Verizon Begins Testing Gingerbread On The Samsung Fascinate? (Build EH03)

Pic courtesy of Droid Life

Well, Samsung and Verizon might be a tad late to the party as it’s just been leaked that field testing Gingerbread for the Samsung Fascinate is in the works.  News travels on the heels long after Ice Cream Sandwich has been introduced.  But then again, what did you expect?  The original Galaxy S devices in the US barely received Froyo 2.2 when Gingerbread was already out 6-8 months.  Here’s to the continued hope that Samsung and carriers can begin releasing updates in a “timely” manner.  Nothing would be more effective than combining sexy awesome hardware with the latest version of an operating system.  Don’t ruin it Sammy!  Alright now that the rant is over, back to the news.  As stated, a reliable source made it known to our friends over at Droid Life that the long awaited Samsung Fascinate would be eventually joining the Gingerbread party.  The build number is “EH03” and we’re hoping that we’ll be able to see the build successfully functioning on devices shortly.  There’s always the off chance that this build could fail during testing and another could be deployed in its place, so cross your fingers but don’t hold your breath.

[via Droid Life]

Samsung Appeases German Court Ruling, Modifies Galaxy Tab And Calls It The “Galaxy Tab 10.1N”

For those in Germany disappointed at the lack of choice as far as tablets go and were forced to purchase an iPad due to an injunction issued back in August, we’ve got some good news for you.  You no longer need to smuggle tabs over into your neck of the woods, as Samsung has fully complied with the court’s ruling, making some slight modifications to its popular tablet.  What are they?  No one knows just yet, however, it appears that there is a black bezel extending slightly towards the metal rim of the device now.  In addition, the title of the tab has been slightly modified, as it’s now dubbed the “Galaxy Tab 10.1N”.  The device is now on sale in Germany and touts a shipping time of two to four days.  Here’s to hoping that Apple gives up and isn’t looking for something else to claim infringement upon. You know, like the power button or something.

[via Engadget]

200 Million Android Devices Activated, Up 100 Million Since May

There were quite a number of tidbits to come out of Google’s announcement of its new Google Music Service today.  During the slide show, one such tidbit of knowledge dropped on us all was the fact that, in regards to Android activations, over 200 million devices have been activated globally, and that’s up 100 million from May.  That’s a whopping 550,000 per day!  Here’s something I’d love to rub in Steve Ballmer’s face right about now.  How do ya like them apples Steve?

Perks To Owning A Droid Razr: Remove Tons Of Bloatware And Easily Hide The Rest

If I were to ever stand in front of a panel of world Entrepreneurs and were asked what my suggestions were to make the world a better place and push humanity into a brighter future, it would certainly be to request that all carriers remove crapware bloatware from their devices.  Well, Verizon and Motorola are headed in that direction, and for now we’ll just have to say it’s a start.  Vz has made the change we’ve all been waiting for when it comes to pre-loaded apps on the device, and we hope it’s a trending change in the industry.  Vz has allowed a plethora of applications to be uninstalled on the device and for the ones that cannot, you now have the ability to “hide” them.  Hey, we’ll take the compromise.

There’s nothing worse in the world than for you to get this high end smartphone and not be able to customize it the way you want because of unnecessary bloatware.  And not everyone is tech savvy enough to root and ROM their devices if that’s what you were thinking.  Applications like Guided Tours, Blockbuster, GoToMeeting, Let’s Golf and Madden can all be hidden if these aren’t your forte.  In previous models, you either had to toss these apps in a folder somewhere so they’re out of the way or download a new launcher all together, since Blur was kind of blah and didn’t allow you to do that.  In any event, it’s a welcomed addition to the device.  If you haven’t already, check out our initial hands-on with the Droid Razr and stay tuned for our full review and comparison of the device.  

Schmidt on Jobs’ claims: “…Android effort started before the iPhone effort”

It wasn’t that long ago that those bone chilling words from Jobs came to light:

“Our lawsuit is saying, ‘Google you f***ing ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off”

and

“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product.

“I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this,”

In response, while speaking to reporters in South Korea, Schmidt stated that he wasn’t interested in responding to the book but did however want to offer some general perspective on Steve Jobs’ claims.

“I’ve decided not to comment on what’s been written on a book after his death,”   …”Steve is a fantastic human being and someone who I miss very dearly. As a general comment, I think most people would agree that Google is a great innovator and I would also point out that the Android effort started before the iPhone effort.”  

Galaxy Nexus Accessories Already Showing Up in Verizon Stores

It’s really a shame that Verizon hasn’t given us a Galaxy Nexus launch date yet, leaving us to only go off of speculation. We have heard a bunch of different rumors surrounding the device’s launch: November 10, 17, 21 and as late as sometime after black Friday. Which is it Big Red? Your starting to piss a few of us off already. This launch should be epic. One that goes down in history. Instead they are just sitting back for some reason, watching all the speculation, all the while brick and mortar stores are receiving shipments of accessories! You read correctly, accessories already!

Reports are showing images of Galaxy Nexus cases showing up in Verizon’s retail stores. There is a case with kickstand/holster combo and a silicon cover that has arrived in-store before they have even announced the official release date. It’s gonna be hard to sell a Galaxy Nexus case without a damn phone to put in it! So please Verizon, cut us some slack here and give us some kind of release date! We have been patient for a good while now.

[via Droid Life]

MSN Malware App In Market and How Users Can Identify Malware Apps

So you’re interested in looking for a new app, but don’t know where to go or where to start? You go to the Android Market of course where you’re free to view thousands of available apps straight from countless developers! Sadly though, Android owners must remember to take great caution when checking out apps. As great as Android’s liberal policies for apps are, the policies may be a little too loose at times, allowing for questionable and suspect malware apps to sneak onto the Market. You might remember back in August how we pointed out McAfee reported the Android OS being the most popular target for mobile malware developers. While it’s unlikely most Android users will actually be affected by an infected app, the threat of your device becoming affected is still very much a reality. Artem Russakovski of Android Police shares this threat that will certainly raise an eyebrow or two. Read on about this noteworthy discovery and how to protect yourselves from something like this after the break.

[Android Quick Tip] How To Install The Amazon App Store On Your Android Device

You’ve finally broken down and want to see what the Amazon App Store is all about? Well you’re in luck, here’s a quick tutorial for how to install the app on your phone or tablet. At the time of this writing, the Amazon App Store is only available in the United States. As it opens up in more areas, this tutorial will be updated.

Let’s start off with a basic understanding of the app itself. The Amazon App Store is an alternative to Google’s own Market. Using your Amazon.com account, you can see many of the apps you’d find in the Market as well as Amazon-exclusive apps. There are thousands of apps available to go along with many being submitted on a daily basis. When you see an app that you are interested in, then you go ahead and download the app. The process is similar to downloading an app in the Market, but has a few slight differences which is where this tutorial will come in and help you.  

Sprint Continues to Upset With the Blocking of WiFi Tethering Apps

It was a while back that carriers caught on and started blocking customers from downloading wireless tethering apps from the Android Market. You may still be able to tether via USB cable but the wireless method is now all but extinct. Sprint held out the longest allowing customers to use their phones in conjunction with a third-party app to serve as a free wireless hotspot. Those days are gone my friends, Sprint devices are now too blocked from downloading such apps from the Android Market.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise because the Now Network has already put a

[via Android Police]

Sprint CEO Hesse: iPhone Is More Data Efficient Than Android

The iPhone vs. Android debate is a never-ending debate and can be purely objective. However, Apple may have Sprint to thank  for manipulating prospective customers or those on the fence to use the Apple iPhone on the NOW network as opposed to an Android device. All Things D reports Sprint CEO Dan Hesse argues that “iPhone users are expected to use less 3G than the typical user of a dual-mode 3G, 4G device. Even adjusting for more total new customers being added to the network, we believe they will put less load on our 3G network than they would have if we did not carry the iPhone“.

Why Verizon Shouldn’t Be Locking Some Bootloaders And What You Can Do To Help

Did you know that when Verizon locks the bootloader on certain devices, it’s breaking the law?  Hot on the heels of news regarding Motorola not unlocking the bootloader for its popular and upcoming Droid RAZR comes this surprising but much welcomed tidbit regarding FCC policies and procedures.  It seems the carrier has forgotten a few things and we aim to send some reminders.   But before we do so, we’ll need to reiterate why it’s illegal.  Ever heard of “Block C frequencies”?  Yeah, not many have.  Andrew Krug of Android Activist offers an explanation:

C block? No I am not referring to what that one guy always does when you go out drinking on the weekend. The C block is a swath of 700MHz bandwidth also known these days as 4G LTE that was up for auction several years ago by the FCC.

And azrienoch from XDA adds:

Verizon has the largest 4G network because they bought it in 2008.  At the time, the 700 MHz radio frequencies brought you your favorite broadcast television shows.  When television switched from analog to digital, they became your 4G networks.

The Nexus brand seems ‘primed’ to finally become the face of Android

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few days, you are aware that the Galaxy Nexus was made official two days ago. The Nexus line is a pure Google experience phone created by Google so you would think it would be the face (or flagship) of Android. Google created Android so shouldn’t their device be the top selling device? It’s kind of like if Apple licensed iOS to other manufacturers, but still continued to make phones. You would assume that the Apple branded ones would be the top dog.

Most hardcore Android fans will agree that the Nexus phones are actually the best Android phones, but the mainstream has never really adopted them. Android really kicked into gear back in November 2009 with the launch of the DROID (which ironically was a full Google experience phone). Shortly after, the Nexus was introduced, but it wasn’t widely available. Even at that time, I thought it was strange that even though Google created Android, they would have an Android phone that most people didn’t care about except for the hardcore fans. Meanwhile, the DROID quickly became the face of Android.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich may be dreamy but where’s Cloud Syncing?

I’m not looking to rain on anyone’s parade after last night’s announcement of Ice Cream Sandwich. There is no question that Google has done some amazing stuff, and I’m truly excited, but with excitement comes some sort of disappointment. Now that it’s officially out in the open, I found myself asking where cloud syncing is?

We’ve been talking it up that Apple is playing catch up with Android by finally adding notifications and other features to iOS, but now it appears that Google might be falling behind with cloud syncing. Sure they already have some cloud applications like Google Music and Google Docs/Apps, but that isn’t enough. What about syncing app data? Many consumers are playing games on their phones and tablets, and that progess data needs to be easily backed up so when they go from their phone to tablet, they can continue where they left off.  This is also important when purchasing a new device or suddenly their phone is in need of a warranty replacement. There is also the data for other types of apps that could easily be transferred from device to device. Last but not least, there is your files, pictures, and videos from your home or business computer.

What You Should And Shouldn’t Be Excited For With Ice Cream Sandwich

The Android 4.0 presentation probably got the most attention of any Android release presentation so far. Android has grown to be more and more popular over this past year and the Android lovin’ is at an all time. A lot of the time we get so caught up in the newness that we forget what is truly innovative and what should have been here a long time ago. Apple presentations, for example,  are famous for having two sides. There’s always the side that has a religious experience with everything that’s announced, and another that likes to point out that while the newer things are nice, they shouldn’t be considered “new.” After talking with some of my friends about the ICS presentation, I’ve realized that even Android is starting to develop that dual nature. So without further ado, I’ll present the things that you should be genuinely happy that Android now does while also declaring the improvements that it should have done a while ago.  Ain’t nobody done tell me I be too biased.

Will Ice Cream Sandwich Make Stock Android Great?

Next Tuesday can’t come fast enough to hopefully answer all our questions about Ice Cream Sandwich and the Nexus Prime (or whatever it’s going to be called). My biggest worry, and I’m sure there are others with me, is that ICS will be nothing more than a small step up as Gingerbread was to Froyo. Sure, Gingerbread was faster and brought some features to the table, but there certainly wasn’t a “wow” factor involved. After seeing the two minute walkthrough of ICS, which I believe was real, I was reminded that I don’t like stock Android at all in its current state. Sure, stock Android is much faster and gives you that pure Android feeling, but there is simply less in comparison to ROMs like Blur and Sense. In Gingerbread’s current stock state, I view it more as a starting point to be built on top of, not the daily driver that it could be.