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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Galaxy NGC3D [contest]

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Galaxy NGC3D for Android

Combining great graphics, an ominous soundtrack, and challenging game-play, Galaxy NGC3D is a great new game on the Android Market.  The premise is simple -- man your fighter, and destroy them before they destroy you, but if you're looking for a cakewalk look elsewhere.  You need a bit of skill (or practice) to pilot your ship through space, and the physics and drifting in a zero gravity environment seem as realistic as can be, at least to an earthling like myself.  After a few frustrating hours playing, I got some serious satisfaction from flying in, putting an enemy in my sights, and blasting them into space dust.  And to make it even better, it's one of the eleven new Open Feint games, so you can share progress and scores with your gaming buddies.

The game has a full plate full of settings, both the normal things like music volume as well as advanced settings for the on-screen graphics.  The app seems coded pretty well, on my Evo 4G it can handle things set pretty high, and the Nexus S runs it great with everything cranked up to the max.  There's also a little bonus -- it's set up for use with a Zeemote controller, which should work really well with this one.  Speaking of bonuses -- Hyperbees (check out their developers forum right here) has set up their own contest in the Android Central forums, where ten winners will be able to grab a free copy of Galaxy NGC3D, and one lucky winner will be sporting their own Zeemote controller to play the heck out of this one, and many other games.  High-tail it into the forums and try your luck, the contest ends Friday, Dec 31 at noon Eastern. 

You can grab the full version of Galaxy NGC3D on sale until the contest ends tomorrow at noon on the market for a 99 cents, and there's a link to the free trial (thanks for that developers!), a gameplay video, and a handful of screenshots after the break -- check em out.  Thanks Monika, Tom, and all the folks at Hyperbees!

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3 years ago

The most popular videos of 2010

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Top Android videos of 2010

If a picture's worth 1,000 words, a video's worth at least 10 times that. So let's take a look at our 10 most popular Android videos of the past year. It goes without saying that older videos are more likely to have more views than a newer video. But in boiling down the top 10 most popular, we've got a decent look at the Android spectrum from the 2010. Check it out after the break, and you can see all of our videos at YouTube.com/androidcentral.

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3 years ago

HTC releases source code for the latest Evo 4G maintenance update

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HTC Evo 4G source code

For you coding types: HTC has released the source code for the latest maintenance update to the Evo 4G. That's the one that added the Swype keyboard, Kindle and Blockbuster apps, and NOVA stub app, among other things. We knew there were at least a couple version of the update (for different hardware versions), but it looks like there might have been a total of three (or is one an older update?). HTC's also released updated USB drivers, which is darn nice of 'em. As is the usual, most of us don't need to worry about any of this -- this is kernel source code and what not. But for everyone else, get it all at the source link. [HTC Developer Center]

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3 years ago

Droid Eris gets a little bit of Gingerbread ROM loving

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eris-2.3

If you have held on strong to your HTC Droid Eris, and not lost hope even with the lack of official updates you will rejoice to know that custom ROM developer punk.kaos has brought a sweet taste of Gingerbread to your device. KaosGingerbread, a Android 2.3 AOSP based ROM has undergone quite a few different versions, and many improvements have been made along the way, each one just continuing to get better and better. While the ROM is still not perfect, anyone who has wanted a taste of Gingerbread on their device, this is a great option for you, and remember as always, flash at your own risk. For more information, and download links be sure to check out this thread on XDA. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

More HTC Evo Shift 4G accessories turn up at Best Buy

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Waiting on an HTC Evo Shift 4G? If so, you should know from our post last week that Best Buy has been stocking accessories for this thing for quite some time now. Of course, this all just adds even more confirmation to what is already known about the Shift launch on Sprint, January 9. Not much else to do or say really. It's all just a waiting game now. Join us in the HTC Evo Shift 4G forums for more device talk. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Motorola XOOM, How good will LTE be? Samsung Nexus S issues reporting [from the forums]

Android Forums at Android Central

I both love and hate this time of year. As CES is just around the bend companies feel compelled to only just give us tidbits of information to hold us over. Sometimes that's good, other times you just want to know right away. Alas, we wait. While we wait though, join us in the forums to discuss all things Android.

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

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3 years ago

Security firm Lookout warns against 'Geinimi' trojan hitting Android in China

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Mobile security firm Lookout today sounded the alarm on a new Trojan that apparently is affecting Android devices in China. It's called "Geinimi" and is piggybacking known legitimate apps, including Monkey Jump 2, Sex Positions, President vs. Aliens, City Defense and Baseball Superstars 2010.

What havoc can it wreak? Says Lookout:

The specific information it collects includes location coordinates and unique identifiers for the device (IMEI) and SIM card (IMSI). At five-minute intervals, Geinimi attempts to connect to a remote server using one of ten embedded domain names. A subset of the domain names includes www.widifu.com, www.udaore.com, www.frijd.com, www.islpast.com and www.piajesj.com. If it connects, Geinimi transmits collected device information to the remote server.

You're probably going to have to go way, way out of your way for this to be a problem, though. REPEAT: We're not overly worried about this. You have to download and sideload an infected app through Chinese app stores. So unless you're doing that, you should be cool. 

That said, Lookout notes that Geinimi "did substantially increase the level of effort required to analyze the malware" and that it's updated its app to protect against the threat. So if you're running it, you're cool. [Lookout]

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3 years ago

Archos 70 available now for $350, sports 250GB hard drive, Android 2.2

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Archos 70 Android tablet

Archos today announced a monster of an Android tablet -- the Archos 70. It's available now, and these specs are, shall we say, fairly monstrous.

  • Android 2.2
  • 250-gigabyte hard drive
  • Processor:  ARM Cortex A8 @ 1 GHz
  • 7-inch TFT LCD display at 800x480
  • Wifi
  • Dimensions: 7.91x4.49x0.55 inches
  • Weight: 14 ounces
  • 720p video playback

We say fairly monstrous because that screen resolution is a bit disappointing. But being able to dual boot into Linux, Meego or Windows is pretty awesome. Also pretty awesome: A price tag of $350. Got a feeling we know a few people who are going to pick this one up, and we're definitely going to check this out next week at CES. More info's at the source link, and the full presser's after the break. [Archos]

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3 years ago

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen refiles suit against Google, others

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Google is no stranger to lawsuits, and they will have yet another on their hands it appears. Paul Allen, the Co-Founder (and least spoken about) of Microsoft filed an amended lawsuit against Google, and 10 other companies including Apple, Yahoo and Facebook, for allegedly infringing on patents involving how notifications are delivered to the end-user.

The lawsuit --which was thrown out last week before being refiled -- specifically targets Android and how it handles notifications such as text messages and instant messages. Paul Allen allegedly owns patents that allow for "unobtrusive on-screen alerts," which is arguably what Android provides by way of the notification bar. We won't be surprised if this turns into another long drawn-out legal dispute that eventually gets settled out of court, or dropped completely. Will this affect how Android delivers notifications in the future? Share your thoughts in the comments! [via PCMag]

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3 years ago

Game Dev Story on sale today for $1.20

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The highly addicting Game Dev Story by Kariosoft is on sale today, and only today, in the Android Market for the super awesome low price of $1.20. That's 75% off for those of you keeping tabs. The game is a management sim that puts you into the shoes of a start-up video game developer company. From there, you'll hire people, train them, get contract work, and ultimately -- create your own gaming IP. Heck, you could even pull a Mr. Trump, and fire your whole staff.

And since we like the game so much, we even want all of your iPhone buddies to know about it. It is also on sale in the iTunes App Store for $0.99. Video after the break. [GameSetWatch via Joystiq]

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3 years ago

Photo of the year: CrackBerry Kevin versus the giant Motorola Android robot

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Kevin versus the robot

Having taken this picture at the Las Vegas Convention Center, I can assure you that the robot didn't flinch. And Kevin's knee healed after a few months. [via]

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible Case Review: Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo

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 Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo

The Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo is a case for the Droid Incredible that would be more accurately described as a tank than as a case. The case itself has three separate layers: the Seidio Innocase II case goes around your phone first and is then itself encapsulated inside a thick rubber lining and a rigid plastic skeleton shell. This by itself would be a case worthy of respect, but Seidio has gone even farther by including a set of screen protectors and a holster to keep the entire thing strapped to your belt or waist. 

The great thing about this case is that it can really be used as three separate cases. The Seidio Innocase II is a great thin case in its own right, and there is nothing preventing you from simply using it as your daily in-pocket case to keep the phone from getting scratches. Adding the rubber and stiff plastic layers creates a much more durable case, which would offer much better protection from drops. Using the holster makes sure your phone is within easy access on your hip and would be great for someone who needs quick and constant access to their phone. The screen in turned inward when held in the holster by a slide-locking clip, so you have no worries about your phone falling off the holster. Considering the versatility, this is a great buy for someone who may want a super rugged and durable case but is not sure they would want to carry their phone in it at all times.

Our very own Jerry Hildenbrand reviewed this very case for the Evo 4G and shot a great video showing you how to assemble this monster step-by-step. Check out his review for the video and check out more pictures of the Droid Incredible version past the break. The Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo for the Verizon Droid Incredible will run you $49.99 in the Android Central Store.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: TuneIn Radio

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TuneIn Radio

There's no shortage of Internet radio apps out there. There are so many, in fact, that I once ran out of music while testing a few for a roundup. Yes, there are more Internet radio apps than there is music on the Internet. Go figure.

But the reason I keep coming back to TuneIn Radio is simple -- local stations. There are times I want to listen to local public radio, be it for the news, or local music, or just because. And TuneIn Radio has my local public radio station -- WUWF, for those of you stalking from home. It also has private local stations, too.

The app itself is pretty foolproof. Fire it up, chose "Local Radio" and it determines where you are through some sort of black magic (or any of your phones location services, we gather) and gives you a few options. Plus, you get all sorts of Internet radio stations, too.

Are there better Internet radio stations? Perhaps. But TuneIn Radio's worked very well for me. And at the low, low cost of FREE, the price is right. Give it a shot. More screenies and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Your favorite stories of 2010

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What a year it's been, eh? Think back. We started with the announcement of the Nexus One and Android 2.1, and we're closing out the year with the announcement of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the prospects of dual-core processors and Honeycomb on the horizon.

But let's take a few moments to look back on 2010 -- namely, your favorite stories of the year. What follows are our top reviews and top stories of the year, as trafficked by you guys. And it's a pretty good list if we do say so ourselves. Check it out after the break.

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3 years ago

New hardware GPS fix emerges for Samsung Vibrant

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By now, we are all aware of the GPS issues that have plagued the Galaxy S series of phones since release. In that time, several supposed fixes have emerged, including one directly from Samsung. How effective these methods have been isn't exactly clear as they have all had mixed results. Now, a more direct -- albeit complicated and risky -- method for fixing your GPS issues on the Vibrant has emerged over at XDA Developers, with relatively high success.

This method involves actually altering the internal components of the phone, particularly the GPS antenna and it contacts. You will also need to be running the JI6 modem or later, and your phone will have needed to be manufactured prior to October.  Let us be very clear that this method involves breaking the Vibrant down completely.

*Be advised that this method can will void your warranty, and if you goof anything up you will likely brick your phone permanently.*

If you feel comfortable with this after adhering to this warning, head over to the source link for the full instructions at your own risk! [XDA Developers] Thanks, r3g!

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