3 years ago

Droid Bionic getting ready for some sort of 'project'


Remember that maintenance update for the Motorola Droid Bionic that's due sometime before 2012? Looks like it might happen sooner rather than later, with e-mails going out calling for one of Moto's familiar "soak tests." It's possible this "project" Moto Matt's referring to is something else altogether -- remember that the Bionic is slated for an Ice Cream Sandwich update -- but while the Android 4.0 code just started dropping for the Galaxy Nexus, it's probably a bit early yet for Motorola to be testing ICS on the Droid Bionic.

Here's the skinny:

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are preparing a
project for owners of the Motorola Droid Bionic on Verizon, and would
like to invite you to participate. Click this link to take a short
enrollment survey for this project. Please note that you must be a
member in good standing of the Motorola Owners' Forums to take part.

If you are no longer using your Droid Bionic and wish to update your
Motorola Feedback Network profile so you can be part of projects for a
different Motorola phone, please click here. If you use the same
computer as previous registrations, you can update your profile. If
you do not, simply re-register with your current Motorola product. To
opt out of the MFN see the link at the bottom of this email.

This is a confidential project under the terms of the Motorola
Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this
project on any public sites.

Thanks -- we hope to be in contact with you soon.

- Matt
Motorola Owners' Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

So, we're expecting that maintenance update anytime now, more or less. Huzzah.

More in the Droid Bionic forums; thanks, C!

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3 years ago

HTC Rhyme review


The HTC Rhyme is a mid-range Android phone from Verizon, that is or isn't aimed at the female smartphone market, depending on whom you ask.  It's purple, on the smaller side, and comes with a unique accessory that's perfect for life inside a purse or other handbag.  That doesn't mean it's not a solid Android device, so we can't just write it off as a sub-par phone designed and built with fashion in mind instead of function.  When Verizon sent it to us, I handed it off to my wife (a smartphone nerdette in her own right) for a week of her busy life, then I went at it with the mind of a real Android geek.  See what we thought about it after the break.

It's a "fashion-forward" device that will appeal to those tired of the black slab.  The single-core CPU handles things well and the HTC Sense user experience is smooth.  The included accessories are a great touch.  The build quality and materials are superb.

Battery life is a bit poor, especially when using the included HTC Sense features.  The battery is not removable, and charging on the go is difficult because of the microUSB port design.  The hardware is a bit dated, and not very future-proof.

The Rhyme is a great phone, had it been released in Q3 2010.  Today's users, who are looking for features like 4G and dual-core innards are going to be left wanting.  HTC has done a nice job keeping the Rhyme smooth with it's slightly dated hardware, but as things progress this one won't be very future proof.  I do have to give respect to the build and design, which is as good or better than the Nexus One, and we haven't seen that since.

Inside this review

More info

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3 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich source code now being pushed to git servers


It's a great day to be an Android geek -- the Ice Cream Sandwich source code is now being pushed to Google's git servers!  This is the full release of Android 4.0.1, which is the version that will ship on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.  Most readers won't need to do anything here except wait for their favorite developer to get things rolling (hi, Beezy!), but those who are technically inclined and feel like cooking up a bit of their own ICS can find new build instructions here at Android's source project pages.

Two things worth noting here -- the code is huge, and it's going to take a couple hours to transfer over.  If you try to sync now, you'll get something that is never going to build.  As Jean-Baptiste Queru points out, it's best to wait for word from Google that it's finished pushing out.  Also, as-is the code will only build for the Galaxy Nexus, and it's going to take some tinkering to get it to build for other phones.  Builds for other products will be coming from Google shortly.  We're excited, and as soon as the code is done pushing, we'll be at work to get a version built for the Nexus S.

Source: Android Building Google group

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3 years ago

Delay you say, MotoCast thoughts [From the Forums]


And we're back for another fun filled week. Galaxy Nexus news is happening all over, ICS source code info is now flowing -- fun times. Make sure you stick with us for the latest Android news both here and in the Android Central forums. Check out some of the forum threads below:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Rogers taking reservations for the Galaxy Nexus starting Nov. 15


Not wanting to be left out of all the fun, Rogers has now announced they will also be releasing the Galaxy Nexus in Canada. Their release time frame simply states January for now but as of tomorrow the Rogers reservation system will be loaded up with the device so that anyone wishing to be among the first to get their hands on one can do so with ease. When the system goes live we'll be sure to let you all know -- hopefully, it may offer some indication of price as well.

Source: @RogersBuzz

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3 years ago

AT&T gets LTE Galaxy Tab 8.9, sweetens the deal with a free smartphone


Samsung just announced that the Galaxy Tab 8.9 (read our full review) will be available on AT&T as an LTE-capable device starting Nov. 20. It's got a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1280x800 display and 3.2 (rear) and 2MP cameras.

It'll cost $479.99 with a two-year contract, but AT&T's sweetening the deal by throwing in either the LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, or an original AT&T Galaxy S II (read our full review). Not a bad deal, really, if you're looking for a smartphone/tablet combo.

In addition, AT&T announced further expansion of its LTE network, which will cover the following locations:

  • Athens, Ga.
  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • Indianapolis
  • Kansas City
  • Las Vegas
  • Oklahoma City
  • San Antonio
  • San Juan
  • Puerto Rico
  • Washington, D.C.  

AT&T's got a few options for LTE data plans on its tablets, with 250MB for $14.99, 2GB for $25, or 3GB for $35. Smartphone plans start as low as $15 a month for 200MB of data, or $25 a month for 2GB, with an additional 1GB costing $10.

Full presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

More AT&T LTE locations set to go live Nov. 20


With AT&T now getting their LTE push underway they're now getting prepared to light a bunch of new areas up for the services. The list, come November 20th will grow quite a bit:

AT&T 4G LTE Footprint

With the Nov. 20 launches, AT&T 4G LTE will be available in 15 markets: Athens, Ga., Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. 

AT&T is the only U.S. carrier providing 4G using both HSPA+ and LTE technologies. HSPA+, when combined with enhanced backhaul, provides customers with compatible devices 4G speeds, meaning customers get a faster and more consistent 4G experience, even when outside of an AT&T 4G LTE area. Customers of other carriers that have transitioned to 4G LTE without further speed upgrades to their existing networks are likely to see a jarring drop-off in speeds when they move out of LTE coverage.

Those compatible devices they speak of, being the HTC Jetstream, HTC Vivid and Samsung Skyrocket -- are the only ones to take advantage of the offerings if you live in a 4G LTE area but over time as the cities expand -- so will the device line up.

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3 years ago

YouTube for Android reaches v2.3.4 - Adds + 1 button, Annotations and Watch Later queue


The latest YouTube for Android is now rolling out to folks. This version, v2.3.4 now adds a +1 button to the mix and you can now add annotations as well. For videos you're not wanting to watch right away but rather when you get home on say your computer or Google TV -- there is now a watch later queue that has been added. Plus, if you upload videos from within the app you can now do so while editing the video info -- something that was bothersome in the past. You'll find update available now, in the Android Market and the link past the break for you all.

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 getting Android 3.2 update -- and breaking Wifi in the process [updated]


This is one of those good-bad things that's starting to swing the needle firmly to "bad" column. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is getting a 63.12MB update to Android 3.2, but the update appears to have a negative effect on Wifi -- kind of an important feature on a Wifi-only device. We've gotten a few e-mails and there's a thread running in our Galaxy Tab 10.1 forum detailing the update, which apparently is causing major connection problems. A hard reset doesn't fix things, but setting a static IP address on your tablet worked things out for one poster. The list of complaints includes:

  • Wouldn't connect to Wifi with DHCP dynamic IP, only through static IP
  • Will not connect to Kies
  • Everytime you boot it says: "Firmware update failed. Please try installing
  • using Kies (PC)..."
  • Auto-rotate doesn't work.

Also note that the website the update alert tells you to visit for more information isn't of much help, having last been updated July 1, and it merely links back to itself. We've got an e-mail into Samsung to hopefully clear this one up. In the meantime, we'd probably stay away from this update.

Update: The fine folks at Samsung got back to us and let us know that we're not just imagining issues with today's update:

Samsung is aware of an issue that some Galaxy Tab 10.1 customers have experienced with today's software update. We are working on a resolution and will provide more information shortly. In the interim we have chosen to discontinue availability of the update.

All we can do now is sit tight and wait for a beter working version to push out.  When that happens, we'll let you know.

More: Galaxy Tab 10.1 forum; Thanks, marcch and Jimmy!

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3 years ago

AT&T bringing the Pantech Pocket, Samsung Doubletime and Captivate Glide on Nov. 20


AT&T in October dropped a whole mess of devices on us with nary a release date. That changes today, however, as AT&T announced on Twitter that the Pantech Pocket and Samsung Doubletime and Captivate Glide will be available starting Nov. 20.

The Pantech Pocket, as you'll remember from our hands-on, is an interesting mid-level device with a 4-inch display with an unconventional 600x800 resolution.

The Samsung Doubletime sports a flip-open dual display with full QWERTY keyboard, and the Captivate Glide follows on the original Captivate with a slide-out keyboard.

Source: @ATT

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3 years ago

Bell's teaser has Canadians clamoring for Galaxy Nexus


Really nothing more than a sign-up page here, but that Bell is pimping the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has more than a few Canadians excited, if our inbox is any indication. We've got absolutely no word of when we should expect said device, but we've got a sneaking suspicion it'll be sooner rather than later.

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

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3 years ago

Android Game Review: Star Diamonds Paradise


YouTube link for mobile viewing

If you're looking for a slight deviation on the gameplay you'll find in Star Diamonds Capture, you need look no further than Star Diamonds Paradise. It's built much in the same way as its sister game, with a few differences.

You're still playing against a live opponent (and you'll need an internet connection to do so!), you're still trying to capture as many points on the board as you can, and you're still trying to fill your green bar up faster than your opponent.

Instead of the game being played on a grid, the jewels are laid out in rows with hexagonal backgrounds (which keeps them from lining up nicely). And instead of only being able to flip the spots two jewels are in, you're trying to draw lines between like jewels, chaining together ever longer combos to fill your bar more quickly.

Jewels you capture are still colored with your color (and your opponent's captures are colored their color), and you can still steal their captures, just like they can steal yours. Paradise introduces some cool powerups, like the dynamite and the honeycom honey bee.

If you get a nice chain (minimum of four, I think), you'll net yourself a nice stick of dynamite. If you chain through the dynamite, it'll explode, turning all of the spaces around it your color. It's a quick way to get a couple of spots on the cheap, and can help turn the tide in your favor.

The most powerful powerup is the honey bee. You've got to get a massive chain (nine or 10), and then this bouncing bee icon appears. When you chain through the bee, he makes a sadistic giggling noise while flying out in a circular fashion. Every space he flies over turns your color, and if you chain it in the middle of the board, you'll walk away with a serious chunk of the board.

When you're not in the game, there's the same menu in the top-right corner of the main menu (tap the Star Arcade logo) that'll show you your wins, losses, recent games, and points. There's also a buddies menu, simple settings menu, and in-app shop that hasn't been implemented.

I can only guess the points you get for winning will be applied in the in-app shop, but like I've said before, I wouldn't be surprised to see in-app purchases. For what? I couldn't even begin to guess (the game is so simple!), but it's the "cool" thing to do in apps these days, so don't be caught off guard if it goes there.

If you're looking for a fun, simple game that keeps things fresh (human opponents every round? Yes, please), and doesn't take too long to play, Star Diamonds Paradise is worth your time. It's only $1.99 in the Market, so get capturing today.

We've got download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Three UK gives Galaxy Nexus pricing and release details


So in the UK, we know that the Galaxy Nexus is definitely coming this week, but so far exact details on pricing in particular have been somewhat scarce. Three UK, one of the first to announce they would be carrying the device, have today finally lifted the lid on how much of your hard earned cash you'll need to part with to get one. The good news is, not too much.

The Nexus can be yours for free on a new, two year, £34 per month contract. The even better news is that for a further £3 per month, Three will provide you will all you can eat data. Earliest delivery dates are currently showing up as this Friday 18 November. Hit the source link to head over to the pre-order page. 

Source: Three UK
More: Hands on with the Galaxy Nexus 

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3 years ago

Sprint launches new data plans for tablets and mobile broadband


Sprint today is detailing new data plans for tablets and its mobile broadband (ie non-smartphone) devices, with several options for each. Here's the breakdown; all pricing includes 3G and 4G data:

  • $19.99 for 1GB of data
  • $34.99 for 3GB of data
  • $49.99 for 6GB of data
  • $79.99 for 12GB of data

The 1 GB and 3 GB only apply to tablets and not Sprint's other mobile broadband devices. Sprint carries three Android tablets -- the HTC EVO View 4G, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola Xoom. Sprint's smartphones retain their unlimited data plans.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

O2 UK trialing LTE technology across London


The UK moves one step closer to embracing LTE technology today, as O2 has announced its trial across London. 

The trial is scheduled to run for the next nine months, during which O2 will equip hundreds of consumers and businesses with the technology allowing them first access to the new service. Over 25 sites will go live covering an area of 40 square kilometres between now and Summer 2012, and the locations have been carefully chosen to encompass key areas of the city. 

The trial devices come in the form of LTE enabled mobile broadband dongles, sadly no phones, capable of upto 100Mbps speeds. 

Ronan Dunne, Chief Executive Officer of Telefónica UK (O2), said: “Today’s launch of the UK’s first 4G London trial network demonstrates our commitment to delivering 4G to our customers at the earliest opportunity. The work we are doing now will lay the foundations for our commercial 4G network when it launches in the UK.”

Source: O2

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