XBMC 12 ‘Frodo’ Beta 1 for Android surfaces

After not hearing much from the XBMC media software for Android since we reported on in back in July, it looks like the first Beta form is now official, code-named “Frodo.” While I couldn’t personally find it in the Play Store, it should be arriving very soon. The only way to download the media player application previously was to be versed in development and compiling. Early ideas of this application coupled with Miracast sound very appealing.

The software itself actually made an appearance on Xbox Live almost 10 years ago and it’s finally making its way to the Android platform after hitting iOS last year. The Android version will have audio suport for DTS-MA and Dolby TrueHD formats. It’ll also have live TV and PVR access. Of course with any beta, there will be issues. You can check out the XBMC blog below for a full rundown of features and know issues with the beta.

 

source:  XBMC

Guide to Black Friday Android tablet deals

If you’re looking for a tablet on Black Friday, you’ve come to the right place. We have put together all the deals so you can plan your attack. The best deals include the Nexus 7 32GB at Office Depot for $229, the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 for $279.99 at Best Buy or $299.99 at Office Depot, and several deals on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (both the 7.0 and 10.1).

Now many of these hot deals involve no name tablets. You won’t catch me recommending any of them to you, but if you do want something to give to a child, that might be okay. Just do your homework because you get what you pay for.  Hit the break for all the deals and let us know what you will be grabbing next Friday.

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TalkTalk UK To Offer Free Nexus 7 When Customers Purchase Android Smartphones

 

The holiday season is just about here folks and that means many retailers and services will be vying for your business by trying to entice customers with some sweet deals or promotions, and TalkTalk is no different with its latest promotion out in the UK. It has announced that from Tuesday, November 20th, it will give away a free Nexus 7 tablet when customers purchase select devices and sign up for a smartphone plan. While we’re sure to see other promotions from other retailers in the coming days, we suspect many customers will get out and sign up as soon as the promotion is live because hey— who doesn’t want a free Nexus 7 tablet with their smartphone?

source: Android Central

Contest: Win $10 of in game currency for Arcane Legends (20 chances)

Earlier this week Spacetime Studios launched Arcane Legends in the Google Play Store. If you are a fan of MMORPG games, you have to download this one now because Spacetime Studios is one of the leaders of this genre with previous games like Pocket Legends, Star Legends, and Dark Legends. Spacetime Studios reached out to us and would like to award 20 TalkAndroid readers with $10 of in game currency.

To enter for a chance to win, head to our forum thread and reply with your character name from the game. It couldn’t be simpler than that. You have until 11:59pm EST tonight to enter. We will pick 20 random winners and announce them tomorrow. Since you will be giving us your character name, Spacetime Studios will simply add the $10 of currency to your account. Good luck!!!

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Samsung’s new 10nm 64GB mobile flash memory chips already in production; smaller, faster, cooler

In news that may not come as a surprise to too many folks, Samsung has announced that its next-gen memory chip, the 64GB eMMC Pro Class 2000, is already in production. As we know, this technology is among the fastest moving in the world, so chips becoming smaller, faster, and running cooler is no huge surprise, but the speed at which they evolve is mind-boggling.

These little 10nm fellas rock a 20 percent smaller physical footprint, and Samsung claims 30 percent advantages in both performance and manufacturing productivity compared to their last generation chip. The chips will have a write speed of 2,000 IOPS (input/output per second) and a read speed of 5,000 IOPS. That’s a 33% increase in write speed and a 42% increase in read speed compared with the previous generation. Seeing as these chips are already in production, they’ll be coming soon to a device near you. Hit the break for the full press release. Read more

Surprise!! Pantech Magnus Smartphone Has been Outed, Looks Destined To Be Part Of AT&T’s Growing Arsenal

 

Are you on AT&T, but fancy owning a mid-level smartphone instead of say a Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II? Well great you’re in luck as it appears Ma Bell has a modest Pantech device on the way called Magnus. Thanks to notorious leaker evleaks, we have a clear image of the device— also known as Batsu or model number P9090— operating on what looks to be a needlessly customized version of at least Ice Cream Sandwich at the very least. In addition to the on-screen display with the trademark 3 soft keys, the device seems to have a small likeness to the Pantech Flex smartphone, though the display on the Magnus seems to be a smidge bigger and is highlighted by the usual AT&T tramp stamp. Additional details like the processor speed, RAM and storage size are not available at the moment, but now that the cat’s been let out the bag, we suspect we’ll get more details about this puppy sooner than later.

source: evleaks Twitter

Samsung Galaxy S III joining Cricket lineup

Samsung’s highly popular Galaxy S III handset is not only popular with consumers, it is increasingly popular with carriers who want to offer a high end device for use on 4G LTE networks. The latest carrier to offer the Galaxy S III is Cricket, which announced it will be available starting on Black Friday, November 23rd, for $549.99 with no contract. Buyers can opt for a data plan for as little as $50 per month for 2GB of data.

In conjunction with the announcement of the Galaxy S III joining their device portfolio, Cricket also released a list of additional locations with 4G LTE service. The new markets include Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi and the Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen market, Texas. These join the existing 4G LTE service areas of Las Vegas and Tucson.

If you are interested in getting a Galaxy S III on Cricket, visit one of their retail stores or www.mycricket.com for updates on availability.

source: Cricket Communications, Inc.

[Deal] Pre-order Droid DNA from Wirefly for $50 off Verizon contract price

Looking to pick up a Droid DNA when it launches on Verizon November 21st? Wirefly has a deal up that’ll net you this superphone for $150 if you preorder through them. For comparison, the Droid DNA will run $199 directly from Verizon. For the incredibly high-end specs of this phone, that’s a steal. That’s $150 for a 5-inch, 1080p screen, quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and Jelly Bean right out of the box. Tough deal to pass up, especially if you’re eligible for an upgrade this holiday season.

Anybody going to be picking up one of these later this month?

source: Wirefly

[Deal] 32GB Nexus 7 for $219.99 with free shipping from OfficeMax

Perhaps you’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on purchasing a Nexus 7 until you found just the right deal to satisfy your thinning wallet. Well, it appears OfficeMax is holding an incredible sale on the 32GB Nexus 7, offering the device for just $219.99 + tax with free shipping.

Currently, the only way to receive the discount is by placing your order via telephone. You’ll also need to use the coupon code indicated within the instructions below. As of the writing of this post, the deal is still valid, though there’s no telling just how long it will last. If you’re interested, jump past the break for the how-to.

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Special edition DROIDs headed to Verizon employees while the rest of us look on in envy

Verizon employees are getting some special treatment once again, some of us are still seething over the awesome employees-only red and black Razr Maxx from last year, and now Verizon is laughing at us yet again. Rumor has spilled that more special edition red/black DROIDs are on their way to those on Verizon’s payroll for the DROID RAZR M and DROID RAZR MAXX HD. Interestingly enough a special red DROID DNA as well as Windows Phone 8X are also mentioned. No word on whether they will be locked to employee specific usage such as the last round was, so be careful before you try bidding $2000 on Ebay for one of these puppies.

Source: Droid-Life