The other day we received the CyanogenMod 10 preview builds for both the international and U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III and now there’s more! The CM 10 preview builds are now available for the ASUS Transformer and Transformer Prime (tf101 and 201) and with Motorola’s Xoom. With all the excitement around Jelly Bean and CyanogenMod 10, a working build for tablets is wonderful news to hear.
These are only preview builds though, so they may not be very stable. Unofficial builds also carry no guarantee on support, assistance or updates.
The Transformer builds are currently functional with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sounds, camera, video acceleration, minor dock functionality and most sensors. The GPS and light sensor functionality isn’t in there just yet, but the device’s core functionality is stable and working.
Here’s a quick video of the Transformer Prime running CM10 on its current build in action:
You folks living in the UK should be on the lookout for a new device heading your way, the Huawei Ascend P1. This mega-slim Huawei device has been available in other parts of the globe for a while now but a slightly different version will land on Vodafone and various other UK retailers soon. This new version has a soft touch back plate as opposed to the glossy white version found elsewhere. Measuring in at only 7.69mm thin, the Ascend P1 runs a version of Ice Cream Sandwich that is about as stock as you can get considering manufacturer overlays. The device is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core TI-OMAP processor and sports 1GB of RAM and 4GB of ROM so it should keep many of you power users satisfied. On the rear of the device you will find an 8MP camera coupled with a 1.3MP shooter up front. DNLA certification means that you will be able to seamlessly share your media to your television without the need for any bothersome wires.
Huawei announced that the Ascend P1 will be heading to Vodafone sometime early August while other retail outlets will be announced at a later date. The phone will be free on Vodafone contracts and you can expect a SIM-free version to be released later. Full press release after the break.
Verizon reported earnings this morning with some nice profits, but the more interesting tidbit was from their conference call in which they announced 5.9 million smartphones were sold in the 2nd quarter. Of that total, 2.7 million were iPhones (down from 3.2 million sold in the 1st quarter). As far as Android handsets, they totaled 2.9 million.
As far as 4G LTE handsets go, a total of 2.5 million were sold, which isn’t surprising because the majority of Android handsets are LTE compatible.
The slowing growth of the iPhone doesn’t mean people are more interested in Android. I think it’s more of a cyclical thing in that that a lot of consumers know the iPhone 5 will be announced in a few months. I would expect much of the same for the 3rd quarter. No matter how you look at it, the iPhone is still Verizon’s best selling phone. There were reports that the DROID RAZR MAXX was the king in the 1st quarter, but I’m not buying it. I just don’t believe that Verizon sold more than 3.2 million RAZR MAXX’s in the 1st quarter.
If you want to read more about Verizon’s financials, hit the break for the full press release:
Well look what we have here! Sure we told you about the HTC One S smartphone’s sexy appearance and great design before, but don’t you think it would have looked perfect in an all-black design? Well both HTC and T-Mobile think so too, so that’s why they developed the special edition all-black One S. Like the original One S, this black beauty features the same 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display, Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB internal storage, f/2.0 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video and Beats Audio.
But before you T-Mobile customers try and grab one of these puppies at your local store or online, please note this isn’t for sale. As a special incentive for top sales’ reps, T-Mobile is only handing out the special devices for certain individuals who has met certain sales’ goals. Definitely a bummer I know— but hey, maybe one of the lucky few who has the device may end up putting it for sale over the internet. Because let’s face it, I’m sure that more than a few interested parties will gladly welcome the opportunity to own one of those.
Remember last year when Amazon unveiled the Kindle Fire at $199 and everyone expected it to sell like hotcakes? Well it was quite successful actually, but I think it could have been more successful if it wasn’t a forked version of Android. Either way it was a game changer because they changed the pricing model forever and for the better. Google wanted to make a splash with the Nexus 7 and boy did they. Priced the same as the Kindle Fire with way better specs, the Nexus 7 has to have Amazon a little nervous.
Well it’s not only Amazon that’s nervous because one Cowen analyst is thinking the same thing. Kevin Kopelman just cut his forecast for Amazon’s revenue as well as sales of the Kindle Fire and Kinde e-reader. He originally expected Amazon to sell 14 million Kindle Fire’s, but is thinking it will be more like 12 million.
Since Jelly Bean’s announcement, we hadn’t heard any news from many manufacturers and when their devices would get the coveted update, but lo and behold— HTC finally has some good news for owners of a couple of premium devices. According to Australian carrier Telstra, the HTC One S and
One X One XL smartphones will be first in line to get the Android 4.1 update. While no specific date is given, Telstra confirms that HTC is at least “preparing the update”.
Also keep in mind the timing of the Jelly Bean update sounds about right too for two reasons. First, both the One S and One XL are HTC’s flagship devices at the moment, so flagship devices tend to get priority when it comes to software updates. Second, Google did confirm it would release the PDK of its Android software to select Android manufacturers much earlier, which would naturally give those manufacturers a headstart in modifying the software updates for their respective devices.
While it’s exciting to know a few of the One Series smartphones is all but set for the update, the real question now is when HTC One Series owners out here in the States should expect to see the Jelly Bean update as well?
Several months ago I was driving my wife’s car and using the GPS on my Galaxy Nexus. I looked down at the screen for a couple of seconds and when I looked back up, the car in front of me had unexpectedly slowed down. I slammed on the breaks as quickly as I could but twelve thousand dollars of damage and one totaled 2011 Mazda 3 later, we were looking for a new car.
Needless to say, I am a huge fan of hands-free technology. Intro the 2013 Honda Accord. Honda has been getting serious about the ability to connect your smartphone to your car, all to make driving more safe. The result will be the launching of HondaLink in the new 2013 Accord.
Just when Nexus S owners down under got themselves mentally psyched for some buttery goodness, Vodafone Australia comes out and says just kidding!!—- it’s not quite ready yet! Due to some regulatory issues it has to overcome and comply with, the anticipated Jelly Bean update is indeed delayed. Here’s Vodafone Australia’s official statement on its blog:
We’ve just been advised that due to a software issue, the roll-out the of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to Vodafone Australia customers has been delayed.
It’s been advised the software currently does not meet all the Australian regulatory requirements related to emergency calls.
At this stage, we don’t have any further information on when the roll-out will resume, but as soon as we do, we’ll let you know here on the blog.
We thank you for your understanding and appreciate your patience at this time”.
On a positive note– at least Vodafone Australia gave a reasonable explanation for the delay and hey— SFR France hasn’t made any such mention of a delay yet, so hopefully the French have been able to enjoy some of that Jelly Bean lovin’ on time. But seriously– here’s hoping we see the update pushed out sooner than later.
source: Vodafone Australia Blog
The Sprint-bound Samsung SPH-L300 was first whispered about in May, and now it’s finally clearing the FCC. The specs we know about place this handset in the budget to mid-range, and frankly the specs are pretty good for folks looking for something decent that won’t cost an arm and a leg.
Sure, it’s no Galaxy S III
or HTC One X
, but it’ll get things done. No word on when it will launch on Sprint
, but it can’t be too far off now.
Looks like Google’s Nexus 7 isn’t the only $199 Tegra 3 quad-core 7-inch Android tablet. Fuhu Inc., makers of the kids nabi tablet, has now come out with the nabi 2 with some pretty decent specs.
- 7-inch 1024×600 touchscreen
- 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 A9 Quad-Core Mobile processor
- 8GB of storage memory
- microSD slot
- Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 2MP front camera (720p video capture)
- microUSB port
- miniHDMI port
- 4,000mAh battery
Not too shabby, especially for a tablet made specifically for children from pre-K to 5th grade. The nabi 2 comes pre-installed with educational and child-centric entertainment apps, such as Spinlets+ Music (over 19 million kid-friendly songs), and Spinlets+ TV (streaming Saturday morning kids’ shows). You don’t get the Google Play Store (too mature for the target audience) but you get App Zone 2.0, the “only curated App store made just for kids“. This app store contains over 500 real apps, like Fruit Ninja for example, that are hand picked by moms and dads. Of course, you could always sideload any apps if you really wanted to.
The nabi 2 is now available at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Gamestop, and will be coming to Target and Amazon on July 22.
source: android police