Friday, 23 December 2011

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Galaxy S III press shots leak, details attached

Posted: 23 Dec 2011 11:04 AM PST

There’s a couple of press shots out there today with the name Galaxy S III attached to them, and although we do suggest a bit of caution in believing these details as Bible truth, the possibility that this “leak” is accurate still does exist. The Samsung line of Galaxy S devices is the best selling series in the history of Android, and continues to impress the whole Android community with each iteration: your humble narrator uses the AT&T Galaxy S II as one of his daily drivers, in fact – so this is no small news to us, I can assure you. And with such strange details included here, such as this device dual-booting Android and Samsung’s own Bada operating system, we’re crossing our fingers for an odd future reality.

There are two full renders, the one above and the one below, each of them showing off how this device may well be the next step in the Galaxy line what with its smooth back like the Galaxy Player and the Galaxy Note and its camera setup not unlike the Galaxy S II. This leak comes from the blog of wonderful concept renders by the name of Concept Phones and includes all the details you see in this post. This device they say will be called the Samsung GT-I9500 Universal, it’s got a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED 1280 x 720 pixel resolution display, and behind its 9mm body you’ll find that camera setup which includes LED flash, Xenon flash, and a 12 megapixel camera.

This device will come with either 32 of 64 GB of internal memory as well as a slot able to work with microSDCX cards for memory expansion, and USB 3.0 will keep your transfers quick. There’ll be a pen tool like the Galaxy Note but it doesn’t appear to have an onboard carrying slot like its cousin, and inside there’s also a quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 1.5GHz processor. The version of Android inside will undoubtedly be Ice Cream Sandwich, and TouchWiz 5.0 runs right out of the box.

And then there’s Bada. How on earth it would make sense to run Android and Bada on the same device, I do not know, but apparently that’s what we’re seeing here. This display also obviously shows no need for a bezel, and 4G LTE connectivity will be working on this first configuration.

What this device may well end up being is not the Galaxy S III but the second generation (or the USA release) of the Galaxy Note. We’ll see soon!

[via SlashGear]


Republic Wireless changes policies to grant true unlimited data

Posted: 23 Dec 2011 09:31 AM PST

When newly-created wireless provider Republic Wireless promised a revolutionary VOIP-supplemented phone plan, it had at least one unfortunate legacy feature: limited access to data away from WiFi access points. The customized Republic phones fall back on CDMA networks when nothing else is available, and while no hard limits were in place, Republic noted that it would “encourage” heavy data users to seek another alternative. According to the company blog, they’ve reconsidered this approach, and Republic Wireless will become one of only two U.S. networks to offer truly unlimited mobile data.

From the blog post:

From today, republic wireless is all-in. We see Big Cell's stance, and are raising the standard to create something radically better. We're eliminating all usage thresholds, and with them the concern some of you have expressed about losing your membership for maintaining too large a cellular footprint.

Republic Wireless uses WiFi connections to route and connect phone calls whenever possible, and falls back seamlessly on The Now Network should an access point not be available. Their dirt-cheap $19 plans cover everything – voice calls, text messages and mobile data – but that prospect was somewhat soured by a nebulous data policy. Now that they will offer truly unlimited data for that small price, their beta service is looking more and more attractive.

There are still a few caveats. Republic has partnered with just one traditional CDMA network with a relatively small footprint, which means you’ll be out of luck if you travel frequently. And Republic only offers the LG Optimus S at the moment; because of some necessary hardware changes, you can’t bring your own Android phone onto the service. Perhaps modders and tweakers will be satiated knowing that at least some of Republic’s phones are running open source CyanogenMod code. We’ll be keeping a close eye on Republic Wireless, for either expanded areas of non-WiFi coverage or more recent hardware options.

[via Cnet]


Motorola DROID 4 renders don’t make the wait any easier

Posted: 23 Dec 2011 09:04 AM PST

By all accounts, lots and lots of original Motorola DROID owners have upgraded to Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus now that many of them are past their two-year upgrade point. But there’s still something to be said for physical keyboards, and those waiting for a high-end QWERTY phone have been largely ignored on Verizon for the last several months. The DROID 4 has been eagerly awaited by those wishing for some LTE goodness mixed with RAZR styling, but the latest rumored date (yesterday) didn’t pan out. In the meantime, have a gander at these renders dug up by Droid Life, covering every digital millimeter of the upcoming phone.

The DROID 4 will be just the second Verizon LTE device with a full keyboard, and borrow largely from the DROID RAZR and DROID XYBOARD. The tapered look around the 4-inch screen, as does the 960 x 540 resolution, but unfortunately the screen itself is a mere LCD. Inside you’ll get 16GB of storage for Android Gingerbread to play with, though unfortunately it’ll do so with a locked bootloader. Unlike the slinky RAZR, the DROID 4 will retain its removable battery. At this point a release before January seems unlikely, and Verizon or Motorola may choose to reveal the phone at CES for a February debut.

The phone showed up on an internal page of Verizon’s DROID DOES marketing page, where every DROID phone has been featured since the original. That’s a pretty good indication that it will see a full marketing rollout eventually, with another Twitter scavenger hunt likely as not. Unfortunately it appears that the DROID 4 won’t follow in the footsteps of the DROID 3 and DROID 2 Global, and will forgo a multi-function radio compatible with international networks. That honor seems to be reserved for the upcoming HTC Fireball and LG Spectrum.

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Dell partners with Chinese search engine Baidu for Streak Pro

Posted: 23 Dec 2011 08:41 AM PST

Dell’s American Android ambitions may have soured after lackluster sales of the Streak 5 and Streak 7 tablets, but it’s more than willing to take advantage of the rapidly expanding Chinese market. Since Google’s ubiquitous presence isn’t nearly as ubiquitous across the Pacific, it’s partnering with search engine Baidu to deliver services to their latest creation, the Streak Pro. The phone will use the Baidu Yi platform, a fork of Gingerbread’s open-source code that remains compatible with Android apps. Dell has effectively ended its Android products in America after it stopped selling the Streak 7 tablet through T-Mobile earlier this month.

Dell is the first company to produce a Yi phone, though they’ve released more subtly modified Android phones in the territory in the past. And just because it’s releasing to a traditionally low-income market doesn’t mean it won’t be impressive: the Streak Pro is aiming for the growing high end with a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen and qHD resolution. That’s enough to match most of the flagship phones in the US and Europe, and considerably more powerful than any ARM-based Dell products produced before.

Baidu apps are already commonplace on many Chinese Android smartphones, and the Yi platform will be an even greater integration with the company’s far-reaching services. It’s unclear how closely Yi will follow Android’s development path – they could simply update the modified Android code incrementally, as Barnes & Noble has done with its Nook tablets, or continue with independence development on their own. The latter seems unlikely, as apps published for Android would become increasingly nonfunctional the further that Yi’s code strays away from Android’s source.

[via Engadget]


OnLive update plays nice with Xperia Play game pad

Posted: 23 Dec 2011 07:40 AM PST

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play seems tailor made for online streaming service OnLive: it’s small, portable, with a wide screen and – most importantly – a built-in PlayStation-style game pad. These facts may have perturbed owners who tried out OnLive’s new Android app, since it defaulted to its touchscreen interface even on the specialized hardware. That minor oversight has been fixed, as PocketGamer reports that the Android app has been updated to support the buttons on the Xperia Play’s slide-out keyboard.

Play owners, simply check the Android Market for the updated OnLive app. Unfortunately it appears that root users are being left out of the party, possibly due to a failure to identify – the Movies section of the Android Market operates on a similar basis. The Xperia Play isn’t particularly powerful but in OnLive’s case that doesn’t matter. All the graphics and the bulk of the input and output for the available PC games is handled by OnLive’s remote servers, allowing for some truly fantastic graphics and gameplay that are beyond even the rapidly expanding hardware of Android phones and tablets.

Despite being more than a year old and probably due for a hardware refresh, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play seems to be aging gracefully. Just a few weeks ago Sony announced that more than 200 games that take advantage of the built-in game pad. And if you’re looking for a phone that plays nice with OnLive, you won’t have to spend much money to get it: the phone is just $49.999 at Verizon at the moment, and the HSPA+ version is the same price on AT&T. Rumors recently began of a forthcoming LTE version, but whether or not it would come with upgraded specifications has yet to be seen.


Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S won’t get ICS updates, sky continues to be blue

Posted: 23 Dec 2011 06:50 AM PST

Considering how hard it is to get Android manufacturers to update nearly new phones to the latest official software version, it should be no surprise that Samsung has declined to upgrade the Galaxy S line of smartphones and the original Galaxy Tab to Ice Cream Sandwich. The company confirmed the news on its Samsung Tomorrow (translated) blog, disappointing many and surprising few. If you can read Korean or make sense of the Google translation, it looks like TouchWiz is a primary culprit.

Samsung notes that unlike Nexus phones, the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab require extra space for TouchWiz, video applications and carrier additions. There’s an obvious answer to that conundrum, Samsung, and it’s spelled A-O-S-P – just leave out the extra stuff that few are particularly fond of anyway, and you’ll be golden. But TouchWiz has become Samsung’s hallmark on the Android platform. It would be easy enough to send out a Galaxy S Ice Cream Sandwich ROM based on the software update now available for the near-identical Nexus S, but it appears that differentiation via TouchWiz is more conducive to “the best user experience”. It’s not especially good news, but at this point in Android’s evolution it’s unfortunately par for the course.

Of course, we would be lax in our editorial duties if we didn’t remind you that the carrier and manufacturer isn’t the only place to find software updates. Both the international version of the Galaxy S and the WiFi Galaxy Tab already have home-cooked Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs in the making, and they will probably only get better now that the Nexus S update is widely available. Official updates for the Galaxy S II and all the second generation versions of the Galaxy Tab should be ready by early next year.

[via The Verge]


Dropbox supporting Android 4.0 optimizations hits Android Market

Posted: 22 Dec 2011 10:16 PM PST

The Dropbox team has updated their Android app for 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) optimization and added some great new features. To name a few, the Favorites tab offers quick offline access to files, multiple uploads of photos and videos are now available, renaming files and folders now works, and single-tab access to all file and folder actions functions properly.

Until now, this version has been sitting over on the Dropbox forums to allow users to publicly test it out to make sure it was ready for prime time. And after two days, it finally is. Just navigate over to the Android Market for a quick update or initial download. The improved and polished gallery view is a step up as well – so be sure to check it out.

But when all is said and done, I can't seem to steer away from Box (formerly Once it too becomes ICS optimized, I'll probably convert completely and use it alone as my primary cloud storage container. It is fast, responsive, and I currently can't conceive a way to improve it.

[Market Link]


Verizon Galaxy Nexus modification will change your softkeys and their color

Posted: 22 Dec 2011 09:44 PM PST

For Galaxy Nexus owners that just picked up their device from Verizon, you may finally have a reason to root your device. Yes, rooting does void your warranty – but it opens a world of new available features. Even though Verizon's Nexus is fairly new, development has been progressing at an excellent rate. We recently discussed a battery mod compatible with the Android Revolution HD ROM for the Galaxy Nexus, and now there is a softkey mod that adds a "Search" softkey pictured as a magnifying glass to the right of the bottom menu buttons.

The softkeys are also available in different colors; personally, I prefer the ICS blue. It looks excellent. You can now expect support for both the 4.0.2 and 4.0.3 based ROMs, and as they are incorporated into future work – I'm sure the project will continue its support. Paired with the battery percentage modification, the Galaxy Nexus couldn't feel more complete.

However, we haven't had a chance to test out any of the newly developed kernels yet – and there are plenty out there. Most require the user to be on a 4.0.3 base, but until a few more bugs are worked out I plan on keeping a close eye out instead of continuously flashing the latest builds. If any of you are rocking a Galaxy Nexus, feel free to share with the community how much better/worse your battery life has become.

[via Rootzwiki]


AT&T purchases 700MHz LTE spectrum from Qualcomm for $1.9 Billion

Posted: 22 Dec 2011 07:58 PM PST

While we can always use some comfort food for a pick-me-up after a bad day or event, AT&T just goes shopping for LTE frequencies; and who can blame them – after the T-Mobile merger failed they lost a pretty penny. Qualcomm will sell their 700MHz spectrum for $1.9 Billion, and the purchase should be finalized by the end of the year.

For the deal to go through, the FCC states that AT&T will not only have to meet FCC enforced interference requirements, but they may have to offer up a percentage of the spectrum for data roaming on other carriers. And currently, that includes Verizon Wireless as that had acquired most of the FCC's 700 MHz C Block spectrum some time back.

These newly acquired airwaves should help to boost up their 4G LTE network for many new markets in the near future. And in early 2012 we'll find out if they'll actually be required to offer their newly acquired spectrum to other carriers. That would be quite interesting. When roaming on a 4G network, imagine how quickly the data charges will add up!

[via Electronista]


Street Fighter 4 bumped back to 2012, still an LG exclusive

Posted: 22 Dec 2011 06:10 PM PST

Bad news for fighter fans: Street Fighter 4 HD has bumped its Android release back, at least according to the sign-up page for the Global Championship 2012 Tournament. Previously the game had been scheduled for a fourth quarter release, but obviously, that’s unlikely to happen at this point. There’s no word on when the game might show up, and unfortunately, it still seems to be exclusive to LG customers: the only phone verified to get the game so far in the US is AT&T’s LG Nitro HD, though Japanese customers should see it on the Asian equivalent, the LG Optimus LTE.

The game should be ready by at least January 14th, when the qualifying tournament is scheduled to begin. Two tournaments will be offered, one played on the Optimus LTE/Nitro HD, and the other on the Xbox 360. You can enter both tournaments if you wish. Prizes include up to $10,000 for first place on the phone version, but just $5,800 on the Xbox – it’s a tough decision between traditional button controls and an extra $4,200 in prize money. The qualifying tournament will consist of 128 players, with the sweet sixteen matches posted on the web for viewing later.

There’s still no information on a public release, or when the game will see the light of day on non-LG devices. As a promotional vehicle it’s a smart move for LG, especially among gamers, but I can’t help but think that owners of the Xperia Play won’t be thrilled to hear this news. At least there’s plenty of old-school gaming to keep you busy in the meantime: Grand Theft Auto 3, Sonic CD and Oregon Trail all recently debuted on the Android Market.

[via SlashGear]


HTC Fireball, LG Spectrum could be Verizon’s first LTE world phones

Posted: 22 Dec 2011 05:17 PM PST

Americans get a lot of cool stuff before the rest of the world, but phones that play nice with international networks is not one of them. Verizon customers in particular have a lot of frustration to deal with, since the CDMA network is totally useless almost everywhere else in the world. There are a smattering of globally operable phones on Verizon, including the DROID 2 Global, DROID 3 and the Incredible 2. But so far there haven’t been any global-ready smartphones that take advantage of Verizon’s LTE network. According to some leaked internal documentation from Droid Life, that may soon change with phones from HTC and LG.

We’ve heard rumors of both these phones before: the HTC Fireball was spotted in Verizon’s apparently leaky computer system, and shots of the LG Spectrum (AKA the LG Revolution 2) make it look like a revised version of AT&T’s Nitro HD. Both of the phones were marked as “global” in the above Verizon listings. That’s great news for global travelers who use Verizon in the United States, as none of the recent high-profile smartphone releases on the network have featured global connectivity, with the exception of the iPhone 4S. And who wants to embarrass themselves while traveling?

There’s no news on when these phones will become available, but if they’re in the system it’s probably a matter of less than three months. Expect more information at CES in about three weeks, with hands-on photos and videos from Android Community if we’re lucky. Keep in mind that “global” doesn’t mean “unlocked”: Verizon’ world phones still incur significant roaming charges, and many international travelers simply opt to buy a cheap phone and a prepaid SIM card for the duration of their travels.


HTC fights back against IPCom in harassment case

Posted: 22 Dec 2011 04:46 PM PST

A month ago corporate patent troll intellectual property specialist IPCom won a major case against HTC in Germany, which seems to be a downright patent hotbed lately. The court ruled that IPCom’s 3G technology patent was being illegally used in HTC’s phones (and by extension, pretty much every cell phone in Europe) and and now a sales ban against HTC devices looms. But IPCom jumped the gun a bit on the ruling, and started harassing retailers for selling HTC phones immediately. HTC countersued and (wait for it) secured an injunction, keeping the trolls from further bothering retailers.

It’s a small victory, to be sure. The original ruling is still in effect, and if HTC and IPCom don’t reach some kind of agreement, the manufacturer may be forced to exit Germany entirely. That’s rather unlikely, but for their part HTC says it’s prepared to take the hit in order to avoid egregious patent licensing fees. The company is facing some trouble on our side of the pond from everyone’s favorite troll Apple has won a case against HTC for the automatic phone number hyperlinks.HTC says it already has a work-around prepared well in advance of the April deadline.

Germany’s been in the news a high profile case between Samsung and Apple as well. Apple successfully secured an injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for a design patent. When Samsung revised the tablet with the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, Apple tried to secure another injunction. The German court must be as sick of patent suits as we are, because it sent Apple home with no sales ban. Hurrah for a modicum of sanity.

[via BGR]


You have died of dysentery: Oregon Trail is free on the Android Market

Posted: 22 Dec 2011 03:40 PM PST

Who among us can’t remember crowding around the class Macintosh to watch one lucky kid at a time try to make the journey west to the pixelated promised land in Oregon Trail. Well, probably quite a few of us – those of you who are significantly older or younger than I am, for a start. But I digress. Oregon Trail is back, this time from mobile mega-developer Gameloft, in an updated version for your Android phone or tablet. And it’s free.

For the two of you out there in Internet Land who never played one of Oregon Trail’s many iterations, it goes something like this: you start of as a family of frontier hopefuls, buying a wagon, oxen and supplies in Missouri, trying to survive the perilous journey to Oregon. You could name your character and family members (most of my classmates opted for names with just four letters), make course decisions at key crossroads, repair and resupply your wagon along the way, and of course, hunt wildlife for food. In an oddly macabre edition to a kids’ game, your family members – and eventually the player character – can die in grisly, horrible and ultimately realistic ways. Always a crowds pleaser.

Gameloft’s version, entitled Oregon Trail: Settler, brings the same core survivalist gameplay with some pleasing modern tweaks. Once you reach the end of your journey you’re introduced to a Sim City-style isometric town, where you must farm, market and defend your property. The game is free in the Android Market (that’s zero buckskins for you pioneer types) and available now for all recent versions of Android. Remember: always buy lots of bullets.

[via DroidGamers]


Motorola DROID RAZR update slicing onto handsets today

Posted: 22 Dec 2011 03:13 PM PST

We’ve mentioned the large bugfix and software update for the recently released DROID RAZR more than a few times already. Earlier this week Verizon released the official documents and update details and mentioned it was rolling out. Most users haven’t seen the update yet but today Motorola themselves have confirmed users should have started getting the OTA as of yesterday.

Along with improvements to that camera and 4G LTE connection we have plenty of changes. Not to be confused with the recent downtime experienced nationwide by all Verizon customers — the RAZR has had a few 3G/4G connection issues and they have been addressed in this update. Here are a few of the key important new features:


Improved 4G data connectivity
Eliminated false SIM error messages
Improved performance for transition between 3G and 4G connections
Improved maintenance of network connection upon completion of a voice call
Enhanced Wi-Fi performance

Phone Stability

Resolved general stability issues in menu access. Browser, Phone Dialer, video playback and music player reducing Force Close errors and lockups.


Improved readability for Lapdock email, SMS and social networking user interface menu items
Updated group message notifications

Motorola says to watch for the notification to hit your device and enjoy the latest update. We still aren’t sure if this will break root access or some of the simple one-click methods available for whom it may concern. The update should be rolling throughout the holiday weekend but you can get a head start by going to settings > menu > about phone > check for updates and give it a go today. Let us know if any problems arise in the comment section below — we know Motorola is known for sometimes causing more issues than they fix.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : DROID RAZR
    Manufactuer : Motorola
    Carrier : Verizon
    Announced Date : October 18, 2011
    Release Date : November 03, 2011
    Also Known As :
  • Screen Size : 4.3 Inch
  • Resolution :
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED Advanced qHD
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.15 Inch
  • Width : 2.71 Inch
  • Depth : 0.27 Inch
  • Weight : 127 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1780 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 8.9 hours
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • SMS
  • MMS
    CPU : OMAP 4430
    CPU Clock Speed : 1200 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16.384 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • CDMA
    CDMA Band:
  • 800
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1700
  • 1900
  • 2100
Device Connectivity
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via Motorola]


“$100 ICS Tablet” Novo7 is available for pre-order… for $120

Posted: 22 Dec 2011 03:00 PM PST

More than a few people got excited at the prospect of a $100 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet when a no-name manufacturer sprang out of China marketing the Novo7… and immediately became less excited at a $60 shipping fee that seemed more than a little fishy. Now the same low-powered tablet is sitting pretty with a pre-order status on import sites PandaWill and Merimobiles, both of which seem legitimate enough as far as Internet storefronts go. The latter is claiming an $80 discount off of the “retail” price of $200.

Just for a quick refresher, the specs on the Ainol Novo/Novo7/Knight/Paladin (it seems to have something of an identity crisis) are as follows: a 7-inch screen with just 800 x 480 pixels, a 1Ghz processor and 512MB of RAM, and a microSD card slot. The resellers note that it comes with the Android Market, but I would frankly be amazed if this turns out to be true. Considering the brief experiment Android Community pulled with the Galaxy Nexus screen density, I’m kind of amazed they managed to force Ice Cream Sandwich to display its tablet interface on a resolution that is a little low even for a 5-inch device, let alone a 7-inch.

So, will the somewhat lower price and less shady sellers convince you to lay down your hard earned cash? It shouldn’t. In the next few months dozens of cheap ICS tablets will become available, and almost all of them will feature better specs and less cringe-inducing credentials than this little guy. For just a little extra cash you can pick up the Archos Internet Tablet 70b, a Honeycomb tablet from a respected manufacturer with an active mod community for just $200. You’ll be seeing a home-grown ICS build on the hardware soon enough, and an official update eventually.

[via Liliputing]


EA’s Real Racing 2 hits the Android Market — looks amazing

Posted: 22 Dec 2011 02:22 PM PST

EA has just released their newest and best racing game yet in Real Racing 2. In case you’ve never heard of the first one that is because it wasn’t available in the Android Market so many users never played that decently fun game. Real Racing 2 brings things to a new level and brings tons of racing awesomeness to the palm of your hand. EA is calling this “the most hotly anticipated racing game ever made for Android”. Hopefully it lives up to that line, see the video and screenshots below to get a better idea of what to expect.

The video preview below makes it look very impressive and I can’t wait to give this game a try myself. It’s currently free but they want plenty of in-app payments to keep things going but it’s worth a quick try at least right? Race away with 30 high-performance cars, 15 awesome locations, and an immersive career mode taking you through more than 40 miles of road.

This isn’t your average racing game with mild graphics and look-alike cars. Race with 30 officially licensed cars including the 2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, 2010 Nissan GT-R (R35), 2012 McLaren MP4-12C, and more. You can clearly see the awesome level of detail to the cars from the video above and a few screenshots from the gallery below.

As mentioned above, Real Racing 2 is free-to-try but will have a few in-game app purchases or users can buy the full game for a modest $4.99 if they’d like. The try before you buy is a pretty good idea for those that aren’t quick to spend the cash on this type of mobile game. Enjoy over 10 hours of racing with edge of your seat excitement and be sure and let us know what you think of the game — once you’ve beat it of course.

Market Link — Real Racing 2

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Shadowgun update hits Android Market with Tegra 3 support

Posted: 22 Dec 2011 02:03 PM PST

If you are one of the lucky few that was able to snag a pre-order for the hotly anticipated ASUS Transformer Prime and that beastly quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor then I have some great news for you. One of the best shooter games available for Android called SHADOWGUN has just been updated with Transformer Prime and Tegra 3 support — making it have by far some truly stunning graphics.

We were lucky enough to get a first-hand look at the pre-production version for Tegra 2 devices and did a few hands-on videos for those looking to see just how impressive the graphics can be on a mobile device. In our timeline below will be plenty about Shadowgun and both of our hands-on video posts.

This is probably one of the best games available for Android in terms of third person shooters and really showcases the ability of the NVIDIA processors and gaming prowess. The Tegra 3 supported version has tons of increased graphics and visuals. With real-time lighting effects, amazing water visuals with reflections and more. I had fun just shooting the water and watch the detailed splashes. This is one of those games that really shows what we can expect with mobile gaming in the future and with 2012 quad-core enabled devices.

Here’s a quick demo from our sister site SlashGear and our very own Chris Burns comparing regular Shadowgun to the Tegra 3 version on the Prime

I know many are still waiting on availability and pre-orders and it looks like ASUS might not have nearly as much stock and supply as they should have. Pre-orders have sold out at Amazon, Best Buy, and almost every other online retailer with some expecting shipments to not go out until late January. If you were able to get one — or found stock in a Best Buy then head to the market link below and try out this Tegra 3 optimized game today.

Market Link — Shadowgun


NFL Mobile headed to Galaxy Nexus today — Super Bowl live stream included

Posted: 22 Dec 2011 01:00 PM PST

When I received my shiny new Galaxy Nexus from Verizon with 4G LTE I was excited to try NFL Mobile — their awesome (and sadly exclusive) NFL app that basically is a must-have for any Football fan. Not to mention NFL Mobile premium with free live streaming of all NFL games including the Super Bowl is free for 4G LTE smartphone customers. Sadly it was not supported on the Galaxy Nexus but according to Droid-Life that should be changing today.

After being quite disappointed by not having this new flagship 4G LTE device be supported I reached out to Verizon support and didn’t get any firm details other than they were working on a fix. We’ve received a few tips and now with the information learned today we are now happy to report Verizon should be pushing an update at some point today, December 22nd, that will enable full Android 4.0 ICS and Galaxy Nexus support with NFL Mobile.

Currently the application is still on the last version and no update is available at this time. For those huge NFL fans wanting to stream the Thursday blowout game coming tonight, or all the Saturday playoff implicating games be sure to check for updates throughout the day — Or just install the non-compatible version now and it’ll notify you when the time comes.

Thanks Verizon, you’ve just made my holiday weekend!


Grand Theft Auto 3 update adds Bionic and Galaxy Nexus support, on sale for $2.99

Posted: 22 Dec 2011 12:28 PM PST

Yes! The awesome guys over at Rockstar games has just delivered not one, but two gifts for Android fans this holiday season. The recently released for Android version of Grand Theft Auto III has been dropped to just $2.99 for the holiday season until December 29th. If you get any AMEX giftcards for Christmas you might want to snatch this game before the price goes back up.

Not only did this awesome and epic crime-style mobster game get a 40% discount but it has been updated to support some of the latest and greatest smartphones. Most of the 1 star ratings were for cut scenes freezing the game, and the lack of device support. All Samsung Galaxy S II phones, DROID Bionic, and the brand new Galaxy Nexus all are now fully supported on GTA III. Who’s ready to steal some cars?

The list of improvements also mentions those cut scenes and immediately skipping cutscenes will no longer cause issues and freezing for most devices. They’ve also increased the shader error handling and improved on the graphics a bit. Not to mention the user bug and performance fixes we see on every changelog. Get it now for the holiday price of just $2.99 from the market link below — and don’t forget to be nice to pedestrians and stop at all red lights.

Market Link — GTA III


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