Starting Oct. 20 (or maybe even a day or so sooner if tradition continues), the following markets will see 4G LTE:
Fort Myers, Fla. (LTE currently is available in the airport)
Sioux City, Iowa
Terre Haute, Ind.
Birmingham, Ala. (The footprint will also extend out I-65 North to Cullman, I-59 North to Springville, I-20 East to Moody, Highway 280 East to Harpersville, I-65 South to Calera, I-59 West to Bessemer and Highway 78 West to Jasper.)
Santa Fe, N.M.
Bloomington, Bedford and Mitchcell, Ind.
South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Elkhart, and Goshen, Ind.
Green Bay, Wis.
Hagerstown and Western Maryland
Expansion in Los Angeles and San Diego
If you're in or around any of those areas, get ready for some seriously fast data speeds. And maybe consider a spare battery -- that LTE likes the juice.
British network O2 has announced that it'll be the only carrier in the UK to offer the new HTC Rhyme, which was unveiled in New York City today. According to a an official tweet from O2, the device will go on sale from Oct. 17, and be available in a "lovely plum" color. That's purple to the rest of us.
Check out our hands-on coverage for a closer look at the HTC Rhyme, which is also headed to Verizon in the US.
So you've got your basic 3.7-inch candybar form factor, with Android 2.3. But it's Gingerbread in name only -- the Rhyme is rocking a new version of HTC Sense, much like the myTouch line on T-Mobile has custom builds.
Check out our hands-on video and photo gallery after the break.
Remember not too long ago when it was discovered in the Bionic's webtop that there was a mysterious Motorola Edison? Well, the folks over at BGR have been sent some images of an upcoming AT&T Motorola device, the MB865, which is believed to be the Motorola Edison (internal name), or the Motorola Atrix 2.
This device is said to have a dual core processor, running at either 1.2 or 1.5GHz, an 8MP camera, and should launch with Android 2.3.5. Unfortunately no release time frame as of now, but it is likely that it will be launching in the coming months. Hit the break for a couple more images.
NVIDIA has let loose some more technical talk about the upcoming project Kal-El chip, and are showing off a new patented process they call vSMP (variable Symmetric Multiprocessing). As part of this new tech, they tell us of a new fifth CPU core that resides on the silicon designed to maximize the power savings of multi-core processing. I'll leave the tech talk to the whitepapers themselves (be sure to check them out at the source link), but we can break it down in human terms, after the jump.
First comes the major smartphone launch, then comes the teardown. The folks at iFixit have done their thing to the Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch. And, lo and behold, it's a smartphone! No real surprises so far as the layman (that's us) is concerned, though apparently the Broadcom chip also has FM capabilities. Hardly the first time we've seen that go unused. Anyhoo, if you're into smartphone pr0n, check out the link below.
Have yourself a Droid Incredible 2 and wondering when it will see Android 2.3.4? Well, wonder no more. It looks as though the latest software update for the device is now pushing out. Word from the forums is that it is a 32MB file and upon installation you will be asked to go ahead and reboot your phone. Changes? Not many but they are listed for us:
Improved server connections for email synchronization and Mail application stability.
Increased stability of Visual Voice Mail application.
Ability to dial the “+1” prefix when roaming internationally in CDMA markets.
Option to set Data roaming for “all trips” or for “individual trips”.
Improvements in sending/receiving messages while roaming.
As you can tell, a few bug fixes and improvements in this release so you'll want to be sure you grab if it you've been having any issues. Though, if you're rooted you might want to check out the Android Central forums to ensure root can be obtained afterward as well. If you've not received the notification as of yet, go ahead and check for system updates it should be waiting.
If there was ever much doubt that the HTC Bliss is the HTC Rhyme (there wasn't) and that it's coming to Verizon (again, none) and that we might well see it Tuesday morning at an HTC event in New York City (we'll be there, by the way), well, that ends tonight.
A tipster just hit us up with Target Mobile's plans for the charming device (see what we did there?), and they are as follows: Presales start Wednesday, Sept. 21, with the phone being available Sept. 22. Target Mobile (aka Radio Shack) has the exclusive on a Plum-colored version, it seems, and it looks like it'll be available a week or so later -- at least preorders apparently will continue through next week.
As for specs? They're looking fairly official now as a 3.7-inch WVGA (480x800) display, Android 2.3, 5MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera and a light-up charm that will alert you to incoming or missed calls, or text messages. Judging from the picture, it looks like it plugs into the 3.5mm headphone jack, and so it might or might not be Bluetooth-enabled. If it's the latter, it's a decidedly low-tech solution to a problem most people don't really have -- it's why all these Bluetooth watches and the like are still a niche product.
The screen also tells of two other "exclusive in-box accessories that are designe to enhance user experience." We gather one are the headphones you see here, which could well be of Beats Audio nature, though camps have been divided on that one. The other may be that dock, which showed up in one of the earlierst leaks. Or there could be something else.
Anyhoo, we should find out more in just a few short hours.
Customers of O2 started reporting the update being available as of early this morning and now it seems a full roll out is happening. Go ahead and check for system updates, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find it there waiting for you.
What the world needs now is more litigation to stifle technology innovation, and Samsung looks determined to follow Apple's lead and try to make it happen. In an interview with the Korea Times, and unnamed senior executive from Samsung Electronics has said that Samsung is preparing to attempt to block all sales of the upcoming iPhone in Korea. He also gives a bit of insight into the mind of Samsung corporate, telling us that Samsung was willing to let the "copycat" argument go so that the relationship with Apple (who uses Samsung parts in many of their products) was not put under stress. Apple's complaint and subsuquent injunction against Samsung at IFA in Germany, which caused the highly anticipated 7.7 inch variant of the Galaxy Tab to be pulled from the show, created a turning point of sorts, where Samsung has filed against Apple for technology patents in Australia.
In Korea, Samsung is preparing to say that unless Apple drops mobile telecommunication functions from it's iPhone, it would be impossible for it not to infringe on Samsung's mobile patents. The patents in question, as well as the total number, were not identified. As a result, Samsung wants all sales of the new iPhone blocked in Korea.
It saddens me to see Samsung follow this path. Competition is healthy for the entire mobile eco-system, and having an "eye for an eye" attitude only hurts the consumer. Unfortunateley, Apple's current strategy of domination through lawsuits looks like it may have awoken a sleeping giant -- Samsung is one of the largest electronic manufacturing compaines in the world, and likely holds patents that many other manufacturers are infringing upon, as does Motorola (Nokia flashback, anyone?). In the end, someone with a lot of money will be giving a little of it to someone else with a lot of money, but nobody really wins in these types of war games.
A big complaint I've had about Android for some time now regards adding items to the home screen. The basic way of doing things is you scroll through a text list, pick something from that list and plop it onto whatever home screen you're currently on. That requires your brain to remember what's already on the home screen, and to know what the new item actually looks like. If it's an icon, that's easy enough. If it's a widget, well, you get what size it is (1x1, 2x2, etc.), but that's it.
Samsung's done us a solid in the latest version of Touchwiz, as seen on the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. It's basically taken the Honeycomb way of doing things and scalled it down for the smaller screen. You can see the full home screen (and even flip though them) as well as see the widget or shortcut you're looking to add.
It's a small but ingenious change. Kudos, Samsung.
With the release of Ice Cream Sandwich looming on the horizon, Android lead tech writer Scott Main has taken some time to talk to developers about how to get Honeycomb-only apps ready for the smaller screen. When ICS is released, and going forward from that point, the Android code for phones and tablets will be the same, just displayed differently based on screen size. Because of the different devices available, tools and methods were built into Android to handle how things are shown to the user. Using fragments and the action bar, apps can be built that show information in one big view, or split into separate screens for devices with lower resolutions.
Scott goes over all the tecnical aspects well at the Android Developers blog (see the source link below), and gives developers a lot of ideason how to get started when the ICS SDK finally arrives. What you can do right now if you've developed and app for SDK 11 or higher is make sure it's only available for large screen devices in the Android Market, at least until you can implement some of the new changes coming with ICS. Now all that's missing is the update, which should be pretty soon we think.
If you went out and picked up a Samsung Epic 4G Touch and have plans to hack at it, here's your starting point -- zedomax at XDA has worked out a root method for the new handset, and has full details and downloads to get you on your way. You'll need to have Samsung Kies and Odin 3 installed and running (boo!), which means this is Windows only for now, but long-time users of Samsung's Android offerings should be used to those requirements. There's also a note that things are still in the "experimental" stage, so caveat emptor and all that.
Warnings aside, early reports seem to be positive, so if you're ready to get things rolling head to the source link, read the directions and watch the videos, grab the files, and give it a go!
Owners of LG's Optimus 3D (and the AT&T variant, the Thrill 4G) wanting to try some new, exotic software will welcome today's release of an early version of popular custom firmware CyanogenMod by developer Ricardo Cerquiera.
The "self-KANG" build is based on CyanogenMod 7.1 and Android 2.3.5, giving Optimus 3D owners their first taste of Gingerbread. A word of warning though -- it's still a very early version, so bugs are to be expected, along with some missing functionality. Most notably, HDMI mirroring isn't working in this build, and there's a bug with wireless tethering which means you'll need to reboot the phone to turn it off. Also, 3D stills cannot be taken or viewed (although existing 3D videos work just fine), and we found the camera to be particularly prone to crashing.
Like we said, it's an early pre-beta build. We were impressed with the sheer speed that resulted from the combination of CM7 and the Optimus 3D's beastly OMAP4 CPU, though. And despite the aforementioned camera wonkiness, we haven't experienced any real stability issues in our first day of using this ROM.
Fearless testers can find download and installation instructions at the source link. Obviously, you'll need to a rooted Optimus 3D and a fair bit of technical know-how before you begin.
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