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2 years ago

How-To: Enable ADB on your Kindle Fire (Windows)

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Amazon Kindle Fire forums

Wanna sideload apps (or use ADB for any other reason) to your Kindle Fire via your computer?  It's really easy -- just add the USB Vendor ID to the Windows ini file.  Even reading it seems more complicated than it really is.  On your Windows computer, press the Start button, then choose "All programs" > "Accessories" > "Command prompt" to open the text based command prompt for your computer.  Then copy the following line, and past it into the command window:

echo 0x1949 >> "%USERPROFILE%\.android\adb_usb.ini

Press the Enter key, and you're done.  What's it doing you ask?  It's adding the Vendor ID (0x1949) to the end of the Users\%your_user_name%\.android\adb_usb.ini file, so that the Android SDK tools can communicate with your Kindle Fire.  Doing it via the command prompt means you don't have to make hidden and protected files viewable, and it has a little bit of nerd factor to make you smile inside.

Once you've done that, enable Unknown sources in your Fire, connect it to your computer, and you can install apps just like you would with any other Android device.  For more help on installing and setting up the Android SDK, visit the forums

Source: ACT Local Media (Mac instructions are there) via Android Guys

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2 years ago

Editorial: Dear Amazon, usernames and passwords exist for a reason

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Kindle Fire ships with your username and password
already entered, ready to make purchases

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Amazon Kindle Fire review for this timely editorial.

I'm really not a tinfoil hat type -- maybe a little too much on the other side of that spectrum, actually. But I'm really not crazy about how Amazon's shipping the Kindle Fire. Here's how it works: You order a Kindle Fire from Amazon, they ship it to you. You open the shipping box, and then the specially designed, "Certified frustration-free packaging" (which is pretty cool and mostly frustration-free). Unwrap the Kindle Fire, turn it on and connect to Wifi.

And find that you're already logged in, password and everything, ready to purchase books, magazines, apps and music.

This is not good.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus hands-on and initial review

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More in the Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus forums

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is the latest Honeycomb tablet from Samsung, combining the Android 3.2 experience and the Exynos processor into a 7-inch package.  Closely resembling it's 10-inch brothers, it's got the TouchWiz tablet interface on top of Android 3.2, which isn't nearly as intrusive as the TouchWiz of old, and actually brings enough to the table that most call it an improvement over stock Android.  The 7-inch size should make the Tab 7 plus more portable and perfect for reading, and we're curious at how the speedy Exynos processor will power this one for games and media.  We're planning on giving this one a real workout, but for now you can have a look past the jump for a hands-on video, a specs list, and a handful of pictures.  More comes later. 

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2 years ago

Adobe blesses Android Tablets with the Adobe Touch Apps Family

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Remember those awesome looking Adobe Touch Apps that we saw back in October? Well they have finally reached the Android market for Tablets running Android 3.1 and above, and there are a total of 6 of them available. Each of them are available as individual purchases from the Android market for $9.99 apiece, and you can select between Adobe Photoshop Touch, Adobe Collage, Adobe Ideas, and a few others. Offering a wide variety of features, each of the applications is designed to do something a bit different, so be sure to hop into the Android market and check out the applications, and figure out which is best for you! Hit the break for the full release.

Source: Adobe

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2 years ago

Toshiba Thrive gets its Android 3.2 update

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The Toshiba Thrive Android tablet has received its update to Android 3.2. In addition to the version bump, you're also getting:

  • Enables an improved compatibility mode enhancing the way applications originally designed for smaller screen devices appear and function on the larger tablet display.
  • Improves screen rotation acceleration.
  • Adds extended screen support API, giving developers more precise control over the user interface across a range of Android-powered devices.

Thrive owners can snag the update in the tablet's update app. Do note that if you use the Android Market widget, it might disappear because of a naming change. You can add it back after the update.

More: Toshiba; Thanks, Andrew!

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2 years ago

Netflix launches redesigned Android tablet app

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We told you it was coming on last week's podcast (just another reason you need to listen to the Greatest Android Podcast in the World), and today Netflix has made official its redesign Android tablet app. Gone is the scaled-up phone app, and arrived is a tablet-optimized UI that gives you better access to movies and TV shows.

The update's not just for traditional Android tablets -- the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire will get in on the game as well.

Source: Netflix

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 update pulled

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Samsung dropped word tonight that it's pulled the Android 3.2 update being pushed out to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 after a number of users reported problems, including Wifi connections being broken. Here's Samsung's response:

“Samsung is aware of an issue that some Galaxy Tab 10.1 customers have experienced with today’s software update. We are working on a resolution and will provide more information shortly. In the interim we have chosen to discontinue availability of the update.”

Hopefully we'll see a fix -- and a fix for those who already applied the update -- shortly.

More: Galaxy Tab 10.1 forum

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich source code now being pushed to git servers

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It's a great day to be an Android geek -- the Ice Cream Sandwich source code is now being pushed to Google's git servers!  This is the full release of Android 4.0.1, which is the version that will ship on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.  Most readers won't need to do anything here except wait for their favorite developer to get things rolling (hi, Beezy!), but those who are technically inclined and feel like cooking up a bit of their own ICS can find new build instructions here at Android's source project pages.

Two things worth noting here -- the code is huge, and it's going to take a couple hours to transfer over.  If you try to sync now, you'll get something that is never going to build.  As Jean-Baptiste Queru points out, it's best to wait for word from Google that it's finished pushing out.  Also, as-is the code will only build for the Galaxy Nexus, and it's going to take some tinkering to get it to build for other phones.  Builds for other products will be coming from Google shortly.  We're excited, and as soon as the code is done pushing, we'll be at work to get a version built for the Nexus S.

Source: Android Building Google group

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2 years ago

AT&T gets LTE Galaxy Tab 8.9, sweetens the deal with a free smartphone

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Samsung just announced that the Galaxy Tab 8.9 (read our full review) will be available on AT&T as an LTE-capable device starting Nov. 20. It's got a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1280x800 display and 3.2 (rear) and 2MP cameras.

It'll cost $479.99 with a two-year contract, but AT&T's sweetening the deal by throwing in either the LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, or an original AT&T Galaxy S II (read our full review). Not a bad deal, really, if you're looking for a smartphone/tablet combo.

In addition, AT&T announced further expansion of its LTE network, which will cover the following locations:

  • Athens, Ga.
  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • Indianapolis
  • Kansas City
  • Las Vegas
  • Oklahoma City
  • San Antonio
  • San Juan
  • Puerto Rico
  • Washington, D.C.  

AT&T's got a few options for LTE data plans on its tablets, with 250MB for $14.99, 2GB for $25, or 3GB for $35. Smartphone plans start as low as $15 a month for 200MB of data, or $25 a month for 2GB, with an additional 1GB costing $10.

Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 getting Android 3.2 update -- and breaking Wifi in the process [updated]

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This is one of those good-bad things that's starting to swing the needle firmly to "bad" column. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is getting a 63.12MB update to Android 3.2, but the update appears to have a negative effect on Wifi -- kind of an important feature on a Wifi-only device. We've gotten a few e-mails and there's a thread running in our Galaxy Tab 10.1 forum detailing the update, which apparently is causing major connection problems. A hard reset doesn't fix things, but setting a static IP address on your tablet worked things out for one poster. The list of complaints includes:

  • Wouldn't connect to Wifi with DHCP dynamic IP, only through static IP
  • Will not connect to Kies
  • Everytime you boot it says: "Firmware update failed. Please try installing
  • using Kies (PC)..."
  • Auto-rotate doesn't work.

Also note that the website the update alert tells you to visit for more information isn't of much help, having last been updated July 1, and it merely links back to itself. We've got an e-mail into Samsung to hopefully clear this one up. In the meantime, we'd probably stay away from this update.

Update: The fine folks at Samsung got back to us and let us know that we're not just imagining issues with today's update:

Samsung is aware of an issue that some Galaxy Tab 10.1 customers have experienced with today's software update. We are working on a resolution and will provide more information shortly. In the interim we have chosen to discontinue availability of the update.

All we can do now is sit tight and wait for a beter working version to push out.  When that happens, we'll let you know.

More: Galaxy Tab 10.1 forum; Thanks, marcch and Jimmy!

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