CM Updater

If you're using the CyanogenMod team's custom ROM on your Android device, and are running any of the nightlies from today (Sep. 30) onward, you now have a new option in your settings — CM Updater. What it does is give you the option to automatically check for updates and install then, just like an over the air update from your carrier. We've seen this done before from other developers, and from ROM Manager, but now there's a built in option for all users of the ROM.

It's worth noting that this only checks for and installs updates to CM 10. It doesn't replace a custom recovery, so you'll need ClockWorkMod recovery installed to use it. It also doesn't update any Google Apps, so you're on your own for those. 

To find the feature, make sure you have the latest nightly build, and look in Settings > About phone > CyanogenMod updates. You can choose from a few different options, including whether or not you only want to stay on the stable release track. Everything seemed to go fine in our quick testing using tonight's nightly build for the Galaxy S3, but keep in mind that this is not a finished product yet, so there may be bugs. 

Anyone giving this a try? Sound off in the comments to let everyone else know how it goes for you. If you hit any snags, hit the forums to hash it all out.

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Google Play Movies and TV

Google has finally made their Movies and TV app compatible with the Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV box. One would think that an app for viewing TV shows would work out of the box for a TV set-top box, but until today it just wasn't so. It's all part of the bigger issue Google has with delivering content and media to Android devices, which currently outnumber everything else on the market from a market share perspective.

The good news is that you finally can watch shows and films you're rented or purchased, right on your big screen via the Sony Google TV box. If you've been waiting to give it a try, now's your chance. Grab it from Google Play.

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Phil Nickinson

Ahhhhhh, fall. The temperatures finally are starting to drop. Football is in full swing. And the Android crazies are out in force.

It's kind of a weird time for product cycles, right? Most of the really big phones for the year are on the shelves, but we've still got the likes of the Galaxy Note 2 and the the Droid RAZR HD lurking for the U.S. markets. We'll still see a smattering of single-day events, but no huge shows like CES or MWC until we reach the new year. 

And that's were, I believe, the silly season comes from. Folks want to stay excited. And editors want to keep you excited. That's how we end up with rumors of 17 different Nexus devices. Or $99 Nexus tablets. Or, ZOMG, there might be a new Nexus out in the fourth quarter.

Sense the trend there?

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Xperia U

Sony recent announced it has begun to roll out Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to three of their devices. The Xperia U, Xperia Sola and Xperia Go were all released with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) as they represent entry level devices in Sony's lineup. We saw an update a few weeks back for these devices and we wondered whether or not that would pave the way for ICS, and we're glad to see that it did.

Here are some of the new features you can expect with the update:

  • Lock screen with better functionality
  • Resizable widgets
  • Improved control of data consumption
  • New ways to experience your Sony content in WALKMAN, Album and Movies
  • The Xperia Sola will also be getting 'glove mode', which will add Sony's "floating touch" technology to make it work well while wearing gloves

Remember, if you are going to update, you'll need to ensure that your device is attached to a computer. The update is beginning to rollout today and it will continue over the next few weeks, so if you haven't seen it yet, hold tight.

Have you received your update yet? We'd love to hear from you in our Sony Xperia Forum.

Source: Sony




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If you're not yet registered with the site, now's the time. How else are you going to win one when we start giving away these sold-out Series 3 Android Minis?




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Android Central

It's the last week of September, and the Android Central writers have another diverse set of app picks for your enjoyment. Have a look into space, play some games, watch your favorite sport and keep yourself from getting lost with these picks this weekend. And remember, Google is still running its $0.25 app promotion to celebrate 25 billion downloads. Read on, then head to the Google Play Store and grab a few great apps.

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The HTC One X from AT&T is no stranger to our Android deals page, but things have been a bit too quiet since AT&T dropped the price of the phone to $99. This week, Amazon has decided to make a bit of noise by throwing out AT&T’s recommended price by offering up the white and gray HTC One X for [...]





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Android Central

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hitting the select retail stores imminently, it's time for us to go hands-on with the finished product. We first tested out the Galaxy Note 2 at IFA in Berlin in late August, and it's taken just over a month to finalize the device. The original Samsung Galaxy Note has proved a surprising success over the past year. With the second-gen Note being bigger and more powerful than ever, Samsung will be hoping its efforts are reflected in even stronger sales this time around.

Check out our first hands-on video with the final, retail Galaxy Note 2 after the break, along with a quick overview of the device.

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North Korean tablet

Yes, you read that correctly; a tablet was spotted presumably running Android in North Korea's capital of Pyongyang. The photo was taken during a trade fair where various approved electronics were being shown off.

Due to the closed nature of North Korea, we don't know much about the tablet. No hardware specs, no software information and certainly no dates for availability. One of the only tidbits that was discovered was a box in the background that read Samjiyo, which is the name of another North Korean tablet introduced in June.

From the photo, it looks to have around a 10-inch screen and has some applications installed. Other than that, it's anybody's guess. If we were to surmise about a North Korean tablet, we'd assume it's extremely locked down and will not run Google's core services. Remember North Koreans are prohibited access to the wider Internet. Interestingly enough, it seems as though the Seoul Google office took interest in this photo as well and are trying to find out more information, just as we are.

There's a certain irony in a closed nation like North Korea being able to develop its own tablet because of an open-source OS like Android, don'tcha think?

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Motorola Mobility

Well this is tough news. Motorola Mobility has been maintaining an update chart and evaluating its current device lineup as to which devices should go forward with Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. Just a few days ago, they delayed several devices having previously said they would get the upgrade in Q3. Now, they have announced the Atrix 4G, Photon 4G and Electrify will not be receiving the update and will be remaining on Gingerbread.

This is not good news.  We hope this is just a difficult transitional period for Motorola and that they will learn from this. We bet that they will, but that still doesn't help all of you who currently own these devices.

So we feel for you and we'll be here to help you install unofficial updates. You'll probably want to sound off in the forums, and we don't blame you, so here are the links:

Their update chart has also been updated to reflect the changes.

Source: Motorola Mobility

 

 




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