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2 years ago

Deep Trip [Android Kids App]

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I don't have kids myself, but when I came across Deep Trip, well, it's fairly obvious which market's being targeted. It's a pleasant, cheerful game with a simple learning curve and cartoony graphics. That being said, if you find yourself spending time with it, too, don't be ashamed. It really is quite fun.

Deep Trip is designed in the tradition of games like Helicopter, where you hold the screen to ascend, let go to descend, and try not to crash into anything along the way. Instead of a helicopter, you're a long, orange sea snake (eel, perhaps?) who is trying to find your way home.

While the concept sounds simple, it's actually deceptively difficult, especially considering how winding underwater can be, loaded with all sorts of pointy rocks and wrecked ships and whatnot. To combat this, Deep Trip places powerups throughout the level that afford you some protection on your journey.

If you collect one powerup, your little snaky eel gets a helmet that's good for one crash into an obstacle. However, if you collect two powerups (collect a second powerup while still wearing your helmet), you're granted near-invulnerability for a time, madly careening about, smashing through anything that gets in your way without consequence.

Deep Trip is also Papaya-enabled, which is a social gaming service that looks suspiciously similar to OpenFeint. On Papaya you can see your best attempts, compare your results to other people playing Deep Trip, add friends, check out more games that are using Papaya, and chat with friends you've made. It looks like a pretty comprehensive social hub, despite it being kind of barren, friends-wise.

If you're looking for a game to kill some time or quiet your little one, Deep Trip looks like it'll fit the bill. It doesn't even cost a penny, so it's at least worth checking out.

We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Sprint officially announces the ZTE Fury, coming March 11 for $19.99

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The ZTE Fury will be available March 11 for just $20 on contract, Sprint announced this morning. The Fury is being billed as a "family-friendly" Android device, though options such as Sprint's Family Locator, mobile usage controls (you can lock down text messages, for example) and Sprint Drive First all cost extra. 

As for the phone itself, the Fury's got a 3.5-inch display, 5-megapixel camera with flash and can serve as a 3G mobile hotspot. It looks to be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon processor. It's got 4GB of storage on board. It's also a Sprint ID device, so you can theme it with any number of Sprint ID packs.

More: Sprint

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2 years ago

Benchmarks still not that relevant, but Intel seems to be doing well in them

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We've been around the block a few times on the whole benchmarking thing that is for sure. But an enterprising German blogger, known as Caschy, has managed to run a couple of different benchmarking tests on the forthcoming Orange Santa Clara and its Intel Medfield internals. The results are interesting, but not necessarily surprising. 

First up we have the Rightware "Browsermark" test, which tests the JavaScript and HTML rendering capabilities of the browser. The results do though as seen here put the Santa Clara in front of Apple's iPhone 4S

The other test was the "Vellamo" test from Qualcomm that brings together 11 benchmarks of features that a mobile browser depends on. This time the Santa Clara claimed the scalp of the revered Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The bottom line is still that benchmark tests still shouldn't be taken too seriously when judging a device's performance. But, ignoring all that, what we do have is more indications that Intel's architecture is potentially bringing something special to the table.

We shouldn't be too surprised though, remember CES? Intel made these very same claims themselves on the Las Vegas stage. At this point -- or any point for that matter -- we're not really that interested in a benchmark score. Can we just get the devices already? 

Source: Caschy's Blog (translated) via Netbook News

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2 years ago

Mythical Nexus tablet reportedly could surface in May, says oft-wrong publication

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Digitimes, the manufacturing rumormonger that everybody loves to source but nobody ever admits to actually believing (we're guilty of this as well), today says that the long-rumored but never substantiated "Nexus tablet" could debut as early as May. It would cost between $199 and $249, the publication says, and be manufactured by ASUS. 

Those are all plausible statements, especially given that ASUS showed off a $250 7-inch quad-core tablet at NVIDIA's CES press event, then promptly hid it away. (That's what you see above.) On the other hand, Digitimes' sources also said that this rumored tablet would be "the first using Google Play Store," which makes absolutely no sense, because everything now uses the Google Play Store. And it might be cutting things a little close if production really was to begin in April.

In other words, maybe it exists, maybe it doesn't.

Source (more or less): Digitimes

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2 years ago

March 10 Galaxy S II ICS upgrade date posted in error, says Samsung Korea

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Yesterday Samsung's Filipino site published statement announcing that the Galaxy S II would be receiving the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, starting tomorrow, Mar. 10. Since then, Samsung has stepped in via its official Korean Twitter account to say that the article was posted in error, and that any official date will come straight from them.

This isn't the first time a supposedly official date for the long-awaited update has been rescinded. Last week Samsung Israel took to Facebook to announce that the update would land on Mar. 15, and that post has since vanished. With all this talk of updates arriving in the next week or so, though, we're sure Galaxy S II owners won't have too long to wait.

Source: @SamsungTomorrow; via: The Verge

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2 years ago

O2 UK launches Sony Xperia S

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Following Three's announcement yesterday, O2 UK has become the second British network to launch Sony's new flagship handset, the Xperia S. Subsidized prices start at £79 on the cheapest £16.50 per month contract, while a bump up to a £21.50 per momth plan will get you the Xperia S for free, along with 200 minutes, unlimited texts and a 500MB data allowance. Unlike Three, O2 isn't selling the Xperia S on pay-as-you-go, so you'll need to open up a new line, or burn an upgrade if you want to pick up the O2-branded version.

The Xperia S is the first of Sony's new Xperia NXT series to launch internationally, going on sale first in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress. It sports a dual-core CPU, a 4.3-inch 720p "HD Reality Display" and a whopping 12MP camera. We've already given you our first impressions of the Xperia S, and we'll have a full review posted in the next few days.

Source: O2 UK

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2 years ago

Android Central 89: MWC recap, Google Play is born, photos and privacy

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Audio-only stream below

We're back for our first sit-down since Mobile World Congress. Phil, Jerry, Mickey, Alex and Cory wrap up Barcelona, welcome in (or not) Google Play, and talk a whole bunch about privacy and security. Join us!

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2 years ago

Motorola Motoluxe launches in the UK, T-Mobile gets it first

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Motorola's quirky mid-range phone, the Motoluxe, has today gone on sale in the UK. Various onlie and brick-and-mortar retailers are now selling the 'luxe for just over £200 (~$320) without a contract, while T-Mobile UK is offering it for free on all its 2-year contracts, which start at £21 per month.

Under the hood, the Motoluxe contains what we'd generously describe as mid-range hardware. There's an 800MHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 4-inch WVGA screen and an 8MP camera. On the software side, you get Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Motorola's latest Motoswitch UI. Those kinds of specs aren't going to wow anyone in 2012, but if you're after an affordable entry-level Android phone, the Motoluxe may be worth a look.

For our first impressions of the Motoluxe, check out our hands-on feature from CES back in January.

More: T-Mobile UK

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2 years ago

Late-night poll: Do you fill out crash reports?

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Android app developers work hard. They deliver us a lot of good apps and we all love using them, and I think I speak for everyone when I say thanks to all the hard working folks who make our phones "funner" to use or more productive. But software is never bug free, and crashes happen -- it's a fact of life for all programmers. Add in the fact that the Android platform allows for almost endless customization, and you make it even harder for developers. But they carry on and deliver.

When those inevitable crashes happen, we usually get a chance to report what went on. I think this is pretty important, and I fill them out, as well as include any extra info to help. But I understand not everyone feels that way. It takes time, and some of us aren't comfortable with sharing some log data. As usual, when I get curious what other folks are doing, I ask. Let me know in the poll.

 

Do you fill out application crash reports?

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2 years ago

HTC One X rooted before release with Modaco Superboot

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The HTC One X has been rooted before it's official release thanks to Android hacker Paul O'Brien. With his Superboot method, any One X that has S-Off, or has been unlocked via the official HTCDev bootloader tool will be subject to this method, which uses the fastboot protocol to boot an insecure image that automatically loads the files needed for a system-wide root. It's easy, it works well, and should make for a simple way to root your phone once we get the One X in our hands, as long as HTC supports the device at launch with their bootloader tools.

Which is where things get a tad more complicated. Paul developed this method using a phone that was factory S-Off, which we shouldn't count on seeing in the wild. Traditionally, HTC has waited a while before providing access to their bootloader unlocking tool for new models, and without it we won't be able to boot with the Superboot image. Couple this with the different version we'll see here in the states for AT&T and things get a little more complicated. 

As usual, we all appreciate the work Paul does with new phones, and are looking forward to having a fully rooted and unlocked HTC One X in our hot little hands. Let's just hope that HTC supports unlocking the bootloaders in a timely fashion, and that Paul's work helps developers for the AT&T model as well. 

Source: Modaco; via Android Central forums

 

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