Asus Eee Pad Transformer ICS Update Slips

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Asus posted on their Facebook page that the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) could slip into March. The update, originally announced on Twitter by Asus in October of last year, was first expected in January, then slipped to mid-February. This latest slip has generated a few angry responses ranging from “Just prepare for another announcement in March,” to, “I call this lying to your customers!”

No reason has been given for the delay. Asus could have avoided the pitchforks and torches if they had not set people’s expectations by announcing tentative dates in the first place. Luckily, this delay is not all that long.

Transformer owners, how do you feel about this?

source: facebook

Sprint Nexus 4G ICS Release Date Leaked, Arriving Today

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Incredible news for those who’ve stuck with Sprint’s Nexus S 4G, as Sprint’s intention to release Android 4.0 for the device has been leaked, and the date it’s set for is February 16, 2012. Since it’s just rolled over the midnight hour, that means lucky Nexus 4G owners will be having a sweet (pun intended) day today! Keep your eyes out for some OTA action, and make sure to keep posted for any further updates. Hurrah!

source: android police

“We’ve added more devices to the bootloader unlocking tool on HTCdev” Touts HTC

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Here’s an  announcement that always brings a smile to my face.  The wonderful folks over at HTC have just added yet again some new devices to their line-up of handsets with unlockable bootloaders.
We’ve added more devices to the bootloader unlocking tool on HTCdev, including the HTC Hero, Legend, Droid Eris, myTouch 3G, and myTouch 4G.
Time to unleash your brilliance. HTC is constantly pushing to create the ultimate experience for developers. Now you can access the tools you need to make great things happen. OpenSense SDK. HTC Sense…

So, what are you waiting for?  Hit the source link and get your booty unlocking party on.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Feel free as well to hit up our new forums with any questions or issues you might have on a specific device.

source: HTCdev
via: Google +

Nvidia Looking To Make New Tegra 3 Smartphones Available Just Weeks After MWC

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It’s no secret that in this game, once you announce a device, you’re headed for shark infested waters if it takes more than a month or two to actually release the device.  After all, look at what happened to the Bionic.  Nvidia wants to ensure the masses that they plan on getting the device into your hands pretty quickly after announcing it.  During an earnings call today the company’s CEO, Jen Hsun Huang, stated that after announcing these new quad-core monsters at this year’s MWC, they plan on releasing the devices “just weeks” after the announcement.  Huang wasn’t specific as to what devices we’re talking about here, but it’s pretty much a safe bet to put our money on the HTC One X and LG X3, maybe more.  In addition, the company further stated that it plans to ship their new pure cellular chipset, “Gray” some time this year.  The chip will house both 3G and LTE capabilities.  It will certainly be fun watching the quad-core race go into effect, with companies like Texas Instruments and Qualcomm giving Nvidia a run for their money.  Stay tuned as always as we dig a little deeper on which devices will be making an appearance at MWC and which ones won’t.

source: Reuters
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Cool HD Wallpapers Of The Week For Your Android Smartphone

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If it’s one thing I like doing often to keep my Android experience fresh and current, it’s change my background.  Sometimes your background can get a little stale and some updating is in order.  A new background, a new launcher or some icon rearranging can really freshen up a device if you know what you’re doing.  So every once in a while we come across some pretty cool HD wallpapers and when we do, there’s really only one thing to do with them, share them with all of you.  Check out some of the HD wallpapers below and don’t forget to let us know what you think.  Feel free to also upload some of your very own wallpapers in our new forum to share with the rest of the Android community.  And if you’re not a member yet, what are you waiting for?  You can sign up at the same link.   » Read the rest

Samsung Ditches Plans For 32GB GSM Galaxy Nexus

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Samsung makes really good phones, I feel I need to say that before I continue. Why? Because Samsung also makes what seems like (to the consumer) really frustrating decisions. One that comes to mind is their offering of a “value pack” for the Samsung Galaxy S and original Galaxy Tab in place of full-fledged Android 4.0 after bouncing back and forth on their decisions because of public outcry. Now, they’ve reversed their decision on releasing an updated version of the GSM Galaxy Nexus. One of Samsung’s major retail partners, Expansys, released a statement on the XDA-Developers forum on Tuesday.

“We’ve just been notified this morning that Samsung have dropped the Galaxy Nexus 32GB from production. At this time, it looks like they will not be releasing it.”

Although the update didn’t include any hardware upgrades, I’m fairly sure 32 GB of internal storage was a deal breaker for some prospective GNex buyers.

Were you looking forward to the release of the 32 GB Galaxy Nexus?

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Onskreen Cornerstone May Make CM9 a Multitasking Master

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Multitasking in Android Ice Cream Sandwich is awesome. However, it is the self proclaimed duty of the CyanogenMod team to make it better. How, you might ask? In a recent Google+ post, CyanogenMod introduced their intentions to bring Onskreen’s recently open-sourced Cornerstone to CM9. Of course, they qualified that post with an edit later stating,

We should clarify, this is experimental, and not guaranteed to be mainlined into CM. If it is done, it needs to be done right and not break apps all over the market or be a nightmare to upkeep down the line.

I sure hope it makes the cut. If you haven’t seen Cornerstone, play the video and you’ll have your hopes up in no time. Cornerstone takes Android multitasking to a whole new level by introducing apps running on screen simultaneously. It pretty much renders all other “multitasking” moot. The only trick is it has to be baked into the ROM. It isn’t just an app. How well it’s implemented could make or break the ROM in question so it makes sense the CyanogenMod team isn’t making any promises. Even if it doesn’t make it into the final builds it should appear in some nightlies soon. Check out the video to see it in action.

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Release Dates For Galaxy Nexus Accessories Pushed Back Again

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Soon after the release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on December 15th, 2011, it was announced that some “official” accessories would soon be following. Some of these accessories included a charge able car dock with audio out, a desk stand with a 3.5mm headphone jack that would use the phones “3 gold dots” to charge and a desktop dock with HDMI-out.

If you’re a Galaxy Nexus user, you’ve surely been disappointed by the constant push-backs of the release date for these accessories. It appeared that the official release date for the car dock was today, but it’s been pushed back again to February 28th. Fortunately, the rest of the accessories retain their original release date of February 29th, and it seems to me this might actually be the reason the release date for the car dock was pushed back again, because I’m thinking they want to release them all as closely to each other as possible. This begs the question though, why release only one, just one day before the release of the others? Beats me.

source: pocket now

LightSquared Network Application Facing Rejection Due To GPS Interference

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It appears that the LightSquared saga is one giant step closer to coming to an end. After recently requesting that the FCC become stricter on its GPS device standards, it’s reported that the FCC will be rejecting the company’s network application — inhibiting its ability to become a wholesale LTE network provider. This is all after the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) sent a letter to the FCC stating “LightSquared’s proposed mobile broadband network will impact GPS services and that there is no practical way to mitigate the potential interference at this time”, which directly contradicts the FCC’s conditions for approval of the application that LightSquared not in any way interfere with any other signal spectrum.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there. On top of the billions of dollars and heaps of resources put into the LightSquared project, this will most definitely be putting LightSquared’s ability to comply with Sprint’s recent ultimatum. However the company doesn’t quite want to take no for an answer, and went on record stating that they disagree with the NTIA’s decision, and will remain committed to finding a resolution.

source: the wall street journal

Add Some Awesome Android Flare with the Andru Charger

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So my fiancée thinks I’m obsessed. First it was the android figurine I bought; then the key chain followed; it continued with the mouse pad, and now it finally culminating with the Andru phone charger by Power by Gen I just bought. When I first saw this power charger I knew I had to buy it. I was first miffed by the $25 price tag however now that I’ve bit the bullet and own one of these I am perfectly okay in saying that it’s well worth the price. Seriously.

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