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3 years ago

AT&T One X prototype may mean early access for hackery

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Whenever a hot new HTC device is on the way, a portion of potential buyers are only interested in one thing -- how long until it's rooted and the bootloader is cracked? The AT&T One X is no exception, and many of us drooling over it already have grand plans to hack the daylights out of the damn thing until it cries uncle. That's what we do, and we'll never stop. But that means time spent finding exploits (which very smart people at HTC are busy to prevent), bricking devices, and general headache until HTC throws us a bone with their bootloader unlocking tool. Part of me is sure they chuckle a bit when we can't get them cracked (I know I would), and they have a sly smile when they finally upload the tools to get it done. It's cat and mouse, and they likely have as much fun on their end as we do on ours -- at heart software engineers are hackers, too.

The AT&T One X may get haxxored sooner rather than later, as a lucky user ended up with a prototype with full S-OFF in the bootloader. He's currently looking for help getting things dumped and sent to the people who know what to do with these sorts of things, and should they succeed a fantastic new phone will be putty in the hands of developers. If not, we just have to wait. Here's hoping!

Anyhoo, if you can help, or know someone who can help, hit the link below and chime in. A few people looking to buy this one will be grateful.

Source: XDA-Developers

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3 years ago

Friendcaster for Facebook updated with refreshed UI, themes and realtime notifications

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For all you Facebook fans out there not overly pleased with Facebook for Android, Friendcaster for Facebook has always been a great alternative. The latest update pushes the release to v5.0 and brings some pretty nice changes along for the ride. Real-time notifications, new themes to choose from, a new check-in interface along with some Android 4.0 enhancements and memory improvements make it all a worthwhile update from OneLouder Apps. The update is available now in the Google Play Store where you'll also find the full change log. Jump on past the break for the download link.

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3 years ago

Cinemark debuts new Android app - Find theatres, purchase tickets & more

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Despite there being a ton of Android apps for movie discovery in the Google Play Store, there is still a clear demand for dedicated movie theater apps out there. With dedicated apps such as the newly released Cinemark Theaters you can find not only movies playing in your area but also purchase tickets directly from your smartphone and Cinemark has loaded their app with features:

  • Search for your preferred Cinemark theatre location
  • Purchase movie tickets securely
  • View your gift card balance
  • Search for movies Coming Soon
  • Search for movies Now Playing
  • View movie trailers
  • Share showtimes, theatre locations and movie via email, text, Facebook or Twitter

If your planning an outing to the movies, you can check out the app which is now available in the Google Play Store and you'll find the download past the break. Now, I know I won't be waiting in line when The Avengers comes out.

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3 years ago

Google CEO Larry Page on Android in 2012 - 850,000 devices activated daily, 300 carriers

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Google CEO Larry Page brought us his 2012 update on the state of Google to the Investor Relations blog today, and naturally he had a good bit to say about Android. Nestled among the status of things like search and Chrome, Page puts it plainly -- Android is on fire, and activating over 850,000 devices each day.

Android is on fire, and the pace of mobile innovation has never been greater. Over 850,000 devices are activated daily through a network of 55 manufacturers and more than 300 carriers. Android is a tremendous example of the power of partnership, and it just gets better with each version. The latest update, Ice Cream Sandwich, has a beautiful interface that adapts to the form of the device.  Whether it’s on a phone or tablet, the software works seamlessly.

He also reminisces about the early days of Google mobile products, where they had to build their services one phone at a time. Android's purpose was to bring forth a set of mobile standards that operators and manufacturers could build devices around, and with 55 OEMs, it looks like it's succeeding on that front as well.

Page also touches a bit on the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, stating that Google is "excited about the opportunities to build great devices capitalizing on the tremendous success and growth of Android and Motorola’s long history of technological innovation". But the open nature of Android, and the investment that other hardware vendors have made won't be forgotten, and he looks forward to working with everyone to continue the open ecosystem that is Android.

It's a refreshing read from the mind of Google's chief executive, and well worth the read. It's apparent that Page has his eyes on the future, and we're all in for a great ride. 

Source: Google Investor Relations

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3 years ago

Sprint Nexus S 4G finally gets its Ice Cream Sandwich update

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Sprint as announced the availability of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Nexus S 4G this afternoon. The version will be IMM76D, and it has the same 4.0.4 features as we've come to expect from the GSM versions of phones running it. Sprint hasn't gave an official timeline for when to expect the rollout, but we would suggest checking right about now to everyone who has been waiting. And don't forget -- if you get the update notice, hit one of the developers or forums advisers before you click anything if you want to help the community out by providing a download link.

For help getting back to stock, preparing for the OTA, or any questions about getting Ice Cream Sandwich on your NS4G officially, just hit the forums and holler. 

Source: Sprint; via +Steve McHenry

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 4G LTE promo video released, offers glimpse of possible 3D variant

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We've already explained how the EVO 4G LTE just might be better then the HTC One X and by now, you've already checked out our complete coverage from Sprints event yesterday but have you seen the EVO 4G LTE promo video yet? If not, go ahead and click on play above to dig in.

In a separate video (see it after the break), eagle-eyed viewers might also notice a few frames of what seems to be a 3D version of the new EVO, sporting the trademark dual rear camera setup. See this screenshot to the left? Skip to 25 seconds in, and you'll see what certainly looks like a 3D variant of the EVO 4G LTE was on the table at one point. 3D was nowhere to be found on the phone we saw saw in New York City yesterday, though, which instead sported the same 720p  SuperLCD 2 panel as the One X.

Souce: The Verge

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3 years ago

UK Motorola RAZR MAXX pre-order price emerges

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The Motorola RAZR MAXX is coming to the UK and Europe, without the battery-guzzling LTE radios of the Verizon version, but complete with the gianormous 3300mAh battery. Today British retailer Clove Technology give us the first indication of when we'll be able to get hold of the RAZR MAXX in the UK, and how much cash we'll be expected to part with.

Clove expects to stock the RAZR MAXX from mid-May, and lists a pre-order price of £359 (~$570) without VAT, or £430.80 including VAT. So it's clear that if you want the privilege of getting multiple days' usage on a single charge, you'll be expected to pay a significant premium over the the original GSM RAZR. That device currently sells for around £380 including VAT off-contract.

Pricing concerns aside, we're interested to see how long a plain old GSM/HSPA device on the MAXX's substantial battery pack. If anyone's interested in importing it into the US, the GSM RAZR MAXX's specs indicate it supports HSPA on 850 and 1900MHz, meaning it'll work on AT&T's 3G and "4G" network.

Source: Clove Technology

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3 years ago

US Cellular's Samsung Galaxy S Aviator available today

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US Cellular today has made available its first 4G LTE smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator. It's pretty darn close to the Droid Charge we know on Verizon, with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8MP rear camera, and it's running Android 2.3.6.

U.S. Cellular is using King Street Wireless as its LTE provider, and with cities in Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin currently seeing service. USCC will expand its LTE market the second half of the year to cover select cities in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. By the end of 2012, 54 percent of U.S. Cellular customers have LTE.

The Aviator is available today in stores and online for $199 on contract (after $100 rebate).

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3 years ago

The EVO 4G LTE isn't the HTC One X — it might be better

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"But I wanted the HTC One X!"

So we've noticed. But here's the deal, Sprint fans. You're getting the EVO 4G LTE. The Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE. And you know what? It might actually be better than the One X.

Crazy talk, I know. But think about it. No, wait. First, go back and read our HTC One X review. Now let's think about it. How much of the EVO 4G LTE (or the E4GLTE for not-so short) is exactly in line -- on paper, anyway -- with the One X? Quite a bit. And, more important, it's in line with features of the One X about which we're still shouting from the rooftops.

And it doesn't stop there. Consider:

  • Both have a 4.7-inch Super LCD2 display. It's gorgeous.
  • Both have 720x1280 resolution. Beat that.
  • Both have the Qualcomm S4 processor at 1.5 GHz. (Which, by the way, really isn't "slower" than the Tegra 3 variant because it has half the cores.)
  • Both have HTC's excellent new camera and app.
  • Both have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • Both have Sense 4.
  • Both have Beats Audio.
  • Both get you 25-gigabytes of online storage from Dropbox free for two years.

But, no. It's still not the One X.

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3 years ago

HTC One X and One S go on sale in Europe

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It seems like just days since we were at Mobile World Congress getting our grubby paws on the HTC One line for the first time. But today the series' two leading handsets, the HTC One X and One S, have officially launched, meaning you can walk into a store with a few hundred of your favorite currency and leave with the HTC One of your choice.

In the UK, O2, Three, Orange and Vodafone are taking orders for both devices online, and in brick-and-mortar stores. T-Mobile plans to begin offering the One X and One S today too, but it looks like they haven't updated the site yet. If you'd prefer to buy one of HTC's new handsets outright, then SIM-free prices for the One X are around £480 in the UK and €600 in the eurozone. For the One S, it's £420 and €490 respectively.

Be sure to check out our definitive review of the One X, and our preview of the One S for more details on what to expect from both flavors of HTC One. If you've already picked yours up, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on!

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3 years ago

Late-night poll: Did the HTC EVO 4G LTE meet your expectations?

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Today was a pretty big day for Sprint and HTC, they announced their newest LTE (soon to be LTE anyway) phone, and one a lot of folks have been waiting for. Of course we're talking about the EVO 4G LTE. The phone had some pretty big shoes to fill, coming at a time when the contracts of people who bought the original EVO 4G are up for renewal. We got a bit of advance info about what to expect, and save for the battery and the screen tech, our tip was spot on -- on the inside this beast is the basic specs of the HTC One X, but outside it's all EVO. Bold.

But is it too bold? I'm seeing people on both sides of that fence. To me, I like what Sprint has done here. The EVO 4G LTE (and we're going to have to think of a way to shorten that name) is Sprint's new baby. They should have made it their own, and they did. A mix of soft-touch coating, aluminum, bright red, and a two-tone back make this one stand out in a crowd. When you see someone using it on the train, or at the mall, you'll know it's the new EVO.

There's also the matter of the non-removable battery. For some, it's not an issue -- grab a portable charger and go. But for others, no removable battery means no buy. I get both sides, and it's something to consider. I think I could deal with it and be fine, but you may not. It's all good.

So what say you? Are you feeling the newest EVO and it's unique look? Or are you a bit let-down that it's changed so much from the One X? Or did the battery situation put you off? Vote in tonight's poll, then let us know why in the comments.

Did the HTC EVO 4G LTE meet your expectations?

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3 years ago

Another day, another Instagram update

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After finally being released for Android Instagram understandably had some bugs to squash.  Later that day Version 1.0.1 fixed compatibility with certain cameras (it notably did NOT fix compatibility with the HTC One X).  A little over 24 hours since that update hit we have another update.  This time the changelog is a little more specific, though, which is good.  It means that the developers are paying attention to bug reports and are working quickly to fix them.  The HTC One X, though, is still not supported.  Maybe they haven't received enough bug reports about it yet.  Show your support for #teamandroid and be sure to hit the forums to share your Instagram username.

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3 years ago

Google Play Books updated for Froyo and Gingerbread with new UI and 3D page-turn animations

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Seems like today is a good day for updates. Google has now rolled out the latest version of Google Play Books to the Google Play Store and as noted in the change log, this will be a good release for anyone still using Froyo or Gingerbread as it adds a new UI and 3D page animation. Other changes in this update include In-book search when off-line, ability to add a home screen shortcut for a single book and now the screen will stay lit when using text-to-speech. The update is live now; you can jump past the break for the download.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC EVO 4G LTE

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When we're in New York, we know we're in for a treat, and tonight was no exception: HTC and Sprint held a little gathering tonight in Midtown to unveil their latest collaboration, the EVO 4G LTE. The next big thing to hit Sprint, the latest EVO lives up to the title of "next generation," with future-proof (ha!) specs that will at least keep us satisfied through the summer. This device is very much Sprint's version of the One X, and the specs prove it. Up front you've got a stunning 4.7-inch HD super LCD display with 720p resolution that will blow your socks off. Seriously, everyone, it's really nice. 'Round back you've got an 8 MP camera that HTC swears can replace your DSLR, and if shutter times and handling mean anything, they might be on to something. Underneath the hood we've got a 1.5 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor pushing along HTC's latest Sense 4.0 (check out our guide here) atop Ice Cream Sandwich, which we expect to translate to pretty impressive everyday performance.  Hit the break for our impressions.

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 4G LTE pre-orders start May 7, $200 with contract

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If you're interested in getting your very own HTC EVO 4G LTE (and we can't blame you, it looks like a hot one), you can pre-order one from Sprint on May 7. Checking in at $200 with a two-year agreement, you'll have a phone that Sprint is calling their "new gold standard", and features and specifications like a dual-core S4 CPU, NFC with Google Wallet, and a micro SDcard slot will make just about any Android enthusiast fall in love.

We're itching to get one to play with ourselves, and it looks like Sprint has another winner on their hands with the EVO 4G LTE. So, anyone going to be laying down some dollars come May 7?

Source: Sprint

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