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2 years ago

Dropbox bugfix update available in the Market now

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Dropbox recently got a pretty big update and some nice ICS optimizations, but it seems there were some issues reported within the app. Today sees an update land in the Market for bug fixes and a fix for an issue surrounding some file types refusing to open. Hit the link after the break to grab the update. 

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2 years ago

Kogeto brings panoramic video to Android with the iCONIC

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We've seen our fair share of camera enhancements over the past years, but most of them seem to focus on the still camera end instead of the video camera, until Kogeto. At CES Kogeto is planned to officially announce the Kogeto iCONIC which is an attachment that allows the device to capture panoramic video. Unfortunately the iCONIC is releasing initially for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and more devices to follow, as long as they capture 1080P video. Previously only available for the Apple iPhone it is great to see the expansion, and we look to getting our hands-on time with one of these in Las Vegas!

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

A look back at CES 2011 as we head on into CES 2012

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This year, as we are getting ready to kick off CES 2012 -- we figured it would be a good idea to take a quick look back at some of the events from 2011. A retrospect, if you will -- to see where some of the bigger announcement of last year ended up, how well they did and what we may be looking at for 2012.

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2 years ago

Samsung bringing Airplay competitor SwipeIt to CES

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Love or hate Apple products, the AirPlay feature is an excellent way of sharing your mobile content on your TV. In a not overly surprising move, Samsung are keen to get in on this and are set to show of their SwipeIt application at CES

Operation is set to be as simple as Airplay. If you're watching something on your mobile device, hit a button and voila; it's on your TV. 

The application started being pushed out by Samsung on New Year's Day to all their internet connected TVs. The mobile application was pushed out to the Android Market a couple of days later, albeit very low key. The listing is referenced to MOVL who built it for Samsung. 

While Apple's alternative requires an all Apple lineup to utilise, SwipeIt will work with any Android device as our graphic below indicates. This is great news for anyone who owns a Samsung SmartTV but prefers a different brand of mobile device. Download links are after the break.

Source: @akumar overflow

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2 years ago

Updated Ice Cream Sandwich available for the Novo 7 Basic, but think hard before you apply it

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The Ainol Novo 7 Basic (here's our review) has an updated build of Ice Cream Sandwich available, but you may want to think twice before flashing it.  Funny how drama and issues follow these Chinese sub-100 dollar tablets around, ain't it?  Here's the whole scoop.

Our old buddy Dieter Bohn (Hi, D!) put up a short review of this one at his new home The Verge.  And I noticed in said review that his model was running a different version of software than mine, so off to Ainol.com I went.  What used to be broken links now had a full-blown update file for Ice Cream Sandwich in place (and kudos to Ainol for that one, nice and fast is how we like our updates) with instructions to flash it.  You know I had to try this.

Well, the download took a little longer than I had expected, so I spent a few minutes looking for folks who may have already flashed it, and sure enough I found a few -- and they weren't very happy.  The folks who updated from Honeycomb (yes, this tablet shipped last year with Honeycomb as well) noticed they no longer had Flash support, and most people were saying that the new update didn't have Google's apps (Gmail, Market, etc.) included.

And here's where things get sticky.

Because the Novo 7 Basic is MIPS-based (that means it uses a different architecture than we're used to) applications compiled for ARM processors won't work -- ever.  That's half of the reason the Android Market that is (barely) working in the original version looks so bare.  This means that even though the Gmail.apk file would work, we can't just flash Gapps from the usual places, because the needed framework files are built for ARM, and not MIPS.  That makes things a bit more difficult.

Of course, since the newer build has sideloading fixed (yay!) and includes a cool-as-hell looking SpiderMan game, I'm bound and determined to sort it all out using framework files from the OS that shipped with this thing, the files from the new update, and Gapps from that secret place you can download Gapps from.  In the meantime, you might want to hold off updating yours if you spent the Benjamin on it.  I'll be poking around, and of course anything I find will get posted in the forums.  Let me be the guinea pig on this one folks.

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2 years ago

ASUS Transformer Prime .33 firmware update now available online

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If you didn't get the .33 OTA update for the ASUS Transformer Prime, it's now being hosted at the ASUS support site for manual installation.  The update brings an overall speed boost to the 10.1-inch tablet, and it's especially noticeable on the camera interface.  Add in the magic that's done under the hood and unless you're a hacker following your own update path, this is one you'll want to apply -- even if it's not Ice Cream Sandwich.  Hit the link to grab the firmware from ASUS.

Source: ASUS; via Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Another look at a white Sprint Epic 4G Touch, will ship with version EK02

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Here's another nice look at the Sprint Epic 4G Touch in white thanks to a couple of insiders, and this one shows us the software these white beauties will be shipping with.  If anyone was still holding on to the idea that we'd see a new version of the software (possibly one of the recent leaked builds, I don't think anyone expected Ice Cream Sandwich just yet), I'm the bearer of bad news.  The white version ships with the same EK02 build that went out OTA last month.  The good news is that the Hardware version isn't new, so at least there's not an oddball version floating around when this one lands Sunday.

There's a screenshot from the about screen minus the reflections after the break, and a handful of shots showing off how hawt the white E4GT looks.  Thanks to the ninjas for sending these in, and thanks to everyone on Google+ who helped verify the numbers.

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2 years ago

Motorola teases CES with 'stay unplugged,' connecting your home to your devices

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Youtube link for mobile devices

We've watchced this video something like, twice now, and damned if we can figure out exactly what Motorola's got up its sleeves next week at CES, at least as far as Android is concerned. Though the crying USB charger above could point to wireless charging. Maybe we'll finally see that become popular this year, eh?

Oh, that's not to say we don't have a pretty good idea what else we might see, though. Moto's already taken the wraps off the Motorola 4Home Connected Gateway, sort of a sooped-up router that connects your Motorola devices to each other with great ease. Sounds fun. The box itself has a 1.2GHz processor and the aforementioned 4Home software that will tie your tablets to your phones to your PCs. Motorola's been doing wonders with some of the tweaks in its smartphones, so this should be interesting.

Moto's also got its new "Televation" box on hand, which pumps a full cable TV stream onto your tablets. And that sounds pretty cool. It'll work out of the box with the Xoom and XYBOARD tablets, and Motorola says they're opening it up to other manufacturers as well.

Plus, we've got the Motoluxe and Defy Mini to play with as well. We'll find out in a couple days.

Source: Motorola; Check out all of our CES 2012 coverage

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson MT27i Pepper poses for the blurry-cam in first leaked pics

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We've heard (and seen) plenty about the Sony Ericsson LT26i "Nozomi" already, but one upcoming SE device that has so far only existed as a set of leaked specifications is the MT27i "Pepper", a mid-range phone that seems to share some design cues with its big brother.

Today the first photos of the Pepper, which is being called a successor to the Xperia Neo, have emerged over on XperiaBlog. There's plenty of blurry-cam action going on, but you can still get a reasonable idea of how it's supposed to look. It's smaller than the Nozomi, but it shares the more grown-up, angular look of that phone. Spec-wise, XperiaBlog says it'll sport a 1GHz dual-core CPU, with a 3.7-inch WVGA854 display and a 5MP camera with 720p recording. If true, the camera specs are a little disappointing, representing a downgrade (in terms of numbers, at least) from the excellent 8MP Exmor R in last year's Neo.

For the full set of blurry-cam shots, head over to the source link. Sony Ericsson is promising to show off some new handsets at next week's CES, so there's every chance that we'll see more of the Pepper in the near future.

Source: XperiaBlog

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Review

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It's hard to talk about the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus without talking about the relative mess that was its road to launch. The Galaxy Nexus was announced (after a brief delay) in Hong Kong on Oct. 18. At the time, no carriers were announced. Verizon finally made it official on Oct. 21, saying the first phone with Android 4.0 "will be available later this year." And that's all we got, until Dec. 15, when it finally and unceremoniously went on sale.

Never mind that we told way back on July 25 that Verizon would get it. But we digress.

And you know what? Now that the phone's out, none of this matters. Old news.

And never mind that for all intents and purposes, we've already thoroughly reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, thanks to Alex Dobie's stellar look at the unlocked GSM version that's been available in Europe for some time and for importing to the States. While the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is new to those of us in the United States, and new in the sense that it's a 4G device with a bit of hand-holding from Verizon in the software department, we're hardly looking at an all new phone from the GSM model.

So here's where we stand: Read on for our complete Verizon Galaxy Nexus review. I haven't yet really weighed in on my thoughts about the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich. So I'm going to forgo some of the usual spec talk (again, read Alex's GSM Galaxy Nexus review if you haven't already) and concentrate more on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus differences, and my thoughts on Android 4.0 and how it all fits together.

And with that, we present our Verizon Galaxy Nexus review.


It's a Nexus, so it's got the full weight and attention of Google behind it. I'll get upgrades before other devices. The screen is gorgeous, as is Ice Cream Sandwich.


The camera is woefully disappointing. The speakerphone is all but unusable on phone calls. There are some Ice Cream Sandwich UI hiccups.



If you have to have the latest and greatest version of Android, this is the phone to get. If you have to have a phone that's easily hackable, this is the phone to get. If you want the best overall hardware? Might want to look elsewhere.

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