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5 years ago

T-Mobile G-Slate's Android 3.1 update pushing out now

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It's been a few days since we first learned the T-Mobile LG G-Slate would be getting its Android 3.1 update soon. And that day has now come. Pushing out over the air, the update will roll out in waves, meaning not everybody's going to get it at the same time. You'll see a notice on your tablet when the update's ready.

Here's what you're getting in Android 3.1:

  • Google Videos - A new Videos app has been added that allows you to buy and rent movies.
  • Recent apps list expanded - The recent apps list has been expanded to show all apps recently used. After opening the apps list, touch one of the apps to access it.
  • Home screen resizable widgets - Widgets built-in to Android 3.0 (Calendar, Email, Gmail, etc.) can now be resized vertically or horizontally on any one of the five home screens.
  • USB accessory support - Customers can now attach a keyboard, pointing device, or gamepad to the G-Slate for use with typing, gaming, etc.

You're also getting bugfixes to Google Talk and Google Music, as was as for the browser and widgets.

Source: T-Mobile

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5 years ago

HTC's dabbled in the whole audio thing before

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So HTC and Beats Entertainment (aka Beats by Dre) have hopped into bed together. It's a $300 million "marriage," as HTC CEO Peter Chou and music mogul and Beats chairman Jimmy Iovine officially announced Thursday night ... and again Friday morning. If you joined us for the liveblog of the conference call and Q&A, you know that we didn't learn a whole lot more than we already knew the night before.

We did learn, however, that it was Beats who approached HTC, back in March. And that despite Beats' business doubling, according to Iovine, the $300 million buy-in (HTC now owns 51 percent of the company) remained unchanged.

Perhaps the phone you see above is what kicked it all off. That's the HTC Surround, which was one of the first Windows Phone 7 devices. We've never considered HTC devices to have the best speaker quality; that crown goes to Motorola. But the Surround (see my initial hands-on from the Windows Phone 7 launch event) sought to change that with its crazy slide-out speaker. Gimmicky, to be sure. But it also sounded a slide shade better than anything else HTC had on the market, for sure. Try one. You'll be surprised. Anyhoo, that speaker's built with Dolby Mobile and SRS WOW HD. (As have a couple Android phones since, but not as well.) And I still don't know what that means, 'cept it sounds better than most of the smartphones I have.

And that's where Beats comes in. You can argue all day about the sound quality -- and you will argue all day about the sound quality. But it's got name recognition and a bit of the ol' sex factor. And that's important. Or maybe it means better earbuds and/or gaudy headphones. Know what? Just about anything would be better than what you get now. So long as they're subsidized in the cost of the phone, we're all for it.

One way or another, this deal is a big one for HTC, and an even bigger one for Beats, as Iovine underscored as he repeated several times how Beats "had to get to the phone." We know you wanted new hardware. We know you want Ice Cream Sandwich. Those things are coming, and coming pretty soon, we reckon. In the meantime, ponder what kind of audio miracle we might soon see -- Chou said Beats-impregnated devices are coming this fall.

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5 years ago

Dell Streak 5 unceremoniously discontinued

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Leave your condolences for the overhyped, oversized, overpriced, underappreciated, underpowered, took-too-long-to-get-to-market Android phablet (that's that weird size between phone and tablet) in the comments below. Or don't.

Source: Dell; thanks to everyone who sent this in

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5 years ago

Supposed specs of upcoming Samsung gear outed by Lithuanian retailer

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Samsung has been leading the global charge to put an Android phone into everyone's hands, and if we're to believe some specs listed by Mobili Linija, an online retail shop from Lithuania, we have a slew of new models with some great specs coming.  They have listed details for seven new phones and two new tablets, with the words dual-core and Super AMOLED thrown around liberally.  Hit the break to see the list, and a bit 'o commentary.

Source: Mobili Linija; via SamFirmware

More: Oled-infoThanks, Nick!

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5 years ago

Vizio tablet hands-on and initial review

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Our favorite UPS man just dropped off the Vizio 8-inch tablet (don't call it VIA anymore) and we cracked the shrink-wrap to have a look.  It's 8 inches of well-made electronics, running Android 2.3.2, and priced under $300 it's something we have been itching to have a look at since it was announced last January right before CES.

First impressions?  It's different.  Very.  It has a beautiful screen, and it's well-designed, feeling good in your hands.  The edge has a gentle bevel, and with a full soft touch coating on the back it feels like you're holding something that should cost a lot more than $300.  The software is also a big change from what we're used to, with Vizio skipping the standard Android practice of having multiple homescreens and an applications drawer.  Instead, you have a user-customizable panel with all of your apps, and a "widget board" with your live content via widgets.  We'll give it a complete run down, in the meantime there's a quick walkthrough, a handful of pictures, and device specs after the break.

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5 years ago

Samsung: We'll fight in Germany, keep selling elsewhere

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Samsung's penned a blog post following a German court's preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, preventing sales in most of the European Union. The preliminary injunction was filed Tuesday as part of Apple's campaign against anything that looks remotely like an iPad claim that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 violated a design patent.

Samsung reminds us that an injunction is a temporary measure that halts sales while the full case is being heard, and that it plans to challenge the ruling in court. And that Galaxy Tab 10.1s that have already been distributed to retailers may be sold. (Here's hoping they stocked up.)

Says Samsung:

It should be noted that this order does not permanently prevent the sale of the GALAXY Tab 10.1 in Europe, but is a temporary measure imposed by the court until the patent claim is heard. Also, products already distributed to German retailers following the launch on August 5 are not affected by this injunction.

Samsung is preparing to challenge this preliminary order in the court in order to have the injunction lifted as soon as possible.

We will continue to take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung's innovative mobile communications devices remain are available to consumers in Europe and around the world.

This decision by the court in Germany in no way influences other legal proceedings filed with the courts in Europe and elsewhere.

Check out the full post at the link below.

Source: Samsung

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5 years ago

Android 3.1 for the Motorola XOOM in Europe rolling out in stages

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Just as was promised, Android 3.1 for the Motorola Xoom in Europe is now rolling out in stages.  Motorola Europe took to their Facebook page to make the announcement and from the looks of things, some users are already getting it loaded up:

Android 3.1 for Motorola XOOM in Europe has now started to roll out in a number of countries. We are rolling out in stages and will let you now when the update is available in your specific country and so please watch this space. Details will be posted within the discussions tab and so please join us there or visit www.motorola.com/myxoom

Hoorah for updates! Go ahead and check for system updates now,  you may find it waiting for you. Now the real question on everyone's mind is -- when is the next update for Android 3.2 coming?

Source: Motorola Europe Facebook

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5 years ago

German court orders Samsung to halt Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales and advertisements, will affect most of EU

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A German court has granted Apple a preliminary injunction in its ongoing patent dispute with Samsung, effectively halting all sales and advertisement of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across the European Union. The ruling is on the grounds of community design infringement by Samsung, or what Apple calls the Galaxy Tab 10.1's imitation of the iPad 2, and does not have anything to do with specific hardware or software patents.

German trademark rulings have a multinational effect, according to EU law, impacting all fellow members with the exception of the Netherlands, where patent laws differ. Samsung must immediately remove all Galaxy Tabs from store shelves and halt all advertising, just a week after the device’s official European launch. The court’s decision is a heavy blow to Samsung, who has been fighting Apple’s accusations of patent infringement across the globe. An appeal by Samsung will take four weeks to file and must be heard by the original ruling judge.

Source: financial-informer.de; via FOSS Patents

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5 years ago

Honeycomb tip: Leave an 'If found' message on your lockscreen

5 years ago

Tribune Co. developing a tablet device?!

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These days, it seems as though everyone wants to make a tablet so a new rumor suggesting the Tribune Co. is looking to release one doesn't really come all that much as a shock. It does however all sound rather, well -- silly.

The story as it goes, claims that the Tribune Co. will releases a modified version of Android and that the Tribune will "offer the tablet for free, or at a highly subsidized price, to people who agree to sign up for extended subscriptions to one of its papers and possibly a wireless-data plan with a partner cellular carrier" So who is helping the Tribune Co. with this tablet? According to the article -- Samsung.

Sounds more like a subscription-based package to us. Buy a subscription, get a free tablet and gain access to all of the Tribune Co.'s publications. At least that would make more sense then Samsung developing actual hardware just for the Tribune.

Source: CNN

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5 years ago

Honeycomb 3.1 update for LG G-Slate to start pushing Aug 8 or 9 says LG

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If you're patiently waiting for an update for your LG G-Slate, we've got good news.  According to a moderator at the official LG community forums, the Honeycomb 3.1 update for the G-Slate should start pushing out as early as Aug 8.  Carrier versions should follow soon thereafter, with Docomo in Japan already having scheduled their update to start Aug 10.  Of course things can change, and we're only sure once it actually happens.  We have no word when T-mobile is to begin sending out any update for their version, but have reached out to them asking for any information they can share.  We'll let you know what, if anything, they have to say.

Source: LG ForumsThanks, Caleb!

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5 years ago

Honeycomb Tip: Silencing all notifications

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5 years ago

Google Movies update pushing out to Galaxy Tab

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Well, this is interesting.  I recently went into the Android Market on my Galaxy Tab and it asked me to accept the terms and conditions again.  I accepted, and the app closed down.  When I booted the market back up I had a shiny new "movies" tab.  In my preview of the Touchwiz UX update, I noted that the update came with the "Google Videos" app pre-installed but that the market didn't have movies available for purchase yet.

One puzzling thing is that the playback worked flawlessly on my rooted galaxy tab, but Josh's rooted phone just gave him the playback error we all know and love.  My device is running essentially a "stock" Touchwiz build, so that might have something to do with it.

Like most market updates, expect this rollout to go out gradually, but it can't hurt to clear the cache to try and force and update.  One additional screen capture, and a blurrycam pic of actual playback (since the videos app seems to block screen capture methods) after the break.  If you get it on your device, be sure to sound off in our forums.

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5 years ago

Verizon Motorola Xoom software update pushing out now

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Verizon Motorola Xoom owners, now is your moment of glory. Well, insofar as the first Honeycomb tablet that was supposed to have LTE by now but still doesn't can bask in glory.

But we digress.

Software update HTJ85 for your Motorola Xoom is now pushing out and while I'm sure you all are fully aware of the changelog it brings, here is a rundown anyway:

Screen Scaling Compatibility Mode:

  • Ability to switch to double pixel mode for selected applications.
  • When selected, application subwindows and drop down menus are also doubled. In addition, pixel doubling settings are saved for each application.

SD Card Support:

  • New microSD card support allows you to use a file manager to view all the important files, pictures, music, videos and more stored on your SD card, as well as write content to your SD card via connection to a PC or Mac.

Adaptive Streaming Support for Movies:

  • Adjusts the bit rate based on client bandwidth, providing an improved user experience.

Movie Rental Improvements:

  • Stability improvements to the overall experience.
  • When viewing with HDMI connection, the screen will accurately resize.

New EAS policy:

  • “Allow Password Recovery”
  • Improvements to Exchange ActiveSync and security

That's it -- now go check for system updates if you've not done so already and by all means, feel free to open up some discussion in the Motorola Xoom forums or drop us some comments on how the update went for you.

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5 years ago

Thumb Keyboard receives significant update to v4.3.2

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Finding the right keyboard for your tablet can be tough. It's like shopping for a smartphone really, different strokes for different folks and not any one app is going to cover everybody. That said; Thumb Keyboard certainly tries to cover all bases and requirements a user may run into and the latest update shows adds some pretty interesting features as you see in the video but here's a run down of them all:

  • Coverflow theme browser with 24 themes (more to come)
  • Option to adjust the width of the split keyboard to the range of your thumbs!
  • Customizable toolbar
  • Option to change the secondary symbols on the letter keys
  • Resizable font
  • Text shortcut buttons (save and re-enter much used phrases)
  • New prediction feature: predict next word based on previous one.
  • Better prediction by the use of new dictionaries
  • 4.3: new theme browser, lots of new themes, customizable sec. symbols
  • 4.3.2: new landscape layout with cursor keys, new themes

Having been using Thumb Keyboard on my Motorola Xoom for the past 24 hours now, I can safely say that it is leaps and bounds better then the built-in keyboard. Having customizable options is pretty awesome, especially being able to adjust the height of the keyboard, as standard settings for me seem too large. Add the themes added by WJD Designs and you've got a whole new look to your tablet. If you're shopping around for a new keyboard layout, give Thumb Keyboard a look. Screen shots and download links can be found beyond the break.

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