A week ago we noticed the LTE version of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 pop up in Verizon’s inventory system and now we are seeing the device pass through the FCC. According to the FCC report this new tablet should be pretty much the same as the Wi-Fi version except for the addition of the 4G LTE and CDMA bands. The tab sports a 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED display with 1080p HD playback, dual-core 1.4GHz processor, 3MP camera and runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb. » Read the rest
Ice Cream Sandwich is undoubtedly Google’s best OS yet. The notable enhancements and improvements seen here over the previous versions are no doubt welcomed and loved by even the most advanced Android users. While the Android 4.0 build is seen on the Galaxy Nexus (and now Nexus S) only, we can expect the new OS to be fired up on new and existing devices from other manufacturers within the next few weeks. However, while we can look forward to ICS being on our favorite OEMs such as HTC, Motorola and Samsung, we also will not be looking forward to the customizations– also known as “skins”– each brand will place on the OS. Whether we like it or not, we will see Sense, (MOTO)BLUR, and TouchWiz which most agree detracts from the overall Android experience. It’s no secret that most of us strongly dislike the different skins each manufacturers place on otherwise stellar devices, but what do the head honchos of Android development think? Well, you’re about to find out. The Daily Beast hosted a Google+ hangout featuring Matias Duarte, the Android UI Lead Developer. Duarte was kind enough to take questions from a lucky few who were invited in the Hangout and was posed a question by Andrew Kameka of Androinca:
“So much work goes into producing the UI and the changes that you make, and then typically what happens is that the OEM’s put their skins on it and put their own touch. Does it bother you that so much work goes into it and in the end, a lot of consumers don’t interact with the UI as you intended it?”
Great question and one that many like us here at Talk Android would have asked as well. Read on for Duarte’s response and follow-up after the break. » Read the rest
So maybe your like me and your impatient. Who has time to wait for an update to come to them, when you can go get it yourself. Worry not my friends, we have the download file for you. As well as the walk through. Go on, you know the suspense is killing you.
This is only for the GSM version, And the T-Mobile version. If that’s not your phone, don’t follow through with these instructions, this isn’t an update for your phone. For all the rest of you that it does cover, read on:
- Grab the OTA package here
- Rename it to something you will remember, like update.zip, or sweet.zip, whatever works best for you.
- Copy it over to the internal storage on your Nexus S.
- Power off, then hold volume up and power to reboot to the bootloader.
- Using the volume key to navigate, select recovery, then use the power button to confirm
- When you see the warning triangle and arrow, hold the power button and tap volume up. You’ll see a menu.
- From the menu, select “apply update from /sdcard”, and choose the file you named from the list.
- Let it do its thing and update your system, radio, and other partitions. When finished, choose “reboot system now”
- As long as you did everything correctly your phone should reboot, and you should be enjoying that sweet goodness called Ice Cream Sandwich.
Senator Al Franken has received letters from from Carrier IQ as well as; AT&T, Sprint, Samsung, and HTC. All explaining how carrier IQ works and their involvement in it’s use. With all of theses responses it still leaves the Senator with some questions and concerns.
As it should you too. Here is a quote from the Senator’s press release;
“I appreciate the responses I received, but I’m still very troubled by what’s going on, people have a fundamental right to control their private information. After reading the companies’ responses, I’m still concerned that this right is not being respected. The average user of any device equipped with Carrier IQ software has no way of knowing that this software is running, what information it is getting, and who it is giving it to-and that’s a problem. It appears that Carrier IQ has been receiving the contents of a number of text messages-even though they had told the public that they did not. I’m also bothered by the software’s ability to capture the contents of our online searches-even when users wish to encrypt them. So there are still many questions to be answered here and things that need to be fixed.” said Sen. Franken.
This is just a little snip-it but, if you want to read all he had to say, as well as what Carrier IQ, AT&T, Sprint, Samsung, and HTC’s use of Carrier IQ and the phones it is installed on. Click on the links below to read their letters to the Senator. Motorola and T-Mobile have until December 20th to respond.
Senator Al Franken’s Press release;
Cricket Communications has decided to start selling the WiFi version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Starting today you can pick up the Tab 10.1 for $499.99 or bundle it with one of their mobile broadband devices for $594.49. Check the full press release after the break for all the details. » Read the rest
Plan on finally picking up the Verizon Galaxy Nexus? Are you are so upset with the way they went about launching the device that you are having a hard time giving them $300 for the phone? Well you in luck! At midnight tonight, LetsTalk.com is offering the device for $154.99 for new customers, and $174.99 for existing customers who are eligible for an upgrade. The phone will retail for $229.99, but by using the coupon code $75VZN, you will get a sweet little revenge discount. Existing customers need to pay a $20 premium in case you were wondering why the price difference.
Good news for you premium travel folk who use American Airlines. They will be the first domestic airline to offer branded Galaxy Tab tablets onboard their aircraft, giving you access to a library of movies and entertainment inflight. These tablets will feature 10.1 inch screens and replace the current personal entertainment devices offered to American’s First and Business Class travelers. Right now a few flights will see this and they include flights between the following cities on 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft:
- New York’s JFK and Los Angeles
- JFK and San Francisco
- Miami and San Francisco
- Miami and Los Angeles
International flights to and from Europe and South America with 767-300 aircraft, and transcontinental flights between Boston and Los Angeles with 757 aircraft will feature these devices as well. Rob Friedman, the American Airlines VP of Marketing was quoted to say: » Read the rest
Well finally after a whole lot of silence after each targeted release date miss Verizon is speaking up about the Galaxy Nexus. In a short PR statement Verizon announced the following:
“The Galaxy Nexus is still on track to launch this year. We will definitely send a press release to announce availability. Feel free to visit www.verizonwireless.com/galaxynexus to sign up for email alerts to be one of the first to know.”
So with that being said, it appears that tomorrow’s rumored launch is not going to happen. Although it does say that the device is still on track for a release this year and that we will hear it straight from the horse’s mouth when it will happen. So even with the rumors of the Nexus launch flying about you can safely bet that it won’t happen until we hear it straight from Big Red. If you have missed out on any of the news regarding the Nexus you can read all about it right here. I don’t know about you guys though, but I am both saddened and relieved at Verizon’s statement.
Well what do we have here? It looks like an early build of Ice Cream Sandwich for the International version of the Samsung Galaxy S II (model I-9100). The build date is December 7 and it’s based on Android 4.0.1. For those of you wondering if TouchWiz will continue to play a part with ICS, the answer is yes. Checkout the source link if you’re interesting in flashing.
Australians rejoice! You are next in line to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Starting tomorrow, Telstra is offering the device online and in two flagship stores in Melbourne. You can get a hold of this America-illusive device for as low as $69 a month on up to $129 depending on which contract you go with. For all the details check out the source link below.
If you plan on going to one of the Telstra stores you might wanna get there before the doors open. I imagine you aren’t the only one craving a piece of the GNex action.