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3 years ago

European Xooms to get Android 3.1 by August 9

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Good news for Motorola Xoom users in Europe -- your Android 3.1 update is almost ready. Motorola has confirmed via its official forums that it expects the update to the newer (but not newest) version of Honeycomb by August 9. The 3.1 update includes UI enhancements and hardware-accelerated browsing, amongst other stuff.

Android™ 3.1 for Motorola XOOM™ will soon be available over the air to all Motorola XOOM users in Europe. We expect the over-the-air deployment to begin in early August, with the package being available for pull by August 9th. 

Now it's just a case of waiting for Android 3.2, which is already being pushed to North American Xooms...

Source: Motorola Owners' Forum. Thanks, Chaz!

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3 years ago

Samsung Within gets approved at the FCC, all 4 gees good to go

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Android Central reader skwon09 was trolling through the FCC site, as Android geeks are wont to do, and stumbled across what's surely the Samsung Within freshly certified with Sprint's radios, including Wimax 4G.  With a model number of SPH-D710, and a backplate that lines up pretty perfectly with the leaked Samsung Within images we saw leaked earlier in the month, there's little doubt that this is the Galaxy S 2 version everyone on Sprint has been waiting for.

Could this be the Galaxy S 2 that should hit the states this August, or will one of the AT&T versions we've seen take that prize?  Only the shadow, err, the carriers know.

Source: FCC; via Android Central forumsThanks, Josh!

 

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3 years ago

Gingerbread update for the Motorola Droid X2 now available from Verizon

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Verizon has been sitting on this update for a while now but it's finally ready for the masses. Yes, Motorola Droid X2 owners are being shown some love with the release Gingerbread for their devices. There is a whole bevy of changes within these update so be sure you hop on it as soon as possible:

Enhancements:

  • Download Manager App:
  • New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments and other apps.
  • Multi-Touch Key-Chording:
  • New ability to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut combos,instead of having to change to the numeric keyboard mode.
  • Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
  • New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press of the selected word copies the selected characters.
  • New User Interface and Color Scheme: New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.

Security:

  • Added Device and SD Card encryption. VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings.

Updated Calendar Options:

  • Display Calendar and event times in your home time zone when traveling.
  • Dismiss individual reminders, such as dismissing one meeting reminder without dismissing other meeting reminders.
  • Easy conference dialing – simply dial and automatically enter a conference
    code directly from your Calendar.
  • Google Books is now preloaded.
  • Geo-tagging features available for camera applications.

You'll find more improvements listed in the support PDF which can be found after the break but if you're not really into all that and would rather just get your Gingerbread on ASAP -- go ahead and check for system updates. You should find it readily available for download.

Source: Verizon; Thanks, Mike!

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3 years ago

WiFi range, Haptic feedback [From the Forums]

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Not an overly busy day for Android news today but a few goodies did pop up for us all to enjoy. If you missed anything, skip on back and get caught up - otherwise, join us in the forums for some more Android talk.

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3 years ago

Dolphin for Pad V1.0 enters beta stages

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Remember when Dolphin v6.0 was released? At the time of release, MoboTap had just announced their new funding from Sequioa Capital and let it be known they would be using that funding for further developments. Here we are a short time later, and they've now made available Dolphin for Pad in beta form. Sharing many of the same features from Dolphin HD, Dolphin for Pad is a re-worked version built and designed for Honeycomb tablets. Given that it is a beta, some stuff remains needing to be ported over but for now you get:

  • Gestures
  • Add-ons
  • Multi-touch-zoom
  • Tabbed browsing
  • Side bars: Left side bar will change into windows list you opened

The folk from MoboTap will be looking for feedback on this release so if you have an Android tablet kicking around -- give it a shot and let them know how it's working for you or any other suggestions may have. Download link can be found beyond the break.

Source: Dolphin

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3 years ago

ZocDoc launches free Android app - Instantly book doctor appointments from your device

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You ever try booking a doctors appointment when you're sick? It's kind of annoying and sometimes you just simply don't want to have to talk to anyone and would rather just be able to book an appointment and go when it's time. ZocDoc can help with that. The free ZocDoc App for Android offers users the ability to find local doctors and book appointments instantly from their phone. Additional features include:

  • Search for doctors by specialty, insurance plan and current location, using Android geo-location technology to find the nearest doctor
  • Browse doctor search results, including doctor photos, credentials, descriptions and verified reviews written by patients
  • View doctors’ calendars in real time and book an appointment instantly while on the go

Next time you need to book a doctors appointment on the go, give ZocDoc a try. Their press release and download link can be found past the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 2 may be coming to AT&T in a non qwerty version as well

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For those of you feeling a bit disappointed after seeing the keyboard on this morning's Galaxy S 2 device for AT&T, cheer up -- it looks like a more svelte version sans sliding keyboard is coming as well.  We had to hide a few details, but this prototype currently in testing is AT&T and Samsung Galaxy S 2 branded, running Android 2.3.4, has a WVGA display, and is "really sexy" according to our tipster.  Sounds like the Galaxy S 2 we all know and love.  It looks like there will be two awesome choices for AT&T customers soon, and that's the way we like it.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom LTE upgrade still coming, in September?

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Wanting some of the fast LTE goodness for your Motorola Xoom?  Looks like you'll be waiting another month or so, according to a source at Droid Life.  Promised this past Spring, the LTE upgrade for the first Honeycomb tablet is a bit off the mark, taking a full seven months to reach the customer if this holds true.  To further add to the sting of waiting, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with LTE will have been out a full month by the time this starts rolling around.  Early adopters should expect a glitch or two, but this is pushing it just a bit. Emails to current customers are supposedly going out today with all the details, be sure to let us know if you get one.  In the meantime, take heart in the fact that its coming, even if it's not as soon as anyone had hoped.  There's bound to be some discussion in the Xoom forums, so join in. You can also hit the break to see the email being sent out.

Source: Droid Life

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Gingerbread update now available

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Unlikely as it may have seemed just a few months ago, the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for Sony Ericsson's Xperia X10 is now live, and can be obtained from the Sony Ericsson PC companion app, assuming you're rocking an unbranded X10. In addition to (nearly) the latest version of Android for smartphones, X10 owners will get SE's new "Facebook Inside Xperia" integration, Wifi and USB tethering, a re-vamped music app and photo widget and custom sorting in the app drawer.

For more info, and a download link for the PC Companion, head on over to the source link and click on the X10.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: EasyTether

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Like many of you out there, I believe in the Gospel of Root. The first thing I did when I picked up my EVO 4G was root it and stick CyanogenMod on it. My phone was fast, utterly Senseless, and if I needed it, available to tether in a pinch. Because of that, apps like EasyTether seemed like a waste.

Then I picked up an EVO 3D. Root went away, but I still had internet. No big deal. Then I moved and the internet wasn't going to get turned on for another day. I broke down, bought EasyTether, and wanted to see if it was worth it.

In short, it totally is, especially if you're not rooted and never plan on going that route. There's not a lot to say about EasyTether, except it just works.

From the get-go, Polyclef Software's app has you taken care of and walks you through the few (and simple) steps to get your phone tethered. The first time you launch the app, it'll ask you if you have the desktop component installed on your computer. Choose no and you're taken to a list of operating systems to select. You'll download the desktop installer straight to your phone.

From there, plug in your phone, install the program off of your SD card, and you're in business. Your computer will add another hardwired modem called EasyTether Network Adapter (if you're on Windows, at least), and you're all but one step away from a contract-free, rootless tether.

All you need to do is make sure your phone is in USB debugging mode and plug it into your computer while you're running the desktop client. Just don't forget to make sure you enable USB connections from the app's menu on your phone. From there, you can use your phone's 3G to surf the nets as your normally would.

But what if you have 4G, you ask? Oh, that works too. I actually found that out on accident (I put my phone on 4G so I could talk and surf at the same time) but it definitely jolted the speeds when EasyTether was connected and my phone's 4G was turned on. So that's definitely awesome.

Overall, I couldn't be more pleased with EasyTether, even if I'm not using it now that the internet has been installed. For a one-time fee of $9.99, I can have free internet anywhere I go, hassle free. I can see this being a boon for anyone, but especially if you travel frequently and don't root your phone, you'll probably save a load at airports and hotels. I know next time I go out, this is what I'll be using.

A few more pictures and download links are after the break.

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