CM9 Developers Give Update On Progress Of ROM

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Let’s face it, we love our CM9 ROMs and want to keep abreast of the latest news regarding any developments or updates, right? That’s why the developers of the great ROM wanted to give the masses a status and progress update on where the ROM stands and its future. Among the items highlighted is how much Android 4.0 has changed from previous platforms and the various changes requires updated graphics drivers. The relevance of the need for updated graphics drivers is that the drivers are almost always closed-source… meaning they don’t appear until a device or devkit is released with them. They’ve been able to make some workarounds, but are blocked on some subsystems like the camera.

Moreover, the developers decided to start off with a fresh codebase from Google and are forward-porting features from CM7, keying in on design and better integration by cleaning house on some unnecessary features. For starters, they’ve thrown out the CMParts app, instead electing to add the developer’s custom features directly into the main settings. In addition, the developers realized CM7 had many options that weren’t used, so they’re now taking a “just works” approach— meaning it should achieve a good balance between tweakability and a great out-of-the-box experience.

Of course many of you all are thinking “that’s great, but is my device supported??” Here’s the developers response to that:

“Currently, you can compile CM9 for a small number of devices- notably the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Wi-Fi and T-Mobile versions), the HP Touchpad and Motorola Xoom. The next devices to show up will likely be a whole array of Samsung phones (Exynos chipset), with devices based on the Qualcomm MSM8660 and 7×30 chipsets to follow. It’s still unclear if we can provide support for the QSD8x50 family of devices (Nexus One, HTC Evo, etc), but the answer almost always turns out to be “yes” for these kinds of things.”

There you have it folks, the status and progress of the CM9 ROM.

source: CM Blog

Google Voice Gets Updated, Looks Cleaner And Adds Ability To Queue Outgoing Text Messages

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One of the best Android apps just got better. The Google Voice app has just gotten updated to version brings some minor tweaks, a complete UI overhaul for Honeycomb & Ice Cream Sandwich devices and wait for it— the ability to now queue outgoing text messages. That means if one message fails to send at first it will be sent once you regain data connectivity. Sweet deal. Be sure to grab the updated app at the Market link below or by scanning that QR code.

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source: The Verge


AT&T Pantech Burst unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

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One of the lesser known Android brands, Pantech, recently released the Burst on AT&T. Priced at $49.99, I would classify as this as an upper tier mid-range phone. It certainly isn’t high end, but it’s a mixed bag with the specs. On one hand, you have a 4-inch (800 x 480) Super AMOLED display, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and 4G LTE compatibility. On the other hand, it has a 5MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, it’s 11.4mm thick, Android 2.3.5, and a 1650mAh battery. As you can see it’s a mix of high-end and mid-tier specs, but for $49 on contract or $399 off contract, it seems to be a bargain. It’s available in titanium or ruby red. Our own Joe Sirianni will post a full review soon, but for now here’s our initial hands on look.

Correction: Pantech originally listed the Burst as a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, but it’s actually a 1.5GHz dual-core processor which is unbelievable for a $49 device.

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EA Bringing Sims FreePlay To Android

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Fresh from the release of Dead Space, the good folks over at EA are bringing another premium title to the Android Market. The one time iOS exclusive is expected to arrive on the market before the end of the month.  You may wonder what the difference is between this latest version and the currently available Sims 3.  The clue is in the title. Despite being a fully loaded version of the game, it’s free to download and play.

Can’t wait to start spending your Simoleon whilst on the move? Keep tuned in to TalkAndroid and we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as the game hits the market.

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Huawei Announces March Release of Ascend P1 S in China

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The super skinny Huawei Ascend P1 S will be available in mainland China at the end of March, according to website Tech.Sina.  The phone will most likely appear in Europe next, and hopefully on a US carrier in the near future.

We at Talk Android were mightily impressed when we previewed the Ascend P1 S at CES 2012.  The world’s thinnest smartphone packs a ton into its casing, including a 1.5Ghz dual-core OMAP 4460 processor, 4.3 inch Super AMOLED screen, 1GB of RAM and an 8MP rear camera.  It should be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.  All that, and it’s only 6.68mm thick.

Huawei has vowed to best their already incredible Ascend P1 S handset with the “Diamond Series“.  We’re having a hard time imagining what Huawei is planning, but we’ll let you know the minute we hear!

Source: Tech.Sina
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T-Mobile celebrates Valentine’s Day with FREE smartphones and tablets

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Mark February 11 on your calendars because T-Mobile is going to have one of those really big sales. This time they are celebrating Valentine’s Day just in case you need to get that special someone a really nice Android phone or tablet. Of course there’s nothing stopping you from taking advantage of this promo for yourself. Notice how I said “get” instead of “buy” because this sale is all about FREE.

T-Mobile is giving you the chance to pickup their latest 4G smartphones and select tablets for free. There is one minor catch, and that it’s free after rebate. You will of course need to sign up with a new 2-year contract with either the Value or Classic plan, and both new and existing customers are eligible. So if you’re in the market for the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S II, The HTC Amaze 4G, or the Huawei Springboard, this Saturday is the day to grab one.

Full press release after the break:

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New, Evolved Android Malware Shows That Google’s Bouncer Service Can Possibly Be Sidestepped

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Google’s new bouncer-service that was announced last week is supposed to have dropped the number of malware apps in the Android Market by about 40% already. While that is a great number the Bouncer service isn’t perfect and it probably is the beginning to one of many back and forth battles between the Search Giant and malicious hackers in the making.

However, it appears that hackers may have already found a work around to this service. According to North Carolina State University professor Xuxian Jiang, he and his team have discovered a new malware variant that pulls off a pretty sneaky maneuver. The malware contains no malicious code when it’s first installed on a device. By doing this it evades scans or permission requests that could pick up on its intentions in the first place. Here’s the trick. After it’s downloaded the app is then able to download new code from a remote server and it can hide this in the data transfer from the phone’s communications.   » Read the rest

DROID Bionic Software Update 5.9.902 Details have Emerged

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Verizon has officially announced the 5.9.902 update for the Motorola DROID Bionic.  There have been rumors for a few weeks on just what Verizon had up its sleeve for the Motorola handset.  There is some good stuff packed into this update, including more stability.  The black screen lockups, camera lockups, idle resets and multimedia dock lockups should be a thing of the past.  The update will add Amazon MP3 and the VCAST App Store.  Also on the list of improvements are data, HDMI and Bluetooth connectivity.  The battery life should also be enhanced.  Unfortunately, this update won’t be bringing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the Bionic.   We’ll let you know here at Talk Android when that update happens.

The update is 57.6MB in size, and is available if you’re part of the Motorola Feedback Network and have registered your DROID.  If not, you should see the update go OTA in the next few weeks.

Source: Verizon




Toshiba’s stylish AT200 aka “Excite X10″ tablet launches in the UK

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The ultra sleek Honeycomb tablet, known in the US as the Excite X10, has landed in the UK and will be available exclusively from Carphone Warehouse.

The AT200 claims to be the slimmest 10″ Android tablet on the market (7.7mm) and weighs in at an impressively light 535 grams. The tablet also boasts a premium build, boasting durable gorilla glass up front and a polished magnesium alloy backing. “What use is a good looking tablet without impressive tech specs” I hear you say? Well thankfully the AT200  packs the technical prowess to match its svelte exterior. The screen is a 10.1″ backlit LED boasting a resolution of 1280 x 800. Processing is handled by the popular dual core TI OMAP 4430 clocked in at 1.2ghz, RAM checks at 1gb and there are 16gb or 32gb storage options available. There are two cameras on board, a 5MP on the back for capturing snapshots on the move and a 2MP up front for those ultra sharp video calls. The AT200 is available to buy online now with the 16gb priced at £399 and the 32gb priced at £449.

Toshiba’s entry to the competitive Android tablet market has been a difficult one, the AT200 could be the killer product they’ve been looking for to turn around their fortunes.


Source: Carphone Warehouse


Don’t Plan on Seeing the Galaxy S III at Samsung’s March 22 Event in France

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Contrary to widespread speculation, the Samsung Galaxy III will not make an appearance at the company’s March 22 event in France. Samsung has confirmed that no new devices will be unveiled at the press event, rather it will be one of Sammy’s bi-annual showing of the existing product lineup. This will likely be an opportunity for people to  get a better demonstration of what was announced at MWC for those who missed out on the Barcelona launch.

This means we’re back to the guessing game, when will we actually get to see this thing? Being that Samsung has said we would not see the device at MWC in Spain, and we can now cross the France theory off the list too. It’s looking more and more likely that Samsung may be targeting a launch closer to the iPhone 5 unveiling, which reports suggest will appear at this years WWDC at the beginning of June. Also, this would just barely fall in line with Samsung’s statement about unveiling the device within the first half of the year. It looks like we may just have to wait it out a bit longer than we hopped.

The Galaxy S III is definitely going to be worth the  wait, though. It is said to be thinner than its predecessor at roughly 7mm thin, internally waterproofed, sport a Super AMOLED Plus display, rock a quad-core processor, and possibly even a 12MP camera. Couple that with a proposed HDMI output and you got one of the hottest, if not the hottest, phones on the market. I know I am excited, you?

source: The Next Web