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2 years ago

HTC G1 receives an alpha Android 4.0 AOSP port

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Well -- there goes the joke, will my HTC G1 get Ice Cream Sandwich?

No, it's not overly functional. No, it's not extremely fast. But that doesn't really matter. The fact Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich can be jammed into a HTC G1 is just plain awesome and the fact it's available for download -- even more awesome.

Want to see it in action? Jump past the break for the video and hit the source link for the full details.

Source: XDA

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2 years ago

Sony Tablet P on sale in the UK, brings hefty price tag with it

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The clamshell Sony Tablet P has found its way out into the wild in the UK, bringing to market with it a hefty pricetag just a penny under £500. 

The Tegra 2, dual 5.5 inch screened device brings Honeycomb 3.2 along for the ride. It also comes with Sony's Playstation certification much like its sibling, the more conventional Tablet S. Sony claims that the styling will make it more comfortable to hold sideways for reading books, but many would be put off by its unusual design. 

Besides the price, Sony's timing to launch the Tablet P now with the Asus Transformer Prime and its Ice Cream Sandwich flavouring right around the corner is quite baffling. Nevertheless, if the Tablet P appeals to you, your local Sony Centre or Dixons online is the place to go. 

Source: Sony

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR source code released

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If you like poking around in some source code files to see what you can see, then Motorola has now given something to do. The Droid RAZR source code has been released on sourceforge and while it's not much use to anyone aside from developers that's not really the point. Point is, it's there -- it's available for all whom wish to view it.

Source: Sourceforge; thanks to everyone who sent this in

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2 years ago

Expansys USA offering unlocked Galaxy Nexus, taking orders now

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We'll keep this short and sweet, because we're pretty sure a few of you will be interested in this. The Galaxy Nexus is available to order in the USA. 

Expansys USA have the unlocked, 16GB GSM version in stock now and are shipping within days. (Ours will be here Friday!) As the image here shows though, there's not many and as this is written the initial batch have been allocated. At present they're showing as shipping within 4 days.

If you haven't done already, check out our review of the GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus. Then if you're on AT&T or T-Mobile, hit the source link for the product page.

Source: Expansys

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2 years ago

LG and PRADA, together since 2006, renew their vows

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PRADA phone by LG 3.0 coming in 2012

LG and PRADA today announced that they've renewed their partnership and that we can expect the PRADA phone by LG 3.0 early next year. The Korean electronics giant and the Italian fashion giant have worked together since 2006, will release a pair of phones over the next two years. The PRADA phone by LG 1.0 sold more than 1 million units, LG said in a press release, and is a fixture at New York's Museum of Modern Art as well as in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, China.

No word yet on how far out of your price range the PRADA phone by LG 3.0 will be. We've got the full presser after the break.

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2 years ago

Carrier IQ withdraws 'misguided' cease-and-desist letter, apologizes to security advocate TrevE

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Well, that was quick. Carrier IQ just sent out a press statement saying it's withdrawn its cease-and desist letter to Trevor Eckhart, who recently detailed how the company's action worked. Said Carrier IQ:

"Our action was misguided and we are deeply sorry for any concern or trouble that our letter may have caused Mr. Eckhart. We sincerely appreciate and respect EFF’s work on his behalf, and share their commitment to protecting free speech in a rapidly changing technological world."

Looks like the Electronic Frontier Foundation's backing of Eckhart paid off, the lawyers have done their thing, and the security and privacy advocate known as TrevE won't be pursued for thousands of dollars of fines after all.

That doesn't change the fact that the Carrier IQ software remains on a number of phones, and many of you aren't crazy about having a hidden background app report how you use your phone back to the manufacturer -- even if you do agree to it up front -- and that's certainly an argument that needs to continue.

We've got the full press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Charge update, Exchanging Nook Tablet [From the Forums]

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As we head into Thanksgiving and get ready to spend some time with family, we'd like just like to say we're thankful for all you Android Central readers out there. You folks are the ones that make our content here and in the forums happen and we appreciate that. That said; check out some of the threads below before you head off for a day of family and food:

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2 years ago

Gingerbread for the Droid Charge is officially on its way

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Good news for all of you patiently waiting for Gingerbread on your Droid ChargeVerizon says today that the official update is "coming soon", and will bring with it a host of improvements. In addition to Android 2.3, software update i510.EP4 also brings with it security enhancements, a download manager, and a new user interface and color scheme, just to name a few of the changes in store. You know the drill: it'll roll out slowly, so sit back and enjoy your turkey and stuffing while you wait. Hit the source link for instructions and details from Verizon's Droid Charge support page, and sing out below when Gingerbread-flavored goodness reaches your device.

Source: Verizon Wireless; thanks Arnold!

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2 years ago

YouTube and Photos updates come to Google TV

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We saw some Google TV action not too long ago that included updates to YouTube but over at the official Google TV blog, they've expanded on what, exactly was included with that release:

  • YouTube: The new Google TV YouTube experience introduces playlists to your living room. You can now easily watch your YouTube subscriptions on your HDTV and quickly access your other playlists like Watch Later and Favorites. If you have your own channel, you can now add videos to it from your Google TV. So whether you’re a newshound wanting a constant stream of world events or you’re a curator in search of an even more endless summer of content, you can sit back on your comfy couch and enjoy YouTube’s thousands of options in the High Definition brilliance of your Google TV.
  • Photos: Your Google TV Photos app already syncs with your online photo albums uploaded to Picasa & Flickr, and now we’ve added a great new feature called Discover to your Google TV Photos app.  Discover creates an animated and constantly changing collage using photos from the albums you have uploaded online and synced with your Google TV. When you click on one of the photos in Discover, you go straight to the album where you can start a slideshow or simply view other photos in the album. With Discover you now have an even more fun way to rediscover your favorite memories caught on camera.

Google is pretty insistent that there is more updates on the way and what we're seeing now, is only a portion of what is to come. Hopefully, they'll keep things rolling because Google TV is an interesting platform that could really be expanded upon if given the time needed.

Source: Google TV Blog

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2 years ago

What to do if an app doesn't work with an Ice Cream Sandwich port

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Everywhere you look you see Ice Cream Sandwich being ported to one phone or another.  Anytime there's a version update to AOSP, it's fun to be an Android geek.  And every time it happens, and our great community of developers start porting it over to existing phones we start seeing apps that just aren't working well -- even our favorite apps.  So what to do when faced with a situation where an app you need or want badly is misbehaving?  It's a bit different situation when a build is hacked together versus an official update, like we're seeing now with Ice Cream Sandwich.  Here's what I would recommend:

Don't use the report to developer feature from the force close dialog if you see one.  There's a good chance the app isn't working because of something the developer has no control over, and just an app report is going to confuse the situation.  Take a moment and find the contact information for the developer, and send them an e-mail telling them what is happening, what software you're using, and if you're able, send a logcat of the event.  Also let the ROM developer know there's an issue, but don't expect he or she to be able to do much about it.  In fact, don't expect the application developer to be able to fix the issue either -- things like hacked video drivers or other binary bits we need and don't have can lead to unsolvable problems.

The important thing to remember, and I'll quote our own ICS ROM developer Beezy:

For now, just sit back and relax.  Enjoy what you can do now, and wait for everything we need from Google and the manufacturer.  Try a different app that does the same thing.

I'll also add that you don't have to use ICS just because it's available.  Give it a try when you can, and if it doesn't work out for you flash back.  Remember -- this is supposed to be fun.

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