Well, thanks to the folks over at the Android Forums, Ytram was able to extract a few press shots of the up and coming, long overdue Galaxy Nexus for Verizon. And much to our disappointment, the device is branded like a cow getting its first stamp of approval. It’s obvious Verizon must have some serious pull to get Google to agree to put their “Verizon 4G LTE” branding on the backside of the device. And to much dismay, there is still no official word on a release date other than the many speculated ones given previously. So, as always, stay tuned and don’t forget to let us know what you think of all of this branding nonsense in the comments below. Should Vz be stamping their name all over an official Google branded phone? Hit the break to check out some more screen shots of the device courtesy of our friends over at Android Central. » Read the rest
Recently, Vodafone acknowledged complaints from many Samsung Galaxy S II owners who claim to be experiencing GPS problems ever since the most recent firmware update was issued. Reports are showing that GPS services are now taking extremely too long to lock on to a usable signal and sometimes wont even lock on at all.
Thankfully, Vodafone stepped up to the plate and agreed that the latest Android 2.3.3 update was the culprit and says, “We’re aware that some Vodafone customers are experiencing a slow GPS lock on their device following the recent software update,” and continued with “We’re investigating the cause with Samsung and will provide an update on timings for a fix as soon as we have more information. In the meantime, customers should still able to use location services as normal once their device has locked onto the GPS connection.”
Too bad part of the complaint was that sometimes the phone would not receive a GPS signal at all, no matter how long they waited. I guess at least somebody is aware of the issue and plans are in motion to devise a fix. Here’s hoping it doesn’t take too long, it must be a bummer having such a sweet device that all of the sudden gets crippled by a the carriers official Android update. Sound off in the comments below if you were one of the folks effected by the bug.
[via Vodafone forums]
Chalk this up as coincidence, as irony, or as yet another Verizon phone being buggy, but it appears that the HTC Rezound is having sound issues. Android forums all over the internet are a buzz with users that are complaining of a static sound or some sort of interference when headphones are plugged in. Readers over at Droid Life are also having this issue.
The Static issue can be replicated with both streaming and internally stored audio leading others to believe this isn’t Beats Audio related. Some believe that it has something to do with the 4G radio while others have been able to replicate the issue regardless of which radio is active. I have personally been able replicate it on my co-worker’s Rezound and we are in a non-4G area. So at this point I have no idea what the issue is.
Some folks are lucky and don’t have this issue, or it just hasn’t come up yet. Given the other phones either on or coming to their network, the Bionic (the whine and signal issues) and Galaxy Nexus (volume rocker issue) are having bugs of their own, Verizon doesn’t need another flagship phone giving them issues. What about you guys out there with Rezounds? Are you having these issues?
[via Droid Life]
For those of you DROID RAZR owners who live in larger cities (or those with poor memory), Motorola has released a car finder app that allows to to locate your vehicle after parking in spot that may be hard to find again. In the city where I live, I can’t imagine a real need for such an app, but for those who live in areas with huge parking lots, I could imagine this coming in hand. I picture going to Magic Mountain or some place similar where this might actually be of use.
The application is called Motorola Car Finder and can be found as a free download in the Android Market. This is one of many car finder apps out there but this one is designed to work with the DROID RAZR with further device support coming in the future. I tried downloading this to another device (DROID Charge), and while I was able to install it, it was unusable because a Motorola navigation dock was not present.
Similar to many other car finder applications, you can pinpoint your parking location via GPS and even log a couple pictures and voice memos for later reference. Once you are ready to return to your car, simply pull up the app and the GPS will guide you back to your ride without question. I guess one caveat could be if you were parked underground or somewhere where a GPS signal would be hard to obtain, then you may find it near impossible for this app to function properly. If you are in an area with adequate GPS signal then this app may handy with such features as: » Read the rest
Droid Incredible 2 owners are about to start salivating big time! That oh-so delectable new treat is available now for owners courtesy of ProTekk of beloved RootzWiki. While it is available everyone, keep in mind that this custom ROM/build of ICS is still in its infancy stage– so like any ROM in beta, it has its fair share of bugs and missing functions. Here’s a quick rundown of what works and what doesn’t work in this build of the beta:
What doesn’t work:
Headsets (logcat claims that the kernel doesn’t support it)
The mere fact that most of the needed basic functions working correctly is nothing short of amazing. For those of you willing to brave it out and be ahead of the rest of us Android users, back up your files and give the ROM a try. I mean hey, rooting your Droid Incredible 2 is why you bought the device, right? Be sure to give your props to ProTekk at RootWiki and let us know if you plan on rooting your Droid Incredible 2 or how it works out for you if you’ve already jumped ship and rooted it.
The folks over at Gameloft want you to enjoy a nice version of the popular hit game UNO, on the house of course. Gameloft is now offering a free version of UNO so long as you’re ok with the embedded ads. If not, and you’d rather bypass the ads, there’s always the $2.99 ad-free version which can be found on the Android Market. UNO is a popular card game in which all players need to match colors and numbers until a player is left with one card. You can play in multiplayer match up mode via online pairing or with local players over Wifi and Bluetooth. The app will run both on standard Android smartphones as well as Honeycomb tablets. Hit the break for a few more screen shots and to snag the download links. And don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. » Read the rest
Another “secret that wasn’t really a secret” has just been revealed. We just mentioned to you earlier today how the upcoming Motorola Xoom tablet update would be a minor update aimed at helping pay-as-you-go users. Now there’s a definitive confirmation from Verizon as it has announced the HLK75F update which you guessed it– includes an improved Google Setup Wizard to improve the reliability of the pay-as-you-go detection when you first power up the device. Oh and since we know you guys care, the update is approximately 8.9MB in size. Not exactly a major update, but hey– an update is an update.
[via Verizon Wireless]
Lenovo has taken the guess work out of our previous notions regarding what type of devices might be released by the company over the next few weeks. Finally, the company has come right out and made it official, stating that they’ll be releasing a 4.3-inch IPS display device along side a 3.7-inch AMOLED smartphone. So, no tabletphone in site but check out what the two devices do have to offer upon launch.
Lenovo LePhone K2:
The K2 offers a 4.3-inch IPS display with an unknown resolution at this time. In addition, there will be a powerful 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU by Qualcomm (MSM8260). Furthermore, they’ve added 1GB of RAM, 1GB ROM, an 8 meg camera capable of recording 1080p video and Android 2.3.5 (sorry, no ICS at this time). Who knows, maybe they’ll add it to the device at the last second since technically there is no price or release date. Stay tuned.
Lenovo LePhone S760:
The S760 offers a more compact device with a 3.7-inch display running Android 2.3.5 as well and houses a 1GHz single core CPU, 512 mb of RAM, an AMOLED touch display and a 5 meg camera. In addition, Lenovo has added tidbits of their custom UI in an attempt to compliment Android. It’s been noted that the device should be released sometime towards the end of December.
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