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3 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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3 years ago

European Motorola RAZR maintenance update rolling out now

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European Motorola RAZR owners should be waking up to an update this morning to software version 651.73.30, bringing with it some useful bugfixes along with a couple of new features. Here's whats new:

  • New Evernote™ application
  • Camera - General improvements to camera performance
  • New Smart Rule Trigger  - 'Motion Detection'
  • Security features - Added new security features in the Google™ Android™ release
  • Phone stability - Improvements on call performance and Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Localisation improvements
  • Wi-Fi performance and stability   General improvements to Wi-Fi connectivity         

You can get the update by hitting Settings>About Phone>System Updates 

Source: Motorola 

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3 years ago

3 new LG devices get CyanogenMod nightly support; Optimus Black makes its return

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Ricardo Cerqueira, a member of the CM team and LG Android device guru, has added official  CyanogenMod nightly (CM7 for the time being) support for three new LG devices -- The LG Optimus 3D, the LG Optimus Pro, and the LG Optimus Hub -- and has once again made support for the LG Optimus Black official after a short hiatus.  Here in the states we're not too familiar with these devices, but we have plenty of American counterparts that are relatively close, so this may make things much easier to support our LG devices as well.  Quality hardware and specs, meet quality software.  It's sounds like a hell of a match.

Source: +CyanogenMod

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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend II now available from US Cellular, free after rebate

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We heard last week that US Cellular would be carrying the Huawei Ascend II -- a 3.5-inch candy bar style Android phone running Gingerbread -- and today they have made it available at the low price of free on a new agreement and after rebates.  While the Ascend II isn't a powerhouse (it has a Qualcomm MSM7627 at 600MHz) it has specs that make it more than acceptable to most folks.  It's nice to see a more consumer-friendly company like US Cellular getting closer with Android, and it's clearly what a lot of people want.  If you're interested in grabbing one of these free Android phones, hit the link and have a look.

More: US CellularThanks, Danny!

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3 years ago

'Xperia Ion' trademark hints at possible next-gen SE branding

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With CES looming, we've already heard our fair share of rumors about upcoming Sony Ericsson handsets, including leaked photos of the "Xperia Arc HD" and specs for the elusive LTE-toting LT28at. A recent trademark filing may provide some further clues about Sony Ericsson's branding for future devices, as shortly before the holidays the manufacturer applied for the "Xperia Ion" trademark in the U.S., for use in connection with "mobile phones".

It should be noted that a trademark filing is far from a guarantee that a product with this name will see the light of day. However the timing -- and the fact that we've yet to hear any reliable info about SE's 2012 Xperia branding -- suggests that the unveiling of an "Xperia Ion" phone could be on the cards for next month's CES, or February's Mobile World Congress.

Source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; via: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

Samsung hits milestone with Galaxy Note; one million shipped globally

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Samsung announced today that it has reached a respectable milestone with its Galaxy Note tablet/smartphone hybrid, citing one million units shipped globally to date.What makes the figure even more impressive is that the Note isn't officially available yet in one of Samsung's largest markets-- the United States. The Galaxy Note is currently gaining in popularity in France, Germany, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Samsung says, and will hit American shores "next year." Hit the source link for Samsung's full statement, via its Flickr account.

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

Chris's most-used apps of 2011

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While I spend a lot of time checking apps out so that I may share them with you all, friends and family and just generally know what I'm talking about it, fact is -- I rarely stray away from my main ones. I'm a creature of habit, and once I find something I like I find it hard to move on to something else. My main apps of choice may interest you though, and if that is the case -- jump on past the break to see what I use most often.

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3 years ago

Santa bring you a new Sony Ericsson phone? Sony has a gift for you

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Did Santa leave you a shiny new Sony Ericsson smartphone under the Christmas tree? If so and you live in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain or the UK, Sony would like to give you 5 free movies and 90 days free access to their Music Unlimited service.

The offer is in fact open to anyone who takes ownership of a current Xperia smartphone or the Live with Walkman handset between Nov. 1, 2011, and Jan. 31, 2012. If you qualify, hit the source link for more information.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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3 years ago

All HTC phones launched after September 2011 are now 'unlockable' from HTC Developer site

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HTC has updated their Developer site's bootloader unlock page, and the news is good:

All HTC Android devices launched after September 2011 are unlockable. The website will be updated accordingly to reflect this in the coming weeks. We continue to work on models launched prior to September 2011, please check back often for the status of older devices.

We've verified this with the HTC Vivid, which does not appear on the "official" list. Same goes for the HTC Rezound. This is a big step in the right direction, and HTC has made good on their promises.  Thanks, HTC!

HTC Developer. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Best Buy outs the unannounced Motorola Droid 4 on its Reward Zone site

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Best Buy's stellar track record with Android images continues, with the Motorola Droid 4 making an appearance on the Best Buy Mobile Solutions Reward Zone section. That'd be the still-unannounced (and, hell, not even guaranteed to be released) Motorola Droid 4. That'd be the Droid 4 that looks like a Droid RAZR with a keyboard. Whoops.

We still don't know when Verizon's going to announce the Droid 4. One possibilty would be at CES in a couple weeks, which would make since because by all accounts the thing's ready to go, and Verizon and Motorola are known for making a splash in Vegas. On the other hand, Verizon's kind of in the doghouse over its LTE network -- again. So we also wouldn't be surprised to see launches delayed while that gets sorted out -- again.

Source: Best Buy Reward Zone (pic); thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Build your own CyanogenMod ROM, no experience necessary

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If you've ever wanted to build a ROM yourself from scratch and happen to love CyanogenMod, there's a new tool that you might want to have a look at -- the CyanogenMod compiler.  What it does is build CM for your phone, without you having to do anything more than enter a number or two.  Once you set up your computer (the instructions even cover that part), you can download a set of scripts that do all the hard work for you.  When it's all said and done, you'll have a nice little package you can flash via recovery, and have your own home-brewed CyanogenMod.

And that might not be a good thing.  What you have will be no different than the latest nightly build, except that you had to spend time doing it yourself, and won't get any help from the CM team when things foul up.  Building from scratch is fun, there's no doubt about it, but this isn't just a one-click rooter tool -- it's going to take a long (as in loooooooooong) time to give you something you could have just downloaded more quickly in the first place. 

Anyways, if you used a one-click rooter, then flashed a recovery in one click through ROM Manager, you now have a one-click (almost) ROM builder.  It does happen to be great work, and lithid did a hell of a job with it.  I'm just afraid of what you guys (and gals) will break with this one.  Now that I'm done with the grandfatherly advice being the old curmudgeon, hit the source link to have a look -- and stay off my lawn!

Source: XDA-developersThanks, blackroseMD1!

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3 years ago

Jerry's most-used apps of 2011

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I'm not a big app guy, I'll admit.  I like to check them out, and maybe even keep them around for a week or so, but there's just a few I keep around forever.  I do happen to like buying them and checking them out, though, so I go through a lot of them.  Here's my list of "keepers." Check them out after the break.

Also: Phil's most-used apps of 2011

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab now said to possibly get 'Value Pack' instead of Ice Cream Sandwich

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In the continuing story of "Nobody knows what the hell's going on with the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab," (see Part 1 and Part 2) a new report out of Korea suggests that the manufacturer's 2010 flagship devices may receive a "Value Pack" update instead of a full-fledged refresh to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The "Value Pack" -- we'd expect a better name once all the translation and marketing is done -- would bring some of the sex of ICS without the hastle of an actual OS update.

That's probably a good middle ground, if indeed it is the case. It's not going to silence those who won't settle for anything less than Android 4.0, of course. But for the vast majority out there (who likely wouldn't really notice the difference anyway), it's a compromise worth exploring.

Source: Daum.net (translated); via Unwired View

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3 years ago

PRADA phone by LG 3.0 now available in South Korea; Europe, rest of Asia in January

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The obtusely named PRADA phone by LG 3.0 is now available in South Korea, the manufacturer announced today. It'll be released in most European nations and in other parts of Asia in January.

As you'll recall from our hands-on with the phone earlier this month, the PRADA phone by LG 3.0 (seriously, we're just calling it PRADA 3.0 from here on out) is running a unique UI on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has a 4.3-inch display at 480x800 resolution and 800 nits of brightness, 8GB of onboard storage, a 1GHz processor and a 1540 mAh battery.

We've got our hands-on video and the full press release after the break.

More: PRADA phone by LG 3.0

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3 years ago

Samsung reportedly re-evaluating getting Ice Cream Sandwich onto the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab

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Word on the streeets of Korea today is that Samsung is taking another look at possibly getting an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to the original Galaxy S smartphone and 7-inch Galaxy Tab tablet, after previously saying it wasn't going to happen. Hey, that'd be great. Sure would make a lot of people happy.

Only, does anyone really think Samsung doesn't already know if it's technically feasible to put Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab? Is it really possible Samsung explained why they won't get it without actually trying first?

Nah. If in fact Samsung's taking another look at things, it's because someone's finally starting to put a dollar value on the backlash received worldwide after it announced that its wildly popular 2010 flagship devices were being left behind. Never mind that year-old tech is still year-old tech (even if it is good year-old tech).

And keep in mind we're still talking about things on a global scale here. Even if Samsung changes its mind and figures out how to get ICS on the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab in a timely and economical manner, we have zero idea of what the U.S. carriers -- not really known for update expediency -- will do to their aging lines. After all, some phones didn't start getting Gingerbread until the last quarter of this year.

Sources: ajnews.co.kr; MSN Korea; via The Verge

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