Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

18
Apr
2012-04-18 17h30_25

Google has never really made it a priority to give Android a desktop syncing and management client like iTunes is for the iPhone. For the most part, it hasn't been missed that much. Google can perform cloud-based backups of app data, contacts, email, photos, music, and just about everything else you might need. If you use all of its services, of course. Moborobo, on the other hand, is a beautiful client that does all of that and more right from your desktop.

18
Apr
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To say that literally every person on the entire planet is playing Draw Something right now would be an understatement. So, when OMGPOP updates its beloved drawing game, we take notice. Now, users are able to comment on drawings, undo their last line, and can use the now-familiar "Pull down to refresh" gesture to update their list of current games. Great!

The features make the already-popular game even easier to use.

18
Apr
gtv

Google TV still exists. It's important to be reminded once in a while because, while Google TV promised to be our deliverer from the evil world of crappy cable box interfaces, so far the company has yet to deliver. Today's update to the TV & Movies app, though, is a step in the right direction. For starters, Google has finally done what we've all wanted since there were more than three channels: now you can see what shows are on just your favorite channels on a single screen.

18
Apr
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Calling a support line sucks. You're already in a bad situation, or why would you be calling in the first place? As Google demonstrated with its support of the Nexus One, though, the only thing worse than calling a support line is not having one at all. Thankfully, Google now has a phone-based support system that lets users talk to a real person 24/7 about problems with the Play Store. Like most things Google, it's actually a pretty interesting take on the old tech.

18
Apr
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Last Updated: April 22nd, 2012

If you've entered two of these contests already and you're still naked from the waist up, here's your last chance. As before, we're giving away ten obviously-fanboyish shirts. Today's is the widely-loved Nom shirt. If you're just too famished and need those noms right now, you can use coupon code "ANDROIDPOLICE" (no quotes) to get this shirt for $7.99, or five bucks off.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  1. Scott Benson
  2. bwbloom
  3. Mer T.

18
Apr
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If there's one thing Android lovers can unite around, it's that we have the best community around. When CyanogenMod put out the call back in February asking for donations to get some new servers, the community responded enthusiastically. Now, the most popular third-party ROM developer is announcing that the servers are online and capable of building CM9 in nine minutes. Whoa.

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This is where the magic happens.

The team says there's still some work to be done before these babies are cranking, but once they've set up schedulers to automate the builds, the new servers will be able to put together bleeding edge ROMs for your device faster than you can say "Holy crap, that was really friggin' fast."

For those who are curious (and aren't we all?) those are three Dell R610s in the photo of the CM servers above.

17
Apr
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Remember Acer's quad-core tablet that managed to beat out ASUS' Transformer Prime by a pretty wide price difference? It's available from Amazon for an easier-on-the-wallet $450 right now. If you're holding out for the silver version, you can still place a pre-order with Amazon here. In case you need a refresher, here are the specs:

  • 10.1-inch 1,280x800 display
  • Quad-Core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB built-in storage with microSD Card slot
  • 5MP Rear shooter, 1MP front-facing camera
  • 9,800mAh battery for 12 hours of continuous video playback
  • Android 4.0 with Acer Ring

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The Olympics-branded tablet is an attractive choice for those who are looking for a budget tablet that doesn't strip away features that the bigger players share.

17
Apr
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By now, you should've heard about the Zeemote Bluetooth Gaming Controller. We only gave away a thousand of them a couple weeks ago, after all. We've started to receive ours here at the Android Police Station, so we thought it was an appropriate time to take a look at the device (as well as provide you with some games to cut your teeth on).

The Hardware

2012-04-16 17h07_00

It would not be wrong to make a comparison to the Wii nunchuk attachment.

17
Apr
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So, you and 999 of your closest internet friends just received a free Zeemote in the mail. Now you're all sitting around in your respective houses wondering what to use your new toy on. You can't ask each other because you all live in different places. Well, since we got you into this mess, we'll help get you out. Here are seven of the best Zeemote-enabled games available.

Running Fred

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Perhaps one of the best games on this list, Running Fred is a game we've featured before.

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