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Epic Experience ROM Lands On Samsung Epic 4G, Makes Itself At Home With Less Bloatware, More Live Wallpapers, And YouTube HQ

Epic Experience ROM Lands On Samsung Epic 4G, Makes Itself At Home With Less Bloatware, More Live Wallpapers, And YouTube HQ

Well it isn't CyanogenMod 6, but according to our tipster, it's close - one of the Epic 4G's first ROMS has just gone live on xda-developers, and it looks... promising, if nothing else.

While we haven't had a chance to test this ROM out ourselves, the forum post states that the ROM's standout features include:

  • Deodexed
  • Sprintware Removed
  • Modified MMS/SMS app
  • Bootup/Shutdown sounds ported from the Samsung Galaxy S I9000
  • Changed shutdown display screen
  • Choice of 4 launchers
  • ADW Launcher
  • LauncherPro
  • Launcher (Vanilla)
  • TouchWiz

AOSP apps:

  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Clock
  • Car Home
  • GenieWidget (News & Weather)
  • AOSP Lockscreen
  • EVO YouTube App
  • Spare Parts
  • Superuser
  • Google Maps & Google Street View are up to date
  • Pandora Compatible

Live Wallpapers ported from the Samsung I9000 & Samsung Fascinate:

  • Aurora
  • Blue Sea
  • Connection
  • Dandelion
  • Flow
  • Forest
  • Layers Of Light
  • Luminescence
  • Ocean Wave
  • Spark

As with most other ROMs, a full wipe of both the data and cache partitions is required, but since one of my wife's main gripes with the Epic has always been its lack of an option to play YouTube videos in HQ (something my EVO is capable of), I think the Epic Experience ROM might just be worth a try.

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Chickenbrick Releases Cestos 2:Party Time, Beer Not Included

Chickenbrick Releases Cestos 2:Party Time, Beer Not Included

Yesterday Chickenbrick Software, makers of Cestos, released Cestos 2:Party Time. This time around, Cestos will be taking advantage of the OpenFeint network to add an extra layer of awesome to the gameplay.

The game has been totally revamped from the ground up. It looks great and the gameplay is smooth.

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They've added all new modes, new add-ons for your avatar, and new social options...that don't work yet

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All in all, though, Cestos 2 is still fun, still eating away a large chunk of my time, and is definitely a worthy successor to Cestos.

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Motorola Bravo, Flipout, And Flipside Make Their Debut On AT&T

Motorola Bravo, Flipout, And Flipside Make Their Debut On AT&T

Even though they were the last major carrier in the US to release an Android phone, you can't question AT&T's commitment to Android now! Their latest offerings are all from Motorola and all feature the MOTOBLUR UI, but are still a huge step up from phones like the Cliq and the Backflip.

Each runs Android 2.1 with MOTOBLUR on top and feature a lackluster 3.2 megapixel camera. However, that is where the similarities between the phones end.

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Fring Introduces fringOut, Flips Skype The Bird

Fring Introduces fringOut, Flips Skype The Bird

Today Fring announced their latest feature: fringOut. If that sounds suspiciously like Skype's offering, Skypeout, don't be shocked. They are essentially the same service. They posted this on their blog earlier today with a definite sense of smugness:

fringOut is easy to use & super-convenient. Because the rates are so darn good, you’ll be calling everyone from your mobile phone.
Here is a short list why folks are dumping PC calling and moving to fringOut’s mobile calling.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Confirmed To Use Gorilla Glass

Samsung Galaxy Tab Confirmed To Use Gorilla Glass

Looks like Gorilla Glass is fast becoming the trend among tablets and smartphones - not only is Samsung slapping it on their Galaxy S devices, but the Tab as well. What's so great about Gorilla Glass? To quote Wikipedia:

Corning attributes the choice of Gorilla Glass superiority not only for "unparalleled damage resistance and protection" but:

  • "Thinner form factor: Gorilla Glass retains its performance advantage over standard chemically strengthened substrates even when used in thin form factors.
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Official Yahoo Finance Application Now Available In The Android Market

Official Yahoo Finance Application Now Available In The Android Market

Take a look at what I found in the Android Market this morning when I was doing a casual sift through the swamp of garbage that the Market is today. It's the official Yahoo Finance app - an app that trails behind Google's own super popular Finance app by over a year. Of course, the more the merrier, and Yahoo is a huge player in the finance world with its Yahoo Finance site, so I downloaded it to take a look.

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OpenFeint Unleashing 12 New Android Games Into The Android Market

OpenFeint Unleashing 12 New Android Games Into The Android Market

We just got word that the cross-platform social gaming network OpenFeint will be releasing the second round of games and delivering the best gaming experience Android has to offer. With their first few games taking the market by storm when they were released, this bodes very well for OpenFeint and the Android gaming community in general. OpenFeint has added a whole new level to cell phone gaming by adding achievements and leaderboards so you can show the world just how well you can fly those planes and slice that fruit.

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[Updated] Google Starting To Flip The Switch On Purchasing Paid Android Market Apps In New Countries

[Updated] Google Starting To Flip The Switch On Purchasing Paid Android Market Apps In New Countries

Last week, Google announced that over the next 2 weeks, support for purchasing paid apps was coming to 18 more countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan.

This morning, reports are trickling in that the switch has been indeed flipped, at least in some of these countries. So far, we've been able to confirm Sweden, Denmark, and India.

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Android Market Now Shows Application Prices In Your Native Currency

Android Market Now Shows Application Prices In Your Native Currency

Today, Google flipped the switch on paid app purchases in more countries, such as India, Sweden, and Denmark, just as promised, and with that came another subtle, yet important, change. Instead of showing prices in developers' native currencies, all application prices are now converted on the fly into your own currency.

Here's what the Market looks like for me in the US now - notice the tilde (~) symbol next to converted prices:

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Here is Sweden:

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And here's Denmark:

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Image credits: [1] [2]

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[Breaking, Hands-On] Skype For Android Now Available For Download In The Market For All Phones! Still No Calling Over Mobile Data In The US

[Breaking, Hands-On] Skype For Android Now Available For Download In The Market For All Phones! Still No Calling Over Mobile Data In The US

After months and months of waiting for a voice-enabled Skype to be out on Android and giving Verizon users an evil eye for that exclusive deal Skype signed with the largest US carrier, I am here to tell you that less than 2 hours ago, Skype officially hit the Market. This time, the long-awaited app is no longer restricted to Verizon, so download away (Android 2.1+ required)!

Update: the official Skype blog post is now live, including an intro video.
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