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.

23
Feb
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Back in December of '11, Sony [Ericsson] released an Android 4.0 alpha ROM for the Xperia Arc S, Neo V, and Ray. The Sony dev teams has now released an update to this ROM, bringing into its beta stages.

Since the previous release, Sony has made a number of improvements to the ROM, including an updated UI, improved lockscreen, activated GSM modem and FM radios, and a quick dialer.

Unfortunately, Google Apps are not available for this ROM, nor are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, as they're both still waiting for approval before they can implemented into the product.

23
Feb
2012-02-23 10h12_26

Rumors of an upcoming ruggedized handset for AT&T made their way around the 'net earlier this week, and that handset is now a reality on Big Blue. The Samsung Rugby Smart is a waterproof, dustproof, and extreme temperature-resistant mid-range handset, perfect for the outdoorsman (or anyone who is prone to destroying devices):

  • 3.7-inch 480*800 Super AMOLED display
  • 4GB internal storage, microSD card slot
  • 5 MP rear shooter
  • 1.3 MP front camera
  • Dustproof
  • Waterproof (submergible up to 1 meter for 30 minutes)
  • 1650mAh battery
  • Android 2.3

2012-02-23 10h12_26

If the Rugby Smart sounds like the rugged handset you've been waiting for, you can make it yours on March 4th for $99 with a two-year agreement.

23
Feb
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Wow, what a year 2011 was for T-Mobile. We watched as AT&T tried to purchase T-Mobile USA to no avail, while Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T all launched the iPhone 4S and made progress towards their own respective LTE networks.

In fact, the latter two items hurt Magenta so much that its revenue dropped 3.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011. Ouch. Don't underestimate the underdog, though; T-Mo has a plan.

22
Feb
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Remember the big ol' port-tastic Toshiba Thrive 10.1 and its seven-inch baby brother? Well, Toshiba has been running around telling folks on one of those social sites that it will be bringing ICS to this pair of Android tablet "at the end of spring."

Yes, spring.

When we hear end of spring, we automatically think sometime around mid-to-end of June, which is, well, quite a ways off. Of course, this isn't an 'official' statement per se, but considering the word came directly from Toshiba's PR Manager, it does carry some weight.

22
Feb
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Big Red has been having a difficult time taming the "world's largest 4G network" over the last several weeks, as we've seem more than enough outages occur. Today marks the next installation of Verizon's 'sorry, LTE is down' saga, with users across the nation left without any mobile data connection whatsoever (myself included).

Update: According to Verizon, service has been fully restored.

22
Feb
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Acer tablet owners across the country were elated (well, most of them were, anyway) when Acer announced that Ice Cream Sandwich will be coming to the A100 and A500 in April. Thanks to a new leak that made its way to XDA, though, the wait for April just got a lot shorter. Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs for both devices landed in their respective forum on XDA earlier today, bringing a taste of Android 4.0 to the duo.

22
Feb
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The Google Docs for Android app just received an update that makes it even more like its desktop counterpart. It brings a number of new features to both phones and tablets:

  • Create, view and edit Google documents with our new Android editor
  • Rich text formatting (bold, italics, underline, font color, background color)
  • Layout tools (bulleted lists, numbered lists, indentation)
  • Real-time collaboration - see edits from others in seconds
  • Cursor presence and highlighting

Here's a look at the new interface:

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Unfortunately, this new interface only applies to standard documents; spreadsheets still use the mobile web interface inside of the app.

22
Feb
2012-02-22 13h03_48

Back at CES, ASUS announced a pair of MeMO tablets: the 171 and 370T. The latter caused quite a stir, as it packs NVIDIA's powerhouse Tegra 3 superchip under the hood, along with a 7-inch 1280x800 display, all for under $250. The former, however, is a different beast altogether, as it sports an interesting array of included accessories.

While we patiently wait for more details about the 370T to surface, ASUS has quietly launched the landing page for the 171, showcasing its dual-use nature.

21
Feb
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Earlier today, Canonical announced Ubuntu for Android, an incredible new system that will put a full desktop OS on your Android-powered phone. Now, one employee has taken the time to show us just a little bit of what Ubuntu for Android is capable of, and it's nothing short of awesome. Check it out:

http://youtu.be/gUXUjjg9qQ0

As if we weren't excited enough after the initial announcement, seeing it in action really makes us want to get our hands on this and give it a whirl.

21
Feb
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There's no shortage of media players in the Android Market, so creating one that stands out from the rest of the pack can be somewhat of a task. Enter a new music player called N7 Music Player, an app that brings a unique way to browse through your tunes. Have a look:

As you can see, the interface is definitely an interesting take on browsing your music collection. If scrolling through the poly-sized fonts isn't necessarily your thing, a quick pinch of the screen will display all album covers in alphabetical order (by artist).

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