Motorola Working On Droid Bionic “Project”, Needs Your Help Testing It

According to Motorola, “soak testing” is a thing of the past, as the company will now be using the nomenclature “project”.  In any event, we all know what it means, an update is in the works and we’ll take that with whatever name you want to give it.  Motorola seems to be on par with addressing the massive bug list we mentioned earlier this month affecting the Droid Bionic’s performance among other things.  At the beginning of November we mentioned the update was about 30-60 days out and so far we’re about 15 days in.  With any luck, Moto will nip this thing in the bud over the next 15 days and then roll it out to the masses.  Check out the email below regarding the entire update.  
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Line to Get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Sony-Ericsson has announced they intend to upgrade the “Portfolio” of Xperia devices to Android 4.0 ICS. This is a strong step in the right direction for them as many people are worried about their devices not getting Ice Cream Sandwich.

The devices listed for the upgrade are;  the Xperia arc and arc S, Xperia PLAY, Xperia  neo and neo V, Xperia  mini and mini pro, Xperia  pro, Xperia active, Xperia ray as well as the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman.

Sony-Ericsson recently made our news buy announcing the buy out of Ericsson’s share in the company. I’m sure this announcement will ease  a lot of Xperia customers minds on their device becoming fragmented in the coming months.

Are you excited about this announcement? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section.

[Source Sony-Ericsson]

LG Updates The Optimus 3D With Enhanced Gingerbread Upgrade

LG has announced that they will be rolling out an update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, for the Optimus 3D. This includes some features from Google like UI improvements and better power management. The update is said to enhance network speed as well as enhance the 3D experience. We told you about the Optimus 3D back in February.  The update will begin in the UK on November 21st and will role out to other markets by the end of the year so everyone should be good to go by early next year.  It is nice to see LG getting an update out so soon, as most devices take forever to get one. It was only recently LG killed rumors about some of their high-end phones not getting Android 4.0 ICS.  Continue on after the break for a run down of all the features in this update as well as the full press release.

Sprint Announces New Data Pricing For Non-Smartphone Devices

Sprint has recently decided to change their data plans for tablets and mobile broadband/hotspot in order to remain competitive with other mobile providers. It seems like Sprint has been tweaking its plans a lot lately and this new line-up has its ups and downs. All new changes went into effect today and only apply to non-smartphone devices. Smartphones will maintain unlimited data.

Sprint’s two high-tier plans offer more bandwidth than Verizon and AT&T and at a lower cost. You can get 12GB of data for $79.99 and 6GB fro $49.99. If you are simply using a tablet and want less data, you now have a 1GB option for $19.99 and 3GB plan for $34.99. The later also applies to hotspots as well.

All plans include 3G and 4G but if you go over in data you will definitely be punished for it. The Now Network is going to charge you an additional $0.25 per MB of overage, and if you manage to exceed 1GB you will have to pay a $50 penalty. Although the new pricing is really good and beats out Big Red and Ma Bell, the overage fees will definitely make you want to monitor your data usage more closely.

Jump past the break for the full low-down within Sprint’s press release.


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[Review] Sprint Samsung Transform Ultra


Intro

We often use terms like “budget friendly”, “mid level” or even “entry level” to describe devices that tend to be “light on the wallet” and Samsung’s Transform Ultra is no exception, however, this little device is packing a little more under the hood than your average little smart phone might have to offer. With features like a front facing camera and a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU under the hood, we’d say the device is teetering towards the high end of the budget friendly spectrum.  The Samusng Transform Ultra on  Sprint is an excellent device for those looking to enter the smartphone arena with some high-end specs but not wanting to empty their savings account to be there.  The handset is a follow up to the original Transform only this bad boy comes in a thinner and lighter form factor and tosses in a mobile hotspot feature unlike other devices in its class.  In addition, under the hood you’ll find a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8655 chip set offering fast processing speeds accompanied with Android version 2.3 Gingerbread for its flavor of the OS.  Furthermore, the device offers a slide out qwerty compact keyboard reminiscent of the Sprint Epic 4G only wrapped in a package with a 3.5-inch HVGA (320 x 480) TFT display.  Originally debuting for Boost Mobile, the device is now available on Sprints network as of Nov 13th for a mere $79.99 after a $50 mail in rebate.  Hit the break to check out the rest of the review and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below.  
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Price Check by Amazon now available for Android

Amazon just announced their Price Check app is now available for Android mobile phones. It was originally released for the iPhone last year, but today it finally makes it way to the Android Market and the Amazon Appstore. It’s a lot like ShopSavvy, but offers more search options and is only limited to comparing prices with Amazon. You can not only scan a barcode, but you can snap a picture, say a product name, or type a product name. So before you make any new purchases, you can always look to see if Amazon can offer you a better deal. If they do, nothing could be simpler, because you will be able to purchase the item with 1-Click right from the app, and have it delivered directly to your doorstep.

“Consumers want a fast and convenient way to determine the best possible price available for a product,” said Sam Hall, director of Amazon Mobile. “Since Amazon is widely known for its vast selection and low prices, Price Check for iPhone quickly became one of our most popular apps following its release last November, which is why we’re excited to expand the app to the growing number of Amazon customers using Android phones.”

Download links after the break


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Socialscope For Android to Bring Instagram Support? Now looking For Alpha Testers

Looking to dwindle some of your social networking accounts into one easy to use app? Socialscope could eventually be your answer. Currently in Alpha form for Android, Socialscope has been a rather successful app on the Blackberry platform for a long while now, offering integration for Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare accounts. Although the Alpha Android version has around for a bit, the latest update brings support for another app that many Android users have been waiting for. Instagram.

Instagram is a photo sharing app that has only been available on iDevices and has acquired an overwhelming number of users. It has been said that an Android version is in the works but early testers of Socialscope will supposedly be able to get their hands on it before anyone else.

To sign up for the early Alpha of Socialscope fill out the Google Doc here. Be prepared to wait awhile for a response, and if/when you do get access be sure to help the devs out and truly test the app. That means leaving feedback so they can make improvements and eventually get Socialscope out of Alpha and into Beta. I have a feeling this will be big once fully released.

[via Android Central]

T-Mobile to Join Google at November 16th Event

It looks as if T-Mobile is joining Google to host the event on the 16th. They also seem to have a concert lined up right after the event. Hmm? Could this be a sign that they plan to release the Google Music Store to T-Mobile customers only? It wouldn’t be the first time Google went exclusive on a roll-out of a new service. They gave Sprint Google Wallet first, with the promise that it will make its way to other carriers and phones.

Drake, Maroon 5, and even Busta Rhymes are some of the artists expected to be at the concert. Sounds pretty good when you think about it. Will T-Mobile be an exclusive user to the Google music Store, or are they just helping with the kickoff? I guess we will all have to wait till tomorrow to find out. What are your thoughts of T-Mobile being the exclusive carrier to the Google Music Store? Let us know in the comments section.

[Source DroidLife]

Verizon Extends Return Policy For The Holidays

If you are planing on buying a phone from Verizon Wireless, you have a little extra something to be happy about. That is if you buy it between today and December 28th. They are giving you until January 9th, 2012 to return it, as a holiday offer to you. This only covers phones so don’t get your hopes up for tablets or accessories to be included in the deal.

Verizon’s usual return policy is within 14 days of purchase, so this gives you a little longer time frame to really get to know your phone. There is still the usual $35 restocking fee that goes along with returning the device, but this is a good deal for the Christmas shopper. Check out the source for all of the details pertaining to Verizon’s return policy. I wonder if anyone will return the Galaxy Nexus? Tell us what you think in the comments section.

[Source Verizon Wireless]