French Authorities Seize HTC One S Handset From Fan Blog For Posting Unboxing Video

Yesterday we showed you a video of an HTC One phone that French blog HTC-Hub obtained through a confidential source, and now HTC France has taken legal action against the site, while French authorities seized the phone in the process. HTC-Hub Editor in Chief, Bruno Miguel, approached Hopscotch, HTC’s PR agency, a few weeks after Mobile World Congress to ask about getting demo units of the HTC One series of phones. Normally, HTC sends out demo units to the press several days before they launch with an embargo agreement not to publish any information until a pre-determined, agreed-upon date. Bruno was informed that France would not get demo units until after the launch a week later.

HTC-Hub managed to acquire an HTC One S anyway from a confidential source outside of HTC or their PR firm, so the embargo agreement was not in effect, but it seems HTC France does not agree. It’s unclear right now what legal charges have been brought against HTC-Hub.

Check out an image of the T.G.I. (Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris), a legal document issued by the French Superior Court, after the break.


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Two day old LG Lucid already set to receive software update

Here is some interesting news for you new LG Lucid owners out there. Verizon and LG are now pushing out a software update for the Lucid just two days after its release this past Thursday. This is not entirely uncommon as the Galaxy Nexus had an update pushed out just moments before its actual release on Verizon back in December. The support page states that the update will disable the Enhanced Caller Name ID app that comes preloaded on the phone. I don’t know about you but that app sounds like it would be a great feature, so why would they choose to remove its function? It sounds like there were probably some serious issues with the app and rather than attempt to repair the bugs in an update, they voted to squash it immediately, no pun intended. Are there any Lucid users out there who have experienced any noticeable problems within the last couple of days? If so, this may now be the fix. Click on the source link below for update options.

source: Verizon

Google’s April Fool’s Joke So Epic They Debuted It a Day Early

A throw back to all of you out there that have experienced the frustrations and joys of owning Nintendo’s first console, the NES; Google has come out with a tool for you that will help you find places you need to go on your 8-bit system. They announced today that they will be releasing a Google Maps 8-bit cartridge for the NES. You can plug in your dial-up connection directly into the cartridge and you’ll see the world in 8-bit goodness. If you have problems with it a fix is as easy as blowing the dust out of the cartridge.

Rather than take my word for it you can check out the debut video for this awesome new product. If you can’t wait for the cartridge to be released though you can experience a trial version by pointing your browser to maps.google.com followed by clicking the quest option in the upper right hand corner. Check out the debut video for this awesome product after the break. While it may be a day early… April Fools
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Meizu Releases Public Beta Vanilla ICS ROM for the MX and M9

This probably isn’t going to apply to many of you but if you own a Meizu MX or M9 you are going to dig this. Meizu has just sent out a press release announcing that after a month of private testing, the public ICS beta is ready for the masses. One great thing about this ROM is that Meizu decided to keep their grubby mits out of the UI and have left it a bone stock ICS experience. No cumbersome UI overlays here! Just pure vanilla Android. If you own either of these devices and are ready to get into some 4.0 action, hit up the link below. Also, you can jump past the break to read the presser I mentioned earlier.

Meizu


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Contest: Win 1 of 6 Androidified Cases for the Galaxy Note! [Updated with Winners]

I just reviewed the Androidified case from Cruzerlite for the Samsung Galaxy Note and now it’s time to give a few away! We have a total of six Androidified cases in various colors for the Galaxy Note to give away to six lucky readers. All you need to do is visit our forums, AndroidForum.com, and tell me why you think you need a free Androidified case. Be creative and I will pick the six entries at random for the win. Contest ends on Wednesday, April 4th at 12:59 PM EST. Good luck!

Congrats to the winners!

  • tonyyyyyb
  • Samuel Phyall
  • gromsy
  • seyeneerg
  • HeartDude
  • KingChewbert

You guys were sent a message to the email address you registered with in our forums. Respond to claim your prize!

Review: Cruzer Lite’s Androidified Case for the Galaxy Note

After being such a huge fan of Cruzer Lite’s Androidified cases for the Galaxy Nexus I figured it was about time to wrap the Galaxy Note in one as well. I have tried many upon many a case for my devices and find I always favor the fit and finish of the TPU case from Cruzerlite. Not only do they fit perfectly, they provide just enough protection to keep your investment safe all the while reppin’ your favorite OS’ mascot, Andy. As you can see below, the Androidified case is the perfect way to show your undying affection for Android. The Android logo is emblazoned on each Androidified case in a stylish way that makes the case stand out from the rest.
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HTC One X Commercial Showcases Cameras Power [Video]

The guys from HTC Source have posted a video of the HTC One X’s Official Commercial. You remember that phone right? Check out the unboxing and come back to us. The commercial is showing off the power of the phones Camera as well as the speed of the phone. They have also posted a stress video, and I would have to agree with the man (sorry I couldn’t make out your name all the way) talking in the video of the stress test, it is not something you would want to try at home. However I do expect to see amateur video of people doing it anyways. In that case I also ask the same guys to reproduce the commercial as well. Not really, I was only being sarcastic, don’t go and get yourselfs killed. They had professionals helping them shoot it. There isn’t much more I can say, so I will just let you guys watch the videos and see for yourselves.

HTC One Commercial

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HTC One Stress Test

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Temple Run Update Brings Bug Fixes And Added Support For DROID RAZR And DROID Bionic Smartphones

One of the most anticipated games of the year finally came to Android handsets. Unfortunately, Temple Run brought some bugs and some frowns with it to a vast amounts of gamers ready and eager to try out the game. The developers quickly brought out a new update which not only alleviates some of the crashing and bugs happening to certain devices, but it now brings with it added support for the Motorola DROID RAZR and DROID Bionic smartphones.

Those of you who may have given up on the game the first time will want to hit that QR code or Play Store link below to give the game a second chance. Go on… you know you want to.

 

Play Store link

HTC One X Smartphone Camera Goes Head On Against The Sony Xperia S And Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Ok— the HTC One X is an awesome phone, we get it. After seeing it get unboxed recently, HTC went ahead and highlighted the device’s limitless possibilities with its camera and ImageSense software. You do remember ImageSense is a big part of the phone, right? Although we had seen some lackluster photos taken from the device recently, a clever video has been revealed which more than makes up for the HTC One X’s perceived shortcomings with its camera and software. The video highlights the One X going toe to toe with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Sony Xperia S smartphones. While one could interpret the tests as being slightly subjective— you will note how quickly the HTC takes photos in comparison to the Xperia S and Galaxy Nexus, while the One X destroys both devices when the camera is in burst mode (burst mode takes for 4 photos per second). Very impressive indeed.

Talk about raising the bar for cameras on our Androids. What do you all think? You folks impressed with the phone’s camera software yet?

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A Hands on Review of SPB Shell 3D [Video]

With a plethora of launchers in the Market Google Play Store, it’s not hard to find one that you like. I’ve tried Go Launcher, ADW Launder EX,and the most recent TSF Shell Launcher. However the one I really have come to embrace the most is SPB Shell 3D. It runs flawlessly on my Galaxy S II and my Galaxy Tab 10.1 and it looks amazing on both. I am mainly doing this review for the GSII, however I will also include pics from the Tab. One of the problems I had with it, is the price. Like TSF, it comes with a high price tag. TSF comes in at $16.80 and SPB comes in at $14.95. Having bought both, I will admit, yes I’m crazy, but I’m a nerd. I gave both of them the 15 minute workout. While TSF wasn’t that impressive, I had been waiting for it. I still hold out hope that it can be more, we’ll see. SPB on the other hand; it’s 15 minute workout was nonexistent. I got so into what it can do that I lost track of time. Jump past the break for my complete review, as well as screen shots and video of the launcher in action.
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