Monthly Archives: December 2012


Huawei Ascend leaks, just in time for expected CES announcement

Want to see more of the Huawei Ascend Mate? The device, a massive 6.1 inch black slab phone, has leaked out some more photos, just ahead of its expected unveiling at CES. In these photos, we’re also seeing another device we’re hoping to see unveiled, the 5 inch D2.


MyDrivers published the leak, and the expected specs include 2GB RAM, a quad-core 1.8GHz CPU, a 13MP camera, a 4000mAh battery, and a thickness of just 9.9mm. Keep in mind, though, that this is all still speculation at this point.

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Samsung giving free flip cover and tectiles for registering your device

If you’ve got a Samsung Galaxy S3 or Note 2, listen up. Samsung has a promotion going on right now over at their Facebook page, where you can get a free flip cover and a set of 6 TecTiles, just for registering your device. All you have to do is click the link (below) to go to the Samsung Facebook page, click the “Holiday Offers” button, and register your device. This is while supplies last, so make surer to get yours in quick. Link found below.

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CyanogenMod 10.1 nightlies come to Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – T-Mobile, Verizon, 10.1v, and wi-fi versions

If you’ve got a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, you know that you can feel a little, well – alone in the development department. However, cheer up, and get ready for flashing, because CyanogenMod has released the 10.1 nightlies for the Sammy 10.1. This means that the stock 4.2 Android experience is yours to have, along with all the major improvements that naturally come with the CM 10.1 release. Remember, however, that a nightly version is a bleeding-edge, slightly untested version of a ROM, so proceed with caution.

Be sure to hit the links below for your download. As always, AG is not responsible if you brick, damage, create a black hole with, or accidentally implode the universe with your device.

download – p4wifi | p4vzw | p4tmo | p4 | p3

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Korean Variant Of The Samsung Galaxy Note II Smartphone Officially Reaches 1 Million Sales


As Samsung continues to experience unprecedented success with its Galaxy Note II smartphone, it continues to experience unprecedented sales of the revolutionary device. Recent news has surfaced that the device despite the device being launched within the last few months, the Korean variant of the smartphone has officially surpassed the 1 million sale mark, selling three times as a fast as the original Galaxy Note smartphone. What’s even more fascinating is the original G-Note ended up selling 10 million devices worldwide in just a mere 10 months after its launch, but current forecasts have the Galaxy Note II reaching 10 million sales in just 4 to 5 months if it continues to keep up with its current pace.

You gotta hand it to Samsung— when it really believes in a product, it will do its very best to convince consumers to believe in it too. Feel free to chalk this one up as another notch under Samsung’s belt.

source: MK


Samsung looking to expand with two new facilities in California

Samsung isn’t looking to adhere to any stops this next year. The mobile giant is planning to open two new U.S. facilities, both in California, in 2013. One facility is planned to e a massive 1.1 million square foot building in San Jose, and will house their display and semiconductor end of business, and will be used for SSI’s R&D and sales teams.

After that, the Samsung Information Systems America R&D center will also be moved to San Jose in two new 6-story facilities, totaling about 385,000 square feet on almost 9 acres of land.Samsung expects the facilities to be finished in 2013, and have full occupancy in 2014.

Be sure to hit the break for the full press release.

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iCEnhancer mods for GTA IV take the game’s visuals to a whole new level

Other than being a great game, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto IV for PC is also known for being extremely moddable, with a ton of mods released since the game was released back in the day. iCEnhancer has been one of them and focuses mainly on the game’s visuals. And what a job it does.


Update LG Optimus Black P970 to Official Android 4.0 ICS ROM

The official Android 4.0 ICS flavor is finally available for the LG Optimus Black P970 users, so if you haven’t received the OTA update yet (or if the firmware hasn’t been yet released on your market) I will show you how to manually install the software on your device. Don’t worry the tutorial will be easy to understand and to apply as we are dealing with the stock ICS 4.0 OS for the Optimus Black and not with a complex custom ROM firmware. That’s why the installation process will be more like a “one-click” operation, completing the same taking only a couple of minutes from your time.

The Ice Cream Sandwich platform had just been launched by LG for the Optimus Black P970 handsets and according to the mentioned company, the software can be OTA applied in Europe (France, Italy, Baltics, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, Hungary, Portugal and Poland); anyway if the firmware is still nowhere to find, then you can anytime manually flash it by following and performing the present step by step guide. This is being possible thanks to those of xda-developers who had developed this operation.

As this is the official Android 4.0 OS, by updating the LG Optimus Black to the same you will not void the warranty. The warranty gets void only when you are installing custom ROMs firmware, so you have nothing to worry about. Also, you don’t need to have a rooted phone for being able to complete this procedure. The root access is being required only for flashing beta ROMs, not stock ones. Furthermore, if your Optimus Black is rooted, after applying the ICS software the root access will be revoked and for re-gaining the root access you will have to perform an operation suitable with the new OS.

In order to conclude, if you decide to complete this tutorial you will install the stock ICS ROM on the LG Optimus Black. So, if your handset is currently running a custom ROM (the warranty is currently void) you will replace the firmware with the official Android 4.0 system and you will restore the lost warranty. Don’t forget that all the ICS features and looks will be installed on your device.

Even though we are dealing with the official Android 4.0 ICS software that can be OTA applied too, it is recommended to backup the LG Optimus Black P970 data before going any further. It is unlikely to lose your personal info by performing this tutorial, but you can never be too sure when it comes to your contacts, messages, call logs, market apps and so on. So, take your time and do a full backup. If you don’t know how, you can anytime use our backup and restore guides by searching through our how to section for the same.

Also, a Windows running computer, your smartphone and its USB cord will be required. You will have to download the update file on the computer first, and then apply it to your handset. On your phone go to “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging” and make sure that the USB debugging option is enabled. On both computer and Optimus Black deactivate all the security tools (antivirus and Firewall included) as these programs are interfering with the update operation. In order to avoid the unpleasant situations it is a good idea to charge the battery of your device before heading to the steps from below. If your phone gets turned off in the middle of the installation procedure, you will risk in bricking it. The same will happen if you will complete this step by step guide for a different or similar smartphone with the LG Optimus Black model number P970; the official ICS Android 4.0 ROM will work only for the mentioned device.

How to Update LG Optimus Black P970 to Official Android 4.0 ICS ROM Firmware

  1. As already mentioned, you need to download a file on your computer.
  2. So, go here and get the KDZ file.
  3. Then, connect the handset with the computer by using its USB cord.
  4. Now, from the computer run the KDZ executable file.
  5. Up next, set “Type” and “Phone Mode” to select the .kdz file in your PC.
  6. The update should now begin, so just wait and don’t make any other changes.
  7. The process should take a couple of minutes.
  8. In the end, remove the USB cord and reboot the phone.
  9. The first boot might take a little bit longer than usual, but don’t panic there is nothing wrong with your Optimus Black.
  10. In order to check whether the ICS update has been installed or not, go to “Settings -> About Phone”.

That was all you need to do. So, as I have mentioned in the introduction, the tutorial was easy to complete as there were only few steps to take care of. Do tell us how things worked for you or if you had problems while trying to install the official Android 4.0 ICS software on the LG Optimus Black P970. Stay close as more step by step guides suitable with your Optimus Black will soon follow and maybe you will even be able to update the same to latest Jelly Bean 4.1 OS.


How to Root Galaxy Nexus I9250 on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS

If you have updated your Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250 to latest and official Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, then maybe you will want to re-root the same (or just root if your phone hasn’t been rooted until now). So, in order to help you out with this, during the present guide we will be checking in how to easily root the Galaxy Nexus on Android 4.2, by using a step by step procedure designed especially for your device. You have all the details explained below, so let’s get started.

But first we need to clear some aspects out. The most relevant thing is related to the actual root procedure as most of the users are making it without knowing the consequences. The root operation comes with many advantages for your Google Nexus I9250 as the internal system will be unchained. This means that all the factory restrictions will be removed, so that you can obtain more control over your smartphone and over its Android based system. In this way you can power up the performances, improve the battery life, customize the looks and so on.

That’s why only by rooting you can apply other complex procedures, like flashing custom ROMs firmware, or installing complex apps. Without rooting the Galaxy Nexus you will not be able to get the CWM recovery image, or update the system with CM10.1 or AOKP ROMs, which are well known for the powerful and important extra features (that cannot be found in the default version of the Android OS). As you can already tell, when you first buy a device it will be delivered with a locked system and it is your job to unchain the same (this can be done by unlocking the bootloader and then by gaining root access).

Considering the up mentioned lines, by rooting the Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250, the warranty will get void. As you can tell, this is happening because you are making changes into the internal system, but if you follow my directions everything will be fine. On the other hand, if you mess things up and somehow damage or brick the device, you will be by yourselves. So, be careful in what you do and read twice before applying something. For the future and as a final tip, you can restore the lost warranty by downgrading to the stock Android Jelly Bean 4.2 OS.

Be aware as this tutorial must be performed only for those who own the Nexus I9250 Unlocked GSM model which is on the Stock Jellybean 4.2 firmware. If you somehow complete the guide for a similar handset you will risk in bricking it. Remember that the official Android 4.2 software must be running on your Galaxy Nexus or else the below explained method will not work.

As this is an unofficial operation, it is strongly recommended to backup the data first. It’s unlikely to lose something from your Nexus, but it is better to be sure than to risk in erasing the contacts, messages, call logs, EFS, market apps, calendar info and who knows what else. Don’t worry because the backup can be easily applied as there are many dedicated apps available for free on Google Play store. In order to ease your work, you can anytime use our backup and restore step by step guides; you can find the same by searching through our how to section.

You will root the Google Nexus I9250 by using a Windows running computer where you will have to download the root package. That’s why first you need to deactivate the security programs, or the antivirus tools. Also, if on the phone there is less than 60% power left you should charge the battery or else the handset might get turned off while trying to complete the tutorial. From “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging” you must check the last option and you must be sure that this guide is being followed only for the Samsung Galaxy smartphones on stock Android Jelly Bean 4.2, model number I9250.

How to Root Galaxy Nexus I9250 on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS

  1. First, you need to download the root package (use the link from here) and the Super User file (the download link is here).
  2. Save these files on your computer.
  3. Connect your device with the computer and copy-paste the downloaded files from the computer to your Nexus.
  4. If ADB is installed on the PC, open command prompt window (start -> run -> cmd) and on the window that will be opened enter the following commands: “ADB Device” and “ADB Reboot recovery”.
  5. Unplug the USB cord.
  6. If on your computer you haven’t installed the ADB tool, then turn off the phone.
  7. Reboot by pressing the Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time.
  8. From the menu that opens select “recovery”.
  9. Now, from the recovery menu, select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from sd card”.
  10. Pick the root package and then the Super User file you have downloaded before and start the root operation.
  11. In the end, select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now” and you are done.

Congratulations, you have managed to safely root the Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250 that runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean firmware. Now you can look forward in installing custom ROMs on your device along with other complex apps that requires root access in order to run properly. Use the comments area from below for sharing your impressions and thoughts with us and with other users and stay close for more step by step guides and Android related news.


Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update for Samsung Galaxy Note Set to Bring Premium Suite Apps and Features

It’s nice to see how Samsung took its time to bring the latest software updates for its high-end smartphones launched last year: Samsung Galaxy S2 and the first gen Galaxy Note where the sales hits of the South Korean company in 2011.

It was officially announced that Samsung Galaxy Note will receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update with Premium Suite pack. We are talking about Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update with the user interface and the special apps that Samsung brought on Galaxy Note 2 or Galaxy S3.

The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy Note brings the Project Butter improvements for the user interface and the reputed Google Now. There are also a series of new features like Multi View (two apps on the same screen in the same time), support for hand writing in S Planner and mail, an improved S Note application, Photo Note, Easy Clip, Paper Artist, and many other more.

The release date of the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy Note was not specified, but we are expecting it to hit the terminals OTA sometime in early 2013.

As usual, the unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note will be the first to receive the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update with Premium Suite pack, therefore if you purchased a carrier branded terminal you will still have to wait a couple of more weeks until the software engineers of the carriers get to test the new firmware.

Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy Note

I remind you that Samsung Galaxy Note was released in October 2011, packing a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 800 x 1,280 pixels protected by Gorilla Glass, a dual-core Exynos processor at 1.4 GHz, 1 GB of RAM. Galaxy Note also comes with 16/32/64 GB of internal storage with support for microSD, WiFi in all standards, Bluetooth, microUSB, 3.5 mm audio jack, and an 8 megapixel camera with full HD video recording capabilities.


ZTE Grand S To be Only 6.9 mm Thin, Packs 13 MP Camera

Well, ZTE Grand S is not the thinnest smartphone in the world, but since its profile drops below the 7 mm threshold, it will be one of the thinnest on the market. We’ve heard about this terminal before, but now we get to see it making the headlines again, with some new details about its technical specifications.

When you talk about high-end smartphones you don’t usually think at Chinese companies like ZTE, Huawei, or Meizu, even though they are making pretty interesting and powerful smartphones, too.

The problem is that the Chinese smartphones doesn’t go global, not even the high-end ones. Huawei and ZTE are known on certain markets rather for their telecom equipment, than for their smartphones.

Anyway, going back to ZTE Grand S, the terminal is only 6.9 mm thin, being almost 2 mm thinner than Samsung Galaxy S3 or HTC One X.

The smartphone features a 13 megapixel camera and we will probably see it in flash at both Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, in early 2013.

ZTE Grand S

ZTE Grand S comes with a 5-inch display, a powerful Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with four Cortex A15 cores, 2 GB of RAM, and a price of around $449, contract free. Well, at least that’s the price for the Chinese market.

There are five pins on one side, which made me think of a dock station, therefore, we might see an accessory compatible with ZTE Grand S, as well.