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3 years ago

Kongregate Arcade returns to the Android Market after minor changes

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After Kongregate Arcade was removed from the Android Market many had wondered if and when we'd ever see the app return. Given that Google felt like it was more of an app store within an app store, something that violates the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement we knew Kongregate was going to have to give a little in order for them to be able to return.

As it turns out the removal of the ability to dump Flash games to the SD storage was what Google wanted to see removed. Kongregate is now back in the Android Marketplace and has begun using a different means of storing games on your device. It is now using your browser cache as an alternative to the previously used SD storage. No telling if that will sit well with Google as of yet but just in case, grab the download link after the break. [JoyStiq]

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3 years ago

LG Optimus V for Virgin Mobile USA turning up online and in stores

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The LG Optimus V has now hit Virgin Mobile USA one way or another. We've spoken of its arrival before and even locked down some pricing for you but now it's turning up on Twitter, Facebook and in some store locations. Virgin Mobile users can pick up an LG Optimus V (based on the Optimus One) for only $149.99, and it's pretty much identical to any other variation of the device with the exception it is now Virgin Mobile-branded. You can check out our full review of the Optimus One or just skip on past the break and see the LG Optimus V in action. [@getitbackup, Facebook via Engadget]

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3 years ago

More pics of the Samsung Vibrant 4G

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We just got slipped a slew pics of the upcoming Samsung Vibrant 4G, the follow-up to T-Mobile's Galaxy S-class Android smartphone. As in the other leaks we've seen, it looks rather (and unremarkably) unchanged from its predecessor, save for a more silvery look and a front-facing camera. We also get our first look at the side of the device and -- you guessed it -- just like the original Vibrant. We're also told it's still running Froyo, and we're really not expecting it to launch with Froyo -- which at this point is still unofficially set for Feb. 23.

Check out the other pics after the break. Thanks to you know who.

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3 years ago

Samsung Fascinate Froyo leak reportedly in the hands of a few lucky devs

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Normally we wouldn't post such a tease, since there's no payoff at the end of this rainbow. But when we're able to use the words "Samsung," "Fascinate" and "Froyo" in the same sentence, we're going to do it, dammit. An official Android 2.2 build for the Samsung Fascinate apparently has slipped into the hands of some devs who can do some good with it. And now the race is on -- will we see an official release first, or one from the community? News at 11, folks. [Twitter via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Life after the OG Droid; why carriers can lock the OS [from the forums]

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As I mentioned yesterday, our YouMail contest (among others) is now live in the forums. Be sure to check that out if you're looking to win a premium subscription. While you're entering the contest be sure to hit up some of the other posts as well or create your own. We love seeing new threads in the forums so if you have anything to share, questions that need answered or are just looking to talk Android you know where to go.

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

UK scientists to launch Android into space

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Sure, taking a Nexus S into near-orbit is great and all, but it's not really outer space, is it? Well, some researchers from England have decided to toss an unnamed Android phone into a rocket and blast it into the final frontier later this year in the name of science. The purpose of the experiment -- other than simply being awesome -- is to test how well the phone and its internal components withstand the extreme conditions of space. 

The end goal of the team is to adapt the compact and powerful design of modern smartphones to power low-cost satellites of the future as they note that the phone cost "less than £300" and that the entire satellite ran the team "less than a family car." Another benefit would be that the free and open nature of Android lends itself well to allowing developers to "feasibly develop apps for satellites." [TG Daily]

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3 years ago

Dell Streak 7, LG G-Slate and Samsung Vibrant 4G release dates revealed

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Here it is folks. The release dates of the LG G-Slate, Dell Streak 7, and Samsung Vibrant 4G have all been revealed. TmoNews got their hands on a couple of screens which outline when all three of these devices will be in consumer's hands. The Dell Streak 7 has a release date of Feb. 2, which confirms previous rumors, and has a price point of $299 after some sort of rebate. Meanwhile, the LG G-Slate will be the last of the three available, releasing on March 23. Finally, the refreshed Samsung Vibrant with 4G capabilities will be in stores February 23. Anybody running out on launch day for these devices? Let us know. Hit the break for one more picture. [TmoNews]

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3 years ago

HTC Evo 4G Case Review: HTC Hard Shell Case

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The HTC Evo 4G and it's massive 4.3-inch screen make for a pretty big package, and unless you want to holster it, a thin, form fitting hard plastic case like the HTC Hard Shell Case is a great way to protect it without adding too much bulk.  The case is made from a textured hard plastic, and the matte finish helps maintain your grip even when your hands aren't completely dry.

Its two-piece slide-on design is easy to put on and take off, and there are cutouts for access to all the buttons and features that come with the Evo.  The cut-out on the bottom of the phone that allows access to the micro USB and HDMI ports is unique, and while the open-ended design may not be the best looking option, it allows the use of just about any USB or HDMI cable, even those with a thick jacket and wide plug.  All the cutouts are raised with tapered edges so buttons aren't likely to be pushed while riding in the pocket, and the case is just thick enough to keep the camera lens off the surface if you lay your Evo down on its back.  And of course there's full access to the kickstand.

Putting the case on and taking it off is easy, just place the red ( red for this one, the HTC Hard Shell Case is also available in gray and black) side on, then slide the black side over, lining up the interlocking tabs.  The case isn't going to slip apart on its own, but it doesn't take much force to unlock and slide the case off.  On the front, the case wraps around the sides of the phone and creates a raised lip to protect the screen when the phone is lying face down.

The HTC Hard Shell Case is a great way to protect your Evo without losing the slim profile, the cut-outs line up very well so the controls aren't awkward to use.  You can get it for $8.24 in the Android Central store, and there are more pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

Android sees huge gains in support from enterprise IT

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Forrester Research has published a report concerning support for various mobile operating systems in the business sector that shows strong gains for Android. Support jumped from two percent at the end of 2009 to a respectable 13 percent in 2010. Considering Android really only exploded for most people in the latter half of 2010, it is not hard to imagine that many IT departments around the world are working on getting Android integrated in the coming year.

The leaders in this space are unsurprisingly BlackBerry at 70 percent (up three percent from 2009) and Windows Mobile at a steady 41 percent. Somewhat surprisingly iOS has the support of just 29 percent of companies surveyed. Forrester also notes that companies are increasingly supporting multiple platforms with more than 50 percent supporting at least two and about 25 percent supporting at least three. [Forrester Research (1, 2) via PreCentral]

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3 years ago

[Contest] YouMail Social Voicemail - Win 1 of 6 premium subscriptions

YouMail not too long ago sent out a rather awesome update to their visual voicemail application, making it more social. YouMail now allows users to easily share voicemail not only through e-mail or text messages, but also by posting them directly to Facebook and Twitter. Great for those times when you getting those funny voicemail messages or just have one that you want to hang onto forever. Some other new features were added as well, full breakdown is below:

  • Simple Sharing - With just a couple of clicks, users can now easily post voicemail on their Facebook wall, and tweet voicemails using existing Android twitter clients, like HTC’s Peep.
  • Smart Reply - YouMail automatically maps incoming phone numbers to e-mail addresses, so users can easily reply to an incoming voicemail with an e-mail or text message, either directly through the YouMail client itself, or through other messaging clients like Gmail – with the reply automatically including a link to the original voicemail to provide context.
  • Expanded Caller ID - Whenever a caller leaves a message, YouMail now pulls and displays incoming caller photos from the phone’s address book and the user’s Facebook account – giving users truly visual voicemail. YouMail also provides the caller’s city and state, in addition to their phone number and name.

Conventional, carrier offered voicemail is rather limited when you compare it to YouMail, add on the transcription service and you've got a pretty sweet system for controlling your voicemail. You can hit the download after the break to try out YouMail or you can check out the Android Contest Forums for your chance to win 1 - of 6 premium subscriptions YouMail so kindly provided us.

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