Hulu has recently put up an image of a Nexus S phone on their Hulu Plus compatible devices. The captions for the image are “for select 2.2 devices” and “coming soon.” While the Nexus S is actually a Gingerbread based device (2.3), that more than likely means that the select phones that it’s coming to will have Froyo as their minimum OS. There was no Android Tablet displayed on their site, but there was an iPad, which means that it will probably launch on Android phones when it’s released and it will be made for Android Tablets at some later date. Either way this is good news as this means that Hulu Plus must be coming soon!
The official release date is finally here from Sprint’s press release for the dual screen Kyocera Echo. Everyone wanting to multitask like a maniac can pre-order this neat smartphone starting March 16th 2011, which will hit stores officially nationwide on April 17th 2011. This was one of the devices that was very far apart from its class this year when it was first shown to us, and with good reason, it became a device we’d like to get our hands on before many others.
Not a shock for us to hear about this announcement now as many of them come out shortly after we sot them at the FCC for approval. So now we can finally sleep knowing it’ll be available soon.
If you’re a CyanogenMod fan who happens to rock the Samsung Epic, you’ve been waiting patiently (okay, or not) to see CM7 drop for your phone. Well, your wait is APPROACHING an end. It’s not a fully complete ROM yet, but there is a semi-functional alpha version brought to you by several guys over at xda-developers. There’s still plenty of work to be done, but kudos to the dev team for getting the ball rolling. Hit the source link for more details, and if you’re a tinkerer, go grab the download. Let us know in the comments what you think!
With that said, a short list of things that DO work.
Radio works fully – Calling, SMS, Data
Bluetooth works for music only.
Wifi works fully.
Sensors work, but may be slow. Run /system/bin/sensorcalibutil_yamaha in terminal or via adb, place the phone on a flat surface, and hit Enter. Reboot the phone and sensors will function at normal speed.
My mind is blown. Ian Robertson is a security researcher who built an Android app that will unlock pretty much any card-key based security system, provided you can get the IP address of the controller and it is reachable via the internet…which, let’s face it, is most of them. Note, this is merely proof of concept…this is NOT an app you can download, you deviant! (I already tried.) » Read the rest
Formula 1 Racing is preparing to go mobile, bringing registered users an app that will launch on Android soon. This app will keep Formula 1 fans updated with any information you could possibly want for Grand Prix weekend, as well as timetables and championship standings for the entire season. Keep up with driver standings live during the race, and soon push notification will proactively inform you of the stats you want. If you’re a registered Formula 1 user, or would like to be, hit the source link and watch your email the next few days.
At Mobile World Congress 2011 Samsung announced the Galaxy S II. Following its predecessor the Galaxy S, the second-gen model will sport many great new features. In terms of performance, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS will be powered by the dual-core 1GHz Samsung Exynos 4210, and the phone will pack 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. Read more information on this release in an earlier article we did back in February on MWC 2011.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) now has this new Samsung device in its database. Here are the Exhibit Reports for those of you interested in all the technical mumbo jumbo. Maybe I’m just a geek, but I love to scan through these reports, even if I don’t understand them all. Within these reports, we find that this Galaxy S II is stuffed with the GSM frequency’s necessary to receive a spot in the line of AT&Ts Android devices. Let us know what you think of the device, or how you think it’ll stand up to the iPhone 4 if slated for AT&T.
The Xperia Neo is around €100 cheaper then the Xperia Arc. The Xperia Neo, Xperia Arc, and Playstation-certified Xperia Play will launch in Europe later this month.
In related news, Canal+ will be pre-installed on the Xperia Neo and Xperia Arc phones that are sold in France. Canal+ allows you free mobile TV and is available to all Android phones via the Android Market. It is assumed it is the same app and this is a marketing deal between Canal+ and Sony Ericsson. Canal+ will not be pre-installed in the Xperia Play.
Now in version seven of its highly acclaimed ROM, the team at CyanogenMod has announced that they will not support HTC’s G1 or Magic beyond their current version of 6.1. The announcement really isn’t all that surprising and is certainly understandable given the huge flux in Android phones being released and the hardware limitations of the two legacy phones. Something to consider though is that the community of CyanogenMod has always been a strong hardy one, and the ROM is open source, so there’s sure to be some good porting going on. That said, for those people still hanging onto the G1 and Magic, maybe it’s time to consider an upgrade? Let us know in the comments!
Samsung Romania announced today via Facebook that three of its Romanian Android phones will be receiving updates. Perhaps the biggest one is a Gingerbread release for the Galaxy S. That’s great for Romania and all, but sort of a let down for us Americans, considering some of our domestic Galaxy S devices still haven’t even received Froyo yet. Still, perhaps this is a sign of things to come and the 2.3 update will come down the pipes for us too (and hopefully more quickly than Froyo). Along with the Gingerbread goodness for the Galaxy S, a healthy helping of Frozen Yogurt will be coming for the Samsung i5500 and i5800 in the form of a 2.2 update. According to the company’s Facebook post, you can expect the three updates by the end of the month, with the i5500′s hopefully by the end of the week.
As the headline says, the premium forum application for XDA has been updated.
Head on over to the Android Market and do what you have to do. You know the routine. This app is a must for any XDA addict, whether it’s the premium or free version, also available in the market.
See the screenshots below for recent changes, which include bug fixes and an improved splash screen: