Android 3.2 for Acer Iconia Tab A500 starting to roll out

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So far only Motorola XOOM and ASUS Transformer owners have been enjoying Android 3.2, but Acer is about to crash the party. Acer promised the update for the Iconia Tab A500 by August 25th, and it looks like they are going to deliver a little early.

So far we are getting reports of it starting to roll in Poland, but it should start hitting other parts of the world shortly. You will be notified when the update is available, but you can manually check the availability by going to Settings/About Tablet/System Updates.

Android 3.2 will bring some bug fixes, full SD card support, and the new “Zoom to Fill Screen” option.

[via unwiredview]

Sprint now offering day, week, or month data packages for HTC EVO View, No long-term contract

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Sprint wins the flexibility award for today. They just started offering À la carte 3G/4G data packages for the HTC EVO View with NO long-term contracts. I know there are a lot of you that only need carrier data at certain times because you mostly have access to WiFi. This is an awesome addition and hopefully other carriers will follow.

You now have the following choices without the hassle of a commitment:

  • Day: $14.99 for 150 MB of on-network usage in a 24-hour period (includes 50 MB off-network roaming usage)
  • Week: $29.99 for 500 MB of on-network usage in a 7-day period (includes 100 MB off-network roaming usage)
  • Month: $49.99 for 1.5 GB of usage in a 30-day period (includes 150 MB off-network roaming usage)

Once you hit the data limit for the time frame you have, you data will be cut off.

If you have a Mobile Broadband device, than you will be happy to know that in the near future you will have access to these same deals.

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Halloween, Freddy Krueger, and Night of the Living Dead are coming to Android

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Halloween, Freddy Krueger, Night Of, the Living Dead, and Android – what doesn’t belong in this list? If you said Android, think again. Thanks to the game development studio In-Fusio, they are all coming to Android in the form of games that will be available on the Android Market later this year (no word on pricing just yet).

In-Fusion has been making games for quite some time and are finally gearing up to jump into the Android scene with three games based on the horror movies above.  Additionally , instead of only having one game re-skinned with different themes, each horror classic will be a different type of game as well:

  • Halloween will arrive as a 3D pinball game.
  • Freddy Krueger, of Nightmare on Elm Street fame, will arrive as a wall breaker game (essentially an Arkanoid type of game).
  • Night of the Living Dead will show up as a tower defense game which seems like a logical genre considering the movie on which it is based.

Unfortunately, that is about as much as we know right now as In-Fusio is keeping quiet regarding any other details.  Keep checking back as we will make sure to post any updates we receive on this trio of horror movie themed games.

[via droidgamers]

Android 3.1 comes to Canadian XOOM owners starting today

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It amazes me that U.S. XOOM owners are enjoying Android 3.2, but Canadian owners are still waiting for 3.1. The wait is finally coming to an end because Motorola Canada just tweeted the following:

Motorola XOOM owners: Your Android 3.1 update is here! Have questions? Call customer support at 1-800-461-4575.

We are not sure if this will be a gradual push, but if you are in Canada and own a XOOM, you can check to see if the update is available by going to Settings/About Tablet/Software Updates.

[via twitter]

Samsung releases 2nd teaser video for big announcement on September 1st (Video)

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Another teaser video from Samsung avows “something big is coming” at the start of the IFA trade show in Berlin on September 1st. These videos are creating more questions rather than answers for what we can expect.

Simply put, the first of the two clips gives us images of some young and beautiful people smiling with wind-blown hair on the peaceful oceanside. The second shows more young and beautiful people, this time with a dose of hip and a splash of cool, as they smile and walk around town carrying and using glowing handsets and tablet devices.

Some are buzzing that one of the glowing mystery devices could be Samsung’s rumored Android Honeycomb Galaxy Tab which features a 7-inch Super AMOLED screen (1024×600 resolution), 3-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front facing cam for video chat. Another theory is that it might be a phone since “glowing handsets” appear in the videos.

What do you think the BIG announcement is? Leave us a comment and check out both videos after the break.

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Vodafone aunches direct network Android App Payments (UK and Germany)

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Vodafone-using Android fans are getting some excellent news today with the network becoming the first in the UK and Germany to launch over-the-air direct operator payment options for Android.  Vodafone users can now have their app purchases added straight to their mobile bill instead of fiddling with Google Checkout and credit card details.

Here’s Vodafone’s summary of the new tool:

“Vodafone UK and Vodafone Germany will help consumers purchase their favourite apps and games on Android Market with ease. This will give direct access to millions of Android users who can now charge their Android Market purchases straight to their phone bills.

According to Vodafone, the service will “initially be available” to users who bought phones through its online and physical stores adding that it “greatly improves” the likelihood of buyers completing their purchases.

[via eurodroid]

St. Louis area high school says no to textbooks and yes to Android powered tablets

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Students at Grandview High School in Hillsboro, Missouri started the new school year this past Thursday, but something was different. Students did not need big backpacks to hold binders and textbooks. The school St. Louis area school decided to ditch textbooks in favor of Android tablets because they save money and help students become more tech savvy.

About 330 Coby Kyros internet touchscreen tablets were handed out, and Thursday was considered a training day to help the students setup them up for the school year.

Students will be able to take the tablets home to do their homework and complete assigned readings by using applications like Moodle, which is a free online classroom. They will include free online textbooks and digital copies of textbooks. Students will take tests using the Coby tablet as well. in case you are  wondering what else the students might do with their new technology, there is an internet filter to block many sites including pornography and Facebook. After they graduate, they are allowed to keep their tablets, but I am sure they will want an upgrade by then.

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HTC Will Hold A London Meet Up Event, Says To Come Out And “See What’s Next”

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If you’re going to be in the London area in a couple of weeks and want to experience “a few phone treats” then HTC has got a little something for you.   The Taiwanese giant is holding a meet-up event on Thursday, Sept 1st from 6:30pm-11:00pm.  The company issued the public invite via its official UK Facebook page.  As the company touts to “come see what’s next”, one has to wonder what’s in store for us.  Is it possible we could see devices like the HTC Ruby or the Puccini tablet aka the Jetstream?  There’s only one way to find out, be there or be square.   Hit the break for more info and feel free to leave your predictions in the comments below.   » Read the rest

Minor Update Available For The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi

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Samsung is pushing a small update to the WiFi Galaxy Tab 10.1. Though its not clear what the update is for, it could address the bugs with TouchWiz UX that was previously halted. As a warning if you’re rooted, it’s been reported that the update brought a black screen after rebooting. Though the update didn’t brick the device and recovery was still accessible  to load a backup, if your rooted you may want to tread softly with this update.

You can see if the update is available by going to Settings –> About Tablet –> Software Update. This update will take you to version P7510UEKME.

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GetGlue update brings a fresh UI, smaller download size

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Rarely do you see an update that brings with it new features and a significantly reduced download size, but that’s what we have with the latest release of GetGlue.

GetGlue, the social network for entertainment, has added some nice changes with its latest update:

  • Fresh UI around entire product
  • New Quick Rate to build up your profile
  • Sports Check-ins
  • Quickly jump between sections of the app using your device’s menu button and search from anywhere using your device’s search button
  • Significantly reduced download size
  • Now runs on more devices, including tablets and supports landscape mode

In addition, push notifications and support for Foursquare are coming soon!

Want to give the latest version a shot while out this weekend?  You can use the source link below to download, or just hit our apps database for the QR code.

[via androidmarket]