A first look at Jelly Bean and a massive troubleshooting guide are among the highlights of issue 14 of Android Magazine.
Issue 14 of Android Magazine has gone on sale.
Inside this month we take a look at the best features of the new Jelly Bean OS, and explain why it is a more important update than you might expect. We show you why you need it, and when you might get it.
We’ve also got a massive troubleshooting guide that solves 50 problems most frequently encountered. This essential reference guide will help keep your phone running as smoothly as ever.
We review the HTC One V, a compact mid-range Android smartphone.
HTC’s 2012 smartphone lineup numbers three handsets as we write this. The One X is the flagship, with its quad core processor and generally blistering specifications. The One S is a smaller, more pocketable offering. And the One V is the baby of the bunch in size terms, has received less publicity, and may perhaps be ideal for many people.
The HTC One V looks very much like the old HTC Legend and its predecessor, the HTC Hero. Both older handsets had a little upward curving lip along their bottom edge, and that is replicated here. It’s distinctive, and while it does mean the One V sits a little awkwardly in tight pockets, we like it.
In general the build is pleasing and the notification light that’s a tiny teeny strip on the top edge is rather distinctive. Still, we do have a major niggle. There’s a solid aluminium backplate that can’t be removed – so you can’t get to the battery.
Inside issue 13 of Android Magazine we take a look at the best custom ROMs for your Android phone and also review the Samsung Galaxy S III
The brand new issue of Android Magazine has gone on sale. As always it is packed with the latest new, tips and reviews that show you all the amazing things happening in the Android world.
This month we take a look at how you can hack your Android phone, and show you which custom ROMs you should install to get faster performance, longer battery life and better apps.
We also take an in-depth look at the Samsung Galaxy S III and ask the question: Is this the best phone ever?
This tutorial will show you how to unlock the bootloader on your phone using either the official HTCDev.com solution, or an unofficial third party way.
For a while HTC had a reputation of being a company that was (to a certain extent) hacker friendly. Whilst they didn’t openly approve of rooting and flashing neither did they take active steps to prevent anyone from performing such a task.
That notion quickly vanished when the HTC Thunderbolt was released. With a little work the hacking community soon realized that this and other HTC handsets were being released onto the market with locked bootloaders. This made rooting and flashing a very difficult if not impossible process.
This raised a few concerned voices within the hacking community to the point that HTC eventually responded and released their own tool for unlocking the bootloader.
Android market share now stands at 50.1% and Samsung and HTC hold 86% of the Android phone market between them.
Android has retained its position as the leading mobile OS, growing its market share to 50.1%, according to new research from Kantar Worldpanel.
The company’s figures show that HTC and Samsung are dominating Android handset market sales, holding 86% share between them, and that the HTC One X has already moved into the top 10 of best-selling phones in the UK over the last twelve weeks. The impending launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III is expected to continue Android’s surge over the summer.
The success of HTC and Samsung comes at the expense of other manufacturers, however. Sony’s share of the market stands at 10.4%, despite the release of the generally well-received Xperia S. LG holds less than 1%.
Source: Kantar Worldpanel
We review the HTC One S, the ultra-thin and stylish new Android phone.
HTC’s One series may be dominated by the quad-core possessing One X, but another handset, the One S became available at the same time. The One S may be smaller and lack the One X’s leading edge processor, but that doesn’t mean it is without merit. Far from it, in fact.
The HTC One S is available for £420 SIM free and also on higher rate deals on contract. Its price marks it out as towards the higher end, and so do its specifications.
The processor, for example, is a Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual core offering, which is not to be sniffed at, and it is helped out by 1GB of RAM. There’s an 8 megapixel camera with flash which can capture a still while you are shooting a video – a rather neat trick.