It’s that time of year when the hot stove league gives way to spring training, and people start talking less about things like El Hombre’s move to LA and more about batting averages and home runs. Thus, MLB has unleashed the MLB At Bat 2012 app to keep you up to date on your favorite squads and stars, and unlike previous iOS iterations, this time it’s free. That gratis version gives users limited info (scores, standings, news, and team content), but those willing to drop $14.99 get full access for the year, which includes audio game casts, live game video look-ins and the game of the day. Additionally, there’s a $2.99 monthly subscription option if you find forking over for the full season distasteful. Unlike the iOS version, Android users currently only have the $14.99 option, though the same interface is present in both apps to provide a consistent UX. Subscribers of MLB.tv get all of what At Bat 2012 has to offer for free, with Android users gaining access through the existing At Bat Lite app. Sound good? Head on down to the source and get your download on.
SwiftKey is responsible for as many saved typing hours, as it is crushing affirmations of just how predictable we really are. A fact that can now be drilled home by infinitely more devices, thanks to a new SDK for OEMs. Developers for a variety of platforms and programming languages (including C++, iOS and JVM) can access SwiftKey’s core language-engine technology for their own UI or on screen keyboard, and with support for over 40 languages, we can expect many more tablets, phones and even white goods to worryingly know what we were going to say.
3D printing may still have quite a ways to go before it becomes as ubiquitous as traditional printing, but there’s plenty of developers out there working to make that happen. One such example comes out of the House 4 Hack group in Johannesburg, who have been working on an Android app called Paint3D that promises to let folks create 3D models and then print them out straight from their mobile device — imagine saying that even just five years ago. Unfortunately, that’s not available to the general public just yet, but you can get a closer look at the app and the results its able to produce at the source link below, and get an overview from one of the developers in the video after the break.
Sure, the FCC didn’t get to tear apart the delectable white Lumia 900 we’re oh-so-smitten with, but given the cadaver activities undertaken upon a smartphone that hasn’t yet gone on sale, beggars can’t be choosers. Inside the filing you’ll find a full manual and a bevy of internal shots revealing what makes Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone tick. Also of note, is a snap revealing the exact locations of its various antennae, which we’ve conveniently culled for you after the break. Honestly, there isn’t much else to it, so have a peep at our gallery or hop on over to the source link to get all personal with Espoo’s baby.
Gallery: Lumia 900 FCC teardown
Hey publishers, need more ways to breathlessly track just how well your app is doing on the Android Market? Fear not, the store is getting a number of new observable metrics. Publishers can now track their app’s performance by unique users and unique devices and break things down by mobile carrier and app updates. The UI has been redesigned as well, making it faster and more compact, while adding a timeline that gives users a quick view of their app’s performance. For more information and other changes, click on the Source link below.
Sharp’s AQUOS SH-06D will most probably never leave the Land of The Rising Sun. That doesn’t stop us, however, from lusting after its 4.5-inch. This 720p display also manages 3D, spread across a slinky 10mm frame that houses NTT DoCoMo’s recently launched NOTTV streaming broadcast system. The device arrives in pink, white and blue options — all provided with a matching dock and built-in aerial. Like several eastern phones with the ability to tune into live TV broadcasts, the AQUOS SH-06D has its own extendable antenna built into the side. The device, despite its largely plastic build felt solid in our hand, although the minuscule power and volume buttons proved difficult to manipulate at times. The screen technology is still a closely guarded secret, but it aims to bring both 3D functionality alongside a crisp HD display performance during two-dimensional antics. Viewing angles are great — a welcome trend we’ve seen on plenty of handsets at this year’s MWC — but the heavily customized Android 2.3 skin took away some of that sheen. Applications are stowed away into several drop-down menus that took some getting used to — regardless of any language barrier. Sharp hasn’t revealed any plans to join its Japanese competitors in the frenzied global smartphone market, but some import options wouldn’t go amiss. See why in our hands-on right after the break.
Sean Cooper contributed to this report
Gallery: Sharp AQUOS SH-06D hands-on
Scandinavian video streaming site Voddler (think: Spotify for video) has teamed up with Nokia to launch a Lumia-exclusive app the company’s current markets. Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and (the distinctly non-Scandinavian) Spain will get free, unlimited access to a wide library of movies and TV from April. Windows Phone users will also be able to schedule “Movie Night” streaming parties and riff on them, MST3k-style. If you’re fortunate enough to be within those territories, head on past the break to find out more details. The rest of us will sit here, jealously eyeing-up the immigration service website and pondering how easy it would be to learn Danish.
Really, Samsung? The Ace 2, Mini 2, S Advance and now, the Ace Plus? It’s a wonder anyone at the company can still keep track. Unfortunately, this particular Android offshoot is a bit of a stinker, saddled with a pitiful 3.65-inch 480 x 320 display that does the opposite of the usual, saturated OLED-impress, offering no other spec distraction from its lower pixel density. Like its aforementioned cousins, the device runs a TouchWiz skin atop Android Gingerbread 2.3.6, powered by a single 1GHz processor that does an acceptable job moving things along without that essential dual-core briskness. And while Sammy’s plastic builds are normally balanced out by superior software performance, here the chintzy look and feel of the unit and its overgrown silver trim further confirm its place as a budget entry. For now, the phone appears to be an overseas-only affair, as it’s already hit global markets this past January. Follow on past the break for a video tour of this forgettable pint-sizer.
Gallery: Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus hands-on
It’s getting so you need a map to traverse Samsung’s mobile Galaxy, but that’s not stopping the outfit from cranking out handsets — no matter how minuscule the tweaks. Announced back in January, the Galaxy S Advance falls solidly on the middle of the OEM’s consumer scale, delivering a speedy 1GHz dual-core experience on a build of Android 2.3.6. Naturally, the device comes outfitted with TouchWiz, but that skin doesn’t get in the way of the apparent snappy performance, as we noticed navigation, transitions and browsing all carried on without a hiccup. As you might’ve guessed, the saturated, 4-inch 800 x 480 display is of the Super AMOLED variety, so you won’t have much difficulty viewing the screen from a variety of angles. And while the construction is a typical plastic enclosure with subtly textured back, the combination of its light weight and thin profile conspire to make this one attractive purchase. A mostly global roll out’s already underway, though sadly, the US isn’t included on that select list. Peep the gallery below for some additional shots and, while you’re at it, check out the video after the break.
Gallery: Samsung Galaxy S Advance hands-on
Crafted from 1,000 (or 3,000, depending on who you talk to) smartphones, Huawei’s symybol for this year’s MWC proudly stands in squarely in the middle of the mobile madness. However, the chinese handset manufacturer still remains a bit of a dark horse in this year’s selection of OEM fillies.