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3 years ago

Google not-so-subtly reveals Nexus 10 dock in holiday video


That "Happy Holidays from Android" video was adorable, wasn't it? Well if you weren't taken back by the Android meeting up with all of his bugdroid friends for a holiday get-together, you may have noticed a Nexus 10 being put in a dock on a desk. Alongside a Nexus 4 and a couple of Nexus 7's, the biggest Nexus was dropped right into this dock you see above to show off a Photo Sphere.

The Nexus 7 dock has come up for pre-order through 3rd party retailers in the last couple days. Your guess is as good as ours when the Nexus 10 dock could make an official retail appearance.

Grab another look at the video after the break. The Nexus 10 fun starts around 1:00 in, and you can see it again at 1:14.

Thanks, rfmike!

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3 years ago

First look: Pitfall for Android


Now that we've got our initial excitement out of the way, let's take a slightly deeper look at Pitfall for Android. What we've got is a rebooted version of the classic 1980s video game, one of the original side-scrollers we grew up with on the Atari 2600. Things have changed a little.

The game starts out with a cool look at the original, which then zooms out to Pitfall Harry viewing the classic on a tablet of his own. Only, it's time to run. Damned volcanoes.

The game itself is simple -- very simple. If you've played Temple Run, you've got the gist of Pitfall. Jump over things. Slide under them. Turn left and right, whip enemies, collect silver treasure. Try to run as far as you can. (Hint: Get to a checkpoint as soon as you can.) It's a nice little time-waster, but that's about all.

It's a free game, so that means in-app purchases, which can help speed you on your way. Or you can take your time, play the game, and eventually buy new power-ups and outfits. (Yes. New outfits.)

We've got a little hands-on video after the break. Enjoy!

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3 years ago

Google's annual Android video Christmas card


Awwww, little Bugdroid just wants to go outside.

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3 years ago

Pitfall! Now! On! Android!


Too many exclamation points?

We're downloading now!

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3 years ago

The checkered, slow history of stories about Android updates


Android was not designed to be updated like iOS, but good luck getting everyone on board with that idea 

Here we go again. Another year, another "Let's see how long it takes Android updates to roll out" story. The latest comes from Ars Technica, titled "The checkered, slow history of Android handset updates." It takes a look at how long it takes manufacturers to push out major releases to their handsets. Lots of charts. Lots of months. All done with the misconception that phones must be upgraded to the next, major release of Android, or something's wrong.

Only, here's the last graf of Casey Johnston's piece:.

Updates certainly aren't the most important aspect of picking a new phone—if an OS version works well, then you may be content simply to stick with that. But for those who like the latest and greatest, it’s clear that the need for update improvements plagues the entire Android ecosystem.

Hang on. There are, like, 30 paragraphs detailing things that, in the end, Ars says "aren't the most important aspect of picking a new phone." So what did we just finish reading? Circumstantial evidence that shows ... what? Android is not iOS?

Unfortunately, this is not a new phenomenon.

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3 years ago

Sony C660X 'Yuga' rumored to emerge as Xperia Z


Sony's extensively-leaked C660X 'Yuga' smartphone is to come to market as the Sony Xperia Z, according to reports from XperiaBlog. The blog, which before the last major Sony release cycle correctly called the 'Hayabusa' as the Xperia TX, also claims to have a few new details about the device's hardware.

The 'Xperia Z' will apparently have water and dust resistance ratings of IP55 and IP57, same as some earlier high-end offerings from the Japanese manufacturer. And the phone's 1080p screen is said to include 'OptiConrast' tech, of the sort usually found in Sony TVs. Amongst other benefits, OptiContrast reduces on-screen reflections through its use of a special resin coating on top of the display.

We'd also imagine the Sony (Mobile) Bravia Engine, another holdover from Sony's TV tech, will be included, just as it has been on previous Sony phones.

Based on the large amount of information that's leaked over the past month, the Yuga, or Xperia Z, looks set to include a 5-inch, 1080p display, with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean running the show on a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU. Sony traditionally announces its first wave of new smartphones at CES, so it's likely we'll get our first proper look at the device in Las Vegas in just a few weeks time.

Source: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

AT&T lights up more LTE cities ahead of the holidays


The holidays may be looming, but AT&T continues to add more cities to its growing 4G LTE network. Following a handful of other cities earlier this week, today sees six more additions to the network, for those with LTE-compatible phones  --

  • Lancaster, Pa.
  • Ogden, Utah
  • Hartford, Conn.
  • Bowling Green, Ky.
  • Lexington, Ky.
  • Boise, Idaho

Seeing AT&T LTE reception for the first time this morning? Feel free to gloat in the comments.

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3 years ago

Android Central 120: Scary, cute and cuddly


Audio-only stream below

Instagram, Exynos exploits, Mayans and other things we're not all that worried about, in the scheme of things. It's our final show for 2012, so let's make it a good one!

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3 years ago

Google adds localized graphics support to the Play Store


Google has released today on its Android Developers blog information about localizing graphics for Play Store listings. It's no secret that Google Play is quickly expanding its reach to many new countries. Part of making the expansion to new markets successful is targeting promotional materials to specific countries. Along with offering localized translations of apps and descriptions, developers can now use different graphics and promotional materials depending on the country the user is accessing the Play Store from as well. Developers could now, for example, offer a different splash page for a country or region's holiday during a certain period, or offer language-specific graphics in each region which the app supports the language.

Google notes in its blog post that a full 2/3 of app revenue in Google Play now comes from outside of the United States, making it clear to developers that this is something important to pay attention to.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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3 years ago

The Nexus 7 contest picks back up Friday


Our Nexus 7-a-day contest didn't end prematurely, it just got pushed back a day. You may have noticed some technical issues here at the site. We're doing some work with the servers and a few folks haven't been able to get to Android Central. We didn't think it was fair to have a contest for something as awesome as a Nexus 7 when folks couldn't get in to enter. Growing pains -- they happen when a website gets bigger then anyone imagined as fast as we have. It's all fixed up and should be sorting itself out as we speak. Erm, type.

The contest will pick back up tomorrow (bar any new and unforeseen circumstances), finish on Saturday, and we'll announce all the winners on Sunday. Keep an eye out for it.

Also, while I have your attention, Don't forget to enter the Mobile Nations CES Experience contest that's been running all week. It ends Friday at 11:59PM eastern time, and a trip to Vegas for CES is on the line. That's one you don't want to miss. And starting next week our Stocking Stuffer gift card giveaways fire back up, and a new photo contest is coming. 

Just wanted to drop everyone a line and let you all know what's up.

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3 years ago

Pudding Monsters game released by makers of Cut the Rope


Popular game development group ZeptoLab, probably best known for its hugely successful Cut the Rope franchise, has just released a new game today. This latest offering is called "Pudding Monsters" and seems to follow much of the same great design and mechanics as previous games, with an all-new set of gameplay. The objective here is to slide together the little blob-shaped characters to complete levels, dealing with obstacles along the way. There's 75 levels -- and more to come -- to keep you busy here, which is a great start.

Anyone who has spent time with Cut the Rope will surely feel at home with the controls and menu structure, but still get a great new experience with a new game. The game is free to boot, which can't hurt your chances of trying it. You can grab a download at the Play Store link above, or you can buy the "HD" version for $0.99.

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3 years ago

The best holiday-themed Android game updates


With only a few more sunsets to go before the holidays hit their peak, game devs have been pushing their holiday updates live all across Google Play. We’re going to find some of the cheeriest, jingliest, and jolliest among them, just in case you needed some help getting into the holiday spirit.

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3 years ago

Archos releases video player on Google Play


Archos has entered the Android app game, launching its own media player on Google Play, for a price. The Archos Video Player, which in the past has been bundled with the manufacturer's Android tablets, is available to download from today. The app costs $4.99 in the U.S. and £3.99 in the U.K., and boasts a fairly lengthy feature list.

As well as hardware-accelerated playback for a wide range of file types, the Archos player supports streaming content over SMB (Windows file shares), UPnP media servers, in addition to USB storage. There's also a software decoding option, which can be used in the event that your device's hardware doesn't support certain file types. And the app sticks pretty closely to Android's "Holo" design language, with a large main view for content, and additional menus stuck to the left or right side.

Some of these features are offered out of the box on higher-end devices, but SMB support in particular may make this a desirable app for those with large, network-shared media collections.

Interested parties can hit the Google Play link above to try out the app, which requires Android 4.0.3 or later.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile ends 2012 by launching 14 more 1900MHz HSPA+ markets


Quickly following the announcement that it is planning to invest over $4 billion in network improvements throughout 2013, T-Mobile has been enhancing its coverage in dozens of new markets in the last month. Last week the carrier added 5 new markets, bringing the total to 23, and today it is rolling out enhanced 1900MHz HSPA+ coverage to another 14 markets. Users in the following areas should see improved speeds and building penetration, as well as HSPA+ speeds on unlocked AT&T handsets:

  • New York, including The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island
  • Newark, N.J., including the surrounding cities of East Orange, Elizabeth, Jersey City, North Bergen, Paterson and Union City
  • Boston and Cambridge, Mass., including the surrounding cities of Amherst, Andover, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Braintree, Brockton, Brookline, Burlington, Canton, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Chicopee, Dedham, Everett, Framingham, Hadley, Holbrook, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lexington, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Malden, Marblehead, Medford, Melrose, Metheun, Milton, Nahant, Natick, Needham, Newton, Quincy, Reading, Revere, Salem, Saugus, Sommerville, Stoneham, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Wakefield, Walpole, Waltham, Watertown, Weston, Westwood, Weymouth, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop and Woburn
  • Springfield, Mass.
  • Providence, R.I., including the surrounding cities of Cranston, North Providence, Pawtucket and Warren
  • Philadelphia
  • Detroit and Warren, Mich., including the surrounding cities of Dearborn, Romulus, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights and Troy
  • Dallas, including the surrounding cities of Arlington, Carrolton, The Colony, Denton, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Frisco, Garland, Grand Prairie, Irving, Lancaster, Lewisville, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett and Southlake
  • Fort Worth, Texas, including the surrounding cities of Keller and Mansfield
  • Austin, Texas, including the surrounding city of Round Rock
  • San Antonio
  • Tampa, Fla., including the surrounding cities of Clearwater, Largo, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg and Vinoy Park

By our count that puts T-Mobile at 37 total markets with enhanced coverage and 1900MHz HSPA+ deployment, which is a good start. We'll see how the carrier continues its rollout through 2013 while it manages an LTE network deployment as well.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Final Reminder: Last chance to Attend CES in Las Vegas for Free!


Have you submitted your entry to The Mobile Nations 2013 CES Experience yet?! If not, you better hurry, because the entry deadline is tomorrow at 11:59 PM EST.

Remember, if you're one of the lucky selections, you'll get to join NVIDIA and Mobile Nations crew at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. Your airfare, hotel and CES pass will all be taken care of. Woohoo!

What are you waiting for!? Full details here >

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