The good news: The AT&T Samsung Captivate finally has its Froyo update. They bad news -- it's available through the Samsung Kies desktop software. Kies isn't the worst thing we've ever seen, but it's still a bit ridiculous in 2011 that we're not updating everything over the air.
Rut ro. If you've been wondering why your Sprint Epic 4G hasn't yet received the over-the-air update to Froyo, it's because Sprint and Samsung have yanked it from the servers. Apparently a number of folks were having problems with data connectivity, or with the SD card -- or both. And while a hard-reset seemed to fix it, nobody wants to do that (Hi, mom!).
So, they pulled the update. Here's the official word:
There have been an increased number of calls into Care regarding issues with the Epic following the upgrade. As a result, the upgrade will not be pushed to more devices until a resolution for these issues is in place. The OTW update on the Samsung website will also be taken down.
Sprint and Samsung are actively working to correct these problems and release the update to all devices.
The issues being reported are related to data connectivity following the upgrade and SD card issues when attempting to access photos, music, etc. If you are experiencing these issues, a hard reset has been reported to resolve the problems. A hard reset will wipe out all the data on your device, so a backup should be done first.
The Motorola Xoom is available from Verizon today, at a cost of $599 with a contract and $799 without. At launch, the Xoom will only be compatible with Verizon's 3G network, but will eligible for a free 4G LTE upgrade in the coming months.
If you have a Xoom, are planning to get one, or want to wait for when the 4G upgrade is available, sign up on Verizon's site to receive a notification e-mail, and you'll be among the first to know. [Verizon]
While we already knew NTT DOCOMO was putting the LG Optimus Pad up for pre-order, and we've come to find out they were adding two other devices to their already existing line-up as well. One of those devices is the not yet released in North America Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. The other, a device that will likely never seen North American shores; the MEDIAS N-04C which oddly enough is claiming to be the Worlds thinnest smartphone measuring just 7.7 mm, and weighing only 105 grams. We've got the press release after the break if you're looking for more details surround their rollout.
MetroPCS has just launched an ... interesting ad campaign to promote its upcoming LTE-rocking Samsung Indulge. Snoop Dogg himself takes on a trio of personalities as possible matches for a woman on a dating show, each with more "G"s in his name - and thus is more attractive. Asked about "the 4 Gs" in his name, Snoop explains that "lately the speed of my hustle has increased exceptionally, and I've had to amp up my Gs to facilitate my needs." Honestly, we couldn't make this up if we tried. Catch the video past the break. [YouTube]
Samsung KB100L00WM-A453 512 MB of DRAM, which also contains a 1 GHz Intrinsity Processor in a package-on-package configuration
The front panel is adhered to the AMOLED display, so they must be replaced as one expensive unit
Less-than-stellar fit of the front panel and chromed plastic accents can lead to cosmetic issues after long-term use.
It turns out that Samsung tells no lie -- their structural framework IS made of magnesium! This helps make the device lighter.
Overall, iFixit gave the Samsung Galaxy S 4G a 6 out of 10 for it's cost effectiveness to repair. Had the display been easier to remove it would likely have scored the 9 out of 10 the Motorola Atrix 4G did as there are a lot of internal similarities there. [iFixit]
Although I'm not really much of a fun of the game, I do know a lot of people love wasting some time playing Mafia Wars. Be it on Facebook or the many other various platforms it is available for. Finally, Zynga has brought Mafia Wars to the Android Market. While early reviews show it needs some work, the fact that Zynga has created a base for Mafia Wars gives them room to play around with and user feedback will help them improve it in the long run. They are quite capable of building great games.
At the moment, some elements of the original game are missing and you can only access one city but I'm sure more will become available over time. If you're into playing Mafia Wars it's certainly worth a look. If you're looking for more feedback based on user reviews head on past the break for the Android Market download link. Just remember, it uses your Facebook account for stats and such so if you don't have a Facebook account you really just login and play. If you're not into Mafia Wars then try out Words with Friends. Fah-get about it!
An AT&T-3G version of the Samsung Nexus S has been rumored for a while now, but while poking around at Google's Android Open Source Project git repository I noticed one of the changes made for 2.3.3 centered around the requirement for a new radio -- and it differentiates between T-Mobile and AT&T. I'm no Googler, but that sure looks like we're seeing Gingerbread being built for the Nexus S with AT&T in mind.
The page has disappeared for a bit while writing this one up, but the magic of tabbed browsing saves the day in case it doesn't come back online soon. Have a peek after the break for the full page view. [Android Open Source Project]
Update: The page is live again at the source link, but we'll leave it after the break as well for our mobile viewers.
Kinda goes without saying at this point, but you can now officially buy the Motorola Xoom Honeycomb tablet at Verizon. A mere $599 gets you 10.1 inches of Android 3.0 goodness with a dual-core Tegra 2 processor. And that sort of thing makes us happy. But do note that little asterisk next to the "Fully Flash-enabled" line -- it'll be getting Flash in a few weeks, but it's not there yet. [Verizon]
LG Electronics has issued a press release announcing that pre-sales for the Optimus Pad (check out our hands-on) will begin on March 15 for NTT DOCOMO customers in Japan. The tablet has been customized for the Japanese market, with applications like BeeTV for mobile video entertainment and the 2Dfacto app for viewing eBooks and comics.
Japanese consumers have long been known as early adopters of electronics, and it makes sense to offer the Optimus Pad on NTT DOCOMO right away. It will be an excellent opportunity to evaluate the demand for the tablet's 3D camera, as well as the more "normal" hardware that we will be seeing on more tablets this year. The press release offers no insight on pricing or an availability date, and we're not about to guess any further than expensive, and soon after. Hopefully the T-Mobile G-Slate version won't be far behind. You can read the full press release after the break.
Although the video was posted back when the Motorola XOOM was first announced, we somehow skipped over it. Nevertheless, it's a pretty awesome video so we figured it'd still be worth posting for anyone else who also may have missed it. Now all we need is for them to push it out the door so we can all have one. Until such a time, you can check out our hands-on. Thanks, Wing!
We're not exactly too sure why this took as long as it did to turn up but no matter. It's here now and that's all that really counts. The ritual dumping of the system has taken place for the Motorola XOOM and has been posted up for curious people out there to dig through and explore. If you fancy digging through the code then by all means, have at it. [XDA]
With the Samsung Galaxy S 4G on T-Mobile now available at retail outlets, Samsung hit us up to let us know about their Samsung Media Hub options on the device. Having worked closely with T-Mobile, direct carrier billing is now available for Media Hub purchases.
Whether you're looking to grab some movies or just tune into a missed episode of your favorite TV show you can now do and charges will appear on your T-Mobile bill. The best part though is the shareability factor of downloading from the Samsung Media Hub since when purchase, the content is yours and can be shared across five other devices enabled with Media Hub at no extra cost. Check out our hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S 4G here.