Well look at what we have here… an update to Comcast’s XFINITY TV app that gives us full Ice Cream Sandwich support! It’s been about a month since the last update, which added some basic but useful features such as auto-detecting your channel lineup, and accessing favorite and recent channels. The release notes for this latest update simply states the following:
What’s in this version:
- Ice Cream Sandwich support for tablets and handsets
- Minor bug fixes
This means that users with an ICS device (including tablets) can now play. Unfortunately, this update still does NOT get us streaming video of any kind, a feature currently exclusive to the iOS version of the app. Why, Comcast? Your newly launched Streampix service had me excited until I saw that you only support mobile streaming to an iOS device… no little green robot love :-(
My disappointment aside, the app is actually pretty good for what it does offer. See a screenshot of it running on my Xoom, and download it from the Play Store after the break.
The Samsung Droid Charge on Verizon is scheduled to receive a much anticipated update in the immediate future. Among the items of change is the addition of the recently released Verizon Remote Diagnostics Tool, which enables Verizon remote access to your device for the purpose of educational demonstrations and troubleshooting. Let’s not forget that Verizon made it very clear that they will not be accessing your device without your permission. The rest of the change log is as follows:
- Updated UI
- Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System
- No longer receive a notification pop-up when using Mobile Hotspot
- Device allows for USB tethering while in Wi-fi mode
- No longer lose data connectivity when the USB cable is connected or disconnected
- Easily view data activity with the Wi-Fi icon located in the status bar
- Complete calls without experiencing choppy audio, clicking noises and/or one-way audio noises
- Resolved “no tones” dial pad issue, allowing for easy access to voice mail and other automated systems
Additional updates to the Google Play Store, Gmail and VZ Navigator are also to be enjoyed. Let us know what you think when you get it.
LG showed off the Optimus 3D Max at Mobile World Congress this year, and now Gameloft has gotten on board to optimize a bunch of their titles for the glasses-free 3D device. Just what games will be available from LG’s Smart World once the phone is released? Here’s a list:
- Assassin’s Creed 3D
- Dungeon Hunter 2 3D
- James Cameron’s Avatar 3D
- N.O.V.A. 2 3D
- Shrek Kart 3D
- BackStab 3D
- Fishing Kings 3D
- Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus 3D
- Shadow Guardian 3D
- Spider-Man: Total Mayhem 3D, Order & Chaos
- Splinter Cell 3D
One thing the Max can do that it’s predecessor, the Optimus 3D (or LG Thrill in the States) , cannot is convert regular 2D apps into 3D. While that’s a cool trick, converted apps are not “optimized”, meaning someone didn’t painstakingly go through the app and tweak the assets for a more engaging 3D experience. That’s what Gameloft is doing with this partnership.
Read Gameloft’s press release after the break.
According to the FCC, ZTE is at it again with another Android handset cleared and headed our way. If you recall from ZTE’s announcement last month, the N910 has a fairly decent spec sheet, starting with a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The phone will also boast additional features such as a 4.3-inch WVGA screen with 800 x 400 pixels resolution, 5 MP rear facing camera with a 2 MP camera in the front as well as LTE radios for that 4G stuff all the kids are talking about these days. Also noteworthy is that the N910 will come with Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box. This is especially nice as opposed to the more recently released ZTE Fury on Sprint that only shipped with Gingerbread. The FCC goes on to say that the N910 will most likely be pushed to Metro PCS. It appears the “big four” are out of luck on this one. Look for the ZTE N910 to be released in the coming weeks.
It would seem it’s been in the works for while that Verizon as well as AT&T would some time around mid 2012 introduce shared data plans. And thanks to our friends over at PhoneArena, a tipster shared what looks like a well along screen capture of a data usage calculator. It looks like Verizon will offer families the opportunity to go online and decide whether or not a shared family data plan is the right way to go. We’d assume as long as the respective carrier is selling enough hardware, and if possible get some subscribers still on old legacy unlimited plans on board, the new shared plans could be significantly discounted. We’ve still yet to see any specific pricing as the screen shot doesn’t confirm anything, however, stay tuned. We’re sure once Vz trains all of their employees and decides on an appropriate time to launch, we’ll be seeing it soon enough. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Back in mid-February we brought to you a news article involving the Teaser Trailer for the newest Angry Birds game by Rovio, Angry Birds Space. As if that wasn’t enough we brought to you another article announcing that Galaxy S owners would see levels exclusive to them followed be yet another article that gave us some hands on time with our favorite birds. They even made an official announcement from space. Well the folks at Rovio have decided to release the official trailer gearing us up for the game releasing in two days time. Hit the break below to check it out and let us know what your excitement level is in the comments section below. Enjoy!
I guess it’s supposed to be some major feat if a phone or tablet gets announces with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. Let me remind us all that the SDK for ICS has been out since last October. Before I get side tracked and go into a rant let me tell you about the Xperia Neo L MT25i, which was just announced today by Sony. This one is going to be the successor to the Neo and Neo V.
It may have ICS, but I’m not sure what else there is to brag about. It has a 4-inch (854 x 480) display, 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera with 720p video recording, VGA front facing camera, microSD card slot, HSDPA, and a 1500 mAh battery.
It looks like this mid-ranged device will land in China, but pricing and time frame wasn’t announced. Stay tuned.
Forget Android 4.0.3 or Android 4.0.4 as it appears that if all goes according to plan Android 4.0.5 could grace the Galaxy Nexus as early as next month even though we did see a rumor suggesting that it would release sometime this month. While most devices receiving Ice Cream Sandwich are receiving 4.0.3 versions of the OS, Galaxy Nexus owners running the stock flavor of the OS are stuck with 4.0.2. Of course those rooters and flashers out there with the device don’t have to worry, but if @black_man_x has anything to say about it stock users should see the newest update of ICS in early April. Before you blow it off as just a rumor let it be known that he is a pretty reliable source in the world of Android. As he puts it:
As you can see this update is said to fix issues with audio reboots and data falling asleep. Battery issues should be fixed and new radios should help with signal issues. We only have a little over a week until April so assuming everything is good we should see Verizon and Google pushing this out here in the next few weeks. What about you readers out there, what do you hope to see fixed with this update?
Got a Google wallet prepaid card attached to your Google account but recently removed or reset it? Well apparently Google was being extra cautious for the users sake and temporarily disabled the feature to add the prepaid card back to your account for security reasons. With the newest version of Google wallet not only did Google tighten up security, they now also allow the ability to add a once removed or reset prepaid card and even give the user $5 for the headache. Here, take a look at the explanation email I just received from Google:
If you are running Ice Cream Sandwich on your HTC Sensation and are a bit sad by the quality of the photos or videos you take, then have I got a bit of news for you. If you’re wanting to take pictures that are unsurpassed in quality then you should check out the HQ Camera mod. This mod, created by XDA member NODO-GT, will give you the ability to record uncompressed videos as well as uncompressed audio. He’s also made photos look better too. It also has the following features:
- 1080p Video Recording in 20mbps!
- Increased Video Recording Quality
- Rebuild Camera App with 0 Compression For Better Performance
- 0 Compression on JPG Images.
- Increase size cap of Images.
- Improved Quality of Images.
- Added Experimental 1250 ISO mode (Thank to krogoth)
This camera app rebuild makes your device capable of shooting videos at 20MB/s. He’s currently working on 720p mode as well as releasing a very high bit rate version for recording video at 40 MB/s. So if you’re interested hit the break below to get your download link. It’s always recommended to check out the forum thread for further details to see if there are quirks or bugs. Once you flash this in recovery turn auto focus off and set sharpness to -1 and you’ll notice a difference. Don’t believe me? Well we have a before and after shot after the break that should help convince you. Enjoy!