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Sony has released the binaries for Xperia S, Vanilla Android project has a go

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Two weeks ago Google launched an experiment to bring plain vanilla Android on Sony’s top shelf Xperia smartphone. According to Google’s Technical Lead of the AOSP (Android Open Source Project), “Xperia S is a powerful current GSM device, with an unlockable bootloader, from a manufacturer that has always been very friendly to AOSP.”

Today Sony gave the last piece needed buy the Google’s AOSP – the Xperia S binaries or in layman’s terms – all the drivers needed to run the Xperia S hardware. Read more »

New Nokia teaser video hints at augmented reality app for upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices

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Nokia has released yet another teaser video for their upcoming event on September 5. Unlike the last one, which did not tell us much other than how not to ride a bicycle, this one seems to be hinting at something.

We see a woman walking on the street and slowing down near information appearing besides stores regarding products and their online rating and social status. Read more »

New Jelly Bean ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S III surfaces

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A new Jelly Bean test ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S III leaked today. The ROM version is DLI1 and the build date is today – September 3.

We already tried it out on our unit and it behaves notably better than the previous Jelly Bean leaked ROMs. Read more »

Apple introduces Content Dispute system for the App Store

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The App Store is not without its share of copycat apps. Often you will see developers trying to rip-off a successful app or game by having a similar name, icon or UI and try to benefit from someone else’s success.

For a long time, developers of popular apps could do little but watch copies of their app or game appear on the store. But now Apple has come up with a new Content Dispute system that might just put an end to this situation. Read more »

Google Play Store gets smarter, provides app recommendations based on what you and your friends use

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Google has added a new feature in the Play Store application on Android that should appear automatically when you launch the app. You will notice there is a new ‘Recommended For You’ section right on the featured page along with other categories.

Clicking this category opens the Recommended Apps section, where you will find a list of a whole bunch of apps selected based on the apps that you have downloaded in the past and the apps that your friends have been +1′ing. Read more »

Google Now updated with public alerts, movie showtimes, real time sport results

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With the IFA going at full swing we almost missed the new update for Google Now. Today, all Jelly Bean got a cool new version of their virtual assistant, packing several cool new features.

Google Now is capable of displaying various public alerts as well as real time sport results. But wait, there is more! Read more »

ASUS renames Tablet 600 and 810 to Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT, outs Zenbook U500VZ

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Asus is yet another company to bring joy to the ultrabooks and Windows 8 lovers at this year’s IFA in Berlin.

The company has renamed the Computex-born Tablet 600 and 810 to Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT and announced a 15″ Zenbook with a model name of U500VR. Read more »

Microsoft launches its SkyDrive app for Android, sports Metro UI look and feel

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Microsoft has finally launched a SkyDrive app for Android. Up until now the company’s file sharing service mobile apps were only available on iOS and Windows Phone 7.

This is the second major step forward for the SkyDrive service recently, after the company recently redesigned the its website. Read more »

Firefox 15 for desktop and Android released

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Mozilla has released yet another update for the Firefox browser for the desktop as well as for Android. The major change in the desktop browser is that it now supports silent, background updates, which means just like Chrome, Firefox will now download the latest updates in the background and install them without any user intervention.

The Android version, on the other hand, brings an optimized UI for tablets. Read more »

Samsung release Drive Link smartphone navigation app

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Drive Link is a new in-car navigation app from Samsung which is centered around the most popular uses of smartphones while driving: playing music, turn-by-turn navigation, and hands-free calling.

The app also features the ability to sync with select vehicle head units, as well as integrate with TuneIn radio to offer more than 70,000 global radio stations. Read more »

Update on the Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note Jelly Bean release schedule

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It’s no secret Samsung has been investing quite a lot of effort in the the Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update development recently. Numerous ROMs have already leaked online with the latest being having a build number of XXLH8.

So, what’s really happening inside Samsung’s labs and when we can expect to see the Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update going live? Read more »

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for Samsung Galaxy S III hands-on

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The last few days brought great news to Samsung Galaxy S III owners. Three official Jelly Bean ROMs leaked in quick succession, with the latest having yesterday as its build date. And seeing the kind of interest those leaks are enjoying, we’re guessing many of you are wondering if it’s time to jump ship to ICS.

Whether or not to leave your stable ROM for a beta version of a more functional and cooler looking one has always been a tough decision, but here’s hoping we’ll help you with it by giving you more details on what you are getting and at what cost. Read more »

Samsung I9103 Galaxy R ICS source code released, ROM builders rejoice

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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 »

Facebook updates iOS app, brings massive performance upgrade

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Facebook has updated their mobile application for iOS, which brings with it significant improvement to the performance. Unlike the older version of the app that was based on HTML5, which, in other words, means that it was a simplified web browser loading the Facebook mobile website, the new version uses native code like most of the other apps out there.

What this means is that there is no more lag in scrolling and the performance is silky smooth, like that of one of the stock applications. Read more »

Chrome for iOS gets updated, adds sharing options

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Google has released an update to the Chrome browser for iOS, which brings it to version 21.0.1180.77. The major change in this update is the inclusion of sharing option. Now you can tap the Share button in the drop down menu on the top right and it will give you options to share the page on Google+, email, Facebook and Twitter.

For email and Twitter the app pops up the built-in editing box and for Google+ and Facebook it launches the respective applications, if they are installed on the device. Otherwise it takes you to the App Store page to download them. Read more »