Got a new Samsung Galaxy Note, but itching for some TouchWiz-free ICS action? You’re in luck because the fine CyanogenMod team has been hard at work and released the newest build of CM9 for the GT-N7000 version of the popular smartphone/tablet hybrid. Unlike the preliminary builds of CM9 which lacked many features, the newest build includes many of the anticipated device-specific features such as corrected S-pen support, in addition to corrected issues involving the microphone and video recording. As you might imagine, while the newest version of the CM9 ROM is looking good for the most part, there are still some minor issues to be worked out including the speakerphone not working properly. As always, the CyanogenMod team advises extreme caution when attempting to flash the build onto Galaxy Note devices.
If you all are feeling a little ambitious or lucky, head on down to the source link below for the download links and full instructions.
Motorola recently sent out a “confidential email” to DROID Bionic owners part of the Motorola Feedback Network, so you know what that means— an update is on the way folks. What this update is exactly, no one knows. But we do have the lovely letter in its entirety, so come join us as we share it with you after you hit the break. Read more
If you live in the UK and are itching for one of HTC’s new beasts, you may want to venture over to your nearest Vodafone store today. The UK mobile carrier has reduced the on-contract prices for both the HTC One X and One S smartphones. The One X smartphone will be available for free on 2-year contracts of £36 or more which gets you a cool 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data. The One S smartphone will be available for free on 2-year contracts of £31 or more which gives you 300 minutes, unlimited texting and 500MB of data. Not too shabby at all I’d say.
Each phone are among the hottest Androids on the planet, so one has to wonder why they’re being listed for so low of a price. Perhaps it has to do with a certain announcement happening this week? Who knows and who cares— customers are just interested in deals on quality devices and you can bet that lots of folks will be interested in grabbing one of these devices now that they have a chance to get it at so low of a price. Naturally steals like this don’t last for long— Vodafone is offering both devices at their low, low prices for a short time only, which ends May 13th.
source: Vodafone HTC One X | Vodafone HTC One S
While Sprint owners can enjoy all that pure ICS goodness on the newly released Galaxy Nexus, they have yet additional reasons to be excited for the device: the arrivals of CM9 Nightly and ClockworkMod Recovery. The ClockworkMod Recovery, which is the gold standard in ROM management will be available in touch and classic flavors, while the CM9 Nightlies will offer up users daily dose of new Android 4.0 code. Keep in mind though that as exciting as the CM9 Nightlies release is for users, keep in mind the codes may not have been tested and do not have any changelogs, so owners of the Sprint Galaxy Nexus may encounter a significant bug or two (or three or four).
So you’ve seen enough and ready to get into some CM9 or ClockworkMod action? Great— make sure you hit the source link below for full details and the download links.
source: CyangenMod | ClockworkMod
via: Android Police
It’s been a while since Samsung first released the coveted Android 4.0 update for its Galaxy S II smartphone… well– certain Galaxy S II models that is. Apparently the TI-OMAP-based I9100 model wasn’t lucky enough to get the original update in March, only some teases in the meantime. Well Sammy has officially decided to show some love and push the official update out to the I9100. As of now, the update is limited to I9100 devices in only a few countries, but there is hope the update will roll out globally within the next few weeks.
If you’re an owner of the TI-OMAP-based version of the I-9100, the time to enjoy that delicious Ice Cream Sandwich goodness is finally at hand!
source: GSM Arena
We all should know about the Huawei brand by now. If not, perhaps the thought of the thinnest smartphone around should help refresh your memory. The Chinese brand is apparently obsessed with making sure it becomes one of the major innovators of the smartphone land by increasing its research and development budget by 20% to $4.5 billion that will bring “disruptive technology” to consumers— essentially unusual advancements. What unusual advancements, you ask? Huawei North America’s Research & Development General Manager John Roese poses this thought to the masses:
“What if you use the camera of a tablet or a smartphone and use it to capture the visualization of your hands? So imagine instead of touching a smartphone, you can actually have a three-dimensional interaction with it.”
Imagine the possibility of having a smartphone that recognized gestures and movements without the user actually having to touch the device— kind of like how the Microsoft Kinect works. That type of technology has Huawei executives thinking and dreaming big. To pull of this type of concept and technology would require Huawei devices to feature some serious internal firepower, so naturally it would need a device featuring the latest and greatest technology. That’s why Roese makes it important to note the Huawei devices featuring the technology would need powerful graphics processing and dual front-facing cameras. Smartphones would likely not be capable of that type of technology in the beginning, so Roese also notes Huawei is likely to build it into tablets first. Read more
The T-Mobile HTC One S smartphone had just been released recently and it’s more than lived up to it’s billing of being a solid buy. While it’s no doubt a good device out of the box, there is the noticeable issue of significant battery drain while using the WiFi calling feature. Apparently, the battery seems to drain faster while being on a WiFi-based call— which points out to a software issue somewhere. To that end, HTC and T-Mobile have acted quickly to ensure this isn’t a continuing problem and are currently working on a minor software patch which is aimed to improve the battery life of the device when making WiFi calls. No word on when exactly this patch will hit the devices but hey, we always welcome software updates which offer an improved experience for owners— so we won’t mind the wait.
source: T-Mobile Support
Well well well, what do we have here? This device looks as if it is the Playstation Phone that never came to fruition. Sony was apparently out to show it still has some tricks up its sleeve back in 2010 by filing a patent for not one, but two sliders on its devices such as the Xperia Play. Many of you are wondering why in the world Sony would file a patent for two sliding keyboards. Basically, Sony was interested in creating a technology that allows for a separate gamepad and full QWERTY keyboard, so it filed for patent approval with the USPTO which is described as:
“A device comprising: an upper unit having a display screen thereon; a first slidable unit having a first keypad thereon, the first slidable unit being slidably connected to the upper unit on a side opposite the display screen, the first slidable unit being movable between a closed position in which the upper unit generally overlies the first keypad and an open position in which the first keypad is positioned generally adjacent the display screen; and a second slidable unit having a second keypad thereon, the second slidable unit being slidably connected to the upper unit and the first slidable unit; the second slidable unit being movable between a closed position in which the upper unit generally overlies the second keypad and an open position in which the second keypad is positioned generally adjacent the display screen”
Hello friends, we have the first idea and glimpse of what will be the new standard-bearer for entry-level smartphones. The long-rumored Sony ST21i (also known as “Tapioca”) looks to be the newest addition to the Xperia family. It was recently outed by tech blog Techblog.gr and reveals an impressive design of the device. As you can see, the ST21i seems to be based off its big brother the Xperia S and will have 3 capacative buttons on the front. In addition, the Android 4.0-powered smartphone will feature:
- A 3.2-inch screen
- Qualcomm MSM7227 800MHz processor with an Adreno 200 GPU
- 512MB of RAM
- 3MP camera
There are no further details of the device for now, but we suspect it won’t be long before we have additional details. Hit the break for an additional shot of the intriguing entry-level device. Read more
In some not-so-surprising news, Android prodigy Jean-Baptiste Queru used Google+ to share why ICS has been a slow update process across all types of Android devices. He begins his opinion by referencing the Sony Tablet P getting the update in a relatively timely manner— 5 months to be exact, despite the major differences between ICS platform and Gingerbread/Honeycomb. He argues Sony has already been a major contributor to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). They had been working with the ICS source code since it was released and essentially had fewer changes to make for its existing devices than other OEMs typically have to deal with. Essentially, Sony had a “head start” in the development for its own variation of the ICS software. Queru adds other manufacturers hasn’t been “contributing nearly as much as Sony did”, so now the other manufacturers will “have to play catch-up”.
Queru doesn’t stop there either. He stops just short of expressing his disgust and angst for Google-engineered devices not only receiving the latest ICS software build, but having any version of ICS period due to “delays introduced by operator approvals”. Perhaps he is pointing to the Verizon fiasco with the Galaxy Nexus or the lame duck excuses from carriers and their detailed update processes. Despite his feelings, he does express his excitement for Google going back to the basics and selling its Google Nexus line of devices again.
Even though Queru’s feelings are a bit of a rant, he does express what most of us already know: OEMs and more importantly, mobile carriers are seriously slacking when it comes to updating the software. Here’s hoping both will step it up when it comes to getting updates to our devices in a timely manner, just like Sony has.
source: Jean-Baptiste Queru+