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Motorola Droid Razr GSM and CDMA: How to bypass your phone’s bootloader

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Unlocking the bootloader on the Motorola Droid Razr might have been impossible before, but now it is literally a dream come true. You read that right; there is a now a way to bypass the bootloader of your device which means that installing full custom ROMs is now possible. Read on to learn how to unlock it. The Motorola Droid Razr is definitely among the most powerful and durable devices that you can find on the market. Its durability is no exaggeration because developers have had a hard time unlocking its locked bootloader. Many have criticized Motorola for this, as…

HTC One X – initial impressions of HTC’s flagship quad core beast

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I’ve just gotten an HTC One X to play around with! After the careful unboxing I charged it up and then turned it on. As so many people have said, it’s set a new standard in smartphones, and I have to agree with that… How does it feel to hold? The slightly curved body is smooth and a joy to hold in hand. If it were thicker it would be rather difficult to interact with since the phone itself is so tall and wide. The photo below has my finger to give you an idea of how remarkably thin this…

Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100: Best performance from your CPU and GPU via ExTweaks app

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If you want to take Android customization to the next level, there’s an app that’s just for you. Dubbed ExTweaks, this app is for adjusting really advanced features in kernels for the Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100. Of course, it’s not for the faint of heart or, in this case, the unfamiliar with modifying their phones. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you may be doing more damage to your device than improving it. Read on to learn more about ExTweaks. Overview If you’ve dug around the Android community long enough, you’ve no doubt come across the term kernel. A…

And the best LTE smartphone is…

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Things have changed a lot for LTE fans over the past year or so. Back in the first days of LTE (a time when Verizon was the only LTE carrier in the US), the number of possible choices faced by a potential buyer was restricted to a couple of smartphones, period. But as it stands, given the fact that AT&T has already rolled out its LTE network in numerous markets, while Sprint will soon launch an LTE network of its own, those of you that plan to purchase an LTE smartphone throughout 2012 will also have to pay attention to the…

What Microsoft can teach Google about Android

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When talking about success in the mobile device market, Microsoft isn’t the name that instantly springs to mind. Google yes, Apple yes, RIM maybe, but Microsoft? Although they have a version of Windows for mobile phones (the latest being Windows Phone 7.5) and although Windows 8 has some potential to increase Microsoft’s market share, Microsoft has failed to make it big on phones (or tablets). Of course, that isn’t true for PCs. In fact, Microsoft is the overwhelming number one in terms of PC operating systems (Windows) and PC software (Microsoft Office). So, why has Microsoft been so successful on…

Why Android can never be a closed platform

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Ever since Google announced it was buying Motorola, industry watchers have speculated if Google was going to make Android a closed source platform exclusively for Motorola’s devices. That will never happen and here’s why. The Financial Perspective: Revenues & Gross Margins Google’s revenues from the mobile segment are currently derived from advertising, while Motorola’s are from device sales through carriers and retailers. So let’s compare how much money Google can possibly make over the next few years by following its open source strategy versus a Motorola-focused proprietary strategy. For the purpose of this analysis, I have taken very conservative estimates for Android revenues, to…

Google Play (Android Market) vs Apple App Store – 2012

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Despite the cool designs and dazzling hardware of today’s hottest and most modern smartphones, many users would agree that apps make the phone. We all know what happened to the likes of Nokia, RIM, and HP simply because they didn’t manage to spur the creation of better app markets. All were completely clobbered after the debut of Apple’s App Store and the Android Market, which is now known today as Google Play. To make matters more complicated, there is also Amazon’s Appstore, which was actually created long before anyone had heard of the Kindle Fire. Nevertheless, apps are what make…

Installing MOTOBLUR Ice Cream Sandwich home launcher on any phone

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If you’re looking to replace your custom launcher with something better, your search is over. MOTOBLUR is a custom launcher that you might want to try out. Bloatware-free and Ice Cream Sandwich ready, don’t let that name fool you. It can be installed on more than just Motorola devices; in fact, it can be installed on any Android Phone. Read to to know how to install MOTOBLUR on your device. Overview Though there is no dearth of custom launchers for your Android device, most custom launchers aren’t worth your time. Some of them are loaded with bloatware that ends up…

HTC One S: Installing official ClockworkMod Recovery

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For all you Android junkies who love flashing custom ROMs and tweaking your HTC One S phones, you’ll be thrilled to hear that the official ClockworkMod Recovery is finally here and ready to be installed to your mobile phone. The HTC One S is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and topped with HTC Sense 4.0 and is undoubtedly a powerful phone. But, why settle for less when you can make it even more powerful by flashing custom ROMs on your phone? That is where ClockworkMod Recovery comes into the picture. ClockworkMod Recovery…

HTC One S: Installing interim, unofficial ClockworkMod Touch Recovery

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ClockworkMod Recovery is an essential tool for both professional and wanna-be Android developers. This tool can be used to wipe data off your phone, create a backup of your ROM, and save your phone from getting bricked by restoring a backup ROM. Of course, flashaholics know that one of ClockworkMod Recovery’s best features is being able to flash custom ROMs and MODs that’ll boost your phone’s performance. These are just some of the extended features of ClockworkMod Recovery that you cannot find from a stock Recovery. If you own an HTC One S and you want to tweak your phone’s…