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matthew1g
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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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Posted 23 December 2012 - 04:04 AM

QUOTE (Blackadder. @ Saturday, Dec 22 2012, 15:34)
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.

Well that figures, the only phone with a game pad can't play games.

Separate question. I've decided I want to mess around with my phone's ROM. Looking at trying to upgrade to jelly bean. I've seen some success with this on youtube. However when I try to use Clockwork mod or GooManager they both tell me I have an unsupported device. One tutorial that I'm using specifically tells me to back up my rom with Clockwork mod. So apparently it works for somebody.

Currently running Android 2.3.4 Sony Experia Play R800x
I want to move to Jelly Bean 4.1.2

Thoughts? Any other ROM Managers I could possibly try?

Thanks.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 03:30 PM Edited by Blackadder., 23 December 2012 - 03:35 PM.

You're using ROM Manager to determine if you can flash a JB ROM? Not the best way to do things in my opinion, ROM manager insisted my dad's HTC Legend had CWM Recovery installed when it did not, so I don't really trust it. You're better off heading to the XDA forums and poking around there to see how to root your phone and unlock its bootloader, before upgrading to a custom ROM manually.
If you aren't using a ROM Manager disregard most of what I said except for that last sentence

I heard there was an issue of some sorts with ICS and the Xperia Play which is why Sony axed it before release (they did however release a beta version for those willing to try it out). I'd assume Jelly Bean would have these problems too so again take a peek around and see, no point upgrading if it makes your phone perform worse.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 06:24 PM Edited by What!?, 23 December 2012 - 09:28 PM.

QUOTE (Blackadder. @ Sunday, Dec 23 2012, 10:30)
You're using ROM Manager to determine if you can flash a JB ROM? Not the best way to do things in my opinion, ROM manager insisted my dad's HTC Legend had CWM Recovery installed when it did not, so I don't really trust it. You're better off heading to the XDA forums and poking around there to see how to root your phone and unlock its bootloader, before upgrading to a custom ROM manually.
If you aren't using a ROM Manager disregard most of what I said except for that last sentence

I heard there was an issue of some sorts with ICS and the Xperia Play which is why Sony axed it before release (they did however release a beta version for those willing to try it out). I'd assume Jelly Bean would have these problems too so again take a peek around and see, no point upgrading if it makes your phone perform worse.

I've been around the XDA forums here and there (mostly in relation to google searches) From what I gather the initial problem with ICS/JB is the wifi and the camera didn't want to work on the device. As well as some miscellaneous features being a little clunky. Sony abandoned it pretty quickly but the community kept going on it. From what I understand the issues have been resolved. I've seen videos posted where all the features of the phone worked just fine.

I have everything backed up with Titanium Backup and I came across a simple apk called backup and restore that has saved all my contacts, logs, sms, etc... I think I'm good to go as far as restoring information. I have made backups from my memory card to my PC.

The issue I run into now is I don't think my bootloader can be unlocked through software. From what I have read on Sony's support site if I go to the dialer and enter *#*#7378423#*#* to access the service menu, then in my phone, tap Service info > Configuration > Rooting Status. If Bootloader unlock allowed says Yes, then I can continue with the next step. If it says No, or if the status is missing, my device cannot be unlocked.

So my device doesn't even have a "Rooting Status" menu which I assume attributes to the "status missing" category. Meaning I can't unlock it. Which basically flies in the face of this thread at XDA Developers - Thread.

If it can't be unlocked through Sony's website then I have seen somebody allegedly do it by taking out the battery and removing the sticker that covers the copper contacts for the board on the back of the phone. If the correct two contacts are bridged and power is applied via USB cable this does "something" that unlocks the bootloader according to the video. That however is a last resort and fortunately if I want to try it I do happen to have an extra Xperia Play laying around I can destroy and not worry about. Just seems like this is a major pain in the ass.

::EDIT::

After some more reading I found out Verizon actually hid the Root Status menu option. I went ahead and requested an unlock code from Sony and got one. So now my bootloader is unlocked... but I can't seem to get google play to work, which means I can't get my file manager to navigate to the .apk's I have on my SDCard so I can restore my system.

Awesome.

::EDIT2::

I got clever and emailed myself the apk for Titanium backup. I have it running now. Hopefully this straightens everything out. I'll update incase anyone is interested.

::EDIT3::

Yep that did it. I have everything back and can access the Play Store again. Jeebus.

I'm still going to attempt to update to Jelly Bean. I'm sure that'll be just as fun. tounge.gif

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 04:45 AM

DLing Vice City on my Xoom... still not showing up for the Note 2 even though R* says it's a compatible phone. Taking forever to download from the place store. The third attempt and it's been over an hour and just at 75% now. 1.4GB is done within about 20 minutes for me normally. I'm going to test out my wireless Xbox 360 PC controller, plugging the receiver in via OTG. Wonder if it'll work...

Aside from that, I picked up the HTC Droid DNA (employee edition). It's got a quad-core 1.5Ghz S4, 2GB RAM, 5" screen with a 1080 resolution. Super thin phone, nice deep red soft touch finish to the back. Sense... sucks. I really dislike it, and all the other little things about HTC that I hated about the Tbolt came creeping back. I can't wait until I can flash an AOSP based ROM to it, it'll REALLY open the phone up. But I guess the devs need the RIL for that to become a reality...

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 05:26 AM

QUOTE (What!? @ Monday, Dec 24 2012, 02:24)
After some more reading I found out Verizon actually hid the Root Status menu option. I went ahead and requested an unlock code from Sony and got one. So now my bootloader is unlocked... but I can't seem to get google play to work, which means I can't get my file manager to navigate to the .apk's I have on my SDCard so I can restore my system,

Oh f*cking hell. I didn't know Verizon's bullsh*t extended to Sony phones as well, god forbid someone wants to do something with their phone.

Good to hear you managed to get it sorted though, good luck on making your way to Jelly Bean!

Pico: It's really hit and miss whether your device supports the wireless reciever for a 36 controller on your device. Google hasn't put the proper files in every device so you may have to edit some stuff in the system folder (for whatever reason wired seems to work most of the time).

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:18 PM

How long will rooting my phone take? 30 minutes? 4 hours?

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:48 PM

QUOTE (Pico @ Monday, Dec 24 2012, 04:45)
DLing Vice City on my Xoom... still not showing up for the Note 2 even though R* says it's a compatible phone. Taking forever to download from the place store. The third attempt and it's been over an hour and just at 75% now. 1.4GB is done within about 20 minutes for me normally. I'm going to test out my wireless Xbox 360 PC controller, plugging the receiver in via OTG. Wonder if it'll work...

Aside from that, I picked up the HTC Droid DNA (employee edition). It's got a quad-core 1.5Ghz S4, 2GB RAM, 5" screen with a 1080 resolution. Super thin phone, nice deep red soft touch finish to the back. Sense... sucks. I really dislike it, and all the other little things about HTC that I hated about the Tbolt came creeping back. I can't wait until I can flash an AOSP based ROM to it, it'll REALLY open the phone up. But I guess the devs need the RIL for that to become a reality...

Iv'e got the note 2 and it works on that pico! very strange!

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 05:29 PM Edited by What!?, 27 December 2012 - 03:51 AM.

QUOTE (Blackadder. @ Monday, Dec 24 2012, 00:26)
QUOTE (What!? @ Monday, Dec 24 2012, 02:24)
After some more reading I found out Verizon actually hid the Root Status menu option. I went ahead and requested an unlock code from Sony and got one. So now my bootloader is unlocked... but I can't seem to get google play to work, which means I can't get my file manager to navigate to the .apk's I have on my SDCard so I can restore my system,

Oh f*cking hell. I didn't know Verizon's bullsh*t extended to Sony phones as well, god forbid someone wants to do something with their phone.

Good to hear you managed to get it sorted though, good luck on making your way to Jelly Bean!

Pico: It's really hit and miss whether your device supports the wireless reciever for a 36 controller on your device. Google hasn't put the proper files in every device so you may have to edit some stuff in the system folder (for whatever reason wired seems to work most of the time).

Thank you!

Unfortunately my campaign to get to Jelly Bean hasn't been as successful. My phone is stuck in a boot loop. I followed a tutorial for CM9 (ended up deciding to go with ICS) when I was at the cmd console in windows I told fastboot to go ahead and flash a new boot img as per the tutorial, then I sent a command to reboot the phone. I was then supposed to "spam" the vol. down button (which I did) to get into recovery. Only problem is after I sent the reboot command my phone's screen never came back on...

So, yeah. I can't get back into fastboot to try and flash it with something else either. I poked around on XDA forums and asked some questions, but I haven't gotten any feedback yet. I have read that I could FTF a stock 2.3.3 image back onto the phone with flashtool but I'm not sure how I would do that without at least getting the phone to fastboot.

I may have to make up a creative story and contact Sony. tounge.gif

Kinda sucks.

EDIT::

Well I just figured out that if I remove the battery and re-insert it, then hold search and plug in the USB cable the phone will go into fastboot. If I repeat that process except hold down the back button instead of search then the phone will enter flashboot. I tried flashing the stock 2.3.3 Verizon ftf but I got an error and then the phone disconnected itself. So I'm in fastboot now and trying to figure out what the next move is...

EDIT2::

Found the problem... DO NOT use the boot.img contained in this file: "FXP152-cm-9-20121221-UNOFFICIAL-zeusc.zip"

I downloaded FXP147-cm-9-20121117-UNOFFICIAL-zeusc.zip and flashed just the boot.img out of that build using fastboot. After that I sent a reboot command and my screen actually came back on and I was able to get into clockwork mod recovery and finish the CM9 installation.

I hope this helps someone, I don't know how common Xperia Play is anymore, but better to have too much information than too little!

It's not Jelly Bean, but Ice Cream Sandwich is working pretty well so far!

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:03 AM

Glad to hear you got it working in the end. ICS was a pretty big leap forward for Android and its UI is just awesome.

Speaking of awesome, guess who got a Nexus 7 for Christmas! This thing is just awesome, I hardly use my phone any more and just browse the web whilst lying in bed. Its pretty good for watching porn on too. Did I mention its awesome? tounge.gif I don't even feel compelled to root it and put a custom ROM on because stock 4.2 is just that good.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:13 PM

Really considering buying a Nexus 7, have the money for it but I'm on two minds either buy the N7 or get a head start on a new car. Worth the money?

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 04:33 AM

QUOTE (Whiskey @ Thursday, Dec 27 2012, 22:13)
Really considering buying a Nexus 7, have the money for it but I'm on two minds either buy the N7 or get a head start on a new car. Worth the money?

I ordered a 32GB Nexus 7 from newegg a couple days ago, delivery is scheduled for tomorrow. I have already accepted delivery of a case for it; I would highly recommend it to anyone -- very nice.

Case: Snugg Nexus 7 Leather Case
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That said, get the car if it's a priority. Tablets are cool, but I'd rather have a car.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 11:29 AM

How long did it take to root your phone the first time?

I am super-duper mega busy so I need to schedule this sh*t.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 12:11 PM

QUOTE (finn4life @ Friday, Dec 28 2012, 11:29)
How long did it take to root your phone the first time?

I am super-duper mega busy so I need to schedule this sh*t.

The longest part will be researching how to do it, the rooting using should only take a few minutes. My nexus 7 was rooted ten minutes after unboxing.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:33 PM

QUOTE (les @ Friday, Dec 28 2012, 04:33)
QUOTE (Whiskey @ Thursday, Dec 27 2012, 22:13)
Really considering buying a Nexus 7, have the money for it but I'm on two minds either buy the N7 or get a head start on a new car. Worth the money?

I ordered a 32GB Nexus 7 from newegg a couple days ago, delivery is scheduled for tomorrow. I have already accepted delivery of a case for it; I would highly recommend it to anyone -- very nice.

Case: Snugg Nexus 7 Leather Case
Review:

That said, get the car if it's a priority. Tablets are cool, but I'd rather have a car.

Got my work contract extended so I have a secure income for the next three months. Looks like I'll be spoiling myself to a N7 then! Shame they are sold out all over the country!

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:18 PM

Got a GS3 for christmas and I'm loving it! I just had to root it right after and then regretted it, because of the Premium Suite update was released the day after biggrin.gif Luckily I managed to unroot it and install the stock ROM.

Also thinking about buying a N7, my brother has one. It's awesome and pretty cheap, but it seems kinda pointless to have a big high end smartphone and a small tablet.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 06:23 PM

Can anyone give me some advice? My Galaxy Axiom keeps disconnecting from my Wifi at random times. It has enough trouble connecting when I wake up the phone. Usually I have to go into the settings and re-enter the password about half of the time. But lately I've been having the issue of it disconnecting for no apparent reason during the middle of watching a YouTube video, for example. I don't have any other problems with my internet, and my iPod Touch connects perfectly. It's on version 4.0.4.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:14 PM

Hey guys, I'm trying to put some films on my Nexus 7 via USB MTP mode, but whenever I drag and drop it onto the folder my Windows Explorer crashes. Is their any solution to this?

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:54 PM

Have you tried copy+pasting instead of dragging and dropping? MTP is a complete bitch and if you do things even slightly different it can go completely bonkers.

If that doesn't work you could give Airdroid a shot. Since its over wireless it may be a bit slower but for me at least it seems a bit quicker for folder navigation than MTP and more reliable as well.

Can't get over how much I'm enjoying my Nexus 7. It's a blast to surf the web, talk to friends and watch movies on. This is the first time I've even turned my computer on in days and I just want to turn and and lie in my bed and use my Nexus 7 some more.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:04 PM

Yeah I figured it. It was DivX being a bitch, so I uninstalled it and everything went smoothly. Definitely going to give Airdroid a shot though. Much better than rooting around for my USB to use MTP.
I haven't got that Google music cloud thingy here yet so it really peeves me that they removed the Mass storage option. Still I love my N7 to bits, spent all last night in bed watching movies.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 12:35 AM

Just letting everyone know that I have released my first ever Android app. Not going to go on a full on advertising campaign here but it's all about the history of F1.

Let me know what you lot think: F1 History. Play store link.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 12:39 AM

Awesome! I love F1. Going to download it now.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:12 AM

QUOTE (finn4life @ Friday, Dec 28 2012, 04:29)
How long did it take to root your phone the first time?

I am super-duper mega busy so I need to schedule this sh*t.

It really does depend on the rooting process for you phone and how much you understand when given the steps.

For example, my Galaxy S3 took me maybe an hour to root. That's including the ~30 minute download time of the large file I needed, reading the steps, and doing the steps. However, when you look at a phone like the Note II it took me ~10 minutes because the download files were tiny and I understood the process.

Then consider the HTC Droid DNA. That one took me about an hour, and 45 minutes of that was understand wtf I had to do. It required a bunch of adb commands to get things rolling through. Prior to the DNA I only had a basic understand of what adb was, but now I understand how and why's it's used. Next time that process would likely take me 10-15 minutes.

The Droid X... that took about 5 minutes to root. It was so simple. So, it'll vary from phone to phone and how much you know. I would say only do it if you've got a solid 2 hours to dedicate to it because if you f*ck something up you may need more time fixing it to get it running again (unrooted at that, which I've had happen before, not fun).

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:32 AM

I'm going back and forth on whether or not I should bother rooting/unlocking the bootloader on my Nexus 7. Part of me wants to just for the sake of doing it but I honestly don't think there is that much incentive to with 4.2. My main reason for putting a custom ROM on my phone was because of how awful the TouchWiz UI is. Obviously I don't have that problem and with 4.2 notification toggles are included stock too. I guess it shows how far Google has come with Android that someone who so proudly flaunts his modified phone has barely any desire to do so on his Nexus device.

RED_: Good work on the app! I haven't tried it yet but I took a quick look at some of the screenshots and good job on making a nice clean interface. First impressions do count so you've definitely nailed that part.

Whiskey: Yep I love my Nexus 7 for that too. It's great to just pop into bed, turn all the lights out and watch a movie. It does make me wish the blacks were a bit more black, but you can't have everything I suppose.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:06 PM

QUOTE (Blackadder. @ Thursday, Jan 3 2013, 11:32)
Whiskey: Yep I love my Nexus 7 for that too. It's great to just pop into bed, turn all the lights out and watch a movie. It does make me wish the blacks were a bit more black, but you can't have everything I suppose.

Yeah, but for the price I paid for it I will never complain! Just need to sort myself out with a stand and a case and I'll be all set! Might pick up VC on it tomorrow too.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:12 PM

Are there any apps that give you a notification icon for up time? The closest thing I've found are widgets, and I don't want widgets.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:03 AM Edited by Pico, 20 January 2013 - 09:16 AM.

You mean like a time icon pinned to the notification bar, in the area that incoming texts and some battery apps show up? Not aware of one myself.

Unrelated to that, I may have mentioned before how I like kickstands. I do a lot of Netflix so I like to keep my phone propped up. I've bought a case with a kickstand for my last few phones, yet they either add too much bulk or are weak and break. Soooo... I decided to design a compact, easy to carry phone stand. I've purchased from a site called Shapeways before, they offer 3D printing services. It can be a bit costly, but it worked out that their cheapest material is the best for this because it's strong and flexible (enough to avoid cracking under pressure such as in a pocket/wallet). The biggest problem is minimum accuracy which I may have pushed, and this might turn out to be a chunk of garbage. But in order to ensure 100% it'd meet their suggested design limitations, it'd be too thick. As it is, it's about the thickness of 4-5 credit cards stacked tightly, hoping it'll fit in my wallet well. It should ship by the 30th, so it'll be a bit before I can report back with how it works. Here's what it will look like though.

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