For the very short time that Angry Birds Rio has been available since its late March release, the game has garnered a stupefying 10 million downloads till date. The game, released as a movie tie in, featured 60 new levels, brand new achievements, and a boss fight at the end. The 10 million download landmark was confirmed over Twitter by the developer Rovio. The game is available on the Apple App Store for 99 cents, while the Android version is free, albeit with advertisements. Rovio promised a free update to Angry Birds Seasons to mark the milestone. The update will add Easter content for Seasons when it falls on April 24.
RIM is reportedly planning to bring its BlackBerry Messenger app and service to Android, and eventually to iOS as well, according to multiple BGR sources.
RIM has not yet finalized details surrounding timing or pricing, but we have heard that the company might make the software free to all users. We’re also told strategy is still being developed, however, and RIM may end up charging users a one-time fee or even a recurring fee for access to its BBM service on third-party platforms. Read more…
The HTC Merge! Remember that thing? It was the focus of almost constant leaks back in 2010 and then… nothing. It pretty much disappeared off the radar, with word that HTC had gone back to the drawing board to add LTE support.
Well, the HTC Merge is finally a real thing and has arrived.
Do you carry an HTC Desire Z, Desire HD, Desire, or the brand-friggin’ new Incredible S? Are you wondering when you’ll get a bite of that sweet, sweet Gingerbread (or, in non-mega-geek-speak, when your handset will be updated to Android v2.3)?
While HTC isn’t naming any specific dates (that just tends to make people rage when the unavoidable delays occur), they’ve confirmed to Slashgear that the four aforementioned devices will get Gingerbread, and they’ve offered up a pretty big window for when those updates will come: Q2. That means we probably won’t see any of them by March, but all of them should be floatin’ over the airwaves by the end of June.
We’re all giddy as school girls about Android’s first official tablet release, 3.0 Honeycomb, but we’re sure not so giddy about having to spend yet more money on more hardware. If only there was a way we could play with all the new hotness right now. Thankfully some clever people over at xda-developers have gotten their hands on the Android 3.0 SDK and done what every sane person would do; ported it right onto the trusty old Nexus One hardware.
Now before everyone rushes off to download the install files (available here by the way) it’s worth bearing in mind a couple of things.
- First off, this is about as unofficial as it gets – there’s no support from Google for any of this.
- Secondly, this isn’t what we’d call a stable operating system. Currently somewhat important components such as WiFi and the accelerometer aren’t quite working.
With that out of the way, there’s no doubting the skill involved in pulling off such a port – something that Android hackers seem to have in abundance. This latest port shows the power of the community and also the versatility of Android.
Source : Neowin Author:Oliver