In the next year, I’m expecting to see more and more Android-related media devices and set-top boxes such as the Nexus Q. Last week we told you about a new Android-based gaming console called OUYA, but we really didn’t know much about it. Well it just became a Kickstarter project so we have more details.
The concept and idea behind the project is to make it easier for developers to bring a console game to market. Every OUYA console is a developer kit and there won’t be a need to purchase a license or an expensive SDK. So basically no licensing fees, retail fees, or publishing fees so anyone can create the next big title. All games will have the freemium model so everyone will at least be able to try any of the ones they’re interested in.
Those of you in Canada can get ready for the next edition of the rejuvenated RAZR line. Motorola just announced the RAZR V, which is already available in China. It’s only 8.4mm thick, and since it’s a RAZR, you can expect a full dose of Kevlar fiber to give it that nice touch. The rest of the specs include:
- 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) ColorBoost display
- 1.2Ghz dual-core processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording
- microSD slot for additional 32GB of storage
- HSDPA, WiFi b/g/n, and Bluetooth
- Android 4.o Ice Cream Sandwich
No pricing was specified, but it will be available during the 2nd quarter at Bell Mobility, Best Buy, Future Shop, Tbooth Wireless, The Mobile Shop, The Source, Videotron, Virgin Mobile, WIND Mobile, WIRELESSWAVE and WIRELESS etc.
Full press release after the break:
We already saw a leak of the AT&T Atrix HD so we knew it was only a matter of time when it was officially announced. That time is today as Motorola made if official for both AT&T as well as Bell in Canada. Don’t let the titles of both phones fool you, they are both LTE devices so no worries. Full specs include:
- 4.5-inch HD (1280 x 720) ColorBoost display
- 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front facing camera
- 8GB on-board storage, with expandable microSD card slot
- 1780 mAh battery
- Gorilla Glass
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
For AT&T, it will be available on July 15th for $99, but for Bell we only know it will be available during the Summer, and no pricing was specified. Hit the break for both press releases.
Sure the Nexus Q is going to be a revolutionary media device for us Android users, but don’t forget— at the end of the day, it’s still a Nexus product and so you know what that means? It means that the Nexus Q is meant to be tinkered with and improved upon silly. After seeing the Q get unlocked and rooted for all kinds of tomfoolery, it was time to see what else could be done with the device. Well thanks to XDA Forum member fredc888, we are now one step closer to being able to see the full potential and take full advantage of the Q’s ability to run apps and games. fredc888 was able to successfully connect a Bluetooth-compliant HID mouse to the device. Yes friends a Bluetooth mouse. That is definitely big time.
While this is an exciting achievement, it is one that should be taken with extreme caution. As you might expect, the Q doesn’t have a traditional Bluetooth menu to allow it to connect to other devices outside of Android phones and tablets, so the Bluetooth stack configuration file must be directly edited to allow input devices and connect to them automatically and naturally— this step requires unlocking the bootloader, which effectively wipes the device’s data partition. Should you make an oopsies, unbricking options for the Nexus Q are limited and that means users should take extraordinary precaution when writing to the device.
Despite the significant risk to the Nexus Q– you can’t help but be excited at the idea of connecting additional gadgets to the device. So if you’re feeling a little lucky, brave or just plain curious, be sure to check out the complete thread— which you can find at the source link below.
source: XDA Forums
Huawei’s Ascend D1 has officially been launched in China. In case you didn’t know, this speedy mid-range phone has a TI OMAP 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and 1GB RAM, a high-def 4.5-inch, 1280 x 720 high-definition IPS+ display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass and remember that Dolby/Huawei agreement we’d told you about recently? Well the Ascend D1 is also going to have topnotch sound too as it includes Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and Audience earSmart™ voice technology.
The device is currently in various Chinese e-commerce outlets including Huawei’s Vmall.com for a reasonable ¥ 2499 ($392). As a follow-up, Russia will be next to receive the device as it’s scheduled to arrive sometime in August– while additional markets follow after that. While most of us here in the States might be a bit disappointed there was no direct mention of the U.S. markets being involved in the immediate launch of the device, be sure to cheer up. After all—- we did see the Ascend D1 sneak past us in the FCC recently, so we may possibly see an unlocked version of the phone compatible with U.S. wireless bands some day. Make sure to jump past the break to see the full presser from Huawei.
Last week we told you about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 finally receiving the Android 4.0.4 update and now it looks like it’s the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus‘ turn. First in line to snag the update will be the Austrian Wi-Fi/3G version of the device (GT-P6200) and should be available now through Samsung KIES and as an OTA update. The update will bring the usual ICS suspects such as Face Unlock, new notifications panel, added butter, and the new multitasking menu. For you Austrian folks with a Tab 7.0 Plus, you should be able to check for a looming update right now by heading to Settings, About Tablet, Software Update. As I mentioned earlier you can also use Samsung KIES to pull the update manually.
The next Sammy tablets to receive the update will be:
- GT-P6210 Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 WIFI
- GT-P6200 Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 WIFI + 3G
- GT-P6810 Galaxy Tab 7.7 WIFI
- GT-P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7 WIFI + 3G
- GT-P7310 Galaxy Tab 8.9 WIFI
- GT-P7300 Galaxy Tab 8.9 WIFI + 3G
- GT-P7510 Galaxy Tab 10.1 WIFI
- GT-P7500 Galaxy Tab 10.1 WIFI + 3G
If you are the owner of one of these devices listed above I would imagine the update to roll out in the coming week.
As we mentioned last night, the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note is getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update today and it’s already live. Note users are really going to like this update because it’s not just about ICS. Your going to get the Premium Suite upgrade which includes the new application S Note, a new widget that enables access to S Memo, and the My Story application for creating customized greeting cards and notes. Check out this video showing all the new features.
This update won’t be taking place over-the-air so you have to manually install it via the Kies software, which also require a Windows or Mac computer. Click here to download the Kies software and get all the instructions to get your Note updated with the latest and greatest.
Full press release after the break:
Well while the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is one step closer to truly becoming a “Nexus”, Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus is still lacking AOSP support, so what gives? Well, for one thing Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus— also known as toro— only has experimental binaries at this point and Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus— also known as toroplus— well… is not getting even an experimental build of the various binaries. And not only that— Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus is not only getting the cold shoulder from Google Developers, but there are no immediate plans to offer support for that version of the device as indicated by Jean-Baptiste Queru:
“As far as toroplus, the situation is unchanged: there are no plans to support it as a target device for custom AOSP builds.
This is certainly a bit of a messy situation unfolding. Considering the resounding success of the Nexus S 4G and the fact loyal Sprint customers have been eager to have the Galaxy Nexus, Sprint (and Google) would best figure out some type of compromise or solution and soon. The loyal Nexus customers deserve at least that much.
source: Android Police
Due to certain documents that have recently passed through the FCC, there is indication that Sony is working on a new “next-generation” tablet device. Although very little is given away, the supposed tablet will carry the model number SGPT1211. Could this be the possible successor to Sony’s Tablet S? Only time will tell and we’ll keep you updated as we get more information on this matter.
We first reported that the Ice Cream Sandwich update for Verizon’s HTC Rezound was coming due to an early test build that leaked last month. According to a letter from an HTC rep to a consumer obtained by Droid Life, we should expect the official update as early as the end of July and continuing through August. Hit the break to see the full letter.