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3 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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3 years ago

New Flash update finalizes 10.2 for Honeycomb, fixes security issues

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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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3 years ago

Rumored devices, Android 2.3.4 [from the forums]

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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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3 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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3 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.

G'zOne Commando specsG'zOne Commando forums | G'zOne Commando accessories

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3 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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3 years ago

Sprint makes it official - Wifi only Xoom available May 8

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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

Motorola Xoom Specs | Motorola Xoom Forums | Motorola Xoom Accessories

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3 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!

Droid Charge SpecsDroid Charge ForumsDroid Charge Accessories

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3 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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3 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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