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2 years ago

No, the Galaxy Nexus doesn't have Gorilla Glass, and, no, that doesn't mean the phone sucks

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Here we go again. Somewhere along the way, someone got it in their head that Samsung Galaxy Nexus has Gorilla Glass. Only it doesn't. And so far as we can tell, there's never been an official spec listing that said it did. And today, Corning, the maker of Gorilla Glass, tweeted that, in fact, the Galaxy Nexus doesn't have Gorilla Glass.

Repeat: The Galaxy Nexus doesn't have Gorilla Glass. Oh noes.

Any you know what? That's too bad. We like Gorilla Glass. But don't write off a phone you haven't yet seen in person over a spec that it never had in the first place. That makes as much sense as writing it off for having a PenTile display that you've yet to see in person. See where we're going here? Let's everybody take a breath and actually check out the phone before damning it for not having something.

Source: @Corning; via Phandroid
More: Galaxy Nexus Forums

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2 years ago

Security update for the EVO 3D goes live today

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Owners of the EVO 3D can now download a security update for their device, which will begin pushing to all users on October 27. Sprint says that software version 2.08.651.3 will inlude security improvements, though it fails to detail just what these improvements are. Regardless, you can pull now, though Sprint reminds you that like all updates, it will roll out in stages. If you can't find it today, try try again, or sit back and relax until you receive it automatically later this week. Hit the source link for installation instructions.

Source: Sprint Community

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note commercial asks same question as us: Phone or tablet?

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

And let's throw a third question in there: Will we see this in the U.S.?

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2 years ago

Garmin releases first fitness app -- Garmin Fit

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Garmin has long been a name synonymous with GPS systems, and now they have released their first fitness application for Android and iOS.  Says Dan Bartel, Garmin's VP of worldwide sales:

Garmin Fit is the ideal solution for users who are new to the fitness tracking landscape and for those looking to stay totally connected.  To be able to utilize Garmin’s powerful fitness accessories with the same device that plays music, makes calls and uploads workouts automatically to share and analyze, makes Garmin Fit a must have app.

Yes, Garmin's app is cloud-capable.  Users will be able to upload workout activity to their account at Garmin Connect with useful annotations, and via the web can easily track and share that data.  The last 30 days of this data will be displayed on the Android app, as well as charts and reports.  Add in the ability to track metrics such as speed, pace, distance, time, calories, and you have one serious fitness application.  The Garmin Fit app sells for $0.99 in the Market, you can find download links and the press release after the break.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile Springboard available Nov. 9, Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Nov. 12

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If you've been hitting F5 over and over waiting on availability for the overnamed 7-inch T-Mobile Springboard with Google (we imagine there are a few of you out there), wait no longer, as Nov. 9 is the day, according to T-Mo's own website. The Springboard is the Honeycomb tablet manufactured by Huawei that we got a good look at a couple of weeks ago at CTIA. Still no word on pricing, but remember that Huawei said we'd be "impressed."

And then there's the venerable Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It'll be available Nov. 12. So it's got that going for it, which is nice.

Source: T-Mobile (Springboard, Galaxy Tab 10.1); via Engadget

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2 years ago

Mobile Nations 8: Grand Theft Mobile

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Kevin, Phil, Derek, Dan, and Rene talk Windows Phone from Mango to Tango (and Nokia!), BlackBerry DevCon and BBX superphones, Android's Ice Cream Sandwich and Galaxy Nexus, webOS and the road ahead, and iPhone 4S and Siri. This is Mobile Nations!

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2 years ago

A little hacking reveals Android on Sony e-Reader

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An e-ink Sony PRS-T1 Reader might not be an all-singing, all-dancing tablet-come-e-Reader like the Kindle Fire or the Nook Color. But, as the folks at The Digital Reader have found out, it does run Android, and with a little hacking, you can bring this out front and center. 

Apparently the hack is pretty straightforward, and pretty foolproof. By gaining root access, a whole new use case for the device opens up. There will naturally be limitations, but as this image shows, the Kindle application works just fine. The Amazon Appstore also reportedly works just fine, as does ezPDF Reader. 

If you already bought one of these little gems, then hit the source link for more information and instructions, and check out the video after the jump. If you've got a Sony PRS-T1 and try this out, hit us up in the comments and let us know how it went.

Source: The Digital Reader

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2 years ago

Verizon poised to re-release HTC ThunderBolt's Gingerbread update

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It's been a few weeks since Verizon first released the Gingerbread update for the HTC ThunderBolt, only to pull it without official explanation. (Hint: Things were borked.) Looks like the updates set to roll out again, though, with an updated support PDF now live. There's no mention of "things been fixed," so let's just hope that things been fixed. Check out the image above or the link below for the full changelog.

Source: Verizon (pdf); via ThunderBolt forums

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2 years ago

Android developers demand (and get) their nyan-ish droid cat

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Googlers work hard.  A quick look at the sheer number and scope of the products big G offers is testament to that.  But they also like to have fun.  When an Android developer requested that the bugdroid icon in the ADT plugin be changed to a cat because "It would entertain me while developing and debugging," the devs working on the Android project listened.  Behold -- the droidnyanlogcat-thingy!

This is why we love Google, and I can feel the productivity rising.  Bravo, gentlemen. Bravo.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Motorola, on Twitter, says RAZR, Bionic and Xoom will get Ice Cream Sandwich within 6 weeks of code drop (Update: Or not)

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Update 2: And we've gotten further clarification directly from Moto, which now says it "will provide more precise guidance on timing within 6 weeks post public push of ICS by Google."

Update: And proving our point that Twitter isn't exactly the best way to go about something like this, Motorola has deleted any Tweet that references doing anything with a 6-week window.  Carry on.

Original: Let's explain (again) what's about to happen here: Motorola, on Twitter, responded to someone with the following:

We'll be releasing devices for ICS 6 weeks after Google releases the final version of it.

The Twitter account later clarified, saying the Droid RAZR, Bionic and Xoom "Will get ICS within 6 weeks of Google's public push," and they'll confirm other devices later on. We'll believe it when we see it. Dunno how many times we've had to say this, folks, but there's a reason carriers and manufacturers don't give precise windows for updates -- and even vague time lines are often missed. (Never mind the fact that "official" information on Twitter and Facebook isn't always as official as you might think.) It was the same way with Froyo updates. It was the same with (and still is, unfortunately) with Gingerbread updates.

The point is this: We have no doubt that Motorola, HTC, LG, Samsung and every other manufacturer is hard at work at figuring out which devices can -- and should -- be upgraded. But if you start a six-week countdown from the instant the Ice Cream Sandwich code drops in AOSP, you're setting yourself up for a big bag of hurt, should things take a little longer than planned. That's not to say we're not hoping for speedy updates across the board. It's just that history has taught us different.

Source: @Motorola; thanks to everyone who sent this in

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