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3 years ago

Are you having radio issues with your Nexus S 4G? [poll]

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The Nexus S 4G has been available from Sprint for about two weeks, and like all new phones it seems users are seeing a few bugs.  With this one they seem to be centered around the radios.  Reports of Wifi, 3G and Wimax signal issues are springing up and we figure it's time to try to get to the bottom of the issue and get a little input from you guys.  Hopefully the right people are reading and can turn the data into results.

I was a bit concerned with the Wifi signal on the original Nexus S myself when it was first released.  The lower power radio didn't hold the same signal strength as I was used to on my Nexus One, and it took me several weeks to accept that three bars on the signal meter didn't mean the end of the world.  And anyone with an Evo or an Epic 4G will remember the radio issues when they were new.  A few OTA updates later and everything seems to be working well for them, and we imagine the same thing will happen here.  Since a quick read of the forums show people that are having issues as well as people who aren't, lets try to get some numbers.

Source: Android Central forums

Are you having signal issues on your Nexus S 4G?Market Research

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3 years ago

AT&T confirms non-market app installs coming to existing phones

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Changes will happen automatically in the background; Motorola Atrix 4G will also receive an update

An AT&T spokesman has confirmed some smartphones in AT&T's current lineup will be updated to allow installation of applications from outside the Android Market. This comes after we published a screen shot that states the Samsung Captivate and HTC Inspire 4G and Aria will soon receive access to applications from outside the Android Market, a process known as "sideloading." AT&T has also confirmed to us that the LG Thunder will receive the update to allow non-market apps. Here's the official word:

In March, we announced our intent to provide AT&T Android customers access to third-party application stores. [story] Future Android devices (including the recently launched Samsung Infuse 4G) [story] will allow users to change their settings in order to access this content. Over the next few weeks, we will also roll-out this capability to existing devices in our base for which an upgrade is possible. Users will not need to take any action as their phone will receive the update automatically. 

Previously, installation of non-market apps required hacking of the phone, or a tool like the Sideload Wonder Machine. With this silent update -- note that you won't actually have to do anything; AT&T will push it to your phone automatically -- you'll now be able to install applications directly from developers, websites and, yes, finally, the Amazon Appstore.

And as for the Motorola Atrix 4G? AT&T says it's working with Moto, which will provide the update for non-market apps in a future maintenance release.

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3 years ago

Droid X2 officially announced, available May 26 for $199

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Online orders begin May 19

Not much of a surprise at this point, after we leaked the launch date last week, but the Motorola Droid X2 officially will be released on Verizon on May 26, with online orders starting May 19. It'll go for $199 after contract and rebate. And with that, you'll get:

  • Android 2.2 (with the promise of an upgrade to Android 2.3)
  • 4.3-inch display with qHD resolution
  • 8MP rear camera
  • Dual-core 1GHz processor
  • Swype
  • 3G mobile hotspot
  • And all the other usual bells and whistles

All and all, a nice bump for one of our favorite phones of 2010. Presser's after the break.

More: Droid X2 forums

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3 years ago

HTC, Verizon working on ThunderBolt reboots

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When it comes to the HTC ThunderBolt, probably our biggest gripe is the spate of reboots. Look down, and, yep, there it goes again. It's one thing if it's a hacked phone with nightly builds -- and another if it's a stock consumer release.

But the good news is that some whiny blogger whined about it on Twitter, and Verizon responded with what you see above. Not that we had any doubt that HTC and Verizon are working to squash a bug or three, but it is nice to see it publicly.

Source: Twitter; More: ThunderBolt forums (1, 2, 3, 4)

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3 years ago

Vodafone New Zealand faked Xperia Play theft

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Because crime, apparently, is a funny way to market your product. And, yes, we're fully aware we're doing exactly what they want by publishing a second story here. Lame, Vodafone. Lame.

Source: Engadget; More: Facebook

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3 years ago

Samsung hopes to woo more developers, launches forum to prove it

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If you're a developer who has always had a soft spot for Samsung's hardware, this might be your lucky day. Samsung has just launched their official forum for Android developers with such helpful links as "Device Specs" and "Code Sample" (for alternate screen sizes).

If you're not interested in developing for Samsung, let me remind you of a few things I can think of.

Full presser is after the break.

More: developer.samsung.com/android

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3 years ago

Leaked T-Mobile roadmap includes plenty of Android

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If you're a T-Mobile customer or plan on becoming one in the next little while, you'll want to listen up. Roadmap for the rest of the year has popped up and it has quite a few upcoming Android devices on it.  According to the list, which was sorted by month -- here is what we're going to be looking at for releases:

That's it for the known, the rest -- is speculation based on the listings from the roadmap. HTC and LG play a big part here though. The LG “Gelato” Optimus II is suggested to be a follow-up to the successful LG Optimus line. While HTC is bringing the “Bresson” and “G-Infinity.” with the G-Infinity being the next device in line to follow the T-Mobile G - series of devices.

Of course, roadmaps don't always hold up over time. But we're willing to bet we'll see these guys sooner rather than later.

Source: This Is My Next

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3 years ago

Google Music, Xoom lag [from the forums]

As we roll on through the week, we're starting to see some goodies roll out as well. Google Music Beta invites are now showing up, the LG Revolution is getting released and Verizon is unleashing the Xperia Play -- exciting times. Looking to discuss more? Jump into the Android Central 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

Music beta invites rolling out, inboxes refreshed en masse

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We got our first look at Google Music Beta at Google IO this year, and it looks like some who requested invites are finally starting to see a response. Your Google Music Beta invite nets you just one invite (none to give out) that works across all your 2.2+ devices.

Uploading is done through the browser-based web app and music syncs in the background. Expect more as we find out.

And anyone who gets an invite, let us know how it's working for you. Sound off, comments, you know the drill.

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3 years ago

More Android Market security woes -- and a novel idea to fix them from Sophos

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Malicious files once again have found their way into the Android Market, with a set of applications being hijacked, reverse engineered with malicious code injected, and published alongside the legitimate applications.

Two thing need mention up front -- Google has already removed the apps from the Market, and this time around they only affected users in China, where they also originate from.  If you're reading this story, you probably are safe and never were at risk.  But this is still a big concern.  A set of bad guys (that's my safe-for-work version) were able to de-compile apps from a legit developer, put in some code that sends SMS messages to a Chinese subscription service, and then took some really ingenious steps to keep everything hidden from the user.  That's going to happen, because everything that's electronic and popular enough is a target.  The part that is concerning is that these are making their way into the Android Market.

Allow me to have a few hundred words with you about it, after the break.

Source: AegisLabs via Sophos; Thanks, Tony Bag o' Donuts!

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