May 02, 2011 - 11:50 AM - by dgstorm
The newest HTC Thunderbolt update is finalized and should be coming down the pipe soon. The update has a host of fixes and improvements. Here's a breakdown:
- Enhanced data connectivity when accessing the Verizon 3G network.
- SMS and MMS messages are stored properly in the MessagingApplication (Inbox, Sent, etc.).
- Timing for device activation has been improved.
- “Backup Assistant” is correctly displayed in the Application menu.
- Stability improvements for data centric applications such as Facebook, KAYAK, Yahoo! Mail, My Verizon and more.
- Accurate location is displayed when accessing the Weather Widget.
- Quickly load GPS updates for Google Maps and VZ Navigator™
The update is 22.28MB and bring you up to version 1.13.605.7.
VZW - HTC Thunderbolt Update More Info
Source: ThunderboltForums.com via Droid-Life
May 02, 2011 - 11:37 AM - by dgstorm
Best Buy already has the Droid 3 and the Droid X2 in their database, with their "official" model numbers, the XT862 and MB870 respectively. This bodes well for a quick launch for both devices this summer. In fact, the "rumor-mill" suggests that we may see the Droid X2 as early as this month of May. Perhaps Motorola decided to swap the release time-frame of the Droid 3 with the new version of the Droid Bionic... we shall have to keep our eyes peeled.
May 02, 2011 - 10:53 AM - by dgstorm
The United States FCC is currently considering the AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile, and has created an online Electronic Comment Filing System, to find out what the general public thinks of it. You can head over to the link below and leave your opinion on whether the AT&T buyout of T-Mobile would be good or bad for you as a consumer and the industry as a whole. We don't want to steer you in a certain direction, but most of us hold the opinion that this merger would be bad for the industry and consumers. The folks at AndroidPolice summed it up nicely with the following points:
- A lack of competition resulting from fewer, larger carriers may result in less innovation and increased prices.
- Both carriers’ 4G HSPA+ bands are incompatible, risking loss of coverage for T-Mobile handsets once AT&T LTE starts rolling out
- Only one major carrier will be buying GSM handsets, meaning they will have the lion’s share of control over the GSM devices that make it to the U.S. market
Ultimately, with AT&T in control of more Androids than ever, it could also hurt the developing Android market as well, since AT&T doesn't exactly have the greatest track record with Androids or customer service.
Regardless of your perspective, sound off in this thread and go make it public at the FCC link. Make sure you choose The AT&T docket #11-65.
FCC Electronic Consumer Filing System
Source: Android.net via AndroidPolice
May 02, 2011 - 10:28 AM - by dgstorm
Remember "way back" in January when we reported on the Atrix 4G and its dock during CES? Apparently, the dock idea hasn't been doing very well, but Motorola still believes it is a good enough concept that they are going to try again and push it a bit harder. According to a statement from the CEO of Motorola, Sanjay Jha, Motorola plans on creating and releasing more lapdock devices for smartphones in the second half of this year. Here's his official word,
He also added, "We plan on introducing successive iterations of our Webtop software and accessories that incorporate improved productivity tools and multiple price points." Interesting... I wonder if the Droid 3 will get this functionality? If it did, would it be something you guys would be willing to invest extra money in?
You will see multiple devices from us in the second half launching with these capabilities, and we will expand the range of our Lapdock devices so we cover a broader price point, addressing both the enterprise premium tier as well as more consumer tiers.
Source: Android.net via Engadget
May 02, 2011 - 10:12 AM - by dgstorm
Here's another Samsung Galaxy SII commercial that attempts to build the hype on the dual-core processor power. I believe I have lost count on these commercials now. I think this is five or six, not that it really matters... more importantly, we have news that the smartphone has been released in the UK for £149 on Pay Monthly or £399.00 on Pay & Go. Perhaps this bodes well for a release in the U.S. soon. We're keeping our fingers crossed.
Source: Android.net via AndroidCentral and PhoneArena
Apr 29, 2011 - 11:44 AM - by dgstorm
It seems as if the world has gone "law-suit happy" sometimes. Last week, there was a report that a class-action lawsuit was being filed against Apple because the iPhone tracks the location of its users without their permission. Then, shortly afterward, Steve jobs emailed the following in response to a MacRumors user's email question.
Could you please explain the necessity of the passive location-tracking tool embedded in my iPhone? It’s kind of unnerving knowing that my exact location is being recorded at all times. Maybe you could shed some light on this for me before I switch to a Droid. They don’t track me.
A: Oh yes they do. We don’t track anyone. The info circulating around is false.
Sent from my iPhone
Further reports from The Wall Street Journal indicate that his statement is not true, and that not only does the iPhone track location data, it even does it when you have location services turned off, unlike Android. Several government agencies around the world including French, German, Italian and South Korean privacy regulators began investigations and found that Apple’s devices do track and store data about the movements of iPhone and iPad users, and are investigating further.
After that, an uproar arose on the internet that Google tracks location data as well. Google responded with the following, "Any location data that is sent back to Google location servers is anonymized and is not tied or traceable to a specific user," the Mountain View based company said that in theory, it is possible for a third party to grab the data and use it to identify a specific person. Also, third party reports indicate that, "while Android has been shown to also gather location information, the database is limited to a much smaller list of entries and is regularly wiped by the system."
However, this has not stopped two Android phone users in Michigan from also filing a class-action ... [Read More]
Apr 29, 2011 - 10:17 AM - by dgstorm
Apr 29, 2011 - 9:50 AM - by dgstorm
Here's a cool breakdown of features that the new Droid Incredible 2 has over its ancestor the OG Dinc. To simplify things, the following will just be a list of things that are only found on the new phone, or a quick comparison.
- Global Phone with support for voice service in over 220 countries, data in over 200 countries, and 3G speeds in more than 125
- 4" SLCD screen vs. 3.7" AMOLED
- A front-facing 1.3MP camera
- 768MB of RAM vs. 512MB
- 16GB internal storage vs. 8GB
- 1GHz 2nd generation Snapdragon MSM8655 with 45nm technology vs. Snapdragon QSD8650 processor with older 65nm technology
- Sense UI 2.1 vs. Sense UI 1.0
- 1450mAh battery vs 1300mAh battery
- DLNA streaming
- Incredible 2 is a bit larger and heavier
This phone looks more attractive when you break it down like this. I didn't think it was a cost-effective phone at first glance, but if you need a world-phone, or just really loved the OG Dinc, then this may be a decent upgrade option. It's easy to get so enamored over all the dual and quad-core phones coming later, that we forget sometimes that everyone's needs are different.
Apr 29, 2011 - 8:47 AM - by dgstorm
There's more fuel to the fire with the Samsung counter-suing Apple story. In what Samsung is describing as “continuing to respond actively to the legal action taken against us,” they have stepped-up their counter-attack against Apple by adding a U.S. Patent infringement lawsuit to the mix. If you will remember from the previous story, their original counter-suit was only in Europe and Asia, but now they've filed another in San Jose, California, federal court, again citing 10 patent infringements.
Here's a quote from the SlashGear article,
It would seem that Samsung isn't backing down without a hard fight. It's hard to fault Samsung for defending themselves, but it just seems like a huge waste of money from both companies. Imagine what further innovations or improvements in customer service they could provide if they would spend their energy more constructively.
According to Samsung, the ten patents “relate to fundamental innovations that increase mobile device reliability, efficiency, and quality, and improve user interface in mobile handsets and other products.” That includes simultaneous voice calls and browsing, ways to boost mobile network capacity, and other performance tweaks. “Apple continues to violate Samsung’s patent rights by using these patented technologies without a license” the company maintains.
Source: Android.net via SlashGear
Apr 29, 2011 - 8:22 AM - by dgstorm
I was out with a stomach flu the last couple of days, but our awesome news team covered the morning news nicely while I was gone. I give thanks to WenMW, Preach2k and everyone else for covering for me during my absence.
Here's another Samsung Galaxy SII to get the news started with a bang for this Friday. This one is showing off the "vividness" of the screen again. The device was recently launched in South Korea, where it hails from, and it will be launched in the UK on May 1st. It's yet unknown when the smartphone will come to the U.S., but as always we will inform you as soon as we know anything.
Source: Android.net via PhoneArena
Apr 29, 2011 - 5:23 AM - by WenWM
The Droid1 and Droid2 had very few changes between them, with just slight improvements in most areas, the new changes with the Droid 3 aren’t slight in any sense. According to Global Direct Parts, a reseller of OEM components for mobile devices, the Droid 3 has some major changes coming. The changes their pictures portrayed are; a bigger screen, a front facing camera, no more hump on the bottom, rearranged buttons, cleaner looking front, and a bigger screen… or did I already say that. Now this information is being questioned by some because the Droid 3 is not expected to come in for a few months, so it's very strange that they received their parts so darn early.
However if this turns out to be true, the Droid3 might be another hit, a hit that is only limited by the lack of 4G that has been rumored to plague the device from day one.
If you were worried that you wouldn't be able to go out and pick up a Samsung Droid Charge anytime soon then you can rest easy. Despite having nationwide 4G LTE problems and a slight 'delay' in the release of the Droid Charge -- they are at most Verizon locations. Buying one MIGHT be a bit tricky still but we expect them to be available for sale within the next few days.
If you are interested in the Droid Charge, we've got a dedicated site set up for it at Samsung Droid Charge Forum. You can click the thumbnails for full size images and behold the Droid Charge in all it's glory.
Details on DROID Bionic Delay, Launching at Same Time as 4G LTE on XOOM
... [Read More]
: Does the push out of the Bionic impact the product lineup for the backend of the year or does the Bionic overlap other products you planned to put out in Q3?
: As we saw that that product (original Bionic) was pushing out a little bit, we worked with our partners at Verizon Wireless and re-featured the device and we believe that the result of it, we will have a much better device. We had another device which was a potentially…which had different features than…and we brought in some of the features to deliver what we consider to be a higher feature device that will launch as we go forward into the summer.
: Can you say anything about what the features would be?
: My anticipation is that it will be an important device for us.
Bionic delay due to 4G issues – Launching at same time as 4G on XOOM:
: What kind of precipitated the Bionic delay – your side or the Verizon side? And on the XOOM, the 4G, is that kind of the timing over the summer that you had talked about before? Is it possible that the XOOM and the Bionic – does the timing of 4G on the XOOM have anything to do with the change in plan of the Bionic or completely different issues?
: They are related and it is to do with the timing of 4G for us. That is the issue that delayed us. We are engaged with all of the providers in the industry and we feel very comfortable with the fast forward
Apr 28, 2011 - 9:43 AM - by WenWM
Following the previous leak, HTC has another device, this one called the HTC Kingdom. This new leaked phone is suppose to have qHD display, if rumors can be trusted, an obvious front facing camera, a large 4.0 or 4.3 inch display, and of course HTC’s favorite new thing… Aluminum built unibody design presumable.
Any guesses on this new device? Notice the similarity between this and the Inspire4G.
Source: More leaked blurry-cam shots - this time it's the 'HTC Kingdom' | Android Central
Apr 28, 2011 - 9:36 AM - by WenWM
It seems apparent that HTC is staying on their toes constantly making new phones, because the amount of leaks that seems to have their names written all over it is increasing. The latest leak is of a device called the HTC Rider and other than the picture above, there is laterally no information about it. The phone has been linked to the Evo3D, but no true source to back that up.
Any guesses people? Is HTC your favorite manufacturer? Let us know below.
Via: HTC Rider shows itself in blurry fashion | Android Central
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