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2 years ago

Cristiano Ronaldo freestyling on to Android this Christmas

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One of the planets best soccer football players is about to hit the true big leagues. That's right, Cristiano Ronaldo has his own mobile game landing on Android on December 22.

Billed as a music and rhythm game, the idea seems to be to pull off a wide array of slick moves and tricks against computer players. It also features five different gameplay modes, character customisations, and downloadable content which includes two additional countries. 

At launch, the app will be priced at $2.99 (£1.99/€2.39) in the Market. We also get a tablet specific version of the game in January. 

Check out the full presser and a couple of screenshots after the jump.

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2 years ago

Win an AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G

What better way to get over the mid-week slump than by entering a contest and maybe, just maybe, winning your very own AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G? All you have to do to enter is head on over to the contest thread and drop a comment. Not just any old comment though. We want to see if you were paying attention to Phil's review of the Infuse. Tell us what was one of Phil's favorite features on this device, as well as what you're looking forward to in it, and you're entered.

Contest is open to the US only, one entry per person, and the lucky winner will be chosen on Friday, Dec. 2.

Enter here!

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2 years ago

ASUS Transformer Prime review

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Take one of the more popular -- if not wonderfully eccentric -- Android tablets of 2011, slim it down, clad it in brushed metal, pump it full of new specs and march it off into 2012 with the likelihood of one of the first upgrades to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Oh, and throw in a nearly full-size keyboard dock with trackpad, full USB and SD ports, turning it all into a solid Android laptop.

This, friends, is the ASUS Transformer Prime. And this is our Transformer Prime review.

Welcome to the era of NVIDIA's Tegra 3 platform. The Transformer Prime is but the first of the quad-core devices. Other tablets are no doubt on their way, and smartphones are coming down the pike as well. But the Transformer Prime is the one leading the way, and it's definitely doing so in style.

So let's dive on into our Transformer Prime review and look at what's new, what's continued from the Transfomer line, and what it means for you.


ASUS has refined the design of the original Transformer, making it slimmer and sexier while boosting the internal storage. NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor is nothing short of astounding. The optional keyboard dock has gotten an excellent makeover as well, turning the whole thing into an outstanding Android laptop.


Is shipping with Android 3.2, but has already been promised an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While you now get more bang for your buck with Tegra 3 and the internal storage upped dto 32/64GB, it's still a pricey package for both the tablet and keyboard dock.



The Transformer Prime ushers in a new breed of Android tablets. Familiar, yet more powerful (and thus with more potential) than anything you've used before. If you can part with a minimum of $650, it makes for a great Android mobile computing/gaming rig.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the ASUS Transformer Prime

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Read our full Transformer Prime Review


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Here it is, folks: The Android tablet you've been waiting to lead you out of the dual-core doldrums of 2011 and into the quad-core continuum of 2012. Welcome to the era of NVIDIA's Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip, bought to you by the ASUS Transformer Prime.

That's a lot of bluster, to be sure. But even in a short time with the Transformer Prime, you're quick to realize that this is a whole lot of hardware. NVIDIA's Tegra 2 dual-core platform brought Android tablets into the mainstream. And for as much as Tegra 2 brought to Android gaming and video playback, Tegra 3 takes it that much further.

But throw in the hardare prowess of ASUS' Transformer line -- this is the company that took a fledgling tablet and turned it into a viable Android laptop on the first try -- and what you've got is a combination of hardware and software that's leading the way into 2012 for an entire series of devices.

Check out our video hands-on above, and be sure to sift through our complete Transformer Prime review.

Transformer Prime Specs | How to root the Transformer Prime | Transformer Prime Forums

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2 years ago

Look for the Transformer Prime around the week of Dec. 19, ASUS says

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Despite a number of recent unsourced stories to the contrary, we unfortunately still don't have a firm sales date for the ASUS Transformer Prime. We do, however have a ballpark window -- ASUS has told us to "expect availabilty in North America to start the week of 12/19 based on pre-order fulfillments and inbound shipment schedules." Online availability may hit a week sooner, around Dec. 12.

So, expect updates over the next couple weeks, we reckon. Pricing is still listed at $499 for the 32GB version of the Transformer Prime, and the 64GB version's going for $599.

Read our full Transformer Prime Review

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2 years ago

How-To: Root the Asus Transformer Prime

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I'll let you guys in on a little secret -- Phil's not only the Editor of the best damn Android site on the Internet, but he's also a closet Android-geek.  By now you know he's had the Asus Transformer Prime for a few days, and one of the things he had to do was root that monster hardware.  Turns out it was pretty easy, which is good news for everyone.  Using the Razorclaw app from the folks at Androidroot.mobi, it's a one-click solution -- install the apk file, run it, and enjoy the root.

Hit the Prime forums for links and details, and be sure to play safe -- at least until someone builds a custom recovery and we have software to roll back to.  This one's gonna be fun!

Root the Asus Transformer Prime

Thanks to the developers at Androidroot.mobi!

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2 years ago

How-To: Manually flash the OTA to your Galaxy Nexus

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With the OTA slowly rolling out today for the Galaxy Nexus, it's always nice to have a way to manually apply it.  Things have changed a bit from how it used to be done, but Alex, Phil, and myself have been fooling around and have a method figured out to give yourself the OTA with no waiting.  Fair warning -- this requires an OEM unlocked phone, fastboot drivers, and a few command line commands.

Download the OTA package direct from Google.  Then, download the latest ClockWorkMod recovery here.  Store both these files on your computer desktop.

If you haven't already, OEM unlock your Galaxy Nexus bootloader.  Here's a handy guide for Windows 7.  Note that this erases everything on your phone. (So hopefully you've done this already.)

  • Copy the OTA package above to the /sdcard folder on your Galaxy Nexus
  • Drop the ClockWorkMod file in the same folder you have fastboot in on your computer.  Rename it to cwm.img to make things easy.
  • Reboot your Galaxy Nexus to bootloader mode (hold volume up and volume down, then press power).
  • Plug your phone into your computer, and open a command prompt or terminal.  Navigate to the folder with fastboot and the cwm.img inside it.
  • At the command line, type the following: fastboot-windows.exe boot cwm.img (or just fastboot.exe if that's what you've got)
  • Use the ClockWorkMod recovery menu to flash a zip file from the SD card, and choose the OTA zip file you downloaded earlier.

When finished, reboot as normal and enjoy the OTA.  See why everyone loves fastboot?  This made no permanant change to your recovery, and without it we'd have to wait for the OTA to push to us all.  Alex reports that the volume bug is fixed in his unit when booted up and running, and all went smoothly.  If you feel uncomfortable doing this -- or if you're in the U.S. or other area not affected by 900MHz shenanigans -- just sit tight and wait for the OTA.  And if you have any questions, jump in the forums for help.

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2 years ago

Amazon Santa app for the Kindle Fire now available, make your wish list and check it twice

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Believe it or not shopping for kids -- even kids at heart -- can be sometimes rather difficult. So to help make things easier, letting kids make a list of what they want for the holidays is often much better then guessing your way through it all.

Luckily, Amazon knows this and as such has now made the Amazon Santa app available for the Amazon Kindle Fire. With it, you your kids can create custom wish lists from the more than 500,000 family-friendly toys, games, books, music, video games, movies and TV shows Amazon offers and when all is said and done -- you can review and edit your child's custom Wish List and share it via email, even with Santa.

Should you decide to go shopping yourself, each item on the wish list has direct purchase links within the app for easy check out through your Amazon account. The app is available now from Amazon for the Kindle Fire through the source link below.

Source: Amazon

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2 years ago

No regrets, GPS Lock [From the Forums]

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Half way through the week, still no official Galaxy Nexus announcement from Verizon and we're already seeing and OTA for the device. No matter -- it's coming. Until then, make sure you hop on back and check out some of the news you may have missed and be sure to check out the Android Central forums as well.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Watch the story behind Wind-Up Knight

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We love Wind-Up Knight, there's little other way of saying it. While not everyone is a fan of it's pricing structure, no-one can deny that it has been gaining massive recognition since its release. 

For the developers, Robot Invader, this was their first foray into the mobile application world. In an interview with the AndroidDevelopers YouTube channel, they go into a bit of the back story behind the game and talk about their experiences developing for the Android platform. Long and short of it, they liked it! 

Check out the video after the break. If you've still to try the game for yourself, check out our review and hit the break for the video. 

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