RIM invites Android developers to port apps to BlackBerry 10 in ‘Last Chance Port-a-thon’

Sure, porting Android applications to run on BlackBerry devices isn’t fresh news by any means, but with the impending release of BlackBerry 10, RIM is attempting to bulk up its App World offerings in time for the big reveal. The Waterloo based company has already held two previous “port-a-thons” in an effort to get new developers on board, and it appears as though RIM is holding a final “last chance port-a-thon” before devices begin to hit the market later this month. Read more

Sprint to cover 28 new cities with 4G LTE in the coming months

If you’ve been a bit disappointed by Sprint’s LTE rollout, you might be in a for a nice surprise in the next few months. Sprint has released a mini roadmap for some LTE deployment in the coming months, listing 28 cities within its 3G footprint. Sprint is claiming this upgrade is part of their Network Vision strategy, so even 3G users should see some faster speed and enhanced voice quality. They even hint that 4G phones might pick up sporadic LTE a little early, and you’re welcome to use it before it’s officially available. (hint, hint) These 28 new cities are in addition to the 200 4G cities already announced by Sprint, so by the looks of it, 2013 is going to be a pretty busy year for LTE. Hit the break to see if your city is covered and check out the press release. Read more

Dutch court rules Samsung tablets do not infringe on Apple’s design patents

The holidays have slowed down the news about Samsung and Apple trying to litigate each other out of existence, but now that we’ve got CES and Christmas out of the way, it’s sure to pick back up. The latest ruling comes from a Dutch court that ruled in Samsung’s favor; according to this ruling, Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s patented design of a rounded square shaped tablet. Samsung agreed with the ruling, naturally, saying “We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple’s registered design features can be found in numerous examples.” At least we know common sense still exists somewhere.

source: Reuters

Exynos kernel exploit patch starting to roll out for some devices

In December we reported on an exploit that had been discovered in Samsung’s Exynos chips. We have not heard of any malicious activity related to the security hole, though it became a popular vector for rooting devices. After looking into the issue, Samsung has started the process of issue a fix for the vulnerability. The devices and networks include:

  • Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch: Sprint’s update FL24 will push out to customers over the course of the next month and will receive Sprint’s Connections Optimizer as part of the update.
  • T-Mobile Galaxy Note II: The T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II is getting an update dubbed T889UVALL4. T-Mobile is pushing this out over-the-air or users can manually update via Kies.

There are other devices on several carriers that have the same chipset and are vulnerable to the exploit. We anticipate seeing patches and updates rolling out for these devices over the next several days as well now that the ball has started rolling.

source: Android Central

Root Achieved For Jelly Bean OTA For Droid RAZR And RAZR MAXX

The original Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX received an over-the-air Jelly Bean update (Android 4.1.2) a few weeks ago. It took that long for an exploit to be found in the OTA allowing for root access for both devices. At this point, it looks like all you’ll need is a PC and a USB cable. Hit the source for the walk-through.  Have fun and don’t forget to backup! Once you’re rooted you can even give Carbon Backup a try.

Source: DroidRZR.com

Featured Android Game Review: PBA Bowling Challenge [Sports]

I recently reviewed Concrete Software’s JellyFlop, which became a major hit. They just released another game that you might want to check out that’s called PBA Bowling Challenge. There are a number of bowling apps available in the Google Play Store, but this one just isn’t about knocking down the pins. With PBA Bowling Challenge, you can not only play a quick pickup game, but you can also play a full career.

In career mode, you start at the local alley with a scuffed up 12lb ball. After a little practice you can join leagues and tournaments, make some money, and hopefully becoming king of the pins. Along the way you will be able “buy” better bowling balls (30 in all) and play in a variety of alleys that feature different types of play as far as textures and oils. You might even get to play against some of the PBA’s (Pro Bowling Association) best, which include Walter Ray Williams, Jr., Pete Weber, and Tommy Jones. You will find 21 PBA bowlers in all and 70 tournaments, so it will keep you pretty busy for a while.

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Featured Android Game Review: MegaFlux [Brain & Puzzle]

Calling all puzzle game fans!! A new game from SoFresh games called MegaFlux recently hit Google Play, and I guarantee that it will challenge you for a long time. It’s based on classic pipe games, and your job is to power the processors with flux of the right color. Sounds easy doesn’t it? Wrong!! At the start of a level you will find one or more generators pumping out colored flux. You will need to rotate the nano pipes by tapping on them to make sure that each colored flux gets to their proper processors. One caveat is that you have to utilize all the pipes.

You’re graded on the star system (one to three stars), which is based on how long it takes you to solve the level. That doesn’t sound too bad, but things get really interesting with multiple generators pumping out multiple colors. You will also find components, which change the colors of the flux. At first, all generators and components are in fixed places, but eventually you will have to decide where they are placed, which makes the game very challenging.

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Featured Android App Review: KIDO’Z Play Mode-Safe For Kids [Education & Security]

As parents, we know our kids want to use our devices, but how can we let them use them safely? A new app called KIDO’Z Play Mode is the perfect solution. It allows you to give your tablet or phone to your child knowing that they will only have access to the apps that you approve of. Only you will have control if and when this special interface is removed.

When using the app for the first time, you will need to set up an account. During this process, you will also be able to set configurations for each child in the house. You can even include their pictures for an avatar. With the account you will also set up a password that will be used to get into the settings or to exit the app. For the settings, you can control what apps are visible to your child and even set time limits. Time limits are essential because we all know that if we let them play all day they will.  Your account is also accessible via your desktop browser, which will give you more control. You can do things like select what web pages they can visit and add videos as well. KIDO’Z gives you complete control of every aspect, which will give you piece of mind when you hand your child your tablet or phone.

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Images of new Samsung “Godiva” phone for Verizon show up

A couple days ago we reported on a new Samsung smartphone that showed up in GLBenchmark with the codename “Godiva.” The new device sports a dual-core Snapdragon S4 cpu and a 720p display. Despite the codename, there was speculation this may be a new slider type phone for the folks out there who like a physical keyboard. That would position the new device to be marketed as the Verizon Stratosphere III. Read more

New image of HTC M7 surfaces

As we start looking ahead to Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona, one phone that may generate some interest and speculation is the HTC M7. In light of the slumping fortunes of HTC, the company is hoping to bring out a new flagship device to stem the downward spiral. The M7 may be that device. Loosely based off the DROID DNA, HTC is resisting the push toward bigger phones with a 4.7-inch screen. In most other ways though, the M7 should keep pace with the market offering a 1920 x 1080 display resolution, a 1.7GHz cpu, and an updated HTC Sense 5.0 interface as seen in some other leaked images.

The latest screenshot supposedly came from a short animation being created for new owners on how to install the SIM card the first time. The source notes there are some details, like the lack of branding, that suggest the final design is still not revealed with this render.

source: Unwired View