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CM10 comes to the Atrix, DEFY, DEFY+ and One X

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It’s been a busy week for CyanogenMod – to accompany the almost daily ports popping up for various devices, some users over at the xda-developers blog have achieved an unofficial CyanogenMod 10 port to the Motorola Atrix, DEFY, DEFY+ and the Tegra 3-only HTC Endeavor (One X).

While CM 10 does bring Jelly Bean to the aforementioned devices, it’s important to keep in mind that the software is still in its early stages of development and you will experience bugs, and there’s always the risk of bricking your device. Read more »

CyanogenMod 9 reaches RC2, adds international S III support

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CyanogenMod 9 has entered the Release Candidate 2 stage, adding official support for the international Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II Skyrocket and Galaxy Note on AT&T, among others.

According to the CM team the final release of CM 9 is just around the corner making this RC2 release most likely the last pre-final one. Read more »

SwiftKey 3 gets Jelly Bean support with an update

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SwiftKey 3 is one of the popular third party keyboards available on Android and it has just received an update that adds Jelly Bean support, making it available on the updated Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7 tablet.

Only the phone app lists Jelly Bean support in the What’s New section, but the tablet version does say it offers bug fixes “including UI and Jelly Bean issues”. Read more »

It’s the Galaxy S III turn to get a taste of Jelly Bean via CyanogenMod 10

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It’s a good week for Galaxy devices. First, the Galaxy S II got Jelly Bean thanks to CM10, then it was the original Galaxy S and now the latest of the bunch – the international Galaxy S III.

You could take the early build of the Android 4.1-based CM10 for a spin, but keep in mind that some things may not work properly and others at all. Read more »

LG passed the 4 million mark on its LTE smartphones, globally

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The LG Optimus LTE smartphones have reportedly crossed the 4 million sales mark globally.

The best performers among what turned out to be LG’s most successful lineup in a while are the Optimus LTE and LTE Tag, while the Krait-powered LTE2 has sold more than 400 thousand units in South Korea alone. Read more »

The Asus-made Google Nexus pre-orders are now shipping in the US

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Users in the United States that’ve pre-ordered the Google Nexus slate are now very close to receiving their devices.

The tablet has begun shipping and Google has come out with a statement that the first wave of orders has already begun shipping and all pre-orders are scheduled to ship within 3 business days. Read more »

Three new ads of the Galaxy S III show its sharing prowess in “real life” scenarios

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Samsung has ousted a trio of lighthearted ads for its Galaxy S III flagship, which focus on the AllShare Play, Group Cast and Share Shot abilities.

The first one is of a guy that “suffers” the nuisance of having to show a photo to a group of people, who apparently don’t own smartphones. Read more »

Krait-packing HTC One X overclocked to 1.8 GHz, gets ready to ace benchmarks

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By using a custom Kernel module, some XDA developers members have managed to overclock the Krait CPU cores of the HTC One X (the one available on the AT&T and Rogers networks) to 1.8 GHz.

This makes the MSM8960 SoC about 20% faster and the Kernel is applicable to any rooted One X, based on Krait, without the need to unlock the bootloader. Read more »

Google Chrome almost doubles its active users, now at impressive 310m

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Google Chrome is among the topics of discussion at day two of Google’s I/O developer conference. According to Senior Vice President of Chrome and Apps over at Google, Sundar Pinchai, Chrome has 310 million active users.

This makes Chrome the most popular web browser in the world. Year over year the jump of active users has almost doubled from the 160 million back in 2011. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S III uses Wolfson’s WM1811 audio chip

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The Samsung Galaxy S III uses Wolfson Microelectronics’ WM1811 Audio Hub – the chip device that converts digital sound into analog, bringing users crystal clear HD sound during calls and during audio playback. This information was confirmed by Wolfson itself on the company’s website.

For those unfamiliar with Wolfson and Samsung’s partnership the Wave and Galaxy S both used the WM8994 Audio Hub and have been regarded as stellar performers. Read more »

Bing Maps gets its largest update to date – 165TB worth of aerial imagery

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Bing Maps has received a huge update, amassing a total of 165 terabytes of information and imagery. This is the largest update to the mapping service ever and it’s larger than all of the past Aerial releases combined! To give you a little perspective the prior existing Aerial coverage of Bing Maps was 129 terabytes in total.

The update brings high-quality aerial photos of North America, South America, Africa, Australia, Europe and Asia with the total covered area being around 38 million square kilometers or roughly Russia’s land area multiplied by two plus the whole of India. Pretty impressive stuff. Read more »

Instagram update brings revamped profile tab, improved sharing

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Instagram has been updated for iOS and Android with the most prominent change being the revamped profile tab, which is now more intuitively arranged.

Sharing has received improvements too – users can opt to share their likes on Facebook. The usual array of bug fixes and optimizations are included in the update. Read more »

The Nokia heavyweight is here, we take the Lumia 900 for a spin

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Just days after the exciting Windows Phone 8 announcement we have the Lumia 900 at our doorstep.

The Nokia Lumia 900 immediately felt special with its glossy white finish and gorgeous display. Jump past the break for more. Read more »

Quad-core comes to town: the LG Optimus 4X HD pays us a visit

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What we have in the office is something special. LG’s new flagship is at our door and it looks eager to strut its stuff and flex some quad-core muscles.

The LG Optimus 4X HD has a strong claim as one of the best phones on the market right now. And if quad-core Tegra 3 processing, True HD-IPS display of 720p resolution and Android 4.0.3 aren’t enough by themselves, take a peek inside for our video of the 4X HD in action. Read more »

WinZip now available for Android, rolls back the years

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Anyone who has used a .zip file manager before has heard of WinZip and has used it too.

Well if you want to relive some of that nostalgia anew and you own an Android-powered device you can – the app is available for free in the Google Play store. Read more »