Thursday, 3 May 2012

Samsung Galaxy S III


The day we've all been waiting for has finally arrived, and Samsung just unveiled its third-generation Galaxy smartphone. As expected, it's going by the moniker Galaxy S III, and it's stuffed to the gullet with cutting-edge hardware and software tweaks:


  • 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED HD Display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16/32GB storage, 64GB version "available soon"
  • microSD Card slot
  • Eye Tracking
  • Smart stay: keeps the screen awake while you're looking at the display
  • S-Voice: advanced voice recognition, "like a good friend who listens attentively" -- definitely a strong competitor to Siri
  • Floating videos: lets you resize videos and move them around on the display whilst they float atop other windows. Nice!
  • 8MP rear shooter with zero shutter lag, 3.3 shots per second
  • Best Photo: takes a burst of eight shots, automatically chooses the best one
  • S Beam: Wi-Fi direct meets NFC
  • 1.9MP front camera with "face recognition" and HD video capabilities
  • 2100mAh Battery with Wireless Charging technology
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi HT40
  • GPS/GLONASS
  • NFC
  • 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm, 133g
  • Android 4.0
At this point, it's safe to assume that it's packing a quad-core Exynos processor, though we're still waiting to hear the official word on clock speed.
Accessories:
  • Flip cover
  • Desk dock
  • Car dock
  • HDTV Adapter
  • Wireless charging
  • S Pebble: A "music companion" for your Galaxy S III (assume it's a remote control of some sort)







  





Saturday, 31 March 2012

Preimium suite upgrade for galaxy note offers new S pen applications and Android 4.0




We all expected the Samsung Galaxy Note to receive Android 4.0 in Q1, but unfortunately the software upgrade has been pushed back to sometime in Q2. Thankfully this major upgraded dubbed “Premium Suite” will include a lot more than just Ice Cream Sandwich.
Today Samsung shared a video that detailed all the new things coming to the Galaxy Note. The Premium Suite upgrade offers exclusive S Pen applications, enhanced multimedia features, and an Android 4.0 upgrade as expected. It will also unlock 30 Danger Zone levels in the new Angry Birds Space game.
“With the Premium Suite upgrade, we wanted to add features that enrich users’ Note experience even more, including the great advantages of Android 4.0 and innovative applications for S Pen,” said JK Shin, President of Samsung Mobile. “We are committed to providing extraordinary experiences for consumers, and we will continue to provide new features and upgrades to enrich our offering.”
As most of these things go, the exact availability and scheduling of the Premium Suite upgrade will vary by country and wireless carrier. Check out the preview video below for an idea of what to expect when it finally arrives.

Sourced: Android and Me

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for GALAXY S II




Samsung offers Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for GALAXY S II

We're thrilled to announce that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be served to GALAXY S II users in the European countries including Poland, Hungary and Sweden, as well as Korea today, and gradually roll out to other markets.

ICS for GALAXY Note, GALAXY S II LTE, GALAXY Tab 8.9 and 10.1 will follow soon.

In addition, we'll also offer Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware upgrades for GALAXY S, GALAXY Tab 7", GALAXY S Plus, GALAXY S SCL (Super Clear LCD) and GALAXY W from end March. The firmware upgrades for GALAXY S, for example, include Face Unlock, Snapshot, Photo Editor, and others.

The availability and scheduling of the software update and specific models upgradeable to Android 4.0 will vary by market and wireless carriers' requirements.

Sourced from: Samsung Mobile Facebook Page

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Opps i think HTC to use a spell checker lol.



Some people may have already got the ICS for there sensation (family) but has any noticed the little problem with HTC has got with some words. Aeroplan, it made us laugh about it when we saw it lol.

Friday, 9 March 2012

False twitter post about ICS update from Samsung

At some point yesterday Samsung confirmed that they would be pushing ICS as soon as today or tomorrow to find that someone has made a fake twitter account and that Samsung have not even confirmed anything to anyone, as this tweet was done HTC has now started to push the first ways of ICS on the sensation because they thought Samsung would be out so early.

Samsung have said that they will be confirming on both Facebook and twittering about the ICS update and it is going to pushed out

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

The new Google play store

Google announced yesterday that the android market has been changed from android market to Google play market (app called: play shop)

The new play store has the same layout as the last one but with a different logo and name see photo below for more of an idea

There is a apk file of the new play store below:

Google Play Market

Updated: Wednesday 7.3.2012

Some of you may be having problems install this app, so we thought we would give you a little help in handed with it; so follow the link below

Market Help



Saturday, 3 March 2012

Android 2.3.5 Pushing Out To Orange Desire HD




Good news if you’re on Orange with a Desire HD, it appears that Android 2.3.5 is rolling out to with Sense 3.0.
With many users of HTC devices waiting for Ice Cream Sandwich this might seem a little dull but as always with network locked devices this is the norm, updates that take forever to be ‘tested’
Reader Robert has one and apparently it’s hitting his phone now, he sent a tweet about it not so long ago. Can’t see anything about it on the HTC or Orange website, if you have one and are yet to see anything about it do a check by hitting settings>about phone and system update.
Those with the sim free versions saw the update towards the back end of last year so the timing sounds about right.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

HTC Incredible S FOTA update 3.11.405.1





While in Barcelona between the producers are smart battle for the attention of buyers, which also involved the company HTC, ordinary life companies do not stop. This proves the fact that one of the smartphones last year, the original HTC Incredible S, received a software update to 3.11.405.1.Since yesterday, the HTC Incredible S users were reporting that their smartphone offers them to install the update with the number 3.11.405.1. In describing the update means only become a classic, "The increase in productivity." After installing the update, which amounts to 28 MB, users have found that slightly changed the font, the problem disappeared after a smartphone with hanging lock and now has a PowerSaver in the drop-down switches.Upgrade to 3.11.405.1 HTC Incredible S rasprostranyaets me through the standard system of FOTA (Firmware Over The Air), that is, via a wireless data network. If you do not have unlimited tariff, it is best to get to the nearest free Wi-Fi-network and update after the hook up to it. Unfortunately, some users reported that after updating the download smartphone stops on a white screen that says HTC (smartphones without rut and unlock).If you do decide to upgrade, but the message about the update you do not appear, then go to Settings, click "About phone". Next, click on the "Update" and "Check Now". If an update is available for your smartphone, you will see a message notifying about it.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

HTC One X unveiled: Quad-core Tegra 3, HD display, LTE, launches on AT&T by end of April

HTC on Sunday unveiled a trio of new smartphones at Mobile World Congress, capped off by the flagship of flagships: the HTC One X. BGR took the wraps off of this stunning smartphone back in November, and the details within our exclusive report are now confirmed. The One X features a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, a 4.6-inch 1,280 x 720-pixel high-definition Super LCD 2 display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera for 720p video chats, 1GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal eMMC storage, embedded 4G LTE and Sense 4.0 atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — and it’s all packed into a case that is just 9.27 millimeters thin. The phone also includes Beats Audio across all multimedia apps, not just HTC’s music player, and 25GB of free Dropbox storage for two years, which includes several iCloud-like Sense features such as auto-uploading photos. Read on for more.

The HTC One X finds itself atop the totem pole in HTC’s new “HTC One” lineup, which will designate its flagship devices moving forward. The specs listed above tell an impressive story, but we were fortunate enough to spend some time with the handset ahead of HTC’s announcement and the specs definitely don’t tell the whole story.
HTC said that its new HTC One devices focus on three main pillars: Amazing design and user experience, an amazing camera, and an amazing multimedia experience. We’ll discuss how the One X fares in each of these categories in our hands-on with the device, but one area in particular managed to really blow us away: the camera.
The camera in HTC’s new One-series phones is a complete departure from the technology used on the vendor’s earlier devices. HTC One smartphones each include an “HTC ImageChip,” which is a physical chip dedicated solely to the camera system. The 8-megapixel One X camera features an f2.0 aperture and HTC’s amazing new image capture software, which includes revamped HDR technology and integrated Instagram-like filters.
Perhaps most impressive of all, the new cameras across HTC’s One lineup are capable of capturing an image, saving the image and preparing to take a new shot all in the span of 0.7 seconds. Still not impressed? Images are actually initially captured in RAW format now to ensure the highest quality before being converted to JPG, and the One X can capture 8-megapixel still photos while recording 1080p HD video.
HTC had a rough fourth quarter in an otherwise stellar year, and the smartphone maker vowed that it would narrow its focus and concentrate on distinguishing itself from the competition in 2012. The One X, which manages to pack a remarkable amount of technology into a beautifully-designed package, is a terrific start. This smartphone is as sleek as it is capable, and it sets the bar high for Android smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2012. In fact, I can only think of one smartphone that might be able to compete with the One X, but it isn’t expected to make an appearance at this year’s show.
The HTC One X will launch on AT&T by the end of April, and HTC’s first three One-branded smartphones will be available from a combined 130 partners around the world in 2012. We’ll have more on this sleek smartphone shortly in our hands-on.

Huawei officially unveils the Android OS 4.0 Ascend D quad, “the World’s Fastest Smartphone”

Huawei has officially announced and introduced the Ascend D quad, dubbed as “the World’s Fastest Smartphone”. This will be available from April 2012 in the following locations: China, Australia, Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America, and the Middle East… no details yet on Canada, but the press release was published on the Canada Newswire so it’s a good guess we’ll get this here.
The specs are impressive and will certainly hel Huawei achieve a better brand perspective. Usually they have low end devices that have low specs, but the Ascend D quad is an Android OS 4.0 powered device that has a quad-core 1.2GHz/1.5GHz processor, 4.5-inch 720P high definition touchscreen display with (PPI 330). The good specs keep coming, 8.9mm thin, packed with a 8MP camera that shoots 1080p HD videos and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, a 1800mAh battery that Huawei says “lasts for one to two days with normal usage”.
Huawei also introduced the a couple other devices, the Ascend D quad XL and the Ascend D1. Both basically have the same specs, the Ascend D quad XL has a 2500mAh battery (two to three days of usage) and is 10.9 mm slim. As for the Ascend D1 runs, this is another OS 4.0 Android with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with a 1670mAh battery.
All these devices are such a massive jump for Huawei. No word on pricing. For some reason there are no pics yet, only one that was taken from the show floor in Barcelona.

Huawei Introduces the World’s Fastest Smartphone: The Ascend D quad
With Huawei’s proprietary quad-core chip and power management system
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 26, 2012 /CNW/ – Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today introduced the world’s fastest quad-core smartphone, the Huawei Ascend D quad. Powered by the Huawei’s K3V2 quad-core 1.2GHz/1.5GHz processor and boasting the most compact design among 4.5-inch smartphones, the Ascend D quad expands the realm of possibilities for consumers with an Android 4.0 operating system and Huawei’s proprietary power management system which provides up to 30% in energy savings.
“We’ve listened to people’s top demands from smartphones: speed, long-battery life, high quality visual and audio capabilities, and a compact, lightweight handset. The Huawei Ascend D quad exceeds these expectations,” said Richard Yu, Chairman of Huawei Device. “In January at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas, we achieved a world record for the world’s slimmest smartphone with the Huawei Ascend P1 S. We are proud to once again introduce a world-first at the 2012 Mobile World Congress with the Ascend D quad, the fastest smartphone.”
The Ascend D quad is an entertainment dynamo with its 4.5-inch 720P high definition touchscreen, and the industry’s most powerful 32-bit true color graphic processor. Its PPI 330 screen providing crystal clear display even under direct sunlight, is complemented by its Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and Audience earSmart™ voice technology for an experience which excels across the senses. Its 8-megapixel BSI rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and 1080p full HD video-capture and playback capabilities enables you to record your special moments in clearer, richer detail.
The Ascend D quad comes with an 1800mAh battery, which lasts for one to two days with normal usage. The smartphone’s prowess is enhanced by Huawei Device’s proprietary power management technology which provides a longer battery life of up to 30% compared to industry average by adjusting power consumption according to usage needs. It also ensures higher chipset performance and efficiency by maintaining a low chip temperature.
Measuring 64mm narrow and 8.9mm slim, the Ascend D quad is proof that good things do come in small packages. With an ultra-thin frame, the lightweight and compact smartphone’s 4.5-inch touchscreen seems to vanish into the edge, creating an “infinity” feel and allowing an exceptionally narrow body.
In addition to innovative hardware design, the Ascend D quad also has outstanding software design. In addition to its Android 4.0 operating system, the Ascend D quad optimizes the user experience, ensuring greater ease of use.
As part of the Ascend D series, Huawei also introduced the Ascend D quad XL and the Ascend D1 smartphones. The Ascend D quad XL comes with a 2500mAh battery which provides two to three days of normal usage. With the same specifications as the Ascend D quad, the Ascend D quad XL measures 10.9 mm slim. The Ascend D1 runs on a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and has a 1670mAh battery.
The Ascend D quad series will be available in China, Australia, Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America, and the Middle East in Q2 2012. The Ascend D1 will be available in the above markets from April 2012.Source: CNW
Via: PhoneArena & ArnoudWokke Twitter

Sony Announces 2 new Smartphones at MWC

Sony has announce 2 new smartphone at MWC 2012 today, they are the Sony Xperia P and the Sony Xpera U both of which will be running Android 2.3 and 4.0.

Sony Xperia U

Sony Xperia P

Both these handsets will out in mid Q2 of 2012 no release day yet

Sony Xperia S shipment has started across Europe



Sony has just announced at MWC they have have started shipping the Xperia S across Europe ready for this launch next month

HTC One X photos appear, HTC One V and HTC One S also coming at MWC?


The new top of the Android smartphone HTC reveals the talents in Full GSM!
It seems nothing will remain hidden to enjoy the Mobile Congress , since most devices have been presented either formally or found their way online in other ways. For HTC devices, for example, are almost always leaked.
We know that there will be a total of three devices, which will escape the name Sensation and using «One».These will be the X One , One S and V One .
So you have secured all the features of these new devices and the presentations begin with the top quad-
One X.
Enjoy it!





sourced from full GSM and cellntechnews

 

Google to Release a 7-inch Nexus Tablet, May Have Android 5.0 Jelly Bean onboard


Google is highly expected to launch the "Google Nexus tablet" this summer. The device will reportedly offer a 7-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution, Google will produce around 1.5 to the 2 million units initially. The tablet may also be Manufactured my Motorola.

The Nexus Tablet is rumored to cost $199 ONLY. The OS is currently rumored to be ICS 4.0, butJelly Bean 5.0 is not out of the question as the tablet could see the light of day at the I/O developer conference, which is scheduled for late June this summer. So we can expect a JB Tablet from Google, it will also be the first Jelly bean Device on the Market too. Why Not? Google has the right to Exclusively put the OS on her devices first!

via Cnet 

Samsung Announces The Galaxy Beam: A 4-Inch Gingerbread Phone With A Projector


Looks like Samsung is getting a head start on its MWC announcements, and one of the first devices to hit the scene is the Galaxy Beam. While the Beam's specs aren't all that impressive, it does have one trick up its sleeve:
  • 4.0-Inch  480*800 TFT display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 6GB RAM (this must be a typo, but that's what the Beam's landing page  says)
  • 5MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front camera
  • 8GB built-in storage with microSD slot
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • 15 lumen projector
...did you catch the kicker? Yeah, it's packing a projector. The idea of a projector in a phone is nothing new , but it has been a while since we've seen a rehash of the idea. While 15 lumens probably isn't going to blind anyone, it's definitely enough to brighten up a dark room when the Beam throws its 50-inch HD projection up on the wall, and the 2000mAh battery should be enough to keep the party going for, well, at least a little while.

















At this time, there's no word on pricing and availability.
For more information on the Beam, go here .

Share the Fun with Samsung GALAXY Beam
February 26, 2012
Samsung's projector smartphone offers unforgettable shared experience for playing multimedia content anytime, anywhere
Barcelona – February 26, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today introduced Samsung GALAXY Beam, the projector smartphone that allows users to display and share multimedia content anywhere on a large luminous projector screen.
GALAXY Beam lets users spontaneously share photos, videos or other digital media with family or friends by beaming content stored on the device directly onto walls, ceilings or improvised flat surfaces, so that everyone can share the fun without the need to huddle around smartphone or pad-sized screens. GALAXY Beam's ultra-bright 15 lumens projector allows users to freely share life's memorable moments instantly and in crisp clarity, even in outdoor environments.
"GALAXY Beam provides mobile freedom, enabling a unique shared experience around digital content for everyone-anywhere and instantly-from a smartphone as slim and portable as any on the market," said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.
GALAXY Beam is a device borne out of Samsung's insight and innovation, demonstrating Samsung's commitment to providing extraordinary experiences for consumers with products that let them express and fulfill themselves."
Video clips, maps, business information, games - a whole range of multimedia content can be beamed instantly by GALAXY Beam on a crisp, high-definition projection up to 50'' wide. The device features a projector-dedicated application which makes it easy to select content and activate projection in a few simple steps.
Add a dose of ambience or entertainment to a friends' gathering by transforming any household room or outdoor deck into an instant mini home-theater, projecting full-screen video clips on a ceiling or wall for common sharing, at the touch of a button. Or capture your favorite holiday moments using the GALAXY Beam's 5MP camera, then display a full photo slideshow to family members on a dining room wall while playing accompanying music straight from the device, so that everyone shares the experience.
For young users who depend on constant, immediate socializing of digital content and entertainment, GALAXY Beam introduces a new way of sharing. It becomes much more than a phone-a handy digital tool, deployable anywhere, which can add visual entertainment to a simple street gathering, set the mood for a small party, or simply turn life's moments into something personally and immediately sharable. With GALAXY Beam, a birthday or anniversary party can be enlivened in seconds by sharing YouTube or Hulu music videos straight onto a ceiling or door. Likewise, students can collectively share videos or study-work in any dormitory room or student lounge, turning group study into a whole new interactive experience right from a desk table or from the palm of their hands. GALAXY Beam is also ideal for action-packed interactive gaming: Users can upload their own games or choose from over 1,000 games available via Game Hub, Samsung's dedicated virtual gaming store, then project games to co-players or observers to turn gaming into an unbeatably interactive, shared experience. Additionally, GALAXY Beam is convenient tool for mid-sized business workers. An estate agent can beam images of candidate properties to customers as they tour them; or an architect can display draft concepts or designs to co-workers on the spot at a building site or public location.
Despite featuring a full built-in projector, the GALAXY Beam does not compromise on style or portability, measuring just 12.5mm thick and featuring an elegant, ergonomic design. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is powered by an impressive 1.0GHz dual-core processor, ensuring great versatility and a highly responsive user interface. An impressive 8GB of internal memory allows ample multimedia storage without compromises, and a powerful 2000 mAh battery ensures greater display power and content freedom.


sourced from android police

Friday, 24 February 2012

Angry Birds Space


Angry Birds Space promises to be an exciting departure from the usual Angry Birds gameplay. There will still be some limbless bird flinging but this time the conditions are different.As the name suggests, the game will take place in outer space and this introduces some interesting new parameters to the gameplay. You will be playing in zero gravity, which should heavily affect the game physics. Meanwhile, there are also going to be some new birds to fling, along with some familiar ones.

The official Rom Leak of ICS for HTC Sensation and XE

This is taking a look at for the official Rom Download for ICS for both HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE following the link below for more details

Latest Mobiles & Technology News: HTC Sensation and Sensation XE see their official ROM ICS filtered


Thursday, 23 February 2012

HTC MWC lineup detailed - meet the One E, S and X



Three days before the HTC MWC press conference the curtain was lifted a little bit higher and we got to learn a bit more about their upcoming Android smartphones. As we know the Taiwanese company will unveil the HTC One X, HTC One E and HTC One S (yes, they do spell that).

The high-flying HTC One X leaked numerous times before and is by far the most interesting of the bunch. It features a quad-core (okay, okay - 4-PLUS-1) Tegra 3 chipset and a 720p LCD, plus an 8 megapixel camera on the back.

HTC set up a teaser on its Facebook page for the One X. Thesmartphone sketch with the number 5 in the middle is said to refer to the number of processing cores in the Tegra 3 chipset (counting the companion core). Alternatively, HTC might have a couple of surprises for us and announce 5 smartphones at the MWC. They unveiled just as many last year so it's not unimaginable we'll see a replay.

The HTC One E will sit in the middle of the pecking order. The previously known as HTC Ville smartphone will feature a 4.3" qHD screen, which might even be a Super AMOLED. We just got the first benchmark of the device and thinks are looking quite promising for its dual-core chipset.





The HTC One S managed to score 60.6 fps at NenaMark2, which is quite an impressive score. To put things in perspective, the most powerful of the current HTC smartphones, the Sensation XE, scored just under 27fps on the same benchmark.

Finally we come to the HTC One S (previously Primo), which will be the entry level offering and will come to succeed the extremely popular Widlfire S. It will reportedly run on a 1GHz single-core CPU and feature a 3.7" Super AMOLED.

Rumors have it we won't see a tablet announcement from HTC this year. But don't worry - the Taiwanese haven't abandoned the tablet market, they just need some more time to prepare their next slate and it should come out by the end of the year. Also, they might be waiting for the 4G networks to gain a larger market share as the next HTC tablet is said to feature LTE connectivity.

Finally, we also understood that HTC has big plans about integrating NFC in its smartphones, and it will be available on every one of their smartphones from Q3. Hopefully, the One X and One E will have it a few months in advance.

Special thanks to our kind tipsters!

Source 1 | Source 2 and GSM arena

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Some HTC to get Early Access Preview of ICS with sense 4.0





HTC is calling it a "Early Access Preview". Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4.0 will be in a type of beta test for a select 300 HTC Sensation and Sensation XE users.

Here is the deal, HTC is allowing a few hundred HTC Sensation and Sensation XE owners a trial run at the new Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4.0 operating systems before the official release, giving the HTC users a chance to test out the programing. 

HTC was quoted saying “HTC is doing something new and pretty cool in the coming days: we’ll be releasing an “early access preview” of our ICS upgrade for the Sensation and Sensation XE. This will be limited in scope (just a few hundred users and only in Europe) because we’re still scaling up back-end resources for general availability worldwide, and our hope is people will play with it and enjoy getting used to the ICS experience with Sense. We’ll be doing similar previews for other devices in the future, too.”

Hopefully, the United States HTC community will also get to test drive the new operating systems as well.

Source: Android Community and htcpedia.com

Android 5.0 Jelly Bean tipped for Q2 2012

Android 5.0 Jelly Bean may arrive as early as Q2 2012, supply chain sources claim, with Google apparently integratingChrome OS functionality for dual-boot tablets and netbooks. Those aren’t the search giant’s only dual-OS ambitions, however; insiders tell DigiTimes that Google is pushing Android 5.0 and Windows 8 hybrids to its manufacturing partners, for notebooks, netbooks and tablets that offer the best of both platforms.

Although Google is yet to comment significantly on whether Ice Cream Sandwich has met its expectations in the market, it’s clear that Android 4.0 is yet to gain a significant foothold. According to Google’s own stats, as of February 1 2012 only 1-percent of devices were running ICS, with the majority still on Android 2.3.x Gingerbread.
The dual-booting Android 5.0 Jelly Bean and Windows 8 machines will be able to hot-swap between the two platforms, the sources indicate, rather than demanding a reboot each time. That would give users the opportunity to use Android for its web-centric functionality and speed, while switching to Windows would offer the various legacy and business apps many users still demand. Update: It’s worth remembering that Microsoft’s Windows 8 hardware requirements apparently block second OS installation on ARM-based PCs by users, thanks to a locked Secure Boot system, though it’s unclear whether OEMs are permitted to do so before the hardware leaves the factory. [Thanks Richard!]
Google is supposedly seeing Android 5.0 as a second chance at the notebook and netbook markets, Chrome OS failing to grab attention as expected, though the tipsters warn that the response to Ice Cream Sandwich has left some partners “conservative” about the new platform.
Part of Google’s challenge is encouraging timely OS updates among vendors. Motorola revealed its timescale for upgrading US Android devices yesterday, with most not expected to see Ice Cream Sandwich until Q3 2012 or later.

Source and remix blog

Monday, 13 February 2012

HTC Sense 4.0 screenshots leak through Endeavor RUU

The folks at Android Central managed to get their hands on a RUU (ROM Update Utility) for the HTC Endeavor and extracted dozens of screenshots for the upcoming version of HTC's Android skin, Sense 4.0, which will be running on top of Ice Cream Sandwich.


Although we have seen Sense 4.0 once before in a video, these screenshots give a clearer view of the interface. What you see below are screenshots of some of the built-in themes in preview mode, where you can see how the homescreen, lockscreen and application screen will look like once the theme has been applied.



We can see that the lockscreen is almost identical to the present versions of Sense although you can change the look of the lock ring and the application icon background with different themes. We noticed that the font for the large clock strangely is not Roboto, even though the rest of the OS is using it.


The homescreen looks a bit different, due to the presence of a new dock at the bottom of the screen that houses shortcuts to applications, which is more functional that the current dock in HTC phones.
We think the new Sense 4.0 does look very nice. The lack of overly glossy surfaces also makes it look more mature and sophisticated. If at all we must have a custom skin running atop our Android devices, Sense 4.0 would probably be our first choice. And since it is unlikely that HTC will ever sell an Android phone without its custom skin, it's important for the skin to be good, which it seems it is. We just hope it won't take too much of a toll on the performance of the phone.
For more screenshots, you can check out the source link below. Also check out the video if you need a more in-depth but blurrier look at Sense 4.0

  


 









 


 





sourced from RCmix Blog