Posts tagged with: Android 4.0
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    After publishing the source yesterday for the AT&T and T-Mobile variants of the Galaxy S III, Samsung is now also pushing out the kernel for the Sprint flavor of the phone. It is available in the Samsung Open Source Release Center at the source link below for everyone to grab and dismantle. With three out of four already published, we are waiting for the Verizon Galaxy S III source to be published too. And, while we wait for the phones, we can sit back and let the developers do their thing with all the bits and pieces for us to flash, test and feed our addiction. Source: Samsung Open ...

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    Opposed to the International Samsung Galaxy S III which packs a quad-core Exynos SoC, the American variants -- including the AT&T and T-Mobile versions we're referring to here -- pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core SoC but an additional gigabyte of RAM. You could see an initial face-off between them just a couple of hours ago and, at a first glance, there is no real difference between the phones. Samsung has made the source codes for the AT&T and T-Mobile variants public. This means that, from this point on, we can count down the days until super fast custom ROMs and ...

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    You might know Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. as Foxconn, the company that produces Apple's iPhones, iPads and some other great products like Microsoft's Xbox or Sony's PlayStation. In a recent annual shareholder's meeting, Chairman Terry Gou told China Times, without bothering to dress it up a bit, that consumers would better "wait for the launch of the iPhone 5" because "the new model will put Samsung's Galaxy III to shame". Tough words in a world of tough competition. We've heard several rumors about the hardware on the iPhone 5, an elongated and thinner casing, widescreen display and, ...

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    We knew that the Samsung Galaxy S III is the hottest device at the moment (now in the U.S. too) but we didn't think of it literally, like this unique specimen for instance, pictured above. It is apparently the International version of the Galaxy S III and it reportedly ended up in this stage while in an in-car holster. It got sent back to the manufacturer for investigations and Samsung said: "Samsung is aware of this issue and will begin investigating as soon as we receive the specific product in question. Once the investigation is complete, we will be able to provide further details on ...

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    More than three months ago Samsung decided to roll out the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Samsung Galaxy S II and, at that time, many owners of 2011 Samsung Galaxy tablets were hoping to see the same for their devices. That didn't happen but according to recent reports the Android 4.0 refresh will soon (finally) be pushed out. If you have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9, 7.7 or Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, you should expect the process to start next month. However, the report claims that most of the updates are planned for August. No cool, Samsung! Aside from the platform refresh there ...

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    If you tend to believe the latest rumors and reports than you can take it for granted that Google's alleged Nexus tablet, made in collaboration with Asus, will indeed be unveiled at the upcoming Google I/O -- happening between June 27 and 29 at San Francisco's Moscone Center. Manufactured by Quanta, the Nexus tablet will reportedly wear a price tag of $199, according to "sources from upstream component makers". Not only that, but the seven-incher will reportedly go on sale in July with expected sales of three million units in the second half of the year. According to DigiTimes, Asustek ...

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    We've heard about the Oppo Finder and how it dethroned the Huawei Ascend P1 S in terms of thickness at the end of last month and now the 6.65mm thin smartphone is available for pre-order at a rather attractive price. If you're in the market for the thinnest, the Oppo Finder is your best bet at the moment, until someone else shaves off a couple of microns. This begs the question, again and again, of when is a smartphone too thin? Following the source link below you can secure a unit for ¥2498 which translates to $393. For the money you get -- once it starts shipping at the beginning of ...

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    ZTE introduced the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Grand X LTE smartphone which will be available for Asia Pacific and Europe in the third quarter of the year. The company is proudly announcing that the Grand X LTE is ZTE's first single-chip LTE smartphone. The phone packs a Qualcomm MSM8960 chip clocking at 1.5GHz with two cores and an eight-megapixel main camera in addition to the 720p-capable front-facer. The power source is a 1,900mAh battery pack and the speeds advertised for maximum download rate are 100M. Those of you who prefer the button-less approach will probably love ...

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    The Sony Xperia Play ICS story is a sad one not only if you are one of the owners. Everyone was expecting the gaming phone to receive its Android 4.0 update alongside the other 2011 Xperia Models but later on the manufacturer dropped the bomb that there will indeed be no official ICS refresh for the PlayStation phone. However, an Ice Cream Sandwich firmware popped up, certified, over at PTCRB. Does this mean that Sony changed its mind and will indeed push out the refresh? Possible, but unlikely, after such a vehement denial. However, one thing to note is that the firmware was probably ...

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    Even though the internals of the Samsung Galaxy S III offer a great user experience in terms of speed -- and the new TouchWiz UX Nature that Samsung bundled is really lightweight and fast -- some might still prefer a vanilla Android experience on today's best Android smartphone made by the South Korean manufacturer. CyanogenMod 9 Nightlies are now available for the phone. The Nightly build are the latest ones but often contain some bugs; in this case, "FM Radio is currently not supported, using LED flash causes some problems and waking the device up using volume keys might not work ...

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    The "Dinara" name is nothing unheard of as the Motorola handset has been long rumored since last year -- and later on tipped for AT&T. It is just recently that it came back in the news with recent rumors of AT&T getting ready to welcome the third generation Atrix to its line-up. As usual in this stage of things, the phone, codenamed MB886, has stopped by FCC, to show off its secrets among which LTE frequencies appropriate for AT&T compatibility. Not much else is revealed by the Commission's documents but we expect it to pack a 720p display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, ...

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    We've heard of the Acer Iconia Tab A700 back at CES and then later on when Europe was preparing to welcome it to the market. Now Acer USA introduced the 10.1-inch slate with Full HD resolution screen. Aside from the 1920x1080 resolution screen, the tablet also features Dolby Mobile 3 with 5.1-channel home theater surround sound capabilities. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core SoC and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It also packs an HDMI port for display mirroring, 1GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a five-megapixel main camera. Those who want to pre-order the tablet ...

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    Just as we thought we couldn't handle any more social networks, Samsung is planning its own which will eventually compete with Facebook -- so the company hopes -- according to information received and printed by the Korea Times. "Samsung Facebook" -- that's how it is called internally -- will be available on a variety of internet-enabled devices, including cameras and televisions. To further improve its exposure, the South Korean manufacturer is planning to integrate its upcoming social network with Amazon’s cloud computing platform. "By the end of the year, we will have a polished and ...

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    The Amazon source link below yesterday took you to a page where the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 was not only priced and available for pre-order but also detailed in terms of specifications. Unfortunately it appears that Amazon jumped the gun, at least according to Samsung. The South Korean company stated that Amazon put the page up in error and that the Galaxy Note 10.1 is not just yet available for pre-order. In addition, according to the manufacturer's statement, the specifications were also wrong which makes us believe that the price listed could also be just wishful thinking. The Galaxy ...

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    If you like playing games on your Android device (and of course, if you were a fan of the soon-to-be-trylogy of Max Payne on the computer) then you were probably waiting for this for quite some time. Don't worry, it is now available, as Max Payne Mobile makes its way to the Google Play Store. The game has been fully optimized for the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor so if you have an HTC One X for instance you'll be able to experience some excellent gameplay (not that Galaxy S III owners will not). It weighs 1.33GB, costs $2.99, and it is available for quite a large number of ...

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    If you missed the list of HTC devices getting the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update -- and the approximate dates -- you should check it out now. The HTC Rezound on Verizon is listed there with an estimated date of June-July. However, an Ice Cream Sandwich build -- 3.14.605.10 -- has been leaked for the phone and is available for the brave among you.  There is no exact change log but those who took a closer look noted that the changes are minor, which indicate that the update is maturing and nearing it's final version. Other changes mentioned are the fixes for SMS thread and ...

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    If you missed out on our first episode of "Fun and Tricks with NFC and Your Android" now it's the time to watch it and return to this post once you're done. Make sure to check out the second part of the video coming soon! Now that we all know what this is all about, Samsung introduced TecTiles and its TecTile application. TecTiles are basically programmable NFC tags which you can use with an NFC-equipped smartphone. These will become available "in all four major carrier stores and at major online retailers at the launch of the Galaxy S III". Programmable actions include sending messages as ...

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    On June 11 Sony teased an upcoming smartphone unveiling to happen on the 21st. Whether it refers to the Xperia Miro or not is yet unknown but the aforementioned device has popped up on the company's Facebook page as the new member of the Xperia family. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and features a 3.5-inch display as well as a five-megapixel camera on the back. Color options include black, pink, white and brown and Sony is especially fond of its new "unique illuminations" feature. Everything will be powered by a "large" battery but the exact details will probably ...

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    Spotify and Android users were left in the dark for quite some time but at the end of April the company finally let everyone know what they were working on for Android. The preview of the application promised good things ahead and now the final version of the streaming software is finally available to download in the Google Play Store. Everything in Spotify for Android is new, since it's a "top-to-bottom redesign". According to the change log, the new version has full support for Android 4.0, offers slide-out navigation, enables the use of crossfade/gapless playback in the settings, has ...

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    The LG Optimus 4X HD is the company's first quad-core smartphone. It was introduced this year at the MWC in Barcelona where we also had the chance to check it out and LG later announced a June availability for the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X competitor. Now the South Korean manufacturer is glad to announce that the Optimus 4X HD is starting to roll out across Europe. The first ones go get it will be future customers from Germany, followed by the Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom and Italy. "The rest of the region, along with Asia, CIS, South and Central America will receive ...

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    Andy Rubin has tweeted out two pieces of information which are both important for Android fans (we just can't figure our which one is more important). We'll go with Mr. Android's preference and tell you that his eleventh tweet reassures everyone that Rubin will not leave Google (at least not for now), contrary to recent rumors which have surfaced on the inter webs. The second piece of information tells us that there are now over 900,000 daily Android activations, 50,000 up from the 850,000 tweeted by Rubin on February 27. This of course counts smartphones and tablets and the general trend, ...

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    When we heard the official confirmation for the American Samsung Galaxy S III specs we also heard of availability plans, including pre-order dates. June 6 was mentioned as the start of the pre-ordering process for both AT&T and Verizon and, since today is June 6, you can go online and secure your unit. Both carriers will offer the phone with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM, as officially confirmed. AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III Pre-Orders The phone is available for pre-order in marble white and pebble blue colors, both going for $199.99 on a two-year contract ($549.99 ...

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    You can find lots of Samsung Galaxy S III coverage to consume until our full review (spoiler: soon!) and until your U.S. carrier variant becomes available. We're checking out the International version which has a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM opposed to American flavors which will get a dual-core SoC and 2GB of RAM. If Verizon is the network of your choice you will like this one: the carrier has allegedly confirmed that the Galaxy S III on its line-up (landing in July?) will support global roaming. However, the feature will not be available at launch but will be added later on via a ...

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    June 21 is the day to circle in your calendar if you are an Android, Samsung, Galaxy S III and Sprint fan. The Now Network just let everyone know that the most anticipated Android phone of the year will land on its line-up on June 21. The 16GB version will cost $199.99 and the 32GB version will go for $249.99 when you sign a new contract; however, the 32GB variant will be available exclusively through Web Sales. In terms of specs, don't expect the same internals as the International flavor: it will pack a 1.5GHz dual-core processor but an additional 1GB of RAM for a total of 2GB. Is that ...

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    So far we have unboxed the Samsung Galaxy S III and we've compared it with last year's Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S II as its predecessor, but today we're putting it to some more work. It's going to be a tough fight because the Samsung Galaxy S III is up against the hottest HTC phone of the moment, the HTC One X. We're comparing specs, day-to-day/real-life usage/application launch speeds, benchmarks, internet browsing performance, gaming as well as the SLCD2 screen versus the HD Super AMOLED screen. You will also see a 1080p video recording comparison between the two so sit back and ...

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