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3 years ago

What is rooting?

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Probably the top three questions on your mind when it comes to your Android phone are the following:

  1. What is "rooting?"
  2. Why would I want to root my phone?
  3. And now that I've decided to do it, how do I root my phone?

It's a little scary, we know. But we've got you covered.

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3 years ago

Western Digital launches 'WD Photos' streaming app

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Western Digital, one of the largest hard drive manufactures, has announced the release of its "WD Photos" app for the Android Market. The app, which has been on the iPhone for some time, allows users of WD's "home network" drives to access photos stored on those drives directly from within the app as long as your phone has a connection to the Internet. The app itself requires Android 2.1 or later, but we are sure that won't be a problem for the majority of our readers. This should a a great feature for users who love having their entire photo library at their fingertips, but this app would really be amazing for devices like the Galaxy Tab. Check out the full press release after the break along with usual application links. 

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3 years ago

Bell Samsung Galaxy Tab priced at $649.95 and shipping Nov. 16?!?

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Bell customers waiting for the Galaxy Tab may not have to wait much longer. According to the information posted on The Source website it's expected to ship on Nov. 16 and the pricing has been set at $649.95. If the pricing here is accurate, that puts Bell just a little bit lower than the Rogers outright pricing which has been suggested to be $674.99 but as always, prices are subject to change so don't be surprised if it happens. [MobileSyrup via The Source]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Hands-On [Video]

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The HTC T-Mobile MyTouch 4G is available today and we hurried on out to pick one up. Our first impressions? The hardware is great - it has a very solid feel, that's 5.6 ounces of solid, and we're big fans of the metal battery door. The plastics, buttons, and 3.8" glass front are all top-notch, though we think the earpiece speaker-grille is perhaps just a little overdesigned. Dieter (that's me!) is also especially happy to not only see a subtle classic Android Chin on the bottom, but also to see that HTC and T-Mobile kept a small, square optical trackpad for easier text-selection.

The 1GHz snapdragon processor drives the very beautiful WVGA touchscreen with no problems, though rendering time on loading web pages didn't quite feel as blazing fast as we expected - though whether we can pin that on the processor or a little bombast in T-Mobile's 4G claims will require a bit more testing.

The skin on top of Android 2.2 is the standard T-Mobile iteration of HTC's sense UI, complete with MyFaves and that Genius button replacing the standard Search button. It launches the Dragon Mobile / Nuance voice search / dictation app for both finding stuff and starting messages. It will take a bit more time before we can tell you how we feel about it, though, because right now the idea of using an Android device without a dedicated search button is causing more cognitive dissonance than we expected.

We'll have a full review soon, but in the meantime check a quick video featuring some details on how T-Mobile has customized the setup process. There are some photos too, because that's how we do.

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3 years ago

Facebook for Android update in the Market now, get your Places on!

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The update to the Android Facebook app that CEO Mark Zuckerberg detailed this morning is now live in the Android Market. New features include:

  • Groups - Share posts with small groups of friends.
  • Places - Share where you are with your friends, see where friends are, and discover places nearby.
  • Improved notifications - view comments and updates within the app.

Update in the Android Market, or hit up the download links after the break.

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3 years ago

First up in Facebook's single sign-on: Zynga, Groupon, Loopt, scvngr, Yelp, Flixter, Booyah

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Single sign-on is at the heart of today's Facebook announcement, and Zynga Poker is first on board -- and is coming to Android. You can see in the blurry screen shot above that there's a big "Login with Facebook" button. And that's how it'll work. You'll be logged into Facebook on your phone, then just tap that button in other apps. And in addition to Zynga Poker, these apps were announced as early adopters:

  • Groupon
  • Loopt
  • scvngr
  • Yelp
  • Flixter
  • Booyah

And undoubtedly, more will be on the way.

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3 years ago

Android Facebook app getting Places, Groups - no phone, says Zuckerberg

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this morning announced that the Android Facebook app is getting a refresh. Places and Groups are coming in the update -- they've currently only been available on the iPhone. Facebook's location API is opening up, and they're making it so businesses can offer deals to Facebook users nearby. Sound a little familiar? (Foursquare says hi.)

There's also single sign-on now, meaning, you'll sign in once and any other app that uses the Facebook APIs will already know you're logged in. Facebook's Erick Tseng (the former Android lead) used this example: You're logged into Facebook, and say you want to log into Groupon. All you have to do is tap the "Sign on with Facebook" button, and you're good to go.

Zuckerberg reiterated that Facebook is not planning on developing its own phone. Repeat: No Android-based Facebok phone.

There are 200 million people using Facebook on mobile products, Zuckerberg said, so "This give us kind of a good base for developers to build social apps on top of."

Facebook's iPhone app got a bit of a refresh, with improved tagging.

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3 years ago

Latest Google Maps update tastes a tad like Gingerbread

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Remember how Google Maps got an update a couple of days ago that brought some changes to search results? Looks like it also got prepped for Gingerbread. What you see above are two phones, both with Android 2.2 Froyo. But the Nexus One on the left has had its build.prop file changed to API Level 9, while the Droid X on the right remains on API Level 8, which is Froyo. OK, so it's just a little UI tweak. But we're expecting a bunch of them with Gingerbread, so this is likely just a drop in the bucket. [via Android Police]

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3 years ago

Manually updating the T-Mobile G2

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Got a T-Mobile G2 and don;t feel like waiting for the OTA?  Don't blame ya one bit, neither do I.  Good news is that T-Mobile or HTC doesn't have some sneakiness at play to prevent us from manually updating the G2, just like any other Android phone, and here's how to do it:

  1. Download the update from Google's servers here.  Make sure it's named update.zip.  Not update.zip.zip, or anything else but update.zip  Check Google to see how to view file extensions for your computer operating system if necessary.
  2. Plug your G2 into your computer, and copy the update.zip to your SD card, making sure you don't put it inside a folder.  Drop it right on the top level (root) of the card.  Have a look here if you need further instruction about transferring files.
  3. Shut off your G2, and power back on while holding volume down.  When you see the white screen, choose recovery and hit the power button.  When you see the picture of the G2 with the red triangle, hold volume up and power to see your menu.
  4. From the menu, choose Apply sdcard:update.zip, and let it do it's thing.
  5. Enjoy your OTA, without waiting for the carrier.

As always, this is the same as applying the OTA.  We're just not waiting for T-Mobile to send it to us -- instead we went and got it ourselves.  (If you've hacked into your G2 a bit, check out the instructions at MoDaCo for a safe upgrade.) Now all that's left is to hit the G2 forums and discuss what's new, and what's bugged in the OTA!

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3 years ago

The Android Developers Cookbook -- new from InfromIT; we're giving away 5 copies

The Android Developers Cookbook is a great tool to walk you through beginning Android development, and the publishers have sent us five copies to give away to our readers (That's you!).  The authors, James Steele and Nelson To, have experience in programming, are accomplished Android developers, and make the book easy to understand.  Anyone from an absolute beginner to the seasoned veteran can take something useful away after reading, and I'm going through the process from start to finish myself, so look for a review and discussion in the development forums as I work through the chapters. 

We mentioned five copies to give away?  Head into this forum thread, let us know you're interested, and we'll pick five winners at random. 

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