HTC Customer Service Claims ICS Will Hit the HTC Flyer in Q1 of This Year

Beginning in December, HTC started rolling out the Android 2.3 update to the HTC Flyer, but unfortunately the end result has made some users a bit unhappy. Although the update brings a new and improved UI and access to tablet specific apps, a select group of folks dislike the new UI and the fact that they lost the use of physical capacitive buttons which have been replaced with virtual on-screen ones. Some have even stated that HTC  Sense doesn’t play well with Honeycomb either.

What does HTC have to day about this? HTC-Hub reached out to HTC for a resolution and apparently a customer service rep claims you can send your device back to HTC to have the original Gingerbread OS reinstalled, or simply wait for the ICS update to roll out this quarter. Wait, what? ICS for the Flyer? That’s news to me! Check out this excerpt from HTC-hub’s conversation with HTC:

HTC: or wait for the update to ice cream sandwich.
Bruno: When is the update expected?
HTC: the first quarter of this year.

So there you have it folks. Although this came from the horses mouth, I’m not sure you could classify this as official just yet. You never know how customer service reps get their info and whether or not it’s 100% truth. BUT.. if this does indeed hold any truth, we should be seeing the ICS update within the next 9 weeks. For now, we have our eyes and ears open and hopefully we will get an official statement from HTC sometime soon. Stay tuned.

[via HTC-Hub through Android & Me]


FCC Gives Go Ahead For AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note

Well, following the quick look at the AT&T branded Samsung Galaxy Note at CES 2012, it looks like the FCC is wasting no time at all in assisting to push the monster handset on to its final destination.  The AT&T branded device should hit the ground running as model SGH-i717 sporting bands for UMTS & HSPA+ up to 21Mbps.  In addition, there will be support for GSM/EDGE global radios as well as bands 4 and 17 on AT&T’s LTE network.  Stay tuned to Talk Android as we attempt to scour the web for a release date and pricing.

[via Engadget]

Notion Ink Formally Announces Adam II Tablet, Features OMAP 4400-Series Processor

Notion Ink continues to generate some interesting buzz. We recently told you about how it teased us with a mysterious Adam Android tablet, but Notion Ink has finally let the cat of of the bag by introducing its newest tablet, the Adam II. It comes boasting impressive features too. The Adam II tablet believes there’s no better way to take advantage of Android 4.0 than to feature a TI OMAP 4400-series dual-core processor powering the device. Oh and what’s more is the tablet is featuring a PowerVR SGX500-series core.

The tablet will feature an additional interesting feature. It will feature a slight variation of the Android OS. No it’s not a custom skin as most of us loathe, but rather the OS would have a new structure called the Modular Based Software Architecture, which would let users customize apps through a drag-and-drop system. Basically this allows users to access “every single hardware feature”, according to Norton Ink.

No word on when we can expect the device, but we anticipate it will be here sooner than later. But Notion Ink has stressed it plans to design many more of the parts in-house rather than outsource them to prevent any type of problems caused by outsourcing. Boy this mysterious tablet can’t come soon enough.

[via Electronica through Phandroid]

Tablets in the Schools: Motorola Believes the XOOM is the Best Way to Empower Students [Video]

We saw the introduction of  iBooks 2 for schools the other day, but Motorola has already been working with schools on a program of their own. Recently, they gave XOOM tablets to one San Diego high school to use as they wish. The administrators chose to utilize the tablets in math and science classes for students that were identified with learning challenges. What did they find? The students became more excited and eager to learn through hands-on activities, educational games, and digital books.

“San Dieguito Union High School District has been working to redesign our schools to represent 21st century classrooms, and bringing tablet technology to our students was one of the first projects we initiated in order to meet that mandate,”  said Bruce Cochrane, Executive Director of Pupil Services for the San Dieguito Union High School District.  But why the Motorola XOOM? “Motorola XOOM tablets were the most logical choice not only due to their highly usable design, but also due to the tight integration of the hardware with the Honeycomb OS; our district is moving to Android and applications such as Google Docs, so the Motorola XOOM was an ideal platform to be able to share capabilities across all devices for teachers and students alike.”

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NBC Releases Its Own Android App, Full Episodes Coming Soon

The National Broadcasting Company or NBC for short has recently launched its own Android app that allows personalization and customization for regular viewers. The app will feature a whole slew of features that include video galleries, reviews, previews, and trivia games among other features. It even offers local listing support in its schedule line up so you won’t miss that episode of The Office you’ve been dying to see.

The NBC app will offer more personalized experiences for subscribed users as they can tailor make their NBC feeds and TV episodes. If you haven’t subscribed there is a handy feature built in that will allow you to do so in the app. As of right now, you cannot watch full episodes but NBC promises that you will be able to soon.

So with that hit the break below for the links and QR codes to obtain a copy of this app. Enjoy! Read more

Could OLED Displays With Solar Panels Lead to Self-Sustained Smartphones?

Now that the push into HD displays, quad-core processors and 4G LTE radios is in full swing a lot of manufacturers are looking into ways of making their device’s battery life last more than a couple of hours. We told you about how Samsung was going to look at tweaking radios for better battery life, Motorola is releasing phones with giant 3300mAh batteries and so on. Well others are looking into more efficient smartphones in a completely different direction.  Read more

Foursquare Adds 250,000 Menus and Price-Filtering in Most Recent Update

Good news for all of those folk that use Foursquare on your Android devices. The latest update adds the ability to see menus to its feature set. Foursquare is using SinglePlatform’s data base of over 250,000 menus totaling over 13 million individual food items in major US cities to power its menu service. Price-filtering has been added as an option as well for those who would like to get an idea of the money they’ll be dropping in new restaurants they’re sampling. While I haven’t downloaded this app yet myself I think I will because it beats trying to hold onto take out menus. Hit the break below to check out the Market link and QR code. Read more

Voice Over 4G LTE To Roll Out in 2013 According to Verizon

Verizon is planning on rolling out its Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services nationwide in early 2013. This is according to Light Reading who states that Verizon is starting in two cities. They are demoing the IP MultiMedia Subsystem now and according to Catharine Trebnick, VP of Northland Captial Markets:

“VZW has two cities not trailing VoLTE and plans for national rollouts in early 2013. With this VoLTE service you will be able use Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE data speeds but will also have full voice capabilities at the same time. 

While the Thunderbolt have been using both simultaneously, data from LTE and voice over 3G, VoLTE will be able to offer both voice and data specifically through their LTE networks. This should alleviate some 3G network pressure considering that all Verizon 4G phones use 3G networks for voice aspects.

You can look for the implementation of the VoLTE service to start at the end of 2012/beginning of 2013 as Verizon finishes its rollout of nationwide LTE coverage. I don’t know about you guys but I am looking forward to sending emails and surfing the net while chatting on my device. What about you guys?

[via Light Reading]



Mass File-Sharing Site Shut Down Over Piracy Violations

One of the world’s largest file-sharing sites on the internet was shut down today after its founder and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws according to federal prosecutors. These charges accuse of costing more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films as well as other pirated content for copyright holders. This happened a day after sites and companies, like Google, Wikipedia and Craigslist shut down in protest of the SOPA and PIPA proposals sent before Congress that were intended to stop online piracy.

This is a surprising turn of events as Megaupload was unique in that it had support from celebrities, musicians and other content producing folk that are usually the ones who are victims of said copyright infringement and piracy. The company complied with DMCA takedown requests in a timely fashion was endorsed by celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Alicia Keys and Kanye West, and the like. A lawyer for the company was quoted to say: Read more

Lenovo IdeaPad A1 Under $200 Again, Today Only

With more and more budget conscious tablets coming out, such as the Kindle Fire or Nook tablet, the sub $300 tablet is no longer a myth. Folks are combing the internet looking for deals on tablets. Well if you’re one of those folk looking for a good deal on an Android tablet, Lenovo is selling the IdeaPad A1 for only $199.20 at its online store. This isn’t the first time that this device has dropped below the $200 mark as Lenovo did the same in both September and October. However a lower price does come at a, well, price. It has the following features: Read more