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2 years ago

Verizon gets a subscription gaming hub in GameTanium

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Verizon today announced its GameTanium service -- $5.99 a month for all-you-can-eat gaming on Android smartphones and tablets. It's a pretty simple premise -- you pay, and get access to more than 100 games through the GameTanium hub. The advantage is that you pay once, play a lot. The subscription model, which we're a fan of, is what makes this not just another download hub, a la NVIDIA's Tegra Zone. 

We've got video and the full presser after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Central Podcast 102: Jelly Beans and Galaxy S3 all over the damn place

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Audio-only stream below

Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean is released, the Samsung Galaxy S3 can't get itself out of the news, plus more of your e-mails and voicemails.

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2 years ago

Early video shows CyanogenMod 10 progress on Optimus 4X HD

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With the Android 4.1 source code having recently dropped on AOSP, custom ROM makers are quickly making progress in getting the new version ported to a variety of devices. One of those is the much-anticipated CyanogenMod 10, and this morning one of CM's leading devs has posted a short teaser video showing the Jelly Bean-powered CM10 in action.

Ricardo Cerquiera released the above video on YouTube and Google+, demonstrating a surprisingly functional ROM on the LG Optimus 4X HD. Zipping around the UI, we see that the camera, multitasking and phone calls are all working, though this early build seems to have a couple of issues with the new Google Search app. In any case, it's an impressive amount of progress considering how short a time the Jelly Bean source has been available.

As always, the first rule of CyanogenMod applies here, and the team isn't giving any ETAs for CM10 nightly builds.  We'll be waiting to try this on our devices just as soon as it's ready.

Source: +Ricardo Cerquiera

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2 years ago

BBC launches official Olympics Games app for Android

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As you might have guessed by the continuing news coverage, the London Olympic Games are almost upon us.  And now the BBC is launching its official Olympic app for Android (and iOS), allowing you mobile to access the Beeb's Olympic coverage in all its forms. You'll find the same written and video content found on the BBC mobile sites, as well as live streams of the games once things kick off on July 27. There's also a guide to all the leading athletes, and an Olympic schedule to help users see what's next. Once the medals start being doled out, you'll find a dedicated guide page for keeping track of those, too.

The app is available now at the Google Play Store for devices running Android 2.2 and above.  To view the BBC's Olympic live streams,  you'll need the soon to be deprecated Adobe Flash Player.  Unfortunately that means anyone on the latest version of the OS, 4.1 Jelly Bean, is out of luck. You’ll also need to be in the UK to stream content from the BBC, though if you’re in the US, you can always use NBC’s streaming app instead.

Download: BBC Olympics app on Google Play

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2 years ago

New Samsung Galaxy S III commercial invites you to get ready for the Olympics

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A brand new commercial from Samsung for the Galaxy S III encourages you to get excited for the Olympics, which are set to begin in just a couple of weeks.

The ad is directed by award winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and stars international soccer (football) superstar David Beckham.

It's quite a good ad that shows a variety of places getting ready for the games to start, set off by Beckham hitting a gong with a soccer ball.  Enough describing the ad, just watch it yourself and try not to get pumped for the games to start!

This particular ad will run in over 20 countries including France, the UK and China starting July 16th.

Samsung is a big sponsor of the 2012 Olympic Games, so expect to see more commercials and even more ads around London the closer we get to the opening ceremonies.

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2 years ago

Facebook update requires Froyo, promises a faster app

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We'll believe it when we see it, but Facebook's latest Android app update promises to actually speed up login and navigation within the app. We know, we know. It's Facebook, whose mobile app has been pretty crappy considering that, well, it's friggin' Facebook. Also of note in version 1.9.7 is that if you're not running Android 2.2 Froyo or higher, you're SOL on running this bad boy. (Though we imagine the previous version of the app should work fine, and only a mere 6.1 percent of active devices are running an OS older than Froyo.)

Other bullet points in the changelog include front-facing camera support (that wasn't there before?), a new messaging feature that lets you hop between conversations and share photos, plus other bug fixes and a security improvement.

Of course, this is Facebook we're talking about, so we'll have to wait and see what just got broken, too. Download link is below.

Download: Facebook for Android

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2 years ago

Android 4.0 update coming to Canadian Galaxy Note starting July 13

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With Android 4.0 making its way to numerous variations of the Samsung Galaxy Note across the globe, it's now time for Canadians to get some of that software update love as well. We've seen plenty of rumored dates come across the board from TELUS, Bell and Rogers but now Samsung has issued their own press release letting folks know things will get underway starting July 13th. As exciting as that sounds, that doesn't mean everyone will get the update on July 13th sadly. As noted in the press release:

The Premium Suite upgrade for GALAXY Note users will be available from Canadian carriers tomorrow. For specific details, please contact your local carrier. 

In other words, we still only really have those rumored launch dates to go by, except now Samsung has added an additional level of reassurance to the mix. As a reminder of those dates, Bell is down for a July 16th release while TELUS and Rogers stuck with "late July". In any event, Canadian Galaxy Note owners will get the same updates as we previously highlighted on the AT&T units out there, if you want to see what you'll be getting, check out our AT&T Galaxy Note coverage.

Source: Newswire

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2 years ago

Google releases source code for Google I/O 12 companion app

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In the true spirit of all things Google, the source code for the Google I/O 12 companion application has been released. Google will often try and slip some new bits and pieces into the I/O app, and this year was definitely no exception. The new YouTube Android Player API that was announced at the conference, was first put to good use in this very application. 

If you're a 'code-monkey' at heart, and want to go poking around to see what's what, head on over to the source link below and get yourselves knee-deep in code. 

Source: Google Code

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2 years ago

Bugless Jelly Bean, Amazon or Google for books? [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

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

HTC EVO 4G LTE kernel source released

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HTC has (finally) released the kernel source for the EVO 4G LTE, allowing developers to build their own custom kernels for Sprint's flagship. The majority of users won't have any reason to grab it and get down to business, but we all will benefit when the developers give us something sweet to flash. Custom kernels can make the biggest difference, as third party developers can tweak things and squeeze extra performance, as they target advanced users with their wares. We like performance. We like tweaks. 

If you're in need of source for your own project, or one of those mentioned developers, grab it at the link below. Game on.

Source: HTC Dev; via EVO 4G LTE forums

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