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5 years ago

Open Feint enabled games hit top download spots in just 72 hours; more coming


Open Feint

When OpenFeint announced it was going cross platform last month, everyone figured it would have an effect on the state of gaming in the Android Market.  But I don't think anyone could have guess just how much.  Within 72 hours of launch, both the number one and number two spot for the most downloaded paid games were using OpenFeint.  Of course we're talking about Fruit Ninja and Mini Squadron, both of which are made better (and more engaging) with the addition of multiplayer through OpenFeint.

It doesn't stop there.  Out of the eight games incorporating OpenFeint, four of them are top 15 sellers, and the addition of Android games to the OpenFeint system brings the number of total users to over 40 million, making it the largest mobile social gaming network in the world.  I've bought (and wasted countless hours playing) a few Open Feint enabled games, and can understand the attraction.  And to follow up all this success, OpenFeint has announced a new batch of 12 titles they're bringing to Android, including titles from Glu, PikPok and ChickenBrick Studios.  While my credit card and battery may not be very happy, I can't wait.  Read the full press release after the break.

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5 years ago

Google takes the guesswork out of buying foreign apps


Most – if not all – of us have purchased an application (Beautiful Widgets anyone?) at some point that wasn't priced in U.S. dollars. Well, Google heard our pleas (as well as every other nation's, too), and the market now automatically approximates the price of a foreign app in in your native currency before you press the "purchase" button. As you scroll through the endless list of apps, free or paid, you'll now be able to see the converted price . Look for the telltale sign of an app that has had its price converted, a little tilde "~" denotes if the price displayed is an approximate. Worry no more about foreign prices and be free all you market shoppers! Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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5 years ago

Samsung Transform user guide is now on Sprint's website


Samsung Transform user guide

The Samsung Transform may not be available from Sprint just yet (or even announced for that matter), but the user guide (.pdf) can now be found at Sprint's website, nestled away with the other phone documents.  I had a quick look through it, appears that the Transform will be sporting a horizontal qwerty and a 3MP camera, running Android 2.1, and there's no mention of 4G that I can see. 

Also -- if the device images in the guide are accurate, this one isn't Galaxy S branded either.  Here's hoping it gets the same level of support from Samsung and Sprint that the Epic 4G has, because it looks like one of Sprint's best mid level phones ever.  Hit the source link to read all about it. [Sprint (.pdf file)] Thanks, Jaggery, for the tip!

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5 years ago

Fring launches fringOut calling just as Skype opens up to Android


Fring out

Late last month Fring announced fringOut calling -- cheap calls to regular telephone numbers from the Android client. And it's now available (coincidentally on the same day Skype opened up to the rest of Android) in an updated Android app. FringOut allows you to call phones worldwide for as low as 1 cent a minute. Not only does that make their pricing extremely competitive, it also makes it so reasonable that it's hard to justify passing up a deal like that up. Of course, if only Fring and Skype would kiss and make up, it'd make this a much more interesting story.

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5 years ago

Aces Cribbage now available in the Market


Aces Cribbage

Aces Cribbage has been released in the Android Market, bringing great news to all you cribbage players out there. There are 2 versions, a free trial version and a paid version.

The full version, which costs $2.99, includes:

  • New boards, pegs, cards and backgrounds
  • 3 difficulty levels
  • Online leader boards
  • More customizable options

If you've been looking for an addicting game and are a cribbage player, consider Aces Cribbage for Android. QR codes and links to follow. [Concrete Software]

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5 years ago

LG holding off on its Android tablet for the foreseeable future


LG announced that it has decided to postpone the launch of an Android-based tablet device, which it had hoped to release next quarter, to a later date. In a discussion LG had with Google about this decision, a representative from LG stated that the reasoning behind this decision was that they wanted to release a tablet that, “runs on the most reliable Android version” and that they, “are in talks with Google to decide on the most suitable version for our tablet and that is not Froyo 2.2.”

Another explanation as to why LG has done this could be that it is concentrating its resources and efforts on its mobile phone line. We'll see. [via Reuters]

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5 years ago

AT&T unleashes a trio of Androids: The Motorola Bravo, Flipside and Flipout


 Motorola Bravo, Flipside and Flipout

We knew AT&T had some more Android up its sleeve -- we just didn't think it'd be dropping three new phones on us at once. But a trio we have. Seen above from left are the Motorola Bravo, Flipside and Flipout. The deets:

Motorola Bravo

A 3.7-inch WVGA (480x854) touchscreen with 3-megapixel camera, powered by an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 2GB ROM and a 2GB microSD card. Features DLNA access for streaming media. Motoblur UI atop Android 2.1. Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. 1540mAh battery, weighs 4.59 ounces. Has Adobe Flash Lite.

Available by the holidays for $129.99 after contract. No rebate required.

Motorola Flipside

A 3.1-inch touchscreen (320x480) horizontal slider with four-row keyboard. Runs Motoblur atop Android 2.1. Has a 3MP camera. Is powered by a TI OMAP 3410 processor running at 720MHz. Has 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM and a 2GB microSD card. Has Adobe Flash Lite, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. Wifi b/g and an FM radio. 1540 mAh battery, weighs 5.11 ounces.

Available by the holidays for $99.99 after contract. No rebate required.

Motorola Flipout

We've seen this one before, but now it's official. A 2.8-inch touchscreen (320x240) atop a full QWERTY keyboard. Runs Android 2.1 and Motoblur. Powered by a TI OMAP 3410 processor at 720 MHz. 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM and a 2GB microSD card. Wifi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. 3MP camera, fixed focus. 1170mAh battery, weighs 4.3 ounces.

Available Oct. 17 for $79.99 after contract. No rebate required.

All in all, nothing terribly high end, but respectable mid-level phones. Presumably they'll be locked into the Android Market like AT&T's other fare, but that's why we have the Android Sideload Wonder Machine. [AT&T, Bravo, Flipside, Flipout]

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5 years ago

NTT Docomo gets Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab, brings the devices to Japan


Galaxy Tab Japan

Galaxy S Japan

Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab will soon be available to Japanese customers through the carrier NTT Docomo. 

One of the interesting parts of the the press release is that it labels the Galaxy S with Android 2.2, which isn't yet on any of the other versions. The announcement says the phone is due to come out in late October, so maybe around the time we can expect Froyo to be pushed to the rest of the world?

Another interesting note for Japanese consumers is that the Tab will support Docomo's new e-book service, which is expected to launch in mid-October. The Galaxy Tab is supposed to release in late November in Japan. 

The two devices will be exhibited at CEATEC Japan, which runs from October 5th through October 9. Great news as Samsung is getting two of its high-end devices to more corners of the world. [NTTDocomo]

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5 years ago

Skype for Android breaks free of Verizon exclusivity, now available for all



Once upon a time there as a little rumor that Skype was going to shed its exclusivity with Verizon and once again be available to everyone else. Friends, that day has come. Chat and call all you want. It's cool. Free Skype to Skype calls. Call internationally for cheap. IM your friends. One caveat here is that calls have to be made over Wifi in the United States, but that's not the worst thing in the world.

So let's raise a glass to the death of another exclusive agreement that shut out more users than it included, and get your download on after the break. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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5 years ago

Cliq XT gets official Swype update, fixes for touchscreen, stability


 Motorola Cliq XT

T-Mobile's Motorola Cliq XT is getting an update, but it's not yet the Android 2.1 update we're all waiting for. Instead, it's your basic maintenance update. Here's what's being fixed:

  • Overall phone performance: Users will notice a significantly improved overall performance and responsiveness to input requests, including: opening applications, answering calls, opening the Happenings widget, and downloading attachments and pictures within email.
  • Additional stability: Improved stability, resulting in fewer occurrences of unresponsiveness and/or programs quitting unexpectedly.
  • Bluetooth performance: Improved performance and connectivity with other Bluetooth devices.
  • Messaging: Prevents erroneous notifications that a message has not been sent. Also resolves MMS sending / receiving functionality issues in certain scenarios.
  • Touchscreen: Improved touch screen sensitivity and touch response.
  • Swype: Includes updates to the latest version of the SWYPE software, resulting in improved overall performance of the application.

Motorola still has the Android 2.1 update slated for late Q3/early Q4, so we'll have to hold out a little longer on that one. [Motorola] Thanks, @sandtiger!

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5 years ago

Evo 4G, Snapdragon processor earn Popular Mechanics' awards


 Evo 4G

We love the Evo 4G, you love the Evo 4G, and now Popular Mechanics loves the Evo 4G too. The magazine has posted the results of its "Top Products of 2010" awards, and the Evo has come out on top of the smartphone pile. PM specifically called out the fast 4G speeds, large 4.3-inch screen, and ability to WiFi tether up to eight devices as prime reasons for the award. Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor, which powers phones like the Nexus One, Droid Incredible, and Evo 4G, was also awarded for offering a great balance of power and "almost-all-day battery life." We imagine HTC is particularly happy with these announcements as they have been the largest supporter of the Snapdragon processor line. [Popular Mechanics : Evo 4G, Snapdragon] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!


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5 years ago

Exclusive: HTC Merge-Motorola Droid 2 comparison


 HTC Merge and Motorola Droid 2

Android has a long history with slider keyboard phones. The G1 was the device that started it all. And it was the Motorola Droid that really brought Android to the mainstream on Verizon. (We now have its sequel, the Droid 2.)

So how does the HTC Merge (remember, it's not yet been announced, and that name's not necessarily final) stack up? After the break, we pit the Merge against the Droid 2 in a battle of brains, brawn and beauty between a couple of Verizon sliders. Let's check it out.

More on the Merge: Hands-on preview | Photo Gallery | Benchmarks | Forums

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G2 now available online from Costco [From the Forums]


Costco selling the G2

We figured that Costco was going to be selling the T-Mobile G2, based on a tip and a screenshot from Costco's internal systems, and today we find that it's now available for online ordering from the bulk discount warehouse giant.  The deal gets better, as Android Central Forums member CrAZ points out the G2 also includes a free accessory kit containing a handsfree earbud, case, car charger, and a bluetooth headset.

There's a small catch though, as Costco is only selling the G2 to those with an available upgrade -- so no outright sales or flex-pay are available.  The contract renewal price is $199.99, with none of that mail-in rebate we all love to hate.  Hit the source link to learn more.  [Android Central Forums]

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5 years ago

Palm going black slab? [the competition]


 Palm Mansion

OK, all you Palm defectors (and we know who you are). Listen up. Our pals at PreCentral broke the news that the boys and girls in Sunnyvale may be working on a keyboardless device, codenamed "Mansion." It's said to have a 480x800 resolution, and we'll go ahead and assume it'll launch with a next-gen version of Palm's webOS software.

So we put the question to you: If Palm comes out with a black-slab phone, would it be enough to get you off the likes of the Evo 4G or Droid Incredible or any of the other phones superior to the current Palm hardware? Let's hear it in the comments, folks. [PreCentral]

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5 years ago

Twitter for Google TV in the works



Twitter is everywhere, and it just announced that it will have a client for Google TV. This will allow users to easily browse their timelines, mentions and direct messages as well as click links, compose tweets and keep up with everything right through their TV. So, um Apple, where is that Twitter for Apple TV? [via Twitter Blog]

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