New Jelly Bean ROM Now Available For… The Original Droid?

In November, the original DROID turns three. That makes it officially “long in the tooth” when it comes to smartphones. It’s the phone that really put Android on the map, and for that it holds a special place in many developers’ hearts. One such XDA developer, kfazz, has just extended the life of the DROID by releasing a pretty stable Jelly Bean ROM.

The ROM seems to run quite well. Obviously, the three year old hardware can’t keep up with today’s devices, but Project Butter shows through even on lesser hardware. The only thing not quite working yet is the camera, but give it time.

Hit the break to see a video of Jelly Bean running on the DROID, and head on over to XDA for the download link.


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HTC Proto re-emerges in leaked retail documents and photos as the Desire X

HTC’s rumored Proto smartphone has been outed in a set of leaked retail documents and photos as the Desire X. The device is slated to take over as the company’s entry-level smartphone, effectively replacing the uniquely-styled One V. In terms of specs, the Desire X won’t break any records, though it seems to pack quite the bang for your buck.

  • 4 inch WVGA (Super LCD)
  • 5-megapixel camera with Auto focus and LED Flash
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 4GB internal storage
  • 768MB RAM
  • MicroSD Slot
  • Dropbox 25GB for 2 years
  • 1650 mAh battery(removable)
  • Beats Audio
  • Android 4.0.4
  • Sense 4.1

Motorola DROID RAZR M 4G LTE leaks for Verizon, packs 4.3-inch qHD display and Android 4.0

Earlier this week, we discovered Motorola’s intention to announce a new phone alongside the Droid RAZR HD at its event on September 5th, but new evidence has prematurely revealed Motorola’s secret. Dubbed the Droid RAZR M 4G LTE, the new handset will feature a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) Super AMOLED Advanced display, a dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 chipset and 1GB of RAM. Users will also get an 8-megapixel rear shooter capable of recording 1080p video, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera, NFC, full GSM / HSPA+ global roaming capabilities and 8GB of internal storage with room for expansion via MicroSD. The RAZR M 4G LTE will launch with Motorola’s customized version of Android 4.0, complete with virtual soft keys.


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New Google TV box, Hisense Pulse, set for mid-November release at under $99

As we reported earlier today, Chinese manufacturer Hisense is set to reveal a new sub-$100 Google TV box at IFA starting later this week. Hisense has now released an official press release with more details regarding their forthcoming device. Set to be named the Pulse, Hisense says it will be priced at $99 or less. The new set top box will have support for up to 1080p high definition and comes with a variety of connection options including USB, HDMI, Ethernet and wifi. Hisense indicates the remote will be two-sided, with one side getting a dedicated Netflix button and the other side getting a full QWERTY keyboard. Hisense indicates the device will be available from major retailers starting in mid-November. Hit the break for the press release on this latest entrant into the Google TV set top box market.
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Samsung Shares Drop $12 billion In Light of Verdict and Potential Ban

Samsung Electronics Co.’s market value dropped a whopping $12 billion today in lieu of Friday’s ruling which ordered the Korean electronics company to pay over $1B in damages from patent infringement. Despite Samsung’s wide array of products and services, phones and tablets make up roughly 70% of the company’s earnings.

The ruling isn’t the only factor affecting the plummeted shares as Apple is currently seeking a ban on eight of Samsung’s smartphones, among them the widely popular Galaxy S II. In addition there is growing concern that the verdict may lead to Apple bringing on a second lawsuit which could lead to a ban of Samsung’s current flagship phone, the Galaxy S III, which has already accounted for sales over 10 million units since its May debut. Apple is planning to file a sales injunction against Samsung on September 20.

According to an internal memo sent this morning to its employees and the media, Samsung is trying to rally its employees and hasn’t given up the fight. What do you think? Is this a hurdle Samsung can easily jump over? Will this hurt Samsung, Google, and the Android operating system? Tell us what you think!

Source: Reuters

Samsung SCH-I200 (aka Jasper) for Verizon gets official name outed through Best Buy product page: Samsung Galaxy Stellar

If you recall recently, we finally saw a glimpse of the mysterious entry-level Samsung SCH-I200 (aka “Jasper”) smartphone shortly after passing through the FCC. Thanks to Best Buy jumping the gun, the official name of the phone has been outed, courtesy of a leaked product page. According to the Best Buy product page for the device, we now have proof that the Samsung SCH-I200 will hit retail stores as the Samsung Galaxy Stellar. Although no specifics are mentioned on Best Buy’s site regarding the device’s storage or type of CPU, we do know it’ll run $99 with a 2-year contract and will sport the following specs:

  • Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • 1.2GHz dual-core CPU
  • LTE
  • 4″ 800×480 display
  • 3.2MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front
  • Bluetooth
  • TouchWiz UI
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Android, iOS adoption dwarfs PC adoption of the 80’s by factor of 10

Flurry Analytics, a research firm studying technology adoption, announced results of a study they recently completed looking at adoption rates for the Android and iOS operating systems. Based on data from the first five years of widespread adoption, the study revealed some interesting insights. Compared to adoption of PC technology in the 80’s, Android and iOS adoption is occurring at a rate that is 10 times faster. Of the previous technologies studied, adoption of web technologies came closest to the two smartphone operating systems at one half the growth rate. More recently, Android and iOS grew at a rate three times faster than the explosion of social networking sites.
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Apple seeks ban on eight Samsung smartphones in the US

In the wake of Samsung’s guilty verdict, Apple has filed a notice with the court naming a slew of devices it plans to ban in the US. Considering most of the devices found to be in violation of Apple’s patents aren’t being sold anymore, the Cupertino-based company is only seeking a ban on eight smartphones.

  • Galaxy S 4G
  • Galaxy S2 (AT&T)
  • Galaxy S2 (Skyrocket)
  • Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile)
  • Galaxy S2 Epic 4G
  • Galaxy S Showcase
  • Droid Charge
  • Galaxy Prevail
To better depict its reasoning, Apple has also included a chart showing the patents that each device infringes upon. Unsurprisingly, the chart shows that all of the listed devices, excluding the Galaxy Prevail, infringe upon Apple’s design patents and trade dress. However, Samsung’s Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch and Galaxy S Showcase are the only phones that managed to not infringe on Apple’s utility patents.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 specs leak ahead of Unpacked Event

We’re only a few days away from Unpacked and the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100). We are expecting it to sport a 5.5-inch display and a quad-core processor.  A newspaper in Seoul confirmed that the Note 2 will indeed have a 5.5-inch (1280 x 720) Super AMOLED display and a 1.4GHz quad core Exynos 4412 processor. What about the camera? Some were hoping for a 12MP, but it looks like it will definitely sport an 8MP shooter.

The other very interesting news is that it will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. I guess this isn’t a shocker since the international Galaxy S III will get Jelly Bean shortly after the event. Other minor details are that you will have your choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage and the edges are more rounded than the original Note. We already heard that there will be two color options.


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Say Hello to the Ultimate Backup Tool that Doesn’t Require Root

If you currently own a rooted Android device, or flashed a custom ROM, chances are you’ve taken at least one nandroid based or titanium based backup of your system settings and application data. As you know, in order to take either of these backups, root access is required.

What about if you want to unlock your bootloader after you’ve been using your device for several months? Since it’s unlikely that you would already have root access, you were forced to lose this precious data.


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