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Samsung planning on making Bada OS open source next year?

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According to some insider information, obtained by the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is en route to open-source its home-baked Bada OS next year, making it possible for developers and even other manufacturers to tinker with it.

The move, should it turn out true, will aim to bring some more manufacturers to the Bada ecosystem and turn it into a viable alternative to Android for mid-range and high-end phones. That would give Samsung some independence from Google and Android and is supposed to be brought on, in part, by the Google-Motorola deal. Read more »

Amazon Appstore drops US-only status, spreads to Europe, Australia and India

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One of the biggest competitors to Google’s Android Market is the controversially named Amazon Appstore. One of the main reasons for its popularity has been the free app that Amazon gives away everyday to users.

Unfortunately, so far the service has been limited to residents of the US. But not anymore, because it seems now the Appstore is expanding its reach to a wider customer base. Read more »

Street Fighter IV coming to Android in Q4, will debut on a new high-end LG droid with an HD screen

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Street Fighter is coming to Android, thanks to a collaboration between LG and CAPCOM. LG’s CEO took the time to “HD” four times in four sentences, underlining “HD smartphone”.

Street Fighter IV will come to Android in the last quarter of this year and be exclusive to the LG’s own app store (LG World) for the first three months of its droid existence. There was no mention of its pricing, though. Read more »

Angry Birds has reached 350 million downloads, consumes 300 million minutes of the world’s free time each day

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Millions this, millions that – the Angry Birds team are probably all patting each other on the back, celebrating passing 350 million downloads. The company’s General Manager Andrew Stalbow bragged about some other numbers – like people spending 300 million minutes each day on the popular bird-flinging game.

But it’s not just about the game anymore – the animated shorts Rovio has put up on YouTube (like this one) have gathered over 170 million views. Read more »

Windows 8 to support phone functionality, will probably make it to smaller tablets as well

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Despite all the Windows 8 demo videos that we saw over the past few days there still seem to be major features in the new OS that we don’t know about. Like telephony, for example. Yeap, Microsoft’s shiny new platform is likely going to support voice calls, which will make it suitable for voice-enabled tablets.

The information comes from the screenshot above, which features a missed calls pane in its Metro UI. And that could be used for some VoIP services, so you shouldn’t get all too enthusiastic about it just yet. Read more »

CardSwitcher brings a touch of WebOS to iOS, providing you’ve got a jailbroken device [VIDEO]

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WebOS has effectively died its death, but there are those who still want to keep it alive, in whatever form that may be and CardSwitcher is one such example.

WebOS & iOS

For those of you sporting a jailbroken iPhone (on 4.1 or higher), CardSwitcher offers WebOS’ visual multitasking in all its glory. There are other apps available of course, but this one appears to be the most fluid and complete of the bunch. Read more »

Another RIM player comes by, say hi to the BlackBerry Torch 9810

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The QWERTY slider BlackBerry Torch 9810 is our guest of honor today, that’s the third BlackBerry in a week! Just like its siblings – the Bold 9900 and Torch 9860, this Torch 9810 is running on the latest BlackBerry OS 7.

It’s a hybrid between the Bold 9900 and Torch 9860, combining both the hardware QWERTY keyboard and the big WVGA touchscreen. Read more »

BlackBerry Torch 9860 storms our office, we do unboxing

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Just a week after we had the pleasure to do unboxing of the latest BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900, today we have another RIM guest – the Torch 9860. It’s in a completely different category though – with that 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen it somehow suggests multimedia prowess rather than business.

Of course, RIM would never cheat on its traditions and it has left nothing out of the business and messaging departments. Read more »

Lode Runner game comes to Android, launches exclusively on the Xperia PLAY and other Xperia devices

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The Xbox Live Arcade game Lore Runner X is coming to the Android OS. It launches exclusively on the Xperia PLAY and Sony Ericsson will make it available on some their other Xperia phones but I guess it will hit the Android Market soon or later.

Lore Runner X for Xperia PLAY has the same 3D graphics as its console sibling and will be controlled the well-known way, thanks to the hardware gaming controls. Read more »

Google Propeller is a social news reader app to compete with Flipboard, still in the works

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Google is allegedly working on a social news reader app for both the iPad and Android, which should step on Flipboard’s toes – which, incidentally, is the app that’s named 2010 app of the year by Apple.

The rumor first emerged from a comment on Google+ by blogger Robert Scoble, who said that he’s “heard from someone working with Google that Google is working on a Flipboard competitor for both Android and iPad”. Read more »

Google Voice Actions now supported in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

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Google Voice Actions is a series of commands you can use on your Android smartphone to send texts, call someone and more. The service has finally crossed the Atlantic and has landed on European shores. It’s now available in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.

The beauty of this is that users who wish to use the Voice Actions service in one of those countries can simply do it by tapping on the microphone icon on their Google Search widget. If you don’t have it, it can be downloaded for free here. Read more »

Samsung Premium Apps Store for Android devices launches

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Samsung announced yet another exclusive service for their Android smartphones. The Korean company has launched Premium Samsung Apps, which is the second Samsung app store for Android.

However, unlike the regular Samsung Apps repository, Premium Samsung Apps will also offer paid applications. So far, Samsung Apps only offered a small number of free applications (though admittedly their quality was usually good), but now that Samsung is also offering paid apps things will change and more variety should be available. Read more »

Turn your iPhone’s iOS into OS X with this stunning mod [VIDEO]

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Ever wanted to have the OS X experience on your iPhone 4? We are afraid we are still some way off from having the real thing, but this latest iOS mod that we found is one great start. Dubbed Ultimatum and naturally only available to jailbroken iPhones, it mimics the Lion OS X quite successfully.

Customizations run really deep here and the mod even introduces new features including Launchpad, Finder menus, stacks etc. Read more »

Valeo lets you park your car with your iPhone 4, it’s as awesome as it sounds

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The iPhone is great at so many things, but we bet you never thought you could use it to park your car. And we are not talking about the distant future – we are talking here and now, thanks to Valeo and their iOS app.

The app integrates with the Park4U system which can be found on many of the recent cars from Lincoln, Ford, Audi, and Volkswagen and lets you control the acceleration and brake of your car remotely. Since Park4U basically does the rest for you, that’s all you are going to need to slot your car into the parking slot, using nothing but your iPhone. Read more »

Microsoft sums up everything that’s great about Windows Phone Mango in a cool video ad

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Microsoft has just released a new ad about the upcoming Mango update of its Windows Phone smartphone platform. This one is targeted more at developers than users, but it is still a nice way to learn why it’s worth picking WP 7.1 for your next smartphone.

Microsoft has kept the video short and simple, but that hasn’t made it any less impressive. Read more »