Barnes & Noble today announced that its Android-based Nook line of e-readers is "the company's biggest bestseller ever in its nearly 40-year history." That's, like, EVER. It also includes the new Nook Color, a full touchscreen device that also doubles as a decent Android tablet when rooted.
We've got one, and we must say we're liking the hell out of it and thus far give it a big thumbs up. Check out the full glowing press release at the source link, and be sure to swing by our Nook and Nook Color forums. [BN]
No doubt about it the HTC HD2 is pretty darn beautiful device. With the exception of the OS that it came pre-loaded with. Developers have been hacking Android onto the device for quite some time now. Problem with that though is previously, users had to boot to Windows Mobile and then into Android, not ideal by any means.
Now with the release of a new ROM anyone wanting to load Android up on their HTC HD2 can do so by flashing right to the NAND memory and booting directly into Android bypassing Windows Mobile altogether. Granted, the process is still a little bit for the more advanced users out there but hey, if you got an HD2 kicking around that you want to make use of, give it a go. Hit the break for a video of the install process in action. [HDBlog via XDA]
It's always fun to find little extras the programmers have left behind, and a treasure hunt through the LG Optimus S file system turned up a wild one. We're not exactly sure what the heck this is, but we are sure that it's not a sound you'll hear in the normal day-to-day use of the phone -- we hope. Check it out for yourself below, and remember, we warned you. [Android Central forums] Thanks trekkie1701c and his roommate for finding this one!
Hmm, look at what we have here. Many of us have been patiently waiting for any information to surface about an HTC tablet in the works, and today may be that first break. Here we have a patent filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the "HTC Scribe" -- a pretty fitting name if you ask me. The Scribe, according to the filing, is a Handheld wireless device, namely, a tablet computer. I don't think it can get any more blatant than that folks. Will we hear something at CES? Hard to say, but we sure can hope! Check out the full filing in the source link. [USPTO via Pocketnow]
Combining great graphics, an ominous soundtrack, and challenging game-play, Galaxy NGC3D is a great new game on the Android Market. The premise is simple -- man your fighter, and destroy them before they destroy you, but if you're looking for a cakewalk look elsewhere. You need a bit of skill (or practice) to pilot your ship through space, and the physics and drifting in a zero gravity environment seem as realistic as can be, at least to an earthling like myself. After a few frustrating hours playing, I got some serious satisfaction from flying in, putting an enemy in my sights, and blasting them into space dust. And to make it even better, it's one of the eleven new Open Feint games, so you can share progress and scores with your gaming buddies.
The game has a full plate full of settings, both the normal things like music volume as well as advanced settings for the on-screen graphics. The app seems coded pretty well, on my Evo 4G it can handle things set pretty high, and the Nexus S runs it great with everything cranked up to the max. There's also a little bonus -- it's set up for use with a Zeemote controller, which should work really well with this one. Speaking of bonuses -- Hyperbees (check out their developers forum right here) has set up their own contest in the Android Central forums, where ten winners will be able to grab a free copy of Galaxy NGC3D, and one lucky winner will be sporting their own Zeemote controller to play the heck out of this one, and many other games. High-tail it into the forums and try your luck, the contest ends Friday, Dec 31 at noon Eastern.
You can grab the full version of Galaxy NGC3D on sale until the contest ends tomorrow at noon on the market for a 99 cents, and there's a link to the free trial (thanks for that developers!), a gameplay video, and a handful of screenshots after the break -- check em out. Thanks Monika, Tom, and all the folks at Hyperbees!
If a picture's worth 1,000 words, a video's worth at least 10 times that. So let's take a look at our 10 most popular Android videos of the past year. It goes without saying that older videos are more likely to have more views than a newer video. But in boiling down the top 10 most popular, we've got a decent look at the Android spectrum from the 2010. Check it out after the break, and you can see all of our videos at YouTube.com/androidcentral.
For you coding types: HTC has released the source code for the latest maintenance update to the Evo 4G. That's the one that added the Swype keyboard, Kindle and Blockbuster apps, and NOVA stub app, among other things. We knew there were at least a couple version of the update (for different hardware versions), but it looks like there might have been a total of three (or is one an older update?). HTC's also released updated USB drivers, which is darn nice of 'em. As is the usual, most of us don't need to worry about any of this -- this is kernel source code and what not. But for everyone else, get it all at the source link. [HTC Developer Center]
If you have held on strong to your HTC Droid Eris, and not lost hope even with the lack of official updates you will rejoice to know that custom ROM developer punk.kaos has brought a sweet taste of Gingerbread to your device. KaosGingerbread, a Android 2.3 AOSP based ROM has undergone quite a few different versions, and many improvements have been made along the way, each one just continuing to get better and better. While the ROM is still not perfect, anyone who has wanted a taste of Gingerbread on their device, this is a great option for you, and remember as always, flash at your own risk. For more information, and download links be sure to check out this thread on XDA. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
I both love and hate this time of year. As CES is just around the bend companies feel compelled to only just give us tidbits of information to hold us over. Sometimes that's good, other times you just want to know right away. Alas, we wait. While we wait though, join us in the forums to discuss all things Android.
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