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2 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 retail box

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Read our Droid Incredible 2 initial review

We got a plain white box with our Droid Incredible 2 review unit, but here's a good look at what you'll get when you get yours starting tomorrow. It's your basic Verizon retail box, that's for sure. And yours won't come with the Android Central watermark, though it'd be pretty cool if it did.

Thanks, ac666!

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2 years ago

Defend the castle from invasion with Hero Princess

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Sometimes a video is just the best way to explain exactly what you can be looking forward to when purchasing a new game. That is exactly the case with Hero Princess, a fast-paced game in which you continually fight off a rather large collection of potential intruders in attempts to keep the castle safe. There are tons and tons of extra powers, and abilities that can be unlocked and used, and the graphics are nothing short of spectacular.

Hero Princess is only available in the Amazon Market currently, so that means most AT&T users, and International users are left out on this one, but if you have the ability to purchase this game, it is 99 cents well spent.

Source: Amazon Market

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2 years ago

Acer Iconia Smart hits the FCC

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Back during Mobile World Congress we went hands-on with the Acer Iconia Smart and in the time since then, the FCC has also gone hands-on with the device. While we're pretty sure the Acer Iconia Smart will appeal to some out there -- we walked away convinced it wasn't going to be a device for everyone.

The specs are pretty easy to handle given that it comes with 1024 x 480 screen, 8MP camera on the back and a 1.3MP shooter on the front. Plus you also get Android 2.3 HDMI-out, DLNA and 720p video recording capability all wrapped up in the Acer Breeze UI powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor and 512MB of RAM and ROM.

As it stands now, you can find the device still in the hands of the FCC complete with its user guide in tow. Eventually though, given the 850, 1900 and 2100MHz 3G frequencies on board -- we expect it to arrive on AT&T in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada.

Source: FCC; via: Engadget

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2 years ago

Pure News scrollable news widget now available

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Adding to the series of Pure Widgets, Android developer Francois Deslandes has released Pure News to the Android Market after plenty of beta testing. Pure News is a scrollable widget that works in combination with many of the launchers that are available and allows for creation of a customizable, scrollable news widget through Google Reader. If you're also lucky enough to own a Motorola Xoom you'll find that Pure News is supported and all of the customizable options that are made for smaller devices will also run on the Xoom such as skinning, update options and cache operations.

One small caveat of the Pure News widget is that you have to enable scrollable widgets within whatever launcher it is that you are using. You should find those options under the settings area of your launcher of course but once enabled you'll be up and running. Android 3.0 can by pass this step though as 3.0 allows for scrollable widgets.

Sadly, no lite or trial version is available currently but you should certainly be able to see if it fits your needs within the refund time allotted. Jump on past the break for the download and to see it up and running on the Motorola Xoom.

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2 years ago

Yep, Verizon's having LTE problems today

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When your LTE-capable phone is poking along at 1xRTT and your 3G-only phone is cruising right along ... yeah, Verizon's having network issues, folks. The good news is that if you're not on an HTC ThunderBolt, you're probably OK.

More in the ThunderBolt forums

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2 years ago

Motorola to have a new bootloader policy come late 2011

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By now everyone with even the slightest interest in Android or smartphone tech knows that Motorola has been pretty pugnacious about locking and encrypting the bootloader on their Android phones.  There have been numerous community-driven calls for action to try to convince Motorola to change this policy, and it looks like the current one could be the straw that broke the camel's back.  Motorola has responded to Irwin Proud, a gentleman who started a Groubal complaint about the bootloader issue, with the following:

In terms of your question – we completely understand the operator requirement for security to the end user, and as well, want to support the developer communities desire to use these products as a development platform. It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM across our portfolio of devices starting in late 2011, where carriers and operators will allow it.

Don't break out the bubbly just yet though, the last bit there is pretty telling.  Carriers and operators aren't going to be chomping at the bit to sell unlocked developer phones, especially Verizon -- which happens to be the major player in the U.S. for Motorola and Android.  It's possible that it will see the value in this, but so far it has remained silent about the entire issue.  I also wouldn't be surprised if this policy is in effect for new phones only, and not applicable for the Atrix or upcoming Bionic.

But something is always better than nothing, and this may be the first step to a future where Motorola Android phones are friendly to developers.  We can only hope. [Ausdroid] Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

HTC Merge may launch April 29 on US Cellular after all?

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The HTC Merge is once again rumored to launch on US Cellular come April 29.  We sort-of-kind-of already saw this when we posted some leaked internal US Cellular documents that gave us that date, but that was promptly denied by US Cellular, which said the Merge would be launching "later this spring."  Now a second set of different, but just as leaked documents sent to Engadget again say April 29. 

What we do know is that the Merge is available from Alltel and Cellular South, has an awesome sliding horizontal keyboard (check out our most recent hands-on), and once upon a time had Verizon branding all over its face.  After that, it's all a crap-shoot apparently.  Anyhow, if you're a US Cellular customer, the Merge may/possibly/hopefully/should/might-not be hitting the shelves this Friday.  Maybe.  [Engadget]

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2 years ago

BodyMedia pack launches on Sprint ID – A complete health and fitness mobile experience

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I've never really been much of a health and fitness buff but -- I know a lot of folks out there who are, so Sprint teaming up with BodyMedia to offer a complete solution sounds like a winning combination. (Check out our first look at CTIA.) The Android Market is full of apps that can assist with better health practices and keep track of fitness regimens but filtering out the good from the bad is something Sprint and BodyMedia recognized as a challenge.

“Finding and installing the right applications is an essential part of the Android smartphone experience,” said Wayne Ward, vice president of Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. “We’re pleased to offer leading brands like BodyMedia the ability to provide their customers with a customized starting point that offers an entire user experience based on user needs and interests.”

The BodyMedia ID pack is available now for most Sprint ID enabled devices and as of May 8 will be available on the all new Samsung Replenish. Full press release is available after the break for you all [Sprint]

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2 years ago

Qik on the Thunderbolt, Gingerbread 2.3.4 rumors [from the forums]

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 Now that the week is now officially underway -- it's turning out to be a good one. New phones and tablets are starting to roll out and thus far, a bunch of apps have been updated. If you've not done so yet today, take a stroll through the forums and see what you've been missing:

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

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2 years ago

Win one of 20 tickets to lookout's 'Party your apps off' party ahead of Google IO

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If you're going to be in the Bay Area come May 9 (there's a little thing called Google I/O going on) listen up!  Lookout is having a big party for a few close friends, and you could win a chance to be one of them.  They have provided us with 20 tickets for the bash to hand out, which will be chock full of fun, food, and drinks.  Sounds like something nobody would want to miss. 

There's no transportation or Google I/O passes; you'll have to provide those yourself.  It looks like an awesome way to get things started at Google I/O, so if you're going to be in the area hit the forums to read the details and try your luck! [Android Central contest forums]

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