First, Best Buy said the DROID RAZR, RAZR MAXX, and HTC Rezound would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich on April 4th. When that didn’t happen, Motorola Mobility tweeted that yes, the RAZR and MAXX would indeed be getting ICS, but no official date had been announced. Right after that, a soak test for the two Motorola handsets started, but it was just a bug fix build… still not ICS.
Now, Best Buy has updated their systems with the following:
Updated April 4: The Motorola RAZRs (32GB and 16GB) and MAXX updates scheduled for Wednesday, April 4 have been delayed. Watch Employee News for more details.
Software updates are coming for Verizon handsets next week to bring the OS to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Updates will be delivered via standard Over the Air (OTA) update.
- Friday, April 6: HTC Rezound
It’s interesting that Best Buy would say that ICS has been delayed since Motorola is saying an official date has yet to be announced. More than likely, Best Buy knew of the April 4th soak test update and assumed it would be ICS, not the bug-fixing 6.12.181 build. But apparently the HTC Rezound is still on track for an April 6th ICS update. Or at least that’s when Best Buy thinks it will happen. That’s pretty much right now, so owners of the Rezound can start checking for updates! Did you get it yet?
We’ve already seen some prototypes of curved glass and flexible screens, but how do you make them touch-enabled? With XSense, from touchscreen company Atmel. XSense is a film-based touch sensor that is flexible and thin enough to be curved and twisted into any shape while remaining accurate. Technology like this will allow manufacturers to create devices with screens that curve around the edges with touchable controls on the curves. Think edgeless devices with no bezel to speak of, or watches that curve around your wrist and are entirely touch-enabled. The possibilities are intriguing.
Check out the cool concept video after the break.
First Samsung try’s to impress us with sexy looking microSD cards and now they want to impress us with speed. I don’t know about you but when it comes to microSD cards I am more concerned about speed so I will pay a little more attention to these new Ultra High Speed Class 1 (UHS-1) memory cards compared to the just plain sexy ones.
Up until now, the Ultra High Speed Class 1 cards were limited to the likes of SDXC and SDHC cards, but now Sammy has one that utilizes the technology as well. Only being made in a 16GB flavor at this time, these new memory cards are capable of read speeds of 8 MB/s. That’s more than four times faster than the leading advanced microSD cards available on the market today.
These new storage cards are only going to work with LTE devices and have already gone into production last month. Kinda makes me wonder if we are going to see one of these speed demons inside the upcoming Galaxy S III? Sure would be sexy then. Jump past the cut for the full press release.
Damn, that was fast! Yesterday we showed you what was to be the starting point of the new CyanogenMod mascot, rAndy. The CM team put out an open call for mascot ideas and rAndy was the the teams final choice. When announcing their decision they had said that they were going to be working with the artist to fine tune the little guy before making any finalization’s and would let us know when he is ready for the mainstream. Enter Cid, the final design for the new CM mascot and it only took a day to get him whipped into shape.
Cid (Pronounced: /si:d/):
When we started brainstorming names we wanted to pick something short, simple and fitting for the new mascot. Obviously trying to stray away from the *droid or *Andy type names we decided to pay homage to D.A.R.Y.L., B.O.B Maximillion or V.I.N.Cent and create a name that could also be an acronym.
We chose C.I.D. which is short for Cyanogenmod ID, the common thread that all CyanogenMod users share; each user’s unique place in our community.
Some of you may also be familiar with the concept of the “id”, the instinctual driving force behind our personalities. It seemed fitting, that this chaotic force and need for immediate gratification, was incorporated into the image of a OS which strives to be on the bleeding edge of Android development.
Thus C.I.D became Cid.
Alright, sounds good to me! Although I was partially attached to the cool looking owl entry they had, and apparently that was actually one of the designs that was hotly debated over. Either way I am cool with Cid and I look forward to seeing his cute little mug on a CM boot animation in the near future. What about you guys? Are you down with Cid? Tell me all about it in the comments below.
As if creating the most popular and arguably the best sounding personal audio equipment wasn’t good enough, Beats Audio co-founder Jimmy Lovine revealed to Bloomberg Businessweek that the company is looking to attack the streaming music market next. Lovine told BB that “subscription music online is culturally inadequate” and “it’s not satisfying right now.” He feels that a new streaming service done in the proper manner could provide something far beyond the downloading experience that iTunes currently provides. Make no mistake, he is not looking to compete with Apple and even says the company’s music service is “very, very good.” Lovine merely wants to create a streaming service that attracts hundreds of millions of subscribers, making the business model more viable and more successful than the services we currently have available.
As it stands right now, Lovine isn’t saying what will be different with this theoretical service but something must be in the works as he tells BB, “I can’t show the magic trick, but right now the services are utilities. We only see things in a complete thought.” As far as the previous rumor of a MOG buyout goes, we have heard stories that the deal is complete but we have yet to hear any confirmation from either company. Who knows, maybe HTC’s next flagship phone will not only have Beats Audio integration, it could have some sort of Beats streaming music player as well.
source: Bloomberg Businessweek
It wasn’t too long ago that the official and final ICS build for the the Nexus S 4G was leaked and we knew it was only a matter of time before Sprint began to rollout the update to all devices. We just received word that the IMM76D update has began rolling out today and we even have a change log to go along with it. This will be the first Sprint phone to receive the illustrious Android 4.0 update and users can expect the following enhancements.
- A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
- Android Beam™: quickly share web pages, apps, contacts and YouTube™ videos with your friends by simply tapping two Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled phones together
- Redesigned camera, which introduces panorama mode, effects like silly faces and background replacement and a powerful photo editor
- Data Usage helps you avoid data overage charges by allowing you to instantly see your data usage for any period of time or any app – and get notified before reaching your limit; you can even restrict background data for individual apps
- Web browser now lets you sync Google Chrome™ bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites, see your open tabs in a new layout and even store web pages for offline reading
- People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
- Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
- New Calendar app that lets you add events quickly, sync with Google Calendar™ or Microsoft Exchange and even pinch to adjust your calendar display
- Redesigned Gmail™ app that now lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly, and search for emails even without a data connection
- Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera
Sprint says the rollout should reach all devices within a month but if you are the antsy type who doesn’t like waiting for the finer things in life, then you can visit our how-to guide to snagging the same update right now. If you’re the type who likes to read the official stuff, jump past the break for the full changelog and a link for those who may have further questions.
If you love to read magazines, you might want to take a look at Next Issue. It’s basically Netflix for magazines. You pay a monthly fee and get unlimited access to a library of magazines. The service starts at $9 per month, which will give you access to monthly magazines. If you want access to weekly magazines, it’s $15 per month.
These aren’t just PDF’s, they are enhanced digital editions and custom designed for tablets. You will find enhancements like videos, bonus photography, and interactive features.
I don’t know about you, but this price seems a little steep. Netflix costs $7.99 per month and allows you to stream its entire library. The $9 per month plan is already higher, and I feel like Netflix offers so much more. They are offering a free 30 day trial so it doesn’t cost anything to give it a try. Hit the break for the full list of titles, a demo video, and the download links.
Motorola announced they are finally bringing the XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Family Edition to the UK via the Carphone Warehouse. These are the same tablets as the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and XYBOARD 8.2 that are available now in the U.S. Starting today, Carphone Warehouse will have 3G and WIFI variants starting at just £299.99 ($475).
Both the XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition feature a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 10.1-inch (XOOM 2) or 8.2-inch (Media Edition) (1280 x 800) display, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.3 front camera, 16GB of internal storage, Gorilla Glass, splashguard coating, and Android 3.2.
Full press release after the break:
If you’re in the market for a Motorola Atrix 2, Photon 4G, or the DROID RAZR you might want to consider Best Buy’s latest deal. As you might already know, they have a trade-in program in which you could receive up to $200 in the form of a Best Buy gift card for the value of your old mobile phone. To top it off, starting April 8 they’re also offering an additional $50 discount off the smartphones listed above as long as you trade in any mobile phone. So it’s basically a double dipping sale, Grab $50 off the purchase price plus get a Best Buy gift card for whatever the value is of your old phone that you’re trading in. The deal ends on May 5.
They also have another deal in which they’re giving $50 off of any Sprint smartphone, plus an additional $50 for trading in an HTC EVO 4G. This might be a good deal, but I would only trade my EVO 4G for the new EVO 4G LTE that was just announced yesterday. Unfortunately pre-orders for that one don’t start till May 7, and it’s unknown if they would honor it or when this particular deal ends.
Full press release after the break
On the heels of the U.S. Cellular’s first 4G LTE tablet (The Galaxy Tab 10.1), they just announced that their first ever 4G LTE smartphone is now available. The Samsung Galaxy S Aviator (aka DROID Charge) is now available for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate. According to the presser, it will only be available in select markets covered by 4G LTE. What are those markets? For now they are Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. They are expecting to expand coverage to Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia in the second half of the year. Some of the specs include:
- 4.3-inch Super AMOLED™ Plus touchscreen
- 8 megapixel rear-facing camera
- Front facing webcam
- HDMI port
- Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread
Full press release after the break: