US Cellular Set To Give Samsung Galaxy Tab Some Gingerbread Love

by Roy Alugbue on
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US Cellular is (finally) set to update the original Galaxy Tab to Android 2.3 from Android 2.2. Yes it’s not Honeycomb or especially that delectable Ice Cream Sandwich, but hey anything is better than Froyo, right? In addition to the standard Gingerbread 2.3.5 features, owners can find among the following updates/improvements on the tablet:

  • VPN support
  • Google security patches – DigiNotar certificate revocation; Libpng security update
  • Remove auto accept of Bluetooth paring for Handsfree Profile (HFP). This vulnerability allows a nearby third-party to auto connect to Bluetooth HFP and potentially access contact data on the mobile device.

These are no doubt welcome fixes and updates. One thing owners should note– you would think this is an OTA update, but it’s not. You’ll have to download the software on a windows-based computer and connect your device via USB in order to apply the update. Be sure to back everything up thoroughly before starting the update. The good news is that Sammy has a pretty comprehensive and thorough guide that will direct you throughout the setup process and make updating simple & painless. Hit the link below for full details, the changelog and instructions on how to apply the update to your device.

[via Samsung]

[Download] “Nexus” Notification Sound, See Ya “DRRROOOIID”

by Harold Williams on
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Does anyone actually use the “Droid” notification on their device? Yeah, I’m actually someone that uses it proudly. Well, Droid Life has posted a “DROOOID” type notification, but in this case it’s calling out “Nexus”. Sounds more like a Decepticon, but still kinda cool. Check out the video below to see what it sounds like. To have it show up in your sounds list, you’ll have to move the file from your Downloads to your Notifications folder. Anyone going to rock this out?

Download: Nexus Notification

 

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[via Droid Life]

Android Promises a Surprise This Monday on Google+

by Jack Holt on
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Well it appears that Android knows that we like surprises as they have something in store for us tomorrow. While we don’t know what it is, others are hopeful that it deals with a wide release of Ice Cream Sandwich. We aren’t sure about that, but we are just as much in the dark as you folks are. So with that, it appears that we will have to wait until tomorrow sometime to see what Google and Android have in store for us. Stay tuned!

[via Android on Google+]

Samsung Galaxy Nexus as low as $149.99 at Amazon Wireless [Deal]

by Jim Farmer on
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So you fancy yourself buying a Samsung Galaxy Nexus but can’t swing the $300 Verizon sticker price? Amazon would like to help you have a happier holiday. Right now new customers can snag the new Nexus for just $149.99, or $199.99 if you’re an existing customer. If that sounds like a good deal to you, you wouldn’t be the only one. Currently the phone is backordered, but you can still place your own order now to lock in that low price.

[via AmazonWireless]

The Talk Android staff gives their initial thoughts on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus after 48 hours

by Robert Nazarian on
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We already gave our take of the Galaxy Nexus after 24 hours, which seemed to be thumbs up across the board. Has either of our minds changed after 48 hours? Lets see:

Robert Nazarian

New devices always feel great after 24 hours, but as you get into the second day, the annoyances you found in the first day either start bugging you more or you forget about them altogether. There is also the possibility that new ones crop up. For me, the negative on this device is the hardware. As I mentioned in the 24 hour post, thankfully Samsung put a textured back on the Nexus or I don’t know that I could keep it. but the more I spend time with it, those little things come to light. For example, when using the speakerphone yesterday, I found myself missing the great Motorola hardware. These are things that don’t bother a lot of people, but to me, it keeps this phone from being what it could be. Combine Motorola hardware with this stock Ice Cream experience, and you might have the “Mother of all phones.” Maybe next year. Does this mean I’m ready to return it? Absolutely not. The bottomline is this is a pure stock Android phone, which to me, makes it the phone to have. Is it the phone to have for mainstream consumers? I will save that for my full review, but I will say that if the Galaxy Nexus came with Gingerbread, I’m not sure I would’ve ran out an bought it opening day. I continue to enjoy the newer features of Ice Cream Sandwich, but still find myself wanting to hit a different button at times. For example, I keep long pressing the home screen to install a widget. These are all minor issues and is expected. I’m also feeling the software is not as smooth as it should be. For example, when using the Twitter app, scrolling is very choppy. Again, this will be fixed and is minor, but is disappointing that these little things weren’t already worked out. Lastly, battery life  continues to disappoint, but that’s what it is with LTE so we have to live with it. Sure, you can spend $25 on extended battery, which is a great deal, but that kind of stuff pisses me off. I don’t like spending $299 and being told if I want to make it “right” I need to spend an extra $25. Being a technology nerd, you learn to live with these types of annoyances to have the latest and greatest, and that’s what I will do. All in all, if you’re in the market for a new phone, this is the one to buy.   » Read the rest

Sprint’s Nexus S 4G gets Android 4.0.3 ROM Ported from T-Mobile’s Nexus S OTA

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Android Central forum member beezy has whipped up an Ice Cream Sandwich treat for you folks on Sprint with a Nexus S 4G. The Android 4.0.3 OTA for T-mobile’s Nexus S has been ported to Sprint’s Nexus 4G. You won’t see any wimax (4G), but 3G data, camera, WiFi, and bluetooth are confirmed working. You’ll need to be rooted and you can flash this ROM via Clockwork. You will also need to head over to the AC forums and be registered to download the file and you can do so from the source link below. Happy flashing, but do so at your own risk.

[via android central forums]

 

Get Ready To Hit The Slopes This Winter With “Ski & Snow Report” For Android

by Joe Sirianni on
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Let the snow come I say!  If you’re of the skiing and snowboarding variety then you’re going to want to download this handy dandy guide before hitting the mountain.  OnTheSnow.com, in direct competition with EpicMix, brings you this pretty detailed ski report offering cameras, weather and so much more for your trip.  Check out your favorite ski resort while on the go, search seamlessly for a ski area nearby if you’re not familiar with the area, use live ski cams to see real time conditions and check out what other skiers are saying about the place before you tear it up.  Want to give it a shot?  You can snag the download via the Android Market link below or use the QR code if that’s easier.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think about the app in the comments below.   Hit the break for all of the download links and to check out a few more screen shots of the app in action.   » Read the rest

Get the Google Wallet APK for your LTE Galaxy Nexus – No Root Required [Courtesy XDA]

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Yesterday we posted a guide on how to get Google Wallet on your new Galaxy Nexus phone. Trying out the method myself, I ran into some strange behavior as we mentioned in that former post. Other’s never got it working at all. The process was in short, not much fun. Well you can put the past behind you because devs after Google Wallet are diligent. Diligent enough to finally bring you a simple APK that you can install, without even needing root! It took mere seconds for me to set up and redeem my free $10 from Google, but as it is currently early morning as I write this, I’ve yet to journey out and blow some poor cashier’s mind. Definitely, something to look forward to tomorrow. Before you get ahead of yourself please pay attention here:

If you previously flashed the .zip file from Friday, you may have to return to a backup, pre-Wallet, or this .apk will not work.

Otherwise, proceed to the download.

[via XDA]

Dead Space from Electronic Arts Hits the Android Market

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The sci-fi horror masterpiece Dead Space you may have played on your PC or console is now available in the Android Market. If you’ve never played the game, Dead Space is a survival horror third-person shooter. In this space set game you’ll play as engineer Isaac Clarke battling human virus turned monsters called Necromorphs. Most notably, this game is hailed by some as the scariest game they have ever played. Hit up the break for more details and links to download.

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Motorola Xoom Gets Unofficial Taste of Android 4.0.3 [Courtesy of XDA]

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Quickly after the release of Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 and the push to AOSP, developers over at XDA have created an almost fully functional ROM for both versions of the Xoom. A few issues for both the WiFi and 3G/4G versions are apparent and they are as follows:

What is working: (That I can tell so far)
- Wi-Fi
- Browser
- All the basics

What is not working:
-3G/4G – baseband issue?
-Camera*
-HDMI*
*Need binaries from Moto

There also seems to be an issue with some green coloring on the screen at times, but it appears that we are pretty close to seeing a fully functional Android 4.0.3 ROM for the Xoom.

So if you have a rooted Xoom and want to give this a try, you can hit the break below to download the files and get the instructions on how to do this. Those who want to try this I wish you good luck and let us know how it goes, although if you have 3G/4G I would hold off until those work. A big thanks to razorbladex401, xxspark89xx and XDA for developing these. Note: You need to use fastboot for the 3G/4G files.

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