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4 years ago

Android 4.0.5 rumored to be next for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, said to have audio, data fixes


There are a bunch of Nexus phones out there awaiting Ice Cream Sandwich updates. We certainly haven't forgotten about you Nexus S 4G folks, even if there's not a whole lot we can do about it, but the subject of today's rumor mill is the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. According to everyone's favorite mobile Panda (aka @black_man_x, whom you might spot in our forums or in the podcast chat from time to time), next up for the VGNex is Android 4.0.5. The more astute among you may note that that's a tick higher than the Android 4.0.4 update that we saw leaked but not actually released for the NS4G. 

Before anyone's panties get even more bunched over the prospect of Verizon's Galaxy Nexus getting an incremental build while Sprint Nexus S 4G owners are left waiting ever longer, you've got to remember this (even if it doesn't make that pill go down any easier: While both devices are of the Nexus family, they're not the same phone, and not on the same track. That's just the way it is. You'll recall how Android 2.4 once appeared on some HTC phones a year or so ago -- and that's the only place we ever really saw it, as rumors of it on Viewsonic and Sony devices both fell short.

(Though all things being equal, we're positive Google's doing all it can to get ICS out to the Nexus S 4G. At least it better be doing all it can. Otherwise, we'll, we'll ... Start a petition!) 

The other thing here is that while the prospect of Android 4.0.5 is interesting, it doesn't really tell us anything. Not without a changelog, anyway. (Though BMX does say it apparently fixes audio and data issues.) An incremental tick is just that at this point -- a number. And as we pointed out above, it's not unheard of to see things jump around a little bit.

That said, it's not like we're going to turn down an update on any Nexus. Bring it on, Google!

Source: @black_man_x

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4 years ago

Google gives you an extra $5 for your Google Wallet troubles


It's been a bit of a wild ride for Google Wallet since its security was found to have a vulnerability in it. While having fixed the issue already, Google wasn't in any rush to let folks readd prepaid cards back to the service but emails are now going out letting folks know things are back in order and for your troubles, you're getting a bonus $5 from Google:

As you may have experienced over the last few weeks, we temporarily disabled the feature to add the Google Prepaid Card back to your wallet if you previously removed the card or reset your wallet. We temporarily disabled this feature to ensure the security of our Wallet customers. We recognize this may have been an inconvenience for you, and we did not make this decision lightly.

We are happy to announce that you can now add the Google Prepaid Card back to your wallet with the newest version of Google Wallet, and any funds that you previously had on the card should be restored, unless you contacted Money Network and asked for a refund of those funds. To add the Google Prepaid Card back, you will first need to update your Google Wallet application to the most recent version.

To compensate you for any inconvenience this may have caused, we have credited an additional $5 (five US dollars) to your Google Prepaid Card. If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at 855-492-5538.

Thank you for your continued support of Google Wallet, and we look forward to launching many new and exciting features for you to enjoy in the coming months.

We've said it before, but it's worth saying again -- Google Wallet is a beta service. Keeping that in mind, it's nice to see that Google doesn't mind tossing their beta testers a few bones to make use of. So there you have it, go ahead and add your prepaid cards back and collect your $5. if you're new to Google Wallet, you'll find the download link past the break.

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4 years ago

HTC and Sprint, Wireless charging - Good or bad? [From The Forums]


We've been rolling through this week with some great stuff such as device and game reviews and now, HTC has distracted us with an upcoming Sprint event. If you missed out on anything, do yourself a favor and get caught up, then hop on into the Android Central forums for more chatter:

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4 years ago

Which phone are we likely to see from HTC and Sprint on April 4?


HTC and Sprint are getting together a few weeks from now in New York to show us something. We'll be there -- anytime there's a chance at seeing Android phones, an open bar, or catered hor d'oeuvres we're gonna show up. The real question, the one we all want to know, is what exactly will they be showing us?

The last time Sprint held a big shin-dig they showed us the Kyocera Echo. Everyone remembers that one, and most had a less-than-positive thing or two to say about it. But that's behind us, and we're pretty sure we'll be seeing something from the HTC One line this time around. That leaves us three distinct choices:

The HTC One V

Already rumored to be headed to Virgin Mobile (who uses the Sprint network), there would be little in the way of tooling to get this one on Sprint. It's a new generation of a budget device, with mediocre internals but awesome looking software. It's a phone built to appeal to the masses, but not so much to a dyed-in-the-wool Android enthusiast.

The HTC One S

Specs are beyond decent. A new S4 Snapdragon, a sexy magic MAO/ceramic/magic finish on a metal unibody, SAMOLED screen, and not built for giants. Plenty of folks want to get their hands on this one (this author included -- please sell it unlockable HTC).

The HTC One X

The beast. 4.7 inches of raw power (either the same S4 Snapdragon or the mighty Tegra 3), 720p display, and NFC. It's the phone a lot of folks would design if they had a chance. It's also the phone most folks would want Sprint to sell.

All three run Sense 4.0 on top of the Ice Cream Sandwich core. HTC promises that we'll love Sense 4.0, and what we've seen so far makes us believe them. They all will have Beats Audio, and some sort of new camera voodoo that we're champing at the bit to play with. All three are great looking phones in their own right, at least on paper. 

We'll have to wait and see just what Sprint and HTC announce in New York, but that won't stop us from having an opinion. Let us know in the poll what you want to see on April 4.


Which phone will Sprint and HTC announce in New York on April 4?

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4 years ago

Sprint and HTC getting together April 4


Here we go, folks! Sprint and HTC are sending out invites to a little get-together on April 4 in New York City. We're invited to "experience their latest collaboration." Sprint CEO Dan Hesse will be there, as well HTC President Jason Mackenzie. And, you know, we'll be there, too. So now it's a party. 

More: HTC One Series forums

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4 years ago

How I back up my stock, unrooted Galaxy Nexus


I get this question a lot: If my Galaxy Nexus is unrooted and running the stock ROM, how do I back up it via a custom recovery?

It's pretty easy, actually, and it goes back to our method of manually applying a stock update. You're going to need a few things (and chances are you've got them already):

So here's what you do:

  1. Download the custom recovery into the same folder as your fastboot file. (I like to rename mine just to keep things short.)
  2. Reboot your phone into the bootloader, either by turning it off and holding vol-up/vol-down+power, or reboot from the command line (adb reboot bootloader).
  3. Plug your phone into your computer if it's not already. (Type fastboot devices to make sure your computer sees it)
  4. In the command line, type fastboot boot xxxxxxx.img (where xxxxxxx is the name of the custom recovery you saved).

And that's it. You'll have booted into the custom recovery, and from there you can do a full backup, or restore a backup, or wipe the phone. All without rewriting anything. If you need a little more hand-holding, there's some video after the break. 

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4 years ago

First Huawei myTouch photos leak out


Rumors have been circulating for a while that T-Mobile's next myTouch phone will be built my Chinese manufacturer Huawei. Now it seems we have more evidence of this, as the first photos of a myTouch device with Huawei logos has leaked out on ​TmoNews​.

The photos show the familiar rounded myTouch design, with four capacitive buttons and a lightly skinned Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Around the back there's a microSD card slot, a Tmo SIM card loaded and a big ol' Huawei-branded battery. The device in today's pics is lacks a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, though a Huawei-made myTouch slider has appeared in earlier leaked renders.

Hit the source link for the full set of pics, and let us know whether you're happy to see see Huawei taking over myTouch duties from HTC and LG over in the comments.

Source: TmoNews

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4 years ago

Gameloft will optimize select titles for the upcoming LG Optimus 3D MAX


Gameloft announced today that it has partnered with LG to optimize a number of its titles for the Korean manufacturer's upcoming Optimus 3D MAX smartphone. The following games will take advantage of the MAX's glasses-free 3D technology and will be available through LG Smart World upon the device's release:

  • Assassin’s Creed 3D
  • Dungeon Hunter 2 3D
  • James Cameron’s Avatar 3D
  • N.O.V.A. 2 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance 3D
  • Shrek Kart 3D
  • BackStab 3D 
  • Fishing Kings 3D 
  • Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus 3D
  • Shadow Guardian 3D 
  • Spider-Man: Total Mayhem 3D, Order & Chaos
  • Splinter Cell 3D

We got our hands on the Optimus 3D MAX back at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and while LG hasn't done much in terms of bumping the specs of its original Optimus 3D, it has added the ability to turn your plain old 2D apps into 3D ones. The titles above aren't so much simply converted as they are "optimized", so we're looking forward to seeing what Gameloft has done in terms of turning its titles into full-blown 3D experiences. Gameloft's announcement can be found after the break.

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4 years ago

Looking to try a new keyboard? MessageEase may be worth a look


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With a multitude of keyboards available for Android, there is a clear consensus that not everyone likes the same type of keyboards. Some prefer stock, some prefer something a little different. If you fall in the crowd who likes something a little different then MessageEase may be what you're looking for.

MessageEase has a rather unique layout, consisting of only nine keys. The concept behind it is that it helps minimize finger reach and maximizes efficiency when typing single-handed or with a single finger. The layout itself is user customizable by shape, size, color so you can adjust it for whatever works best for you.

MessageEase is available in the Google Play Store now for free. If the video above isn't enough info, you can jump past the break for the full press release announcement and download link.

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4 years ago

Droid Charge also set to get Verizon Remote Diagnostics app, along with other fixes


The venerable Samsung Droid Charge is about to get another software update. And included in version FP1, along with a bevy of bugfixes, is the new Verizon Remote Diagnostics application we've already seen added to the LG Revolution. That's the one that -- with your permission -- would allow Verizon customer service to temporarily take over your phone "for troubleshooting, device training and application demonstrations." Again, we (and Verizon) stress that nobody's taking over your phone without your permissions, and Verizon already has told us that this isn't a background monitoring tool.

Other additions in this software update include:

  • Updated User Interface (UI).
  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
  • No longer receive a promotional notification popup when using Mobile Hotspot.
  • Device allows for USB tethering while in Wi-Fi mode.
  • No longer lose data connectivity when the USB cable is connected or disconnected.
  • Easily view data activity with the Wi-Fi icon located in the status bar.
  • Complete calls without experiencing choppy audio, clicking noises and/or one-way audio noises.
  • Resolved “no tones” dial pad issue, allowing for easy access to voice mail and other automated systems

Plus, VZ Navigator has been updated, Google Play Books, the Play Store and Gmail apps have been updated (that really should be done outside of a software update, folks), the browser now defaults to, and desk dock crashes are said to have been resolved.

Source: Verizon (pdf); More: Droid Charge forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 might come standard with wireless charging


Two words that should never go together -- "charging" and "proprietary." But that might be what we see in the Samsung Galaxy S3 (or Galaxy S III, if you prefer), if a Korean publication is correct. DDaily is reporting that the SGSIII might well have a proprietary inductive charging system -- a la on the now-defunct Palm line of phones (and modded onto a number of Android devices) -- included as the stock back. (Or it might be optional. DDaily's not sure.) It also would have some sort of magic that would let it charge without actually touching the charging pad. (Woe is the child, pet or insect who steps foot between them.)

Hey, sounds great. Wireless charging (or at least charging via plugless contacts) should become the norm. But anytime we hear the word "proprietary" included with "charging," the hairs on the back of our neck start to stand up. Charging should never be proprietary. We've finally gotten all the manufacturers on board with microUSB (even if they do cheat sometimes -- say, in the case of the Nook Color's extra-long microUSB plug, or that not all manufacturers' chargers play nicely with each other's phones). We don't need a wireless charging war.

Anyhoo, we're still a long way out here, and there's a better than average chance that things will shift by the time anything's announced.

Source: DDaily (translated); via The Verge
More: Samsung Galaxy S III forums

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia S review


The past year has seen many a transformation at Sony Mobile, formerly known as Sony Ericsson. In addition to the buyout by Sony and subsequent rebranding, the company has refocused on smartphones and brought to market a well-rounded lineup of products in several form factors. So hopes are high as the manufacturer launches its first high-end smartphone under the Sony banner, the Xperia S.

On paper, the Xperia S is a tantalizing piece of kit -- buyers get a 4.3-inch 720p screen, a fast dual-core CPU and a best-in-class camera for less money than many competing devices. And unlike 2012 flagships from Samsung and HTC, the Xperia S actually exists, and you can go out and buy one today.

The catch? It’s running Android 2.3 out of the box, and it could be months before the phone’s updated to the latest version of Google’s OS. So join us after the break as we take a closer look at the Xperia S, and decide whether there’s a place for a high-end device running Gingerbread in Spring 2012.

A well-built phone which feels good in the hand. Sharp, bright screen. The Mobile Bravia Engine makes for a stunning video experience. Best smartphone camera available.

Still waiting on Android 4.0 update. Bizarre button setup, keys sometimes unresponsive. Occasional software lag. Soft touch finish is a scratch magnet.

It's tough going back to Gingerbread, and we think Sony's dropped the ball in shipping its first major handset of 2012 with an old version of Android. But the Xperia S makes up for this shortcoming in other areas. Once it gets that sorely-needed ICS update, the Xperia S could be one of the first great handsets of the year. Until then, it's another decent Android phone with a handful of outstanding features.

Inside this review

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4 years ago

Watch Phil on TWiT's All About Android


Phil was a guest on TWiT's All About Android podcast yesterday, where they discussed the "Google Nexus Tablet," Ice Cream Sandwich and Touchwiz, apps, and much more.

All About Android is one of TWiT's newer shows featuring Eileen Rivera, Jason Howell and Ron Richards. If you're an Android fan and haven't yet checked it out, we highly recommend doing so, especially because Phil was the guest this week.

To watch or download the episode, please hit the links below.

TWiT; YouTube

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4 years ago

Draw Something [Android Game Review]


YouTube link for mobile viewing

Drawing is a really funny thing. Most people fall into one of two categories: excellent or incredibly terrible. What better way to expose people and complicate the matters further than by forcing you to use your chubby fingers to draw crude, cave painting-like images with a friend, and then try to guess what the other person drew? Well, that seems to be the thinking at OMGPOP, because they made a little game called Draw Something that does just that, and it's all the rage these days.

The premise is ridiculously simple: pick a word from a list of three, try and draw it using different colors and brushes, then send it along to your friend and see if they can guess the correct word. Guessing is aided by the fact that your letter selection isn't infinite; on the contrary, you're only given a small handful of letters that aren't​ in your word, so as long as you can discern what you need, you'll be fine.

The three words you're given to choose from get increasingly more difficult, but the reward is also increased if your partner correctly guesses the word, too. There's a built-in incentive for trying to accumulate coins as fast as you can; coins can buy you precious bombs that eliminate letters not used in your word, or can buy you new colors to add to your palette.

You've got two options to create an account: login with your Facebook account or create a username. If you opt for the former, you can invite any of your friends from your friends list that is playing and start up a game. If you opt for the latter, you've got to add people by their username. In the sad event you don't have any friends to play with, you can also be matched with a random opponent, too, so you can still get your draw on. Either way, you can play against your friends on Android, or on iOS. Nice.

For a game with so simple a concept, Draw Something really strikes a chord with me (and everyone else, apparently). It's probably the social aspect, but there's something oddly rewarding about guessing correctly even though the drawing looked like something a pre-schooler would do. At any rate, it's fun as can be, so you might as well give it a shot. Missing, however, are notifications for when it's your turn. Booo.

Draw Something is 99 cents in the Google Play Store. We've got download links after the break.

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod team giving torrents a try for CM7.2-RC1 distribution


One of the more awesome things about custom ROMs in general is the myriad possibilities for distribution. And, more specifically, apps like ROM Manager have made downloading and updating so simple that we do it without a second thought. But with as large as the CM community has become, the download crush becomes more profound every day. As such, the CM team is giving torrents another go for the CM7.2-RC1 release.

If you've been living under a rock the past several years, torrents are a distribution method in which files are split and shared by "seeders," with no one central download location.Yes, torrents (or torrentz, if you're one of the cool kids) often are used to share copyrighted material, so you often hear about them with a negative connotation. (We're not fans of stealing, either.) But this is a prime example of a legitimate use. And the more people who download and in turn seed the CM ROMs, the faster everyone else gets to download. Very much in the spirit of the custom ROM community, eh?

And, yes, there are torrent apps for Android, so you can still download directly to your device. (We like aTorrent, and there are others, too.) Hit up the link below for the full list of CyanogenMod 7.2-Release Candidate 1 torrents, and make sure you get the right one from your phone.

Download: CyanogenMod 7.2-RC1 torrents; more +Keyan Mobli

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