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HTC Announces Sense 4+ With Camera Enhancements, Easy Device Setup

In its One X+ announcement, HTC also announced some changes to Sense. While none were groundbreaking (so don't expect a visual overhaul) and not a lot of details were revealed, the company did mention a few things were being upgraded.

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Protip: the image on the left is gigantic when full-sized. Apparently HTC's target date was September 24.

The camera software seems to have received the bulk of the changes, starting with the front-facer, which now includes Self Portrait mode (previewed below, left).

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HTC Unveils The One X+ With Sense 4+, Jelly Bean, Tegra 3 With LTE, And Improved Specs

The worst kept secret in HTC's recent history, the One X+, was finally officially announced this morning by the Taiwanese manufacturer. Let's take a closer look at what has changed.

Hardware

The updated One X variant features:

  • A beefier Cortex-A9 NVIDIA Tegra 3 AP37 processor running at 1.7GHz (up from 1.5GHz)
  • ULP GeForce NVIDIA GPU, running at 520MHz (up from 416MHz)
  • 64GB of internal storage (up from 32GB)
  • 2100mAh battery (up from 1800mAh), which HTC says may give you up to 6 hours of extra talk time
  • 1.6MP front-facing camera (up from 1.3MP)
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Sense 4+
  • 135g - slightly heavier but only by 5 grams (up from 130g)

The rest of the specs remain the same, including a 4.7" 1280x720 display, 1GB of RAM (a real bummer considering Samsung's and LG's latest offerings contain and really benefit from double that), Beats Audio, and an 8MP rear-facing camera.

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Samsung Adds iPhone 5 To Lawsuit Complaint: The Patent Wars Are Far From Over

If you hate to read these stories, imagine how much we hate to write them: yet another volley has been tossed in the patent battle between Samsung and Apple. This time it's the Korean manufacturer taking its intellectual property guns out against Apple, claiming that the shiny new iPhone 5 violates eight of its software patents.iphone 5 gavel

Samsung claims six utility patents and two standard essential patents. The later (USPTO filings 7,551,596 and 7,756,087) have to do with data transfers on mobile networks, while the former (USPTO 7,672,470, 7,577,757, 7,232,058, 6,292,179, 6,226,449, and 5,579,239) are more varied, ranging from audio streaming and control to keyboard and voice inputs.

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Droidcon 2012 Is Happening In Amsterdam On November 22-23, Get 25% Off With Our Promo Code

This year's Droidcon is all set up and ready to go on November 22nd and 23rd in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, so all you Android devs across the pond may want to mark your calendar. Expect to your brain to be filled with pertinent information from the likes of Google, Facebook, and Paypal, among many others. In fact, if you'd be interested in joining those ranks, Droidcon is still accepting papers for potential speakers.

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Gmail Can Now Search Text Inside Of Your Attachments

Google is always finding ways to improve and enhance its services. Sometimes the updates are fairly major, while others a minor bump is enough to make a notable difference. The latter's the case with a new feature now available in GMail on the desktop, mobile site, and mobile app: the search function can now return results that include text inside of attachments.

Before today, you could only locate specific attachments by searching for the the filename or file type.

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[New App] Top Gear: Stunt School Revolution Revs Its Engines On Amazon's Appstore

Attention gearheads, the app you've been waiting for has arrived. It's clear right off the starting line that Top Gear: Stunt School Revolution is a driving game unlike the competition. This app was previously an iOS exclusive, but it's not in Google Play just yet. As of now, Android users will have to go to Amazon's Appstore to pick it up, but it's free.

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The new Top Gear game borrows the supercar vibe from the popular BBC TV show by placing you in interesting locations to pull off stunts and drive like mad.

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Judge Koh Lifts Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sales Ban In US

Do you want to buy a Galaxy Tab 10.1? No? Well, that's pretty understandable, but for Samsung, a US sales ban on the tablet issued earlier this year has been a symbolic thorn in the company's side throughout its ongoing legal spats with Apple. Today, after a decision from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals indicating the issue was ripe for review, that ban was lifted.

Judge Koh, reviewing the issue on the grounds under which the injunction was granted, found that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was not infringing the patents which Apple based its injunction request on.

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[Deal Alert] Motorola Atrix HD Free From Amazon Wireless

The Atrix HD is probably the best Motorola smartphone on AT&T right now. If you happen to fancy Moto's hardware and are in the market for a new phone on Big Blue, you're in luck: it's now basically free from Amazon Wireless for new contract and upgrading customers.

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Specs:

  • 4.5" ColorBoost display with Gorilla Glass
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear shooter, 2MP front camera
  • Android 4.0

This deal is good for both the white and black versions of the device, so pick your favorite, hit the appropriate link below, and enjoy your new phone.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G Ice Cream Sandwich Update Available Right Now Via OTA Or Kies

T-Mobile has begun rolling out the long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich update (T769UVLH5) for the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, and you can get it right now one of two ways. First, you can head to your phone's settings menu and check for the update. If the update doesn't appear, though, you'll either have to wait, or download Samsung's Kies utility (here) and check through that.

Here's the changelog:

  • Android version 4.0.4 / Software version T769UVLH5 - Current version

    Version

    • Android version 4.0.4 / Software version T769UVLH5
    • Updated 10/3/2012
    • Optional Manual update

    Improvements

    • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
    • Mobile Hotspot Icon location fix
    • Add Email option fix

    Prerequisites

    • Manual (via Samsung Kies)  update
    • Android version 2.3.6 / Software version T769UVLB7/T769UVLF4
    • Device software is not rooted
    • 50% battery life
    • Data connection
    • 20 MB available memory (File size of update is 15.7 MB)

Happy updating.

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Motorola And Google Open Source And Merge Key Parts Of MOTODEV Studio Into AOSP

For some time, Motorola Mobility has offered its MOTODEV Studio for Android suite as a standalone alternative build on Eclipse. A lot of developers seemed to like the additional tools Moto built into Studio, but weren't exactly keen on dropping Eclipse in exchange for Moto's less open solution.

Now that Motorola is a part of Google, it seems that state of affairs just won't do. Earlier today, on the official Motorola blog, the company announced it was open sourcing key parts of MOTODEV Studio and merging them into the Android Open Source Project.

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