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2 years ago

Sony S1 coming to Canada on Sept. 14 or 15?

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Sony's first effort at a Honeycomb tablet may soon be breaking cover, in Canada at least. According to this invitation from Sony themselves; "The new Sony Tablet is about to arrive in Canada. As a valued customer we would like YOU to see it first!"

The event is supposed to be happening on September 14 or 15 at their offices in Toronto. No other details are provided such as price or availability but if this is a device you're waiting for, that wait might be drawing to a conclusion.

Source: Mobilesyrup

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2 years ago

LG bringing 3D conversion engine to IFA, worthwhile boost to its flagship?

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So one of the biggest problems befalling 3D devices like the Optimus 3D -- and all (erm, both) 3D phones at the moment -- is the lack of 3D content right? Well, LG is making a play to change all that at the upcoming IFA 2011 show in Germany, by showing off for the first time their Open-GL based 3D game converter software ahead of its inclusion in the first Maintenance Release for the phone in October.

The idea is simple. The software allows existing 2D games that have been made compatible to be played in 3D, and around 50 titles will get a full 3D makeover. Unsupported games can be manually tweaked to achieve the desired effect. 

LG are expecting 50 titles to be fully optimized in October, with another 50 being added before 2011 is out. Many still aren't convinced by 3D phones, but LG is determined to make it less of a gimmick.The question still remains as to how successful it will be in convincing consumers to buy their flagship device.

See the full press release after the break. 

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2 years ago

Launcher apps, OTA or RUU? [From the Forums]

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We rocked away the Monday blahs and we're ready for the rest of this week. Quite a few things happening, so you'll want to be sure you stick with us for all the latest news. Looking for more info or just need some Android help? Hit up the Android Central forums today, some posts below to help you get started:

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

Angry Birds Rio - Airfield Chase update now available

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The latest Angry Birds Rio update is now available in the Android Market and with the new airfield chase level episode, that means you get 15 new levels to jam away at. We're sure you'll have them beat in a matter of just a few hours. Still reading this? Why? Hit the break for the download.

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2 years ago

LG releases Optimus S Gingerbread source, no sign of the update just yet

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LG has released the Kernel source and assorted GPL bits for the Gingerbread build on their Optimus S device.  No reports of anything showing in the LG updater tool just yet, and rumor says mid-September for an OTA.  For now, this just means that our resident Optimus warlords (yes, they have transcended developer status) have some new code to play with and see if they can improve the Gingerbread builds they have had running for the Optimus S for quite a while.  Realistically, there will be a few things here of value for all Optimus developers, who have been forced to use hacks and work arounds for some of the closed-source functionality from LG.  With this new codebase, expect your favorite Gingerbread ROM for the Optimus S to get even better. 

Source: LG; via Android Central forums

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2 years ago

AT&T, on Twitter, confirms the Thrill 4G is coming Sept. 4

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Confirming news we broke two weeks ago, AT&T has announced on Twitter that the Thrill 4G (aka the Optimus 3D) will be available on Sept. 4. We've basically reviewed this thing every way possible in its unbranded form (see our first review, and our European take as well), and we took another look at AT&T's version a couple months ago. Still no price, but word around the campfire is it'll run about $100.

Source: @att

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2 years ago

The Droid Prime -- Just as Uncle Jerry predicted?

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Who needs anonymous sources when you've got a witch like Jerry Hildenbrand? Here, in his own words, from last week's Android Central Podcast, is Jerry predicting a Nexus-caliber smartphone with Droid branding. Or, maybe Jerry and those anonymous sources are all wrong.

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2 years ago

Motorola Milestone 3 heading to Brazil Aug. 29, six other Latin American nations by October

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Motorola has announced that the Milestone 3 will be available for customers in Brazil starting Aug. 29.  As we've seen in the past, Motorola Milestone devices are copies of their Verizon counterparts, minus the America-centric CDMA radio and Verizon Droid branding.  Like the Motorola Droid 3, the Milestone is no slouch when it comes to specifications:

  • Dual-core OMAP4 CPU at 1GHz
  • 4-inch qHD display
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p capture, front camera for video conferencing
  • 16GB internal memory
  • Android 2.3

Also included are Motorola's comprehensive set of business features, like GAL lookup, remote document access, data encryption, and remote wipe.  And we can't forget the five-row QWERTY packed onto this one, one of the best Motorola has offered thus far.  The Milestone 3 should be a hit with Android fans in Brazil, and in six other Latin American nations by October.  Read the full press release after the break.

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2 years ago

OnStar announces RemoteLink application enhancements - Send directions from your smartphone to vehicle

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If you're riding around in an OnStar equipped vehicle like the Chevy Malibu we checked out not too long ago, then you'll be happy to hear the latest news from OnStar. They've just announced some forthcoming enhancements to their RemoteLink application that will help you get to where you need to go more efficiently. (This is what we saw an early preview of way back at Google IO 2010.) On Aug. 30 -- when the application update goes live -- it will include the ability to search for destinations on your device and send them to your vehicle, providing audible turn-by-turn directions to your destination.

“Our customer focus is simple connectivity and a seamless user experience,” said Steve Schwinke, OnStar director Advanced System Design. “RemoteLink’s navigation enhancement offers our customers another choice in how they get directions, whether they’re in their car, on their computer, or using their compatible smartphone.”

Users can type in a destination, select an address from their contact list or speak the destination using voice search. Up to five destinations can be stored, and reused from your device so that you'll always have the most important ones available. If you have an OnStar-equipped vehicle, and don't already have the RemoteLink app -- you'll find it past the break.

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Zombieville USA

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It's something we've all thought about -- the zombie apocalypse. Hordes of undead, clawing their way out of the ground, looking for some savory brains to snack on. There's been many a game about it, and Zombieville USA looks to continue that proud lineage of "don't let zombies eat you" games on Android.

The gameplay is simple enough: avoid zombies and use either melee attacks or firearms to remove them from your path. Each kill (but how can you kill that which is already dead?) earns you a couple of bucks to use on health, guns, or melee weapons once you've cleared a level.

There's also houses to loot (yes, loot) along the way. Simply tap on a door and your character will hop into a house and you'll be either rewarded with ammunition or cash. The houses serve a dual (and awesome) purpose, though. Not only are you rewarded by going into a house, you're also off the streets, meaning zombies just walk on by. It's a great strategic tool to help you plan an ambush or get out of the line of fire eating.

There's also seven different characters for you to choose from, which gives you a little wiggle room depending on your play style. There's guys like the survivor, who is your run-of-the-mill zombie slaying guy. He planned ahead but doesn't have any special powers. There's also a SWAT team member, a ninja, and a doctor, to name a few. All of them have different strengths and weaknesses.

Zombieville USA is a pretty hilarious game with a kickin' soundtrack, to boot. It runs well, and despite the title screen being totally messed up on my EVO 3D, the game itself fills out the screen correctly once you've started playing. Zombieville USA is $1.99 in the Android Market if you're looking to put some zombies back in their place (which is in the ground, duh).

Download links and more screenshots are after the break.

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