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2 years ago

Motorola RAZR in China now receiving Ice Cream Sandwich update

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Motorola has been steadily rolling its Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the Motorola RAZR line across the globe. Next up for the update are the folks in China, as their OTA update has started today and should be available for download right now. If you happened to miss our hands on with the ICS update you'll definitely want to check that out while you wait for the download to complete. Any questions or concerns should definitely be handled by the fine folks of the Android Central RAZR forums, so be sure to hop in there and share some opinions and ask questions. 

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

Big Android BBQ tickets now on sale!

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It's that time, boys and girls. Tickets for the Big Android BBQ -- that annual gathering of Android fans, nerds, family and friends -- are now on sale. The event's running October 19-21 this year, at the Hurst Conference Center outside Dallas.  There are 1,000 tickets available. Starting today, you can get them for $50 each.

We were at the event in 2011, and this year promises to be even better. Get your tickets now before they get gone!

More: Big Android BBQ

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2 years ago

ZTE team up with Virgin Mobile UK and announce the ZTE kis, budget Android device

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It looks like ZTE and Virgin Mobile UK and made friends as today sees them announce the ZTE kis, a small budget Android smartphone which should be on sale today. The kis will be an exclusive initially from Virgin and will retail at just £49.99 on pay-as-you-go.

These budget Android devices seem al the rage at the moment. It was only yesterday we saw Motorola announce the MOTOSMART for T-Mobile and the Carphone Warehouse. This new ZTE offering certainly is the cheapest new release we have seen in the Android camp. A good result for Google if it will get the OS into new customers hands.

Features of the ZTE kis include:

  • 3.5" display, HVGA 480*320, 262k colours, TFT, capacitive
  • 800Mhz processor
  • 3.2MP camera with auto focus and 2 x digital zoom
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.12, WiFi, GPS, WAP 2.0, Tri Band
  • Storage: 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM, MicroSD support up to 32GB. 2GB card included
  • Dimensions: 114.4 x 61.6 x 11.5mm. Weight: 120g
  • Battery: 140 mAp Li-Ion

You can see the full press release below.

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2 years ago

Starbucks app update bringing coffee goodness to the UK and Canada

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Attention coffee fans. Great news; the Starbucks app for Android has today received a large update bringing support to the UK and Canada. That means that coffee addicts on both sides of the pond can now enjoy mobile payments, the store locator, My Starbucks Rewards Stars, check balance and reload, pin code protection, a home screen widget and transfer capabilities. Good stuff!

Users of the app in the USA still get a few added features including a widget, PayPal support, pin code protection and the ability to view 'My Starbucks rewards' history.

You can find the full press release below or just grab your download of the updated Starbucks app here.

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2 years ago

Google Wallet working again after EVO 4G LTE update

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Who's in the mood to squash a few bugs? The Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE has gotten a bit of an update this morning. The big feature is that Google Wallet working again. Also of note is that local search is still working -- you'll recall that Sprint and Samsung just stripped it out of the Galaxy S III -- so there's that.

Other changes of note, per Sprint itself, include:

  • Google security updates
  • Wifi disconnect issue
  • Time zone issue
  • Side loaded video pause issue
  • Random power cycling issue
  • Pioneer Bluetooth Car Kit connection issue
  • Gallery app crash
  • Calendar reminder (all day even time) issue

Looks like a healthy changelog. Make sure you're charged above 35 percent, then hit settings>system updates>HTC software update to get the ball rolling if you haven't already gotten the notification.

Source: Sprint; more: EVO 4G LTE forums

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2 years ago

T-Mobile USA announces the Huawei-made myTouch and myTouch Q

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T-Mobile USA has today announced two new phones in its usability-focused myTouch series -- the new myTouch and myTouch Q, both manufactured by Chinese firm Huawei. The myTouch and myTouch Q sport a similar spec list, with the most obvious difference being the Q's inclusion of a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Other specs for both devices include an unnamed (presumably single-core) 1.4GHz CPU, a 4-inch WVGA screen, 1500mAh battery and 5MP rear amera with LTE flash. On the software side, the new myTouch phones run Android 2.3 Gingerbread (sigh), with a custom UI and a Swype-based virtual keyboard.

Tmo plans to launch the myTouch and myTouch Q from August 8, priced at $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate when purchased with a two-year service agreement. Both phones will be available in both black and white.

We've got T-Mobile's press release after the break.

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2 years ago

LG VS930 photos and service manual leak, looks like an Optimus LTE II for Verizon

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It’s been awhile since we’ve spotted a new LG flagship phone headed for the U.S., so those leaked shots you see above, purportedly showing the LG VS930, have arrived right on schedule. The pics, obtained by Engadget, show an apparently Verizon-branded version of the Optimus LTE II, and come with a list of alleged specs, too.

It seems the VS930 (a possible Spectrum II, perhaps?) runs a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, with a 4.7-inch 730p IPS display, 16GB storage and global radios, in addition to Big Red’s CDMA and LTE. Also said to be included is NFC support, 1GB of RAM and an 8MP rear camera. On the software side, Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich is running the show, along with LG’s Optimus UI 3.0. Design-wise, the phone is a spitting image of its international cousins, the Optimus LTE II and Optimus 4X HD.

A leaked service manual has also emerged, showing in-depth technical info, along with screenshots from the device and photos of internal components. As for when the device will eventually appear on Verizon, the service manual suggests a shipping date of this Friday, July 13. Given that we don’t know how old this document is, and the fact that it’s pretty close to Verizon’s expected Galaxy S III launch date, we’d be surprised to see this device arriving so soon. Nevertheless, it looks like the VS930 is ready to go, so it’s certainly possible we’ll see it sooner rather than later.

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Android 4.0.4 update for international Galaxy Note has a couple of tricks up its sleeves

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Samsung’s Android 4.0.4 updating spree continues, with today’s news that the international Galaxy Note (that’s the one with GT-N7000 on the box) has also been bumped from 4.0.3 to 4.0.4 (build IMM76D to be precise). The update to the newer version of Ice Cream Sandwich brings with it a couple of interesting new software additions from Samsung, too.

First up, the Pop-up Play feature from the Galaxy S III, which allows videos to be played in a window over the top of existing apps, has been ported to the Note in the new software update. And “signature unlock” has been introduced as a new unlock method, whereby you can sign your name on the screen using the S Pen instead of using PIN or pattern unlock. Aside from that, Android 4.0.4 itself is a pretty minor update to ICS, and we wouldn’t expect too many major changes, besides the usual performance tweaks and bug fixes.

The Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy Note is available now on unlocked German handsets, and other territories should start seeing it in the days and weeks ahead. German Note users will be able to pick up the update to the new XXLRG firmware versionover the air, or through Samsung’s Kies desktop software. If you’ve already got yours, hit the comments and let us know how you’re getting on.

Source: XDA, SamMobile; Thanks, @android_indian

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2 years ago

Late-night poll: Samsung and Verizon are offering a developer Galaxy S III, are you buying?

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Samsung and Verizon pulled a shocker this afternoon by announcing an unlocked "developer" model of the Verizon Galaxy S III. The idea makes sense, and we've heard Motorola make similar statements, but this is one nobody saw coming. But not all is rosy, because the only way to get one is by paying full price from Samsung, and there's no guarantee that you'll get warranty service if needed.

Two schools of though clash here. On one side, it's a you break, you buy sort of thing when you start hacking your phone. And buying it off contract means Verizon doesn't have to subsidize a phone you may break. On the other hand, the timing of this pretty much sucked, and people are being punished because they can't afford a phone off contract. Which side do you fall on? Are you going to grab one? Hit the poll!

Are you buying a "developer model" Verizon Galaxy S III?

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2 years ago

How to manually flash today's Jelly Bean updates to your GSM Galaxy Nexus [updated with 4.0.4 files]

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So you want the latest version of Jelly Bean, but don't want to wait for your turn at the OTA and don't want to flash a custom version of it. We completely understand -- Not everyone is into that. The good news is that a little bit of hackery (just a little, we promise) and an unlocked bootloader can get you some tasty new Jelly Bean with no wait. And when you're finished, you're good as new and completely stock.

You'll need to be running the takju version of the Galaxy Nexus, with the Google I/O preview of Android 4.1 already installed. If you're running the 4.1 preview, download the first file. If you're running 4.0.4, download the second file. Pay close attention to this part. This method may work on other versions, but you don't want to be the guinea pig for that. If you're not running this hit the forums and look for advice.

You'll also need a few tools, namely ClockworkMod recovery, the fastboot files you used to unlock your bootloader, and the OTA package. Grab them here:

ClockworkMod recovery for the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus

 The OTA package if you are running 4.1 (direct from Google)

The OTA package if you're coming from 4.0.4 (direct from Google)

Next you'll need to find the folder where your fastboot installation resides. Place the ClockworkMod recovery image file (it has a .img file extension) in the folder with fastboot. Copy the OTA package zip file to the storage on your phone. Shut your phone off, then hold both volume up and volume down, then press power to enter the bootloader. Now follow along!

  • Plug your phone into a high-speed USB port on the host computer.
  • Open the command line on the host computer, and browse to the folder where fatsboot and the ClockworkMod image are located.
  • At the command line, you're going to tell your phone to reboot into ClockworkMod. You're not going to flash anything. If you're running windows on the host machine, type in fastboot-windows.exe boot recovery-clockwork-5.5.0.2-maguro.img . If you're using a Mac or Linux, type in fastboot boot recovery-clockwork-5.5.0.2-maguro.img .
  • Your Galaxy Nexus will reboot into ClockworkMod recovery, where you can follow the on screen instructions and flash the OTA package you downloaded and copied to the phone in the beginning of this procedure. 
  • When you're all done, choose to reboot your system from the ClockworkMod recovery menu. You will boot normally, into Jelly Bean, and since we didn't flash CWM, you're still 100% stock.

It looks more complicated than it is, but if you're a bit put off or having trouble unlocking your bootloader, head into the forums. They'll fix you right up, and have you rocking some Jelly Bean goodness in no time. Ummmmm, Jelly Bean.

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