Christine Torralba(339 posts)

Christine Torralba has been a freelance writer for the past couple of years. While most of her work has been ghostwritten, she has also contributed articles to magazines such as SPARK, Monday, Vault and Epic. In her spare time, she cooks, takes photos of food, and manages to write about it on her food blog.

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Sony Google TV Gets Rooted, Now with Custom Unsigned Kernels

by: Christine TorralbaFebruary 21, 2012

If you’re looking forward to using the current devices under the Sony Google TV line, you will be pleased to know that GTVHacker has given a root for them. The root, called ‘The GTVHacker Sony Recovery Downgrader & Rebooter,’ gives users the ability to root and run custom unsigned kernels on their Sony Google TV device.

So what does this root really do? Even though it isn’t quick and easy, the root will convert your Sony Google TV (as well as your Google TV 2.0 powered Blu-ray player) into a custom kernel running machine. In layman’s terms, this will give you the ability to expand the capabilities of the internet TV platform of the device. Moreover, you can stream [...]

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Friendly Reminder: Temple Run for Android Not Yet Available, Coming Soon

by: Christine TorralbaFebruary 20, 2012

As of this writing, the current app game craze is all about the game Temple Run. Unfortunately, it has not yet available for Android devices. So if you are trying to look for such a game on the Android Market, a little precaution is necessary.

There are a number of games that try to copy the game and even pass themselves as the same name. With over 36 million downloads on iOS, it is only reasonable why Android users would be interested to know what all the craze is about. Fortunately, the developers of the game, Imangi, have already announced that they are working on an Android version. They have even mentioned that the game is coming soon, possibly by the end of [...]

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Panasonic Eluga Debuting in Europe, Will We See it at MWC too?

by: Christine TorralbaFebruary 20, 2012

Earlier today, Fujitsu announced that they will be debuting at the Mobile World Congress so they can inform the Europe market that they will be selling their smartphones there. Panasonic has followed suit and has announced that they will be bringing the Panasonic Eluga handset to the Eurozone within the year. This marks the Eluga as the first high-end Android smartphone that will be making a debut outside its motherland, Japan.

With regard to the specs of the device, the Eluga is believed to have a NFC capability and qHD display. It also has a 4.3-inches screen, OLED display, and a capacitive menu button. Even though Panasonic did not announce which version the Eluga’s [...]

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Study: Great Britain Prefers Android over iOS

by: Christine TorralbaFebruary 20, 2012

Kantar WorldPanel ComTech has recently unveiled the results of a survey they conducted. According to them, more than half the population of Great Britain is now a proud owner of a smartphone. And, on that topic, the logical question to ask is: which mobile OS is preferred, iOS or Android? Yep, you guessed it – the winner is Android.

The statistical company surveyed a total of 15,000 participants in Great Britian who had to report every 4 weeks to Kantar WorldPanel ComTech; whether they changed their phone, network or tariff. As the study learned, Android has an estimated 49.7% users. Compared to last year’s results, Android has risen by 12.7%.

On the other [...]

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Fujitsu Hitting Europe and US Smartphone Markets Soon

by: Christine TorralbaFebruary 20, 2012

In the past, Fujitsu said they did not have any plans of launching mobile phones outside Asia. However, this seems to change now with today’s report that the Japanese brand is planning to start selling their Android and Windows Phone based devices in Europe. Fujitsu will be debuting this at the Mobile World Congress on Sunday. After its Europe launch, the company will also be selling their devices to the US market by this year; if not in 2013.

As of this writing, we still don’t know if Fujitsu will be concentrating on selling Android or Windows Phone devices to the UK and US markets. This bit of information will have to be anticipated at the MWC. But for the moment, [...]

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SmarTags App Available in Android Market

by: Christine TorralbaFebruary 20, 2012

Today, Sony has announced the availability of its SmarTags app from the Android Market. Unfortunately, the app came a bit too early than its functionality. In order to use the app, users need to have an actual SmarTag tags as well as an NFC enabled device. This gives the assumption that Sony prepared the app specifically for its upcoming Xperia S. However, it is important to remember that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is also capable of such feature.

According to Sony, SmarTags will be sold separately with a price of almost $30 for one pack. This pack contains 4 tags that come in a series of red, blue, black and white hues.

On the description of the app, SmarTag will [...]

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In the Patent Courts: Slide to Unlock Feature Google Vs. Apple

by: Christine TorralbaFebruary 20, 2012

In today’s battle of copyright infringement cases, we have something interesting that will play as a rebuttal to Apple’s ongoing copyright claims. We know you’re pretty much tired of all this talk about who’s suing who and for what; believe me—we’re tired of it too. We know that this kind of stuff always happens in the realm of business; and particularly in the mobile device industry. But still, we can’t stop talking about them; not this one most especially.

We’ve already talked about past topics where we see Apple blatantly stealing and ripping off the ideas of their rivals, and then pursuing legal action against them. Really Apple, really? While it has happened in [...]

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Huawei Teases Us with Images of the Ascend D1 Q

by: Christine TorralbaFebruary 20, 2012

Just last week, we posted a rumor that Huawei was planning to release the ‘fastest smartphone yet’ at the upcoming Mobile World Congress. On that similar post, we told you guys that the Ascend D1 Q was the device speculated to be given this new title by the company.

Today, we found these teaser images of the device on the Weibo (Chinese Twitter) account of Huawei’s marketing team. Even though they did not mention anything specific about the device on these images, the Ascend D1 Q is looking sleek and a whole range of sorts. Considering Huawei has always been known for its cheap, entry level devices; the Ascend D1 Q is certainly a rise above the rest.

As for its [...]

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Spotlight on ZTE and the Devices Headed to the Mobile World Congress

by: Christine TorralbaFebruary 20, 2012

Everybody’s pretty excited to see what smartphone and tablet manufacturers will be announcing at the upcoming Mobile World Congress scheduled for this weekend. This is why they have been looking out for information on what new devices can be expected from their favorite device manufacturers.

Over here at Android Authority, we also can’t hold our excitement. That is why we have kept our readers up to date with the latest news. Although we’ve been talking mostly about the Samsung Galaxy S3 and rumored quad-core Huawei smartphones, we have to play fair and give news on the other manufacturers that are also planning something big for the public; and certainly, we have [...]

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Leaked Details on ASUS Transformer TF700T, More Units Expected at MWC

by: Christine TorralbaFebruary 20, 2012

A polish website called has published a leaked slide containing details about the ASUS Transformer FHD TF700T.

One of the things revealed about the tablet is that it a variant of it will no longer be powered by the usual NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip; which ASUS has been exclusively using in the past. Instead, the Transformer FHD TF700T runs on a 1.5GHz APQ8060A dual-core processor by Qualcomm. The reason behind this switch was an obvious one: ASUS wanted that this variant to have more powerful video bandwidth memory. And since Tegra 3 was incapable of providing the tablet’s needed 2.4GB video bandwidth, ASUS had no choice but to use Qualcomm’s [...]

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