As you all know, we are living in an Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean world, yet manufacturers continue to create devices that feature those pesky capacitive buttons. A major example of this is Samsung’s popular Galaxy S III smartphone, despite it sharing a somewhat similar design to the Galaxy Nexus which of course, is strictly all-screen. And as you might expect, certain individuals did not take too kindly to the physical buttons and decided to do something about it. XDA developer graffixnyc took the newly released CM10 preview for the international version of the Galaxy S III (I9300) and created his own special mod that allows him to make use of the Galaxy S III’s bigger screen by including on-screen nav buttons, while simultaneously eliminating the need for the capacitive buttons. Here’s his reasoning for why he decided to create the mod:
The VIZIO Co-Star Google TV box looks like a winner for $99. I know, Google TV’s growth is non existent, but when you get an updated version with a nice remote for $99, you have to consider it. If your finally looking to jump on the Google TV bandwagon, the Co-Star seems like the best option. Vizio just announced that pre-orders start today on their website with free shipping for a limited time. They expect to start shipping them by mid August.
Full press release after the break:
The popularity of the Nexus 7 is likely to push the Android experience to a lot of people who haven’t experienced it at all. In fact, when it comes to tablets, very few consumers have experienced Android. Google just released a “Getting Started” video for the Nexus 7. I know a lot of you won’t get anything out of it, but with many newer consumers just learning about Android, I’m sure it will be a big help. Surprisingly, it’s only a little over a minute which seems a little short. We just might see a whole series of videos. Hit the break to check it out.
The sources over at TechnoBuffalo have leaked renders of the LG VS930, which we already saw pass through the FCC. The source also confirms that this is in fact the LG Spectrum 2, destined for Verizon. So what are the specs we know of?
Yes, this is a global phone with support for not only Verizon’s CDMA and 4G LTE, but also for GSM and UMTS. That’s a versatile little sucker.
No news for when this will launch. Any jetsetters waiting for this one?
Today ZTE announced they will re-release the ZTE N880E. This is the first device in China (third in the world) to launch with pure 4.1 Jelly Bean, and just days after Jelly Bean was launched into the wild.
Back in May, the N880E launched with 2.3 Gingerbread and has already sold more then one million units. This could be why ZTE is relaunching, pure popularity…or it could be about marketing, but we can only speculate on the intentions of the relaunch. ZTE has said they have a very solid relationship with Google and will continue to release Jelly Bean devices. Based on their relationship, I’m very curious to see if ZTE got their hands on Google’s new PDK.
The specs of the N880E are not very impressive at all: 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 4 inch WVGA display, a 3.2MP camera, 4GB of internal storage, and a 1,650mAh battery. Like I said, nothing special, but I’m sure Chinese natives will be pumped to get their hands on some Jelly Beans goodness.
Looks like the Verizon Galaxy Nexus will receive an OTA update soon. Update “IMM76Q” is still Ice Cream Sandwhich but looks to bring a new baseband and software version. Any other news regarding this would be speculation, although, we think Verizon may be removing unified search results to avoid conflict with Apple.
In addition, you may have already seen the IMM76Q tag somewhere, that’s because its been rumored for about a month. One user reported getting a prompt to install the update, curious, others went to Verizon and Samsung and were told this is to address signal drop issues for subscribers in specific areas.
We know you want your Jelly Bean, that is unless you have already rooted :-). If you haven’t, keep in mind, it makes sense for Verizon to push patches to tidy up a bit before a major software update. With that said, we’ll keep you posted the moment we learn more!
source: Android Central
When the mobile game company Madfinger lowered their newest game Dead Trigger from $1.00 to free, there was a small sense of outrage within the Android community. While it didn’t bother me since it was just a buck for such an exceptional game, I can see why it would bother some early adopters to see the game become free in such a short amount of time.
Today, Madfinger released an official statement regarding the price drop via their Facebook page and fingers the blame on Androids ongoing app piracy problem as the reasoning for this sudden move. Here’s their official statement after the break:
Earlier today we reported on a YouTube video for a new Samsung commercial showing off their forthcoming Galaxy Note 10.1. More info has come out in the form of an unboxing of a Galaxy Note 10.1 reported on The Brave Post blog.
We already knew about the upcoming Motorola Xoom soak test and now we have confirmation that it will begin very soon… possibly as soon as tonight. Members of the Motorola Feedback Network are receiving emails that pretty much state that it’s coming any time now. Though the email does not specifically state this is the Jelly Bean update, our sources tell us that it is. Of course, that should not be a surprise to anyone considering the Xoom is pretty much a Nexus device (without the Nexus name) getting updates directly from Google.
Hit the break for the full email.
Back in May, a photo of Sprint’s upcoming Samsung SPH-L300 “Gogh” leaked for the first time. Thanks to Brief Mobile, more pictures of the impending device has surfaced thus confirming that the mid-range phone will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Considering the device has already passed through the FCC last week, an official announcement shouldn’t be too far away.
As for the specs of the phone you can expect a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4″ WVGA (800 x 480) Super AMOLED Plus screen, a 5MP camera and 1GB of RAM. Other than the size and resolution of the screen, it certainly doesn’t seem like a mid-range device with the top notch processor and the good amount of RAM. We’ll provide you with a price and a release date as soon as we know. Until then, what do you all think of the quite powerful mid-range device that’s coming to the Now Network? One more pic after the break.