Angry Birds Space to bring Galaxy Note level and thirty levels of “Danger Zone” for free to all Samsung Galaxy users

As we mentioned yesterday, Samsung will be showcasing the upcoming Angry Birds Space game on the Galaxy Note starting today at SXSW. We also had an idea that it’s going to be integrated with the Galaxy Note in some way, and now we can tell you what the story is.

Angry Birds Space will launch on March 22, and there will be a level exclusive to the Galaxy Note and a special package called, “Danger Zone,” will include 30 levels and will be free to all Samsung Galaxy users for a period of 3 months. If you don’t own a Galaxy device, it will be an in app purchase. Galaxy users will be able to to access the “Danger Zone” through Samsung Apps and the Google Play Store (level pack compatible above Android 2.1) for three months starting on the March 22 release date.

Samsung is also introducing a new character called Lazer Bird, and it reflects the personality of the Galaxy Note. “The bird’s lazer vision resembles the best viewing experience on the crisp and expansive screen and its lazer strike super power the high performance.”

So who’s excited for a little bird-launching in space?

Full press release after the break:

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NCAA March Madness Live App Coming to ‘Selected’ Android Devices In Time for Tourney

NCAA March Madness is about to begin and just like last year they are going to make PC, smartphone and tablet apps available so you can keep up on all the action, wherever you are. Formerly March Madness on Demand, the new app, March Madness Live, should be available in Google Play for “selected” Android devices before the tournement gets under way on Monday, March 13th. The app will run $3.99 but will give you access to a slew of cool features such as:

  • High quality live streaming video of every game
  • Video highlights of every game
  • Live radio broadcasts of every game
  • Schedules
  • Live scoring and stats
  • Live tournament brackets
  • NCAA Bracket Challenge game
  • My Channels
  • Social Arena

Those are just a few of the features you get for $3.99 and any basketball fan will love this app. Keep your eyes peeled for its release because we should see it over the next few days. Jump past the break to see the full press release. 
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San Diego Based InfoSonics Unveils Its First Android Smartphone

If you haven’t a clue who InfoSonics is, or even what they do, it’s alright. They’re a technology manufacturing company based out of San Diego and they’ve just recently announced their very first Android smartphone, the verykool S700. The specifications of the device are about as “kool” as the name given to it, and it’s only running Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box.

The S700 features a 2MP (really) rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity and dual-sim capability (2G/3G only). The screen is a 3.5 inch capacitive touch screen, which , although unspecified, surely won’t be sporting too impressive of a screen resolution. The handset also comes shipped with 2GB internal memory that can be expanded to 32GB via a MicroSD card, built in FM radio, 1400 mAh Li-ion battery, GPS and a gyroscope.

The phone is obviously going to be aimed at the extremely low-range market, as even the cheapest of phones are beginning to sport greater specifications than the verykool S700. I honestly don’t like having to add such negative comments to a device, but the times, they are a changin’ and if you’re looking to enter a fairly established market, you have to bring everything you’ve got.

source: androinica

Google Nexus tablet could arrive in May priced between $199 and $249

We reported earlier this week that ASUS was selected to manufacture the first Google Nexus tablet. Now Digitimes posted news confirming this and adding that HTC and Acer were in the mix. The difference in their report versus what we posted earlier in the week is that a release could happen in May and they gave a price range of $199 to $249, whereas we heard June for the release and a firm price of $199. We did hear that production would start in April and Digitimes confirms that.

Unfortunately Digitimes is never the best source to get information, so thankfully there’s another source confirming some of these details. When Digitimes makes statements like, “The co-branded tablet PC is expected to be the first using Google Play Store, the sources noted,” you really have to question their validity. Of course, a broken clock is right twice a day right?

I do feel confident that ASUS is indeed the manufacturer due to the fact that they already have the MeMo 370T (pictured above) coming soon with a Tegra 3 priced similarly, but I’m still banking on June with a Google I/O announcement.

source: digitimes

ZTE Fury Budget Phone Will Be Available In Sprint Stores Starting March 11th

If you’re a Sprint customer and are looking for a budget modest phone, you may want to check this out. The ZTE Fury smartphone has been unveiled and will be available in Sprint stores. The device looks to be targeted to new smartphone owners or those who prefer their phones in the simple/basic flavor and features a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 3.5-inch display, 5MP camera and Gingerbread 2.3. In case you’re wondering: the Fury is set to be on sale in stores starting March 11th for $19.99 on contract.

Sony Xperia S Gets Software Update Through Sony PC Companion

If you’re in the market for a brand-spankin’-new Sony Xperia S smartphone, today’s a great day for you— especially if you were one of the lucky few to score the smartphone at MWC or you live in the UK. While the Xperia S was available for sale at MWC this year, Three UK and O2 UK are each offering the intriguing smartphone and ready for its customers’ wallets in the UK. Three will be offering the smartphone for free on contracts of £30 ($47 USD) or more per month. Or if you want to pay full price– it’s available for a fairly modest £369.99 ($582) if you go on pay-as-you-go route. O2 is offering the smartphone starting at £79 ($125) on the lowest contract (£16.50/$26 per month). Or if you’re ambitious, O2 will also offering the Xperia S for free with a contract of £21.50 monthly ($34). As an added bonus, O2 will also include 200 minutes, unlimited texting and a 500MB data cap with that plan.
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Droid 2 Global Update Rolling Out Now, Breaks Root and Causes Issues for Rooted Users

The Droid 2 Global update we told you about recently is rolling out to all devices and proves to be a solid update for those users who remain unrooted and plan to stay that way. The update provides a few bug fixes such as the annoying Out of Memory errors, camera not saving settings after power down, random power-ups and reboots, and  added a Google Security Patch. Like I said, if you like to keep your device stock this update should bring plenty of improvements but reports are showing the update breaks root.

Not only does this new update cause a few issues for rooted users, it also patches the vulnerability to gain root if that’s something you’re looking to do in the future. If you are rooted and you decide to update, I highly recommend not flashing an older SBF image as a few readers mention the possibility of bricking your device. The update provides an updated bootloader so things may go awry if you start flashing all willy-nilly. I would suggest staying away from the update if you are a root junkie like myself, but if you use your device like the manufacture intended, then the update will be no problem at all. To force the update go into: Settings–> About Phone–> System Update. From there you can apply the update without waiting for the notification to hit your device.

If you guys experience any issues, let us and the other readers know in the comments. Thanks! Also, if you want to look in to the root issues you can check out this Rootz thread.

source: Verizon

HTC Droid Incredible 4G Passes Through FCC, Appears To Be Verizon Friendly

The HTC Droid Incredible 4G, previously dubbed the HTC Fireball,  is passing through the FCC just 3 days after receiving Bluetooth certification. What’s particularly interesting about this approval application is that it’s touting LTE band 13, which is Verizon’s 700MHz frequency. Although any further [relevant or interesting] details are slim to none, surely more information will be surfacing in the coming weeks and days. Keep posted to for further updates!

source: engadget

ARCHOS G9 Series Tablets Get Official Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Today is a joyous day if you’re an ARCHOS G9 series tablet owner. We knew it was only a matter of time before a major update arrived for the tablet, but unfortunately encountered some minor delays which raised some doubt. The brand has officially pushed out the coveted Ice Cream Sandwich update to the 80 G9 and 101 G9 tablet devices. The new update will now bring the software build of those tablets to Android 4.0.3. In addition to ICS, you’ll find some MediaCenter and FileManager upgrades and ohhhh– Xbox gamepad support if that strikes your fancy. If you’re an owner of either tablet, go out and grab the update today by hitting up the Support link below. And please– be sure to let us know how that delectable ICS goodness tastes.

 source: ARCHOS Support
via: Phandroid


Hold your horses, March 10 is a no-go for the Galaxy S II (I9100) ICS upgrade

Yesterday we told you that according to Samsung’s Philippine website, owners of the international version of the Galaxy S II (I9100) could expect the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update tomorrow. Unfortunately the official Samsung Twitter account nixed that (above-translated) by saying the March 10 date was a mistake by their Philippine website and a date hasn’t been established yet. Of course they will let us know as soon as their is one. For now go back to your regularly scheduled plans for the weekend.

source: samsung twitter
via: theverge