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Samsung Epic 4G to Eat Gingerbread Starting Late July

by: Elmer MontejoJuly 11, 2011

People have been waiting for this since April this year. The Samsung Epic 4G (a.k.a. Samsung Galaxy S Pro) is–yet again–rumored to “finally” get a bump to Android 2.3 Gingerbread some time in late July.

Mark Hearn of SprintFeed got to talk to an inside source who told him that Gingerbread is coming to the Samsung Epic 4G. Although the source could not give a definite date for the release of the update, the source hinted that the update may arrive after July 24.

The source also mentioned that the delay of the update was caused by Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Hearn, however, did not elaborate further on this. Although, it is safe and reasonable [...]

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Gingerbread Coming Today to HTC DROID Incredible 2

by: Elmer MontejoJuly 10, 2011

Released last April, the HTC DROID Incredible 2 came out with Android 2.2 Froyo, which has now become an “older” version because of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Users of the HTC DROID Incredible 2, however, will be getting an over-the-air (OTA) upgrade to Gingerbread soon. According to sources, the upgrades should start pushing out today, July 11.

Verizon Wireless recently announced the arrival of Android build 2.18.605.4 for the HTC DROID Incredible 2 and should be hitting your devices anytime soon. According to Verizon’s support page for the HTC DROID Incredible 2, the update will upgrade your phone’s Android version from Froyo to Gingerbread and will [...]

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Samsung Galaxy S II Torn Apart – Magic Found Inside

by: Darcy LaCouveeJuly 10, 2011

While this particular beast of a superphone hasn’t hit the US shores yet (unbelievable!), it’s selling like absolute hotcakes overseas, with over 3.5 million units sold in the past 60 days. And this, in and of itself, should be reason enough to take this beautiful piece of hardware, and tear it apart right? Thankfully, i’m not the only one that thinks this way – and the kind folks over at ABI Research have taken the liberty to tear it apart to see what sort of magic is inside.

Anyway, their tear-down revealed some very interesting things, among them that Samsung has incorporated technology that has never been used before  — in any device. [...]

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Intel, AMD, and ARM are About to Go to War

by: Shaleen SinhaJuly 10, 2011

The entire mobile computing  market is about to experience a substantial change, from the predominant use of the ARM processor to that of Intel and AMD – potentially. Currently, the tablet market is dominated by ARM chips produced by Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Nvidia. And, until now, unlike laptops, tablets haven’t sported Intel or AMD silicon. Currently, as things stand, ARM’s chip designs are in virtually every tablet from Apple’s iPad, which uses Apple’s A5 chip, to Android tablets too, from the likes of Motorola, Samsung, Asus and others, that use chips mostly from Nvidia with ARM’s processors inside. But now, [...]

 
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Rooting the Samsung Droid Charge on Verizon Wireless

by: PushkarJuly 10, 2011

If you own Verizon Samsung Droid Charge then you must be looking to root this mobile phone. Currently neither SuperOneClick nor Z4root is able to root the device. So, if you are seriously looking for a good root tool and don’t want to be confused, then follow our guide and you will have your Samsung Droid Charge rooted in no time. You can root this smartphone with Gingerbreak.

You should know before rooting the Droid charge that it would be a permanent root. So once rooted, the company warranty will most likely be voided.

Note

1. Download ChargeRoot.zip to your computer.

2. You will need ADB (Android Debug Bridge) installed on your Computer [...]

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Motorola Droid 3 Has a Locked Bootloader – For Now

by: Darcy LaCouveeJuly 9, 2011

Motorola’s Droid 3 is so close to being formally outed on July 14, I can almost taste it. The market has been clamoring for a decent QWERTY Android phone, with some power under the hood. While not 4G, the Droid 3 makes up for it in other areas, but also falls short in others. Unfortunately, today, we can add to that potential list of cons, as the device will be shipping with a locked bootloader.

Still, our repeated attempts to communicate with Motorola to truly ascertain their policy have been met with copy and pasted policies straight off the desk of their PR team. Unfortunately, it looks like Motorola has done what they do best – make great phones with good [...]

 
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Electronic Arts to Bring Out Multiplayer Scrabble App for Android

by: Elmer MontejoJuly 8, 2011

Long-time game developer Electronic Arts (EA) plans to launch an Android app for the multiplayer version of its popular Scrabble game. The multiplayer version of the game will allow players to play against one another even if they are using different devices or platforms–at the same time.

This means that regardless of where or on what you are playing EA’s Scrabble game–whether on Facebook, on an Apple device, or on an Android smartphone or tablet, you can compete with other players over the Internet.

More importantly, this means that EA’s Scrabble game will make more sense, for how else will scrabble be played except in a multiplayer setting? [...]

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Sony Store Now Selling Unlocked Sony Ericsson Xperia arc for US$600

by: Elmer MontejoJuly 8, 2011

You better get the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc before the U.S. carriers could take hold of it and sell carrier-locked versions. Sony Store now has the Android handset in stock and is selling it for US$600.

According to Sony USA, the estimated shipping date for the Xperia arc is on Monday, July 11. The unlocked smartphone will be compatible on any network.

The Xperia arc is also apparently available from online stores Amazon and MacMall. On last check, though, the smartphone is temporarily out of stock on Amazon, but is in stock on MacMall. Amazon sells it for US$580, while MacMall sells it for US$540.

The phone comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a [...]

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Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread Coming Out of Oven on Monday

by: Elmer MontejoJuly 8, 2011

The Samsung Nexus S 4G is scheduled for a very important Android update on July 11 (Monday). The upcoming Android build will upgrade the last build–GRJ85–to build GRJ90.

According to sources, the update will also raise the Nexus S 4G’s Android version from 2.3.4 to 2.3.5, which implies that the upcoming update includes changes and improvements significant enough to bump the version number one decimal point higher.

The last update to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread brought full video chat functionality into Google Talk for Android. The 2.3.5 release will activate secure element of the Near Field Communication (NFC) chip on the Samsung Nexus S 4G, expectedly [...]

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Do Semiconductors Dream of Android?

by: Chiraag GJuly 8, 2011

For those of you who follow the financial markets, you will have seen the craziest trends over the past few years.  Economic downturns and sporadic hints of upturns have both been a result of uncertainty, and the fuel for further uncertainty.

The UK dropped Value Added Tax from 17.5% to 15%, then brought it back up to 17.5%, and has now increased this to 20%.  Inflation is rising and there is no sign of an increase in interest rates for relief! I won’t go into this any more, as sticking to this subject would be an exercise in madness in itself.

Indeed one area which suffered badly was the global semiconductor market.  Pre-recession wasn’t even a great time [...]

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