Sprint releases push-to-talk app called Direct Connect

Looks like Sprint has launched an Android app to allow push-to-talk on a couple of devices including the Kyocera Rise and LG’s Optimus Elite. This app virtually turns your phone into a walkie-talkie, much like that annoying “chirp” Boost used to have years ago. Personally, I’ve used an app like this before called HeyTell. I see it as a good alternative to using your minutes if you’re low. Hit the break for a QR code and download link! Read more

T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Note 2 now available for purchase!

Well guys, it’s now October 24th and you know what that means? T-Mobile is now the first American carrier to release Samsung’s next powerhouse in the Galaxy Note 2. You can order the device online for a hefty price of $369.99 on a new 2-year agreement. Here’s an array of specs you should expect on the Note 2:

Full specs

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD (1280 x 720) display
  • 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • microSD slot for storage expansion
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 1.9MP front camera
  • 3100mAh battery
  • Available in both HSPA+ and LTE
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 9.4mm thick
  • 180 grams

Also keep in note that this will have LTE bands for T-Mobile’s future implementation of 4G LTE. So you can bet this phone is as future proof as it gets! Will any of you guys run out and grab this device?

source: T-Mobile

AT&T HTC One X gets root method for latest OTA update

The latest OTA update for AT&T’s HTC One X broke the current methods for rooting the device, but of course it never takes the folks over at XDA too long to find another work around when it comes to rooting. This method will use two different exploits to modify your CID and allow you to unlock your bootloader and root the device.

Of course, as with anything that has to do with rooting, this procedure is can be harmful for your device so please read up before you attempt to do this! Check out the source link if you’re interested!

source: XDA

[Deal] Refurbished Logitech Revue now $50 on TigerDirect with rebate and coupon code

Still eyeing a Google TV product? Thanks to TigerDirect you can grab one of the first Google TV product in the Logitech Revue for a mere $50 (refurbished). Normally $100, you can use a coupon code (TPF73771) to get $20 off a refurbished model up front, plus a $30 rebate to bring it down to a meager $50.

You have have until October 27th to order the Revue in order to qualify for the rebate. After the purchase, you have 30 days to turn in your rebate and get your money back. Hit up the source link if you’re interested!

source: TigerDirect

LG Spectrum’s ICS update finally approved by Verizon; Should arrive in a couple of days

It took quite a bit of time, but I suppose it’s better late than never right? It looks like Verizon’s LG Spectrum ICS update has finally been approved by Big Red and should hit devices shortly. The build is VS920ZV7 and should start hitting devices in a matter of a couple days. You can also check out the source link for Verizon’s page the details the update and shows off the new features that you’ll be receiving!

source: Verizon

Motorola’s MotoDev site will transition into New Developer Resources Page on November 1

Motorola launched the MOTODEV Android Portal in 2009 to provide developers with the technical support and resources needed to create quality apps for Motorola devices. By the end of this month, Motorola plans to close this down and re-open it on November 1st with a re-design and different outlook:

On November 1, the MOTODEV portal, tech library, support forums and social media sites will transition and we’ll begin redirecting users to a new Developer Resources page on Motorola.com for downloads and links to the rich set of tools, support forums and technical documentation now available in the broader Android community such as: Google Android Developers and Stack Overflow.

If you’re an independent developer for Motorola devices, keep your eye out on November 1st!

source: MOTODEV

 

Samsung to introduce the GT-B9150 with EXYNOS 5250 processor soon; Possible slide out QWERTY?

It appears Samsung is planning on releasing a new Galaxy device soon that will don the EXYNOS 5250 1.7 GHz Dual Core processor. It looks like the device will be in the mid-range tier, although the specs is tinkering its way into high end status. The device will have an HD resolution (1280 x 672) screen and will launch with Android 4.1.1 Ice Cream Sandwich. With these specs, this would make it a great mid-range device for customers to purchase, perhaps a physical QWERTY phone?

The device has the model number of GT-B9150 and the “B” series usually pertains to hardware QWERTY devices for Samsung. Once we know more about this device, we’ll be sure to let you all know!

source: Sammobile

More info found in LG Nexus dump for Android 4.2; Gallery redesign, multiple user accounts and more

If you read our previous article on this, folks over on Android Police have gotten a hold of a one month old LG Nexus ROM. The ROM is in fact Android 4.2 and with it, they’ve been able to uncover what we should all expect once 4.2 is officially revealed. For starters it looks like the “Gallery” application is getting a complete re-design and as you can see, it follows Google’s Holo UI look and looks very similar to the Google+ application. I actually liked the old look a lot, but I can understand why Google wants to give it a uniform look to match their other apps like Google+ and YouTube. Keep in mind that this is still a work in progress and I would bet that it’ll look different than what it looks in this photo. For one, the header could certainly still use some work as it just look completely bland at the moment. Either way I personally think it’s a great move, what do you guys think about the new gallery? Also, according to Android Police, the gallery icon that you see here is just a “place holder” and will by no means be the final icon used.

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[For Rooted Users Only] Trinity Kernel and TKT App Review

If you’re familiar with rooting and custom ROM’s, then I’m sure you’ve had your fair share of trying to find the right kernel to flash that coincides best with your phone and current ROM. Keep in mind that the best kernel is always up for grabs and I feel is just too subjective to definitively determine who makes the best kernel. Every phone is different, and every ROM (stock or not) is different. For me, the best that has worked for quite some time now on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been Trinity kernel created by XDA user Morfic. Trinity is currently available for the Nexus S, Nexus 7, (AT&T/TMO) Samsung Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Nexus.

If you’re not familiar with Trinity kernel, or if you’ve never used it, Trinity offers a kernel that’s optimized and enhanced for performance all while maintaining a great battery life. Morfic also offers several versions of his kernel all dependent to your liking, whether you want an overclocked CPU version or even an overclocked GPU version. Trinity also offers great colors for my Nexus’ SAMOLED screen. Upon first flash, you may notice a slight blu-ish hue to your Galaxy Nexus’ screen, but trust me, after a couple days you’ll get used to it and will never want to go back to stock colors. Here’s a full list of what Trinity offers:

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