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3 years ago

Gingerbread RUU for the DROID Incredible 2 leaks

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Now that S-OFF can be obtained on the Droid Incredible 2 we've started to see some custom ROMs pop up for the device and developers have been hard at work in an effort to make everyone happy by working on root solutions and now -- a leaked build of Gingerbread has appeared.

The full RUU has been leaked for all non-rooted users courtesy of Football but if you at some point want to root then you'll want to stay very far away from this considering you'll be killing off the only known root method for the Droid Incredible 2. That said, if you care none about obtaining root then you can go right ahead and proceed with the installation.

The other option here is to hold out and wait until the AlphaRevX team releases their root method for the Droid Incredible 2 at which point, you'll then be able to install a pre-rooted version of Gingerbread based off of the RUU using AlphaRevX and ClockworkMod recovery.

The choice really is up to you as a user but our personal suggestion is to just hold out and wait until the root method becomes available and then go from there. Links for both can be found after the break as well as short list of the changes that are said to be included with this RUU release.

Source: Android Police

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3 years ago

Google and Taiwanese government at odds over Android Market refund window

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Google has suspended paid applications for users in Taiwan, as a result of a NT$1 million (US$345,500) fine for failing to offer Taiwanese consumers a seven-day free-trial.  While Google sticks to their strict 15 minute return window, the laws of Taiwan state that all goods purchased over the Internet come with a free trial period of at least seven days because consumers cannot feel or touch the goods before purchase.  Until recently, appstores were not specifically included under this law, because application purchasing in Taiwan is a very recent trend.  On June 4, the Taiwanese government gave both Google and Apple 15 days to comply with this law.  Apple complied, Google didn't.

But in the end, this will only be a temporary set-back, as Google is sending company officials to Taipei on Thursday to continue talks over the matter -- a move that may likely cost Google even more penalties.  Governments and giant corporations have money to burn, but most consumers do not -- so let's hope a working solution can be found soon.

Source: Taipei Times via: Android Police

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3 years ago

Chinese search giant Baidu developing their own flavor of Android?

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According to the Chinese site TechWeb, the Chinese search company Baidu is developing their own version of Android called "Qiushi", and it will be launched before the end of 2011.  Baidu neither confirms or denies these rumors, saying only that Qiushi is simply a way to offer mobile advertising.  China is a huge market, one that everyone wants to get a strong foothold in.  They also already have two Android variants being sold on mobile devices -- MIUI (yes, the same MIUI that's familiar to many an Android hacker) and DianxinOS.  This could be something a bit different, as you have the name (and the capital) of a highly successful tech corporation behind the development and distribution.  If the rumors pan out, things could get very interesting in China at the mobile OS front.

Source: TechWeb (Chinese) via: AfterDawn

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3 years ago

Auto Trader UK arrives in the Android Market

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If you've spent any time looking into purchasing a car in the past, then you know how tough of a situation it can be at times. Auto Trader -- the UK's largest motoring website has launched their Android application which; brings the best of their online services directly to your mobile device.

You can search for new and used cars, get detailed information and even contact sellers all directly through the application -- all these things combined, can help make the car buying experience easier and better for all. If you live in the UK and are in the market for a new ride, you can jump on past the break for the download link.

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt case review: Case-Mate Barely There case

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Case-Mate has a pretty good reputation for making solid, affordable smartphone cases, and its Barely There case for the HTC Thunderbolt is no exception. It offers protection from scratches, dings, and other miscellaneous boo-boos in a slim, stylish form factor.

The Barely There case lives up to its name-- covering only the back and corners of the Thunderbolt, the case is noticeably skimpier than the competition. This isn't necessarily a bad thing: Barely There looks great, and adds almost no distinguishable heft or girth to the smartphone. I love how simple it is to apply and to remove the case-- there's no voodoo here, and you're not going to kill yourself trying to pry this thing off. This simplicity comes with a downside, though, as one solid drop to the floor will send the Barely There case flying off your phone. If you're a true klutz, look elsewhere.

If you're looking for some added style for your Thunderbolt and aren't worried about maximum protection, the Barely There case is a slim, lightweight, and durable choice. It comes in your choice of Black, Pink, and Metallic Silver, all of which look really nice on the Bolt. The Barely There case is on-sale now in the Android Central store for $17.95.

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3 years ago

Android 3.1 update for Acer Iconia Tab A500 leaks out

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If you're the proud owner of an Acer Iconia Tab A500 then you're no doubt waiting for Android 3.1 to be rolled out -- which should be coming in July. However, if you're a risk taker you can grab the recently leaked version of Android 3.1 for the Iconia Tab and take it for a spin.

The reports thus far state that the leak is leaps and bounds better then version it shipped with but like all things, your mileage will vary. You can hit the source links below for the full details and the download link if you're looking to give a shot. Make sure you follow the instructions for the best results.

Source: BBS_Gfan via: XDA

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3 years ago

Gingerbread for the Samsung Droid Charge appears on video

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Things have been pretty quiet on the update front for Samsung Droid Charge owners as of late, unlike the HTC Thunderbolt there hasn't been any leaked radio files, no leaked Gingerbread builds or anything of that nature. That is until the latest video from p3droid popped up -- yes, what you see running above in that video is Gingerbread along with Netflix up and running on a Samsung Droid Charge. We still don't have any dates for such a version to be released but boy; it sure is pretty to look at.

Source: MyDroidWorld

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: QuickPic

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If there's always been one stock app I've heard people gripe about, it's the gallery. QuickPic aims to be your total gallery replacement, eschewing some of the eye candy Android's gallery offers and giving you heaping bundles of functionality in its stead.

Instead of the slick, floating stack of pictures the normally gallery gives you, you're granted a static list. No cool effects, no changing angles as you move your phone, nothing. What you do get, however, is speed. The list loads near instantly (at least with my meager amount of albums). I mean, hey, the app is called QuickPic.

Something you lose from the stock gallery app is the ability to long press an entire album, and from there, move it, share it, delete it, etc. Long pressing on a gallery from the main menu only gives you the option to see a slideshow, hide the gallery, exclude it, delete it, or rename it. You also can see the exact location of the gallery from the main menu. It's not necessary at all, but it is helpful, especially if a lot of your different apps all save in different locations. (For me, that's ShootMe in one folder and everything else in DCIM.)

Once you actually select a gallery to look at, the quick in QuickPic becomes readily apparent. Pictures scroll without hesitation from a left or right swipe, and a double-tap gives you not one, but two levels of zoom. A third double tap brings you back to the original size. There's also pinch-to-zoom. That's nothing revolutionary, but it's included and it works.

Before you can do anything with your pictures (like share or rotate them en masse), you're going to either want to press the checkbox in the top-right corner of the screen, or press Menu > Multiselect. From there, you'll notice the stock Android checkboxes appear on each and every picture, allowing you to select them for editing.

Once a picture (or pictures) are selected, you can share them, copy them, move their location on your SD card, delete them, or rotate them. There's also a double check button that let's you select everything in an album instantly, so if you were planning to copy or move, that'll save you a bit of time (especially on a larger album).

Other than that, there's not much to talk about. QuickPic doesn't try to be something it's not, but for what it aims to be, it excels. If your preferred gallery experience is a fast, straight-to-business approach, QuickPic is the app for you. At the whopping price of free, it won't break the bank, and with nary an ad in sight, there's nothing to sully the experience that QuickPic offers.

Download links and more pictures are after the break.

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo now available in the UK

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After delays resulting from the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, Sony Ericsson's Xperia Neo is finally starting to see widespread availability, as the handset launches in the UK today. We've been playing around with the Neo for just under a week now -- in terms of internal hardware and software it's pretty much identical to its bigger brother, the 4.2-inch Xperia Arc. There's a larger battery, as well as a front-facing camera, but besides that it's the same phone packed into a smaller (if slightly bulkier) 3.7-inch chassis. However, the Neo is a little more affordable than the Arc, with prices on launch day ranging from £342 at Clove to £390 at Amazon UK.

We'll have a full review of the Xperia Neo written up in the next week or so. In the meantime, let us know in the comments if you're thinking of picking one of these up.

Source: Clove, Amazon UK; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

Samurai II: Vengeance now available for non-Tegra devices as well

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Were you one of the many who got extremely excited when Samurai II: Vengeance THD was released, only to be immediately disappointed to find out it was only supported on Tegra devices? Today is your lucky day, as Samurai II: Vengeance has been released and will now support game play on all other devices, and is even optimized for the Sony Xperia Play. If you are looking for a game with high quality graphics, smooth game play, and hours of fun on your Android device, Samurai II: Vengeance may be the best $2.86 you can spend today. Download information and video after the break.

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