Verizon to Add Five New Markets, Expands Coverage in 3 Others for LTE Service

Verizon is continuing its push to have the whole nation covered in 4G LTE by 2013 by adding more markets and expanding coverage in others as of tomorrow. The areas that will see this LTE service will include:

  • Glens Falls, N.Y.
  • Utica, N.Y.
  • Lawton, Okla.
  • Brownsville, Texas
  • McAllen, Texas

Those that will see an expansion in coverage include:

  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Houston, Texas
  • Spokane, Wash.

As of right now, these new areas bring Verizon’s LTE service count to 195 areas. You can check out the presser via the source which also includes a list of all other areas with 4G LTE. So if you live in these areas expect the switch to be turned on sometime tomorrow and those in the other areas can expect to see better coverage. Here’s hoping you have a 4G phone to take advantage!

[via Verizon Wireless]

Samsung Galaxy Note Will Be in Canada “Mid-February”

The Galaxy Note was recently announced at CES as coming to AT&T. Well it appears that it will becoming to Canadian carriers as well. According to the Samsung web site it is set to hit “mid-February”. We aren’t 100% sure on the exact day but some careful digging suggests that it will be Thursday February 23rd. There isn’t any detail as what the pricing will be, but it’s for sure that TELUS will be one of the carriers adding this LTE device to their Android line up. I am sure Rogers and Bell will get their hands on this device and as well and we can probably expect an announcement for its availability soon. It appears that the Galaxy Note’s popularity is starting to drift its way over here from overseas as Verizon and Sprint may see their own as well. With that said, look for this device to hit more networks in the coming months and if your curious about this giant device you can check out our hands on with the device. Enjoy!

 

[via Samsung]

CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0 Now Available for HP TouchPad

A few days ago we showed you a preview we saw of the HP TouchPad running CM9. If that video had you chomping at the bit to get your taste of CM9 and Ice Cream Sandwich on the device, now’s your chance as it has been released in alpha. However it is very much an alpha build as all of the following doesn’t work:

  • Hardware Video (OMX). As a result, Netflix does not work, YouTube works only only in non-HD videos.
  • Audio is a mess. The microphone does not work. Work on the current libaudio solution has halted because we will eventually switch to a CAF libaudio.
  • Camera does not work. The only libcamera.so that we have is from froyo and its closed source. There is a wrapper for QCOM gingerbread libcamera libraries that could likely be used as a basis to get our camera working.
  • Market filters prevent some apps from being installed (this can partly solved by switching back to standard DPI settings(120, 160, 240). The current build is using 160 which fixes the market but makes everything look ugly and low resolution.
  • Titanium Backup crashes the kernel. There’s an investigation in progress…There are reports that older versions do work.
  • Most of the hardware problems from CM7 still exist in this CM9 alpha build.

So as you can see this alpha build has a lot more work to be put in but it shows promise. If you can stand the bugs and don’t mind various aspects not working hit the source to get your little piece of ICS. However I recommend using something else as your daily driver. That aside, if you’re interested check it out and let us know what you think!

[via RootzWiki]

LG introduces the Optimus Pad LTE

LG just unveiled their first LTE tablet, the Optimus Pad LTE. It will launch first in Korea and hopefully in other parts of the world shortly after. It comes in at 9.34mm thick and weighs 479 grams. You’re probably wondering if this will have Ice Cream Sandwich onboard, and unfortunately the answer is no. For now, you will have to live with Android 3.2 Honeycomb with the hopes that ICS will arrive sooner rather than later.

Full specs:

  • Operating System: Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • Memory: User 32GB (Micro SD up to 32GB)
  • Size: 245 x 151.4 x 9.34 mm
  • Weight: 497 g
  • Display: 8.9-inch IPS True HD Display
  • Resolution: 1280 x 768
  • Camera: 8MP (Rear) / 2MP (Front)
  • Processor: Qualcomm 1.5GHz Dual-Core / Dual Channel Processor
  • Battery: 6,800mAh
  • Others: HDMI, DLNA

Full press release after the break:

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Ice Cream Sandwich update for Motorola XOOM WiFi-only is officially rolling out to all

Last week we told you about the project for owners of the Motorola XOOM WiFi-only version. Yes, it’s the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Some of our readers let us know that they received the update last night so it’s now officially rolling out to all, but as usual it will be in stages so your device might not get it right away. If you haven’t received it yet, you should definitely see if you can manually pull it by going to Settings/About Tablet/System Updates. I would imagine it will take at least a week for everyone to receive the update.

Cheers Brian and Dave!

 

ASUS UK Offers An Extension On The Transformer Prime and Says Their New 700 Series Device Is Arriving In June

The Transformer Prime news is still quite a buzz around the interwebs even though there are quite a number of buggy issues still going on with the device.  For instance, we’ve seen a number of issues on several devices regarding WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth connectivity.  However, the newly Tegra 3 empowered monster recently received the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update and for the most part it’s gone smooth.  In addition to the Transformer Prime, CES 2012 revealed the addition of a new 700 series being added to the ASUS lineup.  If you haven’t caught our CES coverage of the device you can check it out here.  The TF700 is actually quite impressive touting a 1920 x 1200 HD display with crisp color and contrast throughout its User Interface.  Asus UK has stated that both devices are in line for decent warranty updates as well.  The original Prime will be receiving a warranty update from 12 to 18 months for those currently in possession of one.  In addition, if you’re not completely happy with the way the GPS performance has been, Asus says they’ll take it back for a full refund with no questions asked.

The 700 series also dubbed the “Prime HD” has a redesigned rear panel that’s said to improve the overall functionality of the WiFi and GPS radios and will go for just around $100 bucks more than the current price of the Prime.  No ultimate release date has been provided by Asus but it looks like it’s geared for a Q2 (possibly June) launch or as Asus likes to put it, “coming soon”.   As for an official US release date, stay tuned as we dig a little deeper on that for you.  For now, check out our hands-on with the 700 series from CES 2012 and get your salivation on.

Tranformer Prime 700 Series Hands-On Video from CES 2012

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[via Android Comm.]

 

ASUS Says Don’t Hold Your Breath For 3G Transformer Prime Tablet, For Now

Those of you hoping for a 3G variant of the ASUS Transformer Prime tablet are in for some bad news. Despite earlier reports and rumors of a 3G variant of the device, ASUS has gone ahead and dispelled any such thought of such a device and even adds “no such product exists on its current roadmap”. However, the company does expect to launch 3G versions for other high-end products in the Transformer family in the future. So there you have it folks— don’t hold your breath on any 3G Transformer Prime tablet… for now.

[via Focus Taiwan]

Apple Files Another Lawsuit Against Samsung, This Time Targets Galaxy S II and Nine Handsets In German Court

In another turn of events with the never-ending drama between Apple and Samsung, Apple has decided to go on the offensive… again, this time in the Dusseldorf Regional Court in Germany. In this chapter, Apple is seeking to you guessed it— ban a total of 10 handsets, including the Samsung Galaxy S II.

The Cupertino giant isn’t stopping there either. Apple also started a separate suit against five Samsung tablet computer models related to a September ruling banning the Galaxy 10.1. All of this despite Samsung making changes to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 after the original German court ruling. It’s starting to get difficult to keep tabs on all of the various suits between the two companies. There’s always another twist to the heated fight, then another, then another… and then another

The new lawsuit is still developing, so stay tuned with Talk Android for any updates.

[via Bloomberg]

Dev Hacks Hulu Plus App, Now Works On “Any” Android Device?

Very reminiscent of that in the early Netflix days, looks like the Hulu Plus app hasn’t been playing nice with every Android device out there….yet.  If you’re currently a subscriber and were having difficulties getting the app to work on your device, today may be your lucky day.  Thanks to dev Vgeezy over at XDA, he’s managed to successfully hack the apk to support “any” Android device out there.  However, we’ll just say it doesn’t cover “any” as some are still not able to run it.  But, we’re moving in the right direction.  So, for now and for most this should suffice, but be sure to keep in mind that an actual subscription to the Hulu Plus service is still required.  Check out the download links below for modded & landscaped and see if you can finally snag your favorite show on Hulu Plus with your daily driver.  Good luck.  Let us know if there is a device out there not fully supported yet.  As of now, we’re being told the Logitech Revue is one of the ones not playing well.

ModHuluPlus App

Landscape ModHuluPlus App

[via XDA]

ASUS Nearing Fix For Transformer Prime’s Android 4.0 Update Bug

 

ASUS is finally out to appease the scores of Transformer Prime owners… sort of. While it still hasn’t acknowledged the wacky behavior caused by the recent Android 4.0 update for certain owners, ASUS has in fact acknowledged a specific bug affecting another select group of owners. This bug presents itself in the Transformer Prime software which doesn’t allow the OTA update to recognize the tablet’s serial number. You know what that means— no serial number, no dice.

Using an official thread on XDA, ASUS has given a simple recommendation for owners. A simple factory reset or reboot should correct the bug. While these options doesn’t guarantee a solution, they do seem to help in some cases. Moreover, Gary Key of ASUS mentions that they are “very close to finalizing a fix”. Hopefully it’s not too much longer before you Transformer owners get to enjoy that Ice Cream Sandwich goodness.

[via XDA by Phandroid]