15
May
galaxy_nexus_banner_005

This is the sort of quasi-rumor (it's fairly detailed and comes from the Wall Street Journal, so we're inclined to trust it) that makes me happy to be an Android fan.

According to the WSJ, Google is in cahoots with up to five device manufacturers to provide early access to the next iteration of the Android OS (Jelly Bean, we assume) so it can have an entire "portfolio" of Nexus devices ready by Thanksgiving - that's late November for those without turkey day.

08
May
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While Big Red may not be getting an HTC One series device just yet, the finally official Incredible 4G is actually very close. Announced yesterday just in time for CTIA, the Incredible 4G, along with most of its specs, was leaked by Android Police back in early April and briefly showed up two weeks later at DroidDoes.com. Yesterday, Verizon threw together a nice unofficial shindig for the press where we could finally check out the Incredible 4G in person.

07
May
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It's finally here, the DROID Incredible 4G LTE, that phone you might have sort of been a little curious about at some point, but probably weren't because it isn't nearly as good looking as the real HTC One phones. But hey, it has a removable battery, Verizon's ever-expanding 4G LTE network, and a Snapdragon S4 processor that hopefully won't devour juice like the Cookie Monster at an all-you-can-eat Nestle Toll House buffet.

03
May
exynos

If you've been following the Galaxy S III news today, you know it has a banging new Exynos 4 quad-core processor that absolutely obliterates benchmarks. The problem is that the Exynos 4 platform is quite old at this point (for a mobile chipset), and was never designed to support LTE. That's why devices like the Galaxy S II Skyrocket don't use an Exynos chip. Devices with Exynos 4 chips that do, like the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE, use an external one - adding thickness and increasing power consumption.

23
Apr
motorola-droid-razr

Update 4/23/12: This update is now rolling out OTA (thanks, Kristopher and others).

It's been a bit of a disappointing ride for the Droid RAZR and its beefier brother over the last few weeks - first, we were told that the ICS update was to start rolling out on April 4th, but that didn't happen. Instead, Moto was going to start a soak test of a new enhancement build, but...

19
Apr
cmlogo

You can always count on the Android ROM development community to extend a device's relevance in the tech world. Take the OG Galaxy Tab for example - this little guy was the first Android tablet to hit the scene (running a phone-specific version of the OS, no less). It has been around for about a year and a half now, and there's no hope that it will ever officially be updated to anything past Gingerbread.

17
Apr
verizon-logo-12

It's the third-ish week of the month, so you know what time is: time for new Verizon LTE markets. This month, Big Red decided to go big by activating LTE in 27 new markets on April 19th. Not only that, but it's expanding current LTE coverage in 44 additional markets. Without further ado, here's that monstrous list:

New Markets

  • Auburn and Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Pine Bluff, Siloam Springs, and Van Buren, AR
  • Brunswick, LaGrange, and Macron/Warner Robins, GA
  • Peoria, IL
  • Kokomo/Logansport and Marion, IN
  • Salisbury, MD
  • Cattaraugus/Allegany, NY
  • Sandusky, OH
  • Ardmore and Ponca City, OK
  • Salem/Albany/Corvallis, OR
  • Pierre, SD
  • Big Springs and Tyler, TX

Expansions

  • Phoenix and Tucson, AZ
  • Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, Sacramento, Salinas/Monterey, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo and Stockton, CA
  • Colorado Springs and Fort Collins/Loveland, CO
  • Sarasota/Bradenton, FL
  • Boise/Nampa, ID
  • Carbondale/Marion and Rockford, IL
  • Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, IN
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Boston and Worcester, MA
  • Detroit, MI
  • St.
14
Apr
2012-04-14 06h49_21

Last night, Verizon updated their Droid 2 support page to announce a new update (v4.5.621) is coming soon rolling out now. While it doesn't bring anything major (*cough* Android updates *cough*), it does bring a few significant bug fixes and improvements:

2012-04-14 06h43_53

Or, in non-image form:

Device Features
+ Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
+ A Google Security Patch has been added to improve security level.

11
Apr
verizon-logo-12

In order to further take advantage of its customers "continue to provide customers with the level of service and support they have come to expect," Verizon will be adding a $30 "upgrade fee" to all new devices purchased with a two-year agreement after April 22, 2012.

Big Red is quick to remind users that other carriers also charge a similar fee, but I'd like to remind it that the lack of a ridiculous upgrade fee is one of the reasons that many customers choose Verizon as their mobile provider.

10
Apr
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A new update with version 2.20.605.3 is coming to Verizon's girly HTC Rhyme. Before you get too excited, no, it's not Ice Cream Sandwich, and it doesn't even contain anything particularly exciting. Here, take a look:

Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a new software update, 2.20.605.3 710RD, for your HTC Rhyme. Verizon Wireless and HTC encourage you to download this update.

Device Features

  • “ Ringtones” has been replaced with “Edit Home” when the Menu key is pressed on the home screen.

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