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2 years ago

SanDisk Announces 64GB microSDXC card but don't get too excited

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As we move through technology, storage capacity has just about become a major concern when purchasing a new device. With HD content becoming more readily available, music services offering direct to device downloads and camera reaching 8MP or higher -- we need places to store allt his content and sometimes the built in storage just simply isn't enough. SanDisk knows this and now they've announced a new 64GB microSDXC card designed for mobile devices.

Mobile phone sales are expected to reach 1.7 billion in 2014, and the majority of these handsets will include microSDXC card slots, according to Strategy Analytics, Slotted Phone Shipments Forecast, 12/10. Mobile phones allow consumers to create and enjoy an increasing amount of digital content, ranging from user-generated Full HD videos to full-length feature films and videogames. High-capacity mobile memory cards provide the storage expansion consumers need to keep up with the explosion of digital content.

Sounds great right? Lot's of storage space to save anything you do so wish and always have it available to you on your smartphone or tablet. Plus, you can get up to 30MB/sec4 transfer speeds with Class 6 performance needed to capture Full HD videos.

But not so fast -- the cards require that you have a microSDXC card slot available but most tablets and smartphones on the market these days simply are not equipped with those. Current standards call for microSD which only supports up to 32GB and sadly, the microSDXC cards are not backwards compatible. But again, the technology age is ever growing so now thanks to SanDisk when microSDXC card slots become the norm, at least there are options available -- that is, if you are willing to fork over the $200 it would cost to pick one of these up.

Source: Sandisk; Thanks, Wilson!

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2 years ago

GPS on AOSP ROM's, New Epic 4G Touch owners [From the Forums]

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Finally! The weekend is upon us. It's been a good week for Android and Android related news so the weekend will be a great time to look back and fully absorb some of that information if you haven't done so already. As always, the Android Central forums have been rocking all week as well so check out some the threads below or start up your own today to keep the conversations going through the weekend.

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

George Costanza discovers Google Wallet

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Google is ramping up their promotions of Google Wallet with some help from the man, the legend and a person who is certainly their target audience with his wallet busting at the seams -- George Costanza. Though, after watching the video -- I'm stuck wondering what phone George would be using in order to make use of Google Wallet. It would have to be a Samsung Nexus S right? Or maybe he is holding out for the Nexus Prime.

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Emissary of War

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

First things first: I know the video says iDevices. Obviously I didn't make it, but it's gorgeous and really captures the game experience better than any video I could do. With that out of the way, know this: Emissary of War is one of the best games on Android right now and probably the best game in its genre right now.

Emissary of War is epic. It takes the feeling or idea of a console or PC game and puts it on Android for us to enjoy. The first thing I immediately thought of when I saw the environments was World of Warcraft. Nerdy, I know, but that's what the open world and graphics and textures all reminded me of. It also kind of reminds me of say, Diablo, since you're walking around, fighting bad guys, and adding skills to your repertoire as you go along. Like I said, it's epic.

The story has got to be one of the best I've seen on Android, too. If someone decided to blow this out into an entire game, I wouldn't be surprised, and I hope more chapters are coming (eventually). You are Ghent, barbarian on a task to do some barbarian things and fight a bunch of bad guys along the way. Your companion is the trusty Hassock, a nice, bald-headed alchemist who gives you support via potions and has a bit of an issue with balance (he trips often).

Go from chapter-to-chapter, slaying baddies, picking up gold and runes, and upgrading your arsenal. There's an entire shop that has weapons for Ghent, potions for Hassock, and a slew of status upgrades for both of them. It's entirely up to you how you spend them, which is such an awesome thing.

Controls are all done via pointing. Tap a place on the screen, Ghent walks there and Hassock follows him. That's it. Tap on a bad guy to attack him. You can also control Hassock's potion queue by picking what order he'll throw things in. Ghent also has a sweet rage move he can use when his rage meter gets filled up. Depending on what sword he's got equipped will affect what rage move he does, though.

Graphically, I'm pretty blown away. There's real character models here and unique characters actually look special and unique. The legions of bad guys you take down all have the same face, but I wouldn't expect things to get that detailed. This game looks great, though. Environments, weapons, potions, everything. It's really a marvel to see something like this on Android.

Performance-wise, the only time my Thrive even remotely stuttered is when there were 15+ enemies on the screen and I was using a rage attack that hit everyone. Otherwise, this game runs well. There's no stutter, there's no lag.

Emissary of War is $1. Go and buy it, trust me. I think the entire story took me a couple of hours, but it was awesome. There were twists, there were turns. It's entirely voice acted, for cryin' out loud. This is truly a gem of a game and anyone who even remotely cares about Android gaming owes it to themselves to play it.

We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Inside baseball: You can now hide the Superfooter

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Just a quick heads-up, folks, to let you know that you can now hide the Superfooter at the bottom of the page. Just click the little tab we've highlighted in the image above, shout "Be gone, Superfooter!" (really, you have to shout it, otherwise it won't work), and the Superfooter shall disappear forever. Or at least until you click the button again and shout "Superfooter, appear!"

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2 years ago

Android 101: Change what the search buttons searches

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2 years ago

FlightAware app now available for Android

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One of my favorite flight tracking websites soft-launched its Android App earlier this month. FlightAware is one of the most in-depth aviation websites around, with tons of content, tracking and information for those in the cockpit or sitting back in the cheap seats.

The Android app has all of the flight tracking you're used to from the website -- you can track by flight number, tail number or route. You can look up airport info (by name or airport code) as well, and see airport delays for the major hubs nationwide. If you're registered with FlightAware's website, you also can access your saved airports, aircraft and alerts.

The app is easy to use, but the maps could be a little smoother, and we'd kill to see Tripit support. FlightAware's not yet going to take over as our No. 1 travel app just yet, but it's certainly a strong showing for an initial launch.

We've got hands-on video, the press release and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Age of Zombies

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Zombies, zombies, everywhere! In fact, not only are they everywhere, they're also every time. Such is the issue facing the world in Age of Zombies, thanks to a huge jerk named Professor Brains. (Don't worry, he gets his.) Enter protagonist Barry Steakfries, who quickly gets to what he does best: shooting things.

From there you begin your epic tale of bouncing around different eras in history, shooting zombies. You start off in prehistoric times with a brief tutorial, reduce a bunch of zombies to meaty pulp, and then move on your way. From there you'll encounter zombie cavemen, zombies who took that dumb time travel portal, and zombie T-Rex's. Yeah, you read that right.

Controls are done via two virtual joysticks (one on the left, one on the right), with the left controlling movement and the right controlling your gun. Both respond really well (especially on a tablet!), but if you're like me and end up moving your thumb too far off the joystick, prepare to get munched on by some zombies.

The graphics are really good looking (both on a phone and tablet) and while there's not full-blown voice acting, Barry does sort of mumble/grunt out whatever new weapon you've picked up. So picking up a 1UP sounds like "Hehhgstra life!" But he's Barry Steakfries and that's exactly how I'd expect him to sound (think Rocky after he'd gone the distance with Apollo Creed), so it works.

Gameplay is fun, if not a little repetitive. It's repetitively entertaining though, so it never seems to get old or boring. Just when you think you can get complacent, some giant samurai zombie is going to pop out and keep you on your toes until he's been reacquainted with the earth. Have your finger slip off of the joystick and watch the zombies come barrelling down on you from every side. It'll keep you working (and having fun), and that much is worth it to me.

Age of Zombies runs $2.99 in the Android Market, but for a game that runs on tablets just as well as phones, that's a steal. Keep in mind this game comes to us from the same team that developed Fruit Ninja, so if you're expecting anything less than awesome, you might need to up your standards. Age of Zombies is fun. And there's zombies in it. Isn't that enough for anyone?

We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch kernel source now available

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In what may possibly be the fastest turnaround for kernel source code releases from Samsung, the still fresh out of the box Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch kernel source is now available for download via the Samsung Open Source Release Center. This is a good way to start off a release, now developers will be able to jump right into things and start developing some custom kernels for us all and see what limits can be pushed on the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. In order to get the download link, you'll have to search for D710 on the Samsung Open Source Center.

Source: Samsung

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2 years ago

The top Epic 4G Touch forums

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So you've got your Sprint Epic 4G Touch, eh? Or maybe you're still looking. Either way, we've got everything you need to know in our Epic 4G Touch Forums. Here are but a few of the top threads:

And that's just to get things started. Be sure to stop by!

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