Posts Tagged Ice

What I’m playing this week: Icebreaker

Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage is a puzzle game that involves slicing through blocks of ice in order to get abandoned vikings to their longboats. Those blocks of ice can be smashed up if they get to the boat after sliding or swinging across the stage, since our hapless hero is there at the ready with an oversized hammer. There are bonus chests scattered around the level full of coins which can be used to unlock new branching stages, provided you can get it to the boat without burning through too many slices. Every stage has a set number of coins to collect, as well as an occasional Play Games achievement to earn.



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SwiftKey update brings holiday “Ice” theme and bug fixes

The latest SwiftKey update has arrived in the Play Store and as we sometimes see given the time of year, this one includes some holiday cheer. Specifically, the folks at SwiftKey have added a new theme called Ice. The overall color of the Ice theme is blue, however you will get a bit of something extra when you begin typing.

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Sitting just above is what the Ice keyboard looks like before you begin using it. As you type, or swipe through your words, the keyboard has falling snow. The snow falls as you type out your words and to some extent, even builds up along the bottom just below the space bar. You can see the Ice theme with snow in the image sitting below.

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SwiftKey users can switch to the Ice theme by heading into the settings. That means either tapping and holding the 123 key in the bottom left of the keyboard, or launching the SwiftKey app from the app drawer. Either way, you want to head to the option for themes and select Ice.

Other changes that come along with this most recent update include the simplified installer we saw with the beta 4.4 release, improved language pack management and some bug fixes and general improvements. The bug fixes break down as follows;

  • Fixed a bug with punctuation where the symbols weren’t inserted in some situations
  • Improved performance while switching fields or after sending messages in some apps
  • Fixed several instances of Force Closes in the app
  • Fixed last column of the keyboard being cut on smileys layout
  • Fixed a bug in Hangouts for the keyboard not inserting text after an emoticon
  • Fixed a bug in the installer summary screen where if you tap themes twice in quick successions, it opened two instances of the Settings
  • Keyboard doesn’t hide the field when signing into Cloud anymore
  • Not showing notifications on Cloud screen during installation anymore

Looking outside of this Play Store release for SwiftKey, there was also a recent beta release. That one arrived as beta 4.5 and included an optional number row and support for emoji. SwiftKey beta 4.5 is available for those looking to do a bit of playing testing, but it cannot be found from the Play Store. As it has been in the past, the SwiftKey beta releases need to be side loaded and those APK files can be found on the SwiftKey blog (link below).

SOURCE: SwiftKey Blog, Google Play Store

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HTC One SV now available on Clove UK

HTC announced that it would bring the One SV to the UK, and they’ve made good on that promise. Clove UK is now carrying the LTE-equipped, 4.3 inch, Snapdragon-wielding device, sim-unlocked and available in white and blue. It unfortunately is still running Ice Cream Sandwich, but we’ve seen some leaks that say it’ll get the Jelly Bean update, hopefully sooner rather than later. Now cross your fingers and hope it makes its way to the US.

source: Clove UK

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Corning announces Gorilla Glass 3 to be demoed at CES 2013

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CES is coming just around the bend and we’re already seeing a flood of announcements from companies not wanting to get lost in mayhem that is Las Vegas. When it comes to smartphone protection, Corning is already sending out press releases for their next iteration of Gorilla Glass, the aptly titled Gorilla Glass 3.

Last year, Corning showed off Gorilla Glass 2 on the show room floor, promising displays 20% thinner, while providing the same level of protection as their initial offering. With Gorilla Glass 3, Corning is promising a glass material even tougher than before (that’s not saying too much). We’re sure to see demos of knives going at smartphone screens with extreme prejudice. Course, as we all know — you can’t intentionally scratch smartphone glass, it only happens when you’re not looking.

Want to convince me your glass is durable? Place it inside my girl friend’s purse for 1 day and watch it come out looking like a ice rink after a long hockey game. Women. Amirite, guys?

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HTC One SV now available on Clove UK

HTC announced that it would bring the One SV to the UK, and they’ve made good on that promise. Clove UK is now carrying the LTE-equipped, 4.3 inch, Snapdragon-wielding device, sim-unlocked and available in white and blue. It unfortunately is still running Ice Cream Sandwich, but we’ve seen some leaks that say it’ll get the Jelly Bean update, hopefully sooner rather than later. Now cross your fingers and hope it makes its way to the US.

source: Clove UK

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Thursday Poll: What Version of Android is Your Phone Running?

Lots of folks are starting to update to Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, so we think it’s a good time to find out what version of Android you are all currently running. If you want to know how to check your version of Android, open up your Settings menu. Go to “About Phone” and [...]

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MetroPCS announces the ZTE Avid 4G for $149

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MetroPCS has announced a new phone today, the ZTE Avid 4G, which is a 4G LTE phone that costs $149.

The Avid 4G sports:

  • 4G LTE
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 4-inch screen
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 5MP camera
  • 2.3GB of internal memory
  • 32GB of external memory

The Avid 4G is eligible for any of MetroPCS's 4G LTE plans, including a promotional plans, where the carrier is offering the service for as low as $30 and unlimited for $55.

So MetroPCS customers, who's looking to pick one of these up before the holidays?

Source: PRNewswire

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AT&T Galaxy S II getting a 4.0.4 update

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The AT&T Galaxy S II got updated to Ice Cream Sandwich this past June, but tonight there are reports of users getting a slight version bump to Android 4.0.4. The LK3 update can be retrieved from Kies, but luckily users are saying they downloaded it OTA as well.

There is no change log available, and so far nobody has found much difference from 4.0.3. We doubt that the Exynos patch is included, but we'll have to wait until more people get it installed so someone can check. Of course even the smallest bug fixes and security adjustments are appreciated.

Source: XDA. Thanks, Matt!

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HTC on Twitter: Thunderbolt Ice Cream Sandwich Update Will be Here “Soon”

The HTC Thunderbolt was originally supposed to receive its Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) update by the end of August. As we all know, that didn’t exactly happen. So here we are, approaching the end of 2012 and the update is still nowhere in sight. HTC is well aware that they missed their deadline and assure [...]

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US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency planning to test BB10

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Thorsten Heins‘ tearful late-night calls to the head of the US Customs and Enforcement Agency (ICE) seems to have done the trick. While the well-named bureau won’t confirm if BlackBerry 10 has convinced it to abandon its well-publicized switch to the iPhone, it has admitted that it’ll test RIM’s new offering when it launches next year. Perhaps those forgetful G-Persons had their heads turned when they saw how deeply Evernote was baked into the new operating system.

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Source: Reuters

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Eternity Warrior 2 update to bring dragons into the mix [VIDEO]

An epic RPG just isn’t an epic RPG without dragons, right? Well, Glu Mobile feels the same and that’s why they’ve brought an epic new update for Eternity Warrior 2. Today’s update brings dragon battles, so you and your companions will have your hands full taking on these ghastly, grotesque creates which stand about 30 times larger than you.

The dragons have a number of different attacks for you to dispel. No longer is fire the only thing standing between you and the slaying of your lifetime — some of these dragons will shoot ice at you, too. How’s that for turning an age-old concept onto its head? Battles take place in a new environment called Dragon’s Lair, and the game’s core top-down view has been replaced with a more level, third-person camera so you can see just how massive the creatures are.

Alongside all of that, you can now level characters up to level 70, there are new quests to complete, new achievements to obtain, and new weapons and armor to brandish. There’s also a new point system. You’ll get Renown Points with each quest and battle you complete. Renown Points add a leaderboard element so you and your friends can see how much you’ve gotten around, and the points can also be used to unlock special features and characters.

Unfortunately all this goodness isn’t out just yet, but we’re told it’ll be here before the new year so the wait won’t be long. In the meantime be sure to get a taste of what’s to come in the teaser trailer above.

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Fuhu’s 5″ nabi Jr. Tegra-Powered Children’s Tablet, Starting at Just $99

Looking to pick your kid up an inexpensive, yet completely power-packed children’s tablet this holiday season? Fuhu, a manufacturer that dedicates their time to creating tech just for kids, has launched the nabi Jr., powered by NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra processor. The tablet features a 5″ (840 x 400) touchscreen display (quite small), Ice Cream Sandwich, and [...]

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How to enable Gmail 4.2 swipe and zoom features

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Starting today, that fancy new Gmail update — version 4.2 — is bringing the much-requested features of pinch-to-zoom and swipe-to-delete to any device running Ice Cream Sandwich or later. But curiously, the best settings and features aren't even enabled by default.

So how do you turn those settings on? It just takes a few extra taps into the settings menu, so read on and see how.

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Android Distribution Numbers Updated for December – Same Gingerbread Story, Just Another Month

Until Gingerbread falls below 50% on the Android distribution charts, I’m going to continue to use the same post title for these stories over and over again. When did we get Android 2.3? Two years ago? Yep, two years ago, and it’s still dominating the Android platform. While Ice Cream Sandwich has slowly climbed to 27.5% [...]

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How to: Enable Pinch-to-Zoom in Gmail [Beginners' Guide]

With Google’s update of Gmail today, everyone running Ice Cream Sandwich and above can take advantage of the new pinch-to-zoom and swipe-to-delete features. The feature does not come automatically enabled and must be turned on manually in order to be used, which seemed to confuse a few people who were trying to pinch on every [...]

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Frankie Frost is Dead Zebra’s Android collectible for the Christmas season

Our friends at Dead Zebra have been busy since releasing Werewolf, the sporty Android collectible that was made available for the holiday season. The team endured hurricane Sandy, thankfully, and went to town on releasing its special Android collectible design for Christmas — Frankie Frost.

Designed by Scott Tolleson, Frankie Frost embodies everything the wintry atmosphere of the Christmas season has to offer. Snow flakes, ice and the bluish tone of cold weather all shine through with this design, and it would look great up against any desk ornaments throughout the holiday season. The only thing that could have made Frankie better is a hook to hang him onto a fresh pine tree.

You can own one for just $10, and the buying period will be split into two: 11am PST on December 6th, then exactly 12 hours later for another round on that same day. These tend to go fast so Dead Zebra is limiting these to two per household — sorry, no hording for eBay, folks.

The collectible will begin shipping December 10th, so it should be in folks’ homes in time for Christmas (though those of you outside the US will want to select faster shipping times as delays could push delivery past December). Be sure to bookmark Dead Zebra’s site and return on the aforementioned day at the aforementioned time to secure yours.

[via DYZPlastic]


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Hoth Update Now Live for Angry Birds Star Wars

The update for Angry Birds Star Wars that introduces the Hoth episode is now live on Google Play. It’s filled with 4-legged walkers (AT-AT), ice, 20 new levels, and the pink Princess Leia bird. I hate to keep admitting this, but this is by far the best Angry Birds yet. For those with a DROID [...]

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Video: Unboxing and Hands-on With The LG Spectrum 2

Verizon and LG were kind enough to send us out the brand new Spectrum 2 that features some decent mid-range specs that sound good when read out loud. It has a very crisp 720p IPS display, 4G LTE, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, Ice Cream Sandwich, 8MP back-facing camera, and wireless charging capabilities.  Now, [...]

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HTC Gives Hope to Incredible 2 Owners Waiting for Ice Cream Sandwich

Yes, folks, there is still hope for the DROID Incredible 2. After missing a self-imposed deadline to update the device to Ice Cream Sandwich, HTC has been semi-quiet on whether or not an update was still in the works. We were assuming at this point that it and the Thunderbolt were never going to be [...]

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Archos introduces the 13.3-inch FamilyPad, arrives in the UK for £274.99 starting in December

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Archos has now introduced their latest tablet to the world. The Archos FamilyPad as it shall be called is 13.3-inches of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and aims to help you and your family capture some family time thanks to its size and 1280×800 HD display. The idea here being that the whole family can crowd around it and partake in activities.

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Android AOSP 4.2 keyboard now available in the Play Store

Been fancying the new gesture-enabled keyboard that debuted with Android 4.2? There’s no need to fret; the stock AOSP keyboard is now available to download in the Play Store. The keyboard replacement brings all the same features you’d expect to receive if you were running it on an Android 4.2 device, including Swype-like typing.

Currently, the keyboard is officially supported on devices running Android 4.1 and above, though some users are reporting that they have been able to install it on earlier builds of Ice Cream Sandwich. Additionally, the developer hopes to backport the new AOSP keyboard to Gingerbread devices, but of course there are no guarantees. Snap the QR code or hit the Play Store download link below to get in on the action.

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Beautiful Widgets 5.0 on the Way, Here is a Sneak Peek

This morning, the developers of Beautiful Widgets, one of the oldest and most popular widget apps on Android, released a preview of their upcoming major 5.0 update. The application has been completely re-written, which shows as it sports the ultra-clean holo theme look that was introduced with Ice Cream Sandwich. Based on the pictures they [...]

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Sprint ZTE Flash Announced

ZTE? Yeah, the Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Corporationalso known as ZTE has announced their latest device called the Flash on Sprint. ZTE hasn’t released too many devices in the U.S., so this is something that’s we’re not used to seeing. At $129 with a two-year upgrade, it’s a decently priced mid-range device. Sprint is spot-on with their tagline, “Best-in-class camera at a reasonable price.”

Full specs include:

  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.5-inch 720p HD display, 24bit Color, IPS Technology
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 processor
  • Mobile hotspot for eight devices
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 12.6MP rear-facing camera with auto focus, LED flash with ISO 100-800
  • 1MP front-facing camera with 720p recording
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1780mAh battery
  • 8GB ROM
  • 1GB RAM
  • MicroSD slot

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Verizon Announces Samsung Stratosphere II – QWERTY Keyboard, 4G LTE, and 1.2GHz Dual-Core Chip

Today, Samsung and Verizon have officially unveiled the Stratosphere II. The device will become available in following weeks, featuring some pretty decent specs for a mid-range smartphone. For $129 on a new two year agreement, the device sports a 4.0″ AMOLED display, full QWERTY keyboard for the texting addicts, Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and access [...]

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AT&T’s Samsung Captivate Glide gets Ice Cream Sandwich on Nov. 10

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AT&T this morning announced that the Samsung Captivate Glide — the 4-inch QWERTY we first saw about a year ago — will get its update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich starting this Sunday. It doesn't look like it'll be made available over the air — it's still 2012, right? — and instead you'll have to go to a Samsung update page, which at the time of this writing still says the update is on hold. 

Source: AT&T

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Ice Cream Sandwich headed to Sprint’s LG Viper

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for Sprint’s LG Viper 4G LTE has commenced with users now receiving a notification to expect the new software to arrive within the next two weeks. The Android 4.0 build is tagged as version ZVI and includes such enhancements as Ice Cream Sandwich’s updated user interface, new lock screen with Face Unlock, an improved camera, and more.

Viper owners can expect the update to be downloaded automatically when its ready. If you have already received the new software, let us know what you think!


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2.7 percent of Android devices now run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Following up on the IDC report earlier today that showed 75-percent of all smartphones shipped in Q3 ran Android, Google has now released their monthly platform version numbers. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich saw a little movement and now sits at 25.8-percent while Android 4.1 Jelly Bean saw a jump from 1.8-percent going up to 2.7-percent. From here on out, we'll continue to see Jelly Bean rise especially with Samsung steadily rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates to the Samsung Galaxy S3 Globally.

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Google Updates Android Distribution Numbers for November, Jelly Bean Up to 2.7%

It’s the first of the month which means Google has updated the Android distribution numbers from the previous month. As you would expect, Jelly Bean’s share has jumped slightly to 2.7%. Since there are so few phones running 4.1, the slight bump from 1.8% makes perfect sense. The Ice Cream Sandwich share saw a solid [...]

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Huawei Ascend G300 Android 4.0 update released by Vodafone UK

After a few months of slightly unofficial availability, Vodafone has now started pushing its “Ice Cream Sandwich” update for the popular Huawei Ascend G300 out via the standard over-the-air update method for those who bought the cheap Android model through the network.

There seems to be quite a fiddly method outlined by the network which involves installing an initial update for the G300′s 2.3 software which will then let users install the 4.0 code…

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…with the end result being a phone that’s definitely worth its £100 super-bargain price tag. Read all about the update process over on Vodafone’s forum.

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Archos unveils new 80 Cobalt tablet

We’ve got a flood of tablets incoming from a bunch of different manufacturers thanks to the holiday shopping season, and today Archos added one more tablet to the already long list. Say hello to the Archos 80 Cobalt, a tablet that probably won’t be burning up the benchmarks but might be worth having a look at nonetheless. That’s especially true if you’re in the market for an inexpensive tablet, as we’re thinking the 80 Cobalt’s specs won’t exactly demand a high price tag.


The Archos 80 Cobalt comes equipped with an unnamed dual-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz and a quad-core GPU. Those are working alongside 1GB of RAM, and the 80 Cobalt comes running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. It also sports an 8-inch capacative touch screen running at 1024 x 768 resolution, so there’s not all that much to write home about when it comes to the display.

However, the Archos 80 does feature a rear-facing camera, though that snapper only weighs in at two-megapixels. In other words, even though you’ve got a rear camera to take advantage of, it might not be the best idea to use it as your main shooter. On the inside, we’ve got 8GB of flash memory, but you can expand on that thanks to the micro SDHC slot Archos has chosen to include.

So, there isn’t too much to make the Archos 80 Cobalt stand out from the crowd, but we’re assuming that these lower-end specs will mean a low price. That will be the main draw of the 80 Cobalt, but at the moment, Archos hasn’t given any release or information. We’ll be sure to update once Archos dishes those details, so keep it tuned here to Android Community for more!

[via Archos]


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