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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Precedent coming to Straight Talk

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Straight Talk, the TracPhone MVNO featured nationwide at WalMart locations, is introducing the Samsung Galaxy Precedent, the latest prepay from Samsung, and it very closely resembles the Boost Mobile Prevail.  We can't be sure the innards are the same, but we also can't see Samsung building a completely different model at these price points -- $150 with no contract and on Straight Talk's $45 monthly unlimited plan.  Straight Talk uses the T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon networks, so we're not exactly sure if this is a GSM or CDMA device, but we are sure it looks like a bargain and should make for an excellent phone for the value shoppers out there.  We've got a short promo video after the break, and you can sign up to stay in the loop at the source link.

Source: Straight Talk; via Engadget

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for August 20, 2011

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Got apps? We do, and we love to share them with you. The market continues to grow, but we all know that it can add a bit of confusion to finding apps. Hit the break with us while we take a look at some of our favorites again.

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3 years ago

ROM review: GPA (Gingerbread Peter Alfonso) for the Nexus S 4G

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We love reader-submitted ROM reviews, and once again we have Android Central member digitalslacker and his the Nexus S 4G, bringing us a review of GPA for the Nexus S 4G.  This one is a treat -- Peter Alfonso is a developer a lot of you guys already know, and now he is working with the NS4G to see what he can squeeze out of it. Hit the break and see what Pete has done with the blank slate Google and Sprint has given us.

Editor's note: Like many custom ROMs, the nightly builds of GPA are always changing (that's why they are called nightly!).  The current nightly version may have minor changes from the reviewed version, but the overall experience should remain the same.

Discuss ROM, hacks, and more for the Nexus S 4G
Thanks, digitalslacker!

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3 years ago

How I use my Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Here at Android Central we review new devices all the time, but one question we're commonly asked is what devices we purchase for ourselves.  Sure, playing with a shiny new toy is great, but what do we buy for ourselves, and what uses do we find for them?  This will hopefully be the first in a series of articles where we attempt to answer that question. 

After the break, I'll try and explain what made me pick the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (it certainly wasn't the name), and how I find it fits into my everyday life.

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3 years ago

Android Game Review: Herman the Hermit

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Herman the Hermit is a strange guy. He lives up on a mountain, being all hermity, honing his mind and body for jumping from platform to platform. He's also totally insane. Plus, he can't ever actually die. This is the premise of Herman the Hermit.

The first time you open the game up, you're shown a tutorial on how to leap to-and-fro. You "slice" at an angle to plan your jump, and then Herman goes for it. You'll notice my slicing is pretty off the first time, but I definitely got better the more I played the game.

Your objective is to either jump over platforms to keep your time meter filled or pick up the clock power-ups to refill your time meter. The more time you have in your meter, the longer your game. You accumulate points for stringing together many leaps without falling as well as having your distance tracked. In all, you're shooting both a high score and a far distance.

Fortunately, if you fall or miss a platform, Herman simply uses his staff like a helicopter propeller and floats himself right back to the bottom of the screen, where you're free to slice your way back onto the platforms.

There's also a number of interesting power-ups, like a lightning bolt, a jet pack, and a rocket. Any one of these nets you a nice combo, as it hits every platform in front of you for a while, stringing together a nice combo. All of them are pretty self-explanatory, too. Grab the bolt and turn into a lightning bolt. Put on the pack and fly around, Rocketeer-style. And the big rocket? Let's just say it reminds me of Dr. Strangelove.

The graphics are really stellar and gameplay is smooth. I wouldn't expect anything less from a studio like Capcom, but the polish really shines through. Gameplay can get repetitive and I'm not sure it's necessarily skill-based so much as just flicking your finger around, but it's still good for killing time. Herman the Hermit is 99 cents in the Market, if you're interested.

Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Viewsonic takes a moment to kick webOS while it's down, reminds us it makes Android and Windows tablets

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And those three little birds looked so innocent. ... Viewsonic this afternoon penned a few paragraphs to remind us all that it still makes Windows and Android tablets amid the demise of webOS hardware, saying "From our business-focused Windows solutions with Android integration to our multimedia-optimized consumer offerings, ViewSonic has delivered a diverse tablet portfolio that addresses a wide range of individual needs."

Oh, and it and basically twisted the knife in the back of anyone whose at all cared about webOS. Viewsonic trumpeted Windows over Android in its press release -- no real surprise, we suppose -- but we're a little surprised and just how low a blow it leveled against our reeling webOS brethren.

“HP’s move to launch a tablet with an unknown OS appears to have presented a challenge in marketing their tablet solution. The webOS, unfamiliar to both consumers and enterprises, complicated the tablet sales process and thus deemed a failed experiment.

Harsh, but true.

Source: Viewsonic

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3 years ago

White Samsung Galaxy S II also heading to T-Mobile UK

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Not to be outdone by the rest of the British telecom providers, T-Mobile UK also has a landing page for a white Samsung Galaxy S II online.  It's the same 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, with the same beautiful Super AMOLED plus screen, but the shell of the phone has been done in white -- which is sure to attract at least a few people.  No specific date has been set, but T-Mobile lets us know it's due September 2011,

If your interested in details about the release, including the pricing, sign up for information at T-Mobile UK -- see the source link.  Samsung, please bring this stateside!

Source: T-Mobile UK; via UnwiredView

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3 years ago

Gingerbread leakage, Google Voice SMS help [From the Forums]

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We're winding down the week here at Android Central but what a week it has been.  If you missed anything, make sure you jump on back a few pages and get yourself caught up. You can also head on into the Android Central forums if you're not quite ready to take a break from talking Android.

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

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3 years ago

Sprint Mobile IP Relay app alludes to Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung M930, and Kyocera Oblique

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A quick peek at the description for the Sprint Mobile IP Relay app, designed to allow users with hearing disabilities to place relay calls using text on Android phones, gives us a look at some upcoming devices -- Notably the Samsung Galaxy S II.  Listed along side things we know and love like the Optimus S and HTC EVO 4G, we see the Galaxy everyone is aching for, as well as the mid-range Samsung M930 (a qwerty slider said to be heading to Boost Mobile) and the decidedly low-end Kyocera Oblique.

Nothing here is really new -- and anyone can put anything they want in their app's description. But seeing it in print -- err pixels -- is bound to make more than a few happy.  The Galaxy S II is coming, and I know quite a few folks on Sprint ready for it.

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3 years ago

Contest: Win a free Verizon-branded HTC Merge by taking Lloyd on the road

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The rumors are true, folks. We've got a Verizon-branded HTC Merge. If you don't know the sordid tale, it goes like this: Some 11 months ago, we got the Internet's only known hands-on with this sexy little slider. The phone itself hadn't yet been announced by Verizon -- and it never would be. It's since been released on a handful of regional carriers -- and we finally did an official review.

So we've got this Verizon-branded Merge. But not for long. It's soon going to belong to one of you. Yes, we're giving away the White Whale. Want full details? They're after the break.

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