3 years ago

TouchWiz on the Samsung Galaxy Tab rears its head


We already knew TouchWiz would be a separate download for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but when the update eventually arrives, this is what we're expecting to be part of the download. Keep in mind this is on a Galaxy Tab 8.9 (and it's a developer unit), but Samsung probably isn't going to completely revise TouchWiz for Tablets between now and launch.

It looks like we're still packing the Associated Press widget, picture frame, date/time, weather, stock quotes, and the like. Kudos to Sammy for not completely butchering Honeycomb in order to leave their lasting mark. The TouchWiz notification area looks pretty slick, as well.

One of the more interesting additions is the "mini apps tray" which looks like it could definitely lead to more legal posturing between Samsung and Apple, but I digress. Aside from the look of it, though, the functionality seems awesome.

So how do Samsung's TouchWiz additions strike you? Useful and slick, or unnecessary bloat? Does this compel anyone to get a Galaxy Tab or not get one? Let us know. We're listening.

Source: YouTube

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3 years ago

HTC support statements show possible Sensation unlock path


HTC may be preparing software updates for the Sensation which will unlock its bootloader, if a new "stock" answer from customer support representatives proves to be accurate. Several XDA forum users have reported receiving the following from HTC support reps in response to questions about the Sensation's bootloader.

"We are currently developing new bootloader unlocked software for your phone. HTC is still committed to allowing our customers to unlock the bootloaders if they wish, however we are still implementing the policy and many updates were already finalized prior to our change in policy. We apologize for the inconvenience, but be assured that we are working on a solution for our customers and our commitment has not changed. Please stay tuned to our official channels for ongoing updates on how we will be implementing this policy. Thank you for your patience."

This looks to be the first indication that certain HTC phones that ship with locked bootloaders may be officially unlocked by the manufacturer, following its recent change of heart.

As we said, this appears to be a stock response, as multiple users have received this same statement, word-for-word, from HTC support. While this is a promising development, it's probably a little early to be breaking out the bubbly -- we're not expecting an update anytime soon, and it's still not clear which other HTC phones will be joining the Sensation in having their bootloaders officially unlocked.

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

OpenFeint launches GameFeed, a cross-platform news feed


OpenFeint announced today that they have developed and launched GameFeed, a cross platform news ticker that features real-time updates from other players in your OpenFeint network.  Using GameFeed, developers can deliver news that is directly related to the game you're playing, while you're playing it.  A quote from Jason Citron, OpenFeint founder and CEO sums it up nicely:

GameFeed connects people by taking a simple act, like finishing a level or posting a high score, and turning it into a meaningful, cross platform shared experience.

OpenFeint is the largest mobile gaming network, and a big part of the success can be attributed to their quick embrace of the Android platform.  We all know that cross-platform social gaming is more fun, simply because the user base is much larger.  Many of the people on my OpenFeint friends list are using iOS devices, and a few even use both iOS and Android.  Bringing things like realtime leader board updates can only make it better.  Hopefully, we'll be seeing some games with GameFeed enabled soon.  The full press release is after the break.

More information: OpenFeint

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3 years ago

Desert racer Cracking Sands coming to Xperia Play



Following up on yesterday's E3 game announcements, Sony Ericsson sends word today that desert racing title Cracking Sands will be making its way to the Xperia Play later this year. Developed by Polarbit, the game combines frantic desert racing with heavy weaponry and power-ups. Sony Ericsson is promising more gaming announcements over the next few days, as additional Xperia Play exclusives are revealed.

Join us after the break for an early look at Cracking Sands' gameplay.

Source: Sony Ericsson Product Blog

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3 years ago

FLAC files, Droid 3 interest [From the forums]


With Flash updates, device reviews and new app announcements -- we've been keeping busy today. Having a look in the Android Central forums lets us know you all have been busy as well. If you have any questions, concerns or just need some help with something -- check out some of the threads below or start your own today!

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Adobe Flash Player updated to version 10.3, brings bug and security fixes


Adobe has release the update to Flash in the Android Market this afternoon.  This update directly addresses two known security issues discovered recently (see security bulletins APSB11-12 and APSB11-13 for details), and brings the following bug fixes and enhancements:

  • Enabled NEON optimizations for OMAP4 (Cortex A-9) based devices.
  • Corrected an issue on the Samsung Galaxy S where H.264 video at resolutions of 720p and below was not displayed.
  • Fixed an issue where app packaging would fail for Android Apps using Flash Player in WebView that set android:hardwareAcceleration to True in their AndroidMainfest.xml.
  • Fixed a crash on the HTC EVO that some users encountered with specific video.
  • Fixed an issue that caused video frames to stop rendering on long streaming videos (> 1 hour) on some Motorola devices. 
  • Fixed an issue where touch events were getting delayed with Kongregate.com games.
  • Fixed an issue where games on Kongregate.com freeze when users exit from Full-Screen mode.

You can grab the update from the Android Market (we'll have the link after the break) and as always, it's advised that all users update. 

Source: Adobe

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3 years ago

Google Books headed to UK phones?


Don't take this as gospel, but it looks like certain Nexus S users are able to download the latest offerings of Books and Music from the Android Market.

As of now it's hard to tell if this is some sort of glitch or if it signifies an impending UK rollout, but if you're a Nexus S user in the UK, keep your eyes peeled in the Market and let us know what you find.

More info as we get it, but as always, sound off and let us know if you find it (or if you don't).

Source: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Saving your contacts to Google

3 years ago

Pantech Crossover hands-on


Ah, the Pantech Crossover. It's fresh on the scene, but I think people are still wondering, who is it for? It's got a slide out keyboard but the rest of the hardware definitely alienates some.

It's small, it's compact, and it looks like it's ready to go on mountain hikes with you, just so you can send a snapshot from the top of Mount Everest when you're up there.

Is it the phone for you? Maybe so. Pictures and video are after the break.

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3 years ago

ADT Plugin for Eclipse updated with visual layout editor


The ADT plugin for Eclipse, including the new visual layout editor, was updated and made available today.  If you go back about a month or so to Google I/O, one of the most popular developer sessions was given by Tor Norbye and Xavier Ducrohet as they went over all the upcoming improvements to Android development tools, and when they talked about this one, the packed house cheered.

I know most of you aren't Android application developers, and are asking yourself what exactly this is, and what all the fuss is about.  ADT (short for Android Development Tools) is a plugin for Eclipse -- an integrated development environment used by many to write and build Android applications.  Eclipse is a stand alone program that can be used to write all sorts of applications, and is a very popular tool for Android developers writing apps in Java.  Installing the ADT brings the tools needed by Eclipse to make those Android apps, and puts everything together into one happy, geeky program.

In today's update, the visual layout editor is the clear star of the show.  In previous versions of the ADT, developers were forced to depend on unofficial (but done well in many cases) layout editors or to hard code the way their application looks by hand.  As you can imagine, having a graphical WYSIWYG editor was something everyone wanted, and Google delivered.  This does two things -- takes the time needed to hardcode the layout of an application and frees it to be used in better ways, and gives designers a unified set of tools to make beautiful apps.  We might not understand all the fuss here, but trust me -- this is something developers have wanted and needed for quite a while, and it's great news for both those who code the apps, and those who use them.  After the jump you'll find the ADT developers session video if you're looking for more info.

Source: Android developer website

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