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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Galaxy NGC3D [contest]

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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!

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3 years ago

The most popular videos of 2010

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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.

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3 years ago

HTC releases source code for the latest Evo 4G maintenance update

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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]

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3 years ago

Droid Eris gets a little bit of Gingerbread ROM loving

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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!

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3 years ago

More HTC Evo Shift 4G accessories turn up at Best Buy

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Waiting on an HTC Evo Shift 4G? If so, you should know from our post last week that Best Buy has been stocking accessories for this thing for quite some time now. Of course, this all just adds even more confirmation to what is already known about the Shift launch on Sprint, January 9. Not much else to do or say really. It's all just a waiting game now. Join us in the HTC Evo Shift 4G forums for more device talk. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Motorola XOOM, How good will LTE be? Samsung Nexus S issues reporting [from the forums]

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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3 years ago

Security firm Lookout warns against 'Geinimi' trojan hitting Android in China

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Mobile security firm Lookout today sounded the alarm on a new Trojan that apparently is affecting Android devices in China. It's called "Geinimi" and is piggybacking known legitimate apps, including Monkey Jump 2, Sex Positions, President vs. Aliens, City Defense and Baseball Superstars 2010.

What havoc can it wreak? Says Lookout:

The specific information it collects includes location coordinates and unique identifiers for the device (IMEI) and SIM card (IMSI). At five-minute intervals, Geinimi attempts to connect to a remote server using one of ten embedded domain names. A subset of the domain names includes www.widifu.com, www.udaore.com, www.frijd.com, www.islpast.com and www.piajesj.com. If it connects, Geinimi transmits collected device information to the remote server.

You're probably going to have to go way, way out of your way for this to be a problem, though. REPEAT: We're not overly worried about this. You have to download and sideload an infected app through Chinese app stores. So unless you're doing that, you should be cool. 

That said, Lookout notes that Geinimi "did substantially increase the level of effort required to analyze the malware" and that it's updated its app to protect against the threat. So if you're running it, you're cool. [Lookout]

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3 years ago

Archos 70 available now for $350, sports 250GB hard drive, Android 2.2

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Archos today announced a monster of an Android tablet -- the Archos 70. It's available now, and these specs are, shall we say, fairly monstrous.

  • Android 2.2
  • 250-gigabyte hard drive
  • Processor:  ARM Cortex A8 @ 1 GHz
  • 7-inch TFT LCD display at 800x480
  • Wifi
  • Dimensions: 7.91x4.49x0.55 inches
  • Weight: 14 ounces
  • 720p video playback

We say fairly monstrous because that screen resolution is a bit disappointing. But being able to dual boot into Linux, Meego or Windows is pretty awesome. Also pretty awesome: A price tag of $350. Got a feeling we know a few people who are going to pick this one up, and we're definitely going to check this out next week at CES. More info's at the source link, and the full presser's after the break. [Archos]

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3 years ago

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen refiles suit against Google, others

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Google is no stranger to lawsuits, and they will have yet another on their hands it appears. Paul Allen, the Co-Founder (and least spoken about) of Microsoft filed an amended lawsuit against Google, and 10 other companies including Apple, Yahoo and Facebook, for allegedly infringing on patents involving how notifications are delivered to the end-user.

The lawsuit --which was thrown out last week before being refiled -- specifically targets Android and how it handles notifications such as text messages and instant messages. Paul Allen allegedly owns patents that allow for "unobtrusive on-screen alerts," which is arguably what Android provides by way of the notification bar. We won't be surprised if this turns into another long drawn-out legal dispute that eventually gets settled out of court, or dropped completely. Will this affect how Android delivers notifications in the future? Share your thoughts in the comments! [via PCMag]

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3 years ago

Game Dev Story on sale today for $1.20

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The highly addicting Game Dev Story by Kariosoft is on sale today, and only today, in the Android Market for the super awesome low price of $1.20. That's 75% off for those of you keeping tabs. The game is a management sim that puts you into the shoes of a start-up video game developer company. From there, you'll hire people, train them, get contract work, and ultimately -- create your own gaming IP. Heck, you could even pull a Mr. Trump, and fire your whole staff.

And since we like the game so much, we even want all of your iPhone buddies to know about it. It is also on sale in the iTunes App Store for $0.99. Video after the break. [GameSetWatch via Joystiq]

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