2 years ago

HD Widgets expanded for phones and 7-inch tablets


The folks behind HD Widgets have expanded their sexy widget collection, and now include support for phones and 7-inch tablets.  On the phone side, support is now available for hdpi phones (like the Samsung Nexus S pictured above) and mdpi phones (like the LG Optimus One, also pictured).  Everything you love about HD Widgets for your Honeycomb tablet  still remains -- tons of customization options, colorful backgrounds, in-depth weather forecasts, and a bevy of widget sizes and configurations -- things have just been scaled for the smaller screen.  Having put them through the ringer on an assortment of devices ranging from the mundane to the exotic, the folks at Cloud.TV have done a great job.  Everything works as expected, looks great, and lets me know if I need to take an umbrella with me -- even on crazy SDK ports of Ice Cream SandwichJosh is hard at work with a worthy review of the new build, in the meantime you can grab it from the Android Market (devices running Android 2.1 and higher) for a measly $1.99 at the link after the break.

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2 years ago

Gingerbread update coming to O2-branded Xperia X10s in the next week


Owners of SIM-free Sony Ericsson Xperia X10s have been enjoying Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the past few months, but so far the upgrade has been absent from some branded handsets, including those bought through O2 UK.

In a recent blog posting, O2's Head of Device-Customer Experience, Stuart Hibberd, let the network's customers know what's been holding things up. Specifically, it seems there were a few problems with getting the new camera app to function properly on O2 X10s, making it "virtually unusable". Hibberd says the issues have now been taken care of, though, and the update should be available from Sony Ericsson's website within the next week. Eagle eyed readers may notice that the post incorrectly refers to the upgrade from Froyo to Gingerbread -- in fact, the X10 never received Froyo, and the last official update is based on Android 2.1 Eclair.

Like the unbranded X10 Gingerbread patch, the O2 version is an optional (and irreversible) upgrade, and O2 warns that it may make your phone "work slower than you're used to".  For more information on exactly what you'll be getting if you choose to update, check out our original report from back in July.

Source: O2 Blog

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2 years ago

Amazon Appstore receives 2.0 update ahead of Kindle Fire launch


Amazon's Appstore for Android has received an update, just in time for the Kindle Fire's release next week.

The update, which brings the app to version 2.0, is largely focused on UI improvements. The look and feel of the entire Appstore experience has shifted as the white backdrops that used to be ubiquitous have been changed to shades of gray.

More settings have been added as well as you now have the ability to enable In-App Purchases, Parental Controls and get an easier view of your gift card balance.

If you don't yet have the appstore and would like to check it out, visit Amazon's Appstore page.

You can find more screenshots after the break.

Thanks, Kyle!!!

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2 years ago

hhgregg to carry the Nook Tablet, Nook Color, Nook Simple Touch


Check out our Nook Tablet hands-on!

Retailer hhgregg this morning announced that along with Barnres & Noble, it, too, will be carrying the Nook Tablet, BN's second generation of its Android-based e-reader. It'll be priced the same -- $249 -- and accessories will be available as well. hhgregg also will be carrying the Android-based Nook Color, which has dropped in price to $199, and Nook Simple Touch at $99.

Nook Tablet Specs | Nook Tablet Forums

Source: Press release

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2 years ago

HTC Sensation XE headed to Orange UK


It looks like Orange UK will soon be offering the HTC Sensation XE for sale on its network, as the device has just appeared on Orange's "coming soon" page. The Sensation XE is refreshed version of the original Sensation, and sports Beats Audio support, along with a faster 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and a larger battery.

Until now O2 has been the only British network directly selling the Sensation XE, so hopefully an Orange launch should offer consumers a bit more choice in pricing and tarrifs. Orange doesn't currently have an estimated launch date for the device, but you can check the source link for more details, or hit up our Sensation XE device page.

Source: Orange UK

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2 years ago

Preview: ngmoco’s newest RPG, Skyfall


Plus, we've got 500 beta codes!

There aren’t many truly successful free-to-play RPGs out there for mobile. As a WoW addict, Spacetime Studios certainly holds my interest with mobile MMORPGs Pocket Legends and Star Legends, but I’ll admit there are time issues involved like any other MMORPG. You just can’t get things done without a larger chunk of time, and dungeon crawls require the muscle of at least 2-3 other people. That’s why I was so excited to check out a preview of Skyfall, ngmoco’s newest “social F2P RPG” that’s headed for the Android Market.

Let's take a walkthrough, shall we?

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2 years ago

Xperia Arc and Xperia Acro get PlayStation certification in Japan


Until now, Sony's PlayStation certification has been limited to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Sony Tablet S, but that may be about to change. According to a recent annoncement by Sony Ericsson Japan, Japanese Xperia Arcs will soon be receiving PlayStation certification through an official software update, as will the Xperia Acro, the Arc's Japan-only sibling.

The update should allow Arc and Acro to owners enjoy the same catalog of PlayStation games that are currently available on the Xperia Play, which includes titles like Crash Bandicoot, WipEout and Syphon Filter. There's no word on when this update will be rolling out to Arcs in Europe and the US, but given Sony's renewed effort to build momentum behind its PS certified platform, we'd expect it to hit sooner rather than later.

Source: SE Japan; via: Engadget

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2 years ago

Google reminds us App Inventor shutting down at end of year, download your projects now


Google overnight sent out e-mails reminding users of its expiring App Inventor that it will no longer support the project on Dec. 31, 2011. As you'll recall, App Inventor was a tool that allowed anyone with arguably no programming skills to create Android apps, though it certainly wasn't quite as easy as that sounds. Google's shutting things down but open-sourcing the project to MIT, and you can migrate your projects over if you want to keep them. Head to App Inventor and hit the "Download all projects" button and you'll get a handy zip file.

Full text of the e-mail's after the break.

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2 years ago

New Mobile Nations video feeds, and introducing Stock Talk!


Previously on Mobile Nations, Kevin told you all about our new network brand, and I had the honor of introducing Mobile Nations Broadcasting and the new Girls Gone Gadgets show. We've also been hard at work behind the scenes as well.

We've now got Mobile Nations United feed for both audio and video so you can get all your favorite shows, all in one place. Speaking of video, we've set up RSS feeds for all the video versions -- including Mobile Nations, Android Central, CrackBerry.com, Girls Gone Gadgets, iPad Live, iPhone Live, PalmCast, TiPb TV, and ZENandTECH with WPCentral coming soon -- so you can subscribe now right in your favorite podcatcher.

You can also find all our shows, including the video versions, on iTunes. Just head on over to the Mobile Nations iTunes page and subscribe away! (Please leave a rating while you're at it -- it helps encourage iTunes to feature us so more great people get to discover the shows). We'll be moving quickly to get them on all your other favorite platforms, services, and apps as well. If we're not yet where you want to watch or listen to us, let us know in the comments and we'll get there as quickly as possible!

But that's not all. Later today we're launching another all-new show -- Mobile Nations Stock Talk with Chris Umiastowski and Edward Zabitsky. Combining rock solid technical knowledge with cutting edge analytical insight, Chris and Ed are going to break down what's happening -- and why - in today's rapidly changing mobile market.

Mobile Nations Stock Talk premieres this afternoon at 1pm EST at mobilenations.com/live. See you there!

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2 years ago

Nook for Android update adds Nook Newsstand


Just in case you've not already updated as of yet -- Barnes & Noble is now sending out emails letting everyone know Nook Newsstand has now been added to the Nook for Android app along with a brand new UI as well as some bug fixes:

  • NOOK Newsstand on smartphones
  • Personalized recommendations
  • Larger book and newsstand covers in your NOOK Library for easier browsing
  • Global lock orientation setting

The additions also suggest various other bug fixes have been put in place but don't call anything specific out. Though, if you are updateing make sure to note that versions prior to 2.7 to 3.0 requires sign-in & re-downloading items where as 2.7 and up do not. Since the update started rolling out last week, you might want to check the reviews first before upgrading to see how people are liking it as you may wish to stay on your current version.

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