October 31, 2012

Samsung Announces Galaxy Premier In Russia, Ukraine

We’ve heard a lot about the Samsung GT-I9260 and up until a point we were quite certain that this device will be the next Nexus. Thing became clear that LG was the preferred Google OEM for this year and the I9260 got a name: Galaxy Premier. It has been now officially announced in Russia, with other markets joining soon.
We’re looking at an improved Galaxy Nexus with a Galaxy S III- and Note II-like design. There’s no info on the SoC inside it but according to reports it might be a 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470 aided by the PowerVR SGX 544 GPU. Other, confirmed, specs include a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, eight-megapixel main shooter, 1.9-megapixel webcam, HSPA+ or LTE radio capability depending on the region, 8- and 16GB internal storage flavors with microSD expansion slot, NFC, 2100mAh battery and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.
Roll out will start next month in Russia and Ukraine and will go for 5555 Ukrainian grivnas (around $679). Other regions will follow.
Source: Samsung Ukraine
Via: MobilTelefonSammyHub
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Google Sold Almost Three Million Nexus 7 Tablets To Date, Says Asus Exec

Google introduced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on June 27 and since they usually unveil a new platform version with some sort of hardware, this year it was the Asus-made Nexus 7, the popular pure-Android seven-inch tablet. We knew the slate was popular but we didn’t know exactly just how popular since we haven’t seen any official numbers from Google.
We might have an idea about that now, thanks to Asus’ CFO David Chang, who unveiled, after the company’s third-quarter call, that “at the beginning, it was, for instance, 500K units a month, then maybe 600, 700K. This latest month, it was close to 1 million”. Adding all those numbers up we calculated a figure of around 2.8 million (averaging in at 700,000 units per month) and if the trend is continuing to grow they will sell close to five million units in total by the end of the year.
While this number is definitely something to applaud knowing the Nexus status of the tablet, Apple has managed to sell 14 million iPads in the last quarter alone. We are eagerly waiting for initial pre-order numbers for the iPad mini — since it sold out rather quickly — you know, just to see a comparison since Apple did that at the keynote.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
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Android 4.2 Stock Keyboard Now Available For Download, Unofficially

One of the new enhancements we saw yesterday with the launch of Android 4.2 is the fact that Google has implemented gesture functionality into the keyboard. I know many of you already know what that is through the Swipe keyboard, but Google has actually taken it to a whole new level of instant prediction. The problem is obviously the fact that you were limited to using it only if you have Android 4.2, and you guessed it, nobody does yet. Now if you want to give this keyboard a try, it’s already available for download under two scenarios:
Scenario 1: If your device is not rooted, but you have the stock Android keyboard either active or disabled by your OEM (Motorola for example), you simply download the .APK file and install it. Obviously this requires that you allow the installation of apps from unknown sources in your device’s settings. Worse case scenario is that the app simply won’t install if you don’t meet any of the criteria, so our advice is that you try this first. Sadly though, if you’re not running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or above, this won’t work. Download – Android 4.2 Keyboard APK
Scenario 2: If scenario 1 doesn’t work, you would have to flash the keyboard onto your device. Obviously this requires a Rooted phone, and well, worse case scenario is actually worse if something goes wrong. If you’re up to it, download – Android 4.2 Keyboard Flashable ZIP
We haven’t personally given it a try yet, but be sure to share your impressions in the comments if it works for you and what device you tried it with.
Via: Android Spin
Source: AndroidPolice
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October 30, 2012

Ballmer: four million Windows 8 upgrades in four days

Greetings in beautiful, gray Redmond, WA. What better time to kick off year's Build event at the Microsoft campus than four days after the launch of Windows 8? CEO Steve Ballmer started the developer-centric event off with a nice little number: four million. According to the enthusiastic exec, that's the number of Windows 8 upgrades MS has seen in the four days since launch -- and there's certainly a lot of excitement around the operating system this tent full of developers.
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Oh God, ZTE U950 Is a Super Cheap Quad-Core Phone For Less Than $160

Here’s a good news for all consumers. ZTE just launched the cheapest quad-core phone named ZTE U950. It packs a 1.3GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor pairs with 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory, a 5.0 MP rear shooter (support 1080p video recording), a 0.3 megapixel front-facing cam, a 2,000 mAh battery and Android 4.0 ICS. But the down side is, it only comes with a 4.3-inch display with 800×480 resolution. Check out more info after the break.
ZTE U950’s Specs
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Beidou’s homepage
ZTE U950 is made by a third-tier smartphone manufacturer called “Beidou xiao lajiao (北斗小辣椒)”. Beidou first gained popularity by selling a 699 yuan (US$113) dual-core phone, which had already sold out 100,000 units. In the meanwhile, the company also planned to launch a 999 yuan (US$160) quad-core phone and seems like that’s ZTE U950. If you’re interested in ZTE U950, pre-order starts today in China. Those who register now will be eligible to order on 11 Nov and the phone will ship on the 15th Nov. ZTE does not have any plan to sell the smartphone outside China.
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ZTE U950’s Pre-order Page
ZTE U950
Huawei also launched a budget-friendly quad-core phone in Beijing Yesterday — the $305 Huawei Honor II. Originally, we thought Huawei Honor II would be the cheapest quad-core phone of this year, but apparently now ZTE U950 has stolen the title. But noted, Huawei Honor II has far better hardwares and good Android customization. Check out our review on Huawei Honor II here.
Source: 139shop, Tompda (Chinese Translated)
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The Nexus 4: Google's flagship phone lands November 13th for $299

Gallery Photo: Nexus 4 hands-on photos
Google's has officially announced the Nexus 4, the latest phone in its Nexus line of flagship Android devices. Built by LG, the phone features a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor — which Google claims is the fastest on the market — an 8 megapixel camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and up to 16GB of storage. Oh, and the back is made of glass — etched, layered glass that sparkles with a strange, almost holographic depth.
The executive vibe is balanced nicely by the playfulness of the back
Not much of that should be surprising, as the phone had been thoroughly leaked around the web in the past few weeks. What is surprising is how much better it all looks in person. Compared to the LG Optimus G, which shares many of the same components, it's no contest — the Nexus 4 is a far nicer piece of hardware. It feels weighty and high-end, and the tight construction combined with the soft-touch plastic on the sides and chrome edging give it a solidly executive vibe — a vibe that's balanced nicely by the playfulness of Disco City on the back.
The device will sell for $299 with 8GB of storage, or $349 with 16GB. A T-Mobile version will sell unlocked for $199 on a two-year contract. Alongside the improved screen and faster CPU, the Nexus 4 has 2GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth, and built-in compatibility with Google's latest accessory, the Wireless Charging Orb — an inductive charging dock. The phone also houses a sizable 2100 mAh battery, which the company claims will get you about 10 hours of talk time.
There's no LTE here
All that battery life would be great if the device was sporting LTE radios — but it is not. Google has decided to forgo stricter carrier partnerships in the US, which for now means that the company will only offer the device as an unlocked HSPA+ phone. That's a bit of a crushing blow to many, who expected Google's next flagship phone to go toe-to-toe with the iPhone 5 and the latest crop of Windows Phone devices.
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Nexus 4 vs. iPhone 5 - spec shoot-out

Android Central
We've lined up the Samsung Nexus 10 with the latest and greatest tablets out there, but how does the LG Nexus 4 compare to its competition? Of course we line up the Nexus 4 against other big-name Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X, but the iPhone 5 is probably the more interesting comparison. Windows Phone fans can also see how their Nokia Lumia 920 shapes up, and BlackBerry? Well... We'll have to wait until early next year to find out.
The Nexus 4 beats out the iPhone 5 in screen resolution, and only at a slight cost to pixel density. On local storage, the iPhone 5 has a bit of a lead; neither support microSD, and Apple's offering additional 32 GB and 64 Gb denominations. The iPhone 5 also takes the lead in cellular connectivity thanks to LTE. The iPhone 5 is slimmer, lighter, and has a smaller overall footprint, though the LG Nexus 4 has a significantly bigger battery, plus that cool inductive charging technology and NFC.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is certainly looking nice, though we'll have to reserve judgment until we really get our hands on it. On paper, the LG Nexus 4 has an uphill battle, but we all know that phones are more than a spec sheet. How all of the device's disparate parts come together will be what really counts, and we'll be finding out .
Is anyone sold on the Nexus 4? What should LG and Google have included that is noticeably absent? How does it shape up against the other Android smartphones out there?
via: iMore
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Huawei Shows Off The Honor 2 With 1.4Ghz Quad-Core And 2GB of RAM

Huawei has been steadily increasing its high-end offerings for the last year or so, and their latest offering is the top-of-the-line Honor 2. Last year's model gets upgraded in just about every possible way, starting with Huawei's own quad-core K3 V2 processor clocked at a blistering 1.4Ghz. Pair that with 2GB of RAM and you've got potent hardware in anybody's money... though to put down a pre-order, you'll need some yuan. Pre-orders for the Honor 2 in China will begin later this week, with a price of 1888 CNY, or about $302.
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In addition to those high-class innards, the Honor 2 uses a 4.5-inch 720p IPS screen, fitting in just below other flagships. Storage is a rather cramped 8GB, but luckily you can expand on the cheap via a MicroSD card slot. Perhaps most important is the 2,230mAh battery, which Huawei claims will last 72 hours on a single charge. The back camera is 8MP with 1080p capture, while the front is currently unspecified.  The company isn't saying what version of Android they're using, but it looks like it's at least 4.0 with the rather light in-house skin and capacitive buttons.  Huawei has been surprisingly good about updating its hardware, at least overseas.
Those of you in the western hemisphere, don't hold your breath for the Huawei Honor 2 any time soon. While the company's high-end offerings are doing well in China and greater Asia, and even gaining traction in Europe, we've seen little to no interest from carriers in the Americas.
Huawei - Honor 2 (Chinese)
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Amazon attacks Apple on its homepage, compares the Kindle Fire HD to the iPad Mini

The 7-inch tablet wars just got serious. After the Nexus 7 got compared (in what I think were less than key areas) to the iPad Mini at the Apple’s event last week, now Amazon has flexed its muscle, pitting its Kindle Fire HD against the iPad Mini on its very homepage.

The online retailer has put up a big ad right on its homepage saying “Much more for much less” and made a comparison of its own 7-inch Kindle Fire HD against the iPad Mini, highlighting the display resolution, pixels per inch and most importantly – the price.
Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos looks eager not to allow Apple to steal its thunder right before the holiday Christmas season and, as demonstrated above, is prepared to do what it takes. Samsung did a similar trick with its Tab series of tablets once highlighting how its products compare to to the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s tablets, and later against the iPad 3
Source | Via
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Google officially unveils the Samsung Nexus 10 tablet

The cat's out of the bag and the Google Nexus 10 manufactured by Samsung is now official.
Undoubtedly, the most prominent feature of the slate is its 10.1" display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. This makes for a pixel density of 300ppi, beating (at least on paper) Apple iPad 3's 9.7 inch display with 1536 x 2048 resolution and 264 ppi pixel density.
Under the hood the Nexus 10 packs Samsung's Exynos 5 chipset with a two Cortex-A15 cores running at 1.7GHz, a quad-core Mali T-604 GPU and 2GB of RAM. We already found out that the Exynos 5 is a beast of a chip in benchmarks, so we have no doubt it'll absolutely fly with the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which the slate is running.
According to Google the battery is capable of delivering 9 hours of continuous video playback. Unfortunately, Google hasn't yet disclosed the battery's capacity.
The Nexus 10 will be available on November 13 on the Google Play store in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan. The 16GB version will retail for $399, while the 32GB edition will go for $499.
Check out the promo video Google released for its refreshed Nexus lineup.
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October 28, 2012

Seemingly Final Nexus 4 Render Leaks, Actually Looks Real This Time

OK, OK... we've seen it before. And before that. And before that. But, it's the new Nexus phone, and we want to see as much of it as we can before the official announcement on Monday. Thanks to @evleaks, we have what seems to be a final render of the device, and this time it doesn't appear to be running a custom ROM.
And there you have it - the Nexus 4 in all of its glory. Again. It looks like, well, what we expected it to look like given the fact that we've already seen it roughly a dozen times. Now let's just hope we can officially get eyes on it Monday, and the incoming Frankenstorn doesn't ruin our fun.
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Google cancels October 29 event due to hurricane

Google's October 29 event has reportedly been cancelled after a state of emergency has been issued in the US due to the imminent arrival of Hurricane Sandy, which will be passing through New York City, Google's venue for the event.

Although Google did not announce the specific purpose of the event, other than calling it an 'Android event', it was generally assumed that the company was going to announce the LG manufactured Nexus 4 smartphone and a 10-inch Samsung manufactured Nexus 10 tablet.
The event has likely been postponed to a later date although we are yet to hear when exactly it will be taking place. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 event in San Francisco is still on track, so we still have something to look forward to.
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October 27, 2012

Apple Obeys UK Court Ruling, Posts Samsung-Related Acknowledgement, Sort Of

Following a ruling in the Apple versus Samsung case the UK court has found that Samsung products did not infringe on Apple’s patents, as claimed by the Cupertino company, because, as the judge noted humorously, “they do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool.”
As an effect, Apple has to post, in its website and printed media, an acknowledgement that Samsung did not copy its products’ design — still subject to a possible Supreme Court appeal. The bottom part of Apple UK’s website hosts a small link that says Samsung/Apple UK judgement, redirecting to a page which states the above. Apple is reiterating the ruling, the “not so cool” part as well as reminding users that other courts found things to be completely opposite. You can check out the entire wording at the source link below. Those who were expecting a full-front-page apology will be disappointed!
Source: Apple UK
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Here Comes The Nexus 4 Smartphone, 3G Nexus 7 Tablet, And The Nexus 10 iPad Killer

Google is about to throw down. At next week’s NYC Android event, the big G is expected to yell “me too!” and reveal a full line of Nexus devices. Watch out, Mr. Consumer. These devices aren’t just for the nerds. Google is ready to take the Nexus brand mainstream and provide legitimate alternatives to the iPhones, iPads and Galaxy devices of the world.

Nexus 4

Despite the name, this is not a 4-inch device. The Nexus 4 is the fourth Nexus smartphone, which appears to have a 4.7-inch 1280×768 resolution screen. The LG-made phone, with all its specs, was outed by UK phone retailer Carphone Warehouse (leak product page is not available). It’s said to pack a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor and runs Android 4.2. Inside the 9.1mm thin body resides NFC, 8MP camera, and 8GB of storage.
No word on US pricing but it could be relatively inexpensive. Carphone Warehouse lists the SIM-Free version of the phone at £389.95; the SIM-free Galaxy S III is £499.

Nexus 7

The little $199 Asus Nexus 7 tablet is a hot seller and Google seems ready with new versions. A 3G version was recently revealed by the FCC database, which lists the tablet with WiFi and HSPA+ (3G) capabilities. The tablet is expected to have 32GB of onboard storage, but that spec is not listed in the FCC documents.
Google is also expected to discontinue the 8GB version, drop the price on the 16GB N7 and release a 32GB WiFi-only Nexus 7. This is Google’s answer to the iPad mini.

Nexus 10

The Samsung-made Nexus 10 could be next week’s big announcement. At this point its existence is nearly confirmed thanks to a leaked user manual and sample pics from Google’s own Vic Gundotra. The tablet is rumored to have a 10.1-inch screen like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1. The leaked manual indicates it will sport the standard assortments of ports and cameras including microUSB, micoHDMI, and dual-cams — no microSD card slot, though.
There are still a lot of unknowns with the Nexus 10. Will it undercut the iPad with a cutthroat price. Will it be available with 4G? Will the screen have a PPI higher than the new iPad?
The Google invite states “The playground is open.” And with three new toys all but confirmed, there will certainly be a lot to keep Android fans entertained through the holidays and into the new year.
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Kim Dotcom: New Megaupload will launch January 20 2013, the anniversary of the police raid

Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom looks as he i
We’ve known for some time that Kim Dotcom’s second coming will happen very soon but now the New Zealand-based Megaupload founder has confirmed that he will launch his new venture on January 20 2013. For those of you that don’t remember, that’s exactly one year after his mansion was raided by police.
Dotcom has hinted that the new Megaupload torrent site will be available before the end of the year — developers were offered early access to the project last month — while another new service, music-focused Megabox, is thought to be launching within the same timeframe. Now, however, it looks like the launch will slide into 2013.
Taking to Twitter, as he often does, Dotcom recently teased details of Megabox with a video that appeared to feature a number of top artists, including Black Eyed Peas artist Will.I.Am. The German had previously said that the service had secured a number of top artists on exclusive deals.
At the height of its popularity, Megaupload drew 50 million visitors per day and enjoyed the support of a number of high-profile figures within the US music industry, but all of that changed when the Department of Justice took the site down in January 2012 for what it described as the largest copyright investigation ever.
The raid on the mansion — footage of which surfaced in August– caused much controversy.  Authorities were accused of acting heavy-handedly and, to that point, a helicopter packed with members of the ‘Elite Special Tactics Group’ was used for the raid. Seconds after the helicopter touched down, ground forces arrived in numbers.
According to local news stations, it took 13 minutes for the police to find Dotcom in the ‘Red Room’ of his mansion. Dotcom testified that he was punched, kicked, kneed and otherwise treated unfairly during his arrest, while an unnamed elite police officer reportedly testified that “deliberate force” was applied to Dotcom.
The raid aside, the investigation has suffered a number of high profile issues. Authorities suffered a significant blow in June when the New Zealand high court ruled that search warrants for the raid were invalid. Last month, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key ordered an inquiry into claims that the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) unlawfully spied on the Megaupload founder.
Given his issues with the US government, Dotcom may well take a leave from The Pirate Bay, which recently migrated its popular torrenting service into the cloud – making it virtually untouchable by authorities.
The US government recently made a move to close down Megaupload forever when it rejected the Hong Kong-registered company’s appeal against a criminal indictment, as TorrentFreak reports.
The Dotcom extradition hearing is set to take place in March 2013. The date was rescheduled from August 2012 following a series of issues relating to the way that police has handled the case.
Image via Getty / AFP
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Jelly Bean OTA Rolling Out To HTC One X In Asia Starting With Taiwan

It looks like a couple of HTC's Asian One X variants are receiving updates to Jelly Bean which appear to have begun rolling out earlier today. XDA users confirm that the update carries Jelly Bean 4.1.1 (not the latest 4.1.2) along with HTC's latest and greatest version of its Sense UI, and weighs in at about 353MB.
You may remember that HTC North Asia's general manager Jack Tong promised that One X owners in Asia could expect the update to begin rolling out to the One X today, with the One S slated to receive some Jelly Bean goodness at an unspecified later date.
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Of course, if you're the proud owner of a One X in Taiwan or Singapore, and you don't feel like waiting for the OTA to hit, you can always download and flash it manually (at your own risk, of course). You can find the link below.
Unfortunately, if you own a One X in Europe or another region, there's no official word on when your update to Jelly Bean will be ready. To keep up with the discussion, just follow the XDA thread linked below.
Source: XDA
Download: Asia OTA Update
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Google’s Nexus 10 pictured: 1.7GHz Exynos chip, Retina-busting 2560×1600 display and Android 4.2

Google Opens New Berlin Office
With less than four days remaining before Google’s Android-themed press event in NY, proof of a Samsung-made Google Nexus 10 tablet is all but officially announced now that new photographs of the device have surfaced through Brief Mobile and Engadget.
According to Brief Mobile, the Nexus 10 will feature a 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos 5250, dual-core Cortex-A15, Mali-T604 GPU 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 10.1-inch Super AMOLED display, 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution, 298.9 pixels-per-inch, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, a front-facing camera, NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and front-facing dual speakers.
Today’s photos and specifications match details provided to The Next Web earlier this month, adding further proof that Samsung will be manufacturing the device, following the leak of its user manual yesterday.
Check out the tablet below:
Screen Shot 2012 10 26 at 1.57.21 PM 520x361 Googles Nexus 10 pictured: 1.7GHz Exynos chip, Retina busting 2560x1600 display and Android 4.2
Head here for more photos of the device and tune in next week for coverage Google’s Android event.
Image credit: Adam Berry / Getty Images
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Android 4.1-powered HTC Operaul found on benchmark site

Oh boy, another new Android to add to the rumor mill!  This time we’re talking about an HTC smartphone operating under the codename of Operaul.  Details found on Nenamark tell us that the handset runs Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and features a 1280×720, a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and Adreno 305 GPU.  Considering the specifications, it’s possible this could be a lower cost HTC offering, however we’ll have to wait for more details to say for certain.
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HTC’s deep, deep dysfunction

HTC Earnings Analysis Q3 2012

How bad is HTC’s (2498) current tailspin? So bad it makes Nokia (NOK) look like a growth company. HTC’s handset volume declined by -43% in the autumn quarter vs. Nokia’s -23% volume decline. This is very interesting because HTC is using Android, the world’s most popular smartphone OS that is powering 40% annualized growth among its vendors. Nokia is limping along with an unholy mix of the obsolete Symbian platform, the moribund S40 feature phone platform and a niche OS called Windows Phone.
What this demonstrates is the extreme difficulty in competing against Samsung (005930) on its Android home turf. The global popularity of Android does not mean that it gives the vendors employing it any real advantage. On the contrary, it exposes second-tier Android brands to merciless head-to-head comparisons with Samsung. Samsung’s global smartphone volume soared in the third quarter to 56 million units, doubling in a year.
HTC’s smartphone volumes crashed by 42% to just 7 million units during the autumn quarter. Weirdly enough, this means that Research in Motion (RIMM) actually surpassed HTC in global smartphone volume competition. RIM may be collapsing due to its ancient handset portfolio and badly aging operating system, but HTC’s brand new smartphones with cutting edge specs and the latest version of the immensely popular Android OS are actually losing market share more rapidly.
It is the new model launches that make HTC’s 3Q12 performance so difficult to comprehend. Handset vendors sometimes tuck into 20-30% annualized volume declines when they are saddled with very old product portfolios. But HTC is now facing 40% volume decline with a fresh product mix.
Several Desire-series models launched around June and should have boosted 3Q12 performance. They possess nifty features such as 233 PPI pixel density, enhanced cameras and sophisticated audio technology at prices typically a bit below equivalent Samsung models. And they are getting slaughtered in direct competition. Lack of differentiation using a leading mobile OS can be just as lethal for a handset vendor as being clearly a generation behind in hardware competition with an unpopular mobile OS.
It is telling that even though HTC has issued sales warnings again and again and again in 2012, its 4Q12 guidance is still far below of what Wall Street was projecting. Exactly one year after HTC started issuing its string of warnings, industry analysts still cannot believe how epic its decline is.
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Join CNET's live coverage of Google's Android event Monday

Google is holding a special event Monday in New York City where it's expected to take the wraps off the latest version of the Android operating system, plus several new Nexus devices.
Join CNET's live blog for up-to-the-second coverage of the event. We expect Google to unveil its latest Android operating system, known as Android 4.2. And not just one, but two new devices running the software: high-end tablet, the Nexus 10, from Samsung Electronics; and LG Electronics's first Nexus phone, called the Nexus 4. Google is also expected to show off the Nexus 7 tablet with the new Android 4.2 running on it.
The press conference kicks off at 7 a.m. PT. CNET's Brian Bennett, Rich Brown and I will be giving you all the news live from New York. And our photographer Sarah Tew will be snapping away and posting pictures in our live blog. The event is being held at Basketball City on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
CNET will also be running a pre-show hosted by Brian Tong and CNET News Google reporter Casey Newton starting at 6:30 a.m. Pacific. And Brian Tong will stick around for a post show discussion of the news with CNET Reviews editors Donald Bell and Sharon Vaknin.
Google is offering a live stream of the event, which you'll also be able to find on our live blog page.
Which, by the way, is here:
Join CNET's live coverage of Google's Android event: Monday, 7 a.m. PT
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Mystery Windows Phone 8 Handset Pictured; Is This An Upcoming Huawei Model?

We’ve already gotten a couple good looks at some upcoming Windows Phone 8 hardware from Huawei, first seeing some blurrycam pics of the Ascend W1, followed by a render that appeared to match those earlier pics perfectly. Besides the W1, we had also heard that Huawei might be working on another WP8 model, possibly called the W2 and arriving as a slightly higher-end model than the W1. That’s certainly at the forefront of our mind this afternoon, as we check out some images of an unknown Huawei Windows Phone 8 device.
While the phone’s front could easily be mistaken for the W1′s, around back things are very different. Instead of a camera in the middle, slightly bulging out, this one’s offset to the side and appears to be flush with the phone. We can also see a speaker grille around back, and there’s a conspicuous absence of any sort of Huawei logo.
Ultimately, we don’t know if this is the W2, another upcoming Huawei WP8 model, or just an internal prototype never meant to see the light of day. Heck, maybe it’s not a Huawei model at all. For now, we’ve got more questions than answers.
Source: GSM Insider
Via: WPCentral
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Mozilla sends Microsoft a congratulatory cake for Internet Explorer 10 (picture)

Mozilla has sent Microsoft a congratulatory cake for the launch of Internet Explorer 10. Microsoft typically sends these cakes to Mozilla when a new version of Firefox launches. IE10 was launched with Windows 8 just yesterday during a launch event in New York.

"Thanks to Firefox for helping celebrate IE10 launch w/ cake! We look forward to Firefox for windows8 soon," Microsoft states via Twitter. This is typical behavior from Microsoft as they tend to send Mozilla a delicious treat when a new version of Firefox is launched. However, as the Firefox releases got smaller, so did the cakes. This time, Mozilla sent a Firefox cake over to Microsoft in celebration of Internet Explorer 10!
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First pictures of Google and Samsung’s Nexus 10 leak

Somehow Google and Samsung managed to keep the Nexus 10 mostly a secret up, but just days before the tablet will be officially unveiled BriefMobile has managed to get their hands on a full gallery of pictures of the upcoming slate as well as a full rundown of specs. As has been suggested by the few leaks we have had up to this point, the Nexus 10 looks to be a high-end option to compliment the Nexus 7 in Google’s product lineup. It also will launch with Android 4.2.
The Nexus 10 appears to be largely based on the Samsung’s previous 10.1-inch offerings with a few tweaks here and there. It will utilize Samsung’s Exynos 5250 CPU, a dual-core Cortex A15 chip clocked at 1.7GHz and featuring Mali-T604 graphics. The processor, which has also made an appearance in Google’s Chromebook line, will be backed by 2GB of RAM. The 10.1-inch display is again confirmed to sport a 2560 x 1600 resolution, which amounts to just under 300 pixels-per-inch. Other features include a 5MP camera and NFC.

Some of the new features we can expect to see in Android 4.2 include an updated gallery, multiple user accounts, and a new quick settings menu accessible from the notifications pane. The specific build on this particular Nexus 10 was JVP15I, implying that the Android version remains under the Jelly Bean codename. Sorry folks, no Key Lime Pie here.

The biggest remaining question pertaining to the Nexus 10 is what price tag Google will apply to it. If the Nexus 7 is any indicator, Google may be willing to cut their margins pretty thin, but the high-end spec sheet still suggests we won’t be getting this one nearly as cheap. Keeping at an iPad-challenging $499 would be good enough, but undercutting that by any amount would make the Nexus 10 even more tantalizing.
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October 26, 2012

Smartphones with long battery life (roundup)

Smartphones are the Swiss Army Knives of the tech world.
They're cell phones, music and video players, mobile Web browsers, and personal organizers, among other things. Not surprisingly, all this can take a toll on battery life, and when you depend on your smartphone for so much, the last thing you want is for it to run out of juice when you need it most.
Generally speaking, with moderate use, smartphones can give you a full day's performance before needing to be recharged, but not all gadgets are created equal -- some simply run out of steam early, whereas others will hang in there for the long haul. Here are eight smartphones with battery usage that really impressed us, whether it was because they scored well in our CNET Labs battery tests, or simply because their usage time stood out from the crowd of humdrum cell phone batteries we encountered (and believe us, we encounter a lot). Give one of these devices a try if you're looking for a phone that packs some decent juice.

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Droid Razr Maxx HD
Despite its big 4.7-inch HD screen and advanced mobile components, the Droid Razr Maxx HD kept going for 14 hours and 53 minutes on the CNET Labs video battery drain test. That's just shy of what its predecessor, the old Droid Razr Maxx turned in (15 hours and 16 minutes). Read the full review.

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Lasting a long 10 hours and 13 minutes before finally calling it quits, the HTC Evo 4G LTE has the power and stamina to be a worthy successor to Sprint's Evo family. Read the full review.

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Motorola Droid Razr HD
Sitting in the middle of Motorola's 2012 line up, the Droid Razr HD demonstrated it doesn't need a Maxx in its name to have a long run time. The phone persevered for a full 9 hours and 37 minutes on the CNET Labs Video playback battery drain test before shutting down. Read the full review.
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
Equipped with a massive 3,300mAh battery, the Motorola Razr Maxx lasted an incredible 15 hours and 16 minutes on our official video playback test, still the best showing we've seen. It also comes with tons of top-notch features including dual-core processing and 4G LTE. Read the full review.

Samsung Galaxy S III
You can add long battery life to the Samsung's Galaxy S III's already outrageous list of features. The powerful smartphone ran our video test for 9 hours and 24 minutes before shutting down. Read the full review.

Motorola Droid 4
With a long run time of 9 hours and 5 minutes, a sweet physical keyboard, and Verizon 4G LTE, the Motorola Droid 4 is one seriously productive Android. Read the full review.

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE
Think of the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE as a slimmer Droid 4 with a brighter, more colorful screen. It also ran for a healthy 8 hours and 6 minutes on our video test. Read the full review.

Sony Xperia Ion
Sony's Xperia Ion may not be the world's fastest smartphone, but it does have solid battery life. The handset hung on for 7 hours and 57 minutes before expiring. Read the fu

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Here comes Windows 8: What’s at stake for Microsoft

Later this morning, at a launch event in New York City, Microsoft will introduce Windows 8 to the world. Tomorrow, Windows 8 will debut in stores. This is the biggest change in Microsoft operating systems since the move from MS-DOS to Windows more than 25 years ago, and the stakes couldn’t be higher for the Redmond company.
For better or worse, Microsoft’s future hinges on this thing.
The most significant part of Windows 8 is Microsoft’s introduction of a new tablet-friendly user interface, and the company’s decision to make that interface the default not only on tablets but also on traditional desktop computers and notebooks. It’s a gigantic risk, because the new tablet-friendly interface will require longtime Windows users to learn new ways of controlling and navigating their computers for the first time in decades.
With new devices taking the steam out of PC sales, Windows 8 comes at a pivotal moment in the history of Microsoft’s flagship product — the platform responsible for the company’s rise as a technology giant.
The success of Apple’s iPad has forced Microsoft’s hand and demonstrated that a tablet requires a unique interface — something Microsoft didn’t fully grasp when the first Windows XP tablets came out a decade ago. Microsoft has since learned that lesson, but in rolling out the new Windows 8 interface, the company is trying a one-size-fits-all approach across all types of machines. Satisfying the needs of tablet, notebook and desktop users is a big job for any single operating system.
Based on my experience using preliminary versions of Windows 8, particularly on desktop computers, I’m not convinced that the company has pulled it off. Many people disagree. Many others agree. The most important assessment will be made by end users starting tomorrow.
Microsoft has made the task more difficult for itself by removing the Start button from Windows 8′s traditional desktop view and, separately, insisting that the new tablet-friendly Start screen serve as the default starting spot for all machines, even traditional desktop computers. In my view, it would be better to give PC makers and end users the option to set the traditional desktop as their default starting point upon bootup, and better yet let them turn off the new Windows 8 Modern UI interface and commands completely if they choose.
Leading the charge: Windows President Steven Sinofsky (Microsoft image).
But the company wants to move everyone into this new world, and the fastest way to do that is in bulk. It’s the right thing for Microsoft’s business strategy. Is it right for users?
I am more optimistic about Windows 8 on tablets — enough to have spent $600 on a new Microsoft Surface tablet. The new Windows 8 commands (swipe from the edges to bring up menus and commands, etc.) feel intuitive to me on a touch screen.
But asking keyboard-and-mouse users to learn to point the mouse to invisible hot spots in the corners of a PC to bring up commands feels like a stretch. That out-of-box introductory on-screen walkthrough had better be one heck of a tutorial.
Here’s another way to put it: Using Windows 8 on a tablet is like moving into a new house, learning the floorplan and figuring out all the fancy knobs on the stove. You’re willing to do it, because it’s a completely new experience, and all the stuff inside is designed specifically for your new place.
However, on a desktop PC or notebook, using Windows 8 feels like somebody has come into your existing home and rearranged all the furniture for no good reason, leaving you to bruise your toe on the ottoman for a couple weeks until you figure things out.
Yes, more and more computers are coming with touch screens, and Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows is bringing gesture-based controls to Windows machines. But the good old keyboard and mouse aren’t going away anytime soon.
If Microsoft can get Windows 8 users past the painful part of the learning curve, while avoiding a major backlash, it will be a victory for the company and for CEO Steve Ballmer, extending the life of Windows for many years to come. If not, the Windows business is at risk of losing more traction as people choose the iPad and other tablets over Windows tablets and entry-level Windows notebooks.
Welcome to the world, Windows 8 — and good luck.
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[New Game] Legends Of Loot Gives Players A "Not-So-Typical" Adventure Experience

Majesco Entertainment is asking Android users if they are ready to "become a legend" with Legends of Loot, released to the Play Store today.
Legends of Loot, as you may expect from glancing at the icon above, is a humorous, cartoonish, "not-so-typical" take on the adventure game genre. The game, which promises players will "quickly develop into grand adventurers" as they progress through each environment, follows a plucky protagonist who must face off against evil dragon overlords while solving "mind-bending" puzzles and traversing mazes and traps in Egyptian, Medieval, and Asian environments across close to one hundred levels.
Legends' control scheme is based on touch gestures and accelerometer movement, allowing players to intuitively attack enemies or dodge oncoming attacks.
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Adding a facet personalization to the experience, players can customize their hero with clothes, "quirky" weapons (see plunger above), armor, and magical items. Players can also bet in-game gold on skill-based challenges for the chance to win big. Interestingly, the game also has a social touch – players can connect with one another via an in-game calendar, keeping track of friends' progress and receiving notifications of "special events." The game also has OpenFeint support.
If you're into adventure games or dungeon crawlers, but also appreciate a fun, humorous twist, you'll like Legends of Loot. Considering it's free to play, there's no reason not to check it out. Just click through the widget below.

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