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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Starfield 3D Live Wallpaper

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This one's pretty simple, folks. If you like stars, space, spaceships, or Star Trek and/or Star Wars, I've got the live wallpaper for you. It goes by the name of Starfield 3D Live Wallpaper, and it's about as straightforward as they come.

Starfield 3D Live Wallpaper has a settings of menu of only give choices: Stars, Speed, Background, Battery, and Reverse. Stars and Speed are fairly obvious: adjust the slider to determine how many stars are on the screen at once and how fast you're blazing by in your ship (X-Wing? Starship Enterprise?).

Background is a simple check box, and enabling it adds a static image of about six galaxies that are far, far away. It kind of detracts from the overall slickness of a solid black background, but if realism is your thing, the option is there.

Battery is quite possibly my favorite choice, as it makes your default flying speed tied to your battery level. Have a charged battery, zoom right along. Have an almost dead battery, though, and expect to drag along in deep space, just waiting for a Klingon Star Destroyer ambush. Reverse is just that: the stars all go the opposite way, as thought your boosters were pushing you in reverse.

There's also the excellent double-tap reaction of going into warp speed, and I dig it. It reminds me of the Millennium Falcon scene in Star Wars when they're on the run. Nerdy, sure, but at least it's there!

Scrolling is smooth, with no performance problems on my end. Perhaps it's the newness of the EVO 3D, but with the popularity this wallpaper has already seen, I'm almost positive it runs on everything pretty well.

At the whopping price of free, there's nothing in your way to keep you from downloading this stellar wallpaper. Well, maybe trying to get a girlfriend, but if you're reading about Android, that ship has probably sailed. May the Force be with you/live long and prosper, friends.

Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android 2.3 Gingerbread rolling out to Verizon Droid Incredible 2 owners

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Now is the time to start checking for updates if you're sitting there with Droid Incredible 2 in your hands. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is now rolling out to some -- the update dubbed 2.18.605.4 weighs in at 116.306MB and of course brings plenty of performance enhancements with it.

  • Overall improvements to the performance of Mobile IM.
  • Resolved Hotmail sync & connect issues when setting up a one day sync.
  • Improvements to device connectivity when roaming on global GSM/UMTS networks.
  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • Alarm notifications turned off while in emergency mode
  • Improved device stability
  • NY Times added to browser bookmarks
  • Wireless Charging UI added
  • New desktop dock app

Plus, you get support for that fancy wireless charging battery cover Verizon has made available. We're looking to grab you all a manual download link but in the meantime -- go ahead, check for updates. You may just be among the lucky who are having it arrive on their devices right now.

Discuss more in the Droid Incredible 2 Forums

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3 years ago

Firefox beta 6 available now in the Android Market

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Firefox beta 6 is now available in the Android Market, marking Mozilla's latest release for Android. Beta 6 comes jam-packed with a slew of improvements, including faster start-up times, less memory usage, and tablet optimization, among many others. Like with any other beta release, you'll see some shiny new features, but you'll likely run into a few hiccups along the way too, so download with that in mind. You can grab beta 6 from the market after the break, or hit the source link for the complete changelog and release notes.

Source: Mozilla

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3 years ago

Android 101: How to change the wallpaper

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3 years ago

On to the Nexus, Gummy charged [From the Forums]

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Today was a good start for the week -- not too busy, not too slow. We'll be picking up the pace for the rest of the week though so make sure you get over the Monday blahs and join us. Don't forget to hit up the Android Central forums either, some threads below will help get you 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

EA's official Scrabble game is released

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EA's official Scrabble game (the one we first told you about last week) has just been released. (If for some reason you've managed to get this far in life without ever playing Scrabble, you get seven letters from which to make words on a board. Letters have different point values, and there are bonus spaces on the board. You take a turn making a word, then your opponent takes a turn. Most points wins.)

Until now, we've had to make do with a couple of relative good non-Scrabble games -- Words with Friends and Word Feud. But this one's the officially branded real deal.

So how's it stack up? We've been playing Scrabble for Android for a few minutes now. You'll want to turn off the elevator music, and the game animations are slower than we'd like to see. And we could really do without the between-turn ads in addition to the banner at the bottom of the screen. We can't decide if it's better or worse that EA's pimping its other titles here -- it's almost better when we know we're being served ads we'll never in a million years want to click on.

Other than that, gameplay's pretty good. The board scales up nicely. You're told a word's point title as you place the letters. There are buttons to shuffle the tiles, bring up a dictionary (nice!), or a "teacher" button that basically cheats and shows you the word you should have played instead of that four-letter noun that only bagged 5 points.

You can play against a friend who also has the app, or an anonymous opponent.

Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

The real crisis when Sprint's SMS service goes down

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Yeah, yeah. You can argue about public safety all you want. But when Sprint's SMS service gets a little wonky (like it has been today), we know why you're really in a hurry to get things up and running again.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide coming July 27, pre-order starts July 19

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The T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide (the one with the awesome camera) will be hitting the shelves come July 27, with a pre-sales campaign starting July 19.  The new slider is a very nice upgrade from the original MyTouch 4G, or the MyTouch 3G Slide, with a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon, Android 2.3 with Sense 3.0, and a 3.7 inch WVGA LCD screen.  But the real standout looks to be the camera -- HTC promises zero shutter lag on the 8MP camera, with a backside illuminated sensor and an f/2.2 aperture.  Add in some great supporting software, complete with HDR capabilities, and it sounds like a winner.

According to a T-Mobile press release, the availability and pricing details are:

The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide will be available exclusively from T-Mobile on July 27 at T-Mobile retail stores and through select national retailers and dealers. A Web-only pre-sale at http://mytouch.t-mobile.com/4g-slide will kick off on July 19. Offered in two colors – black and khaki, the myTouch 4G Slide will cost $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and qualifying unlimited data plan after a $50 mail-in-rebate.

I'm already pestering Phil to get my hands on one, so we'll be sure to give it the once over.  While we wait, chat it up in the MyTouch 4G Slide forums!

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3 years ago

MIUI port now available for the Nook Color

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MIUI, a popular third-party ROM for Android devices, is now available as a stable version for the B&N Nook Color.  It's worth noting that this is not part of the official MIUI project, but a faithful port from the folks at MIUI.us -- like many of the English language releases.  It's built from the latest 1.7.8 release (July 6), which has a page full of bugfixes and optimizations, so you're getting the very latest version for your eReader turned awesome Android tablet.

As of right now, there looks to be an issue mounting the internal storage (the developers have acknowledged and will fix in the next release) and you'll need to download something like softkeys or button savior to have access to the standard Android buttons.  The next release will bundle button savior to save you that step.  Other than that, the feedback looks very positive.  You can find the download links and more information at the source link below.

Source: MIUI.us. Thanks, Thoth19!

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3 years ago

Twitter seems to extend olive branch to its 750,000 devs amid reports of FTC probe

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Twitter, which in the past has been accused to treating third-party developers as second-class citizens by basically borrowing their functionality before telling them they're not longer needed, has just announced that there are more than 1 million registered Twitter applications from 750,000 developers.

Also Monday, Twitter, which reportedly is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission for the way it treats third-party developers, announced a new version of the Twitter Developer Site, which includes discussions, a developer blog, better documentation, improved apps management and an enhanced search engine.

Surely these things are unrelated.

Sources: Twitter Developers, Business Insider

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