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Android Central 121: CES preview, Ubuntu is back(ish)

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How we’re tracking Santa on Android this Christmas Eve

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There's a plethora of ways to track Santa Claus online today. Here are the two I'm thrusting at my kids.

  • Google Earth: Everybody's favorite 3D(ish) map app is, of course, tracking that jolly fat guy in the red suit. It's available both in the desktop version as well as on your phone. Look for the "Follow Santa" link in the Tour Guide section. Download Google Earth here.
  • Google Santa Tracker: This one's also available on your phone or in a desktop browser. It's more two-dimensional, but I think it's a little more fun for the kids, too. Looks more like a tracker and less like a "Hey, look, we've slapped Santa on Google Earth" type of thing. Get the Android app here, and check it out in your browser here.

And be sure to remind your kids that he can see them when they're fighting over your phone.

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BEST DEALS: Kindle Fire down to £99

As part of the US shopping phenomenon known as Black Friday, the UK arm of Amazon is also selling quite a bit of stuff on the cheap – including shaving a big lump of cash off the asking price of its just-launched-here Kindle Fire tablet.

You can pick up the locked-down Kindle Fire Android (ish) tablet for just £99 through the site over this weekend, which puts the lower-spec Kindle Fire tablet right among the contenders when it comes deciding on this year’s best Christmas present for slightly spoilt kids.

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The Kindle Fire HD is still fetching £159 though. Not that we’d really recommend either, as being stuck with Amazon’s UI for the rest of 2013 isn’t hugely appealing. Buy the Kindle Fire here if you wish. Would do well for a mum or dad.

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Review: EpicHearts is Rather Epic iOS RPG for Adventure Fans

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It’s not all that uncommon to find “RPG – ish” or “RPG-esque” games for iOS. Many RPG inspired games have some elements of a true role-playing , but in the case of EpicHearts you actually get a RPG in the true sense of the term and an amazingly in-depth game with a pretty solid story line, lovely Korean-style artwork and quite a bit of immersion to boot. To begin with, EpicHearts has 8 different worlds to explore and well over 200 objectives or quests to complete. When you add in a story line about defending and characters with a bit of personality and chemistry, you wind up with a solid game. (more…)

Finish reading “EpicHearts is Rather Epic iOS RPG for Adventure Fans” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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Sprint quietly launches ZTE Flash with 12.6MP camera and vanilla(ish) Android

Sprint quietly launches ZTE Flash with 126MP camera and vanillaish Android

Sprint and ZTE decided not to hold a fancy get together to announce the Flash. Heck, there wasn’t even really proper PR. The ICS-sporting handset simply popped up in the online store and a spec sheet was sent out over the wire for those interested enough in mid-range Android devices to pay attention. The leak that caught our attention a couple of weeks back turns out to be spot on — the 4.5-inch phone is running what looks to be a pretty vanilla build of Ice Cream Sandwich on a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon and 1GB of RAM. There’s also plenty of little niceties included, like NFC (fingers crossed for Google Wallet!), Bluetooth 4.0, LTE and a microSD expansion slot to complement the reasonably paltry 8GB of internal storage. Oh, and that display — it’s IPS and HD, so expect nice viewing angles and crisp images. The two biggest bullet points here, though, are the eco-friendly design and that massive 12.6 megapixel sensor. You can pick one up now for $130 with a $50 mail-in rebate. The complete data sheet awaits you after the break.

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[Update] EVO Shift Tool Kit Updated to v5.0 Turbo for Latest OTA

The HTC EVO Shift 4G, remember that device? Well it was first released through Sprint on January 9, 2011 and there’s many folks who still have one. Development continues steadily…ish. Well, if you ever received its latest 2.3.4 OTA update (Gingerbread), achieving S-OFF was somewhat of a task and you had use HTCdev unlock. That was until now.

Notorious developer, personal friend, and Team Evil leader, Evil_DevNull updated his EVO Shift Tool Kit from v3.5 to 5.0, specifically for the latest 2.3.4 OTA update (OTA 2.77.651.8). What this will do is downgrade an EVO Shift from 2.3.4 to 2.2; give it S-OFF; install ClockworkMOD recovery; and re-install 2.3.4 with Superuser, Busybox, and the latest radios all with a few clicks all while circumventing the need to use HTCdev unlock. It’s entirely designed with the end-user in mind and is really easy to do.

This Tool Kit is for Windows only and has been tested to work with Windows XP Home and Pro, Windows Vista (Home – Ultimate) 32/64bit, and Windows 7 (Home – Ultimate) 32 /64 bit. The only catch is that it’ll cost you the price of a movie ticket. Yes, Evil is asking $10.61 for his kit, which is the same price as it always has been on previous versions. What this gets you though is 24/7 tech-support, should you need it either through Skype or Gmail. And considering his success rate of 100% on purchased kits and has ten pages of positive feedback (go ahead and read all of the comments for yourself), that’s not a bad deal at all. Note though, the Tool Kit will be upgraded in the next week or so and it will install TWRP recovery instead of CWM, so anyone who purchases the CWM version will get an automated TWRP flashing EXE after it’s released.

Go check it out for yourself.

Here’s an older version of the Tool Kit in action to see for yourself, it impressed wwjoshdew:

 

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Voxel Invaders Is A Galaga-Like Space Shooter That Thinks Two Dimensions Just Isn’t Enough

voxeltinyYou seen one top-scrolling space shooter, you’ve seen ‘em all, am I right? No, as a matter of fact, I am not. Voxel Invaders is here to prove that. Take a look at the trailer below and you see that the game starts off simple enough. Some nice, 3D-ish graphics adorn an otherwise banal battleground. Or so it seems. Until around ten seconds into the video, when the world shifts and we see things from a whole new perspective.

It’s not just a plane change here, either. Voxel Invaders incorporates elements from a variety of different retro and modern game styles for an elaborate experience.

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First CyanogenMod 10 Nightly Officially Arrives For The Tegra 3 One X

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CyanogenMod 10 nightlies have finally landed for the international version of HTC’s One X, and you can download the first build right here. As the owner of such a One X, I find myself particularly interested in this bit of news, because I’m rather curious how much better this phone will be running stock[-ish] Jelly Bean. The One X is a truly fantastic piece of hardware, but its software has always left something to be desired, especially after you’ve lived with Sense 4.0 for a few months.

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Hit up the source link to download the latest build now. And don’t forget to back up before you flash – nightly builds can be a bumpy ride, especially early in the release cycle.

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[Deal Alert] Nexus 7 16GB For $250 With Free Case And Shipping From eBay Daily Deals

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If you haven’t already bought a Nexus 7, you’re missing out. It’s easily the best Android tablet on the market, bar none. For today only, you can score a 16GB Nexus 7 with official case and free shipping for $250. While the price isn’t any different than the 16GB version directly from the Play Store, at least you’re getting some freebies out of the deal – roughly a $30(ish) value.

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One notable thing about this deal is that you have the choice of either a gray or blue case, the latter of which hasn’t even arrived in the Play Store yet.

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HTC Proto Is Now The Desire X – Pictured In The Wild Along With Specs

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It was barely last week that we caught glimpse of the purported “HTC Proto,” a mid-range device to fill in a gap left open when HTC introduced their One series of handsets. Fast forward to today where we’re now seeing official retail docs emerge, showing us the official specs of the device, along with a brand new name: the HTC Desire X.

Design wise, we’re looking at a baby version of One X with what appears to a polycarbonate non-removable back cover coming in either navy blue or white color varieties. According to the leaked doc, the Desire X will nestle itself snugly in between the high(ish)-end One S, and its lower-end sibling, the One V. Here’s some quick bullet points:

  • 4-inch 800×480 Super LCD display
  • 5MP camera, AF, LED flash, BSI sensor, F2.0, 28mm, WVGA video recording, HTC ImageChip
  • 1 GHz dual-core (S3?)
  • 4GB internal storage, 768MB RAM, microSD slot, Dropbox 25GB for 2 years
  • 1650 mAh battery(removable)
  • Beats Audio
  • Android 4.0.4 with Sense 4.1
  • 114g, 118.5 x 62.3 x 9.3 mm
  • HSPA/WCDMA(Asia/Europe  900/2100 MHz), GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

Above you can see the Desire X side-by-side with the One X, trademark HTC stylings and all. There’s no word if we’ll ever see this device here in the states, but now that the Desire X is out of the bag, here’s to hoping HTC still has that rumored 5-inch phablet hiding under their sleeve for a surprise IFA announcement.

[ePrice | Via Pocketnow]


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Samsung pulls out weapons, asks Apple for $421.8 million for patent infringement

The spotlight is on Motorola right now, as the Google owned company goes on the offensive trying to ban Apple imports. Samsung is pulling out its weapons too, though, and may be getting $421.8 million if Apple is proven guilty.

Sammy has brought three non-major patents to the table, related to e-mail, photo browsing and music playback. As Samsung is not losing sales due to said infringement, Apple would only have to pay for royalties. This means that it will be the same as if they had signed an agreement from the start, adding to $22.8 million in total.

Things get a bit rough once we look at Samsung’s standard-essential patents, which are not cheap to take care of. These patents would account for about 2%-2.75% of net profits, or between $290 and $399 million.

This war is far from being over, so both companies will want to juice each other out as much as they can. There is a possibility Motorola may be discriminating Apple due to their history of rivalry. Apple believes that Motorola should be more reasonable about standard essential patents and offer a sweeter deal. Plus, Cupertino doubts Motorola is charging other companies as much.

But then again, Apple’s demand of over $2.5 billion is also claimed to be an over-estimated figure. So both companies are to be blamed of getting dramatic. We should be seeing a conclusion soon(ish), so be sure that we will be here to let you know what happens.

[Via: The Verge]


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WebMD Releases Android App For Expecting And New Parents: WebMD Baby

WebMD_BabyHaving a baby is a huge task, and anyone who has been there can attest to the fact that there is a ton you have to do ahead of time to prepare – and many times more to keep up with after. Thankfully, there are many resources to help out, like books and magazines, but something a bit more interactive would certainly help things go even smoother. Enter WebMD’s new(ish) Baby app, a comprehensive guide that compiles and organizes the relevant information from WebMD’s absolute plethora.

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The first time you start up the app, you’re prompted to login. Once you do so, it asks you to add information on your baby.

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MetroPCS turns on voice over LTE ahead of the big players

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MetroPCS has become the first operator to enable voice over LTE (VoLTE) service, with the LG Connect 4G in and around Dallas, Texas being the first handset to support it. MetroPCS was also the first carrier in the U.S. to offer LTE data services, ahead of the big names like Verizon and AT&T.

Granted, the footprint is tiny and the user base is small, but it's still no easy feat to present a new(ish) technology to an established network. Right now, the LG Connect 4G is the only capable device, but Metro says that will change in "the coming weeks" along with more locations.

What should users expect? According to Metro, you'll notice clearer calls when in an LTE service area. Since these toys we have are phones, clearer calls is always a good thing. Nice work MetroPCS.

Via: Engadget

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Rogers pledges LTE coverage to 28 more cities by end of year

Rogers pledges LTE coverage to 28 more cities by end of year

Canadian carrier Rogers will be expanding their LTE network to a bunch of new markets before the end of 2012 in the hopes of covering 60% of the Canadian population in 4G-ish goodness. Rogers promises to launch the Sony Xperia Ion sometime this summer to celebrate the expansion. Here's the full list of new coverage areas:

  • Abbotsford
  • Ajax
  • Barrie
  • Burlington
  • Cambridge
  • Edmonton
  • Guelph
  • Hamilton
  • Kelowna
  • Kingston
  • Kitchener
  • London
  • Moncton
  • Niagara
  • Oakville
  • Oshawa
  • Pickering
  • Regina
  • Saskatoon
  • Sherbrooke
  • St. Catherines
  • Sudbury
  • Waterloo
  • Windsor
  • Winnipeg
  • Trois-Rivières
  • Quebec City
  • Victoria

Rogers kicked off LTE in Canada last fall starting with Ottawa, and has since expanded to Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Halifax, and St. John's. Of course, big-name competitors like TELUS and Bell have also launched their shared LTE network, leaving the little regional guys like WIND and Mobilicity to make do with HSPA+. Data isn't that expensive up here anymore – $35/month for 2 GB isn't that bad at all. Of course, you still have to deal with 3-year contracts to get those rates. 

That's a monster of a list of new cities, and combined with the major metropolitan centres already covered, this will put pressure on other carriers to expand. Any Canadians happy to see LTE coming to their town? Any LTE-capable Rogers devices you're itching to get your mitts on? 

Source: Rogers RedBoard

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Acer Iconia Tab A700 Review: This Is What Meh Looks Like In 1080p

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I’m not going to lie: after reviewing the Toshiba Excite 7.7 and declaring the 7(ish)-inch form factor my favorite, it was an incredibly difficult task picking up the A700 and giving it a pure, objective review. It feels clunky, cumbersome, and heavy-as-heck in comparison to the Excite 7.7. Alas, I know there is a market for larger, 10.1″ tablets so I’ve done my best to keep an objective mind with this device because, fact is, not everyone is in love with the smaller form factor the way that I currently am.

With that said, let’s talk a little bit about the A700.

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Korean LG Optimus LTE now getting Android 4.0, is the LG Nitro HD next?

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Like most manufacturers, LG is being especially careful about updating its devices to Android 4.0. Ice Cream Sandwich is a significant update, and we sure want our devices to work properly. And like most devices out there, the majority of LG’s devices are still stuck on Gingerbread or Froyo. Well, the ice creamy update has just started rolling out for the LG Optimus LTE… in Korea.

The OTA update brings Android 4.0.4, along with the “unobtrusive and simple” Optimus UI 3.0.

We are not sure when the rest of LG’s lineup will be treated with this update, but we sure hope things happen soon enough. We can be sure that devices like the LG Optimus Vu and LG Optimus L series will be getting their fix soon(ish).

As for the LG Nitro HD, we do not know when the glorious day will come. Though the device is essentially an LG Optimus LTE for AT&T, one would assume that the update is coming soon. But we know things don’t work that way in the “land of the free.” It is all up to the carriers, in this case: AT&T.

[Source: Ken Hong (Twitter) Via: The Verge]


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Google Will Sell Subsidized Nexus Tablets Directly To Consumers Via Online Webstore [Rumor]

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WSJ is confirming what many of us have suspected all along. According to the Journal, Google will be entering the tablet market with their very own Nexus tablet (possibly more than one) that they will sell directly to consumers via their online webstore. Big “G” wont actually be manufacturing any of this hardware themselves, instead allowing ASUS and Samsung to do all the labor for them. It’s also being said that Google will be subsidizing these tablets, keeping them around a $200-ish price-point where they plan to make up some of the costs through Play Store purchases. These tablets will challenge Amazon’s red-headed Android tab, the Kindle Fire.

And yes, before you remind us that Google’s tried the direct-to-consumer route before and it didn’t exactly work out so well for the Nexus One — you’re right. But, the world wasn’t exactly ready for unsubsidized $600 handsets, not to mention carrier demands no doubt got in the way of their plans. Makes you wonder if this tablet idea takes off (and why the heck shouldn’t it?) if Google will consider reentering the off-contract smartphone handset business once again? I know, we’re getting way ahead of ourselves here, so let’s deal with matters at hand.

What do you guys think of this news? Would you consider buying a $200 Nexus tablet direct from Google? Would you like them to offer a more expensive, higher-end model (possibly from Samsung)? So exciting!

 


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Apple secures patent on multiple-arm, multiple-frequency antenna design

ImageIf not for Leap Day, Apple would’ve seen this one granted a year to the day after it was filed; as it stands, 365 days will just have to do. At any rate, Apple has not only managed to secure a patent this fine morning for an ejectable SIM tray, but also one for an antenna isolation apparatus. In simple(ish) terms, the patent details an antenna structure in a portable electronic device that’s comprised of “first, second, and third resonating elements aligned along a common axis parallel to a ground plane,” with a multiple-arm, multiple-frequency design taking shape. It’s also pretty clear that the intention here is to reduce radio-frequency interference between the antennas — something that’ll prove increasingly important as wave support is added in future iPhones. Unfortunately, there’s no word on whether this patent will allow AT&T-infused iPhone 5 handsets to display “7G” in the indicator bar.

Apple secures patent on multiple-arm, multiple-frequency antenna design originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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[Updated: Now In The Market] Koush Does It Again: ClockworkMod Tether Alpha Circumvents Carrier Restrictions And Brings USB Tethering Without Root Access

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At one point, tethering was a simple process – installing a program from the Android Market would enable the feature and you were good to go. Of course, carriers didn’t like this, because instead of paying them an extra $30(ish) a month to use their hotspot service, you were gaining access to the feature for free. So they had many tethering apps pulled from the Market. Not only that, but many carriers put a block directly on devices that disallowed the use of common tethering apps.

Update 1/7/12: The app dropped its Alpha status and is now available …

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New Google TV Software Finally Introduced, Available Starting “Early Next Week”

The Google TV update to “Honeycomb” or whatever we are calling it these days is finally ready! Through this new 2.0-ish approach to GTV, the team focused on 4 key areas:  keeping it simple, making it easy to find something to watch, making YouTube better, and most importantly, bringing apps to your TV. This is [...]

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Starlight Live Wallpaper For Android Adds A “Dreamy” Landscape To Your Home Screen (Video)

As one who is always on the lookout for the next awesome Live Wallpaper, it was clear that Starlight Live Wallpaper for Android was the next wallpaper to hit my device.  Offering wispy clouds that drift across a soft purple’ish start lit landscape, you’re bound to be thrusted into a serene mood regardless of what kind of day you’re having.

Hand-painted starlight vista by Anne Paetzke. Wispy clouds drift dreamily across a distant landscape while the silver moon glows in the twilight.

Check out the video below from the developer and see Starlight Live Wallpaper in action.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.  There is a free version and a full version for 99¢ which offers a multiple of options when it comes to customizing this landscape.   Read More…

Starlight Live Wallpaper For Android Adds A “Dreamy” Landscape To Your Home Screen (Video)


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Samsung Stratosphere’s Full Specs Show Up, Gets Compared To Other Devices As Well

It looks like we’re still underway for a launch of the anticipated Samsung Stratosphere, which should be hitting Verizon’s network on Oct 6th.  However, it’s certainly not the device we all thought it would be.  We’re sorry to have to shoot down the hopes for anyone who thought this was going to be Verizon’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, but the fact of the matter is that we’re here to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, so help me Android.  Thanks to our friends over at Droid Life, a comparison sheet has been made available by Verizon showing the Stratosphere along side a few other devices with full spec layouts and all.  Though the device won’t be as nice as a GSII, it’s still something to consider, especially if you’re bent on having that physical keyboard.

The device will sport LTE speeds, a 1 GHz single-core CPU, Gingerbread 2.3, a 5 meg camera, 512 MB of RAM and a 4-inch Super AMOLED display.  We’re expecting the device to come in around $149.99′ish since Verizon is touting the handset as a “mid-tier” smartphone.  If that’s the case, then I’d definitely recommend it to anyone wanting a 4G LTE device on a dime.  And though some of those specs might seem like yesterday’s, you can’t beat what you’re getting both inside and out for that price point.  But we’ll let you be the judge.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Hit the break for the full spec sheet and comparison to other devices in Verizon’s lineup.   Read More…

Samsung Stratosphere’s Full Specs Show Up, Gets Compared To Other Devices As Well


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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: CircleLauncher

Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is a fantastic widget app called CircleLauncher. The widget will let you add and access your contacts, apps, or bookmarks with one touch of a circle, horizontal line, or a vertical line. You’ll do this with some style though as you can roll over the group of quick access icons you’ve setup to get a Mac’ish launcher type of animation. You can also select your widget launcher icon for the stock pack or select your own from images or icon packs. Circle Launcher is ultra easy to setup and very fast. To get started, you’ll select CircleLauncher from your widgets, choose the type (contacts, apps, or bookmarks), choose what you want the widget to list, and select how it’s displayed (circle, horizontal, or vertical). No more searching for your favorite things to launch. Put it all in one place that doesn’t take up a lot of screen space with CircleLauncher.

This app will normally cost you $1.35, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out all the screenshots after the break and let us know what you think.

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Samsung Galaxy S Glide On Its Way To Rogers Canada – 4 Row QWERTY and Dual-cores

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For all you QWERTY lovers out there who have been eyeballing Samsung’s new line of Galaxy S II handsets we have one more for you to check out. It’s called the Galaxy S Glide but don’t let the name fool you, this device has more in common with its “II” cousins than you might think.

Besides its very “Galaxy S II-ish” styling, the device features a nice little 4-row slide out keyboard complete with 4-inch Super AMOLED display. Before you think this is just a rehashed Epic 4G, the Galaxy S Glide will also come equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor (Snapdragon?), 8MP rear/1.2MP front facing cameras.

So while this device doesn’t seem to pack enough punch to carry the esteemed “II” title, there’s definitely enough here here to catch your eye. There was no word yet on pricing or availability but we do know it’s headed to Rogers Canada sometime before the holidays. You may remember this device from a few months ago thanks to its leaked pics. Back then it was rumored to hit AT&T later this year and I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

[Via MobileSyrup]


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Mysterious Samsung Slider now going by ‘Stratosphere;’ Pantech Breakout also gets another look

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Astute Android Central readers will recall the phone you see above as the Samsung SCH-i405, which we first brought you a full picture of way back in July, looking very much like an LTE version of Sprint’s Epic 4G. And now it’s back in a clearer render form, pretty much looking how we last left it, only now going by its "Stratosphere" name.

Pantech BreakoutNo real change in specs, so far as we unofficially know. You’re likely still looking at a 4-inch(ish) slider with what our original tipster believed may be a Super AMOLED Plus screen (or maybe it’s just the shine of a qHD resolution), with about 2GB of storage, a 5MP camera on the back and 1.3MP shooter on the rear. Plus it’s got 4G LTE data. Huzzah.

Then there’s there’s the Pantech Breakout, seen here at right. That’s another one we broke the news on a week or so ago. It’s got a 4-inch display at the usual 480×800 res, with a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 390 MB of internal storage and an 8GB microSD card. It’s got a 5MP shooter on the back and a VGA camera up front. It’s also a 4G LTE device, serving as a mobile hotspot for up to 10 devices. It’s rocking a custom skin atop Android 2.3.

Still no official word on when either of these could be launched.

Source: Pocketnow 1, 2


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Android Market Latest Update Includes +1′s And Pin Protection

If you’ve been watching the Android Market diligently than you’ve noticed over the last 6 weeks or so major changes and improvements have come to our Android devices.
The New Android Market features access to books, movies, apps ratings and more. In my personal opinion it looks a bit WP7ish but heck, there’s a lot more [...]

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich pictures leak, leave us slightly cold

Well what do we have here? It looks like Ice Cream Sandwich might have escaped from Google’s freezer a little early. Let’s be clear here — we’re not 100 percent sure this is the next major version of Android, but the evidence is somewhat convincing. Both Android Police and RootzWiki posted screenshots of a Nexus S running a blue-ish themed skin which appears similar to the Gingerbread UI, but with a revised dock containing four icons instead of the usual three. Most of the changes are mild, but introduce functionality that already exist in Honeycomb. The camera app is said to gain a panorama mode, and the Gmail app is supposed to match the design of the new OS. Follow the links below for more details, and jump past the break for an additional picture.

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Best Android Games #13: Switch

Plenty of gamers on the internet have been raving about developer Playbox’s new title Switch, a modern update on the Tomytronic 3D racing genre for Android. There’s a track, but instead of fumbling about with crappy motion controls and vague steering mechanisms, all you do is tap left and right to switch between the rails and avoid obstacles.

So instead of “driving” you flip between tracks, avoiding barriers and other racers, trying to last as long as possible as it gradually speeds up. There’s even OpenFeint support for sharing your performance online.

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It’s fantastic and works very well on touch screens because the sides you touch are usually just empty so there’s no fussing about. A great game that really suits the hardware and mobile format. Get it. It’s here and free and works on most modern-ish Android phones.

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From the Rumor Mill: Samsung Galaxy Q Tablet(ish)

Question: Is an Android device with a 5.3-inch screen a really big phone, or a really small tablet? I lean towards the former, but it’s definitely a gray area. Regardless, the rumor goin’ ’round is that Samsung is launching a device at exactly that size, and they seem to think it qualifies as a tablet. Maybe it doesn’t have phone capabilities? Anyway, the Samsung Galaxy Q is expect to be revealed publicly at IFA in Berlin this September, and maybe we’ll get the full scoop then. Word is it’ll have a Super AMOLED screen and probably rock a dual-core CPU. Stick around, we’ll keep you posted as more news becomes available. In the meantime, hit the comments and tell us what you think the ideal size for a tablet is.

From the Rumor Mill: Samsung Galaxy Q Tablet(ish)


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Get the NEW Android Market Now [Download]

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It’s only been a few hours since Google announced the all new (WP7-ish?) Android Market version 3.0.26. If you didn’t feel like waiting a few weeks for it to hit your device, I’ve gone ahead and uploaded the extracted app for you to install NOW.

That’s right, guys. Just download from your phone’s browser and install like a normal app. It’s currently working great on my Evo 3D although I’m not sure if this will work on phone’s equipped with Android 2.1 and lower (per Google) but I don’t think that will stop you from trying, right? Let us know if it works for you! Enjoy!

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Thanks, Lewis!

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