Ice Cream Sandwich will feature native screenshot capability

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I am sure you are still giddy with excitement after we just showed you an actual image of the Galaxy Nexus. We thought you might want to keep the ball rolling and get a little ICS goodness as well.

It appears that the highly anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich OS will include native screenshot capabilities. This time around we won’t need to be rooted or need to have any add-ons to be able to to capture a screenshot image, with the Galaxy Nexus you just hit volume down and power to save the image. This may not seem like a very nifty feature to some of you but once you get your new Galaxy Nexus I am sure you are going to want to brag to your friends about how cool ICS really is.

Our pals over at Android Police stumbled upon a couple of binaries within ICS proving that a couple apps (screenshot and screencap) are in charge of the native screenshot feature. Yes, these are also found in Honeycomb as well but in ICS you won’t need root in order for them to work!

screenshot
usage: screenshot [-s soundfile] filename.png
-s: play a sound effect to signal success
-i: autoincrement to avoid overwriting filename.png

screencap

[-hp] [FILENAME]
-h: this message
-p: save the file as a png.
If FILENAME ends with .png it will be saved as a png.
If FILENAME is not given, the results will be printed to stdout.

See you all later in the proverbial YouTube theater!

[via android police]

Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Retro Defense

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If you’re a Tower Defense kind of guy or gal, Today’s Free Amazon App is right up your alley.  Courtesy of Amazon and developer Larva Labs Ltd., they’ve made their popular graphics rich, Retro Defense, available today for free.  This action packed game allows you to set up your own towers, leaving you to fend off unwanted invaders as you soar through the levels.  In this strategic game, tower placement is the key.  Each tower you incorporate has to be chosen carefully as one might offer special benefits but another a great weakness.  Some towers can be built quickly and can withstand attacks while others are more susceptible to crumble at the hand of the enemy.  You’ll be equiped with various weapons for defense such as lasers, missiles and crazy shock waves.

“Fast-paced, addictive and beautifully designed, this top-rated game offers outstanding fun for strategy game fans.”

The game is being touted as “difficult to review” because those who review it often get caught in the cross-hairs of an addiction.  We’ll let you be the judge of that.  Ready for the download?  Make sure you have the Amazon App Store side loaded to your device and then log in for today’s application.  To download the App Store simply point your browser here and add your email or phone number to field in the upper right hand corner.  You’ll quickly receive a download link and be on your way.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Hit the break for a few extra screen shots of the game in action.   » Read the rest

Latest Galaxy Nexus Photo Leak, Best One Yet?

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Today is the day for the Galaxy Nexus and ICS reveal in Hong Kong and this is probably the best leaked shot of the Galaxy Nexus so far. The shot is supposedly from Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo which will be available on November 20th. We’ve got a boat load of specs listed as well, most of which we already know. Stay tuned today, as more ICS and Galaxy Nexus news is sure to flow right up until the event tonight.

  • Model: GT-I9250, GT-I9250T, GT-I9250M, SC-04D, SCH-I515
  • dimensions (length x width x thickness): 136.0 × 68.0 × 8.8 fine piece – 11.5 thickest part
  • Weight: Approximately 135.0 (g)
  • OS: Google Android version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Chipset: Texas Instruments Omap4460 CPU: ARM Cortex-A9 MP Core SMP (Dual-Core) CPU operating frequency: 1.2 GHz
  • GPU: PowerVR SGX 540 Immage Technologies
  • Communication Systems (GT-I9250/GT-I9250M/GT-I9250M/SC-04D): W-CDMA, GSM phone (SCH-I515): LTE, CDMA2000 Packet (GT-I9250/GT-I9250M / GT-I9250M/SC -04D): HSPA, EDGE, GPRS (SCH-I515): LTE, EV-DO Rev.
  • Display: AMOLED HD: 4.65 inches Resolution 720 x1280) Maximum number of simultaneous colors Main Display: 16,777,216 color touch screen: capacitive (multi-touch),
  • Main camera: 5 megapixel CMOS camera with LED flash Video recording 1080pHD (1920 * 1080)
  • Front camera: 1.3 million pixels CMOS
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Communications Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
  • Wireless LAN Communication: IEEE 802.11 a / ​​b / g / n (2.4 GHz Dual-Band 5.xGHz)
  • Tethering
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • RAM: 1GB
  • ROM: 16/32GB:
  • Battery Capacity: 1750mAh
  • Notification LED

[via androidcentral]

Google Wallet Adds More Retailers To The List With More Partners In The Works (Video)

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One of the many features in Android Im highly looking forward to is Google Wallet.   Why?  Because no one forgets their wallet at home more than I do and the added security of knowing my credit cards  are secure and easily accessible brings a certain peace of mind.  Im looking forward to getting my hands on T-Mo’s Samsung Galaxy S II where an NFC chip is just calling out my name.  Google has been hard at work for people like me and have recently announced several new retailers who’ve jumped on board the Google Wallet train.

Today, our partners American Eagle Outfitters, The Container Store, Foot Locker, Guess, Jamba Juice, Macy’s, OfficeMax and Toys“R”Us are rolling out an even better Google Wallet experience. For the first time ever in the U.S., at these select stores, you can not only pay but also redeem coupons and/or earn rewards points—all with a single tap of your phone. This is what we call the Google Wallet SingleTap experience.

So, why should you use Google Wallet?  Easy.  In addition to using Google Wallet at the above mentioned retailers, you’ll also be doing yourself a service because you’ll be able to save a few bucks in the process.  Google Wallet has added a “Featured Offers” tab, giving you exclusive deals with respective retailers that you won’t get anywhere else.  For instance, some of today’s features included 15% off at your nearest American Eagle Outfitters, 10% off at The Container Store, 15% off at Macy’s and $2 dollar smoothies at Jamba Juice.  Furthermore, Google is working with retailers to include customer rewards cards to be implemented in the experience.  It doesn’t get any easier than this folks.  All you need is your phone, a single bump from your smartphone and you save in the process.  Future retailers working to partner with Google and get NFC in their stores include Chevron, D’Agostino, Faber News Now, Gristedes Supermarkets and Pinkberry.  I literally can’t wait until NFC and Google Wallet become such the norm that people will actually look at you funny when you try to pull cash out.  Hit the break to check out how Google shows unsuspecting shoppers the ease and benefits of Google Wallet.  Note one woman’s response @ 1:31 “Oh ma Jesus!”   » Read the rest

HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread Update “Anticipated To Be Coming Soon” (Again)

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We can’t blame you if you’re a Thunderbolt owner and still a little PO’d at the failed OTA attempt to push Gingerbread your way. HTC and Verizon want to make it up to you.  Word on the Twit over at @HTC revealed the following:

“VZW & HTC anticipate the update being available soon.  You will be notified directly on your device when it is ready to d’load”

Here’s to hoping “soon’ is within the next couple of weeks and that all of the bugs will be squashed when the release rolls out.  Talk Android will be keeping our ears open and or eyes peeled when word breaks of the OTA hitting devices.  At that time you’ll be the first to know.  Though it’s not required, your best bet for a successful download is to wait until you are sitting pretty in a WiFi hotspot.  Good luck and don’t forget to report back when the OTA hits your device.  Enjoy.

[via Android Central]

Sprint employee email outs October 21st as Motorola Lapdock 100 release date

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Last week, we told you about Motorola’s announcement of the 10.1″ Lapdock 100 which is the successor to the Atrix 4G’s Lapdock accessory. The cool thing about this new Lapdock is that it works with multiple devices and multiple carriers. Relying on a cable for connectivity instead of a dock, the Lapdock 100 becomes much more versatile than its predecessor and allows for use on future devices as well. Currently the Lapdock 100 will work with AT&T’s Atrix line, Verizon’s Droid Bionic, and the Photon 4G for Sprint.

Motorola said that AT&T was supposed to release their version of the Lapdock 100 on Oct. 17th but for some reason it is still nowhere to be seen, we have yet to see a price point either. A Sprint employee email recently outed October 21st as the release date for Sprint’s version of the Lapdock (see image above). That is this coming Friday so lets hope the wait is almost over. If it is priced anywhere near the Atrix 4G’s Lapdock, it wont be cheap.

[via endgadget]

T-Mobile Adds New Plans To Monthly 4G Lineup

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T-Mobile continues to show the masses just how flexible the carrier can be when it comes to custom plans tailored for you .  The company has recently announced that they’ll be adding another 4G plan to fit your personal lifestyle.  For $60 per month you’ll get unlimited talk, text and data with the first 2GB.

In addition, Magenta is also offering three new “Pay by the day” plans giving you even more flexibility for times when you just require a day’s worth of data.  Options include $3 per day for unlimited talk, text and data for the first 200 mb’s, $2 per day for unlimited talk, text and data (Edge speeds) and $1 per day for unlimited text and 10 cents per min for talk.  Furthermore, beginning on Oct 16th the company is offering a no annual contract plan with unlimited web for the first 5 GB, unlimited text and 100 minutes of talk for only $30/mo at your nearest Walmart.

[via T-Mobile]

Google I/O 2012 dates announced

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It looks like Google is already preparing for the annual Google I/O developer conference next year in San Francisco’s Moscone West Convention Center. Today, the Google Code Blog announced that the 2012 I/O will be taking place on April 24th and 25th. The convention gathers developers from far and wide treating them to various workshops and new Android apps/features that can be expected in the near future. It is hard to imagine what to expect when we are still hours away from the unveiling of this years big announcement, Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich.

At this year’s developers’ conference we got a glimpse at ICS and Android 3.1 for tablets (and eventually for Google TV) and we were also treated to the introduction of Android@Home, Android Market Movie Rentals, Google Music Beta, and the Open Accessory Development Kit.

With all the free tech goodies given out at this year’s I/O you can bet the number of wishful attendees has increased tenfold. 2011 ticket-holders received a free limited edition Galaxy Tab 10.1, a fancy new Chromebook, and a 4G LTE hotspot from Samsung and Verizon. This year’s tickets managed to sell out within the first hour of sales so if you are planning on making a trip down to SF next year I suggest you be on point and keep an eye out for when registration goes live.

What do you guys think Google has up their sleeve for next years I/O? A little Jelly Bean perhaps?

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T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II review

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The final carrier to launch the Samsung Galaxy S II in the U.S. was T-Mobile and with it comes HSPA+ at 42Mbps compatibility and a different different processor. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz processor replaced the standard Exynos 1.2GHz. I found no lag with the Qualcomm, but I think if you really look hard you might find it slightly slower than the Exynos. I stress “look hard” because I believe the average person won’t be able to tell the difference. If you are someone that constantly switches carriers, than you might consider the Sprint or AT&T version instead, but if you are a T-Mobile customer looking to upgrade, than you won’t be disappointed. You can check out the unboxing and initial hands on review here.

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DROID RAZR revealed from Motorola teaser site

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This morning, Motorola put up a teaser site for tomorrow’s event. They invited 16 sites to participate by entering codes which would eventually solve a teaser image. Thanks to some Android sleuths, we have the full image of what will be the RAZR, and from looking at the eye on the screen, it’s a safe bet that it will be the DROID RAZR.

The image shows that it’s ultra thin as promised and shows off the kevlar backing. We are also looking forward to the non-pentile qHD 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display and 1.2GHz processor. I will be there for the unveiling so be sure to tune in for all the juicy details.

[via reveal.motorola]