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2 years ago

Android AOSP source code back online with a new home

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In a post on the Android-building Google group, Dan Morrill announced that the AOSP tree (the "Master" and "Gingerbread" branches) are once again available online.  Because of problems with the kernel.org servers, the source has been MIA for a while, and in the downtime Google ramped up work for their own git hosting on Google's servers. 

For now, only the code is available.  Google is working hard to get the Gerrit code review site back in operation, then gitweb afterwards.  Dan also reiterates that the Ice Cream Sandwich source code will be available as soon as devices running it are delivered. 

With new servers comes new download and building instructions, which Dan outlines in his message at Google groups.  Be sure to have a look and get your new repository set-up -- you can find all the information at the source link.

Source: Android-building

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2 years ago

Tegra 3 gets an unofficial official promo video

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So the world has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of NVIDIA's latest mobile offering, the quad-core Tegra 3 (Kal-El). While the actual goods are still not out in the wild, a short teaser video has been leaked to keep our interest in the meantime.  

While not revealing anything about any devices the Tegra 3 may be appearing in, the emphasis is as expected on performance. Although, a clear bezel on a tablet could be pretty cool.

via Youtube; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich SDK system dump available -- devs and themers get at it!

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With the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich just around the corner, everyone's excited for all the new features and look.  We can't offer a way to get any of the features just yet -- that'll have to wait till the code drops -- but your favorite themer sure can have a ball with the system files from the SDK.  All the graphics are there -- icons, status bar symbols, interface elements, etc. -- ripe for the taking and ready to be worked into a great new theme for your current rooted Android phone.  If you're the theme-creating type, yet don't want to fool with extracting everything out of the system images, we got ya covered.  Hit the forums and download it.  Be sure to give us a holler when you create something with them, we'd love to have a look!

Download the Ice Cream Sandwich SDK system dump

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2 years ago

ASUS unleashes Transformer 2 video

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ASUS has let slip a teaser video for the next Transformer tablet. And in a word: Sexy. Obviously thinner and sleeker than the original Transformer -- which we were very much smitten with -- the sequel also looks to have a detachable keyboard dock, also redesigned.

Our big question at this point, though: Honeycomb? Or Ice Cream Sandwich? Check it out after the break.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich SDK now available

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We're all waiting for news about the release date for both the Galaxy Nexus as well as the Ice Cream Sandwich update for our existing phones, but in the meantime Google has already released the Ice Cream Sandwich SDK for those of us who like to tinker around.  Of course the website is slow, and so is the SDK manager to get the files, but keep at it -- Google has lots and lots of bandwidth.

You can update your existing Android SDK installation via the SDK manager program, and hit the source link to read a bit more.  Here, hand me your phone and I'll Beam it to you.

Source: Android Developers

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2 years ago

Google officially announces Ice Cream Sandwich

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Google has officially announced version Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich.  It's packed full of new features and has a new look, and unifies the Android experience between tablets and smartphones.  Matias Duarte took the stage to go over all the highlights, which include great features like a buttonless design, new gesture controls, and stacked and resizable widgets.

He also made sure we know that Google set out to give Android a "soul" -- make it fit you, and help people love it even more.  "Android is enchanting.  Something beautiful, seductive, and something you can easily fall in love with."  With a new "mechanical skeleton" including a font named Roboto, based on TV motion graphics, web design, and print, it brings a new way to do things with simple typographic layouts and bold spaces.  It looks amazing, with new and rich subtle animations, and an all new launcher design that has easy customization features and the running applications preview we're used to from Honeycomb.  Notifications can now be dismissed, and the new music player notification allows you to control the music player without leaving any app.  The keyboard has been improved, becoming more accurate and has an all new look and feel. Voice input has been updated, and it's now almost instant.  Something many have been waiting for, screen capture, is now built in so apps that need root no longer has the ability to do it through software.   And while the demo for facial recognition unlocking didn't go exactly as planned, that's coming as well and we'll all have a lot of fun with it.

We're itching to have a look for ourselves, but that will have to wait just a little while longer.  For now, we can all discuss and enjoy what we know is coming.

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2 years ago

BlackBerry's Android app repackaging tool is now available

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Just as we described earlier. It's a lot like someone developing an app so you can transfer your MP3s to cassette tapes, we reckon.

Source: CrackBerry

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 review

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If you think there isn't much more to say about Samsung's Galaxy line of tablets, you're probably right. Since the Galaxy Tab 10.1 launched this past summer, it has been dissected and discussed a million times over. We love the screen, we love the thinness, and we almost love TouchWiz. And these feelings translate to the younger brother in the Galaxy Tab line, the 8.9. So instead of bending your ear about things we've already said, let me take a different perspective. We know what the Galaxy line has to offer, but what does the 8.9-inch form factor do to push the line even further? And most important, what can consumers get from the more compact size that they simply cannot with the 10.1? 


The screen is tremendous, the performance is outstanding, and the 8.9-inch footprint is the standard all tablets should live up to.


I wish Samsung could have squeezed a microSD slot in there. Also, the $469 base pricing is a bit high.



This is the Galaxy Tab we have all been waiting for. If you can stomach the price, and don't mind limited storage space, you cannot find a more refined, powerful, and beautiful Android tablet on the market today.

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2 years ago

BlackBerry makes it easy to port Android apps to its foundering platform

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Are you a developer who wants to resign, repackage and submit your Android apps to a dying BlackBerry platform for use on devices that are barely selling? RIM's made it easy for you with the BlackBerry Tools SDK and ADT plug-in, and the BlackBerry Packager for Android.

OK, it's not quite that bad. If you're serious about submitting your apps for use on the BB PlayBook, the tool will check them for compatibility, sign, package and prep for submission. And it's nice to see RIM make it easy on devs.

Now only if it made life a little less tough on its customers.

Source: CrackBerry

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2 years ago

10 Honeycomb UI features we hope to see in Ice Cream Sandwich for phones

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In short order, Googlers will be on stage announcing Ice Cream Sandwich.  The next version of Android, it's been touted as "the one" that will merge the tablet operating system (Honeycomb) with the phone operating system (Gingerbread), as well as bring "incredible" things according to Larry Page.  We figure a lot of these incredible things will be under the hood, and they should be -- Android still needs some work in key areas, but as users, we're excited about one thing -- the new user interface.

Honeycomb does a lot of things right, and we would love to see some of those things kept and ported over to phones.  Everyone has their own list, but we're going to share ours.  Read on past the break!

Ice Cream Sandwich forums | Nexus Prime forums | rumored device forums

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