4 years ago

LG Optimus 3D listed for June 20 release in UK


Amazon UK is currently listing the LG Optimus 3D (SIM-free) for pre-order, with an expected release date of next Monday, June 20. At just a penny less than £600 (~$980), the Optimus 3D certainly isn't cheap, but if you can stomach spending that much on a smartphone, you'll walk away with a dual-core device with a 3D display and 3D video recording capabilities. Check out our initial hands-on feature to take a closer look at the phone itself.

Pre-order prices and shipping dates are always subject to change, but with the listed date just seven days away, we're expecting this one to be right on the money. The June 20 date also fits with release windows from T-Mobile UK and Three, who are expecting to begin selling the Optimus 3D in June and July respectively.

Source: Amazon UK; via: SoMobile

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 7 freshly ported to the Motorola Droid X


It's something Motorola Droid X owners have been teased with before. But this time around, it could turn out quite well. Although it remains unreleased as of now, it looks like Motorola Droid X owners may soon be getting a chance to load up CyanogenMod 7 on their devices courtesy of @cvpcs. No, the bootloader hasn't been unlocked but thanks to some handy work making use of 2nd.init CyanogenMod 7 will now run on top of the Motorola kernels in the Droid X.

As with anything of this nature, some bugs are still present but it's surely only a matter of time before they get worked out. Some of the things that may or may not work currently are: GPS, 3G/data, camera, camcorder and bluetooth audio while radio, WiFi, USB, charging, sensors, lights, vibration, standard bluetooth are listed as working. The next few days will provide some more details but until then, jump into the Android Central forums to discuss it some more.

Source: Android Central Forums

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4 years ago

Toshiba Thrive pre-orders start today


The latest Honeycomb powered tablet to be announced, the Toshiba Thrive, is now up for pre-order at Office Depot.  While the date is listed only as "coming soon" (we were told mid July), the price is just as Toshiba announced it would be -- $479.99 for the 16GB version, and $579.99 for the 32GB version.  Noticeably absent is the $429.99 8GB option that was also announced, which may well disappoint some looking for the more frugal option. 

Office Depot has also posted a short video showing off the full size ports, removable battery, and color choices for the back. You'll find the link below to the Windows Media file, which probably won't play on your smartphone.  Bookmark this one for when you get home.

Toshiba proper's also got preorders, for the same prices.

Sources: Toshiba; Office Depot;  More: Features video (wmv).  Thanks, Lester!

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4 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 12 June 2011

4 years ago

LG Optimus Slider (aka Gelato) now set for Sept. 11?


The LG Optimus Slider -- codenamed Gelato -- recently popped up on a Sprint inventory screen. And now it appears there's possibly a date to go along with it. If this latest screen, sent to our sister site, CrackBerry, rings true, we could see the Optimus Slider in midnight blue and purple come Sept. 11, 2011.

And note the column on the right -- it appears the Optimus Slider could be replacing the Sprint Remarq, an old vertical sliding feature phone. Veddy interesting.

Source: CrackBerry; More: Sprint LG Remarq

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Chompy's Dodgeball


Chompy's Dodgeball is a delightful romp in the world of fast-paced digital dodgeball, where it's man vs. beast vs. ninja vs. yeti in an epic, winner-take-all reminiscent of the movie Dodgeball (except for the beats and yeti).

The premise is simple: pummel your opponent into submission with dodgeballs and win. That's not the only way to win, though. If you have the most hearts when the clock runs out, you win. Lastly, if all the balls are on your opponent's side of the line, you win. (This is my preferred method of victory.)

Tap left and right on the ground to move, tap on your opponent's side of the line to throw, and, in the event you get hit, tap the screen repeatedly to get up. It's a pretty simple control scheme, but man, does it get the job done.

The folks over at Quicksilver Labs have dosed Chompy's Dodgeball with an insane amount of detail, from the large roster, full of characters with different and unique stats, to the various types of gameplay, levels, and mini-games included. To top it all off, it's all OpenFeint supported.

There's also DLC to remove ads and unlock the two ninjas and the cat lady. I can only assume as time goes on, they'll further enhance the roster and add more levels, as well.

Overall, Chompy's Dodgeball is an addicting, really fun game. It's the kind of game I'd pull out to kill a few minutes here and there and then find myself in the same position, thirty minutes later, a la Angry Birds. There's a lite version in the Market, but for $1.99, you get rid of ads plus you unlock Soba, the black ninja, so if feudal Japan is your thing, that's the price to pay.

Download links and QR code is after the break.

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4 years ago

Using a PS3 controller with the Motorola Xoom


Youtube link for mobile viewing

This is just the beginning, folks. With the addition of the USB host capability in Android 3.1, we're about to see an onslaught of cool peripherals for Android devices. And here we have the PS3 controller being used on the Motorola Xoom. All you really need, in this example anyway, is a controller, one of those imported OTG cables and, of course, a compatible app. The latter is going to be the bottleneck at first. Write your congressman. Write your developer. And let's get this done.

Source: Booyagadget via Android Central Forums

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 11, 2011



Productivity apps, fun apps, gaming apps, whatever you need apps, they all exist, the trouble is just finding the ones that are worth using. Each week we like to bring you some of our favorite choices, in hopes that they could become your favorites as well. Let's hit the break and take a look at some of the choices from this week.

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4 years ago

AT&T Attain (aka the Galaxy S II) outed by Samsung on Facebook


Dunno how anyone's going to explain this one. Tucked away on Samsung Mobile Singapore's Facebook page is a smattering of Galaxy S II accessories. And on the desktop dock is none other than an AT&T branded device. That'd make it the rumored Attain. Now before you start screaming that it's just the Infuse 4G and everybody's confused, note that the power button's ever so slightly different than AT&T's current 4.5-inch monster. That said, the power button's also different in a second render of the dock (which looks pretty slick, by the way, with HDMI and 3.5mm jacks). One more pic after the break, and you can check out the whole thing at the source link.

Source: Samsung Mobile Singapore Facebook; via Engadget

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4 years ago

HTC Flyer review


As a veteran Android manufacturer that rapidly rose to the top of the smartphone food chain, the news that HTC was working on an Android tablet didn’t come as much of a surprise. But when the HTC Flyer was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress back in February, we saw a device a quite different from what most were expecting. This was no 10-inch, Honeycomb-toting slate like other manufacturers were offering, but a smaller 7-inch tablet with pen input, running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

HTC seemed to be positioning the Flyer as a different sort of tablet -- something smaller and lighter than the portly Motorola Xoom, but more multimedia and web-friendly than the average smartphone. As the original Samsung Galaxy Tab proved, the 7-inch tablet form factor has a lot to offer, but with prices set around the level of larger, dual-core tablets, is the HTC Flyer worth your cash? Read on to find out.

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4 years ago

Mobile Nations Podcast: Episode Zero


Introducing our cross-platform podcast, the state of the union for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, and Windows Phone!

Mobile Nations is our brand new podcast, bringing together the heads of state from Android Central, CrackBerry.com, PreCentral.net, TiPb.com and WPCentral for full on round-table action. This week Phil, Kevin, and Rene discuss new Gingerbread phones, iOS 5 and iCloud, Playbook updates, and Apple stealing back. This is Mobile Nations!

Meta Talk

  • Do we go clean or explicit?
  • Do we use theme music or smash cut straight to the talk?
  • Should we stick to a bi-weekly schedule?
  • What should our album art be?

Tech Talk



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4 years ago

Halfbrick puts you in zombie hell with Age of Zombies [video]


Halfbrick, creator of the super popular Fruit Ninja, has released Age of Zombies on the Android Market today. The zombierific game puts you in the shoes of badass, Barry Steakfries. Our hero is on a mission to protect the Earth from Professor Brains who is plotting to destroy humanity with zombies. Armed with cheesy one-liners and tons of big guns, Steakfries reminds us of popular video game character, Duke Nukem.

“We’re happy to finally bring Barry to Android,” says Michael Dobele, Executive Producer. “Our fans have been following his time-travelling adventures online for a while, and we’re excited to release the full version of the game out to the greater Android market.”

Age of Zombies isn't new to mobile games, though. It's already been on iOS and PlayStation Minis for months already. In fact, Xperia Play owners have been killing zombies for a few weeks now. The zombie filled game was a timed exclusive on the Sony Ericsson device. The game is priced at $2.99 according to the press release, but a quick Market search lists the game for $3.16.

Hit the break to see some gameplay footage and Market link.

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4 years ago

How to unlock the bootloader and install SU and CWM on the Nexus S 4G [from the forums]


I'm going to start this off with a disclaimer: We all know the Nexus S and Nexus S 4G are developer phones, and as such, they're (supposed to be) easy to crack open. While things (like unlocking the bootloader) can go pretty swimmingly, I'll be the first to point out that getting all the appropriate drivers on your computer is a bit of a hassle, so if you're not willing to do some homework beforehand, root is not for you.

That being said, I will guide you through the initial steps of getting all the drivers on your computer so you can proceed with this if you want to, so join me after the break if you're willing to take the plunge.

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4 years ago

Youtube problems on the Charge, CyanogenMod 7 on the DInc [From the forums]


We've managed to blast through another awesome week of Android news here at Android Central -- and despite not having a podcast this week, we have plenty of stuff for you all out there to catch up on. We of course will be here through the weekend as well -- so join us in the Android Central forums and relax a little:

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