Nook Color Gets Software Update, Now Includes A Healthy Dose Of Netflix For Your Educational Or Informational Viewing

Whoa, that didn’t take long. Barnes & Noble has announced an update for its Nook Color tablet. The update includes new PagePerfect NOOK books, the ability to read books in portrait or landscape mode and wait for it– Netflix support! The update is over-the-air (OTA) of course and will begin rolling out starting today. Users should receive it when their device is connected to Wi-Fi and is idle. Of course you can download the update here if they just can’t wait for the OTA update. Don’t forget to let us know how the update works out for you in the Comments section.

[via Barnes & Noble]

LG Spectrum (Revolution 2) Photos Revealed

 

Recall the rumors of the “Revolution 2″ for Verizon?  Well, the rumors have manifested and pictures of the device have surfaced thanks to our friends over at Pocket Now.  The handset will be dubbed the LG Spectrum and showed up in Vz’s system last month with model number VS920.  The device sports a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, 720p HD res, an 8 meg camera capable of HD capture and LTE radios on board.  The Spectrum joins a large and hefty lineup as it fits in the ranks with the Droid Razr, Rezound, Galaxy Nexus and Droid 4.  So, if you’re on Big Red, you’ve got options.  As we mentioned before, Pocket Now managed to scoop some shots of the device and though they are small, you can see the handset is pretty slim as opposed to its predecessor.  Check out the shot above and don’t forget to let us know you think.

[via Pocket Now]

Motorola Has New Project For Droid RAZR

Well it appears that there is a new project coming out from Motorola for Droid RAZR owners. I just received this email, just a few minutes ago actually, and while I am not sure what it entails, it appears that this project is moving quickly. Given the timeline Motorola gave for updating their phones to Ice Cream Sandwich, I will venture a guess that it has something to do with the 4G SIM card issues that some people are having. If you are interested in knowing more, hit the break below to check out the email. 
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Amazon Promises Software Update for Kindle Fire to Fix U.S. Issues

A lot of folk have had negative things to say about the Kindle Fire and it appears that Amazon is listening. As Amazon has had to reorder stock for the device it appears that it is selling quite well, but given the feedback, people have had less than great things to say about the tablet/e-reader.

While some issues are hardware related, such as power button placement and a lack of volume rocker buttons, an abundant amount of complaints were software and performance related. Given our review on it, it appears that performance might be a big issue down the road, so having performance issues right out the gate would hurt the Kindle Fire in the long run.

Great news for folks in the UK as well. This update should be implemented into the tablet already when it’s released abroad in early 2012. Those with the U.S. version won’t have to wait so long as a company spokesperson told the New York Times, “In less than two weeks, we’re rolling out an over-the-air update to Kindle Fire.”

With that being said it appears that Amazon is taking your feedback and given that it’s said that there are 3-5 million units sold, that feedback is quite important. What about you guys, are you having performance issues?

 

[via Pocket-Lint]

More Sony Ericsson Arc HD Pictures and Specs Appear Online

Over the past month we have seen several leaks and images of the upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD (aka Nozomi). Today, a new batch of photos appeared on the web and this time includes some device specs to go along with them. We still don’t have confirmation on the official name for this device so there is no telling just yet how it will come to market.

The Xperia Arc HD will launch running Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread and sport a 4.3-inch LCD HD display with a 1280 x 720 resolution. A whopping 12 MP camera has been verified as well as full HD video recording capabilities. A dual-core Snapdragon processor, Adreno 220 GPU and 1GB of RAM will be the driving force but unfortunately it will lack microSD card storage and versions will be available with either 16GB or 32GB of on-board storage. Finally, the device will have an HDMI output, allowing for connectivity to an HDTV.

A couple interesting things to note: It looks as though the battery is not removable by the user, and the device uses a microSIM card. Jump past the cut for some more photos of the device.
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Stocking Stuffer or Gift Idea: Smartphone Coasters and Tab Rests from newPCgadgets

If you’re looking for something inexpensive but cool to give to someone this Holiday Season, than head over to newpcgadgets because their stainless steel smartphone coasters make the perfect stocking stuffer. I still can’t figure out why phone manufacturers aren’t incorporating built-in kickstands, but for $4.95 you can use these coasters with any phone.

We have a bluetooth speaker in our kitchen, so this makes the perfect stand when cooking up a gourmet meal (yeah right) and listening to some tunes. It’s nice on the nightstand as well. The possibilities are endless.


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Samsung Gets Serious– Boasts Claim Of Record 300 Million Sales For 2011

Samsung isn’t just content to sell 30 million Galaxy S and S II phones worldwide, no sir. Sammy has announced its sold 300 million handsets so far this year. Oh and the company doesn’t look like there is any sign of letting up either. JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business is quoted as saying “we look forward to extending this success going into 2012″. Considering it also manufactures that precious jewel and those not-too shabby Notes as well, they certainly have all the momentum in the world for 2012. Oh and it doesn’t hurt it’s on the offensive against its competition now too.

[via Reuters]

Motorola Xoom Tablet Gets Nice Surprise– Tastes Sweet Android 4.0 Glory

The Motorola Xoom tablet suddenly has even more sex appeal. Motorola mentioned just last week that the Xoom would be among the first of its devices to get that sweet, sweet treat. You know how the old saying for us MOTO owners, “we’ll believe it when we see it”. Well kids, you’re in for a nice surprise. Although we have yet to get a definitive confirmation from MOTO of when Android 4.0 will be available for the tablet, there is in fact a video of a Xoom unit running Android 4.0 already on the web. Many of you all are wondering why the Xoom of all devices is actually running a build of ICS. It’s quite simple really– although MOTO is notorious for the (MOTO)BLUR UI on their smartphones– the Xoom tablet actually is one of the few non-Google devices running on a pure, unmolested version of the Android OS. Here’s hoping that the Xoom tablet will get its upgrade before the end of next year by Q1 2012. Why don’t you tickle your fancy and check out that one video with the (Xoom) tablet that highlights Google’s new image search features for tablets? If you check again and pay close attention– you’ll find the tablet is indeed running ICS. Huzzah for Xoom tablet owners!

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[via Androidandme]

[Leak] DROID 4 landing page revealed at DroidDoes.com

We’re expecting the DROID 4 to land on Verizon just in time for Christmas, on December 22. Since it has already passed the FCC, we’re hopeful this date will hold. To give further proof that Verizon is getting ready for a release, the below image was uncovered from the DroidDoes.com site after a reader noticed the DROID 4 link on the DROID 3 landing page.  This will eventually be part of the landing page for the DROID 4. Could we see the slide-out QWERTY 4G LTE beast before the Galaxy Nexus? Nothing would surprise me at this point.

[via droid-life]

 

 

Huawei Honor first to get Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade

While all of us here in the U.S. sit and wait to “taste” Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy Nexus, I’ve been jokingly saying that other phones will probably have ICS before Verizon releases the damn thing. Today’s unbelievable news is that Huawei just released a “demo build” of the ICS update for the Honor. This is less than a month after the release of the source code, and before the likes of HTC, Motorola, and Samsung, not to mention before the first ICS phone, the Galaxy Nexus is released in the U.S. You’ve got to be kidding me. If you own an Honor, hit the source link below and enjoy a little ICS.

[via huawei through engadget]