You know that old saying, “you can’t have your cake and eat it, too”? Well, it looks like Motorola knows it, and they’ve taken it as law. The latest slew of updates coming to the Motorola Xoom 3G’s is bringing a long-awaited support of SD cards… but don’t get your hopes up. According to Motorola, access to the SD cards will be read only; this means you won’t be able to actually save anything to the card without using your computer. According to Moto:
The Google Experience Devices like the Motorola XOOM (3.2 update coming soon) and Motorola XOOM WIFI allow you to write to the SD card from your PC and use the Android File Transfer on Mac or a cable transfer on Windows to transfer files from the Motorola Xoom to the SD Card.
While a user cannot move apps to the SD card, the device comes equipped with 32 GB of on-board memory that provides plenty of storage. Users can also store and play videos or music from the SD card if the content was copied to the SD card via the aforementioned file transfer processes. However, videos or pictures taken from the device itself can only be saved to the internal memory and not to the SD card.
While this probably won’t keep a lot of people from getting the Xoom, it certainly puts a huge damper on developers and power users alike. At the same time, this editor expects to see this blasted away by XDA, sooner than later. What are your thoughts? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below.
Yes, yes, we know… you want a tablet. And these days, who doesn’t? Over at Amazon.co.uk, you can get your pre-order in for a Samaung Galaxy tab 8.9; perfect for our friends across the pond. We’ve seen some accessories surface for this device in the past, as well as heard lots of speculation as to whether or not it’s even real. However, being at pre-order status, I’d say it’s safe to assume it’s not the unicorn we may have thought it to be.
The new Tab will be shipping out on August 11th, and you can get your grubby little paws on a pre-order for £605. As far as us Yankees, we’ll have to wait and see if Samsung decides to bring this baby stateside. Be sure to hit the source link to pick up your pre-order today!
The HTC EVO Shift 4G is slated to get a software update that will fix the MMS bug that results in sporadic failures in sending MMS messages. This will bring the software version to 2.76.651.5. It appears this is the only fix, but it is needed because I am sure Grandma is wondering why all those pictures stopped coming.
Ah leaks, you gotta love ‘em, especially if you’re in the press like we are. Regarding Android, our latest leak comes from Verizon Wireless, from which IGN was able to get a memo detailing several holiday releases of upcoming Android smartphones and tablets (it also had Blackberry and budget phones on there, but we care not about those).
Items of note and their release dates contained within this memo include:
Lots of juicy tidbits there for Android fans, to be sure. Which one of these will be competing for your hard-earned cash come the holiday season? If you’re a Verizon customer, you sure won’t be wanting for choice, that’s for sure. We’ll bring you more info on these devices as we get them.
Verizon will be releasing the LG “Optimus slider” (codenamed the Gelato Q) soon, and it looks like it will be called the LG Enlighten. We know this because the sell sheet pictured above that was posted by accessories wholesaler Xentris Wireless.
Pictured below is the Sprint version which will be the LS700. The Verizon version will be VS700.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about HTC’s revisions to locked bootloader policy, so [impatiently] we’ve waited for more news. We’ve gotten an update, what an update it is.
Having listened to their customer’s concerns, and knowing that locking a phone is out of the question, HTC has devised the perfect compromise. Phones will continue to ship locked, however, users can register with HTC for access to a web tool use to unlock the device. The process is more complex than that, requiring that the Android SDK be installed and a couple of command-line lines to be run, but should make a welcome change from the norm. Certainly not needing to wait for developers to “hack” it should expedite ROM development initially.
I see no problem with HTC requiring registration. HTC should not need to deal with a bricked phone because of user error; you knew what you were doing when you got started, and if something goes wrong, you voided the warranty. It shouldn’t be HTC’s responsibility to fix your phone should you break it. That said, it isn’t clear if ACTUAL faultiness will still be covered after running the tool, and to what extent. I have no reason to believe HTC will screw this up, but if they do, rest assured you guys will know about it.
HTC shipped 12.1 million smartphones in the second quarter 2011, and they are expecting it will increase to 13.5 million units for this quarter. They have a good chance in accomplishing that because HTC chief executive Peter Chou said they plan on releasing between six and eight smartphones this quarter. All of the new devices will be middle or high-end models.
We already know about what will most likely be their highest-end phone called the Vigor. It looks like we have a lot more Sense 3.0 to look forward to in the next few months, and if Sense is not your thing, thankfully the bootloaders will be unlocked.
It’s no surprise that Apple has changed the game from the beginning and brought us true innovation since the launch of the original iPhone. For anyone to deny that the Apple iPhone is anything less than “good” is seriously in denial. The success and popularity of the device along with the iPad was simply unprecedented. That being said, founder of Digital Chocolate, Trip Hawkins, compares Apple to the Roman Empire in that as successful and dominant as it was, it was still bound to fall. As far as I can tell, however, I don’t see any industry proof or evidence as to why there would be a decline in the works for Apple. Hawkins seems to draw his conclusions simply on the analogy alone as he states the following: » Read the rest
Recently Skype for Android added video support, but only for a handful of phones. Shortly after, it was made “unofficially” available for other phones thanks to the great Android developement community, but Skype has “officially” added support for 17 additional devices.
There is one caveat in that you must have Android 2.3x Gingerbread on your device or it will only work with the rear camera since the front camera is not supported with Android 2.1 and 2.2.
Hit the break for the full list of devices: