It's that time of year where folks start making new years resolutions. One of the top new years resolutions is typically to be more fit or physically active. Some stick to that and follow through while if you're like me you'll likely forget about it in a week. In an effort to help you keep that resolution afloat the developers of Run Keeper have made their fitness tracking and measuring app available for free until the end of January. If you're looking to share your stats, stay in shape and track it all at the same time you can't beat the price here. Hit the download after the break. [Run Keeper]
A few days ago, we reported on a new line of Android-based Asus Eee tablets expected to be released in 2011. Asus may be getting a little too impatient for CES to arrive because more information has now been revealed about these tablets, coming straight from the horses mouth. The Asus Eee EP102 and EP101 appear to be those exact tablets, sporting a 10-inch screen (hopefully) running the much more tablet-friendly Honeycomb.
As some of you predicted in the comments, at least one of these tablets, purportedly the EP101, will have a detachable keyboard as shown in that chalkboard demo. The EP102 on the other hand appears to be some sort of slider tablet. As if my anticipation for CES couldn't get any higher, Asus swoops in and teases us just a little bit more. Hit the break for two more pictures! [eeepc.it via CrunchGear]
Stop what you're doing, take a second and click the picture you see above. If you're reading on your phone, run to a computer -- you want to see this. Supposedly these are the specs for the European version of the HTC Thunderbolt, and they are amazing. Almost too amazing. According to HTCInside.de (a German HTC blog and fansite), the Thunderbolt will be released with the Qualcomm MSM8960 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, Gingerbread, an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera, and support for 128GB SDXC cards.
Is it real? Heck, we don't know, and honestly, none of us thinks these specs are right. But we offer it as-is, for you guys to dissect in the Thunderbolt forums. Just don't go blaming us if your heart gets broken. [HTCInside.de (German) via Pocketnow]
We love these stories. A 12-year-old girl awakes on Christmas Day to find her prized present beneath the tree -- an Android tablet. And, look, Santa! It's already got porn apps installed on it! So instead of a white Christmas, they got a blue Christmas.
When confronted by the girl's father on Monday, Coby senior product manager Michael Paladino said, "There is nothing preprogramed from Coby. LIke any other internet device with an open platform, a wide range of content is available which may require parental oversight." That's true, parents should keep (erm) abreast of their kids' online habits. I know I do.
But there actually are a few crimes here:
Coby should have (ahem) bent over backwards to apologize and exchange the devices. That's just good customer service. It's doubtful the girl downloaded "Boobs! Butts! Babes!" and "Undress Me" on her own.
The newscaster at WSIL-TV calls the Coby Kyros "similar to the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle." Mmmmmm'kay.
Are you rockin' one of the newer revisions (some 003 and all 004 versions) of the Evo 4G, and want some CyanogenMod loving? It looks like the man himself has got you hooked up, and it's only a flash away. You'll need to be rooted (of course) and we can help with that -- head into the Evo 4G hacking forums, do a bit of reading, and holler if you need some help. The fellas in there may seem a little gruff, (looking right at you Jerzy, igotsanevo4g, d3xn2o and company ;p ) but they have a heart of gold and the wits to match. They'll get you up and running and point you towards the right path.
This one isn't Gingerbread just yet, give the CM team some time, but as far as custom ROMs go, it's the creme of the crop. So what are you waiting for? Fire up Rom Manager and go! [@cyanogen via Android Central forums]
The unsourced rumor du jour is that Motorola and AT&T will be announcing the Motorola Olympus during CES next week. The longrumored 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor has been making its rounds on the web for the past few months now. And that's basically it, not much is known about the device. Judging by the few leaked photos, the phone looks like it will sport a screen larger than 3.7 inches.
It's also worth mentioning that this is the first time we'll see Motorola bringing a high-end Android powered phone to another carrier outside of Verizon. Head into the Rumored Devices forum to see what others are chatting about. [via IntoMobile]
Update: We've independently heard that the Olympus definitely is in testing on AT&T, with a 4-inch screen with 480x854 resolution.
That time of the year again rather, what's left of the year. Time to close out 2010 and look towards 2011. New Years resolutions will be made then most will be broken. Most folks look at it as a fresh start and we tend to agree with that. Others take the time to look back at the year and then look forward to the upcoming one. Of course, if you're like us here you're most likely looking forward to what new toys you'll be able to pick up. We're doing up a podcast tonight so be sure to join us for that but in the meantime, hit the forums for more discussions.
French tablet manufacturer Archos is none too pleased with the French government's move towards applying a Private Copy tax to tablets running Android and iOS. In France, the controversial "Copie Privée" levy is applied to sales of blank writeable media, under the assumption that it'll be used to infringe copyright. Some 75 percent of the funds brought in are then distributed to starving French writers, producers and performers.
Now the French government is considering imposing the levy on tablet computers with more than 40GB of on-board storage, which could lead to tablet prices increasing by €12.
This isn't as strange as it might sound. Personal media players and multimedia-capable phones are already subject to the levy, so this could be seen as eliminating a loophole for similar but currently untaxed devices. What is odd, though, is that Windows 7 tablets won't be taxed. This is all down to the very specific language used to determine what is and isn't a mobile device. Android tablets apparently fit the description of being "provided with an operating system for mobile devices", while Windows is considered a desktop OS even when it's running on a tablet of the same size.
Archos is understandably peeved, and claims that this unfairly targets French tablet manufacturers for extra taxation. [via Geek.com]
Barnes & Noble today announced that its Android-based Nook line of e-readers is "the company's biggest bestseller ever in its nearly 40-year history." That's, like, EVER. It also includes the new Nook Color, a full touchscreen device that also doubles as a decent Android tablet when rooted.
We've got one, and we must say we're liking the hell out of it and thus far give it a big thumbs up. Check out the full glowing press release at the source link, and be sure to swing by our Nook and Nook Color forums. [BN]
No doubt about it the HTC HD2 is pretty darn beautiful device. With the exception of the OS that it came pre-loaded with. Developers have been hacking Android onto the device for quite some time now. Problem with that though is previously, users had to boot to Windows Mobile and then into Android, not ideal by any means.
Now with the release of a new ROM anyone wanting to load Android up on their HTC HD2 can do so by flashing right to the NAND memory and booting directly into Android bypassing Windows Mobile altogether. Granted, the process is still a little bit for the more advanced users out there but hey, if you got an HD2 kicking around that you want to make use of, give it a go. Hit the break for a video of the install process in action. [HDBlog via XDA]
It's always fun to find little extras the programmers have left behind, and a treasure hunt through the LG Optimus S file system turned up a wild one. We're not exactly sure what the heck this is, but we are sure that it's not a sound you'll hear in the normal day-to-day use of the phone -- we hope. Check it out for yourself below, and remember, we warned you. [Android Central forums] Thanks trekkie1701c and his roommate for finding this one!
Hmm, look at what we have here. Many of us have been patiently waiting for any information to surface about an HTC tablet in the works, and today may be that first break. Here we have a patent filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the "HTC Scribe" -- a pretty fitting name if you ask me. The Scribe, according to the filing, is a Handheld wireless device, namely, a tablet computer. I don't think it can get any more blatant than that folks. Will we hear something at CES? Hard to say, but we sure can hope! Check out the full filing in the source link. [USPTO via Pocketnow]
Combining great graphics, an ominous soundtrack, and challenging game-play, Galaxy NGC3D is a great new game on the Android Market. The premise is simple -- man your fighter, and destroy them before they destroy you, but if you're looking for a cakewalk look elsewhere. You need a bit of skill (or practice) to pilot your ship through space, and the physics and drifting in a zero gravity environment seem as realistic as can be, at least to an earthling like myself. After a few frustrating hours playing, I got some serious satisfaction from flying in, putting an enemy in my sights, and blasting them into space dust. And to make it even better, it's one of the eleven new Open Feint games, so you can share progress and scores with your gaming buddies.
The game has a full plate full of settings, both the normal things like music volume as well as advanced settings for the on-screen graphics. The app seems coded pretty well, on my Evo 4G it can handle things set pretty high, and the Nexus S runs it great with everything cranked up to the max. There's also a little bonus -- it's set up for use with a Zeemote controller, which should work really well with this one. Speaking of bonuses -- Hyperbees (check out their developers forum right here) has set up their own contest in the Android Central forums, where ten winners will be able to grab a free copy of Galaxy NGC3D, and one lucky winner will be sporting their own Zeemote controller to play the heck out of this one, and many other games. High-tail it into the forums and try your luck, the contest ends Friday, Dec 31 at noon Eastern.
You can grab the full version of Galaxy NGC3D on sale until the contest ends tomorrow at noon on the market for a 99 cents, and there's a link to the free trial (thanks for that developers!), a gameplay video, and a handful of screenshots after the break -- check em out. Thanks Monika, Tom, and all the folks at Hyperbees!