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Netflix 1.3 update for Android – now supports 24 devices including Samsung Galaxy S

Another day, another Netflix version for Android, this time increasing the number of supported Android devices to a whooping 24 devices in version 1.3. Among the most notable newcomers are HTC Droid Incredible 2, Droid 3, Samsung Galaxy S. Here is the full list:

Nook Color is still not mentioned, but we know better! Check out our article in how to run Netflix on Nook Color. You can download the new Netflix 1.3 apk (file name com.netflix.mediaclient_246.apk) in here.

• Casio G’zOne Commando C771 with Android 2.2
• HTC Droid Incredible
• HTC Droid Incredible 2
• HTC EVO
• HTC EVO 3D
• HTC G2
• HTC Thunderbolt
• Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet
• LG Revolution
• Motorola Atrix
• Motorola Droid
• Motorola Droid X
• Motorola Droid X2
• Motorola Droid 2
• Motorola Droid 3
• Samsung Droid Charge
• Samsung Epic 4G
• Samsung Galaxy S
• Samsung Galaxy S 4G
• Samsung Fascinate
• Samsung Nexus S
• Samsung Nexus S 4G

Hulu Plus officially adds support for four more Android smartphones

And I said officially because at this point, if you have the skills you can have Hulu Plus on pretty much any Android device you want, including Nook Color. The new smartphones to officially get Hulu Plus are Sprint Evo 4G, T-Mobile G2, T-Mobile myTouch 4G, Verizon Thunderbolt making a total of 10. You can download the Hulu Plus apk straight from the Android Market if you are officially supported or from here and side load it to your device. Either way, you’ll need the standard $7.99 / month to use it although a free 2 weeks preview is available.

As a side question, now that Netflix raised prices, do you still prefer it over Hulu? I do, because the streaming plans are priced the same and Hulu Plus sucks with all those ads. We still need it for those pesky TV shows though…Nothing beats Hose / Bones, at least if you ask my  significant other.

Sony S2 Android 3.0 Tablet to sell exclusively in US via AT&T

AT&T just announced that they’ll be the exclusive seller for the Sony dual screen folding tablet in the US. Uncovered in April, the new tablet contains two 5.5 inches capacitive LCD screens with a resolution of 1024 x 480 each, a powerful Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset and will run Android OS 3.0, with an update to 3.1 expected soon. Since the tablet will sell through AT&T ,expect HSPA+ support through AT&T’s 4G network.

There is no price announced yet but since we are talking about a Sony product, expect it will be high. Our bet, around $700 high. An interesting feature that will help differentiate from the competition is the support for Sony’s PlayStation Network with all the goodies that come out of that including games, movies, Qriocity, etc.

Shipping wise, expect it sometime in the Fall, maybe around  the time Amazon’s own Android tablet will ship. This is an interesting year.

Check after the break for the full Press Release Read More…

Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color jumps ahead Amazon’s Kindle as the best selling eReader

Based on the latest numbers churned by IDC, for the first time ever B&N’s sweet eReader / hacked Android tablet Nook Color took the lead in sales jumping ahead Amazon’s hugely successful Kindle eReader. We can’t say we are completely surprised by the news, especially since the Nook Color is our all time favorite device. The news is obviously a message from the readers that they want devices that will do more than just allowing them to read books, Internet browsing and gaming / movie watching being the obvious favorites. With Nook Color, you can do all of the above, especially if you root them and install CyanogenMod 7, a move that should give you full tablet functionality for less. If you are interested, check our series of articles in how to do it!

iPad 2 continues to dominate the tablets market but Nook Color remains on the second place, despite efforts from dedicated players like Samsung or Motorola. IDC doesn’t say though, and we would certainly like to know how many of the Nook Color buyers end up rooting / replacing their OS.

Check out IDC’s full Press Release after the break.

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Fieldrunners HD FREE as Amazon Android App of the Day – works well on Nook Color

One of the best tower defense games ever and available for a while on the iPhone / iPad now available on the Android platform and free for today. The game is Fieldrunners HD and it is free for today in Amazon Android App store (usually $2.99). To get it you can follow the link or just start up the Amazon Android App store if you have it on your Android device. I just installed it on my CyanogenMod 7.1 Nook Color and it works really well. In case the game only occupies a small portion of the screen, you need to uncheck the compatibility mode for old apps in the “Spare Parts” application.

Game info:

  • Requires a phone running OS 2.2 or above, and is not compatible with tablets
  • Strategically construct tower defenses to protect your base
  • Earn cash by keeping the enemy out and buy more destructive towers
  • Play over 400 levels and 4 battlefields
  • Enjoy Hi-definition graphics, and amusing sound effects

Rumor of the day – iPhone 5 and iPad 3 Taiwanese component suppliers are getting materials list ready ready

Another day, another iPhone 5 / iPad 3 rumor, but that keeps everybody entertained and gives us subjects to write about. This time, is a rumor everybody seems to agree upon, not just a lone analyst in a dusty office. It looks like the Taiwanese companies involved somehow in the production of Apple’s toys are starting to prepare their components anticipating to start production sometime in August. Both iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are rumored to see the official light of the day sometime in September and start shipping the following month. Not sure how fast you’ll be able to get one, but that’s an entirely different issue.

While everybody does expect an iPhone 4 successor, the iPad 3 if true comes as a surprise because Apple would break their 12 month standard cycle between models. Of course, the market is somewhat different. More competitors, especially in the tablet field,  are releasing devices that rival iPad 2 (Samsung’s new tablets are just an example) and they are forcing Apple to work harder. iPad 2, cool as it is, was also an evolutionary device rather than revolutionary and did not include several expected technologies including retina display (which is again rumored to arrive in iPad 3 as a 250 dpi screen), NFC (Near Field Read More…

Deal of the Day – $0.01 – Motorola Atrix 4G AT&T Android Smartphone at Amazon

If you are on the market for a nice smartphone, Amazon has this Motorola Atrix 4G AT&T Android Smartphone for only $0.01 with free shipping. You’ll need activation (a new line for example) or a new 2-year AT&T agreement.

This phone was already successfully rooted so even with AT&T you won’t have any issues in installing the Android Market / Amazon Android App Store / side load apk and use it any way you want it. This phone is a beast in terms of performance with a very high resolution screen (960 x 540), 1 GB RAM and dual core 1GHz CPU.

Here are the Motorola Atrix 4G technical specs:

  • 4″ qHD at 960 x 540 16M color capacitive touchscreen
  • Tegra 2 chipset
  • Dual-core 1GHz ARM A9, Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP, A-GPS
  • 5MP camera capable of recording 720p
  • HSDPA 850/1900/2100, Android 2.2
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory, microSD expansion (up to 32 GB)
  • Google maps
  • HDMI audio/video output
  • up to 9 hours of talk time
  • Angry Birds for Nook Color gets free Mighty Eagle if you play in Barnes and Noble Stores

    It looks like Barnes and Noble is getting serious in their plans to support their own Android App Store for Nook Color and announces its first exclusive – a tweaked Angry Birds version for Nook Color that gives you goodies for playing it in B&N stores (and being connected to B&N WiFi network), making the first Angry Birds implementation to be location aware. Apparently, B&N tries to steal some of the Apple’s “magic” designating their own stores as a “Magic Place”.

    The first bonus to be given in the above “Magic Place” is a free Mighty Eagle with other in-game bonuses and content made available to returning visitors. It is obviously a clever marketing trick to get as many visitors as possible, considering the popularity of Rovio’s game. The deal between Rovio Read More…

    Hulu Plus arrives on Android – 6 devices for now, more to come – Works on Nook Color

    Update : I am able to stream perfectly on my Nook Color. Cool!!! My Nook Color has its build.prop changed to HTC to solve the Netflix chipmunk issue. Another issue I had was that while the movies from Miramax (ad free) streamed perfectly, the TV Shows (ad loaded) were stuck at buffering, during the initial advertisement. The reason, at least for my machine was that I had AdFree for Android installed. If you experience this, use AdFree Revert option to revert back to the original host file. You will loose ad blocking feature but you will earn perfect Hulu Plus streaming.

    Update 2: I made a short movie demo-ing Hulu Plus on Nook Color

    Well, this qualifies as a breaking news. Promised quite a while ago, Hulu Plus app finally made its way on the Android Platform, although, in a manner similar to Netflix, it is not for everybody. More specific, Hulu Plus apk is available only on 6 Andrdoid devices for now, and the lucky ones are Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix. Not sure if the problem is the DRM capability cooked into the hardware or just based on popularity. You can get the Hulu Plus right now from the Android Market. The Hulu availability is a huge step for the Android platform in its quest to offer the equivalent in entertainment apps with iOS. In my opinion, now that both Netflix and Hulu Plus are available, it is very close to achieving this goal. Read More…

    Galaxy Tab 10.1 to get some Sprint love on July 24, no 3G/4G though

    Tethering through your smartphone works for you? Then save some money and skip the 3G/4G Galaxy Tab 10.1 version and get the WiFi only model. Starting on July 24th, you can pick the cheap WiFi + 16GB basic Galaxy Tab 10.1 model for around $500, no plan required (of course, Sprint will love to sign up with them and buy the MiFi router in the process), but if you already have a smartphone with a healthy data plan, don’t bother. If money is no object, wait a tad longer and get the 4G LTE version from Verizon later in the summer.

    If you are still undecided as of which tablet to buy, check out our top 10 tablets article. iPad 2 is still the tablet to buy, not necessarily because of the hardware but because it still has the most tablet optimized apps by far. If you hate all things Apple though (I have a friend that does), Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the next best thing. Better hardware, thinner, lighter than iPad 2, the new tablet from Samsung is the best Android tablet to date, and that is no small thing considering how diverse the Android market has become.

    Check after the break for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 full technical specs. Read More…