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3 years ago

Holiday gift guide: What to get your favorite Android geek

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It's that time of year again. The time of year where you spend all of your spare time and most of your spare money shopping for holiday gifts.  Shopping is never easy, but for that special Android nerd in your life it can be especially difficult trying to find something to occupy their minds and hands so they can tinker and try to blow things up.  That's where I can help -- I'm a total nerd (and proud of it) and I happen to spend a lot of time on the 'net making a wish list for that day I finally hit the Powerball.  Hit the break and see our gift recommendations for an Android geek, from an Android geek.

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3 years ago

Firefox nightlies for Android have switched to native UI builds

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If you recall a couple weeks back we mentioned that Mozilla was switching the Firefox for Android application to use native Android UI elements instead of XUL.  This was done to create a unified look and feel and improve performance, and now anyone can give it a run.  The fellows at Mozilla have now started pushing nightlies that include the changes.  The newer builds are faster, but of course like any nightly builds there will be bugs.  If you want to have a look, or if you're feeling like bug-hunting and helping out the Firefox team, grab the nightly here and install it.  You'll see that Firefox has come a long way, and they are slowly building a mobile browser that can rival a true desktop version.

Source: Mark Finkle

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3 years ago

Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots hits Amazon Appstore on Monday

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Halfbrick Studios today announced that Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots will be avilable as Amazon's free app of the day on Nov. 28. (It'll be 99 cents after the promotion.) It's largely the same Fruit Ninja we've come to know and love, but it's got the furball from the last couple of Shreck movies incorporated. Your kids are gonna love it.

We've got more screen shots and promo video after the break.

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3 years ago

YouTube adds Disney, Pixar, and DreamWorks rentals

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Google has been working hard to gather more media content these days and now, coming shortly after their Google Music announcement comes the news they've fleshed out a deal with Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks Studios to bring much of their content to YouTube.

Fans of animated movies? We’ve got the beloved animated classic, Alice in Wonderland and the newly envisioned Winnie the Pooh. Love Disney·Pixar? We have hits like Cars and Cars 2 all in one place. Up for a little bit of adventure? We’ll take you from the darkest depths of the oceans with all four of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, including the most recent blockbuster in the franchise Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Aside from just bringing the content in, Google will be working with the studios to offer YouTube Movie Extras with behind-the-scenes clips, interviews, and other exclusive content. The rentals are live on YouTube right now some you can likely pick up for $.99.

Source: YouTube Blog

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3 years ago

Introducing the Android Central Phone Store, powered by Best Buy Mobile Solutions!

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What do you get the Android Central reader who already has everything? You're already a part of the No. 1 site for all things Android. You're already a part of the most informative (and, just as important, friendly) Android forums around. So what else can we do for you to go along with providing the most in-depth reviews, the news behind the news, opinions and everything else that spews forth from Android Central 365 days a year?

Welcome to the all new Android Central Phone Store. We've teamed up with Best Buy Mobile Solutions to bring you great prices on your favorite phones, from the top manufacturers and carriers. You can browse and purchase Android smartphones from Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile right from the store, with the same selection and customer service you'd expect when the likes of Android Central and Best Buy come together.

It's really all a part of being the best source for all things Android. News, reviews, opinions, accessories and, now, phones. We'll help you choose the best phone for you. We'll help you learn to use it. And we'll help you find the accessories you need. And we're just getting warmed up, folks. There's more on the way. Stay tuned!

Visit the Android Central Phone Store powered by Best Buy Mobile!

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3 years ago

Verizon's online advertising points to $199 on-contract Galaxy Nexus, still no date

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We don't usually talk about our own advertising here on the blog, but it's time to make another exception.The Samsung Galaxy Nexus (note, not the Nexus Prime) is getting some love from Verizon today, and it looks like it'll sell for $199 on contract -- $100 cheaper than a couple other high-end Android smartphones. (Hello, Motorola Droid RAZR and HTC Rezound.) Still no official word on when it'll finally launch, but we're not betting against that December time frame at this point.

This isn't the first time we've seen this happen. You'll recall how the HTC ThunderBolt outed itself in advertising earlier this year. And also note that clicking on the "Learn More" link takes you to Verizon's holiday deals, but the Galaxy Nexus isn't actually listed there.

More: Verizon Wireless; Galaxy Nexus forums

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Vivacity launches in the UK

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T-Mobile UK today announced the launch of the launch of a mid-end Android smartphone, the Vivacity. It's got a 3.5-inch display at WVGA resolution, a 5-megapixel camera, Wifi, GPS and all that jazz. It's going for just £10 per month on a 24-month plan, or for £99 on Pay As You Go.

We've got the full presser after the break.

More: T-Mobile UK

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3 years ago

Negri Electronics now shipping GSM Galaxy Nexus in the U.S.

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Read our Galaxy Nexus Review!

While we continue to wait on Verizon to opens sales of its Samsung Galaxy Nexus here in the United States, another online retailer has begun shipping the GSM version. Negri Electronics has got it for $769.50, and it's shipping now. And, yes, that's a lot of scratch for a smartphone, but you're also paying the full, unsubsidized cost. It's also the price you pay if you've just got to have the GSM version, or if you just can't wait another couple weeks (maybe) for Verizon to get the LTE version out the door. And speaking of the Verizon version, Negri's got it listed at $678.50, with an expected shipping date of Dec. 9, for what that's worth.

Remember the good old days when the Nexus One went for $529? Us, too.

More: Negri Electronics; Also: Galaxy Nexus at Expansys USA

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3 years ago

HTC G1 receives an alpha Android 4.0 AOSP port

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Well -- there goes the joke, will my HTC G1 get Ice Cream Sandwich?

No, it's not overly functional. No, it's not extremely fast. But that doesn't really matter. The fact Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich can be jammed into a HTC G1 is just plain awesome and the fact it's available for download -- even more awesome.

Want to see it in action? Jump past the break for the video and hit the source link for the full details.

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

Sony Tablet P on sale in the UK, brings hefty price tag with it

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The clamshell Sony Tablet P has found its way out into the wild in the UK, bringing to market with it a hefty pricetag just a penny under £500. 

The Tegra 2, dual 5.5 inch screened device brings Honeycomb 3.2 along for the ride. It also comes with Sony's Playstation certification much like its sibling, the more conventional Tablet S. Sony claims that the styling will make it more comfortable to hold sideways for reading books, but many would be put off by its unusual design. 

Besides the price, Sony's timing to launch the Tablet P now with the Asus Transformer Prime and its Ice Cream Sandwich flavouring right around the corner is quite baffling. Nevertheless, if the Tablet P appeals to you, your local Sony Centre or Dixons online is the place to go. 

Source: Sony

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR source code released

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If you like poking around in some source code files to see what you can see, then Motorola has now given something to do. The Droid RAZR source code has been released on sourceforge and while it's not much use to anyone aside from developers that's not really the point. Point is, it's there -- it's available for all whom wish to view it.

Source: Sourceforge; thanks to everyone who sent this in

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3 years ago

Expansys USA offering unlocked Galaxy Nexus, taking orders now

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We'll keep this short and sweet, because we're pretty sure a few of you will be interested in this. The Galaxy Nexus is available to order in the USA. 

Expansys USA have the unlocked, 16GB GSM version in stock now and are shipping within days. (Ours will be here Friday!) As the image here shows though, there's not many and as this is written the initial batch have been allocated. At present they're showing as shipping within 4 days.

If you haven't done already, check out our review of the GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus. Then if you're on AT&T or T-Mobile, hit the source link for the product page.

Source: Expansys

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3 years ago

LG and PRADA, together since 2006, renew their vows

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PRADA phone by LG 3.0 coming in 2012

LG and PRADA today announced that they've renewed their partnership and that we can expect the PRADA phone by LG 3.0 early next year. The Korean electronics giant and the Italian fashion giant have worked together since 2006, will release a pair of phones over the next two years. The PRADA phone by LG 1.0 sold more than 1 million units, LG said in a press release, and is a fixture at New York's Museum of Modern Art as well as in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, China.

No word yet on how far out of your price range the PRADA phone by LG 3.0 will be. We've got the full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

Carrier IQ withdraws 'misguided' cease-and-desist letter, apologizes to security advocate TrevE

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Well, that was quick. Carrier IQ just sent out a press statement saying it's withdrawn its cease-and desist letter to Trevor Eckhart, who recently detailed how the company's action worked. Said Carrier IQ:

"Our action was misguided and we are deeply sorry for any concern or trouble that our letter may have caused Mr. Eckhart. We sincerely appreciate and respect EFF’s work on his behalf, and share their commitment to protecting free speech in a rapidly changing technological world."

Looks like the Electronic Frontier Foundation's backing of Eckhart paid off, the lawyers have done their thing, and the security and privacy advocate known as TrevE won't be pursued for thousands of dollars of fines after all.

That doesn't change the fact that the Carrier IQ software remains on a number of phones, and many of you aren't crazy about having a hidden background app report how you use your phone back to the manufacturer -- even if you do agree to it up front -- and that's certainly an argument that needs to continue.

We've got the full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Charge update, Exchanging Nook Tablet [From the Forums]

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As we head into Thanksgiving and get ready to spend some time with family, we'd like just like to say we're thankful for all you Android Central readers out there. You folks are the ones that make our content here and in the forums happen and we appreciate that. That said; check out some of the threads below before you head off for a day of family and food:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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