New Kernel Source Available for Epic 4G and Epic 4G Touch, OTAs Probably to Follow

If you check out Samsung‘s open source portal you’ll see that both the Epic 4G and 4G Touch have a new kernel source up. The 4G has both a kernel and other open-source items for update version EL30 ready for download while the 4G Touch has theirs for version EL29. An OTA update usually follows when Samsung posts the source code so be on the look out for that. So for you developer folk out there you can hit the source below to get your hands on the kernel sources right now.

We don’t have details on what these updates encompass but it might be regarding Sprint‘s push to rid their devices of Carrier IQ as it did with the update for the HTC EVO 3D. We will keep you updated as we find out. Stay tuned!

[via Samsung Open Source]

 

Call Of Duty Elite Companion App Now Available In The Android Market

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is already one of the best games on consoles and PCs around. And as you might remember, we previously talked about how game developer Activision planned on introducing a social media element called Elite for Android, which would greatly enhance the overall experience of the game, right? Although the companion app encountered some delays, I am happy to announce friends that Modern Warfare 3 is about to get better than it already is— the Call of Duty Elite app is now available in the Android Market and ready for you to download. There are some pretty useful features too:

 

  • Check your Career Summary for deep details on your multiplayer activity. Analyze your progress over time to see which areas you need to improve in and which areas you excel in.
  • Review Recent Matches to track your performance on a match-by-match basis.
  • View and edit your Custom Classes on the go. Push your changes into the game so you’re ready to play the moment you load up multiplayer.
  • Track your Challenge progress to help you work toward the highest XP gains.

The big kicker among the features is being able to view and edit your Custom Classes on the go. That means you can make the necessary changes to your Class during your literature lecture or conference calls instead of having to wait until you get home and firing up your console or PC.

The Call of Duty Elite companion app is available free in the Android Market today or using the QR code below. While the Elite service is available for free, there’s also the ability to subscribe to the Elite service for even more features for a nominal monthly fee.

Android Market

 

[via Droid Gamers]

Instagram could hit Windows Phone before Android

As we already know, Instagram is coming to Android and it’s a highly anticipated app. As Android fans continue to wait, the rumor now is that Windows Phone might actually get it first.

Fastcompany is reporting that a source said that Microsoft and Instagram are working together. That doesn’t seem out of the realm, but why would Windows Phone get it first? Maybe it’s less fragmentation or maybe it’s money that Microsoft might throw at the developers.

When asked about the situation, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom didn’t have much to say, “Other than having pre-announced Android, we don’t comment on roadmap stuff.”

I’m not sure there’s much of a story here. We just reported that Windows Phone has a 1.3% market share in the U.S. so it simply doesn’t make sense. The only way is if Microsoft threw a lot of money at them. If that’s the case, so be it. We know it’s coming to Android, and I find it hard to believe that Android owners will jump ship for an app that’s eventually going to be available to them as well.

[via fastcompany through slashgear]

Android and iOS continue to gain while Android continues to dominate

Nielsen just reported numbers for the 4th quarter and there are no surprises to report. Both Android and Apple continue to increase their market shares at the expense of RIM, Windows, and others. Android came in a 46.3%, which is a gain of 3% from the previous quarter and Apple’s iOS came in at 30%, which is a gain of 2% from the previous quarter.

For this period, Nielsen broke down the “other” category and showed Windows Mobile and Windows Phone, which is 4.6% and 1.3% respectively. The entire “other” category adds up to 8.7% while the previous quarter, they totaled 11%. In the other no shocker category, RIM continued further declines as they went from 18% to 14.9%.

Even with the iPhone 4S launch in the fall, Android still showed a decent increase which is great news.

[via nielsen]

 

 

Build 9.4.2.11 Rolling Out To An Asus Transformer Prime Near You

Those who experienced some “wacky” behavior after the most recent ICS update for the Transformer Prime, Asus has indeed begun rolling out their new update to make it up to you.  Build 9.4.2.11 should be rolling out to your device shortly and we’d definitely like to hear from you as to how well it’s working.  However, note that if you’re one of the individuals who rooted your device, THIS WILL BREAK ROOT.  Our own Editor, Stacy Bruce can attest to this as the OTA has recently rolled out to his rooted T-Prime.

“I noticed better GPS, less banding in apps and a faster browser”           - Stacy Bruce

He notes that you can use supercurio’s voodoo to restore root access, however.  And while there isn’t an official change log available we can note that the GPS is now showing version 6.9.13 from 6.8.13.  So, if you see anything different, be sure to report it in the comments below or in our forum.  In addition, it appears that the camera has been updated as well.  Stay tuned to the post as we’ll either provide the change log as soon as it’s available or create an entirely new post linking back to this one.  To check for the update on your Prime now, go to:  Settings—>About Tablet—>”System Firmware Update”.  And if you happened to miss our initial unboxing and hands-on of the device, be sure to check it out here.

[via Droid Life]

The ICS desktop for Windows

If you have ICS on your phone or tablet, chances are, you love it. If not, chances are, you want it. In either case here’s something we can all appreciate. Flickr user David Molina set out to bring the beauty of Android Ice Cream Sandwich to his desktop, and with a little tweaking and the right tools, he definitely succeeded.

If you want the same look for your Windows system, here are the components you’ll need:

That’s surely no short list, but the end justifies the means.

[via Lifehacker]

Kindle Fire update 6.2.2 – What’s New & How to Regain Root

An OTA update for the Kindle Fire was pushed out today bringing the firmware up to 6.2.2. My household Fire got the update this evening and while the update brings the usual handful of  performance tweaks and bugs fixes, 6.2.2 also incorporates full screen browsing capability; a feature many Kindle owners have had on their Amazon Wish List for a while now. The update will of course break root, but if you’re of that crowd, no worries, Justin Case’s Burrito Root has been updated as well. BurritoRoot 2 requires ADB, so as long as you have that all set this should only take a minute of your time.

adb push BurritoRoot2.bin /data/local/

adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/BurritoRoot2.bin

adb shell /data/local/BurritoRoot2.bin

adb root

adb shell id

if uid = 0 continue, if not start over

adb remount

adb push su /system/xbin/su

adb shell chown 0.0 /system/xbin/su

adb shell chmod 06755 /system/xbin/su

adb remount

adb install Superuser.apk (skip this step if its already installed)

You can force update your Kindle Fire by downloading the update here, and storing it in the kindleupdates folder on your device. Then go to device in the settings menu, and your update button should be activated.

Download BurritoRoot2 from here or here.

[via AndroidPolice]

Wikimedia Finally Releases Android Wikipedia App

A few days ago, Wikimedia finally released the long awaited Wikipedia Android app in the Android Market. I’m not too sure how we missed this one as all of us here at TalkAndroid are big fans of the Wiki. In case you aren’t familiar with Wikipedia (aka live under a rock), its the ultimate place to find answers to any and all of your yearning questions.

This new app will allow you to do the same thing the webpage does, only this time you will never even need to open your browser. The Wikipedia app also has the ability to save all of your searches so you may return at a later time and read those articles you previously searched for. You can also search article based on location and even share the results with your buddies. Hit up the link below to see what all the rage is about.

Thanks Trent!

Android Market

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“What’s Hot” & +1 Enhancements Come to Google+ Mobile Site

The Google+ mobile website saw an update today, putting it a step ahead of its app counterpart. Specifically this update included the very popular “What’s Hot” stream and the ability to see who  +1′d a post. With “What’s Hot”, you can now see some of the most interesting content being shared on Google+ with a flick of your thumb. To use it, just swipe to the right of your Circles stream.  To see who +1′d a post in the stream, just click on the +1 count underneath the post. It’s a small improvement that makes it easier to engage with others around content. Google says the app update is in the pipe, so stay tuned.

[via Google+]

WugFresh easy root tool for the Galaxy Nexus now with more features and support for the GSM version

Remember that really cool root and unlock tool by WugFresh we showed you a few weeks ago? It’s been updated and is now at version 1.22. If you remember, this tool was only available to the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, but now it also supports the GSM version. So now you can unlock and root either device and flash it back to stock and re-lock it with ease, but there’s more. They added the ability to backup all your user apps, system apps, and app data. All it takes is one click to restore them. You can also flash or boot any img files you want to any partition. Last but not least, you can flash any current or future stock Android release. It still makes sense to learn how to do these things manually, but for those that want to get into modding, but are afraid to give it a try, this is definitely worth checking out.

[via droidmodderx]