Just last week Motorola announced that it would not be upgrading its Atrix 4G and Photon 4G handsets to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, despite earlier promises to do so. A new campaign called Update My Moto has been initiated in hopes that Motorola will release a leak of what has already been completed, or at least a supported Tegra 2 kernel for Android 4.0, so that devs can put together feature filled custom ROMs for the disheartened community.
“In 2012 Motorola announced an upgrade to our devices, Atrix and Photon, to Ice Cream Sandwich. Now they have changed their stance, leaving us with an outdated version of Android.
With this campaign, we are asking for a leak of what was been done already or a compatible Tegra 2 kernel for Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. With these files, we can develop a working version ourselves.
You can help us to achieve that. Share this campaign in your blog, social network, show it to your friends or file a BBB complaint. Let’s grab Motorola’s attention!”
No, you don’t have to donate any money and you don’t have to picket outside Motorola’s corporate offices (though that would probably garner some attention). All Julian asks is that you share the campaign on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Pinterest. And, if you’re as frustrated with this mess as I am, then be sure to hit the source link below.
PhoneSuit just announced the Lightplay, which is an Android-powered handheld media projector. They are marketing it as cross between an Android tablet and a pico video projector. It will project a screen of up to 80 inches diagonally and will support up to 1080p video.
It will sport Android 2.3, which I know is probably a disappointment to most of you, but hey this isn’t a phone so does it really matter? Most importantly it will have the Play Store so you can play your favorite games, movies, and other apps on the 80-inch projected screen. Yes that means Bad Piggies, Netflix, and Facebook, among others. If you’re wondering how you will play those games or control those apps, it comes with a wireless keyboard and motion controller featuring a 3 axis gyroscope.
We recently saw the Galaxy Camera pass through the FCC with AT&T radios in it, so it’s no surprise that AT&T just announced that it will offer it in the coming weeks. This is the same camera that was introduced at last month’s Unpacked Event. It’s 16-megapixels and features a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD, a quad-core Exynos processor, 21x optical zoom, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. With AT&T 4G connectivity you will be able to share your photos via various social networks on the go. The Galaxy Camera also features the same features you would find on a Galaxy S III like Share Shot, AllShare Play, and Buddy Photo Share. Plus you have the Google Play Store for whatever apps you need to enhance your experience.
Pricing wasn’t specified, but they did say they would reveal it when it’s released in the “coming weeks.”
Full press release after the break
I just stumbled upon 100 Rooms by Gipnetix, and it has me enthralled. I can’t be the only one since it has been downloaded over 1 million times and has a rating of 4.3 stars. If you’re into puzzle games, you’re going to love this one. In this game you are presented with a room for each level of which you must find your way out. From the title, you’re probably guessing there are 100 rooms (or levels), and in a sense you are correct, but for now there are 50 rooms. Gipnetix is releasing new rooms regularly until they reach 100, but trust me, 50 rooms will keep you busy
Amazon announced an expansion of their Cloud Drive product to Italy and Spain today. This comes on the heels of recent launches of the Cloud Drive in the UK, Germany and France. Users will be able to access their drive using PC and Mac applications, a web browser, or their Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD devices. Along with this geographic expansion, Amazon announced all customers will now get 5GB of free storage with options to pay for additional space.
The updates to the Cloud Drive service are not limited to European customers. U.S.-based customers can now share their files with friends and family by visiting www.amazon.com/clouddrive and selecting the files to be shared. Amazon has also implemented some new integration with iPhoto on Apple Mac computers. With only a couple clicks, users can now upload iPhoto albums to their cloud drive so photos can be viewed almost instantly on Kindle Fire devices or through a web browser.
Check out the source link for the full press release from Amazon for all of the details.
Today the Sony Xperia T was released in the UK and to commemorate the occasion, Sony released a commercial that resembles a 007 movie. The most exciting part might be at the end when you discover that the phone comes “packed with exclusive Bond content”. This is the second Xperia T commercial Sony has released recently, but this one undoubtedly had a larger budget. Directed by Joe Carnahan, it features a car chase and some explosions that will certainly add to this phone’s high expectations. The phone is only available in the UK right now with a roll out for the rest of Europe not far behind. It will hit the states as the Xperia TL on AT&T soon. Hit the break to watch the commercial.
Last night we reported that the LG Optimus G Nexus will launch in November, and now we have some more details. Apparently devices were handed out last week for testing and one source, who is not a Google employee, divulged some information to Android and Me. Hit the break to read the juicy details.
Amazon announced today that they are now accepting submissions from developers who would like to have their apps distributed via a forthcoming Japanese version of the Amazon Appstore. Distribution is expected to commence later this year. The Japanese Appstore will join versions for the U.S., UK, Italy, France, Germany and Spain. Expansion of the Appstore to other countries is part of Amazon’s strategy to “serve consumers and developers globally,” according to Jim Adkins, Vice President of the Amazon Appstore. Amazon’s press release includes testimonials from several developers who are already planning to head to the Japanese market, including TinyCo, Square Enix, Yahoo Japan, ZeptoLab and Halfbrick. Hit the source link for the full press release from Amazon.
We knew Google was quietly on its way to making facial recognition just a little bit better, but now it has finally confirmed what the world already knew. A Motorola Mobility spokesman states:
“Motorola Mobility today announced that it has acquired Viewdle, a leading imaging & gesture recognition company. Motorola and Viewdle have an existing commercial agreement and have been collaborating for some time. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.”
Now that the cat is out of the bag, the formal acquisition will mean a few things. The first thing is Viewdle’s technology will allow it to allow Google users to easily tag photos of friends and family across Google+, Picasa and of course, Android. And hey, we can’t have too many means to tag and identify our favorite contacts on the web, right?
Android users finally have a solid alternative to Google’s Map Navigation app. Famed navigation company TomTom has launched its navigation service on Android and aims to bring something that Google Map Navigation can’t do— offline use. This is done by downloading and storing maps on your Android device of choice, meaning users will be able to download maps that covers the US, UK & Ireland, Europe, South Africa, and South East Asia for starters. Each map will allow users to have special features such as IQ Routes and spoken street names.
As exciting as the app’s release is, there are a couple of major observations to note. The app itself costs $49.99, while each map can range from $39 to $79.99— though TomTom does promise free lifetime updates. Another catch is well… the app isn’t compatible with
most popular many devices. Early reports indicate the app is currently not compatible with devices like the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X & One S or Sony’s Xperia line. Heck– I found the app isn’t even compatible with my Galaxy Nexus. Hopefully TomTom will work out its kinks and get the app to be compatible with most devices sooner than later.
Head on down to the Play Store to see if your phone is compatible with the app or not.