Brandon Sobotta(29 posts)

Brandon has been into Android since the G1, and has played with devices such as the Hero, Moment, Evo, Epic, Incredible 2, and his current favorite the Droid 3. His passions with Android lay with rooting and ROM's, while at the same time learning all the new tricks he can do with his Droid 3.

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Android Authority’s Hands On of the Xoom featuring Android 4.0+ Ice Cream Sandwich [Video]

by: Brandon SobottaDecember 19, 2011

When I bought my Xoom 5 months ago, I really wanted to wait for a quad-core tablet, but needed it for school. Since the purchase, I have been really disappointed with the performance of Honeycomb running at stock speeds, and even when overclocked I still wasn’t quite satisfied. Last night I installed Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on my Xoom, and I have to say I am very impressed. ICS at stock speeds runs amazing, browsing on the web is more impressive on ICS than it ever was on Honeycomb. As you can see on the hands on video below, everything is absolutely buttery smooth. Check out the video below to see Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich in action.

Also in the video I [...]

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MegaWords (Beta) Review

by: Brandon SobottaDecember 16, 2011

I am a HUGE fan of word games. So when I found out my next review was going to be a word game that I have never heard of before, I was excited.  Well, the first thought I had was what is Megawords and what separates it from all the other word games out there? Based on MegaWords little corner on the Android Market, it describes itself as “a multiplayer word game that combines the rules of Boggle and Scrabble.” To be honest, when I first read it I was kinda confused, I haven’t played Boggle in years and have no idea what the rules are. As soon as I installed it and started playing, my concerns where alleviated. It was simple, fun and highly [...]

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ICQ App for Android Review

by: Brandon SobottaNovember 25, 2011

The ICQ app strives to merge many of your social networking features, and text messaging into one package.  It seems like a tough goal to meet, and can it live up to its efforts? While it does manage to achieve some of its goals, some of the rest may just be out of reach. Let’s take a look at what it succeeds in, and where it fails.


The Good – Consolidation

I really enjoyed this app for what it was, an app to chat with people and follow feeds. I could talk to people from Google+/talk, Facebook, ICQ, and more. I really like the lay out and the functionality of chatting, and how it combined [...]

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Android Holiday Gift Guide

by: Brandon SobottaNovember 9, 2011
In the last 10 months, Android has made its way into every aspects of our lives, taking on many forms such as tablets, smartphones, TV, and more. The problem with so many options is it can be very difficult to find the right device for all those people on your shopping list, or at least the ones that deserve such a awesome gifts! Well, this Android Holiday Gift Guide is all you will need to buy the right gift for all those people in your life. Read on to find out the best Android gifts for the Holidays.
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Is a Droid Bionic Update Right Around the Corner? Could Ice Cream Sandwich Be Next?

by: Brandon SobottaNovember 1, 2011

It seems like Motorola has been hard at work addressing the issues that owners of the Droid Bionic have experiencing. In the last few weeks the members of forums such as XDA, and have been playing around with a non-official update that has escaped Motorola/Verizon’s grasp.  The update known as 5.5.886 seems to have addressed some of the bugs, and problems that we outlined a while back. Some of the issues include loss of data connectivity, poor battery life, sluggish camera, and on and on. So far most Bionic owners have noticed such benefits from the update such as better battery life, quicker camera, and better 3g and 4g connections.

With the [...]

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Images of the Droid 4 leaked with LTE & Super AMOLED – What the Droid 3 Should Have Been?

by: Brandon SobottaOctober 28, 2011

It seems to be a common theme of Motorola as of recently, that when a new phone is being launched, leaks of a future phone find their way to the public. It happened when the Bionic was about to be released; the Bionic was pictured with the soon to be released Droid RAZR. Now that the RAZR is about to be released, images of the Droid 4 have been leaked to the good folks over at Droid-Life. The Droid 3 was criticized by enthusiasts for its pentile screen, lack of 4G, locked bootloader, and its “limited” 512MB Ram (1GB seems to be the standard for dual core phones). Motorola seems to have fixed most of these issues with the Droid 4, assuming that the new screen is not [...]

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Liberty3 ROM Now Available for Droid 3.

by: Brandon SobottaOctober 28, 2011

For people of you who are fans of the hardware of Motorola phones, but not such big fans of Motorola’s skinned UI known as Motoblur, we have good news. Yesterday, Kejar31 and Jurmmy16 released the popular Liberty3 ROM for the Droid 3. This ROM gives the user a more ‘vanilla’ Android experience, something many enthusiasts prefer over such skinned interfaces such as Touchwiz, Sense, and the previously mentioned Motoblur. The ROM is by no means in perfect working order, but its amazing how well Liberty3 is running thus far. Some of the bugs popping up for some users have included the front facing camera force closing, the right side of the app drawer acting up in some [...]

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Quick Note App Review – A Handy Reminder App for Android

by: Brandon SobottaSeptember 20, 2011

Quick Note is exactly what you think it would be, which is a little  note app that gives you the ability to put notes, as widgets, to yourself on your User Interface (UI). You can either place a note on your UI, or in the app itself, which is more like a to-do list then sticky notes. When creating your note there are a few options you can adjust, for both the in app experience and for the way the widget is displayed itself. You can chose to customize colors, a few styles, font size, and the alignment. The only option difference between posting the note to your UI as opposed to posting it in the actual app, is that you can choose the grid size of the widget, ranging from 1×1 to [...]

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How to Take Screenshots and In Device Video – Screencast App Review [Video]

by: Brandon SobottaSeptember 12, 2011

As a long time user of Fraps on PC, Screencast came as a blessing. Screencast is an app for Android that has the ability to record exactly what is happening on my phones screen, much the same as Fraps can do on my PC. The possibilities of this app are endless, and the developers at Media Solutions make it easy, as long as your device is rooted (which is to be expected). When I opened Screencast, I was first greeted with the need to grant the app Superuser permissions, and after that, the option to either view the tutorial or skip it.

I quickly browsed through the tutorial, and found out Screencast was simple enough to use. After the brief introduction, I messed around [...]

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