The Toshiba Thrive and I don't exactly have a great history. And that's probably putting it mildly. In fact, in my first review of Toshiba's first Tegra 2 tablet (yes, I had to write a second one) earlier this year, I panned it so hard that I basically just started textually abusing the poor thing. So, at the behest of commenters and colleagues, I rewrote it. My revised review (here) was a little less harsh, but I'll be the first to admit: I didn't like the Thrive, and after spending even more time with it after the review, my feelings were unchanged.
After a rollercoaster of emotions and months of waiting, the back-from-mythical Galaxy Nexus was finally released on Verizon yesterday, but were the main reasons for the delays, in fact, related to unstable and poor connectivity? I've had endless problems with connectivity on the Thunderbolt (even with the latest firmware), and plenty of you had similar issues with pretty much all other LTE devices.
Can the Galaxy Nexus be no different?
Our final giveaway today is another of our developer-oriented contests, and we're giving ten copies of the massive programming reference book Android Wireless Application Development by Shane Conder and Lauren Darcey, thanks to our friends at InformIT. Again, we ask that only developers or those interested in learning Android development participate, so that they can start making even more awesome apps for the rest of us.
- Download the OTA Package
- Rename it to update.zip
- Copy it to the root of the internal storage
- Power off the device, hold Volume Up and Power to reboot into the bootloader
- Select "recovery," then hit the power button
- Once the warning triangle appears, hold the power button and hit volume up
- Select "apply update from /sdcard" and choose the update.zip
- Once the process is finished, simply choose "reboot system now"
Once it reboots, BAM!
Are you ready for another awesome giveaway? This may be our best one yet (but trust us - we've got some even better ones coming), and once again, it's open to a whole host of countries around the world (we've added a few more EU countries, so check the eligibility list). For your consideration, today we have 3 Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 bundles up for grabs, which include the Tegra-powered Galaxy Tab 8.9, Jambox wireless Bluetooth speaker, and $25 AMEX gift card.
Looks like the incremental updates for Android 4.0 are rolling along nicely at this point - the VZW Galaxy Nexus received the update to Android 4.0.2 yesterday, and now Google has announced version 4.0.3. As you may expect, it crushes many bugs that have been found in current builds, along with throwing some optimizations into the mix.
This update will also bring some new goodies to the table for developers in the form of new APIs:
If, like me, you're a fan of the action-horror genre of gaming, then you'll be pleased to know that Dead Space just landed in the Android Market, leaving its EA Store exclusivity behind.
This gripping sci-fi thriller not only brings intense gameplay to your mobile, but a rich storyline and cinematic horror that is sure to chill you down to the very bone. Stunning visuals, along with a movie-quality score make this game a must have for anyone looking for more than simple puzzle games on-the-go.
I'm starting to think that HTC has an overwhelming amount of overstock when it comes to the EVO View 4G - we've already seen this thing go on sale at least three times in the past week. If you happened to miss it on every one of those occasions, wipe those tears away, because it's back again.
This time it's on Daily Steals, and it's going for the cheapest price we've seen yet (only by a few bucks, by hey, cheaper is cheaper, right?).
Following up on last week's editorial, I decided it may be interesting to take a look at the other side of the story – that is, what effect has Google's 10 Billion App promotion had on the developers who were invited to participate?
To begin with, I think it would be wise to take a look at just how developers were invited, and how Google ran the promotion overall. We've heard from a handful of developers about this, so we've got a pretty clear picture of how things went.
In order to make it easier for Android developers to get started with creating robust applications, the Android team today formalized and unified various coding tutorials into one clearly defined area of the Android dev site: Android Training. The tutorials, or classes, are very well put together, with splits into logical steps to make them flow well, along with sample code you can utilize to "do your homework." There is no fee for taking any of them - think of Android Training as a collection of well organized and curated tutorials.