Motorola XOOM 2 tablets could ship this November and December

by Robert Nazarian on
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Ever since this past weekend when the Motorola XOOM 2 and XOOM2 Media Edition were leaked and captured on camera, everybody wants to know when they will be released. DigiTimes is reporting that they will ship in November and December. They are reporting there is a  10.1-inch version and a 7-inch version. They could be incorrect with the 7-inch screen size, but don’t forget there was a leaked photo of a 7-inch version, and we did hear of the possibility that they will offer a XOOM 2 Mini. We also heard the 7-inch was possibly scrapped in favor of the 8.2-inch Media Edition.

We can’t be surprised of this news since Sanjay Jha did say there would be 2 more LTE tablets this year. We know the XOOM 2 and the XOOM 2 Media Edition will have LTE, so it’s most likely going to be those two devices, and not the Mini.

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It’s Official: Amazon Kindle Fire for $199

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I am not sure if this is really going to be the iPad killer, but Amazon is definitely pricing it right. The Kindle Fire will be a 7-inch Android tablet for $199. The will also offer a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime which costs $79 per year. Amazon Prime includes streaming video and free two-day shipping.

It’s priced right, but let’s face it, it is a very stripped down tablet. You won’t find an embedded camera or a microphone. We believe is is based on Android 2.1, but they dramatically changed it.

This appears to be marketed to consumers who want an e-reader, and not a full fledged tablet. The Kindle Fire should be successful because of the “Amazon” name and price, which is lower than the Barnes & Noble Nook Color.

[via bloomberg]

DROID 4 Being Codenamed the Maserati, Strutting 4G LTE?

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The DROID 4(G) (see what I did there?) has entered the town of Rumorville with the codename “Maserati.” Rumor has it that the Droid 4(G) will be strutting 4G LTE, a screen around 4-inches, no d-pad, and a removable battery. This also could be the phone mentioned in Panda’s poem last week. Again, this is all hanging out in Rumorville right now, but the member who reported the news claimed to have had this Droid 4(G) in their hands (though it wasn’t powered up) along with the Spyder (aka RAZR or Droid HD). This device is probably what the Droid 3 should have been in my opinion. Don’t forget to share your thoughts right down there in the comments.

[via howardforums]

Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Cut The Rope [Hands On Video]

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I would say that most of the time Amazon’s Free App of the day is generally not that appealing, but today is an exception with Cut The Rope. It was a huge hit with iOS before hitting Android 3 months ago. When it debuted, it was available for free via GetJar, but ad supported. After one week’s time it became available as ad free on the Android Market for .99cents, which is a bargain. Today, everyone gets another chance to try it out for free, but this time it’s the ad free version.

Cut The Rope was created by ZeptoLab, and it’s a highly addictive puzzle-style game. Your goal is to make sure the candy gets to the little green monster, named Om Nom. You will do it by cutting a series of ropes while trying to capture all the stars. There are 7 levels which include 25 different puzzles per level. That is a total of 175 puzzles so there’s enough to satisfy your addiction.

The best thing about games like this is it doesn’t take a lot of time. Whenever you have a few minutes, you can quickly play a level. Check out our quick hands on video and hit the source link to download this one. You won’t be disappointed.

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LG Optimus S Gingerbread update (LS670ZVH) is temporarily suspended

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About a week ago the Gingerbread update for the LG Optimus S was rockin’ and rollin’, but unfortunately it came with a few bugs, so it has been temporarily suspended. Here is the rundown of what users are experiencing:

  • Device not charging
  • No access to data services
  • SD card un-mounted or removed message
  • Device is not recognized by Windows XP, Vista, or 7 when connected to a PC
  • Predictive text with the Android keyboard is not working

If you already received the update you probably have at least one of the following issues. They are obviously going to try to fix the update ASAP, but for now you might want to hit the source link for possible work arounds. If you didn’t receive the update, then consider yourself lucky and sit tight.

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HTC Thunderbolt Update Available Now

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Today is your day HTC Thunderbolt owners. The long awaited Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread OTA update for your device is now available! Just follow these instructions if you haven’t yet been prompted:

Settings > Software Update > Check New.

Some enhancements and features from the changelog include:

  • Download Manager App
  • New Desktop User Interface
  • New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors
  • Improved audio quality while using Bluetooth
  • V CAST Tones pre-loaded
  • New Google Books app

Control Your Memory With The New SanDisk Memory Zone App

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The newly released SanDisk Memory Zone app offers its users the ability to take greater control over their memory and offers management functionality with an “intuitive, graphical user interface” that encompasses your phone, microSD card and cloud storage services. I find the app to be super easy to use, it’s nice-looking and quick too. Oh and did I mention, it’s free?

No need to take my word for it though; hop past the break to watch a video on the SanDisk Memory Zone app or grab the Android Market Link / QR code if it tickles your fancy.

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T-Mobile Backs Open Source Android In Letter To Customers

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T-Mobile USA’s Chief Marketing Officer, Cole Brodman posted a letter in the company’s Issues and Insights Blog this week that addressed the absence of the iPhone from its line-up, explaining their desire instead, to go withno-compromise” devices from Android. If, in the unlikely case that Apple makes a major swing in that direction, Brodman suggests that T-Mobile would be open to carrying iPhones in the future, even acknowledging “over a million” customer using their network with unlocked iPhones.

Quickly turning his message towards the free-market Android OS, the CMO mentions his recent presentation of the Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC Amaze at the recent Mobilize event held in San Francisco. With enthusiasm he adds, “We’re very confident that these Android smartphones rival or beat any smartphone out there in terms of functionality, speed, overall expnerience and features – including the iPhone” and champions Android’s “freedom of choice” for their customers in customization options and benefits from open source innovation.

[via tmobileblog]

Sprint Will Launch New Direct Connect Push-To-Talk Services October 2nd

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Sprint has announced that they will launch their new push-to-talk service Direct Connect on October 2nd. Direct Connect will use Sprint’s 3G network, as opposed to the old iDEN network that made the (Sprint-owned) Nextel push-to-talk devices so popular. The rollout will be tempered, though is expected provide as much as triple the coverage of iDEN by 2012.

In addition to the instant, one-to-one push-to-talk calling you would expect, other features will include:

  • Call Alert with Text – Send an audio alert with an optional text message to let another Direct Connect subscriber know you are trying to reach them and why.
  • Group Connect – Communicate with up to 20 other Sprint Direct Connect subscribers all at once – nationwide, at the push of one button.
  • NextMail– Send a recorded message to any email worldwide or mobile handset via text message by using the Direct Connect button.

Sprint mentions both the Kyocera DuraMax and DuraCore as compatible upcoming Direct Connect devices, noticeably omitting the officially unannounced Motorola Admiral that showed up last week by mistake in a YouTube video from the company. Once they get their act together on that one, it is also likely to be announced that it will feature the Direct Connect features too.

Hit the break to read Sprint’s press release.

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Firefox 7 Available For Download In The Android Market (Video)

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If you’ve been looking to switch your native browser out for another, you might want to give Firefox’s new version 7 a look over. The update has officially rolled out and you can snatch the app up in the Android Market or check it out on our popular apps database where you’ll also find a QR code available.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Can Firefox for Android stand up to stable iconic browsers like Dolphin HD?

Change Log:

  • Improved copy and paste: Copy any site content and paste to other applications, SMS, or text fields
  • Built-in language detection on first run
  • WebSockets API: Powerful tool for Web developers to build responsive Web apps and sites   » Read the rest