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Skype App Cracked Open, Now Allows Video Calls on Non-Supported Handsets

by: Elmer MontejoJuly 1, 2011

Skype just updated its Skype app for Android yesterday, and along with the update came support for video calls on several handsets.

Skype video calls now work on the Samsung Galaxy S (requires Android 2.2 Froyo), Google Nexus S (except the U.S. version of the Google Nexus S 4G), HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, and Sony Ericsson Xperia pro.

The supported devices are literally just a handful. Although Skype has been promising “support for more handsets soon,” no one knows the day or hour that defines “soon.” Apparently, “soon” is too far away for some folks.

With the hacked version of Skype’s official app for [...]

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Acer’s New 10-inch Android Tablet Coming in 4Q 2011

by: Elmer MontejoJuly 1, 2011

Word has traveled down the grapevine via DIGITIMES saying that Acer is readying another 10-inch Android tablet. The tablet’s release date is expected to be some time during the holiday season in the fourth quarter of this year.

Sources say the tablet will have the same touchscreen size as the Acer ICONIA TAB A500 (i.e., 10 inches). The new Acer tablet will be an addition to the current line of 10-inchers such as the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola XOOM, Archos Arnova 10, Archos 101 G9, and several others.

The upcoming Acer tablet will expectedly run on Android 3.1 Honeycomb, or even Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (which is due for [...]

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MSI Developing Android App to Control PC Overclocking Via Wi-Fi

by: Elmer MontejoJune 30, 2011

Overclocking is not for everyone. It is a task whose benefits potentially equal the risks. Since overclocking essentially entails playing around with the voltages and clock rates of various computer components, you can potentially fry your processor, motherboard, graphics card, or RAM–that is, if you do not know what you are doing.

But, suppose you are an overclocking enthusiast (and also most likely a gamer) and you also own an Android phone at the same time, then here’s some good news for you, especially if you are using Afterburner, an overclocking tool developed by Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer Micro-Star International (MSI). The Afterburner tool [...]

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Cisco to Start Selling the Cius to Enterprise Users on July 31 for US$750

by: Elmer MontejoJune 30, 2011

Cisco Systems announced its Android tablet, the Cius, in June last year, but without any official pronouncements regarding its price or a specific release date. Yesterday, however, the company said it will start selling the Cius exclusively to corporate customers starting on July 31. The tablet will cost US$750.

When the company unveiled the Cius last year, it was very clear about its target market: businesses and enterprises. Cisco revealed more details last Wednesday about how the Cius exactly works as an enterprise-grade tablet, and one of the integral components is Cisco’s AppHQ, which will provide business applications designed for the [...]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Presale on Verizon, to Start Shipping Next Month

by: Elmer MontejoJune 30, 2011

Just 4 more weeks to go, and you can already get your hands on the yummy Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1–unless you have not preordered it yet. If you haven’t, hop over to Verizon Wireless, which is now accepting preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Verizon will start shipping your Galaxy Tab 10.1 in 4 to 6 weeks. You can choose between a 16-gigabyte version and a 32-gigabyte version, priced at US$530 and US$630, respectively, with a new 2-year lock-in contract with Verizon. Full retail prices for both versions are US$630 and US$730, respectively.

The Verizon tablet is available in grey and white cases. The mobile carrier flaunts it as the “thinnest [...]

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10 Free Awesome Android Games [June 2011]

by: tylerJune 29, 2011

With so many awesome games getting released for Android lately, where would you be without great sites like Android Authority to sort out the good from the bad? Today I’d like to share with some games that you can download for free, and most importantly games that don’t suck. When I can find the time, these are games I’ve personally enjoyed on my Android device.

Reckless Racing Lite

Reckless Racing reminds me of one of those old off road racing games I loved as a kid for the original NES. Yes, the first Nintendo launched in the 80s for all you kids who don’t know what it’s like to blow the dust out of your cartridge style game when [...]

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Best Android Apps for Wine Drinkers and Wine Lovers

by: Elmer MontejoJune 29, 2011

Why do people drink wine? An old Latin saying gives five major reasons: “the arrival of a friend; one’s present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason.” In truth, the fruit of the vine crushed and fermented into that intoxicating drink we know as wine is part of human heritage. For centuries, the gift of Bacchus has been ever present in almost all significant public and private gatherings, with or without food (but especially with food).

But, not all wines are made equal–neither in price, quality, nor fame. Sadly, too, not many wine lovers know of the existence of other wine varieties; or, if they do, they wouldn’t [...]

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Android Hits 500,000 Daily Activations!

by: Darcy LaCouveeJune 28, 2011

Hard to believe – but it’s true. As of today, there are 500,000 Android devices activated each and every day – and it is only accelerating. So much so, that it’s a number that is growing at over 4.4% every week, which the father of Android, Andy Rubin, let us know in a recent tweet.

“People get ready, there’s a train a comin’” – the Impressions

Android’s staggering growth has hit a new milestone as of several hours ago, but the growth in the last few months alone is just as impressive. Back in May, Google told us that 100 million Android devices had been activated and 400,000 devices were being activated on a daily basis. It took only a [...]

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Ultimate Guide: How To Play Playstation & N64 Games On Your Android Honeycomb Tablet

by: Darcy LaCouveeJune 28, 2011

Games, you like them right? Want to relive the glory days of gaming on your tablet? Read on, dear friend, read on. Getting the best console games of yesteryear on your Android Honeycomb tablet is easier than you think. This is the beauty of Android – openness, freedom, and community collaboration. Follow the simple directions below, and watch the videos, and you should have your Honeycomb tablet playing your favorite games in no time – and with an actual controller, no less. Read on.

Well, we at Android Authority are all about good times. So much so in fact, that we’ve put together this comprehensive guide on how to relive the glory days of classic [...]

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Motorola, Sprint Brewing New QWERTY Android Smartphone

by: Elmer MontejoJune 28, 2011

A while back, Sprint took the Motorola Droid Pro (which was on Verizon) for a spin and rebranded it as its own Motorola XPRT. Sprint and Motorola, these days, are hand-in-hand again in the labs to come up with a new Android smartphone–another portrait QWERTY again.

In fact, the tipster that leaked the news to PopHerald said that, although the new QWERTY smartphone is not entirely XPRT in look and feel, the phone does have features that remind you of the Motorola XPRT. For instance, the new device will still have a full, four-row QWERTY keyboard, but the rows will be fashioned in a “smile pattern” (as opposed to the “ruler pattern” of the XPRT) [...]

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