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‘Puddle THD’ for Android game review

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Most mobile games are either available on both iOS as well as Android or are iOS exclusive. But turns out, there are a few games exclusive to Android as well.

One such game is Puddle THD. In fact, this game is so exclusive, that it only works on the devices running on the NVIDIA Tegra 3 hardware. We decided to take a look and see if it is worth five bucks. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition will hit the shelves of select retailers tomorrow

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In order to get a piece of the currently ongoing “back to school” sales frenzy in the United States, Samsung has released a Student Edition of its Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 slate. Set to go on sale in select retailers tomorrow, the tablet’s special edition bundle includes $100 worth of free accessories and an exclusive glossy white color.

The abovementioned free accessories include a keyboard dock and USB adapter, which supports USB flash drives, as well as peripherals such as USB mice. Read more »

ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 gets treated with an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update

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Users of the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 got treated to a nice surprise today, as the manufacturer has begun seeding the promised update to Google’s latest Android Jelly Bean 4.1 over the air.

Expectedly the Adobe Flash functionality will disappear with the new OS version. Read more »

Motorola RAZR MAXX comes by our office with its friend, Android ICS

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The new Motorola RAZR family has a long distance runner in its family – the RAZR MAXX. The phone isn’t new and we’ve already reviewed the CDMA version for Verizon and the GSM version of the regular RAZR, but Motorola pushed out the ICS update about a month ago, so we thought we should put it through our review routine.

The Verizon version has been our battery test champ for quite a while now and no phone seems like it can dethrone it. We will, of course, do a battery test on this one too, just to check if there are any differences, but that will come later. Read more »

Windows 8 version of Skype leaked, shows off its “Modern” styling

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An upcoming version of Skype for Windows 8 has leaked showing off an interface optimized for touch interfaces (read: tablets).

It’s styled using the Metro Modern UI, characteristic of the upcoming Microsoft platform. Read more »

New Jelly Bean firmware for the Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III breaks loose

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Many adventurous Samsung Galaxy S III owners are now enjoying Android Jelly Bean after the first official Android 4.1.1 ROM for the device leaked.

Now, there’s a new one, with a build date of August 14, which brings some fixes and cool new features to Samsung’s Android flagship. Read more »

Google Voice Search learns 13 new languages from across Europe

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Google Voice search is great, but if your language isn’t supported you have to make do with English and hope it recognizes your accent. Well, with the latest update, Voice search should work for 100 million new users across Europe in their mother tongue.

Google supported 29 languages up until, but now 13 new ones are joining the list for a total of 42 languages and 46 accents. Here go the new additions: Read more »

Google enables Smart App Updates on the Play Store

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Back at the Google I/O keynote where Google announced Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, one of the new features for the Play Store that Google talked about was Smart App Updates. This is basically delta updates for your apps, which means whenever there is a new update available for your installed apps, the Play Store will only download whatever is new within the APK instead of downloading the entire app all over again.

According to Google, Smart App Updates are only a third in size, which means you save a lot of time and data in updating apps. This feature has now been activated on the Google Play Store and some apps are already making use of it. Read more »

Twitter reforms API rules, makes it more difficult to be a third party client developer

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It has been rumored for a while that Twitter may be looking to shut down third party Twitter clients completely and only allow the use of its own official clients, available on nearly every platform right now. And while that hasn’t happened yet, the latest announcement from the company’s developers blog does make it more difficult to be a third party Twitter client developer.

Twitter announced that it will be releasing v1.1 of its API, which is what applications that access Twitter have to use. This new API comes with a ton of new changes and restrictions, which further drives home the point that Twitter does not like third-party clients that mimics the site’s functionality. Read more »

Instagram gets another major update, adds location to your photo adventures

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The immensely popular photo sharing mobile app Instagram got bumped to version 3.0, people. The update adds a number of new talents to Facebook’s recent acquisition. Among them is the ability to add location to your photographic exploits, as well as infinite scrolling.

The new feature of the application is called Photo Map and allows you to add your shots to a map with a single tap of your finger. Read more »

Google Play Store’s upcoming gift cards pose for some spy shots, definitely headed our way

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In case you weren’t convinced enough that Google Play Store gift cards are in the works earlier today, we have another argument to help you in the process. Photos of the actual gift cards have surfaced, thus proving that the Google Play Store is about to get yet another step closer to its Apple rival.

As you can see in the photo above, the Google Play gift cards will come in at least $10 and $25 flavors when launched. Read more »

Fujitsu STYLISTIC M532 Tegra 3-powered tablet offers Android ICS in a MIL-STD-810G certified package

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We’ve seen our fair share of tough Android phones, but there are rugged Android tablets as well, like the Fujitsu STYLISTIC M532. It’s a 10.1″ slate powered by Tegra 3 and running Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

The STYLISTIC M532 has been MIL-STD-810G certified, so it should survive rough transport, work in low and high altitudes, temperatures and humidity along with drop and dust resistance. Read more »

Asus gets PlayStation Certified and so does Wikipad

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Sony is expanding the number of other manufacturers that will produce PlayStation Certified devices. First was HTC (announced at E3) and now at gamescom they announced that Asus and Wikipad are joining the fold.

Sony announced that PS Mobile will be coming to Tegra 2 and 3 devices early last year. Read more »

Google+ and Google Maps for Android get updated

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Google released updates for two of their major apps on the same day. The first is the Google+ app, which gets some cool new features. The first one is that the Google+ app now allows teenagers to create and join Hangouts from their mobile, which wasn’t possible before due to age restrictions.

Another cool feature is that the mobile app now allows you to do Hangouts on Air using your smartphone, something that could only be done on desktop before. In case you are not aware, Hangouts on Air lets you create webcasts over Google+. Read more »

SwiftKey 3 Keyboard update brings two new themes, additional language support

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Popular aftermarket Android keyboard SwiftKey has issued yet another update, which adds a couple of new features. The most noticeable are the two new themes, Sky blue and Fuchsia.

Other than the themes, the latest update also adds support for two new languages – Malay and Urdu, along with voice input for Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean and finally some bug fixes. Read more »