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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

More info

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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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2 years ago

Delay you say, MotoCast thoughts [From the Forums]

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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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2 years ago

Rogers taking reservations for the Galaxy Nexus starting Nov. 15

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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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2 years ago

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

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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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2 years ago

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

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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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2 years ago

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

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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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2 years ago

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

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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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