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2 years ago

French HTC Flyers getting Honeycomb update

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Looks like the long wait for a Honeycomb update on the HTC Flyer is finally over, with the French version starting to get Android 3.0. Hopefully the rest of the world won't be too far behind. And hopefully this isn't the last update we'll see the Flyer -- which launched with Gingerbread -- receive. We'd love to see Ice Cream Sandwich on this kid.

Source: HTCInside.de (translated)

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2 years ago

MIPS Tablet promises 7 inches of Ice Cream Sandwich for $99

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Cheap Android tablets are nothing new, but Sunyvale, Calif., company MIPS Technologies looks to be one of the first out of the gate with a cheap Ice Cream Sandwich tablet. The first version is launching as a 7-incher -- 8- and 9-inch tablets are on the way. It's running a 1GHz MIPS-Based XBurst CPU with a Vivante GC860 GPU has the usual Wifi, Bluetooth, HDMI and microSD features.

We've generally been less than impressed by most every cheap Android tablet we've seen. You usually do get what you pay for when it comes to this sort of thing. But MIPS' press release also includes a quote from Android's Andy Rubin, who said:

“I’m thrilled to see the entrance of MIPS-Based Android 4.0 tablets into the market. Low cost, high performance tablets are a big win for mobile consumers and a strong illustration of how Android’s openness drives innovation and competition for the benefit of consumers around the world.” 

It's being touted as retailing for less than $100. In fact, it's $99. And we just paid $66 in shipping. We'll just have to see when we get our hands on the MIPS whether it's worth even that much. Full presser's after the break. 

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2 years ago

Apple's attempt to block sales of popular Samsung devices in the US is denied by the courts [updated]

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U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has denied Apple's request for a preliminary injunction against Samsung late Friday afternoon, one that would have halted sales of three Galaxy phones and the Galaxy Tab 10.1.  Judge Koh found that any action halting the sales of these devices in the United States would not be necessary to keep Apple from being irreparably harmed, and denied the sales ban.  This doesn't mean things are over between Samsung and Apple, who currently are involved in more than 20 legal battles in 10 different countries, as the case is still to be heard.  This ruling was concerning the halting of sales only.

Of course both sides involved had little of value to say -- this is a legal drama and tight lips are a wise choice.  Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet referred to previous statements about the case, saying that Samsung's "blatant copying is wrong" and Samsung spokesman Jason Kim said "This ruling confirms our long-held view that Apple's arguments lack merit".  Whether the arguments truly lack merit is something the courts will have to decide later, but for now the products in question will remain on the shelves for the Holiday buying season.

Update:  Reuters has updated their original story with more information from judge Koh's ruling, stating that "Apple has established a likelihood of success on the merits at trial" regarding some of the smartphone patents, and that "Apple would likely prove Samsung infringed one of its tablet patents. However, Apple had not shown that it was likely to overcome Samsung's challenges to the patent's validity."  General consensus is that the suit will end with monetary damages more likely than any injunction.  Whatever the outcome, it would be nice to see all these legal issues slow down at least a little.

Source: ReutersThanks everyone who sent this in, and thanks Droid800 for the update!

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2 years ago

Vector Unit announces new game Shine Runner, available now

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Vector Unit, the folks behind Riptide GP (one of the best games for Android ever), has let us know that a new title -- Shine Runner -- will be available tomorrow in the Android Market.  Imagine the same type of amazing physics and graphics used for futuristic Jet-Skis in Riptide GP, but imported into a moonshine runners airboat deep in the southern swamps, complete with gators, shacks, stumps, and revenuers.  The game's goal is to maximize your score over a ten day period of smuggling through rivers and bayous, while keeping a step ahead of Johnny Law.  But I think I'm going to end up with the same mindset as Ralf Knoesel, Vector Unit’s Technical Director, who says:

Our theme for this game is simple.  Two words: ’Redneck Chaos.’ Yes, there’s strategy to the trading meta-game, but personally I just love smashing alligators into chicken coops, punting cops off the tops of levies… I’ve been working on Shine Runner for months now and I still laugh when I’m playing.

You had me at redneck chaos, Ralf.  Hit the jump to see a few more screenshots and a gameplay trailer, then join me as we all wait patiently for tomorrow.

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2 years ago

Android version numbers as of Dec. 1 are out, Gingerbread sees a big boost

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It's the beginning of the month, so that means that the new numbers for just how many phones are running each version of Android have come out.  Following the past trends, Gingerbread has seen even more growth, running over 50 percent of all Android devices that visit the Android Market.  The legacy versions keep dropping as well, with Cupcake and Donut (Android 1.5 and 1.6 respectively) dropping to 2.1 percent of the total.  We still don't see a very big uptick in Honeycomb, which has historically been a slower grower.  With Ice Cream Sandwich now among us, this chart will be interesting to watch as we see which carriers and OEM's send out those timely updates.

Source: Android Developers

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the ASUS Transformer Prime

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Here it is, folks: The Android tablet you've been waiting to lead you out of the dual-core doldrums of 2011 and into the quad-core continuum of 2012. Welcome to the era of NVIDIA's Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip, bought to you by the ASUS Transformer Prime.

That's a lot of bluster, to be sure. But even in a short time with the Transformer Prime, you're quick to realize that this is a whole lot of hardware. NVIDIA's Tegra 2 dual-core platform brought Android tablets into the mainstream. And for as much as Tegra 2 brought to Android gaming and video playback, Tegra 3 takes it that much further.

But throw in the hardare prowess of ASUS' Transformer line -- this is the company that took a fledgling tablet and turned it into a viable Android laptop on the first try -- and what you've got is a combination of hardware and software that's leading the way into 2012 for an entire series of devices.

Check out our video hands-on above, and be sure to sift through our complete Transformer Prime review.

Transformer Prime Specs | How to root the Transformer Prime | Transformer Prime Forums

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2 years ago

Look for the Transformer Prime around the week of Dec. 19, ASUS says

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Despite a number of recent unsourced stories to the contrary, we unfortunately still don't have a firm sales date for the ASUS Transformer Prime. We do, however have a ballpark window -- ASUS has told us to "expect availabilty in North America to start the week of 12/19 based on pre-order fulfillments and inbound shipment schedules." Online availability may hit a week sooner, around Dec. 12.

So, expect updates over the next couple weeks, we reckon. Pricing is still listed at $499 for the 32GB version of the Transformer Prime, and the 64GB version's going for $599.

Read our full Transformer Prime Review

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2 years ago

How-To: Root the Asus Transformer Prime

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I'll let you guys in on a little secret -- Phil's not only the Editor of the best damn Android site on the Internet, but he's also a closet Android-geek.  By now you know he's had the Asus Transformer Prime for a few days, and one of the things he had to do was root that monster hardware.  Turns out it was pretty easy, which is good news for everyone.  Using the Razorclaw app from the folks at Androidroot.mobi, it's a one-click solution -- install the apk file, run it, and enjoy the root.

Hit the Prime forums for links and details, and be sure to play safe -- at least until someone builds a custom recovery and we have software to roll back to.  This one's gonna be fun!

Root the Asus Transformer Prime

Thanks to the developers at Androidroot.mobi!

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2 years ago

Zen Pinball THD now available in the Market for Tegra devices, and it's free

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If you're using a phone or tablet with a Tegra chip inside it, you'll want to check out Zen Pinball THD, which hit the Android Market today.  It's a great game, using advanced physics for ball movement, has great tables included -- Marvel's Fantastic Four table is really, really, cool -- and includes multiplayer mode.  All for free.  To top it off, it's even OpenFeint-enabled for those who like a bit of competition in their mobile gaming.  We've been fooling with the press demos, and it's a very well done piece of work.  Gameplay is fast, realistic, and beautiful.  Any pinball fan or mobile gamer should enjoy this one, and with the free price tag there's no reason not to try it.  Hit the break for the download link and the gameplay trailer.

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2 years ago

Sonos adds Android tablet support, Slacker Radio, new beta service

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Sonos, the maker of the high-end wireless stereo system, today announced that it's updated its Android application (check out our previous review) to include support for Android tablets. And, yes, that includes the Amazon Kindle Fire, which you see here. Also, Slacker Radio is now on board for yet another streaming music solution. In addition, Spotify's gotten an update, there's now support for AAC+ codecs, and Sonos has added a beta path if you like living on the bleeding edge and want to test features before anyone else.

Full presser's after the break.

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