Check out this ICS/Sense hybrid live wallpaper: Mood ICS

by Stacy Bruce on
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Here is another great live wallpaper for you that is subtle yet attractive. Mood ICS live wallpaper is a hybrid of both the ICS phase beam LW and the HTC Sense LW. Once installed, it transforms your home screen into continuous movement of glowing light orbs and you can change the wallpaper’s color within the app’s settings.

The app is available for free and includes 2 colors, or you can spend $1.19 for the pro version that includes 8. I guess if you are not a fan of blue or pinkish-purple, then you may want to spend the $1.19 for the pro version so you will have the option to chose almost any color. Also within the pro version is the ability to tweak the appearance to your liking, with features such as:

- Beautiful abstract mood colors
- Setting widget
- Custom Particle color
- Custom foreground color
- Custom background color
- 8 mood themes
- Particle settings
- Use 3D hardware to render images, save battery
- Support most resolutions including Android 3.0 tablet

The graphics are rendered with 3D hardware so this LW should be fairly easy on your battery, since I installed it on my device I have yet to notice any increased drain. The developer hasn’t done much testing on many devices so some may not be compatible. I suggest you give the free version a spin first and if it works properly then go for the paid.

I am usually one to switch up his wallpaper quite frequently but I have been rockin’ Mood ICS since I downloaded it, it’s a keeper. To see a few more screenshots and for download links jump past the break. » Read the rest

Contest: Win one of five pairs of touchscreen friendly Glider Gloves, Special offer for Talk Android readers (Updated With Winners)

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Here we go with yet another Talk Android giveaway! Now is your chance to win 1 of 5 pairs of the awesome touchscreen friendly Glider Gloves! They are available in three different colors and two different thicknesses. If you win, you will get to pick a combo of your choice! All you have to do is head over to our forum thread and follow the rules.

You have until Saturday, December 10, at 11:59pm EST. We will pick 5 random winners and announce them on Sunday, December 11. If you win, you will receive an email in the one associated with your forum username.

Click here to enter

Be sure to check out our full hands on video and review. If you are in a hurry and want to get a pair NOW, you can use a couple of promo codes to receive a nice discount at GliderGloves.com. Tell them Talk Android sent ya!

talkandroid - gets you $3 off per PAIR until December 13th
talkandroid3$ - Gets you $3 off your COMPLETE ORDER until January 4th

UPDATE:

Congratulations to our winners:

ethernetgeek

_ThaNerd_

Bruhaha

lapak

SilverArrowPro

You will receive an email with the code that you can use to order your gloves. This email get sent tomorrow and it will go to the account that is  associated with this username.

Thanks for playing.

Galaxy Nexus Delayed Due To Verizon Violating Spectrum Rules In Google Negotiation?

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And morsels of speculation for the Galaxy Nexus just continue to poor in like flash floods.  According to a post by the National Journal, it’s possible that Verizon Wireless violated a spectrum policy on the C-block deal from several years ago.  So, what was the violation?  It looks like Verizon violated the policy when the company asked Google not to include the Google Wallet application on its Galaxy Nexus device because it stood in direct competition with another mobile payment app they support, ISIS.  According to Matt Wood, a Free Press attorney, Verizon may have caused the violation against the federal requirement since it was forbidden to not deny, limit or restrict the ability for consumers to use handsets and applications of their choice while on Vz’s network.  If you’ll recall, the FCC added the rule to a spectrum license when Verizon purchased the C Block of spectrum several years ago.

“We think this could very well be a violation of the C-block conditions,”…  “When you have a powerful network operator, it can wield a lot of influence. But Google Wallet should be allowed to compete with Verizon.”

Verizon was quick to defend its take on the decision and stated that it was not aiming to “block” the application but instead noted that Google Wallet operated in an unusual way and also stated that it was still discussing matters with the search giant as we speak.

Big Red stated:

 “Google Wallet does not simply access the operating system and basic hardware of our phones like thousands of other applications”    ”Instead, in order to work as architected by Google, Google Wallet needs to be integrated into a new, secure, and proprietary hardware element in our phones.”

So what does all of this have to do with the Galaxy Nexus?  Well, we’re putting two and two together and speculating this could be the reason for the major delay in launching the latest flagship.  We know you guys are super anxious for the device to finally hit the market.  However, if Google and Verizon don’t sort this out soon the fate of the G-Nex is up in the air.  Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned to Talk Android as we’re on standby and digging deep for the latest scoop on anything Galaxy Nexus related.  Feel free to chime in and leave a comment below should you want to rant.  My guess is that both Verizon and Google don’t want to see this drawn out any longer than it needs to be and will work hard to release this device soon.

[via National Journal]

 


Amazon Kindle Fire Decides It Wants To Taste A Little Ice Cream Sandwich Goodness

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So you’ve purchased a brand new Amazon Kindle Fire, but feel Gingerbread 2.3 isn’t sweet enough for you? Well great because you’re in luck! G1011999 has successfully ported that sweet, sweet new treat to the tablet. Oh and what’s more is he wants to tease you by sharing a video of the Kindle Fire not only booting up but the UI appearing to be fully functional. As with any beta and early build of a ROM being ported, the port has its fair share of bugs, but it shouldn’t take too long for ROM to be smoothed out and released for all Kindle Fire owners. Looks like we have an additional reason past the attractive $199 pricing point to go out and splurge on this device. Be sure to check out the video below to see the ICS port in action!

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[via AndroidSpin by Phandroid]

December 9 could come and go with no Verizon Galaxy Nexus

by Robert Nazarian on
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We’ve said it a million times, but until an official announcement is made, a speculated release date means nothing. It really doesn’t matter who confirms it, it needs to be in a press release or in some other public announcement.

We are hearing from numerous Verizon employees this morning that the Galaxy Nexus won’t be released this Friday as planned. The issue is that no reason has been given.

There is some speculation that it could be for some current 4G LTE issues or maybe even a change in heart for Google Wallet. Also Droid-Life noticed the equipment guide now says “coming soon” when all along, it had December 9.

From what we were seeing this past week, Verizon was planning a soft launch all along anyways, so seriously, they could still decide to launch it anytime. It’s all speculation and non of this means a thing until a public announcement of some kind is made.

[via droid-life]

Day 2 Of Google’s 10 Billion App Download Celebration, 10 New Apps For 10 Cents Each!

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Well kids, today is Day 2 of Google’s 10 Billion app downloads celebration. That means it’s time to share with you guys the new list of apps available for you all to download for you guessed it, 10¢ each:

  • Fruit Ninja
  • NFL Rivals
  • Reckless Racing
  • Read It Later Pro
  • Flick Golf
  • Christmas HD Live Wallpaper
  • AirSync by Double Twist
  • Star Chart
  • Beautiful Widgets
  • The Bernstein Bears’ Bedtime Battle

Well go on… get to your downloading!

 

 

[Video] Review of Glider Gloves: The Ultimate Touchscreen Friendly Gloves

by Stacy Bruce on

A couple months ago I was fortunate enough to take a trip down to San Diego for this years CTIA show. While I was rather disappointed that the Galaxy Nexus unveiling was cancelled, I was still fortunate enough to meet some great people and see some great products first hand. There were mobile electronics galore at this years show, not to mention hundreds of vendors and app developers who all wanted to show off there latest inventions for those who were interested. Out of all the great apps, devices, and products I was introduced to, you might be surprised to hear what ended up being one of my most favorites. Gloves. Yes, a simple, non-electronic pair of gloves. Glider Gloves to be exact.

Now you may be sitting there asking yourself, what the hell can be so special about a pair of gloves to make them stand out as a front runner from all the goodies that could be found at CTIA 2011? Well being that I am from the Pacific Northwest, where extremely cold winters are the norm, I find that wearing a pair of gloves 4 months out of the year isn’t just a necessity, it’s sometimes an annoyance. You see I, like yourself, am a huge mobile tech fan. I have my smartphone and tablet with me at all times (the girlfriend might say the smartphone is actually an appendage), and as you know, using a gloved finger on a touchscreen is generally unheard of. I have been known to frequently use my nose to swipe around on the screen (you know you’ve done it), how nerdy is that? Now, I realize that there are a few companies out there making touchscreen friendly gloves, because trust me I have tried them and none have even come close in comparison to what the guys at Glider Gloves have come up with. You are really gonna dig these. » Read the rest

AT&T Rated Lowest For Second Year in a Row in Consumer Reports Survey

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AT&T received the lowest rating in Consumer Reports annual satisfaction survey for a second year running. A provider called Consumer Cellular received the top rank in the same survey. In regards to the four major U.S. carriers though, Verizon made the top of the list with Sprint following. T-Mobile was behind both but was rated quite a bit higher than AT&T. However, it wasn’t the 4 power house carriers that were ranked higher in satisfaction, but rather, the little guy was seen as providing better services. As the electronics editor for Consumer Reports, Paul  Reynolds put it:

“Our survey indicates that subscribers to prepaid and smaller standard-service providers are happiest overall with their cell-phone service.”

He continued,

“However, these carriers aren’t for everyone. Some are only regional, and prepaid carriers tend to offer few or no smart phones.The major carriers are still leading options for many consumers, and we found they ranged widely in how well they satisfied their customers.”

Over 66,000 Consumer Reports’ subscribers were surveyed about their service and customer-support experiences with both standard and no-contract carriers. The full report will be available in the January 2012 issue of Consumer Reports features carrier ratings for 22 metropolitan markets. What about you guys? Do you think this is an accurate survey in Carrier satisfaction?

 

[via Consumer Reports]

 

Some DROID RAZRs Experiencing “SIM Card Authorization Error”

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Reports are showing that some DROID RAZR owners are experiencing SIM card issues that make the device unusable on Verizon’s network. Apparently, if the RAZR is experiencing this problem an error message appears in the notification bar that reads, “SIM card authorization error” and “The SIM Card may not be authorized for LTE service. Please Power down the phone and contact Wireless Provider Customer Service.” As soon as these messages appear, the phone is tits up.

Verizon claims to be aware of the situation but no explanation has been given yet, hopefully just a SIM replacement will do the trick. I must say that of the two authors here at Talk Android who own a RAZR, neither are experiencing the problem. If you are one of the unfortunate ones, leave a message in the comments below.

[via Droid Life]

Next Generation Of Google TV Arrives To Logitech Revue

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Logitech may have flopped on the Google TV experiment, but it hasn’t stopped them from updating the Revue. Sure other Google TV devices have been seen the Android 3.1 update already, but hey– Logitech believes it’s better late than never, right? They announced through their blog that Android 3.1 will be pushed to users’ devices. Owners simply need to ensure their unit is turned on and connected to the Web and accept the update that pops up onto your TV screen.

There are some noteworthy features in the update too. You’ll find more entertainment choices such as access to Android Market; faster and more comprehensive search and browse capabilities; a simplified user interface and improvements to the Logitech Media Player. The big eye-opener for most of you is the access to the Android Market. The major impact is the Android Market will feature around 50 apps optimized for HDTV and moreover, Logitech expects the number of apps to “increase over time”.

See Revue owners, Logitech hasn’t left you all in the dust after all. Be sure to check to see if the update is available and when you do grab it, do tell us how it works out for you in the Comments section.

[via Logitech Blog]