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2 years ago

How to flash ICS to your stock LTE Motorola Xoom [from the forums]

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Looking for a sweet taste of Ice Cream Sandwich on your LTE model Motorola Xoom tablet? If you got some time to read, some patience and the hardware you will definitely want to check this out. Android Central forums member BasPilot has taken the time to write up a rather lengthy, detailed explanation of the process that not only tells you what to do, but also why you are doing it and breaks it down rather simply. If you are feeling risky and want to get to flashing be sure to hit the link below and get to reading!

More discussion in the forums

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2 years ago

Notion Ink releases alpha build of Ice Cream Sandwich; teases a new device

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Notion Ink has released the alpha build of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Adam.  Because this is an alpha build and nowhere near a finished product, there's a good number of bugs and annoyances with this one.  The camera doesn't work, nor does 3G, USB storage, USB flash drive, and the light sensor.  There's also an issue with the tablet waking from sleep and issues with video playback and HDMI sound.  But it's Ice Cream Sandwich, and Notion Ink has opened the test bed for anyone who wants to try.

In addition, a short blurb on their blog (Shravan is a master of the tease) about changes to the blog and other company news.  Tucked in there is:

Post the mentioned public release, we will be starting another blog. It will focus only on development, and we will again see a new device coming to life. Unlike last time where the hardware was mostly done out-house, this time every resistor, IC, bus lane, etc is designed and selected on the very computer working on this blog. We will try to involve as many professionals as possible so the new blog can become a reference for new developments!

Read the link for more and download instructions, and hit the break for a long (18 minute) video demo.

Source: Notion Ink

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2 years ago

iBone for Android: For those awkward times when you leave your trombone at home

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Ever have that moment of panic when you realize you've left the house without your trombone? Yeah. We've all been there. Fortunately there's iBone.

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2 years ago

White Galaxy Nexus caught out in the wild

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We've had the first retailers bring it up, we've had the first real promotional shots, and now we have the first real, actual shots of the white Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The folks over at the AndroidHD Blog in Italy have snagged themselves some photos of the as-yet unreleased device. Worth noting is that as in the official renders, it's only the sides and the rear of the device that are white -- the front remains black as on the original "titanium silver" version. 

In the UK at least, we're expecting to see this on sale from the week commencing Mar. 6. If you're a sucker for a white phone, hit the source link below for more pictures. 

Source: AndroidHD Blog (translated)

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2 years ago

UK retailers beginning to offer up dates for official Galaxy Nexus accessories

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In the United Kingdom, we're fortunate enough to have had the brilliant Samsung Galaxy Nexus since mid-November. Almost two months on from release, what we're still yet to see are any of the OEM accessories for the device. Two of the leading British online retailers for mobile equipment, Expansys and Clove Technology, have now started to offer some actual timeframes for getting their stock of the accessories in. Both companies though have quite different expected release dates. 

Clove have got the full range, including the sweet looking vehicle mount shown here, showing "first stock expected mid-January." We're in mid-January now, so this could mean we won't have to wait much longer. 

Expansys however are expecting to release the items on Feb 29. A significant difference from the Clove expectations, but it's important to note that Expansys are not always in first with what they sell. It's a lot more pinpoint though than "mid-January." 

Hopefully we really won't have too much longer to wait. Theres a lot to be said for utilising official OEM accessories, and my wallet is crying out to buy them. 

Source: Expansys, Clove

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Jan 14, 2012

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Guess who's back?! Sorry about last week folks, we know you want your apps and all but we were busy getting ourselves ramped up for CES 2012. Either way we are back in action this week so let's hit the break together and check some out!

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2 years ago

HTC Rezound Ice Cream Sandwich build leaks -- proceed with caution

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If you have been feeling a bit left out with your HTC Rezound and have been anxiously awaiting your invitation to the Ice Cream Sandwich party the time has come. Over at Rootzwiki they seem to have landed their hands on an ICS build for you to download and play around wtih. This is ICS 4.0.1 with Sense 3.5 overtop of it, and not all of it is really usable -- there are watermarks on various screens, screen shots, calls and more cause rebooting of the device, but hey it's new and shiny. So if you got some time to kill, and are comfortable with being able to roll your device back, head over and check it out!

P.S Apparently there is another newer and better build that should be coming "soon" so be sure to keep your eye out for that one as well. In the mean time be sure to let us know what you think in the forums!

Source: Rootzwiki; via: Android Central Forums

 

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Cell Limit 0

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Hey folks. In keeping with New Year’s resolutions suggested by the staff at Android Central I thought it fitting to write a review of an app I have been using for about a month, ever since the Holiday rush started and roads were littered with shoppers talking and texting. Holiday traffic and cell phone use are two topics that are bound to clash and they have. I am a father of two great kids and husband to a great wife and I don’t want their lives compromised by me texting or emailing in the car.

This is where this simple but great app comes into play.  Sponsored by one of the local health networks in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, it is called Cell Limit 0. Why the name? Simply put, a text or email is not worth someone’s life.  The app is very simplistic in its use and powerful in its effectiveness. All it does is simply create an automated response to people who text you. In the upper right hand corner, you can see the toggle button is red as it is set to off.  When you activate this toggle, you can set it to whatever message you want to respond with as seen in second image by typing what you want (I use the default message shown) then hit “Set Message”.  Notice how the toggle is now green in the upper right of your screen? The auto responder is now set. Click it again to turn it off.

Even better, it has the website celllimit0.com, which takes you to their website. Fill out the form and they will mail you a magnet of a Stop Sign to promote no texting and driving.  This is not a game changing app, but for me I find myself using the phone a lot less than before.  The app does have some FC issues that require you to exit and start it back up, but I find that running it on Ice Cream Sandwich is less problematic then running it on CyanogenMod or stock Gingerbread. Download link is after the break, check it out in the market as it’s FREE!

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2 years ago

Android Central staff's best of CES 2012 picks

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Another CES has come and gone, and like the past couple of years there was a common trend -- Android was everywhere.  Our fellas on the floor in Vegas had their work cut out for them, and did a heck of a job covering the best of it all.  While they wind down (and get ready for MWC in Barcelona next month) the rest of us wanted to take a minute and talk about our favorites from CES 2012.  Hit the break, see what we liked the most, and discuss.

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2 years ago

Android developers making progress busting open the Nook Tablet

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It's not easy, and it's surely not pretty, but a handful of developers are making headway into breaking the Nook Tablet out of it's B&N jail and making it a full fledged Android tablet.  On paper, it's one of the best Android tablets for the price, but Barnes and Noble have locked the Nook Tablet up pretty tightly.  Because of the penchant for Android users to want instant results, the whole thing has turned into a drama-fueled mess of epic proportions, but in spite of all that we've seen a method discovered to bypass the bootloader security, a custom build of ClockworkMod recovery, and a booting port of CyanogenMod 9.

It's not ready for prime-time, and the discussion is pretty technical.  It involves things like bootstrap loaders hijacking the standard method to boot the darn thing.  The good news is that the fellows working on it seem to have all their ducks in a row, and with a little luck and a lot of patience we just may see this one unlocked and given the same treatment it's older brother the Nook Color received.  Visit the source links, and be sure to thank nemith and company for all their hard work.

Source: XDA-Developers (1), (2)Thanks, c0ldburn3r!

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2 years ago

Path for Android updates to fix ICS-Twitter authentication

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I've been desperately trying to convert from Foursquare to Path for bothering most of my social networks at once, but a pretty critical bug was keeping that from happening. But Path's just released an update that fixes Twitter authentication in Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as keeping push notifications from being delivered if, in fact, that's the way you want it.

For the uninitiated, Path is sort of mix of Foursquare and a much smaller Facebook. The idea is to have a tight-knit group of friends with which you share. Of course, adding the ability to share via Twitter, Facebook and, yes, Foursquare, opens it up to much more. The app itself is stunning, though it could use a little refresh for 720p displays.

If you haven't checked it out yet, we've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Rovio previews forthcoming update to Angry Birds Seasons

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Thats right, folks, Rovio is still pumping out updates to the Angry Birds franchise, as its latest video shows us. This time around in Seasons, we're celebrating Chinese New Year by smashing those little green pigs. The update is due to hit on Jan. 20, so if you're an Angry Birds fanatic thats just a few more days to wait.

If you've still not tried out Angry Birds Seasons and want to see what all the fuss is about, you'll find a handy download link after the break.

Source: Rovio

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2 years ago

ITC Judge rules in favor of Motorola in Apple patent dispute

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The ALJ (Administrative Law Judge) appointed by the International Trade Commission in the case of Apple v. Motorola has determined that Motorola Mobility does not violate three Apple-held patents.  A statement issued today by Motorola also says the following from Scott Offer, senior vice president and general counsel of Motorola Mobility:

We are pleased with today’s favorable outcome for Motorola Mobility.  Motorola Mobility has worked hard over the years to develop technology and build an industry-leading intellectual property portfolio. We are proud to leverage this broad and deep portfolio to create differentiated innovations that enhance the user experience.

The patents (collectively referred to as multitouch patents) in dispute covered ways to interact with the screen, including tapping, sliding and pinching with one or more fingers, and Apple claimed that Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq, BackFlip, Devour and Charm specifically were in violation.

Details are still a bit sparse, and this is best left for a legal expert to break down, but we wanted to share this breaking news with you guys.  The full press release is after the break.

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX coming to Verizon Jan. 26

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We went hands-on with the Droid RAZR MAXX at CES 2012 and well -- it's a Droid RAZR with a 3300 mAh battery taking place of the original 1780 mAh power source and while that's impressive in its own right, the most impressive point is that it doesn't add any extra bulk. That said; If you skipped out on the original Droid RAZR due to battery concerns, come Jan. 26 you can pick up the Droid RAZR MAXX from Verizon Wireless for $299 with a two-year contract.

Source: Motorola; Thanks, Thomas!

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2 years ago

CrackBerry Kevin buys a $500 clock widget

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, and we just had to share this one.  BlackBerry fanatic, Mobile Nations chief media officer, and all around wild-and-crazy guy  CrackBerry Kevin bought one of the most expensive apps in BlackBerry's app catalouge -- a $500 bit 'o code that places a clock on the homescreen.  Yes, it's a $500 clock widget. 

Nobody is telling whether or not there was any Campari involved, but it's certainly possible.  I'll let Kevin tell his side of the story himself.

Source: CrackBerry

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