12
Mar
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According to Bloomberg News, the FCC has now officially approved the proposed T-Mobile / MetroPCS merger, roughly 5 months after the announcement of the deal back in October.

This was the final regulatory hurdle for the acquisition, and both companies' boards have also officially endorsed the move. However, the proposal's future does remain uncertain at this point, as major shareholders at MetroPCS have voiced concerns over its financial soundness.

12
Mar
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Ice Cream Sandwich may have been good enough for James Bond, but the Android die-hards who nabbed Sony's Xperia TL on AT&T want more. And by "more," we mean "an update to a newer version of Android." Fortunately, that's finally available.

Update: Looks like AT&T just started pushing the update over-the-air if you don't want to deal with flashing it manually. Head into Settings > About Phone > Software update to grab it.

12
Mar
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Last night, Cricket quietly added the Engage LT to its website for $179.99. Amusingly, with the current set of sales, it's the same price as its older and better brother, the ZTE Engage (no LT in the name). David posted about the ZTE Engage shortly before it released late last year. Neither phone is particularly interesting and both have lower-end specs with mid-range pricing.

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Here are the relevant specs:

  • Android 4.0
  • 4" TFT WVGA (800 x 480) capacitive display (233 PPI)
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor (model is currently unknown)
  • 3.2 MP rear camera w/LED flash, VGA front camera
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 1900 mAh Lithium Ion battery

What makes the original Engage better than the Cricket-branded newcomer?

11
Mar
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It's been a long time coming, but Sprint's version of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is finally getting updated to Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.1). There are quite a few reasons to pull this update, as it brings several enhancements over Ice Cream Sandwich, including Google Now, Project Butter (for smoothness), enhanced notifications, lockscreen widgets, and much more.

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Aside from that, the update also brings a "Wi-Fi Qualcomm driver fix" so the device will automatically connect to the most recent Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as a "device self activation client update." Sounds intense.

08
Mar
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US Cellular's variants of the Galaxy S III and Note II are slated to receive OTA updates to the MB1 build, which includes a bump to Android version 4.1.2 for the GS IIII (the previous Note II update here, previous GS III update here).

The Galaxy S III's release notes indicate only two changes: the aforementioned increase in OS version, and a fix for audio when playing streaming media (this may fix a long-reported issue with Netflix playback on the device).

07
Mar
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While it began to trickle out to a few users at the end of February, the Android 4.1 upgrade for Sprint's Optimus G remained unannounced up until today. Here's the official changelog:

Enhancements/Fixes

- Android 4.1.2 Jellybean  
- Google Now™
- Expandable, actionable notifications
- Android Beam™ to send photos and more
- QuickTranslator application downloadable from the Application Manager
- Smoother user interface. Vsync timing across all drawing and animation done by the Android framework, including application rendering, touch events, screen composition and display refresh; and triple buffering in the graphics pipeline.

07
Mar
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Update 2: The blog post is back, and the update should be rolling out today!

Update: It sounds like the blog post announcing the update was published erroneously, and has since been pulled down. While that's definitely a bit of a disappointment, it does mean that the update should be headed out very soon. Just not today. Bummer.

AT&T just announced that its version of the HTC One X will be receiving an update to Android 4.1 starting today.

06
Mar
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Last Updated: April 19th, 2013

It's been a wild ride on ICS, hasn't it C Spire customers? And by that, I really mean you've been waiting on Jelly Bean to hit that GSIII for a while now, haven't you C Spire customers? Well, I'm here to deliver good news: Jelly Bean is official. Not officially announced or some other vague form of "official," but it's officially rolling out. So, you can have it now.

The update is available both over-the-air and through Samsung's Kies software, and it brings oodles of newness to your already-awesome smartphone:

Added Apps

    • Chrome
    • Help
    • Paper Artist
    • Voice Search

    Removed Apps

      • Latitude
      • Search

      Added Widgets

        • Bookmarks 3x2
        • Favorite Apps
        • Favorite Contacts 4x2
        • Favorite Contacts 4x4
        • Favorite Settings 4x4
        • Messaging
        • My Call Sound
        • Play - My Library
        • Play Recommendation
        • S Bookmarks 3x2
        • Simple alarm clock

        Block 4G until device is activated
        Added Global Client ID
        Changed wakeup sound
        Roaming Auto-Retrieve enabled
        Removed NullPointException
        Streaming 4G (audio and video) messages delay fixed
        C Spire MMSC allows messages up to 1000kB
        S Voice upgrade
        Polaris view upgrade
        Updated ClipboardSaceService(add permission) for ATM(CTS)
        MusicHub 3.0
        QNC enabled

        See, lots of new stuff.

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        Mar
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        Owners of LG's Verizon-connected Intuition (otherwise known as the Optimus Vu) would be well-advised to avoid an update that began rolling out recently. The short version of this story is that the update is wreaking havoc on handsets –users who have already accepted the update are reporting constant app errors, an inability to connect to the Play Store, camera/gallery failure, and more. You can read users' impassioned responses to the flawed firmware here, here, and here.

        06
        Mar
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        AT&T started pushing Jelly Bean (4.1.2) to its variant of the Xperia T (the TL) earlier this month, but Rogers apparently wasn't far behind. The Canadian carrier just made the update available to its Xperia T, which should bring all the same goodies that the AT&T and International versions already have. Namely:

        • Updated, more intuitive versions of Sony Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies
          Lets you view and access all your photos, videos and tunes in one place.

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