Run Java games and apps on your Android Device (JBED)

by David Laborde on
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According to XDA member and developer mohammadN, JBED will let you run any Java/J2ME/MDIP games or applications natively with Jbed Android Java Emulator. Using a signed flash-able package for easy installation, this can be flashed on ClockWorkMod recovery version 2, 3, or 4. This was tested on an HTC Wildfire but should be compatible with other devices as well. According to the developer, he uses the following:

Phone: HTC Wildfire
Recovery: ClockWorkMod 4
ROM: CyanogenMod 141 nightly

Application thread

[via xda]

LG Flip II Comes to T-Mobile US

by Justin Routhier on
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After showing up in June with our friends across the pond in the UK, the dual screen handset LG Flip II will soon be making its journey to the US via T-Mobile on September 14th.

This device has been turning heads due to its unique between-the-keys display that allows for eight shortcuts on its slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Although we remain in the dark on its branding here in the States and much of its specs  remain unknown at this point, comparisons have been made between its front speaker design and that of the LG Quantum/LG Optimus 7Q and its heft has been noted as being a bit larger than the Milestone 2.  Hit the break for a plethora of screen shots courtesy of our friends over at Pocket-Lint.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   » Read the rest

HTC Developer site (HTCdev) goes live as promised

by Robert Nazarian on
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A couple of months ago HTC announced that they were going to open the Sense UI to developers with the launch of HTCdev and the OpenSense SDK this summer. The site is now live, and developers have access to all the resources necessary to help them develop apps for Sense 3.0. As promised the OpenSense SDK includes the S3D SDK for HTC’s stereoscopic interface and the Pen SDK for its Scribe feature.

For those looking for the bootloader unlock web tool, you are out of luck, but it is listed as “coming soon.” We are expecting that to go live by the end of the month.

[via htcdev]

T-Mobile To Get A Nexus S Looking Galaxy S II, Is This The Hercules?

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With the popularity overseas of the Samsung Galaxy S II, it’s been hard to stop refreshing my Twitter account to catch a glimpse of news for a U.S. version. Thanks to Tmonews, it looks like there is concrete evidence that T-Mobile will be getting a sexy variation of the Galaxy S II.

Two things are making me salivate here. First, it looks like they ditched the god awful home button (anything even remotely iPhone like on Android makes me cringe). Secondly, it seems to follow a Nexus S type of body style which I’m a huge fan of. I hope that Samsung has also ditched using a plastic back plate in favor of metal.

It’s rumored that this will be T-Mobile’s first HSPA+ 42Mpbs phone and will also have a 4.5 inch display. Personally, I almost never make a call from my Android device anymore so I’ll welcome the bigger size screen.

There may be others out there like me that are about to switch carriers (I may even take a break from having a cell phone for a while to wait for this bad boy). With T-Mobile in my sights and not being a fan of Sense UI, I have been waiting patiently for news about the Hercules and here it is.

Touchwiz is the only thing that may turn me off to this phone so let’s all keep our fingers crossed that Samsung has made some changes for the better. If Samsung throws in NFC support here I’m all in regardless of Touchwiz.  Hit the break to check out a few more pics of the sexy device courtesy of our friends over at Pocketnow and TmoNews.   » Read the rest

Volume Control + prevents accidental volume changes to your ringer

by Robert Nazarian on
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If you ever missed a call because you unintentionally lowered the ringer volume, you are not alone. Wouldn’t it be great if you could make sure it never happened again? Well XDA forum member, CuBz90, found Volume Control + and it is available for free in the Android Market.

Not only can you lock your volume level, but you can also create widgets to control any of your device’s volume settings.

From the developer:

Features

Three kinds of control types
- Volume dial : Feeling of analog device
Buttons : Precise control
Seek bars(sliders) : Quick and easy
※ If you want to know the total volume in dial
control mode, turn your device into horizontal

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HTC Puccini Tablet – First Screenshots

by David Laborde on
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The first screenshots of the HTC Puccini for AT&T are out. With a 1280×800 resolution, a Honeycomb build, dual-core 1.5Ghz processors, and a potential front facing web cam with an eight megapixel rear, this looks to be a solid contender in AT&T’s line of tablets.

While the pictures show an “H+” connection, this is expected to be part of the first LTE devices launched as part of AT&T’s “True 4G” roll-out. Other items of note include the pen icon in the tray (not surprising based on previously released pictures of the Puccini), the keyboard with a separate number pad, and the usual inclusion of AT&T bloatware.

There is no official release date for the Puccini but based on the increasing amount of leaked information, this is one tablet you may want to include on your holiday wish list.  Hit the break to check out some more screenshots of the device below, courtesy of our friends over at Pocketnow.   » Read the rest

Smartphone version of the recent tablet app for XDA TV now available

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Last week an application was released by XDA member nathanpc. See the full report here. This application was optimized for tablets only, and allowed a user to watch Azrienoch on XDA TV with ease. Without a doubt the XDA members were all over this.

But those who didn’t have a tablet started looking and asking for some small screen love. Well, a week later, nathanpc answered the call with XDA TV (Phone Edition) v1.1.1. So now you can get your weekly fix of XDA TV from your smartphone.

Below is your QR code to download the app. As always be sure to head over to the XDA thread and give some thanks and feedback, as these developers work really hard to bring us many of the great apps we use daily.

[via xda]

FCC’s Release Of Motorola Droid Bionic User Manual Presents World Phone Speculation

by Justin Routhier on
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You hardcore Android fanatics out there are in for some interesting specs and speculation today with the FCC’s public release of the Motorola Droid Bionic user manual. As expected, its 4.3-inch qHD display has been confirmed, and the 1735mAH battery and microHDMI port are interesting to note. However, the thing that has most users scratching their heads is the listing included for its World Phone GSM capabilities.

If we are to lend our faith to the authenticity of the manual, it would mean we are previewing the first dual-core LTE/GSM device packed with that sweet qHD display. Rumblings around the forums are already crying foul and pointing out some other oddities, such as a battery removal image that appears to be strikingly similar to another Smartphone (the Droid X perhaps?) and the strange placement its the SIM card.

Whether or not these features end up panning out or not will remain to be seen, but we can dream can’t we? Leave us a comment and tell us what you think! Has new ground been broken or is this just idle speculation?

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Those in the South More Likely to Carry an Android Device

by Ryan Brooks on
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We’ve seen a hundred different ways to analyze smartphone statistics, but this one has us particularly interested. Mobile ad firm Jumptap comes to us with some curious stats regarding Android’s dominance in the US, and it isn’t what you’d expect.

Most agencies will tell you that Android holds a firm lead in the US market. It’s been this way for months now. What hasn’t been reported yet is where these statistics hold true. There is in fact a disparity between the north-eastern and south-western states. Nearly every north-eastern state holds more iPhone users, while nearly every south-western state holds an Android lead. Together, Android accounts for a 38 percent share, while iOS holds 33 percent – which is higher than some others have reported. These findings are based off of JumpTap’s ad network, so these numbers may not accurately represent the entire smartphone sprawl across Blackberry and WP7.

So what does this mean? Are southerners the superior race (because Android users obviously are!)? It’s hard to say, but this writer is certainly proud to be a Texan.

[via jumptap]

GetJar to Release Top Paid Apps to Gold Members, for Free

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It wasn’t long ago that users were flocking to GetJar to download Angry Birds. However, the process wasn’t seamless and this author is reminded that it took days for GetJar’s site to become stable after the release.

GetJar is making all attempts to become viable once again, and are doing just that with GetJar Gold. With GetJar Gold, users are able to download the most popular paid apps for free (you pay for Gold, of course). These apps include Backbreaker, SwiftKey X, Age of Zombies, and more. This seems like a legit way to get your hands on some top paid apps, while still paying developers for their time. You can find GetJar at the link below; tell us how you like it!

[via getjar]