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3 years ago

Mysterious new 'Nexus S' model sighted, gives weight to Android 2.4 possibility

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 New Nexus S Model

A recent FCC filing for what seems to be an updated model of Samsung's Nexus S has given some credibility to the possible existence of Android 2.4.

Engadget recently noticed the listing for the Samsung GT-i9023, the outline of which appears to perfectly match the current Nexus S. Coincidentally, the Nexus S also happens to have a very similar model number - GT-i9020. In addition, Engadget notes that the GT-i9023 also recently passed Bluetooth SIG and Wi-Fi Alliance certification, so this is definitely a real device.

What makes this story interesting, though, is that it gives weight to a video recently recorded by German tech site BestBoyZ which seems to show a Nexus S running Android 2.4. The baseband version displayed on that phone begins "i9023," which would seem to refer to the new Nexus S model. This is still well within the realms of speculation, but if the GT-i9023 is indeed refreshed Nexus S hardware, then it suddenly becomes pretty reasonable to think it might be running a refreshed version of Android too.

The Nexus S isn't the first device to be caught apparently running Android 2.4. At last week's CES, Sony Ericsson's upcoming Xperia Arc was snapped with "Android version: 2.4" on its "About" screen, though this was later dismissed as a "misconfiguration" by the manufacturer.

You can check out the video of what seems to be the new GT-i9023 model Nexus S running "Android 2.4" after the jump. [FCC via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Asus clears up rumors about no Honeycomb on Eee Pads

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Asus, along with several other manufacturers, announced a line of Android-based tablets during CES. Shortly thereafter, rumors began running rampant that not only would these Tablets not be shipping with Honeycomb, but that Asus had also pushed back the expected launch date to Q3. Fortunately, Asus has come out and spoken with Tech In Syle and cleared up some of these nasty rumors.

The Inquirer was alleging that John Swatton, an Android marketing specialist for Asus, told them that because Google had not yet announced the requirements for Honeycomb, they could not definitively say that it would be the OS of choice for it's upcoming line of tablets. Asus responded to these claims, stating that they are untrue and the subject of misinterpretation of information. Asus said that because Google has not officially released the specifications for Honeycomb, Asus and other manufacturers are simply going on possible guidelines for the OS, NOT that it will not be launching with the device, and that it is just a matter of waiting on Google's release schedule. Asus also denied rumors that the companies release schedule has changed to Q3 2011, and said it still expects to launch the devices as per the original announced schedule; April, May and June. 

Then there was a claim that because the tabs won't have phone functionality, they will not be able to run the Android Market; and Asus will have to develop it's own marketplace. The company also debunked this rumor, saying that not only did it show at CES that its MeMo 7-inch tablet will have phone functionality via Bluetooth, but its other larger devices will ship with the Android Market. Asus explained that unlike Froyo, Honeycomb is built from the ground up for tablets, thus eliminating the restrictions for the use of the Android Market that currently exist in versions of Android prior to Honeycomb. Not to mention anyone with a WiFi connection will be able to access the Android Market.  

It's good to see Asus coming out and clearing up a lot of this misinformation so swiftly, and we hope that this clears any confusion up that there may have been. All is well thus far ladies and gentleman, so sit back and relax. [Tech in Style]

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3 years ago

Fascinate's DL09 update rolling out in earnest - how's it going for you?

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Verizon Fascinate update

We're now more than a week into Verizon pushing out the DL09 update to the Samsung Fascinate, so it's time to check in. How's everybody doing? Just peachy? Great. If you've missed it, there's some great discussion going on in the forums about the update. As well as the "Where the hell is Froyo?" thread. And then there's that (bad) rumor that Froyo's never coming. Anyhoo, more than enough Thursday morning fodder for your Fascinate folks. Cheers!

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3 years ago

Android beats iOS in Millenial ad impressions for first time

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Android iOS

Android and iOS were neck and neck for the last two months for the most ad impressions. New data from Millenial shows that Android has now surged ahead for the first time, showing the continued growth of the OS. 

As you can see from the chart above, Android now has 46% impressions compared to 32% for iOS. Ad revenue from application has also shifted as Android controls 55% in contrast to 39% for iOS. 

Millenial did say that Apple is still the number one manufacturer with the iPhone taking the top spot. This isn't surprising though because there are so many options available in the Android space filling a variety of needs; it's very unlikely that Motorola or HTC by themselves will beat Apple. 

Android is still growing at an enormous rate. Many pundits have questioned future growth with the iPhone going to Verizon, but the fact that the iPhone is on multiple carriers hasn't slowed international Android sales. [via GigaOM]

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3 years ago

Samsung Acclaim gets Froyo

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Samsung Acclaim Froyo update

Been waiting on Froyo for the Samsung Acclaim on US Cellular? Well, wait no more, as the update's now ready for download. It's a 102-megabyte update. And while we're usually fans of doing things over-the-air, Samsung's done so well with the update software (it's nicely done with handy built-in instructions) we're more than willing to plug in our phones for a few minutes.

And just to stir the pot a bit with you tinfoil hat types, let's reiterate what we have here: Samsung releases a Froyo update on a U.S. carrier. Just sayin'. Get your download on at the source link. [Samsung] Thanks, Backslasher!

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3 years ago

TrulyEpic ROM brings the Froyo you crave to your Sprint Epic 4G [from the forums]

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Truly Epic

Android Central forums moderator Ragnarokx has been hard at work building a great Froyo ROM for the Sprint Epic 4G, and it looks like a total winner.  Whether you want to blame Sprint, Samsung, or both for the hold-up of the official Froyo build for the Epic 4G, it's time to take matters into your own hands and see what your phone hardware is really capable of, and this is the perfect way to do it.  The TrulyEpic ROM has a huge feature list, here's a sampler:

  • Based On Froyo DK28
  • Deodexed
  • Zipaligned
  • Custom launcher (AMLauncher) optimized for speed, includes 3D app drawer
  • Removed Samsung and Sprint apps (can restore w/available zips)
  • Modified kernel supports EXT4 filesystem
  • Edify script/ClockworkMod3 compatible
  • Galaxy Tab email app, resized for the Epic's smaller screen
  • ClockworkMod3 baked into ROM for "reboot to recovery" apps

And that's less than half of the changes and enhancements.  I've told you guys once before that Ragnarokx is the man to see if you're tired of waiting for Froyo, and with the release of TrulyEpic I urge you to consider tossing the shackles, rooting your Epic 4G, and enjoying what it seems nobody in a corporate office wants you to have.  Ragnarokx is prepared to do whatever it takes to help -- you can find him lurking in the Epic 4G hacking forums.  Check out the TrulyEpic ROM here, it should help you make that decision.

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3 years ago

Thunderbolt ROM booting on the Evo 4G, and a new leak can only make it better

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Thunderbolt ROM on the Evo 4G

Things like the HTC Thunderbolt ROM booting up on the Sprint Evo 4G is the reason we all get excited over ROM leaks and dumps.  I know many of you get tired of reading how these things mean a lot to the developers even if they don't do much for the average end user, but good things come to those who wait.  XDA-Developers member and Evo 4G genius Caulkin has the Thunderbolt ROM up and running, though he says it still has a few issues that need worked out. 

Speaking of leaked RUU's, a new one leaked today that may help get things moving along -- you can get that one yourself at the source link if you are able to chip in and lend a hand.

As of this writing there's no public download for the Evo port, but it's one to keep your eye on for sure.  We certainly will.  [XDA-Developers; 911HTC via Droid-Life]

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3 years ago

Official VEVO app for Android arrives

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If you spend a lot of time on YouTube looking for music videos you'll certainly know the name VEVO. Their massive collection of music videos and exclusive content has finally hit the Android Market all wrapped up in a beautifully designed app. VEVO has 7,500 artists in more than 25,000 music videos collected on their services and now you can browse them all right from your Android device. VEVO for Android also allows for voice search and sharing via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. You can grab it now from the Android Market or you can learn more via the VEVO website. Download is after the break. [VEVO]

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson: We made mistakes in 2010, but we've learned from them

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Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson has admitted making mistakes in the mobile realm in 2010 and has insisted that they have learned from them. Steve Walker, who is the acting Global Head of Marketing for Sony Ericsson, gave a telling one-on-one interview last week at CES

Walker admitted to not anticipating the interest that Android OS attracted and how important sleek hardware would be. He said that at Sony Ericsson, they always were aware of interest in hardware, but considered it less significant than software; according to Walker, that has changed to make them almost equal now. 

Despite the mistakes with the Xperia line of phones, Walker insists that it has made them stronger: 

“As we do every year, we’ve taken those learnings and applied them to the new products in the new portfolio. We do think we’ve taken a big step forward for 2011.”

Sony certainly made headlines at CES by introducing a very suave device, the Xperia Arc, which was the only phone announced in Las Vegas shipping with Gingerbread (Jerry loves to point this out).

Last year, complaints mounted about outdated software and slow updates from the phone manufacturer. This may be a sign that they have righted the ship and will now become one of the premier Android players. 

Does this sway you in any way towards purchasing the Xperia Arc? [Pocket-Lint]

For more on Sony Ericsson's latest device, check out our Xperia Arc forum

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3 years ago

EVO camera troubles, Thunderbolt Sense and Droid X GMail sync not working [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

We've made it halfway through this week and even though we thought news and announcements might have slowed a little bit after CES that doesn't seem to be the case. More news, more announcements to keep us busy, hopefully right up until Mobile World Congress where we hope to have some excitement happen as well. Hit the forums folks and join us as we discuss some of the most recent happenings in the Android world.

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

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3 years ago

Samsung Forte is an LTE device headed to MetroPCS

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Samsung Forte

Samsung appears close to launching another 4G LTE phone, this time on the MetroPCS network. The phone, dubbed the Forte, is a horizontal-QWERTY slider that will come with Android 2.2 (Froyo). The Forte is also expected to have a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 5MP camera and a microSD slot. 

MetroPCS customers can rejoice in the fact that more LTE devices are coming their way. The more options the better and the Forte looks to be a solid choice. [Samsung Hub

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3 years ago

WSJ confirms our scoop that Verizon's changing its upgrade policy

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Verizon Upgrade Policy

Guess that makes it official, folks. The Wall Street Journal has confirmed the news we broke more than a week ago -- that Verizon's ending the NE2 program and that customers on two-year contracts will have to go through 20 months of their 24-month contract before upgrading. Couple more days, and they can confirm the one we broke about Verizon switching to a 14-day return policy. In the meantime, we ask that you all direct your displeasure in the comments below. Namaste. [WSJ]

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3 years ago

U.S. Cellular offering buy-one-get-one sale in time for Valentine's Day

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U.S. Cellular has just hit us up with a press release that also serves as a reminder for all you guys out there. Valentine's Day is coming so from now, up until Feb. 17, US Cellular is offering a buy one - get one sale on all Android powered devices and that even includes the Samsung Galaxy Tab. So if your significant other has been harassing lovingly asking for a new device, you may want to hit up US Cellular at some point. Full press release is after the break for you all. [US Cellular]

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3 years ago

Google Translate turns a year old, gets new 'Conversation Mode'

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Google Translate for Android

One of the coolest little projects Google's been working on over the past year has been its translation features. And the Google Translate app just turned 1 and got a pretty major update with a bunch of UI improvements -- and one very cool experimental feature.

Conversation Mode is "optimized to allow you to communicate fluidly with a nearby person in another language." Basically you and whomever you're speaking to talk into the phone, and it translates both sides of the conversation in near-real time. It's only for Spanish and English right now, and is still in its infancy. But this is very, very cool, and is likely to save our butts in a month in Spain. Check out the dearly demo from the IFA conference after the break. [Google]

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3 years ago

SPB Migration Tool looks to ease the pain of switching mobile platforms

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Getting a new device is an awesome and fun experience for people. That said, something that's not fun when switching from different platforms is the hassle of transferring your data from your old device to your new one. Contacts and numbers are easy if you're using a GSM device but what about your text messages, call logs or browser bookmarks? SPB has released a new tool, which looks to help ease that pain for you. The SPB Migration Tool is now available for Symbian S60 3rd edition and up as well as Windows Mobile 5 and later Professional edition users looking to migrate to a Android 2.1 and higher devices.

SPB Migration Tool offers two ways to transfer your data from your old device to your new one. The first being a simple MicroSD swap exchange where your contacts, text messages, call logs and more are all saved and then become transferable. In the case where a MicroSD cannot be used, online transfer is done safely and securely through an online portal. The SPB Migration Tool is available now for $9.95 in the Android Market. Press release is available after the break and more details can be found on the SPB website. [SPB]

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