Leaked build of Android 4.3 from test Moto X device available


If you have a Motorola Moto X and just cannot wait for Android 4.3 to be released for your device, you can try flashing a new build that has been put together from resources dumped off a test device. XDA member jimmydafish posted a zip file that includes everything needed to load this particular Android 4.3 build onto your Moto X. You do need to have an unlocked bootloader. Whether you would really want to do this may be questionable though as even jimmydafish indicates in his testing that it seems to run slower than the current build of Android 4.2.2 on the Moto X. He does indicate the camera app seems to be an improvement.

To fastboot flash the system onto your Moto X, just follow the source link to find the zip file containing the necessary bits along with instructions. Just remember you are taking things into your own hands as far as the continued operation of your device, so be sure you are willing to live with the results whatever they may be. If you do undertake this install, be sure to post here and let us know your impressions.

source: XDA Developers

Various stress tests show the durability of Samsung phones [Video]

Just how durable is that $600 Samsung phone in your pocket? The cheap feeling plastic may be more durable than you think. While Samsung builds some fantastic devices, build materials are not one of their specialties. A video put out by Samsung Tomorrow TV declares that the light, seemingly fragile plastics used are actually stronger than we give them credit for. From button stress tests to wash and rain tests to bend tests to your more standard drop tests, the plastic holds up remarkably well. Hit the break for the video. Read more

The Nexus 7 is One Tough Cookie

Need more reasons to love your Google Nexus 7 tablet? Perhaps yet another reason to convince you to go out and purchase one? It turns out the Nexus 7 is one tough cookie compared to that other fruit bearing tablet. The guys over at Squaretrade performed several tests on the Google Nexus 7 and the new Apple iPad to test its durability. Needless to say, the Nexus 7 won in a landslide.

First off they dropped both tablets numerous times at several different angles, and while the Nexus 7 stayed fully intact (minus minor scuff marks on the back-plate) with no cracks on the screen, the iPad suffered from a cracked screen and the corners were essentially smashed and bent. Their next test was dropping both tablets in a tub filled with water. Both tablets still worked after taking them out, the the iPad’s audio speakers were nonfunctional while the Nexus 7’s were perfectly working.

There you have it folks, looks like even for a tablet starting at $199, ASUS and Google made a quality tablet that can endure drops and water damage. Hit the break to watch the video of the demonstration and let us know what you think!

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Sony Xperia S shows off its anti-stain nanocoating

It seems tech sites aren’t happy these days unless they’re filming an elaborate test showing the endurance of the latest smartphones for our viewing (and cringing!) pleasure. In recent times we’ve seen our precious Androids subjected to scratching, dropping and with a plethora of waterproof Android devices on the horizon perhaps we should expect a new definition for soak test!

The good folk over at phoneArena have clearly been feeling creative this week and have invented a new form of phone torture to show the world. They managed to get their hands on a white Sony Xperia S and decided to test out that anti-stain nanocoating by introducing it to a permanent black marker.

I’d personally recommend keeping your pens, keys and tarmac away from your phone but in the meantime check out the anti-stain magic at work in the video below.


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source : phoneArena

Google Nexus 3 image found then taken down – ‘politely’

mockup google nexus 3

The image seen above is apparently a test device given to “a buddy that works in the Android Dev Labs”, and is supposed to be the next Nexus (Nexus 3 or whatever they decide to call it). Google may be in talks with HTC and LG over who the next manufacturer will be of the Google branded smartphone (which we all admire for getting prompt Android updates before anyone else). Notice the missing buttons on the bottom of the touchscreen. Despite the sketchiness of the source, it stands to reason that this could be a new Android device for testing, whether it’s actually the ‘Nexus 3’ we, or anyone for that matter currently, can not determine. It was said that Android Ice Cream Sandwich would not need to rely on stationary buttons for navigation through the Android OS, but again, this is all speculation.

One more little tidbit to add some controversy here is that the original source who leaked this image online no longer has the article. When you hit the techhog source link below, you’ll only find this statement;

(Photo removed per request)

(Information removed per request)

Sorry everyone, I’ve been politely asked to remove the information from this page regarding the 3rd Nexus. I apologize for the inconvenience.

That adds a layer of ‘fishiness’ does it not? Who asked for it to be taken down? HTC, LG, Google?

[via mobilesyrup, techhog]

Verizon LG Revolution hits testing phase, bringing it closer to release

Remember the LG Revolution, one of the four phones Verizon featured at CES? (Shameless plug – check out our hands-on comparison of all 4 phones here) One of them, the LG Revolution, is finally getting into the hands of testers, and you know what that means: we’re getting closer to an actual public release.

We got a chance to check out the Revolution at CES, and I must say: I liked it. It’s got:

  • 4.3″ 480×800 display
  • Android 2.2
  • 1500 mah battery
  • 1GHz Snapdragon CPU
  • 3D graphics hardware acceleration

Sounds pretty great, right? Be sure to hit the break for a gallery of the test units, and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Motorola wants its Bravo owners to test new software update prior to release


Motorola wants to know if its Bravo owners would like to test out the upcoming and long-awaited Froyo update before it gets officially released to the masses…or at least Bravo owners. You can sign up at the source link below where they’ll take everyone’s name and contact you later letting you know how you can get the pre-release update to install on your Bravo. Here’s what Motorola had to say on the matter;

Motorola and AT&T are happy to announce a pre-release of the first software upgrade* for BRAVO™ with MOTOBLUR™, before it is officially released to all customers. We are recruiting 1,000 BRAVO™ owners to test and provide feedback on the upgrade to FroYo (Android 2.2).

This registration period will be open until we receive our limit of qualified applicants. Note that you must be a member of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to register. If you’re interested in testing and want to take part, just join Motorola’s community now and then fill out the short registration form.

Please note that registering will not guarantee you’ll be among those testing the software update as testers will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis, and on valid registration responses. Selected users will receive additional information to prepare for the upgrade via email when the trial begins.

There you have it, Motorola is definitely committed to releasing Android 2.2 on the Bravo.

[via Motorola]

Google “Test Market” Accidentally Released, Reviewed, Quickly Pulled

Who doesn’t love a good mistake… as long as you’re not reaping any ill repercussions? The folks over at Tech from 10 found themselves asking that question when their Samsung Galaxy S phone magically got an unexpected update to an unreleased “test market”. They tried to remove it, but to no avail. But, you know what they say: if at first you don’t succeed, just review the dang thing.

The main differences they saw were not only in the UI, but in the apps that were listed as “test” or “beta” – as well as a new content ratings section. What kind of new and exciting apps did they find? Things like:

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