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SwiftKey Flow Beta Updated To v4.0.0.61

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SwiftKey Flow Beta, which came out just a month ago, has received its first major update since release. Version 4.0.0.61 brings some significant changes, along with a massive changelog (well, it’s a things-to-be-aware-of / known issues log, too). More important to you, though, is probably where and how to download it. Here’s the smartphone version, and here’s the tablet version. Now, for the log:

SwiftKey Flow Beta 4.0.0.61 changelog

  • Flow-through-space autocommit: if you flow-through space but mess up your last word, all the prior words will be inserted (instead of losing all the words)
  • Flow in landscape on tablets (not on split layout with numpad)
  • Battery usage improved (when flowing and when not in use)
  • Performance of flowing and tapping improved
  • Longpress of bottom-right (smiley/enter) button now works
  • Fixed some force close issues
  • Fixed some memory leaks
  • Predictions not lost when changing keyboard layout (e.g to symbols)
  • Fixed DOuble CApitalization issue

Things to be aware of:

  • Flowing currently only works in fields where you see the prediction bar: in fields that have their own prediction or completion there is no prediction bar and therefore no Flow (e.g.

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ComScore: Android, Samsung still holding strong as market leaders

According to the latest data put forth by ComScore, Android’s meteoric rise began to slow, if not peak, towards the tail end of last year. Wrapping up the three month period ending with November, Android saw a modest increase to a 53.7 percent share of the overall smartphone market. While it’s still a comfortable lead over Apple, whose share grew to 35 percent, it’s only a few ticks higher than ComScore rankings for summer 2012. Android finished with 52.6 percent of the market for that period.

It’s a similar story for Samsung. The company also saw an increase in market share of about 1 percent, leading to 26.9 percent overall. The company also maintained its lead over Apple. In a separate report by Reuters, analyst Neil Mawston projects the lead will grow greater in 2013, with Samsung’s smartphone sales increasing by 35 percent.

 

Apple’s iPhone 5 has no doubt helped to keep the margin close, but the same can’t be said for other mobile platforms and manufacturers. The three operating systems ranked below Android and iOS — BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Symbian — all saw decreases in share. The same goes for the manufacturers bringing up the rear. LG, Motorola, and HTC all saw declines.

[via Engadget]

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Contest: Celebrate the New Year by Winning a $25 Google Play Gift Card (Updated: Winner Picked)

The final full week of 2012 is coming to a close, the tech world has officially shut down, and I know that many of you are planning your last couple of nights of sinful bliss before you entertain life changes as we head into 2013. To celebrate this last weekend of the year, let’s reward [...]

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Contest: Celebrate the New Year by Winning a $25 Google Play Gift Card

The final full week of 2012 is coming to a close, the tech world has officially shut down, and I know that many of you are planning your last couple of nights of sinful bliss before you entertain life changes as we head into 2013. To celebrate this last weekend of the year, let’s reward [...]

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Google Announces The 12 Best Apps Of 2012

 

As 2012 comes to an official close, Google decided to take some time and announce its picks for the best apps for 2012. While many of these have been outstanding apps for some time now, Google made its picks based off usability, functionality and most of all— the 12 apps’ contributions to more users adapting the platform. In addition, Google also touts the fact that these apps are available for users worldwide, not just out in pockets.

The full list of apps can be found below— many of them are staples among Android users while others… not so much. Regardless, here’s the full list after the break:

Zappos

Evernote

Pinterest

Snow White

Pocket

Expedia

Ancestry

Fancy

Mint.com

SeriesGuide

Pixlr Express

TED

 

source: Google’s 12 Best

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Pebble smartwatch FCC filing revealed as the product verification build begins

We suspect many went into December hoping for news that the Pebble smartwatch would show in time for the holiday season. And well, as we now realize, that didn’t happen. Disappointment aside, there is some good news however. In fact, it is some news that suggests the Pebble is moving forward.

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We recently heard from the folks at Pebble about the production verification build and even more recent — the FCC filing was discovered. Now keeping in mind that things could still go crazy and the Pebble could still turn into vaporware. Keeping positive thoughts though, the FCC approval does mean that the smartwatch is one step closer to shipping.

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Digging through the filing does not reveal much new. There were a few images (both of the interior and exterior) along with the usual goodies such as the confidentiality letters, the label location and the test reports. The filing also included the user manual. The manual was short and to the point stating that Android support will be limited to devices running 2.3.3 or later and that users will need to download the Pebble app from Google Play for pairing with your phone.

Otherwise, touching back on the production process for a moment. The recent update from Pebble stated that the PV (production verification) build is set to begin this week. And for those wondering why that is good news — that is the final phase before the MP (mass production) build begins. Keep in mind though, Pebble did not say how long the PV build is expected to take. In addition to the mass production build getting closer, the software development team has also released the gold-master version of the firmware to the factory. Bottom line here, between this update from Pebble and the discovery of the FCC filing, it certainly seems like a release is getting close. Or at the very least, we can hope that a release is getting close.

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Google’s 12 best Android apps for 2012

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As 2012 draws to a close, ‘ol Googs has finally revealed their top picks for apps of the year. If you’re expecting Holo-themed diamonds in the rough, you may be left wanting. Google said their pics were based on compatibility with both tablets and smartphones, and even a few veteran apps who recently found themselves redesigned made the cut.

While I don’t have any particular objections with Google’s picks for best of 2012, I was only a bit disappointed to find there weren’t really any surprises. See for yourself and let me know if you agree. In no particular order, Google’s best Android apps for 2012 are:

Zappos

 

Evernote

 

Pinterest

 

Grimm’s Snow White

 

Pocket

 

Expedia Hotels & Flights

 

Ancestry

 

Fancy

 

Mint.com Personal Finance

 

SeriesGuide Show Manager

 

Pixlir Express

 

TED

We, at Phandroid, will be throwing together our own list in the coming days but I have to say, I don’t think any of above apps will be making the cut. But — what say ye, Phandroids? Agree or disagree with Google’s list for 2012?

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Different Retailer Expecting Nexus 7 Docks on January 6

The Nexus 7 dock continues to avoid us, months after the device became available to the public and another couple of months since its accessory lineup leaked. We think we’re getting close, though. We have already seen one lucky soul grab one in Japan and happily show it off on video. Then last week, we [...]

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SwiftKey 3.1 brings new theme, languages

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We might be all about SwiftKey Flow these days, but it's still in beta, and SwiftKey 3 lives on in full release. Today the uber-popular Android keyboard been updated to SwiftKey 3.1. Here's what's new:

  • New Berry theme
  • New languages: Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Hindi, Hinglish, Irish, Macedonian, Spanish (Latin America) and Tagalog
  • Split keyboard for normal-sized devices
  • Improved language pack downloads
  • Improvements in key layouts on some keyboards
  • Fixes for some force close issues

Get your download on in the Play Store or at the link above.

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SwiftKey 3.1 update brings a new theme with some fixes and improvements

The latest SwiftKey update has landed in Google Play. This update arrives as v3.1.0.377 and is available in both the smartphone and tablet versions of the app. As for the changes and additions, it looks like a new theme and some new languages as well as some fixes and improvements.

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Beginning first with the theme, SwiftKey 3.1 brings the Berry theme and the additional language support brings Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Hindi, Hinglish, Irish, Macedonian, Spanish (Latin America) and Tagalog. Moving past the languages and into the fixes and there was the general sounding “fixes for some force close issues.”

SwiftKey 3.1 also added a split-keyboard for ‘normal’ sized devices. And last in terms of this update, the improvements deal with language pack downloads and key layouts for some keyboards. All said and done, a seemingly worthwhile update, especially if any of these issues were causing you trouble.

Otherwise, we should also point out that SwiftKey 3 is still available at a discounted price. This includes the smartphone and tablet versions and means a 50 percent discount. Simply put, both the smartphone and tablet versions of SwiftKey 3 are currently selling for $1.99.

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Top 5 Android stories of 2012

The days have grown short, the weather cold. The halls are decked for Christmas and we can already hear the faint echoes of “Auld Lang Syne” in the distance. It all means — provided an apocalyptic Mayan prediction doesn’t hold true — that one year is coming to a close as the calendar turns to the next.

2012 was a big year for Android, though it may have lacked some of the flash of the little green robot’s previous trips around the sun. We saw plenty of new devices, updates to the Android ecosystem, a few hallmark legal cases coming to a close, as well as Google’s completed acquisition of Motorola.

As we look ahead to next year, CES, the Galaxy S4, Key Lime Pie, and more, we thought it would be appropriate to reflect back on some of the biggest moments for Android from the past 12 months. Follow along as we count down the top five Android stories of 2012!

5. OUYA pre-release buzz proves there is a market for alternative Android devices

Google has made several attempts to take Android out of the pocket and put it in the living room. Google TV has managed to carve out a small niche while other products like the Nexus Q media orb (which we will touch on later in this list) failed to gain any traction. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that we greeted the OUYA game console and its humble Kickstarter beginnings with plenty of skepticism.

But what started with a prototype and a plan quickly grew to be one of the most-hyped Android devices of recent memory. The team behind the Android-based gaming system quickly met their funding goal and then some, and we’ve watched every step since with keen interest.

While OUYA is far from your traditional Android hardware, it proves there is a place for the OS outside of smartphones and tablets. OUYA likely won’t ever be part of Google’s vision for the platform, but with dedicated developers and plenty of interest, it could grow to be something altogether its own. OUYA will ship early next year, and from the looks of things, it won’t be alone. Will 2013 be the year of the standalone Android home entertainment device?

4. In first full year without Steve Jobs, Apple goes the Android route

A 4-inch iPhone? An 8-inch iPad? In the Steve Jobs era of Apple, a period that sadly came to a close when the architect of the iGeneration died of cancer in 2011, such devices would have been unthinkable. Under new CEO Tim Cook, Apple has had to admit that perhaps consumers are looking for more options when it comes to device size.

This year Apple released the arguably underwhelming iPhone 5 and long-rumored iPad mini. The former eschewed the 3.5-inch display found on previous iPhone models for a larger 4-inch screen. The latter cut a few inches off the size of the standard iPad and left a few greenbacks in the wallets of those rushing to buy the lower-priced tablet option. Both are the direct result of increasing pressure from Google and its manufacturing partners.

Otherwise, the devices failed to impress as previous Apple models have. Specs were modestly increased, iOS was tweaked, but the end result was a rather pedestrian, though beautiful, set of devices. In contrast, manufacturers like Samsung pushed the boundaries of smartphone and tablet tech with massive HD displays, quad-core processing, and unique sharing capabilities. Once the biggest argument against Android, fragmentation has only served to spur on competition and innovation.

3. Google Play opens new world of content to Android users

Google made a bold move in 2012 when they decided to ditch the Android Market in favor of Google Play. The rebranding came with little to no warning and was much more than a simple name change. As has slowly been realized throughout the course of the year, the shift to Google Play was as much about Google’s long-term goals as it was about short-term strategy.

With the dawn of Google Play, the former Android Market expanded its content offerings far beyond apps and games. It marked the consolidation of several Google content services, including books, music, and movies, into one streamlined ecosystem.

The store crossed over from digital-only to physical goods when it began selling devices from Google’s Nexus lineup, marking a return to a once-abandoned strategy to sell smartphones contract-free and potentially shakeup the way the mobile industry operates. That hasn’t happened just yet, but as the Google Play Store continues to grow it has quickly become a go-to source for the latest media, apps, games, and more.

2. Apple wins major case over Samsung as patent lawsuits run rampant

If we had to come up with an unofficial subtitle for 2012, “The Year of the Patent Lawsuit” would get our vote. Intellectual property litigation reached a new high as major companies and patent trolls alike sought to collect cash and ban products from the US to Europe and beyond.

Several major cases came to a close this year. Google came out on top in a patent spat with Oracle over Java while HTC and Apple reached a cross-licensing agreement, but perhaps the biggest verdict came out of Judge Lucy Koh’s California courtroom in the case of Apple v. Samsung.

A jury concluded that Samsung had infringed upon several Apple patents across multiple devices, a decision that came with over $1 billion in penalties. The particulars of the ruling are still being sorted out, but most recently it was ruled that none of the offending Samsung handsets would face a sales ban.

Several major cases, including a second US trial between Apple and Samsung, are still awaiting their time in front of a judge, so the patent war could easily consume 2013 as well. Here’s hoping some of these company’s come to their senses. We’d love for the new year to be one of creative and robust competition and innovation, not mudslinging and petty money grabs.

1. Google releases first tablet, the Nexus 7 with Jelly Bean, entire lineup expands

Nexus rumors were plentiful in 2012 as were Nexus devices. While we didn’t quite get the overhauled Nexus program we were dreaming of, Google not only managed to release their first tablet, the Nexus 7, but it dropped a second by year’s end alongside the latest Nexus smartphone.

The Nexus 7 launched at Google I/O alongside the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean. It was an instant hit thanks to its mix of hardware (including a quad-core CPU), features (like Android 4.1′s Google Now), and pricing (starting at $199). Its availability in the Google Play Store marked a new focus on device sales by Google.

The Nexus 7 was followed in the fall by a new version of Jelly Bean (Android 4.2) and the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. The Nexus 4 was an instant hit and created plenty of customer frustration when supply failed to meet demand. Many buyers are still waiting for their handsets to ship.

It wasn’t all cherries and roses for the Nexus line in 2012, however. The ill-fated Nexus Q was also announced at Google I/O, but after a short pre-sale period was pulled from Google’s site and shipments to buyers were cancelled. The eventual fate of the Nexus Q is not known, but things aren’t looking good for the odd media orb. 

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Nova Launcher 2.0 Beta Doubles Down On Customization

You don’t have to be Xzibit to appreciate what Nova Launcher has done with its latest beta. No, the beta launcher won’t help you install an x-box to the trunk of your Toyota Celica but it does go a long way in helping you pimp your home screen. Nova is one of several capable third-party launchers but with the addition of a handful ton of customization options it’s doubling down on a more user-defined look and feel to Android.

Like with the version available on the Play Store, ver. 1.3.4, Nova Launcher 2.0 beta requires Android 4.0.1 or higher. And while both versions offer an increased level of control over its stock counterpart, 2.0 takes it to a different level. We’re talking transparency settings, resizing folders, gestures galore and some nice wallpaper tweaks. The 2.0beta3 release addresses some early beta bugs, with fixes to expanded notifications on Android 4.2, dock as overlay, dock infinite scroll, disabled wallpaper scrolling and force close issues.

Hit the break for a complete list of Nova Launcher 2.0 features and the all important download link.

Icons and folders: * Icon resizing (Prime)  * Swipe up action on desktop icon (Prime) * Use app icon as custom icon * Swipe to open folder, tap for custom action * Disc background for folder icons * Folder background transparency * Support iconmask and shader in icon themes * Updated Nova Action icons * Bigger grid size options

Drawer Settings: * Isolate tabs * Infinite scroll * Remember position * List style * Auto close 

Dock: * Auto close * Use small icons 

Wallpaper: * Crop to portrait/landscape or full * Wallpaper scrolling on USA SGS2

Under the hood: * Aggressive Desktop (Keep in memory) * Merge Android 4.2 changes * Faster load times * Reduce memory usage * Default on for UI Lock, widget async and widget cache * Expandable “Advanced” in Settings menus * Custom activity background instead of banded gradient

Source: XDA
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Nova Launcher 2.0 Beta Doubles Down On Customization

You don’t have to be Xzibit to appreciate what Nova Launcher has done with its latest beta. No, the beta launcher won’t help you install an x-box to the trunk of your Toyota Celica but it does go a long way in helping you pimp your home screen. Nova is one of several capable third-party launchers but with the addition of a handful ton of customization options it’s doubling down on a more user-defined look and feel to Android.

Like with the version available on the Play Store, ver. 1.3.4, Nova Launcher 2.0 beta requires Android 4.0.1 or higher. And while both versions offer an increased level of control over its stock counterpart, 2.0 takes it to a different level. We’re talking transparency settings, resizing folders, gestures galore and some nice wallpaper tweaks. The 2.0beta3 release addresses some early beta bugs, with fixes to expanded notifications on Android 4.2, dock as overlay, dock infinite scroll, disabled wallpaper scrolling and force close issues.

Hit the break for a complete list of Nova Launcher 2.0 features and the all important download link.

Icons and folders: * Icon resizing (Prime)  * Swipe up action on desktop icon (Prime) * Use app icon as custom icon * Swipe to open folder, tap for custom action * Disc background for folder icons * Folder background transparency * Support iconmask and shader in icon themes * Updated Nova Action icons * Bigger grid size options

Drawer Settings: * Isolate tabs * Infinite scroll * Remember position * List style * Auto close 

Dock: * Auto close * Use small icons 

Wallpaper: * Crop to portrait/landscape or full * Wallpaper scrolling on USA SGS2

Under the hood: * Aggressive Desktop (Keep in memory) * Merge Android 4.2 changes * Faster load times * Reduce memory usage * Default on for UI Lock, widget async and widget cache * Expandable “Advanced” in Settings menus * Custom activity background instead of banded gradient

Source: XDA
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Nova Launcher 2.0 Beta Doubles Down On Customization

You don’t have to be Xzibit to appreciate what Nova Launcher has done with its latest beta. No, the beta launcher won’t help you install an x-box to the trunk of your Toyota Celica but it does go a long way in helping you pimp your home screen. Nova is one of several capable third-party launchers but with the addition of a handful ton of customization options it’s doubling down on a more user-defined look and feel to Android.

Like with the version available on the Play Store, ver. 1.3.4, Nova Launcher 2.0 beta requires Android 4.0.1 or higher. And while both versions offer an increased level of control over its stock counterpart, 2.0 takes it to a different level. We’re talking transparency settings, resizing folders, gestures galore and some nice wallpaper tweaks. The 2.0beta3 release addresses some early beta bugs, with fixes to expanded notifications on Android 4.2, dock as overlay, dock infinite scroll, disabled wallpaper scrolling and force close issues.

Hit the break for a complete list of Nova Launcher 2.0 features and the all important download link.

Icons and folders: * Icon resizing (Prime)  * Swipe up action on desktop icon (Prime) * Use app icon as custom icon * Swipe to open folder, tap for custom action * Disc background for folder icons * Folder background transparency * Support iconmask and shader in icon themes * Updated Nova Action icons * Bigger grid size options

Drawer Settings: * Isolate tabs * Infinite scroll * Remember position * List style * Auto close 

Dock: * Auto close * Use small icons 

Wallpaper: * Crop to portrait/landscape or full * Wallpaper scrolling on USA SGS2

Under the hood: * Aggressive Desktop (Keep in memory) * Merge Android 4.2 changes * Faster load times * Reduce memory usage * Default on for UI Lock, widget async and widget cache * Expandable “Advanced” in Settings menus * Custom activity background instead of banded gradient

Source: XDA
Download Nova Launcher 2.0beta3

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UN Internet Treaty snubbed by the U.S.

As the World Conference on International Telecommunications draws to a close, it has become clear that the issue on Internet governance is a hot issue. The United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom all refused to sign a United Nations treaty pushing for more control over how the Internet should be governed. The topic has been under negotiation by the world body for the past two weeks.

U.S. Ambassador to the World Conference on International Telecommunications, Terry Kramer, expressed his view that the United States does not intend to sign the treaty as it is being presented.

“We candidly cannot support an ITU treaty that is inconsistent with a multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance,” Kramer said in one of the conference sessions. “As the ITU has stated, this conference was never meant to focus on Internet issues.” He said that the conference was supposed to delve into other issues instead of discussing how to handle spam and provisions on Internet governance.

“Internet policy should not be determined by member states but by citizens, communities, and broader society, and such consultation from the private sector and civil society is paramount,” Kramer added. “This has not happened here.”

The delegation of the United States decided to withdraw following an unexpected call for a voice vote on the controversial proposal to give governments help in expanding Internet access late Wednesday.  The proposal was approved in a controversial way, prompting some participants upset and undecided. Many countries including the United States are opposed to the discussion of Internet in the conference at all.

The chair of the conference, Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, explained that the approved treaty did not include Internet provisions but said that the controversial issue can be found in a non-binding annexed resolution.

“The conference did NOT [sic] include provisions on the Internet in the treaty text,” he said. “Annexed to the treaty is a non-binding Resolution which aims at fostering the development and growth of the Internet.”

Kramer hinted that the U.S. would continue with the conference following last Wednesday’s debacle. He denied rumors that the U.S. delegation will leave the conference earlier this week.

The following Thursday saw several countries conceding that the conference was the wrong avenue to deal Internet issues.

The conference called World Conference on International Telecommunications, or WCIT, was intended to discuss things to update how international telecommunications should be governed, which has remained unchanged since 1988.

The U.S. had continually agreed since the start of the conference that Internet governance is out of the picture.  Several countries including China and Russia argued against the view of the United States by submitting proposals meant to give governments power to help fight spam and cyberattacks. The Americans and other internet advocates warned that such proposals may give governments more censoring power, a move that would encourage further disruptions of the web.

The U.S. is in favor of a hands-off policy when it comes to how the Internet should be managed.

“The Internet has given the world unimaginable economic and social benefit during these past 24 years,” Kramer was quoted. “All without U.N. regulation.”

source: CNN

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Windows Phone 7.8 upgrades appear on Nokia’s servers for all eligible Lumias

Windows Phone 78 upgrades appear on NaviFirm for all Nokia Lumia devices

Lingering concerns that Nokia might not upgrade all its Windows Phone 7.5 roster to 7.8 might have just been put to rest. Just a day after updates for the Lumia 510 and 800 were caught on Nokia’s servers through NaviFirm, updates have also been spotted for those devices that didn’t make the initial cut: the Lumia 610, 710 and 900 have all appeared, each with numerous region-specific updates in tow. Their existence still doesn’t constitute a formal update, so be aware that you’re gambling with your phone’s health if you install them without any word from Microsoft or Nokia. Suffice it to say that full availability is clearly getting close — and that it’s less probable any Lumia will be left behind.

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Verizon’s Galaxy Note II Bootloader Unlocked By XDA Hackers

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While there may be a lot to like about being a Verizon customer – like coast to coast LTE coverage, for example – there’s also a laundry list of things to dislike, too. Close to the top of that list is Verizon’s bootloader policy: lock it down tight, to prevent modifications. But, you know just as much as I do, the Android modding community just won’t settle for “no, you can’t have ROM X on your device.”

As such, Verizon’s Note II is the newest victim to XDA’s freedom fight, with famed hacker Adam Outler ringleading the whole shebang.

The unlock itself doesn’t appear to be too difficult, especially for anyone who has used ODIN before.

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Verizon’s Galaxy Note II Bootloader Unlocked By XDA Hackers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Company Of Heroes 2 To Enter Closed Beta Very Soon

While an exact date has not been provided, various reports (and forum posts) are saying that real-time strategy game Company of Heroes 2 will be entering into closed beta only a little while after the New Year. Fairly good timing with the THQ Humble Bundle just coming to a close, which offered Company of Heroes and its numerous expansions.

The news of the Company of Heroes 2 beta came originally came from their forums. Unfortunately, an exact date for the beta wasn’t given, but the forum post has said that the new trailer will launch a little while after tomorrow, December 10th, which is something to get really excited about. This trailer could be announcing the beta as well. Who knows, maybe a beta sign-up page will launch alongside the trailer? Either way, I’m really excited to see what this game is going to have in store for us.

In the mean time, at least those who purchased the THQ Bundle have the original Company of Heroes to get through, right?

2013 is looking extremely promising. We have the new Sim City coming out (which looks rather amazing, I might add), Company of Heroes 2 (obviously), the Dragonborn DLC for Skyrim, a possible Elder Scrolls Online release and so much more! We may even have a possibility at seeing Blizzard’s new Titan MMO at BlizzCon next year, along with the possibilities for Warcraft IV (a sequel to Warcraft III, if you didn’t know).

Hopefully everyone’s wallets are prepared for this new year coming up, as it is going to literally be fantastic for the gaming scene.

source: Gameinformer

 

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AT&T LG E940 boasting 1080p full HD display pops up in GLBenchmark

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With the infamous “quad-core wars” of 2012 drawing to a close, it looks like we’re now entering into the next great spec war — full HD 1080p displays. HTC officially started the latest trend after they were first to the US market with the HTC Droid DNA launching on Verizon Wireless last month with a 1080p SCLD3 display (despite Verizon keeping mum on the new tech in their latest commercial).

As predicted — and some have feared — other manufacturers are already following suit. Today, we’re seeing a new device from South Korean manufacturer LG popup in a benchmark, boasting a eye bleeding 1080p display. The device, known by the codename LG E940, is apparently the AT&T version of the Korea-only LG F240K, launching later this year on KT Telecom (Nexus 4 is the E960).

While a benchmark doesn’t give us much of an indication on potential release dates, we’d expect the LG E940 to launch sometime in early 2013, shortly after it’s Korean counterpart. I think this all but guarantees Samsung will launch a similar resolution display with the Galaxy S4. Not because they want to (or even because consumers demand it), but because that’s where competition is headed.

How are you feeling about a 1080p displays coming soon to an Android near you? To you feel like it’s overkill? I can tell you that after playing with the HTC Droid DNA for a few minutes, it made even real life feel like “low res.” I’m sold.

[GLBenchmark]

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Google’s music ID service doesn’t play well with HTC Sense

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We just finished having a look at how well the new Google Now music ID service works, and here we are with some not-so-good news. It's broken on HTC Sense. At first, you'd get an ugly error, and a force close when you tried to use it. But Google has changed something on the server side and you're presented with a slightly more friendly note that "this action is not support on this device." Neither is good, but the latter is better, I guess.

The reason why it doesn't work is simple — the original Jelly Bean Google Ear app isn't included in Sense 4+. The new Google Now method is simply calling it with a different interface, and since it's not there it is no bueno. We're not the only ones who noticed this either — Russell over at Geek.com came to the same conclusion we did — if you can sideload the app you can get it to work.

That's fine for you and me (and Russell). We can deal with little nags like this, but in the bigger picture HTC and/or Google are hopefully going to address this. We've reached out to HTC to see what they say, but since we saw the server-side change we wanted to address it tonight.

The "real" fix is for Google to drop the music ID service into the Play Store, and change the message for HTC devices that it is a required download. Or for HTC to just send out an OTA to take care of it, but that one is a stretch. In the meantime, be sure to hit the forums if you feel like fixing your DNA or One X phone by hand.

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Jolla expects Sailfish SDK to reach developers in early Q1 2013

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Developers looking to carry on part of the MeeGo legacy have been wondering when Jolla would publish a usable SDK for Sailfish OS. It hasn’t taken long to find out: the company has updated its wiki to tell us that the programming kit arrives early into the first quarter of 2013. Although that’s not immediate satisfaction, it’s close enough that development will start relatively soon after we receive hardware details. After that, it’s just a question of whether or not the mobile app community is willing to dive in.

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Jelly Bean Update VRBLK1 Leaks for Verizon Galaxy S3, How Close are We?

Last week, an anonymous tipster told us that we could see the official Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) update rollout for Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S3 by 11/16. That day has come and gone without word, but a new build of the update showed up on 11/15 and is now available for download. That tipster may have [...]

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Official CyanogenMod Music Player ‘Apollo’ Arrives On The Play Store To Organize Your Musical Muses

apollotinyIn ancient Greece, Apollo was—among other things—the god of music. In ancient 2012, Apollo became the official music app for CyanogenMod. It was gorgeous, functional, and completely customizable, as you might expect from the world’s most popular ROM. At the time, we were told that this lovely bit of software would be coming to the Market “in the coming weeks.” That was back when we still called it the Market. Today, though, Apollo is available on the Play Store.

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The player comes in two flavors: regular, and +. Apollo+ removes ads and offers quicker updates for a mere $0.99.

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Texas Instruments to cut 1,700 jobs as part of its shift away from mobile

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Texas Instruments signaled its intentions to back away from the volatile mobile market as the summer came to a close. Unfortunately, we’re now learning that the shift comes at a price — as part of a wider set of cost-cutting measures, TI is shedding roughly 1,700 jobs worldwide. The chip designer hasn’t said how soon the layoffs take effect, but these and the overall budget trimming should lead to savings of about $450 million per year by the end of 2013. That’s not going to be reassuring to those who’ll soon find themselves looking for work, although it may be necessary for TI to survive when the market for off-the-shelf mobile processors is rapidly thinning out.

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Google Voice Force Closes with Android 4.2

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Google announced the LG Nexus 4 and along with it the new version of Android i.e. Android 4.2. Although it’s nothing groundbreaking, it does have a plethora of new features making way to the system. Google also started rolling out the said update to the GSM Galaxy Nexus smartphones, starting from yesterday. However, it now seems like a new bug has made its way along with the update. The said bug apparently makes Google’s own Google Voice application force close when the user tries to send a text via the app. The standard “Unfortunately, Google Voice has stopped” message is shown prior to force closing. This seems like something Google should look into, considering the fact that it has a large number of users. The problem is persistent not only on the Galaxy Nexus, but also the LG Nexus 4, it is believed.

Google Voice has a large number of users in the U.S, and if you’re one of them and own a Galaxy Nexus, you might want to wait till Google rolls out an update for the app. Thankfully though, there’s nothing wrong with the OS itself that’s causing this. We usually see problems like this surface whenever there’s an OS update. So Android 4.2 still remains flawless to a certain extent. Previously, rumors were heard about the app crashing with the Nexus 4 too. But that was disregarded as a pre-release firmware bug. So it’s clearly not that anymore. What’s particularly disappointing though, is the fact that Google’s very own app has to see this fate. One would expect Google to check everything prior to releasing and rolling out a new update. It would be completely understandable had it been a third party app. We expect Google to be working on a fix as we speak. Have you had issues with the app? If yes, feel free to drop a line below.

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Google Voice is broken in Android 4.2

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We're hearing lots of rumblings about Google Voice issues with Android 4.2, starting with the early Nexus 4 review units that went out, but that could've been blamed on pre-release software. Well it seems that the final 4.2 software has the same bits that make the Google Voice app crash as well. Going to the Google Voice app, hitting the button to create a new message and attempting to add a recipient causes a complete force close of the app — every single time.

Now, this is likely an issue in Google Voice itself, which if we had to choose would be the preferred place to find the error simply because it can be updated quickly in the Play Store. Its still unfortunate to see an update completely break one of Google's own first-party apps. Hopefully the fix is coming soon. In the meantime, if you're a heavy Google Voice user you may want to hold off on that 4.2 update for your Galaxy Nexus.

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HTC One X+ review

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Six months on from the One X, a turbo-​charged successor arrives

After a tumultuous year, HTC needs to score some big wins this holiday season. Many critics, including ourselves, have been full of praise for its HTC One series, led by the venerable One X. But every passing quarter seems to bring depressingly familiar news for the Taiwanese manufacturer — record sales and profits for Android rival Samsung, and tumbling revenues for HTC.

On the Windows Phone side, the HTC 8X — a great handset by any standard — looks set to make a big impact in the coming weeks. But what of Android? Well, as the year draws to a close, HTC is hoping to put the One series back in the spotlight with a revamped high-end offering, the One X+. On paper it’s a tantalizing proposition — one of our favorite early 2012 phones re-imagined in a soft touch polycarbonate shell, with a larger battery, a faster CPU and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

But as HTC knows, specs alone have never been enough to guarantee a device’s success. Today the One X+ is but a drop in a sea of quad-core, 720p Androids, The high-end mobile space is a lot more crowded than it was back in March, when we reviewed the original One X.

And speaking of that device, what does the One X+ mean for those who’ve already invested in the HTC One series?

Answers to all these questions, and many more, are waiting in our full review of the HTC One X+. Read on.

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Madfinger’s Shadowgun: DeadZone Official Launch Pinned For November 15

The beta is coming to a close, folks. This morning, Madfinger Games released the official launch trailer for Shadowgun: DeadZone, which gives us a November 15 release date. For those that have been playing the beta with me, don’t worry, your stats should be carrying over and you won’t lose any of your rankings. When [...]

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Google Wallet support page tips physical card

Google Wallet has been a very solid service for digital-based transactions using your phones, but the sad reality is that the idea of mobile payments is still too young in its infancy for it to be useful for many people.

We were surprised to learn Google might be bringing a physical card out for those who’d want to use their Google Wallet balance without abandoning the age old plastic, and now even more evidence is mounting that suggests Google is going this route.

References to “Google Wallet card” were apparently made on the company’s own support site. The document, which has since been updated, didn’t reveal much other than that phrase, but it does confirm Google’s looking to bring such an element out.

This also gives us a clearer idea on possible timing — slip-ups on support sites tend to mean we’re getting close to a launch. Google’s probably trying to get this plastic card out before the big late November push that many retailers are gearing up for.

Aside from the fact that it’ll be for use with all Google Wallet-compatible devices with Android 2.3.3 or higher, there’s no other information to be had here. We don’t even get a small, blurry and annoyingly teasing picture of the thing just yet, but you can bet we’ll be looking for one over the coming weeks.

[via Engadget]


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Google Now has a Built-in Pedometer – Tracks Miles Walked and Biked From Each Month

Last night, and possibly because the month of October came to a close, Google Now started showing a new card to a number of our readers. That new card is a pedometer that has been tracking their steps and miles biked over the last couple of months, behind the scenes. I say “behind the scenes” [...]

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