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.

26
Jul
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The benefits of Android 2.3.5 will soon land in everyone's favorite custom ROM:  CyanogenMod. It's probably safe to assume that it could land in CM7 nightlies as early as tonight or tomorrow, but that's just an educated guess. If you're a nightly user, take a look at your version after you flash the next update, you may just have the most recent version of Android at your fingertips.

Definition: A "nightly" is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day's worth of new code has been committed.

26
Jul
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When I got my Galaxy Tab 10.1, one of the first apps I installed was Dolphin HD, and while it worked great, it still had that "phone" feel to it. Thankfully, the Dolphin Team has been hard at work prepping a version designed specifically for Android tablets (although, they're saying it's for "pads").

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Since this is a beta version, it's clear that it's based off of Dolphin HD, as some of the menus still retain the phone vibe.

26
Jul
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In the slowly unraveling drama that is the XOOM 4G LTE upgrade, another chapter has been put in place. Rumor has it that VZW XOOM owners may receive an email today letting them know the the upgrade will happen in September -- but we have no confirmation as of yet.

Update: Here is the email we received confirming that the update should indeed start in September:

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The original word on the street was that the upgrade should have happened only three months after launch, a deadline severely missed by Motorola/Verizon.

26
Jul
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Anyone who previously picked up an internet-device (computer or tablet) from Sprint may have been a little frustrated with the lack of insurance provided by the Now Network. That all changes today, as it has finally decided to toss some coverage to its users that provides some peace of mind if anything were to happen to their netbook, notebook, or tablet.

The coverage is basically like any other carrier: the plan covers mechanical or electrical breakdown, accidental damage, and if the device is lost or stolen.

26
Jul
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Update: Since there are a lot of upset AT&T customers out there, a caring tipster decided to drop a photo over at Android Central that suggests AT&T may be getting a keyboard-less version of the GSII as well. With that said, I will express my absolute skepticism about this. There is but a single picture, and we all know how easily photographs can be manipulated. So, before you get too excited, I urge you all to take this at face value until we get more proof.

25
Jul
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As if Amazon hasn't already helped make our mobile life easy enough, today it released AmazonFresh for Android into the Market. If you've never heard of AmazonFresh you're not alone, as I hadn't either. As it turns out, it's Amazon's take on grocery shopping, complete with fresh produce and home delivery.

The Android app looks to be a key companion to the website, offering many of the same features, including complete grocery listings, doorstep and attended home delivery, past purchase access, barcode search, order placement, and the ability to edit an order prior to delivery.

25
Jul
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If you're anything like me, you keep a shortlist of your favorite apps on your homescreen for quick access, but apps that fall into the favorite category change fairly often. At that point, you have to reevaluate which apps qualify as homescreen material, remove the ones that do not, and replace them with a more applicable selection. Wouldn't it be nice to have a widget that automates this process for you, keeping your most used applications on the homescreen at all times?

25
Jul
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If you've been considering grabbing a new tablet, there's little doubt that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has entered your line of sight at least once. If this ultra-thin tablet has become your heart's desire, then you should hop on today's Daily Deal from eBay, as you can score the 32GB version for $530 with free shipping, saving you $70 off the retail price.

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The specs of the Tab are nothing to scoff at, either:

  • 10.1 Inch 1280x800 display
  • 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 3MP rear shooter and a 2MP front camera
  • 32GB of built-in storage
  • Android 3.1 Honeycomb

As a Tab 10.1 owner myself, I can wholeheartedly recommend this deal to everyone out there - but if that's not enough, take a look at our review of the I/O unit and then take the unit for a test drive on Samsung's new Galaxy Tab simulator.

25
Jul
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It looks like the ATRIX Gingerbread update that started over the weekend is just the start of a line of updates set to hit all AT&T 2011 model post-paid smartphones by the end of this year. Ma Bell is standing on the rooftop shouting out this glorious news for all to hear, along with a list of the phones that will see Android 2.3 sometime this year:

  • HTC Inspire 4G
  • LG Phoenix
  • Motorola ATRIX 4G
  • Pantech Crossover
  • Samsung Captivate
  • Samsung Infuse 4G

Once the ATRIX update is complete, the next device to get some Gingerbread lovin' will be the HTC Inspire 4G, with the update rolling out "in the coming weeks."

Where applicable, the updates will be in delivered OTA (over-the-air) fashion, but in some cases may require PC intervention (because we all know how much manufacturers love their proprietary software).

22
Jul
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According to a leaked roadmap that PocketNow recently got a hold of, it looks like LG may have some pretty big things (okay - maybe just one) in store for the remainder of 2011. Everything from low-end to groundbreaking, LG is looking to run the gamut in the Android smartphone game.

Let's have a look, shall we?

LG Prada K2

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The Prada K2 is a super-sleek and thin high-end device rocking some pretty powerful hardware under the hood:

  • 4.3 inch NOVA LCD display
  • Dual-core processor
  • 8MP rear shooter, 1.3 front camera
  • HSPA+
  • 8.8MM thick
  • Android 2.3

LG Univa

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This Univa appears to be a middle-of-the-road device, as well as somewhat of a sequel to the Optimus One:

  • 3.5 Inch display
  • 800MHz processor
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 11.9MM thick
  • Android 2.3

LG Victor

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The Victor is another solid mid-ranger, with equally indifferent specs:

  • 3.8 inch OLED display
  • 1GHz single-core processor
  • 5MP rear camera, VGA front cam
  • Android 2.3

LG Gelato NFC

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As the name states, this is an NFC capable handset, but it also falls into the mid-range category:

  • 3.2 inch HVGA display
  • 800MHz processor
  • 3MP rear shooter
  • Android ??
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