Quick Peek at Today’s Free Amazon App: The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin

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Today’s free Amazon app is a little different than what we usually see on a daily basis. What you get today, is a free interactive children’s book in app form, and given the today’s holiday, The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, is quite fitting.

This bookapp, as I will refer to it, was written by Joe Troiano and illustrated by Susan Banta and tells the tale of Spookley, a square pumpkin living in a round world. Throughout the story, Spookley, deals with harsh peers and is shunned because of his shape. This bookapp delivers a special message of tolerance and self-acceptance that’s just right for Halloween or any day of the year. » Read the rest

LG Clears up Optimus 2X/G2X Android 4.0 Update Rumors

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Yesterday, we reported that the LG Optimus 2X and G2X would not actually be candidates for the Android 4.o Ice Cream Sandwich update. Well, it looks like the rumor mill jumped the gun on this one as LG sent word to our buddies over at Android and Me explaining the official plan for the devices.

Apparently LG is still in testing, determining whether or not the devices are physically capable of running the new OS. Even if they can operate under Android 4.0, LG’s main concern is that the user experience is a good one. We consumers can appreciate that, right? We apologize for misleading you and will let you know when we hear more.

[via Android and Me]

London Taxi Cabbies Launch Service for Android Phones

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Anyone who has tried to hail a cab knows how frustrating and difficult it can be. However, cabbies in London are aiming to make the process easier. A group of London cab drivers are collaborating together to launch a new cab service called Hailo which will allow users to call a cab with just a few taps on your Android phone.

The clever app uses your phone’s GPS to locate nearby cabbies and how close they are. Any free driver available would then be able to accept your fare. The app gives you pertinent details such as your driver’s name and vehicle registration. For added convenience, you will even have the ability to pay your fare with your credit card. Hailo will be available for free starting tomorrow, November 1.

[via The Independent]

AT&T announces its first two LTE smartphones; Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid

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AT&T just announced their first two 4G LTE smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vidid will be available November 6. Along with these two phones, AT&T will add 4 markets to their 4G LTE service, which include Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Athens, GA. This is in addition to the previous 5 markets which included Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Forth Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket (pictured above) will run $ 249.99 and have the following specs:

  • 4.5-inch SuperAMOLED Plus display(800×480 pixels)
  • Android Gingerbread (2.3.5)
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, with 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 16 GB of on-board memory, microSD expandable to an additional 32 GB

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HTC Rezound shows up in Verizon in-store ad ahead of official annoucement

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It seems as though Verizon is running in-store ads that show off the HTC Rezound, which we expect will be officially announced this Thursday in New York City. The Rezound is featured front and center along with Joe Jonas and Beats by Dr. Dre earbuds. We have already seen leaked shots and accessories, so if there was any doubt that this Thursday’s announcement won’t be the Rezound, I think this puts that to rest for good.

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[Leak] Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus (SCH-i515) press shot with no carrier branding

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This really isn’t big news, but with all the fuss about Verizon, and if they are going to carry the Galaxy Nexus or if it will be an exclusive, we thought we would share the above image which happens to be the Verizon version, model SCH-I515. It was found within some code on the Samsung website and the image name is Verizon_SCH-i515_front.jpg. It looks similar to the press shot that was released two weeks ago for the official Galaxy Nexus announcement.

If there is any news here, it’s that there is no Verizon logo on the front, and even though we don’t have a shot of the backside, we don’t expect anything more than “Google” and “4G LTE.” As we all know, the Nexus line never had carrier branding as it was always a true Google experience phone. I am still shocked that Verizon went along with this, but super excited. No firm date yet, but we are still putting our money on November 17th.

[via droid-life]

Sony Ericsson Rolls Out Gingerbread 2.3.4 For All Countries

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Owners of Sony Ericsson devices rejoice! We mentioned previously that a few lucky owners in the Nordic/Dutch region receiving the Gingerbread 2.3 update. The moment the rest of you have been waiting for is finally here with SE rolling out the coveted Gingerbread update to the rest of the owners around the world. Owners of SE devices (which will include the Xperia Arc, Play, Neo, and so on) can look forward to some noteworthy features with the update: » Read the rest

HTC Rolling Out Desire S Updates – Includes Android 2.3.5, HTC Sense 3.0

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Our friends over at Eurodroid are reporting good news for HTC Desire S owners. Over the past couple weeks people have been receiving OTA updates that include Android 2.3.5 and Sense 3.0. This newer version of Sense features a redesigned 3D launcher, new lock screen and other cool enhancements.

Word has it that unbranded Desire S owners in the UK, along with owners of Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2 and Orange devices have begun to receive the updates already. So if you are the owner of a Desire S keep a look out and remember, to see if you have an update waiting, press Menu –> Settings –> About Phone –> Software Update. If nothing is there yet be patient, roll outs can take a while sometimes.

[via Eurodroid]

Google’s answer to Flipboard could launch this week

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We told you about Google’s new social news reader, code-named Propeller, about a month ago, and it looks like a launch could take place this week. Propeller will be a lot like Flipboard, which has been a big hit on the Apple iPad. It will also compete with the likes of Pulse, Taptu, and News360. Furthermore, we are hearing Yahoo! will also launch a similar offering this Wednesday called Livestand.

We aren’t sure if Propeller will be the actual name since it’s a code name, but there are reports that “Currents” could be the choice. It’s an HTML5 reader, and it will be available for both Android and the Apple iPad. Propeller will have plenty of media partners, and it will integrate with the Google+ social network.

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Quick Look at Amazon’s Free App of the Day: Hungry MonstR

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Today’s free Amazon app, Hungry MonstR, is another one of those time-killer games. Usually $1.99, this may not be that killer game you have been looking for and ends up being one of those you load only to hand off to your kids while driving.

The game-play is easy, you have to protect your ice cream cart from hungry monsters who’s only desire is to make off with your goods without the intention of paying. Each monster has a different color, one of four colors that correlates with these suction tube thingys in each corner of your screen. As the game begins, the monsters walk toward your cart at a leisurely pace in random order from all sides of the screen. Your goal is to flick them into one of the corner tubes based on what color the monster is, blue monster – flick em’ to the blue tube, pink monster – pink tube. You get the idea, just don’t flick the monster into the wrong color tube because that will plug it up for a few seconds rendering it unusable. As you progress the monsters pick up the pace, all the while bringing even more monster friends to the ice cream heist. » Read the rest