When a hot smartphone comes to the market it has a number of tasks to complete on its launch day. After ticking the “being subjected to a teardown” box, the iPhone 5 is now facing the drop test challange.
And, as if seeing one ultra-expensive gadget crash against the floor isn’t painful enough to watch, we’ve got a second one to accompany it while taking the fall. The iPhone 5 is joined by the Samsung Galaxy S III in this experiment, conducted by Android Authority. Read more »
Apple Maps are taking hits left, right and center lately. Just about everyone had something to say about the product Apple selected to replace Google Maps in iOS, but this last attack comes from the most unexpected of places.
What you see above is a message from the staff at Hackney Wick underground station in London. The guys working there obviously saw the opportunity to make a great joke at the expense of the troubled app and didn’t hesitate to take it. Read more »
Despite its great look, the Apple Maps app -which replaced Google Maps in iOS 6 – has been subject to some heavy criticism over the past few days. The incomplete coverage and numerous inaccuracies made most users miss the iOS 5 days, when they could actually go places.
However, salvation might be on the horizon, as we got a report saying that Google is already done with the development of an iOS-6 compatible Google Maps app. Read more »
Design is the one of the areas where we feel WP smartphones do pretty well. The Nokia Lumia 800 and 900 were considered by many (us included) as two of the best-looking handsets the industry has seen and virtually all of the recently announced WP8 handsets look equally as impressive.
Yet when we saw the latest concept design posted on Yanko Design, we just fell in love with it. Inspired by the Windows Phone UI, the colorful handset is not only a great looker, but also really different from anything we have seen so far. Read more »
T-Mobile might not have an LTE network for the Galaxy S III to enjoy, but the carrier continues to throw free bonuses at those who purchased the Samsung flagship on its network.
The latest gift is a free copy of The Avengers, which will be made available through the Samsung Media Hub starting September 25. The copy will naturally be DRM-protected, but you will still be able to stream it through DLNA or MHL. Read more »
We continue putting the LG Optimus G Snapdragon S4 Pro chipsets through its paced and now it’s the Adreno 320 GPU turn to impress.
Qualcomm chipsets have hardly ever been known for providing the best possible graphics performance, but it appears things are about to change with the S4 Pro. The Adreno 320 didn’t quite give competitors the same royal spanking as the quad-core Krait, but it still managed to beat them at both benchmarks we ran. Read more »
If you’ve been keeping track of our homepage you probably know that we are busy handling the LG Optimus G and putting its new Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, True HD Plus screen and 13 megapixel camera though various tests.
We now got the first benchmark results from the smartphone and they show that the 1.5GHz quad-core Krait CPU and Adreno 320 GPU ticking inside the beast are every bit as impressive as we hoped. Read more »
The quad-core Krait CPU might be the LG Optimus G feature that’s making all the headlines, but we shouldn’t also forget that the smartphone comes with a 13 megapixel camera with a brand new 5-element lens, specially designed for its sensor.
We were able to snap a couple of photos with the LG Optimus G and we are rushing to share them with you. The lighting was far from perfect, but the LG flagship still did pretty well for a smartphone and way better than its modest 1/3.2″ sensor size suggests. Read more »
Exactly one week ago, Google’s Eric Schmidt stepped on stage during Motorola’s On Display event and announced that Android activations had surpassed 480 million. He also confirmed that there were 1.3 million daily activations of new Android devices.
Yesterday, the director of product management for Android, Hugo Barra, confirmed that the platform has shot past the 500 million mark. This means that about 20 million new Android devices have been purchased over the past six days alone, or about 3.3 million per day. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean ROM leaks continue and today we get the latest iteration, version XXDLI5. Early adopters have reported no major bugs so far, so we might be getting near to an official release.
Keep in mind, that while the ROM is Samsung-made it’s not meant for public distribution and installing it will void your warranty. That said, the XXDLI5 Jelly Bean ROM for the Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III is the most stable so far and is fully capable of serving as your daily driver. Read more »
Today we got the chance to sit down with Samsung’s team and have a more thorough look at its recently announced products.
First off, it was the Samsung Galaxy Camera. We tried it first-hand without the messy wires and we’re quite happy with how it felt. It has 21x optical zoom and at its widest end, the lens has an ultra wide angle of 23mm in 35mm terms and there’s a back-lit sensor behind it, which is impressive enough combo, even without counting the Android smart functionality. Read more »
Samsung has announced two new additions to its lineup of memory cards. The company has confirmed that it will be launching 64GB UHS-1 microSD and SD cards in mid-October, which is just a month and a half away now.
The cards will be part of the Pro family, sporting a maximum read speed of up to 104MB/s. Of course you’ll need an UHS-1-enabled host device to achieve that kind of speed. Read more »
Samsung have just released the source code of the ICS kernel of their Galaxy R Android smartphone. This will presumably open the floodgates and custom ROMs and kernels for the device will now start appearing at a rapid rate.
Samsung engineers took their time with the Galaxy R ICS update, delivering it several months after the release for the Galaxy S II, but that was to be expected given the difference in popularity (and price) between the two handsets. Read more »
It certainly took longer than usual, but the LG Optimus 4X HD defenses are finally breached and you can now gain root access to its system. A guy called qaz753 from the all-conquering XDA-developers community did the trick and was kind enough to share the magic with the rest of the 4X HD owners.
The method is a bit more complicated than on some other smartphones, but luckily there’s a step-by-step tutorial courtesy of our tipster that should be quite easy to follow. Read more »
Manufacturers are still taking their time with the official Jelly Bean updates, but the guys over at XDA-developers have been quite busy porting the latest Android distribution to various smartphones and already have quite a lot to show for their efforts.
The most recent achievement of the indie dev community is quite impressive though. The Samsung Galaxy Ace and Gio – two smartphones based on the older-gen ARMv6 CPU – got CM10 ports, which will certainly be their only chance of tasting Jelly Bean. Read more »