HTC One X Camera Mod Improves Picture And Video Quality

Much has been said about the HTC One X‘s supposedly outstanding camera, and we’ve seen amazing photographs from it as well as some mediocre ones. It seems the camera can take exceptional images in the right conditions but some of the built-in limitations may be holding it back from true greatness.

Enter the HQ Camera For One X mod. This tweaked camera, by XDA member NODO-GT, removes these limitations, unlocking the camera’s true potential. What limitations are we talking about?

For one, the stock software limits 1080p video compression to a maximum of 10Mbps. This mod raises that to 20Mbps, meaning video will look much sharper and contain less compression artifacts. Photographs can also now be taken with zero compression, generating larger, and much sharper looking JPEG files. To accommodate for the larger file sizes, the mod also removes any image size limitations that existed in the stock software.

This mod was in open beta, but due to some reports of crashes and bugs, the download link has been removed and the developer is asking for private testers. Installing it requires an unlocked and rooted One X. The developer says a version for the One S should be available soon.

This is the second useful mod we’ve seen for the One X, with the first being the fix for the battery issue. Great to see the mod community going full-force on HTC’s new flagship. Hopefully, some of these improvements can make their way in to HTC’s official updates in the future.

source: xda

ASUS To Ship Transformer Pad 300 Tablet On April 22

In the market for a new tablet, but want something with a little more ‘oomph’? ASUS may have the cure for what ails you. In going with ASUS’ newfound philosophy of revamping its Transformer line, it went ahead and unleashed its newest quad-core monster the Transformer Pad 300 which will begin shipping next Sunday, April 22. It will come fully loaded featuring a Tegra 3 processor and Ice Cream Sandwich operating on a 10-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800, an 8MP and 1.2MP FF cameras. As good as this sounds, ASUS wants consumers to know that it’s latest option in the Transformer line is different from its competition– so what is it that separates this device from the others? Well ASUS puts it simple by highlighting the Transformer Pad 300 is “a laptop replacement with 4G LTE network capabilities”. Awesome.

You all salivating at the thought of owning one of these yet?

source: PC World

HTC One X Software Bug Drains Battery But Unofficial Fix Is Available

Seems HTC has made a tiny boo-boo in their One X software, which causes the battery on their new flagship to drain a bit more than it should. Luckily, XDA developer mike1986 has discovered the issue while working on a custom ROM for the device and has released a method for fixing the problem, with some users claiming an increase of 10%-20% in battery life.

Apparently, an app known as NvCPLSvc.apk was placed in the /system/bin directory on the phone, but it actually belongs in the /system/app directory. This one little slip-up caused the Tegra 3 power management software to not work properly. The fix is to move the file to the proper directory and change the file’s permissions appropriately. This can all be done using ADB to push the file to the right place on the handset, or by using a root-aware file explorer on the device to move the file and change the permissions.

Or, if you don’t want to root, you can wait for HTC’s official fix, assuming HTC includes the fix with the next update.

source: xda

LG Optimus LTE Renamed To “Optimus True HD LTE” In A Dig Against Samsung’s Super AMOLED HD

LG’s Optimus LTE has already been galavanting around South Korea and Japan, and the U.S. has seen it as the LG Spectrum and LG Nitro HD. Now, right before launching in Hong Kong at the end of April, LG has decided to change its name to the LG Optimus True HD LTE. Name changes between markets is commonplace, so what’s the big deal? The big deal is the “True HD” portion of the name. It’s apparently a slam against Samsung’s Super AMOLED HD technology, which uses a Pentile pixel layout, meaning less sub-pixels per pixel, reducing some sharpness.

LG doesn’t think Samsung should use “HD” for it’s screens because of this, so they added “True HD” to call attention to the fact that their screens will NOT use a Pentile display and is therefore real HD. LG has also criticized AMOLED’s over-saturated colors and higher power consumption, stating that LG’s AH-IPS screens have a more consistent power consumption across varying levels of whiteness.

This amounts to mostly a spec war since most users cannot tell the difference between Samsung’s latest Super AMOLED HD screens (seen on the Galaxy Nexus) and other non-pentile HD screens, at least when it comes to sharpness and clarity. The higher color saturation is typically seen as a positive to most users who aren’t concerned with true color reproduction, but if they do any sort of semi-serious photography with their devices, it becomes more noticeable. All this drama will most likely go away as soon as Samsung releases their Super AMOLED Plus panels in time for the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Check out some of LG’s slides comparing the two technologies after the break.


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HTC announces 3 new additions to the Desire series for Chinese carriers

HTC Desire VT T328t

It’s been quite some time since we have heard about any news or future additions to HTC’s Desire series of smartphones. Chinese Android users will be happy to hear that HTC has just introduced 3 new devices that will attempt to reestablish the Desire name into the Android community. Meet the HTC VT T328t, VC T328d and the V T328w. Each phone is destined to a different Chinese carrier yet all three will have nearly identical specs comprising of a 4-inch S-LCD WVGA (854 x 480) display, Sense 4 with ICS, 1 GHz single-core processor, 5 MP camera, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory with microSD card support, and Beats Audio.

HTC plans on having these devices on shelves by the end of the month, however they look to be a Chinese exclusive for now. I don’t want to jump the gun, but does anyone else think that HTC just might be heading down the old path of quantity versus quality? The fact that we are already hearing reports of possible hardware design flaws with their One series, I truly hope that HTC will stay true to their commitment to focus on better quality handsets. Let us know what you think in the comments and hit the break for more images.


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First Press Shot Of The HTC Golf Smartphone Surfaces

2012 is ushering a new wave of thinking when it comes to entry-level phones. When you mentioned entry-level phones, you think bottom of the barrel, bland and as basic as it gets. HTC is looking to change that way of thinking by showing the world its codenamed Golf smartphone. You should remember the Golf name— we recently showed you the test image from its camera. Rumor has it that HTC will release the phone as the Wildfire C and will come with some decent features. For starters, there will be a single-core processor complimented by 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, a 3.5-inch screen, Bluetooth 3.0 and naturally Android 4.0 with Sense 4.0. Sure the internal storage may be slacking, but HTC will toss in 25GB of DropBox storage for 2 years to make everyone just a little happier.

No word on when the device is expected to arrive, but we think it will be sooner than later.

source: pocketnow

U.S. Cellular offering discounts on Galaxy smartphones

 

It’s a good day for Android bargain hunters today as U.S. Cellular has launched a promotion with discounts of up to $100 on leading Samsung Galaxy devices. The highlight being that  the carriers newly announced flagship device, the Galaxy S Aviator will be available for $99.99 with a $100 mail in rebate. Other available deals include the white Galaxy S II for $179.99 again with a $100 mail-in rebate and the Samsung Mesmerize for only $49.99 after instant savings.

In addition to the Galaxy promotion, U.S. Cellular have also bolstered its prepaid line-up by adding the Galaxy S II, the HTC Hero S and Motorola Electrify all at competitive prices. The Galaxy S II and Electrify will each cost you $399.99 and the Hero S for only $299.99.

There’s no word on how long the promotion is set to last so if you’ve been holding out for one of these devices, it might be time to get ordering. Click the link below to get started!

 

source : U.S. Cellular

Pebble watch for Android (and iPhone!)

The dawn of the smart watch may well be upon us. After a rocky start with substandard devices such as the frustrating Sony Ericsson LiveView, 2012 promises to see a multitude of exciting options hit the shelfs. We brought you the news this week of Sony’s LiveView successor, the SmartWatch which already looks to be a huge improvement in many ways over the original. You should also check out our in-depth look at the versatile Wimm One watch to see what it brings to the table.

Next to step up the plate is the little known Pebble watch concept which surfaced through a Kickstarter campaign this week. The Pebble watch is set to support Android and iOS, sporting an e-ink display and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity. The watch will allow you to check calls, texts, e-mails, social messaging alerts etc remotely from the watch screen. Music controls and fitness monitoring facilities are on board of course ensuring the spec sheet stands up to the competition.

The project was launched looking for up to $100,000 in funding to get the development up and running and once again the power of the internet has really delivered with Pebble Technology announcing that it had already smashed the original target, receiving $2 million dollars to date. The unexpected generous donations will go towards extra features and getting improved technology on board. The device is expected to retail for £150 when it launches however Kickstarter backers can reserve one for only $115.

Take a look at the video after the break for a taster of what to expect when the watch hits the market. You can also check out the Kickstarter project details in the link below.


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Sony Starts ICS Upgrades For Scandinavian Xperia Users

Looks like Sony is starting its Ice Cream Sandwich updates… if you’re in Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, or Norway. If you are, and you own an Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V, or Xperia Ray, get ready to start tasting some sweetness as the updates roll out over the next four to six weeks. These will NOT be over the air updates, so you will need a Mac or PC to install (which is pretty lame in my opinion).

Scandinavian Xperia users, hit the source link below to get started.

source: sonymobile blog

 

Analysts Agree Samsung Has Toppled Nokia From Top Spot

In a recent Reuters poll of analysts, on average they agree that Samsung has sold 88 million cellphones between January and March, besting Nokia’s 83 million during the same period. Globally, Nokia has held the #1 cellphone seller spot for 14 years, so this news is devastating to Nokia. “After 14 years as the largest global mobile phone maker, getting knocked off the top spot will come as a bitter blow to Nokia,” said Ben Wood, head of research at CCS Insight.

On Wednesday, Nokia announced their sales numbers and warned of losses in the first and second quarters. Samsung will release their sales numbers on April 27th, proving one way or the other if the analysts are correct with their predictions, though with Nokia’s struggles in the smartphone market and Samsung’s successes, it seems pretty likely they are on target.

Nokia has only been able to hang on to the top spot due to their dominance in the lower end feature phone market, but once the smartphone market took off, they have been playing catch-up. The rapid decline of Nokia is seen by the fact that a similar poll in January showed it was still far ahead of Samsung.

I think it will hurt them from a PR perspective,” Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi said, “but in reality it does not change anything: at the end of the day the problems are the same if they remain the No 1 or become the No 2.

I wonder if Nokia is regretting their decision to shun Android and partner with Microsoft.

source: reuters