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4 years ago

Boost Mobile needs help naming its next Android phone

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Are you a fan of Boost Mobile? Want to help them name their next Android phone? Survey links are being e-mailed out doing just that. Five choices are listed:

  • Director
  • Lux
  • Warp
  • Rhyme
  • Forge

For our money, we'd probably go Director or Forge. How bout you guys?

Thanks, girldroid!

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Roboto

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I think most of you would agree gaming on Android has improved, but there's not quite as many heavy-hitters as we'd like. That's why I'm so excited to introduce you to a new game in the Market -- Roboto.

Simply put, Roboto is out-of-this-world awesome. You play a hoverboarding robot on a quest to find his lady love after she takes a spontaneous trip into the wild blue yonder right in front of your eyes. Is the story original? Not so much, but it doesn't matter. The gameplay is where it's at, and in this regard, Roboto delivers.

You're looking at a typical side-scroller, standard fare to any of us who grew up in the '90s. Where things get interesting is when you look at all the futuristic, robo-inspired tricks and abilities in the gameplay. For starters, you've got an energy gun. I'm not quite sure what to call it, but it shoots out little blue orbs, and when enough of them pew-pew your enemies, they explode.

There's also environmental things, like the reverse gravity portals, for lack of a better term. Whenever you pass one of these physics-defying purple spots, your whole world gets turned upside down. Roboto flips over and starts riding on the ceiling, and it's wild. There's usually a purpose for one being in your way, so take that into account and just go with the flow, and you'll be a happy camper hoverboarding robot.

There's also some cool wall climbing you can do, but only if you jump right next to a wall. It's a fun, not-often-seen ability, and it's a lifesaver (literally) if you find yourself overestimating your jump distance and near-plummeting to your demise. There's also a hover function for your hoverboard. Did I mention that?

On every level there are three big gears that are just asking to be collected. Successfully collect all three and you're on your way to some big point bonuses when you finish a level. Other factors that influence your score are things like enemies destroyed, energy left in your bar, time, and other gears picked up. It's a fun incentive to add some replayability to levels, especially for the completionists out there.

The touch controls are responsive and tight, just as they should (but often aren't) be on any game. In my time playing Roboto, I didn't experience any lag or stuttering between the joystick and my movement on-screen, and the jump and shoot buttons just work. It sounds like something small, but if you've played as many games with poor touch recognition as I have, you'll instantly recognize that this is something great.

The graphics are buttery smooth, eye-catching, and overall gorgeous, to boot. There's an incredible layer of polish from top to bottom here, and having graphics this impressive on an Android phone is something I definitely hope to see more of.

I can easily say that Roboto is one of the finest games I've played on Android to date. From the graphics to the gameplay, the lack of load times and the responsive controls, I'd recommend this to anyone. Fenix Fire has obviously developed an incredible product worthy of your time, and if you're interested in getting your game on, Roboto is where I'd do it. Roboto runs $2.99 right now, but after August 8th is jumping up to $4.99, so for a premium price and a great game, it's definitely something I'd jump on sooner rather than later.

Tons of pictures, plus the download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II U.S. sign up page now live, for what it's worth

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Yes, after many reports of the sign-up page coming for the Samsung Galaxy S II -- the sign up page for the Samsung Galaxy S II is finally here. Not that it really helps push the device along or anything like that. In fact, it just means you'll be handing over your e-mail to Samsung so that they can e-mail at some point close to when the device is available in the U.S. But as history dictates, those emails come long after we've announced the availability here on the Android Central blogs. So you can sign up or, you know, just stick close to us.

Source: Samsung

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4 years ago

Accessory review: Xperia Play DK300 multimedia dock

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Desk clutter is always something to be avoided, and smartphone stands have long been a great way to stop expensive chunks of technology from getting getting in your way as you go about your business. Alongside the Xperia Play, the first PlayStation-certified smartphone, Sony Ericsson has launched the DK300 multimedia dock, which keeps your Play safely locked in place, while adding some interesting new functionality.

Physically, the DK300's glossy plastic shell matches the look of the Xperia Play. On the whole, it looks good, though like anything made out of shiny black plastic, it's a magnet for fingerprints, smudges and dust. The Xperia Play drops into the DK300 in landscape orientation, and its micro-USB and headphone jack ports lock it in place. Once the phone detects the DK300, it switches into "nightstand" mode, giving you a large clock and weather display, alongside links to the gallery, music and alarm apps, as well as the launcher.

Around the back of the dock, you'll find an additional micro-USB port and headphone jack, allowing you to easily hook up the Xperia Play to a charger, computer or external speakers. Thanks to the fact that the dock works in landscape orientation, you're free to play back video content as well as music, though gaming using the built-in gamepad is probably out of the question.

Our only real beef with the DK300 is its RRP, which is definitely a on the steep side at £29.99 (~$45). However, if you shop around you'll be able to pick one up for as little as £15 (~$23). If you do, you'll find it's a great way to extend the multimedia capability of your Xperia Play, while making charging a little easier and freeing up surface space.

Join us after the jump for more photos of the DK300 multimedia dock for Xperia Play.

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4 years ago

Gogo Inflight finishing up its Android app, gives us a tease

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If you're up in the air anywhere near as much as we are, you've likely used Gogo Inflight to get online at 30,000 feet. We've long been awaiting a proper Android app, and it looks like we're closing in on takeoff. (Plane pun No. 1.) Until now, if you wanted to use your Android device on Gogo's network, you'd have to wing it (pun No. 2) and sign in with the mobile browser. It works, but far from a smooth ride (pun No. 3). This app should make things much easier.

For now, we've just got this teaser pic on Facebook. But keep your eyes to the sky (pun No. 4) for the app to be released soon.

Source: Facebook

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4 years ago

Verizon ED05 update now available for Samsung Fascinate owners

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Unless you've managed to wrangle your way into a new device from Verizon, you've no doubt been dealing with some bugs on your Samsung Fascinate. The previously mentioned ED05 update that fixes the incoming call and various other bugs is now available for download through system updates. Still, it may worthwhile to give Verizon a call and see about getting a refurbished Droid X2, Incredible 2 or Droid Charge. Unless you're quite fond of your Samsung Fascinate -- in which case, you should just grab the update.

Source: Verizon; Thanks, Herb!

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4 years ago

Video gives an early look at ASUS' EeePad Slider

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ASUS has already seen widespread success with its EeePad Transformer, but up until now we haven't seen much of the device that launched alongside it -- the EeePad Slider. Today, Romanian blog ImiDoresc.ro has published a short video presentation featuring a prototype of the Honeycomb tablet, showing off its trademark slide-out keyboard and software, based on Android 3.1.

Join us after the jump to check out the video. The EeePad Slider is due to launch in Europe this Fall, having recently been delayed past its original August release window. Be sure to let us know in the comments whether you'd prefer a device like the Slider over the traditional slab of glass.

Source: ImiDoresc.ro. Thanks, lau!

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4 years ago

Nyan Cat Android live wallpaper

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No need to thank us. Just doing our jobs here. Download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

June Nielsen numbers show Android atop OS heap

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Android is the top operating system in the United States, according to June data just released by Nielsen. Android hold a 39 percent share of the U.S. smartphone market, with iOS coming in second with 28 percent and Blackberry in third with 20 percent. Bringing up the rear is WP7 with nine percent, and Symbian and WebOS with 2 percent each.

Though Android is the OS to beat, Apple still holds the title of top smartphone manufacturer, claiming all 28 percent of iOS's market share. Among the devices running Android, HTC holds a slim lead with 14 percent market share, followed by Motorola at 10 percent, Samsung at 8 percent, and all other manufacturers accounting for the remaining 6 percent. Hit the source link for the Nielsen's full press release.

Source: Nielsen

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4 years ago

Have an old busted phone? Win our new Motorola Droid 3!

Let's face it, there are a lot of you out there with the original Motorola Droid, and it's probably starting to look a little haggard. Tell you what: We're going to give one lucky person our (mostly) brand new Motorola Droid 3. And being the benevolent bloggers that we be, let's sweeten the deal. Here's what we'll do:

  • One lucky person will will our Motorola Droid 3. (You'll be on your own for Verizon's service, though.) And we'll throw in $50 worth of accessories from the Android Central Store, too, and an Android Central T-shirt, too.
  • One other lucky person's gonna get a $50 store certificate, plus a free Android Central T-shirt.
  • And three more of you will win Android Central T-shirts.

What do you have to do to win? Take a picture of your old and busted phone. Doesn't have to be a Motorola Droid. Could be any smartphone. Or, hell, a feature phone. So long as it's old and busted. (But don't go dragging your RAZR through the streets, ya dig?) Then head into the forums via the link below, and post your pic. We'll choose the winners at 5 p.m. EST Aug. 5, and announce 'em here on the blog.

It's a U.S. phone, of course, but we can ship T-shirts to a number of countries, so those of you outside the U.S. won't be left out. Now take your pics, and post 'em in the forums! Good luck!

Post your pic here to win a Motorola Droid 3!

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4 years ago

Sprint Premiere customers can now order Motorola Photon 4G

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What makes a Sprint Premiere customer a "premiere customer?" How's about the ability to order the Motorola Photon 4G a couple days before most peeps? Last week we saw a lucky member get his device a bit early, and we went hands on with it back at the Sprint event, but now the wait is over. Premiere customers can now place orders for the device, and it will be publicly available on July 31 for $199 on contract.

Source: Sprint

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4 years ago

Logitech dropping the price of the Revue to $99

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After a disappointing financial year, Logitech will be dropping the price of its Google TV box, the Revue, from $249 to $99.

Sales declined 4 percent year over year while they reported an operating loss of $45 million compared to an operating income of $12 million just a year ago.

Due to this and the desire to get broader adoption of the Google TV platform, Logitech will drop the price drastically. This puts the device right in line with the Roku box and Apple TV.

If you've been holding out from buying Google TV due to price, you may want to hop on this deal from Logitech. Especially because we're expecting Honeycomb to hit the platform sometime this summer (see our first look from I/O), which should bring an abundance of apps to your TV. See the press release from Logitech after the break.

Source: Logitech

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4 years ago

White Samsung Galaxy S II pictured

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British online retailer MobileFun has what seems to be the first official photo of the white Samsung Galaxy S II that was revealed yesterday. The white version, which so far has only shown up for pre-order at stores in the UK, will set you back between £410 and £500 depending on where you go.

Euros can pick up a white Galaxy S II from August 15. As yet there's no word on whether the US models will be available in white in addition to the standard black. Our fingers remain firmly crossed.

Source: MobileFun; via: Eurodroid

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: The Economist

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The Economist is one of the most popular and respected magazines when it comes to international relations and global politics. That’s why it’s a shame it took so long to get an official app for the Android platform. Nevertheless, it's here for non-Honeycomb devices at least, and it’s pretty good.

First thing’s first: you need to have a subscription to The Economist to use this app. You will be able to download it without one, but it will be pretty useless.

When you first open the app, you'll see the latest issue's front cover. You can also swipe left for back issues if you would like. In order to read the issue, you’ll have to download it to your device, which can be done automatically or manually. In the settings, you can choose whether the auto-download feature will do so on 3G or WiFi-only. When you click the issue manually, it will start downloading instantly, so data conscious users be wary. You can always cancel it if you accidentally start it over 3G and don't want to do so.Once the download is complete, click on the issue to view the Contents page, which gives you quick access to any section you want.

The actual text and content pages are constructed well with a good default font size (that can be adjusted) and a Night and Day setting to appease different preferences. Day is on by default which means the pages will have a white back with black text. Turning the Night setting on turns the page black and the font white to make it easier on your eyes.

Navigating the issue is straightforward. When you’re on a specific page, rather than having to go back to the table of contents, you can swipe left or right to get to the previous or next article.

In the settings, there is also an option to lock the orientation mode if you have a distinct preference.

There is a widget that comes with the app that displays the latest issue as well as prior issues. You can quickly swipe around to find the one that you prefer and once clicked on, it will open the app.

As many readers of The Economist know, with a subscription, you also get access to the full audio edition of the issue. The app provides the complete audio so if you prefer to listen during a commute you have that option. You can download the entire magazine or choose different sections and even create a playlist. The audio download, unlike the text, is only available if you’re on a WiFi connection.

All in all, The Economist is a good app from the popular magazine. It provides a very usable and pleasant experience to read it on the go. For any fan that has a phone or non-Honeycomb tablet I would highly recommend it. Hopefully the Honeycomb version we saw back in February is released sooner rather than later.

Please find more pictures after the break as well as links to the app.

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4 years ago

4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 available at Verizon today

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If you have been waiting for a 4G LTE tablet ever since the Motorola Xoom was announced back at CES, but were quite sad to see that the 4G upgrade was pushed back, you will be happy to know you can get a 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 today from Verizon. Since it was announced the Tab 10.1 has been quite hyped, we reviewed it not only once, but twice, so be sure to check those out prior to leaving your house to go grab your 4G tab today. Be sure to sound off in the forums and let us know your initial thoughts, and what types of things you will be using that 4G for while on the go!

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