How to install Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on the Nexus S 4G

It’s gotten beyond ridiculous that the Sprint Nexus S 4G hasn’t received the Ice Cream Sandwich update. We know it’s getting close because an official build leaked. This is version IMM76D and is not only an official build, but it’s also supposedly the final build that will soon be released via over-the-air for all Nexus S 4G owners. If you can’t wait for the update, then hit the break and follow the instructions.


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7 FREE Instagram Alternatives For Android

 

We all know Instagram is coming to Android soon, and with its success on the iOS platform, many are waiting anxiously for it to arrive. Let’s take a look at what Instagram offers.

  • Nearly 20 photo filters
  • Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects for extra depth of field
  • Retro borders
  • Social sharing with Facebook, Twitter,  Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare, Posterous, and Instagram’s own network

Over 15 27 million iOS users use Instagram, so it must be popular for a reason. The fact is, it’s a well-made app that’s easy and fun to use, adding a coolness factor to social photo sharing. It’s gotten so popular, in fact, that I’m actually starting to get a little tired of seeing the same retro filters applied to everyone’s photos. I mean, sure it’s cool looking, but if everyone’s photos have the same look, it’s not that unique anymore. This is a testament to how easy it is to use, of course.

Your love of retro filters notwithstanding, Instagram is here to stay, and with the Android version coming soon, it’s going to blow up even more. But what if you want the Instagram experience today? One thing Android already has  is a huge list of apps that are similar to Instagram, some with more features, some with less. Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order.


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Quick Thoughts On Soulcraft THD Beta For Tegra Devices

NVIDIA’s Tegra platform is no doubt a great one for showcasing Android gaming. We know there are plenty of Tegra-exclusive games out there, but there’s one game that’s standing out head and shoulders above the rest of the Tegra-based games. You may have heard about a certain Action-RPG called Soulcraft THD, which is pretty much a dark fantasy game on steroids. The beta has currently been in beta for a few months now and while the developer Mobilebits claims there are still some bugs to be worked out, the game runs incredibly fluid while the graphics are smooth like butter.
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Android 5.0 Jelly Bean ROM Leaked For Galaxy Nexus

 

You gotta hand it to the folks at XDA. They always seem to be three steps ahead of everyone. Today thing bring a huge leak for owners of the Galaxy Nexus… Android 5.0 Jelly Bean! Keep in mind, this is an early experimental build, not for daily use. Here’s a list of what’s working and not working:

Working
-Boots

Not Working
-Network
-Data
-Wifi
-Bluetooth
-Camera
-Basically everything

So if you’re brave enough to flash this very early build, visit the source link below. Please let us know how it works!

source: xda

Toshiba Introduces the ‘Shapes’ Line of Tablets [Video]

Hot on the heels of the Excite 10 LE, Toshiba has a new line of tablets that are about to change the mobile tech game entirely. Meet the “Shapes” line of tablets. Toshiba’s attempt to create “a new and exclusive line of tablets designed to match your personality and style”. Don’t let technology threaten your individuality!

The video below outlines the three new “Shapes” slates from Toshiba. The Oblong – “technology that’s come full circle.” The Rhombus – “More than just a convex quadrilateral.” And the Amore – “This is one heart you can play with.” While the video clearly shows us how creative Toshiba can be when it comes to manufacturing displays, they forget to fill us in on any specs. I can imagine at least a 3.67 GHz quint-core processor in the business minded Rhombus but as for the other two? I dunno? Check out the video after the break and let us know what kind of specs you think these tablets will ship with. :-D 
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April Fools and Google 2012: A complete list of all the antics [Updated]

 

Google loves to have a lot of fun on April Fools. Remember last year’s Gmail Motion? Yesterday we already showed you their 8 bit Maps, which was just the tip of the iceberg. This year Google really got into the festivities with a whole bunch of stuff. To make things easier for everyone, we thought we would give you a quick roundup of all their antics. Make sure and let us know which ones are your favorites. [We will be adding to this as more stuff gets uncovered]

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Hit the break for the rest


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[Deal] Pick up the fabulous doubleTwist Alarm Clock quickly. It’s half price for the first 10,000 users.

doubleTwist, the developers behind the mega popular music player and AirSync Android applications has released a new feature filled Alarm Clock app into the Google Play Store. The doubleTwist alarm allows you to access your music library and chose exactly which song you’d like to wake you up on any given day. Perhaps more interesting is the ‘Sleep Cycle’ option which allows the user to entrust the application with choosing the ideal time to get up in the morning, I’ll personally be sticking with setting my own time the evening before a big morning meeting! In typical doubleTwist fashion, the app is a visual treat with a choice of digital or analogue clock faces that look glorious on an HD Super AMOLED screen.

The first 10,000 downloads will cost only $1, after this the full retail price will be $2. You can also enter a prize draw for a Biegert & Funk designer clock worth $1100 by tweeting or liking the application on Twitter and Facebook respectively.

Check out the full list of features after the break and be sure to click the download link below before the price goes up!


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CM9 Nightlies return – Galaxy S i9000/i9000B, Captivate and Vibrant all covered

It is a truth universally acknowledged that many of the most talented Android designers and developers don’t work for the giant manufacturers such as Samsung, Motorola and HTC. Some of the most impressive Android ROMS come from the independent developer community and it’s safe to say that CyanogenMod is the most reputable of all.

Only a couple of days ago we reported that the CyanogenMod team had been busy bringing Android 4.0 ICS to the HTC Sensation, LG Optimus LTE and LG Nitro HD by way of the CM9 ROM. It’s time for owners of the original Samsung Galaxy to take notice as, although Sammy itself won’t be bringing you some sweet Ice Cream Sandwich, CyanogenMod has added CM9 links for the i9000/i9000B, Captivate and Vibrant  to its downloads webpage.

As a reminder, you need to be rooted to pick up these ROMs and if you’re not rooted, perhaps today is the day to change it. Hit the source link below to get started. Happy flashing!

source : CyanogenMod

Motorola DROID RAZR Android 4.0.3 Build Leaked, Then Pulled

We know a soak test for the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX is incoming, and now it looks like a leaked build of Android 4.0.3 for the DROID RAZR has just been outed on DroidRzr.com. Don’t get too excited yet as it seems the files have temporarily been pulled for now, citing “an error with sideloading…

Apparently, there have been some good flashes of this leak, and it is now known to be Android 4.0.3 with a new ICS Motorola UI, updated radios, updated kernel, and WebTop software. If you’re really itching to try installing this, and are ok with the risks, read through DroidRazr’s thread as it seems some users have managed to find alternate methods of downloading it.

source: droidrzr
via: phandroid

French Authorities Seize HTC One S Handset From Fan Blog For Posting Unboxing Video

Yesterday we showed you a video of an HTC One phone that French blog HTC-Hub obtained through a confidential source, and now HTC France has taken legal action against the site, while French authorities seized the phone in the process. HTC-Hub Editor in Chief, Bruno Miguel, approached Hopscotch, HTC’s PR agency, a few weeks after Mobile World Congress to ask about getting demo units of the HTC One series of phones. Normally, HTC sends out demo units to the press several days before they launch with an embargo agreement not to publish any information until a pre-determined, agreed-upon date. Bruno was informed that France would not get demo units until after the launch a week later.

HTC-Hub managed to acquire an HTC One S anyway from a confidential source outside of HTC or their PR firm, so the embargo agreement was not in effect, but it seems HTC France does not agree. It’s unclear right now what legal charges have been brought against HTC-Hub.

Check out an image of the T.G.I. (Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris), a legal document issued by the French Superior Court, after the break.


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