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4 years ago

Leaked pics from a test bed may be the last place you see this Droid Bionic

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Motorola Droid Bionic

If you're looking to get a sneak peek at the current iteration of the Motorola Droid Bionic, better do it quick, 'cause we still don't have a clear idea of when it'll actually be released, and it might not look like this when it finally does hit the streets.

But what you see here -- and there's plenty more where this came from after the break -- is another look at the Droid Bionic, same as what we saw at CES almost four months ago. Yes, it's been that long since we got our first look at the Droid Bionic.

There's nothing too out of the ordinary here, except that it appears to be running stock Android -- or at least it's missing the Blur skin on top. Otherwise, Android 2.2.1. We're not sure just how recent these pictures are, but we do know they're from after CES, if that's any help.

So the big question is will the Droid Bionic be released as the same phone we saw at CES? It's really starting to look unlikely. Motorola's fact sheet, dated April 19, states that it's coming this summer. But it also drops this little bombshell:

"Based on compelling feedback since the show, we are incorporating several enhancements to make this an even better consumer experience. This includes expanded features, functionality and an improved form factor."

So take a good look, folks. Because this might be the last time you see this old Droid Bionic. More pics are after the break.

More coverage: Motorola Droid Bionic Fact Sheet (via)

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4 years ago

Face-on with video chat on the Nexus S

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Warning: Do not attempt anything you see here at home. Engaging in a video chat with one's self on a Nexus S and a Motorola Xoom while recording the endeavor with a third camera may will lead to severe confusion, nausea, upset stomach and could well end in the destruction of the universe as we know it. You have been warned.

Oh, and check out the video of video chat on the Nexus S. It works, all right.

Also: How to download Android 2.3.4 on the Nexus S

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4 years ago

Android 2.3.4 is available now -- here's how to download on the Nexus S [Update: Root option now available]

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As I'm sure most of you are aware of by now -- Google today announced Android 2.3.4 would be rolling out for the Samsung Nexus S in the coming weeks. Luckily, we don't have to sit around and wait for Google these days to get in the love. In fact, if you're a Samsung Nexus S owner, you can hit the link below -- download the update and install Android 2.3.4 manually. Here are your instructions:  

  • Download the file from Google right here
  • Place it on the root of your internal storage
  • Shut down your phone, and reboot into the bootloader by holding volume up and powering back on
  • Use the volume buttons to choose "recovery" from the list, and select it with the power button
  • When you see the triangle on your screen, hold power and then press volume up and you'll have a list of options, choose the file to update

That's it, folks, after completing those steps you'll have a fresh install of Android 2.3.4. If you happen to have any troubles along the way, jump into the Android Central forums and we'll get you fixed up.

Update: If you're already rooted, and want to stay that way we have a quick and dirty method to go from whatever ROM you're using now to a clean and rooted build of 2.3.4 in the Nexus S hacking forums.

More coverage: Nexus S forums. Thanks, Carter!

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4 years ago

Nexus S 4G swag [from the forums]

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I don't even try to deny it any longer -- I'm a total Nexus S fanboy.  besides getting a T-Mobile version in white, there's not much I'd change about the thing.  And man-oh-man would I love to get some Nexus S 4G swag like the lucky anonymous fellow who sent this picture to Android Central forums Moderator KSmithInNY has.  No idea about what you'll have to do to get any of this, and word is there may be more than playing cards floating around out there. Like KSmithInNY says -- it's certainly worth asking if you pick up a Nexus S 4G come May 8

Source: Android Central forums. Thanks, Anon and KSmithInNY!

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4 years ago

Android 2.3.4 and proprietary binaries pushed to AOSP

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Looks like folks with rooted and hacked phones won't have to wait very long to have a crack at the Android 2.3.4 update, as the code and the proprietary binaries (radio and GPU software) have already been pushed to the AOSP source tree.  Googler Jean-Baptiste Queru has sent out word via the Android Building Google group, and I'm sure the wires and tubes are on fire getting things downloaded.  At least they are here at Chez Jeri'.

Look for a pre-built Nexus S version of the Gingerbread update (which will be GRJ22) shortly, and I'm sure builds for other devices will follow quickly -- as will CM nightlies.

Source: Android Building

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4 years ago

New Flash update finalizes 10.2 for Honeycomb, fixes security issues

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 Adobe Flash Player 10.2

Adobe has posted an update to Flash Player 10.2 to the Android Market, which marks the Honeycomb version's exit from beta, as well as fixing some Flash security issues across all supported versions of Android. The update also paves the way for Honeycomb to get hardware-accelerated playback of 720p HD video and "enhanced browser integration", though unfortunately these features won't be usable until a "future update" to Android 3.0 is released.

Hit the Market to grab the new version 10.2.157.51 if you already have Flash installed. If not, you can find a QR code and Market link after the jump.

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4 years ago

Rumored devices, Android 2.3.4 [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Awesome day for Android users everywhere. With Google teasing surprises and then unleashing Android 2.3.4 with video chat, we've got a lot to be happy about today. Plus, according to Google -- that wasn't really the biggest surprise they have coming. We've got the Android Central podcast tonight to talk about it all but until then  - hop into the forums to discuss some more Android news.

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

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4 years ago

Verizon docs advertise Netflix on the LG Revolution

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Here's yet another confirmation that the upcoming LG Revolution will have Netflix streaming.  For a while now we've all been asking, and I quote, "Where the hell is Netflix for Android?"  Netflix told us we would be seeing it early this year, once they have some DRM issues sorted out, and we've seen -- and briefly used -- the Netflix app in the LG Revolution system files, but nobody has stepped forward and let us know exactly when to expect it in our hot little hands.

Today Android Central forums member nick1020 shows us a peek at a page from the official "Your Guide" book from Verizon that clearly says "High-quality video streaming by Netflix" to push this from rumor, to almost-confirmed rumor.  All we need now is the release date for the Revolution, and confirmation that this won't be some back-door content deal with Verizon only phones and tablets like we've seen other vendors do.  We need to put these HDMI capable phones to good use!

Source: Android Central Froums; Thanks, nick1020!

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Casio G'zOne Commando

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Read our Casio G'zOne Commando initial review


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So we've talked a little bit about the new Verizon Casio G'zOne Commando -- the rugged phone with the silly name. But how's it actually feel in the hand? And does its ruggedness equate to a bad user experience? Quite the opposite, actually.

As you'll see in our hands-on video above, there are some trade-offs. The microsUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack are buried behind some solid rubber doors. The battery cover comes off easy, but we're not quite sure we've got it on right, despite the instructions pasted to the back of the phone.

Anyhoo, peep the video above for a walkthrough of the hardware and software of the Verizon Casio G'zOne Commando -- and for a little pronunciation lesson.

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4 years ago

Video chat officially coming to Nexus S in Android 2.3.4

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That little surprise that Google's been teasing us with is now official -- Android 2.3.4 will indeed support video chat for the Nexus S. And that's a good thing, 'cause we've been loving it on Android 3.0 and our tablets. Looks like it'll work the same way on our phones. And Google says it'll also be coming to Gingerbread (Android 2.3 and up) devices later. And what's more -- it'll work over 3G as well as Wifi.

The update will be "rolling out over the next few weeks." Which means as soon as we have a download location, we'll all have it. But that's not all. As you can clearly see, Google's got another surprise in store. Any guesses? Video of video chat is after the break.

Source: Google Mobile Blog, @googlenexus

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4 years ago

Sprint makes it official - Wifi only Xoom available May 8

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Sprint Motorola Xoom

There's been talk of Sprint selling the Motorola Xoom for several months, and Sprint just made it official -- the wifi only model will be available through all retail channels on May 8, for $599.99, just as we reported earlier today.  A carrier selling something you can pick up from a big box or electronics store may sound a little strange, but it should make it easier to get the Xoom in more peoples hands, which equals more developer interest.  We all like that.

No official word on any plans for a 4G model from Sprint, but I certainly wouldn't put that, or some sort of 4G Overdrive MiFi bundle package, out of the picture just yet.  For now, you have a new storefront to get your Xoom from, and that's just fine by us. The full announcement is after the break.

Source: Sprint; Motorola Xoom fact sheet

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4 years ago

Droid Charge on eBay, might (or might not) beat out the official release

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Read our Droid Charge initial review

Yeah, it's a bit of a bummer that you have to wait on the Samsung Droid Charge. And, no, Verizon's not yet saying when it'll go on sale after today's official postponement. But if you're the gambling type, there's one apparently up on eBay, starting at $500, which is a fair initial asking price. It's said to be in the retail box, with all the Droid Charge accessories you'd expect.

No bids yet on the Droid Charge auction, but we'll keep an eye on it, we suppose. Anybody bidding?

Source: eBay. Thanks, Nate, for the tip!

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4 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transfomer ships with pre-production software, nerds swoon

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When is the ASUS EeePad Transformer, one of the hottest Honeycomb tablets available, not actually one of the hottest Honeycomb tablets available? (Read our full review) When it's shipped still running some pre-release firmware identified as Android 2.2. Craziness!

That's what happened to moago, who was lucky enough snag one at launch this week, only to find it not running Honeycomb. That sort of thing, of course, attracts hackers and nerds (and us hacker/nerd/journalist types) like Donald Trump to a camera, and hijinx ensue.

So congrats to moago for getting that little treasure, and good luck getting it updated. For the rest of you, once you're actually able to get the Transformer, you'll just have to be content with having the newest version of Android. Life's tough like that.

Source: My Transformer came with Android 2.2; Photobucket. Thanks, graffixnyc!

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4 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G update imminent, and it's coming soon, too

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It's hardly been a secret that Motorola's been testing an update for the Atrix 4G on AT&T -- we've been going over the changelog -- and now it looks like it could officially be pushed out tomorrow, April 29. Need a reminder of what's in the 4.1.8.3 update? Here 'tis:

  • Data Speed Increased speed at which data can travel on the network.
  • Data Connection Improvements to prevent interruptions to data connection.
  • Screen Improvements to prevent screen from freezing.
  • Email Improved ability for users to receive email notifications so you know when you have a new message. Also, improvements were made so that you are now able to use the same email login to access both MOTOBLUR™ and YouTube.
  • Skype Improvements to call audio function so it is easier for the person you called to hear you. Please note this application is not pre-loaded on the phone, but is available for download from the Android Market.
  • Wi-Fi Increased functionality by enabling Yahoo Email to be sent over a Wi-Fi connection.
  • Display Improved International Roaming Warning Message by simplifying user notification so that it only appears on the screen when you move to a new network.
  • Happenings Widget Improved Happenings Widget to ensure that you receive the latest updates across the social networks you are connected to such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.
  • Calling Improvements were made to incoming and outgoing call functionality to ensure a more seamless experience.

So be on the lookout starting tomorrow, and sing out if you get it.

More coverage: 4.1.83 update changelog discussion

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4 years ago

Casio G'zOne Commando initial review

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Casio G'zOne Commando

I kind of want to throw the Casio G'zOne Commando. Or at least just drop it. Maybe kick it down the street a little. Can't decide if that's because it's rugged to the point where it's trying to pick a fight, or if it's because of the ridiculous name.

Anyhoo, it's got a 3.6-inch display at 800x480, 1GB of ROM (though we're only showing 309MB available) and 512MB of RAM, powered by an 800MHz processor running Android 2.2.1. there's a 5MP camera and all the other usual features, including a notification light.

It's got a custom UI which is for the most part unremarkable, though the main home screen has a compass on it. How useful that will be depends on how often you actually need a compass, but it's an interesting novelty.

But, really, it's the outside of the Commando that's important. There's a pretty serious rubber frame around the thing. The microUSB and 3.5mm ports are covered by rubber flaps, and the volume, power, camera and G'zGear buttons (we'll explain that last one later) are all very industrial. The screws that hold it all together are exposed for the world to see. In other words, it's very in-your-face.

The entire phone is "water resistant," and to that end there's a stick on the battery cover that instructs you how to properly reattach it to maintain a complete lack of moisture infiltration. (That's our phrase. You can borrow it, free of charge.) The battery door has a sliding lock.

In short, this thing means business, and by business we mean not the sort you do with a coat and tie.

Oh, and we just found one more reason we want to go a couple rounds in a ring with the G'zOne Commando -- It's all Bing'd up. So, yeah. There's that. Full review is forthcoming. For now, find more pics after the break.

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