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2 years ago

Android Game Review: A Game With Balls

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It's not every day that you come across a game with a title that could be read so many different ways. I won't even go into the various ways to interpret it, but suffice it to say the name doesn't lie. Because epic and hilarious titles are so few and far between, I had to take it upon myself to check things out.

A Game With Balls (AGWB from here on in) is a simple if not hypnotic game, where all you do is control a cannon that shoots balls at things that're careening towards it, ushering in its demise. Your projectiles aren't explosive and the things you're shooting at don't explode. Rather, you just nudge them out of the way.

It's got that oft-used "physics game" feel to it, with your balls bouncing off the balls you're shooting at and those balls flying around knocking other balls off target. You can string together some impressive combos, if you've got enough foresight (or you're lucky), shooting a stream at one object only to have them all bounce off and knock another one off course.

You get points based off of how long you survive and how many balls you shoot. These points are in the form of, you guessed it, more balls, that you can then use to unlock one of the other four levels. There's also three difficulty levels to choose from, ranging from normal to insane.

The different levels all have the same game mechanics, but the color schemes and music change, offering a fresh-yet-familiar experience no matter what level you're on. The background music is incredible, too, sucking you into this semi-hypnotic trance as you try to protect your cannon.

AGWB is a totally rad buy, good for killing a few minutes in between classes or a few hours when you find yourself with nothing to do. Cool music, great visuals, and mad replayability are just a couple of reasons to be fine with spending 99 cents on this game.

Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy W launching on O2 UK this month

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O2 UK's "coming soon" page has been updated to feature Samsung's upcoming mid-range Android offering, the Galaxy W. The Galaxy W arrives as part of Sammy's new smartphone namimg strategy, which sees devices tagged with a different letter to demote where they fit in the manufacturer's line-up. Targeted at mainstream smartphone buyers, the Galaxy W is powered by a 1.4 GHz single-core CPU, and ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Samsung's latest TouchWiz 4.0. Other highlights include a 3.7-inch SLCD display and 5-megapixel rear camera.

Three UK was the first British network to announce the Galaxy W in late August. Like Three, O2 expects to start shipping Galaxy Ws out to customers later this month.

Source: O2 UK

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic reader review continues with dozens of videos

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If you needed yet another reason why the Android Central Forums are, in fact, the bast damn Android community around, look no further than member bworley50. You might remember him from his recent Droid Bionic review, and now he's back with not one, not two, but some two dozen videos of the Motorola Droid Bionic.

His "My Bionic" thread has become something of a new legend, and at the time of this writing it's topped out at nearly 80 pages. But if you're at all interested in what to expect when the DB is finally released this week, you're going to want to read them.

And we've compiled bworley's video after the break, so check 'em out. Very well done, sir. Very. Well. Done.

More: "My Bionic" in the Droid Bionic Forums

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2 years ago

White Samsung Galaxy S II now available from Vodafone UK

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Vodafone UK customers can now bag a Samsung Galaxy S II in white from the carrier's website, as well as brick-and-mortar stores. Vodafone joins Three and the Carphone Warehouse, which also recently began offering Samsung's flagship device in white, alongside the standard black. Just like the black version, the white Galaxy S II can be yours for free on 24-month contracts of £36 or more per month. At that price, you'll get 900 minutes, unlimited texts and a 750MB data allowance.

Rival UK carriers O2 and Everything Everywhere (T-Mobile/Orange) expect to launch the white Galaxy S II later this month.

Source: Vodafone UK

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2 years ago

Europe getting another Honeycomb tablet, this time from Germany

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The IFA show in Berlin has brought a wealth of devices this week, and Germanys own PC maker Medion decided they'd like to get in on the act by launching their own Android tablet. They've been quiet secretive about the device with photos apparently banned at their booth at the show. 

The specs we do know of the Lifetab P9514 are starting to sound pretty familiar. 1GHZ Tegra 2, 1280x800 screen resolution, Honeycomb 3.2 and 32GB on board storage. It also supports quad band 3G as well as wifi, and shows up with the by now pretty stansard microSD, microUSB and HDMI ports. 

The Lifetab is expected to ship in Europe during Q4 2011, and pricing is rumoured to be €399 ($564) with no word on it's availability elsewhere in the world. Room for one more at the Honeycomb table?

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

International versions, GVoice issues [From the Forums]

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It's a long weekend for some but that hasn't stopped the Android news from flowing, nor has it stopped the discussions happening in the Android Central forums. If got something on your mind, a question to ask or just want to hang out -- join us in there.

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

Mysterious Samsung Slider now going by 'Stratosphere;' Pantech Breakout also gets another look

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Astute Android Central readers will recall the phone you see above as the Samsung SCH-i405, which we first brought you a full picture of way back in July, looking very much like an LTE version of Sprint's Epic 4G. And now it's back in a clearer render form, pretty much looking how we last left it, only now going by its "Stratosphere" name.

No real change in specs, so far as we unofficially know. You're likely still looking at a 4-inch(ish) slider with what our original tipster believed may be a Super AMOLED Plus screen (or maybe it's just the shine of a qHD resolution), with about 2GB of storage, a 5MP camera on the back and 1.3MP shooter on the rear. Plus it's got 4G LTE data. Huzzah.

Then there's there's the Pantech Breakout, seen here at right. That's another one we broke the news on a week or so ago. It's got a 4-inch display at the usual 480x800 res, with a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 390 MB of internal storage and an 8GB microSD card. It's got a 5MP shooter on the back and a VGA camera up front. It's also a 4G LTE device, serving as a mobile hotspot for up to 10 devices. It's rocking a custom skin atop Android 2.3.

Still no official word on when either of these could be launched.

Source: Pocketnow 1, 2

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2 years ago

Sony Tablet S slated for Sept. 16 US launch, priced at $499.99

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We've previously reported on launch schedules for Sony's Tablet S in Canada and the United Kingdom, but it now seems like the final piece in the puzzle is in place. The device has gone up for pre-order in the US with shipping dates "on or about" September 16, and prices starting at $499 for the 16GB version.

The date ties in with what we've already heard for Canadian and British customers and seems to indicate that Sony is going for a global launch on this one. Elsewhere, Amazon.com is also showing a shipping date of September 16.

Still no word on North American dates for the dual-screen Tablet P though, so if that's more your thing, the wait may be to be a bit longer.

Source: Sony 

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S gets priced and dated by UK retailer

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British online retailer Clove Technology is first to reveal details of pricing and availability for the Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc S, which was announced last week at IFA in Berlin. According to an entry on its blog, Clove will sell the Arc S for £350 SIM-free, with units expected to start shipping out on Sept. 26. Clove will initially stock the Arc S in "pure white" and "midnight blue".

The Xperia Arc S is a minor hardware refresh, with a faster 1.4 GHz CPU compared to the 1 GHz chip in the original. Sony Ericsson says the more advanced CPU brings 25% faster camera start-up time, 20% faster web rendering and improved battery life. All welcome changes as far as we're concerned.

You can find pre-order links for both flavors of Arc S over at the source link.

Source: Clove Blog

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2 years ago

Acer Iconia a500 review

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What would you give up to pack more features into an Android tablet? Would you be willing to sacrifice thinness? Accept a little more weight, or a design that's not quite as svelte as another tablet?

That's the ring in which the Acer Iconia Tab A500 has found itself. On the one hand, it's done much to differentiate itself from other Android Honeycomb tablets, which thus far all have the same internals, by packing on the ports and offering an interesting user interface. But these added features mean tradeoffs. But while the Acer Iconia Tab A500 (henceforth the Iconia Tab) might not be the smallest or lightest Android tablet around, that doesn't mean it should be overlooked.

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