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Spring Design Alex eReader Rooted

2 weeks ago on April 14th we saw the newest e-reader - Alex by Spring Design - finally go on sale, and now 2 weeks later, it is finally rooted. If you are wondering what rooting means, head over here, and then come back and read the rest.

The hacker by the name of Bluebrain from AndroidForums.com posted a message on the forum on Sunday showing his Alex running a shell as root (via the su binary, as usual).

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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S Now Available For Preorder In The UK

If you are looking for a new Android phone, whether to upgrade your existing Android device or get introduced to the platform, pre-orders are now available in the UK for the Samsung Galaxy S.

The Galaxy S and the HTC EVO were among the biggest Android related announcements at the recent CTIA in Las Vegas.

Samsung did not hold back with this phone either, dropping some serious hardware into it that will make any Android fan foam at the mouth, specifically related to the screen.

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Google Cancels Plans For Verizon Nexus One, Recommends The Droid Incredible Instead

If you were waiting for the Nexus One to hit Verizon anytime soon, the bad news is that you can wave goodbye to that ever happening as Google updated their phone sales website today, and the Verizon Nexus One is officially off the list.

The good news, however, is that instead of the N1, Google recommends you buy the Droid Incredible, calling it ‘a powerful Android phone and similarly feature-packed cousin of the Nexus One.’

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Shortly after the changes were made to the site, the Boy Genius Report published a statement by Google that read

We won’t be selling a Nexus One with Verizon, and this is a reflection of the amazing innovation happening across the open Android ecosystem.

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Giveaway Contest: Win 1 Of 2 Free Starcraft 2 Beta Keys By Doing Close To Nothing

The Contest

Update 5/4/2010: The contest is now over! We've had 62 entries and 2 keys to give out, so the odds were pretty good. The winners have now been chosen at random - head over here to see them.

The first official Android Police contest is here!

To promote the site further, following our very successful first month on the net, we decided to give away 2x Starcraft 2 Beta keys which will let you download the most anticipated game of this year and play it on Battle.net.

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Real-life Photos Of The Garminfone Spotted For Those Of Us Who Are Directionally Challenged

A number of real-life photos of the new Android-powered Garmin phone, called Garminfone just got leaked to TmoNews.com. With the full Garmin navigational experience loaded into the phone, Garminfone is clearly directed towards those of us that may be directionally challenged.

Let's have a look, shall we? Here are the most interesting of the leaked pictures:

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Here’s their initial impression:

With just a few shots we get a quick glance at what we honestly expect to be just a moderate Android device…with no real “wow” factor.

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Android Market Hits A New Milestone - Now Serving 50,000 Applications

Today Android celebrates another milestone - all Android Markets combined count over 50,000 applications and games, according to the Android Market tracker AndroLib. AndroLib is one of the biggest market trackers out there and monitors over 10 separate marketplaces in addition to the main one.

10,000 apps were cranked out in less than a month, as exactly 4 weeks ago we celebrated the 40,000 mark, and, as you can see, the progress has been excellent.

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Many Secrets Still Buried In The Nexus One To Be Discovered Later. Secret One Unlocked: Nexus One Now Does Wireless-N (802.11n)

The other day I was reading a great roundup of projected and wanted features in the upcoming Android 2.2 Froyo release, over at AndroidAndMe. The author, Taylor Wimberly, was going over what he thought was likely to be included next and then mentioned something about the Nexus One that instantly intrigued me. He said:

I spoke with Google’s Eric Tseng during CES and he told me there were many secrets left in the Nexus One that we would discover later.

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Flash And Air Developers Port Existing Apps To Android In 10 Minutes, Give Feedback From The Private Beta Of Flash/Air For Android

The recent drama over Apple’s rejection of Adobe technology caused quite a stir online, generating a large number of blog posts, massive amounts of commentary, a fair share of whining, and much hating. With Adobe finally resigned to the fact that they were effectively shut out of the iPhone (at least for now), it seems like the Android community is getting much more attention suddenly, as previously reported by Android Police and others.

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Android 2.2 To Have An Updated Market With Automatic App Update?

I am not one to usually fall into the rumor mill and believe all the rumors that tend to circulate regarding anything Android related but this particular item seems very believable, especially considering it comes with some pretty realistic screenshots.

What am I referring to? I’m talking about one of the features so many people have been asking for since Android 1.5 was released - either automatic application updating or at least batch application update or both, and it looks like the former is on its way with the upcoming Android 2.2 update.

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Adobe Ceases Its Efforts To Bring Flash To The iPhone, Concentrates On Android Instead

You can’t say you didn’t see it coming! Adobe have officially given up on any kind of development efforts for Flash and Flash tools for the iPhone, just days after announcing that a public beta of Flash is planned for Android.

After months of trying to convince Apple to allow Flash on the iPhone OS, Adobe banked big on its ‘Packager for iPhone’ application which was supposed to ship with the CS5 suite released a few days ago.

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