Surely Spring is in the air, but Apple has done a great job in making the world look forward to “one more thing” on this season, and it’s their iPad refresh. For the past years, the iPad has signified the tablet that every customer wants to have and that every competitor wants to beat. There’s a lot of speculation over what to expect on the next generation iPad, so let’s start with our Top 5 iPad 3 Killer Features We Anticipate to get. Whether Apple names it the iPad 3 or the iPad HD, there’s a lot of things we all want, and then there are the things [...]
To root, or not to root, that is the question.
In the past if you’ve wanted to do “really technical stuff” like use your camera’s flash as a flashlight, synchronize your clock with a time server, or even backup your phone. You wouldn’t think that you’d need superuser permissions to be able to do any of those, but you have.
Later builds of the Android OS have exposed APIs, hooks that programmers can use, to accomplish the same sorts of things — without requiring superuser, or ROOT.
A lot of things still require ROOT to work [...]
The Sony Xperia S is the new flagship device of their NXT Series. It packs all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect from any high-end Android smartphone, plus some additional jabs that you won’t see on competing devices. Watch our video review of the Software and User experience that Sony has baked into their Xperia S. So far there are lots of great things to praise, and lots of important things to watch out for. Certainly no device is perfect, and Sony made that list with a couple of major details being left out of their final retail product. Have a look and share [...]
Watch this week’s Pocketnow iReview as we go through all the details surrounding Apple’s new iPad. We start by going through Apple’s release of their new iPad and their move with the last-generation iPad 2. We later compare specs in detail between the old iPad 2 and the new iPad. Then we go through Apple’s move to 1080p content and we end the Cool section by talking about iOS 5.1.
In the Not So Cool section, we talk about all the iPad 3 predictions that didn’t happen, and why these features mattered.
Sony’s new SmartTags take NFC technology to a whole new level. While competitors are still struggling with their launch of NFC as a payment tool, Sony has focused on adding some additional value to that NFC chip. These SmartTags allow you to program specific tasks that your device performs every time you touch one of them. You can have one SmartTag in your car and program it to launch Navigation, Music, set alert tones to sound and even have Text-To-Speech read your incoming messages. You can later set your a separate Bedroom SmartTag to activate your clock, alarm, Netflix and [...]
Mark your calendar’s everyone because your prayers have just been answered. Samsung has just posted that March 10th will be the day when your Galaxy S II (GT-I9100) will get a taste of some Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich love. I’m not sure if I should say sadly or gladly, but you know TouchWiz will also be included with the upgrade, but still, I know current GSII owners won’t complain. Have a look at Tony’s extensive review on the unofficial ROM leak we caught recently, because it most likely won’t change that much. The upgrade includes some multi-tasking [...]
With such pandemonium yesterday of people trying to pre-order their “New iPad”, I’ll bet many didn’t even care how much AT&T or Verizon were gonna charge for their 4G data services, they still clicked the Pre-Order button. Well, the good thing is that the data plans don’t seem that bad. It’ll all depend on how much you think you’ll consume in data, which is quite the thing when you’ve got all the power of 4G LTE.
If you’ve ordered your device on Verizon, which holds by far the most reliable LTE network, the prices [...]
You know, we thought we were the only ones ranting about calling the new iPad just exactly that, but it seems we’re not alone. Sit back and finish your Thursday afternoon with a little humor, since it seems that these guys didn’t have enough with just the banned iPhone 4, White iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPad 2 promos.
I’ve gotta admit that Apple has never named any newer version of their iPods by a number. It’s just the new generation iPod. It seems that things will continue being this way from now on, so prepare to meet the “new [...]
Have you ever noticed that your smartphone or tablet charges faster when connected to the wall than when connected to a USB hub or your computer? The reason for this is due to the amount of power that each technology can push. USB charging is generally stuck at ~500mA whereas A/C charging (with D/C conversion, of course) can sometimes double that.
Often times your charging method can support the extra amperage (USB, car adapter, POGO pins, etc.), but the phone itself limits the rate of charge. This can be overridden, but only at the kernel level. That’s just what one [...]
If you’ve got an Android-powered tablet or smartphone and haven’t been able to install the new Google Chrome Beta, you’re in luck!
XDA-Developer lenny_kano has put together an .apk that should let you run the browser on any device running on an ARM v7 or higher chip — so long as you’re also running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
If you are, and you’d like to try out Chrome Beta, head over to this thread on XDA-Developers, download the .apk, and side-load it onto your device. Enjoy!
Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we go through what’s hot and what’s not in the world of Google’s Android project. In today’s show we begin by talking about our recent leak of the HTC Edge, which is apparently the manufacturer’s first Quad-core smartphone. We also continue with more leaks regarding a full list of HTC devices for the future, an LG device sporting Ice Cream Sandwich and lots of other leaks. We later talk about the recent smartphone releases, which oddly include a pink variant of the Samsun Galaxy S II. We go through our coverage [...]
A recent tweet from @ChainfireXDA has power users worried about the future of custom ROMs on their Samsung smartphones.
“Ok its like this: the latest SGS2/ICS leak will disable secure storage if the kernel signature is not Samsung… Do they hate customers?” @ChainfireXDA
So what does that all mean?
First off, the Samsung Galaxy SII doesn’t have an official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM just yet, so all this may be a little premature.
Next, secure storage can be used by various apps to store sensitive information. That information [...]
For those of us who like to run custom ROMs finding a good GAPPs package can make or break one’s opinion of the ROM — even though GAPPs are usually distributed separately from the ROMs themselves.
GAPPS, for those who don’t know, are the “Google Apps” that come with most stock ROMs. They used to come pre-packaged in custom ROMs, too, until Cyanogen got a C&D order from Google. Since then, most custom ROMs ship without GAPPs, and you have to get your GAPPs somewhere else.
The defacto standard location to get GAPPS is [...]
Watch this week’s iReview as we go through all that’s cool and what’s not so cool inside the world of Apple’s iOS devices. In today’s show we talk about Apple beginning to sell the iPhone 4S unlocked in Apple Stores. We later talk about Apple’s new EasyPay system and how it brings you more convenience. We cover all the hacking related news, which include a auto-correct ribbon on-top of your iOS keyboard. We end the Cool section talking about Consumer Reports, and wondering if the iPhone 4S will blend?
In the Not So Cool section we talk about [...]
If you’d like to unlock and root your Verizon Galaxy Nexus but don’t want to go to all the trouble of downloading the Android SDK, finding and installing the Samsung drivers, downloading fastboot, and running everything from a command prompt you’re in luck… so long as you’re running Windows.
Wug’s Galaxy Nexus Root Toolkit is an executable that takes care of all the techno jargon for you. With one-click it sets up the SDK and drivers, and with another click unlocks and roots your phone! And just in case you want to go back to stock, [...]
Way back in March 2011 we told you of an early alpha of CyanogenMod 7 for the Samsung Epic 4G (SPH-D700). Unfortunately, the smartphone wasn’t officially included as a supported device, it was just a port of the insanely popular CM7 source made to work on the Epic 4G — and progress since then has been very slow.
Recently the Epic 4G was officially welcomed into the CyanogenMod fold, complete with its own forum and github repositories, though it’s not currently on the “Devices” page.
The first official build is 7.2.0 RC0. The following [...]
It’s been about a month and a half since Cyanogen himself said work had begun on CM9 and to “check back in 2 months”. Since that date is quickly approaching, how close are we to having a functional CyanogenMod 9? Based on what I saw, we’re very close!
First off, the Galaxy Nexus (in either variety) isn’t an officially supported CM device — yet. I suspect it will be the launch device for CM9 when it’s finally released.
Next, there are no official builds of CM9 for the Galaxy Nexus — or any device for that matter. I was, [...]
A few days ago we told you that an update to its “tech specs” page showed the 32GB variant of the Galaxy Nexus was removed, implying that only a 16GB version of the phone would be available. The extra storage, it seemed, had been replaced with a larger capacity battery.
Today, the same specification page has been updated yet again. This time, the “16GB storage” is no more — it’s been replaced with “32GB storage”. Originally, the specs implied there would be a 16GB version and a 32GB version. Now it looks like there will only be [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]