Facebook Gets Yet Another update, Camera and Messenger Icons a Thing of the Past

 

If you are an avid Facebook user then there is no doubt that you noticed the annoying camera and messenger icons that appeared in your app drawer after the recent 1.9 update for the Facebook app. After being ridiculed by app users, Facebook listened to the cries of unnecessary bloat and removed those pesky icons with a more recent 1.9.1 update and added the shortcuts to the lower left hand corner of the app itself.

After all that, now it seems that Facebook wasn’t happy with that option, issued yet another update, and removed those shortcuts from the app altogether… Finally, right?! And why would they think that 3 app icons for their app would go over well with users? Anyway, also included in the update is a few of the usual bug fixes and that is about it. So if you were upset that those shortcuts were getting in your way to take over word social networking domination, grab the latest 1.9.2 update below.

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Recent Galaxy Note 10.1 Benchmark Test Suggests Quad-Core Upgrade

It was last month that we heard that the reason for Galaxy Note 10.1 delay was for a nice little hardware bump, replacing its dual-core chip with the faster, more powerful quad-core Exynos 4412. Now we aren’t entirely positive that this is to be the case, but remember, a Samsung spokesperson said that the device would be entirely different than when it was announced at MWC so we have no reason to believe a quad-core jump wouldn’t be in favor.

To back up that theory, a new Galaxy Note 10.1 NenaMark benchmark test result shows a frame rate of 58.8 fps. This is a frame speed similar to the one that the Transformer Prime can produce, a device with a blazing fast quad-core processor. Just to make a comparison, the 1.4GHz dual-core Galaxy Tab 7.7 scores a 44fps and the Galaxy Note brings in 48fps. This is quite a large increase in speed and my speculation suggests it’s because a quad-core chip was used in this recent NenaMark test.

As it goes with any rumors or speculation, this Exynos 4412 idea should be taken with a grain of salt. It won’t be until we get official confirmation that we will for sure know that the Galaxy Note 10.1 will be rocking a quad-core chip. Stay tuned…

source: NenaMark
via: PocketNow

Droid Incredible 4G LTE Launch Pushed Back to May 31?

We recently watched as Verizon accidentally and temporarily activated the Droid Incredible 4G LTE page on the Droid Does website. If that wasn’t enough to lead you to believe that its release was just around the corner than how about the rumor suggesting its launch on May 10th? Either way, we are about to get a new Droid phone from Verizon but it would be nice to be able to pinpoint a release date.

According to sources close to PhoneDog, the rumored May 10th launch has been pushed back a couple weeks and now the Droid Incredible 4G LTE could be released on Thursday, May 31st. There is no word on why the release date was pushed back but you can expect that we will fill you in as soon as we hear anything more.

source: PhoneDog

Office Depot Lists Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 WiFi-Only Version As Available For Pre-Order

 

Ah yes, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 saga. When we had last heard anything about the upcoming tablet, Sammy pulled the device last minute due to its interest in upgrading the device, which left many of us anticipating the device sad to say the least. Well cheer up because it looks like we’re one step closer to having the sleek tablet in our hands as it is now available for pre-order thanks to Office Depot. According to the website, the Galaxy Tab 2 will be a WiFi-only model featuring Ice Cream Sandwich, 16GB of memory and a WXGA display at 1280 x 800 resolution. The tablet looks to be reasonably priced too as it will go for a mere $400 and will be released on May 11th (Friday).

Unfortunately, the site doesn’t list whether or not the processor is indeed the quad-core variant as we are suspecting. Here’s hoping Sammy doesn’t let us down and include a dual-core processor like it did with the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.

source: Office Depot
via: pocketnow

Hefty update approved for Droid 3, no Ice Cream Sandwich in sight

Rumours this morning were that Motorola is working on a soak test for a Droid 3 software update. It looks like the team have been working fast as Verizon has just posted the official changelog online. Firmware version 5.7.905 is on the horizon and you might just want to make sure you have plenty of battery charge and a wifi connection for this one as it’s a whopping 224MB in size. One might hope that such a sizeable update might bring some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness but no such luck I’m afraid. The update is primarily bug fixes, security patches, stability improvements as well as tweaks to some apps, call quality and camera performance. You can see the full details in the image above.

Keep your eyes peeled for the OTA arriving and get hitting that ‘check now’ button. Be sure to let us know how the update works out for you in the comments below.

 

source : Verizon

Galaxy Tab 2 screenshot surfaces

What’s this we have here, another Galaxy leak? Thankfully the Galaxy S III is now official and that rollercoaster ride has closed so this new leak is for the Galaxy SCH-I705 which is said to be the Tab 2 for Verizon. BriefMobile received the above image from a tipster who told them that the SCH-I705 will be a 7 inch, 4G tablet running Android 4.0.4 with Samsung TouchWiz. The mystery tablet will run a 1.2GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor with an Adreno 225 GPU.

We have no more specifics at this time however stay tuned to TalkAndroid and we’ll being you the updates as soon as we have them.

 

source  : BriefMobile

HTC VP of User Experience Says Sense 4.0 Offers “A Vastly Improved Experience Over Not Just Ice Cream Sandwich But Over Any Mobile Phone”

In an interview with Laptop, HTC’s AVP of User Experience Drew Bamford talked about Sense 4.0, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the HTC One series of phones, and usability. He said during the interview that he believes Sense 4.0 beats stock Android 4.0 in a number of areas.

” I think one of them that I already mentioned is in the area of personalization. I think between our widget sets, our customizable lock screen and our skins, we offer a much more personal experience overall.

A couple that you’ve probably heard a lot about because they’re our kind of key feature on the HTC One are the camera and authentic sound. I think in both of those areas we use design and technology to really offer a vastly improved experience over not just Ice Cream Sandwich but over any mobile phone.”

Bamford also mentions that HTC didn’t have a lot of time with ICS before they released Sense 4.0, working on elements of Sense before ICS was available to them.


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AT&T Shuts The Doors On Ability To Unlock Bootloader For HTC One X Smartphone

 

We know the AT&T HTC One X is one beast of a device, but could AT&T’s policies deter the masses from buying the LTE variant of the smartphone? Apparently AT&T is being conservative with the device by not allowing owners of the phone to flash any type of ROM onto the device. Curious wizkid Paul O’Brien at MoDaCo recently attempted to flash a custom ROM onto the device, but was denied the ability to unlock the bootloader. Specifically— when he reached one of the final steps before unlocking the bootloader, he was greeted with the following “MID ERROR 160″ notification:

 

As you can see, the action of unlocking the bootloader is clearly “not allowed”. Of course this could be a minor gaffe or snaffu on AT&T’s part, so we could very well see an update from HTC addressing this like it has done with its other devices– especially considering the European and Canadian versions of the LTE smartphone don’t have a locked bootloader. The battle of unlocking AT&T One X smartphones continues for now as AT&T owners of the HTC One X won’t be able to flash any type of ROM on their device.

source: MoDoCo
via: Phandroid

HTC introduce official One S cases, complete with kickstand

 

Still lamenting the lack of kickstand on your shiny new HTC One S? It looks like HTC might have a solution to remedy the problem. The lucky guys over at Engadget received a batch of official cases for review and promptly posted them online for the rest of us to enjoy.

The precision-molded flexible plastic shell is soft to the touch with grade A build quality, the case only encloses the back of the phone leaving the screen exposed. There are four colours available: grey, granita, navy blue and black. The kickstand is spring loaded and made from metal alloy, unfortunately it blocks access to the micro USB port whilst it’s in use. Not much use for a movie maraton!


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“Shared with me” Auto Playlist Adds One Convenient Location For All Music Shared With You in Google Music

One of the handy features of Google Music is the fact that friends and family who use the service and buy music from the Google Play Store can share the albums with you for a free listen. Well Google took it a step further today in creating an Auto Playlist called “Shared with me.” This playlist takes all the music shared by your friends and family and puts it in an “inbox” style setting. All music that you have yet to listen to will be in bold and you can see who sent to you. Next to who sent it to you will be a blurb from them as to why they shared it. This list can be sorted by album, artist, duration, sharer, song, etc. You can also delete any of these tracks or albums and if you want to buy the song, each song has a handy link allowing you to purchase it.

I went and checked my Google Music and there it was, so it’s a safe bet that you should have it as well. However those outside the U.S. will have to wait as it’s only available for those in the U.S. right now. So if you’re in the U.S. and use Google Music head on over to your music page to check it out. I do have to say that this is a pretty awesome added feature. What do you guys think?

 

source: Google+