Gentlemen, start your engines! Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is now available in the Android Market. No longer an exclusive for the Xperia Play, the latest in the Need for Speed series, Hot pursuit promises racing action from the perspective of both sides -- the pursuer and the pursued. Play as a scofflaw in one of the exotic super cars like the Pagani Zonda Cinque, or be Johnny Law in your high speed police interceptor (the Lamborghini Reventon makes for a hell of a cop car!). If you love racing games, this looks like a real treat.
The game is available in both U.S and international versions (links below) and you'll need to be running Android 2.0 or higher -- also don't expect stellar performance without a beefy piece of hardware. The Market download is about 7.5MB, and you'll need to download an additional 291MB of content on the first run.
US Cellular this afternoon announced that it's launching a 4G LTE network in the first quarter of 2012, with select cities in six states getting the nod.
The markets that will initially have the LTE data, which is being provided in conjunction with King Street Wireless, are:
Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Madison and Racine
Iowa: Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport
Maine: Portland and Bangor
North Carolina: Greenville.
Oklahoma and Texas will see some 4G LTE coverage as well, but USCC didn't specify which cities. Specific devices were not announced, either, but we're more than willing to bet we'll see some Android fare. Check out the full press release after the break.
Boost Mobile this morning dropped word that it's dropped the price of the ZTE Warp to $199. It's a solid little phone, with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 5MP camera and 1GHz processor. Also, if you buy and activate a Warp on the Android Montly Unlimited or Daily Unlimited plan by midnight Nov. 8, you'll get a one-time $55 credit to you account. Noyce!
Look at that face. No, the other one. Wait. No. Back to the first one. That's what's going to be protested at lunchtime today as protesters from the "Occupy Wall Street" movement and Communications Workers of America march from New York City's Zucotti Park to a nearby T-Mobile store. Apparently they're all upset over T-Mobile's alleged "anti-worker and union-busting tactics," according to a press release that also says hundreds of people will take part. The whole thing takes place at 12:30 p.m. and will hit the store at Maiden Lane and Water Street.
But, again. Look at that face. No, the other one. Is that really what you want to protest?
Update: Just got the following comment from T-Mobile regarding the protest:
T-Mobile USA respects the rights of unions to exist and recognizes and respects our employees' rights to organize or to refrain from organizing. That said, we remain convinced that it is better for both T-Mobile employees and our business to maintain a direct working relationship between management and employees. The vast majority of T-Mobile employees have chosen not to be represented by a union.
T-Mobile is a great place to work. Our employees receive competitive compensation and benefits including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as a 401K and educational assistance. We’ve added new stores and new employees in New York City this past year, and we remain focused on making wireless affordable for everyone. Today’s protest seems misguided.
Following on from yesterday's root-based escapades, MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien has uploaded the boot and recovery images from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, along with a full (non-odexed) system dump from the device. While all three files should be of interest to Android hackers and developers, the system image in particular should be a great source for anyone looking to pillage ringtones, graphics or live wallpapers for use on other phones.
Paul points out that these are from a pre-release development build (ICL23D), so they'll likely differ from what you'll find on retail units later this month. With that in mind, hit up the source link for more info, along with download links.
Swiftkey's long been in our rotation of top keyboards, and it's now testing a feature that may make your fast phalanges even faster. Multitouch is in the works for tablets and smartphones, and it's currently being tested in a two-week alpha period in the developer's VIP track. Here's the low-down:
We have made improvements for rapid typists. We now properly support multi-touch so you shouldn't get accidentally repeated letters or accidentally missed letters when typing at speed with more than one finger. If you could try this out and in particular look out for issues with long-press keys, alternative character selection or keys where the highlighting gets stuck. We are particularly interested in results from tablet users touch typing as well as phone users with two thumbs.
It's still very early in the game, and bugs are expected. So if you opt to give this a go, you're a guinea pig, not a customer. But no matter, it's going to make a great keyboard even greater.
We might still be guessing about when the Galaxy Nexus will be making its debut on Verizon in the US, but the UK remains on track to get it on Nov. 17, according to Samsung UK. Sammy originally announced the date at last week's Galaxy Note World Tour in London, however we'd heard some rumors of a delay in the past 24 hours, so it's good to have confirmation that that's not the case.
Check out today's press release after the jump, or dive into our hands-on feature for more Galaxy Nexus goodness.
Bazinga. The Qualcomm chip in the T-Mobile Galaxy S II has been overclocked to 1.8GHz, and as far as we know nothing has caught fire and no fuzzy animals have been harmed. The Hercules is the oddball of the Samsung Galaxy S II line, using a different chipset to achieve those rocking 42 M/sec HSPA+ speeds, and many feared there would be little developer interest in the handset. It looks like that's a theory that's been thoroughly squashed, as Romanbb's kernel has been reported to work just fine with most of the custom ROM's floating around out there.
If you have a T-Mo Galaxy S II, and aren't put off by the risk of the pretty blue smoke, hit the source link and give it a look. Be sure to shout out in the forums about how it went, we all love a guinea pig tester.
The HTC Rezound is here, and it's the first in a wave of high end devices headed to Verizon Wireless this holiday season. HTC introduced the Rezound today in New York City and we managed to push through the crowd for some quality hands on time. Hit the break for full impressions.
We're live at HTC's little event in New York City, where the HTC Rezound for Verizon was just announced. And just as we expected, we've got a Beats Audio device on our hands, along with HTC Sense and a 4G LTE radio.
It's got a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM 8660 processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 16GB mircoSD card. It'll ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is no surprise. But HTC says it's committed to upgrading it to Ice Cream Sandwich ASAP.
It's also HTC's first smartphone with a 720p resolution display. That is, the 4.3-inch display has a width of 720 pixels, just like the Galaxy Nexus.
HTC's also incorporating its newer camera technology into the Rezound, just like we've seen on the HTC Amaze. It's got an 8-megapixel sensor, f2.2 lens and 1080p video recording -- including slow-motion. There's a 2-megapixel up front.
And, of course, there's that Beats audio. "You should have the best audio experience in your mobile experience," they said at the launch event. And included with the HTC Rezound, of course, are Beats earbuds.
The HTC Rezound will be available Nov. 14 at Verizon, Best Buy an online -- for $299.99.
We know the Motorola Droid RAZR is scheduled to ship by Nov. 10 -- that's officially official. But whwat we haven't had is an in-store date. Looks like that's going to be Nov. 11, and Verizon's getting cute with an 11:11 a.m. release. Let's hope that's just a little gimmick you don't actually have to wait an extra couple of hours after the store opens, but stranger thanks have happened. (Updated with one more pic.)
Update 2: Now we're hearing there's a pretty good chance you'll be able to walk in and pick one up Nov. 10 as well. Worth a shot.
Got your shiny new Samsung Galaxy Nexus yet? Nope, didn't think so. But when you do, you'll be pleased to hear that MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien has already got a root solution ready and waiting for you. Paul's "Superboot" program installs a specialized boot image to the Galaxy Nexus, which automatically roots it at startup, meaning you don't have to worry about mucking around with your paritions to gain full control over your phone.
So if you're a Google engineer, a carrier tester or a visitor from around fourteen days in the future, then be sure to hit up the source link for further instructions.
We're still firmly filing this one in the "unconfirmed" category, but the screen you see above supposedly is a "work in progress" of what's about to go out to Verizon stores. And it pretty much looks like we could be looking at a Nov. 17 availability (and Nov. 15 in-store marketing) for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which would bring Big Red in line with the rest of the world.
We're going to remain a bit dubious until we get word from Verizon itself, and our source says it's "been told the document pictured is a work in progress that will be sent out next week to all retail stores/partners along with promotional materials such as posters and flyers." So we'll see if the document is the work in progress, or the date, or what. And it's always possible this is just a friend of a friend messing with people (hey, it happens). But it does make more sense than waiting past the Black Friday holiday, don't it?
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