Update v4.5.141 for AT&T Motorola ATRIX Available Now

If you’re the proud owner of a Motorola ATRIX from AT&T then you should be checking to see if you’re phone has an update waiting for you as many folks are starting to report that they are receiving an update notice. While we told you about the update on Groundhogs day and there was a soak test a few days later we’re now seeing it being pushed to the masses. Even though it’s not Ice Cream Sandwich it fixes some of the issues that folks were having with their phone. It also pushes the the software version to 4.5.141 in the process. Here is what it fixes:

So if you own this phone you can check the Settings> About phone> System update option on your device. While we are still waiting for Motorola‘s release of ICS as noted in their new time table, it’s still nice to see that they are still working on improving your current experience. For those that have received the update do you notice an improvement?

source: Android Central
via:  Motorola

Androidify updated – Almost works on Galaxy Nexus

Rocking a Galaxy Nexus? Missing being able to create some fun Android themed avatars? Well fret no more as Google have you covered… sort of.

For reasons unknown, Androidify always refused to play nicely on Android Ice Cream Sandwich with frequent force closures on launch. Google has released a minor update in the Android market to take care of bug fixes and memory usage however the app still misbehaves on ICS devices. There is a simple workaround that will have you designing your own Droids in no time at all. All you need to do is navigate to the settings menu and select the ‘developer options’ menu. Scroll down to ‘Force GPU rendering’ and ensure the box isn’t checked. All that’s left to do now is fire up the app and get your creative juices flowing.

Check out the link below to grab the update.

Android Market

Guide: How To Uninstall and Remove Apps

With a few hundred thousand apps available in the Android Market, you’re liable to see a few that are somewhat repetitive in function and use. The same is true for iOS devices as well as Windows Marketplace or BlackBerry App World (although the last two mentioned are substantially less in number). When you find an app you want to install, you’ll try it out for a bit, and see how efficient it really is. After a while, you’ll hear from other Android users, friends, blog posts, even right here on TalkAndroid the apps that may be great alternatives to try. Once you find the app you love, it’s time to remove the ones you hate (or maybe just not like as much). This guide will help you uninstall and remove apps from your Android device safely.

There are a few different ways of removing apps from your devices, so we’ll go through three of them that are as easy as pie to get done.

Continue reading below.

New Swype Beta supports Ice Cream Sandwich

Are you a fan of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Nexus and popular 3rd party keyboard Swype? Well it’s time to celebrate as they’re about to become a match made in heaven. We brought you news last week that the developers over at Swype were working hard on an ICS update before the end of the month and they’ve delivered on that promise.

With so many top notch, 3rd party keyboards available in the Android Market, Swype’s incompatibility with ICS hadn’t gone unnoticed. The clever folks over at XDA managed to tide us over when they delivered a working, hacked version as an early Christmas present but it’s always nice to pick up the real deal.

If you’re already registered with Swype then you can head on over to their website to download the new Beta. For those of you who haven’t tried it, (you really should!) the Beta is currently open so click the link below and get registering to see what all the fuss about.

Swype Beta

German Injunction Ruling Favors Apple Over Motorola For Slide-to-unlock Patent Infringement

Add this to the back and forth and the ever growing battles between Apple and whomever they’re suing the pants off of this month. This month the lucky company to lose their pants is Motorola. While Motorola won one of their battles back in November, Apple has skated off with the most recent of victories. Judge Dr. Peter Guntz of the Munich Regional Court ruled in favor of Apple which means that Motorola is now faced with a permanent injunction regarding its use of the slide-to-unlock feature in their smartphones.

Judge Gruntz sided with Apple in its claims that Motorola’s UI element violated patent EP1964022. This is Apples patent regarding its slide-to-unlock software element. You know, the one that they were awarded last year. By losing this battle, Motorola could see certain devices of theirs banned in Germany. Even though this is a big win for Apple it wasn’t perfect. Only two out of the three, the ones pertaining to smartphones, were awarded. The third one was in regards to the XOOM tablet which in his ruling, Guntz felt that this fell outside of the patent’s realm.

There isn’t word on if Motorola will make an attempt to appeal this ruling and we will have to wait and see. This is certainly a big blow to Motorola and anyone else faces similar lawsuits. Like Samsung currently is. As Apple continues its quest to sue anyone that develops anything rectangular and resembles a smartphone it will be interesting in seeing what they’ll pull out of nowhere next time. Who knows maybe they’ll be awarded a patent for their use of the power button. If so, look out world.

source: FOSS patents
via: Phandroid 

 

Clik Seamlessly Links Your Phone and Any Screen with a Browser

There are tons of remote apps on the market, but Clik takes this idea to a new level. Brought to you by the developers of Kik Messenger, Clik will sync any screen with a browser (a smart TV or a computer, for example) with your phone, and allows you to run Youtube videos on that screen remotely. It will run on 3G, 4G or WiFi. Right now, Clik is only syncing Youtube, but the future possibilities are many, including Hulu, Dropbox, Flickr, Netflix or Facebook.

Here’s how you get started: Download the Clik app onto your phone. Guide your browser on your media-playing device to www.clickthis.com. The website will show you a QR code that you scan with your phone. Voila, you’ll now be able to choose and control a Youtube video on your phone to play on your TV, computer or whatever device you’ve chosen. You can search for a particular clip, or browse categories. You’ll have the capability to play, stop, pause, fast forward, control the volume or place the video into your favorites.

Users have been reporting an instantaneous response between their phone and media player. Clik can be a godsend for those of us who have experienced the frustration of connecting devices from different manufacturers. The developers are looking for partners to expand this app to other content. That’s really where Clik shows huge potential, as Fred Wilson, managing partner at Union Square Ventures and investor in Kik, explains:

“The ability for highly personal mobile devices like phones to easily take control of computers, TVs, cars and other expensive and complex devices is one of the most important megatrends in technology right now. Clik’s approach to this problem is novel and slick, bordering on magic. You have to see it to believe it. It’s a game changer.”

Keep your eyes peeled for future expansions of this platform. Give the current version a try and let us know what you think!

source: Clik
via: Androinica

 

 

DROID 4 review, It’s time to fall in love with the QWERTY keyboard all over again

The original DROID will always be an icon when it comes to Android phones because so many earlier adopters of Android owned one. For me, it was the phone that brought me to Android, and I never looked back. The main feature of the DROID series has always been the slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which was either loved or hated in the original. With each version, Motorola improved it. With the DROID 2, it was better keys, and with the DROID 3, we were blessed with 5 rows. Now the DROID 4 has laser cut edge lit keys that make it the best keyboard on a phone to date. 2 1/2 years later, the keyboard is still the main focal point, but what about the rest of the phone? This is my full review, but you can also check out my initial hands on video as well.


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Japan’s NTT DoCoMo Reveals New Smartphone and Tablet, will hit Market in the Spring

 

NTT DoCoMo, the major Japanese mobile phone company, has announced a new smartphone and tablet. The Aquos Phone SH-06D, and the MEDIAS Tab N-06D will be Android based. Both devices will be waterproof, and are compatible with Japan’s new and much-hyped V-High multimedia broadcasting service. They will only be available in Japan, and the smartphone should be on the market in March while the tablet will be available for purchase in April.

The Aquos SH-06D smartphone will feature a 4.5-inch high-definition 3D display and 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. It sports a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, and it comes with a charging stand with a built-in antenna so you can watch multimedia broadcasts while the phone is charging. The SH-06D has a 8 MP rear-facing camera, and you can choose from Magenta Red, White or Blue Black. The smartphone is compatible with DoCoMo’s mobile-wallet services and can receive one-seg mobile TV.

The MEDIAS Tab N-06D has a 7-inch screen WXGA high-definition screen and a 1.2GHz dual core processor. It is the world’s thinnest tablet at 9.9mm, but that’s only when you’re comparing it to other waterproof tablets. It will have speakers with high quality audio, and it is compatible with DoCoMo’s “Xi” LTE service. Just like the smartphone, it also uses DoCoMo’s wallet and one-seg mobile TV services. What do you think about these new devices? Let us know in the comments.

source: NTT Docomo

Facebook for Android receives small update

Long gone are the days where Facebook for Android seemed a poor relation to it’s iOS counterpart. It’s encouraging to see the good work continue as Zuckerberg and co. have a fresh update waiting for us in the Android Market.

The update appears to be a relatively minor one containing mainly bug fixes and optimisations. Curiously, the change-log lists notable new additions such as real-time push notifications, the ability to see friends tags on photos and access to Facebook games on your mobile. Those of you with a keen eye and a good memory will have noticed that it’s exactly the same change-log as the previous update.

Have you had a chance to play with the new app and more importantly have you discovered any additions or improvements? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

 

Android Market

Deal Alert: Docomo Offering Free Extended Battery and Special Edition Battery Door Cover For The Galaxy Nexus

If you can meet just two simple conditions you can land yourself a free special edition Google battery cover along with a pocket charger for your Galaxy Nexus. The offer stands for the first 20,000 applicants and the conditions are you have to be a resident in Japan and you have to own one of the Japanese Docomo SC-04D models of the Galaxy Nexus.  Based on the pics in the flier, it looks like a “miharu takizakura” tree is etched or printed on the battery cover, but it still looks pretty cool.  This seems to be an effort on Docomo’s part to generate more Galaxy Nexus sales, so be sure to ask for the free accessories if you’re in the market for a G-Nex.  Hit the source link for information on the offer.

All that being said, if you’re a US resident and want to get in on some battery door etching, check out our post where we mentioned the IndieGoGo start up project and scored our logo on the battery cover.  Show your support by ordering one today.

source: Docomo G-Nex Page
via: Android Community