Wednesday, 23 November 2011

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ASUS Transformer Prime flaunted in video review

Posted: 23 Nov 2011 11:08 AM PST

Today we have another video showing off the exceptional new quad-core tablet running on the NVIDIA Tegra 3 — and that is the ASUS Transformer Prime. This appears to be a production unit but we have a pretty decent and thorough video review for you below, and a good look at the hardware up close and personal.

This video tease is the Transformer Prime running on pre-production software and hardware including Android 3.2.1 Honeycomb, not Ice Cream Sandwich. For a quick look at the Prime running ICS click here. While this video doesn’t really show us anything new that we didn’t already know. We get a very close and detailed look around the device including all of the ports, and the reviewer shows us the about page clearly stating the Transformer Prime TF201 and Android 3.2.1 Honeycomb is on board.

One thing worth noting is the live wallpaper. It seems be be much more advanced than some we’ve seen in the past with waves and water movement, bubbles, and even sharks floating around — definitely more going on here than most. Watching the video performance is extremely smooth and fluid even with a wallpaper like that in the background. In the video we do see some less than impressive AnTuTu benchmark results but he claims it’s because of Honeycomb and will be much higher with ICS. While I understand that I’d still expect a quad-core tablet to outperform all dual-core smartphones, so take that as you’d like.

Either way this was just another quick and detailed look at the upcoming ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime quad-core Android tablet that should be arriving this December. I can’t wait!

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : Transformer Prime
    Manufactuer : Asus
    Carrier :
    Announced Date : November 09, 2011
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As : Transformer 2
Display
  • Screen Size : 10.10 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280x800
  • Screen Type : IPS+
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 10.35 Inch
  • Width : 7.12 Inch
  • Depth : .33 Inch
  • Weight : 586 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Polymer
  • Battery Capacity : 6579 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 3.2.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • MP3
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
Hardware
    CPU : Tegra 3
    CPU Clock Speed : 1400 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 64 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via Tablet Community] — Thanks Jakob

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Kyobo eReader shows off mirasol color e-paper on video

Posted: 23 Nov 2011 10:29 AM PST

Qualcomm has yet to announce and plans or products for its mirasol display e-readers other than the Kyobo eReader that was just launched this week in South Korea. We haven’t been able to enjoy this new screen technology yet for ourselves but now that the reader is available a few videos have appeared on YouTube for us to enjoy.

With a 1.0 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with some UI changes and a large set of ebooks and magazines available the Kyobo eReader is quite nice. The important thing here is the 5.7″ mirasol display pushing you all the content. More details on the new display technology is available in the announcement post, and below is a video demo showing off how it really looks.

The Qualcomm mirasol display uses a front-lit LED system rather than conventional backlit displays and houses tons of tiny mirrors to project the brightness back. Allowing for not only an amazing viewing experience in bright situations like outdoors, but also having exceptional colors from the natural lighting. The more sunlight the better the display gets — no longer will users have to run from the sun or seek shade. While this is very new technology and the first device of its kind to have such a display we expect more options and improved models will be shown by Qualcomm at CES 2012. Here is the video for those interested.

[via SlashGear]

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Motorola DROID RAZR source code released

Posted: 23 Nov 2011 10:05 AM PST

Android hackers and RAZR fans alike can rejoice today as Motorola has just released the source code for their new and popular DROID RAZR. It was announced back in October and became available earlier this month and now all the developers have full access to the code if needed.

As you can see in our image above the phone is still a little locked down, as usual with Motorola the bootloader is locked down quite tight. However, the RAZR was rooted very quickly after being launched and details for root are available here. Some modders might be worried with a non-removable battery but we found out it actually does come out — it just takes some effort.

The source code will allow the full development and modding to really begin, for those that aren’t familiar and hopefully we’ll be seeing some progress for this amazingly thin and sleek phone soon. Covered in Kevlar now we just need some Ice Cream Sandwich and it’d be perfect. The DROID Bionic has some CM7 ports under way but I have a feeling most of the development community will be aiming for Android 4.0 ICS for the RAZR. We’ll be sure to update once some ROM’s start becoming available. Don’t forget to check out our full DROID RAZR review while you’re here.

RAZR source code

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : DROID RAZR
    Manufactuer : Motorola
    Carrier : Verizon
    Announced Date : October 18, 2011
    Release Date : November 03, 2011
    Also Known As :
Display
  • Screen Size : 4.3 Inch
  • Resolution :
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED Advanced qHD
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.15 Inch
  • Width : 2.71 Inch
  • Depth : 0.27 Inch
  • Weight : 127 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1780 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 8.9 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
Hardware
    CPU : OMAP 4430
    CPU Clock Speed : 1200 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16.384 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • CDMA
    CDMA Band:
  • 800
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1700
  • 1900
  • 2100
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via DL]

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China Unicom reportedly orders 2 million Xiaomi phones with MIUI

Posted: 23 Nov 2011 10:04 AM PST

At least one carrier may be very excited about Xiaomi’s MI-One Android phone, sporting the community-authored MIUI custom Android ROM. According to MicGadget, China Telecom has ordered a staggering 2 million units of the new phone after an extremely promising pre-order period racked up 300,000 sales. The $315-equivelent phone is already on sale in China.

Colloquially known as “the MIUI phone,” the MI-One is notable for running an aftermarket customized Android ROM right out of the box. The MIUI family of ROMs has grown very popular over the last few months, spreading to many mainstream devices. It’s gained a lot of attention for its slick user interface, which blends elements of stock Android and the iPhone. With new releases every week, the core supported devices are extremely stable, and since the devs also publish their own open-source code, modified versions of MIUI make it on to even more phones.

Manufacturer Xiaomi is hoping that MIUI will help distinguish its phones from the myriad of Android handsets already popular in China, and if there’s any truth to the quoted “industry insiders” reports, it looks like they’ve definitely succeeded. So far as we know, the MI-One is the only phone in the world to launch with a community-modified version of Android installed. However, the new VOIP carrier Republic Wireless may be using CyanogenMod on its beta hardware.

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Original Samsung Galaxy Tab joins the Ice Cream Sandwich party

Posted: 23 Nov 2011 09:40 AM PST

Custom ROMs upgrading older devices to a shiny new version of Ice Cream Sandwich are coming every day now, and while we aren’t giving every single one its own story, this one deserves its time in the spotlight. The original 7-inch Galaxy Tab, the first mainstream Android tablet, is finally getting the OS it so richly deserves. The ever-vigilant members of XDA-Developers are testing out an alpha version of the ROM right now, and if you’ve got a Galaxy Tab handy, you can do the same.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab launched with Android 2.2 Froyo, which while perfectly serviceable as a mobile OS isn’t exactly designed for screens larger than five inches or so. Samsung elected not to upgrade the tab to Honeycomb one the larger and more powerful 10,1 model came out, instead releasing the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus instead. But now that the Ice Cream Sandwich source code is available, the grandaddy of the product line is getting a version of Google’s latest operating system, which should do well in tablet mode on the device.

Early efforts are just starting, so while the ROM is available, the devs aren’t even sure what’s working and what isn’t. There’s an open call for alpha testers, so if you’re a Galaxy Tab owner with a tinkerer’s disposition, head on over there right now and get cracking. Naturally, all best are off- make sure an keep a stable Nandroid backup handy. Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners, rest easy in the knowledge that the CyanogenMod team is already hard at work on an ICS port.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : Galaxy Tab
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : AT&T T-Mobile
    Announced Date : September 02, 2010
    Release Date : October 14, 2010
    Also Known As :
Display
  • Screen Size : 7.00 Inch
  • Resolution : 1024x600
  • Screen Type : TFT
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 7.48 Inch
  • Width : 4.74 Inch
  • Depth : 0.47 Inch
  • Weight : 380 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 4000 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 650 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 3.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
Hardware
    CPU : Cortex A8
    CPU Clock Speed : 1000 Mhz
    Core : 1
    Ram : 512 MB
    Internal Storage : 32.768 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :3 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

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Republic Wireless ships phones with CyanogenMod code

Posted: 23 Nov 2011 09:05 AM PST

Republic Wireless’ novel VOIP-based phone service is just starting up, and customers are receiving their LG Optimus S phones now. Because of Republic’s unique 3G/WiFi switching system, it requires some custom changes to the phone’s hardware. But according to some eagle-eyed analysis of an early unboxing video, the phone’s beta hardware isn’t the only thing that’s customized: it looks like the phone is running a modified version of the most popular custom ROM out there, CyanogenMod.

There’s nothing sneaky about running CyanogenMod on retail hardware, just in case you’re wondering. Steve Kondik and the CM team publish the source code for the CyanogenMod version of Android, in the same fashion that Google makes the original source code available. Anyone, anywhere is free to use and modify the CyanogenMod code as they see fit – and it looks like Republic Wireless has done just that.

The version of Gingerbread running on the modified Optimus S isn’t labelled as CyanogenMod, and it includes Google’s apps and the Android Market, something that isn’t supposed to be bundled with CM7 (Republic probably got the authorization directly from Google). Still, looking at the lockscreen and other UI elements, there’s no doubt that CyanogenMod code is running underneath. Attributed or not, it’s a major win for the CyanogenMod team and the Android mod community at large. No news yet on an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade, but if the phone’s already running community-modded software, it couldn’t be that difficult to port it over.

[via Phandroid]

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Extended cut of Samsung’s iPhone-baiting ad to run during the holidays

Posted: 23 Nov 2011 08:27 AM PST

Have you checked out Samsung’s new Galaxy S II commercial, calling out Apple fanboys and girls as the mindless hipsters you know them to be? If you haven’t, do so now – it’s a pretty awesome bit of not-so-subtle marketing. Androinica spotted a full 1.5 minute cut of the ad on Samsung’s YouTube channel, with even more indirect Apple bashing. It’s embedded below for your viewing pleasure. Even more exciting, the ad will run during major NFL games and other events this holiday season.

Under the guise of a stage “big deal” phone event and the famously ridiculous lines that the iPhone has inspired, the ad pokes fun at the stereotypical iPhone user. Earbud’d and equiped with page 17 of The Gap catalog, the denizens of Appleville wait for hours on end to simply touch the latest magical device. While hearing reports that the battery is less than stellar, and wondering how others will know their phone is new if it doesn’t look any different, they find themselves lusting after some nearby superior hardware. The ad calls out some of the major complaints about the iPhone, like a relatively tiny screen, a warmed-over design and not least the annoying Starbucks-hopping hipsters that tend to be Apple’s most dedicated fans.

If you live in the U.S. and happen to be a football fan, you’ll probably be seeing this add and shorter cuts a lot over the next few weeks. Samsung will be running it during major NFL and NCAA football games, likely right alongside Apple’s sterile Big Brother commercials. The campaign for the Galaxy S II will run until Christmas Day. Make sure your iFriends are watching.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : Galaxy S II
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : AT&T
    Announced Date : February 13, 2011
    Release Date : April 28, 2011
    Also Known As :
Display
  • Screen Size : 4.27 Inch
  • Resolution : 480x800
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED Plus
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 4.93 Inch
  • Width : 2.6 Inch
  • Depth : .33 Inch
  • Weight : 116 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1650 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 710 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • MP3
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
Hardware
    CPU : Exynos
    CPU Clock Speed : 1200 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • 720p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

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Pricing on Xoom 2 8.2-inch and 10-inch tablets surface

Posted: 23 Nov 2011 08:03 AM PST

A few days back we talked about the 8.2-inch version of the coming Motorola Xoom 2 or Xyboard tablet that had surfaced in pics. That little tablet looks really cool. Today another leak has surfaced that shows the pricing on that tablet and the larger 10-inch version on contract. The pricing is supposedly what you will pay on contract for Verizon.

There are two versions of the 8-inch Motorola Tablet listed with a 16GB version for $429.99 and the 32GB version for $529.99. If the larger screen version is more to your liking there are three versions of it to choose from with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage capacities.

The 16GB version is $529.99, the 32GB is $629.99, and the 64GB version is $729.99. considering those prices are on contract the tablet seems very expensive. Will you pay that much for the tablets when they land?

[via SlashGear]

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Samsung confirms volume fix for Galaxy Nexus, halts shipments temporarily

Posted: 23 Nov 2011 07:52 AM PST

Earlier this week European Galaxy Nexus users started reporting strange volume fluctuations when certain network conditions were met, making the new flagship phone a headache to use in 2G/EDGE coverage areas. Google has already acknowledged the bug and is promising an incoming software fix, but Samsung’s UK branch took the time to re-confirm the bug and its imminent patching. However, it appears that the manufacturer has frozen shipments of the Galaxy Nexus in the interim.

According to one irate customer, the retailer he had hoped to buy the Galaxy Nexus from was out, and couldn’t process new order from Samsung. The reason given was that Samsung is holding all Galaxy Nexus units until the issue is fixed, though there’s no independent confirmation of this at the moment. A recall was mentioned by the retailer, but since Google has publicly stated that the issue is purely software related, that seems unlikely.

The bug is being experienced by a small number of users, almost exclusively in low-coverage areas. Some simple experimentation implies that the issue lies with the Galaxy Nexus’ handling of the 900Mhz GSM radio band, manifesting in a random change of volume or mute status while in-call. There’s at least one reason to be thankful for Verizon’s continuing and deafening silence on the U.S. release of the Galaxy Nexus – by the time it finally lands stateside, this and other small issues will probably already be resolved.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : GALAXY Nexus
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : Verizon
    Announced Date : October 18, 2011
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As : Nexus Prime
Display
  • Screen Size : 4.65 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280x720
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.33 Inch
  • Width : 2.67 Inch
  • Depth : 0.35 Inch
  • Weight : 135 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1750 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
Hardware
    CPU : OMAP 4460
    CPU Clock Speed : 1200 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :5 MP
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
  • CDMA
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
    CDMA Band:
  • 900
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

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Undelete Beta restores deleted files from your SD card, desktop style

Posted: 23 Nov 2011 07:27 AM PST

The Trash Can/Recycling Bin is one of the handiest features of desktop computer for those with the know-how to use it. Due to mobile phone’s Flash-based storage, similar functionality has been hard to duplicate – until now. Developer Fahrbot Mobile’s latest app Undelete Beta allows users to restore recently deleted files and folders from Android phones’ MicroSD card. The app requires root access, and is available for free in the Android Market.

File restore works something like this, on basically every platform. Imagine your hard drive/flash drive/storage card as a huge filing drawer. When you delete a file, it isn’t instantly removed – it’s more like the label on the filing folder is erased. While your computer or phone doesn’t have quick access to the file anymore, it remains physically there, usually until the same part of the storage drive is needed to hold something else. Most files can be restored in some fashion, at least until that part of the drive is written over again. (Note: I’m no computer scientist – feel free to offer better, more accurate analogies in the comments section.)

Undelete Beta brings the functionality you’re used to on desktop operating systems to Android. Results will vary – if you’re restoring a small file like a photo that you deleted five minutes ago, odds are pretty good that you can get it back. If you’re trying to restore a 100MB ROM file from last month, you may find that it’s gone for good. Still, it’s a pretty handy app to have in case of file emergencies. Root users should check it out in the Android Market.

[via Android Police]

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SE LT22i/Nypon surfaces in naked pics

Posted: 23 Nov 2011 07:02 AM PST

If you are a hardcore Android geek that happens to be a fan of Sony Ericsson and like pics of devices in the works check this out. A photo of what is supposed to be the Sony Ericsson Nypon or LT22i smartphone have leaked. These are obviously prototype pics since the smartphone is nothing more than a screen on a board of some sort in testing.

The Nypon is expected to be the next generation of Android devices for Sony Ericsson. SE plans to go all Android next year so we should be seeing more from the firm. The phone is expected to use a 960 x 540 pixel resolution qHD resolution display. The device is also supposed to run Ice Cream Sandwich.

The processor in the smartphone is supposed to be a NovaThor U8500 running at 1GHz. That processor will do a good job with 1080p video and has HDMI and USB support. The processor also supports 10MP image sensors, but the smartphone is not expected to get a high resolution camera. You can also see video of some test boards running the U8500 processor.

[via SlashGear]

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EFF defends Android whistleblower from Carrier-IQ lawsuit

Posted: 23 Nov 2011 06:54 AM PST

Smartphones are a minefield of potential privacy and security violations on the best of days, and careless software implementations like HTC’s recent Sense UI issue don’t help. So when XDA-Developers poster TrevE found some disturbingly direct violations of Android users’ privacy in the Carrier-IQ tracking software, he made it known to as many people as possible, with citations and evidence as needed. Now Carrier-IQ has sent him a cease and desist letter, threatening legal action if he doesn’t remove his research and allegations. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a legal defense group for technology enthusiasts and issues, has offered him assistance.

So what is CarrierIQ? Essentially it’s a set of tools that allow wireless carriers to track performance of handsets, nailing down bugs and errors to improve both devices and their overall system. It runs on many Android phones, as well as Nokia, BlackBerry and other devices. But don’t go looking for it in your system/apps folder – Carrier-IQ’s software runs in RAM, making it extremely difficult to find or remove and leading many to label it as a rootkit. The problem comes in the kind and amount of data that Carrier-IQ collects: locations, phone numbers, call durations, which apps are running, even what you’ve typed in on your phone’s keyboard. It’s a treasure trove of information for sysadmins looking to improve their network, but it’s also – and I say this without exaggeration – a privacy nightmare. Users are almost never informed on the information that’s being collected. TrevE found a way to identify and stop Carrier-IQ reporting, and put up an exhaustive documentation of the software’s actions and abilities.

The Carrier-IQ company didn’t take kindly to that. They accused TrevE of distributing copyrighted material, essentially piracy, for exposing what was going on inside his own phone and others. It should be noted here that he’s simply showing what the software is doing, and not actually distributing it. Even so, the legal team of Carrier-IQ demands that he remove all documented information on the software, and issue a public apology. The letter threatened TrevE with a lawsuit far a “large sum” of damages if he didn’t comply within 24 hours. Needless to say, TrevE, XDA-Developers and the EFF aren’t taking this lying down. Claiming First Amendment rights and fair use, TrevE is mounting a defense, outlined in his response letter.

If I may editorialize a bit: this is a pretty clear-cut case of a corporation using legal scare tactics to try and cover up the (massive) flaws in their own product. Logging and reporting is an unfortunately necessary part of network optimization, but the data that Carrier-IQ is gathering from a large portion of cell phone users represents an incredible breach of privacy and ethics. The fact that most of it was undisclosed until now is reprehensible, and the inability of regular users to opt-out of the service is unacceptable. Major carriers need to take a sober look at their involvement with a company that would threaten financial ruin upon a community member whose only crime was informing others of the violations inherent in an established system. We at Android Community wish TrevE and the EFF the best of luck in any forthcoming legal action, and cordially invite Carrier-IQ to stuff it.

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Bluetooth SIG shows pic of ZTE V55 tablet

Posted: 23 Nov 2011 05:21 AM PST

We are tablet fans around here and we particularly like to see early pics and details about tablets that haven’t yet hit the market. Such is the case today with a single pic offered up by the Bluetooth SIG. the pic is of the ZTE Smart Tab V55 that is destined to hit Sprint at some point. The details on the tablet are very scarce right now.

What we know is the tablet is a CDMA unit and that it has Bluetooth inside. That is all the detail that is offered. It appears that the tablet has the Honeycomb interface. We still have no idea what it under the hood the than those two bits of detail. I don’t expect this to be a high-end tablet, but you never know.

Would this tablet interest you at all? We don’t know yet when the tablet is going to launch or what it will cost when it does launch. This tablet has been though the FCC in the past so presumably it will be ready for launch soon.

[via SlashGear]

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Dizzy Prince of the Yolk Folk heads to Android

Posted: 23 Nov 2011 04:10 AM PST

I would wager that a bunch of you were into the 8-bit games of the earlier days of gaming. I can fondly recall many of those game characters like Pac-Man, Q-Bert, and a bunch of others. One that I don't recall is Dizzy. Apparently, Dizzy Prince of the Yolk Folk was an iconic character in Europe, which would be why I don't know about it.

If you do know Dizzy and have some fond memories of playing that game back in the day, the game is coming to Android. The game is no longer 8-bit with the nice graphics we expect from mobile games today. The game is called Dizzy Prince of the Yolk Folk and will land on the Android market on December 9.

The game is a remake of an arcade game from 1991. It appears to be a classic side scroller and should be fun. The player will collect objects and solve puzzles to free Daisy from the evil wizard. Let me know if you recall Dizzy from back in the day.

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Sony Tablet P now in UK for £499.99

Posted: 23 Nov 2011 02:42 AM PST

We like our tablets around here and there are a bunch of them on the market right now. One of the more interesting tablets is the Sony Tablet P. It's not particularly fast or cheap; the interesting part is the dual 5.5-inch screens that are on the opposite sides of a hinge so the tablet can fold. Each of those screens has a resolution of 1024 x 480.

We have been hands on with the Sony Tablet P in the past if you want to know more about the tablet. If you are a fan of the Tablet P in the UK you can now get the little beastie in stores around the country. Dixons has the tablet in store right now, but it isn’t cheap. The tablet will set you back £499.99. For those of us in the US that is the equivalent of $782.

I don't exactly see the Tablet P selling in droves at that price. The device is PlayStation certified and runs Android 2.3 for the OS. The brain is a Tegra 2 chip running at 1GHz. It has 4GB of storage inside, a front VGA resolution camera, and a 5MP rear camera.

[via SlashGear]

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Google confirms Galaxy Nexus volume bugfix incoming

Posted: 23 Nov 2011 01:07 AM PST

Google has acknowledged the volume bug affecting the Galaxy Nexus, insisting that it is a software rather than a hardware problem and promising that a fix is fast incoming. Although Google did not confirm the technical reason to the issue, believed to be a problem on the 2G 900MHz band, it did tell AndroidPolice that Galaxy Nexus owners should expect an update asap.

“We are aware of the volume issue and have developed a fix. We will update devices as soon as possible.” Google

The volume problem was identified shortly after the Galaxy Nexus’ UK launch, predominantly affecting voice calls. Audio would mute or fluctuate outside of the user’s control, though it was only observed happening when the phone was using a 2G connection on a specific carrier band.

Fears had arisen that the problem could be a hardware one, forcing Google to recall the handset, and indeed at least one retailer froze sales of the smartphone pre-emptively. Google hasn’t said exactly when to expect the new firmware, though we’re hearing independently that a new build was already in the pipeline.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet with 3G compatibility reaches FCC

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 09:22 PM PST

Lenovo’s ThinkPad has been out for a good while, but as a WiFi only device. Adding 3G compatibility to practically all US carriers will help it reach a wider audience of consumers. Expect no changes in hardware or software for the new version, as it will be essentially identical; you’ll see the same NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM.


The ThinkPad will support GSM 850/1900, CDMA 850/1900, and WCDMA II, IV, V bands. This will cover AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and many smaller networks. Unfortunately, it will not support any form of 4G technology according to the FCC. Considering the amount of competition in the current tablet market, 4G is a major player.

I predict that adding 3G to this tablet will help more-so than many others, as it was originally aimed towards the business crowd. Be sure to check out our review and hands-on with the Lenovo ThinkPad if you haven’t seen it already. Unlike many of the other tablets out there, it incorporates stylus use very well.

[via SlashGear]

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : ThinkPad Tablet
    Manufactuer : Lenovo
    Carrier :
    Announced Date : July 19, 2011
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As : Lenovo ThinkPad Honeycomb Tablet, Lenovo Android ThinkPad
Display
  • Screen Size : 10.1 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280x800
  • Screen Type : IPS LCD
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : Inch
  • Width : Inch
  • Depth : Inch
  • Weight : Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 3250 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 3.1.x
    Audio Playback:
  • MP3
Hardware
    CPU : Tegra 2
    CPU Clock Speed : 1000 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 64 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :5 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
  • SD
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 2.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

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Samsung shows off how great their Galaxy S II line really is

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 08:02 PM PST

Right before our near future of shopping madness, you can bet we’ll be seeing some great new commercials. Samsung just dropped one showing off how waiting for the “right” phone to get here just doesn’t make sense when the Galaxy S II is already here. It’s quite comical, but even more amusing is the fact that this could very well happen.


This clip shows some Apple fans waiting in line to purchase what seems to be the iPhone 4S. But as they wait, they notice something. One guy in line says, “Whoa, whats she got there”, of course referring to the Samsung Galaxy S II. Galaxy S II owners then show off the device’s bigger more vibrant screen, 4G capabilities, and simply its overall amazingness. Yeah, this is certainly a bias commercial, but then again all commercials are.

It makes me wonder if we could compare this to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. We are all waiting for this amazing device to finally become available, but are we really just waiting on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)? Once the current Galaxy S II smartphones are finally updated to ICS, could they still triumph over the Galaxy Nexus? Benchmarks of the Galaxy Nexus show that it just barely beats the GSII; only when they both sport ICS will we finally realize the next big thing was just Android 4.0.

There will surely be more commercials like this as we near the Christmas holiday shopping season. Hopefully they are all this clever.

[via Phandroid]

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Galaxy Nexus confirmed to launch this December

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 06:20 PM PST

Last night we had a glimpse at a Best Buy flyer that may have been quite outdated. It seems Samsung has now confirmed the U.S. launch of device will certainly be in December. I’m sorry folks, but there is still no word on the actual day or price. The DROID RAZR debuted on Verizon for $299.99, so my guess is it will be fairly similar.


With the Europe already having access to GSM models of the Galaxy Nexus, we know it’s coming! There are only a couple reasons I assume they are putting us through this prolonged wait. One, there being a few issues with the hardware/software they are trying to work out. Two, like HiHoAg said in our forums, they may be lobbying to throw in some good ol’ Verizon bloatware.

No one wants to receive their precious Galaxy Nexus with any problems at all, so lets just stick it out and be glad when it gets here. Hopefully with no bloatware.

Also, be sure to check out our official Samsung Galaxy Nexus review and hands-on via SlashGear – just to remind you how much we need it!

EDIT: Samsung responded to our inquiry with no “official” comments from Samsung.

[via Business Insider]

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : GALAXY Nexus
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : Verizon
    Announced Date : October 18, 2011
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As : Nexus Prime
Display
  • Screen Size : 4.65 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280x720
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.33 Inch
  • Width : 2.67 Inch
  • Depth : 0.35 Inch
  • Weight : 135 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1750 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
Hardware
    CPU : OMAP 4460
    CPU Clock Speed : 1200 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :5 MP
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
  • CDMA
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
    CDMA Band:
  • 900
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

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QuickOffice Pro updates to version 5, includes Office 2010 support

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 04:24 PM PST

One of the most popular office suites on Android is getting a major update today, with some considerable new features. QuickOffice Pro and its tablet version QuickOffice Pro HD get updated to version 5, with a slew of improvements we covered earlier. Among the most important is support for Microsoft’s often frustrating Office 2010 standard.

QuickOffice PRo can now view, edit and save Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents, including DOCX, XLSX and PPTX files. It can also view (but not edit) PDF documents. The new version also adds a ton of cloud connectivity features, allowing you to access files on Google Docs, Dropbox, Evernote, MobileMe and other syncing services, making it a handy tool for the connected office worker on the go. Other interesting additions include ZIP file support, and an updated interface on smartphones and Honeycomb tablets.

QuickOffice is $9.99 for the smartphone version and $14.99 for the tablet version – definitely not cheap, especially when compared to the free Google Docs. But for the expended functionality you receive, it’s not too expensive, and it’s in line with competitors like DocumentsToGo. If you’re not convinced, you can always try free version for seven days. You can download QuickOffice Pro and QuickOfficePro HD in the Android Market now.

[via Android Police]

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