Facebook for Android receives small update

Long gone are the days where Facebook for Android seemed a poor relation to it’s iOS counterpart. It’s encouraging to see the good work continue as Zuckerberg and co. have a fresh update waiting for us in the Android Market.

The update appears to be a relatively minor one containing mainly bug fixes and optimisations. Curiously, the change-log lists notable new additions such as real-time push notifications, the ability to see friends tags on photos and access to Facebook games on your mobile. Those of you with a keen eye and a good memory will have noticed that it’s exactly the same change-log as the previous update.

Have you had a chance to play with the new app and more importantly have you discovered any additions or improvements? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

 

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Deal Alert: Docomo Offering Free Extended Battery and Special Edition Battery Door Cover For The Galaxy Nexus

If you can meet just two simple conditions you can land yourself a free special edition Google battery cover along with a pocket charger for your Galaxy Nexus. The offer stands for the first 20,000 applicants and the conditions are you have to be a resident in Japan and you have to own one of the Japanese Docomo SC-04D models of the Galaxy Nexus.  Based on the pics in the flier, it looks like a “miharu takizakura” tree is etched or printed on the battery cover, but it still looks pretty cool.  This seems to be an effort on Docomo’s part to generate more Galaxy Nexus sales, so be sure to ask for the free accessories if you’re in the market for a G-Nex.  Hit the source link for information on the offer.

All that being said, if you’re a US resident and want to get in on some battery door etching, check out our post where we mentioned the IndieGoGo start up project and scored our logo on the battery cover.  Show your support by ordering one today.

source: Docomo G-Nex Page
via: Android Community 

[Deal] Refurbished HTC Flyer for Only $199.99 at Buy.com

For those of you folks looking to buy a new yet affordable Android tablet, let me clue you in on a great deal that is going on right now. Buy.com is offering a refurbished 16GB HTC Flyer on their website for only $199.99. In case you didn’t know, the Flyer is a 7-inch tablet that currently runs Android 2.3, and of course there is HTC Sense on top of that too. One thing to keep in mind is that the tablet has been confirmed to be updated to Android 3.2 Honeycomb, but don’t plan on it ever seeing ICS. To see the full specs run-down be sure to check out our earlier post here. There you will find all the gritty details on this device to better help you make a decision.

I feel that the 7-inch platform is an excellent choice when looking for a tablet. It’s small enough to be more portable than a 10-inch and it’s big enough to have a pleasant multimedia experience. When you compare the Flyer to the likes of a kindle Fire, I would much rather have the Flyer. Especially since the price point is the same with this deal, to me it seems like a no-brainer. I should also mention that if you were hoping to get a stylus with this deal, you will need to purchase one separately. Also, even though this is a refurbished unit you still get a 90-day manufacturers warranty. A pretty smokin’ deal considering you can buy a new one for around $400 right now. Hit up the source link to place your order.

source: buy.com
via: androinica

 

 

 

Auraslate’s Open Source Tablet Is An Android Dev/Hacker’s Delight

If you’re of the Rootin’, ROM’in and hackin’ community we’ve got some good news for you.  Check out the Auraslate by Aura Design, an extremely affordable tablet for the dev who wants to launch that next big idea but still remain within his/her budget.

Aura Design is an Android Tablet Design Start-Up assist other companies or start-ups develop their own unique tablet for consumer , commercial, or industrial uses.

We encourage mischievous and curious individuals to see what comes naturally for them to dig in and see what possibilities this tablet may become.

The device is an Ice Cream Sandwich compatible 10.4-inch tab built from scratch with dev’s and hackers in mind.  The company is offering the device in two flavors.  They’ll make a 7-inch and 10.4-inch available for you and will also toss in a hardware source disk because the hardware itself is open source as well ($20 extra).   Keep in mind that the device is not meant for high-end performance with said specs, but rather you’ll get just what you need with a doable Android Cortex A9 under the hood.  Auraslate is offering a ton of support for the device with a promise to keep the updates coming as well as making a support community available.  This should be of great value to someone working on a project as he/she will able to communicate with others using the same hardware that they are.  If this sounds like something you’d like to hop on, check out the source link for more information.  I’m certainly looking forward to seeing how and if this takes off with devs and hackers, so stay tuned to TA.

source: Auraslate

New Android tablet appears on Fujitsu 2012 roadmap

Electronic giant Fujitsu has teased a number of intriguing devices as it unveiled it’s 2012 product portfolio during a press conference in Japan. Amidst a series of Ultrabooks, Ultrathin displays and Windows 8 devices sit 2 particularly interesting devices.

First up is the imaginatively titled ‘Mainstream Android Media tablet’ which is slated for a June 2012 arrival. No headline specs have been hinted at this point however the reference to ‘mainstream’ may suggest that Fujitsu aims to take on the popular Transformer, Xoom and Galaxy Tab Android tablets. The tablet is set to bolster Fujitsu’s foray into the Android Tablet market signalled by the announcement of the Stylistic M350/CA2.

Second up, slating a September arrival, is the ‘New detachable Performance Slate’ which seems, judging by the pictured detachable keyboard, to be going head-to-head with the Asus Transformer Prime. More interestingly, the performance slate does not make reference to the Operating System it will run. Given that the roadmap shows off both Android and Windows 8 devices, is it possible that we may be looking at one of the first dual-boot, Android Jelly Bean tablets?

Keep tuned in to TalkAndroid as we bring more news on these new devices as the details break.

 

source : notebookitalia

 

 

 

HTC Possibly Tossing “One X”, “One V” and “One S” As Rumored Android Device Names At MWC

With incredible awe and wonder, we’re all still on “Edge” as to what the heck HTC has up their sleeves for MWC this year.  As news continues to trickle down the pipeline, according to several other sites, some possible nomenclature has surfaced for these devices.  “One X”, “One S” and “One V” look to be possible HTC names to hit some anticipated devices in Barcelona this year.  Pocketnow reports that the HTC One X will be the name given to the previously mentioned “Edge” and/or “Endeavor”.  And the boys over at SlashGear are claiming that the previously announced Ville will be dubbed the One S.  We’re also being told that when it comes to writing the names out, HTC will add the “X” and “S” as superscript in the titles, further showing it to be HTC’s branding.  And our friends over at Pocket-lint are claiming that the third handset on HTC’s roster will be called the “One V” and is reported to be a music centric device like the Rhyme.  Sources state that the V will house a 3.7-inch display, Android’s ICS 4.0 and a 1 GHz CPU most likely by Qualcomm.

source: The Verge

RuniK – A New Twist on an Old Classic

These days, matching and bubble popping games are a dime a dozen. They’re all pretty much the same. So when I decided to try RuniK, I already had an opinion of the game before I even installed it. Fortunately, my snap judgment was way off base. RuniK is one of those rare games that gets everything mostly right, and keeps you coming back for more.


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Samsung Galaxy SII V2 Discovered On EU Retailer’s Website

 

The Samsung Galaxy SII is an absolutely fantastic phone as it is right now. With a dual-core processor running at 1.2/1.5GhZ (depending on your carrier), 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a gorgeous Super AMOLED Plus screen to tap away at, the Galaxy SII could very well be a top Android contender for a little while longer.

However, the long speculated Galaxy SII V2 has appeared on a German retailer Cyberport’s website. Although the updated specs found on the website aren’t anything to really write home about, the phone does include a 1.2GhZ Texas Instruments OMAP dual-core processor as well as quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and quadband UMTS/HSDPA+/HSUPA support. Although only a marginal update in specifications, if you live in Germany and were planning on purchasing a GSII, this might be enough to put off a purchase until it’s released. You can pre-order the device from the retailer’s website, and it’ll run you about €469.90, €10 more than the current iteration of the GSII.

source: cyberport

FCC Greenlights Galaxy Tab 2, We May See it Sooner Rather Than Later

Unless Samsung ninja stealthed another 7-inch tablet under our noses it appears that the Galaxy Tab 2 has passed FCC inspection. According to some keen observers it appears that this sequel to the original has the same backing as the recently introduced tab. While the GT-P310 (Plus) schematic disguised the new GT-P3113, under careful inspection it was revealed that the Tab hides a Broadcom radio module with 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0. Slated for an initial UK release in March this device is moving right along as it should. Who knows maybe with the FCC approval we could see the release of this Ice Cream Sandwich Tab sooner rather than later. Here’s hoping!

source: FCC
via: engadget

HTC to continue new letter-based naming scheme with the One V and possibly the One XL

With Samsung doing very well with their letter-based naming scheme, HTC is looking to the same. It only makes sense because how many different names can you come up with? It’s the perfect way to simplify things since they recently announced a cut back on the number of phones they will release this year.

We’ve already told you about the official names of the Endeavor and the Ville. which will be called the One X and One S when they get unveiled at Mobile World Congress.


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