The bad news: If your HTC ThunderBolt is still suffering from reboots following last month's update, well, you're just going to have to live with it. According to the internal memo we just received, Verizon's got no short-term help for you. The good news: A fix indeed is on the way -- hey, we told you HTC and Verizon were on the case -- and it's scheduled for release in the second half of June.
If the reboots really are that bad (ie if you complain enough), Verizon apparently will fork over a "new" phone (as in "certified like-new replacement"), which is darn nice of them. But either way, an update is coming, folks.
Vodafone UK has announced that it's abandoning its plans to offer the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v, instead opting sell its slimmer, lighter sibling -- the "new" Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Confused? The 10.1v is the new name for the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 that was unveiled shortly before Mobile World Congress, only to be trumped by a redesigned model a couple of months later. The heavier, bulkier 10.1v was due to be sold exclusively through Vodafone (hence the "V"), but it now seems that in the UK at least, this will not be the case.
Vodafone confirmed the change in an email to customers who had pre-registered for updates on the 10.1v's availability, but did not give any details of pricing or availability for the new Tab 10.1.
Cellcom -- a regional carrier out of Wisconsin is getting bringing some Android 2.3 love to their line up of devices. They confirmation came from Samsung and Motorola as noted on their Facebook page:
Android 2.3( Gingerbread) Update: We have been informed by Motorola that the Milestone X & by Samsung that the Galaxy S Showcase will both be getting an update to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). At this time there have not been testing timelines established, so we do not have any indication as to when the updates will be available.
With all these regional carriers getting ready to roll out Android 2.3, it all kind of makes you wonder what, exactly takes the big boys so long in their approval processes but alas, we've been down that road a good many times before and it's an argument that has no end.
We already knew TouchWiz would be a separate download for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but when the update eventually arrives, this is what we're expecting to be part of the download. Keep in mind this is on a Galaxy Tab 8.9 (and it's a developer unit), but Samsung probably isn't going to completely revise TouchWiz for Tablets between now and launch.
It looks like we're still packing the Associated Press widget, picture frame, date/time, weather, stock quotes, and the like. Kudos to Sammy for not completely butchering Honeycomb in order to leave their lasting mark. The TouchWiz notification area looks pretty slick, as well.
One of the more interesting additions is the "mini apps tray" which looks like it could definitely lead to more legal posturing between Samsung and Apple, but I digress. Aside from the look of it, though, the functionality seems awesome.
So how do Samsung's TouchWiz additions strike you? Useful and slick, or unnecessary bloat? Does this compel anyone to get a Galaxy Tab or not get one? Let us know. We're listening.
HTC may be preparing software updates for the Sensation which will unlock its bootloader, if a new "stock" answer from customer support representatives proves to be accurate. Several XDA forum users have reported receiving the following from HTC support reps in response to questions about the Sensation's bootloader.
"We are currently developing new bootloader unlocked software for your phone. HTC is still committed to allowing our customers to unlock the bootloaders if they wish, however we are still implementing the policy and many updates were already finalized prior to our change in policy. We apologize for the inconvenience, but be assured that we are working on a solution for our customers and our commitment has not changed. Please stay tuned to our official channels for ongoing updates on how we will be implementing this policy. Thank you for your patience."
This looks to be the first indication that certain HTC phones that ship with locked bootloaders may be officially unlocked by the manufacturer, following its recent change of heart.
As we said, this appears to be a stock response, as multiple users have received this same statement, word-for-word, from HTC support. While this is a promising development, it's probably a little early to be breaking out the bubbly -- we're not expecting an update anytime soon, and it's still not clear which other HTC phones will be joining the Sensation in having their bootloaders officially unlocked.
OpenFeint announced today that they have developed and launched GameFeed, a cross platform news ticker that features real-time updates from other players in your OpenFeint network. Using GameFeed, developers can deliver news that is directly related to the game you're playing, while you're playing it. A quote from Jason Citron, OpenFeint founder and CEO sums it up nicely:
GameFeed connects people by taking a simple act, like finishing a level or posting a high score, and turning it into a meaningful, cross platform shared experience.
OpenFeint is the largest mobile gaming network, and a big part of the success can be attributed to their quick embrace of the Android platform. We all know that cross-platform social gaming is more fun, simply because the user base is much larger. Many of the people on my OpenFeint friends list are using iOS devices, and a few even use both iOS and Android. Bringing things like realtime leader board updates can only make it better. Hopefully, we'll be seeing some games with GameFeed enabled soon. The full press release is after the break.
Following up on yesterday's E3 game announcements, Sony Ericsson sends word today that desert racing title Cracking Sands will be making its way to the Xperia Play later this year. Developed by Polarbit, the game combines frantic desert racing with heavy weaponry and power-ups. Sony Ericsson is promising more gaming announcements over the next few days, as additional Xperia Play exclusives are revealed.
Join us after the break for an early look at Cracking Sands' gameplay.
With Flash updates, device reviews and new app announcements -- we've been keeping busy today. Having a look in the Android Central forums lets us know you all have been busy as well. If you have any questions, concerns or just need some help with something -- check out some of the threads below or start your own today!
Adobe has release the 10.3.185.23 update to Flash in the Android Market this afternoon. This update directly addresses two known security issues discovered recently (see security bulletins APSB11-12 and APSB11-13 for details), and brings the following bug fixes and enhancements:
Enabled NEON optimizations for OMAP4 (Cortex A-9) based devices.
Corrected an issue on the Samsung Galaxy S where H.264 video at resolutions of 720p and below was not displayed.
Fixed an issue where app packaging would fail for Android Apps using Flash Player in WebView that set android:hardwareAcceleration to True in their AndroidMainfest.xml.
Fixed a crash on the HTC EVO that some users encountered with specific video.
Fixed an issue that caused video frames to stop rendering on long streaming videos (> 1 hour) on some Motorola devices.
Fixed an issue where touch events were getting delayed with Kongregate.com games.
Fixed an issue where games on Kongregate.com freeze when users exit from Full-Screen mode.
You can grab the update from the Android Market (we'll have the link after the break) and as always, it's advised that all users update.
Don't take this as gospel, but it looks like certain Nexus S users are able to download the latest offerings of Books and Music from the Android Market.
As of now it's hard to tell if this is some sort of glitch or if it signifies an impending UK rollout, but if you're a Nexus S user in the UK, keep your eyes peeled in the Market and let us know what you find.
More info as we get it, but as always, sound off and let us know if you find it (or if you don't).
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