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3 years ago

RadioShack tweets that the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G will be available April 20

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If you have been eying the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G ever since its official announcement a few weeks ago, you have probably been anxiously awaiting some release date information. While T-Mobile has still yet to come forward with a release date, RadioShack has tweeted that the device will be releasing at The Shack on April 20, about 3 weeks from now. So, with a release date coming up its almost time to decide if this will be your next device. Be sure to hop in the Sidekick 4G forums and chat it up! [@RadioShack]

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3 years ago

OpenFeint brings 14 more top mobile games to Android

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If you take a step back for just a second and look into some of the more recent happenings in gaming on the Android platform, one name besides Sony the name OpenFeint will likely cross your mind and rightfully so. OpenFeint has seen some serious growth over the past five months and they're not going to be slowing down any time soon. As a matter of fact, they've just announced 14 new game titles that are now available in the Android Market.  New OpenFeint titles out on Android in March include:

  • Can Knockdown: 2 Infinite Dreams
  • Doodle Bowling: GameResort
  • Grave Defense Silver Free: Art of Bytes
  • Guerrilla Bob: Angry Mob Games
  • Meganoid: Orange Pixel
  • Ninja Rush Deluxe: Feelingtouch Inc.
  • Pyxidis: Hyperbees Ltd.
  • Return Zero (BETA): We came from Mars
  • Snail Mail for Android: Sandlot Games
  • Speedx 3D free&full: Hyperbees Ltd.
  • Stellar Escape: Orange Agenda
  • Stupid Zombies: GameResort
  • World Series of Poker Hold'em Legend: Glu
  • Tank Hero: Clapfoot Games

With those 14 new titles, and more on the way OpenFeint is certainly helping build up the Android Market for mobile gaming. If you would like to learn more about today's announcement you can jump on past the break for the full press release.

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3 years ago

Gmail Motion makes sending angry e-mails even more fun

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Can't wait to send my first rager to the staff. But what will jazz hands get you? [Gmail Motion]

Update: And the boys and girls at Google Voice are at it as well. Not as in-depth, but still entertaining.

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3 years ago

HTC releases Desire S source code

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And the latest kernel source to be released by HTC is ... the Desire S! That's right, all the ones and zeros, bits and bytes from the Desire S that you could ever hope for. Well, everything but HTC's proprietary code. But it's certainly better than nothing. So if you're a ROM developer of the custom variety, take a look and see what you can do. [HTC Developer Center]

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3 years ago

MetroPCS lights up 14th LTE city: Tampa

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MetroPCS this morning flipped the LTE switch on its 14th city, with the Tampa area getting high-speed data on the mid-market carrier. That means folks the Florida town can now fly through the Internet with the likes of the Samsung Indulge (see our hands-on), a 3.5-inch Android 2.2 device that comes preloaded with Ironman 2 on a 4GB microSD card.

The Indulge is available for $299 after a $100 mail-in rebate. The launch of LTE in Tampa brings it alongside the likes of Atlanta, Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sacramento and San Francisco. Full presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

'Freight issues' delay Xperia Play/Arc on some UK networks

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Bad news for any Brits hoping to get their hands on a shiny new Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc or Xperia Play this weekend. Reports on multiple sites suggest that "freight issues" have resulted in both phones being delayed past the original April 1 release date. Vodafone and Three are now expecting to ship the handsets next week, while T-Mobile is aiming for a mid-April release. O2 has already delayed its release of the Xperia Play due to software bugs, and lists both it and the Arc as due for release sometime in April.

Pre-orders made through the Carphone Warehouse, however, will not be affected by the delays -- Carphone has confirmed that it's still expecting to hit tomorrow's launch window. [Engadget via Recombu]

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3 years ago

Google tightening the reins on Android

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Google apparently has changed its approval process for devices to use its software (that'd be Android), cracking down on the way the software is changed and how third-party partnerships will be handled, according to the folks at Bloomberg.  Now, companies that want access to the latest version of Android will need approval of the things they want to do to it. And that approval will come from none other than Andy Rubin.

Google says it is going to tighten and enforce "non-fragmentation clauses," that intend to limit things like customization of the interface, and how manufacturers can partner with other services like Facebook or Microsoft.  Bloomberg tells us that things have already gotten heated, with complaints to the U.S. Justice Department being lodged.  There's also mention that Google has tried to hold back the release of devices on Verizon because they make use of the Bing services. Hello, HTC Merge, maybe that's why you disappeared for a while.

While I'm all for keeping crappy software away from hot, new devices like the Evo 3D, I'm certain that this doesn't mean the end of manufacturer skins.  And it shouldn't -- many enjoy the extras that come with manufacturer enhanced user interfaces, and a bit of curation by Google should make for an easier upgrade path.  But I fear this is going to greatly affect the release cycle of the source code for the AOSP project, and not for the better.  We'll just have to wait and see how this develops. [Bloomberg BusinessWeek] Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Live in Dallas? Verizon wants you to win an HTC Thunderbolt and a private party with Mark Cuban

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If you live in the Dallas and are a basketball fan who also happens to want an HTC Thunderbolt -- you're in luck. Verizon wants to give you of 'Bolt if you're willing to play their game -- and are able to win at it. In addition to a free HTC Thunderbolt you and 10 friends also get to attend a party with Mark Cuban.

The contest itself isn't as easy as it sounds though, you'll have to follow Mr. Cuban on Twitter in order to find out where game pieces of a puzzle are and collect them. Once collected, you have to attend the HTC Thunderbolt launch party at on April 6 at Victory Park Plaza, and the more pieces you have, the better chance you have at winning. [Twtvite]

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod RC 4, Video calls on the Thunderbolt [from the forums]

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You all know what tomorrow is right? April fools day. Yes, that glorious day where everyone gets to play pranks on each other and possibly even get away with some of them. We don't have any April fools jokes lined up for you all but it'd be kind of cool if Google themselves pulled one. You all got any pranks on tap? If so, let us know in the Android Central Lounge. If you're not down with pranks then hit up the forums for some straight up Android talk:

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

Happy MLB Opening Day! Some app picks to keep baseball fans up-to-date

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Here we go again as we embark on the long journey that is the MLB regular season. Due to the longevity of the schedule and variety of times that the games are played, it's often difficult to keep up with your favorite team(s) when you're on the go. That's where the mobile world comes in, especially when the phones and devices we use get faster and better every day.

I've compiled a few apps for all of the baseball fans out there that will help them keep up with news, scores, schedules, states and much more, for their team and around the MLB. A few of the following apps are very similar in function; they provide scores, schedules, news and so forth. You really need to find the app the works best for you and update the fastest for your device. Here we go:

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