Android 4.0.4 for the T-Mobile HTC One S is rolling out!

The long-awaited update for the T-Mobile HTC One S is finally rolling out to users nationwide. Of course, the software upgrade consists of the infamous “Android 4.0.4″ alongside its companion, 4.1 Sense. There is no doubt that the One S is one of HTC’s most popular devices, leaving users very anxious for some perfomance fixes and bug tweaks. And that is exactly what the update brought! You can now expect “more smooth” transitions with performance improvements, as well as wireless tweaks, involving Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Connectivity issues with wireless devices and networks have been a huge problem with the orginal build for the HTC One S, but we are happy to say, those are gone. Even though that the update isn’t 4.1 JellyBean, the OTA fix will help a lot of users in their daily tasks. All in all, the update will round up at about 150mb, so if you are locked into a “tiered” data plan, we recommend that you utilize your home wireless connection.

What do you think of the update? If you already installed it, are you noticing improvements? I would love to hear your comments, and… Happy Updating!

Source: Android Central

Samsung Galaxy Camera gets priced and is available for pre-order in the UK

The British website Clove has announced the Samsung Galaxy Camera for pre-order at a price of £399 ($650) including VAT and £332 ($540) without VAT. The camera runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and features a quad core Exynos processor, a 16 megapixel sensor, 21x optical zoom, and pop-up xenon flash The Galaxy Camera looks to spearhead a new era of “Smart Cameras”.

The Galaxy Camera  adds most of the features we are used to in our phones such as 3G, a touchscreen display and HDMI out for the smartphone-loving Instagram nut. It’s meant to satisfy the casual point-and-shoot crowd, but is this preliminary pricing too much for general consumers to swallow?

Source: Clove

Samsung and Google executives could discuss patents when they meet on Thursday

Even with the disappointment of Apple winning its litigation on their “special patents”, it looks like executives from both Google and Samsung will meet in Seoul on Thursday. Thats right! Eric Schmidt, alongside Samsung “big-wig”, Shin Jong-kyun, will discuss numerous details about their company companionship.

But it seems that it is very likely that this meeting is focused on, none other than Apple’s patent strikes against Samsung. Lets not forget that just a little over a month ago, Apple won its case in the United States against the company, exclaiming various factors of how the South Korean manufacturer infringed on Apple design and “style”.


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Great Barrier Reef, other locations now viewable via first underwater imagery through Google Maps

You’ve got to admit, the timing of adding a one-of-a-kind feature in Google Maps couldn’t have been timed better after that dismal iOS attempt at a map app. In a partnership with Catlin Seaview Survey, Google has ironically added some eye-popping underwater locations to its “Street View” feature. Google has updated this feature to include underwater locales such as Great Barrier Reef, Hanauma Bay in Hawaii, additional sites in Australia, the Philippines and more. The images themselves were captured with a special, 360-degree camera of which only two exist in the world. Go ahead, dive in to this new feature. It should prove to be both entertaining and educational. After you’ve put it through its paces, let us know what you think.

source:  Google Blog

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Appears on FCC As SGH-T779

T-Mobile seems to often be late to the party when rolling out devices, or maybe it’s just my perception as an 11-year customer when they don’t offer a device I want on day-one like other carriers. However, T-Mobile seems to end up getting most of the same nice devices as the other major carriers eventually. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is no exception in this case. Revealed through FCC filing, the newest tablet in T-Mobile’s stable will be released as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (SGH-T779). As is usually the case with device sightings on FCC, we will most likely see the Tab 2 on Magenta’s network within the next couple of months if not late next month. Is anyone looking forward to this particular tablet from T-Mobile? Let us know.

source:  FCC

T-Mobile HTC One X+ makes an appearance via Twitter

Thanks to @evleaks, we have a decent image of the upcoming T-Mobile HTC One X+. We still don’t have a release date yet, and to further complicate things, we recently heard that it could be delayed for a bigger battery.

The rumored specs include a Tegra 3+ AP37 1.6GHz quad-core / 1.7GHz single-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 1800mAh battery (could be increased), and Sense 4.5 on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.  It will come in at 9.3mm thick and weigh in at 129 grams.

source: @evleaks

Additional Atrix 2 ICS details get leaked, version numbers revealed

If you remember, a couple of days ago we told you about the soak test Motorola initiated for the Atrix 2. While most initially thought the test was an incremental update to Gingerbread, it was in fact the long-awaited update to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Today we’re getting a look at exactly what that update entails via a screenshot from the “About Phone” option. The screenshot reveals the all-important version numbers embedded in the update. This is most likely the final step in Motorola’s beta testing before officially rolling it out. It’s obviously still very early in this final testing, but hopefully things will go well and sweet ICS goodness for Atrix 2 owners rolls out to the masses sooner rather than later. We will keep you updated if anything changes.

source:  Android Central

Texas Instruments Reported To Consider Shifting Chip Development From Mobile Devices To Other Industries

 

While Texas Instruments (TI) is no stranger to making great processors (see Samsung Galaxy Nexus), it appears it has lost interest in developing products in the wireless world and focus on other industries instead. TI shares recently fell 3-percent as investors are worried revenue prospects. This is compounded by the fact that not only has Qualcomm taken over as the most popular chip brand, Apple and Samsung have each opted to develop their own in-house processors— instead of buying from TI directly. Here’s Greg Delagi, senior vice president for embedded processing expressing TI’s stance of creating chips for future mobile devices as clear as possible:

 

“We believe that opportunity is less attractive as we go forward”

 

As a result, this has caused TI to reconsider its strategy of developing future chips for smartphones or tablets, and develop chips for carmakers and their various system units instead. By making the change, TI hopes it will be able to stop the bleeding before it starts. This would be done by trying to save as much revenue as possible as the company tries to restructure its development and marketing strategy from mobile devices to industrial industries like those of carmakers.

source: Reuters

Barnes & Noble Announces New Nook HD And Nook HD+ Tablets For The U.S. And UK

Following the lead of the newly launched Kindle Fire HD tablets, Barnes & Noble has just announced two new additions to the Nook family: the 7-inch and 9-inch Nook HD+ tablets. The 7-inch Nook HD will be known as the world’s lightest and highest-resolution HD tablet, while the 9-inch Nook HD+ will be identified as the world’s lightest full HD tablet. The 7-inch Nook HD tablet will start at $199 and feature a 1.3GHz dual-core chip, 1GB of RAM, a 1440×900 243 ppi laminated display and will weigh only 11.1 ounces. The 9-inch Nook HD+ on the other hand will start at $269 and feature a zippy 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 1920×1280 256 ppi laminated display and will come in at a mere 18.2 ounces in heft. The best thing is that the owners of either tablet will have the ability to access three million books, a large selection of magazines and apps with the newly launched NOOK Video and NOOK Catalog content.

Each tablet will be available for pre-order starting today in the States, while pre-orders will be available in the UK starting next month. You’ll find additional details once you jump past the break.


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