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5 years ago

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


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 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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5 years ago

Casio G'zOne Commando initial review


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.

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

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5 years ago

Motorola XOOM WiFi only version coming to Sprint May 8?


Motorola Xoom

You all remember that Sprint branded Motorola Xoom right? Of course you do -- back then, we had no idea of when it would be showing up on Sprint for people to purchase but now, that's a slightly different story if the info seen in this image is any sort of accurate. May 8, is the expected release date for the WiFi only Motorola Xoom on Sprint but again that $599 price tag is lingering. With other tablets such as the HTC Flyer and the ASUS EeePad Transformer now or soon to be on the scene, is anyone still going to be picking up a Xoom from Sprint?

Source: Spantechular

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5 years ago

Shazam update gives free unlimited tagging, adds 'Shazam Friends' feature



Shazam, that oh-so-cool “music discovery” app that identifies a song simply by listening, has been updated to allow free unlimited tagging. This means that users no longer have to upgrade to the paid Shazam Encore ($4.99 in the Android Market) should they want to tag more than five songs per month. The update, bumping Shazam up to version 3.0.0, also brings support for “Shazam Friends”, a feature that allows you to share your tags via Facebook, formerly available to iOS users only.

The unlimited tagging promotion will last through January 1, 2012 and is made possible by a sponsorship from eBay (a unique pairing, but who’s complaining?). Hit the source link for the full press release and grab the new and improved app from the Android Market link after the break.

Source: Shazam

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5 years ago

Verizon Droid charge initial review


The Verizon Droid Charge is off to an inauspicious start. Announced at CES in early January 2011, it was slated to go on sale today, April 28. Such is not the case, however, due to some major hiccups with Verizon's LTE network. But we've got a Droid Charge in hand, and it's time to give Verizon's second 4G-capable phone the what for.

Hardware-wise, it's the same as we saw it four months ago. You've got a 4.3-inch touchscreen at 800x480, powered by a 1GHz processor, with 512MB of RAM. We've got 2GB of on-board storage, and our review unit came with a 32MB microSD card. Nice.

Despite being a large phone -- it's a hair over 5 inches tall and is about 2.6 inches wide -- it's less than a half-inch thick and weighs just 5.04 ounces. It's big, but it feels pretty good in the hand, if a tad plastic. The Droid Charge tapers to a point down at the physical buttons -- which are blissfully large -- giving it the look of a shield.

Samsung's TouchWiz interface is on board, same as it ever was. Otherwise, you've got all the usual accompanying features. There's an 8MP rear camera with flash, front-facing 1.3MP camera, HDMI out, and so on and so forth. It's a big, light, Android phone with LTE.

The full review's coming up, folks. In the meantime, peep the pics after the break.

Droid Charge SpecsDroid Charge ForumsDroid Charge Accessories

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5 years ago

HTC Sense 3.0 wallpapers extracted and posted for all


HTC Sense 3.0 Wallpapers

HTC tends to always include some nice wallpapers with new device releases. Most, are available through the HTC Hub application but if you're not running a Sense phone or ROM tracking down the wallpapers can often be tedious. Luckily though, the Android community is one that likes to share and as such the HTC Sense 3.0 wallpapers have been extracted and are now available for download. If you're looking to take a walk on the wild side -- you'll also find the inverted versions available as well.

Source: XDA

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5 years ago

Samsung Droid Charge release delayed in wake of Verizon's LTE crash (update: official)


We're still waiting on official word from Verizon, but if you're waking up this morning and hoping to head to a store to pick up the brand new Samsung Droid Charge, sit back down, pour another cup and prepare to wait. Calling around a handful of stores confirmed what we feared -- no Droid Charges for sale until the LTE network issue that brought the HTC ThunderBolt to its knees yesterday is squashed. Sad, but it makes sense. 

The good news is that 4G data is starting to pop back up, so it looks like we're past the worst. Let's just hope this is no more than a black eye on Verizon.

Update: Just got the following e-mail passed on by a reader:

Verizon has delayed the launch of the Samsung Charge company wide. There is no new launch date for this device. ...

The Verizon communication to us to relay to potential customers inquiring about the Samsung Charge is below:

"Verizon Wireless is experiencing unexpected delays with the launch of the Droid Charge by Samsung. Verizon Wireless is committed to providing the very best customer experience with all of their products and services. If you’d like to provide us with your contact information today, we will gladly notify you once the device is available for purchase. Another alternative is to visit to register your email for the latest updates."

Update 2: Verizon on Twitter says all is well with the network.

Update 3: And Verizon's made it official -- the Charge is delayed.

Source: Droid Charge ForumsThunderBolt forums; Twitter

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5 years ago

Parenting Magazine brings Ages & Stages app to Android


Attention all parents of youngsters: Android is here to save you from being overrun, a tall order, especially if you've got more than one running around, or will in the future. But Parenting Magazine has launched the Parenting Ages & Stages app, which aims to guide you through the early years. It's broken down into five categories -- pregnancy, first year, second year, the early years and school years. You can customize the app with pictures of your children, the names and ages, so you get a more personal experience in learning whether that thing Timmy swallowed is really harmful.

You can check out the press release after the break, and we've got more pics and download links after the break.

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5 years ago

More leaked blurry-cam shots - this time it's the 'HTC Kingdom'


 HTC Kingdom

Here's yet another leak from Chinese blog 911Sniper - a single, super-blurry image of a device purported to be the 'HTC Kingdom'. No real hardware details are offered, but 911Sniper does claim that the device has a qHD (540x960) display.

The phone appears to be a 4-inch or 4.3-inch model, and a front-facing camera can also clearly be seen next to the speaker grille at the top of the device. Other than that there's a pretty standard HTC design -- looks like a unibody chassis of some description -- HTC's been particularly fond of that lately. Other specs, as well as release date and launch market, are anyone's guess for the moment.

Source: 911Sniper; via Rumored Devices Forum

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5 years ago

HTC Doubleshot and Flyer ROMs leak, so does Gingerbread for the T-Mobile G2


What a night for Android hackers and HTC fans.  The fellows at 911sniper have a feast of leaks for us all to monkey around with.  First off, there's a leaked version of a Gingerbread OTA for the T-Mobile G2.  There's nothing new in there, but it is a full dump of all the partitions, and plenty of stuff to base a custom Gingerbread ROM off of.  You can check out more here in the G2 Hacking forums

If Gingerbread for the G2 isn't your cup of tea, how about a leaked Gingerbread ROM for the rumored (and I guess now verified) HTC Doubleshot, AKA the MyTouch 4G Slide?  Yep.  Got that one too.  And as a special bonus I pulled out the Sense 3.0 weather animations so you don't have to download the whopping 701 MB worth of system files to see them.  You'll find out more about it here in the Android Hacking forums.  Worth noting here is the build prop makes reference to OpenSense SDK version 3.0 as well as a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 768 MB of RAM, Bluetooth 3.0 and dual cameras -- 8 MP rear and VGA front.

And if that isn't enough for you (MORE MORE!) there's a HTC Flyer leaked RUU in the wild now as well.  We couldn't get that one downloaded because the link kept timing out, but I'm sure mirrors will appear, and someone will have a peek and see what's inside.  If you feel like giving it a shot, download links are at the source, and any of our resident HTC hackers will be able to help you pull out any goodies to play with.

Source: 911Sniper (G2 leak, HTC Doubleshot, HTC Flyer)

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5 years ago

Droid Incredible 2, Casio G'zOne Commando now available from Verizon


Read our Droid Incredible 2 initial review

The time has come for anyone who may have been holding out for either the Droid Incredible 2 or the Casio G'zOne Commando. Yes, unsurprisingly -- both devices have now gone live on the Verizon website and are up for ordering. Either or will set you back $199 on a new 2-year contract but if you're opting to go with the no contract offering this is what you'll be looking at for pricing:

  • HTC Droid Incredible 2: $439.99
  • Casio G'zOne Commando: $449.99

The reason behind the Casio G'zOne Commando costing ten dollars more than the Droid Incredible 2 is shrouded with secrecy so, we can't tell you why that is. What we can tell you though is that, if you head on over to the Verizon Wireless website right now you can place an order for the device of your choosing.

Oh, and as for the Droid Charge? Word is it's delayed while we wait on the Great Daylong LTE Outage of April 2011. Stay tuned.

Source: Verizon Wireless

Droid Incredible 2 specsDroid Incredible 2 forumsDroid Incredible 2 accessories

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5 years ago

HTC Rider shows itself in blurry fashion


Hot off the feed of our favorite Chinese leak-a-thon we have the HTC Rider. No other details, really, but this sure looks a whole lot like ... your basic HTC phone, or the EVO 3D headed to shores unknown. Where it's going and when it's going to get there? Well, your guess is as good as ours.

Source: 911 Sniper; via Rumored Devices Forums

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5 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G beta test changelog found, but no OTA just yet


We've been hearing about a beta test OTA for the Atrix 4G update for about a week but still have no reports of anyone receiving it just yet.  We did discover the changelog though, and it has a few things of interest there, notably a "Data Speed Increase" which everyone is hoping will unlock HSUPA on the handset.  There is also mention of connection improvements and improvements to cut down on the screen freezing many are seeing.  During my time with the Atrix 4G, I found the data issues and screen stutter to be much more aggravating than the lack of HSUPA, so seeing those two addressed is a big plus.

We have our eyes and ears open for more information about the 4.1.83 update, but in the meantime you can check out the change log and discuss what you think it all means in the Atrix forums

Source: Motorola; via Android Central forums. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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5 years ago

Epic 4G's ED12 Gingerbread build leaked, rooted, ready for flashing


OK, all you kids with your crazy rooted Samsung Epic 4Gs. If you're ready to get some semi-official leaked Gingerbread onto your phones, ACS has let loose the ED12 build that we've been talking about. It's deodexed and already rooted, if you're into that sort of thing.

This is is leaked, folks, and as such there are a few bugs to be mentioned from the stock package, including:

  • 4G non-functional
  • GPS non-functional
  • Wake lag present
  • Does not boot when plugged in and powered off, unplug to boot
  • Temperature sensor readings are incorrect. You may see interrupted charging due to bad battery temp readings.
  • Slide to unlock button sometimes 'sticks'
  • Has Carrier IQ (dieplz

Snag the downloads and the full instructions at the source link below, and get to flashing!

Source: Leaky Gingerbread ED12, ACSyndicate

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5 years ago

C Skills team discovers Gingerbread root exploit


Gingerbread unlocked

The folks at C Skills have done their magic again, this time with Gingerbread (and possibly Honeycomb) and have released GingerBreak.  If you don't keep up with this sort of thing, the C Skills team are the people who brought us the rageagainstthecage exploit.  Besides having a run-on sentence for a name, this is the trick that can root any device running Froyo.  Since it isn't going to work on Gingerbread, the fellas have jumped ahead of the game and found one that will, and are pretty confident that it will crack Honeycomb and Froyo, too. 

Now all we need is devices that aren't OEM unlockable to ship with Gingerbread so we can test it. 

Source: C Skills. Thanks, KSmithInNY!


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