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Dolphin Browser HD reaches version 8.7, changes name to “Dolphin Browser”

by: LucianAugust 4, 2012

The Dolphin Browser has been one of Android’s users favorite third-party browsers. Formerly known as Dolphin Browser HD, it’s now changing its name to Dolphin Browser in an effort to simplify things. The change starts with version 8.7 and it brings a series of improvements as well.

The new version includes a cleaner address bar that gives more search suggestions, a better interface for tablets, and “larger space for big thumbs and small keypads.” The new update also allows for easier bookmark management and deletion of unwanted bookmarks, a shortcut directly to the Sonar, as well as “stability and performance [...]

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OUYA signs-up 2 more partners

by: LucianAugust 4, 2012

Even though there are only a few days left until the end of OUYA‘s Kickstarter campaign, they’re still managing to sign-up more partners to make their offer more compelling and to increase the buzz around their product. This could help with receiving more donations in the last few days of the campaign, and also to get more people interested in buying it at launch next year.

From the latest round of partners is iHeartRadio, which promises to bring their HTML5 app to OUYA. iHeartRadio is available on pretty much anything from phones to tablets, cars and Google TV’s, so it’s no surprise that [...]

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3DMark gaming benchmark gets industry-wide support

by: LucianAugust 4, 2012

3DMark has been the standard gaming benchmark for PC for over a decade now. It’s what people have been using to see how their hardware fares with the latest games. The 3DMark version for Android is coming out later this year, and it has gained 4 more partners for  their “Benchmark Development Program”, to create industry-wide benchmarks for games on Android. The 4 partners are Qualcomm, Intel, Acer and SingTel-Optus, and they are joining existing members such as: Nvidia, AMD, Microsoft, and Samsung.

Jukka Makinen, Futuremark CEO said:

For more than 10 years, we have worked with the world’s leading PC hardware manufacturers to create [...]

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HTC One X+ shows up in Nenamark scores?

by: LucianAugust 3, 2012

HTC had a little bit of a reboot this year with the One series, led by the HTC One X, which was meant to be the best smartphone on the market. And the One X really was the king of the hill for a while, but, shortly after its release, the Samsung Galaxy S3 made its appearance and stole most of its thunder.

To fight the Galaxy S3, HTC will have to introduce a new and improved phone soon, and it seems that’s exactly what it’s doing. A Nenamark benchmark shows that there’s a new HTC One X+ phone on the pipeline, that will feature a quad core 1.7 Ghz Tegra 3 processor (possibly the Tegra 3+), an HD 1280×720 resolution display, and will run the latest [...]

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Canalys: Android gets 68% of global smartphone shipments, 81% in China, in Q2 2012

by: LucianAugust 2, 2012

While things may not be looking so good in the US market for Android, dropping 5% in market share compared to the last quarter, Canalys is reporting that Android has a very healthy global growth rate, reaching 68% in Q2 2012. This is compared to a year ago when Android only had 47% of the global market. Apple dropped from 18.9% a year ago to 16.4% globally in Q2 of this year.

What’s even more impressive is that Android grew in China from 70% in Q1 to 81% in Q2, which once again shows that pretty much everywhere outside North America people are more interested in buying affordable unlocked devices, than in paying expensive monthly fees for subsidized [...]

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Archos G10 tablet with slimmer design to be unveiled in three weeks

by: LucianAugust 2, 2012

Archos been manufacturing MIDs/tablets even before Apple announced the iPad. But they’ve always been more about low-end to mid-end devices, than about making gadgets that actually look and feel premium. It looks like that’s about to change with Archos’ Gen 10 tablets, which look like they were made to compete in the high-end market, hopefully for a lower price.

A few months back we got a glimpse of the Archos G10 XS, which is meant to be a competitor to the Transformer series from Asus. That seems like a good move, as I think there’s a lot of room on the market for hybrid devices that are not too expensive, and run much better than Windows 7 [...]

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ICS on 16% of all Android devices, Jelly Bean at 0.8%

by: LucianAugust 2, 2012

Last month, Google announced that ICS devices represented close to 11% of the total Android devices, and now a new report is saying that ICS saw a 50% increase on Android devices, jumping to 16% after a month. Gingerbread still owns the lion share of the market, sitting at 60%, and Froyo is now less than ICS, at 15.5%. Jelly Bean is now at 0.8%, thanks to the popular Nexus 7 and the upgrading of the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S devices.

The 50% jump for ICS sounds pretty impressive, but I wouldn’t get too excited about it just yet. It could mean that we’re only going to see a 5% jump in ICS devices every month, which means that it’s possible we [...]

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Samsung starts mass-producing 400Mbps NAND flash chips

by: LucianAugust 2, 2012

One of the main issue I have with mobile devices is that they have very slow storage. It’s typically under 10 MB/s read speed for most devices, and even the best of the best flagships only get to around 20 MB/s read speed, and about half of that as write  speed. Even the Nexus 7 barely goes over the 10 MB/s mark, but since it’s a very affordable product, it can be forgiven.

This is why I hope we get to see Samsung’s latest Pro Class 1500 20 nm NAND flash chips in Android devices as soon as possible. The new chips promise read speeds of 140 MB/s and write speeds of 50 MB/s, which should make interacting with your phone’s file system and accessing [...]

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OUYA passes the $6 million funding mark, partners with Vevo for music video hub

by: LucianAugust 1, 2012

OUYA is approaching the end of the funding campaign, with 7 days left to donate if you want to help them succeed or “pre-order” an OUYA console for yourself. In the past few days the company has announced partnerships with OnLive and Square Enix for Final Fantasy 3, and now it’s announcing another major partnership, although this one doesn’t have much to do with gaming, but with music. Vevo has agreed to make its music videos available to OUYA users, which  make OUYA a media device rather than just a gaming device.

To celebrate the passing of the $6 million mark, which is more than 6 times its original goal of [...]

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Google Wallet can now add any credit card or debit card

by: LucianAugust 1, 2012

Google Wallet promised to replace physical wallets with a virtual wallet that can be accessed from your Android phone. However, the momentum has been slow in the U.S. because carriers are trying their best to avoid using it on the handsets they sell, because they are preparing their own competing solution called Isis. The only carriers in the U.S. that have been friendly to Google Wallet are Sprint and Virgin Mobile, which have adopted a total of six Google Wallet-enabled phones. The Nexus 7 tablet also comes with Google Wallet support.

Google Wallet has also experienced some security issues initially, and Verizon has even claimed that the [...]

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