The Samsung Galaxy S3 is world’s best selling and most successful smartphone, and it beats every Android device out there. It attracted many developers who would develop custom firmware, rooting and custom recovery. However this phone is not for everyone There are few people that find the device just a bit too large. With a 4.8 inch display and 136.6 x 70.6mm dimensions, the phone can be slightly large for kids—and adults with small fingers. So that’s why Samsung decided to release the Galaxy S III Mini.which can be called as a smaller brother of Galaxy S3 🙂 :).
With a smaller frame, the phone is perfect for those that want all of the Galaxy S III features but want a more compact size. The S3 Mini lacked custom recovery, which is a necessary tool to gain root access to the system. But all these challenges could not prevent the phone from being rooted. The Galaxy S3 Mini has now finally got rooted firmware.
Motorola’s Droid Razr is the latest gadget to run Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), courtesy an unofficial CyanogenMod 10 (CM10) update with support for Project Butter technology.Cyanogenmod 10 comes with all the goodness of Jelly Bean & there are some attractive features like project butter, smart keyboard, improved notification interface etc. it works very smooth & fast.
Installing Jelly Bean Update on Motorola Droid Razr (CM10)
Requirements for the installation
The following procedure will only work on Motorola Droid Razr and will probably not work on any other phone.
Remember to backup all the data and APN settings. The installation will erase it all.
Make sure that ClockWorkMod (CWM) recovery is installed on your device.
Download the latest version of CyanogenMod ROM – you can find it here.
Download The Google Application package from here.
Copy both files to the SD card. (If you downloaded them via your PC)
Turn off the phone and boot into CWM recovery by pressing Power and Volume Down buttons. Navigate to the “recovery” icon using the Volume Down button and select it using the power button.
Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset. Confirm and wait until the process is complete.
Choose the install.zip from SD card. Locate the ROM file on card and select. Confirm installation by choosing “Yes”.
Upon the installation process, choose install.zip from SD card again and on this occasion, select kernel files to install.
After the kernel installation, select gapps-jb-20120717-signed.zip from the SD card to install the Google Apps package.
After installation process is finished, reboot the phone and boot into CM10. Take note that the first boot could take up to 5 minutes.
Once devices boots to desktop or home screen, it confirms successful installation of Jelly Bean on the device. For further information and ROM updates, head over to the XDA Developers’ official page.
Huawei’s Senior VP, Yu Chengdong confirmed the manufacturer is indeed working on a galaxy Note II competitor. A few months ago it was reported that the company was planning to release an oversized smartphone rumored to be called the Ascend Mate. The handset was said to come with a massive 6.1-inch full HD 1080p display and feature an in-house 1.8GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. Speaking on Chinese social network Weibo on Wednesday. The executive added that it will be slimmer and cooler with better grip, display and battery life.
It is speculated that we could see the Ascend Mate announced at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in January.
The HTC Windows Phone 8S has arrived at the UK scene, British carrier Three has the phone for sale starting today, both online (with delivery for Monday) and in its bricks and mortar stores. The phone aims to provide affordable entry into the tile-filled world of Windows Phone 8.
Expect to pay £219 £180 sans monthly billing, while the phone will be free on two-year contracts priced starting at £17 per month.
Anyway, if you prefer to get the Windows Phone 8S on contract but not on Three, you can head over to Phones4u, which has offers for Vodafone (£21/month), Orange (£28.50/month) and T-Mobile (£36/month). Carphone Warehouse also has deals for Vodafone.
One of the biggest complaints about the iPhone and iPod touch since their inception has been their inability to play Flash videos. Adobe’s Flash player is one of the most widely used tools for delivering audio, video, and animation on the Internet. But the Flash player for iPhone is conspicuously absent. Apple doesn’t and probably won’t even support Adobe’s Flash plugin because Apple charges that Flash uses up computing and battery resources too quickly and that it’s unstable, which leads it to cause computer crashes which Apple doesn’t want as a part of the iPhone experience. That doesn’t quite mean that can not watch Flash video on your iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.
Flash-enabled web browser apps
Thanks to some server-side Flash-to-H.264 transcoding, you can get a lot of the video you want on the device you have.
SkyFire ($2.99) is an interesting and now on version 3.0 and its support for Flash has gotten better with every release. Rather than trying to actually play Flash movies on your iPhone, when you try to load one, SkyFire’s servers take over and automatically convert the Flash file to an iPhone-compatible version and then stream it down to you.It’s not a universal app so you’ll have to buy it twice if you want it on both iPhone/iPod touch and the optimized version for iPad, but it also provides other features like social integration and private browsing mode.
iSwifter Games Browser, powered by the Agawi cloud gaming platform, is the world’s first gaming browser for the iPad. The download itself is free but you’ll be prompted to “buy” the app for $2.99 if you want to support them.
Do you know of other ways to play Flash videos smoothly on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch? Share them in the comments below and keep checking this post. We’ll be updating it as better alternatives become available.
Samsung is likely accelerating the launch of its next-generation flagship Galaxy smartphone – which may come with a breakthrough unbreakable screen.Samsung’s Galaxy S IV is known as Project J internally and will have a bigger full HD AMOLED display along with 13MP camera and a quad-core processor.
According to chief JK Shin, development of the new Galaxy S IV could be aimed for release by as early as April, according to analysts and tech blogs.
An unbreakable screen could be a big selling point for the Galaxy, which is battling Apple’s iPhone to lead the $200 billion plus smartphone market.
Galaxy S IV is shaping up to be one extraordinary device indeed. As expected, Samsung has refused to comment on any of the rumors for now.
Nokia has launched the Lumia 920T which will be available to over 700 million subscribers of China Mobile.The handset, will be available on China Mobile by the end of the year for RMB 4599 (about $739) in a choice of four colors (black, white, yellow and red). It is the first TD-SCDMA Windows Phone in China. With advanced location services, photography innovation, and fast mobile browsing on China Mobile’s 3G network, the Lumia 920T offers Chinese consumers the most innovative smartphone experience.
Spec-wise, the Lumia 920T is almost identical to its western sibling. Other than packing a different radio, it features the same 4.5-inch 1280×768-pixel PureMotion HD+ display, optically image-stabilized 8.7-megapixel f/2.0 Carl Zeiss autofocus camera, and 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor (plus 1GB RAM). There’s no word on storage capacity, but the handset presumably matches the original with 32GB on board.
Nokia and Air China today announced a strategic partnership which lets consumers enjoy wireless chargers in Beijing Airport VIP lounges. Furthermore, Jiepang announced a service that lets consumers enjoy great deals by simply tapping their Lumia 920T using NFC in some outlets in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.
Samsung has just started to push Android 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy S III.The Galaxy S III is Samsung’s flagship device of the year and is also it’s biggest worldwide selling device. Samsung has given the Galaxy S III top priority in Software Updates that’s why Samsung keeps on updating this device to the latest versions of Android.
The first country on the list is Poland, but even there only owners of unbranded S3s can grab the firmware through Samsung’s Kies software or OTA (over-the-air). Fortunately, many other countries are potentially next in line, so if you’re residing in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Singapore or Spain (to only name a few), be prepared – especially if you’ve got an unlocked S3.
The update brings lots of new features to the Galaxy S III, which were introduced with the Galaxy Note II.
-Android 4.1.2 – JZO54K
-Multi-View (Multi-Windows Multitasking, same as in Note II)
-New Gallery App (Same as in Note II)
-Notification Panel (Notification Panel can now be customized)
-Brightness Slider in Notification Panel Can Now Be Disabled
-Smart Rotation (Screen Display adjusts to your angle of sightings)
-Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
-Paper Artist App
-Group Cast App
The continuous input claimed to come with the 4.1.2 version actually was available within the original 4.1.1 update.
Keep an eye on @SamKiesUpdates to get the latest information on Official Firmwares for your Samsung device.
Good news for AT&T subscribers, as a number of readers are now reporting that Samsung’s update to Android 4.1.1 is now available for the Galaxy S III via Kies. Unfortunately, there is no over-the-air option for now, and you will have to use Kies to get the update,Those who do not have Kies can get it via Samsung’s website. Once installed, Galaxy S III users should visit Samsung’s support site, connect the device to the PC.
Users might want to make sure they have plenty of storage space on their phones before downloading, however, because Engadget says early reports show the update will be a fairly hefty 738MB.
As the the update procedure is completed,your GS3 will be running on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and the latest TouchWiz UI on top of it.Sprint was the first U.S. carrier to roll out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the Galaxy S III in late October and T-Mobile last month.
Verizon is the last one left, as the procedures required to approve the update for distribution are obviously more tedious at the Big Red. We are hoping they will be over soon, though.