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3 years ago

ThunderBolt case review: Seidio Active Extended Battery case

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Here's our second review of an HTC ThunderBolt cast that fits the phone with an extended battery. The Seidio Active Extended Case is a dual rubber-plastic design that features a custom-fit exoskeleton with a soft silicone interior for shock absorption.

 

The case itself is an interesting mix. It's sturdy -- almost rugged -- but it doesn't make your phone feel like a tank. The exoskeleton is stiff but has Seidio's signature rubber coating, so it retains a soft feel. It is, however, a bit of a lint magnet.

Fitting the ThunderBolt into the Active Extended case is a pretty simple thing. Slide the phone in, then work the case around it. You might have a bit of try with the final corner, but a little wiggling should get things in place. Removal is just as easy.

The case doesn't cover the phone's display, and there's a cutout for the camera flashes. But it's thick enough that it'll keep the display and camera lens from touching a table or desk when left face-down. The volume rocker works just fine through the case, but the ThunderBolt's kickstand is rendered moot. To that end, the Active Extended case has its own kickstand. It's plastic, instead of the ThunderBolt's metal design, but it gets the job done.

We've got more pics after the break.

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 3D review (European version)

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We’ve seen seen some interesting hardware from LG over the past six months. From the Optimus 2X -- the first dual-core Tegra 2 smartphone -- to the ultra-slim Optimus Black with its impressive NOVA display, the Korean manufacturer has proven it’s ready to play in the big leagues. LG recently added the crown jewel to its 2011 line-up with the release of the Optimus 3D in Europe and Asia. It’s a well-designed, hefty slab of a phone that combines a powerful dual-core CPU with some spectacular 3D trickery, thanks to its parallax barrier display and dual camera setup.

Make no mistake, this is a high-end device, and it comes with an expectedly high-end price tag (around £430 at the time of writing). When you’re dropping this much cash on a phone, you’re quite rightly going to expect not only whiz-bang features like glasses-free 3D, but also a solid smartphone experience to back it up. Read on to find out whether the LG Optimus 3D can deliver on both...

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3 years ago

Youtube app updated to fix the last update

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The last Youtube update seem to bork things up a little bit? No worries. A new update has been pushed to update the old update. So as long as you've updated your update with this latest update, you should be good. Follow?

Here's the official changelog: "Bug fixes for some devices."

Everybody better now?

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3 years ago

McAfee mobile security applications now available through Sprint

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Sprint will begin offering customers access to McAfee mobile security applications today, available under the Sprint tab in the Android Market, or by clicking on McAfee in the Sprint Zone. McAfee Mobile Security ($30/year after a seven-day trial) will locate your lost phone, remotely wipe data, backup contacts and other data, and protect against malware. The McAfee Family Protection Android Edition ($20/year after a seven day trial) will filter mature websites and features “uninstall protection”, which will prevent kids from accidentally removing apps from your device. Hit the break for the full presser and a list of features from each application.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Browser battle: Nexus S vs. the iPhone 4 and the new BlackBerry Bold 9900

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Our pals at CrackBerry are marveling in their first new device in, well, forever, and your old pal Bla1ze is putting them through a bit of a browser battle. Above, you see the iPhone 4, the new BlackBerry Bold 9900, and, of course, the Samsung Nexus S.

Let's be honest here: We're actually pretty happy that, after all these years, BlackBerry finally has a usable web browser. And it looks pretty quaint on that tiny little screen. But watch the video (after the break). It's pretty clear who the winner is, no?

Source: CrackBerry

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3 years ago

NVIDIA and Samsung announce the Galaxy R for Europe and Asia; 4.2 inch SLCD, Tegra 2, and Gingerbread on board

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Nvidia and Samsung have announced the Samsung Galaxy R, now available in Sweden but coming soon to more of Europe and Asia.  It's a bit of a departure from what we're used to here in the states when we hear the words Samsung Galaxy, as the R packs Tegra 2 innards, a Super Clear LCD, and Gingerbread out of the gate.  We don't yet have the full specs, but here's what has been announced:

  • Tegra 2 CPU
  • 4.19-inch WVGA Super Clear LCD touchscreen @ 800x480
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system
  • 720p HD video capture and 1080p Full HD playback (Divx, WMV, MP4, H.264 B/P only)
  • Built-in memory of 8GB and support for 32GB Micro SD
  • Size: 125.7 x 66.7 x 9.55 mm
  • Weight: 131 grams

Along with that Tegra 2 chip comes access to NVIDIA's experience in gaming, evident with any of the games from the Tegra Zone app.  And while many folks love Samsung's AMOLED screens, there are a lot of people who prefer a nicely done LCD.  Of course we have to wait until we get to play with a Galaxy R, but from the video above it looks like another winner.  I can totally see hours of Galaxy on Fire 2 HD in quite a few futures.  Check the video above, and the press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

Bugdroid swims with the sharks in Ari Gold's office

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We can imagine that more than one face has turned green sitting in the fictional Ari Gold's office (and probably in the real Ari Emanuel's office, too). But notice who's hanging out with a shark atop Mr. Gold's humidor? It's everybody's favorite Bugdroid!

This isn't the first time we've seen Android pop up on HBO's "Entourage." We've seen Johnny Drama and Ari both rocking a Nexus One at some point -- and those are just the posts we got around to doing. And here's another. Not sure that's a position we'd want to be in, but the Bugdroid's a pretty resilient fellow.

Anyhoo, if you're en "Entourage" fan, look for it in Episode 90: "Out With a Bang." Check it out on the HBO Go app if you want. And seriously, HBO, it's the last season of "Entourage." Would it kill you to get Sloan off that BlackBerry?

Thanks, G!

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic takes in a Mets game

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Anybody catch the Mets game Tuesday night? Were any of you at the Mets game Tuesday night? Well, Android Central reader Christopher (aka Jet300 in the forums) was one of the announced 24,619 at Citi Field in Queens (the Mets won 5-4, for those keeping score at home) and lets us know that the Motorola Droid Bionic was all over the darn place.

The ad you see above was on a wall behind some Plexiglass, advertising the stadium's own Verizon hangout (it's on Field Level, if you want to swing by). And, sure enough, there's everybody's favorite over-hyped phone, with Mr. Met, to boot.

You kids can have your blurrycam pics and your fancy FCC testing. We'll take something like this any day of the week.

Thanks, Christopher!

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3 years ago

Google App Inventor killed off with Google Labs, will live on as open-source code

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Some sad news tonight for your fans of the Google App Inventor project. With the demise of Google Labs, so, too, do we learn of the demise of App Inventor. This was a slick little tool that let anyone (theoretically) create an Android app, without having to actually now how to code anything. That's not to say it was easy -- yours truly made his way through the tutorials and did a sweet version of Wack a Mole with his daughter's likeness (it's a long story). But you still need a certain mind-set to really make use of it.

Anyhoo, according to a post last week on the Google Laps group (you'll note how this was killed off and nobody noticed for a few days), App Inventor's being phased out along with the rest of Google Labs, but it will live on as an open-source project.

The current App Inventor site will live on for the next three months. RIP, App Inventor. You were a good idea, but probably a little before your time. For a retrospective of Google App Inventor, check out the video after the break while we pour out 40 lines of code for our homies.

Source: Google Labs Group; via +Jason Howell

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3 years ago

Adobe Flash player for Android updated, brings security fixes and enhancements

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Adobe has updated the Flash player for Android to version 10.3.186.3, which fixes security issues and provides feature enhancements for certain phones and websites.  It's always recommended to update your Flash player, and this update is no different.  Besides the security enhancements we see every month or so, the specifics for this update are:

  • Enabled NEON optimizations for OMAP4 (Cortex A-9) based devices.
  • Corrected an issue on the Samsung Galaxy S where H.264 video at resolutions of 720p and below was not displayed.
  • Fixed an issue where app packaging would fail for Android Apps using Flash Player in WebView that set android:hardwareAcceleration to True in their AndroidManifest.xml.
  • Fixed a crash on the HTC EVO that some users encountered with specific video.
  • Fixed an issue that caused video frames to stop rendering on long streaming videos (> 1 hour) on some Motorola devices.
  • Fixed an issue where touch events were getting delayed with Kongregate.com games.
  • Fixed an issue where games on Kongregate.com freeze when users exit from Full-Screen mode.

The security specific fixes are outlined by Adobe here, and you'll find the link to download or update after the break.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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