Bluetstacks Android app player is already a pretty cool little service: after its recent upgrade to Beta status, it can handle just about any Android app on a Windows PC. The beta can sync apps from your Android phone or tablet, or download them directly from third-party apps stores, but like Steve Austin, it can be so much more. Like any Android "device", if you want to make it better, stronger, faster, then you've got to root that sucker. XDA member xRepinsSporx did just that, and he's kindly showed the world how to follow suit. And yes, you can install the Google Play Store.
ported elements of the MetroUI to Android. The latest is XDA member "evilisto" (never change, guys) who's added WP7-style multitasking to stock Ice Cream Sandwich.
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX is one of our favorite Android devices released this year. One of the only problems we had with it was that it was released so early this year... just a few weeks after those who had bought the DROID RAZR on day one were ineligible for a return. While the MAXX is an admittedly awesome long-haul machine, Moto and Verizon didn't win any fans with the timing. Now there appears to be an admittedly expensive cure for that particular flavor of buyer's remorse, in the form of an aftermarket kit that can transform a standard DROID RAZR into a DROID RAZR MAXX, massive 3300mAh battery and all.
NITDroid forums dedicated to bringing Android to Nokia hardware have shown off their latest and certainly greatest project: fully functional Android 4.0 on the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9.
NODO-GT has a tweak that you'll certainly want to try.
Tech Splurge has posted a quick guide on flashing the software package to any GSII-I9000, saving plenty of folks weeks of waiting while their local carrier gets around to sending out the update.
force it to go into Android 4.0's tablet interface. We were only partially successful (hey, we're bloggers, not developers) but it looks like someone has taken a similar idea all the way to its conclusion. A RootzWiki user named CurrentWeb has developed a ZIP package that makes your Samsung Galaxy Nexus use the full Ice Cream Sandwich tablet user interface, bottom action bar and all.
over at XDA.
HTC's partnership with the Beats audio company, coming to an HTC One phone near you? If you know your way around a custom recovery, you needn't be. Like Sense UI before it, HTC's proprietary audio technology has made its way to other phones thanks to XDA Developers member fuss123 (never change, guys). He's reverse-engineered the Beats application, which is basically an advanced equalizer, and wrapped it up in a flashable package that works on any ROM based on Android Gingerbread, stock or custom. As if you needed more confirmation that Android modders know how to rock.