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2 years ago

How-To: Manually flash the OTA to your Galaxy Nexus

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With the OTA slowly rolling out today for the Galaxy Nexus, it's always nice to have a way to manually apply it.  Things have changed a bit from how it used to be done, but Alex, Phil, and myself have been fooling around and have a method figured out to give yourself the OTA with no waiting.  Fair warning -- this requires an OEM unlocked phone, fastboot drivers, and a few command line commands.

Download the OTA package direct from Google.  Then, download the latest ClockWorkMod recovery here.  Store both these files on your computer desktop.

If you haven't already, OEM unlock your Galaxy Nexus bootloader.  Here's a handy guide for Windows 7.  Note that this erases everything on your phone. (So hopefully you've done this already.)

  • Copy the OTA package above to the /sdcard folder on your Galaxy Nexus
  • Drop the ClockWorkMod file in the same folder you have fastboot in on your computer.  Rename it to cwm.img to make things easy.
  • Reboot your Galaxy Nexus to bootloader mode (hold volume up and volume down, then press power).
  • Plug your phone into your computer, and open a command prompt or terminal.  Navigate to the folder with fastboot and the cwm.img inside it.
  • At the command line, type the following: fastboot-windows.exe boot cwm.img (or just fastboot.exe if that's what you've got)
  • Use the ClockWorkMod recovery menu to flash a zip file from the SD card, and choose the OTA zip file you downloaded earlier.

When finished, reboot as normal and enjoy the OTA.  See why everyone loves fastboot?  This made no permanant change to your recovery, and without it we'd have to wait for the OTA to push to us all.  Alex reports that the volume bug is fixed in his unit when booted up and running, and all went smoothly.  If you feel uncomfortable doing this -- or if you're in the U.S. or other area not affected by 900MHz shenanigans -- just sit tight and wait for the OTA.  And if you have any questions, jump in the forums for help.

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2 years ago

Amazon Santa app for the Kindle Fire now available, make your wish list and check it twice

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Believe it or not shopping for kids -- even kids at heart -- can be sometimes rather difficult. So to help make things easier, letting kids make a list of what they want for the holidays is often much better then guessing your way through it all.

Luckily, Amazon knows this and as such has now made the Amazon Santa app available for the Amazon Kindle Fire. With it, you your kids can create custom wish lists from the more than 500,000 family-friendly toys, games, books, music, video games, movies and TV shows Amazon offers and when all is said and done -- you can review and edit your child's custom Wish List and share it via email, even with Santa.

Should you decide to go shopping yourself, each item on the wish list has direct purchase links within the app for easy check out through your Amazon account. The app is available now from Amazon for the Kindle Fire through the source link below.

Source: Amazon

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2 years ago

No regrets, GPS Lock [From the Forums]

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Half way through the week, still no official Galaxy Nexus announcement from Verizon and we're already seeing and OTA for the device. No matter -- it's coming. Until then, make sure you hop on back and check out some of the news you may have missed and be sure to check out the Android Central forums as well.

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

Watch the story behind Wind-Up Knight

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We love Wind-Up Knight, there's little other way of saying it. While not everyone is a fan of it's pricing structure, no-one can deny that it has been gaining massive recognition since its release. 

For the developers, Robot Invader, this was their first foray into the mobile application world. In an interview with the AndroidDevelopers YouTube channel, they go into a bit of the back story behind the game and talk about their experiences developing for the Android platform. Long and short of it, they liked it! 

Check out the video after the break. If you've still to try the game for yourself, check out our review and hit the break for the video. 

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2 years ago

Galaxy Nexus press photos extracted from Verizon website

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Press images of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Verizon branding have been found in the source of the coming soon page on Verizon's website.  Things look very similar to the current GSM Galaxy Nexus, (check out our review) and chances are without them side by side one would never be able to tell if it weren't for the Verizon 4G logo on the back.  Before anyone gets too excited, there's no new rumored released date attached to this post.  The files were embedded in the resources of a Flash animation, and Ytram from AndroidForums dug them out. 

I do have to mention that these are fairly new.  Several weeks ago there was only the front face images stored there (we might have checked ourselves).  What that all means about any upcoming release is left for you all to guess, as I'm out of clues and stamina.  All we know is that it's coming.  In the meantime, hit the break to see the rest of the pictures.

Source: AndroidForums, via Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Zen Pinball THD now available in the Market for Tegra devices, and it's free

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If you're using a phone or tablet with a Tegra chip inside it, you'll want to check out Zen Pinball THD, which hit the Android Market today.  It's a great game, using advanced physics for ball movement, has great tables included -- Marvel's Fantastic Four table is really, really, cool -- and includes multiplayer mode.  All for free.  To top it off, it's even OpenFeint-enabled for those who like a bit of competition in their mobile gaming.  We've been fooling with the press demos, and it's a very well done piece of work.  Gameplay is fast, realistic, and beautiful.  Any pinball fan or mobile gamer should enjoy this one, and with the free price tag there's no reason not to try it.  Hit the break for the download link and the gameplay trailer.

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2 years ago

Galaxy Nexus OTA update now rolling out with volume bug fix

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The promised volume bug fix for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is now rolling out over-the-air, with multiple Nexus owners reporting that updated software has arrived on their handsets. The OTA package weighs a little under 1MB, and updates the Nexus from build ITL41D to ITL41F, while the Android version remains at 4.0.1. So far it seems that the update contains only the volume bug fix, and that there are no other goodies hiding inside.

If you've noticed the bug on your device, you'll want to head straight to Settings > About phone > System updates to grab the new software. At the time of writing, not all Nexuses have received the patch, so if you don't get it straight away then be sure to check back in the hours and days ahead. Unlike previous Nexus devices, there's no easy way to directly apply apply the OTA package without unlocking the bootloader and rooting the phone or other such hackery. If you're comfortable messing around with Android's software internals, though, we've figured out a way for you to apply the OTA update manually, without waiting. Check it out.

Head over to the comments and let us know if you've already received your update.

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2 years ago

UNO is now free in the Android Market

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Gameloft has released a free version of its popular UNO app for Android, which is now available in the Android Market. For those of you who can't remember your childhood, UNO is the extremely addictive card game that matches numbers and colors until the winner is left with a single winning card. UNO for Android supports multiplayer matchups via online pairing or locally through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and is compatable with all versions of Android, including Honeycomb. Keep in mind that the free pricetag comes with embedded ads, so the $2.99 ad-free version is still available. Hit the break to download.

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2 years ago

Gingerbread for Cellcom's Milestone X is now available

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Cellcom customers patiently waiting for Gingerbread on their Motorola Milestone X will be pleased to know that the carrier has released its official update, which is pushing to devices as we speak. In addition to the usual Gingerbread-flavored goodies, update 4.5.604.en.US brings improvements to battery life, download management, the calendar, camera and contacts, as well as overall device security. It's 104.9 MB total and should be arriving on your device any minute now, though if you're not big on waiting, you can always pull it manually through the System Updates function in the settings menu. Hit the source link for Cellcom's official word.

Source: Cellcom; thanks gmonkey88!

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2 years ago

HTC Sensation XL review

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There’s no doubt that HTC is getting behind Beats Audio in a big way. This summer the manufacturer ponied up $300 million for a 51 percent stake in Beats, and since then it’s been quick to bring to market phones like the Sensation XE and Rezound, which include Beats earphones in the box and a Beats-optimized music player. The latest phone to launch in Europe with Beats support is the Sensation XL. Originally unveiled at a glitzy event in London back in October, the 4.7-inch XL is pitched as the first European phone designed from the ground up around Beats Audio.

The Sensation XL isn’t a replacement for the original Sensation in the traditional sense. Instead, HTC seems to be positioning both devices alongside each other, with the XL geared towards big multimedia consumers rather than spec-obsessed enthusiasts. But with formidable (and technically superior) competition from Apple, Samsung, Motorola and others, does the Sensation XL do enough to stand out from the ever-growing high-end smartphone crowd? Read on to find out.


A well-built device with a bright, vivid screen and responsive, feature-filled software. Beats headphones and software optimizations make this a great phone for music on-the-go. HTC Sense 3.5 is faster and slicker than ever.


Lack of expandable storage. Screen resolution is lower than much of the competition. Disappointing video camera performance. No Beats support for third-party music players.



The Sensation XL might not represent the complete package for smartphone enthusiasts, but it's hard to fault the device as a whole. HTC's Sense UI is better than ever, and the bundled Beats hardware is a huge step up from the bog-standard earphones provided with most phones.
 

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