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3 years ago

Minecraft Pocket Edition now available in the Android Market for the Xperia Play

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Its been a long time coming but it's finally here for Sony Ericsson Xperia Play owners at least. Yes, Minecraft Pocket Edition has gone live in the Android Market and is now available for download. As noted on the Mojang blog:

The first version (Alpha 0.1) will focus on the creative aspects of Minecraft. We have tried to put in the features that make sense for playing on a mobile device while still keeping the core of the Minecraft experience. You will be able to select blocks on the touchscreen or just scroll through them with the circle and square buttons on the Xperia Play device. The first version also supports multi-player on a local wireless network allowing you to create a world and invite friends to build together.  Some of the features in this release include:

  • Randomized worlds
  • Build anything you can imagine
  • Build with 36 different kinds of blocks
  • Invite and play with friends to your world (local wireless network)
  • Save multi-player worlds on your own phone

Awesome! For now, Minecraft is a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play exclusive with it rolling out to other Android devices at a later time. Ready to get your mobile Minecrafting on? It'll set you back $6.99 -- you can jump past the break for the download and some slick videos of it in action.

Source: Mojang; Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Samsung Hercules and HTC Ruby possible release dates revealed in T-Mobile back-to-school flyer

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Two really interesting new phones are soon to be released on T-Mobile, the Samsung Hercules and the HTC Ruby.  We now know at least a tentative date for their arrival, October 26.  Both of which are "4G capable and share many similar top of the line features and also [are] the fastest smartphones in the market" according to T-mobile.  I'm not sure we can argue too much when we have a look at the rumored specs of them: a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1GB RAM and a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU for the Ruby, and 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus, 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, and 16GB of internal memory for the Hercules.  Either looks like a real winner, and should make any Android fan pretty happy. 

Of course, these dates are likely as not to change, but at least we know the ballpark. 

Source: TMoNews

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3 years ago

AT&T LG Thrill 4G delayed again, Sept. 4 new date from leaked docs

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The LG Thrill 4G, AT&T's next (hopefully) Android smartphone has once again been delayed, this time the date is pushed back until September 4.  As mentioned in the document you see above, the Thrill was to ship to third party stores (in this case, Radio Shack) on August 21, but that's not going to be happening. 

We have no idea why the phone keeps being delayed, but it's something we're used to by now.  There's also the small matter that AT&T never announced a release date, only "this Summer".  It will be released when it's ready.  Hopefully the extra time means a better product out the door.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Motorola Mobility, Is 4G really worth it? [From the Forums]

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Some huge news today between Google and Motorola and some not-so-huge news with the announcement of the JooJoo2, rather -- the Grid 10. It was a Monday, if you couldn't tell. Missed out on all the fun? Head on back and check out the blog posts, or jump on into the Android Central forums for more.

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

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3 years ago

Google-Motorola purchase podcast special!

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry and Alex are joined by TiPb.com's Rene Ritchie to break down Google's $12.5 billion buyout of Motorola Mobility. Listen in!

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3 years ago

Flud news reader now available for Android; we go hands-on!

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If there's ever an app I'm always willing to try out, it's a new newsreader. And today we bring you Flud News (or FLUD News) for Android. It's a graphically intensive newsreader, with story thumbnails getting prominent play. Flud comes preloaded with a few feeds -- there's The Flud, which features stories aggregated from various sources as voted on by Flud's users, plus a few other design and tech-related sites. Or, you can include your Twitter timeline, add your own feeds, or connect to Google Reader and pick and choose from feeds you already follow.

Graphically, Flud is beautiful. The ability to easily bookmark and share stories makes it that much better. Other features include:

  • Search for sites, blogs or other RSS feeds
  • Customized categories and sortable feeds
  • Sync with Google Reader
  • Option for web view
  • Full-screen mode
  • Tweet and retweet from your social stream
  • Share to Twitter, Facebook, Email
  • Bookmarks
  • Offline reading mode

This is one you definitely need to check out, especially seeing as how it's free. And check it out we have. Hit the break for our quick video hands-on and download links.

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3 years ago

Gogo's inflight Wifi Android app is now airborne, and we've got 100 free codes!

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Fliers rocking an Android tablet or phone can now get online above 10,000 feet just a little bit easier. Gogo, the company that supplies in-flight Wifi, has just released its long-awaited Android application. Available for free in the Android Market (you can find links after the break), the Gogo flight streamlines the process of getting online. Just enter your account credentials and you're golden. (The app will also make sure your phone or tablet actually has Wifi turned on, which is nice.)

Now, you don't get something for nothing here -- you'll still have to pony up a few bucks for your Wifis. Short flights -- up to 650 miles -- will cost $4.95. Longer flights will run $7.95 a leg.

Oh, but wait. You can get something for nothing. The fine folks at Gogo have given us 100 session codes to share with you fine readers. Hit up this thread in our contest forums to claim one.

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3 years ago

Limited Edition Minecraft Xperia Play for sale on eBay

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Looking for a collectors item to show off both your love for Minecraft and Android? Well, Mojang has just the thing to fill that void posted up on eBay for you. That is, if you have at minimum US $1,250. That's what the current bid is for the Limited Edition Xperia Play they are offering. That may seem like quite a bit but it's for a good cause -- the funds raised will go to a charity of Notch’s and the whole Minecraft team’s choice! Right now, it has 6 days left on the bidding. Anyone got some spare cash laying around?

Source: eBay; via: Droid Gamers

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3 years ago

HTC Bliss spied in the wild

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The HTC Bliss has been spotted out and about, meaning the phone is officially in the hands of testers.  We saw it breeze through the FCC a few days ago, and a leaked Verizon roadmap shows it to be ready somewhere around the end of September.  In case you haven't been paying attention, the Bliss is HTC's Android phone they seem to marketing towards the fairer sex, with unique accessories like blinking charms and pleasant pastel colors.  No idea how that strategy will pay off, but they need something to make its mid-range specs (3.2 qVGA screen and 800MHz CPU) a bit more enticing and maybe that will be just the ticket.  We should be finding out this holiday season.

Source: Pocketnow

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3 years ago

Google's purchase of Motorola - a Q&A

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Like the rest of the blogosphere, we were rubbing our eyes and drinking our morning coffee when Google announced their planned acquisition of Motorola Mobility.   Now that the furor has died down a bit, let's have a recap of the mornings events, all in one place for easy reference and discussion.  hit the break, and we'll try to ask and answer all the questions.

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