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3 years ago

ACE ROM for the Sprint Epic 4G

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Again and again we see Android modders and hackers take a good thing and make it better -- this time around it's the Sprint Epic 4G. We're not surprised by the amount of love the Samsung Galaxy S phones get from Android developers.  They have great hardware, but often the software leaves a bit to be desired, so they are just begging for the custom ROM treatment.  Android Central forums adviser Paul627g has done just that with the leaked, then official, then removed EB13 Froyo build for the Epic 4G.  With tricks like a deodexed system, bloat removed, and full ext4 compliance this one looks like a real treat, and the fellas seem to have fixed any random issues that were present in the official version.  And we're a sucker for the custom wallpapers by Android Central forums member scodoublet (check out some of his other wallpapers here.  They're fantastic.)

To top things off there's also a huge list of mods, tweaks, a kernel, and other add-ons to be used with the ACE ROM.  If you're rocking the Epic and have went down the path of root, you really need to have a look.  [Android Central forums] Thanks for the heads-up Casey!

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3 years ago

Keeping emails on the server, Returned my Atrix [from the forums]

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One of the joys of being an Android user is the multitude of devices available to choose from. One question that often comes up is "What device should I get?" There is no right or wrong answer for that. (OK, there might be a couple wrong ones.) No one can really pick out a device for you based on their usage-- others can only share their opinions on the devices they have used. If you've tried a device that didn't meet your needs but found another that did, let us know in the forums.

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

CyanogenMod 7 RC2 sees more than 150,000 downloads in first day

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Ever wonder how big the CyanogenMod world is? Let's break it down: CyanogenMod 7 RC2 (that's the second release candidate of the Gingerbread track of CM) went live last night. And in less than 24 hours, it's been downloaded more than 150,000 times. That's certainly nothing to sneeze at.

So if you're wondering what all the fuss is about, we suggest you dive into the Android Central Forums and ask your friends. Then root that black slab sitting in your pocket, CM it up and enjoy. [CyanogenMod]

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3 years ago

Desire HD gets some Gingerbread love courtesy of leaked ROM

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Seems as though the Gingerbread love is being spread rather nicely. While a Gingerbread ROM leaked for the HTC Desire HD earlier, ROM cookers have already started building it in to their now updated releases. Personally, I'd stick to one that was pre-rooted rather then downloading the original leaked ROM but for testing purposes that is what you are all seeing in the screenshot -- the base leaked version.

Either way, if you're looking to check out Gingerbread on your Desire HD hit up the source link for more details. Just remember, it is rather buggy as it is not a final release but it'll give you a taste of Gingerbread and HTC Sense v2.1. Here's to hoping we see an official rollout sooner rather than later. [XDA]

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3 years ago

Verizon's Samsung Stealth doesn't live up to its name, gets caught on camera

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Well, it looks like that unnamed Samsung LTE phone we saw back at CES has a name, and it is the Samsung Stealth. Recent FCC filings would seem to confirm this as well. TechnoBuffalo got their hands on the picture you see above as well as a possible launch date sometime in April. Their tipster also reported getting a full day's use out of the stock 1500 mAh battery, so that should reassure some of us about LTE utterly destroying battery life. Couple more pics are at the source link, and be sure to check out our video preview of this phone from CES past the break. [TechnoBuffalo]

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3 years ago

Developer says Pocket Legends makes more money on Android than iOS

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Spacetime Studios, the company behind the popular mobile MMO Pocket Legends, has released some surprising numbers showing that the Android version of their game has been pulling in more money than its iOS counterpart. The game gets about 9,000 daily downloads on Android compared to some 4,000 on iOS. In addition, the developer noticed that Android gamers would spend about three times more time within the game than iOS users.

What is even more impressive is that Pocket Legends makes most of its money using in-app purchases - the actual game is free. This means that even without Google having implemented their in-app purchasing system yet (Apple has had it implemented for some time), Android users are buying more than iOS users. Spacetime has also bought ad space for their game inside other mobile apps and has seen about three times the interest from Android users compared to iOS users. Because of these numbers, CEO Gary Gattis said: 

"This led us to stop advertising on Apple and throw all of our marketing dollars onto Android. It really just makes sense from a financial point of view."

Stories like this aren't just great news for the particular developer, they are great news for the Android platform as a whole. With hundreds of thousands of apps, it is increasingly hard for developers to get noticed and stand out in Apple's App Store and many are frustrated by Apple's vague App Store rejection policies. For many, it would seem that Android is still an untapped market and don't be surprised if you see iOS games coming to Android in droves this year. [Computer World]

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3 years ago

Android Quick-App: N64 Emulator

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One of the great things about Android is the ability to install emulators and ROMS that allow you to play your favorite games from past consoles. The latest to hit the market is N64 Emulator, which plays such popular games as Goldeneye and Super Smash Brothers.

After playing the NES, SNES and N64 emulators, the N64 version is more playable thus far, though by a small margin. I think what makes the difference is the joystick, which is extremely functional and works a lot better than I expected it to.

If you’re not familiar with emulators, they create a virtual controller on your screen. An interesting part of N64 is that there is an important button, Z, on the bottom of the controller. Obviously there is nothing comparable on your mobile device, so they have positioned it in the top left corner of the screen. The joystick is on the bottom left, A + B are bottom right, the yellow C buttons are above A + B, and R is top right.

The layout is solid, but difficult for some games, like Goldeneye, that require the use of all of the controls. This is a difficult predicament to overcome and smooth gameplay will only come with practice or heavy configuration of the controls.

Some of the best games to play on this app are racing games, due to the fact that they require less buttons. I’ve played MarioKart 64 and Diddy Kong Racing and both have played very well. I assume this will mean games like F-Zero X and Wave Racer 64 will play just as well.

I have also spent some time with Madden, NHL, Mario Golf and Super Smash Brothers. The sports games worked fine while Smash Brothers was a bit more difficult due to the amount you depend on the C Buttons.

Keep in mind that I’m playing all of these games on a Samsung Galaxy Tab and that on a smaller screen where the buttons are closer together, you may get better results.

Overall I am very pleased with N64 Emulator. It’s amazing that we can get these games to work well on our mobile devices. To have Goldeneye and Perfect Dark available in my pocket at all times is unbelievable.

The app is $5.99 and is available from the Android Market. While the price seems high, it’s worth it in my opinion. Just to have the ability to play any N64 game you want at anytime is worth it to me. Check out a video, more pictures and download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Immersion releases MOTIV SDK to Android developers, takes haptic feedback to the next level

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At the Android Developer Conference in San Francisco today, Immersion has released the MOTIV SDK -- bringing the ability to completely customize haptic feedback on Android devices to both OEM's and application developers.  The MOTIV SDK brings hundreds of pre-designed haptic effects along with code samples that allow developers to quickly and easily give their applications an extra layer of realism through feel.  Examples include things like a first person shooter giving different feedback for a pistol than it would a machine gun, to more subtle things like each string vibrating at a different frequency in a guitar app.  These enhancements are available for all Android phones running Android 2.1 or higher.

Immersion says that small details like this make for better apps, and I'm thinking they are right.  You can try out a demo of the available pre-built haptic feedback schemes on your own device with Immersion's UHL Effect Preview app (download link after the break), and the whole concept seems pretty ingenious.  The full press release, as well as a video demo are after the break as well.  [Immersion]

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3 years ago

Google brings Instant Previews to search results for Android phones

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Google has added Instant Previews for search results on mobile devices, including Android phones. If you do a search on Google, and click the magnifying glass next to a search result, it will bring up a visual preview of the results that is easily scrollable. This makes it much easier to find something if you know you're looking for a specific type of content or graphic. 

For Android, Instant Preview is compatible with devices sporting Android 2.2 and up and is available in 38 different languages.. If you have Froyo and above, just go to Google.com in the browser and do a search. You should be able to see the magnifying glass that will allow the Instant Previews. [Google Mobile Blog]

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3 years ago

Dual-booting Android / Windows 7 ViewPad 10 from Viewsonic now shipping

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Back in November we were told the dual-booting Windows 7 / Android tablet would be shipping come Q1 2011 and Viewsonic today has made that happen. Just in case you need a refresher on specs, what you'll be getting yourself into with the ViewPad 10 is:

  • 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor
  • 2GB of memory
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n,
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 1.3 megapixel built-in front camera
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Android 1.6 and either Windows 7 Home Premium (with a 16GB SSD hard drive) or Windows 7 Professional (with a 32GB SSD hard drive) for respective ESPs of $599 and $679.

Not so sure how well Android 1.6 is going to fare in the days of the Motorola Xoom but if you're looking for the full press release from Viewsonic, you'll find it behind the break. [MarketWire]

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