Us early adopters of new technology have to put up with the quirks and speed bumps that this new tech has to offer. I know this, you know this, we all know this, but sometimes they can be frustrating nonetheless. Less than a week after the launch of maybe one of the most hyped phones on the planet, the Galaxy Nexus, users are running into some major and minor bugs. Even with the 4.0.2 update right out of the gate, and a swift push for Android 4.0.3 in the coming weeks (though we aren’t sure when), some of these bugs are hard to over look.
While users have reported some bugs, even our writers have reported issues in their 24hr and 48hr initial impressions of the phone, some of them can be overlooked. However there appears to be a slew of newer found bugs that are giving users even more headaches. The folks over at RootzWiki are reporting that users are having issues with Multitouch in 3D games like Gun Bros and Shadowgun. Apparently after playing the game for a little bit, sensitivity on the right side of the touch screen is lost. This can be remedied with a quick turning off then back on of the display leading folks to believe that this is software related.
In the flurry of the newly released Ice Cream Sandwich OS, developers are scrambling to get their popular apps updated to support the new framework. We are happy to announce that the Dropbox team has released an update to their ever popular cloud storage app doing the same. Mind you this isn’t just an ICS update but also an update with some pretty major overhauls. Besides bug fixes, adding more support for other languages beyond English and ICS optimization, the Dropbox team has added the following features.
• Favorites: quick offline access to files
• Bulk upload photos and videos
• Rename files and folders
• Single-tap access to all file and folder actions
• Improved gallery view
• Upload from and export to local storage
• Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements
So with that, hit the break below to get the newest version of Dropbox packed with a whole mess of goodies and some Ice Cream Sandwich optimization goodness.
Dropbox v220.127.116.11 APK
One of the biggest events on television is now going to be broadcast on the internet and your mobile devices. The NFL announced Tuesday that the Super Bowl will be streamed online and to mobile devices for the first time. NBC’s broadcasts of wild card Saturday, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl are said to be available on the league’s and network’s web sites as well as also being available through Verizon’s NFL Mobile app.
Additional camera angles, in-game highlights and live stats, and replays of the popular Super Bowl commercials will also be available with this service. While NBC has been streaming Sunday Night Football telecasts for four seasons, they found that it’s not just being used by those who can’t wait it on television but also by those using the service to compliment watching the games on TV. That may be the case this year as well.
Given that the Super Bowl is the biggest television attraction annually, last year’s viewing drew a record 111 million U.S. viewers, adding this option to smartphones and the internet seems like a no brainer. Hans Schroeder, the NFL’s senior vice president of media strategy and development, told The Associated Press. ”
If you’re not happy with the sub $200 Android tablet selection then you may want to pay attention to this. Archos has just announced the new 70b Internet Tablet and will be the first Android Honeycomb tablet available for under $200.
The 70b Internet Tablet is the successor to the older Archos 70 Internet Tablet and will retail for $199 here in the US and £179.99 in the UK. We will get a first hand peek at the device in Las Vegas during next years CES in January and sales are said to begin the same month. We haven’t gotten all the exact details and specs of the device but we do have a few that should help tie you over for the next month (or until we hear more). Here’s what we got:
- 1.2GHz CPU
- 512MB RAM
- HDMI out
- 1024×600 capacitive screen
- 3D graphics acceleration
- Starting at 8GB internal storage
- Micro SD Card slot
- Android Market and Google Apps
We plan to get a better look at the device during CES next month because there is nothing more appealing than a reasonable price tag. Lets just hope this guy has the pizazz to back it up. Jump past the break for a full press release.
Shortly after the Amazon Kindle Fire was released, the Android dev community quickly jumped on it and root was quickly achieved that gave us the Android Market and even CyanogenMod 7.
Amazon promised a much needed update (6.2.1) that we reported about last week. It’s now live, which brings performance enhancements along with the ability to remove recently viewed items from the carousel on the home screen. This is great news for all the non hackers out there, but for those that are rooted, you need to know that this update removes root priviledges, and unfortunately you can’t just re-root it using the SuperOneClick utility.
We’re sure root will be back, but unfortunately we can’t tell you when. If you haven’t taken the update yet, and you want to still root and possibly flash CyanogenMod 7, then please checkout our earlier posts and guides below.
Rooting the Kindle Fire
Installing the Android Market on the Kindle Fire
Flashing CyanogenMod on the Kindle Fire
I think, before it gets further speculated anymore, we need to clarify something on the whole “Nexus Tablet” Note that when Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt made a comment to an Italian paper regarding a tablet, nowhere in the statement will you find the word “Nexus”. Thanks to Google Translate, this is what was said:
“We in the next six months plan to market a tablet of the highest quality.”
Just to reiterate, there was never any mention of the word “Nexus” though many just assumed or implied it. Just goes to show you how strongly the word Nexus is when associated to a Google product release. But recall that Google has been down this road before when they partnered with Motorola to release the Motorola Xoom tablet. No Nexus there either and yet it was a device with no carrier branding or bloatware and came with an unlock-able bootloader. So, it’s completely possible Google could very well be getting ready to market an awesome tab for the masses. The moral of the story however, is don’t go putting words in others’ mouths. Feel free to speculate further about the tablet in our comments section below.
[via Android Central]
Samsung Galaxy Series owners prepare to open your eyes wide for some news. Samsung Tomorrow is reporting Samsung plans to provide the Android 4.0 update for Galaxy devices. The ICS update is slated to begin in Q1 2012 for the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note first, following the other Galaxy devices shortly after. Here’s a run down of the ICS-upgradable Galaxy devices as of this time:
- GALAXY S II
- GALAXY S II LTE
- GALAXY Note
- GALAXY R
- GALAXY Tab 10.1
- GALAXY Tab 8.9
- GALAXY Tab 7.7
- GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus
Samsung hasn’t specified whether the international or US versions of the Galaxy devices would get the update first. It’s possible Samsung will update the international versions first, following the US versions, but we’re not exactly certain just yet. We can expect Samsung to make separate announcements on details of the OS updates schedule for each market according to market situation and carriers’ requirements. Only a matter of time gang, only a matter of time.
[via Samsung Tomorrow]
In a ruling issued by the International Trade Commission, HTC was found in violation of two patents belonging to the Cupertino company; a ban will go into effect for all affected HTC devices on April 19, 2012. The patents cover a UI feature of sorts that basically turns computer text data into a link or other usable interaction in another place, like for dialing a phone number through a link in an email.
The victory for Apple was accompanied by some losses however, with rulings that found HTC did not violate more crutial patents involving real-time signal processing that would have caused the most severe blows to HTC’s ability to make brisk changes and avoid major losses.
Wasting no time at all, HTC released a statement deflecting from their minor defeat and focusing more on the their decisive wins. They also lay out their next course of action and outwardly express a sense of gratification for the end results:
“This decision is a win for HTC and we are gratified that the commission affirmed the judge’s determination on the ’721 and ’983 patents, and reversed its decision on the ’263 patent and partially on the ’647 patent. We are very pleased with the determination and we respect it. The ’647 patent is a small UI experience and HTC will completely remove it from all of our phones soon.”
Hit the break for full ITC ruling in PDF.
If you’re like me and missed out on the first round of ASUS Transformer Prime pre-orders from Amazon, now is your chance! Today, Amazon fired up the pre-order machine and is once again taking orders for those who want to get their hands on either the 32 or 64GB version of the quad-core beast.
Once you confirm your pre-order you won’t be charged until the device actually ships, which might be sooner than we thought. As we mentioned earlier today, some folks who ordered from Tiger Direct in Canada have already received shipping confirmation and first round Amazon customers are reporting initial shipments to begin next week. I placed an order first thing this morning so I will be able to monitor the second round’s activity, but I don’t imagine receiving shipment until early 2012. I really hope I am wrong :-D
If you want to place an order you better hurry, there is no telling how long they will continue taking pre-orders. Hit the Amazon links below to get started.
Champagne 32GB / 64GB
Amethyst Grey 32GB / 64GB
A week ago we noticed the LTE version of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 pop up in Verizon’s inventory system and now we are seeing the device pass through the FCC. According to the FCC report this new tablet should be pretty much the same as the Wi-Fi version except for the addition of the 4G LTE and CDMA bands. The tab sports a 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED display with 1080p HD playback, dual-core 1.4GHz processor, 3MP camera and runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb.