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2 years ago

CyanogenMod 9 team aims for balance between tweakability and user experience

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Exynos, Snapdragon S2 & S3 support on the way; Nexus One still uncertain


 

Work on CyanogenMod 9 has been underway since Google dropped the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich code back in late November. Today, lead developer Steve "Cyanogen" Kondik has given fans of the popular custom firmware a quick update on development of CM9, in a post on the official CM blog.

Steve says that third-party drivers remain the biggest issue for CM9 on many devices, particularly when it comes to camera support and graphics acceleration. Right now, CM9 can be compiled on current Google Experience devices (Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom), as well as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and HP Touchpad. Steve expects Samsung Exynos devices (that's your Galaxy S II-class phones) to be next in line for support, with Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 and S3 (MSM8660 and 7×30) devices following shortly after. As far as Nexus One and similar devices (HTC EVO 4G, HTC Desire and the like) are concerned, support is still "unclear", though the developer is optimistic.

Steve also reminds us that the team has started with a clean slate in CM9, building on top of Google's latest Android platform, and in doing so, the the team has had a chance to carefully choose which CM7 features to bring forward into CM9. This, he says, should give users a "balance between tweakability and a great out-of-the-box experience."

We're sure we're not the only ones eagerly awaiting the arrival of CM9 on our devices, and we're sure many of you will be jumping on the first nightlies as soon as they're available.

Source: CyanogenMod.com

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2 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G Gingerbread update is on hold

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Remember that Android 2.3.6 update to the AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G that was prematurely announced last week before finally getting going? Yeah. It's on hold, apparently. According to an answer in Samsung's support forums, things didn't go quite as planned.

We currently have put a hold on the update. Samsung and AT&T are aware of the issue with the Infuse 4G Update and are developing a fix.

AT&T has confirmed to Android Central that indeed the update's on hold and that "we are working with Samsung to get this resolved as quickly as possible." For everyone  (including us) still stuck on Froyo, hang in there.

Source: Samsung, AT&T; more: Infuse 4G forums

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2 years ago

Announcing the Android Super Challenge on HyperQuiz winners!

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Over the weekend we gave you the chance to win one of two HTC Sensation XL handsets by proving your superior Android knowledge in the addictive HyperQuiz game. Today we're back with the full list of winners. Join us after the break to find out who managed to walk away with a shiny new handset...

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2 years ago

New Droid Bionic OTA rolling out, fixes bugs and stability issues

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Motorola and Verizon Wireless are now pushing out software version 5.9.902 to Droid Bionic handsets, bringing a lengthy list of changes and fixes to the LTE-guzzling slab. The update, which weighs in at 57.6MB, provides Droid Bionic owners with a handful of welcome stability improvements, fixing crashes and lock-ups in a variety of areas. Some highlights from the changelog include fixes for --

  • Black screen lockups
  • Camera multi-shot lockups
  • Idle resets
  • Multimedia dock lockup
  • Data connectivity and stability improvements

So if you've been plagued by crashes and stability issues on your Droid Bionic, you'll definitely want to pick this one up. Head to Settings > About phone > System updates to begin. Check the source link for the full list of changes in this latest OTA.

Source: Verizon Wireless (PDF)

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2 years ago

Rogers One Number lets you take video calls and answer texts on PC

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Today Rogers launched a new service called One Number, which lets you initiate video calls, SMS texts, and standard voice calls from a web console. Calls can be shunted to and from the computer with a few quick commands; dialling *11 on your phone pulls the call to your phone, while the browser app has a dedicated button to take the call from your phone to the PC. As a nice little perk, any calls to Canada started on your computer are free, even if you hand it off to your phone later on. One Number also lets you send e-mails easily to saved contacts through the web interface.On the mobile side, there are going to be Android and iOS apps available so you can manage permissions and visibility while you're on the move. 

It's an awful lot like T-Mobile's Bobsled Messaging, but unlike T-Mobile, Rogers is only offering it to their customers. At least it's free - normally, I wouldn't put it past Rogers to charge extra for these kinds of services. Since we don't have Google Voice in Canada, telephony-PC crossover apps like this are a rare sight, so it's good to see at least one of the carriers getting on the wagon.  With any luck, we'll see a few other service provers offer some alternatives. 

Rogers customers can head on over here to sign up for One Number. Video demo after the jump.

Source: Rogers RedBoard

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2 years ago

Verizon Motorola Droid 4 available Feb. 10 for $199 on contract

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The Motorola Droid 4 will be available on Verizon starting Feb. 10. It'll run $199 with a two-year contract.

The Droid 4, as you'll recall from our hands-on at CES, brings along the Droid RAZR MAXX design and throws in a redesigned five-row keyboard for good measure. They keys are "laser cut" (for what that's worth), and Motorola's backlit them, which is a nice touch. They've got a nice feel to them and are well-spaced. Pair that with all the tweaks Motorola has added to Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (the phone has been promised an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich) and throw in 4G LTE data (it's the first in the original Droid line to have LTE), and you've got the makings of what should be a popular device among the business set thanks to some government-grade encryption, and it's got Citrix preloaded as well.

Other specs of note include a 4-inch qHD display and 8-megapixel rear camera. One thing to remember is that the Droid 4 has a 1785 mAh battery -- but like the original Droid RAZR, you can't remove it. Place your bets now on whether we see a Droid 4 MAXX with a monster battery in the coming weeks. (We kid, we kid. Maybe.)

We've got Verizon's complete presser after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC reflects on LTE devices, promises high-level 'studio' focused on new device strategy

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While the message out of HTC following yesterday's Q4 financial results focused on “short-term difficulties” and “product transitioning”, the company offered more detailed information on future strategy in its conference call. Looking back on a disappointing quarter, HTC CFO Winston Yung conceded that the company had “dropped the ball on products,” singling out its LTE devices, particularly in the US, for criticism. Yung noted that HTC’s LTE products had a “thicker form factor” than competitors, and that battery life had become an issue, too, concluding, “we simply need to do a better job on both the design, and also the internals and the components of products.”

To that end, the company is setting up a high-level “studio”, overseen by CEO Peter Chou, to work on on future device strategy. Yung said that this team, consisting of people from HTC’s design and engineering teams, would be focusing on “key products that we are going to launch this year.”

The CFO also suggested that HTC may be looking to diversify the range of chips used in future products. In recent years, HTC products have been powered exclusively by Qualcomm CPUs, however Yung said that HTC has “a very good range of suppliers to choose from on CPU, for example”, adding “I don’t think we are constrained in any way from a component point of view.”

HTC is expected to unveil the first products in its 2012 line-up at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. So far we’ve seen early leaks of the mid-range “HTC Ville”, as well as unconfirmed details of the high-end “HTC Edge.”

Source: UnwiredView

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2 years ago

Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II LTE rumored for Telstra in Australia

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Samsung's Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Note could be headed to Australian carrier Telstra, if the latest round of rumors is to be believed. According to Ausdroid, which cites its own insider sources at the network, both devices recently made their way into the Telstra's internal systems, suggesting a launch may be on the cards sooner rather than later.

The LTE version of the Galaxy Note is due to launch on AT&T in the U.S., as well as all three major Canadian networks in the weeks ahead, and the Galaxy S II LTE is already available on a range of carriers worldwide. Until now neither phone has seen an official Australian release, however, with Samsung continuing to push both devices aggressively around the world, we wouldn't be surprised to see an Aussie launch in the months ahead.

Source: Ausdroid

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2 years ago

Late night poll: Do you stream music?

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There's a lot of choice for playing your music on Android.  For every option that plays music from your local storage, there's one that pulls music from the cloud and streams it.  Both have their advantages, as well as disadvantages.  Streaming can play havoc on your battery and your data allotment, but the almost limitless catalog of tunes is pretty handy.  Conversely, it takes less juice and no data connection to play from your device itself, but you're working with limited space.

Personally, I do both.  I keep four or five of my favorite albums on my phone, and I use Google Music to stream the rest of my collection.  What about you?  Let us know in the poll!

Do you stream music?

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2 years ago

Droid RAZR MAXX out of stock on Verizon's website [updated]

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Update: Verizon has bumped the MAXX back to the top of the site and now says it's shipping Feb. 9.

Original: That the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX is popular should come as no surprise -- we just told you to buy it in our Droid RAZR MAXX review. Turns out it's so popular that it's listed as out of stock (along with the LG Revolution and Motorola DROID X2) on Verizon's website. 

Not that you're quite left standing in the cold -- Verizon's got the LG Spectrum (read our complete review) to trump the Revolution, and the Droid X2 is basically dead now with the RAZR MAXX and Droid BIONIC in the stables. But if you've got your heart set on the RAZR, we'd recommend holding out for the MAXX. Sure, Verizon's got it on its site in white, black or purple in 16GB or white or black in 32GB -- but you're going to want to hold out for the MAXX's 3300 mAh battery.

Trust us on this. If you have to wait, wait. If you can find one in stores, or at some other online retailer, do that. It's well worth the extra $50 to $100 (depending on the storage size) over the original Droid RAZR.

Source: Verizon;  via @pilotboy5

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