Motorola is getting an ear-full from Droid Bionic users because those users are getting an ear-full from their devices. A problem exists with the phone’s audio output, causing a distinctly high-pitched screeching or ‘whining’ sound which is most noticeable while using headphones with the device. The true source of the problem is not yet completely known, though some fear that if the Bionic has a bug in its power supply or ground wiring, the annoying feedback will not be remedied with just a simple software update. Motorola says they are working on the issue, but in the meantime, temporary at-home solutions are popping up, such as setting the device’s volume as high as possible and then adjusting it down via headphone cord volume control.
Have you experience problems with your Droid Bionic? Leave us a comment below.
As the summer comes to an end it can be tough to give up all that fun and relaxation for long days of work and school, but Gameloft has an offer that may be just the thing to cheer you up: a back-to-school sale on Android Games! The selection of games is limited, but worth a look, here’s the $0.99 selection:
Thanks to a generous insider, details for Target Mobile/RadioShack’s release of the HTC Rhyme are very clearly spelled out: Presales will start this Wednesday, September 21st; the official launch starts the next day. Also, within a week or two, an exclusive plum colored version of the device will become available. Specs for this device include a 3.7-inch Super LCD display (800 x 480 resolution), 5MP rear camera / VGA front-facing cam, it runs on Android 2.3 and of course it has that nifty charm indicator that lights-up to alert you of notifications.
Hit the break for screen shots of the leaked info courtesy of Android Central.
One of the most bloodied battlefields in the on-going patent wars exists between Samsung Electronics and Apple, Inc. Presently there are as many as 23 lawsuits pending between the two companies all over the globe including the US, France, Japan and the much newsworthy Germany, where Samsung recently had to pull their Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the IFA in Berlin in what looked like a two-hit knockout coupled with the German court’s ruling with Apple on the ban of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. Samsung however is clearly not out for the count; they’re striking back in Korea where they now seek a complete ban on the forthcoming iPhone 5.
This attack on Apple in Korea follows Samsung’s appeal against the German ruling and the filing of a countersuit against Apple in Australia over another similar court decision that led to the ban of Galaxy 10.1 sales. Their words appear to be just as fierce and confident as their actions; a senior Samsung executive, who spoke on a condition of anonymity said, “For as long as Apple does not drop mobile telecommunications functions, it would be impossible for it to sell its i-branded products without using our patents. We will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights…We are taking different tactics since we are quite confident.’’
DroidLifeis reportingthat the DROID Incredible 2 has an update going out right now. At 32MB in size there is nothing major here, but go into your Settings -> Software Update to pull it. Word on the street is that even though this update takes the Incredible 2 to version 2.3.4, there is no sign of Google Talk with Video. Always good to be up to date in either case. Hit up the break for the full changelog. Let us know what you find if your an Incredible 2 owner.
There may be some of you that are turned off by plastic and sometimes cheap feeling phones. Some of you may like the light weight plastic can bring to your smartphone, or you may not care either way. Well, what ever side of the fence you are on, rumor has it that HTC has made a decision to lean toward the plastic side of things. According to the rumors, HTC will be moving from having 60% of it’s current lineup in a metal chassis to something closer to 30% next year. It’s also known though that HTC has been interested in Nano Molding Technology that allows news ways to build phones using less connective components, so maybe they have something else up their sleeves. I’ll hold off any judgement until I hold some of these devices next year, but as it stands currently, I am not a fan of all plastic. What’s your stance?
Our friends over at The Droid Guy are back at it again with more rumors on the DROID/Nexus Prime or whatever you want to call it. If you remember they got their hands on the next Nexus, and reported that it would have only one physical button, which we immediately questioned. They are changing their tune, and are now saying that the information was misunderstood by Kyle, who wrote the article. Apparently, it had only a power button along with a volume rocker on the side. They also added that the MHL and HDMI are on one port.
They also suggest that a Nexus Prime does not exist, at least by name. They believe that the Nexus and Prime are two separate devices. We have seen two models floating out there, SCH-I515, heading to Verizon Wireless, and GT-I9250, supposedly for other carriers. We also reported about the post on 4Chan that states the device they saw was called a Galaxy Nexus. I am actually starting to wonder if ”Prime” is just a codename.
Pictured above is the official press shot of the HTC Pico, a casual or budget minded device rumored to run on a 600MHz processor. The phone is also rumored to have 384MB or 512MB RAM. There’s a 5MP camera opposite of that 3.2″ HVGA screen, and speaking of which, that is Sense 3.5 being displayed. Perhaps we’ll hear more info on this Gingerbread device during HTC’s NYC event tomorrow.
What did we tell you, Google Wallet is here today. In fact the Wallet app is pushing out right now to Sprint Nexus S owners through an OTA update. Currently Wallet is only available on the Nexus S, but expect more NFC enabled phones, and Google’s NFC sticker solution in the future; hopefully before the end of this year since Google is adding a $10 free bonus to the Google Prepaid Card if you set it up in Google Wallet before the end of the year.
The official Android Developers Blog is getting ready for the Ice Cream Sandwich, ICS for short. SDK by providing helpful tips for developers. While the SDK isn’t yet available, various ways for developers to modify their honeycomb apps for ICS are detailed.
Ice Cream Sandwich is coming, and with it, handsets will be able to install apps built on Honeycomb. We haven’t released the ICS SDK just yet, but you can start preparing your Honeycomb apps by thinking about how they should work on smaller screens.
Stay tuned to the blog for more information about ICS as it nears release.
ICS has got to be here any day now! In the meantime don’t forget to check out the unofficial ICS launcher. Hopefully that will help ease the anxiety.