Update 9.4.2.14 Rolling Out for ASUS Transformer Prime

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Yet another update is out for owners of the ASUS Transformer Prime in the United States. The Transformer Prime just had a substantial update last week that addressed rebooting, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth issues. The current update, version 9.4.2.14, seems much less hefty, as it primarily extends battery life. The tablet seems to be switching into a lower power state when idling, which translates to more time between charges for you. Asus confirmed the update was regarding battery life in a tweet.

The update is OTA, but if you haven’t received a notification, try checking Settings -> About Tablet -> System Firmware Update to get it manually. Let us know in the comments if you have experienced better battery life, or if you’ve noticed any other changes.

source: Twitter

Three Samsung Phones Pass WiFi Certification, May Debut at MWC 2012

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As the excitement for Mobile World Congress 2012 builds, there are many rumors flying around regarding what devices will be unveiled. Japanese website Ameblo has screen shots of three Samsung Android-based devices that have WiFi certification, the SGH-T999, the SGH-I535 and the SPH-L710. While Samsung had announced that it will not be introducing the Galaxy S III at MWC, they may still have one of these smartphones up their sleeve.

We’ve come across the SGH-T999 before, as it is most likely to be T-Mobile’s Galaxy S Blaze 4G. It will have a nice 1280 x 720 pixels resolution HD screen, and the T9x9 code for Samsung usually means a high end device for T-Mobile.

We haven’t heard of the other two phones, but this leak has some interesting facts about them. The SCH-I535 is equipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will be sold on Verizon in the US. The SPH-L710, on the other hand, is reportedly a Sprint handset.

We’re itching for the next 10 days to go by, and we’ll get to see just what MWC 2012 has to offer.

source: Ameblo 1, 2, 3
via: Androinica

Android’s Countdown to Mobile World Congress

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The Android website is counting down to Mobile World Congress (MWC). They posted this animation on their website which adds more elements as we get closer to the opening of the event, February 27th. What cool things will we see from Google this year? Whatever it may be, it doesn’t appear as if the animation will be giving away anything major. Seemingly all of the animation’s elements are sourced from the image below, click for full size.

What do you want to see most from Google: Jelly Bean Sneak Peak, Nexus Tablet, Android @ Home, Majel, set-top boxes, or something else? Let us know in the comments!

source: Android

Contest: Win One of Four Power by Gen Andru Chargers (Updated with Winners)

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The other day we brought you a review of the Andru Charger. Created by Power by Gen, this charger is an Android Lover’s dream. Well at the end of that review we hinted at an up and coming contest where you the reader could get your hands on one of these awesome chargers. Well thanks to the awesome folks over at Power by Gen four of you will win one of these Andru chargers.

All you have to do is head on over to the contest thread in the forums and follow the three simple rules. They include following Andru on Twitter, liking the Power by Gen Facebook page and finally telling us in the contest thread what device you plan on charging first with Andru. You have until Monday, February 20th at 11:59pm EST to enter.

We will pick 4 random winners and announce them on Tuesday, February 21st. Winners will receive an email in the account associated with their forum username. Only one entry per username will be accepted so no need for multiple entries.

If you aren’t one of the lucky winners of this contest you can head on over to the Power By Gen web site to purchase one of these.

Click here to enter the contest!

Good Luck!!!!!!!!

UPDATE:

Congratulations to the following winners:

pltnmdrgn0904 – First Samsung Captivate, then HTC Inspire 4g, then the Kindle Fire

Phunk311- I’d charge up my Motorola DROID RAZR!

aj34 – my evo

whiteout7942 – Rooted Droid 4

Thank you everyone for playing and we should have another contest up soon.

 

Rovio Releases Teaser Video for the Next Angry Birds Game

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If you’re anything like my girlfriend, you have beaten most, if not all levels within the series of Angry Birds games. Having spent a ton of time playing all 3 games, the only hope she has for a new and refreshing gaming experience is when a new level gets added to Angry birds Seasons, and boy let me tell you she gets stoked when that happens! Wait till she see this though. According to a teaser video released by Rovio (AB creator), a totally new game is in her future – Angry Birds Space.

While the video doesn’t really divulge much info or details other than it’s being released on March 22, but I think it’s safe to say the game will take place in space. The only thing I can assume from this is that maybe there will be some kind of wonky flight path due to the lack of gravity in space. I dunno. Based on the teaser video’s naming scheme: Angry Birds Space – Teaser #1, you can expect there will be more teaser videos to follow. I am sure we will start to see more details emerge as soon as the next video is released. We will keep our eyes out for anything new and will let you know as soon as we learn more. In the meantime, jump past the break for the short teaser clip. Keep in mid I did say short. » Read the rest

Apple Steals Another Android Feature, Further Contradicts The Company’s Ongoing Lawsuits

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Apple’s hopelessly contradictory actions are beginning to become as transparent as the window I’m currently sitting next to. They’ve sued Motorola, HTC and let’s not forget about Apple suing Samsung over, and over, and over again. All of these suits are based upon intellectual property that Apple claims is theirs and only theirs to use. This happens all the time in the business world, especially one that is so fuelled by innovation like the mobile device industry. However Apple doesn’t seem to have any shame for any of these legal actions, even after they blatantly steal or rip off ideas from other companies, namely Google and their Android 4.0 mobile operating system.

Well it seems to have happened again, as the folks over at BGR have wrestled a screenshot from the upcoming March update and it features something that Ice Cream Sandwich users will be familiar with by now: the ability to access camera functions and unlock your phone with swipes to the left and right, respectively. To be honest, if Apple didn’t sue anything that looks at its intellectual property with anything but a wad of cash in their hand, I wouldn’t find this too worrisome. You know, business as usual for the business world. However given the fact that Apple is known for suing other companies voraciously over “stolen” property — even with Steve Job’s famous mantra (quoted from Picasso) “good artists copy, great artists steal” — I personally believe that Apple should be given a firm back hand regarding who they take legal action upon, and more specifically what they sue over. But that’s just my opinion.

source: android community

HTC Fireball Receives WiFi Certification, Foreshadows Possible Reveal At MWC

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We’ve heard the rumour that the HTC Fireball is heading to North American shores, particularly carried by Verizon. Well, adding some more fuel to the fire, it seems that the model number for the HTC device has appeared on a WiFi certification document. With MWC 2012 right around the corner, this could mean that HTC might be planning to add the Fireball to their list of phones debuting at the event. Only time will tell, and with MWC kicking off in 10 days, we won’t need to wait long. There have been no concrete details of the innards and workings of the device, however rumours have suggested a 4.3″ display with a 1280 x 720 resolution, a dual-core processor running at 1.3GHz and 1GB of RAM.

source: ameblo

HTC Confirms the Thunderbolt, Rhyme, Incredible 2 and Raider will receive ICS Update

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Great news for you North American HTC Thunderbolt owners! According to HTC’s Facebook page they have plans to upgrade the device to ICS at some point in the future. They didn’t give an exact time frame, but at least we know it’s coming (I had my doubts). Along with the TBolt, HTC gave ICS update confirmation for the Rhyme, DROID Incredible 2, Rezound and the Raider (for you Canadian folks). Pretty cool, and good news indeed. We will let you know as soon as we can pin down some sort of time frame.

source: Facebook

 

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note Unboxing and Initial Hands On Review [Video]

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When Samsung announced the Galaxy Note back in September, we all wondered when the U.S. would get this bad boy. It may have taken longer than we wanted, but hey, better late than never right? You will have your chance to buy one in either carbon blue or ceramic white starting this Sunday at AT&T for $299.99. Of course if you pre-ordered, you will receive it today.

The AT&T version features a 5.3-inch (1280 x 800) Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 16GB internal memory, microSD for up to an additional 32GB, HDMI though MHL/USB 2.0 port, NFC, 4G LTE, HSPA+ at 21.1 Mbps, 2500mAh battery, and Android 2.3.6. It’s definitely big, but it’s also fairly thin at 9.65mm while weighing 183 grams.

We will do a full review, but I’m not sure you should even wait for it. Just go and buy it and be prepared because everyone will be starring at you with envy. How can you not be the most popular person at any party with the Galaxy Note?  Here’s my initial hands on.

Baseball Superstars 2012 Brings HD Graphics, Updated Batting/Pitching Moves and Improved Gameplay

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If any of you are avid Android gamers I am sure you are familiar with the game developer Gamevil. In case you aren’t familiar, Gamevil is responsible for bringing us uber popular game titles such as Cartoon Wars, Air Penguin and both the Soccer and Baseball Superstars series’. Just yesterday, Gamevil released their latest title in the Baseball Superstars series and this time it’s in HD. With a series that has already received over 30 million downloads you can expect the newest release to be better than the rest.

I think stepping up to the plate and releasing the game in HD was a wise move on Gamevil’s part. With the quality of displays we are seeing on devices these days, its a bummer when you download a new app or game and it can’t even utilize your device to its fullest potential. Good call Gamevil!

Other than improved gameplay and HD graphics, Baseball Superstars 2012 brings other additional features such as: » Read the rest