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2 years ago

GTA III modifications appearing in Android version

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The anniversary edition of Grand Theft Auto III is quite simply magnificent. It truly is a mark of how far technology has advanced in the last ten years. And in true Android fashion, GTA III can be customised with just a tiny little bit of work.

It turns out that modifying the Android version of the game is in fact as simple as modifying the PC version. By adding files to the directory on the SD card. As an added bonus, it turns out the PC and Android versions of the game are so similar, that many PC modifications actually work on the Android version so you can soup up your cars and add custom textures to your heart's content. 

Hit the source link for more information if you fancy a go, and check out one happy modifiers video after the break.

Source: Droid Gamers

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2 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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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic, Droid RAZR & Atrix 2 Fastboot files now available - Bring your device back to life from a soft brick

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If you like to tinker around with your device then chances are you've suffered a soft brick or two in your life, then spent some time looking in the Android Central forums or hitting up Google and eventually finding some magical files to help restore your device back to normal.

Those wonderful little files are the Fastboot recoevery files and they are great to have kicking around just in case things go awry, and while they're often hard to find -- some fine folks have now shared them for a multitude of Motorola devices.

The Droid Bionic, Droid RAZR and Atrix 2 files are now all available for download, In addition to saving your behind from a softbrick, developers can make great use of these files as well so, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for some new happenings when it comes to development for these devices.

Source: XDA - Bionic, RAZR, Atrix 2

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2 years ago

SiriusXM unveils the Android-powered Lynx portable radio

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SiriusXM today unveiled its latest portable satellite radio -- the Lynx -- and wouldn't ya know it, this sucker's running Android. Actually, it's running an unknown version of Android, and if we hadn't told you, chances are you wouldn't even notice. It's being billed as "everything you can imagine," and it's a triple threat as a dockable in-car satellite radio, or you can use it with a home docking kit, or just palm the sucker and play back via 3.5mm headphones -- or Bluetooth. 

It's also a "SiriusXM 2.0" device and connects to the Internet via Wifi (for easy software upgrades). Change channels and hit a song in the middle? No worries, the "Tune Start" feature lets you start over at the beginning of a song. Or you can build a library of 200 hours of programming from your favorite channels. Or pause, rewind and replay. And the "Show finder" feature sound especially promising, with a guide that shows the next week's worth of content. For satellite radio fans, it sounds like a beast. 

For traditional Android fans? Well, we're just going to have to wait and get our hands on this guy. But this is what Android was designed for, folks. An expandable and extendable operating system. And you're going to see more and more of this as time goes on.

We've got a photo barage and video after the break.

Source: SiriusXM

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2 years ago

Verizon: LTE is hard, y'all

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Since CES 2010, Verizon has been hard at work launching 4G LTE products and expanding their 4G coverage, but it's hit a few bumps in the road as of late. The month of December was particularly bad for Verizon and its customers who have taken on 4G devices expecting the same rock solid coverage they've always had with Verizon 3G service. Verizon Wireless's VP of network engineering, Mike Haberman, took the time to break things down for GigaOm (and the rest of us via a press release) and explain a little of what has been happening behind the scenes at Verizon to cause the recent issues.

Starting with the December 7th outage caused by a failure of its back-up communications database, Haberman then noted December 21st downtime that was caused by a portion of their IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) — which replaces the old signaling architectures used in 2G and 3G networks. Finally, the most recent failure on December 28th was caused by was caused by two IMS elements not communicating properly.

In all cases, the IP Multimedia Subsystem was the root cause but once fixed the same issues never occurred again. In other words, they were presumably isolated bugs in the system which are bound to be a part of expanding a nationwide network of this nature. "Being the pioneers, we're going to experience some growing pains," Haberman said.

Haberman isn't hiding from the issues and notes "These issues we've been experiencing are certainly regrettable but they were unforeseeable." and highlighted Verizon's goal which "is to ensure that our 4G networks meets the same high standard that our 3G network does, we’re not there yet, but we’ll get there."

So does Verizon deserve some slack here? That's a matter of personal opinion. Reality is, launching a new nationwide network with bleeding edge technology is hard and there's bound to be some bugs that are destined to wreak havoc. In these cases, the errors found within the system caused issues for many users but in Verizon's defense, you can't really place a "beta" tag on a network so to speak. However, you can stop introducing ridiculous fees and messing with upgrade policies that upset customers when some are already upset with their services.

Sources: VerizonGigaOm

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2 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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2 years ago

Samsung Epic 4G is now officially a CyanogenMod-supported device

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If you have a Samsung Epic 4G and aren't overly happy with it being stock any more, you'll be pleased to know you can now add some new life to the device as it now has official support for CyanogenMod.

It has taken a lot of work from a lot of developers but Team EpicCM's github repositories have been merged into CyanogenMod's and those results are now available for download and installation. Keeping in mind, a few things are still broken here so you'll want to read over what works, what doesn't and what is being worked on before you dive right in.

If you're looking to get the full details, you can head on over to the CyanaogenMod forums and find everything you need to know about this release thus far -- including how to install it, a list of current bugs and what all to expect moving forward.

Source: CyanogenMod; Thanks, to all who sent this is!

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2 years ago

Missed deals, Bootloaders and Root [From the Forums]

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We're getting ready to toss away 2011 on tonight's Android Central podcast but if you're looking for something to do while we get things ready, you can check out the Android Central forums and hit up some of the threads below.

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

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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2 years ago

Android increases its U.S. market share, according to latest ComScore numbers

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Analytics firm ComScore just released a new batch of numbers, showing Android extending its lead over, well, everybody in the United States for September through November of 2011.

Out of the 91.4 million smartphone subscribers in the United States, ComScore says 46.9 percent -- about 43 million give or take -- have Android smartphones. That's up 3.1 percentage points from the June through August. Apple, meanwhile, saw slower growth, at 28.7 percent (up from 27.3 percent for the previous period).

Those were only platforms to see growth -- RIM was down 3.1 percentage points to 16.6 percent, microsft fell a half-percentage point to 5.2 percent, and Symbian down three-tenths of a percentage point to 1.5 percent. WebOS was a no-show.

Source: ComScore

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