Update your Galaxy S II GT I9100 to Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3

Good news Galaxy S II owners, you can now get in on the sweetness that is Ice Cream Sandwich using build XXKP8. Consequently, we present you with the following step by step guide.

Important:

  • This ROM uses a custom kernel which is unsecured and will void the phone’s warranty.
  • Update your phone at your own risk. Do not hold us liable for any damage arising from your use of this tutorial.
  • This update doesn’t need root access on your device. If you have rooted your phone beforehand, updating it will revoke root access.
  • If you’re using a custom ROM, make sure lag fixes are disabled from Recovery Mode. You can access Recovery Mode by pressing the Volume Down key and Home button (middle key) simultaneously, while pressing the Power button. While in Recovery Mode, select ‘Wipe data/factory reset’ and ‘Wipe Cache partition.’ Then reboot your phone by selecting ‘reboot system.’
  • One final disclaimer. Please note that this is an early, buggy build of ICS and is, thus, not suitable for use as a daily driver. This only works on the international version of the Galaxy S2 and not on the Epic 4G Touch, Skyrocket or other variants.
Prerequisites:
  • Create a backup for your files or transfer all your data on your SD card in case it gets erased or corrupted while updating your phone. Don’t use Samsung KIES in creating a backup.
  • Disable system tools on your computer such as antivirus software, firewall programs, Samsung KIES, and PC suites. These may interfere while updating your phone.
  • Enable USB debugging by going to Settings > Applications > Developemnt > USB Debugging.
Update Time!
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ClockworkMod Creator Koushik Dutta Creates an Undetectable Tether App – No Root Required

Championed by many in the Android community for his work on ClockworkMod Recovery as well as numerous apps in the market including the ever useful ROM Manager, Koushik Dutta continues to churn out useful tools for the community. This time he has presented us with ClockworkMod Tether Alpha, which like other tethering apps allows you to use your phone’s data connection to get internet access on your desktop or laptop. However, his method does not require root. In order to achieve this,  the app will need to install a virtual network adapter on your computer; so there is a PC side install. Alright, so it’s no secret that other rootless tethers exist, so what makes this option stand out? Well, aside from its prominent creator, the app functions as a proxy, and not as a NAT/masquerade solution that other tether solutions use. Dutta acknowledges carriers can still check for http user agent string, but he has already devised ideas to work around that.

At this point I’d like to extend a friendly reminder that this solution is still in an alpha state.  As Dutta writes, “The UI is pretty rough, the icons, and general app design are not final. I am just looking to make sure the underlying services all work properly.”

Downloads just past the break.
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Another Physics Game: “Shoot The Apple” For Android

Looking for your next physics game?  Look no further as Shoot The Apple for Android, a featured app on the Android Market, is sure to claim the spot on your device.  This fun and addictive game allows you to shoot little blue aliens who have fallen madly in love with apples in a fun effort to unite the two.  Shoot these aliens out of a sensitive cannon in the least amount of times to hit the apple and score big.  The power and angle at which you launch your alien depends on where your finger touch point is placed.  The developer has created more than 150 levels for you to stay busy and the game offers a plethora of fun themes during game play such as mechanical trees, weird moons and more.  According to the dev’s page, there’s more to come in a future update, so stay tuned.  Ready to give it a go?  You can head on over to our popular apps database where you’ll also find a QR code available or you can snatch it up on the Android Market.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think about it in the comments below.  Enjoy and don’t forget to hit the break for some more screen shots of the app in action.  
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Pink Samsung Galaxy S II Now On Sale In Taiwan Today

Happy New Year folks!!! What better way to ring in the new year than by seeing the Samsung Galaxy S II receive a pink facelift for the Taiwanese markets today? Samsung has decided to aim this pink variation of the popular phone for the female demographic. Yes, that same 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP and delectable Android 2.3 goodness is now available in pink skin for your sister, girlfriend, wife, etc.

Exciting news indeed. The pink Galaxy S II is in stores now and will sell for for TW$ 21,900 (US$724). Be sure to thank us in the Comments section if any of you end up scoring a Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card by buying the cool phone for the women in your lives.

[via Asia Droid]

Happy New Year From The Talk Android Team

Well, the year 2011 has come and gone and Talk Android has seen its finest year yet for everything Android.  We’ve seen a slew of new flagship devices hit the market running and 2012 is showing to be a promising year as well.  We’re highly looking forward to CES, Mobile World Congress, Quad-Core devices and more in the year to come!  We, the entire staff at Talk Android, would especially  like to thank each and every one of our readers and subscribers for making us your number one source for Android apps, news and reviews.  We look forward to delivering even more high quality content in 2012 as well as more prizes and give-away’s to our faithful readers.  We hope you all have a rock’n New Year’s and we’ll see you in 2012!

“Official” Siri for Android App Pulled by Google, No Surprise There

While we are still waiting for Google’s answer to Siri to arrive, that didn’t stop developers from releasing an “official” version of the personal assistant with personality known as Siri for Android this past Wednesday. The developer, Official App, has released an “official” Pinterest app as well, however if you installed these apps you would have seen that they were just redirects to other things; the Siri app redirected you towards the Google Voice Actions and the Pinterest app redirects you to the mobile site. Well it didn’t take long before Google took a look at these apps and decided that they should be pulled. Although the developer didn’t actually try to dupe anyone with the apps. They were quoted to say: 
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ASUS Transformer Prime unboxing and initial hands on review

Android tablets for 2011 were a disappointment. Of the many that were available, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and ASUS Transformer had to be the top ones. We’re hoping 2012 is going to be different for Android tablets and so far things are off to a great start with the latest from ASUS, the Transformer Prime. The Transformer Prime is the first Android device to feature the quad-core Tegra 3 processor from NVIDIA. The Transformer Prime promises console-like gaming which is what I think will really drive tablet sales in 2012.

Full specs include a 10.1-inch LED Super IPS+ (1280 x 800) display, Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera with f2.4 aperture lens and 1080p video recording, 1.2MP front camera, 32GB or 64GB of internal memory, microSD slot for up to an additional 32GB, micro HDMI, SonicMaster sound technology, and 12 hours of battery life. A keyboard dock is also available that adds a USB 2.0 port and a full SD card reader. It also adds an additional 6 hours of battery life for a total of 18 hours of use between charges. It should also be noted that the Transformer Prime ships with Android 3.2 Honeycomb, but Ice Cream Sandwich is promised. ASUS already has a proven track record for updates, so expect ICS to be available very soon.

We will do a full a review, but for now here is my unboxing and initial hands on.

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Bring in the New Year with the Times Square Official Ball app

What’s New Years Eve without Times Square? Even though there will be approximately one million people in Times Square tonight to celebrate the arrival of 2012, we can’t all be there. If there is a must have app for today, it’s the Times Square Official Ball app. It’s available right now in the Android Market for free.

Features:

  • Participate in the celebration by submitting your New Year’s photo for friends, family and other revelers to vote on.
  • Their favorites may be selected to be seen on the Toshiba Vision sign atop One Times Square directly beneath the Waterford Crystal New Year’s Eve Ball on December 31st! The selected photos will also be featured on the LIVE Show.
  • Discover everything you need to know about the Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration including the history, news, weather, photos, relevant maps and LIVE Show schedule.
  • Send New Year’s Eve kisses and share photos with friends and family.
  • Watch live streaming of the events in Times Square leading up to New Year’s Eve throughout December as well as the highlight promo and other exclusive video content.
  • Customize your Toshiba Countdown Clock with your personal photo and time zone.
  • Check-in via Foursquare, Facebook and Twitter to find out how far away you are from Times Square.
Download links after the break.

SiriusXM Shows Off Lynx, An Android-Powered, Portable Radio

When I was flipping through my SiriusXM player the other day I was thinking about how cool it would be if it had some flavor of Android running it (seriously). Well it appears that someone over at SiriusXM can read minds because today they unveiled their latest portable satellite radio, the Lynx. Here’s the kicker, it runs Android! However we have no idea what flavor of Android. If you didn’t know that it ran Android though, chances are you never would. Considering that way back in the beginning of this year SiriusXM was working on bringing Sirius Radio to Android devices it looks like they took it the complete opposite way.

It can used in a dockable in-car radio, used in a home docking kit, or used as a portable music player on it’s own with playback through the 3.5mm headphones or you can even use bluetooth headphones.You can also connect to the the internet through WiFi to upgrade the software easily. This “SiriusXM 2.0″ device boasts the following features:
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Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 On The Way To Android Devices, Will Include Tegra Optimized Versions

Sweet– SEGA has formally announced a new Sonic The Hedgehog game is on its way to the Android Market and NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone sometime in 2012. The game— titled Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 2– will feature optimized graphics and gameplay for Tegra 2 devices. Moreover, SEGA will feature an “enhanced” version for Tegra 3 tablets… and eventually smartphones as well. As a proud owner of a Tegra 2 device (Motorola Atrix 4G), I can’t help but have a huge smile and anticipation for this game to be formally released. Be sure to hit the break for the full presser.

 


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