DROID RAZR MAXX unboxing and initial hands on [Video]

I remember when I first saw the DROID RAZR MAXX at CES, and a Motorola rep told me it had a 3300mAh battery. I didn’t think I heard him correctly, so I asked again. Owners of any 4G LTE phone know the struggles with battery life. Making better batteries is still a long way off so Motorola decided to shove a huge battery into a 8.9mm body. How they did it, I don’t know, but hardcore users who are shopping for a new phone on Verizon really need to take a serious look at the DROID RAZR MAXX. Being a Gingerbread phone is an issue, but I know a lot of mainstream consumers won’t mind waiting a few months for the Ice Cream Sandwich update, which Motorola says is coming in quarter 2.

Other than the huge 3300mAh battery, the specs are essentially the same as the DROID RAZR, which include a 4.3-inch (960 x 540) Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front camera, 16GB internal storage, 16GB microSD card included (upgradable to 32GB), 4G LTE compatible, Bluetooth, WiFi, micro HDMI, and Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread.

Look for my full review soon, but for now here’s my unboxing and initial hands on.

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RIM’s New CEO Doesn’t Get It Either

Meet Thorstein Heins, the poor sap who just took over RIM. Thorstein is to be RIM’s saving grace, using his “hip” guy attitude he is supposed to turn RIM’s image around. However, if you take into account his recent interview with Crackberry, it’s obvious that like his predecessors he’s pretty much oblivious to the competition. Take this quote for example.

Just take a look where the Android OEMs are. I leave this to you. Take a look at their recent announcements and what you will immediately see is there is just no room for differentiation because they are all the same.

Well Thorstein, either you’re confusing Android with the one size fits all iPhone, or you’re just plain wrong. Haven’t you heard your own customers crying fowl at Android for fragmentation? The only way you could legitimately qualify that statement is if your were to belittle it to the point where “Why yes, they are all phones.” Oh wait except for the tablets, and the TVs, and the cameras, and the car stereos….. If anything differentiation isn’t an issue for Android, its easily the most diverse mobile OS in existence. We saw a range of devices this past year big and small, 3D cameras and screens, and who could forget the Kyocera Echo. Honestly Thorstein why do you even try to make a point of this? Do you not only not know the competition but also your own product line?

Exhibit A:

I don’t see much differentiation there. Look Mr. Heins, I’d like to see you, quote, “Rock and Roll This” I really would. Competition benefits all of us. Seeing as how you’re adamantly against adopting Android though,well, best of luck in your endeavors.

[via AndroidCentral]


ASUS is Aware of the Transformer Prime ‘Lock-up’ Issue, Plans to Release a Fix in February

According to an XDA thread that has over 400 replies, the ASUS Transformer Prime‘s recent Android 4.0 update has left many users experiencing random lock-ups. Fortunately I personally haven’t had any issues with my Prime freezing up, but the widespread forum complaints have definitely gotten ASUS’ attention. ASUS technical manager Gary Key has confirmed company plans to hopefully “have a fix available in early February.” So if you are one of the folks having problems, help is reportedly on the way.

Along with the lock-up acknowledgment, ASUS is also aware of an issue with Wi-Fi degradation when streaming media to a connected Bluetooth device. It seems that when both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios are working simultaneously, they don’t play well with the others presence. And just like the lock-up issue, a fix is in the works and is also due out early next month.

It looks like February will be a big month for the Transformer Prime because if you will remember a bootloader unlock tool should be released as well. We will keep you posted as soon as we hear more, but in the meantime if you are having any issues with your Transformer Prime, why don’t you sound off in the comments below. If you want to join in the conversations over at XDA, you can discuss lock-ups here, and WiFi/Bluetooth here.

source: xda
via: the verge



Shadowgun: The Leftover Update

Shadowgun is one our favorite games here at Talk Android so we’re especially excited to bring you news of this latest update. “The Leftover” update is an expansion pack to the original game bringing 4 new levels and a slew of brand new features. If you haven’t already, check your Market app for the update, unless you have the Transformer Prime… The special Tegra 3 version hasn’t yet received the update.

Check the official trailer for “The Leftover”.

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“The Leftover” isn’t the only update we’re expecting. Madfinger has also got “Deadzone” slated for release which will bring highly anticipated multiplayer to the hit game. Stay tuned.

[via Android Market]

Mysterious Verizon ZTE V66 Tablet Accidentally Leaked By Bluetooth Special Interest Group

Ah yes, behold the long-awaited Verizon ZTE V66 tablet in all its glory. We already knew it was on its way as we saw it make a brief appearance last month, but we hadn’t heard any further news about it until now. The V66 comes in at 7-inches and will carry Honeycomb 3.2 along with a handy custom lock screen among its noteworthy features. Furthermore, rumor has it this nice tablet could arrive around “February 2x”, which means it will possibly arrive right in the middle of Mobile World Congress.

Naturally we expect Verizon to give the mysterious tablet a more formal name, though we have no indication of what it will be just yet. Keep it locked with Talk Android for further updates, especially as we approach MWC.

[via Bluetooth by Android Central]

Samsung Rumored To Bring 2GHz Exynos-Powered Galaxy Tab To MWC

We know Samsung is pushing its Exynos line of processors in its devices. That’s a given. However, we all know Sammy has yet to really push the boundaries of its impressive chip. It’s exactly why the brand is hard at work on its Exynos 5250 series of chips. According to Phandroid, Sammy is looking to take the ARM Cortex-A15-based processor and push it into 2GHz territory. You read that correctly folks, it is looking to have its chips at a whopping 2GHz. Moreover, rumor has it that while the chip will be insanely fast, it will suck less power than that the earlier chipsets. As it stands, the chips are currently in testing right now and we can expect to see them in devices by Q2 of this year.

Naturally you can’t have a chip in the works without a device made for it. That’s why Sammy is also rumored to be developing a special Galaxy Tab that will take full advantage of the Exynos 5250 series of chips. The tablet can support a resolution of up to 2560×1600, all in a WXQGA display of greater than 10-inches of course. Further details are scarce at the moment, but we expect to see something demoed or previewed at the upcoming MWC.

[via Android and Me by Phandroid]

Wifi-Only XYBOARD Now Available in Both 10.1″ and 8.2″ From Motorola

Well if you are wanting a XYBOARD, the sequel to Motorola‘s first tablet the Xoom, but didn’t want to give your hard earned dollar monthly to Verizon to own one, today is your lucky day. Motorola is releasing the wifi version of the Xoom 2… er… XYBOARD and it’s available on their web site as you read this. You can purchase either the 10.1-inch or 8.2″-inch tablet in either 16GB or 32GB versions. The 8.2-inch 16GB model will run you $399 and the 10.1-inch starts at $499. So if you’re wanting the “RAZR” of tablets (form factor) with the freedom of no carriers, head on over to the links below to check them out and while they don’t have ICS just yet, they will be getting it down the road. Also if you haven’t heard much on these tablets you can check out both the initial hands-on review and a full review of the XYBOARD 8.2. Enjoy!

10.1-Inch XYBOARD – Link
8.2-Inch XYBOARD – Link

[via Motorola]

Upcoming LG CX2 to be Dubbed LG 3D Max, or Optimus 3D Max?

At the beginning of the week we told you about the leaked LG CX2, the successor to the LG Optimus 3D, and that it’s believed to make an appearance at MWC in February. According to new reports, the new CX2 will soon sport the 3D Max market name, and will be dubbed the LG 3D MAX, or Optimus 3D Max.

For those who missed out on the leaked specs, the 3D Max is said to have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor (TI OMAP) and sport a glasses-free, 4.3-inch WVGA NOVA auto-stereoscopic display capable of improved 2D-3D conversion. The device will manage to stay at 10mm thin even though it packs dual 5MP cameras for shooting 3D pictures. The real question remains, will those cameras be able to shoot 3D 1080p videos? Among other goodies, you can expect DNLA and NFC capabilities as well.

Hopefully we will see the LG 3D Max at the end of February alongside the quad-core LG X3 flagship phone. My only concern with the 3D Max is that it’s reportedly running Android Gingerbread. What gives?

source: GSM-Israel
via: Pocketnow

Sony Xperia S to feature anti-stain coating and fast charging

We had a chance to get our hands on the upcoming Xperia S at CES, the first Xperia phone to be branded by Sony (without Ericsson in its name). They showed off all the wonderful specs, but for whatever reason they didn’t bother to tell us about a couple of interesting features.

The first is that it will come with an anti-stain coating. It will be a special nano coating that is not only a dirt repellent, but also UV active. The second is that will have the ability to charge quicker than normal. It will supposedly charge in half the time, and word is a 10-minute charge can keep the phone going for an hour.

source: pocketpc
via: briefmobile


Google wants developers to say goodbye to the menu button

Since Google is transitioning to a buttonless style OS with Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich, it isn’t a shock they are telling developers to move their menu functions to the action bar. All phones up to this point have a dedicated menu button, but that won’t be the case moving forward. Google has instituted an action bar that includes the three dots that work as the new Menu.

The problem with some apps is they’re still pointing towards a physical menu button and since Ice Cream Sandwich, and particularly the Galaxy Nexus, doesn’t have a dedicated menu button, the system shifts the three dot action overflow button beside the system navigation. Normally this is on top.

According to Google, this is doesn’t provide an ideal user experience. I will say that for me personally, I have noticed the action button moving from top to bottom (and vice versa) between apps, and it’s a little annoying. Google recently posted instructions for developers on how to migrate to the action bar or remove it all together. Hit the source link to find out more.

[via android developers blog]