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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Pinball HD for Tegra 2

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One of the first apps I downloaded on my tablet was the TegraZone, a special app browser developed by NVIDIA to showcase applications that were optimized for its Tegra II chipset.  Sure, I have my tower defense games and angry birds, but I wanted to see what an "optimized" game would look like on my Tab's massive screen.

Pinball HD was published by NVIDIA to show off the graphics power of their Tegra 2 processor, and it shows.  The colors are vibrant and there are a ton of little animations shown in that seem to exist just because they make the game nicer to look at.  My favorite board is the Jungle, because if you can aim the ball just right, the Gorilla will pick it up and pound his chest before throwing it back on the board.  Each board has a special animation to fit the theme, but I like "Big Kong" the best.

As far as actual gameplay goes, it performs how you would expect it to.  You tap the right side of the screen to move the right toggle, and do the opposite for the left.  Response time was fast, and the sounds seemed in sync with what was happening on the screen.  One nice feature is that if you swipe with two fingers, the game will zoom out to show the entire board instead of following the ball with a camera.  I found it a lot easier to play this way, though others might enjoy the added detail that the camera view provides.

Much like a regular pinball game, I found myself greeted with the game over screen a lot faster than I expected, but this was due to my lack of skill more than any problems with the controls.  When a game ends, you're given the option to input your name so that your score can be listed on your devices high score board as well as a leader board for other players who have the game installed.

Pinball HD is a fun game with great graphics and pretty addictive game play.  At $2.99, it's also one of the least expensive optimized games for Tegra 2 devices.  If you're looking for a great time waster, or if you're training to be the next wizard, give Pinball HD a try.  Additional screenshots and download link after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid 3 Desktop Dock review

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What's the Droid 3 without accessories, right? Here's a quick look at the official Motorola Desktop Dock for the Droid 3, which offers up a stylish and simple way to present and use your Droid 3 on any flat surface, while providing HDMI and analog audio out, as well as charging it in the process.

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3 years ago

Cincinnati Bell now offering the Samsung Nexus S 3G

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The Nexus S has arrived on Cincinnati Bell, according to the regional carrier’s website. Customers can grab Samsung’s pure-Google device for $150 on a two year contract or for $300 without commitment, though either way you’ll have to send in those pesky mail-in rebates. Keep in mind that this Nexus S is the 3G model and therefore will not support the carrier’s “4G” bands. Regardless, a phone as solid as this on a regional carrier is certainly worth getting excited about. Hit the source link for CB’s purchase page.

Source: Cincinnati Bell; Thanks, Josh!

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3 years ago

HTC Status hits Best Buy Mobile just days before release

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The good news: The HTC Status -- perhaps you've seen our full review of the European version, or our more recent hands-on with AT&T's offering -- is starting to make its way into Best Buy Mobile stores. The bad news: You'll likely still have to wait two days before picking one up. More's the pitty.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play review (European version)

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An official "PlayStation phone" had been rumored since before the release of the original Sony PSP way back in 2005, and it’d been the subject of many a leak leading up to its announcement. However, it wasn’t until this February that we got our first official glimpse of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. With mobile gaming on the rise, and already a major draw for iOS, the PlayStation-certified Xperia Play was seen as an integral part of efforts to promote Android as a viable platform for games developers.

But can the Xperia Play live up to this promise, not to mention all the years of anticipation and hype that preceded it? And more importantly, is it a good smartphone in its own right? Join us after the jump to find out, in our review of the European Xperia Play. And you might also want to check out Andrew’s full review of the Verizon model if you’re considering picking up that version.

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3 years ago

Friday Freebie: Win 1 of 5 Android Central T-shirts

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It's Friday, and we're feeling generous. So let's give away a few T-shirts, shall we? That's right, T-Shirts. Android Central T-Shirts. With Lloyd on them. For wearing, and such.

Couple things to note:

  1. The shirts run a little small, so consider going up a size.
  2. Let's open this up to everyone. Outside the U.S.? Shouldn't be a problem.
  3. How to win: Just leave a comment in this post. We'll pick five winners at random 5 p.m. EST today and e-mail 'em for more info.

Good luck!

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D, LG Optimus 3D officially coming to Rogers in Canada

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What was previously just a rumor has now been confirmed by Rogers -- it will in fact be launching both the HTC EVO 3D and the LG Optimus 3D this summer with both devices going up for pre-order as early as next week. No pricing has been announced for either device but Rogers has noted that more information will be coming soon on the new micro site they'll be launching for the 3D devices. Rogers also has a upcoming contest for those who pre-order:

If you pre-order the LG Optimus 3D, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a 55”LG Cinema 3D HDTV. If you pre-order the HTC EVO 3D, you’ll be entered to win a $2,500 MasterCard gift card. Contest closes August 15th.

We've reviewed both devices already, so make sure you hit up either the EVO 3D review or the Optimus 3D review for device details. I'll be re-reading them as well, so I can figure out which device to pre-order.

Source: Rogers Red Board

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3 years ago

Google Maps brings live traffic info to 13 European countries

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While I don't do much traveling on European roads myself, I know a lot of people who have to do it daily and just like everywhere else in the World, traffic is always an issue. Luckily for them, Google Maps has now added 13 European countries to Google Maps from which they can now obtain live traffic info and hopefully avoid traffic jams:

Today we’re announcing new coverage in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland. Coverage includes all freeways and highways, as well as large roads in major cities. Users in the UK will also benefit from a finer grain of street level coverage.

Live traffic information gets updated every 5-10 minutes and is then piped down to Google Maps users. Changing the view allows you to even break traffic down by specific times and days of the week.

Source: Google LatLong

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3 years ago

Samsung Admire for MetroPCS spotted

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The mid-range sector for Android devices may not appeal to the hardcore Android fans out there but it does make up a good amount of those 550,000 activations daily and no one should expect these devices to stop being made. If you're on MetroPCS you'll soon be seeing the mid-range Samsung Admire show up there sometime in August or September. So how mid-range will it be exactly?

  • 3.5-inch HVGA screen
  • Android 2.3.3
  • 800MHz CPU
  • TouchWiz UI
  • 3.2MP camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS

Not great but certainly not terrible either. When this one hits MetroPCS the suggested pricing should be around $150 after mail-in-rebate but MetroPCS could always discount that even further.

Source: SammyHub

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 64

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Audio-only stream below

We take on the Motorola Droid 3, the AT&T HTC Status, Spotify in the United States, and Android's ever-increasing numbers. Plus, more of your e-mails and voicemails, and a good old-fashioned rant against tiered data. Join us!

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