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Samsung has declared that it will not be rolling out official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) updates for its single-core devices and this made the owners of earlier Samsung phones a bit disappointed. As a consolation of some sort,  Samsung decided to release a value pack with the XXJW4 firmware that would stop all the complaining. It’s not ICS but it has many features like the following: Face Unlock TouchWiz 4 Photo Editor better GPU performance updated Google Apps Apparently, this value pack really is official and it has a lot of improvements and additional features. Aside from the…

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Two recent bits of research have unearthed some nasty malware that target Android devices. The first is a variant of the DroidKungFu malware which uses known Android exploits to root the victim’s device and install itself without the user knowing. The second, known as TigerBot, differs from “traditional” malware in that it is controlled via SMS rather than from a command & control (C&C) server on the Internet. Both pieces of malware are most prevalent on alternative markets, which again underlines the need for caution when going outside of Google Play or the Amazon Appstore. DroidKungFu Discovered in the middle of last year, the original DroidKungFu…

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Around 1999, RIM pretty much invented the first smartphone. It had a keyboard with tiny buttons, and a small display on which you could easily identify pixels. That didn’t matter though, as it was one of the very first companies that enabled people to do so much more on the go, and, for the first time, businessmen could easily manage their work on the move. So, why is it that today RIM’s stock rating is in the gutter, and why is this once grand company falling back on their marketing of the last few years? Let’s explore, shall we?

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The latest update to hit the Samsung Galaxy S2 has already been released in some parts of Europe and now it’s time for users of UK’s mobile carrier Hutchison 3G UK (“Three”) to get the XXLPQ firmware update in the shape of I9100H3GLP2. The update’s main software version is still XXLPQ, but this update is only for Galaxy S2 phones on the said network. The update comes with TouchWiz UI and Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and can be flashed through Samsung KIES. For those of on the Three network who would like to flash this update manually, you can…

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Though the world is captivated by Siri and her charming ways, old-skoolers know better that she’s not the first virtual assistant to be offering such service. Siri may have brought some personality to the table, alongside her ability to respond to natural language and understand context, albeit in a limited way, but the technology itself is nothing new. In fact, man’s dream to command devices using nothing but voice dates back to the 1950s. Here’s a brief look of how speech recognition technology has come along since the old days and what the future has in store in this fascinating…

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Being able to send and receive emails from Android devices allows savvy business persons a chance to carry their office with them anywhere they go, without needing to rely on a bulky laptop. Why wait until you get to the office to reply to emails? Unfortunately, smart phones and tablets aren’t quite on par with desktop computers yet. Attaching files to email on Android can be a little tedious, as most of the time you’re limited to attaching only photos and videos, especially when using the Gmail app for Android. Though you can attach several photos or videos in a…

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The Motorola Droid 2 is making some commotion these days, as more developers are showing signs of interest in crafting Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs for the device. You might already have heard of AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) ROMs. For those of you who haven’t heard of it yet, it is one of the famous custom ROMs gaining popularity these days, next to CyanogenMod ROMs. AOKP ROMs have been making their way to many devices, one of which is the Motorola Droid 2. What makes AOKP flexible is that it is officially opensource and developers can use it to make…

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A rooted phone can take you to many other possible worlds beyond what your phone’s manufacturer or carrier would allow you to. With root access, you can enjoy custom ROMs, remove pesky bloatware, improve the phone’s performance, and personalize your phone the way you want. For the price of voiding your warranty, these great possibilities can be enjoyed on your rooted Motorola Droid 2. The Motorola Droid 2 was first released with Android 2.2 Froyo, but Motorola has provided an upgrade for Android 2.3 Gingerbread. But, you really think you’d stop at Gingerbread, especially with creative and diligent independent developers? …

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Here’s some news that you don’t hear every day and is certainly an eye-opener. The Nokia N9 is getting Ice Cream Sandwich. A team of developers and modders are porting Google’s mobile OS to the Finnish manufacturer’s well-known phone. Known officially as Project Mayhem, this is the first attempt in bringing the Android OS to Nokia devices. If you have a Nokia N9 and you have been dying to get some Android goodness to your device, then this is great news for you. Developers have managed to port Ice Cream Sandwich to the Nokia N9 by crafting a dual-boot kernel…

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CyanogenMod 9 arrived on the Galaxy S2 some time in December and has been frequently updated since. In fact, a new build is automatically created every night with the latest changes applied to the ROM. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the name, CyanogenMod 9 for the Galaxy S2 I9100 is a port of the Galaxy Nexus firmware, IM74K, and is based on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. The CyanogenMod 9 ROM for the Galaxy S2 first started out as an experimental build, with a lot of issues and bugs.  But, thanks to the concerted efforts and contributions…