Native Facebook app for Android in final testing

It was only a few weeks ago when we reported that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg regretted using HTML5 for the Android app and promised a native app soon. I guess he wasn’t joking because it looks like the promised app is now in final testing so we could see it soon. I know a lot of you hardcore Facebook fans are clamoring for something decent. I really don’t care about the app, just make the widget work right. Stay tuned.

source: engadget

HTC posts more financial losses in latest quarterly report

HTC released third quarter financial results today, and the trajectory is not good. For the fourth consecutive quarter, profits were down, this time by a whopping 79% compared to the previous quarter. Net income for the third quarter was down to $133 million compared to $247 million for the second quarter. Third quarter revenue was down to about $2.4 billion USD, which missed their guidance issued in August calling for revenue of $2.5 billion USD. Looking forward, the downward trend is expected to continue for at least a fifth consecutive quarter.

HTC’s chief executive officer Peter Chou has urged HTC employees regain a “sense of urgency” and try to avoid bureaucratic drains on the organization. However, analysts like Kevin Chang with Citigroup Inc. in Taipei see “further share looss in the U.S. and Europe” as HTC battles with Samsung and Apple for market share. HTC has been stronger in China, but even the success there is being dampened by “white box smartphones”, unbranded phones that increasingly are providing strong competition to the big name phone makers like HTC.

source: Bloomberg

New colors for Samsung Galaxy S III coming to Verizon

Visitors to the Verizon web site today were greeted with an offer to sign up for notifications about a couple new colors for Samsung Galaxy S III devices. Both black and brown will be available from Verizon, joining blue and white versions. No word on pricing, though it is hard to imagine they would sell for anything other than what the current versions go for. No word on a projected release date either, but it is probably not too far in the future.

source: Droid Life

Sprint Launches StarStar Me, a vanity number service

In this age when people hardly ever remember new numbers longer than the time it takes to put it in a phone, Sprint has started a service to change that. StarStar Me will allow subscribers to assign a new dial code to their phone that starts with two star signs and then a name or number, **SARAH in the picture. This service costs $2.99 and also provides “custom text messages when they’re busy, as well as a unique way to share links to their blog, website or social media accounts.” There is an app available now to accompany the service that helps manage calls and automate text messages. Hit the break for the full press release.

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US House Committee Reports Indicates ZTE & Huawei Pose Major Security Threats In The US

 

Looks like there’s an emerging issue going on between two Chinese manufacturing giants here in the US. ZTE and Huawei have each been targeted by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee and may pose a major risk to U.S. security. According to a report based off an 11-month investigation of each company, the U.S. panel found both Huawei and ZTE each failed to satisfy its requests for documents, including detailed information about formal relationships or regulatory interaction with Chinese authorities and the Chinese government. In addition, the special panel found it received credible allegations from “unnamed industry experts”, as well as current and former Huawei employees suggesting Huawei in particular, may be guilty of “bribery and corruption, discriminatory behavior and copyright infringement”. The major goal of the investigation and subsequent report was to essentially find “long-term security risks supposedly linked with Huawei and ZTE’s equipment and service”.

Naturally each manufacturer is not the least bit happy with the U.S. Government’s assertions. ZTE expressed its disappointment by highlighting “profoundly disagrees” with the claim and  “ZTE should not be a focus of this investigation to the exclusion of the much larger Western vendors“. Huawei spokesman William Plummer added “baseless suggestions otherwise or purporting that Huawei is somehow uniquely vulnerable to cyber mischief ignore technical and commercial realities, recklessly threaten American jobs and innovation, do nothing to protect national security, and should be exposed as dangerous political distractions from legitimate public-private initiatives to address what are global and industry-wide cyber challenges“.

Boy oh boy this may get a little messy, especially considering we’re looking forward to some sweet superphones from the manufacturers this year. Here’s hoping we see some sort of resolution sooner than later.

source: Yahoo News

Rovio Announces Angry Birds Star Wars Game, Will Ride The Death Star Into Gamers’ Devices On November 8th

 

Can’t get enough of your Angry Birds fix, young Jedi? Well you’re in luck because Rovio has announced its Angry Birds Star Wars game that is due to arrive in November. The game will feature the standard Star Wars locales from the deserts of Tatooine to the depths of the Death Star, giving players many chances to channel their inner Luke Skywalker. This game is set to take the Angry Birds franchise to new heights as Peter Vesterbacka, CMO of Rovio claims it will be “the best Angry Birds game we’ve ever done“.

The game will hit the Play Store and Amazon Appstore on November 8th— but in the meantime, Rovio promises to tease us by releasing various screenshots and trailers highlighting the games well, awesomeness. You’ll find additional information once you hit the source link below. And remember friends, may the force be with you.

source: Rovio

Reports on Android 4.2 with Project Roadrunner, updated Google Now, and Customization Center apparently false

Last week Android and Me originally broke the story that the soon to be released Android 4.2 would feature a Customization Center, an updated Google Now, and Project Roadrunner. Just like that, they have retracted the story saying it was completely false. On the good news front, it looks the like the rumors about the LG Optimus G Nexus, or whatever they are going to call it, appear to be true as well as some some sort of Android 4.2 update.

source: androidandme

Ready-to-flash official Jelly Bean ROM’s for certain HTC One X’s available

Gotta love leaks right? Looks like several leaks of HTC’s upcoming Jelly Bean ROM for the HTC One X has been leaked and ready for flashing for certain One X’s with the supported CID’s. These ROM’s are based on the One X+’s firmware and features Android 4.1.1 with Sense 4+. If one of these CID’s matches your device, then you’re lucky as you are able to give it a shot!

  • cidnum: HTC__001
  • cidnum: HTC__E11
  • cidnum: HTC__203
  • cidnum: HTC__102
  • cidnum: HTC__405
  • cidnum: HTC__Y13
  • cidnum: HTC__A07
  • cidnum: HTC__304
  • cidnum: HTC__M27
  • cidnum: HTC__032
  • cidnum: HTC__016
  • cidnum: HTC__J15

Any brave flashers wanna give this a shot? Let us know how it is!

source: XDA

O2 UK launches “Bond Phone” Xperia T variant

Last month we reported that the UK carrier O2 would have rights to release the exclusive “007 James Bond Skyfall branded Sony Xperia T phone. The phone is now available through O2 priced from free at £36 per month on O2’s “On & On” tariff.

While the device is identical to the normal Xperia T in the outside, the exclusive bond phone comes pre-loaded with Bond-themed ringtones, wallpapers, “screensavers” and geo-tagged photos from the production of the upcoming 007 movie Skyfall.

source: O2