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5 years ago

Android Quick App: Fieldrunners HD


Tower defense games, a genre as old and time-tested as... well, at least that one mod I found for Warcraft III back in the day. At any rate, tower defense games seem a dime-a-dozen these days, especially on Android, but a strapping young whippersnapper looks to be the king of the heap.

For those of you who've played Robo Defense, you know it's the grandaddy of tower defense games on Android. Take Robo Defense's core gameplay mechanics (or any tower defense game's gameplay mechanics) and slap the shiniest, smoothest, most excellent graphics on them you can, and you've got Fieldrunners HD.

From a mechanical standpoint, Fieldrunners HD plays just like any other tower defense game. Set up towers (of which there are many), pew pew the bad guys, and earn monies for it. With your newly acquired cash, buy more towers, pew pew the bad guys... You see where I'm going with this. It isn't a bad thing Fieldrunners HD doesn't change the game, because the formula works. It's still fun.

The biggest selling point for this puppy are the graphics. Man, are those graphics gorgeous. I know it sounds like I'm blowing it out of proportion, but I can't get over it! You're looking at an early-days Android user who lived and breathed Robo Defense. When Robo Defense got a graphical overhaul not too long ago, I was pleased. But man, it doesn't touch Fieldrunners HD.

You've got full body motion on the troops you're trying to mow down, sound effects enabled by default, and at least on my device, not a stutter to be seen. You can even throw the whole round into 2x speed and it'll run like greased lightning. Like butter. Pick your cliche, cause it's good.

Other than that, there isn't much more to say. You've got three modes of difficulty, so start off easy to make yourself feel good, then ramp up the difficulty and watch the computer field-run circles around your vain efforts to shoot them down. It builds character, I hear.

Fieldrunners HD runs $2.99 a copy, which is an absolute steal for something this polished. It might be a bit more expensive than some other games in its genre, but they're not offering what Fieldrunners HD is offering.

Download links are after the break.

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5 years ago

Reader goes hands-on with the LG Thrill


Nobody knows the exact date, but the LG Thrill 4G is coming to an AT&T retailer near you soon (and we've been hands-on with this thing so many kinds of ways already).  Soon enough that units are out there being showed off, as LG is wont to do, and 0mie got his hands on one for a few minutes.  Thankfully, he had a bit of video gear with him, so he was kind enough to pass on a few pictures and a short video of the phone in action.  It's a good look at the software and almost shows off the 3D action. Check 'em out, after the break.

Thanks, 0mie!

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5 years ago

Readers choice awards, Xoom 3.2 update [From the Forums]


Rock on! Friday is here and after a week of banging out a ton of posts for you all we're ready for the weekend. If you happened to miss out on anything this week, make sure you skip on back a few pages and get caught up. Also, be sure to check out the Android Central and Mobile Nations podcasts. If after all that, you're looking to talk Android some more -- hit up the Android Central forums.

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

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5 years ago

Verizon Motorola Xoom software update pushing out now


Verizon Motorola Xoom owners, now is your moment of glory. Well, insofar as the first Honeycomb tablet that was supposed to have LTE by now but still doesn't can bask in glory.

But we digress.

Software update HTJ85 for your Motorola Xoom is now pushing out and while I'm sure you all are fully aware of the changelog it brings, here is a rundown anyway:

Screen Scaling Compatibility Mode:

  • Ability to switch to double pixel mode for selected applications.
  • When selected, application subwindows and drop down menus are also doubled. In addition, pixel doubling settings are saved for each application.

SD Card Support:

  • New microSD card support allows you to use a file manager to view all the important files, pictures, music, videos and more stored on your SD card, as well as write content to your SD card via connection to a PC or Mac.

Adaptive Streaming Support for Movies:

  • Adjusts the bit rate based on client bandwidth, providing an improved user experience.

Movie Rental Improvements:

  • Stability improvements to the overall experience.
  • When viewing with HDMI connection, the screen will accurately resize.

New EAS policy:

  • “Allow Password Recovery”
  • Improvements to Exchange ActiveSync and security

That's it -- now go check for system updates if you've not done so already and by all means, feel free to open up some discussion in the Motorola Xoom forums or drop us some comments on how the update went for you.

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5 years ago

Thumb Keyboard receives significant update to v4.3.2


Finding the right keyboard for your tablet can be tough. It's like shopping for a smartphone really, different strokes for different folks and not any one app is going to cover everybody. That said; Thumb Keyboard certainly tries to cover all bases and requirements a user may run into and the latest update shows adds some pretty interesting features as you see in the video but here's a run down of them all:

  • Coverflow theme browser with 24 themes (more to come)
  • Option to adjust the width of the split keyboard to the range of your thumbs!
  • Customizable toolbar
  • Option to change the secondary symbols on the letter keys
  • Resizable font
  • Text shortcut buttons (save and re-enter much used phrases)
  • New prediction feature: predict next word based on previous one.
  • Better prediction by the use of new dictionaries
  • 4.3: new theme browser, lots of new themes, customizable sec. symbols
  • 4.3.2: new landscape layout with cursor keys, new themes

Having been using Thumb Keyboard on my Motorola Xoom for the past 24 hours now, I can safely say that it is leaps and bounds better then the built-in keyboard. Having customizable options is pretty awesome, especially being able to adjust the height of the keyboard, as standard settings for me seem too large. Add the themes added by WJD Designs and you've got a whole new look to your tablet. If you're shopping around for a new keyboard layout, give Thumb Keyboard a look. Screen shots and download links can be found beyond the break.

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5 years ago

Twitvid Android app now available


Sharing videos on Twitter just got a little easier, with Twitvid releasing its own Android application. With it you'll be able to record photos and video, insert a message and then upload straight to Twitter. Sure, many Twitter clients already include that functionality. But if you want something that's straight to the point, without a lot lot of other functionality, Twitvid might be the way to go. It's free, and we've got download links after the break.

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5 years ago

This old and busted Motorola Droid just won a new Droid 3!

It's been a week or so since we asked you to show us your old and busted phones in hopes of winning our new hotness Motorola Droid 3. Upward of 600 entries later, we found ourselves a winner, plucked at random from the pile of decayed and decrepit phones. And it's fitting, because Android Central Forums member lorzee just happens to have an original Motorola Droid that's unlikely to be allowed through airport security.

But that's not all. In addition to lorzee winning the Droid 3 (plus $50 worth of accessories and an Android Central T-shirt), we've got more winners.

  • tralfaz wins $50 worth of accessories, and an Android Central T-shirt.
  • And dra, trusteelfan and bacumings each wins an Android Central T-shirt.

Congrats, everybody! And we'll absolutely have more contests coming up soon.

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5 years ago

Video shows progress bringing CyanogenMod to LG Optimus 3D


We already knew that CyanogenMod 7.1 was on its way to the LG Optimus 3D (aka LG Thrill 4G), but now we have some early video footage of the popular custom firmware running on LG's new flagship phone, courtesy of developer Ricardo Cerquiera. The video shows a surprisingly functional build, with video, Wifi, browsing and OpenGL all working without a hitch. The early build also manages an impressive 58 frames per second in the NenaMark benchmarking app.

Ricardo mentions on Google+ that he's already got 3D video working, so it looks like Optimus 3D owners won't have to sacrifice any of that stereoscopic goodness to run CM7 when the time comes. As ever, there's no ETA for any nightly builds or release candidates, but we look forward to seeing more of CM7 on the Optimus 3D just as soon as it's ready.

Source: Ricardo Cerquiera on Google+

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5 years ago

Motorola Titanium mini-review


The Motorola Titanium is the latest Android Nextel device, complete with a full portrait keyboard and push-to-talk features.  It's rugged, meeting MilSpec 810G for dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, high temperature and low temperature, and looks to be the replacement for the Moto i1, which was the previous Nextel Android phone.  After a bit of time with it I think this would be a logical choice for the jobsite foreman, or anyone in uniform that needs this level of ruggedness, at the expense of performance.  Yes, this phone is not perfect.  After the break, check it out with me and decide if this one fits your needs.

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5 years ago

Vote for your favorite Android phone in our Readers Choice Awards polls

It's time to show support for your favorite Android phone with our readers choice polls in the Android Central Forums.  We've got them set up for the four major US carriers as well as Europe and Canada, and now we need your help to find the winners.  We're only listing currently announced and available phones, so don't be surprised that the quad-core Rumor-Machine 9000 isn't listed yet, but we've got the great ones covered.  Jump in and vote for your favorite!

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5 years ago

Droid Bionic with its top off


Get the feeling that the Motorola Droid Bionic -- which is hitting stores sometime next month -- is in the hands of a few few testers? Yeah, us, too. Here's a new pic that was dropped into our forums. (Full disclosure: We've cropped out the beyond-spammy watermark on this pic; you can see the whole thing at the source links below.)

Anyhoo, not a whole lot to see here. Big battery (but will it be big enough?), the 4G LTE SIM card, and a spot for the microSD card.

Source: MyEGarageSale via Droid Bionic Forums

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5 years ago

Mobile Nations 4: From boardroom to bedroom


Phil, Kevin, Tim, Dan, and Rene talk Google vs. Microsoft patent slap-fight, new BlackBerrys (new BlackBerrys!!), waiting on Pre 3 and the TouchPad 3.0.2 update, and Apple eating all the mobile profits. This is Mobile Nations!

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5 years ago

Droid Bionic poses for yet another unofficial photoshoot


By the time the Droid Bionic finally hits Verizon shelves in September it’ll seem like an old familiar friend. Above is a shot from yet another impromptu photoshoot of the Bionic showing off its sexy physique. Unfortunately we don’t get a great look at the UI, but hey, we hopefully have only a month left ‘til we’re all able to feel one up ourselves. Until then, hit the source link for a few more shots, and try not to drool on your keyboard.

Source: Droid-Life

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5 years ago

Honeycomb Tip: Check out the browser's quick controls

5 years ago

Pierre Cardin introduces first designer tablet in the UK


Pierre Cardin, the famous brand created by the esteemed fashion designer, has released a 7-inch Android tablet. This makes it the first UK designer tablet to hit the market.

The fact that it runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) shows that it isn’t packing the latest specs, but fans of high fashion might take an interest.

Here are the specs:

  • 7-inch 800 x 480 screen
  • 1GHz Samsung Cortex A8 processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage
  • SD card slot
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 720p playback
  • Android Market

Since this device has access to the Android Market, you will be able to use all of your Google services with it. The tablet costs £275 or approximately $450, so it's not a cheap device by any means. Anyone interested?

Source: Pierre Cardin

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