Motorola Adds Global RAZR HD and RAZR i to Bootloader Unlock Program

In a move which I’m sure will make plenty of devs and flash-happy consumers elated, Motorola has extended their bootloader unlock program to a couple of their newest devices, the Motorola RAZR HD and Motorola RAZR i. The RAZR HD will be un-lockable in the flowing areas: Europe, Australia, South America and on Rogers in Canada. As for the RAZR i, it will be un-lockable “worldwide.”

Of course, the sad part is that consumers in the US can’t fully take advantage of this, but I suppose that’s where we point the finger to the US carriers, right?

source: Motorola Global Support

Rovio teases a Star Wars themed Angry Birds

Whether you enjoy Rovio’s game titles or not, it’s clear that they sure know how to make money. Angry Birds has been such a huge cash cow for the company, and to bring it even further, Rovio has teased a picture of a Darth Vader looking costume that’s most likely fitted on one of their “Angry Birds.” While there’s not much information on this, Rovio is promising more details this Monday on October 8th.

What do you guys think about this? Any Star Wars and Angry Birds fans out there? If so, I’m sure this will be right up your alley.

source: Rovio’s Twitter

Acer Iconia Tab A100, A200 and A500 all won’t be receiving offcial Jelly Bean upgrades

Looks like we have some bad news for Iconia A100, Acer A200 and Acer A500 owners. An Acer spokesperson has just confirmed that a Jelly Bean update will not becoming to either of these 3 devices. While the A100 and A500 are already over a year old, the A200 was only just launched earlier this year, thus it’s quite disappointing that these devices won’t officially see anything past Ice Cream Sandwich.

Will this announcement by Acer make you guys who own these devices to root them?

source: Notebookitalia

Motorola drops their ITC patent infringement claim against Apple

Latest news has confirmed that Motorola has dropped their latest ITC patent infringement case against Apple where they were seeking an import ban on both the iPhone and iPad. Sadly, we have no current reason as to why Motorola has decided to drop this case against Apple. Motorola specifically stated that “There are no agreements between Motorola and Apple, written or oral, express or implied, concerning the subject matter of this investigation.”

Would you all have liked to see Motorola to see this through the end? I’m sure it couldn’t have hurt, but perhaps they just didn’t want to waste resources in fighting a losing battle? Either way, only Motorola truly knows why they decided to drop the case.

source: The Verge

MetroPCS issues a statement confirming current talks of a T-Mobile USA merger

This was definitely news that I was surprised waking up to. It appears that T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS are in heavy talks in a merger where T-Mobile will absorb MetroPCS in hopes to compete against Sprint’s #3 spot among US providers. What’s even more surprising is that both T-Mobile and MetroPCS are confirming such talks! MetroPCS has released an official statement regarding the merger:

MetroPCS today confirmed that it is in discussions with Deutsche Telekom regarding an agreement to combine T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS.  There can be no assurances that any transaction will result from these discussions, and the Company does not intend to comment further unless and until an agreement is reached.

It seems that talks are indeed going on, but no deal has yet been finalized. Sometimes it’s great when companies are straight forward right? Once this deal comes into fruition, we’ll be sure to let you all know!

source: MetroPCS

HTC’s One X+ confirmed to arrive in Canada via TELUS

 

With HTC’s latest Android flagship in the HTC One X+ finally being unveiled today, TELUS wasted no time in confirming the arrival of the device for the network. The One X+ will  offer a powerful 1.7 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, the same 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 display, and has an 8 megapixel camera on the back. The One X+ will also offer Android’s 4.1 Jelly Bean software with Sense 4+ right out of the box.

So far no other Canadian network has announced the availability of this device, but well let you all know as soon as we find out. Any TELUS users excited for this device?

source: AC

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini could be introduced on October 11

The unveiling of Samsung’s Galaxy S III Mini could be just days away after several invites have been sent for a Samsung event that will take place on October 11th. While the invite was in German, the slogan is roughly translated to “something small will be really big”, and “get ready for a little sensation.” While it’s not confirmed to be the S III Mini, one can put two and two together and assume that it will be.

Not much is known about the S III Mini and what specs it will have, but you should be able to expect it to launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

source: Unwiredview

American Red Cross releases an earthquake awareness app

The American Red Cross have released an app that could one day help out families if an earthquake were to happen. The application will notify you once an earthquake happens and helps prepare you and your family for such an event. Here’s what the app can offer you:

  • Step-by-step instructions let you know what to do even before/during/after an earthquake, even if no data connectivity.
  • Get notified when an earthquake occurs; see the intensity impact to your area or those of loved-ones with notifications generated by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
  • Let family and friends know you are okay with the customizable “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text.
  • Find open Red Cross shelters in your area when you need help.
  • Stay safe when the lights are out with the Toolkit, including a strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions.
  • Prepare for the worst by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation.
  • Empower your family to stay safe and remain calm in an emergency by learning how to make and practice an emergency plan.
  • Earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your hurricane knowledge with interactive quizzes.
  • See an illustrated history of earthquakes in your area.
  • Know how to what to do about food and drinking water when your area has been impacted by floods and power outages.

The application is free and if you live in earthquake prone areas, this definitely can’t hurt to download. Download links and a QR code will be available after the break!


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I535VRALHD ROM leaked for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III

A new ROM labeled as I535VRALHD has leaked for Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III. This new ROM includes a new baseband radio that is supposed to improve 4G signal strength and includes several other improvements such as battery life. Sadly, the ROM is still ICS 4.0.4 and not a Jelly Bean build, but any improvement is still good nonetheless. If you’re interested in installing this onto your device then follow the instructions in the source link provided.

Also, let us know your experience with the new version and if you’ve noticed any noticeable improvements!

source: Phonearena