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Android Community Nightly: December 3rd, 2012

By AndroidPress | OnTuesday, December 4th, 2012 - No Comments »

December is finally here folks. It’s time to get out the Christmas decorations, put lights on the tree, and hopefully we get a Christmas themed Android collectible sometime soon from those folks at Dead Zebra. Today is December 3rd and welcome to another edition of the Android Community Nightly. Below you’ll find all the news and stuff that mattered to us most. It was another exciting day in the world of Android but first off lets start off with the little bit of bad news. The news. 

Time To Wreck It!: Wreck-It Ralph Review

By AndroidPress | OnTuesday, December 4th, 2012 - No Comments »

As gamers, we’ve all become familiar with the tie-in title. These are usually released in conjunction with a movie or TV show to widen its exposure, and historically they’re usually pretty sub-par. However, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph subverts this trope because it’s in the unique position of being based off of video games. That’s kind of hard to mess up. Wreck-It Ralph is a series of three (soon to be four) arcade games that feature characters and environments from. 

Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean leaks for Galaxy Note II LTE

By AndroidPress | OnTuesday, December 4th, 2012 - No Comments »

Samsung’s been on a roll working rather hard lately making sure they update all their devices to the latest and greatest versions of Android. Earlier today we reported Jelly Bean was rolling out to more Galaxy S III phones, and now it appears a minor update to 4.1.2 JB has leaked for the international 4G LTE capable Galaxy Note II. The Galaxy Note II thankfully comes out of the box with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, but today a leak of their minor update to 4.1.2 has appeared on the internet. 

Game Review: Shoot Em Up + Rave = Beat Hazard Ultra

By AndroidPress | OnTuesday, December 4th, 2012 - No Comments »

I’ve been enjoying video games for most of my life, and some of them come with a seizure warning before I start playing. This is to make sure that people who are prone to seizures or headaches know that there is a large amount of strobe effects in the game they’re about to start. I’ve never felt that been susceptible to the problems the warnings are meant to address, but then again, I hadn’t played Beat Hazard Ultra, either. Beast Hazard Ultra is a shoot-em-up game that uses. 

Galaxy S III in Canada getting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update today

By AndroidPress | OnMonday, December 3rd, 2012 - No Comments »

Today all you lucky Samsung Galaxy S III users up in Canada should begin receiving the awesome and much anticipated update to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Last week Samsung confirmed the updates would start today, and we can now confirm Jelly Bean is rolling out to the Galaxy S III on multiple carriers across Canada as we speak. Samsung stated today would be the day, and we’re now seeing Jelly Bean get pushed out on Bell, TELUS, Rogers and more up there for all you Canadians. It’s been. 

XBMC for Android beta officially released

By AndroidPress | OnMonday, December 3rd, 2012 - No Comments »

The folks at XBMC have just released their official version 12 beta 2 complete with Android support. Back in July we first learned that the popular XBMC was coming to Android, but now it’s here with no compiling or tweaking required. This awesome open source media player will bring tons to Android now that it’s officially available instead of users just tweaking it to run on Android. More details below. XBMC is like the ultimate cross platform media streamer with support for now basically. 

PSA: You must enable pinch-to-zoom in the new Gmail

By AndroidPress | OnMonday, December 3rd, 2012 - No Comments »

Today about 4 years late Google has finally updated their popular Gmail application with one of the most requested features ever. That feature being auto-fit to pages and pinch-to-zoom. Something that should have been available on the Nexus One and beyond. Sadly it has taken ol Google a few too many years to release this update, but now that it’s here you’ll want to enable the feature. For some unknown reason this epic and badly needed feature for Gmail isn’t actually enabled. 

SMS celebrates 20th birthday today

By AndroidPress | OnMonday, December 3rd, 2012 - No Comments »

Text messaging, the service that has led to many ridiculously large phone bills and equally ridiculous acronyms, is celebrating its 20th birthday today. That may come as a surprise to some, considering that text messaging is often viewed as a phenomenon of the 2000s, but the first text message was actually sent on this day in 1992. What did that first text message say? Simply “Merry Christmas.” December 3 might be a little early to start wishing people a Merry Christmas, but no matter. 

Google updates Maps API, gives developers access to all the neat features

By AndroidPress | OnMonday, December 3rd, 2012 - No Comments »

Today the folks from Google up in Mountain View announced some awesome news for Android developers, especially if you’re a developer that works with apps taking advantage of Google Maps. Today they launched an update to the Google Maps Android API that opens the door for developers to use the comprehensive and extensive amount of options and features available from Google Maps. Google’s bread and butter Maps app has continuously got better and better over the past year, and now all. 

No injunction for Motorola in Microsoft case, Judge says

By AndroidPress | OnMonday, December 3rd, 2012 - No Comments »

The US patent suit between Motorola and Microsoft wrapped up last month, but today Motorola was dealt a pretty serious blow by federal Judge James Robart. Robart denied Motorola’s request for an injunction on Microsoft products today, which of course means that Microsoft can continue selling the allegedly infringing products here in the US. That isn’t the best sign for Google, which shelled out billions of dollars to buy Motorola, partly so it could have access to the company’s. 

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