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3 years ago

RUUs, ROMs not the target of takedown, HTC says

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HTC today responded to concerns about the future of custom ROMs after a site that was hosting ROM Update Utility files -- HTC's proprietary full restore files -- received a takedown letter from a lawyer representing the manufacture. The site -- HTCRUU.com -- posted the apparent exchange at Reddit (and was later picked up by Rootzwiki). HTC on its blog today explains that it was the branding -- the use of the HTC logo along with the domain name -- that was really at issue. 

Wrote HTC:

The issue with the site in question was NOT that it provided custom ROMs or RUUs. The site used HTC trademarks without a license from HTC. The domain name contained ‘HTC’ and it used HTC logos, making it appear to be an official HTC website. Like any other company, we must protect our trademarks and brand. We cannot risk being associated with, and held liable for, software that we don’t have any control over that’s put onto an HTC device through a third party.

Stockpiling RUUs remains a bit of a gray area -- we've seen other sites taken down over the years -- but HTC pointed to its bootloader unlocking problem (which remains subject to the whim of its clients -- the carriers) as proof that it's committed to the modding community that that "we think the custom ROM community is valuable to the overall health of the Android ecosystem, and we have no intention of abandoning them."

Source: HTC

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3 years ago

Windows Phone-using Gmailers get a reprieve

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Google extends EAS sevice through July; Microsoft says it'll update to CalDav/CardDAV

Google is making a nice gesture today by extending the cutoff point for using EAS (Exchange Active Sync) to sync Google services to Windows Phone devices until July 31, 2013. If you'll recall back to December 2012, Google swiftly pulled support for EAS on Windows Phones, with the service set to expire today, January 30th. Google's hope was to move everyone over to using IMAP -- along with CalDAV and CardDAV for contacts and calendar -- to sync all types of devices. Because Android and iOS both support IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV there were no issues to be had. Windows Phone, on the other hand, didn't have the extra protocols ready to go and was about to leave new customers out in the cold when they went to add Google accounts to their devices.

Luckily for both Microsoft and its customers, the new deal extends EAS support for Google Account syncing another 6 months. This will give Microsoft time to properly integrate CalDAV and CardDAV into Windows Phone, so that when this new extended cutoff period ends users will not be losing any features.

Source: Official Windows Phone Blog; More: WPCentral

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3 years ago

Android 4.2.1 pushing for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus

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It's been a scant couple of weeks since the Sprint Galaxy Nexus saw an update to Android 4.2. Today it's got another update rolling out. This one brings things to Android 4.2.1 build JRO03U.L700GA02) and includes the following:

  • Redesigned camera interface and new Photo Sphere feature (a 360-degree panorama mode)
  • Notifications Shade accessible by swiping top screen edge downwards; swipe down with two fingers to view notifications; tap the notification to expand and take action on it.
  • Lockscreen widgets to access certain apps without unlocking the screen; sidescroll right for camera or left for other widgets (time and weather, gmail, etc.)

You can snag the update over the air (hit your settings>about menu for that), or download manually from Google and apply  it that way. (If you need help with that, hit up this thread in our forums.)

Note that this update is for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus and not the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Repeat: Verizon's Galaxy Nexus has not been updated. Still.

Get help in our Sprint Galaxy Nexus forumsMore at Sprint

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3 years ago

Waste time and flex your brain with Shift It

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There's no shortage of quick and fun puzzle games on Android, and Shift It still stands out as a great one. When you start up Shift It and play the first level, you'll instantly draw comparisons to the paradigm of a Rubik's cube. The basic idea of the game is to take the nine section grid of different colored blocks, and move it around so that the blocks of the same color are all connected. You are faced with a 2D view, but the blocks are effectively 3D -- moving blocks off of one edge, you will see them reappear on the other side.

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3 years ago

Specs battle: BlackBerry Z10 vs. the best of Android

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Comparing the Z10 to the Galaxy S3 and others

Now that BlackBerry has finally managed to get some new hardware out the door, it's time to put it up against the best of Android. The BlackBerry Z10 is your basic black-slab phone, not unlike what we've come to know and love (or at least accept as standard design) with Android devices the past couple years. 

The specs probably won't send your jaw toward the floor or anything, but then again they're not really supposed to.

After the break, we've got a full breakdown of the BlackBerry Z10 (and read CB's full Z10 review if you get a minute) versus the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC Droid DNA, Motorola RAZR MAXX HD and the Nexus 4.

And be sure to hit up our pals at CrackBerry for all the latest BB10 news.

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3 years ago

Carbon backup app launches on Google Play [updated]

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Update: Whoops. Koush sends word that Carbon wasn't quite ready to go when we posted and that the folks in the forums spotted it early. It's now "live" live, so make sure you have the most recent version.

After a couple of weeks in beta, Koushik Dutta -- aka Koush -- has released his Carbon backup app on Google Play. The app uses Android's built-in backup feature to sync apps -- and crucially, app data -- to the SD card or cloud storage. If you're rooted, you just need the app itself. If not, there's an accompanying desktop app that can help you sync an unrooted phone.

A word of warning for Motorola users -- the app isn't available for Moto devices due to a bug in these phones which prevents Android's backup features from working correctly. A manual download link is provided on the Play Store listing for those running custom ROMs, or anyone who just wants to try anyway.

Carbon comes in two flavors -- there's a free version, which offers an basic ad-supported service. Then there's an ad-free premium version, which costs $4.99 and adds in more advanced stuff like Android-to-Android sync and cloud storage sync.

Both apps are available for phones running Android 4.0 or above -- hit the Google Play link above to grab the basic version, or head over here for the premium version.

via Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Android and BlackBerry 10: How they stack up

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It’s BlackBerry 10 day today, and you knew we had to take a few minutes to see just what BlackBerry has to offer. Right off the bat, we’re going to say it’s good enough to keep folks still using the BlackBerry platform happy that they hung around, and probably even tempt a few people to give BlackBerry a try for the first time. Kevin has a good look at the hardware and some of the UI and features in the video. Give it a watch, then join us after the break we can see how it all matches up to Android.

For more info, be sure to check out CrackBerry's reviews:

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 back on sale at UK Google Play Store (Update: France too)

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Update: The Nexus 4 is back on sale through Google Play in France too, with a 2-3 week shipping period.

Brits, here's your first chance of the year to get hold of a Nexus 4 at the crazy-low Google Play Store price. As before, prices are £239 for 8GB, or £279 for 16GB. Phones ordered today are scheduled to ship within 1-2 weeks.

And if you're in the U.S., the Nexus 4 still appears to be on sale stateside, and the links above are valid for you, too. If you're seeing the Nexus 4 for sale on any other regions' Google Play Stores, be sure to hit the comments and let us know!

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3 years ago

ZTE teases Grand Memo for Mobile World Congress

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Because it's never too early to start pimping hashtags, ZTE this morning sent out invites to its Mobile World Congress press event on Feb. 25, promising to show a new Android device in the ZTE Grand Memo (which it recently showed off in Hong Kong), as well as a phone with the fledgling Mozilla OS. The hashtags, of course, are #ztegrandmemo and #ztemozilla.

Mobile World Congress runs Feb. 25-28 in Barcelona, Spain. We'll be there, of course, to bring you the whole thing.

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3 years ago

This is the white Nexus 4

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Just hours after we got our first look at the LG Nexus 4 in white, we have an even clearer look at the new color option for the device. These latest pics come from Vietnamese site Tinh tế, and show the white Nexus from a variety of angles. As with earlier white Nexus phones, only the back part changes color, with the front face remaining pitch black.

At the right angle it's possible to make our the "crystal reflection process" (sparkly) back, just as on the black model. And the camera and lens trim are reflective, in contrast to the black trims on the original. So from a design perspective, it's the same old Nexus 4 we know and love.

There's no indication as to when -- or even if -- the white Nexus 4 will be due for public release, but we're sure it'll sell out just as fast as the current model if it ever does. We'll keep you posted with any further details that emerge. In the meantime you'll find more pics after the break, and at the source link.

Source: Tinh tế, via: SlashGear

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3 years ago

US Cellular wants to pay you $300 to switch carriers

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U.S. Cellular is hoping to compel some users to head over to its network by offering $300 to families that bring along two or more lines and activate a smartphone. The incentive comes in the form of a prepaid MasterCard debit card, which is probably better than other ways they could've done it, although we may have preferred to have it put on your bill as a credit for service.

The promotion U.S. Cellular is running right now also includes several other incentives. New and existing customers living in LTE markets can take advantage of the carrier's unlimited data plans for $40 per month. The carrier says that 58-percent of its customers currently have LTE coverage, and that number will be almost 90-percent by the end of 2013. There are a few device discounts going on currently as well, with the Huawei Ascend Y for $0.01 and the Samsung Galaxy S III (with LTE) for $149.99.

If you've been thinking about moving to U.S. Cellular, now may be the time. These smaller and regional carriers tend to put together some pretty decent incentive packages to get new customers in.

Source: U.S. Cellular

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3 years ago

Cameringo update fixes sharing intents, bugs

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We took a look at Cameringo a couple days ago, and the one issue we had was that sharing intents didn't work. Thankfully the developer has made a couple updates in the last day, fixing a few issues including sharing. We've gone through version 1.1 and 1.2 in the last 24 hours, and both have brought notable updates. 1.1 brought improved rendering on HTC devices and other internal improvements, and 1.2 fixed the sharing bug. The developer has been quick to respond to bug reports and get these fixes out quickly, which is great to see.

The end result is that Cameringo's UI has improved notably. Gone is the legacy menu key, and the UI elements to control settings and to capture photos are now transparent, giving you a full-screen viewfinder. When taking a shot you can now properly share that image to any available app, and the picture will actually come along.

As we said in our initial look at the app, it has a lot of great things about it that make it worth the $1.00 to purchase. Now with these improvements and bug fixes it's really a no-brainer if you're looking to add filters to your photos.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile looks to be testing LTE in Kansas City

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T-Mobile is in the midst of some sort of LTE testing in and around Kansas City, according to a poster at XDA forums. These screenshots show an unlocked AT&T Galaxy Note (the original SGH I717 Note) using the T-Mobile network, and as you can see they suggest an LTE connection. While the first screenshot is familiar to us all, the second screenshot, the one of the device ServiceMode settings, is the one to focus on. It's a bit nerdy, but what you're seeing is a device on Band IV LTE (that's the 1700 and 2100 MHZ bands), on a 5x5 MHz configuration. The theoretical maximum of such a network would be 37 mbps download and 12 mbps upload. Worth noting, the poster clarified that he was using the standard T-Mobile APN setting, meaning that anyone in the vicinity with the correct hardware should see similar results.

It also shows speeds much slower than the current HSPA+ network many T-Mobile customers enjoy, but remember -- this is just a test. I imagine when we see a fully deployed 10x10Mhz LTE network from T-Mobile, things will be a good bit faster -- until people start using it. We'll keep an eye out for it, right along with you guys.

Source: XDA; via Tmo News

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3 years ago

Zombie Road Trip might make you love zombie games again

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Ready for yet another zombie themed game for your phone or tablet? Yeah, I'm getting a little burnt on the whole zombie kitsch myself, too. But this one's actually a good zombie themed game, and one you'll want to try.

Zombie Road Trip has a simple, yet familiar premise -- stay away from zombies that will eat you, and kill the ones that get in your path. Sounds familiar, right? Now imagine instead of running away, you're driving a dump truck that can do mid-air stunts and flips -- with a machine gun mounted on the hood. Now we're talking. Add in the upgradeable equipment, and easy controls and you have what I call a winner. Play it for ten minutes, and I think you'll agree.

Zombie Road Trip is an endless style game, where the gameplay only stops if you get eaten by the zombie horde that's trailing you. While you race for your life, you'll be faced with zombies in all shapes and sizes coming at you, just waiting for you to tap the screen and fire your weapon. You can mow them down (what good is a dump truck if you can't turn the bad guys into a bloody smear with it?), but this also slows you down. Slow players and fast zombie hordes make for a short game. While you're driving through the various terrain, you can flip and do stunts each time you get airborne. Each stunt you successfully pull off, or zombie you kill gives you coins which you can use to buy stuff to better kill zombies with. If you're impatient, you can also buy the coins via an in-app purchase.

The controls, as mentioned, are easy -- tap the bottom right to tilt clockwise, and the bottom left tilts you counter clockwise. Tapping anywhere on the screen fires your weapon. Controls that are easy to learn and master are a must for touch screen gaming and Zombie Road Trip does a great job here. This is a fun little game that you'll be able to play during those times when you only have a few minutes to kill, as well as when it's play time and you're up for a serious gaming session. It's free, runs on Gingerbread and higher, and you can grab it at the link above. Hit the break for some screenshots and the trailer video.

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3 years ago

Motorola RAZR i getting Jelly Bean update, starting in France

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Looks like the Intel-powered Motorola RAZR i is finally getting that promised Jelly Bean update. French RAZR i owners over on XDA are reporting that they've received the 300MB over-the-air upgrade, bringing the phone up to Android version 4.1.2. The RAZR i wasn't exactly a sluggish handset when we reviewed it on ICS back in September, but the phone should benefit from improved performance through Google's "Project Butter" enhancements. In addition, RAZR i owners will get the new Google Search app with Google Now, and a redesigned notification area with expandable notifications.

There aren't any reports of users outside of France getting the RAZR i Jelly Bean update just yet, so don't panic if you're not seeing the update on your handset right away. Moto often takes its time getting updates finalized for different countries and carriers, so it could a few more weeks before everyone's gotten this latest OTA.

Source: XDA; via: Frandroid

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