With Mobile World Congress just a few months away, rumors and news about HTC’s One X successor have started making an appearance on the Internet. @evleaks who is known for leaking information about unreleased devices has posted on UnwiredView, some of the specs about the One X’s successor, codename M7.
The M7 will sport a 4.7-inch display but with a whopping 1080p HD resolution. The display will be better than the SLCD2 display on the One X with better viewing angles, outdoor visibility and color accuracy. Internally, the M7 will be packing in a powerful 1.7GHz quad-core processor from Qualcomm, along with 2GB of RAM.
Like the One X, HTC will be marketing the M7 with the same tagline “Amazing Camera, Authentic Sound”. On the camera side, HTC will be using a 13MP sensor with F/2.0 and capable of recording videos in 1080p full HD. The camera on the front will be a 2MP wide-angle view like on the 8X. HTC will be retaining the Beats Audio branding on the M7, and will be using a dedicated Beats amplifier as featured on the HTC 8X.
The M7 will have the One X downsides – a sealed 2300mAh battery and “only” 32GB of internal storage. Apart from all the other usual features such as GPS, LTE, the M7 is also expected to boast support for the next-generation Wi-Fi standard – 802.11 ac. Considering that 802.11ac based Wi-Fi routers are not yet a commonplace, I doubt that the inclusion of a 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip on the M7 is true.
HTC is expected to unveil the successor to the One X at MWC in Barcelona next year.
Sony today provided Xperia owners an update on its Jelly Bean roll-out plans. First in line to get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update from Sony will be the Xperia T, Xperia TX and the Xperia V sometime in February or March.
The Xperia P, J and go are next in line and will get the update by the end of March. In the following weeks, the Xperia S, SL, Ion and acro S will get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.
Sony also confirmed that it will not be bringing Jelly Bean to its budget-oriented handsets including Xperia U, miro, tipo and Sola.
By the time Sony will start rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the Xperia T and other devices, Samsung and HTC would have already rolled out Android 4.2 to the Galaxy S3, Note 2 and the One X.
I am not sure what Sony is doing here, but if it takes you more than 7-8 months to roll-out an Android OS update for your devices, something is definitely wrong.
Sony has been supporting the Android community a lot recently by providing them with binary/blobs, free devices and more. This has made them a favorite among the Android community. However, until and unless Sony does something about its ridiculously slow Android updates roll-out times, the company will have a hard time surviving in the mobile industry with fierce competition.
iOS owners, here is some good news for you. Popular iOS game developer – Halfbrick – has put up a 24-hour sale for all its games on the iOS App Store. Halfbrick is known to have released some quality and popular games on the App Store including Fruit Ninja, Age of Zombies and Jetpack Joyride.
For the next 24 hours (around 20 hours now), the company has made all its game for the iPad and the iPhone available for free. Yep, that’s right!
Head over to the iOS App Store to download all the popular Halfbrick games for free. Links below -:
With the Holiday season approaching fast, expect more popular iOS apps and games to go on sale!
Some of the developers over at XDA forums have discovered a very serious security exploit in all Samsung devices powered by the Exynos 4xxx SoC. The exploit can allow a malicious app to easily root gain access to the RAM/physical memory of your device. This can lead to some serious implications including an app stealing all your data, or put your device in an endless reboot.
The list of affected devices include all Samsung devices powered by the Exynos 4 SoC including the Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3, international Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the Galaxy Note 10.1.
Many of the developers in the Android community have already informed Samsung about the exploit, and the company should hopefully come out with a fix soon.
The plus side of this exploit is that it also allows advanced users to gain root access to their Samsung device without using ODIN. Chainfire, a very renowned Android developer, has already released an APK – ExynosAbsue – that allows owners of affected devices to easily gain root access on their handset.
Supercurio, another popular Android developer, has released an APK that fixes this vulnerability. However, fixing the vulnerability might break the front camera on your device which might be a deal breaker for many.
Via – XDA
The CyanogenMod team has been hard at work on merging Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean with its sources. The team has been slowly adding all the features from CM10 to CM10.1, making sure they don’t cause any stability issues.
While unofficial CM10.1 builds for quite a few Android devices are available on XDA forums of the respective devices, the CyanogenMod team is going to make things easier for some of us. Beginning from today, the CyanogenMod team has started rolling out the official CM10.1 nightly builds for the Galaxy Nexus (GSM), Nexus 7 and the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity. The Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10 have already been enjoying official CM10.1 nightlies for sometime now.
Apart from adding more devices to their stable, the CM team is also working on adding more features to CM10.1. The team, recently, added the ability to customize the Quick Settings notification pane in CM10.1, making the feature much more useful.
Looking at the way the CM team is working, most of the devices that would be supported by CM10.1, should get official nightlies by Christmas.
Surprise surprise! The Nexus 4 16GB is finally “Sold Out” in the Play Store. Considering that the shipping times of the phone had reached an insane 7-8 weeks, I am surprised it took Google this long to put the “Sold Out” tag on the device back in the Play Store.
The 8GB variant of the Nexus 4 went out of stock last week, with the 16GB Nexus 7 also being “Sold Out” earlier this week. The Nexus 10 was also sold out briefly, before being back in stock again.
Even though the Nexus 4 16GB had insanely long shipping times before being sold out, some people actually got the handset inside 10 days, after canceling their original order and then re-ordering the handset again.
With both the storage variants of the Nexus 4 now sold out, there is no chance for potential buyers to get their hands on the handset before 2013 arrives, unless they are ready to pay some kind of premium and purchase it from the grey market at a higher price.
Ironically, the Nexus 4 is now available on Three UK’s network for 35 pounds/month.
Its raining Jelly Bean updates! After the One X, S3, and the Note 2, its time for the Motorola/AT&T Atrix HD to get some Jelly Bean love.
The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the ATRIX HD will bring with Google Now, an enhanced notification bar, Project Butter for a lag-free experience, improved battery life, enhanced Camera app with improved auto focus, filmstrip mode for the gallery and more.
Motorola has also included some of its own new features including Drive Smart with enhanced voice search, which lays special emphasis on texting and driving, and automatically sets the phone to auto-reply to calls and texts when the user is driving.
While Motorola has already started rolling out the update, it can take up to two weeks for the roll-out to be complete. If you own a ATRIX HD and cannot wait for the update, just head over to Settings -> About Phone and select the ‘Software Update’ option. Make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network before proceeding though, since the update is pretty hefty in size.
Via – AT&T
Google has just announced a massive list of new features and enhancements that it is bringing to Google+ and the mobile app for Android. Overall, Google is making 18 new changes that should please all G+ users out there.
For us Android lovers, the Google+ app will get a major update today that will bring support for animated GIFs, emoticons, birthday reminders in Google Now, a lock screen widget, the ability to subscribe to notifications from a circle or community, on-the-go profile editing and much more.
One of the biggest change for Android users is enhanced Instant Upload. Until today, Google+ Instant Uploaded resized images to 2048px with unlimited storage. Beginning from today though, users can upload full resolution pictures to Google+ with up to 5GB of free storage space. Apart from this, Android users running Android 2.2 or higher can now also view Photo sphere images right on their mobile device.
There are a bunch of other changes as well including improved Hangouts on Air experience, enhanced event planning and Hangouts.
Head over to Google’s official blog post for the full list of changes.
Hot on the heels of the Jelly Bean update for the One X, HTC and Sprint have started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 update for the EVO 4G LTE. Apart from bringing all the usual Jelly Bean goodness like enhanced notification bar, Project Butter, the update also brings Sense 4+. The latest version of Sense brings a slightly improved camera app, and toned down animations for an improved user experience.
Below is the full change-log from Sprint -:
– WiFi Authentication Improvement
– Personalized ringtones
– Calendar event description hyperlinks and calendar reminder improvements
– Addition of Sprint Connections Optimizer
– Upgrade to Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) with HTC Sense 4+
– Improved Browser performance
– Face Unlock Improvement
– Application Improvements to YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Maps, and more
– Improved Camera including Auto Portrait and Sightseeing Mode capabilities
– Improved Gallery with ability to display photos and video albums according to when or where taken
– Tap and Go function to connect the phone to select Beats Audio speakers
– HTC Get Started support to allow device set up from a computer
Since Sprint is rolling out the update in batches, it might not be available to all EVO 4G LTE owners immediately. However, users can manually pull the update from Sprint’s server by going to Settings -> About Phone and then selecting the Software Update option.
HTC has been having a hard time competing with Samsung and Apple in the mobile phone industry. The Taiwanese maker has consistently failed to come up with hero devices and has been diluting its brand by releasing too many devices, even though it promised otherwise.
However, it looks like things are changing for good for the company with the launch of the HTC J Butterfly in Japan. The Butterfly is the first Android smartphone to pack in a whopping 5-inch 1080p display. Other specs of the handset are top-notch as well including a quad-core Snapdragon Krait processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 8MP camera, and LTE.
HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou, commented that the J Butterfly has a huge demand in Japan and that the Taiwanese maker is working on making additional units of the handset available by December end.
“Based on our initial feedback, the phone has become very popular in Japan and we have been endeavoring to boost our shipments” said HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou.
The company also commented on its 2013 line-up of devices and stated that it is aiming to extend the life span of its flagship devices, whilst expanding the companies reach in the budget segment.
While Samsung and Apple will still continue to dominate the mobile industry for the foreseeable future, HTC might just bounce back and start making considerable amount of profit by the end of 2013.