The Motorola ACTV (read our review of the Android powered watch thingy here) has been rooted. While this registers a solid 11 on the awesome-meter, we really shouldn't be that surprised -- it's running Android, and by now all the evil scientists Android hackers know their way around things and nothing running Google's OS is safe. But I still have to sit and smile because not only is there a fitness meter/music player/watch that runs Android, but now it can be hacked, too. Damn nice work, CMW.
What's really cool about this one is the way it was rooted. CMW was able to exploit the OTA update code and files, extract a copy of the boot image, and enable adb in it. Flash it through fastboot (the ACTV's bootloader isn't locked), connect via adb and run a standard exploit against the system. He gives full instructions at his site, and even has a link to a set of Google apps that will run on the 1.6-inch ACTV. If Santa dropped a Motorola ACTV in your stocking this morning, or if you're just the curious type, have a look at the link below.
Just a quick heads up that the Body Glove Icon Slide-On Case is now available at ShopAndroid.com for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. It's a two-piece hard shell case that slides onto the phone, has access to all the ports and buttons and comes in either silver/black or purple/back.
And to celebrate, we're going to give a couple of these suckers away, because you're worth it. Just leave a comment on this post, and we'll pick a couple of winners at the end of the day. Good luck!
Here's a fun little last-minute gift for an Android-lover who's always leaving their phone laying around. The ZOMM Wireless Leash, as the name suggests, is a slick little way to help make sure your phone stays nearby.
The ZOMM connects to your phone via Bluetooth. You then register it online and connect to the ZOMM desktop software, which lets you update the firmware and adjust settings, like how far away the puck has to get before it triggers an alarm. And that, in a nutshell, is that. If the puck is separated from the phone, it starts with a little buzz. And then a beep, letting you know that you've got the puck, but not the phone.
The ZOMM also serves as a hands-free Bluetooth speakerphone, and has one-touch emergency dialing to 911 and serves as a panic alarm.
Connecting the ZOMM to our phone was easy enough -- standard (awful) Bluetooth procedure. And it worked as advertised. Walk too far away, and the alarm sounds. The speakerphone, unsurprisingly, isn't all that great. And frankly if we're that close to the phone, we're just going to use the phone's speakerphone. But the easy 911 access is great, especially if you're using the included keychain with the ZOMM. Very handy.
The ZOMM isn't a "find my phone" tool -- it's more of a "hey, don't forget that" tool. It's still up to you to know where your phone is -- or to find it if you don't. But it's pretty darn handy. And while it's not cheap, neither does it break the bank at around $75. Check out ZOMM's promo video after the break.
If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up shortly. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to this week's winners!
If you're looking for a fun little Android-powered radio, the Archos 35 Home Connect is now available for $149. As you'll recall from our hands-on earlier this year, the Archos 35 Smart Home Phone is a DECT-compliant device running on a 1GHz single-core Texas Instruments OMAP chip. It's got a 3.5-inch LCD display, above which sits a front-facing camera capable of 720p recording.
What we have here is an excellent video walkthrough of a couple of Verizon Galaxy Nexus accessories that should be available in the morning -- the navigation vehicle mount and the spare battery charging kit -- from forums member Aatrek.
Note it's a "Navigation vehicle mount" and not a "Car dock" or anything. It's a hunk of plastic that the phone sits in, that's all. No contact charging, no Bluetooth audio. In other words, it does not bring, as the kids say, the sex. The spare battery charger, on the other hand, chargers a spare battery. No muss, no fuss.
Tis the season for travel, and if you're doing it by car, you're definitely going to want to look into a car dock to keep your device charged up and easily accessible. Of course, the Android Central store has tons of awesome car mounts and kits, so make sure you check them out before you head out on the road.
As a special gift for all you new HTC Rezound owners, we have 10 iBOLT Charging Docks for the Rezound to give away, courtesy of ShopAndroid.com. To enter, leave comment in the thread at the link below telling us why you want the dock or how you'll use it to make your travel or commute easier. The contest will run through Sunday and we'll pick two winners from each day, so get your entries in!
With the holidays right around the corner, we're staring down the ugly double-barrel of gifts and the inevitable New Year's resolutions. Finding the right gifts for the fitness freak in your life can sometimes be a chore, but here at Android Central, we've got you covered.
And what about those folks who'll pledge to be more active and exercise more in the new year? Well, there's gifts for them on this list, too.
Join us after the break for the whole shakedown of what'll get yours (or their) blood pumping.
Back when the Motorola Atrix was released, the $399 Lapdock accessory was also introduced to make use of the webtop features the Atrix brought along with it. But it came in at $399 and while it eventually came down from there, many folks simply weren't interested in it.
But, if you always wanted one but never didn't want to fork over a lot of cash for it -- AT&T will sell you one now on the cheap. $50 cheap in fact, making that a savings of $350 when all is said and done. Plus, with a few mods here and there -- you can get it to work with other devices.
Update: As pointed out in the comments below, AT&T has changed the online price back to $100. Still a much better price than the original $399, but double the 50 dollar fire-sale style price it was listed at earlier today. You certainly have be quick on these type of deals!
If you're looking for a unique gift this holiday season for the tech geeks on your list, and our seal of approval wasn't enough to open your wallet, this might do it: Sphero, the robotic ball controlled by your Android device, made a cameo on the silver screen last week, appearing in American Horror Story, my pick for the best show on television right now. Keep in mind that Sphero doesn't always act as ominously as it does in the Harmons' haunted house; rather, it uses your device's bluetooth connection to move as you direct it to, with built-in apps allowing you to play golf, drive, and even take photos remotely. Hit the source link below to check out the clip (if you're not too scared), and if you've got $129 to spend on a remote control ball, preorders are open now, with delivery in time for Christmas.
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