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Horn For Android Is Finally Out, And It’s An Awesome Action-Adventure Game With Great Looks And Brains To Match [Review]

HornIconWhen Horn arrived on that other mobile platform a couple weeks ago, it was met with plenty of praise. Now Horn is available on Android, and it still stands out among all categories of games. Horn is built from the ground up with an awareness that it will be played on a touchscreen device, and it shows. From the impressive graphics to the unique story, Horn has a lot to show off. Let’s dig in and see if it’s a must-have.

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The Story

You play as Horn, the blacksmith’s apprentice who awakens one day to find everyone in the village has been transformed into mechanical monsters by a curse.

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Paypal Updated In Play Store – Brings All New Schnazzy UI

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PayPal has introduced a fun little update to their Android application in the Play Store this evening. No, there wasn’t the usual bug fixes, or improved device support. PayPal simply spiffed up the UI of their app, making it more simple and easy to use than ever.

There’s only 3 main options here, folks: account, sending, and receiving. The options are displayed in tabs along the top of the app and while I dig the new look, it was a bit odd that you couldn’t swipe between the 3 tabs. PayPal did mention landscape is coming in a future update, so maybe they’ll throw in some swiping gestures while they’re at it.

[Play Store]


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Apps of the Week – Shine Runner, SMod Forever, Camera Launcher and more

Apps of the Week - Shine Runner, SMod Forever!, Camera Launcher and more

Android Central's editors have once again picked their favorite apps for the week. We've got a lot of games this go around, but also a few utilities you might find handy. Anyone who picked up a Google Nexus 7 will definitely want to check out our picks this week. Dig in after the jump!

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Pandora Radio updated with support for “Upcoming Android OS”

If you’re like us and like to take small little hints and over exaggerate them, then we have something you’ll like today. The folks from Pandora Radio have just updated their popular music streaming app for Android only the change log had a small line that has us confused, and excited. Check it out after the break.

Now before we dig into the specifics, the app did receive a sizable update that is worth taking a look at — it’s just getting overshadowed by the 3rd line in the “what’s new” list. Along with multiple bug fixes, performance enhancements, a fancy sign in screen and better settings options you also have new widgets with the latest from Pandora. A good update all around. Here’s the change log:

- New greatly expanded settings including ability to change email and password and numerous other settings
- New greatly improved sign-up and registration screens including better error handling
- Compatibility support for upcoming Android OS
- Audio now always pauses when unplugging headphones
- Widget bug fixes
- Removed Android “change network state” permission
- Fixed out of memory bug in station list
- Bug fixes and stability enhancements

Puzzle me confused on that one in bold. They’ve already updated it with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich support, so what could this be? Jelly Bean? Key Lime Pie? Or maybe they just mean they’ve added compatibility support for devices that will soon be upgraded. Only the word upcoming (as in not yet here) has us all confused and a little excited.

With rumors of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean coming along with Google’s Nexus 7-inch tablet we have to wonder if they know something we don’t — and just spilled the info in a very small way. You be the judge. We are just waiting for Google I/O to roll around hoping that Google hands out this rumored tablet. Get the latest Pandora radio update below.

Pandora Radio Play Store Link

[via Droid-Life]


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Android Overload: HTC One X Only $130 For New Customers and Upgrades, HTC EVO LTE RUU Now Available, and More

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Congrats. You’ve mad it to the Android Overload. These are all the stories form throughout our day that didn’t make it onto our front page — but because we like to keep our readers well informed, we posted them here for y’all to take a final look at. There’s always something here for everyone, so, pull up a chair and dig right in!

  • HTC One X is only $130 at Amazon Wireless for new customers and upgrades. [Amazon Wireless]
  • Motorola Xoom WiFi now receiving Ice Cream Sandwich update in Canada. [Motorola]
  • Verizon clarifies: customers can keep grandfathered unlimited plans as long as they pay full price for upgrades. [NYT]
  • Samsung devices account for 40% of all Android smartphone sales. [eWeek]
  • LG Optimus 4X HD gains FCC certification. Sports global bands and AT&T compatibility. [FCC]
  • Sony teams up with leading accessory makers to make cases for Xperia devices. [SonyMobile]
  • HTC EVO 4G LTE RUU now available. Sense ROMs soon cometh. [XDA]

 


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Android Overload: Galaxy S3 With Dual-Core Processor and Non-TouchWiz UI Headed To Japan, Pantech P8010 Heads To AT&T and More

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Looks like there’s a healthy fixin’ of the Android Overload for you here tonight. These are all the stories that came past our way from throughout the day, but we couldn’t feature on our homepage. For all the ones that didn’t make the cut, we place them here — in the Android Overload. There’s almost always something here for everyone. So, pull up a chair and dig right in!

  • Peel updated with support for Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread devices. [Play Store Link]
  • Apple’s Siri says Nokia Lumia 900 is world’s best smartphone. Siri quickly patched. [Cnet]
  • Cox looking to sell 700MHz spectrum to AT&T and US Cellular. [PhoneScoop]
  • Antivirus firms says 75% of all mobile malware targets Android users. [Forbes]
  • FCC investigates Verizon over warehousing spectrum concerns. [GigaOM]
  • Pantech P8010 headed to AT&T with S4 processor and LTE. Possible Vega Racer 2 variant. [Engadget]
  • ASUS Padfone benchmarked. Gets an easy 5057 on Quadrant. [NetbookNews]
  • Oracle vs Google jury begins patent deliberation. [Electronista]
  • Galaxy S III with non-TouchWiz UI and dual-core processor headed to NT Docomo (along with 19 other devices) this summer. [SammyHub]


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Show your love for Android with this ridiculous hoodie

New in the Google Store (not the Google Play Store, that’s the Galaxy Nexus) is this $50 hoodie that will let folks know from a mile away how much you really dig Android. It’s green and fuzzy, but the giveaway is a set of antenna and eyeballs atop the hood, placing your head somewhere in the gaping mouth of the mobile operating system’s mascot. We never said it would make you look cool.

Quantities appear to be pretty limited so you will want to jump on this one now if wearing the pelt of an Android is your sort of thing.

[via Google Store | Thanks, Jason!]


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[App Roundup] March 2012 Saw Some Pretty Sweet New Apps, Here’s The 5 We Liked Most

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doubleTwist Alarm Clock

I already know that some of you may be wondering how in the world an alarm app made it into our March roundup for best newly released apps, so let’s start with a simple explanation. DoubleTwist Alarm Clock made our cut for two reasons: it’s quite possibly the most good looking alarm option on the Play Store at the moment and it keeps waking up simple by eliminating many of the useless features we find in other alternatives.

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Honestly, that’s pretty much it. We really dig the minimalist approach that the developers took with this. It …

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Galaxy Emerge, Stellar and Halo Receive Trademark Filings From Samsung

Looks like Samsung is not ready let up on their “Galaxy” branding anytime soon. New trademark filings from the giant handset manufacturer have been listed over at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the mobile phones and smartphones categories. Among them are the Galaxy Emerge, SN=85558647, Galaxy Stellar SN=85558639 and the Galaxy Halo SN=85558619. No other details have surfaced as of yet but stay tuned as we dig a little deeper. We’ll see soon enough whether or not any of these names actually come to fruition. They’ll be joining the ranks with names such as the Galaxy Axiom, Galaxy Rite, Galaxy Heir and Galaxy Awaken.

source: MobileSyrup

 


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FCC Passes Huawei Prism (U8651T), Headed For T-Mobile

 

T-Mobile is apparently gearing up to launch another mid-range device on the network as FCC filings reveal Huawei’s new “Prism”, model number U8651T.  The device has passed certification and closely resembles the Huawei Sonic we saw last year which launched on Magenta.  Nothing special to note here folks as the device appears to house simple yet doable standards.  Expect a 3.5-inch display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and 512 MB of RAM.  Should make for a decent little guy on the network we’re guessing.  Stay tuned as we dig for more specs like whether or not the device will be capable of hitting T-Mobile’s 42 Mbps. Until then, feel free to speculate in the comments below.

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Even Fujitsu has a Tegra 3, Ice Cream Sandwich prototype device at MWC

When events like MWC get under way, there is often too much for any site or team to ever see it all. Having attended CES twice now, I can easily see why you see the same stuff get posted multiple times, while the smart ones dig up the un-eventful. For instance, IntoMobile found a little nugget that wasn’t part of a huge press event. If you want people to see what you are up to in the mobile space, MWC is the only place to do it.

Fujitsu may not be synonymous with Android as a major player, at least not stateside. They do have a few tablets internationally that seem to be big hits among the business minded.  They did just so happen to have prototype device on display in Barcelona though. The device is still unofficially named at this point, but some say it is to be called the F12 Arc. The nifty little spec sheet they have hanging with it outlines some of the key features of the device

  • 13.1MP high sensitive (ISO25600) camera
  • 4.6-inch 720p super high-resolution screen
  • Tegra 3 1.4Ghz quad-core + 12 GPU
  • Waterproof and dust proof.
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

There are a few oddities about the device though. In its current form there is no 3.5mm headphone jack. Suggesting additional accessories could be provided using Bluetooth. That would alleviate the use of our headphones and external speakers though, so that could be a drawback. It also uses three physical button on the front rather than the capacitive touch buttons we have grown accustomed too. The camera sounds great, and yes, it has a flash. With additional features like an extendable antennae for TV signal, puts this device as a Japan release only. It is a pretty interesting device though. Check out a few more photos and what IntoMobile thought about it. 

Source: IntoMobile

 

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Skype update brings new calling interface, video calling for Samsung Epic 4G Touch

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A new Skype update has been released to the Android Market and is now available for download. If you''re a Samsung Epic 4G Touch owner this release will certainly be of interest to you as it includes video calling for your device. Skype didn't stop there though, they went on to revamp the calling UI a little and addressed some previous bugs within the app. You can jump on past the break for the download link.

*Update* – Looks like they didn't update the change log. Grr.. Google needs to make it mandatory for updates, carry on until we dig up what's new.

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Samsung 2011 Q4 earnings: $42 billion in sales, $4.7bn profit, 40% was from mobile

Another earnings call is going on as we speak. Samsung is busy adding up all their sales, counting their pennies (or million dollar bills) and are posting their reports for Q4 2011. With a strong year over year, and quarter of quarter we are seeing some impressive numbers. Many of which comes directly from their smartphone sales.

Samsung does a lot more than just mobile so their numbers will be much different than most in the Android world but we’ll go ahead and dig through them anyways. They mention an extremely strong quarter thanks to high sales of the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Nexus just to name a few highlights. Samsung is claiming $4.7 billion in profits for Q4, almost 2 billion more than last year. A large part thanks to the over 300 million smartphones they sold.

With all the semiconductor sales and TV panels from Samsung they did mention that while sales were good, a large portion of profits were exclusively from mobile sales. Reporting around half of their sales ($21 billion) and 40% of their profit coming directly from mobile alone. Most of which is Android-powered smartphones — although they did sell a few WP7 devices too from what I’ve heard.

With numbers like these it’s no wonder Apple has been attacking them on all fronts. When someone sells 300 million smartphones you start to take notice. One important note is the fact that Samsung’s own Younghee Lee specifically mentioned that while Q1 2012 will decline in mobile, they expect another solid quarter with two upcoming Samsung devices for the US. That being the AT&T Galaxy Note, and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE. We’ve heard plenty about the 7.7″ Galaxy Tab, but it appears they’ve just confirmed we’ll be seeing it this quarter.

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Samsung SCH-R930 Makes Its Way Through The FCC Sporting LTE Bands, US Cellular Bound

Well, US Cellular wasn’t lying when they said they would be kicking off an LTE enabled smartphone this April.  The proof is in the pudding as they say and it looks like Samsung will be the device’s manufacturer.  Dubbed the SCH-R930, it’s been revealed via an FCC filing that LTE is indeed on board.  Pocketnow scooped the news on the device back in Sept and it appears that we could be looking at a Samsung Galaxy Indulge-esque device.  Here’s to hoping however, that Sammy brings their A-Game and adds a little pizzazz to it first.  Stay tuned as we dig a little deeper on specs, pricing and availability for you.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.


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Meizu MX first hands-on!

While the rest of Hong Kong were enjoying their dim sum breakfast, we’ve been busy fiddling with the freshly delivered Meizu MX due out on January 1st. As expected, the customized Android 2.3.5 (dubbed Flyme OS) is pretty slick on that 1.4GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 4210 and 1GB of RAM, but we keep an eye on the consistency of its performance. Compared to the smaller M9, we’re hugely impressed by this successor’s solid build quality — the white crystal casing on the back gives out a premium feel and look, though only time will tell how scratch-resistant it is. Likewise, we also dig the booklet or CD album-like packaging — you can see it all in our hands-on gallery below.

There’s much to be loved about the four-inch 960 x 640 ASV LCD — the slight decrease in pixel density really isn’t as noticeable as expected, still giving a sharp image in addition to a slightly wider viewing angle plus color gamut. Alas, many of our camera stills so far seem to be infected by a green hue, though our sample 1080p video clip’s in good shape. Here’s hoping that Meizu will still be able to tweak that eight megapixel camera before the official launch. Until then, check out our hands-on video after the break (where you can see Meizu’s pretty rad “patented situation-aware bottom light keys” in action), and stay tuned for our upcoming review.

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Android Overload: Mobicity Offering Galaxy Nexus For $830, Moto RAZR Launching In UK Nov 1st and More

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Still suffering from what feels like an Ice Cream Sandwich brain freeze (or hang over), we tried our best to get out as many stories as possible throughout our day. In effort to keep you, our readers, always informed, we’ve grouped all the stories that somehow managed to slip through the cracks here, in the Android Overload. So pull up a seat and dig right in. Found a story of particular interest? Leave your thoughts in the comments. Goodnight everyone!

  • ARM’s new A7 processors to work in conjunction with more powerful A15′s. Due in 2013. [TechCrunch]
  • Mobicity offering up the Galaxy Nexus for $830 in Australia. [Mobicity]
  • Kernel source for Mytouch 4G Slide is released. [HTCDev]
  • T-Mobile G2 gets a quick maintenance upgrade. [CPS]
  • The Motorola RAZR is launching in the UK November 1st. [EuroDroid]
  • Archos G9 tablets have gotten maintenance updates.
  • Huawei Mediapad passes through the FCC for T-Mobile.
  • An update to Android 2.3.4 is available for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. [XperiaBlog]
  • Bluegrass Cellular has picked up the Samsung Admire.

 


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LG Optimus Hub Passes Through The FCC

LG is still spittin’ them out.  Latest to grace the hands of the FCC and pass with flying colors is the LG Optimus Hub aka “Univa” and “Optimus Two”.  Though the device is sporting yesterday’s specs, it’s beginning to grow on people.  The device is not yet available in the US as far as we know, but it’s clear that its arrival is coming shortly.  After some digging, it’s being reported that the device is sporting 1900 and 850 MHz bands like that of compatibility with AT&T in the US or possibly carriers up north such as Bell, Rogers and Tellus.  Only time will tell how this little budget friendly device will pan out.  So stay tuned to Talk Android as we dig a little deeper on a release date and pricing.  Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below.

LG Optimus Hub Passes Through The FCC


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Android Overload: YouTube Finally Settles With Music Publishers, Sprint Making Changes To Your Contract and More

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Why, hello everyone. I feel like this has been a longer week than usual jam packed with so much Android news as of late. But what happens to all those stories that never make it onto our front page? Are they lost forever in the abyss of the world wide web? No! We bring them to you in the Android Overload. This is our way of keeping you up-to-date on every bit of news we could scrounge up during the day. So, pull up a seat and dig right in!

  • After 4 years of litigation, YouTube finally settles with music publishers. Will continue to host songs. [RWW]
  • Dell looking into both Windows 8 and Android for their future tablets. [Bloomberg]
  • Android 2.3.4 update is available for the HTC Sensation on Vodafone. [EuroDroid]
  • Sprint is making changes to your contract. May let you off without paying an “Early Termination Fee.” Thanks, Kawang! [SlickDeals]
  • Shareholder sues Motorola Mobility claiming they sold themselves to Google for much too cheap. [BusinessWeek]
  • Home of Google’s Eric Schmidt to host Kim Kardashian’s wedding. [AllThingsD]
  • EISA awards Acer Iconia Tab A500 the European Tablet 2011-2012 award. [3G]
  • In more Verizon strike news, striking workers will cease to receive health benefits on August 31st. [BGR]


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Android Vs iPhone Map Reveals Interesting Information

While we constantly report on the top research firms in the wireless industry like Comscore, Nielsen, Millennial Media, IDC, Strategy Analytics and more, the message has become clear.  Android is dominating in the United States.  While numbers can be forced out all the time, nothing shows things off better than a picture.

This image from jumptap and reporting on by the Silicon Alley Insider, clearly shows where Android dominates vs iPhone and even Blackberry.  If you count the states it shows a pretty even count however when you dig into it, the influential states in a presidential election are the “green states”.

California, Texas, Florida, Nevada even Washington State and Pennsylvania are Android states.  Apple’s iPhone has a clear win in the most north eastern part of the United States.  New York, the business epicenter of the world is still dominated by Blackberry as is Maryland and Virginia with their strong concentration of federal government.

One things for sure, whoever wants to win the next election better have an Android app.

source: SAI

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Web based Android Market adds installation trend charts

The Android Market has been making all kinds of changes lately. They completely revamped the mobile site and added support for multiple APKs. The web version added device compatibility checks, and now they have added a visual chart showing the installation trend for the last 30 days for each app.

To me the most important gauge is how many downloads an app has. That is how you know if a lot of people really dig it. Of course, you have to factor in how long the app has been out.

These trend charts might also be helpful because, in theory, it could give you an indication that it might be time to give certain apps a try, especially after major updates. You can see an example of this with the above chart for Evernote, which recently had a major update supporting tablets.

Web based Android Market adds installation trend charts


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[LWP] PhotoWall Live Wallpaper – Turn Your Wallpaper into a Customize-able Slideshow

Many users out there take 100′s of photos every week. You share them on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and many other places. Often times we dig our phone out of our pocket to show a friend of family member a bunch of photos we have taken with our devices and their amazing camera. Wouldn’t it be nice to have something that was a constant reminder of your life in photography? That’s where PhotoWall steps in to help make life a little more fun.

It is a live wallpaper application with perks. You can link it to your phones gallery, Facebook photos, your friends Facebook photos and Picasa. The app lets you add in photo effects as well. Take a look -

  Of course you are going to want to move any…. questionable pictures out of the source folders to avoid any embarrassing moments. You can pick the basic app up for free in the market. Larva Labs also has an ‘upgrade’ version for $0.99. If you were to purchase it you will gain 3 new layouts and 7 more photo effects.

Now if they can integrate the photos section of Google+, I would sit and stare at my phone for hours.

Summary and Downloads:

Application: PhotoWall Live Wallpaper
Developer: Larva Labs Ltd.
Cost: FREE

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Netflix on the Nook Color, Honeycomb coming to the Galaxy Tab [from the forums]

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A new week, new devices and plenty of news right out of the gates. Always nice when the week starts off awesome. If you’ve not done so today, be sure to hop on into the Android Central forums and dig around — lots of talk of rumored devices, new ROMS and more to discuss.

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Check it out! Latest images of the Droid X2

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What you see in the above image is the Motorola Droid X2, which is yet to be announced.

If you take a look at this thing and compare it to your Droid X, you’ll probably not find many differences unless you dig deeper in to the guts of the device. The Droid X2 is said to come equipt with Android OS Froyo, NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 540 x 960 Res, New Moto Blur. Via the exterior it still isn’t obvious whether this device carry LTE.

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Check it out! Latest images of the Droid X2


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