19
Jan
Sprint

Looks like the Now Network is in the process of pushing OTA updates to three devices: the HTC EVO 4G, EVO Design 4G, and Samsung Epic 4G. The changelog for each device is as follows:

HTC EVO 4G

  • Security Update
  • Updated Peep client ( to align with Twitter)
  • Battery life improvements

HTC EVO Design 4G

  • Security Update
  • Updated Peep client (to align with Twitter)
  • Updated Sprint Zone client
  • Battery life improvements
  • 3LM Enterprise Tool Access (no user interface changes)

Samsung Epic 4G

  • Security update
  • Speaker feedback fix
  • The QIK and Asphalt 5 applications are no longer preloaded.
19
Jan
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Just last week, LG revealed the Spectrum, an impressive new flagship phone for Verizon. A glance at the spec sheet showed some impressive numbers on paper, and we went hands-on during CES and came away impressed. The essential specs:

  • 4.5″ True HD IPS display (1280x720 at 329DPI), protected by Gorilla Glass
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor
  • 8MP rear camera, shoots 1080p video, 1.3MP front camera
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage, 16GB micro SD card pre-installed
  • 4G LTE
  • Android 2.3.5 (Android 4.0 update promised)
  • 1830mAh battery (optional 3000mAh extended battery available at launch)
  • Dimensions:  5.33″ x 2.71″ x .41″
  • Weight: 4.99 oz.
18
Jan
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Since launch, the ASUS Transformer Prime's GPS issues have hampered an otherwise stellar tablet. To make matters worse, ASUS confirmed that the problem was due to the Prime's all-aluminium construction, indicating that a software fix was unlikely. Indeed ASUS was forced to release a new version of the Prime (TF700T), with an updated back panel to improve the GPS functionality. However, ASUS has not given up all hope on the original Prime as a new OTA update (V9.4.2.7) is rolling out, which could fix the GPS drivers.

18
Jan
Samsung-Galaxy-Note

The powerhouse Samsung Galaxy Note is certainly making the rounds as of late - first in Europe, then it was announced for AT&T's LTE network in the U.S., and, soon enough, our neighbors to the north will be able to enjoy the 5.3-inch beast as well.

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According to Samsung Canada's website, the Note is expected to be available sometime in mid-February with an assumed launch on Telus' LTE network and announcements coming from Rogers and Bell soon after.

18
Jan
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A few days ago, Motorola pushed out a special soak test of the ICS update to a number of Wi-Fi XOOM owners in the U.S. Apparently, no serious issues were found by the company's engineers, as the very same Android 4.0.3 update (IML77) is now rolling out to everyone. Well, everyone in the U.S. with a Wi-Fi XOOM that is. This makes the XOOM the 2nd mainstream tablet device to officially receive ICS, losing out only to the Transformer Prime that beat it to the punch by only a couple of days.

18
Jan
Asus-Transformer-Prime-TF201

If you happen to own a Transformer Prime TF201, you may be a little disappointed by the issues it had right off the bat. The most notable defect with the TF201 is its inability to properly use the GPS module that was originally advertised as a feature. Due to bad placement and the material the tablet is made out of, ASUS was forced to entirely remove GPS as a feature.

Aside from that major issue, the Prime is still a very solid tablet.

18
Jan
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2011 wasn't the best year that LG's mobile devision has ever seen. It released a couple of decent handsets that didn't quite take off and a tablet that has nearly been forgotten. So, what is a company to do in a situation such as this? Release another lackluster piece of hardware, of course!

Enter  the Optimus Pad LTE, the Korean manufacturer's first go at a 4G LTE-enabled tablet. Packed with last year's hardware, this little guy will be nearly outdated by the time it hits retail shelves:

  • 8.9-inch 1280x768 IPS display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor
  • 8MP rear shooter/2MP 'round front
  • 32GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • Android 3.2
  • 6,800mAh battery
  • 497 grams
  • 9.3mm thin

Okay, so maybe the Optimus Pad LTE has a couple of good things going for it - at 497 grams, it enters the arena at 69 grams lighter than the thin-and-sleek Galaxy Tab 10.1, and 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot is nothing to scoff at, either.

18
Jan
17-DEFY-plus-JCB

Motorola recently announced two entry-level Android smartphones for the Chinese, European, and Latin American markets, the Defy Mini and the Motoluxe. Both devices are now available for pre-order on Clove, and they are expected to ship in late February/early March.

The Motoluxe is priced at £215 (£258 inc. VAT).

Motoluxe

The Defy Mini is priced at £145.83 (£174.99 inc. VAT).

defy mini

Additionally, Motorola have teamed up with UK-based construction manufacturer JCB to give the "rugged" Defy+ a makeover.

18
Jan
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The CyanogenMod team recently teased us with a video of CM9 running on the Touchpad and now it looks like their efforts have culminated in the first Alpha ("Alpha 0") release of CM9 for the WebOS tablet.

The earlier CM7 Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 builds were quite buggy and not really ready for primetime use, but the latest CM9 release is a whole "*two* CyanogenMods better", bringing Ice Cream Sandwich goodness to the Touchpad.

17
Jan
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Last Updated: January 19th, 2012

Justin Case has done it again, bringing root access back to users of Amazon's Kindle Fire who accepted the recent firmware update to version 6.2.2. BurritoRoot 2 is an easy-to-use exploit that only requires adb (Android debug bridge) and a few moments of your time. Users looking to root their device after Amazon's latest firmware update can grab BurritoRoot 2 using the download mirrors below.

To use the exploit, just download the file and run the following commands from adb:

adb push BurritoRoot2.bin /data/local/

adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/BurritoRoot2.bin

adb shell /data/local/BurritoRoot2.bin

adb root

adb shell id

<if uid = 0 continue, if not start over>

adb remount

adb push su /system/xbin/su

adb shell chown 0.0 /system/xbin/su

adb shell chmod 06755 /system/xbin/su

adb remount

adb install Superuser.apk (skip this step if its already installed)

For more information, check out Justin's original thread over at XDA.