Saturday, 18 February 2012

HTC One V and XL could see the spotlight at MWC 2012

By on 07:49

Sources close to HTC have reportedly informed that HTC will be launching a third HTC One device, named V. The One V will be rocking Rhyme-like specs, namely a single-core 1 GHz processor with 1 gig of RAM, a 5 MP snapper with 720p video capture and Beats Audio branding and possibly goodies in the box. Powering the phone will be Android's latest version - ICS.
The One V is rumored to launch at the MWC in Barcelona this year alongside the One X (previously known as Endeavor) and the One S (possibly the Ville). The One X being a quad-core droid and the One S a dual-core one.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Google's Motorola acquisition finally approved

By on 18:04

Just as they said they would, the European Commission yesterday reviewed the case between Google and the mobile division of Motorola, and has cleared the merger. The Department of Justice's Antitrust Division followed suit close behind and dropped its investigation, effectively legalizing the deal in the United States. Both the EC and DoJ worked in close conjunction during their respective investigations, so it is no surprise that these announcements arrived so close together.

Motorola might show an Intel-powered droid at the MWC

By on 17:50

We've already seen the first phone powered by Intel's Medfield mobile x86 chipset and now rendered images of Motorola droid phone bring their promise of their own Medfield phone closer to reality.
Motorola announced they will be making an Intel-powered phones at CES and now rumor has it that we’ll see the first of those showcased at the next major tech event, the Mobile World Congress.

We don't know much about the phone aside that it will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (that will make it Moto's first phone with ICS out of the box) and that it will have interface customizations by Motorola.
The phone will reportedly have an instant-on feature (something along the lines of HTC's Fast Boot) and its camera will be capable of 15fps burst capture.

GPP SIM insert unlocks the AT&T iPhone 4S, no jailbreak needed

By on 17:49

The carrier-locked iPhones became a much lesser problem since the iPhone hit most of the major carriers worldwide. But there are those people who still buy foreign carrier-locked iPhone for various reasons. Most of the locked iPhones come from USA's AT&T, so the GPP SIM tool should be good news for those people.
The GPP SIM tool reportedly unlocks successfully every AT&T-bound iPhone 4S as well as the Japan's KDDI and Softbank iPhone 4S. As with similar solutions such as Gevey and RebelSIM, you just put your SIM along with the insert into the provided SIM tray

Monday, 13 February 2012

HTC Sense 4.0 screenshots leak through Endeavor RUU

By on 04:23

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

LG Optimus 3D 2 photo surfaces, some specs in tow

By on 04:12

The LG Optimus 3D was the star on the LG booth on last year's MWC and it appears its successor will be the key announcement this year. We just got the first photo of the LG Optimus 3D 2 and it's even garnished with some specs.
The LG Optimus 3D 2 will, reportedly, be using a higher resolution IPS screen than its predecessor. Given that this will be the company's next flagship, we are almost certain that it will feature the HD AH-IPS display we know from the LG Optimus LTE.
The Optimus 3D 2 is also said to be considerably slimmer than its predecessor at 9.8mm and at least 20 g lighter. Given that its chubby body was one of the main issues with the original Optimus 3D, this can only be good news for the LG Optimus 3D 2.
The MWC kicks off in exactly two weeks, so we should soon find out if those rumors are true soon enough.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Android Market gets Winamp Pro!

By on 07:02

Does anyone remember those days when we used to play music on our wonky speakers with just two programmes - Winamp and Windows Media Player? I am sure 90’s kids will understand what I am talking about. Winamp Pro is now available, for your Android Phone!

Nullsoft, who made the original Winamp, have hit the Android market with a Pro version of the Winamp music player. While some features remain the same, such as the 10-band equalizer, the homescreen is now customizable. Nullsoft has also added features such as Wireless syncing. Looking at the screenshots

Here are Buick’s smartphone games to encourage healthy fuel habits

By on 07:00

It seems making cars has gotten too boring and automakers want to dabble in smartphones now. After Nissan forayed into the smartphone category with its self-healing iPhone case, now its Buick’s turn. Buick, though has come out with a hidden motive, well it serves it purpose by giving you smartphone games that teach you to save fuel.
To be honest, Buick’s smartphone games are hardly expected to provide the adrenaline rush that comes from Need for Speed or Road rage. But that’s not the point. These are efficiency games that teach how to save fuel in which end up in saving the environment as well as a chunk of your money. And they are free for Android/iOS. The games promote Buick’s new models Regal and Lacrosse eAssist, while taking your mileage to the max.

Instagram for iOS updated to v2.1

By on 06:57

Instagram, which is the most popular photography and uploading app for iOS, having more than 15 million users worldwide has been updated to version 2.1 bringing in a new feature and a filter and also total haul to the user-interface making it more easy to use.

With this update, now Instagram users will be able to use a new feature namely the ‘Lux’. With Lux, users can make their photos more vibrant and bringing out details that are not visible before applying this feature. There is also an option to use it with a filter or without.

Nokia Lumia 800 sports two new colors in a commercial

By on 06:44

It looks like more colors are on the way for Nokia Lumia 800, following closely the white version, whichwe got to spend time with. The Windows Phone device showed up in red and green in a commercial for the Nokia BH-220 Bluetooth headset.
The colors are yet to be confirmed by Nokia, as the video cannot be found in the company's official YouTube channel. Check it out below.

HTC to announce the quad-core Endeavour at MWC?

By on 06:42

We received word of HTC's quad-core monster back in November and not much has changed, except for two key points.
Firstly the name, the device we've been calling the HTC Edge now looks to be adopting the name Endeavour and more importantly, the HTC Endeavour will make its first official appearance at MWC in the coming weeks.
Aside from the new name, the purported specs of the Endeavour remain unchanged with that all important quad-core Tegra 3 chip clocked at 1.5GHz powering a 4.7" 720p HD display, an 8MP camera complete with an f/2.2 lens and 1080p video capture capability.

LG Optimus Vu does a photo shoot alongside its biggest competitor

By on 06:32

In case LG Optimus Vu's teaser from a couple of days ago got you curious how a 4:3 aspect display might look like, we have some good news for you. A photo of the device has emerged, where you can see LG's upcoming phone/tablet pose next to its biggest competitor (or inspiration?) - the Samsung Galaxy Note.
As you can see from the photo above, the screen of the newcomer is wider than the unit of the Galaxy Note, despite its smaller diagonal - all thanks to its 4:3 aspect ratio.
A screenshot from the LG Optimus Vu from the same source hints at its software capabilities too. The phone will likely do some tricks, which will resemble the Samsung Galaxy Note's functionality.

Acer CloudMobile wins an award before its actual announcement

By on 06:30

Acer has found a curious way to create buzz around its upcoming CloudMobile Android smartphone. The yet to be announced handset has just won an iF design award for it looks.
We know little about the device's specs at this point. The Acer CloudMobile is said to feature a 4.3" HD screen, Dolby sound, and a body less than 10mm thick.
On the software side, the Acer CloudMobile is said to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. The device will also be the first to implement Acer's own cloud technology.
Expect to see Acer CloudMobile get unveiled at MWC later this month with retail availability scheduled for Q3 this year.