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2 years ago

The reality of 4G, Normal battery drain? [From the Forums]

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Another day, another VZW 4G outage apparently. While not everyone is on VZW to have the issue, we certainly hear those of you who are. If you're looking to pass some time while we wait for 4G to come back, feel free to vent your frustrations in the Android Central forums with others sharing in your pain.

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2 years ago

Best Buy outs the unannounced Motorola Droid 4 on its Reward Zone site

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Best Buy's stellar track record with Android images continues, with the Motorola Droid 4 making an appearance on the Best Buy Mobile Solutions Reward Zone section. That'd be the still-unannounced (and, hell, not even guaranteed to be released) Motorola Droid 4. That'd be the Droid 4 that looks like a Droid RAZR with a keyboard. Whoops.

We still don't know when Verizon's going to announce the Droid 4. One possibilty would be at CES in a couple weeks, which would make since because by all accounts the thing's ready to go, and Verizon and Motorola are known for making a splash in Vegas. On the other hand, Verizon's kind of in the doghouse over its LTE network -- again. So we also wouldn't be surprised to see launches delayed while that gets sorted out -- again.

Source: Best Buy Reward Zone (pic); thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Build your own CyanogenMod ROM, no experience necessary

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If you've ever wanted to build a ROM yourself from scratch and happen to love CyanogenMod, there's a new tool that you might want to have a look at -- the CyanogenMod compiler.  What it does is build CM for your phone, without you having to do anything more than enter a number or two.  Once you set up your computer (the instructions even cover that part), you can download a set of scripts that do all the hard work for you.  When it's all said and done, you'll have a nice little package you can flash via recovery, and have your own home-brewed CyanogenMod.

And that might not be a good thing.  What you have will be no different than the latest nightly build, except that you had to spend time doing it yourself, and won't get any help from the CM team when things foul up.  Building from scratch is fun, there's no doubt about it, but this isn't just a one-click rooter tool -- it's going to take a long (as in loooooooooong) time to give you something you could have just downloaded more quickly in the first place. 

Anyways, if you used a one-click rooter, then flashed a recovery in one click through ROM Manager, you now have a one-click (almost) ROM builder.  It does happen to be great work, and lithid did a hell of a job with it.  I'm just afraid of what you guys (and gals) will break with this one.  Now that I'm done with the grandfatherly advice being the old curmudgeon, hit the source link to have a look -- and stay off my lawn!

Source: XDA-developersThanks, blackroseMD1!

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2 years ago

Krispy Kreme for Android: The only app you'll ever need (Mmmmmmm ... Doughnuts)

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There are two kinds of people in this world -- those who love Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and those who are wrong. For those in the former group, there's now a "Hot Light" app for Android. Using sophisticated doughnut technology, it triangulates your position relative to nearby Krispy Kreme eateries and then notifies you whether the "Hot Now" sign is on -- and it'll alert when you the switch is thrown.

It is simultaneously the most happy (for when that sweet, sweet notification comes in) and sad (light no blinky) Android app we've ever used.

We've got download links after the break.

Via @JayMassey

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2 years ago

The 2011 Android Central Awards Editors' Picks

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2011 brought an avalanche of hardware running Android -- some if it good, some of it not so good.  We try to love everything Android-related around these parts (really, we do), but some things just stand out more than others.  We asked you guys what your picks were in all the categories, but of course we had to chime in ourselves here.  We've fondled just about every Android device out there, and after a bit of discussion amongst ourselves, we've decided on just what ones rise to the top.

Remember -- our choices don't have to mimic yours.  That's the great thing about Android, there is a ton of choice for just about any taste.  Anyhoo, see our winners (and losers) after the break.

And coming up on Thursday -- the Readers' Choice Awards!

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2 years ago

Yes, again

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2 years ago

Jerry's most-used apps of 2011

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I'm not a big app guy, I'll admit.  I like to check them out, and maybe even keep them around for a week or so, but there's just a few I keep around forever.  I do happen to like buying them and checking them out, though, so I go through a lot of them.  Here's my list of "keepers." Check them out after the break.

Also: Phil's most-used apps of 2011

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2 years ago

Tim Tebow has as many Android apps as all of the 2012 Pro Bowl QBs combined

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Fun fact: Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has at least six Android apps and a live wallpaper in the Android Market. (Make that eight total if you count the misspelled "Tbows World.")

There's "Tim Tebow." (with a period). "Tim Tebow" (without a period). "Tim Tebow!" (because dude deserves an exclamation point). The "Tim Tebow Unofficial App." "Tim Tebow News & Stats." And our favorite (although likely a little offensive to some), "You-R-Tebow," in which your face is planted on top of the genuflecting QB's body.

That's more than a half-dozen Tim Tebow Android apps. Guess how many the wonder boy Tom Brady has? Two. And his fellow 2012 Pro Bowlers don't fare much better. Aaron Rodgers (3). Drew Brees (2). Eli Manning (1).  And poor Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers don't even merit a single app. (Not even a search for "meathead" turns up any results for those two.)

Yep, dude's everywhere.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab 10.1 appear poised for US Cellular

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It's long been rumored that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 would be headed to US Cellular. And now, thanks to USCC's ESN system, it looks like the Galaxy S II is headed that way as well. Neither device has been officially announced by the regional carrier. But given the depth of its current roster of Android smartphones and tablets, it's probably just a matter of time.

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab now said to possibly get 'Value Pack' instead of Ice Cream Sandwich

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In the continuing story of "Nobody knows what the hell's going on with the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab," (see Part 1 and Part 2) a new report out of Korea suggests that the manufacturer's 2010 flagship devices may receive a "Value Pack" update instead of a full-fledged refresh to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The "Value Pack" -- we'd expect a better name once all the translation and marketing is done -- would bring some of the sex of ICS without the hastle of an actual OS update.

That's probably a good middle ground, if indeed it is the case. It's not going to silence those who won't settle for anything less than Android 4.0, of course. But for the vast majority out there (who likely wouldn't really notice the difference anyway), it's a compromise worth exploring.

Source: Daum.net (translated); via Unwired View

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