I bet you didn’t know Stanford had some cool nerds on their roster did you? Yep, some of the folks over there decided to tinker around using an NFC enabled Android device along with a remote control also housing an NFC chip. Check out what these guys have managed to come up with:
Display photos in a slide show
Slide Show Presentation
Play Online Poker
Stream Netlix Videos
Check out the quick demo below where you can see all of these in action and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. I don’t know about you, but I love when nerds get bored. They always wind up producing something useful for the rest of us :) For more information hit up the source link to check out their blog at Stanford.edu
Like someone eating McDonald’s while sitting at a Burger King, the BlackBerry PlayBook is all set to receive its highly anticipated 2.0 OS update which will allow the use of Android applications. And by highly anticipated I mean highly anticipated by BlackBerry users not Android fan-boys. The update is supposed to drop next month and the company has officially put the call out for anyone wanting to run Android applications on the Kindle Fire wannabe via its BlackBerry Runtime for Android functionality. If you’re a developer and you’d like to see your application running on the device, you have until February 6th to submit your app. In order to get your application approved and on the BlackBerry App World Store, you’ll need to abide by a few rules. First, you’ll need to omit the word “Android” for starters, as well as any signs or traces of the Android logo. Yep, say goodbye to the little green guy. And secondly, you’ll need to remove any links that would take one back to the Android Market. According to RIM, it’s not difficult at all to port your application over to their device using their Runtime feature. So, we’ll have to sit back and see what developers cook up for the masses. What application would you like to see ported over to the PlayBook? Oh, I know! How about an email application?!
Installing a recovery on your device is among the most popular projects for Android users. Of course achieving a recovery such as ClockworkMod involves the “simple” process of installing it on your phone, flashing a kernel or pushing the recovery to the right partition using the ADB in the Android terminal. Whichever method you choose, it can possibly be a difficult one– and that’s why we have the fine team at XDA helping to make our lives’ just a smidge easier. Senior member pvyParts and his associates recently posted an application that will install a recovery straight from the app itself. That means there’s no need for computers, a debug mode or any of the other potential problems. In other words, this is as straightforward as it gets. Here’s pvyParts himself as he shares his thoughts of the landmark app:
“This App will work with the 2011 Xperia porfolio. it will install CWM into the system partition so you can use recovery even with a locked bootloader! The Recovery has been ported by nobodyAtall @xda for the Xperia phones! All Credits to him!
all i did was bundle it into a nice easy installer. ( i also made some changes to the chargemon file to turn the LED on to signal when to pres your keys )”
This app is currently available for the 2011 Sony Ericsson Xperia Line of devices at this time. You can find more details for the app including additional details, change logs, a full compatibility list, screen shots and discussion in the original thread found at the link below. If you are bold enough to install the auto installer— do make sure you back everything… in case you commit an oopsie.
A couple of days ago we told you about Koush’s new project, a touch version of ClockWorkMod. We weren’t sure how long it would take for us to get our hands on it, but he just announced it’s now available as a beta for download for the Galaxy Nexus (GSM and CDMA) and the Nexus S (GSM). Download links below. If you want to see a video of it in action, checkout our previous post here.
Recall the Boot Manager app we covered a few months ago? Well, similarly, but slightly different, you’re unable to boot into different ROM’s like Boot Manager, however, SwitchMe is much less complicated to navigate. The application allows you, as seamlessly as one can, and with the touch of a button, to create a new installation of your current ROM minus all of the tweaks and settings. The application is extremely “tweak-able” if you will. The app is scaled down well for battery optimization as it allows you to switch through a number of profiles. Here’s some more suggestions from the dev as well:
The technology behind SwitchMe saves all of your applications and data, protects it and stores it as a file in memory. You can then log out of an account and log into a fresh installation of Android or another account with its own unique content.
Privacy—the most obvious benefit is that you can securely share one device among multiple users, which gives you privacy and peace of mind.
Testing—if you are a developer, you can use profiles as clean sandboxes to test your applications and their interaction with the system.
Gaming—with multiple installations of Android on a single device, you can now play online MMOs as different characters.
Speed—the games your kids play slow down your tablet, but with SwitchMe you can easily create profiles in without games or messengers.
Battery life—when the battery is low but there are important emails or documents to edit later, switch to a profile which only contains these essentials.
The Nook Tablet by Barnes & Noble has been rooted again. Sure this isn’t the first root it has ever received, but newer roots almost always promises bigger and better things. The fine individuals at XDA were at it again bringing a bigger, better root to the Nook. This latest root not only roots the device, but allows crafty users to get that ever-important Android Market onto their devices. You’ll have to use an SD card in order to get Google Apps this time around, but if you’ve had experiences with partitioning SD cards, it should be a breeze of a process.
Be sure to visit the XDA thread for full details and instructions on how to root the Nook. It includes essentially everything you need to know in order to make the root a success. If you do end up achieving the root, please do tell us the warm feeling you get having the Android Market and Google Apps back on your device.
Going thorough my Google+ stream this morning I noticed an entry from Koush, the man behind CloworkMod and CWM Tether, and boy does he have something awesome up his sleeve! As you can see in the video below, Koush is working on a new touch version of ClockWorkMod Recovery that is going to make things a heck of a lot easier, especially for the uber sensitive Galaxy Nexus.
I know that other forms of “touch” recovery are available, like TWRP from TeamWin, but Koush’s new method that he is working on will allow for swiping and tapping your selections rather than using buttons. Although Koush is teasing his new recovery method via Google+, this is still just a tease. Currently downloads are not available, and according to Koush, “there will be better graphics and whatnot later.” By that I assume the text might be a little easier to read and the UI might get a slight makeover. Whatever it ends up as, I’m sure it will be an amazing finished product. In the meantime, check out the video below and be sure to let us know what you think. Who else is looking forward to some swipe recovery action ?
Who can deny again how so fricking popular the Galaxy S line is? Especially the Galaxy S II which took the mobile market by storm both overseas and in the US. Well, Android finatics are constantly trying to make the device even better by slapping incredible ROM’s on the device put out by the ever talented dev community. And one of the more popular ROM’s, after CM9 of course, is the MIUI (pronounced “My UI”) ROM. The MIUI 4 ROM has been touted as being extremely stable and reliable enough to become your daily driver. Developer adyscorpius over at XDA has put the “very stable” ROM out for the masses to grab and notes a couple of things not quite working yet.
– MIUI Themes don’t work. Create /data/system/theme to get it to work! – Initially the permissions manager will ask for permission to Manage ROOT. Permit that.
So there you have it. If you’re one of the proud owners of the international version of the Galaxy S II and want to spice things up a bit, give it a go at the source link below.
Mobile security developer Lookout is looking to further innovate internet security on our mobile devices. Using the Lookout Labs (which is how the Lookout team creates and launches new products), they’ve gone ahead and introduced the Mobile Threat Tracker. The app allows you to zoom through time and watch as thousands of sparks light up the globe; each spark represents Lookout blocking a threat to protect a real user. The Mobile Threat Tracker is essentially an interactive means of seeing the threats that Lookout identifies and catches every day. Basically, the app should answer basic questions including “are there really mobile threats?” and “how many mobile threats are there?” There’s even the ability to see the names of the top three trending threats such as week’s top threat, RuPaidMarket, masquerades as a useful app but actually sends premium SMS messages without allowing you to opt out, or letting you know that you will be charged.
As we all know, it’s been a couple of weeks now since we’ve seen the new Android 4.0.3 update hit devices like the Transformer Prime making it the first tab to receive the new firmware. Subsequently, after the update we saw a few nice features and improvements to multiple applications and the UI itself. However, it’s been discovered by the folks over at ComputerWorld that there’s a hidden little gem in the Gmail application. A new Gmail feature has been discovered labeled “experiments“. Sounds super duper secretive doesn’t it? The experiments feature is basically just a few useful options Google engineers added for the user to try out but may not be necessarily “stable” by any means. First up on the new experiments feature is “Enable Full Text Search” which is obvious right? The feature allows you to perform a complete search throughout your threads for key words while indexing them nicely for you.
From time to time leaked builds become available for certain devices. Most of the time, it’s not the final build, and we never know for sure whether or not it is. In this case the Android 2.3.6 update for the DROID RAZR is now available for you to install, and you won’t need to be rooted. The new build number is 6.12.173 and it brings you to Android 2.3.6 from 2.3.5
We’re told this build brings a LTE radio update which is probably the biggest reason to install it. You will also find some Blur enhancements along with some new bloatware like the Moto Car Finder we told you about a couple of months ago.
If you have been wanting to root your Lenovo ThinkPad and haven’t had time, knew where to go, or were a little bit apprehensive about doing such things then today is your lucky day as we have the process all lined up for you. Heck we’ll even give you instructions on pushing ClockWork Recovery to your device as a special bonus. We’ve compiled the process from Vulnfactory and XDA and have it broken down below.
As with all rooting, your device’s warranty will be void and all responsibility if you brick your device falls on you. However if you are more than ready to root this device hit the break below to get the files and instructions needed to root and get a custom recovery onto your ThinkPad. Just FYI this only works on Windows PCs.
If you’re a developer, a fiddler or a hacker, chances are you’ve heard about or used BusyBox. If you’re a commoner and haven’t heard about it, BusyBox is one of the most imporant tools needed to harness the true potential of your Android device. Essentially, it’s something you install on your device which gives you additional shell commands which in turn allows you to commit actions such as renaming specific files or modifying imporant files. Developer stud Stephen Erickson wants additional masses to get in on the BusyBox action by open sourcing his BusyBox installer app. In addition to installing the app on your device, BusyBox makes it easy to customize your embedded systems in the forms of ROMs or even apps, setting you well on your way to becoming the king Android developer on your block. Now this is what the Android platform is all about.
We knew it would be only a short time before we saw ROMs popping up for the HTC Rezound after it was announced that the device’s bootloader was unlocked. While it may be some time before we see an official OTA build for Ice Cream Sandwich that hasn’t stopped developers from getting their hands on leaked images. We discussed an early build for the Sensation that was released back in December and it appears that developers are hopping all over the system.img released for the Rezound a few days ago as well. Both images show an ICS experience that is chalked full of Sense (obviously) but deep down it’s ICS.
So if you’ve unlocked your bootloader, rooted and installed a recovery hit the links below to check out ICS on the Rezound and if you’re in the market for a new Android phone, remember that the device is going for $199.99 which is a great price for a really great phone. Hit us up in the comment section below to let us know how they run. Enjoy!