The Samsung Vibrant (the first of the original Galaxy S devices to hit the U.S.) is no longer supported by CyanogenMod. According to developer Abhisek Devkota, issues with the way the radio interface layer interacts with the audio layer leads to a loss of the ability to dial 911, and this issue can not be solved without source code from Samsung. In his own words:
We are no longer supporting the Vibrant due to the inability to dial 911. We consider the issues related to this unresolvable without source code from Samsung related to the Radio interface layer and its interactions with the Audio layers and have taken the decision to no longer support this. We apologize for the inconvenience and strongly suggest that Vibrant users use a Samsung ROM due to the 911 issues with any ROMs based on open source code.
We'll have to second his recommendation -- if you're currently using CM or another AOSP-based ROM on your Vibrant, you should look at Samsung TouchWiz based ROMs as an alternative. Having cool open-source software on your phone is great, but not at the expense of losing the ability to call emergency services. It was fun while it lasted though, and thanks for all the hard work gentlemen!
The folks over at Lookout have warned us about a new malware threat, this time targeted at users outside of North America. The RuFraud malware will sign up users in Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Poland, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Estonia, Great Britain, Italy, Israel, France, and Germany to a premium SMS service by hiding inside apps that pretend to be download helpers for popular games and utilities, or wallpaper apps from movies like Twilight. This particular bit of malware does not affect users in other countries.
While most of the affected applications are found on file-sharing sites and unofficial markets, some have appeared in the official Android Market. The first batch were removed by Google after Lookout contacted them, and having only a "handful" of downloads they did not affect very many users. Unfortunately, 13 new apps were later uploaded that had been downloaded over 14,000 times before they were pulled. Lookout has been updated to remove and clean these apps from your phone if you downloaded them, and we expect other malware scanning applications will have followed suit.
A quick tip: It really sucks when popular applications (or Nexus phones) aren't available in your location. We understand. But any app that claims to be a helper to download an app that's otherwise unavailable is definitely suspicious. Don't use them. If the apps are free, ask your friends. Ask on forums. Root your phone, or use an app that disguises your location and opens the Market. I'm not condoning piracy here, but I'm a realist -- if you're going to circumvent measures that keep these apps from you, do it the smart way.
Adobe has updated Flash Player for Android to version 188.8.131.52, which fixes video streaming issues on the Galaxy S II, adds support for 1080p video on Tegra 3 devices like the Transformer Prime, and generic fixes for video decoding and playback. It's a recommended update, even if you don't own one of the aforementioned devices, so hit the market and update or grab the link after the break. Adobe did promise to keep supporting the Android Flash Player, and while nobody doubted them, it's still nice to see them hold true to their word.
Unfortunately, this update doesn't yet enable Flash on the Galaxy Nexus or any preliminary ICS build for other devices. We still expect to see that soon, and we'll let you know as soon as it's available.
Are you a fan of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, but not so much a fan of it only being a 3G device on Verizon? You might well soon get to have the best of both words, if this internal traning registration is on the level. We're told the Dec. 12 and Dec. 14 training indeed is for Big Red, and we've confirmed with a second source that indeed an LTE Xperia Play exists.
So will we see it? And when will we see it? News at 11.
Now that we have that out of the way, the HTC Amaze 4G has a new OTA starting to roll out today, one that brings Wifi calling and a few software fixes to users of the best looking phone ever made. Besides Wifi calling, the fixes are:
Improvements to Bluetooth connection
Clock widget not updating with time zone change
Improvement to Twitter and Peep application
Improved Wifi connection
So we're not looking at a huge milestone in the software development of the Amaze, but take it from me -- Wifi calling is sweet and reason enough to look forward to this one. You'll see it soon (the initial rollout begins today, and continues until Jan. 20 2012), and it promises to be a painless update. Like all promises, that can be broken, so keep an eye on the Amaze 4G forums to stay abreast of any issues folks are finding.
Make no mistake -- Android is multimedia-centric, and it does a darn fine job of it. Whether you want to copy media to your device's storage, or want to stream from the cloud, Android, especially since the release of Ice Cream Sandwich, can turn your phone or tablet into a great media player. We're going to have a look at using Google Music, Google's storage-locker style streaming music application.
Read on for a walkthrough of how to use Google Music on the web and adding media, as well as playing it back on your Android device.
Samsung announced today that it has reached a major milestone in global sales, with 300 million handsets sold in 2011. Driving the momentum, Samsung says, is its Galaxy S line, which includes the original Galaxy S devices as well as the Galaxy S II smartphones, the latter having reached 10 million units sold faster than any device in the company's history. With the American release of the Galaxy Nexus, ongoing patent battles with Apple, and next year's revamped Galaxy tablets all on the horizon, it'll certainly be worth keeping an eye on whether or not Samsung can keep its momentum going into 2012. The full presser follows the break.
Yeah, yeah. We don't do unboxings. We know. But that doesn't mean it's not awesome when our readers uboxing unreleased phones. And that's what we've got here -- a proper (and rather decent) video unboxing of the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus. (Only makes sense since we're seeing some sold a tad early, no?)
Not a whole lot here you wouldn't already know from reading our Galaxy Nexus review. And, yes, it's yet another teaser for a phone that still doesn't have an official release date. (Dec. 15 is the current unofficial favorite.)
Anyhoo, enjoy. And thank, anon, for sending it in!
Confused? That'd be the Galaxy Nexus with AndroidCentral loaded up
Verizon still doesn't have the Galaxy Nexus for sale yet, but that didn't stop Best Buy from selling a couple to two lucky AC forum members this morning. Members sfbates and dubya.t both got their Nexus on, and are in the forums talking it up. The Best Buy folks went to great lengths to sell these, as the normal procedures didn't work out, and we imagine very few people got this lucky this afternoon, as others reporting their Best Buy experience are all coming up empty handed.
Congrats, fellas, and thanks for sharing with everyone in the forums. Enjoy those rare animals and feed our addiction with pics and details until Verizon decides to take our money. If you want to join in the fun and talk to who may just be the luckiest Android geeks in America, hit the forums and give them a shout!
Update: And as we awake this fine Sunday morning, the listing's been pulled.
We've seen a lot of crazy things when it comes to the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus. We've seen them pop up and mysteriously disappear from Cragislist, gone without a trace. And now one's made it to eBay for the high, high price of $1,200. It goes without saying, but that's just ridiculous. That's a good $500 or so over what you'd pay for an unlocked GSM Galaxy Nexus. And as much as we love LTE, it's not worth paying that much more to have it a week or so -- assuming it's indeed launched next week.
Anyhoo, $1,200's just ridiculous. Save your money. Save your soul.
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