Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we go through what’s hot and what’s not inside the world of Google’s Android project. In today’s show we go through the recent leaks of Android Ice Cream Sandwich that an anonymous tipster caught on a Nexus S he bought on eBay. Speaking of Ice Cream Sandwich, we also go through the Samsung/Google event planned for October 11th on CTIA in which we expect the Google Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich to be revealed. We go through al the smartphone releases for the week, which include the T-Mobile HTC Amaze 4G and more. [...]
In this episode of the Android Application Weekly we demonstrate some apps that will keep you entertained, allow you to find local businesses, and share your entire iTunes collection with the world and friends. To download these directly to your Android smartphone or tablet just take a picture of the QR-Code using Google Goggles or any other QR-Code scanner or click on the app title link to be taken directly to the Android Market.
Hanging With Friends A free application
Hanging With Friends is a great hangman style game created by the same people that [...]
Sprint’s set to be getting its Galaxy S2 first amongst US carriers, but who will be second? T-Mobile just made its own announcement regarding the smartphone, but doesn’t narrow the release date range down to more than “this fall”.
Like the Sprint Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch, T-Mobile’s Galaxy S2 will also have a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED+ screen, a slight upgrade over the presently available international model. All the US carriers are advertising their GS2s as 4G, and as this is T-Mobile, that means HSPA+.
Samsung has put out a blanket press [...]
AT&T gets its Samsung Galaxy S II this weekend, and while it goes without saying that if you pick one up on Sunday, you should probably try to avoid losing it straight away, there’s more at stake here than just some expensive new hardware, thanks to the revelation of a lock-screen bypass that readily grants unauthorized users access to your phone and everything stored therein.
BGR discovered the problem while experimenting with the handset, and it looks to be a quite serious security hole. Basically, you just have to wake the phone, ignore the lock screen and wait for [...]
Sony Ericsson first announced its Xperia Ray back in June. By early July, we had heard rumors of an August release date, but it wouldn’t be until September that the phone finally became available. That was in the UK, though, so what about a US launch? SE fans in the States now have their own opportunity to get the Ray, with online retailer Newegg starting-up sales.
Though it lists for about $450, Newegg has the Ray on sale for around $380, instead. Obviously, that’s for an unlocked, off-contract handset. The phone’s frequency support make it a good fit for [...]
It’s only been three days since we learned of Mozilla’s latest release for Android, Firefox 7.0. At the time, we were commenting on the rapidly-accelerated release schedule that’s taken hold of Firefox. Mozilla’s not about to miss a beat, and before the week’s out it’s managed to release its first beta version of Firefox 8.0 for Android.
As a consequence of this release strategy, there aren’t always a ton of new features to report on in even these major-numbered releases. So far along in its beta development, Firefox 8.0 adds just a [...]
Are you a fan of American Football? Also happen to be a Verizon subscriber? And you say Androids are your smartphone of choice? If you’ve been sitting there nodding in agreement, we’ve got a deal you should check out this weekend, with Verizon offering Madden NFL 12 by Electronic Arts for free to some customers.
The offer kicks-off (no pun intended) at midnight tonight and runs through the end of Monday. If you have a qualifying phone, you’ll be able to request a free download link for the app or snag it directly through Verizon’s Media Store. The problem [...]
Four months ago, we got a look at an AT&T roadmap mentioning the internal codenames of several upcoming smartphones for the carrier. Some we already were able to match up with their common names, while others were new to us. One of those unknown models was the Samsung i857 Habrok, apparently a low-to-mid-tier device. At the time, the Android phone was tipped for a Q3 release. Just where has it been, and what will it be called? While we still can’t answer the former with any certainty, the latest data from Cellebrite ties that model i857 to the name Samsung [...]
A leak out of an internal Verizon database last week had us thinking that we had finally learned the launch name for the HTC Vigor on Verizon, with documents linking the phone’s model number to the name “HTC Rezound”. Admittedly, that’s a bit of an odd name, but it was good to hear of at least something after it looked like the smartphone might not arrive as the Droid Incredible HD as earlier rumored. Does that mark the end of this story, or is there a chance that Rezound might be a red herring as well?
Even now that we’ve heard of Rezound, we [...]
Here are a few handsets whose identities are in question; most likely they are unannounced models which are still undergoing testing by their respective OEMs. We figure that the best way to glean more information about them is to crowdsource the identification process — even if we can’t come up with model names or numbers, we may at least be able to discern some key features or indicators. Please feel free to note your observations in the comments.
This is probably the easiest of the bunch: it’s likely to be a mid-range Android hitting [...]
It may have taken until right up against the very end of the month to do so, but HTC reached its goal of having the Gingerbread update for its Thunderbolt ready to go for Verizon subscribers. Did it maybe push a little too hard to reach that deadline, though, and ended up with a sub-par release? Users who installed the update report a variety of problems creeping-up, and it appears that Verizon may have since halted its distribution.
Voicemail notifications are reportedly breaking post-update, leaving you guessing as to whether or not you have any messages waiting. Thankfully, [...]
A couple days ago, we got an early look at the LG Optimus Slider as it will come to Virgin Mobile, thanks to Best Buy launching the phone’s product page a little early. Back then, we still didn’t have any idea of the release plans for the handset. Virgin Mobile’s now here with the answers we seek, revealing all in its formal announcement of the Optimus Slider, alongside the HTC Wildfire S.
The Optimus Slider may be better-known to you as the LG Enlighten on Verizon, a Gingerbread-running QWERTY slider with an 800MHz processor. It sports a 3.2-inch HVGA screen [...]
So far, we don’t know much about the LG myTouch and myTouch Q, a pair of Androids tipped for T-Mobile, short of the fact that the carrier can’t seem to help itself from showing the pair off. Earlier this month, the company posted a video to YouTube featuring the duo, only to realize what it had done and quickly yank the video (but not before we got a look at the phones). Now it looks like the myTouch is back, hiding in plain sight, on T-Mobile’s main page for Android phones.
Take a look near the bottom of the page, and you’ll see small pics of four [...]
The Samsung Galaxy Note is one of the more unique Android phone/tablet hybrids we’ve seen. The screen is a monstrous 5.3″, and the 1280×800 resolution will grant it a pixel density that rivals the iPhone 4. Not only that, but it’ll come with a faster 1.5GHz Exynos chip, a huge battery, and even a stylus for note-taking. The device is expected to land in Europe as early as late October. No US release has been announced, but we’re feeling quite positive about the Galaxy Note’s recent passing at the FCC. That could mean either that Samsung will be [...]
Dell’s Streak Pro isn’t the only newly-announced Android on its way to Japanese carrier SoftBank. We’ve also heard of new models on the way from Panasonic and Sharp, both with some quite-high-resolution cameras.
Panasonic will be bringing the carrier its Lumix 101P with a nice big lens and 13.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor. The Android will arrive running Gingerbread, and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core TI processor. Its display measures-in at four inches, and will be in qHD. Waterproofing certification will let you risk a little moisture while trying to snap the [...]
We’ve heard of NFC being used to authorize payments, facilitate phone-to-phone file transfers, and even unlock doors. It’s that second use we’re interested in today: using NFC instead of email, Bluetooth, or SD card swapping to send files from one phone to another. A newly-presented specification has been published by the NFC Forum, hoping to simplify such transfers and ensure compatibility between devices.
The Simple NDEF Exchange Protocol will let smartphones swap everything from whole files to small strings of data like a website’s URL with other [...]
Nokia’s Sea Ray may not be its very-first Windows Phone 7 handset, but it will certainly be one of the first introduced by the manufacturer. Thanks to what looks like an inadvertent leak on the part of Microsoft’s Canadian division, we have an idea of what another one of Nokia’s first WP7 devices may be, as well as a couple due from Samsung.
Buried in the legalese describing the terms and conditions of a Mango app promotion the company is running, we find a short list of Mango phones being offered as prizes. There’s the Sea Ray, of course, accompanied by [...]
You may remember Microsoft’s Windows Phone “Insider” app as being a nice little something that was great for downloading Bing images for use as wallpapers. Well, now it has seen a big update for Windows Phone 7.5 which brings free Ringtone downloads. It also includes some tips about how to use Windows Phone in general along with some app and game recomendations. The update also gives the app a live tile and of course fast app switching.
If you’ve got the 7.5 update already, you’re looking for cool Bing wallpapers and new ringtones, you can [...]
If we’re to believe the video we saw yesterday, Ice Cream Sandwich is already floating around out there in the wild. Considering the limits of our knowledge concerning the changes in store for the OS, it’s quite difficult at this point to weed out legitimate Ice Cream Sandwich leaks from the work of hoaxsters just looking to mess with us all for the lulz. Keep that in mind as you consider this discovery stemming from a list of files purported to be on an Android 4.0 device, suggesting Google could introduce facial recognition to unlock your phone.
A list of APKs has [...]
We’ve heard about plans for a 16-megapixel smartphone camera from HTC, one that would end up as a WP7 device, but we’ve yet to see that puppy materialize. Sharp’s AQUOS 007SH features such a sensor, but they’re far from common at the moment. We may be ready to see a whole lot more smartphones step-up their cameras to this kind of megapixel excess, thanks to Samsung’s development of a new 16-megapixel sensor.
Samsung announced its S5K2P1 chip that will bring 16-megapixel performance to stand-alone cameras, camcorders, and most importantly [...]
Dell sure takes its sweet time between releasing smartphones, so you’d better believe that we’re paying attention when it finally does. The Dell Venue Android dropped early this year, and we’re just now hearing about its next effort, the Streak Pro 101DL.
Don’t let the Streak name fool you; this time we’re squarely in smartphone territory. The handset is supposed to have a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display covered in Gorilla Glass for extra resilience. A 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon will power the Streak Pro, the same chip being used in the HTC [...]
A number of us here at Pocketnow are big fans of the Zune Pass subscription music service. According to Zune Insider some big changes are coming October 3rd. First of all, the service will now be available in Canada finally. The other big change is in the pricing. As of October 3rd, new subscribers will pay only $9.99 per month for unlimited DRM protected music downloads on up to 4 devices (1 PC + any combination of PC, Zune device and Windows Phone), unlimited streaming from Zune.net and XBOX 360, plus unlimited streaming of music videos.
That’s $5 less than the current [...]
We’ve heard lots of rumors about the iPhone 5’s data connectivity, ranging from LTE to WiMAX and everything in-between. Some new evidence suggests that one option we’ll definitely be seeing is the inclusion of HSPA+ support, letting the phone reach 21Mbps speeds.
This information comes courtesy of China Unicom from the Macworld Asia 2011 conference, where it outlined the evolution of wireless data through previous iPhone models. At the end of its timeline sat the iPhone 5 (or, at least, a holding spot in the absence of a real picture of the smartphone), with [...]