Own a Samsung Galaxy S II, but hate TouchWiz and wish you could see HTC’s Sense UI on the device instead? Well great you’re in luck as there is an official sighting of Sense actually booting up on a Galaxy S II smartphone. The dev team Sense4All had their hands on the breakthrough project and successfully fired up Sense 4.0 on the smartphone. That’s right folks: not sense 3.0, not 3.5 and certainly not 3.6—- Sense 4.0! XDA reports it isn’t quite certain what works and what doesn’t work just yet… though it’s clear that data and phone service are not working just yet.
The good news is that the dev team involved is just scratching the surface of the project. Getting the smartphone to boot is among the hardest part of the project and from here it would be a matter of ironing out any additional bugs and whatnot. Naturally the ROM is only accessible from developers for now, though additional developers are welcome to chip in and help. Here’s hoping the team comes through and successfully gets this port functioning so the rest of us normal folk can try it out.
HTC is out to ensure its customers have the easiest means possible to connect its smartphones to A/V units by introducing its HTC Connect certification for select A/V receivers. Here’s how it works: A/V manufacturers such as Pioneer will release units bearing an HTC Connect logo and then HTC smartphone owners will be able to connect their phones to the A/V units via a DLNA-based connection. HTC also mentions the possibility of extending the connections beyond DLNA to Bluetooth and maybe even NFC or car audio/video eventually too.
HTC isn’t waiting around to refine this technology either. It currently is developing a major software update for its One Series of smartphones and plans on releasing it in the coming months. Additional details are lacking for now, but you can bet HTC will provide more info as we get closer and closer to seeing its Connect certification a reality. Hit the break for the full presser from HTC.
After a long wait Ice Cream Sandwich has finally made its way to the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX. Motorola took the longest of the major Android manufacturers, but on the flip side, they left the main elements of stock ICS intact. I congratulate Motorola because at one point, everyone and their brother was knocking them with the Blur UI. Well Blur is no more and Motorola delivered.
The OTA update should start deploying any day now so we wanted to make sure you’re prepared with all the changes because this is a major update. I tried to highlight most of the major differences, but if I missed anything, please leave it in the comments. Of course your questions are encouraged as well. Grab a snack, a drink, and hit the break to see what Motorola has in store.
Looking for a great place to watch the Google I/O keynotes? You’ve come to the right place as you can watch the full keynote presentations below. For today it starts at 9:30am PST/12:30pm EST and tomorrow it starts at 10:00am PST/1:00pm EST. Be sure to leave comments with any of your thoughts. As always we will be reporting everything so make sure you click here for all the latest and greatest Google I/O news.
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I’m not sure we really need any more confirmation that the Google Nexus Tablet is going to be announced either today or tomorrow at Google I/O, but in case you’re still skeptical, Google has the Nexus banner on the third floor of the Moscone Center. Nobody was allowed up there yesterday, but we snagged a shot. Are you guys excited yet?
Our buddies over at CNET received an anonymous tip stating that Amazon is intending to release its successor to the Kindle Fire in a little over a month. Nothing official has come from Amazon at this time but rumors of the next Kindle Fire have been floating around the net for quite some time already. Everything from screen size changes, competitive price points and new standout features have been the talk of the e-reader community. If this rumor pans out, we wont have to wait too much longer to see what Amazon has in store for us.
Popular iOS hit, To-Fu: The Trials of Chi has made its way to Android and can now be downloaded for free. If you like Angry Birds and flicking boogers across the room, this game seems to be the best of both worlds. You basically pull and stretch To-Fu to help him get through dangerous obstacles as he makes his way to the Fortune Kitty…
It’s pretty trippy stuff, no doubt, but the game is actually quite fun. Feel free to hit the Play Store link below to check it out.
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Slacker Inc. , a.k.a. Slacker Radio, has just recently announced their new lifestyle stations that will present talk radio focusing on personalized interests of men and women everywhere. Much like the music app allowing its listeners to skip music as they choose, lifestyle listeners will too be able to customize their talk radio experience. Sounds pretty interesting if you ask me! I wonder if there’s a station for preparing properly for the zombie apocalypse?! Hit the break for more details in the press release.
You didn’t think Talk Android would miss the biggest Google event of the year did you? Our own Stacy Bruce and Ed Caggiani will be there getting all the juicy details. Tomorrow is Day 1 and the keynote begins at 9:30am PST / 12:30PM EST. Be sure to come back to Talk Android because you will be able to watch it in its entirety right here.
As far as expectations goes, we know we will see a little Jelly Bean, a new Nexus Tablet, maybe a major Google TV update, and whole bunch more. We might even see Sergey Brin walking around with a Project Glass prototype. I’m sure there will be a little of the expected, but I’m also sure there will be some really cool surprises. If you can’t watch the keynotes, and need to get up to speed, be sure to click here for all Google I/O related news.
More pictures from the scene after the break.
It’s been quite a while (225 days to be exact) since AOSP released the source code for Android 4.0 ICS. Since then, the team over at CyanogenMod has be toiling away to get it onto as many devices as possible, and today they are announcing that 37 devices are now ready to receive the first release candidate.