NBC Releases Its Own Android App, Full Episodes Coming Soon

The National Broadcasting Company or NBC for short has recently launched its own Android app that allows personalization and customization for regular viewers. The app will feature a whole slew of features that include video galleries, reviews, previews, and trivia games among other features. It even offers local listing support in its schedule line up so you won’t miss that episode of The Office you’ve been dying to see.

The NBC app will offer more personalized experiences for subscribed users as they can tailor make their NBC feeds and TV episodes. If you haven’t subscribed there is a handy feature built in that will allow you to do so in the app. As of right now, you cannot watch full episodes but NBC promises that you will be able to soon.

So with that hit the break below for the links and QR codes to obtain a copy of this app. Enjoy!
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Sony Xperia S Arriving This Month

The Xperia S is a sleek and stylish phone. Given that it’s the first handset from Sony after they bought out Ericsson from Sony Ericsson they are coming in with a bang. Quite anticipated after its announcement at CES this year users from the UK will be happy to know that the Xperia S is scheduled to drop January 30th even though it was expected March 5th. Given that Samsung dropped the bomb about their Galaxy SII HD not coming to the UK it is certainly good news to see another gorgeous phone coming to the UK.

You can pre-order the device at Play.com for £450 which is the cheapest you can get your hands on the device right now. Both Clove and Ebuyer will let you pre-order device as well. Most of the major UK carriers will offer the phone at cheaper per contract prices. So expect this device soon and if you’re wanting this phone and are having a hard time waiting, check out the hands-on video from CES. Hopefully it’s enough to tide you over.

[via GSM Arena]


Bluestacks Now In Beta, Brings Android Apps to Your Windows PC

Back in October, we told you about the free Android app called Bluestacks that stores your smartphone apps in the cloud so they can be synced and accessed on your Windows Vista, or 7-powered PC. Well it looks like Bluestacks is finally out of the alpha stage and will be heading into beta soon. The app has received a ton of accolades including CNET’s “Best of CES” title from this years show. If you want to sign up to be selected as a beta user, you better hit up the source link below. Who knows how many people they will select or when they will stop taking testers.

Thanks Arron!

[via Bluestacks]


FCC Filing Outs the LG Connect 4G as Heading to Verizon and MetroPCS

Spotted at CES early this month, the LG Connect 4G was sporting MetroPCS branding but apparently wants to play with the big dogs as well. According to a recent FCC filing, LG’s Connect 4G sports CDMA/EvDO bands as well as LTE band 13, which means the device will join forces with Verizon as well as the already confirmed MetroPCS. It’s likely that Big Red will consider this phone as the little brother to the LG Spectrum, which has a larger 4.5-inch display.

Referred to as model number VS840, the Connect 4G also won the FCC’s approval for Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities as well. The device wears a 4-inch NOVA display, has a 5MP camera, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and will run Android 2.3. No word on pricing and availability, but you can bet your ass we will let you know once we find out more. Anybody interested?

[via WirelessGoodness / FCC]


Image Leaked of LG’s Quad-Core X3 Smartphone

According to the folks at PocketNow, LG has a sexy looking quad-core beast of a smartphone hidden up their sleeve, but lucky for us an image has just been leaked. Everyone meet LG’s X3.

The LG X3 is said to boast a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and a large 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 HD display, 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP for video chat. The device is also said to have a large 2,000 mAh battery, 16GB of on-board storage with the ability to expand with microSD support, and an NFC transceiver. No word on carrier availability but the phone is believed to have HSPA 21Mbps radios with possible bumps to 4G LTE radios for regional support.

LG’s X3 will most likely run on Android 4.0 but as you can tell by the pictures, it will utilize physical capacitive buttons rather than touchscreen ones. Don’t plan on picking up this phone until late spring/early summer, but it’s very possible that it will be officially announced at this years Mobile World Congress at the end of February. I wonder if the HTC Edge is getting nervous?

[via PocketNow]

Galaxy Nexus Infringes on Apple Patents, Or So Apple Says



Apple is at it again. This time they have included the Galaxy Nexus in their onslaught of patent lawsuits. What’s the infringement you ask? Well it’s the slide-to-unlock utility model in Germany.  That’s right Apple has added the Galaxy Nexus to it’s ongoing attack of Android devices and the manufactures that make them. Now we won’t get the courts decision until March 16,2012, so we will just have to wait and see if Apple wins this or if Samsung can walk away clean and clear.

We don’t have too much information on this one yet folks as it was just filed today. However we know how these things go. They take time to play out and could go either way. Samsung’s legal costs are all ready in the millions in Germany, so expect this to continue and we will have all the coverage of it as it unfolds. Are you sick of Apple’s lawsuits? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Source FOSS Patents


The Samsung Galaxy SII HD Won’t Be Released in the UK

The other day we told you about how the Galaxy S II HD was possibly arriving in the UK here sometime soon. The phone, made its debut in South Korea back in Semptember and other markets were waiting to get their hands on the device. I am sorry to say that those who were hoping to see this beauty in the UK will be disappointed as Samsung officially told the web site recombu that the UK will not see it in an official capacity.

So as of right now the 4.65 inch HD (1280×720) Super AMOLED LTE device will only be seen in South Korea and in North America as the Galaxy SII Skyrocket HD announced by AT&T at CES this year. With that I am sorry to say that you won’t be getting this beast of a device any time soon unless you are in these areas. We will keep you updated if that changes. Stay tuned!

[via recombu by unwired view]


Unofficially Official: DROID RAZR MAXX Arriving On January 26th

It looks like we’re going to see the DROID RAZR MAXX and its beastly 3300mAh battery next week folks. We previously saw Motorola and Verizon staying mum on the anticipated phone’s release date initially, but eventually giving in and giving us a concrete date. Though we knew the phone would be out on January 26th, MOTO’s landing page immediately changed the availability date to “available soon”. Trying to stay coy, eh MOTO? Sounds as if Motorola and Verizon are on the same page and will be releasing the phone next Thursday, January 26th. That’s important too as it will give new owners the opportunity to play with their new 24-hour beast well before the 24-hour marathon MOTO is planning for on February 6th. Next week can’t come soon enough.

[via Droid Life]

Get Android Game Recommendations From Over 250,000 Games With the Hooked App

With Android gaming popularity on the rise, it’s becoming harder and harder to find games that you are interested in with the flood of new daily releases. That’s where the Hooked app comes in. Hooked is an Android app that searches a database of over 250,000 games and provides “personalized game recommendations based on each users’ game preferences and ratings”.

Hooked runs off of a proprietary algorithm based on your previous game rankings and the more rankings you create, the better the recommendations. Hooked CEO Prita Uppal, explains the app like this:

“As the number of games in the Android Marketplace continues to rapidly increase, it is getting harder and harder for consumers to find the games that best fit their interest. The Hooked app is an easy-to-use resource that will help gamers find the ‘hidden gems’ in the Android Marketplace and deliver compelling content that until now was not receiving the attention it may have deserved.”

Also equipped with social integration, Hooked allows users to recommend games to friends on Facebook and Twitter. I haven’t yet had the chance to try out this app so if you end up giving it a whirl, be a pal and let us know what you think! If you want to read the whole press release that contains all of the apps additional features, jump past the break.

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Namco: “Freemium” Games Hurt Quality, Do Gamers Really Need Them?


There’s no doubt about the impact of gaming in our society today. Much of pop culture and our social lives are impacted by gaming to a certain extent. Angry Birds went from being a small app to a pop culture reference in the form of mentions from celebrities and clothes with Angry Bird characters being sold in designer stores now as noteworthy examples. We see celebrities and famous figures discuss how they play Modern Warfare or Grand Theft Auto and the impact it’s had on their lives’, which in turn affects our lives. Let’s face it, we play games on our Android devices. What once was an afterthought because of our Sony PSPs, Nintendo DS systems, Xboxes— is now very much status quo and the norm to even the average and simplistic Android user.

The continuous advancements from the development of games allows for users to have respectable Android gaming experience at the very least. One significant thing about the Android platform is the significance of the choice of apps that users want to use: paid apps or free apps. This is especially relevant with gaming on Android. The Android platform caters to two main categories of Android gamers: the recreational gamer and the hardcore gamer. The recreational gamer (and even Hardcore gamers to a certain extent) can enjoy popular gaming series such as Angry Birds, Words With Friends and Shoot The Apple, at no cost to them generally speaking. The hardcore gamer can enjoy such games as Modern Combat 3, Grand Theft Auto III, Madden ’12 and Need For Speed just to name a few, for a premium price that is more than reasonable especially with the vast amount of content included in the various games. There’s a consensus that both gamer types love seeing games that are free, especially when they are free games that look and play at a high level. Knowing that, there’s a troubling trend growing among developers of Android games found in the Market— the “Freemium” model. Read on to find out why this is not only a bad practice among developers, but why it turns me as a gamer off to certain games, even if they look and feel great.

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