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Galaxy Nexus 3-pin car dock works with Verizon model – sort of

Plenty of you disappointed when Samsung's Galaxy Nexus car dock for the Verizon LTE version of the phone turned out to be less of a dock and more of a snugly-fitting piece of plastic. So far Verizon customers haven't been able to take advantage of the three electrical contacts on the left side of the phone at all. Though Google states (emphatically and repeatedly) that the docks on the Google Play Store are for the GSM model only, at least one LTE Gnex owner on XDA got it to work.

Team Carbon themes on sale after a million active downloads

We tend to cover custom ROMs and other mods pretty heavily, but there's an incredibly vibrant theme community around Android. One of its most active participants is Team Carbon, which announced today that its themes for the CyanogenMod (AKA T-Mobile) theme engine have reached a million active users. That's not total downloads, mind you - that's a million people with themes running from three European theme designers. Good on ya, guys!

32GB HP TouchPad on sale for $195 – today only

Ever since an insane fire sale chopped the price off of the HP TouchPad down to $100, the one and only WebOS tablet has become something of a modder's dandy. While they're nearly impossible to find at retail these days, the cheeky salesmen at Woot.com have managed to snag an unknown quantity of the upgraded 32GB version, and they're selling them off for $194.99 each (plus $5 shipping). They're bound to go quickly, and Woot only sells an item for one day in any case, so hurry if your want one.

CyanogenMod 7.2 (Gingerbread) nears completion

As much as we like to put new software on old machines, sometimes they just can't take it - you wouldn't try to play Crysis on your grandmother's 98 HP, after all. That's why we're so glad that the CyanogenMod team is continuing to support its Gingerbread build, CyanogenMod 7, with an updated release. Version 7.2 has hit Release Candidate 2 for dozens of devices, and given the team's previous work that means we're not far from a "Final" version.

ClockworkMod Touch available for the ASUS Transformer and Transformer Prime

Koush's ClockworkMod custom recovery is the de facto standard for Android modders out there, and in the last few months a few devices like the Galaxy Nexus have been given beta versions of ClockworkMod Touch. Today that small number of (official) devices extended by two. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime and the original Transformer are both officially supported as of now - you can download and install ClockworkMod Touch via the ROM Manager app.

SuperSU is redundant and awesome for root users

For anyone who's rooted their Android phone or tablet, the SuperUser app is a familiar and friendly face. If you don't know what it is, it's that "Droid and crossbones" menu that pops up to allow you to confirm or deny root permissions. After several years as the de facto standard, one XDA member named Chainfire aims to dethrone it with a much-improved application, SuperSU. (Yes, that stands for "Super SuperUser".)  The free and paid app adds a bevvy of new features for advanced users, and it's available on the Google Play Store right now.

Sony Tablet P rooted just after AT&T release

Well that didn't take long. Just five days after Sony's unique Tablet P landed on American shores for the first time courtesy of AT&T, someone's given it the Android Rite of Passage and rooted it. In a bit of a departure from the norm, it's not coming from XDA or RootzWiki, but from a little site called Pocketables and a couple of users named "condi" and "BluechipJ'. It's pretty simple as far as Android root processes go: connect via ADB, run a little custom code and you're good to go.

Modder gives DROID RAZR a battery transplant for a home-made RAZR MAXX

There's more than a few early adopters of the Motorola DROID RAZR who felt miffed after Verizon unveiled the DROID RAZR MAXX at CES, just a couple of months after the original was released. As noted in our review, the hardware is staggeringly similar and the software is actually identical - literally the only difference is a slightly extended body to allow more room for the massive 3300mAh battery. So one XDA developer member did what those fellows do best ,and took apart both a DROID RAZR and the RAZR MAXX, swapped the batteries and the back half of the housing, and turned them on.
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