Conan Hughes(101 posts)

Contributor at Android Authority covering all things Android.




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Zombie epidemic coming to Plague Inc. in February update

by Conan HughesJanuary 27, 2013
A new update for the popular strategy game Plague Inc. is expected to release in February and introduces yet another outbreak: mindless zombies!
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Speaktoit Assistant adds premium subscription, allows users to teach it custom commands

by Conan HughesJanuary 27, 2013
The developers behind Speaktoit Assistant, one of the best virtual assistants available for Android, have recently unveiled a premium version of the app that allows users to teach their virtual buddy customized responses for certain questions or commands.
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Samsung Galaxy Note Jelly Bean refresh approaches as hinted by updated manual

by Conan HughesJanuary 27, 2013
While there is no official statement as to when the first Galaxy Note will get its own update, owners of this popular phablet can expect a forthcoming rollout as hinted by the recently released Jelly Bean manual.
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MSI introduces low-price Enjoy 71 tablet

by Conan HughesJanuary 27, 2013
If you’re looking for a 7-inch tablet but still can’t afford the likes of the $200 Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD, perhaps the new MSI Enjoy 71 might pique your interest.
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Samsung and Amazon benefit from tablet sales growth in Q3 Europe

by Conan HughesJanuary 27, 2013
Sales of Samsung and Amazon tablet devices dominated the European market during the holidays, according to retailer Carphone Warehouse.
 
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Official Jelly Bean alpha for Sony Xperia T now available

by Conan HughesJanuary 26, 2013
A few weeks after announcing the upgrade schedule for particular Xperia smartphones, Sony has released an alpha version of their Jelly Bean ROM.
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Galaxy Nexus Front Camera Can Record in 720p

by Conan HughesNovember 25, 2011

Rarely mentioned in the tech world, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus actually has something to brag about in the camera department: a front-facing camera capable of taking 720p HD videos, according to a report from Geek.com.

Pundits previously centered their Galaxy Nexus criticism on its back camera for its mere 5-megapixel resolution, whereas competition — such as the iPhone 4S and the HTC Rezound — already dictates 8 MP to be the norm. That argument, however, gradually dissipates, as visual quality is compared and then finding out hardly any notable superiority of phones with higher MP resolutions.

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Fujitsu Arrows F-07D Hits FCC, Challenges DROID RAZR as World’s Thinnest Phone

by Conan HughesNovember 24, 2011

We knew that the Motorola DROID RAZR won’t be the world’s thinnest smartphone forever.  We just didn’t expect its title to be challenged so soon.  And, the challenger?  The Fujitsu ARROWS F-07D, which recently made the rounds for approval at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Filings at the FCC showed that the device is merely 6.7 millimeters thin.  In comparison, the DROID RAZR is 0.4 mm thicker at 7.1 mm, whereas the difference is even more noticeable if you compare the ARROWS F-07D with the 9.3-mm Apple iPhone 4S.

The Fujitsu device also remains slim almost throughout its body, with no large hump at one end, like the ones [...]

 
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Ice Cream Sandwich Unofficial Port Lands on ASUS Transformer

by Conan HughesNovember 23, 2011

Within days after the source code of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) was released, a couple of Android smartphones have been bestowed unofficial builds of the latest Android version. It was only a matter of time before the developer community made a tablet version, a near-perfect build of which made it to the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101.

As shown in the video below, most of the fundamental Android features are working: the touchscreen, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and Web browsing. In the meantime, the devs are still ironing out the kinks regarding GPS, sensors, graphical glitches, audio, and screen rotation.

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Devs Bring Android 4.0 to Nexus S, Nexus S 4G

by Conan HughesNovember 22, 2011

Owners of the Nexus S may already feel satisfied with Google’s announcement to bring the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update to the said smartphone within weeks. But, there are people who just can’t wait any longer.  The fellows at XDA Developers managed to compile for the Nexus S and the Nexus S 4G a custom build of Android 4.0 from the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) source code.

Being an unofficial build, the custom ROM is littered with bugs and non-working features. For instance, video recording is not functioning at the moment, as well as tethering and data usage limit. USB mass storage and Wi-Fi connectivity initially were not operating as expected as well, but [...]

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