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Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch ICS update leaked

Ah, there hasn't been enough news lately about the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch lately - my fingers were just starting to recover. An enterprising XDA user named "sfhub" has posted what seems to be an official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Now Network phone, compatible only with the specific version of the device. The leak comes after various international versions of the Galaxy S II have been updated, not to mention leaks for AT&T's Galaxy S II and Galaxy S II Skyrocket.

Sony Xperia Arc S ROM ported to Galaxy Nexus

When considering Android modders and the projects they choose to devote themselves to, the question "Why?" often arises. And the answer, almost universally, is "why not?" Such is the case with GNexusTimeScape, a new ROM for the Galaxy Nexus from noted XDA member koaaN. The custom ROM takes the interface, apps and widgets from the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S - an older, smaller and considerably weaker phone - and puts them front and center on the Galaxy Nexus.

Google Play Store mod removes location-based restrictions

Are you Slovenia's biggest Android fan, but bummed that you can't download apps that aren't available in your country? Then the latest mod from XDA might be right up your alley. XDA member Deeco7 has posted a modified version of the "Vending.apk" Google Play Store app file, with the aim of allowing anyone to download any app, regardless of their own location or the restrictions built into the app. The modified app works with Android 2.2 or later, and you don't even need root to install it.

Flash Blink App uses camera LED for call notifications

We see tons and tons of random applications or development in the world of Android but every once in a while I see something interesting and unique like Flash Blink that I just have to share with our readers. Meet Flash Blink, an app developed to use the camera flash on our Android smartphones to notify users of an incoming call. No more irritating ringtones, just use that flash.

HTC Sensation mod adds uncompressed video recording

We all want a better camera and better video recording. Most of the time the abilities of your smartphone's camera are limited by its hardware, but in one case, some good old-fashioned hackery makes 1080p recordings on the reliable HTC Sensation much, much higher in quality by easing the compression standard and giving them double the mbps rating. If you're running an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM on your Sensation (and if you're considering this, odds are overwhelming that this is the case) then XDA user NODO-GT has a tweak that you'll certainly want to try.

ASUS Transformer Prime gets ClockworkMod Recovery

Well folks, that sure was fast. After ASUS released their official bootloader unlock tool only hours ago, the amazing developer community we all love and trust have already released ClockworkMod Recovery for the quad-core powered tablet. It is available now and will require a few ADB commands but for those interested this is good news.

Emulate classic Capcom arcade games with CPSEmu

We're still a little miffed at Capcom for their continually limited Android support, but that doesn't mean we don't enjoy their games. If you share our compulsion for the classics of 2D gaming, you can now run arcade games designed for the CP System 2 with CPSEmu, another project from the developers behind the Neo Geo emulator NeoDroid. It works like any standard Android emulator, which means you won't be seeing it on the Android Market any time soon. Download it from this XDA thread.

Galaxy Nexus LTE custom ROM users: flash 4.0.4 radios here

On the day past, the Android 4.0.4 software update for Verizon's Galaxy Nexus leaked, and lo, there was much rejoicing across the Android nation! And yet, those users running custom ROMs did cry verily, "Well crap, now I gotta wait for the dev to update before I can get better reception." Then a voice spake: "Nay, Android power user! I have for you a flashable ZIP file, which does include both new radio basebands and a bootloader besides. Go forth and spread the good word: adrynalyne of XDA hath delivered you mildly better 3G and 4G data performance! Huzzah!"

Change DPI and Market settings easily with build.prop Editor

If you're a dedicated Android modder, you're probably aware of the myriad tweaks you can apply via the build.prop file, located in the /system folder. It's a popular method of changing your phone or tablet's screen density (as in our Galaxy Nexus Tablet experiment) or fooling the Android Market into thinking you've got a different phone than the one you have. But Android's built-in text editor leaves something to be desired, and the only alternative to a root-enabled file browser has been the tedious ADB method of backing up and swapping in modified build.prop files.
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