We all know the HTC Rezound is inching its way closer to ICS glory, but in the meantime— we have some unofficial leaks to share with you all. The software build 3.14.605.5 brings another round of bug fixes and even more radios in addition to the following:
- Lock screen shortcut settings separated from launcher bar shortcuts
- 3G/4G icon displayed prior to entering decryption password
- Hidden menu (*#*#4636#*#*) removed
- Messages application – wrong sender displayed on occasion
- IPv6 solicitation timer value change
- New radios
If you’re an owner of the Rezound and are interested in giving the latest leak a whirl, hit the break for full download links and installation instructions.
CTIA is officially here gang and handset maker Kyocera has wasted no time in introducing two interesting new budget-level handsets. The first is the Hydro smartphone which features a Snapdragon MSM8655 clocked at a reasonable 1GHz, 512MB of RAM, a 3.5-inch screen, a 3.2MP rear camera and a full scoop of what looks to be untainted ICS. The specs are modest I know— but the Hydro has one thing most other devices don’t have: official waterproof certification. The device is capable of being submerged underwater at 1 meter (3 feet) for up to 30 minutes. Kyocera’s reasoning for creating a waterproof device? It’s simple really— research shows many of us clumsy folk tend to destroy our phones with moisture being the sole cause. More importantly, Kyocera believes its customers are interested in having waterproof features in their next smartphones by citing “70 percent of consumers indicated they consider water resistance an important feature in their next phones”.
The next smartphone is the Rise smartphone, which is identical to the Hydro— except it features a full QWERTY keyboard. So inside, you’ll still find the same 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.5-inch screen and Android 4.0. Kyocera believes that there is a niche and need for the Rise because the:
“Kyocera Rise is the ideal device for those underserved consumers for whom a touchscreen isn’t enough and who demand the familiar tactile feedback of a keypad. With both Hydro and Rise, people have spoken loud and clear about what they want, and we’ve listened”.
Each device features an CDMA/EV-DO radio, it’s likely the device will operate on Sprint— especially considering Sprint and Kyocera seem to have a history of releasing budget-minded devices. Want more details about the device? Make sure you hit the break to see the full presser.
Google Wallet and its use of NFC (near field communication) has been growing as a quite convenient use for quick and easy payments. MasterCard has decided they’d like in on the business and has created their own payment service called PayPass. They took the opportunity early on at CTIA time to launch an event of this new system. They are striving to bring one-click payment options with your NFC-enables mobile device whether you’re out shopping at your favorite stores or online.
MasterCard is shooting to launch the new payment service around Q3 of this year. That just around the corner. On another note, which may excite developers, they are also going to open up the API so third party app developers can incorporate this payment system into their applications. This tech is definitely on the rise. This is what we all want, simple, easy and fast, and a system like PayPass can bring us just that. Hit the jump for the full press release.
Looks like we have more eye candy on what could be Sony’s next flagship Android device. The phone we’ve been talking about the past couple months is the Sony LT29i Hayabusa. What will make this a high-end device are the rumored specifications. It is said to sport a 4.55″, HD reality screen, powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro with an upgraded GPU, Android 4.0 ICS, 13MP camera w/HDR video, a thin profile at 7mm, and a nice size battery. As you’ll be able to see in this photo, the green unmistakable Xperia logo is present. The front you’ll see that the screen is nice and large with no visible physical buttons which leads us to believe they will be on-screen. Info received early this year suggests that we could see this LTE device in July.
As with any highly anticipated device, the rumors abound, we are flooded with blurry photos, specs that could seem too good to be true, and launch date that keep us wanting more. So we’ll keep bringing our readers news on this near future Android phone as we receive word.
Lenovo has announced plans to invest $800 million in a new facility focused on mobile products. Lenovo has yet to make a big splash in mobile and wants to get in on the lucrative action by employing several thousand workers at the new location in Wuhan, China, which will focus on building mobile devices for both China and overseas. Lenovo’s Intel-powered K800 smartphone is due at the end of the month and Lenovo wants to keep the momentum going.
Click the source link for the full press release.
Our review of the Sony SmartWatch was luke-warm, but the device does show some promise with its extensibility and SDK. Most of the issues I have with the watch can be fixed with software, and anything Sony can do to get developers to take to their platform helps add value to this $150 toy.
Sony seems to understand this and today open-sourced two of its extensions to the developer community. The first is the music player extension, which will allow devs to build on Sony’s music controller app. The second is called 8 Game, a tile-sliding puzzle, which can serve as the basis for further game development.
This is a good start, Sony, but don’t let it end here. Nothing kills a platform faster than too few apps, and us SmartWatch owners want more… more apps, more games, more functionality. Nothing would make me happier than to write an update to my review in a few months time saying how much better the SmartWatch has become due to a thriving ecosystem.
Devs, hit the source link to get started… and whip me up something awesome, please.
source: sony developer world
Live broadcasting app Color, founded by Bill Nguyen of LaLa fame, has announced an exclusive partnership with Verizon for the use of an improved version of Color, which adds sound and higher frame rates, on Big Red’s 4G LTE network. When Color first launched, they dismissed sound and higher resolutions as not being key to the app’s main purpose, but Nguyen now claims “we were wrong.”
The updated, more fully-functioning app, coupled with Verizon’s fast network, brings Color closer to Nguyen’s new ideal of live HD streaming. He says in a blog post:
“…the relationship with Verizon represents our entire vision for the future. One day in the near future, you will be able to capture every moment and share it LIVE in beautiful HD quality and you’ll have the recorded video to keep.“
This partnership gets Color a bit closer to that dream, with 720p live streaming coming by the end of the year.
So if you are a Verizon subscriber, you can get the updated app in the Play Store now. Just be mindful of your data plan. Non-Verizon users will still be supported with the non-updated app.
Hit the break for the full press release.
Well the Google v. Oracle saga is finally over. Who are we kidding? It’s far from over. However after a weekend of deliberation the jurors have reached their Monday-mandated verdict in the trial that started back in April. The verdict: Google is guilty of using Java improperly in its development of Android…. Sort of.
The jury ruled that Oracle adequately proved its case and that Google’s admitted use of the Java language infringed on Oracle’s API. The decision ruled that the overall structure and sequence of Java had been infringed upon, however there wasn’t a decision on whether or not it fell under fair use. Google has moved for a mistrial citing that verdicts could not include partial answers.
Google remains strong in their view that they did nothing wrong although evidence from Oracle says the contrary. Although both sides have some pretty damning evidence that hurt their respective cases.
So does this mean that Android is dead as we know it and that the lovable green droid will become a distant memory? Hardly. There are still months of appeals and other trials that will eventually boil down to a settlement figure. So sadly even though the trial is finally over, the battle has only just begun. With that being said keep it locked here as we will update you as more details surface.
I have long thought that this would be the year that Google TV made its push into the market as a strong contender for internet television products. Google has made it abundantly clear that it wants to be our home entertainment system and as companies continue to develop internet-enabled TVs with Google’s TV platform that may very well be the case. Well LG, the second largest tv maker in the world, has decided to throw its hat into the ring. Today it announced that it is launching a Google TV starting in the week of May 21st. Ro Seogho, Executive Vice President of LG’s TV Business Unit had this to say:
“Production of Google TVs will start from May 17 from our factory in Mexico and U.S. consumers will be able to buy the product from the week of May 21.”
This move appears to be an aggressive push by the company to get into the market early before Apple releases its rumored full-fledge Apple Television product later this year. Europe and Asia could see an LG Google television too depending on how well they sell in the U.S. Given Google TV’s ability to access many Google services such as YouTube and the ability to search right from your television screen it could do well if properly executed.
When looking for the best price on a new smartphone, heading directly to Amazon Wireless is becoming more and more the best option you have. They have managed to beat retail and sale price’s on many of the top-tier Android phones and now they are at it once again. For those of you who may have been holding out to grab the new Sprint Galaxy Nexus, now may be your chance to score a pretty good deal. It isn’t one of Amazon’s Penny Sale’s, but they will beat the contract price by 50 bucks and will give you a $50 Google wallet credit as well. On top of that, Amazon will also include free two-day shipping so your wait time will only be minimal (they know how much we pine for a new Android device!). To get in on the deal, simply click through the source link below and be sure to come back and let us know if you placed an order! We like to know when our readers make good decisions. :-)