Motorola Releases Car Finder App for DROID RAZR (Plus I Explain How to do Virtually the Same Thing on Any Device with Google Maps)

For those of you DROID RAZR owners who live in larger cities (or those with poor memory), Motorola has released a car finder app that allows to to locate your vehicle after parking in spot that may be hard to find again. In the city where I live, I can’t imagine a real need for such an app, but for those who live in areas with huge parking lots, I could imagine this coming in hand. I picture going to Magic Mountain or some place similar where this might actually be of use.

The application is called Motorola Car Finder and can be found as a free download in the Android Market. This is one of many car finder apps out there but this one is designed to work with the DROID RAZR with further device support coming in the future. I tried downloading this to another device (DROID Charge), and while I was able to install it, it was unusable because a Motorola navigation dock was not present.

Similar to many other car finder applications, you can pinpoint your parking location via GPS and even log a couple pictures and voice memos for later reference. Once you are ready to return to your car, simply pull up the app and the GPS will guide you back to your ride without question. I guess one caveat could be if you were parked underground or somewhere where a GPS signal would be hard to obtain, then you may find it near impossible for this app to function properly. If you are in an area with adequate GPS signal then this app may handy with such features as:

Samsung Releases a Bunch of New Galaxy Nexus Instructional Videos

Today is sure a big day for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus! First off, it was released in the UK and oddly enough the first one that was sold got returned. Samsung then updated its US Galaxy Nexus product page, adding an official US spec sheet, 3D view, and outed its official US commercial. The specs sheet then confirmed that here in the US we will be treated to a 100mAh larger battery compared to its overseas counterpart. Specs also reveal that the stateside device is now a half a millimeter thicker than the one originally debuted. And as if that wasn’t enough, to top it all off, the Galaxy Nexus was then put through a brutal scratch test to determine the resilience of its non Gorilla Glass display. Whew! All that and still no US release date!

Anyway, one of the coolest events from today was the additions to the Galaxy Nexus website. You can now watch a bunch of walkthrough videos explaining many of the device’s awesome features. We round up the whole lot and thought we would share them with you here on TalkAndroid. There are quite a few so you will need to jump past the break to check them all out. After you’re done, be sure to let us know in the comments what feature/s you are most looking forward to. I am sure there is at least one that will catch your eye!

Root the Kindle Fire with SuperOneClick [Courtesy of XDA]

With the Kindle Fire’s release, developers at XDA are wasting no time in getting the device rooted. Given the ability to enable sideloading, rooting is inevitable. Over at XDA there is a quick walk-through in setting up ADB on the Fire. Of course this can only be done after one is done installing the Android SDK. Once ADB is set up root is obtainable through the SuperOneClick application.

As of right now there are no custom roms available for the Fire but when they do come out, and they will, you will be one step closer to flashing a new rom. Given the Fire’s specs it will be interesting to see how developers can push this device to its full potential. For those of you who have a Kindle Fire and are wanting to root it, download the SuperOneClick Application here and hit the break for instructions on how to do so courtesy of developer death2all110 over at XDA.  

DROID RAZR Root Instructions, Only The Brave Need Apply

Here’s to all of you lucky-ducks who are the proud new owner of a Motorola DROID RAZR! I can imagine there are a few of you brave souls out there wanting to get just a little bit more out of your shiny new device and are looking to root already, right? If so, some dude over at Droidforums has got you covererd and has the tools needed for the task. Right now the method is only Windows operable and we’ve yet to see a custom recovery or SBF file so if you truly can’t wait to get your root on give it a try, but be warned that there is no way of going back at this point so be extra cautious.

TalkAndroid will not be held responsible for you turning something shiny and new into a useless brick. That being said, the following was taking directly from the Droidforums:

Step 1: Download and install Motorola Drivers for your Windows PC (this doesn’t work on other operating systems): 32-bit or 64-bit.

Step 2:
Download and extract contents to your PC (desktop would be a good place).

Step 3: From your Droid RAZR’s homescreen, tap Menu button and enable USB Debugging from Settings > Applications > Development.

Step 4: Connect your Droid RAZR with your PC and select Charge only option from notifications drawer.

Step 5: Navigate to where the folder you unzipped in Step 2 to and open the folder and click on the runme.bat file and let it do its thing.

If you followed the steps correctly, your Droid RAZR should now be rooted on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread.

[via Droidforums]

[Download] Galaxy Nexus Full System Dump Including Boot, Recovery Image

Looks like there is more good news for prospective Galaxy Nexus owners as our pals over at MoDaCo has a little treat for us that many of you will be happy to see. We are getting access to a full system dump from the Galaxy Nexus’ ICL23D build.

There should be a little something for everyone: apps, ringtones and wallpapers for the basic users and everything else including the boot recovery images for you dev types. It’s very likely that this won’t be the build that makes it into retail devices but if it’s just the multimedia your after, there shouldn’t be an issue. Add this to the recently discovered root method and we’re all set! Hit the source below for details and download links.

[via MoDaCo]

Motorola Atrix 2 Gets Manual One Click Root Method [Courtesy of XDA]

Already got yourself the new Atrix 2? Feeling a little bit superuser-ish? Your in luck then! XDA forum member, jimmy273, has posted some instructions on how to root the new Motorola device. Jimmy273, being the modest man he is, doesn’t take full credit for this feat and passes some credentials on to p3droid for creating this method. All Jim did was use p3droid’s Bionic root method and tried it on his Atrix 2 and had success.

To see all the gritty details hit the source link below. There you will find full instructions and files needed to gain superuser status. Be sure to read the instructions thoroughly and check out what other forum members had to say. Good luck and happy rooting!

[via XDA forums]

Motorola Devices Receive Possible Permanent Root

A new root method for Motorola devices has shown up on the interweb claiming that it may be a permanent solution. There is still the possibility that Moto will patch this method closed in future updates but if you are already rooted you might as well give it a try. It should only take a matter of minutes to complete and will work on most Motorola devices including the Bionic, Droid 3 and Droid X. Before you can start you need to be rooted and in case you aren’t, the directions can be found here. Once you have root you will just need to change a few lines in your “” file using Root Explorer. Hit the break for full instructions.

Liberty ROM Released for DROID 3 and Bionic

So you own a DROID 3 or a Bionic, but hate BLUR? Today is your lucky day. Kejar31 and Jrummy16 at RootzWiki have released their Liberty ROM to the general public. This attractive ROM features apps built from source, an attractive yellow and black theme and custom add-ons such as the Liberty Customizer (enabling you to add back BLUR apps). Hit the break to see full instructions for both the DROID 3 and Bionic from RootzWiki as well as screenshots of the attractive ROM in action.

HTC Amaze 4G gains permanent one-click-root [Courtesy of XDA]

Well looky here! The great developers over at XDA have mustered up a simple way to fully root to the new HTC Amaze 4G. Talk about fast! Until today they only had temporary root, but now you can use an easy one-click-root method to permanently root your new Amaze 4G.

You must keep in mind that your bootloader must be unlocked or this new method below will just be another temporary root. Your bootlader must be fully unlocked to achieve permanent root. The Amaze 4G is not yet listed on the site for unlocking bootloaders, but that method will still work for the device. Once unlocked, head to the HTC Amaze 4G XDA thread to gain permanent root, woot! It’s only a matter of time before custom roms and recovery tools are available as well.

I am sure you know this, but this WILL void your factory warranty and TakAndroid will not be held responsible, this post is for your reference only. Once you obtain the HTC drivers and the root method, you’re all set. It’s only a matter of time before custom roms and recovery tools are available as well. Jump past the break for full instructions from XDA.

How to Test Drive Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Hey Android fans! As you all know, Ice Cream Sandwich was officially unveiled yesterday evening. In case you missed it, Google also announced that the 4.0 SDK (Source Developer Kit) is available as of right now. To most, the SDK is strictly for development purposes, but did you know, you can use it to give yourself a tour of new Android releases? The SDK has a built in Android Emulator that can be used use to simply boot up 4.0 and start poking around. So, perhaps you’re eager to know how it’s done.

Hit the break for full instructions. The following assumes you’ve never touched the SDK before.

[Android Quick Tip] Using Folders To Unclutter Your Home Screens

If you didn’t know already, depending on your version of Android, you can use folders on your home screens to help organize your apps. To do this, all you need to do is long press on one of your home screens and select Folders and then New Folder. Once you’ve added a new folder to your screen you can now drag and drop just about anything you like in here. In the screenshot above I have a folder set up for my Google specific apps which is accessed by simply tapping on the folder. This is a nice built in feature that looks nice and will put some apps all in one place for you. Be sure to share this with anyone considering an iPhone.

Get To Know Your Android Device With A Free Guide: Everything From The Home Screen To Rooting

Know anyone that’s new to Android and could use a schooling on how it all works works? Maybe you know someone interested in a new smartphone and could use an Android education. Well we’ve got a free guide for you that will take them through just about everything they will need to know about Android to get them started. The guide will take them from a brief history of Android to the home screen interface and what it’s all about, the Android Market, and even an explanation on game emulators and rooting (the good and the bad). The guide is called “These Are The Droids You’re Looking For: An Android Guide” and you can request it for free right here. I would say this guide is really only for a beginner or someone that has never used and Android device, but at 22 pages long it’s also very detailed. Even if you’re a pro, this might be worth grabbing to share with others that might need a hand understanding how Android works.

[via tradepub]

Droid X2 and Droid Bionic Join ROM Manager’s List of Supported Devices (Video Tutorial)

With over 3 million downloads, there’s no doubt as to why root users are downloading ROM Manager by the butload.  Its ease and simplicity have made it possible for those who know very little about ROM’ing to get their feet wet.  Well, among those millions we can now add Droid X2 and Droid Bionic users.  Thanks to the ClockworkMod team the list of supported devices continues to expand.  Obviously you’ll need root access for this as well as to be bootstrapped.  An official Bionic bootstrap is said to be coming soon but for now the current version will suffice.

If you’re a newbie, there’s no doubt about it.  ROM Manager is the tool to get things done when it comes to the awesome world of swapping ROM’s hassle free.  If you’re ready to give it a go you can head on over to our popular apps database for the download where you’ll also find a QR code available or you can simply grab it from the Android Market.  If you’re a X2 or Bionic owner and have successfully used ROM Manager, definitely feel free to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.  In addition, after the break, we’ve added the Android Market tutorial for the full walk through on how to install and use ROM Manager for your ROM’ing enjoyment.  Have fun.  

Tutorial: Root and ClockworkMod Recovery for the Samsung Epic 4G Touch [Videos]

A couple of days ago Samsung released the source code for the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, and now root has been achieved.  We have two methods which are essentially the same, but the first build is more complete:

From XDA member Zedomax:

Download files here

  1. Put your Epic 4G into download mode by holding down Power button and Volume down buttton, when you see an option screen, let go of both buttons then hit Volume up button.
  2. You should now be in download mode, connect your USB cable from Epic 4G Touch to a Windows computer. (Sorry ODIN uses Windows only…)
  3. Make sure you have Samsung Kies installed, it will install the proper drivers.
  4. Open up odin3 v1.85.exe, click on “PDA”, then select “SPH-D710_Zedomax_Kernel.tar” and hit Start.
  5. Your phone should reboot and voila, your phone should be rooted with SuperUser app.

Tutorial video below:

Talk Android Weekly Recap, What You May Have Missed

Have a you had a busy week?  Allow us to summarize this week’s hottest topics for you.  Check out the buzz below on what’s hot with this crazy insane union we all call Android.  Hit the break to get all caught up and let us know what your favorite topic of the week is.

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