Taste Ice Cream Sandwich With New Theme From SDK For CM7 Theme Chooser [Courtesy of XDA]

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Thanks to XDA developer Sonnysekhon, you don’t need to get your hands on a Galaxy Nexus to enjoy your first little taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. A new theme built right from the SDK is now available for download if you’ve got a custom ROM running the Theme Chooser app. Although still in its infant stage, the theme is promised to be “updated often to get it to look like the real deal as soon as possible.”

Hit the break to grab the download link and preview a few more of its screen shots. After download, just apply your new theme and reboot. Oh yeah, and tell us what you think!

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What does the Galaxy Nexus plan on doing with a barometer?

by Stacy Bruce on
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There are so many reasons to fall in love with the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus – let me count the ways. A huge 4.65″ HD Super Amoled display, Android 4.0, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, LTE, barometer, 1 GB of RAM, wait…. barometer?!! Yes you read correctly, barometer. Apparently Samsung isn’t including a barometer in the Galaxy Nexus for the latest in personal weather-forecast information, but for something even more practical, GPS location.

Android engineer, Dan Morrill, hit the interweb explaining Samsung’s reasoning for adding such tool to their latest incarnation. According to Morrill’s Google+ account, Sammy added the barometer to help the device more rapidly acquire a GPS lock by delivering altitude coordinates to the required latitude and longitude GPS equation. I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to having this technology in my next handset. My last 2 devices had a hell of a time locking on to a solid GPS signal, making navigation an often avoided feature. I truly hope that the addition of a barometer resolves this widespread complaint, all we need now is a freakin’ U.S. release date!

Hit the link below to see Morrill’s sometimes comical Google+ thread and let us know if this is a feature that you too are looking forward to.

[via Dan Morrill's google+]

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

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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 HTCdev.com 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.

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Telus Makes It Official, Samsung Galaxy S II X (Hercules) Launching October 28th

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If you’ll recall, the Samsung Galaxy S II aka Hercules was caught on video with the small know how of it heading to Telus.  Well, Telus made it official and says you’ll have the device on October 28th.   The carrier made the news public with a huge banner on their website.  The device will be dubbed the “Samsung Galaxy S II X”.  No word on specific pricing however, it appears you can snag the device for a 3 yr agreement at $99.  Geez, I’ll never get used to hearing about 3 year agreements.  As a reminder, the device sports a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, an 8 meg camera capable of capturing 1080p videos, 2 meg front facing camera for chatting it up along with your typical standards such as WiFi and Bluetooth.  Feel free to drop a comment or two below.  The real question is….Will this device see ICS?

[via Telus]

More CM7 Love For The Droid 3 and Bionic

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CM7 just seems to be going viral these days and really, we can’t blame anyone for using it.  To be a little more thorough and technical, it’s freaking awesome!  That is, once all of the bugs are ironed out.  Last month the Droid Bionic got its turn to boot up CyanogenMod7 and frankly, it looked extremely promising. Well, we’re one step closer to getting it fully working on the Bionic, thanks to developer, hashcode, and it looks fantastic.  Check out the video below courtesy of our Android friends over at Droid Life.  In addition, and though we’ve seen it before, the developer managed to get the ROM up and running on the Droid 3 since it happens to have a nearly identical chipset as the Bionic.  Not too shabby hitting two phones with one stone like that.

And now for the caveat; If you’re not an experienced developer and you can’t stand initial bugs then we highly suggest you pass on this download until a more stable ROM comes along, which shouldn’t be long at this rate.  However, if you choose to jump on it, be sure to understand that you’re doing this at your own risk.  Good luck and report back.  Happy ROM’ing.  Hit the break to check out the videos.   » Read the rest

Asus Tweets ICS is “Coming to an @ASUS #EeePadTransformer near you”

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Well isn’t this a pleasant surprise?  Looks like the updates just keep hitting the Transformer without a hiccup.  The device has been gracious and generous enough to get regular updates, mostly due to its popularity, no doubt.  And it looks like Ice Cream Sandwich will be no exception this time around.  Asus revealed via their official Twitter account that the device will see sweeter days (see what I did there?) and to stay tuned for a date.

Coming to an @ASUS #EeePadTransformer near you… Stay tuned for dates

This does beg the question however, will the Transformer 2 come with ICS pre-loaded?

[via Twitter]

Eastern Glow Live Wallpaper For Android, Available For Download In The Market

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Live Wallpapers are getting better and better on the Android OS all of the time, and as CPU’s and GPU’s become more prominent, there’s nothing Android devices can’t do.  Now, damn if this Live Wallpaper isn’t gorgeous.  Eastern Glow Live Wallpaper, by developer Jason Allen, offers a quiet night under a fire-lit lamp of fireflies.  The amount of fireflies are completely customizable by you of course.  The Live Wallpaper is being touted by the developer as “low impact” because it doesn’t slow down your device or drain the battery in excess.  Head on over to the Android Market to receive the download and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments section.  You can also use the QR code below for an added convenience.  Hit the break for another screen shot of the app.   » Read the rest

Nightfall Live Wallpaper Brings Full Serenity, Available For Download In The Android Market

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I’m a sucker for a good looking Live Wallpaper and Nightfall Live Wallpaper is just what the doctor ordered.  This elegant and enchanting Live Wallpaper is bound to bring some serenity to your home screen no matter what kind of day you’re having.  Check out the skyline and silhouetted landscape as you pan across your home screen.  It has a sort of Kindle feel to it doesn’t it? If you pay special attention you’ll notice stars twinkling and a distant nebula gracefully floating by.  Ready to give it a go?  You can download the app via the QR code below or check it out on the Android Market.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the application in the comments below.  Hit the break for another screen shot.   » Read the rest

Steve Jobs was “willing to go to thermonuclear war” to stop Android

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The upcoming biography, Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson is scheduled for release next week, but the Associated Press got a copy early. From their descriptions, it sounds like there is some pretty bombshell stuff scrawled on the pages within. Apparently Steve Jobs was so vehemently agitated by Android that no monetary settlements with Google would ever be made. He had every intention to fire all of his guns at once, in effort to obliterate Android from the marketplace. Straight from the book, you’ll find this, quite frankly kind of disturbing, quote,

“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

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In a subsequent meeting with Schmidt at a Palo Alto, California, cafe, Jobs told Schmidt that he wasn’t interested in settling the lawsuit,

“I don’t want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won’t want it. I’ve got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all I want.”

I know a lot you must be thinking right off the bat, honestly, “stop stealing our ideas,” *cough* iOS 5 notifications *cough*.

Moving on…obviously Jobs was fed up with Android more than he ever had us believe. Why do you think Steve was so upset over Android? Was it really just the belief that Android was stealing Apple’s ideas, or something more? Sound off in the comments.

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Andy Rubin: ‘I don’t believe that your phone should be an assistant’

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There’s been a lot of talk lately on voice commands since Apple introduced Siri a couple of weeks ago. Apple’s concept is to make Siri a personal assistant, but Google Senior Vice President of Mobile, Andy Rubin said, “I don’t believe that your phone should be an assistant. Your phone is a tool for communicating. You shouldn’t be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone.”

He went on to say, “To some degree it is natural for you to talk to your phone,” but it has always been about talking to another person.

Finally he said, “This isn’t a new notion,” and “In projecting the future, I think Apple did a good job of figuring out when the technology was ready to be consumer-grade.”

Are you feeling like you need a personal assistant on your phone? Of course, Google already has Voice Actions already built into Android, but if you feel slighted and want something similar, give Iris a try.

[via allthingsd]