Friday, January 21, 2011

Angry Birds Valentine’s Day Edition Coming February

Just like Rovio presented us with Halloween and Christmas versions of the runaway success we call Angry Birds, the team is gearing up for the holiday of love with a special pink-tinged version of the game. In the video clip below from DW-TV we see the Rovio gang hard at work on all sorts of fun new edition to the Angry Birds lineup, stating “The designers and game developers at Rovio are currently working on new versions of their game, like this update in pink, due to come on the market on February the 14th – Valentine’s Day.”

It isn’t revealed outright which platforms will get the Valentine’s edition, but it seems pretty much a lock that Android will get it at some point in February. That’s good, because we’re running out of new levels of Angry Birds to slave away at until three stars are achieved.

[via PocketLint]

Angry Birds

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The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the greedy pigs who stole their eggs. Use the unique powers of each bird to destroy the pigs� fortresses. Angry Birds features challenging physics-based gameplay and hours of replay value. Each of the 195 levels requires logic, skill, and force to solve. Recent changes: - 45 new levels - QVGA(320x240) display resolution support - Optimizations for more Android devices - Fixed graphical problems... Read More

Downloads >250,000

Developed by Rovio Mobile Ltd.

Via: Angry Birds Valentine’s Day Edition Coming February | Android Phone Fans

Review: Circle Launcher [VIDEO] › AndroidGuys

Before you jump to conclusions, this is not a "launcher" like ADW or Launcher Pro. Although the title might hint at being that type of app, this is simply a widget that visually and productively helps your launcher. In a nutshell, this application adds a 1x1 widget that almost replaces your folders in a very unique fashion.

The Good

This application helps reduce the amount of icons on your home screen and allows you to add many more icons without having to change your launchers dimensions. You can add multiple shortcuts and contacts without ever seeing them (until you open the widget). Personally, the fact that this application is free (full version $1.35) makes it for me.

The Bad

Most of the features that look appealing, custom icons, different style sliders, and more are only available in the paid full version. When the widget is open, I cannot help but think to tap the widget icon again to close the widget, but when I click it, I am brought to the settings. If you do not click "back" when exiting this widget, the circle of icons appear with the list of settings behind them.


This application is defiantly worth trying out, although if you are not going to purchase the paid version, this app might not blend (the way you want) into your launcher. Also, this application needs to add some more settings to change what the widget button does after the widget is open. Overall, this app is a great idea and has a few kinks and bugs to work out.

Toshiba Honeycomb Tablet Gets a Teaser Site | Android Phone Fans

A teaser site has gone live for the Toshiba Android tablet with Honeycomb showing us nothing more than we already knew. The tablet was under pretty tight wraps at CES, but Toshiba has been eager to talk it up. An intro video runs down the pertinent specs including NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 10-invh screen.
Check out the site for yourself at the source link below if you want to see for yourself that tablet Toshiba will surely be showing us more of at MWC.

AndroidSPIN » Quick Look App: GeoQpons – Save Money Locally

We may not all love to shop, especially in this economy. Sadly, there are still things we want to buy or things we need. Saving oney is on everyones agenda no matter how much money you have in thebank. GeoQpons by XYMOB, Inc., is aimed at helping you save in your local area or based off your GPS location. GeoQpons has many features build in that make saving money a breeze.

All the coupons have expiration dates, so be sure to use them as many times as you can before the offer is gone. Some coupons have barcodes and some have online codes to enter. Under the tools section you can can check your shopping list, wish list or even check prices using the build in scanner. The application can help you locate the store and even let you call them directly. An added bonus for all your friends the have yet to switch to android, is the ability to share the coupon with your friends and family via a SMS, Email, Twitter or Facebook. It really is your all-in-one savings application.

Click or scan the QRCode below to find out more information about the Line2 application.

Summary and Downloads:

Application: GeoQpon
Developer: XYMOB, Inc.
Cost: FREE

T-Mobile Takes the Low Road, Vibrant Update is NOT an OTA

What a mess these two company’s have created for themselves and for the consumers. Not only have we been impatiently waiting for some sort of good news from T-Mobile and Samsung about Froyo finally rolling out, but now they force it through Kies Mini.
For the majority of the U.S. users, Samsung Kies Mini isn’t a readily known application. It is a free PCapplication that allows you to sync various files through the software to your device. It is also used for installing updates to your device. The full version of Kies is used extensively in the U.K. for updates and seems to work out pretty well.
Here is the conflict with the program, although it is free, it still requires a bit of technical know how. I am not a complete noob on software and even I had some trouble getting things to connect correctly. Not only does this add one more step and complication for users, but not everyone is on a PC. If you are aMAC user I hope you have some friends that will let you use their Windows based PC.
The way I see it, you may as well have just given up on the official update and gone a head and rooted your phone. After all, it is also ‘just a downloaded application’. Sorry T-mobile but this was not the way to make this happen. This is only going to prolong the situation. There is still no word yet of if an OTA might find its way out to people or not. We will keep an eye out for any development on it.
If you plan on attempting this update through Kies Mini, here are some pointers and the download link.
  2. You can view a full support and install instructions from Samsung
  3. You will need to register your device or the software won’t recognize it. You can register it also.
  4. Set the USB Setting to “ask on connection”. You do this by going to Menu>Settings>Applications>USB Settings>Ask on Connection. You need to do this so you can select “Kies” when you plug your device into your PC.
  5. If you are still having issues getting it to connect, leave the application open and keep unplugging and plugging it in. It should eventually recognize your device.
I hope that helps a few people get through the update process.
Source: Thedroidguy and TmoNews

HTC Thunderbolt Priced at $250, Motorola XOOM Will Go for $799 | Android Phone Fans

HTC Thunderbolt Priced at $250, Motorola XOOM Will Go for $799 | Android Phone Fans: "We could be looking at the pricing for two of Verizon’s most highly anticipated future releases. The HTC Thunderbolt, which should be launching in February, looks to be priced slightly higher than your typical new smartphone release at $249.99. The Motorola XOOM looks to get an unsubsidized pricing of $799.99 (we hope its unsubsidized, at least).
Both prices are sure to turn a few heads and strike up some lively conversation. The Thunderbolt does get 4G, but the hardware makes it not much more than similar handsets retailing for $199.99. Given everything the XOOM offers, we aren’t too turned off by the pricing, but with a bit of room for subsidy there is hope it might drop a bit."

After Further Analysis: No Stolen Java Code Shipping with Android, After all | Android Phone Fans

After Further Analysis: No Stolen Java Code Shipping with Android, After all | Android Phone Fans: "It seems whoever came to the conclusion that Android is shipping with a group of 30+ segments of code copied line by line from Java may have not done their homework. After further analysis of the files in question, Ed Burnette of ZDNet has concluded that there are in fact no instances of copied code shipping directly with Android.
The first set of files in question are a group used for running internal tests, and not meant to ship with a final build of Android on a device. A second set contain files specific to native code audio drivers, and also would not ship with Android. The first set did have some wonky licensing pasted on top of it, but Google has already taken upon itself to delete the files as of January 14th, 2011.
It seems the internet (we included) got a bit worked up over the sensationalist claims that Google is clearly stealing from Oracle and Java and was quick to spread the word without further checking into the code in question."

Hell Freezes Over, Vibrant Gets Froyo Update › AndroidGuys

Hell Freezes Over, Vibrant Gets Froyo Update › AndroidGuys: "Whether or not you believe that all the community outrage at the lack of a Froyo update for the Samsung/T-Mo Vibrant did any good, the update is finally here.

As of right now, if you own a T-Mo Vibrant, you can download the 2.2 Froyo update for your phone using the Kies Mini software that Sammy uses to push builds to devices. If you have questions you can visit the T-Mo discussion thread by clicking here.

We originally thought that this would be an OTA upgrade, but I am glad to see it as a download so people can get it when they are ready (NOW).

Let us know how the upgrade process goes."