DROID 4 Unboxing and Initial Hands On Review [Video]

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It’s been almost 2 1/2 years since the original DROID launched on Verizon Wireless, which is when I fell in love with Android. Now the DROID 4 has arrived, which is a far cry from the original. For the original, the keyboard was one of those things you either loved or hated. Admittedly it wasn’t the greatest keyboard, but I liked it a lot. With each model, Motorola improved the keyboard, and now it just might be the hottest keyboard out there. It looks gorgeous, but it’s also usable. The only issue now is screen size. At 4-inches, many might fine that to be too small, which I would never have imagined back in 2009. Still this is a phone that will satisfy the QWERTY lover.

It features a 4-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera (with 1080p video recording), 1.3MP front camera, 16GB internal memory, microSD slot for up to 32GB of additional storage, micro HDMI, micro USB, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE compatible (Verizon), WiFi, and Android 2.3.6.

My initial review unit had a defective power button as you will see in the video. Thankfully, Verizon shipped me a replacement fast so I was able to add the boot animation at the end of the video. I will do a full review soon, but for now check out the quick hands on.

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Root the Droid 4 Thanks to This Exploit by Dan Rosenberg

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While all evidence that the 4th iteration of the original Droid pointed at a December release it was pushed back to February of 2012 and a lot of folks became a bit grumpy. Well it’s finally February, the Droid 4 has been officially announced and is upon us. Released yesterday it didn’t take long for the development community to root the device. Security Researcher Dan Rosenberg was able to get root only hours after the device went on sale. However, before he released the exploit he decided to try an experiment.

He would only release the exploit if a $500 bounty was met. This bounty though, wasn’t an attempt at holding a file hostage to make a quick buck but rather, for a good cause. He wanted the first $200 so that he could continue modding and developing support of the device. The other $300 would be donated to the American Red Cross.

Personally I feel that this is a noble idea. Seriously, everyone paying a few bucks to get this man a phone to continue custom development on a new device while also giving money to a charity in the process; it’s an honorable concept. Well apparently I am in the minority in this thinking as Mr. Rosenberg received a number of complaints in how this idea was unfair. Worry not, rather than abandon his work and not release the exploit Rosenberg took the high road. He has decided to release the exploit free of charge and any money donated for his hard work will be donated straight to the American Red Cross.  » Read the rest

Google Wallet Issues Second Statement On Hacks

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Back and forth we go with the precarious Google Wallet situation. First we saw the original security flaw, which immediately prompted Google to respond to users and highlight there are no known vulnerabilities while also encouraging users to install Google Wallet on non-rooted devices. In a mere few hours, a second method to hack Google Wallet was revealed, this time on non-rooted devices.

Naturally, the consecutive security breaches of Google Wallet has everyone on edge. That’s why many users have reached out to Google and question whether its Google Wallet service is safe enough for the masses to use in order to make mobile payments. Google offered its formal response and simply put it that yes, it is safe to make mobile payments using Google Wallet. Here’s Google Wallet VP Osama Bedier offering a formal statement: » Read the rest

Android 4.0.2 rolling out to Bell’s Galaxy Nexus

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Is there a sweeter notification than the pop up telling you there’s a software update waiting for you? Well it’s time to wake up Canada and check your Galaxy Nexus as they’re about to join the 4.0.2 party!

This latest update is certainly great news for our Canadian friends however, it doesn’t help unravel the mystery of the various ICS variations currently doing the rounds.  It was only last week that we brought you news of 4.0.4 and 4.0.5 updates surfacing as well.

So how about it Bell customers, was your Galaxy Nexus update waiting for you this morning? If not, perhaps it’s time to start spamming the ‘check now’ button!

 

Source : androidcentral

Amazon to Launch 9″ Kindle Fire Alongside 7″ Update in Mid 2012

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The increasingly popular 7″ Kindle Fire is getting a refresh this summer, and will also be getting a 9″ brother according to a report by Pacific Crest analyst Chad Bartley. He raised his shipment forecast to 14.9 million units, up 2.2 million from his earlier estimate. In a note to clients, he wrote “We believe there is an upward bias, particularly from the new 7- and 9-inch models, which we expect to launch in mid-2012.”

Previous reports had Amazon launching “Hollywood“, a 10-inch quad-core tablet first, but apparently the release got delayed in favor of pushing out an 8.9-incher. It is unclear whether the 9-inch Kindle Fire that may be coming this summer is the same as this 8.9-inch tablet.

Anyone interested in a larger Kindle Fire?

source: BGR

LG Optimus Vu and Samsung Galaxy Note Posing Together

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We reported earlier about LG teasing the Optimus Vu, a 5″ beast probably being unveiled at MWC next month. One of this phablet’s  selling points apparently is its screen’s 4:3 aspect ratio at a 1024 x 768 resolution. The idea is that the device is wider in portrait mode than a more common 16:9 widescreen device, making it better for reading books or viewing pictures in portrait orientation.

Here’s a shot of the LG Optimus Vu next to the Samsung Galaxy Note, a 5.3″ widescreen phone, which looks quite slim next to the Vu’s chunky profile.

The phablet space (ok, I know “phablet” is weird…let’s say tabletphone) is still being defined, and who’s to say what aspect ratio will dominate? Personally, I think this looks too wide to be comfortable to use one-handed, whereas the Galaxy Note looks much easier to grasp.

What do you think? Does the future of phones look like the past of TV’s?

source: unwiredview

Toshiba Thrive 7″ Unboxing and Initial Hands on Review [Video]

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If you’re looking for a 7-inch (or around that) tab there are tons of choices now. In fact it might even be getting a little crowded, and most of them offer similar features. One of the latest is the Toshiba Thrive 7″. This one features a 7-inch 1280 x 800 LED backlit LCD display, 1 GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera (with 720p video recording), 2MP front camera, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, microSD for up to an additional 32GB, micro HDMI, micro USB, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, and Android 3.2. This isn’t the thinnest tab as it comes in at 11.9mm and weighs 400 grams. Pricing is $379.99 for the 16GB version and $429.99 for the 32GB. With all the choices out there should this model be considered? I will do a full review soon, but for now check out my initial hands on video.

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Transfer Data to Your Android Phone With The Software Data Cable App, Free in the Android Market

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Let me paint a quick scene for you. You have a file that you want to transfer over to your Android phone. You go into your laptop bag or backpack to get your trusty usb cable only to end up with zilch. We’ve all been there.  Well the free app Software Data Cable looks to rectify this situation by turning your phone into a networked storage device. This app allows you to browse the device from your computer cable free.

Once you install Software Data Cable, you will be able to connect and browse through your device’s files and folders from any computer just as long as you are connected to the same network. Point your browser to the phone’s IP address and you can see the entire contents of your phone. Not only that but you can move, copy and delete files as you please.

For those of you who are in a pinch and without your usb cable with a need to copy over a file to your device then this free app is for you. Hit the break below to get access to the market link and QR code. If you don’t know how to use the QR code you can check out our handy guide here. Afterwards you can check the app out from your mobile device and never have to worry about leaving a cable at home again!  » Read the rest

AT&T Confirms New $36 Upgrade Fee, Begins February 12th

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Beginning this Sunday, the 11th, AT&T will increase the upgrade fee by 100% for customers who want to get a new device on contract. AT&T’s idea of a proposed increase has been said to have already landed in readers’ in box over the past month, but the recently leaked memo sets the stage like this: ”Because the overall costs associated with upgrading to a new device have increased, effective Sunday, February 12, 2012, AT&T will change its upgrade fee from $18 to $36.”

If you have any doubts on whether or not this is true, BGR was able to reach out to AT&T for comment and Ma Bell’s reply all but set the upgrade in stone. “Wireless devices today are more sophisticated than ever before. And because of that, the costs associated with upgrading to a new device have increased and is reflected in our new upgrade fee,” AT&T explained to BGR via email.”This fee isn’t unique to AT&T and this is the first time we’re changing it in nearly 10 years.”

So if you are an AT&T customer looking to upgrade in the near future and the thought of paying an extra $18 is just killing you right now, maybe you should hit up your local AT&T store tomorrow before the change goes into effect.

source: BGR

 

 

Acer Unveils Its CloudMobile Smartphone

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Acer is set to make a splash for 2012 by formally unveiling its CloudMobile smartphone. This attractive device was recently awarded as the winner of the IF design award— an award in the recognition of outstanding achievement in design. As you can see, the phone has a very slim profile, strutting its stuff in a 4.3-inch profile. Also, the smooth and glossy screen will display glorious HD. Slashgear reports the phone is set to bring a depth of less than a centimeter and “Sleeve DNA design” in addition to a sweet Dolby speaker plate on the back.  While this phone has a gorgeous profile– it will be Acer’s first phone to feature AcerCloud technology and of course, Android 4.0. The CloudMobile smartphone will also be the first to utilize Acer’s cloud service which was introduced at CES this year.

Acer certainly is making it clear that they have big plans for 2012 by releasing eye-opening devices. No word yet on when the device will launch or if it will reach the U.S. or not. We do expect to find out more details at MWC, so stay tuned everyone!

source: Slashgear