Black Friday at Best Buy – More Like Tablet Blowout Friday

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Today on the internets, various sites took it upon themselves and outed the newspaper ads that everybody likes to study on Thanksgiving, the day before the madness begins. By the looks of Best Buy’s Black Friday ad apparently they are trying to blow out some Android tablets by reducing them to killer prices. You can snag an Asus Transformer for just $249 and a Toshiba Thrive for $279. If that is still a bit steep for our liking then how about a Acer Iconia 7 for $189, or a Pandigital Multimedia Novel 7 for a measly 79 bucks. Check out the full ads after the break below, your bound to find something appealing. They even have some good prices on smartphones too. » Read the rest

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Battery Cover and Battery Show Up on Samsung’s Website

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A few days ago we noticed that Verizon retail stores started to receive a couple different cases already for the Galaxy Nexus. Well, today we are seeing that Samsung has now even added replacement batteries and battery covers onto their website as well.

Earlier in the month we had a little bit of hope that the actual device would carry as little branding as possible. Based on the pictures from Samsung’s website, we see that Verizon has added their obnoxious logo on top of the previously pictured 4G LTE emblem putting all wishful thinking to a rest. At least the screen is beautifully vacant though, right? Now only if we had an official release date! These new website additions leads me to believe that the wait is finally almost over. Are you ready?

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Facial Recognition On Galaxy Nexus Flawed?

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The arrival of Ice Cream Sandwich can’t come soon enough. After all, we are excited about some of the new features which includes facial recognition to unlock your device. Perhaps that revolutionary feature may also be a cause for concern. A curious Galaxy Nexus user decided to try an experiment using the facial recognition with a surprising result. Although the GN was programmed to recognize his actual face, he was able to use a picture of his face on his Galaxy Note tablet, scan the picture using the GN and actually unlock the GN. Of course the facial recognition technology is still incredibly young, so it’s not unexpected something like this has happened. Still, this marks a simple reminder that while the feature is certainly innovative and interesting, it’s not exactly the most secure. But you have to admit, that facial recognition sure is sweet though. You can find the complete demonstration of the facial unlock flaw in the link below.

[via Droid-Life]

DROID RAZR Root Instructions, Only The Brave Need Apply

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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]

Logitech Admits Mistake On Revue – Google TV Experiment

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We finally have comments on the Logitech Revue. It had gone from being one of the most anticipated devices to one of the biggest duds in recent memory. Not even a huge price reduction generated consumer interest. CEO Guerrino De Luca admits the launch “a mistake of implementation of a gigantic nature”. De Luca goes on to add Logitech has “brought closure to the Logitech Revue saga”, adding there are “no plans to introduce another box to replace Revue”. It’s a sad conclusion to a product that once had immense potential. Here’s hoping another manufacturer will be able to learn from Logitech’s flop and come up with a new variation of Google TV.

[via GTVsource]

Native Firefox On Its Way To Android

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Firefox for Android is all set for some major improvements. The engineering team has been hard at work developing a port of Firefox to a Native Java Application. Among the improvements are “startup performance, responsiveness and a much more fuller, native experience”. One thing you’ll immediately notice is the UI of the browser. It looks modern and sleek. Every action from scrolling through pages to opening up new links is smooth and fluid. Like any beta, it’s got it’s fair share of bugs and small issues, but they’ll be worked out sooner than later.

The Native Java App port of Firefox (known as Nightly) is available as a beta today as a ‘Testday’. If your phone has sideloading enabled, download it, test it out, and give your feedback to the guys and gals hard at work to make our internet experience just a little bit better. Expect Native Firefox to be released sometime in Q1 2012.

Download Nightly

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DROID RAZR unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

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The DROID RAZR is probably the sexiest phone I have ever held. From the kevlar back coating to the thin form factor, its such a treat to hold. A few weeks ago when Motorola announced the RAZR, my jaw dropped when Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said it was going to be 7.1mm. Talk about exceeding expectations. In the picture below (after the break) you can see the DROID RAZR as compared to the DROID X (left) and DROID Bionic (middle).

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Moms are three times more likely to own an Android smartphone as opposed to an iPhone, but would they give them up? [Infographic]

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I’m not too big on infographics, but this one from Life360 about Moms and smartphones seemed interesting.

They found that Mom’s were three times more likely to own an Android smartphone as opposed to an iPhone. What was interesting was the results on if they were willing to give up their smartphone for ONE day. According to the survey, 32.4% of Moms would give up their smartphone for a day at the spa, 15.5% for new clothes, a new bag, or new shoes, and 11.8% for dinner at their favorite restaurant. Of course there are those that would never give it up even if they got paid, and that was the case for 28.7% of the Moms.

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Verizon offering Double Data Deal to free up bandwidth for the iPhone

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Earlier in the week we told you about Verizon’s Double Data deal. We wondered why they would offer this since they had just started implementing tiered data plans. It seems as though the culprit is the iPhone, according to Verizon CFO Fran Shammo.

With more and more iPhone users clogging the 3G network, Verizon either needs to invest in expanding it or get non iPhone users switched to 4G LTE. They have chosen the latter since it will free up the bandwidth on 3G and they really don’t want to put more money into 3G. By offering the Double Data Deal for 4G LTE customers, they are hoping it will be enough incentive to get a lot of customers to finally buy that LTE phone.

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Quick Look at Amazon’s App of the Day: Let’s Bowl

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Today, Amazon’s free app of the day is, Lets Bowl, a decent game with great graphics and easy gameplay. I am not going to spend much time going over it as this is one of the bowling games that we have reviewed in the past. To get a comparison against other similar games, check out our other bowling game reviews for PBA Bowling 2 and 3D Bowling.

When playing the game I notice that there isn’t much control over placing spin on the ball and sometimes ball travel seems very unrealistic. I don’t think that this is one of those in depth physics based games but rather something you can play to kill a few minutes of spare time. Hit the source link below to get the free download but be sure that you already have the Amazon Appstore installed on your device, if not, read up on our quick tips page to learn how.

[via Amazon Appstore]