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FlashME Turns Your Android Phone’s Flash Into a Notification Light

Just in case the front notification light on your device wasn’t getting the job done, we wanted to point out this app called FlashME that turns your phone’s rear camera flash into the ultimate notifier. In the free version, you can set it up to flash during calls and text messages, but if you want [...]

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Xperia Z leaked again

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CES 2013 will kick off in few days and Sony has got some interesting stuff in the store for us. It is certain that Sony will be launching Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, which were known as Yuga and Odin respectively. Sony had released press shot of the device by mistake on its website few days back and now we have another leak.

Xperia Z has apparently leaked again and this time the images seem to be taken from some kind of promo video. Taking a look at all the images, it suggests that the smartphone will feature a water resistant chassis “Skeleton frame structure”, and a 13MP Exmor RS camera accompanied by HDR photo and video capability. The images also confirm the presence of 5 inch FullHD Reality display, and quad-core APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 chipset. The Xperia Z will be booting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of box.

According to the past rumors, the duo will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core SoC which is clocked at 1.5GHz and is the same SoC that powers LG Nexus 4 and HTC Droid DNA. Apart from the quad core CPU, the device will be packing 2 gigs of RAM and Adreno 320 graphics, along with a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor on the rear, and that is confirmed by today’s leak.

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One of the images shows the rear of the device, and surprisingly there isn’t a hole for flash. Most probably there is flash, but Sony has chosen to go with mirror finished back, which may have concealed the flash in the images. Earlier pictures of the device did reveal the flash LED.

The most attractive feature of the device has got to be the 5-inch 1080p display. The screen will have a pixel density of 440 PPI, and you won’t be able to differentiate between individual pixels, but then you couldn’t do that easily on the Xperia S either, and it had a screen with pixel density of 341 PPI. Anyways, we will be seeing a lot of phones with 1080p displays in this quarter, and Samsung is also slated to launch Galaxy S IV with 1080p screen.

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Mobile-Review had done a detailed preview of the Xperia Z and according to them, the quad-core has enough power “for every conceivable task, and in most cases it is even excessive.” On the graphics side, Mobile-Review says that “graphics rendering takes place without any problems”. However, two negative side effects of this processor power are battery drain and heat. According to Mobile-Review, it is unpleasant to hold and in some cases certain apps may refuse to load due to overheating such as the Camera. Nevertheless, their review is few weeks old and Sony might have sorted out the problem by now.

Overall, the Z has sleek and stylish looks and I have my fingers crossed until the launch. An advertisement suggests that Xperia Z will be worth $660 in the Thai market. What are your thoughts on this new Xperia device?

Source: GSMArena

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Samsung Galaxy S IV Image Spotted in the Wild?

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Time for those blurry, low quality pictures of a new phone to start surfacing from depths of the interwebs. SamMobile claims they got their hands on the one of the first images of the newly Galaxy S IV that has been rumored to be hitting the digital streets in May. As you can see from the image above, it is just a straight shot without the screen on, and you can see the flash from the camera being used to take the picture. Always seems to happen. These guys that take these pictures never seem want to turn the flash off for some strange reason.

Specs have also been talked about with this image release.  13 megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM and a quad-core 2.0GHz Exynos 5450 processor, all hiding behind a 4.99-inch display are looking to be what we might see rocking in this device. Looking at the image, it does not really look much different from the GSIII, which I am sure there are slight differences we just cannot see from this image.  I do not see Samsung drastically changing the design of the Galaxy line anytime soon.

So let us know what you guys think. You planning on getting the GSIV this year? Or is there another phone that has caught your eye?

Source: Android Community

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A handful of Nexus devices get AOKP build MR1

AOKP, one of the more popular aftermarket Android ROMs available, finally released a few stable builds for Nexus devices, labeled MR1. And, despite having to start over from scratch with the 4.2 code, most older features have ported forward. There’s a ton of stability improvements and customization options on top of Google’s feature-filled flavor of Jelly Bean.

If you’ve got a Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, or Nexus 7, hit the source below to get your hands on the ROM. The Galaxy S III and Note II are expected to be in the next release, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Nexus 10 show up as well. Flash away!

source: AOKP

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A handful of Nexus devices get AOKP build MR1

AOKP, one of the more popular aftermarket Android ROMs available, finally released a few stable builds for Nexus devices, labeled MR1. And, despite having to start over from scratch with the 4.2 code, most older features have ported forward. There’s a ton of stability improvements and customization options on top of Google’s feature-filled flavor of Jelly Bean.

If you’ve got a Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, or Nexus 7, hit the source below to get your hands on the ROM. The Galaxy S III and Note II are expected to be in the next release, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Nexus 10 show up as well. Flash away!

source: AOKP

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GameStick console Kickstarter launches as competition for the OUYA

We have been seeing quite a bit in terms of the OUYA game console lately. And well, it looks like another console is now in the works. One that could potentially be some competition for the OUYA. This new console is called the GameStick and it has recently launched as a Kickstarter project.

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In other words, those interested in the project will be able to commit some money. The good part here, the GameStick offering has just launched as of today which means those interested have a fairly good shot at getting in on the earlybird side. More on the backing amounts in a moment though, lets get into the device itself. The GameStick (as the name would imply), is a small stick-style device, sort of like a flash drive.

The GameStick is HDMI and plugs directly into your television. And other than the stick itself, the only other part is the controller, which is wireless. Given the size and ease of connectivity, this is a device that is not only focused on design, but also on portability. The folks behind the GameStick noted that “when on the move, the two combine into a single unit, putting big screen gaming right into the pocket.” And for those worried about not having enough controllers when playing with friends, rest assured in knowing that the GameStick will compatible with other Bluetooth game controllers.

Otherwise, the GameStick will be running Android Jelly Bean, which means lots and lots of free and low-cost games. The GameStick will feature an Armlogic 8726-MX processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. The Kickstarter details note that they have identified 200 titles that will “work great” and that they are already working with more than 250 developers to bring more games. Some of the games mentioned include Shadowgun and Dead Trigger, SmashCops, Cannabal and Boulder Dash XL.

While there are multiple backing options, we suspect most will want the Earlybird or the GameStick Bundle. These are essentially the same and both offer the GameStick and controller as well as a name check and founders tag. The Earlybird is $69 and limited to the first 250 backers and the GameStick Bundle is $79. Finally, the current estimated delivery time is April 2013.

[via Kickstarter]

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Custom ROMs for your Alltel RAZR MAXX are just a flash away

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Verizon may take most of the headlines, but the Motorola RAZR MAXX (sans Droid) also made it's way to other carriers — like Alltel. We love seeing the smaller carriers getting great Android phones like the MAXX, but folks who want to run a custom ROM are usually out of luck when this happens. Not so this time.

Forum Moderator, Alltel subscriber, and Android hacker cole2kb has you covered. He has taken the most popular ICS and Jelly Bean custom ROMs for the Verizon version of the RAZR MAXX and ported them over to Alltel. Getting them installed is as easy as flashing the original ROM and a small patch from recovery. He's even figured out how to get MMS working, so you're set there.

This is why we love Android. Users getting their hands dirty to bring more options to the folks who want them. Thanks, Chris — and I'm sure plenty of folks on Alltel are thankful as well. Click the link below to get started.

Got ROMs? Flashable ZIPs for your Alltel MAXX!

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Polaroid will be announcing an Android powered camera during CES

Well, it looks like Polaroid will soon be joining the likes of Samsung and Nikon with an Android powered camera of their own. The Polaroid camera is the IM1836 that we mentioned the other day. The key here, Polaroid CEO Scott Hardy has recently confirmed that the camera will be unveiled during CES.

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Hardy, in speaking with Imaging Resource, stated that “there will be an Android powered, interchangeable lens camera introduced by Polaroid at CES 2013.” Of course, aside from the fact that the camera will have an interchangeable lens and be powered by Android — the remaining details remain rumor.

In fact, Hardy went on to say that “additional information and specs will be released during the show.” Simply put, it looks like we are going to be waiting to CES for further details. As to what was previously rumored, the Polaroid IM1836 is expected to feature an 18.1 megapixel sensor along with a 3.5-inch display, microSD card slot for storage, HDMI and Wi-Fi.

The Polaroid camera is expected to be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and have a pop-up flash, headphone out jack and features to include blink detection and the ability to capture panorama images. Bottom line here, unless we see some other leaks in the meantime, the remaining details will be unveiled in a little more than two weeks time.

[via Gizmodo]

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Polaroid jumping on Android camera bandwagon, interchangeable lens featured

By now you’ve most likely heard of the Samsung Galaxy Android Camera. In keeping with the Android Camera spirit, Polaroid is getting in on the action it would seem. This latest leaked information reveals a mirrorless, interchangable-lens camera powered by Android 4.0. The camera will sport a 3.5-inch touchscreen, an 18.1 megapixel sensor, a pop-up flash, built-in Wi-Fi, a microSD card slot, HDMI outputs, and HD video recording. We’ll have to keep an eye out for any further news regarding this newest player in the Android camera segment. Let’s just hope they get the price right.

source:  The Verge

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Polaroid jumping on Android camera bandwagon, interchangeable lens featured

By now you’ve most likely heard of the Samsung Galaxy Android Camera. In keeping with the Android Camera spirit, Polaroid is getting in on the action it would seem. This latest leaked information reveals a mirrorless, interchangable-lens camera powered by Android 4.0. The camera will sport a 3.5-inch touchscreen, an 18.1 megapixel sensor, a pop-up flash, built-in Wi-Fi, a microSD card slot, HDMI outputs, and HD video recording. We’ll have to keep an eye out for any further news regarding this newest player in the Android camera segment. Let’s just hope they get the price right.

source:  The Verge

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Polaroid jumping on Android camera bandwagon, interchangeable lens featured

By now you’ve most likely heard of the Samsung Galaxy Android Camera. In keeping with the Android Camera spirit, Polaroid is getting in on the action it would seem. This latest leaked information reveals a mirrorless, interchangable-lens camera powered by Android 4.0. The camera will sport a 3.5-inch touchscreen, an 18.1 megapixel sensor, a pop-up flash, built-in Wi-Fi, a microSD card slot, HDMI outputs, and HD video recording. We’ll have to keep an eye out for any further news regarding this newest player in the Android camera segment. Let’s just hope they get the price right.

source:  The Verge

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[Deal Alert] Super Talent 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on special for $19

You are right, this has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with Android. Unless of course you have a device that supports an OTG cable and don’t always want to carry around a semi bulky external hard drive or a silly little 8GB flash drive around with you. Or maybe a Chromebook and need a memory boost. Besides, we are just like the rest of you guys, we need big portable storage at our disposal at all times. Daily Steals has one heck of a deal running right now on a 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive that we thought you all might like to get a look at. It is made by Super Talent and is currently up for grabs for the next 24 hours for just $19.00, plus $4.99 for shipping. Still Under $25 for a 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive is pretty darn good.

Head over to Daily Steals and snag one for the holidays or even for yourself. Don’t worry, we won’t tell the wife you bought it. Say it was a prize you won online.

Order – Super Talent 32GB USB 3.0 Express ST1 Flash Drive

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Coverlight aims to add LED flash to devices which don’t have one [VIDEO]

It’s hard to believe that there are still phones that ship without LED flashes in this day and age, but you’d be surprised how many phones there are without this seemingly basic addition. In fact, the original phone that started the current Samsung craze — the Samsung Galaxy S — was one such device. An interesting solution has been thought up to take care of that oversight, though, and it exists as a project on IndieGoGo.

It’s being called Coverlight, and the engineer — Stefano Emidi — has done an excellent job constructing this one. It’s a battery door replacement that has a built-in LED flash. It’s been carefully built to steer clear or blocking other elements like the camera (of course) and speaker, and also does well to steer clear of causing any issues with radios.

The door includes a button to turn the flash on and off. It obviously won’t be able to provide a quick flash as it doesn’t interface with the Galaxy S’s hardware or software in any capacity, but it’s a lot better than not having the option at all when you need to take those tough pictures in the dark.

The only problem with Coverlight is that it has only been built for this specific device. The idea is noble, but at this point the Samsung Galaxy S has lived out the typical two-year lifespan that devices tend to have thanks to the nature of mobile contracts. There are sure to be a few strays here and there, but the device has been antiquated for the most part. This means Coverlight is going to have a tough time raising the funds it needs to get off the ground.

A better idea might be to provide a line of cases for a multitude of devices with this functionality built-in. Still, the problem with that is most popular devices these days already come with LED flashes built-in. If nothing else, though, Coverlight serves as a great reminder that the most simple ideas can perhaps turn out to be the most useful, and perhaps this hardware mod can inspire more people to solve the problems OEMs force us to solve with glaring omissions.

We’ve contacted Stefano to get his thoughts on how he could take this project further, but if you happen to own a Galaxy S and find yourself needing something like this be sure to pledge some funds to the project on IndieGogo. It’s already racked up a modest $700+ so there’s some interest there, but only time will tell if this ends up becoming something that members of the crowd-funding community find themselves wanting in droves.

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Sony releases Emma, a flash tool for flashing stock ROMs on unlocked Xperia devices

Sony continues to show us how much love they have for hacking and tinkering by releasing Emma, a new flash tool for Xperia devices with unlocked bootloaders. It’s in beta, and it gives users the ability to revert back to Sony stock ROMs. For starters, it’s only available on the Xperia S, Xperia arc, and Xperia arc S, but more handsets will be added soon. You can download the software from their developer site and check out the video to see how easy it is.

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

source: Sony development

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Sony releases flash tool for Xperia devices

Sony has released a new flash tool for its Xperia devices. This tool will only work for Xperia devices with an unlocked boot loader. The purpose of the tool is to take devices that have a custom firmware installed and moving it back to official Sony software. Sony is calling this new software a beta, so that means it’s not 100% finished.



Sony has posted a list of devices that can use the flash tool, and the list is rather small, to say the least. The phones included are Xperia S, Xperia arc, Xperia arc S. As I said before, this is just a beta, so Sony is only testing it out on a small list of devices. Each device has its own flash button that needs to be held in order to perform the firmware flash.

Sony also included a step-by-step process for using the program. The process is fairly easy, and the only thing that varies between devices is which button needs to be held down after you turn the phone off. In all, Sony has seven steps listed, and the whole process should be relatively painless. The video below breaks the process down.

Sony has posted a giant list of all the regions where the program can be used to flash a device back to factory software. The list is massive, and seems to include nearly every country where Android devices are available. The only countries not able to use the program are China, North Korea, Iran, Burma, Cuba, Sudan and Syria. If you own one of the supported devices and want to ditch your custom ROM, Sony is making the process a little easier.

[via Sony]

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Sony releases Emma, a flash tool for flashing stock ROMs on unlocked Xperia devices

Sony continues to show us how much love they have for hacking and tinkering by releasing Emma, a new flash tool for Xperia devices with unlocked bootloaders. It’s in beta, and it gives users the ability to revert back to Sony stock ROMs. For starters, it’s only available on the Xperia S, Xperia arc, and Xperia arc S, but more handsets will be added soon. You can download the software from their developer site and check out the video to see how easy it is.

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

source: Sony development

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Sony releases Emma, a flash tool for flashing stock ROMs on unlocked Xperia devices

Sony continues to show us how much love they have for hacking and tinkering by releasing Emma, a new flash tool for Xperia devices with unlocked bootloaders. It’s in beta, and it gives users the ability to revert back to Sony stock ROMs. For starters, it’s only available on the Xperia S, Xperia arc, and Xperia arc S, but more handsets will be added soon. You can download the software from their developer site and check out the video to see how easy it is.

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

source: Sony development

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Sony releases Emma, a flash tool for flashing stock ROMs on unlocked Xperia devices

Sony continues to show us how much love they have for hacking and tinkering by releasing Emma, a new flash tool for Xperia devices with unlocked bootloaders. It’s in beta, and it gives users the ability to revert back to Sony stock ROMs. For starters, it’s only available on the Xperia S, Xperia arc, and Xperia arc S, but more handsets will be added soon. You can download the software from their developer site and check out the video to see how easy it is.

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

source: Sony development

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Galaxy S3 vs Lumia 920

Samsung Galaxy S3 is Samsung’s Android flagship device for the year 2012. The device was launched few months back and it’s considered to be the best Android device, though I consider Nexus devices to be the best Android device. Nevertheless, Samsung GS3’s are still selling like hot cakes and according to the recent news, Samsung GS3 is more popular than iPhone 5 in the UK, and we know the kind of fan base that Apple has got. The holiday shopping season is on and if you are out there to buy a high end smartphone and you aren’t an Apple fan, you will have to eventually choose between Galaxy S3 and the recently launched Nokia Lumia 920 which runs Windows Phone 8 and has an amazing interface and an equally interesting hardware.

Below is a comparison between Samsung Galaxy S3 (left) and Nokia Lumia 920 (right).

CAMERA
Has manual focus

Yes

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No This allows to manually set the focus.
Has a built-in HDR mode

Yes

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No It can automatically shoot pictures with an higher dynamic range (HDR)
Noticeably more megapixel (photo, front camera)

1.9

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1.3 46.15% more megapixel (photo, front camera)
OS
The browser has word wrap

Yes

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No The web browser has automatic word wrap when zooming, the user can easily read long lines without scrolling horizontally.
Noticeably more apps available

700,000

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150,000 4.7x more apps available
Plays Adobe Flash

Yes

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No Adobe Flash with Video and Sound is supported in the phone’s browser
CPU
Significantly faster CPU clock speed

4x 1.4Ghz

vs

2x 1.5Ghz 1.9x faster CPU clock speed
CONNECTIVITY
Has a MicroSD slot

Yes

vs

No Internal Storage can be extended with MicroSD cards
Measurably newer Bluetooth Version

4.0

vs

3.1 0.9 newer Bluetooth Version
Has an HDMI output

Yes

vs

No Video and movies can be watched on a TV with HDMI input
DISPLAY
A tad bigger screen size

4.8″

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4.5″ 6.67% bigger screen size. The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
POWER
A thing more battery power

2,100mAh

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2,000mAh 5% more battery power
Has a removable battery

Yes

vs

No The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken
PHYSICAL
Lots thinner

8.6mm

vs

10.7mm 2.1mm thinner
A little narrower

70.6mm

vs

70.8mm 0.2mm narrower
Appreciably lighter

133.0g

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185.0g 52.0g lighter
Less body volume

82.9cm³

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99.0cm³ 16.26% less body volume

Samsung Galaxy S3 definitely looks better on the spec sheet and should help you to choose between the two. According to me, since Lumia 920 comes with a lower price tag on a 2 year contract, so I would choose the Windows device. Besides, Windows Phone 8 has an attractive interface and is something new, plus the App Store is growing quickly, so it’s not like you have scarcity of apps like it used to be before. If you want pure Android experience, there’s always Nexus 4 which you can buy unlocked for just $299. Which one would you buy?

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Mozilla Wants To Bring Flash Back To Your Phone With An Open SWF Runtime – About Ten Years Too Late

adobe-flash-logoI know. You thought Flash was long gone. You mourned the relationship and moved on. Having made peace with the past and exploring a bright future, you were ready to start a new life with HTML5. Now, thanks to Mozilla, your ex has come calling, bringing back all those old memories. But enough with the metaphors. The organization behind Firefox announced Shumway, an open SWF runtime project, today. With this, the company hopes to bring compatibility for Flash content back to the web, particularly on mobile. A lofty goal, given that Adobe, creator of the Flash format, isn’t keen on that last part.

Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:

Mozilla Wants To Bring Flash Back To Your Phone With An Open SWF Runtime – About Ten Years Too Late was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Android 4.2.1 factory images released by Google for various Nexus Devices

Who doesn’t love a good factory image? you know, the original software for the device just in case something goes crazy during a flash or during development. Google has released the factory images for Android 4.2.1 for the new Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices. They have also released the image for the GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus.

Along with factory images, the Android 4.2.1 binaries for the Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and both the “toro” (Verizon) and “manguro” (GSM) version of the Galaxy Nexus. The binaries for the Nexus 4 don’t seem to be out just yet though, but should be coming soon we would imagine.

So if you are the type that gets yourself and your device into a bit of trouble on occasion  you should probably grab those files, just in case.

Download – Factory Images

Download – Binaries 

Via Phandroid

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Apple gets Samsung Galaxy devices banned in the Netherlands

Just when you thought we might be able to go a week without some new developments in the epic Apple and Samsung war, a new wrinkle comes along. This time, it comes in the form of Apple getting Samsung Galaxy devices banned in the Netherlands. The court ruled that Samsung is infringing on Apple’s patents for navigation interface in photo galleries.



This is not the first time Samsung and Apple have gone at it over this very same issue. Last year, Samsung was accused of implementing the same “bounce back” feature as Apple’s devices when scrolling through images. Samsung has since replaced that with a blue flash that would appear on the edges of images. However, Samsung has refused to “sign a declaration of abstinence committing to not infringing the patent.” Samsung claims that the issue had been fixed in the Netherlands.

The ban only applies to Galaxy products that run Android 2.2.1 and higher, and that don’t use Samsung’s proprietary photo gallery software. The court has ordered Samsung to tell Apple how much net profit it made from sales of its infringing Galaxy products since June 27, 2011. A different court is set to determine how much of that profit Samsung will have to give Apple. If Samsung continues to infringe on the patent, the company will be required to pay Apple 100,000 euros ($129,000) for every day it violates the terms of the ban.

A Samsung spokesperson said the company is disappointed with the ruling. Apple, on the other hand, did not comment on the ruling. In another ruling in the Netherlands, a judge ruled that Samsung does not infringe on a multitouch patent from Apple. This coming January, a court is set to place their verdict in another Apple-Samsung lawsuit dealing with tablet design rights.

[via Computerworld]


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Google Nexus 10 ToolKit released

Recently launched Google Nexus 10 is great device. It has top notch hardware and the screen is just awesome, but as they say, the real fun on any Android device begins once you root it, and the same holds good for Nexus 10 as well. If you are not sure on how to go forward with rooting the device, XDA Developers member mskip has made things easy by coming up with something called Nexus 10 ToolKit, which will allow you to perform a lot of stuff at a keystroke. Below are the functions it is able to perform on Nexus 10 according to the XDA Developers page:

FUNCTIONS OF GOOGLE NEXUS 10 TOOLKIT V1.2.0 [22ND NOVEMBER 2012]
* Install correct adb/fastboot drivers automatically on Windows xp/vista/7/8 32bit+64bit
* Backup/Restore a single package or all apps, user data and Internal Storage
* Backup your /data/media (virtual SD Card) to your PC for a Full Safe backup of data
* Unlock/Re-Lock your Bootloader
* Root Stock Jelly Bean builds (upto 4.2.0 JOP40C)
* 1-Click For All to Unlock the Bootloader, Root, Rename the Restore File and Flash Custom Recovery
* Perform a FULL NANDROID Backup of your system (Boot, Cache, Data, Recovery and System) via adb and save in Custom Recovery format on your PC which can be Restored via CWM Recovery
* Pull /data and /system folders, compress to a .tar file and save to your PC
* Dump selected Phone Partitions, compress to a .zip file with md5 and save to your PC
* Install BusyBox on your phone
* Extras, Tips and Tricks section available to all ToolKit Donators
* Auto Update ToolKit to latest pushed version at startup (donator feature)
* Program up to 10 Quickpic slots and run them very quickly (donator feature)
* Mods section to automatically perform certain tasks on your phone
* Download Google Stock Image directly to correct ToolKit folder for extracting and flashing (no need to move it manually anymore)
* Flash Custom Recovery or Google Stock Image to phone
* Rename the Recovery Restore File present on some Stock Roms
* Use adb sideload in Custom Recovery to root/unroot zip files very easily
* Boot into CWM Touch Recovery without Flashing it
* Boot or Flash .img Files directly from your PC
* Install a single apk or multiple apk’s to your phone
* Push Files from your PC to your phone
* Pull Files from your phone to your PC
* Dump selected LogCat buffers to your PC
* Dump BugReport to your PC
* Set Files Permissions on your phone
* Open new Command Prompt for manual input
* Reboot Phone to Fastboot Mode or Android from fastboot mode
* Reboot Phone to Fastboot Mode, Recovery, Android or Download Mode from adb mode

Phew! That’s a lot of functions. To summarize, you can root the device and unlock the bootloader in case you want to play with ROM, and while doing that, you should make sure that you have a backup of all the data, but fear not because Nexus 10 Toolkit covers that too. It has an inbuilt backup feature which will dump all the apps and data associated with it on your computer, and you can restore it in case things don’t go according to the plan.

The toolkit has a command line interface and you may get confused looking at it, but if you take time to read the included instructions, you shouldn’t face any trouble. In case you do, there’s community that’s always ready to help you.

If you have used the toolkit, let us know using the comment form below.

Source: XDA-Developers

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Bringing Flash to Jelly Bean

Apple has always been opposing Adobe Flash on their mobile devices. Apple’s iOS platform never supported flash due to various reasons including performance issues and security loopholes. Flash is really useful on the web because it allows web developers to create interactive website, but that is changing slowly as HTML5 is spreading rapidly and most of the browsers support this too.

When Apple opposed Flash, Google supported it on its Android platform, in fact support for Flash was often highlighted in marketing process of devices. Nevertheless, Adobe officially pulled its plug on Flash for mobile in August this year, and this is what they said in the announcement:

“Beginning August 15th we will use the configuration settings in the Google Play Store to limit continued access to Flash Player updates to only those devices that have Flash Player already installed. Devices that do not have Flash Player already installed are increasingly likely to be incompatible with Flash Player and will no longer be able to install it from the Google Play Store after August 15th.” – Said Adobe

You can view sites like YouTube without your device supporting Flash, however, there are numerous video sites as well as online gaming hub which don’t support the latest standards and require the device to support Flash.

“We have not continued developing and testing Flash Player for this new version of Android and its available browser options. There will be no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1.”

There is certainly no official implementation of Flash in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but there are several manufacturers who provide flash support in the stock firmware. One such manufacturer is HTC which loads Adobe Flash on devices such as One X+ which runs on Jelly Bean, but it is supported only in the default browser.

All the manufacturers out there ship their smartphones with their own version of browser and these browsers support flash, but some phones such as Optimus G have manufacturer specific browser which don’t support flash, despite the fact that it runs on ICS, and you won’t be able to install it from Play Store either.

For those who want to get Adobe Flash on the Android smartphone, follow the steps below:
1. Search in Google for “archived flash player versions” and go to the first result.

2. The first link on the result page will take you to Adobe’s developer’s page for Flash which is basically an archive page of Flash software and contains links to different versions of it for various platforms.

3. Scroll down until you find “Flash Player for Android 4.0 archives”. Here, choose the latest mobile Flash player version for Android. If you happen to run Android 2.x or 3.x, you will find your package under “Flash Player for Android 2.x and 3.x archives” heading. If your Android device is booting Jelly Bean, choose the latest edition listed for 4.0.

4. Clicking on the link will download the .apk file which can be installed like any other app. That’s about it.

Flash will not work on Chrome browser, but other browsers should be able to display the content provided that you have enabled plugins in their settings.

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Nexus 10 toolkit now available for all your rooting needs

The Nexus 10 may not be selling as well as LG’s Nexus 4, but that hasn’t detracted from its surmountable capabilities. A little more than a week after making its global debut, the Nexus 10 has received a fully functional root toolkit.

This custom toolkit will allow users to easily root the Nexus 10, as well as perform various root-related functions like unlocking your bootloader, backing up system partitions and installing USB drivers, all without a need to touch that often-feared command line. It’s a fantastic tool for those who are new to rooting their device, or simply want to save valuable time.

Be sure to check out the full list of features, as well as the official download at the source link below. Before proceeding, ensure that you read the instructions at least twice before initiating the rooting process. Godspeed, friends.

 

FUNCTIONS OF GOOGLE NEXUS 10 TOOLKIT V1.2.0 [22ND NOVEMBER 2012]
* Install correct adb/fastboot drivers automatically on Windows xp/vista/7/8 32bit+64bit
* Backup/Restore a single package or all apps, user data and Internal Storage
* Backup your /data/media (virtual SD Card) to your PC for a Full Safe backup of data
* Unlock/Re-Lock your Bootloader
* Root Stock Jelly Bean builds (upto 4.2.0 JOP40C)
* 1-Click For All to Unlock the Bootloader, Root, Rename the Restore File and Flash Custom Recovery
* Perform a FULL NANDROID Backup of your system (Boot, Cache, Data, Recovery and System) via adb and save in Custom Recovery format on your PC which can be Restored via CWM Recovery
* Pull /data and /system folders, compress to a .tar file and save to your PC
* Dump selected Phone Partitions, compress to a .zip file with md5 and save to your PC
* Install BusyBox on your phone
* Extras, Tips and Tricks section available to all ToolKit Donators
* Auto Update ToolKit to latest pushed version at startup (donator feature)
* Program up to 10 Quickpic slots and run them very quickly (donator feature)
* Mods section to automatically perform certain tasks on your phone
* Download Google Stock Image directly to correct ToolKit folder for extracting and flashing (no need to move it manually anymore)
* Flash Custom Recovery or Google Stock Image to phone
* Rename the Recovery Restore File present on some Stock Roms
* Use adb sideload in Custom Recovery to root/unroot zip files very easily
* Boot into CWM Touch Recovery without Flashing it
* Boot or Flash .img Files directly from your PC
* Install a single apk or multiple apk’s to your phone
* Push Files from your PC to your phone
* Pull Files from your phone to your PC
* Dump selected LogCat buffers to your PC
* Dump BugReport to your PC
* Set Files Permissions on your phone
* Open new Command Prompt for manual input
* Reboot Phone to Fastboot Mode or Android from fastboot mode
* Reboot Phone to Fastboot Mode, Recovery, Android or Download Mode from adb mode

Source: XDA-Developers


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[Deal Alert] SanDisk Ultra Class 10 64GB MicroSD Card (Plus Adapter) Just $41.99 From Amazon

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Just the other day, we caught sight of a deal at Best Buy on a SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSD card. The class 6 card was a steal at $43. If you were hoping for something faster or cheaper though, Amazon’s got a deal that brings you both – a 64GB SanDisk Ultra class 10 card for just $41.99. What’s more, the card comes with its own SD adapter.

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If you want to maximize your device’s storage but don’t want to spend too much money, just hit the link below. We can’t say for sure how long this discount will last, so those interested would be well advised to go ahead and place their orders.

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[Deal Alert] SanDisk Ultra Class 10 64GB MicroSD Card (Plus Adapter) Just $41.99 From Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Nexus 10 Toolkit Now Available: Get Your Tweak On The Easy Way

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A few days ago, developer mskip released the Nexus 4 toolkit, which simplifies the unlock/root/recovery/etc. process on the device. The same dev has now released the Nexus 10 toolkit, which does essentially the same thing, only for Google’s first 10″ slate. These toolkits really take the work out of doing a number of otherwise potentially tedious tasks:

FUNCTIONS OF GOOGLE NEXUS 10 TOOLKIT V1.0.0 [20TH NOVEMBER 2012]
* Install correct adb/fastboot drivers automatically on Windows xp/vista/7/8 32bit+64bit
* Backup/Restore a single package or all apps, user data and Internal Storage
* Backup your /data/media (virtual SD Card) to your PC for a Full Safe backup of data
* Unlock/Re-Lock your Bootloader
* Root Stock Jelly Bean builds (upto 4.2.0 JOP40C)
* 1-Click For All to Unlock the Bootloader, Root, Rename the Restore File and Flash Custom Recovery
* Perform a FULL NANDROID Backup of your system (Boot, Cache, Data, Recovery and System) via adb and save in Custom Recovery format on your PC which can be Restored via CWM Recovery
* Pull /data and /system folders, compress to a .tar file and save to your PC
* Dump selected Phone Partitions, compress to a .zip file with md5 and save to your PC
* Install BusyBox on your phone
* Extras, Tips and Tricks section available to all ToolKit Donators
* Auto Update ToolKit to latest pushed version at startup (donator feature)
* Program up to 10 Quickpic slots and run them very quickly (donator feature)
* Mods section to automatically perform certain tasks on your phone
* Download Google Stock Image directly to correct ToolKit folder for extracting and flashing (no need to move it manually anymore)
* Flash Custom Recovery or Google Stock Image to phone
* Rename the Recovery Restore File present on some Stock Roms
* Boot into CWM Touch Recovery without Flashing it
* Boot or Flash .img Files directly from your PC
* Install a single apk or multiple apk’s to your phone
* Push Files from your PC to your phone
* Pull Files from your phone to your PC
* Dump selected LogCat buffers to your PC
* Dump BugReport to your PC
* Set Files Permissions on your phone
* Open new Command Prompt for manual input
* Reboot Phone to Fastboot Mode or Android from fastboot mode
* Reboot Phone to Fastboot Mode, Recovery, Android or Download Mode from adb mode

The ToolKit.exe and ModsSection.exe files may be detected as malicious by some anti-virus software.

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Nexus 10 Toolkit Now Available: Get Your Tweak On The Easy Way was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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13.3-inch Archos FamilyPad launches next month

Have you ever tried to have other people gather around your tablet to watch a video or view some other content? You probably know that a small seven or ten inch screen is not really made for sharing. Archos is looking to make the tablet sharable with its new, larger FamilyPad.



The FamilyPad is a 13.3-inch tablet, so it’s perfect for sharing with others, or just enjoying a bigger screen on your own. It comes with a 1280 X 800 resolution. It has a 16:10 aspect ratio and is capable of displaying 16 million colors. The battery is promising over 10 hours of video playback per charge.

The tablet comes with Android 4.0 installed. It also has lots of connectivity options such as mini HDMI output, USB for transferring data from the flash drive or hard drive, and integrated Wi-Fi. It comes with 8GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for adding more media to the tablet. It comes with a stand out of the box to allow you to prop the tablet up and use it as an entertainment device.

The processor in the tablet is an ARM Cortex A8 running at 1 GHz and the tablet has 1 GB of RAM. The tablet comes with front and rear 2-megapixel cameras. It is scheduled to launch in the UK next month starting at £274.99.

[via SlashGear]


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Nexus 4 Toolkit Is Out – Simple Unlock, Root, Backup, Restore, And More

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Maybe you already have your Nexus 4. Maybe you have to wait three more weeks to get it. Or maybe you didn’t get one before they sold out. Regardless of your particular situation, if a Nexus 4 is in your future (or present), there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to want to root and ROM it. And, honestly, not everyone is comfortable doing this kind of thing manually. Good news: the Nexus 4 toolkit is here!

This toolkit comes from developer mskip, the same dev responsible for the incredibly useful Nexus 7 toolkit. Like its predecessor, the N4 toolkit is chock-full of useful features, making it easy for basically anyone to modify their device:

FUNCTIONS OF GOOGLE NEXUS 4 TOOLKIT V1.0.0 [17TH NOVEMBER 2012]
* Install correct adb/fastboot drivers automatically on Windows xp/vista/7/8 32bit+64bit
* Backup/Restore a single package or all apps, user data and Internal Storage
* Backup your /data/media (virtual SD Card) to your PC for a Full Safe backup of data
* Unlock/Re-Lock your Bootloader
* Root Stock Jelly Bean builds (upto 4.2.0 JOP40C)
* 1-Click For All to Unlock, Root, Rename the Restore File
* Perform a FULL NANDROID Backup of your system (Boot, Cache, Data, Recovery and System) via adb and save in Custom Recovery format on your PC which can be Restored via CWM Recovery
* Pull /data and /system folders, compress to a .tar file and save to your PC
* Dump selected Phone Partitions, compress to a .zip file with md5 and save to your PC
* Install BusyBox on your phone
* Extras, Tips and Tricks section available to all ToolKit Donators
* Auto Update ToolKit to latest pushed version at startup (donator feature)
* Program up to 10 Quickpic slots and run them very quickly (donator feature)
* Mods section to automatically perform certain tasks on your phone
* Download Google Stock Image directly to correct ToolKit folder for extracting and flashing (no need to move it manually anymore)
* Flash Google Stock Image to phone
* Rename the Recovery Restore File present on some Stock Roms
* Boot into CWM Touch Recovery without Flashing it
* Boot or Flash .img Files directly from your PC
* Install a single apk or multiple apk’s to your phone
* Push Files from your PC to your phone
* Pull Files from your phone to your PC
* Dump selected LogCat buffers to your PC
* Dump BugReport to your PC
* Set Files Permissions on your phone
* Open new Command Prompt for manual input
* Reboot Phone to Fastboot Mode or Android from fastboot mode
* Reboot Phone to Fastboot Mode, Recovery, Android or Download Mode from adb mode

It’s worth noting that, for the time being, flashing recovery isn’t supported.

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Nexus 4 Toolkit Is Out – Simple Unlock, Root, Backup, Restore, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Sprint Introduces the ZTE Flash Phone Quietly

Sprint has earlier this week introduced a new Android smartphone addition to their lineup of high end 4G devices with the quiet introduction of the ZTE Flash we had heard so many rumors about this phone weeks ago but Sprint had neither denied nor confirmed the rumors.  This explains why their modest announcement of this new phone did not go unnoticed.  Another reason is because the phone comes with quite an impressive specs sheet including a dual core processor and 1GB RAM yet it retails for only $130 with a 2 year contract.  This mid-range phone also comes with 4G capability and a 4.5 inch screen, which is a lot better than most mid-range phones come with.

The ZTE flash is Sprint branded and boasts of a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, 8GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot which allows up to 32GB memory card expansion and can be used as a 3G/4G LTE hotspot for as many as eight devices.  The only disappointment for those who were looking forward to such a decent yet lowly priced Android phone is that it comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and there are no promises as to whether, if ever there will be a 4.1 or later updates.

The phone is powered by a 1,780 mAh battery which promises up to 8 hours of talk time and up to 19 days (465 hours) standby time, an impressive 12.6 megapixels rear camera with LED flash and a 1 megapixels front camera for video calls.  The phone’s design is ‘different’ too with the camera protruding at the back.  The black phone has rather noticeably rounded corners and measures 5.27 x 2.59 x 0.38 inches (134 x 66 x 10 mm).  Its 4.5 inch screen has a maximum resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels which offers about 326 pixels per inch resolution density and is built on IPS LCD technology.  Other display features include capacitive multi-touch light sensor, proximity sensor and a scratch resistant glass.

Users who want the ZTE flash can order it now online on Sprint’s Shop online for 129.99 with a two year contract after a mail-in rebate.  Bearing in mind the specs of this phone, it is the closest a mid-range phone can get to being a high end smartphone.  Since neither Sprint nor ZTE has made any announcement regarding the introduction of the ZTE Flash phone, we just hope that there will be a date on Jelly Bean update because this looks like a phone one can invest in and stick with it for quite some time yet Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is a little stale for users who expect performance.

Core Specs

Processor: 1.5 GHz Dual-core Snapdragon S4 Krait CPU with Adreno 225 GPU

Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Memory: 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory with up to 32 GB microSD expansion slot

Display: 4.5 inch 720 x 1280 pixels IPS LCD capacitive multi-touch screen (~326 ppi resolution density)

Cameras: 13 megapixels rear, 1 megapixels front

Connectivity: CDMA, 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, USB, NFC, DLNA

Battery: 1780 mAh

Build: 5.27 x 2.59 x 0.38 inches (134 x 66 x 10 mm), 5.2 oz (147 g)

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