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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for the hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come in less than a decade – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that a increasingly ...

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    Smartphones are wildly powerful devices. They have processing power and memory that rivals PCs of just a few years past, and while their screens may be tiny, they often have the resolution to measure up pixel-for-pixel with full-sized monitors. Yet despite all theses resources, phones often end up coming in seriously behind PCs in one key area: web browsing. There are plenty of reasons for why this continues to be, and one big one is incompatibility with Adobe Flash. Putting all arguments about technical limitations versus intentional handicapping aside, the fact of the matter is that a ...

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    Android 4.4 KitKat is literally days old, so how can you get it on your Android-powered smartphone or tablets? Luckily, Google released the code into the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and developers have been working non-stop to bring the latest goodness to otherwise unsupported devices. Are you feeling a little daring and want to give KitKat a try on your device? If so, here's what you'll need to do: 0. Assume the risk Doing this sort of thing could render your device useless -- or awesome -- but don't continue unless you're willing to assume the risk. 1. Prerequisites Next, you'll ...

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    With iOS maintaining its firm anti-Flash stance, and seeing Adobe back away from work on Flash for Android, it may have seemed like the book was closed on Flash's mobile story. For all the problems it's had finding a home on smartphones and tablets, Flash is still a huge part of how many of us access the internet. As such, it turns out that Flash still has a little bit of a fight left in it, and will be finding a more prominent home on Windows 8 based tablets. So far with Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 and Windows RT, if you were surfing the web in tablet mode, you had to manually ...

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    Adobe's Flash Player isn't available to download through the Play Store anymore, but if you have a browser that's compatible and you can sideload an app, you can still get Flash content on your Android-powered smartphone or tablet. Before we go into the details on just how you can do that, let's dispel some myths and clear up some confusion. Myth: Android isn't compatible with Flash Yes it is. Flash runs just fine on Android. Myth: Android doesn't support Flash Yes and no. Adobe withdrew support for Android not too long ago -- and they never really supported iOS at all. It's not so much ...

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    We've heard a lot about the Flash, made by ZTE, coming to Sprint. It was leaked at the end of July, popped up in real-life pictures at the beginning of this month and shortly after its official press render surfaced. It is now official as Sprint unveiled all the details of the phone, going for $129.99 with a two-year contract or $449.99 without one. The specs, as rumored, include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.5-inch HD display, NFC, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, 1,780mAh battery, and a 12.6-megapixel main camera alongside Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box (with no ...

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    We first heard of the ZTE Flash at the end of July when a couple of specs and future possible Sprint availability were rumored. Fast-forward to yesterday and we were able to take a look at a couple of pictures of the phone in real-life. Today we can check out its render with a confirmation of a close-to-13MP camera. For around $130 you should be expecting to get this ZTE phone with a 4.5-inch screen (probably HD), 1.5GHz dual-core SoC, 1GB of RAM, and a 12.6-megapixel main camera. If you like the rounded corners of the Nexus phones (and don't mind the Nokia 808 Pureview-like hump at the ...

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    After failing capture the mobile market in the way it might have hoped, last November Adobe decided to put an end to Flash for Android. Since then, the plug-in's been stagnating, but tomorrow's about to see a major step towards Flash finally being gone for good, with Adobe cutting-off new installations. Adobe's been remarkably accommodating towards Android Flash fans, delivering a new version with support for Ice Cream Sandwich even after announcing the product's demise, as well as providing the occasional security patch. That couldn't last forever, though, and with the arrival of Jelly ...

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    Last fall, Adobe decided to read the writing on the wall and give up on Flash for mobile devices. This was just before Ice Cream Sandwich came out, though, and realizing that users would need some time to acclimate to the lack of Flash in their future, it gracefully decided to extend official support to Android 4.0. Since then, we've seen some minor bugfix and security updates, but upon news of Google releasing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Adobe finally put an end to its continued Flash support. As it turns out, there's nothing about Jelly Bean that directly prevents Flash from still running, ...

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    I've been putting the Samsung Galaxy S III through its paces recently, which means I've been treated to the glorious expanse of its 4.8" Super AMOLED panel every time I've checked my email, sent a text message, or watched a YouTube video over the past few weeks. Just a year ago, a display of that size on a smartphone would have been considered gigantic beyond belief. In fact, the Samsung Infuse 4G boggled my mind with its 4.5-inch display when I stopped by an AT&T store around this time last year (I was there to pick up an HP Veer, so the size shock was especially apparent). Sure, ...

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    In early November, Adobe decided that, despite its efforts, Flash just wasn't working out on smartphones. It had given things the old college try, but complaints about performance and competition from other standards ultimately doomed Flash. According to Adobe, the only support we'd continue to see would be in the form of updates addressing security issues and fixing bugs. That sounded fine until people realized that Flash wasn't going to work on Ice Cream Sandwich. Luckily for us, Adobe decided not to let Flash fade from our memories along with Gingerbread, and got out one last ...

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    This time, we take a dive into the software element of the LG Nitro HD. For the most part, we've all become accustomed to see a manufacturer-customized skin on any non-Nexus devices. Of course, the LG Nitro HD is no exception. LG's user interface maintains a resemblance to Samsung's TouchWiz 3.0. This gives the icon a very "iOS" appearance. Some users may like this look and other may not. LG has added a set of quick actions to the pull-down notification bar. This gives users the ability to quickly enable or disable silent mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS connectivity and Airplane Mode. Carrier ...

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    Just a few days ago, Adobe cranked-out an update to Flash Player for Android, bringing the app up to version 11.1.111.5. Ever since Adobe decided to back-off from efforts to deliver the Flash experience to smartphones, we've been paying close attention to just what releases warrant continued app updates. 11.1.111.5 mainly dealt with stability improvements and bugfixes, but we've also been on the lookout for the promised update that would make Flash Player compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich. Just in time for the US release of the Galaxy Nexus, today Adobe released a Flash Player update ...

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    It was just about one month ago when Adobe finally rendered the whole Flash-on-smartphones debate a moot point with the announcement that it was ceasing development of Flash Player for mobile devices. While we wouldn't be able to look forward to the same level of support from Adobe, the company did promise to continue with security-related and bugfix updates. Then, after we learned that the current build of Flash Player didn't support Ice Cream Sandwich, Adobe relented and committed to one last release to add Android 4.0 compatibility, promised for this month. We're not quite there yet, ...

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    Overnight, we caught wind of a rumor that Adobe was preparing to announce its intent to cease work on Flash Player for mobile devices. Sure enough, the company has now made things official, revealing that the end of the road has come for Flash on smartphones. While the wording of the company's statement regarding its decision differs slightly from the quote attached to last night's rumor, the gist is pretty much the same. Android devices and the BlackBerry PlayBook will get a final release, in the form of Flash Player 11.1, and that's all she wrote (security bugfix updates aside). As far ...

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    Is it a phone, a tablet…Or both? The Samsung Galaxy Note is sure to evoke some looks from passersby. With a 5.3 inch HD Super AMOLED display the Galaxy Note is one of the largest smartphones available. Yet even with this enormous screen Samsung has kept the design thin and stylish. In this video we unbox the new 16GB Samsung Galaxy Note running on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (Ice Cream Sandwich will officially come in 2012). Included with the Galaxy Note is a microUSB sync/charging cable, a wall charger, a white in-ear stereo headset, a capacious 2500mAh Li-ion battery, and an official ...

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    Adobe's Flash has a bit of an uncertain future on mobile devices. Ever since Apple snubbed it with the iPhone, what was once a mainstay of the PC-based web experience is seeing new technologies like HTML5 arrive to muscle-in on its turf. In order to stay relevant, Adobe needs to keep content providers churning out Flash; one of the ways it can keep developers focused is through the introduction of stand-out features, and that's what it hopes to achieve with the release of Flash Player 11, announced today for an October release. Flash Player 11 will be arriving on Android systems and the ...

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    Apple's as stubborn as ever when it comes to Adobe Flash on iOS, but a new software release from Adobe targets Apple's mobile platform with the aim of bringing at least part of the Flash experience to its users. Adobe recently announced its Flash Media Server 4.5 and Flash Access 3.0, tools used by producers and distributors of Flash content to serve them out to end-users. Among the new features is built-in support for converting Flash video to a format viewable on the iPhone (HTTP Live Streaming). The problem is, this feels less like a step towards real compatibility, and more like a ...

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    Adobe has a new version of its Flash Player available for Android devices, and this time, it's thankfully not just a security fix. Flash Player 10.3.186.6 contains a collection of compatibility fixes that, though they look to be a little specific in their scope, might just be the ticket if you were running into some unexplained issues viewing Flash content with a previous release. If you ran into slowdowns when viewing really complicated Flash animations, the kind with plenty of vector elements moving on-screen at once, this release includes some optimizations that may help it play back ...

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    Update: the Market comparison shown here turns out to be the new Google Market skin which, for some unknown reason, appeared on this device out of the box vs the original unboxed device. While Verizon still has some of it's bloatware installed, overall the Droid 3 from Motorola runs smoothly and efficiently. Bing has not been installed by default, and you can even remove some of the 3rd-party default apps. As for Motorola's mini-Blur? It's stable, easy to use, and snappy - which for basic Android users is going to be a big plus. The Motorola Droid 3 is available from Verizon for $199 with ...

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    If you're hurting for Adobe Flash on an iPhone, you may have already checked out Skyfire's browser, which transcodes Flash video on Skyfire's servers before delivering it to you in a format your iPhone can display. What's a Flash fan to do, though, if you'd rather stick with Safari? Skyfire has just the thing for you, revealing its VideoQ app, which divorces Flash video playback from the company's web browser. The way VideoQ works is an interesting approach to the Flash problem, and though it's far from the most convenient solution we can think of, it may be just right for you, depending ...

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    In this video we demonstrate the software of the Motorola Droid X2 which ships with Android 2.2.2 and a new version of MotoBlur which many consumers will probably favor over the previous version. While some of the apps that come preloaded on the Droid X2 are trials, which can be removed without rooting, some are quite useful such as DLNA, Data Usage, Mobile Hotspot, and other core Android apps. Verizon has also added their own apps in the mix, but thankfully most of the trial apps are able to be removed by uninstalling. This open approach will probably appeal to more of our power users or ...

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    Adobe has published a new build of Flash Player to the Android Market, closing a security hole it recently became aware of. Flash Player 10.3.185.23 for Android includes code to correct a cross-site scripting vulnerability that has the potential to be used to interact with websites on your behalf but without your permission. The chance of such an attack being targeted against smartphone users is remote, but there's no sense in exposing yourself further when a fix is already available. In addition to the scripting fix, this release also includes the fix from the recent 10.3.185.21 build, ...

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    Maybe Apple had the right idea by refusing to allow Adobe's Flash Player on iOS devices. Less than a month after the release of Adobe Flash Player 10.2 for Android Adobe has announced a critical security flaw (which they're calling "CVE-2011-0611") in their popular Flash Player app. Versions 10.2.156.12 and earlier of Flash Player for Android include the flaw, along with versions for Windows and Mac as well. Although Adobe isn't "aware" of any attacks in the wild, the fact that Flash is seeing so many security problems is disheartening. Adobe doesn't yet have a estimate as to when a patch ...

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    If you're still waiting out on the Motorola Droid 2 in order to get the Android smartphone in its limited edition white R2D2 edition, an homage to the handset's Droid's moniker, then you'll be happy to know that Motorola and Verizon Wireless will also be launching a white desktop docking cradle that will follow the R2D2 theme. It's good to see a white handset with white accessories, and also to see the theme being carried through to the docking cradle. The R2D2 Droid 2 edition could also use the regular Motorola Droid or Droid 2 desktop cradle as well. (via: Android Central)

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