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
Oct
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Remember Amazon Wireless' Freedom to Choose video contest? Yeah, the one with $15k in prizes for making a simple video telling why AW is awesome. Artem and I helped judge the contest alongside folks from Android & Me and Phonedog --  all the videos have been weighed and measured, and the winning clips have now been chosen.

There were two different categories: Judges and Voting. Here are the winning videos for each category:

Judging

#1.

20
Oct
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Last Updated: November 23rd, 2011

While the Galaxy Note still hasn't made its way to US shores (and possibly never will), that hasn't stopped this gargantuan beast from making a name for itself in other areas of the world. It's big, powerful, comes with a built-in stylus, and has an amazing display. What more could you want?

How about a little hack action.

For devs out there looking to work some magic on this tablet-meets-phone hybrid, Sammy just released the kernel source code to the Open Source Developers Center.

20
Oct
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If you're a Sprint customer who has been waiting for an Android device that incorporates Direct Connect functionality, then the Motorola Admiral has your name written all over it. This Blackberry-esque handset is the first Android-powered device to rock Sprint's push-to-talk functionality, wrapped in a rugged shell:

Pax_Front_1, 7/5/11, 10:42 AM,  8C, 4650x2700 (616+2672), 100%, Bent 6 Adjuste,  1/20 s, R69.0, G51.2, B75.9
 Admiral_Dyn_R_vert_Hero_Sprint_m Pax_Back_1, 7/6/11, 2:45 PM,  8C, 4648x2704 (688+2840), 100%, Bent 6 Adjuste,  1/20 s, R78.0, G60.2, B84.9

  • 3.1-inch display
  • 1.2GHz single-core processor
  • 5MP rear shooter
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • 4GB internal storage, microSD card slot
  • Gorilla Glass
  • Dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, low pressure, and high/low temperature resistant
  • Android 2.3.x

I have to say, I'm actually impressed with the look of this device.

19
Oct
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We've been hearing rumors of the Droid RAZR for some time now, and it's finally official. Like previously suggested, this is a super-thin, ultra-light powerhouse of a device, with some pretty impressive features tucked away under its sleek, stainless steel frame:

  • 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear shooter, front facing camera
  • 16GB built-in storage, 16GB microSD card
  • Android 2.3.5
  • 7.1mm thin, 127 grams
  • 1800mAh battery
  • Made with Kevlar fiber
  • Gorilla Glass
  • Motorola Splash Guard
  • Webtop cabpable
  • 4G LTE
  • Bluetooth 4.0

Update 10/19/11: Two official videos of the RAZR:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9Sz3Cn101Y

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The Droid RAZR packs some new software features, as well, like Motorola Smart Actions, a Tasker or Locale-like automation system that can toggle radios, adjust brightness, clock speed, and more, all of which are user definable and will activate given a certain situation.

19
Oct
10-18-2011 7-26-11 PM

Update: This post has been updated with links to a deeper look at each feature. Enjoy!

Holy crap. The Samsung/Google event ended just a little while ago, and I have to say, I'm pretty overwhelmed by the amount of awesome that I just experienced. The Galaxy Nexus is official, as is its counterpart OS: Ice Cream Sandwich. There is no doubt that ICS is the most polished version of Android to date.

19
Oct
2011-10-19 13h48_20

While we use our devices for everything from watching movies to browsing the net and checking social networks, let's not overlook the fact that, at their core, they're still called smartphones. As such, the dialer and contact app -- now called People -- in Ice Cream Sandwich have both received a major overhaul.

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The People is, of course, based on the current Contacts app, but it has been totally redesigned to be more intuitive, easier to use, and provide all the information about your contacts in one centralized location.

19
Oct
2011-10-19 12h37_21

Let's face it -- no one likes tiered data plans. Still, it is something that most of us have to deal with, and I've never met anyone who wants to suffer the result of going over their allotted bandwidth. Fortunately, Google is offering a nice, proactive solution (not to be confused with the face cream that gets rid of acne, that's something else entirely) to help users avoid connection speed slowdowns or, even worse, surprise overage fees.

19
Oct
2011-10-19 12h13_02

We've already looked at a veritable buttload (yes, that's an official unit of measurement) of features from ICS, but we're not finished yet. Next on the list of things that Google made better in Android 4.0 is an app that nearly everyone is familiar with: the Calendar.

2011-10-19 12h13_02 2011-10-19 12h13_17

Don't get me wrong, the existing Calendar app works pretty well -- it covers all the basics. You can schedule and view appointments, check out an overview of your week or month...

19
Oct
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After yesterday's absolutely insane phone announcement-bomb, HTC and Sprint have subtly unveiled the EVO Design 4G. If you're looking for an upper mid-range device that won't break the bank, the Design 4G has your number, as it's packing decent, but not (yet) outdated hardware:

  • 4-inch qHD display
  • 1.2Ghz single-core Snapdragon processor
  • 5MP rear shooter with HD video capture (720p), 1.3MP ffc
  • Android 2.3.5 with Sense
  • WiMax

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Sure, it doesn't compare to the recently announced Motorola Droid RAZR or the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but at $200 cheaper it definitely has its appeal.

18
Oct
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It was inevitable that the question is the bootloader locked? would pop up within minutes of Moto's RAZR announcement. The answer should come as a shocker to no one: Yes. According to Moto's Twitter, the bootloader will indeed be locked. It's not necessarily Motorola's choice, though, as the tweet specifically states that "the bootloader was locked per the carrier" Oh snap -- it was all Verizon's fault.

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What does this mean for future Big Red devices?