Koush Shows Off Official ClockWorkMod Recovery Touch, Still Under Development

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 ?

Jump past the break to see it in action.
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Samsung Galaxy S III launch under review, but shows up on Samsung support page

The other day we gave you that wonderful news that the Samsung Galaxy S III might not be revealed at next month’s Mobile World Congress. During their recent earnings conference call, Mrs. Younghee Lee said they’re “still reviewing” options for the launch. Meanwhile, Samsung’s support site is showing model GT-i9300, but it doesn’t exist yet. Looking back at past models, the Galaxy S was in the i90xx range and the Galaxy S II had i91xx. The Galaxy Nexus used i9250, so one would assume that the Galaxy S III would jump to the i93xx range. Sounds logical to me. Either way, we know a Galaxy S III will launch this year, the only real question is when will it be officially unveiled?

source: samsung
via: pocketnow, sammyhub

Google Music Manager adds options to download songs to your desktop and YouTube music video sharing via Google+

Google Music is awesome right? Even if you don’t use it, I always recommend everyone to upload their tunes anyway because it’s a free and safe backup for your collection, not to mention you will have access to your music from anywhere in the world. The only problem with the backup argument was the fact that you couldn’t download your tunes back to your desktop if you computer crashed. Well Google just took care of that because with the latest update to the Music Manager, you can download all your music back to your desktop, including tunes you uploaded and tunes you purchased. Now we can feel safe knowing we can restore our music if we ever need to.

Google also added the ability to easily share YouTube videos for the songs you’ve uploaded. As you know you can easily share full plays for songs you’ve purchased to your circles on Google+, but this gives us an option for the music we already own.

[via android -  google+]

 

 

Official Steam Application hits the Android Market in closed beta

I know a lot of you have been waiting for the official Steam App, the ultimate online gaming platform, to come to Android. We’re ever so close as they just released the app in the Android Market. Don’t go too crazy yet because although you can download it, you will find that it’s in closed beta. If you’re a fan of steam, you should probably go ahead and download it anyway because you will be the first to know when the app gets updated and possibly moves out of beta, or at least closed beta. Download links below.

Android Market Link

Motorola Sends Out “Confidential” Email To Atrix 4G Owners, Soak Test On The Way

 

Well what do we have here? It looks like Motorola has some plans for its Atrix 4G smartphone. Owners of the device who participate in the surveys and soak tests received this email late last night:

“Hi ATRIX 4G user!

You’re receiving this email because you’ve filled out a Motorola Feedback Network survey in the past stating your interest in ATRIX 4G feedback opportunities. As a Motorola Feedback Network member you get advanced notice, like this, of such activities.

We’re getting ready to have a pre-release update on your AT&T ATRIX 4G. Please fill out the following survey( https://________ ) to confirm your interest in this soak opportunity. The first 1,000 applicants will be picked on a first come, first serve basis, provided information is correctly filled out. I know there are some questions that are a repeat, sorry, but there is a reason for that. Please fill it out carefully, honestly and accurately as misinformation can cause this exercise to be unsuccessful. You can edit your survey from the same computer until the survey period closes, though it is advisable to fill it out the first time correctly. Duplicates will be excluded with the newer one used.. Secondly, once the survey period closes we’ll not be able to update your IMEI. Consider carefully before exchanging your device.

This survey period will end at 8pm 01/30/12 Central time or when 1000 valid responses are received. If you don’t intend to actively participate please do not sign up for this opportunity.

Do not forward this communication to other parties(websites, individuals, etc), as you will lose your spot. As part of your original MFN survey you agreed to keep all MFN activities and notifications confidential. If we find that you have breached this agreement we may elect to remove you. You can always encourage users to sign up for the Motorola Feedback Network so they can be considered for feedback opportunities in the future.

If accepted, you will receive additional notifications via this email when the soak test activities will begin. Users not selected will not be notified. Do not email or PM me asking if you are accepted or when it will start as we may elect to remove you from the opportunity.

In the mean time, please log in to the new community. If you haven’t logged in since the move you’ll need to do a password reset in order regain access using the email account “______” as username is only used as a Forums Display Name on the new site. If you have trouble accessing your account you can email us at ____.

Thanks again for your interest.

Mark & Matt
Support Forums Managers
Motorola Feedback Network

Whenever we see these “confidential emails”, it usually indicates two things: a minor update or a major update. Considering the Atrix 4G has the same internals as a certain tablet that was just upgraded to ICS recently, we’re hoping this is the beginning of what will be a major update for the device. We will be sure to keep our eyes and ears opened for any further developments regarding this Atrix 4G story. Stay tuned with Talk Android for further details folks!

 

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What to Expect From HTC Sense 4.0: A Hands On Report

Among the many new things that will be unveiled at next months Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, HTC Sense 4.0 is one that you may have forgotten about. If your anything like me, you don’t really care for manufacturers UI overlays, and prefer the vanilla experience as Android intended it. I have always thought the Sense UI was one of the more obtrusive UI’s and I have a fear that Sense 4.0 will ruin the lovely ICS experience that I have fallen in love with. Who knows,  maybe I am worrying too much because the folks over at Pocketnow got a sneak peek at the unfinished product and say it’s a “step in the right direction.” Hopefully they weren’t just being nice.

Although PocketNow was unable to snap any pictures of the Sense 4.0 look, they were able to share some of the featured highlights and improvements. Here is what we can expect:
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HTC to Release Fewer Phones in 2012, Hero Strategy Focuses on Quality Not Quantity

As it seemed that almost every week in 2011 there was an announcement for a new Android device, consumers were overwhelmed with the amount of smartphones they had to choose from. While Motorola was the first to grasp this, it appears that other companies are starting to follow suit. HTC has announced that they will be pushing out less phones this year, and pushing out “hero” quality phones. The HTC UK chief Phil Roberson told Mobile Magazine that the manufacturer is going back a strategy that involves releasing a limited amount of high-spec devices this year but will have a focus on second quarter releases. As he put it:

 “We have to get back to focusing on what made us great – amazing hardware and a great customer experience. We ended 2011 with far more products than we started out with. We tried to do too much.”

He continued:
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Thumb App Allows You To Ask Questions & Be Opinionated, Anonymously Of Course

We all have opinions to give or questions waiting to ask. Perhaps you’re afraid your opinion is bold and you’re afraid you may hurt a feeling or two. Or maybe you want to ask a specific question, but you’re afraid of folks thinking you’re stupid. Well the Thumb app aims to let users throw in their 2 cents or ask those million dollar questions, naturally in anonymous fashion of course. Created by developer Opinionaided, the app allows you to:

 

  • Vote and comment on questions
  • Responses come in just seconds after you post your question
  • Choose your audience: post questions to everyone on Thumb, select a gender, or just send to your Friends
  • Respond to questions in a specific category
  • Connect with people who share similar interests
  • Reward people by giving them Stars for helpful responses

 

While the app is cool, it does lose its charm and novelty after a while. Nevertheless it’s worth it for Android users to give it a shot– especially considering you will be able to finally channel your inner jerk or ask if you should get that 1985 Honda Accord… all without hassle. You can find the app out over in the Android Market or by scanning the QR code below.

Android Market

Does the HTC Rezound Hide Secret Global Radios?

Add this to the list of LTE phones with possible global capabilities. It appears that the HTC Rezound has global radios that work without an unlock code. It was found by a UK user who ordered the phone over the holidays hoping that they could get it to work on T-Mobile. After placing a SIM card in the device and changing the network settings to “WCDMA Only” he had a working connection with data.

Now, Both HTC and Verizon claim that this Beats phone doesn’t have global capabilities but if you delve into this few week old thread that is the source,  you’ll find that more and more people are discovering that it does. So if you are in the market for a phone that is usable overseas, then I certainly recommend this phone with it’s decent price of $199.99. Given its unlockable bootloader, I am sure that ROMs for the Rezound will certainly take advantage of it. Enjoy!

[via XDA]

 

Grab the Verizon Galaxy Nexus for $99 on Amazon Wireless – New customers only

If you’re in the market for the Galaxy Nexus, and you’re able to open a new account with Verizon, then head over to Amazon Wireless because you can grab one for a mere $99.00 with a 2-year contract. That’s an incredible price for the most coveted phone in the land. If you’re doing an upgrade the price shoots up to $259.99. A big difference, but still better than Verizon’s price of $299.99.

[via amazon wireless]