Draw Something to Receive Update, Includes Bug Fixes and New Features

Last week we reviewed the insanely popular overnight hit, Draw Something. As soon as the app was released it almost instantly became the top free and paid apps in the Play store and remains there to this day. If you are reading this I imagine you have at least heard of this app and at most are highly addicted to it, playing it all day long with over 15 games going on simultaneously – I know who you are :-) Anyway, all folks who have a Draw Something account recently received an email outlining the future update plans for the game. If you have been experiencing bugs have no fear, not only are OMGPOP and new owners Zynga going to fix all reported bugs, they are going to issue some great new features as well. In case you trashed the email or it landed in your spam box, this is what you can expect in the upcoming update: Read more

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’s S & P Tablets Are Getting ICS In April, Company Also Intros New Tablet P Variant

If you were one of the lucky few who purchased a Sony S or P tablet,  you’re in luck.  The company has unveiled next month it will be pushing the new ICS update to the pair of tabs and you’ll also get some extra features such as photo editing in the gallery application and panoramic pics.  In addition, the tabs will get “Small Apps” allowing you to launch applications like a calculator or a small browser window on top of other applications already running.  In addition to the announcement, Sony also intro’d a WiFi only look-a-like to the tablet P which will be available beginning April 21st for a whopping ¥50,000 ($600).  It resembles the tablet P in all respects only no radios installed, WiFi only.  Furthermore, the company is showing off various panels you can purchase for the device to customize it to your liking, which will run you about ¥5,000 a piece (around $60).  The panels will come in gold, blue and pink colors.

source: Sony 1,2
via: PocketNow


Update for the international Motorola RAZR available

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

Google Play Store Gets Updated With Tabbed ‘My Apps’ Section and Review Details, Snag the Update Now

This new update brings the Play store up to build 3.5.15 and should reach all devices over the next few days. If you are anxious to see what the changes look like right now then you can force the update yourself thanks to XDA member Joel Chan. No root required, just download this apk file and make sure you have ‘Unknown Sources’ checked off under the Security option in your device settings. Once downloaded, simply open the file and install but be sure to let us know what you think!

source: XDA



HTC Vivid ICS Update Rolling Out, This Trick May Speed Up the Process

Last week we learned about a leaked build of ICS that was available to rooted HTC Vivid owners and at the same time heard that the official build would roll out in the coming weeks. Well it looks like things are ahead of schedule as  AT&T has begun to push out the official ICS update to a few select handsets. If you own a HTC Vivid and are anything like me, you are super anxious to get the update and probably check your device on the regular to see if an update is available. If so, one user has found a way to ping the AT&T servers to let them know you are ready and waiting.

To try and push the update to your device before receiving the official notification you can dial *#*#682#*#* on your Vivid and possibly get lucky. There have been reports of users having success with this trick, so you impatient folks should really give it a whirl. Once updated you can expect a newer Android 4.0.3 build compared to last weeks leak, along with Sense 3.6 and Beats Audio. No word on whether this will be the final ICS update or not.

If you give this trick a try, please let us know in the comments what your results are, I am just dying to know if you have any success!

source: Android Central


Google Earth update includes earth gallery

The popular Google Earth app is now updated to version 6.2. You can easily take a spin around the world without even standing up. So, what’s new, you ask? The most exciting addition to the app is the Earth Gallery, which is a collection of layers that you can choose from, such as city tours, earthquakes or real time flights. Plus, getting around in Google Earth is a breeze with the new zoom and pinch gestures.

If you’d like to share all the interesting places you’ve found, you have lots of choices of various social networking sites, including Google+. It’s possible to share your current view, as well.

Finally, the update will bring more stability and improved performance. Hit up the link below to download Google Earth from the Play Store.


Play Store Download Link

B&N Nook Tablet now has optional memory reallocation

We had told you it was coming, and now it’s here. Barnes & Noble is inviting Nook Tablet owners to come into the store and have their tablet’s internal memory partitioning reallocated. The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet has a spacious 16GB edition, yet it previously only allowed 1GB of its internal memory for side-loaded user content. There wasn’t much space for movies, music or other non-B&N content. The only way around that was to use a microSD card.

Barnes & Noble is allowing you to change this now, though. You can choose to change the 1GB reserved for personal content to 8GB, and leave 5.5GB for Barnes & Noble content. There will be trained “Nooksellers” in Barnes & Noble stores who can make this change for you.

This B&N’s explanation of the change:

Beginning this week, Nook Tablet 16GB customers who are interested in an optional reallocation of memory partitioning can bring their device to any of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores, where a trained Nookseller can help them make the change. If customers choose to change the memory scheme, it will enable them to carry even more of their personal content sideloaded on Nook Tablet (8GB), and approximately 5.5GB of Barnes & Noble content. Of course, Nook Tablet customers can, as always, enjoy expandable SD slot for up to 32GB of additional capacity, and virtually infinite storage of B&N content through the free Nook Cloud.

So, if you like this memory allocation better, just head into your local Barnes and Noble store to take advantage of the free in-store support.

Keep in mind that contrary to the 16GB Nook Tablet, the memory allocation in the Nook Tablet 8GB is currently 4GB for your own content. The microSD card can be added to get up to 32GB more if you choose.

On a separate note, the free Nook for Android app has been updated. The 3.1 version of the app now has Nook Comics for Android tablets. You can access graphic novels, comics and manga on 7- to 10-inch devices with Android OS 2.2 or higher.

The update includes Nook Shop additions so you can add or edit your default credit card information or un-archive content in the Nook Library, among other things. Let us know how you’re feeling about the new B&N developments in the comments.

source: CNET

Droid X2 will not get Ice Cream Sandwich, according to BBB response

Droid X2 owners, we have some bad news. According to a letter that was a response to a Better Business Bureau complaint, the Droid X2 will not be receiving Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The complaint was filed due to Motorola’s update and bootloader practices. The response letter also gives the familiar answer that Bootloader unlock will be available “where carrier and operators will allow it”.

Dear Ivan,

I am responding to the complaint you filed with Better Business Bureau regarding our Droid X2 model phone. I reviewed your recent case notes and it is noted that you received information from Motorola regarding Bootloader unlock and Ice Cream Sandwich.

We are working to balance the operator requirement for security to the end user, while supporting the developer communities desire to use these products as a development platform. It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM on other devices, where carrier and operators will allow it. This process is requiring a good deal of consideration and technical infrastructure and we have no announcements to make at this time for unlocking any devices.

Droid X2 is not on our list of devices that are slated to get Ice Cream Sandwich, but that does not mean it is not continuing to get support. Though it will remain on Gingerbread it is eligible for software updates if it’s determined that any are needed.

Thank You,
Dorothy Hodges
Corporate Consumer Advocacy Office

Motorola had listed the Droid X2 as being in the “evaluation & planning” category with “further details to follow” in their last software upgrade information release. However, Verizon had not mentioned it in their list of ICS upgrades. This news is disappointing, but the letter does mention that the Droid X2 will receive continued support. In fact, the Droid X2 is currently getting a soak test. How do you feel about the update future of the Droid X2? Let us know in the comments.

source: Droid-Life