If you're a BIONIC owner (sadly, I am), you've probably been itching for a major update to the device for quite some time now to fix a number of bugs, glitches, and other technological gremlins the phone has had since release. This latest update promises to excise quite a few of the BIONIC's worst software demons, including the dreaded black screen bug. The update has just hit Verizon's support site, so that means a rollout will likely be taking place in the next couple of weeks.
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.
Similar to its earlier double data promotion, new or existing customers will get double the data (4GB in total) when they buy a 4G LTE smartphone from Verizon and sign up for a new $30 data plan, together with voice and texting.
When it comes to high tech, downsizing is often looked at as a sign of progress. Microprocessors meant whole computers, for the first time, could fit on a desktop. LCD displays made them portable - in the form of laptops. Moore's law proved that chips that once would have been classified as capable of enterprise-level computing now occupy devices that easily fit in your pocket. And advanced lithium-ion batteries meant you could finally take yourself off the AC teat for an appreciable amount of time, and you could charge your gadgets over and over without worrying about the ridiculous cycling fatigue that plagued earlier rechargeable systems.
Meet Andru. He's an Android. Like all Androids, he's adorable. He sits on your desk and makes you smile at his cute little expressionless face while you toil away on those TPS reports. This little 'droid is a hard worker, too. When you need him to, he transforms into a USB wall charger and provides precious juice to all your gadgets.
Your new little buddy costs $25, and he'll make sure he's worth every penny.
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.
Chances are you're one of the everyone-on-the-planet who's played Words With Friends. Did you know there's other, shall we say, homages to classic board games available for your Android phone? For example, here we have
Pictionary Draw Something, a turn-based, doodle-guessing game that you can play with friends wherever they are.
Draw Something has more than a few similarities to crowd-favorite Words With Friends. You're able to add your friends or join a game with a random player, and play multiple games at once.
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.