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2 years ago

Tapjoy and MachineWorks NorthWest bring Duke Nukem 3D to Android

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Hail to the king, baby! Tapjoy and MachineWorks NorthWest have teamed up to bring the classic first-person shooter Duke Nukem 3D to the Android platform and we'll soon all be able to kick some alien ass:

“Duke Nukem is a legend in his own time, and he’d be the first person to tell you that,” said Rob Carroll, Tapjoy’s Director of Publishing for Tapjoy. “MachineWorks NorthWest has done a great job of bringing the brash, trash-talking character and all his ass-kicking glory to the mobile environment, and we are thrilled to be working with AAA studios like MachineWorks to help bring games of this caliber to Android.”

Duke Nukem 3D will be available very soon in the Android Market, with compatability for any device running Android 2.1 and higher. Press release is past the break, what are you waitin' for - Christmas?!

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2 years ago

Droid X2 update available now

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Word on the street tonight/this morning is that the latest update to the Motorola Droid X2 on Verizon is now available for download. That's the update that brings the following:

Device Features

  • Keyboard remains visible during text input.
  • Input characters are properly displayed during text entry.
  • Device will no longer lockup or reset when using the keyboard.
  • Charging indicator will display only when the device is plugged into a charger.
  • Home key functions correctly while the device is in the desktop cradle.
  • Successfully use the camera after unlocking the device.
  • Video quality has been improved for video recording and playback.
  • Mobile Hotspot password can now exceed 63 characters.
  • Improvement to the device stability limits resets and lockups.
  • The Magic Smoke live wallpaper animation now works properly.
  • Enjoy improved audio when streaming music.

Applications & Widgets

  •   When playing MP3s through the Music App, songs will not skip.
  •   Avoid YouTube video lockup while viewing.
  •   Desktop cradle application starts correctly.

That's quite the laundry list, indeed. Head on into your phone's settings to download the update now.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 hands on

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Remember the Galaxy Players that Samsung sprung on the world at their Galaxy Tab 8.9 unveiling late last month? Well, we got our hands on the 5-inch model again tonight here in San Diego, and we still like what we see. A refresher: the Galaxy Players are basically Android phones minus the phone. They run the latest version of Gingerbread, skinned with the Galaxy brand's TouchWiz UI. Both the 4.0 and 5.0 come with a single core processor clocked at 1 GHz and 512 MB RAM. The 4.0 has a 4-inch screen Super WVGA Super Clear LCD at 800 x 480 resolution, while the 5.0 has a 5-inch, WVGA TFT LCD display at 800 x 480 resolution. The screens are beautiful, and the 5-inch model is a beast. They'll launch this week (October 16, to be exact); the 4.0 will run you $229, the 5.0 will set you back $269. A video and a few new pictures are after the break.

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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix 2 hands on

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The "white whale" at this year's CTIA is the Motorola Atrix 2, the recently announced successor to the Atrix heading to AT&T on October 16. We got our hands on one at tonight's Pepcom event here in San Diego, and we're excited about what we saw. While the Atrix 2 might not be enough for owners of the original Atrix to spring for, those looking to tap into AT&T's 21 Mbps speeds have found a solid choice. 

The Atrix 2 has a solid build quality: it's light, it's solid, and it feels great in the hand. Despite it's 4.3-inch display, the phone doesn't feel oversized or out of proportion. And about that display: it's qHD and it looks fantastic. Motorola wouldn't say (or, perhaps didn't know) whether or not the Atrix 2 is rocking a Pentile display, but if it is, it is certainly an improved version. The display looks crisp and bright, much like the Bionic, though the "pixelation" issues that have plagued Motorola's latest crop seem to be missing here. That's good news. Camera wise, the Atrix 2 has a 1.3 megapixel front-facer, and out back there's an 8 megapixel shooter capable of capturing 1080p video.

Inside, the Atrix 2 has got a dual-core OMAP processor clocked at 1 GHz along with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB of onboard storage. Together, the guts give the Atrix 2 a major kick. No lag, no stuttering, and no hang-ups. We'll throw the usual benchmarks and graphics tests at it when we get our hands on a review unit. 

The Atrix 2 is a Gingerbread device that comes skinned with (you guessed it) Motoblur. On the radio end, it supports AT&T's HSPA+ network, and Motorola claims you'll easily get "true" 4G speeds of up to 21 Mbps. Again, we'll test this more when the Atrix 2 launches, but we're hoping it's true. 

Like I said, I don't know if the Atrix 2 is worth it for those who bought the original Atrix not too long ago. Although at $99 on contract, it could be too good to resist. You'll be able to decide on October 16, when the Atrix 2 officially launches on AT&T. Until then, enjoy some photos and a hands-on below. 

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2 years ago

Cadillac unveils its Cadillac CUE infotainment system; we take it for a spin

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Cadillac took the wraps off of its new Cadillac CUE infotainment system on Tuesday in San Diego. We're not, strictly speaking, looking at an Android product here. (Though it does run Linux, so that's close enough, right?) But it absolutely concerns your Android smartphone on a couple of levels.

Cadillac CUE -- that stands for Cadillac User Experience -- is a gorgeous in-dash and in-console experience. On the dash side, you have a totally digital readout. Tach, spedometer -- all digital. It's also customizable. You can have a traditional (read: boring) look, or go with something more sexy at the touch of a button. Very cool.

But what we're more concered with is the monster 8-inch capactive touchscreen with haptic feedback in the center of the cockpit. You read that right. An 8-inch capactive touchscreen with haptic feedback. Oh, and it's got a proximity sensor. Yes, Cadillac's taken the best parts of smartphone and tablet tech and has put it in a vehicle. And it's gone even further, with a user interface that's as intuitive as anything we've seen. Smartphone and tablet manufacturers should take note -- this car manufactuer just showed you how to do car mode.

So where does your phone come in? You'll be able to connect your device to the vehicle over Bluetooth, and they'll interact just as you saw in our walkthrough of Chevy MyLink. In fact, Pandora once again is on board here. Cadillac CUE doesn't replace your phone. Yet.

What you see here will be available on in 2012 in the Cadillac XTS and ATS, and the SRX luxury crossover. So, yeah, it'll be out of reach for many of us. But we'll repeat what we said back in the summer with the MyLink launch: This is the future of your smartphone on the road. Get ready for it.

More official footage from Cadillac, as well as the press release, is after the break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Transfix

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Here we go with the Samsung Transfix, Cricket Communications' new 3.2-inch Android 2.3 slider. In all respects it's a fairly benign phone. Fast enough with an 800 MHz processor, a stock Gingerbread experience, and the four-row QWERTY keyboard is of the usual Samsung fare. The buttons are flat and shallow.

Really, it's the price -- $179 -- and Cricket's prepaid service that is the most attractive feature here. 

Speaking of attractive -- we've got more hands-on pics and video after the break.

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2 years ago

Motorola announces the new Motorola Lapdock 100 - Coming soon to Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and AT&T

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Motorola made us all fully aware of the fact they were going to be bringing top notch accessories to their higher-end devices in the future. What started with the Motorola Atrix 4G, webtop has now expanded into Motorola's latest accessory announcement being the Motorola Lapdock 100.

Equipped with a bright 10.1 inch high resolution screen, high quality audio, large ergonomically-slanted keyboard with dedicated Android™ keys, touch-pad, multi-tasking capabilities, and desktop-class tabbed web browsing using Wi-Fi or the smartphone’s data plan, the innovative companion device is now more affordable, lightweight, and intuitive.

Motorola LAPDOCK 100 supports full multi-tasking - making it easy to respond to an incoming text or take a call while browsing the web, using any one of the thousands of Android™ apps available, viewing pictures, or listening to music.

At a mere 2.2lbs (less than 1Kg), Motorola LAPDOCK 100 is designed to be as mobile as its owners’ lives. Compact enough to carry in a back-pack or briefcase, use in the office, in the classroom, at a café or on the couch at home, the device’s up to five hour* battery charges the phone so a user never loses their freedom to be mobile.

Motorola LAPDOCK 100 is compatible with multiple Motorola smartphones, including Motorola ATRIX™ 2, PHOTON™ 4G, and DROID BIONIC by Motorola.** It will also be compatible with future Motorola webtop-enabled devices.

So when will it be available? The Motorola Lapdock 100 will be available online at AT&T on 10/17. It will also be available through Verizon Wireless and Sprint later this quarter. No pricing was announced as of yet either but you better believe we'll keep you all up to date on that.

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

Motorola Spyder and Xoom 2 appear again in new images

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We know Motorola has something ready for us all, they've made no bones about teasing everyone with it, so it's not surprising more leaks have now shown up for the devices known as the Xoom 2 and Spyder / Droid HD / Droid RAZR.

The Xoom 2 hasn't changed all that much since we last saw it, though it is noted that these devices are as close to final form as can be. Looking at the Spyder though, we can see Verizon logos all over the thing, leaving no doubt about where it will drop.

Noted also is the info that the Spyder actually has a 1.5GHz processor but when it arrives in consumers hands it'll only be clocked at 1.2GHz -- nothing new but still interesting.  Also, the back of the device is said to be kevlar coating, though I'm sure it won't be stopping bullets any time soon. More shots can be found past the break for you all.

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Atrix battle, Devices upgrades [From the Forums]

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We're up and running at CTIA and while we had a few things trickle out, there is still more to come. You'll want to stick around either here on the blogs or in the forums for more Android news as it happens.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Stratosphere

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The Samsung Stratosphere made a brief cameo at CTIA today, two days ahead of its official launch on Verizon, and we were there to catch all of it's full QWERTY, LTE goodness. The Stratosphere is Big Red's first LTE slider, and if you've ever encountered Sprint's Epic 4G, you'll know what to expect.

The Stratosphere has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display that looks just as good as what we've come to expect from Samsung. The QWERTY keyboard doesn't disappoint, either. The slider mechanism works and feels great and you'll have plenty of room to let your thumbs do some walking. In the back you've got a 5 megapixel camera; up front, a 1.3 megapixel shooter.

Inside, it's got a 1 GHz single-core Hummingbird processor with 512 MB RAM and 4 GB system storage. Oh, and let's not forget Verizon's blazing-fast LTE. While the specs might not be the biggest we've ever seen, performance didn't suffer for it. The UI (yes, it's TouchWiz) felt zippy and smooth, and coupled with 4G data speeds, the Stratosphere should be able to handle most of what you throw at it.

The Samsung Stratosphere officially launches on October 13 on Verizon for $149.99 with a two-year contract. Until then, enjoy the photos and the video after the break.

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