The newest version of Dropbox is now available in the Android Market including optimizations for ICS. The new version’s design has been revamped along with new features added as well. If you have never used Dropbox before, after installing the app on your PC, any file you save in your dropbox will also save to your Android device letting you access and share them from anywhere. Hit up the break to see what’s new and links to download.
There is always going to be a place for a mid-level Android device, especially ones that are free. U.S. Celluar is now offering the Huawei Ascend II for free after a $100 mail-in rebate. With Android 2.3, a 3.5″ screen, and a 600MHz processor it’s not the strongest phone on the block, but hey it’s free. You can check the deal out and all the phone’s details from the source link below.
Any Galaxy Nexus owners out there that have been waiting for Swype to work on ICS? Well, thanks to XDA member theb1rdm4n, Swype has been modified to work on the Galaxy Nexus. This is why we all love Android and give applause to all the devs like theb1rdm4n that help make our devices great. Hit up the break to see Swype running on the GN as well as a link to download the .apk. Just make sure you have Unknown Sources checked off under Security before installing.
If you’re an Amazon Fire owner, you may have noticed you previously couldn’t access the web version of the Android Market via market.android.com. If you attempted to access that site from your Fire, you would be redirected to the Amazon Appstore. With the root breaking 6.2.1 update that recently hit, it looks like that redirect has been lifted. Though you cannot install apps from the web market on your Fire, you can at least browse what’s there and that’s a step in the right direction right? If you’re a Fire owner, hit up the web market and see what you think. If you’re not and still thinking about getting one, check out our hands on review right here.
Gotta love CyanogenMod! Based on the newest CM9, the good folks over at XDA have whipped up a pre-Alpha build to enjoy on the OG Droid. Remember, this build isn’t meant to be your daily ROM and should only be attempted by folks that are comfortable making backups and flashing ROMs. I’m one of the sad bunch that is dying for a Galaxy Nexus, but enjoying an ICS ROM on my Droid X for now. If you can’t get your hands on a new GN, a ROM is how we will have to fly for the time being. Don’t forget to checkout any details and updates right down there in the source link.
The folks over at Google have produced a nice little holiday video for all us Android fanatics out there. You’ll catch a few devices shown off and features like video chat and beaming. It’s a nicely produced video and I love the vibe that Google presents of themselves here. Be sure to check it out right down below.
Any Droid X owners out there, that like me, are a bit depressed they can’t get a Galaxy Nexus right now? Well, here is something that made my day and should make yours too. Rootzwiki member firstEncounter has whipped up a CM9 based ICS ROM for the Droid X and let me be the first to tell you, it’s FAST and Ice Cream Sandwich tastes great! Be warned though that this is a beta, so do not flash this ROM unless your prepared to deal with some bugs and certain things not working. I also haven’t been running this ROM long enough to express any battery concerns, but this is a great treat to be able to try out ICS on the X and see what everyone is clamoring about for myself. If you need help or more details, be sure to head over to the Rootzwiki thread in the source link for all the details and fixes. Links to download and a list of what currently works and what doesn’t are right after the break.
Does anyone actually use the “Droid” notification on their device? Yeah, I’m actually someone that uses it proudly. Well, Droid Life has posted a “DROOOID” type notification, but in this case it’s calling out “Nexus”. Sounds more like a Decepticon, but still kinda cool. Check out the video below to see what it sounds like. To have it show up in your sounds list, you’ll have to move the file from your Downloads to your Notifications folder. Anyone going to rock this out?
Android Central forum member beezy has whipped up an Ice Cream Sandwich treat for you folks on Sprint with a Nexus S 4G. The Android 4.0.3 OTA for T-mobile’s Nexus S has been ported to Sprint’s Nexus 4G. You won’t see any wimax (4G), but 3G data, camera, WiFi, and bluetooth are confirmed working. You’ll need to be rooted and you can flash this ROM via Clockwork. You will also need to head over to the AC forums and be registered to download the file and you can do so from the source link below. Happy flashing, but do so at your own risk.
The sci-fi horror masterpiece Dead Space you may have played on your PC or console is now available in the Android Market. If you’ve never played the game, Dead Space is a survival horror third-person shooter. In this space set game you’ll play as engineer Isaac Clarke battling human virus turned monsters called Necromorphs. Most notably, this game is hailed by some as the scariest game they have ever played. Hit up the break for more details and links to download.
Jean-Baptiste Queru has announced Android 4.0.3 is pushing to the Android Open Source Project, also claiming it’s the best release ever in his eyes. It certainly should be the best release ever since this is the first time we’re seeing AOSP ready to go on multiple platforms. This build is locked and loaded to work on the Galaxy Nexus (mysid and yakju builds), US Motorola XOOM variants, and all Nexus S devices. 4.0.3 is also optimized to work on devices that may not have the horsepower of the Galaxy Nexus.
Out of the box, this is the first time that AOSP works on 3 different
device families, the first time that it works on tablets, the first
time that it works directly on a device that’s neither an ADP nor a
Nexus, and the first time that it works on Verizon devices.
We’ve all known Ice Cream Sandwich would be the Android OS that would bridge the gap between phones and tablets. If done right, this will put Android right where it needs to be from a development standpoint to move forward at a faster pace. Let us know what you think right down there in the comments because this is huge news for Android.
A new game from developers Red Piston has some interesting gameplay. The story of the game goes King Hikari’s son has gone crazy and captured all of the Blowfish in Lake Fuji. It is now up to one heroic Fish to save his friends and restore order to the land. Though the 5 stages and 48 levels you will be pushing, catapulting, and dropping your hero fish through a stage to free a cadged blowfish. You’ll have to act fast though because as your hero moves through the level you will have to quickly activate bamboo into action to move yourself through the level. Fans push you along and you’ll even have Sonic the Hedgehog type of rolls to move you to the next area. I’ve only given the game a few minutes of playtime so far, but I’m already addicted. It can be a bit frustrating at times to get the perfect fling or push, but it’s still fun and refreshing. The game is also not optimized for widescreen so it may not take up your whole screen, but that didn’t seem to take away from the fun. You can grab the game from the Market for $.99, but be sure to check out all the screenshots and the official trailer after the break. Don’t forget to let us know what you think.
If you’ve been holding out on grabbing a new phone, Amazon has a great deal on two of Verizon’s newest devices. The HTC Rezound and DROID RAZR are both available right now for $199.99 over at Amazon.com for new Verizon customers. I know most of us are trying to hold out as long as we can for the Galaxy Nexus, but both of these devices are fine Android phones as well. If you missed it, you can check out our hands on with the RAZR right here. If you’re already a Verizon customer, there are still some prices deals for you too. Hit up the break to see how they shake down and the links to order.
Game developer YoYo Games will be releasing their physics based title Rick O’Shea to the Android market on Nov. 22nd. You’ll be firing Rick out of a circus cannon through Big Top tents bouncing him on his head to get through the levels. As you’ll see in the video to follow, there are obstacles to bounce around, magnets to change the direction of your bounce, and other cannons to re-fire yourself. Looks like an interesting enough game to check out. YoYo games has a number of other titles you can expect to see a review about here soon, so stay tuned to see if they are worth your hard earned cash (though visually they certainly look worth a dollar or two). Hit up the break to check out the teaser video for this new title and let us know what you think.