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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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2 years ago

Samsung Admire now available at MetroPCS

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As we expected, and let you all know about -- the Samsung Admire has now arrived at MetroPCS in time for back-to-school sales. One thing we weren't sure of at the time was what, exactly MetroPCS would be charging for the little Android 2.3 powered device and now we know. The Samsung Admire can be yours for only $129 on plans $50 or more plus, you can also get $15 off apps in the Amazon App Store with a mail-in coupon. Not a bad deal, make a good phone for kids heading back to school!

Source: MetroPCS; via: PhoneScoop

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2 years ago

Verizon expanding 4G LTE to more locales on Sept. 15 [update: slew of more places announced]

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Verizon announced today that it will be bringing their 4G LTE service to Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota on Sept. 15. 

This news comes days after Verizon announced their LTE deployment to 15 new cities. Consumers throughout the mid-west should be excited as they will soon be able to experience the lightning fast speeds seen on Verizon's 4G network.

[Update: We originally wrote that the LTE network would only be rolling out to Moorehead and Fargo, but Verizon announced a considerable amount of more places that will get it.]

Here is a list of places that will be receiving LTE on Sept. 15th:

  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fargo, North Dakota
  • Moorhead, Minnesota
  • Lima, Ohio
  • Canton, Ohio
  • Akron-Canton Airport, Ohio
  • Bloomington/Normal, Illinois
  • Champaign/Urbana, Illinois
  • Springfield, Illinois
  • The Quad Cities, Iowa/Illinois
  • Mansfield, Ohio
  • Rockford, Illinois
  • San Luis Obispo County, California
  • Santa Barbara County, California
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Austin, Texas
  • Wichita Falls, Texas
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Las Cruces, New Mexico

These are the areas receiving expanded coverage of their current LTE network on Sept. 15th:

  • Campbelltown, Pennsylvania
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • San Francisco Bay Area, California

Current Android devices that can take advantage of the speeds are: Samsung Droid Charge, LG Revolution and HTC Thunderbolt. Though who knows, by the 15th, we may have the much anticipated Motorola Droid Bionic hitting shelves, which will provide another attractive option. Full press release for Fargo and Moorhead after the break. The remainder can be found at the source link.

Source: Verizon

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2 years ago

Poll: Did you buy a $99 TouchPad with the hope of getting Android on it?

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Fess up: You bought a $99 TouchPad, didn't you. It's OK. We did, too. While you can't yet run Android on it, the buzz is that now that it's cheap, a whole lot more people are going to work to get it done. So you could end up with a $99 Android tablet. Sure, it's not exactly a dual-core Honeycomb monster, but it's a $99 tablet, right?

So let's hear it: Who bought one?

Did you buy a $99 TouchPad

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2 years ago

Android 101: Know what's using your battery

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