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orange santa clara android phone

It is rare that we see an interesting carrier-branded smartphone released to the consumer market. That’s why when Orange UK’s own-brand Android smartphone, codenamed Santa Clara, was announced in February and then shown to the public at the MWC in Barcelona, our curiosities were piqued, especially since the device will be powered by the new Intel Medfield processor. Since then, we’ve seen some benchmarks that showed that Medfield is surprisingly capable and a registration page put up by Orange. Now, more pieces are falling into place for the Santa Clara, as it seems that its UK launch is about to happen soon….

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September 23, 2008, Android 1.0, the first commercial version of Android is released. Just over 3 years later, October 19, 2011, after evolving from Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, and Honeycomb, not including Astro and Bender, Ice Cream Sandwich was announced. Along the way, Android put out loads of features and took in some 200+ million users. Today, we’re going to be breaking down two of the newest, and arguably best, Android versions (Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich). Obviously, a winner has already been chosen for this Versus Match. However, look at the competition as more of a comparison and evolution of…

android-platform-chart-apri

Another month, another set of statistics revealed by Google for us to ogle and scrutinize. So, which Android platform is ruling the universe, and which is heading straight to the black hole? Here’s a spoiler, there’s really no significant shake-up from last month. Let’s work our way down from the top and analyze the Android platform distribution chart among Android devices owners that have accessed Google Play for the 2-week period ending April 2, 2012. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still the most popular Android flavor around, securing a 63% share. Taking second place is Android 2.2 Froyo with 23.1%. About 6%…

ice cream sandwich

Google has never been the one to shy away from releasing data of active Android devices and of their respective Android versions. In fact, the Android OS distribution data is updated every fortnight on the company’s developer page. Reported first by Mobile Syrup, here’s the latest data for the week ending of March 5. You won’t find any surprises, since the outcome is one that is rather predictable. No drum rolls required here — at 62 percent, Gingerbread still reigns supreme as the dominating flavor in the Android space. That’s not the case with Ice Cream Sandwich, as the latest version of…

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NEC may not be doing so well in the smartphone market lately, but they aren’t going down without a fight. DoCoMo has just announced a new smartphone for Japan, called NEC- ES N-05D. What’s most spectacular about this device is that they are built to be water-proof while still being 0.11 inches thinner than a Galaxy S 2, which is already a pretty thin device. These are all the specs: 4.3-inch LCD with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, waterproof body, 8.1MP CMOS camera with NEC’s Exmor R for better low light performance, dual-core 1.5GHz MSM8260…

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The Droid RAZR certainly turned some heads back in November. It was probably the most innovative phone I saw all year design and build wise, thanks to its ultra-thin 7.7mm kevlar body. How can many people can say their phone is protected by kevlar? The only reason it didn’t reach its true potential is because a day later the Galaxy Nexus stole most of its thunder, not necessarily because of the hardware or because of its design, but because it had stock Android 4.0. By comparison, the RAZR had what looked like a year old OS, even if it had…

Samsung-Galaxy-Note

Roll up your sleeves and get ready for some tweaking on your Galaxy Note.  If your Galaxy Note N700 has not received some update loving for some time, you might want to load it up with the latest Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread firmware version XXLA3. This firmware version may not be as exciting as Ice Cream Sandwich, but it’s not such a horrible idea to update to this version if your Galaxy Note N700′s firmware has not been updated for a while.  You might want to try this Gingerbread update first before you head for Ice Cream Sandwich for your Galaxy…

Samsung Galaxy Captivate

Those of us who don’t own the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate – on AT&T – have probably forgotten that Samsung has not yet released an official update to Gingerbread, until today that is. Now I can finally pick up my Captivate off my desk and update it to Android 2.3 using Samsung Kies. Listed below are some of the benefits of the upgrade: Download management New layout for larger fonts Word prediction, multi-touch for numerical input One-touch word selection and copy/paste Fixed Top-menu in Gmail Voice Search added into the search categories Vertical play mode added to YouTube 3D graphic…

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Before the release of the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet (NT), we had the Nook Color, it was the go to tablet for developers who were on a budget.   Why had it received such attention from so many in the development community? Well the reasons are simple. For the price, it had a great screen and also had solid build quality. Many other tablets at that price could not hold a candle to the Nook Color on these terms. Fast forward to today, and we ask what does this mean to the current owners of the Nook Color? While it may still…

Droid-3-ics

So the other night I got an alpha version of ICS installed on my Droid 3, and I have to say I am impressed. Hashcode has been hard at work since the release of the source code, and  had done some amazing things. I am currently using it for my daily driver and if you don’t mind being a guinea pig  give it a shot yourself. For being an alpha it is very stable, and  many of the main functions work. Here is the list from Hashcode’s blog of what works and what does not.  Many of the base phone functions are now working. And that…