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3 years ago

Raging Thunder -- virtual reality style on the Viewsonic gTab [video]

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Real life controller

Games like Raging Thunder are pretty fun to play on the 10-inch Viewsonic gTablet. But when you add in some ingenuity and an accessory from your own driveway, it becomes epic.  YouTube user CodingHut has just made every young mans fantasy of driving their own car like a lunatic a step closer to reality.  And we all thank him for it.  Check out one bad ass video after the break. [CodingHut's YouTube channel] Thanks, JerseyIroc!

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3 years ago

Angry Birds for Android expected to generate $1 million per month [video]

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Angry Birds

Yes, everyone loves Angry Birds.  But did you know that Android users love Angry Birds about $1 million a month?  That's what Peter Vesterbacka, the Mighty Eagle (seriously, that's his title) of Rovio told Tech Crunch that the 5 million currently downloaded copies of the Android version will generate in ad revenue.  Talk about a success story!

Speaking of success stories, check out the video from Google Mobile Ads (after the break) where Mr. Vesterbacka talks about all the ways he is making a mountain of money from the Angry Birds franchise, and gives some interesting numbers about the Android version.  [Tech Crunch, GoogleMobileAds]

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3 years ago

Samsung Mobile earns top Android smartphone provider spot for Q3 2010

It's been a whirlwind year for Samsung Mobile. The success of the Samsung Galaxy S line of phones has been phenomenal with over 3 million units shipped across major carriers within the US. Now, the recently released Samsung Galaxy Tab has already shipped 1 million units globally and that's just the key details of their year.

Having looked at the figures, Gartner research firm today has confirmed that Samsung Mobile captured 32.1 percent of the U.S. Android smartphone market in Q3 2010 based on retail sales, an increase from 9.2 percent of the Android smartphone market in Q4 2009. All of which pushes Samsung Mobile to the number one mobile provider slot within the US. Congrats go out to Samsung! But, let it be know that we've not forgotten we still need Android 2.2 to be released. Full press release is available after the break.

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3 years ago

Best Buy Mobile launches major holiday sale

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Best Buy Mobile launches Unprecedented Sales Event.

Due to the overwhelming success of their Free Phone Friday promotion, Best Buy Mobile is giving away new phones (on contract) every day this month.  Every day throughout December, Best Buy Mobile will feature a minimum of four free smartphones (one from each carrier) in all Best Buy Stores, in all 157 Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, and on their website.

We haven't been told exactly how many phones will be featured during this promotion, but we do know of these four:

So if you're due for an upgrade this month, or shopping for someone who is, keep checking in with Best Buy Mobile during this sales event.  [Best Buy Mobile]

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3 years ago

Nvidia tells us why we want dual-core processors

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Nvidia's Tegra2

Nvidia has released a whitepaper extolling all the reasons why dual-core CPU systems are the future of mobile.  It's a really good read, even though it's a little technical for the average smartphone user.  They focus a lot on speed and rendering improvements, as well as the battery use benefits of their dual core Tegra 2 chip, and their evidence is compelling.  I've had a chance to use the Viewsonic gTablet (see our review), which uses the Tegra 2 chip, and even without full SMP (Symmetrical Multiprocessing -- using more than one CPU or core) support it's a good performer on the hardware side, and I imagine with full support it's going to blow everything we have seen so far right out of the water.  Looking at some of Nvidia's benchmarks, it looks like they have access to some Android changes that haven't made their way to us lowly end-users just yet, which is one of those good things you always see us writing about -- who better to help test and develop SMP support than companies making multi-core mobile CPU's?

Enough of my rambling and speculation.  Our pal Taylor over at Android and Me has written up quite a comprehensive breakdown of Nvidia's paperwork, I suggest anyone interested in learning a bit more about the tech involved, and exactly how we're going to benefit give it a read. [Nvidia, Android and Me]

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3 years ago

Gameloft's Dungeon Hunter HD -- free for 24 hours

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Dungeon Hunter HD --  Free for 24 hours.

Ah, December.  The month of friends, family, festive holiday cheer, giving gifts, awesome sales, and free Android games.

Gameloft, the developer behind Android games such as Let's Golf, N.O.V.A., Asphalt 5, and Assassin's Creed, are offering up one of their most popular titles -- Dungeon Hunter -- for an appealing price of free-ninety-free (that's $0).  Originally priced at $4.99, Dungeon Hunter offers a robust RPG/adventure game right on your Android phone.

You won't find this title in the Android market, so you'll have to head on over to Gameloft's website to get in on this deal, or hit the break to learn more about Dungeon Hunter for Android.

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3 years ago

How to force the 'Related' tab to show in the Android Market

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Android Market related items

If you just have to get that "Related" tab into your Android Market and can't wait any longer, you can force it to update on your phone, if it's running Froyo. All you have to do is go to Menu>Settings>Applications>Manage applications>Market (you might have to hit the "all" tab first) and then clear data on the Android Market app. Re-launch it, and you should have the "Related" or "Similar" tab. Thanks, @SethHikari, for the tip! And p.s.: We totally should have thought of that! :p

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3 years ago

Some details about Gingerbread's UI changes

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Graphical improvements in Gingerbread

We're hearing over and over that Gingerbread will bring some UI changes to Android, but not a lot of details just yet.  We've seen some hints of the new interface changes courtesy of Google HK, and now we get to see some of the actual code changes thanks to a couple of Googlers and the UI tips and tricks lecture they gave at the San Francisco Android User Group.

The change we will notice first is the fix for color banding in image gradients.  All bitmaps are now in true 32 bit color with their own transparent Alpha channel, and that's going to take care of the color banding issues we see in some pictures today, and jumping straight to true 32-bit color helps plan for the future as well.  For all you imaging geeks (I know you're out there) be sure to download and check out the full set of slides from Romain Guy's website to see the other big changes coming with drawing, animation, and rendering.  [SFAndroid.org via theDroids and Romain Guy]

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3 years ago

Motorola CEO talks future, including tablets and LTE

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Sanjay Jha

Sanjay Jha, the CEO of Motorola, spoke at the Credit Suisse Technology Conference, alluding to some of Motorola's future plans in regards to mobile. He confirmed that Motorola will be introducing 7-inch and 10-inch tablets, as well as focusing on different sectors with the upcoming devices. Jha not only wants to target retail, but the enterprise space as well. 

Even though there are confirmed tablets coming from Motorola, Jha said that they would continue to focus on smartphones, both at the top-tier and mid-tier range. Might we see the Motorola Olympus soon?

He also confirmed that there will be a 4G LTE device "early next year." 

Another interesting tidbit was that he mentioned that there will be a competitive change at Verizon Wireless early next year. Speculation points to the iPhone 4, which would definitely force enormous competition at Big Red. 

Interesting comments from Jha. We already had speculation about much of this information, but it's always nice to hear it reinforced from the CEO. [BGR]

For more, head to our Rumored Devices Forum

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 41

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Audio-only stream below

We talk the Motorola Olympus, LG Star, HTC Merge and other unicorns. Plus, we explain Verizon's LTE data service. Listen in!

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3 years ago

LG Optimus tweaks bring the Thunder to life [from the forums]

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LG Optimus S benchmark

The fellows behind the ThundeROM for the LG Optimus have cranked things up a notch, and have the benchmarks to prove it.  They have edited, tweaked, and monkeyed the system and taken the Optimus from a good, entry-level Android smartphone to a pocketable  fire-breathing dragon that can hold it's own against most devices sold today.  You don't have to take my word for it, just head into the forums and have a look at the results -- results nobody would have though possible from a free (or almost free) Android phone.

Want Need your LG Optimus to sprout wings?  You can make it happen right here for the Optimus S, and here for the Optimus T.  [Android Central forums] Thanks KSmithInNY and Beezy!

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3 years ago

A peek at the Logitech Revue recovery

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Logitech Revue

We know, we know. You hackers and modders are itching to get a crack at the Logitech Revue Google TV set-top box. (There's even a $1,000 bounty out there to whomever gets third-party app access working.) A step on the path to proper hackery is seen above -- that's the Revue's recovery screen. Not a whole lot most of users can do with it, and @stericson, who posted the pics on Twitter, hasn't yet said how to get to recovery. But hacking of the Revue is well under way, folks. [@stericson 1, 2; via Android Police]

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3 years ago

HTC releases Eclair source for Evo 4G

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HTC source code

If you have a hankering for some Evo 4G Eclair source code (yeah, that's Android 2.1) for whatever reason, HTC's put it up on its dev site. Chances are most of us don't need this. But if you're in the minority, head on over and get your download on. [HTC Developer Center]

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3 years ago

Man hospitalized after Droid 2 screen explodes in his ear

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Imagine, if you will, walking down the road talking on your Droid 2 when all of a sudden you hear a loud pop in your ear and the next thing you know your ear is bleeding. Not a nice thought by any means but that's exactly what happened to Aron Embry from North Texas. As noted in the news report Aaron, was taken to the hospital for assessment where doctors determined that no hearing loss had taken place but four stiches were indeed needed due to the lacerations from the glass. Motorola has since issued a statement regarding the incident:

"Motorola's priority is, and always has been the safety of our customers, and all Motorola products are designed, manufactured and tested to meet or exceed international and local standards for consumer safety. We will reach out to the consumer and investigate this thoroughly."

Now, despite Aaron having had this happen while using a Droid 2 we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that instances like this have actually become more occasional; it's not just with the Droid 2. Please, no comments about explosive Android sales folks, that's just bad. You may like to know though, the phone actually still works. You can check out the full video of the news report at the source link. Thanks SooperDooper! [WFAA]

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3 years ago

New version of Android Market brings a new tab to apps

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Changes to the Market app  New market tab

Looks like a new version of the Android Market is being silently pushed out to devices running Froyo, complete with a new tab to find related applications.  Yours may say "Similar" as it does on the Droid X in the shot to the left, or it may say "Related" as it does on the Evo 4G to the right.  For all intents and purposes, it appears to be the same thing with a different label.

While we can't see behind the curtain, it's pretty certain that there's more on the way, either with Gingerbread or as an addition to existing versions of Android. (And, yes, this looks like what we saw in that Gingerbread video earlier today.)

Anyone else out there seeing Market changes?  Sing out in the forums! Thanks, Andy, Javier, and Josh for the tips!

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