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3 years ago

Froyo ROM on Nook Color overclocked to 950MHz

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While the stock Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor ROM has had a custom kernel capable of overclocking the 800MHz processor for over a week now, only now has SD-card-run Nookie Froyo gotten in on the action.  Quickie "Screamer" 0.1 for Froyo cranks the CPU up to 950MHz.

In our tests, performance was noticeably improved, and was reflected in our Quadrant benchmarking tests--which blew away any other Quadrant score we've seen on NOOKcolor's Froyo.

The kernel is easily installed, by simply replacing Nookie Froyo's uImage boot file (backup first!) with this file of the same name.  In Windows, you can simply drag and drop it onto your Nook's mounted SD drive, and reboot.  Voila: you now have a faster Nook.

The custom kernel is Divine_Madcat's port of the original "Quickie" for B&N's ROM (which was developed by Geniusdog254).

The development community just keeps racking them up for NOOKcolor owners! [XDA Developers]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Ubuntu One music player

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The Ubuntu One service is a pretty cool thing.  Think of it a Dropbox, but written by the open source people at Canonical.  Maybe one of it's coolest, yet least known features is the ability to stream the music you save in the cloud to your Android phone.  It's really easy -- install the client on your phone and sign in, and you're ready to go.  Really, that's it.  The app finds all the music in your personal Ubuntu One cloud, and sorts it automagically.  Because of the way it caches data to your SD card or internal storage, it works great even on slow connections.

We love the app because it does what it should very well, and it's as simple as possible, but what about the Ubuntu One service?  It's a personal cloud site, that gives you two GB of storage for free.  Need more than two GB?  20 extra GB of storage is only $2.99 per month.  The streaming service itself will cost you $3.99 per month, or $39.99 per year.  The best part is the fees go back to the people behind the Ubuntu project, and helps further open source development.  If you need a big personal cloud, or the ability to stream your own music it's not a bad deal at all.  We've got a video of the player in action, a few screen shots of the Linux and Windows client, and all the links you need to get started after the break.

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3 years ago

Line2 Android VOIP app now available (Plus: Video with Line2 at CES)

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If you've been looking for a new VOIP app for Android, you need to take a look at Line2. Forged form the bowels of Toktumi, Line2 is in the same vein as Google Voice in that you get a new phone number. But unlike Google Voice, it will place calls over Wifi or 3G/4G data when available, or over the regular network when it's not.

You get a 30-day trial, and it's $9.95 a month after that for unlimited calling and texting in the U.S. and Canada. It's still a little green, certified only for the Droid, Droid 2 and Droid Incredible, and it's a no-go on Galaxy S phones running Android 2.1 (that's all of us here in the States), and glitchy on the Evo 4G. But with the free 30-day trial, we'll give it a go.

Download link and video with Line2 from CES are after the break. Thanks, Ryan!

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3 years ago

China Telecom launching Droid X with 1.2GHz processor

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Another high end Android device is headed to the Chinese market as China Telecom is soon launching a version of the Motorola Droid X

While the Droid X was released last year, its Chinese version is being pumped up to include a 1.2GHz processor. Everything else remains the same, including releasing with Android 2.2 (Froyo), which makes it a compelling option for those looking for a high end phone. [ccidnet via Capital Vue]

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3 years ago

Did the Samsung Vibrant 4G make its way through the FCC?

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While we can never be 100 percent sure with these things, what looks like the Samsung Vibrant 4G has just passed through the FCC, ready to hit T-Mobile store shelves soon.  We can be sure it's a Samsung phone, with the correct radio to work on T-Mobile's 3G and 4G networks, so all signs point to it being the Vibrant 4G that we've been talking about for the past week.  With Mobile World Congress coming up soon, and Samsung set to make a big announcement, even I can put a few pieces together.  If all the rumors and leaks are true, we could be seeing it come Feb. 23.  [FCC via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Samsung responds: 'Not charging carriers for Froyo updates'

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The number of anonymous and unconfirmed "reasons" for the amount of time it's taking the U.S. Galaxy S phones to get their upgrades to Android 2.2 seems to grow every day. And the leading theory thus far has been from a post at XDA that claims Samsung is charging carriers more for the upgrade than they're willing to pay. (There's also that crackpot tip that Samsung was holding Froyo "hostage" as to not cannibalize sales of the unannounced Vibrant 4G. Yes, we've seen them all.)

But tonight, Samsung responded to Phonescoop, saying unequivocally:

"No. Samsung is not charging carriers for Froyo updates to Galaxy S. We hope to have more detail on status shortly. Promise!"

So it's time to put the tinfoil hats back on and bombard our inboxes once again with the latest unsourced, anonymous theory. But we'll throw this out and see if it floats: Perhaps it's just taken Samsung and the U.S. carriers that long to get their ducks in a row to make sure everything works, and everybody will shut up and smile once the updates hit, and start bitching about Gingerbread instead.  [Phonescoop]

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3 years ago

Apple's Tim Cook calls Android tablets 'bizarre' and 'vapor'

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It's no secret that Apple has its reservations towards Android, and that's a feeling shared mutually. During Apple's Q1 2011 conference call today, Apple COO Tim Cook regarded current Android tablets as "bizarre" and that future models are "vapor" to Apple. 

Cook used the Samsung Galaxy Tab as one of his prime examples. He said that the Galaxy Tab is running a version of Android that Google has said was never designed to be run on tablets, and have a more phone-like experience. He said that to himself and Apple, that's a "bizarre product" and that making the comparison, consumers will ultimately choose the iPad. Pretty odd considering the iPad is generally referred to as an over-sized iPod, yes?

We'd like to kindly remind Apple and Cook that the 10-inch Viewsonic gTablet kindly falls into that "current" category. However, with it being lighter, sporting a much more powerful (and capable) CPU, a full USB port, and all of that Android openness (or "fragmentation" if your name is Steve Jobs) that we know and love, we'd hardly call that bizarre.

He went on to say that he can't speak for future Android tablets because we don't know much about them, but said that they are "just vapor" to Apple. We'd like to think that's short for "concerned," but we all know that the word concerned doesn't exist in Apple's very limited dictionary. Who knows, maybe we will be seeing some of that "vapor" make it's way into the iPad 2, but it certainly seems that Apple is giving a lot of attention to something they claim they're not concerned much about, yes?

Now excuse us, we have some more bizarre vapor -- which also has sold millions of units -- to cover. 

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3 years ago

Samung Mobile promising 'the next evolution' at Mobile World Congress

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The theme of Samsung's press event at CTIA last March was "Unpacked." That's where we got the Galaxy S phones. And a few sneaky readers have hit up samsungunpacked.com recently and noticed that it's been updated for a Feb. 13 event at Mobile World Congress, where we'll see that "Something big is coming," "discover the next evolution in Samsung Mobile" and "Evolution is FATE."

What is it? Heck if we know. Place your bets now, folks. We'll find out in a few weeks. [SamsungUnpacked] Thanks, Cesar!

Update: Sammy tells us there will be another event at MWC that will have some sort of U.S. focus. Stay tuned!

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3 years ago

ROMS, ROM developers and ROM users [from the forums]

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Customization options really are one of the finer, loved points of Android. Being an Android user allows for a wide variation of customization options. Some like the multitude of different applications which change the look and feel of your device while others like to dig deeper and change everything by loading up custom ROMS. Since many folks here love ROMS, hop on into the forums and check out some of what users have been posting. If you're a ROM developer, set up shop and share your goods. 

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

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3 years ago

Droid does trigonometry with a slew of TI calculator emulators

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If the stock Android calculator isn't quite enough to fit you needs, have no fear.  App developer Doug Melton has ported the AlmostReal TI-83, TI-85, and TI-86 emulators to Android.  I've been monkeying with the TI-86 version for a few days, and have to say the job is very well done.  Support for TI-Basic is included, so hours of geek fun can be had writing those small programs many of us love to tinker with.  It even works as a calculator, too!

You can grab the TI-86 version (my personal choice) after the break, or visit Doug's AppBrain page to see the other choices, as well as a few other apps he's written.  Thanks Doug for the beta copy, and thanks everyone for sending this one in!

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