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3 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: Dynamite Jack

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A few of the games in Humble Bundle 5 are making their Android debut, and Dynamite Jack is one of them. This retro-styled game that reminds us of old arcade titles translates well to the phone with touch controls. And because its part of the Humble Bundle, it won't cost you much to play.

Hang with us after the break and see how Dynamite Jack performs in its first Android release.

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3 years ago

White Nexus 4 bumper appears at a Videotron store in Montreal

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White Nexus 4 bumper

We've heard rumors and stories about the "official" white Nexus 4 bumper before, but this is the first time we've ever heard about one for sale. Sitting in the case at a Videotron store in Montreal, Canada beside the normal black Nexus 4 bumper, it's just screaming to be bought. The $19.99 price tag is the same as the black model offered at Google Play, which is out of stock. Again. 

We have no idea if or when these will filter their way to other retailers, of if they will even be sold through Google's store front. At least we now know it's real. Hit the break for a closer look.

Thanks, Hakim!

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3 years ago

Unicorn Apocalypse game from Samsung commercials hits the Play Store

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Unicorn Apocalypse

Samsung has been using a fictional game called "Unicorn Apocalypse" in a barrage of internet and TV commercials lately, and has followed up on it by actually releasing the game in the Play Store. In the commercials, Samsung tends to poke fun at the fictional developers of the game because they take it so seriously, and the game certainly continues with that theme. Unfortunately the game hasn't exactly gotten great reviews in the Play Store, with most users noting that the game doesn't play properly, and when it does the content isn't exactly exciting. We've noticed that the visual assets aren't set properly for 768x1280 displays either.

With little bugs aside, it's a fun little game to look at -- if for nothing more than to have the game from the commercial on your phone. You can grab a download from the Play Store at the source link below.

Download: Unicorn Apocalypse (Google Play)

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3 years ago

HTC One: Ten frequently asked questions

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We're getting ever closer to the public release of the HTC One, with the all-new Sense 5, and we're putting this guy through its paces. There's quite a lot to go over, and we're getting a lot of the same questions from many of you folks on Twitter, Google+ and in our HTC One forums.

Our full review is coming in due time, of course. For now, let's tackle a few burning questions regarding the HTC One and Sense 5. (Chances are you'll see another installment at some point, so don't fret if we haven't answered your question just yet.)

Here we go!

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3 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Back to the land of the living

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The thing about trade shows is that you know there's a pretty good chance you're going to come down with something afterward. Between the travel and being crammed into a venue with 50,000 or so people for a week, germs happen. But, man, the post-show plague got me good this year following Mobile World Congress. Fortunately, I'm back to the land of the living. And it's a working weekend, too, as you might have guessed. We've got the HTC One in our hot little hands, and Samsung is doing its thing Thursday night in New York City.

As my man Short Round once said, "No time for love, Dr. Jones." Let's get to it. A few thoughts on a few things:

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3 years ago

Samsung launches bright orange Galaxy Pop for South Korea

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Despite a name which almost screams low end, the Samsung Galaxy Pop is far from low end. Packing a quad-core processor, LTE, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and many of the software bells and whistles the Galaxy S 3 has, the Galaxy Pop doesn't sound bad at all. Granted, it isn't something we'll be seeing anytime soon in European or North American markets, but it is on sale in Samsung's native South Korea. 

Previously only available in white or grey, Samsung's latest push on the device sees this insanely colored bright orange version launching. Samsung is hoping to capture the imagination of younger smartphone users with this one, but one thing is certain -- it definitely stands out in a crowd.

via Sammyhub

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3 years ago

HTC One accessories on sale ahead of UK launch

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Android Central

The HTC One may not yet be on sale anywhere in the world, but that hasn't stopped the official OEM accessories arriving. UK retailer, Clove Technology, has already received stocks of three accessories for the forthcoming new hero device from HTC. 

First up is the 'Double Dip' hard shell case. Made of a soft touch polycarbonate, the phone slides into the main portion of the case then the 2 differently colored caps snap on at each end keeping the One nice and secure. It also seems to offer a slight lip around the front edges, so as to give a little extra protection when placed face down. The Double Dip costs £14.99. 

There's also a pack of 2 screen protectors, which do pretty much what you'd expect them too. Specific to the device, these cost £6.00

And last, but by no means least, the official HTC One car dock. Of all smartphone accessories, a good car dock is one often coveted by many users. HTC had some pretty nice car docks in the past, and this latest shouldn't disappoint either. When the phone is docked, bluetooth automatically activates so as to connect to your in-car bluetooth system. The design is somewhat unique too, with the actual cradle only covering the lower half of the phone. It's not the cheapest item at £44.99, but it's surely a fine way to utilise your new HTC One in the car. Full details and some early snaps of all three can be found at the source link below. 

Source: Clove Technology

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: HootSuite, TVCatchup, Solar 2 and more!

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Apps of the Week

Ahh yes, the Apps of the Week. We meet here every Saturday afternoon to bring you an app from each of the Android Central writers. But not just any apps, these are the apps that we're using day-to-day and have found useful enough to keep on our devices. We have some tools, games and everything in between on the list today.

Stick around with us after the break and see how we did with our app picks this week.

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3 years ago

HTC One is in the house

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Finally, we've got our hands on the HTC One for official one-on-one time. This is finished hardware, and nearly complete software, so it's time to get our official HTC One review under way.

Before all that, though, it's worth reading over our HTC One preview. While things have been simplified, there's still a lot to go over. And if you've yet to visit our HTC One forums, there's a lot of good stuff going on in there as well.

A now a few quick thoughts, now that we've got the HTC One away from the show floors and into a more intimate setting. (We've turned down the lights and lit a few candles for this guy.)

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3 years ago

Netflix shutting down public API program, current third-party apps will continue to function

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While third-party Netflix applications are somewhat limited as to what they can offer anyway, some folks still love to use them. Netflix is putting an end to any future third-party clients however, by killing off the public API program. 

Currently active clients will continue to function, as all API keys currently issued will remain active. What it does mean is that no new keys will be issued to third-party developers, so what we've got today is as far as it goes. Additionally the developer portal is being set to read-only, and the OData catalog will be retired in April. 

Netflix says that the changes are being made so as to focus on the products and features most used by its subscribers -- or in other words, the official Netflix clients. It's still a little sad to see future third-party apps killed off completely, but given the times we live in -- Twitter being the obvious example -- it isn't all that surprising either. 

Source: Netflix

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3 years ago

International roundup: HTC One launch prep, Galaxy S4 leakage and our first week with the Sony Xperia Z

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What a week we’ve got ahead of us. In the next seven days we’ll have seen the HTC One launch in Europe, and the unveiling of the Galaxy S4 at Samsung’s big event in New York City. But before we launch ourselves right into yet another smartphone silly season, there’s just enough time to look back over the past week’s international news.

And there’s been a lot to talk about. Retailers and carriers in Europe are preparing for the launch of the HTC One. We got what looks like our first legitimate screenshot leak from the AT&T Galaxy S4. And we gave you our first impressions of the Sony Xperia Z, including a camera comparison with Sony’s earlier flagship. Check out this week's international roundup after the break.

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3 years ago

Optimus 4XHD Jelly Bean leaked, bootloader unlock achieved

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The Optimus 4X HD was a really well built device with great 2012 specifications released in the middle of last year. But it had some severe software problems, and was locked down so tight nobody could do anything hackish to try and fix them. Glaring software bugs and lack of third-party support is a recipe for a dud in the Android community, and the phone languished away with very few folks paying any attention to it.

Today, all that changes. Jelly Bean has been leaked, the bootloader has been unlocked, and there's already a ClockworkMod recovery built and ready to go. I warn you -- it's not as straight forward as some of the things you'll see, and you'll want to read, read, and read some more before you get started. Find all the information you need at the source link below. 

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: Solar 2

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Our coverage of the games offered in Humble Bundle 5 continues with a look at Solar 2, which has just made its debut on Android. This is an interesting game centered around the life of an evolving planet, flying around the solar system trying to grow and stay alive. Solar 2 has a neat gameplay idea wrapped in solid visuals and an appropriate soundtrack, all of the components necessary for a great game.

Read on past the break for a more in-depth walkthrough of Solar 2, a new game now available as part of Humble Bundle 5.

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3 years ago

Wet swimsuit models remind us we want the Xperia Z

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A T-Mobile store in Prague has found a way to make everyone interested in the Xperia Z -- putting it in the hands of swimsuit models. Taking advantage of the Xperia Zs water-resistant design, both male and female models (look after the break, ladies) took turns in the showers with the Zs, and we assume the crowd was pleased with both the phones and the show.

The Xperia Z looks like a very impressive phone on its own, but advertisement like this certainly can't hurt. Hit the break to see the rest of the pictures.

via: Xperia Blog

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3 years ago

Google Play's birthday continues with deals in every part of the store

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Google Play has turned one year old, and although it kicked off the celebration slowly on day 1 the flood gates are now open to hundreds of deals across the store. There are special deals now for TV rentals, discounts on popular books, free games and a whole lot more. Here are the landing pages that group them all up:

There's a whole lot of free and severely discounted content available for the next few days, so get in there and see what you can find. See anything particularly worth while? Sound off in the comments and let us know.

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