Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. 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-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

02
Sep
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Update 9/2/11: Aaand now with the latest 0.4.2.36 update, Honeycomb support is official.

A short while ago, the Google Voice app received an update that brought about a few bug fixes. Almost immediately we began hearing rumors that a Honeycomb interface may have been incorporated into this build. A quick search of the Market revealed that it's not officially supported just yet, so I pulled the apk from my phone and sideloaded it onto my Tab 10.1.

02
Sep
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We've been hearing rumors of a potential Amazon tablet for some time now (no, I'm not referring to the Amazon Blaze), and not only are they true, but the device should be coming out quite soon.

TechCrunch's MG Siegler recently spent some hands-on time with the device that will simply be known as the 'Amazon Kindle,' and while he couldn't take any photos of it, he has painted a picture with words, describing, in great detail, what he saw and how he felt about the device.

02
Sep
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While HTC may have just made the 10.1-inch Jetstream official, it hasn't forgotten about the 7-inch Flyer; actually, it's quite the opposite. They seem to be hard at work on a Honeycomb update for the tiny powerhouse, as a full RUU is now available for download thanks to Paul O'Brien of MoDaCo.

This RUU is a very early build and those who are looking to flash it should proceed with extreme caution, as there isn't a lot of info available just yet on how stable it is, or whether you can easily rollback to the previous version.

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Sep
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Last Updated: September 26th, 2011

Update: It looks like in order to fix one thing, you have to break something else. Reports are pouring in that this update breaks Wi-Fi and USB-tethering. Stay tuned for more details.

Owners of the Nexus S  have been plagued by a notorious bug that activates Voice Search at random times, causing some serious interference when trying to accomplish even the most simple of tasks. Fortunately, El Goog has stepped up to the plate and addressed the issue, as an OTA update is currently rolling out that will put a stop to this annoying quirk.

02
Sep
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In a trip over from the iOS world, developer Origin8 Technologies brings us the most graphically intense, visually-stimulating tower defense game that we've ever seen. Before I even attempt to put into words the insanity that this game will bring into your life, take a look at the gameplay, complete with a super-sick dubstep soundtrack:

Speaking of dubstep -- anyone know the name of this track?

Update: We found the song (thanks, Denis!), but we still don't know what it's called.

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
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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.

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