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    HTC's Sensation makes it's benchmark debut, showing up in a series of tests on the GLBenchmark website. The smartphone was tested on GLBenchmark 2.0, but unfortunately only one test was run, giving us a very narrow perspective to compare. We had previously seen the Sensation benchmarked as the HTC Pyramid, where it produced rather sub-par results. The Adreno 220 GPU inside HTC's Sensation scored about 7% higher than the Tegra 2 GPU in the Atrix, edging out it's performance by a small margin. Adjusting the Optimus 2X score by .65x (to account for the smaller number of pixels it's pushing) ...

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    Officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have previously made threats to ban BlackBerry services over it's inability to access email and other encrypted communications, and have since decided not to follow through with those threats. Now there is a new twist in the saga as the UAE is banning access to some BlackBerry services. The argument is that BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) services are too secure, making it very attractive for criminal and terrorist groups to communicate without fear of interception. UAE's National newspaper reported Saturday that the Telecommunications ...

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    Verizon has begun training it's employees on Samsung's Droid Charge, it's latest Android LTE Smartphone, and the first non-Motorola device to feature the Droid "red eye". The Droid Charge support for up to 10 simultaneously connected devices on it's Wi-Fi hotspot, which is two devices more than the runner up, HTC's Thunderbolt. Support for all 10 devices will only be available while connected to 4G, when connected to 3G support is limited to five devices. While this extensive hotspot support won't appeal to the majority of users, there are certainly a select few who will jump at the ...

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    Dark Forces Team (DFT), a group of smartphone hackers heavily involved with HTC devices revealed in photos today a modified SPL that could potentially enable custom ROMs and the possibility of MAGLDR, which could mean deploying Android to the WP7 platform soon. DFT is known for releasing HardSPL and MAGLDR for a number of HTC Windows Mobile devices such as the HTC HD2 which allows the deployment of custom ROMs and alternative operating systems. Pictured in the photos are the HTC 7 Mozart (PD67100), and HTC 7 Pro (PC92100), both running a custom SPL created by Cotulla. No word yet as to the ...

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    Millennial Media, a mobile advertising company that publishes a monthly report on mobile device trends revealed some interesting marketing statistics in their March newsletter. iOS is shown edging out Android in revenue generated from app sales by a good margin, while Android demonstrates a solid lead in garnering the highest number of advertising impressions. Neither mobile operating system comes out the clear winner, with benefits on both sides depending if you are an app developer trying to maximize income, or a business trying to get more eyeballs to your advertising. In terms of raw ...

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    Late last month Sony Ericsson made an announcement that it would be opening up it's bootloaders on the current lineup of Xperia smartphones. The day has arrived, and the bootloader unlocking site is now live. Bootloader unlocking is provided for Sony Ericsson Android smartphones from 2011 onwards, while previously released models are not (yet?) supported. The current compatibility list requires a SIM-unlocked smartphone and includes the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, Xperia Arc, Xperia Pro, and Xperia Neo. The unlock comes with a bevy of warnings that are somewhat vague such as "Certain ...

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    Nokia's current flagship device, the N8, currently available in a range of colors was spotted today sporting a new pink color scheme. Nokia has yet to make an announcement regarding the new color which is not yet available on its online store. The color may be a special edition limited to specific locales or carriers. The N8s pink color joins the five currently available colors: black, silver, blue, orange, and green. Nokia has featured quite a number of pink handsets in its history, perhaps more than any other smartphone manufacturer. Nokia's N8 features a 640x360 Gorilla Glass AMOLED ...

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    HTC Pyramid, spotted just yesterday in product renders shows up again today with some interesting benchmark results from the dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon platform. Utilizing the MSM8260 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and coupled with the Adreno 220 GPU, the device manages to place middle-of-the-road performance for a 2011 smartphone. Benchmarked in the Smartbench 2011 Android app, the device scores 1743 on the productivity test, and 1642 on the gaming test. The productivity test focuses on CPU performance while the games test focuses on GPU performance. When compared to HTC's other Qualcomm ...

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    Some leaked images of internal documents brought to us by TMONews and Droid-Life reveal that T-Mobile and Verizon may be planning to bring us new unlimited plans. Verizon's offering looks like it may be limited to feature phones running on pre-paid plans with the "Mobile Web" terminology, while T-Mobile's plan will be available to users of smartphones as well. With AT&T not currently offering an all-inclusive unlimited plan, this could be seen as T-Mobile trying to raise it's user base ahead of AT&T's pending purchase of T-Mobile. T-Mobile's unlimited plan will be available April 13 at the ...

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    While we have various methods to carrier unlock Apple's iPhone available, all of them share issues such as the phone being re-locked after a firmware update. Negri Elelectronics brings us a new method, remotely unlocking after receiving your iPhone's IMEI code, which is permanent and lasts through firmware updates and other software modifications. Negri Electronics' unlock service runs $175 and requires a two-step process: purchasing the unlock, and sending in your IMEI which gets added to a database. Presumably Apple would not close this unlocking method in the future as it is the ...

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    With the recent release of the iOS 4.3.1 untethered jailbreak came a warning for users of UltraSn0w: do not update. The older baseband firmware supported by UltraSn0w was incompatible with 4.3.1, and updating would result in losing the carrier unlock. Todays update brings support for the older basebands required by the UltraSn0w unlock, allowing iPhone owners with unlocked smartphones to upgrade to 4.3.1 without losing their carrier unlocked status. The update brings UltraSn0w's version up to 1.2.1 and requires your iPhone to be unlocked already. UlraSn0w also fixes the signal bar issue ...

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    Today we catch word from XDA.cn that several developers have been hard at work porting Android to HTC's HD7, a Windows Phone 7 smartphone who's hardware closely resembles the HTC HD2. It has been hoped that the HD7 would see similar development, with the HD2 originally debuting with Windows Mobile and now capable of running nearly every mobile OS available. User "Pepsi" provides us with a video demonstrating the HTC HD7 performing several functions in Android (the build looks to be Froyo). The Chinese-language ROM is demonstrated from initial device bootup through the HTC Sense homescreen, ...

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    A new app brought to us by developer Heathcliff74 allows registry, filesystem, and other low level access to Samsung Windows Phone 7 smartphones via developer-unlocked .xap install. The program is called "WP7 Root Tools" and aims to be compatible with all Windows Phone 7 Smartphones in the future. The alpha version grants higher access privileges on the smartphone, currently allowing registry access with further abilities such as a file explorer and certificate store access coming. The tool utilizes Samsung-specific functionality and so will only operate on smartphones such as the Samsung ...

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    HTC looks to be bringing forward a novel design for it's sliding mechanism with a new, recently granted patent. The new mechanism uses springs inside a self-contained "sliding rod package" made of self-lubricating plastic. The springs prevent unintentional movement of the slider and provide automatic assistance sliding the device open and closed. Two stainless steel low friction rods provide the guides on which the device slides open and shut. The patent specifically mentions the slider is intended for use with sidekick-esque devices, which is interesting with HTC's more recent devices ...

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    Seen earlier this month at CTIA, Qualcomm decided that their mobile development platform (MDP) is ready for evaluating graphics performance and shipped a device home with AnandTech for review. The MSM8x60 chipset used in the MDP can be clocked at either 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz; AnandTech was given the faster 1.5GHz model for testing. The dual-core Snapdragon device utilizes a pair of Qualcomm's own Scorpion CPUs, paired with it's Adreno 220 GPU. The Adreno 220 is the latest in the line of GPUs that work with the Snapdragon platform, preceded by the 205 and 200 which offer similar features at ...

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    Best Buy looks to be expanding the scope of it's CinemaNow movie and TV streaming service to Android and several other mobile platforms, if the concept renders pictured here are to be believed. CinemaNow is powered by Sonic Solutions RoxioNow who announced in August 2010 that it was partnering with Widevine, a DRM provider, to bring streaming to Android, iPad, iPhone, and BlackBerry devices. Above is the Android app, which is elusively labeled "Brand X" but features Best Buy's telltale yellow combined with it's CinemaNow color scheme. Pictured here is the BlackBerry PlayBook, showing ...

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    Just one day after the leak of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread for Motorola's Droid 2 and Droid X, we get the nice surprise of a pre-rooted build. Similar to their recent Atrix 4G update, this update brings with it a patch to fix the security vulnerability used for rooting many android devices (rageagainstthecage, psneuter). Team Black Hat worked around this patch by setting up a pre-rooted updater that deploys from recovery mode, instead of the usual SBF + RSD Lite method. Flashing your device back to the stock ROM is required prior to updating. The modified update deploys rooted from the first ...

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    AT&T sees some welcome price drops today, with several mid to high-end smartphones getting reduced. The price drops could signal new devices pending announcement, or perhaps is related to the recently announced AT&T purchase of T-Mobile. For Android devices, we have only the Samsung Captivate seeing a drop at $99.99. BlackBerry checks in with the Torch at $49.99 and the Curve 3G at $29.99. Finally we have two WP7 devices, both at $49.99, the Samsung Focus and LG Quantum. All prices are with a new activation or upgrade on a 2 year service contract and require a minimum $15/mo data plan. The ...

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    While Microsoft has yet to open Windows Phone 7's compass API to app developers, handset manufacturers have access to more open programming tools. This allows HTC to release the first WP7 magnetic compass app with the HTC Arrive. The app was simultaneously introduced to the marketplace and it was quickly discovered to be compatible with other HTC WP7 devices. The app prompts you to wave your phone in a figure-eight to calibrate the sensor, then overlays a compass on a map of your current location. The map allows you to select a destination for walking directions, and rotates according to ...

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    First rumored just before CTIA, then seen yesterday in a leak via OVI Publisher Tools, Nokia's new model "T7-00" pops up again today in a user agent profile (UAProf) on the manufacturer's web site. This would be the first model in the T-series, joining the existing C, E, N, and X series. Among the specifications listed are a screen resolution of 360x640 at 24-bpp (16 million colors), GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA/HSDPA support, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios, and two soft keys. The camera is capable of at least 3.2-megapixels and it is listed as a Symbian^3 device. The browser version (7.3) is the same ...

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    In a move that will certainly please hackers and owners of the Atrix 4G alike, Motorola has made public the kernel source code. The release includes code for the device's included drivers and utilities such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, as well as the Webtop. Changes to the kernel can affect things such as battery life, stability, and features. Utilizing the code in this release, developers will be able to compile a complete kernel from scratch and build kernel modules, which may lead to the ability to disable some of the devices security, or enable previously locked abilities. Unfortunately the ...

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    While Samsung's Galaxy S series has been running a ported build of Gingerbread and has had CyanogenMod for some time now, we heard rumors earlier this month that an official Gingerbread release was pending, followed by an unspecified delay. Last night that pending release showed up on XDA forums as build I9000XXJVK. While this may not be final code as it is not being distributed via public channels yet, it is purported to be installed at service centers with warranty service. The Gingerbread version contained in this release is 2.3.3, one version higher than a previously available leak, ...

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    T-Mobile's version of the LG Optimus 2x, Announced just a few days ago at CTIA, looks to have made an appaerance today on the FCC as the LG P999DW. Passing through certification, it sports 850/1900/AWS which matches up nicely with T-Mobile USA's frequency bands, and is compatible with AT&T's as well. While it could possibly be another device rather than T-Mobile's G2x, the model number falls into line nicely with the Optimus 3D being P920, Optimus Black P970, and Optimus 2X P990. Featuring a dual-core 1GHz Tegra2 CPU, four-inch WVGA screen, 8GB of internal storage, eight-megapixel rear ...

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    Falling in line behind HTC's G2 and Thunderbolt 4G, it has been revealed that the Incredible S features a signed bootloader as well. The device joins a growing list of higher security devices designed to prevent hackers from deploying un-approved code. HTC as well as nearly every other device manufacturer lock their device in some way to prevent deployment of un-approved software to their devices (custom ROMs, kernels, recovery, etc.) In the past, gaining root access to the device was enough to deploy these custom images. With it's recent device releases, Motorola stepped up their ...

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    With widespread reports of call quality issues on the Atrix 4G on both incoming and outgoing calls, Motorola has responded by collecting data both from returned phones marked as having this problem and from users on it's support forum. It is looking for users to fill out a short survey, providing info on environmental factors that may contribute to the problem (using a case, screen protector, etc.) Motorola's noise cancellation technology, which uses input from multiple microphones and a special algorithm to reduce the volume of background noise was previously identified as the source of ...

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