Samsung Galaxy S3 Test Unit Shows Itself On Video; Packs In A 1.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

With just over 2 weeks left for the Galaxy S III to be announced, the leaks for the handset are getting better and better. Samsung has heavily guarded the look of the Galaxy S III, and thus even leaked pictures of the handset do not provide much information about its final looks.

Today’s leak comes from the folks over at, who managed to get their hands on an engineering sample of the Galaxy S III. They even posted a detailed video review of the handset, before pulling it subsequently. Below is the video that the folks over at had uploaded -:


From the video, it is clear that the Samsung Galaxy S III will come with a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor, an ARM-Mali 400MP GPU (same as Galaxy S2), 1GB of RAM, a 4.6-inch screen with 720p resolution and on-screen navigation buttons like on the Galaxy Nexus. At the back of the handset is an 8MP camera, with a slightly larger sensor and an LED flash. The S3 will come with a massive 2050mAh battery, which will also include the NFC chip of the handset like in the Galaxy Nexus.

While the specs of the S3 look impressive, it would be interesting to see the final retail design of the handset. It would be interesting to see what surprises Samsung has in store for us for its event in London scheduled on May 3rd.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive–Tentative Concept Art and Map List Leak

Counter Strike: Global Offensive is the newest planned Counter Strike game that aims to completely revamp the series from its somewhat outdated setting and places and bring it back into modern day insurgency and counter insurgency skirmishes in and around the world. Valve is looking to add new factions and weaponry as well as new locations for players to battle out in teams in what was arguably the most played team FPS game before Team Fortress 2 became free to play.

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Steam Community user 12and4, while poking around with the CS:GO code found a bunch of unusual strings such as this:-

gungame classic gungametrbomb gungameselect gungameprogressive pro competitive casual de_shorttrain de_stmarc de_quarter de_sugarcane de_lighthouse de_safehouse de_generator de_freight de_docks de_depot de_club de_bank de_lake gs_baggage ar_shoots ar_monastery ar_baggage de_vertigo de_balkan de_prodigy de_nuke de_inferno de_dust2 de_dust de_aztec cs_office cs_italy cs_assault

To fans of Counter Strike the map codes of two letters (signifying demolition or counter-strike) followed by a name, quite a few of these names (such as ar_shoots, de_balkan or de_freight) must be new, as are the two-letter codes of ar and gs. In addition, it also has icons for the Xbox 360 controller buttons such as X and Y as well as RB and LB – for tutorial use or something similar, we think.

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In addition, 12and4 also extracted a bunch of images from CS:GO (the matchmaking.dll file) and uploaded all of these to MediaFire. A lot of the images are icons for achievements while a good few are concept images for locations as well as factions. Interestingly, there are concept arts for both male and female soldiers from a faction and a lot of new factions. The new factions included are:-

Pirate (Somalian Pirate, that is, not the Capt. Jack Sparrow variety)
Cultural Revolutionaries

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In the immortal words of [some anonymous GIF file captioner] “Dis gon’ b gud!”

Motorola Droid Razr Android 2.3.6 Software Update Leaks

The folks over at DroidRzr have managed to get their hands on an upcoming Android 2.3.6 update for the Verizon Droid RAZR. It is not yet confirmed whether the update is an upcoming official one, or an internal test build.


Nevertheless, the leaked update does bring in quite a lot of changes, which many Droid RAZR owners will appreciate. Apart from the minor bump in the Android version, the update also improves the overall performance and stability of the phone. Some of the icons have also been changed in the update, and have been given a colourful treatment. The build also includes a new radio, which according to many Razr owners, has improved the 3G/4G download/upload and the 3G to 4G hand-off. The web browser and the WebTop also feel much faster and smoother.

Razr owners who are interested in installing this leaked build on their phone should keep in mind that it breaks root access. So, make sure you use Voodoo OTA Rootkeeper before installing this leaked update. The download link and installation instructions for the leaked update can be found here.

HP TouchPad Go Marketing Material Materializes, You Still Can’t Have One

HP pulled the plug on webOS, completely liquidated the TouchPad in a fire sale and has been flopping around like a fish out of water when it comes to their CEO, but that’s not a big deal – the previously leaked TouchPad Go was ready to go to market. At least that’s what the product marketing slides and renders indicate.

PreCentral has been given official internal-use only documentation from the TouchPad Go. The images show off the hardware and design surrounding the 7″ little brother to the original TouchPad. Instead of cheap shiny plastic, the Go has a soft-touch rubbery coating, metal buttons replace the plastic chrome ones, and of course it’s in an entirely smaller package.

The regular bundle of ports, connectivity and buttons aside, there are very few changes to the aesthetics. The TouchPad Go adds a 5 megapixel camera to the rear of the tablet, manages to enable GPS for location-awareness, and also packs the newer induction coil that allows for both wireless charging and touch-to-share with the HP Veer or Pre 3. The rear camera is capable of shooting HD video (likely 720) and the measly 1.3 megapixel front-facer is best left for video chatting via Skype or Google Talk.

Chances that consumers will ever get their hands on the TouchPad Go are extremely slim. Many folks are already chomping at the bit to get Android on their TouchPads and with the recent push to smaller tablets, it’s a real shame that the TouchPad Go is unlikely to ever see shelves, even for another fire sale.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

The Samsung Galaxy S was one of the most popular Android phones in 2010. The handset sold in excess of 10 million units, before being succeeded by the almighty Samsung Galaxy S II. Most SGS owners, and Samsung haters, usually crib about the poor software support from the Korean company.


While the U.S. versions of Galaxy S are still stuck on Android 2.2 FroYo, the European version has been rocking Android 2.3.3 since March, this year. The Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3.4 based firmware leaked a couple of months ago, and now the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread firmware for the handset has leaked online. The leak comes courtesy of SamFirmware and the Darky ROM team.

The Android 2.3.5 update was only rolled out to the Sprint’s Nexus S 4G. Other Nexus S variants got the Android 2.3.6 update after a couple of weeks. The Android 2.3.5 update mainly fixed some network and NFC related issues on the Nexus S 4G.

While there are no visible changes in the leaked firmware, the phone does feel smooth. There are some new system fonts, and some of the system files have been updated, and that’s about it. The Quadrant score on the leaked firmware (JVS) is around the 19xx range. Interested Galaxy S owners can download the leaked firmware from here.

HTC Runnymede 2 Outed; Boasting ‘Beats’

Well it looks as if the Runnymede 2 will be one of the many devices that HTC will be pushing featuring ‘Beats by Dre’. The partnership, which was announced in the beginning of August, is shaping up to be much more than HTC simply slapping a pair of earphones and ‘Beats’ stickers into a box.While the Runnymede 2 is purported to ship with a set of over-the-ear headphones, it will also be powered by “SRS surround sound with acoustic performance tuned by Beats”. In addition to local storage of 16GB or 32GB, the Runnymede 2 will have access to HTC Listen, which is an on-device digital download store with access to movies and music. According to the leaked documentation, the Runnymede 2 continues the Android tradition of equipping a Qualcomm Snapdragon – clocked at 1.5GHz. A large 4.7″ 800×480 and 1.3 megapixel camera sit on the front of the single-slab aluminum phone.

Pricing for the Runnymede 2 hovers around the regular £499/599 mark for the 16/32GB models, both of which include the iconic Beats Solo headset. Although the Runnymede 2 seems to be a regular phone in HTC’s timeline, the Taiwanese company is taking the initiative and branding the new device with Beats. HTC’s ‘Beats by Dre’ product marketing will hopefully serve as clear differentiator when it comes to selecting an Android-powered phone, which some see to be a serious issue.

Via AndroidGuys

Samsung Galaxy S II Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks; Brings GTalk With Video-Calling Capability

In the world of Samsung based Android phones, firmware leaks are a very common sight. The Android 2.2 FroYo and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware for Samsung phones like the Galaxy S, Galaxy Ace, Epic 4G and the Captivate leaked online, nearly a month before its official release. In fact, the Gingerbread update for the Ace, Epic 4G and the Captivate is yet to go online!

Now, it was only a matter of time before an Android 2.3.4 based firmware leaked online for Sammy’s latest flagship handset the Galaxy S II. Yesterday, a new firmware (KG1) for the Galaxy S II leaked online, and is based on Android 2.3.4.

Apart from a minor bump in the Android OS version, the firmware also includes GTalk with video chat capability. The leaked firmware also includes a new baseband/modem, which has definitely improved the network reception for me.


Many SGS2 owners expected that the Android 2.3.4 firmware will squash the high battery drain caused at idle, by the Android OS and the Android System process. Even though the drain caused by the Android OS/Android System process has gone down noticeably, they still drain quite a lot of battery.


SGS2 owners, who are interested in flashing this leaked ROM on their handset, can do so by following the instructions stated here. Keep in mind that flashing the de-odexed firmware will make the web browser slow and jerky.

Samsung Galaxy S L (I9003) Android 2.3 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

This month, a lot of firmware for different Galaxy branded handsets have leaked on the Internet, thanks to the folks over at SamFirmware.

Now, the SamFirmware guys have done it again, and managed to get their hands on a bunch of Android 2.3.3 firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S L. Apparently, one of the leaked firmware is based on Android 2.3.4, but sadly does not come with a video chat compatible version of Google Talk.



The Samsung Galaxy S L is a toned down version of the Galaxy S, with an 4-inch S-LCD screen, an OMAP processor, PowerVR SGX530GPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. The handset is only available in select regions of the world including India and Russia. It is a pretty popular handset, and is one of the best mid-range Android handset available at the moment.

Now, Samsung Galaxy S L (I9003) owners, who flashed the firmware on their handset, are reporting an improved system performance and stability, along with a noticeable increase in battery life.

Galaxy S L owners, who are interested in flashing this ROM on their handset, should head over to this link to download the firmware.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G and Epic 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

A few days ago an Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware for the AT&T branded Samsung Captivate leaked on the Internet.

Today, Gingerbread firmware for two U.S. variants of the Galaxy S have leaked on the Internet. One of them is the T-Mobile Galaxy S 4G, and the other one is the Sprint’s Epic 4G. This time also, the credit for the leak goes to the folks over at


Galaxy S 4G owners over at XDA forums, who flashed this firmware on their phone, are reporting an improvement in performance and stability of the phone. There are also reports of huge improvement in battery life, with a little bit of tweaking like freezing all the bloat ware etc.

The Epic 4G Gingerbread leak solves most of the graphical issues which was present in the previous leaked Gingerbread firmware. There is also an improvement in performance compared to the previous leak. However, there is a lag of 2-3 seconds while rotating the phone from portrait to landscape mode or vice-versa.

Epic 4G users are also reporting an improvement in network reception, and data transfer speed. This leaked firmware also includes the latest version of Swype (v3), along with TeleNav navigation app.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G owners should head over to this link to download the leaked firmware, while Epic 4G owners need to click here.

Samsung Captivate Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

Samsung released the Android 2.2 FroYo update for the Galaxy S in October, last year. However, it was only at the beginning of this year that the Samsung Galaxy S variants in the U.S got the Android 2.2 Froyo update.

Recently, Sammy started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S and other Galaxy branded devices over the different regions of the world. However, Samsung did not mention anything whether the various Galaxy S variants in the U.S will get the Gingerbread love or not.


Now, the folks over at SamFirmware have managed to get their hands on not one, but two, Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread based firmware for the AT&T version of the Galaxy S the Samsung Captivate. One firmware (I897UCKF1) carries the build date of June 8th, while the second one (I897UCKE3) has a recent build date of June 26.

The carriers in the U.S. are evil about rolling out Android updates. They play a major role in delaying Android updates of various handsets, and if they do, load it up with lots of bloat ware. While this firmware leak confirms that the Captivate will get the Gingerbread update, don’t expect the update to land anytime soon.