Mid-rangers are an interesting beast in this smartphone market. Publicized unlocked phones have become a more common occurrence. ZTE wanted to be the uncommon occurence.
The Chinese manufacturer made a point in renaming its US brand — one tarnished by security doubts and locked-in by a legion of low-end devices (some 66 being actively sold in the US market, ZTE claims) — and kicking things off in high-end fashion with the launch of the Axon smartphone. Axon’s competitors, which include Huawei and Xiaomi, took phones from their home-market production, watered them down to [...]
We all kept a good eye on HTC’s promise of selling a SIM and Boot Loader-unlocked Developer Edition of their HTC One on the same days that the carriers are getting their devices. We’re glad to inform that HTC kept their promise, and as of today at 10AM EST, you can purchase your Developer Edition HTC One online.
There are a ton of advantages to this device. First of all, it’s SIM unlocked, so you can use it on AT&T, T-Mobile or abroad. You can obviously tweak the software all you want since the Boot Loader is unlocked. Now even better is the price tag. If [...]
Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple’s launch of the iPhone 5, now carrier unlocked. Then we talk about the Samsung ATIV S and its possible release date, even after all the drama of it being the first Windows Phone 8 device to be announced. Then we go through the retail price of the Microsoft Surface Pro with Windows 8, and obviously our thoughts on that price. Later our review of the Nexus 10 becomes a topic, and how well it scored. We end today’s show talking about how to get Adobe Flash on Android devices launched with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and [...]
Although it has been about six month since the Samsung Galaxy Note was debuted we have finally gotten our hands on the long awaited official Ice Cream Sandwich ROM from Samsung. A few days ago we reported that XDA-Developers had posted on the Galaxy Note (GT-N7000) Android Development forum that Germany had received the official ICS update through the Kies software. If you are the lucky few that opted for the international Galaxy Note you will now be able to upgrade your device to the official Android 4.0.3 build.
The update comes with a few key features that make using the [...]
Google Wallet is Google’s payment processing system. There’s an online version and an Android app that runs on certain phones with specific hardware and lets you use your smartphone like a credit card.
In the past we’ve described Google Wallet as “the coolest app that you can’t have” because it’s been limited to a very few phones on only a couple carriers.
What have been the problems?
First of all, your phone has to have an NFC chip and a “secure element”. Today, not many phones have the necessary hardware, and [...]
In computer terminology the word “root” has a few possible definitions. “Root” can refer to the highest-level directory in a file system. The root of the file system is sometimes called the root directory. On a PC “C:” represents the root directory of the C drive. On Mac, Unix, and Linux systems, the root directory is represented by a forward slash (“/”). The root directory of a website is the domain name, followed by a forward slash (i.e. http://pocketnow.com/).
That’s not what we mean here, not entirely anyway. In this [...]
HTC lost a lot of ground to Samsung and other companies over the past year or so, and is trying to make up the difference with its One series. The One series includes the One V (the “value” model with the “chin”), the One S (for the “mid-range”), and the flagship One X.
HTC’s One line represents a refreshed focus on the software experience and build quality. Like we mentioned in our HTC One V review,, choice is good. For a higher-end smartphone, is the HTC One S a good choice? Read on to find out!
AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) makes ROMs based on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) code and fills them up with so many features it will make your head swim!
In fact, there are so many cool features that I’ve broken the video out into highlights and a detailed walk-through (were I attempt to cover every single feature of the ROM).
In this video I’ll show you a couple of the more notable and very cool features found in the AOKP Custom ROM (build 31), focusing on the ability to customize your navigation bar with custom apps, and [...]