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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Videocam Illusion

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Videocam Illusion

Videocam Illusion for Android is a camera effects application that works with the video camera on your Android phone.  We've seen similar apps that manipulate still pictures, and while they're really fun and useful, Videocam Illusion takes it to the next level by adding effects on-the-fly to live video you shoot from your phone.  You can shoot up to 480p (720x480) video through the app, and the free version has four filters, four effects, and two masks to choose from.  You can also shoot video at 1.33x speed. 

The paid version has 18 filters, 13 effects, six masks, and your choice of five different recording speeds.  They both work really well, saving the video to your SD card in .mov format for easy playback on your computer.  And since stock Android doesn't playback .mov files, the Videocam Illusion app includes a player to preview -- and show off -- your masterpiece.  There's a video demo, some screenshots, as well as the download link for the free version after the break. 

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3 years ago

Best Buy believes Dell Streak getting Froyo starting Feb. 1

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Dell Streak

Have an AT&T Dell Streak and haven't hacked the hell out of it yet waiting for Froyo to finally arrive? Looks like we might have some good news for you, via the latest Best Buy Employee News.

You've been asking and now there's an answer! The Dell Streak will receive an over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 2.2 on Tuesday, Feb. 1. This information should help generate excitement with customers who have been asking for the update. You've been asking and now there's an answer! The Dell Streak will receive an over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 2.2 on Tuesday, Feb. 1. This information should help generate excitement with customers who have been asking for the update.

You know how it goes with OS updates -- we'll believe it when we see it. But the poor not-so-little 5-inch tablet may finally see Froyo in the U.S. next week -- and none too soon, with the Dell Streak 7 on the way. Thanks, Mr. Snuffleupagus!

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3 years ago

Win a free Motorola Xoom tablet from Android Central and Wyse Technology

Only three days left to enter to win a Motorola Xoom!

Motorola Xoom

The Motorola Xoom is looking to be the Android tablet to beat so far -- check out of first look at CES. And if the rumors are correct, it could well be launched in the next few weeks on Verizon.

And that means it's time to give one away. We're teaming up with Wyse Technology, developer of the Pocket Cloud app, to deliver one unactivated -- and free -- Motorola Xoom tablet, running the Honeycomb version of Android. Hit the break for the full details and instructions on how to enter.

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3 years ago

Motorola to enable 1080p video recording on the Atrix 4G ... later

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When speaking of the Motorola Atrix 4G we kind of have to point out that while the device was shown off at CES it was not fully completed. Changes to the device before and post-launch are to be expected just like any other and Motorola has one rather significant change coming for the Atrix 4G.

As it is today and right into presumably shortly after launch, the Atrix 4G does not have 1080p video recording ability. That's not because it can't do it, it is powered by the dual-core Tegra 2 so it can when Motorola enables it to do so. According to the Motorola website, you won't have to wait all that long to have the ability enabled. Sucks that it won't be there at launch but its still great to know it will be there eventually. [Motorola via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Samsung Continuum software update now rolling out

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Samsung Continuum owners will want to be on the lookout for an update being pushed from Verizon today. Although it is not Froyo, it is a release that contains quite a few bug fixes in it so you'll want to be sure to get it installed of you're having any weird issues. In addition to all the bug fixes, you'll also be installing VCAST apps onto your device. (Grrrr.) You can download the update if it hasn't yet pushed by going to Settings > About Phone > System Update. [Verizon]

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3 years ago

Atrix 4G video shows off laptop, multimedia docks

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 Atrix 4G

Motorola has released a new CGI video featuring the accessory docks for the AT&T-bound Atrix 4G. Both the laptop and the multimedia dock (read our hands-on from CES here) are show off along side some features of the phone like the massive 1GB of RAM. While the video doesn't give us any new information, it does make waiting for the phone just that much harder especially as you might be able to snag one for just $150. Check the video out past the break. [YouTube via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Video: Gaming on the LG Optimus 2X - Dual-core processor does it right!

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Where do we expect the LG Optimus 2X and its dual-core Tegra 2 processor to shine the brightest? Gaming, of course. We've thrown just about everything we can think of at the Optimus 2X (be sure to check out our benchmark tests). But when it comes down to it, there's really only one game we need to test. And that's Dungeon Defenders.

I've been playing DD for a little while now on the Motorola Droid X (which has been my favorite phone for gaming). And it ran pretty well. But compared to the Optimus 2X? No contest. While graphics are OK on the Droid X, they're flawless on that dual-core processor. We could go on and on. But let's just let the video do the talking, shall we?

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 48

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Audio-only stream below

We dive into the Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK preview, Phil has his hands on the dual-core LG Optimus 2X, plus a bunch of your voicemails and e-mails. Strap in, folks. It's a big one.

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3 years ago

EA releases Worms for Android

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Worms

EA Games has released its classic turn-based blaster Worms on the Android Market. The publisher says that Worms' graphics and animations have been optimized for the Android platform, and our initial impressions of the game are that it seems to be up there with recent Worms console titles in terms of graphical fidelity.

Worms for Android offers a host of game modes from previous Worms games including puzzle, racing and banzai. The characteristic voice acting that fans of the series will recognize is also present and correct.

A QR code for the North American version can be found after the jump. European readers can find it by searching for "Worms" in the Android Market.

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3 years ago

Verizon changing smartphone rebate plan -- by getting rid of them

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Verizon rebates

Some interesting news out of Verizon this morning -- there's going to be a significant shift in how rebates are handled. As you can see above, smartphones that have a net price of $150 or higher will have no rebates. Smartphones with a net price of $149.99 and under will have $50 rebates.

Now before anybody freaks out, we're told all that means is that it'll be treated more like an instant rebate. The up-front cost of the phone will still be cheaper, but the overall price of the phone won't really change.

And, yes, we're more than happy to blame the upcoming Verizon iPhone for this, good or bad. Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Beautiful Widgets sees significant update

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 Beautiful Widgets 4x1 Super Clock Widget

Beautiful Widgets, the popular clock and weather app from Level Up Studios, saw a significant update this morning to version 3.3.  This update brought several welcome changes, including the new "Super Clock" widgets.  Besides for the obvious new look, these widgets are hi-res, allowing them to be scaled without quality loss.  You can also swap out the weather icon with one that shows you your battery status, or choose from one of the new clock only widgets if you only care about the time.

Beautiful Widgets was one of my first app downloads when I got my Droid over a year ago, and I've loved using it ever since.  Full changelog, market link, and two more screenshots after the break.

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3 years ago

Costco sets Motorola Atrix 4G at $150

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Motorola Atrix 4G at Costco

Looks like that $149.99 price point for the Motorola Atrix 4G might hold up, as Costco has entered its initial price on the upcoming AT&T phone. Whether that's in reaction to Amazon's brief listing is anyone's guess, and it's possible that this could still change. But for a phone with as much potential as the Atrix 4G (check out our hands-on at CES), that's a very affordable subsidized price. Thanks to you know who!

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3 years ago

Bluegrass Cellular gets Samsung Gem for a mere $59 on contract

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Samsung Gem on Bluegrass Cellular

Been wondering where the Samsung Gem is headed? Wonder no more, as it's appeared on regional carrier Bluegrass Cellular for the low, low price of $59 on contract. But for our money, we'd just buy this sucker at its outright price of $205 and skip the mess of contracts. That said, you're getting an entry-level Android phone, with Android 2.1, a 3.2MP camera and 3.2-inch touchscreen, all powered by an 800MHz processor. So it'll get the job done, but likely not win any awards doing it. One more pic after the break. [BluegrassThanks, @ibegary!

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3 years ago

Fix for Nexus S rebooting coming 'within one to two weeks,' Googler says

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Nexus S booting

You know that rebooting problem that's been plaguing the Samsung Nexus S since its launch? Sounds like Google's just about got it nipped in the bud, and a fix should ship in the next week or two. Googler Ry Guy posts as such in Google support forums:

The initial results of our tests look very promising. At this rate we will most likely be rolling out an OTA to resolve this issue within one to two weeks. We really appreciate your patience as we do our final verifications on this fix before sending it out.

Do us a favor though -- if it takes Google 15 or 16 days to get this pushed, try not to threaten anyone with a class-action lawsuit, m'kay? [Google Support Forums via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Grimmy!

Edited to correct that Ry Guy and Google's Romain Guy are not the same person.

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3 years ago

HTC releases source code for Shift 4G, myTouch 3G Froyo

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HTC source code

For you folks who like to go lurking around source code, HTC has released the kernels for the EVO Shift 4G, and the Froyo update for the myTouch 3G. They'll be missing some of HTC proprietary code, of course, but there should be plenty of other goodies if you're into rolling your own ROMs. Check it out at the source link. [HTC Developer Center]

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