Google Wants to be Your Entertainment System

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Earlier, we reported about a mystery entertainment device by Google making an appearance at the FCC, and we’re guessing this could be the first Android@Home commercial device. Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is developing and plans to market a wireless, music-streaming home-entertainment system. This would mark the first time Google would be designing and marketing a consumer electronics device under its name.

Apparently, people briefed on Google’s plans say that the company’s entertainment device has been in development for years, and is expected to be unveiled later this year. The device is said to stream music from Google Music’s storage service and serve it wirelessly to Web-connected devices, including a set of Google-made speakers. Streaming video through the device could come in the future as well. The whole system would be controlled by a smartphone or tablet, though it is unclear at this time if the controller devices have to be Android-powered.

With Google TV’s tepid response in the market, it is believed that the plan this time is to offer the entertainment device at a more affordable price point than competing systems, such as the products designed by Sonos, Inc. » Read the rest

AT&T Claims Data Throttling Policy Isn’t As Bad As You Think

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The throttling of AT&T customers that still have unlimited data (via the grandfathering option offered when AT&T put the brakes on their unlimited service) has created a lot of heat from their account holders. John Cozen received a notification that he had used 2.1GB of data and thus will be throttled. Mr. Cozen obviously feels this is unfair, and over the weekend posted an e-mail conversation he had with an AT&T representative. He points out that paying $30 for an unlimited data plan that is inevitably going to be throttled is ludicrous considering the 3GB data plan is not throttled and costs the exact same per month.

However Mark Siegel, an AT&T spokesperson, has tried to calm the nerves. Apparently, even if you exceed 2GB of usage per month, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be throttled. He goes on to mention that a few factors come into play, such as your usage in an area where network capacity or spectrum is insufficient. This seems to imply that it isn’t a threshold that determines your data speed, it’s actually a series of individual factors.

Are you an AT&T customer? If so, have you been throttled?

Galaxy Tab 10.1N cleared for sale by German court

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I hope the Execs at Samsung and Apple have a nice discount for hotel bookings in Germany as the 2 tech giants are in the docks overseas yet again.

The case for the prosecution on this occasion is Apple’s claim that the reworked Galaxy 10.1N tablet is still not significantly different from the iPad. The original 10.1 tab has been banned from sale in Germany since September 2011 after the courts backed Apple’s campaign to ban the device. In the latest chapter, the state court in Düsseldorf has ruled in Samsung’s favour stating that the redesigned 10.1N should not be banned as there are “clear differences” between the two tablets.

Apple and Samsung are currently locked in courtroom battles in several countries across the world and the recent string of rulings against Apple doesn’t seem to be deterring the Cupertino giants. Are you tired of reading about litigation instead of innovation? Let us hear your thoughts.

Source : Reuters

Pump up the Volume with Netflix 1.7 for Android

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Hot on the heels of releasing their app for the UK, Netflix has updated their Android app to version 1.7, which adds a few interesting bits. Here’s the list of updates as posted in the What’s New section of the Netflix Android Market page:

  • Added Facebook sharing for Android phones and tablets in Latin America, Canada, the UK and Ireland
  • Added software volume controls for tablet users
  • Improved audio/video syncing for tablets and phones
  • Resolved split picture and flickering issues on select tablets

This is actually quite an exciting update. Facebook sharing is a nice addition, but I’m most excited about the addition of a volume slider, and the fix for the flickering issues for tablets. I have always found it a bit frustrating to have to manage the volume using the physical buttons on my Xoom. It would usually mean I’d have to pick up my tablet to change the volume. With the new on-screen control, I just tap and slide. » Read the rest

Google Wallet Hacked… Again, This Time No Root Needed

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Google Wallet is in the news again and not for the right reasons. We just saw earlier how a hack was revealed for rooted phones using Google Wallet. While Google issued an immediate response on the initial findings, mobile blog TheSmartphoneChamp discovered and posted a second way of hacking into Google Wallet— this time highlighting the newfound hack will work on non-rooted phones and doesn’t even need special hacking skills. Basically all individuals have to do to access a user’s funds is clear the data in the app settings— which forces Google Wallet to prompt them to enter a new PIN. After the new PIN is entered, it’s as simple as adding a Google Prepaid Card tied to the device and then there the ability to access any available funds. It has been tested by several sources and it is indeed true. Google has confirmed the findings and even issued the following statement:

We strongly encourage anyone who loses or wants to sell their phone to call Google Wallet support toll-free at 855-492-5538 to disable the prepaid card. We are currently working on an automated fix as well that will be available soon. We also advise all Wallet users to set up a screen lock as an additional layer of protection for their phone.

As always everyone— take immediate precautions to ensure the safety of your device which includes having a lock screen or even installing some tracking software for your device. You can check out the video below which highlights the vulnerability.

 

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source: Androidandme

Samsung might be working on a Galaxy Camera

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We recently saw an Android-based digital camera from Polaroid at CES, so it’s not surprising that Samsung might be working on one of their own. Android seems like a natural fit for any standalone digital camera or camcorder. Recently, Samsung filed for a “Galaxy Camera” trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and under Goods and Services, they list “cameras and camcorders.”

Samsung has found a winner with the “Galaxy” name so it makes perfect sense to use it for this new line of Android hardware. I still use a digital camera so I’m excited to see Android versions hitting the store shelves soon because it will add so much more to the experience. Being able to use apps such as Camera ZOOM FX with a higher end camera would be too cool.

source: sammyhub

 

 

Guide: How to Change Your Sounds and Ringtones

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Guide: How to change your ringtones

One of the best things you can do to turn your Android device into a personalized smartphone is load it up with your own Ringtones and Sounds. Every Android Operating system comes with the ability to change the default ringtones, notifications and alarms. So whether you love waking up to some Metallica, or would rather simply change that facebook pop’ to a cowbell (and we all know the only cure for that disease is more cowbell), this guide will help you get the most out of your Android device, and truly make it your own!

Keep reading to find out more!

Android 4.0 Port Running on Nokia N9

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The great thing about Android is that with enough patience and cunning you can get it on just about anything. It appears that this is a continued case as attempts at getting Android to run on Nokia’s N9 have been successful. Modders were successful in loading Ice Cream Sandwich on the MeeGo phone. Thanks in part to Alexey Roslyakov, the NITDroid project builds on previous work that ported Android to the Nokia N900.

Even though this MeeGo phone saw its share of love from fans Nokia quickly shifted focus on Windows Phone after their deal with Microsoft. This phone is able to dual boot both Meego and Android and can easily be done by pressing the volume-up button during boot to load Android rather than MeeGo. If you are interested in reading the progress on this active development you can hit the source below.

The biggest issue at the moment is getting N9′s hardware to cooperate with the functional Android Kernel. Getting OpenGL to work is an ongoing issue as well. However, progress as been made and here’s hoping we see some more progress made in the near future!

 

source: maemo.org
via:  SlashGear

HTC Adds More Phones to Official ICS List, Gives Specific Time Table for Sensation Upgrade

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With the announcement of Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS everyone was wondering if their current device would see it or not. Manufacturers were quick to announce as to what phones of theirs would see this brand new OS. HTC was no different as they announced what of their phones made the cut on their Facebook page way back in November. Well they continue their Facebook announcements by announcing specifics on upgrade timing as well as announcing other HTC phones that are going to make the cut.

According to this announcement the HTC phones that made the cut include the HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire S and HTC Desire HD. They join the list of phones that will receive the update “later this year.” That’s right they join the likes of the Rezound, Vivid, Amaze 4G, EVO 3D and EVO Design 4G.

HTC also announced that the Sensation, Sensation 4G and Sensation XE will see their upgrade by the end of March this year. The Sensation XL will see its taste of ICS “soon there after.”

While you can get some unofficial ICS ROMs for those unlocked HTC phones it’ll be nice to see some of them getting it in an official capacity. Those with the Sensation, or a variation of, can look forward to some ICS goodness here in the next month and a half. Enjoy!

 

source: HTC Facebook
via:  ComputerWorld

 

DROID XYBOARD 8.2 And 10.1 Get Respective Updates, Improves Functionality And Enhances Stylus Support

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Looks like the Xyboard family is due for an update as Verizon just announced a maintenance update for the pair to improve the overall functionality of the device as well as support for a few additional tidbits.  The Xyboard 8.2 is receiving the 1.6.0M_279-MZ609 update and the 10.1-inch device is receiving 1.6.0M_279-MZ617. Both updates seem to be identical at first glance however, the Xyboard 10.1 is adding better support for the “Touch Response that includes Stylus enhancements.”  Pretty sweet if you ask me.  Maybe this will influence some of you non-converters to run out and finally grab the alternative input method now ($40).  If you’re ready to improve your device, hit the source links below respectively to get your update.  Don’t forget to report back with any issues if you have ‘em.  Feel free to report them in our new forum.

Device Features

  • Enhanced browser performance to improve scrolling.
  • Improved Touch Response.  (Touch Response that includes Stylus enhancements for Xyboard 10.1)
  • Maintain data connection when switching between Wi-Fi and the Verizon 3G and 4G LTE networks

Verizon 3G and 4G LTE networks.

  • Successfully connect to 4G LTE network and see the 4G LTE indicator.
  • The Daily application now comes preloaded.
  • Device is now capable of Global Roaming.

Email & Messaging

  • Successfully open links in email messages without device needing to reboot.

Accessories

  • Keyboard function supported in docking station

 

source: Motorola 1,2