Friday, 3 December 2010

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Logitech Revue Booted to Recovery Mode [HACKS!]

Posted: 03 Dec 2010 09:54 AM PST

Hackers oh you lovely wonderful wild hackers, you’ve gotten into Sony’s Google TV, and now you’ve got the Logitech Revue, both of them booted into recovery mode. While the rest of the world was waiting for someone to pick up the $1000 bounty for a rooted Google TV, mister @Stericson took just one single day to boot his Logitech Revue into recovery mode. Here comes the sweet stuff!

Now it’s a race to the finish line for Revues and Google TVs, but seeing as how it’s been a relatively long time since boot mode was reached for the Google TV compared to the one single day access time for the Revue, guess who we’re banking on? Kevin Bacon’s biggest fan will be pleased.

[Via AndroidPolice]


NOOK SDK v1 Available Now for Download

Posted: 03 Dec 2010 09:40 AM PST

While the NOOKcolor (we spent a week with the device, [click here] to see how it went) has already been rooted, and owners can now install games like Angry Birds onto it, the news for developers that the first version of the NOOK Software Developer Kit is now available should be good indeed. It will provide developers with the tools necessary to take full advantage of the eReader, and unlock any doors that had been previously unaccessible.

In the SDK, you’ll find things like some sample code, the Android Debug Bridge (ADB), and the Android Virtual Device (AVD). But, just like many developer programs out there, you’ll need to sign up an account with Barnes and Noble to be able to download the SDK “officially.” You can check out the Barnes & Noble NOOK developer site, right here.

[via ReviewHorizon; thanks, Red!]


Motorola Droid 2 Reportedly Explodes, Injures Man

Posted: 03 Dec 2010 08:57 AM PST

All this talk over the years, about whether or not cellphones are a danger to the humans that use them, usually never included phones that explode. For one man, who lives in North Texas, it would seem that he’s learned the hard way that our favorite gadgets can turn deadly in the blink of an eye. That’s probably more dramatic than it needs to be, but there’s quite a bit of blood on that Motorola Droid 2, which reportedly exploded right next to the man’s ear.

The report states that the man, who was using his brand new Motorola Droid 2 from Verizon, was about to end a call, when he heard a loud pop. It took him a moment to realize that there was blood trickling down his face, and then he looked at the phone. The glass near the speaker at the top of the phone had cracked, and there was blood, for anyone around to see. The phone itself? Still works. The battery is even unaffected.

The man is uninsured, so he’s going to seek money from Motorola and Verizon, but as of the time of this writing, neither companies have commented on the situation.

[via PhoneArena]



SPB TV v2.0 released: Free mobile TV with VoD

Posted: 03 Dec 2010 07:18 AM PST

SPB TV has been updated to v2.0, and the mobile TV app has lost its price tag in the process. Now free, the streaming TV software offers over 150 channels in more than 20 languages, and is advert supported; SPB promises the ads themselves only last as long as it takes for the video to buffer.

There’s also support for larger-screen devices like Android tablets, a picture-in-picture mode, video on demand and faster channel switching. SPB has also switched to H.264 for better quality video that’s more forgiving of lower-bandwidth connections. You’ll need an Android 1.6 device or higher; more information here, and you can find SPB TV in the Android Market.

SPB TV 2.0 for Android Main Features:

  • Integrated TV Guide with a list of current and upcoming TV shows
  • Unique browser with fast channel launching and switching
  • Quick channel preview (picture-in-picture mode)
  • On-screen control panel
  • Video on Demand
  • Setting a reminder
  • Video quality switcher
  • Advanced Video Codec support
  • Tablets support
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Samsung grabs US Android sales top-spot in Q3 2010

Posted: 03 Dec 2010 06:40 AM PST

Samsung has taken the top spot as the number one Android smartphone provider in the US in Q3 2010, with Gartner finding that the manufacturer’s Galaxy S family of handsets had helped it grab 32.1-percent of US sales. That’s a considerable step up from Samsung’s previous Android sales performance; the company only had 9.2-percent of the market in Q4 2009.

According to the press release “the Galaxy S portfolio will be upgraded to the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system in the near future” though there’s no more accurate timescale than that.

Press Release:


Independent research from leading industry analyst firm shows Samsung captured
top spot in U.S. Android smartphone market in third quarter of 2010

DALLAS, December 3, 2010 — Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile)1, the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S., today announced that third party research firm Gartner® reported Samsung as the top Android smartphone provider in terms of sell through to end users in the United States for the third quarter of 20102. According to Gartner, Samsung Mobile captured 32.1 percent of the U.S. Android smartphone market in Q3 2010 based on retail sales, an increase from 9.2 percent of the Android smartphone market in Q4 2009.

Samsung Mobile attributes much of the success to its Galaxy S portfolio of premium smartphones, which recently passed the three million shipment milestone in the U.S. Galaxy S smartphones are currently available with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, along with U.S. Cellular and Cellular South.

"I want to personally thank everyone who selected a Galaxy S smartphone as their mobile handset of choice. Neither of these wonderful accomplishments would have been possible without the loyalty and support of our customers," said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. "The Galaxy S portfolio has played a significant role in Samsung's success in 2010 and we are extremely excited to show you what products, services and innovations we have in store for the U.S. market in 2011."

The Samsung Galaxy S portfolio is packed with premium features and services, including a brilliant 4-inch Super AMOLED display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application Processor, Samsung's Media Hub premium movie and TV programming download service and a full array of entertainment, messaging and social networking capabilities. The Galaxy S portfolio will be upgraded to the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system in the near future.

For additional information on the Samsung Galaxy S portfolio, please visit

1 Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q3 2010 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.
2 Number one Android smartphone provider in the U.S. claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported sales data according to Gartner Inc. Competitive Landscape: Mobile Devices, Worldwide, 3Q10 Report (published November 9, 2010 by authors Roberta Cozza, Carolina Milanesi, Anshul Gupta, Hugues J. De La Vergne, Annette Zimmermann, CK Lu, Atsuro Sato and Tuong Huy Nguyen)


Dell Streak gets battery meter tweak

Posted: 03 Dec 2010 05:47 AM PST

Sometimes the simple hacks are the most useful, and we’ve a feeling Dell Streak owners will find this new battery gauge tweet particularly handy. The work of MoDaCo forum member Gopu, it replaces the standard battery icon with a circular meter and power-remaining percentage.

You’ll need to be running version 1.4.6 of DJ_Steve’s custom ROM for the Streak in order for it to work, but assuming that’s the case you can download the new icon ZIP from here.

[via StreakSmart]


Gameloft’s Dungeon Hunter for Android goes free for one day only

Posted: 03 Dec 2010 05:21 AM PST

Gameloft have made Android game Dungeon Hunter free for one day only, offering a handy way to bypass the pre-weekend boredom. Available as part of the game studio’s Advent Twitter promotion, the game was released back in May 2010 and pits you as a dungeon raiding Rogue, Knight or Mage in an action RPG.

Apparently some users have been experiencing problems with the download, and Gameloft has extended the free period to accommodate them. Still, it won’t last forever, so best to download now if you fancy some free Android gaming.

Click here to view the embedded video.


Samsung hit 1m Galaxy Tab sales early; predict 1.5m by end of year

Posted: 03 Dec 2010 05:10 AM PST

Samsung has sold 1m Galaxy Tab tablets, prematurely meeting its target for 2010 sales. The news comes a little under two weeks since the company announced 600,000-strong sales of the Android tablet; now Samsung has increased its target to 1.5m units by the end of the year.

10-percent of sales have been in Korea alone, with the Samsung slate proving popular with the home crowd since it went on sale there on November 13. Samsung now says it will launch a 10-inch Galaxy Tab in the first half of 2011.

[Thanks Marc!]


Android Market gets new Similar tab for some users

Posted: 03 Dec 2010 05:03 AM PST

One of the best things about Android is the Android Market where we can find all sorts of apps to do just about everything we need. The Android Market has now been updated with a new Similar tab. The tab is easy enough to understand and makes it easier to find new apps.

The update for the Android Market was updated with the new feature without any official announcement it seems. The similar tab should be on most Android 2.2 devices.

This will be a very easy way for users to find apps that are similar to the cool apps that they like already. How many of you are seeing the new tab at this point?


GameString brings Warcraft to Android

Posted: 03 Dec 2010 04:54 AM PST

If you are a PC gamer of the wildly popular game World of Warcraft and you use an Android phone, you will be beside yourself with this announcement. WoW has been brought to Android in an unofficial and complex way.

WoW is running on a HTC Desire smartphone and the feat was accomplished using GameString. An important thing to point out is that this is an alpha version of the hack that allows the game to be played on an Android phone.

To get the game on the smartphone required some back end hardware and software. The needed gear includes GameString Adrenalin Host Server with Dual-mode delivery and with WoW installed, the HTC Desire smartphone, and a broadband web connection at 2Mbps upload and 2Mbps download. No matter how you pull it off there will be lots of Android gamers looking to get the same WoW action on their smartphones. Check out the demo here:

Click here to view the embedded video.

[Via Android Life]


Best Buy offers free Android phones for Christmas

Posted: 03 Dec 2010 02:54 AM PST

Best Buy has announced some really cool free phone deals for new customers or those that are looking to upgrade in time for gift giving. The best part about the free phones is that other than a single Blackberry offering, all of the free smartphones are running Android. That sole Blackberry is the Curve, which looks like an epic pile of suck next to the Android devices.

We aren’t talking just one or two phones on a single carrier either. Best Buy will be offering at no charge the HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon, the LG Optimus S on Sprint, and the HTC Aria on AT&T. The Optimus S on Sprint is offered in black or purple colors for more choice.

If AT&T is your network of choice, you can also get the Sony Ericsson Xperia and Verizon users can opt for the LG Ally with its slide out keyboard. T-Mobile fans can get the LG Optimus T in titanium or burgundy colors. Rounding out the choices are the LG Vortex for Verizon and the Sanyo Zio on Sprint.


Android Community Daily Wrap Up: December 2nd 2010

Posted: 02 Dec 2010 10:19 PM PST

Today has been an exciting day in Android news. We got to see some more Gingerbread – this time in an official video – the NOOKcolor receiving a full teardown, and even a new Logitech Revue Ad featuring Kevin Bacon as himself. Check after the break for a full list of all the Android news covered from December 2nd, 2010.

R3 Media Network


Motorola Tips 4G Devices Early 2011 Including Two Tablets
SlashGear Gets their Hands On an Advent Vega
Android 2.3 Gingerbread User Interface Demonstration [in Cantonese]
NOOKcolor Receives Full Teardown
Galaxy S Android 2.2 Delay Addressed by T-Mobile – Maybe Due Next Week?
Android Flash Player Updated
New Logitech Revue Ad Demonstrates Creepy Obsession with Kevin Bacon
Google Doodles Now Available on Mobile Devices
T-Mobile UK Responds to delayed Galaxy S 2.2 Update


T-Mobile UK Responds to delayed Galaxy S 2.2 Update

Posted: 02 Dec 2010 09:51 PM PST

Samsung Galaxy S owners in the UK have probably already noticed that they have not seen the 2.2 update that was said to be available via KIES November 30th. Well not surprisingly the update was delayed (again) and T-Mobile has made another official response detailing the delay.

In a post on the official forums T-Mobile UK states:

“Hi folks

I’ve been talking to the handset team and the Samsung people today and the latest news is as follows.

Unfortunately the 2.2 update will not be available via KIES today as expected and Samsung have confirmed that FOTA will not feature as part of this update, but should appear at a later date. Samsung are indicating the firmware will be made available at some point next week. We’ll keep you posted with further updates as we get them.”

The OTA update has been scrapped altogether and we are (again) left in the dark of a planned release date. We really have no idea why Samsung is having such a hard time delivering Android 2.2 to it’s array of devices around the world. With many delays in Europe and not even hitting US Galaxy Devices yet, we sure hope we will see the update before Gingerbread becomes the new standard.

[Via TechRadar]


Google Doodles Now Available on Mobile Devices

Posted: 02 Dec 2010 12:54 PM PST

We all appreciate the creativity we see in Google’s homepage Doodles, and now we can finally view them on our mobile devices. For those who are unaware, Google Doodles are the creative little alternate Google logos that we see on some birthdays, holidays, world events, and anniversaries.

We have seen some doodles have a mobile counterpart, but now Google is stating that almost all of the future Doodles that are featured on the homepage will appear on mobile devices, too. Beginning with Android 2.0+ and iOS 3+ devices, users will just have to navigate to Google’s homepage and be graced with creative art and further awareness of what’s currently going on in the world.

[Via Google]


New Logitech Revue Ad Demonstrates Creepy Obsession with Kevin Bacon

Posted: 02 Dec 2010 12:14 PM PST

Advertising is one of the best ways to get your product into the minds of consumers, and what better way than to leave viewers confused and a little creeped out? In Logitech’s new Revue featuring Google TV ad we see a “fan” of Kevin Bacon (Kevin Bacon himself) using Google TV to find all of the content he desires simply.

You can check out the video below. And as with all “different” advertisements: Doesn’t it make you want a Google TV more than anything?

Click here to view the embedded video.

[Via YouTube, Thanks, Simon!]


Android Flash Player Updated

Posted: 02 Dec 2010 11:54 AM PST

Flash Player 10.1 for Android has just been updated. While we do not know exactly what the update includes we can hope that it addresses some general stability and performance issues we have all seen with the mobile player.

The change log doesn’t list anything new, so we are left to assume that this is only a bug fix and enhancement update similar to what we have seen in the past. If we find out of any changes we will let you know, but until then, you can grab the update now in the Android Market.


Galaxy S Android 2.2 Delay Addressed by T-Mobile – Maybe Due Next Week?

Posted: 02 Dec 2010 11:52 AM PST

For those of you all saddened by the wait for Android 2.2 Froyo for your Galaxy S device, you’ve got a response from T-Mobile now. Having supposedly delivered Android 2.2 for Galaxy S owners by December 1st, T-Mobile now says thusly: “Unfortunately the 2.2 update will not be available via KIES today as expected and Samsung have confirmed that FOTA will not feature as part of this update, but should appear at a later date. …Samsung are indicating the firmware will be made available at some point next week. We’ll keep you posted with further updates as we get them.” This response appeared on their support forum. Next week! Hooray!

For those of you waiting, you know that another due date was back on November 30th – this was supposed to be made over the air. When speaking with TechRadar, T-Mobile said the following: “Regarding the Galaxy S [Android 2.2 update], T-Mobile are working on getting the update out as soon as possible. … More information will be provided in due course.” Maybe not next week? Awww.

[Via TechRadar]


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