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4 years ago

Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 comes to Android

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Following an initial launch on PC, Penny Arcade's latest game, On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3, has found its way to Android and iOS for $2.99. As an added bonus, they've included the first DLC pack and a Fanfiction option where you can gender- and species-swap the sprites for the main characters (if you're into that kind of thing).

While the game follows closely in the footsteps of the last two as a tried-and-true turn-based RPG with hilarious writing, OtRSPoD 3 cranks up the 16-bit charm.  The main characters from the popular webcomic, Gabe and Tycho, figure prominently in your party, with plenty of cameos made by the supporting cast throughout the rest of the game.  Just a few of the classes you'll be able to level up as include Crabomancer, Tube Samurai, Hobo, and Delusionist. Combined with the above screenshot, you should be amply prepared for the hilarity On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 has to offer. 

Any of you guys Penny Arcade fans? Played the other two games? Anyone headed to PAX East? 

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4 years ago

Panasonic may be leaving the European mobile market

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Panasonic may be pulling out of the European market, barely after they got back into it. There was an ambitious plan by the Japanese corporation to return to the mobile game after introducing the Eluga (see our hands-on) at Mobile World Congress. Panasonic had hoped for for 1.5 million units to be sold this year and then to build up on year-on-year.

Panasonic's plan didn't really take off after the Eluga -- which didn't really get a proper release -- produced lackluster sales. Panasonic appears to be cutting their losses now and pulling from Europe altogether. No word yet on what they'll do in other markets, but Panasonic's mobile strategy isn't looking promising at the moment.

Source: The Verge

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4 years ago

Google's Vic Gundotra is posting pics with the Nexus 10 tablet

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It's not unusual to see top-level Googlers vacationing in some really cool places. It's also not unusual to see them taking pictures with unannounced devices.

So here's Google senior VP of engineering Vic Gundotra on a beach with a Samsung Nexus 10, as posted on Google+. It's shot at 2048x1536 -- or 3.1MP -- resolution (which seems low and likely is a G+ resize, especially given that these pics look pretty darn good), and the camera type clearly says "Nexus 10." (That can be manipulated, of course. But c'mon, would Uncle Vic really troll us?)

The Samsung Nexus 10 is one of two devices we expect to be announced Monday at Google's "The Playground is Open" event in New York City, the other being the LG Nexus 4. (Remember to keep it locked here Monday morning -- we'll be covering it live!)

Gundotra's actually posted a few pics from the Nexus 10 now. Check 'em out in his G+ feed.

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast 113: Haters gonna hate

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Audio-only stream below

We've got the whole gang back together on the eve of Google's "Playground" event in New York City, where we expect to see some new Nexus love. Plus, Phil takes a beating.

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4 years ago

HTC reveals disappointing consolidated Q3 results

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HTC has announced its consolidated third-quarter financial results, revealing yet more disappointing numbers after a year of financial woe for the Taiwanese company.

From July to September, the company reported revenues of NT$70.2 billion ($2.4 billion), with gross margin of 25.0% and operating margin of 7.0%. Net profit stood at NT$3.9 billion ($133 million), with earnings per share of NT$4.7 ($0.16).

The year-on-year figures make for grim reading, as revenues are down some 48 percent compared to Q3 2011, when HTC was in a comparatively strong position.

In today's statement, HTC singled out China as a key growth driver for the third quarter, and noted that the U.S. performed in line with expectations. The company also took the chance to highlight major upcoming product launches, such as the Android-powered One X+ in Europe and J Butterfly in Japan, as well as the new Windows Phone 8X and 8S.

However, HTC's outlook for Q4 2012 is similarly bleak, with expected revenues of NT$60 billion ($2.05 billion), a gross margin of 23% and operating margin of 1%.

Source: HTC

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4 years ago

HTC 'Best Deals' service to arrive on One S, X and X+

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HTC is to launch its own "Best Deals" app on upcoming Android and Windows Phone 8-based handsets, the company has announced.

Partnering with services like Living Social and Trip Advisor, HTC's Best Deals will hook customers up with deals in their local area, which they'll then be able to catalog and share. HTC says it'll launch with over 1700 deals initially, across five European countries and twelve deal providers.

Best Deals will be available at launch on the HTC One X+, as well as the company's new Windows Phone 8X and 8S handsets. It'll also be pushed out to the One X and One S in a future software update, likely the same on that brings Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to those devices.

We've got more details in the full press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Apple's apology: Samsung didn't copy the iPad, but Samsung totally copied the iPad

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Apple publishes court-mandated statement on UK site, but it's probably not what Samsung was hoping for.

As required by a UK High Court ruling, Apple has updated its British site with a link to a message indicating that Samsung was found to have not infringed the iPad's patented design in the UK. The statement, which reads like it was crafted by a small army of lawyers, also points out the judge's remarks on Apple's "simple" design and "cool" products, and echoes the widely-reported conclusion that Samsung's tablets were "not as cool". Naturally.

However, Apple fires back in the final paragraph, where it draws attention to a more successful court case elsewhere in Europe --

"So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple's far more popular iPad."

That's probably not what either Samsung or the court was hoping for. The judge indicated that in forcing Apple to post such a statement, his intention was to "correct" the copycat label that had been applied to Samsung. The final paragraph only serves to muddy things further, by suggesting that while Samsung didn't copy the iPad, it totally copied the iPad.

We've got the full statement after the break. You can also find it linked at the bottom of apple.com/uk

So what's next? More courtroom wrangling over the exact wording of Apple's statement? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: iMore

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4 years ago

LGE960 support page goes live on LG site

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The product support page for the LGE960 has went live this evening, which pretty much tells us nothing we didn't already know -- the LG Nexus 4 is coming. As the folks at Ausdroid have found, the device warranty information points folks both to Google as well your "Telco", which makes it sound that we'll eventually see a version sold by carriers.

We've got just three days until we know all there is to know about this one, and we'll be there to watch it all go down. In the meantime, we'll just feast on the rumors and tidbits like this one. Silly season indeed!

Discuss in the LG Nexus 4 forums

Source: LG; via Ausdroid

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia T review

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Despite its status as a global electronics giant, Sony remains on the periphery of the smartphone world, with a tiny share of the market outside its native Japan. In Europe, it’s struggled to make a dent in Samsung and Apple’s dominance. In the U.S., Sony Mobile’s market presence is barely measurable.

After a shaky start to 2012, Sony enters fall with an unusually thorough product refresh, led by the Xperia T, its new international flagship. With a slimmed-down design, a faster CPU and refreshed software, the T offers some tangible improvements over its six-month-old sibling, the Xperia S. But in terms of software, Sony remains behind the technological curve, shipping a flagship running Android 4.0 on the eve of a possible Android 4.2 announcement.

So can Sony’s ICS-based beast measure up against to the storm of smartphone late 2012 competition? Find out after the break, in our exhaustive Sony Xperia T review.

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4 years ago

Galaxy Note 2 thoughts, Is Jelly Bean on your Sprint Galaxy S3 yet? [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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4 years ago

Samsung posts record Q3 2012 profits of $5.98 billion

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Samsung's Q3 2012 earnings report just hit and it's a big one. Net profits for the quarter were a staggering $5.98 billion ($7.4 billion operating profit), up an amazing 91-percent year-over-year. The profits were led by great sales of its latest high-end devices like the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) and Galaxy Note. The Korean phone manufacturer sold about 58 million handsets in the quarter, about 20 million of which were the Galaxy S3 (compare that to the 27 million iPhones Apple shipped in the quarter). The handset division of Samsung reported $5.12 billion in operating profit, which makes up about 69-percent of total profits.

Other areas of Samsung, such as the chip making and display divisions, performed worse than expectations. Earnings from the chip division dipped 28-percent to just $1.04 billion. Estimates of growth in the TV division have dropped substantially as well.

Source: Reuters; WSJ

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4 years ago

Potential 32GB 3G Nexus 7 price leaks out

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The leaks just keep coming. Four days shy of seeing a whole bunch of Android goodies at a Google event in New York, the folks over at MoDaCo have found what looks to be potential pricing information on the 3G model of the Nexus 7 from a Latvian retailer. We're looking at conversions between different currencies (so take this with a grain of salt), but what the pages show are prices of about £199 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, and about £249 for the 3G model, which also happens to be listed as having 32GB of storage.

Those would be some pretty compelling price points if they turn out to be real. All we know for sure is we're in for a treat on October 29th when Google makes everything official.

Source: MoDaCo

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4 years ago

Android based tablets make huge gains in market share says Strategy Analytics

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According to the folks at Strategy Analytics, market share for Android based tablets has risen to 41-percent of the total, or just shy of 25 million units. This growth means that double the number of Android-based tablets were sold compared to the same time last year, and market share has risen by 12-percent. This growth comes completely at the expense of iOS, whose market share has dropped from 65-pecent of the market to 56-percent. Tablets are clearly a two-horse race, at least for now.

But (there's always a but) a huge number of these tablets sold were from Amazon -- a fact overlooked by most analysts when determining these sort of numbers. In the tablet space, Amazon is a competitor to Google, not a vendor. Of course it's not surprising to see market share be divided up between the two three tablet giants, and fierce competition can only lead to better products. 

In the end, I don't care how many tablets any company sells. I only care that the one I'm buying (or have bought) is the best it can be.

Source: BusinessWire

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4 years ago

LG Optimus G landing on TELUS November 13

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The LG Optimus G, which is coming soon to the U.S., will also be available in Canada by way of TELUS starting November 13. Pricing is still something of a mystery, but the American version is going for $200 on a two-year contract, so that should provide something of an indication. 

We've got two reviews of the LG Optimus G if you're thinking of picking one up, but here's the short version. 

  • Chipset: 1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor
  • LTE
  • Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Network: 2G / 3G / LTE
  • Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPSPLUS (1280 x 768 pixels) / 15:9 ratio
  • Memory: 32GB
  • RAM: 2GB DDR
  • Camera: 13.0MP or 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP front
  • Battery: 2,100mAh (570Wh/L) / Talk time: 15 hours / Standby: 335 hours
  • Size: 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm
  • Weight: 145g
  • Other: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB2.0 HS, A-GPS, MHL and DLNA, NFC

It's quite a powerhouse on paper, but do we have any takers? Canadians interested in getting in on the Optimus G can keep their eyes peeled to the TELUS online store

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4 years ago

The best Android games for Halloween

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Halloween is nearly upon us! That means monsters, candy, frights, pumpkins, and all of the awesome stuff in between. What, have you not been able to get into the spirit? Let us help you out with that. Here are just a few excellent Android games that will get you pumped enough about the season to start working on that costume, putting up the decorations, and planning for the best Halloween parties next week. 

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