In a world of dual-core superphones, there is still one single-core device that manages to stand its ground: the Samsung Nexus S. Thanks to its stock Android nature, the Nexus S is still one of the best Android phones on the market, and if you're looking to pick one up off-contract, then here's the deal for you. You can grab an unlocked version of the NS for a mere $350 -- that's fifty-percent off the retail price.
If you've been craving an Android tablet with ports-o-plenty, then the Toshiba Thrive is definitely the way to go. Rocking full USB and HDMI ports, as well as a miniUSB port and SD card slot, this dual-core Android 3.1 tablet can handle all of the peripherals that you can possibly throw at it, and for today only, you can grab the 8GB version for $380 from eBay Daily Deals.
On top of the full array of ports, you'll also get the hardware specs of other high-end Honeycomb tablets:
- 10.1-inch IPS LCD display
- NVIDIA Tegra 2 (AP20H) dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8 GB internal storage
- Weight: 1.7lbs
- Thickness: 15mm
- 5MP rear camera, 2MP front
- Full-size USB and HDMI-out ports, plus miniUSB port
- SD card slot (with SDXC support)
- Android 3.1 Honeycomb (via OTA update)
Of course, all those ports come at a price, as this by far the thickest and heaviest Android tablet on the market.
Ah, the moment that Desire owners have been waiting for... or is it? HTC released its official Gingerbread build for the Desire this morning, but it's not in the form of an OTA (over-the-air); instead, it's a full RUU (ROM upgrade utility). This means that not only is the installation process a bit more complex than an OTA, it will also wipe the device during the upgrade process, forcing you to start from scratch upon first boot.
We've been waiting all day for a new project called Revolutionary from AlphaRev and Unrevoked to go live, and that moment is now upon is. This new tool allows S-Off and NAND write access to a whole slew of modern HTC phones, including some devices that have yet to receive a permanent unlock solution:
- HTC Desire (bravo) 0.93.0001
- HTC Desire CDMA (bravoc) 1.06.0000
- HTC Wildfire (buzz) 1.01.0001
- HTC Aria (liberty) 1.02.0000
- HTC Incredible S (vivo) 1.09.0000 and 1.13.0000
- HTC Droid Incredible 2 (vivow) 0.97.0000
- HTC Desire S (saga) 0.98.0000 and 0.98.0002
- HTC View (express) 1.09.0000 and 1.13.0000
- HTC Flyer (flyer) 1.10.0000
- HTC Sensation (pyramid) 1.17.0006, .0008, .0011 and .0012
- HTC Evo 3D (shooter) 1.30.0000 and 1.40.0000
The most notable of the bunch is the EVO 3D and the Sensation -- two devices that were previously without a permanent root solution (only perma-temp).
Here's a shocker: in order to conserve precious bandwidth, AT&T plans to start throttling data for the top 5% of users that were grandfathered in on unlimited data plans back in the day. An AT&T spokesperson danced around the subject quite delicately, making sure to note that most users won't be affected by the change:
Earlier this week we found out about a supposed Galaxy S II variant rocking a slide-out QWERTY that was said to be on its way to AT&T. Needless to say, most people were not happy about the addition of a keyboard -- and with good reason. Why ruin one of the thinnest smartphones on the planet by adding a physical keyboard?
Guess what? They didn't.
As it turns out, that wasn't a Galaxy S II variant at all, but a completely different handset that is headed to Ma Bell.
A few days ago we told you about Dolphin Browser's foray into the tablet world, Dolphin for Pad. We've had a bit of time to play with it since then, as have most of you, and we recently received a tip from a loyal reader named Nathan Patton that highlights a rather nifty feature of the new browser. When in fullscreen mode, a simple two-finger swipe activates an awesome 3D cube of all open web pages, very reminiscent of the Compiz Fusion 3D cube on Linux that was highly popular among the uber-geeks of yesteryear.
Last month, Google made several improvements to its mobile search page for phones, and now the page designed for tablets has received a similar makeover. The updated homepage brings some subtle, yet intuitive changes to the tablet interface, including enlarged text, buttons, and other touch targets, so browsing is a much more comfortable experience.
Below the search box is an updated drop-down style menu that allows users to quickly navigate between the default search, images, videos, places, shopping, and more.
Since the beginning of time, there has been but one rule among men: release GPL source code on time. For those who choose to ignore this rule, terrible things ensue; most of which are so horrific, I dare not speak the details. The code has always been upheld by the law, but one foul beast has found a way to circumvent the system and hold the source for weeks, even months, too long: HTC.
Normally, we don't post FCC filings, but this one caught our attention. It appears that a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II with NFC just hit the FCC sporting AT&T radios. But wait, this is where it starts to get interesting. Back in March, another variant with AT&T bands hit the FCC. Curious, yes?
The rabbit hole gets deeper: earlier this week, we saw photos of a version of the GSII sporting a keyboard that is rumored to be heading to AT&T, yet today's filing shows identical dimensions to the European variant of the GSII, suggesting that there is no keyboard.