RENOVATE Gaming Boost app improves gaming performance on HTC One X

Owners of the HTC One X, one of the top smartphones on the market, have discovered that game apps may not perform up to their expectations. The hackers at XDA pinpointed several issues that affect the performance and figured out how to get around the problems. However, doing so involved several manual steps to several different settings. To change that, some XDA members combined forces to put together the RENOVATE Gaming Boost app.
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T-Mobile’s upcoming HTC One X+ confirmed to carry quad-core Tegra 3+ chip, HD display and Android 4.1.1

 

As you can see, we can expect the new NVIDIA quad-core 1.7GHz Tegra 3+ processor along with a 1280×720 HD display. If you recall on our previous post covering the One X+, there was a debate whether HTC would include the Tegra 3+ or the upcoming quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor. I’m also glad to see that this test phone already includes Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, considering the current One X (international and AT&T version) are still on 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

While this device has always been expected to hit T-Mobile, there’s also a rumor that this device is also known as the HTC Evitaire and will be making its way to AT&T. Whether that’s true or not, I’m sure we’ll know more in the near future.

Seems like all we need now are some blurry cam images, don’t you think? It’s glad to see an HTC powerhouse landing on T-Mobile this fall. With the specs this great paired with such a powerful mobile CPU, I hope HTC decides to beef up the battery as well.

As soon as we learn more about this impending device, we’ll be sure to fill you in!

source: Android And Me

HTC Q2 financial results reported; Q3 revenue estimates lowered

HTC announced today their third consecutive quarter of declining profits in conjunction with the release of their second quarter audited earnings report. HTC brought in approximately $3.0 billion in revenues to go with a gross margin of 27% and an operating margin of 9%. This yielded after tax net income of $247 million, down 58% compared to the first quarter of 2012.
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Samsung unveils new TV over 4G technology

Seems as if Samsung has been testing LTE Broadcast technology for TV over 4G using a standard known as eMBMS (evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service). While mobile TV has been popular over in Japan, it hasn’t quite made the leap to any other market or country. The large amount of bandwidth that LTE offers could help persuade other carriers to consider this technology and could very well be a hit to consumers in this on-the-go society that we currently live in. While it’s certainly still unclear what Samsung’s goal ultimately is with this technology, I’m sure it has a good chance to be successful considering Samsung is one of the worlds most successful smartphone manufacturers.

You can head over to the official press release after the break.


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RIM CEO Reveals A Switch to Android Was Seriously Considered

Thorsten Heins, the CEO of RIM, made some controversial and stunning headlines during an interview conducted on Thursday. According to Telegraph, Heins openly admitted that RIM will not be able to keep up with Apple and Samsung with out outside help. While it’s always surprising to hear CEO’s admit something like that, you almost can’t blame him considering the market shares that both Apple and Samsung currently dominate. It’s no secret that RIM has been substantially slipping these past couple of years, and I can’t see the company rising back up with out some sort of help regardless of how the success of Blackberry 10 plays out.

If that wasn’t shocking enough for you, Heins also admitted that the company was seriously considering switching to the Android platform. While they took it into consideration, they ultimately decided against it. According to Heins:


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Real Racing 3 Trailer is Out, and It Looks Good

Racing fans should take a look at this video, EA and FireMonkeys Studio have put up a pre-alpha trailer for the upcoming Real racing 3, and the visuals look fantastic.

They haven’t actually announced it for Android yet, but since both Real Racing and Real Racing 2 have made their way to Android, it’s a safe bet that Real Racing 3 will be as well. Video after the break.
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Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G Now Available from MetroPCS

If you’ve been asking for a Samsung Droid Charge, but for whatever reason don’t like Verizon, today is your day. MetroPCS has announced the renamed but otherwise unchanged Droid Charge as the Galaxy S Lightray 4G, and it’s available now. The phone features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, an 8 MP camera, a 1ghz processor, and a free 16GB MicroSD card thrown in as well.
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How to easily bypass Android liveness check [Video]

 

As much as I love Android, I’ve always felt the face unlock feature that was introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich is more of a gimmick than anything. While it’s cool to show off to non-Android users, it isn’t practical and can be bypassed rather easily if one were to try. In my opinion, using the pattern or pin unlock system provides a faster and safer way to lock your phone from others.

In Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google developers attempted to make the face unlock feature more secure by adding a “liveness check” feature. The problem with face unlock was that one could easily use a picture of the person to unlock the phone. With liveness check enabled, the owner is required to blink for the phone to unlock. This adds another element into the security of face unlock which fixes the issue of simply using ones picture.

Of course, it never takes too long before people figure out a way to bypass that as well. The YouTube video below, uploaded by idaka82, shows a group of guys quickly showing you how to do just that. They simply took a picture and hastily photo-shopped his eyes so that it looks like he’s blinking. Then by transitioning the original and edited photo simultaneously, it gives the effect it’s blinking.

Needless to say, while it can be done rather quickly, it does take a bit of effort. Nonetheless, I’ll always suggest Android users to stick with the pattern or pin unlock system if you wish to secure your phone.

You can head over to the video after the break!


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Official Samsung Invite for Event on August 15th points to Galaxy Note 10.1

We were already saving the date of August 15th, but we just received the official invite from Samsung. It appears a tablet is the focal point for the event and will most likely be the Galaxy Note 10.1. It was unveiled in February, but has been tweaked with a quad-core CPU and a new S Pen holder. You can already order the 4G HSPA+ version from Negri Electronics for $750, but this event will most likely be the introduction of the WiFi-only version for the U.S.

Verizon Stores All Set To Offer Wireless Charging Kits For Samsung Galaxy S III Smartphone

 

Life is about to get just a little sweeter for owners of the Verizon variant of the Galaxy S III smartphone. Fresh off reports of third party wireless charging kits being on the way, the gang at PhoneArena obtained some confidential information indicating Verizon’s flavor of the device has a wireless charging kit on the way. The wireless charging kit will include a special Sammy and Verizon-branded back cover for $39 and a charging station that will be marked down to $50. All in all, it will run you a hair under 90 bones in order to have access to the cool feature of the device.

So what say you Verizon Galaxy S III owners, you folks getting this not-quite-official accessory?

source: PhoneArena