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January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

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“Two is better than one,” featuring the HTC HD2

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

All Taylor Swift and Apple references aside, some fellas over at XDA have discovered a way to dual-boot your HTC HD2 with Android and Windows Phone 7. According to gencaslan, a developer at the XDA forums, the following few steps will allow you to enjoy the beautiful dual functionality on your device in no time. (Video below.)

To prepare for the process, gather the following:

The tutorial can be found amongst the XDA forums here.

As with all hacking activities, there is the possibility that you will completely fry your device. So play at your own risk. However, the results usually outweigh the scary process.

[Source: XDA, WPCentral]

"Two is better than one," featuring the HTC HD2

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

All Taylor Swift and Apple references aside, some fellas over at XDA have discovered a way to dual-boot your HTC HD2 with Android and Windows Phone 7. According to gencaslan, a developer at the XDA forums, the following few steps will allow you to enjoy the beautiful dual functionality on your device in no time. (Video below.)

To prepare for the process, gather the following:

The tutorial can be found amongst the XDA forums here.

As with all hacking activities, there is the possibility that you will completely fry your device. So play at your own risk. However, the results usually outweigh the scary process.

[Source: XDA, WPCentral]

Android App of the Week. Week 1

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment

As it is Monday, and Monday means the start of a new week in my book (start of the school week). I figured Monday would be the perfect day to start a new weekly section of the blog. So lets begin!

This week’s Android App is: SwipePad Beta.

SwipePad Beta is the newest and fastest way to multitask on your android device. The app allows you to simply swipe your finger from one side of the screen to the center, and opens up all of your recent applications, customized shortcuts, and even contacts. Instead of the 6-8 recently used applications that you would get from using the traditional Android multitasking tool, SwipePad allows you to use up to 12 slots for whatever you choose.

The traditional method of multitasking on your Android device requires you to click-and-hold on the home screen until the App Box opens up over your current screen. While this method is usable, SwipePad makes a swift and easy way for you to seamlessly change between apps.

To download SwipePad Beta, go to the Android Market and use the search tool, or simply open up your Barcode Scanner App, on an Android device, and scan the following QR Code.

Motorola Atrix 4G

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment

2011 looks to be a promising year for technology. Just about every major phone company is releasing an Android Tablet, 3-D technology is starting to get more and more advanced, and cell phones this year will push the boundaries of mobile computing like they never have before.

So what  boundaries are we talking about ?

  • How about putting DDR2 RAM into a phone? Done!
  • What about a Dual-Core processor in a phone? Done

So what phone has done this? The Motorola Atrix 4G!

Here are the specs:

  • 4inch qHD screen(540 x 960 pixels)
  • Dual-Core Tegra 2 Processor(1GHz)
  • 1GB DDR2 Ram
  • 5megapixel camera(720p video recording)
  • 1930 mAh Battery
  • 16GB Internal(expandable up to 32GB)
  • GPS
  • HDMI Output(1.3)

Basically, looking at the specs, the Atrix is not a phone to mess with. Motorola really went to town with this phone, putting a Tegra-2 Dual Core Processor and 1GB of DDR2 RAM into such a small device makes this phone, one of the most powerful phones of the market.

Processor:  The Motorola Atrix is one of the first mobile devices we have seen with a Dual-Core processor. The Tegra-2 Dual Core processor means that you get twice the processing power than anything else on the market. Basically its the same as sticking two 1GHz processors into your phone and running them at the same time.

Screen: The Atrix features a 4inch qHD screen. Pixel count comes in at 540 x 960 pixels which is the same pixel count as the iPhone 4, but because the screen on the Atrix is larger than an iPhone 4, the PPI(Pixels per Inch) is slightly reduced.

Memory: With the powerful processor of the Tegra-2 you need a lot of RAM to get the device moving, which is why the Atrix comes with 1GB of DDR2 RAM. To give you an idea of how much memory that is: in 2005 the average laptop came stock with 1GB of DDR2 RAM. So what we are talking about here is a hand-held computer.

Speaking of hand-help computers, this is where the Atrix really sets itself apart from anything else out there. The docking abilities of the phone are simply amazing. The phone has the ability to dock into a computer skin-like device (seen below). It was said at CES2011 that the laptop port is a dead device and is almost entirely run by the phone itself. It connects through the HDMI and Micro-USB ports on the side of the phone. Since it has an HDMI port, the phone will also be able to connect to TV’s and produce 1080p quality video over HDMI while acting as a remote.

Overview: Over all the Motorola Atrix 4G looks like  a great phone, and definitely something to look for in the year to come. With its high powered processor and large amount of RAM this phone is going to be a powerhouse. Although it is a great phone, something that would be nice to see on the device would be a more personalized Android theme, instead of an almost Android Vanilla look. We will be looking forward for this device to be released sometime first quarter of 2011 on the AT&T network.

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Samsung Vibrant Gets Froyo

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment

After 7 months of waiting, a few broken promises, and a whole ton of controversy, Samsung released Froyo for the T-Mobile Vibrant. You may not have heard about the because it is not an OTA (Over The Air) update, but the link at the bottom of the page will get your Vibrant up to date and running smoother than ever.

The following statements were released by SamsungMobileUS and T-Mobile via twitter:

An official update was released on T-Mobiles blog as well. The blog also included a tutorial on how to update your phone via Samsung’s Kies Mini.

You can update your phone by going to the following link: Samsung Vibrant Froyo(2.2) Update

I personally own the Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile and have been waiting for this update for quite some time now. The first couple boots after the update were very scary, the buttons were not working for a while, but after a few resets, everything started to click into place. The new features are very nice including: Wi-Fi calling, Wi-Fi Tethering, and a few updates that enhance the software. The update also came with some aesthetic changes, including new icons, a new search tray and colored settings icons. Battery life does seem to take little bit of a plunge with the update, and the initial start-up was a little intense, but the phone seems to be functioning much faster than ever and after three days has yet to freeze up on me.

Have fun with the update and let us know what you think in the comments.

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3D Disney Phone to be released in Japan

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Disney Mobile has ceased to exist here stateside, but thrives overseas in the Asian market. As Disney’s first foray into the smartphone industry, they have decided to release the 3D Sharp Galapagos 003SH as their first handset with Mickey branding. The handheld will indeed be a 3D smartphone and shows that Disney is excited to promote the new dimension of mobile media. Despite Steve Jobs’ position on the company’s board of directors, Disney has decided to preload the device with Android instead of Jobs’ iOS. Essentially the software is a Disneyfied version of Froyo with a Disney email address, exclusive content, and optional custom Disney-themed cases. Disney, through Pixar, already has a deep gallery of 3D material to release for the device, including both games and movies. Although the “Disney Phone” will not be coming stateside (it will be released in Japan later this month)… the 3D Sharp Galapagos 003SH is slated for release later this year, without the Disney branding. It is rumored that there will be 3D Disney media available for download when it comes to US shores.

Non-Disney 003SH

[Sources: Engadget, PocketNow]