Motorola Atrix 2 Gets Manual One Click Root Method [Courtesy of XDA]

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Already got yourself the new Atrix 2? Feeling a little bit superuser-ish? Your in luck then! XDA forum member, jimmy273, has posted some instructions on how to root the new Motorola device. Jimmy273, being the modest man he is, doesn’t take full credit for this feat and passes some credentials on to p3droid for creating this method. All Jim did was use p3droid’s Bionic root method and tried it on his Atrix 2 and had success.

To see all the gritty details hit the source link below. There you will find full instructions and files needed to gain superuser status. Be sure to read the instructions thoroughly and check out what other forum members had to say. Good luck and happy rooting!

[via XDA forums]

Will We See a Samsung Illusion This Month?

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What you are looking at pictured above is Verizon’s rebate information on the Samsung device pictured below. This may not be that ultimate leak you have been dying for but it says that Big Red is going to offer a $50 rebate for the upcoming Samsung Illusion, a 3G phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

The only real info we have on this device is a flickr image and some speculated specs. We expect the Illusion to have either an 800MHz or 1GHz processor, a 480 x 320 screen, and a 3 to 5MP camera. We originally believed the device to have a possible $50-$100 price tag, but with this leaked rebate info we may actually see this device cost nada. Either way, if your looking for an affordable QWERTY device keep an eye out over the next couple weeks because that is when we expect to see the device become available. Besides, the rebate period is only valid between Nov. 1st and Nov. 28th.

[via Engadget]

Don’t expect to see the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus before Thanksgiving

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It appears Verizon wants to spread out their releases a little more, and as a result, they have chosen to push out the most anticipated device the farthest, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. We were originally hoping for a November 17 launch, but the above holiday schedule obtained by Droid-Life shattered that wish. As you can see, Verizon has no intentions on releasing the Galaxy Nexus before Black Friday, and I am thinking it might not launch till Thursday, December 1. Of course it’s possible they do a Black Friday launch. It continues to be a waiting game, and it looks like those of you in Europe will be enjoying ICS before those of us in the US.

[via droid-life]

Amazon Giving Away 10 Kindle Fires With A $250 Amazon.com Gift Card

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Attention all Facebook users, Amazon is giving away 10 Kindle Fires bundled with a $250 Amazon.com gift card. To enter, all you need to do is head over to the Amazon Kindle Giveaway Facebook page here,  click Like, and enter your name, e-mail and phone number. Yup, it’s that easy, but you’ll have to have a Facebook account to sign up. The contest will be running until November 4th and you’ll need to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. resident to qualify. Give us a shout down there in the comments to let us know you’ve signed up.

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A Moon Odyssey – A Live Wallpaper That’s Out of This World

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I’m not usually one to report on live wallpapers (our very own Joe Sirianni usually finds the best ones), but I found one tonight that I think is pretty damn neat. It’s unlike most live wallpapers, instead of fluid computer generated graphics it uses a hand drawn sketch-like in old school animation.

Reminding me of a flip book I did when I was a kid, A Moon Odyssey LWP, gives your android device a completely different and unique look than before. When you unlock your phone from a resting state you are presented with a hand drawn moon that appears to be in orbit. Once you swipe from screen to screen or press any where on the display, you activate the space shuttle and thus begins the moon odyssey. Following your finger placement, the shuttle traverses left and right and journeys closer and closer to the moon. I am not sure what exactly happens after long use, does the shuttle actually make contact? Either way, you should give it a test flight.

This live wallpaper is free and can be found in the Android Market or through the QR code below. You should check it out if you want to try something completely out of the norm and be sure to let me know what you think. Now don’t go getting your hopes up thinking this will be the most epic LVW you have ever seen, I just wanted to point out something completely original. I give the devs credit for thinking out of the box – nay, out of the universe!

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Optimus U1 could be first Ice Cream Sandwich phone for LG

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Now that we know the Galaxy Nexus will be the first Ice Cream Sandwich phone, the question is what upcoming phones will launch with ICS as well. Well, we don’t know of any in the very near future, but the LG Optimus U1, which might launch early 2012, could be one of them.

We are expecting that phones launching with ICS won’t have hardware buttons, but the Optimus U1 does have one hardware home button. Also there are two faint dots where you would expect capacitive Android buttons to reside. It’s possible that the image is fake, but why leave those dots in unless it was for real. I’m sure we will hear more soon, but for now, other than ICS, we are hoping for specs that are similar to the Optimus LTE, which include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 4.5-inch 720p display. We will let you know more when we hear it.

[via gsmarena]

Power Puddle Gives You A Large Melting Android To Gauge Your Battery Life

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Here’s something you don’t see everyday.  Power Puddle allows you to use a Live Wallpaper of everyone’s favorite Android to gauge your battery level.  With a massive huge green Android as your background, you can slowly watch him melt away offering a quick glance at your overall battery life.  To activate this Live Wallpaper and see the Android melt as your battery drains just long press your screen, hit Wallpapers, then Live Wallpapers and choose “Power Puddle”.  To download the application now, head on over to the Android Market or check out the QR code below for an added convenience.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   » Read the rest

Read the newspaper, take a picture, and share a clean digital copy of any article with Kooaba Paperboy

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Every now and then a really interesting and useful app comes along. Kooaba Paperboy happens to be one of them. With Kooaba Paperboy, you take a picture of any article you are reading in a newspaper or magazine, and it will match the photo to the images in Kooaba’s extensive library of printed media or from NewspaperDirect’s inventory of over 2,000 digital newspaper replicas. From there, you will be able to share it via Twitter, Facebook, email, or archive it for later.

Paperboy has been around for a while, but it only supported 85 titles in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The big news is that they just started the second global rollout which includes hundreds of new titles from the US, UK, and Canada. Some of the bigger newspapers include USA Today, The New York Post, The LA Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Toronto Star, The Vancouver Sun, and many more. Later in the year, they will add Russian, Asian, and other European papers, as well as papers in Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. The complete list can be seen here. I was shocked at how extensive it was as a few of the local papers in my area are on the list as well.

Checkout the video demo, download links,  and full press release after the break.

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Motorola Xoom 2 Shows up in European Ad, Launching Before Christmas

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We are nearing the end of all the speculation surrounding the Motorola XOOM 2 with the imminent launch just around the corner. The recent surfacing of a print ad from European online retailer, Carphone Warehouse, says you’ll even be able to put the tablet on your Christmas wish-list.

It was over a month ago that we started hearing rumors and specs about Moto’s new tablet and at one point was even pictured next to its smaller sibling, the Motorola Xoom media edition (aka Flemming). Since then it has cleared the FCC and recent leaks show the devices are now nearing launch as they showed up on Verizon’s inventory system. The lastest bit of info coming from European online retailer, Carphone Warehouse, whose print ad outs the device to be landing overseas before Christmas, leads us to believe the wait is almost over.

The ad has the Motorola Xoom 2 pegged at €399.90, about $545, for the Wi-Fi only version with 16GB of on-board storage. Other features include Android 3.2, an 8.2″ touchscreen and Cellphone Warehouse claims it to be “everything a tablet should be.” Only a short amount of time now until you get to be the judge. Now if Big Red would finally officially announce the damn thing!

[via Engadget]

Another HTC Rezound Video Surfaces, Shows Side By Side Comparison With The Thunderbolt

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Looks like Johnboy is at it again and just in case you missed the quick hands-on video yesterday, he’s brought you some more eye candy today.  The device is shown in the video being compared to the original LTE device, the HTC Thunderbolt.  And while though there’s nothing new on the plate here, you get a pretty decent idea of the Rezound as it sits along side the Thunderbolt.  Check out the video and take note of the length, screen res and thickness of the device as well as the small sample of the Beats Audio technology on board.  We’ll let you be the judge here as to whether or not the device has enough to compete with recent and emerging devices and technologies.  Do you think the Beats Audio integration is enough to get you to not purchase a Droid Razr or a Galaxy Nexus?  Expect the device to launch on or around Nov 3rd.

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[via Droid Life]