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2 years ago

ROM Announcement: Reborn ROM for the LG Optimus S

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Once again our resident LG Optimus S expert has cooked up some goodness for the little powerhouse from LG and Sprint.  Using parts of his previous work, and a mind-melding technique with a few other Optimus hackers that took weeks and many six packs to perfect, Nick7 brings you the Reborn ROM.

Built off the original VD sources, Reborn ROM brings great performance and a nice, new visual style that sets it apart from the rest of the crowd.  Think a little bit Hero, a little bit MyTouch 3G, and a whole lot of overclocked kernel and you have the right idea.

Ladies and gents, this is why hackers love Android.  We're just glad that they take the time to share with us all.  For more information, visit the Reborn ROM thread in the Android Central forums.

Thanks go out to Nick7 for his hard work!

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2 years ago

HTC Flyer now available at Best Buy

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Quick reminder: The HTC Flyer is now available exclusively at Best Buy, both in stores and online. It's the Wifi-only version we looked at yesterday, and it will run you $500 (with an additional $80 for the Scribe digital pen). It's 7 inches, it's Gingerbread-flavored, and it's rocking Sense. An interesting package indeed. Sound off below when you've finally gotten your hands on one.

Source: Best Buy

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for May 21, 2011

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Apps, apps and more apps! It's an appapalooza! And appstravaganza! It's appstronomical! OK. We'll quit while we're behind. But we're back with another week's worth of app picks, so slide on past the break and see what we've chosen this week.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review (Google IO special edition)

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There's kind of no easy way to say this without insulting one of the year's most important pieces of Android tech, so we're just going to come out and say it:

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 is what Android 3.0 Honeycomb should have launched on.

There. We said it. But it's true. As important as the Motorola Xoom was (and is) to Android and Honeycomb tablets as platforms, it left a bit to be desired in the design department. And so it's almost fitting that Samsung, the company that brought us the 7-inch Galaxy Tab last fall -- basically an oversized Froyo smartphone -- is about to launch a little slice of sexy in the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

But the story's not that simple, is it? Join us after the break as we break down the special edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 handed out at Google IO.

Galaxy Tab 10.1 Specs | Galaxy Tab 10.1 ForumsHow to root the Galaxy Tab 10.1

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2 years ago

Android Market's new movie rental service blocked from rooted devices

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We can't make this up people.  According to Google, who gets to make the rules since it's their service, rooted devices are not supported by the Android Markets new movie rental service "due to requirements related to copyright protection".  You'll even see a specific error message when you attempt to try -- "Failed to fetch license for [movie title] (error 49)". 

So now people who root their phones, whether to get rid of the crap "open" that's forced down their throats, or to have a current version of Android, are punished and lumped in with folks who steal movies.  Nice move, Google.  That makes me want to buy more of your products and use more of your services, so I can be treated like a criminal just because I'm smart enough to get rid of CityID, or want a safe version of Android on my phone.  And of course, I'd much rather steal movies streamed with a poor bitrate at a low resolution to my phone than use Google to search out any of the thousands of places where I could steal them using my computer. Facepalm.

Of course, the Android community will find a way around this.  I already have some ideas, and I'm sure others will, too.  But we shouldn't have to.  And once we do, I'll download one (and only one) movie from the Market for the satisfaction of defeating this stupid move by Google, then be sure to never use the service again.  Redbox doesn't care if I want to run a custom ROM on my phone, so they'll get my $4.00.

Source: Android Market supportThanks, Joshua!

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2 years ago

HTC Flyer video hands-on (Wifi-only version)

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

In this brave new world of dual-core, 10.1-inch, Android 3.0 tablets, is there room for a new 7-incher that's not running Honeycomb? HTC certainly thinks so with the HTC Flyer. But ever since we first saw the Flyer at Mobile World Congress in February 2011, it was evident HTC wasn't just bringing the smartphone version of Android to a 7-inch device. It's done more than that, with the usual flair and style that you'd expect.

That's not to say the Flyer's not familiar -- we've used 7-inch Android tablets before. But with the brand-new version of HTC Sense -- which is as beautiful as ever -- and the addition (if a little niche) of a stylus and some cool on-screen note-taking features, the Flyer could well carve out a little spot in the tablet market.

It's not as thin as, say, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but it's got HTC's outstanding unibody construction, and design flares that could only come from HTC. It's not a dual-core device, but it is HTC's first foray into a 1.5GHz processor, handy for pushing the 600x1024 resolution. And a full gigabyte of RAM should prove to be more than enough.

Check out our initial hands-on above of the Wifi-only version of the Flyer, available exclusively at Best Buy for $499 on May 22.

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2 years ago

Riptide GP now available on Tegra 2 devices

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Just a quick heads up that Riptide GP -- one of the coolest Tegra 2-optimized games we've had the pleasure of playing -- is now available in the Android Market. It's a sort of personal watercraft racing game, with stunning graphics and excellent gameplay. As we said in our review, it's almost too good.

Riptide GP is $6.99 in the Android Market. Download links are after the break.

Via Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

Changing LCD density turns Honeycomb into Gingerbread

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Wanna see a neat, but mostly useless trick?  Of course you do!  Grab your rooted Honeycomb tablet and change the screen density past 170 and reboot.  You'll be faced with what appears to be the stock Gingerbread launcher.  Change it back below 160 and reboot again to revert all changes.

While it's kind of cool to see things like this, we're not too surprised.  Back in January when the Honeycomb SDK preview was released, we found that fiddling with the screen settings and resolution did just about the same thing (pictured above).  But I digress -- it's cool in a geeky sort of way and we love cool and geeky.  So hit the break to see a video of it in action on a rooted Dell Streak 7 running a Honeycomb emulator port.

Source: Graffix0214's YouTube channel via Pocketables

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2 years ago

Verizon LTE on the fritz again -- stop rebooting your phone

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If you're seeing some data weirdness on your HTC Thunderbolt or Samsung Droid Charge, you're not alone.  We're getting reports of LTE outages, scattered from Washington, DC to Phoenix.  As well as reports that all is well from many others.  In any case, if you're not seeing the lightning like you're used to, you can stop fiddling with your phone -- it's not just you.

We're certain Verizon is aware, and will get things sorted soon enough.  New technology requires baby steps sometimes.

Source: Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Lloyd does Minecraft

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Is that not the coolest thing you've ever seen?

Souce: @Enzofall

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