In Verizon’s new attempt to “go green” they’re promoting a new in-store trade-in deal that will allow Vz customers to trade in their old phones for some cheddar towards a new phone, a tablet, your phone bill or any in-store accessories. All you have to do is bring your old device in and a Vz rep will quickly assess the device’s value. The value for the trade-in largely depends on the make, model and condition in which you bring it in. If it’s in tip-top shape, Vz says it’s possible one could see up to $300 bucks for a device. Overall, I’ve got to say this is a great attempt on Vz’s part to do the right thing and encourage individuals to trade in their old used devices so they can be recycled. If this doesn’t encourage you to come in and upgrade, I’m not sure what will. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.
I have some good and bad news for you owners of the US Wifi Galaxy Tab 10.1. Good news is you should be seeing an OTA update from Samsung but the bad news is it’s not Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s Android 3.2 and it pushes the build up to HTJ85B.UEKMP P7510UEKMP. While it’s not being pushed out in full effect there are enough folk out there receiving it that suggests that everyone will be seeing it sooner rather than later. The bug fixes include:
- Fixes for email attachment issues,
- Rotation issues,
- Wifi Reconnect issues,
- System file Force close fixes,
- Improved Power Consumption,
- Android Market updated to 3.4.4.
While it may not be ICS just yet, it will certainly add some milage and stability to your 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab. You can check for the update by going to Settings> About device> Software update. Otherwise you can head to this XDA forum to download it now. Let us know in the comments section if you’ve received this yet. Enjoy!
If you are anything like me, and rely on instant messaging services like Google Talk, Facebook Messenger, Jabber and even Skype, you may want to check out the imo app. Aside from releasing a new update today with an improved UI and the ability to make voice calls, imo can easily handle all of your instant messaging needs, in one easy to find place.
I downloaded imo for the first time today to see what all the hype was about and I am pleased to say that it works extremely well. Not only can you access all of your IM accounts from one sleek application, you can even access the new voice chat features found on Skype and Google Talk with today’s update. The update also brings a few bug fixes and reduced battery drain, something us LTE users can really appreciate. If you have yet to try out imo or just want to get today’s update, check out the market link below. There you can read up on the app and see how many accolades they have received recently. It’s worth giving it a go.
The A510 will run Android 4.0 ICS straight out of the box, the screen measures in at 10.1-inches with a resolution of 1280 x 800. The processor is a Tegra 3 backed with 1GB of RAM. There will be 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options available at launch. The combination of ICS, Tegra 3, a new power management and whopping 9800 mAh battery promises up to 18 hours of use on a single charge, impressive!
The A510 is expected to land in Europe in March with an extremely competitive pricing range, the 16GB is expected to start from as little as €399 ($522). Keep tuned in to TalkAndroid as we keep you up-to-date with the latest news on the A510 as it breaks.
Fresh off the recent approvals by both the US and European Commission for the Motorola acquisition, Google could very well face increased scrutiny over possible patent misuse. There are concerns that Google could use its upcoming received patents to possibly penalize rival companies. Google’s view on patent licensing is what has regulators worried. The Department of Justice antitrust division had this to say in a statement in comparison to both Apple and Microsoft, “Google’s commitments were more ambiguous and do not provide the same direct confirmation of its SEP [standard essential patent] licensing policies” » Read the rest
If the sources of PocketLint are correct, HTC will be getting the coveted Sony Playstation certification for its smartphones and tablets in the second half of this year. It is expected for Sony and HTC to make the announcement at this years Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in a couple weeks.
The PlayStation certification program kicked off last year with the announcement of the PlayStation Vita. Sony Entertainment CEO, and soon-to-be Sony Co. president, Kaz Hirai, says that this certification program was intended to expand the PlayStation experience across many platforms, beyond just the PSP borders. It has been a slow start for the program as not many device manufacturers have jumped on the opportunity to become certified. Maybe it’s because the Xperia Play didn’t take off as well as Sony had hoped, I don’t know. » Read the rest
Yesterday I mentioned that you can currently make a pledge to help fund an IndieGoGo start-up project and in return get your very own custom laser etched battery door for your Galaxy nexus. What I didn’t really emphasize is that the Talk Android logo is also one of your options for engravings! Omar was kind enough to include us in with his preselected images so the awesome Talk Android broadcast logo you see above is one of the $30/$40 laser etching options. So if you’re a die hard Android fan and a Talk Android advocate, now is your chance to promote your favorite Android news source and put a little “us” in your Nexus. I mean, what better way to show TA some love and still manage to pimp out your Galaxy Nexus at the same time! Hit up the source link below to make your pledge… all the cool kids are doing it.
Vodafone left a note on it’s Twitter page yesterday announcing that it will, in fact, be adding the Galaxy Note to its offerings soon. Back when the Note was nearing launch, Vodafone was on the list of possible carriers. It seems the wait is almost over. Vodafone has yet to make any announcements regarding pricing.
The Galaxy Note is a monster device in terms of size and power. Here’s what you have to look forward to.
5.3-inch 1280×800 Super AMOLED HD display w/ S-Pen
1.4GHz Dual-Core CPU
Android 2.3 (Android 4.0 coming in an update)
HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100MHz
Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
In the mean time, jump past the break to see Vodafone’s preview with Samsung. » Read the rest
Dyzplastic’s Android vinyl collectibles sure have been a hit. I have a couple, but not quite as many as our editor Stacy… Anyways, an image has been leaked that claims to be the line-up for Series 3 of the collectibles. What’s cool is that there are 15 pictured. In past series, the most released has been 14, including the secret and variant designs. So did this leak also tip us off on the surprise ones as well?
I can tell you already I’ve got my eye on that Nexus one, and how about the red one, also commissioned by Google? The original series featured the traditional green Android and green was a prominent color in Gingerbread. Series 2 introduced a blue Android which as we know became the dominant color for Ice Cream Sandwich. Does this red Android signify yet another color change in the coming OS?
You know when you’ve got that perfect shot in the cross-hairs and just before you hit the shutter button some old dude enters left and bam, shot ruined? Well, don’t delete that photo just yet. Scalado has been doing some pretty fantastic things lately and their latest iteration is going to blow you away. The company is implementing new technology to remove unwanted folk from your perfect shots. How in the heck you say? The technology adds the “clean” shot back in by monitoring the live objects in the scene. Pretty cool and beyond me as far as I can tell. We’ll get to see a working demo when MWC rolls around shortly and the app will be made available for both iOS and Android.
Scalado, a world-leading provider of high-performance imaging technologies, applications and services for the mobile industry, have today announced the release of a new revolutionizing product named Remove. Remove is a technology that automatically highlights and removes any unwanted object from a captured photo. It is the world’s first Object removal software to be released on a mobile device.
I really think this is going to come in handy when you’re dating that girl and two years later you’re looking at a photo of the two of you and you can’t remember her name :) Check out the ad from Scalado below and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.