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LG Optimus G2 teased in CES 2013 video

The folks from LG surely will have a few neat new devices to show off this year at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. The show kicks off this weekend and today LG’s taken a moment to share a quick teaser video with all their fans. We’ve seen multiple leaks suggesting a 5.5-inch 1080p Optimus G2 is in the works, so that’s what we’re hoping the teaser image you see below is.

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CES is more than just mobile, and we’re expecting LG to have TVs, appliances, and all sorts of goods, so the video really could be anything. At first we see a few hints of a smartphone and they clearly tease a thin bezel device as shown above, but the rest of the video is anyone’s guess really. Take a look below.

Around the 0:17 second mark we see a nearly bezel-free smartphone — which is suggested to be the new 5.5-inch 1080p quad-core Optimus G2. Then they show what appears to be an appliance of some sort. The G2 is rumored to have a 13 megapixel camera so the effect at 0:21 seconds in could also be hinting towards that. The video doesn’t reveal much but here it is.

We’ve heard reports and rumors (linked to below) of both a 5-inch and a 5.5-inch LG superphone in the works. Both sporting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, quad-core processors, 13 megapixel cameras and possibly even 3GB of RAM. While we’ll have a few more days to wait before LG reveals it all, check out timeline below for everything we know thus far. LG’s stepping their game up and we’re excited to see what they have on display.

– Thanks to all who sent this in!

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Toy Defense update adds 12 new Christmas levels

Those Tower Defense games sure can be addicting, especially once you beat the entire game and go through it again on hard mode. For all the tower defense fans on Android we have a neat little game for everyone to try. It’s called Toy Defense and they bring the real war to toys. This week they’ve updated their popular game with 12 new Christmas themed levels.

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This is tower defense at its finest, and now you’ll be able to enjoy over 30 awesome levels that are finely detailed and perfectly balanced, while still giving users a challenge. To keep up with the holiday spirit the developers have just released an update that not only fixed tons of bugs, but also added 12 levels for Christmas and New Years.

Instead of taking charge of your Army, you’re now Santa Defense and will need to help Santa save his 8 lost reindeer and save Christmas. Although the 25th came and went, the game is still loads of fun and perfect for all those Tower Defense fans that enjoy the holidays. Here’s a quick video for those new to this game:

With tons of weapons in your arsenal, upgradeable weapons, marines, and characters and more this is a tower defense game worth checking out. Now that they’ve added 12 new refreshing levels it’s also worth a second look — not to mention the game is completely free. If you’ve been looking for another TD game to try this weekend, give it a try right now from the Google Play Store.

Let us know what you think. Enjoy!

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Huawei Ascend Mate 6.1-inch phablet shown off ahead of CES

Huawei‘s big reveal for CES 2013, most likely the Ascend Mate 6.1-inch 1080p smartphone, is getting shown off a few weeks early this holiday weekend by none other than one of their own Execs. We’ve mentioned the Ascend Mate more than a few times already, but today’s reveal makes it completely official. Read on for more details on this larger than life smartphone.

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. How big is too big? Huawei doesn’t feel a 6.1-inch smartphone is too big. And neither does Samsung with rumors of their 6.3-inch phone coming mid next year. However, this is all about Huawei. Today one of their big wig execs was out and about at a Huawei store in China and left little to the imagination after showing off the new smartphone.

The Ascend Mate has been confirmed to be rocking a 6.1-inch low power IPS display with a 1080p HD resolution. Under the hood is Huawei’s own 1.8 GHz quad-core HiSilicon K3V3 processor, 2GB of RAM and all those other top tier specs we have all come to lust for. Other details include Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a massive 4,000 mAh battery. Other than that, little other details were given according to reports by Weibo.

For those interested, the entire moment was captured on video live from the Huawei store and above is that video. Give it a look to see this extra large phablet smartphone in the flesh. The device is slightly thicker than the Note II, but certainly a lot bigger. We’ll be learning all the details and getting some hands-on with this smartphone early next year at CES 2013 so stay tuned.

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The 2012 Android Central Awards will run until Monday, Dec. 24

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We're running the 2012 Android Central Awards through the weekend, making sure everyone has a chance to vote for their favorites. We spend the year talking about the devices and apps we love, but this is your chance to tell us what you love. It's an easy to take survey, complete with a write-in slot for each category in case we overlooked something.

We're keeping things open until Monday, then we're going to close it up and tally the votes. We'll go through them all and let you know what devices and apps you, the great AC community, thinks are the best of 2012. Hit the link below from your computer or phone and let us know what you think!

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Square Enix releases Demon’s Score, Final Fantasy II, and FF Dimensions for Android – Celebrates with holiday sale

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Great news for Square Enix fans looking to do a little gaming on their Android devices this holiday weekend. The video game publisher has just released 3 new titles into the Google Play Store, one of which has never been seen on US soil until this year.

Fresh new titles include classics such as  Final Fantasy II and the all new “classic” Final Fantasy Dimensions. FF Dimensions was released back in 2010 in Japan, and saw an iOS port earlier this year. Square has also released an all new IP dubbed Demon’s Score — an Nvidia Tegra 3 exclusive — which relies on quick reflexes to button presses to a funky beat (these kind of games are a big hit in Japan).

The pricing on some of these titles will floor you. Where you can nab Final Fantasy II for a fairly reasonable $7 in the Play Store, Final Fantasy Dimensions and Demon’s Score both debut at $20 a piece. Even if I could rationalize a game like Demon’s Score with cutting edge, console-like graphics debuting at the price, Final Fantasy Dimensions looks as if it came straight from ’96 (and yes, I understand that’s the point).

If those Square Enix titles are out of the question for you and you were still looking to level up this weekend, Square Enix is having a holiday sale that’s marked down some of their most expensive titles by 70%. Chaos Rings is now a very affordable $4, (previously $13) as well as the prequel, Chaos Rings: Omega. The original Final Fantasy as well as Chrono Trigger have also been marked down — albeit, not as much — now $5 and $7, respectively.

Can’t pass up a deal like that on Chaos Rings (feeling a bit sheepish after spending $13 for it a few months back), but at least I can score a discount on the prequel. Which ones are you guys picking up? Any recommendations?

[Square Enix games on Google Play]

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Samsung to fix Exynos vulnerability in software update ‘as soon as possible’

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Samsung has given Android Central a updated statement on its plans to fix the recently-discovered Exynos kernel vulnerability issue. In today's update, the company has indicated that it's aware of the problem and is preparing to move forward with software updates to remedy the situation on affected devices "as soon as possible." Samsung also confirms what we already knew about the nature of the exploit, specifically that a specially-coded malicious app is required to take advantage of it. (As we mentioned a few days back, if you're not downloading sketchy apps, you probably don't have much to worry about.)

Here's Samsung's statement in full –

Samsung is aware of the potential security issue related to the Exynos processor and plans to provide a software update to address it as quickly as possible.

The issue may arise only when a malicious application is operated on the affected devices; however, this does not affect most devices operating credible and authenticated applications.

Samsung will continue to closely monitor the situation until the software fix has been made available to all affected mobile devices.

The exploit, which was discovered over the weekend, could give a malicious app to free reign over a device's RAM, allowing it to take complete control of an affected device. Over the weekend, popular phones like the Galaxy Note 2 and international Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S2 were found to be vulnerable to the exploit. Given that sales of those devices are measured in the tens of millions, it isn't surprising to see a swift response from the manufacturer.

In the meantime, there are third-party fixes already available for those worried about falling foul of malware based upon this vulnerability.

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Samsung ‘conducting an internal review’ on Exynos kernel vulnerability

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There was potentially worrying news for Samsung phone owners this weekend, as a serious kernel security vulnerability was identified in Android devices running Exynos 4210 and 4412 chips. The list of affected devices includes some of the most popular Samsung phones, like the international Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3, and all Galaxy Note 2 models. The exploit in Samsung's kernel could give a malicious app free reign over a device's memory, allowing it to take complete control of it.

We reached out to Samsung for comment, and the company has today informed us that it is "currently in the process of conducting an internal review" into the matter. That's not a whole lot of information, but it at least confirms that Samsung's aware of the issue and is looking into it.

We'll keep you apprised of any further developments. In the meantime, if you're concerned about whether your own phone could be affected by this security vulnerability, check out our full report from yesterday.

More: The Samsung Exynos kernel exploit – what you need to know

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Exynos kernel exploit could open several Samsung devices to malware or worse

Some bad news is surfacing this weekend for owners of several popular Samsung devices. Members of XDA Developers identified a kernel exploit for devices with certain Exynos processors that could provide root access without flashing the device. According to XDA member alephzain, the vulnerability was discovered on his Samsung Galaxy S III in /dev/exynos-mem. The weakness provides full read/write rights to all physical memory.

XDA member testing has determined the device /dev/exynos-mem is involved in the operation of the camera, graphic memory allocation, and HDMI. Research reveals a change in permissions can plug the hole, but this also seems to have the side-effect of rendering the camera inoperable. Another XDA member, RyanZA, created a small app to toggle the affected device’s permissions between full read/write and read-only.

XDA members have reported the problem to Samsung, but no response or statement has been provided by Samsung yet. At this time, the exploit is believed to only affect devices with the 4210 or 4412 Exynos chipsets. The bad news for Samsung is that several of their top-selling devices are powered by those chips, including the Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Meizu MX.

No known malicious apps or malware exist that exploit the vulnerability. However, with news breaking about the security hole, harmful code is probably not far behind. Be sure to check back with TalkAndroid as additional information develops.

source: XDA Developers, XDA toggle app
via: The Next Web

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Expansys UK removes HTC Butterfly from listings, won’t be flying into Europe after all

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Following the announcement of the 5-inch, 1080p HTC Butterfly for China, a lot of people — including us — started getting a little excited when some signs of the device appeared on European retailers websites. HTC confirmed to us at the time that the device was officially only launching in China, leading us to believe that any purchases made in Europe would be of grey imports.

Seems that even this many not be the case anymore. The chaps over at the UK based site Coolsmartphone, actually went and pre-ordered a Butterfly from UK based Expansys. Granted, there was no price, no mention of when they would become available, but a definite intent it seemed that they would be offering the device for sale. Over the weekend they received this email from Expansys, detailing that in fact the device would not be coming to the UK at this time: 

Thank you for your recent interest and preorder of the HTC Butterfly. Unfortunately, we have now been informed by HTC that this device will not be available in European markets, and as such we have had to remove it from our website and cancel your preorder.

We're not all that sure where the Expansys stock may have been sourced from in the first place, but it's pretty clear cut that we won't be getting any. But, then again, Mobile World Congress takes place in just a couple of months, so who knows what the future may hold. 

Source: Coolsmartphone

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Nexus 4 once again sold out in UK, Germany

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After a couple of weeks of being on sale with lengthy waits for delivery, the LG Nexus 4 is officially sold out on the Google Play devices store in the UK and Germany. While the 8GB model sold out within hours of the second batch of stock going on sale, it had been possible to order the 16GB model, albeit with a 6-7 week shipping estimate. Today both flavors of Nexus 4 are marked as "sold out," in Britain and "ausverkauft" in Germany.

The news follows difficulties in getting some orders out to customers. Some who'd received 3-5 day shipping estimates had not received their orders as of Sunday, leading to Google UK & Ireland boss Dan Cobley getting involved. In a Google+ post made over the weekend, Cobley apologized for the delayed orders, and said stock from LG had been "scarce and erratic." Orders with pre-Christmas shipping estimates, he said, should be processed this week.

Did you manage to bag a Nexus 4 while it was available to order? Has yours arrived yet? Let us know about your Nexus 4 ordering experiences in the comments.

Source: Google Play

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Nexus 4 Sold Out In The UK And Germany, No Surprise Here

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The Nexus 4 is officially sold out on the Google Play store in the United Kingdom and Germany again. The 8GB model was sold out within hours of the second batch of stock becoming available a couple of weeks ago. Until now, the 16GB model was available to buy, albeit with excruciatingly painful shipping window estimated at 6-7 weeks. There is no word as to when a third batch of stock will become available, albeit we do hope there will be some soon as LG and Google work closely together to fix the matter at hand.

This news comes shortly after news surfaced that some customers who’d received a 3-5 day shipping estimate had not received their order(s). This lead to many disgruntled customers reaching out to Google UK & Ireland boss Dan Cobley. Cobley apologized for the delayed orders over the weekend via a Google+ post, updating us on the situation with LG saying that stock had been “scarce and erratic.” He also mentioned that customers who did not receive their device in the 3-5 day shipping estimate would be getting their shipping charges refunded. It was also mentioned that orders with pre-Christmas shipping estimates would be processed this week.

Hopefully Google and LG will get the shortages figured out soon. There are still a lot of potential customers eager to get their hands on the Nexus 4.

Did any of you manage to snag a Nexus 4 before the device went out of stock? How did your ordering experience go? Was it any better than when the first batch of stock was available? Let us know in the comments below!

source: Google Play

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Samsung ‘conducting an internal review’ on Exynos vulnerability

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There was potentially worrying news for Samsung phone owners this weekend, as a serious kernel security vulnerability was identified in Android devices running Exynos 4210 and 4412 chips. The list of affected devices includes some of the most popular Samsung phones, like the international Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3, and all Galaxy Note 2 models. The exploit in Samsung's kernel could give a malicious app free reign over a device's memory, allowing it to take complete control of it.

We reached out to Samsung for comment, and the company has today informed us that it is "currently in the process of conducting an internal review" into the matter. That's not a whole lot of information, but it at least confirms that Samsung's aware of the issue and is looking into it.

We'll keep you apprised of any further developments. In the meantime, if you're concerned about whether your own phone could be affected by this security vulnerability, check out our full report from yesterday.

More: The Samsung Exynos kernel exploit – what you need to know

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Exynos kernel exploit could open several Samsung devices to malware or worse

Some bad news is surfacing this weekend for owners of several popular Samsung devices. Members of XDA Developers identified a kernel exploit for devices with certain Exynos processors that could provide root access without flashing the device. According to XDA member alephzain, the vulnerability was discovered on his Samsung Galaxy S III in /dev/exynos-mem. The weakness provides full read/write rights to all physical memory.

XDA member testing has determined the device /dev/exynos-mem is involved in the operation of the camera, graphic memory allocation, and HDMI. Research reveals a change in permissions can plug the hole, but this also seems to have the side-effect of rendering the camera inoperable. Another XDA member, RyanZA, created a small app to toggle the affected device’s permissions between full read/write and read-only.

XDA members have reported the problem to Samsung, but no response or statement has been provided by Samsung yet. At this time, the exploit is believed to only affect devices with the 4210 or 4412 Exynos chipsets. The bad news for Samsung is that several of their top-selling devices are powered by those chips, including the Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Meizu MX.

No known malicious apps or malware exist that exploit the vulnerability. However, with news breaking about the security hole, harmful code is probably not far behind. Be sure to check back with TalkAndroid as additional information develops.

source: XDA Developers, XDA toggle app
via: The Next Web

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Exynos kernel exploit could open several Samsung devices to malware or worse

Some bad news is surfacing this weekend for owners of several popular Samsung devices. Members of XDA Developers identified a kernel exploit for devices with certain Exynos processors that could provide root access without flashing the device. According to XDA member alephzain, the vulnerability was discovered on his Samsung Galaxy S III in /dev/exynos-mem. The weakness provides full read/write rights to all physical memory.

XDA member testing has determined the device /dev/exynos-mem is involved in the operation of the camera, graphic memory allocation, and HDMI. Research reveals a change in permissions can plug the hole, but this also seems to have the side-effect of rendering the camera inoperable. Another XDA member, RyanZA, created a small app to toggle the affected device’s permissions between full read/write and read-only.

XDA members have reported the problem to Samsung, but no response or statement has been provided by Samsung yet. At this time, the exploit is believed to only affect devices with the 4210 or 4412 Exynos chipsets. The bad news for Samsung is that several of their top-selling devices are powered by those chips, including the Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Meizu MX.

No known malicious apps or malware exist that exploit the vulnerability. However, with news breaking about the security hole, harmful code is probably not far behind. Be sure to check back with TalkAndroid as additional information develops.

source: XDA Developers, XDA toggle app
via: The Next Web

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Android Community Weekly: December 16th, 2012

It was another exciting and long week around these parts, but things are getting interesting in the world of Mobile just in time for the holiday season. Then we have CES coming up early next year that will surely ease many hearts and minds, as well as make a few new smartphone buyers envious of what’s coming soon. Below we’ll have a quick rundown on some of the important Android news from the past week.

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It was another crazy week filled with leaks, rumors, devices with 1080p HD displays, and of course plenty from Google. The folks from Mountain View had a pretty big week this week with comments from Google’s Andy Rubin, Eric Schmidt had a few interviews with racy comments and more. It was an exciting week to be a DROID fan so lets dig in.

Starting with Google, they released Maps for iOS — wait wrong blog.. Good for Apple, but this is about Android. For one Google+ got a massive update that everyone’s loving, they updated their Calendar app with expandable notifications and more, and are even aiming to curb accidental ad clicks on mobile. Google Now got another update, Google’s set to sell 1 million Nexus 7′s in December, and Google’s own Eric Schmidt enjoyed some stage time saying “we’re winning the war” against Apple. He even talked about the lawsuits earlier this week too.

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Samsung had a crazy fun week with all sorts of leaks, rumors, announcements, and updates. First off we’re hearing they won’t have any big news about their Galaxy S4 at CES, but a 6.3-inch Galaxy Note III is rumored for next year. Talk about too big. Motorola is attacking Samsung in some new ads, but they aren’t scared. The Galaxy Camera is available from Verizon with 4G LTE, and the biggest news of all — Verizon’s Galaxy S III got Jelly Bean this weekend. Hurray!

The Galaxy Note II from Verizon got a bootloader unlock, and we’re hearing a pretty massive exploit was found in Samsung’s Exynos kernel — but we’ll be talking more about that next week. Now for some random bits of news that was fun and important this past week. Motorola updated the Atrix HD to Jelly Bean, Falcon Pro received another awesome update making it the best Twitter app around, and then Facebook got a whole lot better. Facebook finally released their native app for Android, and Facebook for Android is now essentially twice as fast and a much better overall experience. About darn time!

Now to end on a few fun notes there’s a huge (and likely BS) rumor that Intel is looking to acquire NVIDIA, the official Nexus 7 dock from ASUS is hopefully coming soon, and even Apple legend Guy Kawasaki prefers Android. Nuff said! Read through Android Community to catch up on anything else that you might have missed. My Packers are champs, so I’m happy.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. See you tomorrow!

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All Rovio HD games on sale this weekend for 99-cents

Rovio is celebrating the holiday season with a sale this weekend. All HD games are on sale for Android and iOS. All Android titles are just .99 cents in the Google Play Store. The sale ends this Monday, December 17, but why wait? Hit the download links below to get in on the action before it’s too late. Note: Bad Piggies is showing as Free at the time of this post.

source: Rovio

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All Rovio HD games on sale this weekend for 99-cents

Rovio is celebrating the holiday season with a sale this weekend. All HD games are on sale for Android and iOS. All Android titles are just .99 cents in the Google Play Store. The sale ends this Monday, December 17, but why wait? Hit the download links below to get in on the action before it’s too late. Note: Bad Piggies is showing as Free at the time of this post.

source: Rovio

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All Rovio HD games on sale this weekend for 99-cents

Rovio is celebrating the holiday season with a sale this weekend. All HD games are on sale for Android and iOS. All Android titles are just .99 cents in the Google Play Store. The sale ends this Monday, December 17, but why wait? Hit the download links below to get in on the action before it’s too late. Note: Bad Piggies is showing as Free at the time of this post.

source: Rovio

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Android Overload: Google to close down ActiveSync, Save to Google Drive extension, great deals and more

Welcome to your Android Overload: weekend edition. Saturday night festivities are about to begin as everyone’s vacations start. Before you head out and start enjoying yourself, go ahead and check out these stories. They didn’t make it to our home page, but they are still worth a good look!

  • Save to Google Drive Chrome extension [Chrome Spot]
  • Google’s Winter Cleaning: Google Sync and more going away [Google Official Blog]
  • Allow more non-Verizon apps to be used with Multi-Window [XDA Developers]
  • Remove non-Verizon SIM message and get APN data on VZW Galaxy Note II [XDA Developers]
  • S-Pen optimized image editor open beta [XDA Developers]
  • Samsung on child labor allegations [Samsung]
  • Best Buy to offer Samsung Galaxy S3 for $49.99 on December 16 [Android Authority]
  • 32 GB Nexus 7 going for $217 on eBay [eBay]

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All Rovio HD games on sale this weekend for 99-cents

Rovio is celebrating the holiday season with a sale this weekend. All HD games are on sale for Android and iOS. All Android titles are just .99 cents in the Google Play Store. The sale ends this Monday, December 17, but why wait? Hit the download links below to get in on the action before it’s too late. Note: Bad Piggies is showing as Free at the time of this post.

source: Rovio

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All Rovio HD games on sale this weekend for 99-cents

Rovio is celebrating the holiday season with a sale this weekend. All HD games are on sale for Android and iOS. All Android titles are just .99 cents in the Google Play Store. The sale ends this Monday, December 17, but why wait? Hit the download links below to get in on the action before it’s too late. Note: Bad Piggies is showing as Free at the time of this post.

source: Rovio

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All Rovio HD games on sale this weekend for 99-cents

Rovio is celebrating the holiday season with a sale this weekend. All HD games are on sale for Android and iOS. All Android titles are just .99 cents in the Google Play Store. The sale ends this Monday, December 17, but why wait? Hit the download links below to get in on the action before it’s too late. Note: Bad Piggies is showing as Free at the time of this post.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Sandy Hook

I don't much feel like writing about phones this weekend. Instead, I'll paraphrase a Facebook post from an old friend of mine from high school who leads a congregation in Nebraska:

It's so easy to say, "My heart/prayers goes out." How about this: Here's the address for Sandy Hook Elementary School: 12 Dickenson Drive, Sandy Hook, CT 06482.

Take five minutes. Sit down with your kid. Write a letter. Draw a picture. Make a card. Send it to them. Tell them you're praying for them. Tell them you're so sorry they're hurting. Tell them you love them. Don't just say you love them on Facebook. LOVE them for real. … Make your love tangible.

Wise words. Hug your kids, remember the victims. And don't ever stop trying to make this world a little better.

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All Rovio HD games on sale this weekend for 99-cents

Rovio is celebrating the holiday season with a sale this weekend. All HD games are on sale for Android and iOS. All Android titles are just .99 cents in the Google Play Store. The sale ends this Monday, December 17, but why wait? Hit the download links below to get in on the action before it’s too late. Note: Bad Piggies is showing as Free at the time of this post.

source: Rovio

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All Rovio HD games on sale this weekend for 99-cents

Rovio is celebrating the holiday season with a sale this weekend. All HD games are on sale for Android and iOS. All Android titles are just .99 cents in the Google Play Store. The sale ends this Monday, December 17, but why wait? Hit the download links below to get in on the action before it’s too late. Note: Bad Piggies is showing as Free at the time of this post.

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ASUS Transformer Pad Receiving Minor Update to 10.4.2.18, Still On Android 4.1.1

Over the weekend, ASUS pushed an update out to the Transformer Pad (TF300), but it was rather minor. While there are no visible changes yet, the kernel appears to have been updated, which could point that this is an update that could be preparing the device for the jump to Android 4.2+. Have you noticed [...]

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Rockstar Apologizes For Vice City Delay, Hopes to Launch Again By Next Weekend

Well, this will be just a quick update on the failed launch of Grand Theft Auto Vice City for Android. This morning, the game went live on Google Play, got downloaded by a few hundred people, then taken down due to some validating errors with the APK. It sucks, but these things happen. Rockstar issued [...]

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Nexus 7 docking station coming in early December from ASUS

This weekend the official docking station for the Nexus 7 made by ASUS has leaked to the internet. We’ve seen reports and hints at a dock coming soon, but this appears to be rather legit. Official accessories have been pretty rare but thanks to ASUS Japan we now have another look at this upcoming docking station for our favorite Android tablet.

The image above was found on the ASUS Japan official website with a release date stated as “early December” but so far we have no other details at this point. The same image was leaked back in July but we’ve not heard anything since. This will be a landscape only docking station with a few audio options to go along with it. There’s no HDMI-out or anything of that sort sadly, but the image does show micro-USB for the obvious charging. Then we see the 3.5mm audio port for playing that Google Music and more.

So far there hasn’t been any official accessories for the Nexus 7 from ASUS or Google aside from a few rather bland cases. They didn’t offer the smart case option with them, and those seeking better options have had to rely on 3rd party accessories. The Google Nexus 7 has the usual 3 pogo pins on the side for docking, but we’ve not yet been able to enjoy that “feature.”

It looks like those docking pins will finally be put to use here soon if this leak is any indication. According to ASUS Japan the new Nexus 7 landscape dock station will be available in early December, but we don’t have an actual date to report just yet. The dock is listed at a retail price of 3,480 Japanese Yen, which comes out to around $41 for us here in the US. hopefully Google puts this on the Play Store soon (since it’s already early December) for a price right around $39. Who’s interested?

[via ASUS Japan] — Thanks to everyone who sent this in!


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Don’t forget: Stuff your stocking with Android Central

Android Central ContestIf you missed it over the weekend, we're three days into a monthly contest in which we're giving away a $10 Google Play Gift Card every day this month. That's 31 winners in 31 days, with an easy $10 to spend on apps, books, music — whatever you want!

What's more is that each of the 31 winners will automatically be entered to win a free Nexus 4, which we'll choose and announce the first week of January.

We're going to change things up each week to keep it fresh. Here's the breakdown:

  • Dec. 1-8: Leave a post in the appropriate thread in the Android Central Forums.
  • Dec. 9-15: Subscribe to our YouTube Channel. (You can subscribe now if you want, but only subscriptions during that time frame will count as an entry.)
  • Dec. 16-22: Comment on that day's giveaway blog post. (Look for our hatted friend you see here.)
  • Dec. 23-31: To be announced. It'll be fun one way or another.

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Barnes & Noble reports huge increase in Nook sales over Thanksgiving weekend

Amazon is not the only company seeing a huge increase in sales over the craziest shopping weekend of the year. In fact, Barnes & Noble is reporting that it sold double the amount of NOOK units over the Thanksgiving weekend. B&N says that NOOK sales “doubled over the four-day Black Friday weekend, across all channels, based on information provided by our channel partners on a sell-through basis compared to the similar period last year.”



When B&N say that NOOK sales doubled, it doesn’t explicitly mention what percentage of those sales come from its NOOK tablets such as the NOOK HD and NOOK HD+. After all, Barnes & Noble sells a large amount of regular ereaders, which do not include its modified version of Android installed. Still, it’s likely that a good portion of those sales came from Android tablets.

B&N cites increased promotion at its retail partners for a large part of the retail sales. Specifically, Barnes & Noble mentions Walmart and Target as being major factors in its increased holiday sales. With the overall popularity of tablets in the retail channel this holiday season, these number do not come as any surprise.

B&N also announced its overall revenue for its fiscal 2013 second quarter, which ended October 27, 2012. Its consolidated revenues reached $1.9 billion, a decrease of 0.4% year-on-year. Consolidated net earnings were $2 million, compared to a loss of $7 million a year previous, which is an obvious improvement. Nook revenues totalled $160 million for the quarter, but the NOOK HD and HD+ were not included, as those numbers are reflected in its fiscal third quarter.


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