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Verizon LG G2 KitKat upgrade now available through PC tool

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Seems Verizon wanted to deliver some KitKat love without drumming up a ton of noise, as they’ve quietly started rolling the upgrade out the upgrade to their LG G2. It’s build VS98024A, but there’s one catch in order to get it — you’ll need a Windows PC, as it’s only available using the Verizon Software Upgrade Assistant.

The tool is available by hooking your LG G2 up to your Windows PC using a USB port. You should be prompted to install it automatically. From there, follow all the prompts and you should be well on your way to KitKat.

There’s no full changelog to be had at this time, though you can expect everything that comes with the base KitKat upgrade. Any LG or Verizon changes will have to come with official word, but we have a feeling that won’t take long to come to light. Give it a go on your G2 if you have one and let us know how it’s treating you!

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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Microsoft Remote Desktop lets you fiddle with a Windows PC via Android

Microsoft has joined the many remote desktop app makers out there, by releasing Microsoft Remote Desktop for Android. The app claims to offer a secure connection to your Windows PC, delivering a visual feed of your actual desktop using video and audio streaming. Once connected, it supports multitouch gesture input for navigating around your PC’s files and desktop, so you’ll be able to pretend you’re running Windows 8 on an Android tablet.

That’s going to feel quite wrong.

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Those are the Google Play images. I’m not trying it myself. I can only foresee many stressful hours of not being able to get it working. Try it for yourself here.

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WindowsAndroid is ICS running on your Windows box, we go mouse-on

There are a few options available to those wanting to run Android apps on a Windows machine. The first, and oldest, is the official Android emulator; there's also Bluestacks, which has been around for a while. Today another contender emerges — WindowsAndroid, from Chinese startup SocketeQ. Unlike the emulator, it runs Android natively on your Windows PC, and unlike Bluestacks it brings to life the full Android OS, not just individual apps. Essentially, it's full-blown open-source Android running natively, in a window, on Microsoft's desktop OS.

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Asus Transformer AIO gets unveiled, dual booting, dual function Windows 8 and ICS device

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Taking things in a completely different direction to all the recent Samsung news, Asus have pulled the wraps off their latest Transformer device over at the Computex 2012 show in Taipei. We've seen teaser trailers for the "Next Transformations," along with the announcement of the Bluestacks integration with their Windows PC's that will give access to hundreds of thousands of Android applications. While the majority of Asus' Computex announcements are Windows 8 based, there is one that is quite, quite different. 

The Asus Transformer AIO is an 18.4-inch, all-in-one desktop PC complete with full touchscreen that runs Windows 8. So how does that affect us? The screen on the AIO detaches, and when it does, it turns into an 18.4-inch Android tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich. 18.4-inches. 

So it isn't really that portable. But, at the same time, it offers a fully featured Windows PC and a fully featured Android 4.0 tablet. It's potentially an unusual use case, but also an interesting one. We love Android tablets — figures — but at the same time there is a distinct lack of productivity when using one. The ability to finish up working in Microsoft Office, then head down to the couch and catch up with your favourite Android applications without having to switch devices is an interesting thought. 

Details are pretty scarce, as Asus is keeping pretty tight lipped on this one. There's no word on price either, but we'll go out on a limb and expect it to be relatively high. Hopefully it's packing a pretty mighty battery if Asus are expecting people to use it away from the desktop dock.

Sadly, the AC crew didn't make it out to Taiwan to play with it for ourselves. Never fear though, we've found some hands on footage courtesy of the guys over at The Verge​ to give you a quick run down on what's what. 

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Soundwire streams audio from any Windows PC to any Android

Picture this: you’ve set aside four or five hours to catalog your baseball card/stamp/wine bottle/My Little Pony collection, and would like some television to entertain you. Your Special Collection Sorting Table isn’t anywhere near a TV – or an outlet. You’d like to catch up on ABC’s Castle while you’re doing it, but don’t necessarily need to see the TV (Stana Katic notwithstanding) because you’ll be cataloging. And you don’t have Hulu Plus. Then you need SoundWire, an app that lets you stream audio – any audio – from your PC to your Android phone.

SoundWire works sort of like a remote desktop viewer in reverse. Install the server application on your Windows PC (sorry Mac folks) then connect it to the app on your phone over your home’s WiFi network. After a brief authentication, all your PC’s audio from any application will be broadcast through your phone’s speaker, headphone jack or Bluetooth connection. It’ll even mute the volume when you get a call. That’s just downright convenient.

The free version of the app includes an audio nag every half-hour, but the $4 paid version is distraction-free. Both apps work with all recent versions of Android, and can connect to multiple PCs for different streams of music. Technically you could use it over a wireless broadband connection as well, but you’ll have to know your way around a little port forwarding and keep an eye on your data usage if it’s limited.

[via Reddit]


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BlueStacks App Player Enters Beta, Brings 450,000 Android Apps to Your Windows PC

BlueStacks released a beta version of their Android app player for Windows PCs this morning, bringing with it access to 450,000 apps. They previously ran a closed alpha, but have gone public with this beta from what we can tell. For those not familiar, BlueStacks is an application that installs on your Windows computer and [...]

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Bluestacks Now In Beta, Brings Android Apps to Your Windows PC

Back in October, we told you about the free Android app called Bluestacks that stores your smartphone apps in the cloud so they can be synced and accessed on your Windows Vista, or 7-powered PC. Well it looks like Bluestacks is finally out of the alpha stage and will be heading into beta soon. The app has received a ton of accolades including CNET’s “Best of CES” title from this years show. If you want to sign up to be selected as a beta user, you better hit up the source link below. Who knows how many people they will select or when they will stop taking testers.

Thanks Arron!

 


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Kindle Fire Confirmed To Sideload Apps – Android Market Soon To Follow?

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The Android Market not being found on – or anywhere near the Kindle Fire is a turn-off for some prospective buyers. One of the burning questions about the device is whether or not it can sideload apps. This, however inconvenient, could provide for a temporary solution of getting your favorite apps, only be found from the Android Market, onto the device.

Well, with a little knowledge and some good ‘ol fashioned ADB, sideloading apps is actually very possible and here’s how you do it. A tipster gave AndroidGuys the instructions and we now present them to you here. Keep in mind, these instructions are for the Mac but if you’re well versed in ADB you should know what to do on your Windows PC.

  1. On the Kindle Fire Settings screen, go to “Device” and turn On “Allow Installation of Application From Unknown Sources”
  2. Plug your Kindle Fire into your Mac.
  3. Open ~/.android/adb_usb.ini with your favorite text editor
  4. Add the value “0×1949″ to the end of the file and save it.
  5. You’ll need to restart the adb server process to get it to re-read that file. Do that with “adb kill-server”.
  6. Run “adb devices” and you should see the attached device.

Don’t forget to be very careful. We wouldn’t want you installing any apps that are not compatible with your brand new (but not too expensive) Kindle Fire. No word if anyone has been able to sideload the new Android Market onto the tablet but we’re keeping our fingers crossed. Does this change anyone’s mind about picking one up for the holidays?

[ActLocalMedia via AndroidGuys]


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Kindle Fire Confirmed To Sideload Apps – Android Market To Soon Follow?

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The Android Market not being found on – or anywhere near the Kindle Fire is a turn-off for some prospective buyers. One of the burning questions about the device is whether or not it can sideload apps. This, however inconvenient, could provide for a temporary solution of getting your favorite apps, only be found from the Android Market, onto the device.

Well, with a little knowledge and some good ‘ol fashioned ADB, sideloading apps is actually very possible and here’s how you do it. A tipster gave AndroidGuys the instructions and we now present them to you here. Keep in mind, these instructions are for the Mac but if you’re well versed in ADB you should know what to do on your Windows PC.

  1. On the Kindle Fire Settings screen, go to “Device” and turn On “Allow Installation of Application From Unknown Sources”
  2. Plug your Kindle Fire into your Mac.
  3. Open ~/.android/adb_usb.ini with your favorite text editor
  4. Add the value “0×1949″ to the end of the file and save it.
  5. You’ll need to restart the adb server process to get it to re-read that file. Do that with “adb kill-server”.
  6. Run “adb devices” and you should see the attached device.

Don’t forget to be very careful. We wouldn’t want you installing any apps that are not compatible with your brand new (but not too expensive) Kindle Fire. No word if anyone has been able to sideload the new Android Market onto the tablet but we’re keeping our fingers crossed. Does this change anyone’s mind about picking one up for the holidays?

[ActLocalMedia via AndroidGuys]


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[HOW TO] Root your Motorola Droid RAZR

DISCLAIMER: Droid Forums or myself will not be responsible if you happen to brick your device during this root process. Please proceed at your own risk.

Step 1: Download and install Motorola Drivers for your Windows PC (this doesn’t work on other operating systems): 32-bit or 64-bit.

Step 2:
Download DooMLoRD_v2_ROOT-zergRush-busybox-su.zip and extract contents to your PC (desktop would be a good place).

Step 3: From your Droid RAZR’s homescreen, tap Menu button and enable USB Debugging from Settings > Applications > Development.

Step 4: Connect your Droid RAZR with your PC and select Charge Only option from notifications drawer.

Step 5: Navigate to where the folder you unzipped in Step 2 to and open the folder and click on the runme.bat file and let it do its thing.

If you followed the steps correctly, your Droid RAZR should now be rooted on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread.

Thanks to Pieman13 for the find!

via: DroidForums

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DROID RAZR Root Instructions, Only The Brave Need Apply

Here’s to all of you lucky-ducks who are the proud new owner of a Motorola DROID RAZR! I can imagine there are a few of you brave souls out there wanting to get just a little bit more out of your shiny new device and are looking to root already, right? If so, some dude over at Droidforums has got you covererd and has the tools needed for the task. Right now the method is only Windows operable and we’ve yet to see a custom recovery or SBF file so if you truly can’t wait to get your root on give it a try, but be warned that there is no way of going back at this point so be extra cautious.

TalkAndroid will not be held responsible for you turning something shiny and new into a useless brick. That being said, the following was taking directly from the Droidforums:

Step 1: Download and install Motorola Drivers for your Windows PC (this doesn’t work on other operating systems): 32-bit or 64-bit.

Step 2:
Download DooMLoRD_v2_ROOT-zergRush-busybox-su.zip and extract contents to your PC (desktop would be a good place).

Step 3: From your Droid RAZR’s homescreen, tap Menu button and enable USB Debugging from Settings > Applications > Development.

Step 4: Connect your Droid RAZR with your PC and select Charge only option from notifications drawer.

Step 5: Navigate to where the folder you unzipped in Step 2 to and open the folder and click on the runme.bat file and let it do its thing.

If you followed the steps correctly, your Droid RAZR should now be rooted on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread.

DROID RAZR Root Instructions, Only The Brave Need Apply


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US Cellular HTC Merge Customers Receive Gingerbread

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Gingerbread is all over the place lately, it seems. US Cellular has delivered the upgrade to owners of the oft-forgotten HTC Merge Unfortunately it does appear you may need a Windows PC to apply this yourself as it requires HTC Sync, but be sure to call your local US Cellular location to see if they can do it for you in-store. If you are able to do it yourself, head over to their site to get started with the instructions and download. [via AP]


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Unroot Tool for Droid Bionic Available; Also Works other Motorola Gingerbread Devices

Just yesterday we gave you step by step instructions for rooting your Bionic and the other Gingerbread running Motorola devices. Now, thanks to the awesome community over at Rootzwiki, we’ve got some unroot instructions as well. This is an updated version of what we showed you yesterday and full Windows based instructions for root/unroot are below (see source link for other OS). The disclaimer as always is you will void your warranty running this and we take no responsibly for the slight chance that you may brick your device. Happy rooting!

Instructions to Root:
1. Make sure you have Motorola drivers installed - Motorola Drivers 32bit Motorola Drivers 64bit
2. Download the PetesMotorolaRootTools v1.05.zip file and unzip it to your Windows PC.
3. On your phone go into Settings>Applications>Development and check the box for USB Debugging.
4. Plug phone into your computer and select “Charge Only” mode.
5. Navigate to PetesMotorolaRootTools v1.05 folder and run Pete’s Motorola Root Tools.exe.
6. Follow the instructions in the command window.
7. Your phone will complete 3 steps, rebooting along the way. When it finishes, you will be rooted.

Instructions to UnRoot:
1. Make sure the Motorola drivers are still installed.
2. Make sure USB Debugging is still selected.
3. Connect your Bionic to your computer.
4. Run the Pete’s Motorola Root Tools.exe.
5. Select UnRoot My Phone at the bottom.
6. Your phone will reboot 3-4 times as the program goes through all 4 steps in the process.

Unroot Tool for Droid Bionic Available; Also Works other Motorola Gingerbread Devices


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MobileGo v1 will get your contacts and more to your Android device with one click

If you are migrating to a new Android tablet or smartphone from an older device running Symbian users of devices from Nokia and other providers will be able to shoot their contacts and other phone data over to their new Android device using a new app. The new app will also allow the conversion of music and video files to a format that will play on the new Android device and lots more.

The app is called MobileGo version 1.0 from Wondershare and it allows the user to connect the Android device to a Windows PC via USB or WiFi. After connecting the contacts can be moved from a Symbian device over to the Android device with one click. The app will also transfer Outlook, Outlook Express, or vCard contacts to Android devices as well.

The video and audio conversion allows a choice of resolution and quality settings to allow the user to fit as much content as they need onto their device. Contacts, SMS messages, and lots of other content can also be backed up with the app from Android to the PC. The free version of the app will backup and restore content from the Android device to the PC. The full version of the app costs $39.95 and allows the transfer of files from Symbian phones.

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BlueStacks brings Android apps to your Windows PC

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BlueStacks has announced today that it will be expanding its small stealth development of a program that allows users with an x86 PC to run Android applications.  Rosen Sharma, BlueStacks CEO, explains it a little further: 

Our vision is for an entirely new type of experience that supports the consumer interest in Android and also allows them to access some of the most valuable enterprise applications, enabling them to use their device of choice for work and play

Arriving as soon as Q3 of this year, BlueStacks will work with any x86 desktop, notebook, or tablet running Microsoft Windows.  The last bit there is interesting, as on their website BlueStacks claims the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 pro (a Windows 7/Android device coming soon) will be powered by their technology.  BlueStacks business model is much like Swype’s — they aim to be bundled by OEM into new products rather than sell their software stand-alone.

Android emulation on Windows is nothing new.  We’re even seeing it from RIM on the Playbook.  If BlueStacks can pull it off as seamless and lag-free as they claim, that will be the real trick.  We’ve signed up to get on their initial list of testers, and until then the jury is still out.  In the meantime, their full press release is after the break.

More information: BlueStacks.com


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Samsung Launches Lab.dev Remote Device Testing Service For Developers

imageFile this under "super awesome developer things" – today Samsung launched its brand-spanking-new developer portal for Android, along with an awesome new service: Lab.dev RTL (Remote Testing Lab).

Basically, it gives you, the developer, access to any of Samsung’s line of Android devices for remote testing of applications and other such developer-y things via your web browser and the Java plugin. Basic members of the developer portal receive 10 "credits" of testing time per day – or 150 minutes. Premium members get up to 100 times that much, but that program remains "invite only" for the time being….

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Ginerbread Leaked For Droid X! Get It Now! [Download]

New Gingerbrerad Leak With Preroot!

Gingerbread For Droid X Leak With Root: Download

Instructions for DROIDX:

*WARNING* – You will lose everything on your phone by following the process. This wipes it all people.
*WARNING 2* – This is NOT for the DROID 2. Those instructions can be found here.
*Note* – If you didn’t jump the gun and flash the non-rooted version and are still running something like say, Liberty ROM, all you have to do is flash the .zip file below just as you would any other ROM.

Instructions If You Have the leak without root:
1. Download the file from above and drop it on your SD card.
2. Download the 2.3.340 SBF file for the DX. [Here]
3. Download, install and open RSD lite 4.8. [Here]
4. Plug your phone into your Windows PC and turn your phone off.
5. Boot into the bootloader by holding Volume Up + Camera + Power.
6. Your computer will likely install new drivers at this point.
7. Once RSD lite recognizes your phone, hit the “…” box and choose the 2.3.340 SBF file.
8. Click “Start.”
9. When it finishes and gets to 100%, power your phone off.
10. Boot into recovery by holding Home + Power.
11. When the triangle appears, hit the Search button.
12. Navigate down to wipe data/factory reset, select it with camera, say “yes.”
13. When it finishes, reboot your phone.
14. Download z4root 1.3.0 and root your phone.
15. Download DX Bootstrap and bootstrap your recovery.
16. Reboot into recovery.
17. Choose “install zip from sd card”, “choose”, then the dxgbrooted.zip.
18. Your phone will now install Gingerbread with root.
19. When you reboot, your phone will appear to bootloop. Let it.
20. If it does it for say, 5 minutes, just pull your battery and reboot.
21. To Boostrap after installing Gingerbread, you’ll need to use the D2 Bootstrapper.
22. Enjoy!

Instructions If You Didnt Install First Leak:
1. Download file
2. Use Bootstrap to get your phone into recovery.
3. Create a backup
4. wipe data
1. select install zip from sdcard
2. choose zip from sdcard
3. navigate to teamblackhat folder
4. select the file you downloaded
5. Restart phone

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HTC Thunderbolt Easyroot with S-Off now Available

Earlier in the week we told you about a root method for the newly popular HTC Thunderbolt . The original root method was very long, and pretty difficult. Probably for advanced users only. I know I’ve seen many reports on twitter that people didn’t want to get into all that and were waiting for a 1-Click root, or easyroot. Well today I have that, here is Easyroot.

For those that do not want to go into the difficult rooting method posted in the beginning of this post. We have the easyroot ready for you. This is brought to us by the XDA member dbzfanatic, he says he doesn’t own the Thunderbolt but that it’s been successful on multiple test devices and with others that do have the phone. I’ll get right into it as I’m sure you all can’t wait to root and start fully enjoying your Thunderbolts. As always, we at AC or the members at XDA hold no responsibility if things go wrong. This could brick your device and do everything at your own risk.

DISCLAIMER: AndIRC is not affiliated with this program and by using it you agree that neither AndIRC nor myself is responsible for any damages caused by this program.

Instead of linking you all to the files here. I’ll just send you to the source as he has two files, one for adb, and one to do this without adb, as well as all the instructions and possible issues. Also this is for Windows PC’s only for now but I’m sure support for more will come very soon. Enjoy your newly rooted HTC Thunderbolt.

[via XDA Forums]

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PSA: Please Don’t Pay $80 For A Nook Color SD Card That Runs Honeycomb

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I have a Nook Color and I have had loads of fun modding it. From basic rooting to Froyo, CM7, and Honeycomb, there are several options available now for those wanting to transform it from a tablet-esque eReader into a $250 entry level Android tablet. These operations range from simple to somewhat advanced, so I understand that some people are going to be a little intimidated by the prospect of hacking an expensive device. Naturally some might rather ask a more experienced tinkerer to do the job for them, and not risk messing something up. I get that. However,…

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