23
Nov
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Taiwanese consumer electronics giant Acer is having a global press conference in New York right now, and they just wrapped up the hardware portion of the event. In its wake are three new Android devices to lust over. Rather than forcing you to go with one size only, Acer has an attractive trio to choose from.

10.1" Tablet

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First up was a 10-incher, powered by a 1GHz Tegra II. The device will run Google's "Android Tablet OS" (Honeycomb?) with a custom Acer UI, but was demoed running Froyo.

23
Nov
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A pair of images circulated around the tech blogosphere this morning, showing what are purported to be the first glimpses of Motorola's now legendary Olympus, aka "Terminator", device. The Tegra 2 handset appears to take plenty of design cues from the newly-reviewed Defy, matching the rugged phone's rounded corners and flush capacitive buttons.

This is quite the departure from the unashamedly square design of Motorola's previous Droid iterations, but bears striking resemblance to a certain Nexus S.

23
Nov
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As far as social gaming networks go, OpenFeint's really been a huge hit - according to the company, OpenFeint-enabled games have been downloaded over eight million times in their first 60 days. Additionally, the network has seen some 1.6 million Android devices visiting from 176 different countries. As impressive as that is, interest in OpenFeint isn't dying - far from it, as today marks the launch of eight OpenFeint-enabled games, some new and some getting OpenFeint capabilities:

Of course, we'll have to wait for reviewers to get their hands on the new games to assess their quality, but if past OpenFeint-enabled games are any indication, these are fun times ahead of us!

23
Nov
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Last Updated: April 14th, 2013

We all knew it was coming - Full Tilt Poker Rush Mobile, the first real money poker game on Android, has finally hit the Android Market, and is available for devices running Froyo, due to the Flash 10.1 requirement. The app still bears a beta sticker, so be careful with those hard earned greens of yours. Obviously, it goes without saying that you should also find a stable connection, preferably WiFi, unless you want to fold every hand you get disconnected from.

22
Nov
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Today, a T-Mobile representative emailed us about a big holiday BOGO (buy one, get one free) Black Friday promotion the company is launching this holiday season. This promotion will feature all Android smartphones, the Galaxy Tab, as well as WP7 devices, although it's worth pointing out that the Tab unfortunately does not qualify as one of the free devices.

The BOGO is good for all T-Mobile family plans, including Even More and legacy customers who activate two or more lines, and for those who upgrade at least one eligible line.

22
Nov
acer tablet

According to multiple sources, Acer is planning a special event tomorrow in New York to announce three tablets - one 5-inch (not much is known about it), one 7-inch (is expected to run Android 2.2), and a 10-inch (is expected to run Windows 7). Acer showed off a tablet several months back with a front-facing keyboard with a 7-inch screen; there's a good chance this is the same product but with some revisions.

22
Nov
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Last Updated: November 25th, 2010

We've been hearing about Notion Ink's high-end Android tablet, Adam, for quite a while now, and it's already been announced that we could be seeing this device by Christmas. While that hasn't been confirmed, we now have quite a few more details on the tablet thanks to the fact that Notion Ink's website has been updated with all sorts of information on the tablet, including this massive helping of specs:

Size+Weight

  • Thickness: ~14 mm
  • Width: 191 mm
  • Length: 269 mm
  • Weight: ~1.6 pounds

System on Chip

  • NVIDIA Tegra 250
  • Dual Core Cortex A-9
  • ULP GPU

Memory+Storage

  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 1GB SLC
  • 8+ GB Flash
  • Micro-SD Card support

Power & Battery

  • Universal Charger
  • 3 cell 24.6Whr battery

Display

  • 10.1" WSVGA (1024 x 600)
  • Optional Pixel Qi display:
    Transmissive, transflective,
    and reflective modes
  • Multi-touch
  • Matte finish
  • Anti glare coating
  • Scratch resistant
  • Finger print resistant

Camera

  • 3.2 MP Auto Focus Swivel
    Camera

Communication

  • WLAN - 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 A2DP
  • WWAN - 3G HSDPA

Audio

  • Stereo loudspeakers
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Built in microphone

Input/Output Ports

  • USB 2.0 Host x 2
  • Mini USB
  • HDMI
  • Micro SD slot
  • SIM Card slot
  • DC connector

Sensors

  • 3-Axis accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • GPS
  • Digital Compass

Bonus mystery feature ;)

If you're wondering what that "bonus mystery feature" is, look no further than the page's source code, which includes a very interesting message: "For any sneaky fellows looking through the code, here's a tidbit for you, there's a very awesome hidden sensor we’re gonna be revealing soon." I haven't the foggiest clue as to what that means, but it certainly sounds interesting.

22
Nov
transitions

Ever grow bored of the stock Android transitions?  Well, if you're like me and you have, take a quick look at the brilliant work done by XDA-Developers forum member Magnus Ragnar.  Magnus has found a way for developers to build custom transitions into their ROMs. I should warn you that this is not for the feint of heart, and it goes without saying that your device needs to be rooted.

22
Nov
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The latest carrier to secure a version of LG's newest entry-level phone - the Optimus One - is MetroPCS, the country's fifth-largest carrier. It will be the carrier's first Android phone, and will cost just $229 with no contract and $50 for a monthly plan that grants access to unlimited data, talk, and text. The phone will be available in stores and online on November 24, just in times for the holidays.

22
Nov
samsung continuum

It's been less than two weeks since the phone launched, but the Continuum's source code has already been thrown up on Samsung's Open Source Release Center. Regular users won't get much use out of it, but developers may be able to, and it should certainly help out with the development of custom ROMs for the device. Perhaps the awesome folks over at XDA could even find some interesting uses for the second "ticker" display?