Nov 22, 2011 - 12:20 PM - by Malvado
Nov 22, 2011 - 12:13 PM - by Malvado
Samsung had hoped to have the Android 3.2 update on most Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices by this time, but a glaring WiFi error forced them to withdraw the new software until a fix could be made. Issues have been resolved and the update is back on its journey to a Tab 10.1 near you. For those that never received the upgrade, you can pull the file over-the-air right now. If you were one of the unlucky ones to receive the flubbed update, your only chance at redemption lies in Samsung’s Kies software. You will have to connect to a PC to get things back in order. Galaxy Tab owners should be happy with the turn around from Samsung. It’s not often issues of software updates are resolved so quickly, after all
SOURCE: Fixes in hand, Samsung begins pushing Galaxy Tab 10.1's Android 3.2 update again | Android Central
Nov 22, 2011 - 11:23 AM - by dgstorm
Engadget was able to get hold of some pics of a new Lenovo 5-inch Android tablet. The tab will initially come out in China as part of the LePad branding lineup, but will likely be called the IdeaTab here in the States to differentiate it from the IdeaPad lineup. Here's what they revealed about the specs:
- 5-Inch Display
- Unspecified Dual-Core Processor
- A micro-USB port
- HDMI output
- Front-facing camera
They didn't know which Android OS it was likely to have, and they also had no idea of pricing or time-frame of launch. Why make such a small device that is not also a phone? Share your thoughts. There are some more pics at the source link below.
Source: AndroidTablets.net via Engadget
Nov 22, 2011 - 11:14 AM - by dgstorm
It's easy to get buried in all the excitement and hype surrounding the big flagship phones like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. But we can't forget that not everyone needs or wants the most expensive and most powerful phone available. Verizon is reminding us that they have consumers beyond just the hard-core too, by announcing their new low-to-mid-range device, "The Samsung Illusion." The phone will be coming out at Verizon stores tomorrow, November 23, 2011, for only $79.99 on a new contract. It will then be available at third party retailers in January. Here are the specs and the press release:
- Android 2.3/Gingerbread
- 1GHz CPU
- 3.5-inch HVGA display
- 2GB microSD card
- 3-megapixel camera
- Wi-Fi &Bluetooth 3.0, 3G connectivity
... [Read More]
Equipped with Stylish Form Factor, the Samsung Illusion is Made from Post Consumer Material and Has Attained UL Platinum Rating
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the Samsung Illusion™ will be available online at Cell Phones - Smartphones: Cell Phone Service, Accessories - Verizon Wireless
beginning Nov. 23 for $79.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. The Illusion will be available for free with a new two-year customer agreement between Thursday, Nov. 24 and Monday, Nov. 28 as a online promotion.
The sophisticated Samsung Illusion smartphone features a sleek form factor and is powered by the nation’s most reliable 3G wireless network. The Illusion boasts a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird Application Processor, 3.0-megapixel camera, HTML Web browser, music player and integrated contacts, calendar and social networking applications, as well as access to more than 300,000 apps available to download from Android Market™.
Android 2.3™, Gingerbread– support for Google Mobile™ Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Search™ and Google Maps™
· SWYPE™ Technology – input text faster and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard
· Unique curved-glass display
· Corporate email support for Microsoft Office Exchange® so customers can synchronize corporate email, contacts and calendars from their office email
· Full suite of messaging options, including text, picture and video messaging
Nov 22, 2011 - 10:57 AM - by dgstorm
NVIDIA seems to want to show off their new toys. They shared this great video demo of the Asus Transformer Prime running Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich. Apparently, they got hold of the ICS download and promptly got it working on the Transformer Prime ASAP. The video is pretty short, but it's still nice to see ICS finally running on a tablet, and man does that Tegra 3 chip show off its capabilities. The 1080p video was smooth as silk, and the enhanced water effects in the game, Riptide GP, are pretty impressive for a tablet. These guys sure know how to tease us gear-heads...
Source: TransformerForums via AndroidPolice
Nov 22, 2011 - 10:40 AM - by dgstorm
One of our talented (and lucky to have all three phones) forum members and moderators, jntdroid, went to the trouble to post some great comparison and contrast pics & videos of the display capabilities of the HTC Rezound, the Motorola Droid RAZR, and the Motorola Droid Bionic. He also posted some comparison shots of pics that each phone took, to give us an overall feel for their capabilities.
Here's a description of his methodology,
Below is the source link to his post with a ton of pics and video. Be sure to check them out! Thanks jntdroid!
This isn't meant to be an in depth review, but to simply supplement some of the info floating around about these three phones.
- All three phones are set to 50% brightness, running GO Launcher EX with ICS Theme, animations (windows/transitions) set to "fast" (Spare Parts).
- All three are freshly booted, with only the app drawers loaded once already
- The pictures of the screens are meant, mostly, to show the differences in saturation and color on each phone. The strongest "features" of each picture tend to be exaggerated by the camera and don't necessarily look like this in real life - do not forget that as you're looking. I'm a camera idiot... sorry. (taken with Nikon D5000)
- The video resolution isn't the greatest, but again, meant mostly to show a glimpse of navigation "smoothness" and performance. For the life of me I could not get the camera to focus more than it did on the vids.
- Every single picture or video shows them, from left to right, in this order - Rezound, Razr, Bionic
Nov 22, 2011 - 10:25 AM - by dgstorm
Here's am interesting bit of news that Samsung never bothered to advertise about their new Android 4.0/ICS phone... lucky international users that already have the device have figured out that the front facing camera can actually shoot 720p HD video. This is a huge step-up from the typical VGA cameras that usually grace the front of most phones, and you would think it would have been an additional marketing opportunity for Samsung. This makes the Galaxy Nexus the absolute best phone for video-teleconferencing. Check out the video above of how to adjust the settings. Beware, the person in the video is speaking English, but it is both hilarious and quite difficult to understand due to his thick accent. It kinda reminds me of "Monty Python."
Nov 22, 2011 - 10:04 AM - by dgstorm
Earlier in the year we had several rumors about different devices from several manufacturers that were going to come out as the new "branded" Facebook focused phone. Some of those rumors turned out to be false intel, some turned out to be only a minor collaboration with Facebook, and still others even got the manufacturer in hot water with Facebook for licensing issues. As it turns out, Facebook actually is working directly with someone to create a truly social network integrated smartphone that will carry the Facebook branding, and they have chosen HTC.
This phone is internally codenamed, "Buffy." Yes, that is the same name as the Film and TV show vampire slaying character from Joss Whedon. According to reports, Facebook CTO Bret Taylor, has been working on this for over a year, but they are still 12-18 months out from the phone actually coming into existence. The company wouldn't comment directly on the subject, but a spokesperson had this to say,
It's not surprising that they chose HTC, because they were the manufacturer that was actively courting Facebook and putting forth the most effort to create a Facebook phone. They even went to the trouble of putting a Facebook button on the Salsa and the ChaCha phones that released earlier this year. However, their plan with Buffy will integrate friends and social activities much deeper into the mobile interface. In fact, Taylor himself astutely pointed out at an industry conference earlier this year, “Mobile devices are inherently social.” It will be interesting to see what they finally come up with.
“Our mobile strategy is simple: We think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social. We’re working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers to bring powerful social experiences to more people around the world.”
Nov 22, 2011 - 9:38 AM - by dgstorm
Is this a case of marketing folks not doing their research properly, or could the new Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus be actually called the Nexus Prime like original reports months ago suggested? Both Best Buy and Amazon have recently called the phone the Nexus Prime. There is a leaked Best Buy ad that calls the phone the Nexus Prime, and Amazon recently added the following to their wireless website, "Samsung Galaxy S II Nexus Prime 4G Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)." This is strange indeed that both parties would make the same or similar mistakes, although it's also additionally odd that Amazon is calling the phone the Galaxy SII Nexus Prime.
Still, even though it is odd, we have seen carriers re-brand phones before, so it is possible. However, despite these interesting tidbits, it would appear that Verizon's internal web page used by indirect Verizon resellers to order their inventory of the phone disputes both of these ads and still calls it the Galaxy Nexus. Of course that could just be their internal system name for the phone since that is the original name from the manufacturer. It appears that the naming mystery of the first ICS device has returned for one last plot-twist.
What do you guys think? Will it be the Galaxy Nexus, or the Nexus Prime? Do you care what the name is, and will we ever be able to find out if Bigfoot really exists? You decide!
Source: Phandroid and PhoneArena and AndroidCentral and Amazon
Nov 22, 2011 - 1:40 AM - by wicked
Just in time for the holidays and those all those brand new LTE devices wrapped neatly under the tree, Verizon will be adding more than thirty new markets to their impressive 4G coverage map. Recent figures suggest Big Red is providing their signature high speeds in 179 markets presently, which means the 200 mark will easily be surpassed when the new cities go live on December 15th.
Has your city been added? Check below to see which new markets will be included.
New Verizon 4G LTE Markets:
- Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
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- Hyde Park
- New Paltz
- Red Hook
Announcing Purity Rom v2.5 feat TPAX for the Bionic!
Bionic users! Last week I announced the Shift3R Rom by the Th3ory Team. Shift3r is great but if you want a true D3Blurr3d experience you gotta try Purity v2.5! This Rom is Clean, Sleek, and all traces of Motorola’s Red headed stepchild UI have been removed! Blur is completely gone! This is the way Google intended for you to experience your android device, the AOSP way!
This Rom is pretty Revolutionary! It features a whole lineup of TPax which are customized themes/UIs to match “Your Android Type”! TPax for this Rom are installed directly over the base by simply Wiping Cache and Dalvik Cache! There is no need to wipe data which saves you allot of time and hassle! You can change the look and feel of your Rom in a matter of minutes which really rocks! TPax include; “StockUI”, “Zoom”, “IC3”, “GB”, and “Ic3Br3ad”
The base Rom is built off of the 5.7.893 OTA update, with Integrated Unthrottle, SdCard read tweaks, Script Manager, Scrollable Power Toggles in the Notification drop down. This Rom is fully optimized and tweaked! It is Deodexed with Bloat Removed for performance. Battery optimization helps to extend the battery life. New GAPPS, custom apps, and Th3m3ing, plus BionicBox and Th3oryRom Wallpapers. Way too much to list here.
Nov 21, 2011 - 4:35 PM - by Shadez
Well it look's like we have something you guys are gonna like. Some official (As official as we can get without an announcement from Verizon) specs for the US Version of the Galaxy Nexus. Note, the 32GB Storage.
I know this is just going to make many of you even more anxious to have this hot little gadget in your hand, but it looks like all entities involved are gearing up for a release. Now we just need an official release date and we'll be good to go ...
Galaxy Nexus Tech Specs Page
Thanks to: R850R for the tip!!
Nov 21, 2011 - 12:04 PM - by dgstorm
Cyanogen, recently posted the following bit of good news on his Google+ page,
So far, everybody has been talking up ICS on the Galaxy Nexus, so it has been easy to forget that the OS was designed to bridge the gap between tablets and smartphones. It'll be exciting to finally see its capabilities on a tablet too!
ICS on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is pretty great. Coming soon to a CM mirror near you
Source: GalaxyTabForums.net via AndroidPolice
Nov 21, 2011 - 11:19 AM - by dgstorm
Even though Adobe has explicitly stated they were shutting down development of Flash Player for mobile devices, they recently indicated that there will be one more version developed for Android 4.0/ Ice Cream Sandwich. It's interesting to note, that the current version of Flash Player does not work with ICS, thus the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus will have to wait for a bit for that functionality. Luckily for those of us that like to use Flash based apps and games, Adobe is not leaving us out in the cold. In the future, it looks like mobile computing will have to completely rely on HTML5.
Source: Android.net via Engadget
Nov 21, 2011 - 11:09 AM - by dgstorm
Apparently, not all is rosy with some of the owners of the new international version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. A small sampling of users are experiencing a volume/muting bug with the phone, and there are enough people experiencing it that it isn't an isolated incident. Several users have posted in forums around the web with the following issue: basically, the phone will sometimes mute itself, and then, "...respond erratically to presses on the volume rocker, if it responds at all."
The one common denominator that users with the issue have been able to determine is that the phone experiences the problem while in a 2G data connection mode, and that it is related to that radio. The video above is from Duddyroar, and demonstrates the problem. Strange...
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