ARCHOS 1.5GHZ G9 Turbo Tablets with ICS Now Available in the U.S. Archos Webstore

Last week we mentioned that the ARCHOS G9 series tablets received a nice “Turbo” upgrade, bringing their OMAP 4 processors up to 1.5Ghz and ICS straight from the factory. At the time I wrote that article, both the 80 G9 and 101 G9 had limited availability and could only be ordered from the European ARCHOS website. Well today the folks from Archos dropped us a line to let us know that they finally have both slates in stock here in the U.S. and if you order soon they will include free ground shipping as well. The 80 G9 starts at $269.99 and the 101 G9 begins at $329.99. Both tablets are Google Play certified and are capable of full HD 1080p resolution. Hit up the source links for more details.

Archos 80 G9
Archos 101 G9

 

Humble Bundle 2: “Pay What You Want” for 5 Great Indie Games

Humble Bundle 2 was just released today and not only does it bring some great games to Android it also supports some great developers and charities (Child’s Play Charity, Electronic Frontier Foundation). For those of you who don’t know, Humble Bundle is a set of games that allows you to pay whatever price you want for four games, although if you meet or beat the average donation amount ($6.05 as I write this) you get an additional fifth game thrown in to the mix. After you pick your donation amount you get to decide where your monies go. You can give it all to charity, developers, or a combination of both. There is even a spot to tip your Humble host.

In its second iteration, Humble Bundle 2 includes Zen Bound 2, Canabalt, Cogs, Avadon: The Black Fortress, and a bonus for those who aren’t cheapskates – Swords and Soldiers. One great thing about this deal is that it is cross-platform capable, you can install all games on any platform, making it a deal worth around $57. You have two weeks to get in on the action so whenever you are ready and feeling generous head on over to their website. In the meantime check out the explanation/demo video after the break.


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Olivetti Unveils Two New Android 4.0 Tablets

While most of us really haven’t heard much in regards to European technology companies that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be paying attention to them. Olivetti, an Italian computer manufacturer, unveiled two tablets that should at least entice European folks. While newer to the tablet game, they started making them last year, they may have found their stride with the OliPad Graphos and OliPad Tegra 3 tablets.

The OliPad Tegra 3 will feature, as you probably guessed it, an Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 10-inch IPS (1280 x 800 resolution) display. It will have NFC built in and an option for 3G connectivity. WiFi connectivity will also be built in but details about RAM, on-board storage or any other technical detail is still under wraps. It’s cousin, The OliPad Graphos will have an 8-inch screen (1024 x 768 resolution)  and will come with stylus support. Which will be quite helpful in playing those rounds of Draw Something. It will weigh in at 1.32 pounds (600 grams) and sport a Tegra SoC 2 processor. 
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Crytek Announces Their First Android Game Fibble flick’n’roll

Back when I used to play a lot of PC games Crysis by Crytek was one of my most favorite games. At the time it featured ridiculously amazing graphics as well as awesome gameplay. Over a year ago Crytek made their interests in the Android platform known by looking for experienced Android developers. It looks as if their search paid off as they announced their first Android title, Fibble flick’n’roll. By combining action gameplay, physics and strategy Crytek looks to set this puzzle game apart by doing it through gorgeous 3D graphics; which comes as no surprise as it’s Crytek.

You take on the character of Fibble, a brave alien who happens to crash land in a human suburban home and must return to his crew that he’s been seperated from. You will search for your crew mates with the help of various characters who have their own special sets of skills. The game will have the following features:

  • Physics based gameplay.
  • Easy to understand physics based on natural understanding of the player. Instinctive navigation using touch screen controls.
  • Action Puzzler! A puzzle game using brains, timing, and reflexes.
  • Objectives and scoreboards encouraging competition between players worldwide.
  • Achievements for the completionists out there. Do you have the skill to collect all the achievements?

There is no word on pricing as of yet but we won’t have to wait long as the game is set to release in the Google Play Store sometime this Spring. You can head on over to the official web site to read more on this soon-to-come puzzler or you can hit the break to read the full press release. As if that were enough we have some gorgeous looking screenshots for you to drool over. Enjoy!
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Samsung Releases Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich Source Code To The Masses

 

The much-anticpated Samsung Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich update officially arrived for some devices, but the rest of us around the world haven’t been lucky enough to get a taste of it yet… until now (sorta). Samsung went ahead and released the source code of its latest update to the public sphere recently. This means that while the official Galaxy S II ICS update isn’t quite ready for most owners yet, developers can use the source code and develop some nice custom builds and ROMs which are what lots of us Android owners prefer anyways.

Hit the source link below to find the actual source code files in the form of a .zip which will get you started. Make sure you look for the GT-I9100 when searching for the Galaxy S II. Here’s to the anticipated custom builds arriving sooner than later.

source: Samsung Open Source Release Center
via: Phandroid

Linux 3.3 Sees Merging of Some Android Aspects, To See More in the Future

As smartphone devices become more powerful it’s a safe bet that the idea of our devices being used as our daily computers is going to become more common place. While we’ve only recently started seeing this become a reality thanks to various docks and Canonical’s recent Ubuntu announcement, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to the release of Linux 3.3 various OEMs will have an easier time of following suit in this venture as well. That’s because Linux 3.3 is seeing a bit of Android being merged into it.

Why is this only starting to happen now you ask? Well I’ll tell you. Developers on both sides (Android and Linux) couldn’t agree on how both should be merged so it just never happened, that is, until recently. Their disagreements are being “ironed out” and various Android sub systems have already been merged with even more following in the future. As Kernel Newbies suggests:

“This will make things easier for everybody, including the Android mod community, or Linux distributions that want to support Android programs.”

As you can see, this merging should help both sides support each others applications and programs and the likelihood of devices that run both Linux and Android on it will become more common place. The merging will also help people use their devices as both a phone and a computer some time down the road. Although only time will tell as to when that will happen but one thing is for certain; it just got a whole lot easier to make this a reality.

source: Kernel Newbies
via: Android Police

Incredible 4G and Mysterious VAE_WX Device Get Benchmarked

I don’t know if HTC knows about its own proclaimed Zero-to-Hero Strategy for 2012 because evidence points to the fact that they must have missed the memo. So far we’ve seen the announcement for the One X, S, and V launches but it appears that a few others are waiting in the wings for their own launches. This includes the Fireball-turned-Incredible 4G and a codenamed device only known as the VAE_WX.

As you folks know the Incredible 4G (HTC ADR6410) has recently gained Bluetooth and LTE certification to add to the WiFi certification it received before MWC this year. This phone, that’s supposed to see a release in April, will have a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and judging from the NenaMark2 benchmarks below it’s safe to say that the processor will be of a S4 Snapdragon variety. This is based off of the evidence of it being tested using the Qualcomm Adreno 225 GPU. It will also sport a 960 x 540 resolution display but there is no details on screen size. 
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Verizon Attempts to Clear Up Remote Diagnostic Tool Privacy Concerns

Yesterday we told you about an update that is heading for the LG Revolution. The most interesting part of this update is the included Verizon Remote Diagnostics tool, one that allows the carrier to essentially take control over your device should you ever require outside diagnostic support. As we all know, privacy has been an increasing concern lately and those tinfoil-hat types did not like the sound of this remote access tool and what VZW might be privy to. Although the tool requires user permission to enable it, it would still be nice to know what the person on the other end can see exactly.

Being that the Carrier IQ ordeal caused such a huge uproar you would think Verizon would be ultra cautious when dipping their toes into the nasty waters of customer privacy. Today, Verizon reached out to our friends at Android Central to shed a little light on the matter, in hopes to put peoples fears to rest. According to Big Red, ” no personal data like keystrokes or web history, location, etc., is logged or saved.”

As AC mentioned, I image users aren’t just going to take their word for it. You can bet that the development community will dive in head first as soon as the app is available and only then will we truly know if the diagnostic tool holds any privacy concerns for the end user.

source: Android Central

 

Samsung Exec Hints To A Quad-Core Exynos Chip, Distancing Themselves From Qualcomm For Its Upcoming Galaxy S III

Samsung is apparently giving Qualcomm the boot and looking to distance themselves from the major chip manufacture to start using their own next-gen quad-core Exynos CPU on the yet to be revealed Galaxy S III.  An unnamed Samsung exec spilled the beans when hinting to the Korea Times that the new flagship device will not include Qualcomm’s CPU.  The new Exynos chip will support LTE and WCDMA radios as Sammy attempts to head back to its roots (original Galaxy S devices utilized the Hummingbird and Exynos Chips).  The new AP looks like the for-mentioned 32nm chip which we learned of prior to MWC, sporting four A9 cores.  According to the unnamed exec, the devices are all ready to go and just need to be implemented into the handsets.  As of now, there’s no word on when the Galaxy S III will be revealed, but trust me, our eyes are peeled.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

source: Korea Times

HTC partners with LogMeIn for remote support of Android devices

Well it looks like this must be “remote support” week because this is the third story to break in the last couple of days. First Verizon announced an update to the LG Revolution that would enable customer service reps to remotely view devices for troubleshooting. Then just a little while ago, Motorola announced they are now utilizing LogMeIn ‘Rescue + Mobile’ for the same purpose with the Motorola RAZR in Korea.

I guess the third time is a charm because HTC and LogMeIn just announced that they’ve entered into an agreement as HTC’s preferred mobile remote support software provider. Although we expect Motorola to launch their service worldwide, HTC is already announcing it’s intent to go worldwide for all its call centers.

HTC will pre-install the user-enabled LogMeIn Rescue applet on all future HTC Android devices as long as mobile operator’s approve it. If you’re concerned at all about privacy, this is a user-enabled app. No one can remotely see your device without you approving it.

Full press release after the break:


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