How many times has this happened to you: you're getting ready to flash a new ROM, so you drop in on the SD Card, reboot into ClockworkMod Recovery, do a Nandroid backup, and proceed with the installation, only to realize that you forgot to backup your apps. That has happened to me more times than I care to count, and flashing a backup just to do a Titanium Backup is insanely tedious.
Are you ready for some Friday morning source code? Even if you're not, Samsung thinks you should be -- it just released the source for three new phones to its Open Source Developer Center. The three phones in question are the Stratosphere on Verizon, the Transfix on Cricket Wireless, and the still-unreleased Galaxy Y Pro.
Sure, these three phones aren't powerhouses by any stretch of the imagination, but at least this source can be used to pull every last drop of capability out of them.
Motorola is resurrecting the world's first Honeycomb tablet one last time before the next generation of XOOM becomes available, but this time it has a family-friendly twist. It's called the XOOM Family Edition, and it's basically the same Wi-Fi XOOM that has been out for months now, but it's packing around $40 of additional games and other software specifically targeted at kids. Among the bundled software is Zoodles, an app that locks the home button and only grants access to user-defined apps, so you can keep those kiddos away from apps that you deem unfit.
Remember the Motorola XPRT? No? Allow me to refresh your memory... yeah, that phone. The Droid Pro. Only... not. Whatever it is, it's currently getting an OTA update to fix some bugs and, well, that's pretty much it. Here's the changelog:
- CDMA Settings
- Dialing International voice calls with 1+ while on the Sprint network (dialing from the US) and while in domestic roaming mode
- Sending SMS messages with more than 160 characters
- EAS PIN support
- Email marker to indicate if a message was replied to or forwarded
- Voicemail issue associated with phone number swaps on existing devices
So, if you're one of the seven (give or take a few) people that bought the XPRT, hit Settings > About Phone > Software Updates > Update Motorola Firmware to make it happen.
A minor OTA update is currently rolling out to the Motorola Photon 4G that brings a few bug fixes and one notable feature: Google Talk with Video support. Other than that, it's a pretty bland update:
- Lapdock support
- Enhancements to image appearance when pictures are taken in panorama mode
- Forwarded messages are properly identified as being forwarded
- Improved audio quality with car speakers when connected to a car charger and audio
- Introduction of international roaming 3G UMTS hotspot functionality for a single Wi-Fi enabled
While this update doesn't bring a whole slew of game-changing features, I'm sure it's still a welcome one for Photon owners.
I want you to take a mental journey with me. Dig deep into your memory banks -- all the way back to 2001. You there? Great. Think, if you will, about the the state of video games. The Playstation 2 was the hottest console on the market (okay, that's debatable) and Grand Theft Auto III was the game to have. Kids loved it as much as parents, teachers, and other authority figures hated it, due to its (then) graphic nature.
Here's one for the car buffs among you: the official Top Gear app. With this app courtesy of BBC Worldwide and sponsored by Mercedes Benz, you can stay on top of the latest news, videos, and shenanigans from the Top Gear crew. The app features photos, behind the scenes goodies, Top Gear clips, previews of upcoming Top Gear "stuff," and reviews of the latest cars driven.
The app also allows content to be pulled and viewed offline, as well as the option to share news stories via Facebook, Twitter, or email.
Gameloft just pushed the third iteration of its Let's Golf HD series to the Android Market for the low price of free. For those uninitiated with Let's Golf, here's the nuts-and-bolts: you get to play golf in some outrageous places, like outer space or the Great Wall of China. Despite its cartoonish nature, it's quite graphically detailed -- everything from the green to the surrounding details is bright, vivid, and detailed.
Who's in the market for a whack looking phone with some sort of flip-out hybrid keyboard-screen? You are? Then the LG Doubleplay is singing your song. Check this... thing... out:
Don't worry. I gagged, too.
The Doubleplay will most likely be a low-end phone, judging by the reported 320x480 display and weak 5MP camera. That doesn't keep it from being unique though, with a secondary LCD that will probably serve very little practical purpose embedded right in the middle of the keyboard.