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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G about to begin its Gingerbread 'soak'

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Good news, everyone! The Motorola Atrix 4G (read our full review) -- another one of those phones announced at CES this year that in reality "should" have launched and Android 2.3 Gingerbread -- apparently is about to begin field trials of said upgrade.

Motorola's sent out links to a survey and is looking for 1,000 beta testers for the Gingerbread build. Chances are they've already hit that number, and they're probably not all that happy that we know about it. (Hey, we're customers, too.)

Following is the e-mail that was sent out:

You're receiving this email because you've filled out a Motorola Feedback Network survey in the past stating your interest in ATRIX 4G feedback opportunities. As a Motorola Feedback Network member you get advanced notice, like this, of such activities.

We're getting ready to have a pre-release for Gingerbread (Android 2.3.X) on your AT&T ATRIX 4G. Please fill out the following survey to confirm your interest in this soak opportunity. The first 1,000 applicants will be picked on a first come, first serve basis, provided information is correctly filled out. I know there are some questions that are a repeat, sorry, but there is a reason for that. Please fill it out carefully, honestly and accurately as misinformation can cause this exercise to be unsuccessful. You can edit your survey from the same computer until the survey period closes, though it is advisable to fill it out the first time correctly. Duplicates will be excluded with the newer one used.. Secondly, once the survey period closes we'll not be able to update your IMEI. Consider carefully before exchanging your device. .

This survey period tentatively ends at 9am 7/18/11 Central time, provided all spots are filled.

In fairness to other Motorola Feedback Network members, do not forward this communication to other parties (websites, individuals, etc). As part of your MFN survey you agreed to keep all MFN activities and notifications confidential. If we find that you have breached this agreement we may elect to remove you. You can always encourage users to sign up for the Motorola Feedback Network so they can be considered for feedback opportunities in the future.

If accepted, you will receive additional notifications via this email when the soak test activities will begin. Do not email or PM me asking if you are accepted or when it will start as I may elect to remove you from the opportunity.

Thanks again for your interest.

There you have it, Atrix fans. Gingerbread testing is about to get under way in the public arena. Feel free to take your chances and let us know how it's going in the link below.

Source: Atrix 4G Forums

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3 years ago

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer in the midst of an update, still says Android 3.1

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We know, we know. Now that the Motorola Xoom's getting Android 3.2, everybody else wants in as well. Can't blame ya. And while the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer (read our full review) appears to be in the throes of yet another OTA update, it's still showing Android 3.1 in ye olde about page.

Before anybody gets all out of whack, ASUS has said this week that Android 3.2 is in testing for the Transformer, so it'll likely be coming sooner rather than later.

Source: Transformer Forums

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3 years ago

Is this the Samsung Galaxy S 2 (the Within) for Sprint?

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There's not a whole lot to go on, but it looks like the fellas over at This is my next got their hands on a couple pictures of the Galaxy S 2 (the Samsung Within) destined for Sprint.  From the above image you can clearly see the Samsung and Sprint logo, paired up with an 8MP camera, and another picture (after the break) shows a small portion of what could be an "about phone" screen showing Sprint as the network operator. 

We expect Samsung to release the Galaxy S 2 on every major US carrier eventually, but this is the first sign of one being in production that we've seen.  When you add the Within to the line-up that includes the EVO 3D and the Motorola Photon, it's apparent -- Sprint has some killer Android phones.

Source: This is my next

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3 years ago

Android 3.2 SDK now available for download

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Developers -- time to fire up your Android SDK installation and grab the new Android 3.2 SDK. The Android development has let everyone know the update is now available to all.

Here are some of the highlights of Android 3.2:

  • Optimizations for a wider range of tablets. A variety of refinements across the system ensure a great user experience on a wider range of tablet devices.
  • Compatibility zoom for fixed-sized apps. A new compatibility display mode gives users a new way to view these apps on larger devices. The mode provides a pixel-scaled alternative to the standard UI stretching, for apps that are not designed to run on larger screen sizes.
  • Media sync from SD card. On devices that support a removable SD card, users can now load media files directly from the SD card to apps that use them.
  • Extended screen support API. For developers who want more precise control over their UI across the range of Android-powered devices, the platform’s screen support API is extended with new resource qualifiers and manifest attributes, to also allow targeting screens by their dimensions.

That's just a small portion of what has been updated, you can find the full release notes over at the Android Developers website found in the source link below.

Source: Android Developers

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3 years ago

SMS from the year 1969, Android 3.2 help [From the Forums]

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Yayy! The weekend is well on it's way -- we made it through another week of Android news and pushed out plenty of blog posts for you all. Make sure you get caught up on whatever you may have missed here on the blogs and in the forums.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Judge rules that HTC infringed on 2 of 10 Apple patents

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The International Trade Commission has ruled that HTC is infringing on two of the ten patents involved in the original Apple v HTC suitGrace Lei, general counsel for HTC has already stated they plan to appeal the decision:

HTC will vigorously fight these two remaining patents through an appeal before the ITC Commissioners who make the final decision. This is only one step of many in these legal proceedings.

If said appeal is not successful, HTC will have to try to find a way to settle with Apple, or face the prospect of an importation ban of the offending products.  HTC was the first company that builds Android phones to be sued by Apple, but as we all know, not the only -- or likely the last.  Apple has another suit filed against HTC, as well as Motorola and Samsung.  We don't have the details of the two patents HTC allegedly is infringing on, so we can't comment any further than say the US patent system is completely broken.  No word from Apple, or Google as of yet.  We'll say more when we know more.

Source: CNET. Thanks, Andrew!


 

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II coming to Bell July 21

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No surprises here since the information has been available for a few days now but it's always nice to see rumors turn to reality. Bell has now officially set the launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S II in Canada to July 21. Pricing for the device is still up for debate but it's looking as though $599 will be the no contract price while those agreeing to a new three-year will pick one up for $169.

Source: Bell Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Android 101: How to manage what syncs to your device

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By now your Google account is probably linked to just about every Google product available, and having them all sync to your device can be quite a strain on your battery.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Ringdroid

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If you're looking to create notification sounds and ringtones right on your Android device, there is nothing better than Ringdroid. Ringdroid was one of the first apps of it's kind when it came out, and because it was so awesome then, it's gained a loyal following, lasting up to now.

Ringdroid is one of those straightforward apps, nothing unnecessary about it. It's a graphical waveform editor, right on your phone, that lets you take audio and music on your microSD or sounds you record and select just the portions you want to use. It's simple, easy to navigate, and so simple, a caveman could do it.

Just drag around the grey tabs to select your start and end point, and everything in the brightly colored area is what will be used. You're also able to listen to your selection prior to committing it to a ringtone, by clicking the big, obvious "Play" button. If you're interested in getting a very fine-tune part, you can zoom in to try and isolate the exact snippets you're gunning for. When you're done editing your audio, a simple click of the save button (that looks like an old floppy disk, of all things) allows you to pick if it'll be a ringtone or a notification and give it a unique name.

If you opt to go the recording live audio route, all you need to do is click the "Record New" button from the main screen and it'll take you to Android's sound recorder. Click "Record" and have at it. When you're done, save it and you're on your merry way.

If your microSD is loaded with music and you know the filename of the piece you're after, you can search for it, and the list will dwindle down to only the selections that meet your criteria. From there, I'm sure you can handle the rest.

Overall, Ringdroid is one of those apps that's almost necessary to have, even if just in case. It's useful, user friendly, and it gives you the freedom of having to edit things on your computer and then transfer them to your phone. Plus, it's free.

Download links as well as more pictures can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Pinball HD for Tegra 2

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One of the first apps I downloaded on my tablet was the TegraZone, a special app browser developed by NVIDIA to showcase applications that were optimized for its Tegra II chipset.  Sure, I have my tower defense games and angry birds, but I wanted to see what an "optimized" game would look like on my Tab's massive screen.

Pinball HD was published by NVIDIA to show off the graphics power of their Tegra 2 processor, and it shows.  The colors are vibrant and there are a ton of little animations shown in that seem to exist just because they make the game nicer to look at.  My favorite board is the Jungle, because if you can aim the ball just right, the Gorilla will pick it up and pound his chest before throwing it back on the board.  Each board has a special animation to fit the theme, but I like "Big Kong" the best.

As far as actual gameplay goes, it performs how you would expect it to.  You tap the right side of the screen to move the right toggle, and do the opposite for the left.  Response time was fast, and the sounds seemed in sync with what was happening on the screen.  One nice feature is that if you swipe with two fingers, the game will zoom out to show the entire board instead of following the ball with a camera.  I found it a lot easier to play this way, though others might enjoy the added detail that the camera view provides.

Much like a regular pinball game, I found myself greeted with the game over screen a lot faster than I expected, but this was due to my lack of skill more than any problems with the controls.  When a game ends, you're given the option to input your name so that your score can be listed on your devices high score board as well as a leader board for other players who have the game installed.

Pinball HD is a fun game with great graphics and pretty addictive game play.  At $2.99, it's also one of the least expensive optimized games for Tegra 2 devices.  If you're looking for a great time waster, or if you're training to be the next wizard, give Pinball HD a try.  Additional screenshots and download link after the break.

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