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Sony Xperia S Ice Cream Sandwich update to start rolling out in “latter part of Q2”

May 23, 2012

Sony’s current flagship phone, the Xperia S, was initially reported to receive the much anticipated Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update this coming end of May. But in a recent post from Sony’s support team on their mobile forum site, the Japanese just backtracked on their initial promise, stating that the Sony Xperia S will begin to get the ICS update towards the end of the second quarter of 2012. In other words, expect your desert sometimes in late June or even later.

The Xperia S initially shipped with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on-board, making us wonder why would Sony launch a new flagship phone with an outdated operating system. The device was first introduced in [...]

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XDA brings back the S Voice, working again on non-Galaxy S3 devices

May 23, 2012


On Monday, we reported that a leaked Samsung Galaxy S3 ROM became available for download for all, packed with all the goodness of the smartphone’s great features. Not surprisingly, the full Galaxy S3 ROM came from XDA, everybody’s go-to site for all things amazing.

As soon as the S3 ROM became available online, one of its key features, the S Voice app, became available for download as well, for all Android users who want to try out the proprietary Samsung voice command app. But most of the users who tried out the app said that it failed to work. It became apparent that Samsung’s servers were set to deny requests from the S Voice app running on [...]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 changed to include slot for S-Pen

May 23, 2012

When the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 was previewed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it raised a few eyebrows in that  it is not only a 10.1 inch tablet with a stylus (the S-Pen) but that Samsung forgot to put a slot in the chassis to hold the pen when it isn’t being used! Meanwhile, we found out that the tablet we’ve seen at MWC was actually a temporary design that Samsung whipped up in a hurry in order to be able to show something newsworthy at the show.

Now according to visitors at a Samsung event in Germany, the redesigned Note 10.1 includes a slot for the S-Pen. However there is one “little” problem. To squeeze the S-Pen into the side [...]

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VIA unveils a $49 Android PC that can replace your old computer

May 23, 2012

Lately, we’ve been seeing a whole bunch of Android/Linux PCs that cost under $100, down to $25 for the Raspberry Pi, and you can use them for pretty much anything. It goes without saying that you should expect significantly slower performance than from a $1000 PC. But as a way to use more “computers” around your house for different applications, like making a Smart TV or a low-end console, these barebones systems are ideal.

Now, a new ARM PC from VIA, based on a Neo-ITX motherboard, we’ll give you a quick way to back-up your old PCs in case they crash and die on you. All you need to do is connect it to a monitor or TV.

What you get for [...]

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HTC Android 4.0 ICS updates for HTC devices to arrive this late summer

May 23, 2012

HTC, the makers of the One X, still the best Android smartphone around, have just revealed the complete schedule for the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates for their devices. The roadmap shows the HTC smartphones that are capable of handling the latest version of Android, with most devices set to receive it towards the end of the upcoming summer season.

The update to Ice Cream Sandwich is hotly anticipated by Android fans across the globe, bringing new features to their smartphones including a revamped user-interface, home screen folders and favorites tray, new lock screen actions, improved text input and spell-checking, a unified calendar, improved camera [...]

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It’s official: Google completes Motorola acquisition, Dennis Woodside is Moto’s new CEO

May 22, 2012

After almost a year of negotiations, filing for approvals, and all the legal shenanigans that corporations must go through for a huge transaction to be sealed and done, Google and Motorola have finally got the last “blessing” they needed from the Chinese authorities.

It should come as no surprise therefore that Motorola Mobility’s acquisition has been very quickly made official, with Google finally paying that $40.00 per share in cash agreed a long time ago. Both Google and Motorola officials have announced that they are glad the deal has been closed and it’s now time to look towards the future of the new Moto.

Sanjay Jha, Motorola’s former CEO and the man who [...]

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Samsung Galaxy S3 already on sale in Dubai! [Updated with pics]

May 22, 2012

[Updated] The Verge got hold of actual images of the Galaxy S3 sold early in Dubai. Consider the news confirmed.

The build-up to the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S3 was a long drawn-out affair, with a whirlwind of emotions whipping the Android fanboy masses into a frenzy. May 3 was the big day, with the much-hyped “next Galaxy” officially presented at an event in London. This was followed by the whole world letting out a sigh of relief, as design, specifications, and accessory information were suddenly available to the public.

We are now in the post-announcement stage, where we witness a slew of leaked benchmark tests, sneak peaks of [...]

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After conquering space, everybody’s favorite birds are going back to earth with Angry Birds Heikki

May 22, 2012

After conquering space, Rovio deemed it’s time to bring back our favorite Angry Birds down to Earth, via a new game called Angry Birds Heikki.

Rovio has just launched a new site to serve as a teaser to the upcoming game, and right now, the teaser is gathering some mixed reactions. Many are wondering what will be the theme of Rovio’s latest creation. As you can see from the screenshot above, it shows the eyes of the red angry bird with racing flags, suggesting that the game could be a tie-in to Rovio’s F1 sponsorship of Heikki Kovalainen, the F1 pilot.

Does this mean that the next game in the Angry Birds series is going to be a racing game, [...]

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Samsung Galaxy S3 for Verizon almost confirmed. Bluetooth SIG approves the SCH-I535

May 22, 2012

A big disadvantage for consumers in the US is the fact that their choice of mobile device is restricted according to what network carrier they choose, and vice versa. For example, a big reason why T-Mobile has struggled over the past few years is the lack of the iPhone in its smartphone lineup. Similarly, the HTC One X is available exclusively for AT&T subscribers, with a One X variation featuring a complete re-design, the HTC EVO 4G, available on Sprint. Granted, it is possible to buy unlocked versions of the device, but this deprives customers of some of the benefits of the contract-based system.

Luckily, the legions of fans of the Samsung Galaxy S3 won’t [...]

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Galaxy Note ad: David Beckham uses the gift of balls to play Beethoven’s Ode to Joy [Video]

May 22, 2012

So, the Summer Olympic games are about to kick off soon in London. Who’s better to kick things to a start than the country’s top footballer, David Beckham?

As Samsung’s ambassador to this year’s Olympic Games, you can see Becks sporting his Galaxy Note to help bring his interpretation of Beethoven’s classical piece Ode to Joy to life. We couldn’t hear it ourselves, but we do love the 15-foot wall of drums setting and Becks’ awesome footwork. And if there’s anyone who can make using Samsung Galaxy Note cooler, he’s definitely one of them. Not as cool as Peter the elephant, [...]

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