Over the last year or so, LG has really made some strides in their manufacturing and development of Android. You won’t have to look very hard to find a LG Android phone with fairly decent specs and hardware. However in this industry, it’s important to incorporate features and functions that will help separate oneself from the pack. HTC has their Sense UI and Beats Audio, Apple has Siri and a few Android rip-off features and now, LG will present a “thinking smartphone”. Managing Director of LG Mobile Communications Kwon Bong-suk has recently announced the company’s plan to bring personalized intelligence into their future Android offerings. An example used describes a scenario where you have set your alarm for 6 a.m. While you sleep, the phone uses GPS to keep track of road conditions and decides that because of an unusual amount of traffic on that day, it will have the alarm go off at 5:30 instead, allowing you to make it to your destination on time. Where was this phone during my college years?! There are no more details at this time as to when we can expect to start seeing this exciting new feature. Stay tuned to Talk Android as we continue to provide all the latest Android news and updates.
There are plenty of third party Facebook apps in the Play Store, but Friendcaster is definitely one of the most full-featured ones out there. The developer of this app, OneLouder Apps (nice wink to Spinal Tap, by the way!), has just launched version 5.0.1, a significant update to Friendcaster, including real-time push notifications, high resolution images, design improvements, multiple friend tagging, memory improvements, and 6 color-based themes, among other improvements. It is also designed specifically for Ice Cream Sandwich, even though it runs on Android 1.6 and up.
Check out a screenshot and more details after the break.
Instagram just received yet another update and this time brings support for tablets. If you were trying to access the popular photo community on your slate prior to this update you were forced to use a blown-up version of the smartphone app. Wasn’t very pretty. Now you can have a much cleaner experience and if you are the type who like to use your tablet as a camera, well, you now have that option too. One thing though, you will be stuck using your tablet in portrait mode when inside the app.
Along with tablet support you will also get a few random bug fixes and the the option to move the app to your SD card. Hit either link below to snag the update.
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Are you a Verizon customer and see 4G for the first time recently or are getting a stronger signal? In an effort to gain a serious head start over other carriers, VZW just expanded its LTE coverage across the U.S. and lit up a bunch of new markets. The folks over at Droid-Life have compiled a nice big list outlining the new LTE markets and also the ones getting an expansion.
I personally have had 4G in the Washington town that I live in but could never get a 4G signal inside my house until today. I now get a solid two bars in the basement even! The other carriers are going to have a hell of a time playing catch up to this amazing effort from Verizon. Jump past the break to see the full list of new markets and let us know if you are now enjoying the speed of LTE for the first time.
It looks like we could possibly have new Samsung Galaxy devices on the way. We’ve just heard that Samsung applied for trademarks with the following names: Sire (Serial Number: 85585397), the Galaxy Perx (Serial Number:85585381) and the Galaxy Lift (Serial Number: 85585386). In addition, Sammy clearly identify the goods and services with the United States Patent and Trademark Office as “mobile phones, smartphones”.
While it’s more than likely we’ll be seeing some new smartphones on the way, Samsung has naturally made no announcement on these upcoming phones yet and will likely stay mum for the time being. Stay tuned with Talk Android for further news on each of the potentially new additions to the Galaxy line of smartphones.
Could there be a 3D version of the new HTC EVO 4G LTEin our future? If you look at this “Get to know the HTC EVO 4G LTE” video you can see a quick glimpse of a dual camera version of the final product. Clearly HTC isn’t trying to hide anything from us because you can see the device plain as day. This wouldn’t come as complete surprise if it did eventually hit store shelves because the EVO 3D needs a successor too. Who knows, though, this could just end up being another one of their prototypes that ends up in their “could’ve been” pile. Check out the video below to see what the device could potentially look like. It shows up right around the 23 second mark.
What do you guys think? Would HTC sneak an image of an unannounced device into this video?
Google’s head honcho Larry Page took some time recently to give his formal update on all things Google for 2012, including the Android platform. In an unsurprisingly bright outlook, Page expresses his excitement for Android specifically by sharing how the platform is not only on fire, but:
” The pace of mobile innovation has never been greater. Over 850,000 devices are activated daily through a network of 55 manufacturers and more than 300 carriers. Android is a tremendous example of the power of partnership, and it just gets better with each version. The latest update, Ice Cream Sandwich, has a beautiful interface that adapts to the form of the device. Whether it’s on a phone or tablet, the software works seamlessly”.
He also adds that Android users are able to do a ton of actions ranging from “searching for something” or “turning your phone into a wallet”. Furthermore, he highlights the ability to access information anywhere and everywhere by stating:
“As devices multiply and usage changes (many users coming online today may never use a desktop machine), it becomes more and more important to ensure that people can access all of their stuff anywhere… so I am excited about products like Gmail and Google Docs that work well across Android and desktop. With Chrome now recently available on Android, switching devices becomes painless, too, because all of your tabs are just there across your desktop and Android. And with Google Play, movies, books, apps, and games are all accessible from the Web or an Android device—no cables, downloading, or syncing required. I think there is a theme here”!
Finally he shares a quick tidbit on the recent acquisition of Motorola Mobility. He shares that Google is “excited about the opportunities to build great devices capitalizing on the tremendous success and growth of Android and Motorola’s long history of technological innovation.”
We’re excited too Mr. Page– believe us.
source: Google Investor Relations
Ah yes the ASUS Transformer Prime. The tablet is easily one of the best available, but sadly was plagued with some minor GPS issues and subpar performance. ASUS did make everything good by releasing a much-needed software update, but ASUS is trying to take yet another step to show that it’s a force to be reckoned with in the Android world. It seems that ASUS has been in direct communication with XDA and has stated it:
“Will be releasing a dongle shortly that will address the GPS function and be a fully usable GPS that will lock onto many satellites and keep their lock with wi-fi active”.
Oh and ASUS has pledged this GPS dongle will be “provided for free” by mid-April. ASUS Transformer owners are certainly a lucky bunch. It almost wants to make you trade up and get a TF Prime just for the cool dongle, doesn’t it? We’re all on the lookout for that dongle ASUS.
It’s that bitter-sweet moment that follows a lot of OS updates. You boot up for the first time to find all the new features and bug fixes you were hoping to see, all is well in the world. Inevitably, for every 5 or 6 bugs fixed there’s a new one that reveals itself that wasn’t there before, now where’s my pitchfork?
The GSM Galaxy Nexus saw a world wide OTA push of the latest Android 4.0.4 which brought with it some minor improvements such as faster multitasking, a new power-button menu, quicker changing of screen orientation etc however what wasn’t advertised as part of the update was sketchy signal problems. The issue specifically causes a complete loss of signal in otherwise strong signal areas which prevents the ability to make or receive calls and texts. Widespread reports of the issue first surfaced over at the XDA developers forum and have since progressed to a confirmed listed on Google’s support page.
Interestingly I have not personally ran into the problem on my GSM Galaxy Nexus since I updated to 4.0.4 however I am UK based so I’m not sure if that has any significance to the occurrence of the issue. I expect Google will be working round the clock to bring a timely 4.0.5 update that will fix the issue, here’s hoping it doesn’t bring another unexpected gremlin along with it!
You can click the link below to head over to the Google website and report the issue if you’ve been effected by signal loss following the 4.0.4 update.
source : Google
The great thing about the Android platform is the fact it allows us to tinker and modify our devices, despite certain OEMs and carriers making a clear effort to deter us from doing such sinful acts. While HTC has given us some ability to unlock its devices, we do know that some very intelligent and crafty individuals are hard at work trying to make newer HTC devices (and other OEMs for that matter) more accessible to us– the common people, in the meantime. That’s why an anonymous person who has that mouthwatering AT&T HTC One X smartphone is ready to make the device just a little more interesting. Apparently he or she bought a prototype of the smartphone with full S-OFF in the bootloader. While the anonymous person may not be able to do anything on his or her own, the development community is sought upon to try and throw in their two cents on how to crack the additional codes in the phone. Ladies and gents— if the lucky owner and other developers are able to crack the code of the phone, we may just see a new world of potential for the device… sooner than we think. Stay tuned for further developments on this noteworthy story everyone!