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3 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Celtic Garden HD

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Some of you might remember DualBoot Games from our Spring Zen HD wallpaper review, and I was so impressed with what they'd done with that wallpaper, I decided to look into another. Today I've stumbled upon Celtic Garden HD, but to mix things up, I tried it on a tablet.

Celtic Garden HD gives us just that, a celtic garden. Surrounding it are various flora, and you can also choose to add fireflies or a butterfly, too. Similar to the other live wallpaper I reviewed, there is a "randomize" option, which will pick a random option from each category you can customize every time your screen loads.

You can really define your wallpaper down to a T, choosing everything from the basin type, flora type, garden life and leaf type, and even the pot type. You can also enable touch effects, so "special effects" happen when you touch the screen. In my experience, that was having the fireflies swarm around where I'd just touched.

In terms of performance, there wasn't the slightest bit of lag on the Toshiba Thrive I was running it on, so I'd assume everyone using a Tegra-2 device can expect similar results.

Per DualBoot's pricing scheme, there is also a free version available in the Market, but it restricts access to the well-thought out and comprehensive settings menu.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

UK Xoom owners to get Android 3.2 update next month?

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That's right folks, the Android 3.1 update has barely had chance to settle in before it now appears that the next update to Android 3.2 may be right around the corner. 

There is no specific date available as yet, but The Inquirer claims to have received a call from Motorola confirming that Android 3.2 will go live in the UK in September. With the update UK Xoom owners will finally be on par with their American counterparts. While updates are always cause for celebration, Motorola is still falling behind other manufacturers like ASUS, whose 3.2 update has been around for a few weeks already in the UK.

Source: The Inquirer

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3 years ago

Super AMOLED HD reportedly is on the way, using new materials and improved maunfacturing process

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The folks over at OLED-info got a bit of inside information about Super AMOLED HD screens, and the news is good.  Using a new and improved manufacturing process and materials, Samsung has supposedly managed to get high resolution Super AMOLED screens at a much smaller size than was previously possible, and we may be seeing them this fall.  There's even a bit of speculation that they are even more cost efficient with this new process, and a Super AMOLED panel is now 20 percent cheaper than the equivalent S-LCD panel.  Awesome.

Remember, this is all third hand info, but here's the skinny -- we should expect smartphones with Super AMOLED HD (720p) screens in the five to six inch range this fall, and the first will likely be the GT-i9220 with a 5.3-inch display.  Yes, that model looks familiar, because we have seen it leaked from a Lithuanian retailer (listed with a 4.3-inch display), but Samsung was quick to remind us that it was "not accurate."  We should also be seeing a 7-inch tablet with a Super AMOLED HD screen by then end of 2011 (happy dance). 

Like a lot of other people out there in Android phone land, I'm hooked on some Super Amoled.  I just don't want my next dream phone to use anything else.  I'm also not feeling the love for a 5 inch or larger phone, so seeing more and more resolution squeezed into a smaller package is like music to my ears.  I've made peace with the fact that I'll probably have to move up to a 4.3- or 4.5-inch display on my next purchase, and fooling around with a Samsung Infuse has helped me justify it with some sort of voodoo mind trick.  If this info turns out to be correct, we're so close.

Source: OLED-info

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3 years ago

Google Reader updated for tablets

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Google Reader for Android just got a nice little update -- mainly that it's now optimized for tablets, too. You now have the basic two-pane system. Folders on the left, stories on the right. And it's all synced with your Google Reader account, just as it should be. Also noted in the app's changelog is that the "Mark Previous as Read" button is now a long-press function. Just FYI.

While Google Reader might not be the prettiest news reader for Honeycomb, but it's definitely one of the more useful ones. Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Next-Gen ASUS Eee Pad Transformer to be the first Kal-El Device?

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The original ASUS EeePad Transformer

We always like a little speculation and rumor when it comes to next-gen devices, so the news that ASUS' next-gen version of the ASUS EeePad Transformer will be the first tablet to make use of NVIDIA's Kal-El SoC appeals to us. The news comes from "multiple confirmed sources" and we'll just leave it at that. With CES happening in January, could ASUS be looking to give us some quad-core goodness ahead of time? We'll have to wait and see but it sure would be nice.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

Verizon flipping the 4G LTE switch tomorrow in 15 more cities, expanding in 10

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There's really no other way to put it -- Verizon's LTE rollout is putting other companies' 4G offerings to shame. Some 15 more cities are set to get Verizon's 4G data on Aug. 18, and 10 will see their coverage expanded. Here's the breakdown:

New LTE service:

  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Ark.
  • Bakersfield and Salinas/Monterey/Seaside, Calif.
  • Fort Collins, Colo.; Frederick, Md.
  • Worcester, Mass.
  • Omaha, Neb./Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Albany, Ithaca and Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Altoona and Johnstown, Pa.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Provo, Utah.  

And expanded service is coming to:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Tampa, Fla.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Lansing, Mich.
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio
  • Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah.

Of course, you'll need an LTE-capable device if you want to get those sweet data speeds. Current LTE smartphones are the Samsung Droid Charge, HTC ThunderBolt and LG Revolution. The upcoming Motorola Droid Bionic will also be able to use LTE data. On the tablet side, Verizon's got the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

For a full list of cities with LTE, ease on past the break.

Source: Verizon press release

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3 years ago

Asus launches Eee Pad Slider page, still no release date

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The Asus Transformer is one of the coolest Honeycomb tablets on the market. It's as yet unreleased sibling, the Slider, seems to be getting ever closer to release, as Asus have launched its official page for the tablet.

The spec list isn't showing up any surprises, and curiously is shipping with "Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS (3.2 upgradable)." The 3.2 update for the Transformer is already live, so hopefully this means that the Slider is complete and ready to start shipping soon. Battery life is said to be 8 hours, and you get most of the ports available on the Transformer, but no full SD card slot.

Included software goodies will be familiar to any Transformer owners, with Polaris Office 3.0, Zinio Magazines and Asus' own cloud and media applications. 

All we need now is the release date, won't you help us out Asus? 

Source: Asus

 

 

 

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3 years ago

Firefox for Android reaches version 6, brings performance enhancements and a visual refresh

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The fellows at Mozilla have updated Firefox for Android to Version 6, and it comes with a huge changelog full of fixes, improvements, and features.  Things like a visual update for phones running Gingerbread, better right-to-left language support, and adjustment of page element locations and sizes when using on a tablet.  We won't list each individual change here, but they're available at the source link.  There's also over 160 add-ons now available, ranging from Ad-blocking to themeing with personas.  With the same rendering engine as the desktop version, Firefox mobile can handle pages with complicated scripts better than the stock Android browser, or other browsers based on stock.  Not that anyone would want to, but it's close to the point where we could use our system and write blog posts with it.

Firefox mobile is shaping up nicely, and if you haven't had a look lately, you really should.  Download link is after the break, for devices running Android 2.0 and higher.

Source: Mozilla

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't banned from The Netherlands, for now

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In the latest chapter in the Apple v. Samsung saga, Apple's attempts to push through their case through in The Netherlands has failed, for now. The claims here are a little broader than those submitted in Germany, going beyond just the design of the Tab and into the software it runs. 

The courts in The Hague have politely informed Apple that no decision will be reached on the case until Sept. 15. This is after Samsung's Aug. 25 appeal the original injunction granted in Germany. 

The Dutch case has potentially more serious consequences for Samsung should the courts rule in Apples favour. Florian Mueller of the FOSS Patent's blog, speculates that Rotterdam in The Netherlands could be key to Samsung's European import logistics. 

Sources: T3, FOSS Patents

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3 years ago

Did Apple tamper with evidence in the German Apple v. Samsung case?

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We're not about to come out and say Apple deliberately altered key visual evidence in the recent proceedings in Germany, which resulted in European imports screeching to an abrupt halt.  We will just let the pictures speak for themselves.  Dutch website Webwereld has compared the some of the images from the court documents (read them here, in German) to reality and found some disturbing differences.  In Apple's images, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been shown with a different aspect ratio (1:36 as opposed to the actual 1:46 -- the iPad is 1:30), causing it to more closely resemble the dimensions of the iPad.  This accounts for a full eight percent difference in the "short" side of the Tab, and you can see the result above.  If that weren't enough, the Samsung logo has been removed from Apple's image, and of course it's shown with the app drawer open instead of the normal home screen view. 

Make what you will of this, but I'll imagine it had an impression on the German courts. 

Source: Webwereld (Dutch); via OSNewsThanks, Richard!

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