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3 years ago

From the Android Forums: Would an HTC One XL ROM work on the AT&T One X?

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Sddfdds asks in the Android Central forums,

Just thinking out loud ... would this be possible? Take the XL ROM from HTC (do they provide stock (stock Sense that is) images for their phones in the same way you can get them from Google for the Nexii?) and slap it onto the AT&T One X to get rid of whatever crap they put onto it, and even do the occasional free tether in a pinch? (Do the HTC ROMs have the stock android tether app?)

It might work. I know that's not much of an answer, but every One XL and the AT&T One X may not be identical. Different LTE frequencies may need different equipment, and there's a chance that we'll see several different versions of HTC One XL hardware, with the AT&T version matching some of it (Rogers in Canada comes to mind), or not matching any of it. Hopefully, this isn't the case, but until the "right" people get in there and dig around, the safe bet is to consider the possibility of two (or more) separate animals. Yeah, it can get confusing. The good news is that even of they are different, developers will be able to use bits and pieces of both. This is all hypothetical, as HTC really has no incentive to sell an unbranded, unlocked LTE phone. 

HTC probably won't provide images for the One X or XL the way we see Google provide them. They aren't required to, and with so much proprietary software at play we don't see them bucking the trend any time soon. Chances are someone will be able to leak out RUUs, they seem to get them for every HTC phone, so there will be a "stock" image out there, albeit not necessarily factory authorized.

My best advice, without knowing how everything will play out, is to prepare to root and install custom software if you plan on changing things. You'll be voiding any warranty by swapping out to an XL image anyway, and this way you'll find exactly the options you're looking for. The AT&T version of the One X is bound to be a popular device, and hacking at it will follow shortly after release. 

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3 years ago

Samsung announces Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge winners!

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The Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge of which our very own Phil Nickinson was a judge, has now concluded, and the winners have been announced. The grand prize winner has scored $100,000 with second place pulling in $50,00 and third taking home $20,000. The goal was to create apps that make use of the Samsung Galaxy Note's S Pen in unique ways and according to Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile the results exceeded expectations both in terms of quantity and quality. So who won? Check out the list below:

  • Best Overall App – Grand Prize - $100,000 “Monkey Write * Learn Chinese” by Chiu-ki Chan (Square Island LLC): Learn to write Chinese with Monkey Write – a game that makes it fun to learn. Chinese characters are written in a specific order to give them structure. Follow the stroke numbers to learn to write each character.
  • Best Overall App – Second Prize - $50,000 “Maze Racer” by Roger Peters (SmartyPantsGaming) and David McCanless: Maze Racer is a simple maze inspired game where you draw a line from start to finish. In Maze Racer, you get rewarded stars based on how quickly you reach the finish. Maze Racer is optimized for precision from the S-Pen over traditional finger input.
  • Best Overall App – Third Prize - $25,000 “Drawing Pad” by Christopher Lott and Daren Murtha (Murtha Design): Drawing Pad is a mobile art studio with a beautiful user interface that puts the fun into creating art. Drawing Pad provides amazing realistic textured brushes with the pressure sensitivity data of the S Pen.
  • Popular Choice - $2,000 and a Galaxy Note - “SignDoc Mobile” by Softpro North America: Professionally capture user handwritten signature using pressure sensitivity of the S Pen

In addition to the top three winners and the popular choice award, Samsung also opened up a segment for honorable mentions where the winners took home $2,000 and a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note. Congrats to winners! You can check out the full press release beyond the break.

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3 years ago

Verizon drops the price of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus by $100, pick one up now for only $199

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Just in case you're on Verizon and haven't picked up a Verizon Galaxy Nexus as of yet, Verizon is making it harder to resist. What originally started off as a $299 buy in cost has now been dropped by $100 making the grand total of picking one up only $199 with a new two-year contract. We're gonna go out on a limb and say Sprint might have had something to do with the price drop but however you want to look at it, a savings of $100 is something to be happy about. If for whatever reason you avoided the Galaxy Nexus thus far, have a look at our full review and then hit the link below if you're going to be picking one up.

Source: Verizon; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Android Central weekly photo contest winner: Shapes and texture

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Join me in congratulating the winner of last weeks photo contest, jumboadam. This picture of an old railing, taken with the Motorola Droid X, really captures the ideas of shape and texture, is nice and clear, and visually appealing. Those are the kinds of pics we're looking for each week. Nice work jumboadam, watch the email inbox you used to register for the site for info about your prize.

The entries this week were absolutely amazing, as many a comment in the contest thread agrees with. We'll have a new one set up soon, so keep practicing and playing with the different settings and effects on your Android camera. We like it when you guys "wow" us! Hit the break to see the rest of the top 10, in no particular order.

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3 years ago

Cincinnati Bell pushing Ice Cream Sandwich to HTC Sensation users

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Cincinnati Bell has announced the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Sensation starts rolling out today. Sensation owners will get updated to Android 4.0.3, but there's no word on what version of HTC Sense to expect. We're fairly certain it will be 3.6, just like the other Sensations received. The OTA starting today is expected to be completed by April 30. Cinci Bell also stresses that users will not have to visit a store, nor will they lose any data during the update. Interestingly, they also state that customers don't have to update their phones, which is in contrast to most carriers who require the latest official version for any technical support. Holler out if you see this one!

Source: Facebook; More: Sensation forums;
thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

AC forum member goes hands-on with the AT&T HTC One X

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With HTC One X demo units now appearing in some AT&T stores, one Android Central reader has taken it upon himself to go hands-on with the upcoming device. Forum member ​garment69​ has written up a quick report over in the AC HTC One X forum based on his time playing with the demo unit. Among the highlights, he says, are the phone's 720p SuperLCD 2 display and the general responsiveness. And as we said in our review, the One X captures images at a fantastic speed thanks to HTC's ImageSense tech.

On the negative side, our forum member wasn't too happy with HTC's app-switching setup, or the fact that the AT&T One X is left with under 10GB of internal storage for personal files (compare that to the 25GB or so on the international Tegra 3 version).

For more AT&T One X impressions from garment69​, be sure to check the forum thread linked below. The phone became available to pre-order yesterday, and is due to launch on May 6.

Source: Android Central forums: AT&T HTC One X hands-on

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3 years ago

Sprint officially reminds us the Epic 4G Touch is getting Ice Cream Sandwich

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That the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch is getting Ice Cream Sandwich shouldn't be a surprise -- we've already seen several leaked builds make their way out. But if case you need something more official in the way of an announcement, Sprint's just given it in its community forums.

Sprint will begin to roll out Google's latest version of Android™, Ice Cream Sandwich, to our customers in 2012. Ice Cream Sandwich will be available via an over-the-air update to a variety of devices including Galaxy™ S II, Epic™ 4G Touch and Nexus S™ and other key products in our line-up. Stay tuned for more details and exact timing.

The Nexus S 4G (never mind that Sprint calls it a mere "Nexus S" here), of course, is already getting its ICS update. So there's not a whole lot of meat here. But some word is better than none.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Vodafone UK to carry the 'next Galaxy' from Samsung

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It's not often that a network boasts that it'll carry an unannounced phone with no name, no official specs and no release date, but the Galaxy S III next Galaxy is no ordinary phone. Vodafone UK is the first carrier to confirm it'll offer Samsung's upcoming flagship device, about which we've heard plenty of leaked details, but nothing official.

It's not too surprising to hear that Voda will range the device -- we're expecting to see it on every British network, 'cause that's how we do things on this side of the pond. In any case, if you're due an upgrade on Vodafone and fancy a bit of Galaxy S III, then you can sleep a little sounder tonight.

Source: Vodafone UK

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3 years ago

HTC developing a new SoC with ST-Ericsson

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HTC continues to branch out.  After being a Qualcomm-centric handset maker they decided to source SoC's from more than one source, deciding to go with nVidia's Tegra 3 for the international version of the One X.  Well it looks like HTC is looking to take the next logical step and create an SoC of their own.  Only this isn't for their flagship phones.  It's for the mid and low-end devices, which is a market HTC has dabbled in, but not really competed with the likes of LG, Huawei, and to a lesser extent, Samsung.

HTC is making moves to become more and more like Samsung and Apple, both of which produce their own SoC's.  In the long run this could give HTC an advantage over other handset makers by giving them more control over hardware and cost.

Source: Unwired View

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3 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE outed on DroidDoes site

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Update: And it's been pulled. But not quickly enough.

We've been hearing rumors of a third Droid Incredible for some time, and today it looks like the device has been outed a little early on Verizon's "Droid Does" site. Head to droiddoes.com/droidincredible4g and sure enough, you'll find images and specs for the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE.

The new Incredible's specs are a close match of one of HTC's new high-end GSM phones, the One S. It's got a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, a 4-inch qHD SuperLCD display, and on the software side it's running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4. It's rocking the same dual and rear camera setup as the One S too, with a VGA front-facer and an 8MP rear camera, presumably the same HTC ImageSense shooter that's found on the manufacturer's other 2012 handsets. The site says it'll come in at $299 on contract, which is in line with other leading Verizon devices.

We've got a full list of specs after the break. But do note that we're still waiting on official word from Verizon, so specs and pricing could still change.

Thanks @joshgatewood!

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 3D Max now available in Europe

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Having announced the device during Mobile World Congress the folks from LG have slowly been rolling out the LG Optimus Max 3D and now it's time for it to land in Europe. The phone's arrival in Europe signals the global launch of the second-generation 3D device from LG and as noted by Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company:

“This device has evolved significantly since we introduced the first Optimus 3D at Mobile World Congress in 2011. Our second generation glasses-free 3D smartphone is as thin and light as any other high-end smartphone while still delivering a spectacular picture in either 2D or 3D.”

We took a hands-on look at the LG Optimus Max 3D shortly after it was announced and noticed quite a few software improvements that made the overall experience better then its predecessor. However, we came to the conclusion that if you didn't buy into the whole 3D thing before, you're not likely to with this device either. You can catch the full press release from LG past the break, though it does seem a little short on release info and pricing.

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3 years ago

Samsung releases Galaxy S III teaser video

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Following on from yesterday's teaser site countdown, Samsung has today unveiled the first trailer for its upcoming flagship smartphone, presumed to be the Galaxy S III. The video offers little in the way of new information, mostly showing off a range of galactic imagery, along with the blue and white metallic pebbles we're all familiar with from last week's press invite. And there's the obligatory swipe at Apple near the end (we won't spoil it).

Check past the break for the full video. We'll be live from London on May 3 to bring you all the developments as they happen.

Source: TheNextGalaxy.com

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3 years ago

Yes, the Sprint Galaxy Nexus is a Nexus; no, you can't build it from AOSP

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With the Sprint Galaxy Nexus finally seeing its release today, it's worth a reminder of where, exactly, it stands in the world of Nexus and the Android Open Source Project. And Google's Jean-Baptiste Queru has done exactly that this weekend.

The short version is that, no, you can't compile a pure AOSP build for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus directly from Google. That's because there are licensing issues with some files for CDMA devices that keeps the code from being released under AOSP. And because compiling without those files would leave you with a phone that doesn't quite work (if data and voice are important features, anyway), it remains not quite as open-source as GSM Nexus devices. That's just the way it is.

This isn't new, of course. It's what got folks all sorts of frustrated earlier this year when Google changed up the AOSP documentation and everyone went off half-cocked about whether Verizon's Galaxy Nexus was a real Nexus, or whether Google still supported CDMA devices or whatever.

To recap: Yes, the Sprint Galaxy Nexus is a "Nexus." Yes, it's supported by Google. Yes, it'll likely get newer versions of Android more quickly than other devices. (And maybe even more quickly than GSM versions.) Is it something to stay up nights worrying about? Nope.

Source: +JBQ

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3 years ago

Bell set to release the HTC One V on May 3

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Some good news for those of you interested in the HTC One V who also happen to be Canadian. Bell will have the device available as of May 3 according to the information above and while pricing isn't shown here, it is expected to come in under $300 given the fact it is considered the entry level offering in the One series. If Bell isn't your preferred carrier, you can hold off and wait, as TELUS is expected to have the device eventually, but currently there is no timeframe for their release.

Need more info, or are you on the fence and not sure what to expect? Check out full review of the HTC One V via the link below.

Read our full HTC One V Review

Source: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

Galaxy Nexus, Viper and Optimus Elite now available on Sprint

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Today sees the launch of three new smartphones on Sprint's network. First up is Google's current flagship device, the Galaxy Nexus. Sprint has the CDMA/LTE variant, which is very similar to the Verizon LTE version currently doing the rounds in the U.S. There's the same 720p HD SuperAMOLED display and 1.2GHz dual-core CPU that GNex owners have been enjoying since late 2011, and we're sure Sprint customers will be eager to get their hands on their very own version of the current Android flagship.

Next up is the LG Viper, an entry-level 4G LTE device for customers looking for a good all-round LTE smartphone. Inside you'll find a 1.2GHz dual-core processor along with NFC, Google Wallet and hotspot capability on top of a 4-inch WVGA NOVA display.

Finally, there's the Optimus Elite, which we got to play with just a few days ago at its launch event.  It's definitely an entry-level device, with a 3.5-inch HVGA display and 5MP camera. But if you're not looking for anything too fancy from your Android smartphone experience, you could definitely do a lot worse.

Hit the source link find out more on each of these new handsets.

Buy now: Sprint

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