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2 years ago

Official Ice Cream Sandwich for the Nexus One won't happen, Google says

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Shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, but according to Google's Hugo Barra, as reported by The Telegraph, the Nexus One is just too darn old for an official update to Ice Cream Sandwich. It's a shame, because it's still a great daily driver. But this is that whole "legacy" thing we all have to come to terms with, and it's the reason why we put the Nexus One in our "Maybe, but doubtful" column for our ICS update predictions.

All that said: We completely expect someone to build a full ICS ROM for the Nexus One once the code drops, and SDK ports are already in the works.

Source: The Telegraph
More: Will my phone get Ice Cream Sandwich?

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2 years ago

Motorola PRO+ 4G coming to Bell Nov. 7

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Back when the Motorola PRO+ was announced, Motorola only slated it for Europe and Asia but now the time has come to roll it out elsewhere as well. Come Nov. 7, in time for the holidays, the full QWERTY Android 2.3-powered device will be available exclusively from Bell Mobility in Canada. Other specs include 5MP camera, 1GHz processor and a 1550mAh battery.

“The Motorola PRO+ 4G delivers the security and productivity tools that businesses require, but all the fun things consumers want,” says David Petrou, director of sales, Motorola Mobility Canada. “For professionals looking for a smarter smartphone, the Motorola PRO+ 4G offers robust features that work hard and play hard.”

Motorola nor Bell is saying just how the Motorola PRO+ 4G will cost as of yet but we're sure that information will turn up soon enough. Full press release is past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile gets its first no-contract 4G smartphone -- the Samsung Exhibit II 4G

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Available at Walmart on Oct. 27, nationwide Nov. 2

T-Mobile tonight announced the Samsung Exhibit II 4G, a 3.7-inch, Android 2.3 Ginerbread smartphone. It'll be available in Walmart stores on Oct. 27, and nationwide starting Nov. 2. It's T-Mobile's first no-contract phone and will sell outright for $199. If you prefer to sign away two years, khowever, you can snag the phone for just $29.99 (after $50 rebate).

In addition to the 3.7-inch WVGA display, it's got a 3MP rear camera, front-facing camera and 1GHz processor.

Yeah, it's not the sexiest hardware you'll get. But a $200 no-contract phone is something we can get behind. Full presser is after the break.

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2 years ago

ThunderBolt's Gingerbread update once again pushing out

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Finally, the Gingerbread update for the HTC ThunderBolt (that'd be the one we told you about this morning) is once again pushing out. This is the second time Gingerbread's headed to the ThunderBolt; it was pulled earlier because of some bugs, including by not limited to voicemail.

Go to settings>software update to get things going, and hit the forums link below to see how it's going for everybody.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
More in the HTC ThunderBolt forums

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2 years ago

Apple granted patent on slide to unlock, even though it existed 2 years before they invented it

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The software patent system is totally askew.  We need to look no further to see this than the recent news that Apple was granted a patent on sliding to unlock a mobile device.  (Edit: It actually was granted back in February, but the case pinged again, and so we're all revisiting it.) It's bad enough that a governing body somewhere actually believes that you or I aren't smart enough to come to the natural conclusion on our own (that's basically what a patent means -- it's a unique idea or process), but the fact that it existed on an old Windows CE device in 2005 was totally overlooked.

I present the Neonode N1m, as reviewed by none other than Tnkgrl.


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Jump to 4:00 if you're impatient.  Now you might ask two things -- why was this patent granted, and does "prior art" really mean anything?  The first is an easy answer, the folks who granted the patent probably never heard of the Neonode N1m (but I'm sure Apple did).  You can't blame them if they didn't know, even if they should have.  The second question is a bit more tricky.  Usually, if prior art can be proven, a patent is invalidated.  Proven is a tough word that means more than one thing to different people.  It should be easy to interpret, but that's not how the legal system in the US works. 

It did work as expected in the Netherlands though, and Samsung has already brought the lowly Neonode N1m in front of the court there -- and had Apple's claims over slide to unlock determined to be "trivial and likely invalid", and the court refused to consider them.  I'm sure HTC and Motorola, who are being sued over multiple gesture patents in the US, already have this particular Youtube video bookmarked.  If this patent stands, we all should just go back to this.

More: 9to5Mac; Fosspatents

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2 years ago

Rogers LTE equipped Samsung Galaxy S II arriving next week

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Rogers has been taking preorder reservations for their LTE equipped Samsung Galaxy S II for quite some time now but the latest information coming from the Canadian carrier is that the device will be shipping as early as next week. A few lucky customers have already had their reservation orders fulfilled but other shipments now having been confirmed.

We’re also excited to confirm that we’ll continue to fulfill orders for the device as early as next week and expect to have enough devices for everyone in the reservations system.

A reminder though, Rogers LTE is currently only available in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa but no matter what network you connect it to, you'll find satisfaction in that 1.5GHz processor and 4.5-inch display.

Source: Rogers

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2 years ago

HTC laying down some Beats (Audio) on Nov. 3

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Hmmmm. What have we here? Looks like HTC's having a little get-together on Nov. 3 in New York City, and Beats Audio's invited. (As were we, of course.) There's a strong possibility we'll be seeing the Verizon HTC Rezound (aka the Vigor), though nothing's official yet. We'll see next week!

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2 years ago

No, the Galaxy Nexus doesn't have Gorilla Glass, and, no, that doesn't mean the phone sucks

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Here we go again. Somewhere along the way, someone got it in their head that Samsung Galaxy Nexus has Gorilla Glass. Only it doesn't. And so far as we can tell, there's never been an official spec listing that said it did. And today, Corning, the maker of Gorilla Glass, tweeted that, in fact, the Galaxy Nexus doesn't have Gorilla Glass.

Repeat: The Galaxy Nexus doesn't have Gorilla Glass. Oh noes.

Any you know what? That's too bad. We like Gorilla Glass. But don't write off a phone you haven't yet seen in person over a spec that it never had in the first place. That makes as much sense as writing it off for having a PenTile display that you've yet to see in person. See where we're going here? Let's everybody take a breath and actually check out the phone before damning it for not having something.

Source: @Corning; via Phandroid
More: Galaxy Nexus Forums

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2 years ago

Security update for the EVO 3D goes live today

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Owners of the EVO 3D can now download a security update for their device, which will begin pushing to all users on October 27. Sprint says that software version 2.08.651.3 will inlude security improvements, though it fails to detail just what these improvements are. Regardless, you can pull now, though Sprint reminds you that like all updates, it will roll out in stages. If you can't find it today, try try again, or sit back and relax until you receive it automatically later this week. Hit the source link for installation instructions.

Source: Sprint Community

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note commercial asks same question as us: Phone or tablet?

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

And let's throw a third question in there: Will we see this in the U.S.?

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