Headlines

3 years ago

Hasbro and DeNA Team to roll out Transformers games worldwide

4

If you happened to pick a Nexus 7 tablet and are enjoying your copy of Transformers: Dark of the moon we have more Transformers news to share with you all. Hasbro and DeNA Team have joined forces to bring multiple Transformers games to mobile devices worldwide.

“Our global platform has continued to thrive and grow, and we’re now investing in major entertainment IP,” said Neil Young, Director of DeNA and CEO of DeNA’s U.S. subsidiary ngmoco, LLC.  “TRANSFORMERS is a highly beloved brand, with dynamic characters that are universally cherished by fans. We are excited to bring the TRANSFORMERS world to life for mobile gamers.”
 
“DeNA is a proven global leader in mobile social games,” said Mark Blecher, GM and SVP, Hasbro Digital Media and Marketing. “We’re delighted to team-up with DeNA to offer a compelling TRANSFORMERS experience on the leading mobile platforms. DeNA’s innovative approach to mobile gaming is a great fit with the TRANSFORMERS brand.

Yeah, the press release announcing the deal is kind of boring given the fact they've yet to unleash any of those games but It will be a three year agreement between Hasbro and DeNA Team that is sure to please a lot of Transformers fans out there, myself included. The press release is below for you all the peruse though, oddly though Japan seems to of have been left off the availability list.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Google clarifies shipping dates for remaining Nexus 7 orders

34

Google has updated their Google Play support page for questions about Nexus 7 order and delivery, and have given some solid shipping dates. All orders placed before July 13 will be processed and shipped "soon". Here's the breakdown for orders from the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia:

  • In the US: We’ve shipped all standalone Nexus 7 8GB orders (e.g.: those without a case, charger or Nexus Q). By the end of day on July 19 (PDT), we will have shipped all standalone Nexus 7 16GB orders placed through July 11 (PDT), and upgraded these orders to overnight shipping. We will process the remaining standalone Nexus 7 16GB orders by the end of next week with overnight shipping.
  • If you ordered your tablet with a case, charger or Nexus Q, your Nexus 7 will ship this week with overnight shipping, in some cases ahead of the rest of your order. But don’t worry, the rest of your order will be on its way soon.
  • In Canada: We’ve shipped all Nexus 7 8GB orders. We are in the process of shipping Nexus 7 16GB orders and will ship them in 1-2 weeks.
  • In the UK: All Nexus 7 8GB orders will ship by July 20 (BST). All Nexus 7 16GB orders placed through June 30 (BST), will ship by July 20 (BST). The remaining Nexus 7 16GB orders will ship next week.
  • In Australia: All Nexus 7 8GB and Nexus 7 16GB orders will be fulfilled by the end of day on July 19 (AEST) and will arrive in 3-5 days.

Remember, this only applies to orders placed on or before July 13 If this applies to you, and you don't get your Nexus 7 according to this timeline, you're directed to call Google support at 1-855-83-NEXUS (63987). 

While you wait, there's always the Nexus 7 forums. Why wait alone?

Source: Google Play Support. Thanks, Brian!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Skype: 'Skype version 2.8 for Android not affected' by messaging bug

2

While there was never any mention of the recently-reported (and rare) Skype messaging bug actually affecting Android, anyone who had any slight concerns can rest easy. While a fix is being rolled out, Skype has officially stated that Android users on Skype version 2.8 are OK. 

In an official statement on their blog, alongside announcing a fix for all affected versions, they had the following to say specifically mentioning Android, and iOS versions of the app --

During further investigation, we confirmed that not all Skype products were affected by this error as originally reported. We can assure that users of Skype 5.9 for Windows, Skype 2.8 for Android and Skype 4.0 for IOS have not been affected.

So, while all is OK, if for some reason you've avoided updating to version 2.8, it's probably worth doing so to ensure you remain bug-free. 

Source: Skype

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Early CyanogenMod 10 preview build brings Jelly Bean to Galaxy S III

13

If you like to live dangerously, and can't wait any longer to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on your Galaxy S III, you'll be pleased to hear that a (very) early preview build of CyanogenMod 10 is now available for Samsung's 2012 flagship. The build isn't yet feature complete, but it seems to be about as functional as the current batch of CM9 nightlies of the S III. That is to say the current build includes a couple of known stability issues with the camera and Wifi tethering -- the kind of thing you'd expect from a nightly-level build. Also, this build is only for the international Galaxy S III -- that's the one with 'GT-i9300' listed under Settings > About device > Model number.

Preview builds are also available for some of the North American (Snapdragon S4-based) Galaxy S III's, albeit with far more stuff broken. Find 'em here and here.

So it's not complete just yet, but it's an early taste of Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S III, and early reports suggest it's very quick and surprisingly stable. If you're feeling brave, you'll find flashing instructions -- and some disclaimers you should definitely read -- over at the source link.

Source: XDA

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Google Wallet arrives on the Nexus 7 via software update

31

Google has just announced that a software update will be pushed to the Nexus 7, which will bring the Google Wallet app to the device. This looks to be the same 4.1.1 OTA update that the Google I/O tablets received, which is great news because it means both are now running the exact same OS version (let's hope it stays that way!). The post says that the update 'is being pushed', so look for it to hit soon! It has been hit or miss as to which devices can officially carry Google Wallet, so you should feel good Nexus 7 owners.

It should be noted that rooted devices are not officially supported, but will function just fine.

Do you have the update yet? Are you excited to use Google Wallet on a 7-inch tablet? Head to our Google Nexus 7 Forum and let us know!

Source: Google+

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Re-live the old, old days, as StyleTap brings Palm OS to Android, for a price

16

Do you pine for the old, glory days of Palm OS? Still hanging onto that old Treo for dear life? Well, hang no longer. The guys over at StyleTap have brought their faithful Palm OS emulator to Android. If you want it though, be prepared, you're going to have to pay handsomely for it. $49.95 to be precise. There is a free 14-day trial, so at least you get to play with it before committing. It's compatible with Android devices running Eclair upwards, so pretty much everyone should be able to lay their hands on it. 

So, it's not going to be picked up by the casual user. Things have pretty much come full circle though now, with many current Android users starting out on Palm OS. StyleTap has done a pretty good job of keeping the platform alive over the years, bringing their emulator to Windows Mobile, Symbian, iOS and now Android. It isn't some half-baked attempt either, for all intents and purposes, this is Palm OS running on an Android device. 

For the full rundown, head on over to the StyleTap website where the app is available for download. Definitely give it a try if it's something you even think could bring an air of completeness to your mobile life. We're going to bow out to the experts on this one, so for a quick review of StyleTap, be sure to head over to our sister site, WebOS Nation, for the rundown. You'll also find the full press release after the break. 

Source: StyleTap, More: WebOS Nation

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

8GB Google Nexus 7 now listed as 'in stock' on Google Play

18

We've seen the availability of the Nexus 7 go from 'coming soon', to 2-3 weeks, then 3-5 weeks, but now a quick look at the ordering page for the 8GB Nexus 7 shows you it's sitting in stock, and will be delivered in 3-5 business days. Android fans in the US have been a bit rabid about not getting their tablets when they expected to get them, but demand has seemingly outweighed availability and many, like Phil, are waiting and waiting for a delivery date. Hopefully, this is a sign that the 8GB version will soon be in the hands of all who ordered. Now we need to see the same for the 16GB version.

In a week or two, when all the smoke has cleared, all us "early adopters" will be using and enjoying our Nexus 7s. I've been lucky enough to have mine for a while, and it's quickly become my go-to device for most things. For gaming, web surfing, or reading, the Nexus 7 fits my lifestyle perfectly. I can't wait to see other folks telling me how their Nexus 7 does the same for them. 

 Thanks for the tip, Jasmin!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Barnes & Noble launches Nook for Web, gives you 6 free books to try it out with

16

Although somewhat late to the party, Barnes and Noble has today joined the ranks of online e-reading solutions, by launching Nook for Web. No sign-in, software download or Nook account is required to start reading. Books in the Nook store can be instantly sampled online, right within the web browser by clicking the "read instantly" button. Nook for Web is compatible with both PC and Mac, and with all the main internet browsers. 

We're promised support tablets and smartphones this Fall, but a quick trial using Chrome on a Galaxy Nexus, saw Nook for Web working just fine. It's not what you'd call user friendly though on a screen that size, but then it is designed for desktop browsers. 

As you would expect, it syncs your position in your books with your other Nook reading applications, but now finally Nook users can read at their desktop. Amazon and Kobo in particular have had desktop solutions for a while now. Late or not, Barnes and Noble is welcome to the party.

Oh, and for good measure, Barnes and Noble is throwing six free books into the bargain, until July 26. You'll find the full presser after the break, and hit the link below to go try it out.

More: Nook for Web

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Evernote updated for tablet interfaces

4

Evernote 4.1 has been released with a bunch of great updates for Android tablets. A revamped UI takes advantage of all that screen real-estate with a left-hand pane for navigation and content pages on the right that are easy to swipe through. There's a new list view to make it easy to see notes by location, date, title, or tags. A solid addition for both Android phone and tablet users are sublists, which allow users to bump bulleted lists inwards additional levels.

Evernote is a top-notch cloud note-taking app that has recently been dabbling in a few other dedicated apps, like Skitch for project management, Hello for contact management, and Food for culinary bookkeeping. 

I've always been a fan of the app, even if it only gets used occasionally, and a lot of people swear by it. There are competitors like Springpad out there, but so far few have come close to what Evernote has to offer. The only real clincher is that if you're particularly busy, you'll probably need to sign up for a premium account. Get downloading below! Any big Evernote fans in the house?

Download: Evernote

Source: Evernote

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Google revamps weather search for tablets, definite hint of Google Now

4

Google has gone and pushed out a pretty nice looking, 'interactive weather visualization' for weather searches on tablets. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to the new Google Now service introduced with Jelly Bean, searching for weather in a particular location in Google on your tablet, now brings up what we see here. It was rolled out to smartphone searches a few weeks ago, so it seems only right that tablets aren't left out. 

You'll get to see a pretty detailed snapshot of current, and upcoming weather information for your area. There's an hourly forecast to scroll through, equally there's also a ten-day forecast too. And, it looks pretty darn good. After all, who ever said that looking at the weather forecast had to be dull? 

It works -- as you would expect -- on Chrome, but we've also verified that it works too on the stock Android browser. Go ahead, give it a try in your browser of choice.

And, for a little pro tip, why not add a weather search for your home, work, whichever chosen location, to your bookmarks in the stock browser on your device. Add that bookmark to your homescreen, and you've got yourselves a pretty powerful local weather forecast, right at your fingertips. 

via +Google

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Contest winners: Nexus 7 tablet winners!

43

If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up during the week. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to the winners!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Rogers kicks off 6 GB/$60 plan, Sony Xperia Ion in tow

8

Canadians looking for an affordable LTE-capable device and lots of data to chew on will be interested to hear that Rogers has started a 6 GB promotional plan and now has the Sony Xperia Ion for sale for $49.99 on a three-year contract. The $60 plan includes unlimited calling to 10 Canadian numbers, unlimited texting, unlimited evenings and weekends, and 200 weekday minutes on top of the data. Rogers is even willing to toss in data sharing to multiple devices at $10 off every month for the next 10 months to help you burn through those 6 GB, though the promo is only running until August 8. 

As for the Sony Xperia Ion, you can read our full review here, but here's a run-down of the specifications.

  • 4.6-inch 1280 x 720 display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 12 megapixel camera
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • LTE and HSPA+ connectivity

While I'm still not sure I'd pick the 6 GB plan over Mobilicity or WIND's current promotions (especially with that three-year commitment Rogers includes), it's hard to argue with Rogers coverage, and ever-expanding LTE is always sweet. Any Canadians interested in picking one up can find the Sony Xperia Ion over in the Rogers online store and can check out the 6 GB promotional plan over here

Source: Rogers RedBoard

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Motorola Defy Pro coming soon to Rogers

9

 

Motorola has announced that the Defy Pro would be landing in Canada by way of Rogers this summer. Much liike the original Motorola Defy, this handset is built for punishment with dust, splash, and scratch resistance, except this time there's a keyboard. Here are the specs.

  • 2.7-inch 320 x 480 HVGA display with Gorilla Glass
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and front-facing VGA camera
  • 1700 mAh battery, 12 hours continuous use time, 13.5 days standby
  • IP67-certified (totally protected against dust, protected against immersion between 15 cm and 1 m)

Awhile back I was really interested in the Motorola Admiral, but since it never made it to the GSM side of things, there was never really an option for us Canadians. As a guy with a history with BlackBerry, I can definitely appreciate the physical keyboard - hopefully it won't be dampened by the ho-hum specifications. I could live without ICS, but a bigger battery and some impact protection would be nice. Any Canadians interested in picking this one up? Any Americans looking for something tough and entry-level with a physical keyboard?

Folks can sign up for e-mail availability notifications at Motorola Canada

Source: Motorola

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

German judges say Motorola Xoom doesn't infringe iPad design

16

Apple is locked in legal combat with many Android manufacturers, with a range of tactics being used to try to keep iPad and iPhone competitors off store shelves. In Germany, Apple's had some success using tablet design patents against the likes of Samsung, and it's also attempted to use the same tactics against Motorola's 10.-1inch Xoom.

However, today a court in Dusseldorf, Germany ruled that Moto's tablet does not infringe upon the iPad's design patents. Specifically, NASDAQ​ reports that the judges decided that the shape of the Xoom's corners and back were enough for it to be distinguishable from Apple's tablet. It wasn't a complete win for Moto, however, as the court also dismissed a counterclaim from Motorola that Apple's design patents were invalid.

Moto was ordered to pay one third of costs, with Apple being told to pay two thirds.

Source: NASDAQ

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Tweet Lanes review - a new twist on twitter, but still a work in progress

21

Tweet Lanes for Android fits in very nicely with ICS design, but is that enough?

Tweet Lanes launched on Android earlier this month and somehow managed to muscle its way into a plenty-crowded category of Twitter clients. There are a few things that Tweet Lanes does differently that immediately sets it apart from the norm.

The main thing is that all outgoing tweets are pumped through the same context-sensitive text box. no matter if you're starting a new tweet from scratch, replying, or retweeting. This is done by selecting which tweet (or tweets) you want want to interact with, and the top bar changes and bottom tweet box adjust accordingly. Secondly, Tweet Lanes can use a device's volume up and volume down keys to navigate through feeds. 

Read more and comment

 
Show More Headlines

Pages