The latest in a longline of HTC Puccini leaks has made its way out onto the web, suggesting that HTC's Honeycomb-powered 10-incher could launch on AT&T as the "Jetstream". The latest shots seem to show a more recent build of HTC's tablet software, which is now looking a lot more Sensey than in previously-leaked images. Eagle-eyed readers will also notice AT&T's 4G logo down in the notification area.
Rumored specifications for the Puccini, or Jetstream as we may eventually come to know it, include a 1.2-1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a standard 1280x800 display. Plausible specs, but still nowhere near officially confirmed.
We hope we won't have to wait too long to get our hands on HTC's first Honeycomb tablet -- our fingers are firmly crossed for an announcement at the manufacturer's upcoming European shindig in a couple of weeks...
With the news that Samsung may be able to actually produce the fabled Super AMOLED HD screen, the Nexus Prime rumors are once again out in full force. The details are the same as the last round -- 4.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display at 1280x720 resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, Ice Cream Sandwich on board, and coming in October.
We've been hearing the same rumors since July, and honestly, there's nothing there that is outlandish enough to dismiss them out of hand. The Nexus Prime sounds like a beefed up Samsung Galaxy S II, with delicious vanilla Android running on a screen that some of us (yours truly) are simply salivating over (especially now that it's more plausible). Some of you guys aren't very keen on the fact that Samsung is once again making the Nexus device, but we all have to remember that the purpose of these developer models is to provide a showcase and hardware for new features introduced in the latest Android version, so software devs can write apps that use them. A new resolution and rumored buttonless design is one of these features, and who better to provide the equipment than the company who can make the screens. Nobody can be sure of the details of the next Nexus device until Vic G and friends are on stage showing it to us all, but the Nexus Prime sounds more than reasonable. Or maybe I'm setting myself up for a fall -- we'll see in October.
Cellular South has just announced they will be spending 90 million dollars in network expansion to ready themselves for their LTE network. This involves new towers, thousands of miles of new fiber, a significant boost in network capacity, and the obligatory enhanced backhaul. We all know the big four providers here in the states, but few realize that Cellular South is the nation's largest privately held wireless provider in the US, and actually has a higher rate of smartphone adoption than any other carrier. This is "driving an explosive demand for mobile data services" says Kevin Hankins, chief operating officer for Cellular South.
Most of the new expansion will be in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama where 258 new cell sites are planned, to serve 42 different counties. There will also be capacity boosts at major colleges this fall, including up to 150 percent capacity increases on the Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and University of Southern Mississippi campuses and expanded coverage at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, the home of Jackson State University football. While we have no timetable for any LTE rollout, it appears the Cellular South is getting itself ready for it's appearance. You can read the full press release after the break.
I like checking out what the featured apps are in the Market, because I usually assume it's featured for good reason. STAR BLITZ isn't one of those apps.
If you've played GUN BROS, seen any videos, or read our review of it, you've experienced STAR BLITZ. Glu Mobile could have named this one "Space Siblings" and that'd probably be a better name for it. At least it'd tip you off to how much of a GUN BROS clone it is.
And what a clone it is. The user interface is identical, just about. Same digital joysticks, same menus, same store, all of it. Yeah, the story is different. Instead of bad guys on a planet, now they're bad guys in space. You don't carry around guns, you fly spaceships. Oh, and it's a lady and a guy this time, hence why it should be Space Siblings and not Space Sisters or something.
The gameplay isn't bad, it's just uninspired. We've been here, done that. This is last week's hit song, dressed up in new clothes and paraded around as something new, original, and unique. And I just don't dig that.
The worst part? It's not even one of those cheap, weird knockoffs you find in the Market that might or might not be malware. It's made by the same group who made GUN BROS. That's just lazy, in my opinion, and if you're going to get featured in the Market, your game should actually be something worth featuring. (Fun fact: if you look at its app ID, they actually named it "Space Bros." What does that tell you?)
MINNEAPOLIS, August 18, 2011 - More exclusives are coming to Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, this time with the white version of the DROID Incredible 2 by HTC on the Verizon Wireless network. The smartphone launches nationwide in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and online at BestBuy.com/Mobile on Sunday, Aug. 21.
Similar to the original DROID Incredible 2 that launched in April, the white version features the Android 2.2 operating system, 4" WVGA touch screen, 8.0MP digital camera and 1.3MP front-facing camera and Mobile Hotspot capability. It retails for $149.99 with new, two-year activation.
Best Buy Mobile has set a precedent of bringing exclusive phones and colors to the market, supporting its commitment to delivering a better choice of phones and networks. Best Buy Mobile is also focused on delivering straightforward pricing featuring no mail-in rebates; impartial, informed advice with a non-commissioned sales staff; and someone to be there for the life of the phone through key services like Walk Out Working and Geek Squad Black Tie Protection.
Loving the white color. Shame it's not shipping with Gingerbread now, though. We'd prefer customers not have to update.
The Motorola Droid Bionic has popped up in the latest Best Buy circular, yet again confirming the 4.3-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera and all that jazz. And after the break, we've got that ad that first surfaced last month, in print form this time. Call us crazy, but it looks like Best Buy's planning on selling this thing.
And now Samsung's got something cooking for the IFA show in Berlin in a few weeks. What's in store for this one? Judging from Samsung's promo video (see it after the break), it's looking like something handheld, but bigger than a phone. A revamped 7-inch Galaxy Tab, perhaps? Remember that it debuted last fall at IFA, so it's probably due.
Some of you might remember DualBoot Games from our Spring Zen HD wallpaper review, and I was so impressed with what they'd done with that wallpaper, I decided to look into another. Today I've stumbled upon Celtic Garden HD, but to mix things up, I tried it on a tablet.
Celtic Garden HD gives us just that, a celtic garden. Surrounding it are various flora, and you can also choose to add fireflies or a butterfly, too. Similar to the other live wallpaper I reviewed, there is a "randomize" option, which will pick a random option from each category you can customize every time your screen loads.
You can really define your wallpaper down to a T, choosing everything from the basin type, flora type, garden life and leaf type, and even the pot type. You can also enable touch effects, so "special effects" happen when you touch the screen. In my experience, that was having the fireflies swarm around where I'd just touched.
In terms of performance, there wasn't the slightest bit of lag on the Toshiba Thrive I was running it on, so I'd assume everyone using a Tegra-2 device can expect similar results.
Per DualBoot's pricing scheme, there is also a free version available in the Market, but it restricts access to the well-thought out and comprehensive settings menu.
More pictures and download links are after the break.
If you are an HTC EVO 3D owner that has been anxiously awaiting the new OTA update to roll out in hopes of fixing some of your existing issues, luck is on your side today. Yesterday we reported that the update would begin to roll out on Aug. 23, but users are reporting the ability to install the OTA right now if you manually check for updates on your phone. This update is set to fix some lock screen issues, fix GPS lock issues, as well as make more applications uninstallable by users. Have you already installed the update? If so, be sure to let us know how it is treating you, and what changes you have noticed.
The best part about my job is that I get to find great apps to write about to show you guys, but in the process, y'all introduce me to some great apps too. Let's take Fieldrunners HD, for example. I swore up and down about that game's awesomeness, yet some people said, "Josh, you're an idiot misguided! Try GRave Defense HD!"
Well, I did. And I liked it. Comparing it to Fieldrunners HD, though, isn't quite fair.
As far as tower defense games go, GRave Defense HD is definitely one of the best. The graphics are pretty strong, performance is great, and there's lots to do. Between the gold and silver campaigns plus the survival mode, you'll be busting mutant zombie tail all day long.
Sure, the story might be cheesy (nuclear warfare that turns folks into mutant zombies?) and the menus might look a bit childish, but this game is still all solid. You've got a large range of guns that you'll learn to use over the course of the game, plus a big variety of zombies to gun down.
Guns can be upgraded a maximum of five times (with the cost increasing each time), at which point they become instruments of terrible, terrible power. The double-speed option is awesome for when you just need to burn through waves, too.
The big gameplay difference from games like Robo Defense or Fieldrunners HD is that all the zombies in GRave Defense are on a set path. In some levels, they might start from two different places, but the game always prompts you to what their path will be before they spawn. This makes it relatively easy to plan out where you'll build your towers/guns/cannons every single time. For the other games, they're free-roaming (field-running, even), and that's a different mechanic in and of itself.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time with GRave Defense HD and I can totally see why so many of you went to bat for it. It's a really well done game with a lot going for it. Sure, it's ~$3, but for something this polished, I'd gladly shell that out.