Looks like the HTC Rhyme on Verizon is about to start receiving an OTA update to version 2.20.605.3. Unfortunately, it’s not Ice Cream Sandwich. Nope, this update is just a boring old bug fix and tidying up release. Not too exciting. The documentation about this update lists the following changes:
- “ Ringtones” has been replaced with “Edit Home” when the Menu key is pressed on the home screen.
- Updated signal strength meter to 5 bar Received Signal Strength Indication (RSSI).
- Mobile networks no longer disabled when using Power Saver.
- Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
Device Dock Features
- Default applications in Dock Mode have been changed to “Phone” and “Calendar”.
- In-call volume control has been added to Dock Mode.
- “All Apps” option has been added to Dock Mode.
- Resolved issue of dock volume changing to 20%.
Applications & Widgets
- Device displays available music on the device and provides an option to purchase ringtones from the MOD application when a user is attempting to set a new ringtone through a prepopulated list.
- Mail shortcut now shows unread mail count.
This 67.8MB update should be pushing out in a matter of days.
We saw Sony’s Xperia S at CES this year, and even heard it would be arriving in Canada at some point. Well, in a press release today, Sony announced that “a limited number of Xperia S smartphones will be available exclusively at Sony Stores across Canada, beginning April 17th.” This is a page right out of the Apple handbook: release a phone in your retail stores first, then give it to the carriers. This type of staggered availability certainly helps increase the hype and demand for a device since everyone wants what is hard to get. It also helps perpetuate the illusion of high demand when the news covers the lines that form outside retail locations. With smartphones, retail locations make sense since most people want to feel what a phone is like in their own hands before making a buying decision. Even Samsung is toying with the concept of a store within a store. Is this a trend?
As for carriers, Sony says the Xperia S is “compatible with the Rogers wireless network” but doesn’t mention it’s exclusive. This could mean that the device is unlocked and could be compatible with other networks, but we don’t know that for sure yet.
The Xperia S will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread but is slated for an update to Ice Cream Sandwich later this year. It sports a 4.3-inch Reality Display at 1280 x 720, a whopping 12MP camera that can take 1080p HD video, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of internal storage, NFC, and HDMI. All this can apparently be had for $99.99 on a 3-year plan with Rogers.
Check out the full press release after the break.
We already got a glimpse of Notion Ink’s Adam 2 and its TI OMAP 4400 processor, and we even heard why Notion Ink decided to shun NVIDIA’s Tegra 3. Now we are learning that the Adam 2 will not have an HD screen due to power issues. Notion Ink’s Rohan Shravan posted on the Designing Adam 2 blog explaining how they had the option to use a 10-inch 1920 x 1200 display but decided against it since it would have a detrimental effect on battery life and increase the weight, size, and charging time of the device. No word on what resolution screen they will end up using but Shravan said an HD screen will make an appearance in a future device when the battery issues can be worked out.
It’s no big secret that sometimes developers can create apps that aren’t as consistent with the intended Google design look and feel as we’d like. And so in moving forward, Matias Duarte, Director of Android User Experience, announced way back at CES that there were official Android design guidelines coming. The effort is to assist developers in creating applications that are more consistent with the look and feel of the flourishing OS. It was already a pretty comprehensive guide however, Google has incorporated a little more detail today, primarily on how devs should and should not use the settings menu. They’re making attempts to lure devs away from the temptation of wanting to make everything a setting. To combat the effort, Google has provided a helpful and intuitive flowchart to assist with questions like “is it actually a user preference?”. Should the answer be no, then they’re persuaded not to make it a setting. In addition, the search giant has added new guidelines for navigating around the OS, mainly in how one enters an app through a widget or via the notification menu. There’s a ton of detail here altogether and it’s a great read. If you’re interested in learning more, head on over to Roman Nurik’s Google + page, an Android dev advocate working at Google.
source: Roman Nurik G+
These are the days when a giant company who’s bread and butter is “search” has enough backing in both monetary and production as a brand to become more popular than tech companies like Apple and social media giants like Facebook and Twitter. It’s anyone’s game these days and it certainly seems like a cutthroat business to stay one step ahead of the competition. But Google, a company most noted for reinventing the wheel and actually making it better takes the polls. In a survey conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post, staggering results revealed that Google beat out Facebook, Apple and the Big Tweet for most popular tech brand. The results show that 82% of Americans held a good and favorable opinion of the search giant with 53% of them holding “strongly” favorable opinions. There were only 9% of individuals who held an unfavorable opinion about the company. Apple came in at a close second with 74% of which 13% had an unfavorable view of the fruity company and only 37% expressed a “strongly” favorable word. Facebook came in at 58% and Twitter came in at a low 34% for favorable opinions. FB had a whopping 28% rating for unfavorable opinions and Twitter had 36% in the unfavorable dept. The survey ran from March 28th through the 1st of April and 1,007 adults took part in the study. What would you’re numbers look like if you were given the opportunity to rate these companies?
source: Langer Research
Well, if you’ve been thirsting for some G-Nex love on Sprint’s network, the wait might be shorter than you think. Thanks to our friends over at Phandroid, they’ve spotted some signage at one of the Sprint store locations for the up and coming Google experience device. Question is, will the device come with LTE? If Sprint knows what’s best for their customers, it sure better. The sign makes no mention of LTE, a feature you’d think a carrier would want to tout, if indeed it’s on board. And even if it is on-board, not many of you will benefit much from it. Unless you’re in the Atlanta, Houston, Kansas City, San Antonio or Baltimore area don’t count on it. According to the signs, we should see a launch this Sunday, April 15th. The other question is, does one get this device over the HTC Evo 4G LTE? What makes the decision difficult is deciding whether to go with an LTE-less device but get timely updates from Google being a pure stock ICS device, or go with the high spec’d Evo 4G LTE which is LTE ready but could be left in the dust for while in the update dept, given HTC’s track record for not updating a device in a timely manner. The only other device I could see making this decision even harder, would be if Sprint sprang the deadly trio by tossing the rumored Galaxy Note on their network. Hot damn, wouldn’t that be something? Feel free to toss your thoughts in the comments section below.
We’ve all heard plenty about the HTC One Series, especially the One X and the One S. There is another handset in the series, though, called the One V. The website Netbook News has located the budget handset for sale in Taiwan, on Chunghua telecom. It cost 10,000NT, which is around $325 USD, off contract. That’s a pretty sweet deal.
The One V is considered low end because it has a SLCD2 screen with 420 x 800 pixels resolution, along with a 3.7-inch display. It will be equipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, along with HTC’s Sense UI. The One V has a uni-body aluminum shell, just like the HTC Legend. It will contain a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, 512 MB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. The microSD card slot will let you expand the memory up to 32GB. You can expect a 5 MP camera and Bluetooth v4.0. It will also have the new HTC ImageSense software so you can do nifty things like shoot pictures while you’re filming a video, or use the camera in low-light situations. This handset uses a regular-sized SIM card slot, while the other One series phones need a Micro SIM.
Check out this video to see the HTC One V get unboxed, as well as a gaming test with Shadow Gun and Temple Run. Several benchmark tests are run as well, such as vellamo, quadrant, antutu, sunspider, and nenamark 1 and 2. Let us know what you think about this HTC offering in the comments.
source: Netbook News
As sure as night follows day, benchmark bickering follows the release of a new Android device. I guess we never really outgrow the childhood “My Dad’s bigger than your Dad” complex. Only a couple of days ago we showed you how HTC’s One S performed and now it’s big brothers turn as the One X goes head-to-head with LG’s Optimus 4X HD in a battle of the quad-core titans.
Techblog got its hands on both devices and put them through popular benchmarking tools Quadrant, AnTuTu and NenaMark2. Not surprisingly the results were relatively similar with each phone performing stronger in certain areas. Quadrant saw the LG score a very respectable 4,512 with the HTC posting a market leading 4,909. LG came out the narrow winner in the AnTuTu test posting a 11,147 over HTC’s 11,030. Finally the HTC managed 47.6 fps ahead of the LG which managed 44.5 fps in the NenaMark test.
So whilst all the publicity and hype is firmly set around the HTC device it’s encouraging to see that LG’s flagship phone more than holds its own against the best in the market. The true test as always will come down to which one performs every tasks better, no doubt a story for another day. Will you be considering the Optimus 4X HD as an alternative to the LG One X? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
source : Techblog
via : engadget
Google showed further commitment to improving its Google Play Music services today by switching on a few new labs features. Google fans will no doubt be familiar with the companies famous labs projects, labs features are generally experimental options or works in progress that Google allow users to add onto existing products for testing purposes. Some make the final cut and others never see the light of day.
There are 3 new features introduced which you can enable and disable at your leisure :
Find out what’s playing without having to switch back to your Google Music tab. A notification will appear at the start of each song with the song title, artist name, album title, and album cover. This lab only works in the Chrome browser.
Listen to your music without the need for Flash. Works in all browsers that support MP3 playback with HTML5 audio: Chrome, Safari 3.1+, and IE 9+.
Rate songs on a 5-star scale rather than thumbs-up or thumbs-down
You can switch these features on by clicking the link below however don’t forget that they are experimental and not the finished article. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
source : Google Play Music
If you are an avid forum user you already know how much of a pain it can be trying to do so from your phone. The best option in this case was always to use the Tapatalk app as long as the forum you visit supports the app. Now that ICS is around, some users found that Tapatalk didn’t play nicely with the new OS and it was obvious a refresh was in order. Enter Tapatalk 2. The newest iteration from the folks at Tapatalk has graduated from its beta stage and is now available in the Play store.
Tapatalk 2 addresses all the prior issues people were having with ICS and also includes some new features as well. Along with a slightly new look and feel, Tapatalk now features a cool cloud syncing feature. This is probably the most notable addition to the app and it syncs “all your forum accounts among all mobile devices with Tapatalk installed.” Sign in to one forum and you will now have cloud syncing of all the other forums you have used with that same email address. Pretty slick. Other features include forum recommendations, theme support, better look and feel, and an improved interface. The app is still going to run you $2.99 but if you were on the OG version of Tapatalk you can snag the update for free. Hit up the links below for the update or to grab the app for the first time and be sure to let us know in the comments how you like the new digs! Oh, and don’t forget to visit our newly revamped forums, too!
Google Play Store