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+ - Sony Ericsson to introduce Android 3.0 gaming plat-> 1

Submitted by hasanabbas1987
hasanabbas1987 (1864608) writes "There’s no question that gaming on the Android platform has heretofore been relatively underwhelming, but that looks like it’s all about to change. It seems that Sony Ericsson — a company that has yet to even introduce an Android 2.0 device — is at work on a project to redefine gaming on Google’s mobile platform. We now know (via a trusted source) that the company is actively and heavily developing a brand new gaming platform, ecosystem, and device (possibly alongside Google) which are already in the late stages of planning. And we’ve got the goods on it."
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Comment: Re:Uber geeky? (Score 2, Informative) 245

by LordBoreal51 (#33184654) Attached to: Kmart Briefly Offers $149 Android Tablet
If it helps, an Android hacker, http://twitter.com/thedudesandroid, has done some work with it, and installed a custom recovery (Clockwork). So potentially there's an opportunity for community work to port CyanogenMod, or a more functional rom to the device. But that all depends on who buys them, I suppose.

Comment: Re:Uber geeky? (Score 1) 245

by LordBoreal51 (#33184598) Attached to: Kmart Briefly Offers $149 Android Tablet
I used a coworker's, I don't know if they have floor models anywhere. I admit it, when I first heard about it, I really wanted it to be tolerable (my expectations were reasonably tempered), but I was let down. I only used it for about a half an hour, but the experience left me more frustrated than anything. I suppose a software update could solve a lot of the usability problems, but for now I can't justify spending any amount of money on it. The market doesn't really *work*, and that's a big problem when the Android app ecosystem is so dependent on the market model. Sure, there's sideloading and third party app stores, but many official apps aren't available as apks. But it sounds like the limited market support is going to be removed completely. So I dunno, it's a judgement call like anything else. But I'm a pretty avid Android fan, and I was simply disappointed by the tablet.

Comment: Uber geeky? (Score 5, Informative) 245

by LordBoreal51 (#33182118) Attached to: Kmart Briefly Offers $149 Android Tablet
For those unfamiliar with this ultracheap Augen tablet, I'll do my best to sum it up: it's an unusable POS that somehow made it into production (apparently in limited quantities). It has a *resistive* touchscreen (hello 2004), a buggy and nearly unusable implementation of Android 2.1, and mediocre hardware specs which make the G1 feel like it's from the future. I hoped this would make a decent device to play around with for Android hacking and some kernel development, but it's a huge disappointment in nearly every respect. Really, it's not worth it, no matter how cheap it is. You'd have better luck buying an old HTC Magic (MyTouch) from ebay if you want a device to play around with (even with a substantially smaller screen, it's a better experience all around).

Comment: Re:Obama's Harriet Miers (Score 5, Insightful) 618

by LordBoreal51 (#33165476) Attached to: Senate Confirms Elena Kagan's Appointment To SCOTUS
Are you kidding? Don't even try to portray Harriet Miers as a fair analogue. She was White House Counsel, marred by repeated criticisms of her legal competence. Elena Kagan was Dean of Harvard Law School, Solicitor General, and clerked for Thurgood Marshall, among others. That is *not* a fair comparison.
Google

Google, Apple Joust Over Rejected Voice App 228

Posted by Soulskill
from the somebody's-in-trouble dept.
ZipK writes with an update to last month's FCC inquiry that landed Apple and AT&T in hot water over the apparent rejection of a Google Voice app for the iPhone. All three companies submitted statements to the FCC — Apple claimed the app hadn't been rejected at all, that they were simply "studying" it further. The public version of Google's statement contained a redacted section, which they politely referred to as "sensitive," but after seeing Apple's comments, they decided to reveal the entire document. Google's FCC filing directly contradicts what Apple said: "Apple's representatives informed Google that the Google Voice application was rejected because Apple believed the application duplicated the core dialer functionality of the iPhone. The Apple representatives indicated that the company did not want applications that could potentially replace such functionality." (PDF, page 4.) Apple quickly released a statement reiterating that they did not reject the app.
Media (Apple)

How the iPod Nano's Video Abilities Stack Up 216

Posted by timothy
from the now-equipped-for-one-night-stands dept.
andylim writes "Recombu.com has pitted the iPod Nano's video capabilities against an iPhone 3GS, a Nokia 5530 XpressMusic and Flip Mino HD. This simple test shows how the camera deals with motion, colour and audio. The iPod Nano's camera seems to offer a basic yet decent video experience and some might say delivers a higher picture quality than the iPhone 3GS's camera. What's interesting is how well it deals with close-ups."
Wireless Networking

New iPod Touch Has an 802.11n Chip 135

Posted by kdawson
from the more-and-more-like-a-little-tablet dept.
eggboard writes "iFixIt has discovered a Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/n chip in the just-announced iPod touch (32 GB and 64 GB) models that uses single-stream 802.11n. Single-stream doesn't get the full power of N, but it boosts speed enough that — along with space-time block encoding, a feature coming soon to Wi-Fi access points with two or more radios — the iPod touch could be an effective networked media server, for streaming and transfer, possibly through the new iTunes Home Sharing feature."
Cellphones

AT&T 3G Upgrades Degrade 2G Signal Strength 210

Posted by kdawson
from the cellphone-walks-into-a-bar dept.
Timothy R. Butler writes "Much to the chagrin of owners of various 2G cell phones on AT&T Mobility's network, including the highly visible (and originally highly expensive) first-generation iPhone, we have discovered that AT&T has been quietly adjusting its network in ways that degrade 2G network performance as it has sought to build out its next-generation 3G network. Many of the phones affected, including BlackBerry devices, are still well within their two-year contract period."

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