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CX-803 II Android-powered TV stick runs Jelly Bean

It seems like every time you look around there are a handful of new Android-powered TV sticks debuting. The latest new TV stick packing the Jelly Bean operating system is called the CX-803 II. This TV stick launched this week and features 2 GB of RAM setting apart somewhat from most devices on the market.

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Typically, with Android-powered TV sticks you get about half that amount of RAM. One of the most notable visual details of this little TV stick is that it has a translucent green antenna that helps the device get a better wireless signal. The processor under the hood is a Rockchip RK3066 dual-core unit.

That processor is paired with Mali 400 quad-core graphics and 8 GB of integrated storage. The TV stick does have a microSD card slot for storage expansion. As with devices of this sort, it does have a built-in HDMI connector on one end allowing it to plug-in directly to your TV.

The device also has a USB port on one end allowing it to connect directly to a keyboard or mouse. The device supports up to 802.11n Wi-Fi speeds and the device should be able to run Linux if you’re the sort who likes to tinker with their gear. You can purchase the CX-803 II for about $70.

[via Geeky-Gadgets]

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CX-803 II Android-powered TV stick runs Jelly Bean

It seems like every time you look around there are a handful of new Android-powered TV sticks debuting. The latest new TV stick packing the Jelly Bean operating system is called the CX-803 II. This TV stick launched this week and features 2 GB of RAM setting apart somewhat from most devices on the market.

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Typically, with Android-powered TV sticks you get about half that amount of RAM. One of the most notable visual details of this little TV stick is that it has a translucent green antenna that helps the device get a better wireless signal. The processor under the hood is a Rockchip RK3066 dual-core unit.

That processor is paired with Mali 400 quad-core graphics and 8 GB of integrated storage. The TV stick does have a microSD card slot for storage expansion. As with devices of this sort, it does have a built-in HDMI connector on one end allowing it to plug-in directly to your TV.

The device also has a USB port on one end allowing it to connect directly to a keyboard or mouse. The device supports up to 802.11n Wi-Fi speeds and the device should be able to run Linux if you’re the sort who likes to tinker with their gear. You can purchase the CX-803 II for about $70.

[via Geeky-Gadgets]

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CX-803 II Android-powered TV stick runs Jelly Bean

It seems like every time you look around there are a handful of new Android-powered TV sticks debuting. The latest new TV stick packing the Jelly Bean operating system is called the CX-803 II. This TV stick launched this week and features 2 GB of RAM setting apart somewhat from most devices on the market.

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Typically, with Android-powered TV sticks you get about half that amount of RAM. One of the most notable visual details of this little TV stick is that it has a translucent green antenna that helps the device get a better wireless signal. The processor under the hood is a Rockchip RK3066 dual-core unit.

That processor is paired with Mali 400 quad-core graphics and 8 GB of integrated storage. The TV stick does have a microSD card slot for storage expansion. As with devices of this sort, it does have a built-in HDMI connector on one end allowing it to plug-in directly to your TV.

The device also has a USB port on one end allowing it to connect directly to a keyboard or mouse. The device supports up to 802.11n Wi-Fi speeds and the device should be able to run Linux if you’re the sort who likes to tinker with their gear. You can purchase the CX-803 II for about $70.

[via Geeky-Gadgets]

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Tonight, on the Greatest Android Podcast in the World!

Android Central Podcast

It's Thursday! Huzzaha! That means it's time for two things: Podcastin' and more podcastin'. We've got a full slate to night, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, some hot HTC leaks, and more new (and, frankly, awesome) apps than we can shake a stick at. In fact, we got a stick. It wouldn't shake at them. That's how awesome they are. Plus, more of your e-mails and voicemamails!

So join Phil and the gang — and, of course, the chat room — live tonight at 2 a.m. BST / 9 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. PDT for the live broadcast. You should be there. You will be there. You must be there. After all, you are what makes it the Greatest Android Podcast in the World.

Not at a computer? Pick up the free UStream Viewer from Google Play [link] and search for Mobile Nations a little before the show (it won't appear until we go live). We'll see you there!

 

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What I used in 2012: Andrew Martonik

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We cover a whole lot of news here on Android Central, from phones and tablets to apps, accessories and a whole lot more. We put these products and services through their paces harder than most, so when something stands out enough to be used by one of the writers daily, it's usually the cream of the crop. Stick around after the break and see what I used throughout 2012.

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Android Console ‘GameStick’ Reaches Kickstarter Funding Goal, Proves People Will Throw Their Money At Basically Anything

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: An Android-powered <game console / TV / toaster> that’s  <buzz-phrase> and will <more buzz, with gratuitous usage of ‘revolutionize’> and change <your life / entertainment / socks> FOREVER.

I have my own personal skepticism around Kickstarter projects to begin with, so bear with the cynical jabs. GameStick is an Android gaming console on a USB stick, and it just reached its $100,000 Kickstarter funding goal. Go ahead and listen to the pitch video. In fact, I’ll transcribe the first part for you, because it’s just so… nauseating.

So we were really frustrated by the TV gaming space.

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GameStick: Kickstarter Funded Android Based TV Game Console

The market for an Android based gaming console hasn’t been fully tapped yet. Take the case of Ouya which is the first Android gaming console. The device is so successful that they overshot their target at Kickstarter and have now delivered the dev consoles to game developers. The consumer versions of Ouya will be delivered this April.

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One other company plans to replicate this success and has its project now live over at Kickstarter. The new gaming console is called GameStick which will be developed by PlayJam and all you need to do is plug in the stick to the HDMI port of your TV set and use the wireless controller to play games.

GameStick Specifications

  • Processor – Amlogic 8726-MX
  • Memory – 1GB DDR3 / 8GB FLASH
  • Content Download Manager w/ cloud storage for games.
  • WiFi – 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth – LE 4.0
  • O/S – Android Jelly Bean
  • Controller – Bluetooth, 3 mode controller: gamepad, mouse and keyboard with support for up to 4 controllers.
  • Full 1080p HD video decoding

The project currently has 531 backers who have already contributed a total of $48,375. The goal is to reach $100,000 and there’s 29 days left to achieve this.

GameStick has been in development for over a year now and a working prototype has already been made. It’s not the final product yet but it’s already 90% completed. Once finished, the product will be sold for only $79 which is quite affordable. You can even pre-order a unit right now by heading over to their Kickstarter page and making a donation. You will need to pledge a minimum amount of $69 to get the console and controller bundle.

At the rate that the donations are coming in we are sure that PlayJam will hit its target. We’re hoping to get an early version of this console to review it for you guys.

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GameStick console Kickstarter launches as competition for the OUYA

We have been seeing quite a bit in terms of the OUYA game console lately. And well, it looks like another console is now in the works. One that could potentially be some competition for the OUYA. This new console is called the GameStick and it has recently launched as a Kickstarter project.

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In other words, those interested in the project will be able to commit some money. The good part here, the GameStick offering has just launched as of today which means those interested have a fairly good shot at getting in on the earlybird side. More on the backing amounts in a moment though, lets get into the device itself. The GameStick (as the name would imply), is a small stick-style device, sort of like a flash drive.

The GameStick is HDMI and plugs directly into your television. And other than the stick itself, the only other part is the controller, which is wireless. Given the size and ease of connectivity, this is a device that is not only focused on design, but also on portability. The folks behind the GameStick noted that “when on the move, the two combine into a single unit, putting big screen gaming right into the pocket.” And for those worried about not having enough controllers when playing with friends, rest assured in knowing that the GameStick will compatible with other Bluetooth game controllers.

Otherwise, the GameStick will be running Android Jelly Bean, which means lots and lots of free and low-cost games. The GameStick will feature an Armlogic 8726-MX processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. The Kickstarter details note that they have identified 200 titles that will “work great” and that they are already working with more than 250 developers to bring more games. Some of the games mentioned include Shadowgun and Dead Trigger, SmashCops, Cannabal and Boulder Dash XL.

While there are multiple backing options, we suspect most will want the Earlybird or the GameStick Bundle. These are essentially the same and both offer the GameStick and controller as well as a name check and founders tag. The Earlybird is $69 and limited to the first 250 backers and the GameStick Bundle is $79. Finally, the current estimated delivery time is April 2013.

[via Kickstarter]

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Cut the Rope developers, Zeptolab, releases Pudding Monsters

Pudding MonsterJust the other day I was mentioning that ZeptoLabs placed their HD versions of Cut the Rope and Cut the Rope: Experiment on sale. Again, that sale is still going on. I was thinking though, they haven’t put out a new game in a while. Now we find out that they have just put a new game in the Play Store. Meet Pudding Monster.

Pudding Monsters is an innovative stick ‘em together puzzle style game. You have to move some poor little pudding monsters together to make larger blobs of pudding. Growing into the ULTIMATE MEGA MONSTER. All in an effort to save yourself and your friends from being eaten. What a mess. The game comes out of the gate for free with a total of 75 levels to conquer. There will be many more to come. Take a quick watch of the game trailer below.

 

 

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It looks pretty awesome. You know coming out of Zeptolabs that it is going to be a winner. If you can’t swing some of the other games that are on sale right now, then you should definitely pick up this new free title. Just click or scan the QR code down below and enjoy.

Application: Pudding Monsters
Developer: ZeptoLab
Cost: FREE

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ZeptoLab has released the Cut the Rope follow-up Pudding Monsters

Cut the Rope made quite the splash when it was released and it looks like ZeptoLab has returned with a follow-up game. We heard details of this earlier in the month when the developer announced the name, Pudding Monsters, and the fact that the game would drop on December 20. And well, today just so happens to be December 20.

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That being said, a quick check of the Google Play Store shows two version of Pudding Monsters — one for free along with an HD version for $0.99. Otherwise, Pudding Monsters is currently sitting at version 1.0 and with support for devices running Android 1.6 or later.

Pudding Monsters is described as being a “deliciously addicting puzzle adventure, with wacky characters and innovative stick-’em-together gameplay.” In terms of the gameplay, there are 75 levels (with a promise of more to come) and the player will control the Pudding Monsters on their mission to save their friends from the cold-hearted fridge owner. The game features “unique stick-’em together gameplay mechanics” along with monster shapes to include the Slime Monster that leaves behind a trail of green goo.

And similar to Cut the Rope, Pudding Monsters is noted as being suitable for all ages. In other words, able to be played and enjoyed by kids and adults alike. On that thought, we are a bit curious to see how well Pudding Monsters will stack up against Cut the Rope, which between the original and Experiments has been downloaded more than 250 million times.

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Daily news roundup: December 10, 2012

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Mondays are always busy, and it's nice to have a place to catch up on the days events in one tidy little blog post. That what these daily roundups are for, letting you see what you missed and letting me read all through it again to think about what it all might mean. Good times for everyone!

More app updates than you can shake a stick at

Industry news

Devices, accessories, and various sundries

The best editorial content

Good night folks. Morning comes early!

 

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Wise TIVI multimedia stick looks to challenge the OUYA

There’s no doubt that a ton of people were surprised by the OUYA’s meteoric rise. As a mere idea it generated tons of interest — in the form of multi-million dollar funding on Kickstarter — and is poised to be one of the most highly anticipated Android-powered boxes to date. With great success comes a big spotlight, though, and many other companies are beginning to shine it on a segment of the television computing market that has great potential.

The latest player is Wise, and its Wise TIVI product is looking to whisk folks away with its sleek and modern looks, but also its impressive specs. Well, they’re not quite as impressive as the OUYA’s but when you look at the size of this thing you won’t think much of the differences.

Packed into what could be the size of a flash drive is a 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor with quad-core Mali-400 MP graphics, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, WiFi, a micro-USB port, a full-sized USB port, a TF Card slot for up to 16GB of additional storage and more. It connects to your HDTV using a built-in HDMI port, and as simply as you can plug it in you can transform any HDTV into a smart TV.

The unit will run Jelly Bean 4.2 to start, and it’s our understanding that you will be able to get your content straight from the Google Play Store so you already have a pretty large backlog of apps and games at your disposal once it launches. We’re told that the full Google TV experience will be enabled here, enabling users to search for their favorite TV and movies across a multitude of services and utilize picture-in-picture to let you watch and surf at the same time.

Wise TIVI will be compatible with several accessories such as a wireless gaming controller, and an “air” keyboard/mouse for wireless control and navigation. You can also choose between several different colors, including green, blue, white and black.

The smallish multimedia stick will also be flanked by a more traditional set-top box with component connections, but it will only come with Android 4.2. A third unit, the Wise Camera, will give users the full Wise experience with the ability to do live video chats and take pictures.

You can’t get these just yet, but a pre-sale period has begun for those who might be interested in one in the future. The Wise Box will run you $59, the portable stick will run you $79, and the camera-enabled unit will cost you $89.

We haven’t been able to get much information on whether or not the accessories will be sold separately, but you can be sure we’ve asked to find out. Wise tells us that its Kickstarter campaign will also be starting up soon so there may be a chance to get in on some unique pledge deals. We’ll be on the lookout for that so stay tuned to Phandroid as more details of this promising bundle of joy are unveiled. Head to Wise’s site for more information in the meantime.


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Google Play Store Cyber Weekend Sale offering content at 80% off

Who is still full from last night? As you all know, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are going strong at the moment, and now we get to enjoy it too. As usual Google is getting in on the action and have officially announced their Cyber Weekend Sale on the Play Store. Google and multiple developers are offering content at up to 80% off this year.

I don’t know about you guys but after seeing a few videos of Walmart Black Friday smartphone sales where people were fighting, I think I’ll stick to Cyber Monday this year. Google isn’t just going for a day, they have deals planned for the entire weekend — although you might have to search to find them all. Obviously multiple developers are having their own sales — like SwiftKey 3 — but you’ll be able to find much more right from the Play Store.

Google’s announced that movies, TV, music, books, apps, and basically everything they offer will be getting sales here and there all weekend long. They’ve already started their “Players Appreciation” best of 2012 Cyber deals as shown above, where tons of popular games are all on the cheap. Google Movies also have some stellar deals going on. You can get entire TV series for just $9.99, and tons of popular and classic movies like Jaws, The Social Network, The Big Lebowski (yes please) all on sale, or own them for $4.99.

Music has a long list of deals too where Google’s offering the top albums of 2012 for just $2.99. Get the entire Gotye CD, fun, and even Justin Bieeeeber all for cheap. For now we’re seeing a few apps here and there on sale but over the weekend many developers will surely be dropping their prices to take part in the holiday cheer. Stay tuned as we’ll report anything worth noting. Have a happy holidays and enjoy the deals!


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Huawei and Vodafone launching new G300 ICS update next week

Vodafone and Huawei have come in for quite a lot of stick from users who’ve installed the Android 4.0 update on their phones, with plenty of reports circulating of broken features and generally poor performance after upgrading the Ascend G300 to the newest version of the software.

But that might change. There’s a new update coming soon that will, at least, fix the bizarre issue of the phone not recognising or being able to remember words in the dictionary. Here’s what Vodafone says about the forthcoming fix:

I’m pleased to say that Huawei will begin rolling out the new G300 software (B952), that will address the broken dictionary issue, from Wednesday 28th November. We’ve tested the other problems you’ve reported and haven’t been able to reproduce them in this new software.

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For more info on the Ascend G300 and Huawei’s response to the various issues with the ICS update, read the maker’s Facebook forum. At least it’s now doing a pretty good job of letting people know what’s going on.

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Archery Review

Available On: Android

Price: Free

Download: Google Play

Archery was created by Innovative Games. There isn’t a whole lot to Archery, but it is very addictive. You’re only goal in the game is to aim your bow right so that the arrow will hit the target. Your goal should be to hit the middle of the target so you get the most points possible, but that is extremely difficult. At the same time, it’s probably what keeps most people playing as there isn’t a whole lot to do in Archery. Now, there are some ways that the developer could improve it, but we’ll get to that in a little bit.

Aiming your bow correctly is extremely hard. It’s not rare that you will hit the middle target, but it’s not common either. One feature that helps the game keep a competitive nature is the ability to publish your scores onto a leaderboard and compare it against other players. Of course, that’s on the basis that you are into keeping up with the constantly changing leaderboards.

The graphical quality of Archery isn’t that great, but it’s not that bad either. I guess you could put it on the same level as Hill Climb Racing‘s graphics.

I really think that Archery has a lot of potential. At this point it’s an okay game. It’s addicting, but it’s just okay. I think that if targets were more strategically placed, things would be a bit more difficult and provide a bit more of a challenge for the player. If there was at the very least a stick figure holding the bow instead of the bow simply floating in the air, I think that might add to the immersion of the game. There are a few simple things that just seem so obvious that should be in the game that just aren’t. Obviously the stick figure would be a bit more difficult to implement, but with a little work it might be really fun to play.

Right now, the game is just addicting until you get the highest possible score. After that, it lacks a lot of depth. It’s really missing something that could quickly boost this game to the top on Google Play. I’m going to hope that the developer will see the promise that this game has and provide a content update for it. It does have a lot of promise, and you could see that just by playing the game.

Regardless, if you aren’t into achieving high scores and competing against leaderboards, you should shy away from this game. Then again, this game is free and it isn’t going to cost you anything to at least take it for a bit of a test run. Something that might discourage to play this game is the ads in it. It’s important to note that these ads aren’t intrusive in any way though. It is definitely another way for the developer to earn a few dollars off of a free product though.

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Beat Hazard Ultra arrives on Google Play Store

If you’re need of a mobile game to play this afternoon, then we have to suggest that you check out Beat Hazard Ultra. The game arrived on the Google Play Store today, and boy is it one wild ride. At first, Beat Hazard seems like your typical twin stick shooter, you’ll soon realize it’s much more than just floating around a battlefield and shooting enemies.


That’s because Beat Hazard uses the music that’s playing to adjust the intensity of the game. In the mood to relax and just have fun playing? Go for a slower, more laid back type of song. Want an intense game that will have you fighting for survival every second? Play the game with a fast-paced soundtrack. It won’t be easy if you opt for fast songs with driving beats, but it sure will be fun.

Beat Hazard Ultra comes with a selection of songs pre-installed, but you can also play to the music that’s stored on device – easily one of Beat Hazard‘s coolest features. Even better is that the game is free, though upgrading to the full version will let you unlock perks as you play and use Internet radio stations as your backing track. The developers of Beat Hazard are currently holding a launch sale and selling the full game for $1.99, so it might not be a bad idea to pick up the full version and experience all of what Beat Hazard has to offer.

Before you jump in, we have to warn you that this game is not easy, especially when you’re playing with a particularly loud and fast song. You’ll have plenty of power ups to take advantage of while you’re playing though, which should help even the odds a bit. Beat Hazard Ultra is now available on the Google Play Store [download link] – will you be checking it out?

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Miniclip’s Anger of Stick 2 Hits Google Play, More Stick Figure Brutality

One more stick figure game for the day and we’ll stop, I promise. Released today onto Google Play is Anger of Stick 2, a game that has been popular on iOS for some time. It’s a platform style game, left to right directions where you run around beating up other stick figures. Once you you [...]

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Verizon HTC DLX (DNA?) makes its way through the FCC

Well, one thing’s for sure; the HTC6435LVW will be coming to Verizon’s network soon. We just don’t know what it’ll be called yet. The sweet device has just gone through the FCC which means that we should see the device in stores within the next couple of weeks. As we learned a couple of weeks ago from the purported Verizon pricing list, the device will likely launch for $199.99 on contract. It seems like forever that we’ve been discussing this phantom device. Back in July some benchmark data revealed it’s quite a beast. The only thing left to do is for HTC and Verizon to officially announce this thing already. Will the “DNA” name stick as revealed by Verizon a couple of weeks ago? Hopefully we’ll find out soon enough.

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NeoGeo X Gold slated for US and UK release on December 6th, priced at $129.99/£175

Gamers from the United States already knew that NeoGeo X Gold, a portable gaming device that comes with four face and shoulder buttons, 4.3-inch display and an analog stick, will be released on December 6th for $129.99. UK and European gamers, however, learned just a couple of days ago that they will be able to receive it the same day as the US for £175 or €199; it would serve as a perfect present for the holidays.

NeoGeo X Gold is a limited edition item to commemorate its 20th anniversary since the first model was released in 1992 that targets a group of gamers that are familiar with the platform. For collectors, this piece may also become just another addition to items kept in the cabinet. About a month ago, Amazon listed it for pre-order with a price tag of $199. There is no information how many units will be sold in total but for people who may value retro gaming, it is advised they must have a unit reserved.

In light to celebrating its 20th anniversary, NeoGeo X Gold Limited Edition will be pre-loaded with 20 popular titles. The console would also come packed with complete accessories: Neogeo X Station, Neogeo X Handheld, One Neogeo X Arcade Stick, and Ninja Master’s Neogeo X game card. Here are some of the games confirmed to come with the console:

3 Count Bout
League Bowling
Art of Fighting
Magician Lord
Alpha Mission II
Metal Slug
Baseball Stars II
Mutation Nation
Cyber Lip
NAM 1975
Fatal Fury
Puzzled
Fatal Fury Special
Real Bout – Fatal Fury Special
The King of Fighters ’95
Samurai Showdown II
King of the Monsters
Super Sidekicks
Last Resort
World Heroes Perfect

 

While there could only be a few thousands of gamers around the world that could appreciate its value, it is evident that retro gaming console like this offers the kind of entertainment only seasoned gamers know about. Tommo Inc has already acquired the license for NeoGeo and it is the company responsible for the release of this limited edition. Tommo CEO, Jonathan Wan, said that great consoles don’t die, they are just reborn to continue their legacy.

“Great game consoles don’t die; they’re just reborn in much more affordable and convenient packages. The NEOGEO X GOLD is a love letter to one of my favorite consoles of all time, and working with SNK PLAYMORE to acquire the NEOGEO license, Tommo Inc. looks to provide gaming and entertainment enthusiasts with a classic arcade experience both at home and on the go,” said Tommo CEO Jonathan Wan.

[sources: The Verge | Pocket-lint]

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HTC One X+ hits the SIM-free retailers today

The Eurodroid office telephone has been ringing off the hook* with news about the availability of HTC’s exciting new One X+ phone, which has gone on sale in the UK today a little ahead of schedule. Both Expansys and Unlocked-Mobiles have been in touch to let us know they have stock in from HTC, with prices starting at around the £475 mark at the latter.

Given the apocalyptic pricing of the Nexus 4 that suddenly seems like enough money to buy a house and a car with rather than a mobile phone, but then…

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…you do at least get a huge 64GB of onboard inside the HTC One X+ so if you’re after a huge portal memory stick and media drive it might be a useful option.

*Two emails triggers excitement these days.

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Google Nexus 7 32GB and 32GB HSPA+ models announced

Today we’ve had no shortage of announcements from Google. The company already gave us reveals of the LG Nexus 4 and the Samsung Nexus 10, along with more Android 4.2 details than you can shake a stick at, but the big G wasn’t content to just stop there. Google also revealed the long rumored 32GB Nexus 7, complete with Wi-Fi only and HSPA+ models.


Apparently, the 8GB model is going the way of the dinosaurs, with the 16GB model replacing it at the $200 price point. You know what that means – the 32GB Wi-Fi only model will come in with a $249 price tag. You’ll have to shell out a little bit extra for the 32GB HSPA+ model, as that one costs $299, but all things considered, that still doesn’t sound too bad. Even better is the fact that Google will offer the HSPA+ version unlocked, and the company says that the HSPA+ model should work on as many as 200 different carriers.

That certainly isn’t a bad deal, and aside from the increased internal storage and added wireless functionality in the HSPA+ model, you’re getting the exact same equipment. NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chipset is still there, as is the 1GB of RAM. As an added bonus, though, these new Nexus 7s will come loaded with Android 4.2, the benefits of which we’ve already covered.

Our friends over at SlashGear point out that the 32GB Wi-Fi only model will be available at Google Play Stores in the US, UK, Japan, France, Australia, Germany, Spain, and Canada, along with retail stores such as GameStop, Walmart, and Staples. If you fancy the 32GB HSPA+ model over the Wi-Fi only variant, it’ll be available at all of the Google Play Stores listed above with the exception of Japan starting on November 13. Sounds like it might be time to finally take the plunge and get a Nexus 7, no?


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iMpulse Bluetooth Controller Kickstarter Updated With D-Pad, Shoulder Buttons And A 20% Thinner Housing

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Good news for old-school gamers on the go: the latest update from the iMpulse Bluetooth controller has added quite a bit of features, making it more attractive than ever. The creators of the Kickstarter project released a new design render, showing off a switch from a PlayStation Portable-style analog stick to a more conventional D-pad, which should work better for a wider variety of games. They’ve also added two “shoulder” buttons (actually on the back of the tiny device) for more flexibility, and the housing has been slimmed down, making the iMpulse look considerably less like a brick. This should give just about the same level of control, if not comfort, as the much-loved SNES gamepad.

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PowerA Moga Controller hands on review: console-like gaming on the go

I think we are at the beginning of a boom for smartphone/tablet controllers. With the console showing signs of decline, all eyes are on on the mobile community. There are two elements that need to be met in order for mobile to take over. First, you need quality games, and second, you need good controls. Each and everyday we are getting closer and closer to console-like games, but what about the controls? We already have a number of controllers available, and nothing has excited me too much until now. The problem with controllers is that there’s no place to put your phone. If you try to put it on a table, it’s awkward, and it just doesn’t work. The PowerA MOGA Bluetooth controller takes care of this problem and gives you a complete portable mini-gaming system for $49.99 (available October 21). Does it live up to the hype and is it worth your hard earned dollars? Hit the break to find out.

Design

As soon as I took the MOGA controller out of its case, I noticed the build was exceptional and that it felt comfortable. It has all the stuff you could want in a controller. It has two analog sticks, one towards the top left and the other towards the bottom right. Above the right stick, you will find the standard A/B/X/Y buttons and just below the left stick, you will find a PowerA button, as well ones for start and reset. They also included right and left triggers to the front of the controller. All in all the controller feels comfortable to hold and the buttons and sticks are very responsive.

The top center of the controller houses the arm, which will hold your phone. You simply lift it up and extend the extension arm to place your phone (up to 82mm wide) in it. I’ve tested it with an HTC One X, a Samsung Galaxy S III, and a Samsung Galaxy Note I. All of them fit nicely in the holder without any struggles. The holder itself feels solid and it locks into place nicely when you’re not using it. The only issue that you might have is that your phone could have volume controls that are in the spot where the holder hugs your phone. PowerA designed the holder to be as thin as possible, but they can’t control every phone out there. You can place your phone slightly off center or flip it the other way to avoid any issues.

You will find the power button after you have lifted the extension arm. This is a nice touch since the MOGA won’t accidentally turn on when it’s not in use. The bottom has a textured rubber-like feel that’s non-slippery. You will find two battery compartments, one to the right and the other to the left. Each compartment houses one AAA battery. This is probably my biggest complaint with the MOGA, which is the lack of a rechargeable battery. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it is disappointing. Depending on customer feedback, it’s very likely it will be added with the next version.

 

 

Performance

The MOGA performed very well. As you will see in my hands on video below, the controls were responsive and there was zero lag, which is the most important.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Battery

As I mentioned earlier, my only real gripe is the lack of a re-chargeable battery. The good news is that it only takes two AAA batteries so that’s not a huge deal. PowerA says that you will get 18 hours of playing time, which is very nice. When your batteries are close to running dry, the PowerA button will start to pulse red. That will be the initial warning, and as things continue to drop, it will flash more rapidly.

Software

There is no software in the MOGA itself, but you need the MOGA Pivot app to use and pair your controller with your phone. Since you can only play games that are compatible with the MOGA, this app will help you easily find those games. You don’t purchase or download anything through the Pivot app as it will send you to the Google Play Store. It will also list the games that you already have installed with quick links to launch them. You can look up titles by category or by letter.

There is a decent number of games already available with more to come. Games that are compatible now include Asphalt 7: Heat, Doom GLES, Dungeon Hunter 3, Final Freeway 2R, Galaxy NGC3D HD, Gangster Rio: City of Saints, GnarBike Trials, N.O.V.A 3, PAC-MAN, Riptide GP, Rocket Fox, Six Guns, Sky Gamblers: Rise of Glory, Sonic CD, Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II, Stealth Chopper 3D, The Dark Night Rises, and Virtua Tennis Challenge.

If you want to remap your controller’s buttons for certain games, you can do it if the developer put the code in for it. I noticed there wasn’t an option for Asphalt 7, but Riptide GP did allow for it.

Closing

I was really excited when PowerA announced the MOGA controller and now that I got my hands on one, I’m happy to say that it lives up to my expectations. There are a couple of disappointments like the lack of a rechargeable battery, but there’s always something. Since I can get 18 hours of use, it’s a minor inconvenience  The most important thing is comfort and responsiveness, and the MOGA tackles both with ease. It truly gives you better control with the feel of a portable gaming system, and it has me excited for the games that I didn’t try before because they lacked decent controls. Priced at $49.99, I think it’s a steal since it’s not only a high quality controller, but it can be used with future phones. Let me know what you think and happy gaming!!

 

 


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LG Mach Hands-on at CTIA MobileCON 2012 [Video]


The LG Mach has just been announced, and we have gotten the chance to get up close and personal with it. This physical keyboard smartphone is a mid-end device, as are most of its keyboard competitors. With that said, it is definitely not as impressive, especially right after using a beast like the LG Optimus G.

The slide-out QWERTY keyboard will probably be the main attraction. The buttons don’t stick out very much, giving it less tactile feedback, but it is nothing one doesn’t get used to. We found the keyboard to be as good as the Motorola Photon Q’s, and it does have a full 5-row setup with a dedicated number row.

As Chris mentions in the video, we found the device to be very “pocketable”. It is thinner and smaller compared to a device like the Photon Q. The only downside is you will have to live with a 4-inch screen, which is rather small for most of us Android fans.

As a device, the Mach performs well. It is by no means a beast, but it will get the job done. It is definitely as fast as you would expect a mid-tier device to be. So don’t hope for any amazing results (but it is also very pleasant to use).

Build quality was surprisingly good! In fact, probably better than the Optimus G. The back is made of a metal-like plastic material. The rim around the display is solid metal, though, and the device has a very sturdy and high quality feel to it.

This is definitely one to look out for if you are thinking of getting an affordable device with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, so check it out and give us your 2 cents in the comments.

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Google Rolls Street View Out To Mobile Browsers

Google is officially rolling Street View out to mobile browsers everywhere. Just like on a computer, Street View allows you to get a view of what places around the world look like if you were standing right there. With the feature on mobile browsers, users can see what it would like to stand somewhere while they are actually standing there.

Google offers some interesting suggestions for using Street View on a mobile browser. They suggest using it to get a feel for the ambience of a restaurant before you arrive or checking out a new shop across town to see if it’s worth the treck. There is also the time-killing aspect of checking out locations you may never get a chance to visit in real life.

Using Google Street View in your browser could not be much easier. Users simply point their mobile browser to maps.google.com and click the little stick man on the bottom of the screen. From there, users simply slide their finger around the screen to change the exact area in which they look.

Users can also use Street View to get more information on a location such as Google+ local pages, interior panoramas, and photos shared by other Google users. I checked out the web app on my device, and it worked exactly as advertised. Let us know in the comments if you checked it out on your mobile device.


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T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 2 Pictured In The Wild – Is That A Branded Home Button?

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Nah, it’s not. Thankfully, there’s no Verizon-esque branded home button. Maybe it was just my eyes playing tricks on me. What we do get to see is a couple of blurry cam shots of the Titan Grey Samsung Galaxy Note pictured in the wild. Word on a recent FCC filing is that the device will come complete with future-proof’d T-Mobile LTE bands, and a much less horrid Pentile arrangement on its display. Both are completely welcomed specs to a device that’s sure to take the world by storm. Seeing as how I’ll be stuck with a T-Mobile for a few more months, I figure I’ll ride this thing out with the world’s biggest smartphone. Who knows, maybe I’ll stick around for another year.

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus now available for $49.99

One rule that will always hold good is that smartphones don’t stick to their value. It’s actually quite a logical thing because as new and more powerful smartphones come to the market, the demand for older smartphones decreases as a result. The prices keep on dropping up to a point that carriers offer the device for free, with a contract of course.

The rule holds well for any device, unless it is an antique of course. Same is the case with Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Nexus was launched by Big Red with much fanfare back in December last year, and as is the case with any new launch, the device came with a price tag of $299.99 with 2 years contract. Yes, that is quite a hefty price tag, but considering the high end nature of hardware back then, the price tag was pretty okay for the time. The phone was never really a hot seller, and as a result the device has gone through few major price cuts, including the reduction of price tag to $199.99 in April, followed by $149.99 in June, and $99.99 in July.

It’s October now, and Verizon most probably wants to empty its stock and sell off whatever is left over and hence has come up with another price cut for Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Now Verizon is offering the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for as low as $49.99 with contract.

$49.99 for a Nexus device is pretty good deal actually. If you aren’t familiar with what a Nexus device is, it is a series of mobile devices produced by Google in cooperation with select hardware manufacturers. Basically, these devices are committed to deliver “pure Android” experience, which means the devices under Nexus branding don’t come with any carrier modifications such as HTC sense and run vanilla Android. It also means that Nexus devices are the first ones to receive any update that is released for Android mobile operating system, mainly because it doesn’t have to go through the extra modification and testing phase by carriers.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the third Google Nexus phone, which is preceded Nexus S by Samsung and Nexus One by HTC. Nexus phones are normally the most desired Android devices, and to testify the fact, recently launched Google Nexus 7 tablet device received an overwhelming response up to a point that buyers had to wait for weeks before they could get their hands on their Nexus 7.

Talking of the specs carried by Samsung Galaxy Nexus, it’s pretty good. It features a 4.7” Super AMOLED display with a rich resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Under the screen is a 1.2 GHz TI OMAP4460 dual-core which is complemented by 32 gig of on board storage and 1 gig of RAM. What’s more? It supports LTE too. In addition, it is the only Verizon smartphone with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

What are your thoughts on this? Does this offer interest you or will you wait for newer devices which are going to be launched this holiday season?

Source: Verizon Wireless

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Woz would love to see iTunes running on his Android phone

For an Android site, we sure have been writing about Steve Wozniak a lot lately. First we got to take a look inside his travel backpack and see all of his gadgets, then we heard him saying that he didn’t agree with the highly publicized Apple-Samsung verdict. Now, thanks to a new Q&A session at Slashdot, we’re finding out a lot more about him in general. Woz answered a bunch of different questions during the Q&A session, but a few of his answers in particular stick out.


Specifically, there’s his answer to a question about whether or not he likes the way his “baby” has grown over the years. Woz has always been a big supporter and member of the open source community, so it isn’t surprise that his answer veered in that direction. “Apple’s real rise from the small market-share Macintosh company to the iProducts of today began with iTunes and the iPod,” he said. “This turned out to be a 2nd huge business which roughly doubled Apple’s ‘size’. If you remember, we ported iTunes to Windows. We now addressed 100% of the world’s market with this integrated system (iPod/iTunes) and it began the era of Apple that we are now in. So why don’t we port iTunes to Android? Did something get closed up? I love Apple products and iTunes and wish it were on my Android products too.”

Apple, of course, doesn’t like the idea of its software running on other phones, so that’s why we don’t get iTunes on Android. It isn’t as if Android users are out of options when it comes to accessing their music libraries on their phone, however. Many Android users would point Woz toward Google Music, which is an excellent service and good alternative to iTunes.

Woz also took the opportunity to discuss Apple’s recent courtroom brawls during the Q&A session, reiterating his stance that Apple shouldn’t be suing other players in the industry as much as it has been. “I wish that instead of all these lawsuits Apple was sitting down and cross-licensing with the other players,” he said. “They have come up some very good features without complicating the UI. Things like a palm swipe to take a screen snapshot. I would like my iPhone to be the best it could, even if someone else did some of the things first. And Apple could license iTunes perhaps, or help the other platforms develop it. The market shares would probably remain the same but we consumers would all win.”

Once again, we have to admit that Woz paints an wonderful scene, but sadly, we’re thinking it isn’t all that realistic to hope that Apple and other tech companies will begin sharing their patents. We can’t really blame those tech companies, since Apple was just awarded $1 billion dollars for others infringing on its patents, but still, it would be nice to see these companies begin to share technology and each make the best products they can. That’s probably won’t ever happen, but it’s still nice to dream. If you have a few minutes to spare, be sure to check out the whole Q&A session with Woz – it makes for a very interesting read!


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SteelSeries Free Bluetooth GamePad Controller For Android

With some of the cool controllers popping up lately, it’s not a secret that gaming on Android has been getting easier. That said, it’s only expected to see new accessories for the platform to help make the gaming experience even better than it was before. With that said, one of the larger gaming peripheral companies have announced the creation of a new Android controller called the SteelSeries Free gaming controller. Essentially, it’s another pretty cool way to play your favorite games on the Android platform. This new gamepad is Bluetooth based, and it brings your standard buttons and analog stick, but with a neat unified design to the device. What’s extremely awesome about this gamepad is that it’s capable of more than 10 hours of battery life with continuous gameplay or more than 20 with casual gaming. That’s not even the beginning of it though. The next thing is, SteelSeries is adding native support for games such as Grand Theft Auto 3 or even Max Payne, it will be featuring its own application called the SteelSeries Engine, which will allow users of the device to enjoy a further amount of control over the controller by allowing the user to customize their device to their preferences.

This gamepad has been announced by series, but the company hasn’t released any sort of information on price and availability yet. Contrary to the name of the device, it’s not going be free either (I know you all were hoping deep down inside that it would be free). SteelSeries is an awesome company when it comes to arming yourself up with all of the needed gaming materials. I can tell you right now, that they are one of the best out that, and on a competitive level with Razer, another very well known gaming peripheral company. Both companies make some really great stuff, but when it comes to SteelSeries, I think they are in the perfect position to make some good controllers. Especially if they are headed towards making them for Android. There’s no doubt that we’ll be seeing the companies popularity go up with this new move.

Is anyone excited for this new SteelSeries Free controller? I wouldn’t mind giving that bad boy a try!

source: talk android

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[Game] Stickman Base Jumper – launch yourself off a building, just because you Can

I personally love stick man games. They never take a huge amount of graphics, they are usually clean, simple, fun and addictive. Some that we have played are a bit more on the lack of trying side of things, but Stickman Base Jumper is right on the money.

The game is exactly what you think it is, but a whole lot more. You are a stickman who loves to base jump. You toss yourself carelessly off of buildings and other structures and fly towards the ground and pull your chute before you hit the ground. It goes beyond that though. You have to use some trial and error to get the right distance and arc off the structure to avoid obstacles, scream through buildings and counter the wind. The further you progress the tough the challenge. At one point you have to content with multiple bases, starting at one and landing on another and jumping off again.

The controls are easy enough to learn. You tap the screen once to start walking back, then tap it again to start your run towards the edge. The further back you go the faster you run and the further out you jump. Once you get to the edge you tap the screen again to jump. While falling you wait until the opportune time to pull the rip cord and parachute to the landing zone. Sounds easy enough. Except for the fact that each level is timed and your clock starts counting down on your approach. There will be a lot of time you will land in the zone but lose the jump because time ran out. It can be a bit tricky. Lets not forget the night levels where you can’t see half of the obstacles.

 Here take a quick watch of the gameplay in action.

See, simple, but a challenge. Stickman Base Jumper is free in the Play Store and should easily keep you entertained for a few days. The game has 30 levels and features the amazing rag doll physics. Makes flying into a building or the ground pretty fun. Be sure you don’t pull the chute to late or else you man will end up with some broken legs. Go grab the game below by clicking or scanning the handy little QR code below.

Application: Stickman Base Jumper
Developer: Djinnworks e.U.
Cost: FREE

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