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3 years ago

Rovio Mobile teases Angry Birds Seasons St. Patrick's Day update

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

You can't actually download it just yet, but the St. Patrick's Day update to Angry Birds Seasons is being teased in video form. More levels, more pigs, and a whole lotta green. Check it out.

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3 years ago

HTC Evo Shift 4G now supported by ClockworkMod recovery and Rom Manager

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If you've rooted your HTC Evo Shift 4G, you now have the option of using ClockworkMod recovery, as well as it's simple front-end Rom Manager.  With the release of version 3.0.1.4, ClockworkMod recovery now fully supports all the Shift 4G's partitions, and even backs up your WiMax keys. 

Getting it all set up is pretty easy -- first you'll need to root your Shift 4G, then hit the Android Market and install Rom Manager.  When you open the Rom Manager app, you will be prompted to update/install the latest ClockworkMod recovery for your device.  That's it, you're now set up and ready to run a backup and flash custom ROMs and hacks to your Shift 4G, and have an easy restore path using the backup you've made.  All without tethering your phone to a computer.  [Android Central forums]

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 7 RC2 released

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For all you crazy kids out there who like to do that rooting and ROMing thing, listen up -- CyanogenMod 7 RC2 has been released. If you're rocking a Sprint EVO, that means proper Wimax access. notification profiles (huzzah!), Android 2.3.3 and a host of other treats. Snag it in ROM Manager, or from CM's site. [CyanogenMod] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Popular gay dating app Grindr now available in the Android Market

Straight app said to be in the works, too

Good news for our Android-loving gay male readers. Grindr, a popular location-based social networking application designed specifically for gay men, is now available in the Android Market.

Grindr is a unique app that utilizes GPS information to enable guys to interact with and meet other guys in the area. Users can view profiles and photos, share stats, chat using Grindr's built-in instant messaging feature, and if all goes well -- meet in person. Privacy controls allow users to share as much or as little information as they're comfortable with.

Grindr introduced its application to iOS users in March 2009. The Los Angeles-based company now has an impressive 1.5 million members, spanning 180 countries worldwide. On a daily basis, 300,000 members login and spend an average of 1.3 hours using the app. Grindr has also said they're adding new members at a rate of 3,000 members each day. By adding support for both Android and Blackberry (beta) users, Grindr hopes to accelerate this growth even further.

Grindr is free for download in the market. There's also a premium version that removes ads, increases the number of favorites a user can have, displays message notifications when the app is running in the background, expands the number of guys users can see in the area, and enables a feature that allows users to swipe back and forth to browse through profiles. The premium version runs $4.97 a month after a free 7-day introductory trial. 

Grindr is also said to be developing a version for straight men and women also.

Check out all the details at Grindr's blog, and grab the download links after the break. [Grindr]

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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt hands-on video redux (can you taste it yet?)

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Here's how we see it: We could run around in circles some more trying to guess when the HTC ThunderBolt will finally be released, or we could just show you some new video of the damn thing.

Your call, really. If you want more video of the ThunderBolt -- and who among us doesn't? -- Android Central Forums member ibejack96 has come through with more from of his hands-on with the upcoming device. Ease on past the break to see the new footage.

Or if you want to wax poetic about when we might see this mythical creature, head into the forums. Choose your own adventure. And thanks again, Jack!

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3 years ago

Sprint Nexus S, Android Highlander is an Apple killer [from the forums]

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Looks like Lloyd has been busy this week. He's our Android Highlander in training for sure. Check out the forum links below if you want to grab the image for your device wallpaper and well, since you'll already be there -- be sure to hit some of the other threads as well or lend a hand with some of the questions being asked. Have questions of your own? No worries, ask away and we'll do our best to get you all fixed up.

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

Google Voice working on the Motorola Xoom [from the forums]

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A few days ago we reported that Google is looking into optimizing Google Voice to run on the Motorola Xoom, and Honeycomb in particular, but that just wasn't good enough for Android Central forums member Elysian893. The fact that it wouldn't work was enough to get them thinking, and look for a way to fix the issue. With the use of their Droid and Titanium backup they installed Google Voice on the Droid, backed up the application and settings and then restored it on the Xoom.

Upon first launch it force closed, once permissions were granted for it to access the Google account, it launched perfectly. While you can't quite use the Xoom to make calls, you can still use it for SMS, or use it to call through another device. If you are interested in getting Google Voice running on your Xoom, be sure to check it out. Takes a couple steps, but it gets the job done. [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

OG Droid gets more Gingerbread love

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If you are still holding strong with your Motorola Droid, you will be pleased to know that our friend Peter Alfonso is as well, and he has not stopped on development. Recently Google pushed the Gingerbread 2.3.3 source to the AOSP, and while it took a little while, he jumped right into it, making an even better then last time port for the OG Droid users. Along with the ROM is a custom compiled 600MHz kernel which is said to eliminate the lag that was seen in the last ROM. If you have been waiting for an update, this is definitely one you will want to check out. For more information and links, be sure to head to Pete's site. [PeterAlfonso.com]

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3 years ago

Android edges out BlackBerry and iPhone in recent ComScore survey

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While I always tend to take all these user numbers with a grain of salt, the latest ComScore results are rather interesting and certainly worth noting. For the first time, Android has surpassed Research In Motion as well as Apple within the ComScore ranking period of the past three-months ending in January 2011. As noted by ComScore:

65.8 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in January 2011, up 8 percent from the preceding three-month period. Google Android captured the #1 ranking among smartphone platforms for the first time in January with 31.2 percent market share. RIM ranked second with 30.4 percent market share, followed by Apple with 24.7 percent. Microsoft (8.0 percent) and Palm (3.2 percent) rounded out the top five.

While interesting to see, it's not really surprising in anyway. Android continues to grow and as more manufacturers step up to make use of Google platform a slow down in market growth doesn't appear to be in sight. While I personally shed a tear for BlackBerry, Research In Motion is in a transition period and will be for quite some time. This is an Android and Apple time now, with Microsoft working their way back into relevancy. [ComScore]

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3 years ago

Rogers Acer Liquid MT hands-on

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The last we heard of the Acer Liquid Metal was when it hit the FCC bearing some AT&T bands. Now, the device has turned up on Rogers in Canada as the Acer Liquid MT and we're going to go ahead and put it through its paces. A quick look at the specs tells us that it's certainly not up to par with the dual-cores of today but if anyone is looking to get started with a basic device that has a lot of features the Acer Liquid MT fits rather nicely. A spec reminder:

  • 1500mAh Li-Ion battery
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 3G HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps
  • 5 mega pixel camera
  • 800 MHz Scorpion processor
  • Qualcomm MSM 7230 chipset
  • Adreno 205 GPU
  • Android OS v2.2 (Froyo)
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + A2DP
  • Dolby Mobile sound enhancement
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Internal 512 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM
  • MicroSD card support up to 32GB
  • MicroUSB v2.0 port
  • Screen resolution of 480 x 800 pixels
  • Wireless LAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, UPnP

All in all, a rather interesting package that I've enjoyed thus far. Hit the break for the video unboxing and stay tuned for our full review over the next day or three.

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