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Android Jelly Bean: A look at how it became the champion we all wanted

Android Jelly Bean: A look at how it became the champion we all wanted The first time we saw Jelly Bean in any kind of official capacity was back in August of last year. The new Android iteration (4.1, to be exact) made a subtle appearance, popping up on less than 1% of Android devices. What it represented was an incremental step forward from Ice Cream Sandwich, with a bevy of little tweaks and improvements. The UI was enhanced, and Chrome replaced the “official” Android browser. Aside from those two changes, n...

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Update rolling out for AT&T’s Galaxy S4

Update rolling out for AT&T’s Galaxy S4 Update ahoy, AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 users! Coming hot on the heels of new software Samsung rolled out to German variants of the Snapdragon Galaxy S4 last week, the firmware update for the U.S. carrier contains a number of enhancements owners have been clamoring for, including (but not limited to) a reduced memory footprint and expandable app storage via SD card. The update also incorporates support framework for Samsung’s enterprise secu...

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Tiny Thief coming to Google Play on July 11th, first Rovio Stars game for Android

Tiny Thief coming to Google Play on July 11th, first Rovio Stars game for Android Back in May, Rovio announced plans to start publishing third party games alongside its own titles under a new brand, “Rovio Stars”. Apple iOS users have already seen the first fruit of this effort, Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage. Now it is Android’s turn. On July 11th, Tiny Thief (from 5 Ants) will arrive to Google Play. Tiny Thief is a puzzle game, but unlike Rovio’s usual offerings – it isn’t a physics-based title. Instead, th...

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New Floating Touch app brings Chat Heads-like experience to your settings

New Floating Touch app brings Chat Heads-like experience to your settings Let’s not beat around the bush here, Facebook Home was an awful idea. Who really wants a full-time Facebook experience? Not very many people we’d wager. Not everything about Facebook Home is horrible, however. In fact, Facebook’s “Chat Head” notifications have proven popular enough to see several unofficial spin offs including the Floating Notifications app and Paranoid Android’s HALO feature. Now comes something that takes the idea...

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Facebook Home continues to play catch up, now includes folders

Facebook Home continues to play catch up, now includes folders Facebook Home’s release will forever be known as one of the worst ones ever. To date, it carries a 2.9 rating in the Google Play Store despite having millions of downloads. It’s also been responsible for the swift death of the HTC First. However, it isn’t for a lack of trying. With this latest update, Facebook Home now includes folder support. We know what you’re thinking. Why is Facebook Home just now including features ...

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Twitter for Android gets an update, now supports direct message syncing

Twitter for Android gets an update, now supports direct message syncing Don’t you just hate when you read a Twitter direct message on your PC, only to find that your tablet or phone still has the same message marked as unread? Okay, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s still a minor annoyance. The good news is that Twitter is rolling out a new Android app, alongside a new cross platform sync feature that ensures that if you read messages on one device, it shows up as read on all your other devices/platforms...

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Three fixes for some annoying “features” in WhatsApp

Three fixes for some annoying “features” in WhatsApp WhatsApp is one of the more popular chat services available for mobile devices. It's cross-platform, easy to use and set-up, and a great way to stay in touch with friends and family. Today, we delve a little into the workings behind the popular App and bring you three fixes to some annoying "features" that the app has. WhatsApp may be ridiculously popular, but there's always room for improvement. / ...

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The best cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4! (video)

The best cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4! (video) The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most highly anticipated devices of the year, and it’s probably one of the more expensive ones out there, especially if you pay for it outright. Most people like to protect their investments, and in this context, you do that by purchasing a case. Now, there are a lot of cases out there, making it hard to choose which one is right for you. So we’re going to show you some of the best ones available, t...

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New Kindle Fire line will bring better resolutions, “chiseled” design, at the same price tag

New Kindle Fire line will bring better resolutions, “chiseled” design, at the same price tag There’s nothing particularly exciting in this leak from BGR, but it’s still nice to get some confirmation on our educated guesses. Here’s the run down – the folks at BGR claim that Amazon will launch its newest generation of Kindle Fires sometimes in autumn, probably in September, the same time of the year when the 2012 launched. The base model, the $159 Kindle Fire, will feature an improved display, with a resolution of 1280...

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HTC One on sale for just $49.99 from Amazon

HTC One on sale for just $49.99 from Amazon There’s certainly plenty of choice if you’re in the market for a new high end smartphone right now, especially considering that the Google Edition HTC One and Galaxy S4 are now shipping out. But if you’re on the hunt for a really good deal, then perhaps this is the one for you. Amazon has lowered the price on both its AT&T and Sprint subsidized HTC One’s, knocking the price tags down to just $49.99 when you sign up for a two year con...

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MIUI v5 now available for the HTC One

MIUI v5 now available for the HTC One Last week, we did a little write-up on the various custom ROMs available and which one you should be choosing based on what you wanted to get out of them. One of the ROMs that we highlighted was MIUI, a ROM that completely changes the look of Android. Well, HTC One users, you can rejoice today, as MIUI v5 is now available for your device. ...

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Switch: Sense 5 and Pure Android on a HTC One

Switch:  Sense 5 and Pure Android on a HTC One You know what? Sometimes I'm really torn between whether I want to be running a pure Android experience or using one of the manufacturers ROMs. In some respects, the Sense 5 does have some pretty interesting and useful features that I like to use, as does pure Android. Well, with Switch, you now can have both systems running in parallel on your HTC One device and can flip-flop between both with ease. Sense 5 or pure Android? Why not both? / ...

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Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5 arrives on the HTC Butterfly

Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5 arrives on the HTC Butterfly After the odd hint and rumor, HTC has finally released its Sense 5 update for its popular Butterfly handset. This update has been expected for quite a while, we initially heard about a possible Sense 5 update coming to the One X, One X+, One S, and Butterfly all the way back in February. But sadly there’s a catch, and a pretty big one at that, the update is currently only available in Taiwan, it hasn’t yet made its way to the US Droid DNA ver...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active now on sale in the UK, prices start at £495 sim-free

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active now on sale in the UK, prices start at £495 sim-free If you’re in need of a more rugged smartphone to suit your lifestyle, but still want some top of the line hardware specs, then the Galaxy S4 Active might give you everything you need. The handset is now on sale in the UK, sim-free, with prices starting at £465 from Unlocked Mobiles, and the high-street retailer Carphone Warehouse is stocking the smartphone for £530 online. Amazon is by far the most expensive seller that I’ve seen so far, ...

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Press shots for the ZTE U988S leak, unveil the world’s first Tegra 4-powered smartphone

Press shots for the ZTE U988S leak, unveil the world’s first Tegra 4-powered smartphone It has been a little over six months since Nvidia unveiled its next-gen Tegra 4 processor. While we were genuinely impressed with its performance and especially its monster 72-core GPU, it seems smartphone OEMs were not as impressed, as most of them opted for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 and 800 series. So while we’ve seen a few tablets featuring the Nvidia Tegra 4, we hadn’t seen a smartphone unveiled with the processor. That is until now, a...

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The Moto X’ Clear Pixel camera could feature a RGBW sensor

The Moto X’ Clear Pixel camera could feature a RGBW sensor According to Taylor Wimberley, the founder of Android and Me and a person that leaked stuff from Google’s kitchen before, the upcoming Moto X will feature a Clear Pixel camera. Wimberley revealed the info on Google Plus, and, when asked what Clear Pixel actually is, he said “It means ‘dark, blurry pics and lack of details’ will be things of the past…” That certainly sounds exciting. Low light photography has always been the Achil...

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Why can't leakers take decent quality pics?

Why can't leakers take decent quality pics? So we've just seen new leaked pictures of the upcoming Moto X front screen cover, which is hardly anything to get excited about, but at least the images are in focus. And they are Pulitzer winners compared to the appalling new picture of the LG G2 which looks like it was taken on the first phone camera ever released, and through a fishbowl at that. Is this the worst leak picture you've ever seen? / ...

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Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One handsets are now shipping

Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One handsets are now shipping Here’s some good news if you’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of your new smartphone, the Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One handsets have begun shipping out from Google, right on schedule. If you pre-ordered one, then you should receive an email with a tracking number sometime today. As you probably already know, the Google Edition versions of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One are pretty much just stock Android versions of these flags...

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Motorola’s PRIP push-to-talk service launches in the US

Motorola’s PRIP push-to-talk service launches in the US Credit: Ubergizmo Motorola has now officially launched its PRIP service in the US in conjunction with NII Holdings, and it’s now available for downloaded from the Google Play Store. Motorola’s push-to-talk service was already available in Mexico, Brazil, and across Latin America, so now US users can connect to the 11 million subscribers already connected to the service. For those of you know don’t know about PRIP, Motorola Mobility’...

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8 distinct Galaxy Note 3 model numbers spotted online

8 distinct Galaxy Note 3 model numbers spotted online A wild rumor made the rounds through the blogosphere yesterday, sparked by a report in the Korean publication ETNews. According to the report, Samsung is preparing no fewer than four distinct variants of the Galaxy Note 3, including a “limited edition” premium variant with an unbreakable display, an AMOLED version, an LCD version, and an LCD version with an 8MP camera. Now, several model numbers have been spotted online, which may or may not...

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Moto X event denied by Motorola, apparently nothing scheduled for July 11

Moto X event denied by Motorola, apparently nothing scheduled for July 11 Rumored to be officially unveiled on July 11, the Moto X will not be the star of that particular event, as Motorola apparently denied the meeting with the press. A few days ago we heard that a Moto X announcement could arrive on July 10-11, which is when select media members will attend some sort of special gathering. Then, we heard that the Moto X will not attend the event, and that instead Motorola will announce something else – presumably t...

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Galaxy Tab 3 series released in the US

Galaxy Tab 3 series released in the US Samsung has just released the Galaxy Tab 3 series in the US. The range comes in standard 7.0'', 8.0'' and 10.1'' screen sizes and the new tabs are set for release from Samsung's web store on July 19th (Amazon and Best Buy have them ready to ship already). The 8.0'' and 10.1'' come rocking Android 4.2 straight out of the box, but for some reason the 7.0'' only boasts Jelly Bean 4.1. ...

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Jelly Bean overtakes Gingerbread to become most popular Android version in use today

Jelly Bean overtakes Gingerbread to become most popular Android version in use today Jelly Bean now used on just under 38% of active Android devices. The latest set of numbers showing which versions of Android are actually being used in the real world have been published by Google. The new data shows that Android 4.x, which includes Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly bean, runs on over 61 percent of devices, while Jelly Bean itself (Android 4.1 and Android 4.2) runs on just under 38 percent of devices. This is the first time that Jelly...

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Android 4.3 Google Play edition OS version ported to Sony Xperia Z

Android 4.3 Google Play edition OS version ported to Sony Xperia Z The leaked Android 4.3 Jelly Bean version has been successfully ported to Sony’s flagship smartphone, although the port is still in beta. Xperia Z owners that are confident enough to perform the installation can head on to xda-developers (links at the end of the post) and read more details about this Android 4.3 ROM made for their handset by Taylor Swift. As always, we don’t encourage you to install custom software on your devices, and you&#...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Burst Into Flames While Charging

Samsung Galaxy S4 Burst Into Flames While Charging It seems that modern day smartphones are a fire hazard all by themselves - although the number of spontaneously combusting handsets are far and few in between, but cases of exploding phones have been reported in the past, and it looks like the buck will not stop anytime soon. The first reported case of a Samsung Galaxy S4 catching fire has happened in the UAE, but thankfully, no one was injured in the incident. Am I a hot phone or what? / ...

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Sprint Galaxy S4 update available, brings apps-to-SD card installs and Knox support

Sprint Galaxy S4 update available, brings apps-to-SD card installs and Knox support Sprint is apparently rolling out a Galaxy S4 update that brings some new features including Samsung Knox support but also the ability to move apps to the microSD card. The update comes about a month after the European Galaxy S4 has been similarly updated – although Knox support was not part of that particular software release. The Sprint Galaxy S4 (SPH-L720) update should be available over-the-air (OTA) to users that still run the default firm...

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Sprint Galaxy S4 OTA Update Brings Samsung Knox And App To SD Support

Sprint Galaxy S4 OTA Update Brings Samsung Knox And App To SD Support Sprint has a new 357MB Over The Air (OTA) update for the Galaxy S4 which will deliver Samsung Knox support as well as the freedom for you to transfer apps over to the SD card on the spot, and you can check out some of the new changes in the story right after the jump. This is definitely a welcome update (version MF9), so what are you waiting for? Hopefully the other mobile carriers in the US will follow suit soon, too. (This is a preview - cli...

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Android bug that affects 99% of devices detailed

Android bug that affects 99% of devices detailed The specifics of the widespread Android bug we previously reported on have, since security firm Bluebox revealed its existence to the developer community earlier this week, remained mired in mystery. It was understood that a malicious application could abuse Android’s signing mechanism – the operating system’s safeguard against infectious apps purporting to be legitimate – to pass as an APK update from Google, Samsung, or any num...

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