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4 years ago

Nexus 4 gets rooted, we feign surprise

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It's a Nexus. It's got an unlockable bootloader. So it was only a matter of time before someone worked out how to plug root access and superuser into Google and LG's new baby. We've been here before, folks.

In addition to a working root method from AddictiveTips's HQRaja (via XDA), there's also now a working version of ClockworkMod custom recovery for the device. This expands upon stock recovery with a bunch of new features for advanced users.

Nexus phones are Google's developer devices, so they're supposed to be easy to crack open and fiddle with. So if you're looking to run rooted apps, or even tinker with the phone's system software, this Nexus is as good as any other. AOSP support for the Nexus 4 has yet to arrive, unfortunately, but we imagine Google will be publishing the code sooner rather than later.

Source: AddictiveTips via XDA

More: How to unlock the Nexus 4's bootloader, Nexus 4 forums

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4 years ago

HTC Desire C coming to RadioShack No-Contract Wireless for $119.99

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RadioShack is adding to its lineup of entry-level devices that it offers on its self-branded prepaid wireless service today with the HTC Desire C. This pint-sized HTC handset may carry the Desire name, but it looks very much like the One series of devices from HTC in 2012. The internals are decidedly low-end, however. The Desire C has a 3.5-inch 320x480 (HVGA) display, a 600MHz processor and 512MB of RAM -- all running with Android 4.0 and Sense on top.

The 'Shack offers the Desire C for $119.99 on its no-contract prepaid service with monthly payments of $50 for unlimited calls, texts and data (first 1GB at full speed) or $60 for the same and 2.5GB of full-speed data. Both prices include a subscription to the Muve Music service, which offers both streaming and downloads of a wide music selection on the device. 

Source: RadioShack

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4 years ago

Droid DNA and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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They're both big, for sure - but the waistline is where things really show

What a difference a half-inch can make. So in one hand we've got the new Verizon Droid DNA. A 5-inch display that's taller than most phones, but retains the slim waistline. And in the other hand we've got the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It's 5.5 inches diagonally. And while it's even taller than the DNA -- by about a centimeter -- it's the extra width of the Galaxy Note 2 that really separates the two phones. 

The Droid DNA still feels like a relatively traditional Android smartphone in your hand. A big one, sure. But HTC's new design, with the battery sandwiched between the PCB and the display, keeps it feeling slim, when, in fact it's actually 0.33 mm thicker than the Note 2. 

But it's that difference in width that sends the Note 2 over the top. Again, it's a full centimeter difference. And what the Note 2 makes up for in size it lacks in resolution, still sporting a 720p display, whereas the DNA is a full 1080p. That'll likely change in the next generation. But for now, the DNA takes it in pixels per inch, and it's definitely apparent.

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4 years ago

ZTE Warp Sequent hands on

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We dropped by the Hammerstein Ballroom here in New York last night for Pepcom's annual Wine and Dine Demo, which promised a first look at some this holiday season's hottest gadgets. And while there aren't many surprises for the big manufacturers left to spring in terms of new devices, it was a nice chance to spend some quality time with the smaller, tighter operations who have shifted their focus on the growing prepaid market.

Case in point: ZTE, the Chinese manufacturer who has focused mainly on the entry-level, prepaid market here in the States. Their hottest seller, the ZTE Warp, recently underwent a nice little refresh in the ZTE Warp Sequent, which is on sale now at Boost Mobile. The Warp Sequent is undoubtedly entry level, but for $200 up front and unlimited plans starting at $55/month, it's a nice option for those who want to keep their cellular bills to a minimum. 

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4 years ago

AT&T's HTC One X+ and One VX available today

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Just a quick reminder that the HTC One X+ and One VX are available as of today on AT&T. The One X+ is the souped-up version of its 2012 flagship phone, with a 4.7-inch 720p display and a Tegra 3 quad-core processor running at 1.7 GHz. The VX is more on the mid-range side of things, but that doesn't mean it doesn't deserve a look. It's got a 4.5-inch qHD display and a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Both sport HTC's excellent ImageSense camera system.

The One X+ runs $199 on contract, and the One VX is $49.

More: Win an HTC One X+ from Android Central and AT&T

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4 years ago

O2 UK's Nexus 4 reportedly SIM-unlocked

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If you live in the UK and weren't lucky enough to bag yourself a Nexus 4 from the Google Play Store, there might be a way -- albeit an expensive way -- to get your hands on an unlocked 16GB model. As we reported a few weeks back, O2 scored a month-long exclusivity period, meaning it's the only carrier able to directly sell the Nexus 4 in the UK until mid-December. (Carphone Warehouse has the new Nexus too, though officially they're not offering it SIM-free.)

Today we're seeing reports from members on the Android Central forums, corroborated by similar posts from other forums, indicating that Nexus 4s sold by O2 are in fact SIM-unlocked, despite the carrier's protestations to the contrary. Android Central forum member tomjdavies writes -- 

I got my Nexus 4 from O2 today. They were adamant in-store that it was locked to O2 but I made them put my Vodafone sim in it - and it worked, much to my joy ha. I paid £399.99 plus £10 for a pay as you go SIM.

Similar reports from XDA suggest this isn't an isolated incident, and that despite what O2 store staff are telling customers, at least some of its Nexus 4 stock is unlocked. That means if you're willing to cough up the £400 (plus £10 top-up) asking price, you could walk away with an unlocked Nexus 4, weeks before it's available again on the Google Play Store. Nevertheless, we'd advise caution until there's official confirmation that all O2 Nexus 4s are sold without a network lock.

In the meantime, we've reached out to O2 for any official comment, and will keep you updated on any new information you provide. If you've picked up a Nexus 4 from O2 in the past few days, be sure to hit the comments and let us know if it's SIM-locked.

Source: Android Central forums, XDA

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4 years ago

Issues tracking your UK Nexus delivery online? Here's why

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If, like me, you're eagerly awaiting the delivery of your new Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 to a UK address, you'll no doubt have encountered some issues tracking the package online. Google sent out a TNT consignment number with every shipping email, along with a handy hyperlink to track that item online. But, tracking those numbers seems to bring up either an error or a completely different package belonging to someone else. Frustrating? Absolutely. But, the good news is it's an easy fix. 

The "TNT # ..." number provided to you by Google isn't the consignment number of the package as they would have you believe. This number is in fact your customer reference number. This can be used to track the package too though, so don't fret. On the tracking page on the TNT website, ensure that the "Reference Number" box is checked and not the "Consignment Number" box. Click track, and it should bring up all you need to know. 

More: Nexus 4 Forums, Nexus 10 Forums

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4 years ago

Galaxy S2 4G coming to Boost Mobile in Titanium for $369.99

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We saw a leaked press render of a Galaxy S2 "Titanium" coming to Sprint just a couple weeks ago, which was reaffirmed by a device roadmap leak as well. Now we're getting an idea for where the device is headed, and it looks to be coming to Sprint's prepaid options. Boost Mobile is picking up this color-refreshed Galaxy SII (S2) for the holiday season. It's the same S2 we've seen dozens of times before, this time just with a new skin around the outside. This model is given the "4G" moniker because it packs Sprint's legacy WiMax radios, which have since been passed down to Boost and VIrgin Mobile.

The Galaxy S2 is hitting Boost Mobile retail stores for $369.99 without a contract, with monthly bills as low as $40 per month. If this sounds like your kind of thing, the device is available starting today.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S2 Android 4.1.2 test firmware leaks

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Coming on the heels of a leaked build of Android 4.1.2 for the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3), the folks over at SamMobile have published a leak of the software for the Galaxy SII (S2) as well. The Galaxy S2 just picked up ICS starting in April, and now its a bit of a surprise that we may see an official update to Jelly Bean as well.

The firmware is supposedly quite stable, and seems to pack nearly all of the features that are coming to other Samsung devices with Android 4.1 -- Google Now, Project Butter, Smart Stay and new notifications are all on-board. One thing missing will be multi-view window management, which isn't surprising considering the lower resolution of the S2's display when compared to other recent 720x1280 devices.

The firmware, which is software version I9300XXLSJ and Android build JZO54K, is available for willing participants now. You can take a look at the source link below if you're ready to get your hands on it.

Source: SamMobile

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4 years ago

Nexus 4 backorder e-mails go out en masse

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Several users in our forums are reporting receiving emails that are making their hearts sink. Customers in both the U.S. and U.K. that were lucky enough to grab a Nexus 4 order before they sold out -- in less than 30 minutes -- in the Play Store are getting an email indicating that their devices are now "on backorder". The email explains that the customer should expect their device to be delivered within 3 weeks.

This isn't good, folks. We don't know what this means for the eventual availability of a second run of Nexus 4's in the Play Store, but we think everyone's expectations just got pushed back a bit. Take a look at the email after the break.

Source: Google Nexus 4 Forums

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4 years ago

HTC DLX leaks come full circle with the international 'Deluxe'

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We've seen the HTC Droid DNA and J Butterfly for the U.S. and Japan respectively. Now it seems HTC's monstrous 5-inch smartphone may be getting a wider international release in the future. The image above comes via notorious Twitter leaker @evleaks, who identifies it as a "global edition" of the "HTC Deluxe." You may remember the Deluxe or "DLX" codename from successive Droid DNA leaks over the past couple of months.

There's no information on which territories might be seeing the phone but if it's GSM unlocked, it should work just about everywhere. Europe might be a likely target for a global version of the DLX, though HTC has only just released the One X+ on European shores.

If the Verizon and Japanese versions are any indication, this handset should pack a quad-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, along with 2GB of RAM and a 5-inch, 1080p SuperLCD3 display. That's about as good as it gets at the moment in terms of smartphone specs.

Anyone excited for a possible international version of such a beastly handset?

Source: @evleaks

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4 years ago

Verizon Droid DNA unboxing

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OK, let's face it. For a lot of folks, the launch of a smartphone like the Verizon Droid DNA just isn't complete without an official unboxing. Ceremoniously peeling back layer after layer. Decorative packaging. Then box itself. All those legal and quick-start booklets that you never, ever read. A charger. A cable. If you're lucky, a set of earbuds. If you're really lucky, a set of earbuds that won't leave you wincing in pain, either from discomfort or horrible sound quality.

And then, finally, the phone. You know, that thing you actually paid good money for. 

More: Check out our Droid DNA forums

This Droid DNA unboxing should feel pretty familiar. Verizon's retail packaging hasn't changed. Same Droid eye staring at you, mercilessly, throughout the ritual.

And so with that warning in hand, hit the break for our official Verizon Droid DNA unboxing video. Huzzah.

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4 years ago

Early Galaxy S3 Android 4.1.2 firmware leaks, multi-view feature in tow

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It's been rumored previously, and now there's more evidence to suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be getting the "multi-view" feature from the Note 2 in its upcoming Android 4.1.2 update. An early, leaked version of the ROM obtained by SamMobile also adds many other Note 2 features, including smart rotation, Paper Artist, a new gallery app and the Note 2's SwiftKey-powered keyboard.

For the uninitiated, multi-window allows you to split the screen between two full-fledged Android apps by long-pressing the back key. It wasn't quite ready for the Galaxy Note 2's launch, but was added in an over-the-air update few days later.

Today's leaked firmware is a pre-rooted testing build that's been cobbled together based on a system dump, so all the usual warnings apply. As it's not officially signed by Samsung, flashing the firmware will increase your custom binary counter, too. And it's for the international 3G S3 only (GT-i9300), so don't try flashing it on any other model.

The Galaxy S3 isn't the only device rumored to be getting multi-view. There've been whispers in the past few weeks suggesting that the original Galaxy Note (international version, GT-N7000) could end up with some of its big brother's showcase features, in addition to the new TouchWiz Nature UX -- as part of its Android 4.1.2 update.

There's no official timeframe for the Galaxy S3 to receive Android 4.1.2, but SamMobile seems to think the company's aiming for a December release on international models.

Source: SamMobile

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4 years ago

Android dominates China with 90% market share

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A recent smartphone platform study of China shows that Android is absolutely dominating the landscape with 90.1% market share. Over the last quarter, iOS dropped from 6% to 4.2%, though keep in mind that they still didn't have the iPhone 5. Apparently the survey skipped knock-off devices, which means the Android share might actually be higher, though there also may be plenty of iPhones getting smuggled into China that aren't accounted for. The average selling price of Android handsets is down from $251 to $223 this quarter.

Even if Google's participation in the Android device market in China is limited, there are plenty of manufacturers in the area that are fleshing out their own Android variants to address local needs. Sure, that doesn't always work out, but otherwise, it seems like most manufacturers are doing what's to be expected of any open source project: hack away at it and make it their own. 

Any Chinese readers in the house? Is Android adoption as prevalent as this study suggests, or is the iPhone smuggling market big enough that the research doesn't do iOS justice? Is there room for a significantly competing platform in China? 

Via: TNW

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4 years ago

Top threads from the Droid DNA forums

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I've been camped out in our Verizon Droid DNA forums for the better part of the last two days, and the discussion is simply incredible. Here are a few threads you must be sure to check out:

And that's just for starters. Have a question about the Droid DNA? Register for your Mobile Nations Passport and come join us in the forums!

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