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2 years ago

OnStar announces RemoteLink application enhancements - Send directions from your smartphone to vehicle

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If you're riding around in an OnStar equipped vehicle like the Chevy Malibu we checked out not too long ago, then you'll be happy to hear the latest news from OnStar. They've just announced some forthcoming enhancements to their RemoteLink application that will help you get to where you need to go more efficiently. (This is what we saw an early preview of way back at Google IO 2010.) On Aug. 30 -- when the application update goes live -- it will include the ability to search for destinations on your device and send them to your vehicle, providing audible turn-by-turn directions to your destination.

“Our customer focus is simple connectivity and a seamless user experience,” said Steve Schwinke, OnStar director Advanced System Design. “RemoteLink’s navigation enhancement offers our customers another choice in how they get directions, whether they’re in their car, on their computer, or using their compatible smartphone.”

Users can type in a destination, select an address from their contact list or speak the destination using voice search. Up to five destinations can be stored, and reused from your device so that you'll always have the most important ones available. If you have an OnStar-equipped vehicle, and don't already have the RemoteLink app -- you'll find it past the break.

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Zombieville USA

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It's something we've all thought about -- the zombie apocalypse. Hordes of undead, clawing their way out of the ground, looking for some savory brains to snack on. There's been many a game about it, and Zombieville USA looks to continue that proud lineage of "don't let zombies eat you" games on Android.

The gameplay is simple enough: avoid zombies and use either melee attacks or firearms to remove them from your path. Each kill (but how can you kill that which is already dead?) earns you a couple of bucks to use on health, guns, or melee weapons once you've cleared a level.

There's also houses to loot (yes, loot) along the way. Simply tap on a door and your character will hop into a house and you'll be either rewarded with ammunition or cash. The houses serve a dual (and awesome) purpose, though. Not only are you rewarded by going into a house, you're also off the streets, meaning zombies just walk on by. It's a great strategic tool to help you plan an ambush or get out of the line of fire eating.

There's also seven different characters for you to choose from, which gives you a little wiggle room depending on your play style. There's guys like the survivor, who is your run-of-the-mill zombie slaying guy. He planned ahead but doesn't have any special powers. There's also a SWAT team member, a ninja, and a doctor, to name a few. All of them have different strengths and weaknesses.

Zombieville USA is a pretty hilarious game with a kickin' soundtrack, to boot. It runs well, and despite the title screen being totally messed up on my EVO 3D, the game itself fills out the screen correctly once you've started playing. Zombieville USA is $1.99 in the Android Market if you're looking to put some zombies back in their place (which is in the ground, duh).

Download links and more screenshots are after the break.

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2 years ago

LG VS920 skates through the FCC, could it be the Revolution 2?

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The LG VS920 has just received FCC certification, and we're pretty sure we're looking at the LG Revolution 2.  We first heard that it would be coming along to replace the Revolution in that leaked roadmap we saw early in August, and since the Revolution is the VS910, it's not that much of a leap to call the VS920 the Revolution 2.  What we didn't know, and makes us happy all at the same time, as that this appears to be a world phone with CDMA, LTE, and GSM bands just like the Droid Pro. 

The rumor said we'll be seeing this one on or around Oct. 20, and the FCC certification lines up well with that timeline.  We'll just have to wait and see.

Source: FCC

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2 years ago

Fake 'Droid Bionic' Twitter is fake

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There's more controversy surrounding the Motorola Droid Bionic, as PC Mag's Sascha Segan has confirmed that the "official" @DroidBionic Twitter account isn't so official after all.  According to Sascha, both Verizon and Motorola have come forward and stated that the account is not an official feed from either company. 

So who is it?  We have no idea.  Just a heads-up to take those "official" September 8 launch details with the proverbial grain of salt.

Source: @phonescooper, PC Mag

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2 years ago

HTC adds more HTC Sensation models to the unlockable bootloader list

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If you've been holding out, waiting for your HTC Sensation to be available for bootloader unlocking over at HTCDev then today may be the day you have been waiting for. HTC has added a few more HTC Sensation variations to the list including T-Mobile this time around. You can head on over to the site now to get started, though -- we suggest reading up on just how unlocked your bootloader really is when using the HTC provided tools first, then deciding if it is still something you wish to do.

Source: HTCDev; Thanks, Alexis!

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2 years ago

Samsung Mesmerize will be receiving Gingerbread update

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Great news for you owners of the Samsung Mesmerize (check out our review), as your phone will officially see the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update at some point. There have been a slew of devices receiving Gingerbread in the past few months, which has led owners of phones that have not received the update wondering when or if their turn would come. US Cellular's version of the Samsung Galaxy S has been a popular phone for the carrier, so it's good to see it committed to the updates. We don't have an official date yet, but you can bet as soon as we do, you'll know it. In the meantime, hit up the Samsung Mesmerize Forum.

Source: Facebook

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2 years ago

Waze and Android Central are giving away one Android device every day for a week!

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Starting today (Aug. 29), Waze and Android Central will be giving away an Android phone or tablet each day to a lucky winner.  Entering is fun and easy -- download Waze from the Android Market (link after the break) or Waze's website, register a user profile so Waze knows how to get in touch with you, then find the "Road Goodies" that appear on your map and drive over them to collect.  Entrants who collect the most each day will be eligible for a daily drawing to win an awesome new Android device.  Which devices?  We're glad you asked!

It gets even cooler -- each of the phones on the list will also include a car dock and charger, making it the ultimate traffic survival kit.  The contest begins now and runs through midnight Sept. 4.  The winners will be announced Wednesday, Sept. 7.  Full rules and details are after the break.

Just what is Waze?  It's a free social mapping tool: you can get directions, find out where the traffic is, ping other users, and generally find your way around while helping other Waze users get better location and traffic information. Check out the full details on the Waze Blog.

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2 years ago

How might a Droid Prime affect the future of Android's Nexus line?

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Perusers of our Rumored Devices Forum were the first to learn weeks ago that the Nexus Prime is (a) coming to Verizon and (b) we should expect it in October. But what if it's a Droid-branded device? BGR brings that bit of unofficial info this morning, adding that it'll be the SCH-i515, and it's an interesting idea, spawning several possibilities.

First, remember that we're all expecting the Nexus Prime (or Droid Prime, perhaps) to be the first running Ice Cream Sandwich, the version of Android that brings the Honeycomb tablet-style OS back to the smartphone. The previous two Nexus devices -- Google's de facto developer phones -- have largely gone unbranded. Verizon attaching its excellent "Droid" branding would be unprecedented for the Nexus line.

We've long been of the opinion that Verizon never got the Nexus One (though it was originally supposed to) or Nexus S because there really wasn't  anything in it for them. No carrier-branded apps, with which it makes money, no control over the update process, etc. And aside from Sprint's Wimax version of the Nexus S (appended as the Nexus S 4G), there's been no individual naming. The Nexus One was the Nexus One, the Nexus S was the Nexus S. (Hell, neither one had any branding at all on the front -- Google and manufacturer logos were relegated to the rear.) We never saw an "EVO Nexus" on Sprint or "myTouch Nexus" on T-Mobile (and just as well -- those would be terrible names). Perhaps a Droid branding is the trade-off for finally getting the Nexus line on Big Red.

It's a slippery slope, right? Say the Droid Prime really is a Nexus device. Does that mean Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T -- which for some reason has always been late to the Nexus party -- will each get individualized versions, even if it's name only? We kind of hope not. One of the stronger features of the Nexus line has been its unification. One device, one experience, one name. That's why it's also been the developer line of devices, as well as being popular with those who want a "Pure Google" experience.

The next thing to ponder is that maybe the Droid Prime is completely separate from the Nexus line.  The unconfirmed rumor suggests it's a Verizon exclusive, but we do have a hard time believing the next Nexus phone would launch on a device that's really only usable in the United States, seeing as how Verizon's CDMA network is only good here, and LTE's not exactly built out anywhere else yet (and likely will use different frequencies anyway).

There are lots of questions remaining on this one. But we're expecting to get answers soon enough. One way other another, things are heating up, folks.

Update: Oh, and one more thing. Any phone branded as "DROID" by definition is a Verizon exclusive. It's the only carrier to have licensed the name for a line of phones. Food for thought.

Source: BGR;
More: Nexus Prime forum; rumored devices forum

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Gravity Wins

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Here's a great little twist on an old favorite. Gravity Wins takes your old Connect Four game and turns it on its head. And its side. And keeps doing so until somebody wins.

The idea is simple. Just like traditional Connect Four, you drop checkers down the slots, trying to get four of your pieces in a row, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Only in Gravity wins, the board rotates clockwise 90 degrees every five moves, dropping all the pieces to the bottom. (Thus the game's name.) It's a little frustrating at first, but soon enough you'll start thinking about where your pieces -- and your opponent's pieces -- will end up.

Gravity Wins has a single-player mode, or you can play against a friend on the same phone. There's a lite and paid version available. (With annoying video ads in the former.) Download links to the free version are after the break.

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2 years ago

LG collaborating with National Geographic photographers to create 3D image and video content

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While it might not be the most obvious collaboration to have happen, LG and National Geographic have announced their efforts to bring plenty of 3D to the masses. National Geographic Assignment photographers will be creating 3D content using LG’s Optimus 3D smartphone.

“For over a century, National Geographic has been the preeminent institution for world-class wildlife, landscape, travel and lifestyle photography,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “To have six of National Geographic’s photographers showcase the power of Optimus 3D’s imaging capabilities is a true honor and a significant moment in the acceptance of 3D technology in a portable device such as a smartphone.”

The National Geographic photographers work will be shown off at IFA, Europe’s largest trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances in Berlin, Germany, from September 2-7, 2011. Full press release can be found past the break.

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