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16GB Nexus 7 Back in Stock Through Google Play, Ships in 1-2 Weeks

Over the holidays, the Nexus 7 in 16GB was quite difficult to come by. Not that it should surprise anybody these days, but it’s the best $200 tablet around if you ask us. It has finally become available once again and Google mentions that it “ships soon” aka 1 – 2 weeks. Not bad. You [...]

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Weather Travel Fashion (WTF) Presents Perfect Packing Ideas

Weather Travel Fashion (WTF)  
Developer: SIVERON, LLC  
Price: $0.99   Download

Siveron introduces its first app, Weather Travel Fashion (WTF), for iPhone and iPod touch. Based on local weather conditions, WTF presents stylish outfit suggestions from outerwear to shoes. The travel section includes a 3-day forecast and a “must-haves” with weather appropriate items. WTF is ideal for style-seeking men and women, frequent travelers, and anybody who has a hard time figuring out what to wear every morning.

The high quality and engaging design of WTF is by UI designer Leyda Vega Hughes, previous art director at Cartoon Network, and Siveron co-founder and graphic designer Suzi Lee. They created an eye-catching and playful look for WTF. Each clothing item is hand drawn and detail oriented giving the app a unique and whimsical feel. The weather icons, including a ball of yellow yarn as the sun and glass beads for raindrops reflect the fashion theme.  (more…)

“Weather Travel Fashion (WTF) Presents Perfect Packing Ideas” originally appeared on AppCraver.com.

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Facebook For Android Updated to V2.0, Claims To Be Faster Than Ever

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Anybody who has used the Facebook for Android application knows that it certainly isn’t the best out there. Although via updates, the app has improved in a lot of ways over its previous versions, it’s still not the best. And if you’re wondering why it is that way, well it’s because Facebook uses HTML5 to run the app. However, all of that is set to change thanks to a new update to the Android app by the Facebook team. Well, this time around the developers have written the app in native code, which means that Facebook For Android is finally a native app. The iOS version of Facebook got similar treatment previously, and we’ve been anticipating this update for quite some time now. So what’s new with the update?

Well, to begin with the app is faster. And Facebook claims it’s up to two times faster than the previous version which is for you and us to decide after actually using it. But in general, the app should be substantially smoother since it’s written entirely in native Android code this time around. This will apparently improve load times as well, along with bringing smoothness to the overall UI. It doesn’t seem like the update is live just yet, but should you see an update notification, make sure you download it right away. The Facebook team said – “We’ve rebuilt news feed, notifications and Timeline for speed.”

It is interesting that they’re paying emphasis to speed, and honestly that’s all a user wants from an app. There’s no changelog yet as the update hasn’t gone live in most places, but “speed” should be at the top of the list. Some might say the update is long overdue, but it’s never too late I think, as most users might not have even realized that a better or improved version of the app was coming. Regardless, this update is certainly a welcome addition and we should see more apps being written in native Android code to make it smoother and faster. Facebook has millions of users worldwide, and since most of them access the social network via mobile devices, dedicated applications are given more emphasis these days. Hopefully, this should only be the beginning of many more improvements coming to the app.

Have you updated/downloaded the new Facebook app yet? If yes, feel free to drop a line below to share your thoughts.

Source: Facebook
Via: Android Community

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Official AdBlock Plus app now available in the Play Store

Blocking ads on your device is moral grey area, but it’s hard to argue that it has benefits. AdBlock Plus is one of the most popular ad blocking plugins for browsers available, and it works extremely well. And luckily for Android users, an official app has made its way onto Google’s Play Store.

Most ad blocking apps right now require root, but AdBlock Plus is a little different. It’s compatible with almost all browsers in the Play Store without root, but only over WiFi. If you want ad-blocking over 3G, you’ll have to root your device. There’s just a few listed limitations to keep in mind if you install this app:

  • Rooted: Blocks ads over Wi-Fi and 3G
  • Non-rooted with Android 3.1 or later: Blocks ads over Wi-Fi
  • Non-rooted with Android 3.0 or earlier: Some manual configuration is required. Please visit our website to learn how to setup your own proxy: https://adblockplus.org/en/android-config#proxy
  • Also, Android does not allow ads to be blocked on SSL encrypted websites.

There’s still a few features missing from the bigger version of ABP, like whitelisting, but it’s a new app. I’m sure that’ll come eventually. Anybody ready to get this installed and improve your mobile browsing? Hit the download link below.

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[Deal] Pre-order Droid DNA from Wirefly for $50 off Verizon contract price

Looking to pick up a Droid DNA when it launches on Verizon November 21st? Wirefly has a deal up that’ll net you this superphone for $150 if you preorder through them. For comparison, the Droid DNA will run $199 directly from Verizon. For the incredibly high-end specs of this phone, that’s a steal. That’s $150 for a 5-inch, 1080p screen, quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and Jelly Bean right out of the box. Tough deal to pass up, especially if you’re eligible for an upgrade this holiday season.

Anybody going to be picking up one of these later this month?

source: Wirefly


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Nexus 7 Catches Fire while Charging. Take a Look at the Aftermath

Shield your eyes if you have a weak stomach. It is definitely not pretty. Seems that an owner of a Nexus 7 left his little tablet charging like normal, and it suddenly caught on fire. He then took it to the local burn unit, but the Nexus 7 did not make it out alive. I blame Apple.

Anybody have a sudden craving for s’mores? Kind of looks like burnt marshmallows, huh? According to the Chinese forum where the pictures were published, the owner used the factory OEM charger it came with, and left it charging for about 3 hours. It then got all hot and bothered, and started to sing the Doors song, “Come on Baby Light My Fire.” ASUS immediately jumped on this, and sent that owner a brand new Nexus 7, and apologized for the grief that was caused.  It is not like this has not happened before with other devices, and there are going to be more cases of this happening in the future. Let us know if your device has ever blown up. Also, I am going to buy some marshmallows and roast them over a fire pit that I do not have.

Source: Phandroid

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Nexus 4 prototype lost in a bar

This is déjà vu for sure. First, the iPhone 4, then the iPhone 4S, and now, the Nexus 4. Has it got anything to do with the number ‘4’ in the name of these devices or do these devices just end up in the hands of the wrong test engineer? I am telling this because all the three devices mentioned here were left at a San Francisco bar before they were released. So yes, they were prototypes of high importance. If you found them, you could have made very good money with them, but also sent to jail if anybody found out.

The iPhone 4 was lost in a bar in San Francisco back in April 2010. Then in August 2011, iPhone 4S was lost in a bar in San Francisco. Come September 2012, the mysterious (not any more) Nexus 4 gets lost in another bar in San Francisco itself. Wow! That is some story. So how did this happen and why was this story not made public till now? Read on to know more.

The LG Nexus 4 was left behind a bar in San Francisco by a Google engineer. At that time, not much was known about the device. The bartender, Jim Barton, found the smart phone and thought that this is just one other smart phone out of the 20 smart phones that get left behind every week. The device was locked and the bartender was not able to open it. So he just kept the smart phone in the bar with the other left over smart phones. The next day, there were no claims.

So the bartender told about the story to one the regulars at the bar, Dave Hodge. When Hodge came to know about the Google logo and the “Not for sale” sticker on the smart phone, he realized that it was the Nexus 4. So he contacted Google on the next day, and after he got a reply from the company, he rushed to the bar the next day. He told the bartender that Google told him it had lost a device, and an employee was canned for it. He also told that Google said this could be an offense. The bartender decided to return the smart phone to Google.

Brian Katz, global investigations and intelligence manager at Google, was coming to retrieve the LG Nexus 4. He promised the bartender that he would get a brand new Nexus 4 if he did not leak this news till the Monday event. But Wired paid him for the photos that are leaked, and also the news. So it looks like the bartender is not going to get that free Nexus 4 he was promised. Hit the source link after the break for more images.

Source: Phone Arena

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Xbox SmartGlass second screen experience coming to Android in early 2013

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Today Microsoft expanded SmartGlass for Windows Phone, which promises to easily share web, music, movie, and game content to (and from) your TV through an Xbox. Though Windows Phone is predictably getting first stab at the service, it looks like Android phones running 2.2 and up have been able to try out the SmartGlass app since the launch of the Xbox Live beta in August. A full release of SmartGlass for Android is due early next year, according to a recent statement from Microsoft. Whether or not Xbox Music is following the same timeline is anybody's guess. 

As is, the My Xbox app already offers a bit of interplay between Android devices and the big screen, though like beta SmartGlass app, there's no tablet-optimized counterpart yet. Presumably SmartGlass will simply just be an update to that existing app. SmartGlass promises to offer quite a few handy functions, including music playback control, voting on the outcome of live sports, actors on-screen during movies or TV shows, and context-sensitive information for tailored video games. Dance Central 3 and Forza Horizon are some of the games that have been demoed using SmartGlass, though we can expect quite a few more in the future. 

One of the more subtle features I'm looking forward to in SmartGlass is being able to use the native system keyboard on my mobile to type into Xbox. Moving around a big virtual keyboard with the d-pad on the big screen has been an age-old thorn in the side, and I'm way too much of a controller purist (or cheapskate) to buy one of those hardware keyboards. Hopefully it's usable throughout the Xbox experience and not just within the few content silos described by Microsoft. 

For more info on the launch of SmartGlass and a few other new services, check out the Microsoft blog post or hit up the video demo below. Gamers, would you consider a switch to Windows Phone knowing that it would play more nicely with your Xbox than an Android device? Will the Android version of SmartGlass be perpetually worse than that on Windows Phone?

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Affordable Android-powered MG device targets young gamers

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A Wi-Fi-only Android device called the MG was announced for pre-order today. Apparently MG stands for More Game, or My Generation, or something. It isn't made by anybody you've heard of, but they're hoping the low pricetag, preloaded games, parental controls, and included $10 credit towards Google Play apps will rope in at least a few moms and dads.

The MG has a Gorilla glass-clad 4-inch 480 x 800 display, a 1880 mAh battery with 3.75 hours of playtime, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by a single-core 1 GHz processor. Needless to say, hardcore gamers may be more interested in the Xperia Play, aged as it may be, since there are familiar hardware gaming controls included. It seems like MG is geared more towards to younger kids and their parents that want to monitor usage, though.

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Mysterious Android tablet shows up in North Korea

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Yes, you read that correctly; a tablet was spotted presumably running Android in North Korea's capital of Pyongyang. The photo was taken during a trade fair where various approved electronic were being shown off.

Due to the closed nature of North Korea, we don't know much about the tablet. No hardware specs, no software information and certainly no dates for availability. One of the only tidbits that was discovered was a box in the background that read Samjiyo, which is the name of another North Korean tablet introduced in June.

From the photo, it looks to have around a 10-inch screen and has some applications installed. Other than that, it's anybody's guess. If we were to surmise about a North Korean tablet, we'd assume it's extremely locked down and will not run Google's core services. Remember North Koreans are prohibited access to the wider Internet. Interestingly enough, it seems as though the Seoul Google office took interest in this photo as well and are trying to find out more information, just as we are.

There's a certain irony in a closed nation like North Korea being able to develop its own tablet because of an open-source OS like Android, don'tcha think?

Source: WSJ

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The Bard’s Tale brings medieval debauchery to Android

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The Bard's Tale has found its way to Android today, and is available in Google Play and soon in the NVIDIA Tegra Zone for  $5.99. 

The action RPG provides 20 to 30 hours of gameplay, which drags a nameless rogue to unwillingly defend mankind against nefarious evils. He has a hard time getting there, but thanks to the occasional incentives of coin and cleavage, plus back-up from creatures summoned through song, he seems to get by. 

If you're sitting on the fence about this one, we're working on a review which will be up real soon. From what I've played so far, the dialog is hilarious and sells the game pretty much on its own. Anybody play the original game on PC or console? How about the old Interplay version from 1985? 

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HTC One X+ shows up at FCC with AT&T LTE

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We had heard rumblings of a new version of the HTC One X last week, and things are a little closer to reality as the FCC has passed certification for what appears to be the One X+. The documents show full support for AT&T's LTE network, so that at least gives us a direction to look in. 

Here are the rumored specs we've heard so far. 

  • Size: 134.36 x 69.9 x 9.3mm
  • Weight: 129g
  • NVIDIA AP37 1.6GHZ quad core, 1.7GHZ single core
  • ROM: 32GB
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Battery: 1800 mAh
  • Android 4.1 Sense 4.5

While the HTC One X+ is shaping up to be a modest update, LTE is always a nice addition. Anyone One X owners considering an upgrade, or is it not worth it just for LTE? Is that fancy NVIDIA chip tempting anybody?

Source: FCC

Via: Engadget

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Thursday Poll: Interested in Any of the New Kindle Devices?

It’s been a big day for tablet lovers. Amazon has announced a total of six new Kindle devices and we’re curious to see if anyone here is going to pick one up. The options are certainly all over the board and there’s bound to be one to suit the needs of anybody looking to jump into the [...]

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Are you an Android fanatic that loves to write? TalkAndroid is hiring!!

Do you have an interest in Android phones, tablets, apps, accessories and anything else Android related? Do you find yourself spending hours a day reading news sites and blogs? Would you like to write for TalkAndroid? Now is your chance! We’re looking for responsible, talented and driven writers to join our incredible team.

No we’re not just looking for anybody with a keyboard, there are a few requirements:

  • Must be able to contribute to the news on a regular basis. This means 3 or more posts per day. This is generally about an hour of time per day.
  • Be proficient in the English language. Non-US residents are welcome to apply, as long as you have a firm grasp of the language.
  • Experience with WordPress is a major plus.
  • Must have the ability to summarize articles from other sources in your own words.
  • Must have the ability to take some criticism. Your writing won’t appeal to everyone, that’s a fact. It shouldn’t bother you if somebody leaves a negative comment.
  • We will accept writers from anywhere in the World, but we’re primarily looking for writers in the U.S., Canada,  and the U.K. Please let us know where you’re located in your application.
  • Finally, it will definitely help if you have an Android device(s) and a passion for anything Android-related wouldn’t hurt either.

Interested candidates should Contact Us with NEWS AUTHOR in the subject line. Please include your full name, short bio of yourself & experience (or link to your resume), and we will contact you with further instructions.

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Lumia 900 owner vents Windows Phone 8 frustrations, Stephen Elop responds

If you’ve been following our Windows Phone 8 coverage today, you know that anybody who buys a Windows Phone today will not be able to upgrade to WP8 when it ships this fall. If you were an early adopter that’s not such a bad deal, but if you bought a Lumia 900 oh, say, three weeks ago you might be upset — and rightly so. And rightfully angry is Luke, who sent us an email he fired off to Nokia’s Stephen Elop and AT&T’s Ralph de la Vega in which he asks why he shouldn’t, right now, turn around and return his phone.

I just watched the Windows Phone 8 announcement and learned that the Lumia will not be upgradeable to WP8, it will more or less get a skin with the new live tiles and a few other features… at the end of the day unless one of you responds and convinces me to stay with Microsoft Windows Phone, Nokia Lumia or Att wireless I will just wash my hands of all three companies and move over to Verizon.

Surprise surprise, Elop responded very promptly, stating:

We have a lot of exciting capabilities coming as part of a pattern of updates for the existing Lumia products. This includes some of the most significant visual elements of WP8 – for example, the new start screen. As we have always been, Nokia is committed to delivering a long term experience to any purchasers of our products.

Granted, Nokia is bringing some nice updates to current Lumias, like some Scalado-augmented photo magic, but Elop’s mention of “significant visual elements” leaves us wanting. We’re waiting to hear what Luke’s going to do, but here’s your chance to weigh in. What do you think he should do? Full emails are after the break.

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WWDC banner shot betrays iOS 6 debut

WWDC banner shot betrays iOS 6 debut

What does Apple have in store for us at WWDC? Well, it was a pretty safe bet that there was going to be some iOS news, and now we can pretty much confirm that iOS 6 will be unveiled at Cupertino’s big developer event. What exactly we might see from the self proclaimed “world’s most advanced mobile operating system” is anybody’s guess, but it’s probably safe to assume the power of flight or teleportation is not on the feature list. Hit up the source links for some more images and don’t forget to check back in here Monday for the official unveiling.

WWDC banner shot betrays iOS 6 debut originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Jun 2012 15:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Are you an Android fanatic and love to write? TalkAndroid is hiring!!

Do you have an interest in Android phones, tablets, apps, accessories and anything else Android related? Do you find yourself spending hours a day reading news sites and blogs? Would you like to write for TalkAndroid? Now is your chance! We’re looking for responsible, talented and driven writers to join our incredible team.

No we’re not just looking for anybody with a keyboard, there are a few requirements:

  • Must be able to contribute to the news on a regular basis. This means 3 or more posts per day. This is generally about an hour of time per day.
  • Be proficient in the English language. Non-US residents are welcome to apply, as long as you have a firm grasp of the language.
  • Must have the ability to summarize articles from other sources in your own words.
  • Must have the ability to take some criticism. Your writing won’t appeal to everyone, that’s a fact. It shouldn’t bother you if somebody leaves a negative comment. Our editorial team is always there to support our authors!
  • Remember, your application is your resume, please take time to proof read it before submitting.
  • We will accept writers from anywhere in the World, but we’re primarily looking for writers in the U.S., Canada,  and the U.K. Please let us know where you’re located in your application.
  • Finally, it will definitely help if you have an Android device(s) and a passion for anything Android-related wouldn’t hurt either.

Interested candidates should Contact Us with NEWS AUTHOR in the subject line. Please include your full name, short bio of yourself & experience (or link to your resume), and we will contact you with further instructions.

Robert Nazarian
Editor In Chief


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Lowe’s Has An App Now, Allows You To Create Supplies Lists, Read Reviews, Or Have Items Delivered To Your Home

lowestinyThese days, you’re not anybody if you don’t have an app. Now, Lowe’s is somebody. The home improvement warehouse has launched a mobile app that allows you to search for store locations, items, read reviews on products, manage your Lowe’s card, and even have some products shipped to you.

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The app is packed with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a retail app, including a barcode scanner and the ability to check inventory at the stores nearest you. It even has photo galleries to help you get ideas for decorating your home, and some how-to videos to help you out once you’re home.

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T-Mobile Prism gets official May 9 at Walmart, May 23 elsewhere

T-Mobile Prism

T-Mobile this morning unwrapped the Prism, a 3.5-inch (HVGA) Gingerbread device with a 3.2MP camera. The specs aren't going to wow you, but then again they're not really supposed to. It's the pricing that's the selling point here. The Prism will cost $19.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan, or it'll cost $149.99 with no annual contract.

Anybody jumping on this one?

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DroidDoodle: Anybody wanna buy a phone?

DroidDoodle: Google Phone Store
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Wirefly slashing prices on preorders for Sprint’s upcoming Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper 4G

Many a penny pincher, myself included, at one time or another has come across one of Wirefly’s awesome deals on their online smartphone inventory. It’s always for new lines of service, however, so not too many of us have been a regular Wirefly shopper unless you change carriers as often as you change pants. That said, anybody that is considering trying out Sprint for the first time or returning to the Now Network to try out their new Android offerings should definitely give Wirefly a look. For the next three days only, Wirefly is offering the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for $150 and the LG Viper 4G for $20 on preorder. This is a $50 savings for the Nexus and $80 back in your wallet for the Viper. For prospective Nexus owners, this discount coupled with the $50 in Google Wallet you will receive brings the final price of the G-Nex to a mere $100. Do keep in mind that these prices are for preorders and that these LTE badboys are going to be released in stores this Sunday on April 22nd. Hit the source links below to get the goods before it’s too late.

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Google posts $10.6 billion in revenue for Q1 2012

Ready for the most exciting news of the day? Well, this isn’t it, unless you’re just getting off your shift on the NYSE. Google’s posted its quarterly results for the first quarter of the year, and while generally rosy, they’re nothing to write home about. In total, Google took in 10,645,000,000 dollars in January, February and March, up 24% from the same time frame last year but gaining only one percent since the last quarter. Compare that to the difference between Q3 and Q4 off 2011, when Google increased its income by about 8%.

Google remains about half and half as far as US and international revenues go: 46% of its income comes from the United States, a statistic that’s held relatively steady for two years. Google’s total costs for Q1 were $7.25 billion, giving them a little more than three billion dollars in profit – a win for just about anybody. For the quarter they keep 3.08 billion in cash reserves and add it to their considerable pile.

Google remains one of the largest and most powerful Internet companies, even if their actual revenue doesn’t match the likes of Microsoft (17 billion income, 6 billion profit in Q4 2011) or Apple (26 billion, 6 billion, respectively). The report doesn’t mention Android activations or Google Play Store numbers, so presumably they haven’t grown dramatically from the 850,000 activations a day announced at Mobile World Congress.


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N64 emulator ripped off, then kicked out of the Play Store by copycat

The great thing about open source software is that anybody can use it. The not-so-great thing about open source software… is that anybody can use it. Such was the case with two N64 emulators battling it out on the Google Play Store. According to a massive Reddit thread, the original game emulator was called “Mupen64Plus Android Edition”, developed by Paul Lamb and based off of the open-source emulator Mupen64Plus. Under the General Public License, anyone can use the Mupen code for any project they like (including charging for it) as long as proper attribution is given. Paul put up his app on the Google Play Store, and for a while, all was right with the world.

Until a little app called “N64 Player” came along. According to the thread, this app misappropriated his open-source code without attribution, slapped some ads over it and sold it in the Google Play Store as an original app (citing the GPL code from the original Mupen project). Then the unscrupulous developer filed a copyright claim against Mupen64Plus AE, claiming that Paul Lamb had in fact stolen the original code – which was freely available under a GPL open source license. And Google, apparently without checking to see if the claim was valid, booted Paul’s app off the Play Store instead. The developer, one “Brad Geng”, appears to have been trying to knock out his competition on the Google Play Store.

There’s more going on here than the antics of a scumbag – Google’s copyright reporting system has failed on several levels. One, there was apparently no research made on the copycat’s claims, and Mupen64Plus AE was given the boot without warning. Two, claiming actual copyright infringement on an open-source project is notoriously difficult – if both developers cited the original Mupen emulator code, any claims made by either would essentially become a he said-she said argument, something that probably couldn’t be solved by whoever’s policing the Google Play Store. Third, one would hope that an administrator of the Google Play Store would at least have a passing knowledge of the way that open source software works, though that appears to be too much to hope for in this case.

At this point, both apps have disappeared, likely following reports on N64 Player made by hundreds of angry open-source advocates. You can still find Paul Lamb’s Mupen64Plus AE here, and we won’t link to the other app. Hopefully the real McCoy will be restored to the Google Play Store soon – and the Big G will be a little more wary when it comes to quick-draw copyright claims.

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BlackBerry refugee, Leaked ICS for the Rezound [From the Forums]

From the Forums

With the end of the week now here, we're all ready to roll on into the weekend. Today itself, was pretty bust for Android news with Cyanogen Mod dropping some news on us all and a new ICS leak for the Rezound — exciting times. Get yourself caught up, and come hang out with us in the Android Central forums:

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Skype Receives Update With New Calling UI And Bugfixes

Is anybody still using Skype out there? If you are, an update has just surfaced on the Android Market bringing a variety of changes.

First we have an updated ICS calling UI, and while this isn’t much, it’s still definitely an improvement over what was present before. On top of the we have Samsung Epic 4G users finally getting video calling enabled, and that is sure good news for any users of the device.Lastly, we have some minor bug fixes that deal with how the app performs, and, as usual, those are always welcome additions. If you’re a Skype user, head over to the Market now and grab the update. The full list of updates is as follows:

  1. Improvements and new features:
  2. Calling interface updated
  3. Improved quality
  4. Enabled video calling for Samsung Epic 4G Touch

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Chrome vs. Safari – Galaxy Nexus vs. iPhone 4S

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Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S

The race for the best mobile browser is just about dead even. Android's browser has certainly competed with its Webkit cousin in mobile Safari for several versions now, partially from borrowing bits and pieces of Chrome code. (Anybody remember this demo from Google IO 2010?) But while the browsers might have been fairly level under the hood, Safari's definitely had the edge in what the end users see, with scrolling and zooming that's buttery smooth.

With the introduction of the Chrome browser on Android (currently available in beta form), the mobile browsing playing field has been leveled that much more. Behind the scenes, things are running as fast as ever. And out front, on the display, the Android's browsing experience has taking another evolutionary leap forward.

We've got a quick comparison video and some more benchmarks after the break. We're not looking for the most scientific of results here — though the benchmarks speak for themselves. Really, it's the feel of the Chrome browser on Android (and, again, remember that it's still a "beta" product, for what that's worth) that we're most interested in.  

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US Government claims that secure Android phones can be updated in just 2 weeks

Anybody who’s bought an expensive Android phone in the last couple of years can probably commiserate with all those waiting months and months for an official update. Many times users root and install custom ROMs not out of any particular desire to mod, but just to get the features in the current version of Android. US Government officials made a bold claim on CNN this morning, saying that they can send out major software updates to their secure Android-based phones in just two weeks, side-stepping both manufacturers and carriers to deliver updated code based on Android’s open-source releases.

The official further stated that the government’s choice of Android for secure phone operations was specifically because of the operating system’s open-source nature. Publicly-available code enables modifications like the NSA’s ultra-secure Android variant, not to mention all the changes that OEMs and carriers place on phones and tablets. But since the government’s changes are relatively small and only apply to a few thousand phones at most, it follows that they could keep a tighter lid on their changes. The official said that they had approached Apple for customized versions of the iPhone and iOS for government use, but were denied access to the software’s source code.

Of course, updates to secure government-issued hansets aren’t going to grace the headlines of gadget blogs any time soon. But given the generally deplorable state of Android updates, wherein some customers wait for six months to a year for new software (if they get it at all) would seem a might bit more pathetic if Uncle Sam could do so much better. Private sector, consider yourself bested.

[via GigaOm]


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Bolt Sizer instantly sizes your bolts from any coin

This is one of those apps that make you exclaim, “why didn’t I think of that?” Developer DBT has created a little app that solves a big problem. Bolt Sizer uses your Android phone’s camera, a coin and a little mathematical magic to instantly tell you the size of the bolt in the photo. This is the perfect app for anybody working with carpentry or other household tools, and occasionally just about everybody else.

It works like this: start up the app and tap settings. Select any coin that happens to be in your pocket or change drawer. The app works with an American penny, nickel, dime or quarter, or a Euro 1, 5, 20, 20 or 50 cent piece. Point your camera towards your table or desk, take a photo, adjust the circle around your coin, and the app will use it as a physical reference to measure the bolt. You can get both the length of the shaft and the head size, in Imperial or Metric.

If you’d like to use the app for free or just need it periodically, there’s a free ad-supported version. If you plan on using it regularly, be a good Android citizen and shell out 99 cents for the ad-free version. There’s no functional difference between the two. The developer plans to add even more options in the future, so keeping it on your phone might be a god idea. Great idea, dev – keep ‘em coming.

[via Reddit]


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If MetroPCS Drops Their Unlimited Plan Does Anybody Notice?

Samsung Craft was MetroPCS' first 4G/LTE phone now discontinued along with their unlimited data plan

Despite the fact that MetroPCS is a prepaid carrier, they were the first in the United States to introduce 4G LTE. They even beat Verizon to the punch, although Verizon now has the largest 4G/LTE network in the country.

When MetroPCS introduced their 4G/LTE network they did it with the Samsung Craft a 4G/LTE feature phone running BREW. At that time they also introduced an unlimited plan that featured talk, text and unlimited data.

Apparently in December MetroPCS quietly ended that plan and stopped selling the Samsung Craft. They now have 4G/LTE available on a handful of Android devices.

Metro’s new 4G/LTE plan is $50 per month and includes unlimited talk, text and 1gb of multimedia streaming data. Web surfing is available on an unlimited basis going through their MetroWeb conduit.

source: PhoneArena

 

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Samsung Closed Out 2011 With Bang – Hit Record High Of $4.72 Billion In Profit

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Looks like Samsung had a great year in 2011 and really, was anybody surprised? During an earnings call today, the South Korean company reported that they were able to hit $4.72 billion in operating profit and $42 billion in sales for Q4 of 2011, lining up with the company’s previous estimate earlier this month.

This is an all time high for Samsung who’s numbers represent a 76% increase in profits over 2010′s holiday season reflecting a high demand for their smartphones totaling a record 35 million shipments (roughly 40% of their total sales) and their flourishing semiconductor business which pulled in $2 billion. Samsung’s television business did pretty well as well with a 20% increase from the previous year, bringing in $7.6 billion.

Samsung’s senior vice-president Robert Yi said in a statement,

"Despite intensified competition amid the global economic slowdown, our telecommunications businesses continued to post solid earnings with an enhanced line-up of high-end smartphones, resulting in higher average selling price."

That’s because, no matter how bad things get, people gotta have their Android smartphones. No longer a luxury — it’s become a necessity. Let’s see if Samsung can do it all over again with the Galaxy S III.

[Via Reuters]


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