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3 years ago

HTC Sense look-alike widgets grace Lebanese airport homepage

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Fly the friendly skies with HTC Sense -- or at least check the time and weather at Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport's website using a pretty familiar set of widgets.  The beautiful look pairs well with Lebanon's beautiful countryside, so it fits well, though we imagine that a particular corporation from across the globe won't see it that way.  Maybe they should scrap it, and buy a copy of Beautiful Widgets instead.

Source: Beirut-Rafic Hariri International AirportThanks, Marcch!

 

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Ninja Rush

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I think everyone can agree there's a soft spot for ninjas in their heart, and if you can relate to this sentiment, Ninja Rush is a game you should consider checking out. It's one of those "run until you fall and die" games, but the graphics are nice, the gameplay is fun, and you're a ninja.

Ninja Rush definitely bears a resemblance to Robot Unicorn Attack, but I think any game in this genre would. Ninja rush does offer a few modifications on the stock "don't fall and dodge bad guys" formula commonly seen, though.

For starters, you don't need to just dodge enemies, as you're armed with an unlimited amount of shuriken to throw. You can actually amass a pretty large wall of pain in front of your ninja if you've got a quick thumb, and can switch between jumping and throwing shuriken without falling. There's also a Spider-Man-esque dynamic where, when the ground falls out from underneath you, tapping the screen doesn't jump, but tosses a rope up and swings your ninja from the ceiling.

Yes, there's still double jumping, but instead of a limited dash, swiping right on the screen has the ninja dash forward indefinitely, ramping up both the risk and the difficulty. Swiping left on the screen returns the ninja to his original running speed.

Perhaps one of the coolest aspects of the game is what I'm deeming the Super Ninja Shuriken Super Move. The SNSSM is activated when you pick up three of these floating shuriken icons over the course of your gameplay. Doing so turns the ninja into a full-body shuriken and dashes him forward, floating over all chasms and destroying all bad guys in his wake.

At the price of "completely free," the game does have a fairly unobtrusive ad in the top right corner, but that's a small price to pay, especially considering none of the action is happening where the ad is, so you're not even forced to navigate around it.

Download links and more pictures are after the break, and no, the screen doesn't tear like that when you're playing it.

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3 years ago

It's called the Xoom 4G

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You've got to be careful when you see unannounced devices in promo videos. It's as likely as not that what you see may just be some sort of mock-up, rather than some upcoming production device. But in the case of the new tablet video Verizon's popped up on YouTube, it's both.

We're told that the Honeycomb tablet you see above -- which looks a bit like the current Motorola Xoom -- is in fact the Motorola Xoom. Actually, it's the "Motorola Xoom 4G," and it's currently in testing with Verizon.

Exactly what's been tweaked on the Xoom 4G? Tough to say at this point. We're told it has working 4G LTE build in. And if we had to guess, we'll see something a tad slimmer and lighter -- and maybe with even a microSD card, though it wouldn't surprise us to see external storage on tablets go the way of the dinosaurs.

We've also been told that the Xoom 4G isn't a done deal yet. Perhaps tweaks aren't enough for Verizon? But apparently it was done enough for someone to slip it in a video, so there's that.

And what about the current Motorola Xoom, which is still waiting on the promised hardware upgrade to 4G LTE? We're told that's still in the books. But it's now about six months since the launch of the Xoom, and it's still looking stout compared to the new tablets from ASUS, Samsung, Acer and others.

Check out the video for yourself after the break, and thanks to everyone who sent it in.

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile Canada launching the HTC Sensation

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If you weren't digging the fact of possibly having to sign a new contract with Bell in order to get your hands on an HTC Sensation when it arrives in Canada then I've got some great news for you depending on how you look at it. Virgin Mobile Canada has announced that they to will be releasing the HTC Sensation. That means you can likely pick this one up on a Virgin Tab agreement when it comes out but the bad news is of course -- your money will still go to Bell since they own Virgin Mobile in Canada.

Source: Twitter; via: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

New ThunderBolt radios leaks as we await the official update

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While we continue to wait on the next update to the HTC ThunderBolt -- that's the one that's supposed to do something about the reboots --  another radio has leaked out. This one's MR2.5 (the last was MR2) and flashes the way radios tend to be flashed. If you're not sure how, better to stay away, for now. If you're the impatient type, however, hit the source link and get to downloading.

Source: XDA Developers; via Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Another Epic 4G Gingerbread build leaks -- EF02

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Another Gingerbread build has leaked out. This time around the Samsung Epic 4G gets updated to EF02, and the reports thus far have been looking good. The verdict on whether or not this build can be rooted or not is still out so keep that in mind before you dive in, you may wish to hold out until some more feedback is gathered.

You will also need to fire up Odin in order to load so, like always exercise caution and follow the instructions. You can hit the source link for the full details and make sure you leave some comments here and in the forums on how things are working should you decide to load this one up.

Update: You can haz root. See the Android Central forums for more details. Thanks, Paul627g!

Source: XDA; Thanks, sctwinslow!

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3 years ago

Best Android Phones June 2011

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Android Central's Top 10 Android Phones Report ranks the popularity of the best Android Phones over the past 30 days as determined by our proprietary algorithm which compiles data from across the AC community and beyond (Lloyd invented the system and gave it his blessing).

So check out the list below to learn more about what's popular in the Android Universe!

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 60

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Audio-only stream below

We're back from our little hiatus! We've got the HTC EVO 3D in our hot little hands, how it stacks up against the Sensation, and more on the rumored "Nexus 4G." Listen in!

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3 years ago

Gingerbread for the Droid 2 Global not quite ready, Motorola says

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Although Verizon is good to go on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 Global, Motorola isn't. They now have stepped in to say that the update is certainly not rolling out at this point despite what Verizon has to say on the matter. We're not exactly sure where the break in communication came from but one thing is for certain -- it puts Droid 2 Global owners to the back of the line in the Gingerbread waiting process and that's just simply not cool at all.

Source: Motorola; Thanks, Anguish, for sending this in!

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3 years ago

LG Thrill 4G 3D app development session and SDK from AT&T

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AT&T is sponsoring a LG Thrill 4G 3D application development session featuring Henry Nho, 3D Tech lead at LG Electronics.  The hour long webcast will be 10AM to 11AM Pacific Time on June 23, and it's free to those who pre-register.  The session itinerary is as follows:

  • Introduction to the LG Thrill 4G device
  • The basics of developing Real 3D applications for the LG Thrill 4G
  • How to get your Real 3D app or game to market

If you're interested in creating any type of stereoscopic 3D Android applications (music player with 3D visualizations, please) you won't want to miss this one.  Have a look at the source link to get all the pertinent info.

In addition, and this would probably make for good preparation for the above mentioned webcast, the LG Real3D SDK is also available for download.  The SDK will give you access to the Real3D API, provide a few demos, and a emulator that you can test on your computer using red/cyan 3D glasses.  Be sure to install this and play around with it if you're interested in attending the webcast, or just want to check it out.

Source: AT&T developer pages Webcast; SDK. Thanks, Mike!

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