1 1 1 1 1 Rating 3.13 (72 Votes)

Tinkerers and modders who desire the Galaxy S5 for its hardware but with very little interest in Samsung's bloatware now have a fighting chance. The latest 2.7 version of the Team Win Recovery Project, better known as TWRP, is now available for Galaxy S5 devices of the "klte" variant.

 

TWRP rose through the ranks at a time when Clockwork Recovery or CWM was seemingly stagnating in terms of new features, primary among them being the lack of a touch-based interface. Although Koushik "Koush" Dutta is back to developing CWM, he has also signified that he doesn't really want to take CWM beyond the simple and focused recovery that it is. This leaves TWRP a bigger room to grow.

 

1 1 1 1 1 Rating 2.47 (77 Votes)

HD Widgets 4 to be released starting May 1, available to beta testers now

 

A brand new version of HD Widgets is on the way, and if you're interested in signing up for a beta group you can have it a week earlier than everyone else. The fourth iteration of HD Widgets is the first major update to the app in a year, and it's bringing a new interface for customizing your widgets as well as new styles and options for what goes on your home screen.

1 1 1 1 1 Rating 2.96 (28 Votes)

Vivo XShot Passes 40k AnTuTu Mark

 

There is always a first time for everything, so this week marks the first smartphone in the world that will break the 40,000 barrier in the AnTuTu benchmark, and it is none other than the Vivo XShot that has the honor of doing so. One of the closer rivals in recent times where benchmark reading is concerned would be the OnePlus One, where that model touched the 38,000 mark. Well, the Vivo XShot edged past the barrier by hitting 40,023, which also means it has overtaken the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra along the way.

 

1 1 1 1 1 Rating 2.83 (30 Votes)

Nexus 8 By HTC?

Could HTC be the ones behind the upcoming Nexus 8 tablet from Google? Apparently so, as there are signs from “upstream supply chain” sources that point to the Taiwanese company working on the next generation Nexus tablet. Granted, HTC has not been doing too well lately, despite having released fine smartphones in the mold of the HTC One (both the M7 and M8 versions). While Google was said to have approached HTC before Asus for the Nexus 7, it seemed that HTC was too busy back then, where in hindsight, it might have helped ease HTC’s bottom line today.

 

1 1 1 1 1 Rating 3.07 (27 Votes)

Samsung Building Fire Caused Samsung.com Website To Go Down

 

If you happen to be using a Samsung device earlier this morning, you might have received some error messages, as well as being unable to log on to Samsung.com. There is a very good reason for that, which is also a reminder to those of us who are so engrossed in the virtual world, that we are not quite sure what to make of the corporeal world anymore. Apparently, the Samsung SDS building located in Gwacheon, South Korea, saw its fourth floor catch fire, knocking off the Samsung.com website along the way.


1 1 1 1 1 Rating 3.42 (31 Votes)

iOcean X8, The Smartphone For Selfie Lovers

 

Do you love taking selfies? Is your Facebook profile full of photo albums of your face more than any other kinds of photos? If the answer is in the affirmative, then you might want to check out the iOcean X8, which is a smartphone that hails from China, where it will sport a 5MP camera in front that boasts of auto-focus capability

 

1 1 1 1 1 Rating 2.50 (16 Votes)

The newest Galaxy devices, to include the Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit, as well as the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are the focus with Samsung here in Barcelona. Of course, there is much more here on display at the Samsung booth. We happened to be in discovery and wandering mode, and happened upon the Galaxy S4 Black Edition, which was unveiled earlier in the month.

There really isn't all that much to say about the Black Edition GS4. After all, the specs should be familiar at this point. What is different here is the new look. Well, more specifically, this is a new look for the Galaxy S4, but an old look for the Galaxy Note 3. This GS4 has the faux leather back with faux stitching we saw announced with the Note 3.

1 1 1 1 1 Rating 3.44 (16 Votes)

Omate is here at Mobile World Congress showing a new model, as well as some new colors. This latest is the TrueSmart Elegance edition and it was introduced to address on issue in particular -- the weight of the watch. We mentioned in our initial hands-on how the TrueSmart initially felt heavy, and while we were able to get used to it, those going with the Elegance model shouldn't have that to worry about at all.

 

We were told the TrueSmart Elegance edition watch is 30 percent lighter (as compared to the existing model). We wouldn't necessarily think of this as the second-generation model, however the difference in weight comes due to the difference in material. The Elegance edition is made of aluminum, versus the stainless steel in the original model. And as you'll see in the image gallery -- there is a new color, pink.

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1 1 1 1 1 Rating 3.12 (17 Votes)

HTC One wins GSMA's top smartphone of the year at Mobile World Congress

LG honored for its innovation

Mobile World Congress

We're all patiently awaiting HTC's March 25 events in London and New York, where it's all but official that we'll get a new version of one of our favorite smartphones of the past year. (We did get a smaller announcement this week, with the Desire 816.) But today, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, HTC's current (and very much still relevant) flagship is receiving a pretty major accolade by the GSMA, the group that puts on this little show that we call MWC.

1 1 1 1 1 Rating 3.27 (15 Votes)

Papyrus app

Now you can mark up docs easily with an S Pen

Papyrus is a promising note-taking app for Android that we first spotted at the Samsung Developer Conference, and they've finally reached the 1.0 milestone. Papyrus has been enjoying quite a bit of popularity in their beta period, having built up the core functions, but the latest update includes a premium feature for PDF importing. This means you can take documents sent to you by e-mail or elsewhere, and mark it up within the app. You can also export the final product as a PDF if you like.

 

1 1 1 1 1 Rating 3.06 (18 Votes)
Along with the Tegra 4i powered Wiko WAX smartphone, NVIDIA was also showing the Tegra Note 7 LTE here at Mobile World Congress. The LTE equipped version of the Tegra Note 7 was announced earlier in the week. While the tablet now has LTE, it is largely the same in terms of overall style.

That is to say a black casing, with landscape orientation. The orientation bit plays to the speakers, which sit on opposite sides of the display. In this case, the display remains at 7-inches. The back of the tablet also sports a bit of a different look, but it retains the Tegra Note branding running through the middle.

 

1 1 1 1 1 Rating 2.56 (16 Votes)

As the rumors were suggesting, Nokia announced an Android handset here at Mobile World Congress. Based on those rumors we were expecting to see the Nokia X, but it seems they had a bit of a surprise for everyone. Nokia also unveiled the Nokia XL, which as the name would suggest, is the bigger version of the Nokia X.

The Nokia XL sports a 5-inch display, as compared to the 4-inch display on the Nokia X. The handset has a Lumia like appearance, and the back cover snaps completely off -- to include the part that wraps around the sides of the device. This one is powered by a Snapdragon 400 processor, and also has a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera.

 

1 1 1 1 1 Rating 3.56 (18 Votes)

ZTE Introduces ZTE Open C And ZTE Open II

 

[MWC 2014] ZTE has certainly kept themselves busy with the introduction of two more smartphones that will run on the Firefox OS – namely the ZTE Open C as well as the ZTE Open II. First of all, let us take a closer look at the ZTE Open C, where this particular device will arrive with a 3MP shooter at the back, a 4-inch display at 800 × 480 resolution, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and a 1,400 mAh battery underneath the hood.


1 1 1 1 1 Rating 3.06 (17 Votes)

LG G2 Mini Announced

 

[MWC 2014] The folks over at LG have done it yet again – through the unveiling of their first “compact” smartphone, which has arrived in the form of the LG G2 mini. Specially developed to be a smaller version of the LG G2 that has picked up its fair share of bouquets, the LG G2 mini will bring along with it the premium user interface features found in the LG G2, albeit in a smaller form factor. Among the user friendly features found in the LG G2 mini include the likes of Guest Mode, Plug & Pop, Clip Tray and Capture Plus.


1 1 1 1 1 Rating 3.31 (13 Votes)

 

Electric Drive

It's been an odd development over the past few years, but car manufacturers are now among the biggest exhibitors at CES. With giant and massively expensive booths you'll find Sony and Samsung along with Ford and Audi. BMW, too, has a huge presence at CES 2014, taking up the entirety of the parking lot outside the south hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. They built an exhibition center to show off the technology that's gone into their electric "i" sub-brand.

1 1 1 1 1 Rating 2.80 (15 Votes)


It seems that photo printing is now trying to catch up with the rising trend of mobile photography. Building on its line of instax mini instant cameras, Fujifilm is now unveiling the instax SHARE SP-1, a small printer just for your smartphone.

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In concept, the instax SHARE SP-1 would sound vaguely familiar, like the LG Pocket Photo 2 announced last week. You basically take a photo with your smartphone, send it wirelessly through a proprietary Fujifilm app made just for the purpose, and see your photo get printed out in small 62 mm x 46 mm prints. Fujifilm isn’t exactly forthcoming with the exact details of the device. The printer has a dedicated reprint button that will, you guessed it, print out the photo again. Other than that, we’ll have to wait and see what else this pocket printer has to offer.

1 1 1 1 1 Rating 3.21 (14 Votes)

aviate

Earlier this week, Yahoo announced that it had acquired Aviate, a startup providing contextually relevant information on Android homescreens, but it didn’t say anything about the acquisition price. Now a source with knowledge of the deal tells me that the acquisition was for $80 million.

My source didn’t know any of the details beyond the amount — the mix of cash and stock or how much of the total is tied to an earn out, for example. Regardless, that’s an impressive price for a young startup that raised a $1.8 million Series A (from Highland Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, and others) less than a year ago. (It was also incubated at StartX.)

1 1 1 1 1 Rating 3.07 (15 Votes)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Could Feature Eye Scanner Technology

Samsung has had a fair amount of success with its Samsung Galaxy S series, where we are right now up to number 4 in the range. It goes without saying that to keep up with the rest of the market, Samsung will continue to churn out a next generation Galaxy S smartphone, and the next obvious candidate would be the Samsung Galaxy S5. Apparently, the Galaxy S5 is due to arrive this coming April, and word on the street has it that Samsung is looking into using eye scanner technology.

1 1 1 1 1 Rating 3.00 (15 Votes)

ZTE Grand S II Introduced

The ZTE Grand S II will continue from where its predecessor, the ZTE Grand S, left off last year. What we saw in the ZTE Grand S was pretty decent on the outside – it was slim, but the downside to it was the relatively paltry 1,780 mAh battery which did not really allow it to function as a smartphone because it would have run out of juice really fast. Good thing then, the ZTE Grand S II, will do a whole lot better since it comes with a 3,000 mAh battery that would make it a decent performer by mid-range standards.

1 1 1 1 1 Rating 3.00 (16 Votes)

Caterpillar Cat B100 Rugged Phone Announced

Ever wished that your modern day smartphone is not all that “soft”, and that it can handle all the rough rigors of life? A knock here, a drop there, or perhaps even a short trip down the wash basin. The Caterpillar Cat B100 is here to cater to those who happen to be butterfingers or simply do not have a good track record when it comes to making sure that the smartphone remains well protected against scratches and the like. The Caterpillar Cat B100 will come with IP67 certification while offering MIL 810G protection, which means it is 100% protected against dust with the ability to be able to “swim with the fishes”, so to speak, as long as it is no deeper than 3 feet.

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