Featured Play Store Newbie: Slices is a New Twitter App with Incredible Functionality in Tow [Social]

I love a great Twitter app. I have often found myself using a few at a time just to find the best one, and now my search could be over. Slices is a new Twitter app developed by OneLouder, the makers of Tweetcaster, and aims to make your tweeting easier and more robust. Two core properties stick out to me when deciding what app I’ll use: beauty & functionality. To say Slices meets my expectations would be a huge understatement. OneLouder has provided just enough beauty to draw in the user experience and functionality that both Twitter pros and newbies alike will be satisfied.


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You can now pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S III from Ting

Ting, a MVNO (Mobile Vitural Network Operator) running on Sprint’s network, is now offering the Samsung Galaxy S III for pre-order. You will have a choice of either Marble White or Pebble Blue and as this is prepaid, (no discounted handsets) the device will cost $529 (16GB) or $579 (32GB).

One drawback: you have to wait 3-6 weeks for your shiny new phone to ship. The good news is, for those who live in a Sprint LTE market, you’ll be able to browse the web at stunning LTE speeds! We have yet to confirm the official specs; Ting says their version will have only 1GB of RAM Vs. 2GB on other variants. Either this is a method to cut costs, or there was an error–hopefully the latter.

The Samsung Galaxy S III has been available for quite some time and is selling at record numbers, leading to Samsung destroying their shipment record in quarter two of this year. Widespread ability, and specs that leave nothing to desire are likely the main cause of its popularity. I know if I wasn’t packing a Galaxy Nexus, I would definitely pick one up! Are you on the Ting network? Let us know if you plan on picking up this powerful beast! Hit the break for the full press release.


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Chameleon Launcher Beta Now Available For Those Who Pledged

Canadian developer Teknision, makers of Kickstarter-funded Chameleon Launcher, said the beta version would be ready the first week of August, and they are right on target. If you pledged on Kickstarter, you can now find and install Chameleon Launcher Beta from the Google Play Store.

The interesting thing about this home screen replacement is how it treats the overall experience, covering every inch of the screen with widgets and apps. You can then create different home screens based on different situations (work, home, commute, etc) and have Chameleon show you the most relevant one based on GPS location, Wi-Fi network connected to, or time ranges.

Hit the break for screenshots, a video, and the download link.


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AT&T pushing Android 4.0.4 OTA to HTC One X; rooted users accept with caution

Reports are coming in that AT&T has started pushing out an OTA update for the HTC One X today. The update, build number 2.20 that bumps Android to 4.0.4, has only gone out to a few users and it is unclear when it may roll out to the rest. Neither AT&T nor HTC have issued a change log that details what is included in the update. Users are reporting that it includes security fixes that block some root exploits, a setting to remove the menu button “bar” for some apps, and the ability to long press the multi-tasking button for a pop-up menu.

Users who have rooted their One X or who are thinking about doing so may not want to jump on this update just yet. The fixes for the root exploits have the consequence of also closing methods used to gain root access. Since AT&T and HTC do not offer bootloader unlocking on this version of the One X, the update will effectively block root access until the hackers figure out a new way to do so.

If you get the update, please post and let us know of any other changes that are included.

source: Android Central

rooCASE For Nexus 7 Review

When I got my Nexus 7 from Google I/O, there were no cases available for it, so I started using an old Kindle Fire case that someone donated to me just to get by. The fit was not right, and the elastic corner straps got in the way of the screen at times. Needless to say, it was barely better than no case at all.

So I started checking Amazon and eBay for possible cases to protect my new toy when I came across this interesting case by rooCASE with a very long name: The rooCASE Multi-Angle (Black) Vegan Leather Folio Case Cover for Google Nexus 7 Tablet. Phew! That’s a mouthful!

What interested me the most was that it had a built-in magnetic flap closure that enabled the Nexus 7′s sleep/wake feature. Oh, and also, it only cost $10. Can’t beat that! So I ordered two, one for me and one for my wife (yes, I got her a Nexus 7 as well).

So how do we like it? Read on after the break!


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Gameloft Teases Their First Android Game Built With Unreal Engine

Gameloft, the popular mobile game developing company, has teased their first Android game that is built upon the all popular Unreal Engine. If you’re not familiar with the Unreal Engine, it is a game engine developed by Epic Games which was first used in the 1998 first-person shooter game Unreal. Although primarily developed for first-person shooters, it has been successfully used in a variety of other genres such as stealth (Splinter Cell Games), MMORPG’s, and RPG’s. The Unreal Engine features a high degree of portability and is a tool used by many game developers.

The picture above was posted on Gameloft’s Facebook page including the teaser: “The story of Gameloft’s 1st Unreal Game will soon be revealed, the hint is hidden in the artwork above, can you find it?” If you’re really curious as to what it may be, you can vote to unlock the teaser trailer on YouTube or unlock the rest of the artwork.

Gameloft makes great games for mobile platforms, thus I have nothing but high expectations for this upcoming game. Any of you guys figure out what this game could be? Sound off in the comments!

source: Facebook

AT&T acquires NextWave Wireless for $25 million to help grow its LTE network

Looks like AT&T is looking for any way to boost its LTE network and attempt to further themselves from the competition. Today AT&T has done just that and acquired NextWave Wireless for a relatively small $25 million. This is a great acquisition considering NextWave holds several licenses for both the AWS spectrum and WCS spectrum, which AT&T can further use to access greater network capacity for their 4G LTE network.

So far the only road block from AT&T being able to start using the WCS spectrum is the pending deal they have with Sirius XM which the FCC has yet to approve. Once the Sirius XM merger is completed, AT&T can get the ball rolling in resolving some of their network issues due to the failed T-Mobile merger.

You can read the full press release regarding NextWave’s acquisition after the break.


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New Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean Binaries Added to AOSP

 

Lets face it, the CDMA Samsung Galaxy Nexus’ are the black sheep in the Nexus family. It’s always looking behind its GSM counterpart and never its equal. Today brings some good news to the Verizon Galaxy Nexus as Google just released the latest Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean (JRO03H) binaries for the device merely 3 weeks after it was welcomed back into AOSP.

These binaries should be welcomed by the rooting and developing community as it will now be a lot easier to create fully stable Jelly Bean ROM’s for the Verizon Nexus. Sadly, the other CDMA Nexus (Sprint’s) is still left in the dust and has yet to receive the same treatment from Google.

While most may be irked that these binaries weren’t released at the same time as the GSM’s version was, it’s always better to be late than never, right?

source: Google Developers
via: Engadget 

More Motorola Droid RAZR HD Photos Surface

Yesterday we showed you some leaked photos of the Droid RAZR HD, and today we’ve got a couple more.  You can see more clearly the texture on the back, which is slightly different than what we saw yesterday.

More important than the fancy carbon-fiber-esque look, is the fact that there’s a nice big Verizon LTE logo there.  One more screenshot below as well, showing the Android version that the HD is sporting.


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