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3 years ago

Tattoo Tycoon for Android takes a needle to The Sims

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Wanna run your own tattoo shop by have a fear of needles, navels and an aversion to tramp stamps? Maybe give Tattoo Tycoon a try. It looks to be a mix of The Sims and L.A. Ink, without the hassle having to deal with actual people. Build your shop, hire employees, then snag some ink and do some sweet tribal tattoos. Cause you can never see enough of them.

This free version of Tattoo Tycoon is free, supported by ads. Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Foxconn's robots will have ... something ... to do with Android

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

If you haven't heard, Foxconn -- the Chinese tech manufacturer that supplies parts for just about everything -- apparently is looking to replace a bunch of human workers with robots (instead of making robots out of human workers, we suppose).

And now, because we can, we present NMA's take on the whole thing, as only NMA can. Android is mentioned, so there's a sliver of actual news here, right?

Source: NMA

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3 years ago

Android Developer Labs 2011 - Submit your registrations now!

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Over at the Android Developers Blog they've just announced the dates for the Android Developer Labs 2011. The goals for this years events are aimed at optimizing Android apps for tablets, more specifically - how to create high-quality tablet apps that are both polished and have a great user experience. Need to know the when and where details?

Everyone is welcome to register using the links above but only a select few from the registration forms will be selected to be among the attendees. The better your app idea, and the more potential it has of being a great app -- the better chance you have of getting in.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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3 years ago

Leaked Verizon MAP notice suggests some heavyweight devices on deck

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Verizon is preparing to introduce four new Android devices to the market, according to a leaked screenshot obtained by the good people over at Droid-Life. The MAP, or minimum advertised price memo, lists Motorola and LG with one device each and HTC with two on deck, though it fails mention release dates, prices, or specs.

The Motorola MOTXT875 is better known as the Droid Bionic, but that's where the hard info ends. Gossip suggests that the HTC 6425LVW is the rumored HTC Vigor, said to pack a 720p display, 1.5 dual core processor, and Adreno 220 GPU. The LG-VS920 is most likely the sequel to the Revolution, while the HTC ADR 6330 may or may not be the alternatively-colored Incredible 2. Again, this is more speculation than hard evidence, but with Verizon beginning to mention this upcoming wave of devices, it's likely we'll see much more information in the coming weeks.

Source: Droid-Life

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3 years ago

Honeycomb beta for Logitech Revue leaked

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The Honeycomb (Android 3.1) beta for the Logitech Revue has been leaked out, and is now available for you to download and flash to your Revue, should you like living on the edge.  Yes, that's an important consideration as this is really beta, and you can't roll back should you decide to give it a try.  If that doesn't deter you, flashing it is fairly easy -- no root required:

  • Copy the file (grab it from the source link) to the root directory of a FAT32 USB drive
  • Plug the USB drive into your Revue, then unplug the power to the unit.
  • Plug it back in, count one Mississippi (I'm not kidding), then hold down the connect button and keep it held down.
  • The Revue will reboot, you will drop your TV signal, and and see the Revue logo again.  At this point, let go of the button.
  • The GTV logo will then show up, with an arrow and a horizontal "barbershop scroll." At this point, on your Revue's keyboard, press the FN key (in yellow) and the left arrow (to the left of the OK button). It will then come up to a recovery menu.
  • Hit "Apply update from sdcard:/update.zip"
  • The Revue will verify the update, and reboot. It is installing an updated bootloader and recovery image (both, heavily encrypted).
  • The Revue will then come back on, and flash the latest kernel and system files. Once this is done, the box will reboot again.
  • This bootup may take a few minutes, at first you will see the Revue logo, then the Google TV logo, then the "new" logo (a grey tv over a ball glowing red). Just wait it out.
  • You can then begin setup, as normal. You may notice some crashes - this software is still beta, you should be able to force close and continue.

Remember, this may be permanent, and will be buggy.  If you try it, be sure to get in the forums to discuss.  Makes that $99 pretty well spent doesn't it?

Source: GTV Hacker via Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Google IO Samsung Galaxy Tabs get update for Google Movies

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Were you at Google IO this year? Still have your Galaxy Tab 10.1? And feel like renting some movies from Google? An 11.22MB update's now available for your tab that'll do just that, giving you access to Google Videos. Note that this isn't the Android 3.2 update, nor is it the Touchwiz update that you can start to get this Wednesday in New York City.

Interestingly, you're instructed to remove any widgets or app icons that point to the Pulse news reader app. No explanation as to why. But the different versions of the Galaxy Tab can be a bit finicky, so we're doing as we're told.

Thanks, John!

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3 years ago

Sprint getting a dual-core version of the XPRT, dubbed the Motorola Pax?

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If this tall drink of water you see above looks familiar, well, it should. It was spotted a little more than a month ago -- with Sprint branding no less, and now more details are apparently emerging. It's said to be dubbed the Motorola Pax, which will be the XPRT's bigger, badder cousin. It will sport a dual-core processor, which will make the small device fly, plus some advanced push-to-talk action.

Interesting timing, since the Motorola XPRT, a portrait QWERTY that is basically Sprint's version of the Droid Pro, just hit the market in June.

Source: This is My Next 

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3 years ago

Kyocera Echo gets Gingerbread upgrade, doesn't have NFC, can't make waffles; Update: And may brick your phone

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Update: We've gotten numerous reports in the comments on this post, in our forums and at Sprint's forums saying this update's bricking phones. Sprint acknowledged earlier in the day that there might be issues, but we've yet to receive a follow-up. For now, we'd hold off on installing this update.

Sprint and Kyocera this morning confirmed that the dual-screen Echo -- read our full review -- is getting its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. On top of the OS bump, it's getting an update to Swype 3.0, as well as a new "Eco mode" to help out on battery life -- something the Echo desperately needs. (Remember that it actually comes with two batteries and a spare charger.)

Something the update doesn't bring, contrary to earlier reports, is some hidden NFC capability. No great surprise there -- if the Echo had an NFC chip in it, we would have heard about it by now.

But don't let that cast a dark cloud over this update. If you've got an Echo, look for the over-the-air-update to start pushing right ... about ... Now!

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Gameloft sees sales climb by 15 percent in first half of 2011, mobile sales up 55 percent

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Gameloft has announced that through the first half of 2011, they have hit €76.8 Million (about 110 million USD) in sales, which is up 15 percent from last year.  Smartphone and tablet sales are up 55 percent, and account for 30 percent of the total.  The second quarter alone saw €37.4 million (about 53 million USD), which is up 11 percent, even with the weak US dollar -- using a constant rate of exchange those sales grew by 16 percent.  These second quarter sales break down to 33 percent from Europe, 28 percent from North America, and 39 percent for the rest of the world.

Gameloft expects to launch 20 new smartphone and tablet games during the second half of this year, so their outlook for sustained growth of this nature is good.  While they may not have the best distribution model for the Android platform, you have to admit their games are very well done.  We're looking forward to what's coming from Gameloft, and I'm sure more than a few of you guys are, too.  Hit the break for the full announcement.

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3 years ago

Pentile Screen, avoiding OTA updates [From the Forums]

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Here we are, kicking off another week of Android news here at Android Central. Make sure you stick around on the blogs all this week and certainly take some time out for the forums as well to give a hand where you can or just join in on some Android discussion.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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