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3 years ago

Major Google TV update being pushed out, Logitech Revue included


Let's face it; Google TV owners have thus far had a bit of a rough ride out the gates. Big media hasn't been all too friendly as of late and many would say that Google TV was in desperate need of an update as soon as it was released. Google today, though, has taken care of some of that with a major update to Google TV, which includes some new features, fixes some of what was broke and as Google claims adds more value to your Google TV. In addition to the Google TV changes, Logitech has updated its Revue set-top box as well.

So what does the update fix? Well first off, Netflix has finally received a much-needed overhaul. It is now using the HTML5 version of the app that actually improves the overall experience (i.e: makes it usable) and functionality. Dual View, which has been a pain for some folks, now allows you to move those lovely windows around to wherever you do so wish. And you all remember that YouTube Remote App, right? Well, starting today, Google has made one available for Google TV as well. (download after the break) Finally, the last revision covers movies and how information about them is displayed. A new info window has been introduced which better filters search results from content available on the web providing more details about the movie you search, related movie to it and much more. [GoogleTV Blog and Logitech]

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3 years ago

Pocket Legends receives holiday update -- new loot, quests, combat areas

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If there's one thing that rubs me the right way, it's game publishers releasing holiday updates.  First Rovio gave us the increasingly frustrating Angry Birds Seasons, and today Spacetime Studios delivers the High Winter Festival update for Pocket Legends.

In addition to the ability wield dual weapons, Pocket Legends players can expect to see:

High Winter Festival

  • New quests
  • New combat area
  • Special holiday-only loot (permanent)
  • New story-line.  Defend Father Frost from evil Toy Master and save the High Winter Festival.

Swamp Towne

  • 18 new quests
  • New town
  • New loot with new appearances including moonshine hat, frogwang, banjo, blunderbuss, and lizard spear
  • Four new combat areas dealing with the feuding McCrocs and Scalefields

Hit the break for some download links.

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3 years ago

HTC Merge shows at Verizon LTE demo, but still nowhere near stores

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The myth of the HTC Merge continues! We've been slipped a video taken last week at a Verizon LTE demo that clearly shows the Merge. Yes, the same Merge that we got our grubby fingers on two and a half months ago. Yes, the same Merge you saw in our video preview. And the same Merge that has hardly seen the light of day since.

But, wait! The Merge at an LTE demonstration? Might that lend credence to the rumor that it's gone back underground for a 4G upgrade before release? It's possible. But we know that a good number Verizon peeps have been walking around with the Merge, so it's just as likely that it was making a 3G-only appearance to remind people that it still exists. We know how it feels. Thanks, anon! More on the HTC Merge in the Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

HTC Evo 4G getting an update, adds NOVA demo game, Swype

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HTC has confirmed to us that a maintenance update (3.70.651.1) is being pushed out to the Sprint Evo 4G as we type. No, it's not Gingerbread. Gonna have to wait a while for that, folks. Instead, it looks like we're getting:

  • Blockbuster (including WM DRM 10)
  • Kindle eReader
  • Preloaded try/buy video game: NOVA from Gameloft
  • Sprint Zone update
  • Latest Telenav
  • Latest VVM App
  • Latest Sprint TV app
  • SWYPE Keyboard
  • Scan Now Widget for 4G (does not need to be available on any panel, just a widget option users could find and use).

If you don't want to wait for the update to push to your phone, we've got manual installation instructions after the break. (Note that it's worked for some people; I've had problems with my old Google IO freebie Evo.) More on the update in our Evo 4G forums.

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3 years ago

HTC's CEO says LTE phones coming in 2011, will support NFC, too

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HTC CEO Peter Chou recently spoke with the GSMA (those are the folks who put on Mobile World Congress) and talked a tad about LTE phones. They're definitely on the way, though not before sometime next year (that's a surprise to no one), and the U.S. is likely to get them first because (to the surprise of everyone) we're actually ahead of the game on LTE. Said Chou:

"We are working on an LTE device for next year, 2011. We think that the U.S. mobile operator will be taking some lead and pushing 4G in the U.S. market. But, however, we are seeing the rest of the world will be deploying LTE networks in 2011. Could be the second half of 2011."

One of those phones is likely to be the HTC Mecha (possibly to be the Incredible HD on Verizon), which you see above. Chou also mentioned that HTC phones will incorporate NFC (near-field communications) mobile payment systems. Again, an expected feature, which we're seeing first in the Samsung Nexus S

Check out the whole video at the source, but you'll need to register first. [GSMA Mobile World Live]

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3 years ago

The Nexus S takes a trip into space

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A handful of Google engineers, students from UC Santa Cruz and seven styrofoam beer coolers each packed with a Nexus S sure sound like a lot of geek fun.  Start attaching weather balloons and talk about sending the phones to the edge of outer space, and it just got serious.  That's exactly what happened as this team set out to test the Nexus S sensors in the cold, harsh conditions of high altitude flight, using apps like Google Maps and Google Sky Map.

After three hours or so, the balloons popped and the phones (and their coolers!) came back to earth, chock full of useful data that Google plans to use with a UK satellite manufacturer to build small "commodity" satellites using core Nexus S technologies.  According to Zi Wang, a product manager for the Nexus S, "The phone is powerful enough."  And to think the hardest task I'll ever give to my Android phone is to remind me where I parked.  There's a video you don't want to miss after the break. [NewScientist via tecca; Engadget]

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3 years ago

Introducing the TPad-780 Android powered tablet from Poland

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Quite honestly, we've never heard of Trak Electronics out of Poland until now but they are the latest to offer up an Android powered tablet / mobile internet device. And well, it actually looks pretty nice. On top of looking good it has a nice price to go with it. The specs aren't exactly where we would like them to be but they are pretty sufficient depending on your intended usage.

  • 800×400 (WVGA) Resistive touch display
  • Telechips TCC8902 (ARM11) 800 MHz processor
  • 256 MB of internal RAM
  • 4GB Flash Memory built in
  • Android 2.1 / Android Market enabled
  • Micro SD/SDHC support up to 32 GB
  • 1080 p HD video playback with HDMI output
  • Mini USB-OTG adapter
  • Wi-Fi b/g,
  • 3.5 mm Headphone jack
  • Lithium-polymer battery, 3500mAh
  • Support for USB 3G Modem For GPRS / 3G

We've not had the pleasure of giving the $299 tablet a run through but we did get sent a nice video of it in action. You can hit the break for a video of it in action. Tip: Turn down your volume before watching, music gets kind of loud. [Tablet Online]

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3 years ago

Gingerbread to be in AOSP soon says Googler

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While we still don't have a definite date, Googler Jean-Baptiste Queru lets us know that we'll be seeing Gingerbread in the AOSP tree soon after the Nexus S ships.  My geeky side is all tingly, as this means we can expect it on our Nexus One at any time after.  Oh and that means these guys you might have heard of, that work on this thing called CyanogenMod, can get their groove on.  Say it with me guys ... giggity. [@jbqueru via @morrildl]

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3 years ago

Swiftkey keyboard updates with a new HD skin, 5 new languages, holiday trial period

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Swiftkey, one of our favorite keyboards for Android -- just got a pretty major update. The already stellar key design is now even better, with an HD skin and better fonts. Five languages have been added, as well as five new keyboard layouts. There have been a fair amount of bugfixes, and the trial version of the keyboard (the full version is $3.99) has been increased to 31 days as a holiday promotion.

Swiftkey might not be your favorite keyboard, but it definitely warrants a look. We've got download links after the break, and you can find the full release notes at the source. [Swiftkey]

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3 years ago

Nexus S kernel source available for download

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Google has just posted the 2.6.35 Linux kernel source for the Nexus S to its git repository. Not only is this Step 1 in the release path for the phone itself, but it gives developers (and developers-in-training) a head start to hacking away at the device. 

With that being said, let's get to it.  Hit the Nexus S ROMs and Hacks forum, and we can work together getting our development computers up and ready to go to work on the Nexus S as soon as it's here.  See you there! [@dnaltews via @romainguy]

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