3 years ago

Transformer Prime root tool Nachoroot packaged into a simple method


For those of you who want to root your ASUS Transformer Prime but don't want all the muss and fuss of command lines, the Nachoroot method has been nicely pacakged into a little executable file that will take the typing out of the equation. We'd still recommend at least reading through the manual method -- it's important to know how and why things work -- but this little ViperMOD Primer Tool indeed makes thing easier.

Note that we're talking root access, not bootloader unlocking here, and the ViperMOD tool is Windows-only for now. That'll still come from ASUS itself.

Source: XDA; via Engadget

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3 years ago

Android A to Z: What is CES?


What is CES? In just a few short days we'll be back yet again in Las Vegas for the 2012 International CES. That's Consumer Electronics Show, if you don't know, and it's the largest gathering of nerds west of the Mississippi. Or east of the Mississippi. Or anywhere near Mississippi. 

CES isn't just a mobile show, though. It's everything electronics. And while that means you don't get quite as much mobile tech as you will, say, at Mobile World Congress (in Barcelona in late February) or CTIA (in New Orleans in May), we'll still see our share. In January 2011, CES is where we got our first good look at the likes of the Motorola Xoom Honeycomb tablet. And the Droid Bionic, Cliq 2 and Atrix, and the HTC ThunderBolt, Inspire 4G and EVO Shift 4G. And LG Optimus 2X and Revolution.

Here's what's coming up this year:

  • CES doesn't officially start until Tuesday, Jan. 10. That's when the show floors open.
  • But Monday, Jan. 9, is Media Day. Press conference after press conference. It's a little insane, actually.
  • And stuff's actually going down on Sunday, too. Le sigh.
  • Unlike years past, the Adult Entertainment Expo isn't taking place at the same time, adjacent to some of the same venues. There shall be no (or at least not quite as much) accidental mixing of nerds and nipples. (We can't be held responsible for what happens in Vegas after hours, though.)
  • We're going to have more liveblogs than you'll be able to follow. It'll be epic.

So, yeah. There's going to be plenty of stuff to keep us busy.

And you'll be able to keep track of it all at our Android @ CES 2012 page.

Previously on Android A to Z: What is a bootloader?; More at The Android Dictionary

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3 years ago

Pantech Element slips out ahead of CES, 8-inch Honeycomb tablet for $299 on contract


Apparently some of the first CES 2012 devices are starting to leak out, with BGR getting a gander at the Pantech Element, an 8-inch Honeycomb tablet that supposedly will run $299 on contract with AT&T, or $499 outright. This little guy is another of AT&T's initial LTE devices, sports Android 3.2, 16GB of memory, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, and a 2MP front-facing camera. Oh, and it's water-resistant, for what that's worth.

We'll be looking for this one early next week, we reckon.

Source: BGR

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson drops another CES teaser, looking like an Xperia Arc follow-up


Sony Ericsson just dropped this little teaser pic onto its Facebook page, and astute readers are noting that, among other things, the camera button appears to be pointing us in the direction of a successor to the Xperia Arc. (Read our full review) Of course, anything that comes out after the Xperia Arc is an Xperia Arc successor, and SE's had not qualms about borrowing features from phone to phone.

But we digress. We should find out soon enough next week at CES 2012 in Las Vegas. Join us, won't ya?

Source: Sony Ericsson Facebook

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy M Style comes to Korea in, ummm, style


The Korean faction of the Samsung Tomorrow blog today announced the Samsung Galaxy M Style. It's a Gingerbread device with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, is just 9.9 mm thick and has a 3MP camera. There's also a 1GHz processor and 1650 mAh battery to keep things running.

It'll be available in a variety of colors and is "reasonably priced." Huzzah.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow (translated)

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3 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich enters Android's versioning chart with 0.6 percent


Google's just released the latest numbers showing the distribution of the various versions of Android. Ice Cream Sandwich has made the list for the first time, with Android 4.0 totalling 0.6 percent of the devices activated. That's actually split into two versions of ICS -- Android 4.0 through 4.0.2, which comprises the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and Android 4.0.3, which is currently rolling out to the Samsung Nexus S. (The Galaxy Nexus will be updated to 4.0.3 in good time.) 

In other unexpected news, Honeycomb (Android 3.x) has hit a total 3.3 percent, Gingerbread (Android 2.3) is up a bit more, now totalling 55.5 percent, and Froyo (Android 2.2) is down to 30.4 percent. Eclair (Android 2.1) has dropped to 8.5 percent, while Donut (Android 1.6) hit 1.1 percent, and Cupcake (Android 1.5) is at 0.6 percent.

Again, that's the first showing for Ice Cream Sandwich. We'll want to watch how quickly that one grows, whether it's from new devices (which we really hope to see soon), or software updates (which we hope to see just as soon).

Numbers are for the two weeks ending Jan. 3

Source: Android Developer Blog

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3 years ago

Score a GSM unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus for $559


Been wanting a Galaxy Nexus for use on T-Mobile or AT&T, but didn't want to shell out a lot of dough?  Daily deals style site dailysteals.com has the unlocked i9250 GSM Galaxy Nexus for just about the same price one would pay had they been sold at Best Buy or the like -- $559.99 plus $4.99 shipping.  CES is right around the corner, and we're sure to see something that tickles everyone's fancy, but for many there's nothing like a Nexus, and the price is right.  No idea how many of these are on hand, so go click if you're interested.

Source: Daily Steals

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3 years ago

NFL Mobile updated for Ice Cream Sandwich, will need another update to actually work


Ahem. First we had to wait weeks for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Then we found out that the NFL Mobile app -- which is annoyingly exclusive to Verizon -- doesn't work. And finally, today, the app is updated for Ice Cream Sandwich. Only, guess what: It still doesn't work on the Galaxy Nexus. So let's just assume we'll see an update to the update sooner rather than later.

But, hey. At least 4G LTE is working tonight.

More: Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in. 

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3 years ago

Android Resolutions: Resolve to help thy fellow Android neighbor


Sharing is caring.  We've all heard that phrase before, and I'll wager that most of the time we all agree.  I think at heart everyone wants to be a helpful member of society, both online and off.  If I'm right, there's an easy way we can make an impact -- helping our fellow Android enthusiasts. 

Resolve to help thy fellow Android neighbor

Think back to when you first got your hands on an Android phone or tablet.  Remember the excitement and fun you had discovering all the great stuff you could do with it?  Now remember how frustrating it was when you couldn't find the easy way to do something simple, like add a contact or change the notification for SMS messages.  We all have been there, and chances are we had to ask a question or two along the way.  Hopefully, the answers we all got were helpful and friendly.

Now think how many people got an Android device this holiday season -- 3.7 million of them (not counting Amazon Kindle Fires).  You will meet some of these people online, and especially here at Android Central.  They are going to have questions if this is their first Android device.  Take a moment, and offer advice in a helpful way.  In fact, resolve to go one step further and head into the forums once a day and try to find someone to help.  You'll feel good doing it, and chances are you can help make someone a bit happier with their new Android phone or tablet. 

We're not suggesting you hold someone's hand and walk them through every simple little thing -- nobody learns anything that way.  We're just saying that we all need to take a few moments and offer an helpful advice we have to our neighbors in need.  Try it, chances are you'll like it.

Previous: Resolve to be hands-free in the car

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3 years ago

User agents, Email sync [From the Forums]


Tablets, bootloaders, ICS -- Oh, my. Even though it's only Tuesday, this week appears to be flying by with all the news that is happening. If you missed out on anything thus far, jump back a page and get yourself caught up or, make your presence known in the Android Central forums where you can find plenty of help, tips and tricks and much more:

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

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3 years ago

Unmodified Holo theme now a requirement for devices with Android Market access


A lot of work has gone into the UI for Ice Cream Sandwich, and Google has decided that manufacturers who want to have access to the Android Market will now have to let it shine -- the Holo theme, in its unmodified form, is now a requirement for devices that wish to use the Android Market. 

Calm down, calm down -- manufacturer skins like Blur and Sense will still be around. (You were worried about them, we know.) But menus, widgets, and settings dialogs will now have to follow the standards set up in Android 4.0 and above.

This means a lot to app developers.  Having a standard set of UI elements to draw from makes applications look and feel more integrated into the operating system, and now that everyone will have to use the same base they don't have to worry about coding their own.  Adam Powell, Android framework engineer, says:

Before Android 4.0 the variance in system themes from device to device could make it difficult to design an app with a single predictable look and feel. We set out to improve this situation for the developer community in Ice Cream Sandwich and beyond.

Nice work, fellows.  The Holo UI is unique, and stunning.  Let it shine!

Source: Android Developers Blog

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3 years ago

Google acquires 217 more patents from IBM, beefing up portfolio for the inevitable tech Armageddon


According to an update at the USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office), Google acquired 188 granted patents and 29 pending patents from the granddaddy of things that go beep, IBM, on Dec. 31, 2011.  This is just three months after Google purchased over 1,000 patents from Big Blue back in September.  Not all these patents are for their mobile division (Google still does this little thing called search), but their are more than a few that cover things your Android phone or tablet (as well as other platforms) can do like web page rendering and VoIP.  We'll let interested parties check out the source link for a more detailed list.

No financial details have been provided, but we imagine it is far cheaper than lawyer and court fees for the upcoming patent meltdown that's sure to hit had they not purchased the patents outright.  Google seems to be preparing for the day when it all hits the fan as well as licensing and purchasing new technology to make their offerings a bit better. 

Source: SEO by the Sea

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3 years ago

Motorola RAZR coming to Fido on Jan. 10


When the Motorola RAZR was released in Canada it was only available from Rogers but Fido customers will soon be able to grab the device as well. In the past, we had a look at the CDMA cousin being the Droid RAZR and were pleasantly surprised with the total package, plus -- the Motorola RAZR came up in our 2011 editors picks for smartphone of the year. If you're looking to get a Motorola RAZR for yourself on Fido, you'll be able to pick one up come January 10th for $100 on a new three-year contract.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus heading to Fido on Jan. 10


While Bell and Virgin Mobile locked down exclusive deals for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in Canada during its initial launch, it looks like that time has now been spent. Fido who announced the release of the Motorola RAZR on Jan. 10 is apparently readying another sought after device, that they've yet to make official.

According to internal documents, Fido (Rogers' "budget" brand) will also be making available the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on that day. No price points are mentioned, so we'll have to wait and see what those will be but they should be in line with other carriers such as Bell and Virgin Mobile, so expect $150 or higher with a contract, and $650 or worse outright.

Source: Mobile Syrup

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3 years ago

No Samsung ICS 'Value Pack' coming


The "Nobody knows what the hell's going on with the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab," saga continues today (see Part 1 and Part 2, Part 3) with the latest news now being that Samsung has no intentions of delivering a "Value Pack" upgrade. According to a Samsung source who spoke to The Next Web:

Samsung "will not offer the update due to the hardware specifications of the older Galaxy devices, in that they are limited to and fully optimised for the Gingerbread experience."

That'll likely frustrate some Galaxy S owners but realistically, it's not in anyway surprising. As for the Galaxy Tab, while it's not mentioned specifically -- it's safe to assume that's lumped in there as well. Luckily, there is plenty of custom ROM's floating around to keep you busy if you're that upset over the matter.

Source: The Next Web; via AndroidOS.in

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