Hot on the heels of today's Minecraft announcement, Sony Ericsson and EA Mobile have revealed that the Android version of FIFA 12, the latest instalment in the popular soccer football game series, will be available exclusively on the Xperia Play for a limited time.
Xperia Play owners will be able to get their hands on FIFA 12 when it's released during the holiday season, while other devices will have to wait until Feb. 21, 2012. SE and EA promise a game experience optimized to take advantage of the Xperia Play's hardware, with frame rates up to a silky 60fps.
Join us after the jump for the presser, and if you're rocking an Xperia Play, let us know in the comments if you plan on snapping this one up.
Two really interesting new phones are soon to be released on T-Mobile, the Samsung Hercules and the HTC Ruby. We now know at least a tentative date for their arrival, October 26. Both of which are "4G capable and share many similar top of the line features and also [are] the fastest smartphones in the market" according to T-mobile. I'm not sure we can argue too much when we have a look at the rumored specs of them: a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1GB RAM and a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU for the Ruby, and 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus, 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, and 16GB of internal memory for the Hercules. Either looks like a real winner, and should make any Android fan pretty happy.
Of course, these dates are likely as not to change, but at least we know the ballpark.
The LG Thrill 4G, AT&T's next (hopefully) Android smartphone has once again been delayed, this time the date is pushed back until September 4. As mentioned in the document you see above, the Thrill was to ship to third party stores (in this case, Radio Shack) on August 21, but that's not going to be happening.
We have no idea why the phone keeps being delayed, but it's somethingwe're used toby now. There's also the small matter that AT&T never announced a release date, only "this Summer". It will be released when it's ready. Hopefully the extra time means a better product out the door.
Looking for a collectors item to show off both your love for Minecraft and Android? Well, Mojang has just the thing to fill that void posted up on eBay for you. That is, if you have at minimum US $1,250. That's what the current bid is for the Limited Edition Xperia Play they are offering. That may seem like quite a bit but it's for a good cause -- the funds raised will go to a charity of Notch’s and the whole Minecraft team’s choice! Right now, it has 6 days left on the bidding. Anyone got some spare cash laying around?
The HTC Bliss has been spotted out and about, meaning the phone is officially in the hands of testers. We saw it breeze through the FCC a few days ago, and a leaked Verizon roadmap shows it to be ready somewhere around the end of September. In case you haven't been paying attention, the Bliss is HTC's Android phone they seem to marketing towards the fairer sex, with unique accessories like blinking charms and pleasant pastel colors. No idea how that strategy will pay off, but they need something to make its mid-range specs (3.2 qVGA screen and 800MHz CPU) a bit more enticing and maybe that will be just the ticket. We should be finding out this holiday season.
We know a lot of folks have been itching for the HTC Holiday since everyone first started talking about it this past May, but a lucky gentlemen has found one for sale on Craigslist. Of course, he jumped on it and has since posted pictures online to kill the naysayers before they can chime in. According to the buyer, the specs are what everyone expected -- 1.2 GHZ dual-core processor, 1GB ram, 4.5inch qHD screen, 8GB internal memory, with an 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera. To make things even sweeter, this prototype is working "just fine" for AT&T voice and data. Think of it as an EVO 3D or HTC Sensation for AT&T, and that's something everyone has to love. While we feel bad that the glass is cracked, the buyer says it works just fine, and it's a fair trade for getting your hands on something we might not see officially for a little while. Hit the source link to see more pics.
With their tablet now fully unwrapped, Fusion Garage has also unveiled their Grid 4 smartphone specs to go along with it. Those specs, fall in line with pretty much any Android device out there today despite Fusion Garages attempt to downplay the popularity of Android. Here is what the Grid 4 smartphone will bring:
4.0-inch Inch display - 800 x 480 pixels
Tri-band HSDPA and quad-band GSM
16GB Internal storage
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, A2DP
5 Megapixels with Autofocus and LED flash (720p video recording)
Front facing 0.3 Megapixels
1300 mAh battery
Grid OS with Android applications
$399 unlocked with 16GB — operator availability will be announced later. Needless to say, the whole it's not Android but runs Android situation here is all rather confusing. Given Fusion Garages history, one would think they'd want to openly accept Android users in, not take the time to tick them off all while attempting to leverage Android applications.
"Are you sure you wish to continue? You are about to start the process of unlocking your device. Unlocking your device allows you to install custom Operating Systems (“OS”) onto your device."
Words many have been waiting to hear, and starting today, owners of the European version of the HTC Sensation can now put them to task -- HTC's bootloader unlock page has went live. You'll have to accept all the legal terms and agree to them, specifically that your warranty may be void (in full or partially) and that HTC may charge for warranty repair work on unlocked devices. We've known about this, so you shouldn't be too surprised.
You'll then be walked through the entire process from start to finish. The instructions are extremely well done (they would be worthy of a sticky in our forums) and explain exactly how to use the needed components of the SDK with pictures, download links, and all the commands listed -- it's all a copy and paste job. You'll be instructed to get a unique device "Identifier Token", which you'll submit to the HTC bootloader page. They will in turn send you an email (to the address you registered on the HTC developer site with) with an unlock key and needed commands to use it. Then you're gold. It's all pretty well documented and the commands seem simple enough, but remember -- there's never much room for error when doing this kind of operation. Make sure you understand the process completely before you begin.
And that's it. A simple solution to a problem that a lot of us have had with HTC. Now we wait to see it be released for devices here in the states.
All those rumors you may have heard about the HTC Droid Incredible not getting Gingerbread? Yeah, forget you heard them (and you didn't hear them here) -- Verizon's support website with the changelog and upgrading instructions went live this morning, and the news is good. The Dinc will soon be seeing Android 2.3.4 and all the perks that come with the Gingerbread update, as well as a few other fixes:
MMS messages will now send correctly
Properly save audio files from MMS messages
Successfully play audio from MMS messages
Internet connection via Bluetooth now enabled
VZ Navigator now operates on Wifi
Change songs in the music widget by tapping the forward button
Camera now functions with an SD card inserted
As for the time frame (be honest, that's what we're all looking for), Verizon doesn't give us one, but the support documents are in place, and Dinc owners everywhere will be checking every 13 seconds -- we'll let you know as soon as we start seeing it.
Update: Just got word about how the over-the-air rollout's going to take place. The push is scheduled to start Tuesday, Aug. 16, with an initial 10,000 updates. Another 50,000 will get it on Wednesday, and everybody else on Friday.
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread leaks for the Samsung Epic 4G have been plentiful in the past and now, we have yet another to add to that list. EH06 has now leaked out and while the verdict is still out on how well it runs, the fact it's now available means we should start seeing some feedback soon. Paul627g brought us the news via our forums from Samfirmware, so if you're looking for the download or have some feedback to share on just how well this build really is, you know what to do. Drop some comments here or in the Android Central forums to help others out with deciding to load it or not.
And just like that -- a new Motorola device has been announced. The Motorola Defy+ is of course a follow up to the the original Motorola Defy, keeping it's same rugged water resistant, scratch resistant and dust proof design. But this time around it will include:
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
3.7-inch high-resolution touch screen display
5MP camera with auto focus, flash and digital zoom
2GB internal; *2GB microSD card in box, expandable up to 32GB
Not a bad follow up device, guess Motorola may have sold enough of the original Defy to justify a second. You can read past the break for the full press release.
Android's Andy Rubin did give a little insight into the process, and how it'll work going forward.
Basically, hardware manufacturers bid to become the platform for that year, then work closely with Google for the development of their Nexus device before releasing it late in the year. And that's not going to change, even with this acquisition. One of the biggest points to remember is that the Motorola end will continue to be run as a separate business. That means it'll have to go through the same Nexus process it's presumably been going through, just like everyone else.
Here's what Rubin had to say on the matter:
We have this strategy where we have this Nexus program, and we have this lead device strategy. That strategy has worked quite well to help focus the team.
What we do is that we select each -- around Christmastime of each year -- we select a manufacturer that we work very closely with to release a device in that time frame. That includes, also, semiconductor companies and all of the components that go in the device.
Essentially the teams huddle together in one building. They jointly work in these development efforts -- they go on for nine to 12 months. And ultimately at the holiday season, or right before it, devices pop out that are based on this effort.
We don't expect that to change at all. The acquisition is going to be run as a separate business. They will be part of that bidding process, and part of that lead development process. And obviously Android remains open to other partners to use as they are today.
And, no, he didn't say who's got this year's Nexus phone. Hang in there, folks.
Here's one to watch today, folks. Shares of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) were up more than 50 percent at the start of trading Monday on the news that Google was acquiring it for $40 per share. Makes sense -- Google's gonna buy it at that price, and that's about where it's trading at now. But that's a hell of a jump for any stock, eh?
Android hackers have succeeded in unlocking the Motorola Photon 4G bootloader using the methods they first figured out for the Atrix 4G. Like most hacks of this nature, you're going to have to read the directions and understand everything before you jump in, and you'll need a bit of working knowledge of the standard fastboot procedures. Because it's a Motorola phone, you're also going to need to know how to use RSDLite. The good news is that the instructions are laid out nicely and it shouldn't be much of an issue once you get everything assembled.
The biggest thing to remember here, is that this is for the Photon only. Don't go trying it on your Droid 3, or you'll likely be in for an ugly surprise. With all that out of the way, head over to the source link and get started. Let the games begin!
If you took the last OTA for the HTC EVO 4G, and have been wanting and waiting for a root method, you're now in luck. The fellas at Revolutionary have worked out the kinks and the EVO 4G with version 2.16.0001 Hboot is now included on their list of supported devices. You'll want to read everything carefully and make sure you understand it before you dive in, but it's a fairly easy procedure. And if you hit a snag, there's always help in the EVO 4G forums. Happy flashing!
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