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.

02
Sep
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Last week, a new vulnerability was discovered in the Droid 3 that finally allowed developers to achieve root access. Upon further investigation, it was concluded that this specific problem wasn't exclusive to the D3, but could most likely be exploited on all Moto phones running Gingerbread. Once this was verified, the next progression in thought that came to mind was 'what about the Droid Bionic?' As found out by MyDroidWorld, the Bionic is indeed susceptible to this particular exploit, so early adopters concerned with gaining root can stand in line on September 8th with confidence.

01
Sep
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We've all been there -- you're listening to a track when you hear an out-of-place lyric. You think to yourself, "what? That doesn't sound right." So you fire up a lyrics app (or browser) and begin your quest to find the real content of the misheard line.

While this method may work, it's not exactly efficient. To achieve that status, there's an app called Smart Lyrics.

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Smart Lyrics is a small and useful app that sits in the notification area, monitoring currently playing tracks from the most popular media players, including Android stock, HTC music player, Winamp, RealPlayer, DoubleTwist, Meridian, PowerAMP (requires Last.fm scrobbling), and Cubed.

01
Sep
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Anyone who has been using a PC for even a short amount of time has probably heard of PowerDVD from CyberLink -- if you haven't, go check it out, I'll wait.

Back? Okay, now that you're more familiar with what PowerDVD is all about, you'll be glad to know that it has made its way to Honeycomb powered tablets, and it's packed with features. With the official app, you can:

  • Wirelessly stream media from PowerDVD on the PC to your tablet
  • Wirelessly save MP4 videos, photos, and music from PowerDVD on the PC
  • Watch videos and play music with the native players
  • Touchup photos with one-click enhancements
  • Create playlists and manage your media library
  • Share content from your tablet to your DLNA TV
  • ...and more

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That pretty much covers the gamut of mobile media viewing, but with the vast amount of features offered by PowerDVD, you can expect an equally large pricetag to go along with it -- $20, to be exact.

01
Sep
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If you're looking for an affordable Android tablet that won't break the bank, look no further than Lenovo's new IdeaPad A1, which was announced today at the IFA Conference. It may not be top of the line, but for the price point, this little guy is definitely going to be a hard one to beat. Have a look at the specs:

  • 7 -inch 1024x600 display
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 processor
  • 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB storage
  • SD Card reader and microSD card reader
  • 3MP rear shooter
  • VGA front camera
  • Android 2.3

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The eight-gigger will set you back $199, while the 16GB and 32GB variants will be $249 and $299 respectively.

01
Sep
2011-09-01 10h10_37
Last Updated: September 10th, 2011

Android Open

Over the past few years, Android has grown from a small project in Palo Alto, CA into the most popular smartphone platform on the planet. As such, developers all over the world have taken interest in the platform, providing us with some pretty amazing apps along the way.

O'Reilly Media thought it was about time for a conference to encourage, nurture, and help developers that encompasses the entire Android ecosystem -- everything from app building to revenue models, and what goes under the hood.

01
Sep
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It has been quite a while since we heard anything about the Gingerbread update for the original Motorola Droid 2 (not Global), but it looks like VZW and Moto finally finished it up and it has received the stamp of approval, as it's rolling out in OTA fashion as I type this.

Changelog:

  • New Download Manager
  • App and Power Management Details
  • Multi-touch key-chording
  • Improved word selection copy functionality
  • New UI and color scheme
  • New dock icons
  • App groups
  • Improved security
  • Improved battery life while using Wi-Fi
  • Fixed issue that caused frequent data connection drops
  • Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately
  • Improved email application
  • Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages
  • Emoticons are displayed in messages
  • Forward SMS message conversations accurately
  • Notification LED will flash when new message is received
  • Access My Verizon without any force close errors
  • Compass calibration within Google Maps syncs accurately with your location
  • Geo-tagging features available for camera applications
  • Clock widget updates time correctly
  • Callback numbers now populate in Dialer app
  • GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets
  • Google Books is now preloaded
  • V CAST Apps is now preloaded
  • V CAST Media Manager is now preloaded
  • Blockbuster® movie rentals license remains active after download
  • Keypad backlight turns on in darker settings
  • Improvements in screen display no longer causes display screen to turn black
  • Fixed issue that caused factory resets when the device’s mobile number is changed
  • Fixed issue that caused device reset and a black display screen after over the air upgrades.
01
Sep
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We've been hearing about Toshiba's new ultra-thin tablet for about a week now, and the Japanese manufacturer made it official at today's IFA event. Known as the AT200 Excite, this ultra thin tablet is quite impressive in spec and size, considering it's thinner and lighter than the Galaxy Tab 10.1, yet still manages to include microSD, microUSB, and microHDMI.

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Full specs:

  • 10.1-inch 1280x800 LCD display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4430
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • Built-in storage up to 64GB
  • microSD, microUSB, and microHDMI (!)
  • 5MP and 2MP cameras
  • 7.7mm, 558g
  • Up to 8 hour battery life
  • Android 3.2

The Excite is set to land in Europe in Q4 2011, with no word of US availability of price at this time.

31
Aug
Sprint

It looks like Sprint is changing the way things are done in order to keep up with the competition, which doesn't always translate into good news for the consumer. The early termination fee (ETF) is getting an overhaul that will go into effect on September 9th, which will bump the ETF on "advanced devices" (read: smartphones, tablets, netbooks, and notebooks) up to  a maximum of $350, putting The Now Network's policy in line with that of VZW and AT&T.

31
Aug
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It looks like Kyocera is giving this Android thing another go, this time in the form of a mid-range device set to hit Sprint on September 9th called the Milano. Sporting a 3-inch display, 800MHz processor, 512MB RAM, and Android 2.3, the Milano is nothing amazing, but if you're not looking for a powerhouse like the Epic 4G Touch, then this little daisy should work out just fine.

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Not only that, but it won't break the bank, either -- the price is as small as the phone, at only $50 with a two-year agreement.

31
Aug
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Finally! The long awaited Gingerbread update for both the Droid Incredible and ThunderBolt will be hitting the airwaves in September, according to HTC's official Twitter.

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While several leaked Android 2.3.x builds for each device have surfaced over the past few months, none of them were deemed good enough to achieve "official" status, so it's good to know that HTC has finally put the finishing touches on each.

No solid date has been set, so just know that your waiting will finally come to an end within the next few weeks.

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