Ice Cream Sandwich Coming to Verizon’s Galaxy Tab 10.1

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It’s been a long time coming, but the wait is over for owners of Verizon’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 to get their taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. An over-the-air update is rolling out now that will bring Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich to Verizon’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. The update brings long-awaited features such as Android 4.0 Zero Shutter Lag, Pinch to Zoom, face detection, and an improved picture gallery just to name a few. The only thing left for owners of Verizon’s Tab 10.1 to do is patiently wait for their upgrade prompt, or if you want to see if you can manually pull it, just go to Settings/About Tablet/System Update. Hit the break for the full list of updates that the upgrade will include.

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and Update Kindle Fire Now Available On Amazon Website

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If you’ve been hankering for a brand-spanking new Amazon Kindle Fire or Amazon Kindle Fire HD, today is a good day for you. Amazon has officially listed both products as available on its website and is now ready for consumers’ wallets nationwide. The Kindle Fire HD has the 16GB listed for a cool $199 and the 32GB for $249– though the 32GB model is expected to ship by the end of October or so. In case you’ve forgotten, the Kindle Fire HD features a sweet 1200 x 800 HD display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Dolby Audio and unlimited cloud storage space. The refreshed 8GB Kindle Fire on the other hand, will run you $159 and bring with it more RAM and an even better battery life.

Amazon certainly has perfect timing, doesn’t it? After all— it has released the cool products just in time for the beginning of school, yet right before the Christmas holiday. Head on down to the source link to check out more details including complete order and shipping information.

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Apple Wins Another Victory Against Android, This Time Claims “Rubber-Banding” Patent Infringement Against Motorola

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Another day, another win for Apple versus an Android manufacturer. A Munich, Germany court recently ruled Apple can file for an injunction against Motorola phones and tablets, due to claims of a “rubber-banding” patent infringement. This “rubber-banding” patent is essentially an effect that can cause a page on a device to bounce back up after a user has swiped to the bottom of the screen, similar to the bounce back patent that was argued recently against Samsung. The unusual part of this story is Motorola actually acknowledged the alleged patent infringement back in April, but then backtracked and denied any sort of infringement later in August. As a result of this, Apple has a few options on the table for itself. The company can: 1) pay $32 million to enforce a ban which wouldn’t be permanent and would be open to an appeal, 2) pay an additional $12.9 million to force Motorola to get rid of any products named in the patent infringement or 3) pay an additional $12.9 million on top of the other fees in order to pursue a German recall of all Motorola products that infringe on Apple’s patents.

Naturally Motorola (and Google) can only shrug shoulders. A spokeswoman for Motorola is quoted as saying Motorola believes ” this will have a minimal impact on our business, if any“. This is because after all– Motorola doesn’t do major business in German markets, so in essence the potential of a sales’ ban would have minimal impact on its overall brand. Still, if you’re an Android  manufacturer, there may be cause for serious concern. After all that’s happened recently, Apple is definitely not looking to let its foot off the gas anytime soon against anything and everything Android.

source: CNet

New Verizon Galaxy S III Update Brings Utility Updates & The Addition Of The Remote Diagnostics Tool

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If you’re a Samsung Galaxy S III owner on Verizon’s network, you have a nice utility update to look forward to. While it isn’t the Jelly Bean update we’re all looking forward to, Verizon took some time to announce its IMM76D update which brings the following goodies:

 

  • Improved stability and connectivity with Back Up Assistant.
  • Added support for viewing the Guided Tour video’s over the Cellular Network.
  • Enhanced Customer Support with Verizon Remote Diagnostics.
  • Improved Data Connectivity when using SBeam

 

On major feature of note is the addition of the Remote Diagnostics application. You know– the one that allows Verizon customer service reps to fix your device from afar, which could be incredibly handy in some circumstances . If the update notification hasn’t appeared on your smartphone yet, be sure to check your System Updates to try and manually grab it.

source: Verizon Wireless

Motorola Announces 18.5″ Touchscreen Android Desktop in China

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Motorola is expanding their range of Android devices into the home desktop arena. They are teaming up with WASU, a cable and telecommunications company in China. The desktop is being called the HMC3260 Cloud Broadband, probably because it will be a cloud-based entertainment device. The computer will have an 18.5” touchscreen display, running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and feature a Freescale i.MX53 ARM Cortex A8 1GHz processor. It will have TV and video integration and seemingly run most of the Android apps any Gingerbread phone can. This is not the first device of it’s kind, but if this full desktop experience goes over well, the Google-owned Motorola Mobility may try to introduce this concept into more markets. Hit the break for a full press release. » Read the rest

LG and Qualcomm will show us how to ‘live without boundaries’ on September 19th

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Looks like next Wednesday is going to be a busy day. HTC already has an event scheduled for that day and now LG and Qualcomm are sending invites to the press for an early morning event on the same day. The presser clearly states, “Live without boundaries.” We can only assume this will be the Optimus G, which will most likely be called the Eclipse 4G LTE here in the U.S. and is destined for Sprint and possibly AT&T. Incidentally, LG has an event in Korea the day before which should result in the unveiling of the international version.

 

Motorola shows off Droid RAZR MAXX HD in new commercial

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Motorola has already made it clear that the Droid RAZR MAXX HD won’t be launching until closer to the holidays, but the company has gone ahead and released its first TV spot for its new handset. The manufacturer touts it as having an “edge-to-edge display”, which seems like a bit of a stretch considering the Droid RAZR M has much less bezel. There’s still no word on an exact date for availability, but our guess is that it will make its debut around Thanksgiving. Either way, you can watch the official video below.

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Samsung announces Galaxy Victory 4G LTE for Sprint

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While Apple may have held it’s big announcement yesterday, that isn’t stopping Sprint and Samsung from trekking onward. Today, the duo has teamed up to announce the long-rumored Galaxy Victory 4G LTE, a budget priced smartphone that manages to pack a serious punch.

Priced at just $50 ($100 before mail-in rebate), the handset features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a dual-core Snapdragon processor, 4-inch display and NFC connectivity. In terms of optics, the device sports a 5-megapixel shooter on the rear, along with a 1.3-megapixel sensor on the front. Like other smartphones from Sammy, the Galaxy Victory 4G LTE will feature TouchWiz exclusives like S-Beam and All Share Play. For the full low-down, catch the official press release after the break.

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Tegra 3 powered HTC One X+ device shows up at FCC, includes LTE

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A new HTC device going by the model number PM63100 has shown up in the FCC database. According the documents available, this new smartphone will have LTE capability, just as we suspected based on information slowly leaking out about the device over the past month. The model number corresponds to an HTC device that appeared on the GLBenchmark site back in July that was powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor running at 1.7GHz. Many think this new device will be the HTC One X+, a revision of their current flagship device the HTC One X. According to some specs that were released last week by an XDA forum member, the HTC One X+ will carry 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean installed. Based on the LTE bands identified in the FCC documents, it appears the device may be headed to AT&T, though we have also reported it should show up in T-Mobile’s lineup as well.

source: FCC
via: Engadget

Motorola XT890 Smartphone Takes A Stroll Through The FCC, May Be The First Sign Of Motorola’s First Intel Phone

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Now that the new DROID RAZR members are out in the open, all eyes are pointed towards Motorola’s upcoming Intel-powered beast and thanks to the FCC, we may have our first clue of what the device may be. A mysterious XT890 smartphone wandered through the FCC hallways and highlights a device that has GSM/WCDMA bands— which give it the clear indication it would be an AT&T-branded smartphone “if” it were released out here in the States. In addition, the mysterious smartphone will feature dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth certifications, which opens the door for NFC possibly being featured in the smartphone.

No other details for now, but we suspect we’ll see more information very soon…

 

source: FCC
via: Engadget