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Gameloft offers special promo for Sprint customers using an Evo 4G or an Epic 4G

Gameloft-offers-special-promo-for-Sprint-customers-using-an-Evo-4G-or-an-Epic-4GGameloft, creators of many mobile games for the Android platform, has announced a special buy-one-get-one offer that will last through the holidays for Sprint customers rocking a Samsung Epic 4G or a HTC Evo 4G.

The list of games that are available with this offer is impressive. They are as follows:

-Asphalt 5 HD
-Assassin’s Creed – Altaïr’s Chronicles HD
-Dungeon Hunter HD
-Gangstar: West Coast Hustle HD
-Hero of Sparta HD
-Let’s Golf! HD
-Modern Combat: Sandstorm HD
-N.O.V.A. Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance HD
-Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X HD
-UNO HD

If you are an owner of one of these 4G devices, and these games are of interest to you, then listen up. This is all you have to do to get yourself this offer:

-Connect through 3G. Please note WiFi and 4G will not work.
-Using your HTC EVO or Samsung EPIC phone, check into the Sprint Zone
-Within the Sprint Zone, click through to our Gameloft app (this can be found under “Suggested Apps”): http://wapshop.gameloft.com/us/sprintchannel/hdplus
-You’ll see the “Buy One, Get One Free” promotional banner. Click to get the deal.

For those who choose to take advantage of this generous offer from Gameloft, tell us what your thoughts are in the comments below.

source: Android Police via Mobile Crunch

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Happy 1st Birthday wishes to the Motorola DROID

Happy-1st-Birthday-wishes-to-the-Motorola-DROIDIt was exactly one year ago today that Verizon launched the Motorola DROID and things were never the same again. Prior to November 6th 2009, things were looking bleak for Motorola and Verizon’s hottest model was a feature phone. The LG enV Touch, a refresh of the Voyager, not only garnered some good reviews, it was Big Red’s closest competition to the Apple iPhone. Android was seen as an up and coming OS and the HTC Hero, offered by Sprint, was seen as the top of the line Android model.

Once Verizon started offering the Motorola DROID, it was like the Beatles landing at JFK for the first time. The first handset to be equipped with Android 2.0, the new build of Google’s open source OS was a quantum leap above the prior version. Here was a phone that could compete with the Apple iPhone 3GS with a fantastic browser, a 5MP camera and a slide out landscape QWERTY keyboard. Verizon customers, who had suffered with poor iPhone wannabe’s going back to the LG Voyager, finally had a handset that could not only stand next to Apple’s touchscreen device, but also beat out the latter to be selected as  Time Magazine’s 2009 Gadget of The Year.

There is no question that Big Red threw a ton of money at advertising the Motorola DROID. The ads were flashy and different, qualities that could be used to describe the phone itself. Motorola, on the brink, had pulled off an amazing two-minute drive. All of a sudden, the Schaumburg based company was back in the game. Verizon, for a while, became the place to go for Android models as the HTC made Droid Incredible soon became the carrier’s flagship model. But the excitement was noticed by the other carriers and manufacturers. While the Motorola/Verizon combo started launching some mid-range models like the Motorola DEVOUR, it wasn’t until the Motorola DROID X with it’s 4.3 inch screen and the Motorola DROID 2 were released that Motorola had a model that surpassed the DROID on Big Red’s roster. Remember, without the success of the first model, there would never had been all of the other DROID models currently out or soon to launch.

Today, a year later, the Android platform is moving quickly toward becoming the second largest OS on the globe. Each of the top four U.S. carriers features a top-end Android handset running the Froyo build which gives users the capability to view Flash in the browser. Pinch-to-zoom is an afterthought and even Verizon customers don’t seem to care as much if the Apple iPhone heads their way. The T-Mobile myTouch 4G practically matches Apple’s device feature for feature. It feels like HTC rolls out an Android model almost every day

It all started 1 year ago today. No one could have guessed the impact that would be made by the Motorola DROID. And while the first-gen model has been eclipsed in many ways by the new crop of Android devices, those still using the handset still find it relevant with a ton of features that makes it still worth owning today. So, Motorola DROID, blow out the candles on your cake and let’s all sing Happy Birthday to the phone that changed everything.
source: DroidLife

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HTC Mecha leaked on HTC Sense website

There has been little information to go on regarding the HTC Mecha. It appeared among a list of HTC code names, but that was the last we heard. We now know that it must be on its way, as it has appeared on the HTC Sense product registration page.

Only its name is featured on a ‘Select your phone’ pull-down menu, alongside the HTC Desire HD and Desire Z. When you select the ‘Click here to select by image’ option, it shows what looks like an HTC Hero2.

We suppose they either didn’t want to give us a sneak peak, or perhaps they just chose a stock image until everything’s finalized. There’s nothing else to report beyond that, but we’ll keep you posted.
source: HTC Sense via Engadget

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TELUS HTC Desire receives its serving for Froyo goodness

Android 2.2 Froyo update available for the TELUS HTC Desire

Android 2.2 Froyo update available for the TELUS HTC Desire

TELUS HTC Hero owners weren’t the only ones to wake up today smelling something fresh and tasty in the air, but it looks as though customers sporting the more powerful HTC Desire are also in for a tasty snack.

According to the TELEUS HTC Desire web site, it looks like the official Android 2.2 Froyo update is available for download. Of course that’s going to be fantastic news for those who managed to stay put with their device in the face of some newer offerings out there showcasing the latest iteration of the mobile platform.

Naturally, it brings forth things like Flash 10.1 support with the web browser, the ability to store apps directly on a microSD card, and mobile hotspot functionality to share data speeds. So what are you waiting for? Be sure to click on the source link so you can get yourself well acquainted with the software update, but be sure to perform a backup before proceeding.
source: HTC & TELUS via MobileSyrup

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Samsung Galaxy Beam helped the trapped Chilean miners preserve sanity

10You know the story of the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground while they were digging for copper and gold to feed the capitalist’s world ever increasing appetite for money and gadgets, right? Sure you do, unless you have been trapped in another mine at a place where CNN doesn’t have reporters.

Well, what do you know, about 70 days later all those folks were taken out in a narrow cage to start the standard we-are-suing-and-writing-a-book procedure. What caught our gadget-obsessed attention, though, was the tiny fact that a Samsung Galaxy Beam projector phone was one of the items sent down to the trapped Chilean miners. The Chile-Ukraine friendly soccer game was preloaded on it, and a pep talk message from the mining minister kept the spirits up.

Now we have two questions – how long did the 1800mAh last, and will the heroic handset still be on the back burner of Samsung’s Froyo update plans after this?
source: SamsungHub

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Full version of Angry Birds to wing its way to Android Market in a matter of weeks

06Ok, the beta version of  Angry Birds has you hooked. So far you have been able to avoid a confrontation with your boss, spouse, kids and friends, hiding away for a few minutes while you aim your slingshot with its winged payload. But after you have successfully completed all of the 15 levels of the game, now what do you do? The answer should be coming in a matter of weeks when Rovio introduces the final version of Angry Birds to the Android Market.

The game developer, in a short interview, confirms that it should be only 2-3 weeks until the release of the full version for Android. Rovio pointed out that the game does not support QVGA displays which is why Angry Birds is not available for the HTC Wildfire. It does run on the Hero, but with a significant lag.

There is no such thing as a free lunch. In the App Store, the full version of the game will cost you 99 cents, so be prepared to reach into your pocket to feed your Angry Birds addiction.
source: TalkAndroid

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Flash on Android is hardly a superhero

02If you have wondered why Steve Jobs shuns Adobe Flash in Apple’s gadgets, it might not be just because of his capricious nature. We have been waiting for a while for Froyo to bring the full Flash experience to Android devices, but the end results are far from impressive. Over at GigaOM they have made a video trying to run various things on a Nexus One with Froyo, and found mobile Flash still not ready for prime time.

Given the resource hog that desktop Flash is, the mobile version has proved to be a daunting task for Adobe to scale down, and port over to mobile devices. Video playback on a lot of popular news and video websites was hit-and-miss, and basically the moral of the story is that the videos still have to be specifically optimized for mobile viewing, which kind of misses the whole purpose.

In our own experience with Adobe Flash 10.1 on Froyo we noticed actual improvement displaying interactive charts, like those of Google Finance, for example, which before were not exactly “interactive”, but Google recently optimized the site for mobile, so that might be it.

What about your experiences, has the Flash superhero come to the rescue on your Froyo device, or you also have some “Flashback” stories to tell?
source: GigaOM

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Froyo for all – CyanogenMod 6 brings Android 2.2 to the masses, a video duel between an EPIC 4G and an N1 ensues

The all-popular CyanogenMod 6 is out of relese candidate status now, and ready to bring Froyo to your rooted oldie-but-goodie Android device. The comprehensive list of supported devices includes the HTC-made Aria, G1, Google Nexus One, Desire, Hero, EVO 4GSlide and Incredible, as well as the venerable Motorola DROID, and the flagship Samsung Galaxy S.

If you have already rooted your device, and want to try the Froyo experience, head over to the forums from the link below. Apart from improved speeds and battery life, the mod brings some additional features compared to the stock Android 2.2. A cool one is the browser color invert (saves battery life on AMOLED screens, such as the one on the Incredible), and there are also some music player enhancements, bringing along support for the lossless audio format FLAC. The mod is not without bugs, though, some users report installation problems, which might brick your device, as well as problems with Google services, so use at your own discretion.

In a battle of the operating system versions, the folks over at PocketNow have pitted a Samsung EPIC 4G, running a stock Android 2.1, against a Nexus One running the latest CyanogenMod 6 Froyo build. The authors ran the Quadrant full benchmark test and examined Wi-Fi and 3G download speeds, but we won’t spoil the fascinating battle for you.
source: CyanogenMod & PocketNow

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HTC sends out smokescreen invites for a September 15th press event

02Think of it what you will, but HTC is sending out invites en masse through the tech blogosphere for a mysterious event to be held September the 15th in London. Could it be the HTC Schubert/Mozart Windows Phone 7 device? The HTC Desire HD?

We hope it might also be the first official announcement of a dual-core Snapdragon smartphone from HTC. The last time they held an event in London, it was for the unveiling of the HTC Hero with Sense UI on Android, but we have the sneaking suspicion that in a month they will unveil something even more exciting. Any other guesses?
source: Pocket-Lint

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Motorola DROID is the most popular Android phone

AdMob’s latest metrics report, based on a survey of 12.7 million Android phones as of May 31st, shows that the Motorola DROID is the most popular Android model. With a 22% share of the Android pie, the DROID beat out the 16% that was captured by the HTC Hero. The rest of the top 5 is populated by HTC models, the Dream, the Magic and the Droid Eris, each with 8% to 10% of the market. The Nexus One was out of the top 5 with just a 2% share. Because the report was dated prior to the launch of the EVO 4G, the nation’s first 4G enabled device was not on the list although based on its high sales for the first month of its existence, the handset should be in the top 5 next month. As for manufacturers, HTC has a controlling 53% share with Motorola’s 30% mark good for second. Samsung’s 9% makes the Korean based firm a distant third. Upcoming launches that could make a quick impact on the top 5 include Motorola’s DROID X and DROID 2 (launching July 15th and August 23rd, respectively) and the 4 variants for the Samsung Galalxy S that each of the top U.S. carriers will be offering (Verizon Fascinate, AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant and Sprint Epic 4G). As we reported, the Vibrant will be the first Galaxy out of the chute in the States, launching July 21st. 67% of Android users are in North America while China is second with 13% of the world’s users of Google’s open source OS
source: AdMob via AfterDawn

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