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
Dec
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The Android team just pushed a video to the Nexus YouTube account wishing everyone in the Android community happy holidays. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, doesn't it?

Back at ya', Android Team!

21
Dec
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Update 12/21: SE published a blog post this morning vaguely detailing a timeline as to when ICS should start hitting devices. It looks like the Xperia Arc S, Neo V, and Ray will be the first to get the update sometime in late March/early April. After that, the Arc, PLAY, Neo, Mini, Mini Pro, Pro, Active, and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman will all receive the update as well, though no ETA for that bunch was given.

21
Dec
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Update: Looks like things are getting stitched up on VZW's end, as a spokesperson told Android Central that "4G LTE service is returning to normal." Here's the full quote:

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE service is returning to normal this morning after company engineers worked to resolve an issue with the 4G network during the early morning hours today.   Throughout this time, 4G LTE customers were able to make voice calls and send and receive text messages.

21
Dec
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You know what you need? Another office suite on your phone or tablet. Or maybe just an office suite. Of course, you probably know that office suites aren't the cheapest apps on the Market, either - most range from $10 to $30, and if you missed OfficeSuite Pro or QuickOffice when they were free in the Amazon Appstore, then you're either stuck waiting for another freebie to come along or forced to shell out the coin to get pick one up.

21
Dec
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The team behind Firefox for Android teased the upcoming release with a tablet-friendly design back in late August, and the final version of FF9 just landed in the Android Market. The update not only features a specialized tablet interface, but also boosts performance and startup speed and brings some HTML5 tweaks to the scene, like camera input support and form validation.

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The tablet interface offers some nice features over its phone-centric counterpart, like full-screen browsing in portrait, optimized tabs for easy thumb-switching between open pages, and a quick access buttons on the Action Bar.

20
Dec
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Who's ready for another developer book giveaway? This go around you'll have a chance to win one of two different books: The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK, or Android for Programmers: An App Driven Approach, both of which are coming from our friends at InformIT.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:

The Android Developer's Cookbook:

  • phill henry
  • Tristan
  • Frederic Müller
  • Ben Bw*
  • Siva
  • Kiran
  • Milind
  • Tori
  • Daev
  • Svinkall

Android For Programmers:

  • John Ex*
  • Schubatis1
  • Dennis F.

20
Dec
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Remember the colorful and imaginative tower defense game Jelly Defense that we took a look at several weeks ago? It just received a mighty nice update that brings some new winter-based levels, new gameplay options, new music, gameplay improvements, and performance enhancements. In other words, the developers packed quite a bit of punch into this one. Here's the full changelog:

    1. Two winter levels for Christmas evenings.
    2. Challenging endless level.
    3. New and cozy Christmas tune.
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    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.
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    Dec
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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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