Glu Mobile’s Death Dome gets a trailer

Glu Mobile has another game on the way, and it’s called Death Dome. From the name you should be able to tell it’s a fighting game. Here’s the premise from the horse’s mouth:

No one really remembers where it all started…but before long…it was everywhere. The “M” virus… Most people who showed symptoms were dead within days…but others weren’t so lucky. Mutations were showing up all over the city. The infected were quarantined in a bio-dome force field that encased the city of Palamira. Some called it a “safe zone”, but most know it as the Death Dome. The M virus grew stronger inside the Death Dome and eventually became strong enough to live on its own without a host. Strong enough to become…The Behemoths!

The only name I know is Phoenix, I have no recollection of who I was before…The one thing I do know is that they will never dismantle the dome while the behemoths are still alive so I must take them all down….myself!

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T-Mobile LG Optimus L9 gets leaked

The LG Optimus L9 cruised through the FCC recently, and it looks like it’s headed to T-Mobile because @evleaks tweeted an image of the said device. The Optimus L9 features a 4.7-inch qHD (960 x 540) IPS display, a 1GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 4GB of storage, and a 2150mAh battery.

We have no idea on availability or pricing, but I would imagine it will land by the holidays.

source: @evleaks

T-Mobile branded Samsung Galaxy Note II spotted in the wild

T-Mobile customers can breathe a sigh of relief today. Not just because the Samsung Galaxy Note II has been spotted with T-Mobile branding, but because the device doesn’t seem to feature the same carrier branded home button as the Verizon variant that we saw last month. While T-Mobile has already confirmed that the Note II would be arriving later this year, a recent FCC filing suggests the launch may not be too far off. Either way, be sure to take a look at some additional images of the Titan Grey Galaxy Note II after the break.

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Meet the Megadroid Project, using 300,000 Android devices to test network disruptions

Avid Android fans are likely to purchase multiple devices every couple of years. Some may get one device a year, or even throw down their money for three. It all depends on the user. Imagine running your own network tests, using 300,000 Android devices at once. This is now a reality with project Megadroid.

In this scenario, the name of the project fits the description well. David Fritz, an electrical engineer over at Sandria National Laboratories, described that the project will consist of 300,000 virtual machines running the x86 version of Android 4.0 to test usage in various network disruptions. Natural disasters, protocol glitches, terrorist attacks, you name it, is being tested and researched with Megadroid. The goal is to “understand and limit the damage” caused be these situations.

To create a realistic environment, Fritz proposed to emulate features like Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth as a subject to test vulnerabilities to malicious attacks, within the Android OS. The engineer stated:

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Both the Pantech Element and Burst get Ice Cream Sandwich

This week we have seen numerous updates for a variety of devices. Just recently, we covered Android 4.1 Jelly Bean being available for both the Transformer Prime and Infinity, as well as soon to be available for the International HTC One X, One S, and One XL later this month. However those who are using Pantech devices, the Element and Burst models specifically, can now enjoy the tasty Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Even though it isn’t the latest and greatest software, it will still improve the performance of both devices. Here is what you get:

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ASUS releases official Jelly Bean ROMs for Transformer Prime and Infinity

When the Transformer Prime launched, it was the first tablet to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and now it’s one of the first devices to receive Jelly Bean along with the Transformer Pad Infinity.

If you are one of the many folks who regularly modify your device with ROM’s and tweaks by unlocking the bootloader, you probably noticed that you did not receive the OTA update. However, ASUS brings good news as the company released the full official Jelly Bean ROMs on the their website.

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2K Games releases NBA 2K13 for Android

For all the fans of the 2K line of basketball games, you will be happy to know that you can play 2K13 anywhere you have a device running Android 4.0 or higher. Yesterday 2K Games released NBA 2K13 on the traditional consoles, but they also released it in the Google Play Store. The game costs $8 and won’t give you the full experience you get on a traditional console, but will let you play full exhibition games as any of the 30 teams. You can also recreate legendary performances in NBA’s Greatest Games mode or play as your favorite team in  the Multiseason Mode. It uses the 2K basketball engine with controls optimized for mobile gaming. Normally I would not expect much from a game like this, Madden 12 anyone, but we will let you be the judge. Use the link or QR code after the break to check the game out in the Play Store.

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[Rumor] LG Optimus G Nexus coming in November along with major changes to the Nexus program

I have to be honest with you guys, this year’s news and rumors for the upcoming Nexus or Nexi devices seems to be a lot slower than last year. It’s possible things are just starting to heat up because we have some more information from Android and Me. According to sources LG will definitely have a Nexus device, and it will be called the LG Optimus G Nexus. What seems odd about that is the fact that “LG” is in the name of the device. Apparently Google has indeed opened up the Nexus program to all OEM’s, but they must adhere to strict standards. Handset manufacturers must use stock Android along with 64MB of secure memory for streaming. Google will also allow custom UI skins as part of a new “customization center.” Last but not least, the hardware needs to be able to support Android 5.0, which should release in the fall of 2013. Since more than one manufacturer is allowed to be part of the program, it appears Google is allowing them to add their name as part of the device name for differentiation.

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Xbox Music to launch October 26th, but Android users will have to wait

As the battle for mobile OS supremacy has raged on over the years between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, developers have been called upon to make decisions about which platform to develop for initially. We even see reports regarding the scope of these decisions and what it may portend for OS users. In an interesting twist, development of a new music app from Microsoft will be released for their platforms first with Android and iOS native versions to follow. The app in question is Micosoft’s Xbox Music which will be available for their Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Xbox 360 platforms on October 26th. Microsoft has not released any information on when versions for other platforms will be available.

The Xbox Music app is based on a subscription service that allows users to stream unlimited music on their device. Users will also be able to opt for an ad-supported free version similar to apps like Spotify or Pandora. Xbox Music will integrate with Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud solution so users can stream their own library of music files as well.

source: WinSource
via: Phandroid

No special treatment for Motorola in quest to produce next Google Nexus phone

Since Motorola became part of Google earlier this year, it seems like it might make sense that Motorola would have an inside track on being selected to produce the next Google Nexus smartphone. After all, amongst all the reasons for a company to acquire a hardware maker one would think the ability to produce your own branded products “in-house” would be one of them. However, Motorola’s Senior Vice President of Product Management, Rick Osterloh, told CNET that was not the case.

“We will absolutely be one of the people considered the next time Google delivers its Nexus phone…but we’re not going to receive special treatment,” Osterloh told CNET in a recent interview. Osterloh indicated Motorola would have to win the business on the same basis as any other manufacturer due to Google’s desire to maintain an open playing field. To achieve that goal, a “firewall” exists between Motorola and the Android team that puts Motorola in a position equivalent to an independent OEM.
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