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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt Skin Case review

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Find the latest HTC ThunderBolt accessories

HTC ThunderBolt Skin Case

If you're looking for a simple, inexpensive case for your HTC ThunderBolt, the HTC Skin Case may be the way to go. It's a very basic rubber case and if you're used it on other phones, you'll be plenty familiar with it here.

It's a single piece of non-slip rubber that you fit the phone into. There are cutouts for the 3.5mm headphone jack, power button, camera, kickstand and microphone, so you don't lose any functionality there. It'll protect your phone from basic dings and scratches. And while there's no direct protection for the touchscreen, it will keep the screen from touching the surface when placed face-down.

Our only real ding on this case is its propensity for collecting dust and lint in a pocket, and that the case could be a little more snug. That said, it's easily removed, but doesn't feel like it could come off at any moment. And because it's rubber and you can remove it easily, you also can give it a light rinsing if need be.

We've got more pictures after the break. You can get the HTC ThunderBolt Skin Case is available in black, gray, blue or raspberry for $9.95 in the Android Central Store.

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3 years ago

Asus Eee Pad Transformer listed on Amazon as coming May 7

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eee pad transformer 

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is listed on Amazon Canada's site as coming May 7. Asus is trying to differentiate it's Eee Pad Transformer from other Honeycomb tablets by allowing the 10.1-inch touchscreen to be used as a stand-alone device or while plugged into a full-sized QWERTY keyboard. 

The spec list looks good for this under the radar tablet as well:

  • 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen
  • Attachable full QWERTY keyboard
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1 GHz processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • 5 MP rear camera
  • 1080p video playback
  • 2 USB ports
  • SD card reader
  • 16GB model for $399 Canadian Dollars (approx $410 USD) (Amazon)
  • 32GB model for $499 Canadian Dollas (approx $514 USD) (Amazon)

If you've been on the fence about springing for a tablet but unsure, another strong competitor will enter the game come May 7 with very competitive pricing. [Amazon]

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3 years ago

Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab reduced to $199.99 come April 3

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Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab reduced to $199.99 come April 3

If you're either not really feeling the price, size or carrier for the Motorola Xoom the Samsung Galaxy Tab is still a viable option if you're looking to buy into an Android tablet. Sprint we can only assume, is hoping you feel the same way as new information shows they'll be dropping the price on their contracted Samsung Galaxy Tab devices.

Right now, it'll cost you $299.99 on a new two-year contract but if you can hold out until April 3 you'll be able to pick one up for $199.99. If no contract is more to your liking it looks as though the Suggested Retail Price is getting a drop as well, so you can grab one no-contract for $429.99. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Dropbox beta updates to 1.0.9.3

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If you are a Dropbox for Android user, and enjoy checking out the latest and greatest in all Android applications, you will be happy to know that the application has been updated. They have announced version 1.0.9.3, which added additional language support, along with Honeycomb support, and a number of additional fixes that are to be found publicly in version 1.1. Some of these fixes include:

  • Lock Code now protects your Dropbox from prying eyes.
  • Better checking for file modifications before uploading
  • Displays error message when SD card is full
  • Removed permission to read phone state and identity, since it's no longer needed.
  • Added permission to prevent phone from sleeping, so uploads & downloads finish when your screen turns off.
  • Mobile Tour gives an overview of Dropbox features on first login.

For full details, and download links be sure to head over to the Dropbox forums. [Dropbox]

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3 years ago

American Airlines kicks off Mobile Million Sweepstakes for Android users

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American Airlines has announced its Mobile Million Sweepstakes for Android. The company is celebrating the launch of its Android app. And when American Airlines celebrates, it throws air miles at people -- well, kind of. One lucky winner will win 1 million American Airlines AAdvantage miles.

To enter, all you gotta do is download the app and fill out the contest sign-up form -- and that's it! Boom, you're entered to win.. And if you really want to increase your chances, email your friends an invite to the contest, too.

Additionally, American Airlines is giving away 30 Nook Colors, for every 30 days of the contest. The contest starts today and runs until April 28. For more information and fun little video visit this link: www.aa.com/androidpromo [PRNewswire]

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3 years ago

SFR to carry the HTC Pyramid in France by the end of May

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Well, I guess that answers our question. France appears to be getting the HTC Pyramid by the "end of May." The Pyramid makes an appearance on what looks like an ad for French carrier SFC. This 4.3-inch device, powered by a 1.2GHz processor has been popping up a lot lately. Where will it show up next? Hopefully on an ad for a U.S. carrier.  [FrAndroid] Thanks, g123k!

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3 years ago

Age of Zombies coming to Xperia Play, other Android devices

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Age of Zombies

OK, now I want a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Wasn't quite sold before. But this teaser of Age of Zombies -- which along with zombies has the odd dinosaur or two -- has got me on board. I'm ready for some zombie-killing-Xperia-Play-playing.

The good news is that while we don't yet have the Xperia Play here in the U.S. (it's coming to Verizon soon), Age of Zombies will be made available for other devices.

Enough reading. You've gotta check out the video of it in action after the break.

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3 years ago

U.S. Cellular gets the Samsung Gem for just $29.99 after rebate, contract

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Samsung Gem

It's been seen on Alltel, Bluegrass Cellular and deep inside Verizon stores, and now US Cellular has the Samsung Gem. As you'll recall, it's a mid-range 3.2-inch (WQVGA display) Android 2.2 device with a 3.2MP camera and 800MHz processor.

The Gem will be available on April 1 for a mere $29.99 after $80 mail-in rebate. [US Cellular]

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3 years ago

Cellular South to pair Xoom WiFi with free-on-contract MiFi

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 Motorola Xoom WiFi

Cellular South has made it official that it will be selling the Motorola Xoom WiFi along with a MiFi, the latter of which you can get free if you sign up for a data contract. Yup, totally called it

The Xoom itself will be the standard $599, so if you live in an area with good Cellular South coverage, this deal might actually be better than getting the 3G Xoom on-contract from Verizon as you can easily share the MiFi data connection with other devices.  They aren't quite ready to sell you the combo just yet, but hopefully it will be available soon. Check out the press release past the break. [Cellular South]

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3 years ago

Google to have independent reviews of privacy procedures every two years

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google-buzz

Remember all that buzz that Google Buzz brought -- along with the controversy over privacy? Well, the good folks at Google recognized that things probably could have been handled better, and they're going to make sure of that.

Google has finally reached an agreement with the FTC and as a result of everything that has happened they will now be having independent reviews of their privacy procedures every two years. Users will have to give an affirmation consent before a change can be made to how their personal information is used. [Google Blog]

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3 years ago

HTC gives its Flyer tablet an official 6-minute video

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HTC Flyer video

The HTC Flyer (see our hands-on at Mobile World Congress and with the Wifi-only version coming to Best Buy) is one of the most anticipated Android tablets, with its aluminum unibody design or the Scribe system that lets you write on just about anything. So whether you are a HTC fan, someone looking at getting a new tablet, or just like all things Android, be sure to check out HTC's official promo video after the break, and see just how incredible the Flyer is. [HTC YouTube]

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3 years ago

Another custom in-dash installation of a Motorola Xoom [from the forums]

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A couple of weeks back we saw one of our forums members make their own custom Motorola Xoom car dock, and others have been inspired to do the same. Android Central forums user buurin has taken the mount to the next level, putting it on a pivoting mount and connecting it to an amp under the drivers seat, with a volume knob next to the emergency brake. Check it all out in the forums! [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Phil talks tablets, Nook Color hackery, on Denver's KWGN-TV

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 Phil-talks-nook-color

Our very own Phil Nickinson has been quite a busy man, pumping out news, heading down to CTIA to bring us all the coverage, talking tablets with our sister sites, and now hitting TV. As we all know, the Nook Color is a pretty amazing little e-reader turned tablet, and a local TV station out of Denver took to making it a known fact.

“They want to see what people can do with their products. They don't mind a little bit of hackery,” Phil said

Phil is joined by Tim Stevens of Engadget to talk about the Nook Color, and how it is the most affordable Android tablet on the market currently. Check out the video after the break, and hit up our Nook Color forums for all the instructions. [KWGN]

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3 years ago

PlayStation emulator PSX4Droid pulled from the Android Market

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PlayStation emulator PSX4Droid pulled from the Android Market

Back when PSX4Droid was initially announced a lot of users were pleased to of have had a PlayStation emulator arrive on the scene. Here we are now, many months later and we're getting a Sony Ericsson built device with PlayStation gaming capabilities built right. I'm guessing at the time no one thought that would happen but indeed, it has.

Now, with Sony Ericsson Xperia Play arriving on the scene it appears as though some emulators are being removed from the Android Market with Google citing "Content Policy violation" as the reasoning and some folks wondering if Sony is really behind their removal. Google however, only offered a short statement on the matter:

"We remove apps from Android Market that violate our policies."

We're not ready to blame Sony for this, however, Zodttd, the developer behind PSX4Droid, has quickly asserted he is under that impression while others blame improper GPL License use as the reason. Be it suspicious timing, GPL license issues or just plain bad luck -- other emulators of the same nature still remain in the Android Market namely, FPSe. That begs the question what the deal was with PSX4Droid? [Twitter; via PocketGamer, Engadget, Mobiputing and JoyStiq]

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3 years ago

Mobiado & Aston Martin partner to show what a high-end phone looks like

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Have you ever wondered what an extremely high-end and rather revolutionary Android device would look like? Well, pretty much everything you could dream it to be was done by Mobiado when they constructed the CPT002 in conjunction with Aston Martin. The device, while still only a concept, has a sapphire crystal capacitive touchscreen that sits between two platinum bars. These platinum bars hold the processor, battery, SIM card slot and all the other goodies. The device will also act as a proximity fob, and will allow you to lock and unlock your car when you are close to the vehicle with the device. Pretty interesting to see what can be done when the limit is the sky, and people get creative. [Mobiado via AutoBlog]

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