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Finnish telecommunications giant Nokia is reportedly prepping a bunch of new Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices this year, according to a report TheVerge, whom Nokia is also said to have revealed plans to opt for a delectable aluminum body for at least one of the higher-end models. Currently codenamed Catwalk, it will also take on a thinner and lighter form factor than the current flagship – the Lumia 920.

The Catwalk is thought to be one of two new devices headed for release at some point this year, and will allow Nokia to compete with the likes of Apple’s iPhone in the size and weight departments.


Windows Phone 8 has been paid plenty of compliments by those who’ve encountered it thus far, but current and oft long-time Android and iOS users may be a little tentative in taking a leap of faith to what is still a fledgling operating system – whether one takes Windows Phone 7.x into account or not.

If you are indeed an iOS / Android user and looking for something different, yet curious as to whether WP8 can truly fit the bill, we’ll be your guinea pigs for that particular experiment! Nokia has been kind enough to provide Redmond Pie with a Windows Phone 8 device, and as a smartphone user reliant on both iOS and Android day-to-day, I will be ditching the iPhone, forgetting about the Android, and try to get by without the luxuries of the Google Play and App Stores. Stay tuned for more information.


In the meantime, the prospect of a sleeker, thinner, and higher quality-of-build device succeeding the Lumia 920 would certainly help to throw a little more weight behind both Nokia and Windows Phone 8 alike. There’s little doubt the Lumia 920 is the most gorgeous WP8 handset currently available, but even though the polycarbonate exterior is, well.. a bit more shiny plastic than we’d perhaps have liked, an aluminum body would certainly raise the stakes.

Incidentally, Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8 offering – the ATIV S – also offers an (albeit faux) eye-catching, brushed-metal look, and it’s one that seems to be popular. Nokia has deep roots in bringing high-quality, metal-encased devices to market, and one can only hope the rumored offering lives up to its billing.



Attach your Samsung Galaxy II i9100 to PC through USB cable and put your phone into USB Debugging mode by navigating through Settings > Applications > Development


Turn off your phone, and press Power+Volume Down and Home buttons to enter into Flash mode


Open Odin Downloader on your computer and check mark the boxes followed by Auto reboot and F. Reset Time options in its window


Click on PDA button in Odin Downloader window, and select downloaded XWKDD_insecure.tar from your computer and click on Start button and let it do the process, it will also reboot your mobile


Open SuperOneClick on your computer and click Root button there, and after a few seconds it will display a success message

Enjoy, your Samsung Galaxy II i9100 is rooted so just reboot it and that is it.

To install:

  • Recovery Manager
        Download the img file to your SD card, and then you can use the

    Recovery Manager application

      to install your recovery.
  • fastboot method
    • Unplug the USB cable, turn off your device and take out the battery
    • Replace the battery and turn the device on holding the ‘volume up’ key. The device will stay at the ‘green android’ screen.
    • Plug the device into the PC.
    • From a command prompt run ‘fastboot flash recovery <filename>.img
    • When this finishes, from the command prompt run ‘fastboot reboot’
  • method
      If you have a previous version or another recovery install, install the and restart your device.

How to Enter recovery mode:

  • restart your device holding down the ‘volume down’ key
  • Use the Recovery Manager application to Reboot into Recovery
  • if you have ADB configured type ‘adb reboot recovery’ from the command line.

Downloads:The Latest version of Clockworkmod Recovery can found herePrevious versions:

  • Older versions of Clockwork recovery can be found here.

Official release

  • The offical version of ClockworkMod Recovery if available for this device can be found here

Which version:

  • ClockworkMod Recovery now comes in 2 different versions for 1st and 2nd Generation devices, if your device originaly shipped with Android 2.1, it will usually be 1st generation, if it came with 2.2 it will usually be 2nd generation. Please note if you have used an officaly updater on a 1st generation device it will now be a 2nd generation device.


  • Support for the old style update files that use the Amend scripting (update-script) method is no longer supported With ClockworkMod Recovery from v3 onwards, if you require support for the Amend scripting method, use v2.5.1.8.


  • The Device Config to build ClockworkMod Recovery as part of CyanogenMod can be found on my GitHub.

Kernel Information

  • Information about the Kernel used in this ROM can be found on this thread.

Rovio Mobile’s super popular Angry Birds series of games, which are available on just about every platform from Windows to the Nokia’s defunct Maemo OS, has received its own theme for Windows 7.


Angry Birds is a puzzle-based video game, developed by Rovio Mobile, that started out on Apple’s iOS platform back in 2009. It’s easy to learn but difficult master which is what makes the game so, so much fun! Since 2009, the game has become the most popular game on iOS, having been  downloaded more than 50 million times.

Angry Birds (1)

Owing to popular demand, the series was, in the recent past, expanded with Angry Birds: Seasons and Angry Birds: Rio. Its popularity only became more widespread when Rovio released the game for other devices and platforms such as Maemo, iPad, WebOS, Symbian^3, Android, Windows Phone 7, PlayStation 3/PSP, Windows, Mac and in May, on Google Chrome.


Expanding their outreach, the raging birds have received a theme on Microsoft’s Windows 7 Personalization Gallery.

The wallpaper pack comes with six high-resolution wallpapers and its own set of chirpy sound effects. The wallpapers are nice and everything, but it’s really the sound effects that sends this theme flying high (pun intended).

They have no wings. Their eggs have been stolen by pigs. So, yeah, they’re pretty angry. Contemplate their mood at length with our free Angry Birds theme for Windows 7.

If you’re a seasoned geek and prefer minimalistic themes then chances are you won’t be liking the sound effects since, well, they can be annoying. But if you have a younger brother or sister who’s a big fan of series, they’re bound to love it!

We also covered a Justin Bieber: Never Say Never theme for Windows 7 that Microsoft released a month back. If you’re a belieber (or your sibling is), then give it a try!

You may download the Angry Birds theme from the link embedded at the bottom. To install, simply double click on the downloaded .themepack file. Windows 7 (which is required for the theme to work) will install the theme itself.

Download Official Angry Birds Theme for Windows 7 [DIRECT DOWNLOAD]

Not a lot has been happening in the Android-sphere lately, but a few moments back, Google has announced a whole new makeover to the Android Market for all Android devices running Android 2.1 Froyo and up.

New Android Market

The new Android Market is rolling out slowly and gradually as we speak. It brings about a ton of new features, including a whole new UI, with support for renting movies and purchasing books, something which you couldn’t do in the previous offering of the Android Market.

The new Market is supported by devices running Android 2.2 Froyo or higher, hence if you’re running a version of Android below 2.2, then you’re kinda out of luck today. According to the official Google Mobile Blog:

Recently, we’ve been hard at work improving Android Market to give you new ways to find great applications and games, purchase books, and rent movies. Today, we’re releasing a new version of Android Market which makes all of these available on phones (Android 2.2 and higher).

You might be able to recall that Google announced movie rentals back in May at Google I/O conference along with Google Music Beta and Android 3.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. With Google Movie Rentals, you can rent out movies and watch them on your Android smartphone or Android tablet. The rentals are fairly priced in between $1.99 and $3.99,with a playback time period of 24 hours to watch the whole movie. But all this goodness is limited to the US at the moment, but we’re certain that in the near future, Movie Rentals will definitely land in other regions. You can check out the new Market in the video embedded below:

The new Market gives you a more of a Windows Phone 7-esque feel when you’re flicking through apps which you’re going to download, though not an original idea, but looks pretty neat. Google claims that the new Market is much more responsive and faster compared to the previous one, and discovering new apps or just doing a simple search is way more fun than before.

You’ll be delighted to find we’ve overhauled Android Market to make it faster, easier, and more fun to discover great apps, movies, and books. We’ve created more space to feature some of the most interesting content of the week on the home page. We’ve added more top charts, with newer, more relevant items, and we’ve made it easy to swipe through these charts as you browse the store. We’ve also introduced new collections of great content, like staff picks and Editors’ Choice apps.

Let’s just not waste more time bragging how good the new Android Market is and lets get to the golden question: How to get it? Well, Google is rolling the new Market slowly and gradually globally and you should be able to get it in a matter of days. Now the second question: Can I get it now? Yes you can! Simple download the .apk file from this link and install it. But before you do that, make sure you can sideload apps on your Android device; From your Android device’s home screen, press the menu button > Settings > Applications > and check “Unknown Sources” and simply download the new Market and install, that’s it!

Nowadays porting Android 3.x Honeycomb on different tablets is perhaps the hottest trend. This all started when Honeycomb made a hacked appearance on Barnes and Nobles Nook Color, and since then there is no stopping of this Honeycomb awesomeness being embraced by different tablets. Of course it took lots of hackery  and some outstanding coding skills to make this happen and all credit for this goes to Android developers at different portals, forums and blogs. Most of these Honeycomb ports for different Android tablets have been consistently coming from XDA, and Toshiba Folio 100 isn’t an exception.

Dexter_nlb, Senior Android hacker and developer from XDA forums, has cooked the first ever Honeycomb ROM for Folio 100 by combining works of developers performing similar stuff on Notion Ink Adam and Advent Vega.


Like every other initial Honeycomb port, this port is also bloated with bugs and requires some fixes immediately. Of course it all depends on how massively development takes place, but still users can have some initial honey oozing on their tabs. There is a really small list of what works so let’s focus on what doesn’t:

  • Power Button Stops Responding
  • Most of The Market Apps fail To Install
  • Sleep Mode Bug
  • Some Sensors Don’t Work
  • Keyboard and Dock Glitch

I believe that we can safely term this port as incomplete and work in progress so its better if new and inexperienced users stay away from this. And if you consider yourself as an Android power user or fancy coding / hacking, then you must give this a shot to see how you can help in making this port better and optimized.

If you understand the risks involved in flashing this custom and semi working Honeycomb build on Toshiba Folio 100, then here is the guide for you:

What You Need ?

How To Install Honeycomb Custom ROM On Toshiba Folio 100:

  1. The initial step is to make sure that you have proper root on your tablet along with ClockworkMod Recovery Installed.
  2. Now download Folio 3X Honeycomb Custom ROM provided in What You Need section above.
  3. Once you are done with downloading the ROM file, download and install ROM Manager on your phone. Please only use ClockworkMod Recovery as we will be using ROM Manager to boot in CWM later.
  4. Now connect your Folio 100 to the computer, mount SD Card as USB disk drive and copy the downloaded ROM zip file to SD Card root.
  5. After you have downloaded and installed ROM Manager, launch the app from homescreen and tap on Reboot Into Recovery.
  6. Once you are in Recovery mode, navigate down to Wipe Data and select Wipe Data / Factory Reset Option.
  7. Now once your tab is factory reset, go to Recovery main menu and select Install Zip From SD Card.
  8. In the resulting menu, select and press OK to install.
  9. Now sit back and relax while the installation takes place.
  10. Once the procedure is over, reboot your device.

And there you go! Your Folio 100 is now experiencing Honeycomb joys with glitches, bugs and bloats on board. We believe that this initial port will certainly attract more developers who will try to fine tune this build for general public usage. In case you get stuck or want to keep up with development, please visit the official XDA thread posted here.

Motorola Droid X2 for Verizon is undoubtedly a beast with 1.0 GHz Dual-Core Tegra 2 Processor. The screen of this beauty comes with qHD resolution along with 8 MP sensor for camera. And in case you have chosen this handset for the love of your Android desires, then there is more great news for you!

Apparently the recent finding from different blogs and forums suggest that you can achieve root on this handset with GingerBreak. For those of you who aren’t aware, GingerBreak is a single click rooting solution for phones running Android 2.2 Froyo, 2.3 Gingerbread and in some cases, 3.0 Honeycomb. And why exactly should you root your phone? Well it’s simple! You need it because you want total control over every nook and corner of your gadget with ability to personalize, customize and streamline your experience according to your wishes.


So if you are ready to root your Motorola Droid X2, then follow the instructions provided below:



  1. The first step is to turn on your phone, go to Settings > Manage Applications and enable USB debugging.
  2. Once done, download the GingerBreak APK from requirements section above and save the file on your PC.
  3. After this connect your phone to the computer, mount SD Card as  disk drive and copy GingerBreak APK to SD Card root.
  4. Now use any available Android file manager to install the APK on your phone. You can download Astro File Manager from Market for this purpose.
  5. Once you have installed GingerBreak.apk on your phone, launch the app from Homescreen.
  6. Press Root button in the app and wait for the exploit to run.
  7. If everything goes as planned, your device will reboot.
  8. Once your device reboots, go to Homescreen and check if SuperUser is present.

And there you have it! This is the simplest method available to root your Motorola Droid X2. In case you are facing any issues or want to report bugs, then head to the official XDA forums thread for related information.

Look what we’ve found! This is the first image you’ll see anywhere of the early fruit of Microsoft and Nokia’s budding new partnership. We have it on good authority that the technicolor phones on show are conceptual devices produced by the two companies. You shouldn’t, therefore, go jumping to conclusions about retail hardware just yet, but hearts should be warmed by the familiarity of Nokia’s new design — the shape of these handsets is somewhere between its recent N8 and C7 Symbian devices and there is, as usual for Nokia, a choice of sprightly colors. The trio of keys adorning the new concept’s bottom give away its Windows Phone 7 ties, but also remind us that the N8 and E7 are highly unlikely to receive any WP7 upgrade love. The best part about this whole discovery, however, might be that it confirms Steve Ballmer’s assertion that the engineers of both companies have “spent a lot of time on this already


Microsoft is offering Geohot a free WP7 handset after he suggested their methods of dealing with hackers were a lot better than Sony’s.

Linking to an Engadget article on the Windows Phone 7 jailbreak, Geohot writes, “perhaps a more appropriate way to deal with jailbreakers. I’m going out to buy a Windows 7 phone”

It seems Microsoft got wind of his statement and tweeted

#geohot if you want to build cool stuff on #wp7, send me email and the team will give you a phone – let dev creativity flourish #wp7dev

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The current generation of smartphones – with their 1GHz processors and 512MB of RAM – are already very impressive at what they can do. But rumored specifications (along with a photo) are spreading of the next generation of Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone – the Galaxy S2 – and its specs will. freaking. blow. your. head. off.

Samsung Galaxy S2 i9200

It is supposedly scheduled for release sometime in early 2011 and will supposedly have the following specifications:

  • A 2GHz Processor. Possibly the next-generation version of Samsung’s Hummingbird CPU.
  • 1GB RAM along with 4GB of ROM. This is, as with the CPU, twice the magnitude of current-gen hardware.
  • 32GB built-in flash memory. MicroSD card slot expandable to 32GB making the Galaxy S2 able to hold 64GB of data.
  • 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1920×1080) video recording. Current-gen smartphones record video at 720p (1280×720).
  • A 4.3” 1280×720 Super AMOLED display
  • GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, b/g/n Wi-Fi, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity / ambient light sensors.
  • Run on Android 3.0 “Gingerbread”

While all these specifications are well and sweet, I reallyhonestly believe smartphone manufacturers, especially of the Android variety, should focus on increasing battery life by optimizing hardware + software instead of just blindly increasing clock speeds and doublingRAM. My HTC Desire still doesn’t last more than 15-16 hours whereas Taimur’s iPhone 4 blows past the 24 hour category without even going below 50%.

And yes, these specs are rumored. But if HTC and Motorola’s intentions of releasing 2GHz smartphones are anything to go by, they aren’t unbelievable. [Unwired View via Itrans]