Motorola introduces ‘Test Drive’ feature for select few to test future software updates before release

Right on the heels of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update on the DROID RAZR M today, Motorola has introduced a feature they’re calling ‘Test Drive.’ This feature will allow a select group of registered users to have access to the latest software and provide feedback before it goes public. There’s no mention of how or when those users will be selected however. Tenure maybe? The first group of “a few hundred consumers” that get to be a part of this new feature will be when Android 4.2 begins to roll out. This no doubt will be a pretty sweet, distinguished group of folks, so we’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

source:  Motorola Blog

Google and Asus offering refunds to certain Nexus 7 owners who purchased before recent price drop to cover the difference

Both Asus and Google have announced a price protection program for those that bought a Nexus 7 within a specific time frame, before the price drop. First up is Asus. They’re offering UK customers that bought the 16GB Nexus 7 directly from either Google or Asus a ₤25 refund for those who bought one before October 29th. You must register your device with Asus and also provide a proof of purchase. You must also do so by November 30th. Next is Google as they are offering a $50 refund towards your account for those in the U.S. that purchased the 16GB Nexus 7 on or after October 14th.

source:  The Verge

Official Jelly Bean update coming to Motorola DROID RAZR M today

For you Motorola DROID RAZR M owners, today is a great day as the official Jelly Bean update for the device was set to launch today. The update will bring the version to 4.1 and you’ll receive all of its features such as Google Now and several enhancements. Also, it looks like the ISIS mobile payment will also make its way into the update.

For more information on the update, you can check the source link for Verizon’s official update page.

source: Verizon

Samsung Galaxy Note II review and hands on: Being noteworthy just got better

The original Samsung Galaxy Note shocked the world with success when most thought it was just a flashing star. It was the first phone to sport a display bigger than 5-inches, 5.3 to be exact. Was it too big, was it a tablet, or was it a phablet? Nobody knew what to think about it, but it didn’t stop consumers from gobbling it up. Was it the S Pen or the large display that caught everyone’s attention? I lean towards the latter, but there’s no argument that the Galaxy Note was a hit for Samsung, and it’s now time for the next chapter. We already saw a tablet version called the Galaxy Note 10.1, but this is the second chapter for the phone. Called the Galaxy Note II, it sports an even bigger display along with a more powerful processor and a larger battery all in a body that is no bigger than it’s predecessor. Does the Galaxy Note II live up to the hype? Hit the break to find out

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Notion Ink’s Adam II tablet comes out of hiding

After nearly a year after being announced, it looks like Notion Ink is slowly beginning to unveil the followup to the original Adam tablet via Twitter. Last we heard, the Adam II will rock a TI OMAP 4400-series dual-core processor with Android 4.0. The main draw, at least Notion Ink’s thought, is that it’ll allow users to ‘customize apps’ through a drag and drop type architecture. It sounds a lot like a Business Objects type setup allowing users to “access every single hardware feature” according to Notion Ink, but I suppose we’ll find out soon. Keep a lookout here for more information soon.

source: Engadget

Android co-founder says wireless carriers should spend more time and money customizing interfaces for Android phones

What was that? Everybody put your hands over your ears now, especially the carriers. At the Open Mobile Summit conference, Google Ventures General Partner and Android co-founder Rich Miner said that carrers should spend more time and money creating unique interfaces for Android phones. He’s actually surprised that carriers like Verizon and AT&T haven’t put more time into it. He points to the fact that Android is open and that anyone can modify it to their heart’s content. True, but that doesn’t mean they should.

“There’s a big opportunity that they seem to have left on the table,” Miner said. “I’m a little curious as to why” carriers haven’t done more to customize their Android phones.

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Featured Android Game Review: International Snooker Pro THD [Sports]

I remember how much fun it was hanging out in the pool halls years ago, and now it’s so easy to bring the experience with you on your phone or tablet. International Snooker has already been available for Android for some time, but our friends at My Interactive just released a PRO THD version for Tegra devices. It’s priced a little higher, but Snooker and Billiard fans will appreciate the additional features along with enhanced audio and visuals.

The Pro version adds a Career Mode, which lets you compete in 15 tournaments in 14 locations around the world each “year”. As you play the tournaments, you gain credits that you can cash in for better cues or chalk. The gameplay is straight forward and to the point. Just aim your shot by swiping, pick where you want to hit the cue ball (as in what type of spin if any), adjust the power, and shoot. You can quickly see different angles by sliding your finger, and it you want an aerial view, no problem.

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Nvidia talks cheap PCs vs tablets

 

Everybody has seen how well the tablet market is doing, and it’s no surprise that this is coming at some expense to traditional PCs and laptops. Nvidia Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang talked about how the versatility of tablets plays an important role in tablet sales. He noted that most people realize that a “great tablet is better than a cheap PC,” and it’s true. There are very few things a high-end tablet can’t do that a laptop can, especially with Microsoft Office right around the corner for mobile devices. He also stated that Microsoft’s Surface tablet is erasing the lines between the cheap notebook and tablet market. Read more

Samsung Captivate Glide to receive Ice Cream Sandwich on November 10th

 

Great news for any AT&T Captivate Glide owners! According to AT&T’s consumer blog, users will be able to download Android 4.0 onto their devices starting on November 10th. From the wording on the blog, it doesn’t seem to be an OTA update, though. More than likely, the update will have to be done through Samsug Kies, since AT&T linked to a Samsung support page for instructions on the update.

Sure, it’s a pretty delayed update, but anything is better than being stuck on 2.2 or 2.3 like many other devices, right? Hit the source to read the full blog post from AT&T.

source: AT&T Consumer Blog