HTC tells Facebook friends to expect ICS updates in the future

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With the recent announcement of Ice Cream Sandwich, it seems that all the device manufacturers are jumping on the upgrade bandwagon. Many are reporting future plans to incorporate Android 4.0 onto devices that are currently on the market.

Earlier today, HTC posted on their Facebook page that they too were going to be upgrading some devices to ICS as well. It seems that they are evaluating the functionality of the new OS and determining it’s usability on current HTC devices. The following excerpt explains the future upgrade plans and was taken from HTC’s Facebook page:

Since Google unveiled Ice Cream Sandwich earlier this week, HTC has been looking closely at the new OS’s features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans. We’re a recognized industry leader in providing fast and consistent upgrades to our Android devices, and Ice Cream Sandwich will be no different.

Upgrades require a careful balance of hardware and software to ensure the best possible performance and usability, so please stay tuned as we assess our product portfolio. Our goal is to upgrade as many HTC devices as possible and we’ll be sharing details on specific devices and timing in the coming weeks!

Thanks!

We will most likely see a lot of this type of thing from here on out. It makes sense to address the issue before customers jump to another Brand just because they have the next best thing. You can bet ICS updates will come to all manufacturers, some with more devices than others. Bring it on because we will take as many as we can get!

[via facebook]

Wireless CapTel by Sprint allows seamless communication for the hearing impared

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Today, Sprint announced a new app that allows the hearing impaired to talk on there cellphone in a brand new way. The new app, Wireless CapTel by Sprint, uses services provided by Raketu, the company who has for years given the hearing impaired a way to communicate on their land-lines. Incorporating this technology to the mobile market has been difficult, but today, Sprint removes the barrier from it’s cellular customers allowing seamless communication for the hearing impaired.

As soon as the Wireless CapTel app is installed, the user dials a number and the special relay service activates immediately. Hard-of-hearing users can then type their conversation on their phone, which in turn gets transferred into voice for the person on the other end. When the other person responds, it automatically gets transcribed into text for the Wireless CapTel client allowing both parties to carry on a seamless conversation.

“Sprint Relay is pleased to add another groundbreaking solution to its portfolio – and bring to the market a service that improves our customers’ experience,” said Sprint Relay director Mike Ellis. This free Wireless CapTel app is available now in the Android Market, and is compatible with “select” phones running Android 2.2 or later. Jump past the break for a brief YouTube video, download links, and full press report.

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Samsung officially announces availability of Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

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Samsung just announced the availability and details for the upcoming Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. This of course, is the replacement for the Galaxy Tab. It will feature a 7-inch (1024 x 600) display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 3MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, Android Honeycomb, weight in at 345g, and will be 9.96mm thick.

It will also feature the Peel Smart Remote TV application, which lets users instantly find and watch their favorite TV shows and discover new shows based on preferences. The built-in infrared capability can control the user’s home theater/TV setup and work in conjunction with the Peel app.

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will feature 16GB of storage and will be available nationwide through Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct, Fry’s, and other retailers starting November 13th for $399.99. Pre-orders will being October 23rd from select partners.

Full press release after the break:

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Angry Birds Seasons update with the Ham’o'ween episode is now live

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Halloween is a little over a week away, and that means it’s time for a new Angry Birds Seasons episode. Rovio just released the Hall’o'ween episode which includes 30 new bone-chilling levels along with a new orange bird. Rovio is proming special tricks and treats upon completing all levels. If you don’t already have Angry Birds Seasons, hit one of our links below to download.

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[Video] Android 4.0 ported onto the Nexus One

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There has been much speculation about which devices will see Android 4.0 in the future. We have already heard about plans for various devices to receive an official ICS update, like the Droid Razr,  but what about those who are willing to port via the SDK method?

Some dude going by dr1337md, recently posted a video on YouTube showing a glitchy SDK ICS port to the Nexus One. If you look at the video you will notice that there are definitely some issues, ones that dr1337md claims to be working on. The overall experience looks a bit laggy, audio and video decoding are not working but at least it’s a solid starting point. Maybe with a little bit of tweaking and optimization on Google’s end, the Nexus One, like many other devices, may actually have some ICS goodness in their future. We are stoked at least to see someone trying! You can check out the video for yourself right after the break.

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Sony’s Kaz Hirai Says The Company is ‘in discussions with non-Sony companies’ Regarding Use Of PlayStation Suite

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SCE Chairman Kaz Hirai at AsiaD made it clear recently that the company’s Android framework is still open for the taking for manufacturers interested in utilizing it.  The SDK will not officially be available until next month sometime, but it should be interesting to see who decides to make a move and jump on the PlayStation Suite.  Hirai also states for the record that it “isn’t an ecosystem” reminding folks that he’s not interested in keeping it all in the Sony family.  He also confirmed that the company is currently “in discussions with non-Sony companies to bring them onboard“.  There’s still no official word on when this might take place but Sony states that we’ll know “when it’s time to go public with it.”  As of now, Sony offers a trio of Android devices with the PlayStation Suite onboard, such as the Xperia Play, which is also in-line to receive some ICS love, along with the Tablet S and Tablet P.  Your thoughts?

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Sprint To Bring Tiered 4G Data For Mobile Hotspot And Mobile Broadband

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Sprint has made it official that they will be switching to capped 4G data for their Mobile Hotspot and Mobile Broadband plans. Beginning on your next bill from Sprint, you will no longer have unlimited 4G. As you can see in the chart above, Sprint is showing you how this will all shake down and the charges you will incur by going over your limit. I’m sure this doesn’t come as a shocker to anyone as the unlimited goodness is sure to come to a close for everyone soon enough. The question now is not a matter of if, but rather when will smartphones get the same treatment? I have no doubts Sprint can’t hold on to unlimited data for their smartphones forever, but I hope to be proven wrong. What do you think?

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Google TV 2.0 Images With A Shot Of The Market

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A few weeks ago we showed you an announcement that Google TV 2.0 would be out in the next month or so. The new update to Android 3.1 will also take Google TV from 8 pre-installed apps to 1,000+ over night with 250 of them being TV oriented. We’ve got some new images of 2.0 showing the market and a glimpse of the new UI for your viewing pleasure. Google TV, though it wasn’t a huge success, is still something I’d really like to see take off and be a huge success. This new update could really give Google TV what it needs to impress the masses. It looks like a great user interface allowing you to see all movies currently playing on TV with time remaining and apps to boot. Anyone currently have Google TV or thinking about getting one? Check out two more shots after the break.

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Google Movie rentals are now live in the U.K.

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U.K. owners have been out of luck for Google Movie rentals as its only been available in the U.S. and Canada, but today you’re in luck. You can now head into the market and start renting movies.  A few weeks ago Google Books was launched so Google continues to show some love to our friends in the U.K.

You will need the Google Videos app to play your rentals so be sure to hit the link or QR code below to download.

Thanks Ben

Android Market Link

Help The HTC Rhyme Get 2,000 Facebook Likes; 50% Off Deal From Verizon

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Do you like the new HTC Rhyme? Do you really “like” it? If so, then put those words into action: head on over to Verizon’s Facebook page to help them accumulate more than 2,000 “likes” for the device over a six day period and Big Red will offer the phone as part of a promotion they call a “Group Buy” for 50% off! Quite a charming offer, don’t you think?

Verizon’s Facebook Link