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3 years ago

How to manually update your GSM Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.0.4

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Android 4.0.4 has started rolling out for the GSM/HSPA+ Samsung Galaxy Nexus (that's the international, non-Verizon version), as well as a couple of other devices. Not everyone's getting the automatic update right away, but fortunately we've got an easy method that'll allow you to manually update from the earlier version 4.0.2 to 4.0.4 with the minimum of fuss.

Note that this is for stock phones, and for people who want to update without really doing any real  hackery but don't mind a little command line work. Nothing we do here is permanent, other than the update itself. If you've already flashed CWM, then you probably already know what you're doing anyway. And with that ...

Thanks, cgrunner on XDA, for the OTA location

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3 years ago

Sprint LG Marquee updated with call lock-up bug fix

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Owners of Sprint's LG Marquee (a distant cousin of the LG Optimus Black) will be pleased to see the roll-out of a new software update for the device. The new version LS855ZVC fixes one glitch that's been particularly frustrating for some users -- a bug which sometimes resulted in the phone locking up during calls. In addition, Sprint says the update improves the Marquee's security, which may or may not be a good thing, depending on whether you're interested in rooting the device.

Head on over to "Settings > About Phone  > System Updates > Update LG Software" and check for updates to see if yours is ready. As ever, these updates are doled out gradually over time, so don't be too alarmed if you don't see anything just yet.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Sony Mobile launches 'Night of Imagination' with Labrinth

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Not content with hiring acclaimed director Wes Anderson to create a series of TV commercials, Sony's brought in another big name to promote its new Xperia NXT line-up (that's the Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U, in case you were wondering).

Its latest promotion sees Sony Mobile joining forces with British singer-songwriter Labrinth to launch a 'Night of Imagination' event in London's Mayfair district next Wednesday, April 4. Sony and Labrinth promise an exclusive set, including a secret collaboration and "a never-before-seen performance." Coincidentally, Labrinth also has a new album, Electronic Earth, coming out a couple of days before the event.

Sony's giving away tickets to the spectacle, as well as assorted Labrinth-signed goodies away on its official Xperia Facebook and Twitter accounts, so you'll want to head that way if you're interested in getting involved.

We've got the full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One S may launch April 22, leaked screen suggests

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The HTC One S may be going on sale in some parts of Europe as early as next Monday, but the phone's U.S. launch might not be far behind. ​TmoNews​ obtained the T-Mobile internal screenshot you see above, which references a launch date of April 22, just over three weeks from now. The image shows the T-Mobile version of the device, alongside a countdown clock displaying the purported date.

As ever, carrier launch plans are subject to change change -- just ask anyone who tried to buy a Verizon Galaxy Nexus last November. So this is no guarantee that the One S will be arriving in Tmo stores on this date, but it's probably safe to say T-Mobile's first Android 4.0 device isn't far off. Keep it locked to AC for all the latest on the One S as release approaches.

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Gangstar Rio: City of Saints now available in the Google Play Store

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If you're not a thug in real life but want to live out that lifestyle Gameloft has now released something to help make you get a little bit closer. Gangstar Rio: City of Saints is now available in the Google Play Store for all if you're willing to fork over $7 for it.

As you can tell by the name, this portion of the series takes place in Rio de Janeiro and offers over 60 missions to play through as well as a whole arsenal of weapons to choose from with your customizable characters. If you're into some gangster action, you'll find the NSFW trailer and download link past the break.

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3 years ago

ASUS Transformer Prime updated with Ethernet accessory support

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Good news, ASUS Transformer Prime owners! You should have a new over-the-air update waiting for you this morning. According to reports from the Android Central forums, the new software version 9.4.2.21 is now rolling out on devices in the U.S.

ASUS says the update introduces a raft of new features, including support for an upcoming Ethernet accessory, which will plug into one of the Prime's USB ports, allowing connectivity to wired networks. Also said to be included is a fix for the screen flicker issue affecting some devices, along with various ASUS app updates, improved HDMI support and enhanced lock screen options.

If you're rocking an ASUS Transformer Prime, then be sure to head to the usual spot in Settings -> About and check for updates. If you're already updated, then let us know how it went in the comments.

More: Transformer Prime forum

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3 years ago

HTC One series reportedly launching in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on April 2

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We've known about the HTC One series' UK launch date of April 5 for some time now, but now it appears some European countries may get HTC's new smartphones a few days before the rest of the world. According to a press release from HTC's German arm, the HTC One X, One S and One V will launch in Germany, Austria and Switzerland from next Monday, April 2. The One X will reportedly retail at €599 SIM-free, while the One S and One V will sell for €499 and €299 respectively.

The One X is HTC's flagship phone for 2012, and (in Europe, at least) ships with a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU and a 4.7-inch, 720p display. While still a formidable smartphone, the One S pares things back a bit with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip and a 4.3-inch qHD SuperAMOLED panel. Finally, the One V represents HTC's new entry-level offering, with a 1GHz single-core CPU, a 3.7-inch WVGA display and a design reminiscent of the old HTC Legend. Software-wise, all three run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC's Sense 4 software.

The next week is sure to be an exciting time for HTC fans. If you plan on picking up a HTC One series device in the next few days, be sure to shout out in the comments.

Source: The Unwired; via: The Verge

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3 years ago

Verizon LG Lucid now available

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Right on cue, Verizon Wireless has today launched the Lucid, a mid-range 4G LTE smartphone from LG. The Lucid packs a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch IPS screen and a 5MP rear camera. On the software side, there's Android 2.3 Gingerbread with LG's Optimus UI, and the promise of a future upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich in the future. It's nothing too fancy, but for $79 on a 2 year contract (after a $50 mail-in rebate), you wouldn't expect a bleeding-edge device.

We'll have a full review of the LG Lucid in the next week, so stay tuned.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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3 years ago

Android 4.0 update for HTC Sensation on Vodafone UK launching today

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Considering Vodafone UK carried the HTC Sensation exclusively for the first month of its availability, there should be more than a few Vodafone Sensation owners eagerly awaiting the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That waiting ends today, though, as Voda has announced the availability of the new software upgrade, which also bumps the phone up to version 3.6 of HTC Sense.

Here's what the carrier had to say -- 

Great news. The testing of the ICS update for HTC Sensation is complete, and we plan to start rolling out the update [today], 29th March.

The update will be rolled out in phases by the Over The Air service, so if yours doesn’t appear right away, you can either wait for it to appear, or go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Check now.

Vodafone remains quite about the release date of the ICS update for its version of the Samsung Galaxy S II. That update is already available on O2 and Three-branded handsets, though bizarrely not on unbranded ones. An earlier statement given by the network says it aims to release ICS for the Galaxy S II "as quickly as possible."

Source: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

Samsung launches 'store within a store' at leading Phones4U branch

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Remember that thing Samsung was meant to be doing at Phones4U on Oxford Street, London on March 30? Shockingly, it turns out it's not a Galaxy S III launch event, but instead the opening of a store within a store at the leading branch. What this means, according to Samsung, is that a large portion of the store will be dedicated to all things Samsung, with the latest phones and tablets on show, and "play areas" for prospective customers to try them out.

Samsung already operates "Samsung Digital Plaza" locations in South Korea, but this is the first we've heard of the manufacturer getting more involved in the retail world outside of its home turf. We're not expecting any new products to show up at Phones4U tomorrow. But the store's prime location in central London, combined with the new Samsung partnership, may make it an ideal spot for showing off upcoming Samsung phones in the future

We've got Samsung's press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 'value pack' comes to Korea, adds ICS features to Gingerbread

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Despite some confusion as to whether it was or wasn't real, the fabled Samsung 'value pack' for original Galaxy S phones (the 'GT-i9000' GSM version, that is) has now started rolling out, beginning in Samsung's native South Korea. The pack attempts to make up for the fact that the OG Galaxy S isn't getting an official Ice Cream Sandwich update by bringing a handful of high-profile ICS features to the current version of Gingerbread. Same goes for the mid-range Galaxy K and Galaxy U.

These include face unlock, the ability to snap photos while recording video, enhanced photo editing features, and improved folder functionality in the Launcher. We're there are some who will settle for nothing less than a full ICS update, but it's nice to see Samsung offering something​ to owners of the Galaxy S, which launched in mid-2010 with Android 2.1 Eclair. The good news for anyone still holding out for ICS is that there's a great selection of Android 4.0 custom ROMs available for the phone, if you're willing to root.

No word on anyone outside of Korea getting this update, and we're not holding our breath when it comes to the U.S., where original Galaxy S hardware (and branding) is all over the place.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Late-night poll: It's all about the kickstand!

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We got wind of a new rumor about what may be next in the EVO line this afternoon, and some of the best reactions were about the kickstand. Yes, it's rumored to have one, and yes, lots of folks are happy about it. I understand, because I am, too! To me, of all the things that were great about the original EVO 4G (and there are a lot of them) the kickstand always stood out the most. The OG EVO not only changed the game with it's big screen, but having a method to lean it back and watch a movie or two was huge. It was a stroke of genius, other phones have come with one since, and many of us are hoping HTC and Sprint bring it back.

Of course, there's likely just as many folks who don't give a hoot, and even some who think we're a bit crazy to love the kickstand so much. Maybe they're right. But that isn't about to change anyone's mind now is it? Whether you love the kickstand, hate the kickstand, or just don't care, let us know in the poll.

 

What do you think about a built-in kickstand on your phone?

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3 years ago

Getting Google Play store errors? You're not alone

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If you're having trouble accessing paid apps on your Google Play account, or seeing cryptic server errors when trying to browse for apps, you're not alone. We've been getting reports, some as old as three days ago about errors where paid apps aren't shown as purchased, both on the phone and on the web, as well as the RPC (Remote Procedure Call) error you see above. 

We're pretty certain it's some sort of server glitch, and your paid apps are safe and sound in the Googleplex basement, but it sure is annoying -- I just got myself a Transformer Prime and want to set it up! We've pinged Google, and we'll let you know what they have to say when they get back with us.

Update: And things are better for us again, but we're still hearing a bunch of you are having issues. Hang in there.

Thanks, Johann!

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3 years ago

DoubleTwist Player gets an update, now supports pinned Google Play Music tracks

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The folks at doubleTwist have updated their Android app to version 1.7.3, and it brings a pretty nice change log along with. In addition to playing your music collection from the device and syncing to your Windows or Mac computer, you can now play music you have downloaded and pinned from Google Play Music. We gave it a quick test and sure enough -- music downloaded and pinned is accessible through the doubleTwist player as well as across the network through the doubleTwist media server. This is a great addition for those that need to sync their music or simply prefer to not use drag and drop to copy songs.

In addition to the Google Play Music tool, album art search and download has been improved, AirPlay support has been tweaked to work with the latest AppleTV update, improvements have been made to the search feature, and the whole app has been trimmed down in size and bug fixes have been applied. It's worth mentioning that not all features are available in the free version of doubleTwist Player, but the ability to play pinned tracks from Google Play Music is. We love it when premium features come with a zero cost app. If you are using doubleTwist Player, grab your update from the Google Play store, and if not you can find a download link after the break.

Source: doubleTwist

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3 years ago

Sprint's next-gen HTC EVO rumored to have kickstand, larger battery

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For the past month there have been rumors flying around about what to expect from HTC when Sprint's LTE network goes live later this year, and we got a tip that's just too juicy to sit on. Most of it lines up with other hints we've heard from various folks who would know this sort of thing, but like all rumors, that grain of salt needs to be handy. According to an insider who wishes to remain nameless, the phone HTC and Sprint will be announcing on April 4 is:

  • HTC EVO ONE
  • Released June 6
  • 4.7 inch, 720p AMOLED screen
  • 1.5 dual-core Krait processor
  • 2650mah non-removal battery
  • 16GB internal memory
  • microSD card slot
  • Android 4.0 with 4.0 sense
  • 8-megapixel camera with 2.0 front-facing camera
  • LTE
  • Beats by Dre audio

Supposedly the EVO One is black and red, thin, and has a kickstand as well.

We've been kicking this one around in the forums all day now. As mentioned, a lot of this matches up with other rumors we've been hearing -- things like that this phone will not be built on the standard HTC One X chassis, have a monstrous battery to combat the power-suck that is LTE, and it'll be the biggest phone Sprint has ever sold.

On the other hand, some of it doesn't make as much sense. if the phone has a big honking battery, and a microSD card slot, it's not going to be very thin. The CPU makes sense -- it's what HTC has in the AT&T version of the One X (and the One XL), which also rocks LTE.

Of course, rumors are just rumors until we see what's behind the curtain next week. We'll be at the event, of course, and we're certainly expecting a device announcement of some sort. 

More: HTC One X forums; Thanks, Anon!

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