02
Sep
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If the insanely high-res screens of the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7 have you drooling, you're certainly not alone. But if you live in the US, it's all too likely that you will never have the opportunity to see either of the devices in person.

At IFA 2011, the very same conference where the 7.7 and the Note were made official, a Samsung representative told GottaBeMobile that there are currently no plans to sell the gadgets in the US.

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.

02
Sep
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When our former man Will Shanklin played Guerrilla Bob, he came away very impressed - enough so that he highly recommended it. Fast forward a few months, and the studio behind it, Angry Mob Games, is back with what looks to be another instant classic: Muffin Knight. Take a look:

The story:

Fertilize the forest with the unicorn, cover the sky with black holes, flood the world with candy, but just get the muffins back!

02
Sep
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During his time on-stage at the Salesforce.com Dreamforce conference, Eric Schmidt (Chairman and former CEO) of Google said that the company's purchase of Motorola is about more than just patents, as has broadly been claimed.

We did it for more than just patents. We actually believe that the Motorola team has some amazing products coming....We're excited to have the product line, to use the Motorola brand, the product architecture, the engineers.

01
Sep
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Apple has a long history of being ironic, and not in the positive sense of the word. Their latest bout of ironic shenanigans: accusing Samsung and Motorola of being "anticompetitive." Frankly, this is such an outrageous accusation that I just don't know where to start with it.

  1. First off, a little history: as Daily Tech points out, Steve Jobs famously said "We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas." What changed?
01
Sep
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The Droid Bionic is coming out a week from now, but its guts have already been leaked online and examined by some curious Android minds (remember the boot animation?).

One of them, P3Droid, ripped out the wallpapers unique to the device, packaged them up into an app, and posted it online. Since I like to see things in front of me, feel and touch them, I then ripped the wallpapers out of his app and am now posting them for individual viewing and downloading (the app is free, so put down your pitch forks).

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.