When the original Galaxy Note was unveiled back in August of 2011, I’ll admit: I was one of the naysayers. Nay, I was more than a naysayer – I was a hater. The idea of the “phablet,” I thought, was absurd. Who would possibly need – or want – such a ridiculous piece of form-factor experimentation? Like much of the tech media world, I looked on and fully expected Samsung’s newest Galaxy product to be a total failure.
|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.|
Still stuck with an Epic 4G Touch (or stuck a relative with your old one)? If you've been holding off on flashing some of the previously leaked Jelly Bean builds for fear of stability or finality, Sextape has released what is rumored to be the final build that will go out as an over the air update some time in the near future.
Build FK23 can be downloaded here, and is relatively easy to flash.
Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 38.
A Word From Our Sponsor
Special shout-out to Logitech this week, the official video sponsor of the Android Police Podcast's live video show! Logitech was kind enough to outfit the Android Police Podcast with some brand-new video digs, in the form the C920 and C910 Logitech HD Pro webcams.
The C920 webcam features Carl Zeiss optics, 1080p video recording, on-board h.264 video compression to reduce upload bandwidth requirements, and Logitech's proprietary Fluid Crystal Technology, making video smoother, sharper, and richer.
If you're a bit of a foodie (I'll admit, I can be at times), finding recipes on the web from databases is often a... terrible experience. While some repositories like Epicurious do hold themselves to a higher standard, many big sites will put up 28 different recipes for the same meal, 26 of which are awful and tacky "tweaks" on classic dishes without any pictures at all. It's not fun to dig through that.
Update: According to Verizon, the Jelly Bean rollout for the RAZR HD and MAXX HD will begin next week.
DROID RAZR HD & DROID RAZR MAXX HD upgrading to Jelly Bean beginning next week. bit.ly/S5BBm2
— Verizon Wireless (@VZWnews) November 30, 2012
The Verizon support site has been updated with Android 4.1 update docs for the RAZR HD (and the MAXX HD).
The update rollout process should follow soon, in the next week or two.
In case you forgot, Google was involved in a little spat with Oracle earlier this year, in which a jury decided that Oracle's patents were not infringed by Google, and a judge came to the conclusion that Oracle's assertion regarding API copyright infringement was untenable.
Judge Alsup's reasoning in denying Oracle's infringement claim was, to anyone with a technical background, quite reasonable. Oracle had claimed that while the amount of line-for-line literal infringement Google committed against the 37 infringed Java APIs through its Dalvik virtual machine was minimal (read: 97% of Google's code was original), the fact that Google had copied created its functional equivalent constituted copyright infringement.
The DNA, which has an unlockable bootloader through an exploit we published last week, is HTC's latest and greatest on Verizon, and the first 1080p phone to be sold in the US. This kernel source should allow developers to start tweaking the DNA a little more thoroughly, and improve custom ROM support.
If you're a fan of physics-based titles, your options on pretty much any mobile platform aren't exactly limited. However, Freeze! by Frozen Gun Games definitely looks a little more interesting than your average title in the genre. Comprised mainly of tilt-based gameplay - though accomplished through touch instead of a gyroscope, thankfully - Freeze! is the compelling story of an ocular hero (no really, he's an eye) attempting to escape from an off-world prison.
If you head on over to Google's factory image site, you'll find brand-new images based on the incremental update to Android 4.2.1. The devices with factory images currently available include the Nexus 7, Nexus 7 3G, Galaxy Nexus (takju, yakju), and Nexus 4. The 4.2.1 image for the Nexus 10 has been delayed, according to JBQ, due to an issue with JOP40C not being flashable over older builds. This has since been fixed, and you can download the new 4.2 factory image for the Nexus 10, though it's still build JOP40C.
Seeing old board games modernized for smartphones has become relatively commonplace in the last year or two, though as Words With Friends has taught us, that isn't always a good thing. BattleFriends at Sea is enough free-to-play entry into the old-school board game foray, though it's remarkably polished and well-made.
The game runs on the Unity engine, and includes features like leaderboards, cross-platform play, and a few twists on the classic Battleship gameplay.