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Rom Manager Returns to the Play Store After Brief Hiatus

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News broke the other day that Koush’s extremely popular ROM management app, ROM Manager, was pulled from the Play Store. Cited as violating Google’s IAP standards, Koush was given six weeks to rectify said violation but it was pulled two weeks short of that deadline. That hiatus however, was short lived as ROM Manager appears to be back in the Play Store.

With the reinstatement, there is an update for ROM Manager. Besides bug fixes we can assume the IAP violation has been removed. It’s good to see that issues such as these can be rectified by both parties so quickly. For those of you who are rooted and have yet to check out a standard in ROM management, we have the download link and QR code after the break.

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JRummy Releases ROM Installer To The Play Store, It’s Like ROM Manager On Steroids

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If you’re a frequent ROM flasher, then you already know the tools of the trade – ROM Manager, ClockworkMod Recovery, TWRP, Goo Manager, etc. – but now it’s time to add another to the list: ROM Installer from JRummy. If you’re not familiar with Rummy, he’s been putting out top-notch apps for root users since the OG Droid days. He’s responsible for killer tools like ROM Toolbox and Root Browser, among many others.

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Top 5 Contact Managers for Android 2013

Not satisfied with the internal contacts manager that your Android device comes with and need something with advanced functions and features?  Are you not sure which of the so many Android contact managers on Google Play Store are good for you?  Well, I have a suggestion of 5 contact managers to help you get started.

 

1. GO Contacts EX

Go Contacts EX

This contacts manager is especially great if you have Go Launcher.  Some of its top features include quick find contact by name, company, username or keyword, grouping of contacts. Merging of duplicate entries, smart dialing, hundreds of available themes and a feature to back up and restore contacts.

 

Price: Free

Download here

 

2. TouchPal

TouchPal

This is a small yet smart dialer with tons of features not available on the stock contacts manager your phone came with.  With TouchPal, you can search contacts right from the dial pad, block calls, set your availability and integrate your phone contacts with Twitter and Facebook contacts.  The manager also supports gesture dialing, number attribution, contacts exchange to send and receive e-business cards fast and support for many user interface themes.

Price: Free

Download here

 

3. Contacts +

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The best thing about Contacts+ is that it comes with its own dialer application, Facebook and Twitter apps and a WhatsApp integration all in one place.  It also enables you to send free text messages from the contact manager, sync your contacts with Facebook contacts and choose from many different themes available for free.

Price: Free

Download link:

 

4. DW Contacts & Phone & Dialer

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This pretty new yet powerful contacts manager acts as an extension to the dialer your phone already has.  Although it is a little pricey compared to others on this list, DW Contacts & Phone enables you to configure contacts view, supports different account types including MS Exchange and Google, has searchable and sortable tab bars and allows for full management of contacts from one window.

Price: $10

Download Link

 

5. PixelPhone – Phone & Contacts

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PixelPhone combines your contacts, favorites, phone dialer contact cards and call history and makes them easy to switch from one to another.  Its intelligent search, sort and display of contacts makes it one of the fastest contacts to use.  The internal PixelPhone dialer features classy animations, convenient interface and amazing personalization features.

Price: Free

Download Link

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Top 5 Contact Managers for Android 2013

Not satisfied with the internal contacts manager that your Android device comes with and need something with advanced functions and features?  Are you not sure which of the so many Android contact managers on Google Play Store are good for you?  Well, I have a suggestion of 5 contact managers to help you get started.

 

1. GO Contacts EX

Go Contacts EX

This contacts manager is especially great if you have Go Launcher.  Some of its top features include quick find contact by name, company, username or keyword, grouping of contacts. Merging of duplicate entries, smart dialing, hundreds of available themes and a feature to back up and restore contacts.

 

Price: Free

Download here

 

2. TouchPal

TouchPal

This is a small yet smart dialer with tons of features not available on the stock contacts manager your phone came with.  With TouchPal, you can search contacts right from the dial pad, block calls, set your availability and integrate your phone contacts with Twitter and Facebook contacts.  The manager also supports gesture dialing, number attribution, contacts exchange to send and receive e-business cards fast and support for many user interface themes.

Price: Free

Download here

 

3. Contacts +

Contacts+

The best thing about Contacts+ is that it comes with its own dialer application, Facebook and Twitter apps and a WhatsApp integration all in one place.  It also enables you to send free text messages from the contact manager, sync your contacts with Facebook contacts and choose from many different themes available for free.

Price: Free

Download link:

 

4. DW Contacts & Phone & Dialer

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This pretty new yet powerful contacts manager acts as an extension to the dialer your phone already has.  Although it is a little pricey compared to others on this list, DW Contacts & Phone enables you to configure contacts view, supports different account types including MS Exchange and Google, has searchable and sortable tab bars and allows for full management of contacts from one window.

Price: $10

Download Link

 

5. PixelPhone – Phone & Contacts

PixelPhone

PixelPhone combines your contacts, favorites, phone dialer contact cards and call history and makes them easy to switch from one to another.  Its intelligent search, sort and display of contacts makes it one of the fastest contacts to use.  The internal PixelPhone dialer features classy animations, convenient interface and amazing personalization features.

Price: Free

Download Link

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Finding the Right Android ROM

Your android device is like your girlfriend or boyfriend. It can serve you pretty decently and ensure that you are almost never bored. However, unlike girlfriends/boyfriends you do not have to deal with all the strenuous effort of understanding them. If you do not like what they have to offer (the android device) you can just root it and install a new ROM. Yeah, if we could do that to the people we are in a relationship with things would be so simple. Although rooting your device is quite simple, replacing the ROM can be very hectic due to all the options that are available out there. You need to such and find one that specifically fits with who you are. Here’s how to go about it.

So, what is a ROM? Android ROMs are basically modified versions of the android OS software. Just like your PC runs on Windows 8 so does your tablet or smartphone run on an OS software. Now, this software is there to hold together everything that your device has from Angry Birds to Messaging. Beyond that they basically make your device more appealing and add myriads of beneficial features.

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The entire thing can seem like gibberish but do not fret. There are dozens of apps that can be used to help you change your ROM. They range from ROM Manager to Pimp my ROM. However, this post is not here to let you know that there are apps for doing so but to give you the step by step methods used to do so.

Here is what you need to know before you go chasing after random ROMs because a friend told you it was amazing. There are three major types of ROMs out there for you to pick from. Ones that offer future versions of the Android software, ROMs that give your device new features, and ROMs that focus on the speed and stability of your device. Of course there are other versions but these three are basically what you need to look out for.

Future versions; Imagine having the ability to put the W16engine from a Bugatti Veyron and stuffing it into that Beetle that you were never really proud of dragging around. Yes, that’s what the future version allows you to do. When the Android 2.2 Froyo was out almost all ROM developers dove right into syncing their developments with the system because, well, it was the newest. That means that all versions of ROM from that point onwards will use future versions. However, most developers wait until the source code is available so they can base their ROMs on Froyo. Downside, I know. Another disadvantage is that they are the least stable due to the fact that not all the kinks have been dealt with.

New features; This category is really interesting. Imagine being able to control the music on your device while the screen is locked, or making a call while using the browser. All these things are possible with this category of ROMs. Note that these features are built-in as opposed to having to download an app that lets you do them on a device that’s yet to be rooted. You can still get this features at the moment through the Android Market so think wisely before getting this type of ROM.

Speed and stability; You need to understand that these ROMs are ONLY built for speed and stability. Do not rush to get one that has other features plus speed and stability because you’re probably being ripped off. Unfortunately (yes, all positives have negatives), they are a bit slow on giving you the new features. But that won’t be why you will be trying to get this ROM, is it?

How does one find and install new ROMs? Well, it’s a good thing you are reading this post because I am here with all the answers.

Before I can give you the nitty gritties you should have already rooted your device. If that is already done then you should be able to follow the steps perfectly.

If that is done then what you should have is a recovery image. This is basically the fundamental system of the android device. It’s accessed when you boot your device while holding down on two external buttons which of course depends on you device. You need to search through Google for this one e.g. Galaxy Tab Recovery Mode.

The first step here is to install an app that will give your device the ability to do so. We would recommend ROM Manager. Once you have opened the app just press down on the Flash ClockworkMod at the top of the main menu to confirm your phone’s model. A progress bar will let you know how things are going and once it’s done you can download and install a new ROM.

What about finding one that’s right for you? Well, before I came along that would have been a bitch. Luckily, all my dreary hours online let me find the Unlockr that offers infinite number of ROMs each specifically designed for a particular device. While you’re on the site just click on the model of your phone and you are good to go. On top of that ROM Manager also offers ROMs for download so you can easily check them out. The ones they offer are the most popular but the app does not let you know which category they belong to. To find that out go to the Unlockr and search for it in their database. From there on out it all about you and your fearlessness. Trial and error all the way. You can still download one and store it in your SD card for future installment.

Installment is pretty much a non-issue. If you are doing as I say then you should have ROM Manager. With that installation is pretty simple. Once it has downloaded you should first back-up your existing ROM. I cannot emphasize enough how important that is. If things get real you can always fall back on your old ROM. What you need to do is “Wipe Data and Cache” if you are moving from one android version to a more improved one. But the work to be done will be more than enough to fill your plate if you were using a Froyo system. That’s because you’ll have to reinstall all your apps, rearrange the homescreen, and configure all your settings. If a problem persists you can keep restoring from your back up and going at it again.

From here it’s all up to what you want to do. Rage out if you like what you got. Check out all the features and capabilities that your device should have depending on the category you went for. Have fun.

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ROM Manager adds delta updates, TWRP recovery support

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ROM Manager, a staple app used by practically anyone who roots and switches ROMs often, has just added support for both delta (incremental) updates and TWRP recovery. Delta updates (downloads, really) will let users who are downloading and flashing new ROMs — like those of you on nightlies — just download and apply the new portions of the ROM, rather than the entire thing. If you have a previous zip file of your ROM on the device, ROM Manager will send you an incremental zip (of about 20MB) to apply and get the changes. This will save a lot of time, battery and data when flashing updates to the same ROM over and over again.

The latest ROM Manager also supports TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project), so if users prefer that over ClockworkMod Recovery, they can flash it directly through the app rather than separately. If you're not using ROM Manager yet, give it a look at the Play Store link above.

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ROM Manager now supports TWRP, incremental ROM updates

After slaving away at Carbon, the app sync and backup app, Koushik Dutta has turned back to his age-old classic ROM Manager to add some much needed features. For starters, TWRP — or, the TeamWin Recovery Project — is now supported, meaning ClockworkMod Recovery is no longer the only recovery you can use to jump straight to a custom recovery using ROM Manager.

To get started, all you have to do is enable the “setup recovery” button, and ROM Manager will acknowledge that you’re using TWRP. TWRP is a great custom recovery that enables the use of touch and other nice features that have much of the ROM development world captivated.

ROM Manager also supports incremental ROM updates, so developers can issue smaller upgrades whenever bug fixes or small feature updates need to go out. This means you could download a 20MB file to get up to the latest version of CyanogenMod instead of a full 180MB+ file if the situation calls for it. This is quite useful for anyone on a slow connection or on a limited data plan, so we’re hoping every developer in the world begins to distribute update files for their ROMs in this manner.

That said, Koush made a point to remind us that both these features are still in beta, so don’t expect things to work 100% correctly 100% of the time. Anything that happens to your device as of the result of using ROM Manager is your own responsibility, so if you’re fine with that then be sure to download it from the Google Play Store and try it for yourself.

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ROM Manager Adds Support For Delta Downloads

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ROM Manager, one of the most useful and versatile tools available for a consummate ROM-flasher, got an update today, bringing the app up to version 5.5.1.9. The update brings just two changes – a bug fix, and something much more significant: support for delta downloads.

For those who are unfamiliar with the term, “delta downloads” are like the Play Store’s smart updates, CyanogenMod’s built-in update system, or the files users can download with CyanDelta – bite-size update files that only pack the things that have changed since your ROM’s last build. Using delta updates decreases download times, data usage, and hassle in keeping your ROM on the bleeding edge.

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Facebook pages manager app for Android launches, sort of

Facebook Pages Manager

Looks like Facebook might finally be about to make available its "Facebook Pages Manager" application for Android, which, as the name implies, will let those with Facebook Pages manage said pages with the app. It's sitting there in Google Play, only we can't download it yet in the states. And neither can our pals in the UK.

The app's description reads:

Manage all the Pages you admin, wherever you are. Helps Facebook Page admins connect with their audience and keep up with activity on multiple Pages.

 

  • Post new updates and photos and respond to comments as your Pages
  • View and reply to private messages sent to your Page
  • Get notifications about new activity on your Pages right away
  • View your latest Pages Insights

A few people have managed to leave star ratings, and a couple of (not so helpful) reviews. For our part, the listing shows it's incompatible with every one of our devices, so this is pretty much a placeholder at the moment.

Figure an announcement is coming any time now.

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True Nature of Google Glass Still Undetermined According to Project Lead

In a recent interview, the product manager for Google Glass Babak Parviz, let it be known that 2012′s most interesting device is still a “work in progress.” According to Parviz, Google is still toying with ways to make the wearable computing device usable in the day-to-day and has yet to determine its main features.  For now, [...]

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[New App] Zime Is A Stylish 3D To-Do Manager And Calendar App

unnamedSo maybe you made some resolutions this as the new year is upon us, but how are you supposed to keep track of all your resolution-related tasks with only two crummy dimensions? Hmm? Yeah, you’re going to want at least three dimensions of to-do management, and that’s where Zime comes in. This app is still in beta, but it’s a really cool, flashy to-do list that relies on a gesture-controlled timeline view.

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Zime automatically plugs into your Google Calendar and displays events in a smooth conveyor belt UI. You can add events on your Google Calendar from within Zime, but these are different from tasks on your Zime to-do lists.

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[New App] Zime Is A Stylish 3D To-Do Manager And Calendar App was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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‘Leaked’ BlackBerry 10 info shows video chat and screen sharing in BBM, new task manager

'Leaked' BlackBerry 10 info shows video chat and screen sharing in BBM, new task manager

Top dog at RIM Thorsten Heins heavily implied that video chat would be added to BBM when BlackBerry 10 showed up, and now possible confirmation of the feature has come from what are thought to be leaked presentation slides. Originating on CrackBerry’s forums, the images have been taken down on various sites, leading us to believe they’re legit and that strongly worded requests have led to their removal. Not only do they suggest BBM video chat is coming to BB10, but also the ability to screen share during these video calls. Another slide details a new task manager for the OS called “BlackBerry Remember,” which can sync with Outlook and — based on its description and what was uncovered in the gold SDK — may include Evernote integration. We’ve contacted RIM for comment and will update you with any response, but until then, take a look at the slide above and the pair hidden after the break to assess for yourself whether they’re the real deal.

Update: Here’s RIM’s statement, which doesn’t really come as much of a surprise:

“We understand that there is a lot of excitement for BlackBerry 10. We will launch the platform on January 30th and until then we won’t comment on speculation.”

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Google Play Releases Best Apps of 2012 List

To cap the year 2012, Google has released a list of the best apps from the Play Store. The list is based on what Google deems to showcase the best of the Play Store in terms of “utility, beauty and accessibility,” and not on user ratings or number of downloads. According to the Google Play App Focus page, the list is a combination of apps that were launched this year as well as some that were released previously but received updates in 2012.

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The list is made of ten apps, including Evernote by Evernote Corp., Pinterest by Pinterest, Inc., Grimm’s Snow White by StoryToys, Pocket by Read It Later, Expedia Hotels and Flights by Expedia, Ancestry by Ancestry.com, Fancy by Thingsd, Seriesguide Show Manager by Uwe Trottman, Pixlr Express by Autodek Inc., and Ted by Ted Conferences. All of these apps, except for Grimm’s Snow White, are available for download free of charge.

Evernote is an app that allows users to organize information like notes and photos and sync them across various devices on which the application is installed. Pinterest, which is among the largest social networks this year, is a productivity tool that lets one collect images from the web to organize ideas and fuel inspiration. Grimm’s Snow White, for its part, is an interactive storybook app for children. Expedia Hotels & Flights is an app that assists travelers in booking trips and selecting hotel rooms. Ancestry, meanwhile, is a genealogy app that encourages one to know one’s personal history. Pocket is a reader that enables users to save content and view them offline. Fancy lets users search for interesting items and share one’s style. Seriesguide Show Manager convert a mobile device into a second television and keep track of shows. Pixlr Express is a photography app that boast of over 600 effects and adjustments. Lastly, Ted connects users to lectures on interesting ideas.

CNet notes that games are notably absent from Google Play’s Best Apps of 2012 list.

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ROM Manager Gets Updated To Include Ability To Download Zip Backups To Your Computer

 

As the process of flashing custom ROMs to your devices becomes an easier process, it’s only natural that we see tools to make the whole management process easier and the latest ROM Manager update strives to do just that. The latest ROM Manager update brings not only some welcome bug fixes, but it also includes the ability to download Backups to your PC using the new ROM Manager Backup Download Server feature. What this means is that users will be able to backup various files into a flashable zip file that you can then flash back to most device from a ClockworkMod recovery. Pretty neat huh?

The latest update is available in the Play Store, so head on down there now and give the latest update the ol’ college try.

 

 

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ROM Manager Gets Updated To Include Ability To Download Zip Backups To Your Computer

 

As the process of flashing custom ROMs to your devices becomes an easier process, it’s only natural that we see tools to make the whole management process easier and the latest ROM Manager update strives to do just that. The latest ROM Manager update brings not only some welcome bug fixes, but it also includes the ability to download Backups to your PC using the new ROM Manager Backup Download Server feature. What this means is that users will be able to backup various files into a flashable zip file that you can then flash back to most device from a ClockworkMod recovery. Pretty neat huh?

The latest update is available in the Play Store, so head on down there now and give the latest update the ol’ college try.

 

 

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Rom Manager updated, now you can download flashable zip backups to your computer

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If you use Rom Manager to manage your flashing habit and curate all your CWM backups, you're going to want to take a look at the latest update. Beside the theme fixes for older devices, there is a new feature that plenty of folks are going to find useful — a backup server built right into the app.

It's not just any backup server though. There are plenty of options out there to browse the files on your phone or tablet via Wifi. What Rom Manager is doing provides an extra handy service — it transforms the backup files into a flashable zip file that you can flash back to your device (or any device) from ClockWorkMod Recovery.

Granted, it's always been possible to pull and share CWM backups, but the new Rom Manager update takes the confusion away and makes it easy for everyone to pull a backup file that's ready to flash, without worrying about the right folder structure or location. As Koush says, this is the first version so there may be a few quirks in it. Be sure to report any of these you may run into back to him. I just tried it, and what I'm seeing works exceptionally well. Give it a go yourself with today's update. 

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ROM Manager 5.5.0.8 Features A Download Server That Allows You To Easily Transfer Backups To Your PC Over Wi-Fi

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One thing that’s always bothered me about making nandroid backups is having to keep them stored on my phone – and with the limited storage of the Nexus 4, this rings even more true. Thus, it’s not uncommon for me to end up transferring backups to my PC in case I should need them again. Thanks to a new feature implemented into ROM Manager 5.5.0.8, that process just got a lot easier.

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In a nutshell, this new feature enables a download server on your phone that can easily be accessed over Wi-Fi from your PC. Using it couldn’t be easier, either – simply jump into the Manage Backups menu, hit the option to Download Backups, and that’s basically it.

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Google and Motorola building their own ‘X-Phone’ according to reports

According to some interesting reports today from the Wall Street Journal, Google and Motorola are teaming up to take the smartphone world by storm. As if Android already hasn’t done just that, We’re now hearing Google’s designing a brand new device named internally as the X-Phone to truly take over Apple and Samsung in the smartphone world.

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This news has literally just broke a matter of minutes ago, so hopefully we’ll be able to dig up tons of details and additional information in the coming days or weeks. The report also states that Motorola’s current popular line of Android and DROID smartphones won’t be replaced, and this will be another line all together. Sounds exciting.

We’ve been saying the words “Motorola DROID Nexus” ever since Google acquired Motorola, but it sounds like this will be the result instead. That isn’t all either. They’re also working on a project called the ‘X Tablet’ as well, now that the X Phone is nearly reached its final stages. Yup, WSJ said the X Phone is in the final stages, which means we could be seeing or hearing more very soon. I’m getting excited already!

Reports suggest Google’s own product manager Lion Ron has been heading up this project, and was previous in charge of Google’s mapping attack. Which as we know has been extremely successful to say the least. Motorola’s new CEO Dennis Woodside declined to comment on the matter, but hopefully we hear more. According to the Wall Street Journal plenty of next-gen technology has been looked into, and could possibly be inside this new flagship super-phone. Talks of bendable displays, ceramic frames that are extremely durable, longer battery life and tons of “evolutionary” features. Although it’s nothing we haven’t heard before. I’m excited, but we might want to take this all with a grain of salt.

Stay tuned for more details! Drop us your thoughts and comments below.

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Motorola reportedly engineering ‘X phone’ and ‘X tablet’ to rival iPhone and Galaxy devices

Motorola reportedly engineering 'X phone' to rival iPhone and Galaxy handsets

Remember that era where the original RAZR elevated Motorola‘s name in the mobile realm to god-like status? Evidently, folks in that inner circle are angling for that to happen once more. A breaking report from The Wall Street Journal has it on good authority that engineers at Moto are toiling on a so-called “X phone,” which is obviously being built under the stewardship of Google. The goal? To produce a singular handset that can immediately rival the iPhone and Samsung’s flagship Galaxy handsets.

It’s unclear at the moment what exactly will make this guy such a marquee piece, but we are told that the effort is being headed up by former Google product manager Lior Ron. Reportedly, the company even went so far as to look into producing the phone with a bendable display and a ceramic-based exterior, but it’s unlikely that those dreams will pan out. Strangely, there’s no mention of whether the phone will slot into Google’s Nexus range — phones that run unadulterated editions of Android — but it’s made clear that an X tablet will be following the phone. At some point post-Apocalypse, obviously.

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Google Music adds matching for US-based users

Google Music launched in Europe about a month ago, and when it arrived it did so with a feature that was not available for US-based users. That feature was music scanning and matching and in fact, it remained unavailable for US users until today. Simply put, Google has officially announced that those in the US now have access to music matching.

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This feature should make things easier for those just getting started with Google Music. After all, with matching you now have the potential for faster upload times. Well, faster set-up times may be more accurate as the matching can potentially save you from some uploading. As Google notes, they will “scan your collection and quickly rebuild it in the cloud.”

The scanned and matched music will be streamed back at 320 kbps. Also worth noting, Google Music was, and remains available for free. All said and done, this seems like a win for existing Google Music users and it should also be enough for those who held back because they had large music collections and were turned off by the long upload times.

In fact, the one question that seems to remain is whether or not these matched tracks will count against your 20,000 track limit. We suspect they do, however given you are not technically uploading any music, it would be nice if those were not counted towards the 20,000. Of course, we have to wonder how many users are actually uploading 20,000 tracks.

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Google Play Enables Scan and Match Feature For U.S. Play Music Users

This morning, Google announced the availability of the Scan and Match feature for Google Play Music users. The feature, that went live last month for European users, scans the music you are uploading from the desktop Music Manager and then instantly makes it available from the cloud in minutes instead of hours. Our new music matching [...]

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Solid Explorer Finally Comes out of Beta, With Unlocker.

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One of my most used file explorers finally drops “Beta” With a  $1.99 price tag.

 

Solid Explorer ( 14-DAY TRIAL. In order to continue using the app after this period, purchase the Solid Explorer Unlocker, but first make sure you are fully satisfied with it.)  is a file manager with two independent panels which brings to you a new file browsing experience. This is the most attractive, eye catching and intuitive file manager for the Android.
Main features:
1. Two independent panels for browsing
2. Drag and Drop inside and between panels
3. FTP, SFTP and SMB/CIFS clients
4. File sharing via FTP
5. Support for ZIP, TAR.GZ, TAR.BZ2 and RAR archives
6. Creating ZIP and TAR archives
7. Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive, GoogleDrive (more soon)
8. Bookmarks
9. Root access
10. Indexed search
11. Detailed file and directory information

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You can learn about planned features in the ‘About’ section.

What’s New  Google-Play

What’s in this version:

-fix for unlocker issue, sorry about that
===16 Dec===
-out of Beta, yay!
-support for Samsung’s Multi Window
-support for subtitles with streaming videos
-ability to set ringtones
-busybox included in the app
-fixed issues with refreshing the gallery
-optimized package size
-minor bug fixes and stability improvements

 

 

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Solid Explorer Finally Comes out of Beta, With Unlocker.

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One of my most used file explorers finally drops “Beta” With a  $1.99 price tag.

 

Solid Explorer ( 14-DAY TRIAL. In order to continue using the app after this period, purchase the Solid Explorer Unlocker, but first make sure you are fully satisfied with it.)  is a file manager with two independent panels which brings to you a new file browsing experience. This is the most attractive, eye catching and intuitive file manager for the Android.
Main features:
1. Two independent panels for browsing
2. Drag and Drop inside and between panels
3. FTP, SFTP and SMB/CIFS clients
4. File sharing via FTP
5. Support for ZIP, TAR.GZ, TAR.BZ2 and RAR archives
6. Creating ZIP and TAR archives
7. Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive, GoogleDrive (more soon)
8. Bookmarks
9. Root access
10. Indexed search
11. Detailed file and directory information

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You can learn about planned features in the ‘About’ section.

What’s New  Google-Play

What’s in this version:

-fix for unlocker issue, sorry about that
===16 Dec===
-out of Beta, yay!
-support for Samsung’s Multi Window
-support for subtitles with streaming videos
-ability to set ringtones
-busybox included in the app
-fixed issues with refreshing the gallery
-optimized package size
-minor bug fixes and stability improvements

 

 

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FSL F888 Tablet Packs Both Android And Windows

Can’t make up your mind between Android and Windows? This new device might be the solution for you. FSL, a company in China has made a dual-boot OS tablet called the F888.

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It runs on an Intel Atom N2600 dual-core processor with a clock speed of 1.6GHz, working with 2GB of RAM. For storage, the F888 has a solid state disk with a capacity of 32GB. Meanwhile, its five-point capacitive LED-backlit IPS display spans 9.7 inches like the Apple iPad and sports a resolution of 1024×768 pixels. It also has a viewing angle of 180 degrees. There is an option for expansion through a TF card for as much as 256GB.

It also provides access to the Google Play Store. Some of the pre-installed apps are iReader, Gmail, Google Search, File Manager, Office Suite, Task Manager, Browser, Gallery, Calculator, Clock, Calendar, and Android Webkit.

For connectivity, the F888 offers Bluetooth, HDMI, USB 2.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and 3G, through an external dongle. To make input easy for its users, it can be used with a physical keyboard and mouse.

For its photography features, the tablet has a rear-facing 3-megapixel camera that is complemented by a secondary, front-facing 1.3 megapixel one.

It draws its power from a 5000 MAh battery, which promises around five hours of usage on a single charge.

This tablet also supports various languages, including Czech, Dansk, German, English, Spanish, Russian, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polski, Greek, Portuguese, Svenska, Turkey, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

One interesting feature to note is that this tablet comes with coolers. This suggests that the tablet can get pretty hot, and thus requires this feature. One should also expect some noise from the coolers.

As for its dimensions, it measures 242 x188 x11 mm and weighs 728 grams. A full package comes with a charger, USB cable, and earphones.

Wholesaleonepiece.com sells the tablet for US$459.00.

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Solid Explorer Unlocker Now Available In The Play Store For $1.99

 

One of the most underrated productivity apps suddenly looks like it might be better than ever thanks to a newly unveiled add-on. In case you’re not familiar with Solid Explorer, it’s an app that is like any typical file manager out there— except it has one thing that stands apart from its competition: the ability to have two independent panels for browsing. What this does is allows you to have two separate folders open at the very same time— with each folder having the ability to be controlled. While this is a cool thing and all— it appeared that the overall app was a bit limited in functionality because it was offered as a trial, until now. The app developer has come out and released the Solid Explorer Unlocker, which gives full functionality for all users of the app including the ability to open two folders at the same time, have even better root access and better support for archived files.

The Solid Explorer Unlocker is available now in the Play Store for a few bucks, so if you’re an Froyo+ user and interested in giving it a spin– be sure to head on down and try it out today. You’ll be glad you tried it out… believe us.

 

Play Store Download Link

 

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Simple Nexus 4 software mod allows for improved video recording with almost double the bitrate

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Those crafty software tinkerers over on XDA are at it again, this time introducing a simple hack/mod for the Nexus 4 that dramatically improves the device’s video capabilities. All you need is a rooted Nexus 4 (with an unlocked bootloader) and a root file manager application with access to your system partition. After a quick XML edit, the Nexus 4′s default bitrate of 12mbps can be increased all the way up to 20mbps. Nice. The instructions are relatively straight forward and are as follows:

  • Using a file browser (like root explorer/es file explorer etc) go to the /system/etc folder
  • Make sure your system is mounted RW
  • Search for the media_profiles.xml file and open it up in any text editor
  • Once you scroll down you will see the following:
    Code:
    <EncoderProfile quality="1080p" fileFormat="mp4" duration="30">
                <Video codec="h264"
                       bitRate="12000000"
                       width="1920"
                       height="1080"
                       frameRate="30" />
                <Audio codec="aac"
                       bitRate="96000"
                       sampleRate="48000"
                       channels="1" />
            </EncoderProfile>
  • Change the bitRate from 12000000 to 20000000
  • Save and reboot.

The jump in quality is said to make for a clearer picture while shooting video, resulting in less noise and artifacts than the default setting. Of course, these newly outputted video files will be a larger in size and, as we all know, the Achilles heel for the Nexus 4 is its lack of storage space. Might have to better manage your media if you plan on using this mod.

The original thread can be found on XDA where the dev responsible has even included a handy zip file for the flashing. As always, make sure you back up your ROM before experimenting with hacks like like this. Let us know how you like the results!

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Google helping users avoid bad ad clicks with confirmation feature

“Fat finger” users can breathe a tiny bit easier this evening as Google has introduced a new confirmed clicks feature. According to Allen Huang, Product Manager for Google’s Mobile Display Ads team, the new feature will be active for all in-app image ad banners. The new functionality will prompt users to confirm their intent to follow an ad link.

Huang indicates the new feature follows the work of the Mobile Display Ads team to improve the user experience when dealing with text ads. With the text ad banners, when clicking on a blue button, the user would go to the advertised item’s site. However, clicking on the text brings up a prompt asking the user if that really was their intent.

Research by Huang’s team found that when it comes to image ads, most accidental clicks occur at the edge of an image ad, usually when a user is trying to scroll or access content. The new feature will now ask for a confirmation when a user clicks at the edge of an ad as opposed to the middle area.

Huang says the extra confirmation step improves mobile conversion rates despite the lower click-through rate. The change improves not only the user experience, but the sales process for advertisers who no longer have to deal with visitors who, at best, are not interested in their product and, at worst, are angered at having ended up somewhere they did not want to be.

source: Google Mobile Ads Blog

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Google helping users avoid bad ad clicks with confirmation feature

“Fat finger” users can breathe a tiny bit easier this evening as Google has introduced a new confirmed clicks feature. According to Allen Huang, Product Manager for Google’s Mobile Display Ads team, the new feature will be active for all in-app image ad banners. The new functionality will prompt users to confirm their intent to follow an ad link.

Huang indicates the new feature follows the work of the Mobile Display Ads team to improve the user experience when dealing with text ads. With the text ad banners, when clicking on a blue button, the user would go to the advertised item’s site. However, clicking on the text brings up a prompt asking the user if that really was their intent.

Research by Huang’s team found that when it comes to image ads, most accidental clicks occur at the edge of an image ad, usually when a user is trying to scroll or access content. The new feature will now ask for a confirmation when a user clicks at the edge of an ad as opposed to the middle area.

Huang says the extra confirmation step improves mobile conversion rates despite the lower click-through rate. The change improves not only the user experience, but the sales process for advertisers who no longer have to deal with visitors who, at best, are not interested in their product and, at worst, are angered at having ended up somewhere they did not want to be.

source: Google Mobile Ads Blog

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Metago offering older version of Astro File Manager for sideloading

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Metago, the folks behind the uber-popular Android app Astro File Manager, has reached out for us to pass along a bit of news. They are busy with Astro version 4.0, and realize that a lot folks just aren't ready to make the change. For those folks, version 3 can be directly downloaded from Metago's website. 

Truth be told, I think the version 4 update is pretty awesome, and love the direction the app is headed. The new included gallery, the cloud connections with SkyDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox are awesome, and swiping three-pane interface works really well.

Fortunately, Metago realizes not everyone feels that way. If you need your old version back, grab it at the link below.

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Google helping users avoid bad ad clicks with confirmation feature

“Fat finger” users can breathe a tiny bit easier this evening as Google has introduced a new confirmed clicks feature. According to Allen Huang, Product Manager for Google’s Mobile Display Ads team, the new feature will be active for all in-app image ad banners. The new functionality will prompt users to confirm their intent to follow an ad link.

Huang indicates the new feature follows the work of the Mobile Display Ads team to improve the user experience when dealing with text ads. With the text ad banners, when clicking on a blue button, the user would go to the advertised item’s site. However, clicking on the text brings up a prompt asking the user if that really was their intent.

Research by Huang’s team found that when it comes to image ads, most accidental clicks occur at the edge of an image ad, usually when a user is trying to scroll or access content. The new feature will now ask for a confirmation when a user clicks at the edge of an ad as opposed to the middle area.

Huang says the extra confirmation step improves mobile conversion rates despite the lower click-through rate. The change improves not only the user experience, but the sales process for advertisers who no longer have to deal with visitors who, at best, are not interested in their product and, at worst, are angered at having ended up somewhere they did not want to be.

source: Google Mobile Ads Blog

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