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3 years ago

First Need for Speed: Most Wanted trailer released, coming soon to Google Play

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EA has released the first teaser trailer for the mobile version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted, which is due to land on Android and iOS in the next few weeks. It's a short, 30-second affair showing some gameplay highlights, including the kind of nitrous-fuelled disregard for road safety we've come to expect from one of EA's leading racing franchises. As we'd expect from a big-budget title, it's visually impressive, and we hope high-powered Android handsets will be able to enjoy this level of eye candy when the game lands on Google Play later in October.

Check out the trailer for yourself above. We'll keep you updated when the game eventually arrives on Google Play.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini up for pre-order at Phones4U, on-contract prices revealed

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UK retailer Phones4U has placed the newly-announced Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini up for pre-order on its site, along with the first details of on-contract pricing. The phone, which will come in white and blue, will be sold on by P4U on Vodafone, Orange and O2, and will be available for free on contracts starting at £25 per month. That'll get you a 24-month contract on Vodafone, with 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB. If you're after a little more data, O2 offers 500MB for £27 per month. Cheaper deals are available, but you'll pay an up-front fee for the phone.

SIM-free prices were revealed yesterday -- in the UK, the Galaxy S3 Mini will set you back just short of £300 if purchased by itself.

The Galaxy S3 Mini shares its design with its big brother, but the internal components have been downgraded to fit with the phone's smaller form factor and lower price tag. It's powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, and packs 8 or 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD card. Around the back, there's a 5MP autofocus camera. It does at least come with the latest version of Android -- 4.1 Jelly Bean -- along with Samsung's latest TouchWiz Nature UX.

Anyone tempted by the S3 Mini given what we now know about pricing? Shout out in the comments.

Source: Phones4U

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3 years ago

Motorola RAZR i now available on Orange UK

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The European launch of Motorola's new Intel-powered RAZR i continues, with the phone's debut on Orange UK this morning. From today, UK buyers can pick up the RAZR i for free on tariffs starting at £31 per month. That'll get you 400 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB  of UK data on Orange's "Panther" plan. As ever, more expensive plans are available with larger usage limits.

The RAZR i is the first Intel-powered Android smartphone from a major manufacturer, and the first to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (and a promised Jelly Bean update). It features a 2GHz Intel Atom CPU with HyperThreading technology, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera and a "edge-to-edge" qHD SuperAMOLED display. Aside from the CPU, it shares its design and many of its software components with the Qualcomm-powered Verizon Droid RAZR M.

To learn more about the RAZR i, be sure to check out our full review. Alternatively, hit the source link to view Orange's pricing info.

Source: Orange

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3 years ago

Two new games hit the Tegra Zone -- Sumioni and Razor Salvation

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If you've got a Tegra 3 device, like the Nexus 7, there are two great new games available -- Sumioni and Razor Salvation. Both are Tegra 3 optimized, meaning that the gameplay, textures and physics will be killer, When developers get together with Nvidia to build these Tegra-optimized apps, the experience goes beyond what anyone expects on a mobile device.

We've got our hands on the apps, and will be giving them a solid look in the next few days, but in the meantime hit the jump to see some screenshots and descriptions. And of course, the download links.

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3 years ago

Motorola starting Droid Bionic Ice Cream Sandwich soak test

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Some folks have sent emails into Droid-Life indicating that they've been contacted by Motorola to participate in a "soak test" for an Ice Cream Sandwich update on their Droid Bionic. If you haven't seen this go down before, Motorola likes to try and slowly offer an update to specific users to test out before pushing it to the rest of users. It's probably a good strategy in case there are any last-minute bugs, but hopefully it won't be too long of a process.

Motorola has backpedaled a bit in their commitment to update the Bionic to Ice Cream Sandwich in the past, but this will be a good way to make amends with the loyal Bionic owners.

Source: Droid-Life

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3 years ago

10-Inch Nexus tablet rumors, Extra sensitive touch on 4.1.2? [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

We've got nearly 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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3 years ago

Heads up: No AC podcast tonight

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There was this little thing in San Diego, so the podcast is on hold. Don't worry -- we have a lot of Nexus rumors to chew through and we're planning on tackling them tomorrow with a special edition of sorts. You all will just have to settle for Biden and Ryan instead of AC's fab four tonight. 

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3 years ago

Google posts more 4.1.2 factory images, and the ICS image for the Nexus Q

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Google has posted the 4.1.2 factory images for the non-playstore "Yakju" versions of the Galaxy Nexus, and for the world versions (i9020t, i9023) of the Nexus S this afternoon, giving users of these devices a valid safety net should they need one.

More interestingly, the factory image for the Nexus Q was also uploaded. It's still Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.4) as expected,  but we all hope that it's a sign that Google is finally ready to do something with the cannonball. Bring it we say!

If you're in need, or just don't like waiting for OTA updates, hit the source link and grab them.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Dropbox app updated with refreshed UI and photo improvements

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Dropbox is the long standing king of consumer-focused universal cloud storage solutions and it continues to update its Android app with new features and refinements. The latest update -- version 2.2 -- brings a new UI for the entire app and several improvements around managing photos.

The blue and white contrast UI is still here but with a more intense blue, with small tab buttons on the top and more pronounced contrast with the white icons. Folder views are the same, except now your camera upload list is in its own tab with more of a "gallery" feel. Images are loaded with thumbnails and categorized by date. One tap on an image brings you to a full screen view with the normal favorite, share, export and delete keys. We're happy to see that Dropbox has also integrated the "holo" design standards insofar as the search and overflow settings button are concerned.

You can grab the app or an update from the Google Play Store link above, and stick around after the break for a few screenshots of the UI improvements.

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3 years ago

On brand loyalty and blind hate

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So it's starting to look like the idea of an LG built Nexus device is true. Of course, nothing is ever final until it's final, but all the evidence points towards us seeing one in the near future. New Nexus -- awesome, right?

You would think so. But across the Intertubes, I'm seeing something that's got me scratching my head. People are mad -- not just figuratively, but really upset -- because they didn't want anyone except their favorite phone manufacturer to make the next Google reference device. It's a bit ridiculous, because not one of the people complaining has used or even seen the supposed LG Nexus.

On the Internet, people who swear allegiance to a company or brand are labeled as fanboys. It's a good, descriptive term. When you don't consider how anyone else but company X can do anything better, you're a fanboy. It's always a load of laughs to make fun of the fanboys, especially when it comes to smartphones. Words like Fandroids and iSheep make for some legendary blog comment threads.

It's all getting a bit ridiculous. These companies that feed on consumer loyalty worship don't deserve any of it. Google, Samsung, HTC, Apple, Microsoft and the rest need us more than we need them, and buying into the mindset that nothing is better than a <insert device of the month> here is bullshit. Corporations need to work to earn our money, instead of us lining up to throw it at them. The people behind those fancy desks don't know you, nor do they care about anything more than how many dollars they can get from you. That's how a successful business works, no matter who is running it.

Bring on the LG Nexus I say. In fact, I don't care who makes it, as long as it keeps furthering innovation in software and brings new features to the table. The next Nexus could be made by Casio, come with a battery in a bag and weigh five pounds, and to me it would still be better than most other phones I see on the shelves at the AT&T or Verizon store. You might think differently, and that's OK -- as long as you're thinking. 

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3 years ago

Play Store update pushing out, brings expandable notifications and removable entries from all apps tab

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There's some changes afoot with the Google Play Store application, and we're pleased to say many of you are going to be pretty darn happy about it. A new update is beginning to push out -- version 3.9.16 if you're counting -- and brings with it a new headline feature. Now -- finally -- we're able to remove unwanted applications from the 'All' tab in My Apps. Hallelujah! 

When opening said tab in the latest version, we're presented with a symbol at the side of each application which with a simple tap allows us to remove it from the list altogether. Equally, a long press allows for multiple apps to be selected for deletion at one time. We just had a complete -- and swift -- clear out of our three year old list of downloaded applications. 

That's not all though. Also included is a slightly improved notification system for app updates, at least on Jelly Bean anyway. Taking advantage of the new expandable notifications, the update notification will now tell you which app, or apps -- up to the first few anyway. We're also seeing our position retained within a list, so when you pop in and out of app listings, you aren't returned to the top. 

If you're seeing the update yourselves, be sure to shout out in the comments below should you see something new that we didn't mention. And, if you click on past the break we've got a smattering of screenshots for you.

via Android Police

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3 years ago

Motorola launches the Intel powered RAZR i in France

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Following the recent retail availability in neighboring Britain, Motorola has today made available for purchase the RAZR i in France. The Intel powered RAZR i is available on contract from SFR starting at €9.90, or SIM-free for €399 from selected retailers. 

We found the RAZR i to be a surprisingly competant device, with a decent camera and a bright -- if a litttle fuzzy -- edge to edge display. The thing that continues to concern is the off contract price. The RAZR i is a mid-range device that is sitting a little too close to the high-end price range. However, if you think this could be the phone for you, be sure to check out our review before parting with your hard earned. The full press release can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

LG Nexus shown off in 360-degree animation

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The LG Nexus (E960) has been getting plenty of attention lately -- most recently in some high-quality photos -- and is now available to look at in detail in a full 360-degree animation. The website Onliner.by has been publishing most of the recent leaks of the device, and has put together a pretty high quality look at it from all angles. You can click and drag left and right to rotate, and double click to zoom in on a particular area. This is surely the best overall view of the device we've gotten access to, and we think it looks pretty darn nice.

Be sure to take a look at the source link below, and then contribute to the discussion in our forums where many have already expressed their reactions about the device.

Source: Onliner.by; via Android Central Forums, Rumored Devices

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3 years ago

The Tribez sets up camp on Android

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The Tribez, a popular free casual sim game for iOS, has just migrated to Google Play. A lot of the same ol' FarmVille shtick is here, where you need to check in on your buildings collect coins, grow your settlement, and supplement your progress with in-app purchases if you're feeling it. There's not much in the way of multiplayer here, but there are a bunch of missions to embark upon, resources to exploit, buildings to construct, and a little pet dinosaur to train. Over time, you can expeand your territory over 6 islands in the prehistoric area. 

I've put a fair bit of time into The Tribez, and the graphics are surprisingly good for this kind of game. The in-app purchases can be a little on the pushy side, but if you're looking for a game that's a notch or two more casual than SimCity, The Tribez may be worth checking out - especially since it's free. 

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3 years ago

Spanish Carphone Warehouse showing registration page for 32GB Nexus 7

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Despite no official announcement -- still -- of an incoming 32GB version of the Google Nexus 7, the evidence continues to mount. Following on from the recent, accidental, shipping of a 32GB tablet to one lucky Japanese customer, the Spanish leg of Carphone Warehouse has posted a registration page for the device on their website. 

A registration page is all this is, yet is another valuable piece of information about the device. While rumored to be replacing the current 16GB version, at this time this is exactly that. A rumor. What we do get from PhoneHouse.es however is an indicative European price for the 32GB Nexus 7. They've priced it at an all round pretty reasonable €279 (£224/$360.) It's a slight bump on the current Euro pricing, of around £25/€30 which, if true, isn't a bad price uplift for doubling the storage. 

But, until we have something official, we have nothing official. We know it's coming, we just don't know where, when, and how much Google might end up charging. Sit tight folks. 

Source: PhoneHouse.es via AndroidPolice

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