David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

27
Jan
nexusae0_wm_IMG_4833
Last Updated: January 28th, 2013

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future. Congratulations!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

  • Steven T. (Note II)
  • Manuel M. V.L. (Galaxy Camera)
  • Matt J. (Nexus 7 16GB)
  • William J.

27
Jan
nexusae0_sti_n7-33
Last Updated: March 8th, 2014

When I saw the handiwork of the two intrepid DIY'ers featured in this post on Nexus 7 car mount projects, I'll admit - I was impressed, if only for their quality execution.

Cars have always been an interest of mine, and the current "infotainment center" paradigm many automakers are pushing onto customers really does suck in a lot of ways. Pay $1500 for a crappy nav system that's hard to use, complicated, and woefully outdated in a couple years' time.

25
Jan
celltower
Last Updated: January 27th, 2013

For most people, wireless spectrum is a topic best discussed right before bed with a warm glass of milk. It is boring. But it's important. While landline internet is, as we know, a series of tubes, wireless internet is more like a giant fleet of invisible flying trucks... or something.

To put it plainly, long-range, high-bandwidth spectrum usable with cell phones is a finite resource. Now, the scarcity of that resource in reality is very debatable - vast swaths of basically unused (or severely underutilized) wireless spectrum are in this range, much of it belonging to the military, public safety, television, and various executive agencies.

25
Jan
Xperia_T_JB_alpha

Way back in December 2011, Sony began releasing 'alpha' developer ROMs for some of its phones being upgraded to Android 4.0. Then it released beta ROMs that did slightly more stuff. Now it's done the same with Android 4.1 for the Xperia T.

These ROMs are developer-facing in every sense of the word, though, and aren't intended as a way for power users to get early access to the next version of Android.

24
Jan
wm_IMG_5157
Last Updated: March 7th, 2013

Update: This whole situation ended up being resolved just a couple of weeks after this story was published, with HTC backing off on its assertion that the stock and custom HTC ROMs couldn't be distributed. It did request that the HTCRUU.com domain be handed over, but the ROMs that were hosted there previously will now be available at ruu.androidfiles.org. It's good to hear HTC isn't cracking down on the custom software community, though whether this resolution came about because of a legitimate misunderstanding, or simply as PR damage control, isn't clear.

24
Jan
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We originally covered the kind-of-ridiculously-awesome MyScript Calculator last year back in July, but it's received a significant update today that should have you checking out this amazing app if you haven't already.

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The premise is simple: write out your math equations just like you would on paper, and presto-amazo, MyScript converts them to text and solves them. Now, though, it does even more. Like portrait mode, which is sort of a weird thing to just now get around to adding (eh, eh?), but at least it's there.

23
Jan
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While those in the land down under can already purchase a Nexus 4 from the Play Store, like every other market, handsets are in decidedly short supply. However, LG is now saying that it will be shipping some devices to Harvey Norman, available starting February 1st. The catch? Buying one outright will cost you 496 AUD.

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There is an alternative, though. "Select" HN stores will be offering the Nexus 4 with an Optus plan (see site here).

23
Jan
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Are you a tech-savvy hitman? A politician with state secrets to divulge (on a budget)? Or just looking to ask Pawn Stars if they have Battletoads one more time now that they've blacklisted your number? Well, good news - Hushed just launched for Android, and it allows you to buy disposable, anonymous phone numbers right from your smartphone.

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There are limitations, though. You're charged to buy a phone number ($1.99 for the US, $1.99 and up for everywhere else), and once you go past a certain number of included minutes / texts in each account tier, you either have to pay again, or if you choose a pay as you go account, refill your balance.

22
Jan
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Here at Android Police, we're kind-of-sort-of all about Dropbox when it comes to our cloud storage needs. It's easy to get free space, the desktop and Android clients are both pretty great, and the service itself has generally been bulletproof-reliable. And for us, Dropbox is less about storing things in the cloud, and more about providing easy access to files wherever we go.

Carbonite's Currents works off the accessibility mentality - it's not how much you can store, but what you want to have within arm's reach at a given moment.

22
Jan
nexusae0_wm_IMG_4833

Verizon, out of all four of America's major carriers, is notorious for keeping the subsidized price points of its devices high long after release. Even 3rd party retailers seem affected by this trend, and, as such, we've not seen Verizon's Note II dip into real "deal" territory since its debut late last year.

In all likelihood, that's simply because of demand. Verizon's coverage and network sell handsets, and Big Red remains (if only marginally) the largest mobile network in the US.

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