Big fan of DJ Hero for the Wii? Well, I think this might be the closest you’re going to get to it on your Android smartphone, for now anyway. DJ Rivals, by developer Booyah Inc, is a fast paced rhythm tapping, cross-fading, bass dropping and live scratching game for the DJ enthusiast in you or any plain old average Joe wannabe. Whatever the case, get ready to battle to reclaim stolen ground by Bland Corp, a money hungry corporation taking over Nightclub City. Some of the features you’ll find in this action packed DJ endeavor are real place battles, funny entertaining cinematics and challenging bosses to master. The game, overall, is not bad on a smartphone, especially one with a large 4.3-inch screen like the Evo 4G and the 4-inch T-Mobile G2X. However, I highly recommend if you have a tablet like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-inch, give it a try, I doubt you’ll be disappointed. Ready for the download? Head on over to our apps database where you’ll find a QR code for your convenience or hit up the download over in the Android Market. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Hit the break for some more screenshots and to view features from the developer. » Read the rest
Samsung Galaxy S II owners waiting for the release of their USB On-The-Go cables will wait no longer thanks to member NZtechfreak over at XDA. The member discovered that a standard off-the-shelf USB OTG cable will do just fine while simultaneously saving you a major hole in your wallet.
Only enough power to supply pendrives, but drives with their own power supplies, or drives connected to the phone via an externally powered HUB, will work.
Read speeds are fast enough to watch 1080p content.
Unfortunately USB keyboard/mouse, and two different USB gamepads were a fail.
If you want more info, check out the original thread over at XDA. If you get this to work for your Galaxy S II feel free to drop us a comment or two below.
We’ve got another great application coming from another genius developer over at XDA. This app is called ‘nitrality’. XDA member nitr8 has developed an application that allows you to control many of the features and functions of your Samsung Galaxy S from one app.
Hit the break for the list of features from the nitrality XDA thread and some screenshots.
This has not been announced by either Motorola or Verizon, but we expect they will make the official announcement by next week.
In line with a couple other recently developed Android powered 3D smartphones, such as the LG Optimus 3D and the HTC Evo 3D, comes the Sharp Aquos SH-12C. This new Gingerbread device comes packed with, 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor, 512MB of RAM, 2GB ROM, 4.2 inch qHD (540 x 960) display, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS, and dual 8 megapixel rear facing cameras and 3.2 front facing camera.
This phone will be available in black or white, and is slated to drop on Japan’s NTT DoCoMo Inc, May 20. Hopefully not far down the road we’ll see a version of this device hit the US.
Google recently updated Google Transit with all of the D.C. Metro bus stations, stops and routes, and listings for connections to cities such as Baltimore, and counties such as Montgomery and Jefferson.
From within Google Maps you can search for and map out the transit system. This will be especially good for those visiting Washington, D.C. and need to find the best routes.
Samsung will be demonstrating their new 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) PenTile RGBW prototype display. Samsung expects commercial availability of this technology for tablet applications later this year
“In order to develop tablets with the form and function that consumers demand, a design engineer ultimately has to determine how to get the highest resolution display possible, while still fitting within the overall power budget for their design,” said Joel Pollack, executive vice president of Nouvoyance, Samsung’s affiliate company that developed the PenTile RGBW technology.
Google announced earlier this week that Android devices are being activated at a rate of 400,000 per day. Devs aren’t ignoring this, and we are in fact seeing app development, particularly with regard to games, expand rapidly in the Market. More initiatives are coming together to help developers port existing games to the Android OS, and more tools are becoming available to help people build their own app. And now, OpenFeint is launching a new venture as well, aimed at helping developers build their own Zynga-style games, ala Facebook, and bring them to the Android platform.
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Viewsonic will introduce the Viewpad 7x, a new 7-inch Honeycomb tablet, at Computex. This will be the first 7-inch tablet with Honeycomb. It will have a Tegra 2 dual-core processor and HSPA+ connectivity. It is expected to weigh in at 380 grams. Pricing information is unavailable.
For those of you that are into tablets, having a 7-inch Honeycomb is a nice option. Many people like the 7-inch form factor, but I am not sure people are more likely to leave their house with it. It is also a little concerning that the Viewpad 7x has a rather large bezel so how compact will this be?
Phones are coming out over 4 inches that you can put in your pocket. I still keep asking myself why everyone feels the need to pay a premium for a little more screen size, especially if its only for home. In my opinion, if you are going to spend the money on a tablet, you might as well go 10-inch.
A little while back, my esteemed colleague Robert brought us news that the HTC Incredible S would have a locked bootloader. What this means is that it makes it much more difficult (not impossible mind you) to root the phone and then add custom ROMs, kernels or recoveries to it. This has been an increasing trend with formerly-development-friendly HTC, with both the Incredible S and the Thunderbolt including locked bootloaders.
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