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
Aug
Motorola Photon GHLks

So here we are, two days after the release of Sprint's newest dual-core WiMax device, the Motorola Photon 4G, and a clever dev by the name of edgan over at the XDA forums has already found a way to gain root access to the device. I must warn you, however, the process doesn't appear to be the easiest thing I've ever seen.

Before we get started with the full instructions, there is a list of must-have items in order to make this work:

  • HD Docking Station
  • USB Mouse
  • USB Keyboard
  • HDMI Cable (for HD docking station)
  • WiFi

Got it?

02
Aug
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If you're looking to get a decent Android tablet, but don't want to break the bank, then little compares the Barnes & Noble Nook Color. Sure, it may take a bit of hackery to turn this e-reader into a full Android tablet, but for the price, it gives you the most bang for your buck than pretty much anything on the market. It has modest specs, comparable to most mid-range smartphones (on the inside, that is):

  • 7 inch 1024x600 display
  • 800MHz TI Processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB built-in storage

 

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So, if you want to pick up a super-portable tablet on-the-cheap, hit the link below to grab yours before they run out.

02
Aug
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A couple of weeks ago, we told you about DeskSMS (then called DesktopSMS), the new app from the creator of ClockworkMod Recovery that forwards your SMS messages to GMail or GTalk and allows you reply from anywhere. The app has been under heavy construction since then, and a boatload of new features have been added, including direct web access, as well as Chrome and Firefox extensions.

Setup is quite easy, too.

01
Aug
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Good news, Xperia Play, neo, and arc owners: the worlds greatest custom ROM, CyanogenMod, is coming soon to a device near you! Thanks to some newly submitted code, support for these devices can be expected to hit the CyanogenMod repositories soon, and nightlies will be available shortly after that.

Let the celebrations begin!

[CyanogenMod [Play] [Arc] [Neo] via PocketNow]

01
Aug
Motorola Photon GHLks

The Motorola Photon 4G has been anticipated for a few months now, as it's Motorola's first 4G smartphone to hit Sprint's WiMax network. Moreover, it's sleek, stylish, fast, and an all-around good device, according to the first round of reviews that we've seen. Below is a summary of those reviews, but first, a quick look over the specs:

  • 4.3 Inch qHD PenTile display
  • 1Ghz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB on-board storage
  • 8MP rear camera, VGA front cam
  • Webtop-enabled
  • WiMax
  • Android 2.3.4

Without further ado, here are the reviews.

01
Aug
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In a world of dual-core superphones, there is still one single-core device that manages to stand its ground: the Samsung Nexus S. Thanks to its stock Android nature, the Nexus S is still one of the best Android phones on the market, and if you're looking to pick one up off-contract, then here's the deal for you. You can grab an unlocked version of the NS for a mere $350 -- that's fifty-percent off the retail price.

01
Aug
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If you've been craving an Android tablet with ports-o-plenty, then the Toshiba Thrive is definitely the way to go. Rocking full USB and HDMI ports, as well as a miniUSB port and SD card slot, this dual-core Android 3.1 tablet can handle all of the peripherals that you can possibly throw at it, and for today only, you can grab the 8GB version for $380 from eBay Daily Deals.

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On top of the full array of ports, you'll also get the hardware specs of other high-end Honeycomb tablets:

  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 (AP20H) dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal storage
  • Weight: 1.7lbs
  • Thickness: 15mm
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front
  • Full-size USB and HDMI-out ports, plus miniUSB port
  • SD card slot (with SDXC support)
  • Android 3.1 Honeycomb (via OTA update)

Of course, all those ports come at a price, as this by far the thickest and heaviest Android tablet on the market.

01
Aug
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Ah, the moment that Desire owners have been waiting for... or is it? HTC released its official Gingerbread build for the Desire this morning, but it's not in the form of an OTA (over-the-air); instead, it's a full RUU (ROM upgrade utility). This means that not only is the installation process a bit more complex than an OTA, it will also wipe the device during the upgrade process, forcing you to start from scratch upon first boot.

29
Jul
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We've been waiting all day for a new project called Revolutionary from AlphaRev and Unrevoked to go live, and that moment is now upon is. This new tool allows S-Off and NAND write access to a whole slew of modern HTC phones, including some devices that have yet to receive a permanent unlock solution:

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  • HTC Desire (bravo) 0.93.0001
  • HTC Desire CDMA (bravoc) 1.06.0000
  • HTC Wildfire (buzz) 1.01.0001
  • HTC Aria (liberty) 1.02.0000
  • HTC Incredible S (vivo) 1.09.0000 and 1.13.0000
  • HTC Droid Incredible 2 (vivow) 0.97.0000
  • HTC Desire S (saga) 0.98.0000 and 0.98.0002
  • HTC View (express) 1.09.0000 and 1.13.0000
  • HTC Flyer (flyer) 1.10.0000
  • HTC Sensation (pyramid) 1.17.0006, .0008, .0011 and .0012
  • HTC Evo 3D (shooter) 1.30.0000 and 1.40.0000

The most notable of the bunch is the EVO 3D and the Sensation -- two devices that were previously without a permanent root solution (only perma-temp).

29
Jul
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Here's a shocker: in order to conserve precious bandwidth, AT&T plans to start throttling data for the top 5% of users that were grandfathered in on unlimited data plans back in the day. An AT&T spokesperson danced around the subject quite delicately, making sure to note that most users won't be affected by the change:

One new measure is a step that may reduce the data throughput speed experienced by a very small minority of smartphone customers who are on unlimited plans – those whose extraordinary level of data usage puts them in the top 5 percent of our heaviest data users in a billing period.

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