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2 years ago

Swype-style gesture input arriving in latest Xperia software update

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Sony Ericsson has a little surprise waiting inside the latest software update for its 2011 Xperia series -- a Swype-style "gesture input" system baked into the Xperia keyboard. After enabling the new option it in the keyboard settings, you'll be able to type words by tracing a path through their letters, just like Swype or HTC's Trace keyboard.

All this goodness comes pre-loaded on the Xperia Arc S, which ships with SE's latest software, based on Android 2.3.4. But if you have an Xperia smartphone belonging to the manufacturer's 2011 line-up, you'll be able to get your hands on the new software through an over-the-air update, or manually via the PC Companion suite.

Join us after the jump for SE's gesture input video demo.

Source: Sony Ericsson Product Blog

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2 years ago

Optimus 3D Gingerbread update set to bring faster HSPA+, video enhancements

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LG Optimus 3D owners are on track for few extra treats along with their Gingerbread update later this month, if an early leaked firmware build is any indication. The leaked build, which recently cropped up on XDA, is based on Android 2.3.5, and comes with enhancements like 2D and 3D video editing, 3D to 2D conversion and higher bit-rates for 3D videos. There's also the promise of faster HSPA+ cellular data on supporting units, with speeds of up to 21Mbps.

Don't get too excited about trying this on your Optimus 3D just yet though, as the firmware is pretty severely broken in its present form. Once you've channeled the black magic necessary to get it installed, you'll still likely run into issues getting cellular data and Wifi to work.

So it's a little unstable, as you'd expect from an unofficial, pre-release build. We were impressed with the software's general responsiveness though, which seemed markedly improved from earlier Froyo-based efforts. Hopefully we'll see all this good stuff carried over into the official build.

Hit the jump for a few more screenshots. The official Optimus 3D Gingerbread update is due to arrive from Nov. 21.

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2 years ago

HTC Sensation and Galaxy S II for T-Mobile get special deals at Costco

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Costco has some nice deals coming if you are you are looking to get into a T-Mobile plan. $69.99 will get you unlimited data, talk and text with a bunch free additional features added to that list as well such as T-Mobile TV, games and magazines. The image shows available for select devices but we're told it is for the HTC Sensation and the Samsung Galaxy S II. As always, a new two-year agreement will be required but you're saving some coin in the long run.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Costco to carry AT&T's upcoming HTC Vivid

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The HTC Vivid, one of AT&T's first LTE phones set to launch on November 6, will be carried by mega retailer Costco, according to the internal doc pictured above. While the announcement doesn't mention anything about price or availability, we don't see the Vivid going for much less than the $199 that AT&T has already announced. The November 6 launch date is only a few days away so we'll keep our eyes peeled for more details as they become available. One more document listing all of the Vivid's goodies can be found after the break.

Thanks anonymous!

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2 years ago

Duke Nukem ditches the ads after initial complaints

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Good news for those of you who paid your 99 cents for Duke Nukem 3D (check out our review) only to be greeted with a few ads in the game menu -- they're gone. Finished. Kaput.

It's an interesting argument -- should an app that you paid for (albeit less than a dollar) have ads as well? Or should it at least warn you up front? (That seems a bit much.) Maybe it's double-dipping. Maybe we're just used to seeing ads. (Lord knows we have enough around here.) Regardless, Duke's killed 'em. Huzzah.

Thanks, @imjustjoshinyou

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2 years ago

Cellcom of Wisconsin updates its Samsung Galaxy S Showcase to Gingerbread

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Rocking a Samsung Galaxy S Showcase on Cellcom of Wisconsin? (We know you're out there.) You've got a Gingerbread update waiting for you. The Android 2.3.5 changelog reads as follows:

  • Improved Battery Life: This update more efficiently manages the way your device uses resources while you enjoy your favorite apps, increasing battery life.
  • Downloads Management: A new downloads application provides easy access to view, re-open, delete, and manage files downloaded in browser, Gmail, or email.
  • Google eBooks: Read and enjoy books through the Google eBooks website. There's over 3 million books to choose from.
  • Improvements in Performance for: missed calls, screen freezing and black screen.

And Cellcom's doing something we've not seen before (though it's not terribly surprising given it's a smaller regional) -- phone support should you have issues updating. Very cool.

Source: Cellcom of Wisconsin; thanks, gmonkey88!

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2 years ago

LG, on Facebook, says Optimus 2X getting Ice Cream Sandwich, other phones to be decided later

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Because PR messages too often are, well, borked on Facebook, we instead point you to the most recent statement from LG on, erm, Facebook, regarding Ice Cream Sandwich updates and the fact that the Optimus 2X will indeed be updated to Android 4.0. It reads thusly:

LG firmly denies the rumors that claim LG will not be providing the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) OS update for the LG Optimus 2X. These rumors are NOT true. LG is currently in the process of planning the ICS OS update for the LG Optimus 2X as well as other LG high-end smartphones. Detailed information on the ICS OS update schedule for specific models will be announced, once the ICS OS is publicly released by Google. Please stay tuned for more updates from LG.

Thank you very much.

To repeat: We're still just two weeks out of the ICS announcement, and the ICS code has not yet been made available (publicly, anyway). Let's all exercise a little caution when we see someone supposedly saying a phone will or won't be getting an update. Unless you're reading LG, of course.

Source: LG Mobile on Facebook

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic maintenance update coming ... eventually

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Pop quiz: Which one of the following is true about the upcoming maintenance update for the Motorola Droid Bionic:

  1. It'll likely be out by the end of the year.
  2. It'll likely be out by Christmas.
  3. It's coming in the next 30 to 60 days.
  4. Nobody really knows when it's coming.

You're right. It's a trick question. Moto Matt, everybody's favorite Motorola support forums manager, this afternoon dropped the following regarding the Bionic:

I know everyone is eager for updated software. We have been working diligently on a software update for DROID BIONIC and have a version in the testing stage; we expect to deliver it to users in 30 to 60 days. The update is targeting issues identified through owner feedback and we’re confident it will improve device performance.

Presumably we'll see one of those "soak tests" when things are really ready to roll. Stay tuned.

Source: Motorola support forums; via Droid Bionic Forums

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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix 2 rooted with manual, one click methods

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If you got your hands on a shiny new Atrix 2 last week and you're feeling a bit adventureous, XDA forum member Jimmy273 has compiled a pretty straightforward manual root method to achieve coveted superuser access. Jimmy273 makes it very clear that he cannot take full credit, as he simply translated the root method for the Bionic originally created by p3droid over at the MyDroidWorld forums. Full instructions and all the necessary files are available at the source link, as is the file for the one-click method, which is said to work just fine. 

Source: XDA Forums

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2 years ago

HTC Raider now available from Bell

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Unleashing their first LTE smartphone today is Bell. Which device? The HTC Raider or as it is known in the US -- the HTC Holiday / HTC Vivid. Bell customers can pick up the 4.5-inch qHD super LCD device running Android 2.3.4 with an 8MP camera, 1080P video recording and a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor for only $150 on a three-year contract, $550 on a two-year or $575 on a one-year. Not fond of contracts at all? then Bell wants $600 from you for the device which is in stores now. Before you get too excited though, make sure to check Bells LTE coverage.

Source: Bell; Thanks, Hansonator!

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