Verizon Galaxy Note 2 now has root

The Note 2 has been available on Verizon for less than a week and it’s already been rooted to join the rest of the family. Like other Samsung phones, it involves using ODIN to flash a rooted image file. Unlike the other versions of the Note 2, there are a few bugs. The phone signal indicator breaks, although data does still work, and some users report that it’s not quite as fast as the stock image. Regardless, I’m sure the bugs will be worked out soon.

The bootloader is still locked, so no custom ROMs (yet) but it doesn’t usually take too long to solve these “problems.” If you’re a Verizon Note 2 owner, hit the link below to get started.

source: XDA

XBMC 12 ‘Frodo’ Beta 2 now available for Android devices

The award-winning free and open source media player and entertainment hub XBMC 12 has hit its second beta today, allowing eager Android users to test out the new software. The updated version offers a plethora of enhancements, including audio tweaks, bug fixes and improved support for the Xbox 360 gaming controller.

To get in on the action, users will need to ensure that their device is compatible with Neon processor code, something that most recent handsets support. Unfortunately, there are a slew of issues present in Android 4.2, though they are planned to be addressed in the next build. You can read more information at the source, as well as download the official .apk below.

Download XBMC 12 Beta 2

Source: XBMC

[Deal] Grab an Acer Iconia A110 Tab for $178 from Walmart Canada

 

Looking for a 7 inch tablet? Yesterday a great deal popped up for the ASUS Nexus 7, and today we’ve got a big discount for you on the Acer Iconia tablet. Walmart Canada has the 7 inch, Tegra 3 powered A110 tablet for only $178. That’s a great deal considering it comes with a few things that the Nexus 7 lacks, such as the MicroSD card slot and an HDMI out. It’s running Android 4.1 and has 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a 1024×600 display, and a 3420mAh battery, all for less than $200. Who’s picking one of these up?

source: Walmart

[Deal] Pick up a 32GB Nexus 7 for $229.99

Perhaps you’ve been holding off on pulling the trigger on Google and ASUS’ latest co-creation in hopes that a solid deal would come along. Well, today may be the day that sets your purchasing decision over the edge. Currently, authorized ASUS dealer “buydig” is selling the 32GB Nexus 7 through eBay for just $230. That’s a savings of around $45, considering the seller will ship it to you free of charge. So, if you’re planning on picking up one of these bad boys as a Christmas gift for a friend, or simply want to treat yourself, hit the source link below. C’mon, you deserve it.

Source: eBay

Sony overtakes HTC for second place in UK Android market

Good news for Sony, bad news for HTC. The latest figured show the Xperia manufacturers outselling HTC over the past summer in the UK. Sony moved 500,000 Android phones compared to HTC’s 440,000. They both lost market share to Samsung, however, who maintains first place with a whopping 3.2 million Android phones for comparison.

This news shows Sony’s new intense smartphone drive appears to be having some success, and if Sony does announce their new flagship in early 2013, they stand a good chance to eat up even more market share. Sony did say they though its recent restructuring to become Sony Mobile, as well as the James Bond marketing tactics, has caused a “positive reaction” with consumers, and the numbers seem to agree.

source: Mobile Today

Google Acquires BufferBox, Aims To Make Those Online Purchases A Little Easier

 

Google has just made a major acquisition by snatching up BufferBox off the open market. In case you’re not familiar with how BufferBox works, it’s a shipping service that doubles up as temporary storage space— like lockers— where customers can store all of their online purchases. What’s really neat about the service is the fact that BufferBox customers can utilize the storage space at different kiosks at different locations which can be a good thing too— Google plans on expanding the service to reach a broader net of customers too. Looks more and more like a true Google e-commerce reality is truly taking shape folks.

While this is exciting news, BufferBox is currently limited to our neighbors to the north at this time, so it’s uncertain if or when we will see the service expanded to other countries and markets. However, we suspect Google will expand to other countries since you know— more and more customers will want to buy devices like the Nexus 4 and it makes those online purchases just a little easier for all.

source: BufferBox Blog

ASUS Qube, a USB dongle with Google TV, shows up at the FCC

Google TV hasn’t had the runaway success that Android has, but that hasn’t stopped Google and OEMs like Logitech from trying to turn it into something. According to some information leaked from the FCC, it appears that ASUS is next up on the list to try to get Google TV into living rooms.

The FCC has approved a new device called the “Qube” manufactured by ASUS that works similar to a Roku, but built into a small USB dongle, turning the host device into a full Google TV experience. Sounds kinda cool, right? On top of that, some remote apps in the Play Store also link to the Qube. The apps apparently aren’t working with other Google TV boxes, though. If this device turns out to be priced competitively, I could see it gaining steam where the other Google TV devices failed.  Hit the break for the source and the Play Store apps. Read more

Nexus 7 dock pops up on ASUS Japan and other regions with an early December release

Well, well…what do we have here? It seems that all you Nexus 7owners may have something to look forward to in the near future. A Nexus 7 dock (90-XB3XOKDSS00020-JAN) recently popped up on various international websites, including ASUS Japan, and is scheduled for an early December release. The dock has a USB port and a 3.5mm audio jack on its rear side, which means the dock will more than likely utilize the Nexus 7’s pogo pins for charging and audio output.

ASUS Japan has it listed for 3,480 Japanese Yen, which equals about $41 USD. We also found the same dock on a Norwegian site for 240 NOK, which also translates to $42, and last but not least, a site in Portugal showing it as low as € 23.90 ($31.00).

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Facebook reveals official Photo Sync feature for Android and iOS app

A couple months ago we reported on Facebook’s testing of a new photo uploading feature for their Android app. Today Facebook announced the official availability of the new feature for Android and iOS versions of their mobile app. The Photo Sync function will automatically upload pictures captured with a mobile device to a special, private album on the user’s Facebook account. Once uploaded, the user can decide at a later time whether they want to share the photo.  Read more

OUYA developer consoles begin shipping December 28th

It appears as though the highly anticipated and long-awaited OUYA consoles have officially been given a firm ship date of December 28th today, in addition to the news that the console’s SDK, dubbed “ODK”, would be available later that very same day. This announcement means Kickstarter backers can expect to receive the device “within a couple days” of the 28th, effectively kicking off their new year with a bang.

Production units are still expected to ship some time in March of next year, though the company has yet to announce an official release date. On the software side of things, users can expect to set up their units, including account activations by Christmas day. For the full run-down, be sure to hit the source link below.

Source: OUYA