RootzWiki Obtains Leaked Information Highlighting December 9th Release Date For Galaxy Nexus

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It looks like we’re getting oh-so close to knowing the official release date for the Galaxy Nexus. After seeing numerous indications the phone will be released this Friday, there’s one more (unofficially) official document highlighting the phone’s release on December 9th. The fine folks at RootzWiki obtained a leaked email and PDF highlighting stores would begin receiving shipments on December 6th, which we already knew about. Moreover, the email and PDF includes the specific detail highlighting each store will have a minimum of 15 phones per shipment. Hmmm. Okay, so we know the stores should have their shipments and the stores already have some not so subtle accessories stocked… one can deduce the awaited phone will be released soon” December 9th. Just a few more days ladies and gentlemen. Just a few more days.

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Hands on with the ASUS Transformer Prime origami-style Smart Cover [Video]

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If you are in the market for a Transformer Prime, you will probably want the keyboard dock, but don’t forget the origami-style Smart Cover. It seems complicated, but yet so simple as it allows you to prop up your Transformer in a variety of different ways. I guess its accessories like these that prevent manufacturers from simply putting a kickstand on their devices. It sure is cool though.

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FCC Passes Droid 4 with 4G LTE?

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For those wondering where the Droid 4 is, we’ve got a little tidbit for you.  There’s a slight chance that the spec’d out D4 made its way through the FCC over the last day or so touting 4G LTE capabilities.  A document surfaced recently showing the device’s ability to run on Verizon’s LTE Band 13 and since there are no other “cellular phones” in route to Big Red, this is more than likely our boy.  The timing is impeccable as the holiday is right around the corner.  If you’ve been desiring a Droid Razr with a physical keyboard, she’s a surely coming.  At this point in the FCC filing, it’s usually an indication that a device is in its final stages in coming to market.  And  we’re still hopeful of that possible December 22nd launch date.  Stay tuned to Talk Android for more updates and feel free to leave a comment below.

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Verizon Offering $50 Off Motorola Accessories If You Purchase A Droid Razr Before 12/25

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I don’t know about you, but here at Talk Android we love ourselves a good special and so when one comes along worth mentioning, we’re on it.  According to our friends over at Droid Life, they’ve received word that if you purchase a Droid Razr before Christmas Day they’re offering a whopping $50 bucks on any Motorola branded accessory.  Of course at this time it’s only for Motorola branded accessories and nothing else, such as a Lapdock or an HD Dock.  The only issue we could find with the deal is that you may be required to purchase that accessory at the time of the sale.  Enjoy.

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No Google Wallet For The Galaxy Nexus Courtesy of Verizon?

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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.

[via 9to5 Google]

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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