When it comes to hacking and modding a device’s software, it’s always played out like an episode of Tom & Jerry. A developer will take advantage of an exploit in the software that allows them to root the device, followed by the hardware OEM who will release an update to patch up the software, and things start all over again. Such is the case with the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, after B&N’s latest update, shall we say, complicated things a bit.
But now, as to be expected, a new root method has found its way to the N-Tab, making it possible once again to not only root the device, but get that precious Android Market up and running on the ‘old e-reader. It’s a little tricky in that you will have to use an SD card to get the Google apps on the device but if you’re at all familiar with partitioning SD cards (like the oldschool G1 days) using ADB, Linux and ClockworkMod, you’ll feel right at home.
The boys on on XDA put together a nice, quick tutorial further explaining the whole process, complete with download links to get everything working properly. Good luck and godspeed, folks.
We’ve seen Windows 95 running the on the Motorola Droid, but how about putting the golden child of 90s computing onto something a bit more powerful? Something like the HTC EVO 3D. Thanks to an APK made available by mnomaanw of XDA Forums, we now can. But it doesn’t stop there. Also bootable with minimal hassle are Windows 98 and XP as well as Linux. The specific method does require a bit of technical know-how, but full instructions are available on at the originating thread. You can get all the files you need there, as well. Booting into an alternative operating system will lose you a bit of phone functionality (and makes less sense in an age where smartphones can accomplish most of the same tasks). So which classic OS is it for you?
After a glorious 4-day weekend, I am officially back, everyone! You know what that means? Well, besides someone to cover the wee night hours, it also means the return of the world famous Android Overload. These are all the stories that passed by our desks from throughout the day but for one reason or another, didn’t make it onto our front page. No worries though. We like to keep our readers well informed on every bit of Android related news so feel free to snack on the links below before you hit the hay. Night!
Sony is set to launch their Xperia Ion on AT&T in a few weeks and at least one third-party retailer is already offering the unlocked, SIM-free version of the phone for pre-sale. Listed at price of 9.50 at Negri Electronics, purchasing the handset for a US network other than AT&T won’t be very fruitful — the Ion can technically connect to T-Mobile’s network but is limited to EDGE connectivity. Users in Asia and Europe may have a bit more luck with the handset’s 3G/HSPA support, as the listing details compatibility with the 2100MHz band.
For more info on the Xperia Ion, check out our hands-on from CES. We compare it side-by-side with its Xperia S counterpart. We also compared the Ion’s quick camera functionalities to those of the Galaxy Nexus. The results may surprise you.
Humble Bundle has just launched its latest pack of indie games with a twist. For the first time ever, Android is among the supported operating systems (others include Windows, Max OS X, and Linux). Up for grabs are EDGE, Osmos, and Anomaly: War for Earth. If you are unfamiliar with the Humble Indie Bundle concept, every few weeks a new pack of games becomes available for a limited time. These games are available on a pay-as-you-will basis. You name the price, you own the games. You can download them as many times as you want on as many operating systems. Even more unique is the ability to choose how much of your money goes where. You can split the payment between Humble, the game developers, and charity. There is no punishment for paying too low, but paying over the average unlocks a bonus game, World of Goo. What started as an experiment in game distribution for small developers has become a platform for independent studios to showcase their finest works.
You can head over to the Humble Bundle site and plop down what you can to own the selection of great games. While some games easily outshine others, as a purchaser of several bundles in the past I can assure you any money you fork over will be well spent. And remember, don’t wait too long to purchase because the pack of excellent games will only be available for the next 14 days.
The final tablet we got our hands on during ASUS’s CES showing was the MeMO 171. We’ve seen this little guy before as the Eee Pad MeMO 3D — but this time they’ve dropped the 3D and hope to upgrade Honeycomb to Ice Cream Sandwich in the near future. The included capacitive stylus and MeMIC Bluetooth companion phone/media play is all here. As for the rest of the specs, they are as follows:
7” WXGA (1280 x 800) IPS panel with capacitive touch
1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8260 processor
16GB/32GB eMMC internal storage and “ASUS Webstorage” options
WLAN 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, and Qualcomm GPS One
5MP rear camera with autofocus and 1080P recording and 1.2MP front camera
G-sensor, e-compass, light sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor
Micro-USB port, micro-HDMI (1.3a), and MicroSD card reader
4400mAh lithium-polymer battery with 8.5hrs video playback
7.8 x 4.6 x 0.50” and 14.2oz
You could pretty much file the MeMO 171 under one more ASUS device we’ll likely never see hit stateside. I can’t imagine something like this would do very well in the US and ASUS specifically mentioned they currently have no plans to bring the MeMO 171 anywhere outside of it’s homeland. What do you guys think? Heartbroken? Or is the MeMO 171 too gimmicky?
Various Google Technology and Android User Groups around the world are joining hands to organize the first ever Global Android Dev Camp from the 17th to 19th of February. As mentioned on their website, the idea was first discussed at last year’s Google I/O.
“After hashing things out during the GTUG Barcamp @ Google I/O 2011, it is time to get it organized!
Format: Each GTUG/Android User group holds an Android Dev Camp at the same time.
There is one global registration site like RHOK or SFD.
15-Minute Hangouts held by API, library providers every two hours.
There can be local teams as well as international ones.
48h Coding (maybe with some tutorials in between)”
I’ll be participating at the one organized by the New Delhi GTUG, and will share all the interesting work. At the same time, we’ll try to create some manner in which those of you, who participate at the other GTUGs, can share the news from those locations too.
For those who aren’t aware about them, hackathons are a lot of fun: developers spend a significant amount of time (most commonly 24 hours) collaborating in teams to create something that could, possibly, go on to become something big. Some notable results in the past include Iris, which gained popularity for being Android’s answer to Siri, the cross-platform messaging service GroupMe, and even the Timeline feature on Facebook.
As the sticker on the back of my laptop says, “Innovation trumps sleep. Always.”
Velocity Micro hasn’t had a break out success quite yet, but year after year they have improved upon their Android tablet offerings. They look to do the same in 2012 with the introduction of two new slates during next week’s CES happenings. The Cruz T507 and Cruz T510 are 7-inch and 9.7-inch tablets, respectively, featuring largely the same feature set. They are powered by a 1.2GHz single-core chip, house 8GB of storage, and boast HDMI output. A front-facing camera is present, though Velocity Micro has foregone the inclusion of a picture snapper around back. The best news is that both devices will launch with Android 4.0 (not seen in these early press shots). They will not, however, feature Android Market access. The slates instead will draw their content library from the Amazon Appstore. Given the hardware and Velocity Micro’s pricing history, expect the two to fall in the 0 price range, give or take .
The Motorola Droid RAZR just hit shelves at the end of last year, but to reach its uber-thin design the built in battery was relegated to a 1700mAh rated battery. Given the phone’s large Super AMOLED display, dual-core processor, and LTE connectivity battery life just hasn’t cut it for some power users. No problem, here comes the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX. The MAXX retains all of the specs that made the original device shine but bumps it up to a 3300mAh battery, close to double the original. It still manages to earn the RAZR name with a thickness of only 8.9mm.
The extended battery life equates to 8 hours of non-stop movie viewing. Another way to see it has the phone making it from LA to Las Vegas and back using Google Maps Navigation in one charge. Say goodbye to your car charger.
While we wonder how the release of the RAZR MAXX will affect the currently available RAZR — things could get a bit confusing for customers wondering why last year’s model is still a viable option (we smell a price cut in its future) — Motorola is confident that offering a broader range of options will best meet consumer needs. Check out the video above for the rundown.
The powerful (and pricey at an apparent 0) Motorola DROID CommandOne headset was announced at CES this past January, but it was only just recently that we learned of its DROID-branding. (Odd for a device that’s not a phone, I must say.) We were wondering when this thing would go on sale, but it would appear it’s already making the rounds at at least one Verizon location. We were sent these images of the device in all its glory and a more clear shot of that nice case in which you’d store the “headset so smart, it texts handsfree.” A picture of the headset itself inside the box sits above while two pictures of the case – one while opened and one while closed – sit below. [Thanks for the heads up, Chris!]