Motorola DROID RAZR-Type Devices Unveiled In China, Could Be First Formal Peek Of The DROID Fighter, aka DROID RAZR HD

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Oh boy, who’s ready for some juicy and exciting news? Well Motorola quietly unveiled a new set of beautiful DROID RAZR-esque devices at a MOTO China event. The devices are likely the DROID RAZR HD— aka the “DROID Fighter” variant we have been following for the past few months. As you can all see, we have the familiar and classic DROID RAZR styling, but we additionally have on-screen navigation keys, a heaping scoop of Ice Cream Sandwich and the same sexy 3,300mAh battery we saw in the DROID RAZR MAXX smartphone. The devices pictured here are expected to arrive in June— so it looks like carriers such as Verizon are really gearing up for a blockbuster summer lineup of powerful devices.

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ASUS Releases Bootloader Unlock Tool for the Transformer Pad 300

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Oh ASUS, how we love you so. Not only are you giving us cutting edge hardware and lightly bloated software, you also give us the ability to unlock your devices so that we can do as we please. Sure it comes at the price of voiding our warranties, but that is a risk and a responsibility us crack-flashers are willing to deal with.

Like they did shortly after the Transformer Prime was released, ASUS today released the Unlock Tool for the Transformer Pad 300 and allows users the ability to unlock the device’s bootlader. Not only does this make a growing population of the Android community happy, it hopefully sets a precedent for other manufacturers to do the same. The process is rather easy and is only a matter of installing a third party app and pressing a couple of buttons. One thing is for certain, though. If you don’t know what you are getting into, it is highly recommended that you educate yourself on the risks of altering your device’s software. This process WILL void your warranty and ASUS actually keeps tabs on the serial numbers that have been unlocked. So if you are the owner of a new Transformer Pad 300 and want to gain full control over your device, hit up the source link below for details on how to unlock your tablet’s bootloader. Kuddos ASUS, kuddos.

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HTC One S Faster GPS Fix Available Now, Speeds Up GPS Lock

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Have you recently picked up a shiny new HTC One S and have noticed that the GPS seems to lock-on rather slow? This isn’t a largely widespread complaint but when something can be improved the Android dev community will never shy from a challenge. Thanks to senior XDA member, MacroHD,  we now have a flashable fix for you rooted users and has been proven to speed up the phone’s GPS lock.  Simply download the file that pertains to the country you have service in and flash that zip through your custom recovery. One thing should be mentioned, though. MacroHD says that the fix will not be instantaneous because your device needs to redownload new A-GPS data. You can either flash the fix while you have a data connection and be patient for the device to update itself, or you can simply download the new A-GPS data yourself. To do this you will just need to grab the GPS Status app from the Play Store and use that to manually install the A-GPS data yourself. Easy enough!

Hit the source link for your appropriate download and further details. As always, it is safest to make a backup before you flash anything to your device! Good Luck and let us know how it goes!

source: XDA

Google Granted with 4 New Patents for Project Glass

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In a world where patent lawsuits and idea-borrowing are a real issue, it appears that Google wants to lock down a few of the inner workings of their upcoming wearable tech, Project Glass. According to some new, recently granted patents (four to be exact), Google now owns the rights to the business end of their AR glasses. The folks at Engadget did some digging through the patent paperwork and noticed that pretty much everything that makes Project Glass different from regular eye-wear have been patented. This includes that the part that covers the eye and relays information (including the ability to relay different information over each eye), the pressure sensitive nose-pad that tells the device it is being worn, and the ability visually reproduce ambient sounds by displaying its origin information.

Now that we’ve seen Google execs wearing the device in public and have a few more patents out of the way, the big question is when will we be able to get our hands on a pair of these specs! I know I am sure hoping to get a closer look at this years Google I/O in a couple months… Nexus locs anyone?

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via: Engadget


Google Motorola Acquisition Finally Final, CEO Sanjay Jha Is Out Of A Job

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After quite some time, Google’s acquisition of Motorola was finally final after this morning.  The search giant finally closed on the deal after China gave their final approval a couple of days ago.  Google was quick to reiterate that Motorola will continue to remain a separate company, while Android will remain “open” as it continues to be licensed out.  In fact, a stipulation placed on the deal by China was that the OS remain open and free for at least the next five years.  So what does this mean for CEO Sanjay Jha?  Well, lets just say his new title from here on out will be “former” CEO of Motorola.  Google intends to replace Jha with one of their very own senior VP’s, Dennis Woodside.  Woodside will resume command and Jha will assist Woodside in a smooth and easy transition.  And if you feel bad for Jha, don’t.  Sanjay Jha brought home $47 million as CEO last year and he’ll most likely be given a hefty severance package as well for stepping down as CEO.  No other word of change has come forth as of now but there certainly are several thoughts of speculation. And while this is not 100% certain, speculation of restructuring within the company is possible which will include a number of layoffs.  The only note worthy change as of now is that Woodside is apparently bringing with him an all-star cast of a team to assist the company from here on out.  Presser after the break.   » Read the rest

Verizon’s SCH-i535 Appears On Bluetooth SIG, All But Confirms The Galaxy S III’s Imminent Arrival

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While Verizon chose to opt out of having its own variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone, it certainly didn’t want to miss out on having what will be the hottest phone of 2012. Even though Verizon has yet to confirm anything, we’ve seen all sorts of signs indicating a Verizon variant of the Galaxy S III smartphone would be on its way. We’d seen everything from a mysterious user profile for a “SCH-i535″ smartphone to an actual Nenamark benchmark score of the device, but now we have the unofficial (official) confirmation highlighting the anticipated device is indeed on its way— through an appearance on the Bluetooth SIG website. That’s right friends, the SCH-i535 smartphone has been all but confirmed and will carry a CDMA radio as well as Ice Cream Sandwich as we already knew.

Try to contain your excitement there Verizon customers. We’re excited too.

source: Bluetooth SIG
via: Android Police

David Beckham celebrates the Samsung Galaxy Note by showcasing his soccer skills

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David Beckham is now Samsung’s Official Ambassador for the London 2012 Olympic Games, and it just so happens that the Galaxy Note and Soccer go hand in hand. Samsung, a major sponsor for the Olympic Games, put together a little video featuring David kicking a series of soccer balls against a 15-foot wall of drums to produce the melody of Beethoven’s classic “Ode to Joy.”

What does this have to do with the Galaxy Note? Well he uses the Note’s S Pen to annotate a photo and share it with 17 million fans by posting it to Facebook.

Samsung also took the time to mention that they will be offering the Premium Suite upgrade as part of the Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Galaxy Note. We had a chance to see a demo video of it, and I must say I was impressed and looking forward to it.

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Major U.S. Cable companies join together to offer over 50,000 WiFi hotspots

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While we don’t normally have an issue getting data connectivity over 3G, 4G, and LTE, there are still bad areas and the concern for limited data plans. Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Cox Communications, and Time Warner Cable joined forces to offer over 50,000 WiFi hotspots. Unfortunately it’s still in the early stages so it’s only available in New York City (and surrounding Tri-State area), Los Angeles, Tampa, Orlando, and Philadelphia. Hotspots can be found in both indoor and outdoor areas and include high traffic locations, such as shopping districts, cafes, malls, arenas, restaurants, parks, and beaches. They do plan on expanding into more markets.

You will need to be a subscriber of one of the above cable networks and when traveling outside your area, you will look for the “CableWiFi” network and sign in with your regular sign-in credentials from your regular provider. Eventually they will make it so devices auto-connect when in range of any of the “CableWiFi” hotspots.

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Amazon Officially Lists Quad-Core, Unlocked HSPA+ Version Of Samsung Galaxy S III Smartphone As Available For Preorder… For A Princely Sum Of $800

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Excited for the Samsung Galaxy S III, but don’t want to wait additional months before it arrives in the stores on American shores? Well you may want to visit Amazon ASAP. It has officially listed the 16GB pebble blue and white versions of the device as available for pre-order. That means if you want to be the cool kid on the block, you’ll have the opportunity to be among the first to own the quad-core-powered, unlocked HSPA+ beast once it’s shipped on June 1st.

Naturally you will have to pay a premium price in order to be the first to own this premium device. Interested parties will have to pay a measley $799.99 in order to own this puppy, so be prepared to spend a pretty penny. Or of course you can you know… wait for your carrier of choice to launch their version of the device.

source: Samsung Galaxy S III Pebble Blue | White

S Voice APK now fixed for non rooted users plus a slew of other apps pulled from the Galaxy S III available now

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As we reported, S Voice was pulled from the Galaxy S III over the weekend, but unfortunately stopped working when Samsung (or Vlingo) blocked any non Galaxy S III phone from the server. Yesterday we told you about a fix for rooted users, but now the APK has been re-built with the proper credentials to trick the server into thinking you have a Galaxy S III. This means its now open to all again.

There’s more good news because more treats were pulled from the Galaxy S III, which include Accuweather, stock analog clock, stock digital clock, wallpapers, the video player, and more. You have to love XDA!!! Hit the break for all the download links.

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