be a happy camper hoverboarding robot.

There's also some cool wall climbing you can do, but only if you jump right next to a wall. It's a fun, not-often-seen ability, and it's a lifesaver (literally) if you find yourself overestimating your jump distance and near-plummeting to your demise. There's also a hover function for your hoverboard. Did I mention that?

On every level there are three big gears that are just asking to be collected. Successfully collect all three and you're on your way to some big point bonuses when you finish a level. Other factors that influence your score are things like enemies destroyed, energy left in your bar, time, and other gears picked up. It's a fun incentive to add some replayability to levels, especially for the completionists out there.

The touch controls are responsive and tight, just as they should (but often aren't) be on any game. In my time playing Roboto, I didn't experience any lag or stuttering between the joystick and my movement on-screen, and the jump and shoot buttons just work. It sounds like something small, but if you've played as many games with poor touch recognition as I have, you'll instantly recognize that this is something great.

The graphics are buttery smooth, eye-catching, and overall gorgeous, to boot. There's an incredible layer of polish from top to bottom here, and having graphics this impressive on an Android phone is something I definitely hope to see more of.

I can easily say that Roboto is one of the finest games I've played on Android to date. From the graphics to the gameplay, the lack of load times and the responsive controls, I'd recommend this to anyone. Fenix Fire has obviously developed an incredible product worthy of your time, and if you're interested in getting your game on, Roboto is where I'd do it. Roboto runs $2.99 right now, but after August 8th is jumping up to $4.99, so for a premium price and a great game, it's definitely something I'd jump on sooner rather than later.

Tons of pictures, plus the download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II U.S. sign up page now live, for what it's worth

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Yes, after many reports of the sign-up page coming for the Samsung Galaxy S II -- the sign up page for the Samsung Galaxy S II is finally here. Not that it really helps push the device along or anything like that. In fact, it just means you'll be handing over your e-mail to Samsung so that they can e-mail at some point close to when the device is available in the U.S. But as history dictates, those emails come long after we've announced the availability here on the Android Central blogs. So you can sign up or, you know, just stick close to us.

Source: Samsung

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2 years ago

Accessory review: Xperia Play DK300 multimedia dock

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Desk clutter is always something to be avoided, and smartphone stands have long been a great way to stop expensive chunks of technology from getting getting in your way as you go about your business. Alongside the Xperia Play, the first PlayStation-certified smartphone, Sony Ericsson has launched the DK300 multimedia dock, which keeps your Play safely locked in place, while adding some interesting new functionality.

Physically, the DK300's glossy plastic shell matches the look of the Xperia Play. On the whole, it looks good, though like anything made out of shiny black plastic, it's a magnet for fingerprints, smudges and dust. The Xperia Play drops into the DK300 in landscape orientation, and its micro-USB and headphone jack ports lock it in place. Once the phone detects the DK300, it switches into "nightstand" mode, giving you a large clock and weather display, alongside links to the gallery, music and alarm apps, as well as the launcher.

Around the back of the dock, you'll find an additional micro-USB port and headphone jack, allowing you to easily hook up the Xperia Play to a charger, computer or external speakers. Thanks to the fact that the dock works in landscape orientation, you're free to play back video content as well as music, though gaming using the built-in gamepad is probably out of the question.

Our only real beef with the DK300 is its RRP, which is definitely a on the steep side at £29.99 (~$45). However, if you shop around you'll be able to pick one up for as little as £15 (~$23). If you do, you'll find it's a great way to extend the multimedia capability of your Xperia Play, while making charging a little easier and freeing up surface space.

Join us after the jump for more photos of the DK300 multimedia dock for Xperia Play.

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2 years ago

Gogo Inflight finishing up its Android app, gives us a tease

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If you're up in the air anywhere near as much as we are, you've likely used Gogo Inflight to get online at 30,000 feet. We've long been awaiting a proper Android app, and it looks like we're closing in on takeoff. (Plane pun No. 1.) Until now, if you wanted to use your Android device on Gogo's network, you'd have to wing it (pun No. 2) and sign in with the mobile browser. It works, but far from a smooth ride (pun No. 3). This app should make things much easier.

For now, we've just got this teaser pic on Facebook. But keep your eyes to the sky (pun No. 4) for the app to be released soon.

Source: Facebook

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2 years ago

Verizon ED05 update now available for Samsung Fascinate owners

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Unless you've managed to wrangle your way into a new device from Verizon, you've no doubt been dealing with some bugs on your Samsung Fascinate. The previously mentioned ED05 update that fixes the incoming call and various other bugs is now available for download through system updates. Still, it may worthwhile to give Verizon a call and see about getting a refurbished Droid X2, Incredible 2 or Droid Charge. Unless you're quite fond of your Samsung Fascinate -- in which case, you should just grab the update.

Source: Verizon; Thanks, Herb!

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2 years ago

Video gives an early look at ASUS' EeePad Slider

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ASUS has already seen widespread success with its EeePad Transformer, but up until now we haven't seen much of the device that launched alongside it -- the EeePad Slider. Today, Romanian blog ImiDoresc.ro has published a short video presentation featuring a prototype of the Honeycomb tablet, showing off its trademark slide-out keyboard and software, based on Android 3.1.

Join us after the jump to check out the video. The EeePad Slider is due to launch in Europe this Fall, having recently been delayed past its original August release window. Be sure to let us know in the comments whether you'd prefer a device like the Slider over the traditional slab of glass.

Source: ImiDoresc.ro. Thanks, lau!

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2 years ago

Nyan Cat Android live wallpaper

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No need to thank us. Just doing our jobs here. Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

June Nielsen numbers show Android atop OS heap

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Android is the top operating system in the United States, according to June data just released by Nielsen. Android hold a 39 percent share of the U.S. smartphone market, with iOS coming in second with 28 percent and Blackberry in third with 20 percent. Bringing up the rear is WP7 with nine percent, and Symbian and WebOS with 2 percent each.

Though Android is the OS to beat, Apple still holds the title of top smartphone manufacturer, claiming all 28 percent of iOS's market share. Among the devices running Android, HTC holds a slim lead with 14 percent market share, followed by Motorola at 10 percent, Samsung at 8 percent, and all other manufacturers accounting for the remaining 6 percent. Hit the source link for the Nielsen's full press release.

Source: Nielsen

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2 years ago

Have an old busted phone? Win our new Motorola Droid 3!

Let's face it, there are a lot of you out there with the original Motorola Droid, and it's probably starting to look a little haggard. Tell you what: We're going to give one lucky person our (mostly) brand new Motorola Droid 3. And being the benevolent bloggers that we be, let's sweeten the deal. Here's what we'll do:

  • One lucky person will will our Motorola Droid 3. (You'll be on your own for Verizon's service, though.) And we'll throw in $50 worth of accessories from the Android Central Store, too, and an Android Central T-shirt, too.
  • One other lucky person's gonna get a $50 store certificate, plus a free Android Central T-shirt.
  • And three more of you will win Android Central T-shirts.

What do you have to do to win? Take a picture of your old and busted phone. Doesn't have to be a Motorola Droid. Could be any smartphone. Or, hell, a feature phone. So long as it's old and busted. (But don't go dragging your RAZR through the streets, ya dig?) Then head into the forums via the link below, and post your pic. We'll choose the winners at 5 p.m. EST Aug. 5, and announce 'em here on the blog.

It's a U.S. phone, of course, but we can ship T-shirts to a number of countries, so those of you outside the U.S. won't be left out. Now take your pics, and post 'em in the forums! Good luck!

Post your pic here to win a Motorola Droid 3!

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