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4 years ago

Android Central ROM review: Doc & Stefunel's ROM kitchen for the Galaxy S

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Doc & Stefunel's ROM review

Here's a great idea put to use -- a Galaxy S (the international i9000 version) ROM built from a completely online kitchen. Doc and Stefunel have worked really hard on both the concept, and the ROM, and you can see the results of their hard work at their kitchen's website here.  If you're not familiar with the concept of a ROM kitchen, it's a way to build a ROM with -- or without -- features you want.  You select how to build it, and a script on the webserver packs it up and gives you the download link.  

Now that you know what a ROM kitchen is, you can see what a great experience using one can be from Android Central forums member racdyn.  He took the time to write us up a nice overview of his choices and how they are working for him.  It's a nice look at an equally nice concept, and a big thanks goes out to racdyn for sharing with us all!

Want to write a ROM review for Android Central?  We'd love to hear from you!  Look here for details. Now head past the break for the review.

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4 years ago

Kyocera Echo on sale now, we go hands-on again

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Kyocera Echo

Since Sprint got magical in New York a while back, I've been itching to get my hands on a Kyocera Echo. Look, we know many of you scoff at the Echo, but that's not fair unless you've had a bit of time with it.  I'm a gadget nut.  I'm a smartphone nut.  I'm an Android nut.  I want to check out all the latest Android phones, but show me something unique and I'm there.  The Echo -- which is available today for $199 after contract and $100 rebate -- fits that bill with its two screen setup, complete with applications that can take advantage of them.  Hit the break for some video, some pictures, and some Jerry talking about the Echo.

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for April 16, 2011

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apps

Widgets are always one of our favorite parts of Android devices, and sometimes finding a useful widget can be a difficult task. If you enjoy widgets, and are looking for some different ones for your device, be sure to hit the break with us and check out some of our favorites.

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4 years ago

Google adds opt-out to ad targeting in Market

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All of you privacy fiends out there will appreciate this one. In the Android Market's latest update, Google has added the option to remove yourself from targeted ads.

It's a small gesture, but definitely worth taking a look at, especially if you're one who values privacy. I never click on AdMob ads (unless by accident), but it's nice to be able to control your experience a bit more. This isn't getting rid of all ads but, rather, "interest-based ads" that are targeted specifically for you.

We can't do much about your creepy browsing habits. But at least this way, when the fedora-clad men all come to our doors, they won't know I prefer the Xoom to the Galaxy Tab. Thanks, Chris!

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4 years ago

Kyocera Zio source code released -- custom ROMs imminent?

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If you're a Kyocera Zio owner, we've got good news for you. Kyocera has finally released the source code for the Zio on their website, opening the doorway for a whole plethora of hacking and modding to one of Sprint's lesser-known Android handsets.

So, anyone out there planning on developing for the Zio? CM7 on the Zio perhaps? Anyone actually own the Zio? Hit up the forums and talk shop with your Zio brethren. [Kyocera]

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4 years ago

Celebrity Android sighting -- Jenna Jameson and her Thunderbolt

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Jenna Jameson's HTC Thunderbolt

An astute reader found this one on the New York Post website -- actress Jenna Jameson is sporting her new HTC ThunderBolt.  Focus on the phone (yes, there is a phone in that picture) and you'll see the distinctive kickstand and magic radio plug, which leaves little doubt that she's boltin'.  BlackBerries and iPhones everywhere are jealous.  [New York Post] Thanks, Air Force One!

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4 years ago

Bravo users, rejoice! Your Froyo update is now live

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Good news for all you Bravo users out there, as Moto's got a software upgrade that bringing you up to Android 2.2 Froyo.

Update 37.4.0 brings all of the stock Froyo goodies, like Adobe Flash, Apps2SD, Wi-Fi hotspot, and USB tethering, but Mototola's also got you covered with some Bravo-specific additions, such as:

  • Profiles: Added profiles feature that provides three customizable sets of home screens to give you access to the apps, shortcuts, and widgets you want, when you need them.
  • Dialer Search: Phone numbers and contacts can now be searched from the dialer screen by entering the first few letters of the contact’s name or first few digits of the contact’s number.
  • LinkedIn: LinkedIn® social network accounts can now be added to integrate with contacts, social networking updates, and messaging.
  • Security: Added new security features, including Exchange-based encryption and password security.

Anyone get the update yet? If so, how's it working for you? Make sure to let sound off in the forums or comments and let us know how Froyo is treatin' ya.

For everyone else, installation instructions are after the break. [Motorola]

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4 years ago

Gingerbread for the Galaxy S reportedly rolling out in Europe

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Gingerbread for the Samsung Galaxy S

Getting word out of Europe this morning that Gingerbead is starting to push out for the original Samsung Galaxy S. That's right in line with what Samsung Finland had said, as well as the Three network. So if you've got the ol' GT-19000 and have a hankering for some Android 2.3.3, fire up Kies and get to flashin'.

We've got another pic after the break of the post-update about screen. Thanks, Morten and Zackarias!

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4 years ago

Skype responds to report of security hole

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Skype Profile info left vulnerable to malicious applications

Skype vulnerability

Skype on Friday issued a public response to a security issue uncovered recently that leaves some profile and message information open and vulnerable to malicious applications. Uncovered by Android Police, the vulnerability deals with the way the Skype Android application stores some personal information, making your profile information -- and your Skype contacts' profile information (among other bits of Skype data) -- easily found and scraped by any application that wants to. Skype, on its blog, has said:

It has been brought to our attention that, were you to install a malicious third-party application onto your Android device, then it could access the locally stored Skype for Android files.

These files include cached profile information and instant messages. We take your privacy very seriously and are working quickly to protect you from this vulnerability, including securing the file permissions on the Skype for Android application.

To protect your personal information, we advise users to take care in selecting which applications to download and install onto their device.

That's a fairly serious hole, and it's good that it was discovered, reported and is being fixed. So have you been in any danger all this time? Possibly, but you would have had to have installed a malicious application that knew to run this exploit in the first place. Chances of that are fairly low, but not out of the question. And it's important to remember that we're talking about Skype data, not the full contacts list on your phone. That doesn't mean it's not a gaping hole that needs to be closed; but neither are we worried about the sky falling. Be careful what you download, folks. [Skype, Android Police]

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4 years ago

Toshiba's trio of tablets is dubbed ANT? Hope not, but at least there's pricing

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Toshiba ANT

Tell us this isn't the Toshiba ANT. Somebody please tell us the little beauty we got our paws all over (thus the fingerprints) at CES at isn't called the Toshiba ANT. But according to a trio of listings on NewEgg, you're looking at the Toshiba ANT 100, 102 and 104.

But we're guessing that's not actually the name. ANT could just too easily be a placeholder for Toshiba ANdroid Tablet. ANT.  Or maybe Toshiba's being cute. But we kind of hope not.

The pricing? Well, that's another matter. There are 8GB, 16GB and 32GB versions listed, at $449, $499 and $579, respectively. That's a little higher than what we'd like to see from what we assume will be Wifi-only versions, but remember we're still pretty early in the life of Honeycomb hardware.

Anyhoo, if any of this is starting to whet your appetite, we've put our hands-on from CES after the break of the likely still unnamed tablet. [NewEgg via Laptoping, Engadget] Thanks, Bethany!

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 user manual now available for your viewing pleasure

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Droid Incredible 2 user guide

Just in case you might actually want to read the user manual of a device for once, you can now grab the one for the Droid Incredible 2. Although nothing really exciting is contained within, it's still a great way to learn the basics of HTC Sense if you're unfamiliar and looking to pick one up. One thing to note about the Droid Incredible 2 however, is the fact it comes loaded with HTC Sense 2.1 -- something that not even the still fresh HTC Thunderbolt has currently. [Download via Droid Life]

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4 years ago

Japanese Xperia Acro presentation leaked

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 Xperia Acro presentation

No, that's not a typo. We're talking about the Japan-exclusive Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro, which is still unannounced, despite being leaked earlier this month. Now a leaked presentation, found on Japanese blog Gpad.tv, seems to confirm what was previously suspected about this device -- it's basically a slightly fatter Xperia Arc with a couple of additional features like a TV tuner and NFC payments for the Japanese market.

The presentation shows that black, white and blue versions of the Acro will be available, but no release date is given. Head on over to the source link to find out more about a phone that you'll (probably) never be able to buy. [Gpad.tv (Japanese) via XperiaBlog]

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4 years ago

G2X now available, Bionic dead or alive? [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

And here we are at the weekend, for most folks. Last night we unleashed the Android Central podcast for you all and today we loaded up the audio file, so that said -- if you missed be sure to check it out some time over the weekend. Also, be sure to check out the forums for anything you missed, we've still got some contest winners to be picking out so get in there, make a post and be sure to check your emails. Also, check to see if you're name is listed -- we have a few unclaimed winners out there.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

A look at Photo Movie Creator from Sony

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photo movie creator

Here's a look at a cool new application from Sony called Photo Video Creator.  If you like to take and share a lot of photos with your Android phone, this is definitely one you will want to look at.  The app has a simple interface that takes a group of user selectable pictures and package them up as a video slideshow, complete with a frame, transitions, and background music.

Once the movie is finished, you can save it for playback on your device or upload it to Facebook.  Unfortunately, you can't save a local copy to share with friends or view on another device, exporting to Facebook is the only option.  As Facebook uploading was not available in the press copy, we're not sure of any options for saving it to a computer once it is on Facebook would become available, but it's a possibility.  We Android users are a pretty crafty bunch.

We'll have a closer look with a few pictures of the interface and a video, as well as the download link, after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid X2 gets benchmarked, videoed, still looks like a Droid X

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 Droid X2 benchmark

We got pictures and video of the Motorola Droid X2 being handled already, but one thing we didn't have was benchmarks. Well, that problem has now been rectified as more evidence of the Droid X2 has leaked on to the Interwebs. You can see the Tegra 2-powered X2 easily besting its predecessor's score of just under 1,250 with nearly 2,500 in Quadrant -- that is just about twice the graphical power, people. Suffice to say, the Droid X2 will be quite a powerhouse once Verizon gets around to launching it. [TechnoBuffalo] Thanks to Sean for the tip!

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