Posts by GabePeters

  • by | April 13, 2011 5:22 PM

    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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  • by | April 12, 2011 4:32 PM

    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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  • by | April 12, 2011 9:45 AM

    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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  • by | April 12, 2011 1:40 AM

    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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  • by | April 11, 2011 3:02 PM

    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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  • by | April 11, 2011 2:21 AM

    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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  • by | April 6, 2011 3:33 PM

    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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  • by | April 4, 2011 6:44 PM

    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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  • by | April 1, 2011 5:01 PM

    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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  • by | March 31, 2011 3:43 PM

    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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  • by | March 29, 2011 10:04 PM

    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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  • by | March 29, 2011 4:18 PM

    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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  • by | March 28, 2011 4:09 PM

    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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  • by | March 28, 2011 1:51 PM

    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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  • by | March 27, 2011 6:03 PM

    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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