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2 years ago

Lost root access, GPS with no data [From the Forums]

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While TouchPad hunters are still on the lose, and Steve Jobs resigning from Apple -- the Android news chugs along as well. If you missed anything from today, be sure to skip on back through the blogs and jump on into the Android Central forums for more.

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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix not the most powerful smartphone in the world says the UK

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So just what is the worlds most powerful smartphone? Motorola would have you believe it's their Atrix, but the UK Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) begs to differ. After receiving complaints about one of their adverts, they made the ruling that because the Samsung Galaxy S II has a faster processor the Motorola claims could be seen as misleading.

Motorola claims that the power of the Atrix isn't processor focused, but more about its overall abilities and combined features, but this apparently doesn't matter. The advertisement is only allowed to be shown going forwards without the offending phrase. 

Would it confuse you? Check out the advert after the break and make your own decision.

Source: Daily Telegraph

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II used in Samsung's teaser video looks to be the Sprint version

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We know the Samsung Galaxy S II is coming to the US.  We're almost certain that every one of the four major US carriers will get their own flavor, and it looks like we already know what the Sprint version (referred to as the Epic 4G Touch this week) is going to look like thanks to Samsung's teaser video about the US launch.  We don't buy into the September 9 date shown on the weather widget being the launch date just yet, (we've seen that sort of thing many times before and ity rarely pans out), but the Sprint visual voicemail icon being shown off on the homescreen?  That's pretty hard to just dismiss as coincidence.  Add that to the fact that the version shown has the four capacitive buttons we're used to from Samsung, and a different overall shape, and it all adds up.  Hopefully, it does show itself on September 9 -- it's about time someone gets one of these out in the US.  If the hurricane gods allow it, we'll know more on Aug 29.

Source: SprintFeed

 

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2 years ago

Android 101: How to use Android native tethering

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2 years ago

iSpeech brings the commanders in chief to your Android smartphone

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We figure it'll take about 15 seconds before some of you start abusing this one, and about 15 minutes before the Treasury Department finds a way to shut it down. But for now, there's iSpeech Obama and iSpeech Bush for Android. You speak, the the president (or former president) parrots it back to you. You can share what they say, or just have your own twisted one-way conversation.

See what we mean after the break.

Download: iSpeech Obama; iSpeech Bush

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2 years ago

X10 AirPad promises to be the best $199 tablet around, sports full USB port

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We usually scoff when we hear about Android tablets going for $199. But when we hear about stalwart retailer X10 selling one for $199, we'll at least give things a listen. The X10 AirPad promises to be the "best tablet on the market for under $200."

Let's talk specs: You've got a 7-inch display with a measly 800x480 resolution. (By comparison, the Acer Iconia a100 and HTC Flyer each has a 7-inch touchscreen at 1024x600 resolution.) So it's fewer pixels, but that means less work for the 1.2 GHz Rockchip 2918 processor. That's all pushing Android 2.3 Gingerbread, so it's got that going for it, which is nice. There's 512MB of RAM on board, and 4GB on internal storage. There's a 2MP camera, which we're probably safe in ignoring on spec.

The 4000 mAh batter is rated as 6 hours of movie or music playback (we have a hard time believing music playback takes as much juice, but whatever), or 4 hours of Wifi Internet accvess. And speaking of Wifi, it's got 802.11 b/g. There's also HDMI out for 1080p playback, a full-size USB port, mini (not micro) USB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot.

Source: X10

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2 years ago

How unlocked is HTC's bootloader unlocking method?

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It looks like HTC's unlocked bootloader policy may not be just what everyone was looking for, and several key portions of the firmware remain locked.  What appears to be the case, is that using HTC's tool does unlock your bootloader, but doesn't grant you S-off status. Right off the bat -- if you don't understand what S-off means, you don't need it. It unlocks the ability to flash things like radios and hboot versions, which are all closed and protected files from HTC and the carriers.

What HTC's method does give you is the ability to flash a modified version of a custom recovery, which can be used to flash the files needed to root the phone. Once rooted, you can run root-required apps and have read/write permissions on the system files. As it stands now, if this is all you ever wanted to do anyway, HTC's tool will work for you. If you think you might one day decide to get a little deeper, I suggest you wait it out for a while. Will methods to flash ROMs get figured out for phones unlocked with HTC's tool? Probably. There's also a chance the boot partition is able to be flashed. The one thing we all know for sure is that HTC has made it very hard to go back if you go through with updating and using their unlock tool. Waiting to see how this all plays out is probably the wise decision.

There are also Internet rumors flying around saying HTC will send another update to give the phones S-Off status, or that this is just step one and they will release updated tools to do it.  At this point, all that is just speculation.  Personally, I'll wait and see exactly what works and what doesn't before I decide to buy another HTC phone.  If all they have done is block access to carrier-protected files and still allow the flashing of a new system, data, and boot partitions, I can accept that position.  If they have blocked the flashing of new kernels or the boot partition as a whole, that's another matter.  With all the development going on for the Sensation and EVO 3D, we'll know soon enough.

More info at XDA: EVO 3D; Sensation

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic's 'Rule All Machines' commericial returns, looks even better

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We gave you your first look at the official Verizon commercial for the Motorola Droid Bionic earlier this week, and now it's back in even better quality, thanks to our pals at Droid-Life. It's exactly the same violent commercial we gave you, only even creepier with the singing and what not.

Take a look after the break, at least until it gets TOS'd, too.

Source: Droid-Life

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: 7 Little Words

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I can make no bones about it: I like words. It's why I write, why I fail at attempt to do crossword puzzles, and why I've become a huge fan of a big game called 7 Little Words.

7 Little Words is a word puzzle game, but unlike a crossword puzzle, except you're supplied with combinations of letters you need to solve the puzzle. Each "level" has only seven words to solve on it, hence the game's name.

To spell out a word, simply tap the boxes containing the letters you need, in the order you'd spell the word. When something is suitably spelled out, press the Guess button to see if it's correct. If it is, the clue will be bolded and the correct word will appear alongside it. If incorrect, there's no penalty! The letters are simply returned to you.

Another point to mention is that combinations of letters can only be used for a specific word, so as you fill out more of your list, guessing the last words is easy, as there's usually only six or so boxes left.

7 Little Words is free to install and comes with one free puzzle zone. You can buy more puzzle zones for 99 cents. Each puzzle zone comes with at least 30 puzzles inside of it, so there's lots of gameplay to be had.

This is a fun game that isn't too difficult it's off-putting, but is still challenging enough to make your brain work a little bit. If you're up for a bit of word mania or just want to keep the ol' noggin greased up, I'd definitely check this out.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Case review: Seidio Surface case for the T-Mobile G2X and LG Optimus 2X

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We all want to keep our phone looking good, even when it's built as tough as the LG G2X (and it's European twin brother the LG Optimus 2X) is.  For many, that means a hard shell case like the Seidio Surface.  It's tough, easy to use, and looks great on your phone.

 

It's a two-piece design that slides together and latches, built from a tough yet flexible material that is about 1mm thick.  Putting it on and removing it is a piece of cake, just press down on the shorter of the two pieces where they meet, and the interlocking latch will open and the sides slide right off.  Once together, it's a solid fit and feels great while holding and using your phone, thanks to Seidio's soft touch coating.  It gives the plastic a premium feel, without the lint collection superpowers that come with rubberized cases.  It's also easy to wipe clean, just be sure to remove it first.

The case is also perfectly cut to allow access to all the controls, ports, and even the dual speaker openings on the bottom of the G2X.  The camera and flash are left open as well, so you won't be seeing any shadows on that excellent camera the G2X has, and it even keeps the lens cover off any surface if you lay the phone down on it's back.  The case also wraps around the front edge and corners, keeping that expensive beveled glass screen safe. 

And the Amethyst looks hot!  Check out some more pics after the break

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