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2 years ago

Root now available for the T-Mobile Galaxy S II

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The T-Mobile Galaxy S II has been rooted, thanks to Samsung releasing the kernel source.  Like most Samsung Android phones (and tablets) there's no trickery involved, you simply flash the new recovery with ODIN and you're able to flash unsigned update packages, like the one that contains the files needed for root.  The process is pretty easy, thanks to no locked bootloaders or rolling back to engineering builds, and we like easy.

You'll need working Windows drivers, and ODIN 1.8.4 or higher, but all the root packages and files are available at the source link, as well as easy instructions to get you on your way.  Goodbye T-Mobile Mall, and hello Root Explorer!  We're sure plenty of hacks will soon follow -- T-Mobile and Android hacking go hand-in-hand.

Source: Rootzwiki. Thanks, Mario!

More discussion in the T-Mobile Galaxy S II forums

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus available Nov. 13 for $399; preorders start Oct. 23

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Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus -- its 7-inch Honeycomb tablet -- will be available Nov. 13 for $399. It'll be available at Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct, Fry's and other retailers. Preorders start Oct. 23.

In addition to having Android 3.2 Honeycomb, The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 3MP rear camera and 2MP front camera and Samsung's TouchWiz UI on the 7-inch, 1024x600 display. It'll come in either 16GB or 32GB flavors, with a 4,000 mAh battery, and weigh 345 grams. It's also got the Peel Smart Remote TV application.

So, who's lining up? Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

ASUS Eee Pad Slider mini-review

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ASUS hit a bit of a home run earlier this year with the Eee Pad Transformer, a relatively typical Android Honeycomb tablet with an excellent detachable keyboard dock. But what if you take the keyboard and attach it to the Transformer? That's basically what you've got with the ASUS Eee Pad Slider.

At it's heart, it's a 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet with the usual Tegra 2 innards. Nothing surprising there, and overall experience, software-wise is the same as the Transformer. Lightly skinned, fast. Honeycomb, right?

So the big differentiator here is in the keyboard. The slider mechanism is excellent. Just stiff enough. The chicklet keys are decent enough, with just enough travel. But the overall size of the keyboard is pretty cramped. And one of the best parts of Transformer that really turned nit into an Android laptop -- the trackpad -- is missing. But you do have a full-size USB port, so you can plug in a mouse and use it if you want.

Will this replace a latop? Not if you need a full Windows or Mac laptop. And you can get the Transformer and keyboard dock for about the same price, and have a connected trackpad while keeping the portability of a thinner and lighter tablet when that's all you need.

But it's great to see ASUS continuing to do something different. And with the upcoming Transformer Prime and the likelihood of more to come in 2012, more's in store.

We've got more pics and video after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Theme Review: Arctic Green

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Ed. note: This theme requires use of the Theme Chooser.

With the temperature rapidly dropping round these parts, I figured a new theme to match the cold would work out real nice. I've been absolutely wowed by these Sonny Sekhon themes lately, so I settled on the appropriately-named Arctic Green to set the mood for the impending cold.

I know what you're probably thinking. Arctic Green? Shouldn't something arctic be blue? Or white? Maybe, but if you liken it to say, that spearmint green color/flavor toothpaste comes in, the idea settles in a bit quicker.

In typical Sonny Sekhon style, Arctic Green takes your status bar icons and turns them a cool green. The remaining battery is still inside the little battery icon by default, which is typical if you've used one of his themes before.

The pulldown notification bar uses the same widget icons as all of his other themes, but, in a change of pace, the text isn't the same color as the main theme. Your carrier name and 'no notifications' alert are in silver, and notifications are a dark silverish grey with black text. It's not the easiest thing to read and if I had my druthers, the notification text color would be something lighter so it's more easily read, but that's just me.

The notification pulldown is still transparent, accented with a faux-metal bar at the bottom, complete with a stylish, rectanglular cutout in the middle.

The dialer has a transparent background, but the accent color is the same dark grey we saw previously, not the green for which the theme was named. Icons are themed in the same vein: a dark, metallic grey, not a bright, toothpastey green.

There is an icon theme pack that turns your icons bright green, so I'm a little confused why that isn't baked right into this theme from the start.

As a matter of fact, outside of the notification bar and some widgets, Arctic Green defaults to the dark greys over bright green. Toast notifications are dark, but the highlight color  and check boxes are green. It's a little strange seeing fragmentation (or is it legacy?) within a theme, but that's why there's an icon pack, I reckon.

Arctic Green is $1.02 in the Android Market.

We've got more pictures and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Regarding the pre-emptive PenTile Galaxy Nexus bashing

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Well said, ericsckane. Well said.

(Hat tip to @QuinsDad for the quote)

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2 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons Ham'o'ween now available!

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The next chapter of the Angry Birds saga is now available for download. Angry Birds Seasons has been updated to bring us all the Ham'o'ween special, which marks one year of Angry Birds Seasons updates. In this release, we get 30 new levels to play through as well -- a new bird. Happy Ham'o'ween. Download is past the break for you all as well as a short video.

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2 years ago

Motorola Electrify review

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Another strong phone in US Cellular's lineup

Whether it was bringing the HTC Merge, the Motorola Xoom, or the Optimus Black, US Cellular has always made sure to have some of the best and greatest Android phones for their customers to choose.

They've continued that trend with the Motorola Electrify, their regional version of Sprint's Photon 4G. How does it stack up, though? Not only against US Cellular's other offerings, but just as a phone itself? That's what we've come here to settle.

Jump on in to find out.


Lightweight, pretty thin, and fast. The 4.3-inch qHD display provides plenty of screen real estate to stare at.


Two words: PenTile Matrix. Pixels are (too) easy to see, and that distracts from an otherwise great experience.



US Cellular has nabbed another great Android phone in the Motorola Electrify. It's just as solid and functional as we've come to expect from Motorola, and at $200, the price is definitely right.

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2 years ago

How to submit an app for review

So you want to have an app reviewed by Android Central? Great! 'Cause we love reviewing apps. But as you can imagine, there are a lot of apps out there, and only so many hours in the day. Here are a few suggestions to make sure your app gets noticed.

  1. Include your contact information. At the very least, an e-mail address.
  2. Skip the wind-up. What's the name of your app, and what does it do? We appreciate brevity.
  3. Include a link to your app. If it's in the Android Market, include the Market link.
  4. Screen shots are a plus. And first impressions are everything. Make sure they're good.
  5. And if you're showing us a demo video, make sure it's not of the same app on an iPhone. We'll reject those on principle, ya know?

Got all that? Great! We look forward to checking out your app. Here's a link to our contact form.

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2 years ago

Sprint brings real-time captions to phone calls with CapTel

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Sprint's offering up another interseting accessibility option on select Android phones with its new Wireless CapTel service. Powered by Raketu, CapTel is real-time captioning for phone calls. You still make a call like normal. You're then connected to CapTel automatically and can listen to the call while reading the transcription in real time. Pretty cool, actually. Check out the video after the break.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 75

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Audio-only stream below

Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Repeat as necessary.

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