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Will Verduzco · Mar 4, 2012

Show Off Your Pictures with Fotolio

Did our previous story on ML Controller only serve to whet your appetite for photography-related Android apps? If so, we have another app aimed at delivering you Android-powered photography fix. XDA forum member Apachi2k brings us an innovative and lightweight portfolio and gallery application, aptly titled Fotolio. What sets this tablet-optimized application apart from the standard gallery app is that it makes excellent use of the larger screen real estate that a 7- or 10-inch tablet can afford. It accomplishes this with excellent...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 17, 2012

Lumberjack Brings Us Tablet-Optimized System Logging

Comparisons aside, we've all experienced the occasional application or system crash on our Android devices. In fact, it seems as if the more we tinker, the more these things occur. In order to help our developers more efficiently find a solution, we often provide them with system-generated log files. Previously, we covered a way of generating log files without connecting to a computer. This made things easier by allowing us to take system logs anywhere. Now thanks to work by...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 15, 2012

Iconia Tab A200 Gets Previously Promised 4.0.3 OTA Update; A500 Next?

Acer Iconia Tab A200 owners have been reporting OTA updates this week bringing the device up to date with Android 4.0.3. The Iconia A500's younger brother shipped with Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) and an impressive spec list, including a 10.1 inch screen, a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, full size USB 2.0 port and a 2mp front-facing camera. The latest software version (Acer_AV041_A200_1.037.00_PA_CUS1) is noted to be different than the 1.019.00 leaked Ice Cream Sandwich update some users have already installed. The differences...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 5, 2012

Looking for a New Way to Take Notes on Android?

Aside from contributing to the ubiquity of social networking, one of the main functions of the modern PDA-type device is to help us remember things that we would otherwise forget. That's why note taking apps are both incredibly important and remarkably abundant on every mobile OS. With apps like Color Note and Evernote, you would think that Android has already reached market saturation in the note-taking realm. Despite this, two free member-created apps released today hope to forge their place on our Android...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 14, 2012

EOS Brings 4G to the Xoom and So Much More

Just a couple of days ago, we wrote about how CyanogenMod 9 had triumphantly been kanged for the Motorola Xoom tablet. However in writing this, we largely (and unintentionally) ignored some of the most important developers and releases for Google's reference tablet. Anyone following the Xoom development timeline has surely noticed that the Team EOS, the evolution of TiamatXOOM, has racked up more than a few "firsts." From the first true custom ROM to the first the first 4G-enabled release...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 12, 2012

De-Sensed Honeycomb for the HTC Flyer and EVO View 4G

When the HTC Flyer and EVO View 4G were announced at Mobile World Congress 2011, many were disappointed to discover that not only would the pair of devices feature single-core processors, but that they would also ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Despite these issues, the Flyer and EVO View 4G ultimately gained popularity due to their build quality, form factor, top notch aesthetics, and innovative HTC Scribe stylus. Seven long months after launch, and more than a few months past...

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liwen · Jan 3, 2012

HTC Flyer WiFi-Only Version Getting Honeycomb OTA Update

Just as HTC promised last month, the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update is now rolling out to the WiFi-only version of the HTC Flyer, after the GSM version got it in early December and the EVO View 4G two weeks ago. So, if you didn't already flash a custom ROM, you now officially enjoy all the Honeycomb goodness. Head over to the forum thread to share your experience with the update.

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liwen · Dec 30, 2011

EL01 Update For Verizon Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE Will Add TouchWiz

As pointed out by forum member mineshrai, Verizon is preparing an update to its LTE version of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1. The EL01 update will apparently add TouchWiz to the Honeycomb tablet. The most notable feature seems to be a mini app tray that holds six apps and can be accessed from anywhere. On Verizon's support page, the update is said to be coming soon, with no specific date given. Note that this is not the Ice Cream Sandwich update,...

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mic_888 · Dec 28, 2011

Get Your Ball On With Blobby Volleyball

The number of quality Android games has slowly been increasing and here is a new one from developers and XDA members AppsOn. Blobby Volleyball is a great volleyball game with dynamic gameplay and friendly controls. Features of the game include: Versus Mode - three levels of difficulty bots. Angry Mode - try to score as many points as you can with angry bot without losing a point. Mirror Mode - try to score as many points as you can controlling...

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liwen · Dec 22, 2011

Honeycomb Rolling Out To HTC EVO View 4G, Don’t Update If You’re Rooted

According to reports in our forums and confirmed by Sprint Support, the EVO View 4G, essentially Sprint's version of the HTC Flyer tablet, is now getting an update to Android 3.2.1 over-the-air. It brings all the Honeycomb goodness you'd expect, but, due to the differences to Gingerbread, will also reset your homescreen to factory-defaults. However, it's strongly advised to hold off on the update if you're rooted, as pointed out by forum member globatron: If you take this upgrade there...

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mic_888 · Dec 13, 2011

Benchmark Your Android Device With M3D Benchmark

If you are interested in understanding how much your Android device can handle 3D games and apps, take a look at the M3D Benchmark application posted by XDA forum member sadegh1993. Developed by knight93, the Benchmark is created with the Unity 3D game engine and is based on OpenGL ES 2.0 showing that your device can handle advanced rendering techniques such as rendering bump maps. The XDA member would like some help from XDA members to submit your average FPS and also your...

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mic_888 · Dec 12, 2011

Use Your Xperia Play GamePad On the OnLive Service With OnLive Helper

Xperia Play owners who want to be able to use the gamepad to play games using the OnLive Service should check out OnLive Helper  by XDA Senior Member hatcyl. The app should however work with any phone (not just the Xperia Play) and users can create their own custom profiles or use community created ones. No root is required, and to enable the app, you must change the Input Method Service to 'OnLive Helper'. Users can have the input method screen...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 4, 2011

Google’s Dianne Hackborn Dispels Android Hardware Acceleration Myths

There's been much fervor regarding Google's inclusion of "full" hardware acceleration into Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. And this is with good reason---the 2D software rendering in Android 2.x made for a noticeably less smooth experience than competing OSes. While the inclusion of a greater extent of hardware acceleration into the OS is a wonderful thing, there are many misconceptions surrounding what it brings to the table. First off, Android has had elements of hardware acceleration for tasks such as window...

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mic_888 · Nov 9, 2011

Monitor EeePad Internal and Dock Battery With Dual Battery Widget

EeePad Transformer owners who want to be able to monitor both the internal tablet and dock batteries can do so with XDA Senior Member Flexer's Dual Battery Widget. The app has received significant updates since the last time we spoke about it. The widget displays the status for the internal and secondary batteries in the EeePad dock station. For devices other than the EeePad Transformer, the widget will only show the main battery icon.  The widget is resizable and can...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 27, 2011

Wind-Up Knight For Android

If you are a fan of adventure side scrolling games on Android devices, then you should not miss out on this wonderfully done game by XDA member TheOneBD. Wind-up Knight somewhat reminds us of Cordy, which is another Android game. In this one, you must guide your character through long levels where he will need to jump, dash, and do everything he can to rescue the princess from the Black Knight. You do all this in a beautifully designed 3D environment that will leave you asking for...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 25, 2011

New Concept For Hardcore Browsing – Introducing Dual Screen Browser For Honeycomb

It is funny how a simple concept such as browsing in a tab can be taken to be so much closer to the laptop experience. You are likely used to using several windows opened at thr same time on your PC and your internet browser is likely one of your top choices to do this on. Well, thanks to a thread started by XDA member indie13, now you can do the same on your favorite Honeycomb tablet. This browser, as its...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 25, 2011

Galaxy Tab 10.1v Getting Official Updates (Finally)

As it is always the case in the world of technology, early adopters of most devices and brands are usually among the first to start complaining about things. This is particularly true when it comes to updates to their investments. However, most of these complaints are well founded due to them being about things that end up resulting in poor performance and overall bugginess. A very specific case for this is the Galaxy Tab 10.1v, which is the European version of the acclaimed...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 11, 2011

Acer Iconia Tab A100 Forums Added

Acer keeps on making its way into the hands of people by trying to release newer models with different characteristics of their up and coming Iconia tab series. The A100 made its debut not too long ago, and it seems to be a more economical version of its bigger brother. The tab sports a 7 inch screen as opposed to the 10.1 inch that its big brother has. It also carries a Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB or RAM, Honeycomb...

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mic_888 · Oct 10, 2011

Sync Your Books Across Devices With Aldiko Sync

XDA forum member GameGod72 is an avid user of the Aldiko eBook reader app and recently got himself a tablet. The dev wanted to be able to read his books on both his phone and tablet but could not find anything, and decided to do something about it himself! Aldiko Sync is the XDA member's first Android app, which syncs your books and bookmarks across various Android-powered devices. The app requires Android 2.2+ and root access. Additionally, you'll need a Dropbox...

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Sam Caplat · Oct 3, 2011

ASUS Transformer Boasts a 500Gb Hard Drive

A thing of fairytale, the idea of 500Gb storage on a tablet. Especially on any device we own, it's something no one has seen or heard of, only complained about. The ASUS Transformer, for me, really is the peak of progression. It was the product we, in the technology community, had been waiting for for a very long time, and didn't expect to see it rising over the horizon. The Transformer as a whole is comparable to a Macbook Air or...

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