Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. 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- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

21
Aug
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It's no secret that we love the Jambox from Jawbone. We've given several away in past contests, and many of us here at AP readily cite Jawbone's portable speaker as our favorite among the category. One area where the Jambox has always been lacking, however, is color choices. Sure, you can get it in black, red, blue, and gray, but sometimes basic colors just aren't good enough.

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Good news for those who agree with that sentiment - beginning next week, Jawbone will offer the Jambox in over 100 different, user-definable color combinations through its Jambox Remix site.

20
Aug
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We don't normally make a fuss over budget phones, and we definitely don't readily recommend that people buy them (even when they're free). For the Pantech Marauder on Verizon Wireless, however, we'll make an exception. Its Snapdragon S4 processor, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and 4G LTE connectivity make this a budget device that stands out from the pack.

For the unfamiliar, the Marauder is a new offering from Verizon, packing some very respectable hardware (for the most part, anyway):

  • Processor: 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Display: 3.8" 480x800
  • Battery: 1680mAh
  • OS: Android 4.0
  • Dimensions: 5.07" (H) x 2.57" (W) x 0.46" (D)
  • Camera: 5MP rear, VGA front
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11b/g/n, WiFi Direct

The clear downside of the Marauder is its smaller-ish 3.8" display, but if you loved the OG Droid and no other phone has been able to fill that void since, the Marauder is your best choice.

20
Aug
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Several weeks ago, avast! released a beta version of its mobile security and anti-theft apps (the latter of which used to be Theft Aware) that brought with it a slew of new features, as well as an all-new web portal. Those new features have now left the beta stages and the final release of version 2 is available in the Play Store.

This is a pretty major overhaul for what I believe was already among the best anti-theft/anti-virus solutions for Android.

20
Aug
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While companies like Motorola and HTC promised to release fewer phones in 2012, Samsung is sticking with its "the more, the better" mantra. Its newest announcement is for the Galaxy S Duos, a dual-SIM handset for those who are tired of carrying around two phones.

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At first blush, the Duos looks very similar to the Galaxy S III - it's innards, however, are not even remotely comparable:

  • 4" 480x800 display
  • 1GHz processor (assume it's single-core)
  • 4GB internal storage, microSD card slot
  • dual-SIM always on
  • 1,500 mAh battery
  • Android 4.0 with Touchwiz

The unique feature of the Duos is, of course, its dual-SIM card slots.

19
Aug
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We've been talking about Sprint's upcoming LTE QWERTY, the Motorola Photon Q, for a few weeks now, and it's officially here. As of today, you can walk into a Sprint store and buy this "green machine with the power of Android" for the low, low price of $200 with a two-year agreement.

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Need a refresher on specs? No problem.

  • 4.3" ColorBoost display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor (presumably Snapdragon S4)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage, microSD card slot
  • 8MP 1080p rear shooter, 720p front-facing camera
  • HDMI out
  • NFC
  • Full QWERTY slider
  • LTE, global ready
  • Android 4.0.4

Sure, it's nothing to get overly-excited about, but if you're a fan of QWERTYs, the Photon Q is probably the best that you can buy right now.

19
Aug
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Students have small budgets. We get that. Apparently, so does Samsung. So they took one of their most affordable tablets - the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0  - and threw it in a box with the Tab keyboard and USB adapter, but kept the price tag the same as the tablet itself: $250.

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Essentially, you're buying the tablet and getting the keyboard and USB adapter completely free, and that's a pretty solid deal.

18
Aug
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With the 2012 football season rapidly approaching, fantasy players abroad are checking stats and prepping their teams for domination. Naturally, anyone who plays the game is going to want a way to keep up with all the happenings that could potentially affect their team. For that, there's the Fantasy Cheat Sheet, which the NFL just updated for the 2012 season.

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The app will not only help you through the fantasy draft, but also offers fully customizable scoring rules, configurable starter positions for your league, Accuscore integration, player stats from the previous three seasons, up to the minute news and injury info, complete NFL team depth charts, and a lot more.

18
Aug
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Last Updated: August 20th, 2012

Hot on the heels of ASUS pushing out Jelly Bean to the TF300, Motorola has announced that ICS is now available for the Wi-Fi Xyboard 10.1 and 8.2.

The update should be rolling out OTA-style now, and brings a host of new features:

  • Updated Browser with faster rendering, zoom and pan: Users can also now save pages for offline reading and request desktop versions of websites.
  • Swipe to dismiss notifications and recent apps: You can now dismiss individual notifications and apps from the Recent Apps list with a simple swipe of a finger.
18
Aug
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Yesterday, ASUS North America teased some Jelly Bean goodies on its Facebook page. At the time, we had no idea they would begin pushing a Jelly Bean update less than 12 hour later. But they have.

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Announced on its Facebook this morning, ASUS has started pushing the Jelly Bean update (Android 4.1.1) to the Transformer Pad 300, making it the first 10" ASUS tablet to receive the update. The TF300 getting updated to Jelly Bean isn't much of a shocker, but the fact hat ASUS was able to perform such a quick turnaround and get the update out is nothing short of impressive.

18
Aug
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The day is here, people: CM10 nightlies will begin rolling out this evening. CyanogenMod took to its Google+ page just a short while ago to share the good news, along with a shortlist of device that should see a build later this evening:

  • The US SGS3 variants (note: the Verizon variant will require the recently unlocked bootloader)
  • The Galaxy Nexus variants
  • The Nexus S variants
  • The Nexus 7
  • The Transformer and Transformer Prime
  • The SGS1 variants (Vibrant, Captivate, International, and i9000b)
  • The SGS2 i9100g
  • P3 and P5 tablets

Update 8/18/12 12:14am PST: The first promised nightlies are live:

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Definition: A "nightly" is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day's worth of new code has been committed.