25
Apr
ZombieSmash

This morning, Google employee Steven Le posted a photo of the Android statue outside his office, which looked a bit stranger than usual:

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While the statue's makeover was mysterious at first glance, a press release and accompanying video from Zynga soon clarified the situtation:

Indeed, the occasion was a promo of ZombieSmash!, a new Zynga game being launched on Google Play later this week. To be clear, the game is technically already on Play, but only in Canada; this week, ZombieSmash!

25
Apr
HTC-One-S-Final

Today's the day, T-Mobile customers: the HTC One S is officially available. This new flagship could be the hottest thing T-Mobile has ever seen, with all the specs of a modern-day powerhouse:

  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 8MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front camera
  • 1650mAh battery
  • Android 4.0 with Sense 4

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If you're still not convinced that this is the best thing that has ever happened to T-Mobile, check out our review of the One S.

25
Apr
htc-one-x-press

With the upcoming release of AT&T's HTC One X, many people are wondering how it compares to the international version, which packs NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 instead of Qualcomm's dual-core Snapdragon S4. One user out in YouTubeLand happened to get their hands on both variants and decided to boot them up simultaneously, as well as run AnTuTu Benchmark to see how they compare head-to-head.

While I realize that benchmarks are definitely not a definitive answer to how well the device performs, they do give a rough idea of what the device is capable of.

25
Apr
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Facebook for Android has been making some progress lately - just a few short days ago, version 1.9 of the app was made available, bringing some fairly major improvements. Now the app has been updated again, and while it's far from a full makeover, it has received one change that some users will surely appreciate.

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Namely, the update includes revised icons for the bundled "Camera" and "Messenger" applications. While in all likelihood most of us will hardly even notice the change, it may still prove beneficial in the long term, as the "Camera" and "Messenger" icons included in the original version of Facebook 1.9 looked quite similar to Android's stock "Camera" and "Messenger" applications; the update makes them easier to tell apart.

24
Apr
rigo2

You might want to clear your schedule for a few weeks in May because that's when the game Rigonauts will be appearing in the Play Store. An early version of Rigonauts from Engient took second prize in Activision's Independent Games Competition last year, and now an updated version with improved graphics and gameplay is on the way to Android, iOS, and PC. This is a physics-based fighting game with a healthy dose of strategy, and that's not something that comes along everyday.

24
Apr
GalaxyNote3

OK, as much as I like to make fun of the Note, it's actually a pretty awesome phone that a lot of people want, and so news that it's coming to T-Mobile is nothing to scoff at. Photos published by TmoNews all but confirm the gargantuan Galaxy is headed to America's pinkest (and leatheriest) carrier, giving credence to a UA string and some FCC filings unearthed last week.

24
Apr
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Google Drive is real, and it's out, and I've been playing with it. If you haven't heard, Drive is Google's cloud storage offering. You get 5 GB free with an option to buy more.

You're going to hear two phrases over and over again in this hands on, so you'd better get used to them now: get ready to see "like Dropbox" and "like Google Docs" a lot.

Google Docs, by the way?  Gone.

24
Apr
minecraft

Minecraft, the wildly popular online creativity toy, has also had a pocket version of itself in development for a while. Up until now, though, you could only really mine. As of today, though, Mojang, the company behind the game, has released version 0.3.0 that finally includes (and you may want to sit down for this one) crafting!

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Up until this point, you've been able to scavenge around for materials, but if you wanted to do anything with them, you're stuck.

24
Apr
P_500

ASUS just started pushing yet another update to the original Transformer (TF101) that brings a handful of enhancements:

  • Improves system stability
  • Improves email stability
  • Improves AppBackup App
  • Improves MyLibrary stability
  • Supports Wi-Fi Direct
  • Supports unzip in File Manager
  • Add restore tab function in Browser

Some users reported that the update hit their device last night, but it should be rolling out in full force beginning today.

To see if the update is available on your device, head into Settings > About tablet > System Firmware Update > Check Update.

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