DROID2 Global Gingerbread Update Approaches… Again

DROID2 Global owners were left with nothing less than utter frustration after their Gingerbread update was yanked away last month due to a Microsoft Exchange encryption issue that was discovered at the last minute. For those of you that didn’t have a chance to blast your way to Gingerbread before its sudden removal, rest assured – your time is coming. A support document showing a new build of 4.5.608 has been approved and the OTA update (with the same changelog as before) should be available within the next week.

If you are chomping at the bit and don’t want to wait to be prompted, follow these instructions to check on your update: Settings > Software Update > Check New.

Hit the break for the changelog and leave us a comment if you have success with your update.

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Motorola Droid Pro Gingerbread OTA Update Finally Here

The long wait seems to be over for Motorola Droid Pro owners that have been anxious for their own steamy slice of Gingerbread. Verizon has now posted the software changelog for the device and users are already reporting success with the update. Just follow these instructions if you haven’t yet been prompted:

Settings > Software Update > Check New.

Jump past the break for the full changelog.

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Verizon Privacy Policy Updated – What you need to know

Verizon Wireless customers, it looks like Big Red went and changed their privacy policy on you. The updated policy allows Verizon to collect info from your device for “certain business and marketing reports” and for “making mobile ads you see more relevant.” The type of  info they will be collecting includes URLs of websites you visit while on Verizon’s network as well as your device’s location data. Your data is then also up for grabs by third-party companies. Rest assured, Verizon promises nothing collected will be personally identifiable. It turns out you’re enrolled in the new policy automatically. So if that doesn’t bother you, then you’re all set, but if it does, you can do something about it. Write a letter to your congressman. Visit www.verizonwireless.com/myprivacy to prevent Verizon from force enrolling and collecting your data. Look for “Don’t use my information.”

Here’s the full notice if you’re interested in reading more.

[via computerworld]

Google Wallet Updated To v1.0-R33v4 Bringing New Offers, Updated Transaction Screen

Google Wallet was released last month, but most of us still can’t take advantage of it unless you’re a Nexus S 4G or a rooted Nexus S owner. In either case, a strangely numbered update has been released taking it to version v1.0-R33v4. Here’s what’s listed as the changes:

  • Find new offers directly in Wallet
  • Updated transaction detail screen (for Tap & Pay and in Transaction History)
  • Merchant name and amount now available for Google Prepaid Card purchases
  • Improved button to turn your cards on and off
  • Five minute default PIN timeout for new users
  • An improved tutorial
  • Account Number validation for some gift cards
  • Bug fixes

Hopefully, Google Wallet and NFC will become more readily available for the rest of us soon so we can try this out. I have a feeling the transition to the rest of us is going to be painfully slow though. Market links for the few that can use it are right after the break. Let us know if you find any other cool updates in this new version.

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GameFly app for Android gets major update bringing social network for gamers

The GameFly app for Android just received a major update to 2.0, which adds its social network for gamers. The social network has already been available on the iPhone since April 2011, and now Android users can connect with other Android users or across platforms. The update supports smartphones and tablets and includes the following features:

  • Create a profile page and browse others’ profiles
  • Find new people to play with on Xbox LIVE, PSN & Wii
  • Post updates and share info with followers
  • Follow friends and other gamers, and discover what they’re playing
  • View recent activity around any game
  • Comment on others’ posts and see comments on your posts
  • Get notifications when people comment on your posts
  • Connect Facebook and Twitter accounts seamlessly with the GameFly App
  • GameFly members have the option to share the games they add to their GameQ or decide to keep

You can download it now from the Android Market or hit our apps database for the QR code. It will soon be available in the Amazon Appstore and NOOK Store.

Another screen shot and full press release after the break:

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Samsung Exhibit II 4G (aka SGH-T679, Ancora) Shown Off In Press Shots

Thanks to PocketNow here is a press shot of the Exhibit II 4G, formally known as the Samsung Ancora, which is also known as the Samsung Galaxy W internationally. This is also one of the devices called out on the leaked T-Mobile roadmap to hit Nov. 2nd. This isn’t a bad little phone likely to be $99 with a 1.4GHz single-core processor, HSPA+, a 3.7-inch screen, and a 5-MP camera on the back. Nice to see that ugly home button is removed as well.

[via pocketnow]

AT&T Drive Mode, The Anti-Texting While Driving Mobile Solution (video)

We’ve showed you a few anti-texing while driving apps like Sprint’s Drive First and PhoneGuard. AT&T also has a solution called DriveMode, which like the others, can disable incoming calls and text messages while driving and even send auto-text replies to let people know you’re currently driving. The app is available for free in the Android Market for AT&T customers. Download links are right after the break as well as how the app works with a video. Texting and driving is absolutely a bad idea, so take advantage of this free app to help you keep your phone out of your hands while driving.

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HTC Sensation In Europe Getting OTA Update With Possible Security Fix

If you remember earlier this month, there was a bit of a security scare with HTC Sense where your phone data could be collected by other apps. Today though, Sensations in Europe are getting an over-the-air update that could be patching this up. The description of the update doesn’t explicitly mention fixing the security issue, but let’s hope besides “performance improvements and new features”  that the fix is there. It can’t hurt to grab the update, but stay tuned for more solid info.

[via pocketnow]

Apple Wins Injunction, Galaxy Tab 10.1 Banned In Australia

In the ongoing Apple vs. Samsung war, it looks like Apple has put a nail in the coffin one more time, this time in Australia. A little over a week ago Apple rejected a proposal from Samsung to end this tablet battle. What’s even more crazy is right before the ruling was to go down to possibly ban the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, Samsung set up a temporary store two doors down from the Sydney Apple Store. Yesterday, the Federal Court granted Apple’s injunction to ban the Tab 10.1 in Australia until a trial is had to resolve the patient disputes between the two companies. Samsung has stated they would kill the release of the 10.1 if the injunction was granted as, without holiday sales, the tablet would be “dead” by the time it actually hit stores. The two players will be returning to court today to see if Samsung will be allowed to sell a modified version minus the technology that Apple sited in the complaint on two patents. Well, there you have it folks. I know this is getting old, but news is news. Take it as you will.

[via bloomberg]

ASUS’ Quad-Core Transformer 2 Tablet Could Launch November 7th

After months of anticipation, we may finally see the launch of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer 2, packed with that drool-worthy NVIDIA Kal-El quad-core processor we’ve been dreaming about. The online retailer, LambdaTek Component Shop, shows the Transformer 2 (listed as model number TF201-1I020A) as in-stock on November 7th, which would make good on ASUS CEO Jerry Shen’s comments last week that the device would indeed launch by the end of the year. Interestingly enough, the price is set at £537.85 (tax included) or about $739.77 USD, which is an increase of more than 45% from Shen’s remarks regarding its projected retail cost.

Let’s check out those specs:

  • Runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor
  • 10.1-inch display
  • 32GB of storage
  • 1GB of RAM

[via bgr]