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4 years ago

Latest Legends installment, Dark Legends, released on Android and Google Chrome

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First there was Pocket Legends, then came Star Legends. Today sees the latest MMORPG effort from Spacetime Studios, Dark Legends, released into the Google Play Store. It also stakes the claim to be the first game of its kind to launch simultaneously mobile and desktop versions. It is also available in the Google Chrome store, on Mac, PC and Linux. 

The Legends series has become a huge smash hit worldwide, with over 7 million downloads of the first two games. If you've played either Pocket or Star Legends -- and there's a good chance you have -- then you'll feel right at home. New players can sign in with email, or via Facebook, and existing Spacetime account holders can just sign right in and play. 

First impressions are good, with the familiar gameplay taken in a new direction with the undead twist. It'll run you for a grand total of free in the Google Play Store, and you'll find download links along with the full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Angry Birds updated with 15 new tropical levels

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It might only be April, but the Angry Birds are already preparing for summer, with the launch of a new update to the original app for Android. Version 2.1 of Angry Birds introduces an additional 15 tropical-style levels and a new beach theme, if you prefer something a little more down to earth after the birds' interstellar adventures.

As for the gameplay itself, it's probably safe to assume you'll still be smashing pigs and taking eggs. We've got the usual Google Play Store linkage after the break.

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4 years ago

Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S II ICS update finally arrives

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Good news, long-suffering Samsung Galaxy S II owners on Vodafone UK! Your Ice Cream Sandwich update has finally arrived! Following one last delay yesterday, the Android 4.0.3 update for Voda-branded Galaxy S II's begins rolling out today through Samsung's Kies software today.

ICS updates for the Samsung Galaxy S II first began pushing out in Korea and parts of Europe in mid-March. Vodafone says that its update has undergone "careful testing to ensure the highest level of quality for our customers."

The network adds that today's update will begin pushing out to handsets automatically from next Tuesday, April 17, so if Kies isn't your cup of tea, then you'll soon have the option to install over-the-air.

Source: Vodafone

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4 years ago

Android Central 93: Big gaping holes in Android (or not), benchmarks are for suckers, the state of Sprint

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Audio-only stream below

It's time for that brutal honesty that only we can bring you. We explain why there probably aren't big giant gaping holes in Android, why benchmarks are for suckers (and we're going to quit doing them ... again), and where we stand on the state of Sprint, LTE and whether it should even bother with the Galaxy Nexus at this point. Plus more of your e-mails and voicemails. Do. Not. Miss. This. Podcast.

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4 years ago

Late-night poll: Are you rocking a Kindle Fire?

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We're about six-months in with the Amazon Kindle Fire, and we're wondering. We know that Amazon sold a good many Fires, and there's even a nice little support community for the 7-inch tablet. We get it -- it's very solid hardware, had the backing of Amazon, and hit the sweet spot in pricing. That's a lot of checks in the plus column, and we can see why it was a popular seller.

But as mentioned, we're curious about how many of you good folks picked one up, and are still using it. Let us know in tonight's poll!

 

Are you rockin' the Kindle Fire?

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4 years ago

Verizon upgrade fee, Phone vs. Phone [From the Forums]

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It's been a busy Thursday for Android news. If you happened to miss out on any of it, you can take some time to get yourself caught up here on the blogs. Plus, if you're looking for more Android discussion the Android Central forums are always open for business, hop on in.

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

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4 years ago

Stock Talk: Google's earnings call, stock split and not a whole lot of Android

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Today Google announced its latest set of financial results.  Not too shabby, either. Google's also splitting its stock by way of introducing a new class of shares. It sounds all complicated and stuff, but it’s really no big deal.  I’ll do my best to explain it in plain English for everyone.

First let’s look at Google’s results:

Google generated $10.65 billion in revenue for the first three months of 2012. That’s a mighty healthy 24 percent growth from the year-ago period. Operating income was up 32 percent.  Earnings per share (EPS) was $10.08, compared to $8.08 last year. In case you see headlines highlighting different earnings per share, keep in mind Wall Street usually cares about the “non GAAP” earnings, which is what we're talking about here.

The financials tell us that Google is growing at a good clip, and earnings are keeping pace with revenue growth. All of that is good news. Considering how dominant Google is in search and content advertising, it’s not like we were expecting profit margins to shrink. 

The stock market likes the numbers so far. The $10.08 in EPS compares to Wall Street expectations of $9.64. Google stock was trading up about 3 percent in after-hours trading.

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4 years ago

From the Android Forums: Spam in my EVO 4G

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jair asks in the Android Central forums:

Hello guys,

Today, April 12th around 1 p.m. CDT, I started getting this strange plus green symbol on my EVO 4G notifications bar (I will be attaching two pictures here) Has anyone perhaps mention anything about this? Notice the green + sign in the notification bar.

Here is when I open it: there is a spam about dating and girls site or something. Please help what should I do to get rid of this and protect from happening again, also this will help others to prevent get the same spam.

Thank you!

Ugh. It looks you ran into what's commonly called an "airpush" ad. They come from certain advertisement SDKs that put that notification bar spam there, hanging all out and trying to get you to click it. They are inherently evil, like Reagan in the Exorcist kind of evil. Good thing finding which app is doing it is fairly easy.

Grab Lookout Ad Network Detector from the Google Play store. It's free, and will scan all your apps to see what they can, and can't do. One of the apps that gets listed as able to place ads in the notification bar is the culprit. Uninstall it, and never look back.

It's worth noting that just because an app can put ads in the notification bar doesn't mean they are doing it. Different capabilities come from different ad SDKs, and some folks may have the ability and aren't using it. We call them the good guys.

Have a question you need answered? (Preferably about Android, but we're flexible.) Hit up our Contact Page to get in touch!

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4 years ago

Google+ Android app gets web snippets and better hashtag support

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One of our biggest gripes about the Android Google+ app was that it didn't include a sexy web snippet when sharing a URL. With today's update, that has been addressed, and sharing web links through the Android intent system (that's the "share" option in your menu) now presents the same sort of pretty magic as it does from the desktop. 

This is enough of an update for many of us to be happy, but wait -- there's more! You'll also get support for #hashtags, and the obligatory bug fixes and performance enhancements. All for the low, low price of free -- the download link is after the break.

via: +Anish Acharya

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4 years ago

BlackBerry Messenger once again purportedly caught running on Android

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Ever have that feeling of deja Déjà vu? It's happening right now for me with some new images having shown up of what is purported to be BlackBerry Messenger on Android. We've seen such things in the past of course and still nothing ever came out of it. True, RIM is branching off into other OSes these days having launched BlackBerry Mobile Fusion for Android and iOS. But BlackBerry Messenger on Android and iOS?

So many applications already exist for cross-platform chat. What could BlackBerry Messenger on Android even bring to the table? Even if this is some part of the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion integration happening here it just doesn't even seem to matter anymore. Not to mention the fact RIM squashed the idea a while back anyway.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

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4 years ago

Larry Page on Android tablets: A lot of success on the low-end

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Google CEO Larry Page wandered into the touchy territory of Android tablets during this afternoon's investor conference call. That's, of course, relevant because while there are 5 bazillion models of Android tablets out there, none has really come anywhere close to the popularity of the iPad. That, and longstanding rumors have Google putting out its own tablet this summer, likely on the 7-inch side of things with a price that may or may not compete, depending on which rumor you go by.

So did Page shed any light on what might or might not be coming? Not so much.

Here's his answer:

I think that we're very excited about tablets. I think, you know, there's a number of Android tablets out there. Obviously, we have strong competition there as well. I think you've seen us really invest substantially in things like Google Play, which really gives you great access to entertainment, media, books and videos and so on, as well as the apps. And we think that's an important component on what we're doing.

I think there's also, obviously, there's been a lot of success on some lower-priced tablets that run Android -- maybe not the full Google version of Android. But we definitely believe that there's going to be a lot of success at the lower end of the market, as well, with lower-priced products that will be very significant. It's definitely an area we think is quite important and that we're quite focused on.

Not that we expected him to blurt out future plans or anything. Far from it. But you can't help but wonder that that says about the current state of Android tablets when Google's CEO trumpets the low-end ones that do more to muddy the waters than propel the ecosystem forward.

Larry Page on Android tablets by androidcentral

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4 years ago

Job listing at Canonical may mean Ubuntu Mobile still lives

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The folks at Canonical (the masterminds behind the Ubuntu Linux project) have been kicking around the idea of a mobile version of Ubuntu for about four years now. First hearing about it back in 2008, many a nerdly smartphone user (guilty) just couldn't wait to get Linux on their handset, but it never really came to light.

That could be changing, as a job listing at Canonical for a "Business Development Manager (Ubuntu Phone OS)" has popped up, and it mentions the "launch of Ubuntu as a smartphone operating system" in the description. Now we're not privy to the inner chambers at Canonical where all the secrets are kept, but this has to mean one of two things -- either a big push for Ubuntu for Android, or a full fledged Ubuntu Mobile OS following in the tracks of Kubuntu Mobile 11.04. Either one makes me get all warm and fuzzy inside.

But here's the thing -- we have a Linux-based smartphone OS, and it also happens to be the market leader. Of course we're talking Android. With Google behind the project, Android was able to succeed when others, like Maemo, simply tanked. I'm not so sure the average user is ready for a new Linux based smartphone OS, no matter how bad some of us want it to happen. It's going to have to have polish, be easy to use, and have a couple hundred-thousand apps to succeed. A multi-purpose device that runs a celebrated and successful OS while mobile (Android), and a fuller, desktop style OS (Ubuntu) while docked is the right way to go here I think. We'll just have to wait and see.

Source: Canonical; via PhoneRPTEngadget

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4 years ago

New countries can now sell apps in the Google Play Store

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Google has been working hard over the past few years to make the Google Play Store as global as possible and now, they've announced the availability of some new areas and currencies that are supported:

  • Czech Republic
  • Israel
  • Poland
  • Mexico

Android developers in those countries can now submit and sell apps in any currency they wish and subsequently receive payouts and financial data for their work in their local currency. The finer details are highlighted on the Android Developer Blog and within the developer console so be sure to check out the source link for more information.

Source: Android Developer Blog

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4 years ago

Two new titles hit the Tegra Zone; Demolition Inc. and Jett Tailfin Racers

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There are two new games worth checking out in the Tegra Zone -- Demolition Inc. and Jett Tailfin Racers. Both look to offer hours of fun, with 3D graphics and effects you just won't see on any other mobile platform thanks to NVIDIA and their Tegra chips. 

Jett Tailfin Racers is an undersea racing game (we'll say it -- MarioKart style) where you race through courses filled with things like octopi and sharks who would love nothing more than to end your days, as well as power-ups and boosts. If you're rocking that Tegra 3, you'll also get the bonus of full 1080p graphics and textures, as well as extra animation effects. Jett Tailfin Racers has two huge points going for it, namely USB controller support and multi-player. Using controls that don't suck while playing with your friends across the LAN makes it pure win. 

Demolition Inc. is at the other end of the spectrum, and instead of cute racing fishies you take the role of Demolition worker Mike, who happens to be an alien. Fly above six different cities and cause as much mayhem and destruction as you can, using weapons tools like a tractor beam, anti-gravity ramps, and a giant wrecking ball to obliterate houses and other buildings. The THD version (specific for Tegra devices) includes controller support, weather effects, and three exclusive levels. The good news is that the standard version, playable by non-Tegra devices, is coming April 26.

You can get Jett Tailfin Racers for $2.99 in the Google Play store (NVIDIA Tegra devices running Android 2.2 or higher) and Demolition Inc. is $3.99 in the Play store (NVIDIA Tegra devices running Android 2.3 and higher) or grab either through the Tegra Zone app. Be sure to hit the break and checkout the gameplay trailers!

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4 years ago

Google's revenue up 24 percent over 2011; stock split announced

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Google this afternoon released its first-quarter 2012 earnings results. And as you can imagine, there are a lot of zeros in them. Specifically, revenue was at $10.65 billion for Q1 2012, 24 percent higher than in Q1 2011. Cash on hand at the end of March was $49.3 billion, and Google added about 600 jobs in Q1.

Additionally, Google announced what essentially is a stock split, creating a new class of non-voting capital stock that will be awarded via a dividend to existing stockholders in a one-to-one manner.

We'll be listening in on the conference call in a few minutes to see if there's any Android-specific news.

Source: Google Q1 2012 Earnings; Founders Letter

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