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5 years ago

MiKandi announces in-app billing



MiKandi, Android's unoffical porn store and one of several alternatives to the Android Market, announced today that they have enabled in-app billing support for their app store.  The new method is powered by "MiKandi Gold," their virtual currency system and developers will have the flexibility to charge between a penny and $50 for content.

MiKandi turned heads when launched, in part from a maniacal rant about porn on Android by none other than Steve Jobs.  From humble beginnings to over 500,000 downloads per month and support from 1,300 developers, MiKandi has shown that many appreciate uncensored content on their Android phones. See MiKandi's full press release after the break.

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5 years ago

Nexus Tablet; Re-emergence of the Merge [from the forums]


Android Forums at Android Central

With CTIA well over we've had some time to take a look through the forums and see what's happening. As always, the forums are busy with talk of new devices, new rumors and more. If you all see any topics of interest that you feel we should shedding some light on then by all means, feel free to let us know by using the "News tip" button in there. In the meantime, check out some of the threads below and hop in there if you have something to add.

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

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5 years ago

Google's dev conference sells out some 10 times faster than Apple's


And why the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence

Google IO

We could use this post to point out that the Google IO Developer Conference officially sold out some 59 minutes after the general admission tickets were made available, and that it took Apple 10 hours to sell out its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference. But, really, we'd like to address the rumor that Apple won't be unveiling a new iPhone at the event. That's entirely possible, but we all know how Apple loves to lower expectations and then call forth from the heavens some miracle feature like copy and paste or folders on a home screen.

No, what we really want to do with this post is embed some Boondocks. Because while the WWDC announcement might not point to new hardware (and, by the way, it never has), the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Apple will have new hardware soon enough, and Android needs to be ready for it.

tl;dr: Apple might or might not bring a new iPhone, hilarious Boondocks clip after the break.

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5 years ago

Gameloft's Xperia Play launch titles -- a montage [video]


If you're into watching little chubby fingers play mobile video games, this video is for you, folks. Mobile games publisher, Gameloft, has posted a new compilation trailer on their YouTube account. The montage includes ten HD games for the Xperia Play. Now, we're not quite sure if these titles we'll be the more "complex games" the Sony Ericsson exec was talking about, but all we know is that they will be availabe at launch. Not a bad line-up. Chubby fingers aside, it's still pretty cool to see shooters being played with the dual touch pads -- making shooters on the go that much better. [YouTube via Twitter]

Here is a list of titles in the montage: 

  1. Spider-Man: Total Mayhem
  2. Uno HD
  3. Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles
  4. Real Football 2011
  5. Star Battalion
  6. Splinter Cell: Conviction
  7. Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus
  8. Let's Golf! 2
  9. Brother's In Arms 2: Global Front
  10. Asphalt 6: Adrenaline

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5 years ago

Leaked Droid X Gingerbread ROM tells you to use AT&T for wireless hotspot


Droid X Gingerbread Wireless Hotspot

We don't know much about what, exactly, it takes for Motorola to get Verizon to sign off on an official ROM update before it can be pushed out, but we're pretty sure this isn't it. Looks like someone's sharing a bit of Atrix code, because when you try to launch the Wifi hotspot on the leaked Droid X Gingebread ROM, you're prompted to sign up at [via Droid-Life]

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5 years ago

HTC France confirms European EVO 3D


 Evo 3D

Looks like the earlier rumors about a GSM version of the HTC EVO 3D were right on the money after all. HTC France mentions in its official Twitter feed that the EVO 3D will be coming to France at some point in the future. Though not specifically confirmed, this likely means the EVO 3D will also see a wider European release.

Here's a translation of the tweet in question. Hit the source link for the original French.

"You want a HTC EVO 3D for France? So do we! It'll keep the same name, too. Release date has yet to be confirmed."

Check out our hands-on coverage from CTIA for more EVO 3D-based goodness. [@HTC_Fr]

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5 years ago

NPR News 2.0 - Get your news and favorite programs on the go


Let's face it, these days not everyone has the time -- or desire to sit down in front of the TV and catch up on all the latest news. National Public Radio, or NPR if you prefer, has recently updated the Android version of its services, which allows you to listen and read news more, catered to your interests on the go. Some great changes took place within the app to make it easier than ever to take in the information you prefer most. They've updated the UI, added a new audio player and improved the whole user experience and now you can:

  • Read, listen, or create a playlist of your favorite NPR stories and share with friends.
  • Hear live streams from hundreds of NPR stations: search by location (GPS)
    or zip code / call letters
  • Listen to programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Talk of the
    Nation, Fresh Air, and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me More

The updated version is available now in the Android Market. If you frequent listening to NPR or have tried the app in the past and weren't impressed -- try the new improved version. Download can be found after the break for you all.

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5 years ago

Sprint officially opposes AT&T's purchase of T-Mobile



From the better-late-than-never department, Sprint has issued a press release officially opposing the planned AT&T purchase of T-Mobile.  There have been rumors of a Sprint/T-mobile merger for more than a year, which either weren't true or just didn't pan out, but Sprint believes a T-Mobile/AT&T merger "would entrench AT&T’s and Verizon’s duopoly control over the wireless market."

Sprint doesn't address what will be AT&T's biggest ally in the fight -- the fact that the plan would enable mobile broadband to 95 percent of the people in the US, including rural areas.  That's big on our President's agenda, and sure to be more than just a bullet point when AT&T presents to the Dept. of justice.

I'm a T-Mobile subscriber, but at this point I don't care who I make the check out to, as  this is likely the only way I'll ever see LTE where I live.  Let's just hope it doesn't end up costing me an arm and a leg.  Hit the break for the full press release.

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5 years ago

James Gosling, Java's Godfather, joins Google


James Gosling

You may not be familiar with the name James Gosling, but you're a fan of his work.  In 1994, he practically invented Java -- the programming language, the compiler, and the virtual machine to run it all -- while working at Sun Microsystems.  This not only got him elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, it helped him become an officer of the Order of Canada.  If you are using a computer on the Internet, or an Android phone, you're using his work now.  We can sum it all up by saying the dude is a genius of the highest caliber.

And now he's coming to work for Google.  Mr. Gosling did not stay on when Oracle bought out Sun, and by all accounts didn't agree with Oracle's methods.  He also gives a unique insight about the Oracle/Google patent dispute:

"During the integration meetings between Sun and Oracle, where we were being grilled about the patent situation between Sun and Google, we could see the Oracle lawyer's eyes sparkle."

We can't be sure Mr. Gosling will be working with Android development, he isn't even sure yet what his daily routine will be at Mt. View, but whatever he touches will likely get better.  [cnet news]

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5 years ago

Android Central ROM review: Incredibly Re-Engineered for the Droid Incredible


Incredibly Re-Engineered ROM Review

The HTC Droid Incredible has had a rough life.  Between supply issues, problems sourcing components, and the difficult time folks had rooting it, a lot of people had to wait a long time to to get one in their hands, and make it their own.  All that is behind us now, and even with new models coming out people still love the DInc.  With good reason -- its unique style and huge development community make it the perfect phone for anyone on Verizon who likes to tinker.

Android Central forums member PvilleComp shows us all the above is true with his review of Incredibly Re-Engineered for the DInc.  This one is a complete re-work of HTC Sense, and by all accounts will make you think you have a different phone compared to stock.  In the words of the developer chingy51o it's "Fast, Beautiful, and Simply Magnificent".  Who am I to argue?  Read all about it, after the jump.  Thanks, Mike!

Want to write a ROM review for Android Central?  We'd love to hear from you!  Look here for details.

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5 years ago

HTC Merge now available for pre-order on Alltel


HTC Merge

Not long ago we caught wind of the HTC Merge heading to Alltel, and being available soon for pre-order, and that time has come. The HTC Merge is available today for pre-order, with a still unknown ship date. The device will still ship at the $124.99 price point that it was listed at previously, and that is quite a fair price for all that we have seen the device can do. [Alltel] More in the HTC Merge Forums.

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5 years ago

CyanogenMod 7 RC3 starts rolling out


I guess this is a testament as to how many people out there love CyanogenMod 7. The latest Release Candidate hasn't even fully populated in ROM Manager as of yet and already our inbox has been slammed with people letting us know CyanogenMod 7 RC3 is now available for some devices. Hit the source link for the downloads to see if your device is listed. In the meantime -- if you're looking for any sort of change log and such you will need to hit up the CyanogenMod forums for complete details on each device. [CyanogenoMod] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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5 years ago

Poll: How's Google TV working out?


Google TV and Logitech Revue

Google TV hit with high expectations, it's yet to really disrupt the television experience the way many had hoped. Maybe it's the content providers dragging their feet, or that Android applications haven't yet been set free on the devices. But no matter the cause, Google TV's a good idea that's aging quickly.

So where's it stand for you? Are you rocking the Logitech Revue (seen above) or Sony Internet TV? Are you waiting for the next generation? Or did you stay away, thinking it's all DOA anyway? Cast your vote, then sound off in the comments.

Are you using Google TV?customer surveys

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5 years ago

Samsung offers $100 off on Galaxy Tab, Fascinate to first 500 fans on Facebook


 Samsung's Facebook page

Samesung has teamed up with online retailer Wirefly to offer 500 of its fans $100 off on either the Fascinate or Galaxy Tab on Verizon. To get in on the deal, you need to have 'liked' Samsung's Facebook page and click on the "$100 promo" link that will appear on the left side of the page once the sale goes live around noon EST today. You can also "like" the page once the sale goes live and you will get the coupon code automatically. The sale drops the price of the Fascinate down to free, while the Galaxy Tab will run you just $99 but both will require two-year contracts. Check out the full press release after the break. [Facebook]

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5 years ago

LauncherPro 0.8.4 brings Gingerbread performance fixes and Gmail widget


 LauncherPro 0.8.4

App developer Federico Carnales has announced that LauncherPro, his popular homescreen replacement, has been updated to version 0.8.4. The new version includes performance optimizations and 3D app drawer fixes for Gingerbread, as well as two new screen transition effects. LauncherPro Plus customers will also get a new Gmail widget, along with bug fixes for the existing Twitter and Facebook widgets.

Fede has also revealed that due to changes to the Android Market's terms and conditions, the PayPal option for buying LauncherPro Plus will soon be phased out in favor of Market-based purchases. This will only affect new purchases of LauncherPro Plus, and LPP keys bought through PayPal will still be valid after the switch-over. 

Join us after the jump for a QR code and Market link for the new version of LauncherPro. The .apk file is also available for download over at the source link. [LauncherPro]

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