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2 years ago

A video look at Sony Ericsson's upcoming Gingerbread update

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Earlier today Sony Ericsson announced that all of its 2011 Xperia phones will get upgrades to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, as well as a number of other new features. (And the new Xperia Neo V will launch with them all.)

Here's SE's walkthrough of the update.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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2 years ago

Android game review: Sprinkle for Tegra II devices

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Another iPhone favorite has made its way to Android. Sprinkle, from ironically named developer Mediocre, is a cute little physics-based game.

You're among the .. people ... of Titan, one of Saturn's moons, who have been minding their own business until the people of Earth decide to crash the party. And crashing through Saturn's rings have had ill effect on the moon, causing flaming asteroids to come crashing down. Only one way to put them out -- a massive water cannon.

That's where you come in. You control the water cannon. And at first it's easy -- aim and squirt. But Sprinkle quickly takes a turn for the strategic, giving you puzzles to solve, all while trying to extinguish the fire using as little water as possible.

The game is surprisingly addictive, in no small part to the beautiful physics work done with the water, and to a lesser extent the water. The former has to be carefully aimed and worked around terrain and switches, while the later just won't seem to die. The cute character don't hurt, either. And in future-proofing news: It'll be getting an upgrade to NVIDIA's quad-core Kal-el platform later on.

Sprinkle is available now in the Android Market or from NVIDIA's new Tegra Zone website for $1.99.

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2 years ago

NVIDIA opens TegraZone.com, updates Android app, and has 5 Acer Iconias to give away

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NVIDIA has launched the TegraZone.com website, complete with it's own online community for Android fans with Tegra-powered devices.  In addition, the Tegra Zone companion application for Android has received an update with features designed to compliment the new site, as well as offer more for users by way of support for Japan, the UK, and India and a "Get Demo" button to try a free or light version of the game.

The highlights of the new website include:

  • Allows consumers considering the purchase of a Tegra-powered mobile device to learn about Tegra games and some of the best Android games
  • Expands Tegra-owner convenience and provides another way to view Tegra Zone content
  • Makes it easy for users to share links to Tegra games and news through Facebook and Twitter
  • Includes everything you’ll find in the original Tegra Zone app, plus community forums and sweepstakes
  • The site is launching in English (US), Portuguese (Brazil), and Japanese; other languages will follow soon

Not to be outdone, the new Android app has a nice set of features as well:

  • A “Get Demo” button – about 25 percent of NVIDIA games now have a free version of the game
  • Android notifications
  • Updated sharing (link to specific page on TegraZone.com)
  • Better Facebook integration
  • International app feedback
  • Support for Japan, UK, and India; in addition to already available U.S., Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, and Spain

As part of the new Tegra Zone experience, NVIDIA has also started a new Developer Zone dubbed "Zone in" to encourage more developers to build Tegra optimized applications.  NVIDIA says all applications will be play tested and every developer will be responded to.  Those are pretty big shoes to fill, and kudoa to NVIDIA if they pull it off.

Last but not least, to commemorate the launch of TegraZone.com, NVIDIA’s giving away five Acer Iconia Tab A500 tablets during the first month, don't miss your chance to win one.  You can enter the drawing at the Tegra Zone website.

We've got a couple more pictures after the break, give them a look then check out the Tegra Zone website at the source link.  We've also got the download for the TegraZone app down there, too.

Source: TegraZone.com

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson announces the Xperia Neo V; all 2011 Xperia phones to get Android 2.3.4

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Sony Ericsson today announced the latest addition to its Xperia line -- the Neo V -- which will be the first of its phones to benefit from its new "Facebook inside Xperia" software upgrade. The Neo V also is SE's first foray into 3D, with a "3D sweep panorama" feature that records and plays back in 3D when connected to a 3D TV's HDMI input.

Neo V specs include:

  • Available in white, blue or silver
  • 3.7-inch display at 480x854 resolution
  • Reality display powered by Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine
  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor at 1GHz
  • 5MP rear camera
  • VA front-facing camera
  • 320MB internal storage
  • 2GB microSD card included
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • And all the usual sundries

Also, SE today announced that all of its 2011 Xperia phones will get an upgrade to Android 2.3.4 that will comprise many of the features found in the Neo V. That includes:

  • Google Talk with video chat
  • Facebook inside Xperia
  • 3D sweep panorama
  • The ability to connect USB peripherals to the Sony Ericsson LiveDock multimedia station
  • A "swipe" (no, they didn't say Swype) text input
  • Screen shots

The software updates will begin in October; SE didn't say which phones would be up first.

For more, see the entire press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Lost root access, GPS with no data [From the Forums]

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While TouchPad hunters are still on the lose, and Steve Jobs resigning from Apple -- the Android news chugs along as well. If you missed anything from today, be sure to skip on back through the blogs and jump on into the Android Central forums for more.

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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix not the most powerful smartphone in the world says the UK

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So just what is the worlds most powerful smartphone? Motorola would have you believe it's their Atrix, but the UK Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) begs to differ. After receiving complaints about one of their adverts, they made the ruling that because the Samsung Galaxy S II has a faster processor the Motorola claims could be seen as misleading.

Motorola claims that the power of the Atrix isn't processor focused, but more about its overall abilities and combined features, but this apparently doesn't matter. The advertisement is only allowed to be shown going forwards without the offending phrase. 

Would it confuse you? Check out the advert after the break and make your own decision.

Source: Daily Telegraph

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II used in Samsung's teaser video looks to be the Sprint version

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We know the Samsung Galaxy S II is coming to the US.  We're almost certain that every one of the four major US carriers will get their own flavor, and it looks like we already know what the Sprint version (referred to as the Epic 4G Touch this week) is going to look like thanks to Samsung's teaser video about the US launch.  We don't buy into the September 9 date shown on the weather widget being the launch date just yet, (we've seen that sort of thing many times before and ity rarely pans out), but the Sprint visual voicemail icon being shown off on the homescreen?  That's pretty hard to just dismiss as coincidence.  Add that to the fact that the version shown has the four capacitive buttons we're used to from Samsung, and a different overall shape, and it all adds up.  Hopefully, it does show itself on September 9 -- it's about time someone gets one of these out in the US.  If the hurricane gods allow it, we'll know more on Aug 29.

Source: SprintFeed

 

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2 years ago

Android 101: How to use Android native tethering

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iSpeech brings the commanders in chief to your Android smartphone

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We figure it'll take about 15 seconds before some of you start abusing this one, and about 15 minutes before the Treasury Department finds a way to shut it down. But for now, there's iSpeech Obama and iSpeech Bush for Android. You speak, the the president (or former president) parrots it back to you. You can share what they say, or just have your own twisted one-way conversation.

See what we mean after the break.

Download: iSpeech Obama; iSpeech Bush

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2 years ago

X10 AirPad promises to be the best $199 tablet around, sports full USB port

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We usually scoff when we hear about Android tablets going for $199. But when we hear about stalwart retailer X10 selling one for $199, we'll at least give things a listen. The X10 AirPad promises to be the "best tablet on the market for under $200."

Let's talk specs: You've got a 7-inch display with a measly 800x480 resolution. (By comparison, the Acer Iconia a100 and HTC Flyer each has a 7-inch touchscreen at 1024x600 resolution.) So it's fewer pixels, but that means less work for the 1.2 GHz Rockchip 2918 processor. That's all pushing Android 2.3 Gingerbread, so it's got that going for it, which is nice. There's 512MB of RAM on board, and 4GB on internal storage. There's a 2MP camera, which we're probably safe in ignoring on spec.

The 4000 mAh batter is rated as 6 hours of movie or music playback (we have a hard time believing music playback takes as much juice, but whatever), or 4 hours of Wifi Internet accvess. And speaking of Wifi, it's got 802.11 b/g. There's also HDMI out for 1080p playback, a full-size USB port, mini (not micro) USB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot.

Source: X10

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