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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus in Verizon stores on Dec. 9, Droid 4 on Dec. 8, according to leaked screen

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We have been waiting, and speculating, and hoping that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus launch date would get confirmed by Verizon, and while it hasn't, Engadget received a nice tip. It appears as though all the merchandising materials will be showing up for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Dec. 8 -- just two days away -- and also on that day the Motorola Droid 4 will be launching. Unfortunately their source tells them that Thursday won't be the launch day for the Galaxy Nexus, and we will have to wait a whole 24 hours more until Dec. 9 to get our paws on it. Here's to hoping for an official Verizon announcement!

Source: Engadget; More: Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

Verizon announces Droid RAZR in white

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Verizon this morning also announced that the new Motorola Droid RAZR (read our complete review) will be available in white for the winter holidays. No availability date was given other than "this month," but it'll cost $299.99 with a new two-year contract. You'll also have to have a $39.99-a-month voice plan and $30-a-month data plan.

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2 years ago

C Spire gets the Xperia Play

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U.S. regional carrier C Spire (former Cellular South) announced today that it's carrying the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play for $49.99 on contract (and after $50 rebate). The so-called Playstation phone -- nicknamed for its Playstation-like slide-out controls -- is the same as we've crawled all over for the past year or so, with a 4-inch display, 1GHz Snapdragon II processor, 5MP rear camera and a slew of available games.

We're not yet seeing the Xperia Play on C Spire's website, but you can call telesales (855-277-4734) or get it in a C Spire store.

Source: Press release
More: Read our Xperia Play review

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2 years ago

Google adds Arabic and Hebrew to Voice Search

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Good news for many of our readers in the Middle East: Google has announced that its Voice Search service now recongnizes Hebrew and Arabic if you're in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, the UAE and Israel.  It'll understand Gulf, Levant and Egyptian dialects. And the more people use the service, the better it'll recognize voices in the future. (Google says it used 1 million "utterances" to train the system.)

If you're running a phone with Android 2.2 or above, you're good to go. Otherwise, you'll need to download the Voice Search app from the Market. We've got download links after the break.

Source: Google Mobile blog

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus coming Dec. 9? These documents seem to say so

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While we can't guarantee the validity of this document and e-mail leaked to RootzWiki, if they are true we should be seeing the elusive Verizon Galaxy Nexus this Friday, Dec. 9.  The e-mail and PDF file state that stores will start receiving stock on Dec. 6, which we know is true, and they will have them on the shelves along with whatever fancy promotional materials there are to display Friday. Match that up with the fact that some Verizon stores are already selling accessories, and you have a very plausible situation.  We hope it's true, you all hope it's true, but until we hear someone from Verizon say it on the record we have to go on hope alone.  Hit the jump to see one more image you'll love.

Source: RootzWiki. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Verizon's Galaxy Nexus training materials

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Want to see Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Nexus training materials that are going out to indirect retailers? Sure thing. Gotcha covered. None of this contains and offical release date or official pricing, but it's a fun look at what employees are seeing. Much, much more after the break.

Thanks, anon!
More: Galaxy Nexus Forums

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2 years ago

More research shows exactly what Carrier IQ can, and cannot do

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Android hacker and professional security consultant Dan Rosenberg (you may know him as djrbliss from the Internets) has completed his own study on Carrier IQ, and found some interesting results.  All those reports about logging keystrokes and spying on SMS messages look to have been blamed on the wrong party, as his research shows that Carrier IQ as written can only capture the data that the carrier sends to it (known as metrics), and even then still has to consult a profile (think of it as a settings page for any app) that a carrier has had CIQ write specifically for their installation.  In his own words:

Dear Internet,

CarrierIQ does a lot of bad things. It's a potential risk to user privacy, and users should be given the ability to opt out of it.

But people need to recognize that there's a big difference between recording events like keystrokes and HTTPS URLs to a debugging buffer (which is pretty bad by itself), and actually collecting, storing, and transmitting this data to carriers (which doesn't happen).  After reverse engineering CarrierIQ myself, I have seen no evidence that they are collecting anything more than what they've publicly claimed: anonymized metrics data.  There's a big difference between "look, it does something when I press a key" and "it's sending all my keystrokes to the carrier!".  Based on what I've seen, there is no code in CarrierIQ that actually records keystrokes for data collection purposes.  Of course, the fact that there are hooks in these events suggests that future versions may abuse this type of functionality, and CIQ should be held accountable and be under close scrutiny so that this type of privacy invasion does not occur.  But all the recent noise on this is mostly unfounded.

There are plenty of reasons to be upset about CIQ, but please don't jump to conclusions based on incomplete evidence.

Regards,
Dan Rosenberg

So what about all the stuff we see on Trevor Eckhart's video of the EVO in action?  It's obviously there, so what's up with all that?  We're not security researchers, professional or otherwise, but we are nerds who read about exploits and security every day.  The best we can figure is that HTC has exposed those events to the log while sending it as anonymous metric data to the Carrier IQ app.  There's still no evidence, and never was, that any of that data is sent anywhere. 

The biggest thing to take away from this news is that while Carrier IQ is scary, and many of us consider them evil, they only provide a service to collect data that carriers and OEM's make available.  This needs to be made more transparent, because it's never going to go away -- if you don't like it don't use our network, nobody is holding a gun to your head is likely the carriers stance on the subject, and in a way they are right.  Our choice in the matter is to not spend our money with them, and heaven knows I understand how unpopular that idea is firsthand.  But things are looking more and more like the carriers and manufacturers need to share a good bit of the blame here, and this whole mess is over an easy way to collect data they already have been collecting. 

When we get finished here, we can start looking at how the companies who rushed forward shouting "We don't use Carrier IQ on our phones" are collecting the same data with something other than Carrier IQ, so we can be sure that changes are made across the board versus crucifying a small company in Silicon Valley.

Source: Vulnfactory; Pastebin

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2 years ago

Verizon pimps 200 million covered by LTE and, oh, a couple of Xyboard tablets

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Verizon this morning in a press release talked up the first anniversary of the launch of its LTE network, pimping that 190 markets and 200 million people will be covered by Dec. 15 (that's covered, and not necessarily subscribed). Pretty impressive when you think about it, especially when you compare it to the other established 4G network. (Cough. Wimax.)

Oh, and expect a couple of Motorola Xyboard tablets this month, Verizon says. That's Verizon's version of the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition, and we'll likely see LTE on board, of course.

And in case you're wondering, Verizon says the Galaxy Nexus is still coming soon. Of course it is.

Source: Verizon

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2 years ago

Galaxy Nexus starting to arrive in Verizon stores

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Just as someone predicted, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has begun arriving in Verizon stores, which means we're starting to see pictures of it in Verizon stores. And that's cool and all. But unless it comes along with a press release from Verizon telling us exactly when it's going on sale, it's just another tease.

Source: XDA via Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

900MHz frequency seen having its way with Galaxy Nexus bootloader

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The mystery of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus' 900MHz bug continues. Sort of. We've just been sent this video of the Galaxy Nexus volume buttons being affected by a nearby 900MHz signal while the Galaxy Neuxs is in the bootloader. The Galaxy Nexus in question is said to have had the recent update that fixes the 900MHz wonkiness while Android is running, but you can clearly see the strangeness here in the bootloader.

Those of us in the states will have a hard time reproducing this, of course, since we're not exactly crawling in 900MHz EDGE. (Or in the Galaxy Nexus, for that matter.) And while it's an interesting-looking bug, we're not sure how overly concerned we are about this lingering issue. Maybe it'll be fixed with uploaded bootloader code. But if not, maybe just keep your 900MHz phones a inch away from your Galaxy Nexus.

Thanks, Jeremy! 

More: Galaxy Nexus forums

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