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Microsoft working on a fix for Halo 4 SmartGlass issues, arriving in ‘the coming weeks’

Microsoft working on a fix for Halo 4 SmartGlass issues, set to arrive in 'the coming weeks'

Microsoft’s SmartGlass and Microsoft’s Halo 4 apparently aren’t quite getting along on Windows Phone 8 devices. Using SmartGlass, Halo 4 players can normally access their stats and other info about their robot supersoldier using the long-established Waypoint service — except for Windows Phone 8 users, apparently. A forum thread dating back to Halo 4‘s November launch highlights the issue — as Xbox.com forum user “Scion Eon” puts it: “Whenever I try to log into SmartGlass on my phone while playing Halo 4, I am immediately greeted with a message that says ‘Your device is missing certain required features.’” As it turns out, Mr. Eon isn’t the only one experiencing said connectivity issues — specific to Windows Phone 8 devices — and Microsoft’s aware of the situation.

“We are aware that there is an issue with the Xbox SmartGlass experience for ‘Halo Waypoint’ on Windows Phone 8 devices, which may prevent users from accessing Halo 4 player stats,” a Microsoft rep told us this afternoon. Thankfully, Redmond’s also taking care of a solution. “We are actively working on a fix and expect to have a solution within the coming weeks. We appreciate your patience as this gets resolved and apologize for any inconvenience this causes,” the statement reads. Of course, should you want to access Halo 4‘s Waypoint functionality on SmartGlass before that fix, you can always use Microsoft’s competitor’s devices. But then who’d do that?

[Thanks Colin!]

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New antenna from SkyCross hopes to alleviate LTE band fragmentation

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You've heard tech pundits talk about the absolute mess that is LTE frequencies before I'm sure. Even Apple was forced to break the tradition of "one phone for all" when they decided to incorporate an LTE radio, and Apple never likes change. The problem is that there are 38 different frequencies with active LTE networks or planned LTE networks world wide. That means that your LTE phone set up for one carrier probably won't work on another. It's a big problem that needs a solution, and quickly.

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Enter SkyCross. They just started shipping an LTE antenna that can support up to 12 different frequencies on one piece of hardware. That's just the type of hot hardware injection the future of LTE needed — as things are about to get worse. I'm going to use US examples, but this applies world-wide (none of you are safe). 

Verizon has been the fastest at rolling out LTE. The currently use the 700MHz band for their LTE network. The issue is that spectrum isn't infinite, and Verizon also has to buy and repurpose 2100MHz spectrum. They will have to bond both frequencies together in what's called aggregation, and any antenna they use will have to support both bands. Now compound this for manufacturers trying to make a device that runs on multiple networks, as we all hope that will be the future of LTE. In the US, the big four will need an antenna that supports up to eight different frequencies to make it happen. We're going to need better antennas that can handle it.

SkyCross plans to officially announce things at CES, and they say we should see their gear in phones this year. We'll keep an eye on this one.

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SwiftKey Flow beta updated with new features and bug fixes

The team behind the wildly popular SwiftKey Flow keyboard have just issued a quick update to their VIP community as version 4.0.0.61. In the latest update to the SwiftKey Flow beta you’ll enjoy tons of bug fixes, enhanced features, a better typing experience, and overall better performance. Their keyboard is still in the testing phase but works wonderfully, so read on for the full changelog and known issues.

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SwiftKey didn’t just update us all with a changelog, they went a step ahead and mentioned what’s new, things to be aware of, as well as a full known issues list. All of this has been detailed over at the SwiftKey Flow Blog. One of SwiftKey’s best features is being able to flow not just a word, but an entire sentence without lifting a finger. Then it predicts everything using their prediction engine and even puts in the spaces. Their previous beta if you make a mistake on a word, any word, the entire sentence was lost when you hit backspace — a real bummer.

I can happily confirm they’ve integrated a “save sentence” feature they’re calling 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). They’ve fixed that pesky double capitalization issue, fixed memory errors and much more. Here’s their huge detailed update information:

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

Instead of blasting this post with their known issues and things to be aware of when using SwiftKey Flow, just head to their Blog Post for all the details. You can also check out our Flow Fingers-on post for a first hand look. More details are provided below and hit the links to give the latest SwiftKey Flow beta for smartphones and tablets a try. Enjoy!

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SwiftKey Flow smartphone
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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.

[Thanks, Zhewei]

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Source: Tweakers

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Distro Issue 72: The CES 2013 preview

Distro Issue 72 The CES 2013 preview

After a week off to take advantage of the holidays, the Distro crew is back in action. In the latest issue of our tablet mag, we run down all of the major categories with a preview of what our editors expect to see — or not see — when CES cranks up in a few days. On top of that, Eyes-On has a look at a Lomography panoramic camera, Hands-On offers impressions on some of the latest gadgetry and tech writer Taylor Hatmaker drops by for the Q&A. Once the annual Las Vegas tech madness gets started next week, we’ll be publishing daily issues of this e-publication beginning Tuesday, January 8th to keep you up to speed with all of the happenings in the desert. Arriving just in time for the events, our Windows 8 Distro app is now available and can be procured like its Android and iOS counterparts, via the download links below.

Distro Issue 72 PDF
Distro in the iTunes App Store
Distro in the Google Play Store

Distro in the Windows Store

Distro APK (for sideloading)
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Jelly Bean Marketshare On a Slow Rise

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Google Android has seen a great evolution post Gingerbread with Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and now Jelly Bean. The issue which has been plaguing Google ever since the first few versions of Android is with regards to fragmentation. There are a vast majority of users still running Gingerbread despite Android evolving up to Jelly Bean now. What this basically means is that unlike iOS or Windows Phone, not all devices are running on the same version of the OS. Of course, iOS and Windows Phone 7/8 devices don’t have as many smartphones as Android does, as the number of manufacturers producing Android smartphones are substantially higher. But with time, Google has tried to reduce fragmentation by making several older devices compatible with the newer versions of Android. And according to the recent numbers showing marketshare for each versions of Android, Jelly Bean has increased in number since the last time we checked (10.2% from 6.7% last month). Even though Gingerbread still remains on top, we don’t think it will be there for long as newer devices with newer firmware make their way to the market. Ice Cream Sandwich has seen an increase in adoption of about 1.6%. These numbers don’t tell the whole story though.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is currently the top selling Android flagship in the world. But despite that, there are several other smartphones from various manufacturers that come with either Android 2.3 Gingerbread or Android 4.0.4 on board. Although manufacturers these days have grown particularly keen on updating their current lineup of smartphones, it takes substantial amount of time to get it on board. And by the time these manufacturers finish working on the newest version of Android for their smartphones, there will already be a newer version announced by Google. Manufacturers just cannot resist the urge to make custom tweaks to their smartphones which would allow for better performance and usability of the smartphone. So if you’re planning on getting a new Android device and timely updates are important to you, you should look no further and get a Nexus smartphone. These come with little to no UI customization and provide the stock Android experience to the users. But as of now, users are potentially stuck if they want to get a Nexus device as the current Nexus flagship, the Nexus 4 is out of stock on the Google Play Store.

So on the whole, Android has come a long way, but there’s still some distance left till all users come under the same radar. Early versions of Android like Donut and Éclair are almost on the verge of extinction (2.6% collectively), which is very good news and Gingerbread too has dropped by 3.2% since last month. After Gingerbread, it’s Ice Cream Sandwich which has the most number of users at 29.1%. Android 2.2 Froyo is still running on 9% of all Android smartphones which is down from 10.3% when checked last month. You will be pleased to know that the ill-fated Honeycomb OS only has about 1.5% users left out there. Hopefully in the coming days, numbers for Jelly Bean should increase while Gingerbread and Froyo should further fall down.

Source: Android Developers
Via: GSM Arena

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Samsung starts rolling out software update in the UK to fix Exynos security flaw – S3 gets it first

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Looks like Samsung isn’t wasting any time in addressing the security flaw found in their Exynos processors after formally acknowledging the issue almost 3 weeks ago. Seems Galaxy S3 owners across the pond are now receiving software update I9300XXELLA over-the-air and via Kies to patch up the vulnerability. While there isn’t solid evidence suggesting as much, some are speculating Samsung could be killing 2 birds with one stone, also addressing that nasty sudden death issue plaguing some devices. This is due to the fact that the new software also updates the device’s bootloader as well.

Course, we’ll need an official word from Samsung before confirming but if you’re in the UK — get to updating. As for the rest of us here in the states, we’ll have to twiddle our thumbs a little longer as our respective carriers put the update through its paces before it hits our Note 2′s (don’t worry about our carrier branded Galaxy S3′s, they’re packing entirely different processors and aren’t susceptible to the same security flaw). Should be soon!

[via SamMobile]

 

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Archos outs multi-touch TV Connect with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Google TV may still be lacking behind the rest of the smart TV pack, but Archos believes it has solved the apparent issue with its new TV Connect. The Android-powered computer box plugs into any existing HDTV to offer a seamless connected experience.

Along with the box itself, customers will be treated to a massive remote with more controls than you could ever imagine necessary, featuring a full QWERTY kerboard, a D-pad and a slew of gaming buttons..To differentiate itself from the rest of the ill-fated Google TV crowd, Archos has also included a pair of pointer sticks to “control your TV just like you would your tablet with a tapping and/or swiping motion.” If that’s not enough, the box has a built-in HD webcam, making video calls a breeze.

Perhaps one of the most noticeable features of the company’s new Google TV is access to Google’s entire swath of Play Store content. Unlike other similar boxes, users will be able to purchase music, movies and TV episodes, in addition to third-party streaming applications like Netflix and Spotify. Running graphic intensive apps should be no problem either as Archos’ TV Connect sports a 1.5GHz “multi core” CPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage (expandable via microSD). The Android 4.1-powered TV Connect is slated to arrive in February for $130.

Source: Archos

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Samsung rolling out Exynos security patch to UK Galaxy S III owners

DNP Samsung rolling out Exynos security fix to UK Galaxy S III users

A few weeks back a security exploit was discovered that left owners of select Exynos-powered Samsung devices feeling uneasy. While an independent developer quickly cooked up a fix, Samsung soon acknowledged the issue and pledged that an official patch was in the works. UK Galaxy S III owners can now breathe a sigh of relief, as Sammy has made good on its word and is now issuing an over-the-air update that addresses this potential security flaw. While we’re happy to see Samsung actively working on this issue, there’s still no word of when the company will release this fix to other devices and additional regions. Hopefully the software’s ongoing European tour is a sign of things to come globally.

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Samsung starts rolling out software update to fix Exynos security flaw in the UK

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Looks like Samsung isn’t wasting any time in addressing the security flaw found in their Exynos processors after formally acknowledging the issue almost 3 weeks ago. Seems Galaxy S3 owners across the pond are now receiving software update I9300XXELLA over-the-air and via Kies to patch up the vulnerability. While there isn’t solid evidence suggesting as much, some are speculating Samsung could be killing 2 birds with one stone, also addressing that nasty sudden death issue plaguing some devices. This is due to the fact that the new software also updates the device’s bootloader as well.

Course, we’ll need an official word from Samsung before confirming but if you’re in the UK — get to updating. As for the rest of us here in the states, we’ll have to twiddle our thumbs a little longer as our respective carriers put the update through its paces before it hits our Note 2′s (don’t worry about our carrier branded Galaxy S3′s, they’re packing entirely different processors and aren’t susceptible to the same security flaw). Should be soon!

[via SamMobile]

 

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Samsung Galaxy S III getting OTA update for Exynos exploit and more

Today we’re hearing Samsung is pushing a bug fix update out to their Galaxy S III in the UK. Back in December a potentially huge issue was discovered in many of Samsung’s smartphones and popular devices like the Galaxy S III, Note II, and many others. The issue was found inside the Exynos 4 processor kernel basically giving developers, hackers, and potentially malware jerks full access to the device with ease.

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That isn’t all either. Earlier this week we reported on a “sudden death” bug where some Galaxy S III smartphones main-boards were completely failing and ruining the entire device. OK, so these issues are minor on a mass level and don’t effect many people, but things are a bit of a hot mess here. It looks like both are being fixed soon.

According to multiple reports from XDA as well as the folks from Android Police Samsung has issued a quick software update (still 4.1.2 Jelly Bean) for the UK Galaxy S III that brings multiple changes. While we don’t have a changelog it has been confirmed that the Exynos kernel exploit has been patched and should no longer pose a problem. Then reports are also claiming there’s a fix for the mainboard issue but that can’t be confirmed.

Along with these two bigger issues, Samsung’s also fixing a few minor issues and security patches as a routine update. The build date is listed as December 22nd, so it’s a fairly new build for the GS III, and is available now OTA or from Samsung Kies as usual. Those international UK users feel free to check for updates and let us know if you notice any changes.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Galaxy S III
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : May 03, 2012
    Release Date : May 29, 2012
    Also Known As : The Next Galaxy, SGSIII

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.8 Inch
  • Resolution : 720×1280
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED HD
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.37 Inch
  • Width : 2.77 Inch
  • Depth : 0.33 Inch
  • Weight : 133 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2100 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : Exynos 4 Quad
    CPU Clock Speed : 1400 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via Sam Mobile]

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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. 

Via: SamMobile

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Reduce Device Lag on Nexus 7 and Others With Seeder Application

Ever wonder what’s up with the lag seen from time to time on your Android device while using certain apps or playing a variety of games? Developer lambgx02 likely cared a bit more than you, as it was bothering him enough to try to find the root cause of the issue so that he could attempt [...]

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Samsung Preparing a Fix For Galaxy S III Units With the Motherboard Issue

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We’re pretty much in sync with what goes on around the tech sphere every day. There are numerous rumors coming through, speculations, device launches etc and on some occasions bad news too. One such bad news was with regards to the Samsung Galaxy S III which was reported to have a messy motherboard issue which apparently caused the device to stop working all of a sudden. While this issue could be easily disregarded as a hardware glitch, many felt that this had something to do with Samsung’s software. If you recall, Samsung smartphones have or had an exploit capable of allowing third party apps to remotely wipe data on the device, although this was something to do with Exynos chipsets and not the software. So it was obvious that fingers would be pointed on Samsung over the motherboard row too. And it now seems like the company has secretly acknowledged the motherboard bug and has already prepared an update with a patch to the bug. The info was accessed by a Dutch site named Tweakers.

This shows the commitment of Samsung to improve its products and provide optimum performance to its users. The issue apparently is only spotted on 16GB models of the Galaxy S III, so people with the 32GB GS3 can breathe a sigh of relief. Regardless, it’s a pretty annoying issue if you’re a GS3 user and it needed to be fixed. Samsung however was reportedly fixing affected devices by replacing the motherboard units for free, regardless of its root status, so that’s reassuring too. There haven’t been too many reports of Galaxy S III units instantaneously giving up on the user though, which gave us a feeling if this was an isolated case. But since Samsung has come out and acknowledged it, we can make out that it means something to them.

Let’s hope the fix rolls out sooner rather than later as it is the company’s highest selling smartphone as of now, and it would want to keep that going until the next major Galaxy flagship is announced in Q2, 2013.  There is no word on when the update will be rolled out, but Samsung has said that it only affects a limited number of 16GB models, so a minor firmware update should be on its way to the said devices. Of course, the South Korean manufacturer didn’t really make it clear as to which model numbers could be affected, so there’s some mystery over that.

Do you own a Galaxy S III? If yes, let us know if the motherboard glitch has worried you at all.

Source: Tweakers
Via: Talk Android

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Do Not Disturb iOS 6 Bug To Be Fixed January 7

Apple announced today that they will be releasing a fix to the Do Not Disturb bug that is affecting iOS 6 devices.  In their support forum the company said that “Do Not Disturb scheduling feature will resume normal functionality after January 7, 2013. Before this date, you should manually turn the Do Not Disturb feature on or off.”

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Several people reported problems about this feature starting Tuesday. People reported that the Do Not Disturb feature which silences calls, alerts and notifications when enabled remained stuck in the “on” mode even way past its scheduled end time. This issue occurred just right after January 1 and not only affects the iPhone but the iPad and iPod Touch as well.

People from all over the world have reported this over at Apple forums with some of their posts listed below.

“I am in Japan so it is 2013, and I am finding that my iOS devices (iPhone 4 and iPad 2) are showing Do Not Disturb even though it is outside of the time I set for them. Not sure if this is related to the new year. Reloading the devices does not help and the software is up-to-date.”

“Same issue in Spain, on both my iPhone and my iPad”

“My DND was scheduled to shut off at 7am this morning on both devices however, when I checked them both at 9, the half moon crescent was still showing and DND was still on???? I just switched the feature Off & then back on (scheduled) and it seemed to resolve it.” reported a user from the UK.

The Do Not Disturb feature was rolled out last June alongside other iOS6 features such as Siri, Facebook integration and FaceTime video chats over mobile networks.

It looks like every time the New Year kicks in a problem pop ups for iOS. Good thing this time it’s nothing critical.

via apple

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Samsung Galaxy S III sudden death syndrome to be fixed with a firmware update

Earlier in the month we mentioned how some Galaxy S III users were reporting a sudden death syndrome. At that time the reports suggested that Samsung was taking good care of those who were having the issue. But moving back to the present day and it looks like a firmware update may be in the works, though, we have yet to see any sort of timeline for a roll-out.

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That being said, the details are coming by way of the Dutch site, Tweakers, who have said the update is coming “soon.” Perhaps key here, Samsung stated that this issue should only affect a “very limited number of Galaxy S III models with 16GB.” Simply put, it looks like those with a 32GB Galaxy S III can rest easy. And by the sounds of it, most 16GB Galaxy S III users can probably put this out of their mind also.

The devices appeared to be failing somewhere between 150 and 200 days after activation and most reports mentioned that the handsets were dying overnight or after a reboot. The reports also showed a mix of devices running both stock and custom firmware. Regardless though, it is nice to see Samsung reacting quickly to get this taken care of.

Otherwise, those with a 16GB Galaxy S III may want to keep an eye out for an update notification in the not-to-distant future. And finally, while we are happy to see Samsung come forward with details about an update, we also hope to see a bit more of an explanation as to what was happening. Of course, the fix is probably more important at this point in time.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Galaxy S III
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : May 03, 2012
    Release Date : May 29, 2012
    Also Known As : The Next Galaxy, SGSIII

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.8 Inch
  • Resolution : 720×1280
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED HD
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.37 Inch
  • Width : 2.77 Inch
  • Depth : 0.33 Inch
  • Weight : 133 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2100 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : Exynos 4 Quad
    CPU Clock Speed : 1400 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via The Next Web]

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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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Llama Updated With Jelly Bean Support, Holo Inspired UI, Event Sharing, And More [Update: Llama Temporarily Pulled From The Play Store]

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Update: It looks like KebabApps has pulled Llama from the Play Store while the developer sorts out “a pain-in-the-butt problem involving silent mode,” in which the app can – for some users – switch what should be silent mode to vibrate mode. KebabApps, in a blog post, provides more information on the issue, along with a (hopefully) fixed download, which users are encouraged to test, and which will be uploaded to the Play Store “tomorrow morning.”

Llama, an extremely popular location-based profiling app, was issued an “über üpdate” today, bringing a handful of big changes from a new UI to bug fixes.

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Llama Updated With Jelly Bean Support, Holo Inspired UI, Event Sharing, And More [Update: Llama Temporarily Pulled From The Play Store] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 coming in black

Just like clockwork, Samsung seems to be prepping a black version of its Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Just as the OEM did with the Pebble Blue edition of the Samsung Galaxy S3, it decided to pair the white Galaxy Note 2 with a more interesting color than the typical jet black. It was pretty close, though, as the dark titanium grey could easily be mistaken for a black device (though the texture and shading still made it stand out from typical smartphones).

It’s believed Samsung won’t be ready to introduce this alternate color until Mobile World Congress goes down in Barcelona this coming February, though, and by that time it might be getting overshadowed by the possible introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S4. The timing would be inconvenient if Samsung’s trying to roll some thunder into an alternate color launch, but those types of launches aren’t typically met with a huge parade so we imagine that’s not much of an issue.

The biggest question is where, exactly, will this black version launch? And could Samsung be preparing higher capacity editions? Most folks in Europe and North America are bound by a meager 16GB of internal storage, so we’re sure a lot of people would be happy to hear about possible 32GB and/or 64GB editions coming to town. There’s a microSD card slot, of course, but the more on-board storage, the better. I’m just going off on a wishful thinking tangent, though, so don’t mind me. Take a look at what you can expect above.

[via SamMobile]

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Microsoft Windows RT Ported Onto a HTC HD2

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It’s baffling to see how some developers manage to get newest versions of an OS running on a relatively older device. This is crucial for devices which are usually forgotten by its creators. Due to (alleged) hardware limitations, manufacturers quickly write off a device from their update list. The HTC HD2 is one of them. The device didn’t have much luck with updates as Microsoft was shifting to an entirely new OS with Windows Phone 7 at the time. But this didn’t stop the developers from exploring modding options within the device. This is why the HTC HD2 is known to be a very developer friendly smartphone. We’ve seen Android run on this smartphone, which is a marvel to us all. And as surprising as that was, we have something now which is equally astonishing, if not more. Renowned Dark Forces Team hacker Cotulla, who specializes in Windows Phone ROMs and other tweaks, has now managed to get Windows RT working on the HTC HD2. Yes, as strange/absurd/surprising as it sounds, this is exactly what he has done. There’s no issue with compatibility as Windows RT requires ARM based processors which is what most smartphones have anyways. If you’re wondering whether this is stable, well we can’t quite vouch for that yet, but the effort made by Cotulla is very commendable.

The HTC HD2 is a juggernaut in every sense of the word. And I can understand why people who sold the device in return for a newer model would regret their decision. There have been plenty of smartphones that arrived after the HD2, and despite that, this giant never lost steam and withstood the test of time, one of the very few smartphones capable of doing that actually. So while this Windows RT port might not be fully complete or working, it feels good to see developers still showing faith in the device. Cotulla is also known for ports of the Windows Phone 7.8 ROMs on legacy Windows Phone 7 smartphones. This is yet another feather in his cap.

We know very well where Microsoft is heading with Windows RT, and there’s zero possibility as of now to get it on smartphones since there’s already a dedicated platform for that (WP8). Perhaps in the future, Microsoft could look to unify the mobile and tablet OSes into one like how iOS and Android devices are today. There’s still some distance to go for that though, and we’ll know more about Microsoft’s plans when the next major Windows Phone update is announced. Until then, we can merely watch as these dedicated developers continue to come up with something new.

Source: Cotulla – Twitter
Via: Pocketnow

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Fix: Nexus 7 Refusing to Charge, Try This Trick

With the introduction of Android 4.2 came a number of little obnoxious bugs that we are slowly figuring out fixes for. One of those that has plagued many (according to a variety of forum posts), is a charging issue with the Nexus 7. As users leave their tablet idle for an extended period of time [...]

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Google Music scan and match only adding clean versions of songs

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It seems that users taking advantage of Google Music's new scan and match feature aren't always getting exactly what they expected added to their music libraries. The new feature, which launched in the U.S. just a week ago, lets users bypass uploading of new music by instead "matching" the music on the user's computer with the same file in Google Music automatically. That's all fine and dandy if it works, but users are reporting that songs with explicit lyrics are having the clean versions of songs added instead. This doesn't come as a complete surprise considering the same reports came out when iTunes started its own matching service, but this still shouldn't be happening.

Whether its because of a licensing shortcoming or technical issue with identifying music, we hope that Google can get this one figured out. Users with explicit music usually have it for a reason, and don't really want it replaced erroneously because a service isn't operating properly.

Source: Droid Life

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Instagram hit with class-action lawsuit over controversial Terms of Service

It hasn’t been a good week for Instagram. When the Facebook-owned company revealed its updated Terms of Service, which go into effect next month, the Internet went crazy, pointing out certain clauses that many users took issue with. It was a controversy that had co-founder Kevin Systrom taking to the Instagram blog to try to smooth things over before the company changed the Terms of Service to contain more favorable language. Today, however, we hear that Instagram has been hit with a class action lawsuit filed by Finkelstein & Krinsk for plaintiff Lucy Fines.

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As you might imagine, the lawsuit challenges the incoming changes to Instagram’s Terms of Service. There are lot of changes that riled up users, but some of the most controversial involve the license Instagram gains to use photos posted to the site by users. The license is royalty-free and doesn’t even require that Instagram alert users if it’s going to begin using their photos. Alongside all of these new changes comes the infamous arbitration clause that sees users waiving their rights to a class action lawsuit in favor of private arbitration. The lawsuit obviously calls these new Terms into question:

Instagram is taking its customers property rights while insulating itself from all liability. …The purported concessions by Instagram in its press release and final version of the new terms were nothing more than a public relations campaign to address public discontent.

Of course, there are other things making users angry, including a clause that informs users they can delete their accounts if they aren’t satisfied with these new Terms, but Instagram will still retain the rights to the photos they uploaded. In his post on the Instragram blog, Systrom tried to make it clear that Instagram didn’t have any intention of selling users’ photos and that users still retain ownership over their photos, while the company recently tweaked its Terms of Service and removed the advertisement clause that enraged so many users. Nevertheless, this lawsuit continues on, so we’ll have to see where it goes.

It’s important to remember that these new Terms of Service haven’t gone into effect and won’t for a few weeks yet. That means you still have time to weigh the benefits of sticking around against the benefits of jumping ship if the new Terms aren’t sitting well. If you’re interested, you can read the full filing over at Scribd, but in the meantime, keep it here at Android Community for more details.

[via SlashGear]

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Instagram gets hit with class-action lawsuit, but will it matter?

Instagram knows first hand that someone is always willing to read the terms of service agreement no matter how many people claim to skip right to that big “accept” button. The Facebook-owned company came under heavy fire earlier this month when it revised its terms of service to include some troubling language in regards to advertising. While advertisements themselves are fine, it is how Instagram looked to do it that had people worried.

Specifically, Instagram took it upon themselves to reserve the right to use any photos you upload to the service in advertisements, and that’s without any prior permission or without any royalties. Private photos were in the safe zone in that regard, but the terms pretty much gave Instagram the right to use your public photos however they wished.

Most people mistook the company’s language to mean that Instagram claimed ownership of photos uploaded to the service, but that was not the case. Finally, Instagram noted that advertisements could appear within the same timeline that you use to view posts from friends and family, but this wasn’t as much of an issue.

The community immediately voiced its concern, and the downpour of distaste was more than enough to be effective. The company ended up reverting its terms of service to help calm the nerves of its users, though a lot of people were still keen on picking up shop and taking their photo-posting business elsewhere.

That wasn’t enough for some people, though, as Instagram has been hit with a class-action lawsuit. Facebook is confident it’ll beat the lawsuit — after all, there isn’t much to battle. The terms have been cleared up for the most part, and even with the clause that allows Instagram to retain and use your photos for advertisement following account deactivation it’s in the company’s right to do so. You accepted the terms, so you’ll have to accept the bad with the good.

I’m not saying users should lie down and take everything a company dishes out without a peep, but there’s a reason why most class-action lawsuits over changes in a company’s terms of use tend to go nowhere. Keep voicing your opinion, folks — it does matter. But know that this lawsuit will be like a fly on the wall compared to more pressing issues Facebook and Instagram have to deal with every day. We’ll keep an eye on this one regardless.

[via Reuters]

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Google’s Music match replacing explicit lyrics – here’s a fix

Last week we reported that Google’s finally added scan and match to their Google Music cloud service. The feature in which if Google already has the song available for Google Music, instead of uploading the entire song they’ll just “scan and match” then add the song to your library for you. Much quicker. Sadly it looks like Google music doesn’t like naughty words or those explicit Ludacris songs we all have.

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Reports surfaced this week that their scan and match was actually wrongly adding songs to users libraries that were completely edited. All the naughty words are gone and the “parental advisory” sticker has been removed by Google themselves. We’re hearing multiple reports and many users are quite upset after their 2Pac songs have all been edited. This same issue was present when Apple and Amazon both launched this service — even though theirs is a paid service — and surely Google will fix it soon just as they both did.

In the meantime, you can still fix this yourself although if you listen to lots of explicit music you might have plenty of tedious work to do. On the online Google Music player, each song has a little arrow for options, editing, or removal, and now there’s a Fix Incorrect Match button. Once you select that it will search again and choose another option from Google’s servers, which should be that version full of f words and other bad language you enjoy. Here’s a quick picture of what you’re looking for:

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Now Google won’t have all your music, and even if one song was matched, that doesn’t mean they all were. The image above came from an entire album and that was the only song matched by good ol Google. It looks like the service still needs a bit of work, but this has just been released last week and surely they’ll fix any issues in due time. If your song doesn’t have the “fix incorrect match” button then it wasn’t matched. For those having issues with naughty music being cut out by Google — give this a try.

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Apple iPhone 5 Users Complaining Of Bendy Frame

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Only two months after the Apple iPhone 5 launched in the United States, it is being reported that the device’s aluminum unibody bends in a very distressing way. Some owners had forgotten that their 4-inch Apple smartphone was in their back pocket and proceeded to sit on the device. The result of sitting on it is shown in the imagine above.

You would imagine that this issue would have been reported not long after its launch in the United States, but the device is becoming available in more and more countries, including China, which is where the reports of the bending are coming from.

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Has this problem happened to you or even a friend? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Automating your smartphone to improve battery life

While our smartphones are able to do more and more these days, battery life remains an issue for most. Well, maybe aside from Galaxy Note II users with the massive 3,100 mAh batteries. But in my case, I am rocking a Galaxy S III with the stock 2,100 mAh battery. And well, I would probably fall into a power user category and that means I am often looking at a quickly draining battery.

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When dealing with battery life issues, the most common tip you hear seems to be something along the lines of simply turning (enter setting name) off when you are not using it. Sure, that does make sense, but you know what, I want these features on when I want them and don’t want to have to worry about turning things like Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth off and on. I just want them available when I need and/or want them. To me, turning them off manually is just not an answer.

That being the case, I began looking at ways to automate my setting adjustments — because truthfully, I don’t need my GPS on while I am home and I don’t need my Wi-Fi constantly scanning while I am out and about. Enter apps such as Atooma. And in my case, I also added Silence and the use of NFC tags.

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Atooma is an app that touts itself as making your smartphone smarter. And well, it does just that. For example, I have Atooma set to turn my Wi-Fi off when I leave my home and then turn it back on when I return. In addition to adjusting settings such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, Atooma is also able to do cool things with services such as Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and even SMS messages. Keep in mind, there are similar automation apps, such as Tasker, however in my experience, Atooma is the easiest to use. In fact, if you have ever used IFTTT on the web, you will have a good understanding of how Atooma works. As I tell people when they ask about what it can do, I generally tell them most everything, and that I find the only real limit is what you can dream up.

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Silence is another automation type of app, though this one is based more on time than location. Similar to Atooma, Silence is easy to set up and easy to use. Silence is available for free (ad-supported) or for $1.99 (ad-free). This app will allow you to adjust your ringer, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Airplane Mode settings based on a time schedule. And while some of this can also be done with Atooma, this is a good option for someone that doesn’t need all the power of Atooma. For example, I use Silence to turn my phone on silent at 10PM and then have it revert back at 6AM — that way I can use my phone as an alarm clock and not have to listen to message alerts all night long.

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And lastly, the use of NFC Tags. This one will be limited to those with an NFC capable device, however if you have that feature in your phone — these are great. In my case I have a Galaxy S III and use the Samsung branded TecTile app with the TecTiles. The app is free and the actual sticker tiles are available in packs of 5 for around $15. These can be used for often changed settings, for example — Bluetooth. I sometimes use this around the house and I sometimes use it in the car. I have a tag on my desk, next to my portable Bluetooth speaker and can tap the tag to turn Bluetooth on when I want to use the speaker. I also have one in my car, this one turns the Bluetooth on so I can make sure any incoming calls will be routed through a headset keeping me hands-free while driving.

Bottom line here, assuming you are willing to do a bit of playing around, using apps to automate your smartphone settings can be a good way to improve battery life. They are also good is you are like myself and refuse to think that simply turning things off and on manually is the answer. Of course, these are only a few of the many available apps, so feel free to search around the Google Play store and find the ones that work best for you.

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Motorola DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX getting Android Jelly Bean OTA? Not so Fast

RAZR OTAIt is a Christmas miracle. Well, not really. Verizon apparently started to push out an OTA update to the Motorola DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX. The update is being reported as taking your devices to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.  Talk about an awesome early present, if it worked. Looks like it is being met with various issues though. Plenty of people are getting “update suspended” and “download failed” messages. Many after letting their device sit for as long as 1.5 hours. What’s worse, is that after it fails, if you check for updates again the device reports that it is “up to date.”

Not sure what happened there. Either someone goofed bad and pushed it to the servers to early and then recalled it, or there is a serious delivery issue going on. Seems Verizon is telling people to call Motorola and Motorola isn’t aware of an OTA rolling out. We saw a few people say they snagged it and installed it, but we assume those were the ones that snuck in before things got reversed.

Did any of our readers get it installed before all the failures started happening? If so, is it running smoothly or is it loaded with issues?

Source: Android Central, Verizon RAZR MAXX 1 & 2, Verizon RAZR

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Hacker Claims to Have Nabbed 3 Million Verizon FiOS Customer Records, Verizon Disagrees a Bit

Over the weekend, a hacker reached out to ZDNet and originally informed them that he had accessed some 3 million Verizon Wireless customer records through a security exploit in one of their systems. He claims that he initially tried to point out the issue to Verizon over the summer, but since they failed to respond [...]

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Hacker Claims to Have Nabbed 3 Million Verizon Wireless Customer Records, Verizon Disagrees

Over the weekend, a hacker reached out to ZDNet and informed them that he had accessed some 3 million Verizon Wireless customer records through a security exploit in one of their systems. He claims that he initially tried to point out the issue to Verizon over the summer, but since they failed to respond, he [...]

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