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Verizon Galaxy S III Gets Leaked Android 4.1.2 Build

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We know it’s been a long, arduous wait for that Android 4.1.2 update for you Verizon Galaxy S III owners, but it appears that owners can at least get a sample of what’s to come in that update. Thanks to some crafty individuals, a new Jelly Bean build called VRBMA2 has been leaked and while it may have some minor bugs here and there— it’s currently ready and waiting to be flashed by those of you who are feeling a little lucky and all.

We know you’re all just itching for more juicy details– so head on down to the source link below and check out the full XDA thread.

source: XDA

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Verizon Galaxy S III Gets Leaked Android 4.1.2 Build

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We know it’s been a long, arduous wait for that Android 4.1.2 update for you Verizon Galaxy S III owners, but it appears that owners can at least get a sample of what’s to come in that update. Thanks to some crafty individuals, a new Jelly Bean build called VRBMA2 has been leaked and while it may have some minor bugs here and there— it’s currently ready and waiting to be flashed by those of you who are feeling a little lucky and all.

We know you’re all just itching for more juicy details– so head on down to the source link below and check out the full XDA thread.

source: XDA

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Download: Android in Lights Holiday Wallpaper

The holidays are upon us, so make sure your Android device or desktop is representing well. Thanks to @deadzebra (Andrew Bell), we have this holiday-themed Bugdroid wallpaper in a variety of resolutions to help you get there. To grab the one that best meets your needs, hit up the source link below. Via:  Android Foundry [...]

Click the post title to continue through and join the conversation!

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CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies now available for Nexus 10

For all you Nexus 10 owners who are looking for some fun new features to play with, now’s your chance. The CyanogenMod team has just uploaded their first Nightly ROM for Google’s big 10-inch tablet. If you’re ready to get your High-Resolution hacking on, hit up the source link below to download CyanogenMod’s nightly ROM. Remember, nightly ROMs are alpha test builds and can often have several bugs. If you’re looking for some help unlocking, rooting, and flashing, check out this post for the Nexus 10 Rooting Toolkit. Be careful; only YOU are responsible if something happens to your device! Happy hacking!

Source: CyanogenMod

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CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies now available for Nexus 10

For all you Nexus 10 owners who are looking for some fun new features to play with, now’s your chance. The CyanogenMod team has just uploaded their first Nightly ROM for Google’s big 10-inch tablet. If you’re ready to get your High-Resolution hacking on, hit up the source link below to download CyanogenMod’s nightly ROM. Remember, nightly ROMs are alpha test builds and can often have several bugs. If you’re looking for some help unlocking, rooting, and flashing, check out this post for the Nexus 10 Rooting Toolkit. Be careful; only YOU are responsible if something happens to your device! Happy hacking!

Source: CyanogenMod

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CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies now available for Nexus 10

For all you Nexus 10 owners who are looking for some fun new features to play with, now’s your chance. The CyanogenMod team has just uploaded their first Nightly ROM for Google’s big 10-inch tablet. If you’re ready to get your High-Resolution hacking on, hit up the source link below to download CyanogenMod’s nightly ROM. Remember, nightly ROMs are alpha test builds and can often have several bugs. If you’re looking for some help unlocking, rooting, and flashing, check out this post for the Nexus 10 Rooting Toolkit. Be careful; only YOU are responsible if something happens to your device! Happy hacking!

Source: CyanogenMod

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CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies now available for Nexus 10

For all you Nexus 10 owners who are looking for some fun new features to play with, now’s your chance. The CyanogenMod team has just uploaded their first Nightly ROM for Google’s big 10-inch tablet. If you’re ready to get your High-Resolution hacking on, hit up the source link below to download CyanogenMod’s nightly ROM. Remember, nightly ROMs are alpha test builds and can often have several bugs. If you’re looking for some help unlocking, rooting, and flashing, check out this post for the Nexus 10 Rooting Toolkit. Be careful; only YOU are responsible if something happens to your device! Happy hacking!

Source: CyanogenMod

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HTC Releases Source Code For DROID DNA Smartphone

 

HTC’s DROID DNA has earned tons of praise from the Android community, but it’s certainly apparent that all the hardcore tinkerers out there have been itching to get down and dirty into the real guts of the device— and HTC has delivered by releasing the open source code and binaries to the masses. The code is based off Android 4.1 and is specifically meant for developers and should allow for some slight ‘modifications’ improvements to the device and subsequently, the various custom ROMs out there. This should especially be of major importance to those of you who went ahead and unlocked the DROID DNA’s bootloader as well.

Interested parties can grab the source code (version 1.15.605.4) at the source link below.

source: HTCDev


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Amazon Appstore opens its doors in Japan

Two months ago Amazon began accepting submissions from developers for its up-and-coming Japanese Appstore launch. Today Amazon has flipped the switch and the Japanese branch of its Appstore is now available for any of our friends across the sea to get their download on. Japan has always been known for its love for technology, so if you’re a developer you may want to consider submitting your app to this newly opened market, as it could be a great source of additional revenue.

If you’d like to see the Japanese Appstore, or learn how to submit an app, hit our source link below.

Source: Amazon Japan


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Feeling nostalgic? Grab a Nexus One for $80 from Daily Deals

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The Nexus One's not LTE enabled, but it does have an SD card slot. And it will never get Jelly Bean. But if you've got $80 to spend on what many people think was the best built phone ever, you can find one at the source link.

Source: Daily Deals

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[Deal] RadioShack offering 32GB Nexus 7 for $229 for a limited time only

 

Still haven’t nabbed yourself Google’s Nexus 7 tablet? This may be an incentive for you to finally grab one. For a limited time, RadioShack is offering $20 off on one item that exceeds $125, in which the Nexus 7 does. Just enter in the coupon code “RMN20″ and you should be able to purchase it for $229 plus taxes.

Head on over to the source link, and don’t forget the coupon code! We don’t know how long this code lasts, so buy now if you’re interested.

source: RadioShack


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Samsung releases kernel source code for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 ready to roll out around the world, Samsung has released kernel source code for a couple versions of the tablet. Samsung has made available the code for model number SHW-M480K to be branded for Korea Telecom and for model number SHW-M480S to be branded for Southern Korean Telecom. Code for the WiFi-only version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 has not yet been released. The files can be downloaded from the Samsung Open Source Release Center using the source link below.

source: Samsung Open Source Release Center
via: Phandroid


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Samsung releases kernel source code for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 ready to roll out around the world, Samsung has released kernel source code for a couple versions of the tablet. Samsung has made available the code for model number SHW-M480K to be branded for Korea Telecom and for model number SHW-M480S to be branded for Southern Korean Telecom. Code for the WiFi-only version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 has not yet been released. The files can be downloaded from the Samsung Open Source Release Center using the source link below.

source: Samsung Open Source Release Center
via: Phandroid


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Kernel source code available for Korean Galaxy Note 10.1

Android CentralIf today's Galaxy Note 10.1 announcements have inspired you to get working on custom ROMs for the upcoming tablet, you're in luck. Samsung has uploaded the Linux kernel source code for the Korean versions of the Note 10.1 to its Open Source Release Center.

The code won't be of much use to regular consumers, but it should kick-start the custom ROM community surrounding the stylus-wielding slate, which is due to go on sale globally later this month.

To grab the bits for yourself, head to the source link below, then type either of the Korean Note 10.1 model numbers — "SHW-M480K" or "SHW-M480S" — into the search box.

Source: Samsung Open Source; via: SamMobile 

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Google releases source code for Google I/O 12 companion app

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In the true spirit of all things Google, the source code for the Google I/O 12 companion application has been released. Google will often try and slip some new bits and pieces into the I/O app, and this year was definitely no exception. The new YouTube Android Player API that was announced at the conference, was first put to good use in this very application. 

If you're a 'code-monkey' at heart, and want to go poking around to see what's what, head on over to the source link below and get yourselves knee-deep in code. 

Source: Google Code

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Samsung Galaxy Note now available on O2 in the UK, priced at around $400

Well, that didn’t take long. Less than a week after O2 announced that the Galaxy Note would be “coming soon,” Samsung’s 5.3-inch handset has just popped up for sale on the UK carrier’s site. It’s available now for £250 (or about $396) on the most basic of monthly plans, offering a hybridized notepad/tablet experience, in exchange. The provider is also offering £100 worth of free movies and music to early buyers, available for download via Samsung Hub. Interested parties can grab it now, at the source link below.

[Thanks, George]

Samsung Galaxy Note now available on O2 in the UK, priced at around $400 originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Nov 2011 05:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android.com update introduces Ice Cream Sandwich on phones and tablets

With the Galaxy Nexus reaching customer’s hands today and bringing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich along with it, the official site has been updated with the usual lists of features and brief walkthroughs. Whether you need yet another breakdown of what the new version of the OS brings to the table is debatable, but there are a few fresh renders of the tabletized version of Ice Cream Sandwich included, as seen above. A quick look sees the new Roboto font displaying the time, and revised button scheme at the lower left. Click the source link and dive into the site for yourself for a few more pics.

Android.com update introduces Ice Cream Sandwich on phones and tablets originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Nov 2011 21:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google confirms Verizon’s LTE Galaxy Nexus dimensions and specifications

Four zillion new Galaxy Nexus promo videos not enough to sate your appetite for superphones? We hear ya. Google’s specifications portal just went live for Verizon’s looming LTE version of the world’s first Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone, and as expected, it’s a wee bit bigger than the HSPA+ version. We heard back in Hong Kong that the LTE model would be slightly beefier — presumably to house a larger battery to counter that energy-sucking LTE module — and it seems that said scenario is indeed proving true. The HSPA+ build checks in at 135.5mm (h) x 67.94mm (w) x 8.94mm (d) thick, while the LTE model measures 135.5mm (h) x 67.94mm (w) x 9.47mm (d). That’s right around half a millimeter thicker for those needing specifics, and it’s likely due to the 1,850mAh battery within; if you’ll recall, the HSPA+ variant has a 1,750mAh battery. Finally, the LTE model is gaining 15 grams of weight, tipping the scales at 150g (LTE model) instead of 135g (HSPA+ model). Everything else looks to be identical, but you can hit the source link to satisfy any lingering curiosity.

[Thanks, Matt]

Google confirms Verizon’s LTE Galaxy Nexus dimensions and specifications originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Nov 2011 10:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Galaxy Nexus features explored in new instructional videos

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If you're one of the few lucky people who managed to bag a Galaxy Nexus at Phones4U in London today, then Google has some brand new instructional videos to help you get to grips with your shiny new plaything. The videos cover everything from first-time startup to the new NFC-enabled Android Beam feature. Head on over to the source link to check them out.

Source: Google Nexus on YouTube

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Today is Galaxy Nexus day in the UK

Shut up and take my money!

If you're in the UK and want to buy a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, you can now hand over your hard-earned cash and do just that — with a few conditions. The phone is now available from brick-and-mortar Phones4U shops, as well as the retailer's online store. It seems Phones4U has been given a one week head-start on other vendors, however it's not selling the phone without a contract online — you'll need to head in-store if you want a SIM-free Nexus.

Most retailers are now expecting to stock the ICS-powered Nexus next Tuesday or Wednesday — Nov. 22/23. So if you're not up for committing to another 24-month contract, and aren't near a Phones4U store, you may have to endure another week with whatever smartphone is currently in your pocket.

If you are after a new contract, you'll be able to sign up for a variety of 18 to 24-month plans with Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange or O2 over on the Phones4U website (check the source link). Notably absent from the list is Three, which appears to be in the same boat as everyone else, shipping on the 22nd or 23rd. See the source link for more info.

Source: Phones4U

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Google Checkout merges with Google Wallet, completing the inevitable

In a move that has “common sense” written all over it, the folks over at Mountain View have decided to merge Google Checkout with Google Wallet. The marriage hardly comes as a surprise, considering the fact that both services serve essentially the same purpose — namely, storing all your payment information in one neat little package. To make things even tidier, Big G has just folded Checkout into Wallet, which will soon be integrated within the Android Market, YouTube and Google+ Games, as well. As a result, the Checkout moniker will vanish from the Earth, but current users will be able to seamlessly switch over to Wallet the next time they log in to their accounts or make an online purchase. For more details, check out the source link below.

[Thanks, Samer]

Google Checkout merges with Google Wallet, completing the inevitable originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Nov 2011 08:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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SparkFun announces $80 Electric Sheep development board for Android accessories

Looking for an alternative to the Google-approved Android Development Kit? Then you now have another fairly inexpensive option to consider courtesy of SparkFun. It’s officially announced its new Electric Sheep development board, which costs just $80 and will let you build your own Android accessories using the Open Accessory protocol. That means it and any accessories built with it will work just fine with your Nexus One, although there’s of course no guarantees it’ll work with, say, a future Nexus-6 model — we hear those might be a bit unpredictable. Press release is after the break, and you can find some additional specifics and an order button at the source link below.

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SparkFun announces $80 Electric Sheep development board for Android accessories originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Nov 2011 19:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPhone 4S sashays its way to India, up for pre-order this week

They’re pumped. You’re pumped. Everyone’s pumped. Why? Because the iPhone 4S is coming to India, that’s why. According to the Times of India, Apple’s latest handset will be available on November 25th from Bharti Airtel, the country’s leading carrier. The Times‘ report comes just a few days after rival domestic provider Aircel confirmed its own 4S launch (also slated for the 25th), with a post on its Facebook page. Neither company has announced a price yet, though Aircel will start taking pre-orders on the 18th, at the source link below.

[Image courtesy of Bollysite.com]

iPhone 4S sashays its way to India, up for pre-order this week originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Nov 2011 11:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Music now live in Android web market

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Fresh from today's Google Music announcement, the music for purchase is now live in the desktop Android Market. 

The exclusive content, along with the large selection of free music are all there, ready for you to download at your leisure. Please do remember that it is at present only showing up in the US. Hit the source link to start choosing your tunes!

Source: Android Market

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Kindle Fire Source Code Now Available And Ready For Download

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Well, that wasn’t too long at all. Complying with the AOSP agreement, Amazon has released the source code to the recently release Kindle Fire. While this may not mean too much for your average Joe or soccer mom, this is how developers and modders are able to create custom ROMs, kernels and generally make some really cool stuff happen for a device. While that’s not totally certain, it is the first steps to making that happen. Now, all we can do is wait to see if the Kindle Fire can be rooted and we may see some custom ROMs cooked up for the device in the very near future.

If you want to take a peak at the source code, head on over to the source link for the download.

[Via BriefMobile]


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T-Mobile “Magenta Saturday Sale” aims to beat Black Friday, All phones under $49

Go T-Mobile! Just announced today T-Mobile will help holiday shoppers escape the dark lines of Black Friday and scrambling crazy people by holding their own sale a bit earlier than you’d expect. Saturday, November 19th will be dubbed “Magenta Saturday” where T-Mob’s will be offering all smartphones and many tablets for just $49 or less — but as usual there are a few catches.

This deal is for one day one, Saturday, and customers will be able to purchase any smartphone and a few tablets like the G-Slate for just $49 as a down payment. However, the devices must be purchased along with one of T-Mobiles unlimited value plans (with 2-year agreement) and the user will actually pay the full down payment — for most phones this is $199 or less, then receive a mail in rebate bringing the total down to $49.99 or less. Many devices will become free but all customers will be paying something out of pocket. While the deal isn’t as great as it sounds you can still get a few amazing phones on the cheap.

Some of the devices we can expect for these awesome prices in the world of Android include the brand new HTC Amaze 4G, Galaxy S II, Samsung Exhibit II and the myTouch Q, then a few slates like the G-Slate and Dell Streak 7. The list above should clear up any device availability and pricing for those interested. As always there are probably a few additional details you should probably check into first so we suggest you call your T-Mobile rep and get all the details. Or just head to a store Saturday and enjoy the holiday sale. More information is also available at the source link below.

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Spar Zephyr Bluetooth speaker jams out to music, charges your phone

We have an awesome new accessory for Android devices to tell you about today. A company called Spar has just announced three new Bluetooth speakers in a new line called Zephyr. They’ll be offering the Zephyr 550 (biggest of the bunch) with 30 hours of playback, the Zephyr 500 with 18 hours of playback, and the 300 offering 12 hours and all of this from a single charge. What makes these special you ask? The Zephyr will also charge your device via USB port when needed or while you’re on the go.

The Spar Zephyr looks very similar in both the size and shape to the popular Jawbone JAMBOX we reviewed at SlashGear. Also coming in a bit smaller than the recently reviewed Philips Fidelio Android dock but don’t let that fool you because Spar is claiming both “stunning acoustics” and “class-leading battery life”.

Basically rock out to all the music your heart desires and if you need to charge your Android phone, Galaxy Player, or even that iPod then all you need is a simple USB cord and the Spar Zephyr does the rest. The idea is actually quite excellent and I look forward to testing the sound quality, battery life, and the charging capabilities. The Zephyr 550 linked to above comes with the largest internal battery at 3,000 mAh, enough to play music for up to 30 hours of playback. Sadly that will only charge a portable device twice if your lucky. So while this sounds great, you wont be getting multiple charges here but the option to do so is quite convenient.

You can pre-order today starting at $99 at the source link below. The Zephyr should ship mid-December and hit retail locations come early next year. We’ll be sure and snag one for review if possible and bring you all the details. Enjoy the neat video provided below.

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Toshiba Thrive Receives Android 3.2 Upgrade

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We’ve just received word that the Toshiba Thrive has received the upgrade to Android 3.2 that was promised back in October. It’s build 3.2.1.31.5.0002 and it brings with it the following major changes:

  • Enables an improved compatibility mode enhancing the way applications originally designed for smaller screen devices appear and function on the larger tablet display.
  • Improves screen rotation acceleration.
  • Adds extended screen support API, giving developers more precise control over the user interface across a range of Android-powered devices.

Unfortunately, we’re also hearing that this may break and block the root method that was found earlier on. We’d say hold off for now and wait until the development community gets its hands on it. Head to the source link for instructions on how to upgrade if rooting is no concern of yours. [Toshiba, Thanks Randall!]


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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Now Shipping to North America Unlocked for $500

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S has eluded much of the world for some time now, but it appears the device will soon be getting released to retailers in unlocked SIM free form. The device has gotten a listing on Sony’s website, an indication that they’ll be ramping up marketing in more areas and that more carriers will be getting their hands on the device to offer it to their customers. It actually looks to be shipping today for $500, an indication that it’ll be shipping to Americans. Take a look ahead for more information on this particular model’s supported radios and hit the source link to get started. [Sony, Thanks Joe!]

Supported Network(s) : GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS/HSPA 800 (Band VI)/ 850 (Band V)/1900 (Band II)/2100 (Band I)7, Wi-Fi® 802.11b/g/n


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