Oct 10, 2011 - 2:35 PM - by dgstorm
Thunderbolt users! MIUI is now available for your phone.... well sorta! Yes MIUI is being ported to the Thunderbolt as we speak, and the developers are really making headway with that port. However, It is very much in its beta stage and just about everything is still broken.
While progress is being made, in the meantime, the developer "ROMIFIED" has put together an outstanding ROM which he is calling "The closest thing to MIUI until MIUI hits". His Rom IBOLT v0.90 is built on Dhacker's ShiftAO5P Hack3d and comes chock full of MIUI goodies such as MIUI launcher, MIUI camera, MIUI music, Miren MIUI browser, MIUI wallpapers, and a custom MIUI bootanimation, It is MIUI themed and much more.
This should easily keep you entertained until we get official MIUI on our Thunderbolt handsets!
Oct 10, 2011 - 1:19 PM - by dgstorm
The latest stable build of CyanogenMod 7.1 is out, and it has support for Android 2.3.7 as well as 68 devices now. Above is a video of the CM sessions at the Android BBQ. Here is a list of the newest supported devices:
- HTC Desire S, Incredible S, Incredible 2
- LG Optimus 2X and T-Mobile G2x
- Motorola Backflip (Motus), Cliq / Cliq XT, Defy, Droid 2, Droid X
- Samsung Captivate, Fascinate, Mesmerize, Showcase, Vibrant, Galaxy S, Galaxy S2 (multiple carriers)
- Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Neo, Xperia Play, Xperia Ray, Xperia Arc
- ZTE V9
Here is a list of some of the newest features:
- Bluetooth mouse support
- revoking app permissions
- camera touch-to-focus
- native screenshots in the power menu
- upgraded kernel and Android v2.3.7
Here is the full Changelog. And, here is a download link, CyanogenMod 7.1.
Another bit of interesting news to come out of this is that the Honeycomb version of CyanogenMod 8 will likely be bypassed altogether in favor of the Ice Cream Sandwich version which is CM9. This means we will likely never even see CM8 released at all.
Oct 10, 2011 - 12:42 PM - by dgstorm
The newest 3.2.0 version of the Android Market was "made available" over the weekend to some our friends at Droid-Life. This .apk supposedly comes from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which means it is Ice Cream Sandwich compatible. It has some unique installation instructions so pay close attention. Here they are:
Here's the download link: Phonesky.apk
*The .apk will not install like you are normally accustomed to. Instead, you will need to be rooted and follow the instructions below.
1. Download the file from above (Phonesky.apk) to your SD card.
2. In Root Explorer, find the file you just downloaded and copy it.
3. Move into /system/app and hit the R/W button to mount – then paste the file.
4. Find Vending.apk and rename it to something like Vending.apk1.
5. Long press on Phonesky.apk and rename it to Vending.apk.
6. Afterwards, long press on it again and choose “Permissions.”
7. Change the permissions to this:
8. Press “OK”, reboot and enjoy the new market.
Source: Android.net via Droid-Life
Oct 10, 2011 - 12:01 PM - by dgstorm
Verizon just announced another large expansion of their 4G coverage coming November 17. They will be covering more than 175 total markets. Here is a list in the press release below:
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AMERICA’S FASTEST AND MOST RELIABLE 4G NETWORK EXPANDS TO MORE THAN 175 MARKETS ON NOV. 17
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and SAN DIEGO – Verizon Wireless announced today at CTIA Enterprise and Applications™ 2011 that its 4G LTE network will be available in 178 markets by Nov. 17. The leader in mobile broadband will turn on its 4G LTE network in 22 new cities and expand the network in four cities on Oct. 20, and will turn on the 4G LTE network in 13 cities and expand in five cities on Nov. 17, making the largest 4G LTE network in the county even bigger.
Consumers and businesses in these cities will be able to access the blazingly fast speeds of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network with any of Verizon Wireless’ 13 4G LTE-enabled devices, including the new Pantech Breakout™ and DROID BIONIC™ by Motorola smartphones, and the 4G LTE-enabled Motorola XOOM™.
“When we launched our 4G LTE network just 43 weeks ago, we had an ambitious growth plan because we understood the impact 4G LTE could have on people’s lives,” said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. “Americans in 178 cities from coast to coast will have access to the nation’s most reliable 4G network before Thanksgiving, allowing them to harness the speed and power of the network not only where they live but also where they travel.”
On Thursday, Oct. 20, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network will be available in Birmingham, Ala.; Modesto and Stockton, Calif.; Fort Myers, Fla.; Bloomington, Elkhart, Evansville, South Bend and Terre Haute, Ind.; Sioux City, Iowa; Hagerstown, Md.; Tupelo, Miss.; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Asheville, N.C.; Bartlesville, Okla.; Jackson and Martin, Tenn.; Greater Hampton Roads and Richmond, Va.; and Green Bay, Wis. Verizon Wireless is also expanding its 4G LTE network in Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; and Erie, Pa. the same day.
On Thursday, Nov. 17, the company will turn on its 4G LTE network in Little Rock, Ark.; Savannah, Ga.; Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa; Lexington, Ky.; Kansas City and Springfield, Mo.; Lincoln, Neb.; Orange County, N.Y.; Greater Providence; Rapid City, S.D.; Roanoke, Va.; and Appleton, Wis. The company is also making major 4G LTE expansions on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Nashville, Tenn.
4G LTE Speed and Coverage
In real-world, fully loaded
Oct 10, 2011 - 11:37 AM - by dgstorm
The new Samsung Stratosphere 4G LTE QWERTY Slider phone was officially announced today, and looks to be a great phone aimed at the business user. We mentioned it earlier over the weekend, but this is the official release. The phone will be available on October 13 at Verizon Stores for $150 bucks after a $50 dollar rebate, when you sign a new two-year contract. Here's a breakdown of its specs followed by a link to the official press release:
- 4-inch Super AMOLED display
- 1GHz Cortex A8 processor
- 1.3MP Front Facing Camera
- 5MP Rear Camera
- 512MB of RAM
- 4GB of internal storage
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Sliding QWERTY Keyboard
- 4G LTE
Below is the official press release, but it is also the link to our section in the forums dedicated to the Samsung Stratosphere!
Source: VZW Official Press Release for Samsung Stratosphere
Oct 10, 2011 - 11:35 AM - by Arkbird
Well it looks like the other half of Motorola has released it's first tablet. Motorola Solutions, the corporate and enterprise company that was created during the original Motorola's split has launched it's first Android tablet. Some of the specifications include:
- Android 2.3.4
- 1GHz TI OMAP Dual Core Processor
- Front Facing Camera capable of 720P video
- 8MP Back camera
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB of internal store plus at 4GB SD card (Expandable to 32GB)
- 7 Inch screen made of Gorilla Glass with a 1024 x 600 resolution
- User replaceable 4620 mAH battery
It can also be dropped from 4 1/2 feet and survive (though I wouldn't recommend dropping it in any situation). It also has an operating temperature range of 32° to 122° F /0° to 50° C. Sounds like the kind of tablet that can go anywhere and do anything and still work in the end. What do you guys think?
Source: Motorola Solutions
Oct 10, 2011 - 9:48 AM - by Malvado
Well, Monday just got a little more exciting around here. According to an invite that Motorola sent out, we may finally see that rumored Droid Razr? The words "Faster. Thinner. Smarter. Stronger" are also emblazoned on the invitation.
The event kicks off at 9 a.m., PT/12 p.m., ET. But, in the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on what you think the companies will introduce. Also, anyone else have Daft Punk's "Harder Better Faster Stronger" stuck in their head now?
SOURCE: Motorola | Facebook
Oct 09, 2011 - 9:20 PM - by WenWM
The Droid Charge, an excellent phone, seems to have received a nice price drop. Verizon, just this Friday, reduced the smartphone's price down all the way to $199 with a 2 year contract. This new price is rumored to be because of the Nexus Prime, but personally I think it's because of the Bionic. Whatever reason Verizon has for changing the prices, you can now get this awesome device for a great lower price of $199 today.
Oct 09, 2011 - 9:16 PM - by WenWM
One thing I love about Android is the fact that you can change the user experience whenever you feel like it, and ROU Launcher wants to potentially be one of your choices. The new UI was introduced this weekend by a team of developers. These guys are working hard on making this concept into a reality. The UI takes a very minimalistic approach to things, and tries to give you only the information you need without the extra junk you don't want.
This concept would be really interesting to see come to life, but sadly the team needs more hands.
If you're interested, check out their twitter page.
Oct 09, 2011 - 8:55 PM - by WenWM
There are over 11 lawsuits aimed at Samsung by Apple to stop sales of their Galaxy S products, but it seems the company is still doing very well. Samsung was expected to see a profit of only 3.7 trillion won this quarter, but the company said its operating profit for the three month period ending this September will total roughly 4.2 trillion won ($3.6 billion). That means with all the lawsuits and delays the company is facing, they're still managing to push out millions of devices to their customers. They are behind last year's profit of 4.8 trillion won in the same quarter, but that could be because their devices just launched in the US and Verizon did not even get a copy.
One way or the other, Samsung is doing pretty well and whenever the Nexus Prime is launched, I'm sure they will see even higher profits.
Oct 09, 2011 - 8:32 PM - by WenWM
The battle to offer us the best processors to power our smartphones just got interesting with Qualcomm's latest announcement. The chip making firm just announced their s4 dual-core processor for smartphones. This chip promises "inherent advantages in frequency scaling, power consumption and size reduction." This new chip along with an Adreno 225 GPU should offer some excellent results in the performance department. The road map we've seen before said the chip should be clocked between 1.5Ghz and 2.5Ghz, with a 50 percent graphics boost over the current Adreno 220 GPU. This improved performance, the thinner design, and Qualcomm saying it will support every type of radio we'll need (GSM, CDMA, LTE, GPS, Wifi, Bluetooth, FM and NFC) means our future phones will be thinner, cooler, cheaper, and much faster.
What do you think of that?
Oct 09, 2011 - 8:21 PM - by WenWM
This mid-range Android powered device has been in the rumor mill for quite some time now, but it seems like the wait is almost over. The Samsung Stratosphere's specs were leaked earlier this week, 4-inch Super AMOLED display, Android 2.3 and 5MP rear-facing camera included, but now Droid-life has leaked the release date as well. The website got a word in with the Verizon gods and apparently this device will be coming our way in just 4 days. Whenever this device is launched, we will certainly try and get you guys a review of it in a timely manner.
For more discussions on the Stratosphere, be sure to check out http://www.droidforums.net/forum/samsung-stratosphere/
Oct 08, 2011 - 11:50 PM - by Malvado
Pictures of a strange, alternative Xoom are turning up across the web. As the box shows, this is the Xoom Family Edition. The “Family” aspect is the fact that the device comes pre-installed with $40 worth of software for kids by Zoodles, Asphalt 6 from Gameloft, and “grown-up productivity apps like QuickOffice.” That’s not the only difference though. This Xoom has physically changed from its predecessor. The edges are now beveled all the way around whereas the original was flat on the screen side. The volume buttons look much more pronounced. The front-facing camera has moved from the center to the top left. Flipping over to the back, the first thing you’ll notice is a new camera. It is now in a chrome setting and occupies the space of the former power button, which by the way, appears to have been removed from the back. Gone also, is the two tone design of aluminum and gel coat. This new Xoom seems a solid sheet of dark brushed metal, possibly duraluminum. Also of note is that the device is labeled MZ505. Currently the Xoom WiFi and 3G/4G devices come as models MZ606/606 & MZ600/602 respectively. We don’t have a run down of full specs, but for now we know that it features a 1GHz dual core processor and 10.1″ HD display. It’s interesting that this Xoom has been able to slip through the cracks all the way to what sources are calling a big box electronic store, especially considering the leaks of the Motorola Xoom Media Edition and Xoom 2.
SOURCE: Motorola Xoom Family Edition pops up at retail sporting kid-friendly software -- Engadget
Oct 08, 2011 - 11:44 PM - by Malvado
If you’re quite the themer like myself then you probably go through quite a bit in a week’s time. And searching the entire Android Market for a theme compatible with your launcher can be daunting. Wouldn’t it be nice if all of the themes on the Android Market could be organized for you despite what launcher you’re using? Look no further. N3xGen Theme Manager, by Bentotbox, has provided just what you’re looking for. If you are sporting any of the following launchers, you’re in luck:
- ADW Ex
- Launcher Pro
- Launcher Pro Plus
- T-Mobile Theme Chooser
- And custom roms that support Theme Chooser
If you enjoy theming your phone as much as I do, then this is an app for you! The current Android Market does not support the wide array of themes that it could. This is where N3xGen Theme Manager steps in. It takes the chaos of themes in the market and organizes them into an application dedicated to themes.Thanks to N3xGen Theme Manager, searching for themes has never been easier. If you’re ready to give it a go you can head on over to our popular apps database for the download along with a QR code or you can snag it on the android marker. Keep in mind that this application is currently still in beta so supply the developer with as much feedback as you can, so as to improve the application for better daily use. And as always, don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Hit the break for a few more screen shots and to check out a video demo of the app in action.
Oct 08, 2011 - 10:09 AM - by Arkbird
Well it looks like our fabled Galaxy Nexus just passed through the FCC with AT&T, T-Mobile (only one band), and worldwide GSM bands. Although it's supposed to be a Verizon exclusive, these new details make you wonder if this is a timed exclusive or if Google and Samsung have some other ideas planned for their newest ICS device.
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