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3 years ago

Droid 2 Gingerbread update support page live, hopefully OTA not far behind

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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.
  • Multi-Touch Key-Chording
  • 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.

Source: Verizon; via Motorola support forums

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3 years ago

Motorola Titanium now available on SouthernLINC

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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.

More: SouthernLINC

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid 3 gets rooted, and the exploit gets explained beautifully

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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!

Source and method: VulnFactory blog

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3 years ago

Verizon to sell Intuit GoPayment credit card reader for phones, tablets

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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.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

A video look at Sony Ericsson's upcoming Gingerbread update

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Earlier today Sony Ericsson announced that all of its 2011 Xperia phones will get upgrades to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, as well as a number of other new features. (And the new Xperia Neo V will launch with them all.)

Here's SE's walkthrough of the update.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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3 years ago

NVIDIA opens TegraZone.com, updates Android app, and has 5 Acer Iconias to give away

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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
  • Android notifications
  • 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.

Source: TegraZone.com

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson announces the Xperia Neo V; all 2011 Xperia phones to get Android 2.3.4

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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
  • Screen shots

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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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix not the most powerful smartphone in the world says the UK

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So just what is the worlds most powerful smartphone? Motorola would have you believe it's their Atrix, but the UK Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) begs to differ. After receiving complaints about one of their adverts, they made the ruling that because the Samsung Galaxy S II has a faster processor the Motorola claims could be seen as misleading.

Motorola claims that the power of the Atrix isn't processor focused, but more about its overall abilities and combined features, but this apparently doesn't matter. The advertisement is only allowed to be shown going forwards without the offending phrase. 

Would it confuse you? Check out the advert after the break and make your own decision.

Source: Daily Telegraph

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic's 'Rule All Machines' commericial returns, looks even better

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We gave you your first look at the official Verizon commercial for the Motorola Droid Bionic earlier this week, and now it's back in even better quality, thanks to our pals at Droid-Life. It's exactly the same violent commercial we gave you, only even creepier with the singing and what not.

Take a look after the break, at least until it gets TOS'd, too.

Source: Droid-Life

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 4G software update 4.53.651.1 now showing up for some

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If you have your HTC EVO 4G in your hands and are thinking, "Man.. I wish this thing would get an update" you might want to go ahead and check for system updates. The latest info from Sprint says the update listed below will be rolling out in the next week or so, but some folks are already seeing it. Here's what's new:

  • Integrated voice recognition accuracy with voice search and voice-to-text
  • Image size issue with contact transfer over Bluetooth
  • Images cut off in Picasa
  • Group contacts not in alphabetical order
  • Out of memory, Unable to send SMS

Go ahead and check for updates, if you get then let us know in the Android Central forums how it's working out for ya. If not, just wait longer -- it will be along shortly and you can take satisfaction in knowing it'll be here soon.

Source: Sprint; Thanks, Kurt!

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3 years ago

Three UK takes a sneak peek at Samsung's Galaxy W

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British carrier Three got some hands-on time with the Samsung Galaxy W, one of the new mid-range offerings announced by Sammy earlier today. It looks like a solid mid-range device, with a 3.7-inch SLCD display, 1.4 GHz single-core CPU and TouchWiz 4.0 on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The Samsung Galaxy W will be "coming soon" to Three, though no release date or pricing info is available just yet. Join us after the jump for the video, which offers a closer look at the Galaxy W's hardware.

Source: Three Blog; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

Sprint Motorola Photon 4G gets an update to fix muted call issue

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Sprint's Motorola Photon 4G is in the midst of a little bugfix update this week. You can either go into the settings menu and start the update that way, or just wait for the update notification to appear.

Here's what's being fixed in software version 4.5.1A-1_SUN-154_5:

  • Improvements to voice calling to eliminate inadvertent voice calls defaulting to mute
  • Improve stability, resulting in fewer occurrences of unresponsiveness
  • Bluetooth support for mono headsets with the Sprint Visual Voicemail application

Yeah. Muted calls are a big one, as is stability. Good on Sprint and Moto for getting that one pushed out soonest.

Source: Sprint; via Photon 4G Forums

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3 years ago

Pierce your nipples, get a 'free' phone

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We've seen these "free" phone deals before. Try on a pair of jeans, get a "free" phone. But we're a little intrigued about the prospect of getting a "free" phone (you still have to sign a contract and, you know, pay your bill every month) in exchange for putting holes in your body. But that's what you can get from the Piercing Pagoda, apparently. You've got to be 18, and be able to pass a credit check. And, you know, have a hole put in your body.

Source: Piercing Pagoda; thanks, Justice

Update: Whoops. Piercing Pagoda doesn't do nipples. That was an embarrassing trip to the mall.

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3 years ago

Samsung announces new smartphone naming strategy, four new Gingerbread phones

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Samsung Galaxy M Pro (left) and Galaxy Y Pro

Get ready for more smartphone alphabet soup. Samsung has announced its new naming convention, along with four new Android smartphones.

Let's start with the hardware and preface it by saying this is a general announcement, and not anything you'll see in the United States anytime soon. And with that, we've got the Samsung Galaxy W, Galaxy M Pro, Galaxy Y and Galaxy Y Pro.

We break it all down after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola lights up the UK market with the Motorola Fire

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Motorola this morning announced the UK as the Motorola Fire, a 2.8-inch Android 2.3 touchscreen device with a physical QWERTY keyboard on the bottom. The device will launch with a 1420mAh battery which is said to deliver best-in-class battery life, allowing users to easily make it through an entire day. The device will be available in the standard black that we have seen before, as well as a white version. It'll be available in September. Full details after the break.

Source: Motorola

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