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.

17
Jan
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Do you take your retro gaming seriously? Like, 1990 isn't actually retro seriously? Then you're in for a welcome bit of news: the 1983 classic Lode Runner has been ported to Android (yes, it's legit / authorized).

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The classic puzzle platformer has been on iOS for some time, but is just now landing on our OS of choice. Unfortunately, I can't vouch for just how committed the port is - the developer couldn't even be bothered to generate Android-specific screenshots, and that's rarely a good omen.

17
Jan
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You can now count Sony among the smartphone manufacturers that have promised to narrow their portfolios, and move away from featurephones and other very cheap handsets.

Sony's CEO, Kazuo Hirai, speaking to Bloomberg, had this to say.

"We basically are out of the feature-phone business and in the Android-based smartphone business ... We are more in toward the high end of the market as opposed to trying to get into the commoditized portion."

So, what does that...

16
Jan
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The official OTA update to Android 4.2 for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus has just hit Google's servers, and you can grab the build (GA02) right now. Here's a direct download link, originally found on XDA. Sextape at SXTP Developers posted yesterday indicating that a leaked version of this build would end up as the final OTA release. Here's the detailed build info:

post-build=samsung/mysidspr/toroplus:4.2.1/JOP40D/L700GA02:user/release-keys

md5: 4a023ce78c17c8256dfec8ae0615707f

File size: 102,838,616 bytes

So, now you're wondering how you go about flashing this build, right?

16
Jan
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Google unleashed a handful of updates to various apps this afternoon on the Play Store, though don't get too excited - none are particularly groundbreaking.

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Most significant was an update to Google TV, which brings the app to version 1.6, adding a 'simplified player screen,' and the ability to send YouTube videos from your phone or tablet directly to your TV.

Play Movies & TV

Next up was the Play Movies & TV app, but we're not even sure what's changed, because there's no changelog yet (the current one about availability in 11 countries is old).

16
Jan
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The DROID DNA is a phone I have little trouble recommending to most people, even if I can't say it's my very favorite piece of hardware out there. A 5" 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, great build quality, Verizon's near-ubiquitous LTE coverage - there's a lot to like about this phone. At $200 on contract, I might even say it's kind of a good deal already. But that wasn't low enough for Amazon.

16
Jan
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If you're the lucky (debatable) owner of a Verizon Galaxy Tab 7.7 or LG Lucid, good news - you're about to get an OTA update! Verizon just posted new update docs on its support site for both devices.

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The Tab 7.7's update is about as minor as you can get, though, offering reduced electrical consumption when charging... while powered off. We're guessing that's not what this update is actually about though.

16
Jan
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LTE is probably like getting a glass of ice water in hell for Sprint customers after the flop that was WiMAX, so announcements of expanded 4G coverage are doubly welcome on the Now Network. Sprint let fly today that 28 new markets will be getting the four-gees in 'the coming months,' and here's the list.

  • Albany, GA
  • Anderson, SC
  • Bay City, MI
  • Branson, MO
  • Bremerton/Silverdale, WA
  • Columbus, GA
  • Columbus, MS
  • Decatur, AL
  • Florence/Muscle Shoals, AL
  • Gadsden, AL
  • Gaffney, SC
  • Gettysburg, PA
  • Glasgow, KY
  • Homosassa Springs, FL
  • Hot Springs, AR
  • Lake City, FL
  • Lake Havasu City/Kingman, AZ
  • Midland, MI
  • Nacogdoches, TX
  • Opelousas/Eunice, LA
  • Oxford, MS
  • Paris, TX
  • Pittsfield, MA
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Spartanburg, SC
  • The Villages, FL
  • Waycross, GA
  • Winona, MN

This particular portion of the LTE buildout seems focused on the southland, though there are a few outliers sprinkled in there as well.

16
Jan
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As we move past CES and ever closer to MWC (Mobile World Congress) at the end of February, the internet leak factory isn't giving us much of a lull in production. Today's story comes courtesy of evleaks at UnwiredView, and let's be honest: it's a tantalizing one. Take a looksee.

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This is supposedly a rendering of HTC's upcoming flagship phone, widely thought to be codenamed 'M7.' As evleaks points out, though, there are a few discrepancies here which are noteworthy.

15
Jan
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MediaFire is definitely one of the more popular cloud-based file sharing services out there, and until now, there wasn't exactly a clean way to access it via Android. Today MediaFire put an end to that problem, and released its official Android app for all of your gee-bee-devouring needs.

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The app is fairly simple (and not exactly pretty), but works just like you'd expect - you can browse your MediaFire files in the cloud, upload new ones, and view docs, spreadsheets, presentations, video, and listen to audio.

15
Jan
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Sure, the Tylt Vu sort of looks like it was custom-tailored for a Windows Phone 8 device, but it's also officially our favorite Qi charger after seeing it at CES last week. If you've never used a wireless charger, it's probably not immediately apparent why the Vu is particularly want-worthy. But have no doubt - it is.

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The Vu has two distinct advantages over competing chargers. First, it's also a phone stand - you can set your phone on the Vu, and still use it like you would a normal dock, because you can still actually see your phone's screen without having to strain your neck.

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