Derek Ross(128 posts)

I am an Android Enthusiast. I’m on the pulse of the latest Android news and write content about Android daily. I’m constantly scouring the Internet for the latest Android news, apps, games, Android ROMs, hacks, security, tips, tutorials and mobile devices. I’m a large supporter of our beloved Android Community and am always willing to help with anything Android related, just ask.

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Verizon’s HTC Droid DNA To Get Software Update To Version 2.04.605.2 710RD

by: Derek RossFebruary 11, 2013


Verizon’s latest edition to their Droid line is set to receive an over the air update in the very near future. Don’t get your hopes up for Android 4.2.1 or even Android 4.1.2. However, the update includes many important bug fixes and functionality improvements. The DNA’s software update comes in at a whopping 103.5MB. After you update, your DNA will run software version 2.04.605.2 710RD and baseband version

Here’s the official changelog:

User can load videos on HuluPlus Improvements to Hotspot connectivity have been made Improvements to Audio Quality for wired headsets and earpieces have been made Bluetooth [...]
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HOWTO: Test Drive Chrome OS Features The Chromium Way With VirtualBox

by: Derek RossFebruary 10, 2013
Have you found yourself itching to give Chrome OS a try since you've seen extensive Chrome OS coverage this past week? While we can't test drive any rumored hardware, we can test drive many of the newly reported features with just a little bit of work thanks to Chromium OS.
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Q4 smartphone numbers are in: Android rockin’ 53.4% of US market share

by: Derek RossFebruary 6, 2013

Thanks to comScore’s latest report, which ranks platform market share as well as the top five U.S hardware OEMs, the numbers are in for the final quarter of 2012. Nearly 126 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones between September 1st and December 31st, representing a 5% growth from Q3 2012.

On the platform front, Android is still dominating with a massive 53.4%, growing slightly from last quarter by 0.9%. Apple comes in at second place with 36.6%, growing 2% over the past 3 months. Both BlackBerry and Windows Phone continued to decline between Q3 and Q4 falling a few percentage points each.

Besides sheer market share, comScore also monitors [...]

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Nexus 4 factory images reappear on Google developer site

by: Derek RossFebruary 5, 2013

Nexus devices are full of Android perks. One of the perks of being part of the Nexus family is factory images. Google provides these for Nexus users so that they can easily return their phones or tablets back to an out of box, factory condition should the need ever arise. Thankfully, the Nexus 4 factory image has reappeared on the Google Developers site after mysteriously disappearing shortly after release. Google gave no comment as to why the images were previously pulled. We’re happy to see it return.

If you’re into rooting, running custom ROM’s, or custom kernels on your Nexus 4, it’s always a good idea to [...]

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Android 4.2.2 right around the corner, shows up in server logs

by: Derek RossFebruary 5, 2013

We’ve previously reported on Android 4.2.2 rumor after rumor which both included screenshots that could have easily been faked with a simple build.prop edit. We here at Android Authority decided to do a little bit of digging on our own and this is what we’ve found. Nexus devices running various builds of Android 4.2.2 have been hitting our website pretty hard over the past week. That’s right, we’ve seen the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 all show up in our web server logs. Could these be faked? Sure. We highly doubt it. It would take an extreme amount of time to hit our website with different Android 4.2.2 devices, different Android 4.2.2 [...]

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Android Authority On Air – Episode 48 – Paranoid Android

by: Derek RossJanuary 27, 2013

We at Android Authority loves us some custom ROMs. Do you know what we like more than custom ROMs? Loves us some new, innovative features on custom ROMs. This week on Android Authority On Air, we had the pleasure of interviewing Aaron Gascoigne, who just happens to be one of the four developers behind the Paranoid Android ROM. So what did Aaron have to say about Paranoid Android? We talked about their new Pie navigation system, why they switched from a CyanogenMod base to an AOSP base, their PA Prefs app and much, much more. These guys are going places. You’ll definitely want to check them out if your device is supported.

Besides [...]

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Android Authority On Air – Episode 47 – Ingress Giveaways, Root Apps, and more.

by: Derek RossJanuary 18, 2013

This week on Android Authority On Air we tackled the question “So now I’ve rooted, what apps should I install?” One of our users emailed us this question and we took a stab at it live on the show this week. Many users root their Android devices to remove carrier bloatware, tweak their device settings, or to completely customize their phone or tablet. If your’e not into running a custom ROM and you’ve already removed the bloat, what are some good apps to check out? We discussed just a few of the many, many root only apps out there floating around the Android ecosystem. We talked about near “required” ones [...]

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Android Authority On Air – Episode 46 – CES 2013 Recap

by: Derek RossJanuary 13, 2013

Last week the Android Authority Team traveled far, some really far, to attend the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. We attended sessions, events, had interviews, meetings, and plenty of hands-on time with all sorts of new Android devices. We even drank an adult beverage or two…or twelve. There’s a lot of talk around the Internet about how CES was a disappointment this year. It couldn’t have been all that bad with over 150, 000 attendees, right?

So what did we learn? Well, for starters, I’m horrible at one on one interviews, having to talk about products I know nothing about. Which is surprising as I’m a great bullshitter. At least when [...]

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Android Authority On Air – Episode 45 – CES Pre-Show

by: Derek RossJanuary 5, 2013

We’re just a few days away from CES 2013. If you’re not sure what CES is, it’s pretty much tech geek and tech gadget enthusiast heaven. It’s where we’ll see what’s in the Android pipeline for the next year. It’s a pretty big deal. Naturally, this week on Android Authority On Air we had a few pre-CES leaks and speculations to talk about. We talked about Gorilla Glass 3, rumors of an LG Optimus 2, HTC’s next flagship phone code-named the M7, a new Chromebox and more. This is just the tiny, minuscule tip of the iceberg. Next week is going to be a hell of a week and we’re pretty damn excited.

On the Android ecosystem front, [...]

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Best of 2012: 10 Apps Google+ Users Can’t Live Without

by: Derek RossDecember 31, 2012


A few days ago we showed you the 2012 best apps on Google Play, at least according to Google. According to Google, these apps really make Android shine. They are some of the best apps available for your favorite Android tablet or smartphone.  While some have launched over the past year, others received updates that offered great utility, beauty and accessibility. Sure, these apps are great, but what about apps that you simply just cannot live without? Your daily drivers. I took to Google+ and asked users just that. The results aren’t too surprising. It seems Google’s “best” and what users can’t seem to go without produce quite a [...]

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