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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 […]

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How to install Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Kindle Fire

The Amazon Kindle Fire ships with a custom version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread designed to run apps and access digital media from Amazon’s content store. But users have been hacking the Kindle Fire since the day it was released, convincing the $199 tablet to run a range of software including CyanogenMod 7, MIUI, and CyanogenMod […]

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How to root a Kindle Fire with Software Version 6.3.1

Update: This guide assumes you have an original Kindle Fire running software version 6.3.1. These steps won’t necessarily work on the Kindle Fire 2nd generation or Kindle Fire HD.  Amazon released a minor software update for the Kindle Fire. It gives users a little more control over some security settings by letting them block children […]

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Unofficial AOKP nightly builds for the HP TouchPad

It’s been possible to install Google Android on the HP TouchPad tablet for months, thanks to the tools developed by members of the CyanogenMod team. But CyanogenMod isn’t the only version of Android that can run on HP’s 9.7 inc tablet. Over the past few months the folks behind the AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) have made a name […]

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Android 4.0.4 comes to the NOOK Tablet (unofficially)

Now that  Android 4.0.4 updates are rolling out for phones and tablets that are officially supported by the CyanogenMod team, we’re starting to see unofficially supported CyanogenMod devices getting in on the action. This weekend the folks that first brought Android 4.0 to the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet released Alpha 0.02, this time with Android […]

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How to dual-boot CyanogenMod 7, NOOK Tablet OS with a microSD card

The Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet ships with a custom version of Google Android designed to let you download books, periodicals, and apps from the B&N Store. But hackers have been installing other versions of Android for months, allowing you to install Google’s digital content store and tweak everything from the tablet’s home screen to […]

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NOOK Tablet gets Android 4.0 (unofficially with CyanogenMod 9 Alpha)

The first build of Android 4.0 for the NOOK Tablet is now available thanks to a group of independent developers who have ported CyanogenMod 9 to run on the 7 inch tablet. CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0 is still rough around the edges and not everything works properly, but you can use the software to surf the […]

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CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 1 for the HP TouchPad (accelerated video support)

The CyanogenMod team has released the first build of Android 4.0 for the HP TouchPad tablet with support for hardware-accelerated video playback. That means you can watch HD video from YouTube and you should have an easier time playing HD videos stored on your device, but Netflix still isn’t supported yet. Update: Alpha 2 is […]

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CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0.6 for the HP TouchPad now available

CyanogenMod developer Dalingrin has released a minor update to CM9 for the HP TouchPad tablet. The latest software is still based on Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it includes a handful of bug fixes and a few new features. Update: Nightly builds of CyanogenMod 9 Alpha for the HP TouchPad are now available. You […]