06
Aug
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Last month, owners of Toshiba's 10-inch Thrive tablet were dealt a blow when the manufacturer announced that the tablet's official update to Ice Cream Sandwich would be delayed to "early Fall." This news came several months after Toshiba had initially indicated an "end of Spring" release target for the update.

After all of that, it appears that the Thrive is finally receiving its update to Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich today – for real this time.

06
Aug
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We just posted a Fall 2012 smartphone buyer's guide in which the Galaxy S III came out the best phone across all carriers. And now, if you're willing to switch to Sprint, you can get the best dang Android phone on the planet for just $119.

Update: It just dropped to $100.

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Specs:

  • 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU (MSM8960)
  • Qualcomm Adreno 225 GPU
  • 2GB Ram
  • 16GB With MicroSDHC slot
  • 4.8 inch, 1280×720, Pentile AMOLED Display
  • 2100 mAh Removable Battery
  • 8MP Rear Camera, 1.9MP Front Camera
  • A multicolor notification LED
  • WiFi A/B/G/N, Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC (with Google Wallet)
  • Dimensions: 136.6 mm (5.38 in) × 70.7 mm (2.78 in) × 8.6 mm (0.34 in)
  • Weight: 133 g (4.7 oz)
  • Android 4.0.4 with TouchWiz

Sold?

06
Aug
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If there were ever a time in your life when the thought "you know, I should switch to Sprint and get the EVO LTE" crossed your mind, now may be the best time act on it: it just dropped to a penny on Amazon Wireless. A freakin' penny.

Amazon Wireless wants to you have this phone so badly, they're willing to hand it right over - so long as you don't have a problem with committing to The Now Network for the next couple years.

06
Aug
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For months now, users who wanted to root their Logitech Revue GoogleTV unit were either forced to use hardware modifications or do without. Now, though, Android hacker extraordinaire Dan Rosenberg has found a way to do it completely through software. There's only one problem: it's both extremely difficult and risky. Still, if you're up for a challenge, this one's for you.

This hack uses an exploit called nandpwn, which is explained better on GTVhacker than I could ever do:

A local privilege escalation exploit for the Logitech Revue that leverages the ability to map the hardware registers of the NAND flash controller in conjunction with a Linux kernel information leak to clobber kernel memory in a way that allows gaining privileges.

06
Aug
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Samsung only made official the Galaxy Note 10.1 last night, but the company has already started releasing kernel source code to its Open Source Developer's Center.

In this case, there are two different versions of the source code available, for model numbers SHW-M480K and SHW-M480S. At first blush it's nearly impossible to cite the differences between the two, but after a bit of digging it looks like these are both carrier-connected 3G versions of the device.

06
Aug
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According to a new report from DigiTimes (hang on!) this morning, HTC is preparing a new monster flagship phone for launch this fall. The Taiwanese publication says the device will come with a 5" display and a resolution of 1794x1080. If that number sounds a little off to you, it's because those dimensions probably exclude 126 lines to make room for the navigation buttons.

Of course, it's there that the story gets interesting.

06
Aug
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Owners of Sony Mobile's "WhiteMagic" phone, the Xperia P, have been stuck on pre-4.0 software for some time now. This, needless to say, was no fun at all.

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However, as can be seen in the above Facebook post from Sony Mobile India, the device will indeed be getting its proper serving of Ice Cream Sandwich sometime between August 19th and August 25th, just as expected.

And now, the (two-week) wait begins for Xperia P users.

06
Aug
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Last Updated: August 13th, 2012

After a long series of post-MWC changes, Samsung has finally readied its long-awaited flagship Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet and officially announced its global availability. The release schedule is set to start immediately with the United States, United Kingdom, Korea, and Germany, followed by other markets "starting in August." The initial release includes only the Wi-Fi only and the 3G/HSPA+-enabled variants, with the LTE flavor coming later this year.

Note: The press release is a little ambiguous on whether the "starting in August" bit refers to the four aforementioned countries or the following global availability, but we're inclined to side with the latter.

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Aug
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Last Updated: August 19th, 2012

While most Android fans are clamoring to get their hands on a new Nexus 7, there are still those who prefer the size and feel of a 10" tablet. And for good reason: a 7" tablet is fantastic for reading, surfing the web, and even watching movies, but it's just lacking much-needed screen real estate when it comes to productivity.

Speaking of productivity, who wants a free Transformer Prime with dock?

03
Aug
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There's no question – HTC's latest flagship, the One X, is a fantastic device. One major gripe that users have had from day one however (besides broken multitasking) was the pesky menu bar that served to replace its missing capacitive counterpart. Any time users opened an app that wasn't optimized with the Ice Cream Sandwich-style "action overflow" button, the large black bar would appear.

All that is changing for owners of the AT&T-connected One X today though, as a 270MB OTA update (carrying software build 2.20.502.7 and bringing the handset up to ICS 4.0.4) eliminates the bar, instead giving users options to remap the device's multitask key to follow one of three sets of behavior: Always open recent apps, press for menu and long press for recent apps, or press for recent apps and long press for menu.

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