We know some sort of variant of the Nexus Prime will launch with Ice Cream Sandwich on Verizon first. The big question is if it will be a true Nexus device with no bloatware? Our friends over at MyDroidLife have the system app list and guess what? No bloatware. We know the phone is made by Samsung so what about TouchWiz? It’s also missing in action. It looks like Verizon may have a full stock Android experience.
Also on the app list is Facelock.apk. This could be some sort of facial recognition for the lock screen. Of course we will find out all the details on October 11 at CTIA 2011 in San Diego, but I am sure more stuff will leak before than. Stay tuned.
November can’t come soon enough. Who’s going to miss City Id?
Full app list after the break.
Video Calling has now been added to another 13 devices for those who have been waiting patiently for Skype’s popular added functionality. However, with that, a small price in the form of more ads accompanies it. If you happen to have any Skype credits laying around, this should assist in avoiding the ads, however, it’s more than likely most of you don’t. Check out the list of devices below to ensure yours is supported. And if you currently don’t have Skype downloaded onto your device and want it, you can snatch it up here on our popular apps database where you’ll also find a QR code available. In addition, you can grab the free app from the Android Market for added convenience. Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the application and its new functionality in the comments below. Happy Skyping everyone.
Newly Supported Devices:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (T-Mobile)
- HTC Shooter (KDDI)
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
- Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
- Acer Iconia Tablet (A500)
- LG Optimus Black (landscape only)
- LG Optimus 3D (landscape only)
- LG Optimus 2x (landscape only)
- Motorola Photon
- Motorola Droid 3 (landscape only)
- Motorola Bionic (landscape only)
- Motorola Xoom
- Motorola Atrix
Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is an RPG called Symphony of Eternity. This game has a definite old school Final Fantasy feel with it’s turn based battles and attack system. The battle actions do take up a lot of real estate on your screen, but it didn’t seem to take away any of the action for me. There are two stories that eventually mix together throughout the game. The first being a quest for a legendary weapon called “Regratlute” where the holder of this weapons desires come true. The second story follows members of a royal family being killed by the traitor Safario who wants to take over the world. In FF style there is world travel with turn based battles along the way and certainly matches the old school graphics of say FF IV or V. As far as game play time, you’ll probably get a good 20-25 hours out of this one.
Normally, this game will cost you a mighty $10.45, so you might as well give it a try for free and see if it’s your cup of tea from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link. Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out the game video after the break and let us know what you think.
A new partnership with Motorola has secured a spot for Box.net’s cloud storage app as being preloaded on future Xoom Android tablets worldwide. The announcement was accompanied by news of additional partnerships with VMware, Ping Security and Salesforce Chatter also, however its mobile strategy seems to make perfect sense as Box’s service offers companies and individuals a cloud structure that keeps everyone connected with great ease from anywhere.
Box’s on-going relationship with HP, which made Box the only preloaded app on the TouchPad (with 50GB of free lifetime storage) looks to be going strong as well. HP’s Vice-President of Strategy and Operations announced this week that their business PCs will start shipping the Box app preloaded beginning with SMBs in North America with a future intent to go global.
Even if you haven’t had the opportunity to try Box’s services out yet, with the way they are expanding their market, chances are you’ll meet soon enough.
The sci-fi/western action game Bladeslinger was announced for Android by Luma Arcade at the Unity Conference Unite 11 yesterday. A teaser trailer was also released to correspond with the announcement, giving fans a peek into this 3rd-person shooter that combines both close and ranged combat as well as the ability to pause game-play and activate special attacks and abilities. Luma Arcade General Manager, Sam Williams calls the project a “pet passion” for their studio that now makes its way to Android (and iOS) “without compromising our vision for the game.”
Hit the break for the Bladeslinger teaser trailer and get aquatinted with the character William Glaston on his way home to Hammer’s Peak, an ill-fated town now overthrown by dreadful creatures.
Say, you wouldn’t be interested in checking out a 2 min video showing a walk through of Android’s latest and greatest, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), would you? Oh yeah, you would? Great, because we’ve got a taste for you courtesy of our friends over at Engadget. We’re not surprised that leaks would begin to surface, especially since the OS will most likely be available some time over the next couple of months. However, this was a bit out of left field. One lucky eBay member looking forward to receiving a Nexus S he purchased on the popular online auction received a little more than he thought he would. After snatching this bad boy out of the box and noticing something a bit off. He noticed the OS was slightly revamped, so naturally, he hightailed it to the “About Screen”. To his amazement, he found the blissful words “IceCreamSandwich” for its OS version. We know what you’re thinking. “You lucky b!@#%*d”. Well, don’t worry, as we can provide you with the next best thing. How about a 2 min walk-through of the device running on an updated build, IRK48 and kernel 3.0.1?
Note in the video that there are some extremely noticeable hints of honeycomb on the device, such as the vertical multitasking menu found on tablets. Short cut keys now include room for four icons instead of two. In addition, Google has added a Google Apps icon which gives you instant access to all of your favorite Google products. You’ll notice UI changes as well when it comes to the camera, several menus and the notification bar. As the folks over at Engadget note, it’s possible that this could just be a slick ROM placed on the device, which is where Im personally leaning. However, we have to admit it and give credit where credit is due. Even for a ROM, it looks slick as hell. Hit the break to check out the video courtesy of a tipster at Engadget and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Read more
Today Asus rolled out the Android Honeycomb 3.2.1 update for their Transformer tablet. Updates are always fun and are generally an improvement to your Android experience. If you are the proud owner of a Transformer and haven’t received the update yet, press menu>settings>about> and check for a system update. According to Asus’s Facebook page, the update will bring:
- Added Farsi IME support
- Czech IME improvement : support Qwerty & Qwertz
- JP SKU fixed translation bug and Polaris office font
- Added more language translation into ASUS App
- CN SKU 3rd party app bug fix
- Polaris office & ASUS WebStorage update
- Browser with Adobe Flash improvement; ex: YouTube
- Browser force-close improvement
- Improve Wi-Fi stability
- Improve Chinese handwriting prediction : recognize character from each stroke
The HTC Rhyme isn’t even for sale yet, but now you can already get a little taste of what’s to come. Ready to drop on Verizon this Thursday, the HTC Rhyme is a mid level device with the needs and wants of females in mind.
The friendly developer Legion, has already gained access to the files and has made them available to download via MultiUpload. Although the phone may not be a device that appeals to very many men, I suggest everyone at least look at the zip file because the wallpapers were done extremely well. I am not a girl (although I may have a girl’s name) I’m rocking one of those wallpapers right now! Check it out for yourself and poke the link below.
Samsung announced Wednesday that they’ve reached a licensing agreement with Microsoft over the sale of their many tablets and smartphones. Samsung has agreed to pay Microsoft royalties for all devices running the Android operating system. How much exactly will remain a mystery for the time being. Is it me or does anyone else find it’s odd that Microsoft makes more money from license agreements and patent infringement deals off of Android than they do actually selling their own Windows Phone devices?
REDMOND, Wash — Sept. 28, 2011 — Microsoft announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., to cross-license the patent portfolios of both companies, providing broad coverage for each company’s products. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform. In addition, the companies agreed to cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone.
“Microsoft and Samsung see the opportunity for dramatic growth in Windows Phone and we’re investing to make that a reality,” said Andy Lees, president, Windows Phone Division, Microsoft. “Microsoft believes in a model where all our partners can grow and profit based on our platform.”
“Through the cross-licensing of our respective patent portfolios, Samsung and Microsoft can continue to bring the latest innovations to the mobile industry,” said Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, executive vice president of global product strategy at Samsung’s mobile communication division. “We are pleased to build upon our long history of working together to open a new chapter of collaboration beginning with our Windows Phone “Mango” launch this fall.”
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
And if you’ll recall, Samsung wasn’t the only company to enter the cross-hairs of Microsoft’s scope. They also have an agreement underway with Acer and Viewsonic for other Android violations. I would really love to have been a fly on the wall in the corporate offices of Microsoft when they rolled out Plan B, should Windows Phone not do well, and that is to sue everyone and rake in as much as possible from the innovation of others.
We’ve gotten some great news on the Amazon Kindle Fire today including its Silk browser. What is it exactly you ask? Well basically, the browser will share a web page’s loading workload between the Kindle device itself and servers out in the cloud. Sounds pretty cool right? Check out the video above for full details on how this works. At $199 launching on Nov. 15th, the Kindle Fire is a sure holiday season winner that’s for sure. Hit us up with your thoughts.