The HTC Vivid is about to get a little bit better. How much better you ask? Well Vivid owners— you’re looking at a heaping scoop of the newest Android dessert with a side of an enhanced audio experience. That’s right folks— Ice Cream Sandwich and “diet” Sense 4.0 is finally here. But you know of course we’ve been paying close attention and already knew the update was on its way:
“In the coming weeks, HTC Vivid™ customers will be able to enjoy the optimized audio experience through an upcoming software update that will provide Android 4.0, an updated HTC Sense™ experience and Beats By Dr. Dre Audio profiles.”
Ehhh, “in the coming weeks” is too vague for some of us and it can sometimes be code for “coming months”. That’s why a crafty Vivid owner was able to grab the actual OTA update and share it with the rest of the Android community. The OTA update has been converted to a flashable file and is now ready for use by other ambitious Vivid owners. A heed of warning though: the file requires a different hboot and there is no known way of getting it back at this time. There has also been a few reports of some bricked and disabled devices as a result of a failed attempt. However– there has been an overwhelming number of success stories. You can find full details at the source link below. If you’re a Vivid owner and are ambitious enough to update your phone. Let us know how it works out for you in the Comments section or in our Forums.
source: XDA Forums
via: Android Central
We’ve been hearing a lot recently about the Droid Incredible 4G (aka HTC Fireball), and just yesterday learned it could receive a Verizon launch on April 26th. Given that we already watched as it passed through Wi-Fi certification, the 26th of next month seems very likely for a release date. Today, we can now add the Bluetooth certification to the list of must-do’s before launch, as the Droid Incredible 4G (ADR6410LVW) passed with flying colors.
Unfortunately the Bluetooth certification doesn’t give us any more details than we already know, but it lets us know the device is just around the corner. The Droid Incredible 4G is believed to have a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display and is said to be powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, have 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera, VGA front facing camera, LTE, and will run Android 4.0. It is also thought to be the unknown phone in the image above which would make sense. The ADR6410LVW model number is very close to the Rezound’s model number (ADR6425) and the phone in the image sports they same humped back as the Rezound. As soon as we can solidify some of these details we will let you know. Jump past the break to see the Bluetooth certification.
If you’ve been drooling over the X or the S in HTC’s new “One” series but worried about which carrier may or may not be getting it in the UK, fear not. Chances are, you’ll be able to snatch one up effortlessly, as all carriers have announced they’ll be launching the new flagship devices. O2, Three, Vodafon, T-Mobile and Orange will be taking on the new devices and the only hard decision for you will be deciding which one in the world should you get? Both the One X and One S have a lot to offer but it’s the One X that will be sporting ICS 4.0 right out of the gate. For those who may have their eyes on the HTC Legend-like “V” can get one on O2 and Three UK if they’re interested. There’s no official release date as of yet with the exception of O2 and T-Mobile UK as they’ve announced an April launch for the pair of handsets. The rest of the carriers are just offering a “coming soon” sign. Check out the spec reminder below and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
One X: (AT&T in U.S.)
One S: (T-Mobile in U.S.)
source: Android Central
Just last month, right before Valentines day, we got wind of a ‘Berry Pink’ colored Samsung Galaxy Note. At that time we were unsure whether or not the device would actually make it to markets, but given that we have already seen the Galaxy S II receive the feminine treatment, it wasn’t completely out of the question. While visiting the Samsung booth at CeBIT this year, the folks at Engadget were exposed to a pink Galaxy Note prototype confirming the device was in fact going to be a reality.
As large as the Note is, it’s going to be hard enough to get women interested in the device, but adding the cheery pink hue as an option will surely draw some female attention. It is expected to land in Germany sometime in the next couple of months, but there is no word of a stateside release as of yet.
Ladies, would a pink Note be just what you need to call the huge smartphone your own? Let us know in the comments below.
“Ideas worth spreading” is the tagline for TED so if that doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will. The official TED app is now available in the Android Market. It allows you to stream videos or audio talks to your smartphone or tablet. There are more that 1200 TEDTalk videos and audios available. Some titles include, Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity, Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology, Arthur Benjamin does “Mathemagic”, Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity, and Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy? The app is pretty straightforward and simple to use so hit one of the download links below to start some inspiration.
Android Market Link
Android devices are everywhere. Heck, the devices can even act as a watch if we’re interested. There’s an interesting and innovative concept which places Android in combat. Yes, you read that right— Android devices which can be used in battle. Let me explain: the Harris RF-3590 is a Honeycomb-powered 7-inch military-grade tablet which is specifically intended to be used in combat zones. There’s a lot of beef inside needed to power this puppy during battle too. You’ll find a 1024 x 600 multi-touch display, a snappy dual-core 1.5GHz CPU and two 8-megapixel front and rear-facing cameras which helps commanders get a ground-level view of the combat zone.
There’s even more to the tablet too. Soldiers who are equipped with the tablet can have live updates of enemy positions and new orders at a touch of the screen. There’s also the ability to access various intelligence sources like live feeds from video cameras, satellite data and other pertinent information. As mentioned earlier, the device is a military-grade tablet. This means it can withstand rough conditions and still be a trooper. Moreover, it supports most military communication platforms, which would help to prevent any sort of issues before they even have a chance to begin. How soon before military bases around the world have their hands on this puppy?
via: Android Authority
The next great MMORPG game is almost here folks! Spacetime Studios recently teased us with an intro trailer for Dark Legends, but now the developer wants us to drool even more by showcasing some of the awesome action found in the game. In addition to the fluid and smooth look of the gameplay, you’ll be able to see details such as blood, fallen limbs and just plain gore goodness. But don’t take our word for it— check out the gameplay trailer in the video below.
It hasn’t even been a week since Mobile World Congress closed its doors, but that won’t stop manufacturers from announcing new devices. Samsung made some announcements at the event which included the Galaxy Beam and the Galaxy Note 10.1, but today they have another one for you – The Galaxy Pocket. You guessed it, it will definitely fit in your pocket. It’s actually an entry level device, and I think at this point in the game, any phone under 4-inches is pretty much entry-level or at best, mid-level. This one has entry-level written all over it as the full specs include:
- 2.8-inch (320 x 240) TN LCD display
- 832MHz Processor
- 2MP rear camera, with video recording at (320 x 240) 15fps
- 3GB internal memory
- Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, and USB 2.0
- Dimensions: 103.7 x 57.5 x 12 mm
- Weight: 97 grams
- 1200mAh battery
- Network: HSDPA 3.6UMTS 900/2100 EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
- Android 2.3 with TouchWiz
Samsung says it will be available in the UK later this year. Pricing wasn’t mentioned.
Full press release after the break
AccuWeather has updated their Android app with severe weather push alerts. After the weather issues we’ve been having lately, this one feature alone could make a huge difference between life and death. Timely alerts can give you the extra time you need to take cover in severe weather conditions. AccuWeather push notifications vibrate your phone and display in your notifications even if the app is not running.
The Android Market page displays the following changelog:
What’s in this version:
- This is a major release, so make sure you update your app !
- Severe weather alerts are now sent to your device. You can opt-in during the first launch or in settings.
- New lifestyle section to help you make better decisions.
- Option to upgrade to AccuWeather Platinum
- User navigation changes to be more aligned with other Android applications
- Option to “Exit” the application (found in device menu button). Note that this does not turn off notifications.
- Fixed widget issue
Screenshots, download links, and more after the break.
In a filing made to the FCC in support of Verizon’s planned $3.9 billion purchase of nationwide AWS spectrum licenses held by SpectrumCo, Big Red’s executive director of network strategy Bill Stone said that Verizon’s current spectrum holdings do not provide enough capacity to meet growing 4G demands, in some places hitting full capacity by 2013. More places will hit capacity by 2015.
“Our usage projections suggest that traffic on our LTE network will surpass data usage on our EV-DO network in early 2013. By year-end 2015 our LTE data traffic is projected to be 5 times the peak data traffic ever carried on our 3G EV-DO network. The impact of that growth rate compounds, resulting in a more than 20-fold increase in LTE data traffic from year-end 2011 to year-end 2015.“
Currently, only 5 percent of Verizon’s customers use LTE, but the company is trying to migrate as many customers to LTE as possible. Even though Verizon is trying to move more users to their LTE network, their EV-DO network is not seeing a drop in usage either. Stone stated:
“…overall traffic continues to increase on the EV-DO network even as some customers migrate to the LTE network. Thus while traffic is migrating to LTE, spectrum deployed for EV-DO is not fallow, but is filled by the growing data demands of remaining users. Put another way, customers are not yet moving to LTE fast enough to stop, and reverse, EV-DO traffic growth.“