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The CyanogenMod team has started cranking out 10.1 nightly images for a select group of devices, and for many it may be the only way to get Android 4.2 on your phone or tablet. Built off the 4.2.1 AOSP code base, CyanogenMod brings a stock Android look with plenty of customizations to separate it from the vanilla Android experience.
Phones and tablets currently being supported with 10.1 nightly builds are:
- GSM Galaxy Nexus
- Sprint Galaxy Nexus
- Verizon Galaxy Nexus
- Nexus 4
- Nexus 7 (Wifi)
- Nexus 7 (HSPA+)
- Nexus 10
- Transformer Infinity TF700
- Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
- Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
- Galaxy S (some models)
- Galaxy S II (some models)
- Galaxy S III (some models)
That's a nice list of supported devices, and we're sure it will grow every day. If you're currently a user, you know where to go and what to do, but if you haven't tried it just yet, hit the forums with any questions and give it a whirl.
Despite copious quantities of bickering between the New York City taxi commission and Uber (amongst others), it looks as if said entity is going to give this whole “21st century” thing a whirl. Skift is reporting that the commission voted just moments ago to allow a one-year trial of taxi-hailing apps, with seven members voting “yes” and two abstaining. It’s a huge, huge victory for apps like Lyft, Hailo and Uber, and it could very well set the stage for the first major leap in how the cab-hailing process works in a very long while.
We’re learning now that passengers using any e-hail app below 59th Street will “only be able to hail taxis within a half-mile radius of their location,” while cabs will be allowed to pick up e-hail passengers “within a mile and half radius everywhere else in the city.” Moreover, drivers must be able to accept trips with a single touch, and all payments have to be processed through a T-PEP provider. Not surprisingly, each app will be required to report to the TLC each quarter. Commissioner Yasky was quoted as saying the following: “Like all pilot programs, this will provide a wealth of information and allow us to make a better decision down the road. We should not ignore technology that is out there. Uber, Hailo, and GetTaxi are out in other cities of the world.”
I really wish phones were released with an option of colors, instead of the normal release one color, then months later release another. I know, it’s a sales tactic. They want our money, and there those out there that will gladly spend it just to get the phone they want in the color they want.
When ASUS announced the Padfone 2, pictures of it surfaced on the net in the traditional black color. Well it seems that a white version will be released as well, and it posed sexy in front of the camera not to long ago. Padfones are really nice looking. If I had to go with another phone that was not HTC, I would give a Padfone a whirl, before giving a Samsung phone a try. Hate me for saying that, but that is just how I feel. There are only three pictures of it, but it is enough to make our mouths water. Let us know what you guys think of it.
AT&T has just announced the launch of LTE for several new cities. There are some major ones here so quite a few of you are sure to be pleased. New cities with Ma Bell’s super fast speeds include Milwaukee, WI; Denver, CO; Louisville, KY; Orlando, FL; York, PA; Tacoma, WA; Annapolis, MD; and Provo, UT.
While we’re never angry to see new LTE launches at any capacity, it’s especially refreshing to see a list of cities that (hopefully) most people can point out on a map. The break neck pace that Verizon’s employed still hasn’t been matched by any other carrier, but progress is progress and we’re glad to see AT&T continuing to roll its network out for the benefit of users everywhere.
Those who have bought a smartphone within the past few years are likely to have 4G LTE radios inside, and you can trust me when I say I know how it feels to have a smartphone that I know can’t reach its full potential because of the area I live in. If you have a 4G smartphone be sure to give it a whirl with a speed test or two, and let us know how the new speeds are treating you in the comments section below!
We know that literally thousands of you picked up the Android 4.2 Keyboard from us over the last few days. It was pretty sweet, but apparently wasn’t the finished product. We are just now finding this out thanks to AndroidPolice and their latest informative post about some new goodies they came across. So if you were less than ecstatic about the results from the previous keyboard file, you might want to give the new one from the LG Nexus 4 system dump a whirl instead. We will be unlinking the previous files for this purpose. Have no fear though, because there is a new source for the polished version of the keyboard app out and also the new Android 4.2 clock.
The new files are courtesy of XDA developer Gnufabio. He has ported the Keyboard for Android devices that are sporting 4.0+ and made it available in a flash package. That means that you would need to be able to flash it through a recovery system of your choosing. Since the package was released, Gnufabio has update it. So if you got it a bit early and have seen some Force Close issues, you might want to go try again.
As for the new clock, it is there also. It looks pretty awesome. However, it does have a few issues of its own. Not surprising since none of these things are really supposed to be anywhere else but Android 4.2. That has never stopped many of us from giving it a flash just to see it in person on our screen. The clock file is limited to devices on some sort of Android 4.1 version. No ICS support out there. The dev states that the Clock stopwatch has the wrong layout and will fix it once the apktool updates to support Android 4.2. He also reported back to AP that it works perfect on the Galaxy Nexus, but they had issues with it crashing when accessing the Alarm and there after while running in the background. So there is a chance you could run into some issues as well.
If you aren’t scared and like to take risks, head over to Gnufabio’s web space page for the files needed. Be sure to make backups before you get flash happy so you don’t end up with some annoying Force Close issue that you can’t stop without a full wipe.
I dug in a little deeper and found a second posting for the Deskclock app from XDA member asdfzz. He also has a zip file along with the standalone APK file for you guys to grab. You should be able to push the deskclock.apk into system/app, set permission and then simply reboot. If you have deskclock.spk already in there, be sure to rename it to deskclock.bak first. You can head over to asdfzz’s XDA thread for that information.
There is one constant thing we can always count on Android for, notifications of app updates. Granted they aren’t always at the same time the app actually updates though. Seems as though a number of Google apps update yesterday, but my phone just now got around to telling me. Silly Galaxy S III. One app that I actually use quite often, more so to show it off and play about, is Google’s Shopper app. If you have never heard of it or seen it, the you really need to give it a whirl. The app allows you to use your devices camera to scan barcodes, recognize album cover art, and so much more.
The latest update out moves Shopper to version 2.6. While the list for the new stuff is kind of small, it does offer up a few great new features. You can now filter weekly sales at featured local stores by category. This helps you look for sales on things you actually care about instead of a broad spectrum of items on sale. Improvements were added in for apparel shopping too. Now you can browse similarly visual apparel as compared to what you are already looking at. What would an app update be if it didn’t also include some performance and bug fixes.
So head into the Play Store and your ‘My Apps’ section to prompt for the update, or you can always just click or scan the QR code below. If you don’t have this app, you should give a test. You never know how much money you could save and spend all at the same time.
Developer: Google Inc.
Sweet, geebus it’s finally here. Just when I was about to turn in for the evening, I see this pop up in the Play Store. Put your thinkin’ caps on, cuz Rovio’s Bad Piggies is now finally available for Android.
Requiring a bit more thought than planning out trajectories for flying birds, Bad Piggies has players racking their brains attempting to build contraptions to help them reach their goal. Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. At the start of a level, you’ll be given a specific amount of available blank areas to fill with parts and components. It takes some experimenting and a lot of trial and error to find out which parts work best with each other.
Bad Piggies is easy to pick up, difficult to master. I’ll be playing this all day tomorrow and you should definitely give it a whirl too. You can find Bad Piggies (in both regular and HD versions) for free, right now in the Google Play Store. Trailer and links below.
I’m just going to come right out and say it: eBay for Android was always ugly. It was horrendous. It worked — and it worked well — but boy did it hurt to look at. Thankfully, those days are no more.
eBay version 2.0 has hit the Google Play Store with a much-needed user interface upgrade. It’s modernized for Android’s Holo UI, and we could be more pleased with what they’ve done here.
They’ve also added eBay Motors support, better list access, the ability to add up to 12 photos when listing an item with the app, the ability to view an item’s bidding history, support for users in Spain and Italy to add listings, payment support for those in Malaysia and Singapore, and more.
I always quickly resorted to my PC whenever I needed to look anything up on eBay, but with today’s changes I think I’ll be giving it another whirl on my phone. Be sure to find the download in the Google Play Store.
Yesterday we caught wind of an email that went out to business support for Sprint alerting them of an update to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G. Both devices were said to be getting a Jelly Bean update today. When we didn’t see anyone in the Sprint forums for either device talking about getting the update yet, we thought we should dig in and see if any new information has been posted. Luckily, there was. We came across a support page for the Galaxy Nexus that lists Jelly Bean 4.1.1 with version JRO03R listed as being released September 6th. That would be today if you didn’t know.
This means that the update is real and is coming. It will most likely start hitting devices soon across the nation, but as usual, could take a few days for all devices to get the update. You can always head to Settings > About Phone > System Updates > Check Now. No promises it will pull the OTA, but it never hurts to give it a whirl every so often. As soon as we start seeing others getting the update and successfully installing it we will let you know. Now of to see if we can confirm Jelly Bean for the Nexus S 4G.
Via Sprint Support
On top of bringing Android flavors to devices that would otherwise never get them, CyanogenMod has added SMS options to its latest CM10 Jelly Bean ROM — features the stock version lacks. First, the team introduced QuickMessage, which displays a pop-up when you get an IM, allowing you to view or reply to it on the spot. Then, after hearing feedback from users, a “quick reply” option was appended as well, letting you disable the pop-up and reply from the notification bar instead. We took a quick whirl with the latest nightly and saw that it works as advertised, giving you the speedy options while appearing as a regular setting in the stock messaging app. So, if you’re like most of us and drop everything when you get a text, check the source links for more details.
[Image credit: CyanogenMod]
CyanogenMod tops up CM10 Jelly Bean jar with SMS pop-up, quick reply features originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 04 Sep 2012 01:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Yes, some devices are still waiting impatiently for an Ice Cream Sandwich update. Even more know that one isn’t coming at all. Even those that already have ICS are frustrated that they don’t have Jelly Bean. One of the drawbacks to Android, and to no fault of Google’s really, more so the manufacturers and carriers. But they are both starting to learn that updates are important. With out them both look bad and people walk from them. Seems Samsung and their carrier friends aren’t wasting too much time trying to get the Jelly Bean treat put together for their users. As well they should, it is a huge money-maker for both.
A leaked Jelly Bean update was recently discovered on XDA for the T-Mobile Galaxy S III variant. It appears to mirror the recently updated leak of JB for the international version of the SIII. It does come with its fair share of ricks if you plan on giving it whirl though. You need to be running a stock build of T999UVALH2 for starters, which is easy enough to pick up and flash. If you go for the Jelly Bean OTA leak you will most likely lose root and/or your recovery will be over written. Seems like Wi-Fi calling is not function and Google Now is a bit of a hit or miss. There are certainly some other bugs to be found that could make this less than a stable release. On the bright side though, it offers up our developers something to play around with.
Samsung is reportedly going to be pushing the official Jelly bean OTA out to the international Galaxy S III alongside the announcement for the Note 2 on August 29th. The next question will be how long it will take Samsung and the U.S. carriers to get their updates out. Hopefully they should all see Jelly Bean within a few weeks. We will keep our eyes peeled and be watching the live stream of the Samsung Unpacked event where they should announce more details.
If you want to brave the update and see what happens, head over to Luffarjon’s XDA thread for the OTA file. Be sure to read through the comments to see what others have run into or are saying. And as always, you are free to do what you wish but if your phone sprouts legs and tries to take over the world, it’s not our fault.
Looking to kill some more time while pretending to work? Maybe you have a trip planned some time soon. Maybe you are like me and just like to look around at things. Well earlier this morning Google announced via their Lat Long blog that two new cities have been added to 3D Google Earth imagery. Now you can take a fly by of Seattle Washington and visit Safeco field, or hit up downtown and take look around. If Seattle isn’t a big interest, then head over to Denver Colorado. Pretty cool stuff really.
No need to update your Google Earth app to take 3D fly over of the cities mentioned, but you do need to have Google Earth installed. If you haven’t ever played around with it we suggest you give it a whirl. There is a whole big world out there to explore and Google makes seeing it possible in the palm of your hand. It is worth mentioning that the 3D imagery isn’t supported on all devices, including most tablets. Not sure why that is, but hit or miss, it is still worth giving it a shot.
Application: Google Earth
Developer: Google Inc.
Looks like Google Wallet made a nice update today. It now allows you to link your credit or debit card to your Wallet account. If you use the Wallet to make a purchase at participating locations, then your Wallet account is charged and then Google Wallet will charge your card. This should make using Google Wallet a ton easier for a lot of people. Those of you with devices that can use it and who actually have locations to use it at, check the update and give it a whirl. Seems to be working according to a few fellow Google Plusers out there.
Via Scotty Brown G+
When I first found this game I was like “No Way. Did they really make an Android game based on the Swamp People TV show?” Sure enough they did. You start off customizing your character a little bit and giving him or her a name of their own. Then you are off to the swamps for some good old fashion gator hunting. You lay your traps, pick up power ups and attempt to be the best gator hunter in the swamps.
After you lay a trap you head off in search of other places to leave more. When the trap is sprung you drive your boat over and unleash your gun on the gator. Pretty simple concept, but not always as easy as it would seem. You use the joystick on the left to maneuver your boat around the swamp and the joystick on the right to aim your gun. As you progress you earn coins and other goodies to help you upgrade to faster and stronger boats, better bait methods and more powerful guns. Much of it is based on coins that you earn and that you can buy. The game also features 8 different boat races where you compete for 1st place too.
It is actually a pretty entertaining little game with lots of customization and enhancement opportunities. It doesn’t hurt that it is free either. If you want to give it a whirl and get your swampiness on, hit up the QR code below. While it is rating out at 4 stars, I would personally give it about 3.5. It’s worth the download and try, but expect the controls to be a little awkward at first and some self learning to take place.
Application: Swamp People
Developer: A&E Television Networks Games
Some of you Nexus S owners out there might remember a post we put up yesterday about a new Jelly Bean AOSP built ROM for your device. That was created by XDA member legolas93 and seemed to get some pretty great feedback. Since then he has been busy working his developer magic and has since pulled a functional CM10 build over to the Nexus S now. In this one you will find a few mods like Lock Screen Calendar and power menu. Things are progressing pretty quickly all across the boards for quite a few devices over the last few days.
He makes mention that CM10 is pretty close to a stock Jelly Bean at this point, but that as new features are added in and updated he will do the same for the Nexus S. If you gave yesterdays build a shot you might want to check out this new one. Head over legolas93′s XDA thread to join the discussion and give it a whirl. Looks like we might have to start getting these added to our CommunityRelease page soon.
CM10 preview builds land for T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S III, not Verizon’s of Course
And so it begins. We have been waiting, watching and even hitting the F5 key just in case we missed something. Now Steve Kondik, the original man behind CyanogenMOD, has released a little preview build of CM10 for the Samsung Galaxy S III. Well, three out of the four here in the states anyways. In English, that means the T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint versions are good to test it out, while the locked down Verizon version is left out in the cold looking through the windows. The Sprint edition of the CM10 preview was released by another developer, but is the same thing you will see on AT&T and T-Mobile’s versions.
Before you go jumping into the download pages below, remember, these are preview builds, not stable builds. Heck, they aren’t even nightlies yet. They boot, they work and they give you a look at what is going on. No complaining that things don’t work or asking for new features. Just take it for what it is and give it a whirl at your own risk. Hit up your particular device model below and let us know how it goes.
If you want to know why there is no build for the Verizon Galaxy S III, take a quick read here. It is coming along, but much slower than we would all like.
The MotoActv smart watch by Motorola has gotten itself a nice new update. The sport-centric watch will bring fixes for force close issues, will introduce more useful notifications, improved “pause” functionality during workouts, a fix for battery drain while WiFi is on, and a lot more.
Some users are starting to see firmware 1.7.10. If you want to check and see if your watch is ready to pull the update down be sure to hook it up to your PC and give it a whirl. Read below for the full changelog. [via Droid-Life]