If there’s one thing about Chrome for Android that I despise, it’s the lack of being able to permanently set the browser to desktop mode when browsing on our tablet or large phone. Data plans and larger screens allow for us to emulate carrying around a desktop, and it should provide us with a desktop experience without having to muck about with loading the mobile one first. Thanks to Google and it’s fantastic ability to search everywhere at once, we were lucky enough to stumble upon a solution on the Google Chrome Forum. [Read more...]
If you’ve been following Minecraft pocket edition lately, then you’ve been noticing how it’s getting closer and closer to its desktop counterpart; with the introduction to crafting a few months back, and the frequent updates adding more and more craftable items, the game has been showing a lot of potential. One of the biggest issues with the original game for me was the default texture pack, and if you’re like me, you want to change the pocket edition one just as much as the desktop one. Thanks to the huge community following, it’s much easier than you think. Check out the video below to see how to install custom packs on your version of Minecraft PE. [Read more...]
Eager to get your hands on Jelly Bean or CM10 for your Note? Check out the video and the links provided below for a preview build for the International version of the Samsung Galaxy Note. The build is mostly complete and can be used as a daily driver if you are adventurous. Remember: this is just a preview build and should be treated as such. There are a few things that don’t work with the ROM including a few sensor issues (rotation), full hardware acceleration, memory leak issues, among a few other things. That means that you won’t be able to see just what Project Butter has to offer the device just yet. The ROM is still plenty fast but you can see some of the visible lag when pulling down the notification bar or switching between the applications. Google now and the new voice search currently work so you can show off your device to friends and family. [Read more...]
When you purchase an Android device typically you purchase it A: Because it’s cheap, B: because of the amount and types of apps, or C: because the level of customization. In this case the it’s B. If you’re in the age group of 16-21 there’s a good chance you’ve played an N64 and have a lot of fond memories with it as I have. (You can’t tell me the song “Superman” by Goldfinger doesn’t remind you of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater for the N64!) If you have, then here’s your chance to download an emulator, some ROMs ( digital rips of the game) , and play your favorite N64 games on any higher-end Android device; I’d recommend having a Galaxy S equivalent, or higher (1+Ghz Processor, 512+mb RAM). [Read more...]
I don’t really know if this is Android news or what, but it’s certainly tablet news. Company “TabCo” is attempting to bait the world with suspense, with a “Who is TabCo?” catch phrase. They’ve basically bashed all the android tablets released so far for not one-uping Apple, and they practically guarantee they’ll give you an “Aha!” moment and trump the competition.
In case you missed it, they did some skywriting over Apple’s developer conference saying “Forget the Fruit.” They took things a step to the less than humble side and kind of ruined it by flat out saying on their site “we’re the people who had the balls to skywrite over the Apple WWDC!” They made some mock focus group videos and are basically just taking the whole “mystery” thing to the point that it’s eye-roll worthy. There is seriously no other hints to what the heck is going on, but apparently we’ll know before the end of summer. I’m not exactly shaking from anticipation.
The latest Facebook update is now available for your Android device.
There are a few tweaks that come with the 1.6 version. There’s better Facebook page browsing- the pages now open up easily through the application.
More importantly to most users is the new ability to upload videos. This is most convenient since you can now record videos from your Android device and directly upload them to the Facebook app without any extra steps.
Overall, the update makes things a bit easier, but we’re still waiting for some things (tagging pics?). The update is manual so you’ll have to go into your Apps to get it for your device.
Ready or not, here it comes- a new installment of the insanely popular Angry Birds has been kind of announced. There hasn’t been anything “officially” stated by Rovio, but this video isnt exactly subtle.
It’s got all the traditional summery tidbits and should (obviously) be seen in the next month or so. There isn’t a name yet, but Rovio is challenging it’s Facebook followers to have a guess at it. As said before, there hasn’t been an official announcement. We’re sure to see a name, release date, and price whenever Rovio gets around to it.
Today we rooted and flashed a custom kernel onto our Motorola Xoom to unlock the full potential of the hardware which includes external SD card support as well as overclocking the Dual core CPU to 1.7Ghz .Thanks to the files and guide provided by XDA, we were able to successfully install the Tiamat kernel onto the Xoom which allows for the most potential out of the Tegra 2 chip. There have been numerous stress tests done on the chip and it is running stable at 1.7Ghz which is “probably as far as the Tegra chip will go.” Although the kernel does not work on some devices and can cause hangs, you can always use the 1.6Ghz overclock which should work better and is still a huge improvement over the stock 1.0. Another feature included is the charging LED is now active while the device is on and charging, whereas before the LED would only be on if the device was powered off.
We ran a Quadrant test benchmark on it to see how it stacked up against other phones and dual core devices and it ousted every Android device on the market, as expected. The Motorola Atrix and the Xoom got roughly 2500 on a benchmark score when ran at stock speeds; after rooting and installing the Tiamat kernel the benchmark score reached 4108! If the Xoom was having ANY difficulty running multiple applications before, it has been fixed entirely with this update.
You can visit the XDA website below to read the official thread on flashing, unlocking, and rooting your device. As always, be extremely careful as this has the possibility to brick your device (make it a really nice 26 ounce paperweight) if the proper steps are not followed. We nor XDA are responsible for anything that happens to your device, use at own risk! These posts are aimed towards the 3G Verizon Xoom, not the Wifi version.
Engadget has a post on their website which has a response from Motorola in regards to have an unlocked and rooted device when the 4G LTE upgrade comes around; Motorola states that it is not an issue and if any Xoom that is sent in for the upgrade will receive the installation of the 4G modem no matter what, even if they are unable to install the “software” for it basically saying “if you can hack your own software onto it, you can put ours on it too.”
After a remodel from a clunky interface, Miro 4 has emerged. More versatile than its earlier version Miro 4 is now twined with doubletwist, an application that enables its users to send photos and videos to other locations as well as sync media library to various portable devices.
The program also has attachments to common web pages anyone turns to for their recreations. Youtube, Hulu, PBS, and Youtorrent. And like its competitor Miro 4 has its Podcasts and Stores such as the Google market, and Amazon’s Android mp3 store.
“We set the bar very high. We want to be the open iTunes,” said Nicholas Reville, co-founder and executive director of the Participatory Culture Foundation.
Grab the download at Miro’s webpage here
HTC Thunderbolt users will be receiving an update to their system tomorrow which will include a few small fixes and stability improvements to the device. The update is aimed at “enhancing the data connectivity when accessing the Verizon 3G network,” with the updates rolling out the past few months for other devices this is likely to improve the connection speed quite a bit for the device when 4G is unavailable. Also included are minor updates for the storage of SMS and MMS, quicker GPS lock, and stability improvements for many applications (Yahoo, KAYAK, My Verizon, etc.) You can visit the Verizon Wireless website tomorrow to update your device to unlock and optimize these features.