Samsung's i8330 H2 leaks out

May 28th at 12:40 PM

Samsung's i8330 H2 leaks out

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Remember the Samsung 360 H1 we scooped the hell out of back in September? Well here’s its successor, the H2. Building on top of what was already an very impressive featurephone with a 3.5″ OLED display and 5 megapixel camera, the H2 is said to have a Super AMOLED WVGA display, 8 megapixel camera with HD video recording (720p, no doubt), 1GHz Cortex A8 processor and run LiMo complete with Vodafone’s 360 services. Of course with this being a leak, all of this information is far from official, but word is we’ll be seeing the H2 land on Vodafone in time for the World Cup.

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Chrome sheds beta tag on Mac and Linux offerings

May 25th at 3:09 PM

Chrome sheds beta tag on Mac and Linux offerings

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The Chrome Team is welcoming two more platforms out of beta, as both the Mac and Linux versions of the browser have officially shed their beta tags. The new, stable releases add several features, such as preference syncing and HTML5 compatibilities (geolocation APIs, app cache, web sockets, and file drag-and-drop). The Chrome team also posted a quick note about Flash:

In recent weeks, we’ve been beta-testing Adobe Flash Player integration into Chrome. While Flash Player integration in the browser is not included by default in today’s stable release, we’re excited to enable this feature with the full release of Flash Player (version 10.1) soon.

Head on over to the Chrome download page if you are interested in trying out the new code…and do let us know what you think! More →

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Install Android on your iPhone 3G today!

May 21st at 7:09 PM

Install Android on your iPhone 3G today!

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Been desperate to load Android on your iPhone 3G ever since you first caught glimpse of the magic worked by the Linux on the iPhone team? Well today’s your lucky day, as the binaries for the iPhone 3G are now available. All of the files and instructions you’ll need are linked up, however…before you go all hack crazy, just promise you won’t blame us if you mess things up, okay?

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Android gets ported to the iPhone 3G

May 7th at 9:57 AM

Android gets ported to the iPhone 3G

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Android fanboys with a fetish for Apple hardware should pay close attention to this one, as Google’s smartphone OS has been successfully ported over to the iPhone 3G. Much like the OpeniBoot Android port for the first-gen iPhone, most of the OS’ features and functions are working properly, although at this time audio has yet to be ported into the Linux kernel. No worries though, as all of this and more, including backlight controls and power management, are nearing completion. Desperate to try it out? Sadly it will take a few days before all of the binaries are posted, however in the meantime we have the video after the jump to help pass the time. More →

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Android dual-boot for iPhone now available

April 22nd at 5:04 AM

Android dual-boot for iPhone now available

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Listen: We’ve been doing this for a long time and it’s incredibly hard for a single story to make us drop our jaws, but this is something special. A functional version of Android has been successfully ported over to the iPhone, complete with the ability to dual-boot. It’s still alpha quality despite most features working, but if you have a spare iPhone lying around and don’t mind putting in a little bit of work, hit up the jump to watch one of the greatest videos uploaded to YouTube and then load OS on your iPhone. More →

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Chrome browser climbs over Safari for No. 3 spot

January 2nd at 5:47 PM

Chrome browser climbs over Safari for No. 3 spot

Google’s Chrome browser has only been on the market for 16 months, but it has already taken a good share of the market and beat out Safari for the number three spot. Safari, for the first time ever, is now ranked fourth. By the end of December, Chrome was up at 4.63% market share whereas Safari fell to about 4.46%. Of course, the big boost likely came from the fact that Chrome Beta became officially available for Mac and Linux. Top dogs are still Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer, with IE8 still at the top but failing to see any real growth. So tell us, what browser are you currently using and why (speed, extensions, apps, etc)? More →

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Barnes and Noble Nook gets rooted, innards exposed

December 14th at 10:41 AM

Barnes and Noble Nook gets rooted, innards exposed

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We wish we were there to see the look of surprise on the face of the folks at nookdev when they disassembled the Nook and discovered that the customized Android 1.5 OS that powered the latest and greatest e-reader was stored on a removable microSD card. Doing what most great hackers would do, they popped out the SD card, inserted it into their Linux box and modified the system files to gain root access. With the system files now accessible and root access achieved, the sky is limit for this little e-reader. Web browser? Email? Tethering hack? While you are dreaming about all the cool things you could do on your Nook, hit the jump for some up close and personal images of the Nook with its covering removed. More →

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Google Chrome Beta becomes official for Mac

December 9th at 9:12 AM

Google Chrome Beta becomes official for Mac

Is Safari beginning to eat away at your patience? Firefox for Mac crashing and burning every time you’re in the middle of some important task? Well, you might want to give Google Chrome for Mac a shot now that it’s officially available for download. announced yesterday, it promises a lot of speed and efficiency, and if you’re a fan of all things Google, your digital life will be complete. Of course, it’s still in beta so it might be pretty rough around the edges and extensions are pretty limited, but these things will be smoothed out over time. It’s also only available for OS X 10.5 or later. Hit the jump for a video demonstration of the new browser. More →

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Nokia N900 delayed until November, tests our patience

October 24th at 9:54 AM

Nokia N900 delayed until November, tests our patience

We know many of you are close to dying and holding your breath for the awesome Nokia flagship device, the Maemo-packing N900. It was probably a big tease when we told you guys it was going to hit U.S. distribution centers on September 27, but for some untold reason sales planned for October have been delayed and it will go on sale in November. In just days T-Mobile will be making its Even More and Even More Plus plans available, and the N900 will totally support the network’s 3G, and several of our readers are waiting to jump on this handset/carrier combo. Just be prepared to fork over somewhere in the neighborhood of $650 – $700 for the device itself and you’ll be good to go. You’ve waited this long, what’s another week or two?

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Mysterious LIMO-powered Samsung handset poses for BGR ahead of Vodafone announcement

September 10th at 3:44 PM

Mysterious LIMO-powered Samsung handset poses for BGR ahead of Vodafone announcement

Vodafone subscribers, Samsung fans and mobile enthusiasts in general — we hope you’re sitting down. Behold: Exclusive live shots of a previously unheard of Samsung handset supposedly due to be announced soon by Vodafone. Details for the time being are a bit limited — we don’t even have a name for you yet (UPDATE: as a commenter points out below, this may be the Samsung Riedel l8305 that recently received Wi-Fi certification) — but our ninja managed to score some extremely solid images and a handful of specs that are definitely noteworthy. First things first: We’re apparently looking at a Samsung-built Vodafone exclusive here that is powered by Voda’s own LIMO-based OS (Linux mobile). Beyond the brushed steel case sits a nice big OLED touchscreen display complete with haptic feedback. We’re also told the handset will sport an 8 megapixel camera and it will launch alongside the upcoming “Vodafone People” service. Details in that department are scarce as well but rumor has it the service involves Voda’s acquisition of Zyb last year; active contacts, location information, status updates, various integration with other social networks like Twitter and Facebook, etc. You can get a pretty good idea of what’s in store from the images below but basically, it’s what Google should have done on Android with Jaiku. Last but not least, we’re not sure exactly when Vodafone plans to make this guy official, though we’re hearing rumors of a special event that may be held in London on September 24th. Hit the jump for more shots and if you live in Vodafone land, get ready for what really could be a game-changing handset/service combo.

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Nokia N900 marketing shot leaks, official announcement imminent

August 24th at 3:37 PM

Nokia N900 marketing shot leaks, official announcement imminent

If there is still doubt in anyone’s mind that Nokia plans to officially unveil its next-generation Maemo 5 handset at the modestly named Nokia World show next week, behold: The first official press render of the N900 has leaked. Call it the Rover, call it the RX-51 or call it whatever else you want — the bottom line is that it represents Nokia’s first step in moving away from an old busted UI and toward a somewhat modern interface. Somewhat. Last week we all enjoyed a ridiculously thorough preview of the N900 and, upon first viewing of the many screenshots included in the post, it’s clear that the Maemo 5 UI is a giant step forward compared to S60. On the other hand however — in terms of looks — it doesn’t appear to be all that different compared to the previous version of Maemo. It’s more flushed out of course, since the N900 packs a lot more out of the box than previous Maemo devices, but we’re not really seeing anything revolutionary here — just evolutionary. Again, we’re talking looks and not function; we still haven’t played with the handset ourselves and we’re not jumping to any conclusions. Getting excited yet, T-Mobile fans? We know we are.

Thanks, Ben!

UPDATE: Hit the jump for another shot obtained by the same source.

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Panasonic and NEC announce 9 new Linux phones

August 11th at 7:52 AM

Panasonic and NEC announce 9 new Linux phones

In a world where BlackBerry, Android, iPhone, Symbian, Windows Mobile and webOS dominate the mobile OS space, it’s been tough for LiMo to get a little love. Sure Android and webOS are Linux-based, but it’s just not the same. In an interesting move, Panasonic and NEC have chosen to go with LiMo — unveiling nine new devices that will feature the open-source operating system. Japanese mobile carrier KDDI and touchscreen company Immersion Corp are teaming up for the project but LiMo is hoping to the move grabs the attention of larger manufacturers such as Nokia, Samsung and LG. Good luck with that. With less costs involved in running open source systems it could be more enticing for manufacturers to look to LiMo in the future. The mobile OS space is already pretty cluttered however, so don’t expect LiMo to start popping up on anything relevant from amongst the big boys any time soon.

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Nokia and Intel announce a joint partnership to develop the next generation of mobile devices

June 23rd at 3:34 PM

Nokia and Intel announce a joint partnership to develop the next generation of mobile devices

Nokia and Intel announced a collaborative effort today that will empower the next generation of mobile devices — according to Nokia and Intel at least. Each company will brings its respective expertise to the table in an effort to develop devices that will combine Intel’s low-power mobile chipset architecture with Nokia’s wireless broadband connectivity technologies. The collaboration will focus on and accelerate development in several open source mobile Linux software projects, including Moblin and Maemo. Everything else aside, we were looking for a bit more substance from this release beyond typical vague PR speak but alas… Nokia and Intel have worked together for quite some time. They’re going to continue to work together. That is all.

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