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2 years ago

Archos announces the 70b Internet tablet, Honeycomb priced under $200

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Archos has been around for quite a while, but they are looking to break into the Android tablet market in a big way with their 70b Internet Tablet, which features Honeycomb and checks in at $199.  We don't have all the details when it comes to specs, but what we know puts this one squarely at odds with the likes of the Kindle Fire or HTC Flyer:

  • 1.2GHz CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • HDMI out
  • 1024x600 capacitive screen
  • Starting at 8GB internal storage
  • Micro SD Card slot
  • Android Market and Google Apps

Starting at $199 and coming in January 2012, it's certainly worth a look, which we'll be doing come CES -- which is right around the corner.  Hit the break for the full press release.

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2 years ago

Sphero rolls into consumers' hands, if you're lucky

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For some while we've been hearing about Sphero -- the magical robotic ball controlled by your Android device and now they're finally reaching customers hands (floors, tables, backyards etc.) if you're lucky. Shipments are slowly moving out but the folks at Orbotix have more coming.  In addition to the actual Sphero devices shipping, all of the apps are showing up in the Android Market as well.

  • Sphero - is the main app and has the important function of allowing you to update Sphero’s firmware automatically as new updates become available. It has basic driving functionality, basic draw n’ drive  functionality and other cool commands. You can also track your driving stats and achievements with Sphero World – an online gaming community for Sphero fans that is still in the works. Expect a lot more from Sphero World in the near future!
  • Sphero Drive - is the app that gives you total control of driving with customizable features.  Three speeds and driving methods are available – joystick, tilt, and RC.
  • Sphero Draw N’ Drive - allows you to draw on your screen and watch Sphero trace out your drawing on the floor. Simply shake your phone to erase!
  • Sphero Golf - brings out a whole new side of Sphero. Swing your phone or flick your finger to move Sphero down the course you create in your living room or office.
  • SpheroCam - allows you to record Sphero while you drive so that you never miss a moment.

If you've never got your order in on the first go, the folks from Orbotix are now taking preorders for the January 2012 and from the previous amount of orders placed -- we're guessing the price tag of $130 isn't stopping people, so likely best to get your order in as soon as possible. Jump on past the break to catch a video of Sphero in action.

Source: Sphero

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2 years ago

NFL Pro 2012 from Gameloft hits the Android Market

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Gameloft has released NFL Pro 2012 to the Android Market, latest in a series of big releases from Gameloft, following Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation.

As you can expect from the title, NFL Pro 2012 is a football game. With this game, Gameloft is testing their freemium model. The game itself is free, but you can purchase advanced plays and strategies once inside the game. If you don't feel like paying, you can unlock them by winning challenges.

Some of the highlights of this release include:

  • The improved AI promises a challenging game every time. You can also take on the advanced AI if you think you’re ready for the greatest challenge.
  • Choose from over 200 plays to beat your opponents or use the Playbook Editor to create your own tactics to outwit the opposition.
  • An assistant to help you make the right choices depending on time left, team skills and more!
  • Finely tuned gameplay will give you unmatched control when running, tackling or passing.
  • Thanks to motion capture technology, enjoy stunning graphics and an impressive level of detailed player animations that include running, tackling, celebrating touchdowns and more.

NFL Pro 2012 can be downloaded from both the Android Market and Gameloft HD Games Shop. For the Market download, please find links after the break as well as the official press release.

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2 years ago

Google being sued by BT over alleged patent infringements

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The Android world is no stranger to lawsuits, but the latest one coming from British Telecom goes right to the top. It's suing Google in the U.S. over claims that six of its  patents have been infringed on by technology found in Android, from the system itself through to Google+, Maps, Docs, Gmail and other Google services. 

The six involved patents are based around location based technology, navigation and guidance, and personalised access to content and services. One such example is said to be Google Maps' ability to display different information at different zoom levels. 

While BT claims it are acting in the interest of protecting their "intellectual property rights and innovation," Google has come out with the full intention of fighting the lawsuit. 

What isn't clear yet is whether or not BT intends to take similar action against Google in the European courts. 

Source: BBC

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2 years ago

Samsung's ICS upgrade list a predictable one: Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, Galaxy R, late-model tablets

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Samsung has given in sneak preview into some of its devices that will receive updates to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in 2012. They are:

  • Galaxy S II
  • Galaxy S II LTE
  • Galaxy Note
  • Galaxy R
  • Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • Galaxy Tab 8.9
  • Galaxy Tab 7.7
  • Galaxy Tab 7 Plus

That's an international list, of course. For those of us in the United States, we'll probably be waiting on announcements from the individual carriers. Par for the course, but no less frustrating. Samsung says the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note will be the first to be updated, starting in the first three months of 2012.

Source: Samsung

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2 years ago

Contest Winners: Isotoner smarTouch gloves!

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If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up shortly. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to this week's winners!

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2 years ago

Clash Of The Nexus Ninjas: Go on a 8-bit hunt for the Galaxy Nexus

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Just in case you never caught the prolougue for the game while watching the Galaxy Nexus unboxing video, Clash Of The Nexus Ninjas is a real game that is currently available in the Android Market. Based on the previous generation Nexus unboxing videos by Patrick Boivin, you get to play the red ninja who has to protect his new Galaxy Nexus from the likes of the black and white ninjas who have decided to join forces in an effort to steal your precious cargo. 

You'll have to kick and punch your way through six action packed levels full of enemies and bosses but don't be afraid to unleash Nexus power. It's a power that is so awesome -- it can take out a multitude of ninjas at once. Clash Of The Nexus Ninjas is available now for free -- download link is past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Google+ app update brings new photo views, allows you to start hangouts from phone

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We've gotten a sneak peek at some new features coming to Google+ as a whole, and the Android app just got itself a nice little update. Here's what's new:

  • Start a hangout from a Messenger conversation
  • New design of the photos album view
  • People suggestions when composing a Messenger conversation
  • New icons to show which photos have been uploaded to Google+ via Instand Upload
  • Ability to leave one-to-one Messenger Conversations
  • Bug fixes

Snag the update in the Market now, or at the links after the break.

Thanks, @Freeborock!

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2 years ago

Battery charged, Screen scratches [From the Forums]

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We're off! Starting out another week at Android Central and it's already been a pretty jam packed day. If you happened to miss out on any of todays events make sure you get caught up either here on the blogs or in the Android Central forums.

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2 years ago

HTC says infringed patent 'a small UI experience,' already has workaround

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The International Trade Commission has found that HTC products violate Apple patents, and the importation of devices will be banned starting in April of next year.  We don't yet know which devices are covered under this order -- HTC isn't yet saying -- only that "Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has found a violation of section 337 in this investigation and has issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting importation of infringing personal data and mobile communications devices and related software".  It's a pretty broad statement, and we're not going to second guess at it until we hear the full details.

HTC gave Android Central the following statement (updated 6:20 EST):

We are gratified that the Commission affirmed the judge’s initial determination on the ‘721 and ‘983 patents, and reversed its decision on the ‘263 patent and partially on the ‘647 patent. We are very pleased with the determination and we respect it. However, the ‘647 patent is a small UI experience and HTC will completely remove it from all of our phones soon.

While fans on one side will cheer, and fans on the other side will call foul, we all will lose.  Justice really is blind, and when it comes to technology and innovation, it also seems pretty damn stupid. 

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