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2 years ago

NVIDIA and Samsung announce the Galaxy R for Europe and Asia; 4.2 inch SLCD, Tegra 2, and Gingerbread on board

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Nvidia and Samsung have announced the Samsung Galaxy R, now available in Sweden but coming soon to more of Europe and Asia.  It's a bit of a departure from what we're used to here in the states when we hear the words Samsung Galaxy, as the R packs Tegra 2 innards, a Super Clear LCD, and Gingerbread out of the gate.  We don't yet have the full specs, but here's what has been announced:

  • Tegra 2 CPU
  • 4.19-inch WVGA Super Clear LCD touchscreen @ 800x480
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system
  • 720p HD video capture and 1080p Full HD playback (Divx, WMV, MP4, H.264 B/P only)
  • Built-in memory of 8GB and support for 32GB Micro SD
  • Size: 125.7 x 66.7 x 9.55 mm
  • Weight: 131 grams

Along with that Tegra 2 chip comes access to NVIDIA's experience in gaming, evident with any of the games from the Tegra Zone app.  And while many folks love Samsung's AMOLED screens, there are a lot of people who prefer a nicely done LCD.  Of course we have to wait until we get to play with a Galaxy R, but from the video above it looks like another winner.  I can totally see hours of Galaxy on Fire 2 HD in quite a few futures.  Check the video above, and the press release is after the break.

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2 years ago

Bugdroid swims with the sharks in Ari Gold's office

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We can imagine that more than one face has turned green sitting in the fictional Ari Gold's office (and probably in the real Ari Emanuel's office, too). But notice who's hanging out with a shark atop Mr. Gold's humidor? It's everybody's favorite Bugdroid!

This isn't the first time we've seen Android pop up on HBO's "Entourage." We've seen Johnny Drama and Ari both rocking a Nexus One at some point -- and those are just the posts we got around to doing. And here's another. Not sure that's a position we'd want to be in, but the Bugdroid's a pretty resilient fellow.

Anyhoo, if you're en "Entourage" fan, look for it in Episode 90: "Out With a Bang." Check it out on the HBO Go app if you want. And seriously, HBO, it's the last season of "Entourage." Would it kill you to get Sloan off that BlackBerry?

Thanks, G!

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic takes in a Mets game

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Anybody catch the Mets game Tuesday night? Were any of you at the Mets game Tuesday night? Well, Android Central reader Christopher (aka Jet300 in the forums) was one of the announced 24,619 at Citi Field in Queens (the Mets won 5-4, for those keeping score at home) and lets us know that the Motorola Droid Bionic was all over the darn place.

The ad you see above was on a wall behind some Plexiglass, advertising the stadium's own Verizon hangout (it's on Field Level, if you want to swing by). And, sure enough, there's everybody's favorite over-hyped phone, with Mr. Met, to boot.

You kids can have your blurrycam pics and your fancy FCC testing. We'll take something like this any day of the week.

Thanks, Christopher!

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2 years ago

Google App Inventor killed off with Google Labs, will live on as open-source code

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Some sad news tonight for your fans of the Google App Inventor project. With the demise of Google Labs, so, too, do we learn of the demise of App Inventor. This was a slick little tool that let anyone (theoretically) create an Android app, without having to actually now how to code anything. That's not to say it was easy -- yours truly made his way through the tutorials and did a sweet version of Wack a Mole with his daughter's likeness (it's a long story). But you still need a certain mind-set to really make use of it.

Anyhoo, according to a post last week on the Google Laps group (you'll note how this was killed off and nobody noticed for a few days), App Inventor's being phased out along with the rest of Google Labs, but it will live on as an open-source project.

The current App Inventor site will live on for the next three months. RIP, App Inventor. You were a good idea, but probably a little before your time. For a retrospective of Google App Inventor, check out the video after the break while we pour out 40 lines of code for our homies.

Source: Google Labs Group; via +Jason Howell

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2 years ago

Adobe Flash player for Android updated, brings security fixes and enhancements

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Adobe has updated the Flash player for Android to version 10.3.186.3, which fixes security issues and provides feature enhancements for certain phones and websites.  It's always recommended to update your Flash player, and this update is no different.  Besides the security enhancements we see every month or so, the specifics for this update are:

  • Enabled NEON optimizations for OMAP4 (Cortex A-9) based devices.
  • Corrected an issue on the Samsung Galaxy S where H.264 video at resolutions of 720p and below was not displayed.
  • Fixed an issue where app packaging would fail for Android Apps using Flash Player in WebView that set android:hardwareAcceleration to True in their AndroidManifest.xml.
  • Fixed a crash on the HTC EVO that some users encountered with specific video.
  • Fixed an issue that caused video frames to stop rendering on long streaming videos (> 1 hour) on some Motorola devices.
  • Fixed an issue where touch events were getting delayed with Kongregate.com games.
  • Fixed an issue where games on Kongregate.com freeze when users exit from Full-Screen mode.

The security specific fixes are outlined by Adobe here, and you'll find the link to download or update after the break.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Rolling back an update, Android Market questions [From the Forums]

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A nice rounded out day for Android news today. New Facebook messenger apps, Euro Xooms getting updated and some new details from the Apple / Samsung battle emerged. If you missed any of it, jump on back and have a look or if you're looking for more info or just want to talk Android -- head on into the forums.

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

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2 years ago

London developer builds an Android-powered tank

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If flinging birds at pigs is starting to get a little repetitive, London web developer Tamlyn has lain the basic premise for your very own army of Android powered robot tanks.  Using an existing RC powered tank, everything but the drive assembly and power supply was removed and replaced with an Android phone and an inexpensive IOIO (pronounced yo-yo) board to control the circuitry remotely -- yes, you drive this tank via the Internet. 

Using any web browser, you can send steering commands to an Android phone running Tamlyn's home-brew application.  The signals are then sent out via the phone's USB port, interpreted by the IOIO board circuitry, and power is applied to drive the tank in the direction you told it to go.  He has the response time cut down to 30 milliseconds on Wifi, but feels that he may see issues with network latency when he tests on a 3G connection.

What I find most interesting, is Tamlyn's statement about how easy he found it to write Android apps.  This just so happens to be his first Android application, and he has this to say:

This is my first Android project but thankfully the Android SDK and documentation are outstanding. With the help of a few tutorials I went from Hello World to a simple app that accepted HTTP connections in just a few hours.

That's a far cry from some of the horror stories we hear about Android being to hard to program for, and while this application is just a simple webserver, that fact that an Android programming novice found it so easy to make says a lot.

While I don't think anyone would be able to storm the gates of evil Castle Cupertino with these tanks, it sure looks like a fun way to play with the dog.  Check the video after the break, and read the rest at the source link.

Source: Tamlyn Via: BoingBoing

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2 years ago

Greedy Spiders brings 8-legged strategy to Android

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If you like Cut the Rope, it's time to give Greedy Spiders a try. It's a little more cerebral (and a little more creepy), trading Om Nom for spiders and flies.

The idea is this: There's a spider. There are flies. You need to cut the flies out of the web. But every time you cut a strand, the spider moves closer. So, you'll need to cut as few strands as possible, and do it in a way that keeps the spider from reaching the fly. Sound simple enough? It is ... at first.

Greedy Spiders has some nice graphics, and there's an ad-supported lite version in addition to a paid version. We've got free download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Bell and Virgin Mobile launch Samsung Galaxy Gio

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If you're in the market for a nice entry-level Android device, you can now go pick up the Samsung Galaxy Gio at either Virgin Mobile Canada or Bell. Priced at just $149 outright at Virgin or $249 outright at Bell (or $0 and $29.95 respectively on 3 year contracts), the Gio features an 800 MHz processor, a 3.2 inch touchscreen, 3mp camera, and runs on OS 2.3. You can also use the Gio as a wifi hotspot for up to eight devices! Sounds like a deal to me.

Source: Mobilesyrup

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2 years ago

Android gets a dedicated Facebook messenger

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While the cool kids are off doing their group huddles on Google+, Facebook keeps plugging away, and a new dedicated group messing app apparently is in the works. Hardly a surprise, given that Facebook bought Beluga earlier this year. And judging from Facbeook's placeholder page for the mobile messenger, it's pretty much the same thing. Simple, easy to use group messaging.

So let's see. One app for IM. One app for Facebook. Another for Google+ huddles. Text messages. E-mail. That about cover it? 

Download links are after the break.

Source: Facebook, Facebook blog; Thanks, Milad!

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