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Sphero is a remote-controlled ball that wants to play with your Android device

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Sphero – the rolling, racing, turning, twirling robotic ball that is powered by Android and features games – is available for pre-order. First seen at tech shows throughout the year, Sphero recently started accepting pre-orders in the United States. Demand for the ball has proven too high to guarantee getting a Sphero in 2011, but you may  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy Nexus gets root access ahead of its release

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There’s still no official release date for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Rumors point to a release later this month, though, and many of you will want your fair share of root access. Luckily, there’s already a way to do this.

MoDaCo ‘s Paul O’Brien has put together “Superboot,” which is a computer program that installs a custom boot image onto your device (or device-to-be). Superboot makes rooting the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as  [Read More…]

Shocker: Quad-core devices benchmark higher than single- or dual-core

Transformer Prime Benchmark

You should know by now just how we feel about benchmarks — they’re easy to manipulate, and really don’t tell you anything about how a device will actually behave. And so you should know by now that we’re really not going to get all that worked up over the ASUS Transformer Prime showing up in a benchmark app. Look, it’ll be fast. It’ll be great. Hell, we got to experience some  [Read More…]

Nielsen: Android leads U.S. smartphone market, young users adopting faster

Time for our quarterly update on the “No Duh, Sherlock” statement of the year: Android is the most popular smartphone operating system. This time, it’s Nielsen sending third quarter stats for 2011, saying that 43 percent of people it polled report owning a smartphone. Of those smartphone users, a mirror-like 43 percent report owning an Android device.

We’ve covered this ground dozens of times,  [Read More…]

ASUS Transformer Prime benchmarks leave the big boys in the dust

ASUS Transformer Prime

Right now the most exciting tablet, without a doubt, is the ASUS Transformer Prime. Not only will it be the first NVIDIA Kal-El Tegra 3 quad-core tablet, but it will also be among the first devices to get Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). We don’t know the exact release date yet, but we definitely know many of you are eagerly waiting for this bad boy and would like to see  [Read More…]

Gingerbread finally overtakes Froyo in Android market share

Android 2.3 Gingerbread debuted on devices in December 2010, but not until November 2011 did Gingerbread surpass its predecessor, Android 2.2 (Froyo). The latest Platform Versions chart shows that Gingerbread accounts for 43.9 percent of phones and tablets accessing the Android Market in the past two weeks, representing the first time that Gingerbread has been on more devices than Froyo (40.7 percent).

It might  [Read More…]

Swiftkey confirmed to come preloaded on the Xoom 2

Swiftkey on Xoom 2

When it comes to third-party keyboards on Android devices, there are two roads developers take. You have the likes of Swype, which makes its money getting preloaded onto devices (but also has a “beta” line for anyone else to download). And then there’s most every other keyboard developer, which uses the Android Market (among others) for distribution. Such has always been the case with Swiftkey. Until now.

Pocket-Lint first reported  [Read More…]

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Motorola has issued a press release this morning announcing the Xoom 2 family of tablets, set to launch across Europe sometime this month. The 2nd-generation of the Xoom tablet family has taken design cues from both the Photon 4G and upcoming Droid RAZR, further indicating that Motorola is continually tweaking the form factors of their devices.

Both the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition feature the following specs:

1.2 GHz  [Read More…]

HTC Rezound coming with Beats Audio to Verizon Nov. 14, ICS update coming in 2012

HTC has joined Verizon to announce the HTC Rezound, the first U.S. phone with Beats Audio built-into the device.

With its dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 4.3-inch LCD screen, 720p display, and an 8 Megapixel camera with LED flash, the Rezound is an impressive phone. However, that’s not enough to keep people happy in a sea of super phones; access to Verizon 4G LTE network  [Read More…]

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit now available in the Android Market, we go hands-on!

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Gentlemen, start your engines!  Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is now available in the Android Market.  No longer an exclusive for the Xperia Play, the latest in the Need for Speed series, Hot pursuit promises racing action from the perspective of both sides — the pursuer and the pursued.  Play as a scofflaw in one of the exotic super cars like the Pagani Zonda Cinque, or be Johnny Law in your  [Read More…]