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4 years ago

Critiquing the Critique: 'ICS Paper Cuts'

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Operating systems need to be critiqued. They're meant to be. It helps us all understand more about them, and it gives perspective to those who created it. But Android is not a simple operating system. Even the most savvy Android user can learn something new. And that means that critiquing Android can be even more difficult for someone who doesn't know the OS inside and out. That brings us to the ICS Paper Cuts Tumblr by Grant Paul. He's a "big deal" in the iOS jailbreak community, and rightfully so. This doesn't mean much to normal, non-smartphone-geeks, but it made me read read Paul's critique instead of dismissing it offhand, and I expect it has the same effect on other folks as well. Since he took the time to share what's wrong with something he didn't have any hand in creating, it's my turn to do the same. And I'm going to, after the break.

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4 years ago

Shadowgun THD optimized for Tegra 3 devices

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The good news: NVIDIA's shouting from the rooftops that the game Shadowgun (read our review) has been updated and optimized for Tegra 3 devices. And, the bad news: There's only one Tegra 3 device available today, and it's pretty hard to come by. But if you're lucky enough to actually have an ASUS Transformer Prime (again, check out our full review), you've gotta check this one out.

We've got some Tegra 3 Shadowgun demo video after the break. Check it.

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4 years ago

Sideload books on Kindle Fire, ICS on Nexus S thoughts [From the Forums]

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Although Christmas is only a few days away now, the news hasn't really slowed down all that much. Seems as though everyone is pushing out an update or getting a new app out there in time for the holidays, so if you happened to miss out on anything from this week thus far, get caught up here on the blogs and in the Android Central forums.

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

US Cellular gets the Huawei Ascend II, free after rebate

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US Cellular today announced it's carrying the Huawei Ascend II. The phone's decidedly mid-level, but the price is right -- free after $100 mail-in rebate.

Full specs include:

  • 3.5-inch display at HVGA resolution
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Qualcomm MSM 7627 processor at 600 MHz
  • 5MP camera
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 2GB microSD
  • 1400 mAh battery
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces

More: US Cellular

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4 years ago

The one where reptiles and amphibians play Ant Crusher on Android

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

The only thing better than that video is the name of the user who uploaded it -- "KoreanFrongMania."

And after the break, the far more subdued bearded dragon.

Thanks to everyone who sent these in.

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4 years ago

EVO View 4G Honeycomb update officially official, and easy instructions to unbrick now available

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Sprint has made the EVO View 4G update we told you about earlier official, with a press announcement that gives a bit more detail about what to expect.  Besides the normal Honeycomb features, and the disabling of the capacitive buttons, the 3.2 update for the View also supports system-wide support for HTC Scribe -- including document signature capture from ActSoft.  We've got the press release after the break.

And do note that your home screens will be reset. Bummer, but so's not having Honeycomb.

What if you failed to heed the warnings and tried to update your rooted S-Off EVO View and now have a lovely brick?  Our forum developers once again have the situation covered with a short post explaining how to get out of the bootloop, get recovery back up and running, and restore an older back-up.  Much better than panicking at 2AM and waiting for the battery to die.  Hit the link to have a look.

[Guide] How to fix soft brick after OTA

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4 years ago

FYI: Podcast's taking one more week off

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Think you guys can go one more week without a new episode of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World? Hope so, 'cause we're going to take one more week off leading into the Christmas holiday, hoping to get some last-minute work done. In other words, no show tonight.

But don't despair: We'll be back next week for sure. In the meantime, hit up our old shows, and maybe try watching the podcast on your new Google TV! See you next week!

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4 years ago

You'll shoot your eye out! (For only 99 cents)

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Google's got a bunch a bunch of movies on sale right now in the Android Market for just 99 cents. But do you really need to go past "A Christmas Story?" It's got mystery. It's got intrigue. It's got a kid who gets his tongue stuck to a lightpost flag pole. And it's just 99 cents to rent on your Android smartphone or tablet. Sold.

More 99 cent movies in the Android Market

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4 years ago

Reminder: Vote in the 2011 Android Central Awards

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Just a quick reminder that you've got about a day left to cast your vote in the 2011 Android Central Awards. We want your vote in the following categories:

  • Smartphone of the year
  • Tablet/e-reader of the year
  • Most disappointing smartphone of the year
  • Most disappointing tablet/e-reader of the year
  • And a handful of app categories

Thousands of you have voted already, and we'll share your results -- as well as our own picks -- before the new year. 

Vote in the 2011 Android Central Awards

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4 years ago

New at ShopAndroid.com: Body Glove Icon Slide-On Case for Verizon Galaxy Nexus, we're giving two away free!

 

Just a quick heads up that the Body Glove Icon Slide-On Case is now available at ShopAndroid.com for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. It's a two-piece hard shell case that slides onto the phone, has access to all the ports and buttons and comes in either silver/black or purple/back.

And to celebrate, we're going to give a couple of these suckers away, because you're worth it. Just leave a comment on this post, and we'll pick a couple of winners at the end of the day. Good luck!

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4 years ago

GoHow Airport a decent free option for air travelers

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If you're hopping on a plane today for the holidays, there's a new free travel app that's worth giving a look. GoHow Airport is a simple app that gives you information on a score of airports. You get an overview, list of shops, and info on food and drinks, services, parking and ground transportation. There's also a basic internal layout of the airport, and city weather info. The interesting thing here is that the airports themselves partner with Gohow to ensure the latest up-to-date information.

Also, GoHow Airport serves as a flight and trip itinerary manager. It's got listings for dozens and dozens of airports, and the flight listings are simple but work as advertised.

We're not going to call GoHow Airport our favorite travel app. But it's got a wealth of airport information that others don't. And, best of all, it's free. We've got screenshots and download links after the break.

More: Press release; Ionos

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR bugfix update rolling out now

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A fairly big update for the Motorola Droid RAZR has begun to roll out. Here's what's new in Software Version 6.11.748.XT912:

  • SIM error notification has been fixed
  • Improved camera features and quality
  • Improved stability of menu access, browser, phone dialer, video playback and music player to prevent force-close errors and lockups
  • Updated group message notification in e-mail
  • Improvement in 3G/4G data connectivity
  • Maintain network connection upon completion of a voice call
  • Background color has been adjusted to improve readability in Lapdock connection UI menu items.

You can get the update by going to Settings>About Phones>System Updates

Source: Verizon (pdf); Motorola
More: Droid RAZR forums

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4 years ago

C Spire gets the Motorola Milestone X2

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C Spire Wireless, the former Ceullar South that you're seeing in a smattering of TV commericials now, just announced availabilty of the Motorola Milestone X2. That's the same as the Motorola Droid X2 on Verizon that we reviewed back in the summer. Same 4.3-inch display, same 1GHz dual-core processor, same 8MP camera, no Droid branding. It's running Android 2.3 and has Swype on baord. C Spire's offering it up for $99 (after $50 rebate) on two-year contract.

Source: Press release; more: C Spire

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4 years ago

Honeycomb OTA for the HTC EVO View 4G rolling out, rooted users beware

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The Android 3.2.1 update for the HTC EVO View 4G is in the midst of a rollout, bringing Honeycomb and a new "virtual and holographic user interface" to the 7-inch HTC tablet.  The official change log reads:

  • Physical Hard keys replaced with on screen Soft keys
  • New Google search, available on every page
  • System Bar: Quick access to notifications, status, and soft navigation buttons available at the bottom of the screen
  • Notifications menu moved to the bottom right corner of the screen, on the System Bar.
  • The Action Bar—which can be accessed by touching the Plus Sign icon at the top right of the screen—is the key to contextual, changing menus that are controlled by each application.
  • Enhanced security including Sprint Data Link and 3LM
  • Google video chat
  • Fixed a bug that kept Bluetooth from working in airplane mode

The update is rolling out itself, but if you'd like to force a check, On the Home screen, tap Menu and then tap Settings; scroll up and tap System updates; tap HTC software update.  On the Software updates screen, tap Check now and your View will check for updates.

We know a lot of you have been waiting for this update, and the manual update location is available in more than a few places (heck, just grab it right here), but if you've rooted your View 4G don't even think about it.  Waiting for a bootlooping View 4G's battery to die is no fun -- trust me, we know this first hand.  This update is not only as of yet unrootable, but it also changes things so that Revolutionary ceases to work by replacing the hboot files.  Developers will get it sorted soon enough. 

Thanks everyone who sent this in, and SprintGirl for bootlooping her EVO View!

More in the EVO View 4G forums

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson LT28at specs suggest 4.55-inch, 720p screen, 13MP camera, AT&T LTE

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We've seen leak after leak of the Sony Ericsson Nozomi (aka Xperia Arc HD) over the past couple of months, but now it seems we may have some early details of the device's American cousin, the as yet nameless LT28at. A Bluetooth SIG listing for the phone, spotted by XperiaBlog, suggests that it'll sport an impressive list of specifications. Apparently the LT28at will ship with a 4.55-inch 720p Sony Reality Display, a stonking 13 MP back-illuminated camera and LTE support, presumably on AT&T.

The Bluetooth listing doesn't mention AT&T by name, but Sony Ericsson has historically added the "at" suffix to its AT&T devices, so we think it's safe to assume this one will be headed to AT&T's LTE network rather than Verizon's. Equally, no CPU is listed, but given the way SE likes to streamline things across its product line, our money would be on the LT28at using a 1.5GHz dual-core chip, like the Nozomi.

However, the most unique thing about this phone is its purported camera setup -- 13MP is just insane for a smartphone camera. Sure, megapixels aren't everything, but SE has a great track record with its Exmor R sensors on devices like the Arc and the Ray. XperiaBlog managed to dig up a few example shots from the LT28at on Picasa (check the source link), and even after compression the pictures are pretty impressive.

Here's hoping we'll get to see more of the LT28at in the flesh at CES in just a few weeks time.

Source: Bluetooth SIG, XperiaBlog

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