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4 years ago

Verizon adding remote diagnostics tool to latest LG Revolution update

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Verizon just gave us a heads up to a new update for the LG Revolution that, among other things, will add "Verizon Remote Diagnostics" to the smartphone.

Before anybody freaks out, Verizon describes this as a "new customer care solution to improve device issue diagnosis during customer support calls." You'll have to give a customer service rep permissions, and they they'll be able to "remotely view the user's device for troubleshooting and application demonstrations."

In other words, they'll be able to see and take over your phone -- again, with your permission -- to show and fix stuff. Different from a Carrier IQ-type analytics tool hanging out in the background (though we're willing to bet it's got full access to that same sort of information if need be). Should be interesting to see what folks pull out of this.

Other fixes coming down the pike in version VS910ZV8 include:

Device Enhancements

  • Resolved reboot issue found during operating system upgrade from Froyo
  • to Gingerbread.
  • Playing AVI video files through HDMI no longer causes display to flicker.
  • Placing an alarm on snooze while on a voice call will set snooze to 5 minutes.
  • Dolby presets have been updated to use loudness, bass and spaciousness
  • to improve the user’s experience.
  • When placing the device into Airplane Mode, the 4G icon no longer appears.
  • Email, Messaging & Web
  • Sending a text message to a 7 digit number will display as sent and received.
  • Improved device messaging to fix delays or incomplete sends.
  • Pressing the back key while browsing will take the user back to the previous page.

Applications & Widgets

  • Verizon Video is now preloaded.
  • Calendar widget now displays correct month for November.

It'll be interesting to see if this is just the first Verizon phone to have Verizon Remote Diagnostics added. Either way, props to Verizon for being up front about the addition.

More: LG Revolution VS910ZV8 changelog (pdf)

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4 years ago

'Samsung Galaxy S III' pictured, May 22 London unveiling rumored

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ZOMG!! Is this the Samsung Galaxy S III???

Who knows. But at the very least it looks a bit more legitimate than the past few alleged images to have emerged online. The screen capture above appeared on Reddit this morning with little in the way of supporting information. However based on the dates and locations shown in the render, there's already rampant speculation that the Galaxy S III will be unveiled in London on May 22, tying into the build-up to the Summer Olympics (of which Sammy is a big sponsor). No doubt it's possible, but it's still a bit of a stretch based on one image of questionable veracity.

If it is accurate, though, we could be looking at a phone with the usual physical/capacitive button setup, a 16:9 display, ICS, TouchWiz and a physical camera button -- none of which is particularly surprising. The presence of a metallic trim similar to that of the Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy Note 10.1 is interesting to note, too. If nothing else, there's way less wrong with this image than other purported Galaxy S III pics. Though that doesn't necessarily mean it's legit.

The logo you see in the bottom right belongs to Weber Shandwick Worldwide, a large global PR firm. Samsung uses a whole bunch of PR agencies around the world, so it's entirely possible these guys are involved with promoting a future Samsung device. It's also entirely unconfirmed.

We're sure to hear more about Samsung's next big thing as the Summer approaches, so keep it locked to AC for all the latest.

Source: Reddit; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Hands-on video with root options in CyanogenMod 9

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As you might've heard, popular custom ROM CyanogenMod 9 is introducing some changes in the way it handles root access. The gist of it is that root is now an option, not the default setting. It's still available if you need it, but you'll need to go into "developer options" and select whether you want apps, ADB or both to have root when you're done flashing your ROM.

As you'll see in our new video, if you try to run a root app without this setting enabled, you'll get a message directing you to the root setting. It's a bit like the "unknown sources" option that blocks non-Google Play apps by default -- enabled as standard for added security, but easy to bypass if you want.

We've got a quick video walkthrough after the jump.

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4 years ago

Droid Pro update official, change log posted

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A couple days ago we told you about the soak test starting up for the Motorola Droid Pro, and it seems to have passed and version 4.7.3.XT610 has been made official. Verizon has posted the change log and update instructions on their support site, with some critical bugs being addressed. The full list:

  • Improved security with DigiNotar security patch.
  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
  • Device will no longer lockup or reset after an Over the Air update.
  • Device will no longer automatically power on after it has been powered off.
  • Pressing the spacebar key will no longer cause the device to lockup.
  • Improvements to keyboard backlighting.
  • Smart Forwarding will no longer cause forwarded messages to remain in the Outbox
  • V CAST Apps is now updated to version 2.00.54.
  • VZ Navigator is now updated to version 7.2.0.461

Users affected by the weird lockup and phantom reboot bugs should be especially happy, and security fixes are always welcome on a device designed for business use. For those who aren't using the Droid Pro for business and have been using other methods to keep it current, don't accept this one until a developer says you can. 

There's no timeline when you should expect the update, but as soon as we hear that it's begun rolling out we'll let you know. It's not ICS, but at least Motorola and Verizon didn't forget about the Droid Pro.

More: Verizon

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4 years ago

Early ICS build leaks for the Verizon HTC Rezound

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Have a hankering for some Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC Rezound? Patience, folks, as Verizon's not pushing it just yet, but an early and very much unofficial build has been leaked to the folks at Android Police, who have in turn made it available to everyone.

You'll need to be on a stock bootloader -- HTC's unlocked bootloader won't work -- and you need to remember that this is likely to differ from what eventually gets pushed out. (When the official version will hit is still anyone's guess -- Verizon hasn't yet said.) So long as you're cool with that, hit the link below and get to flashing.

Source: Android Police

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4 years ago

Google: Delayed app developer payments now going out

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Reports have emerged over the past couple of weeks that a significant number of European Android developers have yet to receive their payment for sales during February 2012. And today, Google has today informed affected developers that payment has been initiated, and that the money should start appearing in their bank accounts within three working days.

A statement for European devs on the Google Play developer console reads --

February 2012 Payout Delays
We're aware of reports from some European developers that they have yet to receive their March 2012 payout for February 2012 sales. Please rest assured that we are aware of this issue and have worked to resolve it. The payout has been initiated on 15 March 2012. However, it may take up to three additional business days to register the payout in your bank account. We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced and appreciate your understanding.

Google has sent a similar message to affected developers by email, apologizing for the late payment and advising them to allow three working days for their banks to process the payment.

No explanation was offered as to why the payments were so late, but we imagine some kind of technical glitch was to blame, possibly relating to the switch-over from Android Market to the new Google Play Store. Hopefully this marks the end of a frustrating couple of weeks for European Android developers.

Thanks, Tom!

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4 years ago

International Samsung Galaxy Note updated, obscure video editor bugs fixed

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A new firmware update is rolling out over the air to owners of the international Samsung Galaxy Note (GT-N7000). The new version is still based on Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, but brings a new cellular radio (version XXLB2) and updated Samsung software (XXLC1). The update from the previous version (XXLB1) weighs in at just under 40MB.

The Note seems fast as ever on the new firmware, and we've noticed that a couple of obscure bugs introduced in an earlier update has now been fixed. Previously, when working with clips of different frame rates in the video editor app, the sections recorded at a lower frame rate would stutter and introduce artifacts when rendered. In addition, using the "fade" transition effect with certain video files would result in artifacting. Both bugs are fixed in the new firmware.

The Galaxy Note is still waiting on its update to Ice Cream Sandwich, which was due by the end of March, but may have slipped into Q2 if the latest rumors are to be believed. As with any Android device, the timing of updates will likely depend on your country and carrier. Our Note is an unlocked German model, which is generally among the first to receive new firmware from Samsung.

If you've updated your international Note and noticed anything else that's new in the updated firmware, then hit the comments and let us know.

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4 years ago

Virgin Mobile Australia announce the HTC One X

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Word emerging from down under is that Australians can look forward to getting the HTC One X on the Virgin Mobile network. Rival network Optus are also carrying the device, but the latest addition to the Virgin stable will be a welcome one for Australian Android fans. 

No word yet on release date, only that interested customers should check back early April for updates. Pricing is available though, and it can be had free of charge on a two-year contract at $59 per month. The One X is set to be one of the devices of 2012, so seeing it begin to appear in the global markets is good news. 

via Ausdroid

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4 years ago

Sidekick line will continue after Sidekick 4G, says T-Mobile

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Just under a year after it revived the Sidekick line with the Samsung-manufactured Sidekick 4G, T-Mobile is discontinuing the device to make way for newer, shinier things. However, fans of the Sidekick brand and form factor need not fear, as Tmo plans to continue the Sidekick series in the future. In a statement sent to ​The Verge​, the carrier says, "while the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is being retired, it doesn’t mean we are discontinuing the T-Mobile Sidekick line."

When we reviewed the Sidekick 4G last year, we found it to be a decent mid-range handset with some useful software features, and a unique UI. There's definitely plenty to build on in a future device.

The mobile phone market is increasingly dominated by large touchscreen slabs, with fewer and fewer QWERTY devices available. T-Mobile has remained supportive of keyboard-based sliders, though, with its G2 and myTouch series, so it's only natural that it'd want to keep the Sidekick brand alive, too.

Anyone out there looking forward to a newer, sleeker Sidekick with higher-end specs? Let us know how you'd like to see the Sidekick series continued in the comments!

Source: The Verge

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4 years ago

Nexus S ICS updates reportedly restarting in 'a few weeks'

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Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich was briefly pushed to the Nexus S last December, before being pulled due to battery life issues on some handsets. Now reports suggest that the official resumption of over-the-air updates to ICS may be just a few weeks away, and that the Nexus S 4G will finally see the latest version of Android, too.

Engadget​ reports via "trusted sources" that the Nexus S and Sprint Nexus S 4G will both receive fresh updates to ICS in "the next few weeks." It's been a long wait for Nexus S 4G users in particular, who've yet to see anything official besides a leaked 4.0.4 build.

If you'd rather not wait a few weeks to get Ice Cream Sandwich on your Nexus S, you can check out our guide to manually installing the update. And like we said, there's always that leaked build for the Nexus S 4G -- though you'll have to muddle through with the same radio issues that affected Gingerbread on some devices.

Source: Engadget

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4 years ago

Google Flight Search now supports international destinations

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Google's new flight search feature has been updated to include destinations outside of the United States, assuming you're still starting​ your journey from an American airport. In a post on its "Inside Search" blog, Google says it's added support for over 600 international airports as destinations. However if you're planning a journey which begins at one of these airports, you're still out of luck for the moment -- Google Flights only works when U.S. airports are used as a starting point.

Last month Google Flights launched for mobile, meaning all these new features are supported on mobile devices, assuming you're using an Android or iOS device. There's no stand-alone app available on either platform, but if Google Flights picks up steam, we wouldn't be surprised to see one launched at some point in the future.

To take Google Flights for a spin, check the links below.

Source: Google Inside Search; More: Google Flights

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note now available on Three UK

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It has been a bit of a wait, but as of today the Samsung Galaxy Note is available to Three UK customers. 

The international version of the Galaxy Note has been available since November, and Three's customers have had to be patient. Initially, the white version is on sale, and can be had both on contract and on pay as you go. 

On contract, the Galaxy Note is available from free and for no more than £38 a month. Three's top tier plans include all-you-can-eat data on their HSPA+ network, which is a tantalizing prospect when coupled with a device like this. On Pay As You Go, the Galaxy Note will run you for £499.

The Note is available now online and in all Three retail stores. If you're still undecided, don't forget to check out our full review of the International version.

Source: Three UK

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4 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Nexus flies through the FCC; still no word on release date

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This, ladies and germs, is the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, as seen by the Federal Communications Commission. We've been happily ignoring FCC listings of already announced and gently fondled smartphones -- particularly ones that we've twice reviewed already (Verizon, GSM), but this one's a bit special because it's Sprint's, and we know how patient all you Sprint folks have been watching Verizon customers rock their own LTE versions.

So what do we learn from Sprint's Galaxy Nexus FCC listing? Not a damn thing of any real use. We still have no idea when it'll be released (first half of the year, in conjunction with Sprint's LTE rollout, is the best we've got), which really is the only question we have at this point.

And, so, we keep on waiting, and hope to see Sprint's lineup of LTE-enabled cities expand beyond the half-dozen already named.

Source: FCC; via Engadget

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4 years ago

HTC One X launching April 5, says O2 UK

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HTC told us that its new One series of phones would be available within 60 days of MWC, but we didn't expect to see them quite this soon. British network O2 has let slip that it's due to stock the HTC One X starting April 5, just three weeks from today.

Responding to a Twitter question about tariffs for the One X, the network tweeted, "we're not due to get the HTC until 5th April so no decision on tariffs yet." Alongside the One X, O2 plans to stock the mid-range One S and the entry-level One V, though no information on launch dates for those phones was offered. In addition, the other major UK networks aren't offering any more specifics -- T-Mobile UK says it'll stock the One X sometime in April, while Three, Vodafone and Orange simply list it as "coming soon."

The One X is HTC's flagship smartphone for 2012, with a 4.7-inch 720p screen, a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a brand new version of HTC Sense. For more info, check out our hands-on coverage from MWC, and our second look video from last week.

Source: @O2; via: SoMobile

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4 years ago

HTC Vivid Ice Cream Sandwich update starting to trickle out, dialer trick appears to help it along

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A quick heads up to all you folks with the HTC Vivid. Word in our HTC Vivid forums is that the Android 4.0.3 update is starting to push out. And even better is that you're able to force the push by dialing *#*#682#*#*. It looks like it's a slightly newer version that the update that leaked a week or so ago (that's as good a reminder as any that "leaked" doesn't mean "official"), so it's got that going for it.

(Update: AT&T tells us that there's no update officially being pushed yet.)

You'll also be updated to Sense 3.6. It's not quite as sexy as the new Sense 4 in the HTC One line, but it's a nice happy medium.

So get your download on, and hit the link below for more from folks who have already updated.

Source: HTC Vivid forum

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