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2 years ago

Google TV reminds us it's still around; security update coming, Honeycomb later

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The Google TV Twitter account came alive tonight, giving warning of an impending "minor security update for tomorrow" for some devices. We'll go out on a limb and guess that's the Logitech Revue -- that only one that actually sold any units, especially after it hit $99.

Some Google TV devices will receive a minor security update tomorrow. Stay tuned, a bigger update is headed your way in the weeks ahead.

But security updates really aren't that exciting, especially since we're still waiting on Honeycomb to hit the boob box. And it's coming in the weeks ahead, says @googletv. We're making our popcorn now.

Source: @googletv

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2 years ago

A lucky reader gets a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 early from Best Buy

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We just got this from a reader who wishes to remain anonymous -- it's his very own Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 courtesy of Best Buy (see our hands-on here).  It seems that his Tab 10.1 had a manufacturing defect, and when he went to Best Buy to return it they inadvertantly grabbed an 8.9-incher from the stockroom and handed it over.  We know Best Buy is already taking pre-orders for the slightly smaller version, and it looks like at least one location has some on hand, waiting for the US launch day.  We're excited to get our hands on one of these, so maybe we should start shopping at Best Buy.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Storage space on the Flyer, Epic Clipboard [From the Forums]

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We've finally reached the middle of the week here at Android Central and the news keeps on coming. Most notably from today, AT&T's announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S II's arrival has people excited. Looking to discuss some more? Head on into the Anroid Central forums:

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2 years ago

Sprint changing hotspot plans; 5GB data cap starts Oct. 2

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In the latest Sprint Playbook we're seeing another plan change, this time to the mobile hotspot feature.  Starting Oct. 2, current and future customers will have a 5GB limit when using the mobile hotspot add-on to their plan.  Data used on the phone itself isn't being limited (other than the 300MB "roaming" data cap, it's still all you can eat), but both 3G and 4G data used via the hotspot feature will now be subject to a $0.05 per MB charge once the 5GB cap is reached.  Before, 4G data was unlimited.

A similiar change is being made to mobile broadband devices like aircards, tablets, and portable hotspots that used to have unlimited 4G data.  It could be worse, but we're pretty sure that even though most don't subscribe to the hotspot add-on and use other methods, there will still be plenty of wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Can't stop changes folks.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Kyocera Milano set for a price drop to $29 on Oct. 2

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The Kyocera Milano's been around less than two weeks. And in less than two weeks, the already affordable Android smartphone (it's a mere $49 on contract) is going to drop another $20 to just $29. That's damn near the lowest you can get without being free. And while you're not exactly going to get the biggest or best phone out of it, that price is going to be too good for many to pass up.

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2 years ago

Android 101: How to pair a Bluetooth headset

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2 years ago

Android Launcher Review: Rocket Launcher

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Launchers are a dime a dozen now-a-days, there are tons and tons of options in the market, some free, some paid, many doing similar things in the end. When I first caught wind of Rocket Launcher I thought to myself "oh, another launcher to do the same thing" but as always I checked it out and wow was I shocked. First impressions, as we all know, mean quite a bit, and when I first installed Rocket Launcher I was quite intrigued so I gave it a look.

The video above shows off the features and different parts of Rocket Launcher in action, and while it won't appeal to everyone this launcher is not one to simply write off. With static icons, and only one home screen that offers limited customization it is great for maximizing productivity, and enhancing ease of use. The market offers a free version, as well as a paid version, so if you are on the fence about it try the free one, and if you enjoy be sure to upgrade to the paid. Is this the replacement launcher for you? Hit the break for download links, and be sure to hop in the forums and let us know what you think!

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2 years ago

US Cellular releasing the Motorola Electrify at midnight online, in stores Sept. 26

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We let you all know not too long ago that US Cellular would be getting their own variation of the Motorola Photon (Full review) later this month dubbed the Motorola Electrify and now -- is later. Tonight at midnight, the Motorola Electrify will be available online through the US Cellular website and in some store locations tomorrow. A full launch of the device in store locations is expected on Sept 26 so if you're looking to pick one up tomorrow, make sure you call ahead to ensure they have stock.

The Electrify will be available for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate along with purchase of a data plan. A new two-year agreement and activation fee may apply for new customers but customers on Belief Plans who are eligible for an upgrade can get the promotional price without signing a new contract.

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2 years ago

Samsung releases kernel source for AT&T version of Galaxy S II

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Samsung has released the kernel (and other open-source bits) source for the AT&T version of the Galaxy S II (check out our hands-on), well in advance of the official October 2 release date.  While it doesn't include the files needed to build things like Touchwiz, which are not open sourced, it should give developers a nice head start on customizing the AT&T version -- leading to more than a few happy owners on the day it's released.  There's not much there for the average Joe to play with, but if you fancy yourself a kernel developer, hit the source link and have a go.

Source: Samsung
More in the AT&T Galaxy S II forums

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Muffin Knight

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Sometimes you just need to play a game that makes absolutely no sense. Something with a completely nonsensical, ludicrous plot that has simple mechanics and colorful graphics.

That game is Muffin Knight.

Writing this, I'm still not really sure what Muffin Knight is about. I've gathered that you play as a little warrior and collect muffins whilst either defeating or avoiding enemy animals. Downing a bad guy gets you some experience, and as you level up, you're able to upgrade any of the various warriors you've unlocked.

The actual muffin collecting is where the game takes a turn for the strange. Whenever you pick up a muffin, you turn into a different character that you've unlocked. The characters are all fundamentally similar (they can all jump, they all have an attack), but from there, it's up to you to know each character's speciality to survive and keep collecting muffins.

Collecting muffins gets you two things: new levels and new characters. For example, in my first playthrough, I unlocked a unicorn that poops out explosive rainbow mines. Yes, you read that correctly. You also start off with the knight, mage, archer, and gnome at the beginning of the game.

It's hard to say what exactly is so hypnotic about Muffin Knight. Is it the random chance of getting a character you've upgraded fully so you know you'll pwn whatever is barreling down on you? Maybe the fact you can play as a unicorn that poops out explosive rainbow mines? Perhaps it's the fact that when you fail to stop an enemy and they jump into a pit of flame (what? why would they do that?), they return on fire and run at double speed?

Regardless, Muffin Knight is fun. The controls are tight, the graphics are appealing and colorful, and the game is just neurotic and random enough to keep you from getting bored. Nearly endless entertainment is only $2.99, and we've got download links after the break.

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