Dec 06, 2011 - 9:53 AM - by dgstorm
Verizon just officially launched their two new tablets for the holiday season, the 10.1 Inch Motorola Droid XYBoard and the 8.2 Inch Motorola Droid XYBoard. These are basically the Motorola XOOM 2 tablets that we heard rumors about previously. For more discussions about these new tabs, head over here: Motorola XYBoard Forum. Here is the official press release:
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VERIZON WIRELESS AND MOTOROLA MOBILITY INTRODUCE NEXT-GENERATION DROID XYBOARD TABLETS ON THE VERIZON WIRELESS 4G LTE NETWORK
New Tablets Elevate Customers into an Unprecedented Realm of Communication, Entertainment and Productivity; Verizon Wireless Also Offering New DROID RAZR™ by Motorola in White, Just in Time for the Holidays
BASKING RIDGE, N.J, and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) and Verizon Wireless today introduced two new additions to the DROID family to deliver new and unparalleled experiences on America’s fastest, most reliable 4G network, the DROID XYBOARD tablets. The two new DROID tablets present new options for consumers looking to stay connected, productive and entertained. Additionally, Verizon Wireless will debut the trendsetting DROID RAZR™ by Motorola in a flashy new white color, a unique gift for the winter holidays. All three products will be upgraded to Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The new DROID XYBOARD tablets both boast the blazing speeds of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network and the power of dual-core 1.2 GHz processors, 1 GB of RAM and MotoCast™ for remote access to non DRM-protected music, pictures, videos and documents stored on work or home computers’ hard drives. Both are equipped with scratch-resistant displays that use Corning® Gorilla® Glass to stay brilliant and a coating of water-repellent nanoparticles makes them resistant to accidental spills and splashes.
Lighter than a paperback book and thinner than an AAA battery, the DROID XYBOARD tablets feature Android™ 3.2 Honeycomb, brilliant high-definition displays with wide viewing angles, magnesium-reinforced bodies with aluminum housing and super portable form-factors. Both tablets offer robust Business Ready features, including enterprise-grade security and apps such as Quickoffice HD® for document editing and creation, Citrix® GoToMeeting™ for productivity and collaboration and Google Talk™ for video conferencing.
The DROID XYBOARD 10.1 is optimized for productivity with stylus support for easy notetaking and markup using a precision tip stylus, included in the box. The XYBOARD 8.2 is perfect for portable
Dec 06, 2011 - 9:42 AM - by dgstorm
The new Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be the next big phone to support the NFC technology for mobile payment systems like Google Wallet. Unfortunately, the Verizon version of this phone will have specifically Google Wallet, disabled on the device. According to a confirmation from Google, Verizon requested that the feature be disabled for their version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The reason for this was not given, but more than likely it was a strategic decision by Verizon, since they have invested in their own mobile payment service called Isis, which is a partnership Verizon Wireless formed with AT&T and T-Mobile USA. In fact, there are several different competing mobile payment systems being developed. Here's a quote from the CNET article with a few more details,
Sound off in the forums if this will affect your decision to get the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
"Verizon asked us not to include this functionality in the product," a Google representative told CNET.
It's unknown whether that omission is related to Isis, a partnership Verizon Wireless formed with AT&T and T-Mobile USA in an attempt to enter the mobile payments business.
Verizon Wireless representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
While several other companies have announced plans to launch their own digital wallets, Google was the first to market. Google's service, which launched in September, allows owners of Android smartphones equipped with NFC (near-field communications) technology to tap or swipe their phones to make purchases.
Update/Follow-Up: Apparently, Verizon has denied that they purposefully "blocked" the Google Wallet software from their version of the Galaxy Nexus. They claim that they do not block software and that the reason they requested its removal was more of a philosophical business difference that they have with Google. They indicated that the Google Wallet software integrates more fully into the core of the phone, and presents a security issue that they were not comfortable with. Here's a quote from the CNET follow-up article with some more details,
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"Recent reports that Verizon is blocking Google Wallet on our devices are false," the company said in a statement today. "Verizon does not block applications."
Google Wallet, unlike other applications, needs to be integrated into a secure
Dec 06, 2011 - 4:43 AM - by Shadez
With leaks galore and rumors running rapid, it seems that we finally have a confirmed release date for the Galaxy Nexus. The following PDF was posted on RootzWiki.
Leaks have been coming out of the woodwork these past few days and it seems the boys over at RootzWiki have managed to secure a leaked email and PDF confirming the much rumored December 9th launch date for the Galaxy Nexus
Stores will apparently be getting their shipments on December 6th, just three days before the big launch with demo units already hitting some stores complete with Ice Cream Sandwich packaging. The question is will the Galaxy Nexus even receive a well deserved big launch, or will it just happen to pop up into stores without an ad spot or major announcement from Verizon? Only a few more days until we find out…
Additional Info: CNET.COM
Thanks for the tip: kronusx12
Developer "Nitroglycerine33" is at it again! The developer of the beloved Eclipse Rom series has put together a modified version of Koush's Bootstrap (the mod that circumvents a locked bootloader which allows for a custom recovery) that works on the Droid Razr. It is suggested that you use much caution with this unofficial Bootstrap as there is currently no safety net, and no way to recover from a soft brick being that the Fastboot Files for the Droid Razr have not yet been leaked. Currently you can use Nitro's modified Razr Bootstrap Recovery to make and restore a nandroid backup.
Nitro has also put together the very first Rom for the Droid Razr! This man doesn't even own a Razr! Can you say talent?! The Rom is super simple and is basically just a stock rom that has been deodexed for themes and other mods. Bloat has even been left on this rom. It is nice to see the beginning of development on such a slick device. Hopefully the safety net "Fastboot files" will be leaked soon so that development for this device can really kick off!
It should be noted that the RazR Bootstrap Recovery is Unofficial and not supported by Koush. You should use this at your own risk, and be very careful. However it should also be noted that it has been thoroughly tested and is said to work flawlessly.
Image Source: Koushikdutta.com
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A nice little early Christmas present courtesy of Verizon. Purchase a Droid RAZR by 12/25 and get $50 off any Motorola branded accessory. How about a HD dock??? Or maybe a Lapdock?? Choose your poison. The $50 does have to be used at the time of purchase.
Dec 05, 2011 - 12:21 PM - by dgstorm
It would seem that a Google engineer named Diane Hackborn (Wow! If that isn't the perfect name for a software/hardware tech engineer, I don't know what is!) got tired of all the confusion regarding hardware acceleration on the Android platform and decided to set the record straight and educate us all. She recently posted a long bullet-point style discussion post on her Google+ page with some great details on the subject.
A brief summary is that Android has always had some minor forms of hardware acceleration built-in; however, versions of Android prior to 3.0/Honeycomb didn't have GPU acceleration, but only CPU acceleration, which was far less efficient. Google introduced full graphics acceleration into Honeycomb, and it is "no more full" in Android 4.0/ Ice Cream Sandwich. The only difference between Honeycomb and ICS is that the newest version of Android adds a change in default settings so apps designed for the new OS will automatically activate hardware acceleration. You can check out her full discussion at the Google+ source link below.
Source: PhanDroid and Google+ - Diane Hackborn
Dec 05, 2011 - 12:02 PM - by dgstorm
It seems that Asus is not resting on its laurels with the success of their Transformer series products. In fact, they are also broadening their horizons and stepping beyond the tablet market into the mobile phone market. We heard rumors about the Asus Padfone earlier in the year, but now it is mostly confirmed that they are working on the device. Furthermore, it is nearly ready and will come in early 2012, sporting the same quad-core Tegra 3 chip that is coming in the Transformer Prime! More than likely, the device will be officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2012 in February.
What do you guys think? Would you consider buying an Android smartphone from Asus?
Dec 05, 2011 - 11:51 AM - by dgstorm
Here's a report that looks interesting enough that it would be great to see go world-wide. In Australia, they have an entire department store/retail outlet devoted to Android, called Androidland. This 154 square meter (505 Square Feet) retail store, is filled with Android goodies, and showcases almost every Android device imaginable. The store has in-store experts to answer your every Android question, and also has interactive technology demonstrations spread throughout. In fact, here is a breakdown of all the store offers,
It looks a bit on the "geared for kids" side, but really, aren't most Android-lovers just big kids at heart? For those folks that live in Melbourne, Australia, here is a quote from the DroidMatters article with store hours and location info,
- Board the Android spaceship – An interactive spaceship zone allows visitors to pilot the Google Earth app on the giant screen and fly across the world; play Angry Birds on a big interactive screen; and create an Android avatar that can be printed or shared.
- Have fun in the play zone – Visitors can sit under a pixel tree and play with live devices; try their luck on an Android skill tester and clown machine and flick through a virtual library of Google Books.
- Get expert advice – Android experts, specially trained by Google, will be on hand to help customers set up their Google accounts, recommend popular Android Market™ apps, answer questions and to help customise device homescreens.
- Get hands on with the latest Android devices – Visitors will be able to try out a wide range of working Android smartphone and tablets.
- Window shop like never before – Customers will be able to interact with a massive 24 x 9 metre window display that features an augmented reality game challenging visitors to catch Android robots drifting in a virtual snowfall.
For the rest of us, we can check it out in the video above.
Androidland is located in the heart of Melbourne at 246 Bourke street on the corner of Swanston & Bourke. It is open from Monday to Thursday from 8am to 6pm and on Friday from 8am to 9pm. On the weekends, the store will be open from 9am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sunday.
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Dec 05, 2011 - 11:22 AM - by dgstorm
A crucial victory has been garnered for Samsung against Apple's patent lawsuits. In a late Friday ruling, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, denied Apple's request for a preliminary injunction against Samsung selling Galaxy phones and tablets in the United States. Although there are several ongoing lawsuits from Apple against Samsung world-wide, this U.S. lawsuit was filed by Apple in April. On Friday, when Judge Koh rejected Apple's attempts to block Samsung sales of 3 mobile phones and the Galaxy Tab 10.1, she made the following statement, "It is not clear that an injunction on Samsung's accused devices would prevent Apple from being irreparably harmed." (That seems like a 'bass-ackwards' way of saying that, doesn't it?)
Of course Samsung had happy words regarding the ruling. Samsung spokesman Jason Kim said in an email, "This ruling confirms our long-held view that Apple's arguments lack merit." It's worth noting that Apple could still win in the over-all lawsuit. This just stops the preliminary injunction to halt sales of Samsung devices, which is well-timed for Samsung before the crucial holiday season. Here's a quote from the Reuters article with some more details,
Still, it looks like that Apple will likely have an up-hill battle from now on, at least in the courtroom. As far as the tablet market is concerned, even with the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the strongly competitive Amazon Kindle Fire, and a host of other powerful alternatives coming soon like the Transformer Prime, more than likely, Apple will still dominate. It will likely be their market throughout 2012, but that also means it will be their market-share that Android will be eating away at into the future...
Koh added that Apple would likely prove Samsung infringed one of its tablet patents. However, Apple had not shown that it was likely to overcome Samsung's challenges to the patent's validity, Koh wrote.
Apple must demonstrate both infringement and validity to succeed in its lawsuit.
Dec 05, 2011 - 10:46 AM - by dgstorm
Update: Supposedly, they have pulled the demo model and no longer have it on display. If there are any New Yorkers who make it out to the store, give us a confirmation, please.
For those Android fans that live in or near New York city, you can actually get your hands on and play with a Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone if you want to. The Samsung Experience store located at the Shops at Columbus Circle in NYC has a display of the phone that you can check out. Sadly, of course, they don't have any for sale yet. It doesn't have sim cards installed for VZW's network, but it is working on WiFi, so you can take it for a pseudo-spin.
If you are one of our members that makes it over to see the phone, please sound off in the forums, so we can drool with envy!
Picture Source: Droid-Life
Dec 05, 2011 - 10:34 AM - by dgstorm
Even though Google and Samsung launched the volume big fix OTA for owners of the European Samsung Galaxy Nexus, it appears their is still a strange, but mostly harmless glitch in the device. For some odd reason, the phone's bootloader doesn't play nice with 900MHz frequencies near it. The video above shows the phone having continuous volume problems in bootloader mode while a 900MHz/2G device is right next to it. Now obviously, this situation shouldn't really be much of a problem in 90% of all real world settings, but it is an interesting glitch, nonetheless. Also, more than likely, once the phone gets updated bootloader code in the future, it should squash this last little bug.
Dec 05, 2011 - 10:26 AM - by pc747
This is it; winner gets the prize and becomes the new theme champ. Be sure to vote! The polls will close on Friday and a winner will be announced!
Dec 05, 2011 - 10:17 AM - by dgstorm
Here's a bit of a surprise... even though we have seen ports on several devices, the first Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich tablet will not be what we expect. The first ICS tablet will be a $99 dollar MIPS SoC enabled tablet called the NOVO7.
Instead of the usual ARM-based chispet, the NOVO7 uses the MIPS-based XBurst processor called JZ4770, from the Chinese Ingenic Semiconductor. This chip runs at 1GHz and can handle 1080p video playback and 3D games with its Vivante GC860 GPU. Supposedly, this tech is very efficient with battery power and allows for 7 hours of browsing or 6 hours of 3D gameplay.
The tablet also has a 7" capacitive touchscreen, a USB 2.0 port, microHDMI ports, a 2MP rear camera, a front-facing camera and a microSD slot. This tablet even garnered the praise of Mr. Android himself, Andy Rubin. Here's a quote,
The NOVO7 tablet passed the Google Compatibility Test Suite certification. It will run pretty much all of Google's services and can handle thousands of apps from the Android Market. Even though the device is only $99 bucks, it looks like they are charging $66 bucks for shipping, which is a bit sneaky, but still worth looking at. What do you think?
I’m thrilled to see the entrance of MIPS-Based Android 4.0 tablets into the market. Low cost, high performance tablets are a big win for mobile consumers and a strong illustration of how Android’s openness drives innovation and competition for the benefit of consumers around the world.
You can check out their full press release at the source link below.
Source: AndroidTablets.net via First ICS Android Tablet - MIPS Based, and Sub-$100 Price Point NOVO7 - Press Release
Dec 05, 2011 - 9:33 AM - by dgstorm
We have another solid tip that seems to indicate Best Buy might have the Motorola Droid 4 this Thursday, December 8th. As you can see from the pic above, Best Buy's database system shows a Motorola device "In Stock" on that date. Of course, it is possible that it is a data entry error, or a different Motorola phone, but it does lineup with some of the rumors we have heard previously.
This would be an interesting turn of events if it works out to be accurate, since this would mean that the Droid 4 will come out before the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, at least according to the last tip we received regarding the Galaxy Nexus. Interestingly, these dates seem to be the exact opposite of some of the previous rumblings across the web, so again, maybe a Best Buy data entry person simply swapped the two phones' dates in their system...
We only have a few days until we find out!
Thanks for the tip, Arkbird!
Rom Eclipse 1.1.1 ported to the Droid 3!
We have previously highlighted the work of Developer Nitroglycerine33 here in the news section with his Eclipse 1.1.1 rom for the Bionic and other devices. I love this rom because it is so incredibly clean, and i love the cyan blue theme as well! Droid 3 users can now be giddy with excitement! Eclipse has been successfully ported to your device by developer "13thAngel". It should be noted that this rom was developed by Nitro and then modified by 13thAngel to boot on the Droid3! This Rom is based on the .893 build of GingerBread Moto Blur. It is very clean and has lots of ICS Aosp elements. It is to be installed via D3 Bootstrap not Safestrap.
This Rom is fully Deodexed and Debloated plus most Blur has been removed for speed and performance! The Blur launcher has been replaced with one of the snappiest launchers around "Super AOSP Launcher 2" by the Gummy Charge team. Most of the apps have been replaced with their AOSP counterparts such as; MMS, music, 3d gallery, file manager, email, alarmclock/deskclock, news and weather, calendar, and camera plus more. Some mods have been made such as custom host files, gps config changes, download crutch to help with web downloads.
This Rom also features some custom goodies such as Eclipse Parts (a cm style customizer), Eclipse Wallpapers, a custom blue theme throughout, accurate battery mod, crt on/off mod, full reboot options, 7 pulldown toggles in the notification menu (including wireless, bluetooth, gps, sound/vibrate, auto brightness, data, and rotation toggles) Tab Lockscreen is included as well as inverted contacts/dialer, and inverted gtalk/gvoice, a native facebook app, the appwidget picker and dsp manager. Some ICS goodies are included here as well like ICS Music app, ICS deskclock widget, and ICS bootanimation! This Rom is super clean! You will enjoy!
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