Motorola’s Web Site Counting Down To October 18th DROID RAZR Event?

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The DROID RAZR has been hanging out in Rumorville for a while now and Motorola should be unveiling this device October 18th in NYC. Motorola’s web site is counting down and seems to link up with the NYC event, though the timer will run out at 3:00PM and the event starts at noon. Rumor has it this lines up with the ICS Nexus Hong Kong event, but I’m not sure I’m buying into that one. If you missed it, we got a glimpse of more RAZR specs just the other day. This Fall is going to be awesome for Android news, but we’ll have to be patient to see how it’s all going to go down. Stay tuned for Tuesday, as we’ll be at the NYC event to bring you all the news that shakes down.

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Upcoming Angry Birds Adventure Sporting A New Bird? (video)

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Rovio is always giving us a holiday surprise with a Christmas version and Seasons. We’ve got an upcoming Halloween teaser video where the birds are traveling into a dark and stormy forest and find a little surprise along the way. Looks to me like there may be a new bird in this adventure. Check it out after the break for yourself and let us know what you think.

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Checkers

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Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is Checkers. This ad free version developed by AI Factory looks great, plays great, and has a pretty high difficulty level to turn up the heat. Sure, this isn’t a first person shooter, but it’s a classy looking version of a nice relaxing game and today it’s free. Besides this being the ad free version of the game, here are some other features:

Featuring:

- 10 difficulty levels, from Beginner to Expert
- 2 player hot-seat
- 2 Checkers Piece Sets and Boards
- User stats against each level
- Undo & Hints
- Designed for both Tablet and Phone
- Supports both non-compulsory captures (popular rules) and compulsory captures (official US/English rules)

This game will normally cost you $1.99, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out all the screenshots after the break and let us know what you think.

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T-Mobile HTC Amaze 4G unboxing and initial hands on [Video]

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The HTC Amaze 4G launched on T-Mobile earlier in the week alongside the Samsung Galaxy S II with very similar specs; Qualcomm dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and NFC. The biggest difference is the screen where the Galaxy S II has a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display while the Amaze has a 4.3-inch Super LCD display. As for resolution, the Amaze wins with 960 x 540 as opposed to the Galaxy S II at 800 x 480.

Fans of HTC and Sense will not be disappointed with the Amaze, but might be miffed that it comes with Sense 3.0, not Sense 3.5. Can the Amaze compete with the likes of the Galaxy S II? We will do a more in depth review shortly, but for now take a look at our initial hands on.

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Android 4.0 – MagicLockerTheme Offers A Slight Taste Of ICS For The Gotta Have It Now Crowd

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Want a little taste of Ice Cream Sandwich on your device now?  Check out MagicLockerTheme for Android.  The 4.0 locker offers missed calls and SMS notifications and also allows you to add a quick link to your phone dialer, SMS app and camera for quick launching.  Other than that the application was built for aesthetics with some decent slight functionality.  If you’re ready to download the app you can head on over to the Android Market and get started with some ICS unlock love.  Feel free to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.

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Does your Android device lack a notification light? Try the NoLed app

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With all the advancements in mobile technology it still comes as a huge surprise when a smartphone manufacturer neglects to add a notification light to their device. There are not a whole bunch of phones that are plagued with this dilema but for the ones that are, it’s known to be a pain in the arse.

For some reason Samsung has decided to crank out a few popular mobile devices and at my dismay, they are sans notification LED. I , like many others, own a Samsung device and hate not knowing that I have a message waiting for me unless I activate the screen and check for myself. Sounds like an easy task but when you find yourself checking for messages all day long it gets old real fast.

XDA member, MADMACK, has come up with a solution by using the phone’s display as a notification light. When you receive a message (or anything that you want a notification for) your screen will activate flashing different color dots or icons based on the type of message received. The dots/icons are customizable allowing the user to create different notifications for each type of reminder making it easy, for example, to differentiate between email and text messages. There are many ways to tweak this app from battery conservation to delayed notification, NoLed  gives more options than most factory notification lights.

With over 10,000 downloads from the Android Market and an average rating of 4.4 stars, MADMACK seems to have come up with an acceptable solution for not having a notification light. I have been using it since I got the Samsung Charge and I highly recommend checking it out for yourself.

Join us after the break for more screenshots, download links, and a NoLed explanation from the creator himself.

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T-Mobile Springboard Tablet Should Come In Under $200 (Video Demo)

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T-Mobile will soon launch a new affordable 7″ Android tablet called the Springboard. Made by Huawei, this new device is said to drop sometime in November and will come in at under $200. The Springboard tablet felt pretty solid in hand, almost heavy, but gave me the feeling of  good build quality. With such a reasonable price point for a Honeycomb tablet, I am sure this will be a hit in the coming months.

We were at CTIA this year and got a quick demo of the Springboard tablet by a rep from Huawei. Although he seems a little unsure of himself on video, I can attest to the quality of this device. The picture was surprisingly good and had great color reproduction. The dual-core processor was very snappy and made transitioning between homepages a breeze. The opening of apps was almost instantaneous, I hardly noticed any lag at all. It appears that the bloatwear was kept to a minimum although this was Huawei’s demo unit, meaning the final build may slightly differ.

The Huawei Springboard is going to be  a T-Mobile exclusive and no word on the release of a Wi-Fi only version. Although we can’t report an exact price right now, we are confident that it will be under $200. As soon as we get a specific price we will let you know.

Join us after the break for a list of features, pictures, and a short demo video.

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Pictures of Gmail, Calendar, and E-mail Apps From Ice Cream Sandwich

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Thanks to AndroidPolice we’ve got shots of the Gmail, Calendar, and e-mail widgets from Ice Cream Sandwich to look over. In the shots, you’ll see a comparison to the Honeycomb versions. You’ll notice the standard e-mail app and Gmail look alike and the calendar app looks a little cleaner. Hit up the break to check them all out and let us know what you think.

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Air Penguins: Dad Had It Right All Along

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If you’re a child of the 1980’s like me, you may be best equipped to enjoy the unique sense of irony that comes from the rise of popular multi-directional tilt control Android games over recent years. I remember all too well, my father joining with us kids in a round or two on any of the original game consoles we grew up with, and we – the future tech geeks of the world, laughing wildly as he twisted, tilted and quickly lifted the controller with every move little Mario or any of his friends made. “Dad, use the buttons!” we’d shout. This never helped matters very much, eventually the plug would be ripped from its socket or the console itself would be tugged unintentionally, though quite violently to the ground. Who knew that these kind of parents weren’t exactly as misguided as we thought; they were just ahead of their time.

Case in point: GAMEVIL Inc.’s Air Penguins. This game puts the concept of tilt control to perfect use and gives its users smooth colorful graphics through 125 stages of Story Mode and offers a Survival Mode seemly build for good old Dad as he would surely reign victorious over me on instinct alone.

With some well-timed tilts of an Android device, you’ll help Air Penguin jump, fly, dodge, bounce and glide his way to saving his family from Antarctica’s melting ice caps. Along the way you meet some helpful turtles, angry sharks, whales with powerful blow-holes, jumping fish and other cute sea creatures in high-resolution graphics.

You can download Air Penguins now in the Android Market for free, a price that you know good old Dad would appreciate. One glance at the user reviews will spell things out clearly: this is a fun, nice-looking and addictive game about 25 years in the making.

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Trial Xtreme

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Today Amazon’s free app is the popular interactive motorcycle racing game, Trial Xtreme. You may soon find yourself addicted to this physics-based game of speed and obstacles requiring merely the skillful use of touch screen controls (which I prefer) or your phone’s accelerometer to make your way through 60 challenging levels of jumps, climbs, flips and of course the inevitable wipe outs which feature some nice rag doll crash physics. Overall, the app’s developer (Deemedya M.S, Ltd.) has done a pretty good job at providing a fun and easy-to-master game with enough thrills to keep me interested and a strange hint of nostalgia for the old NES game Excitebike too.

Trial Xtreme usually sells for $1.99 and is worth the price, so don’t miss out on your chance to give it a go for free today by clicking here and entering your phone number or email address to get the download link. Remember: Check off “unknown sources” in your system’s settings to start the download.

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