The rumor mill giveth and the rumor mill taketh away. Late Sunday night, a commenter on our site posted a surprising confession: he was the source of several rumors regarding Android 4.2. Initially, we confirmed that this commenter was the same who had sent us some different yet equally fantastic stories. Our batch hinted that Robert Downey Jr. might have been hired to introduce the new Nexii for the next couple years, for example. Now, Android & Me has posted a retraction of the initial article stating that Android 4.2 would contain a Customization Center and Project Roadrunner.
However, the commenter known as Peter claimed that a certain set of Android rumors were not a part of his elaborate and entertaining ruse.
You can't deny that Angry Birds is the biggest franchise going in mobile gaming, racking up hundreds of millions of downloads across its various platforms. It was only a matter of time before developer Rovio's licensing ambitions took it beyond some logical tie-ins (like Dreamworks' 2011 kid flick Rio). On November 8th, the aggravated avians will be going where pretty much every single major franchise has gone before: to the Star Wars universe.
Details on the gameplay itself are pretty scarce, aside from the Lucasfilm tie-in and releases for Android, iOS and PC. Presumably it'll be similar to Angry Birds Space, with its zero-gravity physics puzzles and astronomical settings.
Intuit, the company behind Quicken for Windows and Mac, has released a free mobile companion app for users of Quicken 2013 for Windows.
Available on both phones and tablets, Quicken for Android allows you to sync your accounts over from your desktop so that you can keep an eye on your finances whilst you're on the move.
Rather than just offering a stripped down version of the existing desktop application, Intuit has built most of the features that are available on the desktop into the mobile app; you can view your spending by category, with graphs available on the tablet version, and create alerts to notify you of activity on your account.
Now that the Galaxy Note II has been released in select European countries alongside a few other places around the world, Samsung has released the kernel source code for the device, along with other open source software components.
Although the kernel source will be of little use to regular consumers initially, ROM developers may be able to use it to ensure that their software performs as well as it can do on the phone. That means better performance and more stability, so even if you aren't a code aficionado, this is still good news for you.
If you're interested in taking a peak behind the scenes of the Galaxy Note II, you can download the source from Samsung's open source release center now.
Kairosoft is a gaming company that has built a name for themselves on quality. Their simulation games have constantly topped many reviewers' "best of" list for Android titles, and personally they've enthralled me for many an hour.
It seems almost peculiar, though, that they've never delved too deeply into in-app payments or other models that are more prevalent on the Android platform. Kairosoft has stuck to their guns and delivered a full game for a set price, forgoing "pay to win" shortcuts in favour of good mechanics and pure fun.
So naturally when they released "Beastie Bay" recently, you can understand how a free, ad-supported game might ruffle some feathers.
There are two types of people in this world: those who stick with the same carrier for decades at a time, and those who jump from one to another in order get the best phones. If you fall into the latter category, now may be the time to head over to AT&T, because the HTC One X just dropped to a penny at Amazon Wireless.
Sure, HTC may have already announced the One X+ with AT&T as its exclusive provider here in the States, but that doesn't take away from what a solid device the original One X is right now.
There's no doubt the Android tablet market is heating up much like the phone market was a few years ago. Where before there were relatively few choices, manufacturers are now rolling out new models left and right - sometimes, it seems, with reckless abandon. It's almost like Newton's third law in action: for every great tablet released, an equal but opposite tablet is released.
We've talked quite a bit about Fuhu's Nabi 2 tablet, which was designed specifically for children. Given its $200 price tag and powerful Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM, and Android 4.0, this device is not only great for the kids, but it packs a punch for parents, as well. (To get a better idea of everything the Nabi has to offer, check out my full review.)
The one downside of the Nabi 2, however, is its lack of Google Apps. That means no Play Store, GMail, GTalk, or any of the other services we've all come to rely on. Thanks to one enterprising dev over at XDA, though, the tablet has been rooted, gotten a custom recovery, and now has full access to Google Apps.
Thinking of getting a new phone on AT&T just to see what it's all about? If you don't dig it, you have a month to return it, right? Unfortunately... no. Not after tomorrow, anyway; AT&T is dropping its device return policy from 30 days to 14, basically cutting the return window in half.
So what happens if you want return your device after the 14 day window? You'll owe AT&T a full ETF (early termination fee) for your remaining contract (read: all of it).
The only customers unaffected by this change are those on business plans - you guys will still get the full 30 day return window...