Run Java games and apps on your Android Device (JBED)

According to XDA member and developer mohammadN, JBED will let you run any Java/J2ME/MDIP games or applications natively with Jbed Android Java Emulator. Using a signed flash-able package for easy installation, this can be flashed on ClockWorkMod recovery version 2, 3, or 4. This was tested on an HTC Wildfire but should be compatible with other devices as well. According to the developer, he uses the following:

Phone: HTC Wildfire
Recovery: ClockWorkMod 4
ROM: CyanogenMod 141 nightly

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AT&T and NGMOCO to Bring Social Gaming Network MOBAGE to AT&T Customers on Android

We learned on Thursday that AT&T would be partnering with NGMOCO to bring a whole new social gaming experience to the Android platform. Mobage will serve as a centralized ‘hub’ where gamers can connect and discover new games, as well as communicate with fellow players.

Games are consistently among the most popular entertainment apps for smartphones,” said Ted Woodbery, vice president of Wireless Data, Voice and Ancillary Services, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “We are pleased to be the first U.S. wireless carrier to work with NGMOCO and look forward to giving our Android customers access to the rich Mobage gaming catalog later this year.

AT&T customers can find the app conveniently located in the Android Market, under ‘Mobage’, after its release. While the service is only in beta at this time, AT&T hopes to give users an easier way to find good high-quality and indie games, by providing a centralized place dedicated to just that. This author would love to see some better games on Android.

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Verizon 4G Samsung LTE Galaxy Tab rooted, Transformer Netflix hack proves functional

Did you get yourself a new, shiny Samsung Galaxy Tab on Verizon’s 4G LTE network? Well, if you’re in the mood for a little bit of hacking and modding (and we do mean a little), then you could get that pretty new Tab rooted and running Netflix in no time at all. The same rooting method that got the shackles off the wifi only version apparently works on the LTE flavor as well. What’s more, the Netflix hack that got everyone’s Transformer tablet watching movies works as well.

If you want to check all this out for yourself, be sure to hit up the source link, and let us know how your rooting endeavors go in the comments below!

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OpenFeint gaming network adds 230 games in 2 months, owns 25% of top gaming spots on Android Market

Who doesn’t love some great mobile gaming? Well, Openfeint does, and they continue to dominate the mobile gaming market. According to a press release by OpenFeint today, the company has released a whopping 230 new games, of which 24 hold top gaming spots of the 100 most popular in the Android Market. OpenFeint, in our opinion, is really going headlong into this niche market, and really taking it by storm.

This isn’t even considering the fact that their new social network has made its way into all 700 titles available for Android. If you’re a dev who wants to get in with OpenFeint on their latest endeavors, be sure to hit up openfient.com/developers (developers, developers, developers…) and submit it. Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and hit the break for the full press release.

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TouchWiz Update For Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Now Available For Download

Well, as promised by Sammy, and just two days late, is the Galaxy Tab 10.1 TouchWiz OTA.  The update includes the following:
  • Live Panel: Magazine-like widget view for immediate access to weather, social updates, email, news, photo gallery, all on the home screen. The visual layout of Live Panel is completely customizable for one-touch entry into each user’s most important information.
  • Mini Mode Tray: One-touch access to commonly used applications—Task Manager, Calendar, World Clock, Pen Memo, Calculator, Music—which overlay in a pop-up window on display screen for powerful multi-tasking.
  • Clipboard: Advanced copy & paste functionality allows Galaxy Tab 10.1 users to store photos, Web pages, YouTube links, etc., on the clipboard for easy sharing via email and social network sites.
  • Indicator Quick Panel: Quickly toggle on/off Wi-Fi, notifications, sound, brightness and settings in lower right hand corner of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 display.
  • Photo Editor: Rotate, crop and adjust colors on high quality digital images
Hit the break for the full press release which reveals a “butload” of extra features and UI tweaks.  If you’re the proud owner of a Galaxy Tab 10.1 please feel free to let us know what you think of the update in the comments below.  To our knowledge the update has not or is not currently rolling out to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Google I/O edition.  If we’re mistaken on this, please let us know.  To check for updates grab your device and head to Settings–> About Tablet–>Update. Read more

Verizon Releases Update for the LG Revolution

Word on the street is that Verizon is rolling out a new software update to the LG Revolution, bringing with it bugfixes for email and messaging, new call features, and some new applications. New applications include a slew of V CAST updates, Netflix, Tunewiki, Slacker, and more. Check out the link below for instructions on how to get your update.

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T-Mobile makes in-store updates to Gingerbread for G2 and myTouch 4G official

Remember about a week ago, when we told you about T-Mobile planning on bringing you updates in-store, via an SD card? Well, it looks like T-Mobile has sealed the deal – and the date – for this update process. Users running a G2 or myTouch 4G that have yet to see the update to Android 2.3 can take their devices into an official T-Mo store starting August 6th, and can get their updates while they wait. As far as we can tell, this is only coming to users in the west and midwest regions for now, but we would assume that, as long as everything goes smoothly, we will probably see this coming nationwide sooner than later.

The update procedure goes a bit like this:

  • Updating at the store can erase all the data on the device. The SD card will not lose data.
  • Back up your data, synchronize your contacts to Google or T-Mobile Backup, and write down the names of all the applications you will want to re-install.
  • The update can take up to 30 minutes to complete.
  • The update requires that your phone has over 50% battery life at the store.
  • The rep at the retail store will:
    • Remove your personal SD card.
    • Insert a software update SD card.
    • Wait for the update to download and install on the device.
    • Remove the software update SD card.
    • Insert your personal SD card again.

So hit up your local T-Mo store and get your updates while they’re fresh. If you bring yours in, let us know how the experience goes in the comments below.

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Issues with Toshiba Thrive’s sleep settings? There’s an update for that

If you’ve got a Toshiba Thrive, chances are you may have experienced its nasty habit of “oversleeping”: problems when coming out of sleep mode. Toshiba was made aware of the issue, and has released an update that should fix the problems. The update is available through the Service Station App. According to Toshiba:

A limited number of Thrive Tablet users have experienced a Resume issue when in Sleep mode. Toshiba has released a software update to resolve this issue, improving the sleep-and-resume performance, as well as enhancing the multimedia playback capabilities of the device. The software update can be downloaded through the Toshiba Service Station utility app found on the Thrive Tablet.

If you get this update on your Thrive tablet, be sure to let us know how things go in the comments below.

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Time Inc. Announces Tablet Apps for All 21 of Their U.S. Titles by End of 2011

You know Time Inc.? The folks behind…er…Time, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle magazines and a bunch of other brands? Well, they’ve announced that all twenty-one (dang that’s a lot) of their U.S. titles, including all of those above, will be available as apps for tablet PC’s — including those running Android — by the end of this year. They say it’ll make them the first major U.S. magazine publisher to put their entire portfolio onto Tablet computers.

Also, they reached an agreement with Barnes & Noble to sell subscriptions and single-issue copies of four of its most popular titles — Fortune, People, Sports Illustrated and Time — on the Nook Color by the end of this month. This will be followed by the rest of their portfolio by the end of the year as well.

In a nice touch, subscribers of the physical magazines will be able to upgrade their subscription to a digital editions at no extra charge. The apps that bring the digital versions of these magazines will be available for Android, iPad and HP TouchPad tablets, as well as Next Issue Media’s store.

[via TechCrunch]

New Google+ Update Hides One to One Huddles and Improves Notifications

The Google+ Application has already received an update bringing some much needed bug fixes and a slew of improvements.  The update now makes it possible for you to hide a 1 to 1 Huddle session by going into your conversation, tapping the menu button and simply hiding it.  In addition, complaints about notifications with the application have grown as the they’re currently slow and sluggish.  The update addresses this issue bringing you fast and timely pushes.  Hit the break to check out the full log of changes and if you haven’t downloaded the application for your Android device already, you can check it out on our popular apps database here or give it a go from the Android Market.   Read more