David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

26
Oct
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If you're not familiar with the 8-bit adventures developed by OrangePixel (see some of our past coverage here, and here), you should probably check them out. Their latest and greatest, Meganoid 2 - the sequel to their most popular title, Meganoid - just hit the Play Store.

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Meganoid is inspired by the ultra-difficult (and ultra-fun) platformers on the 1980's and 90's. And yes, it's supposed to look like that.

26
Oct
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If you have an Optimus Elite, it's time to hit that "check update" button - a brand-new software version (LS696ZVF) is headed out to devices this morning. It's definitely on the minor side, and no, it's not Ice Cream Sandwich. Honestly, if you have an Elite, you're probably going to be stuck in Gingerbread hell forever unless you're on a custom ROM. Anyway, here's the changelog:

- NFC driver permissions update
- Support for downloadable Sprint Direct Connect Now client from the Google Play Store
- “QuickMemo” LG application
- Sprint Connections Optimizer

Head over to the Sprint Community post to find out more.

25
Oct
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If you don't listen to our podcast, here's a reason to for the next four weeks: we're giving away a bunch of tablets, courtesy of NVIDIA and Android Police. You'll have to listen to the live show to be eligible, which is every Thursday at 5PM PST (8PM EST), at www.androidpolice.com/podcast - make sure you're in the IRC chat room! We promise not to take an inordinately long amount of time to pick winners, but don't expect them to go out in the first 5 minutes, either.

25
Oct
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We'll cut to the chase on this one - head over to Samsung's US mobile accessory site here, and use the coupon code 'rE155266e' when you reach the checkout page. That code will give you 50% off of all Samsung Mobile US accessories.

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So, for well under $100 shipped (free UPS ground on orders over $50), you can a spare Note II battery, S-Pen, and a Samsung AllShare Cast Hub (normally $100 by itself).

25
Oct
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Last Updated: November 15th, 2012

Winner: Julian Lee, congrats!

If you haven't read our review of the LG Optimus G, you should definitely check it out - this is one powerhouse of a phone. And, courtesy of AT&T, you can win one on this very page. You can also pre-order the Optimus G directly from AT&T, for $199.99 on a new 2-year agreement, at this link.

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The AT&T Optimus G is packing a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM, and I can tell you from first-hand experience that it is fast.

25
Oct
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French blog Galaxus has uncovered an FCC filing for the "ME370TG" - which pretty much gives this device away as a variant of the Nexus 7, and if you dig into the FCC test results, we can see this confirmed:

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As with most FCC filings, there really isn't much to say here - but the ME370TG is set for a certification date of October 29th. Which, as we all know, is the day of Google's big NYC event next week.

25
Oct
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Consider us floored: pictures from a booklet claiming to be a Nexus 10 manual (and I think that claim looks pretty well-founded) have leaked on Korean blog Seeko. I'm not even going to say any more before just showing you the evidence.

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Wow.

Sure, it's possible to fake something like this, and no, this doesn't mean for sure that we'll see the Nexus 10 unveiled at Google's NYC event next week, but this pretty much confirms the existence of the thing.

24
Oct
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Sprint, starting November 11th, will be launching a slew of new tablet data plans - and some of them actually don't sound that bad, if you're a current Sprint smartphone subscriber. Here are the plans, for both 3G and 4G LTE tablets:

  • With Sprint Smartphone Plan
    • 100MB: $10/month
    • 1GB: $15/month
  • Without
    • 300MB: $15/month
    • 3GB: $35/month
    • 6GB: $50/month
    • 12GB: $80/month

If you're a Sprint subscriber, $15 a month for a commitment-free 1GB tablet plan isn't bad.

24
Oct
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Sidescrolling / top-down space shooters are nothing new - but really good ones are still, like any good game, worth pointing out. I went into Sector Strike, by Clapfoot, with high hopes - they made the now-Android-classic Tank Hero. And while Sector Strike is a pretty good game, odd control choices, repetition, and in-app purchases make this free-to-play title a short and predictable love affair.

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The Gameplay

Sector Strike plays like almost any other spaceship sidescroller: you shoot enemies continuously with a bunch of lasers and other sci-fi age goodies that come out of the front of your craft like the contents of a psychedelic new year's party popper.

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Oct
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If you're a US Cellular customer and also interested in the Galaxy Note II, good news: the Note II will be available on the southern regional carrier starting Friday, October 26th, in stores and online. The price remains the same as it has since the pre-order, at $299 on a new 2-year agreement. Today is also the last day you can pre-order the Note II on USC, and those orders will begin shipping tomorrow.

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