Madden NFL 12 Now Available for Nearly $8

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Coinciding with the console launch of Madden NFL 12 today, EA Sports has gotten the Android version of the game up into the Android market. For $8, you’re getting a pretty good game. You’re given a lot of freedom in terms of gameplay and a few different modes to keep things interesting. These include exhibition, a full season mode and a mode that lets you relive the 2010 playoffs. All 32 teams are here with all of their players. Can’t ask for much more than this on a mobile phone so be sure to head over to the Android market and check it out if this interests you. [Market]

Huawei Honor Leaks, Actually Looks Good

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In Huawei’s efforts to help turn the public eye about their products (they’re known as the “cheap” OEM that everyone steers clear of for Samsung, HTC etc.) they look to be bringing another decent Android phone to Asia and possibly Europe. It’s called the Huawei Honor and at first glance could be mistaken for a Samsung Galaxy S

It’s true they’ve made their design similar to Samsung’s flagship phone (who was once accused of making theirs similar to Apple’s iPhone), but it’s a design that works and most people like it. What matters is what’s underneath, though – it’ll apparently be shipping with a 1.4GHz processor (no word on if this single core or dual-core), a 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, Android 2.3, a 4 inch display, a 1930mAh battery and more.

No video yet, but if Huawei’s other 1GHz+ phones are anything to go on then this should handle Android as smoothly as the best of them. It’s possible Huawei will be on-hand at IFA with this model so we hope more information will come from the event. In the meantime, all we get is a fingerprint-clad photo of the phone that you see above. [LoD]

Huawei Honor Leaks, Actually Looks Good

This image has no alt text

In Huawei’s efforts to help turn the public eye about their products (they’re known as the “cheap” OEM that everyone steers clear of for Samsung, HTC etc.) they look to be bringing another decent Android phone to Asia and possibly Europe. It’s called the Huawei Honor and at first glance could be mistaken for a Samsung Galaxy S

It’s true they’ve made their design similar to Samsung’s flagship phone (who was once accused of making theirs similar to Apple’s iPhone), but it’s a design that works and most people like it. What matters is what’s underneath, though – it’ll apparently be shipping with a 1.4GHz processor (no word on if this single core or dual-core), a 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, Android 2.3, a 4 inch display, a 1930mAh battery and more.

No video yet, but if Huawei’s other 1GHz+ phones are anything to go on then this should handle Android as smoothly as the best of them. It’s possible Huawei will be on-hand at IFA with this model so we hope more information will come from the event. In the meantime, all we get is a fingerprint-clad photo of the phone that you see above. [LoD]

Google Finally Releasing Fix for Nexus S Voice Search Bug

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Just over two weeks ago, we reported on a long-withstanding bug affecting many Nexus S owners after being asked to shed some light on the matter due to Google’s lack of communication to owners regarding the problem. The bug was discovered as early as April 2011 and has since gone unsolved. Thankfully, it seems our little spotlight worked (we like to think so, anyway) as a Google employee confirmed that an OTA update that addresses this issue will be rolling out soon.

The bug related to Voice Search. The application would continually pop-up and disappear, sometimes so fast that the user can’t press the “cancel” button on the pop-up in time. It happens often for some and only intermittently for others, but either way we’re sure we’d get annoyed if it kept popping up when we were trying to use a different application. No timeframe still, but at least they’re close to a rollout and we know things are being worked on. [Google]

Google Finally Releasing Fix for Nexus S Voice Search Bug

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Just over two weeks ago, we reported on a long-withstanding bug affecting many Nexus S owners after being asked to shed some light on the matter due to Google’s lack of communication to owners regarding the problem. The bug was discovered as early as April 2011 and has since gone unsolved. Thankfully, it seems our little spotlight worked (we like to think so, anyway) as a Google employee confirmed that an OTA update that addresses this issue will be rolling out soon.

The bug related to Voice Search. The application would continually pop-up and disappear, sometimes so fast that the user can’t press the “cancel” button on the pop-up in time. It happens often for some and only intermittently for others, but either way we’re sure we’d get annoyed if it kept popping up when we were trying to use a different application. No timeframe still, but at least they’re close to a rollout and we know things are being worked on. [Google]

Motorola DEFY+ Landing in the UK Next Month

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Looking for a decent upgrade to the original Motorola Defy? Well, the Motorola Defy+ is already on your radar. But if you’re in the UK and were wondering when you’d be able to go out and snap one up, Motorola has today confirmed that the device will be available at select UK carriers and retailers starting sometime next month.

You’re getting a 1GHz processor, 2GB of internal storage, a 2GB microSD card (with up to 32GB cards supported) and a 5 megapixel camera beneath the armor that shields it – this thing is dust and water resistant (the original could be submerged in water and would still function as normal). Android 2.3 will be preinstalled with Motorola’s custom UI on top.

You’re also getting a 3.7 inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass protecting it, meaning it’ll be scratch resistant and should be more (but not completely) resistant to glass shattering due to deep falls.

This one should be reasonably priced for the punch it provides.

BASINGTOKE, UK. – Aug. 24, 2011 – Live life to the fullest with the latest life proof smartphone from Motorola Mobility, Inc., Motorola DEFY+. Building on the Motorola DEFY’s life proof heritage, Motorola DEFY+ offers exceptional protection from whatever life throws your way with its water resistant, scratch resistant and dust proof design (IP67). In addition, Motorola DEFY+ has a 1GHz processor that runs 25 percent faster and is more fun with the latest version of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) delivering a smarter operating system and better battery life to fully enjoy your experiences. Motorola DEFY+ is expected to be available the UK in September.

Water resistant, dust proof, and featuring scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass Motorola DEFY+, can survive a sudden rain shower, a day on the beach, an all-night party – or even a tough workout with the pre-loaded CardioTrainer application, which transforms the device into the perfect running mate. Its brilliant 3.7-inch high-resolution touch-screen display enables you to easily view and track your work out progress. Wherever your days – or nights – take you, Motorola DEFY+ is the life proof device that can keep up with your toughest demands and wildest adventures.

Motorola DEFY+ is faster than ever, keeping up with your on-the-go lifestyles so you can effortlessly browse the Web, stay updated with social networking sites on your homescreens and stream and download rich media content more quickly than before. Motorola DEFY+ offers an Adobe® Flash® 10-enabled browser for a rich web experience that allows users to watch their favourite movies or view videos on the Web.

Powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), Motorola DEFY+ is smarter than ever. This new version of Android boasts a better battery life, a more intuitive user interface and improvements on the features you use most – including enhanced calendar and email features and home screen options. Users can make Motorola DEFY+ their own by organizing and personalizing their Application trays for easy and quick access to their most used tools, games and content.

Boredom proof your life; the richest experiences in entertainment and social media are always within reach with Motorola DEFY+. The Music Player lets you access and share your favourite music. You can also stream your favorite music straight from your desktops at home or work, with Motorola Media Link. Motorola DEFY+ also features Google Talktokeep you connected with friends and colleagues, while built in apps like the *Zinio™ e-magazine service allow you to keep up with favourite publications on-the-go. Entertainment doesn’t stop there: Motorola DEFY+ also features a 5MP camera with flash, digital zoom and auto focus, letting users capture the best of their social life and create their very own entertainment whatever the conditions.

"Motorola DEFY+, our latest life proof smartphone, delivers the endurance and design strength to keep up with even the most demanding lifestyles, along with the social and entertainment capabilities that put friends and fun in easy reach," said Victoria McManus, UK marketing director, Motorola Mobility. "We designed Motorola DEFY+ with all the smartphone features you need for a demanding lifestyle."

 

Smart Accessories

A suite of smart accessories ensures users get the most from the Motorola DEFY+. Available accessories include Vehicle Dock, Bluetooth Headset, Bluetooth Car Kit, Portable Power, and Car Charger.

Key Features and Specifications:

  • Powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and features more than 250,000 apps from Android Market™
  • 1 GHz processor that runs 25 percent faster for efficient Web browsing and multitasking
  • Water resistant, scratch resistant and dust proof to withstand all that life throws your way
  • Features scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 3.7-inch high-resolution touch screen display
  • Music Player connects you to all your favourite artists
  • MOTOBLUR lets users stay in touch with friends, providing quick access to social media accounts and live widgets directly from the homescreen
  • Motorola Media Link allows users to sync their media content from their desktops at home or work
  • Loaded with the ability to create group emails and communication to stay in touch with friends
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 for uncompromised viewing of applications, content and videos
  • 5MP camera with auto focus, flash and digital zoom
  • 2GB internal; *2GB microSD card in box, expandable up to 32GB
  • Access to Google™ apps (Google Maps™ 5.0 with Navigation, Google Talk, Browsing)
  • 1700 mAH battery for 7.1 hours of talk time and 16 days in standby

Learn more about Motorola DEFY+ here

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.

Motorola DEFY+ Landing in the UK Next Month

This image has no alt text

Looking for a decent upgrade to the original Motorola Defy? Well, the Motorola Defy+ is already on your radar. But if you’re in the UK and were wondering when you’d be able to go out and snap one up, Motorola has today confirmed that the device will be available at select UK carriers and retailers starting sometime next month.

You’re getting a 1GHz processor, 2GB of internal storage, a 2GB microSD card (with up to 32GB cards supported) and a 5 megapixel camera beneath the armor that shields it – this thing is dust and water resistant (the original could be submerged in water and would still function as normal). Android 2.3 will be preinstalled with Motorola’s custom UI on top.

You’re also getting a 3.7 inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass protecting it, meaning it’ll be scratch resistant and should be more (but not completely) resistant to glass shattering due to deep falls.

This one should be reasonably priced for the punch it provides.

BASINGTOKE, UK. – Aug. 24, 2011 – Live life to the fullest with the latest life proof smartphone from Motorola Mobility, Inc., Motorola DEFY+. Building on the Motorola DEFY’s life proof heritage, Motorola DEFY+ offers exceptional protection from whatever life throws your way with its water resistant, scratch resistant and dust proof design (IP67). In addition, Motorola DEFY+ has a 1GHz processor that runs 25 percent faster and is more fun with the latest version of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) delivering a smarter operating system and better battery life to fully enjoy your experiences. Motorola DEFY+ is expected to be available the UK in September.

Water resistant, dust proof, and featuring scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass Motorola DEFY+, can survive a sudden rain shower, a day on the beach, an all-night party – or even a tough workout with the pre-loaded CardioTrainer application, which transforms the device into the perfect running mate. Its brilliant 3.7-inch high-resolution touch-screen display enables you to easily view and track your work out progress. Wherever your days – or nights – take you, Motorola DEFY+ is the life proof device that can keep up with your toughest demands and wildest adventures.

Motorola DEFY+ is faster than ever, keeping up with your on-the-go lifestyles so you can effortlessly browse the Web, stay updated with social networking sites on your homescreens and stream and download rich media content more quickly than before. Motorola DEFY+ offers an Adobe® Flash® 10-enabled browser for a rich web experience that allows users to watch their favourite movies or view videos on the Web.

Powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), Motorola DEFY+ is smarter than ever. This new version of Android boasts a better battery life, a more intuitive user interface and improvements on the features you use most – including enhanced calendar and email features and home screen options. Users can make Motorola DEFY+ their own by organizing and personalizing their Application trays for easy and quick access to their most used tools, games and content.

Boredom proof your life; the richest experiences in entertainment and social media are always within reach with Motorola DEFY+. The Music Player lets you access and share your favourite music. You can also stream your favorite music straight from your desktops at home or work, with Motorola Media Link. Motorola DEFY+ also features Google Talktokeep you connected with friends and colleagues, while built in apps like the *Zinio™ e-magazine service allow you to keep up with favourite publications on-the-go. Entertainment doesn’t stop there: Motorola DEFY+ also features a 5MP camera with flash, digital zoom and auto focus, letting users capture the best of their social life and create their very own entertainment whatever the conditions.

"Motorola DEFY+, our latest life proof smartphone, delivers the endurance and design strength to keep up with even the most demanding lifestyles, along with the social and entertainment capabilities that put friends and fun in easy reach," said Victoria McManus, UK marketing director, Motorola Mobility. "We designed Motorola DEFY+ with all the smartphone features you need for a demanding lifestyle."

 

Smart Accessories

A suite of smart accessories ensures users get the most from the Motorola DEFY+. Available accessories include Vehicle Dock, Bluetooth Headset, Bluetooth Car Kit, Portable Power, and Car Charger.

Key Features and Specifications:

  • Powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and features more than 250,000 apps from Android Market™
  • 1 GHz processor that runs 25 percent faster for efficient Web browsing and multitasking
  • Water resistant, scratch resistant and dust proof to withstand all that life throws your way
  • Features scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 3.7-inch high-resolution touch screen display
  • Music Player connects you to all your favourite artists
  • MOTOBLUR lets users stay in touch with friends, providing quick access to social media accounts and live widgets directly from the homescreen
  • Motorola Media Link allows users to sync their media content from their desktops at home or work
  • Loaded with the ability to create group emails and communication to stay in touch with friends
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 for uncompromised viewing of applications, content and videos
  • 5MP camera with auto focus, flash and digital zoom
  • 2GB internal; *2GB microSD card in box, expandable up to 32GB
  • Access to Google™ apps (Google Maps™ 5.0 with Navigation, Google Talk, Browsing)
  • 1700 mAH battery for 7.1 hours of talk time and 16 days in standby

Learn more about Motorola DEFY+ here

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.

Samsung SCH-i515 passes through Bluetooth SIG; Droid Prime confirmed?

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For quite some time now, rumors pertaining to the first Ice Cream Sandwich device have been progressing in an orderly fashion. Specs, a model number, the launch name and a release window seemed to have been all but officially announced. Until yesterday. BGR first broke the news on Monday that the first Ice Cream Sandwich device may not be the Nexus everyone was expecting.

According to a “close source” of BGR’s inside Verizon, the Samsung Droid Prime will launch as a Big Red exclusive and will be the first Ice Cream Sandwich device. Going by the newest unconfirmed information, the introductory ICS device won’t be the GT-i9250 like originally rumored; it will be the SCH-i515. The validity of this new information will undoubtedly be tested until an official announcement is made. But if the SCH-i515 is indeed the Droid Prime, then the Droid Prime just made it’s way through Bluetooth SIG.

As far as information from the posting goes, not much is revealed. It does peg the SCH-i515 as a CDMA device, but that’s about it. However, that small bit of information paired with the fact that the Droid Charge is the SCH-i510, does start to make this whole Droid Prime thing sound almost reasonable.

Could the i515 be the first Ice Cream Sandwich device, but not the next Nexus? Google did let Sprint throw a “4G” on the name of their Nexus variant, but would they drop the Nexus name altogether? It’s almost like the original Droid or Xoom all over again–a first of its kind, just without the Nexus name. The real Nexus device could still launch after the Droid Prime in time for the holiday season. It’s a lot to take in with what we already thought we knew about the flagship ICS device, but at this point, it’s all certainly possible.


Samsung SCH-i515 passes through Bluetooth SIG; Droid Prime confirmed?

ice-cream-sandwich-nexus

For quite some time now, rumors pertaining to the first Ice Cream Sandwich device have been progressing in an orderly fashion. Specs, a model number, the launch name and a release window seemed to have been all but officially announced. Until yesterday. BGR first broke the news on Monday that the first Ice Cream Sandwich device may not be the Nexus everyone was expecting.

According to a “close source” of BGR’s inside Verizon, the Samsung Droid Prime will launch as a Big Red exclusive and will be the first Ice Cream Sandwich device. Going by the newest unconfirmed information, the introductory ICS device won’t be the GT-i9250 like originally rumored; it will be the SCH-i515. The validity of this new information will undoubtedly be tested until an official announcement is made. But if the SCH-i515 is indeed the Droid Prime, then the Droid Prime just made it’s way through Bluetooth SIG.

As far as information from the posting goes, not much is revealed. It does peg the SCH-i515 as a CDMA device, but that’s about it. However, that small bit of information paired with the fact that the Droid Charge is the SCH-i510, does start to make this whole Droid Prime thing sound almost reasonable.

Could the i515 be the first Ice Cream Sandwich device, but not the next Nexus? Google did let Sprint throw a “4G” on the name of their Nexus variant, but would they drop the Nexus name altogether? It’s almost like the original Droid or Xoom all over again–a first of its kind, just without the Nexus name. The real Nexus device could still launch after the Droid Prime in time for the holiday season. It’s a lot to take in with what we already thought we knew about the flagship ICS device, but at this point, it’s all certainly possible.


Samsung SCH-i515 passes through Bluetooth SIG; Droid Prime confirmed?

ice-cream-sandwich-nexus

For quite some time now, rumors pertaining to the first Ice Cream Sandwich device have been progressing in an orderly fashion. Specs, a model number, the launch name and a release window seemed to have been all but officially announced. Until yesterday. BGR first broke the news on Monday that the first Ice Cream Sandwich device may not be the Nexus everyone was expecting.

According to a “close source” of BGR’s inside Verizon, the Samsung Droid Prime will launch as a Big Red exclusive and will be the first Ice Cream Sandwich device. Going by the newest unconfirmed information, the introductory ICS device won’t be the GT-i9250 like originally rumored; it will be the SCH-i515. The validity of this new information will undoubtedly be tested until an official announcement is made. But if the SCH-i515 is indeed the Droid Prime, then the Droid Prime just made it’s way through Bluetooth SIG.

As far as information from the posting goes, not much is revealed. It does peg the SCH-i515 as a CDMA device, but that’s about it. However, that small bit of information paired with the fact that the Droid Charge is the SCH-i510, does start to make this whole Droid Prime thing sound almost reasonable.

Could the i515 be the first Ice Cream Sandwich device, but not the next Nexus? Google did let Sprint throw a “4G” on the name of their Nexus variant, but would they drop the Nexus name altogether? It’s almost like the original Droid or Xoom all over again–a first of its kind, just without the Nexus name. The real Nexus device could still launch after the Droid Prime in time for the holiday season. It’s a lot to take in with what we already thought we knew about the flagship ICS device, but at this point, it’s all certainly possible.