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3 years ago

Falling Fred is one hell of a gory fun time

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This is simultaneously the best and worst app we've ever seen, pretty much combining two of our three biggest fears. (The third involves forgetting pants.)

Fred's falling. Don't let him get sliced. Or diced. Or smashed. Or lasered. Or any of the 30 things that can separate his head (or other parts) from his body. And look at for the wall, too.

Download links are after the break. Hope you've had lunch already.

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3 years ago

Netflix updates its Android app -- and actually includes the update this time

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Let's try this again, shall we? See, when Netflix updated its app listing with more devices this morning, they apparently kinda sorta forgot to actually included the updated app. So, the majority of the two dozen devices listed didn't actually work.

But the updated app is now in the market, folks, so you can use it on any one of these devices:

  • Casio G'zOne Commando C771 with Android 2.2
  • HTC Doubleshot
  • HTC Droid Incredible
  • HTC Droid Incredible 2
  • HTC EVO
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC G2
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet
  • LG Revolution
  • Motorola Atrix
  • Motorola Droid
  • Motorola Droid X
  • Motorola Droid X2
  • Motorola Droid 2
  • Motorola Droid 3
  • Motorola Droid Bionic
  • Samsung Droid Charge
  • Samsung Epic 4G
  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • Samsung Galaxy S 4G
  • Samsung Fascinate
  • Samsung Nexus S
  • Samsung Nexus S 4G

Oh, except for the Droid Bionic. It's kinda cool that it's on the list already, but there's really no sense in getting all worked up about using Netflix on a phone that you can't have yet.

Download links are after the break.

Thanks, @yankees368!

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile launches Motorola Triumph with cost-friendly Beyond Talk plans

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There have been quite a few people waiting for the Motorola Triumph to launch on Virgin Mobile since it was announced back in June. And it's finally available for purchase across major retailers for $299. The Motorola Triumph will be the first smartphone available on the new Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk plans that start at $35 for 300 anytime minutes and unlimited data and end at $55 for unlimited anytime minutes and unlimited data.

“As smartphone ownership continues to accelerate, we are thrilled to offer Virgin Mobile customers this exciting, compelling new handset from a device leader like Motorola,” said Mark Lederman, Business Line director, Virgin Mobile USA. “Motorola TRIUMPH is a leader in its class and provides users the freedom to enjoy unlimited data on Virgin Mobile, without overages or a contract.”

We've gone hands-on with the device already so make sure you check it out if you're looking to pick one up. You'll find the full press-release announcement after the break and don't forget to stop by the Motorola Triumph forums if you decide to grab one.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: FriendCaster Tab beta for Honeycomb tablets

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For whatever reason, Facebook still has not released a Honeycomb-optimized version of its Android app. And we're kind of to the point where we don't care anymore, as third-party apps are doing the job nicely. Here we have Friendcaster, which currently is in beta for Honeycomb tablets.

Friendcaster has your basic Honeycomb design, which splits things up into columns or panes. On the far left you've got all the basic Facebook features -- News Feed, Profile, Friends, Photos, Check-ins, Messages, Groups, Events and Pages. Tap one, and they expand in the next column over. So you'll see your news feed. Or pictures, or messages, etc. Top on an individual update or photo, and they open in the next column over. Nice, simple design.

You've also got all the usual functions -- you can update your status, filter your stream, take a picture, upload a picture, refresh, see your notifications, or get app settings.

Our only real complaint in this beta is that there's a fat banner app that keeps popping up. We'll be more than happy to pay to get rid of it.

We've got download links after the break if you want to give it a go.

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3 years ago

Harry Potter books coming to Android in October via Pottermore and Google Books

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Calling all Muggles -- JK Rowling's Harry Potter series will finally be hitting e-readers this fall, and it'll be available on Android. There's a bit of a catch, as you'll actually be buying the books from the new Pottermore site in October. When you purchase, you'll have the option to save the book to your Google Books library. And from there, you can read on any Android smartphone or tablet (or any non-Android or iOS device that has a browser).

Google also announced that Google Checkout is the preferred third-party checkout for Pottermore. So if you've got an Android phone and have ever purchased an app from the Android Market, you're already set. More details are set to unfold leading up to the launch this fall.

Source: Google Books Blog

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3 years ago

PopCap games to be pre-loaded on Xperia Pro, Xperia Mini Pro

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Game developer PopCap has announced that it's reached an agreement with Sony Ericsson to pre-load its "Games by PopCap" portal on the upcoming Xperia Pro and Xperia Mini Pro. The deal will see these phones shipping with trial versions of Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies, along with the full version Chuzzle. It'll also be the first chance for Android owners in Europe to get their hands on PopCap's games, as right now these only been available on the Amazon AppStore, which currently turns Europeans away at the door.

The Xperia Pro and Mini Pro are due to land sometime in the third quarter, although there's no firm release date for either device just yet. Join us after the jump for the full presser.

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3 years ago

Android 101: Using WidgetLocker to represent Android Central

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On a lot of the content I push out, whether it be a screenshot or a video, if my lockscreen makes itself known, there's usually a comment or two asking what lockscreen I'm using or what I set up and how, so folks can reproduce the same thing on their phone. I've decided to write a handy little guide for anyone hoping to do the same, and finally put the questions to rest.

It's rather simple, and you're only going to need a few things:

Join me after the break to see the full rundown on how you, too, could have Android's sassiest mascot holding down the first thing you'll see when your screen turns on.

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3 years ago

Lenovo officially announces pair of Android tablets

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IdeaPad K1 is the first Honeycomb tablet with Netflix

Lenovo this morning officially unwrapped a pair of Android Tablets -- the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad. Both tablets spot a 10.1-inch touchscreens *at 1280x800), NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor and Android 3.1. The IdeaPad K1 -- which we spotted a day early at Office Depot in New York -- weighs 1.63 pounds and is the first Honeycomb tablet with Netflix support along with HDMI out.

The ThinkPad expands on the IdeaPad, adding an optional stylus, full-size USB port, full-size SD card and mini HDMI, plus a wealth of software options key to enterprise.

The 32GB IdeaPad K1 is available today for $499 in the U.S., and worldwide sometime in the third quarter.

The 16GB ThinkPad is $479 without the stylus, $509 with the stylus, and a 32GB version is available for $589 with the stylus. It'll be available starting Aug. 2.

Source: Lenovo

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3 years ago

HTC Wildfire S mini-review (Vodafone network)

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One fortunate side-effect of all the craziness going on at the expensive end of the smartphone spectrum is that more-affordable devices are starting to become faster and better. Last year’s HTC Wildfire underwhelmed us a little, with its sub-par QVGA screen and relatively meager 384MB of RAM. But earlier this year HTC refreshed many of its mid-range products, and it’s arguably the Wildfire that’s received the biggest boost. The new HTC Wildfire S has a sharper, brighter screen, a faster CPU and more RAM than the original. And like the rest of HTC’s “S” series, it ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The Wildfire S remains a budget handset, though, selling for £180 on Pay As You Go from Vodafone UK, as well as being offered for free on contract. Read on to find out what kind of smartphone experience HTC has managed to cram into its tiniest Android handset to date.

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3 years ago

Delta Air Lines updates its Android app -- view upgrade/standby list, change your seats

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Delta Air Lines' Android app just got a little update that brings a couple of cool features. If you're logged in, you can now view and change your seat assignments (provided there are any seats left), as well as view the standby/upgrade lists. It's not going to help you get to first class any quicker (you peasant), but it's another nice addition to a very nice mobile travel app.

More: See our Android air travel app roundup

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