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3 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Koi Live Wallpaper

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There's a live wallpaper for everyone, and if you're looking to be soothed by a tranquil, digital koi pond, then this is the one for you.

Koi Live Wallpaper does exactly what the name implies: puts up a koi pond with fish swimming around in it. At first glance it's just decent. The background image doesn't look quite right and the fish look a little too pixelated and on the foreground for it to settle correctly. Fortunately, once you actually select the wallpaper, it's harder to notice those details.

You're able to create ripples on the screen by tapping, although it doesn't do much (anything) to the fish. A double-tap drops some food flakes into the water and all the fish come out to eat some grub. It's a nice little bit of interactivity that at least offers some moments of entertainment.

One of the strongest parts of the wallpaper is its settings menu. The settings menu is only available if you buy the donate version, but it's pretty comprehensive. From the settings menu you can choose your ideal background, modify things like rain speed (if any), plants in the water (if any), and edit your fish.

The fish editing is probably the coolest single option, if only because it showcases how many different koi you can have, and you can edit their sizes, too. The wallpaper defaults you around six fish (and only two or three colors) when you first download, but I quickly changed that.

The Koi Live Wallpaper is free in the Android Market, or, if you've just gotta have access to the settings menu, 99 cents. We've got download links and more screenshots after the break.

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3 years ago

Epson iPrint application now available for Android

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Have an Epson wireless printer and want to be able to print from your Android device using it? You're in luck. The Epson iPrint application has a lot of the features you may be looking for an is now available for download.

Key Features:

  • Print, scan and share directly from an android smartphone or tablet
  • Print photos and web pages
  • Access and print online files from Box.net, Dropbox, and Evernote
  • Use the built-in Web browser to find and print a web page
  • Configure print options including paper size and type, number of copies and page range
  • Scan from an Epson all-in-one and share the file
  • Check your printer’s status and ink levels
  • Get help with a built-in FAQ section

Epson iPrint is compatible with Android OS 2.1 or later and is available for free worldwide on the Android Market. You'll find the download link past the break, as well as the full press release.

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3 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G Touch specs revealed

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We just got word from someone who will be soon having some hands-on training with the Sprint Epic 4G Touch, and they filled us in on the device specs and details.  There's nothing here we weren't expecting, but that hardly makes it any less impressive.  Check 'em:

  • 4.52 inch Super AMOLED Plus display
  • Ultra-thin (9.59mm) design
  • Samsung Exynos 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Wimax 4G radio
  • Media Hub
  • 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera
  • Social Hub
  • HD video recording
  • Samsung Kies Air
  • Wifi calling
  • NOVA 2 HD pre-loaded
  • Swype pre-loaded
  • AES-256 internal/external hardware encryption
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Sprint ID
  • Polaris Office
  • Hotspot controls up to eight devices
  • Android 2.3
  • Optional USB Host kit for connection keyboards, cameras, printers and thumb drives
  • Optional HDMI adapter
  • Multimedia and Car docks will be available

Bazinga!  That reads like an Android geek's letter to Santa Claus.  Be sure to join us tonight for the live blog -- there's no way you wanna miss any info about this one. 

Thanks, KevinChaos!

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3 years ago

ComScore data confirms that Android, Samsung remain kings of the mobile market

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ComScore has released its latest round of data, which tracks the smartphone market during the months of May, June, and July of 2011. During this time period, 82.2 million Americans owned a smartphone, up 10 percent from the previous three month period. Google’s Android remains the top smartphone platform with a 41.8 percent market share, which represents a growth of 5.4 points from the previous three months. Apple’s iOS comes in second with 27 percent, while RIM and Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 represent 21.7 and 5.7 percent respectively.

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3 years ago

Samsung outs Sprint's Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch ahead of tonight's event

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Safe to say this one's official now, folks. Samsung's Mobile Product site has outed the Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch -- the SGSIIE4T, for short.

A couple of specs appear to be official confirmed as well -- a 4.52-inch (no mere 4.5-incher here) Super AMOLED Plus display in an "ultra thin" design. There's 4G Wimax data, natch, and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. We'll have to see what this "advanced Android experience" is -- typically that'd be something that comes along with its very own Android nerd.

Anyhoo, be sure to stop by our liveblog tonight as we bring you all the dirty details, live. And on a blog. We've got a couple more pics after the break, one of which might show you what that "advanced Android experience" is about, with a new-look app drawer.

Source: Samsung Mobile Product Training; thanks, ScottiePimpin!
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3 years ago

Let's play some Football, Madden 12 out now!

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Just in time for the start of the regular season, the latest installment in the hugely popular Madden franchise arrives in the form of EA's Madden 12. You guys know the score -- all the official teams, over 2500 official players, this is once again being billed as the "ultimate football experience." 

It'll set you back £4.86 in the UK, which roughly translates to around $7 or $8 stateside. It only requires Android 2.1 and up, so what are you waiting for? 

Hit up the download link after the break!

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3 years ago

Samsung Mesmerize Gingerbread update now available

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Well -- that didn't take long. It was only yesterday we let you all know that the Samsung Mesmerize would be getting Gingerbread rolled out to it shortly. At the time, we didn't know when exactly but apparently US Cellular did and in fact -- it's rolling out now. If you're looking for the full details you can check out the source link below, otherwise head on into the Samsung Mesmerize forums and let us know how the update went for you.

Source: US Cellular; Thanks, Reid!

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3 years ago

Mozilla working on a tablet specific version of Firefox, show a peek at the new UI

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If you have a Honeycomb tablet, I know you're aware of just how great some of the apps can look and feel.  It looks like Mozilla is aware as well, and are hard at work building a tablet specific version of Firefox Mobile.  Based on the same core code as the existing Firefox Mobile browser, the user interface looks to be receiving some very nice changes for the extra screen real estate that a tablet provides.  All the familiar features are there, including the awesomebar, and so far the biggest change looks to be the way tabs are shown and navigated.  In portrait mode, you'll have a button near the address bar that opens a menu of your running tabs, and in landscape, you'll have a persistent scrollable bar on the left with previews of each running tab.  We are pretty excited to see what the folks at Mozilla cook up next, as there's a space for the "perfect" web browser on a tablet that's still wide open.  You can see a few more pictures at the source link.

Source: Ian Barlow

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3 years ago

Rogers bringing the LTE equipped Samsung Galaxy S II to Canada

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With Samsung having now officially announced the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, Rogers in Canada has wasted no time in letting folks know they will be one of the first carriers with the device. While Rogers LTE coverage at this point is still rather limited, come Sept 28 it will be expanding;

Customers in Toronto and Ottawa can be among the first in the world to experience LTE wireless devices when the company continues to roll out its LTE product line this fall.  It includes:  the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE Smartphone; the LTE Rocket mobile hotspot (Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S); Rogers LTE Rocket stick (now available in Ottawa); LTE Tablet from a leading manufacturer; and the previously announced HTC Smartphone.

No pricing details were announced yet but it looks as though Rogers will be bringing a lot of good equipment to those who live in their LTE enabled area. Sadly, I'm not one of them as of yet.

Source: CNW

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3 years ago

Foursquare gets a UI update, all while adding some new features

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The latest Foursquare update is now rolling out if you haven't already grabbed it by now. The update brings some UI enhancements along with it, making the app overall easier to navigate and make your way through. Check-In and venue pages got a bit of a facelift and images are now shown in-line on your friends tab, as well -- you'll find now showing has moved to the Places tab. Nothing too drastic but the folks at Foursquare are making the app look better with every build they put out, download link past the break for you.

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