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2 years ago

HTCdev.com goes online: One-stop shopping for OpenSense SDK, kernel source and (soon) bootloader unlocking

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If you're the serious tinkering type (as opposed to the rest of us who just like to occasionally break things), it's time to check out HTCdev.com. Two-thirds of the site, announced at the beginning of June, are now live. The OpenSense SDK gives developers easy access to take advantage of all of the HTC Sense APIs and add-ons. (For example, the tablet pen for the HTC Flyer.)

Then there's HTC's kernel source repository. HTC's been putting out kernel source for quite some time, and now it's got a new home.

And, finally, there's the much-anticipated bootloader unlock web tool. It's not live yet, but should be later this month as HTC updates the Sensation then the EVO 3D to allow for unlocked bootloaders.

More: HTCdev.com

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: GUN BROS

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Inside of every man, woman, and child is a tiny little urge to shoot comically large guns and single-handedly stop a force of bad guys doing ... bad guy stuff. While there might be a slew of options to choose from over the course of your life, at this time, on this day, GUN BROS (hereafter referred to as Gun Bros) takes that crown.

What you've got in Gun Bros is a goofy plot (you go around offing T.O.O.L. bad guys, cause who likes a tool?) with big guns, large, muscular men, and awesome gameplay. Gameplay is pretty straightforward. Run around with the left digital joystick, point your guns with the right. Fortunately, there's no fire button. As soon as you activate the right joystick, you unleash the fury of your boomstick.

Your object is to survive wave-after-wave of baddies, running around picking up health and explodium, as it reveals itself. When you finally run out of life, you're taken back to the menu screen. No game over, no sad music, none of that. When back on the menu, you're free to refine your explodium ore for gold coins, which you can then spend on better weapons, armor, and other misc. stuff. (Pro tip: buy big guns first.)

Ultimately, you're hoping to survive all of the waves in a given level, so you can unlock the next series in that section of the game, but even if you don't, other planets (with more T.O.O.L.s on them) still reveal themselves, so you can bounce around a bit if anything starts to feel stale.

The controls are relatively tight, although sometimes it feels like both joysticks lag up a bit as you need them, so be prepared to both run and shoot a little preemptively if you don't want to take damage. Other than that, everything is mad responsive, just as it should be.

Gun Bros is absolutely free in the Android Market, so if any of this has piqued your interest, I'd go download it without hesitation. Solid graphics, great gameplay, and saving the world (near single-handedly) is just too much to pass up.

Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Google acquires a new marketing director of mobile apps from GetJar

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While GetJar has been busy mixing words with Apple over the use of the App Store moniker, Google has stepped in and snagged their chief marketing officer, Patrick Mork. Mork, who has been a part of GetJar since 2008 will be heading to Google as their marketing director of mobile apps. This info confirmed via Morks personal blog and an email sent off to his fellow employees at GetJar:

I'd like to thank all the people who are part of GetJar's ecosystem for having made this experience possible. The reality is that our growth and success would not have been possible without the support of our investors at Accel, our content partners and developers and the enthusiasm and encouragement of our supporters in the press. Each one of you has played a special and unique role in helping GetJar become what it is to today and I've greatly enjoyed working with each of you.

So what's next? ;) Well, I'm an apps guy at heart and always looking for a good fight as you know! So I'll be joining Google as Marketing Director for Mobile Applications the first week of September.

The loss for GetJar doesn't seem overly impacting at this time. They now have 50 employees and are planning a launch of new products and offerings over the next couple of months however, the gain here for Google remains to be seen. Patrick Mork has a pretty solid background in marketing strategy, PR, developer marketing, and business development so it'll be interesting to see what he accomplishes within Google.

Source: Mork On Mobile; via: Venture Beat

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2 years ago

Google Movies update pushing out to Galaxy Tab

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Well, this is interesting.  I recently went into the Android Market on my Galaxy Tab and it asked me to accept the terms and conditions again.  I accepted, and the app closed down.  When I booted the market back up I had a shiny new "movies" tab.  In my preview of the Touchwiz UX update, I noted that the update came with the "Google Videos" app pre-installed but that the market didn't have movies available for purchase yet.

One puzzling thing is that the playback worked flawlessly on my rooted galaxy tab, but Josh's rooted phone just gave him the playback error we all know and love.  My device is running essentially a "stock" Touchwiz build, so that might have something to do with it.

Like most market updates, expect this rollout to go out gradually, but it can't hurt to clear the cache to try and force and update.  One additional screen capture, and a blurrycam pic of actual playback (since the videos app seems to block screen capture methods) after the break.  If you get it on your device, be sure to sound off in our forums.

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2 years ago

Samsung Hercules photos leaked, show T-Mobile and Galaxy S II branding

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It appears that another new phone has reached the hands of testers, as shots of the Samsung Hercules -- now officially unofficially T-Mobile's Galaxy S II variant -- are cropping up across the web.  We're still in the dark about most of the specs, we've heard things like a Qualcomm processor and 4.5-inch screen (which would be a departure from the rest of the Galaxy S II line), but we do get a pretty good look at the exterior of the new device.  These new pics have the Hercules looking a lot like the Samsung Nexus S in the overall body design, as the optical trackpad single button we see on the international versions is gone, and the rear of the phone has the familiar reverse chin.  Looking through the other pictures (check the source links) we also see a front facing camera, an 8MP rear camera, capacitive buttons, a SAMOLED display (we'd bet on that being SAMOLED plus), and a 4G icon.  The two biggest questions -- will it really be dropping the Samsung Exynos processor in favor of the Qualcomm, and the release date, are still unanswered.  For now, we'll just enjoy the pictures.

Sources: Pocketnow; TmoNews 

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic user manual previewed in FCC docs, confirms 4.3-inch qHD display, mentions GSM World Phone capability?

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If you're the sort who actually reads user manuals (and we know there are a few of you out there), a draft version of the Motorola Droid Bionic user guide has been publicly revealed by the FCC. Flipping through it, we don't see too much we didn't expect -- note the microHDMI port along with confirmation of a 4.3-inch qHD display.

Curious, though, is the inclusion of a section on the World Phone GSM capabilities. Last time we checked, the Droid Bionic was to be an LTE data smartphone. And while both use SIM cards, we've yet to see a dual LTE/GSM device. And that would be different from the specs Motorola briefly outed and later pulled, and from the FCC's own testing here. And it definitely looks like other pages in this draft guide are borrowed from other devices.

So is it really a CDMA/LTE/GSM smartphone with a dual-core processor and qHD display? We're skeptical at this point. But, damn, that'd be one sweet -- and power-hungry -- device.

Source: FCC; via Droid Bionic Forums

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2 years ago

Newly public FCC docs break down the new Droid Bionic, inside and out

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Not that we haven't seen the long-overdue revamped Motorola Droid Bionic about 16 different ways now, but a handful of documents at the FCC unsealed today give us yet another look at the upcoming Verizon smartphone.

In addition to more exterior shots, we get a look at the internals of the phone we've come to know by its Targa codename. And, surprise, surprise, it looks like a smartphone on the inside.

And if you're really looking for the nerdy details, the FCC's also unsealed its testing photos for the Droid Bionic. Interesting stuff, actually. Now if only we had an official release date.

Source: FCC; via Droid Bionic Forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Want push notifications on Facebook for Android? Grab a BlackBerry

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Before you all jump on the title of the post, walk with me for a second here. As we all know, Facebook on Android has some issues with being able to get notifications out to devices. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Either way, to say it's not overly reliable is an understatement.

With that out of the way, a post recently went up in the Android Central forums detailing some strange happenings witnessed by forums member ccw1134, detailing how his daughter (a former BlackBerry user) always receives Facebook notifications on her Motorola XPRT without any issues.

My daughter went from a BB Curve to the Motorola XPRT and her FB push notifications worked! She always would always say "Dad you're phone's not so Incredible now, is it?" So when I got my EVO 3D and it didn't work I really became obsessed. After comparing settings on both phones and Facebook settings I found the one anomaly. The list of authorized apps within Facebook (Account dropdown>Account Settings>Applications on the right side of the page) on the computer showed "Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones" on hers but not mine. It's so simple yet outside of the box. The key is BlackBerry permissions! I am willing to bet that everyone who has working notifications on Android came from a BlackBerry.

We decided to test this out and sure enough, it appears to work a whole heck of a lot better for getting notifications on Android. In fact, during our testing and as shown in the video my Desire HD actually started getting notifications faster then my BlackBerry. Strange indeed -- this was tested multiple times as well, always ending with the same result. Mileage may vary for you of course but if you're interested in giving it a shot -- hit the forum link below for the full instructions on how to set it up.  

Get Facebook notifications  working on Android

Big shout out to ccw1134 for sharing this info with us all!

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