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4 years ago

Waste your afternoon playing Nexus Contraptions (we are!)

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Sometimes, Google does something just because it's fun.  Nexus Contraptions, a browser-based game in the style of Apparatus is one of those things.  Move objects around so they get in the path of a "g" branded ball, and bounce it into the funnel.  Sounds easy, but it isn't.  Sounds fun, and it is!  You're timed, so if you're feeling competitive you have that, too. 

Fun aside, is this the first step to Google integrating web gaming?  If so, I like where it's going based on this one.  Now quit listening to me and go waste some time!

Nexus Contraptions via @googlenexus

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4 years ago

Vizio 8-inch Android tablet now available for pre-order

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Back at CES Vizio told us that they would be releasing an Android tablet this year, and they have held to that with an 8-inch Android 2.3-powered tablet that is now available for pre-order. We saw the device information and pricing pop up at WalMart, and now you can pre-order it direct from Vizio. The device appears to be launching with a $379 price tag which will get you an 8-inch 1024x768 display, a front facing camera, along with 2GB of available storage, all powered by a 1GHz processor. So, is the price right for you? Will you be snagging one of these for yourself or someone else?

Source: Vizio: Thanks, OJ!

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4 years ago

Cincinnati Bell updates Milestone XT720 to Froyo, throws in root access

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Now here's something you don't see every day. Cincinnati Bell has released the Android 2.2 update for the Motorola Milestone XT720 -- and long with it, a tool to root the thing.

Repeat: A carrier updated a phone and gave you a way to do it.

It's using the Super One Click method from CLShortFuse, launched through its own Android Commander app. Plus, it tosses in Titanium Backup. No two ways about it, that's pretty damn awesome.

Source: Cincinnati Bell; via Syrenz32
More: Shortfuse

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4 years ago

Google reportedly in talks to buy Hulu

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Google is participating in preliminary talks to buy Hulu, according to a report today by the Los Angeles Times. The article cited anonymous sources close to the situation who say that Google is interested in the advertising potential behind Hulu, which owns rights to a number of TV shows’ current seasons. Also participating in talks with Hulu are Yahoo and Microsoft.

While a takeover is far from reality, it would be a major acquisition for Google, and would likely have an impact felt across the company’s brands, including Android. Hulu player standard on all Android devices? We can dream. Hit the source link for the Times’ full report.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Thunderstorm Live Wallpaper

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I know that Android usually makes us all think about little green puppies and robotic rainbows, but sometimes, things can't always be so bright and sunny. Maybe your girlfriend just dumped you. Maybe you lost the chess tournament. Shoot, maybe you live in the South (like me!) and just wish it would rain once in a while!

If you find yourself in similar circumstances or just enjoy the doom and gloom a good thunderstorm brings, you've got to check out Thunderstorm Live Wallpaper.

Thunderstorm Live Wallpaper is an incredibly slick, detailed, and fairly realistic depiction of Mother Nature at her finest, and it runs really well, to boot.

Fortunately, you're not stuck with a one-trick pony, as Thunderstorm Live Wallpaper boasts a pretty full settings menu. From there, you can set cloud count, bolt frequency, wind speed, camera speed, and bolt color. They're all little things, but they're the kind of little thing that helps you make your wallpaper experience both unique and totally your own.

I mean, shoot, red lightning? That's too cool.

Thunderstorm Live Wallpaper is free in the Market, but there's also a donate version for 99 cents, if you're so inclined to show the developer some love. If you like lightning, storms, or are just looking for a new wallpaper to use, I'd definitely check out Thunderstorm Live Wallpaper.

A few more pictures as well as download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray listed for August 15 UK release at £350

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UK retailer Play.com has just added a pre-order listing for Sony Ericsson's recently-announced Xperia Ray, pricing the diminutive phone at £349.99, and showing an Aug. 15 release date. The Ray brings the hardware of the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo and shrinks it down even further, fitting it inside a tiny aluminum-framed chassis with a 3.3-inch display.

Pre-order prices and release dates are always subject to change, but both sound plausible to us in this instance. Sony Ericsson has already announced the Ray's availability in "selected markets" in Q3, and the £350 launch price would more or less match that of its larger, more plasticky sibling, the Xperia Neo.

Source: Play.com; via: Eurodroid

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4 years ago

HTC Flyer coming to T-Mobile UK this month

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After previously launching on Three, the HTC Flyer tablet will be on its way to T-Mobile UK later this month, as indicated by an update on the British network's "coming soon" page. There's no information on any specific release date or price points, but you can probably expect a significant discount on the 3G Flyer's £550+ retail price if you're buying one of these on-contract.

If you're thinking of picking up a Flyer, you can find out more about HTC's 7-inch, pen-toting device by reading our full review.

Source: T-Mobile UK

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4 years ago

HTC EVO 3D shows off its insides

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Seeing a beautiful device, like the HTC EVO 3D, torn down is always a terrifyingly amazing thing, it is incredible to see the insides, yet something that the owner never has the guts to do. Luckily for us franky_402 and lyon21 from the forums were kind enough to team up and record themselves taking the device apart for us all to see. The teardown ends with the device, well, torn apart, so let's hope these brave souls were able to get it back together and functional after putting the camera down. 

Source: Android Central Forums

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4 years ago

Google Translate needs a language lesson, apparently

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Technically, this is correct (as is the reverse), given all the features Apple Bogarted in iOS 5.

Source: Google Translate; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Google+ sees an update in the Market

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If there was any doubt Google was taking Google+ seriously, let's put those fears to rest right now. Not only did their android app for Google+ come out in the Market only a few days ago, it's already seeing its first update to improve it even more.

The changelog is pretty scant, but multiple Gmail accounts was something plaguing folks from the start, and UI polish is always welcomed. Good job, Google. Now, invites for everyone!

More: Google+ forums

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4 years ago

One way in which Google+ is beating Facebook

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

It actually works. What's up with Facebook rolling out updates that break things? This isn't the first time, either.

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4 years ago

Cut the Rope now available ad-free in the Android Market (Update: And, Amazon, too)

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Ready for a new addiction? Cut the Rope has hit the Android market holding a price tag of just a mere 99 cents, and is sure to bring hours and hours of entertainment to your life. Last week Cut the Rope was available for Android devices via GetJar, and was an ad-supported version, but today a paid version has hit the Android market without any ads. So, without any further delay, hit the break for download links, and get to playing!

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Update: And Amazon, too.

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4 years ago

Flight Track's Honeycomb tablet update now available in the Android Market

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We got our first look at Flight Track's Honeycomb tablet update back at Google IO in May. Today, that update's available in the Android Market, and one of our favorite Android travel apps get even better. You've got the same look and feel in the $4.99 app, which has expanded for larger screens, making the mapping features that much better. Tripit support is still there, too, with a $4.99 upgrade. Check out our video and find download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: GasBuddy - Find Cheap Gas

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Gasbuddy is one of many gas station price trackers on the Market, but consistently has the best prices of all the apps I check.

GasBuddy works like most of the other price-finding apps out there. Either enter a zip code of where you want to find gas or choose "Find Gas Near Me." From there, GasBuddy will give you a list of gas stations and their associated gas prices. By default, the stations are listed closest to furthest, but you can also sort them by price.

From the tabs at the top of the page, you can cycle through the prices for regular, mid-grade, premium, and diesel. You can also move off of the list view and switch to map view, which puts the logos of the stations on a Google Map with the price of gas below the logo.

GasBuddy manages to always have the most up-to-date gas prices by giving away points to registered members for updating gas prices when they're at the station. For every 1000 points you earn, you can enter yourself in a drawing for a $250 gas card. As a result, most of your results won't be more than a few hours hold when you check the stations around you.

The settings menu is rather bare, because there's not much in ways of customizing GasBuddy. On the settings menu you've got options to choose your default fuel grade, distance (miles or kilometers), showing all stations or just those with updated prices, and setting the default screen the app opens up to (home or stations near me).

If you're into saving money (and who isn't?), GasBuddy is an essential app for your phone. Even if you rarely use it, you'll be glad to have it when the tank is nearing the dreaded E. GasBuddy is a free app that seems to occasionally pop up an ad, but honestly, I haven't seen an ad until I decided to review the app right now. Even then, I'll take a rarely seen (and easily avoidable) ad if it means saving at the pump.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

Google toeing the photo-sharing waters with Pool Party

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Google has been rolling out an array of new services this week, most recently being their social effort, called Google+. Now it is rumored that they've been developing a photo sharing service named Pool Party.

Android has long lacked a photo sharing app that has been able to grab the masses like Instagram does on iOS. Lightbox is the most recent app to come around and is the one most likely to fill that void. However, if these rumors about Pool Party are correct, a photo sharing app from Google will likely have incredible traction.

Here is what is known about Pool Party thus far:

  • It is being developed within Google by the Slide team
  • The developers are giving a strong emphasis to group albums or 'pools' that display photos in real-time
  • It is currently in beta mode and is invite-only
  • It is listed both in the Android Market and in the iOS App Store

While it is available in the Market and will download to your device, you won't be able to sign up without an email "approved" by the developers; that is, have an invitation from someone who is already a user.

Much is still unknown about Pool Party, but the concept of a photo sharing app developed by Google is extremely intriguing and one that I would love to try out. The link to the app after the break. But unless you're in on the beta, you'll be left high and dry.

Source: TechCrunch

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