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4 years ago

Jelly Bean factory images released for (some) Nexus models

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The Jelly Bean 4.1.1 images for selected Nexus models have been released by Google, allowing you to roll back to a safe, factory state no matter how bad you've f&%^#d up your Nexus. The particular models are  --

This is good news for all of us who hack and modify our Nexus devices, as having an easy and safe way to return to a booting device is the first rule of Android hacking. You can grab the images at the source link, and be sure to hit the forums for more information about how this all works if you have any questions.

Source: Android Developers; via Android Central forums

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4 years ago

HTC One X sees a price drop at Radio Shack, and the Trade & Save special is back

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If you're looking to pick up a new Android phone on AT&T this weekend, you might want to swing by Radio Shack and have a look at the HTC One X this Sunday. The folks at the Shack are dropping the price down to $100 (on a contract, of course) and have brought back the Trade & Save specials. That means that if you bring in any working phone when you buy a new one (again, with a contract) you will score somewhere between $30 and $300. Beats the heck out of trolling Craigslist looking for a buyer, or just letting your old phone sit in the junk drawer.

We know the best way to buy a phone is to get an unlocked GSM model and be free of pesky multi-year contracts. We get it. But not everyone is ready to spend upwards of $700 on a new phone, and if you're happy with your carrier and plan to be there for two years anyway, why not save some cash, right? Radio Shack is making it easy to get a great phone, at a great price, and maybe you'll even get some folding money from your old one. The promotion starts Sunday July 29, and the Trade & Save offer will run until Saturday Aug. 11. 

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4 years ago

Google Play Store down in Puerto Rico

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The Google Play Store appears to be down for users in Puerto Rico. A thread over at the Android section of the Google Code site has received lots of responses from people in Puerto Rico confirming the issue. The problem is affecting a variety of handsets, including the Motorola Xoom (pictured above) to the Galaxy Nexus.

If you're in Puerto Rico and are also experiencing the issue, please head over and report it to Google. Make sure to tell them which device you have and what version of Android you're running.

Hopefully this issue can be quickly resolved.

Source: Google Code

Image courtesy of gcolon

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4 years ago

Out of Milk review - now you have no excuse for forgetting groceries

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Out of Milk has been providing a clean, feature-rich task management app for some time, and earlier this month they started offering list sharing and syncing for free, along with having a major UI overhaul. We decided to take a look because hey, who doesn't have trouble keeping track of all the stuff they have to do?

The core functions of Out of Milk are just about what you would expect: make shopping lists, and mark them as done. There are dedicated interfaces for the pantry and more generic task lists, but groceries are really the main thing. If you're willing to pay $1.99 through an awkward separate app download, you can get even more, such as additional themes, fonts, home screen widgets, coupon tracking, and customizing tap and long-press actions.

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4 years ago

HTC explains decision to drop Desire HD Ice Cream Sandwich update

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After a little confusion earlier this month, it was eventually revealed that HTC wouldn't be updating the venerable Desire HD to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich after all. At the time, the manufacturer simply said that the current Gingerbread-based firmware "provides customers with the best experience" on the phone. Now HTC has elaborated a little on the specific technical issues keeping the DHD from getting an Android 4.0 update. Basically, the system partition of the phone isn't large enough to hold Sense and Ice Cream Sandwich, and HTC found the device's performance on ICS to be below-par anyway.

Here's the company's statement in full, which goes into a fair amount of detail about what's involved --

We’ve heard your feedback on our decision not to update the HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0. We completely understand that this is a controversial decision.

For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update. While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not. We also considered ways to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this would impact features and functionality that customers are currently using. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations which we felt negatively impacted the user experience.

We believe an update should always improve the user experience and carefully evaluate each update based on this criteria. While we are very aware of the disappointment from this decision, we believe the impact to user experience was too great. We recognize this is a change from our previous statement and for that we’re truly sorry.

So that's that. Clearly there's no way HTC could have anticipated the hardware or partitioning requirements of ICS when designing the Desire HD in mid-2010, so it's the decision to cut the update is an understandable one. Nevertheless, we're sure custom ROM developers will still find a way to get ICS ROMs loaded onto the Desire HD's smaller partition setup. So if you're still rocking a DHD, the custom ROM route should still be open to you.

Source: HTC Blog

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4 years ago

Lenovo goes outside the box, offers vanilla ICS build for the Lenovo IdeaPad K1

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Although Lenovo IdeaPad K1 never really got much love, the folks from Lenovo have now gone ahead and prepared a little treat for tech-savvy buyers. Retail units have long since been pulled from brick-and-mortar and online shelves, leaving the device stuck on Android 3.2 Honeycomb. But instead of pressing forward with an update to Android 4.0 ICS to the masses, Lenovo has dropped a vanilla build for anyone who wishes to load it manually. They even outlined instructions on how to do it.

A few caveats do exist though, as it's a vanilla build. You'll not find the Google Play Store loaded on this release plus, it's going to wipe everything you currently have loaded. But that's all minor stuff for the intended audience of developers and tech geeks. No matter how you look at it, it's a nice gesture from Lenovo and something that we'd personally like to see become more widespread. Good on ya, Lenovo.

Source: Lenovo via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Google Maps debuts higher resolution imagery around the world

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While Google Earth recently impressed us with its 3D antics at Google I/O, its 2D counterpart, Google Maps is just as important. Today Maps sees its 2D imagery significantly upgraded in a number of countries, with higher resolution satellite pictures, aerial imagery and 45-degree shots.

Google says it's rolled out high-resolution aerial and satellite-based images for 25 cities and 25 "regions/countries." And new 45-degree perspective shots are now available in a total of 28 cities, 21 in the U.S. and 7 overseas. While perspective shots have yet to be rolled out to mobile, Android users can get access to the high-resolution top-down images right away by enabling the "Satellite" layer from within the Google Maps app.

We've got list of all the new cities and countries covered by the new high-res imagery after the break.

Source: Google Lat Long Blog

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4 years ago

Original Final Fantasy now available in Google Play

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Black mages, it's time to put on your robe and wizard hat. The original Final Fantasy is now on sale in Google Play, offering the same turn-based combat and high fantasy as the classic with fresh graphics. 

Final Fantasy isn't quite as aggressive as Final Fantasy III was with pricing, but $6.99 may still be more than you're used to paying. Of course, when it comes to nostalgia, sometimes money is no object. Any old-school gamers excited to get back into the first Final Fantasy?

Download: Final Fantasy ($6.99)

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4 years ago

Samsung confirms Galaxy Note and Galaxy S3 appearance in Olympic opening ceremony

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In what seems to be a slightly premature blog post, Samsung has confirmed the appearance of the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S III (S3) at the Olympic opening ceremony in London -- an event some four hours away at the time of writing. Referring to the ceremony in the past tense, a post on the official Samsung Tomorrow blog noted Samsung's position as a global Olympic partner, and said the phones were featured "as part of a dance routine," in the show seen by "more than one billion people across the globe."

Samsung says to go to the official Samsung Mobile YouTube page for behind-the-scenes interviews from the opening ceremony, but it looks like these aren't live just yet.

We'll know more when the ceremonies kick off at 9pm London time (4pm EDT, 1pm PDT)

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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4 years ago

Entry-level Sony 'Xperia J' photos leak out ahead of possible IFA arrival

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We're already expecting to see a couple of new Sony phones at next month's IFA show in Berlin, and now it seems they may be joined by a third, budget-oriented offering. The Sony ST26i, rumored to go to market as the "Xperia J,"  has cropped up on Taiwanese site ePrice, along with a set of purported specs.

According to posters on the site, the Xperia J will sport a 4-inch FWVGA (854x480) display, a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Around the back there's said to be a 5MP camera with single LED flash. From what we can see of the design, the phone seems to be a plain old candybar/slab design, like some other leaked Sony handsets we've seen lately. The photos would also see to confirm at least three colors -- pink, black and white.

We'd expect the "Xperia J" to appear alongside the LT30p "Mint" and LT29i "Hayabusa" at the Sony booth at IFA next month, but of course nothing's being officially confirmed ahead of the event. Keep watching in late August, as we'll be live on the ground in Berlin.

Source: ePrice; via: XperiaBlog

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4 years ago

Samsung launches Olympic prediction app for Android

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As the hours and minutes count down towards the opening ceremony in London, Samsung is once again getting in the Olympic spirit with a brand new social prediction app for the 2012 games. The Samsung London 2012 Predictor hooks into your Facebook account and allows you to play along against your friends, predicting who'll win gold, silver and bronze in certain events. There's also an Olympic scheduler built in to help you follow any events you're interested in live.

The Samsung London 2012 Predictor app is available now for most devices -- not just Samsung phones -- running Android 2.2 or above. If you're looking for more Android apps to help you follow the London Olympics, you can check out  our complete guide to the best Olympic apps.

Download: Google Play

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4 years ago

OnLive cloud gaming announces Ouya console support

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Cloud gaming service provider OnLive has just announced that they will plug into the upcoming Ouya Android gaming console. This means OnLive customers will be able to access traditional console games through Ouya, as well as a vast library of free, TV-optimized Android titles. Of course, Ouya's set-up stipulates that every developer has to offer something for free, so OnLive will give 30 minutes of play time for  each game for free, and if players like it, they can pay up and buy the game directly or sign up for their subscription. 

Ouya quickly met its Kickstarter funding goal after their launch announcement earlier this month, and promises to do great things for Android gamers looking for a more in-depth experience. Usually we hear about OnLive as a way of accessing AAA games on Android phones and tablets, but they also have their own dedicated set-top box that could have just as easily been a competitor to Ouya as a partner. Luckily, OnLive is more interested in being available on as many screens as possible, and partners up regularly - including Vizio, for their apparently popular Co-Star Google TV box

Ouya is still going through funding on Kickstarter if you're interested in preordering one of the consoles. Any OnLive subscribers in the house care to comment on the service? Would OnLive support get you to pick up an Ouya, or would you be willing to give OnLive a shot if you were getting an Ouya anyway?

Source: OnLive

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4 years ago

Virgin Mobile introduces $79.99 entry level PCD Chaser

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Virgin Mobile USA has today introduced their latest Android smartphone, the entry level PCD Chaser for just $79.99 without signing a contract. Marketing for the Chaser is aimed firmly at customers currently using a feature phone but wanting to make the jump to a smartphone. Featuring a 3.2" touchscreen, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 3MP camera and an 800MHz processor, the Chaser's specs won't set the world on fire. But, it's priced to move, and is currently showing up as temporarily out of stock on the Virgin Mobile website. 

It's available with Beyond Talk unlimited data and messaging plans, starting at $35 a month. The Chaser will be rolling out through nationwide retailers starting in September, but it is available online from today -- or when it's in stock it will be, anyway. 

Source: Virgin Mobile

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4 years ago

Samsung's ChatON app updated with Olympic buddy

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Samsung's instant messaging client, ChatON, was just updated with a few new features, including an Olympic buddy that can keep you up to date with daily schedules, medal tables, and breaking news. Here's the full changelog. 

  • Olympic buddy (Daily Schedules, Medal Tables, Breaking News)
  • Walkie-talkie
  • Skin/Bubble download
  • Typing status
  • Edit buddy's name
  • New ChatON logo
  • Image zoom-in/out
  • Minor bugs fixed

As always, ChatON provide cross-platform instant messaging, group chat, file transfers, and lots of profile personalization options. If you're looking for more ways to follow the Olympics, be sure to check out our app roundup.  

Do any of you guys actually use ChatON? What's your favorite instant messaging client on Android these days?

Download: ChatON (Free)

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4 years ago

LG Nitro HD gets Ice Cream Sandwich on July 31

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AT&T has announced that the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update will hit the LG Nitro HD (see our review) on Tuesday, July 31st. A leaked version of the update was spotted in May and now it's been officially confirmed.

The update will also bring LG's new Optimus 3.0 UI, which adds features such as the ability to swipe anywhere on the lock screen to unlock the phone.

With the ICS update, you should see, among other features, a redesigned Gallery app and photo editor, enhanced multitasking capabilities, an updated home screen folder and favorites tray and Face Unlock.

So if you're a LG Nitro HD owner on AT&T, get ready for the much anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich update. To update your phone, you'll have to visit LG's Nitro HD update site and follow their instructions. Make sure you back-up your data before updating. Full press release is after the break.

Source: AT&T

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