ViewSonic’s Viewpad 7x Hits The FCC, On Track For October Release

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The Viewpad 7x Android Honeycomb tablet that was announced by ViewSonic at the Berlin IFA conference back in early September has now made its way through the FCC, scoring wins with both its WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities. Word is that you’ll see the device sold for $379 when it is made available later this month. Let’s give the specs a look:

  • Runs Android 3.2
  • Dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor
  • 7-inch 1024×600 resolution
  • Front 2MP camera/ 5MP rear cam
  • 8GB of internal storage

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HTC Sense Security Scare – Should you be worried?

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So maybe you’ve heard that HTC has a bit of a security issue on its hands. Should you be worried? Let us take a moment to explain the situation and asses its severity to you.

Here’s the situation. When you initially set up a Sense enabled phone you’re presented with multiple preference choices. Specifically, your preference on HTC’s right to collect data from your device is the root of the problem, in this case. When you allow HTC to collect data, you give them the right to record things like what apps you use, where and how you use them, your account names, location, and call logs. It’s no secret that apps exist in the market that collect data such as this, but that’s just the problem. It’s no secret because those apps are required to express what permissions they require. In a somewhat similar fashion you voluntarily allow HTC those permissions when you check the box but they aren’t required to be explicitly expressed because Sense is essentially the operating system, rather than just an app. Alright, so despite how all that sounds, that isn’t the problem. The problem is that HTC has failed to sandbox their collected data meaning that currently the data is potentially accessible to other apps without them having to expressly declare permissions for collecting and using it.

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The HTC Hero Gets Some Sense 3.5 Love [Courtesy of XDA]

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One of my favorite things about the developer community, primarily the folks over at XDA, is the fact that thanks to their blood sweat and tears, devices rocking 2+ year old specs can easily be revitalized by porting current and up to date ROM’s to them.  The latest and greatest to receive the makeover is the HTC Hero.  Thanks to the new and upcoming budget friendly HTC Pico and some similar device specs, developer Flashinglights was able to port the Sense 3.5 interface over to the Hero with ease.  Similar specs such as a QVGA display and an ARMv6 CPU made the port possible to perform.  Thanks to the help of several other developers in the Hero section, a rebuilding of the ROM from scratch was successful and now available for the masses to enjoy.  So, if you still have your old HTC Hero,  now is the time to give it a makeover.

Keep in mind that the build is still in its initial phase so keep an eye for evident bugs and report them back to the dev team so as to improve the ROM for daily use.  And here’s certianly to the hopes that more of the older devices (cough cough G1) can start to receive some new ROM’n love, and I’m not talking about soup here.  If you’re ready to give this a go then head on over to the complete original thread here and initial thread here.  And don’t forget, you’re attempts at this are solely your own and TA is not responsible if you brick your Hero.  That being said, enjoy.

Team Heroc is composed of dastin1015 and flashinglights. We will be working alongside TeamSuicide whose members are tazzpatriot, condemndsoul, and macrodroid to give you guys the best sense 3.5 experience.

Explorer Sense is based of the leaked RUU of the HTC Pico, thanks to our chinese friend idogx whos build for the chinese version of the hero cdma helped a lot getting this thing off the ground.

[via XDA]

Samsung Galaxy S II is the reigning Android king

by Jim Farmer on
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As of this past September, the Galaxy S II sold more units on contract than any other Android device ever. It’s no wonder, seesing as how the Galaxy phone has taken the weekly sales lead for the past thirty successive weeks (February 21st – September 16th). Samsung is now planning to further the gap, launching a £12m ”Galaxy Family” marketing campaign this week in preparation for this holiday season. Samsung UK and Ireland Mobile MD Simon Stanford said in a statement:

We’ve seen phenomenal sales of the Galaxy S II globally [10 million units] and in the UK specifically we’ve achieved record sales of Galaxy S II in recent weeks – ahead of all other Android devices. We have ambitious plans for the Galaxy family over the coming months evidenced by a £12m marketing campaign which will launch next week.

Samsung’s ramping up of advertising just adds to my  excitement for what we may see at their unpacked event October 11th. We’ll be serving up plenty of news about that you can be sure.

[via mobiletoday]

“Data Test Drive” Launched By Vodafone UK For Smartphone Users

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Huge applause to Vodafone on this one. They are launching a program called “Data Test Drive” which will give new and upgrading customers unlimited data access for three months. The purpose of this program is to let users test dive their data network, and at the end of the trial period, be allowed to reconfigure their contract to best suit how much data they are using. The Xperia Arc S was the first new phone, released on Sept. 30th, to launch on this new plan and monthly pay customers can choose from any of Vodafone’s current smartphone lineup. Nice job Vodafone for offering something extra to help customers. Hit up the break for the full press release.

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White Samsung Galaxy S II Launching On Bell Mobility Oct. 7th

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We told you a little over a week ago that a white Galaxy S II would be hitting Bell Mobility before the holidays, and its launch date is now way sooner than later. Thanks to mobilesyrup we’ve got a launch date of Oct. 7th for the white device and prices of $599.95 without contract and 149.95 on a 3-year. If you missed the nice pictures of the front and back of this device you can catch them after the break. Anyone planning on grabbing one?

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HTC Amaze 4G Gets A Silent Video Walkthrough

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The lucky person who has gotten a chance to play with the HTC Amaze 4G has posted up a new video for your viewing pleasure. The video is given to you in silence so you can enjoy the whole walkthrough without any interruptions. This is going be a hard decision compared to the Galaxy S II, so check it out and see if it helps you out. Being that I’m not a Sense fan I’m leaning toward the S II, but I really like the looks of this device and the independent camera buttons. The video is after the break and let us know what side of the fence you’re on.

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V10K Firmware Rolling Out For LG Optimus 3D UK Adding 3D Game Converter

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Firmware version V10K is currently rolling out for the European version of the Optimus 3D. This version brings LG’s 3D Game Converter software that allows converting almost any standard game to 3D, provided the game uses OpenGL graphics. LG will also be providing a list of officially supported 3D convertible titles, but currently that link within the converter app is not working. To try an convert a current game you can hit menu and then customizable games though there is no promise that it will work. Compared to the previous V10D firmware, the Optimus is reported to run snappier though this version is still based on Android 2.2.2 (Froyo). This seems a little odd that a device touting 3D wouldn’t be up to date OS wise. You won’t be able to grab V10K over the air just yet, but if your part of the “Europe Open” region you should be able to update using LG’s PC utility. No work just yet when this will hit AT&T’s version, the LG Thrill. Let us know if you’re able to grab it.

[via androidcentral]

Google Chrome Gearing Up To Launch On Android

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The first thing I asked myself when I started with Android was where is Chrome? I’m sure plenty of you asked yourselves the same question, or like me, just shrugged it off assuming the underlying core of the stock browser really was Chrome. The truth of the matter was Android and Chrome were separate teams entirely with really no interaction between the two. It seems Google now has a build target revision up meaning an actual Chrome browser for Android should be right around the corner. There’s mention on the Chromium revision log that Chrome for Android will include a lot of the features that you’re accustomed to on the desktop version. It will also have support for the open source Skia 2D graphics library. It’s unknown exactly how Google plans to position Chrome for Android and I wonder to what extent, if any, they will allow the desktop version to communicate with the mobile and if Chrome extensions will exist on mobile. Maybe the Nexus Prime will give us a taste of Chrome with ICS at the Unpacked event in Oct. Wishful thinking I know, but in either case we should be seeing some Chrome on Android love very soon. Hit us up with your thoughts right down there in the comments. How do you think Google will implement Chrome to Android and will it crush the current stock browser?

[via androidandme]

HTC Desire S Android 2.3.5 Rolling Out With Sense 3.0

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An OTA update taking the Desire S up to Android 2.3.5 is apparently rolling out right now in stages. Users in the U.K. are currently reporting to have received this update while being on the device’s stock ROM. With this new update comes Sense 3.0 as well. If you’ve gotten this update surprise on your device, hit us up down there in the comments and be sure to let us know where you’re from.

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