Only three days left to enter to win a Motorola Xoom!
The Motorola Xoom is looking to be the Android tablet to beat so far -- check out of first look at CES. And if the rumors are correct, it could well be launched in the next few weeks on Verizon.
And that means it's time to give one away. We're teaming up with Wyse Technology, developer of the Pocket Cloud app, to deliver one unactivated -- and free -- Motorola Xoom tablet, running the Honeycomb version of Android. Hit the break for the full details and instructions on how to enter.
When speaking of the Motorola Atrix 4G we kind of have to point out that while the device was shown off at CES it was not fully completed. Changes to the device before and post-launch are to be expected just like any other and Motorola has one rather significant change coming for the Atrix 4G.
As it is today and right into presumably shortly after launch, the Atrix 4G does not have 1080p video recording ability. That's not because it can't do it, it is powered by the dual-core Tegra 2 so it can when Motorola enables it to do so. According to the Motorola website, you won't have to wait all that long to have the ability enabled. Sucks that it won't be there at launch but its still great to know it will be there eventually. [Motorola via Engadget]
Samsung Continuum owners will want to be on the lookout for an update being pushed from Verizon today. Although it is not Froyo, it is a release that contains quite a few bug fixes in it so you'll want to be sure to get it installed of you're having any weird issues. In addition to all the bug fixes, you'll also be installing VCAST apps onto your device. (Grrrr.) You can download the update if it hasn't yet pushed by going to Settings > About Phone > System Update. [Verizon]
Motorola has released a new CGI video featuring the accessory docks for the AT&T-bound Atrix 4G. Both the laptop and the multimedia dock (read our hands-on from CES here) are show off along side some features of the phone like the massive 1GB of RAM. While the video doesn't give us any new information, it does make waiting for the phone just that much harder especially as you might be able to snag one for just $150. Check the video out past the break. [YouTube via Android Central Forums]
Where do we expect the LG Optimus 2X and its dual-core Tegra 2 processor to shine the brightest? Gaming, of course. We've thrown just about everything we can think of at the Optimus 2X (be sure to check out our benchmark tests). But when it comes down to it, there's really only one game we need to test. And that's Dungeon Defenders.
I've been playing DD for a little while now on the Motorola Droid X (which has been my favorite phone for gaming). And it ran pretty well. But compared to the Optimus 2X? No contest. While graphics are OK on the Droid X, they're flawless on that dual-core processor. We could go on and on. But let's just let the video do the talking, shall we?
EA Games has released its classic turn-based blaster Worms on the Android Market. The publisher says that Worms' graphics and animations have been optimized for the Android platform, and our initial impressions of the game are that it seems to be up there with recent Worms console titles in terms of graphical fidelity.
Worms for Android offers a host of game modes from previous Worms games including puzzle, racing and banzai. The characteristic voice acting that fans of the series will recognize is also present and correct.
A QR code for the North American version can be found after the jump. European readers can find it by searching for "Worms" in the Android Market.
Some interesting news out of Verizon this morning -- there's going to be a significant shift in how rebates are handled. As you can see above, smartphones that have a net price of $150 or higher will have no rebates. Smartphones with a net price of $149.99 and under will have $50 rebates.
Now before anybody freaks out, we're told all that means is that it'll be treated more like an instant rebate. The up-front cost of the phone will still be cheaper, but the overall price of the phone won't really change.
Beautiful Widgets, the popular clock and weather app from Level Up Studios, saw a significant update this morning to version 3.3. This update brought several welcome changes, including the new "Super Clock" widgets. Besides for the obvious new look, these widgets are hi-res, allowing them to be scaled without quality loss. You can also swap out the weather icon with one that shows you your battery status, or choose from one of the new clock only widgets if you only care about the time.
Beautiful Widgets was one of my first app downloads when I got my Droid over a year ago, and I've loved using it ever since. Full changelog, market link, and two more screenshots after the break.
Looks like that $149.99 price point for the Motorola Atrix 4G might hold up, as Costco has entered its initial price on the upcoming AT&T phone. Whether that's in reaction to Amazon's brief listing is anyone's guess, and it's possible that this could still change. But for a phone with as much potential as the Atrix 4G (check out our hands-on at CES), that's a very affordable subsidized price. Thanks to you know who!
Been wondering where the Samsung Gem is headed? Wonder no more, as it's appeared on regional carrier Bluegrass Cellular for the low, low price of $59 on contract. But for our money, we'd just buy this sucker at its outright price of $205 and skip the mess of contracts. That said, you're getting an entry-level Android phone, with Android 2.1, a 3.2MP camera and 3.2-inch touchscreen, all powered by an 800MHz processor. So it'll get the job done, but likely not win any awards doing it. One more pic after the break. [Bluegrass] Thanks, @ibegary!
You know that rebooting problem that's been plaguing the Samsung Nexus S since its launch? Sounds like Google's just about got it nipped in the bud, and a fix should ship in the next week or two. Googler Ry Guy posts as such in Google support forums:
The initial results of our tests look very promising. At this rate we will most likely be rolling out an OTA to resolve this issue within one to two weeks. We really appreciate your patience as we do our final verifications on this fix before sending it out.
For you folks who like to go lurking around source code, HTC has released the kernels for the EVO Shift 4G, and the Froyo update for the myTouch 3G. They'll be missing some of HTC proprietary code, of course, but there should be plenty of other goodies if you're into rolling your own ROMs. Check it out at the source link. [HTC Developer Center]
Nookie Froyo, the Nook Color's Android 2.2-based custom ROM, can now be flashed via ClockworkMod Recovery. Developer modembug (not the developer of the ROM) has managed to bring us a working .zip of the current Nookie (0.5.9).
If you're an HTC EVO Shift 4G owner who has been looking for a permanent root solution, we now have some great news for you all. You no longer have to wait any more. The HTC EVO Shift 4G permanent root solution has been found and as such, has been posted for all. You will have to proceed with caution and follow the guide to a tee but everyone should be used to that by now, especially if you frequent rooting devices. Hit up the source link for more details and instructions on how to get started. You can also check out forums to discuss it further. [XDA]
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