30
May
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Sony loves making stuff that's hard to break. The Xperia Active was probably the pinnacle of this obsession (see: hilariously awesome video), but now that Sony has decided to make pretty much all of its phones look exactly the same, it's out with the old, in with the new.

The Go and Acro S are the newest additions to Sony's rugged family, and for rugged phones, they don't look nearly as god-awful ugly as almost everything else in that segment of the market.

30
May
Samsung-Conquer-4G-01

Sprint just updated its support docs for the Samsung Conquer 4G with details of a new OTA update set to begin rolling out at any moment. It's a rather small and nondescript update that just brings a couple of fixes and enhancements:

Enhancements/Fixes:

  • 4G Modem Update - not customer impacting 
  • Lock screen changes - swipe in any direction to unlock

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Like I said, it's minor. The update should begin rolling out today or tomorrow and will complete its rollout process within ten days.

30
May
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Last Updated: May 31st, 2012

Update: You can download the latest beta build 1.8.4 from here.

At the Galaxy S III launch event, it was revealed that the device would ship with an exclusive build of Flipboard, a fancy news reader that is wildly popular over on iOS. Not long after that, the apk was pull from the Galaxy S III ROM leak. Our own John Thompson took it for a spin and came away impressed.

30
May
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Update: The OTA update's rollout has been pushed back to June 4.

Owners of the T-Mobile version of HTC's One S (check out our review) can expect a minor (about 24MB) over the air update tomorrow, May 31st June 4th, bringing some small changes and bug fixes to the device. The change log, below:

Android version 4.0.3 / Software version 84.531.2 710RD - Current version
Version

  • Android version 4.0.3 / Software version 1.84.531.2 710RD
  • Updated 5/31/2012

Improvements

  • Resolves goodbye splash not appearing when powering off due to low battery.

29
May
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According to Rightware's Power Board benchmark result site (see #11; the benchmark in question is Basemark ES2.0 Taiji), a long-rumored device has popped up in a result database: the much-awaited Nexus tablet. Here's the additional raw info you don't see in the benchmark that we were able to acquire from Rightware:

"os":  {

"android":  {

   "model":  "Nexus  7",

   "hardware":  "grouper",

   "manufacturer":  "asus",

   "device":  "grouper",

   "brand":  "google",

   "display":  "XXXXXX-userdebug  4.1  JRN51B  3XXXXX  dev-keys",

   "version_sdk":  "4.1",

   "board":  "grouper",

   "version_code":  "1"

}

}

Note: strings replaced with XXXXX were redacted by Android Police for privacy.

29
May
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Official word from HTC on the customs review of its smartphones is that the process has been completed (confirmed for the EVO 4G LTE, AT&T One X). The review was the result of an Apple lawsuit at the ITC for patenting infringement, which culminated in the issuance of an exclusion order for all HTC smartphones entering the US. The statement, below:

“HTC has completed the review process with US Customs and HTC devices have been released, as they are in compliance with the ITC’s ruling.

29
May
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Alright, control freaks (otherwise known as "my people"), this one's for you. FolderSync is a fantastic little app we've just discovered that lets users sync folders between local storage and a number of online storage services. The app supports one- or two-way sync and provides a host of settings to tweak the app to all your sync needs.

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Sync can be done on a schedule or when a folder changes.

29
May
Last Updated: August 21st, 2012

Details about a new OTA update set to roll out to the Samsung Exhibit II 4G just hit T-Mobile Support docs. The update, which is build T679UVLE1 for those who like to keep track of that sort of thing, is more or less a simple incremental Gingerbread update with a few fixes and enhancements sprinkled on top:

Version:

  • Android version 2.3.6 / Software T679UVLE1
  • Over-the-air Update (33MB)
  • Approved:  5/30/12

New Features & Improvements:

  • New Features
    • Re-brand to Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G
  • Improvements
    • Google Security Fix    
    • Device stability improvements    
    • Wi-Fi Calling audio improvements    
    • Camera app improvements    
    • Swype corporate email improvements

...and that's pretty much it.

29
May
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Last week, HTC released a detailed timeline of when ICS updates to various devices are expected to roll out. Hitting almost dead-center in the middle of its projected update window, users in various parts of Europe with unlocked Sensation XLs are now receiving the update. According to user reports, customers of UK's Three network are also receiving the update. Unfortunately, there's no word when other carriers will begin pushing the update.

29
May
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Last Updated: June 27th, 2012

Google I/O is coming and it's time to get excited! It's like Christmas in June! It will be here in just a few short agonizing weeks - and we need to prepare. There is background information you need to know, rumors you should have in mind, and past announcements and acquisitions that need to be remembered. Google always leaves little news breadcrumbs for those that pay attention, and I pay attention.

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