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5 years ago

Ask AC: How to transfer microSD card data?


Ndc writes in the HTC One X forums,

Probably like most of you, I can't wait for my One X to arrive next (later this?) week. I'm getting so sick of my Epic 4G. One anxious question for me though: how do I transfer the data on my microSD card over to the One X?

I've got most of my stuff in the cloud - contacts, calendar, music etc - but there are some important app data, like health logs, that I really would like to transfer over.

I've got a backup app, should I use that to back stuff up online?

We're really glad you asked, as this is a question more than a few are bound to have. Cloud storage and backup apps are great, we use them all the time, but in this case nothing is going to work as well as the trusty USB cable and your computer. When you get your new One X, and after you're done marveling at how thin and sexy it is, you can move all your app data over to it straight from your Epic 4G.

Just because the One X has no SD card doesn't mean it has no SD card storage area. It's just internal. When you plug it in to your computer you'll have the same option you would from other phones to mount the storage. It's pretty safe to say you should connect the Epic 4G up, pull everything off the SD card to a folder on your computer, then you can drag it right into the One X's storage. Mind the folder names -- app data can be in its own folder on the SD card or it can be inside the Android\data\ folder. Try to put it back in the same folders it came from and you'll be fine.

If you don't have access to a computer, you could transfer all your SD card data to a service like Dropbox and restore it to the One X with a file browser -- it just takes a bit longer and uses a bit of data. Either way will work, so use what's most convenient for you.

Have a question you need answered? (Preferably about Android, but we're flexible.) Hit up our Contact Page to get in touch!

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5 years ago

Reminder: We're in London for Samsung Unpacked


Heads up -- Phil and Alex are getting geared up and will be live in London for the Samsung Unpacked event tomorrow (May 3 2pm EDT, 11am PDT) where we expect to see what everyone's been waiting to see. No, not Phil taunting a member of the Royal Guard, we're talking about the next phone in the Samsung Galaxy line, presumably the Galaxy S III. Expectations are running high for Samsung's new baby, and the blogs have been on fire with leaks and rumors -- ranging from the interesting to the ridiculous. We'll have all the answers soon enough. 

While Alex shows Phil around town, the forums are hopping with discussion. That's where you'll want to be while playing the waiting game. When it's time tomorrow, we'll have a live blog set up and let you know everything there is to know. See you there!

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5 years ago

AT&T HTC One X forum threads you need to follow


The AT&T HTC One X reviews are in (wait, ours wasn't he only one?), and one thing is abundantly clear -- this is one beast of a phone. But now the real work begins. We're finally able to talk about this bad boy, and that means it's time for some serious discussions in the forums. And discussions are already under way. Here's a look at but a few of the HTC One X threads you need to be paying attention to:

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Prism gets official May 9 at Walmart, May 23 elsewhere


T-Mobile this morning unwrapped the Prism, a 3.5-inch (HVGA) Gingerbread device with a 3.2MP camera. The specs aren't going to wow you, but then again they're not really supposed to. It's the pricing that's the selling point here. The Prism will cost $19.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan, or it'll cost $149.99 with no annual contract.

Anybody jumping on this one?

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5 years ago

Motorola Mobility brings the RAZR MAXX to Sweden and Norway in mid-May


Great news for all of you living in Norway and Sweden, as you'll soon be able to purchase the RAZR MAXX (see our review here). Motorola Mobility is making an effort to bring the same high-end phone to a variety of markets.

Here are some of the specs if you need a refresher:

  • 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED Advanced display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1.2GHZ dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

While it does come with Android 2.3, Motorola Mobility said that the 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update will come in Q2. The RAZR MAXX will be available to purchase in mid-May.

Source: Motorola Mobility (NorwaySweden)

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5 years ago

Toshiba Excite 10 LE initial walkthrough


You want thin, yet fully featured? Then you need to look at the Toshiba Excite 10 LE. It has decent, but not breath-taking specs -- OMAP dual-core 4430 at 1.2GHz, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 10.1-inch IPS display at 1280x800, Android 4.0 and all the ports and slots you'd even want. The screen on the Excite is pretty nice too. I noticed great viewing angles, and it's really nice and bright. Toss in a magnesium back with a modern textured feel, and it's sounding like a nice piece of gear. 

But all that pales when you realize how oh-my-God thin it is. 7.7mm to be exact, or one-tenth of a millimeter thinner that the HTC One S. It's amazing. In fact, when you first pick it up you do a double-take, simply because it is so thin and light (535 grams). It's beyond impressive. 

I'm putting this one through the paces. I use the heck out of a tablet, even though for the longest time I didn't think I would. If it can be broken, I will break it. If it can be crashed, I will crash it. If it performs great, I will love it. Keep an eye out for a full review, but I wanted everyone to have a quick look at the new sexy. Hit the break for a video and some pictures.

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5 years ago

About that new BlackBerry 10 keyboard


If you're interested in smartphone tech, you've surely been peeking at CrackBerry checking out all the BlackBerry World coverage. It's OK, we've been checking it out, too. The folks over there are killing it with the coverage. What seems to have impressed people the most is the new on-screen keyboard we're seeing in BlackBerry 10 devices. It has awesome text prediction, uses gestures, and is a step in the right direction when compared to RIM's previous software keyboard options. Surepress. *shudder*

Well, it should look good, as well as look pretty familiar -- we're certain we've seen it before. I'll come right out and say it. RIM is using technology from SwiftKey in their new keyboard, if not in the physical layout, then at least in the prediction engine. Our scientific testing all but proves it, and yesterday's video confirms our suspicions. But it's a good thing. Of all the software keyboards out there, we think SwiftKey would be the one to use if given a choice. Tie it deep into the OS, and we imagine the fellows from England can work magic with it. Hit the break, and have a look for yourself. And be sure to keep an eye on CrackBerry to find out all there is to know about BlackBerry World 2012.

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5 years ago

Galaxy S 3 to be offered in blue and white?


It's the day before a pretty significant product announcement (we'll be there!), so we're bound to see more leaks today, like this one suggesting that the Galaxy S 3 (or is it Galaxy S III) will be offered in more than one color at launch.  ​GSMarena​ got a hold of an inventory screen shot from Carphone Warehouse suggesting that Samsung will launch the "Next Galaxy" in blue and white.  As we've seen with the Galaxy Note, though, Samsung's idea of blue is more of a black with a blue tint in the right light.  If this is true it'll be nice to have more than one color option at launch, as opposed to having to wait a little longer for the mythical white version that gets everyone all excited.

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5 years ago

Late-night poll: Dual-core or quad-core?


With all the talk of quad-core vs dual-core, and seeing the performance of both in the same phone, we want to know.  Do you want a dual-core or quad-core chip in your next device?  Last year around this time we were starting to see dual-core phones emerge from manufacturers.  They all promised the best performance in a mobile device you've ever seen.  And they were right.  The Tegra 2, and later the OMAP 4 and Exynos were all strong performers.  Then came quad-core.  The same promises were made.  And again, they proved to be true.  Tegra 3 (otherwise known as Kal-El) put last years dual-core chips to shame.

Now we have Qualcomm firing back with a dual-core chip, the S4.  They are making the same promises.  Better performance, better battery life.  As we saw in Phil's review (gotta love the header!) of the One X they are mostly right.  Some people still have a soft spot for more cores, though, and performance is the same.  So what say you, dear reader? Tell us in tonight's poll!

Dual-core or quad-core?

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5 years ago

AT&T HTC One X review


Qualcomm's dual-core Snapdragon S4 and LTE trump the quad-core Tegra 3 in our definitive AT&T HTC One X review!

What more could we possibly say about the HTC One X? After several thousand words in our first HTC One X review (plus more in Alex Dobie's take, plus the countless forum threads), we already know everything there is to know about this phone, right? Right?!?

Not so fast.

As you'll recall, there actually are  two versions of the HTC One X. The first, the one we've already reviewed forward and backward, is powered by NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 system and is your standard GSM/HSPA smartphone. The second version is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (you'll also hear it referred to as "Krait") and sports an LTE radio for faster data speeds. The latter version is what AT&T's rocking coming May 6, and it's known outside the United States as the HTC One XL.

They're the same phone, right? Really the only difference is that AT&T wanted an LTE version, and Tegra 3 and LTE still aren't ready to play together in prime time, right? Well, yes, and no. Let's just put it this way: One of our chief complaints about smartphones has been addressed here.

That's not to say we won't be making a few compromises with the AT&T One X. But we're also finding ourselves plenty blown away. Read on for our complete AT&T HTC One X review.

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5 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus: how to manually update to Android 4.0.4


So Android 4.0.4's starting to roll out to the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. But maybe you don't want to wait? (We sure don't.) Android forums adviser and Galaxy Nexus guru dmmarck has you covered. He's went through and made the process as simple as possible, and is in there fielding questions and updating phones right now. 

What are you waiting for? Jump in and join the fun!

Dmmarck's Verizon Galaxy Nexus 4.0.4 update guide





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5 years ago

Latest Android version numbers show gains for ICS and Gingerbread


The latest set of Android version numbers has been released by Google, showing details of the spread between various versions of the OS. As always, the stats were collected from devices accessing the Google Play Store during the last two weeks of the month. Here's a quick breakdown --

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich grew from a 2.9% share last month to 4.9% this month, marking a continuation of the slow but steady climb for the latest version of the OS. This is likely due to sales of new ICS phones like the HTC One series, as well as updates for existing phones and tablets running Gingerbread and Honeycomb.
  • Android 3.x Honeycomb stayed flat at 3.3%, likely due to slow Honeycomb tablet sales, combined with a similarly-paced update schedule for current Honeycomb tabs.
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread rose from 63.7 to 64.4%, meaning people are still buying Gingerbread phones. No surprises there.
  • Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.1 Eclair steadily fell in market share, and now stand at 20.9 and 5.5% respectively. As older devices are left behind, and newer ones are updated to Gingerbread and ICS, we expect to see more of this in the months ahead.
  • Android 1.6 Donut and 1.5 Cupcake continue to soldier on with 0.7 and 0.3% of the Android market respectively. Go figure.

For some perspective, take a look at last month's numbers here. Though ICS continues to be out-represented by the likes of Eclair, we're expecting to see a big jump in the next 30 days, with the launch of devices like the AT&T HTC One X, Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE and Samsung Galaxy S3, in addition to even more updates for existing hardware. If you like looking at charts, you'll find even more at the source link.

Source: Android Developers

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5 years ago

Why my dual-core S4 is as good as your quad-core


My dual-core S4 is as good as your quad-core.  No really, it is.  Qualcomm recently (OK, maybe not that recently) announced the S4 Snapdragon with Krait CPU.  More recently Samsung announced the Exynos 4 Quad (confirmed to power the "next Galaxy"), and we've already seen what the Tegra 3 from NVIDIA can do.  Why, then, is the S4 as good as these quad-cores?  Put simply, you get all the performance of the quad-core (and then some), plus amazing battery life.  We've seen video proof of the performance.  With the S4 Qualcomm has introduced a new architecture, and it's cutting edge.  It's based on the same instruction set as the new ARM A15 processors, which gives it a significant advantage over it's competitors. It will do tasks faster, and more efficiently than the rest of the current generation hardware.

Based on a 28nm (nanometer -- a unit of measurement) production process, the Krait CPU is powerful, and power efficient.  The "pipe" (the electronic path that data flows through) has been widened and lengthened, which allows it to chew through more instructions at any given time.  How many more?  Up to 50% more than the old Scorpion cores we find in phones like the HTC EVO 3D and others from last year. Qualcomm claims up to a 30% improvement on the A9 based core used in the current generation Exynos, OMAPs, and Tegras of the world.  Keep in mind that these are per core numbers, which is why a dual-core can keep up with a quad-core.  When each core can perform 30 to 50 percent better, that means you don't need as many to do the same amount of work.

OK, so performance is awesome, but that's not all. Battery life is also substantially improved. All the power-saving improvements you hear about new quad-core processors are there, and more because of the smaller production die, and you're also running two cores instead of four. I'll leave it to Phil's AT&T One X review to show you just how much improvement there is, but it should be substantial.  And this is with LTE, which is built-in to the S4, giving us very tangible benefits to battery life over every previous LTE enabled phone we've seen.

So performance is just as good overall and battery life should be better.  The moral of the story?  The number of cores isn't the whole story.  How the device performs in your hand is. It's a topic we've been discussing at length in the Android hardware forums, and if you're interested in some serious tech-talk (or just want to learn what all those letters and numbers mean) you really should dive in and join us.

Qualcomm S4 Krait hardware breakdown | Read the AT&T HTC One X review

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5 years ago

How to change the (ridiculous) AT&T e-mail signature


AT&T has a pretty lame e-mail signature. Maybe you've heard.

We could lambaste these signatures and the reason they're there until the next iPhone is released. They're horrible. They cheapen what otherwise is a pretty excellent e-mail experience. But here's a secret the iPhone folks who chuckle at this sort of thing — those would be the same ones who rocked the "sent from my iPhone" signature like it was a badge of individuality or something — don't bother telling you. It takes all of 30 seconds to swap it out.

Yes. You no longer have to have the "Sent from my HTC One™ X, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone" signature. Gone is the particularly horrific "Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S™ II Skyrocket™, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone." (By the way, we're sensing a trend here, in case you didn't notice.")

Got half a minute? We're going to walk you through it after the break.

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5 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus 4.0.4 update unofficially officially confirmed


Everybody has been trying to confirm or debunk this mornings claims of a slow rollout of the Android 4.0.4 update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Amidst all the fuss and confusion, Android Forums member Poseign just walked into his local Verizon store and had a peek at the display units. Sure enough, there's one on the shelf running the rumored update.

While we still have no idea about the rollout schedule, or have a file location for the hacker-types to manually update, at least we know it's real. A month and a day after the GSM version, which won't sit too well with some of you folks, but at least it's here. Keep your eyes peeled if you're running a Verizon Nexus, and if you get the update notice and want to help, head into the forums and holler -- they're there waiting for ya!

We've got an e-mail into Verizon and are waiting on more official word. In the meantime, there's another pic after the break that should satisfy your curiosity. 

Source: Android Forums; Verizon Galaxy Nexus update page
Also: Droid-Life.

Thanks, Poseign!

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