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CyanogenMod team working to bring Ice Cream Sandwich to all supported devices in two months time

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If you own one of the 60+ devices supported by CyanogenMod, you can rest assured that your droid gadget will be getting a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) one way or another. The Cyanogen team announced they have already started working on CyanogenMod 9, which will be based on ICS.

We can expect results as early as two months from now (keep in mind the ICS source code was just released). It will probably take most makers and carriers much longer than that to put out the ICS update for their devices. Read more »

IDC report shows shows devs have increasing interest in WP7, Kindle Fire almost as interesting as original iPad

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IDC queried devs that use the Appcelerator platform and has some very interesting stats to share. The Nokia/Microsoft dual effort to attract developers is paying off – Windows Phone comes out as the third most desirable mobile platform to develop for (a big thing, considering WP7′s limited market share).

Also, Amazon’s new Kindle Fire is stirring things up in the Android tablet world, overtaking the Samsung Galaxy Tab in the US as the Android tablet most devs are interested in working for. Read more »

Samsung Exhibit II 4G is on display in our office [VIDEO]

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The Samsung Exhibit II 4G is one of the fastest product sequels we’ve seen in quite some time. Launched less than six months after the original Exhibit 4G, the smartphone is essentially the North American version of the Samsung Galaxy W, and packs a decent spec sheet to go with its bargain price tag.

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Motorola dead serious with this 11.11.11 thing – prices DROID RAZR for Verizon $111.11

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The Motorola RAZR has already launched for the UK and now it’s USA’s turn, courtesy of Verizon. The DROID RAZR is now available over at Amazon Wireless for Verizon and is priced at $111.11, which is some way off the official $299.99 Verizon price.

Being that today is 11.11.2011 and the price is non-accidentally exactly $111.11 you can see what Moto did there. We suspect though that the promotion is a limited-time offer and we’ll be back to normal tomorrow, so if you have set your sight on the slim Kevlar-coated droid, you might want to hurry up with the order. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket landed in front of our camera [VIDEO]

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When the Samsung Galaxy S II trio got announced in the United States a couple of months ago, AT&T wireless’s offering came closest to the original I9100. The versions for Sprint Wireless and T-Mobile came with bigger, 4.5″ Super AMOLED Plus screens. The aforementioned occurrence left quite a few AT&T customers just a tad disappointed for being stuck with “only” a 4.3″ screen. After all, bigger is always better in America.

Well, it looks like AT&T has decided to take action and fix things with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. The Android powerhouse now comes with the same 4.5″ screen as its T-Mobile and Sprint siblings. AT&T has also given it the LTE treatment to make up for the wait.

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Samsung Galaxy Note comes by, will stay for a full review this time [VIDEO]

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Our Samsung Galaxy Note review unit arrived at the office and we’ve already started exploring its secrets. We’ll be doing our best to being out the review as quickly as possible, but before that arrives, here’s something to bring you up to speed.

As usual, we unboxed the new arrival on video and took a brief tour around its interface to give you an idea of what to expect. The Galaxy Note is quite an interesting device, going where very few have gone before him. Read more »

Motorola RAZR advertisement is too epic to not get popcorn whilst watching it [VIDEO]

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Let’s face it – most mobile phone advertisements are pretty mediocre and don’t have much imagination thrown into them. Not the case with Motorola and their ads for the RAZR.

Ever since their first TV spot hinting about the upcoming ‘faster’ product on October 18 was released, they’ve been on a roll with their more recent ads. Read more »

ARM announces new Mali-T658 mobile GPU, promises 10x performance boost

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ARM has just unveiled the next gen Mali GPU, dubbed Mali-T658. The GPU is said to deliver desktop-class performance, offering 10 times the processing power of the Mali 400, which is used in the Samsung Galaxy S II.

According to ARM, the Mali-T658, should also offer four times the performance of the Mali-T604, which was previously announced, but is still to enter mass production. That’s the T-604 that is rumored to feature in the next generation Exynos chipsets and we might see in the Galaxy S III. Read more »

Apple iPhone 4S battery test is complete, here go the results [TEST]

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We are already done with testing the second smartphone to go through our new battery life test. The Apple iPhone 4S did slightly better than the Nokia N9 becoming the new device to beat.

As the blog regulars among you know, the new test involves three individual challenges (video playback, web browsing and voice calls) and a combined, general usage test. Read more »

Nokia Maps for WP7 hacked to work on all WP7 phones

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“Exclusive” is really a word that the XDA community really can’t stand. That’s why it’s no surprise that the Nokia-developed Maps application that was supposed to bring extra value to the WP smartphones of the Finns is already freed and made available to anyone with an unlocked (as in dev-unlocked not as in SIM-free) WP device.

Some helpful members of the hacking community got their hands on the Nokia Maps XAP file and they were kind enough to share it with everyone. The XAP file is all that you need to install Nokia Maps on your non-Nokia WP smartphone, so the app exclusivity seal is really broken. Read more »

Nokia N9 full battery test is ready, does quite decently [TEST]

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We just introduced our redesigned battery test and we thought the Nokia N9 would be a great device to try out the new course. The MeeGo flagship seemed to do quite well, though we’ll be able to confirm that only when the results of more devices come out.

Let’s start with the Nokia N9 performance in the three individual components of the test. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S II gets Android ICS and a 2x performance boost thanks to a MIUI ROM

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That’s right fellas, there’s no need to wait any more. You can have an Android Ice Cream Sandwich firmware up and running on you Samsung Galaxy S II right now, thanks to the skillful developers behind the MIUI ROM.

The great news is this thing is blazing fast. The first benchmarks indicate that the performance has doubled compared to what the stock Galaxy S II has to offer. The Quadrant score is over 5,000, compared to 3,500 before the update (higher is better here). Read more »

Samsung pitches its Omnia W smartphone with new promo video

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You might have forgotten about the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango-running Samsung Omnia W, which was announced in the end of September.

Expected to hit the shelves this month, the Omnia W is Samsung turn at giving WP 7.5 a spin and is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset with a 1.4GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 graphics and 512MB RAM. Read more »

Samsung Focus Flash stormed in, here’s the video [HANDS-ON]

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The Samsung Focus Flash is part of the first wave of handsets from Korea, sporting Windows Phone 7.5 out of the box. The device is the budget oriented sibling of the Samsung Focus S.

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T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II overclocked to 1.8GHz, gets ready to ace benchmarks

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The Samsung Galaxy S II is certainly one of the snappiest smartphones around, but there’s no such thing as a too fast CPU. That’s why the XDA community stepped in and pushed the clock speed of the CPU of the T-Mobile version of the smartphone to the mind-blowing 1.8 GHz.

The exact CPU frequency that was achieved is actually 1.836 GHz. The kernel used to achieve this kind of speed is publicly available and you can try it on your Galaxy S II, if you dare. Read more »