01
Jun
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EVO 4G owners, it looks like you won't have to wait long for your Android 2.3 fix, at least according to what looks like a shot of an internal Sprint memo that we were just tipped off to by Mr @5c13nc3 on Twitter (tweet since deleted).

Update: According to the full text of this memo, sent by another anonymous tipster to AndroidCentral, the part that we are missing next to "manually update" actually reads "June 3rd." To force the check, just hit up Settings > System Updates > HTC Software Update, but wait till Friday to do so!

01
Jun
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Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android games and live wallpapers that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here:

Games

Plants vs Zombies

Android Police coverage: PopCap’s Plants Vs Zombies Finally Reaches Android – Free Download Today On The Amazon Appstore

Plants vs Zombies needs no introduction - PopCap's infamous (from the PC world) and highly anticipated game is now on Android.

01
Jun
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Google +1 has been quietly rolled out over the last few months to Google users - allowing them to "+1" (aka, "Like") pages found in Google search results. Today, +1 has been expanded into a number of other Google services, including the Android Web Market:

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Pretty neat, right? ROM Manager likes are already piling up. It's very likely we'll see +1 expanded onto the Android Market app in the future, as Google tries to make +1 a part of everyday life for Google users.

01
Jun
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Update: It appears that I misread the Dolphin Blog the first go around - version 5 doesn't block in-browser ads, the in-app ads have been removed. I apologize for the misinformation.

The final version of Dolphin Browser HD 5 landed in the Android Market this morning, and it brings a whole slew of bug fixes and improvements along with it. Among the many improvements is one that most users will be quite happy about - Dolphin HD now blocks all Google Ads within web pages without the need for an add-on, making your browsing much simpler, as well as using less bandwidth Dolphin HD is now ad-free!

01
Jun
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Nielson's latest statistics show little change over last month's, with Android, iOS, and BlackBerry holding first, second, and third place, respectively. Admittedly, the numbers for Android and iOS dropped a percent each to 36% and 26% while BlackBerry moved up a percent to 23%, but still - relatively unchanged.

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However, this month's report included an interesting look at data usage. Perhaps due to the much larger community of power users, Android owners suck down 582 MB of data per month, 90 MB (18%) more than iOS (492 MB).

31
May
HTC Sensation

Update: It has been confirmed by T-Mobile that the Sensation 4G will cost $199.99 on a two-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. Still no word on off-contract pricing, however.

It doesn't come as much of a surprise, but T-Mobile has finally announced the release date of the long-awaited Sensation 4G - by June 15 at T-Mobile retail stores, and as early as June 12 at select Wal-Mart locations. Unfortunately, T-Mobile didn't provide anything in the way of pricing, but we'll certainly be hearing about that in the coming days.

31
May
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Apparently Motorola is in the middle of a site redesign. Exciting, right? Pff... no. But the contents that were discovered because of said site redesign... now that's pretty exciting. PocketNow has acquired some images of the new site that display some upcoming Moto devices, including the XOOM 2, a couple of new handsets, and, curiously enough, a watch.

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Let's start off with the new phones: the Slimline and the Zaha (shown above, respectively).

31
May
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Last Updated: October 10th, 2012

It looks like US Cellular's Android family is going to grow a bit over the next couple of weeks, as two new phones will be hitting the shelves: the HTC Merge and LG Genesis.

Even as a mid-range device, the HTC Merge is one that needs little introduction, as it has seen the spotlight on more than one occasion. Nevertheless, here are the specs of this lil beauty:

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  • 3.8 inch 480x800 Super LCD display
  • 800MHz processor
  • Global Ready
  • 512MB RAM
  • 5MP rear camera with 720p video capture
  • 2GB built-in storage
  • 8GB SD Card
  • Physical QWERTY
  • Android 2.2

The LG Genesis is a dual-screened, full keyboard sporting flipper that just so happens to be a US Cellular Exclusive.

31
May
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If there's one thing that annoys us all, it's trying to use a device outside in the sunlight - on some devices it's almost impossible to see the contents of the screen without contorting into all sorts of odd positions to create just the right combination of shade and viewing angle.

However, display maker Pixel Qi is looking to change the game with its newly-announced duo of screens: a 7 inch 1024x600 and 10.1 inch 1280x800, both of which are low power and highly readable in outdoor light.