Friday, 27 April 2012

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Sony ST21i Tapioca pictures leak – sure isn’t pretty

Posted: 27 Apr 2012 10:47 AM PDT

Earlier this morning the top-tier Sony Hayabusa leaked giving us additional details and even spotted on camera, and now we have one more. This leak though, shows us the low-end and is the previously revealed Sony ST21i Tapioca budget smartphone. It won’t be winning any design awards but might be a winner for your wallet.

The Tapioca and Hayabusa both should be released sometime in July if this leak is accurate, and now that both are starting to appear things could be right on time. The spec’s are reported to be pretty low-end just like previous reports for this Xperia. Coming with a 3.2-inch screen, an 800 MHz single-core processor and only 512MB of ram this will be for the budget crowd, that is for sure. At least it comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich though right?

Looking at the picture provided it surely has a bulky design and they are cutting some corners on design to probably make this as budget-friendly as possible. With the odd design it could also have a keyboard under the display, or as the leaked roadmap linked to above suggests — a Tapioca DS (dual-screen). Until we see more leaks we’ll have to wait and wonder, but we might be seeing a dual-screen budget phone from Sony in the coming weeks or months.

[via PocketNow]

Republic Wireless teases new and better hardware

Posted: 27 Apr 2012 09:56 AM PDT

Those of you who jumped on the chance to join Republic Wireless, a hybrid VOIP/mobile service with eye-popping low rates, are probably receiving your beta invitations now. Republic’s unlimited WiFi calling and mobile data for just $19 a month is tempting – but their sole phone, the 1.5-year-old Android-powered LG Optimus One, isn’t. As part of the survey for its latest Beta wave, the service provider has added a few details for its plans to expand its Android offerings.

The lowest-tier phone will cost $199 without a contract, and will be incorporated into the cost of the first month’s service. The current LG Optimus One is decidedly low-end, but the upgraded phone (which isn’t named) will have a 3.5-inch screen, 600mhz processor and a 5 megapixel camera. The mid-range Republic Wireless offering bumps things up to 3.7 inches, a 1GHz single-core CPU, a 5MP rear camera twinned to a VGA front-facing cam, and gigabyte of storage for $299.

Republic’s top-of-the-line phone will cost $499 off contract and feature more modern specs: a 4.3-inch screen, 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, 8GB of storage and a 7 megapixel camera (possibly a typo intended to be 8 megapixels). All three phones will unfortunately run Gingerbread in order to work with Republic’s unique software, but the company says it’s already looking at upgrades.

Would-be Republic Wireless customers don’t have the option of importing a phone from another carrier. This isn’t some kind of malicious policy – the WiFi-to-CDMA switching hardware that allows for a seamless transition is unique and has to be built into new phones. Republic says that it will begin offering newer Android phones in the summer, though the more expensive options may have to wait.

Samsung denies being part of “Wake Up” anti-Apple campaign

Posted: 27 Apr 2012 09:33 AM PDT

A video crashed the web yesterday with what people were calling a Samsung anti-Apple flashmob campaign that was staged outside of a large Apple store in Australia. I’m sure you saw the news and if not you’ll want to see video below. In a turn of events Samsung has came out this afternoon and directly denied any involvement in the situation — Samsung Australia at least.

After our sister site SlashGear reached out to Samsung they received a quick and short answer from them that was direct and right to the point. Here’s what they had to say:

"Samsung Electronics Australia has nothing to do with the 'Wake-Up Campaign"

This situation instantly had people taking to Twitter saying nothing but negative things about Samsung. Calling them “childish” and “out of line”. The previous videos calling iPhone buyers iSheep while promoting the Galaxy S III were one thing, but this was taking it too far. Or was it? When the flashmob of dozens of black-clad men and women holding "Wake Up" signs begin chanting outside of the Apple store I instantly was extremely surprised anyone from Samsung would sign off on this, and apparently they didn’t.

For now, it’s unclear who planned or arranged the anti-Apple flashmob, or if we’ll ever find out. The man behind the video, Blunty3000 was in the right place at the right time, or maybe he knows more than he’s telling. What do you guys, the readers think of the video below? Was this just one of many attacks as of late and not a big deal? Or was this taking things too far?

Apple axes Chomp for Android after acquisition

Posted: 27 Apr 2012 09:17 AM PDT

We tend to ignore Apple-specific news here on Android Community, but if you’re a user of app discovery service Chomp, you’ll have a hard time doing that today. All references to the Android Market/Google Play Store and Verizon’s V-CAST apps are gone from Chomp’s website. The Chomp app itself has disappeared from the Google Play Store, and the download links on its home page go straight to iTunes. In fact you won’t find any mention of the world’s most popular mobile OS anywhere on their website.

This is because Apple bought Chomp lock, stock and barrel back in February, and they’re not too keen on sharing the limelight with the operating system that’s outselling iOS in every major market. The reasoning was that Apple wanted Chomp’s algorithm for searching and organizing apps to improve the same feature in iTunes. When the acquisition was announced, Chomp’s executive had already been working for Apple for some time.

Will this affect you? Unless you’re a dedicated and constant user of Chomp, probably not. It’s also not altogether surprising, given Apple’s downright hostile stance towards Android in the past, refusing to even allow iOS developers to acknowledge Android apps in their iTunes listings. Oh well – you’ll just have to rely on one of Chomp’s competitors or, you know, search the Google Play Store manually from now on.

[via SlashGear]

Sony Hayabusa specs rumored: 4.5-inch screen, 7mm thin

Posted: 27 Apr 2012 08:40 AM PDT

The last we heard of the strangely-named Hayabusa, it was sitting on a Sony release list bound for July. At that time we didn’t know anything about the phone, other than the fact that it was one of the most expensive (and presumably most powerful) devices on Sony’s 2012 lineup. Now BriefMobile reports from unnamed sources in China that the phone is the LT29i, destined to become Sony’s next flagship. And if their specs are anything close to real, it’ll be a doozie.

First, the screen will be 4.55 inches, bigger than any Sony phone to date. Naturally it’ll feature the same 720p resolution as the Xperia S. It also packs a whopping 13-megapixel camera with high dynamic range video, A Snapdragon S4 processor with upgraded GPU, a larger than average 2200mAh battery, and crams it all into a case that’s just 7mm thin – impressive, since Sony’s phones haven’t been particularly svelte up to now. The phone is reportedly already running Ice Cream Sandwich.

All of this certainly seems possible. After all, the HTC One X has similar specifications in a slinky frame, and the Hayabusa would have had more time to overcome the engineering difficulties of a larger battery and more dense camera sensor. According to the leak, the phone is expected to have a June announcement and a July release date. The previous roadmap showed the Hayabusa with a price tag of €493, about $650.

DROID Incredible 4G LTE extended battery for sale online

Posted: 27 Apr 2012 07:55 AM PDT

If you needed any extra proof that HTC’s DROID Incredible 4G LTE was on the way, well then, you’ve probably got some kind of trust issues. Nevertheless, here it is: HTCPEdia’s online shop seems to have jumped the gun and begun selling the Incredible 4G’s extended battery and battery cover, without a phone for them to fit in. While there’s little doubt that the DROID Incredible 4G LTE is coming, we still don’t know exactly when it’ll hit Verizon or for how much.

The extended battery beefs up the capacity to 2150mAh, a boost of about 400mAh from its rumored stock battery. That’s just a little more juice than Samsung’s official extended battery for the Galaxy Nexus LTE. Interestingly, the $34.99 battery and $19.99 cover are sold separately, bringing the total cost up to $55 for the set. On the plus side, this will allow customers to buy multiple extended batteries at a lower cost without having superfluous covers sitting around collecting dust.

At this point there isn’t much we don’t know about the DROID Incredible 4G LTE’s hardware: it shares a lot of design DNA with the HTC One S, shrinking the QHD display down to 4.0 inches and swapping out the metal chassis for a plastic case. It drops the storage capacity to 8GB but inserts an SD card slot to make up for it. Ice Cream Sandwich, Sense 4.0, an 8-megapixel camera and a Snapdragon S4 processor make the jump. If that May 10th date is anything to go by, we should see a retail phone in a couple of weeks.

[via DroidDog]

Samsung is now the #1 phone manufacturer in the world

Posted: 27 Apr 2012 07:14 AM PDT

There’s a lot of Samsung news on Android Community lately, but can you blame us? Sammy seems to bring out a new smartphone every week, and their high-end devices like the Galaxy Note and the upcoming Galaxy S III are among the most coveted worldwide. A milestone that Samsung’s been working towards for years has finally been passed: they’ve unseated Nokia as the number one phone manufacturer on the planet. According to IHS iSuppli, Samsung sold 25.4% of the mobile phones (including smartphones and “feature phones”) in the first quarter of 2012.

By contrast, the incumbent Nokia sold just 22.5%. Their 2011 decision to switch to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform has resulted in lukewarm sales in the high-profit smartphone market. European carriers (along with more than a few end users) have stated that Nokia would be better positioned with Android, an OS that’s allowed Samsung to dominate in the smartphone market. The closest OS competitor is iOS, which admittedly outsells Samsung Android phones (but not Android phones overall) with a worldwide phone share of 9.5%.

As far as total units go, Samsung shipped a whopping 92 million total phones in the first quarter, with 32 million of them being smartphones. Nokia is behind with 83 million units total. All major manufacturers are actually down in phone shipments from the same period in 2011, but the redistribution of sales and shipments puts Samsung on top by a healthy margin. Apple is still hanging on to the single-company smartphone lead selling 35 million iPhones in the same time period.

[via SlashGear]


Sony patent shows Xperia Play with gaming and QWERTY keyboards

Posted: 27 Apr 2012 06:38 AM PDT

As good as the Xperia Play is at doing its assigned task, the hardware is looking a little long in the tooth 14 months after its initial release. So what could be in store for the next Sony gaming/smartphone hybrid? How about a keyboard mechanism that featured both a slide-out gamepad and the more conventional QWERTY keyboard? If an entry in the US Patent and Trademark office can be believed, that’s what could be in store.

The patent in question describes a standard-slide out QWERTY keyboard with a second sliding mechanism that covers the keys and sits flush with the lower half of the case. This portion is where the gaming controls go, and in the patent application they’re a spitting image of the PSP’s layout. Also present, but not necessarily relevant, is what looks like a 21:9 letterboxed LCD screen.

So, where’s the touch-sensitive control pad that replaced the analog joysticks on the Xperia Play? Odds are that that particular innovation wasn’t ready when this patent was filed. It’s dated 2010, which would put it right at the beginning of the Xperia Play’s hardware development cycle. Obviously a dual keyboard didn’t make it into the first phone’s hardware, but it’s due for an upgrade sometime soon – a geek can hope, right? In the meantime, you can twiddle your gaming thumbs waiting for Sony to update the Xperia Play to Ice Cream Sandwich.

[via Engadget]

S3 or not the S3, that is the question

Posted: 27 Apr 2012 03:11 AM PDT

The image you see above appears to have been taken by Mister Blurrycam with the most blurry cam available. According to the person who offered that image up, it’s a shot of the Samsung Galaxy S III. We’ve heard a lot about that phone and have seen a few images of the device thus far. Granted this could be a hoax.

From the image, the phone doesn’t look that different from other smartphones on the market. The image is claimed to be the final design of the new smartphone. It’s worth noting that other supposed images of the smartphone have leaked that are questionable as well. The thing that bothers me about this image is in the lower left-hand corner of the smartphone extending onto the carpet immediately to the left.

Above the menu buttons on the smartphone, you can see a reflection that is presumably the hand of the person holding a smartphone that took the leaked photo. However, on the carpet immediately to the left of the edge of the smartphone you can see little pink blurs that are a continuation of that reflection on the carpet, which is not reflective. What do you think, is this pic nothing but a Photoshop or the real deal?

[via Knowyourmobile]

Skype update adds speed, UI and video improvements

Posted: 26 Apr 2012 06:48 PM PDT

Despite a wide array of would-be usurpers like Google Plus Hangouts, Skype remains the most popular voice over IP and video chat client around. They’ve had a pretty good track record of Android support, and the latest of their regular updates brings performance improvements and a more streamlined UI across the board. You can download Skype from the Google Play Store now.

The most striking change in the new app is its improved start-up time. I tried it out myself, and while I didn’t have a stopwatch handy, it’s a definite improvement at about five seconds from tapping the icon to reaching the log-in screen. The instant message client built around Skype’s network has gotten a visual overhaul, bringing it more in line with the current desktop program.

But perhaps the most useful addition is that the auto-rotation feature for video now works with more phones. Skype didn’t enumerate which phones were added (and which were still unsupported) but it’s nice to know nonetheless. Reviews of the new version seem mixed, with most of the complaints coming in about the new chat interface. Some are reporting issues with low-quality video recording, a problem that should be fixed in the next update.

Google Movies now available in Australia

Posted: 26 Apr 2012 05:58 PM PDT

One of the more constant complaints we get about Android and Google as a whole is that their media services (among other things) are often aimed squarely at the US, with barely a thought to users outside of North America. But lately the Big G has been making strides towards a more global selection of digital content, and Australia is the latest beachhead for their cinematic invasion. Google Australia reports that the Google Movies section of the Google Play Store is now live down under, on both Android and the web.

The interface is the same that we get here in America, though the selection will almost certainly differ due to content licensing agreements. While “thousands of movies” are present from big studios like Disney, Sony and Lionsgate, Google says they’ve made an effort to highlight productions specific to Australia as well. The interface works just like it does for the American store, and you can rent movies and watch them on YouTube as well. Unfortunately, Google has kept the most annoying feature of Google Movies: a restriction against rooted devices.

Google has slowly but steadily been working towards a wider audience for its media content. Sony seems to think that Google TV will be coming to Europe in the fall, and Google itself has promised to add more countries for its Play Store satellite services. They’re also adding more content as fast as they can, like hundreds of movies from MGM. Hang in there, international readers – more good stuff is coming soon.

[via Ausdroid]

Rumor: DROID Incredible 4G coming May 10th

Posted: 26 Apr 2012 05:20 PM PDT

Ready for HTC’s next phone on Verizon? According to PhoneDog, it’ll be arriving on Big Red on May 10th. The HTC DROID Incredible 4G has been spoiled beyond surprise at this point, and since it’s appeared on Droid Does we know it’s coming soon, but not how soon. PhoneDog quotes an anonymous source, so treat this date with a grain of salt, but it certainly makes sense considering how much we’ve been seeing of the DROID Incredible 4G lately.

The third iteration of HTC’s Incredible seems to be a heavily modified version of the One S, with a 4-inch QHD screen, plastic construction and an LTE connections. Other changes include a removable battery cover and replaceable battery (with an expanded version available at launch), a smaller 8GB capacity with an added MicroSD card slot, and styling changed to reflect the previous Incredibles. The 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP camera and Ice Cream Sandwich-Sense 4.0 remain intact.

One question we’re still waiting to answer is the price. When it briefly appeared on Droid Does, it was given a list price of $299, but that was almost certainly a leftover design element from the DROID RAZR MAXX’s page. With the HTC Rezound sitting at $199 on Verizon’s website, a price of $149 for the smaller and less capacious phone would be possible, but we’d be even happier to see it at $99 on contract. We shouldn’t have to wait too much longer to find out.

NFL Mobile offering alerts, stats, and notifications for 2012 NFL Draft

Posted: 26 Apr 2012 04:47 PM PDT

This is a little reminder for all the NFL fans out there that today is the start of the official 2012 NFL Draft. Where all those college players hopes and dreams become a reality as they head to the NFL. If you can’t watch from home and you’re a Verizon customer you have the best mobile coverage available thanks to NFL Mobile.

With NFL Mobile from Verizon you’ll get minute by minute alerts of the 2012 NFL Draft. They even have status update alerts and you can set it so you get notifications each time your favorite team makes a move or decides on their pick. On top of tons of notification options they offer plenty of stats, videos, and even have a war room where you can argue your case and discuss picks and players will fellow fans.

The 2012 NFL Draft starts today, in a matter of minutes and will be going for a few days so you’ll want to stay tuned and get all your coverage from NFL Mobile. If you are a die hard fan you can even be alerted after every single draft pick in the first round, but that might kill some battery. If you want to hurry and read up on players the NFL Mobile app also has official NFL blogs inside for all the details one would ever need.

Good lucky and happy drafting.

NFL Mobile Link

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WiFi Tether back in the Play Store – for now

Posted: 26 Apr 2012 04:40 PM PDT

It’s been quite a while since mainstream wireless tethering apps were available in the Android Market/Google Play Store, presumably because US carriers aren’t keen to see free alternatives to their paid services. The most popular third-party tethering app, WiFi Tether for Root Users, has mysteriously re-appeared in the Google Play Store – you can download it for free right now. Who knows how long it will stay there, but in any case, we’re happy to see it return.

WiFi Tether for Root Users is a super-simple app that hooks into your phone’s WiFi, Bluetooth or USB connection to create a hotspot using 3G or 4G data. Starting up a portable WiFi hotspot is easy enough: just press the icon to begin tethering, then connect another device to the new WiFi access point. Advanced users can add WPA security (recommended) or switch to another connection standard. Note that this app works even if your phone or tablet already has built-in tethering and whether or not you’ve paid extra for it. Naturally, root permissions are necessary to start and stop the app.

A few caveats: one, using this app without paying extra for a tethering plan may violate your carriers’ terms of service. AT&T has taken a particularly proactive view, and will automatically sign up Android users for additional fees if it detects non-sanctioned tethering. And for those of you with a tiered data plan, tethering still counts against your total or limit. Of course, WiFi Tether has been available on a Google Code page for years, and still is – you might want to keep that site bookmarked, since tethering apps have a tendency to vanish from the Google Play Store.

[via Android Police]

Zynga’s Zombie Smash now on Android

Posted: 26 Apr 2012 04:25 PM PDT

The extremely successful and popular developers behind some of Android, iOS, and Facebook’s most popular games Zynga have just released their latest game for Android. This is called Zombie Smash and they’ve taken over Android. Check out the video below as it’s highly entertaining and then read on past the break for full details on this addicting new game.

They are calling this a “survival comedy” game and that is exactly what it is. Your skills will be tested as you try to escape the zombies, all while having fun at the same time. This is almost like Left 4 Dead meets castle defense meets physics-based games such as Angry Birds. It really is a unique and fun experience and has raving reviews so far for Android.

Once purchased for $0.99 (ad-free unlike iOS) you’ll be required to download an additional 55MB or so of game data for the impressive graphics used in the game, but that is to be expected with a game of this level. The touch controls should be very intuitive although some reports in the Play Store say they’ve been glitching out every few levels and users need to restart the game — so hopefully that gets fixed.

This is zombie demolition as its finest. Players will slash, swipe, and tap their way through hordes of zombies and Zynga’s provided over 30 specials or upgrades. Things like wrecking balls to crash through waves of enemies, liquid nitrogen and more. Then you have multiple playing modes including a Endless Siege Mode where the zombies will as last as long as you and your fingers can.

Get it today in the Play Store via the link below and let us know what you think. Finally, a game from Zynga that isn’t Words with Friends or Scramble.

Zombie Smash Link

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Acer Iconia Tab A500 ICS update rolling out today

Posted: 26 Apr 2012 03:47 PM PDT

Just like the smaller sibling in the A100 it appears that Acer has flipped the switch and is rolling out the update to Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich for their Tegra 2 powered Iconia Tab A500 too. The update was originally stated to start on Friday, April 27th but it apparently is available now and rolling out to users in the US and Canada.

Acer originally announced the updates for their tablets, then delayed them until April stating the 27th was the day. The Ice Cream Sandwich were actually leaked back in February but weren’t anywhere near final builds. The official update from Acer themselves is available today so get to checking.

We are hearing a few reports that the ICS update for the A100 has made a few apps not work the same, and some apps are crashing but nothing specific was mentioned. Users should be greeted with a small update after the ICS update too, that apparently fixes a small bug. As usual you can wait for the update or pull it to your tablet right this minute by going to menu > settings > about tablet and check for updates to enjoy the frozen Ice Cream Sandwich tonight. Let us know how it goes and if you experience any issues.

– Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : ICONIA Tab A500
    Manufactuer : Acer
    Carrier : Verizon
    Announced Date : February 16, 2011
    Release Date : April 26, 2011
    Also Known As :
  • Screen Size : 10.10 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280x800
  • Screen Type : LCD
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 10.24 Inch
  • Width : 6.97 Inch
  • Depth : 0.52 Inch
  • Weight : 730 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 3260 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
    Android OS:
  • 3.1.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AMR
  • MP3
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • SMS
    CPU : Tegra 2
    CPU Clock Speed : 1000 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 16.384 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 5 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 720p Video Recording
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • CDMA
Device Connectivity
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • Bluetooth 2.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

DirecTV app adds streaming for HBO, Starz and Cinemax

Posted: 26 Apr 2012 03:35 PM PDT

Good news, DirecTV subscribers: you can now stream television directly to your Android smartphone or tablet! Well, sort of. You can’t stream TV, but you can stream HBO, Cinemax, Starz, Encore, the Audience Network, Sony Movie Channel, and the few shows and movies available on DIRECTV CINEMA. Naturally, you’ll need to subscribe to these channels in order to stream them. You could already stream HBO and Cinemax via their individual apps. You can download it in the Google Play Store now, but you’ll  need a DirecTV account to sign in.

In stark contrast to the Time Warner Cable app, the DirecTV app works with Gingerbread, Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich, and you don’t need to be connected to your home network to begin watching TV (though the app will warn you about data fees). Oh, and it works on rooted phones. DirecTV also knows which way the wind is blowing, because they’ve added this functionality to their Android app first – iOS users will just have to wait.

Unfortunately the app isn’t exactly a blockbuster, and that’s putting it kindly. Connecting takes quite a while even on a 4G connection, video is low-resolution and doesn’t hook into Ice Cream Sandwich’s API’s to remove the navigation bar. Even worse, all videos seem to come with unskippable commercials (which isn’t the case for HBO GO) and tracking appears to be impossible. All in all it’s just a poor experience at the moment – here’s hoping some timely updates can improve the interface and add more channels to boot.

[via Engadget]

Verizon leak shows DROID RAZR and Rezound ICS testing to end in May

Posted: 26 Apr 2012 02:56 PM PDT

We know, we know – owners of the HTC Rezound, Motorola DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX got something of a false alarm a few weeks ago, when Best Buy claimed that these Verizon phones were getting Ice Cream Sandwich updates. The upgrade days came and went, but Verizon, Motorola and HTC remained steadfast that they’d be updated… eventually. Now an internal Verizon screenshot shows that the RAZRs’ testing period will end on May 17th, and the Rezound will end even sooner, on May 7th.

According to the leak, the HTC Rezound will finally be given an over the air update on May 9th, with the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX following on May 21st. Other devices aren’t so lucky: 3G and LTE flavors of the original XOOM have apparently been through with testing for a week, but the updates still have no estimated delivery time. There are no other devices listed, which might mean that development and testing hasn’t even started.

So, a little over a week for an update to the Rezound and a little under a month for the RAZRs puts these Android 4.0 upgrades about seven months after the open-source software was made available, an coincidentally, around the same time that new models from both Motorola (the DROID RAZR HD) and HTC (The DROID Incredible 4G) are expected to launch with ICS. Adventurous Rezound users have been using leaked software for months, or just flashing custom ROMs, while RAZR owners have had to settle for just the leak thanks to a locked bootloader.

[via Phandroid]

Nintendo Wii U rumors run wild – talks of Android integration

Posted: 26 Apr 2012 02:23 PM PDT

Whoa! This one will need to be almost instantly tossed into the rumor bin but we wanted to toy with the idea for a minute and imagine the possibilities. The Nintendo Wii isn’t something we really talk about here, except for modding the Wii-motes for Android usage. Some new reports are hinting that it could very well have Android OS integration, or be completely based around Android.

The reports are coming out of VG 24/7 although we are hearing some high-level Android developers were tweeting with Nintendo folks recently and that has stirred up the rumors too. This seems far-fetched to say the least but if those tweets ever make it to the public eye we could be in for a treat.

Whether the Wii U would be completely based off of Android, or just have some parts integrated into the device is unknown. We could see Nintendo take the same approach that RIM has done with their Playbook and try to get Android apps and games working on the game console, but that is pure speculation. Nintendo hasn’t been much of a supporter of Android, iOS, or mobile gaming at all other than their own products, so I’m taking this with a huge grain of salt. Other non-Android rumors mention a dashboard similar to Xbox and PS3 with multiple options like NetFlix, YouTube and the rest of the goods. Then some rumors about an impressive version of Metroid will be released too, but we’ll leave that to the non Android sites.

Thoughts? Would the Wii U running on Android interest you? Or would you buy it if Nintendo offered Google Play Store support for Android apps and games?

Twitter for Android gets huge update with new UI and notification options

Posted: 26 Apr 2012 02:08 PM PDT

Twitter for Android just received a pretty sizable update in the Google Play Store. The update actually brings tons of new features and this in a lot more than just a small bug fix update. With an improved UI, faster performance, new ways to discover, push notifications for retweets and more. Check out the screenshots and full change-log below for all the details.

The update just went live in the Google Play Store and you can get it by clicking here. The user interface has been slightly changed around and has an improved design, and the discover tab has seen some major changes. The discover tab now shows who your connections follow, updates to their lists, and which Tweets they retweet and favorite. So you’ll be able to be better connected. Another feature I’m happy to see is username auto-complete while tweeting, and spelling suggestions and related search results when you search on Twitter.

That isn’t all either. As you can see from my above screenshot Twitter has improved their push notifications by a wide margin. Now you can get instant push notifications when a tweet is RT’d, favorited and even when you get new followers. If I could just get a notification for followers and not an email that would be excellent. Last but not least they’ve added 8 new languages which are: Traditional Chinese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Hungarian, Thai.

The update is available now and brings a whole new level of discovery, tweeting, and notifications to Twitter for Android. Hit the Twitter Blog for additional details.

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