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2 years ago

Announcing the winners of the Mobile Nations No Tricks, Just Treats Halloween Costume Contest!

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The judges worked long and hard going through the 300+ submissions in the Mobile Nations No Tricks, Just Treats Halloween Costume Contest, and they have finally narrowed it down and chosen 15 winners! There were so many incredible entries, from funny to scary with everything in between, and all of them were super creative, so this was a really hard contest to judge! We appreciate all the pictures that were submitted, and hope that you all had as much fun entering as we did getting to see everyone.

You can watch a video of some of the best entries above, and check out all of them at the link below. (If you don't see your picture in the photo gallery, it's likely because it didn't have a tablet or phone in the picture.) We threw a few pictures from Mobile Nations writers/editors in the photo gallery too, see if you can spot them! Winners are posted after the break!

Check out the full gallery of entries

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2 years ago

Duke Nukem ditches the ads after initial complaints

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Good news for those of you who paid your 99 cents for Duke Nukem 3D (check out our review) only to be greeted with a few ads in the game menu -- they're gone. Finished. Kaput.

It's an interesting argument -- should an app that you paid for (albeit less than a dollar) have ads as well? Or should it at least warn you up front? (That seems a bit much.) Maybe it's double-dipping. Maybe we're just used to seeing ads. (Lord knows we have enough around here.) Regardless, Duke's killed 'em. Huzzah.

Thanks, @imjustjoshinyou

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2 years ago

Cellcom of Wisconsin updates its Samsung Galaxy S Showcase to Gingerbread

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Rocking a Samsung Galaxy S Showcase on Cellcom of Wisconsin? (We know you're out there.) You've got a Gingerbread update waiting for you. The Android 2.3.5 changelog reads as follows:

  • Improved Battery Life: This update more efficiently manages the way your device uses resources while you enjoy your favorite apps, increasing battery life.
  • Downloads Management: A new downloads application provides easy access to view, re-open, delete, and manage files downloaded in browser, Gmail, or email.
  • Google eBooks: Read and enjoy books through the Google eBooks website. There's over 3 million books to choose from.
  • Improvements in Performance for: missed calls, screen freezing and black screen.

And Cellcom's doing something we've not seen before (though it's not terribly surprising given it's a smaller regional) -- phone support should you have issues updating. Very cool.

Source: Cellcom of Wisconsin; thanks, gmonkey88!

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2 years ago

My Fishing Companion for Android

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Like to fish? Love your Android phone?  Me, too.  I recently checked out My Fishing Companion and came away really pleased.  It tackles (pardon the pun) the problem apps designed for fishermen seem to all have in common -- nobody wants to enter info on a touchscreen phone while out fishing -- by allowing you to set everything up beforehand, and having a one-click solution for things like location and weather data.  Combined with a feature rich interface, and easy to manage lists and database for your catches, your gear, your places, and multimedia, it's one of the best outdoorsman's apps I've run across.

The full version of the app is $1.99, (Android 1.6 and higher) and it's well worth it.  But the free (lite) version has most of the functionality, and is a great way to check it out yourself.  We have the download links after the break, along with a video walkthrough and a handful of screenshots.

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2 years ago

Gingerbread for original Verizon Galaxy Tab rolling out

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We just told you guys the other day that Verizon was ready to push out Gingerbread to the OG 7-inch Galaxy Tab, and it looks like they have flipped the switch -- OTA's are now rolling out.  With all the new and shiny Android tablets getting built, it's nice to see the 7-incher wasn't forgotten by Big Red.  A refresher:

The update is to Android 2.3.5 and will bring:

  • Improved security for the PIN method. When using the PIN, the device will no longer request a symbol as a numeric entry
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • A 'View Data Plan' icon so that users can adjust their plans accordingly
  • Verizon Data Service feature will allow users to see how much data they have used so that they won't go over
  • A new download manager app
  • The ability to use the front-facing camera as a camcorder
  • Widgets will resize to reflect landscape and portrait mode more accurately
  • Support for Verizon Pay As You Go prepaid plans
  • Google security patches

If you've resisted the urge to root your Tab, be ready for the OTA notification any time now.  Be sure to sing out in the forums once you get it and let everyone know how it's working for ya!

More: Verizon

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2 years ago

LG, on Facebook, says Optimus 2X getting Ice Cream Sandwich, other phones to be decided later

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Because PR messages too often are, well, borked on Facebook, we instead point you to the most recent statement from LG on, erm, Facebook, regarding Ice Cream Sandwich updates and the fact that the Optimus 2X will indeed be updated to Android 4.0. It reads thusly:

LG firmly denies the rumors that claim LG will not be providing the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) OS update for the LG Optimus 2X. These rumors are NOT true. LG is currently in the process of planning the ICS OS update for the LG Optimus 2X as well as other LG high-end smartphones. Detailed information on the ICS OS update schedule for specific models will be announced, once the ICS OS is publicly released by Google. Please stay tuned for more updates from LG.

Thank you very much.

To repeat: We're still just two weeks out of the ICS announcement, and the ICS code has not yet been made available (publicly, anyway). Let's all exercise a little caution when we see someone supposedly saying a phone will or won't be getting an update. Unless you're reading LG, of course.

Source: LG Mobile on Facebook

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2 years ago

Angry Birds hits 500,000,000 downloads

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What does it take for a game to hit a half-billion downloads? Here's how Angry Birds breaks it down.

  • No. 1 in 79 Countries
  • 266 billion levels plalyed
  • 400 billion birds shot
  • 44 billion stars collected
  • The equivalent of  200,000 years played
  • 300 million minutes played daily

Say what you will about the longevity of Angry Birds -- that's a bunch of downloads.

Download: Angry Birds for Android

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2 years ago

Logitech unveils the Mini Boombox: Rocking and talking via Bluetooth for $99

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Logitech has announced a new little Bluetooth speaker that in addition to handling music and media playback also serves as a speakerphone for honest-to-goodness phone calls. Logitech's specs only mention the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch as being supported, but we're willing to bet our lowly Android smartphones will work as well.

The Mini Boombox has an internal battery (recharable via miniUSB) that claims to have up to 10 hours' playback time. It's got backlit controls via a touch panel on top of the speaker, an on-off switch, line in, and the whole thing is small enough to be palmed one-handed.

It's available for preorder for $99 and is expected to ship sometime this month.

Source: Logitech

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic maintenance update coming ... eventually

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Pop quiz: Which one of the following is true about the upcoming maintenance update for the Motorola Droid Bionic:

  1. It'll likely be out by the end of the year.
  2. It'll likely be out by Christmas.
  3. It's coming in the next 30 to 60 days.
  4. Nobody really knows when it's coming.

You're right. It's a trick question. Moto Matt, everybody's favorite Motorola support forums manager, this afternoon dropped the following regarding the Bionic:

I know everyone is eager for updated software. We have been working diligently on a software update for DROID BIONIC and have a version in the testing stage; we expect to deliver it to users in 30 to 60 days. The update is targeting issues identified through owner feedback and we’re confident it will improve device performance.

Presumably we'll see one of those "soak tests" when things are really ready to roll. Stay tuned.

Source: Motorola support forums; via Droid Bionic Forums

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2 years ago

New Android Market pushing out with a few new settings

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Here's the latest version of the Android Market. Looks mostly like the Android Market you have now, but it's not. It's better. It's newer. And therefore better. And a fun fact about the Android Market: Once one person gets it, it can be pulled from the phone and shared. And that's what we've got here.

So what's better and newer in Build 3.3.11, you ask? So far as we can tell, it's mainly in the settings. You now have the option to tell all of your apps to automatically update, instead of checking a box on each on individually. (Bugdroid be praised for that one.) You can also tell the Market app to only update applications when you're connected to Wifi. Again, a good one.

And you can have it automatically add shortcuts to your homescreen, if you're into that. There are a few UI tweaks, too. Nothing major.

There's also some legalese regarding open-source licenses, which makes Jerry happy.

You can download it now, or just hang out and it'll push to you (assuming this isn't just a test build) when the time is right. Do note that apparently it's not playing nicely with Honeycomb tablets, and we're not exactly seeing our inbox clogged with people saying they've gotten this build (which is what usually happens). So if you sit this one out, we won't blame you one bit.

Source: Android Police

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