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Nearly every Android smartphone user has suffered the irritation of knowing that a new version of Android has been released by Google, and they haven’t received it yet. Sometimes they never do.  Updates can often  take around six months to come, if they do at all. Why does this happen, and why does Google let it happen time and time again? The bloatware process Briefmobile The biggest cause of update delays which increases device-software fragmentation is not caused by Google, it is the fault of mobile phone carriers who install their bloatware. Once Google has released a lightning fast, gorgeous…

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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and one of the youngest billionaires in the world, shocked us all when he announced that Facebook would purchase Instagram for $1 billion. The deal went through immediately, and, while most industry pundits saw it as the action of an eccentric, wealthy young man, the acquisition might have been part of a well-thought “strategy” after all. At least that’s what financial analysts are claiming after reviewing the results of a very interesting ComScore report. According to the report, people actually spend more time on Facebook on their mobile devices over than their PCs. The study was…

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In recent days, there have been many reports stating that numerous Android handset manufacturers are working on launching smartphones with their own forked versions of Android. Recent comments by Skyhook CEO, Ted Morgan, and the success of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, seem to have fanned these flames even more. But ignoring Skyhook’s stormy relationship with Google for a second – is this really a sound business strategy for OEMs? Let’s take a closer look.

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Recovery is an indispensable tool for Android developers and enthusiasts. This tool can do vital stuff such as creating a backup and restoring your previous ROM on your Android phone. Recovery tools provide an escape route if ever developers face a dead end and serve as a lifesaver for a bricked phone. If you are planning to flash custom ROMs to your HTC One X, it would be wise to flash custom recovery such as TWRP 2.1 on your mobile phone. TWRP introduces a touch-based interface which lets you easily navigate and select commands on the Recovery menu. Read on…

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Android is a great operating system (I’d say the best overall), and I can see myself using it for at least the next five years. It may even become a desktop solution, if Google takes the right steps in that direction. But we should always encourage more competition in the market. Competition is a good thing for Google because it will have to innovate faster, and everyone else will have to keep up with its pace. Other companies will come with their own innovations, and the virtuous cycle will repeat itself. This is why I’m excited about RIM’s Blackberry. I really…

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ESET has released a new security product for Android that includes anti-malware protection, SMS/MMS antispam, call blocking, and anti-theft features, to help you locate or block your device if it becomes lost or gets stolen. Sounds impressive, but there is a small problem – the price. The app costs $9.99, which is a lot for a mobile app. However there is a 30 day trial so you can try the app before parting with your money! The anti-theft features, which are reminiscent of Apple’s “Find My iPhone” service, are comprehensive, including support for SMS commands that can be sent to your mobile to…

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Have you been waiting for a touch-based ClockworkMod Recovery to land on the HTC Rezound? If you are, then we’ve got great news for you.  The Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP), has released a touch-based recovery for the HTC Rezound. With a custom recovery installed on your Rezound, you’ll be able to flash ROMs and scripts conveniently. There is no need to press those Volume buttons to navigate when you can do so with the tips of your fingers. Aside from the functionality you’ll be enjoying, TWRP also has a cool interface. TWRP was originally developed for the Kindle Fire…

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We have all marveled at the revolution in mobile communications technology. The 1980′s saw the introduction of the “brick” style wireless mobile phone accessible to a privileged few. Since then, we have seen a lot of shifting trends in designs and capabilities, but an exponential increase in availability and popularity. We now live in a world boasting over 6 billion mobile phone users, with most high-end devices mimicking the capabilities of a computer, featuring dual-core or even quad-core processing capability. I still recall a time when the primary purpose of a mobile phone was voice communication. Now, with smartphones bursting…

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Firstly, thanks to the tens of thousands of people who tuned in to the the site and the live blog! It was great to be able to bring you what we were hearing and seeing as it happened. Unfortunately though, we only had enough bandwidth for web browsing, and didn’t have anywhere near the upload capacity needed for images. We do now though, so let me show you them and give you my thoughts! It’s a big boy As you can hopefully see from the image above, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is large, very large. I think it is a…

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In a new twist in the malware for Android story, the mobile security company Lookout has released details of a new Android malware which automatically starts downloading to the victim’s device when they visit an infected web page. Known as a “drive-by download” the malware app starts to download without the user’s permission and because it claims to be a system update it is likely that unsuspecting users will happily install it. For a website to serve up the NotCompatible malware, as it has been dubbed,  it needs to have been previously compromised by a hacker who adds some HTML to the…