Posts tagged with: Android 4.0
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    Whether you are an Android, Samsung, phablet, Galaxy Note or T-Mobile fan, this should be exciting. After a long period of waiting the carrier finally announced, and officially, that the Samsung Galaxy Note becomes part of its line-up. Is it too late for the Galaxy Note, knowing that it will turn one year old next month and probably there's already a refresh in the not-so-distant future? It will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box with the Premium feature set installed (S Pen, S Note, S Memo and Polaris Office), feature the same 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, 4G (HSPA+ ...

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    The developer community is hard at work to bypass the locked boot loader on the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III -- because of all U.S. SGSIII variants, the Big Red version is the only one locked down -- but the carrier might have come to its senses, at least according to some alleged Customer Service replies. Sure, there will be a Developer Edition which is targeting power users (and it's even surfaced on Samsung's official website), but the main phone shouldn't be locked. The Customer Service reply implies that "there will be a solution soon coming. Samsung will be releasing a software ...

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    One of the exciting things about Android is the ability for skilled community developers to dismantle and port stuff from one phone to the other. HTC Sense 4.0 was a big deal when the One family landed -- and there were also ports -- and now it is time for those who want a cleaner launcher to get Samsung's own TouchWiz UX Nature from the Galaxy S III to their Ice Cream Sandwich-powered phone. It has already been confirmed to work on a solid number of devices so your chances of success are rather high. You need to be rooted though; if you are, installation is as simple as dropping an APK ...

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    That's right, it's another review of the Samsung Galaxy S III.  This time we've got the AT&T version. It's very similar to the Sprint version and shares many software features with the international version, so instead of reiterating everything from those reviews, we're going to try to cover a few more things that you might not have heard about already and of course we'll give you a different perspective.  What's more, AT&T sent us the "pebble blue" version of their Galaxy S III, so if you're sick of the white version you're in for a treat. Read on for our full review of the ...

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    Well, there had to be one that spoiled all the fun! Verizon is the sole carrier that offers Samsung Galaxy S III devices with boot loaders locked down. Sure they will have a "Developer Edition" phone but its announcement should have gone live before people started pre-ordering and purchasing the "regular" (locked) device. However, the community is working hard on trying to bypass the boot loader lock on the Verizon Galaxy S III. After just recently obtaining root, devs are working on what they call a Kexec hard boot bypass of the boot loader ("a method of booting kernels through recovery ...

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    If you didn't hurry to grab your Samsung Galaxy S III from an AT&T store last Friday you might want to consider waiting just a little bit longer (in case you want to have a red version of the phone, officially). The carrier announced the availability for its exclusive Garnet Red color. Pre-orders for the red version start this Sunday, July 15, and in-store availability has been announced for July 29. Of course, the internals of the phone will be exactly the same as the Pebble Blue or Ceramic White: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz dual core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage ...

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    Android has come a long way in the past four years. From their initial release that even lacked a pastry name and where a software keyboard wasn't even included, to the powerhouse we've come to love with Ice Cream Sandwich. Times have definitely changed, and one of the reasons why Android is one of my platforms of choice is specifically because of how fast they've changed. Some have compared Android to the Windows Mobile of our time, but I tend to disagree. It is the platform that any OEM can customize to their taste, but the difference between Android's first iteration and Ice Cream ...

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    If you are an owner of the Samsung Galaxy S III on AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile -- sorry Verizon folks, you might want to check out the Developer Edition of the phone -- and you are a CyanogenMod fan, you can now check out Nightlies for version 9. With the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean source code now out, it's just a matter of time until there will be a custom ROM based on the latest iteration of Google's mobile platform. However, if you are not happy with the stock ROM on the Galaxy S III, you might want to give Nightlies a try (but acknowledge that there are the usual risks involved as well as ...

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    Samsung has kept its promise and started delivering the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II in the middle of March. It is always good to see manufacturers offering device support (at least for the international) and it is even better to see them offering continuous updates. Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich should be available soon for your international Galaxy S II (or immediately if you live in specific regions like Russia). While you are waiting for the refresh -- which brings performance improvements and bugfixes as usual -- you might want to check whether you have ...

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    Users of the international Samsung Galaxy Note are already enjoying Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on their devices but the waiting seems to be over for those on AT&T who are rocking the almost one year old 5.3-incher. The refresh should be pushed out today, July 10. The firmware update will apply a platform refresh to Ice Cream Sandwich with its key features -- like Face Unlock, data management as well as Android Beam -- as well as the Premium Suite which contains device-specific goodies, like the brand new S-Note app and S-Memo widget. Make sure to check for the update's ...

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    Yes, we know that names like Galaxy S Blaze 4G are interesting to say the least, but phone names nowadays are out of control. The Samsung SGH-T699, we caught wind of back in May, surfaced in some real-life pictures mid-June heading T-Mobile's way but now it appears that it will have a name attached (an out of control one). In its weirdness, the name seems logical. After the Galaxy S Blaze 4G, a Samsung phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard can easily be named Galaxy S Blaze Q. The phone is expected to land on August 15 with its 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, HD ...

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    1.8GHz is still a frequency unfortunately many computer users dream about but it is now achievable on the dual-core processor powering the AT&T HTC One X (and Rogers) as well as the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE. Of course, before everything, we need to insert the word of warning here that extreme hacking can cause hardware damage and stress components, but you all know that! The new Kernel module allows overclocking the MSM8960 Qualcomm Krait SoC beyond 1.8GHz in applications like SetCPU so you need to be cautious. It only works on the AT&T and Rogers HTC One X (or the One XL) as well as ...

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    The fact that all variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III come with unlocked bootloaders, except the Verizon flavor, gave birth to a number of unsatisfied customers or simply just the community being angry at Samsung -- though it might have been a condition laid down by the network operator. Who's going to come to the rescue if not the community? Root is now achievable on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus despite the locked bootloader. For that you will need to follow a rather simple procedure if hacking is your cup of tea and you're a power  user, and there's even a step-by-step walkthrough with ...

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    You have to remember the Samsung Galaxy S III which melted down two weeks ago, a fact which determined Samsung to start an investigation to see exactly what happened. For this, the phone maker hired an independent third party organization, Fire Investigations UK (FIUK), which published some interesting findings in its report. Turns out that "the energy source responsible for generating the heat has been determined as external to the device" and the phone itself "was not responsible for the cause of the fire". Furthermore, "the only way it was possible to produce damage similar to the ...

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    As you can clearly see in the image above, the phone outlined on the left is exactly the phone pictured on the right, which means that the LG VS950 is indeed the LG Optimus VU -- or a variant of some sort. On this exact same note we can draw the conclusion that the LG VS950, aka LG Optimus VU, is heading to Verizon, at least according to FCC. There's no mention of the "Optimus VU" moniker though, but the filing reveals that the VS950 is packing NFC and LTE band 13 plus GSM 850/1900MHz compatibility. LG introduced its 4:3 aspect ratio phablet with the occasion of this year's MWC and the ...

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    One of the main problems with the Google Android ecosystem is the lack of tablet-optimized applications. While most of the users out there reject the inflated aspect of common smartphone and tablet applications on a slate, some do indeed appreciate it. We, however, listed tablet-specific applications as one of the steps Google should take towards Android tablet domination. On this exact note, Mountain View has finally released a tablet-optimized version of Google+. The application is still the same but the bits in the code are smart and they realize you're running the app on a slate. As ...

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    On June 21, Sony has finally decided to release the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia S, meeting the Q2 target, but unfortunately things were not as smooth as everyone expected. Users were reporting problems updating even with phones having SI numbers for which Sony confirmed the updates. Now the manufacturer has updated the status of the refreshes and told the world they would re-release the firmware updates. The official wording says: "We have identified the earlier issues and are working to implement the solution across all available ICS updates. This process will happen ...

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    A while back we showed you some photos of an iOS device and Windows Phone side-by-side while running various popular apps so that you could see how different the design principals were for the two platforms. For many of you it was very interesting to see how app developers modified their design so drastically for Windows Phone as compared to the same type of app they developed for Apple's iOS. Some of you wondered about how Windows Phone apps compare to the same versions made for Android. Well, that's what we're going to look at today. App designs on Android don't seem to really follow any ...

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    U.S. variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III have been announced (and anticipated) on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon. Some carrier subscribers were luckier than others but Verizon fans seem to have to wait forever for their phone to be available. Initially, the Verizon Galaxy S III should have been available on July 9, which was before it got pushed back one day to July 10. Then came rumors of a July 11 availability -- later confirmed by Verizon on their website with the patches on the phone -- and the latest report comes from HHGregg who have a nice banner up on their page that says ...

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    Visually, they're almost indistinguishable. Aside from a carrier logo and a barely perceptible tint of the white polycarbonate underneath the "hyperglaze" coating, these Galaxy S III devices are identical twins. But looks, as they say, are only skin deep. One of these is the unlocked international version of Samsung's newest powerhouse, while the other is the just-released North American variant (Sprint's, in this case). Look under the hood and you'll find some significant differences, and not just in the radio either: the international device packs a Samsung Exynos quad-core CPU supported ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note will soon turn one-year old and the internet is already burning because of all the Samsung Galaxy Note II rumors. However, this should't stop Samsung and T-Mobile fans from being excited over the Galaxy Note and its appearance on Magenta. It's been rumored (and expected) for quite some time and last we heard it received its FCC certification. The image above and the one below are reportedly official press renders of the T-Mobile variant. As you can see, it's nothing out of the ordinary (still following the Galaxy S II guidelines in terms of removing the home button ...

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    No one can really question the success of the Galaxy series of smartphones from Samsung. Numbers represent an ever-growing tendency from the initial Galaxy S to the Galaxy S II (and Galaxy Note). The South Korean company is determined to capitalize on that buzz as it expects record sales for its current flagship, the Galaxy S III. JK Shin, head of telecommunications at Samsung, expects more than ten million Galaxy S III units sold in July, Reuters reports. While it isn't clear what the wording "cumulative sales" is referring to (sales to customers, sales to retailers, sales to carriers, or ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S III is without a doubt one of the most (if not the most) popular Android smartphone of the moment and the International version has been already rooted with CyanogenMod 9 Nightlies available for the power users. However, users in the U.S., especially subscribers to one of the carriers that have the phone in their line-up can now also join the root party. The Samsung Galaxy S III on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile has been rooted. The procedure is pretty much the same, including the use of Odin and flashing ClockworkMod but for specific files and instructions for each ...

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    Last we heard about the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Veriz0n Motorola Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX, it was with the occasion the carrier sent out notifications to users that the refresh is going to land soon, without giving out specific details or an ETA. However, both the Motorola and the Verizon websites seem to indicate that the update is a go. As you can check for yourselves at the source links below, you can see introductions to Android 4.0, instructions as well as descriptions of what you can expect. There is no official wording (yet) in the shape of a press release ...

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    At MWC HTC introduced it's new generation of Android phones, the One family, out of which the flagship was the One X, packing a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC. Unfortunately, due to chip restrictions, LTE was only possible with the price of downgrading the processor to a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, which was often as fast as the quad-core chip. The rumor mill never stops though and, since it is in motion, brings us a report concerning a future possible HTC One XXL which would bring the best of both worlds. Not only it will pack LTE functionality but it will also feature a Qualcomm ...

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