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3Jun/11Off

Apps of the Day [6/3]: Curvy, Read it Later Free, and More!

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We’ve got some goodies for you today. We’ve once again scoured the Android Market and reader suggestions to come up with some apps you don’t want to miss out on. Lyrics? We got it. Fighting the undead? Check. Oh and Read it Later is now free. How convenient. Check it all out below.

Curvy – Curvy is yet another puzzle game, but it’s quite unlike any one I’ve played. You get a board of hexagons. Each of them has lines on them and can be rotated any number of times in each direction. The object of the game is to get the hexagons in their correct spot to form the shape that the lines make. I won’t lie – I had a ton of trouble with this game. It’s a head scratcher for sure, but if you like a challenge give it a shot. [Market - Lite | Full]

Lyric Legend - This is a somewhat unique title by the same folks who created the widely-popular TuneWiki music application from Android. They specialize in lyrics, so you had to imagine that this would be the game they’d make, if any. Think of it as Guitar Hero, except you’re trying to tap the words to the song you’re playing as they’re sung. The selection of music starting out is decent, but the only way to get more is to buy them. (Yes, with real money.) The free songs are worth a shot to see if you really like this challenging rhythm game. Check out our full review here. [Market]

Read it Later (Free) – Read it Later isn’t new to the Android Market, but for the first time it is available in a free to download version. The app does it exactly what the name describes: saves articles and web content for reading later, whether you are online or off. And it does it well. If you are an online news junkie but haven’t tried our Read it Later based on price, now you have no excuse at all. You know you’ll need it to catch up on all these Phandroid articles, anyway. [Market]

Age of Zombies – Another app that isn’t new, per se, but that has just become available for many more handsets. Originally a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play exclusive, Age of Zombies is now available for all multi-touch capable handsets running Android 1.6 or higher. The game is from Halfbrick Studios — makers of Fruit Ninja — and features top-down 2D gameplay in a world run-a-muck with Zombies (and Zombie dinosaurs). It’s addictively fun, too. [Market]


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3Jun/11Off

Android Overload: HTC ChaCha Takes on the World, Android Updates, and More

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The short week wraps up with another overloaded roundup of Android news. Many things afoot in the world of mobile as we head into the weekend. Next marks that other manufacturer’s big WWDC event, which is sure to provide much fodder for speculation and debate. But for now revel in all things Android. Huzzah!


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3Jun/11Off

HTC Sensation 4G Unboxing and Initial Impressions [VIDEO]

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A little birdie just dropped off a package on my doorstep, and I didn’t want to keep it to myself. Inside was none other than the HTC Sensation 4G for T-Mobile, and the above video features my rather breathless unboxing of the beast. So far this thing really smokes and looks pretty darned good doing it. I will need some more time to really delve into what makes the Sensation tick, but for now enjoy this first look and look for my full review next week.


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3Jun/11Off

Tomb Raider Lara Croft Re-Imagined, Debut Trailer

A lot of game previews and trailers are cropping up with the E3 2011 conference just around the corner. One of the much anticipated games is a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise that features a re-imagined Lara Croft. The preview trailer will certainly ramp up excitement, but the game isn’t due until fall of 2012.

The companies behind the game, Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix, chose to reboot the series by going back to the roots. The story goes back to when Lara Croft was younger and portrays a much tougher and grittier image.

The trailer kicks off with Croft embarking on an adventure but then ending up shipwrecked on an island somewhere near Japan. When she washes ashore, she has to tend to her own wounds and is covered in blood.

However, the trailer is all about being cinematic and does not show any gameplay. Hopefully, there will be some demoes at the E3 conference next week. Let us know if you’re digging this reboot.


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3Jun/11Off

Windows Phone 7 Policy Changed To Cut Down Inflated App Numbers

Microsoft has changed its app approval policy to reduce the number of apps in its Windows Phone 7 marketplace. This seems to go against the app market wars of who’s got the most apps, but the move was to appease complaints that the Windows app market was inflated with too many titles from the same publisher that were very similar.

The new policy would limit how many apps per developer can be approved per day. Developers can still submit as many apps for approval as they want, but only a maximum of 20 of those apps can be approved each day. Users have been complaining that many very similar titles from the same publisher clutters up the marketplace making it more difficult to find other releases in the store.

“While these apps meet our certification requirements and give consumers a wider selection of content, we’re also finding that publishing them in bulk degrades our customers’ experience,” said Microsoft’s Todd Brix.

[via Electronista]


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3Jun/11Off

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Trailer And Game Play Preview

The popular StarCraft II game from Blizzard is getting ready to debut its second chapter called Heart of the Swarm. The trilogy’s first chapter was released late last year. Now with the E3 2011 conference only a few days away, the company has unleashed a trailer and a gameplay preview for its next offering.

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm will be offered like an expansion, but is actually a full new game with a new story and a new set of characters. The trilogy has always been planned to be three different stories told from the point of view of a different race. This new chapter will continue where the previous Wings of Liberty left off and delve deeper into the life of the Zerg.

Blizzard has released the below trailer as well as a gameplay preview ahead of the E3 conference. However, the Heart of the Swarm most likely will not be available until sometime next year.

[via DigitalTrends]


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3Jun/11Off

Acer Iconia Tab A100 Hits The FCC

The Acer Iconia Tab A100 7-inch Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet has just passed through the FCC today as it gets ready for an upcoming launch. The tablet’s bigger brother, the 10.1-inch Acer Iconia Tab A500 has already been available in stores and you can check out our full review for that as well.

The A100 will feature a 7-inch display with 1024×600 resolution powered by a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, and 512MB of RAM. It will have a 2-megapixel front camera, a 5-megapixel back camera, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to 32GB additional memory, and support for WiFi and Bluetooth.

The tablet will come with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, not 3.1, and is currently WiFi-only, no support for 3G. There were reports that the A100 launch has been delayed due to incompatibility of some Honeycomb-specific apps with the 7-inch display. Originally thought to launch in May, the tablet is now slated for the second half of 2011 without an exact date or price given yet.

[via Wireless Goodness]


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3Jun/11Off

Apple’s New AirPort May Sport A4 or A5

Recent reports of an Apple AirPort device stock shortage in stores have suggested that a revamped version is getting ready to ship. It’s also been tipped that the new AirPort may feature new hardware to help it expand beyond basic networking duties. This change is also believed to be linked to Apple’s new iCloud service.

It’s speculated that the new AirPort will feature either an A4 or an A5 processor and would use a modified iOS platform. This boost in computing power for the wireless router could be to give it more control over networks with multiple simultaneous clients. But, it’s also believed that a more intensive backup option could require more computing power as well.

The revamped AirPort is also rumored to have a tie-in with the iCloud service to be unveiled at WWDC 2011. Given the iCloud’s reliance on connecting to the internet for streaming and storing content—music and possibly movies—a more powerful AirPort may certainly be needed. However, the event is set to focus more on Apple’s software developments, rather than hardware, so a new AirPort unveiling is unlikely.

[via Electronista]


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3Jun/11Off

XOOM 4G Delay Limps Past Galaxy Tab 10.1 Launch

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When I bought the Motorola XOOM a few months ago, I partially bought it with the understanding that 4G would be on the way. It would take an annoying hardware upgrade to complete the process, but nonetheless it would come. Here we are several months later with the competing Galaxy Tab 10.1 about to launch on Verizon with 4G capability and approximately zero XOOM owners have been invited to upgrade their hardware.

What gives? Several sites have reported that Sanjay Jha, at a recent tech conference, all but put the blame on NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset- an issue we would contest. Talking about Motorola’s recent delays, Jha mentioned “betting everything in one place” and suggested in the future they’ll want to work with more chipset manufacturers. Of course the Motorola XOOM runs Tegra 2. Um, yeah, but so does the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

We got in touch with our contact at NVIDIA who emphatically dismissed the attribution of delay, expounding on some really good points we’ve already made:

"Tegra has no compatibility issues with LTE at all. The Tegra-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE tablet runs on Verizon’s LTE network and is a perfect example of Tegra working fine w/ 4G LTE. Tegra 2 interfaces with many types of modems via standard interfaces, including LTE. There is nothing inherently unique about LTE as far as Tegra 2 is concerned."

Considering the Galaxy Tab is also running Tegra 2 – and running it brilliantly – I find it a little bit suspicious that NVIDIA would ever have been blamed. Maybe Jha meant Verizon. Or maybe – and I think this is most likely – maybe he was clamoring to come up with some type of PR speak that would attribute the blame elsewhere without attributing it to any one entity. Sounds about right.

I assume there are a lot of irritated XOOM owners who have long been expecting the 4G upgrade. And given the fact that the upgrade process is hardware intensive, are any of you nervous how that will go once you’re finally able to get the one-up to the next level? XOOM owners speak now or forever hold your peace!


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3Jun/11Off

Acer Iconia Tab A100 Passes through the FCC

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Though the Acer Iconia Tab A100 isn’t scheduled to hit the streets until the tail end of the summer, the FCC had its way with the 7-inch Honeycomb tablet a few months early. The A100 is no doubt solidified in the hardware department — it sports a Tegra 2 processor, 512MB of RAM and dual cameras — but apparent troubles with tailoring Honeycomb for its 7-inch screen have delayed its release. If it weren’t for such issues, the A100 would have joined the A500 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet on shelves this month. We aren’t quite sure what could be holding up Honeycomb, as the tablet-specific version of Android was shown off on several other 7-inch tablets at last week’s Computex.

[FCC via WirelessGoodness]


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