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2 years ago

Hands on with Android 4.0 ICS on the Droid RAZR MAXX

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Verizon's finally pushing out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX, bringing Moto's U.S. flagship. This moves the RAZRs up to what is for the next day or so, the latest version of the OS. Starting right at the top, you'll notice a re-vamped lock screen, allowing you to choose to unlock normally, or launch directly into one of three apps -- the phone, camera or text messaging.

The home screen launcher has changed a fair bit too. You still get five screens to customize, but gone is the Motorola-styled launcher of old, an in its place sits the sleek stock Android launcher, albeit without the persistent Google search bar. That means you get a horizontal-scrolling list of apps, and widgets can be selected by long-pressing them and adding them to the home screen. Face unlock is included too, for whatever that's worth -- we think it's pretty clear by now that that's a bit of a gimmick.You also get the new ICS browser, which is nice, and the ability to use Chrome Beta for Android if you want.

Check out our hands-on video after the break.

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2 years ago

32GB Sprint Galaxy S III pre-orders shipping today

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Good news for anyone who has pre-ordered a 32GB Samsung Galaxy S III on Sprint -- it shall be in your hands very soon! Taking to their Galaxy S III community forum to deliver the good news, the message reads simply: 

“All 32GB Pre-ordered Samsung Galaxy SIII 32 GB phones are scheduled to ship today. Interested in the status of your order? Go to sprint.com/myorder to check. As more details become available, we will post them on the community as quickly as possible.”

Are you waiting on one of these or already received one? Shout out in the comments below and let us know your thoughts.

Source: Sprint Community

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2 years ago

CyanogenMod 9 RC1 released

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The day has finally arrived, as the CyanogenMod team announced that 37 devices are receiving RC1 of CM9 today.  This is a milestone, to be sure, as these builds should be more stable than any nightlies that have come before it.  The issue tracker is also open now, so those of you that install this can report bugs and keep up on the progress of the fixes.

In the blog post, the team states that it took 225 days to get to this point since the release of Ice Cream Sandwich source code (and since work began), and because of the major changes Google made to Android they took the time to rework a ton of code for behind the scenes stuff.  The changes they've made should make it easier to accept code changes and add new devices, because the "core" OS has been stabilized.  Be sure to hit up your respective devices forums section to report back on your experience if you decide to flash this.

Source: CyanogenMod

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2 years ago

Sony Xperia P review

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Can build quality and multimedia chops redeem a phone lacking the latest version of Android? Find out as we take a closer look at the Sony Xperia P.

The fact that we’re starting to see dual-core phones at entry-level price points is a testament to the tremendous pace at which smartphone technology is advancing. Last year this kind of multiprocessing horsepower was reserved for only the most expensive handsets, but as we cross over into the second half of 2012, we’re increasingly seeing these chips in mid-range and low-end phones too.

One such device is the Sony Xperia P. Sitting between the Xperia S and Xperia U in terms of specs and price, the Xperia P is the middle child in Sony’s Xperia NXT series. It aims to differentiate itself with its own unique take on the Xperia NXT “transparent element” design, using an aluminum chassis. It also offers few extra whistles and bells, including NFC support and an 8MP EXMOR R camera.

But there’s a “but” coming, and if you’ve read our Xperia S and Xperia U reviews, you’ll probably have correctly guessed that the Xperia P ships with the 18-month-old Android 2.3 Gingerbread, as opposed to the newer 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. So is this a deal-breaker, or does Sony offer enough added value in other areas for this to be overlooked until the update arrives? Find out below, in our full review of the Sony Xperia P.

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2 years ago

Non-Sprint HTC EVO 3Ds getting their Ice Cream Sandwich update

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If you're rocking an EVO 3D outside the United States, know this: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is heading your way right ... about ... now!

But what about Sprint? While the phones are mostly the same on the outside, you have to remember that the internals are different -- and the EVO 3D in the United States is controlled by Sprint, and not the magical GSM fairies from abroad. And that means it's not surprising that they're on different update guidelines. Same as if Sprint got the update before all the GSM rest-of-world models. One doesn't affect the other.

But any update is a good one. Hit the link below to see what all the fuss is about.

More: EVO 3D forums

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2 years ago

July 5 weighs in as potential Droid Incredible 4G LTE release date

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Here we go again, right? A leaked shot shows a date, we all get our hopes up and then they are crushed when it changes.  Well, according to an internal Verizon document the Droid Incredible 4G LTE is gearing up to be in our hands on July 5. The device was officially announced back in May, and perhaps you'll recall our hands-on with it at CTIA, and Verizon initially stated that it would be available "in the coming weeks," and, well, more than a few weeks have passed since then. Keeping it mind that the all new Verizon plans kick in starting on June 28, having the device launch shortly after is a good way to get those customers back in to renew their contracts. The pricing currently shows at the $199 price point, a bit higher than we had hoped, but hopefully Verizon will add a rebate or something to bring that price down to the $99 - $150 range. Now we sit and wait, hoping that July 5 is the day.

Source: Droid-Life

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2 years ago

AT&T Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich update available again via Kies

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A quick heads up that the fine folks in our AT&T Galaxy S II forums are reporting that the phone's Ice Cream Sandwich update is available again from the Samsung Kies software. The update briefly went live last week only to disappear again; AT&T says it was just testing things. But now it appears to be ready and willing.

So fire up Kies, and hit the link below to see what everyone else is seeing.

More: AT&T Galaxy S II forums

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2 years ago

Official-looking pics of the T-Mobile-branded Galaxy Note

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We've seen the blurry-cam and unofficial pictures leak out of a Galaxy Note carrying T-Mobile branding, but the folks over at CellPhone Signal got their hands on what they're calling official images. Not a lot of other details have leaked out, but the few that have are pretty tasty -- the T-mobile version will come in Navy Blue, run Ice Cream Sandwich (as we saw in the previous leak), and have HSPA+ enabled on 850/1900 MHz bands along with standard AWS bands. T-Mobile is slowly shifting radio frequencies for HSPA+, and as a bonus it means it should work on AT&T once factory SIM unlocked with no rooting or fiddling

The also tell us to expect to see it for sale on July 11, so keep your eyes peeled for more info soon.

Source: CellPhone Signal

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2 years ago

Sony Xperia Ion Review

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The Sony Xperia Ion is launching today on AT&T, more than 5 months after being announced - and with last year's version of Android. So is it still worth your time?

The hunt for an Android device is one that is never ending, and it ultimately comes down to an internal battle of when "enough is enough" and one device is good enough to last you for the term of your contract. Is there ever a perfect device for everyone? No.

The beauty of Android is that there is a ton of devices to chose from, some big and some small, some powerful and others just spec'd for the entry level consumers. Back at CES 2012 we first caught wind of the Sony Xperia Ion, and until recently the device was in a sort of black hole. Sony is finally ready to put this device in consumer hands and that means it's time for you to begin wondering if this could be your next device. There is no definite yes or no for everyone, but let's hit the break together and go through some of the good and bad and see just how this device stacks up.

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2 years ago

HTC teases 'dog translator' app

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Update: HTC has confirmed that this is in fact just a joke, and they're not working on voice control tech for dogs or humans.

Original: The Galaxy S III might be "designed for humans," but HTC has just published photographic evidence of what seems to be an attempt to court the canine smartphone market. The manufacturer posted the image above on its official Facebook page, showing the HTC One X chatting it up with an unusually smartphone literate dog.

OK, so HTC probably isn't going into the field of animal behaviorology anytime soon, which means this is likely a not-so-subtle hint that HTC is set to join LG, Samsung and Apple in launching its own voice assistant app (OK, a Siri clone). Based on the image above, it looks like HTC's app will be able to manage appointments (such as walkies) and other general queries, much like Apple and Samsung's offerings. The big question will be how well the app's voice recognition features actually work, as we found this to be a major sticking point for S Voice, the Galaxy S III's voice control effort.

In any case, we'll be interested to see what HTC comes up with in this area, and how much of its Sense UI it's able to augment with the new voice-controlled tech.

Source: HTC on Facebook

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