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.

06
Feb
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While I love most everything about my Galaxy Nexus, Google made one ridiculous omission in Android 4.0: they removed the ability to set separate notification and ringer volumes. On my previous phone, Tasker was set up to automatically mute notification tones and turn the ringer volume to three at 11:00 PM as long as the phone was on charge. This way, I wasn't bothered with constant email notifications throughout the night, but if someone needed to call during the late hours, it would wake me up.

06
Feb
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Like Gameloft games? Like social networks? Like to combine things you like with other things you like? You're in luck - the Gameloft LIVE! app for Android does just that. Think of it as a social network exclusive to Gameloft gamers. Oh, the possibilities.

Update: The app is no longer available exclusively from the Gameloft store - grab it from the Market if you want:

06
Feb
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If you have an old Android phone laying around and want to gain a second phone line or have the incredible urge to make calls from your tablet (requires a Bluetooth headset), then GrooVe IP is no doubt the go-to app. For a limited time, you can save yourself a few bucks and score this app for $2.10 (normally $4.99) in the Android Market.

So, what is GrooVe IP? If you haven't already guessed, it's a VoIP (voice-over-IP) client, which allows you to make and receive calls using only Wi-Fi.

06
Feb
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If you're due up for an upgrade anytime in 2012, Best Buy is offering a quick and easy way to save yourself $50 on your new handset, regardless of device, carrier, or plan. This new promotion, simply called Phone Freedom, is available now to all users - as long as you sign up before February 12.

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Signing up couldn't be easier - just head over the Best Buy's Phone Freedom landing page, plug in your phone number and e-mail address and you're enrolled.

06
Feb
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Hot on the heels of filing for a $5 billion IPO, rumor has it that Facebook could introduce in-line ads into its mobile interface as early as next month. While few details are known at this time, it's said that these ads will show up directly in users' timelines as "featured stories."

There's no word if this will affect both the mobile web version of Facebook and mobile apps alike, but it looks like we won't have to wait very long before finding out.

03
Feb
2011-10-21 17h07_01

Holy crap. Brace yourself for some Friday afternoon bad news -- it looks like Google may be washing its hands of all associations with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. No one knows for sure why El Goog would do this, but all signs point to the fact that it is indeed turning its back on the first ICS phone here in the US.

Update x2: Let's see if we can clear this up a bit, shall we?

03
Feb
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One of the biggest features of the Galaxy Tab series (minus the OG Tab) is TouchWiz UX and its mini-app tray. In fact, it was difficult for me to get used to the Transformer Prime after having the Galaxy Tab 10.1 because I miss those little apps so much. For the uninitiated, mini-apps in Touchwiz UX are small "portable" applications that run in an independent window on top of the foreground application.

02
Feb
2011-10-21 17h07_01

Looks like someone may have dropped the ball over at Newegg, judging by one of the banner slides on the main page:

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Do you see what we see? The Galaxy Nexus, now with 800MHz moar processor! It's clearly a typo, but it's pretty lulz all the same. Fortunately, the actual cell phone landing page has the correct specs, so hopefully no one out there will be picking up the good old GN thinking they're going to be clocking the fastest speeds known to man in a mobile device.

02
Feb
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In Sprint's ever expanding quest to rid its handsets of Carrier IQ, the OTAs just keep on comin'. Today's the day for the HTC EVO Shift 4G, and the update just started rolling out. The changelog looks all too familiar:

  • Security Update (read: CIQ removal)
  • Updated Peep client (to align with Twitter)
  • Battery life improvements

To manually pull the update, hit Settings > About phone > System updates > HTC software update.

02
Feb
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We're gradually working our way into an all-LTE world, but there are still a few hurdles to cross. One of those hurdles, the seamless handover from LTE to 3G during a VoLTE (voice-over-LTE) call, has now been achieved by Qualcomm.

So, what does that mean, exactly? Basically, if you're on a VoLTE call in an LTE network and you leave the coverage zone, the call would normally go dead. Thanks to this new chip from Qualcomm, though, that all changes.

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