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2 years ago

How to use BBC iPlayer on the Galaxy Nexus (or any unsupported ICS device)

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The official BBC iPlayer app for Android is great, assuming your phone or tablet is on the list of approved devices. If it's not, you won't even be able to see the app in the Android Market, and the mobile web player will turn you away with an error message. Two devices which still aren't officially supported are the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S (assuming you've got the ICS update), as the iPlayer currently rejects all Android 4.0 phones out of hand.

Never fear, though, because we've got a simple workaround that'll let you enjoy iPlayer content on both these devices with a minimal amount of fuss. Join us after the jump to find out how.

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic accessories contest!


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It's a little early for spring cleaning, but that doesn't mean we can't find a few gems laying around. And that brings us to today's contest, which is only for owners of the Motorola Droid Bionic. We've got a bevy of accessories with someone's name on them, just waiting to be packaged up and sent out. Check the video above for instructions. Good luck!

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2 years ago

Xperia Active gets drowned, stabbed, bludgeoned and run over by a Jeep

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Active survived our own dunking test as part of our review, but one YouTube user decided to take things a little further recently, with some heavy-duty tests of his own. These included sending it hurtling into a puddle to test water-resistance, as well as stabbing and bludgeoning the rugged smartphone with wrenches, hammers and screwdrivers. Finally, the Active was put up against a Jeep Wrangler (alongside an unfortunate potato) to test its sturdiness under extreme pressure.

In the end, the phone only sustained screen damage after being repeatedly whacked with a large wrench -- something we try to avoid during our testing process here at AC. In any case, if you want to see all three punishing videos for yourself, we've got them embedded after the jump.

Source: crimi8787 on YouTube; via: SE-nse

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2 years ago

Catch Phil tonight on Zen and Tech! 10 p.m. EST

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Just a quick heads up that our fearless and frequently flying leader Phil will be live on Zen and Tech tonight to talk about stress-free travel and how all these gadgets can make things a little easier. Or not. The 30-minute show kicks off at 10 p.m. EST / 7 p.m. PST. MobileNations.com/live

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2 years ago

Another look at the Galaxy Nexus car dock and HDMI station

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Following on from our first look at the Verizon Galaxy Nexus's "navigation vehicle mount", mobile blog TheUnwired has a new walkthrough of the official Samsung version for the GSM Nexus, along with the new portrait-orientation charging dock with HDMI port. Unlike Verizon's vehicular mounting annex car dock, the Samsung version magically transforms the phone into car mode, with an appropriately rotated launcher, and quick settings buttons in the notification dropdown. You also get easier charging, thanks to the use of the gold charging contacts on the side of the device.

Both docking stations are expected to arrive during the first quarter of the year. More pics can be found over at the source link.

Source: TheUnwired

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2 years ago

Transformer Prime root tool Nachoroot packaged into a simple method

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For those of you who want to root your ASUS Transformer Prime but don't want all the muss and fuss of command lines, the Nachoroot method has been nicely pacakged into a little executable file that will take the typing out of the equation. We'd still recommend at least reading through the manual method -- it's important to know how and why things work -- but this little ViperMOD Primer Tool indeed makes thing easier.

Note that we're talking root access, not bootloader unlocking here, and the ViperMOD tool is Windows-only for now. That'll still come from ASUS itself.

Source: XDA; via Engadget

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2 years ago

Android A to Z: What is CES?

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What is CES? In just a few short days we'll be back yet again in Las Vegas for the 2012 International CES. That's Consumer Electronics Show, if you don't know, and it's the largest gathering of nerds west of the Mississippi. Or east of the Mississippi. Or anywhere near Mississippi. 

CES isn't just a mobile show, though. It's everything electronics. And while that means you don't get quite as much mobile tech as you will, say, at Mobile World Congress (in Barcelona in late February) or CTIA (in New Orleans in May), we'll still see our share. In January 2011, CES is where we got our first good look at the likes of the Motorola Xoom Honeycomb tablet. And the Droid Bionic, Cliq 2 and Atrix, and the HTC ThunderBolt, Inspire 4G and EVO Shift 4G. And LG Optimus 2X and Revolution.

Here's what's coming up this year:

  • CES doesn't officially start until Tuesday, Jan. 10. That's when the show floors open.
  • But Monday, Jan. 9, is Media Day. Press conference after press conference. It's a little insane, actually.
  • And stuff's actually going down on Sunday, too. Le sigh.
  • Unlike years past, the Adult Entertainment Expo isn't taking place at the same time, adjacent to some of the same venues. There shall be no (or at least not quite as much) accidental mixing of nerds and nipples. (We can't be held responsible for what happens in Vegas after hours, though.)
  • We're going to have more liveblogs than you'll be able to follow. It'll be epic.

So, yeah. There's going to be plenty of stuff to keep us busy.

And you'll be able to keep track of it all at our Android @ CES 2012 page.

Previously on Android A to Z: What is a bootloader?; More at The Android Dictionary

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2 years ago

Pantech Element slips out ahead of CES, 8-inch Honeycomb tablet for $299 on contract

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Apparently some of the first CES 2012 devices are starting to leak out, with BGR getting a gander at the Pantech Element, an 8-inch Honeycomb tablet that supposedly will run $299 on contract with AT&T, or $499 outright. This little guy is another of AT&T's initial LTE devices, sports Android 3.2, 16GB of memory, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, and a 2MP front-facing camera. Oh, and it's water-resistant, for what that's worth.

We'll be looking for this one early next week, we reckon.

Source: BGR

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson drops another CES teaser, looking like an Xperia Arc follow-up

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Sony Ericsson just dropped this little teaser pic onto its Facebook page, and astute readers are noting that, among other things, the camera button appears to be pointing us in the direction of a successor to the Xperia Arc. (Read our full review) Of course, anything that comes out after the Xperia Arc is an Xperia Arc successor, and SE's had not qualms about borrowing features from phone to phone.

But we digress. We should find out soon enough next week at CES 2012 in Las Vegas. Join us, won't ya?

Source: Sony Ericsson Facebook

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy M Style comes to Korea in, ummm, style

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The Korean faction of the Samsung Tomorrow blog today announced the Samsung Galaxy M Style. It's a Gingerbread device with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, is just 9.9 mm thick and has a 3MP camera. There's also a 1GHz processor and 1650 mAh battery to keep things running.

It'll be available in a variety of colors and is "reasonably priced." Huzzah.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow (translated)

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich enters Android's versioning chart with 0.6 percent

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Google's just released the latest numbers showing the distribution of the various versions of Android. Ice Cream Sandwich has made the list for the first time, with Android 4.0 totalling 0.6 percent of the devices activated. That's actually split into two versions of ICS -- Android 4.0 through 4.0.2, which comprises the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and Android 4.0.3, which is currently rolling out to the Samsung Nexus S. (The Galaxy Nexus will be updated to 4.0.3 in good time.) 

In other unexpected news, Honeycomb (Android 3.x) has hit a total 3.3 percent, Gingerbread (Android 2.3) is up a bit more, now totalling 55.5 percent, and Froyo (Android 2.2) is down to 30.4 percent. Eclair (Android 2.1) has dropped to 8.5 percent, while Donut (Android 1.6) hit 1.1 percent, and Cupcake (Android 1.5) is at 0.6 percent.

Again, that's the first showing for Ice Cream Sandwich. We'll want to watch how quickly that one grows, whether it's from new devices (which we really hope to see soon), or software updates (which we hope to see just as soon).

Numbers are for the two weeks ending Jan. 3

Source: Android Developer Blog

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2 years ago

Score a GSM unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus for $559

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Been wanting a Galaxy Nexus for use on T-Mobile or AT&T, but didn't want to shell out a lot of dough?  Daily deals style site dailysteals.com has the unlocked i9250 GSM Galaxy Nexus for just about the same price one would pay had they been sold at Best Buy or the like -- $559.99 plus $4.99 shipping.  CES is right around the corner, and we're sure to see something that tickles everyone's fancy, but for many there's nothing like a Nexus, and the price is right.  No idea how many of these are on hand, so go click if you're interested.

Source: Daily Steals

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2 years ago

NFL Mobile updated for Ice Cream Sandwich, will need another update to actually work

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Ahem. First we had to wait weeks for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Then we found out that the NFL Mobile app -- which is annoyingly exclusive to Verizon -- doesn't work. And finally, today, the app is updated for Ice Cream Sandwich. Only, guess what: It still doesn't work on the Galaxy Nexus. So let's just assume we'll see an update to the update sooner rather than later.

But, hey. At least 4G LTE is working tonight.

More: Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in. 

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2 years ago

Android Resolutions: Resolve to help thy fellow Android neighbor

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Sharing is caring.  We've all heard that phrase before, and I'll wager that most of the time we all agree.  I think at heart everyone wants to be a helpful member of society, both online and off.  If I'm right, there's an easy way we can make an impact -- helping our fellow Android enthusiasts. 

Resolve to help thy fellow Android neighbor

Think back to when you first got your hands on an Android phone or tablet.  Remember the excitement and fun you had discovering all the great stuff you could do with it?  Now remember how frustrating it was when you couldn't find the easy way to do something simple, like add a contact or change the notification for SMS messages.  We all have been there, and chances are we had to ask a question or two along the way.  Hopefully, the answers we all got were helpful and friendly.

Now think how many people got an Android device this holiday season -- 3.7 million of them (not counting Amazon Kindle Fires).  You will meet some of these people online, and especially here at Android Central.  They are going to have questions if this is their first Android device.  Take a moment, and offer advice in a helpful way.  In fact, resolve to go one step further and head into the forums once a day and try to find someone to help.  You'll feel good doing it, and chances are you can help make someone a bit happier with their new Android phone or tablet. 

We're not suggesting you hold someone's hand and walk them through every simple little thing -- nobody learns anything that way.  We're just saying that we all need to take a few moments and offer an helpful advice we have to our neighbors in need.  Try it, chances are you'll like it.

Previous: Resolve to be hands-free in the car

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2 years ago

User agents, Email sync [From the Forums]

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Tablets, bootloaders, ICS -- Oh, my. Even though it's only Tuesday, this week appears to be flying by with all the news that is happening. If you missed out on anything thus far, jump back a page and get yourself caught up or, make your presence known in the Android Central forums where you can find plenty of help, tips and tricks and much more:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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