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2 years ago

And the winner of the $1,500 bounty for Android on the TouchPad is ... Qualcomm?

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It appears that a U.S. customer has gotten his hands on an HP TouchPad running Android, courtesy of Qualcomm.  Details are a bit sketchy, but we can see an HP TouchPad, still in the protective film, apparently booting and running Froyo.  Could this be faked?  Certainly anything is possible. But in the video ( see it after the break) you can see and hear the folks holding the unit talk about the TouchPad booting up with Ubuntu of some sort, then springing into life with a plain vanilla Froyo build.  We also see the Quic logo, which stands for Qualcomm Innovation Center. 

It makes sense that the folks at Qualcomm would be able to get Android (whether natively or running in a chrooted environment via another OS) up and running, they designed the processor in the thing.  The real question is why they were working on this, and how did it end up outside the office in the hands of a customer?  Hopefully we can find an answer, and it helps all those working on a port of their own.  Hit the break for the short video.

Source: NotebookItalia (Italian)

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2 years ago

Google TV add-on preview for Android SDK now available

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Back in May at Google I/O 2011, we learned that Honeycomb would be coming to Google TV, and that we would be seeing an SDK add-on for developers to begin work on apps for the big screen.  Since then, we've seen Honeycomb leak out for the Logitech Revue, so we know it's pretty far along.  Today the Google TV team has announced and released a preview of the Android SDK add-on, allowing developers to start getting ready for the Honeycomb update.  This isn't something for the average Android user to play around with, even though a Google TV emulator on your computer may sound tempting.  It requires a machine running Linux, with  kernel-based virtualization built and operational.  This means that the emulator won't be the sluggish build we currently see for Honeycomb, and should make for a much better experience for the folks developing apps for Google TV. 

The Google TV team has also published design patterns and UI guidelines for Android on the television, with great notes about resolution, overscan, application scaling and other issues likely to crop up while writing apps for 1080p displays.  We're excited to see Google getting ready for the Honeycomb update for Google TV devices, and it's great to see good tools for developers making their way out the door.  Google TV could be the next big push from Mountain View, and a little pro-active planning will go a long way.  For more information, or to get the tools ready and set up your own Google TV development environment, check out the source link.

Source: Google TV blog

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2 years ago

Sneak peek at Verizon's Droid Bionic 'Rule All Machines' commercial

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Update: Looks like the video unsurprisingly got TOS'd overnight. Hope you caught it while it was still up.

If you've been fortunate to catch the sneak peeks of the Motorola Droid Bionic of Verizon's website lately, you've likely seen the "Rule All Machines" tag line. And that sort of robot domination is continued into Verizon's upcoming commercial for the Droid Bionic. A sneak peek just found its way into our inbox, which we now present to you here.

There are a couple of things to note here. One is the September window, of course, and the other is a QR code that shows up for just a few frames around the 33-second mark. We've been trying (to no avail) to scan the damn thing. If any of you get it to work, sing out in the comments.

Bon appetite.

More: Droid Bionic forums

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2 years ago

À la carte 3G/4G data on the EVO View 4G now available

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Sprint has some pretty awesome news for EVO View 4G owners, especially if you're concerned about data packages available to the device. Today, they announced they will be offering up À la carte 3G/4G data on the EVO View 4G.

Starting today, Sprint customers have the option to pay for data access on the Sprint 3G and 4G networks using the HTC EVO View tablet by the day, week or month with no long-term contract. Customers can choose the 3G/4G Day, Week or Month pass that fits their needs:

  • Day: $14.99 for 150 MB of on-network usage in a 24-hour period (includes 50 MB off-network roaming usage)

  • Week: $29.99 for 500 MB of on-network usage in a 7-day period (includes 100 MB off-network roaming usage)

  • Month: $49.99 for 1.5 GB of usage in a 30-day period (includes 150 MB off-network roaming usage)

These options are available for both businesses and consumers.
And there are no overage charges to worry about. Once you hit your data limit, or the end of your day, week or month, the data access automatically turns off.

Not bad, Sprint -- nice to see. Sprint also notes that they'll be adding Mobile Broadband devices in the near future, that can make use of these contract free offerings. Hit the source link for the full details, and of course -- a comparison chart of what the other carriers charge vs. what Sprint is now charging.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Gingerbread leaked for the Droid 2 Global

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It's been a while since we heard any Gingerbread news for the Droid 2 Global, as Motorola seems to have slowed things down after finding some issues with Gingerbread.  But thanks to Android developer aceoyame, we now have a leaked build to play with.  It's not yet rooted, and there seems to be some confusion about it unlocking the D2G bootloader (spoiler: it doesn't), but it is Android 2.3.3 and software version 4.5.606 with some new Blur and all the other Gingerbread perks.

Installing it seems to be a bit tricky, you need to be sure you are at a 100 percent stock .330 build, with no recovery or bootstrap installed.  Aceoyame suggests flashing back to .330 with a clean wipe before attempting this update.  As for rolling back, several say you should be able to SBF back to .330, but I've yet to find anyone who can confirm -- so you're going forward at your own risk.  For more information, links, and installation details, hit the source link.  Be sure to sing out in the Droid 2 forums if you give this one a spin!

Source: RootzWiki

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Android Pro Widgets

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If that widget looks familiar and you're not using HTC Sense, chances are you've been acquainted with LauncherPro Plus and the Sense-like widgets that are bundled with it. I'm a big fan of LP+ and all, but the only thing keeping me tied to it were the awesome widgets. Thanks to Android Pro Widgets, however, I'm free to move on.

Android Pro Widgets is a free Market download that looks to replicate the Sense/LP+ widget and make it usable on any launcher. Android Pro Widgets does just that, and it does it well. Widgets scroll nicely, and there's a good variety.

One of the best selling points about Android Pro Widgets is that it's actually free to use. The only things you miss out on by not buying the license are the skins, unlocking the timeline widget, and a few features unique to certain widgets (people, calendar, agenda, and bookmarks). There's fairly strong theme support already, and the "Holo" theme based off of the Honeycomb look is just too cool.

If you're looking for excellent widgets but don't want to have to be confined to Sense or LP+, I'd definitely take a look at Android Pro Widgets. For me, it means being able to use ADW EX again, and that's worth the $1.99, to me.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Canadian XOOMs to begin receiving Android 3.1 update today

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Heads up, Canadian XOOM owners: Motorola Mobility of Canada has announced via its official Twitter account that the Android 3.1 update for your device is now available.

@Motorola_CA: Motorola XOOM owners: Your Android 3.1 update is here! Have questions? Call customer support at 1-800-461-4575. 

We'll go ahead and assume that like most other updates of this proportion, Motorola will be rolling it out gradually rather than all at once. Nevertheless, you can begin feverishly checking for updates, as it is certainly on its way. Shout out below when you finally receive it, and be sure to let us know if you encounter any problems during the process.

Source: @Motorola_CA

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2 years ago

ROM review: Nils' Business GingerSense for the HTC Droid Incredible

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We're back with another ROM review, and Android Central forums adviser PvilleComp and his Dinc have returned.  This time we're going to have a look at Nils' Business GingerSense.  It's based on Android 2.3.3, and HTC Sense 3.0 -- proving the point that Android developers can bring what the OEM's can't and keep your phone cruising along with the latest software.  See what all the fuss is about, after the break.

Discuss ROMs, hacks, and more for the HTC Droid Incredible
Thanks, PvilleComp!

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Robot Unicorn Attack

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

I remember way back when in April, Adult Swim put Robot Unicorn Attack in the Market. I was pretty fond of the browser version, but for some reason convinced myself to not buy the Android game. Today, that changed.

For those of you that live under a rock aren't familiar with Robot Unicorn Attack, the premise is simple: jump when appropriate to not fall to your demise, dodge things in your way (or rainbow dash through them), and last as long as you can to get your score up. It's not any different from other games in this same genre (what to call it? "Move until you run into something" games?), but you get to play as a robot unicorn with rainbow hair, plus there's a kickin' soundtrack.

Gameplay is just what you'd expect. The robot unicorn runs forth, doing it's robot unicorn thing. You control the jump (and double-jump) with the button on the bottom-left corner of the screen. If there's something like a star rock in your way, you can dash through it with the button on the bottom-right corner of the screen. There's also pixies or fairies or something mystical along the way, and running through those nets you more points, too.

There's three "wishes" (your lives) per game, and once you run out of wishes, your game ends. The game totals your three individual scores for your overall score, which is the only thing you're trying to beat each time you play. Gameplay is smooth as butter, but I wouldn't expect anything less from Adult Swim.

The app description says tablets aren't supported, but it worked on my Thrive, just scaled up and pixelated. Point is, it still loaded.

Robot Unicorn Attack is only 99 cents, and for something so epic, I don't know why you wouldn't spend that money, especially to have your wishes come true. And remember, always I wanna be with you, and make believe with you, and live in harmony.

Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Gameloft lets you gambling cowboys fight off aliens with latest Market releases

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Gameloft is no alien to the Android Market. Especially with their latest releases of Cowboys & Aliens and Texas Hold’em Poker 2. In Cowboys & Aliens you play as Zeke, a gunslinger from the west. You'll use his trusty six-shooter, lasso and alien space shooter to defend Earth from those pesky over-sized green heads.

And for all you Texas Hold'em junkies out there, Gameloft's got your digital back. The game boasts a training mode and tournament mode that allows you to climb the ranks. The game also lets you travel to 8 great venues around the world like Dubai or Macau -- and you don't even have to buy a plane ticket.

Both games are now available for download in the Android Market. Full press release and Market links after the break.

Image Source: Vitogoni Deviant Art

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