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3 years ago

Gingerbread's percentages double as Froyo starts to dip

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Welcome to another exciting edition of "Who's using which Android version!" -- the game show that takes a look at the various versions of Android floating around out in the world, and the percentage of devices using them.

Unsurprisingly, Android 2.2 Froyo leads the way for the past two weeks at 59.4 percent, but that's down from 64.6 percent for the two weeks ending June 1. Android 2.3 Gingerbread doubled to 18.6 percent (that's combining Android 2.3, 2.3.2, 2.3.3 and 2.3.4). And Honeycomb -- Android 3.0 and 3.1 -- ticked up ever so slightly to 0.4 percent and 0.5 percent respectively.

Again, the Honeycomb numbers represent tablets compared to the entirety of Android devices out there. But it's probably safe to say they're not catching on as quickly as Google and hardware manufacturers would have liked.

Source: Android Developer site

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3 years ago

Gameloft releases BackStab for Android

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After having now completed an exclusive run on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, Gameloft has made BackStab available for more devices via the Android Market. The game sets you in the 18th century on a Caribbean island where you play as Henry Blake.

“My name is Henry Blake, once a proud officer in England’s Royal Navy. Now I stand a shattered man. Betrayed, imprisoned, my fiancée taken away, I have now found my freedom– and soon I shall find my revenge.”

If you're into arcade styled fighting games with lots of places to roam and discover throughout you'll want to give BackStab a look. A list of compatible devices and video of the gameplay can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Rogers goes live with Canada's first LTE network today

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A small number of Canadians today will now get to experience the joy of true 4G. Rogers has now gone live with Canada's first LTE network in the Ottawa area and much like the launch of LTE for Verizon, they started off their device offerings not with a handset but rather a LTE Rocketstick from Sierra Wireless. No worries though, Rogers has stated LTE devices are coming from both HTC and Samsung later this year. In other words, Android devices will be among the first LTE enabled smartphones to hit the Rogers network. Full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid 3 help videos

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Getting started with the new Motorola Droid 3 on Verizon couldn't be any easier, thanks to a series of help and how-to videos Moto's put together on its Youtube channel.

From using your Droid 3 for the first time, to tips and tricks, to the very cool mirror app, Moto holds your hands and walks you through using its latest offering. Check 'em all out after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: WipEout for Xperia Play

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If you owned a PlayStation (of the original, gray variety) back in the late nineties, then the WipEout series should need no introduction. WipEout was one of the first titles to bring futuristic "kart" style racing into 3D, and was massively successful when it launched in 1995, alongside the original Sony PlayStation.

Now Sony has brought the original WipEout to Android, in the form of an official port for the PlayStation-certified Xperia Play. And like many of the PlayStation classics currently offered by Sony on the Android Market, WipEout looks and plays just as it did on the PS1 sixteen years ago. You can steer your ship using either the Xperia Play's D-pad or analog controls, and air-breaking is taken care of by the left and right trigger buttons.

The aim, of course, is to work your way to the front of the pack by using speed pads, weapons and other power-ups to get the best of your opponents. Just like the PlayStation original, WipEout can be pretty brutal at times. There's a near-vertical learning curve and AI which will punish you when you're caught up in the middle of the pack, and rubber-band its way back to you if you take first place. Once you hit your stride, though, WipEout is a highly enjoyable racer, though not as newbie-friendly as more casual titles on the Market.

If you decide to pick the game up, you'll get a fair amount of content for your £3.99. There are six tracks to play across championship, single race and time trial modes, and an unlockable seventh track if you beat the game. Unfortunately, the exceptional licensed soundtrack of the original PlayStation version isn't included, but in its place you'll find the alternate Sega Saturn soundtrack by Tim "Cold Storage" Wright.

If you're unfamiliar with the WipEout series, then you'll probably find more accessible and enjoyable casual racers elsewhere. However, if you're a PlayStation veteran and fancy a trip down memory lane, then asking price is more than reasonable in our opinion. WipEout is currently available on the Android Market (Europe only for the moment) for £3.99. Join us after the jump for Market links and QR codes.

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3 years ago

News360 for phones now available

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Last May we saw the release of News360 for Honeycomb devices, and today they have released the version for the smaller screen.  In a nutshell, News360 is a news aggregator app with over 4,000 global sources (find us in the Android section!) and it's visually stunning.  The features are there, too -- the social integration with Facebook, Twitter, ReadItLater, Instapaper, and TripIt, the ability to favorite articles and and content to create your own customized newsfeed, and "automatically identifying and linking more than 700,000 companies, people, brands and locations with stories, and creating encyclopedic, wiki-style dossiers accessible with a single tap, without ever leaving the article."  That means when you open an article, keywords are highlighted and a tap takes you to page inside the app full of pertinent information and other news links.  Another very intriguing feature is set to come out this summer:

News360 will introduce a new cross-platform content personalization mechanism based on interests and reading preferences gathered from integrations with Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader and Evernote, among others. Automatically generated profiles will enable users to instantly discover the content that is relevant to them with one click of the News360 icon.

But the highlight here is easily the application design.  It's smooth, with a fluid transition between pages, rich high resolution images, and quality inline video.  It's also uniquely Android; versions are available for multiple platforms, each having the same overall look and feel yet keeping the controls and layout in the stye associated with each individual platform.  The iPhone version, for example, has a familiar icon bar across the bottom, with the settings and favorites where you would expect them, and the Android version has those same controls in the upper right corner.  It's the little touches like this that separate it from the pack.  News360 is free from the Android Market for phones running Android 2.2 and higher, and you'll find the download link, some images showing off the interface, and the official press release after the break.

More: News360

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3 years ago

Vlingo version 3.0 brings additional language support, overhauled UI

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Vlingo, the popular voice-activated personal assistant app, has been updated to version 3.0, which brings with it a completely overhauled UI and graphic design. The app’s functionality remains the same: simply speak a command and Vlingo will carry it out for you. In addition to the makeover, 3.0 now supports additional languages including French, Italian, German, Spanish and Chinese, with Japanese and Korean support currently in beta. The update is also said to improve the local search function. Grab the Market link after the break.

Source: Vlingo

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3 years ago

Mid-summer Android phone release roundup

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You want leaks, we got leaks!  In the past couple days news has been coming out of the woodwork about upcoming Android phones, so I'll take a minute and wrap it all up neatly here in one place.  Remember, these aren't 100 percent guaranteed dates by any means (cough Thunderbolt cough Droid Charge), but we're pretty confident in them.

First up we have the LG Thrill 4G and the HTC Status for you folks on AT&T.  There's no exact date given for these two, but it looks like we'll be seeing them this month, as leaked docs show a July release date at Sam's Club.  Both look to be awesome phones, each geared to a different audience.  Folks wanting raw power and a 3D screen will love the OMAP4 powered Thrill 4G, and the HTC Status looks like a social networker's dream come true.

T-Mobile subscribers are in for a treat on July 27, when the MyTouch 4G Slide rolls out, again, at Sam's Club.  Combine a physical keyboard and a zero shutter lag, backside illuminated wide angle lens camera and great new software, then throw it on the MyTouch 4G for one hell of a nice phone.  T-Mobile has the MyTouch 4G Slide pages ready to go, so it's close. (Thanks, Andrew!)

Sprint has some love to share on July 24, with the Samsung Conquer -- the first entry-level Wimax phone from Mr. Hesse and crew.  Dual cameras, tri-band CDMA with 800MHz support, and Gingerbread sounds like a great way to have fun this summer. Guess where ... at Sam's Club

One more thing (you thought I forgot, didn't you?).  There's another phone that a few of you have been looking forward to called the Droid Bionic that looks to be hitting the shelves on August 4.  It's version three of the phone of your dreams -- dual-core OMAP might, LTE speed, and likely the best upgrade from an OG Droid or Droid X that anyone can imagine.  We'll be on this one like a hawk, just like you will. At Sam's Club.

It's worth noting that these leaked dates are for Sam's Club (we mentioned that, right?) and not the official carrier stores.  That means you might even be seeing these for sale a bit sooner at other retailers or at your carrier's brick and mortar location, something we've seen before.  It's going to be another busy summer reviewing Android phones, and that's the way we like it!

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3 years ago

And ... the Droid 3 is officially official

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The cat's been out of the bag on this one for quite some time now, but Verizon has just officially announced the Motorola Droid 3. Specs are as we've been telling you for a while -- 4-inch screen with qHD resolution, dual-core 1GHz processor, 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and so on and so forth.

It's available now online for $199 with a two-year plan, and will be in stores on July 14.

Note that Verizon's new data plans are now in effect as well. So if you're a new customer you'll have to go for one of the tiered packages -- see our complete breakdown here.

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3 years ago

Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles beta launches, we have 50 keys to give away!

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Spacetime Studios has released the beta of Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles, the new sci-fi MMO and Android Central has 50 beta keys to give away.  You might recognize the name Spacetime Studios, as they're the folks behind Pocket Legends -- another great MMO for Android.  This time around you'll play as a hero in the 41st century, against other players and the alien race known as the Vular.  You can choose from three different character classes, each with different strengths and weaknesses, for loads of exciting gaming.

If you're a Verizon subscriber, you can find Star Legends via VCast.  If you're not a Verizon user (or if the first thing you do is yank VCast off your phone), you'll either have to wait until the beta period is over (that's July 20) or win one of the 50 keys we're giving away.  If you're selected, you'll get the beta key and download link so you can install and play while the rest of us are waiting.  Have a look at some of the gameplay screens, the press release, and the official trailer after the break, and visit this link in the Android Central forums for a chance to win

More info: Star Legends site

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