Speed Blazers: One Seriously Awesome Looking Android Game

A fresh new gaming company, Fraktalvoid, has a hot new trailer for one seriously cool looking game. Speed Blazers HD is a 3D racer where you’re equipped with sonic particle blades (SPB) giving you the ability to glide, dash, and jump incredible heights and perform heart pounding tricks. By the looks of the trailer, this looks to be a really fast paced game with some great looking graphics. According to the developers website, the game is hitting beta status soon and I can’t wait to see more! Keep checking back as we will be staying on top of this one and give you news as soon as we get it. Check out the trailer and in-game screenshots after the break. By the looks alone, this should be a huge hit! Can’t wait to play it.


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Boeing Goes With Android For Their 787 Dreamliner’s Entertainment System

Boeing is going with Android to provide video, music, and airline specific apps in their new 787 Dreamliner. According to Mark Larson, a technical manager at Boeing, all Dreamliners in production are being outfitted with Android servers and touchscreens. Panasonic has built the first 787 Android touchscreen, but Larson adds “a lot of the larger screens (for business and first class) will be non-touch because you can’t reach them, although they’ve also got a prototype of gesturing”. The range of screen sizes go from 7-inches to 17-inches who Panasonic and Thales hold production on in the new 787s. The is some awesome news for Android and certainly to boast some advertising to who’s cool in the multimedia world (take that iPad). Hit up the break to check out some pictures of the hardware.


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CyanogenMod’s HP TouchPad Android Video Shows WiFi And Android Market Working

Team CyanogenMod has been working hard on getting CyanogenMod7 to work on the HP TouchPad and has made some great progress since just booting up CM7 on it a few weeks ago (video). After getting CM7 to be almost a daily driver (video), they’ve now gotten more stuff working. This new updating includes support for WiFi, limited market support, working accelerometer, and has both cores working with audio. While this is only Gingerbread and not Honeycomb, the CM teams says they will be waiting for Google to release the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich before moving forward. CM won’t be releasing this port for the TouchPad to the public until its more stable, but HP has discontinued production anyway. For those of you that have one you should still be able to look forward to this port in the future. Stay tuned and check out the new video after the break.


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Google Wallet likely launching today

First there was the leak from Radioshack suggesting a September 1st launch. As the 1st came and went we continued to wait patiently. Then, this past weekend, Google aired an ad for Google Wallet featuring George Costanza. We knew then that an official launch couldn’t be far off. We didn’t however realize just how soon that could be until now. A document has been making the rounds to Google Wallet launch partners, stating that today is the day. Coinciding with the NFC World Congress, also kicking off today, certainly makes sense. While Google isn’t listed as part of the event, their main partner MasterCard is the official sponsor, so all signs point to an unveiling some time today at the NFC event in Sophia Antipolis.

Document screenshot after the break
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Talk Android Weekly Recap, What You May Have Missed

Have a you had a busy week?  Allow us to summarize this week’s hottest topics for you.  Check out the buzz below on what’s hot with this crazy insane union we all call Android.  Hit the break to get all caught up and let us know what your favorite topic of the week is.

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Google Propeller – Social reader app

Hot on the heels of Google+, Google’s social networking push is still going strong. Taking a slightly different turn from a simple social network, along comes Google Propeller. Although not yet officially announced, Propeller is expected to be a content delivery system with a social aspect. While not much has been disclosed, sources close to the project describe it as “mind-blowingly good.” On top of a pretty interface, the way in which Google allows publishers to distribute content will also be a draw. Propeller is said to give publishers different packaging and distribution options such as a web app for publishing and distributing as well as layout options allowing end users to view content on a multitude of devices. Publishers utilizing the service will also be able to incorporate other Google services which will undoubtedly play a supporting role to Propeller; services like AdSense, Checkout, and Analytics.

[via nexus404]

7 States join Sprint and Feds to block AT&T/T-Moble merger

Last Friday the U.S. Department of Justice announced that seven state attorneys general jumped on the bandwagon to appose the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA.

The attorneys general representing California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington joined the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit to prevent the acquisition. The amended complaint has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

It’s nice to know that Sprint has some valuable backing power within this lawsuit, and they commend the group for doing so. The $39 billion merger would not only upset many consumers and violate the antitrust law, but would also harm the nations economy and take away thousands of American jobs.

The rapidly growing force of opposition has left AT&T in a bit of a quandary, forcing them to search for more supporters in order to save the deal from its impending doom.

How do you feel about the proposition? Leave your comments in the field below.

Full press release after the break.


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Sony Ericsson’s Xpera Play On Verizon Is Receiving An Update For 2.3.3

With no update documentation to be found, there seems to be an update for 2.3.3 going out to Xperia Play owners on Verizon. The update is probably for bug fixes, but without any official documentation we can’t be sure. If you own one head into Settings -> About and see if you can pull the update. Note that the build number should be 3.0.1.E.0.88. Let us know what you find.

[via droidlife]

Motorola Edison turns up again

Just the other day we reported on a mysterious Motorola Edison which turned up in code on the Bionic’s Webtop. The Edison has since turned up again, this time in a FCC filing. Speculation was that the Edison could be the Droid HD, but now it is more likely that this will be a Bionic equivalent on AT&T’s network, perhaps the Dinara.If not that, it could also be an Atrix 2. Time will tell.  The bad news is the FCC filing doesn’t mention LTE at all, potentially shattering the hopes that this would be one of AT&T’s first LTE devices.

[via FCC]

Verizon “Network Management” – aka Throttling

Verizon customers all over have been receiving a notice with their latest bills informing them of network management policies. Essentially Verizon has started throttling, but not in the same manor as other carriers. Instead Verizon has implemented a a new real-time method of traffic management based on how congested the cell site is at any given moment. Under this policy, Verizon’s heaviest users, the top 5%, who have an unlimited plan and are using more than 2GB at any given time will be throttled, but only if they are on a congested cell site at that time. So to be fair, this isn’t quite as bad as the throttling experienced by customers of other carriers. However, things get a bit fishy beyond that. For starters, the entire network management policy only affects devices on Verizon’s 3G network; the LTE network isn’t affected. Even so, there has been some murmuring from customers experiencing slower speeds across the board, despite keeping under 2GB a month. Secondly, a clause included states that Verizon can keep your speed reduced for two billing cycles, as opposed to other carriers’ single billing cycles. Perhaps most frustrating of all, is that this news comes on the heels of several data hungry device releases.Verizon is obviously trying to coax 3G feature phone customers into upgrading to their latest 4G devices, but for those customers really the only option is whichever you deem the lesser of two evils; throttled and unlimited or blazing fast and capped.

[via phonenews]