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2 years ago

ASUS speaks out over Transformer Prime bootloader brouhaha, says to relax

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A bit of a stink has errupted over the weekend as more and more ASUS Transformer Primes finally started getting into users' hands, and said users discovered the bootloader is locked down tight.  That really shouldn't be a surprise, and the suggestion that ASUS partook in false advertising for not mentioning the bootloader on the box is, at least, ridiculous. (For what its worth, the review unit we received wasn't locked down.)

But fear not, intrepid tinkerers. On its Facbeook page, ASUS has said it's got an official statement coming up. "And in the meantime, relax." That's probably a good sign.

Stay tuned.

Source: Facebook

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2 years ago

FYI: Last day for Google's 49-cent MP3, $4.99 album blowout in the Android Market

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Just a quick heads up that today is the last day for Google's music blowout, in which albums are going for as low as $4.99 and individual songs are going for, well, a song, at 49 cents each. Selection varies as we're very much missing WMG from from the lineup. But a $5 album is a $5 album. Be sure to swing by today.

More: Google Music Blowout

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2 years ago

How to report Android Market scammers and spammers from your browser

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Android Central reader @mjroberts22 this morning alerted us to an evil developer in the Android Market. A number of apps from Quarter MiLL look legit. We've featured Super Why Adventures -- a children's app -- on the site before. But look closely. In the app description, and after paying your $1.99 here, you'll note that it says to download the Amazon version of the app if this one isn't working properly.

That, obviously, should be a big red flag for everyone. In other words, DO NOT BUY THESE APPS.

But if you spot an evil developer, what to do about it? If you're using the Android Market from your phone, it's easy -- just scroll down to the bottom of the app and report it. If you're browing from your desktop, there's a handy link for reporting "inappropriate" apps (including scammers and spammers). We've got the link below. Just out the forum, and Google will do its thing.

More: Report a suspicious Android app to Google

Thanks to @mjroberts22 and @U_Mainah for the tips!

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2 years ago

Samsung unveils new entry-level offering -- the Galaxy Ace Plus

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Today sees the unveiling of a new entry-level Android handset from Samsung, the 3.65-inch Galaxy Ace Plus. The Ace Plus is the successor to last year's Galaxy Ace, which was Sammy's main mid-range phone for Europe in 2011. It's billed as a phone for "trendy and sociable young professionals" (so that's us out), and brings Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the latest TouchWiz 4.0 onto a 3.65-inch HVGA display. Design-wise, you've got a chassis that closely resembles the original Galaxy S, and the more recent Galaxy S Plus.

The phone's powered by a 1GHz CPU and comes equipped with a 5MP rear-facing camera (no front-facer), along with 512MB RAM and 3GB internal storage (including 1GB for apps, and expandable using a microSD card) -- so nothing to set the world alight, but a respectable mainstream device nonetheless. Of course, you can also expect all the usual Gingerbread and TouchWiz software niceties.

Samsung expects to release the Galaxy Ace Plus in Russia this month, followed by a gradual roll-out in Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa later in the year. We've got the full spec list, along with more photos, after the jump.

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2 years ago

Wifi-only HTC Flyer gets its Honeycomb update

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HTC a month ago said the Honeycomb update was finally coming soon to the HTC Flyer tablet. And today the Taiwanese manufacturer is making good on that promise, as the update has begun to push out. You'll be updated to Android 3.2, and we're already hearing reports of more smoothness, the disappearance of wallpaper lag and other overall coolness.

The question at this point is whether we'll see the Flyer go beyond Gingerbread and get Ice Cream Sandwich anytime in 2012. Even money, we'd bet.

More: HTC Flyer forums
Thanks to Logan and everyone else who sent this in! 

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2 years ago

Prime reset options, hot device concerns [From the Forums]

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A new week, and a new year -- time to get things happening in 2012. For the most part of this week we're expecting to hear quite a bit about CES as things tend to leak out beforehand. Have any expectations for CES? If so, let us know in the Android Central forums.

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

Android A to Z: What is ADB?

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Welcome to our our latest feature here at Android Central. This one's geared more for you folks who are just getting started with Android, but it's a great refresher for you veterans as well.

Tucked away at AndroidCentral.com/dictionary is -- you guessed it -- a glossary full of Android-type terms that we use every day. Don't know what we're talking about? Chances are a quick look with explain things for you. We're constantaly updating the dictionary. So if something's missing, chances are we're getting to it. (Feel free to yell at us in the meantime, if you want.)

So let's kick things off with an easy one.

  • ADB: Stands for Android Debug Bridge. A tool used to connect and sends commands to your Android phone from a command line on a desktop or laptop computer.

Find more definitions in the Android Dictionary

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2 years ago

Five apps to help you keep your New Year's resolution

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Looking for some help this year on holding true to your New Year's resolution? Odds are there is an Android app to help you keep up with -- and stick to your resolution. Hit the break to see a few we picked up.

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2 years ago

Google wants to know where your Android has been

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We aren't saying that Google got the idea on this one from our picture contest to win the Verizon HTC Merge, but it is pretty similar, except for the fact that it's lacking the sweet prize we gave away.

Anywho, Google took to its +Android account on Google + asking the coolest place you have taken your Android. Think you have taken your Android to the coolest place? Does the coolest place even exist outside your mind? And know that they are talking about the little green guy here, not your phone or anything, so if you don't already have one they have provided one you can download and cut out to get you on your way. So, get to showing them off, will ya?

Source: +Android

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2 years ago

Wifi-only Motorola Xoom getting prepped for another 'project'

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It's project time again for the Motorola Xoom, according to a few tips worming their way into our inbox. The one the Verizon Xoom got at the end of November wasn't the Ice Cream Sandwich update everybody's on pins and needles for. Will this one finally be the Android 4.0 upgrade? We'll see. Here's the e-mail that's going out from Moto:

Hi,

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are preparing a project
for owners of the "Google Experience Device" version of the WiFi-only
Motorola Xoom. (This is the U.S. version only.) If you own this particular
model, we would like to invite you to participate.

Click this link to take a short enrollment survey for this project. Please
note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners'
Forums to take part. We have recently moved our forums communities to a new
site, and YOU MUST RE-REGISTER to be considered a member. Please visit our
new site and complete your registration update if you have not done so
already. Be sure to fill out the MFN opt-in information on the new site.
This is a confidential project under the terms of the Motorola Feedback
Network. Do not post any details or information about this project on any
public sites.

Thanks -- please understand that project start times are always fluid. We ask
for your patience if you register but don't hear from us right away.

- Matt
Motorola Owners' Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

Pins and needles, folks. Pins and needles!

More: Motorola Xoom forums; thanks, C and jediman, for the tips!

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