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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D, LG Optimus 3D officially coming to Rogers in Canada

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What was previously just a rumor has now been confirmed by Rogers -- it will in fact be launching both the HTC EVO 3D and the LG Optimus 3D this summer with both devices going up for pre-order as early as next week. No pricing has been announced for either device but Rogers has noted that more information will be coming soon on the new micro site they'll be launching for the 3D devices. Rogers also has a upcoming contest for those who pre-order:

If you pre-order the LG Optimus 3D, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a 55”LG Cinema 3D HDTV. If you pre-order the HTC EVO 3D, you’ll be entered to win a $2,500 MasterCard gift card. Contest closes August 15th.

We've reviewed both devices already, so make sure you hit up either the EVO 3D review or the Optimus 3D review for device details. I'll be re-reading them as well, so I can figure out which device to pre-order.

Source: Rogers Red Board

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3 years ago

Google Maps brings live traffic info to 13 European countries

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While I don't do much traveling on European roads myself, I know a lot of people who have to do it daily and just like everywhere else in the World, traffic is always an issue. Luckily for them, Google Maps has now added 13 European countries to Google Maps from which they can now obtain live traffic info and hopefully avoid traffic jams:

Today we’re announcing new coverage in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland. Coverage includes all freeways and highways, as well as large roads in major cities. Users in the UK will also benefit from a finer grain of street level coverage.

Live traffic information gets updated every 5-10 minutes and is then piped down to Google Maps users. Changing the view allows you to even break traffic down by specific times and days of the week.

Source: Google LatLong

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3 years ago

Samsung Admire for MetroPCS spotted

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The mid-range sector for Android devices may not appeal to the hardcore Android fans out there but it does make up a good amount of those 550,000 activations daily and no one should expect these devices to stop being made. If you're on MetroPCS you'll soon be seeing the mid-range Samsung Admire show up there sometime in August or September. So how mid-range will it be exactly?

  • 3.5-inch HVGA screen
  • Android 2.3.3
  • 800MHz CPU
  • TouchWiz UI
  • 3.2MP camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS

Not great but certainly not terrible either. When this one hits MetroPCS the suggested pricing should be around $150 after mail-in-rebate but MetroPCS could always discount that even further.

Source: SammyHub

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 64

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Audio-only stream below

We take on the Motorola Droid 3, the AT&T HTC Status, Spotify in the United States, and Android's ever-increasing numbers. Plus, more of your e-mails and voicemails, and a good old-fashioned rant against tiered data. Join us!

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Sheep at Stake

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Our latest gaming excursion from the fellow who brought us Magic Cuts is Sheep at Stake, a cutesy, colorful game that hides its insane difficulty under a facade of an adorable flock of sheep.

Sheep at Stake's whole purpose is to stretch your abilities of multitasking to the point of breakage, demanding you do more and more complex tasks simultaneously lest you let your sheep go astray. Lose three sheep in a level and it's game over. You can track your progress till a level ends by looking at the orange bar at the top of the screen. The more sheep that successfully reach their destination, the more the bar fills up. Once it's filled, you've won the level. You're awarded a star for every sheep not lost (to a maximum of three).

Gameplay takes place over four levels and three unique environments. There's also three levels of difficulty, ranging from easy, to normal, to difficult. That being said, I can't even fathom how hard difficult is, based on what I experienced on the easy mode.

Sheep at Stake has a great premise, but it's not without it's shortcomings. Frankly, the learning curve is a bit too steep too early on. With so many levels ahead of you and four environments each, I think there could have been a bit more gradual ramping up of the challenges, to ease the player into some of the harder puzzles.

That being said, the game also does a lot of things well. The music is nice as are the sound effects and the game runs smooth. It's colorful and nice, and the cartoonish sheep are always fun to look at. It's solidly built, even if it's too much too soon.

Overall, Sheep at Stake seems like the kind of game only a glut for punishment would enjoy. Fortunately for everyone else, it's free, so you're not out anything if you realize it's a bit more than you bargained for. If you're up to test your multitasking or just need to kill some time (even if, like me, you can't pass Level 3), Sheep at Stake is at least worth a gander.

A few more pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Vodafone brings Gingerbread to the Desire Z

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Vodafone has announced it is beginning to roll out Android 2.3.3 for the HTC Desire Z. Much like any other OTA update your device will notify you when the update is available, simply accept the update, it will download and then install, and boom you will have Gingerbread. It is recommended that you download via wifi if at all possible due to the size of the file. Already installed the update? How did it go for you, be sure to let us know!

Source: Vodafone: Thanks, Anthony!

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3 years ago

Zinio now available on all devices running 2.2+

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Almost two months ago, Zinio, the popular magazine browsing app, released its first Android version which was exclusive to Honeycomb tablets. The developers have now released a version that will work with any device running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or higher.                                       

With the release, Zinio is giving users 12 free current titles through Aug. 15. These titles are:

  • Bike magazine
  • BlackBook
  • ESPN The Magazine
  • House Beautiful
  • Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine
  • Maxim
  • Outdoor Photographer
  • Redbook
  • Robb Report
  • Seattle Met
  • SURFER Magazine
  • Wine Enthusiast

In addition, T-Mobile customers who are signing up for Zinio for the first time will be able to select five additional titles from T-Mobile's Freemium offering.

If you've been wanting to experience Zinio on Android but don't yet have a Honeycomb tablet, you can now get it for your phone or tablet running Froyo or Gingerbread. Please find links to the app and press release after the break.

Source: Zinio

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3 years ago

LG announces the Optimus Pro, Optimus Net

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LG today unveiled a pair of mid-range Android smartphone for Europe -- the Optimus Pro and Optimus Net.

The Optimus Pro is a front-QWERTY keyboard messenger, with a 2.8-inch display at 240x320, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 512MB/256MB ROM/RAM, 150MB of user storage, 800MHz processor, a 3MP camera, Wifi, aGPS, FM radio and a 1500 mAh battery. The Optimus Pro will come in white, titan and black.

The Optimus Net specs and design will vary by market, but the gist is a 3.2-inch touchscreen at 320x480, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 512MB ROM/RAM with 150MB of user storage, an 800MHz processor, a 3MP camera, 1500 mAh battery and FM radio. Some versions will have NFC, and the North American version will have a QWERTY keyboard. In Brazil, China, Asia and the CIS, the Optimus Net will have dual SIM cards. It'll be available in white and black.

Both phones will hit Europe first in 30 markets. Full presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

EVO 3D tip: Adjust your 3D pictures and help your eyes [from the forums]

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If you're not into the 3D features on your shiny new HTC EVO 3D, and it's because those darn pictures just hurt your eyes or give you a headache, this tip is for you.  Android Central member Jerzyiroc has a great little tutorial in the EVO 3D forums showing you how to make adjustments to the 3D effect for stills using the tools built right in to the EVO 3D gallery.  A lot of folks are saying that the 3D videos they shoot look great, but the pictures aren't aligned very well and cause some strain on the eyes.  Looks like HTC has given us the tools to fix this, and now we can learn how to use them.  Be sure to have a look, and thank him in the forums!

Source: Android Central forums. Thanks, Jerzyiroc!

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3 years ago

C'mon Best Buy, the HP TouchPad doesn't run Honeycomb

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Oh, Best Buy, when will you ever learn? We have seen countless failed photoshops come from your direction, and yet again you come back for more. This time we are seeing here an HP TouchPad, the newest WebOS tablet, that is said to be running Android 3.0, Honeycomb. Come on now, Best Buy, you're better than this, get your operating systems correct for us!

Source: PreCentral

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