Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

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Mar
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If you've been longing for some sort of old-school Gamecube action on your Android device and happen to love monkeys trapped in transparent balls, then today is your lucky day - Sega released Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition in all of its pink fluffy goodness to the Android Market Play Store.

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For the uninitiated, Super Monkey Ball is a classic game in which you control one of four playable monkeys encased in a translucent ball  though a series of twists and turns to reach the goal.

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Mar
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Last Updated: March 16th, 2012

I've been on some sort of Galaxy Nexus case-review-a-thon for the past several weeks, but there are so many options out there, it's hard to pick just one. And of course, if you're on a budget (and who isn't?) you probably don't want to buy ump-teen different cases to snag the perfect one. That's what we're here for, after all - to help you make the best purchase decision possible.

If you read any of my past case reviews, then you probably know that I was a big fan of the Seidio cases, and today we're going to take a look at some comparable cases from a company called Incipio: the Feather, NGP, and Silicrylic.

13
Mar
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Last Updated: March 22nd, 2012

Who likes to show off their Android pride? You guys do! And what better way to do that than with an Androidified case from Cruzer Lite for the Galaxy Nexus or Droid RAZR MAXX? None that I can think of. Actually, the only thing that would make this case cooler is if it were free - which we're ready to make happen (for 12 people at least).

This contest is now over.

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Mar
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If you've thought about using GrooVe IP to give this whole VoIP (voice-over-IP) thing a try but were reluctant to drop a five-spot for an app that may or may not ever use again, we have good news. GrooVe IP Lite just landed in the Play Store, and it offers nearly all of the same features as its $5 brother for, well, nothing.

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There are only a few minor things that are not available in the Lite version of the app:

  • Calls over a mobile data connection not just Wi-Fi
  • Native dialer integration
  • Proximity sensor support
  • Change sign in status or sign in invisible

If none of those sound like features you'd want out of a VoIP app, then GrooVe IP Lite should fit the bill perfectly.

13
Mar
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Back in November, Google announced that it would be moving the annual Input/Output (I/O) developers' conference from April 24-25 to June 27-29. We've all been waiting patiently for registration to open for the now three-day even since then, and Vic Gundotra announced earlier today on G+ that users will be able to register beginning on March 27th at 7AM PT.

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While it's good to finally know when registration will open, there is a bit of bad news.

13
Mar
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Samsung announced just last night that the on-again-off-again Android 4.0 update would begin rolling out to the Galaxy S II in several European markets and Korea, and now we're hearing the date of March 19th for the UK variants of the device -- with carrier approval, of course.

Further dampening the excitement, Samsung also notes that "the availability and scheduling of the software update and specific models upgradable to Android 4.0 will vary by market and wireless carriers' requirements." So, basically, they're saying that users in the UK may get the update beginning on March 19th, as long as that their carrier gives the nod.

13
Mar
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When touchscreen phones first became mainstream, countless people talked about how "impractical" a touch-only device was. Since then, touch devices have become the norm in the smartphone realm, with basically every modern high-end phone packing at least some sort of touch input.

Sony is taking the touch revolution to a whole new level with the Xperia sola, though, by bringing a new feature to the table called "floating touch" that allows the user to simply hover their finger over items in the browser and highlight them, much like using a mouse.

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Mar
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There's no doubt that the Galaxy Nexus is one of the hottest phones on the planet right now. As such, there are quite a few people out there rocking the GN, so how do you make your stand out in the crowd? Adding a case is always an option, but if you really want your device to stand on, you have to check out these custom laser-etched battery doors. There's even one with the AP logo!

12
Mar

Looks like a handful of undisclosed T-Mobile stores will be getting their hands on the recently announced Samsung S Galaxy Blaze 4G on March 21 - a full week ahead of the nationwide release of the device (March 28th). The Blaze is one of the fastest smartphones to hit T-Mo's HSPA+ network, rocking some pretty decent specs (sorry, no word on RAM or storage capacity at the moment):

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread (will likely be updated to Android 4.0)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 Dual-Core Processor clocked at 1.5GHz
  • 3.97" Super AMOLED display
  • 5MP rear shooter with 720p video capabilities
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Expandable storage via microSD slot

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If the Blaze sounds like the smartphone for you, you'll be able to pick one up for $149 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and two-year agreement.

09
Mar
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We've all been there: listening to the radio, hoping the next track is something good. Or perhaps there's a specific track you want to hear, so you listen to the crappy local station for half of the day waiting for the audio goodness that you so desperately crave to grace your ear canal. Thanks to a new app called Jelli, you may never have to deal with what some deejay wants you to hear again.

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