ICS Update For HTC Vivid On AT&T Officially Rolling Out


HTC Vivid owners on Ma Bell’s network have had a great March haven’t they? HTC started off by highlighting the device would not only be getting Android 4.0, but also Beats Audio. Then owners were able their mitts on the unofficially official update thanks to a crafty Vivid owner. And of course, some AT&T subscribers took matters into their own hands and manually pulled the official update to their devices, even though AT&T stayed mum on whether the update was actually available or not. Well gang, AT&T and HTC have finally let the cat out of the bag and announced the official ICS update is available for the Vivid smartphone.

Users will find a nice listing of features in the update too. In addition to Android 4.0 and Diet Sense 4.0 Sense 3.6, users will get Beats Audio software built-in (even though AT&T/HTC states it will only work when headphones or external speakers are connected), Facial Unlock, the ability to use Bluetooth mice and keyboards and improved email.

The update should be pushing out to all users now. That means when you get it you will be able to enjoy all of the delicious ICS goodness. If you don’t get it, sit tight folks— it will arrive soon enough.

source: AT&T

Motorola Intros New Golf Edition MOTOACTV, Gets Assistance From Pro Golfer Bubba Watson

Motorola continues to add features, making its MOTOACTV sports watch more and more interesting and of continued great value in recent days.  The new device has now just been given an update that will allow golfers to get in on the action.  Motorola teamed up with Bubba Watson, a three-time  PGA Tour champion to bring you the Motorola MOTACTV Golf Edition.  The device has been touted as “a cutting-edge GPS golf tracker” along with an excellent virtual caddy and online clubhouse.  As a golf fanatic, I’m literally watering at the mouth right now. The device offers 20,000 courses to choose from offering you information and distance from front, center and back of any green.  In addition, distance from hazards, the keeping of your score, clubs used and regulation green hits can all be found on the new update.  One of the more interesting and cool features is the “clubhouse” feature we mentioned above.  The service syncs up your data in which you can then view the course you played in a satellite view as well as where all your shots went.  Now, that’s valuable as heck to any golfer.

“The new Golf Edition of MOTOACTV has features that allow players to make better decisions on the course,” Watson said in a press release. “From the weekend warriors trying to find the distance to the back of the green to great golfers who want to analyze their game and share their stats with friends, MOTOACTV helps improve scores and makes the game more enjoyable.”

The only downside to it all is the cost, the Golf Edition is coming in rather heavy at $299.99 but if you’re willing to fork over the cheddar, you can pre-order the MOTOACTV now and it’l start shipping April 1st. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.  If you’re not interested in the MOTOACTV you might want to check out the WIMM One device, an equally slick sports watch to compliment your Android device as well as Sony’s LiveView companion.  And let’s not forget the awesome i’m watch.

Press Release after the break.

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Sony Mobile Shows Off First Commerical For Xperia Line Of Smartphones



We know that Sony is not pulling any strings when it comes to its intentions to really take a bite out of the overall smartphone share. Their newly revamped Xperia line of smartphones are no doubt impressive ones and we know they are clearly intending to appease even the most technical smartphone users, but aside from some news here and there— we hadn’t seen a real marketing or advertising push for Sony’s top line of devices, until now. Sony has given a sneak peak of their first commercial, which is a stop-motion animated piece done by none other than Wes Anderson.

The commercial has a unique background of how it was developed too. Anderson interviewed several children and asked them how they thought a smartphone worked. Their response gave him the idea to highlight smaller robot workers working under a head honcho big robot in order to ensure the (Xperia) smartphone is operating at the best level possible which includes getting different types of content including video and music in the device. The way it’s presented in the commercial piece shows an interesting way of describing how how phone operates. Creative indeed.

You can find the video available for viewing now, so be sure to check it out below.


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source: TechCrunch

Android users are experiencing Gmail issues as it continuously reloads and flickers [Updated]

There seems to be something going on with the Android Gmail app for many users out there, and it doesn’t appear explainable. It started sometime yesterday afternoon for both rooted and non-rooted users. Upon opening Gmail from your Android phone or tablet, it gets stuck in a loop of trying to refresh and it flickers. It obviously can’t be the app itself because there hasn’t been an update in the last day, so it has to be an issue with Google. Users of the following devices are reporting the issue: Atrix 4G, Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, Optimus S, EVO 3D, Acer A500 tablet, Photon 4G, Epic 4G, Nexus S 4G, Thunderbolt, and most likely others. Here’s a quick video showing what the issue is.

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I haven’t noticed any issues with my Galaxy Nexus, how about you guys?

Thanks Jeff


Google has acknowledged the issue with the following statement from Googler BrittanyBee

Beginning this morning, we’ve received reports of a bug causing some Gmail users on Android to experience screen flickering when they open the app.  We are in the process of fixing it and the issue should be resolved shortly.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

source: google code and google product forums

Dude Perfect, Another Addicting Physics Game For Your Android Smartphone (Video)

Dang it, as if we weren’t already addicted to physics games like Angry Birds and Shoot The Apple, now we’ve got Dude Perfect, an addicting as heck physics game too that calls for ballers everywhere to download.  If you love taking trick-shots and are a huge fan of the Dude Perfect following, you can now bring it to your smartphone with this all new time passer. Bathroom breaks are sure to be extended as the game allows you to create and take trick-shots with all sorts of obstacles and in the most bizarre of places.

We’re Dude Perfect™—the YouTube guys that bring you the world’s craziest basketball shots—and we’re thrilled to introduce the first ever trick-shot basketball game! Prove you have what it takes to master the art of the trick-shot by taking, and making, the most epic shots imaginable!

The new puzzler offers a slew of cool trick-shots to take and even furthers game play by allowing you to create your very own levels with their new custom level editor.  In addition, you can challenge friends online as you try to beat their high scores to show off to the world.  Some are calling it the new Angry Birds and some are just touting how awesome and rich the graphics are.  Judge for yourself by heading past the break for the download links and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.  More screen shots and a video demo after the break.

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[Deal] 16GB, unlocked, Docomo branded Galaxy Nexus (i9250) for $459.50 at Negri Electronics

Here’s your chance to save $290 on an unlocked, 16GB Galaxy Nexus. Negri Electronics is selling the unlocked Galaxy Nexus for $459.50. This is a sweet deal, and you can feel better if you missed out on the temporary Daily Steal yesterday.

There are a couple of details to take note of: there will be a small NTT Docomo logo on the back cover. Also, this is the Yakju build, and will have Android 4.0.2. Hit up the link below to order your own Galaxy Nexus.

source: Negri Electronics

Android SDK Tools Get An Update (R17), Includes Bug Fixes And New Features

Dev’s are about to get an early Christmas gift as Google has announced a new revision to its SDK with a number of anticipated bug fixes as well as some new and improved features.  You can expect to see some improvements in areas such as “Lint” and the emulator itself.

Lint is a static checker which analyzes Android projects for a variety of issues around correctness, security, performance, usability and accessibility, checking your XML resources, bitmaps, ProGuard configuration files, source files and even compiled bytecode. It can be run from within Eclipse or from the command line.

The list is extensive and a highly welcomed addition and revision to the current SDK.  We hope to see great things from devs when new and improved tools are handed down to them.  Check out the full list of features, revisions and improvements below, courtesy of Android SDK Tech, Xavier Ducrohet.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.  
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Pre-orders for the Acer Iconia Tab A510 ‘Olympic Edition’ starts today at $449

We heard about Acer’s first quad-core tablet, the A510, last November. Then earlier this month they announced it as the Olympics Edition. Now all we needed was the price. We were expecting it to come in at $500 , but we’re pleased with the aggressive price point of $449. This is a solid price for a Tegra 3 tablet with 32GB, not to mention 12 hours of battery life with the whopping 9800 mAh battery. If there is one negative, it’s the fact that it’s 10.9 mm thick. It’s available in both silver and black and you can pre-order one now on Amazon or Future Shop in Canada. We expect shipments to commence in about 3 weeks.

The full specs include:

  • Tegra 3 – 4-PLUS-1 quad-core processor
  • 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) 16:10 display
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 1MP front camera
  • 32GB internal storage
  • microSD for up to an additional 32GB of storage
  • micro HDMI and USB 2.0 port
  • 9800 mAh battery

Full press release after the break:

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Revenue sharing could be the kick-start that Google Wallet needs

Remember all the buzz surrounding Google Wallet last May? Unfortunately the buzz didn’t translate into meaningful growth. I have to be honest with you, I have a Galaxy Nexus, and I have yet to try it. It’s not about security for me or anything like that, I just don’t see that many places utilizing it so I haven’t bothered. Meanwhile, it’s not a big deal to pull out my credit card from my wallet.

Anyways, whatever the reason for the lack of adoption, Google is looking to get things going. Reports are that Google is considering sharing the revenue with Verizon Wireless and AT&T so they will be more receptive to embracing the technology. As we all know, Verizon and AT&T already have a similar system in the works called ISIS. Many feel that ISIS is the reason why the Verizon Galaxy Nexus doesn’t have official support for Google Wallet.

Google still feels enthusiastic about the whole project, but with so many other programs being developed, I think it’s going to be tough for a while now. What do you guys think? Have you tried Google Wallet?

source: bloomberg