May 21, 2013 - 10:17 AM - by dgstorm
Last week we shared a disheartening rumor with you guys regarding what may be the new Motorola X Phone. An AT&T device with the model name XFON and the model number XT1058 (which had been previously identified as the possible model number of the X Phone), passed through the FCC with some pretty lackluster specs and a GSM radio. A new report suggests a CDMA version of the device exists with the model number XT1060, and will also come with just a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset. This basically means a Verizon and/or Sprint version of this device will also come with the same mediocre specs as the AT&T version.
This info was gleaned from an .ini file obtained from some leaked USB drivers. Here's a quote with the info,
We are crossing our fingers that all of these rumors are wrong and simply refer to some other device, but the signs are definitely looking grim.
This is for RSD app to create correct phone model class
WIFI = f100,mz604,xoom,mz615,mz615-16,mz615-32,mz615-64,mz607,mz607-16,mz607-32,mz602
STEUMTS = mb865,me865
MSM6X55UMTS = mb632,xt605,xt626,xt621
MSM6X55CDMA = xt603
MSM8960CDMA = xt926,xt897,xt907,xt901,xt1060
MSM8960UMTS = mb886,xt923,xt925,xt905,201m,xt1058
IMC6260UMTS = xt890
Last night we announced that Sony had made AOSP available for their Xperia Tablet Z. Sony did not make it available in the form of an update however they did provide source code for developers. Team Cyanogen Mod jumped to action! They have already began to roll out nightlies for this device. Stock Vanilla Android 4.2.2 should not only speed up this tablet, but it should also make this tablet an overall better tablet. It should be noted that the Rom on this device is currently in the Release Candidate stage and their may be a few bugs. You can grab this Rom at the source link below.
One of the hottest phones on the market right now is the HTC One. It is so popular that HTC is now having to ramp up production in order to meet the overwhelming demand. If you happen to own the AT&T variant then you will be happy to know that the RUU was leaked for it today. If you are like me then the first thing you like to do when you get a new device is root it and install a custom recovery. From there you can do all sorts of things to modify it like install roms and kernels. This is all fun and great, but can be quite dangerous if you do not have a safety net! The RUU is just that. It will allow you to return to out of the box stock incase you do something wrong and mess up your device. You can also use it to get back to stock for warranty purposes.
The RUU is pretty simple to flash and can be a life saver. Head to the source link below to download the file.
Some of you are beginning to receive your Galaxy S4 preorders from Verizon. Mine should arrive as early as tomorrow which makes me one excited dude! Out of the lucky few who have already received their S4 Dan Rosenberg was able to find a tester for his Bootloader unlock method. According to a tweet that he sent out earlier today his method for unlocking the bootloader on the AT&T variant does indeed work on the Verizon version. He was even able to get a custom recovery installed on the device!
He has still not released his method but I imagine this will be released in the coming days as more and more Verizon customers begin to receive their phones. I just hope that Verizon doesn't have a patch update in the saddle awaiting Dan's release. If Verizon has ever provided a quick update it has been an update to patch root and unlocked bootloaders. We shall see.
Thanks Arthur Stingo
May 20, 2013 - 4:22 PM - by dgstorm
The newest hot Android tablet from Samsung might be coming pretty soon. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 just got its press pic leaked. We also have some intel on specs for the device. Here's the industry speculation at the moment,
- Wi-Fi, 3G and LTE versions
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- 8-inch 1280 x 800 pixels display (could be better at time of launch)
- 1.3MP front-facing camera
- 5MP rear camera
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Dual-core 1.5GHz processor
- 1.5GB of RAM
- 16GB of internal memory
- MicroSD card support (up to 64GB)
- 4,450 mAh battery
As you can see, the specs aren't spectacular, but perhaps the price will be competitive because of that. If they can price it below certain point it could put the squeeze on the Apple iPad Mini. We will keep you apprised if something more concrete comes out.
May 20, 2013 - 1:31 PM - by dgstorm
For a few weeks, numerous rumors (including leaked pics) have suggested we will soon see several new variants of the Samsung Galaxy S4, including the SGS4 Mini and SGS4 Active. A new slip-up directly from Samsung’s WatchON TV control service has unofficially confirmed these rumors, and confirmed the existence of a previously unknown device, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mega. The Samsung WatchOn TV service/app recently got an update, and lo-and-behold, all three of these previously unconfirmed devices were mentioned as being supported by the service.
We have already heard about the S4 Mini and the S4 Active, but the the S4 Mega is new. The Mega device name isn't new for Sammy, since they already released the Mega 5.8 and Mega 6.3 in select markets; however, a Galaxy specific Mega has not been previously mentioned. Considering this leak comes from a flub directly out of Samsung, we suspect these device will be announced very shortly.
May 20, 2013 - 11:11 AM - by dgstorm
According to HTC's North Asian president, Jack Tong, the new HTC One will need to have its production run doubled due to "strong demand." This must come as a huge relief to the company which has seen its profits decline rapidly over the past year and a half. It's also a good sign that they have finally worked out all of their supply part problems. Here's a quote with a few more details,
Perhaps this is the start of an upward trend for HTC, but at the very least it is great to see them pull out of their death spiral.
Taipei, May 16 (CNA) Taiwan’s HTC Corp. said Thursday that its production capacity for its new HTC One flagship phone is rising sharply month by month as its component supply issues continue to improve.
Jack Tong, president of HTC North Asia, said the company’s production capacity for its newest smartphone, a 4.7-inch model that was unveiled Feb. 19, will double in May from the previous month and will rise further in June in order to meet strong demand.
“Our capacity is expected to rise significantly starting from mid-May,” he said at a news conference at which the company announced its sponsorship of Cirque du Soleil’s new show. “We are optimistic about our high-end sales during April and June.”
May 20, 2013 - 10:54 AM - by dgstorm
Several new variants of the Samsung Galaxy S4 series have been rumored for sometime now. One of these is the Galaxy S4 Active. It will supposedly be designed for the "active" lifestyle and will include dust, impact and water resistant features. Today we have some leaked pics of the "rumored" device. Here's a tentative spec-list below to go with the pics,
- Quad-core 1.9GHz processor with Adreno 320 GPU - likely the Snapdragon 600 chipset
- Same display as the Galaxy S4 - 5.0-inch 1080p and possibly Super AMOLED (although its pixel density is supposedly 480ppi which would be odd)
- 8MP rear camera (instead of the 13MP sensor of the vanilla Galaxy S4)
Although Samsung hasn't officially announced this device, there has been quite a bit of intel lately, and with these leaked pics, we suspect an announcement will come soon.
If this new leaked build of Android 4.2.2/Jelly Bean for the Samsung Galaxy S III is any indication, owners of the former flagship device will be quite pleased. Several of some of the hot new software features that are in the new Galaxy S4 will show up in the SGS3 after this update. This includes handy features like lockscreen widgets, actionable notifications, tabbed settings, a brand new S Voice and more. The official version of this is expected in June, but in the mean-time for those who like to experiment, here is more info and a download link below,
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New enhancements in Android 4.2.2 update
- Android 4.2.2 – Build ID: JDQ39
- New S4 Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, two Unlock effects (Ripple and Light), improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
- New Screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
- Driving mode
- Actionable notifications
- New Additions in Notification Center
- Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface – Exactly like the S4)
- Addition of Voice controls (Let’s you control various parts of the phone using voice commands – Galaxy S4 feature)
- Gallery modes have white background (When changing gallery modes to 3D the background changes to white)
- Full screen Samsung apps
- New S-Voice (from S4)
- New smart switch widget
- Found more? Tell us about them in the comments below!
- This firmware will increase your binary counter but the current binary and system status will remain official.
- We have re-packaged this firmware from dump files.
- There is no modem in this firmware, so the Modem you will be using before flashing this firmware will remain the same.
- This is a pre-release firmware and not official from Samsung.
- We have fully tested this firmware and this firmware works perfectly as any other official firmware.
Android Version: 4.2.2 – JDQ39 (Jelly Bean)
Region: Middle East
Build Date: 8 May 2013
- Unzip the file
- Open Odin 3.04 (already included in the firmware package)
- Restart phone in download mode (Press and hold Home
May 20, 2013 - 10:27 AM - by dgstorm
The LG flexible OLED display reveal is going to happen a great deal sooner than expected. In fact, according to a press release directly from LG, they will be debuting the technology later this week at the The Society for Information Display annual show in Vancouver, Canada. LG plans to debut a 5-inch unbreakable flexible OLED display at the event.
Samsung has been developing their own version of this remarkable new tech as well, but they have run into some development snags. It will be a remarkable achievement if LG's version of the tech actually beats Samsung to market so quickly. Here's LG's official press release,
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Seoul, Korea (May 20, 2013) – LG Display [NYSE: LPL, KRX: 034220], a leading innovator of display technologies, will showcase the latest TV, mobile, and other products representing the future of display technology at the Society for Information Display’s (SID) Display Week 2013. Underscoring its leadership in OLED technology, the company will introduce both a curved 55-inch OLED TV and a 5-inch plastic OLED panel. Also exhibited will be mobile panels applied with Oxide Thin Film Transistor (TFT) which is viewed as the next generation TFT technology.
“Recent trends indicate that the small- and medium-sized display market is moving towards high resolution and low power consumption, and the large panel market to OLED and Ultra HD,” said Dr. Sang-Deok Yeo, CTO and Executive Vice President of LG Display. “With the resulting rapid need for new display advancements, LG Display, at the forefront of these trends, is well positioned to lead the market with its differentiated and cutting-edge technologies.”
Industry Leadership in OLED
LG Display will demonstrate its industry leadership in OLED technology by showcasing a curved 55-inch OLED TV, as well as its award-winning standard 55-inch OLED TV at SID 2013. Based on the same WRGB OLED technology as the standard set, now widely adopted as the most effective OLED application for large-sized panels, the new curved 55-inch OLED TV offers a glimpse into the future of TV design.
In addition, for the first time to the public, the company will unveil an unbreakable and flexible 5- inch plastic OLED panel for mobile devices. The development comes at a crucial time when smart devices are being used more than ever and at increased risk for damage from drops, hits, and other accidents.
Next Generation TFT LCD Method
LG Display will also introduce 5-inch and 7-inch HD LCD panels based on Oxide TFT, seen as the next generation TFT technology as it offers high investment efficiency in producing thin,
May 20, 2013 - 10:08 AM - by dgstorm
At least some of the Samsung Galaxy S4 preorders on Verizon have begun shipping already. This is great news for a few folks who were hoping to get their new VZW SGS4 a day or two earlier than the 23rd. It's still possible they won't hit your doorstep until the 23rd, but depending upon the shipping schedules in your particular city, it's possible you could see it early. To see if yours has shipped, you may want to check out your MyVerizon account.
Sound off in the thread when you get yours!
A nandroid backup is a backup of your entire phone. Every piece of data is recorded. If you mess something out you can easily revert to the Rom you were running before in its exact state before you flashed your new Rom. Not only are Nandroid backups a safety net, they are also a great way of going from Rom to rom. If you have several favorite roms you can set them all up just how you want them and create a new nandroid backup for each rom then simply flash back and forth. With all of those nandroid backups you will need a way to manage them. Nandroid Manager allows you to view, explore, and edit your nandroid backups.
The features list is long and includes support for both CWM and TWRP recoveries, delete and rename backups, verify md5 of backups, compress backups to zip, extract files from backup files, restore sms data from nandroid backup, restore wifi data from nandroid backup, restore bluetooth data from nandroid backup, restore call logs, restore apps+data, restore user word dictionary, flash recovery, and more. This is a must have for the avid Rom flasher. Grab this app from the source link below.
Liquid Smooth is an AOSP that brings the Stock Android 4.2.2 experience to your device while also bringing plenty of customization options to your handset! Liquid Smooth has been pored over to the Droid RAZR HD and MAXX Hd by developer "Jsnweitzel" who says that he loves the rom and after purchasing the RAZR HD he just really wanted to get it running on his new device. Aren't you glad he decided to share with the class.
In order to run this rom you will need to have your bootloader unlocked. You will need to flash the Rom and also Gapps. So far the Rom seems to be pretty functional. The only issues so far the Camcorder doesn't work (the camera does). The developer also said that he had to reboot a few times after the phone froze. He is still working out the kinks, but this rom should be stable enough to use. However I would highly recommend backing up your current rom in case you run into any major problems.
Grab This Rom and Flash Here
TeamBlackOut has officially launched their new site! They have been working hard on getting the website together, but that doesn't mean they relaxed on development. They just dropped their updated suite of Blacked Out Apps! They are also working on a whole lineup of Transparent apps which should be released soon! If you aren't familiar with their work essentially they take all of the white elements of an app and replace them with black elements which really gives your phone a unique look, especially when you use these apps with an inverted theme!
Facebook 3.2 along with Facebook Messenger 2.4.3 have each been blaced out and they look awesome! I noticed some awesome theming in the framework of the app. Silver wrapping around text boxes and silver break lines make it all look pretty sick!
Flipboard looks amazing! If you sit and read flipboard for a while your eyes will get tired very easily looking at all of the bright white that is normally in the app. This fixes that. The background is black while the text is white making Flipboard much easier on the eyes!
So many apps are included in the suite. You can get Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, Pandora, Yahoo Mail, Instagram, WordPress, Pinterest, WhatsApp, Apollo Music, Mighty... [Read More]
Ever since the Galaxy Nexus was first announced mentioning NFC capabilities, I was intrigued. I was curious to see it in action and to see the things that could be done with this great new technology on a smart phone. After having my GNex for about 4 months now, I’m truly able to experience some NFC technology that simply amazes me. All thanks to our friends over at TagsForDroid.com who have sent us a little care package of some NFC tags, stickers and even a key chain that is an NFC tag itself.
As many of you know, NFC is a relatively new technology, especially on smart phones, that is up and coming and doing so quickly. There’s just so much you can do with it already and what makes it better is, it’s so damn simple to use. You can share files such as apps, downloaded content or anything else just by placing two NFC capable devices together and tapping a button. With NFC tags, you can actually program, or write data to them in this case, to do various tasks for you without having to press any buttons or anything on your device.
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