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2 years ago

HTC Rezound available today on Verizon

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The second of Verizon's year-end smarpthone troika -- the HTC Rezound -- is officially available today. It'll run you $299 with a two-year contract. And for all that scratch, you get a 4.3-inch phone with a new 720p display -- as in 720 pixels packed into the short axis -- along with Android 2.3 and Sense 3.5. It's sporting a 1.5GHz processor to push those pixels, and an 8MP camera full of HTC's newfound photographic goodness. It's also got Beats Audio (and comes with a snazzy pair of earbuds), if you're into that sort of thing.

Online: HTC Rezound at Verizon; more: HTC Rezound hands-on

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2 years ago

Leaked screen shots show possible look into future of Google Music

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Spanish-language site TecnoDroidve, thanks to some "tricks and beginner's luck" apparently has stumled head-first into the phone-facing portion of how Google is expected to sell music. In a series of convincing screen shots, we get a sense of what is expected to be announced Wednesday in Los Angeles -- Android Market integration for a music-purchase service.

Graphically, things look about as you'd expect, in the vein of the Android Market and Google Music service that's been in beta for most of the year. It's not as sexy as what Microsoft's done with its Zune apps, but it does mix a fair amount of album art with easy-to-use buttons.

It also looks like there will be some free music, as well as a free song of the day, and there will be variable pricing for singles.

Couple more days to go before we find out for sure. In the meantime, hit the source link below for the entire gallery.

Source: TecnoDroidve (translated); via Android Police

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2 years ago

International readers: Win an Xperia Ray with Android Central and Sony Ericsson

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Sony Ericsson has released some gorgeous devices this year, not least of which is the compact but powerful Xperia Ray, a highly capable device with a super-vibrant Bravia Engine-powered display. It's also got the latest version of Gingerbread, along with Sony's best-in-class 8.1MP Exmor-R camera setup. Like we said in our review, the Ray is the most fully-featured 3.3-inch device available (and it's getting ICS, too!)

We're giving away an Xperia Ray courtesy of Sony Ericsson, and if you want to get your hands on it, all you need to do is head over to the forums and post in the contest thread -- check the end of this post for the link. Before you do, though, bear in mind that the Ray we're giving away is the international model, so we're limiting entries to readers outside of North America. Our Xperia Ray should work on any European or African GSM carrier, and most Asian networks too. If in doubt, find your network on this list and make sure it shows 900, 2100 or both under "Frequency".

So, if you're outside of North America and want to get your hands on our Xperia Ray, head over to the forums and post in the contest thread! The deadline for entries is 1700 GMT this Friday, Nov. 18 (that's noon EST for those of you in North America who can't actually enter.) Good luck!

Enter to win: Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Barnes & Noble reveals Microsoft's patent strategy against its Android powered devices

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The cat's out of the bag, thanks to Barnes & Noble's letters to the ITC about their dispute with Microsoft.  Rather than roll over and pay Microsoft what they demand like some big names in Android have done, B&N is fighting tooth and nail against the Redmond Devil Microsoft.  It's fairly long, and apt to make your eyes bleed if you're not a lawyer, but you can see the full scope of the letter and attachments (which actually name the patents and quickly dismiss their validity) at the source link.  Carry on past the break to read our layman's version.

Source: GroklawThanks, John!

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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix 2 review

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Remember when the Atrix 4G was released just over eight months ago? Do you remember what car you were driving, or how your hair looked? How old were your kids? Sad but true, eight months is the new eight years in the smartphone industry, and that measly old Atrix already has a successor. Whereas the Atrix 4G was a major step for AT&T in terms of both Android and network strength, the Atrix 2 is less of a trailblazer. And this type of incremental update seems like the business model that Motorola is building for itself (see Droid X/X2, Droid line). But for the consumer, how can you tell when an incremental update is enough to fork over more money? And in the Atrix 2's case, is an incremental update enough to compete with some heavy hitters during this holiday season, perhaps the most exciting time for Android since its birth in 2008? Let's see.


Super fast and powerful processor. Beautiful, clear display. AT&T's HSPA 21+ speeds are respectable if you're in good coverage.


Cheap build quality. Specs don't match other recent releases. Webtop software is abysmal.



The Atrix 2 isn't the biggest or best smartphone on the market, but for $99 on contract, the sacrificies Motorola made are justifiable and can be overlooked.

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich source code coming Nov. 17 says Notion Ink CEO

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The CEO of Notion Ink, Rohan Shravan, is at it again with news about the Ice Cream Sandwich source code release, saying it will be released November 17.  While it's tempting to just toss this aside as another rumor in the ICS/Galaxy Nexus craze of late, Mr. Shravan has a track record that shows he's usually right.  Last year, he did the same thing with the Gingerbread release, accurately predicting more than could be a good guess, and just last month he told everyone about the OMAP chipset and Ice Cream Sandwich using them as a reference platform.  When he talks, it's always worth listening, and the Nov. 17 date has already been thrown out there as the European release.  If we see source code on the 17th, the 18th is going to be a very fun day for a lot of us.

Source: Notion Ink via AndroidOS.in

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Star Diamonds Capture

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

I'm trying to remember when our fascination with games that have jewels in them came about, but I really don't know. People seem to go bananas for Bejweled, and while this isn't that, it's in the same vein of games with jewels (and fun).

Star Diamonds Capture has a simple enough premise: Flip the spots two jewels are in, and while doing so, try to get three-of-a-kind in a vertical or horizontal line. When you do that, the jewels disappear, their background turns blue (your color), and your green score bar fills up.

The kicker? You're playing against a live opponent. Every time. So while you may think you're the master of scoring captures, you've got to contend with someone else's ingenuity trying to muddle your success (and always have an internet connection).

Also, you can steal squares captured by your opponent (as they can do to you), and as a result, the green score bar goes down. It's the easiest way to slow down your challenger's victory, and can seriously turn the tide of a match in a few moves.

You can also put together impressive combos, as falling jewels just happen to land in the perfect spot, but I'm not sure how predictable this is or if it's sheer luck. Regardless, it's the quickest way to win, and whenever you make your move, you'll anxiously wait to see if any more combos are coming your way.

When you're not in-game, you can check out your stats by hitting the Star Arcade logo in the top-right corner of the screen, like recent games, rank, and wins and losses. There's also a buddies list, a basic settings menu, and an in-app store that hasn't been implemented yet. I can only assume the points you earn from winning games will be spent in the shop, but I wouldn't be surprised to see in-app purchases, either, since those are all the rage these days.

Diamonds Capture is a pretty fun (albeit unoriginal) take on the three-of-a-kind jewel games, but the fact you're always facing off against a human opponent adds a great dynamic to the game. Diamonds Capture is 99 cents in the Android Market.

We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Socialscope for Android - Now looking for alpha testers!

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When it comes to Twitter apps, there is plenty in the Android Market already but when it comes to integrated social apps -- those are not as plentiful. The built-in sharing options for Android are great but having one app to rule them all is arguably better.

So what if you could have Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and more built into one app? That's what Socialscope offers and after having been one of the better made apps on the BlackBerry pletform -- they've now announced their alpha for Android and you can get in on the action:

For the last few months we have been working night and day on something very special for Android users. Something totally new, totally different and totally awesome.

We’ve taken everything we’ve learned from our Blackberry app and reimagined Socialscope. This is more then just Twitter + Facebook…we’re designing a platform that integrates ALL your services.

So without any further ado, we are delighted to announce that a Alpha version of our Android app!

If you aren’t afraid of crashes are willing to provide constructive feedback and want to help us change the world sign-up to join the Alpha.

If you already have a Socialscope account signup for the Alpha here: http://getsocialscope.com/beta.php

If you don’t have an account request one and don’t forget to select Android as your device: http://www.getsocialscope.com

Socialscope is looking for a wide array of users and devices to test their app on, as you all know -- Android devices are plentiful and come in many form factors and screen resolutions and as such,  Socialscope is looking to ensure compatability for all users. You can hit the source link for more information, just remember -- it's an alpha. Give feedback in order to see improvements, though out of the gates it certainly feels like a beta.

Source: Socialscope

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