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HTC releases the One X source code

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HTC just made the One X source code available to anyone who’s interested in it. The code should help developers to create custom ROMs, without having to rewrite all those drivers.

Unfortunately the released One X source does not include the AT&T’s version, which is based on a different chipset and requires different code to operate. We are not sure if that will be made at a later stage of if it will remain private forever due to some other “restrictions”. Read more »

Watch the highlights of the Samsung Galaxy S III event in a short video

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Most of you reading this may have already watched the Galaxy S III launch event when it was being streamed live on May 3. Samsung even released the video for those who may have missed it earlier.

But in case you still haven’t watched it or just don’t have time to sit through an hour long streaming video, Samsung has now released a shorter version that features the highlights from the event. Read more »

Check out the Google Sooner, one of the early Android prototypes

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We have seen pictures of a BlackBerry-style phone running Android OS even before the OS was officially announced. Eventually, we got a lot more pictures of how Android looked back in the day. Now, developer Steven Troughton-Smith has managed to get his hands on an early prototype of the device, called the Google Sooner.

The phone was manufactured by HTC and is actually called the HTC EXCA 300. Read more »

HTC One S for T-Mobile hands-on

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The Big Magenta exclusive HTC One S is currently the top dog in the wireless carrier’s smartphone lineup. We did get a chance to spend some quality time with the device, so here go some impressions for you.

Hardware wise, there is practically no difference between the T-Mobile flavored HTC One S and its global version, save for the former’s support for T-Mobile’s superb 42Mbps HSDPA network. Read more »

Motorola Cliq 2 finally gets Android 2.3 Gingerbread update

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Motorola has finally released Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for its year and a half old Cliq 2 smartphone.

All T-Mobile users who are still holding on to their QWERTY-packing Cliq 2 handsets can now enjoy the goodies brought by the belated Gingerbread. Read more »

Verizon to launch 911 SMS service in 2013

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There have been talks for SMS/MMS service to the emergency 911 number for quite some time but Verizon is the first to actually do something about it.

A few days ago Verizon announced it is working closely with TeleCommunication Systems to provide SMS support for 911. Read more »

Facebook for Android updated, the two extra icons removed

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The previous update (1.9.0) to the Facebook app for Android brought two extra icons to your app drawer – Camera and Messenger apps.

Most users weren’t particularly happy with that though and it appears that Facebook listened as today we get a new release, which removes those icons. The functionality should still be available right from your homescreen, though, via widgets . Read more »

Samsung releases Galaxy S III announcement event video

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We covered the Samsung Galaxy S III announcement event quite extensively, but if you feel like watching the whole thing all over again, you should know that the video has now be made available for your viewing pleasure.

Going on for some good 1 hour and 18 minutes, the first Samsung Unpacked event for 2012 will tell you everything you need to know about the newly introduced flagship smartphone. So, go get some popcorn and enjoy the presentation. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 2 10.1 source codes released

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With all the Galaxy S III hullabaloo, it’s hard to catch up on other Samsung news, such as the fact that the company released the source codes for its latest slates – the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.

While the source codes are of little use to most of you, they should help custom ROM developers, enabling them to optimize their builds. Read more »

Opera Mini browser lands on Bada

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Opera Mini is among the more popular browsers out there for mobile phones and it’s now become available on yet another platform. The free web browser alternative has now hit the official Bada app repository – Samsung Apps.

It’s supposed to be compatible will all Bada devices, running version 2.0 or later of the OS. Read more »

Meizu MX quad-core posts amazing benchmark result, beats the Samsung Galaxy S III

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After yesterday’s official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S III and the impressive benchmark results it achieved, you might’ve assumed it is the most powerful Android phone around. However, a new contestant for the title just emerged in the face of Meizu MX quad-core.

Sporting exactly the same Exynos 4 Quad chipset as the new Samsung flagship, the latest Meizu MX scored 12,140 at AnTuTu, beating the Galaxy S III with its 11,878 and thrashing the Tegra 3 version of the HTC One X, which managed to score just 9,989. Read more »

See the Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III in 3D

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If you don’t feel like waiting a few more weeks for us to get the Galaxy S III in our office and do one of our live 360-degree spins, this is the right place for you.

The guys over at 3D-desk make 360-degree views of most popular phones and they were particularly quick with the Galaxy S III. The beast was announced just yesterday, but its 3D model is already available on their website for your perusal. Of course, we got it here as well, embedded for easy access. Read more »

HTC EVO 3D official ICS ROM leaks, you can try it right now

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A while ago HTC announced the EVO 3D was going to get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but the Taiwanese company is yet to provide the details on when exactly the the update will come.

The date might be close though, as an official EVO 3D ICS ROM just leaked. If you have the CDMA version of the device and you are feeling adventurous, you can go ahead and install it right now. Read more »

Apple gives credit where it’s due – acknowledges Open Street Maps in iPhoto

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Back when Apple released its iPhoto app with the arrival of the new iPad some people noted that the company was using map data that doesn’t look Googlish in origin.

Some digging in the matter revealed that Apple (who back then claimed they were using Gmaps) is using Open Street Maps with a custom overlay on top. Now we see an acknowledgement to OSM in the latest iPhoto version. Read more »

The new iPad 2,4 with a 32nm A5 chipset offers noticeably better battery life

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You may or may not have already heard that Apple has geared its previous generation iPad – the iPad 2 – with a new processor. The chipset is still the same but the new core processor inside is built on the 32nm technology rather than the 45nm the original iPad 2 used. This isn’t news – it was uncovered a while ago along with the discovery that the new Apple TV uses such chips too.

What’s interesting however, is that today we saw one of the first reviews of this updated product and by the looks of it, the new chip manufacturing technology makes a special difference in the power efficiency department. Read more »