T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II Gets Update, Fixes Caller ID, Battery and Wi-Fi Calling

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The awesome T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II is getting a nice update today, bringing the device up to Android 2.3.5 and software version T989VUVKL1. The update brings improvements (“enhancements”) to caller ID, battery life, and Wi-Fi calling. T-mobile says that this update is not required, but why would you want to pass up on device enhancements?

The update is FOTA (Firmware Over the Air) and should appear as a notification when your device is ready. For further details hit the source link below.

[via T-Mobile Support]

 

 

Sony Walkman Z stops by the FCC, Could be destined for the U.S.

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We got a glimpse of the Sony Walkman Z a few months ago, but it was only slated for Japan. It looks like the U.S. might get a little love as well as it just passed through the FCC. This is Sony’s answer to the iPod Touch. Basically it’s an Android device without the cellular radio so its WiFi only. We already have the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0, and I don’t see either of these setting the world on fire. Pricing will be the issue for the Walkman as it will start around $350. The Galaxy Player 5.0 is priced at $269 while the Galaxy Player 4.0 is priced at $229. Either way, it’s always nice to see more choices which is what Android is all about. If you want to see a preview video, checkout this link.

[via fcc]

 

Limited-Edition Toy Soldier Android Collectible Goes On Sale Today

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It’s Christmas time, so why not give your loved one an Android? No, we’re not talking about an Android device silly— we’re talking about giving Android toy soldier. This pint-sized warrior– from Dead Zebra Shop, will be available today at 11AM EST. Quantities are limited of course, but don’t fret– there’s a second batch of limited-quantity toys to go on sale at 11PM EST as well. Oh and for all of you who prefer to buy in bulk– keep in mind you’re only limited to 2 per address. Everyone needs a chance to buy the sweet toy, right?

[via Dyzplastic]

Verizon to Release Galaxy Nexus Tomorrow, December 15th?

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So, the latest leaks from Verizon insiders have us wanting to belive that tomorrow, Dec. 15, is the day Big Red will finally launch the Galaxy Nexus. This isn’t the first time we have heard this date, and we have seen Costo leaks showing the same thing.

Now, obviously something can still change, as it has many times in the past,  but we just wanted to keep you up to date with the latest GNex release rumors. If and when this info changes, we will let you know ASAP.

[via Engadget / Android forums]

Day 9 Of Google’s 10 Billion App Download Celebration, 10 New Apps For 10 Cents Each!

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I can’t believe we’re already on day 9 of the big 10 cent sale. Yesterday brought us more repeats, but a total of 12. It looks like we’re back to 10, but only one repeat, SwiftKey X. We only have one more day folks so get your downloads on.

Is Your Sensitive Data Securely Managed With Google Wallet?

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Even with the more and more handsets becoming capable of NFC transmissions, most them have yet to see Google Wallet. At least officially that is. I say officially because the folks at XDA brought Google Wallet to the Nexus S in an unofficial capacity. Even the Galaxy Nexus on Big Red’s network may not see it. However we should Google Wallet on more and more phones over time and NFC transactions becoming more commonplace. As this app becomes more common the question that is begging to be asked is, can you trust this or other NFC transaction apps with keeping your most sensitive data secure? Well according to a new report, yes and no.

Given identity theft and credit fraud are running rampant in this technological day and age you would think that your credit card number would be stored with the utmost security, and well, yes, Google Wallet does just that.  The app records these numbers only to the NFC chip’s secure storage area and not even a rooted phone will release that information.

The problems that could occur deal with the other bits of data that are still accessible. If an attacker were to get access to your phone, be it physically or through malware, they could learn the last four digits of your credit card number, your name, email, and card expiration date. This, coupled with a record of transactions you’ve made, and that stored data seems ripe for the picking by anyone wanting to make an identity theft attempt.

Given that we are moving closer and closer to our phones and devices being the way we do everything, we store almost all our data on our phones as is. Google should do its very best to encrypt all this data to make identity theft harder. Although Google knows that we trust them with our lives and if anyone could keep our secrets safe it definitely would be Google. So while this may or may not be overblown it’s still good to know what’s secure and what’s not. Hit the break below to get a link to both an overview and in depth view on how this was tested. So what do you think? Are you ready to trust Google with your financials yet? » Read the rest

DROID Incredible 2 Update 5.10.605.9 Rolling Out

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Alright Incredible 2 owners, today is update day! That’s your cue to head to Settings>System updates>Check new.

In a somewhat surprise update, a handful of security bugs have been addressed as well addition of some new capabilities, including playing video in airplane mode. Of course that’s not all. Here’s the gist of it, straight from Verizon:

Security Features

  • Includes Google BT/DigNotar security patch
  • Includes Google security patch for upgrading libpng to 1.2.46
  • Includes Wi-Fi password security patch
Device Features
  • Support local video playback when in Airplane Mode
  • 5 bar Received Signal Strength Indicator (R55I) support
  • Improvements to Clock and Alarm Features
  • The “Disable While Roaming” selection will work accurately when roaming in Canada
  • Update Sync & Connect configuration to enable Push email sync during off-peak hours
So there you have it. The update is 29.35MB.
Of course, there’s also…alternatives. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out our post on the Ice Cream Sandwich Beta for the Incredible 2.
[via DroidLife]

 

Verizon To Possibly Purchase Netflix for $4.6 Billion? Say it Ain’t So

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Stories continue to surface according to some investment bankers  who have it in with Verizon that the carrier is looking to possibly place a bid and snatch the popular streaming video service, Netflix, for $4.6 Billion.  According to the source, Big Red is beginning to monitor ways of snatching up profits and slashing costs when it comes to video streaming services like Netflix, hoping to expand its offerings beyond just Fios.  And according to the report, if the deal occurs, it will most likely occur around April of next year.  I’m completely against the acquisition of course in fear that Verizon my take the popular product and only make it native to their own devices.  Only time will tell and who knows, it’s possible we could see vast improvements and integration with the app as well.  I’m not trying to be a complete pessimist, I just can’t see Verizon playing fair with this one for some reason.  However, we’ll be keeping a sharp eye on this one, so stay tuned to Talk Android.  And now you can sort of gather how much of a dependency I have when it comes to being able to access Netflix on all of my devices :)

[via Bloomberg]

 

 

Qualcomm Tosses Ice Cream Sandwich On Their Snapdragon S4 Tab

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The folks over at Qualcomm have exceeded our expectations in that they have recently successfully loaded Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on their Snapdragon S4 tablet.  Their MDP Tab, sporting an on-die LTE modem and dual 1080p cameras just got a sweet face lift and things look extremely promising for other Snapdragon classes too.  The mobile platform isn’t supposed to ship until next spring but Qualcomm says they are “rigorously” aiming to optimize ICS for most of their Snapdragon CPU’s.  Hey, we’ll take it.

[via Engadget]

 

National Transportation Safety Board Recommends Nation-Wide cellphone Ban for Drivers

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Alright folks, buckle your seat belts and put down your mobile phone. Actually that’s exactly what the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) wants you to do and recommends that all US states ban the use of cellphones while driving. Now this doesn’t mean that they want you to stop using navigation or music playback, they are gearing this more towards texting and making phone calls without the use of a hands-free method. The following quote from the NTSB sums it up fairly well:

The safety recommendation specifically calls for the 50 states and the District of Columbia to ban the non-emergency use of portable electronic devices (other than those designed to support the driving task) for all drivers. The safety recommendation also urges use of the NHTSA model of high-visibility enforcement to support these bans and implementation of targeted communication campaigns to inform motorists of the new law and heightened enforcement.

Although I am sometimes guilty of such an act (my girlfriend punishingly reminds me), I think this law should be in effect and nation-wide as well. If you have a decent Bluetooth headset or an in-car set-up, there should be no reason for distracting yourself while driving with your cellphone. You can even text with speech-to-text apps such as Vlingo, that don’t even require you to touch your phone. I have no excuse for breaking my states law and deserve the punishment if I were to get caught.

Thousands of people have been killed or injured due to drivers being ‘occupied’ by their phones, when in reality all attention should be devoted to the road. This recommendation from the NTSB stemmed from an accident in 2010 that involved a truck, 2 school buses and a teenager who had been sending text messages while driving. The crash killed two children and injured 38, reason enough for me to support a nation wide law against the use of cellphones while driving. I will definitely have to change my driving habits moving forward and I am going to make an honest attempt at doing so.

What are your thoughts, for or against?

[via NTSB]