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3 years ago

Samsung prepping Nexus S update to fix Android SMS bug

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If you're rocking a Nexus S and are concerned about that SMS bug that could cause you to inadvertently send a text to the wrong person if you're not paying attention, rest easy. Samsung and Google are preparing to push out an update to fix things. Makes sense that the Nexus S, Google's latest flagship phone, would be getting an update first, but we figure it'll trickle down to other phones in due time. [@GalaxySSupport via Phandroird]

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3 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Tab gets its first overclock -- now rocking at 1.2GHz

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Over two months since its release, the Samsung Galaxy Tab's 1GHz "Hummingbird" processor has been overclocked to 1.2GHz, courtesy of "Bauxite Kernel."  Currently only Sprint Tab owners can get in on the overclock love.

The developer, Bauxite, labels this as an early alpha build, and promises more to come with different frequencies and voltages.

The custom kernel comes in the form of a compressed zImage, and is installed with every Samsung fan's favorite: the Heimdall flashing tool.  Grab the zipped file here, and sound off in our Galaxy Tab forums. [xda-developers]

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson ends 2010 with 43.1 million phones sold, turns around dismal 2009

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Sony Ericsson released its fourth-quarter and year-end numbers this morning, and things certainly improved over 2009, at least as far as the money is concerned. SE actually sold fewer phones in 2010 compared to the year before -- 43.1 million versus 57.1 million, a 24 percent decrease. But margin improved from 15 percent to 29 percent, operating income actually was in the black, as was nearly every other category (including price of the handsets).

So SE's got to be feeling pretty good by now, and by all accounts we're going to see some pretty good handsets in 2011. Now SE just needs to make sure it figures out how to update them. [Sony Ericsson]

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3 years ago

HTC reportedly prepping a trio of tablets, starting with Android 2.3 Flyer in March

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HTC reportedly will ship the first of three planned tablets in March, according to unnamed sources speaking to Digitimes. The initial offering is the "Flyer," which will run Android 2.3 and be updated to Honeycomb whenever it becomes available. The other two tablets reportedly would be available in June and run Honeycomb out the gate.

But this is Digitimes we're talking about, and as usual we're taking things with a grain of salt. Especially because the source apparently said the Flyer will be time to get out ahead of the Motorola Xoom tablet's April release. But last we heard from Motorola and Verizon, it was still scheduled for a first-quarter launch. That said, it's in line with a previous DT rumor, so it's got that going for it.

Will we see an HTC tablet at some point? Most likely. Will it be at Sprint's "magical" event in a few weeks? Maybe. Will we see it at Mobile World Congress a week later? Possibly. And what about that HTC Scribe name that was trademarked? Dunno. Stay tuned. [Digitimes]

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3 years ago

Google Voice now allows porting of your own phone number

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It's something users have been wanting for quite some time now and yes; Google has finally made your dreams come true. You can now port your own, already existing number to Google Voice. The service will set you back $20 though but if you're a hardcore Google Voice user that's a rather small price to pay. Please do remember, porting your number to Google is just the same as quitting your carrier plan as you're taking the number out of the carriers system. Your carrier will charge any possible early termination fees that are associated with your account. Go ahead; have at it if you must. [Google Voice via Engadget]

Update: Rut roh, Raggy. Apparently Google was just testing this, and the porting page is gone. Sad Panda.

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3 years ago

Motorola apologizes for YouTube comment, says it's working on bootloader compromise

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Looks like whomever was running Motorola's YouTube page today might have gone a wee bit rogue. To recap, a comment on a video of the Atrix 4G was greeted with a tongue so sharp we had to make sure it wasn't ours. "If you want to do custom roms, then buy elsewhere, we'll continue with our strategy that is working thanks." Whoops.

The comment was deleted not too long after we first reported it. But the fallout continued, with Motorola issuing tan apology on Facebook, and saying there may be a compromise for those who wish to do a little hacking:

We apologize for the feedback we provided regarding our bootloader policy. The response does not reflect the views of Motorola.

We are working closely with our partners to offer a bootloader solution that will enable developers to use our devices as a development platform while still protecting our users' interests. More detailed information will follow as we get closer to availability.

There also was this response to a followup on the YouTube page:

So we attempt to answer nearly all comments raised on this channel across over 130 videos and in a timely fashion. Sometimes we make a mistake, and the remark we agree could have been better phrased and more polite. So we do apologise, and that we will continue to monitor feedback on the wider discussion and pass that along. Thank you.

Mistakes certainly do happen, and we certainly understand the ... patience ... required when working in public. We'd cut Moto a little slack here -- but we'll also keep an eye out for any more shenanigans. [Facebook, YouTube] Thanks, Lil' Stevie!

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3 years ago

PicPlz gets a UI make over while opening up API access to developers

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Picture sharing apps have become all the rage and now it's an all out war between PicPlz and Instagram. While Instagram has not found its way into the Android Market yet, PicPlz however has. If you're a user of PicPlz you might have been a little down in the dumps to hear the iOS version got cleaned up while the Android version remained untouched. That has changed now, as the latest update is now available in the Android Market for download and brings along with it some awesome UI changes. Full change log is listed below for those curious:

  • Live thumbnail preview of your picture with different filters applied.
  • Fixed rare crash on sign up
  • Fixed issue with notifications not clearing from status bar
  • Camera view no longer turns screen brightness to 100%
  • Fixed issue with camera not properly detecting the flash state on start-up
  • Other misc bug fixes

In addition to the UI changes, developers will be happy to know that PicPlz has opened up their beta API access. Something, which Instagram recently cut off stating their API, was neither ready nor scalable enough to handle that kind of traffic. Download link is after the break folks. [Techcrunch]

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3 years ago

RealPlayer beta for Android gets major update

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Real Networks has announced a substantial update to the beta version of RealPlayer for Android, which was launched last May. The new RealPlayer beta is available right now on the Android Market, and includes a visual refresh as well as new features, including playlist support and a homescreen widget. Real says the changes are based on customer feedback, and invites users to rate the new beta and provide suggestions for further improvements.

  • A redesigned home screen
  • A widget allowing playback from the home screen
  • Enhanced graphics
  • A feature for videos and song removal
  • An improved way to select directories for music, videos and photos
  • Landscape mode for music playback
  • Music playback by directory folder
  • A quick way to hide video status bar
  • A selection for video aspect ratio
  • Removal of the roulette wheel
  • Support for music playlists playback

 Download link's after the break. [Real Networks Blog]

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3 years ago

Epic 4G ROM, what you want in Android 2.4, videos on the Galaxy Tab [from the forums]

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Halfway through the week and we're now starting to get more Mobile World Congress information flowing in. Exciting stuff. Phil has his travel plans all worked out so come time for MWC we'll be ready to rock and roll as usual when it comes to conferences. You'll definitely want to ride it out along with us. In the meantime, hit up some of the newer and busier threads from today:

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

Motorola employee confirms locked bootloaders -- and bad attitude

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It's the question many of us are asking -- will Motorola's upcoming phones have locked bootloaders?  Based on Motorola's previous stance on the issue we all expected the answer to be yes, but there's no harm in asking again, right?  New hardware (the Droid Bionic and Atrix 4G use a different CPU, that doesn't carry the e-Fuse technology) could mean a new protection scheme, and people are curious.

Someone got a bit curious in the comments of Motorola's YouTube video showcasing the Smart docks for the Atrix 4G and got hit with a stunner of a reply by a Motorola employee, and I quote:

@tdcrooks if you want to do custom roms, then buy elsewhere, we'll continue with our strategy that is working thanks.

Sounds like good advice to me, so I'll certainly be buying elsewhere. 

Lock the phones up if you want to Motorola, but I think that money might be better spent training your PR folks how to field questions.  It wasn't too long ago that most people were "buying elsewhere", and with that sort of attitude history could start to repeat itself. [YouTube via Android Central forums]

Update: As many have already seen and commented, Motorola has cleansed the comments at the YouTube video link.  They must not realize that like diamonds, the Internet is forever.

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