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3 years ago

GameBox Android console announced

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Gaming firm Envizions has announced the Android-based GameBox console, which promises to deliver a cloud-supported home console experience on the Android platform. Similar to Envizions' cross-platform GameBox service, the new console will allow gamers to play native and cloud-based games, saving their progress to the cloud as they go and letting them resume from any supported device.

"Gamebox provides a cross-device environment that benefits players and developers. It supports both application-based games designed for high-definition televisions and networked-based games that are streamed over the cloud. Initially, developers worldwide will be able to distribute games via the system. In the near future, they will be able to stream games to users by system update."

Other promised features include social networking integration and gesture-controlled input. Specific information on the new console is sketchy at the moment, though. Specifications and release dates have yet to be revealed, though Envizions is already on the lookout for developers. In the near future, developers interested in working with the GameBox console will be able to pay $9.95 per month for access to storage, support, SDK's and distribution tools. [GameBox]

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3 years ago

Sprint notices you're using data, is adding $10/month fee to all smartphones

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When the HTC EVO 4G was announced last summer (and later with the Epic 4G and Shift 4G), along with it came an extra $10 fee that Sprint swore up and down wasn't a 4G tax. It wasn't, and it still isn't, and starting Jan. 30, everyone with a smartphone will be subject to the "$10 per month Premium Data add-on charge."

Note that if you're not currently using the EVO 4G, Epic 4G or Shift, but are using another smartphone (defined as "devices with robust operating systems bringing the full function of mobile applications and programs to life including Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile, Palm, and the Instinct family of devices"), you're not going to be paying the extra $10 until you upgrade or activate another smartphone. In other words, you're grandfathered in.

In the press release announcing the change, Sprint says that its smartphone customers use, on average, 10 times more data than users of feature phones. (As well they should.)  [Sprint, 2]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Vibrant 4G shows itself

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Behold, the T-Mobile Vibrant 4G, apparently. It largely looks like the original Vibrant, though it appears to be sporting a front-facing camera and is supposed to hook into TMo's HSPA+ "4G" network. Oh, and it's rumored to launch with Android 2.3, once Touchwiz is ported to it (which BGR explains is the reason it's unskinned in the pic above). Otherwise, same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, and we'll wager it has the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor (though a slight speed boost wouldn't be out of the question). It's still rumored to be headed our way Feb. 23. [BGR]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2 free through Jan. 20

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If you're looking to snag a T-Mobile G2 (check out our review) on the cheap, it's now available for the low, low price of free through Jan. 20. With it you get great keyboard, fast processor and that crazy locked-down hardware that took way too much time and effort to crack. (But cracked it was. Huzzah!) Anyhoo, you've got a couple days left to pull the trigger. Get it at the source link. [T-Mobile]

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3 years ago

Dance a jig with a robot in this new live wallpaper [video]

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The Android Market is filled with some pretty terrible live wallpapers. Most of them cause your device's battery to die faster or cause it to crash, constantly. But every once in awhile, we share one we think you guys might like. This particular live wallpaper is one of those. It's fairly simple in design and concept. It's a robot dancing the jigg -- you can't beat that! Developer Scipher Technologies has two versions available: free and donation ($0.99). Search for JiggBot Live in the Android Market. QR code and video after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Vibrant 4G launching Feb. 23?

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The Samsung Vibrant 4G, Samsung's latest upgrade from the original Samsung Vibrant is expected to launch on Feb 23, according to this leaked image. This release date may come as a bit of a shock to many, considering that the original Vibrant owners are still awaiting an update for their device to Android 2.2. Then again, we don't really know what the Vibrant 4G is, or what it's rocking, now do we? [via TmoNews]

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3 years ago

Bionic early upgrade, Thunderbolt just a Verizon EVO and what does rooted even mean? [from the forums]

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Hey, folks, hope you all had a great weekend. Another fun filled week of Android goodness is already off to a great start. Plenty of things happening in the forums right now. Also, if you're just starting out with Android and have some general questions and concerns remember our Help and How To forums is a great place to start. Don't be afraid to post whatever questions or concerns you may have, we're here to help.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account and start making some posts today!

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3 years ago

Google Listen app not auto-updating?

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Those of us who use Google Listen to (erm) listen to podcasts have been scratching our heads the past few days, as the app suddenly no longer wants to automatically update with new episodes. You can go through and do it manually for each podcast, but that kind of defeats the purpose. Hopefully we'll see a fix for that soon.

And then there's that other problem with Google Listen -- the World's Greatest Android Podcast still isn't in Listen's listings. No minor oversight, to be sure. :p [Google Listen Group] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Mr. Android goes missing in Ohio! [BOLO]

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Not quite sure how you could lose a 6-foot giant Android costume, but apparently that's what's happened with a Cricket Wireless retailer in Cincinnati. Yes, the "Mr. Android Costume" apparently fell off the back of a pickup truck "somewhere on Interstate 75 or 71 between Florence and Mason."

Cricket's offering a $1,000 reward if you find and/or return (hey, we know how weird some of you people are) the $4,500 Mr. Android. We're hopping on the first plane to Ohio to join in the search. [WLWT via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Derek!

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3 years ago

Dell Streak 7 launching February 2nd?

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For those of you waiting on the Dell Streak 7, it looks like you won't be waiting much longer. It's incredibly hard to see, but TmoNews got a hold of this picture listing the release date of the Streak 7 as Feb. 2. That's only a couple short weeks away, and it's a great successor to it's little brother the original Dell Streak. Will any of you be picking this up? Sound off in the forums! [TmoNews]

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