4 years ago

Android game review: Sprinkle for Tegra II devices


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Another iPhone favorite has made its way to Android. Sprinkle, from ironically named developer Mediocre, is a cute little physics-based game.

You're among the .. people ... of Titan, one of Saturn's moons, who have been minding their own business until the people of Earth decide to crash the party. And crashing through Saturn's rings have had ill effect on the moon, causing flaming asteroids to come crashing down. Only one way to put them out -- a massive water cannon.

That's where you come in. You control the water cannon. And at first it's easy -- aim and squirt. But Sprinkle quickly takes a turn for the strategic, giving you puzzles to solve, all while trying to extinguish the fire using as little water as possible.

The game is surprisingly addictive, in no small part to the beautiful physics work done with the water, and to a lesser extent the water. The former has to be carefully aimed and worked around terrain and switches, while the later just won't seem to die. The cute character don't hurt, either. And in future-proofing news: It'll be getting an upgrade to NVIDIA's quad-core Kal-el platform later on.

Sprinkle is available now in the Android Market or from NVIDIA's new Tegra Zone website for $1.99.

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4 years ago

NVIDIA opens TegraZone.com, updates Android app, and has 5 Acer Iconias to give away


NVIDIA has launched the TegraZone.com website, complete with it's own online community for Android fans with Tegra-powered devices.  In addition, the Tegra Zone companion application for Android has received an update with features designed to compliment the new site, as well as offer more for users by way of support for Japan, the UK, and India and a "Get Demo" button to try a free or light version of the game.

The highlights of the new website include:

  • Allows consumers considering the purchase of a Tegra-powered mobile device to learn about Tegra games and some of the best Android games
  • Expands Tegra-owner convenience and provides another way to view Tegra Zone content
  • Makes it easy for users to share links to Tegra games and news through Facebook and Twitter
  • Includes everything you’ll find in the original Tegra Zone app, plus community forums and sweepstakes
  • The site is launching in English (US), Portuguese (Brazil), and Japanese; other languages will follow soon

Not to be outdone, the new Android app has a nice set of features as well:

  • A “Get Demo” button – about 25 percent of NVIDIA games now have a free version of the game
  • Android notifications
  • Updated sharing (link to specific page on TegraZone.com)
  • Better Facebook integration
  • International app feedback
  • Support for Japan, UK, and India; in addition to already available U.S., Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, and Spain

As part of the new Tegra Zone experience, NVIDIA has also started a new Developer Zone dubbed "Zone in" to encourage more developers to build Tegra optimized applications.  NVIDIA says all applications will be play tested and every developer will be responded to.  Those are pretty big shoes to fill, and kudoa to NVIDIA if they pull it off.

Last but not least, to commemorate the launch of TegraZone.com, NVIDIA’s giving away five Acer Iconia Tab A500 tablets during the first month, don't miss your chance to win one.  You can enter the drawing at the Tegra Zone website.

We've got a couple more pictures after the break, give them a look then check out the Tegra Zone website at the source link.  We've also got the download for the TegraZone app down there, too.

Source: TegraZone.com

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson announces the Xperia Neo V; all 2011 Xperia phones to get Android 2.3.4


Sony Ericsson today announced the latest addition to its Xperia line -- the Neo V -- which will be the first of its phones to benefit from its new "Facebook inside Xperia" software upgrade. The Neo V also is SE's first foray into 3D, with a "3D sweep panorama" feature that records and plays back in 3D when connected to a 3D TV's HDMI input.

Neo V specs include:

  • Available in white, blue or silver
  • 3.7-inch display at 480x854 resolution
  • Reality display powered by Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine
  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor at 1GHz
  • 5MP rear camera
  • VA front-facing camera
  • 320MB internal storage
  • 2GB microSD card included
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • And all the usual sundries

Also, SE today announced that all of its 2011 Xperia phones will get an upgrade to Android 2.3.4 that will comprise many of the features found in the Neo V. That includes:

  • Google Talk with video chat
  • Facebook inside Xperia
  • 3D sweep panorama
  • The ability to connect USB peripherals to the Sony Ericsson LiveDock multimedia station
  • A "swipe" (no, they didn't say Swype) text input
  • Screen shots

The software updates will begin in October; SE didn't say which phones would be up first.

For more, see the entire press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Lost root access, GPS with no data [From the Forums]


While TouchPad hunters are still on the lose, and Steve Jobs resigning from Apple -- the Android news chugs along as well. If you missed anything from today, be sure to skip on back through the blogs and jump on into the Android Central forums for more.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

Motorola Atrix not the most powerful smartphone in the world says the UK



So just what is the worlds most powerful smartphone? Motorola would have you believe it's their Atrix, but the UK Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) begs to differ. After receiving complaints about one of their adverts, they made the ruling that because the Samsung Galaxy S II has a faster processor the Motorola claims could be seen as misleading.

Motorola claims that the power of the Atrix isn't processor focused, but more about its overall abilities and combined features, but this apparently doesn't matter. The advertisement is only allowed to be shown going forwards without the offending phrase. 

Would it confuse you? Check out the advert after the break and make your own decision.

Source: Daily Telegraph

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II used in Samsung's teaser video looks to be the Sprint version


We know the Samsung Galaxy S II is coming to the US.  We're almost certain that every one of the four major US carriers will get their own flavor, and it looks like we already know what the Sprint version (referred to as the Epic 4G Touch this week) is going to look like thanks to Samsung's teaser video about the US launch.  We don't buy into the September 9 date shown on the weather widget being the launch date just yet, (we've seen that sort of thing many times before and ity rarely pans out), but the Sprint visual voicemail icon being shown off on the homescreen?  That's pretty hard to just dismiss as coincidence.  Add that to the fact that the version shown has the four capacitive buttons we're used to from Samsung, and a different overall shape, and it all adds up.  Hopefully, it does show itself on September 9 -- it's about time someone gets one of these out in the US.  If the hurricane gods allow it, we'll know more on Aug 29.

Source: SprintFeed


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4 years ago

Android 101: How to use Android native tethering

4 years ago

iSpeech brings the commanders in chief to your Android smartphone


We figure it'll take about 15 seconds before some of you start abusing this one, and about 15 minutes before the Treasury Department finds a way to shut it down. But for now, there's iSpeech Obama and iSpeech Bush for Android. You speak, the the president (or former president) parrots it back to you. You can share what they say, or just have your own twisted one-way conversation.

See what we mean after the break.

Download: iSpeech Obama; iSpeech Bush

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4 years ago

X10 AirPad promises to be the best $199 tablet around, sports full USB port


We usually scoff when we hear about Android tablets going for $199. But when we hear about stalwart retailer X10 selling one for $199, we'll at least give things a listen. The X10 AirPad promises to be the "best tablet on the market for under $200."

Let's talk specs: You've got a 7-inch display with a measly 800x480 resolution. (By comparison, the Acer Iconia a100 and HTC Flyer each has a 7-inch touchscreen at 1024x600 resolution.) So it's fewer pixels, but that means less work for the 1.2 GHz Rockchip 2918 processor. That's all pushing Android 2.3 Gingerbread, so it's got that going for it, which is nice. There's 512MB of RAM on board, and 4GB on internal storage. There's a 2MP camera, which we're probably safe in ignoring on spec.

The 4000 mAh batter is rated as 6 hours of movie or music playback (we have a hard time believing music playback takes as much juice, but whatever), or 4 hours of Wifi Internet accvess. And speaking of Wifi, it's got 802.11 b/g. There's also HDMI out for 1080p playback, a full-size USB port, mini (not micro) USB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot.

Source: X10

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4 years ago

How unlocked is HTC's bootloader unlocking method?


It looks like HTC's unlocked bootloader policy may not be just what everyone was looking for, and several key portions of the firmware remain locked.  What appears to be the case, is that using HTC's tool does unlock your bootloader, but doesn't grant you S-off status. Right off the bat -- if you don't understand what S-off means, you don't need it. It unlocks the ability to flash things like radios and hboot versions, which are all closed and protected files from HTC and the carriers.

What HTC's method does give you is the ability to flash a modified version of a custom recovery, which can be used to flash the files needed to root the phone. Once rooted, you can run root-required apps and have read/write permissions on the system files. As it stands now, if this is all you ever wanted to do anyway, HTC's tool will work for you. If you think you might one day decide to get a little deeper, I suggest you wait it out for a while. Will methods to flash ROMs get figured out for phones unlocked with HTC's tool? Probably. There's also a chance the boot partition is able to be flashed. The one thing we all know for sure is that HTC has made it very hard to go back if you go through with updating and using their unlock tool. Waiting to see how this all plays out is probably the wise decision.

There are also Internet rumors flying around saying HTC will send another update to give the phones S-Off status, or that this is just step one and they will release updated tools to do it.  At this point, all that is just speculation.  Personally, I'll wait and see exactly what works and what doesn't before I decide to buy another HTC phone.  If all they have done is block access to carrier-protected files and still allow the flashing of a new system, data, and boot partitions, I can accept that position.  If they have blocked the flashing of new kernels or the boot partition as a whole, that's another matter.  With all the development going on for the Sensation and EVO 3D, we'll know soon enough.

More info at XDA: EVO 3D; Sensation

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4 years ago

Droid Bionic's 'Rule All Machines' commericial returns, looks even better


We gave you your first look at the official Verizon commercial for the Motorola Droid Bionic earlier this week, and now it's back in even better quality, thanks to our pals at Droid-Life. It's exactly the same violent commercial we gave you, only even creepier with the singing and what not.

Take a look after the break, at least until it gets TOS'd, too.

Source: Droid-Life

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4 years ago

Android Game Review: 7 Little Words



I can make no bones about it: I like words. It's why I write, why I fail at attempt to do crossword puzzles, and why I've become a huge fan of a big game called 7 Little Words.

7 Little Words is a word puzzle game, but unlike a crossword puzzle, except you're supplied with combinations of letters you need to solve the puzzle. Each "level" has only seven words to solve on it, hence the game's name.

To spell out a word, simply tap the boxes containing the letters you need, in the order you'd spell the word. When something is suitably spelled out, press the Guess button to see if it's correct. If it is, the clue will be bolded and the correct word will appear alongside it. If incorrect, there's no penalty! The letters are simply returned to you.

Another point to mention is that combinations of letters can only be used for a specific word, so as you fill out more of your list, guessing the last words is easy, as there's usually only six or so boxes left.

7 Little Words is free to install and comes with one free puzzle zone. You can buy more puzzle zones for 99 cents. Each puzzle zone comes with at least 30 puzzles inside of it, so there's lots of gameplay to be had.

This is a fun game that isn't too difficult it's off-putting, but is still challenging enough to make your brain work a little bit. If you're up for a bit of word mania or just want to keep the ol' noggin greased up, I'd definitely check this out.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

Case review: Seidio Surface case for the T-Mobile G2X and LG Optimus 2X


We all want to keep our phone looking good, even when it's built as tough as the LG G2X (and it's European twin brother the LG Optimus 2X) is.  For many, that means a hard shell case like the Seidio Surface.  It's tough, easy to use, and looks great on your phone.


It's a two-piece design that slides together and latches, built from a tough yet flexible material that is about 1mm thick.  Putting it on and removing it is a piece of cake, just press down on the shorter of the two pieces where they meet, and the interlocking latch will open and the sides slide right off.  Once together, it's a solid fit and feels great while holding and using your phone, thanks to Seidio's soft touch coating.  It gives the plastic a premium feel, without the lint collection superpowers that come with rubberized cases.  It's also easy to wipe clean, just be sure to remove it first.

The case is also perfectly cut to allow access to all the controls, ports, and even the dual speaker openings on the bottom of the G2X.  The camera and flash are left open as well, so you won't be seeing any shadows on that excellent camera the G2X has, and it even keeps the lens cover off any surface if you lay the phone down on it's back.  The case also wraps around the front edge and corners, keeping that expensive beveled glass screen safe. 

And the Amethyst looks hot!  Check out some more pics after the break

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4 years ago

Google Docs updated, now has increased Web Clipboard functionality


Google Docs for Android (see our hands-on) has received an update, bringing some welcomed new features for mobile users. The biggest update is the increased Web Clipboard functionality, which allows users to take photos from their mobile device and easily insert them into a Google Doc. Here is how it works:

On the Google Docs widget, select the Camera option. It will send you to your default camera application which will let you take a photo. Once it is taken, you'll see three options: Upload file without conversion, Convert file to Google Docs format and Send to Web Clipboard. By selecting Web Clipboard, you're sending your photo to a cloud-based clipboard used by Google Docs. Once it is uploaded, you can go to your Docs and select the Web Clipboard button, which is the fourth option from the left. You should see the photos that you've designated for the Clipboard, making it extremely simple to add photos quickly to Google Docs.

Other enhancements include the ability to open your Google Docs with any compatible viewer application and the option to send them to other apps or as an attachments on an email.

A final update is that the app is officially available in 45 more languages starting today.

To get the update or the app if you haven't check it out yet, check out the links after the break.

Source: Google Docs Blog

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4 years ago

HTC EVO 4G software update 4.53.651.1 now showing up for some


If you have your HTC EVO 4G in your hands and are thinking, "Man.. I wish this thing would get an update" you might want to go ahead and check for system updates. The latest info from Sprint says the update listed below will be rolling out in the next week or so, but some folks are already seeing it. Here's what's new:

  • Integrated voice recognition accuracy with voice search and voice-to-text
  • Image size issue with contact transfer over Bluetooth
  • Images cut off in Picasa
  • Group contacts not in alphabetical order
  • Out of memory, Unable to send SMS

Go ahead and check for updates, if you get then let us know in the Android Central forums how it's working out for ya. If not, just wait longer -- it will be along shortly and you can take satisfaction in knowing it'll be here soon.

Source: Sprint; Thanks, Kurt!

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