In this video we unbox the new Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc. The Arc feels excellent in hand and seems thinner than the iPhone 4, especially at the trough of the concave back.
The XPERIA Arc is bundled with the essential items to get started. The device we are reviewing is the international unlocked (LT15i) which comes with the international wall charger, a microUSB charging/sync cable, a nice in ear Sony Ericsson branded stereo headset, and a class 2 8GB microSD card preinstalled. While the XPERIA Arc does have a micro HDMI port, regrettably there is no cable included. The [...]
With the shuttering of the Symbian Foundation last fall, and Nokia’s recent shift towards Windows Phone 7, the fate of the Symbian source code has been a bit uncertain. After the Foundation’s website went down, you could still access files over FTP, but clearly a longer-lasting solution was needed to provide access to the operating system’s source. Now Nokia has started publishing that code itself, with most files available now and the rest planned for publication in the coming weeks.
You’ll need to register with Nokia to actually gain access to the [...]
A leaked Verizon employee guide to processing returns of certified like-new replacements (what you’ll get after doing a warranty return) shows that there are some big changes in store for how the carrier handles things, and none of them are in your favor. Even when the phone malfunctions and it’s not your fault, you had better hope your smartphone is still in pristine condition, or you could be looking forward to a nearly $300 fee.
First off, the return window is shortening from 10 to 5 days, so if you replacement phone isn’t working, you better not dally about [...]
Maybe we’re getting too used to seeing a $200 price for new phones on-contract, and there really should be more variation in prices. When notable phones – like the Thunderbolt as the first LTE smartphone – arrive, we can stomach a little premium price for the bragging rights, but will higher prices for similar phones become the norm? A leaked pricing chart shows that the Samsung Droid Charge will debut on Verizon at nearly $300.
Yes, the Charge will have a nice, big Super AMOLED Plus screen, and yes, it will reach LTE speeds, but does that justify the price? [...]
Yesterday Google removed the PlayStation emulator PSX4Droid from the Android Market, long after the app first arrived. The developer immediately pointed the finger at Sony, linking the upcoming SE Xperia Play and the PlayStation games expected for it with Google’s decision to clip the wings on his app. Sure enough, the first five PSX titles have now hit the Android Market, available for $6.38 a pop but device-restricted to the Play.
Emulation in general is a legal can of worms, from piracy issues to that of copyrighted BIOS code, but you can usually get away with a wink [...]
Seen earlier this month at CTIA, Qualcomm decided that their mobile development platform (MDP) is ready for evaluating graphics performance and shipped a device home with AnandTech for review. The MSM8x60 chipset used in the MDP can be clocked at either 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz; AnandTech was given the faster 1.5GHz model for testing.
The dual-core Snapdragon device utilizes a pair of Qualcomm’s own Scorpion CPUs, paired with it’s Adreno 220 GPU. The Adreno 220 is the latest in the line of GPUs that work with the Snapdragon platform, preceded by the 205 and 200 which offer [...]
When we heard that Google was planning to release a Nexus S for the Canadian market, we took note that the hardware would allow you to use it on AT&T’s 3G network in the States. In addition to the original’s T-Mobile support, and the upcoming 4G version on Sprint, the flagship Gingerbread phone would soon have even more choices for wireless service. Rumor is, that Nexus S should be coming to Canada on April 14, but you may be able to get your hands on one early, as e-tailer Negri Electronics has started sales on the Nexus S i9020T, sporting both the new 3G bands as [...]
Bolehkah anda membantu saya dengan pencarian saya? If you’re a speaker of Malay, you’d recognize that request for help conducting a search. Now Google Voice Search will be up to the challenge, as the app has gained support for recognizing Indonesian, Malaysian, and Latin American Spanish speech.
Google’s developed the databases powering its speech-recognition engine with the help of some native speakers, their friends, and family. After finding a group to act as the nexus for this crowd-sourced project, those individuals gathered recordings of their associates [...]
In the smartphone wars, Google has seemed like the cool, easygoing player. It doesn’t take a draconian stance over app control like Apple, and hasn’t hasn’t been enforcing phone design standards like Microsoft. Its reputation may be about to change, though, as two reports claim Google is both thinking about introducing some required specs and going after companies making their own Android tweaks with some strong-arm tactics.
DigiTimes writes that Google is thinking about hardware standards for Android 3.0 devices. While Honeycomb is a huge step forward over [...]
Are you ready to see what’s next from HTC? That’s just what the company promises to deliver at an upcoming press event, notifications for which are just going out now. The fun is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 12 in London. What could HTC be planning to reveal?
Just last week we spotted the EVO 3D in what looked like a GSM configuration on the company’s site. At the time, HTC was denying that such a phone existed, though pre-orders and the enthusiastic tweets of HTC France left us unconvinced. Could this event be to properly announce the non-Sprint [...]
After the official XDA Developers application went live for Android in the Market it’s time for the Windows Phone 7 dedicated application for all the members and forum enthusiasts rocking a Redmond-powered smartphone.
Besides the clean Metro look the official Windows Phone 7 XDA Developers application gives you the ability to browse forums, threads and posts, send and receive private messages, subscribe to a specific forum, comment on posts as well as check news on Portal. What’s even better is that the app features a Live Tile and Toast notifications (of which we [...]
One of the advertised improvements in Windows Phone 7 March update dubbed NoDo — besides the Copy/Paste feature added — is the improved performance. Microsoft has reduced application loading times and also made programs resume faster.
In this video we will compare Windows Phone 7 NoDo to Windows Phone 7 pre-NoDo and see how they perform. Windows Phone 7 February update (aka pre-NoDo) doesn’t bring any features or improvements (we know of) but only prepares the devices to receive the March update.
We’ve used two LG Optimus 7 devices which were [...]
XDA-Developers member “Noticed” discovered a pretty simple trick that might result in you getting your Windows Phone 7 update sooner than you’re supposed to. This is an alternative to another VPN/Dialup method floating around and it’s pretty simple. Unfortunately it only works for devices who’s status is in the “Delivering Update” phase as indicated on Microsoft’s Where’s my phone update status page. You’re probably thinking, “If it’s set to the Delivering Update phase, why didn’t I just recieve the update [...]
Today, Alltel issued a press release announcing the launch of the HTC Merge, an Android 2.2 smartphone that has been in the wild for many months. It’s essentially a CDMA version of the HTC Desire Z, which means that it’s rocking a 3.8″ WVGA display with an 800MHz CPU and 512MB of RAM. We expect that Verizon will issue a similar press release within the next month. It’s now up for preorder for a reasonable $125.
The big news here is the inclusion of the Amazon Appstore. For Amazon to be successful with their competing application market, they must start [...]
Just a couple of hours after Apple released the iOS 4.3.1 update there was already a jailbreak solution for enthusiasts and believers, though it was untethered meaning there was a need to the phone into DFU mode and run the boot utility from the computer after every reset.
Hacker MuscleNerd tweeted an important bit of information for jailbreak fans telling the world that i0n1c’s untethered 4.3.x jailbreak is “solid”. After sorting out some general 4.3.x issues as well as Cydia, the untethered jailbreak solution should see the light of day. That is, really [...]
We’ve recently updated our LG Optimus 7 to Windows Phone 7 NoDo build 7390 and we were surprised to see that after the update completed our main system disk was running low on space.
The PC used to update the smartphone sports a 64GB SSD as its primary system drive which before the update had roughly 12GB free on it. Zune software automatically backs up your device when updating Windows Phone 7 — just in case anything goes wrong — and it looks like the backup is an actual image of your device itself.
We had around 11GB of music, videos, applications, [...]
Samsung and Boost Mobile are hosting an event in Manhattan on April 5th, where the Android handset pictured above is likely to be announced. No further details were immediately available, including specs, branding, or information on pricing and release. However, Samsung does have quite a cache of unused product names filed with the USPTO, and of those, the Samsung Exhilarate seems like a good possibility to us.
This would be the second Android device from Sprint-Nextel’s prepaid service, following the Motorola i1 (which is expected to be joined by yet another Android piece [...]
Windows Phone 7 users know that the YouTube plugin available in the Marketplace offers a much inferior experience than the similar applications on Google and Apple platform-powered smartphones. Redmond is blaming Google directly for this and prepares to file a complaint.
In a recent blog post, Brad Smith, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation, claims that Google has blocked the access of Windows Phones from operating properly on YouTube while offering full access to its own Android smartphones and also to Apple phones too.
Even more, Google has [...]
Looks like there’s some really hard work around the Facebook Windows Phone 7 application which receives yet another update, this time to version 1.4, after recently being updated to versions 1.2 and 1.3.
Throughout the original update version, update 1.2 and update 1.3, users were still experiencing a problem with the application. According to reports, it would quit or crash every time one tried to check for a new Facebook Message inside the app. So what’s changed in version 1.4? No changelog to go with the update so let us know below if you spot something we missed. [...]
When the VZ Navigator application for the HTC Thunderbolt surfaced in the Android Market on March 1, the smartphone itself was launched two weeks after. Now there’s a VZ Navigator application up in the Market which looks to be for the HTC Merge.
The smartphone passed FCC at the beginning of February and was at times rumored for Alltel too besides Verizon (or instead of). Anyways, the application is called VZ Navigator for Merge, it appeared recently in the Market and could either indicate that the HTC Merge will see the light of Verizon day soon (in April) or that [...]
A fake application — disguised as a non-existing version 1.3.7 of the legit Walk and Text title — popped up on file sharing websites and several other usual places for pirated software. Apparently the fake application is an Android.Walkinwat threat; downloading and using it will cost the bold ones more than what they’d have paid for a legit copy.
Once downloaded to the smartphone and launched, the application shows a “Cracking…” message but instead of cracking the legit application, which pirates might expect, it is cracking their smartphone. [...]
One thing that we seem to hear about more from Android power-users than from “stock” users is how fast their battery seems to drain. In the past most of us have attributed this to power-users just doing more than their “stock” counterparts. Other theories include overclocking, boosting radio power, and even custom apps or drivers that could be chewing up excess cycles as the source of the power drain.
While all of those are potentially valid possibilities, there could be a simple, yet technical reason for the drain: your battery isn’t telling the [...]
It’s only been a matter of days since with saw the CyanogenMod team come out with CM7 RC3, and now the popular custom Android build based on Gingerbread has gotten one step closer to a final version with Release Candidate 4 coming out tonight.
RC4 is, unsurprisingly, a relatively small update. After all, these RC builds are supposed to be more or less what you’ll get in the final edition of CyanogenMod 7, and are just to iron out a few of the remaining bugs. Many of the improvements won’t have any impact on your smartphone, as they focus mainly on tablet-based [...]