With another week full of Android news coming to an end, odds are you weren't able to keep up with every single article that was posted. If you think you may have missed something from this past week, be sure to check below for a summary of what was covered this week.
Some of you might remember our last look at the revamped Galaxy Tab 10.1, but our first impressions were a bit limited, as Sammy kept their biggest tablet behind bars (well, a box, actually).
Times have changed, though, and Samsung has loosened up a bit, allowing the Tab 10.1 to get a full hands-on as well as a side-by-side comparison with the iPad 2.
Everything is in Vietnamese (except for Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" in the background), but if you listen closely, you can pick out a choice word here and there. At any rate, check out the video and enjoy! Thanks, Kevin! [via the Android Central Forums]
The ClockworkMod team has released version 4.0 of ROM Manager, the popular custom ROM flashing app for rooted phones. The update brings a visual refresh in the form of new icons, along with the ability to rate and comment on ROMs and some behind-the-scenes changes. Writing on his personal blog, ClockworkMod's Koushik Dutta says he's "really proud" of the new ROM Manager, and hints that "even bigger things" may be on the way for the project, including a website.
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!
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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.
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.
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!
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]
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!
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!
Skype Profile info left vulnerable to malicious applications
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]
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!
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]
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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