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3 years ago

Lenovo 7-inch IdeaPad caught on camera

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Lenovo has been hard at work on its Android offers, as we most recently saw with the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad but a new 7-inch tablet has just been spotted. Confirmed details for the 7-inch IdeaPad are rather slim still but rumors are suggesting this one will be powered by a TI OMAP3621 processor, a 7-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen and various other goodies like 3G connectivity, SDCard slot, front and rear-facing cameras all rounded out with a 3700mAh battery. Not great but not bad either, you can find one more pic after the break.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Talk2All

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3 years ago

Bouncy Mouse - Cut the rope meets Angry Birds

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

A new game has popped up in the Android Central forums and after having been playing it for past few days now, we think you should check it out. Available for both Android smartphones and tablets for free, if you're a fan of Angry Birds and Cut The Rope -- Bouncy Mouse is the best of both. You get to shoot, sling, and fly Bouncy Mouse through 30 levels in 3 different Worlds that are superbly designed. The developer, Eric -- is looking for feedback on the game so if you decide to give it a shot, make sure you let him know how you like it. The download link can be found past the break.

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 3D now available from Three UK

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Following the phone's SIM-free launch a couple of weeks ago, the LG Optimus 3D is now available directly from British network Three. The phone is yours for free on any of Three's 24-month contracts, which range from £35 to £40 per month, or on Pay As You Go for £449.99. Not a bad price considering the tech that's packed inside this thing -- a 1GHz dual-core OMAP4 CPU, a 4.3-inch 3D display and dual 5-megapixel cameras for recording your own 3D content. Unfortunately it's running Froyo out of the box, but a Gingerbread update is expected in the next couple of months.

We've been getting to grips with the European Optimus 3D over the past week, and we'll have a full review written up for you you guys very soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out our write-up of an earlier prototype unit from Google IO.

Source: Three Media Centre, Three Store

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 65

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Audio-only stream below

We talk up the recent Netflix update, more new hardware announcements, and the Droid Bionic brouhaha. Plus, a special guest appearance by Joe from Swiftkey. Listen in!

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3 years ago

Mobile World Congress to stay in Barcelona through 2018

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Allow us just a little bit of inside baseball here: Mobile World Congress -- Europe's premier mobile event -- has announced that it's staying in Barcelona, Spain, through 2018. We've attended the past three years, and Android definitely had a huge presence in 2011, taking up a good part of an entire hall with a huge exhibit featuring just about every Android phone in the world, and a host of developers.

Mobile World Congress 2012 is scheduled for Feb. 27-March 1.

Source: GSMA

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3 years ago

Android kids app: Winnie the Pooh - What's a Bear to Do

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Let's face it: If you want to properly review a kids' app, you've got to get a kid to do it. So we armed Daughter No. 1 with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the "Winnie the Pooh - What's a Bear to Do?" game. It's a simple premise: Pooh loves honey, and it's your job to help him find it by way of a few hidden honey pots. There are a smattering of puzzles to do, too, and they proved no match for a genius soon-to-be kindergartener.

The honey pots, on the other hand, took a little more doing, and there were a few tears shed (by the kid!) when they weren't all found on the first go. But as you can see in the video above, finishing the game doesn't end the fun, and it remains a nice babysitter entertaining. In only adult games could hold our attention like that.

"Winnie the Pooh - What's a Bear to Do?" runs $2.99 in the Android Market. Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D Accessories Roundup

The hottest accessories for your HTC EVO 3D

 

The launch of the new HTC EVO 3D on Sprint has brought new light upon the Android community with the device's stunning 4.3-inch 3D qHD screen, ability to capture pictures and video in full 3D, and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor underneath the hood to compliment its 4G capabilities.

The EVO 3D is without-a-doubt a precious investment-- and going the extra mile in terms of accessories for your device is absolutely crucial.  If you aren't already familiar with the Accessories Roundups here at Android Central-- we list the most popular accessories for the HTC EVO 3D chosen by our loyal customers here at the store, as well as the most essential EVO 3D accessories that we here at Android Central feel will bring your Android experience to the level of convenience and safety that you should be at.

Interested in checking out more of what's in store for your EVO 3D smartphone? Check past the break for the complete 411 on accessories for the HTC EVO 3D.

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3 years ago

Google Music Manager now available for Linux

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Google has (finally) released the Music Manager PC client for Linux, meaning work-arounds like WINE are no longer necessary.  You can download pre-packaged binaries in either .rpm or .deb format, ready to install on many popular Linux systems.  This is a closed source project, so if you're not using a Linux distro that can parse a deb or rpm package, you'll have to convert it to your preferred package type with a program like Alien, or extract the archive and manually inspect the install script (I'll drop those ubergeek instructions after the break for those interested).

Along with official Linux support, Linux versions of Google Music Manager also support .ogg files, by transcoding them to 320kbps .mp3 files.  This is the same way it handles FLAC files, and while not perfect, we're not going to complain because any support is better than none.  Getting it installed is easy --  just fire up your web browser (on your Linux computer, of course) and head to music.google.com.  Once there, click the "add music" link, and download the client.  It seems pretty solid, and certainly better than using the (not an)emulated Windows version.

Source: GoogleThanks, Andrew!

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3 years ago

Microsoft releases API and tools to connect Messenger, SkyDrive, and Hotmail data to mobile apps

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Microsoft has released a set of tools and samples that now makes it a good bit easier to get users Windows Live data from Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger for smartphone applications, including Android apps.  Developers will only need to enter the application name and language used, and then they will receive a client ID and secret token.  These are then used in your application to allow the user to sign in via the web, with no back-end needed for this from the developers.  Microsoft provides a working sample to view a user's SkyDrive photos, with more examples to follow.

Microsoft, as much as anyone, understands the open platform model.  It's been good to them over the years, and it's nice to see simple and effective methods to access user account data across mobile platforms. I hope some developers out there with the "next great idea" for a Windows Live app takes advantage of them.  Drop us a line if that sounds like you!

Source: Windows Live team blog

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