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Finn 7 five 11
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:27 AM

Wireless charging has finally gone commercial? Yay! How exciting.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:18 PM

QUOTE (finn4life @ Friday, Dec 7 2012, 11:27)
Wireless charging has finally gone commercial? Yay! How exciting.

Well, not as "wireless" as one can dream (e.g. distance charging with no cable) but still, it's a start.


@Charlie: I'm pretty sure I still get Google Android updates even though I am rooted and unlocked. I think it's only when you flash a different recovery or a new ROM that disables OTA updates.. not 100% sure though.

See: http://forum.xda-dev...976&postcount=3

If you do decide you want to unlock and root after all, you need to backup your phone storage first because everything will be wiped, and you'll have to reinstall all your apps again. Little inconvenient but ultimately worth it if you want extra perks and more performance for free. I unlocked my N4 bootloader straight away after I got home from purchasing it so that I don't have to mess about with backups later on.

Also, I guarantee your phone will become a very expensive (and ergonomically inefficient.. catspider.gif ) hand-warmer when you try playing GTA3 for more than 10 minutes on stock kernel. This thing gets really toasty fast thanks to the glass sides. tounge.gif


QUOTE (Blackadder.)
Also Vice City was meant to come out on the 6th, but Rockstar f*cked something up and now it's expected sometime in the next week. But hey, it wouldn't be a GTA release without a delay right?

True that. Why is it always the platform I'm on that gets the GTA delays? PC, Android.. sigh sad.gif


--

Also, today I stumbled upon a PSP emulator in the making for Android. It's actually useable for a few games so far (unlike that NDS emulator). tounge2.gif

http://www.ppsspp.org/

Seems to be getting consistent updates every 10 days, which means we aren't far off from unofficially playing GTA Chinatown Wars and GTA Liberty City Stories on our Android phones. biggrin.gif

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:57 PM

I wish Rockstar would just get off their ass and port Chinatown Wars to Android. We have a full port of GTA III and soon to be Vice City and they can't port a DS game?!

The fact that emulator is still putting 'more games reach the title screen' into its release notes tell me that it's quite a long way off from being useable. It would be nice but I'll honestly be surprised if we see a fully working LCS/VCS/CTW via emulator any time soon.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 03:07 PM

QUOTE (Blackadder. @ Friday, Dec 7 2012, 14:57)
I wish Rockstar would just get off their ass and port Chinatown Wars to Android. We have a full port of GTA III and soon to be Vice City and they can't port a DS game?!

Not to mention Chinatown Wars is already on iOS.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 03:19 PM

QUOTE (finn4life @ Friday, Dec 7 2012, 12:27)
Wireless charging has finally gone commercial? Yay! How exciting.

Hah not a chance in hell just yet, you have to remember we are talking about corporations that display a level of competence that borders on moronic. There are actually TWO competing standards. In one corner we have Oi supported by LG, Nokia, Verizon, Sony, Samsung and 100 other companies. In the other corner we have PMA (Power Matters Alliance) supported by Duracell, Starbucks, Apple, Google (that's right Google supports a competing standard but the Nexus 4 is Qi only) and AT&T. Naturally they are both completely incompatible with each other. So if you take your Oi phone to a Starbucks you will not be able to use the wireless chargers they are embedding in their coffee tables.

So we are in for a nice new standards war, you know those healthy things that do nothing but piss consumers off.

QUOTE (OverTheBelow @ Friday, Dec 7 2012, 14:18)
If you do decide you want to unlock and root after all, you need to backup your phone storage first because everything will be wiped, and you'll have to reinstall all your apps again. Little inconvenient but ultimately worth it if you want extra perks and more performance for free. I unlocked my N4 bootloader straight away after I got home from purchasing it so that I don't have to mess about with backups later on.


I think you are underestimating my reluctance to do unlocking tounge2.gif I spent THREE YEARS using a Samsung Galaxy S and Gingerbread. Whilst everyone else when ahead and rooted their phone and installed a whole manner of exotic hacker roms I spent THREE YEARS using Gingerbread. Get the idea how reluctant I am to unlock now lol.

QUOTE (OverTheBelow @ Friday, Dec 7 2012, 14:18)
Also, I guarantee your phone will become a very expensive (and ergonomically inefficient.. catspider.gif ) hand-warmer when you try playing GTA3 for more than 10 minutes on stock kernel. This thing gets really toasty fast thanks to the glass sides. tounge.gif


I can absolutely guarantee you that if I spent 10 minutes trying to play a game with a touchscreen I would have a smashed phone. I just cannot use a touchscreen to play games. I lack some sort of "ancient" gene or something. I tried GTA 3 out on my N4 and I got as far as the first mission and thought "f*ck this I got better things to do with my time". Seriously how the hell do people play games on a touch screen ?

I will say though that I quite enjoyed GTA 3 on the blue stacks Android Emulator for the PC, you can use the mouse and keyboard and the WASD keys for control. But then I thought "what the hell am I playing the Android version on my PC when I could play the PC version on me PC" tounge2.gif

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:13 PM

QUOTE (OverTheBelow @ Friday, Dec 7 2012, 23:07)
QUOTE (Blackadder. @ Friday, Dec 7 2012, 14:57)
I wish Rockstar would just get off their ass and port Chinatown Wars to Android. We have a full port of GTA III and soon to be Vice City and they can't port a DS game?!

Not to mention Chinatown Wars is already on iOS.

Which makes it even more ridiculous that it hasn't been ported to Android. They've already got a control scheme designed for a touch screen!

CharmingCharlie: Do you possess some sort of time machine? The Galaxy S came out in July 2010. notify.gif

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:17 PM

What are the benefits on rooting your phone? And what are the risks?

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:13 PM

QUOTE (Blackadder. @ Friday, Dec 7 2012, 19:13)
CharmingCharlie: Do you possess some sort of time machine? The Galaxy S came out in July 2010. notify.gif

Hm it honestly felt longer than that. I grabbed a Galaxy S as soon as I could. Now thinking about it the fact he bastards ditched us after less than two years makes me even angrier. I am glad I will never give that sh*thole Samsung company another penny of my money ever again (reason why I skipped the "Galaxy" Nexus (sic)).

QUOTE (goin-god @ Friday, Dec 7 2012, 19:17)
What are the benefits on rooting your phone? And what are the risks?


There are no real "risks" involved in rooting your phone (the risks are more what you do with the phone after you have rooted). However a rooted phone can mean the manufacture will consider the warranty voided, it could also leave you more vulnerable security wise to malware that could exploit super user access.

On the plus side you can install a whole host of cool crap that does stuff the vanilla Android OS doesn't do and will never do. You can also replace parts of the Android OS with better versions to improve things (like OvertheBelow has done). You can also flash and install cool custom operating systems.

There is nothing wrong with rooting your phone and if you feel the benefits are worth it then go for it. But for me personally I would never use the cool stuff that you can do with rooting your phone. I never really had much confidence or "faith" in the communities Cyangenmod stuff so I can't really see a point to me personally rooting my phone and opening myself to the cons for no gain whatsoever.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 09:33 AM

Charlie covered rooting well. Ultimately the biggest impact would be with your warranty, it may pose an issue if you need to send it in for repair or need to swap for a replacement. If you root your phone or flash software incorrectly you can permanently damage your phone, but all the proper steps are usually given to avoid this if you follow them. You can open your phone's full potential up when rooting by allowing certain apps to be installed, customer kernals for better performance, and custom ROMs that can be packed full of awesome features.

On an unrelated note... I got the Note 2! It dwarfs my Galaxy S3, which just feels too small when I hold now. I love the 5.5" screen and have no complaints other than the back is slippery and I've plopped it on the desk pretty hard a few times as it slipped from my hand. I have a case being delivered tomorrow which will be much welcomed. The phone is incredibly smooth, and the features that Samsung added are great.

The S Pen is a cool addition. Hovering over the top, bottom, or sides of a page will scroll since it senses the stylus within about half a inch from the surface. Pressing the button allows you to do some nice gestures like back, crop, screen shot, or open a notepad to draw/write down a note quickly.

Multi-view allows you to open two windows at once. I'll be rooting my phone opening up all the apps to work* in this mode, as it only came with 7 available to multi-view by default. *While the mod allows you to add other apps to multi-view, some have compatibility issues.

Pop-up browser is great when you're in apps like Facebook and don't want to leave the app. Just clicking the link will ask you how you want to open it, choosing pop-up browser will bring a moveable window that stays on top of the screen until you close it.

The battery is great. With light use (texting lightly, light web browsing, no videos or music) I could get it to last 3 days on one charge. Moderate usage, 24+. Heavy usage, at least 16 hours. Truly a great battery life.

The screen itself seems clear and bright, however a side-by-side next to the S3 will show it's maximum brightness, and with the the whites, aren't up to par. And the Droid DNA has an even clearer, more vivid screen.

If you've got the cash to throw down on a phone like this, I say take a gooood look at it, as it's really amazing. I can't wait until further support comes out for ROMs. I'd like something like AOKP with Touchwiz still embedded, as Samsung has struck a big win with their features, the majority of which would take at least an hour to cover.
I'll almost definitely be purchasing the Droid DNA come Thursday, the employee edition comes with an all red back (and a wireless charging pillow, sweet!) and is only $99 for us. How can I turn such a beautiful deal down?! With next day delivery I should have it this coming Friday biggrin.gif

Now... I need to sell this S3 to pay off my Note 2, lol.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:17 PM

Yes Charlie, I know the standard war well, Blu ray vs HD DVD, Blu Ray is better in every possible way, wtf Microsoft?
I don't get why big companies like google pick standards that nobody else uses.

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Well, not as "wireless" as one can dream (e.g. distance charging with nocable) but still, it's a start.


Dang, I thought they had made it efficient enough for phone chargers, guess not. I swear if they had funded Tesla we would be so much further with that, probably not making prototypes like this.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:48 PM

Anyone got a nexus 7? Thoughts?

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:06 PM

QUOTE (les @ Monday, Dec 10 2012, 18:48)
Anyone got a nexus 7? Thoughts?

No, but I'm pretty tempted. Not sure about the enormous size of the screen bezels though. dontgetit.gif

I know someone who owns one is extremely happy with theirs, though.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:33 PM

QUOTE (OverTheBelow @ Monday, Dec 10 2012, 19:06)
QUOTE (les @ Monday, Dec 10 2012, 18:48)
Anyone got a nexus 7? Thoughts?

No, but I'm pretty tempted. Not sure about the enormous size of the screen bezels though. dontgetit.gif

I know someone who owns one is extremely happy with theirs, though.

I honestly haven't seen a nexus 7 in person, so I hadn't really thought about the bezel; I guess it didn't really stand out to me in comparison pictures to the other 7" tablets at that price point. I'm not to concerned about the heft, though, as I'll only be adding to it with a folio style case. I'm going to buy one after Christmas, as my wife and I allow ourselves to be a little selfish with our Christmas cash from the grandparents. I was initially interested in a kindle fire, because I need to have a tablet for textbooks as I'm back in college. The nexus 7 really caught my eye after a bit of research, and it seems like a no-brainier at this price point. I just wanted to see if any of my friends here had any thoughts on the matter.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:01 AM

I'd rather have a decent sized bezel that allows me to hold the tablet comfortably than have a super skinny bezel that ends up with my hitting the screen often.

I've used a display Nexus 7 a few times. It's pretty comfortable to hold with its rubber-like back, and it flies with Project Butter. I intend to get one myself sooner or later, because it's just so damn good in my opinion.

Also flashed a 4.2 camera onto my phone. Gave photosphere a shot in my backyard, it's pretty tricky to get it done properly as if you move too much you get all these overlaps. Pretty funky feature though.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:45 AM

QUOTE (les @ Monday, Dec 10 2012, 18:48)
Anyone got a nexus 7? Thoughts?

Nexus 7 is by a country mile the best tablet I have owned.
I have owned previously: Advent Vega, Andypad, HTC Flyer and Galaxy Tab 2.
I have also played with iPads.
In terms of Bang for Buck and user experience, I don't think the N7 cant be beaten at the moment.
I have the 32gb flavour at the moment but I had the 16Gb from launch so I have owned one for a while now.
Performance is on par with if not better than my One X.
As long as you can cope with the limited storage then you will not be disappointed.
Easy to Root and Unlock etc if that is your thing, although not really needed as its a Nexus device so of is always going to get the Latest releases of Android first

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:54 PM

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Dammit! Gonna try getting it via other means.. If it works, anyone have any idea how to somehow trick google play into letting me buy the game and install it legally on my padfone?

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:21 PM

I haven't heard of ways to trick the store into thinking you're using a different device, only thinking you're from another country.

Guess you're going to have to resort to 'alternative' means until they fix it.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:19 PM

QUOTE (Blackadder. @ Thursday, Dec 13 2012, 17:21)
I haven't heard of ways to trick the store into thinking you're using a different device, only thinking you're from another country.

Guess you're going to have to resort to 'alternative' means until they fix it.

These "alternative means" should be totally legal if you buy the game on the store for a device that is compatible beforehand. wink.gif


In other news, my sexy Diztronic case arrived all the way from the US today. Covers up my previously smashed and duct-taped N4 back (a couple pages back) flawlessly, which is fantastic. colgate.gif

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:52 PM

well I got the game from "alternative means" and it runs fine maxed out both on phone mode and tablet mode. It even supports fast switching aka - automatically scaling the interface to tablet mode once you drop the phone in without having to restart the game!

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:30 AM

So I'm getting a GS3 next week and I'm in a dilemma. Do I need a screen protector? There's not many screen protectors around here anyways, mainly Chinese pieces of crap and I've heard they can ruin the screen. I'm also worried about the phone experience, most of the cheap ones will probably decrease the sensitivity and colors. Isn't just gorilla glass enough?

Also, I used my Wildfire S for 1 and a half years without a screen protector (I held it in a some sort of bag though) and no scratches at all, so yeah. But I don't want a bag anymore, it's really annoying.

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 08:02 PM

Gorilla Glass is not always enough. I don't use a screen protector on my SGS2 which has Gorilla Glass 1 and I have minor scratches at the top of my screen. They're practically invisible to the eye when the screen is on most of the time but sometimes you can see it and it is a bit disheartening.

I guess you just have to weigh up potentially having a few small scratches here and there vs having a sheet of plastic over the screen. I hate the look and feel of a screen protector so that was not how I wanted to do things, and like I said my scratches are visible, but only barely. So if you can put up with a few scratches here and there I'd say go without the screen protector.

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:07 PM

How do I upgrade my android OS? I'm on 1.0 on a galaxy s2 and I want to get the full xbox live app for it, but I need android 3.0 or 4.0 I think.

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 03:02 PM

QUOTE (JOSEPH X @ Tuesday, Dec 18 2012, 14:07)
How do I upgrade my android OS? I'm on 1.0 on a galaxy s2 and I want to get the full xbox live app for it, but I need android 3.0 or 4.0 I think.

Settings > About Phone > System Updates

You're probably on 2.3.4, not 1.0.

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 03:40 PM

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 07:06 PM

I received my first Android device this past weekend, the Galaxy Axiom. I think it's essentially a smaller U.S. Cellular-only version of the GS3 with slower internals. I do enjoy it though. No case for it yet, and there don't seem to be too many around.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:08 PM

I downloaded GTA Vice City for my Sony Xperia Play about a week back. It's really slow. I can play GTA3 with everything cranked. Wondering if anyone else has had an issue with this or know of a way to get some more performance out of my device?

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:02 PM

Mine lags too and GTA III runs perfectly fine. Guess it's still not optimized.

anyhow, this ad just popped up on my youtube feed:


Is this google goggles or google now? if its google now, How on earth do you search by photos?

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:26 PM

QUOTE (matthew1g @ Thursday, Dec 20 2012, 17:02)
Is this google goggles or google now? if its google now, How on earth do you search by photos?

I have no idea how it would work on a phone, but on a computer you can just drag an image file into the search box and it will give you info about the image (in case you didn't know that). I can only presume it would work in a similar way on a phone.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 03:30 AM

QUOTE (matthew1g @ Thursday, Dec 20 2012, 22:02)
Is this google goggles or google now? if its google now, How on earth do you search by photos?

Simples you can search via camera by either bringing up the Google now app when you have the cards on the screen click on settings (bottom right hand corner) and the option to search with camera is there.

Alternatively click on your search bar which brings up Google Now and again click on the settings icon and select search with camera.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:34 PM

Google Now =\= Google Search.

Sure they're in the same app but Google Now is only the cards. Just something that bugs me whenever its brought up.

What!?: The Xperia Play is pretty mediocre in terms of hardware. Apart from turning down the graphics in the settings there's not much you can do.




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