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4 years ago

Motorola Atrix HD LTE now available from Bell


After having recently launched the Motorola Atrix HD in the U.S. on AT&T, Motorola has teamed up with Bell to bring the phone to Canadian customers The Motorola Atrix HD LTE as it shall be known as is now available for purchase on Bell. If you're looking to pick one up, Bell has set the price at a low $50 when agreeing to a new three-year contract. However, you can expect to pay over $600 if you're looking to get one without any carrier deals. If this one is on your wish list, you'll want to read our initial hands-on review and check out the specs first to ensure you get a better idea of what you're looking at. If you're mind is made up already, you'll find the Bell link below.

More Info: Bell

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4 years ago

ASUS and Wikipad get PlayStation Mobile support


Sony is currently holding its Gamescom 2012 press conference in Germany, and it's just announced that two new Android device manufacturers will be joining its PlayStation Mobile (formerly PlayStation Certified) program -- ASUS and Wikipad. The former needs no introduction, as it's the biggest player in the Android tablet market right now. The latter is a lesser-known organization responsible for the Tegra 3-powered Wikipad tablet, which sports an integrated gamepad. So it's a big win for the team behind that device, to be sure.

Equally, this great news for owners of ASUS tablets, who will get access to Sony's PlayStation library in addition to the already bundled NVIDIA TegraZone. There's no word on which ASUS tabs will be getting PS Certification, though we'd expect the Transformer Prime, Transformer Pad TF300, Infinity and Nexus 7 should all be capable. If the Nexus 7 manages to pick up PlayStation support, it'd represent another jewel in the crown of the leading Android tablet.

The two new manufacturers join HTC, which signed up to PlayStation Mobile earlier in the year. 

Source: Sony

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4 years ago

Official SkyDrive for Android app announced, coming in a few weeks


Although there is a few apps on the Google Play Store right now that have some SkyDrive integration, there isn't a Microsoft delivered solution available. At least not yet. Microsoft took the time to go ahead and update folks on their SkyDrive happenings and mobile applications were a part of those announcements with an Android version officially announced as coming:

Today, as part of making sure SkyDrive is available to all Windows customers, we’re excited to announce that an official SkyDrive app for Android phones will be available in just a few weeks. The Android app is similar to our mobile apps for Windows Phone and iOS and allows you to browse your SkyDrive, upload files to SkyDrive, as well as share SkyDrive files with “Send a link.” You'll also be able to open SkyDrive files from other apps, as well as upload, save, and share to SkyDrive from other apps.

If you're invested into the Microsoft way, it'll be great to finally have an official app for Android. We'll let you all know when it pops up for availability. Other news from Microsoft today may help some developers out there, they've gone ahead and changed some of the API's available. If you're looking to make your own SkyDrive app, something to look into.

Source: Inside SkyDrive

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Springboard 4G tablet getting ICS tomorrow


In addition to confirming that its Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is getting ICS right now, T-Mobile USA has set out word that its Springboard 4G tablet will also see an upgrade to Android 4.0 from tomorrow, Aug. 15. The 7-inch Android tablet launched last October with Android 3.2 Honeycomb, so Springboard owners have had a long wait for their first major OS update.

Unlike the Tab 7 Plus, the Springboard will be getting updated over-the-air, so if you've still got one, head to Settings > About tablet > Software updates in the next day or so to see if your update is ready to roll out.

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4 years ago

CTIA says goodbye to Enterprise and Applications conference, introduces MobileCON


Every year, the folks from CTIA like to invite industry experts out to their fall show called CTIA Enterprise & Apps. This year though will be a little different as they've now announced they're changing the name and some of the focus of the conference to go along with it. Now named MobileCON 2012 and debuting October 9-11, 2012 at the San Diego Convention Center, MobileCON 2012 focuses exclusively on the mobile enterprise IT community:

  • Enterprise Industry Spotlight— MobileCON 2012's format and focus will attract wireless and telecom leaders and professionals with the opportunity to significantly advance business opportunities and the potential to change the global wireless ecosystem.
  • Attendee Driven Experience— Attendees have the flexibility to choose the learning format that best fits their needs—whether that's immersive through the deep dives or interactive and peer-to-peer through the three thought leadership stages on the exhibit floor. Attendees can set their agenda to drop into any session and format that interests them. This flexibility will better facilitate networking, learning and information gathering. This year's show will feature M2M, security, mobile commerce, enterprise applications, cloud computing and vertical markets.
  • New High-Impact, Short-Form Speaker Sessions— MobileCON 2012 introduces Bit Talks featuring a compelling, diverse lineup of IT leaders from influential companies addressing discrete topics in 15-minute segments. Each Bit Talk will identify one primary problem to be anticipated, avoided or solved and include three things that were learned through the deployment or implementation experience.
  • Diverse, Compelling Keynote Speakers— CTIA has sought a roster of world-class speakers from the private and public sectors. Representing the organizations currently driving mobile enterprise innovation, MobileCON's speaker lineup will start the conversations that will drive the industry's agenda moving forward.

Given that Enterprise is huge business, it makes sense that CTIA would hold a conference with more dedication and focus given. They've managed to line up some great guest speakers although, right now, it looks like no one from Google has stepped up. Either way, we'll be there in San Diego in October to find out. You'll find the full press release below for your reading pleasure.

Source: CTIA

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4 years ago

EA's Origin platform coming to Android


EA's Origin gaming platform is headed to Android, the company has revealed at the Gamescom show in Germany. Origin, which currently runs on PCs, will also reportedly launch on Mac, Facebook and Smart TVs.

Origin joins main rival Steam on Android, and it's likely that the Origin mobile app will take a on a similar form, allowing users to browse games and access community features without actually allowing titles to be played directly on the device.

No timeframe was given for the release of Origin on Android or any other new platforms, but as EA hopes to gain market share from Steam wherever possible, it'll no doubt want to exploit these new platforms as much as possible

Source: The Verge

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4 years ago

RealPlayer review - old-school media streaming goes 1.0 on Android


RealPlayer’s Android app exits its lengthy beta today, and we got the chance to play around with the final product. Just like the beta, it handles all sorts of media types, including, audio, video, and images, though the user interface has been changed up a bit.

Beyond handling the usual stuff like playlists and track sorting by artist, genre, or album, RealPlayer brings a few extras to the table. One of them is track control from the lock screen. It does mean that you’ll have another lock screen to tap through when media is playing, but generally I didn’t find that much of a hassle. Wired headsets support pause/play with in-line controls, but not track skipping, while Bluetooth headsets are the opposite, able to skip tracks but not pause/play.

Read on for more, folks. More!

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4 years ago

Acer Iconia A110 bumped up to Jelly Bean before launch


When Acer announced its 7-inch Iconia Tab A110 back in June, it was running Ice Cream Sandwich -- at the time, the latest version of the OS. Now, with the tablet’s October release approaching, it seems it’s undergone a software upgrade, bringing it up to the shiny new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The tablet has appeared in new renders over at online retailer eBuyer, showing a the Jelly Bean launcher and Nexus 7-like home screen setup. If accurate -- and it certainly looks it -- the A110 would be the first big-name Android tablet to get Android 4.1, with the exception of Google’s own Nexus 7, of course.

Hardware-wise, Acer’s 7-incher sports similar internals to the Nexus tablet -- there’s the 7-inch form factor, an NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU and 1GB of RAM. The A110 boasts more ports, a rear camera and expandable memory, though at the cost of screen resolution, which is limited to 1024x600.

Acer’s tablet is fairly competitive on price, selling for £179.99 in the UK with 16GB of storage, however we have to wonder whether this will sway consumers away from Google’s offering, and the its promise of speedy updates.

Source: eBuyer, via: Engadget

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4 years ago

New YouTube app for PS3 brings revamped UI, Android controls


Playstation users have been able to watch YouTube videos on their consoles for some time, but the experience just got much better as the company announced a brand new app.

The app brings a completely refreshed UI that focuses on delivering the personalized content that YouTube has been pushing recently. Your subscribed channels, favorites and playlists are highlighted, bringing a much improved experience. Search also has been improved, with video results appearing instantly while you type. The app can also now be controlled completely with your smartphone after a quick pairing.

The app is available for free from the Playstation Store. Google is making a huge push with YouTube and the more good experiences across devices the better and this is just the next step.

Source: YouTube Blog

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4 years ago

Q&A with Molecube - developing apps with YouTube superstars


Not long ago we checked out the Epic Meal Time game, but we wanted to get to know the guys behind it, and particularly how they managed to wrangle a deal with a huge, established YouTube brand. Molecube has been making game for a little while, but mostly for iOS. We get some of their impressions on that transition, as well as plans for the future. 

Hi Pierre, thanks for your time! I'm a big fan of the game. Care to give us a bit of background on Molecube?

Hey Simon, thank you for having me! Molecube is an indie mobile game development studio based in Quebec, Canada. We are a small group of six individuals trying to do what we love for a living since two years. We’ve developed five games in our lifetime: Binja, Monstruction, Monsieur Monsieur, Justin Mac Fart and our latest release, Epic Meal Time!

Similar to every indie studio, in the last few years we’ve tried to be noticed in this crazy market. We’ve tried numerous strategies at different levels, we have even tried to market our marketing failures and successes in something called the “Experiment” for Justin Mac Fart but even that wasn’t enough to get us noticed. I think we’ve finally got this done with Epic Meal Time. We are very thrilled about that.

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4 years ago

Vodafone gets arty with the 'Tate' edition Smart II


If you are in the market for a new budget Android device and are feeling arty then Vodafone UK have something special to offer. As from today you can pop along to Harrods in Central London and pick up the new limited edition 'Tate' edition Vodafone Smart II for the reasonable price of £70 on pay-as-you-go. The device will also be in stock at selected Vodafone retail stores from August 16th although only 1000 have been made so if this floats your boat you need to get in quick.

The design has been created by art student Gaby Sahhar and it seems only right that if you purchase the Tate edition Vodafone Smart II you will also get two for one ticket entry into the Tate Modern or Tate Britain up until the end of January 2013.


  • Dimensions (mm) - 109 x 58 x 12.35
  • Weight (g) - 120
  • Touch Screen - HVGA (480 x 320 @ 180 ppi)
  • Processor - 800 mHz
  • Screen size (inches) - 3.2
  • Internal memory (MB) - 150
  • Memory card (GB) - 2 (expandable up to 32 GB)
  • Camera (MP) - 3.15 with flash
  • Operating system - Android 2.3

For more information on the design of the Tate Edition jump on over to the Vodafone Blog.

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4 years ago

Not holding our breath for the Vizio Co-Star Google TV to ship today


A few folks have pinged us this morning, reminding us that today was the original estimated shipping day for the Vizio Co-Star Google TV. We're pretty sure it's not happening today, though, as our order is clearly still in a "Processing" status, and the product page is back to "Coming soon." Don't give Vizio too hard a time, though -- we've always treated that "estimated" shipping date as a pretty loose ballpark. But we are just excited as the rest of you at the prospect of a $99 Google TV box. Let's just hope it fares a little better than Sony's software-hamstrung set

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4 years ago

Here we go again: Dubious render claims to show Galaxy Note 2


Just as it was with the Galaxy S3, here we have our first allegedly leaked render of Samsung's next, next big thing, the Galaxy Note 2. It's a large, white phone with an S3-like three-button setup, and a 16:10 aspect ratio screen. And... that's it. There's not much to go on here, and we have to say this bears all the hallmarks of fabricated or fan-made mockup. (When's the last time we saw an official promo shot of a sexy new phone with a blank screen?)

GSMArena, which was sent the image anonymously, says its source reports a familiar set of rumored specs for the device, including a 5.5-inch SuperAMOLED+ (RGB) display, an 8MP camera and a slightly higher-clocked Exynos 4 Quad chip. At this stage we'd be surprised if the Note 2 strayed too far from this spec list, but that does nothing to confirm the accuracy of the image.

So this might be the Galaxy Note 2, but really, it's probably not. The abundance of bullcrap Galaxy S3 renders in the run up to that phone's release has left us jaded and skeptical. Whatever the case, stay tuned for the real thing in a couple of weeks, as we'll be live from Berlin for the second Samsung Mobile Unpacked event of the year, where the real Note 2 will make its debut.

Source: GSMArena

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4 years ago

Phones4U announces the LG Optimus 4X HD, coming Aug. 27


Pre-orders start today, with Cheryl Cole tickets thrown in for good measure

Independent British retailer Phones4U has announced that it'll be launching the LG Optimus 4X HD in the UK later this month, and that it'll start taking pre-orders from today. The 4X HD is LG's international flagship for 2012, with a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display, a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU, running Android 4.0 and LG's new Optimus UI 3.0.

Phones4U will make the phone available from Aug. 27 on a wide range of tariffs on leading UK mobile networks. If you want a free 4X HD, you'll be able to get one on contracts starting at £26 per month. SIM-free prices aren't available just yet, but based on European prices, we can probably expect something in the £450-500 area. The black version of the phone will be offered initially, followed at a later date by the white model.

To sweeten the deal, Phones4U is also offering the first 50 pre-orderers a pair of tickets to see British singer Cheryl Cole perform live this Autumn at the LG Arena in Birmingham. P4U points out the tickets are worth £100, presumably so you know where to set your eBay starting price.

In any case, it's good to see the 4X HD getting a wider European release, following its debut in Germany a few months back. LG's definitely upped its game in the past few months, and the 4X is a phone that deserves the chance to succeed. For more, check out our initial review of the handset, linked below.

More: LG Optimus 4X HD hands-on and initial review

Source: Phones4U

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4 years ago

How to hack your Nexus 7 the right way


For many, the Nexus 7 will be their first experience with one of Google's own branded Android devices. If you're interested in hacks of any sort on your phone or tablet, there really is no other option than to go Nexus. As we like to point out, we're constantly amazed by the posts our forum members put up when it comes to hacks, rooting and loading custom ROMs. This one is no exception.

Forum moderator dmmarck has put together a fantastic guide to help you along the path of all things Nexus 7, with step-by-step tutorials for all of your hacking needs. From the basic bootloader unlock and root, to more advanced flashing of custom ROMs and mods, it's all covered here. The best part about having a guide like this is the continued discussion and support after the first post. Any questions or comments you have can go right there to be answered. The sky is the limit when it comes to hacking a Nexus device, but remember it's always nice to have a way to get back to stock when things get a little out of hand. Thankfully, there's another fantastic post in the forums to help you do just that.

So let's go hit the forums and hack the Nexus 7 -- and even learn a thing or two along the way.

[GUIDE] Release the Kraken! Rooting & Hacking Your Nexus 7

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