Major Update for ADW Launcher EX Released in Both Birthday and 10 Billion App Download Celebration, Available for $0.10

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If you haven’t heard of ADW Launcher then you are either new to the Android OS or you don’t use your Android phone for much. ADW Launcher is probably one of the more famous of the custom home launchers available and has been used in some of the more famous ROMS out there, like CyanogenMod. The free version has been around for a while but it wasn’t until a year ago that Anderweb released a pro version of his famous launcher known as ADW Launcher EX. It had everything one loved about the free version, however added some new cool features.

Well, today marks a big day for ADW Launcher EX as it is its one year birthday celebration, and just in time to for Google’s 10 Billion App Download Extravaganza. With its birthday, the launcher comes with some major upgrades. Also in celebration of the Android Market’s milestone, the launcher is available for just $0.10. While normally it is available for roughly $3.32 (Euro Conversion) this makes the premium launcher a steal.

For those of you that are interested in replacing your current launcher or were holding off on purchasing this one, I would recommend everyone going to the Android Market link below to check it out because $0.10 is a steal for this.  Also if you are interested in seeing what has changed or been added hit the break below.  » Read the rest

Eric Schmidt talks Ice Cream Sandwich, Google TV, and Motorola at LeWeb 11 [Video]

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If you haven’t had enough Ice Cream Sandwich talk, then you need to check out this video of Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt at LeWeb 11 in Paris. He had the keynote and it was a lot of Ice Cream Sandwich, but also some talk about Google TV, Motorola, and iOS. You even get to see Hugo Berra show of ICS on a Motorola XOOM. It’s just another thing to keep all of us here in the United States salivating while waiting for the Galaxy Nexus and ICS.

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It’s Official: Samsung Galaxy S II Hits T-Mobile In White On December 14th

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If you thought the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II was already a sexy handset, just wait until it slips into something a little more comfortable.  Alright, I’m not entirely sure where I was going with that, but you get the idea right?  We’re a little excited because T-Mobile has made it official that it will be offering one of its major flagship devices in white with a confirmation for December 14th, just in time for the holidays.  The device will be available for $230 bucks with a new 2 yr contract.  Not a bad devices to spend a couple of years with if you ask me.

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OnLive Brings Cloud Gaming To Smartphones And Tablets And Offers A Universal Controller For $50 Bucks (Video)

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The future of gaming is here folks and thanks to OnLive, playable cloud games are hitting a tablet and smartphone near you.  It’s been in the works for quite some time but looks like beginning today OnLive will finally make the experience available for a number of devices on the market via an Android application.  Our friends over at The Verge managed to get a sit down with the OnLive folks in which they provided a demo of the software running on the HTC Flyer and Motorola Xoom as well as an iPad 2.  There aren’t a ton of touch games as of yet, however, there were demos of Defense Grid Gold and Split/Second which happened to work very well.  Defense Grid Gold is a tower defense game which supports pinch-to-zoom and finger scrolling and Split/Second is a fast-paced arcade style racing game which allows you to use virtual joysticks, sliders and buttons to maneuver.  OnLive has been working with some popular names as well to work hard in getting good quality touchscreen games to the market.  One such game, L.A. Noire, will implement touchscreen controls as well and will allow you to manipulate criminal evidence with your fingers.   » Read the rest

HP to Ignite TouchPad Fire Sale One Last Time

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Here we go again! HP is getting ready to launch another TouchPad “fire sale”, only this time it will take place through their eBay store. This sale was originally meant for HP employees to get first “dibs” on the device but since the internal company email was leaked – Game on.

The discontinued TouchPad will again go on sale for $100 for the 16GB version and $150 for the 32GB model. Also to be offered during the sale is a $79 accessory bundle which includes a case, charging dock and wireless keyboard. You can find them in the laptop section of the site. All TouchPads will be refurbished but still come with a 90 day warranty. Don’t forget you can hack it to run Android too!

Now I assume you want me to tell you when the sale starts, right? You know that by me telling you when the sale starts reduces my chances of getting one for my mom for Christmas, don’t you?  And I don’t like to disappoint my Momma. But… since I like you guys so much I am willing to take my chances and let you in on the little secret. The deal starts on December 11th at 6pm (CT) so you better be on time! I will be ready and waiting, 2 Red Bulls deep, ready to take out any fool in my way. Good luck and God speed, friends! :-)

[via Slash Gear]

 

More Verizon Galaxy Nexus Photos Appear

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We are not showing you these photos in an attempt to tease or irritate you even further, we simply thought you might be able to find a little good in them and hopefully they give you something to look forward to! Here we have some more great pictures of the Galaxy Nexus taken from what looks to be inside a Verizon warehouse. I am still loving that pure white box!

Only a mater of time my friends…

[via Droid Life]

 

Android Leads the iPhone, According to Google’s Eric Schmidt

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According to Google’s Eric Schmidt, “Android is ahead of the iPhone now.” This was declared in front of an audience of tech enthusiasts and aspiring entrepreneurs at the LeWeb conference. The irony wasn’t lost when the audience in a room full of various Mac products, like the iPad, iPhone, and Mac Laptops, went silence, implying skepticism. Schmidt would go on to elaborate, “unit volume, Ice Cream Sandwich, the price is lower, there are more vendors.”

Android is successful but it was apparent where Android was lacking compared to iOS; being a top programming priority. An example of this includes Evernote announcing their new app called Hello, an app used for keeping track of folk, that is so far for iPhone users only. Another would be Flipboard, a news reader for iPad, was announced as expanding to the iPhone. Mike McCue, the Chief Executive, refused to say on if an Android Version was in the works. He only said, “We’ll see.”

Schmidt remains optimistic and thinks that the high volume of Android shipments will win out, thanks in part to Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich. He was quoted to say:

“Ultimately, application vendors are driven by volume, and volume is favored by the open approach Google is taking. There are so many manufacturers working to deliver Android phones globally. Whether you like Android or not, you will support that platform, and maybe you’ll even deliver it first.”

In response to a frustrated Android-carrying audience member who was grumpy at seeing iOS apps beating out their Android Market counterparts he said.

 “my prediction is that six months from now you’ll say the opposite.” » Read the rest

Brother in Arms 2 Fights its Way into the Android Market

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The hugely successful Game maker, Gameloft, has finally brought one of their more well-know hits to the Android Market. Brothers in Arms 2 just landed in the market and is available as a fermium game – free to download, but includes in-app purchases.

BIA2 is a first person shooter and is a WWII based game offering both single player story mode and online multiplayer for going to battle with friends. Throughout the game you build up and customize your weapons as well as unlock new era-similar ones, all the while gaining experience as you play. Speaking of gaining experience, you can use the in-app purchases to aid your progression, giving you the upper hand in battle.

Unfortunately BIA2 is not compatible with the DROID RAZR so I was unable to give it a test run. To check it out for yourself, hit up one of the links below and be sure to let us know what you think!

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Facebook refresh now available in the Android Market

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Facebook for Android just updated and it’s available right now. They actually made the announcement earlier today, but it wasn’t available at the time. Facebook is promising that it’s now quicker and easier to view photos, get messages and navigate around the app.

Improvements include:

Photos get better
Photos and albums are up to two times faster than the previous Android app. It’s also easier to share photos, view comments and edit captions on the go.

Messages on top
Your messages and notifications are now at the top of your screen. You can respond to friends and stay updated without leaving the page you’re on.

Menu on the side
You can quickly access your News Feed, Groups, games and apps from the new left-hand menu. The features you use most are now at your fingertips.

Upon updating and opening the application, you will have the option of a “guided tour” of the changes.

[via facebook]

Verizon to Add Family Data Plans in 2012, According to CEO McAdam

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Are you tired of having multiple data plans for multiple devices? Are you on Verizon Wireless? Well then Verizon Communications CEO McAdam certainly has good news. According to McAdam, people are dealing with four to five screens (smartphones, tablets, wireless modems, etc) and don’t like having to pay for all those devices on separate bills, and Verizon doesn’t like that you have to either. As McAdam said at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference:

“I think in 2012 we will see it. We have been working on this for a couple of years. Getting to one bill and getting to account-level pricing is our goal.”

Specifics weren’t provided, but it appears that AT&T and Sprint are playing around with the same idea. While most wireless users are able to share cell minutes through family plans across different phones and users, data usage is tallied on a per-device basis. Family data plans could allow multiple people with multiple devices to share the same pool of data.

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