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 [...]
The Samsung Conquer 4G, announced by Sprint on August 5, is by no means a powerhouse. It packs a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.5-inch HVGA display, and WiMAX support.
However, Sprint is preparing a very sweet deal on the phone. If you purchase a Samsung Conquer 4G from the carrier between January 8 and March 10 for $49.99 (instead of $99.99), Sprint will throw an additional one in for free. You’ll still have to sign a two-year contract with the Now Network but the offer is nevertheless attractive for those who are new to the world of smartphones.
Nokia didn’t plan on officially bringing the Lumia 800 Windows Phone to the American market. Instead, they went with the Lumia 710 which will be available from T-Mobile as of the second week of January (and hopefully some other, higher end Windows Phone, regardless of its name).
However, if you’ve liked the looks of the Nokia N9 and you wanted to have a similar phone running Windows Phone, you must know that the Lumia 800 has been available on Amazon for quite some time now. The price wasn’t the best out there but now you can grab the device for a more [...]
Microsoft was looking for a Software Engineer — the position has already been filled — via a posting on Microsoft Careers from which we understand that Windows Phone will probably get backup and restore functionalities in the year to come.
With Mango, Microsoft managed to bring a lot of missing features to the table but the ability to backup and restore in a convenient way is still missing. The person who filled the spot will be part of the Windows Phone Backup, Migrate and Restore team and will focus on delivering a way for users to “quickly and seamlessly get [...]
The LG E906 Windows Phone, also known as the Jil Sander device running the 7.5 Mango iteration of the Redmond Platform, has been available in the U.K. via e-tailer eXpansys for quite some time. However, if you wanted to purchase the phone and you, for whatever reason, did not until now, this one’s for you.
eXpansys has discounted the phone from the initial £299.99 (that’s around $465) to £149.99 (roughly $230). The price is for a contract-free SIM-unlocked device and is a pretty attractive one. For your money you get Windows Phone 7.5 Mango running on a phone which [...]
Nokia entering the Windows Phone game, while waved-off by some, is applauded by many and the first two devices to come from the Espoo-based company running the Redmond-made platform are enjoying great popularity and feedback from the market.
However, by the time Nokia Windows Phones reach the Chinese market — which recently became the largest mobile market on the planet — in the second half of 2012, the Finnish phone maker will be definitely facing fierce competition. Windows Phones made by prestigious manufacturers like Samsung and HTC will give Nokia a hard time on [...]
“All HTC Android devices launched after September 2011 are unlockable“, said HTC in an official statement, adding all the phones in the above-mentioned category to the list on HTCdev.com.
Thankfully, HTC’s changes to the site also include the addition of two phones released prior to September 2011: the HTC Thunderbolt and the Incredible 2. If the hacks and tweaks you wanted to apply were stopped by the locked bootloader, you can now unlock your phones, given you understand that this voids your warranty. As far as Verizon is concerned, HTC either found a way [...]
You might wait for Google to release an official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the Nexus S 4G or, if you are techy and adventurous, you can check out two customs ROMs already out there for the phone that will bring you all the ICS goodness.
There are currently two flavors: those who like an experience as close to stock as possible could check out the AOSP 4.0.3 ROM; if more customization, bells and whistles are your thing, there’s a MIUI ROM based on Android 4.0.3 with everything working but WiMAX. The official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the Google [...]
McAfee needs no introduction and, in their report entitled “2012 Threats Predictions”, the company details some security threats regarding to the mobile world. They are forecasting “a move toward mobile-banking attacks” in the year to come.
The reports talks about Android malware that is already known (Android/DrdDream, Android/DrdDreamLite, Android/Geinimi, Android/Toplank and Android/DroidKungFu) and tells us how “attackers have moved on from simple destructive malware to spyware and malware that makes them money”.
“In 2012 we [...]
Cracked applications for Apple’s iOS have found a home in Apptrackr’s index but Apple isn’t just sitting on the sidelines. According to a recent blog post from the creators Apptrackr, Cupertino is laying down as much roadbumps as possible.
“Apple has been severely scraping Apptrackr for links and sending huge takedown notices for a lot of content”, says the blog post. Cupertino has to fight in order to protect the platform and its developers from what seems to be already a problem. Apptrackr on the other hand is also making a couple of moves in [...]
All Things D published and interview with Christy Wyatt, Motorola’s corporate vice president and general manager for mobile devices. Wyatt gave some details regarding how Motorola is regarding and planning on playing in the mobile space.
While “there’s a very strong device vendor already behind the firewall”, said Wyatt clearly referring to RIM, Motorola is planning on targeting enterprise consumers with its products. They already focus on QWERTY-enabled Android phones and want to “have the greatest market share behind the firewall”. [...]
Apple’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, Sir Jonathan Ive, is responsible for some great designs over the years with the company, including the iPhone.
He received the Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire title in the 2012 New Year Honours list for his services to design. Ive declared he was “both humbled and sincerely grateful” and, while Mr. Ive can now call himself Sir Ive, he said the honor is “absolutely thrilling” and that he is “keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of [...]
One very nice new feature in Ice Cream Sandwich is the Movie Studio video editor. It’s similar to other mobile device video editors like the one that comes with the Nokia N8 and Apple’s iMovie which you can buy for the iPhone on the App Store. You’ve got all the basic functions like combining different video clips, adding titles, transitions, and a few simple effects. Android’s Movie Studio works quite well, but often times you’ll have to wait for a command to be applied and the progress bar is very small and difficult to even notice.
In this episode of the Android Application Weekly we demonstrate some apps that will keep you entertained, let you share large files through email, and create custom vibration patterns for your contacts. To download these directly to your Android smartphone or tablet just take a picture of the QR-Code using Google Goggles or any other QR-Code scanner or click on the app title link to be taken directly to the Android Market.
ViBe A lite and $4.00 full version
We have assigned custom ringtones and custom photos to our contacts and now we can create custom vibration [...]
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, [...]
The Motorola Droid 4 is definitely going to be crowned 2011’s most leaked and anticipated Smartphone that never got released in 2011. Now, let’s forget about all the spy shots for a minute because this time a real Demo unit was leaked and photographed extensively. Sadly, this is just a dummy unit, but it does include a lot of the details we’re looking for regarding looks and specs.
As for all the good specs, this device rocks: – 1.2GHz dual-core processor – 1GB of RAM – 16GB of built-in storage – microSD expansion – [...]
What’s better than enjoying the countdown for the new year in Times Square? Well, your ability to do it and share it with your family and friends over a Skype video call, FaceTime or any other data hungry video calling service.
Skype, now owned by Microsoft, just decided to give you a full 24 hours of free Wi-Fi on December 31st, all throughout Manhattan and certain other neighborhoods like: Times Square (of course), West Village, East Village, South Village, Greenwich Village, NoHo, SoHo, Lower East Side, Clinton, Chelsea, Union Square, Midtown, Midtown South, Murray [...]
Well don’t say we didn’t tell you; Verizon’s plan to charge everyone a $2 convenience fee for single bill payments online or by the phone was insane, and customers sure told them. According to Verizon, they’re withdrawing from the fee citing negative customer feedback. What did they expect?
Now the reasons go far beyond that remark. This $2 convenience fee caught the eye of federal regulators. According to Reuters, an FCC spokesperson said that: “on behalf of American consumers, we’re concerned about Verizon’s actions and are looking [...]
Why go for the new refreshed 8GB iPhone 4, when you can go for a 32GB iPhone 4 and get the second one free on Best Buy. That’s right, it seems there was a little bit of an over-stock that the dudes in blue and yellow need to get rid of, and the deal is quite good.
This deal is only available today and tomorrow at Best Buy stores. You pay $200 plus a two-year contract on the first phone, and you’ll get the second phone for free, though you’ll still have to sign a two-year contract for the second phone also. Since the differences between the iPhone 4S and the 4 [...]
Well, another try is mostly considered no real effort at all. If we remember, LG announced a Smartphone back at CES 2011 that ran the Intel Atom Moorestown x86 Architecture. Android was fit to run the new processor, but the Smartphone was sadly ditched because of a weird “lack of marketability”, though we’re still not sure if this was on LG’s or Intel’s behalf.
Now after we recently heard that Intel is planning to get serious about mobile, recent reports from the Korea Times mention that LG and Intel will give this whole idea a second try. [...]
If you’re a fan of doing more with your Android device than it was intended to do, you’ve most probably run into a soft brick at some point. That’s the specific point where you grab your hair, panic, and begin asking yourself what you were thinking of. Well, lucky for those who own a Motorola Droid RAZR, Bionic and the Atrix 2, that fear of sudden smartphone death can be cured with a little life support from their recently leaked Fastboot files.
That’s right, the folks at XDA-Developers have done it again. Make sure you hit the links for the specific [...]
WhatsApp for Windows Phone continues to get its version updates and it’s definitely good to see that the application is slowly but surely getting new functionalities, even if they’re not major.
The refresh which bumps the version numbers from 1.4.0 to 1.5.0 brings the ability to create and modify group chats. There are also hyperlinks in the chat page and the performance improvements include the ability to delete large conversations, faster insertion and removal of messages to and from local storage as well as a quicker way of creating favorites. If you are using [...]
The MeeGo-powered Nokia N9, basically the twin brother of the Lumia 800 Windows Phone, is available in the U.K. via etailers like eXpansys. Usually the phone goes £454.99 (around $700) but if you hurry you might grab it at a much lower price.
The pink one goes for £369.99 (roughly $570) and the cyan for £379.99 (around $585). These are all 16GB versions but if you prefer to have more storage and opt for the 64GB variant, you’ll have to spend £579.99 (around $895). These prices are for unlocked phones with no contract and checking out the source links below you can also see [...]