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3 years ago

Build your own CyanogenMod with the latest CMC beta for Ubuntu

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Back in December we first had a look at CMC (CyanogenMod Compiler), and it's come a long way since. What started as a command line tool to help download, sync, and build CyanogenMod for any supported device has turned into a full-featured program, complete with a GUI and plenty of polish. With CMC you'll be able to sync with your preferred branch (Gingerbread or ICS) for any officially supported device, then build a flashable zip file with just a few button clicks.

A few warnings are needed here. Firstly, what you're left with when finished is a completely unsupported (by the CM team) nightly build -- don't file bug reports or expect much assistance if there are issues. Next, there's the fact that you're spending time (as in a lot of time) downloading a couple Gigabytes of code and then building it yourself versus just downloading a 100MB file. Finally, we can't forget that fiddling with custom firmware is a great way to ruin your expensive Android device, and only you are responsible for what you do.

If you understand, and are OK with those minor details, this is a great way to roll-your-own CM without much experience. It's a great introduction to software compilation, and the pride of building your own installation is something special. You'll need to be running Ubuntu (versions 10.04 through 12.04 are supported), and the .Deb files will setup and install any dependencies. Give it a look, and be sure to thank lithid-cm for this cool tool!

Source: XDA-Developers; via OMGUbuntu

Thanks, obi!

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 4G updated with Sprint Connections Optimizer

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Now approaching its second birthday, the original HTC EVO 4G has received an unexpected software update today, bringing it up to version 5.07.651.1. The only new addition in this version, according to Sprint's changelog, is the inclusion of the Sprint Connections Optimizer. For the uninitiated, this is an app which runs in the background and can switch between 3G, Wimax and Wifi based on location. For example, if you only have Wifi access at home or at work, you can set the Connections Optimizer to disable Wifi when you're not in either of those two locations. Obvious benefits include improvements to battery life, and the potential to reduce your reliance on cellular data.

Sprint expects this new firmware to be pushed out to all EVO 4G's within six weeks. To see if your update is ready, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates and hit the button.

More: Sprint (1, 2)

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3 years ago

LTE-equipped Samsung Galaxy S III coming to Canada

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Update: ​Bell, Rogers and Wind Mobile have also announced that they'll be carrying the Galaxy S III.

​Original story: Following the phone's unveiling in London last week, Canadian carrier TELUS is the first North American mobile network to reveal that it'll be carrying the LTE version of Samsung's new Galaxy S III. TELUS says the phone will be available "in time for the summer," which fits with the June timeframe that Samsung has marked for the Galaxy S III's U.S. launch.

TELUS says it isn't offering any details on pricing or specifications just yet, which leads us to believe that the device it'll offer may differ somewhat from what we saw in London last week. That's to be expected, however, and we've already heard plenty of reports suggesting a different chip may power the LTE version of the Galaxy S III.

For more on the Galaxy S III, check out our exhaustive coverage of the London launch event last week, which includes detailed hands-on impressions.

We've got press releases after the break.

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3 years ago

Blurry-cam pic claims to show Sony LT29i Hayabusa

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We've heard rumors of a new Sony flagship phone on the way, by the codename of "Hayabusa," or LT29i to give it its product number. Last month an alleged image of the device in field testing appeared online, and now we have what may be a slightly clearer -- though still blurry -- photo of the device. Today's shots show the unmistakable green Xperia logo around the back, with a large camera lens up top and single LED flash. The front of the phone appears to be dominated by a large screen, with no traditional physical buttons, which might corroborate rumors that the Hayabusa will feature on-screen buttons. The device also appears to be fairly thin, though it's impossible to judge this precisely. Also of interest are the curved corners, in stark contrast to the sharp edges of the current crop of Xperia NXT phones.

As for rumored specs, the Hayabusa is said to sport a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset -- that's the one with the faster Adreno 320 GPU -- with 1GB of RAM, a 4.55-inch 720p screen (with on-screen buttons), and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. A whopping 2200mAh battery and 13MP camera are also rumored. If accurate, these specs would make the Hayabusa a worthy competitor to the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III. And if rumors of a 7-8mm thin chassis are true, the device could also be a worthy successor to last year's Xperia Arc.

A leaked roadmap suggests that the Hayabusa may appear in July around the €500 mark, while recent rumors from UnwiredView​ suggest a June announcement could be on the cards.

Of course we're well within unconfirmed rumor territory here, so take these reports with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, we'll admit to being intrigued by the possibility of a new super-high-end device from Sony. And the manufacturer will need to deliver something special in any upcoming flagship if it wants to compete with the latest devices from Samsung and HTC.

Source: UnwiredView IT168; via: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

Sprint EVO 4G LTE 'Getting Started' guide now online

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If you're one of those folks who has to know everything about a device before purchasing it -- and we don't blame you if you are -- this one's for you. Sprint's made available the Getting Started guide for the HTC EVO 4G LTE, as spotted by gmtom1 in our forums. And trust us, there's a lot to know about this phone, between Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Sense 4 and all the other bells and whistles. 

So give it a gander below, and hit up the forums if you've got more questions. And don't forget that it's now available for preorder!

Download: EVO 4G LTE Getting started guide (pdf); via EVO 4G LTE Forums

 

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE announced with 4-inch screen and Ice Cream Sandwich

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Verizon and HTC have officially announced the Droid Incredible 4G LTE. It is a an evolutionary advancement from the Droid Incredible 2, which should prove to provide a solid experience for users who aren't concerned with having every single top-of-the line spec.

Here are the specs:

  • 4-inch qHD Super LCD screen (960 x 540)
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • HTC Sense 4
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB eMMC
  • 8MP rear-camera with autofocus, LED flash, 1080p HD video recording
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 1700 mAh removable battery

In the announcement, HTC also said that other variants of the HTC One V will be making their way to the U.S. in the summer, so if you're not on Verizon but are interested in this phone, just wait and you'll be able to get it. The Droid Incredible 4G LTE will be available on Verizon in the "coming weeks." For more, please visit our Droid Incredible 4G LTE Forum.

Full presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC One V headed to the U.S. this summer

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Alongside its Droid Incredible 4G LTE announcement, HTC also revealed that the One V, it's new entry-level smartphone, will be headed to the U.S. from a "variety of partners" this summer. No specific dates, prices or networks were announced. but the One V is a good bet for pre-paid or regional carriers.

Inside its chinny, Legend-like chassis, the One V sports a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM and a WVGA (800x480) SuperLCD2 display. As you might imagine, it's running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4 on the software side. There's also a 5MP HTC ImageSense camera, which we found performed better than any entry-level smartphone camera we'd tested, even putting the Galaxy Nexus's 5MP shooter to shame.

For more on the One V, be sure to check out our full review of the international version. We've also got the full press release from HTC after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE specs

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Specs for the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE:

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3 years ago

Start your week with a special edition of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World!

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Missed our special Galaxy S III podcast from London last Thursday? Fear not -- now's the time to get caught up on all the facts, figures and opinions on Samsung's latest and greatest Android smartphone. Live (and in person!) from old London town, Alex and Phil cover everything from specs to design to software to woodchucks, in a very special edition of the Android Central Podcast. If you're looking to get caught up on everything there is to know about the Galaxy S III, there's no better place to do it.

The Android Central Podcast is your weekly peek into the world of Android, where we break down the news that really matters, and explain what's just a bunch of hype. Plus, we answer your e-mails and voicemails. You don't want to miss it. Check out the Android Central Podcast.

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3 years ago

April brings HTC sales boost

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Last month brought an improvement in monthly sales figures for HTC, according to reports from Reuters​. Figures released by HTC this morning put consolidated sales at NT$31.03 billion ($1.06 billion) -- an improvement on the previous month's NT$30.879 billion, though still some 20 percent lower than April 2011's figure of NT$38.73 billion. The Taiwanese manufacturer saw falling revenues in the face of increased competition during Q4 2011 and Q1 2012, so the uptick in sales will come as welcome news.

The rise in sales can be attributed to the launch of the critically-praised HTC One series in Europe and Asia. As the One series sees broader availability in North America over the next month, HTC will be hoping its numbers will be further buoyed.

Source: Reuters

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3 years ago

HTC One X kernel source code released

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We're already starting to see a a fairly large selection of custom ROMs for HTC's new hero device, the One X. And development work is sure to be accelerated with the release of the kernel source for the Tegra 3- powered international variant, as is required under the open source rules. The code, which weighs around 111MB, is available for software version 1.26 and 1.28 on a variety of unlocked and branded versions of the One X.

We've yet to see kernel source appearing for the other three HTC One phones -- the One S, One V and One XL (aka AT&T One X) -- but with the appearance of code for the One X today, we'd expect it to land sooner rather than later.

Hit the source link, then select your version and model of choice to pick up the source code.

Source: HTCDev

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3 years ago

Android Central weekly photo contest winner: The great outdoors

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Congrats to Justadye4, who won this weeks photo contest with his perfect composition of a budding pine in Boulder taken with the EVO 4G. The depth of field and focal effects are gorgeous. Thanks for entering, and keep an eye on your inbox for info about your prize.

This week was the hardest photo contest to judge yet. I'm pleased to say that almost every single entry was pulled out and considered for the winner. I don't know if it was the subject, or random luck, or just that you guys are so damn good with your cameras, but the quality of this weeks entries just floored us. Have a look through the contest thread and see for yourself. We tried to pull a few out that deserve a special nod (see those after the break), but each and every entry was special. The best part? We'll be back next week to do it all over again. Keep those lenses clean folks!

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3 years ago

Verizon getting a blue Motorola Droid RAZR on May 18?

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We've seen the Motorola Droid RAZR in white, black and purple. Now it looks like Verizon's got a blue version joining the ranks as well. According to the inventory screens we've received, it's slated for release on May 18. It's the same as Droid RAZR we first reviewed back in November -- and that means it's also running Gingerbread, we're told. And we also can't help but notice that this shade of blue isn't unlike what Nokia has on the Lumia 900. Coincidence?

No word on pricing yet (or if there's a blue MAXX version on the way), and remember that none of this is official until Verizon says it is. So stay tuned.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

AT&T's HTC One X available today!

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The wait is over. As of today, you can purchase the HTC One X directly from AT&T for $199 with a two-year contract. If you're on the fence, be sure to read our complete AT&T One X review, and we've got some incredible discussions going on in our HTC One X forums as well. Is this one the phone for you?

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3 years ago

Late night poll: Samsung Galaxy S III or HTC One X?

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You knew this was coming. In one hand you have the HTC One X. Tegra 3 or S4 Krait; 720p SLCD2 at 4.7-inches. Sense 4. The hotness. In the other hand, you have the Samsung Galaxy S III, the world's newest Android phone. Quad-core Exynos, 720p SuperAMOLED at 4.8-inches. The new Touchwiz and it's cool voice interaction and face recognition. It's a good time to be an Android fan.

Chances are, you aren't going to have both. So, which one would pick? Hit the poll, let us know.

Choose your weapon -- HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S III

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