Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Now Available On Android

Car racing enthusiasts listen up! EA has just released Need For Speed Hot Pursuit to the Android Market. The game features 2 main modes: acting as a renegade running from the law or acting as a cop trying to protect the streets from those darn street racers. As a cop, you can lay down the law with roadblocks and strips or destroy a wannabe racer’s electrical system with an EMP lock. As a racer you have the strategies of overdrive, jamming, and oil slicks to use to your advantage. Players can drive up to 20 performance cars across 24  day-and-night tracks. There is also the ability to participate in 48 total Cop and Racer Career Events, collect bounty, and rise to the top of the ranks.

Now how many of you are excited about the idea of living out your secret dreams of driving the best and fastest cars? All of you of course. The game will play on any Android device running 2.0 or above and at $7, it’s quite the value for Android racing fanatics.

More Pics and download links after the break.

Sony Ericsson Arc HD Details – Has 720p Screen and 1080p Video Recording

Remember when we told you about that one rumor? You know, the flagship Sony Ericsson phone packing a 1.5GHz dual-core punch rumor? Well it looks like we have some more details about the device. GSMArena is reporting they received a tip on information for the device. The phone— referred to as the SE Arc HD– is said to come with a 1280 x 720 (720p) screen and support full HD video recording. If you remember from Google’s announcement for the Galaxy Nexus, you’ll remember the Galaxy Nexus runs Ice Cream Sandwich with a native 720p resolution. If you put the pieces together, you can conclude (albeit prematurely) this new SE flagship will also carry Android 4.0. In addition, the phone will come with a noteworthy feature where users will have the ability to capture full resolution shots while recording video. Yes you read that correctly, there is the option to simultaneously take full resolution photos while capturing full 1080p videos! Sounds like SE is ready to take full advantage of ICS considering the sweet treat will have optimized camera settings and hardware acceleration.

We expect to see Sony make a formal announcement of this device in the coming weeks, especially with more and more information leaking out. We’ll certainly keep our eyes and ears open for more leaks.

[via GSM Arena]

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Already Rooted!

(image courtesy of MoDaCo)

We already know about the most anticipated Android phone of the year. Even though the first Ice Cream Sandwich masterpiece has yet to land in stores, it hasn’t stopped MoDaCo’s Paul O’Brien from tweaking the phone. The crafty developer has created a “Superboot” program which installs a specialized boot image to the Galaxy Nexus. The significance you ask? Since the program roots at start up, there’s no need to flash partitions, no need to overwrite the shipped ROM on the phone– you literally set it and forget it!

To see the specifics of this wonderful piece of programming, hit the source link below. There you will find thorough and complete instructions as well as the necessary files to complete the root. Please note the developer specifically mentions that you will need to unlock the bootloader if you’re on a retail Galaxy Nexus. Oh but don’t worry, he provides instructions on how to unlock the bootloader if necessary too. Happy rooting!

[via MoDaCo]

Apple Loses iPad Design Suit Against Spanish Tablet Computer Maker NT-K

Apple has just been beaten at its own game of bullying.  The story initially begins last year as the Cupertino giant accused the small Android-based computer maker Nuevas Tecnologías y Energías Catalá (nt-k) of copying the iPad and sought out a customs ban. Spanish customs ultimately seized shipments from China containing nt-k’s Android-based tablets and Apple even went on to bring criminal charges against nt-k on December 9, 2010. Not fearful of Apple’s threats and treatment, nt-k decided to fight back by defending itself in the matter. nt-k filed an antitrust complaint with the Spanish competition regulator Comisión Nacional de la Competencia (CNC). Its defense was successful to say the least. The CNC is currently reviewing and has not dismissed nt-k’s  complaint against Apple, while the judge overseeing Apple’s charges against nt-k has dismissed them completely, concluding there was no ‘sufficient justification’ for a criminal case against nt-k. Moreover, nt-k is now seeking damages from Apple for monetary damages, lost profits, and ‘moral damages’.

Kudos to nt-k for standing up for not only themselves, but other Android manufacturers who are at a seemingly constant battle with Apple over patent infringements and injunctions. We’re sure most of you are giving each other hi-fives all around. Be sure to let us know what you think about this victory in our Comments section.

[via FOSS Patents]

GameStop Begins Selling Honeycomb Tablets Pre-Loaded with Games

It seems like we have new players entering the tablet game everyday. We’d heard before that gaming retailer GameStop would release their own tablet, but details were scarce at the time. In a slight turn of events, GS has decided to carry several Honeycomb tablets pre-loaded with games instead. There are plenty of options for consumers to choose from as the retailer will sell the Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Viewsonic VPAD. The prices will vary, but they start from $300 to $540. The list of games pre-loaded include Cordy, Dead Space, Madden NFL, Monster Madness, Re-Load, Riptide GP and Sonic CD. You will also have the option of having a special GameStop-branded controller included for an extra $39. The gaming tablets are available in 200 U.S. stores nationwide or online, though shipping is limited to U.S. addresses only. Now who else is as excited about this as I am?

[via GameStop]

Duke Nukem 3D Updated, Removes Ads After Complaints

Things change quickly don’t they? We gave you the news yesterday that Duke Nukem 3D was available in the Android Market for 99¢ which by all accounts is a great bargain– with a catch. Those who purchased the game quickly realized the developer curiously included ads in the game menu, despite it being a paid app. Perhaps the developer heard our bellyaching and used that to prompt immediate changes for the game. Owners will no longer see ads running, which is always welcome. Now let’s hope we never see another paid app that includes ads again.  If you didn’t grab the game yet, feel free to head on over to Android Market now for the download.  

Motorola Rumored To Reveal Xoom 2 Tomorrow At Special Event

Word on the streets is Motorola is set to hold a ‘special event’ tomorrow in London. Of course this is pure rumor and speculation, but one can easily deduce what this event will be. Considering that certain ads have appeared recently, it looks like Motorola is set to formally announce the new XOOM 2 tablet. Excitement has been at an all-time high, especially since we previously spotted shots for both the standard and Media Edition versions. Finally, we’ll be getting our first official glimpse of the coveted tablet! Now if only Christmas time would hurry up and get here so we can grab our sweaty mitts on one.

[via Phandroid]

Republic Wireless To Give You Unlimited Talk, Text And Data Starting November 8th

We love our Android phones, but loathe the expensive monthly plans. Most of us pay what can be an arm and a leg monthly to use our devices. Here’s something that is sure to be an eye-opener for all: paying $20 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data courtesy of Republic Wireless. The carrier is fed up with the excessive prices for Android users and argues we’re “overdue for a serious evolution”.

Republic Wireless works in a unique way. Using specific Android-powered phones equipped with a technology similar to T-Mobile’s UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access), RW allows you to make phone calls over WiFi networks as VoIP (Voice Over IP). In addition, you will have the ability to text over WiFi as well. As you leave the WiFi signal, RW users will then use a cell tower from Sprint for talk, text, and data. No word yet on the data speeds, but expect to see 3G technology as RW will be providing uncapped data for its users.

There are no details of which phones will be compatible with RW. However, we suspect we will see special variations of lower-end phone models from manufacturers. One major clue is the company’s preview page presenting clear images of what looks to be an LG Optimus One entry-level phone being taken apart. Be sure to share with us if you want to take it to The Man and go for the $20 monthly unlimited buffet when it becomes available next week.

[via Republic Wireless]

LG Uses Facebook To Confirm Ice Cream Sandwich For Optimus 2X And Other ‘High-End Smartphones’

Well this is a sudden turn of events. After previously stating that the phone would not be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich, LG has confirmed Android 4.0 will be coming to the Optimus 2x as well as other high-end handsets. Hit the break to see the official statement from LG’s Facebook page.

“LG firmly denies the rumors that claim LG will not be providing the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) OS update for the LG Optimus 2X. These rumors are NOT true. LG is currently in the process of planning the ICS OS update for the LG Optimus 2X as well as other LG high-end smartphones. Detailed information on the ICS OS update schedule for specific models will be announced, once the ICS OS is publicly released by Google. Please stay tuned for more updates from LG.

Thank you very much.”  

HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio Now Available In The UK

It looks like the UK is ready to get more HTC love. HTC made the announcement of the Sensation XL last month and we’ve seen some promo videos as well, but Clove is reporting the phone is available now. In case you’ve forgotten, the phone includes a 1.5GHz single-core processor with 768MB of RAM, a 4.7-inch display, 16GB of internal storage, an 8MP camera along with a front-facing camera, Sense UI on top of Gingerbread 2.3, and of course Beats Audio.

The phone is available for £486.00 including VAT (£405.00 without VAT). Head over to Clove to check out the phone if you happen to live in the UK and are in the market for a new phone.

[via Clove UK]

Google+ Update Now Available In Android Market

Google has given Android users a special treat tonight. The latest Google+ update is now available in the Android Market. The update includes a new look to the UI that closely resembles that of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), some bug fixes, and new translations. This looks and sounds like it will fix various issues users may have had previously using the app. Hit the break to see specific changes in the update as well as the QR code and link to download the app.

Verizon Announces Original Samsung Galaxy Tab Gingerbread Update

Another day, another announcement of a device getting a major software update. Verizon has announced the i800.E104 software update for the original Samsung Galaxy Tab. In addition to Gingerbread 2.3.5, the software update will include improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality and a new Download Manager App among the noteworthy features. There’s no word on when exactly the update will be available, but it should arrive very soon.

Full change log after the break:

London Taxi Cabbies Launch Service for Android Phones

Anyone who has tried to hail a cab knows how frustrating and difficult it can be. However, cabbies in London are aiming to make the process easier. A group of London cab drivers are collaborating together to launch a new cab service called Hailo which will allow users to call a cab with just a few taps on your Android phone.

The clever app uses your phone’s GPS to locate nearby cabbies and how close they are. Any free driver available would then be able to accept your fare. The app gives you pertinent details such as your driver’s name and vehicle registration. For added convenience, you will even have the ability to pay your fare with your credit card. Hailo will be available for free starting tomorrow, November 1.

[via The Independent]

Sony Ericsson Rolls Out Gingerbread 2.3.4 For All Countries

Owners of Sony Ericsson devices rejoice! We mentioned previously that a few lucky owners in the Nordic/Dutch region receiving the Gingerbread 2.3 update. The moment the rest of you have been waiting for is finally here with SE rolling out the coveted Gingerbread update to the rest of the owners around the world. Owners of SE devices (which will include the Xperia Arc, Play, Neo, and so on) can look forward to some noteworthy features with the update:

[Android Quick Tip] How To Install The Amazon App Store On Your Android Device

You’ve finally broken down and want to see what the Amazon App Store is all about? Well you’re in luck, here’s a quick tutorial for how to install the app on your phone or tablet. At the time of this writing, the Amazon App Store is only available in the United States. As it opens up in more areas, this tutorial will be updated.

Let’s start off with a basic understanding of the app itself. The Amazon App Store is an alternative to Google’s own Market. Using your account, you can see many of the apps you’d find in the Market as well as Amazon-exclusive apps. There are thousands of apps available to go along with many being submitted on a daily basis. When you see an app that you are interested in, then you go ahead and download the app. The process is similar to downloading an app in the Market, but has a few slight differences which is where this tutorial will come in and help you.