White House pushes FCC to mandate that carriers must unlock future devices

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In a move that would certainly boost competition, consumer choice, and overall happiness in the mobile device community, the Obama administration is pushing the FCC to mandate that US carriers must unlock some of their future devices. According to the Washington Post, activists devised a petition to garner support, and they were able to collect 114,000 signatures.

Lawrence Strickling, assistant secretary of the NTIA made a comment regarding the petition:

“Americans should be able to use their mobile devices on whatever networks they choose and have their devices unlocked without hassle.”

However, the move would likely only affect GSM devices, leaving CDMA phones alone in the dark. However, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Source: Washington Post

Xiaomi’s Red Rice smartphone aims to redefine budget smartphones, brings a dual-core chip, 720p display and MIUI for $130

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As part of its plan make to a major splash for 2013, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is rumored to quietly working on a special smartphone called the Red Rice behind the scenes— a device that could potentially redefine the budget category as we know it. According to tech site IT168, the smartphone is expected to operate on Xiaomi’s custom MIUI OS and feature a dual-core processor, a 4.7-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera, 8 gigs of storage and a 2,000mAh battery. Additionally, the device will be dual-SIM compatible and also have support for traditional GSM and TD-SCDMA technologies for Chinese customers out there looking for a traditional 3G or higher-speed technology. All of those specs add up to a shocking price— 799 yuan or roughly $130— meaning that customers in China will have a solid device that could be head and shoulders above other budget-line devices at that price range.

Of course nothing is confirmed just yet, but all indications are pointing out to the MIUI v5-based Red Rice seeing an October release— meaning that customers will have a lot to look forward to right before the holidays.

source: IT168
via: Android Authority

Android 4.2 now rolling out to GSM Galaxy Nexus devices, get the update here

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As we wait for the launch of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, Google has taken it upon themselves to begin rolling out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (build JOP40C) to GSM Galaxy Nexus smartphones. It appears as though the OTA is being pushed to unlocked Takju versions of the device to begin with, meaning if you didn’t purchase your device from the Play Store you’re out of luck, for now. The new firmware brings along several new enhancements including magnification gestures and an enhanced Google Now platform.

If you haven’t received the update already, you can attempt to pull the software manually from Google’s servers by heading into Settings > About Phone > System Updates. Alternatively, you can download the official .zip file directly from Google via the download link below. Keep in mind you’ll need to be on build number JZ054K and have a custom recovery on your Takju variant in order to flash the software. We’ll see you on the other side.

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New Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean Binaries Added to AOSP

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Lets face it, the CDMA Samsung Galaxy Nexus’ are the black sheep in the Nexus family. It’s always looking behind its GSM counterpart and never its equal. Today brings some good news to the Verizon Galaxy Nexus as Google just released the latest Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean (JRO03H) binaries for the device merely 3 weeks after it was welcomed back into AOSP.

These binaries should be welcomed by the rooting and developing community as it will now be a lot easier to create fully stable Jelly Bean ROM’s for the Verizon Nexus. Sadly, the other CDMA Nexus (Sprint’s) is still left in the dust and has yet to receive the same treatment from Google.

While most may be irked that these binaries weren’t released at the same time as the GSM’s version was, it’s always better to be late than never, right?

source: Google Developers
via: Engadget 

Deal Of The Day: Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S III I9300 Smartphone Available For $599.99… For Today Only!

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We know many of you on GSM-based carriers are interested in owning the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, but are reluctant to grab the smartphone on-contract with your respective wireless carrier. Well you’re in luck because we’ve got you covered today. Daily Steals is offering the unlocked Galaxy S III (I9300 variant) smartphone for a mere $599.99. That means many of you will have yet another reason to splurge on the sweet quad-core Exynos processor and of course S-Voice, if that strikes your fancy.

While the smartphone is unlocked, remember it’s GSM-only, so those of you on CDMA-based carriers (Verizon, Sprint, etc.) are out of luck. Hit the source link for additional details— but you may want to hurry as there’s only 14 hours left at the time of this writing.

source: Daily Steals

Verizon’s Motorola Droid 4, Bionic And Razr All Modified To Work On GSM Technologies

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I can recall a few years back a gentlemen running a Blackberry Storm on T-Mobile’s network and I was like ???  But those were the days when global phones on Verizon’s network wasn’t as widespread as they are today.  I quickly learned that the device was a global device and could be used to roam on GSM networks (dual-sim slot) outside of the U.S.  Devices like that were important for businessmen and woman requiring a smartphone that could operate nearly everywhere they traveled.  Well, global devices are becoming more of the norm on Verizon’s network and so it’s no surprise anymore to see a Verizon branded “Droid” on a GSM carrier like T-Mobile or AT&T.  So what do you need to make it work?  For starters, you’ll need a Motorola Droid 4, Bionic or Razr on Verizon and a few top notch guys from everyone’s famous and favorite site, XDA Developers.  Because these devices support global GSM bands, a little bit of tinkering and few modifications, one can be all set to run on the GSM carrier of their choice.  This is in part due to the fact that the device’s MDM6600 radio is compatible with AT&T’s HSPA technology and T-Mobile’s Edge network.  User P3Droid even posted pics over on his Twitter page for proof (pics above and below).  And while this might not be Verizon’s first choice as a means of using hardware ultimately designed to work on their network, tough stuff Vz, this is how Android users do it.  The dev’s have been presented with some challenges due to the locked bootloaders issue, but you know XDA, they always come through.

source: XDA

GSM Galaxy Nexus develops signal issue following 4.0.4 update

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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

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX Smartphone Arriving In Europe And The Middle East By May

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The DROID RAZR MAXX has been too successful out here in the States not to expand elsewhere in the world. That’s why Motorola Mobility has confirmed the smartphone will launch as international version in both Europe and the Middle East beginning next month. That means those of you in those regions will finally have a chance to enjoy the 8.99mm profile, 1.2GHz dual-core processor and awesome 3300mAh battery slated for up to 17.6 hours of talk time. Plus while the device is currently on Gingerbread 2.3.6— you should know the device is slated for the Android 4.0 update in the very near future.

We know you’re itching the get more juicy details about the device— so make sure you hit the break to see the full press release from MOTO.

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Android 4.0.4 Factory Images Released For Select GSM Nexus Devices

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So what do you do if you’ve totally screwed up your system software on your GSM Nexus device? You need to flash a factory image to get back to stock, and as luck would have it, Google has released the official 4.0.4 (build IMM76D) factory images for the international GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus and the European and T-Mobile unlocked Nexus S. Flashing these files will leave your phones as if they were brand new and completely updated.

Flashing a factory image requires that you are not shy around a command line and fastboot, so it’s not for the faint of heart. If you’re brave and own one of these Nexus devices, download the images at the source link below.

source: google groups
via: androidcentral

Update for the international Motorola RAZR available

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The Motorola RAZR is getting a software update in France, the UK, Italy and Spain, according to Motorola Europe’s Facebook page. The Motorola RAZR is the GSM version of the Droid RAZR.

This update will bring improved battery life and camera performance. There will also be new sample rules for Motorola’s Smart Actions feature, like VIP Caller Mode and Auto Text SMS.

The Motorola RAZR will still be based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but check out the leaked Ice Cream Sandwich build we told you about previously if you’re hungry for ICS.

To update your GSM Motorola RAZR with the latest firmware, follow these download instructions: Open “Settings”> Select “About phone”> Select “System updates’”> Tap on “Download”.

source: Motorola Europe on Facebook

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