4 years ago

Greedy Spiders brings 8-legged strategy to Android


Youtube link for mobile viewing

If you like Cut the Rope, it's time to give Greedy Spiders a try. It's a little more cerebral (and a little more creepy), trading Om Nom for spiders and flies.

The idea is this: There's a spider. There are flies. You need to cut the flies out of the web. But every time you cut a strand, the spider moves closer. So, you'll need to cut as few strands as possible, and do it in a way that keeps the spider from reaching the fly. Sound simple enough? It is ... at first.

Greedy Spiders has some nice graphics, and there's an ad-supported lite version in addition to a paid version. We've got free download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Bell and Virgin Mobile launch Samsung Galaxy Gio


If you're in the market for a nice entry-level Android device, you can now go pick up the Samsung Galaxy Gio at either Virgin Mobile Canada or Bell. Priced at just $149 outright at Virgin or $249 outright at Bell (or $0 and $29.95 respectively on 3 year contracts), the Gio features an 800 MHz processor, a 3.2 inch touchscreen, 3mp camera, and runs on OS 2.3. You can also use the Gio as a wifi hotspot for up to eight devices! Sounds like a deal to me.

Source: Mobilesyrup

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4 years ago

Android gets a dedicated Facebook messenger


While the cool kids are off doing their group huddles on Google+, Facebook keeps plugging away, and a new dedicated group messing app apparently is in the works. Hardly a surprise, given that Facebook bought Beluga earlier this year. And judging from Facbeook's placeholder page for the mobile messenger, it's pretty much the same thing. Simple, easy to use group messaging.

So let's see. One app for IM. One app for Facebook. Another for Google+ huddles. Text messages. E-mail. That about cover it? 

Download links are after the break.

Source: Facebook, Facebook blog; Thanks, Milad!

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4 years ago

Android 3.1 for the Motorola XOOM in Europe rolling out in stages



Just as was promised, Android 3.1 for the Motorola Xoom in Europe is now rolling out in stages.  Motorola Europe took to their Facebook page to make the announcement and from the looks of things, some users are already getting it loaded up:

Android 3.1 for Motorola XOOM in Europe has now started to roll out in a number of countries. We are rolling out in stages and will let you now when the update is available in your specific country and so please watch this space. Details will be posted within the discussions tab and so please join us there or visit www.motorola.com/myxoom

Hoorah for updates! Go ahead and check for system updates now,  you may find it waiting for you. Now the real question on everyone's mind is -- when is the next update for Android 3.2 coming?

Source: Motorola Europe Facebook

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4 years ago

Designer notes Take 2: T-Mobile MyTouch 4G


Earlier we told you about Donn Koh and his former employer, the San Francisco-based One & Co, and how HTC purchased the firm after they fell in love with the design of the HTC Diamond.  Koh, as part of One & Co., helped design the HTC EVO 4G, which many feel changed the face of smartphones across the globe.  Koh and his colleagues didn't stop there, and today we're going to have the same look at the T-Mobile myTouch 4G.

Six months in the making, Koh describes how they were asked to turn T-Mobile's existing myTouch moniker into an upscale flagship name using the best components available at the time.  The goal was to evolve into a premium device, without losing the recognition consumers had with the myTouch series of phones.  It was important to keep the same feel and identity as the myTouch 3G Slide, then T-Mobile's current myTouch offering, while including changes that T-Mobile executives wanted -- like the large metal battery cover. 

Koh goes into detail about how he and his team tackled things like the signature three-element earpiece grill, as well as the physical buttons and optical trackpad.  He also talks about the goals designing the docking stations with a minimal elegance that allows the device, and it's screen, to remain the focal point.  If you're any type of design student, or just appreciate a beautiful piece of hardware and all the work that goes along with it, it's another must-read. 

Update: The blog post referenced here has been made private; image and links removed by request.

Update 2: We've re-edited this post to better reflect that Koh was a part of the team that designed the myTouch 4G, and that he was not solely responsible for it.

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4 years ago

LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy S II Celox surfaces


Forget the fact we're still waiting for the current Samsung Galaxy S II variations to arrive in the U.S. for a second and feast your eyes on the Samsung Galaxy S II Celox that comes fully loaded with LTE. Sounds awesome, right? Not so much, you see -- the LTE-loaded in this case is for 800/1800/2600 MHz making it only capable in Europe, Asia or Australia.

In order to get it working for Verizon it would require the 700MHz band. For the most part, specs are the same as the current Samsung Galaxy S II and we're not saying this device won't show up in North America eventually but for now -- it's not showing signs of that.

Source: SammyHub; via: Unwiredview

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4 years ago

German court orders Samsung to halt Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales and advertisements, will affect most of EU


A German court has granted Apple a preliminary injunction in its ongoing patent dispute with Samsung, effectively halting all sales and advertisement of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across the European Union. The ruling is on the grounds of community design infringement by Samsung, or what Apple calls the Galaxy Tab 10.1's imitation of the iPad 2, and does not have anything to do with specific hardware or software patents.

German trademark rulings have a multinational effect, according to EU law, impacting all fellow members with the exception of the Netherlands, where patent laws differ. Samsung must immediately remove all Galaxy Tabs from store shelves and halt all advertising, just a week after the device’s official European launch. The court’s decision is a heavy blow to Samsung, who has been fighting Apple’s accusations of patent infringement across the globe. An appeal by Samsung will take four weeks to file and must be heard by the original ruling judge.

Source: financial-informer.de; via FOSS Patents

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4 years ago

Honeycomb tip: Leave an 'If found' message on your lockscreen

4 years ago

A beautiful breakdown of the HTC EVO 4G, as told by the designer


If you had to pick one of the most influential smartphones of the past year or so, there's little doubt the HTC EVO 4G would be high up on the list, if not atop it. It was the first 4.3-inch smartphone. The first 4G smartphone. And it it brought with it that sense of style that is a trademark for HTC.

Donn Koh was a designer with San Francisco-based One & Co. from November 2008 to May 2010. This was the design firm that gained notoriety with the Windows Mobile HTC Diamond and was later purchased by the Taiwanese manufacturer. Koh was the lead designer on the EVO 4G and has done a beautiful job breaking down the design of the device, which he says took a good 12 months from start to finish.

Koh tells of the team working directly with HTC's engineers, and of the challenges faced in combining large components while keeping it relatively (and deceptively) thin. In particular, Koh said, the EVO 4G's 8MP camera component, and how its design was incorporated into future HTC phones. Writes Koh:

While it was a requirement to highlight this key feature, it shouldn’t feel unnaturally big or loud. To create this balance, I needed to find an aesthetic solution that would somewhat mask the component size, and one that would look honest and purposefully ‘camera-like.’

This led to a spherical design that partially protrudes the outer surface of the phone. It created an interesting and iconic character akin to an eyeball sitting in a socket. I liked that it had the notion of the phone as a housing for powerful, intelligent, internal components.

This is a must-read if you're at all curious about what goes into smartphone design, and it should make you appreciate that little wonder in your hand that much more.

Thanks, David!

Update: The blog post referenced here has been made private; image and links removed by request.

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4 years ago

Tribune Co. developing a tablet device?!


These days, it seems as though everyone wants to make a tablet so a new rumor suggesting the Tribune Co. is looking to release one doesn't really come all that much as a shock. It does however all sound rather, well -- silly.

The story as it goes, claims that the Tribune Co. will releases a modified version of Android and that the Tribune will "offer the tablet for free, or at a highly subsidized price, to people who agree to sign up for extended subscriptions to one of its papers and possibly a wireless-data plan with a partner cellular carrier" So who is helping the Tribune Co. with this tablet? According to the article -- Samsung.

Sounds more like a subscription-based package to us. Buy a subscription, get a free tablet and gain access to all of the Tribune Co.'s publications. At least that would make more sense then Samsung developing actual hardware just for the Tribune.

Source: CNN

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4 years ago

Orange UK taking Android to Monte Carlo



Sadly, it isn't the infamous playground of the rich and famous, but their latest Android device to be released sometime this weekend on Orange UK.

The Monte Carlo was first seen during MWC in Barcelona earlier this year, in its other guise as the ZTE Skate. As with the San Francisco, it will come pre-loaded with goodies from Orange such as HD voice (as seen on the Xperia Arc) and a whole host of their own apps. 

Squarely aimed at the lower end of the market, the follow on to the San Francisco packs a 4.3" screen, 800mhz processor, 5MP camera and comes fresh out of the box running Gingerbread. We're also looking at the latest 2.3.4 version, and all this for £149 ($242) off contract. 

Hopefully we'll be getting one soon to have a proper look at, but in the meantime take a look at the video after the break.

Source: Orange UK

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4 years ago

MetroPCS to launch Samsung Admire for back to school


After having been spotted in a few leaks before now, the Samsung Admire has finally hit MetroPCS in official form and will arrive on the scene just in time for back to school.

"The Samsung Admire is the latest device in our growing Android smartphone lineup and delivers the right set of features at the right price for students as they head back to school. And the best part is that customers will continue to save money year-round with MetroPCS' affordable, unlimited service plans," said Tom Keys, president and COO, MetroPCS"

Those features are of course the 800MHz processor, 3.2MP camera , Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS all wrapped up in some TouchWiz UI. Still no pricing details revealed or an exact launch date but as noted before, we can't see this one going for more then $150. Full press release is beyond the break.

Source: PRNewswire

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4 years ago

Android App Review: Weeds on Showtime



Weeds is one of the most popular shows on TV today. The Showtime series that centers around a widowed mother who sells pot to provide for her sons now has an official Android app. With the app, fans of the show can enjoy a good experience on their mobile device.

When you first open the app, you’ll see four main tabs at the top as well as a scrolling home screen that displays the latest features. For example, you’ll see a picture of Mary-Louise Parker that contains an Animated Recap of the last episode. This is all under the Home tab.

The next tab, The Show, provides extensive information about all aspects of the series. You can read the premise for the current season, sift through an episode guide, see when the show will air on Showtime and view the main cast list with full biographical information.

The third tab, Videos, contains a full episode that users can view for free as well as various video clips to browse through such as interviews and short snippets from the season.

The final tab is the Photobooth option which offers the most user interaction. It allows consumers to insert a photo of their choosing into a Weeds-themed background which can then be shared with friends. Themes include: Mugshot, Case File, Passport, Baked, Jail, Subway, Photocopy and Airplane.

This app is perfect for the ultimate Weeds fan. If you haven’t gotten into the dark comedy yet, now is the time to start. The app is free from the Android Market and links to it can be found after the break along with more screenshots from the app.

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4 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Spring Zen HD


Down here in Texas, the heat is so sweltering and the air so dry, everything is reduced to an unfortunate shade of brown. Fortunately, I can still see some green grass and lively nature in the Spring Zen HD live wallpaper.

Spring Zen HD is pretty simple at first glance, giving you a nest with eggs in it, falling leaves, a bench, and the occasional butterfly. Occasionally the whole scene pans around a bit, giving you a better look at the bench, leaves, and nest.

It runs incredibly smoothly and the graphics are fairly top-notch. Everything has a soft glow to it, and the colors are vibrant. The paid version also boasts a considerable settings menu.

The settings menu gives you two preconfigured themes: Sakura and Maple. Sakura is the pink-flowered one, Maple is a maple leafed one.

From there you can choose to randomize the entire scene every time you turn on your screen, or you can specify very criteria, like what tree type, bench type, or egg color. You can also toggle things such as a butterfly, falling flora, sun beams, and the river.

Overall, Spring Zen HD is a pretty, aesthetically pleasing live wallpaper that performs well. It only sets you back a dollar, and for those who don't want to pay, there's also a free version, but it lacks the settings menu entirely.

More screenshots and download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

HTCDev site outs more pics of Sense and Honeycomb


Now that HTCDev.com is up and running, it's time to see what sort of secrets it holds. And Android Central reader Kevin's found this tasty little tidbit in the OpenSense documentation -- more of the Sense customizations of Honeycomb.

Note that the picture above (and we've got more after the break) mostly matches up with what we saw from the purported HTC Puccini tablet screenshots leak, though the multitasking button in the bottom left was swapped out for a traditional menu button. No telling yet if one (or both) is correct, an early dev version, or what.

Otherwise, fonts is fonts, skins is skins, and it's probably pretty safe to say we'll see HTC Scribe on a Honeycomb tablet.

Source: HTCDev.com; Thanks, Kevin!

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