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3 years ago

AT&T responds to complaints about Motorola Atrix upload speeds

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There's been a lot of talk about upload speeds on AT&T's new 4G Android phones, and many have been complaining.  Android Central forums member kgeissler went about it the right way and has received a response from AT&T, with some interesting (if not conflicting) news.  We'll post the response after the break, but the gist of it is summed up rather well in one line:

Be assured that AT&T has not "capped" the upload speeds on the ATRIX. The ATRIX is a HSUPA-capable device, and we currently are performing the testing and preparations necessary to ensure that, when we turn this feature on, you will continue to have a world class experience.

We discussed the whole mess issue in episode 53 of the Android Central Podcast, and while we're still not sure why things are being done the way they are, we all agree that AT&T needs to be a little more transparent with their customers, and this is a great start.  Hopefully AT&T will "turn on" HSUPA for the Atrix and the Inspire soon, but at least they acknowledge that they are not yet providing high speed uploads for their Android devices.  Read the full reply after the break. [Android Central forums]

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3 years ago

Speed X goes freemium

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Speed X is a 3D accelerometer-controlled game where you fly through tunnels and a futuristic grid landscape, dodging obstacles and collecting points.  It has amazingly smooth graphics, great music, and is a fast-paced action game that is easy to play and loads of fun. By tilting your phone (or tablet -- Speed X works great on the Xoom or Galaxy Tab) you steer your ship past blocks and towers, dodging land traps and fighting against gravity wells and blackouts.  On the surface, it seems simple, but trust me it gets very addicting, and will keep you coming back for more.  Add in 3D glasses support (red/cyan worked great and the wife says I look hot in them) and you have a game that's a hell of a lot of fun. And after almost a year in the top 20 paid apps list, HyperBees has made it free.

It gets even better.  I spoke with Tom Mleko from HyperBees Ltd. (check out their developer forum here at Android Central) and he tells me that very soon we will be seeing in-app purchases for things like tougher shields, Godmode, and other power ups to make Speed X even more fun.  We've seen that free ad-supported model is great for both the publisher and the consumer, and as long as HyperBees keeps cranking out games like Speed X, they will see success with it I'm sure. 

To celebrate the launch of the new Speed X, HyperBees is giving away a Zeemote controller (which works great with Speed X!) to a lucky Android Central reader.  Hit the contest thread for the details right here, and we have some screenshots of gameplay and the download link after the break.  Thanks Tom!

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3 years ago

Skyfire 4.0 upgrade coming soon, promises better browsing experience

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Skyfire has updated their blog letting everyone know they are hard at work on Skyfire version 4.0 that is apparently going to be made available in the "coming weeks". When Skyfire updated to version 3.0 it brought a lot of changes such as social networking and overall, a better browsing experience.

With version 4.0 they are once again going to be introducing new features but also a new pricing model. While we're not sure what that means for end users in terms of costs but Skyfire was quick to note that all current features will remain free. Check out our previous hands- on to get a look at Skyfire 3.0 and we'll be sure to let you know when v4.0 drops. [Skyfire]

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3 years ago

Swype Android keyboard updated with a number of improvements

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The uber-popular Swype keyboard just got a pretty major update, and we think you're going to like this one. No talking, just bullet points:

  • The hidden word tip window is "all but completely removed." Huzzah! You'll see it one time (and one time only, Swype says) after a new installation. So it won't be bugging you any time you uncover a new word.
  • Contact names that are automatically added to the user dictionary will now stay deleted instead of being re-added accidentally
  • Prediction accuracy won't degrade over time
  • Support for QVGA, WQVGA, WSVGA and qHD touchscreens.
  • Dictionaries for Dutch, UK English and Russian

We'd say that's a pretty big update. If you're already in on the beta program, just go to http://beta.swype.com/android/get to update. There are a couple more details you might want to check out -- including for those of you who like to change ROMs frequently. Hit up the source link. [Swype]

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3 years ago

Lloyd sneaks into the iPad 2 launch -- before it's even available for purchase

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We kinda feel sorry for all those poor saps waiting in line for an iPad 2, when all you have to be to get in early is cute, green and Android! Thanks, J!

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3 years ago

Ho, hum, another rumored launch date (March 17) for the HTC ThunderBolt

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It's been a little while since we've bothered with rumored launch dates for the HTC ThunderBolt because at this point, we're not sure anybody knows just yet when the darn thing's going to drop. But the above e-mail just reached us, and there's the ol' T'Bolt, clearly listed at March 17. Of course, it's also noted that "Launch Dates Are subject to change" -- which, of course, they are.

March 17 isn't the only date that's being thrown around, of course, but it's one of the few that we've seen put to paper recently. Will it pan out? We'll know next Thursday. Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 53

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Audio-only stream below

This week: More on Honeycomb and the Motorola Xoom, the recent spate of malware, AT&T's fake 4G, and where the heck is the HTC ThunderBolt. Listen in!

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3 years ago

Adobe Flash Player 10.2 available for Android starting March 18

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Adobe this morning released more details regarding the upcoming release of Flash Player 10.2. First and foremost, it'll be available in the Android Market on March 18. A number of smartphones running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) meet the hardware requirements. (See Adobe's official list here.) Android tablets running Honeycomb will technically be running Flash Player 10.2 as a beta.

The big points you need to know:

  • Deeper integration with the Android browser rendering engine
  • Enhanced performance for the latest smartphones and tablets
  • Automatic soft keyboard support

If you've got a Motorola Xoom (currently the only Honeycomb tablet available), you'll need the update to Android 3.0.1 that's currently pushing out. Hit up the source links for complete info. [Adobe, Motorola]

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3 years ago

Scoreloop announces 'Go Android' for developers looking to port iOS games to Android

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There are a lot of developers out there who are interested in bringing their iOS games to the Android platform. But a lot of them have some reservations about jumping on board with the platform. Well, fret not dear devs, Scoreloop has announced "Go Android," a partnership program designed to help bring iOS ports to Android.

“We launched the ‘Go Android’ Program earlier this year to help developers who don’t have the time to deal with the development, legal, admin and market experience necessary to launch on a new platform,” said Marc Gumpinger, CEO of Scoreloop. 

So, if you're a developer, and you've been holding back on bringing your iOS game to Android, now's the time. Scoreloop is also providing an SDK to help promote cross-platform-multiplayer-gaming. OpenFeint and The9 also announced a similar deal a fews days ago. Our only concern is that we don't just want ports, we would like to see more original and exclusive content. Press release after the break.

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3 years ago

How to unroot and re-lock the Motorola Xoom

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Motorola releases Xoom's official system images

When Motorola announced that the Xoom Honeycomb tablet was getting an update to prepare it for Flash Player 10.2, it also announced that unlocked and rooted Xooms would have to be rolled back to stock and relocked for the update to take. (So much for open and unlocked, eh?) There's been a leaked .sbf file floating around, which you can flash via RSD Lite before relocking the device.

Or, if doing things the official way is more your speed, Motorola has now released the system images for the Xoom's original build, HRI39, so you can flash them yourself and relock your Xoom in preparation for the update. Instructions are after the break. [Android Central Forums]

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