Not exactly the news a lot of you were hoping for. But when July 11 came and went and the unofficially official GRJ90 update (bugfixes, mostly) to the Sprint Nexus S 4G didn't happen, a lot of people were left wondering. Looks like it's definitely missed its scheduled update release, if the above screen shot is any indication.
Then there's the Samsung Transform (see our review), which has had its EF09 update show for a few people over the last week or so. But that update's been pulled, as the "update was failing." And nobody like that to happen.
Seems like you can't turn around these days without bumping into some rumor about a new Nexus phone. Crazy rumors sometimes turn out to be true, but more often than not they are just idle wishing that got out of hand (or successful troll being successful). I'm convinced the latest two are the same -- just a bunch of nonsense. Here's why.
Let's start with the rumored Google+ Nexus. Supposedly, a super secret Google ninja has a friend who is the caretaker of an unofficial Google+ Facebook fan page. Of course Google ninjas and unofficial Google+ pages belong on Facebook -- how else will they get a golden egg or the mystery black pig? But I digress. Anyway, this fellow has inside information that the next Nexus will be made by HTC, be called the Nexus 3, and have a dedicated Google+ button. Yeah. Who needs gimmicks like NFC or Wifi Direct when you can have a Google+ button, right? Where to start here -- if you simply look at the Facebook profile for Google+, it tells you it's not the official page (right after they claim their address and homepage are Google's), but it's clearly designed to make you think it is. If that's not enough fail to fill you up, come up with a good reason why Google would want a Google+ button on the next de facto developer phone? Or why anyone would for that matter. My verdict -- it's just someone who want's a gazillion likes on Facebook.
Then there's this Samsung Romania Twitter feed supposedly outing the Samsung Nexus 3 with an AMOLED Super HD screen. If you missed it, it claimed that "Yes, next Nexus will be Samsung AMOLED Super HD" and and will be running Android 4.0. It even gave a link for proof . The link leads to some silly page with a BGR photoshopped pic (who never claimed the pic was real) rehashing all this Nexus Prime nonsense. I hate to break it to you, but I'm pretty sure 720p Super AMOLED plus ain't happening anytime soon on a 4-inch screen. Or a 5-inch screen. Probably not even on an 10-inch screen. Believe me, I want this as much as anyone does, but I don't believe a bit of it.
Is somebody working on the next Nexus phone? Sure they are, it could very well be HTC or Samsung, too. Will it have better specs than the last Nexus phone? Of course it will. Will it have a 720p Super AMOLED plus screen and/or a Google+ button? I don't think so. (But we're hearing our own rumblings that the 720p part will hold up.) Hit the links, and let us know what you think.
Yeah, yeah. It's the HTC Merge. You've seen it before. But this is the phone that just keeps growing, folks. It found new life on regional carriers such as Alltel, Cellular South and US Cellular after Verizon cast it aside, and now it's got a new home -- Cellcom of Wisconsin. It appears to be the same version that we recently (and less unofficially this time) reviewed -- as in no Bing on board.
Cellcom's HTC Merge is going for $150 with a two-year contract, or $379 outright, which isn't too shabby, either.
Harman International Industries -- the company behind such audio giants as Harman Kardon and JBL -- has announced it is supported the Android Open Accessory Protocol. That's the feature announced back at Google IO in May that will let you connect your Android 3.1 tablet and Android 2.3.4 smartphone to, well, anything.
The obvious play here is for car audio, and Harman specifically mentions its Aha Radio service. But also look for navigation and steering wheel control, as well as being able to share music and movies to passengers' seats as well.
No word on when we'll see AOAP-enabled dash units, but it's gonna be pretty sweet when we do. Check out the full press release after the break.
The T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide (the one with the awesome camera) will be hitting the shelves come July 27, with a pre-sales campaign starting July 19. The new slider is a very nice upgrade from the original MyTouch 4G, or the MyTouch 3G Slide, with a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon, Android 2.3 with Sense 3.0, and a 3.7 inch WVGA LCD screen. But the real standout looks to be the camera -- HTC promises zero shutter lag on the 8MP camera, with a backside illuminated sensor and an f/2.2 aperture. Add in some great supporting software, complete with HDR capabilities, and it sounds like a winner.
According to a T-Mobile press release, the availability and pricing details are:
The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide will be available exclusively from T-Mobile on July 27 at T-Mobile retail stores and through select national retailers and dealers. A Web-only pre-sale at http://mytouch.t-mobile.com/4g-slide will kick off on July 19. Offered in two colors – black and khaki, the myTouch 4G Slide will cost $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and qualifying unlimited data plan after a $50 mail-in-rebate.
I'm already pestering Phil to get my hands on one, so we'll be sure to give it the once over. While we wait, chat it up in the MyTouch 4G Slide forums!
AT&T's just dropped word that the HTC Status (its version of the HTC ChaCha) will be available in stores starting July 17 for a mere $49.99 on contract. That price is just about right, we gather, as it's obviously fighting for the Facebook crowd. (Maybe the dedicated Facebook button gave that away?) Presales begin today, and Best Buy will have an exclusive mauve version available.
Other specs of note:
Platform: Android 2.3 + HTC Sense
Display: 2.6-inch touch screen with 480 x 320 resolution
Sony Ericsson’s 2011 line has so far been dominated by devices with one or more standout features. The Xperia Arc was unbelievably slim and light, with an exceptional camera, while the Xperia Play made its debut as the first PlayStation-certified phone. The Xperia Neo, however, sees the manufacturer taking the hardware of the Arc and downscaling it into a more modest and affordable device. The result of its efforts is a solid mainstream smartphone that incorporates most of the Arc’s features, and even surpasses it in some ways.
Read on to find out how the Xperia Neo compares to the mid-range Android competition, as well as shinier, more expensive offerings from the same manufacturer.
HTC has updated us all about their bootloader policy for Android phones, and it's all good news. If you weren't aware, HTC has already announced that they will no longer be locking the bootloaders on their devices. Tonight, over on its Facebook page, HTC dropped word that the Sensation will be the first to have its bootloader unlocked, followed by the EVO 3D
Here's the full update:
We wanted to provide an update on HTC’s progress with bringing bootloader unlocking to our newest phones. We know how excited some of you are for this capability, and we’ve put significant resources behind making this change as soon as possible. While we wish we could flip a simple switch and unlock all bootloaders across our device portfolio, this is actually a complex challenge that requires a new software build and extensive testing to deliver the best possible customer experience.
We’re thrilled to announce today that software updates to support bootloader unlocking will begin rolling out in August for the global HTC Sensation, followed by the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile USA and the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint. We’re in the testing phase for the unlocking capability now, and we expect it to be fully operational by early September for devices that have received the software updates. We'll continue rolling out the unlocking capability over time to other devices as part of maintenance releases and new shipments.
HTC continues its commitment to unlocking bootloaders and supporting the developer community. Because of the importance of this community to us, please expect an update on this about every few weeks as we make progress toward launch. Thank you for your patience and continued support!
Sure, the wait's a little longer than we all want, but an approximate date is more than we expected. I'm sure developers and folks with either the HTC Sensation or the HTC EVO 3D are pleased as punch with this decision, as are we here at Android Central. Nice work, HTC.
Here's an unexpected little treat that's come out of the latest update to the HTC ThunderBolt. Somebody (not sure if it was Verizon or HTC) finally decided it'd be a good idea to give us a way to turn off LTE if we so feel like it. All you have to do is go to Settings>Wireless and Networks>Mobile networks>Network mode, you'll get the option to set your preferred network to LTE/CDMA (ie 3G/4G, which is on by default), or CDMA (1xRTT/3G) only.
There it is, folks. The Motorola Droid 3. It's still not available in stores, of course, but Android Central Forums member wnflyer (sup!) already has his, declaring the following:
This phone has a great look and feel. Four inches is the "sweet spot."
And wnflyer's not alone. Member mfreeman73 has his, saying:
Just received mine. I've only just unboxed it and it's on the charger right now. Very nice looking phone. I'm using a Droid 1 right now and this is definitely a nicer phone. It says my batter was 60% when I first plugged it in. I'm going to let it charge a little and then turn it on.
Anybody else get their Droid 3 yet? Hit up the thread below and see what everyone's saying.
The Sony Ericsson's flagship phone, the Xperia Arc, has quietly made its way onto Sony's US store, priced at $599.99. There's no mention of any specific carrier, but the specs list it as running on AT&T's 3G bands -- 850MHz/1900MHz/2100MHz.
This will be the first opportunity for folks in the US to (officially) get hold of an Arc that'll play nicely with a domestic carrier's 3G network. The phone has been available in Europe since April, but imported units are limited to 2G connectivity over EDGE in the US. Right now there's no mention of the Arc on AT&T's official site, so for the moment there's no carrier-subsidized option for this device.
Hit the source link for more information and specs, and make sure to check our full review of the Xperia Arc if you're thinking about snapping one up.
The Motorola Titanium looks to be headed to Sprint on July 24 for a cool $149, according to the leaked flyer above. Don't recall the Titanium? Heck, we can't remember back to May either. To refresh your memories, the Titanium's got a full front QWERTY keyboard, 3.1-inch display, 5 MP rear camera, and Android 2.1 Froyo Eclair all housed inside a dust, shock, and heat-proof casing. Oh, it'll support Nextel's Direct Connect services too. Think of it as an indestructable walkie-talkie running Android. Pretty cool, huh? We'll keep an ear out for official word from Sprint, but if you're patiently holding out for a phone to put through the ringer, it looks like you won't have to wait much longer.
For those of you who managed to wrangle up a Motorola Droid 3 from telesales, when it arrives and your fire it up for the first time you'll find that Citrix GoToMeeting and Citrix Receiver are both pre-loaded on the device out of the box. If you're familiar with the web conferencing solution then you'll no doubt know that the Citrix GoToMeeting application is not yet available in the Android Market making the Droid 3 one of the first devices to have readily available access to it. You can jump on past the break for the full press release if you're interested in learning more.
Welcome to another exciting edition of "Who's using which Android version!" -- the game show that takes a look at the various versions of Android floating around out in the world, and the percentage of devices using them.
Unsurprisingly, Android 2.2 Froyo leads the way for the past two weeks at 59.4 percent, but that's down from 64.6 percent for the two weeks ending June 1. Android 2.3 Gingerbread doubled to 18.6 percent (that's combining Android 2.3, 2.3.2, 2.3.3 and 2.3.4). And Honeycomb -- Android 3.0 and 3.1 -- ticked up ever so slightly to 0.4 percent and 0.5 percent respectively.
Again, the Honeycomb numbers represent tablets compared to the entirety of Android devices out there. But it's probably safe to say they're not catching on as quickly as Google and hardware manufacturers would have liked.
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