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3 years ago

AT&T to offer Open Feint Game Channel for Android

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AT&T and Open Feint announced at CES that they would be partnering, and offered up a SDK for interested developers.  Now they have announced the details of what they were cooking up, and present the Open Feint Game Channel for Android.  Open Feint games are already popular among Android users, and the cross-platform game network has over 15,000 application developers using the service.  With the Open Feint Game Channel, AT&T hopes to bring an enhanced experience to their customers and offers tools to help draw new developers to the service.  Apple's Game Center is a lofty target, but AT&T makes it clear they have it in their sights.  It's nice to see AT&T showing a commitment to Android -- too bad it took losing iPhone exclusivity to make it happen.  Read the full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Thunderbolt gets root and NAND access

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While we have all been busy speculating when the HTC Thunderbolt will be launched (dare we say the 24th), the folks over at XDA have been busy achieving root access. Well, they did just that. What we have here is a pre-production Thunderbolt (Mecha) which has successfully been rooted, its internal memory successfully broken into, with Clockwork Recovery installed.  

Keep in mind that because it's a pre-production unit, it's entirely possible that it's possible likely that there may be some changes, thus affecting the entire process. But it's a step in the right direction. Now, is it the 24th yet? One more picture after the break. Also be sure to check out the Andirc channel. [XDA via the Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Android quick-app: Big Camera Button

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If you ever take a self-pic with your smartphone -- stick the camera in your hand, extend your arm, point it at your melon and hope for the best -- you know how it can be a bit of a crapshoot. And unless you have a physical camera button, the tiny shutter buttons on the screen don't help matters any.

Enter Big Camera Button. It does exactly what you see. Press the shutter button once, and your screen changes to a Big Camera Button. No more hoping you hit the right spot. It's stupidly simply, and makes self-pics a breeze.

There's a free "lite" version, and a 99-cent version. Download links and a slightly NSFW video of it in action are after the break.

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3 years ago

Australian Nexus S left without Super AMOLED display

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Bad news for anyone in Australia considering picking up the Nexus S when it's released on Vodafone over there. It looks like the Aussie version of the device will be missing the Super AMOLED display found on other Nexus S models, instead replacing it with a Super LCD screen.

Vodafone announced earlier this week that it'd be carrying the Nexus S in 24 countries, though right now it's unknown whether any other territories will have to settle for an AMOLED-less Nexus S. The fact that the Super AMOLED model appeared on a Vodafone Germany preview site suggests that the situation may well vary from country to country, in line with rumors floating around towards the end of 2010. [Vodafone]

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3 years ago

Backstage MWC pics reveal invading army of Android

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Some interesting photos of the Android stand at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona have appeared via tweets from BBC Click. The Click team apparently managed to sneak backstage and grab some shots of the stand itself and an invading army of Android mascots, some of which were still in the process of being assembled.

We'll be at MWC 2011 all week, so stay tuned for continual coverage of the bevy of new Android phones and tablets that are sure to emerge. Join us after the jump for more backstage photos. [BBCClick on Twitter]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 2 and 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet info leaked

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Looks like somebody got a little ahead of themselves and posted up some Samsung device info before they were supposed to. An image of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 has now appeared online and to go along with it, some of the specs were apparently revealed as well. The images are now gone and the Korean text remains but for now have a look at the specs for the Samsung Galaxy S 2.

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 4.3-inch display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • HSPA+
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi
  • Weight: 116g, 8.49mm thick

Just in case that wasn't enough of a leak, there was also some talk of a new 10.1 inch Honeycomb tablet and some of its specs. 1GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with HD video recording. Sounds mighty fine to us. Of course, we'll have to wait see how this all pans out. [via Engadget, Paran, Samsung Hub] Thanks, Chris!

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 2X caught on camera powering Unreal Engine 3

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Infinity Blade and Gears of War developer Epic Games revealed a few weeks ago that its Unreal Engine 3 technology was already up and running on Android, and now we have proof in the form of a video shot by Italian site Tecnophone.it.

During a demonstration of the Optimus 2X by LG, the manufacturer showed its Tegra 2-powered device running the "Epic Citadel" tech demo on the phone and a connected HDTV simultaneously. The demo looks great in TV mirroring mode, which is all the more impressive considering it's running from a handheld device

Epic's middleware has already powered popular iOS games like Infinity Blade and Dungeon Defenders, and the fact that the same tech is running so well on bleeding-edge Android devices can only mean great things for the future of Android gaming.

Join us after the jump to check out the video for yourself. [Tecnophone]

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3 years ago

And Motorola Xoom contest winner is

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Congrats go out to James Buckey of Ohio, the winner of the Motorola Xoom tablet from Android Central and Wyse Technology.  With almost 2,000 entries to go through, the folks at Wyse Technology have picked James' winning post describing how Pocket Cloud helps him do what he needs to do better.

"I currently am the IT director at a K12 district in southeastern ohio. The combination of the Xooms hardware with Honeycomb and Wyse's Pockecloud would have a tremendous impact on the currently daunting task of managing 750+ Windows clients. Even with a notebook, trying to keep mobile is difficult with an average battery life of 2 hours. Potentially with Pocketcloud, I could manage a great percentage of these users while not worrying about finding an outlet. On the merits Pocketcloud alone, I would gain the ability to manage tasks ranging from simple user assistance to extremely mobile virus removal and perhaps interacting with an interactive whiteboard without the use of another unneeded proprietary wireless slate. In short, my dream of effective and simple remote management of my constituents may be one step closer to reality."

Congratulations and best wishes go out to you James, and enjoy your new Motorola Xoom!

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt set at $249 on contract, $749 full retail pricing at Best Buy

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Looks like some of those pre-launch pricing rumors are starting to ring true for the HTC Thunderbolt. The above Best Buy ad shows the device ringing in at $249.99 for a 2-year contract. But if you're looking to get some HTC Thunderbolt love with no contract then you're going to be paying $749.99 at Best Buy. For anyone keeping track, that's only about $50 less then a Motorola XOOM. Suddenly, the XOOM pricing looks a lot better by comparison.  Feel free to express some rage in the Thunderbolt forums. [Droid -Life]

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3 years ago

Android tablets at work in Indian buses

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Want to ride in style?  In India, trips on the bus don't have to be a boring affair now that the government is providing free use of seven inch Android tablets, built right into the back of the headrest.  Simply log in (your account and credentials are remembered for next time) and you have complete use of these generic Android tablets to watch video, use maps, check your bank account -- just about anything you can do with a tablet running Android.  The best part is that it's absolutely free for the passengers. 

Bring this to the US now, please.  Until then, there's another pic and a video after the break.  Thanks Kartik!

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