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3 years ago

Words with Friends back on Honeycomb, looking better than ever

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Admittedly, it's been a few weeks since I last let my wife beat me had my butt kicked at Words with Friends. And in that time, it's disappeared from the Android Market for Honeycomb devices, and reappeared, more stable (hopefully) and better looking than ever.

One thing the update won't do: Keep your younger brother from cheating, or your spouse from beating you the old fashioned way. Regardless, download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Comscore numbers from May are in; Android and Samsung still leading

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Comscore has released their numbers for the period ending May 2011, and it's no surprise that Samsung and Android still lead the pack.  According to Comscore, smartphone adoption in the US has climbed by 11 percent to reach 76.8 million users, with 38.1 percent of those being Android smartphones -- up 5.1 percent from the last study.  Apple comes in second with 26.6 percent (a 1.4 percent increase) and RIM. Microsoft and Palm round out the bottom -- all showing a decline in adoption.

On the hardware front, Samsung is once again the OEM selling the most mobile devices in the US with a 24.8 percent market share.  The numbers across the board here are pretty flat, telling us that the 11 percent increase in smartphone adoption isn't favoring any one manufacturer over any other. 

While all this is interesting, don't let numbers get in the way when you find it's time for a new phone.  None of these platforms or manufacturers is going away any time soon, and this type of tight competition makes things better for you and I, driving innovation and value. 

Source: Comscore

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3 years ago

3D images, new 4G LTE areas [From the Forums]

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With the long weekend over and done with, we're slowly moving into a new week of Android news. We've got plenty of things in the hopper so you'll just have to ride along with us until they're ready -- in the meantime though, feel free to jump on into the Android Central forums for some more Android discussions.

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

Sony S1 and S2 make time for some closeup shots

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At the end of April, Sony made an official announcement revealing the long rumored S1 and S2 Honeycomb Android tablets. And since then, we haven't heard or seen anything from Sony on the two tablets. Italian notebook site, Notebook Italia, got some exclusive up close shots and got to play with the oddly shaped tablets. The S1 tablet sports a 9.4-inch screen and curved backing. As for the S2, it follows a similar design to the Kyocera Echo, with its dual screen display. The dual-screen tablet is the first of its kind. The S2 has two 5.5-inch screens. Hit the source link for more photos.

Source: Notebook Italia

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3 years ago

SOCOM Mobile HQ brings its special operations to Android

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Listen up, you maggots! It looks like all you SOCOM 4 players out there will be able to take your special operations stats on the go. PlayStation has announced via their blog that SOCOM Mobile HQ is now available for free in the Android Market -- and only on Android. The app lets you login and track all of your SOCOM 4 stats. In addition, players will be able to try out the SOCOM Challenge System available exclusively for SOCOM Mobile HQ users.

What the app supports:

  • Prove your tactical discipline and combat skills by accepting our challenges, gaining experience and badges that represent your cunning and perseverance.
  • Plan and track your advancement by studying challenge history and leaderboards. Watch your experience climb as successive rounds push you further.
  • Review your career profile to see vital SOCOM 4 stats and rank advancement potential. Compare your progress to those around you.
  • Stay in contact with SOCOM 4 news and events by accessing the official Blog.
  • Use our convenient clan and friends features to check stats and whereabouts of your friends in the PlayStation network.
  • Share your experience and progress via Facebook through our social networking feature.

Just last month, Sony released their Qriocity service on Android. PlayStation 3 owners who linked their accounts to the Android app earned a free 180-day Basic trial offer. Sony PlayStation has been vocal in the past about bringing PlayStation experiences to Android. We're hoping Sony PlayStation will announce more about their PlayStation Suite experience on Android soon. Download link after the jump, yo.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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3 years ago

Droid 3 dummy units begin to appear at Verizon stores

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Dummy units of the Motorola Droid 3 have begun to arrive in stores, hopefully signaling an imminent release. Last we heard, July 14 is the supposed launch date for the newest addition to the Droid family. That day is soon approaching and whether or not it is the correct date, the arrival of dummy units is a positive sign.

The Droid 3 is going to boast:

  • 4-inch qHD screen
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 8MP rear camera with 1080p recording
  • Front-facing camera
  • Five row sliding keyboard

As we continue the recent trend of touchscreen-only phones, the original Droid line stands as a solid option if you still need a physical keyboard. The five-row sliding keyboard is one feature Verizon is highly touting. For all of those who have been waiting for the Droid 3, rest assured, it should be launching soon.

Thanks to you know who!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide looking at July 27 release?

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Up next in our launch date leakapolooza -- you've already seen the Verizon Motorola Droid Bionic, plus the LG Thrill and HTC Status on AT&T -- is the HTC Doubleshot, aka the myTouch 4G Slide, and it looks like it could be slated for release by July 27. The price, as was announced previously, is $199.

So, just a couple weeks to go on that one (if not sooner from a proper T-Mobile store). Who's in?

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Google+ for Android walkthrough

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 Google's latest app is a slick one, but will it be a home run? 

 

Google+ (pronounced "Google Plus") is still pretty fresh on the scene. It's barely a week old as of this writing, actually, and still in a relatively closed beta process. But it's definitely been a trial by fire. We've read about it, we've talked about it, and shoot, the app has even gotten it's first second update in the Market, so now it's time for a thorough rundown of Google's latest baby, mobile-style.

Join me after the break  to see what the hype's all about, how Google is doing things right, and why you should still lust for an invite (but without spamming your email!).

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3 years ago

LG Thrill 4G and HTC Status arriving on AT&T this month?

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Although both the LG Thrill 4G and HTC Status have received their official announcements from AT&T, neither device announcement brought an official release date with it. That said, the above image was just sent into us and while we still don't have an exact date for launch -- we can now pin it down to this month at the very least, if this all pans out.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Cellular South rolls out Froyo EE25 update for the Samsung Showcase

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Despite it having been a long time coming, the EE25 update for the Samsung Showcase (Galaxy S) on Cellular South is now available. With it being a Froyo update it does have quite a few bug fixes in it so if you've been having any issues with your device you'll want to make sure you grab this one.

  • Fixed, Missed voice call while playing YouTube content
  • Fixed, Restore Buddies now contact list after upgrade
  • Fixed, Force-close issue when Voice call ringtone menu selected after setting Default ringtone
  • Fixed, Restore default ringtone if Speak Caller ID selected prior to upgrade EC10
  • Fixed, Google Client ID change
  • Google Rooting Security Patch
  • Google Market security patch
  • Google Security

You can hit the source link below for the full download, and instructions on just how to load it.

Source: Cellular South

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