This a cause I think we can all get behind. Back in 2010, the Copyright Office in the Library of Congress issued a rulemaking statement exempting smartphones and DVDs from reverse engineering laws under the DMCA. Previously, companies like Apple had used these provisions to threaten criminal prosecution (as well as civil action) against those who "jailbroke" (rooted) devices such as the iPhone (or iPad). The exemption to these penalties put in place by the Copyright Office extended to the "jailbreaking" (or, as we know it in the Android community, rooting) of all smartphones (it also extends to things like bootloader unlocking).
Tower defense. Tower defense. Tower defense. There's definitely no shortage of TD-style games for Android. Don't' get me wrong - TD games are great.
At the end of last month, NVIDIA announced that Sonic the Hedgehog, Episode 2 would be making its way to Tegra 3-powered devices in 2012. This is not that game.
Instead, this is Episode 1, a long time exclusive of iOS devices. Episode 1 brings the Sonic gameplay we all know and love, picking up where the classic Sonic and Knuckles left off.
The game features all of the same Sonic moves from previous games and even adds a new trick to the hedgehog's arsenal of spinny maneuvers: the homing attack.
When the words Blur and Android 4.0 meet in the same sentence, it's cringe-inducing for most users. Let's be honest here, that's a justified reaction. Blur pretty much sucks.
For the time being, anyway.
A leaked ICS ROM for the international version of the RAZR showed up earlier today with full Blur intact and, surprisingly enough, it doesn't look too bad. It retains more of a stock look than previous version of Blur, with seemingly few modifications made to the homescreens and app drawer.
The LG Spectrum is probably one of the most impressive phones that you'll find with a sub-$200 price tag in the current market. It may not be packing the insanely powerful NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, but don't sell it short - it's a sleek device.
- 4.5-inch 1280x720 display
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
- 8MP rear shooter, 1.3MP ffc
- 1,830mAh battery
- Android 2.3.5 (Android 4.0 update promised)
- 4G LTE
It landed on Verizon just one short week ago for the reasonable price of $200, but that just wasn't good enough for the guys at Amazon wireless.
There's no shortage of weather apps in the Android Market - they're all pretty useful and give basically the same information. So how do you make one that stands out? If you ask OneLouder Apps, the same guys behind apps like Tweetcaster, Friendcaster, and BaconReader, they'd tell you to make it one of the most visually stunning apps in the Android Market. And that's exactly what they've done.
Last week, Sprint rolled out OTA updates that removed Carrier IQ, as well as providing various other bug fixes and enhancements to a few different devices. The Samsung Epic 4G Touch is on the receiving end of a similar update beginning today, with the full rollout finishing its run within 10 days.
Here are the details:
- Security update (read: Carrier IQ removal)
- Dismissing multiple calendar alerts
- Commercial Alert System (CMAS) activated
To see if the update is available on your device, head into the Settings menu > About phone > System updates > Update Android.
I am a big fan of Evernote, using it everyday to manage my to-do list and work on long-term projects. However, over the years this "simple" note-taking suite has expanded with an unwieldy number of features, making it somewhat difficult to manage. So, it is always nice to see an Evernote update for Android that just aims to make the service better without adding further bloat.
The recent update (version 3.5), downloadable from the Android Market, adds smart titles, quick saves, better layout of images, and a number of crucial bug fixes.
If you lost root after updating your Transformer Prime with the latest OTA, we have good news: thanks to a new method found by Android hacker Saurik, you can now root once again.
So, you ready to make this happen? Let's get started.
First things first, you'll need to grab a couple of files.
Once you've downloaded the required files, plug your Prime into your computer, fire up adb, and enter the following commands (one at a time, of course):
adb push mempodroid /data/local
adb push su /data/local
adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/mempodroid
adb shell /data/local/mempodroid 0xd9ec 0xaf47 mount -o remount,rw '' /system
/data/local/mempodroid 0xd9ec 0xaf47 sh
At this point, you should be in a root shell session (indicated with the pound sign).
In the tech world, devices come and go fairly often. Once it's determined that a device has worn out its welcome, it ends up where no one wants to be: on the EoL (end-of-life) list. The latest EoL list to make it way into the mainstream is from Sprint, and it looks like the HTC EVO View 4G will be phased out beginning on January 29th.
The EVO View 4G will be joined by a few other random devices, including the Blackberry Playbook and the phone that will not die - the EVO 4G.