It’s time to play the pigs, Rovio announces Bad Piggies coming September 27th

We saw a teaser over the weekend for Rovio’s latest creation and they just told us that their new game, “Bad Piggies”, will be available on September 27th on Android, iOS, Mac, Windows 8, and Windows Phone. As far as the premise or game play, we don’t have a lot of information, but we do know that the focal point is the “second-most-loved characters in the Angry Birds universe,” the pigs. We also know that you won’t find a slingshot anywhere in the game and it will be a “totally new and unique gameplay experience.”

Executive Vice President of games at Rovio, Petri Järvilehto, said:

“There’s so much more to these pigs than what is seen in the Angry Birds games, and Bad Piggies is the first glimpse into what’s going on in the imaginative and ingenious minds of the pigs.”

Well we still have 3 weeks to go so want to guess how many more teaser trailers we will see? I’m guessing two more teasers and one full trailer.

Full press release after the break:

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Sense 4.5 with Jelly Bean RUU leaks for the HTC One X

There has been reports that some users actually have a leaked Jelly Bean build for the One X, but nothing has surfaced until now. Football just posted a test only build, which is version 3.00.999.7 and is a whopping 641MB. We are assuming this is for the international version of the One X only. One problem is that Football is urging us to not install it since it’s strictly a test build and is unstable.

And last but not least, this is highly unstable release, 999 ID means it’s only for test purposes and you shouldn’t use it for everyday usage.

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Verizon Wireless officially announces the LG Intuition, Available September 6th for $199

The LG Optimus Vu certainly wasn’t as big of a hit as the Samsung Galaxy Note, but that’s not going to stop Verizon from launching it as the LG Intuition this Thursday, September 6th for $199. The biggest problem with the Intuition (Optimus Vu) is that the screen size is 5-inches, but with an aspect ratio of 4:3. Many thought the Galaxy Note was too big, but in reality this is the device that’s too big. LG thinks the 4:3 ratio makes it better for reading, but it’s too cumbersome for an everyday device. If you’re not familiar with this device, it comes with a Rubberdium™ pen, which is LG’s version of the S Pen. We did a hands on with the device a few months ago at CTIA so click here to check it out. Of course we encourage you to go to the Verizon store and see it for yourself, which won’t be until September 10th.

Hit the break for featured specs and the press release.

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UniFlash Makes Flashing, Modding And Backing Up Your Android Device Easier Than Ever By Using A Desktop Computer


While it’s a fairly straightforward process to flash ROMs on an Android device, it can be a bit intimidating especially as users need to also modify or backup their device— which simply can be a complicated process. Thanks to UniFlash, it is now a simpler process that is done all from the comfort of your desktop PC. UniFlash is the brainchild of XDA member MiHailPro and utilizes a simple GUI so users can edit and flash ROMs and partitions, add or remove system apps, edit system files, and even perform and restore backups. This means you’ll be able to edit your various partitions and edit or manage your ROMs without too much concern or worry as you finally have a simpler means through your desktop computer.

The tool is available now though we’d recommend you backup all the contents on your device considering you know, a snafu or two may happen. Hit the thread at the source link to see additional details.

source: XDA Forums


Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Stellar for Verizon Wireless, Available Sept 6th for Free after rebate

As we reported over the weekend, Samsung just made the Galaxy Stellar (SCH-i200) official. It’s a lower-level phone that will be available at Verizon Wireless starting on September 6th for Free after a $50 mail-in-rebate. The Stellar features a dual interface so customers can choose between Starter Mode and Standard Mode. Those new to Android will appreciate the Starter Mode since the interface will be a simplified home screen with preset widgets for favorite apps, favorite contacts, and favorite settings. There’s even a Help App that features guided tours, walkthroughs, tips, and more. Experienced customers will opt for the Standard Mode since it will be more traditional.

The specs include:

  • 4-inch WVGA display (800 x 480 )
  • 1.2 dual-core GHz Snapdragon processor
  • Front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video chat and 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto focus
  • microSD™ card slot with support for up to 32 GB
  • Suite of Amazon apps includes Kindle, Shopping, MP3, Zappos, IMDB and Audible
  • Wi-Fi® Connectivity (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich – support for Google Mobile™ Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Maps™ and access to more than 600,000 apps available to download from Google™ Play Store
  • Backup Assistant Plus – media management and online storage service designed to help customers store and access media content such as music, videos, pictures documents and contacts.

Full press release after the break:

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AOKP Jelly Bean Nightlies Officially Rolling Out For The Nexus 7 Tablet


So you own a Nexus 7 tablet and want to get in on some Android Open Kang Project action? You’re in luck as the latest Jelly Bean-based AOKP is now available for all, courtesy of the official AOKP nightlies that have recently been rolled out. Along with the usual Jelly Bean goodies, users will be treated to such features like custom lockscreen targets and the option for 7 navigation buttons. AOKP is one of the more popular ROMs available and the latest build aims to make your Nexus 7 just a little bit better.

We’re sure you’re itching for more details, so be sure to hit the XDA threat to see everything in its entirety, including full instructions on how to slap the latest ROM onto the Nexus 7.

source: XDA Forums


More Proof Jelly Bean Is Almost Here For The Samsung Galaxy S III Smartphone: Another Build Leaks And Is Ready For Download


Those of you who don’t think the Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update isn’t on the way, we have additional proof that highlights the update is certainly due soon— very soon. After seeing one leak just a few weeks ago, version I9300XXDLI1 has leaked and brings with it Android 4.1.1. In addition, the latest version is dated from yesterday (September 3rd), which gives another indication that Sammy may be close to being done working out the kinks and start the process of rolling out the update for those who want all that buttery goodness.

One thing to keep in mind is the latest leaked update is made solely for the international model of the Galaxy S III (GT-I9300), so those of you who own a carrier-branded Galaxy S III will need to sit tight and wait for your wireless provider to push the update out to your device.

source: XDA

CyanogenMod Adds SMS Message Popups and Notification Shade Quick Reply Option

 The CyanogenMod team has recently merged a new feature into their Jelly Bean code called Quick Message, which displays a popup notification when you receive a text message. The popup includes the ability to reply from the popup, swipe to other messages, view the message in your SMS app, and dismiss the notification.

Quick Message was built by developer David van Tonder and added to CM10 nightlies a couple of days ago. Yesterday, van Tonder and CyanogenMod announced an update that adds a Quick Reply option to the SMS notification in Android’s notification shade. This option is only available if the Quick Message popup is disabled and if the message is a single SMS or a thread from the same sender. CyanogenMod says that the feature is still in progress, so there may be bugs, but if you’re installing nightlies, you’re used to that.

source: android police

Sony Releases Binary Files Required For AOSP Project

Google’s experimental AOSP project was announced last month, which promises to bring the latest open source Android to the Sony Xperia S. Sony seems to be following through on their part by releasing their closed-source binaries, which are required for this project to be viable. These binary files are essentially closed boxes of proprietary code (custom drivers, graphics firmware, etc.) which drive the Sony hardware specifically. Without these files, it would be nearly impossible to get an AOSP build working properly.

Sony has also stated their commitment to the innovation that open source brings, and says that these binaries should allow an AOSP build of Android to boot to the home screen. Of course, these files won’t be useful to the casual custom ROM fan until developers manage to make stable builds from them, but this is the first important step to getting a full-fledged AOSP build of Android running on the Xperia S.

Hit the source for the downloads.

source: sony

Rovio teases next Angry Birds game, ‘something PIG is coming’

Angry Birds for Android

Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise has proven itself to be a successful venture, and a new video suggests the developer could soon be expanding its portfolio. Titled ‘something PIG is coming’, the video shows a single bird being pounced upon by numerous little green pigs. It seems as though the tables have turned, this time putting the pigs in charge.

Actual gameplay isn’t shown, and a release date wasn’t mentioned. Although, if you’re the anxious type, you can check out the official video after the break.
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