3 years ago

Android Quick App: Home Run Battle 3D



Here's a look at the free version of Home Run Battle 3D. This is the perfect game for me, because I can pick it up any time I want a quick release from boredom and then put it back down when it's time to get back to work. There are two game modes: matchup and arcade. In the free version you have to earn the right to play a multiplayer game (after your first free free matchup games) by actually being competent at the game and hitting a home run with a "gold ball." You can also earn gold balls by unlocking achievements. There are other "special" balls in the game, and I haven't quite figured out what they all do, but the ones I do know are:

  • Angel Ball: takes away 1 out
  • Gold Ball: you can spend it on matchup games and maybe other things in the accessory store
  • Multiplier Ball: I've seen 2x and 3x, and they double or triple your score
  • Ghost Ball: it goes invisible for a moment or two while it's on the way to the plate
  • Magic Ball: sends an "attack" ball to your matchup opponent
  • Iron Ball: sends an iron ball to your matchup opponent if you hit a home run with it, which only flies half the normal distance

So that's enough here. Take a look at the video after the break

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3 years ago

Droid 2 (finally) official, pre-sale starts tomorrow



It is finally official people: Verizon has announced the Droid 2 will be landing Aug. 12, that's this Thursday, as rumored. It will go on pre-sale via Verizon Wireless's website starting tomorrow and that insane R2-D2 version will be available sometime in September. Pricing will run you $200 with new (or upgrade) 2-year contract after a $100 mail-in-rebate debit card; no word yet on off-contract prices. As a quick recap (for the 2 of you who haven't been following the numerous leaks) the phone will come with Android 2.2 ("Froyo"), Flash 10.1, VZW's 3G mobile hotspot option (extra $$$ required) and 8GB of onboard storage paired with an 8GB preinstalled microSD card. Full press release after the break. [Verizon via BGR]

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3 years ago

Fix coming for Froyo audio issues


Google has verified that it is working to make changes so streaming audio services like Pandora and TuneWiki will no longer have poor quality while streaming over 3G.  You geeky and curious types can check out the code changes for the framework at Android's git repository.  No word on when to expect these changes, but Google has committed them into the Android source, so it shouldn't be too far off.  Of course, this is going to depend on everyone from the manufacturer, the carrier, and maybe even the night janitor at the Pentagon to approve and build the changes, and then to distribute them.

When the tip about this came in, I jumped over to Google's Android bug tracker page and started reading.  I was very curious, because I have no issues playing my music, either streaming or from my SD card.  What I found upsets me slightly, and I'm going to rant a bit after the break.  (Yes, I'm allowed to complain, too.) [Google Code via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

HTC Glacier benchmarks redux -- the GPU


The HTC Glacier shows it's face at GLBenchmark.com again, this time showing off its GPU scores.  Last week we saw a bunch of CPU scores from the Glacier, along with loads of fun speculation about the chipset -- even some Project Emerald got thrown in the mix.  Prepare yourself for some more :)

It seems that when you sit down and do some math, you end up with figures that fit the Qualcomm QSD8672 Snapdragon chip.  It's a third-generation Snapdragon, with a feature list that will knock your socks off:

  • Dual CPU up to 1.5 GHZ
  • 45 nm tech for low power draw and better performance
  • WSXGA (1440x900) screen support
  • 1080p recording and playback
  • HSPA+ (that's the 28Mbps kind) and CDMA Rev 0/A/B support
  • 80 million-triangles-per-second 3D graphics

Works for me, and I'll go on record saying that I do think we're looking at Project Emerald.  I'll leave the geniuses over at AlienBabelTech explain it fully, you can check it out at the source link.  I just want to say "do want" to whomever might be listening. [AlienBabelTech]

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3 years ago

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3 years ago

HP's Zeen eReader to run Android


In case we needed a visual demonstration of irony, HP's new eReader (dubbed the Zeen) will be running the Android OS.  While most details are unknown until the December 31 lifting of the FCC confidentiality agreement, we do know that the device will be running Android 2.1 with some sort of HP overlay, have a capacitive screen, SD card support, and have a "significant integration with the Barnes & Noble Nook bookstore and ecosystem."  Bundled with a "Zeus" printer (WebOS printer perhaps?) it will sell for $399.99.

Personally, I think Android is a better choice for an eReader, as it's easier to hide than WebOS.  But like everyone else who loves mobile computing tech, I'm still looking forward to a WebOS tablet.  Maybe next year. [Pre Central]

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3 years ago

Sprint giving away 10 Samsung Epic 4Gs (and did it give away the launch date?)


Our kingdom for a launch date for the Sprint Epic 4G, its contribution to the Samsung Galaxy S line. (See our hands-on with the Epic 4G) And while there's still nothing official, we've run across the following news in the Android Central Forums after a link was messaged to Sprint customers. And there's good news and bad news to go along with it.

"Going the Distance," an epic tale of adventure a romantic comedy with Drew Barrymore and Justin Long (the I'm a Mac guy), opens Aug. 27, and there's a contest to go along with it, with a grand prize of a 4-day, 3-night getaway and $1,000 spending money. Ten first-prize winners will receive an Epic 4G. (And we assume the grand-prize winner will, too?)

And that all likely means the phone won't actually be released before the movie. Or maybe at the same time. But it stands to reason the launch won't happen before then, right? Oh, and the contest ends at midnight Sept. 3, so toss that in the mix.

And add to the Evo 4G's tie-in to "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," which opened in theaters May 28. The Evo then followed on June 4. So, yeah.

This may all be a bit of a stretch, but it makes sense, too. Feel free to throw your own conspiracy theories in the comments. [Going the Distance sweepstakes via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

AT&T and HTC to run another Aria scavenger hunt



Apparently, the first scavenger hunt was such as succes that HTC and AT&T want to being the fun to a new town. Residents of Duluth, Minn., will be able to get together this Thursday (that's Aug. 12) to compete for numerous prizes, including HTC Aria phones. The contest is open to all Minnesota residents at least 18 years old. Details can be found on AT&T's event page on Facebook. [AT&T on Facebook]

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3 years ago

Motorola addressing the Droid X's speaker volume in future update


Motorola employee Matt has stated in their official support forums that Moto plans to address the low volume of notifications on the Droid X with an upcoming software release.  Note that no mention of Froyo was made, so this could very well be a minor bug fix -- which nobody would be mad about.  He also goes on to say that certain ringtones are louder than others and gives a list of the loudest.  The top three are:

  • BollyWood
  • Dancin' Fool
  • Digital Phone

You can see the full list of the 10 loudest notification tones on the Droid X at the source link.  How's the notification volume on your X?  Sound off in the comments and in the forums! [Motorola support via Android Central forums]

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3 years ago

TweetDeck's public Android beta to open this week


TweetDeck has announced that it will be holding a public beta for its Android Twitter application sometime this week.  No, we don't have the exact date -- just like Froyo for your device it will come when it comes.  A few things from their announcement (read it at the source link) really stand out -- the application is not a port of their iThing client, they have built it from the ground up; and retomeier (a well known Android Developer Advocate)  has said "it's a thing of beauty."

That's enough endorsement for me.  As soon as the trial begins, we'll let you know! [TweetDeck via Android Central forums]

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