No Google Wallet For The Galaxy Nexus Courtesy of Verizon?

by Axl Logan on
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Oh man, this just keeps getting better and better doesn’t it?  What could be worse than a major US carrier taking  a Google Nexus device and branding its hardware with the carrier’s 4G logo and LTE technology in addition to adding bloatware to the software?  How about dictating whether or not that Google Nexus Device can run Google Wallet?  Yep, Verizon, according to an unnamed source over at 9 to 5 Google, is pulling on the reigns when it comes to Google Wallet because it supposedly stands in direct competition with competitor ISIS, another NFC technology which Vz heavily backs along with big manufacturers like LG, HTC, Motorola, RIM, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.  As of now, the only device to sport Google Wallet is the Nexus S on Sprint.  In addition, other supporters backing ISIS includes AT&T and T-Mobile, two US carriers who support the Nexus S on their networks.  And even though these devices have NFC capabilities, there’s still no sign of an official Google Wallet build.  I’m a little disappointed that Google would allow any carrier in the US, regardless of how big they are, dictate what will be on their device and what will not.  Once again, this just goes to show you how much of a pull Verizon had with the Galaxy Nexus residing on their network.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Check Out Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus Training Docs For Employees

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It’s almost here guys.  Hang in there.  For now, want to see some training materials of the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon the way an employee would?  Feast your eyes on all the juicy details you already know about but still want to salivate over.  Enjoy.  Training docs are courtesy of Android Central.  Hit the break where there’s more where the above pic came from.

 

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T-Mobile and Sprint Speak Out About Their Carrier IQ Use

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T-Mobile and Sprint have recently decided to chime in on the conversation regarding their use of Carrier IQ, a metrics tool used to gather statistical data.  Via some internal and unreleased memos regarding Carrier IQ, both carriers have discussed, as expected, its intended use which was to simply log data for troubleshooting and to improve the overall network performance for each respective carrier.  Check out their responses below in an interview with The Verge:

To wit:

T-Mobile: ”T-Mobile does not use the tool to obtain the content of text, email or voice messages, or the specific destinations of customers’ Internet activity. It is not used for marketing purposes. T-Mobile uses the Carrier IQ diagnostic tool to gather device data for effective troubleshooting and to increase the overall device and network performance for our customers.

Sprint: ”Sprint uses the Carrier IQ data to only understand device performance on our network so we can identify when issues are occurring. … Even with Carrier IQ, Sprint does not and cannot look at or record contents of messages, photos, videos, etc., nor do we sell or provide a direct feed of Carrier IQ data to anyone outside Sprint.

In addition, T-Mobile also went one step further and listed the devices on its network currently running the Carrier IQ software.  Hit the break for the full list of infected handsets.    » Read the rest

New Carrier IQ Suit Brings Apple, Motorola and Carriers Into the Mix

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While the extent of the damage that Carrier IQ has caused is still out to jury, it appears that a few more companies are being added to the lawsuit mix. The only people that haven’t heard of Carrier IQ are those that have shunned technology, but if you are one of those folk that don’t know what the exact controversy is, you should read this. The new suit brings Apple, Motorola and cellular carriers, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, into the foray.

The suits were filled by Sianni & Straite, of Wilmington DE, and both Keefe Bartels and Eichen, and Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy of New Jersey. They are being handled in a Wilmington Delaware federal court. All companies named are being accused of violating the Federal Wiretap Act, the Stored Electronic Communications Act, and the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. While companies involved in this controversy are placing blame else where, it appears that T-Mobile may have allegedly installed Carrier IQ on devices without phone maker’s knowledge and participation.

It is safe to say that this controversy rocked the smart phone world and that the fallout from this will be monumental. As companies continue to shake the blame the waters will continue to become muddier. There are those out there that are doing there part to rid phones of Carrier IQ and for those of you curious on how to do that please go here.

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Sign of the Future With Samsung Phone/Tablet Concept?

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We here at TalkAndroid often contemplate the future of smartphones, tablets and the Android Ecosystem. We speculate, chase rumors and often look forward to what can be. I, myself, like the idea of transparent, paper-thin phones and tablets as being the thing of the future. As of right now the thinnest device we have out on the market is the Razr. Samsung has a paper-thin idea that would make all devices now, feel like bricks.

While we are a ways away from this being a reality, the video Samsung put out shows what these concept devices would look like. This video shows a 3D AMOLED display on a phone-turned-tablet device. While I am not sure where, or how they would hide the technology needed to do this, I do have to say, this would be pretty awesome. Check out the video below and let us know what you think. Is this the future of smartphones and tablets as we know it?  » Read the rest

HTC Flyer starts receiving Honeycomb update in Europe, WiFi version coming soon

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When the HTC Flyer was introduced earlier in the year, we wondered if it would ever see Honeycomb. Wonder no more because GSM versions of the HTC Flyer in Europe are starting to receive the update.  So what about the WiFi version? Well according to HTC, we can expect it soon:

Ready for some ‘sweet’ news? The GSM version of the HTC Flyer tablet, available in Europe, is beginning to receive updates to Honeycomb beginning today! Honeycomb brings a ton of improvements to Android on tablets, including the latest version of HTC Sense for Tablet with enhanced Internet browsing, Mail, Calendar and more all optimized for the 7″ screen. Not to be outdone, the WiFi version of the HTC Flyer will receive its Honeycomb update soon, too! Stay tuned for more details.

Now we can move on to wondering if Ice Cream Sandwich will every land on the Flyer?

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Dan Rosenberg Reverse Engineers Carrier IQ Software, Says “Please Don’t Jump To Conclusions Based On Incomplete Evidence”

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Please forgive us if Carrier IQ seems to be a constant item in newsreels around the world lately.  However, we think it’s kind of important so we’ll do our best to summarize topics surrounding it as best we can.  If you’re not familiar with what Carrier IQ is or does, check out our own head honcho, Rob Nazarian’s summary here.  In recent news, Android hacker and pro security buff Dan Rosenberg, performed his own inductive study by reverse engineering Carrier IQ’s software.  Here’s what he found:

Dear Internet,

CarrierIQ does a lot of bad things. It’s a potential risk to user privacy, and users should be given the ability to opt out of it.   » Read the rest

Check Out the Camera, Wallpapers, and Factory Reset Animation of the 4G LTE Galaxy Nexus

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Add this to the ever growing Galaxy Nexus News File. As we know from earlier today, shipments of Galaxy Nexus devices are heading to Verizon stores this week, and if that doesn’t excite you, this will. A video has been released showing off the phone’s super quick shutter speed in the camera, the wallpapers and the factory reset animation.

Check out the video below, and I hope this holds everyone over until we see the Galaxy Nexus. Who knows, maybe it will actually come out on Friday like the rumors are hinting. Also, if you want to get more than your fill of Galaxy Nexus news, you can go here. A big thanks to the folks over at Droid Life for this video.

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Verizon Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary Of 4G LTE, Gives Hints Of Motorola Xyboard & Galaxy Nexus Being Released Soon

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Wow time flies doesn’t it? It seems like just yesterday since Verizon launched the true 4G network across the US. And since it seems like Verizon doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon, what better way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary than to tease consumers with some coveted info of a certain sexy new tablet coming out with two variations and a certain unmolested pure Android phone. To make a long story short, VZW is telling consumers to be patient, both devices will be out sooner than you think, though they still won’t give anyone a concrete date. Considering we’ve seen information of accessories being leaked out here and there– we could only assume it wouldn’t be too much longer that we could expect these nice toys to be a reality in the VZW stores across the country. Expect the Xyboard to finally “come out this month” and the Galaxy Nexus to be “coming soon”. Be sure to hit the break for the full presser. » Read the rest

AT&T Samsung Captivate Glide review

by Robert Nazarian on

The Samsung Captivate Glide is a mid-level Android phone, but it rivals some of the higher end phones. No, it’s not going to put up much of a fight with the Galaxy Nexus, but this phone packs some pretty good specs for $149.99. Here’s my full review, but you can also checkout my initial hands on video.

Design

The Captivate Glide features a 4-row slide-out QWERTY. For a Samsung phone, this one isn’t as slippery and glossy since the back battery cover is textured. I prefer this design as opposed to what the Samsung Stratosphere offers. One negative is that the keyboard is only 4 rows and the keys are a little flat, but I had no problems using it. Overall It’s a nice keyboard, but with phones like the DROID 3 and Stratosphere featuring 5-rows, it’s a disappointment. On the flipside, the Captivate Glide comes in at 13mm thin which is 1mm less than the Stratosphere and the same as the DROID 3. Another interesting feature is a sliding cover for the micro USB port to keep dirt out of it. I like this as opposed to the rubber ones that flip open, which most of the time gets in the way. The final negative point is the microphone is rear mounted which can be a problem for some calls.

Hardware

For $149.99, the Captivate Glide packs some pretty decent specs. It features a 4-inch (800 x 480) Super AMOLED display, A 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera that can record video up to 720p, 1.3MP front camera, 8GB internal storage, microSD with up to 32GB expandable storage, 1650mAh battery, 4G support at 21.1Mbit/s, Bluetooth, WiFi, and Android 2.3.5.

Battery

The 1650mAh battery is more than enough for the average consumer. You will easily get through an entire day with average to heavy usage. Like any device, if you plan on watching videos or streaming music constantly, your time will drop considerably.

Performance

The Tegra 2 dual-core processor is nice to see in a $149.99 phone. The 1GB of RAM is also welcoming as this phone performs very nicely. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a mid-level phone. As to benchmarks, I ran the AnTuTu test and it came in at 5043 which is a little below the DROID RAZR, which came in a 5369 and has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The Captivate Glide runs really smooth and I guarantee that you won’t have any complaints. As with any Samsung phone, the display is nice. It’s not as nice as the Galaxy S II series, but this Super AMOLED display is a treat to look at.

Software

As with any typical Samsung phone, you get their Touchwiz interface. If you’re not familiar with Touchwiz, its a nice complimentary UI that won’t get in your way. You get seven home screens and a launcher that allows you to customize up to 3 apps. When opening the keyboard, the home screens will switch to landscape mode as well. Samsung includes their Social Hub which will take your feeds from sites like Twitter and Facebook. Media Hub is included for all your TV and Movie needs. If you prefer to use the on screen keyboard, you will have your choice of Samsung’s or Swype. Samsung includes the normal variety of widgets which includes AccuWeather, Application Monitor (a task killer), Buddies Now (for contacts), clocks, and agendas.

Camera

The rear camera is 8MP and will shoot video up to 720p. Overall it’s a really nice camera, but a slight downgrade from the Samsung Galaxy S II. The shutter lag is minimal and the auto focus is fast. Most people will be satisfied enough to leave the point and shoot at home, but its not the best as colors can be lacking. Here are some samples.

Closing:

About a year ago, I wouldn’t go near a mid-level phone, let alone an entry-level phone, but things have gotten better. The Captivate Glide packs a lot for the price. With a Tegra 2 dual-core processor, a Super AMOLED screen, and 21.1Mbit/s suport, you can’t go wrong at $149.99. The only real negative to me is the QWERTY keyboard is only 4 rows. If you can live with that, you won’t be disappointed.