[Video] Google’s Matias Duarte Shows Off Android 4.0 Real-Time Video Effects

With all the great features that we are looking forward to in the impending release of  Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, some are more practical than others. This week, The Verge, had an opportunity to sit down with Matias Duarte to spend a few minutes discussing one of the more ‘add-it-cause-it’s-fun features’ rather than focus on more serious stuff.

The video below outlines a new addition to the ICS’ native camera app that allows you to apply real-time video effects. By applying a tweak-filter, if you will, you can create goofy caricature-like effects and distort the persons face or head as you see fit. While focusing solely on the subjects head, the camera can apply these effects without distorting anything else contained within the video. Feel like making your buddy look a bit pudgier than normal? Easy. Feel like making your girlfriend look a tad skinnier than in reality? Just a click away.

These kooky features will now be found within the native ICS video camera and while not very practical, they are bound to provide a bit of fun in between those times you are enjoying the more serious improvements within Android’s latest, and most definitely greatest, OS to date. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think.


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CyanogenMod Team Wasting No Time After Ice Cream Sandwich’s Source Code Was Released

With the recent release of the precious Ice Cream Sandwich source code, the CyanogenMod team took off like dogs at the race once the gate’s are opened.  The team is hoping to get CyanogenMod9 up and running on some lucky Android device in about two months time.

..and we’re off. check back in 2 months :)  #cm9  #ics

The above quote was released on Cyanogen’s official Twitter account today and we can tell it sure got some folks speculating as to which device might be the first to get it and which are to follow.  Feel free to sound off in the comments below as to which device you’d like to see the OS gracefully hijack.  We’re looking forward to seeing what the team can do with this and which devices it can manage to pack the awesome OS into.  Stay tuned as you’ll be the first to know once they announce the “chosen one”.

[via Twitter]

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 DooMLoRD_v2_ROOT-zergRush-busybox-su.zip 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]

Perks To Owning A Droid Razr: Remove Tons Of Bloatware And Easily Hide The Rest

If I were to ever stand in front of a panel of world Entrepreneurs and were asked what my suggestions were to make the world a better place and push humanity into a brighter future, it would certainly be to request that all carriers remove crapware bloatware from their devices.  Well, Verizon and Motorola are headed in that direction, and for now we’ll just have to say it’s a start.  Vz has made the change we’ve all been waiting for when it comes to pre-loaded apps on the device, and we hope it’s a trending change in the industry.  Vz has allowed a plethora of applications to be uninstalled on the device and for the ones that cannot, you now have the ability to “hide” them.  Hey, we’ll take the compromise.

There’s nothing worse in the world than for you to get this high end smartphone and not be able to customize it the way you want because of unnecessary bloatware.  And not everyone is tech savvy enough to root and ROM their devices if that’s what you were thinking.  Applications like Guided Tours, Blockbuster, GoToMeeting, Let’s Golf and Madden can all be hidden if these aren’t your forte.  In previous models, you either had to toss these apps in a folder somewhere so they’re out of the way or download a new launcher all together, since Blur was kind of blah and didn’t allow you to do that.  In any event, it’s a welcomed addition to the device.  If you haven’t already, check out our initial hands-on with the Droid Razr and stay tuned for our full review and comparison of the device.  
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Motorola Asks 200 Electrify Owners To Lend A Helping BETA Hand

Are any of you readers out there on US cellular and own a Motorola Electrify? Now is your chance to throw Moto a bone and offer some needed support by volunteering for a new BETA testing program. If chosen, you will be apart of a select group of 200 that will test out the next software update specifically designed for the US cellular Motorola Electrify. If you meet these two requirements and this sounds like something you may be interested in, keep reading.

Motorola and US Celluar are happy to announce a future pre-release* opportunity for MOTOROLA ELECTRIFY, before it is officially released to all customers. We are recruiting 200 Electrify owners to test and provide feedback on future updates.

This registration period will be open until we receive our limit of qualified applicants. Note that you must be a member of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to register. If you’re interested in testing and want to take part, just join our community now and then fill out the short Motorola Feedback Network registration form.  When specific opportunities become available you will receive additional info via email to register for a particular Electrify opportunity.

Please note that registering with the Motorola Feedback Network will not guarantee you’ll be among those testing the software update as testers will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis, and on valid registration responses. Selected users will receive additional information to prepare for the update via email when the trial begins.

* Motorola Software Pre-Releases are final software checks, with a limited group of users, before upgrades/updates are provided to the general public. Software tested may be no different than what other users receive, once testing is complete.

Sound interesting? Then jump on board and offer a lending device. For those who own an Electrify and would just rather sit on the sidelines, by the sound of things if all goes well you may see an official software update sometime in the near future. One thing I noticed was that they mysteriously left out what Android version it is that they are updating to. If any of you join in on the BETA action, do me a solid and let us know which version they are working with. Thanks!

[via Motorola Forums]

HTC Thunderbolt MIUI Port Now Has Working Data and SMS

 

HTC Thunderbolt owners are about to start salivating. The MIUI ROM port for is one step closer to being official for the phone. MIUI as you already know, can work on any phone including the Thunderbolt. Developers have been hard at work ensuring the Thunderbolt port of the ROM works properly before releasing to the general public. There have been various kinks and issues during the development, such as data and SMS not working properly. It certainly hasn’t taken much time to address the issues as it was announced on Twitter that “data and SMS are fully working”. This is indeed exciting news, especially considering that it shouldn’t be much longer before the ROM is released for Thunderbolt owners. Look out for the MIUI for the HTC Thunderbolt to be available any day now.

[via Twitter]

Sprint Begins Gingerbread Push for Samsung Epic 4G

Today, Sprint plans on kicking off a slow Gingerbread rollout for the Samsung Epic 4G. The plans are to update only about 3 percent of devices on the first day (today) to try and avoid the major issues seen during the Froyo update. Sprint will continue the slow rollout over the next 8 days, until all handsets are updated.

You can expect all the usual goodies that come with Android 2.3, and the change log includes:

  • Airrave notification fixes
  • SMS area code fix
  • PRL and Profile update fix
  • EAS HTML Tagging fix
  • Bluetooth headset quality fix
  • Lock screen date fix

If at any time you dismiss the update notification or you just want to see if it’s available to you yet, press: Settings–> Menu–> About Phone–> System Update. The build number should be EI22. Jump past the break to see an image of the official update document.


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[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]

Android 2.3 Gingerbread is Now on 44 Percent of Android Devices

Google has recently released its latest Android distribution figures, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread is now on  43.9 percent of all Android devices, almost 5 percent more than last month.

This is the first time we have seen Gingerbread on more devices than Android 2.2 Froyo, which has dropped about 5 percent from last months 45.3 percent to this months 40.7 percent.

The data was harvested based on the number of Android devices which accessed the Android Market over a two-week period that ended on 3 November. If you want to see the full details from the report, hit the link below.

Which OS is your Android Device running on?

[via Google]

Android 3.1 Update Ready forSony Google TV Blu-Ray Player

In case you haven’t heard, Google is finally rolling out the Android 3.1 update to all Google TV devices. Sony branded units are among the first to get the treat and today, we have another Sony product to add to the list.

The Honeycomb update is all ready for those of you who own a Sony Google TV Blu-Ray player and it’s just waiting for you to download. If you have the device and haven’t received the update yet, head into Settings –> About –> System Updates. From there you should be able to manually push some Honeycomb lovin’ onto your device. Enjoy!

[via DroidLife]