Transformer Prime owners in the U.S. are waking up this morning to a notification of a new OTA update that should bring improved Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performance, along with a new kernel. Since there's no official changelog just yet, little is known for sure what else this update packs, but we're hearing that it also brings a fix for the random reboot issue that plagued many users after the update to Ice Cream Sandwich last month.
Pay attention to the name Dan Rosenberg, it's one that you're going to want to know for the future. He's the guy who brought us root for the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet, and now he's back with a root method for the Sony Tablet S. His blog post on how he figured out the exploit is an absolutely fascinating read, albeit quite technical. Even if you don't understand the post in its entirety, you can still appreciate the genius at work to construct such a clever exploit.
Chrome for Android. Those are three words that many Android fans have been patiently waiting to hear for quite a while (aside from speculation and rumor, that is), and it's finally here. I've spent the biggest part of the day playing with the new browser, and it's already the default browser on both my Transformer Prime and Galaxy Nexus. Yeah, it's that good.
Before we take a closer look, though, I want you to keep in mind that it's wearing the beta tag, so it is a bit buggy.
The day that many, many Android users have been waiting for is finally here: Google Chrome is now available for Android. In its current state it's beta and only available for Ice Cream Sandwich, but it brings some incredible features to Android:
- Browse fast with accelerated page loading, scrolling, and zooming
- Search and navigate directly from the omnibox
- Open and switch between unlimited tabs in an easy-to-view stack
- Sign in to Chrome to sync your bookmarks and view tabs you have open on your computer
- Send pages from desktop Chrome to your smartphone or tablet with one click and read them on the go, even if you’re offline
- Browse privately in Incognito mode
I've only spent a few minutes with Chrome on both the Galaxy Nexus and Transformer Prime, but so far, it's absolutely incredible; granted, it does have some bugs since it's still beta.
Who remembers Seesmic? Once upon a time, it was revered as the go-to Twitter/Facebook client for Android, until it stopped getting updated. Bugs started occurring more and more often, many of which made the client nearly useless to most people.
Today, though, Seesmic saw its first update in many months - one that we hope fixes the majority of bugs that have been plaguing the app for far too long.
The rollercoaster ride that has been the Droid 4 release timeline is finally coming to an end. We first heard that this device would be released back in December, but Moto/VZW halted it for some reason, so we've since been waiting. Release date rumors have come and gone, but we caught wind of the 2/10 date about a week ago, and it turns out that it was spot on.
The D4 was announced at last month's CES conference, but if you need a spec refresher, here it is:
- 1.2GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB of RAM
- Android 2.3.5 (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradable)
- 4-Inch "scratch-and-scrape resistant" display
- 16GB internal memory, Up To 32 GB microSD card supported
- Full five-row QWERTY
- 8MP rear shooter with 1080p HD Video Capture
- 4G LTE Capable
The D4 will be available in Verizon stores and online beginning on 2/10 for $199.99 with two-year agreement.
The newest iteration of AnDevCon (Android Developer Conference) is creeping up on us, and if you want to save some serious cash, now is the time to register. While the event doesn't actually kick off until May 14, 2012, you can stick a solid $550 back in your pocket by picking up your tickets before March 2 - a pretty substantial savings. Unless you don't like saving money, of course.
While I love most everything about my Galaxy Nexus, Google made one ridiculous omission in Android 4.0: they removed the ability to set separate notification and ringer volumes. On my previous phone, Tasker was set up to automatically mute notification tones and turn the ringer volume to three at 11:00 PM as long as the phone was on charge. This way, I wasn't bothered with constant email notifications throughout the night, but if someone needed to call during the late hours, it would wake me up.
Like Gameloft games? Like social networks? Like to combine things you like with other things you like? You're in luck - the Gameloft LIVE! app for Android does just that. Think of it as a social network exclusive to Gameloft gamers. Oh, the possibilities.
Update: The app is no longer available exclusively from the Gameloft store - grab it from the Market if you want:
If you have an old Android phone laying around and want to gain a second phone line or have the incredible urge to make calls from your tablet (requires a Bluetooth headset), then GrooVe IP is no doubt the go-to app. For a limited time, you can save yourself a few bucks and score this app for $2.10 (normally $4.99) in the Android Market.
So, what is GrooVe IP? If you haven't already guessed, it's a VoIP (voice-over-IP) client, which allows you to make and receive calls using only Wi-Fi.