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Merry Christmas, Phandroids! Hopefully you were good this year and Santa brought you everything you asked for. Those of you that were really good, you may have even received a shiny new Android device under your tree. Chances are, you’re going to want to keep it shiny and blemish-free, and there’s no better way to do that than with a protective case. Good thing Cruzerlite is here to make sure your device is protected in style and it doesn’t matter if yours is a Christmas newborn, or if it has a few months under its belt.
With so many Android options out there, it wouldn’t be much of a giveaway if we committed to a single device. Thankfully, Cruzerlite was nice enough to accommodate, giving us 10 coupon codes to giveaway to our readers for use on whichever case they’d like. Nexus 4? You’re covered. Galaxy S3? You’re good too. Two-handed Galaxy Note 2? Come on down.
To enter, it’s easy. Simply leave us a comment down below with how you and your family spent the holidays and we’ll pick 10 random participants sending them a coupon code for $10-off the Cruzerlite case of their choice from their Amazon storefront (it’s essentially like a $10 giftcard). Just make sure your Disqus account is registered with some kind of email address (so that we can easily contact you). Contest cuts off at 12AM PT tonight. Merry Christmas everyone and have a fantastic rest of your holiday! Here’s to many more.
Chances are, you know a Doctor Who fan. Greg Kumparak, formerly of Tech Crunch is also a (pretty big) Doctor Who fan, and decided to get a little crafty and build his own TARDIS. As explained in the video above, a TARDIS is a vehicle to drive you through space and time, that just happens to look like a 1960s era British police call box. Greg's looks pretty authentic after a nice paint job.
But here's the thing about a TARDIS. They are bigger on the inside. While that is easy enough to accomplish with the magic of television, it took a different kind of magic to make it happen in the real world. That's where Android comes in. Using augmented reality, Greg can open the TARDIS door and point his Nexus camera at a freaky black and white pattern. Thanks to the Qualcomm augmented reality framework, Greg built an app to display the interior of his TARDIS as it should be on his screen. Very cool.
This just might be the best use of augmented reality ever. Be sure to watch the video, and hit the source link to read a little about how it was constructed.
Source: GK's blog
VUDU Releases Android App, Gives All Those ‘Digital Copies’ You Keep Getting With Your Blu-Rays A Tablet-y Home
Chances are, even if you haven’t heard of Vudu (though that’s a little hard at this point), you might just own some piece of content that can be used with the service. Vudu is a digital movie locker that allows users to rent or buy movies online and have them streamed to their computers, or a number of set top boxes and Blu-Ray players with internet connectivity. This is all pretty standard fare. The standout feature, though, is Ultraviolet support, which happens to be one of the preferred methods of offering ‘digital copies’ for Blu-Ray multipacks.
Once you sign in, you’ll have access to your entire library (if you have one), as well as the ability to shop around for anything you’d like to watch.
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VUDU Releases Android App, Gives All Those ‘Digital Copies’ You Keep Getting With Your Blu-Rays A Tablet-y Home was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The Verizon edition of the Galaxy Note 2 now has a root method. As is par for the course with Samsung phones, you'll need to use ODIN and flash a rooted image file, but that's not nearly as difficult as it sounds.
It's worth noting that this method introduces a couple bugs, namely a broken signal indicator (data still works, just the indicator is broken) and some folks say the phone isn't as smooth as it was with the factory image.
These issues are both being worked on, and we imagine a rooted factory image will soon be available that keeps everything as it should be while just adding files needed for root.
It's also worth mentioning that this is just root, not a custom recovery or a full bootloader unlock. Chances are someone with access will show up with files needed to rectify this, but in the meantime know that you won't be able to flash ROMs and kernels until some work-arounds are figured out.
In our own forums, DroidXcon is back and will soon have the newbie friendly version ready if you're a bit lost on some of the methods and commands used.
We'll keep a close eye on this one, and let you know as things progress.
Available On: Android, iOS
Chances are that you have never heard of Pocket Warwick, as its only recently released on iOS, and has just been ported to Android. Pocket Warwick is a game featuring famous British actor Warwick Davis. Now, Pocket Warwick isn’t a game full of action, mind-bending puzzles or anything like that. It is a extremely casual game where you have Warwick Davis as the character you play as. Your job is to make sure he’s entertained, his energy levels are doing well and etc. If you’ve ever played the Sims before, you’ll know exactly what to do almost right away. On top of making sure Warwick’s levels are being maintained, you also have the ability to accept jobs from your agent, which earns you experience and coins to spend in the store.
That’s pretty much the main goal of the game, but that does not mean Pocket Warwick isn’t loaded full of comedic features. Some things you can do with your pocket Warwick is touching his head to grab him and hold him up in the air. That or you can constantly tap his head until you knock him over (the sounds he makes is literally amazing). Keep in mind that by doing this you quickly knock down his happiness levels, which isn’t really a good thing to be doing if you plan on doing jobs from his agent consistently. Another thing you can do with Pocket Warwick is tilt your device to the left or right. This will act as if Warwick’s room is literally turning, thus he will slide down whatever way you are tilting the screen. Little features like these make the game worth it to play.
Overall it’s a very well designed game. I like how doing different things within the game will affect different meters. You’re always in a constant state of trying to keep Warwick maintained, which is what makes the game fun — you constantly have something to do. One thing that I don’t like about Pocket Warwick is how the economy works. Some tasks require that you buy a new piece of clothing or buy a new book to read. Buying those things prepare you for the task, but when you complete the task they don’t give you enough money to reimburse those purchases. That said, most of the time you barely have any coin to do anything with. It makes it extremely hard to upgrade things like your TV, couch or computer desk. Paying 25 coins for something and getting a return of 5 coins just seems a bit odd to me, I guess.
Pocket Warwick is a great game, in fact it was better than what I was expecting after watching an interview with him on the upcoming game. I hope the developers of the title end up giving you a bit more of a reward payout than the measly amount most tasks will give you.
At the end of the day, it is a free game that requires you to purchase absolutely nothing (although micro transactions are an option). You can pick up on either the iTunes store and Google Play.
Google's semi-secretive game Ingress is still in closed beta, but the numbers are growing every day. And overnight, the Android application got itself a little update. According to the one of the developers, "this fixes some bugs and improves performance."
What it doesn't do is hand out invite codes. While you're waiting, though — or if you're already part of the Enlightened or the Resistance — be sure to swing by our newly formed Ingress Forums and say hey. Chances are there are more folks playing in your neck of the woods than you might have thought.
Want to move files between your Android device and a Mac? There's an app for that (natch)
It's OK to use a Mac if you're also an Android fan. You don't have to apologize. In fact, I'd prefer it if you don't. Use what you want. Use what works for you. Don't worry what anyone else thinks. (Chances are that's what led you to Android in the first place.)
But if you are using a computer from Cupertino, you will need an extra piece of software if you want to transfer files over USB and your device is running Android 3.0 or higher. It's not a huge deal, and it takes just a few seconds to set up. Here's the scoop:
- Download the Android File Transfer app.
- Install the application. (Go to wherever it was you saved the app, and double-click it. Drag the installer file into your Applications folder. Yes. We just gave you instructions for that.)
- Plug in your phone. The Android File Transfer App should automatically launch if it's not already running. You'll now see the folders and files, like in the image above.
It's that easy. The only real caveat with this tool is that there's a 4-gigabyte file size limit on transfers. If you want to copy over anything larger than that — say, a movie — you'll need to do it via another method, such as adb.
Chances are this will be fixed quickly enough, but look quick — every app in Google Play appears to have been reviewed by "A Google User." And here you though you were special.
Our guess? Something's being changed in The Matrix. Only appears to be affecting the web portal at this point.
We all love Android, and we also love when Google releases a new iteration of our favorite mobile OS. Sometimes, though, even Google screws up a bit, and Android 4.2 is looking to be one of the most bug-ridden releases since Honeycomb. And, let’s be honest: 4.2 isn’t exactly the leap that 2.3 to 3.0 was, either. Chances are, if you’re on Android 4.2, you’ve experienced at least one of the issues here. Some aren’t that bad, but some can just ruin your day, and we’re a little shocked Google missed them.
We’d love it if you could confirm whether these bugs happen on a device not listed as “known affected,” or of any other serious issues you’ve been experiencing since the bump to 4.2 on your Nexus.
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Android 4.2-Gate: Here Are Some Of The Major Issues Plaguing Google’s Newest Release was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Hmmmmm. HTC and Verizon are having a little get-together on Nov. 13 in New York City.
The invite doesn't exactly lend itself to interpretation, just "come experience our latest collaboration." Chances are pretty good we'll see the Droid DNA, the 5-inch smartphone we brought you the first pictures of a few weeks ago under its Droid DLX codename. The phone has since all but been confirmed through a couple of leaked renders as well.
Set your alarms, boys and girls, cause we'll be there.
HTC and Verizon are getting ready to have a meeting on November 13th in New York City. Surprise? Not really.
The invite that was sent out definitely does not invite any interpretation as to what is going to be revealed. They basically are just saying come see them in New York City. Nevertheless, I do think that we could be seeing the heavily rumored Droid DNA, the 5-inch smartphone. As you know, leaked pictures and documents have been surfacing for quite a while now under its Droid DLX codename. We’ve seen a ton of stuff from the smartphone along with a lot of leaked renders of the device. Now we’re just waiting for an official confirmation on this bad boy.
I doubt we are going to be seeing a whole lot at the event, but I would say that the Droid DNA alone is going to be worth it. Oh and hey, remember that rumored HTC tablet that has never shown up? Maybe we’ll see something about that as well. Chances are, we’ll be seeing a lot of leaks up until the event and I can’t help but think we’ll be seeing a few things concerning Windows Phone 8 as well.
Personally, I’m just excited to see what they will be revealing. I love seeing the new technology companies come up with, especially when its innovative and different from what someone else released a month ago.
What do you expect to see at HTC and Verizon’s event later this month?
source: Android Central
A lot of games are adding Halloween themed updates and My Car Salon is no exception. My Car Salon, created by Animoca, is a time-management game for car lovers. Characters such as Ratchet, Socket, Hammer, and Torque can now dress up like a ghoul, bat, pumpkin, monster, or other silly costumes. This update also includes an eerie new level involving ghosts and goblins that have taken over the repair shop.
Chances are you have already played My Car Salon since it has been downloaded over 2 million times. If not, and you’re looking for something new that includes the spirit of Halloween, then check it out because it’s available now and it’s free. Hit the break for a quick demo video, download links, and the press release.
My Car Salon Gets a Spooky Halloween Makeover
Animoca updates its popular time-management game on Google Play
Hong Kong – October 30, 2012 – What better way to celebrate Halloween than by turning your auto repair shop into a Haunted House? Animoca (www.animoca.com), a leading developer and publisher of mobile games and edutainment apps for global audiences, today announced a special Halloween-themed update to My Car Salon, its popular time-management game for car lovers. The new update is now available for free on Google Play.
Join Ratchet, Socket, Hammer, Torque and other popular characters as they celebrate this Halloween by dressing in ghoul, bat, pumpkin, monster or other spooky or silly Halloween costumes. Plus, find out who dressed up as iconic international superstars. The update also includes an eerie new level, in which the repair shop has been turned into a Haunted House and overtaken by terrifying ghosts and goblins. Play it at your own risk!
Despite the festive atmosphere, there’s still work to do, as players must race against the clock to service all the cars in the neighborhood and keep their customers happy. Do so, and you’ll see more cars roll into your shop and more money roll into your cash register, allowing you to upgrade your equipment, hire more staff, and grow your business. But fall behind, and disgruntled customers will flee from your repair shop like bats out of…well, you get the idea.
Originally launched on Google Play in January, 2012, My Car Salon has been downloaded more than 2 million times to date and has reached the Top 10 in the Racing category in 14 different countries. It has an average rating of 4.2 stars and has been hailed by fans and critics alike as “fun” and “entertaining.”
Right. So T-Mobile's doing a showcase on Oct. 29 in New York City. Yes, that's the same day as Google's "Playground" event, where we should see a new Nexus phone, and maybe a tablet or two. But this is a T-Mobile event, folks. Google's is in the morning. Don't freak out if there's no "T-Mobile Nexus" at this thing. Chances are any new GSM Nexus will be pentaband anyway, so it'll be "T-Mobile" as much as it is "AT&T" or GSM for the rest of the world. No biggie.
No, what I'm expecting is a whole lot of Galaxy Note 2 and other T-Mobile Android phones from this year (including new but lesser-spec'd devices) – and a bunch of new Windows Phone hardware, including the HTC 8X (I've played with that, and it's freakin' gorgeous), and the more portly Nokia Lumia 810, which I saw last week in San Diego. Microsoft is finally showing off Windows Phone 8 on the morning of Oct. 29 in San Francisco, and one phone does not a showcase make. There will be more than Nexus, one way or the other.
Oh, and there's a pretty good chance this might happen as well. We hope.
From (where else), DigiTimes:
One supply chain source says it'll be released later in the fourth quarter (which we're now in, by the way). Meanwhile, ASUS, DT reports, says it "has no plans to launch a $99 Nexus." Which is nice, but it's Google that sells this thing, not ASUS.
Chances are if we do see a $99 Nexus 7, it'll be carrier subsidized. Which would be ridiculous given the outright price is only twice that.
Do you own the AT&T 4G LTE powered Pantech Burst smartphone, or their Pantech Element 8-inch Android tablet? Chances are you might even own both considering they came in a package deal for $250 from AT&T. For those who happen to own either of these budget devices, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update is now available for your updating pleasure.
Originally the Pantech Burst smartphone was set to see the update to ICS back in late September but it was delayed a week or so. Today the folks from Pantech have confirmed the smartphone’s update is available right this minute over on their official website. For those that don’t know, the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is worth every minute of your time. The update has to be manually done — but you’ll get a new user interface, much better performance across the board, enhanced camera features and much more.
That isn’t all either. Since the Burst came with a $50 discount (and sometimes bundled for free) with Pantech’s 8-inch waterproof tablet known as the Element — they’ve also issued the update for that tablet. That tablet has been running on the old and outdated Android 3.0 Honeycomb — but today you can also upgrade it to the awesomeness that is 4.0 ICS. Here’s what to expect:
New User Features
Enhanced Home screen canvas switcher edit functionality(In the preview of home screen panels, users can change a main home screen panel).
Enhanced Multitasking and Notifications functionality.
Enhanced User Interface : Virtual buttons in System bar, contextual options in Action Bar.
Improved text input and spell-checking (Android keyboard)
Control over Network data and Powerful web browsing
New! Self mode and Panorama capture mode in camera.
New! Time-Lapse recording function in video camera.
Improved user interface design with GL library.
Support for Native Sync of AT&T Address Book.
Improved lock screen.
Improved Quick Settings and Detail Settings.
Additional Improvement UI interfaces.
The Pantech Burst and Element certainly aren’t top end devices, but both come with powerful 1.2 and 1.5 GHz dual-core processors, and now are getting a much needed update. Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich will give the Burst new life, while ICS for the Element will make the tablet that much better since it was still stuck on Honeycomb. For those that aren’t too familiar with this, you’ll want to check out our Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Review. Both devices will need to be updated manually using a Windows PC so that could be a problem. Get the updates from the links below and drop us a comment and let us know what you think, or if you have any problems. Enjoy!
[via Android Police]
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HTC’s flagship smartphone in the One X could finally be headed to T-Mobile. We’ve talked about this revamped and improved model for AT&T (and T-Mobile) for a few weeks now simply known as the HTC One X+, but today its been spotted in the wild. The photo is a bit of a mess, and the same goes for the current devices situation.
We’ve seen the HTC One X+ leak in benchmarks, the full spec sheet appear online and more but now some sources are claiming its been canceled. T-Mobile had the smartphone on their roadmap with the same 4.7-inch SCLD2 display, but an improved 1.7 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage — and now sources close to the matter are stating they sadly canceled the device.
We aren’t sure at this point what exactly is going on here, but it’s safe to say the device was at least out in the wild at some point being tested by T-Mobile — the image above confirms that. Chances are it will still land on AT&T, but that isn’t confirmed at this point either.
What we can confirm is the One X+ design basically mirrors the original One X, just like rumors suggested. For now there’s only been rumors and leaks until this image appeared, so we’ll just have to wait and see. We still expect AT&T to launch a One X+ with the Tegra 3 being boosted in speed and tacking on 4G LTE so stay tuned.
Right before Amazon’s press event is getting ready to take place today in Santa Monica, word has begun coming out of the woodwork that Amazon has confirmed a phone to be in works. Yes, an Amazon phone. The Verge is reporting that a number of sources were able to verify the existence of the Amazon phone model and some sources are even saying that it’s going to be revealed at today’s event. It’ll be interesting to see how it compares with the designs of devices we have right now. Obviously we can all assume the standard touch capabilities but will it be as powerful and as slick as most Android phones are? I’m kind of excited to see what this is all about personally. Currently, I personally don’t think think that the Amazon App Store is much good with its minimal amount of apps and low quality apps, but if we were to get an Amazon smartphone put on the market, I can only imagine how much better the Amazon App Store would become after developers jump on board the Amazon bandwagon. Once we started seeing things like Facebook get put on the Amazon App Store (granted that it’s well developed), surely this has a lot of potential. Hey, this could even eventually lead to an Amazon operating system. They seem to piggy back off of Android right now, but there’s no doubt that Amazon would love to create their own operating system. More competition the better.
Indications are that the phone is still currently in development, but Amazon may have a demo unit that is working pretty well. Thus it may just be ready for us to see at a press event. Other sources have been saying that the handset will be running a forked version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, similar to what the Amazon Kindle Fire is currently running. There hasn’t been anymore details on the handset aside from that, but we shouldn’t have to wait too long if this handset will be revealed at Amazon’s press event.
The question is though, would the consumer be interested in a Amazon smartphone? I think so. It’s surely not going to be as popular as Android currently is with 1.3 million new Android handsets getting activated per day, but I do think that Amazon has a lot of potential with this, especially from their large Kindle Fire followers. Hopefully Amazon will be telling us more about this project that they’ve kept secret for so long at the press event later today. I wouldn’t mind hearing how the handset was spec’d and what hardware is in the device. Maybe it’ll have a Qualcomm processor or even the Nvidia Tegra 3. Whatever the case, I’m pretty excited to see what they’ll be bringing to the show today and can’t wait to see what they’ll have.
Stay tuned with The Droid Guy and we’ll make sure to keep you updated with new devices from Amazon today!
Is anyone else interested in a Amazon smartphone? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear your opinion on the matter!
source: Talk Android
Chances are, most of you only ever hear about Epix in an article discussing streaming rights (like this one). Epix is an online streaming video service a la Netflix that you can only get access to if you have a cable bundle that includes the site. Or, you know, if you have Netflix. For now anyway. The real value of Epix is the stable of movie rights it brings to the table, and now the joint venture is sharing its media library with Amazon Instant Video for all of the online retail giant’s Prime customers.
According to Amazon, the deal will “more than double the number of titles available” to its customers who subscribe to the Prime service.
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Amazon Signs Deal With Epix, Brings Paramount, MGM, And Lionsgate Films To Prime Instant Videos was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
There is a lot of devices out there with great cameras for taking video. Chances are, you've taken some videos on your device and now have a bunch just hanging around. I say hanging around because video editing sometimes isn't always easy to do nor is it all that fun really.
A new but well known app has now made its way to the Google Play Store and it aims to take some of the frustration of video editing for you. Just shoot and upload video from your device, choose a soundtrack and give your movie a title and the Magisto movie maker will automatically edit your movie for you.
- Unprecedented AI Technology that analyzes and edits the best parts of your videos
- Easily share to Facebook, Twitter, Email and even YouTube
- Automatic video stabilization, filters, effects and transitions
- Facial recognition detects the important people in your videos
- Upload videos from your Gallery or use Magisto as a smart video camera
- Add soundtracks from your device or from Magisto’s library of licensed music
- Access your movies from any device
We've yet to give it a go here but if you're looking to learn more or see it in action, you can jump below to view the video as well as read the full press release from Magisto. If you're having great results with it, drop a comment and let us know.
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The Xperia S is a mere six months old. Yet, rumor has it that Sony is already prepping a refresh, dubbed the Xperia SL. The handset surfaced at the Indonesian POSTEL site (which appears to be something akin to the FCC), bearing the model number LT26ii. That seemingly random collection of letters and numbers actually reinforces the suspicion that the SL will replace the S, which goes by LT26i — for those fascinated by nondescript naming systems. What else can we tell you about the device? Well… a whole lot of nothing unfortunately. Chances are it will be mostly a minor spec bump — perhaps a quad-core CPU and a better camera. For now, though, you’ll just have to wait and play the guessing game with the rest of us.
Sony Xperia SL shows up in Indonesian POSTEL database originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 02 Jul 2012 21:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Over the weekend we alerted you guys to a OK sale by Electronic Arts on a few of their games for Fathers Day. During that announcement we mentioned that we would have liked to see Mass Effect: Infiltrator and NBA Jam in that list. Looks like they listened to us… Well, we would like to think so anyways. Chances are they already had this sale on both of these apps pre-planned. Either way, this is a superbly great deal. If the four titles they are offering up right now for guys just isn’t wetting the pallet, you should jump on these two while the price is spectacular.
Simply click or scan the QR codes below to snag them up. Have fun!! Both games rock.
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Developer: Electronic Arts Inc
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Developer: Electronic Arts Nederland BV
Application: NBA Jam North America
Developer: Electronic Arts Inc
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Nice catch Androidpolice
Sometimes a game is made on such an impressive scale, it dwarfs the games around it by its sheer magnitude and detail. Avadon: The Black Fortress is one such game, and while its graphics and sound effects might initially leave you in the lurch, the excellent story and massive amount of content more than make up for it.
When you first open up Avadon, you're shown the all too familiar options screen. Chances are you'll want to start a new game, and when you do so, you're able to create your character. There's four classes to choose from: blademaster, shadowwalker, shaman, and sorceress.
Each class fits one of the established archetypes we've grown accustomed to seeing (for example, the blademaster is a tanky, devastating warrior, capable of taking damage, while the sorceress is mostly ranged, casting spells, wearing cloth, and equipped with the occasional heal), so all should be familiar on that front.
After you've settled on your name, Avadon tells you the game's story through a series of still images and text. All of the drawings are very well done, and it's clear a lot of effort went into the detailed storyline. (Long story short, you're now a warrior working at the Black Fortress, defending your land, fighting off baddies, and trying not to infuriate the all-powerful and crazy ruler of the place).
Once you're actually in-game, the camera takes a 2½-D, top-down view of your environment. You simply tap where you want to move and your character will walk there, and if you happen to tap on another NPC, you also use touch to advance through all of the dialogue.
There's a multitude of button that run alongside the bottom of the screen, and these help you access your inventory, player stats, and abilities, to name a few. On the right side of your combat status icon (the middle icon that shows a peace sign when you're not fighting) are quick access slots for your preferred spells and items. You can hold four of each, so as you continue to get better gear and more abilities, you can switch these out as necessary.
Combat is fairly fluid, using a turn-based system that should be familiar to anyone who has played a tactics game before. A grid appears underneath all involved parties feet, you're limited to how many squares you can move (as are they), and you tap the enemy you want to attack. When you have skills, this would be the time to use them. (You aim and control them using the same touch method.)
While the battle style isn't clunky, I'd definitely appreciate an auto-attack function so I don't have to keep tapping the enemy I'm on. Sure, you might want to switch to someone else mid-fight, but in the battles I played, it was all pretty straightforward (we steamrolled them), so being able to check out for a few seconds would help keep the monotony down.
Still, Avadon: The Black Fortress is truly a game of epic proportions. It's detailed, very engrossing, and just plain long. The fact that Spiderweb Software promises it to be the first in a trilogy of games excites me (and gives me hope they'll improve the graphics), and if you ever played the older games of a bygone era, this might just tickle that nostalgia bone of yours.
Avadon: The Black Fortress is $9.99 in the Google Play Store. We've got video and download links after the break.
You knew this was coming. In one hand you have the HTC One X. Tegra 3 or S4 Krait; 720p SLCD2 at 4.7-inches. Sense 4. The hotness. In the other hand, you have the Samsung Galaxy S III, the world's newest Android phone. Quad-core Exynos, 720p SuperAMOLED at 4.8-inches. The new Touchwiz and it's cool voice interaction and face recognition. It's a good time to be an Android fan.
Chances are, you aren't going to have both. So, which one would pick? Hit the poll, let us know.
Chances are that the majority of Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch users are not bored with their phone just yet. However if you are craving a little ICS flavor in your life, you may want to consider this. XDA developer sfhub has just leaked a near official build (FD24) of ICS for the Sprint GSII variant that can be enjoyed via the one-click install method for rooted devices or simply flashing a zip file on non-rooted devices that are currently on Gingerbread version EL29. As always, proceed with caution when it comes to altering software on your own, but I dare say that it’ll be worth the trouble in the end. Hit the source link below for instructions and more info.
We know what you’re thinking: It’s white. But the truth is, there’s something intangible about these snow-colored slabs that cause humans to lavishly drool. This time the sole culprit is LG’s Optimus 4X HD, which appears to have found a way into the hands of Taiwanese site ePrice. Aside from being dressed in a different outfit than the first time we took it for a spin, not much has changed under that quad-core hood, meaning it’s still sporting a flavor of Android 4.0 while also retaining its renown 8.9mm slim figure. Chances are this isn’t enough eye candy for you, though, so we’re hooking you up with a video of this unicorn in discrete action after the break.
Update: We’ve just added our own hands-on pictures from our recent trip to Seoul, and as you can see, our Quadrant benchmark scores (we ran it four times) only reached just above 4,000 — a bit less than what we’ve see previously. That said, ePrice got just above 4,200 on its 4X HD, and things could change again when the device ships with final firmware, so we shall take a look again when that happens.
Gallery: White LG Optimus 4X HD hands-on
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