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2 years ago

Honeycomb beta for Logitech Revue leaked

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The Honeycomb (Android 3.1) beta for the Logitech Revue has been leaked out, and is now available for you to download and flash to your Revue, should you like living on the edge.  Yes, that's an important consideration as this is really beta, and you can't roll back should you decide to give it a try.  If that doesn't deter you, flashing it is fairly easy -- no root required:

  • Copy the file (grab it from the source link) to the root directory of a FAT32 USB drive
  • Plug the USB drive into your Revue, then unplug the power to the unit.
  • Plug it back in, count one Mississippi (I'm not kidding), then hold down the connect button and keep it held down.
  • The Revue will reboot, you will drop your TV signal, and and see the Revue logo again.  At this point, let go of the button.
  • The GTV logo will then show up, with an arrow and a horizontal "barbershop scroll." At this point, on your Revue's keyboard, press the FN key (in yellow) and the left arrow (to the left of the OK button). It will then come up to a recovery menu.
  • Hit "Apply update from sdcard:/update.zip"
  • The Revue will verify the update, and reboot. It is installing an updated bootloader and recovery image (both, heavily encrypted).
  • The Revue will then come back on, and flash the latest kernel and system files. Once this is done, the box will reboot again.
  • This bootup may take a few minutes, at first you will see the Revue logo, then the Google TV logo, then the "new" logo (a grey tv over a ball glowing red). Just wait it out.
  • You can then begin setup, as normal. You may notice some crashes - this software is still beta, you should be able to force close and continue.

Remember, this may be permanent, and will be buggy.  If you try it, be sure to get in the forums to discuss.  Makes that $99 pretty well spent doesn't it?

Source: GTV Hacker via Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Google IO Samsung Galaxy Tabs get update for Google Movies

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Were you at Google IO this year? Still have your Galaxy Tab 10.1? And feel like renting some movies from Google? An 11.22MB update's now available for your tab that'll do just that, giving you access to Google Videos. Note that this isn't the Android 3.2 update, nor is it the Touchwiz update that you can start to get this Wednesday in New York City.

Interestingly, you're instructed to remove any widgets or app icons that point to the Pulse news reader app. No explanation as to why. But the different versions of the Galaxy Tab can be a bit finicky, so we're doing as we're told.

Thanks, John!

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2 years ago

Sprint getting a dual-core version of the XPRT, dubbed the Motorola Pax?

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If this tall drink of water you see above looks familiar, well, it should. It was spotted a little more than a month ago -- with Sprint branding no less, and now more details are apparently emerging. It's said to be dubbed the Motorola Pax, which will be the XPRT's bigger, badder cousin. It will sport a dual-core processor, which will make the small device fly, plus some advanced push-to-talk action.

Interesting timing, since the Motorola XPRT, a portrait QWERTY that is basically Sprint's version of the Droid Pro, just hit the market in June.

Source: This is My Next 

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2 years ago

Kyocera Echo gets Gingerbread upgrade, doesn't have NFC, can't make waffles; Update: And may brick your phone

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Update: We've gotten numerous reports in the comments on this post, in our forums and at Sprint's forums saying this update's bricking phones. Sprint acknowledged earlier in the day that there might be issues, but we've yet to receive a follow-up. For now, we'd hold off on installing this update.

Sprint and Kyocera this morning confirmed that the dual-screen Echo -- read our full review -- is getting its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. On top of the OS bump, it's getting an update to Swype 3.0, as well as a new "Eco mode" to help out on battery life -- something the Echo desperately needs. (Remember that it actually comes with two batteries and a spare charger.)

Something the update doesn't bring, contrary to earlier reports, is some hidden NFC capability. No great surprise there -- if the Echo had an NFC chip in it, we would have heard about it by now.

But don't let that cast a dark cloud over this update. If you've got an Echo, look for the over-the-air-update to start pushing right ... about ... Now!

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Gameloft sees sales climb by 15 percent in first half of 2011, mobile sales up 55 percent

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Gameloft has announced that through the first half of 2011, they have hit €76.8 Million (about 110 million USD) in sales, which is up 15 percent from last year.  Smartphone and tablet sales are up 55 percent, and account for 30 percent of the total.  The second quarter alone saw €37.4 million (about 53 million USD), which is up 11 percent, even with the weak US dollar -- using a constant rate of exchange those sales grew by 16 percent.  These second quarter sales break down to 33 percent from Europe, 28 percent from North America, and 39 percent for the rest of the world.

Gameloft expects to launch 20 new smartphone and tablet games during the second half of this year, so their outlook for sustained growth of this nature is good.  While they may not have the best distribution model for the Android platform, you have to admit their games are very well done.  We're looking forward to what's coming from Gameloft, and I'm sure more than a few of you guys are, too.  Hit the break for the full announcement.

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2 years ago

Pentile Screen, avoiding OTA updates [From the Forums]

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Here we are, kicking off another week of Android news here at Android Central. Make sure you stick around on the blogs all this week and certainly take some time out for the forums as well to give a hand where you can or just join in on some Android discussion.

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

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2 years ago

Xperia Arc and Play update brings launcher improvements, multimedia goodies

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A new update for Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc is beginning to appear, according to a new posting on the manufacturer's support site. While it doesn't seem to update the core OS past Android 2.3.3, it does bring some cool new features, including:

  • xLoud – boosts your music when played through the speaker
  • Stereo recording – shoot video with high-quality stereo sound
  • Digital home – enjoy entertainment content stored in your phone on DLNA certified media devices
  • New themes and Landscape mode for your home screen

The update is said to be working for Xperia Arc and Play handsets, but not everyone is seeing the download become available yet. Arc and Play users should check for updates on the phone or in the PC Companion program in the days ahead.

The update is expected to come preinstalled on the soon to be released Xperia Ray, which is due out in Europe sometime before the end of the quarter. 

Source: Sony Ericsson

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2 years ago

Contest Winners: Slacker Premium Radio subscriptions

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We've chosen some winners for our Slacker Premium Radio subscriptions and they are:

  • l0wr1d3r
  • Dostovel
  • tkemack
  • initialjdg
  • uofmf4life

Congrats to all the winners -- we'll give you all a day to check to make sure you're registered email addresses are correct, after that be on the lookout for some emails on just how to collect your winnings. Once again, a big shout out to the folks at Slacker for allowing us to have such a contest.

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2 years ago

Nortel patent portfolio buyers face Justice Department investigation

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The buyers of the Nortel patent portfolio are now facing an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice over how they intend to use the patents they purchased, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Last month, the consortium known as "Rockstar Bidco" -- comprising names like Apple, RIM, Microsoft and Sony -- won the patent auction at a price of $4.5 billion.  The sale was quickly approved by the Canadian and U.S. courts, but the DoJ will now consider what, if any, restrictions should be placed on their use.  According to the WSJ, the DoJ probe (which has not been made public), is specifically asking the winning companies if they plan to use the patents to file suit against manufacturers of Android smartphones.

I think a look at the current situation can answer that. 

Source: Wall Street journal

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2 years ago

Ask AC: What happens if I put an AT&T SIM card in the Motorola Photon 4G?

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It's the first question we get whenever a "world phone" like the Motorola Photon 4G is released. "Can I stick my AT&T or T-Mobile SIM in it?" By all means, go ahead. Won't hurt anything, so long as you're in the U.S.

And it also won't do anything.

While there's hardly a large number of people who would realistically buy something like the Motorola Photon 4G on Sprint (or the Droid Pro or Droid 3 on Verizon) just to use it on AT&T or T-Mobile -- it'd still be pretty cool. But just like we found out with the Droid Pro (and other world phones since), Sprint and Verizon have locked down their world phones so they won't work on T-Mobile and AT&T in the United States. And we're not just talking about needing an unlock code here (again, see the Droid Pro). Until someone hacks their way into it, these things are DOA on GSM in the USA.

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