[ROOT] CyanogenMOD 9 stable release available for all supported devices


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So, have you been rocking the stock version of ICS courtesy of CyanogenMod , but have yet to make it your daily driver due to stability issues? Fear not, as the folks at Cyanogen have finally released the stable version of its ICS based CM9. The build is available for all CM9 supported devices right now, from the Galaxy Nexus all the way to the Incredible 2. The latest release brings a new audio equalizer , OS Gesture Commands, and themes among other changes to the new stable build. Hit the link below to get the full rundown of devices and downloads, and of course if you’re in for some JellyBean totting CM10, you’ll have to wait much longer for a stable release.

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HTC One V Review

2012 is the year of the quad – core smartphones , dubbed “superphones” . All the OEM’s are moving with new flagships and their own respective series. Samsung with their Galaxy and the S3 at its helm, and LG’s Optimus series. HTC had a shaky year last year, with the Sensation line failing to ward of all the die – hard S2 fans. This year, they’re looking to mimic what they did in 2010 with the Desire, which won the hearts of everyone. This year is the year of the ONE , and HTC ‘s got 3 very capable Ones to do that job. The One X is their flagship superphone, followed by the dual – core One S, which still tugs along as fast as that Quad Core brother, with better battery life. That leaves us with the third , and youngest member of the One family , the ONE V. A single core , 5Mp sporting phone running on the latest Android with Sense 4 on top, and a RM999 price tag, where exactly does the One V fit in today’s power hungry crowd? Will it be the new benchmark for sub-RM1000 phones? Can Ice Cream Sandwich be enough to justify this guy? Read on to find out our verdict of the HTC One V .

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 Is Packed With Multimedia Features

Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Galaxy S3

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the latest and greatest smartphone from the popular Korean manufacturer. It boasts some of the best smartphone technology out there, particularly in terms of its multimedia credentials. As this is an increasingly common use for smartphone, in this article I will take a closer look at the multimedia features of the device.

The Galaxy S3 is known for having one of the best touchscreens of any smartphone currently available. Measuring 4.8 inches it is ideally suited to watching movies and playing games. Also with its HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display quality is top notch, and enhanced further by its HD resolution of 720x 1280 with a pixel density of 306ppi.

The processor is also important for the multimedia experience on any smartphone. With a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, the Galaxy S3 is among the most powerful smartphones in the world and one of only a small number of phones to boast this feature. Although this is an often overlooked feature, the processor makes a massive difference to the multimedia experience. The processor is responsible for many parts of the phone’s performance, but in terms of multimedia, it ensures that graphics run smoothly when playing games, and if there is a lot of action happening on the screen at a fast pace, with a lot of light and colour, a lesser processor may not deliver the same results as it would judder and buffer to cope with the increased workload.

The Galaxy S3 is a fine example of the multimedia download services available on smartphones. Google Play (previously known as Android Market is where you will find a vast library of applications and games, and Samsung Games Hub allows you to download premium games titles which are specifically optimised for the Galaxy S3. These even include some well known console titles like from the likes of EA and Activision with popular titles including Need For Speed and Call Of Duty.

The Galaxy S3 offers a number of different options for sharing multimedia content between compatible devices. S-Beam and AllShare cast allow you to wirelessly share files like movies and music tracks between devices, while a specially developed Samsung HDMI receiver allows you to mirror the content of the phone’s screen onto a compatible TV in real time.

As you can see, the Samsung Galaxy S3 offers an impressive package of multimedia features, making it one of the best handsets for this kind of user.

Samsung Announces New Logic Line for Mobile Application Processors


To meet the growing demands for logic products, Samsung have announced that it is planning to a build a new fabrication line in Hwaseong, South Korea. Samsung will invest 2.25 trillion Korean Won in the new fabrication line, which will break ground this month with an estimated completion by the end of 2013.

This new fabrication line will mainly produce highly advanced mobile application processors on 300mm wafers at 20nm and 14nm process nodes. Along with Line 9 and Lines 14, which have been converted to System LSI fabrication earlier this year, the new line will help supply the ever expanding need for smart mobile solutions.

With the new investments, plus the addition of Line 16 in Hwaseong last September and plans to build a new NAND Flash plant in Xi’an, China, Samsung looks to balance its global semiconductor fabrication prowess.

“With the construction of our new System LSI fabrication line, Samsung will be able to respond to the demand of the global IT industry and strengthen our ability to support our customers’ requirements even further,” said Stephen Woo, President of Samsung Electronics’ System LSI Business.

In other related news, according to market research conducted by Gartner, the demand for system semiconductor chips for use in smartphones and tablets will grow more than 20% on average from $23.4 billion in 2011 to $59.4 billion in 2016.

Spotify Overhauled for Android 4.0 : Slicker, Faster ,Better

Spotify Android update finally hits Google Play, brings Lastfm scrobbling with it

Remember that Android Spotify app we saw way back in April? After a couple of months, it seems that the music streaming service finally has a version for those who appreciate the more stable things in life. The new Android app is available today, bringing with it a complete redesign, full support for Ice Cream Sandwich, added social functionality, cross-fade and gapless playback, hi-res album art and streaming at 320kps. Improvements over the beta version include a widget to control playback from the home screen, folder support and Last.fm scrobbling. Spotify’s offering the fairly noncommittal, “we reckon this might be our best mobile app yet.”

Quoted from Spotify’s blog post :

Great news! The amazing new Android app is here. It looks great, moves fast and is packed full of new features. It’s available to everyone from Google Play.

The preview we released a few weeks back got rave reviews – and we’ve sneaked in even more new features since then. You’ll love it!

Here’s what you get:

  • Totally new app with full support for Android 4.0
  • Top-to-bottom redesign
  • All-new slide-out navigation
  • Even more social – check out friends’ profile pages and playlists on the go
  • Artist imagery in high resolution
  • Related artist view – available for the first time on mobile
  • ‘Extreme’ sound quality setting for 320kbps listening
  • So much faster!

Plus, since the preview release we’ve added:

  • Play queue
  • Last.fm scrobbling
  • Crossfade/gapless playback settings
  • Widget – control Spotify from the home screen
  • Folder support

You can find out for yourself by downloading it from Google Play today.

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[Official] HTC One S launching in Malaysia this Friday

HTC Malaysia have been teasing the release of the “next One” on their Twitter page and now they’ve released this picture on their Facebook page. Although it doesn’t say on the banner, it clearly is the HTC One S . HTC will be launching the device with roadshows all around Malaysia , starting with Pavilion KL on the 15-17 June, which is this Friday.

Many people have been holding on to the One X and waiting for the One S to launch as they both are similar save for the processor and screen size. Just to brush up on the specs , the One S has a 4.3 inch 960×540 qHD Super AMOLED display ( 256 ppi). It runs on Android 4.0 ICS with HTC’s controversial Sense 4 UI. It comes with an 8MP camera that can do 1080p video and runs on the Snapdragon S4 dual core processor clocked at 1.5Ghz . The One S boasts most of the features of the One X like its burst mode feature and simultaneous photo-and-video capture. The One S is also an engineering marvel , with its Micro-Arc Oxidation manufacturing process.

The specs on the One S make it a viable option for those not so keen on the One X’s large 4.7 inch display. Don’t worry on the processing side, as the S4 performance is on par if not better than the Tegra 3 , coupled that with better battery life , and you have a better option already.

So far only  U Mobile is offering the One S on contract , although we expect other carriers to join in. Keep it locked to CrackTech for more info in this “Onederful” phone.

Sony releases ICS Beta ROM for select Xperia devices

Sony has just released a public BETA version of its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for a few Xperia devices. The video below was also uploaded on Sony’s dev youtube account . It showcases all the new updates of the Beta ROM .

The update brings a number of notable improvements from the Alpha ROM released in December last year.

New and Updated UI – The ROM brings a new ICS styled UI which brings much improvement to the Gingerbread UI. The UI animations are fluid and fast , and so are scrollable widgets.

Lockscreen Update – Now , there is a camera button on the lockscreen which takes you straight to the camera app . And finally, Sony have included a slick Music Player in the lockscreen. You can now control your music without unlocking. Sony have also confirmed to be including Google’s Face Unlock feature in the final release.

The modem is now approved and FM Radio as well as GSM is now working! Yes you can make calls as well as surf the net without much problems. Sony is still working hard to iron out all the bugs and certifications needed to release the full OTA update which is expected to arrive sometime in March .

Devices supported in this release are Xperia Arc S , Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray with build 4.0.2.A.0.42. Sorry original Arc and Neo users!

However , Sony have stressed that although they have gone through as much as they can to make it as stable and convenient to install , they only recommend advanced users to flash the ROM. Those of you who have experience with custom ROM’s will feel right at home however. You can download and read more of the update here  .