Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light now available in Google Play, Xperia devices only

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is now available in the Google Play Store for the respectable price of $1.29. Sadly, Sony Xperia devices currently have exclusive rights, thus this game isn’t compatible for any other device. Hopefully the exclusivity expires sooner rather than later as I’m sure there’s a hefty amount of Tomb Raider fans out there that would love to get their hands on this game.

This game is a near direct port that was initially released on the Playstation Network and Xbox Live Marketplace back in 2010. The game was first ported onto iOS devices and has now made its way to Android. If you own a Sony Xperia device, head over to the download link or QR code after the break to make your purchase!
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Google kindly updates shipping status for Nexus 7 pre-orders

It’s safe to say that Google’s new Nexus 7 has been in high demand since its announcement at this years Google IO event. With so many pre-orders, I’m sure it has been quite a challenge for Google to ship these units out on a timely fashion. Thankfully, they’ve given us an update on their current plans for shipment of Nexus 7′s that were ordered on or before July 13th. When your device ships you should receive a notification from Google Play with a shipping tracking number. Here are the specific details by country for devices ordered before or on July 13th:

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German Court Rules Motorola Xoom Does Not Infringe on the iPad

On Tuesday, a German court ruled the Motorola Xoom, made by Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility, does not infringe on Apple’s iPad. In addition, Motorola had claimed the iPad’s design patent was invalid which was denied by the court.

Apple’s main goal was to have the device banned across Europe, claiming the design of the Xoom infringed upon three iPad designs. Even though the judges ruled against Apple’s claim, they denied Motorola’s counterclaim that the iPad design patent was invalid. The court ultimately rejected both parties and Apple was required to pay two-thirds of the costs and Motorola to pay one-third.

In two previous hearings, Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann indicated that the court was leaning in Motorola’s favor, saying the design of the tablet was sufficient enough to give it individual character.
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Google weather searches get interactive on Android tablets

A few weeks after updating the way Google handles weather searches on Android, Google announced similar functionality for tablet devices. Users can simply type in “weather” in their browser or on the Google search page. At the top of the results page, an interactive weather “report” will display, strongly influenced by the Google Now service available in Jelly Bean.
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8GB Nexus 7 “In Stock” through Google Play, Ships Immediately

Many of you have already ordered a Nexus 7 and if you have done so recently, you have noticed that ship times were from three to four weeks. Obviously, the 16GB version is they way to go because it doubles the storage for only 50 bucks more but if you are willing to settle for the 8GB version you can have a shiny new N7 in only a matter of a few days. The 8GB device has recently been listed as “in stock” on Google Play and will ship to your house immediately. Knowing how much demand there is for this tablet who knows how long the 8GB unit will remain in stock. If you are looking for some instant gratification I recommend acting quick. Hit up the source link below to place your order.

source: Google Play

ASUS confirms Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is coming to the entire Transformer family and Eee Pad Slider.

We certainly expect Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to make its way to ASUS Transformer devices sooner rather than later. Let’s face it, ASUS has one of the best track records for updates as the Transformer Prime received the Ice Cream Sandwich update in January, and the original Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) received it February. We fully expect Jelly Bean to land on the higher end devices, but there was a rumor floating around that the Eee Pad Transformer and the Eee Pad Slider might not be so fortunate. Supposedly an ASUS rep at a press conference in the Netherlands said that it’s unlikely that either device would receive the update. Of course the rest of the lineup was good to go.

Today, ASUS Germany denied the comment and said that the Jelly Bean update is confirmed for the Transformer Prime (TF201), Transformer Pad (TF300), and Transformer Infinity (TF700), but also confirmed that the Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) and Eee Pad Slider (SL101) will also get the update.

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Android Will Be More Secure With Jelly Bean

Ever heard of ASLR? It’s a security feature that is used in many different opearting systems such as Windows XP or iOS6. For quite a while Android has been avoiding it and then used a little bit of it in Android 4.0. Now with the release of Jelly Bean it is being used to its fullest, but this implementation of ASLR still lags behind the security of the soon to be released, iOS 6.

Wikipedia defines ASLR quite well:

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DROID Incredible 4G LTE review: It could have been a contender

When HTC unveiled the One Series back in February, they were looking to simplify things with their hope that the carriers would buy into the models without any carrier-specific customization. T-Mobile took on the One S and AT&T took on the One X. Sprint took on the One X as well, but made changes and marketed it as the EVO 4G LTE. That left Verizon Wireless, who decided to do something completely different. They wanted to continue the DROID Incredible line and basically started with a One S, but made so many changes that it really couldn’t be classified as a One Series phone.  Will it satisfy the appetite from previous Incredible owners? Hit the break to find out, and you can also check out our initial hands on review.

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Kyocera Hydro Headed To Boost Mobile On August 3rd

The underwater resilient phone, the Kyocera Hydro, is headed to Boost Mobile for release on August 3rd. The phone is going to be stocked with Android 4.0 with a 3.5′ screen. It’s going to cost $129 and be able to withstand at least 30 minutes below the surface. I wonder how good the signal strength will be under the water? It sounds like it’s going to be more of a protection thing than usability though.

Full press release after the break.

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Android Series 3 Collectibles, a First Look

A reader over at droid-life went to Comic-Con last week and was able to walk away with five different Android Series 3 collectibles after hanging out with Andrew Bell, the creator of these collectibles. It’s been said that these collectibles are launching sometime in late July. I personally can’t wait to get one of them.

I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the see-through Bugdroid. That collectible is pretty nifty. These are only 5 of the 16 Series 3 collectibles that will be released. I can’t even begin to imagine what the rest will look like. Hit the break for a couple of more shots.

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