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    As applications and games are updated to support 1080p graphics (and beyond), file sizes have increased exponentially over the last year, making inbuilt storage worth its weight in gold. Just two years ago, 2GB and 4GB was not uncommon for built-in storage. Now the standard – or minimum, rather – is 16GB, yet that still is not enough for every scenario. It forces users to have to choose between what applications, games, music, pictures and videos they store on their device. What's worse is microSD card support, or expandable storage, is becoming a rarity for some OEMs. Until 32GB ...

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    Battery life is one thing we constantly have to battle, especially on many high-end Android smartphones. The combination of quad-core processors, 5-inch 1080p smartphones, LTE connectivity and dozens of other specifications and connections sipping at your battery all day long, lasting an entire day on a single charge is becoming more and more difficult. Fortunately, some manufacturers have chosen to fight waning stamina by simply cramming more milliamp-hours inside their high-end options. Sadly, that still isn't always enough. But there are lots of things you can do to improve your battery ...

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    The more integrated smartphones become with our daily lives, the more we tend to store on them. We store everything from pictures, music and movies to documents, PDFs, and a plethora of other content. I often find myself needing a quick way to get a single file – and sometimes everything – stored on my smartphone over to my computer. Generally, it's as simple as plugging up your phone to the computer via USB. But USB cables aren't always handy, and sometimes it just not convenient to have to use one. It's the 21st century – almost everything is wireless, and so shall be your data ...

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    Yesterday, the Ubuntu 12.10 Touch developer preview was released. Canonical provided a method for the public to flash a preview build of the new operating system to the most recent Nexus devices: Galaxy Nexus (GSM), Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. Eventually, I was pointed in the direction of this xda-developers thread, which makes the install much more quick and simple. The instructions in the thread are pretty straightforward, but they lack some details – details that are important for novices in the Android modding world. Check out the video below to see how to get Ubuntu for Tablets ...

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    Canonical released its developer preview of Ubuntu for Phones yesterday, and it provided a method for the public to flash the preview of the platform to their personal Nexus devices. After trying to the better part of two hours to get apt-get working on my MacBook Air, I turned to someone for help. I was pointed in the direction of xda-developers, where I learned that flashable images were hosted on Ubuntu's site. The instructions, however, were a little scarce, particularly for anyone who isn't well-versed in the world of Android modding. If you're wondering how to get Ubuntu on your ...

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    After almost a solid year of keeping its customers waiting, it looks like Samsung is finally gearing up for a North American release of the wireless charging product it promised way back at the Galaxy S III announcement. That's a good thing, and we're eagerly awaiting some hands-on time with the official inductive-charging pad ... but we're not exactly the patient sort. Fortunately, the popularity of the Galaxy S III, combined with an abundance of old Palm charging accessories, means a wide array of mods are available that allow users to bring inductive charging to their Samsung ...

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    First we showed you how to get it done on the iPad, and now it's the iPhone's turn. For those of you fans of the Jailbreak underworld, the time has come. Evasi0n was finally released today for all iOS 6 compatible devices, and it’s as easy and stable as the most popular Jailbreaks we’ve seen in the past. Jailbreaking will allow you to side-load applications and services to iOS 6 that Apple has either not intended or not considered for your device. And as we historically know, many of these solutions have served to make iOS what it currently is since Apple has hired a couple of the ...

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    For those of you fans of the Jailbreak underworld, the time has come. Evasi0n was finally released today for all iOS 6 compatible devices, and it's as easy and stable as the most popular Jailbreaks we've seen in the past. Jailbreaking will allow you to side-load applications and services to iOS 6 that Apple has either not intended or not considered for your device. And as we historically know, many of these solutions have served to make iOS what it currently is since Apple has hired a couple of the developers behind some of the apps being offered. It's hard to answer the question: Why ...

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    If your phone or tablet is in Google's Nexus family you can quickly and easily restore your device to the latest, stock image. If you've already applied a custom ROM and don't want it anymore, want to force an update to the lastest version of Android, or even convert your YAKJUxx Galaxy Nexus to a TAKJU or YAKJU version for faster OTA updates, this is how you do it. Before we get started, following these instructions will wipe what's on your device, and anytime we talk about flashing there's a risk (albeit slight) that your device may never wake up again. Proceed at your own risk. Next, ...

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    For some reason carriers like to load up "their" phones with apps that they think you want. These apps take up space on an already limited storage partition, they occupy screen real-estate in your app drawer, and in most cases you can't remove them. We affectionately refer to these apps as "bloatware" because just like after eating a big holiday meal, they leave our phones feeling lethargic and overweight. Because OEMs and carriers install bloatware as system apps, you've got to have root permissions to remove them. Most of the time that means unlocking, rooting, and installing a custom ...

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    Auto-rotation is one of the thing I either love or hate. When it works right, it's wonderful! The gyroscope/accelerometer inside my device recognizes that I've turned it and quickly switches the display from portrait to landscape -- or vice versa. Luckily, this process usually happens fairly quickly. Unfortunately, rotation does take a second or so from the request to rotate until the screen is fully rotated and usable, which can seem like a long time -- especially if you didn't mean to rotate the screen in the first place. When I'm laying down or leaning against something, very often my ...

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    The sugar rush of candy canes and chocolates is beginning to wear off and you're finally starting to go through all the gifts and gadgets that you received this holiday season. You probably got something shiny and new, but with smartphones and tablets being capable of doing practically everything, you're probably asking yourself: what next? Before you go installing every version of Angry Birds in the Play Store there are a few more "practical" tasks you might want to address to keep your phone safe, charged, and ready to take you wherever you want to go. Setting up During the setup ...

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    Another of my favorite features in Android Jelly Bean 4.2 is the new Quick Toggles panel. It's sort of like the Power Widget that some custom ROMs include in the notification shade, but devoted to its own panel. You get to it by pulling down on the notification bar with two fingers on smartphones (or by pulling down on the right side of the notification bar on tablets). Inside the Quick Toggles panel you're able to quickly check the status of various components like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and easily toggle them on or off. Unfortunately, there's currently no way for you to change what shows ...

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    Updated: Alternate method to flash from a custom Recovery Image, and video showing the final result. Android Jelly Bean brought with it a whole new way to search and get up-to-date and location relevant information: Google Now. Search results are fast, beautiful, and usually pretty accurate. When compared against Apple's Siri, Google Now wins in many regards. The bad news? Officially Google Now is only available on tablets and smartphones running Google's latest operating systems (4.1 and 4.2). Sure, there are ways to hack the feature in, we even reported on one such method back in July. ...

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    You'll be hard pressed to find someone who will argue with the fact that the Nexus 4 is one of the fastest smartphones on the market today. With a quad-core processor running at 1.5 GHz one might think there aren't many ways to speed it up. Luckily, there are a few ways we can make our experiences with the Nexus 4 even faster! Let's take a few minutes to look at some "technical" methods of squeezing out some more speed, as well as a couple other more traditional tweaks to shave some seconds off common tasks. Face Unlock Most Android users that I know personally have set up either a pin or ...

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