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Dec 22, 2011 - 7:31 PM - by DroidModderX

The Th3ory Rom team strikes again! This time on the Galaxy Nexus. Developer DroidTh3ory brings to you an outstanding custom Rom. ZYGOT3 is just the beginning of what is to come for the Galaxy Nexus Th3oryRom series. If you have follow DroidTh3ory's development on the Bionic and recently on the Razr then you know he likes to start out by perfecting a base rom, once the base rom is perfected he begins to add lots of sweet mods like custom ui's themes and more!

This is an AOSP build that is based off the still unreleased latest version of ICS 4.0.3.It is Deodexed and Debloated. It comes with full root and busybox installed. Gapps are fully integrated. Zygot3 comes with a custom launcher, the Treybucht Launcher, which adds lots of functionality (a menu button in the dock, app management, quick access to settings and wallpapers, and launcher preferences) Lots of Tweaks and mods have been made to improve performance. I have experienced improved battery life over stock. Many others have also reported better battery life. It is running a custom Kernel "Tuna Kernel 5B3" for even more performance enhancement.

This Rom also includes some custome goodies such as advanced power menu (includes toggles, and reboot phone, reboot recovery, and reboot bootloader), toggle widgets in notification drop down, Stock ICS sounds and notifications, Filemanager and more. There is also a google wallet addon included in the OP.

Grab this Awesome Rom and Discuss here

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Dec 22, 2011 - 11:35 AM - by dgstorm

Apple's complaints against the redesigned Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N were rejected by the judge in a German court today. Previously, Apple won an injunction barring Samsung from selling the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, but Samsung came back with a slightly redesigned look. That didn't satisfy Apple's lawyers so they filed a second lawsuit to block it as well; however, this new version apparently was enough to satisfy the German courts. Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann told the court today,

“According to the court’s assessment, the defendant has moved away sufficiently from the legally protected design.”
A final ruling from the court is expected to handed down on February 9th on the issue. There was a bit of humor to go along with this story. Apparently, when Apple decided to drag Samsung back into court a second time, the court forced Apple to make detailed suggestions to Samsung in order to differentiate the two tablets. According to a quote from SlashGear, this was Apple's "suggestions":

When it comes to smartphones, Apple suggests Samsung to design devices that do not have a front surface that is black, do not have a shape that is rectangular or do not have rounded corners, and that the front surface should have substantial adornment as opposed to a sleek clean surface.

Tablets should also not be rectangular or not have rounded corners. They should have thick frames with a front surface that doesn’t lie entirely flat. Also, the profiles should not be thin and the interface should have a cluttered appearance.
So, Apple wants Samsung to make fat, wide, ugly, cluttered products, and that will be okay then. Hmmm... <sniff, sniff> What's that smell? Something stinks...

Source: SlashGear
Image Source: LatestDigitals
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Dec 22, 2011 - 11:05 AM - by dgstorm

It seems like Sony Ericsson has a hard time competing with the likes of Motorola and Samsung here in the States. They make fairly attractive phones with decent specs, but can't seem to gain any traction. Obviously, part of the problem was that they developed a poor reputation for updating their product to the latest Android builds, but they are looking to change that by rolling out ICS very quickly. SE recently reported that they plan to start rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as early as March, and plan to have the entire Xperia line upgraded by April. That is an impressive schedule if they can pull it off.

The other problem with Sony Ericsson phones in the past was that they were rather mediocre in their tech specs. Some new info on their next flagship phone has just been released and it looks like SE is striving to get competitive there as well. We have heard many leaks of the phone that has been called the Nozomi and the Xperia Arc HD, but now we do know the internal codename of the U.S. version of the phone, as well as some specs. The phone is called the LT28at, (the "at" part likely means it will come to AT&T first), and it will sport the following known specs:
  • 4.55-inch 720P Sony Reality Display screen
  • 13MP camera
  • LTE

Earlier reports suggest that it will likely come with either a 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, which is becoming the standard for "flagship" status. While the 13MP seems very impressive, most folks know that mega-pixels aren't everything. However, let us not forget that past experience with Sony cameras on phones has been very good as well. Their Exmor R technology produces better than your average smartphone results, so it will be worth checking out. Obviously, the other specs are much appreciated as well.

What do you guys think? What would it take from Sony Ericsson to entice you for a second look? Would you consider this phone, if they made a Verizon version of it?

Source: Android.net via AndroidCentral and Sony Ericsson Blog
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Dec 22, 2011 - 10:25 AM - by dgstorm

We have some more details on the new Kindle Fire update that is available. A few of these were what we already knew about the update, but their is more added to the list of fixes and improvements:
  • Enhances fluidity and performance
  • Improves touch navigation responsiveness
  • Gives you the option to choose which items display on the carousel
  • Adds the ability to add a password lock on Wi-Fi access.

It looks as if Amazon is listening to their customers. These fixes don't address all the complaints about the new tab, but they go pretty far to deal with the biggest issues. If you want to get the update, there are a couple of ways. First, you will want to check to see which version you currently have, in case you already received it. You can do that by tapping Quick Settings > More > Device. If it is 6.0, 6.1, or 6.2, then you should get the update. Here's a quote from Amazon's website with instructions for an automatic update or a manual one:

To update your Kindle, ensure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network and that your battery is fully charged. Tap the Quick Settings icon in the upper right corner of your device, then tap "Sync." The software update will automatically download in the background and will be applied once download is complete and the device is asleep.

If you'd like to manually download and install the software update on your Kindle Fire, follow the instructions below. Please note that you'll need a USB cable (sold separately) to transfer the update to your Kindle Fire.
Download Version 6.2.1

Here's how to download the Kindle Fire software update version 6.2.1 and transfer it to your Kindle Fire via USB:

Determine your software version: Tap the Quick Settings icon, tap "More," then tap "Device." If your System Version is "Current version: 6.2.1" you are running the latest software. If you see a System Version other than "Current Version: 6.2.1," please proceed with the steps below to update your Kindle Fire to the latest software.


Download your software: Click on the link below to download the software update file directly to your computer:

Download Software Update 6.2.1
Transfer software to your Kindle: Turn your Kindle Fire on and unlock the screen. Then connect it to your computer using a USB cable (sold separately). Drag and drop the new update file from your computer to the kindleupdates folder on your Kindle drive. (The drive
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Dec 22, 2011 - 10:07 AM - by dgstorm

The free sports tracker app, "Are You Watching This?!?" just added a pretty awesome new feature. The app can now turn your Android device into a remote control for DirectTV, GoogleTV & TiVo that specializes in sports TV watching! Here's a quote from Engadget with a description of what it can do,

In its newest iteration, the free app ties into DirecTV, TiVo or Google TV setups with IP control for one click switching to the appropriate channel -- key when a game is coming down to the last play and you're not sure where the remote is or which channel NBA / NFL / MLB etc. action is on. There's varying levels of filtering options so users can see alerts just when their team is playing, any decent matchup or just the must-see finishes.
The app needs to be installed on your Android phone and on GoogleTV, but DirectTV and TiVo, should be setup for it already. You will also need to enter your ZIP and cable provider on the remote app. Below is the developer's website, and a link to the Android Market for you to give it a shot. Above is a video demo of the new features.

Source: RUWT? Blog and Android Market - RUWT?
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Dec 22, 2011 - 9:51 AM - by dgstorm

It's pretty awesome that there are devs out there still working on getting all the latest Android builds working on the OG Droid. The venerable old girl is still kicking around, and now a pre-alpha build of Android 4.0.3 with CyanogenMod 9 is being worked on by a member of XDA. In fact, it's even available for download, and experimenters can get it, here. The video above was posted from a different XDA member, but shows off the OS running on the phone. There are still a lot of kinks to work out, and some of them are pretty important. The build is currently unable to connect to the external speakers or camera, and the screen rotation is off, amongst other issues.

Still, to get ICS jammed onto the OG Droid is pretty miraculous. It's like stuffing a Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid engine into a Model-T Ford!

Source: TheVerge
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Dec 22, 2011 - 9:35 AM - by dgstorm

Motorola is really on the ball with their updates lately. It was not that long ago that they brought us an update to the Droid RAZR, and now are rolling out a new one, build XT912. This update brings a large list of bug fixes, and also improves readability in the lapdock interface as well as improving data connectivity. Here's a breakdown of the bug fixes:

Device Features
  • SIM Error notification has been fixed.
  • Improved camera features and quality.
  • Improved stability of menu access, Browser, Phone Dialer, video playback and music player to prevent Force Close errors and lockups.

Email, Messaging, & Data
  • Updated ground message notification.
  • Improvement in 3G/4G data connectivity.
  • Enhanced Wi-Fi performance.
  • Maintain network connection upon completion of a voice call.

Application & Widgets
  • Background color has been adjusted to improved readability in Lapdock connection UI menu items.

The update should be rolling out now, so be on the lookout for it.

Source: Verizon Wireless - Droid RAZR Update XT912 .pdf
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Dec 22, 2011 - 7:57 AM - by cereal killer

Let's mark this one up as a strange way to handle an ongoing problem that a lot of users have been reporting with Verizon's Galaxy Nexus. The connectivity issues that have been a hot topic since the Galaxy Nexus was released on December 15th, are now being addressed by Verizon themselves and you may find yourself a little surprised.

In a statement made to ComputerWorld Magazine by VZW Spokeperson Brenda Raney, the upcoming software update is going to simply adjust the signal strength indicator. According to Raney's
email “there is no issue with the performance of the device” and further stated that the Galaxy Nexus software update “will adjust the signal strength indicator to more closely match other Verizon Wireless devices.

We don't know how this is going to fly with the users who are plaqued by connectivity issues but from the looks of it Verizon does not see this as an issue other than the signal strength indicator needs to be "adjusted." Is there a problem being swept under the rug or is there in fact no problem at all other than an incorrect indicator reading reported by AnandTech?

Your thoughts?

Source: Computer World
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Dec 22, 2011 - 2:38 AM - by Malvado

In one of the many-pronged attack that Apple has been making on Android, it's scored a victory at the International Trade Commission, where it's been determined that the idea, that if you see a phone number in an email or on a web-page and click it to call the number, is so special and wonderful that only Apple could possibly use it. It's rulings like this that make anyone with a modicum of technology smarts shake their heads and wonder why we let clearly non-technical people make decisions like this. Patents are supposed to protect inventions that are non-obvious to those skilled in the space. If you put a 100 groups of five engineers in rooms, asking them to design various smartphone features and interfaces around things like this, I'd bet 99 would come up with a similar feature. It's just natural.

In the meantime, Apple's statements about the ruling are equally ridiculous, given Apple's history of copying others (including Android):

"We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."
Copying an idea and building on it is not "stealing." And if Apple had to build its devices without building on the ideas of others, it wouldn't have very much today. This whole thing is a joke, and it's rulings like this that make engineers have even less respect for the patent system.

SOURCE: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/20/te...pagewanted=all
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Dec 21, 2011 - 11:12 PM - by danDroid

CowBoom has pre-owned Verizon Motorola Droid Bionics selling for just $212.49 after using the coupon code: HOLIDAY15. Hurry the coupon is set to expire on December 25th when the price jumps back to $249. This is the perfect deal for those looking to upgrade to an LTE phone that might still be under contract. If you have any experience with this company, be sure to let others know in this thread.

For more information and discussions on the Droid Bionic, check out the Droid Bionic Forum.

Source: Cowboom via Techbargains
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Dec 21, 2011 - 10:17 PM - by cereal killer

Say it isn't so. Could the Motorola Droid 4 be indefinitely postponed until February? According to VBuzz yes it has. A December 22nd rumored launch has been floating around for some time now; however, according to this document that hit VZBuzz's inbox, the new launch looks to be February 2, 2012.

As with anything this should be taken with the proverbial grain-of-salt because these types of docs have made their way around the internet plenty of times before with other highly anticipated devices *cough* Verizon Galaxy Nexus *cough*. This isn't great news/rumor for some, but it does stand to reason that Verizon would wait until next year to release some new hardware. It's been quite a busy month for them.

Stay tuned!

Source: VZBuzz
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Dec 21, 2011 - 7:25 PM - by Garemlin

Toy maker Hasbro has filed a lawsuit against Asus over the name of its Transformer Prime tablet last week, in a federal district court. Hasbro is worried that the name could be confused with that of its Transformers franchise, not to mention Optimus Prime, the lead Transformer in the animation and film series. Perhaps Hasbro is worried that tablet buyers might see it as a licensed product. Hasbro has already sent out a generic statement about its willingness to "aggressively protect its brands," and we're reaching out to Asus right now. According to court filings, Hasbro's attempting to seal the actual complaint, but we can also see that the company's pursuing a preliminary injunction against Asus as we speak. The court has given Asus 21 days to respond to the complaint.

According to the filing, Hasbro's citing trademarks 2455261, 3689720, 3468487, 76690677 and 85008156. Notably, the last one is a pending trademark for "Transformers Prime," its 2010 animated series. Hasbro would hold that particular trademark for toys, board games, and animated shows.

For more discussions on the new Tegra 3 Asus Transformer Prime Android Tablet, check out the Transformer Prime Forums

Source: The Verge
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Dec 21, 2011 - 4:33 PM - by DroidModderX
AOSP 4.0.3 GummyNex 0.2.3!

Galaxy Nexus Users, The Nexus S has already received the 4.0.3 update which is supposed to improve data connections and the 3g/4g handoff, and us Galaxy Nexus owners are left waiting. It's times like these that we are so grateful for our development community! Developer Kejar31 has released his version of AOSP 4.0.3 in preperation for Liberty Development. You should see the same improvements in data that you would have seen from an OTA release. This Rom also includes some extra goodies.

This is an AOSP build based on 4.0.3 totally compiled by Kejar31. It includes the ImoseyON Lean Kernel, OI file manager, BusyBox, tweaks and mods for performance, and full su. The only thing not working in this build is the market auto restore. Everything else is smooth and stable! Some Goodies include reboot options, updated GAPPS, sleeker keyboard, CM9 T9 dialer, option to OverClock Kernel to 1.4, and more!

It should be noted that you will want to be sure to wipe data while installing even if you had a prior build of GummyNex installed. This looks nice and clean and is definitely a great start for the Liberty/Gummy series on our fresh new Galaxy Nexus phones!

Grab the ROM and Discuss here!
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Dec 21, 2011 - 1:48 PM - by wicked

Some Holiday cheer from Building 44 at Google. Google doesn't spare any expenses do they? Trucking in some snow to Mountain View, CA.
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Dec 21, 2011 - 12:12 PM - by cereal killer

Intel may be late to the Android game but that will be quickly forgotten when their new handset shows off it's prowess. Propped up by the Medfield system-on-chip this handset looks very promising. The gentlemen over at Technology Review were lucky enough to get their hands on a couple of Medfield prototypes running Android (Gingerbread.)

The phone is described as the size of an iPhone but lighter due to less metal and more plastic and close to the thickness of an iPad2. The guys had this to say about the handset:

"The phone was powerful and pleasing to use, on a par with the latest iPhone and Android handsets. It could play Blu-Ray-quality video and stream it to a TV if desired; Web browsing was smooth and fast."

Before anyone gets too excited or not about the design of the handset, the picture above is what's known as a "reference design." Essentially these devices are designed to instruct and inspire manufacturers interested in building products around Intel's latest technology.

The question that is probably on everyone's mind is when can we expect to see these Android devices powered by the Medfield? According to Stephen Smith, VP of Intel's architecture group "We expect products based on these to be announced in the first half of 2012." With that said, CES may not be out of the question folks, but it's still wait and see.

Source: Technology Review, Gizmodo

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