HTC's marketing of Beats Audio on its One Series handsets has rapidly become a joke among critics and internet commentators alike. And that's probably putting it nicely. The fact that the entirety of the Beats "enhancements" found on aforementioned phones has been zipped up and packaged to flash on any Android 2.3+ handset has, at least in the collective minds of the internet, exposed the Beats partnership for what it is: equalization software and a fancy logo.
The wait has been a long one, but it's finally starting to come to a close. The CM team has officially released several RC-level builds of CyanogenMod 9 for many high-profile devices, including the Galaxy Nexus (GSM), several Galaxy S II variants, and the Nexus S and Nexus S 4G.
For the complete list, head to the source link below. As always, make absolutely sure that you're downloading the correct ROM for your device, and if you have any reservations, ask in a forum before flashing, and always make a backup first.
Verizon announced the Droid Incredible 4G LTE back in May, and... well, that's it. We haven't heard anything else about the device since (on an official level, anyway), even though it was supposed to be available in "the coming weeks" after the announcement. In all fairness, "weeks" could be any range of time, but we generally think of that as two or three, not seven or nineteen.
Finally, though, a probably release date has leaked.
It's time for the Android Police Week In Review, where I lay out a smorgasbord of delectable news-bites for your reading pleasure. You can catch a lot of this appetizing information on our weekly podcast as well, which airs live every Thursday at 5PM PST, at androidpolice.com/podcast. There's an IRC channel there, too. We might even use it occasionally.
- Ron reviews the Samsung Galaxy S III: and it's surprisingly adequate.
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- Verizon is at it again, giving more people in more places 4G LTE service.
In all honesty, I get a little more excited than I probably should when it seems like someone's marketing department has accidentally revealed juicy details. Today, after seeing Jelly Bean 4.1 teased in a thumbnail image and checkout page (which was quickly redacted), it seems that Sprint may have let slip the existence of a white version of the HTC EVO 4G LTE. In a banner found on the Now Network's website earlier today, we see a white Samsung Galaxy SII (nothing surprising there) right next to a white and silver version of the EVO LTE.
Good news for folks who aren't on Sprint, but want to be! (Those exist right?) If you've been eyeballing the Evo LTE as your next phone, you couldn't get it any cheaper than you can now. Amazon Wireless is currently offering the device for $129.99 with a new two-year contract.
While it sucks a bit for current Sprint customers, upgraders can still get the device for the previously-established $149 price point, saving a bit of money over Sprint's own offerings.
As much as we've talked about portable chargers, we've yet to come across one that I would call affordable (excluding the various deals we've found, of course). Satechi just changed all that, though; it released a 10k mAh power pack for $50. Fifty dollars! Considering I've reviewed portable chargers with half that capacity for nearly double the cost, I woudl say this one is a good deal right out of the gate.
Looks like it's the time of the month for Verizon to flip its 4G LTE switch to 'on' in new markets. It seems that the rollout has been in hyperspeed lately, as more and more cities are getting their taste of the blazing fast 4G service; this time Big Red is giving it to 46 new markets:
- Florence, AL
- Harrison, AR
- Yuba City/Marysville, CA
- Panama City, FL
- Carrolton, Gainesville, and Newnan, GA
- Blackfoot, ID
- Decatur/Effingham, Kankakee/Bradley-Bourbonnais, and La Salle/Peru/Ottawa, IL
- Columbus and Michigan City/La Porte, IN
- Greater Portland, ME
- Greenville/Greenwood, Jackson, and Tunica, MS
- Houghton and Traverse City, MI
- Jefferson City, Lake of the Ozarks, and West Plains, MO
- Binghamton, Elmira/Corning/Hornell, and Oneonta, NY
- Burlington, Hickory/Lenoir, Jacksonville, and New Bern, NC
- Bedford and Sharon/Farrell/Hermitage, PA
- Anderson, Florence, and Greenwood, SC
- Lufkin/Nacogdoches, Midland, San Angelo, and Waco, TX
- Danville, VA
- Ashland, KY
- Huntington and Logan, WV
- Fond du Lax, Janesville, Beloit, and Sheboygan, WI
- Gillette, WY
- The Lihue, HI (launched on June 11)
And expand in 22 existing markets:
- Denver and Fort Collins/Loveland, CO
- Philadelphia, PA
- Wilmington, DE
- Daytona Beach, Gainesville, and West Palm Beach, FL
- Hilo, HI
- Boise/Nampa, ID
- Chicagoland, IL
- Lafayette, IN
- Hammond, LA
- Springfield, MO
- Glens Falls and New York, NY
- Charlotte/Gastonia and Greensville, Washington, NC
- Indiana, PA
- Hagerstown, MD
- Chambersburg, PA
- Sioux Falls, SD
- Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA
- Seattle, WA
- Appleton, Oshkosh, WI
Yay for 4G in more places!
Google launched the Play Store in March in an attempt to consolidate the Books, Movies, Music, and Apps under one umbrella. Obviously the Apps section sees a ton of action, but we're not so sure that the other three have really found any traction.