A few days ago, developer mskip released the Nexus 4 toolkit, which simplifies the unlock/root/recovery/etc. process on the device. The same dev has now released the Nexus 10 toolkit, which does essentially the same thing, only for Google's first 10" slate. These toolkits really take the work out of doing a number of otherwise potentially tedious tasks:
FUNCTIONS OF GOOGLE NEXUS 10 TOOLKIT V1.0.0 [20TH NOVEMBER 2012] * Install correct adb/fastboot drivers automatically on Windows xp/vista/7/8 32bit+64bit * Backup/Restore a single package or all apps, user data and Internal Storage * Backup your /data/media (virtual SD Card) to your PC for a Full Safe backup of data * Unlock/Re-Lock your Bootloader * Root Stock Jelly Bean builds (upto 4.2.0 JOP40C) * 1-Click For All to Unlock the Bootloader, Root, Rename the Restore File and Flash Custom Recovery * Perform a FULL NANDROID Backup of your system (Boot, Cache, Data, Recovery and System) via adb and save in Custom Recovery format on your PC which can be Restored via CWM Recovery * Pull /data and /system folders, compress to a .tar file and save to your PC * Dump selected Phone Partitions, compress to a .zip file with md5 and save to your PC * Install BusyBox on your phone * Extras, Tips and Tricks section available to all ToolKit Donators * Auto Update ToolKit to latest pushed version at startup (donator feature) * Program up to 10 Quickpic slots and run them very quickly (donator feature) * Mods section to automatically perform certain tasks on your phone * Download Google Stock Image directly to correct ToolKit folder for extracting and flashing (no need to move it manually anymore) * Flash Custom Recovery or Google Stock Image to phone * Rename the Recovery Restore File present on some Stock Roms * Boot into CWM Touch Recovery without Flashing it * Boot or Flash .img Files directly from your PC * Install a single apk or multiple apk's to your phone * Push Files from your PC to your phone * Pull Files from your phone to your PC * Dump selected LogCat buffers to your PC * Dump BugReport to your PC * Set Files Permissions on your phone * Open new Command Prompt for manual input * Reboot Phone to Fastboot Mode or Android from fastboot mode * Reboot Phone to Fastboot Mode, Recovery, Android or Download Mode from adb mode
The ToolKit.exe and ModsSection.exe files may be detected as malicious by some anti-virus software.
Archos is sending an OTA update to its 80/101 G9 and 101XS tablets right now that brings several enhancements to the devices, including some media and video playback features, improved display outputs, and more. The update for the 80/101 G9 also brings some fixes for units containing HDDs, and the 101XS is getting a device-specific tweak to the keyboard.
There's no doubt that the Nabi 2 is the absolute best tablet on the market designed just for kids. When I reviewed it back in June, I came away impressed with everything that Fuhu was able to pack into this device, all while keeping the price around $200 (that was, of course, before the Nexus 7 was announced, so a $200 tablet that didn't suck was impressive in itself). The build is solid, it's packed to the brim with educational software, and the Monarch UI is a fantastic and intuitive interface for kids.
About a week after the Takju variant of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus got its 4.2 update, it looks like the same is rolling out to the Nexus' Yakju variant. The update (build JOP40C), for those not willing to wait, is also available for manual download and flashing (check the link below).
It should be noted that this update is meant solely for the Galaxy Nexus Yakju – that's the international version not from the Play Store – and your device should be running build JZO54K before you try to install the update.
Update: The Nexus 10 32GB is also in stock in the UK and Canada, too.
Not much to say here - the Nexus 10 32GB is back in stock on the US Play Store right now. If you're on the fence, no pressure - they might only be gone in an hour. Or a few minutes. Or thirty seconds before you stopped debating and clicked the link. You better hurry up.
Eight cores, in a mobile processor? Balderdash! But according to EETimes, that's just what Samsung's planning on unveiling in February at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (that sounds so exciting).
Now before you get too excited, this isn't - technically speaking - an eight-core processor. It's a dual quad-core, which is to say, a two-processor chip. The design is based on a reference architecture thought up by ARM themselves, dubbed "big.little," and is designed to combine the light-load battery life of a high-efficiency quad-core 28nm ARM A7 chip with a super-hi-po A15 processor for heavy lifting.
It's pretty disheartening to get an awesome new phone only to realize the bootloader's locked down tight. That's means no custom recovery, no ROMs, no custom kernels, no... anything fun. Until, of course, some dedicated developers get ahold of the device in question and bend it to their will. That's exactly what Project FreeGee has done for both the Sprint and AT&T variants of the LG Optimus G.
The tool essentially unlocks the bootloader of both devices, allowing a custom recovery - and eventually, custom ROMs - to be flashed.
HTC CEO Peter Chou has come out swinging against allegations that HTC is paying "$6-8 per handset" in royalties to Apple, calling the estimates "outrageous." Of course, those estimate were indeed just estimates, and they were also commented upon by HTC insiders at the time as being a little on the high side.
So, what do we take from Mr. Chou's statement? HTC is probably paying a royalty, but a $6-8 royalty (that's about 1-1.5% on a $600-800 smartphone)?
Amazon Wireless has been on a roll lately. Yesterday, they dropped the price of the Optimus G and a slew of Verizon phones, and today they've taken a bite out of the titanium variant of Sprint's Galaxy Note II for new customers. Originally $299, you can now score this powerhouse not-quite-a-tablet-but-more-than-a-phone handset for just $229 when you sign a new contract with The Now Network. Sorry current Sprint subscribers - you'll have to shell out $280 for this device.