Following the phone's SIM-free launch a couple of weeks ago, the LG Optimus 3D is now available directly from British network Three. The phone is yours for free on any of Three's 24-month contracts, which range from £35 to £40 per month, or on Pay As You Go for £449.99. Not a bad price considering the tech that's packed inside this thing -- a 1GHz dual-core OMAP4 CPU, a 4.3-inch 3D display and dual 5-megapixel cameras for recording your own 3D content. Unfortunately it's running Froyo out of the box, but a Gingerbread update is expected in the next couple of months.
We've been getting to grips with the European Optimus 3D over the past week, and we'll have a full review written up for you you guys very soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out our write-up of an earlier prototype unit from Google IO.
Let's face it: If you want to properly review a kids' app, you've got to get a kid to do it. So we armed Daughter No. 1 with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the "Winnie the Pooh - What's a Bear to Do?" game. It's a simple premise: Pooh loves honey, and it's your job to help him find it by way of a few hidden honey pots. There are a smattering of puzzles to do, too, and they proved no match for a genius soon-to-be kindergartener.
The honey pots, on the other hand, took a little more doing, and there were a few tears shed (by the kid!) when they weren't all found on the first go. But as you can see in the video above, finishing the game doesn't end the fun, and it remains a nice babysitter entertaining. In only adult games could hold our attention like that.
"Winnie the Pooh - What's a Bear to Do?" runs $2.99 in the Android Market. Download links are after the break.
The launch of the new HTC EVO 3D on Sprint has brought new light upon the Android community with the device's stunning 4.3-inch 3D qHD screen, ability to capture pictures and video in full 3D, and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor underneath the hood to compliment its 4G capabilities.
The EVO 3D is without-a-doubt a precious investment-- and going the extra mile in terms of accessories for your device is absolutely crucial. If you aren't already familiar with the Accessories Roundups here at Android Central-- we list the most popular accessories for the HTC EVO 3D chosen by our loyal customers here at the store, as well as the most essential EVO 3D accessories that we here at Android Central feel will bring your Android experience to the level of convenience and safety that you should be at.
Google has (finally) released the Music Manager PC client for Linux, meaning work-arounds like WINE are no longer necessary. You can download pre-packaged binaries in either .rpm or .deb format, ready to install on many popular Linux systems. This is a closed source project, so if you're not using a Linux distro that can parse a deb or rpm package, you'll have to convert it to your preferred package type with a program like Alien, or extract the archive and manually inspect the install script (I'll drop those ubergeek instructions after the break for those interested).
Along with official Linux support, Linux versions of Google Music Manager also support .ogg files, by transcoding them to 320kbps .mp3 files. This is the same way it handles FLAC files, and while not perfect, we're not going to complain because any support is better than none. Getting it installed is easy -- just fire up your web browser (on your Linux computer, of course) and head to music.google.com. Once there, click the "add music" link, and download the client. It seems pretty solid, and certainly better than using the (not an)emulated Windows version.
Microsoft has released a set of tools and samples that now makes it a good bit easier to get users Windows Live data from Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger for smartphone applications, including Android apps. Developers will only need to enter the application name and language used, and then they will receive a client ID and secret token. These are then used in your application to allow the user to sign in via the web, with no back-end needed for this from the developers. Microsoft provides a working sample to view a user's SkyDrive photos, with more examples to follow.
Microsoft, as much as anyone, understands the open platform model. It's been good to them over the years, and it's nice to see simple and effective methods to access user account data across mobile platforms. I hope some developers out there with the "next great idea" for a Windows Live app takes advantage of them. Drop us a line if that sounds like you!
At this point it's just a matter of time before the Motorola Droid Bionic turns up for sale and available to all -- however, Verizon still appears to be swaying on the side of caution and maintaining as much secrecy as humanly possible. What you see above is a new Verizon display unit that is clearly missing a unit. That space, looks like a like it could house a device with a 4.3-inch display much like the Droid Bionic has doesn't it? In any event, we're still stuck in "wait and see mode" here.
Now this is a wee bit interesting. We've gotten word that the Motorola Atrix 4G soon will be off Costco's shelves as some sort of "inventory pullback," and that "a new handset (is) coming soon." And that "coming soon" date appears to be as early as Sunday, July 24. What might that new handset be? An Atrix inventory replenishment? Some sort of tweaked Atrix? Something completely different? News at 11.
Good news for HTC Desire owners on British network Three -- the carrier has confirmed today that it'll be pushing out the official Gingerbread update for the popular handset as soon as it's made available by HTC. No waiting around for network testing or the addition of carrier-mandated bloatware, instead Three-branded Desires will get the update at the same time as unbranded phones. In a post on its official Twitter account, a Three rep said --
Three customers will get this update as soon as HTC release it, there is not a Three version
The Gingerbread update for the HTC Desire is currently in the final stages of testing at HTC, and is expected by the end of the month.