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HTC’s Peter Chou: poor marketing held us back in 2012, but the worst has probably passed

HTC's CEO we didn't spend enough on marketing in 2012, but the worst has probably passed

Peter Chou has gone on the record with the Wall Street Journal blaming his company’s rough financial performance last year on insufficient marketing. Speaking about HTC’s competitors, and presumably about Samsung in particular, he described them as “too strong and very resourceful, pouring lots of money into marketing.” He was candid about the fact that, relatively speaking, he doesn’t have a great deal of cash at hand to counter rival publicity, but instead puts his faith in having more “unique products” — possibly referring to phones like the 1080p Droid DNA. Overall, he said that the “the worst for HTC has probably passed” and that 2013 will be “not too bad.” Which is about as cautious as optimism can get.

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Thursday Poll: What Is Your Most Used Android Web Browser

Last night on the DL Show, we quickly discussed the many options that Android users have in terms of Internet browser applications. In fact, there are a ton of good choices out there. You have Chrome, which has become very popular for syncing between multiple devices, Dolphin for its large list of features, Opera for [...]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to Incorporate Massive 6.3″ Display?

Consumers are finally getting used to working their 5.5″ Galaxy Note 2 device, but rumors are already out concerning Samsung’s next Note iteration. In a move that may or may not shock you, Samsung is rumored to be doing it BIG next year. In fact, according to Korea Times, the Galaxy Note 3 will reportedly [...]

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10 Android Apps From 2012 I Can’t Live Without [My Life Scoop]

As we near the end of 2012, it’s always fun to look back at the year that was. With Android still on the rise, we have seen a number of amazing new Android apps hit the market. In fact, there are probably enough that I could have done this latest post of mine over at Intel’s My [...]

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Contre Jour Released to Android, “Like a Really Artsy Cut the Rope”

Today, Contre Jour has landed on Android. For anyone familiar with the game through its popularity on iOS, you’ll probably do better at describing the game than myself. In fact, the above quote is from Kellex after we both watched the launch trailer. It really does look like an artsy Cut the Rope.  Using your fingers to [...]

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Deal: Use This Coupon to Save 50% on the New Galaxy Muse, That’s $24.99

Since the new Samsung Galaxy Muse is technically considered a “smartphone accessory,” you can use coupon codes on it that normally apply to things like cases or docks. One of our readers pointed out that a 50% off coupon code does indeed work for it. In fact, he said he went ahead and picked up [...]

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Newbie’s Guide to Rooting

 

Newbie’s Guide to Rooting

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re either already rooted or thinking about rooting your device. The thing with rooting is that instead of folks falling into two different camps, I believe there are three camps. In my opinion, we’re either rooted, don’t even want to think about rooting, or we’re kind of intrigued by the idea but don’t want to go through the hassle or risk of rooting our device. This guide is more for the latter. My intent is not to sway anyone one way or the other. This is simply to try to keep things simple, while providing resources and knowledge from first-hand experience, and enabling you to make your own informed decision. While I’m not going to walk you step-by-step on how to root your specific device (we’ll be here forever going through each device); I will introduce you to the concept of rooting, reliable sources for reading, things to do before rooting, the benefits of rooting, and what to do after you’re rooted. 

 

What is rooting? 

Rooting a device is simply the process of gaining full, privileged, or admin control of a device thus allowing ‘root access’ or ‘superuser’ permissions. The process itself basically exploits a security weakness on a device, and in simple terms, grants the user executable permissions that are not otherwise there with a non-rooted device. Once a device is rooted, the user has complete control of the device from files on the device to being able to perform additional tasks that will truly make your device your own.

 

 

What are the benefits of rooting? 

As mentioned above, rooting gives the user ultimate control over a device. Imagine for a second that you couldn’t access, alter, or delete a file or program on the PC/laptop that you own. That really doesn’t make much sense does it? Granted you could mess some things up if you’re not careful, but you do have the right and are given that ability as the superuser or admin of your PC that you paid money for. You are the ‘root’ user of your PC or laptop. Now think, do you have complete control of the device that you’ve no doubt paid a lot of money for? If the manufacturer doesn’t limit what you can do on your laptop, why do phone manufacturers do it?

Beyond just the basic idea of knowing you have complete control of your device, rooting allows you to modify the phone to your liking. Do you hate all of that carrier ‘bloat’ that is preloaded on your device? Don’t just disable it, root it and get rid of it so you have more storage. Additionally, if you don’t have a Google device, chances are you get updates later than when Google officially releases them – way later, since they then have to go through the carrier to be ‘massaged.’ When you’re rooted, you can get those updates within a few days from developers that own your same device via a custom ROM. Speaking of custom ROMs, most ROMs include an option to tether. This is in fact a major reason why most go ahead and make the leap to root.

Other benefits include the ability to completely back up your system onto your SD card. This way if all else fails, you could boot into your recovery and load the backup that you have saved that is sitting on an external storage. Additionally, you can modify boot animations, fonts, and themes. No techie or coding experience is necessary. The beauty these days is that there are numerous apps that allow you to make these changes with a few selections of available options via the app(s).

 

Fact is, once you’ve made that leap to go ahead and root and you do a few things that aren’t normally ‘allowed,’ it can get addicting and you begin finding out what else you can do. It’s truly what Android is all about. For example, due to my phone being rooted, I’m able to run Android 4.2 with a phone that was released almost 2 ½ years ago. It was essentially abandoned by my carrier and Google regarding updates, but being rooted keeps it ‘alive.’ I don’t get the newest features like Photo Sphere since my phone lacks a proper gyroscope, but I can run 4.2 while enjoying most of the other benefits. You shouldn’t feel like you need a new phone to enjoy new software. It’s downright amazing what developers can pull off on older devices, and when you have root access, you can enjoy those benefits such as custom ROMs and kernels which make your device even better.

 

 

What are the risks of rooting? 

Okay, honestly this is what most of you want to know, right? I mean, if it were easy and there were no risks then everyone would be rooted. Aside from completely voiding your factory warranty, to be blunt, you can seriously mess up your phone – like to the point where you’ve made it into a glorified paperweight. That’s the big risk. I know, it’s a massive risk, but it’s kind of along those lines of a risk that has to be pointed out like all the risks that go along with taking medicine. I mean it’s a risk for me to drive to work each morning. It’s a risk to fly. I could go on and on. However, it’s more of a disclaimer than anything. These days, most devices are very easy to root. Also, keep in mind that the method(s) you run across to root your device has been done numerous times by countless others.

No technical knowledge is required for the most part – just basic computer knowledge if anything. I’m far from a ‘techie type’ but recently I sold a rooted device I had been using for the past year and began using my old device that wasn’t rooted (I hadn’t gotten the rooting bug when I used my previous device). In a matter of 15 minutes I was rooted without any prior knowledge of how to root that device. It’s literally that easy, for the most part.  Rooting has come a long way since the first Android smartphone, and rooting a device usually only takes a few minutes once a little bit of homework on the user’s part is done.

 

Things to consider and/or to do before rooting 

So you know what rooting is, the benefits of it, and are aware of the risks. Now what? I’m not going to lie, there’s going to be some work involved if you’re new to this.

  • I can’t stress it enough: Google is going to be your friend. Search rooting your device. Do you have an older device? Maybe start with that one first. Then read, read, and read some more. Reading and doing your homework on your device prevents the risks we discussed earlier. The more you read, the more you’ll know going in and what to expect.
  • Stick to reputable websites that come up on your searches – ones you’ve probably already come in contact with before and visit frequently. When you run across terminology that you don’t understand, read up on that also. You’re essentially teaching yourself here.
  • XDA is an excellent source and usually has everything you need in one place that’s dedicated just for your phone. All of your questions have been asked and answered in there before, trust me. All you need to do is search. Granted it can be a little intimidating at first, but most forums for devices have a General section with a “Newb” thread, or two.
  • Did I mention reading? I’ve found that if you read enough, most sites you visit about rooting your device will become repetitive. It’s at that point that you should feel comfortable with what to expect in rooting your device.
  • Have a ‘backup’ plan. What happens if you’re not successful rooting your device? What if it ‘hangs’ in the process? If you don’t know what to do, you didn’t read enough in the beginning. At the very least you should already have a backup saved of your stock ROM/OS. Additionally, you should know exactly how to recover that backup and/or your factory settings should something go wrong. Most phones have a fail-safe that you can enter to go back to stock, access a backup, etc. At the very least, you should have a backup created before you begin and you should know how to access your recovery mode as well as the steps to get you back up and running. Whenever I create a backup, I test that backup to see if it’ll load properly.  After all, what good is a backup if it can’t load? Yes, it’s time consuming but you can’t be too careful, and honestly, if you’re not prepared to invest a little time, then rooting is probably not for you.
  • Make sure you’re looking at the most recent process to root your device.  When you search, filter by date and at least pull a set of instructions from the past few months, or the most recent you can find. Methods change over time, and often times those newer methods make it easier on the user to root. Make it easy on yourself and pull those latest instructions.
  • Read all instructions carefully – very carefully. Do not assume anything if you’re halfway knowledgeable in rooting. Read each step, and make sure it makes sense to you before you begin. Read the instructions multiple times and do each step one-at-a-time – slowly.
  • Speaking of slowly – don’t be in a hurry! It’s not a race. I know the adrenaline can get going, but take your time and be thorough. Again, do each step slowly and read each step carefully. Also, finding a guide that includes pictures will help tremendously.
  • Do your homework and read user comments. Most of the time, the steps you find to root your device will come in the form of a blog or forum. Read the posts under it. You’ll be surprised at how much additional you’ll learn from other users that are in the same situation as you – and reading those that are successful will give you confidence.
  • Ask questions. The good thing about the Android Community is that most of us are willing to help each other out since we were once newbies. In those forums and blogs, ask questions. Most of the time you’ll get a quick answer.

 

Yay! I’m rooted.  Now what? 

Let me just say this: If you don’t know why you want to root, then you probably don’t need to root. Read the section again about the benefits of rooting above, and do some research to make sure you know why you want to root.

  • First thing’s first – create a backup. You’re rooted and up and running with no issues so create that backup. Most devices, upon root, will have a modified recovery system.  Know exactly how to access that system (you may have to search the exact way to access it) and get familiar with it. Once familiar, create a backup. Test that backup, and if it loads properly you can now proceed with having fun. Also keep in mind that when you change recoveries (usually going from stock to rooted), your backup you made on the previous recovery will not work on the new one.
  • Know exactly how to access your recovery should you need to do so at any given time. This includes if the phone is off, or on. Also, some phones allow you to access what’s called a ‘Download Mode’ which requires you to have your device plugged into a laptop or PC. This mode is then used to push an OS onto your device via your PC or laptop. Believe me, one day you’ll have to use one of these types of recoveries. Scary, yes. But valuable that you’ll be prepared.
  • Read some more. Each phone is different, so read what’s available to you now that your device is rooted. As mentioned, this could include custom ROMS and/or kernels that allow you to get better battery life and other nice features. Also check out the apps that will work for all rooted devices that allow you to make tweaks to your device mentioned earlier.
  • Remember to not be in hurry with whatever you do with your phone once rooted. You have complete control and rights to everything on your phone, and one slip-up and it may not work properly.
  • Spread the knowledge. Once you’ve learned the ropes, help others.

 

Summary 

Hopefully this guide has helped you become more comfortable with the process of rooting. Again, it’s not meant to sway anyone in any matter. It should simply be used as a resource so you can make your own decision. There are many benefits of rooting, but if it’s not worth the risk then you obviously shouldn’t do it. Good luck, and happy rooting.

 

Disclaimer: Talk Android cannot be held responsible if any damage is done to your device.

 

Glossary of Terms

 

Root – Admin access gained for a device or the process of gaining admin access for a device.

XDA (XDA-developers.com) – A website with very valuable information specific for your device in blog and forum format.

ROM – Essentially an operating system, including the kernel.

Kernel – Heart of the operating system. It keeps everything running.


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Ultra Dario World for Android – A Mario Ripoff That Isn’t Half Bad

There are a billion Mario wannabe games on Google Play. In fact, as we all know, it’s not just Google Play. It’s every console, ever. Today, I stumbled on one that doesn’t actually make me run for the hills. It’s called Ultra Dario World. Yeah, it’s a lame name, but the gameplay is pretty wicked. [...]

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It Turns Out That The Nexus 4 Does, In Fact, Support LTE… But Only In Canada (For Now, At Least)

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What a wild ride the Nexus 4 has been on. First, there was an insane storm that caused Google to cancel the announcement event. Then they announced it anyway, and there was unspeakable rage at the lack of LTE. But, it sold out in like 28 minutes or some similar number, so maybe people weren’t really that mad after all. Then it was backordered for lots of people, and they were all mad again. But someone took it apart and found an LTE chip inside, which made everyone go hmmmmm. And now it (unofficially) has LTE support.

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It Turns Out That The Nexus 4 Does, In Fact, Support LTE… But Only In Canada (For Now, At Least) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Amazon’s suite of apps on Verizon phones isn’t a bad thing

Amazon on Verizon

Once upon a time there was a leaked memo regarding Verizon beginning to load "a suite of Amazon apps preloaded on one dedicated home screen for all newly launched Android devices." Wit the launch of the HTC Droid DNA, we now now exactly what that entails. And the results are not nearly as scary as some had feared.

First off, the sentence in and of itself should have made things pretty clear. Apps. On one home screen. Nothing about replacing Google Play. Nothing about going solely with the Amazon Appstore. But we can't blame folks' ears from perking up a little bit. Verizon, after all, is the carrier that once swapped out Google's maps and search for Microsoft's Bing. That ended poorly.

More: Read our complete Droid DNA review

Fact of the matter here is that there's a nicely designed widget on one of the home screens that pushes to Amazon storefront, as well as apps such as Amazon MP3 and Kindle. No surprise there, and it's not like those apps had never been preloaded on any other devices before.

The really interesting thing is how it handles the suite of apps. Instead of pushing links to the Amazon Appstore, you're directed to Google Play. We're willing to put good money on that being a requirement from Google in order to pass compatibility testing — and there's no reason why you can't install the Amazon Appstore later, if you so desire.

We've got a little video of the whole thing after the break.

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ASUS: We Are Currently Working On Development of Android 4.2 For Our Tablets

In a recent discussion with a customer service representative, a customer happily found that ASUS is currently working on development of Android 4.2 for their lineup of devices. Beyond the fact that it is indeed happening, no details concerning which devices would see it first or when we could expect it were mentioned. We have known that [...]

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Should I upgrade? Galaxy Nexus versus the Nexus 4

Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus.

It seems like an easy decision to make — the Nexus 4 is available for as low as $299 outright. Why wouldn't you get one? But the fact isn't lost on those of us who have a ridiculous number of smartphones that this is still a good chunk of money, and it's quite possible the phone you're holding right this second is still really good and should last a while longer.

So we're going ask the question about a number of current phones and help break it down. Should you upgrade to the Nexus 4?

Let's start with last year's Google phone — the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Have a Galaxy Nexus? Will you upgrade to the Nexus 4?

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[New Game] Grab Your Boomstick – Army Of Darkness: Defense For Android Is Here

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Fact: the Evil Dead trilogy is one of the greatest pieces of cinematic horror ever created. There is no arguing it. And now, you can live all the fantastic, undead awesomeness of the final film, Army of Darkness, on your mobile. I’ll give you a minute to soak up what you just read.

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Army of Darkness: Defense is available on Android courtesy of Backflip Studios. In the game, you play the role of Ash (!) – complete with chainsaw arm and boomstick – and fight the undead masses to protect the Necronomicon and Lord Arthur’s castle. You don’t have to do it alone, however – there are plenty of allies ready to fight by your side at a moment’s notice, including various swordsmen, knights, archers, Duke Henry the Red, and even Lord Arthur himself.

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[New Game] Grab Your Boomstick – Army Of Darkness: Defense For Android Is Here was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Instagram Profiles Now Accessible from the Web

Instagramers can now access their Instagram profiles, as well as other profiles, from the courtesy of their very own desktop computers. That is right. You can now see everyone’s food choices on your giant computer screen. You got to wonder why it took Instagram so long to be able to do this, since many third-party apps were already allowing people to access Instagram on the web. No big deal though. Something tells me that, since they are owned by Facebook now, Zuckerberg and his braniacs decided to finally do this.

I personally liked the fact that you could only access it through mobile. Made it stand out a little more than the other social networks. What do you guys think about this web-based Instagram? Good or bad?

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RadioShack’s Black Friday Newspaper Ad Shows Up – Stratosphere 2, Galaxy S3, and One X on the Cheap

In a little over two weeks, Black Friday will be upon us. Over the last couple of years, we have seen this day become flooded with deals on the latest and greatest in Android products, something that likely won’t change this year. In fact, RadioShack’s ad has already been posted for the world to see, [...]

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Samsung has Already Sold 3 Million Galaxy Note 2 Units

Can’t imagine a device with a 5.5″ display being a massive global hit? It is. Again. Samsung announced last night that Galaxy Note 2 sales have already topped the 3 million mark. What’s even more remarkable about that number, is the fact that it’s only available on a couple of U.S. carriers, none of which [...]

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Virgin Media launches “unlimited data” PAYG SIM from £10 a month

Virgin Media’s mobile division has rejigged its PAYG options, adding a new Big Data bundle, which is yours when you top up £10 a month. In return for adding £10 of calling credit to your SIM, Virgin now gives you unlimited mobile data and 300 SMS messages, or you can bump that up to unlimited texts in return for topping up £15.

It seems pretty simple. Here’s a little table:

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Virgin Media uses the EE/Orange/T-Mobile network to provide its coverage, a fact we love pointing out as it means we get to use the technical industry term MVNO.

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Video: This is How Google’s New Photo Sphere Camera Works

One of the most exciting features that Google just announced for Android 4.2 has got to be Photo Sphere. This is Google showing that it is already moving far beyond simple panoramic shots. In fact, Photo Sphere lets you do more than sweep from side to side – it lets you take photos in all [...]

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DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD Receive First Update – Only a Security Patch

The DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD on Verizon are scheduled to receive their first update this week as build 0.7.2. The update includes nothing that you probably care about. In fact, it’s a “Google Security Patch,” which could mean that it’s simply a fix for the root method that was released just before [...]

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Sprint introduces new 4G LTE tablet data plans starting November 11

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Although Sprint is still lagging behind when it comes to LTE coverage compared to Verizon and AT&T, that doesn't mean they're not looking to add more customers by offering aggressively competitive data plans as their coverage increases. As of November 11th, Sprint will be offering a whole new set of 4G LTE rate plans for tablets and here's what they look like:

  • 300MB for $14.99
  • 3GB for $34.99
  • 6GB for $49.99
  • 12GB for $79.99

Looking at the plans, you'll likely notice they're not any cheaper than the competition but they do offer more data allowance. 20 percent more in fact, according to Sprint who also notes their is no contract requirements for these plans.

In addition to the stand alone offerings, Sprint smartphone customers can add a tablet to their account and get a discounted plan that includes 1GB of data for only $15 per month or 100MB of data that will only cost $10.

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Hands-on breaksclusive video with a 32-gigabyte Nexus 7

Nexus 7 - it's breaksclusive!

Folks seem to have lost their minds a little bit over the 32-gigabyte Nexus 7 — which remains unannounced, though Staples (always them, right?) apparently has no qualms about selling them early. So in the spirit of utter ridiculousness, here's some breakslclusive hands-on in-the-wild first-look oh-my-god-it's-full-of-stars video of the 32-gigabyte Nexus 7, courtesy of John1029 in our forums.

As should surprise no one, it's a Nexus 7. With 32 gigabytes of storage. (Actually, more like 27.5.) And that's it. It's running Android 4.1.1 out of the box, which also should surprise no one, since Android 4.1.2 just pushed over air, and these would devices would have been flashed before then. No big deal. At all. In fact, it's not even a deal. It's a non-deal.

Still, this is a decent enough walkthrough, and all snark aside, it's great to see our readers get the goods. Hit the break for the full video.

Source: Nexus 7 forums

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Netflix now welcoming mobile viewers from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland

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If you just so happen to live in Sweden, Denmark, Norway or Finland, Netflix would like you to know they've not forgotten about you. In fact, the latest update available in the Google Play Store opens up the Android app to those regions along with improved subtitle support for Android 4.0 and above.

Plus, while it's not noted, the app does seem to respond a little bit better over previous versions. By that we mean, it no longer takes 2 minutes to scroll through items causing you to forget what you were intending on watching in the first place. That's a good thing.

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Google Pegs October 29 as the Day to Announce Something New in Android

Ready to see what’s new in Android? Google sent out press invites this evening for an event that will take place on October 29 at 10:00AM in NYC. The only clues as to what we can see, if you can them that, are in the quote “The playground is open,” and the fact that the [...]

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Echofon Alpha Twitter Client Released on Android

Echofon, one of the more popular iOS Twitter applications of all time, has been working on an alpha version of an Android app behind the scenes for a while now that we were just turned on to. In fact, the build is up to version 1.9 and was released over the weekend through their Twitter [...]

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Has Sony’s Nexus phone been revealed? [Fact or Fiction]

Here it is, folks: the so-called Sony Nexus X. Or is it? That’s the question that has the blogosphere buzzing this morning after two images surfaced on Picasa of a phone purported to be Sony’s first Nexus device. So what are the chances that we looking at just that? Well, let’s examine the possibility.

Rumors surfaced last spring that Google’s next Nexus smartphone launch would not be a single device, but rather up to five from the top Android manufacturers. Recent reports seem to confirm that Google is going in a different direction with the Nexus program, opening it up to multiple partners, with  HTC, Samsung, LG, and Sony all named. But other than a few hearsay rumors related to the other devices, the only to come with any substantial proof as been the LG device, which may launch as the Nexus 4 or Optimus Nexus.

Now, just when we were settling on the idea of Google launching only a single Nexus phone at the end of this month, these images pop up, turning our rumor-filled world on its head. So what’s fact and what’s fiction? We still believe multiple Nexus devices will launch this holiday season, but it still sounds like Google will emphasize LG’s handset as the lineup’s flagship model. At the very least, it looks to launch first.

So then we are left to wonder if what we see here is Sony’s Nexus phone. Some sources have cried photoshop, and there definitely is enough funny business going on in the photos to warrant such claims, but perhaps more likely is the suggestion that we may simply be spying an unreleased prototype or perhaps another upcoming Sony device in the early testing phases, once that could still launch with Sony’s customer Xperia interface. Honestly, there is too little info to come to any sort of real conclusion.

So the mystery device remains just that: a mystery. But what say the peanut gallery? Is this the real deal or just another case of the tech world biting hungrily at any Nexus rumor that floats our way? [via The Verge]

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Specs and Pictures Leaked Ahead of Tomorrow’s Announcement

Tomorrow was rumored to be the date set by Samsung to announce the the Galaxy S3 Mini. Someone probably should have reminded JK Shin, their head of Mobile Communications, who has gone ahead and confirmed ahead of time that the device will in fact be unveiled in Germany, tomorrow. Thanks, JK. Now that the device [...]

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Court of Appeals sends Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction decision back to Judge Koh

Despite the fact that a jury found Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 not guilty of infringing on Apple design patents, Judge Lucy Koh refused to lift a sales injunction on the device in a recent trial revisiting the issue. Now the Federal Court of Appeals has stepped in, sending the issue back to Jufde Koh’s bench, where it can once again be considered. The difference now is that Samsung can argue that the injunction should be lifted due to the results of the larger trial. Whether or not Koh reverses her decision remains to be seen. She hasn’t necessarily been the most forgiving of Samsung throughout these proceedings.

[via Engadget]


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Rumor: RAZR HD and MAXX HD Delayed Because of Antenna Issues?

According to a rumor today out of Howard Forums, the DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD may be delayed because the devices are having antenna issues. The issues reportedly stem from antenna locations and size, since the antennas make contact with the edges of the device. If this rumor is in fact true, then [...]

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Motorola’s Punit Soni: Bionic Owners Have “Gotten a Raw Deal,” New Motorola Will Try to “Fix Things”

Punit Soni has only been the VP of Product at Motorola for a few weeks and already has taken to Google+ to interact personally with current customers to try to fix some of the company’s past mistakes. One of the topics he is actively involved in includes the DROID Bionic and the fact that it [...]

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Root the Kindle Fire HD 7

Kindle Fire HD rooted

It looks as if Amazon did not patch the standard method to root ICS devices discovered by SparkyM over at XDA, and the Kindle Fire HD can be rooted in mere minutes. In fact, the most difficult part is getting the device driver if you're running Windows. Also note that rooting does not mean the same thing as a custom ROM, and that this has nothing to do with the bootloader which is unsurprisingly pretty securely locked up.

You'll need to have the Android SDK installed, and follow the instructions in the forums. You'll also need to know that you could really break things while rooting or running apps as root. Informed decisions are the best decisions. Good luck!

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