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2 years ago

Josh's most-used apps of 2011

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Being the "apps guy" is an interesting position. It means I get tasked to play with apps all day long, each and every day. It feels a lot like being an adventurer, wandering through a dense (really dense) forest, where danger and suspense lurk around every corner.

As such (and because I'm more the average Joe user than you might think), my list is a combination of my most-used apps and some apps that are so great, they still deserve recognition (despite not being on the daily list).

With that said, here's some of my favorite and useful apps from the past year.

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2 years ago

Jared's most-used apps of 2011

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Applications come and go on a daily basis, some for testing purposes, others because they are new and shiny and well I think I have to have them.

Only a few applications make the daily use category, so hit the break to find out which those are!

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2 years ago

The top Android news of 2011

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So here we are, in the final hours of 2011. (And to those of you who have crossed the threshold already, happy new year!) It was certainly the busiest 365 days of Android we've seen yet -- and we're willing to bet 2012 gets even crazier.

Here's a look at the top 10 news stories (as in not device reviews) on Android Central for 2011, as ranked by pageviews. Of course, that means older stories have a leg up -- and, interestingly enough, the most-read story of the year was actually from 2010. (And one other from December 2010 snuck in, too.) And the winner was a post by Jared DiPane explaining the best way to move from BlackBerry to Android. We thought about tossing it from the list. But it also makes sense. When you're activating nearly three-quarters of a million Android devices daily, another platform will suffer. And that it's BlackBerry is no real surprise.

We can't thank you all enough for your support in 2011, and we can't wait to get 2012 started with you. From all of us here, thanks, and have a safe one. And now, the top Android news stories of 2011, as ranked by pageviews.

  1. Jumping from BlackBerry to Android? Here's what you need to know!
  2. A slew of popular apps are now 10 cents in the Android Market
  3. Verizon changing its upgrade policy; you'll have 20 months before you can get a new phone
  4. Flashable Honeycomb ZIP for the Nook Color now available
  5. Will my Phone get Ice Cream Sandwich? Our predictions
  6. Verizon's new data plans broken down in complete detail
  7. Will my phone get Gingerbread? Our predictions
  8. First Nexus Prime photo leak shows buttonless device with 720p display
  9. RAM: What it is, how it's used -- and why you shouldn't care
  10. How to manually update your T-Mobile Nexus S to Ice Cream Sandwich

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2 years ago

And the winner of the Sonos prize pack is ...

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Drumroll, please.The winner of the Sonos End of Year Rockin' Giveaway, with prizes including a Sonos Play:3 and a Play:5 as well as a brand new Kindle Fire is....

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2 years ago

Report puts LG-Intel relationship on track with Android at CES

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Back in October we got word that in 2012 we'll be seeing versions of Android optimized to run on Intel chipsets. Word out of Korea is that the first smartphones running on them, will be made by LG and on show for the world to see at CES.

An article in the Korea Times claims that officials from both companies have confirmed the news despite official spokespeople remaining quiet on the matter. 

To spin the story around a little though, another LG executive doesn't think that the company will be releasing Intel powered phones to the mass market. Instead claiming that through massive subsidies from Intel, LG would more likely be producing the reference devices. 

It's not unusual to see such rumours floating around so close to CES -- especially one that makes total sense -- but Intel will be there so seeing an Android announcement isn't too far fetched. Either way we don't have long to wait and see. 

Source: Korea Times 

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2 years ago

HTC EVO Design 4G and Hero S kernel source released

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HTC has released the kernel source for the EVO Design 4G, and its US Cellular cousin, the HTC Hero S.  The specific version is 2.6.35 for Gingerbread, which is the current kernel running on the devices.  Having kernel source opens up some ridiculously cool mods and hacks, and the development community should have plenty of fun with this.  This means that we'll all be having fun shortly after.  If you're an interested developer, hit the link below and grab some code.

Source: HTC Developers

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2 years ago

Power and data cables, Prime availability [From the Forums]

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One more day and then 2011 is all said and done. The real question after that though will be 'What's your new years resolution?' and will you actually keep it? My new years resolution will be to help out some more in the Android Central forums and give back to the community. If you're looking to help out some folks as well, check out some of the threads below:

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

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs for the Nexus S 4G [from the forums]

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Google may not have officially pumped out Ice Cream Sandwich for the Nexus S 4G yet, but that won't stop you from having it.  We've got two custom ROMs in the forums that are dripping with ICS goodness.  If you're a fan of the stock Android experience, you can get a fully working AOSP 4.0.3 ROM for your 4G, with just enough changes from standard to make everything work well from Beezy.  It's like having a smaller Galaxy Nexus in your pocket, with face lock, beam, and everything else you've seen in videos and reviews.

If you want something a little different, fergie716 has ported over the latest ICS MIUI ROM to the Sprint Nexus, with everything good to go except for Wimax (which you'll never see working on MIUI).  It's also Android 4.0.3 under all the candy, and offers a very different experience that everyone should try for themselves at least once.  It's subtle, beautiful, and a nice change of pace.

Of course, nobody here will blame you if you just want to wait for Google to get the official 4.0.3 build pushed to you.  But if you like to tinker around, there's no need to wait.  Check 'em out. 

[ROM] AOSP 4.0.3 for the Nexus S 4G

[MIUI 4.0] MIUI SwAT for the Nexus S 4G

Thanks, devs, and thanks Paul for the tip!

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid 4 pops out once again for some pretty pictures

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Pictures of the Motorola Droid 4 have been around for as long as late October, so we're really not surprised to see more of them popping up. And now Technobuffalo has quite the new crop -- or, rather, a new crop of pictures of a non-working dummy phone. Not a whole lot there we haven't seen 13 different ways already -- most recently on Best Buy's website. Now all we need is some sort of official announcement, perhaps.

More: Technobuffalo

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2 years ago

HTC Jetstream receives custom CWM based recovery and permaroot

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While development for the HTC Jetstream has been pretty slim since its release that's not to say the device has been abandoned totally by developers and now, some new doors have been opened. DooMLoRD has created a custom CWM based recovery and permaroot for the HTC Jetstream and made it available for download.

The recovery is still in testing so feedback is needed. Plus, like all things of this nature -- caution is advised should you put it to use but if you're fine with that then you can head on over to XDA, grab the download and check out the full list of changes and features built in.

Source: XDA

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2 years ago

Verizon nixes planned $2 fee for some bill-payment methods

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Score one for the good guys. Under a hail of bad PR and a report of the FCC getting involved, Verizon Wireless has killed plans to charge an extra $2 a month for some bill-paying methods. Verizon said it "made the decision in response to customer feedback about the plan, which was designed to improve the efficiency of those transactions."

“At Verizon, we take great care to listen to our customers. Based on their input, we believe the best path forward is to encourage customers to take advantage of the best and most efficient options, eliminating the need to institute the fee at this time,” said Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless.

In a poll today on Android Central, a third of some 3,300 respondants said they were considering leaving Verizon over the proposed $2 fee. More than another third planned on using one of the bill paying options that would have avoided the fee.

Source: Verizon; via Phone Scoop

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2 years ago

MIPS NOVO7 mini review -- the 'first' Ice Cream Sandwich tablet

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But how far did you think $99 would get you?

Ice Cream Sandwich, and a 7-inch tablet -- two things that (for me) that go great together.  We got our 7-inch Ainol NOVO7 tablet fresh off the boat, and we're having a look at "The first Android 4.0 tablet in the world."  We really don't expect much from these no-name tablets -- especially one that retails at less than $100, but the intrigue of Ice Cream Sandwich running natively on one made it too hard to resist.

Hit the break, and let's have a look.

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2 years ago

FCC concerned about Verizon’s $2 convenience fee, looking into the matter

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The FCC, who has surprisingly been all up in every carriers business as of late has now spoken about Verizon's $2 convenience fee that will go into effect as of January 15th.

“On behalf of American consumers, we’re concerned about Verizon’s actions and are looking into the matter,”

What, exactly that means in anyone's guess -- but given other carriers have been charging such things for years now, we'll just have to wait and see what they have to say about Verizon now starting it up. In the meantime, enjoy this soundbite.

Source: NYTimes

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2 years ago

Richard's most-used Android apps of 2011

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Over the course of the last 12 months, I've lost count of the sheer amount of applications that I've downloaded, tried, deleted, and in some cases tried again. When all is said and done though, there's a select group of apps which I use a whole lot more than others to the point that they've become part of everyday life. Here's a little list of what's been getting me through the week.

Also: Phil's picks, Jerry's Picks, Chris' Picks

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2 years ago

Toshiba Thrive 32GB hits rock bottom $300 price; Santa has buyer's remorse

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You might want to look away if you just purchased a Honeycomb tablet for Christmas: 1saleaday.com has the 32GB Toshiba Thrive on sale today for a mere $299.99, a full $180 cheaper than the list price you'll find at Best Buy, Amazon, and other retailers. The 10-inch, Tegra 2-powered tablet is no slouch, as we discovered in our review back in August, and while it may not be the prettiest Android tablet out there today, it's hard to pass up for a mere three Benjamins. Hit the source link before midnight tonight to grab one and if anybody sees Santa, break the news gently.

Source: 1saleaday.com

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