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HBO Go received an update today that brought bug fixes and support for the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, but many users are finding that the app won't after updating it on their Samsung Galaxy S II, Sprint Epic 4G Touch (love that name!). That's an easy fix, thanks to Android Central member Murphy5111. You'll need to clear the application data, which is easy and quick to do:
On your homescreen, press the Menu button.
Go to Settings, Applications, Manage applications.
Scroll down the list until you find the HBO Go app, then press it's entry on the list.
Press the "Clear data" button.
You'll have to sign into your cable company account again, since you've manually wiped out the application data, but that's a small price to pay for streaming movies and HBO's programming. You can find the update in the Android Market, or hit the link after the break.
We broke the mold at CTIA today and got a look at something a bit different than what we're all used to: the Pantech Pocket, announced by AT&T earlier this week. It's a square device, but being a square isn't always that bad. The 4-inch, 600 x 800 display is unique in the Android space and while it certainly won't appeal to everyone, it'll definitely find a niche. Wyatt Whaley, Pantech's VP of Product Marketing, said that the screen design lends itself to a 20 percent improvement in overall application experience, especially in terms of gaming and navigation. Make no mistake about it: the screen is wide and feels jarringly different in your hand, but not in a bad way.
Pantech has made itself very clear in that the Pocket is a mid-level device and intended for users looking for a different experience. It's got a 1 GHz single-core processor, 512 MB RAM, and 600 MB of internal memory. Together, it adds up to enough of a kick to push the Gingerbread-powered Pocket along, but we doubt it's enough for anything too heavy. During our time with the Pocket we saw a bit of a lag in Pantech's slightly-skinned UI, but nothing that would slow you down too much, and certainly not enough to dismiss the device. We'll go ahead and assume that if you're used to the Galaxies and Droids of the world, the Pocket isn't even on your radar. And it shouldn't be.
Whaley says that Pantech has a strong older-adult market share due to their extensive feature phone offerings, and that the Pocket can certainly be translated to this demographic. He also says that gamers and young women will also enjoy the Pocket for what it is.
Neither AT&T nor Pantech has detailed pricing or an exact release date, but it's safe to assume the Pocket will launch in time for the holidays. Stay tuned here for final word, and enjoy some photos and a hands-on after the break.
Viber has updated their VoIP app to version 2.1, bringing changes that users have been requesting as well as an all new voice engine that will improve call quality over low bandwidth networks. If you're not familiar with Viber, it's a voice over IP application that lets users make free calls and send texts to each other, on cellular networks or Wifi. It works really well, and is a great way to manage minutes or text allotments from your carrier.
In addition to the new and improved voice engine, the folks at Viber have also added two things users have been requesting -- picture messaging and location sharing. These work just like the standard messaging app we're used to, and really make for a great update. Top it all off with an updated UI, and it's something to have a look at -- grab it after the break, or check the Market for the update.
We're an equal opportunity group of people here. We know that a good many of you are curious exactly what the new iOS 5 update brings to the table -- and we're OK with that. I was curious myself. Luckily, Rene Ritchie has answered every question you or I could ever imagine -- and some we couldn't -- in his epic iOS 5 walkthrough.
If you're curious, stumbled here on accident (stay a while -- you'll like what Android has to offer), or even thinking of picking up an Apple device, you need to have a read. It's everything you wanted to know about iClouds, Siri, and Google Latitude Find my Friends. Don't worry, we won't tell anyone.
In the latest twist in the ongoing Apple v Samsung saga, it appears the Korean giant will try to prevent an injunction banning their devices in Europe by releasing modified versions of the affected Galaxy S devices.
In case you haven't heard, a Dutch court ruled that Samsung had infringed on an Apple patent, and imposed an injunction against the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Ace smartphones being sold in some European countries.
Samsung were given until Oct. 14 to address the matter, and a spokesman for Samsung has now confirmed that the affected devices have been modified, and will shortly be back on sale in the affected countries.
If you're a T-Mobile subscriber, or considering it, today is a good day. Both the HTC Amaze 4G and the Galaxy S II are now available for purchase, rounding out T-Mobile's already broad selection of Android devices with two more great ones. Both of these phones will take advantage of the new HSPA+42 network (insert your own number of G's here) to offer great download speeds with minimal battery life impact, and let's be honest -- they both look HAWT.
The Amaze 4G (check out our hands-on) is a 4.3-inch qHD display, on top of a stunning body design. The innards are amazing (see what we did there) as well, with a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon, 1GB of RAM, the latest version of HTC Sense on the Android 2.3.4 platform, and HTC's new camera at 8MP. It'll cost $259 with a two-year contract and $50 mail-in-rebate.
The Galaxy S II (check out our hands-on) takes things a bit further in the size department, with a 4.53-inch Super AMOLED plus display. Under the hood some changes were made from the original Galaxy S II line, to allow the 42 Mbps network to function -- but you'll never notice. The dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon and 1GB RAM make Touchwiz 4 fly. It'll cost $229 with a two-year contract and $50 mail-in-rebate.
British networks O2 and Three will both carry HTC's recently-announced Sensation XL, according to new entries on both carriers' "coming soon" pages. The Sensation XL, a 4.7-incher with Beats Audio built-in, was unveiled at a swanky event at London's Roundhouse last Thursday. Be sure to check out our hands-on feature for more on the device itself.
Three's listing the Sensation XL with an "October" release date, however based on HTC's own timetable for the device, we'd be surprised to see it anywhere before November. Neither carrier has announced any pricing details, but based on pre-order prices of around £500 (~$775) that've been appearing over the past few days, we'd expect to see subsidized Sensation XLs given for free on contracts of around £30 per month.
Here's a sneak peek at a prototype of what is tentatively being called the Philips Go Gear Connect. It's very much a pre-release product -- so new they didn't even have any real specs to give us. But through our keen sense of deduction we were able to surmise that it's running Gingerbread, has a small screen and three buttons at the bottom.
Slightly surprising to us was that even though it's far from release and really not intended for public consumption just yet (whoops), it actually has all the Google apps -- Gmail, the Android Market and the like -- on board. No way of telling if that's because someone just put them on, or if this will be a PMP with Google's blessing. We're hoping it's the later.
The "white whale" at this year's CTIA is the Motorola Atrix 2, the recently announced successor to the Atrix heading to AT&T on October 16. We got our hands on one at tonight's Pepcom event here in San Diego, and we're excited about what we saw. While the Atrix 2 might not be enough for owners of the original Atrix to spring for, those looking to tap into AT&T's 21 Mbps speeds have found a solid choice.
The Atrix 2 has a solid build quality: it's light, it's solid, and it feels great in the hand. Despite it's 4.3-inch display, the phone doesn't feel oversized or out of proportion. And about that display: it's qHD and it looks fantastic. Motorola wouldn't say (or, perhaps didn't know) whether or not the Atrix 2 is rocking a Pentile display, but if it is, it is certainly an improved version. The display looks crisp and bright, much like the Bionic, though the "pixelation" issues that have plagued Motorola's latest crop seem to be missing here. That's good news. Camera wise, the Atrix 2 has a 1.3 megapixel front-facer, and out back there's an 8 megapixel shooter capable of capturing 1080p video.
Inside, the Atrix 2 has got a dual-core OMAP processor clocked at 1 GHz along with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB of onboard storage. Together, the guts give the Atrix 2 a major kick. No lag, no stuttering, and no hang-ups. We'll throw the usual benchmarks and graphics tests at it when we get our hands on a review unit.
The Atrix 2 is a Gingerbread device that comes skinned with (you guessed it) Motoblur. On the radio end, it supports AT&T's HSPA+ network, and Motorola claims you'll easily get "true" 4G speeds of up to 21 Mbps. Again, we'll test this more when the Atrix 2 launches, but we're hoping it's true.
Like I said, I don't know if the Atrix 2 is worth it for those who bought the original Atrix not too long ago. Although at $99 on contract, it could be too good to resist. You'll be able to decide on October 16, when the Atrix 2 officially launches on AT&T. Until then, enjoy some photos and a hands-on below.
Here we go with the Samsung Transfix, Cricket Communications' new 3.2-inch Android 2.3 slider. In all respects it's a fairly benign phone. Fast enough with an 800 MHz processor, a stock Gingerbread experience, and the four-row QWERTY keyboard is of the usual Samsung fare. The buttons are flat and shallow.
Really, it's the price -- $179 -- and Cricket's prepaid service that is the most attractive feature here.
Speaking of attractive -- we've got more hands-on pics and video after the break.
Equipped with a bright 10.1 inch high resolution screen, high quality audio, large ergonomically-slanted keyboard with dedicated Android™ keys, touch-pad, multi-tasking capabilities, and desktop-class tabbed web browsing using Wi-Fi or the smartphone’s data plan, the innovative companion device is now more affordable, lightweight, and intuitive.
Motorola LAPDOCK 100 supports full multi-tasking - making it easy to respond to an incoming text or take a call while browsing the web, using any one of the thousands of Android™ apps available, viewing pictures, or listening to music.
At a mere 2.2lbs (less than 1Kg), Motorola LAPDOCK 100 is designed to be as mobile as its owners’ lives. Compact enough to carry in a back-pack or briefcase, use in the office, in the classroom, at a café or on the couch at home, the device’s up to five hour* battery charges the phone so a user never loses their freedom to be mobile.
Motorola LAPDOCK 100 is compatible with multiple Motorola smartphones, including Motorola ATRIX™ 2, PHOTON™ 4G, and DROID BIONIC by Motorola.** It will also be compatible with future Motorola webtop-enabled devices.
So when will it be available? The Motorola Lapdock 100 will be available online at AT&T on 10/17. It will also be available through Verizon Wireless and Sprint later this quarter. No pricing was announced as of yet either but you better believe we'll keep you all up to date on that.
The Xoom 2 hasn't changed all that much since we last saw it, though it is noted that these devices are as close to final form as can be. Looking at the Spyder though, we can see Verizon logos all over the thing, leaving no doubt about where it will drop.
Noted also is the info that the Spyder actually has a 1.5GHz processor but when it arrives in consumers hands it'll only be clocked at 1.2GHz -- nothing new but still interesting. Also, the back of the device is said to be kevlar coating, though I'm sure it won't be stopping bullets any time soon. More shots can be found past the break for you all.
The Samsung Stratosphere made a brief cameo at CTIA today, two days ahead of its official launch on Verizon, and we were there to catch all of it's full QWERTY, LTE goodness. The Stratosphere is Big Red's first LTE slider, and if you've ever encountered Sprint'sEpic 4G, you'll know what to expect.
The Stratosphere has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display that looks just as good as what we've come to expect from Samsung. The QWERTY keyboard doesn't disappoint, either. The slider mechanism works and feels great and you'll have plenty of room to let your thumbs do some walking. In the back you've got a 5 megapixel camera; up front, a 1.3 megapixel shooter.
Inside, it's got a 1 GHz single-core Hummingbird processor with 512 MB RAM and 4 GB system storage. Oh, and let's not forget Verizon's blazing-fast LTE. While the specs might not be the biggest we've ever seen, performance didn't suffer for it. The UI (yes, it's TouchWiz) felt zippy and smooth, and coupled with 4G data speeds, the Stratosphere should be able to handle most of what you throw at it.
The Samsung Stratosphere officially launches on October 13 on Verizon for $149.99 with a two-year contract. Until then, enjoy the photos and the video after the break.
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