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2 years ago

Nexus S hitching a ride back into space on the final shuttle flight

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The space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled for its (and the shuttle program's) final launch today (weather permitting). And while its most precious cargo is the astronauts on board, probably the most nerdy is the addition of a pair of Nexus S Android smartphones, making yet another jaunt into the final frontier.

The "Pure Google" phones will be put to use on Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (thankfully acroynmed "Spheres"), which are small CO2-powered contraptions that test orbital maneuvers.

Wonder if they've just been rooted.

Source: CNET

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Float

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Float is one of those games you come across that has a deceptively boring idea behind it that you're willing to write it off, but once you try it, you realize it's a lot of fun. As it was put to me, Float is a game that "makes you feel happy." While I'll leave that up to each one of you, I will tell you it's a game about keeping balloons from getting popped.

Float's gameplay is relatively simple: tap the balloons to keep the from falling onto the spikes. If you lose three balloons, it's game over. You can tap them high on the screen to ensure you never lose a life, but the game entices you to take risks by providing you with a bonus line that multiples your points 10 times over if you wait for the balloon to drop beneath it.

Rounds last around 25 seconds, on average, and the timer loudly clicks down the last couple of seconds so you know the end is nigh. At the conclusion of a round, the balloons fly away, you're shown how long the new round is, and more balloons continue to rain down.

To keep gameplay from getting completely and utterly stale, Crawl Space Games have added in just a mad plethora of different game options. While the actual tapping the balloons is the same, there's some added mechanics, like lose one balloon and your game is over. Then there's the opposite of the standard game, called Up & Away. In this game mode, you tap the top of your balloon to keep it from floating off the top of your screen.

It's definitely a nice touch and keeps the replay value higher than if you were just slinging birds tapping balloons up the entire time. That being said, Float is very much a game in the same vein as Angry Birds, a time-killer/think-about-nothing kind of experience. It's definitely entertaining, just doesn't require much thought after a while.

There's a free version as well as a paid version in the Market for 99 cents, but based on their descriptions, they seem to be the same app. Perhaps if you feel like donating, that's what the paid app is for. For a bit of pointless fun, free isn't a bad price, though.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Central Asks: What feature are you looking for in your next device

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As we all know tons and tons and tons of Android devices are dropping all the time, and keeping up with the newest device on the market is enough to make anyone want to file bankruptcy. Comparing all the specs of the devices can be a daunting task, as it appears each time you are comfortable with a decision, something new is releasing, or being announced. So, where do you draw the line? What is the most important feature about a new device for you, is it screen size, resolution, processor, operating system, camera, or something else? Be sure to take a second out of your busy day, and let us know what is most important to you in your decision making process. 

What feature is most important in your next phone purchase?survey software

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2 years ago

Scrabble is getting wordy on Android next week

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EA Mobile demoed Scrabble for Android recently at EA's summer press conference. The popular vocabulary game is set to release next week on Android for the first time. Wordsmiths will be able to embarrass their friends across Facebook, Android, and iOS devices. This isn't the first time we've seen a vocabulary game support cross platform gaming on Android. Words With Friends from Zynga has been testing gamers' vocab for months now. So we're wondering, are you going to jump over to Scrabble and abandon Words With Friends? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Kotaku

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2 years ago

AT&T-friendly Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc now shipping from Sony Store

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The Sony Ericsson's flagship phone, the Xperia Arc, has quietly made its way onto Sony's US store, priced at $599.99. There's no mention of any specific carrier, but the specs list it as running on AT&T's 3G bands -- 850MHz/1900MHz/2100MHz.

This will be the first opportunity for folks in the US to (officially) get hold of an Arc that'll play nicely with a domestic carrier's 3G network. The phone has been available in Europe since April, but imported units are limited to 2G connectivity over EDGE in the US. Right now there's no mention of the Arc on AT&T's official site, so for the moment there's no carrier-subsidized option for this device.

Hit the source link for more information and specs, and make sure to check our full review of the Xperia Arc if you're thinking about snapping one up.

Source: Sony Store

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2 years ago

Motorola Titanium heading to Sprint on July 24, $149 on contract

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The Motorola Titanium looks to be headed to Sprint on July 24 for a cool $149, according to the leaked flyer above. Don't recall the Titanium? Heck, we can't remember back to May either. To refresh your memories, the Titanium's got a full front QWERTY keyboard, 3.1-inch display, 5 MP rear camera, and Android 2.1 Froyo Eclair all housed inside a dust, shock, and heat-proof casing. Oh, it'll support Nextel's Direct Connect services too. Think of it as an indestructable walkie-talkie running Android. Pretty cool, huh? We'll keep an ear out for official word from Sprint, but if you're patiently holding out for a phone to put through the ringer, it looks like you won't have to wait much longer.

Source: Engadget; SprintFeed

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2 years ago

Citrix GoToMeeting and Citrix Receiver pre-loaded on Droid 3

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For those of you who managed to wrangle up a Motorola Droid 3 from telesales, when it arrives and your fire it up for the first time you'll find that Citrix GoToMeeting and Citrix Receiver are both pre-loaded on the device out of the box. If you're familiar with the web conferencing solution then you'll no doubt know that the Citrix GoToMeeting application is not yet available in the Android Market making the Droid 3 one of the first devices to have readily available access to it. You can jump on past the break for the full press release if you're interested in learning more.

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2 years ago

Sensitive screens, Android games [From the Forums]

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Thursday again and that means it is time for the Android Central podcast. We're going to be taking some time to get things prepared and you should as well. Have a look back through this weeks news, and once you're done there -- check out some of the forum threads below to pass some time:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

EVO 3D Overclocked to 1.7GHz, Sensation 4G to follow soon [Updated: Now available at 1.8GHz]

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Here's something to whet the appetites of EVO 3D and Sensation 4G owners alike, an overclock to 1.7GHz!  Michael Huang, the developer of SetCPU, posted this picture to Twitter of the EVO 3D running his application and clocked at 1728MHz.  Yes, the EVO 3D is still S-ON and still only has temporary root (no custom ROMs or kernels) but this was accomplished with a loadable kernel module.  For those of you who may not know, the Qualcomm MSM8660 utilized by the EVO 3D and Sensation 4G is a dual-core chip clocked at 1.2GHz out of the box, so this is a healthy increase over stock.  Huang promises it's coming soon, so you'll have to hold your horses for a little bit longer.  With S-OFF, full root, custom ROMs and kernels, is it possible we'll see 2GHz in the near future for these devices?  Sound off in the comments.

Update: The overclock for the EVO 3D has been released now and the clock speed has been upped to 1.8GHz.  You can check out the thread on XDA.

Thanks, hckyplayer024!  Source: @coolbho3k

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2 years ago

Android 3.2 coming to the Motorola Xoom in matter of days?

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We've heard the rumblings that Android 3.2 might be coming to a Huawei tablet, and that it'd could possibly be a specific version of Honeycomb for that smaller form factor.

But might it first hit the Motorola Xoom? It'd make sense, seeing as how the Xoom is the de facto Honeycomb reference device.

Issue No. 16992 in the Android Open Source Project has to do with Exchange support on the Xoom after the Android 3.1 update -- namely how it's not working.

Comment No. 28 on the issue, apparently made by a Googler, seems to address this, saying:

"There should be a 3.2 update coming within days, and that should help those of you with the Xoom.

So will we see Android 3.2 on the Xoom in the next week or two? News at 11.

Source: Android Open Source Project; Thanks, Joel!

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