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Samsung working on fix for ‘sudden death’ bug affecting some Galaxy S III owners

If you own a Galaxy S III that appears to have suffered some form of cardiac arrest, failing suddenly for no apparent reason, Samsung is aware of the problem, and is working on a fix. The issue, being referred to in the forums as “sudden death,” seems to be relatively rare: a Samsung spokeswoman told Tweakers that the problem affects “only a very limited number” of devices. So far, we know the problem applies to users running the stock software, as well as custom ROMs. For whatever reason, too, these defective models are all 16GB variants, according to Samsung. In any case, Sammy says it will push out a firmware update to correct the problem, though the company hasn’t said when that patch will be ready.

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Samsung pushing update to fix Exynos security exploit

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Samsung has started pushing out an update for the Exynos security issue for users in the UK. You might remember, there is a critical "bug" in the Exynos 4210 and 4412 powered Samsung phones including the world versions of the Galaxy S3 and other models. This bug allows any application to read the devices RAM, leading to all sorts of potential mischief. 

A third party patch was quickly made available by Supercurio that fixed the issues, and Samsung told us they would be addressing the situation as quickly as possible. For folks in the UK using a Galaxy S3, it appears that means right now. 

The update is 4.1.2 (build JZO54K) and was signed off on December 22. It's available as an over the air update, and is currently rolling out. Remember, you need to be running all stock software to accept and install any OTA updates, this one included.

There's also some speculation that this update will fix the seemingly random issue of hardware failure in the Galaxy S3 main boards, but I think it's a bit too early to suggest this. The fix to the Exynos exploit, however, is included in this update. No word on when to expect updates for other areas where folks are still in need of this critical patch, or other phones that need this update. 

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Samsung to address random Galaxy S3 mainboard failures with firmware update

Before the joyous holiday season we had to be a bit of a grinch and drop news of a problem affecting a small number of Samsung Galaxy S3 owners. Users were reporting devices dying at random after owning the handset for several months. The problem was narrowed down to the 16GB version of the handset and seemed to stem from an issue with the devices main circuit board.

Because all signs pointed to a hardware issue, most thought the problem would require a revision to the Galaxy S3′s actual build. But Samsung has addressed the problem and says a fix will arrive in the form of a firmware update. According to Tweakers Samsung is prepared to deliver the update in the very near future.

Most GS3 owners won’t have to worry about waking up to a bricked phone and no explanation, but those with at-risk handsets can rest assured that the problem should soon be a thing of the past.

 

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CM10.1 Nightlies now available for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Cricket Galaxy S III

Some good news this morning for those with a Cricket branded Galaxy S III or a Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet — you now have a nightly build of CM10.1 available for use. This latest CM10.1 nightly announcement includes just that one Galaxy S III, but several of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 variants. That list includes the Wi-Fi (p4wifi) only model as well as the 10.1 (p4), 10.1v (p3) and the T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless models.

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These builds can all be grabbed from the Cyanogen branded get.cm website, just make sure you grab the appropriate build for the device you have. And as we have seen with other CM10.1 builds, these will give you Android 4.2 along with some CyanogenMod specifics. Also worth noting, the nightly builds are probably best used by those willing and/or able to accept and deal with some bugs.

Moving away from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and we have the Cricket variant of the Galaxy S III. And while this is a nightly and there may still be a few quirks, it was noted that this nightly release comes with a fix for the issues that plagued the camera in the past. The CM10.1 Nightly for the Cricket Galaxy S III can be found on the get.cm website.

Bottom line here, this is just another bit of nightly related builds. These builds are fun to play with and often stable enough for daily use, but as mentioned earlier — they may contain some issues. Simply put, if you have just one phone and you rely on that phone for your daily needs (whether those be personal or work related), you may want to skip the nightlies, just to be safe.

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US Cellular Updates Galaxy Note II To R950VXALL1, Adds Multi-Window [Full Changelog]

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US Cellular is issuing an update to their variant of Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, bringing the baseband version up to R950VXALL1. The headline feature with this update, as may be expected, is multi-window support. That’s not all the R950VXALL1 package brings, though.

The update, besides evidently bringing the device up to Android “4.1.4″ Jelly Bean, brings an armload of bug fixes, from a “Burst Mode” camera fix to occasional toggling between 3G and 1X, to minor UI changes including the replacement of the notification shade’s “sync” button with a multi-window shortcut and a makeover for the phone’s Sound icon, switching from gray to green.

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Tapatalk HD Beta for tablets now available for your forum perusing pleasure

If you’re one who spends any time perusing the forums you know that Tapatalk is the best way to get your forum fix on your mobile device. Up until this time an official Tapatalk Android app has only been available for phones. All that is changing however, because today Tapatalk has released a beta version of their new HD app, which is optimized for your large-screen devices (read: tablets). The app features a two pane layout where you can navigate content on the left, and read posts on the right. It is built using the Holo theme, so it fits with Android’s new and beautiful design scheme. Best of all, the Beta version is currently free…so pick it up by using the link or QR code below.

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Tapatalk HD Beta for tablets now available for your forum perusing pleasure

If you’re one who spends any time perusing the forums you know that Tapatalk is the best way to get your forum fix on your mobile device. Up until this time an official Tapatalk Android app has only been available for phones. All that is changing however, because today Tapatalk has released a beta version of their new HD app, which is optimized for your large-screen devices (read: tablets). The app features a two pane layout where you can navigate content on the left, and read posts on the right. It is built using the Holo theme, so it fits with Android’s new and beautiful design scheme. Best of all, the Beta version is currently free…so pick it up by using the link or QR code below.

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Tapatalk HD Beta for tablets now available for your forum perusing pleasure

If you’re one who spends any time perusing the forums you know that Tapatalk is the best way to get your forum fix on your mobile device. Up until this time an official Tapatalk Android app has only been available for phones. All that is changing however, because today Tapatalk has released a beta version of their new HD app, which is optimized for your large-screen devices (read: tablets). The app features a two pane layout where you can navigate content on the left, and read posts on the right. It is built using the Holo theme, so it fits with Android’s new and beautiful design scheme. Best of all, the Beta version is currently free…so pick it up by using the link or QR code below.

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Tapatalk HD Beta for tablets now available for your forum perusing pleasure

If you’re one who spends any time perusing the forums you know that Tapatalk is the best way to get your forum fix on your mobile device. Up until this time an official Tapatalk Android app has only been available for phones. All that is changing however, because today Tapatalk has released a beta version of their new HD app, which is optimized for your large-screen devices (read: tablets). The app features a two pane layout where you can navigate content on the left, and read posts on the right. It is built using the Holo theme, so it fits with Android’s new and beautiful design scheme. Best of all, the Beta version is currently free…so pick it up by using the link or QR code below.

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The week in international Android news – Dec. 22, 2012

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As things wind down for the holidays, and the torrent of international Android news temporarily slows to a trickle, there's just enough time for one last weekly round-up. And despite the incoming festivities, there's been plenty of interesting pre-Christmas news.

The week started with news of a serious security vulnerability in certain Samsung phones, which could allow a rogue app to take complete control of affected handsets. The was exploit discovered in kernel code for phones running Samsung's Exynos CPU, meaning it affects devices like the international Galaxy S3 and S2, as well as all Galaxy Note 2 models. It's a bg deal, and Samsung has acknowledged its existence, saying it's working to deliver a fix "as quickly as possible."

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New Flipboard update adds tablet optimization

Are you a Flipboard user who is a little disappointed with the lack of a tablet-specific interface for your favorite news application? Well, we’ve got some good news. Flipboard updated their popular application with newly added tablet optimization today. Any screen size over 7 inches gets a new tablet interface that includes four stories per “page” of tiles to make flipping through news stories even quicker and more convenient. That’s a great improvement for folks on the higher end of the market with 10 inch screens. Hit the links below to get your tablet optimized news fix.

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Samsung outs Verizon Galaxy Note 2 Developer Edition with product page

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Samsung has just put up an official product page for the "Developer Edition" of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for Verizon on its website. This is the 16GB variant, and just like previous Developer Edition handsets (like the Galaxy S3,) things should all be the exact same except for the bootloader, which will be easily unlockable. Most of Verizons handsets come out of the box with an encrypted — and tough to unlock without some leaked help — bootloader, so its nice to see Samsung come through on its promise to start offering Developer Edition versions.

Unlocking the bootloader on this thing still won't fix that Verizon logo on the home button, though. There's no pricing and availability just yet, but we can assume that you'll see it soon enough.

Source: Samsung; Via: Droid Life

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New Flipboard update adds tablet optimization

Are you a Flipboard user who is a little disappointed with the lack of a tablet-specific interface for your favorite news application? Well, we’ve got some good news. Flipboard updated their popular application with newly added tablet optimization today. Any screen size over 7 inches gets a new tablet interface that includes four stories per “page” of tiles to make flipping through news stories even quicker and more convenient. That’s a great improvement for folks on the higher end of the market with 10 inch screens. Hit the links below to get your tablet optimized news fix.

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Nokia rolling out update with camera fix for Lumia 920 and 820 owners in the US and Canada

DNP Nokia rolling out updates for Lumia 920 and 820 owners in the US and Canada

Earlier today, Nokia announced software updates for the Lumia 920 and 820 for customers in the US (AT&T) and Canada (Rogers). Highlights include: improved bluetooth connectivity, enhanced battery management and a highly anticipated camera fix. Once an update notification has been received, customers will need to ensure that their device is fully charged and connected to WiFi before initiating the download. If you haven’t received an alert and would like to manually check for the update you can do so by tapping Settings > Phone Update > Check For Updates. Nokia advises that the entire process can take around 30 minutes from start to finish, so you may wanna grab a snack while you wait — or check out the changelog after the break. The choice is yours.

Continue reading Nokia rolling out update with camera fix for Lumia 920 and 820 owners in the US and Canada

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Google Play Books app update brings new “Read Aloud” feature

Google has pushed the latest update for the Play Books app, which as one may have assumed, is available by way of the Google Play Store. This update has brought a few new features as well as some other, more general, fixes and enhancements.

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In terms of the update, the big lead here is the addition of a new “Read Aloud” feature. And just as the name would imply, this means the Play Books app will be able to read your books to you. According to details coming from Google, this will allow you to listen to “most flowing text books” that are available.

Other goodies include the ability to pinch and zoom as well as double tap to zoom. This pinching and double tapping will be available for all books. The app has also gotten the ability to show personalized recommendations at the end of your library and also at the end of books as well as having all text editing features available for all notes.

Finally, as for those bug fixes and enhancements. Google didn’t break these down into specifics and instead mentioned that there were “numerous” bug fixes and performance enhancements included. That being said, despite not knowing the specifics, we cannot really complain about updates that fix things.

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Samsung to fix Exynos vulnerability in software update ‘as quickly as possible’

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A Samsung spokesperson has given Android Central an updated statement on its plans to fix the recently-discovered Exynos kernel vulnerability issue. In today's update, the company has indicated that it's aware of the problem and is preparing to move forward with software updates to remedy the situation on affected devices "as quickly as possible." Samsung also confirms what we already knew about the nature of the exploit, specifically that a specially-coded malicious app is required to take advantage of it. (As we mentioned a few days back, if you're not downloading sketchy apps, you probably don't have much to worry about.)

Here's Samsung's statement in full –

Samsung is aware of the potential security issue related to the Exynos processor and plans to provide a software update to address it as quickly as possible.

The issue may arise only when a malicious application is operated on the affected devices; however, this does not affect most devices operating credible and authenticated applications.

Samsung will continue to closely monitor the situation until the software fix has been made available to all affected mobile devices.

The exploit, which was discovered over the weekend, could give a malicious app to free reign over an affected device's RAM, allowing it to take complete control of the device. Over the weekend, popular phones like the Galaxy Note 2 and international Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S2 were found to be vulnerable to the exploit. Given that sales of those devices are measured in the tens of millions, it isn't surprising to see a swift response from the manufacturer.

In the meantime, there are third-party fixes already available for those worried about falling foul of malware based upon this vulnerability.

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Samsung to fix Exynos vulnerability in software update ‘as soon as possible’

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Samsung has given Android Central a updated statement on its plans to fix the recently-discovered Exynos kernel vulnerability issue. In today's update, the company has indicated that it's aware of the problem and is preparing to move forward with software updates to remedy the situation on affected devices "as soon as possible." Samsung also confirms what we already knew about the nature of the exploit, specifically that a specially-coded malicious app is required to take advantage of it. (As we mentioned a few days back, if you're not downloading sketchy apps, you probably don't have much to worry about.)

Here's Samsung's statement in full –

Samsung is aware of the potential security issue related to the Exynos processor and plans to provide a software update to address it as quickly as possible.

The issue may arise only when a malicious application is operated on the affected devices; however, this does not affect most devices operating credible and authenticated applications.

Samsung will continue to closely monitor the situation until the software fix has been made available to all affected mobile devices.

The exploit, which was discovered over the weekend, could give a malicious app to free reign over a device's RAM, allowing it to take complete control of an affected device. Over the weekend, popular phones like the Galaxy Note 2 and international Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S2 were found to be vulnerable to the exploit. Given that sales of those devices are measured in the tens of millions, it isn't surprising to see a swift response from the manufacturer.

In the meantime, there are third-party fixes already available for those worried about falling foul of malware based upon this vulnerability.

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Android 4.1.2 Update for the Galaxy S II and Note Could Be Delayed Until 2013

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Samsung has been pretty fair with its customers when it comes to rolling out updates. It was quick to upgrade the likes of the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note with Android 4.0 when the time arrived. And the same trend followed with Android 4.1 when the update was rolled out to the likes of the Galaxy S III merely months after the release of the OS update. However, 2011 Samsung flagships haven’t quite seen Jelly Bean yet. And now there’s some disturbing news coming for Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note owners. It is believed that the  Android 4.1.2 update has been delayed until 2013, contrary to reports which suggested that the update would arrive as early as last month. This news will certainly disappoint the owners of the two devices, unless of course they have a workaround to get Android 4.1 running on their device via custom ROMs.

So what exactly is causing the delay? Well, as we reported yesterday, devices running on Samsung’s Exynos 4210 and 4412 chipsets have been revealed to have a major security loophole which would give third party apps to access the device’s RAM and gather data and possibly even brick the device. So basically, Samsung wants to deal with this bug so as to fix it before rolling out the update to its older devices. This is a very commendable move as it shows Samsung does care about user privacy and doesn’t just provide updates just for the sake of it. There’s no word yet on when the fix would be in place, so it could take a few months now or probably sooner for the update to arrive. People who have been waiting for the official update, shouldn’t mind bearing with the company for another few days as they’ve already waited this long.

Let’s hope the update makes its way to these devices soon as they were at one point one of the top selling smartphones in the market. The bright side of course is that we know that the update will go live in 2013, which is only a couple of weeks from now. So basically, if Samsung makes up its mind, a fix can be rolled out by the beginning of January. Let’s hope that happens. As for existing Jelly Bean devices like the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, I guess Samsung will roll out an OTA to fix the said security flaw.

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Dead Trigger Christmas update now available in Google Play

Similar to what we saw from Madfinger games around Halloween, the company has announced their Dead Trigger Christmas update. This update is already live in Google Play and includes new game play, new weapons and deals on weapons as well as the opportunity to win a Dead Trigger t-shirt.

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And as we like to see, this update also came with some tweaks and bug fixes. The tweak deals with the mini-mortar which is said to have been improved and made “more deadly.” The bug fix dealt with memory optimizations, specifically for lower-end devices. Also worth noting, the Dead Trigger game was, and remains available for free.

With those smaller items out of the way, lets get into the Christmas update. Those looking for weapons can take advantage of the new special prices and those looking to get that shirt, you will have to solve the underground puzzle. Otherwise, the changelog for this update also notes a new weapon, a grenade launcher, as well as new story missions, an encounter with a new Christmas boss called Zanta and a new North Pole Christmas Arena.

All said and done, it looks like Madfinger has released this update in perfect time. After all, come this time next week we suspect more than a few of you will have some days off for the holiday and what better way to waste some time then battling some zombies.

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Major security flaw discovered in latest Exynos devices; community cooks up temporary fix as Samsung investigages

Uh-oh — it looks like someone left a rather big hole open in Samsung’s kernel for its latest Exynos-based devices. An exploit has been reported to exist that would allow a malicious application to gain full access to a user’s device. For some reason, several parts of the memory system are open for read/write access to anyone.

It’s said to affect any device with the Exynos 4210 and 4412, which would include heavy hitters such as the Exynos Samsung Galaxy S2, the Exynos Samsung Galaxy S3 and all Samsung Galaxy Note 2 units. Those with Qualcomm-based devices — which were common with the Galaxy s2 and Galaxy S3 here in North America due to LTE — are safe.

For an idea of just how bad this exploit is, know that it is possible for anyone who knows what they’re doing to gain root access fairly easily — so easily, in fact, that you don’t need to ODIN or do any fancy file transferring to do so. This means an app you download from the Google Play Store or third party sources could quietly break into any part of the system it wants to without much effort at all.

More details about what seems to be going on can be found at the XDA thread where many folks within the development community have come together to discuss the exploit. A temporary low-level fix has been provided for developers who want to experiment with it or implement it into their ROMs, but the fix does seem to break access to the device’s camera. It comes down to what’s more important: security or photos? The former should ring true for most, but we understand the hesitance of not wanting to lose the latter.

Luckily, danger should be easily avoidable. For starters — and you might have heard this a lot in the past, but here it is again — please remember to download from trusted sources only. Try and stick to the Google Play Store wherever possible, and don’t download any app that looks suspicious.

Most folks in the Play Store are genuine, but one or two apps may try and sneak their way into people’s phones by disguising themselves as something they’re really not. Most of these types of apps tend to be simple wallpaper or ringtone apps, so if there was one category you absolutely had to stay away from then that would be it.

If you’re downloading APKs for the purposes of sideloading then be sure that you can trust the developer who provides it. Even if you trust the developer, make sure you’re reading comments regarding the APK, and make sure you’re downloading from the developer’s own link.

Of course, avoidance is not the best course of action — an even better solution would be an official fix from Samsung. The company has acknowledged that a problem might exist and have launched a formal investigation into the matter. We’re hopeful they’ll find that the development community is right in its findings, and that a fix will be rushed out worldwide to prevent a huge problem.

[XDA Developers via MobileSyrup]

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Security exploit opens Samsung Galaxy S III, Note II to attack, could let apps from Google Play write to Kernel

Security exploit opens Samsung Galaxy S III, Note II to attack, could let apps from Google Play write to Kernel

Amid the XDA community’s ongoing quest to root every Android handset it comes across, one forum user appears to have found a serious exploit that affects certain Exynos devices. While fiddling with his Galaxy S III, XDA user Alephzain discovered a way to obtain root without flashing with Odin. The Samsung kernel apparently allows read / write access to all physical memory on the device, including the kernel itself. This makes for an easy root, Alephzain writes, but leaves devices open to attack — allowing Kernel code injections and RAM dumps from malware-laden apps from the Google Play store.

It isn’t the only avenue for attack on an Android handset, but it is an exceedingly easy attack. Luckily, a community fostered fix seems pretty simple too — XDA user RyanZA has already created a patch to modify write permissions on affected devices — though Galaxy S III users are reporting that the fix cripples the phone’s camera app. So far, Alephzain has confirmed that the Galaxy S II, III, Note II and the Meizu MX are at risk, but notes that the exploit might work on any device running a Exynos 4210 or 4412 processor. Samsung has not yet made a comment about the vulnerability, but forum members say that the issue has been reported. As for the exploit’s lasting implications? Head on over to the XDA forums to join the discussion.

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Download: Latest Google Play Store 3.10.10

google_play_thumbGoogle has started to push out an update to the Play Store for Android with version 3.10.10. The difference in size compared to the previous version 3.10.9 from about a month ago is about 1.5KB, and after ripping through the APK, I found no significant changes. There are some tweaks to the in-app billing, checkout, and authentication code, but from what I can tell, this is a bug fix release.

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  • com.android.vending-3.5.19.apk 3.81MB (4,000,309 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.7.11.apk 5.07MB (5,319,551 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.7.13.apk 5.07MB (5,322,241 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.7.15.apk 5.07MB (5,322,517 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.8.15.apk 5.35MB (5,618,814 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.8.17.apk 5.35MB (5,618,730 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.9.16.apk 5.22 MB (5,482,490 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.9.17.apk 5.34 MB (5,610,397 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.10.9.apk 5.87 MB (6,158,861 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-3.10.10.apk 5.87 MB (6,160,306 bytes)

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The APK is signed by Google and installs on top of your existing Play Store.

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Windows Phone Finally Gets a Fix to Provide Constant Wi-Fi Connectivity with Power Saving Enabled

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Windows Phone has a few shortcomings. While Microsoft is doing everything it can to change that or at least make these shortcomings avoidable, there are a few that are stuck with the OS. One such glitch is the battery saving feature. While battery saving is quite essential if you want the device to be up and running for long periods of time, it also has a strange way of functioning. For one, whenever a user has battery saver turned on, it automatically turns off Wi-Fi when the device is locked or in sleep mode. This can be particularly annoying if you’re streaming music or probably chatting on Whatsapp or any such IM clients. It alternatively uses the mobile data instead, resulting in vast amounts of data being used without the user’s notice. But it seems as if Microsoft has decided to fix this annoying feature, although a little too late. Users expected this to be changed with WP8, but it wasn’t. However, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has now claimed that a fix to this particular feature is on its way. It is believed that HTC’s mid ranged Windows Phone 8S is the first to receive the update as evidenced by the image above, accessed by WP Central.

With this new feature, users can opt to have Wi-Fi running in the background even with the battery saving feature enabled. These changes can be made in the Wi-Fi settings rather than in the Battery Saver settings. When you think about it, it seems like a feature which should have existed right since day one. But it seems like Microsoft underestimated the amount of Wi-Fi usage from its users, which is silly really. Unfortunately, it seems like this feature could be limited to Windows Phone 8 devices only. So if you own one of those legacy Windows Phone devices, you’re bound for disappointment. It certainly isn’t a feature which is hardware driven, so we don’t understand why it shouldn’t be rolled out to older devices. Perhaps we could see the fix bundled with the Windows Phone 7.8 update scheduled for Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones. Regardless, the fix is a welcome addition to the OS. There are a few other flaws, as with any platform, and it is up to Microsoft and the manufacturers to work in close quarters to further improve the OS.

Considering how slow Microsoft is with update roll outs, we don’t expect it to hit all WP8 devices at once or anytime soon. But since it’s a rather minor update, we could be wrong. Microsoft has an update codenamed Apollo Plus for Windows Phone 8 devices. So maybe this fix could be onboard that update. Details are scarce, and what we have for now is merely an image of the HTC Windows Phone 8S showing the said fix. But that should be enough to confirm the authenticity of the fix.

Source: WP Central
Via: Phone Arena

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Verizon Video service fading to black, final screenings air on December 15th

DNP Verizon Video service fading to black, final screenings air on December 15th

After a near seven year run, Verizon will be pulling the plug on its mobile video service on December 15th. The decision to shelve its in-house media platform lines up with the company’s recent decision to deep-six its app store at the beginning of next year — due to the recent influx of modern third-party software solutions. Hoping to fill the void for V Cast Video castaways, Verizon will continue to push its Viewdini platform, which sniffs out content across multiple services, such as Hulu Plus, ABC, Netflix and mSpot. For those of you looking to maintain your mobile football fix, Big Red will provide coverage through its NFL Mobile service at a cost of $5 per month. The soon to be defunct video service is currently a part of the carrier’s paid smartphone App Pack bundle, which will continue operating after the program’s demise. For more information about Verizon’s post-V Cast plans, visit the source link below.

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SwiftKey knows about Android 4.2 issue and is working on it

One of the most popular keyboard apps on Android is SwiftKey. However, users with Nexus devices who upgrade to Android 4.2 might find that their installation of SwiftKey gets completely deleted upon upgrading. For some users, the keyboard only gets soft disabled, which is annoying, but not nearly as much as problem as the users who are finding the keyboard to be completely deleted.



In some cases, when the keyboard gets deleted, it can take all of its user data with it. This obviously makes the re-install process a lot more annoying. Thankfully, we’ve found out that SwiftKey is aware of the issue, and they are working on a fix.

SwiftKey posted on its blog and addressed the issue: “This is a rare but unfortunate report that we’ve recently been made aware of. We have contacted the Android development team to understand what caused this in their code. We are doing what we can on our end to resolve this issue for those affected.” For whatever reason, the keyboard and Android 4.2 are not playing nice, and this post makes it sound like it’s an issue cause by Google’s code and not SwiftKey.

SwiftKey recommends re-downloading the keyboard from the same source you purchased it from originally. This means you will only be downloading the app and not purchasing it again. Hopefully, this issue is fixed soon, but for the time being, it looks like simply downloading the keyboard again fixes the problem, so it’s not the end of the world.

[via Android Central]


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New Video Surfaces Showcasing SwiftKey Flow

 

We’ve seen a video in the past showcasing what SwiftKey’s new Flow keyboard is capable off. They’ve even said that the beta for the app would be coming very soon. The video that was first released didn’t really show all that SwiftKey Flow was really capable of though. That has changed as SwiftKey has released an all new video showing what the app is capable of. You literally don’t have to lift a finger when typing a message anymore, you flow through it all (see what I did there?). Of course, it’s going to take a little while getting used to SwiftKey Flow, but after you get the hang of it it may just be a extremely useful tool.

The beta for SwiftKey Flow hasn’t started yet, but could you imagine how awesome this would be if you could use the Galaxy Note 2′s S-Pen functionality with it? It’d be interesting to see how that would work out.

Hopefully we’ll be seeing the beta fairly shortly here, along with a fix for the Android 4.2 version of SwiftKey.

Now, I think we all have a little bit of an idea of how SwiftKey Flow works since we already have Swype on a lot of our phones. Since Flow is basically Swype with tons of improvements, would something like that interest you at all? Let us know in the comments below!

source: YouTube
via: Android Central 

 

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SwiftKey Aware Of Android 4.2 Issue, Working With Android Team To Resolve

Many users on Android 4.2 using the popular keyboard app SwiftKey, have been reporting issues with the app. Some of these issues include the keyboard disappearing entirely from devices after the upgrading to the next level of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2. With SwiftKey being such a widely used application, this has been a huge nuisance for a lot of users.

Thankfully, SwiftKey is aware of this issue and is working as hard as they cane with the Android team to get the issue resolved for the many users who use the app. Right now, there is a quick fix, which would require you to re-download the application and then go through the entire installation process once again. The bad thing is that you are literally starting for scratch. All of the data that SwiftKey gathered will be gone. The predictive word sequences that took forever to build up are gone as well. Hopefully SwiftKey will get a fix for the bug shortly here. I use SwiftKey and having to basically push the reset button on it would be terrible. 

Hopefully the issue will be resolved soon. It’s really not that hard typing without SwiftKey, but once you get used to sending text messages or e-mails extremely fast with the predictive word sequences  it’s almost extremely difficult to put it on the shelf until a fix is resolved. Oh well, such is life.

If you’d like to read SwiftKey’s response to all of the bug reports, just hit the source link below.

source: SwiftKey
via: Talk Android

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After stops on Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 devices, Android 4.2.1 lands in AOSP

Android 4.2.1 Update

Over the course of the past day, we have seen Google start to rollout an Android update, first to Nexus 10 devices, then to Nexus 4 devices, and most recently to Nexus 7 devices. The OTA update to version 4.2.1 is probably still in the process of propagating to all device owners. In the meantime, the source code has landed in the Android Open Source Project according to Technical Lead Jean-Baptiste M. Queru. Factory images for devices are expected to be available in a few days according to Queru.

The update is small, but packs an important fix in correcting the missing month of December. According to sources, the update also includes support for HID gamepad/joystick devices and some improvements to handling of vibration notifications.

source: Android Building Google Group


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[Download] Android 4.2.1 Update (Build JOP40D) For Nexus 10, Nexus 7 Wi-Fi, And Nexus 7 Wi-Fi/3G [Updated]

google-nexus-logo-jelly-beanIf you just can’t wait for the 4.2.1 update to arrive on your Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 (Nexus 4 is here), it’s your lucky day. The update URL has been uncovered so you can manually update the device right now.

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Just grab the matching file below, both of which clock in at a slim ~1MB. The main fix in this build is for the now-famous December People app bug. The update should appear on your device in the coming days, but maybe your contacts have some big events coming up in December and you just can’t wait to add them.

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[Download] Android 4.2.1 Update (Build JOP40D) For Nexus 10, Nexus 7 Wi-Fi, And Nexus 7 Wi-Fi/3G [Updated] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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