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2 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons gets back in the Christmas spirit, but will new permissions bring out the Grinches?

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It's that time of year again -- Eggnog, Christmas Carols, presents under the tree, and the second year of your Angry Birds Seasons Advent Calendar.

Dubbed "Wreck The Halls" the update is live in the Market right now bringing another 25 Christmas flavoured levels. Apparently on the last day, we get to meet the "Big Pig" himself. We won't bore you with any gameplay information, after all, this is Angry Birds right?

All that said: The new version's added some new permissions. And judging by the comments in the Android Market, a good many of you aren't keen on that. Chances are it's just a slip and that Angry Birds isn't spying on your phone calls, folks.

Download links after the break.

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2 years ago

GSM Galaxy Nexus factory images now available

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Googler and AOSP gatekeeper Jean-Baptiste Queru announced that the factory restore images for the GSM flavored Samsung Galaxy Nexus are now available for download on the Android Building Google group this afternoon.  This means that no matter how bad you screw up the system software on your new Nexus phone, you now have a path to go back to where you started, namely Android 4.0.1 (ITL41D) as well as the original baseband and bootloader.  To use these images, you'll need to have fastboot up and running and have a bit of know-how about how exactly to use it, so be sure to spend a bit of time reading if you're not familiar with the process.  You can find the image, with a handy flash-all script to simplify the process included, at the link below. 

Source: Android Building Google group

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2 years ago

The complete Apple user's guide to Android [from the forums]

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Around here we don't judge people for their choice of smartphone OS.  We might point and snicker, but it's all in fun.  Having said that, there are more than a few people making the leap from an iPhone to an Android phone.  There's a world of difference, and sometimes it can be difficult to figure out the "Android way" of doing things -- especially if you're used to iOS and their different, "Apple way" of doing things.  AC forums adviser, and all around guru of guides milominderbinder has you covered once again.  He's taken the time and broken everything down to the basics, with an eye for folks switching to Android from iOS.  It's a beautiful read, even if you're not an ex-iUser -- you'll probably learn something.  Be sure to hit the forums and check it out, and give milo a big thanks for his hard work!

Apple user's guide to Android

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2 years ago

Verizon's Samsung Fascinate getting Gingerbread, for what it's worth

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Anybody remember the Samsung Fascinate on Verizon? A few of you in the back? Good. Cause the phone that time forgot has finally (finally!) gotten its long-overdue update to Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. Now you can bask in the knowledge that your phone's only one major update behind (more or less, since we're not counting Honeycomb).

That's the good news. The bad news is we wouldn't hold our breath waiting on an update to Ice Cream Sandwich, at least officially. Get yourself to your favorite Fascinate forum (oh, look, there's a handy link below) and keep your eye's peeled for some developer action.

More: Fascinate forums;
Thanks to Jody for the pic, and everyone else who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus now available from Vodafone UK

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Vodafone UK arrives fashionably late to the Galaxy Nexus party, with today's announcement that the British network is now offering Google's latest flagship device on-contract. Be sure to check out our exhaustive review for more on the device itself.

Voda's currently offering the new Nexus for free on 24-month contracts of £41 or more per month, which also nets you 1200 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB of data. If that's a little steep for you, you can downsize to between £26 and £36 per month for a smaller usage allowance, along with an up-front charge for the phone. Head over to the source link for the full list of plans.

Source: Vodafone UK

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2 years ago

AT&T gives another peek at the LG Nitro HD

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

We're still fully expecting to get our hot little hands on the LG Nitro HD tonight in New York City. To pass the hours, though, AT&T's offered up its own video hands-on with the phone, with its 720p display and LTE data. It'll be available Dec. 4 for $249 on contract.

Check it out, and check back in tonight for all the live coverage!

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus battery life -- some updated impressions

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We've got around a fortnight of Galaxy Nexus use under our belts, so we thought we'd offer up some updated thoughts on the device's battery performance. Before we begin, remember that we're talking about the international GSM/HSPA+ version here, as opposed to Verizon's upcoming LTE model.

When we first reviewed the Galaxy Nexus we reported that its 1750 mAh battery lasted us around 14 hours on a single charge with pretty heavy usage. That involved a decent amount of browsing over Wifi and HSPA+, music playback, a little video streaming, voice calls and shooting test photos and video footage for our review. That's not at all bad, and more or less mirrored what we got out of the international Galaxy S II when we reviewed it back in June.

With any rechargeable battery, there's a certain amount of settling in to be done, which is why you'll often notice that a brand new device's battery performance may improve over the first week or so of use. During this time you'll also notice that you're using your new toy a little less, and this'll also affect your battery performance, as you're less likely to be pulling the thing out of your pocket every few minutes.

Over the past couple of weeks we've been using the Galaxy Nexus day-to-day as our daily driver, and with less intensive usage patterns we've been very pleased with the phone's battery life. So far, we've never been in a situation where the phone's died on us before the end of the day while we're out and about. However, we will say that with heavy use -- for example, constantly streaming from YouTube -- it is absolutely possible to run down the battery in a few hours. Then again, that's something that applies to just about every smartphone out there -- it's not unique to Android, ICS or the Galaxy Nexus by any means.

With more conservative use (by which we mean "using it the way we normally use a smartphone"), we were regularly going over 24 hours on a single charge. In one instance, it even lasted from Saturday evening through until Monday morning. The main factor at work here is the phone's exceptional efficiency when it's "asleep" with the screen off. When it's sleeping, even with various accounts syncing away in the background, it uses next to no juice at all. This is a common theme with many dual-core CPUs, and one of the reasons why multi-core chips are so cool. It's balanced out, though, by the fact that at higher brightness levels, that HD SuperAMOLED screen can quickly chew through the battery. That's nothing new either, and we've seen it before on many AMOLED-based devices. As such, we recommend leaving the auto-brightness setting to do its thing.

Hopefully that gives you a rough idea of what to expect from your GSM Galaxy Nexus if you've got one ordered, or are thinking of dropping some cash on one. As we said, who knows what kind of performance we'll see out of the LTE version when it arrives, but for now we're more than happy with its international cousin.

More: Samsung Galaxy Nexus review

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2 years ago

Best Buy seems to think the Galaxy Nexus is in stock Dec. 11

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Take this with a grain of salt, seeing as how Best Buy's had a hard time remembering the the Galaxy Nexus' name, but this inventory screen sent to Engadget shows that the big-box retailer is expecting to have the Verizon Galaxy Nexus in stock on Dec. 11. Note that the street date is blank, though -- and we've seen these Best Buy inventory screens be wrong before.

In other words: Still no official launch date for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus.

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Box.net now offering 50GB free storage to LG users

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Putting the HTC/Dropbox collaboration in the shade, Box.net have formed a partnership with LG which offers users of LG mobile devices an astonishing 50GB of free storage. Best of all, it isn't limited to new devices. 

As you can see from the image, my trusty Optimus 2X qualified for the offer. To take advantage, head over to the Market and download the Box.net application for Android 2.1 and above (download links below) and register for a new account within the app. Then hey presto, 50GB of storage completely free.

In addition, the app itself received an update today with a couple of interesting additions. It now allows files to be downloaded from your cloud storage to your device, multi-file uploading and auto updating of files edited locally within apps such as Quickoffice. 

For anyone not familiar with Box, it is a little different to Dropbox in its execution which partly comes from its more business focussed nature. Desktop sync is not available in free accounts, that sets you back $15 a month. The web access is fine though, and for a free 50GB storage locker, it's worth signing up just for the hell of it. The offer is extended through until March 21st 2012 so remember this if you're going out to purchase a Nitro HD or anything else LG may have on the horizon. 

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2 years ago

FIFA 12 lands on Xperia Play, exclusive until February

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If a Cristiano Ronaldo-themed dance simulator isn't your cup of tea, how about a more traditional football game? Today EA and Sony Ericsson have announced that FIFA 12 is now available for the Xperia Play, and will be available on other 2011 Xperia handsets at a later date. What's more, for a limited time, Xperia Play owners can grab FIFA 12 for free from the phone's games widget.

EA has gone all out with its latest mobile version of FIFA, with a full compliment of teams and many of the gameplay enhancements from the console versions of the game. And as you'd expect from a FIFA game, you also get to play in a host of real-world stadiums with "authentic commentaries" from the usual pundits. No remote-controlling real footballers just yet though, unless you're Tom Meighan or Darren Bent.

The Android version of FIFA 12 is apparently exclusive to SE devices until Feb. 2012, at which point we expect it'll appear on the Android Market for a wider audience to enjoy. In the meantime, Xperia Play owners can head on over to that games widget and enjoy their (free) exclusive.

We've got the full presser after the jump.

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