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2 years ago

HTC Vivid to get ICS in the 'coming weeks', leak available for the brave

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The HTC Vivid should be seeing Ice Cream Sandwich shortly, and if you're the brave type there's a leak out in the wild you can flash today. When HTC and AT&T announced the HTC One X was coming to AT&T, there was a small part in the press release about the Vivid and it's ICS update, and that's been reinforced today in a press release for a new Beats Audio wireless speaker system exclusive for AT&T. The paragraph reads as follows:

Additionally, an enhanced audio experience will soon be available to HTC Vivid™ customers in the coming weeks.  Sound engineers at Beats Dr. Dre and software engineers at HTC have teamed up to bring an improved audio experience to the HTC Vivid through an upcoming software update that will provide Android 4.0, an updated HTC Sense experience and Beats By Dr. Dre audio profiles. 

While "coming weeks" is a pretty vague term, it may be closer that anyone expects. A Vivid user was presented with an OTA update to Ice Cream Sandwich, and had the foresight to capture the file and hand it over to the hacking community. It's been converted to a flashable form, but there's a great big warning attached as it requires a different hboot with no reliable way to get back. Between the few reports of bricked devices, most people say the update is decent, bringing the Vivid to Android 4.0.3 and Sense to 3.6.  

If you're the type who has to try things, be sure to read very carefully lest you have a shiny black HTC Vivid to add to the Android bone pile. If you're the more cautious type or haven't rooted your $600 phone (we don't blame you), hopefully you'll be seeing an update soon. In either case, follow along at the links below.

Source: XDA Developers; via Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Late-night poll: Who should make the next Nexus phone?

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There's been rumors running rampant lately about the next Nexus phone, and just who might be making it. While it's a bit early to guess, we all have a preference, and it's always OK to wish -- just don't expect any predictions. OEMs showed us a lot to like during MWC 2012, and some of the new designs surely turned some heads (that HTC One S looks like a real winner to this blogger) and we can't help but wish for a Nexus phone with some of the style we've seen so far in 2012.

So what say you, savvy Android users that you are? Do you want a throwback to the original Nexus with a unibody design from HTC? Or want a Motorola unit with bulletproof cell radio and voice quality? Personally, I've always wanted to see some LG hardware with stock Android right from Google on-board, but I'd be just as happy to see another Super AMOLED model from Samsung -- I'm a sucker for a pretty face.

Tell us all who you would pick for the next Nexus partner -- someone has to be right!

 

Who do you want to make the next Nexus phone?

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2 years ago

Adobe Flash Player for Android updated with security fixes

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When Adobe said they wouldn't be developing Flash Player for Android to work with any new versions, they also promised to keep the current version up-to-date with critical fixes and security patches. Once again, they show us that they really mean what they say, and there's another update for Flash in the Android Market. The fixes include events for handling a crash would could lead to code execution, which means potential is there for someone to hijack your system. Adobe is usually pretty good about patching these things before the get exploited, and there are no known instances in the wild of attackers using these methods to compromise Android devices. 

To learn more about what was fixed, have a look at the Adobe Security Bulletin dated March 5. You'll find the Market link after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Central weekly photo contest: Food

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We're all back home and settled in from Mobile World Congress, and it's time to kick off another weekly photo contest! The subject this week is something near and dear to my heart, and inspired by +Michael Ceriello when we asked what you guys and gals wanted to see. We're talking about food.

Grab your Android phones, head into the kitchen or out to your favorite resturant and show us some delicious eats. The prize this week is a vehicle mount for your phone (or a universal model) from ShopAndroid.com. Perfect for heading out to the grocery store or eatery to feed yourself, and maybe listening to some tunes or trying a new route with Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation on the way.

The rules, as always:

  • You gotta use an Android phone or tablet. 
  • One picture per person.
  • You need to tell us the name of the device used to take the pic, any special photo app used, and your name (or psudeonym) so we can give proper credit.
  • Send the picture (as an attachment) and info to pics@androidcentral.com by Friday evening your local time to qualify.

We'll pick the best and announce the winner Sunday on the blog. Good luck everyone!

 

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2 years ago

ADT 17 and SDK tools r17 now in third beta, bring new tools and bug-fixes to developers

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Anyone doing development for Android (or any software platform) knows that good tools are the most important part of the whole process. We've seen that the Android team has been hard at work to improve development and debugging tools, and they're still at it. The ADT plugin for Eclipse and the SDK tools/platform-tools have a major upgrade underway, and are at the third beta preview. Developers will enjoy the changes, which includes big things like a new version of ProGuard (more info here), as well as minor changes like being able to export a screenshot from the layout editor. We've got the full list of changes after the break, and if you're developing any sort of application for Android with Eclipse, you should give it a look.

But there's one big change that is going to be uber-helpful to the average Android hacker/modder -- detailed network usage of any application. The new DDMS tool will give data for network traffic, both in and out, on any device running Android 4.0.3 or higher. The graph updates in real-time, and in addition to being a great way for app developers to see how their app is utilizing network sockets, it will be able to help debug just what apps on your phone are eating up your data. No more guessing which app is stuck and constantly uploading, just plug your phone in and use the new DDMS tool to find out exactly what is going on. Knowing is half the battle.

If you want to try the new tools, you won't be able to download them via the SDK manager, but manual installation is easy enough, and you'll find full instructions at the source link below.

Source: Android Tools Project

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2 years ago

LG Optimus Vu now available in Korea

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LG's answer to the Galaxy Note, the LG Optimus Vu, is now available in South Korea on the SK Telecom and LG U+ networks. The Optimus Vu combines a 5-inch 1024x768 IPS display with capacitive pen input and a thin chassis design reminiscent of the LG Prada 3.0. It's also got a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm chip inside, along with 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage and an 8MP camera. You also get the usual combination of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and LG's own UI layer, and during our time with the Vu at Mobile World Congress, we found its software to be a little uninspiring compared to Samsung's competing device.

LG is hoping to tempt early adopters with a free case and extra battery for the first 20,000 people to pick up the Optimus Vu on both LG U+ and SK Telecom.

No information is available as to when (or even if) the Optimus Vu will see any kind of broader international release, but Koreans can pick it up now for 999,900 won (~$890). We're going to go ahead and assume that's the unsubsidized price.

If you want to find out more about the Optimus Vu, check out our hands-on report from MWC.

Source: LG Newsroom; via: FoneArena

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2 years ago

Samsung announces Galaxy Player 70 Plus, a 5-inch PMP for Korea

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Adding to its line-up of Galaxy Player personal media players, Samsung has today announced the Galaxy Player 70 Plus for the Korean Market. The Player 70 Plus is a 5-inch device powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Samsung's TouchWiz UI. Other specs include a WVGA (800x480) TFT LCD display, microSD card and Wifi support, a 5-megapixel camera and a hefty 2500mAh battery. It also has the ability to receive Korean terrestrial TV transmissions broadcast over T-DMB.

Like just about every PMP released these days, it packs fairly up-to-date smartphone tech without the ability to make calls or use cellular data (and the associated monthly bill). The Galaxy Player 70 Plus will retail for 399,000 won (~$350) with 16GB of storage, or 469,000 won (~$410) with 32GB. Head over to the source link for the full press release (in Korean), along with pictures of people who are cooler than you enjoying the Galaxy Player 70 Plus.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow; via: UnwiredView

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the rest of ZTE's Android phones at MWC, including two quad-core devices

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The last batch of devices we looked at from ZTE at Mobile World Congress included two quad-core devices, and a few lower-end ones. At the top of the heap was the PF112. It has a 4.5-inch 1080 x 720 display, an 8 megapixel camera on the back, and it's running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (just like everything else ZTE announced). Down a notch is the Era, which has a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 screen, but keeps the 8 megapixel camera and quad-core 1.3 GHz processor. The Mimosa X is about on par with a 1.2 GHz processor, a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 display, and again, keeping the 8 megapixel camera. On the wireless side, it supports 7.2 MBps HSPA. 

The other two phones are on the lower end of the value chain. The Acqua has a 1 GHz processor, and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with an ICS update due in June), sports a 4-inch 800 x 480 display, and a 5 megapixel camera. Finally, there's the Kis, which has a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 display, and is powered by an 800 MHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. Unfortunately, the unit I was playing with at the show wasn't booting up, so there wasn't much to say about the software. 

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 is/isn't coming, Part VIII

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Hate to say we told you so, but ... Samsung, in Korean on its official Twitter account, says recent reports that the Galaxy S III -- which, by the way, hasn't been announced and therefore doesn't officially exist --  will be released in April are not true.

We're shocked.

Samsung also tells The Verge that it'll be announced in the first half of the year (note that it calls it the "successor to the Galaxy S II," because the Galaxy S3 or Galaxy S III doesn't actually exist) and that ... WAIT! In the first half of the year but not March or April? That means May or June! Sixty-one more days for wild-ass guessing! Breaksclusive, yo!

Seriously, folks. It'll be announced when it's announced. And we'll all swoon. Promise.

Sources: @Samsung; The Verge

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2 years ago

UK Xperia Arc S price plummets ahead of Xperia S launch

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As Sony prepares to launch the first of its 2012 smartphones in the UK, one retailer has taken the initiative to offer the earlier Sony Ericsson flagship at a significantly reduced price. Right now British online store Dialaphone will sell you an Xperia Arc S for £199.89 off-contract -- a good deal less than the £350+ you'd have paid in late 2011. The offer applies to PAYG Arc S models locked to O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile or Orange, assuming you purchase a £10 top-up with either network at the same time.

As we discussed last year, the phone packs a pretty comprehensive feature set, including an excellent EXMOR R camera, in a slim, stylish chassis. It's also due an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the weeks ahead, which should give it a new lease of life. For more on the Arc S, check out our exhaustive review. Or if you're wondering what's next from Sony, you'll want to take a look over our initial review of the Xperia S.

Source: Dialaphone; via: Eurodroid

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