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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G to get update to fix voice quality?

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Atrix 4G

The Motorola Atrix 4G has had a bit of a rough go out the gates. While many would say that it just having Moto Blur is bad enough, the whole blocking of upload speeds on the device by multiple carriers didn't help it any. To add to those issues, many users (including Phil) have confirmed the device does suffer from some rather serious voice quality concerns.

While Motorola won't be able to address some of those issues, they have started looking into the voice concerns and are now accepting up to 1,000 users that will be selected to test out a new software release that hopes to address some of the remaining bugs in the device. Sadly, at this time they've not given off a list of enhancements coming with the software update but-- they will post them when registration closes. If you're among those having issues you'll likely want to try and get into the program. Hit the source link for the full details and to get yourself registered. Given Motorola hasn't posted the changes to be included, the voice quality issues still may not be in this release. [Motorola Forums]

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3 years ago

HTC to give developers access to Scribe technology

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 HTC Scribe

HTC's pen-based Scribe technology will be made available for developers to use, according to recent reports. This will allow developers to create apps which take advantage of the unique hardware of HTC's upcoming Flyer and EVO View 4G tablets, which combine a touchscreen and pressure-sensitive pen.

HTC has already shown off a few interesting uses for Scribe at MWC and CTIA, including note-taking and drawing apps, so we look forward to see what developers can come up with when they're let loose on the technology. In particular Nintendo DS-style pen-based games would be an interesting prospect. HTC hasn't mentioned when the APIs will be released, but the Flyer and EVO View are both due out during the second quarter of the year. [ReadWriteWeb]

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Sprint Nexus S 4G

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Sprint Nexus S 4G

One of these phones is the Sprint Nexus S 4G. And the other, well, is just a plain old' Nexus S, no Sprint, no 4G. And to be honest, we've forgotten which is which. OK, we haven't forgotten. The third-party launcher and notifications on the phone on the left should give it away. Point is, aside from the Nexus S 4G being on Sprint and having 4G data, they're exactly the same phone.

The Nexus S 4G will be available sometime this spring for $199 on contract. We've got a few more pics after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Incredible S has signed bootloader and recovery image

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 Incredible S locked

Bad news for anyone hoping to run custom ROMs on HTC's new Incredible S anytime soon. A recently-discovered RUU for the device seems to indicate that like its distant cousin the Thunderbolt 4G, the Incredible S has a signed bootloader and recovery image. This means any custom recovery image without a valid HTC signature (the kind you'd need to load a custom ROM on your device) would be detected by the phone, which would then deny you access to it.

This is a potentially major setback for any Incredible S owners hoping to ditch the stock ROM in favor of something a little more exotic, as it adds an extra hurdle to the usual rooting/flashing process. All is not lost, though, as recent progress in hacking the Thunderbolt may prove useful in eventually cracking the Incredible S's security. If you're thinking of picking up an Incredible S, let us know whether this will affect your choice in the comments. [AndroidPolice]

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3 years ago

Rdio for Android updated to v0.9.2

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If you're not already using Rdio as your music service then let me just say -- you should be. My personal preferences aside, Rdio yesterday updated their Android application to correct some bugs in the previous release. While some of the big fixes may seem rather small it's still great to see they've addressed them. Full list of changes:

  • Fix notification styles for Gingerbread & Honeycomb to match system theme
  • Support separate play/pause hardware keycodes on Honeycomb
  • Fix a crash on session saving
  • Fix bug with constantly showing sync notification on Honeycomb
  • Fix a bug with headset media button behavior
  • Fix bug with showing signup form twice on screen rotation
  • Fix issue with revoked songs causing sync queue to hang

Rdio does cost $9.99/mth for mobile and web access but they do offer a free 7-day trial. If you're looking for a new music service to try out, give them a shot. Download can be found past the break.

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3 years ago

AT&T users can now sign up for updates on Amazon App Store status

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If you are an AT&T user who was extremely disappointed to find out that you were unable to download and utilize the Amazon App Store upon release you were not alone. AT&T has created a page where users can input their device along with an email address so that they can be kept in the loop as far as updated in regards to the app store. So if you wish to be notified, be sure to head here and input your information, and sit patiently as we wait for further updates. [AT&T via Amazon] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

HTC's very own 'first look' at the Evo 3D [video]

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

HTC has posted up a short video on their YouTube page, giving everybody a "first look" at the Evo 3D.  Maybe they missed ours (but you shouldn't -- see it here).  It's 48 seconds of CGI wonderment letting us all know that we want and need 3D on our phone.  Even if we don't, it's still worth a look.  [HTC's YouTube channelThanks, Ira!

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3 years ago

Android 2.2 Froyo for the Samsung Mesmerize now available from U.S. Cellular

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U.S. Cellular has maintained a fair amount of transparency when it comes to their statements made about when exactly customers can expect upgrades for their devices not already running on Froyo. That said, if you are a Samsung Mesmerize user on U.S Cellular you can now head on over to their Android downloads page and get started on your update. [Facebook via U.S Cellular] Thanks, everyone that sent this in!

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3 years ago

Kyocera launches Android Developer Program to support the dual-touchscreen Echo

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Back when the Kyocera Echo was announced in co-operation with Sprint, Kyocera made mention they were going to be opening up a new developer program. That program was to be opened for app developers looking to gain access to all the special API needed to make apps work on Kyocera Echo's dual-screens.

Today, Kyocera has opened the doors to that developer program and as was noted in their press release, has already accepted some larger organizations. If you're interested in signing up you can hit the source link for the homepage -- or if you prefer, you'll find the full press release after the break, which gives some great insight into how things will work. [Kyocera via Businesswire]

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3 years ago

Unauthorized Netflix app now working on Android [update -- not any longer]

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Netflix

Maptec from XDA has a working copy of Netflix for Android, streaming video just fine on his HTC Evo 4G.  This is supposedly the same Netflix app from the LG Revolution system dump.  Like many, Maptec was using the apk for a queue manager, and it received an auto-update today and suddenly started working. Magical.

We were told that Netflix would be coming to select Android devices based on hardware, so I'm as surprised by this one as anyone else.  Remember if you try this one out that it's completely unauthorized, and you're probably breaking at least one licensing agreement with a company that has your name and credit card number.  If you're not deterred, hit the source link and give it a try. [XDA Developers] Thanks everyone who sent this in!

Update: Now you see it, now you don't -- streaming video that is.  Whatever wizardry that went on to make this one work has been undone, and we're back to waiting on Netflix again.

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3 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab A501 coming to AT&T this summer

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Although we've seen the Acer Iconia Tab at Mobile World Congress as well as at CES all signs for this 10.1 inch tablet with a 1280x768 display, running a NVIDIA Tegra 250 Dual-core CPU pointed that it was definitely headed for Verizon given that they announced it and everything. This version, the A501 however is headed to AT&T as they have officially announced they'll be releasing it come Q2. Hit the break for the full press release. [PRNewswire]

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3 years ago

Samsung and AT&T enable Media Hub direct billing for Captivate owners

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As the push for mobile content continues on, Samsung and AT&T have just announced that direct billing has been enabled for Samsung Media Hub Movie and TV content for AT&T Captivate owners. With wide selection from CBS, Fox, MTV Networks, NBC Universal, Paramount and Warner Bros you can download and share content with up to five other devices and simply have the initial cost billed directly to your AT&T account. You will of course need Android 2.2 in order for it all to be copacetic but that should be much of a problem as the update is readily available for download.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11


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Year after year, version after version, Opera's mobile browsers keep getting better and better. And that brings us to the recent release of Opera Mobile 11 and Opera Mini 6 for Android.

For Opera Mobile 11, we're talking an improved user interface, better panning and scrolling -- no checkerboarding -- and other fixes that make Opera Mobile a top-tier browsing experience. For Opera Mini 6, you've got even more of the data compression that keeps your browsing fast on a slow connection, plus a new look and skin.

And we figured what better way to show you the new updates than to have Opera do the walkthrough here at CTIA. So check it out, then get your download on. [Opera Mobile 11, Opera Mini 6]

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt gets an easy root option

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HTC Thunderbolt

Developers have packaged the lengthy and cumbersome HTC Thunderbolt root process into an easy to use application that runs from your computer.  You get the same root, using the same methods, without the work and potential for user error.  There are a few caveats though -- you'll need to be using Windows, have a Tbolt with a firmware version lower than version 1.12.605.9, and there's the potential for a bug that will force you to head to IRC for a fix.

Not much feedback about this one yet, but we've set up a discussion thread in the Thunderbolt hacking forums, so if you have taken the plunge, thinking about taking it, or just have questions there's a place to do it.  This certainly looks like some nice work, hats off to dbzfanatic for the program! [XDA Developers] Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Sprint HTC Evo 3D squeezes out HDMI through the microUSB port

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If you happened to check out our hands-on with the Sprint HTC Evo 3D you would have heard mention of the microUSB to HDMI output that allows for photo, video and audio output. If you're lucky enough to have an MHL enabled TV it should also charge while displaying whatever it is you want it to. Oddly enough, that information was left off of the official announcement but is really one of the finer additions to the Sprint HTC Evo 3D.

While it is awesome to see the port finally being mentioned it is only to fair to note that this really isn't the first time it has come up on devices. Initially, it was mentioned to of have been enabled on U.S. released Samsung Galaxy S devices such as T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant and AT&T’s Samsung Captivate but it needed Froyo in order to work. Samsung later confirmed this as not being accurate despite them having made available the microUSB to HDMI cables on the Samsung site, which were quickly removed.

Although the history of the port seems a little confusing, one thing for certain is that its appearance on the Sprint HTC Evo 3D signals that it is now ready for market use. Hopefully, this time around we'll start to see a lot more devices making use of it. We'd be remiss if we neglected to note that Samsung once again has their name in the mix here as well. The Samsung Galaxy S II is also noted to be MHL enabled, something that went rather unnoticed across most media outlets.

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