Droid 2 Global Update Rolling Out Now, Breaks Root and Causes Issues for Rooted Users

The Droid 2 Global update we told you about recently is rolling out to all devices and proves to be a solid update for those users who remain unrooted and plan to stay that way. The update provides a few bug fixes such as the annoying Out of Memory errors, camera not saving settings after power down, random power-ups and reboots, and  added a Google Security Patch. Like I said, if you like to keep your device stock this update should bring plenty of improvements but reports are showing the update breaks root.

Not only does this new update cause a few issues for rooted users, it also patches the vulnerability to gain root if that’s something you’re looking to do in the future. If you are rooted and you decide to update, I highly recommend not flashing an older SBF image as a few readers mention the possibility of bricking your device. The update provides an updated bootloader so things may go awry if you start flashing all willy-nilly. I would suggest staying away from the update if you are a root junkie like myself, but if you use your device like the manufacture intended, then the update will be no problem at all. To force the update go into: Settings–> About Phone–> System Update. From there you can apply the update without waiting for the notification to hit your device.

If you guys experience any issues, let us and the other readers know in the comments. Thanks! Also, if you want to look in to the root issues you can check out this Rootz thread.

source: Verizon

HTC Droid Incredible 4G Passes Through FCC, Appears To Be Verizon Friendly

The HTC Droid Incredible 4G, previously dubbed the HTC Fireball,  is passing through the FCC just 3 days after receiving Bluetooth certification. What’s particularly interesting about this approval application is that it’s touting LTE band 13, which is Verizon’s 700MHz frequency. Although any further [relevant or interesting] details are slim to none, surely more information will be surfacing in the coming weeks and days. Keep posted to TalkAndroid.com for further updates!

source: engadget

ARCHOS G9 Series Tablets Get Official Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Today is a joyous day if you’re an ARCHOS G9 series tablet owner. We knew it was only a matter of time before a major update arrived for the tablet, but unfortunately encountered some minor delays which raised some doubt. The brand has officially pushed out the coveted Ice Cream Sandwich update to the 80 G9 and 101 G9 tablet devices. The new update will now bring the software build of those tablets to Android 4.0.3. In addition to ICS, you’ll find some MediaCenter and FileManager upgrades and ohhhh– Xbox gamepad support if that strikes your fancy. If you’re an owner of either tablet, go out and grab the update today by hitting up the Support link below. And please– be sure to let us know how that delectable ICS goodness tastes.

 source: ARCHOS Support
via: Phandroid


Hold your horses, March 10 is a no-go for the Galaxy S II (I9100) ICS upgrade

Yesterday we told you that according to Samsung’s Philippine website, owners of the international version of the Galaxy S II (I9100) could expect the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update tomorrow. Unfortunately the official Samsung Twitter account nixed that (above-translated) by saying the March 10 date was a mistake by their Philippine website and a date hasn’t been established yet. Of course they will let us know as soon as their is one. For now go back to your regularly scheduled plans for the weekend.

source: samsung twitter
via: theverge

New Photos Taken With HTC One Show Lackluster Performance?

HTC previously showed off some amazing photos taken with an HTC One series phone sporting the fancy new HTC ImageSense technology. Now they have blogged about real-world pictures they took on a hike up Camelback Mountain in Arizona. Maybe they should have checked with their PR department before posting these because they are getting all sorts of negative press on the quality of these pics.

The comments on the HTC blog post have been slamming the pictures, with many people saying they would no longer consider this phone based on these poor samples. The original author of the post responded in the comments with the following:

Ahh – good catch.  we actually compressed the images for web to make load times better.  We are going through now to get the full size images of our journey up Camelback.

All links to the high resolution versions of the photos have been removed from the blog post and now it only shows small thumbnails so you can’t see the true quality. But the original high resolution versions have been making their rounds since the post first went up, so there’s no hiding them now.

I checked the embedded EXIF data of the originals posted, and it shows the photos were taken by an HTC One S (not the flagship X) and were taken February 28th in the early morning. This makes me think these are straight from the camera and not “compressed for web” as HTC is saying. Of course, the EXIF data could transfer over when compressing a picture, but I don’t believe it usually does. As a test, I compressed and re-saved one of these images in Photoshop and the EXIF data was wiped out, so make of that what you will.

Picture gallery after the break.

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Apex Launcher For ICS Out of Beta


We showed you Nova Launcher a couple of weeks ago, a home launcher replacement for ICS devices with some pretty cool features. And now, a new ICS-based launcher named Apex Launcher just left beta and joined the party in the Play Store. The list of features is pretty impressive.

- Customizable homescreen grid size and up to 9 homescreens
- Scrollable dock with up to 7 icons per page and up to 5 pages
- Infinite & elastic scrolling (homescreen, drawer and dock)
- Fancy transition effects (tablet, cube, etc.)
- Hide elements as you want (persistent search bar, status bar, or even the dock)
- Customizable icons and labels for shortcuts and folders
- Choose different folder preview styles and background
- Multiple drawer styles (transparent/opaque, horizontal/vertical, paginated/continuous)
- Drawer apps sorting (title, install date, mostly used)
- Hide apps from the drawer
- Lock your desktop to prevent accidental changes
- Enjoy homescreen gestures (pinch, swipe up/down, double tap)
- Backup/restore settings and data
- Optimized for both phones and tablets
- Lots of other customization options!

Hit the break for tips, screenshots, and the download link.

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Google Fixes Broken Motorola Market Links With Play Store Update

With the recent update that turned the Android Market into Google Play, some users were confused when their Market icon disappeared. But that was just user confusion. Users of some Motorola devices had a more serious problem with the new update… it broke their special MotoBlur link to the Market in the app drawer. Of course, there was a new working link labeled Play Store, but many users didn’t know of it and were still expecting the regular Market link to work.

Luckily, Google just pushed out update 3.4.7 to all devices, which should fix the broken link issue for Moto users. If you don’t get the update automatically, you can try to force it by going into application settings, selecting all apps, click on Play Store and hit the clear data button. This should initiate the update on next launch.

Any Moto users out there get the update yet, and did it fix your link issues?

source: droidlife

Samsung Galaxy S II (GT-I9100) Will Get The Official ICS Update on March 10th

We recently told you that the international Samsung Galaxy S II would receive the ICS update on March 15th, but according to Samsung they are actually a little ahead of schedule. Now, March 10th is the new date that the GT-I9100 will gain access to the latest version of the Android operating system and the update will be available through Kies 2.0. Although the update will be accompanied by the TouchWiz overlay, you can expect to see familiar features such as Android Beam, data usage and Face Unlock, as will some apps be improved.

If you own a Galaxy S II other than the global version, you will have to wait a bit before your respective carrier pushes-out the update themselves. It can still take a little time before your carrier completes the required testing before all devices get the update. If you see the update hit your device, be a pal and let us know, will ya? For you GT-I9100 users, hit up the source links below for further instructions.

source: Samsung / FAQ
via: Engadget

Motorola Now Selling Water Repellent Wi-Fi Only Xyboard Tablets (Update: they were splash proof all along)

Interesting news coming from the Motorola camp as they are now offering their Xyboard tablets with nano-coating technology. The good news is that is means the Wi-Fi only tablets are now water-resistant, allowing users to simply wipe off spills in case of an accident. The bad news is that this doesn’t apply to the 4G laden Verizon models, and no, Moto isn’t going to upgrade them either. So if you already bought a Xyboard from Verizon, you are just going to need to remain being careful with your device around liquids. Kind of a lame move on Motorola’s part, it would’ve been nice to see an upgrade option even if was for a nominal fee. No word on whether Motorola teamed up with Liquipel or HzO, or just created their own coating.

In case you were wondering, the prices remain the same as before. $399 for the 8.2-inch and $499 for the 10.1-inch, but this time around Moto is throwing in a free $90 portfolio case with purchase. If you have been looking to get a new Xyboard but have been holding out, now would be the time to get one. Hit one of the source links below to make a purchase.

Update: Looks like they were always splash proof. In fact this is from the original presser about the DROID XYBOARD 8.2 and 10.1:

Both are equipped with scratch-resistant displays that use Corning® Gorilla® Glass to stay brilliant and a coating of water-repellent nanoparticles makes them resistant to accidental spills and splashes.

Even Rob missed this in his review. With so many devices and so many specs, sometimes things fall through the cracks. We’re sorry about the confusion.

source: Xyboard 8.2 / Xyboard 10.1
via: Unwired View

Google Play Looks Like It Will Include Audiobooks, Magazines And Newspapers

With the recent launch of Google Play to replace the Android Market, it seems clear that Google is planning some major moves, likely to compete with its most obvious competitor, Apple’s iTunes and iBooks. This doesn’t require much explanation as to why, since it would be a vital move for Google to expand its services in order to remain in a contending position.  It seems that in addition to offering apps, movies, music and e-books, Google is planning to offer audiobooks, magazines and newspapers as well.

The initial sighting was in the in the Google Play Help Center by Google news site Google Operating System, with empty pages for “Audio Books” and “Magazines and Journals”. Also noted is Google’s registration of several place holder domains such as googleplaymagazines.com, googleplaynewspapers.com, googleplaynewsstand.com and googleplaytv.com among various other iterations of these themes. Looks to me like Google is planning another major update to its services, and I for one will welcome them with open arms when they’re released some time in the future.

source: techcrunch