Google reportedly in talks with Dish Network on launching new wireless service

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Google has recently been in talks with satellite-TV provider Dish Network about partnering to create a new wireless service, according to people close to the situation. It’s worth noting that they also said the talks weren’t advanced and could ultimately not amount to anything, and Google isn’t the only company that Dish has been talking with, but the possibility of Google entering direct competition with the likes of Verizon and AT&T is pretty exciting. » Read the rest

HTC DROID DNA already rooted ahead of next Tuesday’s launch

by Alexon Enfiedjian on
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It hasn’t even been released yet, but that hasn’t stopped the incredibly efficient developers over at XDA from rooting HTC’s new superphone, the DROID DNA for Verizon. The phone itself is quite the powerhouse, sporting a 5-inch 1080p HD display (the highest resolution display on a smartphone to date), a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 Processor, a capacious 2020 mAh battery, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and basically every other incredible spec that an Android fan could ask for! Combine the awesome hardware with the great custom ROMs that developers will be pushing out thanks to the newly achieved root, and you have yourself quite the handset!

Surprisingly, you will be able to open the bootloader using the HTCDev tools, unless Verizon puts a stop to it with some sort of update. After that’s accomplished, you flash an unsecured kernel and ClockworkMod recovery via fastboot, and finally flash the file.

If you’re planning on picking up the DROID DNA when it comes out, make sure to head over to the source link to do some reading before you dive into the wonderful world of root!

Source: XDA


Get a Samsung Galaxy Nexus or Victory 4G LTE for free from Sprint on Black Friday

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As we gear up for a busy holiday shopping season, there’s nothing better than finding out what deals will be available ahead of time. Come Black Friday, Sprint will be offering a trio of steals, including a Samsung Galaxy Nexus or Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE for free with a new two year contract. These two devices will be available throughout the weekend, so you won’t have to camp out overnight on a full stomach.

Like we heard previously, subscribers will be able to pick up a Samsung Galaxy S III for just $50 when signing up for a new commitment, though you’ll need to show up bright and early on Friday to get your hands on one.

Source: Phandroid

Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S II leaked

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The first leak of an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean build for Samsung Galaxy S II devices has surfaced. Labeled as build I9300XLSJ, the firmware update was originally posted by XDA Developers forum member izap. The update includes all of the normal enhancements one would expect from a Jelly Bean update like performance improvements courtesy Project Butter, new home screen modes, a new notification bar, and Google Now. Because the file is coming from Samsung, it also includes some of their specific enhancements like the TouchWiz Nature UX interface, access to the Samsung Cloud services, and a couple widgets originally developed for the Samsung Galaxy S III. » Read the rest

SHADOWGUN: DeadZone leaves beta, brings epic multiplayer action to all

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Madfinger Games’ epic new multiplayer shooter SHADOWGUN: DeadZone has officially left beta today following a brief stint in public beta. The recently released sequel offers some of the most impressive graphics we’ve seen on a mobile title, and its complex and robust gameplay make it a compelling option for any avid gamer.

Of course players can earn perks as they battle their enemies, ultimately allowing for a great deal of customization and equipment variability. What’s better is that the game’s multiplayer mode isn’t just any boring 1V1 duel. Instead, gamers will be placed in 12-player tactical matches, complete with rankings and voice support, effectively matching console-like offerings.

Unfortunately, the game falls into the “freemium” category, so you’ll most likely be forced to make an in-app purchase at some point. Regardless, SHADOWGUN: DeadZone is an incredible mobile game definitely worth trying out.  Be sure to catch the official launch video, as well as the Play Storedownload link after the break. » Read the rest

Five additional games added to Humble Bundle 4, thanks to supporters

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Well that didn’t take long. Less than a week after release, the makers of Humble Bundle 4 have already doubled the amount of playable games that come in the latest offering. If you remember how this little bundle works, you may choose to donate whatever amount you feel to support the developers, basically letting them know how much you like the games. When it was released last week, if you chose to donate more than the average donation, it came with a sixth game. Well thanks to the resounding success of this model (and to the wonderful gamers that have donated), if you now pay more than the average donation, you’ll receive five additional games. » Read the rest

How to unlock Google’s newest Easter egg: ‘BeanFlinger’ daydream

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If you have a Nexus 4 or a Galaxy Nexus that has been updated to Android 4.2, then now is your chance to unlock one of Google’s hidden Easter eggs within the OS. If you recall, Android 4.2 offers a new feature called “daydreams” which is essentially a screen-saver type of function. There’s five stock daydreams available, but there’s a hidden fifth one that’s unlockable if you access the Jelly Bean “Easter egg” animation where you repeatedly tap on the Android version within settings.

Once that’s done, the “BeanFlinger” daydream will be unlocked. You’ll be able to find it under Settings > Display > Daydreams. If you have an Android 4.2 device that supports Daydreams, then this should be available to you.

As always, have fun!

HTC DLX will become the HTC Deluxe globally

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A month or so ago it seemed the HTC J Butterfly was going to be a very limited device, but it’s just too good to limit this bad boy. I finally got my hands on the DROID DNA, which is essentially the same phone, and I must tell you that this might just be the finest phone ever made. We also heard that it will be known as the DLX in other Asian markets, and now it seems as though it will actually be called the Deluxe globally at least according to @evleaks. I know that many of you in Europe were wondering if it was every going to arrive, and it looks like it will. Unfortunately we don’t have a time frame, but we are hopeful it will happen by year’s end. This is just too good of a phone to not share the love everywhere.

source @evleaks

Looks like my Nexus 4 has been back ordered, and so have many others

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Why am I not even surprised? With the debacle that went down this past Tuesday on Google’s Nexus 4 launch, I kind of expected them to have trouble fulfilling the influx of orders for the device. I was just hoping I wouldn’t be one of them. Sadly, I was and the Google Play Store has sent me an e-mail regarding my Nexus 4′s order status. Apparently the device has been back ordered and my Nexus 4 won’t ship for another 3 weeks…. Quite a bummer indeed. I am definitely not the only one as plenty more people have received the same e-mail.

As a small compensation, Google will credit you back the shipping that was charged, so I suppose that helps a little? There’s also an option for you to cancel your order if you so please.

Any one else get back ordered? If so, you guys willing to wait the 3 weeks or just cancel all together and perhaps purchase it through T-Mobile?