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3 years ago

Gogo's inflight Wifi Android app is now airborne, and we've got 100 free codes!

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Fliers rocking an Android tablet or phone can now get online above 10,000 feet just a little bit easier. Gogo, the company that supplies in-flight Wifi, has just released its long-awaited Android application. Available for free in the Android Market (you can find links after the break), the Gogo flight streamlines the process of getting online. Just enter your account credentials and you're golden. (The app will also make sure your phone or tablet actually has Wifi turned on, which is nice.)

Now, you don't get something for nothing here -- you'll still have to pony up a few bucks for your Wifis. Short flights -- up to 650 miles -- will cost $4.95. Longer flights will run $7.95 a leg.

Oh, but wait. You can get something for nothing. The fine folks at Gogo have given us 100 session codes to share with you fine readers. Hit up this thread in our contest forums to claim one.

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3 years ago

Limited Edition Minecraft Xperia Play for sale on eBay

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Looking for a collectors item to show off both your love for Minecraft and Android? Well, Mojang has just the thing to fill that void posted up on eBay for you. That is, if you have at minimum US $1,250. That's what the current bid is for the Limited Edition Xperia Play they are offering. That may seem like quite a bit but it's for a good cause -- the funds raised will go to a charity of Notch’s and the whole Minecraft team’s choice! Right now, it has 6 days left on the bidding. Anyone got some spare cash laying around?

Source: eBay; via: Droid Gamers

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3 years ago

HTC Bliss spied in the wild

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The HTC Bliss has been spotted out and about, meaning the phone is officially in the hands of testers.  We saw it breeze through the FCC a few days ago, and a leaked Verizon roadmap shows it to be ready somewhere around the end of September.  In case you haven't been paying attention, the Bliss is HTC's Android phone they seem to marketing towards the fairer sex, with unique accessories like blinking charms and pleasant pastel colors.  No idea how that strategy will pay off, but they need something to make its mid-range specs (3.2 qVGA screen and 800MHz CPU) a bit more enticing and maybe that will be just the ticket.  We should be finding out this holiday season.

Source: Pocketnow

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3 years ago

Google's purchase of Motorola - a Q&A

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Like the rest of the blogosphere, we were rubbing our eyes and drinking our morning coffee when Google announced their planned acquisition of Motorola Mobility.   Now that the furor has died down a bit, let's have a recap of the mornings events, all in one place for easy reference and discussion.  hit the break, and we'll try to ask and answer all the questions.

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3 years ago

Astraware releases Word Games exclusively for the B&N nook Color

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Astraware has released their new Word Games application, and are offering it exclusively on the Barnes & Noble store.  It's a suite of five word games, that share a 100,000 word dictionary.  The games calculate scores based not only on the letters used and the length of the words, but also how "interesting" or uncommon they are.  The games are:

  •  Shuffle - Make as many words as you can with the letters provided including the 5, 6 or 7 letter target word to unlock the next level. The more small words you get, the bigger your score. Use the Shuffle button to mix the letters up and help yourself spot more words!
  • Hexxed - Make words by tracing your finger through the tiles to make a chain within the hexagonal grid! Two play modes - limited tiles or limited time. Create long, interesting or unusual words to keep your word power score up and earn more tiles or time!
  • Wordsearch - Find all the listed words within the grid of letters, horizontally vertically, or diagonally! Play using the standard dictionary, or choose from over 20 special lists of themed words!
  • Gridlock - Make words by tracing your fingers through the letters to make a chain. As you make words this lights up the tiles. Light up the whole grid to level up! Use special tiles to boost your word power, score bonus points and more.
  • Spellmaster - Challenge your spelling skills against words of increasing difficulty. Choose the correct spelling from a choice of 4 words, 3 of which are misspelled!

Games of this nature should appeal to Nook Color buyers, and having it included in the on-device app store makes it easy for Nook Color users to download and enjoy them.  Word Games costs $4.99, and of course is available from the Nook Apps Store.  The full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

Special Motorola Buyout Edition Podcast: 4 p.m. EST / 1 p.m. PST

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Didn't think we'd wait till Thursday to talk about this one, did you? Coming up at 4 p.m. EST / 1 p.m. PST, we're going to do a deep dive into this morning's shocker -- that Google's buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, and with it getting a nice handful of patents.

Are we for it? Are we against it? Will we be living in an all Motorola-Android world from this point forward? 

Join Phil, Alex, Jerry and Rene Ritchie from TiPb.com in a couple hours as we break it all down.

It's all happening at androidcentral.com/live.

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3 years ago

HTC Holiday prototype found on Craigslist, works on AT&T bands

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We know a lot of folks have been itching for the HTC Holiday since everyone first started talking about it this past May, but a lucky gentlemen has found one for sale on Craigslist.  Of course, he jumped on it and has since posted pictures online to kill the naysayers before they can chime in.  According to the buyer, the specs are what everyone expected -- 1.2 GHZ dual-core processor, 1GB ram, 4.5inch qHD screen, 8GB internal memory, with an 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera.  To make things even sweeter, this prototype is working "just fine" for AT&T voice and data.  Think of it as an EVO 3D or HTC Sensation for AT&T, and that's something everyone has to love.  While we feel bad that the glass is cracked, the buyer says it works just fine, and it's a fair trade for getting your hands on something we might not see officially for a little while.  Hit the source link to see more pics.

Source: XDA; via Engadget

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3 years ago

Fusion Garage’s Grid 4 smartphone specs and features

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With their tablet now fully unwrapped, Fusion Garage has also unveiled their Grid 4 smartphone specs to go along with it. Those specs, fall in line with pretty much any Android device out there today despite Fusion Garages attempt to downplay the popularity of Android. Here is what the Grid 4 smartphone will bring:

  • Qualcomm MSM8255
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4.0-inch Inch display - 800 x 480 pixels
  • Tri-band HSDPA and quad-band GSM
  • GPS/AGPS
  • 16GB Internal storage
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, A2DP
  • 5 Megapixels with Autofocus and LED flash (720p video recording)
  • Front facing 0.3 Megapixels
  • 1300 mAh battery
  • Grid OS with Android applications

$399 unlocked with 16GB — operator availability will be announced later. Needless to say, the whole it's not Android but runs Android situation here is all rather confusing. Given Fusion Garages history, one would think they'd want to openly accept Android users in, not take the time to tick them off all while attempting to leverage Android applications.

Source: Fusion Garage

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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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3 years ago

Fusion Garage announces new Grid 10 tablet - Runs on Android kernel, includes crazy custom UI

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We've been hearing plenty about the Grid 10 from TabCo as of late but as suspected -- it was nothing more then a fake company created by the folks at Fusion Garage. Yes, the folks who made the JooJoo. As it turns out, they're making use of the Android kernel on their newly announced Grid 10 tablet. But don't call it Android -- sure, it can run Android apps from anywhere but don't call it that.

The folks at Fusion Garage aren't even sure Android is popular, and they believe that Android tablets are all the same. So they've gone ahead and created Grid OS as they call and not only will it power their tablet but it will also power a new phone they've developed.

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