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3 years ago

Acer to bring a 4.8-inch Android phone in Q2 2011

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Acer has announced that they will be bringing their own spin on an Android phone, in a very big way come April 2011.  The yet unnamed 4.8-inch (yes, 4.8 inch) Android phone will feature a 1024x480 touchscreen, a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8MP rear camera and 2 MP front facing camera, HSDPA, DLNA, and more.

Sounds quite impressive.  And quite big.  Only thing is that Acer has been unable to break into the U.S. market on any platform. Will that finally change? Read the press release after the break. [Acer via BGR]

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3 years ago

Evo 4G accessory review: Powermat wireless charger

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Powermat's wireless charging system has been around for quite some time, but it's relatively new for the Evo 4G. The premise is simple: You replace the stock battery cover on the phone with Powermat's cover, which also plugs into the phone's microUSB port. The phone then rests on a charging mat, which in turn is plugged into an outlet. So all you have to do is pick up the phone and go, no messing about with plugging in cables.

Sounds simple. And it should be. But it's kind of not. The charging mats are pretty finicky about where you place the phone. And the little dongle that plugs into the phone's microUSB port popped off of our battery door, which means it'll get lost any minute now.

It's not a bad idea, really -- a semi-universal wireless charging system. But unless you really have to have wireless charging, the kinks might be a bit much for you. You'll see what we mean in the video after the break. More Powermat for the Evo 4G in the Android Central Store

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3 years ago

Contest Winners - Lookout Premium, Android Stickers, Pocket Legends Costume and Unlock Codes

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If you aren't already a registered member of Android Central, how do you expect to win free stuff from us on a weekly basis? With another week behind us, that means another batch of lucky winners to be announced. If you are one of the lucky winners, congrats, and if not, continue to join us in the contest forums throughout the week for your next chance to win! Winners are listed after the break.

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3 years ago

Dell will sell you a red Froyo'd Streak unlocked and with more memory

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The Dell Streak hasn't exactly been a resounding success, but the PC manufacturer is looking to climb back into the race by offering the Streak directly from their website with numerous options. There are a couple different price points, so lets walk through them:

  • $550 - 16GB, locked to AT&T or $300 with 2-year contract
  • $580 - 16GB, unlocked
  • $649 - 32GB, locked to AT&T or $400 with 2-year contract
  • $679 - 32GB, unlocked

In addition to the standard black we have all become familiar with in the tech industry, Dell will also be offering the Streak in red at all price points. The basic 16GB locked Streak should ship right away, but all other versions shouldn't ship until Dec. 8.  In addition, Dell seems to have gotten Froyo all worked out (last we heard it was just starting to be rolled out in the UK) which should make the 5-inch device much more attractive. [Dell via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Frogger among 8 new OpenFeint-enabled games on Android

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If you're a fan of the OpenFeint social gaming network, today's your lucky day: Eight new games have been added to the Android arsenal. They are:

  • Jet Car Stunts (True Axis) – Coming Soon!
  • MUST.EAT.BIRDS (Mediatonic)
  • Solipskier (Mikengreg)
  • Frogger (Konami Digital Entertainment)
  • Bomberman Dojo (Hudson)
  • aTilt 3D Labyrinth FridgeCat Software – Coming Soon!
  • Word Mix (Greenrift Software LLC)
  • Kilgamore Castle (Hyperbees Ltd)

That's quite the boost, indeed, and adds to a lineup that includes the likes of Fruit Ninja, Flick Kick Field Goal, MiniSquadron, and dozens more. With OpenFeint, you can share scores and compete against your friends, regardless of platform. OpenFeint has seen 8 million game downloads on 1.6 million Android devices. Full presser's after the break. Now excuse us while we get our Frogger on.

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3 years ago

Hands on with Skyfire 3.0 for Android

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Skyfire just released their cool new social networking browser, and you know we had to get our hands on it.  It just so happens that we have a Viewsonic gTablet at our disposal, so we figured -- what better way to test out a new version of Skyfire, than on hardware that isn't running a "phone style" version of Android.  If it breaks, we need to know and let you know, and if it works, well that's important, too.  Especially with tablets due to come out of the woodwork this Friday. And having a 10 inch screen to demo it one is always a good thing.

Check out the video after the break, and you can see Skyfire in action.

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3 years ago

Skyfire 3.0 released -- social networking browser for Android

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Skyfire has announced the latest version of its cross-platform web browser -- Skyfire 3.0, complete with a new SkyBar designed for social networking.  You have programs like RockMelt browser and popular plugins and toolbars on your desktop computer, but Skyfire has brought the idea to Android with a "cloud powered toolbar that allows users to watch video, view related content, and easily share content with friends."

Catch the full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

Cedemo announces the Video Game Barcode Scanner App; celebrates with contest [video]

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So there you are, at your local Best Buy, trying to decide what video game you want to play on your extended three-day weekend. There are literally hundreds of titles to choose from. As you pace the isles, you’re beginning to feel like your navigating some labyrinth designed by the higher-ups at Best Buy. You finally come across two games you really want, but you only have enough money for one game in your wallet. All you need is that extra info to push you towards one title, but the small screenshots and bio on the back aren’t cutting it for you. That’s where the Video Game Barcode Scanner App comes into play.

Available today on the Android Market for free, Cedemo has released its Video Game Barcode Scanner App. Using the app’s search or barcode scanner functionality, allows users to pull up information on over 20,000 video game titles from the past decade. Cedemo has jam packed this app with “descriptions, videos, trailers, screenshots, exclusive content, ESRB/PEGI/BBFC ratings and feature lists.”

So now instead of starring at those two titles in front of you, just boot up the app, and give the trailers a watch. Your decision should be a bit easier. Cedemo has also packed in some lists. If you’re still struggling with that decision, check out the “Top 10” list to see what others are gamers are playing.

To celebrate the launch of their new app, Cedemo has also announced that they will be giving away a free pair of ezVision Video Glasses. And just because they know you love video games, ten additional contestants will be able to choose any video game of their choice. To enter, contestants must first download the app, hit the little “Like” button on their Facebook page, and scan a game and share its info with your bffs on Facebook.

Just promise us you won’t scan Superman 64, it’s basically one of the worst video games of all time. Seriously, trust us. Full press release and video after the break.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile adds 8 cities to HSPA+ roster

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T-Mobile announced this morning that it's flipped the HSPA+ switch in eight more cities. They are:

  • Detroit
  • Grand Junction, Colo.
  • Harlingen, Texas
  • Lafayette, Ind.
  • South Bend, Ind.
  • Montgomery, Ala.
  • Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va.
  • Youngstown, Ohio

That means if you're in those towns, you can now take advantage of the higher data speeds T-Mobile is calling 4G on the HTC G2 or myTouch 4G. [T-Mobile]

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3 years ago

Is this the Motorola Olympus?

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Behold, the Motorola Olympus? Perhaps. This may well be the rumored Tegra 2-powered smartphone from Motorola. The Olympus name's been floating around for a while now -- including one likely fake about screen -- with no real proof to back it up. The tipster -- who apparently shopped these pics around a couple of places -- offered no details with the leaked pictures (there's one more after the break), so we've got to go with what we can see.

But let's throw a little more fuel on this fire: We got a tip that Motorola's testing a phone codenamed the Evora -- a fully capacitive, rounded, dual-camera phone -- on AT&T. Which very much fits this bill. Except that the screen you see here looks a lot bigger that the 3.7 inches we were told the Evora sports. So we'll just have to see. [via Engadget]

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