We got this gem from a Costco Ninja, and when added to the rest of the leaks and pictures pointing to a December 15 release date of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, the evidence is getting pretty strong. Maybe not strong enough for a certain editor who want's an officially official announcement from Big Red, but enough that we want to pass it all along. Engadget also got in some new leaked docs which point to Dec. 15, from Verizon corporate and Costco, you can check those out at the source link. Our tipster also stated that the Galaxy Unicorn has a price of $289 with a new contract at Costco.
Will Dec. 15 be the day? Heck, I dunno. It's as good a day as any to release a phone, and it is before the end of the year. We just want the damn thing released so we all can play with it, then maybe other carriers here in the states can get a version of their own.
If you have an Android phone chances are that you use Google Maps, and you've got a new update waiting for you in the Android Market. Usually when we see an update for Maps, we see features like indoor mapping, or updates for places and check-ins, but this time around it simply states that this version is a bug fix for "newer devices".
We have no idea if newer devices means yet-to-be-released Verizon devices, or current devices (we're not hearing about any glaring bugs in Google Maps for the latest phones), but in any case bugs have been fixed. Go grab it from the market, or hit the jump for the quick link.
It's not anything official, but enterprising Android developer bubby323 has ported CyanogenMod 7.2 to the Sprint Epic 4G Touch. Yes, 7.2 is Gingerbread and not the Ice Cream Sandwich everyone wants, but CM9 (the ICS-based build number) isn't quite ready for any unsupported devices. We'll manage with Gingerbread for a while longer.
Using device files from the TeamHacksung Github, bubby and friends have got a semi-complete ROM built and running, and while probably not ready for a daily driver, it's more than complete enough for anyone who wants to test an AOSP-like experience on this hardware. Notable missing functions include 911 calling (let's hope it isn't an issue similar to the Vibrant), Wimax data, SMS and MMS from the native messaging client, GPS and external SD card mounting. Early reports seem positive, and users certainly love the freedom from TouchWiz. The folks are hard at work fixing the bugs and getting all the features up and running, if you're rooted and up to helping test be sure to hit the source link and have a look.
With all due respect to the Mobile Generation Verizon retailer in Bloomington, Minn., we're pretty sure the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus hasn't actually been announced yet. And we're pretty sure when it is, it won't be done with the GSM version shown in the pictures. Stay tuned, folks. We're sure it'll happen soon.
Depending on who you ask, we might finally see the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus this week. There's still no announced date, and, frankly, we're just going to wait until Verizon announces the damn thing to worry about that. It'll be soon enough. But that doesn't mean you guys haven't had a lot to say about it. Here are a few choice threads from our Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums:
Another week, another 'Xperia Arc HD' leak. The latest batch of pictures showing the device codenamed "Nozomi" come from GSMArena, and are of considerably higher quality than what we've seen so far, showing the phone from quite a few different angles. The photos confirm the presence of a dedicated camera button and HDMI connector (just like the original Arc), along with a curious capacitive button setup. It seems that the phone's button labels sit below the screen in an illuminated cut-out area, while the capacitive area just above it consists of three glowing dots.
The original source also reports a familiar list of rumored specs -- a 4.3-inch, 720p screen powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip, with 1GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, and no SD card slot. Camera-wise, GSMArena reports a 12-megapixel rear sensor, and we can see what looks like a front-facing camera above the screen, too. The phone's also said to be running Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread rather than the shiny new Ice Cream Sandwich, but that shouldn't surprise anyone given that the ICS source has been available for less than a month.
Hit the source link for the full compliment of photos from various angles. Hopefully we'll get to see more of the Arc HD (or whatever it's called) at CES or Mobile World Congress in the months ahead.
We live in a world of large displays and touchscreen keyboards. As phones continue to evolve, it seems as though physical keyboards and smaller screens are fading out. Not everyone is enthralled by this notion, however. There are many who still prefer to text or write an email with physical keys. Why should those users be left out of cutting edge technology such as 4G LTE? Enter the Samsung Stratosphere. It boasts a beautiful 4-inch screen, a slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard and runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE service. On top of all that, it is a cheap alternative at $99 when compared to the rest of Verizon’s 4G LTE lineup, which run from $199 - $299 with a 2-year contract. It is a beautiful device that runs very smoothly and should be a consideration for many this holiday season. So let's dive in to see how the Stratosphere stacks up.
Overall, the phone is smooth. It gives QWERTY keyboard lovers the chance to have a great experience on Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE. Camera shutter lag is very quick. Battery life is surprisingly solid on LTE. Price at $99 is significantly cheaper than alternative LTE devices.
Due to the sliding QWERTY, it’s a bit heavier than what we’re used to from the Galaxy S line. Camera quality, both for photos and videos, leaves something to be desired.
The Stratosphere performs like a high-end device while costing like a mid-range one. It’s being overshadowed by Verizon’s flagship devices, but I suspect for many it will be more than adequate, and for some, perfect, for what they’re looking for. It’s great for someone looking for either a physical keyboard or an LTE device that doesn’t cost at least $200. At 4-inches, which is considered by many to be an ideal screen size, Super-AMOLED looks beautiful. Of course, since it does only cost $99, something has to be sacrificed. The cameras leave a lot to be desired.
The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that states ban the use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices by drivers of vehicles, except for in an emergency. That doesn't mean you have to immediately stop using your Android smartphone for navigation or music playback -- there's still some legislating that needs to be done for that to happen. But a recommendation from the NTSB certainly holds some water.
Here's the crux of the recommendation:
The safety recommendation specifically calls for the 50 states and the District of Columbia to ban the nonemergency use of portable electronic devices (other than those designed to support the driving task) for all drivers. The safety recommendation also urges use of the NHTSA model of high-visibility enforcement to support these bans and implementation of targeted communication campaigns to inform motorists of the new law and heightened enforcement.
The recommendation stems from a crash in Missouri in 2010 that involved a pickup truck, two school busses and a teenage driver who apparently had sent 11 text messages in as many minutes before the crash, which killed two and injured 38.
It's tough to say that phones don't distract drivers -- they most certainly can. But is a blanket ban too much? And would it even be effective?
We have seen some manufacturers talk about what goes into bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to their devices, but Huawei has skipped the talking part and gone right for the releasing part. Subtly on their site they released a demo ROM for the Huawei Honor. Of course we had to take it for a spin and see how it all played out, so check out the video above to see some of our thoughts!
Release-ready? Probably not, as it could use a little more polish and needs access to Google Apps, but it sure is nice to see the support for ICS so early on such a powerful device.