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2 years ago

How to hide your Wifi from Google's location database

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2 years ago

UK Galaxy Nexus availability updated -- some delayed until next week

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As the confirmed (and re-confirmed) UK Galaxy Nexus launch date approaches, we're hearing more and more reports of delays in shipping handsets out to customers. British online retailer Clove, which is usually pretty accurate with its release dates, now expects its first batch of Nexii next Wednesday, Nov. 23. Clove says "this will be part of the first batch of SIM-free stock that is available in the UK". Many of the other retailers we spoke to said the most recent date they had from Samsung was Nov. 17, but that they had yet to receive stock, and couldn't guarantee that they'd have any on launch day.

Meanwhile, Three UK -- which started taking pre-orders yesterday -- has said it won't be able to fulfill its pre-orders until next Tuesday, Nov. 22, due to "stock delays". Three adds that it's still expecting its retail stores to receive stock on the 18th, but that it can't fully confirm this yet.

So far the only place that's definitely stocking the Galaxy Nexus on the official launch date of Nov. 17 is Phones4U. However it seems you'll need to jump on a 24-month service agreement to get your launch-day Nexus, as the retailer isn't selling any unlocked or Pay As You Go stock.

We'll keep you updated with any more details in the hours and days ahead.

Source: @ThreeUK, Clove Blog

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2 years ago

Netflix launches redesigned Android tablet app

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We told you it was coming on last week's podcast (just another reason you need to listen to the Greatest Android Podcast in the World), and today Netflix has made official its redesign Android tablet app. Gone is the scaled-up phone app, and arrived is a tablet-optimized UI that gives you better access to movies and TV shows.

The update's not just for traditional Android tablets -- the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire will get in on the game as well.

Source: Netflix

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson confirms its 2011 Xperia line will get Ice Cream Sandwich

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Sony Ericsson today confirmed that its entire "2011 Xperia portfolio" will receive an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich -- an bold move considering the Xperia line was once more or less a model of how not to launch with current software. But those days are gone, and the past year's phones have been promised updates.

Included in the portfolio are:

  • Xperia Arc
  • Xperia Arc S
  • Xperia Play
  • Xperia Neo
  • Xperia Neo V
  • Xperia Mini
  • Xperia Mini Pro
  • Xperia Active
  • Xperia Ray
  • Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

No word yet (obviously) on when updates will begin, so stay tuned.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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2 years ago

LG announces enhanced Optimus 3D Android 2.3 Gingerbread update

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If you have an LG Optimus 3D in your hands are currently wondering, when exactly you may see an update for your device we have the answer. Nov. 21 -- that's date LG just announced as the starting point for rollout of enhanced Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the LG Optimus 3D in Europe followed by other markets until the end of the year. So what makes it so enhanced?  Well a few things really:

  • Enhanced HSPA+ Speed via Faster Packet Data Services - Internet browsing and real-time streaming have become smoother and more seamless with up to 21Mbps HSDPA
  • Enriched 3D Experience with 3D Video Editor and Full-screen UI Preview - With 3D Video Editor, users will be able to easily create and edit 2D as well as 3D movies on their Optimus 3D. The preview screen has become wider with a transparent UI, enabling users to capture better quality 3D content
  • Improved Multimedia with 2D Video Stabilization and Faster Gallery Activation - Optimus 3D owners will now be able to record high quality video in 2D mode with video stabilization feature, previously only available in 3D mode. Gallery loading time has also been reduced.

Sounds pretty enhanced to us. Certainly not your run of the mill update you would get on other devices. If you're looking to scope out the full details jump on past the break, where you'll find the press release.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 update pulled

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Samsung dropped word tonight that it's pulled the Android 3.2 update being pushed out to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 after a number of users reported problems, including Wifi connections being broken. Here's Samsung's response:

“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.”

Hopefully we'll see a fix -- and a fix for those who already applied the update -- shortly.

More: Galaxy Tab 10.1 forum

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2 years ago

New Gingerbread OTA for the Droid Incredible being pushed out

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Remember back a few months when a lot of Droid Incredible users were so stoked to see a Gingerbread OTA arrive on their device? We remember it as well but we also remember that build was rather buggy for some while being perfectly fine for others. However, the powers that be thought it best to pull it and until now -- there has been no word of its return. But, finally -- a new build -- Build number 4.08.605.2 is pushing out from Verizon so for those of you who haven't already gone ahead and got Gingerbread through other methods, go ahead and hit that update button. You should find it there waiting for you.

Droid Incredible Forums; Thanks, everyone who tipped us!

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic getting ready for some sort of 'project'

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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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2 years ago

HTC Rhyme review

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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

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich source code now being pushed to git servers

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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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