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3 years ago

HTC One X+ makes first unofficial appearance

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A T-Mobile-branded HTC One X+ has made its first appearance appearance on Twitter in a wholly unofficial manner. Though we don't get much more than this brief glimpse, we've heard previously about a handful of specs.

  • Size: 134.36 x 69.9 x 9.3mm
  • Weight: 129g
  • NVIDIA AP37 1.6GHZ quad core, 1.7GHZ single core
  • ROM:32GB
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Battery: 1800 mAh
  • Android 4.1 Sense 4.5

Keep in mind that this is all well within the realm of speculation for the time being, but so far, things are looking pretty solid. The only other upcoming HTC device really on our radar at this point is the Droid Incredible X,, which may be finding its way to Verizon

In any case, there doesn't seem to be anything particularly exciting about the front face of this device. I'm curious to see the other side, if only to get a sense of what kind of camera is on there. Any T-Mobile customers itching for a fresh HTC phone? 

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Boost Mobile announces the LG Venice, a 4.3-inch device with Ice Cream Sandwich

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Boost Mobile has announced a new addition to their lineup, the LG Venice. The Venice will represent an attractive choice to customers who prefer a no contract phone, especially because it has decent specs for the price. While not equal to the top of the line phones, they're nothing to scoff at either.

The Venice boasts:

  • 4.3-inch screen (with Gorilla Glass)
  • 1GHz processor
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • LG Optimus 3.0 interface
  • 5MP camera
  • 720p video recording

The Venice will cost $219.99 and remember that Boost Mobile offers all of their devices with no contract. They also offer a $55/month unlimited plan. It will be available starting Oct. 10 at Boost Mobile retail stores, certain independent retailers and online. In late October, you'll be able to pick one up in select nationwide retailers.

The full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Play celebrates 25 billion app downloads with 25 cent app promotion

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Google has announced that its Google Play app store has delivered its 25 billionth app download, up from the 20 billion figure quoted at Google I/O in June. To celebrate, it's launching another app sale, where this time you'll be able to pick up a selection of popular titles from developers like Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runtastic and Full Fat for just 25 cents over the next five days. In addition, Google is promising special collections of content in the near future, including "25 movies you must own, 25 banned books and 25 albums that changed the world."

Google Play, which launched a little under four years ago as the Android Market, as grown considerably in the past year, adding movies, TV, music and magazines, and becoming a fully-fledged content platform. And in under twelve months, it's gone from a total of 10 billion downloads to today's 25 billion milestone. The total app count now sits at 675,000, up from 600,000 in June.

Right now we're not seeing any 25 cent apps on Google Play on our devices, but we'll keep you posted when they start to appear. In the meantime, let us know in the comments if you spot any bargains.

Source: Official Android Blog

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3 years ago

Samsung: Galaxy S3 already updated with USSD exploit fix, reviewing situation with other phones [updated]

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Update, 7:40am EDT: Samsung tells us it's "currently in the process of conducting an internal review" into the situation with on the Galaxy S2 and other affected phones. Our own testing, and reports from readers, suggests that devices like the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note remain vulnerable to the USSD exploit.

Original story: Yesterday we reported on a particularly nasty security vulnerability in some Samsung smartphones, which could lead to a factory reset being triggered upon visiting a website containing malicious code. Phones confirmed to be affected included the Galaxy S2, Galaxy Beam and Galaxy Ace. Our testing on various Galaxy S3 models was inconclusive, though. Some models seemed vulnerable, while others were immune.

This morning, we have official confirmation from Samsung that Galaxy S3's around the world should indeed be protected from this exploit, assuming they're running the latest software update.

"We would like to assure our customers that the recent security issue concerning the GALAXY S III has already been resolved through a software update.

We recommend all GALAXY S III customers to download the latest software update, which can be done quickly and easily via the Over-The-Air (OTA) service."

Like Samsung, we always recommend keeping your phone up-to-date with the latest firmware. So if your Galaxy S3 phone is up-to-date, you shouldn't have anything to worry about. Of course, there's nothing in that statement about Galaxy S2-class devices, which our own tests, and reports from readers, have shown are still very much at risk from this latest vulnerability. We're sure Samsung will be hurriedly preparing updates for those devices, now that this exploit method is out in the open. Nevertheless, we'll update you with any new info they provide on the Galaxy S2 or other phones.

In the meantime, if you're still concerned that your Samsung phone may be vulnerable to the USSD bug, you can check our quick, easy USSD vulnerability test to see if you're protected or not.

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3 years ago

O2 UK to sell upcoming HTC flagship phone without charger

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If you're anything like us, you'll have plenty of wall chargers left over from devices you've long since parted company with. Observe above, the battered husk of our two and a half year-old HTC Desire charger, still in service today. Knowing that many older chargers are still in use, O2 UK and HTC have decided to take a radical step to cut down on waste, and presumably save a bit of cash at the same time. 

The two are to offer an upcoming, unnamed HTC flagship device with a microUSB cable, but no charger, in an effort to improve their green credentials. The operator claims that 70 percent of all phone buyers already have a "relevant charger" at home. And according to a report on UK tech site Pocket-Lint this morning, O2 and HTC are serious about this latest endeavor.

"I have a simple vision for O2: we want to take chargers out of boxes full stop," said Ronan Dunne, CEO of O2. "Right now, O2 with HTC has to go it alone on this matter - we both believe in it passionately enough that we can’t wait for the industry as a whole to join us in this crusade. That said, we hope that we will be able to pave the way for others to follow us as this has to be a collective effort if we are to achieve the bigger aim of eliminating chargers sold with every new phone in the UK."

We're all for cutting down on unnecessary waste, but from our perspective, the most interesting thing about this story is that it tacitly confirms that we're due a new HTC flagship in the weeks ahead, and that O2 will offer it. The fact that the device itself is unnamed suggests it's yet to be announced -- possibilities include the rumored One X+ and One X 5. We'll be watching with interest to see what devices emerge from HTC and O2 as 2012 draws to a close.

Source: Pocket-Lint

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3 years ago

Barnes and Noble introduce 7" Nook HD and 9" Nook HD+

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Barnes and Noble has made the 7-inch Nook HD and it's bigger brother the 9-inch HD+ official this evening. They're quick to mention that the Nook HD is the lightest and highest resolution mid-size tablet on the market, and that the HD+ is the world's lightest full HD tablet with it's 1920 x 1280 resolution at 256 ppi. In fact, they're really talking up the screens on both the units, saying they offer reading and entertainment "like never seen before."

The Nook HD checks in at $199 for the 8GB version, here are some other specs of note:

  • 1440x900 243 ppi laminated display
  • 11.1 ounces in weight
  • 1.3GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • Comes in "Snow" or "Smoke"
  • $199 for the 8GB version, $249 for the 16GB version

The Nook HD+ takes things up a notch:

  • 1920x1280 256 ppi laminated display
  • 18.2 ounces in weight
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • $269 for the 16GB version, $299 for the 32GB version

Both devices feature the Barnes and Noble store, with over 3 million books, HD magazines, catalogs and newspapers, as well as thousands of apps. They will also feature the newly announced B&N video streaming service which should launch this fall.

The Nook HD and Nook HD+ are available for pre-order for U.S. customers today at Barnes & Noble, and will be available for pre-order next month in the UK. Hit the break for the full press release.

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3 years ago

More Atrix 2 ICS details leak, here's your version numbers

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Earlier today we talked about the Motorola Atrix 2 soak test, with the assurance from some insiders that it would indeed be the Ice Cream Sandwich update everyone has been waiting for. One of our helpful ninjas took a few minutes to send us this screen cap, showing some of the build numbers and software versions. 

Soak tests are Motorola's way of doing final beta testing, and they are often a good sign that things are ready to roll out to the masses, barring any last minute show-stopping bugs. This one's still too early to judge how well it's going, but we will remain optimistic until we hear differently. 

There's not much left to say about it, we just wanted to let developers and hackers have a look at the version numbers.

More: Atrix 2 forums; Thanks, Anon! 

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3 years ago

Texas Instruments getting ready to shift away from the smartphone chip business

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Texas Instruments, possibly better known by most for their calculators than their smartphone chips, looks to be shifting away from the business of providing systems on a chip for smartphones and tablets. Some of the bigger names in processors, like Qualcomm and Samsung, have really run away with the top-of-the-line chip business, which has put TI in a tough position. Looking into the future, TI plans to move its focus from smartphones to hopefully more profitable areas such as the industrial and automobile sectors. Executives at the company indicate that they know the growth and profits may not be as strong as the smartphone arena, but should provide better stability in the long run.

Its really unfortunate to see TI move away from smartphones, as its chips have powered some of the best devices on the market, most recently the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and range of Kindle Fires. Instead of the next generation OMAP 5 platform competing for placement in tomorrow's smartphones, we may be looking at a market almost completely dominated by Qualcomm and Samsung chips.

Source: Reuters

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3 years ago

ADT 21 plugin preview 5 now available for download [Android development]

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The Android developers crew has released a new build of the Android Developer Tools plugin for Eclipse, and ADT 21 preview 5 is now available for download. As the ADT is getting older and more robust, we're seeing less glamorous changes and more maintenance "stuff", but that doesn't mean this build isn't feature rich.

Improvements include pre-dexing of libraries and jar files to speed up build time, new lint checks, big changes in the way the layout editor displays, and the Eclipse IDE will now remember the previous mode and open ready for editing. Of course, it also includes the requisite "large number of bug fixes" that we would expect from any preview builds.

Of course a good many of you re scratching your head wondering what all this means, and that's OK. What you're seeing is a new version of the tools developers use to build and debug the awesome Android apps you find in Google Play. It's software geek stuff, but better tools means better apps. We all can get behind better apps.

If you're interested in taking the new ADT plugin for a spin, you'll need to be running Eclipse 3.6.2 or higher and the tools 21 preview. You can find the tools component update in the SDK manager by selecting the "Preview Tools" option, and you can grab the new ADT from the link below. Get coding!

Source: Google; via +Tor Norbye

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3 years ago

Jelly Bean factory images now available for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

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A few days back Verizon finally got the LTE Galaxy Nexus updated to Jelly Bean, and that means new factory images to play with. Google has updated the Nexus factory image page to include build JRO03O, which is unadulterated, pure Android and frankly sexy as hell. Ask anyone who just got the update -- Jelly Bean brings the Galaxy Nexus right up to the front of the smartphone pack, even with the "dated" hardware of the year-old Galaxy Nexus.

So, what does all this factory image stuff mean? Don't worry, it's nothing you have to fool with if you don't want to. It's a set of disk images that are flashable directly to the Galaxy Nexus hardware, to bring the phone back to a fully updated factory state. Think of it as a fail safe incase things get so screwed up that the path back is gone. It's great for hackers and flashers, but it's also a good thing to have on hand for regular folks as well. If you ever need them, there's people in the Verizon Nexus forums who enjoy nothing better than flashing phones, and they're ready to guide you. Hit the source link for the download.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

ASUS Transformer Primes in Sweden getting Jelly Bean update

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ASUS Sweden has taken to Facebook and let everyone know that users of the Transformer Prime in Sweden should be seeing an OTA update to Jelly Bean available. While there is no word on other areas, this is a good sign that ASUS is prepared to roll the update out en masse shortly. My own source "close to the matter" says we should see it in the U.S. in early October should everything go well in Sweden.

Along with the obvious perks of Jelly Bean, ASUS wants to remind everyone that they will be losing Adobe Flash official support, and that the Jelly Bean update will remove Wifi-Direct from the Prime. On that note, they also say no users will be forced to accept this update.

If you're rooted and ROM'ed, ignore all this and be ready for better custom work from your favorite developer. If you're not, you can check for the update from the device settings -- let us know if you see it!

Source: ASUS. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Water-resistant, LTE-connected Sony Xperia V tipped for December launch

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As Sony prepares to launch the Xperia T in the UK this week, eyes are already on the T's quirky sibling, the Xperia V. Unveiled alongside the Xperia T at IFA last month, the V boasts water resistance and LTE connectivity, in addition to similar internals to the Sony flagship. The screen's been shrunk down to a 4.3-inch panel, although the resolution remains the same, at 1280x720.

Today a Swedish retailer has given us our first tentative Xperia V release date and price point. Dustin.se is now listing the Xperia V as available for pre-order, with a price tag of SEK 4299 (around $650) and a release date of Dec. 3. That's a long time to wait for Sony fans, who'll have plenty to tempt them in the fourth quarter. We'll be crossing our fingers for an earlier release, as it's not every day you see LTE, a 720p screen and water resistance in a single handset.

Tempted by a high-end waterproof device like this? Shout out in the comments.

Source: Dustin.se, via: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

Replacement Google: In case the real thing goes on strike

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We won't spoil the surprise. Hit the source link below and get searchin'. 

Source: Replacement Google; via @CharlesApple

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3 years ago

How to tell if your Samsung phone is vulnerable to today's USSD hack

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A quick way to tell if your Samsung phone is at risk, and what to do if it is 

There's a lot of confusion as to exactly which Samsung phones are affected by today's big scary USSD vulnerability, which could cause some phones to factory reset themselves upon visiting a malicious web page. Some Galaxy S2 and S3-class phones are susceptible, others less so. In some cases it depends if you're running the latest firmware or not. In others, there's no patched firmware available yet.

Samsung will surely be hard at work rolling out fixes for devices that remain susceptible, but in the meantime we've got a quick, easy to tell if your phone is at risk, without taking the plunge and running the malicious code itself. Find out more after the break.

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3 years ago

How we'd improve the Nexus Q

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The Google Nexus Q is the coolest sphere sitting atop our entertainment center. OK, so it's the only sphere we've got. And despite how cool it looks, and its great build quality, it really doesn't do all that much, especially when you consider its $299 price tag.

Of course, that was before Google decided to shelve the Nexus Q, ceasing sales and giving away a free sphere to anyone who preordered. Now it sits in a state of limbo as Google works "on making it even better." Maybe it'll return. Maybe it won't. We're holding out hope.

So how would we improve the Nexus Q? We've got a few ideas.

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