N.O.V.A. 3 available now in the Play Store

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Gameloft’s long awaited third installment to the N.O.V.A. series has finally landed in the Play Store and is ready to download. For the price of seven McDoubles, you too can enjoy cutting edge graphics with classic Halo style gameplay. I’m not gonna lie, the game looks pretty sick and should definitely make a strong statement as to the improved quality of gaming available for Android. Hit the link below to get the goods.

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Samsung releases source code for the Galaxy S III

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Here’s some great news for the development community. Samsung has just released the source code for their latest and greatest Galaxy S III. Now devs everywhere will be able to start bringing us some awesome custom ROMs for the GSIII and hopefully some GSIII goodies to flash for other devices such as the Galaxy Nexus or the Galaxy S II. Hit the source links below for more info.

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Pandora’s update changelog misleads anxious Jelly Bean fans

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News of the super popular internet radio app, Pandora, releasing an update that specifically states “compatibility support for upcoming Android OS” has certainly got the Android community talking. Speculation of a possible Jelly Bean reference is the most popular guess at the moment, but alas, it appears that Pandora was just merely future proofing their language in regards to all of their updates going forward, suggesting that every update from Pandora will be compatible with all versions of Android, new and old. This comes directly from our buddies at Android Central who decided to get it straight from the horse’s mouth.

That line just refers to some minor code cleanup that had hard-coded functionality to the current version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich. This update just future-proofs the Pandora app for the upcoming versions of Android.”

So it seems that any legitimate news about Jelly Bean will most likely surface on or around Google I/O later next month. In the meantime, we can all enjoy the welcome improvements that Pandora has provided in their latest update.

source: androidcentral

Look, Ma… No Hands! Sony SmartWatch Receives Much Needed Update

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I recently reviewed the Sony SmartWatch, which I now wear daily on my wrist to up my geek cred. My review concluded that the watch was “for gadget freaks and early adopters only” due to the spotty Bluetooth, random crashes, and not being able to see the time without touching the watch.

My patience has paid off, however, since I received a firmware update yesterday that vastly improves the SmartWatch in many ways. The watch requires a constant Bluetooth connection to your smartphone, and the phone needs to be running Sony’s SmartWatch app. The app was updated first, automatically for me, from the Play Store. Once the app finished updating, it fired off the watch firmware download and pushed it to the watch. The entire process took less than 5 minutes and was very smooth.

Once the SmartWatch rebooted, it re-connected to the phone and that was that. Now to explore what has changed.

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Samsung Galaxy R Style headed to South Korea. ICS, LTE and Super AMOLED screen in tow.

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Clearly not satisfied with the universal acclaim dished out to the recently released Galaxy S III, Samsung has today unveiled the Galaxy R Style for the South Korean Market.

The device resembles a cross between a Galaxy S II and a Galaxy S III however the spec list is closer to the S II. You’ll find a 4.3″ Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 ICS, LTE connectivity, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, 16GB internal memory, a 5MP rear camera and a whopping 2000mAh battery.

The timing of the release is a touch odd given the imminent arrival of the vastly superior Galaxy S III, perhaps Samsung spies a gap in the mid-tier market. The Galaxy R Style will retail at 700,000 KRW ($590) and should be available from Q.3 this year. An international release seems unlikely at this time.

 

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

And the winner of the ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Pack for Week 3 is…..

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I can’t believe we’re already at week 3 for our ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Pack giveaways. That means this is the final one. Congratulations to Eric To who is going to receive an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker. Eric picked the newly released Sonic 4 Episode II for Best Overall Gameplay.

A special thanks has to go out to both NVIDIA and ASUS for providing these awesome prize packs.  Don’t forget there’s still time to get your votes in at NVIDIA’s Players Choice Awards site for a final chance to win one of these prize packs. It ends today so don’t forget to vote if you haven’t already. The Players Choice Award winners will be announced next week at E3 so stay tuned.

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S III comes to Virgin Mobile Australia

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The Samsung Galaxy S III is taking the world by storm. We’re hoping to see it in North America in a few weeks, but it also looks like the folks in Australia are going to get some GSIII lovin’ as well. Virgin Mobile is taking orders now with delivery in 2-3 days, that is if you’re ordering the 16GB Marble White version. The 16GB Pebble Blue is supposed to arrive in early June and the 32GB version won’t be available till late June.

As to pricing, they start at $47 per month and go as high as $64 per month. Hit the source link for more info.

source: virginmobile.au

 

NFC contactless payment system coming to the UK Post Office June 6

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The UK Post Office is going to rollout contactless payment technology on June 6. The overall plan is to hit 11,500 branches, but initially the focus will be on 200 branches near the Olympic Games venues in London. By October all 11,500 branches should be onboard, which will make the UK Post Office the biggest user of contactless payment technology in Europe.

MasterCard PayPass and Visa PayWave cards will be supported as well as Near Field Communication (NFC). Phones equipped with NFC can pay transactions up to £20. Unfortunately Google Wallet isn’t available in the UK, but there are many Android phones that have NFC like the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X that will be able to utilize the service.

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ASUS Teases Dual-Booting Android / Windows 8 Tablet for Computex [Video]

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A couple days ago ASUS aired a teaser video for an announcements they plan to make at this year’s Computex. Simply calling it their “Next Transformations,” the original teaser video showed us an outline of what appeared to be a new entry in their line of Transformer Tab tablets and keyboard docks. Today, ASUS adds to the excitement by unveiling two more teaser videos, both of which help put the pieces together a little more. » Read the rest

Further confirmation shows the Galaxy S III arriving in the US on June 20th

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We already reported that there is a good possibility that T-Mobile might have the Samsung Galaxy S III in stores on June 20, and we just received further confirmation. During a live stream of the Vodafone GSIII launch in Australia, June 20th was mentioned as the “first stop in its nationwide US tour in New York.” Not sure why New York would specifically be mentioned other than it could mean that it will get unveiled on that date in NYC (and not officially released).

With Canada also getting the GSIII on the same day, it looks like it could be a special day for all of North America especially if the U.S. version gets 2GB of RAM just like our friends up North are getting.

source: phandroid