Pictures of what appears to be the HTC Vigor have been leaked out, giving another good look at the phone. While the specs are all still a rumor, we can see a dual LED flash and a front facing camera on the big screen, as well as a rubberized version of the Droid Incredible's stepped back plate. Of course the phone will run HTC Sense, and we assume it will be version 3. The two biggest questions -- will it have an LTE radio, and when will we see it, are still officially unanswered. With the rumored specs of a 1.5GHz dual-core Cortex A8 and a full gig of RAM, knowing that this one should be headed to Verizon soon will help relieve a little of the sting of not getting the Galaxy S II. We can't wait to see it. Hit the jump for another pic.
Samsung may have had to set their big shin-dig back a day to Tuesday because of hurricane Irene, but they know we're all ready and waiting for the Galaxy S II to hit here in the states. To get our mouth watering just a tiny bit more, they have just sent out a couple teaser slides and a new video showing how the Galaxy S II simply rocks. We can't argue, and we're itching to see what they have in store for the US carriers. We'll know more Tuesday, join us right here at 6 PM ET and check it all out. We've got the second slide as well as the video after the break.
While it may not be sporting the best hardware specs, the Pantech Breakout may have have one big thing going for it -- it looks to be a Verizon LTE device, according to this shot we just got from a tipster. That's not saying the specs are bad -- 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, front and rear cameras and running Gingerbread -- and it sounds like something we all would have dreamed about just six months ago. Of course, the real news is the LTE. We've been kicking around rumors of the Breakout since mid-July, and this is the first time anyone has mentioned LTE in the same breath. (Note the use of a SIM card and 4G mobile hotspot for up to 10 devices.)
Of course, we've seen this sort of thing be wrong before, but knowing another choice for an LTE phone may be coming is always good news. We've got no date on when to expect it, but if someone is drawing up comparison sheets, it can't be too far off.
Just a quick heads up that Samsung has pushed its U.S. Galaxy S II event to Tuesday evening. Originally scheduled for Monday, Hurricane Irene's little jaunt up the coast made the move necessary (and thanks to Samsung for doing so).
We'll see you starting at 6 p.m. EDT Tuesday evening, folks.
Here's a quick no-brainer or two from your hurricane-prone pals at Android Central for those of you in the path of Hurricane Irene, scheduled to make landfall along the North Carolina coast on Saturday before making its way up the east coast and basically ruining everybody's weekend:
Charge your phones. Now. Keep them charged. And once the storm starts, keep them off. You'll likely lose power at some point, and there's a good chance your local cell network will go down for a bit, even with generator backups.
Spare batteries. If you got 'em, make sure they're charged, too. If you still have time to get some, do it.
Car charger. Get one. That is all.
After the storm, text messages work best. Any carrier will tell you this, and we saw it again with that little shake the mid-Atlantic states got on Tuesday. If the network's up, it's going to be clogged, and calls might not go through. Text messages have a much better chance.
If you're worried about damage and don't have a traditional camera, use your phone to take a few pictures of your home and your belongings. It'll make insurance claims much easier, should it come to that.
Like others of us around here, Lloyd's got a stick up his butt, and he's traveling the world. And he's going to win one of you a Verizon-branded HTC Merge. So here's a reminder that the contest continues. Hit up the link below for the complete details, but the picture above should give you an idea of what we're looking for. It's that easy, and we're already getting some great submissions. One week to go, folks.
The long slog that is the Motorola Droid Bionic's road to release continues. First up is the video you see above, which gives a nice look at the speed within the new Philblur UI, as well as the live wallpapers and transition animations. Pretty standard stuff, but it's nice to whet the appetite some more.
And the boot animation is now available for installing on other devices, if that's your thing. You'll need to be rooted, of course, but the option's certainly there. Have at it.
AT&T users have had the joy of Android 2.3 on their Motorola Atrix 4G devices for quite sometime now but Motorola has finally gotten around to unleashing it in Canada as well. If you have a Motorola Atrix on Bell, go ahead and check for system updates -- you should find Android 2.3 Gingerbread waiting for you. If you're not yet seeing it, just hold out a little bit longer -- it's coming.
Verizon has published the Motorola Droid 2 Gingerbread update support pages, and that's usually a sign that the update isn't far off. The update will bring the Droid 2 to Android 2.3, and software version 4.5.601.A955.Verizon.en.US (that's a mouthful) as well as an update to Blur not Blur and several bug fixes. The key enhancements as listed by Verizon:
New Download Manager App
Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of active applications, as well as the storage and memory being used by each.
Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
New User Interface and Color Scheme:
New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups
Added Device and SD Card encryption.
VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings
Gingerbread should breathe some new life into the Droid 2, Be sure to holler in the forums when you see it roll in. Check out the source link for the full details.
Regional carrier SouthernLINC (those of us south of the Mason-Dixon might have heard of 'em) today launched the iDEN-capable Motorola Titanium. As you'll recall from our mini-review, it's rugged, meeting MilSpec 810G for dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, high temperature and low temperature. You could probably ward off a pack of wolves with it, if need be. It's running Android 2.1 and has that chirpy push-to-talk radio function.
SouthernLINC's offering up the Titanium for $149 with a two-year contract. A one-year deal will raise the price by $100. Full presser's after the break.
The Motorola Droid 3 has been rooted, and while we expect root to happen for most Android phones, there are a couple things here that we want to talk about. To start at the beginning, the goal of any project to exploit or root an Android phone is to get the permissions you want, where you want them. Once you have administrative permissions on a folder you can also write to, you're pretty much set. Security researcher Dan Rosenberg found a fairly easy method to do just that, and we now have a shell root via ADB with no third-party files being used. This means no worries about sketchy files that have been through numerous hands, doing lord knows what when you run them.
To make things even better, Dan has outlined exactly what he did, why he did it, and how you can do it as well. When you read it, it seems so simple, but it's apparent that a lot of research went into this and it's refreshing to see the method presented in such an open way. Yes, this means that the carriers can patch it quickly, but for the vast majority of users that won't be rooting their phone this is a good thing. Dan, we tip our hat to you and there's a standing offer of a frosty beverage or three should you even run across any of us here at AC.
Now, for the method -- you'll need to have ADB running, and be confident in your ability to run a few commands from the command line or terminal. And be aware that this is the first step only, and you'll only have root via the shell. Next, someone will need to build a few files to inject so that you have root on the device itself, and I'm sure at least a few are hard at it. You can (and should) check out the source link for the full directions, as well as the rhyme and reason behind the method.
Update:Gerald wrote in to let us know he has posted up the files and method to get root on the device itself working, you can find that here. And we've received numerous reports about a one click method posted by the fellows at rootzwiki. Go get your root on!
If taking credit card payments on the go is something you need in your life, then Intuit and Verizon are looking to help you fill that void. They've now announced a new partnership that will brong Intuit GoPayment credit card reader to Verizon Wireless’ 2,300 retail stores and business-to-business sales channels.
GoPayment makes it easier and more affordable for small businesses to process credit cards and for anyone who sells products or services to accept credit card payments wirelessly. The card reader simply plugs into the audio jack of a supported smartphone or tablet. Credit and debit cards can be swiped through the card reader or entered into the app manually. The transaction is processed immediately and funds are automatically deposited into a user’s bank account within a few business days. GoPayment supports devices on Android™, BlackBerry® and iOS platforms for most popular 3G and 4G LTE smartphones and tablets.
Verizon Wireless customers can get the GoPayment credit card reader free with activation of a GoPayment account and a mail-in rebate for the $29.97 purchase price, with 2.7 percent discount rate for swiped transactions. If you're looking to get cheaper rates on swiped transactions, you can pick up the $12.95-a-month package and have swiped transactions processed for 1.7 percent. Full PR is beyond the break, if you need some more info.
NVIDIA has launched the TegraZone.com website, complete with it's own online community for Android fans with Tegra-powered devices. In addition, the Tegra Zone companion application for Android has received an update with features designed to compliment the new site, as well as offer more for users by way of support for Japan, the UK, and India and a "Get Demo" button to try a free or light version of the game.
The highlights of the new website include:
Allows consumers considering the purchase of a Tegra-powered mobile device to learn about Tegra games and some of the best Android games
Expands Tegra-owner convenience and provides another way to view Tegra Zone content
Makes it easy for users to share links to Tegra games and news through Facebook and Twitter
Includes everything you’ll find in the original Tegra Zone app, plus community forums and sweepstakes
The site is launching in English (US), Portuguese (Brazil), and Japanese; other languages will follow soon
Not to be outdone, the new Android app has a nice set of features as well:
A “Get Demo” button – about 25 percent of NVIDIA games now have a free version of the game
Updated sharing (link to specific page on TegraZone.com)
Better Facebook integration
International app feedback
Support for Japan, UK, and India; in addition to already available U.S., Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, and Spain
As part of the new Tegra Zone experience, NVIDIA has also started a new Developer Zone dubbed "Zone in" to encourage more developers to build Tegra optimized applications. NVIDIA says all applications will be play tested and every developer will be responded to. Those are pretty big shoes to fill, and kudoa to NVIDIA if they pull it off.
Last but not least, to commemorate the launch of TegraZone.com, NVIDIA’s giving away five Acer Iconia Tab A500 tablets during the first month, don't miss your chance to win one. You can enter the drawing at the Tegra Zone website.
We've got a couple more pictures after the break, give them a look then check out the Tegra Zone website at the source link. We've also got the download for the TegraZone app down there, too.
Sony Ericsson today announced the latest addition to its Xperia line -- the Neo V -- which will be the first of its phones to benefit from its new "Facebook inside Xperia" software upgrade. The Neo V also is SE's first foray into 3D, with a "3D sweep panorama" feature that records and plays back in 3D when connected to a 3D TV's HDMI input.
Neo V specs include:
Available in white, blue or silver
3.7-inch display at 480x854 resolution
Reality display powered by Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine
Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor at 1GHz
5MP rear camera
VA front-facing camera
320MB internal storage
2GB microSD card included
1500 mAh battery
And all the usual sundries
Also, SE today announced that all of its 2011 Xperia phones will get an upgrade to Android 2.3.4 that will comprise many of the features found in the Neo V. That includes:
Google Talk with video chat
Facebook inside Xperia
3D sweep panorama
The ability to connect USB peripherals to the Sony Ericsson LiveDock multimedia station
A "swipe" (no, they didn't say Swype) text input
The software updates will begin in October; SE didn't say which phones would be up first.
For more, see the entire press release after the break.
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