Google Nexus tablet could arrive in May priced between $199 and $249

We reported earlier this week that ASUS was selected to manufacture the first Google Nexus tablet. Now Digitimes posted news confirming this and adding that HTC and Acer were in the mix. The difference in their report versus what we posted earlier in the week is that a release could happen in May and they gave a price range of $199 to $249, whereas we heard June for the release and a firm price of $199. We did hear that production would start in April and Digitimes confirms that.

Unfortunately Digitimes is never the best source to get information, so thankfully there’s another source confirming some of these details. When Digitimes makes statements like, “The co-branded tablet PC is expected to be the first using Google Play Store, the sources noted,” you really have to question their validity. Of course, a broken clock is right twice a day right?

I do feel confident that ASUS is indeed the manufacturer due to the fact that they already have the MeMo 370T (pictured above) coming soon with a Tegra 3 priced similarly, but I’m still banking on June with a Google I/O announcement.

source: digitimes

ZTE Fury Budget Phone Will Be Available In Sprint Stores Starting March 11th

If you’re a Sprint customer and are looking for a budget modest phone, you may want to check this out. The ZTE Fury smartphone has been unveiled and will be available in Sprint stores. The device looks to be targeted to new smartphone owners or those who prefer their phones in the simple/basic flavor and features a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 3.5-inch display, 5MP camera and Gingerbread 2.3. In case you’re wondering: the Fury is set to be on sale in stores starting March 11th for $19.99 on contract.

Sony Xperia S Gets Software Update Through Sony PC Companion

If you’re in the market for a brand-spankin’-new Sony Xperia S smartphone, today’s a great day for you— especially if you were one of the lucky few to score the smartphone at MWC or you live in the UK. While the Xperia S was available for sale at MWC this year, Three UK and O2 UK are each offering the intriguing smartphone and ready for its customers’ wallets in the UK. Three will be offering the smartphone for free on contracts of £30 ($47 USD) or more per month. Or if you want to pay full price– it’s available for a fairly modest £369.99 ($582) if you go on pay-as-you-go route. O2 is offering the smartphone starting at £79 ($125) on the lowest contract (£16.50/$26 per month). Or if you’re ambitious, O2 will also offering the Xperia S for free with a contract of £21.50 monthly ($34). As an added bonus, O2 will also include 200 minutes, unlimited texting and a 500MB data cap with that plan.
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Droid 2 Global Update Rolling Out Now, Breaks Root and Causes Issues for Rooted Users

The Droid 2 Global update we told you about recently is rolling out to all devices and proves to be a solid update for those users who remain unrooted and plan to stay that way. The update provides a few bug fixes such as the annoying Out of Memory errors, camera not saving settings after power down, random power-ups and reboots, and  added a Google Security Patch. Like I said, if you like to keep your device stock this update should bring plenty of improvements but reports are showing the update breaks root.

Not only does this new update cause a few issues for rooted users, it also patches the vulnerability to gain root if that’s something you’re looking to do in the future. If you are rooted and you decide to update, I highly recommend not flashing an older SBF image as a few readers mention the possibility of bricking your device. The update provides an updated bootloader so things may go awry if you start flashing all willy-nilly. I would suggest staying away from the update if you are a root junkie like myself, but if you use your device like the manufacture intended, then the update will be no problem at all. To force the update go into: Settings–> About Phone–> System Update. From there you can apply the update without waiting for the notification to hit your device.

If you guys experience any issues, let us and the other readers know in the comments. Thanks! Also, if you want to look in to the root issues you can check out this Rootz thread.

source: Verizon

HTC Droid Incredible 4G Passes Through FCC, Appears To Be Verizon Friendly

The HTC Droid Incredible 4G, previously dubbed the HTC Fireball,  is passing through the FCC just 3 days after receiving Bluetooth certification. What’s particularly interesting about this approval application is that it’s touting LTE band 13, which is Verizon’s 700MHz frequency. Although any further [relevant or interesting] details are slim to none, surely more information will be surfacing in the coming weeks and days. Keep posted to for further updates!

source: engadget

ARCHOS G9 Series Tablets Get Official Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Today is a joyous day if you’re an ARCHOS G9 series tablet owner. We knew it was only a matter of time before a major update arrived for the tablet, but unfortunately encountered some minor delays which raised some doubt. The brand has officially pushed out the coveted Ice Cream Sandwich update to the 80 G9 and 101 G9 tablet devices. The new update will now bring the software build of those tablets to Android 4.0.3. In addition to ICS, you’ll find some MediaCenter and FileManager upgrades and ohhhh– Xbox gamepad support if that strikes your fancy. If you’re an owner of either tablet, go out and grab the update today by hitting up the Support link below. And please– be sure to let us know how that delectable ICS goodness tastes.

 source: ARCHOS Support
via: Phandroid


Hold your horses, March 10 is a no-go for the Galaxy S II (I9100) ICS upgrade

Yesterday we told you that according to Samsung’s Philippine website, owners of the international version of the Galaxy S II (I9100) could expect the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update tomorrow. Unfortunately the official Samsung Twitter account nixed that (above-translated) by saying the March 10 date was a mistake by their Philippine website and a date hasn’t been established yet. Of course they will let us know as soon as their is one. For now go back to your regularly scheduled plans for the weekend.

source: samsung twitter
via: theverge

New Photos Taken With HTC One Show Lackluster Performance?

HTC previously showed off some amazing photos taken with an HTC One series phone sporting the fancy new HTC ImageSense technology. Now they have blogged about real-world pictures they took on a hike up Camelback Mountain in Arizona. Maybe they should have checked with their PR department before posting these because they are getting all sorts of negative press on the quality of these pics.

The comments on the HTC blog post have been slamming the pictures, with many people saying they would no longer consider this phone based on these poor samples. The original author of the post responded in the comments with the following:

Ahh – good catch.  we actually compressed the images for web to make load times better.  We are going through now to get the full size images of our journey up Camelback.

All links to the high resolution versions of the photos have been removed from the blog post and now it only shows small thumbnails so you can’t see the true quality. But the original high resolution versions have been making their rounds since the post first went up, so there’s no hiding them now.

I checked the embedded EXIF data of the originals posted, and it shows the photos were taken by an HTC One S (not the flagship X) and were taken February 28th in the early morning. This makes me think these are straight from the camera and not “compressed for web” as HTC is saying. Of course, the EXIF data could transfer over when compressing a picture, but I don’t believe it usually does. As a test, I compressed and re-saved one of these images in Photoshop and the EXIF data was wiped out, so make of that what you will.

Picture gallery after the break.

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Apex Launcher For ICS Out of Beta


We showed you Nova Launcher a couple of weeks ago, a home launcher replacement for ICS devices with some pretty cool features. And now, a new ICS-based launcher named Apex Launcher just left beta and joined the party in the Play Store. The list of features is pretty impressive.

- Customizable homescreen grid size and up to 9 homescreens
- Scrollable dock with up to 7 icons per page and up to 5 pages
- Infinite & elastic scrolling (homescreen, drawer and dock)
- Fancy transition effects (tablet, cube, etc.)
- Hide elements as you want (persistent search bar, status bar, or even the dock)
- Customizable icons and labels for shortcuts and folders
- Choose different folder preview styles and background
- Multiple drawer styles (transparent/opaque, horizontal/vertical, paginated/continuous)
- Drawer apps sorting (title, install date, mostly used)
- Hide apps from the drawer
- Lock your desktop to prevent accidental changes
- Enjoy homescreen gestures (pinch, swipe up/down, double tap)
- Backup/restore settings and data
- Optimized for both phones and tablets
- Lots of other customization options!

Hit the break for tips, screenshots, and the download link.

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Google Fixes Broken Motorola Market Links With Play Store Update

With the recent update that turned the Android Market into Google Play, some users were confused when their Market icon disappeared. But that was just user confusion. Users of some Motorola devices had a more serious problem with the new update… it broke their special MotoBlur link to the Market in the app drawer. Of course, there was a new working link labeled Play Store, but many users didn’t know of it and were still expecting the regular Market link to work.

Luckily, Google just pushed out update 3.4.7 to all devices, which should fix the broken link issue for Moto users. If you don’t get the update automatically, you can try to force it by going into application settings, selecting all apps, click on Play Store and hit the clear data button. This should initiate the update on next launch.

Any Moto users out there get the update yet, and did it fix your link issues?

source: droidlife