Paul Nuñal(249 posts)

Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.

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HTC Hero Also Gets ICS Port

by: Paul NuñalNovember 25, 2011

The legendary HTC Hero, released way back in 2009, is finally making the cut as one of the first few smartphones to get an unofficial upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The guys from XDA Developers have done it again and this time around they have come up with an ICS port that runs smoothly on the HTC Hero with most of the phone’s features fully intact. XDA developer jaybob413 has manned the development of the ICS port for the HTC Hero.

Regardless of the phone’s aging hardware specifications, users were happy to report having fully working radios, touchscreen functionality, audio, Google apps, and Wi-Fi running smoothly. However, [...]

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Motorola DROID Xyboard Coming on December 8, Says Leaked Price List

by: Paul NuñalNovember 24, 2011

If you’re excited about Motorola’s latest offering, the DROID Xyboard, then you’re in for a treat, as the device is heading its way to store shelves in as early as second week of December.

According to a MAP (minimum advertised price) list from Verizon leaked to Droid Life, we could see the device in action as early as December 8. Although, the price list didn’t specifically mention “Xyboard” as its official name. Instead, it came out labeled as the “Motorola Tablet.” If everything turns out well, Verizon could already have settled down with the DROID Xyboard as official name for the tablets.

The Xyboard tablets come in two varieties–the 8.2-inch and [...]

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Antivirus Experts Respond to Google: “We’re Not Scammers, Malware Threats Are Real”

by: Paul NuñalNovember 23, 2011

Google’s Open Source Programs Manager Chris DiBona lashed out last week with pretty harsh words at antivirus companies who keep claiming that the Android platform has security flaws in every aspect.  DiBona called developers of antivirus solutions for Android “scammers and charlatans.”

“[Virus] companies are playing on your fears to try to sell you bs protection software for Android, RIM and IOS. They are charlatans and scammers. IF you work for a company selling virus protection for android, rim or IOS you should be ashamed of yourself,” DiBona said on his Google+ page.

Antivirus experts, however, disagree with DiBona’s statement, [...]

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Should OEMs Ship Android Devices with Barenaked Android?

by: Paul NuñalNovember 22, 2011

With so many customizations that ship together with every Android device in the market, it’s funny to know how users tend to either love or hate the way their devices look with the manufacturer-determined, built-in user interfaces.

Companies such as HTC, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, and Motorola have their own style of providing users with their very own signature UIs and skins. But still, many consumers prefer to be left alone to do the choosing for whatever customizations consumers want to put on their devices.

Freedom and Choice

Android is all about user choice and freedom.  If manufacturers and carriers force their respective customizations down customers’ [...]

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NOOK Tablet Rooted, Allows Android Market Install

by: Paul NuñalNovember 21, 2011

Within just weeks after the NOOK Tablet was officially launched, hackers from the underground community had already found a way through the device which allowed them to root the tablet and install the official Android Market app.

Unfortunately, the NOOK Tablet doesn’t have the same one-click procedure that is used for many other smartphones. Instead, certain requirements are needed before you can actually root your device.

In order for the hack to succeed, users must install the Android Software Developer Kit and the Java Developer Kit to get started. Once the kits are installed, users need to enable ADB access on the NOOK Tablet, copy the Android Market app, [...]

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Galaxy Nexus Aces Initial Benchmark Tests

by: Paul NuñalNovember 21, 2011

Google’s flagship phone, the Galaxy Nexus, went under the spotlight again after a rigorous hardware benchmark test conducted by AnandTech–and came out triumphant in several initial benchmarks.

The stellar Galaxy Nexus that comes packed with a pair of 1.2-GHz Cortex A9 processors was put to tests comparing it to some of the best smartphones available in the market to date. According to reports, the Galaxy Nexus aced the benchmark tests.

In the SunSpider Javascript Benchmark test, the Galaxy Nexus wiped out all of its competitors by garnering 1879 ms, 10 percent faster than the Motorola DROID RAZR. The Apple iPhone 4S came closely behind, finishing at third [...]

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How to Share Your Honeycomb Tablet’s Internet Connection

by: Paul NuñalNovember 20, 2011

We live in a world of skyrocketing costs of high-speed Internet and mobile data plans that reach through the roof. Fortunately, Android has managed to get around this obstacle by offering a solution for making your life a whole lot easier–Internet connection sharing through tethering on your Honeycomb tablet.

If you have an Android tablet running Android 3.x Honeycomb, you don’t have to spend extra for data and mobile connection for your other wireless devices.  You can simply share the Internet connection from your Honeycomb tablet to your other wireless devices. In a sense, tethering is just like using your Honeycomb tablet as a mobile hotspot or as a [...]

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Google Exec to Android Antivirus Devs: “Charlatans! Scammers!”

by: Paul NuñalNovember 20, 2011

The threat of having a virus on your phone may sound alarming to many consumers considering the irreversible damage it may cause to your device, but according to Google’s Open Source Programs Manager, Chris DiBona, that sort of fear may actually be an unfounded one spread around by “scammers” and “charlatans.”

In a recent post on his Google+ page, DiBona lashed out at detractors of opensource software, antivirus developers, and security analysts:

Sometimes I read an article about open source that drives me nuts. A recent one stated, without irony, that ‘critics have been pounding the table for years about open source being inherently [...]

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NOOK Tablet vs Galaxy Note: Tablet versus Phoneblet

by: Paul NuñalNovember 18, 2011

One of the hottest devices out there, the Galaxy Note and the NOOK Tablet (formerly codenamed NOOK Color 2) are two exceptional devices heading their way to store shelves for the holiday season. Samsung’s flagship phoneblet (phone-tablet), the Galaxy Note, promises to be a showstopper, considering the device is both a phone and tablet rolled into one device. On the other hand, Barnes & Noble has surprised many consumers with its latest announcement of the NOOK Tablet.

As we pit the Galaxy Note and NOOK Tablet, let’s catch a glimpse of how these two great gadgets stack up against each other. It’s a contest between a powerful phone-tablet hybrid [...]

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Duarte Demoes Android 4.0 Camera Tricks

by: Paul NuñalNovember 17, 2011

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is going to usher in not just a lot of new useful features but also fun ones–such as the real-time video effects that Matias Duarte recently demonstrated in the pioneer episode of On the Verge.

Tech blog The Verge (formerly This is my next…) managed to set an appointment with none other than Google’s Matias Duarte to perform a quick, live introduction of ICS’s so-called fun video effect features.

In his demo, Duarte describes how ICS’s native camera app lets you apply real-time video effects on the fly. By using the built-in feature called “Silly Faces,” for instance, you can create specially rendered [...]

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