New ICS Build 6.14.84 Leaks for the Droid Razr and Razr Maxx, Still a Bit Buggy

Looks as though Verizon is getting to the final testing stages of what will eventually be the official ICS build for the Droid Razr and Razr Maxx. A new test build (6.14.84) has been pushed out to testers and has been packaged for download for those willing to give it a run. Some of the new changes include faster speeds, a new kernel, and a new CDMA radio. A few bugs have already been reported so it is very likely that Verizon will compile a new version before anything becomes official.

If you are feeling froggy, be sure that you are running the latest OTA update (6.12.181) before flashing this new build. It is recommended to have Voodoo Rootkeeper installed just in case you happen to loose root during the process. For further instructions and a download link, hit up the source link below.

via: DroidLife



AT&T To Launch 4G LTE In Salt Lake City Before Year’s End

AT&T has just announced that Salt Lake City, Utah will be getting 4G LTE “before year’s end“. No specific date has been mentioned but at least we know it will be sometime within the next 8 months, so I guess that’s something. If you’re on AT&T and live in Salt Lake City, start saving up for a shiny new LTE-enabled phone.

Hit the break to read the full press release.

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Samsung Denies Involvement In “Wake Up” Anti-Apple Flash Mob

Yesterday we reported on the Australian flash mob outside of a Sydney Apple store where dozens of people dressed in black held up signs and chanted “Wake up!” to the people inside the store. This was believed to be staged by Samsung. Today, in a statement to SlashGear, Samsung Australia is claiming they have “nothing to do with the Wake-Up campaign“.

It’s understandable why Samsung would be the obvious culprit since they have been ramping up their anti-Apple advertising campaign. It started with the commercials poking fun at iPhone fans waiting in line for a device with already outdated specs. It was followed by a commercial showing how the iPhone 4S was not much of an upgrade to the iPhone 4, then by a SuperBowl ad that highlighted the power of the Galaxy Note’s S-Pen. And finally, there’s the teaser that essentially calls everyone not waiting for the Galaxy S III an iSheep.

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ARCHOS 80 G9 Turbo ICS review: Cheap with Ice Cream Sandwich

ARCHOS released the G9 tablets in October of last year, but since then released Turbo versions with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich in the box. I thought I would give one a shot since it’s one of the few tabs with ICS and it’s priced right. ARCHOS hasn’t been known for quality, but this newer G9 series is supposed to be a step in the right direction for them. Still, with many tablets to choose from in the 7 to 8-inch screen size, how does it stack up? Without looking at anything else, the price is right at $249, but what about the rest?

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Was Sony Pondering Development Of A Playstation Phone With Two Keyboards? A Patent Filed In 2010 Suggests It Was

Well well well, what do we have here? This device looks as if it is the Playstation Phone that never came to fruition. Sony was apparently out to show it still has some tricks up its sleeve back in 2010 by filing a patent for not one, but two sliders on its devices such as the Xperia Play. Many of you are wondering why in the world Sony would file a patent for two sliding keyboards. Basically, Sony was interested in creating a technology that allows for a separate gamepad and full QWERTY keyboard, so it filed for patent approval with the USPTO which is described as:

“A device comprising: an upper unit having a display screen thereon; a first slidable unit having a first keypad thereon, the first slidable unit being slidably connected to the upper unit on a side opposite the display screen, the first slidable unit being movable between a closed position in which the upper unit generally overlies the first keypad and an open position in which the first keypad is positioned generally adjacent the display screen; and a second slidable unit having a second keypad thereon, the second slidable unit being slidably connected to the upper unit and the first slidable unit; the second slidable unit being movable between a closed position in which the upper unit generally overlies the second keypad and an open position in which the second keypad is positioned generally adjacent the display screen”

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Sony ST21i Entry-Level Smartphone Outed

Hello friends, we have the first idea and glimpse of what will be the new standard-bearer for entry-level smartphones. The long-rumored Sony ST21i (also known as “Tapioca”) looks to be the newest addition to the Xperia family. It was recently outed by tech blog and reveals an impressive design of the device. As you can see, the ST21i seems to be based off its big brother the Xperia S and will have 3 capacative buttons on the front. In addition, the Android 4.0-powered smartphone will feature:

  • A 3.2-inch screen
  • Qualcomm MSM7227 800MHz processor with an Adreno 200 GPU
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 3MP camera


There are no further details of the device for now, but we suspect it won’t be long before we have additional details. Hit the break for an additional shot of the intriguing entry-level device.
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Australia Finally Gains Access to Movie Rentals Through the Google Play Store and YouTube

Great news for you Aussie folks! Google Australia’s blog recently announced the availability of movies for rent through the Google Play Store and even YouTube. Previously this option wasn’t available to Australian Android users but as of yesterday they now have access to thousands of movies from both U.S. movie studios and Australian studios alike. Rental pricing starts at $3.99 for standard definition titles and $4.99 for High-def movies. New release flicks are going to cost a buck more for both the standard and HD versions of the movie. Once you click on that “rent” button you will have 30 days to begin watching your rental and once it has begun you only get 48 hours to complete your selection. To check out the titles that are available go ahead and visit both the Play Store and YouTube.

via: Android Police

Next Sony flagship phone set to knock your socks off

If you’re a motorcycle aficionado then you’ll know the Suzuki Hayabusa to have been the fastest production bike in the world when it hit the roads back in 1999. The Japanese superbike was a symbol of speed and power, capable of top speeds close to 200 mph. With that in mind, the Hayabusa badge is one that shouldn’t be worn lightly and it just happens to be the codename Sony is using for its next flagship smartphone.

We’re pleased to report that the rumoured spec sheet lives up to the name. The following is a list of headline specifications :

The above image is a prototype of the device and even more exciting is that it may be due to hit the shelves as early as this summer. This could be huge for Sony if the rumours are true. Would this device sway you away from a HTC One X or a Samsung Galaxy S III? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


source : Baidu Forum

Droid Incredible 4G Launching on Thursday, May 10th?

A few days ago we got a sneak peak at Verizon’s Droid Does landing page for the Droid Incredible 4G. According to sources close to PhoneDog, the device may actually be released in just a couple weeks, on Thursday, May 10th. Unfortunately their sources don’t have any pricing information, but according to what we’ve already seen on the Droid Does website, it should be listed at $299.99 on contract. This is pretty standard fair for Verizon when they release a new Droid device.

As it goes with anything unofficial, we need to take this launch date with a grain of salt. Although the premature showing on the Droid Does website leads me to believe that the launch can’t be too far off, and May 10th is a Thursday which has historically been the day Verizon likes to launch phones. Luckily for us the 10th isn’t too far off and we should know more soon enough – we will keep you posted. Anyone looking to get this new Droid phone?

source: PhoneDog


Dropbox extends automatic photo uploads to PC and Mac and throws in an additional 3GB if you use it

With the Google Drive announcement this week, Dropbox isn’t going to lay low. They already launched a beta in February that enabled automatic uploads of your pictures and video from your Android phone, but now they’ve extended it to any smartphone, camera, SD card, or tablet. With the newest version for PC or Mac. All you have to do is connect your device, and with a few clicks, your photos and videos will be uploaded to Dropbox. Of course, if you have an Android phone, all your photos and video can still be automatically uploaded to your Dropbox account via the beta app.

As with the Android beta version, Dropbox is giving you the opportunity to grab an additional 3GB of storage for free (a total of 5GB). They will give you an additional 500MB for your first upload of photos or video, and then for each 500MB you upload, you will get an additional 500MB up to a total of 3GB. This still works with the Android app, but it now works with the new PC and Mac versions as well.

source: dropbox