ICS for the HTC Rezound could be close as HTC tells us it’s available only to pretend they didn’t

Yesterday HTC posted that the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Rezound was available. We knew something had to be up since there wasn’t any news about an over-the-air update. Apparently it was a little premature as they quickly pulled it. This should mean that they are close to finally releasing it. For whatever it’s worth the build they acknowledged (Version 3.14.605.10 710RD) is the same as the RUU version that’s been available for a about a week now.

source: htc (now pulled)

Amazon Appstore Finally Launching in Europe This Summer

Earlier this month we reported that the Amazon Appstore may finally expand itself past American shores. Well we can finally confirm that it will indeed find its way to several European countries this summer. I know it has been frustrating for many European Android users to not be able to use the Amazon Appstore and take advantage for what it has to offer. But with the emergence of the Kindle Fire it would be a huge mistake if Amazon were to not take advantage of expanding it. Amazon is currently eyeing the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain as the first to use their appstore with more “in the near future.” Any of our European readers out there excited for this? Or bothered that it took this long?

Full press release after the break:

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New Swype Update Includes 4-In-1 Keyboard And Next Word Prediction

One of the best keyboard alternatives in the game has just gotten a substantial update. The biggest item on its agenda was the addition of word prediction— and Swype has successfully achieved that. Swype has included something called Next Word Prediction which you guessed it: gets smarter based off a user’s historical usage. This technology is based off Nuance’s own XT9 standard and adapts to how a user communicates. In addition, Swype has included a new voice-text dictionary sync which allows you to add both text and speech to an internal database— which further helps with users being able to communicate better with others. Some of the other tidbits featured in the new update include the ability to download over 55 languages and a brand-spankin’ new 4-in-1 keyboard, which includes the ability to allow users to type words by drawing letters and numbers using their fingertips.

The new version is available as a beta now, so interested parties will want to hit the source link in order to test out the new updates, but first you’ll want to hit past the break and check out the full presser.

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Samsung Set To Roll Out Android 4.0 Updates For Galaxy Tab Tablets By August


Here’s some news to make some Samsung Galaxy Tab owners happy. News just got out that Samsung plans on pushing out the coveted Android 4.0 update for its tablets starting next month and into the month of August. The Galaxy Tab models confirmed to receive the update are:

  • GT-P6210 Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 WIFI
  • GT-P6200 Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 WIFI + 3G
  • GT-P6810 Galaxy Tab 7.7 WIFI
  • GT-P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7 WIFI + 3G
  • GT-P7310 Galaxy Tab 8.9 WIFI
  • GT-P7300 Galaxy Tab 8.9 WIFI + 3G
  • GT-P7510 Galaxy Tab 10.1 WIFI
  • GT-P7500 Galaxy Tab 10.1 WIFI + 3G

According to an anonymous source, in addition to receiving the usual tidbits found in Ice Cream Sandwich, those Galaxy Tab users will have the pleasure of also looking forward to improved battery life and speed of the devices. Sounds like a good thing is about to get a smidge better folks. Happy days for you Galaxy Tab owners!

source: SamMobile

Original DROID Incredible Gets An Update

Well, isn’t this a nice surprise for users of Verizon’s original DROID Incredible? Verizon just approved a new update for the two-year old device. Update 4.08.605.15 fixes the following:

Device Features, Improvements & Fixes

  • Record and send a Visual Voice Mail to up to 10 recipients while seeing all parties in a list.
  • Improvements made in Bluetooth® Car connectivity.

Applications & Widgets

  • Resolved issue where purchased Verizon App ringtones could not be saved to the device.

We have to give HTC and Verizon a hand for continuing to support older devices. The update should be on its way very soon. Hit the source link for details.

source: verizon

ICS for Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX Now Even Closer

Just yesterday we reported what could be the final ICS build for the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX has leaked and that a pending official update could just be around the corner. Well, today that corner just got even closer. Invites to test out a “new software release” has been sent out to testers and while there was no given indication on what the software is, we’re confident that it is indeed the official ICS update for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX. A tip has suggested that this testing phase will begin on June 22 and the full public rollout should happen on June 27th.

Does this excite any RAZR and RAZR MAXX owners out there? This ICS update is just dying to get out to the public!

source: Droid Life

T-Mobile and Sprint Already Overwhelmed with the Galaxy SIII Demand Quantities, Will Have Limited Quantities On Launch

A statement released by a Sprint representative via their website has informed us that they are running behind on a number of their Samsung Galaxy SIII pre-orders. While they are still optimistic that they can meet every one of their pre-orders on time, Sprint says there will be a chance that they could be a “day or two late.” Sprint’s 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy SIII will be available for web sales and tele sales starting June 21, and will be available in stores the following week. Here is the full statement from Sprint: Read more

WSJ: Google accelerates plans to launch its own Siri-like competitor

It was last Fall when Apple unveiled their voice assistant called Siri. Then last week, Apple announced a new and improved Siri for iOS 6. So far there still hasn’t been an answer from Google and the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google has accelerated it’s plans to launch its Siri competitor.

We already knew Google has something up their sleeve called Majel. That could just be an internal codename or the final name, but Google definitely wants to answer Apple on this one. Of course Google already has voice actions baked into Android, but mainstream consumers really don’t know about it. With Siri’s popularity, consumers need something to identify with. Samsung even came up with their own, but really didn’t name it. They just called it S Voice. I think naming the assistant is a tad corny, but ultimately it makes sense for the average consumer.

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Ice Cream Sandwich Build (6.16.211) for DROID RAZR Leaks

Two days ago we reported that Verizon was sending out texts to the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX owners that an update to Ice Cream Sandwich was looming and just around the corner. And today, an ICS build running on the RAZR has leaked with the build number of 6.16.211. Reports state that this is the latest and newest build Motorola has built for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX, thus this could very well be the final build that will be sent out to the public. The Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX are two fine pieces of hardware and the upgrade to ICS will only make it even better. Any RAZR and RAZR MAXX users out there excited about this?

source: DroidLife