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.

20
Dec
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Amazon started pushing an update to the Kindle Fire yesterday, and two words that no Android geek wants to hear were muttered shortly after: breaks root. Unlike the previous update to the Fire, this update can't be re-rooted using SuperOneClick.

It's not all bad in Fire-world, though; for the un-rooted, this update brings a number of fixes and performance enhancements to the sub-$200 device:

  • You can now remove books, apps or other content from the carousel of recently used items on the home screen.
20
Dec
2011-12-20 10h01_47

Tired of your lackluster music collection? El Goog is here to you help you remedy that with a huge sale on millions of tracks for just $0.49 in the Android Market. Buying single tracks not your style? No worries, most albums are going for a mere $4.99, too.

2011-12-20 10h02_31

I searched through the Market for a few of my favorite artists - some popular, some obscure - just to see if I could find something going for more than $0.49 per track or $4.99 per album.

19
Dec
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Update: The update just went live in the Market. It not only brings the ability to start a hangout from your mobile, but a few other fixes and features as well:
  • New design of the photos album view
  • People suggestions when composing a Messenger conversation
  • New icons to show which photos have been uploaded to Google+ via Instant Upload
  • Ability to leave one-to-one Messenger conversations
  • Bug fixes

Hit the widget below to grab it!

19
Dec
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So, who's ready for another Story game from Kairosoft? This go around you're not developing games, managing a spa and inn, or racing your way to glory - this time you get an entire planet to yourself!

Epic Astro Story puts you on an untamed planet, and it's your job to make it livable. Once you've made your ideal habitat, the game isn't over - you have to protect it.

19
Dec
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Gameloft has finally released its 2012 NFL title to the Android Market - NFL Pro 2012. Bringing full-on NFL gameplay to your mobile, Pro 2012 is a must-have to all you football fanatics out there.

The game features the full roster of NFL teams, along with a couple thousand legit players to choose from. You can unlock stadiums, playbooks, stat boost, and a lot more. The graphics make the gameplay as lifelike as you can expect it to be on the small screen, offering detailed animations for running, tackling, and touchdown celebrations - basically, everything that you would want from a football game.

18
Dec
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Update 12/18/11: It's back again - all other variants are still showing the "sign up for availability alerts" message.

Looks like Amazon may be gearing up to start (re)taking pre-orders for the Transformer Prime, with the 64GB version in champagne being the first one to make its way back to the site. As you may already know, Amazon started taking pre-orders several weeks ago, but abruptly stopped (no reason has really been made clear as to why) and ultimately ended up cancelling many users' orders.

16
Dec
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Well, that didn't take long. Here are the instructions to you your Nexus S rocking ICS right now. Do not try this on the CDMA Nexus S!
  • Download the OTA Package
  • Rename it to update.zip
  • Copy it to the root of the internal storage
  • Power off the device, hold Volume Up and Power to reboot into the bootloader
  • Select "recovery," then hit the power button
  • Once the warning triangle appears, hold the power button and hit volume up
  • Select "apply update from /sdcard" and choose the update.zip
  • Once the process is finished, simply choose "reboot system now"

Once it reboots, BAM!

16
Dec
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Looks like the incremental updates for Android 4.0 are rolling along nicely at this point - the VZW Galaxy Nexus received the update to Android 4.0.2 yesterday, and now Google has announced version 4.0.3. As you may expect, it crushes many bugs that have been found in current builds, along with throwing some optimizations into the mix.

This update will also bring some new goodies to the table for developers in the form of new APIs:

  • Social stream API in Contacts provider: Applications that use social stream data such as status updates and check-ins can now sync that data with each of the user’s contacts, providing items in a stream along with photos for each.

16
Dec
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If, like me, you're a fan of the action-horror genre of gaming, then you'll be pleased to know that Dead Space just landed in the Android Market, leaving its EA Store exclusivity behind.

This gripping sci-fi thriller not only brings intense gameplay to your mobile, but a rich storyline and cinematic horror that is sure to chill you down to the very bone. Stunning visuals, along with a movie-quality score make this game a must have for anyone looking for more than simple puzzle games on-the-go.

16
Dec
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I'm starting to think that HTC has an overwhelming amount of overstock when it comes to the EVO View 4G - we've already seen this thing go on sale at least three times in the past week. If you happened to miss it on every one of those occasions, wipe those tears away, because it's back again.

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This time it's on Daily Steals, and it's going for the cheapest price we've seen yet (only by a few bucks, by hey, cheaper is cheaper, right?).

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