Cricket Flips the 4G Switch with No Smartphones to Take Advantage

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4G LTE is all the rage theses days and carriers are all chomping at the bit to get a slice of the action. While we have been noticing the bigger name carriers advance and expand their current LTE markets, Cricket today has only just flipped the switch for the first time.

For those of you Cricket customers, you may be happy to know that the pre-paid carrier has launched its 4G LTE network, but unfortunately only in one market (Tucson, AZ) and with only one device, the Huawei Bolt USB modem. Currently Cricket doesn’t offer any handsets that are capable of taking advantage of the 4G network, but I imagine smartphone options will show up  as the network expands.

Cricket’s 4G LTE network will rollout across markets just as the big name carriers do. We will monitor its progress and keep you updated as coverage expands.

[via Phandroid]




Sony Ericsson Confirms Android 4.0 Updates Beginning In Late March/Early April

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Sony Ericsson is on a roll. First they tell us that some of their phones would get some of that Android 4.0 goodness. Then they go ahead and release a preview of Ice Cream Sandwich for select unlocked Xperia devices. Now they come out and formally announce a specific timeframe of when they will begin to roll out the ICS update. Around the end of March or early April, the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray will be the first existing SE devices to get Ice Cream Sandwich. The Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini and Mini Pro, Xperia Active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman will follow shortly after with updates beginning in late April or early May.

Sony Ericsson continues to do a lot of right in the Android world. If you do use one of the listed Xperia-line devices due for an update, just sit tight and be patient. The months between March to May is not that far away, so you will able to enjoy the OS soon enough.

[via Sony Ericsson Blog]

HTC Rezound Hands-On Review

by Jack Holt on

This holiday season we have seen the release of some power house phones on Big Red’s network. The first being the Razr, the second being the Rezound and the third finally being the Galaxy Nexus. As you should now well know, the Nexus is out.  Hey! Where’d you go? Oh, well, for those of you still here and reading, this review will feature the Rezound in all its glory. So without any further hesitation here it is; the review.


The first thing you’ll notice when you pick up this phone is that it has some serious heft. Weighing in at 5.78 ounces, this phone is almost 1.5 ounces heavier than the Droid RAZR and about an ounce heavier than the Galaxy Nexus. The phone is 0.54” thick which is about two times the thickness of the RAZR. Other specs are 5.1″ x 2.6″ which gives the phone a decent size even with the 4.3” screen. However even with the size and heft I was able to move my entire thumb over the whole screen with ease.

The phone also feels balanced in your hand so holding it for any length of time shouldn’t be tiring. The contour ridged back on the phone gives it a great grip to prevent slipping and adds a nice feel to holding the device. The phone basically looks like a bigger, thicker version of the Incredible 2 but with a nicer screen. One gripe I did have with the phone were the power and volume rocker buttons. I found that they were hard to find and press without a little fumbling around first. I did eventually get used to them after a while. Continuing on.

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Jelly Defense Gets Update, Brings Christmas Levels and Music, Endless Level, Performance Enhancements

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Jelly Defense, one of the many great games recently offered in the Android Market 10 cent promo sale, has just received a new season-based update. After you download the update you will get access to new Christmas themed levels and music, new gameplay options and improvements, and added performance enhancements. Take a look at the full changelog as listed in the market:

  1. Two winter levels for Christmas evenings.
  2. Challenging endless level.
  3. New and cozy Christmas tune.
  4. Increasing the difficulty after finishing the game isn’t mandatory anymore. You can now go back to previous levels.
  5. Minor performance improvements.
  6. Minor gameplay adjustments.
  7. Reindeers & cookies!

Unfortunately, if you haven’t already purchased the game during the sale, the price went back up to the usual $2.99. I haven’t spent much time playing this game, but I do remember the graphics being excellent. Hit the market link below to check it out for yourself and to get the latest update.

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Myriad Brings Android to Your TV With Alien Vue (Video)

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Well, the quest to dominate every device continues as Android is now headed to a TV near you, and with no need to cut the cord.  Myraid Group from Switzerland, the ones who were shooting for Android in your car, are hitting devices and working their way up to your television set.  The company was doing so using their Alien Davlik technology and now they’re bringing it to the big screen at home dubbing it “Alien Vue”.  This CES we’ll look forward to checking out some more demos of the service in action as they reveal a release date and some more specs on the offering.  Alien Vue is being centered by Myriad as a way for cable providers to ward off what they’re calling evil content providers like Google, Apple and Roku.  The company’s road map is starting to kick off as they’ve aimed for smaller devices and are now working their way up.

Here is how Myriad explains Alien Vue:

  • Alien Vue brings Android apps to your existing TV / Set-Top Box
  • Enables TV service providers to respond to over-the-top services like Apple TV, Roku, and Google TV
  • TV service providers can leverage existing customer technology to provide speedy access to rich Android ecosystems
This is how television providers plan to bring the Android ecosystem to your cable environment.  The Alien Vue service will work between multiple devices such as TV’s, smartphones and even tablets.  Support for apps able to run on Google TV, HTML 5, YouTube, Netflix, Twitter and more are all supported.  Hit the break to check out the full demo along with the press release and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   » Read the rest

Mysterious DROID Bionic Update v5.9.901 Change Log Brought to Light

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Photo Courtesy of Droid Life

Folks who own a Bionic are reporting that they are receiving a mysterious update bringing their system to version 5.9.901. They were a little miffed at what this update entailed and people were especially confused considering the major update that was already being pushed as of last week. Well it appears that this is no minor update in itself as the awesome folks over at Droid Life were able to get the details on what this release encompasses.

So whether or not you’ve received the update at hand, you can hit the break below to see what’s in store for you. Sadly some of it entails more Verizon Bloatware… But you may be able to look past that with connectivity and stability fixes they’ve packed in.  » Read the rest

Android activations now at 700,000 per day

by Robert Nazarian on

Android continues to grow at record speeds. It was back in July when they reported activations were at 550,000 per day. Then last month, they told us that a total of 200 million Android devices have been activated. Now Andy Rubin is telling us the daily total is now at 700,000 per day. This is unbelievable. At this pace, they should reach 1 million per day by June 2012. Things sure are looking bright for Android, and I’m excited to be writing about it each and every day.

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Motorola wins and loses with Microsoft on patent infringements

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Microsoft and Motorola Mobility continue to battle it out in the courtroom. Yesterday a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) judge ruled in favor of Microsoft, but not by a lot. There were 7 patents on the table and the ruling found that Motorola infringed on one of those patents, but didn’t violate on the remaining six.

This ruling was made by Theodore Essex and it’s considered an “initial ruling,” which means it still has to be reviewed by the full commission. A final decision is expected to take place on April 20, 2012.

Microsoft originally filed this complaint a little over a year ago, on October 2010. The patent in question involves, “generating meeting requests and group scheduling from a mobile device.” I don’t know about you, but doesn’t this seem a little ridiculous that a company could own a patent on such a thing? Why don’t we just have a patent for actually holding your phone.

Motorola had this to say:

“We are very pleased that the majority of the rulings were favorable to Motorola Mobility,” said Scott Offer, senior vice president and general counsel of Motorola Mobility. “The ALJ’s initial determination may provide clarity on the definition of the Microsoft 566 patent for which a violation was found and will help us avoid infringement of this patent in the U.S. market.”

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T-Mobile Galaxy S II Takes On iPhone 4S In Ad, Delivers Knockout Punch

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The T-Mobile Galaxy S II is ready for a battle against the iPhone 4S anywhere, anytime. In a humorous skit, an iPhone user decides to take on a Galaxy S II user. With the Galaxy S II’s bigger screen, faster dual-core processor and T-Mobile’s 4G network, can you guess the winner of the battle? Check out the video below to show why the Galaxy S II owns the iPhone 4S.


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Google To Suspend Nexus S Android 4.0 Update

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Nexus S owners had reason to rejoice when Google announced the Android 4.0 update on its way to the device. However, the update did not come without its problems. Users reported various bugs as indicated by some Talk Android readers below:

  • “installed stock 4.0.3 directly from google yesterday. after install, wifi shows connected and ip assigned, but doesn’t load any webpages, market or news/weather. same issue happened to friend as well.”
  • “my wifi doesn’t work :’(“
  • “The installation went ok over 3g, took about 10 minutes, after install MMS messages disabled. Tried to reset the mms APN, no help”

In addition to the bugs above, it seems that many users are affected by high CPU usage and unusual battery drains. Google is fully aware of this and has since suspended ICS updates to Nexus S devices. That means if you’ve gotten a notification that the update was available, you won’t be able to apply the update just yet.

If you’re a Nexus S owner, try to sit tight for the time being. Those of you who have the update already will have the bugs to deal with, but know that the Google engineers are likely working round the clock to correct each issue, so we hope there will be a fix sooner than later. Those of you who do not have the update will have to be a patient for just a bit longer. Hey, having a finished product is worth the wait, right? We’re certain there will be a resolution for all Nexus S owners sooner than later.

[via Phandroid]