BBC iPlayer now works on Ice Cream Sandwich devices with this simple workaround

If you have a Galaxy Nexus or any other device running Ice Cream Sandwich, you might be missing out on the BBC iPlayer. With a few clicks, you can be well on your way to getting it back.

  1. Grab Adobe Flash Player from the Android Market - Link
  2. Open your Browser and hit the menu key (the three dots in the top right corner) and tap “Request desktop site” to check it.
  3. Point the browser to www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer and the desktop site will open and you will be able to play radio content, as well as live and recorded TV, assuming you’re in the UK.
Please note that you may have to repeat step #2 the next time you do it since Android will remove the check for “Request desktop site” each time the browser closes.

Sony Xperia Active Gets Run Over by Jeep After Surviving Other Durability Tests

If you saw our initial hands-on video regarding the Sony Xperia Active then you’ll know that this phone is for the active at heart. Some have even gone on to test its ability to work while/after being submerged. Well thanks to crimi8787 there is a slew of YouTube videos putting the the phone through a whole bunch of other tests that show it’s for the extremely active at heart. He tested water-resistance by throwing it into a puddle, bludgeoning and stabbing the smartphone with hammers, screwdrivers and wrenches and finally runs the beast of a device over with a Jeep Wrangler. Sadly, an innocent potato was harmed in the making of that video.

All in all the only damage this thing received was screen damage which suggests that this phone is best for those who are rough on their phones. Hit the break below to check out the videos of these tests and let us know what you think about this rugged beast.
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The Android Market now has over 400,000 apps

It took roughly 30 months for the Android Market to reach 200,000 apps, but it took only 10 months for it to pass 400,000. Growth isn’t bad in the Android world, but we have to admit it has moved a little slower than Apple’s app store. Apple’s App Store has grown faster, but things are narrowing. For example, Apple was able to achieve 200,000 apps in 9 less months, but it took them only 2 months less for achieving 400,000 apps.

It’s clear developers have favored Apple in the early going, but it’s looking like things are starting to change as Android app numbers are growing faster than Apple over the last few months. Apple still has roughly 20 to 25% more apps, but with Android devices dominating the market share worldwide, the Apple App Store should be in the rear view mirror sometime this year.

Either way, both platforms will continue to grow and offer a lot to their respective consumers.

[via distimo through androidandme]

SugarSync Receives Update, Now Allows AutoSync For Video

If you’re an avid SugarSync fan, we’ve got some good news for you.  Today, the application gets updated and enables full support for compatability with AutoSync on your videos.  Initially the app only allowed support for photos, however, now you can easily sync between an array of devices as the app seamlessly works in the background to automatically gather your photos and videos.  The only caveat is that you’ll require a good WiFi connection for the app to work.  If you don’t already have the application, you can snatch it up on our popular apps database here or you can head on over to the Android Market for the download.  Check out the source link for the full press release and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the new functionality in the comments below.

[via SugarSync]

Get the “Waterproof” Pantech Element Next Week From AT&T for $299

The folks over at BGR have received a tip or two suggesting that AT&T will be launching a new tablet next week at CES. The tablet, the Pantech Element, will be the first to rock some AT&T 4G LTE speeds not at a kidney selling price and comes in an 8 inch variety. The tablet will run the latest variation of Honeycomb and will be waterproof. Okay it’s not the take your tablet and take pictures with it in the ocean waterproof but more water resistant/splash proof provided you close all the port doors.

Besides the 8-inch display and the water resistance it boasts the following specs: 
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Velocity Micro Set To Introduce Two New Cruz Tablets, Both Feature Ice Cream Sandwich Taste For Budget Minds

Velocity Micro tablets have long been a player in the budget segment. Of course as VM caters to budget-conscious minds, we’ve seen various examples of the tablets themselves being placed at the lower-end of the feature spectrum, which usually skimps on memory size and tops everything off with expiring desserts. With CES being a matter of just days away, VM is set to introduce two solid Cruz tablets. While the two tablets don’t quite match up specs-wise to quad-core beasts, they may attract more than consideration from prospective consumers. Check out the specs for the two Cruz tablets:

 

Cruz Tablet T507

  • 7-inch Capacitive screen
  • 1.2 Ghz Cortex A8 Processor
  • 400Mhz ARM Mali GPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 8 GB Internal Storage
  • Front-facing camera
  • HDMI out
Cruz Tablet T510
  • 9.7-inch Capacitive screen
  • 8.9mm Thick
  • 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 Processor
  • 400Mhz ARM Mali GPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 8 GB Internal Storage
  • Front-facing camera
  • HDMI out

Those are pretty generic specs, but there’s one last feature that’s the highlight of the tablets: Android 4.0. Yes, you read that right— VM’s new budget-friendly tablets are set to feature Ice Cream Sandwich running the show. Those generic specs suddenly look more appealing with ICS, don’t they? Oh and there’s more, while we don’t know exactly what the pricing will be for the 10-inch version, the 7-inch tablet is expected to be priced around $150. The price is definitely right there.

There’s one teeny little detail that you should be aware of however– both devices do not feature the Android Market or Google Apps. The tablets instead feature the Amazon App Store, which has a pretty solid lineup of great apps. Nevertheless, while there’s no Android Market or Google Apps and still features some aging hardware, the tablets will no doubt appeal to many people. Look for the formal introductions and announcements of the tablets at CES next week.

[via Android and Me]

Samsung Says No on ICS “Value Pack” for Galaxy S and Original Galaxy Tab

Man, when the Galaxy Nexus was first debuted with Ice Cream Sandwich it looked amazing (still does). However you’re an owner of a Samsung Galaxy S or an original Galaxy Tab and your contract isn’t up for a while. Maybe it is, but you’re thinking to yourself that you love the Galaxy S hardware or you love that little tablet and that maybe if you hope really hard Samsung will grace your device with Ice Cream Sandwich. Well even with hope sometimes we don’t get what we want, as you well know, Samsung made it clear that the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab wouldn’t be seeing the awesome, new Android 4.0 OS. Well, that was until they back pedaled and rumors were flying about that these devices would  see it or that they may receive a “value pack” that would give the best features of ICS without the need for a full update instead.


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Premium Version Of NHL Gamecenter App Free For Verizon 4G Customers

Verizon customers seem to get all the perks, don’t they? If you’re a Verizon LTE customer and a hockey fan, you now have access to the $9.99 premium version of the NHL Gamecenter app. All you do is get the download the NHL GameCenter free edition app, click on a video highlight, and you will be automatically upgraded:

“Hey Verizon users, download the Verizon edition of the NHL GameCenter app to receive all of the great features of NHL GameCenter plus access to nationally broadcast NBC games, exclusive video features, and live streaming of NHL Network’s On the Fly.

For those users with Verizon 4G LTE Smartphones, Verizon enables you to get NHL GameCenter Premium for FREE! Just download the NHL GameCenter Verizon edition app, click on a video highlight, and you will be automatically upgraded.”

There’s a boatload of features in the premium version of the app too. In addition to live streaming of NHL Network’s On The Fly, you’ll find live game radio and additional video content including Quick Picks and Best of the Week. This is a nice little excuse for Verizon 4G customers to eat up their data isn’t it? Hit the Market link or QR code below for the free version of the app, watch any highlight video and enjoy all the premium content you can handle.

Android Market

 

 

Google and IBM Continue To Grow Google’s Patent Lineup, Brings 217 New Patent Filings To The Table

Google continues to gain major ammunition for its various patent battles with competitors. According to Bill Slawski of SEO by the Sea, Google acquired 188 granted patents and 29 published pending patent applications from IBM in the last week of 2011. The patents cover a broad area too, ranging from presentation software and email administration to internet, phone and mobile phone technologies. Nothing wrong with Google obtaining added protection for itself and its allies in case certain corporations try to slow down Google’s momentum again. Let’s see how this further impacts the patent war between Google, Microsoft and of course, Apple.

[via SEO by the Sea]