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    We've told you in previous articles how bits of Android Ice Cream Sandwich have leaked. Here's another! Thanks to the creative folks over at XDA-Developers, you can now install the Android Market (Vending.apk) from Ice Cream Sandwich, on your smartphone running Froyo or Gingerbread! Other than a slightly more "Honeycomb-like" user interface, a few bug fixes, and speed improvements, there's not much to be seen. Now for the bad news: - To install the .apk, since it's a system file, you have to either to a lot of leg-work; or apply a flashable .zip, which requires root access and a custom ...

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    Near the end of 2010 we started seeing smartphones without notification LEDs. While it seemed insignificant at the time, there's something to be said for being able to tell what notifications you have just by glancing at the device, without turning the screen on. To remedy the lack of this basic feature we told you about a developer who wrote an app to take advantage of another feature of those notification-LED-less phones -- their SuperAMOLED screens, which consume almost no power when displaying "black" pixels. This developer built his app to float colored squares around the screen to ...

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    The Android Market is no stranger to controversial apps. This time around it's an app that attempts to convey the story of how your smartphone came into being -- which may not be a pretty story. From the Market Description: Phone Story is an educational game about the hidden social costs of smartphone manufacturing. Follow your phone's journey from the Coltan mines of the Congo to the electronic waste dumps in Pakistan through four colorful mini-games. Compete with market forces in an endless spiral of technological obsolescence. You can keep Phone Story in your favorite device as a ...

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    When the Internet was invented (no, not by Al Gore), unlike traditional data networks which sent data as a contiguous stream, a packet-based delivery system was implemented. Your data, just like an order from Amazon.com, is split into lots of packages, called "packets". These packets are then sent via the fastest route from the source to the destination. Depending on what technology is being used, those packets might be very small, or relatively large, but they're still just a bunch of puzzle pieces that get put back together and turned into anything from a chat conversation, to a movie ...

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    Samsung Pure Breeze Launcher is a cool launcher replacement app that tries to organize your apps into groups, helping to prevent app-overload. You might be tempted to think that this is a new launcher coming to Android-powered phones built by Samsung (I did), but that may not be the case. The "Samsung" that makes this app is "Samsung San Jose Mobile Labs", and they are distinct and separate from the "Samsung" that makes your cellphone -- it says so in the several page EULA that you have to read and agree to before you can start using the app. This Samsung and that Samsung are interrelated, ...

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    Wave Launcher for Android is a launcher-style app, though it's not a true launcher. This is an app that essentially sits on top of your screen, waiting for you to call it up, then lets you quickly launch any one of 5 apps, widgets, and/or folders. It's quick, it's smooth, it can be called up from any screen (not just your homescreen!). Watch the video, take a look, and let us know what you think in the comments below! Wave Launcher for Android on AppBrain Download from the Android Market

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    Last week I wrote about how I didn't particularly like the new Android Market and how to get the old Android Market back. One of the reasons I gave was Google's choice to disable playback of movies on rooted devices, which makes one of the three content types inapplicable to my phones. Google, we assume, enacted their root and tamper checks at the direction of the movie studios, who seem to be "afraid" of streaming their content to customers. Ironically, studios don't seem to care if a laptop or desktop OS has "root" permissions (which all of them do, by the way), only if smartphones do. ...

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    The new Android Market app is something you either love, or you hate. I'm leaning toward the latter. I mean, sure, it looks cool, but I'm not able to "rent" movies on my smartphone because I'm rooted, so those are just taking up space (besides, I have Netflix). For books I prefer Nook, so those are taking up even more space. The new Market seems to be "out of date". I'll see an app that says it needs updating, but when I go to update it I'm only given the options to "open" and "uninstall". Today I was shown an app that I'd purchased that wasn't installed -- even though it was. Developers ...

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    Before we dig into the meat of this article, let's lay a little groundwork. Google is the driving force behind the Android operating system. Google has an application that lets you find, download, and install apps on Android-powered smartphones, tablets, and soon televisions (this is called the "Android Market", for those who were wondering). An app store isn't useful if it doesn't have any apps in it. Apps are written by developers. Developers need direction and assistance from time to time, not just writing apps, but publishing them into the various app stores. Google knows this, and ...

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    Being in the industry that I'm in makes me more aware of what can be done using technology than others who simply use the technology. To keep myself protected I've had some sort of a screen-lock on my computers, laptops, and smartphones as long as I can remember. True, some have called me paranoid, but it's a label I welcome. Those screens used to be unlocked by tapping in cumbersome passwords using a stylus, followed by PIN codes. Luckily with Android, we now have pattern unlockers that are significantly faster to unlock, but are still inconvenient. To solve that, one app developer ...

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    If Google Maps is your preferred GPS solution you'll be pretty happy with the latest update (5.9). This update allows you to personalize your "place pages" by uploading pictures from your visit, manage your starred and recently visited Places in the "My Places" tab, see descriptive terms for Places in search results and Places pages, and add a new place to Places when checking in. Also, if you use mass transit (and are in a locale that Google supports) you can now set up custom notifications for transit navigation. If you're a tablet user, transit support has now been added to your ...

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    Plants vs. Zombies is one of my son's favorite games. He was very excited when it finally came to the Android platform, but wasn't enthused to find out he had to get if from the Amazon Appstore -- not Google's Android Market. Recently that changed! Or has it? Plants vs. Zombies is now on the Android Market -- but, even though it has similar (identical?) artwork, it's not the original version of the game. It's a Chinese knockoff -- with a tempting price: free. The real Plants vs. Zombies is distributed exclusively through Amazon for a price of US$2.99. Luckily, most users aren't likely to ...

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    Those of you following the evolution of web browsers already know about the desktop version of Firefox hitting the 6.0 milestone -- ahead of schedule -- last week. Today, some of the same goodness that's packaged inside the desktop version is available in the updated version for Android-powered smartphones and tablets. Firefox version 6.0 includes the following upgrades and enhancements: 1. Higher-quality image rendering and smoother zooming 2. First wave of optimizations for tablets and large-screen devices 3. Improved interaction with touch-optimized sites (e.g Google Maps, games) 4. ...

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    One of our developer friends pointed us in the direction of what appears to be a growing problem with Google's Android Market. What this developer saw was a drastic decrease in ratings for his company's apps. While it's not uncommon for ratings to lag behind in the developer's console, it is quite unusual for the opposite to happen. While missing ratings and reviews may not be considered mission critical, users do use them as a measure of an app's value. Our friend wasn't alone. Many, many others have reported the same problem as well. What happens when it's not just ratings? What happens ...

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    I'm really into technology. In addition to being pocketnow.com's Android Guy, I'm also into what some call "green tech, including high-tech cars. I drive a Prius -- not to save the planet, but because it's technologically advanced and gets great mileage. I'm also impressed with the Chevy Volt And Nissan Leaf. But what does any of that have to do with smartphones? The Volt has an Android app that let's you start your car, lock or unlock the doors, and even check on the battery state-of-charge. Pretty cool, but that's old news. Nissan is following suit, and have released an app for both ...

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