Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

17
Jan
motorola-logo

It's no secret Motorola has left a bad taste in customers' mouths over the last couple of years. Cancelled OS updates and broken promises have understandably left many owners vowing never to buy a Moto product again. Who can blame them, really – when purchasing a device, it's not unreasonable to expect good support moving forward. Unfortunately, that's just not something Motorola has been able to deliver on in the past.

16
Jan
gunslugs

If you're a fan of action games and nostalgic 8-bit throwbacks, then OrangePixel's new title Gunslugs should be right up your alley. Featuring the NES-style graphics that OP is known for, alongside non-stop bullet-blazing action, Gunslugs in an adrenaline-fueled homage to the 80s action heroes of old.

Gunslugs also throws a unique spin on the traditional platformer: it generates the levels randomly. Basically, that means levels will appear in a different order every time you play.

16
Jan
GALAXY-Note-10.1

Hot on the heels of yesterday's Jelly Bean OTA for the U.S. variant of the Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung has published the matching kernel source code to its Open Source Release Center. This will allow developers to push the device to its limits, add battery-saving tweaks, and more.

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For those who may have missed it, the U.S. Note 10.1 was the first of Samsung's Galaxy devices to receive Android 4.1.2 (all the other updates were 4.1.1).

16
Jan
GALAXY Note II Product Image_Key Visual

If you have a stock Note II on T-Mobile, it's time to hit the "check updates" button, because a fix for that nasty Exynos bug is on its way. If you're not familiar with said bug, it basically allowed any app to root and gain full access to any Exynos 4-powered system. And that's a bad thing.

Fortunately, Samsung recognized the issue and started working on a patch almost immediately.

16
Jan
Sprint-Galaxy-S-III-Google-Wallet-Preloaded-2GB-RAM-Dual-Core-S4-Preorders-Up-June-5-Release-On-June-21-A

A couple of small OTA updates - both of which are primarily bug-fixers - are making their way to the Flash and Epic 4G Touch on Sprint this morning.

Flash owners, you can expect LED blink timing improvements, camera enhancements, better text input with Swype, and a tweak to the information provided in Settings > Applications > Running applications.

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The list is actually shorter for the Epic 4G Touch, with only two things in the OTA: it adds Sprint's Connection Optimizer, and brings some security updates.

16
Jan
dscloud

Last week, Synology released a couple of new beta apps – DS Download and DS Video – for owners of its NAS boxes. Now it's added a third app, called DS Cloud, that allows Synology NAS owners to sync files to their Android device for offline viewing.

DS Cloud seems quite useful, as it lets you select certain files and folders you want to sync, as well as per-folder behavior, which basically ensures you always have the most recent version on your device (I wish Dropbox could do this!).

15
Jan
gobank

Did you know it's national "new mobile banking day?" Because I surely didn't. First, Simple brought its online-only banking setup to Android, and now Green Dot has announced its own bank, which was designed from the ground up specifically for smartphones. Intriguing, no?

GoBank is pretty similar to Simple in a few new ways: it's online only, designed for mobile use, and turns the traditional banking system on its head.

15
Jan
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A few days ago, Samsung starting pushing Android 4.1.1 to the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and 7.0 here in the U.S. Almost immediately we heard a collective shriek from Note 10.1 owners, as they realized that their flagship device was still stuck on 4.0.x.

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Well, guys, relax: Samsung's not only hooking you up with Jelly Bean, but it's doing one better by bringing 4.1.2 (build JZO54K) to the table. That's right – none of that .1 business, it's the best that 4.1 has to offer.

15
Jan
simple

Simple, the online bank co-founded by Twitter engineer Alex Payne, has been a long time coming (to Android, anyway). The service was actually announced a couple of years ago, with the iOS app arriving about eight months ago. And now it's finally our turn.

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From the looks of the app, it appears the wait was worthwhile – instead of just cloning the iPhone app, Simple knew that Android users would want a native experience.

15
Jan
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If you're one of the few who dropped the coin and got a Samsung Galaxy Camera, good news: the Galaxy Camera toolkit is available now over at XDA. This comes from developer mskip, who is also responsible for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, Nexus 4, and Nexus 10 toolkits, so you can rest assured that it is about as stable and secure as they come.

With the software, you can easily install drivers, root the camera, perform a full Nandroid backup, and so much more:

  • Install drivers automatically
  • Backup/Restore a single package or all apps, user data and Internal Storage
  • Backup your /data/media (virtual SD Card) to your PC for a Full Safe backup of data
  • Root any public build (different options)
  • Flash Stock Recovery image to device
  • Perform a FULL NANDROID Backup of your system via adb and save in Custom Recovery format on your PC
  • Pull /data and /system folders, compress to a .tar file and save to your PC
  • Auto Update ToolKit on startup (donators feature)
  • Dump selected Partitions, compress to a .zip file with md5 and save to your PC
  • Install BusyBox binary on device
  • Rename Recovery Restore files if present
  • Download, Extract and Flash Stock Rom (full steps)
  • Flash Insecure Boot Image for adb mode
  • Flash Stock Boot Image back to your device
  • Create tar file to flash via Odin with 1-click process
  • Rip cache.img to zip file in CWM format
  • Install a single apk or multiple apk's to your device
  • Push Files from your PC to your device
  • Pull Files from your device to your PC
  • Set Files Permissions on your device
  • Dump selected LogCat buffers to your PC
  • Dump BugReport to your PC (if installed)
  • Help, Information Screen for various tasks
  • Mods Section to modify your device (increase bitrate for video, increase camera quality settings, fix permissions in Internal Storage)
  • Reboot Device options in adb mode
  • Change background, text colour in ToolKit

The Galaxy Camera Toolkit is for Windows PCs only.

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