Motorola, via their Motorola Owners’ Forums and Motorola Feedback Network, is in the process of soliciting testers for a software update intended for the Motorola Atrix 4G. There is no indication in the e-mail sent out soliciting candidates as to what is included in the update, though many are hopeful it will be an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Motorola has used these soak tests for a full gamut of updates in the past, from full OS updates to just minor bug fixes.
To participate in the test, you have to own an AT&T Motorola Atrix 4G and be in good standing on the Motorola Onwers’ Forums. No start time is indicated nor does Motorola indicate how long they will accept registrants for the test. If you think you qualify, keep an eye on your e-mail and follow the directions to get signed up. Check out the full e-mail from Motorola after the break. Read more
Google’s patent request will make their DIY cyborg kit even
crazier better. Need to dial a number? Just type it on the palm of your hand. That’s at least one expected functionality of a tiny laser projector for Project Glass. The system would project the dial pad or QWERTY keyboard on to your hand, arm, desk or whatever. A tiny Kinect-like camera would then interpret your movement. Google, you had me at laser!
A few days ago information about the Sony Xperia Tablet Z (SO-03E) leaked. Why they didn’t show it at CES is anyone’s guess. We were thinking that it would show up at Mobile World Congress at the end of February, but it looks like it NTT DoCoMo in Japan will announce it next week on January 22. They will also display it in the DoCoMo Smartphone Lounge from January 23 through January 27.
The leaked specs include a 10.1-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, a 6,000 mAh battery, NFC, and it’s supposed to be only 6.9mm thick. There will be an LTE version and like the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, it’s water and dust proof.
If you are a horror movie buff (I am too pansy for horror movies), and an Android fan (I can sign off on that one), then we’ve got the perfect little toy for you. Some creative folk on Etsy have handcrafted a Freddy Krueger version of those little Android toys that we all love so dearly. It is aptly titled: “Andy Krueger in: A Nightmare on Infinite Loop.” The toy is handcrafted by Patrick Bateman and it seems he will soon be selling these little guys, as we see shipping fees at the bottom of his Etsy page. As of yet no “Add to cart” button is available on the page, so hopefully Andy Krueger’s creator will be making a few more of these guys and posting the “add to cart” button soon. We could see of few of you readers wanting to pick one of these up for your self.
Nexus devices are certainly cool, but one thing that drives me crazy is the lack of accessories. We saw the charging orb back when the Nexus 4 launched, but still nothing. Well good news in that it has shown up on Norwegian retailer Dusin Home for a price of 739 kr or $114. A little pricey, but their price does include a 25% VAT. For now, the shipping date is February 12. Anyone want to guess on if that date will actually hold up? I am going with no.
source: Dustin Home
If you’re lucky enough to have a PlayStation Certified device, you will want to check out the PlayStation Store because Sony is giving away one free game each week for the next six weeks. This week’s game is Samurai Beatdown, which is a rhythmic-action scroller. The service is only available in Japan, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Australia. Now you won’t find a lot of devices that have the PlayStation Certification. It’s mostly Sony branded with a few Sharp and HTC devices, but we have the complete list after the break as well as the trailer video for Samurai Beatdown.
Despite LG having one hell of a shipping snafu with one of the most coveted smartphones around, the Korean manufacturer plans on achieving a high water mark in terms of sales’ numbers. Reports are coming in that LG plans on selling a whopping 45 million handsets for 2013. It’s reasoning for such lofty aspirations? Well essentially sales have gradually been trending upwards as of late and despite not making too much of a profit, LG sold a respectable 41 million smartphones for 2012.
Considering LG has some solid smartphones in the works for this year— we probably shouldn’t be too surprised if or when LG reaches the impressive mark.
source: Ars Technica
It’s been a long time coming for you owners of the Sprint variation of the Galaxy Nexus smartphone— but Android 4.2 glory is now available and ready for you to conquer… sort of. Reports are coming in that a 100MB update file that is identified as JOP40D has been leaked on Google servers and can be accessed and download simply by clicking a link. Once the file is downloaded, all that’s needed is to simply flash the update to your phone and bam!— you’re in business.
Unfortunately there is no indication of when the update will be available over-the-air for all Sprint G-Nex owners, but we suspect it will be out sooner than later. All we need now is to see the Verizon variant of the Galaxy Nexus seeing its Android 4.2 update and we’ll be in business…
source: XDA Forums
Not content to let Huawei steal all the attention in the phablet world, Samsung seems intent on making its upcoming Galaxy Note III smartphone bigger than better than not only its predecessors– but better than the competition as well. Similar to what we’ve already heard before, early reports are indicating that Sammy is going to thread the needle a bit further in terms of the Galaxy Note’s sheer size and will push it well past the 5-inch mark. Rumor has it that the device will check in at a whopping 6.3-inches in size! Oh and what’s more is that the device will also feature Samsung’s newly-announced superchip helping to purr things along. Size + speed? Oh yes please!
Naturally this is all speculation and rumor for now, but knowing Sammy— it certainly tries to push the envelope with its upcoming products, so these rumors shouldn’t be too farfetched. Stay tuned with Talk Android as we try and get more deets for you about the interesting device.
For those of you who own the Galaxy S III on AT&T and absolutely despise Samsung’s Kies desktop software (you have every right to), you’ll be excited to know that the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now officially rolling out to handsets over-the-air. As expected, users can expect all the new features that come with the dot upgrade, including a refreshed TouchWiz, Google Now integration and the incredible smoothness of Project Butter.
If the update hasn’t already shown up, you’ll need to manually check for the new firmware by heading to Settings > About Phone > Software Updates. You’re going to need to be connected to Wi-Fi to download the file and at least 30% battery life to complete the process. Godspeed. We’ll see you on the other side.