Google Wallet has been having issues on Sprint’s Evo 4G LTE, and Google has confirmed that there is indeed a problem. Users of HTC’s One X variant on the Now Network were seeing a notification telling users “Google Wallet has not yet been certified in your country or on your device / carrier,” rendering the app useless. Google is now stating the NFC component on the phone contains a “software problem” which can be fixed with a software patch. Google is working with HTC and Sprint to remedy the situation, but no date was given for the release of an update other than saying it would arrive “soon”.
This is good news since it validates that Sprint was not revoking Google Wallet’s certification in favor of Sprint’s own upcoming Touch Wallet.
Just add this to the list of problems Google Wallet has been having lately, including security flaws and root issues, not to mention increased heat from competitors ISIS and carrier-specific payment systems like Touch Wallet. Seems like the mobile payment space is starting to get a little competitive, which in the long run could be good for consumers.
source: the verge
Replayed TV lovers rejoice! The TiVo for Android app has finally landed in the Play store! Previously limited only to iOS devices, the TiVo app can now be downloaded and will turn your Android device into the ultimate “command center for your TiVo DVR. ”
TiVo® DVR and non-TiVo DVR customers can get the TiVo experience in the palm of their hands with the FREE TiVo app – including Suddenlink and RCN Premiere DVRs. Turn your Android phone or 7inch tablet into command central for your TiVo DVR. Now you can search, browse, discover and share without ever interrupting the show you’re watching. Quickly surface new content, view guides, schedule and manage recordings, get recommendations, or dig deeper into a particular actor’s entire resume—all using intuitive, gesture-based interaction.
The free app brings a whole slew of handy features to your living room such as an in-depth channel guide showing programs up to 14 days in advance, remote control functionality, programming and actor info, storage monitoring, and Season Pass management. To check out even more features and to get in on the action, hit up one of the source links below.
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Yesterday we got a glimpse of a leaked screenshot from the Sprint warehouse all but confirming a white version of the HTC EVO 4G LTE. If that wasn’t enough to make you a believer, today we have something that should pretty much seal the deal. Good thing for us, apparently Sprint’s marketing division doesn’t know that the white EVO hasn’t been announced yet and mistakenly showed off the device in a recent banner ad. Yeah, oops! If you ask me, this makes it just about as official as seeing it announced in a press release and it sure looks much more appealing that the half-shiny black version. If you are quick you just might be able to see that add banner before it gets pulled. Head to the source link to check it out, but if it’s gone already, it’s the same thing you are seeing in the image above.
Anyone been waiting for a white version of the EVO 4G LTE?
For those of you DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX owners out there, it looks like the 7 month wait for ICS is about to come to an end. Verizon just decided it was time to post the device’s ICS support document and that could only mean the update is merely days away. It’s starting to look like the previously rumored dates of June 22 and 27th are becoming more and more likely as the details continue to flow in.
The ICS build number for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX will be 6.16.211 and will indeed include global roaming like we had previously mentioned. Also to be expected in the long overdue update is a new Smart Actions app, video calling and the Android 4.0.4 version of Motorola Blur. It looks like Blur will be much less intrusive this time around and should have additional features that should make any RAZR owner happy. Head to the source link below to see the full scoop before Big Red starts pushing out the update. It looks as though you will have a bunch of new goodies you should familiarize yourself with. Go on, check it out!
Have you been reading all the hype from the last few days about the U.S. release of the Samsung Galaxy S III and just now decided you wanted to get in on the action? Procrastinating, you didn’t pre-order, but are thinking about placing a new order now? If that is the case, and you want to get one through Verizon, you are now looking at a projected shipping date of July 11th, almost three weeks from now before you may get your hands on one. It appears this date will apply for new orders placed today and going forward as well as pre-orders placed in the last couple days (Tuesday, June 19th and Wednesday, June 20th).
Even some of those who submitted pre-orders are looking at a delay in receiving their phone. For orders placed in the last week between 6/14 and 6/18, the projected ship date is July 10th. If you pre-ordered in the week prior to that, between 6/6 and 6/13, the shipping date is scheduled for July 9th.
With the overwhelming demand, it looks like a case of hurry up and wait if you made a last minute decision to get a Samsung Galaxy S III through Verizon.
source: Droid Life
It looks like we’ll be seeing the next version of Android, expected to be version 4.1 codenamed “Jellybean”, at Google I/O next week. An astute XDA member was purchasing a Galaxy Nexus from the Google Play Store, and noticed the description read:
“The latest smartphone from Google, soon the first phone with Android 4.1 jell….”
Which is either a slip-up on the Goog’s part, or an intentional teaser left for someone to find.
Either way, it’s no surprise that the Nexus will be the first phone to receive the next version, as that’s what it’s purpose is. Whether we’ll see a slew of new Nexus devices like we’ve heard rumors of before isn’t clear yet.
source: Android Central
While smartphone cameras improved over the last couple of years, I was always reluctant to drop my point and shoot. I became a Dad a couple of years ago so I wanted to make sure I was getting decent photos all the time. I’m far from a photographer, but I always felt even the simplest point and shoot was better, that is, until now. I recently reviewed the One X and called it the best Android phone hands down. It also happens to have the best camera, and during that review, I realized the time had finally come to let my point and shoot go and trust HTC with my family photographs. I really didn’t have any hesitation, but to fully convince myself I decided to make the One X my exclusive camera on my family vacation last week to Virginia Beach. I was excited and my expectations were high. Did it deliver? Hit the break to find out.
As you already know Chameleon is on Kickstarter for the second time and they already received $46,357 in pledges, well over their goal of $30,000 with 12 days to go. In case you’re not familiar with Chameleon, it’s a better home screen for your tablet. Trust me, it gives you more customizations than any home screen period.
They just announced they plan on supporting as many tablet sizes as possible, but more importantly they are adding phone support as well. Everyone who backs $5.00 or more will get both versions. How’s that for a deal? With a lot more Android phones in the wild than tablets, this really makes things interesting. You still have time, so hit the source link to get behind this very innovative product.
source: kickstarter and for announcement
ASUS is pushing out a new bug fixer (v22.214.171.124) that comes with numerous improvements and several fixes for the Transformer Pad 300. The most notable improvement is the upgraded camera software which I’m sure many are going to be elated about. Wondering what else is new in this OTA? Talk Android has you covered with the official changelog after the break:
Saying one product is better than the other is one thing, it’s a completely different issue when you’re just being plain out unprofessional and even borderline racial. Foxconn’s CEO Terry Gou just couldn’t help himself to stir up some controversy by highly urging customers to hold off on purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S III and wait for the eventual arrival of the iPhone 5 later this Fall. He even went as far as saying that the “iPhone 5 would put the Samsung Galaxy S III to shame.” If you think that’s bad, Gou gets even more personal by also reportedly called Samsung “a company with a track record of snitching on its competitors” this was a reference to a European price-fixing investigation of the flat panel industry in 2010. He also went on to praise the Japanese: “I respect the Japanese and especially like their execution and communication styles. Unlike the Koreans, they will not hit you from behind.” This isn’t much of a surprise as Foxconn reportedly does have an alliance with Japan’s Sharp Electronics Co. What really hit hard and probably made people lose respect for Gou, is that he also reportedly called Korean’s “gaoli bangzi” which can be translated to “Korean country hicks” or “Korean sticks.”
Huawei showcased several products from its portfolio at the GSMA Mobile Asia Expo 2012, including a couple with some intriguing features.
In the Ascend P1 line, Huawei displayed the Ascend P1 TD-SCDMA, slated to be available for sale in China by the end of June. Along with the TD-SCDMA version, Huawei also announced the launch of the Ascend P1 XL sporting a 2600 mAh battery that will surely interest those looking for a bigger power supply. The Ascend P1 XL is scheduled to be available for sale by the end of Q3. These models will join the Ascend P1 that was launched in China this past April.
Along with these two phones, Huawei showed off the quad-core Ascend D Quad and the dual-core Ascend D1. On the tablet front, Huawei had its MediaPad 10 FHD quad-core HD on display.
Huawei also had several data card products on exhibit. Data card products included the Red Dot Design Award winner Mobile WiFi E5331 hotspot device and the new Mobile WiFi E5151. The E5151 sports an Ethernet port to go along with its support for 3G dual-WAN connectivity for those interested in establishing a more traditional connection.
Hit the break for the press release.
It looks like nothing but delays across the board for the Samsung Galaxy S III. We already reported issues from both T-Mobile and Sprint. Now AT&T is saying that some of the buyers that pre-ordered and are expecting to get their phone today will have to wait until Monday, June 25th. If you happen to be one of those
lucky few, you will get an email and an SMS text letting you know. Hit the break for the full statement.
If you remember, during a live stream from the Vodafone launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III, it was mentioned that there was going to be a stop in New York City on June 20 during the Galaxy S III tour. That came through as Samsung went all out hosting a party to celebrate the U.S. launch of the most popular Android phone ever.
Actually they ran four parties total, three parties during the day for different media guests, and one at night for five hundred Samsung fans. They had guests like former NBA legend Walt Frazier, actress Ashley Greene, and NBA stars Steve Nash, Kevin Love and Stephen Curry. Basically they set up stations demoing many of the cool aspects of the Galaxy S III such as S Beam, Pop Up Video, TecTiles, AllShare Play, Share Shot, and Group Cast.
Verizon Wireless is all geared up for the summer, so that means it has to expand its already massive 4G LTE reach. The wireless carrier has announced it will expand service to a whopping 46 new markets, while also expanding the coverage in 22 existing markets, which is in effect now. All in all, Verizon will offer 4G LTE coverage in a grand total of 304 markets, which will cover roughly two-thirds of all Americans. Verizon doesn’t plan on letting up either as it highlights it plans on offering 4G LTE coverage to over 400 markets by the end of this year, while offering 4G LTE coverage everywhere it offers 3G coverage by the end of 2013.
Talk about Verizon being aggressive and the leader in 4G LTE technology, sheesh. Hit the break to see the full press release from Big Red.
Although NFC hasn’t completely caught on yet, it can be quite useful if you have the capability on your mobile device. I have found that using NFC on my Galaxy Nexus can be a vary easy way to change “profiles” from work, car and home. I simply tap one of the few NFC stickers I have strategically placed throughout my life and I can go from vibrate to loud, and from WiFi to Bluetooth. The only issue I’ve really had with using the service is that the device’s screen must be on in order to use it, making an unnecessary and sometimes annoying added step when it could just “work” all the time. Thanks to XDA member Geniousdog254, now it can.
By using a new NFC.apk, now your device can complete NFC actions while the screen is off. Simply install the modified app over your old NFC app and your all set. Currently, only the Galaxy Nexus line and the HTC One X, the Galaxy SIII, and the Nexus S are compatible but the developer hopes to add to that list in the future. If you want to check it out for yourself just click through the source link below but be sure to come back here to let us know how it works for you!