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Jun 23, 2011 - 9:46 AM - by dgstorm

There is now further indication that we should see the imminent release of the Motorola Droid 3. Qmadix, one of the primary makers of cell phone accessories, is beginning to show some for the Droid 3. Their first Droid 3 accessory is a snap-on case, and supposedly, they have several more coming. Here's a pic above from their website.

Source: Droid-Life and Qmadix
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Jun 22, 2011 - 10:17 PM - by wicked

With HTC unlocking the bootloaders on all of its future phones, Motorola has taken some heat for not unlocking the bootloaders on its phones. The company had announced that it would release software to unlock bootloaders at some point in Q3 and Q4 but it appears that itís making the move earlier than expected as BriefMobile has confirmed that the update will unlock the bootloader on the Atrix.

They have confirmed that both the Chinese variant and the AT&T model will get their bootloader unlocked when Gingerbread rolls around this July which means that owners will be able to customize to their hearts content.
Motorola hasnít confirmed this and it has backtracked on this in the past, but it looks like the company might finally have cracked in regards to its strict bootloader policy.

Source: Atrix Forums via BriefMobile
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Jun 22, 2011 - 11:38 AM - by dgstorm

Sony-Ericsson revealed today at a little known tech conference called, CommunicAsia, that they will soon be adding two new Android phones to their lineup. The two phones are described as "niche lifestyle" type devices and are called the Xperia Ray and the Xperia Active. More than likely they will be primarily marketed in Japan, but one of them is also destined to go global.

The Xperia Ray comes with a fairly tiny 3.3-inch display, but also uses Sonyís renown Mobile Bravia Engine. Its most distinguishing characteristic is that this 100 gram little phone is also fitted with an 8.1MP camera that includes Exmor R optics. The Xperia Active is designed for more "active" lifestyles, although word is that it is only "lightly ruggedized" so you can't get "too" active. Both phones sport a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and will come with Gingerbread 2.3.3. These look like fairly interesting devices. Which one would you like to see come to the States?

Source: AndroidPolice and FoneArena
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Jun 22, 2011 - 11:14 AM - by dgstorm

Although it is debatable that this constitutes 'News', because this outcome was easily foreseeable, it is still worth noting: The judge in the Samsung vs. Apple counter-suit case denied Samsung's request to get a 'legal peek' at the iPhone 5 and iPad 3. Here's a quote from the Engadget article with some details,
The court denied Samsung's motion on a number of grounds. For one thing, Apple's initial complaint pertained to infringement of existing products, parameters deemed legit by the court. Also, the court took into account the fact that Apple tends to be far more tight-lipped about its product releases, whereas Samsung made a point of offering up information about forthcoming products into the public domain, including the release of 5,000 Galaxy Tab 10.1 units as samples to the public. That said, the Judge was careful to note that Apple's suggestion that court protection of its trade secrets was insufficient "is not well taken."
Again, this should not come as a surprise to anyone. It was highly unlikely that the judge would have ruled differently, and was really little more than "legal maneuvering" from Samsung. Still, there is some indication that Samsung's arguments actually had some merit in the Judge's eyes. Within the final court document, the Judge made sure to add a passage hinting that Apple may not get a preliminary injunction against the sale of certain Samsung products in the United States at this stage of the court proceedings. Here is what the Judge said,
"Samsung is free to argue, for instance, that there is little likelihood of confusion because consumers will not encounter its products side-by-side with the iPhone 4 or iPad 2, but rather with Apple's next generation iPhone and iPad. Similarly, as to proximity, Samsung is free to argue that because the iPhone 4 and iPhone 2 will soon be outmoded and reduced in price, they are not being sold (or very soon will not be sold) to the same class of purchasers who are likely to buy new Samsung products. By choosing to allege infringement only of its current products, Apple opens itself up to these arguments."
Ultimately, it is still entirely possible that a preliminary injunction could be granted based upon other grounds, but at this stage in the game, Apple needs to proceed very strategically. If Apple requests a preliminary injunction and the timing and argument they make are weak, then it could be denied, and the effect would make... [Read More]
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Jun 22, 2011 - 10:37 AM - by dgstorm

As if the burgeoning cloud-based streaming music service market wasn't already "cloudy" enough, with Google, Amazon, Apple, and Sony, now Best Buy is "darkening the sky" with their own service. Their service, dubbed 'Music Cloud', is already compatible with Android, RIM, and iOS. It allows you to stream your music or cache it for offline playback. The service is free if you only use the Best Buy Web player, but if you want to stream on the go, it costs $3.99 per month. It seems like a competitively priced service if it works well, but it still makes you wonder why? With so many competing services, why does Best Buy want to jump into this game, and can they compete with the big boys? What do you guys think?

Source: Android.net via TalkAndroid and BestBuyMusicCloud
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Jun 22, 2011 - 10:22 AM - by dgstorm

Rovio has just announced another episode to Angry Birds Seasons. This one is called 'Summer Pignic" and looks as hilariously fun as ever. It's basically a summer romp to stomp those pigs. No word yet on when it will be released, but Summer is upon us so we should expect it very soon.

Source: Droid-Life
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Jun 22, 2011 - 5:46 AM - by wicked

According to Motorolaís European Facebook page, the company has finally begun to launch the latest Android 3.1 update for the tablet outside of the US. Itís going to be a patchy, gradual process, as ever with these things, but IT HAS BEGUN!

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Jun 21, 2011 - 8:08 PM - by Malvado

Itís started, folks Ė one of the hottest tablets of the summer is out and itís in the hands of many-a developer. Itís already been rooted and all that hooplah, and now comes the fun stuff Ė custom kernels. Samsungís released the kernel source allowing developers to get their hands on it and do who knows what. Weíre looking forward to those goods pretty soon, and weíre betting you are too.

SOURCE: [REF] Galaxy Tab 10.1 Kernel source code now available on git! With building guide. - xda-developers
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Jun 21, 2011 - 4:28 PM - by wicked

Verizon is really cracking the whip on its 4G LTE coverage expansion. The carrier had just announced the deployment of 19 new markets and 2 new cities a week ago, and now itís revealing 13 new markets to get the boost on July 21. Verizon looks to be right on track for hitting its target of 175 markets by the end of this year.

The new locations to be added to the 4G LTE coverage map will include

  • Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • Augusta, Georgia
  • Charleston, West Virginia
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Carbondale and Marion, Illinois
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, North Carolina
  • Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
  • Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

This new expansion covers a lot of the mid-west and southern regions and should up Verizonís 4G LTE coverage to about 87 markets. Well, weíve sort of lost count by now. Whatever the number, Verizon is certainly delivering on its promise. More and more folks across the country will soon be able to enjoy the 12Mbps of real-world downlink speeds and the 5Mbps of uplink speeds.

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Jun 21, 2011 - 4:22 PM - by wicked

If you want to get in with Verizonís current data plans but arenít a current smartphone subscriber, you better hurry up an get with the program before the rumored July 7th change to tiered opricing. The date isnít certain, but a Verizon spokesperson has confirmed that the new data plans uncovered yesterday will indeed go into effect this summer. If you are a current subscriber, you may be in luck, however, as DroidLife has uncovered some info that suggests your old data plan (unlimited data included) will be grandfathered in past the cut-off date. Whatís more, those same data plans should even live on through contract renewals and upgrades for as long as you are a Verizon subscriber.

The writing is on the wall, but take it as a rumor for now. We wonít know exactly how Verizonís new data plans will shake out until they become official.

Source: Droid -Life

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Jun 21, 2011 - 11:40 AM - by dgstorm

Yesterday we shared a video of Gingerbread working on the Samsung Fascinate for Verizon. Today, we can take that a step further, as an early build of Gingerbread for the Fascinate has been leaked.

Hit the source link below for the instructions and download links for it.

Source: FascinateForums.com via MyDroidWorld
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Jun 21, 2011 - 11:07 AM - by dgstorm

Yesterday, we had a story over on AndroidTablets.net, regarding the new Huawei 7-Inch Android Tablet running a new version of Honeycomb, 3.2. Today we found some more potential details on this update to Honeycomb that was a mystery until yesterday. Apparently, this newer version of the OS is not only optimized for 7-inch tablets, but also adds the following:
  • Support for dual-core Qualcomm chips
  • A few minor alterations, including a much-needed update to the Movie Studio app
  • Bug fixes
  • Improved hardware acceleration

Further reports also indicate that this new update may be rolling out fairly soon to all other Honeycomb devices, and the Xoom may be getting it within a few weeks.

Source: AndroidTablets.net via AndroidPolice and ThisIsMyNext
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Jun 21, 2011 - 10:30 AM - by dgstorm

The above video shows off that the AlphaRev Team has cracked the Bootloader of the Droid Incredible 2 (S-OFF). They also expect to have a ROM ready very soon. As more details and instructions are released please share them in this thread.

Source: AndroidPolice
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Jun 21, 2011 - 10:21 AM - by dgstorm

Developer's over at Lookout software have uncovered a new malware for Android that is extra nasty and sneaky. It's called GGTracker, and it is a Trojan that mimics the look of the Android Market in order to trick users into installing it. It looks just like the picture above for now, so as you can see it's pretty deceptive. Here's a quote from the AndroidCentral article describing how you can get infected, and how to prevent it,
It happens when you click a malicious in-app advertisement -- your browser opens to the URL in the image, looking just like the Market, in hopes that you'll install the fake (in this case a Battery Saver app) application. Also spotted was a version that claims to be an adult app (com.space.sexypic). After you click to install it, you're directed to install via the download notification. For now, it doesn't appear that this one is in the Android Market -- which means it might stay around for a while.

There are three easy ways to prevent this:

  • Disable sideloading completely (or use AT&T as your carrier -- zing!)
  • Use Lookout premium's Safe Browsing feature
  • Pay attention to what's happening. The Android Market will never open in your browser. You'll also never be prompted to manually download an app from the Android Market.
We thought it was important to keep you guys informed on this so you can help your less tech-savvy friends and relatives stay protected. It's getting like the "old west" out there in Android-land, but as long as we band together we can defeat the vile bandits.

Source: Android.net via AndroidCentral
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Jun 21, 2011 - 10:01 AM - by dgstorm

The above and below pic shows off the amazing performance of the upcoming Droid 3 from Motorola. The phone showed up in these GLBenchmarks sporting the same TI OMAP4 processor that is in the LG Optimus 3D, and appears to be dominating many of the scores right alongside it. The Droid 3 does better in the Egypt test, coming in second with a 26.7. On the PRO test, it didn't fare quite as well, although it is still near the top of the heap in 5th place.

Keep in mind that the Droid 3 also uses a higher resolution (qHD) display than many of the phones that bested it, which actually makes the phone work harder and come in with lower relative scores. If the screens were equal it is entirely possible that the Droid 3 may have topped the charts. Regardless, the Droid 3 is obviously going to be a very powerful device when it comes out, and it will be interesting to see how it performs in "real-world" testing. Later this summer and early fall it is going to be tough deciding between all the amazing phones, but this is definitely going to be at the top of many people's lists.

Source: TalkAndroid and PhanDroid
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