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2 years ago

CyanogenMod 9 RC2 emerges with new devices, stability improvements

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As it rapidly approaches a final, stable release, CyanogenMod 9 has reached the second release candidate milestone, or RC2. CM9, based upon Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, supports dozens of devices, and the latest release candidate adds support for several high-profile Samsung phones and tablets --

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (all variants)
  • Samsung Galaxy SII on AT&T – Skyrocket
  • Samsung Galaxy SII on T-Mobile – Hercules
  • Samsung Galaxy Note on AT&T
  • Samsung Galaxy SIII – i9300 (International GSM model)

In addition, CyanogenMod lead Steve Kondik says the new release includes bug fixes and new translations, and stabilizes CM into "a product that you’d let your mom use." As for the full, final, stable version of CM9, Steve says should be "just around the corner." Once CM9's out the door, work on the next version, based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, should begin in earnest.

If you know what you're doing and want to skip straight to the download, check our linkage below.

Source: CyanogenMod.com

Download: get.cm

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2 years ago

ShopAndroid Update: Now shipping Android accessories to more countries worldwide for less!

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Since Android Central launched in 2008, two of the most frequently asked questions we receive from visitors outside of the United States have been When will ShopAndroid ship to my country? And in the case where we do ship to that country, Why is it so expensive to ship to my country?

Recently we introduced our dedicated ShopAndroid Canada store.

Today we're announced that the same stellar service offered in our U.S.-based ShopAndroid.com store is open to our international customers as well! We've also rolled out free shipping to AFP/FPO destinations around the globe.

To our international customers - thanks for the patience. And thanks for the ongoing support. Now keep reading for all the details!

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2 years ago

Vodafone Australia halts Jelly Bean update, cites regulatory issues

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Uh oh. Seems all is not sweetness down under, with yesterday's news of an impending Jelly Bean update for the Nexus S from Vodafone Australia, today replaced with the news it has been pulled.

The Aussie carrier has put out a new statement on its blog, which reads something like this: 

Important news

We’ve just been advised that due to a software issue, the roll-out the of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to Vodafone Australia customers has been delayed.

It’s been advised the software currently does not meet all the Australian regulatory requirements related to emergency calls.

At this stage, we don’t have any further information on when the roll-out will resume, but as soon as we do, we’ll let you know here on the blog.

We thank you for your understanding and appreciate your patience at this time.

While, understandably, eager Nexus S owners will take this as a bitter blow, regulatory requirements are just that. Requirements. At least Vodafone has been good enough to give their customers an actual, specific reason for the delay. 

Of course, this particular issue only applies in Australia. We had heard word from France too that an update for the Nexus S was in-bound, so we'll carry on keeping an eye out. This statement from Vodafone, while frustrating, does at least give a pretty clear indication that such an update does exist. Somewhere. 

Source: Vodafone Australia

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2 years ago

Restoring your Nexus 7 using Google Factory images -- a guide [from the forums]

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So you bought a Nexus 7, partially because it's a Nexus device and you wanted to hack the living crap out of it. Cool -- me too. Whether you're just beginning, or an old pro you will need factory images to fix the things you've broken. But having them isn't enough, you'll need to know how to use them. It's one of those things that isn't hard, but when you're not used to doing this type of thing it's always nice to have a friend to guide you. AC Forums Adviser 2defmouze is that friend, and he's prepared everything you'll need to know about fixing your Nexus 7 once you've made it unbootable. And that is priceless. Hit the Nexus 7 forum link below and bookmark it right now, and be sure to give 2defmouze some love while you're at it.

The best part about having folks like 2defmouze and the rest of the great crew in the forums working on guides and how-tos is the level of support you'll get if you come across something you can't figure out on your own. We're picky here at AC, and we don't hand out Adviser badges to just anyone. You can trust these guys with your precious toys. That's why I'm always steering you guys there -- they are Android nerds to the core, and know their stuff. 

[GUIDE] Factory Image Restore for your Nexus 7

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2 years ago

Factory restoring Nexus 7, SGS III camera shots [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

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

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2 years ago

How to: Alter the DPI on your Nexus 7 to bring up that bigger tablet feel

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There's absolutely no doubt, the Nexus 7 is a fantastic piece of equipment. But, as with all Android devices, you can't please all of the people, all of the time. One point of annoyance for some is the phone styled UI that the Nexus 7 employs, and more specifically, the lack of a proper landscape mode on the home screens. 

But, this is Android, and this is a Nexus device. So, there's tweaking that can be done. Everything needed framework wise is on board to allow you to bring about what we see here. It's simply a matter of altering the DPI settings in the build.prop. Apps can mix and match elements. 

Sounds daunting, but thankfully for the less brave -- like myself -- some of the brilliant developers the Android community can call its own have done the hardest parts for us. 

The pre-cursor; this process requires root access. If you haven't already, definitely check out the fantastic step-by-step in the Android Central Forums on how to unlock and root your Nexus 7. Once you've done all that, and you've achieved root, the rest is easy. 

There are a variety of different applications in Google Play that can do the tweaks we require here. For the purposes of this article, we used Rom Toolbox Lite, which you'll find a download link to below. 

When Rom Toolbox has been opened, swipe left into the performance pane, and look for the button labeled "build.prop tweaks." Press this, and you'll be presented with three sliders, one of which will alter the DPI settings of your tablet. 

Out of the box, the DPI on the Nexus 7 is set to 213. It's worth remembering this value, to help you go back to the standard as quickly as possible should you so wish. To achieve the best results, slide the toggle right the way down to 160. 170 works too, but for proper tablet UI in some apps, we found 160 worked better. Remember, we're not actually changing any of the physical properties of the screen, just what is reported. 

Hit apply, accept the reboot and wait for the tablet to fire back up again. When it does, you'll see a much more familiar looking tablet appearance staring back at you. No more Google search bar right across the top, this is now reduced to the small box in the top left. The app drawer is now opened in the top right, and the three on screen buttons are smaller and located in the bottom left. 

Notifications are still the new, enhanced Jelly Bean notifications, but instead of pulling down from the top, they rise up from the bottom right hand corner. 

This isn't without potential issues though, it will most likely break some apps in the Play Store. But, it's pretty simple to set up, and equally simple to undo, so why not give it a try. If you just want your home screen to look a little bit like this, you could always try Apex Launcher. But, if you want the real deal, then try this. A custom launcher such as Apex will still keep the notification bar at the top, and the buttons at the bottom just as the stock launcher does. If landscape mode is all you want though, Apex might do you just fine.  

Download: Rom Toolbox Lite

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2 years ago

Be sure to check out AC on Google Currents with your new Nexus 7

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Google has made Currents part of Android with Jelly Bean, and anyone with a Nexus 7 or other Nexus device who's updated has it sitting in their app drawer. That's not a bad thing -- the Currents app really is a great way to read the news, especially on today's big-screen devices. Refer back to our full walkthrough and review for tips on getting it all set up, but be sure to subscribe to Android Central. You'll find us in the Science & Tech section -- we're the ones with over 450,000 subscribers. 

Once you've got everything added, you'll find Currents a well thought out and handy way to read the news your way. Whether you skim headlines or delve into every story, the content is provided in an easy to navigate way with all the media you get from the desktop version of a particular news story. We really dig it around here, and think you will, too.

If you're not rocking with a Jelly Bean device, have no fear -- it's available in the Google Play store for devices running Froyo or higher. You can find it at the link below.

Download Google Currents  from Google Play

 

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2 years ago

The full SDK for Android 4.1 now available, along with new NDK and tools

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Google has made the full 4.1 Android SDK available for download, along with a revised set of SDK tools (20.1.1) and the NDK (rev 8b). As always, the SDK and assorted tools are available for Windows, Mac and Linux, and are a must have for any serious Android application development. You can grab the updates through the SDK manager of your existing installation, or at the Android Developers site. 

Speaking of serious application development, Android engineer Nick Butcher has also written a great blog post about writing apps that take advantage of the new Jelly Bean API and the features found on the Nexus 7. He brings up a great point -- for most users, the Nexus 7 will be their first look at Jelly Bean. You want your applications to shine, and not just work. He gives tips and methods so that your apps can do just that. Be sure to give it a read at the source link below.

Source: Android Developers blog

 

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2 years ago

Google Music gets a major UI update

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Google Music has received a pretty major UI overhaul, which brings the interface on previous phones and tablets up to par with the version that ships with the Nexus 7. In short -- it's a great update. The Music app now has the same feeling that the Google+ app has, with plenty of big images and the trademark Google app look. The change log:

  • Now Playing queue that allows for queuing and reordering of currently playing music.
  • New UI for navigation with transport controls on the action bar.
  • New large album art view on Recent.
  • Playlist art is now constructed from album art of songs in the playlist.
  • Now Playing widget has album art and support for thumbs up.
  • Harder, better, faster, stronger.

The changes are great, and the app now has a polish it lacked before. It's great to see the various teams at Google pushing out great updates for their Android apps. If you're a Google Music user (and you should be) this is one you won't want to miss. It's rolling out, including an update for the Nexus 7, via Google Play for devices running Android 2.2 or higher. Grab it at the link below.

Download Google Music from Google Play

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2 years ago

Verizon bringing 4G LTE to 33 more markets tomorrow

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Verizon announced today that they will be flipping the 4G LTE switch tomorrow, July 19, that will bring the high-speed service to 33 new markets. They also announced the expansion of 32 markets , which will also happen July 19. 

The new markets to receive 4G LTE are:

  • El Dorado/Magnolia, Arkansas
  • Russellville, Arkansas
  • New London County, Connecticut
  • Fort Pierce/Vero Beach, Florida
  • Melbourne/Titusville, Florida
  • Columbus, Georgia
  • Rome, Georgia
  • Burley, Idaho
  • Mattoon, Illinois
  • Anderson, Indiana
  • Muncie, Indiana
  • Manhattan/Junction City, Kansas
  • McPherson, Kansas
  • Lafayette/New Iberia, Louisiana
  • St. Joseph, Missouri
  • Bozeman/Livingston, Montana
  • Kalispell, Montana
  • Missoulua, Montana
  • Goldsboro/Kinston, North Carolina
  • Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
  • Rocky Mount/Wilson, North Carolina
  • Zanesville, Ohio
  • Meadville, Pennsylvania
  • Punxsutawney/DuBois/Clearfield, Pennsylvania
  • Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Sherman/Denison, Texas
  • Cedar City, Utah
  • Logan, Utah
  • Rutland/Bennington, Vermont
  • Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Winchester, Virginia
  • Bellingham, Washington
  • Beckley, West Virginia

The markets that will see expansion are:

  • Mobile, Alabama
  • Los Angeles, California
  • San Diego, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Miami, Florida
  • Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida
  • Hilo, Hawaii
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Kahului/Wailuku/Maui County, Hawaii
  • Blackfoot/Idaho Falls/Rexburg, Idaho
  • Peoria, Illinois
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Springfield, Missouri
  • Akron, Ohio
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Allentown/Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
  • Columbia, South Carolina
  • Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Provo/Orem, Utah
  • Salt Lake City/Ogden, Utah
  • Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Seattle, Washington

It's great to see such extensive lists on Verizon's expansion plan. If you live in one of these areas and you're on Verizon, be on the lookout for faster speeds starting tomorrow, July 19.

Source: Verizon

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