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3 years ago

EVO Shift 4G issues, Bionic RAM and is the Inspire uninspiring? [from the forums]

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Now that CES has come to a close we're looking forward to all the new devices set to be released. Although it's always fun to see what pops up in the meantime while we wait. Was there something you expected at CES but didn't get to see? If so let us know in the forums. Mobile World Congress isn't that far away, so maybe some goodies will be shown off there. Unless of course you're a Sprint user in which case CTIA is where you will shine.

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3 years ago

Android 2.2 update now available to Rogers Captivate owners

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All across Canadian carriers, Samsung Galaxy S series devices have been starting to get there Froyo updates, and the Rogers Samsung Captivate is no exception to that. Available now, Rogers Captivate owners can to download Kies and begin getting their Froyo on. You can also hit up the Rogers website for the full .pdf instructions if you should need them. Of course, you can always hit up the Android Central forums if you run into issues as well. Thanks, Colin! [Rogers Forums]

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3 years ago

Watch Motorola Mobility's CES announcements (video)

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Miss Motorola's announcements at CES? Want to watch the entire event that introduced the Atrix 4G, Cliq 2, Droid Bionic and Xoom? The video is now available and is about 35 minutes long. Motorola's event was arguably the most exciting from an Android point of view so this would be a good one to see. Sit back and enjoy all of the Android goodness that's going to hit the market soon.

Oh, and don't blame us for the video quality. Phil says it looked pretty damn cool in person, though. And if you look closely, you might even be able to spot him in the crowd.

For more on these new phones, check out our Motorola Forums

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3 years ago

MeeGo and Ubuntu ported to the Samsung Nexus S

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We've seen this happen in the past on many devices, but this is a first for the Samsung Nexus S. Yes, the beautiful Samsung Nexus S that runs Gingerbread out of the box has now been persuaded to run MeeGo and Ubuntu. If you're going to be trying this out, it's only fair to warn you it's not something for a new user as it could potentially kill off your device and make it a paperweight. You can grab the full details from the source link if you simply must know how it can be done. You'll also find a quick video after the break. Thanks Liam! [High Caffeine via Redmond Pie]

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3 years ago

Google confirms Nexus S reboot bug

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Are you a Samsung Nexus S owner who has been experiencing random reboots during calls? If so, you'll be pleased to know that Google has now been able to replicate the issue and is working with Samsung to address it. Although reported a while back, this bug has a history of being noted and then quickly being declined based on the fact Google never felt it was an issue with Gingerbread but rather a manufacturer related issue.

We're guessing the attention given to the SMS bug lately has caused Google to start looking at the communities bug tracking efforts just a little bit harder. At this time, no fix has been issued but hopefully we can expect one very soon now that the reboot issue has been acknowledged. Thanks Andrew! [Google via XDA]

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3 years ago

Google Goggles gets faster, does Sudoku

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Google Goggles is pretty damn cool, being able to nearly instantly recognize just about anything you can take a picture of. And in Version 1.3, it's gotten faster -- and smarter.

First off, scanning barcodes is much faster. Takes about a second now. Then there's the print ad feature -- scan the ad and it'll find search results about the product. And what's really cool is that you can scan a Sudoku puzzle and have the puzzle solved for your lazy butt get a little help. It's pretty damn cool. Video of it in action and download links are after the break. [Google]

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3 years ago

Froyo update for MyTouch 3G Slide delayed

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T-Mobile-centric news site TmoNews has gotten word from someone on the inside that a pair of issues have been discovered in the Froyo update package for the MyTouch 3G Slide. The first seems to be a glitch in the WiFi calling feature that prevents it from working correctly. The second is much more serious as the update file is being directed towards a partition on the phone that is not large enough to hold it. Their source also claims that HTC is aware of the issues and is already working on getting them ironed out so hopefully the wait won't be too long until the update is ready for general release. [TmoNews]

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3 years ago

Xoom to have built in barometer -- now let's talk about the weather

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The new Xoom tablet sure does love the news. According to Motorola's MotoDev page for the Xoom shows that it is fully equipped with an internal Barometer sensor, and Motorola confirmed this on their Facebook page. This will enable the Xoom to provide more accurate predictions and reports of your current weather conditions, and will also be able to detect current altitude -- a great feature for you hikers out there. What else did we not see at CES that the Xoom can do? You can bet we'll be digging to find out! [Motorola via Phone Arena]

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3 years ago

CES brought dual-core, LTE but no NFC

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CES ushered in a new era of smartphones and tablets. Dual-core Tegra 2 processors. LTE broadband data connections. Honeycomb on tablets (for starters). Laptop companions. Docks that turn your smartphone into a mini computer. Creme brulee-coated smartphones drowning in syrup and melted butter. Wait. That was breakfast.

But one thing that was nowhere to be found in the major smartphone releases? Near-field communication. The feature trumpeted in Android 2.3 Gingerbread (see our hands-on with NFC on the Nexus S) was nary to be seen in any of the smartphones announced at CES. Not in the Motorola Atrix. Not in the Droid Bionic. Not in the LG Revolution. Not in the HTC Thunderbolt. Or the Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone (we just love typing that, by the way) or any of the others.

That's not to say we won't see new phones with NFC in the coming months. Mobile World Congress is a month away. CTIA is a month after that. And carriers can release phones any damn time they want. So NFC isn't DOA, it was just MIA at CES. OK?

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3 years ago

Source code for Xperia X10 multi-touch update released

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You've got to feel for Xperia X10 owners. They spent most of 2010 stuck on Android 1.6, and so far 2011 has brought the news that the device will never get an official update to Android 2.2 Froyo.

Some good news has emerged recently, however, with the publication of some new source code for the X10, X10 Mini and X8 on Sony Ericsson's Developer World site. The code for the unreleased version 2.1.A.0.390, based on Android 2.1, includes an updated multi-touch driver allowing for dual-touch support, according to the resourceful people at xda-developers. This would be a first for the X10 series, as current touchscreen drivers for these phones only support pinch-to-zoom rather than full multi-touch.

Unfortunately, since the X10's bootloader is locked, X10 owners will have to wait for Sony (and possibly their carrier) to approve this update before they can get it on their phones. Despite months of effort, the Android community has not yet succeeded in getting custom firmware loaded onto the X10. [xda-developers]

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