Playstation certification for the newly launched Sony Xperia S in Europe (and it’s Japanese Xperia Acro HD cousin) was a given, it was just a matter of when. It looks like the time has come for the smartphone to finally receive that coveted Playstation certification. The gang at Android Central reports the placeholder link on the app drawer in the device will now take you to you guessed it– the Playstation Store where the PS Pocket app can be downloaded. As with any 3rd party app store, you’ll simply need to enable Non-Market applications by going to your Settings and then Applications in order to get started. Then you go to the “Let’s Start PS Store” in the app tray. After that, it’s just a matter of downloading a few more apps which let you buy and play games and bam– you’re all set to enjoy all of that Playstation goodness on your phone.
Keep in mind, you’ll need a PS Network or Sony Entertainment Network account in order to access Sony’s library of games, which is currently limited to a dozen or so games. And even then, some of the available games are still limited to the Xperia Play, so that number really shrinks a bit more. Still, Xperia S (and Acro HD) owners will now have yet another reason to waste time thanks to the newfound availability of awesome Playstation games.
source: Android Central
Evangelion fans are going to like this news. To celebrate the fall release of the newest Rebuild of Evangelion film, NTT Docomo will release the NERV edition of the Sharp SH-06D in June. It will be designed to look like a government-issued phone in the Evangelion universe. You can also expect UI enhancements created by director Hideaki Anno’s Khara studio as well as special content.
The rest of the specs should be the same as the SH-06D, which include a 4.5-inch 720p display and Android 2.3. No word on pricing, but expect to see it on display at the Anime Contents Expo in China later this month.
source: The Verge
Titanium Backup, one of the best Android tools for rooted devices has gotten a major update. The software update called version 4.8.4, brings numerous bug fixes, here’s a complete changelog of what the new update brings.
- Improved app freezer to be ICS-friendly by default. This resolves the problem where apps couldn’t be defrosted on Samsung ICS devices. The freezing method can be changed in Preferences -> Troubleshooting settings.
- Improved “Power defrost” which is fully compatible with ICS now. This allows Samsung ICS users to defrost anything, including apps that were frozen by previous TB versions.
- Fixed incorrect display of apps that were disabled by ICS.
- Fixed FC in case of connectivity problems while uploading backups to Box.
- Minor bugfixes.
- [PRO] Added support for syncing backups to Box (Box.net) cloud storage.
Full Box.net support is something that’s sure to raise more than a few eyebrows. While Box.net support is more than enough reason for you to use the latest Titanium Backup update, but keep in mind— it’s only for the paid version at this time. The update is available in the Play Store, in both free and paid flavors. So if you’re on a rooted device, go grab it today by hitting on the link below or scanning that QR code below.
source: Titanium Track
via: Android Police
Just wait until you get your hands on the HTC One S because the finish is absolutely amazing. They told us it was a Micro Arc Oxidation process which sounds totally cool, but what is it? It’s a unique process that starts out as aircraft 6,000 series aluminum, but after10,000 volts of energy is directed on it, the surface changes to a ceramic feel. A lot of people think it’s a coating, but it’s actually a treatment to the metal. This process makes it more durable as it’s three times stronger than stainless steel. HTC claims you won’t (case manufacturers look away) need a case, which is fine with me since I hate the extra bulk.
Well it looks like ASUS is right on cue as always. After previously releasing the coveted ICS update for the original Transformer tablet, the manufacturer realized the update was prematurely released, encountered numerous bugs like random reboots and had since promised it was working on a fix that would be released soon. Well soon is here folks and they have begun rolling out software build IML74K.US_epad-9.21.17-20120312 which will hopefully alleviate some of the bugs that were plaguing the device since the original ICS software update.
If you’ve received the update, let us know how it works out for you and tell us if you see any improvements in the Comments section below or better yet– our Forums. Happy updating!
While the Samsung Galaxy Note finally made it to the U.S. a few weeks ago, unfortunately it was an exclusive to AT&T and left T-Mobile customers in the dark. There has been some development to get the AT&T version up and running on Magenta, but constant freezing didn’t get anyone excited. Well XDA user tomin.fhl found a solution that only flashes the modem file (mdm.bin) and excludes the modem software (amss,bin) and lib files.
So far he’s been able to replicate T-Mobile 4G with three modems: T-mobile SGH-T989 KID, T-mobile SGH-T989 VKL1, and Telus KJ3. Don’t expect great speeds on a regular basis, but tomin.fhl was able to achieve 9 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up in certain areas. You should expect 5 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up on a regular basis though, which is not awesome, but better than Edge. If you’re loyal to Magenta and you really want a Galaxy Note, this isn’t a bad alternative. Hit the source link below to get in on the action.
GrooVe IP is an app that connects to your Google Voice account through Voice-Over-IP (VoIP) and allows you to make calls on your device using only a Wi-Fi connection. This saves you from using your carrier minutes, and also provides a great alternative when in an area that has Wi-Fi but no carrier signal.
Up until now, you had to shell out $4.99 in the Play Store for GrooVe IP. But developer snrb Labs has just released a “Lite” version of the app that is ad-supported and has most of the main features as the paid version, minus the following:
- Calls over a mobile data connection not just WiFi
- Native dialer integration
- Proximity sensor support
- Change sign in status or sign in invisible
Not too shabby. Screenshots and download link after the break.
First, the HTC One X gets root before launch, and now the HTC One S follows suit using MoDaCo’s Superboot. Superboot is a script that you run on your computer when the device is connected via the USB cable that pushes all the necessary files to your phone to attain root.
The one caveat is that for this method to work, the phone needs to have S-OFF (which means the NAND portion of the device is writable) or needs an unlocked bootloader. As of this moment, none of the HTC One series of phones are available in the HTC bootloader unlock tool, but we’re hoping for that to change soon after launch. Once the phone’s bootloader is unlocked, just run Superboot and you’ll be riding the root train!
Everything Everywhere is one step closer to getting LTE set up. In a detailed proposal today, U.K. regulator Ofcom has given Everything Everywhere permission to reassign it’s 2G spectrum to a new LTE network this year. This comes before Ofcom holds a 4G auction for the remaining carriers to get their LTE spectrum, scheduled for Q4 2012. Ofcom has given EE’s competitors until April 17 to register their opposition, which of course they will, but it seems like Ofcom has already reached the conclusion that this will not stifle competition. Once they give their final approval, EE is free to begin launching LTE this year.
The result of the merger between T-Mobile UK and Orange UK, EE has ample spectrum to spare, setting aside the 1800MHz band for LTE. Competing operators use this same frequency for their GSM networks, but EE hasn’t filled up licenses with 2G. Repurposing spectrum to LTE is occurring with greater frequency (no pun intended) around the world. Three Italia is converting their 1800MHz band to LTE, and even in the U.S., carriers like Sprint and T-Mobile are recycling.
Vodafone, Three U.K., and O2 are depending on the 2.6GHz and 800MHz frequencies that Ofcom is auctioning off, but even after they get their airwaves, they are going to have to wait to use it. The 800MHz band is currently being used for analog TV broadcasts, and will not be cleared until next year or longer while the U.K. transitions to a digital standard.
source: ofcom proposal (pdf)
Droid X2 owners, we have some bad news. According to a letter that was a response to a Better Business Bureau complaint, the Droid X2 will not be receiving Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The complaint was filed due to Motorola’s update and bootloader practices. The response letter also gives the familiar answer that Bootloader unlock will be available “where carrier and operators will allow it”.
I am responding to the complaint you filed with Better Business Bureau regarding our Droid X2 model phone. I reviewed your recent case notes and it is noted that you received information from Motorola regarding Bootloader unlock and Ice Cream Sandwich.
We are working to balance the operator requirement for security to the end user, while supporting the developer communities desire to use these products as a development platform. It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM on other devices, where carrier and operators will allow it. This process is requiring a good deal of consideration and technical infrastructure and we have no announcements to make at this time for unlocking any devices.
Droid X2 is not on our list of devices that are slated to get Ice Cream Sandwich, but that does not mean it is not continuing to get support. Though it will remain on Gingerbread it is eligible for software updates if it’s determined that any are needed.
Corporate Consumer Advocacy Office
Motorola had listed the Droid X2 as being in the “evaluation & planning” category with “further details to follow” in their last software upgrade information release. However, Verizon had not mentioned it in their list of ICS upgrades. This news is disappointing, but the letter does mention that the Droid X2 will receive continued support. In fact, the Droid X2 is currently getting a soak test. How do you feel about the update future of the Droid X2? Let us know in the comments.