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2 years ago

CrackBerry tells how to install Android Market, apps to the PlayBook tablet

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We really do have a hard time without using the word "BlackBerry" in a sentence without also using the words "dying," "obsolete" or "time to switch." But we're also intrigued by how hard both RIM and enterprising hackers have been in running full-fledged Android apps -- including the Android Market -- on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

Our cousins at CrackBerry.com have done up a great walkthrough of how to install the Android Market an other Android apps onto the PlayBook, including entering into developer mode, resigning keys and other crazy stuff that has us asking this question:

Why the hell don't you just buy an Android tablet instead?

Anyhoo, check it out at the link below. Then find your nearest BB-using friend and give them a hug. They likely need it.

More: How to install the Android Market
and other applications to your BlackBerry PlayBook

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2 years ago

Android Resolutions: Resolve to leave better comments in the Android Market

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The New Year holiday traditionally is a time when people resolve to do things better.  Many of us will resolve to lose a bit of weight, or stop a bad habit, or any number of things we can think of that would make life, or the quality of it, better.  Some things we resolve to do are big and important, others are a bit more simple, but they all work towards the same goal -- improving ourselves.  We all have our personal New Year's resolutions (guess who started smoking again and is going to put a stop to it), but here at Android Central we'd like to extend some more community-based ways we all can improve, and we're calling them Android Resolutions.  We'll start small:

Resolve to leave better comments in the Android Market

If you've ever made something for use by others, you know how important feedback can be -- and, more important, the right kind of feedback.  Android's open spirit and nature means there's more possibility for things to go wrong, so communication is important when you're talking with a hard working application developer.  Consider this:

Dis app sucks yo. zero stars

That's a real comment left in the Market, by a user whose name I won't mention for an app I'll also not mention.  The comment is 100 percent worthless, both to the person reading it and trying to decide if they should spend 99 pennies, and to the developer who would like the app to work well for everyone.  We have no idea why the app "sucks," and it may as well have not even been posted.  In contrast, look at this one from the same app:

Everything seems good until a text comes in, then the app crashes. Have to force close it and reopen to get back.  3 stars for the effort (Optimus V-Froyo)

Same app, and very likely the same issue "Mr. app sucks yo" is having.  But this time around, the developer knows where to look for the problem, and you and I know that if we have an Optimus V (which is an amazingly popular Android phone) or if we're running Froyo we might experience issues.  This is helpful in every way. 

So I'm suggesting we all resolve to leave clear and concise comments in the Market for apps we try and use.  We all benefit, and it's really not a lot of effort.  (If you really want to go the extra mile, take 60 seconds and e-mail the developer. They'll likely thank you for it.)

Remember -- developers and the applications they create are a huge part of any smartphone platform, and we're lucky to have a ton of them.  Let's all do our part to help make them better.

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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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