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2 years ago

HTC Amaze 4G gets a one-click root option, permanent for unlocked bootloaders

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Developers have worked out a one-click root option for the HTC Amaze 4G, that provides a temporary root option if you have a locked bootloader, or a perm-a-root if you've managed to get the bootloader unlocked.  While many (yours truly) aren't a fan of one click solutions, I know a lot of you guys love them, and as long as you're careful you don't need folks like me giving you guff.

The process looks pretty painless -- you'll need the adb drivers from HTC, and the ability to follow some easy instructions.  Hit the source link for all the details and the download.

Source: XDA
More discussion in the Amaze 4G forums

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2 years ago

Google Maps updated to support NFC-powered Beam feature

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During the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich demo we got to see another use for NFC. Beam, demonstrated sharing of information across devices and it looks like Google has now updated Google Maps to support the feature. You won't find it listed in the change logs though. In fact, the change log only states the update has reduced file sizes for app storage on different devices but the permissions tell the truth. New permissions requested are for NFC and when you put the pieces together, its safe to assume Beam support has been added to Google Maps.

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2 years ago

TELUS launching the Samsung Galaxy S II X October 28th

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While the Samsung Galaxy S II has been available in Canada for quite some time now, TELUS has been holding back their release for whatever reason but the time has come and they're ready to release it. October 28th is when the Samsung Galaxy S II  X, as TELUS is branding it will drop bringing its 1.5Ghz dual-core processor goodness. Still no word on pricing as yet but the fact that we finally have a date is good enough for me.

Source: TELUS via: Mobile Syrup

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2 years ago

BlurSandwich, SenseCream? [From the Forums]

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Now that just about everyone has got their latest devices out of their system -- what's next? HTC has been rather quiet lately but we know they have a few things cooking. We've had plenty this week to talk about though, so make sure you jump a few pages back collect the news and head on into the Android Central forums for more discussion:

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2 years ago

Will my phone get Ice Cream Sandwich? Our predictions:

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The wait is over -- Google has officially announced Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and showed us a whole lot to like.  Of course, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is coming soon, and and many others will follow shortly thereafter with the latest and greatest that Android has to offer. But right now the big question is "When will my phone get the Ice Cream Sandwich update?"

With two-year contracts and $500-and-up off-contract prices, most of us will want to hold on to the phone we bought this year and milk it for every penny we can.  That's the wise (and frugal) thing to do, and we're right there with ya when it comes to saving a few dollars.

So which phones do we believe will see an ICS udpate? Hit the break for our predictions.

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich SDK ports begin with the Nexus S 4G

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As we explained yesterday, now that the Ice Cream Sandwich SDK has been released, we're about to see a deluge of SDK-based ROM ports. We're not going to cover them all here, but will will cover the first to come out of the Android Central Forums. Beezy's been hard at work, and you'll soon be able to enjoy the fruits of his SDK labor on the Nexus S 4G. Things are very much still a work in progress, but you'll soon be able to be the first on your block to say you have some form of ICS on your phone.

Source: Nexus S 4G forums

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2 years ago

Swype gets a new beta release, blissfully makes updating easier

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We've been in love with the Swype keyboard since, well, forever. But time and time again we've threatened to break up over the stupidest of things. Because Swype's business model is to get preloaded onto phones and you technically can't download a full version, the beta installation process has always been a pain in the ass. Download the Swype app. Register. Sign in. Download the beta. When it comes time to update the beta version, you have to go through the whole thing again, and add in a step where you recover your forgotten password.

That ends now.

Swype Bets Version 3.26, in addition to bringing improved language control (which language you use at any given time), a refined key layout and new settings and help, also brings about automatic updates. You'll get notifications letting you know an update is available, and install it right through the settings. Easy as pie.

Source: Swype

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2 years ago

Mobile Mouse Pro now available for Android

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If you've just got to use your phone as a desktop trackpad, it's time to check out Mobile Mouse Pro. The popular iOS app (we really hate having to type that) has just been released for Android. And for $2.99 (that's a bit steep, eh?) your device will serve as a fully functioning trackpad, with full Windows compatability and everything. Give it a shot. Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Gingerbread kernel source for the Samsung Epic 4G now available

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Samsung has released the kernel source code (and other GPL bits of code for open-source software) for the D700, which we all know and love as the Epic 4G.  Does this mean a stable Gingerbread build is imminent? We have no idea, but we do know that the many of you guys who have long forgotten about the official update path should now have even better custom ROM's to flash, and developers can carry on doing what they do independently from Samsung and Sprint.  That's why we love open-source software.  If you're a kernel developer, or think now would be a good time to start, grab it from the source link (search for D700).

Source: Samsung; Thanks, rocket321!

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2 years ago

Android 101: A little privacy in the YouTube app

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Go ahead, admit it: You've probably searched Youtube for something you'd prefer nobody know about. Nyan Cat. Teletubbies. Justin Bieber. The iPhone. Hey, we won't judge.

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