Motorola Droid 4, again, already? Yikes to all who recently purchased a Motorola Droid 3, but official specs on the Motorola Droid 4 have come to light. Droid-Life received a tip containing all the information about the device, and it seems like quite a spec machine.
This 4G LTE device will feature a 4-inch display, powered by a 1.2GHz processor, the style of the Droid RAZR and a slide out 5 row QWERTY keyboard with LED edge lighting for the keys. The device features an 8MP camera on the back an HD camera on the front, and requires a special tool to remove the battery door? Just like we are unsure of how we feel abou the need for a special tool to pop the battery door off, we are also unsure of pricing and release time frame, but we can sure hope for soon! Hit the break for the specs breakdown.
We saw the first image purporting to show the "HTC Ville" earlier this month, although there wasn't much to see, just another rounded black slab containing a screen of some description. Now a brand new render of the rumored device has appeared over at Pocketnow, showing what's apparently a 4.3-inch display on a phone with a thickness of just 8.49mm. That's thinner than the Galaxy S II and the Xperia Arc, and just about everything else on the market. Looking at the renders, you can now make out four capacitive buttons down at the bottom (behind the watermark), along with what appears to be HTC's trademark aluminum unibody construction.
The rumored specs don't appear to have changed over the past couple of weeks -- you're still looking at a dual-core Snapdragon S4 clocked at 1.5 GHz, along with an 8MP BSI camera, HSPA+ support and a 1650 mAh battery. In terms of software, the rumor mill says the Ville will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a brand new version of Sense, presumably version 4.0.
The usual caveats relating to unannounced devices apply here -- all of this stuff is unconfirmed and subject to change. If there's any truth to it, though, then we'll look forward to getting our hands on the Ville (or whatever it's eventually called) next year, most likely at Mobile World Congress.
It's that time of year again. The time of year where you spend all of your spare time and most of your spare money shopping for holiday gifts. Shopping is never easy, but for that special Android nerd in your life it can be especially difficult trying to find something to occupy their minds and hands so they can tinker and try to blow things up. That's where I can help -- I'm a total nerd (and proud of it) and I happen to spend a lot of time on the 'net making a wish list for that day I finally hit the Powerball. Hit the break and see our gift recommendations for an Android geek, from an Android geek.
If you recall a couple weeks back we mentioned that Mozilla was switching the Firefox for Android application to use native Android UI elements instead of XUL. This was done to create a unified look and feel and improve performance, and now anyone can give it a run. The fellows at Mozilla have now started pushing nightlies that include the changes. The newer builds are faster, but of course like any nightly builds there will be bugs. If you want to have a look, or if you're feeling like bug-hunting and helping out the Firefox team, grab the nightly here and install it. You'll see that Firefox has come a long way, and they are slowly building a mobile browser that can rival a true desktop version.
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We don't usually talk about our own advertising here on the blog, but it's time to make another exception.The Samsung Galaxy Nexus (note, not the Nexus Prime) is getting some love from Verizon today, and it looks like it'll sell for $199 on contract -- $100 cheaper than a couple other high-end Android smartphones. (Hello, Motorola Droid RAZR and HTC Rezound.) Still no official word on when it'll finally launch, but we're not betting against that December time frame at this point.
This isn't the first time we've seen this happen. You'll recall how the HTC ThunderBoltouted itself in advertising earlier this year. And also note that clicking on the "Learn More" link takes you to Verizon's holiday deals, but the Galaxy Nexus isn't actually listed there.
T-Mobile UK today announced the launch of the launch of a mid-end Android smartphone, the Vivacity. It's got a 3.5-inch display at WVGA resolution, a 5-megapixel camera, Wifi, GPS and all that jazz. It's going for just £10 per month on a 24-month plan, or for £99 on Pay As You Go.
While we continue to wait on Verizon to opens sales of its Samsung Galaxy Nexus here in the United States, another online retailer has begun shipping the GSM version. Negri Electronics has got it for $769.50, and it's shipping now. And, yes, that's a lot of scratch for a smartphone, but you're also paying the full, unsubsidized cost. It's also the price you pay if you've just got to have the GSM version, or if you just can't wait another couple weeks (maybe) for Verizon to get the LTE version out the door. And speaking of the Verizon version, Negri's got it listed at $678.50, with an expected shipping date of Dec. 9, for what that's worth.
Remember the good old days when the Nexus One went for $529? Us, too.
We'll keep this short and sweet, because we're pretty sure a few of you will be interested in this. The Galaxy Nexus is available to order in the USA.
Expansys USA have the unlocked, 16GB GSM version in stock now and are shipping within days. (Ours will be here Friday!) As the image here shows though, there's not many and as this is written the initial batch have been allocated. At present they're showing as shipping within 4 days.
LG and PRADA today announced that they've renewed their partnership and that we can expect the PRADA phone by LG 3.0 early next year. The Korean electronics giant and the Italian fashion giant have worked together since 2006, will release a pair of phones over the next two years. The PRADA phone by LG 1.0 sold more than 1 million units, LG said in a press release, and is a fixture at New York's Museum of Modern Art as well as in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, China.
No word yet on how far out of your price range the PRADA phone by LG 3.0 will be. We've got the full presser after the break.
Good news for all of you patiently waiting for Gingerbread on your Droid Charge: Verizon says today that the official update is "coming soon", and will bring with it a host of improvements. In addition to Android 2.3, software update i510.EP4 also brings with it security enhancements, a download manager, and a new user interface and color scheme, just to name a few of the changes in store. You know the drill: it'll roll out slowly, so sit back and enjoy your turkey and stuffing while you wait. Hit the source link for instructions and details from Verizon's Droid Charge support page, and sing out below when Gingerbread-flavored goodness reaches your device.
Everywhere you look you see Ice Cream Sandwich being ported to one phone or another. Anytime there's a version update to AOSP, it's fun to be an Android geek. And every time it happens, and our great community of developers start porting it over to existing phones we start seeing apps that just aren't working well -- even our favorite apps. So what to do when faced with a situation where an app you need or want badly is misbehaving? It's a bit different situation when a build is hacked together versus an official update, like we're seeing now with Ice Cream Sandwich. Here's what I would recommend:
Don't use the report to developer feature from the force close dialog if you see one. There's a good chance the app isn't working because of something the developer has no control over, and just an app report is going to confuse the situation. Take a moment and find the contact information for the developer, and send them an e-mail telling them what is happening, what software you're using, and if you're able, send a logcat of the event. Also let the ROM developer know there's an issue, but don't expect he or she to be able to do much about it. In fact, don't expect the application developer to be able to fix the issue either -- things like hacked video drivers or other binary bits we need and don't have can lead to unsolvable problems.
By now if you've been following the European Galaxy Nexus launch, you'll be aware of the infamous volume bug that results in volume levels spiking all over the place when the phone (or something else nearby) is in 2G mode on a 900MHz network. This morning Google and Samsung confirmed that they're aware of the problem and have a software fix ready to go. However that hasn't stopped the cries from across the blogosphere (and beyond) that the root cause is a hardware fault, and that Google is papering over the cracks by fixing it with software. Some have even called for Samsung to issue a recall of all Nexuses sold over the past week.
Enter systems engineer, app developer and all-round voice of reason Lee Johnston (known here on AC as britishturbo). He posted the following explanation in our comments section, and again on his Google+ page. For us mere mortals, it does a great job of explaining what's really going on, why it's a common issue with complex electronic devices like cellphones, and why we don't need to worry.
I'm a Systems Engineer and also a Developer. I deal with things like this every day. What we have here is indeed a hardware issue, in that the radio interference is coming in through the radio hardware. However things like this can be fix fairly easily in software. It's called debounce.
When you monitor an electronic input like the buttons on a phone there is always noise and flutter even when you just press the button. If testing by Google has shown that they just need to turn up the debounce time (the time which an input must exceed for it to be determined to be a genuine press) then it will more than likely just work and no one will ever see it again.
Like I said I deal with this kind of thing every day, it's not a big deal as long as your debounce time is not excessive. But noise happens down on the order of 1 to 40 ms, real inputs when you press a button last from 100 or 200ms if you tap the button, up to seconds if you hold it down.
This is nothing like Apple and the iPhone 4 antennae problems that could not be fixed in software. I'm sure everyone will see in due time, the problem will be fixed, and the dust will blow over.
And people will be saying "wow, I was wrong, Google rocks!"
Over on Google+, Google engineer Dan Morrill reshared the post, saying Lee's post was "completely accurate" description of a "very common phenomenon", with the increase in debounce time being the "classic fix". So that's that.
Our own Jerry Hildenbrand had similar things to say when this first cropped up a few days ago -- it's impossible to completely protect a complex device like a smartphone from all RF interference, and some of it has to be managed with code. As such, something like the Nexus volume bug can absolutely be remedied with a software update, just as Lee Johnston explains above.
Still rocking an original Motorola Droid and looking for something new to mess around with? Peter Alfonso has had quite a running record of amazing Droid ROM's to date, and he came back again with an Android 2.3.7 based ROM. Released last month this ROM brings the Motorola Droid right into the game with the most current version of Gingerbread for your downloading pleasure. If your still on the OG Droid, hit the source link for some download love, and let us know how it works out for you!
There's been quite the hoopla over the past few days around the Galaxy Nexus volume bug -- that's the nasty little issue which results in the phone's volume levels going crazy when it's on a 900MHz 2G/EDGE network, or when it's exposed to RF interference from another phone that is.
We reached out to Samsung for comment on the glitch, and they've responded today with the confirmation that a fix is indeed in the works.
We are aware of the volume issue and have developed a fix. We will update devices as soon as possible.
So hopefully that'll be the end of that. It's worth remembering that this shouldn't be an issue in the U.S., because neither of the GSM carriers in the States operate on 900 MHz. That and the fact that the U.S. has neither the phone nor a firm release date yet. D'oh.
And don't fret if it looks like the update's coming from Samsung even though this is a Nexus phone. Google has issued the exact same statement this morning, and we'd expect updates to roll out the same way as with other Nexus phones -- from Google directly.
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