14
May
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As promised, Playbox today brought the console racing experience to Tegra 2 devices with the release of Bang Bang Racing THD. This top-down racer, previously available on XBOX 360 and Playstation 3, is one of the soon to be numerous games optimized for multicore phones and tablets. With the added device power comes a level of physics that is yet unknown in mobile gaming.

Let's just hope all that new hotness is worth the relatively high cost.

13
May
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The Android 3.1 update that's been rolling out to Motorola XOOMs all week (yes, including the Wi-Fi versions) contains quite a few improvements to the Android experience, such as better stability, resizable widgets, and an extended app switcher. However, one thing this update does not contain (and actively cleans up if you had it before) is root.

This article deals with a couple of advanced topics. If you’re unfamiliar with some of the terms, hit up our primers here:

Whether you want to regain root on your 3.1 XOOM or root the whole thing the very first time, publicanimal from xda has you covered with full instructions of unprecedented clarity and presentation.

13
May
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It looks like truth may just mirror fiction. Either that or the Android Police team has some scary psychic powers (although some may call it intuition). According to Android And Me's latest rumor, Amazon is indeed set to dip their toes into the waters of the Android device market. Multiple tipsters within the industry have informed them that Amazon is working on an "entire family" of Android devices slates for a holiday 2011 arrival.

13
May
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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Welcome to the third iteration of our super-awesome bootscreen animation roundup. It's been about six weeks since our last one, so it's definitely about time for another go. I'm sure at this point no introduction is needed, so let's get right into the screens.

If you're not sure how to change your boot animation, take a look at our primer.

You can find even more boot animation goodness in the first two editions of this roundup, here and here.

13
May
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Last Updated: August 2nd, 2011

Tower defense (TD) games seem to be plentiful on mobile platforms: their control scheme fits well with a touch surface, they don't require much user input from the player, and don't tend to be graphically intensive. If you're an Android user, you've probably at least tried a TD game before; GRave Defense HD looks to be the one that conquers them all.

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No, that was not a typo in the title: GRave Defense is really spelled like that.

13
May
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If you've been considering jumping ship from your current carrier and hopping over to Sprint, you may want to finalize that decision before June 23, 2011. Why is that, you ask? Because until that date, Sprint will give you $125 per line if you port your existing number over (with a qualifying smartphone or data plan, of course). That's right, you will get paid to switch carriers.

Here's how the deal works: buy a new smartphone from Sprint's online store, transfer your number over (you should be prompted to do so during checkout), and register for your credit within 72 hours of activating your phone.

13
May
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While roaming around Google I/O and looking for answers to numerous questions you guys posed, I ran into Wei Huang, the tech lead on Google Talk for Android. Yup, the same guy who announced video chat two weeks ago on the Google Mobile blog. Here are some questions I had for Wei, echoing many of you guys:

  • Is video chat coming to other devices than the Nexus S and if so, when?
13
May
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Last Updated: June 27th, 2011

If you've been thinking about picking up the Nexus S 4G on Sprint, then now is the time to go for it, because Wirefly has a deal that's hard to resist. You can get this stock Android beauty for $99 with a new two year agreement, or by adding it as a new line on a family plan. This is indeed a killer deal on an amazing piece of hardware.

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If you need a refresher on the specs of this gem, here you go:

  • 4 Inch Super AMOLED display
  • 1GHz Hummingbird Processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 16GB Built-in storage
  • 5MP Rear camera with 720p video capture
  • VGA front camera
  • Stock Android 2.3

The same phone will set you back $199 at the Sprint store or $150 at Best Buy, so there really isn't a comparable deal out there right now.

13
May
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What you see there is a tesseract. In case you're not quite sure what that is (I wasn't), the short definition is "the four-dimensional analogue of a cube." Or, to be more specific (for those of you as nerdy as I):

Four-dimensional hypercube; its vertices are (+/-1, +/-1, +/-1, +/-1). It is a polychoron formed from eight equal cube cells that are perpendicular to each other at their faces. It is the tetraspace analog to the square in planespace and the cube in realmspace.

13
May
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The HTC Dream, launched in 2008 by a then little-known Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer, took the world by storm as the first "Google-phone".

Now HTC is back delivering its tablet which is available today from the HTC Flyer Store in Europe. The 32GB 3G + WiFi version costs £599.99 ($975.88) and the 16GB WiFi-only version costs £479.99 ($781.38). These prices seem to be a lot higher than Best Buy's $499, but this is hardly surprising considering almost all electronics (notably Apple products) are much steeper in Europe.