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Bootloader for LG Optimus G (AT&T, Sprint and Verizon versions) gets unlocked

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The LG Optimus G is a good phone as it is, but being the first Snapdragon S4 Pro-powered phone to hit the market, it draws the attention of a lot of power users and those guys are used to customizing their phones. The locked bootloader poses a problem, but one that has now been solved by Project FreeGee.

FreeGee is a tool that will unlock the bootloader of your Optimus G and it comes courtesy of XDA-Developers member thecubed. Read more »

HTC Droid DNA battery life tested, here’s how the smartphone beast scored

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The HTC Droid DNA leads the charge of phones with super-sharp screens into the west – it has 5″ 1080p display with an amazing pixel density of 440ppi (the screen looked great when we handled the phone).

The demanding resolution is taken care by the powerful Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with a quad-core Krait processor and the new Adreno 320, which is the best an Android phone can get at the moment. But is the 2,020mAh battery too small? Read more »

Opera adds resumable downloads for J2ME and BlackBerry phones with Opera Mini 7.1

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The Opera team has a long history of trying to improve the experience on less capable phones and its latest target was the poor file downloading experience on J2ME and BlackBerry phones.

The developers updated Opera Mini to version 7.1, which has a brand new download manager. Read more »

New paint jobs for Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III mini might be coming soon

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The Samsung Galaxy S III launched with only two color options but Samsung added new colors over time. Rumor has it that it’s now turn for the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III mini to get new paintjobs.

The Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III mini will get three new color options each and they’re somewhat different (in name at least) from the colors that the Galaxy S III is available in. Read more »

Nexus 10 goes on pre-order at Staples, taken apart elsewhere

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The Nexus 10 stock at the Play Store was depleted pretty quickly when it launched, so it’s good to see the 10-inch Google tablet moving to other stores. Staples have it on pre-order right now, but unfortunately won’t start deliveries until two-to-three weeks.

Meanwhile, the tablet has been torn down, revealing what makes it tick (spoiler: plenty of Samsung-made parts). Read more »

Nokia Lumia 820 drops by the office, shoots a Cinemagraph

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The Nokia Lumia 820 stopped by for a quick visit and the first thing we did was put it in front of our camera. The phone is the second Windows Phone 8 handset from Nokia and it differs from the 920 flagship in several areas.

While it misses out on the PureView and PureMotion action, the Lumia 820 actually has several advantages over the Lumia 920. Read more »

Samsung has started production of smaller, faster 64GB embedded memory chips

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There’s been a worrying trend of smartphones and tablets having very little on-board storage and no memory card slots, so this comes as a bit of good news – Samsung has already started production of new embedded memory chips for mobile devices with 64GB capacity.

The chips are built on a 10nm process and are 20% smaller than current chips, while offering 30% better performance compared to Samsung’s older models (“older” here means from five months ago). Read more »

Xiaomi is working on a $64 Android-based set-top box called MiBox

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Xiaomi is a young company that made a name for itself with affordable, feature-rich Android phones but is branching out now. Its new product is called the Xiaomi MiBox, an Android-based set-top box.

Typically for Xiaomi, the MiBox is priced quite attractively – $64 (RMB 399). Unfortunately, the company is yet to expand its availability beyond China. Read more »

Sony Xperia go goes up a snowy mountain, suffers various accidents, lives to tell the tale

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The Sony Xperia go just can’t catch a break – the durable Android handset was tortured in the summer and now the same guys are back to torment it in winter conditions. The poor guy was thrown around, ran over, jumped on, bashed, dunked and put through other trials.

The Xperia go sports an IP67 certification, giving it dust and water resistance, but it also seems to handle subzero temperatures quite well. Read more »

HTC DROID DNA takes on the quad-core Android competition

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HTC just announced their DROID DNA monster smartphone, but does it have what it takes to challenge the current flagships? The 5″ 1080p is one-of-a-kind at the moment, offering unmatched sharpness. And the Snapdragon S4 Pro is the most powerful chipset in an Android phone right now, though it’s not the only phone to use it. But there are plenty of other variables to consider.

To make the comparison easier, we’ve made a head-to-head table, pitting the HTC DROID DNA against the LG Optimus G and the Samsung Galaxy S III. Check it out! Read more »

Battery tests of HTC One X+ are complete, here are the results

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The HTC One X+ is a quick update to the company’s flagship – they pumped up the Tegra 3 chipset to higher clock speeds, fitted a bigger battery to compensate and threw in some extra storage to sweeten the pot.

Now the question is whether the bigger batter and Jelly Bean are enough to offset the extra power usage from the overclocked chipset. Read more »

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for Nexus 7 available for manual update right now

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The question of Android updates might make many users uncomfortable, but not Nexus owners – just as the new Nexus 4 went on sale (and quickly ran out), the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7 began to roll out. You can read more about the Galaxy Nexus update here.

If you own a Nexus 7 tablet you can update it manually too, if you don’t feel like waiting. Read more »

NenaMark 2 scores for Sony Xperia C360X appear, promise Xperia T-level specs

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We’ve been seeing a steady stream of leaks about the next crop of Sony Xperia Androids but this one is about a new model – the C3602 (since the last digit indicates the region, let’s just call it the C360X).

We’ve already seen the low-end C1 series (Xperia E and E Dual) and the high-end C6 series (Odin and Yuga with their 5″ 1080p screens), so this C360X should be our first look at the mid-range offerings. Read more »

HTC Windows Phone 8X battery life test concludes, results are inside

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Microsoft’s latest mobile OS is getting ready for prime time and the ailing HTC is marketing its Windows Phone 8X as the “signature” Windows Phone 8 handset. We already reviewed the 8X, now it’s time to see how long it lasts in our battery test.

The HTC 8X has an 1800mAh Li-Ion battery and a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 chipset – virtually the same specs as AT&T’s One X, expect for the smaller screen (4.3″ vs. 4.7″). Read more »

iOS apps still make more money, but Android apps are closing in

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Android’s app store has a reputation of having more free apps and games than the iOS store, which is good for consumers, but the iOS store is better known for bringing in more revenue, which is good for developers. According to App Annie that is still true, but the gap is closing.

The analysts at App Annie have taken the two types of paid apps into account – premium apps (you pay for the app) and freemium apps (the app is free, but you can pay for in-game purchases). Freemium apps are the primary revenue generators on both platforms, showing incredible growth. Read more »