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    The mechanism that makes a smartphone smart is the software that comes installed. The Samsung Galaxy Note is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 in early 2012. The software included incorporates elements from both a smartphone and tablet device. In this video we demonstrate the software makes the Samsung Galaxy Note a remarkable hybrid Android. Samsung did not hold back when they decided to bundle great software suites onto the Galaxy Note. While most of the apps have been seen before on Androids such as the Galaxy S II, many are unique to ...

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    In this video we demonstrate the hardware of the new Samsung Galaxy Note (GT-N7000). As a hybrid between an Android smartphone and tablet the Galaxy Note boasts some very impressive hardware. Powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core Exynos processor with 1GB of RAM produces an extremely fast mobile experience. Out of the box the Galaxy Note is capable of achieving some of the fastest benchmarks we have seen on any mobile device. The Galaxy Note has a few more goodies that set it apart from other Android devices. The first is the large 5.3 inch WXGA* Super HD AMOLED display (1280 x 800) behind a ...

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    Is it a phone, a tabletÂ…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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    Watch this week's Android revolution as we go through what's hot and what's not inside the world of Google's Android project. In today's show we go through Samsung's unpacked event where they teamed up with Google to release both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Google smartphone and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to go along with it. We also go through Android 4.0 and what it means for the smartphone industry and competition. We later talk about Motorola's recent unveiling of its new flagship Droid RAZR sporting more than just a thin design. We then go through all our recent coverage for the ...

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    Today's show is going to be a bit unconventional since everything that we have to talk about is cool. We start our show by covering the news on the invitation to Apple's iPhone event on October 4th and our thoughts on who will be in charge of the keynote. We cover all the recent rumors for the next generation iPhone(s) and tell you which hold water and which don't. We then finish our cool section with our thoughts on when we should prepare to take the day off and make a line to buy one. We end our show with our first-ever Top 5. This time we go through our Top 5 wish list for things we're ...

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    Thanks to some talented folks over at XDA Developers, if you've got an unlocked HTC Desire HD, Desire S, or Inspire you now have a custom ROM that will bring not only Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, but also HTC Sense UI 3.5 to your smartphone! Based on the HTC Runnymede's ROM, these ROMs are pretty complete with few known bugs. If you've got one of these devices and want to check out the latest and greatest from HTC, head on over to the source and let us know what you think in the comments below! Source: XDA

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    Watch this week's Android revolution as we go through what's hot and what's not inside the world of Google's Android Project. In today's show we go through all the recent Android smartphone announces which include the LG Optimus Hub, the Galaxy Y line of smartphones for Vodaphone UK, the Xperia Play reaching AT&T and even some deals on the Sprint Epic 4G Touch. We talk about the recent invitation HTC sent for a September 20th event where we expect that lots of our recent leaks will see the light of day in new Android offerings for the fall line-up. We go through a long list of leaks, that ...

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    The list of HTC smartphones that can be "officially" unlocked is increasing, though not as fast as some would like. Today HTC updated their list, which now includes Sprint's Evo 3D, T-Mobile's Sensation 4G, and HTC Sensation models for Europe, Turkey, Arabic, and Bouygues Telecom. If you've got one of these phones and have been waiting to unlock it, wait no longer! Head over to HTCdev.com and enjoy your new-found freedom! Source: HTCdev.com

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    Last week I wrote about how I didn't particularly like the new Android Market and how to get the old Android Market back. One of the reasons I gave was Google's choice to disable playback of movies on rooted devices, which makes one of the three content types inapplicable to my phones. Google, we assume, enacted their root and tamper checks at the direction of the movie studios, who seem to be "afraid" of streaming their content to customers. Ironically, studios don't seem to care if a laptop or desktop OS has "root" permissions (which all of them do, by the way), only if smartphones do. ...

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    The Motorola Droid 3 has been rooted! What's even more impressive was that it was done without the developer ever having touched a Droid 3. While that is impressive, the process itself is even more so! After performing an audit of the platform, it was discovered that the contents of /data/local are group "shell" and group-writable. That means the contents of the directory can be modified using ADB. In Linux (and Android, by extension), you can replace a directory with a "symbolic link" (or "symlink"), essentially, a pointer to another location. Additionally, when you reboot the device, it ...

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    Watch this week's Android Revolution as we go through the recent Android smartphone releases, we also dig up all the phones that are finally getting Android 2.3 Gingerbread as of this week, and also those that are getting updates and fixes. We talk about our current reviews on T-Mobile's MyTouch 4G Slide and Sprint's EVO 3D. Within application updates we go through certain new Android Market features, the recent update to Google Maps on Android and all that's included on the Amazon App Store recent update. As for rumors we talk about all the probable release rumors of the different Samsung ...

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    Hackers celebrate as independent developers have finally succeeded in unlocking the bootloader, on the hard-to-crack, Motorola Photon 4G. The full procedure is now live on XDA-Developers, and so far, things seem to work just fine. The process is sadly not something we'd recommend for beginners, as you'll have to know how to use RSDLite and have some basic knowledge of the standard fastboot procedures, since this is a Motorola device. The thread does a very good job in giving us all a simple step-by-step procedure though, so if you're good with following instructions, you'll probably be ok. ...

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    Back in June we told you about a new developer portal from HTC which offered an SDK for HTC's OpenSense "which will allow developers to harness software and hardware innovations on HTC phones to develop more richly integrated mobile applications and experiences", and provided a location to pick up newly released source code and kernels. Today HTC announced a "placeholder" for the much awaiting "bootloader unlocking solution" via their Twitter feed. Unfortunately, it's just that, a placeholder; no unlocking hints, tips, or even an ETA for the release of the tool are listed on the site. Not ...

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    An international version of the unlocked bootloader for Motorola Atrix 4G is now available through an Orange UK update released recently with support for the service. This release builds upon the existing leaked Gingerbread 2.3 ROM which includes a fastboot-unlockable bootloader, however that leak is only compatible with the USA based AT&T Atrix 4G and not international versions, while this new one comes from an official update, and is compatible with international devices. An official update is expected from Motorola enabling the unlocked bootloader soon, per Motorola's earlier promise. ...

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    Yesterday we heard an interesting bit of information about Apple allegedly preparing to sell unlocked iPhone 4 smartphones on Wednesday in all variants (16GB, 32GB, black and white) and it appears that Cupertino has indeed done so. Over at the Apple Store online you can grab an unlocked GSM Apple iPhone 4 without any carrier tie-in. White and black 16GB variant goes for $649.00 while the 32GB version sells for $749.00 with free one-to-three-day shipping. Will only work on AT&T's 3G network but if you're a heavy traveller and prefer switching SIM cards instead of paying roaming taxes this ...

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    If you caught Daniel Webster's series of videos and final review on the Samsung Galaxy S, you were treated with an abundance of detail about this new device. Sporting a 4" Super AMOLED with a 1 GHz processor, the Galaxy is equipped to impress. However, the Samsung Galaxy S is not alone in the 4"+ screen size market. I've decided to match the Samsung Galaxy S up against my beloved HTC EVO. The EVO has been my primary phone for a little over a month now, and I've been nothing but impressed. Over the next few videos, I will put the Galaxy side-by-side with the EVO and run a few comparison ...

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    Not long ago we told you that the LG Revolution had been rooted, not only that, apparently it wasn't even very hard. Unfortunately, the way LG put their bits together made writing a custom recovery image very difficult. Previous attempts had resulted in either bricked phones, or phones that would erase themselves every time they booted up. Luckily for us, that hasn't stopped the Android community and ClockworkMod Recovery, my favorite recovery image, has been ported to the Revolution -- well, almost. It seems that there isn't a way to get OUT of recovery mode for the time being, but we're ...

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    If smartphone hardware can run Android, a Linux-based operating system, why can't it run a full-blown Linux distro? In fact, you can run Ubuntu on many Android-powered phones. To get Ubuntu to run on a smartphone, some have started the OS side-by-side with Android, others have used emulators or virtualized hardware. On occasion a developer steps up and creates a bootable, functional Ubuntu image. If you've got an HTC Desire HD, you can count yourself as one of the lucky ones! A recently released ROM not only lets you boot Ubuntu natively, it also has a working touchscreen (which works as a ...

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    Tegrak Overclock, a program that has supported overclocking the Galaxy S series of smartphones from Samsung has been updated with new support for the Galaxy S II line. Superuser/Root access is required, and the device must be running a stock kernel and ROM (custom ROMs and kernels are not currently supported.) What sets this app apart from other overclocking solutions is that it requires the use of a stock, unmodified kernel vs. other Android overclocking solutions which require custom code to be compiled into a kernel. This can provide a less-intrusive method for those not wishing to ...

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    HTC made plenty of Android enthusiasts happy when it recently announced that its future phones would feature unlocked bootloaders, opening the door for custom ROMs without the hassle of hacking your way past cryptographic checks (when that's even possible). Then again, while we love having that kind of access to our smartphones, network carriers enjoy tight control over their systems, and Androids running custom code can interfere with their plans to monetize certain services (tethering comes to mind). One curious Android fan reached out to Verizon over Twitter to get the carrier's ...

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    Just a few days ago we saw HTC swap out some images of the Sprint HTC EVO 3D in favor of a slightly different back design, confirming our earlier suspicions that we'd see an international GSM version of the device. Now thanks to 911sniper we have a more detailed look at what the international version brings to the table, including a large list of carrier support. Specifications remain largely the same, with the international version dropping support for WiMax. The cellular modem supports HSPA with speeds of HSDPA Category 10 (14.4Mbps) downstream and HSUPA Category 6 (5.76Mbps) upstream. ...

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    Samsung has established a history of storing SIM unlock codes in the firmware with their previous Galaxy S series of smartphones, which lead to an app being released to automate the process. The new Galaxy S II continues along that line, with a new app released today that searches through the nv_data.bin, decrypts the code, and reveals it, allowing the use of the device on other networks. The app is created by well known XDA developer Chainfire, and is available from the Android market under the name " Galaxy S2 SIM Unlock". The app requires your Galaxy S II to be rooted, after which ...

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    YukiXDA over at XDA brings us a very thurough guide to disassembling a WP7 ROM for a device, introducing new components from other ROMs (Cooking), and rebuilding the resulting mash-up into a flashable ROM for your device. For a while now, we've had some Custom ROMs available for the HD2, and functioning Live services, but the knowledge to create these ROMs was limited to a small set of developers. With this post the process is now laid out in detail, allowing other developers to create custom ROMs for the HD2, and bringing us the first NoDo ROM for the device, which is also available from ...

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    After showing us its new bootloader unlocking service, we were left impressed by Sony Ericsson's support of the developer community. Now it is supplementing the bootloader unlock by releasing a guide to creating a custom kernel, an ability exposed by the unlocked bootloader. Once again there are clear warnings present - bootloader unlocking may void warranty, and is not revertible to a locked/original state. Sony Ericsson's guide walks the budding developer through downloading all necessary software and installing it to configure the development environment. Configuration examples are ...

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    Well known developer Chainfire at XDA brings root to another device today, adding Samsung's Galaxy S II to the list of 3rd-party developer unlocked devices. This comes hot on the heels of the Gingerbreak exploit, which can be used on a wide range of Android devices, also developed in part by CF. Superuser access is acheived by using the Samsung flashing utility "Odin" to load a custom re-packaged kernel onto the phone, then booting up. Once booted, the kernel allows root access via the "adb" program, a part of the Android SDK. Simply typing "adb root" at the command line restarts adb in ...

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