You folks remember how T-Mobile cleverly placed ads in its notification bar? Well, most folks didn’t take too kindly to seeing advertisements in that fashion, so they took to the streets— err, the internet. T-Mo has since deployed its damage control unit and PR team and released an official statement by email and a spokesperson highlighting the advertisement was a snafu and apologized for the inconvenience. Here’s the exact statement from T-Mo:
“During a recent software update, a message to promote T-Mobile’s free VIP Zone was mistakenly sent to certain customers and appeared on the notification bar for some Android devices. After T-Mobile was made aware of this mistake, the company stopped the notifications. T-Mobile apologizes for the inconvenience this may have caused customers“
Well there you have it. It was all a misunderstanding everyone. It’s OK T-Mo— we all make mistakes every now and then. Let’s just hope T-Mo’s oopsie doesn’t cause a trend for other companies to start advertising in our sacred notification bars.
Over the weekend we found out that Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX users this week. Not only that, a soak test has started or is about to start and the build actually leaked. If it were me, I would wait for this bad boy to hit the over-the-air update. Motorola phones are little trickier since they haven’t provided a proper means to unlock the bootloaders. This update actually forces your phone to download the soak test update from the Motorola servers so it’s not only unique, but somewhat suspect. If you can’t wait a few extra days, I guess I can’t blame you. Hit the break to give it a try.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that many of the most talented Android designers and developers don’t work for the giant manufacturers such as Samsung, Motorola and HTC. Some of the most impressive Android ROMS come from the independent developer community and it’s safe to say that CyanogenMod is the most reputable of all.
Only a couple of days ago we reported that the CyanogenMod team had been busy bringing Android 4.0 ICS to the HTC Sensation, LG Optimus LTE and LG Nitro HD by way of the CM9 ROM. It’s time for owners of the original Samsung Galaxy to take notice as, although Sammy itself won’t be bringing you some sweet Ice Cream Sandwich, CyanogenMod has added CM9 links for the i9000/i9000B, Captivate and Vibrant to its downloads webpage.
As a reminder, you need to be rooted to pick up these ROMs and if you’re not rooted, perhaps today is the day to change it. Hit the source link below to get started. Happy flashing!
source : CyanogenMod
We know a soak test for the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX is incoming, and now it looks like a leaked build of Android 4.0.3 for the DROID RAZR has just been outed on DroidRzr.com. Don’t get too excited yet as it seems the files have temporarily been pulled for now, citing “an error with sideloading…”
Apparently, there have been some good flashes of this leak, and it is now known to be Android 4.0.3 with a new ICS Motorola UI, updated radios, updated kernel, and WebTop software. If you’re really itching to try installing this, and are ok with the risks, read through DroidRazr’s thread as it seems some users have managed to find alternate methods of downloading it.
Here is some interesting news for you new LG Lucid owners out there. Verizon and LG are now pushing out a software update for the Lucid just two days after its release this past Thursday. This is not entirely uncommon as the Galaxy Nexus had an update pushed out just moments before its actual release on Verizon back in December. The support page states that the update will disable the Enhanced Caller Name ID app that comes preloaded on the phone. I don’t know about you but that app sounds like it would be a great feature, so why would they choose to remove its function? It sounds like there were probably some serious issues with the app and rather than attempt to repair the bugs in an update, they voted to squash it immediately, no pun intended. Are there any Lucid users out there who have experienced any noticeable problems within the last couple of days? If so, this may now be the fix. Click on the source link below for update options.
This probably isn’t going to apply to many of you but if you own a Meizu MX or M9 you are going to dig this. Meizu has just sent out a press release announcing that after a month of private testing, the public ICS beta is ready for the masses. One great thing about this ROM is that Meizu decided to keep their grubby mits out of the UI and have left it a bone stock ICS experience. No cumbersome UI overlays here! Just pure vanilla Android. If you own either of these devices and are ready to get into some 4.0 action, hit up the link below. Also, you can jump past the break to read the presser I mentioned earlier.
I just reviewed the Androidified case from Cruzerlite for the Samsung Galaxy Note and now it’s time to give a few away! We have a total of six Androidified cases in various colors for the Galaxy Note to give away to six lucky readers. All you need to do is visit our forums, AndroidForum.com, and tell me why you think you need a free Androidified case. Be creative and I will pick the six entries at random for the win. Contest ends on Wednesday, April 4th at 12:59 PM EST. Good luck!
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- Samuel Phyall
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The guys from HTC Source have posted a video of the HTC One X’s Official Commercial. You remember that phone right? Check out the unboxing and come back to us. The commercial is showing off the power of the phones Camera as well as the speed of the phone. They have also posted a stress video, and I would have to agree with the man (sorry I couldn’t make out your name all the way) talking in the video of the stress test, it is not something you would want to try at home. However I do expect to see amateur video of people doing it anyways. In that case I also ask the same guys to reproduce the commercial as well. Not really, I was only being sarcastic, don’t go and get yourselfs killed. They had professionals helping them shoot it. There isn’t much more I can say, so I will just let you guys watch the videos and see for yourselves.
HTC One Commercial
HTC One Stress Test
Source HTC Source
Ok— the HTC One X is an awesome phone, we get it. After seeing it get unboxed recently, HTC went ahead and highlighted the device’s limitless possibilities with its camera and ImageSense software. You do remember ImageSense is a big part of the phone, right? Although we had seen some lackluster photos taken from the device recently, a clever video has been revealed which more than makes up for the HTC One X’s perceived shortcomings with its camera and software. The video highlights the One X going toe to toe with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Sony Xperia S smartphones. While one could interpret the tests as being slightly subjective— you will note how quickly the HTC takes photos in comparison to the Xperia S and Galaxy Nexus, while the One X destroys both devices when the camera is in burst mode (burst mode takes for 4 photos per second). Very impressive indeed.
Talk about raising the bar for cameras on our Androids. What do you all think? You folks impressed with the phone’s camera software yet?
Perhaps the most rumored Samsung device recently is the GT-I9300, which some believed to be the much anticipated Galaxy S III, but now is rumored to be the Samsung Galaxy M. Now, new information from sources of GSM Arena pegs the Galaxy M as a weird hybrid of mid-range specs coupled with stuff straight out of sci-fi.
Apparently, the device is rumored to have an eye-tracking feature that will keep the display turned on if it recognizes you are looking at it. It can also detect if you are lying down and adjust the screen rotation so the screen will stay level with your sight. Pretty cool stuff. I could see technology like this allowing for even more futuristic features, like a floating mouse cursor you control with your eyes… a sort of “visual Kinect” for your phone. Is this the first step toward the Android Brain ImplantTM?
More rumored features after the break.