On the heels of Blackberry delaying BBM for Android and iPhone, head of BBM at Blackberry Andrew Bocking made a followup post yesterday. Unfortunately it’s bad news for those eager to get into the BBM game on their Android phone. The unreleased version that was released over the weekend was pulled and blocked by BlackBerry, but it’s also the major reason for the delay…..
Last week, an unreleased, older version of the BBM for Android app was posted on numerous file sharing sites. We were aware of an issue with this unreleased version of the BBM for Android app. This older version resulted in volumes of data traffic orders of magnitude higher than normal for each active user and impacted the system in abnormal ways. The version we were planning to release on Saturday addressed these issues, however we could not block users of the unreleased version if we went ahead with the launch.
News came out earlier today that Motorola would be rolling out a software update to the T-Mobile Moto X. The update will bring with it enhancements to the camera quality, but that’s not the only enhancement. While the camera would become faster with better quality, there will be software improvements as well. According to Motorola, Touchless Control will be easier to train and trigger. Also, call quality would be improved over an already strong set of microphones. Among other changes are stability updates for Motorola Migrate, Moto Care, and Motorola Assist.
Expect other carrier versions of the Moto X to receive the update relatively soon, unless you’re on Verizon. Hit the break for the full list of changes. Read more
After some Motorola devices showed up in an FCC filing earlier this month, many thought the clues pointed to a U.S. release of the Motorola DVX, a low-cost version of the Moto X. The rumors have been out there for a while now indicating the device may be offered in the U.S. on some prepaid carriers in addition to global emerging markets. A new image from a Bandwidth.com meeting seems to confirm the Motorola DVX is coming to U.S. shores thanks to Republic Wireless.
The image shows the Motorola DVX being released in October, after the release of the Moto X on Republic Wireless and a price drop for the carrier’s current leading phone, the DEFY XT. When the FCC filing first surfaced, readers also uncovered landing pages for the same model number device on overseas retailers with prices in the sub-$200 range. Unfortunately, we still do not have any new information about specs or hardware for the device.
source: Android Police
I’ve never been much of an accessories guy, but some are all in for getting the latest and greatest gear to supplement their devices. Samsung recently released a list of the official accessories they’ll be offering for the Galaxy Note 3 including the S View Cover and Mini Purse, which were already announced. Now we’re getting to see some new additions such as the S Charger Cover, S Charger Kit, and the Desktop dock.
Prices are sure to be a bit high, but that’s expected from OEM-branded accessories. If you’re looking to spend less, look for some unofficial accessories from third-party brands. Availability and other information is not yet available. Check the source for pictures.
With the innovations we’re seeing in most areas of technology these days it’s hard to not let our minds wander to what could be. While some are dreaming of innovations that could take us beyond our planet, there are others who are dreaming up the next idea that will make our lives closer to home a lot easier. The folks over at Sprint are no different. In a five minute video they demonstrate what an always connected world could look like. It includes kids from two different countries playing baseball together. Adult’s could check in on their aging parents and get on their cases about their health if they so choose.
Of course the video demonstrates aspects of technology that aren’t created yet, but one’s that we here at TalkAndroid would love to see in action. That being said the amount of data that this family would go through would be astronomical. Luckily for them they’re on Sprint and probably have the Lifetime Unlimited Data plan. We have the video for you after the break. Check it out and let us know if this is a world you’d be excited to see.
According to HTC Americas president Jason Mackenzie, owners of the HTC One Developer’s Edition across America will receive Android 4.3 this week. Canadian owners will receive 4.3 before the end of the month. Rogers confirmed that the update is due in late September, while TELUS says their update will arrive in early October. As to the U.S. carrier models, they are still working hard at getting approvals from each carrier. We know that can be a long and tedious process so don’t expect anything until at least October.
Source: @JasonMacHTC ,
The war to make the first phone with a flexible display wages on— LG was expected to end it all today with the Vu 3, but the flexible display rumors did not hold any truth as the announcement came and went without a mention of the new screen technology.
The title is still up for grabs, and rumors that surfaced today point to a Limited Edition Galaxy Note 3 coming out soon featuring a flexible display. It is also rumored that only a limited quantity will be produced, but getting it out and on the market would technically still qualify for first.
And remember, these days, if you’re not first, you’re last!
The Android Device Manager has added the new remote lock device option to the desktop version of Google Play, and can be found under the “gear” icon at the rightmost part of the screen. Once in the module, you’ll be given the option to either make your phone ring at full blast (no matter the current volume setting on your device), lock it with a new lock pattern (overriding the current lock pattern/PIN), or doing a complete factory reset— all without touching your device.
This will certainly make users feel a lot more comfortable when misplacing their device, especially if you have important information on your phone, for your eyes only. If your phone is in airplane mode, the changes will take place as soon as the device is connected to a network.
The Moto X is an excellent phone, but if there
is was anything holding it back, it’s the camera quality. The perception from myself and many other reviewers is that it’s a software issue, and it looks like we were right. An update is now ready to roll and T-Mobile’s Moto X is going to be the first to get it. The changelog is as follows:
- Enhanced auto-white balance performance and color accuracy
- Improved exposure in outdoor and backlit scenes
- Reduced noise in low light scenes
Now I know updates don’t always deliver on promises, but in this case, it appears that Motorola definitely fixed the issue. AnandTech’s Brian Klug already did some comparisons, and he is saying it’s a “dramatic improvement.” That’s exactly what I like to hear. So far the update is only available on T-Mobile, but hopefully other carriers won’t be long after. If I were a betting man, I would say Verizon Wireless will be last.