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.

23
Sep
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One of the biggest fears that many users have before rooting their device is something going wrong with no way to return to stock. Fortunately, we have a brilliant root community behind us, and thanks to Team ACS, we now have an unrooted, stock kernel available to flash via ODIN. This way, if you encounter any issue during or after rooting your device you have a way to restore the kernel back to its factory state.

23
Sep
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Last Updated: June 5th, 2012

There's no doubt that we're all waiting with anticipation for the HTC Vigor, which is rumored to be coming out as the Droid Incredible HD, to hit the market. It's reportedly going to be the first full HD phone, sporting a 720p display, 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, Sense 3.5, and Android 2.3.4 -- in other words, it's going to be a beast.

For those who want to get a little taste of what the Vigor has to offer before this upcoming HTC monster is officially released, we have gotten our hands on all of the multimedia goodies from the device.

22
Sep
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You could continue to add events to your Google Calendar the old fashioned way, or you could use this super cool (and fun!) method of SMSing things to your GCal.

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The process is so easy a caveman could do it, so follow along and you'll be one step closer to speaking (almost) directly to your calendar:

  • Add GEvent (48368) to your contacts, name it “Magic Calendar”
  • Click and hold the Search button to bring up Google Voice Search and say, “Text to Magic Calendar, Pick up kids 2pm at the Cliffs in Valhalla, New York” (or, you know, whatever event you want to schedule)
  • Wait a bit… you should receive a confirmation text and it should show up on your Google Calendar
  • Bring up event in your favorite calendar app or widget… click on the link for the location
  • Click on bubble to check out Places and to get turn-by-turn directions from your free Google Navigation
  • Extra credit – do the step #2 voice search hands-free using VLingo InCar

And that's it.

22
Sep
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If you've never heard of Theft Aware, then you're missing out on one of the best anti-loss/theft solutions available for Android. It embeds itself deep into root, hides itself from the app tray, utilizes device administration privileges to the fullest, and basically makes itself undetectable, unremovable, indestructible, and unstoppable. Like I said, it's probably the most solid security app that we've ever seen.

In a blog post today, the makers of Theft Aware, ITAgents, announced that it has been been purchased by popular antivirus software company Avast.

22
Sep
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Fans of the popular A.I.type Keyboard who have been running the beta version since its release will likely want to head over the Android Market and grab the newest incarnation of the software in its Plus variant. This is essentially the final build of the current beta run, adding a ton of new features to an already solid keyboard offering.

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With A.I.type Keyboard Plus, you never have to worry about spelling mudsrjrs again.

22
Sep
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Before Facebook started offering its own 'check-in' feature, there was Gowalla and Foursquare, both of which are still widely used. The Gowalla app for Android received an update today to version 4.0 which brings "a brand new version of Gowalla! Tons of new features including Guides, Stories, and Lists, and more. [sic]" to the table. No, really. That was directly from the changelog in the Market listing. The only entry in said changelog, to be exact.

22
Sep
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Not into the girl-centric HTC Rhyme? How about 5GB of free cloud storage courtesy of Dropbox to sweeten the deal? No? Fine. Regardless of whether or not this makes the Rhyme more appealing to the testosterone-fueled among us, HTC has joined forces with Dropbox to up the amount of free cloud storage from 2GB to 5GB on all new and upcoming Sense 3.5 devices.

If you're hoping that your device will snag a Sense 3.5 update and some bonus cloud space to go with it, I wouldn't suggest holding your breath.

22
Sep
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It's a bittersweet feeling when one of the most revolutionary devices to hit the market ends up on a carrier's EOL (End of Life) list. While it's generally realized that the device itself is old hat, its retirement indicates that newer, better, and more powerful devices are upon us.

This is the case for one of Android's most celebrated success stories: the HTC EVO 4G. According an internal Sprint document obtained by SprintFeed, the white variant of the EVO 4G will meet its demise at the end of this week, while the black one will hang on for just a while longer -- at least until the first part of October.

21
Sep
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Last Updated: June 5th, 2012

At the beginning of the month, HTC announced that it would be bringing Gingerbread to the Droid Incredible and ThunderBolt. While that promised has been fulfilled for the former, there's been nary a word of the status of the update for the latter. Until now.

Thanks to our anonymous tipster known only as Pig Benis, we have an official Gingerbread RUU hot of the presses for the HTC ThunderBolt.

Our tipster isn't positive if this is the final build or not, but considering it's so close to the end of the month, it is very likely.

21
Sep
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Last Updated: August 4th, 2014

Update 8/4/14: Destinia is dead, according to this post on the Gamevil forums.

If you're a fan of GAMEVIL and its lineup of pretty incredible game titles like the Zenonia series, then you'll be glad to know that it has released yet another RPG-style game into the Market today entitled Destinia.

In Destinia, you play the roll of an Imperial Guard member thrown in jail for defying an order to murder innocents.

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