It appears that HTC is planning on pushing Beats Audio anyway they can. While also planning a streaming music service to take on companies like Spotify it appears that the Taiwanese company is in the process of building a wireless boombox that could connect to your HTC phone over bluetooth to stream music. Currently the company sells a wireless boombox made by Monster however due to the recent break up of Monster and Beats Audio, HTC and Beats Audio may have to press forward on their own. » Read the rest
Despite the popularity of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, it’s not difficult to quickly spot one of its most noticeable flaws, and that’s the lack of storage space. And we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it looks like the 32GB GSM models are slowly dwindling away from online vendors. According to online retailer Expansys-USA, Samsung Corp has canceled the popular Google experience phone though most only believed it to be delayed. Why should one care? Well, if you’re the type who has a but-load of music, video and pics, you’re going to be hard pressed with just a 16 GB model in your hand. Recall that the device does not have expandable storage by way of an SD card slot, so what you get is what you got. And that will most certainly be a big deal breaker for most. So, if you’re looking for a 32 GB G-Nex, it looks like Verizon might be your only choice at the moment. Expansys made an official comment regarding the matter and it appears that Samsung has dropped the device from production altogether.
We’ve just been notified this morning that Samsung have dropped the Galaxy Nexus 32GB from production. At this time it looks like they will not be releasing it. Not good news at all.
And according to the site, the device was showing “discontinued” and now seems to be nowhere in view. Stay tuned as we dig a little deeper for you and feel free to rant as much as you want in the comments below.
Well it was only a few short hours after the Droid 4 was released that we saw that it could be rooted. Well it’s only been a few short days and we now have some more awesomeness for you speed freaks out there. Thanks in part to some awesome developers over at the OPPtimizer Projekt we can now get the 1.2GHz OMAP dual-core processor in the Droid 4 overclocked to 1.4GHz. Now this may not be a significant increase in speed but it shows that the development community is kicking off support for this device with a bang.
If you are an early adopter and feel the need for speed you can hit the link below to find the correct speed mod. While this device is already snappy out-of-the-box it’s nice to push it a bit further. As always we must warn you to be careful with software that mods your phone but if that doesn’t scare you then scroll on further. You can check out our initial hands-on of the 4th generation Droid and look for our full review in the coming weeks. Enjoy!
OPPtimizer Projekt Downloads – Link
I have some good and bad news for you owners of the US Wifi Galaxy Tab 10.1. Good news is you should be seeing an OTA update from Samsung but the bad news is it’s not Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s Android 3.2 and it pushes the build up to HTJ85B.UEKMP P7510UEKMP. While it’s not being pushed out in full effect there are enough folk out there receiving it that suggests that everyone will be seeing it sooner rather than later. The bug fixes include:
- Fixes for email attachment issues,
- Rotation issues,
- Wifi Reconnect issues,
- System file Force close fixes,
- Improved Power Consumption,
- Android Market updated to 3.4.4.
While it may not be ICS just yet, it will certainly add some milage and stability to your 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab. You can check for the update by going to Settings> About device> Software update. Otherwise you can head to this XDA forum to download it now. Let us know in the comments section if you’ve received this yet. Enjoy!
source: Android Central
Fresh off the recent approvals by both the US and European Commission for the Motorola acquisition, Google could very well face increased scrutiny over possible patent misuse. There are concerns that Google could use its upcoming received patents to possibly penalize rival companies. Google’s view on patent licensing is what has regulators worried. The Department of Justice antitrust division had this to say in a statement in comparison to both Apple and Microsoft, “Google’s commitments were more ambiguous and do not provide the same direct confirmation of its SEP [standard essential patent] licensing policies” » Read the rest
If the sources of PocketLint are correct, HTC will be getting the
coveted Sony Playstation certification for its smartphones and tablets in the second half of this year. It is expected for Sony and HTC to make the announcement at this years Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in a couple weeks.
The PlayStation certification program kicked off last year with the announcement of the PlayStation Vita. Sony Entertainment CEO, and soon-to-be Sony Co. president, Kaz Hirai, says that this certification program was intended to expand the PlayStation experience across many platforms, beyond just the PSP borders. It has been a slow start for the program as not many device manufacturers have jumped on the opportunity to become certified. Maybe it’s because the Xperia Play didn’t take off as well as Sony had hoped, I don’t know. » Read the rest
Sprint has just outed the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (phew!) may be getting updated to Ice Cream Sandwich soon. XDA member kc_exactly found a Sprint RDF file on their servers, dated February 10th, that lists the Android version as 4.0.3. Sprint has been good about trying to get updates out before other carriers, but Samsung’s past record with the original Epic 4G left many customers wanting.
This RDF file points to an improved release process for Samsung if the update is indeed released soon, potentially making this the first Galaxy S II device to get upgraded to ICS. But remember, there is no date mentioned, and no guarantee it will be soon. We’re keeping our fingers crossed!
MediaTek, a mobile semiconductor company that has already partnered with Google on Google TV, has decided to take Android 4.0 to the masses. Announcing their MT6575 Android Platform yesterday, MediaTek plans to make it possible to offer Android 4.0-capable devices for under $190. Focusing squarely at entry-level and mid-range markets, the reference specs read like last year’s top phones:
- 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor
- 3G/HSPA modem
- 8MP camera
- 720p high-definition playback/recording
- qHD (960×540)
- PowerVR SGX Series 5 GPU
- Dual SIM capable
Reports are in, and a new Intel-powered Motorola device running Ice Cream Sandwich has been revealed. This is a pretty big announcement, being Motorola’s first Android 4.0 device, as well as their first device with an Intel CPU. Even more, this CPU is toting Intel’s Medfield platform, which is not just a CPU, but a SoC (system on a chip). This means that a single chip not only handles your typical CPU processes, but also handles the radio, GPU, camera and other components. With Microsoft developing its new operating systems with the goal to run on ARM chips, this is definitely going to be a competitive era for chip makers – particularly between Intel and ARM. Intel is not intending their Medfield platform as a game-changer, but rather as a competitive foray into the smartphone field. The device is expected to be revealed in its entirety at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
As soon as we got our hands on the new Ascend P1 from Huawei at this years CES, we had a strong suspicion the mobile device manufacturer was trying to rid itself from the budget category it had long been attached to. Holding the Ascend P1 in my hand, the worlds thinnest smartphone, it was clearly obvious that Huawei was making a honest attempt at improving their device quality moving forward. Not being content with having just the slimmest phone on the market, Huawei’s recent MWC press invite shows that they are also concerned with mobile performance as well.
The press invite states that Huawei plans to unveil their “most powerful smartphone yet”, the Ascend D Q according to Japanese blog Ameblo. It is also believed that since the S in P1 S stands for “slim,” the Q might actually stand for “quad-core,” and based on what we learned earlier, D is the new moniker for their “Diamond series,” Huawei’s top of the line gear. These predictions would make plenty of sense as far as the naming scheme goes. I mean, to be top of the line in 2012 you best come strong, rockin’ quad-cores! :-)
Ameblo also states that Huawei will be unveiling their MediPad 10 at this years Mobile World Congress. This will be the 10-inch version of the 7-inch MediaPad, aka SpringBoard as recently released on T-Mobile. We will keep you up to date with the deets on these new devices as MWC unfolds.