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3 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Celtic Garden HD

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Some of you might remember DualBoot Games from our Spring Zen HD wallpaper review, and I was so impressed with what they'd done with that wallpaper, I decided to look into another. Today I've stumbled upon Celtic Garden HD, but to mix things up, I tried it on a tablet.

Celtic Garden HD gives us just that, a celtic garden. Surrounding it are various flora, and you can also choose to add fireflies or a butterfly, too. Similar to the other live wallpaper I reviewed, there is a "randomize" option, which will pick a random option from each category you can customize every time your screen loads.

You can really define your wallpaper down to a T, choosing everything from the basin type, flora type, garden life and leaf type, and even the pot type. You can also enable touch effects, so "special effects" happen when you touch the screen. In my experience, that was having the fireflies swarm around where I'd just touched.

In terms of performance, there wasn't the slightest bit of lag on the Toshiba Thrive I was running it on, so I'd assume everyone using a Tegra-2 device can expect similar results.

Per DualBoot's pricing scheme, there is also a free version available in the Market, but it restricts access to the well-thought out and comprehensive settings menu.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D update now available

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If you are an HTC EVO 3D owner that has been anxiously awaiting the new OTA update to roll out in hopes of fixing some of your existing issues, luck is on your side today. Yesterday we reported that the update would begin to roll out on Aug. 23, but users are reporting the ability to install the OTA right now if you manually check for updates on your phone. This update is set to fix some lock screen issues, fix GPS lock issues, as well as make more applications uninstallable by users. Have you already installed the update? If so, be sure to let us know how it is treating you, and what changes you have noticed.

More info: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Android Game Review: GRave Defense HD

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The best part about my job is that I get to find great apps to write about to show you guys, but in the process, y'all introduce me to some great apps too. Let's take Fieldrunners HD, for example. I swore up and down about that game's awesomeness, yet some people said, "Josh, you're an idiot misguided! Try GRave Defense HD!"

Well, I did. And I liked it. Comparing it to Fieldrunners HD, though, isn't quite fair.

As far as tower defense games go, GRave Defense HD is definitely one of the best. The graphics are pretty strong, performance is great, and there's lots to do. Between the gold and silver campaigns plus the survival mode, you'll be busting mutant zombie tail all day long.

Sure, the story might be cheesy (nuclear warfare that turns folks into mutant zombies?) and the menus might look a bit childish, but this game is still all solid. You've got a large range of guns that you'll learn to use over the course of the game, plus a big variety of zombies to gun down.

Guns can be upgraded a maximum of five times (with the cost increasing each time), at which point they become instruments of terrible, terrible power. The double-speed option is awesome for when you just need to burn through waves, too.

The big gameplay difference from games like Robo Defense or Fieldrunners HD is that all the zombies in GRave Defense are on a set path. In some levels, they might start from two different places, but the game always prompts you to what their path will be before they spawn. This makes it relatively easy to plan out where you'll build your towers/guns/cannons every single time. For the other games, they're free-roaming (field-running, even), and that's a different mechanic in and of itself.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time with GRave Defense HD and I can totally see why so many of you went to bat for it. It's a really well done game with a lot going for it. Sure, it's ~$3, but for something this polished, I'd gladly shell that out.

Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Doctor Who brings the Tardis over to Android

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It doesn't matter which side of the pond you're from, fans of The Doctor are everywhere. The BBC have now traveled through space and time to bring their iOS game, The Mazes Of Time to Android. 

The basic plot: The Doctor and his sidekick Amy are racing to save an innocent family attacked by a Dalek and flung into the depths of history. The graphics won't set the world on fire, and neither will the pricing structure. The initial install is free from the market, but via the in app purchasing system further downloadable content packs are available should you not feel satisfied after completing the initial levels. For the more competitive among us, the game also supports Openfeint.

If you're rocking 2.1 and above, and fancy being The Doctor for a while, head on over to the market and pick up your Sonic Screwdriver. Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

UK Droidcon's latest sponsor is...RIM?

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October sees Android developers decend on London for Droidcon 2011, with a new sponsor now in tow ... RIM

The Blackberry makers have signed up as a gold sponsor for the event which takes place on Oct. 6 and 7. Craziness. Or perhaps not, as soon RIM is expected to launch its Android app player for it's Playbook tablet. 

Announced via the conferences official blog, the organizers are expecting "interesting news and demos in London." 

See the announcement after the break.

Source: Droidcon

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3 years ago

HTC Roadshow set to make stops in England, Spain, France and Germany

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HTC is at it again, hitting the streets with their Roadshow team (we swung by their event in Manchester, England, in April) to show off their products, give some more information, and let people touch all the new stuff up-close. This time HTC will be heading to England, Spain, France and Germany on Sept. 1 to have a good time, have some food and drinks for everyone to enjoy and show off their amazing line of products. Be sure to keep up to date with location and start times on the HTC Facebook page, and RSVP there if you will be attending the events!

Source: HTC Facebook

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3 years ago

Zombie and Bugdroid Dance off!

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Bug Droid was at it again (you'll recall his little jig we caught at Google IO), dancing his little Android powered heart out. This time around though, he had some competition from an all to familiar zombie. Yes, it was a zombie droid dance off and as much as we hate to say it, poor Bug Droid looks to be slowing down a little as the Plants. vs. Zombies zombie literally spun circles around him. Maybe Bugdroid just needs some fine tuning and an Ice Cream Sandwich.

Source: @XperiaPlay; via: Phandroid

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3 years ago

UK Xoom owners to get Android 3.2 update next month?

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That's right folks, the Android 3.1 update has barely had chance to settle in before it now appears that the next update to Android 3.2 may be right around the corner. 

There is no specific date available as yet, but The Inquirer claims to have received a call from Motorola confirming that Android 3.2 will go live in the UK in September. With the update UK Xoom owners will finally be on par with their American counterparts. While updates are always cause for celebration, Motorola is still falling behind other manufacturers like ASUS, whose 3.2 update has been around for a few weeks already in the UK.

Source: The Inquirer

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3 years ago

More Super AMOLED HD details revealed, a 4.5" Super AMOLED HD Samsung Celox may be using it

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Earlier you might have noticed that Samsung has advanced their manufacturing process far enough to bring Super AMOLED HD to a phone sized screen.  You also might have noticed I'm pretty interested in the whole subject, hence the late night blog post.  A little more information has surfaced, and it sounds like Samsung has the ability to produce a 4.5 inch 720p Super AMOLED HD display, as long as the old style RGBG pentile matrix technology is used.  While this isn't the best case scenario, it makes the Samsung Celox a bit more interesting, as it's reported that it will launch with a 4.5 inch 1280x720 Super AMOLED HD screen with a pentile matrix.  The OLED Association is sure that the next step will be to produce an RGB stripe version, thus creating a Super AMOLED HD Plus display, having the same improvements we saw with the move from Super AMOLED to Super AMOLED Plus.

Of course, nothing is official until we have it in our hot little fingers.  Hopefully, if any of the information flying around is off-base, Samsung jumps to correct it.

Source: OLED-display

 

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3 years ago

Samsung Hercules shows up on TELUS one more time

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Canadians, eh? They seem to be having quite a bit of luck these days with getting their hands on new devices. The Samsung Galaxy S II has been available in Canada for quite some time already in a number of variants but this one, the TELUS version matches that of the T-Mobile version we saw a number of times already. This also isn't the first Telus sighting either, nor is it likely to be the last. Still no pricing or date to go along with it but just when you thought the Samsung Galaxy S II couldn't get any better -- they drop this 42Mbps beast on us. Glad I've not yet picked up a SGS II.

Source: Mobile Syrup

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