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2 years ago

HTC One V kernel source released

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HTC has released the kernel source for the Asian and European version of the One V, (see Alex's great review here) meeting their obligations under the GPL and teasing potential Android hackers all with one stroke. As it is every time we see source code get released, this won't mean much for the average Joe or Jane, but the good things that come from it certainly may. The kernel is the window to the hardware, and lots of cool things can happen when the right people tinker with it. 

We can't wait for these phones, and this code, to get in the right hands. You can grab the code here.

via @HTCdev

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2 years ago

Sony Xperia S now available in Canada through Sony stores

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If you've checked out our Sony Xperia S review and have been wondering when you can get your hands on one of your very own in Canada now is the time to celebrate. Starting today, Sony stores throughout Canada have the device in stock and ready to be placed in your loving hands for only $100 with a new 3-year Rogers agreement or $500 if you're going no contract.

While we still think Sony dropped the ball by shipping its first major handset of 2012 with Android 2.3, their refreshed focus hopefully means they'll get Ice Cream Sandwich out to the masses fairly quickly.

Overall though, that 4.3-Inch 1280x720 display coupled with the Bravia engine and a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chip set makes for some great hardware. Add in the other stuff such as the 12.1MP camera and 1GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage and you have a nice package. You can check out the Sony site for retail locations and be sure to check out full review.

Read our full Sony Xperia S Review

Source: Sony; via: Mobile Syrup

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2 years ago

HTC One V review

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It's our definitive review of the HTC One V - the third in the new HTC One line of Android smartphones

HTC’s One series is all about hero devices. The One X is the all-singing, all-dancing flagship phone, while the One S delivers formidable specs in a smaller, sleeker form factor. And at entry level, there’s the HTC One V, a hero device for the mainstream market, which resurrects one of HTC’s iconic designs of old. Yep, it’s an updated version of the venerable HTC Legend, complete with aluminum construction and that famous protruding chin.

That such a product is now considered entry-level, and priced as such, is a testament to the blistering pace at which smartphone technology is developing. The One V brings respectable hardware internals together with Android 4.0 and Sense 4.0, creating a smartphone that just over a year ago would’ve been considered a high-end device.

So join us after the break to see how HTC’s mainstream champion holds up, in our full review of the One V.

 


A solid entry-level handset with great build quality. Delivers a decent screen and good battery life, along with the latest version of Android. Excellent camera for a basic, less expensive smartphone.


Tiny internal storage, no removable battery. Software seems artificially limited in places. Starting price is a little too high for our liking.


The HTC One V isn’t going to blow your head off with bleeding-edge hardware or full-featured software, but if you want a basic Android experience without breaking the bank, it's a dependable all-rounder with one or two outstanding features.

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2 years ago

From the Android Forums: Using a UK HTC Sensation in New York

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SteveDisco asks in the Android Central Forums,

I would like to know if it is possible to access 3G on my UK HTC Sensation when I go to New York next month on a U.S. SIM card? My limited understanding is that the frequencies used for U.S. phones are different to those in the UK but am unclear if the Sensation will still be able to access. If it is not possible could I just use a US SIM for voice calls and rely on WiFi access?

Thanks

Great question, with several good answers. Basically, yes, you can use your UK model HTC Sensation for 3G data in New York. The European Sensation uses a quad-band GSM radio that supports the frequencies used by AT&T here in the states. You'll need to make sure your Sensation is fully SIM unlocked (talk to your current carrier if you're unsure), and then you'll be ready to do a little research and make a decision.

In the U.S., there are only two GSM operators -- T-Mobile and AT&T. But there are many MVNO networks (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) who rent and resell network space from either one, or even both. You'll not be interested in T-Mobile or any MVNOs using the T-Mobile frequencies, as your Sensation doesn't support them. But that's OK, as your choices are still pretty broad.

Here's a small list of a few different operators that will sell you a no-contract SIM card to use while you're visiting:

Don't be fooled by the words unlimited, as this refers to voice calls. Data rates will cost anywhere between $5 USD for 5MB to $20 USD for 2GB. Of course, this is just a few of the many out there, and you'll have to scour the web to see all the options. In the end, they all use the same network, so the deciding factor is price and how easy it is to get your SIM card and activation. 

Have fun in New York!

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2 years ago

Activate a Sprint Galaxy Nexus you'll get $50 in your Google Wallet instead of the usual $10

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The other day when preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Sprint went up a lot of folks got lost in the happiness of knowing the device would finally be arriving and instantly laid out the $199 for it requested by Sprint. That said, there were some details missing from the announcement. Some great details actually, if you're looking for some cash back on the that investment.

Get $50 for your new Google Wallet™. Activate your Google Wallet™ account within a week of purchasing a Galaxy Nexus by Samsung and you'll receive $50 in credit towards your next shopping spree.

Google Wallet Offer: Upon successful activation of Google Wallet on your Galaxy Nexus within seven days of purchase during promotional period of 4/22/12-5/22/12, there will be a $10 credit added to your Google Wallet prepaid card. Additional $40 credit will be added to your Google Wallet prepaid card within three weeks of Google Wallet activation. To see where your Google Wallet prepaid card will work, please go to http://www.google.com/wallet/where-it-works. For more questions or inquiries about this offer please call: 855-492-5538 available 24/7.

That's a nice little bonus for all you soon-to-be new Sprint Galaxy Nexus owners yeah?

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2 years ago

Unlocked UK Galaxy S II ICS update finally released

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Being second in line to carrier branded versions of a device isn't really what you expect when you buy unlocked. But, in the UK those that opted to stump up their hard earned for an unlocked Galaxy S II have been in that very situation. All that can be put to one side finally, as Samsung have today started to push out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the device. 

As ever, you'll be seeing the Touchwiz-ified version of ICS, but all the important bits are there underneath. The update isn't being pushed out OTA either, instead you'll have to download it via the Kies desktop application. But, it's here, and it's ICS. Have at it folks. Maybe things will be different when it comes to the Galaxy S III

via Slashgear

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2 years ago

Sprint announces the 'eco-friendly' Optimus Elite, available April 22 for $29.99

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Today Sprint has announced that soon they will have their third Eco-Friendly device on the market, and it is again from LG. The LG Optimus Elite will be available on April 22, which is Earth Day, for a very favorable price of only $29.99 on contract. Featuring a 3.5-inch display, an 800 MHz processor, 512MB of RAM and more, this device looks to pack a decent punch for the price. If you are looking to pick up a new device, and want something Eco-Friendly that won't break the bank, this may be for you. Stay tuned for our full review in the coming weeks!

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Breaking: We still have no idea what Samsung's 'next Galaxy' will bring

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Unless you count any of the past months' fake renders and fan-made mock-ups (like the one above), Samsung's done a great job of  keeping the Galaxy S III next Galaxy under wraps. So much so that a sort of online news vacuum has developed, which, in the absence of any actual news, draws in unsubstantiated rumors and speculation. As the phone's May 3 unveiling draws near, we're seeing even more reports of what "might" be coming in Samsung's next flagship product.

Firstly, let's look at what we do know. Yesterday's press invite references the "next Galaxy" smartphone, and in an interview with BNN.ca, Samsung Canada's VP of Mobile Communications, Paul Brannen, says that it'll be a "flagship" phone, and the next evolution of the Galaxy line. Neither mentioned any specific branding, and Brannen in particular seemed to go out of his way to avoid doing so (for obvious reasons.)

Today's latest set of rumors comes from CNET's Crave blog, sources for which suggest that the "Galaxy S III" will be more of an incremental upgrade than a revolutionary product -- "like the iPhone 4S was to the 4." The problem with that is Samsung already has plenty of incremental updates to the Galaxy S II. In 4G LTE markets, there's the Galaxy S II LTE (aka Skyrocket), and in Asia, there's the Galaxy S II HD LTE. And then there's the Galaxy Note, which already offers a larger screen in addition to both LTE connectivity and an HD display.

Due in part to the lack of reliable leaked info, consumers' expectations are sky-high for Samsung's next flagship -- comment threads and forum discussions speculate on ridiculous features, like a 2GHz quad-core chip, 2GB of RAM and a 1080p display. With this in mind, it's possible that Samsung's merely trying to manage expectations going into a major product launch -- the old adage "under-promise and over-deliver" applies here.

CNET's source also suggested Samsung may do away with its current naming convention, saying "don't expect it to be called the S3." We'd be surprised if Samsung completely abandoned its Galaxy S branding, though. The manufacturer's sold 20 million Galaxy S II's worldwide, and in its native South Korea, more than 10% of the entire population owns one. With such a popular device, it'd make sense to have a clearly identified successor. In a world of Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touches and HTC EVO 4G LTE's, the "Galaxy S III" name is clear and succinct enough to do just that.

Spec-wise, reports have been circulating for months suggesting a quad-core phone with a 720p display. That's highly likely, but not even remotely surprising. The likes of HTC, LG and Huawei have already set the bar at this level for their 2012 flagships.

So the bottom line is we still have no idea what to expect on May 3. And that makes the event all the more exciting, considering how rare it is to go into a major smartphone announcement knowing absolutely nothing. Whatever form it ends up taking, we'll be on the ground in London on the day to bring you full coverage of Samsung's next flagship.

Source: BNN.ca, CNET Crave

More: Samsung Galaxy S III forums

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2 years ago

TeamViewer for Meetings updated with VoIP support

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The folks at Teamviewer have pushed out quite the update for their TeamViewer for Meetings app, bringing some minor bug fixes, full hardware acceleration for Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablets, and VoIP support. VoIP support on top of the already excellent Teleconferencing application really opens up things on a Wifi-only Android tablet, and better hardware acceleration support for those same tablets means a better -- and more productive -- user experience. 

TeamViewer's apps and servers (they make an awesome Remote Desktop-style product as well) are 100 percent free for normal, non-commercial users. The Windows server has the ability to host meetings used with the mobile application, but as of yet the Mac and Linux versions do not, offering only the remote control abilities. We've got a mess of links below, and TeamViewer's press release after the break.

More: TeamViewer

Download the TeamViewer for Meetings Android app

Download the TeamViewer for Remote Control Android app

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2 years ago

Temple Run updated with Twitter integration and numerous bug fixes

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With 10 Million people having now downloaded Temple Run for Android it has given the folks at Imagni Studios something to work on for the past little while and now, they've rolled out the latest update to address some bugs and features in the game. As noted in the change log, the latest release includes the following bug fixes:

  • Fixed a bug with scoring that was making it harder to get points
  • Fixed a bug that made the runner accelerate too fast
  • Fixed a bunch of other bugs and some spelling mistakes

In addition to all those fixes, you'll find the latest update also has Twitter integration so that you may get your humble brag on when you get an epically high score in the game. If you happen to find any remaining bugs, by all means forward them on to Imagni Studios. In the meantime though, you'll find the Temple Run download link beyond the break if you've yet to give it a go.

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