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Android 4.2 for the HP TouchPad (with HD video decoding)

Almost two years after the HP TouchPad tablet was released (and promptly canceled), the aging 9.7 inch tablet continues to learn new tricks. The latest? You can now run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on HP’s discontinued tablet. Developer SGA has started releasing test builds of CyanogenMod 10.1 for the HP TouchPad. Update: Now there are […]

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Cube U30GT2 quad-core tablet gets firmware update, custom ROM treatment

The Cube U30GT2 is a 10 inch tablet with a Rockchip RK3188 quad-core processor and a 1920 x 1200 pixel display. It ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and seems to function pretty well — although in my initial tests, I found the WiFi range wasn’t very good. Fortunately Cube has released a firmware update, […]

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How to run Ubuntu, Android, other operating systems on the Chromebook Pixel

The Chromebook Pixel is the best Chrome OS laptop money can buy — but at $1299 and up you’ll need a fair bit of money to buy one. That’s a lot of money to spend on a laptop that runs a browser-based operating system, but it turns out the Pixel isn’t limited to just running […]

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How to install Ubuntu Touch on a Nexus 7 (with Windows, Mac, or Linux)

Canonical has released tools that let you install a preview of Ubuntu 12.10 Touch on the latest Google Nexus phones and tablets. But using the official tools requires a computer running Ubuntu (or a similar Linux-based operating system), and a lot of patience: The process can take a very long time. But there’s a simpler […]

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How to unlock, root Google Nexus 4, use custom recovery and more

The Google Nexus 4 is one of the first devices to ship with Google Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software. But if you want to install custom firmware, run apps that require root access, or make other changes, there’s good news: The Nexus 4 is just about as easy to work with as earlier Nexus devices. […]

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How to install Ubuntu 12.04 on the $199 Acer C7 Chromebook

The Acer C7 Chromebook is a $199 laptop that ships with Google Chrome OS. But under the hood, it’s a lot like other laptops which can run Windows, Linux, or other operating systems — and there’s an easy way to install at least one of those operating systems. Developer Jay Lee offers a custom version […]

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CyanogenMod 10 for the HP TouchPad updated (with working audio)

Developer jcsullins has updated his unofficial build of CyanogenMod 10 for the HP TouchPad. The software brings Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to HP’s discontinued 9.7 inch tablet. We’ve seen that before — but the latest build adds support for audio. Hardware video decoding also seems to be working. I had no problems streaming HD videos […]

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How to root Android 4.1.2 on the Google Nexus 7 (video)

Google Android 4.1.2 is now available for the Nexus 7 tablet. It offers performance and stability improvements, and one noticeable new feature: You can view the home screen in landscape orientation. If you’ve been holding off on applying the update because you don’t want to lose root access, don’t worry. We’ve already shown how easy […]

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Update Google Nexus 7 to Android 4.1.2 without loosing root

Google recently started rolling out an Android 4.1.2 software update for the Google Nexus 7 tablet and some other devices including the Galaxy Nexus smartphone. The update lets you view the home screen in landscape orientation on 7 inch tablets, and includes performance and stability improvements. But there’s one thing you might want to know […]

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How to change the Nexus 7 user interface to full tablet mode

The Google Nexus 7 tablet has a user interface that looks like a cross between the Google Android UI for smartphones and tablets. With Android 3.0 through Android 4.0, things were pretty clear-cut: If you had a phone, the notification area was at the top of the screen and you couldn’t rotate the home screen. […]

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How to root the Google Nexus 7, unlock the bootloader, install custom recovery

The Google Nexus 7 is a pretty great tablet right out of the box. It has a speedy NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software. But before doing anything else with my Nexus 7 when it arrived, I wanted to unlock the bootloader, […]

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Use your phone as an XBMC remote control for the MK802 Mini PC

The MK802 is a tiny PC-on-a-stick with an Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 processor, Mali 400 graphics, up to 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. It ships with Android 4.0 software, but it can also run a number of other Linux-based operating systems including Ubuntu. A lot of folks have expressed interest in using the […]