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2 years ago

Netflix updated to officially support Honeycomb tablets

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Netflix updated its Android app today, which now officially supports all tablets running Honeycomb (Android 3.0+). It wasn't too long ago  that the app was updated to support all phones running 2.2+. Since then, tablet owners could find the app and install it on their own to find that it ran fine on their tablets, but it's great to see official support for more devices.

This update also brings support for everybody in Canada and Latin America, so you can now get Netflix on Android in those regions.

Please find links to the app after the break. If you have any questions about the app or want to share your experiences, shout out in our Android App Forum.

Source: Netflix; Thanks to everybody who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Sentinel 3 - Homeworld

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Another week, another tower defense game. This one is in space, you say? And has an HD texture pack upgrade? And a giant, robo mech that protects your base? Alright, I'm sold. Let's have a look.

When you first open up Sentinel 3: Homeworld, you'll be prompted to download additional files (19MB worth, to be exact). I get it, it's a big game so not everything comes bundled in from the Market. There's also an optional 40MB "HD pack" add-on that's totally not mandatory, but recommended if you've got space to spare and you're playing on a tablet.

There's three game modes: Campaign, Endless, and Classic. In Campaign, you play through the (cliche and weak) story. You get to control where your mech's skill points are spent, buy more weapon slots for your ground and sentinel weapons, and buy the weapons themself.

Endless mode is just what is sounds like. Endless (natch) waves of bad guys come at you and you try to stave them off until you lose. The Classic mode is similar to the Campaign, except each level has you outfitted with specific towers and such to fend off your enemies.

Gameplay is typical from a tower defense game. You put up towers, they kill bad guys, you get money, and the whole cycle repeats itself. Sentinel 3 tries to differentiate itself from the pack with two ideas: the commander and the sentinel itself.

The commander is the mech I've mentioned a few times. He's controlled by the computer, parks himself in front of your barrier (your first physical structure in blocking your base), and generally owns anything that comes at him. He's got a wide range shot, can melee attack, and boosts the attack speed and damage of units within his 'morale' radius. (Morale is one of his stats you can boost up, too.)

The sentinel is your spaceship, presumeably floating in near-Homeworld orbit. As you continue to move through the levels, you'll be able to purchase new and exciting abilites for the sentinel. I think the first one you can buy are homing missiles that rain destruction upon your enemies. All the sentinel abilities require energy to use, and there's an energy pillar thing that keeps sending charges up as long as it doesn't get destroyed.

Sentinel 3 is also long. The first level on Classic took me 35 minutes, and that was with the fast forward option turned on. While this definitely promises a lot of gametime for your money, at some point you've got enough towers out to know you're not going to lose, and at that point, it feels like it wouldn't hurt to set your device down and go for a walk.

Still, there is a lot to do in Sentinel 3, between the three games modes, and then two styles within Classic. Oh, and did I mention there's four levels of difficulty? And OpenFeint support? Cause there is, and there's achievements to go along with everything, including things as simple as beating a level.

At $3.06, Sentinel 3 is one of the pricier games out there (but still cheap in the grand scheme of things), and for a fan of any tower defense game, feels like a must-have. The gameplay has just enough variation to keep things feeling fresh. There's interesting towers, lots of different enemies, and a sweet soundtrack, to boot. (What is it? Techno? Dubstep?)

If you're willing to take the plunge and bring the fight to the homeworld, download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Camera rig shots reveal Galaxy Nexus with Verizon 4G LTE

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If you've watched last night's Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling, you'll recall the sequence where the phone was hooked up to a camera rig and used to capture some impressive-looking time-lapse videos. Now, some behind-the-scenes photos of the rig, uploaded by Google's Romain Guy, have given us our best indication yet that Big Red will indeed be getting an LTE version of the upcoming Nexus. Yep, that's Verizon's 4G LTE logo on the battery door.

Of course, that shouldn't really surprise anyone, right?

Source: +Romain Guy; via: Droid-Life

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2 years ago

Boost Mobile set to launch the ZTE Warp

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Boost Mobile is starting to flesh out their Android line up and come Nov. 2, they'll be adding the ZTE Warp to help achieve that goal. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered device will bring Boost customers a 1GHz processor along with a 5MP camera.

Boost Mobile is very excited to partner with one of the fastest growing and largest handset makers in the world, to introduce the ZTE Warp,” said Andre Smith, vice president-Boost Mobile. “ZTE Warp delivers a powerful Android device for Boost Mobile customers searching for a big screen experience to capture and view higher quality photos and video.

Boost will have the device with no contract required for $250 and the ZTE Warp will be the first Android device loaded with the "Boost Zone,"  -- a centralized place on the device where Boost Mobile customers can access their account, pay their bill, get assistance with their phone, and stay up-to-date on Boost Mobile’s products and services. Full PR is past the break.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

HTC Wildfire S now available at US Cellular

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US Cellular has added a new entry-level device to their lineup. The HTC Wildfire S is available today their website and will be in US Cellular stores this Friday, October 21. You can pick one up free after a $100 mail-in rebate, and there’s no activation fee as part of US Cellular’s Switch for Free promotion that runs through Nov. 20 and anyone on a Belief Plan can get the upgrade without signing a new contract. You can check out our mini-review here or head on over to the US Cellular site for more details.

Source: U.S. Cellular

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2 years ago

Dolphin Browser v7.0 launches exclusively on GetJar

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If you're not much of a fan of the stock Android browser, you've probably tried Dolphin Browser in the past and realized it offers quite a few extra features when compared to the other multitude of options out there. The latest release being v7.0 has now landed as a GetJar exclusive and is available for download and iintroduces a new feature called Dolphin Connect:

Dolphin 7.0 is moving your mobile experience to the cloud by introducing Dolphin Connect.  With Dolphin Connect your bookmarked sites and your browsing preferences will be kept in sync across all of your devices. No longer forget web addresses—Dolphin Connect remembers them for you. With Dolphin Connect, Dolphin will once again reshape the mobile browsing experience.

Dolphin retains all the great features from previous releases as well such as gestures, webzine and add-ons. If you've not taken Dolphin for a test drive in the past, now is a good time to give it a go. Full press release is past the break, you can hit the source link for the download.

Source: GetJar; Thanks, @fabyloso

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2 years ago

SIM-free UK Galaxy Nexus coming early Nov. for £515, says retailer

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British online retailer Clove is the first to offer up SIM-free UK pricing for the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was unveiled yesterday in Hong Kong. On its official blog, Clove says that it's "confirmed" the price at £514.80 inc. VAT (~$825), with a initial stock of the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered treats apparently arriving "at the beginning of November."

That's a lot of money, but typical of the cost of high-end handsets in the UK -- right now the iPhone 4S and HTC Sensation XE hover around the same £500-530 price point. Interestingly, Clove says it's also confirmed that the 32GB Galaxy Nexus won't be making it to British shores, instead limiting consumers to the 16GB model.

If £515 up-front is a bit much to swallow, then Three, O2 and Vodafone have also announced that they'll be carrying subsidized Galaxy Nexuses starting next month. However, details of pricing and availability for the carrier-subsidized versions have yet to been offered.

Source: Clove Blog

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2 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S II review

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T-Mobile has had a long relationship with Android and Google, but was the last carrier in the universe to bring out the Galaxy S II.   Long rumored as the Hercules, many a smartphone fan wanted and waited to see just what T-Mobile could do with Samsung's newest "game-changing" phone, and now we know.  Make it bigger.  Make it with more Gees.  Make it their own.

How does this new and improved different version of the hardware compare to the phone many around the globe already know and love?  There was a lot of worrying about things once people found out that Samsung had to change a few things to provide something that worked on T-Mobile's new 42 Mbps network.  Already impressed with the performance of the Galaxy S II based on reviews and time spent with the international version, these were valid concerns -- it was a lot to live up to.  Keep reading to see what I think.


The Super AMOLED screen is beautiful, and at 4.52-inches gives you plenty of real estate.  The phone is thin, light, and performs like a beast -- like a Galaxy S II is supposed to.  Network speeds are great in the right area, and the battery life is excellent.


It's big.  4.52-inches may be too much for some people to deal with, no matter how thin it is.  The absence of Wifi calling is disappointing.  Because the hardware is different, Samsung and T-mobile may take a while to push out updates.  Front facing camera is not integrated into Google Talk.



The best screen technology combined with incredible battery life makes this one really stand out.  If you live, work, and play in a T-Mobile "4G" area, you'll be impressed by the network speed.  The Galaxy S II is a future-proof phone that should appeal to many.

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2 years ago

Sphero recaps the Big Android BBQ for us all to see

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Unfortuantely not everyone was able to make it down to Texas for the Big Android BBQ this year, and we all had to live through the tweets, posts and recap videos in order to get our fix. The folks at Sphero have released their own recap of the event from their eyes, so take a few minutes and check out some more action of the BBQ and see what you missed out on this year.

Source: Sphero

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2 years ago

Motorola RAZR gets UK price and launch date

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In all the excitement of the Ice Cream Sandwich launch, it's almost easy to forget that Motorola too launched a new device yesterday, the rebirth of the RAZR

The device has been declared as on sale from Nov. 1 in the UK by online retailer Clove. Announced via their blog, Clove have given the RAZR a £455 ($720) price tag off contract which probably isn't too far off the actual price of the phone. 

Launching with Gingerbread 2.3.5 will come as a disappointment to most given the day's other news, but don't write the RAZR off. If you've not seen it in action yet, be sure to check out our hands on at the launch event. 

Source: Clove blog
More: Hands on  with the Motorola RAZR 

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