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3 years ago

Catch Phil on the WPCentral Podcast

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Something you might not know about our fearless leader: In addition to being a world-class juggler, Phil (once upon a time) dabbled in old-school Windows Mobile, and even covered the Windows Phone 7 launch a year ago. And so it's little surprise that he's popped up on our sister site WPCentral's Podcast. If you missed the live show, it's an interesting mix of Windows Phone and where it stands in comparison to Android today. Give it a listen.

More: WPCentral Podcast Episode 124

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3 years ago

Reminder: Win an HTC EVO 3D today from Waze and Android Central

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A friendly reminder that today's prize in Waze and Android Central's big giveaway is a shiny new unlocked GSM EVO 3D.  Winning one is easy, too!  Check the Waze website for all the details, but the short version is:

  • Download Waze (m.waze.com) or via the Android Marketplace (we've got an easy link after the break)
  • Make sure you’re a registered user with an email on file (Waze needs your contact info to tell you you’ve won – check ‘Settings’ to ensure that you’re registered.)
  • Munch (drive over) as many robot road goodies as you can

Have fun building out a social mapping tool on you way to work or around town, and have a chance to win a new Android device at the same time.  Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

More information: Waze

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3 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Galactic Core Live Wallpaper

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I remember when live wallpapers came out on Android. Everyone was freaking out about how cool they looked, and people were either elated their phone had the specs to run them or were crestfallen because their phone didn't. One of Google's built-in wallpapers was a galaxy. People thought it was awesome and it was used in a lot of demo videos.

Quite simply, this wallpaper puts Google's to shame. Galactic Core Live Wallpaper is easily the most stunning galaxy live wallpaper I've seen, if not the best and most gorgeous live wallpaper I've seen at all. It's bright, brilliant, and runs like a champ.

Using touch alone, you can move the galaxy up and down, giving you different angles to gaze. There's no multitouch for zooming, which is a little disappointing, if not expected. I'm not sure anyone incorporates that into their wallpapers, but it would have been a killer touch.

If you've opted for the paid version (and you should), there's an awesome settings menu waiting for you to tweak things. Galaxy zoom, rotation speed, and rotation direction are all there. You can also change the camera speed (for when you're changing the angle) and uncap the framerate, if you're using a device that'll churn higher than 60 fps.

The best part of the settings menu is the color section, that allows you to determine what the three colors in your galaxy will be. It's all slider-based, which isn't great for accuracy, but with enough toying, you'll get the shades you want. You can end up making some pretty bizarre (and beautiful) galaxies using less-traditional colors, so spend a few minutes with it. You'll be glad you did.

The Galactic Core Live Wallpaper has a free version, but if you want to access the plethora of settings available to you, I'd opt for the donate version, which is a cheap 99 cents. If you're not quite convinced, we've got download links and more screenshots after the break.

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3 years ago

Sony S1 coming to Canada on Sept. 14 or 15?

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Sony's first effort at a Honeycomb tablet may soon be breaking cover, in Canada at least. According to this invitation from Sony themselves; "The new Sony Tablet is about to arrive in Canada. As a valued customer we would like YOU to see it first!"

The event is supposed to be happening on September 14 or 15 at their offices in Toronto. No other details are provided such as price or availability but if this is a device you're waiting for, that wait might be drawing to a conclusion.

Source: Mobilesyrup

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3 years ago

LG bringing 3D conversion engine to IFA, worthwhile boost to its flagship?

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So one of the biggest problems befalling 3D devices like the Optimus 3D -- and all (erm, both) 3D phones at the moment -- is the lack of 3D content right? Well, LG is making a play to change all that at the upcoming IFA 2011 show in Germany, by showing off for the first time their Open-GL based 3D game converter software ahead of its inclusion in the first Maintenance Release for the phone in October.

The idea is simple. The software allows existing 2D games that have been made compatible to be played in 3D, and around 50 titles will get a full 3D makeover. Unsupported games can be manually tweaked to achieve the desired effect. 

LG are expecting 50 titles to be fully optimized in October, with another 50 being added before 2011 is out. Many still aren't convinced by 3D phones, but LG is determined to make it less of a gimmick.The question still remains as to how successful it will be in convincing consumers to buy their flagship device.

See the full press release after the break. 

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3 years ago

Launcher apps, OTA or RUU? [From the Forums]

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We rocked away the Monday blahs and we're ready for the rest of this week. Quite a few things happening, so you'll want to be sure you stick with us for all the latest news. Looking for more info or just need some Android help? Hit up the Android Central forums today, some posts below to help you get started:

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

Angry Birds Rio - Airfield Chase update now available

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The latest Angry Birds Rio update is now available in the Android Market and with the new airfield chase level episode, that means you get 15 new levels to jam away at. We're sure you'll have them beat in a matter of just a few hours. Still reading this? Why? Hit the break for the download.

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3 years ago

LG releases Optimus S Gingerbread source, no sign of the update just yet

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LG has released the Kernel source and assorted GPL bits for the Gingerbread build on their Optimus S device.  No reports of anything showing in the LG updater tool just yet, and rumor says mid-September for an OTA.  For now, this just means that our resident Optimus warlords (yes, they have transcended developer status) have some new code to play with and see if they can improve the Gingerbread builds they have had running for the Optimus S for quite a while.  Realistically, there will be a few things here of value for all Optimus developers, who have been forced to use hacks and work arounds for some of the closed-source functionality from LG.  With this new codebase, expect your favorite Gingerbread ROM for the Optimus S to get even better. 

Source: LG; via Android Central forums

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3 years ago

AT&T, on Twitter, confirms the Thrill 4G is coming Sept. 4

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Confirming news we broke two weeks ago, AT&T has announced on Twitter that the Thrill 4G (aka the Optimus 3D) will be available on Sept. 4. We've basically reviewed this thing every way possible in its unbranded form (see our first review, and our European take as well), and we took another look at AT&T's version a couple months ago. Still no price, but word around the campfire is it'll run about $100.

Source: @att

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3 years ago

The Droid Prime -- Just as Uncle Jerry predicted?

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Who needs anonymous sources when you've got a witch like Jerry Hildenbrand? Here, in his own words, from last week's Android Central Podcast, is Jerry predicting a Nexus-caliber smartphone with Droid branding. Or, maybe Jerry and those anonymous sources are all wrong.

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