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4 years ago

International HTC One X has a new custom ROM baked from leaked RUU

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If you've got a Tegra 3 edition of the HTC One X, and like to tweak and tinker, there's a new ROM out today you'll probably want to take a look at. Over at XDA, Football (yes, WM users, that Football) has cranked out a new Sense ROM based on the leaked 2.15.401.5 RUU. It's Sense 4.1, based on Android 4.0.4, and has a huge list of changes and improvements from past versions of Football's MaXimus ROMs.

  • Based on new RUU 2.15.401.5
  • Android 4.0.4
  • Sense 4.1
  • Fixed Live Wallpapers
  • Improved UI speed
  • Improved battery life
  • New kernel
  • New Radio 2.1204.127.19
  • Activated native EQS
  • Fixed Video Playback on Stock Kernel
  • Enabled hardware acceleration in 3rd-party video players
  • Bug fixes and a slew of application version updates

Like most late-model HTC devices, you'll have to flash the boot image in fastboot, but other than that it's the same easy ClockWorkMod flash we're all used to. There's full instructions and all the resources in the source link. Keep in mind that this isn't for the AT&T version, which got it's own update yesterday. Happy flashing!

Source: XDA-Developers

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4 years ago

Android Central international round-up - August 4, 2012

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As we leave July behind, we're just three weeks away from the IFA 2012 show in Berlin, one of the biggest consumer electronics events in Europe. This time around we're expecting new Android stuff from Samsung, Sony and maybe Motorola, and we already have plenty of info on what we're likely to see in Berlin.

Samsung confirmed this week that it'll be debuting the next Galaxy Note smartphone at an "Unpacked" event on Aug. 29. Rumors suggest a bump up to a 5.5-inch screen, and the possibility of a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos chip on-board. Samsung never does anything small, so it's possible we may see some new tablets too, including the soon-to-be-released Galaxy Note 10.1

It looks like this year's IFA will be big for Sony, too. The Japanese manufacturer looks set to unveil four new smartphones -- the Xperia T, Xperia J, Xperia SL and Xperia GX, and many of these reared their heads this week in leaked photos and renders. Also on the cards is another Android tablet, dubbed the "Xperia Tablet," which appeared this week in a set of leaked slides. Sony's continued its use of the "folded magazine" design first seen in the Tablet S, but has slimmed things down a bit, and replaced the plastic chassis with a sleeker aluminum shell.

Check out a selection of the major international Android news stories below. If you've got news, be sure to tip us at the usual address.

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week - WeatherEye, Ski Safari, My Movies Pro and more!

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Let's all gather around the air conditioner, take few minutes and relax. Depending on your location the summer has been kicking some serious heat off this year, so let's spend a few minutes together and check out some of our favorite applications. Just past the break you will find apps like WeatherEye, My Movies Pro, Ski Safari, and a few others that we are greatly enjoying. Let's see what they are all about.

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4 years ago

Panasonic Flag Tags review - free and easy Olympic patriotism

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Panasonic Flag Tags is another one of the handful of official London 2012 Olympics apps available for Android. Simply put, it takes any portrait photos and transposes a national map on top, to make it look like the subject is wearing patriotic facepaint. It’s simple, but the timing is perfect for hardcore Olympics fans that want to show their pride in social networking profile pictures.

There are a bunch of Olympics apps out there - feel free to take a look at our roundup if you're looking for more, particularly for live video streams or catching up on the latest scores. 

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4 years ago

EA shows off Real Racing 3, we all gaze at its beauty

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Electronic Arts has gone and published the first trailer of forthcoming sequel, Real Racing 3. And boy oh boy does it look good. Trailers are supposed to show off their subject in its best light, but this so called "pre alpha footage" leaves us very excited to see the finished game. 

Real Racing 3 is also set to include a selection of real life tracks, such as the formidable Laguna Seca, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the home of British Motorsport, Silverstone. 

What we don't actually know for sure though, is that the title will definitely be coming to Android. However, given that Real Racing 2 made its way into Google Play -- which is currently on sale by the way -- we're quietly confident that we'll be seeing this one. We need to see this one. It'll be out sometime later this year, and is most certainly one to watch out for.

Source: Electronic Arts (Facebook) 

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4 years ago

Nexus 7 tips and tricks, One X brick fix [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

We've got nearly 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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4 years ago

Celebrate Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the Jelly Belly live wallpaper

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Personally, I'm not really a fan of live wallpapers but I am a fan of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and arguably more importantly, Jelly Belly jelly beans (except the Harry Potter ones, those are kinda blah!). Jelly Belly looking to have a little fun with the release of Jelly Bean and create some brand recognition has built a pretty awesome jelly bean live wallpaper that is available for free in the Google Play Store. Jelly Belly jelly bean jar, as it is called is one of the more interactive live wallpapers I've used and it offers a cool set of features to go along with it:

  • Tap the screen to drop more jelly beans into your jar
  • Touch and hold a jelly bean, then drag, spin or flick it
  • Shake the phone or tilt it upside down to clear
  • Invent your own games, like "Jelly Belly Volleybean" - don't let the bean hit the bottom!
  • Choose your favorite flavors to display, like Buttered Popcorn or Very Cherry
  • Change the level of gravity to affect the drop/tilt/flick features

One feature that I was glad to see Jelly Belly not overlook was the ability to go ahead change the background images. They include a nice Jelly Belly one with the package that has some different colors to choose from. If you dig live wallpapers, give it a go. This is one even I might keep around for a while.

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4 years ago

HTC One X Android 4.0.4 changelog

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For those of you still wondering, here's the full changelog for the Android 4.0.4 update for the AT&T HTC One X. In addition to giving new options for the menu function, you'll find:

New features:

  • Additional NFC Capabilities
  • More content choices in HTC Hub
  • Car application update to provide access for third party music applications

Fixes/Updates:

  • Wi-Fi connectivity improvements
  • Improved Bluetooth automobile compatibility
  • Increased 3G/4G connectivity
  • HTC Sense improvements
  • Contacts synchronization enhancements
  • Network time correction

More: HTC One X forums

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4 years ago

Google Listen is officially dead

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A long, long time ago, in an Android ecosystem far away, Google Listen was our favorite podcatcher app. It was easy. It was simple. It synced with Google Reader, making adding new podcasts a snap. But it never seemed to be a very high priority, and today Google has put Listen out to pasture, as was first noticed by some of our own, as well as by folks on Twitter. The reason? There are other, better apps out there.

Says Google:

We launched Google Listen through Google Labs in August 2009, to give people a way to discover and listen to podcasts. However, with Google Play, people now have access to a wider variety of podcast apps, so we’ve discontinued Listen. People who have already installed the app can still use it, but after November 1, podcast search won’t function. You can access your podcast subscriptions in Google Reader in the “Listen Subscriptions” folder and download them from the Import/Export tab.

We're a little sad to see it go, but there really are a number of great podcatchers out there. Oh, and if you're needing to re-add the feed to the Greatest Android Podcast in the World, here's the audio feed.

Source: Google

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4 years ago

CTV Olympics 2012 review - why Canadians are cheering at their phones

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With the Olympics in full swing, Canadians will likely want to check out CTV’s app since they’ve got the lock-down on coverage. Luckily it's free, you'll just have to put up with a bunch of pre-roll ads. 

CTV Olympics London 2012 for Android has the full spread of coverage that you could want - medal counts, tons of video, articles, and lots of social options for sharing content. Of course, since this is CTV, only Canadians will be able to get in on the app, but that’s alright - Americans have an NBC Olympics app that looks like it should offer roughly the same coverage.

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4 years ago

This GOgroove Pal Bot speaker looks like a good way to share some tunes, Bugdroid style

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Android phones and tablets have a lot of different options for playing music. Whether you're streaming it, playing it locally, or creating your own the best way to share is with a stand-alone external speaker of some sort. The included speaker options will work in a pinch, but let's be honest -- nobody is buying any mobile device for the great speaker quality. When you're in a group, an external model is a must.

So what better way to listen to a song or two than with a Bugdroid styled speaker? Enter the GOgrove Pal Bot. It looks a lot like Android's beloved mascot, and is a simple connection via the 3.5mm jack on all modern Android phones and tablets. The specs say it lasts 6 hours on a charge when played at full volume (the only way to play music) and at under a pound it looks to be pretty damn portable. 

Sure, there are probably a lot of options out there that offer better audio quality, but they don't look like Bugdroid! For a day at the beach or a camping trip this one should suffice, and it's only $30 at Amazon. As a music lover and certified Android nerd, I had to pass this one on as soon as I saw Aces and 8s showing it off in the forums.

Source: Android Central forums
Order the GOgroove Pal Bot at Amazon.com

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4 years ago

Samsung's Aug. 15 event gets official, Galaxy Note 10.1 unveiling likely

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Press invites are starting to go out for Samsung's Aug. 15 special event in the U.S., and all signs seem to point to a Galaxy Note 10.1 unveiling. The event, previously teased by Samsung a "major product announcement" for the "newest Galaxy device," seems likely to set the stage for the U.S. launch of Samsung's 10.1-inch stylus-and-tablet combo. The invitation is accompanied by the graphic above, which is is a dead ringer for the back of the Galaxy Note 10.1, leaving little doubt as to what Sammy's got up its sleeve.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 underwent a major redesign following its original debut at Mobile World Congress back in February. It's now sporting a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos chip, along with a slot for its "S Pen" stylus, just like it's 5.3-inch sibling. The Note 10.1 is expected to be joined shortly by the Note 2, which Samsung will unveil in Berlin on Aug. 29, but about which comparatively little is known.

However, as we reported this morning, U.S. retailer Negri Electronics has already gotten its hands on Galaxy Note 10.1 stock, which it intends to ship over the next few days. So come Aug. 15, we could be in the very odd position of having devices in the wild before the official Note 10.1 announcement.

In any case, we'll be live from an undisclosed location on the date to bring you full coverage of the U.S. Galaxy Note 10.1 launch. Check past the break for the rest of the invite, with secret stuff redacted.

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4 years ago

Perfectly Clear review - fix your pics real quick

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Perfectly Clear was launched in Google Play this week with a bevy of quick photograph fixes. Simple sliders can change exposure, depth of field, sharpening, vibrancy, tint, darkness, and skin tone individually, or apply all of them at once with the one-tap Fix button. The app shows your picture with a very cool before and after comparison.

The core app is available for $0.99 as an introductory offer, which will soon be bumped up to $1.99. There are a few extra correction filters that are available through a single in-app purchase that includes skin smoothing, eye enhancement and tooth whitening, but the vast majority of fixes are available without having to buy anything extra.

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4 years ago

Celebrating 2 million posts at our Android Forums

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While you've been perusing our snippets of Android news and device reviews and app reviews and, well, everything we do that keeps us the No. 1 Android site around, there's been a wee bit of work going on in our Android Forums as well. And we recently flew by the 2 million-posts mark.

So on this Friday, let us take a moment to thank our forum moderators and advisers and administrators, past and present. And if you've yet to do so, go register and take part in the friendliest and most helpful Android Forums around.

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4 years ago

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies launches on Android, exclusive to Xperia Play and Xperia S for now

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There was once a time when the undead had no place in military shooters. That age was thankfully consigned to history with the launch of the Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies add-ons for home consoles, and now it's time for Android owners to arm themselves with semi-authentic World War II weaponry and do battle with reanimated corpses.

That's right, today sees the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies on the Google Play Store. The game is a zombie survival shooter, in the style of the zombie modes in Call of Duty console titles. Classic maps like Kino Der Toten, Ascension, and Call of the Dead: Director’s Cut make a return on mobile, and there's also "Dead-Ops Arcade," a 50-level wave-based survival game similar to Gears of War's Horde mode.

For the moment, CODBLOPS Zombies is exclusive to Sony's Xperia Play and Xperia S. That means if you're rocking different hardware, you'll need to wait to for the 30 day exclusivity period to expire before you can take on swarms of Nazi cadavers.

The game is free to download, with the option of purchasing CoD points through the app to use for revives and other in-game abilities. If you've got an Xperia S or Xperia Play, you can hit the Google Play link to download now. We've also got the full press release from Activision after the break.

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