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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for August 13, 2011

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Apps are oh so much fun, and they make the Android experience so much better. If you have a hard time while searching the Android Market, you won't want to delay any further. Hit the jump and let's take a look at what we got this week for you.

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4 years ago

ROM review: Oxygen for the Nexus S 4G

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We're back with another reader submitted ROM review, this time around we have Android Central member digitalslacker showing some love for the Nexus S 4G with a great review of Oxygen ROM.  I've used this one for the GSM flavor of the Nexus S, and he hits it right on the head with his review -- a sweet ROM for a sweet phone.  Hit the jump and check it out.

Discuss ROM, hacks, and more for the Nexus S 4G
Big props to digitalslacker!

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4 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G to get Gingerbread this month, AT&T says on Twitter

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We were kind of hoping Keith Urban might announce it, but we suppose Twitter will have to do. According to AT&T's official Twitter page, in reply to @Drake_Heth (smile, you're famous now), the Samsung Infuse 4G is set to get its Gingerbread update in the next couple of weeks. And that's nary a moment too soon, with the prospect of the U.S. (finally) getting its Galaxy S II devices at the end of the month, and you bet your bippy they won't be running Froyo.

And we'll save you the trouble of looking it up yourself -- the website referenced in the tweet is AT&T's announcement that all of its phones released in 2011 will receive Gingerbread updates. Along with the Infuse 4G, that includes the HTC Inspire 4G, LG Phoenix, Motorola Atrix 4G, Pantech Crossover and Samsung Captivate.

Source: Twitter; via XDA Developers; Thanks, Colton!

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4 years ago

The Bugdroid meets the Dragon

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If you've yet to watch anything form the Authors@Google series, you're very much missing out. And a recent guest was George R.R. Martin, who penned "A Game of Thrones," the first book of the "A Song of Fire and Ice" series. Perhaps you've heard of it.

As if an hour-long sitdown with Martin isn't cool enough, check out the shirt the Googlers presented him with. It's an Android Dragon T-shirt. How awesome is that? You can get your own at the link below. But head on past the break and watch the interview, too. It's well worth it.

Source: Google BooksSearch blog; Buy: Android Dragon T-shirt

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4 years ago

Android Game Review: Tank Hero

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No self-respecting boy (and probably a few girls, too) has never thought about driving a tank. Closest most of us can get to doing it, though, is in a video game. And that brings us to Tank Hero. It's a cool little shooter -- you've got a tank, you need to destroy the other tanks. The maps (at least in the initial levels -- remind me a lot of the old Gauntlet game. (Speaking of which -- need that on Android, ASAP!) Anyhoo. You can unlock more maps as you progress through the campaigns. There's also survival and timed modes.

Gameplay is simple. There's a D-pad on the left with which you'll direct your tank. (You can also try a janky swiping control if you want.) Tap the enemy tanks to fire at them (and note how you can do bank shots off one wall). But that's where the trouble begins. If the tank's on the left side of the screen, it's an awkward reach with right hand. Or you have to let off the D-pad with your left hand. That's no good.

Otherwise, Tank Hero's a little slice of fun. And, even better -- it's free. Give it a whirl. Download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

Sky Sports News finally comes to Android

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For sports fans, the long wait is finally at an end. The Sky Sports News app has landed on Android. It's been a long old wait, but with the English Premier League season about to begin, the timing is perfect.

It looks a lot like the iPhone equivalent, but that's not such a bad thing. Nothing complicated, simple well laid out menus with dedicated sections for individual sports. It also touts as providing exclusive video content, a latest news ticker, a customizable home screen, and the brand new Sky Sports News Radio service. 

The downside; Radio only works on Android versions 1.6 - 2.2. No indication as to why, and since I run 2.3.4, this portion of the app is unavailable to me to test. Shame. 

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

Beer Pong HD adds online multiplayer mode, Lloyd hangs out for table of the month

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The fellas at Codeglue have pushed out an update to Beer Pong HD, adding online multiplayer mode, new OpenFeint achievements, and are have our very own Lloyd on their featured table of the month!  Players all over the world can now play against each other on their Android phones, in high resolution with accurate physics.  It might not be quite as fun as real Beer Pong, but it's as close as you'll be able to get and still pass a breathalyzer.  Of course, having Lloyd oversee the festivities is icing on the cake.  I always knew he liked to party.  We've got a quick video showing off the gameplay as well as the download link (free for Android 2.1 and up), check 'em out.

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4 years ago

Android now has Sprint's tablet section all to itself

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Well, now, that's embarrassing. It seems Sprint's decided not to sell the BlackBerry PlayBook (that's the one that doesn't actually have an e-mail client on it) after all. According to the Wall Street Journal, Sprint's backed off of its plan to sell the 7-inch $499 tablet, and that leaves Android as the only tablet you can buy in a Sprint retail store. Nice.

And you've got your pick of form factors, too. There's the original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab or new 7-inch HTC EVO View 4G, both of which have access to Sprint's data network, or the 10-inch Motorola Xoom or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which are Wifi-only.

We're almost a little disappointed -- it would have been interesting to see how the tablets competed on a carrier level. Instead, Android will just have to make do with being the only game in Sprint town.

Source; WSJ; via CrackBerry

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4 years ago

HTC Bliss lands at the FCC

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The HTC Bliss is a device that continues to pop up in various places and this time around it has landed at the FCC. Looking at the info from the page, it appears to be making a home at Verizon whenever it passes through. The CDMA bands are a give away but it also appears to have Global GSM compatibility on board as well.

Sadly, there isn't much else info available for this female centric device and it looks like the FCC went back to blocking the details but we're guessing the information on this one won't be slowing down -- in fact, it'll just pick up pace until we see it land on store shelves.

Source: FCC; via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Samsung: Device leak details 'are not accurate'

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Normally, carriers and manufacturers will let blogs run rampant with rumors -- true or not. In the case of a slew of purported Samsung specs outed by a single Lithuanian retailer, however, Sammy's doing a little debunking. The rumored specs involved such unicorns as a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display at 1280x720 resolution, as well as a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display at 1280x720 running Ice Cream Sandwich. Hey, some of those specs might be true. But as Jerry's been reminding us any chance he gets, they also might very well not be.

On its "Samsung Tomorrow" official global blog, we're told the following:

Some media have been reporting that Samsung is preparing to launch nine new smartphones and two new tablet devices. While Samsung is continuously working on new devices for our customers, the details being cited are not accurate in this case.

We appreciate the interest in our upcoming mobile devices and will share more information once its available.

Trust us, folks. When Samsung announces new phones, it does so publicly, as we're expecting it to do in just a couple weeks. We've warned you about trusting strange Lithuanian retailers, right?

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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4 years ago

AT&T announces partnership with Juniper Networks on new mobile security initiative

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AT&T has announced that they are working on a new solution for mobile security issues, partnering with Juniper Networks and offering a new security application.  Available later this year, the app will address some key concerns in both the enterprise as well as for consumers.  A bullet point look at the applications goals:

Businesses and Organizations

  • Maintain compliance with government regulations
  • Enforce security policies
  • Manage personal or enterprise-owned devices
  • Enable anti-virus, anti-malware, and application monitoring and control

Consumers

  • Protect mobile devices with anti-virus, anti-malware, and application monitoring and control

With the global growth of smartphone adoption, targeting the mobile space has become popular among unsavory types, and it makes sense to see carriers trying to slow the growth of malware and other security concerns.  AT&T Chief Security Officer Ed Amoroso details AT&T’s approach in a short video, which we've embedded after the break, along with the full press release.

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro now available in the UK

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro (not to be confused with last year's X10 Mini Pro) is now available from the manufacturer's official store in the UK. The pint-size, Gingerbread-powered QWERTY slider will set you back £239.99 on its own, but it's also available for free on contracts from Orange, T-Mobile UK and Vodafone starting at a little over £20 per month.

It's a reasonably-specced phone too, with a 1GHz second-generation Snapdragon inside, along with 512MB of RAM and 720p recording capabilities. Considering the shortage of decent Android sliders in Europe right now, this one may be worth a look if you're a fan of clicky buttons.

Source: Sony Ericsson Store

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4 years ago

HTC Sensation Android 2.3.4 update rolling out across Europe

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HTC Sensation users in Europe are reporting that the long-awaited Android 2.3.4 update for the device is now being pushed out over the air. There's no changelog available from HTC just yet, but being Android 2.3.4, the update should add video calling capability through Google Talk and the front-facing camera. If we had to hazard a guess, we'd say that a sprinkling of bug fixes and performance improvements may have been sneaked in there too.

It's also worth mentioning that this update is for unbranded Sensations only for the moment, so if yours was bought through a carrier, you'll have to wait a little longer while they approve it.

Unbranded Sensation owners, be sure to hit the comments and let us know how your update went.

Source: XDA

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