Motorola Droid RAZR M Developer Edition now available to purchase for $549.99

Motorola has kept its promise and officially made the Droid RAZR M Developer Edition available to buy online. Unlike the original Droid RAZR M, the dev model features an unlocked bootloader, meaning custom ROMs and kernels can easily be loaded on the new hardware. You’ll still be getting the same specs however, including an “edge-to-edge” 4.3-inch qHD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Be prepared to pay up, though, as the Droid RAZR M Developer Edition will set you back $549.99. Be sure to head to the source link below for the full list of deets.

Source: Motorola

Google issues official statement regarding canceled Acer Aliyun smartphone launch

Earlier today, it was reported that Acer’s CloudMobile A800 had been canceled because its Aliyun OS wasn’t compatible with the Android ecosystem. Acer made it made it known that Google had “expressed concerns” about the device’s launch, though several important details that could potentially explain the reasoning behind the decision were lacking. To clear up the issue, the Mountain View search giant has issued an official statement.

“Compatibility is at the heart of the Android ecosystem and ensures a consistent experience for developers, manufacturers and consumers. Non-compatible versions of Android, like Aliyun, weaken the ecosystem. All members of the Open Handset Alliance have committed to building one Android platform and to not ship non-compatible Android devices. This does not however, keep OHA members from participating in competing ecosystems.”

While the words above provide some insight as to why the device’s launch was indefinitely delayed, exact specifics regarding the way in which the Aliyun OS utilizes Android features is still unclear. Alibaba, the internet company collaborating with Acer on the phone, insists that the “Aliyun OS is built on open-source Linux and is not part of the Android ecosystem.” However, because Acer is a member of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), the company is required to follow Google’s orders. For comparison, a company like Amazon isn’t required to cooperate with Google. It doesn’t have to follow the guidelines of the OHA, which means its Kindle Fire tablets aren’t subject to the same treatment.

Source: The Verge

Mobile Device Privacy Act: a new initiative to prevent data mining introduced into Congress

Following last year’s Carrier IQ debacle, policymakers around the country bonded together to fight for the American consumer’s right to privacy. Originally drafted in January, the Mobile Device Privacy Act requires companies that sell mobile devices or cellular subscriptions to notify users if any data collecting software is installed.

“Consumers should know and have the choice to say no to software on their mobile devices that is transmitting their personal and sensitive information. This legislation will provide greater transparency into the transmission of consumers’ personal information and empower consumers to say no to such transmission.”

If such software is included, relevant information regarding the type of information being gathered,  along with who’s using it and for what purposes, must be made apparent. Furthermore, information can only be collected with consent of the customer. Those that wish not to have their phones monitored by the service will be completely free to opt out, even after initially accepting the agreement.

Violation of these laws could leave companies facing a $1,000 fine for each offense. Sponsored by US Representative Edward Markey, the bill was introduced to the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The bill now awaits a committee review, which will determine when the new legislation will see a vote.

Source: ExtremeTech, Mobile Device Privacy Act (PDF)

T-Mobile’s HTC One X+ Could Be Delayed For A Bigger Battery

The potential release of the HTC  One X+ has become more and more of a reality with each passing week, but now there are reports that T-Mobile’s version of the One X+ will be delayed with no mention of an expected launch date. The delay could be the cause of the phone getting a larger battery.

From what we know about the One X+, it’s pretty much the same phone as the One X with the exception of the faster Tegra 3 Plus Processor. Now with a stronger battery the phone becomes even more interesting. Do you think a thicker phone along with better battery life is worth the wait? I do.

source: htcsource

Experience DVF Fashion Show through Google Glass

Earlier this week we reported on a New York fashion show and one of Google’s current projects, their Google Glass experiment to create a wearable computing device in the form of eyeglasses. Google Glass devices are not slated to be available until 2013. However, Google provided an early prototype to designer Diane von Furstenberg to capture video during the DVF Spring 2013 Fashion Show. Along with showing off the video capabilities as part of the DVF show, Google’s Sergey Brin spent some time this week with the Wall Street Journal talking about the smartphone capabilities.

If you are interested in seeing what Google was able to do with Google Glass, hit the break to view the video.
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Conan O’Brien reveals cut rate Amazon device on his show

You think you are up to speed on all of the news that came out of Amazon’s press event last week? Just waiting for your opportunity to lay your hands on one of Amazon’s new Kindle devices as a gift to yourself? Not so fast. Conan O’Brien broke some updated information from Amazon about a new $5 device – the Wendell. It has most of the features of a Kindle and for an extra $5, a feature exclusive to the Wendell. Check out the video after the break for this impressive device that is ready to “wow” the markets.
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Sprint begins unofficial rollout of LTE service in Boston, Chicago

Hot on the heels of adding four additional cities to its 4G LTE network in late August and announcing their LTE rollout plans a few days ago, Sprint appears to be lighting up two more cities with its LTE service beginning this week in the Boston area, followed next week by Chicago. According to a leaked internal memo, Sprint will begin slowly turning on its LTE service in Boston and Chicago for “testing.” The memo primarily outlines instructions for Sprint employees regarding impending questions from customers in those cities about the sudden appearance of the “LTE” icon on their devices even though the service hasn’t officially launched yet (provided those users have the LTE antenna turned on). Additionally, it specifically instructs employees to tell customers that the LTE experience may not be “optimal” until the network officially launches. It appears that Sprint is indeed making good on their rapid LTE rollout plan mentioned earlier.

source:  Engadget

AT&T to launch the Samsung Galaxy Note II on October 21st

We’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy Note II to debut here in the U.S. sometime this fall. In fact, it’s rumored to land on all four major carriers. BGR just got word from a “trusted source” that it will debut on AT&T on October 21st. Interestingly enough the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone will also debut on the same day. Are you guys excited for this 5.5-inch beast?

source: bgr

Contest: Win a Nexus 7 tablet, $50 Google Play gift card, or a $25 Google Gift Card courtesy of TalkAndroid and Poweramp [Updated with Winners]

Our friends at Poweramp are celebrating their upcoming update, and they wanted to give our readers a chance to win some cool stuff. We’ve got a $25 Google Play gift card, a $50 Google Play gift card, and for the grand prize, a Nexus 7. All you have to do is comment below and tell us what new Poweramp feature you desire that would make it perfect. That’s actually a tough one since it’s already the best music app available now. You have until Sunday, September 16th at 11:59PM EST to get your entry in. On Monday, September 17th we will pick the winners at random starting with the $25 gift card, followed by the $50 gift card, and finally the Nexus 7. We will announce the winners here and send an email to the account associated with their username. Good luck!!!

I can’t imagine there are too many of you that haven’t tried Poweramp yet, but just in case, hit one of the download links below to find out what you’ve been missing.

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LG Optimus L9 cruises through FCC

LG’s Optimus L9, the latest phone in LG’s budget-friendly L Series lineup, is one step closer to its European release. The L9 has officially passed through FCC frequency testing which is a good sign that its release should be right around the proverbial corner. If you remember, LG stole the early spotlight before IFA officially kicked off with the announcement of the Optimus L9. The Korean manufacturer touted the phone’s 4.7-inch IPS display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of on board storage – not bad at all for this sleek, budget-friendly device. We will of course provide an update when a solid release date is announced.

source:  FCC