Friday, September 30, 2011

Sharp Aquos Phone 104SH & Panasonic Lumix Phone 101p - Android Phones With Digital Camera


Softbank - the Japanese carrier has just announced its very first smartphone to be shipping with Ice Cream Sandwich - the Sharp Aquos Phone 104SH. It is expected to be released in Japan sometime in Spring 2012. No pricing or worldwide availability has been announced as of yet but what's interesting in this smartphone is that it carries a huge 12.1 megapixel rear shooter with 1080p recording capabilities! Other specs includes:

  • dual-core 1.5-GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 processor
  • 4.5-inch touchscreen (1280×720 resolution)
  • dust-proof and water-proof build
  • 12.1-megapixel primary camera (capable of 1080p video capture)
  • 2 GB storage
  • microSDHC expansion slot
  • compatibility with WCDMA and GSM networks
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 support
  • physical dimensions of 65 mm × 129 mm × 8.7 mm

I hope this phone makes it worldwide as the specs looks pretty solid. Now lets move on to the next contender, the Panasonic Lumix Phone:


Softbank has also announced that they will be releasing the Panasonic Lumix Phone 101P in mid-november this year and judging by the looks of the device, it sports a standard issue point-and-shoot camera so you'll be carrying one of these Digital Camera Android Phones in your pocket soon. There's also a pink colored one if you don't like the black one and the specs are pretty decent:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 4-inch qHD LCD screen with 960×540 resolution
  • 13.2 MP CMOS Lumix sensor with “Mobile Venus Engine”
  • water-proof body (IPX5/7)
  • Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core CPU (1.0 GHz)
  • compatibility with SoftBank’s “Ultra Speed” high-speed data communication service (max. 21 Mbps)
  • microSDHC card slot
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • infrared connection
  • E-wallet function
  • digital TV tuner
  • WCDMA and GSM compatibility
  • physical dimensions: 64 mm × 123 mm × 9.8 mm
  • weight: 128 g

Again, this is for Japan only at the moment, but I guess if there's great demand and requests, who knows, it might make it worldwide? Having a digital camera phone would definitely be a plus for those who enjoy taking shots occasionally and don't really like the small tiny lens that phone manufacturers put on the normal smartphones. Would we be seeing something like a mini-DSLR camera phone in the future? You'll never know..

Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab 7 Plus


Samsung has just announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus, the successor to the original Galaxy Tab. Unlike the original, this one won't be running on Gingerbread but instead will be getting the full HoneyComb experience and with a 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor as well. In terms of screen, it'll most likely be getting a Super LCD treatment so no AMOLED for this Tab.

There's also 1 GB of RAM onboard, 3 MP rear shooter, 2 MP front facing camera, 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage and other standard goodies such as Wifi, Bluetooth and such. The Galaxy Tab Plus 7 will be rolling out in Indonesia first, then to Austria around end of October and then slowly to the rest of the world. No word on pricing yet but expect it to be competitively priced.

Now we have a lot of Galaxy Tab form factors - 7 inch, 7.7 inch, 8.9 inch and 10.1 inch. Isn't that too much? I guess Samsung might be testing the market there to see which one sells better (especially the ones below 10.1 inch).

Huawei Honor Caught On Video

The upcoming Huawei Honor has been caught in a hands-on video and just a quick recap on what the Honor has to offer - it sports a 1.4 Ghz processor (non-dual core mind you), 4 inch display, 8 MP rear shooter and is expected to retail for a modest $400 only.

I won't mention further, except check out the Huawei Honor video below. It is in greek though, so unless you understand greek, you might want to mute the audio on this one and just watch the video.

Bladeslinger Teaser Trailer Released, Looks Awesome!

Luma Studios is developing a new game for Android (and iOS) called Bladeslinger, a wild-west themed game where you play as a hero who uses a combination of magic and guns to destroy..well..aliens. The game is currently in alpha stage but it is already looking impressive as it is and is developed using Unity3D. I won't rant any further, just enjoy this teaser trailer while we wait patiently for the game:

Fancy Playing Minesweeper but in 3D?


If you love playing Minesweeper, then you should try out the 3D version of it called MineSweeper 3D. Developed by an XDA Member, this game takes minesweeper to a whole new level. Gameplay mechanics are the same as the original minesweeper, but this time its in 3D!

FEATURES:
  • 10 boards
  • 3 difficulties
  • 30 awards
  • 4 hidden awards
  • global highscores
  • challenges
  • tablet support

The game is available for FREE at the Android Market link below:

MineSweeper 3D (FREE) - Android Market

Connect Your Transformer To The Web Via Ethernet Cable

The first thing that goes through your mind now is probably "say what"? Yes you've read the title correctly. XDA Member Quietthinker has posted a driver pack for the ASUS EEE Pad Transformer which enables Ethernet through USB to allow the Transformer to connect to the internet via Ethernet cable. Now you might be wondering, since there's wireless, why would I want to do that?

The answer is simple - you won't get issues such as low signal causing streaming and buffering to choke up, playing online games with virtually 0 lag times and a lot more. There's a list of "approved" ethernet dongles that work with this pack and you need to be rooted to use this. If you're interested, check out the XDA thread link below:

USB To Ethernet Driver For HoneyComb 3.2 - XDA Developers Forum

Cut The Rope Updated With New Levels


Are you ready for some more Cut The Rope action? Zeptolab has just updated the famous Cut The Rope game with 25 new levels in a brand new toy box with new game mechanics and includes some bug fixes and optimizations to the game as well. 

The game still costs a cheap $0.99 if you haven't gotten the game already. For those who already have it, head on over to the Android Market to grab the latest update and start feeding Om Nom with more candy.

Cut The Rope ($0.99) - Android Market

Samsung Exynos 4212 Processor Announced At 1.5 Ghz with Faster GPU


Samsung has just announced yesterday the successor to the existing Samsung Exynos Processor 4210 which exists in their flagship Galaxy S II phone. The new processor is called the Exynos Processor 4212 which is a dual-core Arm Cortex A9 that is clocked at 1.5 Ghz. It includes Samsung's own 32nm High-K Metal Gate low-power process making it 30% more power efficient than the original 4210.

Besides that, the chip also adds in a 50% improved graphics processing capability compared to the original. There's also rumours going around that the upcoming Nexus Prime may be sporting this chip and may be unveiled in the October 11 Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011 conference in San Diego. We'll know more when the time comes. Stay tuned.

Amazon Kindle Fire First Look Video

Do I need to say more? Well we just want to say thanks to the guys at MobileBurn for bringing everyone this live first look at the Amazon Kindle Fire - that $199 7 inch tablet that sparked a big fire in the news world just yesterday.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fancy A Mickey Mouse Android Phone?


Disney has just announced 2 Android Smartphones for Mickey Mouse lovers. Before you go nuts thinking of getting one for your kid or relative, its only available in Japan for now. Both phones will be running on Android 2.3 with the DM010SH being the premium model and the other DM011SH a slider phone.

Starting off with the DM010SH, this handset comes in two colours - white and pink and features a distinctive home button which is a Mickey Mouse shape as opposed to the standard android home button shape. This device features a HD 4 inch LCD screen and comes with a 1 Ghz processor onboard with 8MP rear shooter with some playful camera features built-in.


On the other hand, we have the DM011SH - the slider phone which features a waterproof design and a slideout numeric keypad and it is one of the few Android devices that we've seen featuring a slide out keypad. As you can see from the picture above, you get to choose between the silky pink or silky white color. The device packs a 3.4 inch screen, 1 Ghz processor with 8 MP rear shooter onboard.

No pricing has been revealed as of yet but the slider DM011SH is expected to release next month while the premium one is expected to be released sometime in December. Would you buy these phones if they were released in your country? 

Infinite Dreams Releases Jelly Defense


This is one tower defense game that might make you feel hungry while playing it - Infinite Games has finally released Jelly Defense, that clay looking tower defense game that we showed you just a while back. Here's the story:

Join the Jelly forces now and lead them to glory in this uneven and fierce fight against the invaders! Use your tactical skills and wisdom to tip the scales of victory in your favor in order to save the Diploglobe and the Jelly nation from the agressors! That's right, you are their only hope - the one they call the liberator, the true leader, the Jelly savior! You are the hero they deserve! Just look at these poor little creatures. They trust you, they believe in you, they rely on you. Can you refuse those big faithfull eyes (or eye)? You're really their only hope!

Sounds yummy right? Well you should get it now while its cheap at the introductory price of $0.99 only! So what are you waiting for? Go grab it before the price blows up!

Jelly Defense ($0.99 for a limited time) - Android Market

New Version Of Skype Released With Video Calling Supported For More Devices Out Of The Box


There's a new version of Skype in town and in this new version, they've added video calling support for more devices now and the sad news is that there are now ads. But the ads will only appear if you do not have skype credit which I'm sure most of us don't have, so not much we can do about them. Here's the list of devices that has video calling added :

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (T-Mobile)
  • HTC Shooter (KDDI)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
  • Acer Iconia Tablet (A500)
  • LG Optimus Black (landscape only)
  • LG Optimus 3D (landscape only)
  • LG Optimus 2x (landscape only)
  • Motorola Photon
  • Motorola Droid 3 (landscape only)
  • Motorola Bionic (landscape only)
  • Motorola Xoom
  • Motorola Atrix

There's another device missing in the list actually and that is the ASUS EEE Pad Transformer. I've just tested it on my Transformer and the video calling does work but you have to manually enable it in the settings section and there's a warning stating that my device is not certified, so video quality may be less than certified devices. I did not test it out with a real person but with the echo test so I'm not sure how bad its supposed to be, I guess you'll know when you try it out on your Transformer if you have one.

Head on over to the download link below to grab this latest version of Skype:

Skype For Android (FREE) - Android Market

Square Enix To Release Lara Croft & The Guardian Of Light For Xperia Play


Square Enix has just announced that they will be bringing in the PSN title Lara Croft & The Guardian of Light to the Android platform for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play handset. Yes you've heard that right. Yet another Xperia Play exclusive game. It does look good for Xperia Play owners especially with a couple of "Xclusive" games just for the Xperia Play handset. 

The game graphics will be in a 3D isometric top-down view and the game looks a bit like Diablo II. Take a look at the iPhone version and see for yourself:


The game is expected to be released in November with news of other big title games such as Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger are also expected to be released for Android, but no official release date has been mentioned.

Source: Droid Gamers

Kindle Fire Specificaitons and TV Commercial Spot


With the announcement of the Kindle Fire yesterday, just about every news site in the world is buzzing about it and we've just got hold of the specifications for the new 7 inch slate from Amazon:

  • 7 inch IPS 1024×600 resolution display with 169 PPI
  • 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm) at 14.6 ounces (413 grams)
  • dual-core processor (possibly OMAP TI)
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback (charges in four hours and can be charged using a USB port on your PC)
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • microUSB 2.o
  • 3.5mm headphone jack and top-mounted external speakers

Do take note that the Kindle Fire does not have any microphone built in or a dedicated camera since the device was designed to be an e-reader first, tablet second. Specification wise it looks very good on paper and at that lovely $199 price - its simply hard to beat especially coming from Amazon. Also check out the TV commercial below:



We've also received bad news that the Kindle Fire will only be made available in the US only and not the rest of the world, not even UK or Canada. I guess Amazon is expecting a lot of buyers from the US to buy the Kindle Fire to the point it sells out. Hopefully this will be temporarily and that Amazon would open the sales to the rest of the world. At $199, it'll be a sellout for sure.

Source: Phandroid

Guns And Glory WW2 Released!


Remember that Wild West themed tower defense game called Guns 'N' Glory? The one where you hear your troops shouting "yeeeeeehawwwww"? Handygames has just released the successor to the original Guns 'N' Glory with the new Guns 'N' Glory WW2 - a World War 2 Themed tower defense game with great graphics and gameplay to give you hours and hours of enjoyment!

The Game Features:
  • Thrilling defence-action strategy during WW2
  • Successor to the popular Guns’n’Glory Wild West game
  • 2 factions to choose from: US Forces, Axis Germany
  • 4 different units to recruit on each side
  • 12 challenging maps with 3 different difficulty modes
  • RPG-like skill system to upgrade your units
  • Powerful items to use for tactical advantages
  • Earn Glory Coins and spend them on troop and battlefield improvements
  • Earth-shattering explosions and awesome effects
  • Pounding battle tunes

The game is optimized for Xperia Play and get this - I just did a quick test on my ASUS EEE Pad Transformer, you can even use the touchpad or mouse to click on the units and move them - just like you would on the touchscreen, but this time it feels like I'm playing the game on a PC! You can even scroll by left click-dragging on the map to scroll around. The support for external devices is just excellent. Not to mention that the game is absolutely FREE (with ads at the bottom just like the original of course)! 

So what are you waiting for? Go grab your bazookas and grenades and start defending your base!

Guns 'N' Glory WWII (FREE) - Android Market

Two Minutes Of Ice Cream Sandwich Caught On Video!


Some lucky guy managed to get hold of what appears to be a build of Ice Cream Sandwich when he bought a Google Nexus S from eBay and was shocked to find Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed on it! It featured the build number IRK48 and kernel version 3.0.1. I'm not sure if it was intentional to ship the Nexus S with ICS or otherwise, but the lucky chap took a quick 2 minute video of it and sent it off to Engadget for all of us to see.

I was very skeptical at first when I saw the title at Engadget because we all know that you can do some serious customisation in Android and it is very much possible to whip up an authentic looking ICS build with a custom ROM and an app launcher. But there are certain elements that could not be faked especially the settings page in Android. You could add or remove the settings but so far it looks pretty much like the stock one in custom roms that I've seen.

In this video you will find everything that you've known about ICS including the scrollable recent apps that works just like the one in HoneyComb, you'll also notice a different notification bar, app drawer, widgets section and more. I won't keep you waiting anymore, just check out the video below!


Source: Engadget

Official Flickr App Released

Yahoo has finally released the official Flickr app which is long overdue and the app itself allows you take photos, enhance them with filters and quickly send them to Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and just about everywhere else you share your photos. Browsing and navigating within the app has been specially customised to make use of maps, tags and activity around your photos.

You can also stay up to date with the latest comments of your photos and take advantage of the full screen browsing and gorgeous slideshow feature that is available in the app as well. The app is available from Flickr's own site instead of the usual Android Market. You can grab it below:

Flickr for Android - Flickr Site

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Amazon Unveils The Android Based 7 Inch Kindle Fire


As speculated by many and the time has finally arrived for Amazon to unveil their latest Kindle successor - the Kindle Fire. This slate is a 7 inch tablet and it runs on Android acting like a "Souped-up" version of the original Kindle. The most interesting part is the price of this new device from Amazon - it costs only $199 which is a big bargain for a 7 inch tablet. 

While it is an e-reader first, tablet second, the $199 price will definitely be a head turner despite the fact that it is a Wifi only device and has no camera nor microphone to keep the price down. Included in the $199 price is a 30 day trial of Amazon Prime - a free shipping membership of sorts.

More updates as it comes in..

Source: Engadget

ASUS EEE Pad Transformer 3.2.1 Update Released


The ASUS EEE Pad Transformer has just got a new firmware update and this bumps up the version number to 3.2.1. Here's the changelog:

  • Google Update : 3.2.1 - Security enhancement
  • New feature : Supernote
  • IME/Translation : Czech IME improvement : support Qwerty & Qwertz, JP SKU fixed translation bug and Polaris office font, Added more language translation into ASUS App
  • APP Updates : CN SKU 3rd party app bug fix, Polaris office & ASUS WebStorage update
  • Improvements : Browser with Adobe Flash improvement; ex: YouTube, Browser force-close improvement, Improve Wi-Fi stability, Improve Chinese handwriting prediction : recognize character from each stroke

I'm not getting this update on my Transformer yet so I believe this one is probably for the TW, CN or US regions and the one for the WW regions have not been released yet but I believe it'll come soon enough. So if your unit is a TW, CN or US region you might want to check out the updates especially the Supernote feature. Not sure what it is but sounds super!

CyanogenMOD Team Joins Forces WIth FreeXperia Team To Bring CM7 With Upcoming Release


The folks at CyanogenMod has just teamed up with the FreeXperia team to bring CyanogenMod 7 to seven NEW Sony Xperia line of handsets with their upcoming release. This will then bring the total of 10 Sony Xperia handsets supported by CyanogenMOD 7. The handsets are:

  • Xperia Arc
  • Xperia Neo
  • Xperia Mini
  • Xperia Mini Pro
  • Xperia Play
  • Xperia Ray
  • Xperia X10
  • Xperia X8
  • Xperia X10 Mini
  • Xperia X10 Mini Pro

No word on when it'll be released, but we'll be sure to keep you notified once we hear the news.

SanDisk 64GB MicroSDXC Card Reportedly Works On Several Devices, Both Old And New


Just about two weeks ago we brought you the news of SanDisk releasing their first 64 GB MicroSDXC card to the world and now we have unconfirmed reports that the new card is working on some Android devices already - both old and new ones. With the storage amount this huge, you could store a lot of stuff in it especially HD videos and it has been reported that the new card works on the following Android Devices:

  • Samsung Galaxy S II
  • HTC Sensation 4G (should work on the non-4G version too)
  • ASUS EEE Pad Transformer Tablet
  • EVO 4G
  • Samsung Galaxy S I
  • HTC Desire Z

The last 3 on the list are old devices and it appears that the new card works fine just as long as you format it from your Android device when you insert it (you'll get a corrupt / error message, but you can just proceed to format it). There's no guarantee that the card will work in long term or whether there'll be any data corruption whatsoever, so if you're willing to fork out $219 to give it a whirl, be my guest. Just be prepared for any eventualities that might occur.

The Adventures Of TinTin Trailer Released

Gameloft has just released the trailer of their upcoming game called "The Adventures Of TinTin" which is based off the upcoming movie Adventures Of TinTin. The game is essentially an adventure-puzzle game and it is refreshing to see Gameloft take a different turn and develop a different style of game instead of their usual action oriented games. No release date or pricing has been mentioned, so we'll just have to make do with this trailer for now:

Take Control Of Your Memory With SanDisk Memory Zone


SanDisk has just released the SanDisk Memory Zone app which allows you to managed all of the contents on your phone's internal storage and also SD card (of course) by managing it (such as moving around, copying, etc) or even uploading/downloading from any of your existing cloud services such as Box.net or Dropbox. One of the neat features that the SanDisk memory zone provides is the ability to schedule backups to the cloud, so you don't have to worry about losing your data. You can also password protect files and folders should you need to keep them away from prying eyes.


What makes this app great is that its an all in one app and you just really need this one app to help you manage all your stuff and backup to the cloud. Not only that, did I mention that its completely FREE? Yes, it is. Go grab it NOW:

SanDisk Memory Zone (FREE) - Android Market

Toshiba Announces 7 Inch Thrive & Hands On Video


Toshiba has just announced a 7 inch version of their Thrive tablet which is a surprise indeed and it is just in time for the holidays. The 7 inch thrive packs pretty much the same specs as its 10.1 inch brother with a Tegra 2 onboard, 5 MP rear shooter and 2 MP front facing camera but unlike its bigger sized sibling, the back cover is not removable to make up for the smaller form factor. 

You won't be getting full-sized ports either but instead you'll be getting a different selection - mini-USB, microHDMI, headphone jack, docking connector and also a microSD slot. The 7 inch Thrive runs on the latest Android 3.2 and it is completely unskinned so you'll be getting the original HoneyComb experience on this one, untouched.

No exact pricing  has been announced but a Toshiba rep has mentioned that there will be both 16GB and 32GB models on sale this coming December and priced less than $400. That's all the info we have, you can check out the hands-on video from Engadget and head on over to their site for more info and pictures of the 7 inch Thrive:


Source: Engadget

Gameloft Releases Max Payne Style Game Called 9mm


Gameloft has finally released their Max Payne styled game called 9mm to the Android Market! 9mm is one of the most anticipated Gameloft as it reminds us all of Max Payne and you can now play it on your Android device if it is supported. In 9mm, you play as John "Loose" Kannon, the leader of a special team of hardened cops that aren't afraid to bend the law to clean up the streets.

Your mission is to take out a gang's leader that is hunting them by any means necessary whether legally or otherwise, before your team gets taken out. Interesting plot right?

Game Features:
  • Dive headlong into this stylish third-person shooter game where you’ll jump and fire clip after clip from your guns in stunning slow motion stunts to take out rooms full of criminals. 
  • The action simulation really comes to life as destructible 3D environments splinter and explode.
  • These gangsters don’t play games, so arm yourself with an arsenal of weapons, including a pistol, shotgun, submachine gun, grenade launcher and more. 
  • Set out to fight crime and corruption in varied locations like the Latino Suburbs, Night Club, Police Department, Rich Suburbs, Industrial Area and Mexico. 
  • Catch gang leaders and informants alive, chasing them through city streets and taking them aside for a not-so-friendly chat in the interrogation challenge.
  • Play 9mm online to join friends and other opponents in grand Free for All and Team Deathmatch gunfights for up to 12 players on 4 different maps.
  • A hip-hop/rap soundtrack that intensifies the tone of the game, including established artists such as:
    • Freeway & Jake One 
    • Beanie Sigel 
    • Apathy 

The game costs a hefty $6.99 but I'm sure its well worth the price as this game looks really awesome. If you get it from the Gameloft store, you'll be able to pay a cheaper $4.99 for it instead of the $6.99 from the Android Market. Check out the link below and grab the game:
    9MM ($6.99) - Android Market

    Google Maps Updated


    Google has just updated the Google Maps application and with this new update, they've improved the location accuracy for the Transit Navigation (Beta) and also included some bug fixes as well. As usual, just grab the updated version below to make sure you have the latest and greatest version of Google Maps:

    Google Maps (FREE) - Android Market

    Firefox 7 Released


    Mozilla has just updated their FireFox browser and bumped the version number up to version 7 and is matching the desktop version in terms of quick release cycles. Do take note that this isn't the Firefox tablet version that you've been waiting for, that one is still in the Alpha-Nightly phase at the moment. Here's the changelog for this new version:

    • Improved copy and paste: Copy any site content and paste to other applications, SMS, or text fields
    • Built-in language detection on first run
    • WebSockets API: Powerful tool for Web developers to build responsive Web apps and sites


    Firefox 7 (FREE) - Android Market

    ZTE Has Beat ASUS To It - The World's First Tegra 3 Tablet!


    Looks like ASUS won't be the first one to be showcasing the very first Tegra 3 tablet - that honour has now gone to China's ZTE which has just showcased the ZTE T98 at the China International Exhibition Center expo in Beijing. The ZTE T98 is a 7 inch tablet which sports the world's first 1.5 Ghz Tegra 3 Quad Core Processor, has a 1280x800 pixels resolution, 1 GB of RAM, 5 MP rear shooter with 1080p recording capabilities and a 2 MP front facing camera, 16 GB of onboard storage and a battery which is rated at 4,000 mAh.

    The device comes with 3G GSM built-in but no word on the pricing nor the availability. While it may seem that ZTE T98 is the world's first Tegra 3 tablet to be showcased, the upcoming ASUS EEE Pad Transformer's successor would probably be the first in the world to be released world-wide hopefully before the end of the year. We'll know more when the time approaches.

    Source: Pocket Droid

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 Hands On Video


    The folks at Talk Android have managed to shoot a short hands on video of the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 that was just announced today which is expected to be made available worldwide on the 16th of October. Just to highlight, both the Galaxy Player 5.0 and 4.0 sports a 5 inch or 4 inch 800x480 TFT LCD screen respectively and is powered by Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. 

    Other specifications include a 3.2 MP rear shooter with AF and LED, VGA front facing camera, 720p video playback and recording, mini usb, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot and has a 2,500 mAh battery for the Galaxy Player 5.0 while the Galaxy Player 4.0 gets a smaller 1,200 mAh battery. Would you buy a dedicated music player especially when you could just get a smartphone like the Galaxy S II with pretty much the same capabilities and better specs to boot? In any case, check out the hands on video from the guys at Talk Android below:


    Source: Talk Android

    Video List Player 1.15 Released


    A new version of Video List Player has been released and the version number has been bumped up to 1.15 from the previous 1.10. In this release, I've added the ability to display the free and total disk space (which is enabled by default) and this requires you to re-generate the list once to display it if you're upgrading from an older version. 

    There's also the ability to exclude certain folders from being included in the generation/scanning and you could either specify just the directory name (such as gameloft) or you could specify the full path (such as /mnt/sdcard/gameloft). Another feature that I've added is the option to show or hide the tray icon, so you can launch the app directly from the notification bar or system tray.

    The new version is already up in the Android Market, so go on ahead and grab it:

    Video List Player v1.15 (FREE) - Android Market

    Waterproof and Rugged 7 inch ASUS Tablet For Japan


    Looks like there's a lot of stuff for Japan lately. Here's another one for Japan - a waterproof and rugged 7 inch ASUS tablet which is also dust resistant and can withstand a drop point of 76cm onto pure concrete. As you can see from the picture above, the device is pretty thick which is needed to be able to withstand that kind of drop and abuse.

    The tablet specs itself are pretty standard - comes with the usual NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core processor, 1280x800 display, Android 3.2 HoneyComb with WIMAX connectivity, 16 GB of built-in storage, microSD slot, 5 MP rear shooter, standard GPS, wifi and bluetooth are also included. There's also a huge 7,400 mAh battery on board so it should be able to last quite a bit. 

    T-Mobile Nexus S Android 2.3.6 Update Rolls In



    Fresh after the recent Nexus One update, the Nexus S is now getting the same update treatment with the same "bug fixes and security patches" in this new build of Android 2.3.6 (GRK39C). This update includes the tethering fix that Google broke in the last update and you should be getting the auto-update soon enough. But if you cant wait, you can grab it below and follow the instructions for a manual update:

    1. Grab the manual update.zip here
    2. Rename the file to update.zip and put it in the internal storage of your Nexus S
    3. Power off and then hold the volume up and power button to go into the bootloader
    4. Use the volume keys to navigate the bootloader and press the power button to confirm
    5. You should see a triangle with an exclamation mark - press and hold the power button and volume up key. A menu should appear
    6. From this menu, select "apply update from /sdcard" and select the update.zip.
    7. Let it do the update and reboot your phone after the update. That's it!

    Make sure you do a backup first before attempting this just in case anything happens.

    Smurf's Village Released


    With the Smurf's hitting the cinemas, its only natural to see the game being released for smartphones and Beeline Interactive did just that by releasing the Smurf's Village to the Android platform. You get to build a new village for the smurfs to call home by using your creativity and imagination.

    Game Features:
    • Creativity is your only limit, build a complete Smurfs' village from scratch.
    • Play with your favorite Smurfs including Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Lazy Smurf, Baby Smurf, Handy Smurf and Jokey Smurf!
    • Purchase Smurfberries via in-app purchase to speed up the growth of your crops and village.
    • Play mini games like Greedy Smurf’s Baking Game and Papa Smurf’s Potion Mixing Game!
    • Connect with friends through Facebook and send gifts to your friends' villages!
    • Play offline... manage your village anytime without having to connect to the internet.

    The good news is the game is absolutely FREE but charges for in-app purchases if you want additional content. The bad news is that the game is only available in Australia, France and Canada at the moment so if you're in one of those countries right now, you can grab the game below:

    Smurf's Village (FREE) - Android Market

    Fancy A Water Proof Android Phone With A Crazy 13 Megapixel Camera? Enter The Fujitsu Arrow Z!

    Fujitsu has just launched the Fujitsu Arrow Z for the Japan Domestic Market which is both waterproof and also packs a crazy 13 mega pixel camera on board! Apart from that, you get a 1.2 Ghz Dual Core CPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Here's the full specs of this beast:

    • Android 2.3.5
    • 4.3-inch LCD display with 1,280×720 resolution
    • Wimax
    • Wi-fi IEEE802.11b/g/n (tethering is possible)
    • waterproof body
    • 13MP CMOS camera (Exmor R for mobile, ISO25600)
    • 1.3MP sub camera
    • 1080p video recording
    • dual-core TI OMAP4430 CPU (1.2GHz)
    • 1GB RAM
    • 8GB ROM
    • HDMI interface, microSDHC card slot (32GB max.), microUSB port
    • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
    • infra-red
    • e-wallet function
    • digital TV tuner
    • GSM, CDMA
    • size: 64×128×10.1mm, weight: 131g

    Yes, you've read that right. There's even a digital TV tuner thrown in! But I guess these devices with TV tuners are no stranger in Japan but its definitely one of the first that i've heard of for an Android device! Lets hope Fujitsu brings it to the world instead of launching it in Japan.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Hands-On Video

    The folks at Talk Android were at the Samsung Galaxy Portfolio Event in New York city and managed to shoot a short hands on video with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 inch tablet. In a nutshell, the tablet features a 8.9 inch 1280x800 screen toughened by Gorilla Glass, sports the usual NVIDIA Tegra 2 Processor and is as thin as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at 8.6mm thin. Check out the hands on video here:


    Source: Talk Android

    Tower Defense Game Magic Defenders HD Released


    Here's another new tower defense game for you to burn your spare time - this is one called Magic Defenders HD with simple cartoon-like graphics. You get to "build" an army of sorcerors, capable of casting spells against the masses of enemy orcs. Here are the game features:

    • Beautiful scenarios fully optimized for Android tablets
    • Fluid and amazing character animations
    • Unique spell animation art
    • 3 engaging scenarios with unique art
    • Endless hours of rewarding intense action
    • Multiple ways to specialize your characters evolution
    • Next level gameplay
    • Simple and intuitive yet deep and powerful
    • A great number of achievements to unlock
    • Worldwide competition through OpenFeint
    • New heroes added on a regular basis

    The game costs a cheap $1.34 is available at the Android Market link right after this trailer of the game for you to check out:

    Magic Defenders HD ($1.34) - Android Market

    Archos 101 G9 VS ASUS EEE Pad Transformer Benchmark Fight!

    The folks at Arctablet have produce a video showing the benchmark tests between the two 10.1 inch tablets, namely the Archos 101 G9 Tablet VS the current best selling Android tablet - the ASUS EEE Pad Transformer on the other side of the table!

    The benchmark tests looks interesting although real-life performances are an entirely different matter. But anyway, check out the video below and see for yourself :

    Flick Golf! Released


    Full Fat Productions Ltd has just released a new game called Flick Golf! According to the description it says "No clubs, no rules - just flick, spin and curve your shots to try and sink that perfect hole in one.Of course you have to watch out for hazards along the way and of course - wind. 

    Features:
    • Try to shoot the perfect score in Quickshot mode.
    • Play World Tour, from the USA’s West Coast to Japan in the Far East.
    • Varying wind from the lightest breeze, to full on gales!
    • Incredibly accurate in-flight spin control.
    • Stunningly realised 3D environments.

    If the game features does not sway you, how about checking out the trailer:

    If you're interested in the game, its not free but costs about $1 or so, pretty cheap for a casual game like this. Head on over to the Android Market to grab it:

    Flick Golf! (About $1) - Android Market

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    Huawei Honor Announced

    Huawei has just announced their upcoming handset called "Honor" which looks a bit like the Samsung Galaxy S II and iPhone 4 as well (I guess apple might be suing Huawei for that). The Honor sports a 4 inch screen with an unususal 850x480 resolution, running on Android 2.3.5 and is powered by a 1.4 Ghz Processor, has DLNA support, comes with an 8 MP rear shooter which is HDR enabled and a 2 MP front facing camera. 

    Besides that, it also sports a big 1900 mAh battery so you won't have to worry about running out of juice so soon and the device will be skinned by Huawei's own interface much like HTC's Sense UI. The device is expected to launch in Q4 in places like Asia, China, Russia and the Middle east with Europe not being mentioned at the moment (which could be having a separate deal/discussion with the carriers).

    Source: Eurodroid

    Samsung Announces Bigger and Better Screen, Faster Processor, LTE onto the Samsung Galaxy S II



    Not resting on their laurels despite the great sales figures for the Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung has just announced that they are introducing two new LTE capable Galaxy S II variants  - The Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE and The Samsung Galaxy S II LTE.

    Starting off with the Galaxy S II LTE, this handset sports a larger 4.5 inch Super-AMOLED Plus touchscreen panel versus the 4.27 inch one that came with the original Galaxy S II. Resolution wise remains unchanged from the original 800x480 pixels.

    Moving on to the superstar of the two - the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE, this beast sports an even bigger screen at 4.65 inch and sports a huge 1280x720 pixels resolution  at 16:9 aspect ratio on a HD Super AMOLED screen which is a better and more power efficient version of the Super AMOLED Plus screen. You're getting a resolution that is very close to a standard 10.1 inch tablet's resolution! That's just awesome!

    Samsung claims the screen on the HD Super AMOLED powered handset allows 110% natural color reproduction giving you crisp and vivid viewing at just about any angle much like an IPS screen. The Galaxy S II HD LTE also sports a faster 1.5 Ghz Dual-Core processor compared to the 1.2 Ghz Dual-Core one on the original Galaxy S II.

    With the LTE names you probably have guessed it, both devices support up to 4G LTE Network Technology and both carries a bigger 1850 mAh battery pack, 8 MP rear shooter and has support for NFC as well.

    No announcements have been made for a global launch but I'm sure there's already plans for that in the pipeline and I'm sure you can't wait to get your hands on either one of them since they are just simply - awesome.

    HTC Runnymede Spotted On Video

    The HTC Runnymede also known as HTC Bass, has been caught on video and you can check out the sneek peek in this video below:

    Featured Game : Super Stickman Golf


    This week's featured game is none other than Noodlecake Studios Inc's Super Stickman Golf which was just released about a week ago. Super Stickman Golf is a simple physics puzzle game where you are a stick man figure playing golf with your objective to beat the par record set. You'll get to use special abilities to help you beat the courses and they include sticky balls, ice balls, air brakes and nitro balls! Full review after the jump.

    10 Million Samsung Galaxy S II Units Have Been Sold Since Launch


    Samsung has sold over 10 million Galaxy S II units since its launch and 5 million of them were sold in the last 2 months alone - even before it was available in the US. Should we be surprised? Nope, not one bit. That's because it is the most powerful smartphone in the world, not just in the Android world but in the entire world. 

    Despite the countless of lawsuits preventing the Galaxy S II from selling in certain countries or regions, Apple could not stop the momentum that Samsung has created the Galaxy S II and only one word says it all - unstoppable! 

    Check out this PR from Samsung about this glorious and important milestone for the Galaxy S II:

    Samsung GALAXY S II continues success reaching 10 Million in global sales

    Global popularity with customers drives momentum for Samsung’s flagship smartphone

    SEOUL, Korea – September 25th, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced that the Samsung GALAXY S II (Model: GT-I9100) has achieved 10 million global channel sales, doubling from five million in just eight weeks.

    The GALAXY S II is Samsung’s flagship smartphone device – a beautifully thin (8.49mm) and lightweight dual-core smartphone that combines an unmatched Super AMOLED Plus viewing experience with powerful performance, all on Android, the world’s fastest-growing mobile operating system. The next generation smartphone also includes Samsung’s four content and entertainment hubs, seamlessly integrated to provide instant access to music, games, e-reading and social networking services.

    “Since its launch in late April 2011, the GALAXY S II has seen continued sales success, demonstrating Samsung’s industry-leading capabilities in – and commitment to – the smartphone market” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

    “In just five months the GALAXY S II has seen tremendous growth, reflecting its tremendous popularity with customers around the world, who in selecting the GALAXY S II as their device of choice have driven the device’s strong market position globally.”

    About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

    Sunday, September 25, 2011

    Having TouchScreen Blues On Your HTC Sensation? Try This Fix


    Are you one of those who bought the HTC Sensation only to find out that all of a sudden after a week or so using the device that certain areas of the touchscreen fails to respond to your touch? Don't fret, XDA Member zmfl has found out the solution to the problem:

    The issue addressed here is related to a small silver pin located on the back of the phone (pictures below). That damn thing is the screen’s “grounding” connection to the back cover (more about that in abrown0809′s post here). In time (one week approx.) the pin starts loosing proper contact to the cover, and the screen becomes unresponsive. This is either due to the cover getting loose, or because the pin isn’t built the way it should be (thanks HTC). You might also experience this issue after installing an aftermarket battery (Anker, Chichitec, etc.), since they are usually thicker. A thicker battery could easily separate the back cover from the pin.

    Do read the instructions very carefully and you can find out more information from the source link below:

    Motorola Xoom 2, Xoom 2 Media Edition Pictures & Details Leaked


    Pictured above is the leaked shot of the upcoming Motorola Xoom 2 which is the successor to the very first HoneyComb tablet available in the market. According to This Is My Next, the Motorola Xoom 2 is going to be 9mm thick which is pretty thin although not as thin as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 which measures at 8.6mm or even Apple's iPad 2 at 8.8mm. It is a lot thinner than the original Motorola Xoom though which measured at a whooping 12.9mm thick so if you hold this one after using the original Xoom for quite some time, you'll be thrilled.

    Sources also indicate that the Motorola Xoom 2 is expected to be powered by an unspecified dual-core 1.2 Ghz Processor, 1 GB of RAM, 1080p capable camera, IR blaster and improved battery life to 11 hours instead of the previous 10 hours from the original Xoom. Accessories wise, there'll be an optional keyboard-case as well as a stylus pen. Software wise it will stream Netflix in HD, some wireless software to sync to your PC at home and a home automation software that will utilize the IR blaster on the device.


    Now, pictured above is another beast called the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition which is an ultra-portable 8.9 inch device. The Xoom 2 Media Edition sports an 8.2 inch display with HD IPS and anti-glare coating for outdoor use and weighs less than 1 pound, making this easy to carry since its meant to be an ultra-portable tablet.

    The display is also toughened by Gorilla Glass and is "splash" proof. Not further information other than that, check out the link below for the full details and more pictures of both of the tablets.

    Motorola Atrix 2 Press Shots & Specs Leaked


    The folks at This Is My Next has managed to get hold of the Motorola Atrix 2 leaked specifications and press shots including the new lapdock as well! As you can see pictured above, the Atrix 2 isn't too differently designed compared to the original Atrix. The specifications for this new version of Atrix (which has been pretty much confirmed btw) are:

    • 4.3 inch qHD display
    • 8 MP Rear Shooter with LED and AF
    • 8 GB of Internal Storage
    • 1 GB of RAM
    • 8.5 Hours Of Talk Time & 15.9 Days Of Standby Time
    • And More!

    That's all the specs we have at the moment but here's a pic of the new Atrix lapdock which is the most popular and useful accessory out of all the other accessories available for the original Motorola Atrix. The Lapdock is essentially a dummy laptop shell which will turn into an Android "laptop" when the Atrix phone is connected to it.


    The Lapdock itself has changed from a 11.6 inch screen to a 10.1 inch screen to match the screen size of current Android Tablets. Besides the smaller screen size, the connection between the phone and the lapdock has changed too - instead of pressing the phone into the dock to connect it, you can now use a cable to connect it with the Lapdock. By doing this, Motorola would then allow other phones in Motorola's range to share the same Lapdock instead of creating a new Lapdock for each of their phone releases. Its a very good idea and its nice to see Motorola thinking out of the box on this one.

    Asteroid Defense 2 Released, Pure Awesomeness!


    Deonn Games LLC has just released a sequel to their popular Asteroid Defense game called Asteroid Defense 2 with improved graphics and tons of new features! For those who have not tried the first Asteroid Defense, it is a tower defense style game where you have to defend earth from asteroids falling from the sky. You can equip your space station with blasters, solar panels, lasers, shields and freeze cannons to protect earth. 

    Unlike your usual tower defense game, this one plays from a vertical top-down perspective with the asteroids falling down and you have to build up your defenses to protect mother earth. The new version of Asteroid Defense 2 features:

    • + Pure Awesomeness!
    • + New Weapons. GUNS, lot's of guns..
    • + New Enemies
    • + Campaign Mode
    • + Survival Mode
    • + Stunning new graphics
    • + New Explosions.
    • + Black holes! Vortexes!!!
    • + Shrink rays!
    • + Aliens

    Asteroid Defense 2 is not free and costs $3.99 but its well worth the price if you enjoy tower defense games like me and if you have not tried the first version, give that one a spin - its FREE. You can check out the trailer of Asteroid Defense 2 and then the download links to the first asteroid defense game and the second one if you're interested to buy it straight away. Have fun blasting!


    Asteroid Defense (FREE) - Android Market
    Asteroid Defense 2 ($3.99) - Android Market

    Saturday, September 24, 2011

    Archos 80 G9 Hands On Video

    The folks at Slashgear have managed to get their hands on the Archos 80 G9 (obviously the 1 Ghz version) and produced a hands-on video for everyone to watch. Just a quick recap, the Archos 80 G9 is an 8 Inch Tablet which sports a 4:3 aspect ratio like the iPad with a resolution of 1024x768, comes with HDMI output which costs $299.99 for the 8GB SSD version while the 16 GB SSD 1.5 Ghz Processor version (delayed) is priced at $329.99 and finally, the 250 GB Seagate HDD version with 1.5 Ghz Processor (also delayed) is priced at $369.99.

    Anyway, you can check out the hands-on video below:

    Turn Based Strategy Game Neuroshima Hex To Hit Android Soon


    Big Daddy's Creations is set to bring their iOS version of the turn based strategy game called Neuroshima Hex to Android. Neuroshima Hex's game mechanics are somewhat complicated but the general idea is to strike your opponents base until their health goes down to zero. Besides that, the game is played on a hexagon platform and may take several rounds to resolve and requires proper planning and strategizing much like playing Chess.

    Not much information other than that and no release date has been set yet either but there's a trailer in which you can check out below:


    Source: Droid Gamers

    Nexus One 2.3.6 OTA Rolling Out Now


    Google is rolling out a new OTA Update for the Google Nexus One and ups the version to 2.3.6 (GRK39F). Not much has been mentioned about this update except that it contains important bug fixes and security patches. To install the update, make sure you are on the latest GRJ22 build (2.3.4) then follow these intructions:

    NOTE: This update may or may not work while you are rooted. Always make a Nandroid backup if you are rooted before attempting to update. 

    1. Download the update file from Google's servers here.
    2. Move the update file to your SD card's root folder and rename the zip file to update.zip
    3. Reboot your phone and as it boots up, press and hold the power and volume down buttons.
    4. If you see the bootloader, select it
    5. Select recovery
    6. The phone will boot into recovery and you will see a triangle with an exclamation mark on it. Press the power and volume up buttons a few time until you see a recovery screen.
    7. Select apply and update.zip from SD Card and the update process should begin.
    8. Let your phone reboot and you should be on Android 2.3.6!

    Gameloft To Bring Five Gameloft HD Games To Sony's Line Of Tablets


    Gameloft and Sony have both partnered to bring Gameloft's line of HD games to Sony's latest lineup of Tablets including the Sony Tablet S. Games such as Alphalt 6, N.O.V.A 2, Real Soccer 2011, Green Farm HD and Spiderman: Total Mayhem will make its way to Sony's tablets to showcase the tablet's ultimate gaming capabilities.

    “The convergence of high performance, a stunning display, and the focus on a networked device provided by“Sony Tablet” devices perfectly complements Gameloft’s high quality games and online multiplayer functionality,” said Gonzague de Vallois, Senior Vice President Publishing, Gameloft.“The high impact of the“Sony Tablet S’s” large display along with the unique dual screen configuration of the“Sony Tablet P” truly enhances the overall entertainment value of the gaming experience.”

    “We are extremely pleased to offer our customers access to Gameloft’s exciting entertainment contents through“Sony Tablet”” said Makoto Ishii, General Manager, Product Planning Dept. No.2, Business Planning and Strategy Div., VAIO&Mobile Business Group Sony Corporation.“I’m convinced they will enrich the user experience of our upcoming tablets."

    No word on how Sony plans to deliver this to their tablets, perhaps through a separate download from Gameloft / Sony's website to grab the games or perhaps pre-load it with their tablets.

    MX Video Player Updated With Full HoneyComb Support


    MX Technologies has updated their flagship MX Video Player app to version 1.3 and with this new update, brings the biggest change of all - FULL HoneyComb Support! While other players work fine on HoneyComb tablets, the MX Video Player user interface is completely optimized and matches well with the HoneyComb UI. 

    They've also completely revamped the video playback screen AND this is probably the very first 3rd party player that i've seen that uses the HoneyComb "lights out" mode to hide (almost) the HoneyComb status bar while viewing a video! Talk about awesome! For those who have not tried this Video Player app yet, check out the awesome features below:

    • MULTI-CORE DECODING - MX Video Player is the first Android video player that performs multi-core decoding. According to test results on dual-core devices, it shows up to 70% performance improvement over single-core decoding.
    • CPU OPTIMIZE - Provides CODECs and Rendering Engines highly optimized for processors including ARM® NEON™ and NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2.
    • MULTI-TOUCH VIDEO ZOOM - You can easily zoom video using multi-touch.
    • SUBTITLE SCROLL - When you scroll subtitle text, video playback position also will be changed to the text show-up position.
    • CLEAR TEXT - Increased subtitle text readability with ticker border and shadow.
    • FULL HONEYCOMB SUPPORT

    I would dare say the MX Video Player is the BEST FREE video player available out there right now with excellent support for video file formats, I no longer find myself using Mobo Player anymore (which was previously my favourite player). As with other video players, you have to download the MX Video Player codecs in order to play the videos. The only downside to this FREE app is that it has ads but the ads are only shown when the video is paused so its all good! 

    There's a PRO version available for a hefty $5 to get rid of the ads, but I'm sure its worth it once you try out this great app. So head on over to the link below to grab the latest version of MX Video Player:

    MX Video Player (FREE) - Android Market

    VLC Player For Android Released [Pre-Alpha]


    For those of you who haven't heard of VLC Player, it is one of the most popular open source video players available out there and it has finally made it to Android but in a pre-alpha state. The developer - CVPCS which is the same guy that brought us the CyanogenMod 7 for the Motorola Droid X and also the upcoming CyanogenMod 7 for the Motorola Droid Bionic has been using VLC player a lot and decided to build a pre-alpha version of it for everyone to try out. 

    There are two versions available and you need to check out the source link below for complete details (including the download links) on which version would work on your Android device: