Last night (or 3:00 PM Japan time), Sony conducted their PlayStation Meeting 2011, in which they announced a few things, the biggest of which being the sequel to the venerable PSP portable gaming console, currently codenamed the “NGP”. While this is all well and awesome, Sony had another announcement that was music to the ears of Android gaming fans: the Playstation Suite.
Facebook has pushed out an update to v1.5.1, which brings these changes to the app:
- Added deals – get access to savings, free offers and special deals from nearby businesses
- Added chat – now you can chat with your Facebook friends right from your Android device
- Push notifications (only supported for devices on Android 2.2+)
- Various bug fixes
These seem like the standard fixes but one thing jumps out at us: Deals? What are those?
From the looks of it, Deals is a new Facebook feature that allows the user to check in to places and possibly receive digital coupons and deals from businesses and restaurants. Sounds very Foursquare-esque to me.
Although I’m not too sure how to access Deals at this point, it sounds like a very promising feature for Facebook for Android.
Let us know what you think of the new Facebook features in the comments!
The LG Optimus X, one of the most anticipated devices to hit the market and the very first device to sport Nvidia’s Tegra 2 dual core processor gets the hands on treatment. I love saying that, dual core, it just rolls off the tongue. That’s an insane amount of processing power and we highly look forward to the release of this powerhouse of a smartphone. For now, a juicy hands on by our good friends over at Android Central will have to suffice. Hit the break and check out their excellent preview of the device, along with an abundance of pics and video. A word of caution however, excessive amounts of salivation are sure to follow. Enjoy, and as always, let us know what you think of the device in the comments below. » Read the rest
Is the Google Nexus S heading to AT&T? The Nexus S is available now through T-Mobile, but it looks like the other major American GSM carrier will be getting its own Nexus S as well. Above is a screenshot showing different Nexus S model numbers going through the FCC.
Sources at PocketNow are confirming this:
So far three Nexus S versions have gone through the FCC: the original GT-i9020, followed by the GT-i9020T and GT-i9023. But thanks to the Bluetooth SIG, we now know that a fourth variant exists which hasn’t appeared in any other databases, including the FCC: GT-i9020A. According to the descriptions of these models on the Bluetooth certificates, all are destined for North America except i9023, which is supposedly bound for Europe.
While the release of the Nexus S on AT&T is a good thing, the flagship Android device will be competing with pretty hot Android devices on the carrier, namely the dual-core Atrix 4G, which also has a laptop dock being released with it.
The addition of the Nexus S would be good for business, as AT&T is losing exclusivity of the Apple iPhone; Verizon Wireless is gearing up to release the iPhone 4 on its CDMA network in February.
Motorola posted a solid fourth quarter with $80 million in earnings, thanks to a killer Android lineup of Motorola devices that reinvented the company as a smartphone juggernaut. Motorola shipped 4.9 million smartphones in the fourth quarter alone; this included devices like the Droid Pro, Droid 2, Defy and Bravo.
“The improvement in our financial results last year, including profitability in the fourth quarter, is indicative of the progress we have made in delivering innovative smartphones and improving the Mobile Devices business,” said Sanjay Jha, chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility.
Although Motorola will face stiff competition with the release of the iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless next month, the company has a lineup that certainly pleased CES goers this year, with devices like the Atrix 4G, Xoom, and Droid Bionic. With AT&T losing exclusivity with the iPhone 4, it’s plausible to assume that Motorola can consistently capitalize on Android devices on AT&T (especially with the dual-core Atrix 4G)
As always, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the Android world.
Hyper Grid is an intense and addicting puzzle game, conjured up by a member of none other than the demented world of XDA. It’s being called a blissful mash-up of both Minesweeper and Sudoku. The game comes to us by way of XDA member hyperbyTex. Using clues and logic, one must find the hidden golden “X”. The clues come by way of arrows and color coded values to assist in pointing you in the correct direction. The game offers endless play time and an unshakable addiction for those looking to kill some time.
You can purchase the lite version of the app or you can hit up the full version, which adds to the mix, four difficulty levels (easy, medium, hard and insane). With the full version you also eliminate ads and get a better layout of the menu buttons, as per the developer. If you’re ready to give it a try, then head on over to Talk Android’s app database or look for it on the Market. And don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. If you find an issue with the game or just flat out want to give feedback (positive or negative), then the developer says not to hesitate to inform him.
Back in April 2010, Skyfire for Android launched its alpha version and quickly became so successful that alpha testing had to be shut down for some time. Since returning to Android, users have enjoyed a steady stream of updates for the Flash-enabled browser. Skyfire is certainly ringing in 2011 the right way with its first official update for the Android platform.
Skyfire’s website is reporting these improvements in the new update:
- Search Made Simple: We’ve added a search box to the top of the toolbar UI – Accessing our OneTouch Search feature has never been easier.
- Find great Video: Enhanced video search experience with increased content providers – You’ve got to try it! Enter a ‘search term’ and you’re watching video (Yes, the new search box works for this!).
- Play more Video: We expanded our list of supported sites and video players. For example in the UK we now support the BBC iPlayer and in Canada we now support CTV.ca.
- Because your time is Important: We’ve removed the need to wait for the top toolbar to load prior to scrolling. Get your browsing started even faster.
- Fine Tuning: Thanks to your help and feedback, we’ve squashed a number of bugs and eliminated some crashing issues noted on various devices. Bugs addressed are in the area of: stability/crashing, downloading and saving of files.
You can download Skyfire from the TalkAndroid ApptlyAndroid database or scan the QR code below. Be sure to let us know in the comments what you think of the updates and the app overall!
Back on the 25th we noted that a white Nexus S device has surfaced and made its way to Germany, as reported by BestBoyz. Today we bring you more news of the device rearing its pretty little off white shell, thanks to TNW Mobile. I’ve gotta say, I like the black front accompanied by the white backing, it sure makes for wonderful eye candy, even though for some reason, white devices rarely make it to market. According to the article by TNW, a credible source revealed that the device was headed to Vodafone. No release date has been revealed yet, but with any luck, we could see the smartphone in the hands of consumers very soon. Give us your thoughts in the comments below. Does a white Nexus S appeal to you?
The Sony Xperia Arc seems to be all the craze lately, with an abundance of video footage along with up close and personal camera shots. We’ve also mentioned how third party companies will be effecting the device too, with pre-installed apps, like Facebook. Well, if you’re not tired of hearing about the device yet, we’ve got more for ya. Check out the video below along with some camera samples taken by the Arc. We love what Sony Ericsson is doing with the device and it’s clearly obvious that they are following through with their promise of a commitment to Android. Without further delay, hit the break and let us know what you think in the comments below.
A new HTC smartphone has been spotted on the horizon with some Big Red branding. So far, it appears that this device has no buttons, hardware or capacitive and strongly resembles a Droid Incredible from the backside. Thanks to the leaked photo, it’s clear that the device sports a dual LED flash, like the Incredible. In fact, if you look closely in the pic, you can actually see the mystery device sitting along side an Incredible. So, if I had to guess the screen size, I’d say it was in the 4″-5″ range. The Incredible comes with a 3.7″ screen. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one folks, so stay tuned to Talk Android for the scoop. I’m sure we’ll hear more about this device at MWC. So, what’s your forte? Buttons or no buttons? Hit the break for more pics and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.