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4 years ago

RealPlayer review - old-school media streaming goes 1.0 on Android


RealPlayer’s Android app exits its lengthy beta today, and we got the chance to play around with the final product. Just like the beta, it handles all sorts of media types, including, audio, video, and images, though the user interface has been changed up a bit.

Beyond handling the usual stuff like playlists and track sorting by artist, genre, or album, RealPlayer brings a few extras to the table. One of them is track control from the lock screen. It does mean that you’ll have another lock screen to tap through when media is playing, but generally I didn’t find that much of a hassle. Wired headsets support pause/play with in-line controls, but not track skipping, while Bluetooth headsets are the opposite, able to skip tracks but not pause/play.

Read on for more, folks. More!

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4 years ago

Acer Iconia A110 bumped up to Jelly Bean before launch


When Acer announced its 7-inch Iconia Tab A110 back in June, it was running Ice Cream Sandwich -- at the time, the latest version of the OS. Now, with the tablet’s October release approaching, it seems it’s undergone a software upgrade, bringing it up to the shiny new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The tablet has appeared in new renders over at online retailer eBuyer, showing a the Jelly Bean launcher and Nexus 7-like home screen setup. If accurate -- and it certainly looks it -- the A110 would be the first big-name Android tablet to get Android 4.1, with the exception of Google’s own Nexus 7, of course.

Hardware-wise, Acer’s 7-incher sports similar internals to the Nexus tablet -- there’s the 7-inch form factor, an NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU and 1GB of RAM. The A110 boasts more ports, a rear camera and expandable memory, though at the cost of screen resolution, which is limited to 1024x600.

Acer’s tablet is fairly competitive on price, selling for £179.99 in the UK with 16GB of storage, however we have to wonder whether this will sway consumers away from Google’s offering, and the its promise of speedy updates.

Source: eBuyer, via: Engadget

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4 years ago

New YouTube app for PS3 brings revamped UI, Android controls


Playstation users have been able to watch YouTube videos on their consoles for some time, but the experience just got much better as the company announced a brand new app.

The app brings a completely refreshed UI that focuses on delivering the personalized content that YouTube has been pushing recently. Your subscribed channels, favorites and playlists are highlighted, bringing a much improved experience. Search also has been improved, with video results appearing instantly while you type. The app can also now be controlled completely with your smartphone after a quick pairing.

The app is available for free from the Playstation Store. Google is making a huge push with YouTube and the more good experiences across devices the better and this is just the next step.

Source: YouTube Blog

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4 years ago

Q&A with Molecube - developing apps with YouTube superstars


Not long ago we checked out the Epic Meal Time game, but we wanted to get to know the guys behind it, and particularly how they managed to wrangle a deal with a huge, established YouTube brand. Molecube has been making game for a little while, but mostly for iOS. We get some of their impressions on that transition, as well as plans for the future. 

Hi Pierre, thanks for your time! I'm a big fan of the game. Care to give us a bit of background on Molecube?

Hey Simon, thank you for having me! Molecube is an indie mobile game development studio based in Quebec, Canada. We are a small group of six individuals trying to do what we love for a living since two years. We’ve developed five games in our lifetime: Binja, Monstruction, Monsieur Monsieur, Justin Mac Fart and our latest release, Epic Meal Time!

Similar to every indie studio, in the last few years we’ve tried to be noticed in this crazy market. We’ve tried numerous strategies at different levels, we have even tried to market our marketing failures and successes in something called the “Experiment” for Justin Mac Fart but even that wasn’t enough to get us noticed. I think we’ve finally got this done with Epic Meal Time. We are very thrilled about that.

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4 years ago

Vodafone gets arty with the 'Tate' edition Smart II


If you are in the market for a new budget Android device and are feeling arty then Vodafone UK have something special to offer. As from today you can pop along to Harrods in Central London and pick up the new limited edition 'Tate' edition Vodafone Smart II for the reasonable price of £70 on pay-as-you-go. The device will also be in stock at selected Vodafone retail stores from August 16th although only 1000 have been made so if this floats your boat you need to get in quick.

The design has been created by art student Gaby Sahhar and it seems only right that if you purchase the Tate edition Vodafone Smart II you will also get two for one ticket entry into the Tate Modern or Tate Britain up until the end of January 2013.


  • Dimensions (mm) - 109 x 58 x 12.35
  • Weight (g) - 120
  • Touch Screen - HVGA (480 x 320 @ 180 ppi)
  • Processor - 800 mHz
  • Screen size (inches) - 3.2
  • Internal memory (MB) - 150
  • Memory card (GB) - 2 (expandable up to 32 GB)
  • Camera (MP) - 3.15 with flash
  • Operating system - Android 2.3

For more information on the design of the Tate Edition jump on over to the Vodafone Blog.

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4 years ago

Not holding our breath for the Vizio Co-Star Google TV to ship today


A few folks have pinged us this morning, reminding us that today was the original estimated shipping day for the Vizio Co-Star Google TV. We're pretty sure it's not happening today, though, as our order is clearly still in a "Processing" status, and the product page is back to "Coming soon." Don't give Vizio too hard a time, though -- we've always treated that "estimated" shipping date as a pretty loose ballpark. But we are just excited as the rest of you at the prospect of a $99 Google TV box. Let's just hope it fares a little better than Sony's software-hamstrung set

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4 years ago

Here we go again: Dubious render claims to show Galaxy Note 2


Just as it was with the Galaxy S3, here we have our first allegedly leaked render of Samsung's next, next big thing, the Galaxy Note 2. It's a large, white phone with an S3-like three-button setup, and a 16:10 aspect ratio screen. And... that's it. There's not much to go on here, and we have to say this bears all the hallmarks of fabricated or fan-made mockup. (When's the last time we saw an official promo shot of a sexy new phone with a blank screen?)

GSMArena, which was sent the image anonymously, says its source reports a familiar set of rumored specs for the device, including a 5.5-inch SuperAMOLED+ (RGB) display, an 8MP camera and a slightly higher-clocked Exynos 4 Quad chip. At this stage we'd be surprised if the Note 2 strayed too far from this spec list, but that does nothing to confirm the accuracy of the image.

So this might be the Galaxy Note 2, but really, it's probably not. The abundance of bullcrap Galaxy S3 renders in the run up to that phone's release has left us jaded and skeptical. Whatever the case, stay tuned for the real thing in a couple of weeks, as we'll be live from Berlin for the second Samsung Mobile Unpacked event of the year, where the real Note 2 will make its debut.

Source: GSMArena

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4 years ago

Phones4U announces the LG Optimus 4X HD, coming Aug. 27


Pre-orders start today, with Cheryl Cole tickets thrown in for good measure

Independent British retailer Phones4U has announced that it'll be launching the LG Optimus 4X HD in the UK later this month, and that it'll start taking pre-orders from today. The 4X HD is LG's international flagship for 2012, with a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display, a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU, running Android 4.0 and LG's new Optimus UI 3.0.

Phones4U will make the phone available from Aug. 27 on a wide range of tariffs on leading UK mobile networks. If you want a free 4X HD, you'll be able to get one on contracts starting at £26 per month. SIM-free prices aren't available just yet, but based on European prices, we can probably expect something in the £450-500 area. The black version of the phone will be offered initially, followed at a later date by the white model.

To sweeten the deal, Phones4U is also offering the first 50 pre-orderers a pair of tickets to see British singer Cheryl Cole perform live this Autumn at the LG Arena in Birmingham. P4U points out the tickets are worth £100, presumably so you know where to set your eBay starting price.

In any case, it's good to see the 4X HD getting a wider European release, following its debut in Germany a few months back. LG's definitely upped its game in the past few months, and the 4X is a phone that deserves the chance to succeed. For more, check out our initial review of the handset, linked below.

More: LG Optimus 4X HD hands-on and initial review

Source: Phones4U

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4 years ago

How to hack your Nexus 7 the right way


For many, the Nexus 7 will be their first experience with one of Google's own branded Android devices. If you're interested in hacks of any sort on your phone or tablet, there really is no other option than to go Nexus. As we like to point out, we're constantly amazed by the posts our forum members put up when it comes to hacks, rooting and loading custom ROMs. This one is no exception.

Forum moderator dmmarck has put together a fantastic guide to help you along the path of all things Nexus 7, with step-by-step tutorials for all of your hacking needs. From the basic bootloader unlock and root, to more advanced flashing of custom ROMs and mods, it's all covered here. The best part about having a guide like this is the continued discussion and support after the first post. Any questions or comments you have can go right there to be answered. The sky is the limit when it comes to hacking a Nexus device, but remember it's always nice to have a way to get back to stock when things get a little out of hand. Thankfully, there's another fantastic post in the forums to help you do just that.

So let's go hit the forums and hack the Nexus 7 -- and even learn a thing or two along the way.

[GUIDE] Release the Kraken! Rooting & Hacking Your Nexus 7

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4 years ago

[NSFW] Planet Pron app knows how to do Android porn right


This entire review is Not Safe For Work. Chances are, you'll click through anyway. I don't blame you. Just remember I told you so. 

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4 years ago

Google officially announces Motorola downsizing, will take a $275 million charge in Q3


Google this evening confirmed in an SEC filing that it plans to cut some 4,000 employees from the recent acquisition of Motorola -- about a fifth of the company's workforce. And it's going to cost Google some cash to do so -- to the tune of $275 million, and Google expects most of that charge to be taken in the third quarter. Google says it plans to close some 30 facilities as well, and "simplify its mobile product portfolio, shifting the emphasis from feature phones to more innovative and profitable devices."

The New York Times first reported the planned downsizing on Monday.

Shedding 4,000 bodies and 30 buildings won't immediately turn things around, though. Google correctly notes that Motorola has lost money 14 out of the last 16 quarters -- that's all but six months in the last four years -- and that while these cuts are a "key step" on the road to profitability, "investors should expect to see significant revenue variability ... for several quarters."

This affects real people, of course. Google says "generous" severance packages will be provided, as well as job placement services. Regardless, that's still 20 percent of Motorola work force that's about to be out of work. But if there's a company willing to treat layoffs with a little dignity, we're willing to bet it's Google.

Source: SEC

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4 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich coming to T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 7 plus, but only via Kies


T-Mobile support has let everyone know that an optional Android 4.0.5 update for the Galaxy Tab 7-plus should be ready and waiting in Samsung Kies tomorrow. Before we go any further, we know it says 4.0.5 -- that could be a typo or it could be a specially-built version from Samsung for the Tab 7-plus. I've reached out, and will let everyone know when I hear back.

What we do know is that it's Ice Cream Sandwich, which T-Mobile and Samsung feel is a drastic enough change in the user experience to make it an optional install versus pushing it out to everyone. We hate Kies as much as you all do, but we like choice so we won't ding them too much this time.

Anyhoo, you'll be updating to Android version 4.0.5 / Software version T869UVLG7, which will be required to access Music Hub after August 27, 2012. You'll need to have the latest version of Kies, and at least a 50-percent charge, See the full details at the source link.

Source: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

2012 Google Nexus phones, S3 in black, what do you all think? [From the Forums]


Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

We've got nearly 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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4 years ago

LG says the Optimus Vu will hit the US this quarter


While none of the carriers in the U.S. have stepped forward, LG has said that the Optimus Vu (check out our review) will be destined for the United States market this quarter. This aligns rather well with the reports of a Verizon branded version, sporting Big Red's LTE radio bands and it's unique 4:3 aspect ratio. 

With the limited release (primarily confined to Asian markets) the Vu hasn't made a significant splash in the Android pool. Dropping the Ice Cream Sandwich running 5-incher with digitized pen input on the Verizon network could change all that. Of course just because it's been seen and mentioned doesn't make it so (hello there, Verizon Nexus One!) so until we see it on some store shelves we still have to call it a bit of a rumor. 

Hopefully, LG can push the Vu into the U.S. market, as more choices is always better than not having them. 

Source: LG (Korean); via UnwiredView

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4 years ago

Acer Cloudmobile goes up for pre-order in the UK for £285


The Acer Cloudmobile was first brought to the worlds attention back at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Fast forward six months, and the device has finally become available to pre-order in the UK. Despite having a strange name, the Cloudmobile potentially offers good value for money at this price point.

Online retailer, Expansys, is offering the Cloudmobile SIM-free and unlocked for £284.99. For that you get a really good looking smartphone, with Android 4.0 on board -- complete with on-screen buttons -- 720p 4.3-inch display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB on board storage. Camera wise we're looking at an 8MP rear shooter with LED flash. Compared to the high-end devices we've seen launched at, and since MWC, the Cloudmobile might seem like a bit of a non-starter. At this price point though, it sits nicely into the mid-range. Let's not also forget that Acer won a prestigious design award for this device. 

At present, Expansys expects to begin shipping the Cloudmobile to pre-order customers from September 5. 

Source: Expansys

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