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4 years ago

Leaked Verizon document shows Bionic, Stratosphere, Vigor release dates and more

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The folks over at IGN (yeah, the game guys) got their hands on a leaked internal Verizon document that shows release dates for a slew of Android phones, as well as info about the LTE upgrade for the Motorola Xoom.  The big fellas on the list, the Motorola Bionic and Samsung Stratosphere, look to be scheduled for a September 8 release date, here's the break down:

Interesting to see the Thunderbolt and Revolution getting replaced in stores so soon, but that doesn't mean they are gone out to pasture -- just that something else will occupy their shelf space.  Also seeing the Stratosphere (rumored to be Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S II) and Bionic launching on the same day comes as a bit of a shocker.  And maybe the most interesting thing is the unnamed Galaxy Tab P8 -- could that be the 8.9 inch Galaxy Tab so many of us have been waiting for?  We'll have to wait a bit and see.  In the meantime, looks like the whole Verizon lineup just got a good bit better.

Source: IGN

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom 3.2 update offers read-only SD card access

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The Android 3.2 update for Honeycomb rolled out to folks with Wifi Xooms a few weeks ago, and word is that the update should be hitting LTE 3G Xooms any day now.  One of the things people are really looking forward to is the long awaited SD card support for the stock Honeycomb Xoom, and that's included in the 3.2 update as well as things like better rendering and the zooming feature.  But not everything is as it seems on the surface.  According to Motorola, the SD card support for the Xoom is read-only, meaning you can't write anything to the card unless you use your computer.  After a quick look through the Xoom forums, this certainly appears to be the case. Here's exactly what Moto's saying:

The Google Experience Devices like the Motorola XOOM (3.2 update coming soon) and Motorola XOOM WIFI allow you to write to the SD card from your PC and use the Android File Transfer on Mac or a cable transfer on Windows to transfer files from the Motorola Xoom to the SD Card.

While a user cannot move apps to the SD card, the device comes equipped with 32 GB of on-board memory that provides plenty of storage. Users can also store and play videos or music from the SD card if the content was copied to the SD card via the aforementioned file transfer processes. However, videos or pictures taken from the device itself can only be saved to the internal memory and not to the SD card.

Is this a deal breaker?  Probably not.  (Hell, it's no worse than what you have now, right?) But when other manufacturers and independent Android developers are able to bake read/write SD card support into the operating system that works well -- even through a dongle -- it does make a person scratch their head a bit.  I'm sure there was a reason, and Motorola or Google would do well to tell it to us, but instead we're left guessing.  Let's hope this is addressed, one way or the other, with Ice Cream Sandwich -- which should be hitting the Xoom shortly after release.

Source: Motorola. via the Android Central app

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4 years ago

Clearwire announces plans for LTE Advanced network, still committed to Wimax

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In a press release today, Clearwire has announced their intent to add LTE Advanced capabilities to their existing network infrastructure.  LTE Advanced is true 4G technology as originally defined by the various groups that define such things, and this will be its first appearance.  The LTE Advanced tech standards call for peak download speeds over 100 Mbps, and Clearwire says their trials have exceeded 120 Mbps.  That's fast. 

Clearwire also is quick to mention that they are not abandoning their existing Wimax network or customers, and expect to gain over 2 million additional users throughout the rest of 2011. 

The big winner here looks to be Sprint, who already has a business arrangement with Clearwire and has announced a partnership with LightSquared to bring LTE to their customers.  Customers have 4G now with Wimax, "better" 4G later with LTE, and "real" 4G with LTE Advanced.  Sounds like someone has all their ducks in a row, let's hope it pans out.  Read the full press release after the break.

Source: Clearwire

 

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the TouchWiz update for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in NYC

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

We spent some quality time with Samsung this morning at its TouchWiz update event in New York City (you might have seen a tweet or 20), and I got my Galaxy Tab updated as part of the shindig.

We've already done a screenshot preview -- now it's time for our video hands-on. Probably the most important change is the quick-launch tray, which gives you a sort of dock down at the bottom of the screen.

Check out our video above, and stay tuned for more from the London event.

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4 years ago

Google's chief legal officer calls patent war 'a hostile, organized campaign against Android'

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We've heard the cries. "Why isn't Google fighting back on the patent front?!?!" Trust us, there are people in suits working on this every day. And today David Drummond, senior vice president and Google's chief legal officer, penned a blog post explaining what's going on, saying:

Android’s success has yielded something else: a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents.

Drummond recaps what you've likely already read -- that Microsoft, Apple and others worked together (or ganged up, depending on who you ask) to outbid Google for suites of patents from Nortel and Novell, plus the spate of lawsuits demanding licensing fees for every handset -- or demanding that they not be allowed into the United States at all.

So what's Google doing about it? Drummond's post doesn't really say anything we didn't expect, calling the bidding process an "anti-competitive strategy" that caused the winning price of the patents -- $4.5 billion -- to go way over what they're actually worth, and that "the law frowns on the accumulation of dubious patents for anti-competitive means." He continues that Google's lobbying the Justice Department to investigate the patent auction for anti-competitive practices, which it's rumored to be doing, and that Google's going to beef up its own patent portfolio, which it's also said to have been working on.

While you should read the entire post (link's below), we find zero surprises in any of that. Question remains: How will it play out?

Source: Google Blog

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4 years ago

Update now available to fix the Toshiba Thrive's oversleeping issue

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Toshiba's just released an update that addresses the Thrive tablet's issues when coming out of its sleep mode. The update is available in the Thrive's "Service Station" app -- a handy little guy that manages your updates on the device.

Here's the official word from Toshiba:

A limited number of Thrive Tablet users have experienced a Resume issue when in Sleep mode. Toshiba has released a software update to resolve this issue, improving the sleep-and-resume performance, as well as enhancing the multimedia playback capabilities of the device. The software update can be downloaded through the Toshiba Service Station utility app found on the Thrive Tablet.

And that's that. If you've got a Thrive, get to updating.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Dex Mobile

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Whether constantly on the go in new areas that you are not familiar with, or just looking for a new place to dine or how expensive the gas around you is, many of us want access to all this information with one simple click. Dex Mobile is a rather new application that is available in the Android Market free of charge that allows users to collect all this information, and more with just one simple click.

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4 years ago

Even more Berenstain Bears titles headed to the Android Market

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It's posts like these that make me realize how old I am -- for better or worse. I remember reading Berenstain Bears books as a child and now times have changed so much that the books can now be downloaded and listened to, and followed along with on numerous devices. That said; you can expect more Berenstain Bears titles to start showing up in the Android Market as  OceanHouse Media and Harpers Collins have a new agreement in place to bring the Berenstain Bears books to the digital front:

“The Berenstain Bears omBooks continue to be one of our most beloved app series,” said Michel Kripalani, President of Oceanhouse Media. “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to expand the number of these treasured books in our omBook collection thanks to our wonderful partnership with HarperCollins Children’s Books.”

You can find the full press release after the break, or you can just head on over to the Android Market right now and grab some of the currently available titles.

Source: PRWeb

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4 years ago

Star Legends in open beta, sitting happily in Android Market

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I know it's been in beta for a while, and I know we gave you a video preview to whet your whistle, but now the time has come. Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles is out of closed beta and is now in open beta, waiting to be downloaded by you hungry hordes of Android gamers.

You'll need a device running 2.0 or higher (so, everyone?) to see it, but other than that, you're good to go! The developers are putting their finishing touches on it and expect the official launch in August, but if you don't mind a little bit of beta action, you know what to do.

Download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC Wildfire S now available on T-Mobile for $79.99

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The HTC Wildfire S (read our review of the European version) is now available from T-Mobile and can be had for $79.99 with a 2-year contract.

The lower end but still highly capable device sports a 3.2-inch screen, 5MP camera and Android 2.3. It is available in white from T-Mobile stores and black from Walmart, Sam's Club and T-Mobile online.

If you've been waiting for a great phone at an affordable price, the Wildfire S should fit your bill. If you intend to pick one up, brag about it in the HTC Wildfire S Forum.

Source: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

Motorola XPRT review

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Android phones aren't always the best for the business set, but that's not for a lack of trying. Last year, Motorola and Verizon Wireless brought us the Droid Pro, a phone aimed right at BlackBerry defectors. Now Sprint users get their own version, the Motorola XPRT (see what they did there?). The XPRT is pretty much the Pro reborn on a different network.

Is it still good enough for the business-minded? Let's take a look, after the break.

Motorola XPRT ForumMotorola XPRT Accessories

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4 years ago

Capital One mobile banking app finally arrives in the Android Market

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Capital One customers irked at the lack of mobile banking options will be pleased to know that an official app is now available in the Android Market.  Capitol One now gives Android users access to their checking and credit card account balances, recent transactions, an ATM and branch locator, and rewards information, as well as mobile functionality for account transfer and bill pay. The app is available on Android 1.6 and above, with Honeycomb support coming "soon." Download from the Android Market with the link below.

Thanks mrspock2002!

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4 years ago

Samsung's TouchWiz update goes out publicly on Aug. 5

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We're knee-deep into Samsung's press-showing of the TouchWiz update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Korean manufacturer just dropped word that the update will push out publicly on Aug. 5. If you just can't wait that long, you can head by the Samsung Experience in New York City and get your Tab updated today.

We've already walked you through the TouchWiz update, but hit the press release link below for the full changelog.

Source: Press release

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4 years ago

Huawei announces the Vision, a 3.7-inch smartphone with Gingerbread

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Huawei today announced the newest addition to its smartphone lineup with the Vision. It's a sleek device that actually closely resembles the Nexus S with its curved unibody construction. The phone will run Android 2.3, the latest version of Android, and come packed with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

Here are the known specs:

  • 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • 5MP camera with auto focus and LED flash
  • 720p video recording
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3D interface that includes 3D panels to make navigating the phone possible by swiping
  • Pre-installed games include: Angry Birds, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, Order & Chaos Online, Guerilla Bob HD

The Vision will be available in 'select markets' in September. It's great to see Huawei stepping their game up in the consumer mobile space with the Vision. It's also nice to see a 3.7-inch screen as it seems lately the market has been flooded with the larger ones. More choice is always better. Please find the press release after the break.

Source: Huawei

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4 years ago

Rdio updates its Android app ... for Ice Cream Sandwich compatibility

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Eagle-eyed Android Central reader @baynard17 pinged us on Twitter this morning to alert us to an update to Rdio's Android app. It's good to see the bugfixes and TELUS integration (Canadian carriers need love, too), plus support for gift cards.

But the really interesting bullet point is "Android 'Ice Cream Sandwich' support. We know Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in the fourth quarter this year -- Google announced it at its developer conference in May -- and that it'll bring the Android tablet and smartphone tracks back together. We've yet to see public release of the SDK, and likely won't for an other couple months. But it'd be of little surprise to us to learn that some developers already have it under an NDA, and Rdio's a good choice for that.

Does that mean ICS is imminent? Google said Q4, and we've got no reason to believe we'll see it sooner. (But it'd certainly be cool if we did.)

Thanks, @baynard17!

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