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4 years ago

Amazon Santa app for the Kindle Fire now available, make your wish list and check it twice

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Believe it or not shopping for kids -- even kids at heart -- can be sometimes rather difficult. So to help make things easier, letting kids make a list of what they want for the holidays is often much better then guessing your way through it all.

Luckily, Amazon knows this and as such has now made the Amazon Santa app available for the Amazon Kindle Fire. With it, you your kids can create custom wish lists from the more than 500,000 family-friendly toys, games, books, music, video games, movies and TV shows Amazon offers and when all is said and done -- you can review and edit your child's custom Wish List and share it via email, even with Santa.

Should you decide to go shopping yourself, each item on the wish list has direct purchase links within the app for easy check out through your Amazon account. The app is available now from Amazon for the Kindle Fire through the source link below.

Source: Amazon

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4 years ago

No regrets, GPS Lock [From the Forums]

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Half way through the week, still no official Galaxy Nexus announcement from Verizon and we're already seeing and OTA for the device. No matter -- it's coming. Until then, make sure you hop on back and check out some of the news you may have missed and be sure to check out the Android Central forums as well.

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

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4 years ago

Watch the story behind Wind-Up Knight

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We love Wind-Up Knight, there's little other way of saying it. While not everyone is a fan of it's pricing structure, no-one can deny that it has been gaining massive recognition since its release. 

For the developers, Robot Invader, this was their first foray into the mobile application world. In an interview with the AndroidDevelopers YouTube channel, they go into a bit of the back story behind the game and talk about their experiences developing for the Android platform. Long and short of it, they liked it! 

Check out the video after the break. If you've still to try the game for yourself, check out our review and hit the break for the video. 

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4 years ago

Galaxy Nexus press photos extracted from Verizon website

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Press images of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Verizon branding have been found in the source of the coming soon page on Verizon's website.  Things look very similar to the current GSM Galaxy Nexus, (check out our review) and chances are without them side by side one would never be able to tell if it weren't for the Verizon 4G logo on the back.  Before anyone gets too excited, there's no new rumored released date attached to this post.  The files were embedded in the resources of a Flash animation, and Ytram from AndroidForums dug them out. 

I do have to mention that these are fairly new.  Several weeks ago there was only the front face images stored there (we might have checked ourselves).  What that all means about any upcoming release is left for you all to guess, as I'm out of clues and stamina.  All we know is that it's coming.  In the meantime, hit the break to see the rest of the pictures.

Source: AndroidForums, via Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Zen Pinball THD now available in the Market for Tegra devices, and it's free

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If you're using a phone or tablet with a Tegra chip inside it, you'll want to check out Zen Pinball THD, which hit the Android Market today.  It's a great game, using advanced physics for ball movement, has great tables included -- Marvel's Fantastic Four table is really, really, cool -- and includes multiplayer mode.  All for free.  To top it off, it's even OpenFeint-enabled for those who like a bit of competition in their mobile gaming.  We've been fooling with the press demos, and it's a very well done piece of work.  Gameplay is fast, realistic, and beautiful.  Any pinball fan or mobile gamer should enjoy this one, and with the free price tag there's no reason not to try it.  Hit the break for the download link and the gameplay trailer.

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4 years ago

Galaxy Nexus OTA update now rolling out with volume bug fix

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The promised volume bug fix for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is now rolling out over-the-air, with multiple Nexus owners reporting that updated software has arrived on their handsets. The OTA package weighs a little under 1MB, and updates the Nexus from build ITL41D to ITL41F, while the Android version remains at 4.0.1. So far it seems that the update contains only the volume bug fix, and that there are no other goodies hiding inside.

If you've noticed the bug on your device, you'll want to head straight to Settings > About phone > System updates to grab the new software. At the time of writing, not all Nexuses have received the patch, so if you don't get it straight away then be sure to check back in the hours and days ahead. Unlike previous Nexus devices, there's no easy way to directly apply apply the OTA package without unlocking the bootloader and rooting the phone or other such hackery. If you're comfortable messing around with Android's software internals, though, we've figured out a way for you to apply the OTA update manually, without waiting. Check it out.

Head over to the comments and let us know if you've already received your update.

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4 years ago

UNO is now free in the Android Market

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Gameloft has released a free version of its popular UNO app for Android, which is now available in the Android Market. For those of you who can't remember your childhood, UNO is the extremely addictive card game that matches numbers and colors until the winner is left with a single winning card. UNO for Android supports multiplayer matchups via online pairing or locally through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and is compatable with all versions of Android, including Honeycomb. Keep in mind that the free pricetag comes with embedded ads, so the $2.99 ad-free version is still available. Hit the break to download.

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4 years ago

Gingerbread for Cellcom's Milestone X is now available

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Cellcom customers patiently waiting for Gingerbread on their Motorola Milestone X will be pleased to know that the carrier has released its official update, which is pushing to devices as we speak. In addition to the usual Gingerbread-flavored goodies, update 4.5.604.en.US brings improvements to battery life, download management, the calendar, camera and contacts, as well as overall device security. It's 104.9 MB total and should be arriving on your device any minute now, though if you're not big on waiting, you can always pull it manually through the System Updates function in the settings menu. Hit the source link for Cellcom's official word.

Source: Cellcom; thanks gmonkey88!

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4 years ago

HTC Sensation XL review

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There’s no doubt that HTC is getting behind Beats Audio in a big way. This summer the manufacturer ponied up $300 million for a 51 percent stake in Beats, and since then it’s been quick to bring to market phones like the Sensation XE and Rezound, which include Beats earphones in the box and a Beats-optimized music player. The latest phone to launch in Europe with Beats support is the Sensation XL. Originally unveiled at a glitzy event in London back in October, the 4.7-inch XL is pitched as the first European phone designed from the ground up around Beats Audio.

The Sensation XL isn’t a replacement for the original Sensation in the traditional sense. Instead, HTC seems to be positioning both devices alongside each other, with the XL geared towards big multimedia consumers rather than spec-obsessed enthusiasts. But with formidable (and technically superior) competition from Apple, Samsung, Motorola and others, does the Sensation XL do enough to stand out from the ever-growing high-end smartphone crowd? Read on to find out.


A well-built device with a bright, vivid screen and responsive, feature-filled software. Beats headphones and software optimizations make this a great phone for music on-the-go. HTC Sense 3.5 is faster and slicker than ever.


Lack of expandable storage. Screen resolution is lower than much of the competition. Disappointing video camera performance. No Beats support for third-party music players.



The Sensation XL might not represent the complete package for smartphone enthusiasts, but it's hard to fault the device as a whole. HTC's Sense UI is better than ever, and the bundled Beats hardware is a huge step up from the bog-standard earphones provided with most phones.
 

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4 years ago

Get your Android Central T-shirt yet?

What do you get the Android nerd who has everything? More Android! And we've got a bevy of T-shirts available with everybody's favorite Android Central mascot, Lloyd.

A few things to note: We're selling this crop of shirts at cost -- we're not taking any commission on these initial designs. Premium designs are in the works. And these shirts are 100 percent Lloyd-approved. Accept no substitutes.

So where do you obtain these fine fashion specimens? Just hit up the link below!

Android Central T-shirts now on sale!

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4 years ago

Plantronics InstantMeeting takes the pain out of dialing into conference calls on the go

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We know you are all very busy people, and love ways to make your life easier in any way shape or form, and Plantronics realizes the same. While on the go trying to dial into a conference call can be quite a pain, dialing the number, then entering the ID for the call, and sometimes even more information than that, but that pain has to be felt no more. Plantronics InstantMeeting holds all your information for your call, reminds you of the call, and has a one click call button to easily dial into your meeting. So, stop fumbling around trying to remember your call ID's and times, and grab InstantMeeting to simplify your life. Download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Letters for Santa aims to bring some holiday joy to your little ones

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Update: Looks like there are some serious issues with this app. We'd hold off on purchasing it.

With the Holidays raplidly approaching, everyone is trying to get into the spirit, and while traditions differ, if you celebrate Christmas one thing nearly everyone can remember is writing letters to Santa. Letters for Santa is a great application available for your Android tablet that allows you to take some time away from work and everything else, write out a letter to Santa with your child, and virtually send it off. In addition to actually writing the letter you are able to read a story with the family, making the time truly special for the kids. This is yet another great kids application for Android, much like many of the others we have reviewed. For only $1.99 this is sure to be a great way to spend extra time with the family, and create a new family tradition for yourself. Hit the break for download links.

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4 years ago

Gingerbread for the Samsung Droid Charge rolling out now

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Last week we got word that the Samsung Droid Charge was set to receive its own official Gingerbread update, and now word in the forum is that the update is rolling out. Bringing a bunch of changes some of which include a new color scheme, a new download manager and added SD encryption. If you haven't already received the update notification be sure to head into your settings and check manually for the update!

More in the Android Central Forums

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4 years ago

Sonos adds Android tablet support, Slacker Radio, new beta service

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Sonos, the maker of the high-end wireless stereo system, today announced that it's updated its Android application (check out our previous review) to include support for Android tablets. And, yes, that includes the Amazon Kindle Fire, which you see here. Also, Slacker Radio is now on board for yet another streaming music solution. In addition, Spotify's gotten an update, there's now support for AAC+ codecs, and Sonos has added a beta path if you like living on the bleeding edge and want to test features before anyone else.

Full presser's after the break.

More: Sonos

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4 years ago

Kindle Fire software Version 6.2 now available; update manually or over Wifi

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Don't blink. If you do, you might miss your Amazon Kindle Fire updating to software Version 6.2. Amazon's not really saying what's new in the update other than "provides improvements to the operation of your Kindle Fire." But know that it does break root, so you'll have to jump through that hoop again (which you should be more than willing to do if you did it once already.)

The update's available over Wifi, or you can download it directly from Amazon, move it to your Kindle Fire yourself (just plug it in and drag the file onto it in your favorite file explorer), and go into the device settings and hit "Update your Kinde." It'll reboot a couple times, then all is well.

Download: Software Version 6.2; More: Amazon

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