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Mar
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Last Updated: March 4th, 2012

Last week, the CyanogenMod team launched the first CM9 nightly builds for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Motorola XOOM. As of today, the following devices also have CM9 nightly builds available:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi and I/O Edition (download: p4wifi) - yay for the latter, as it seems Samsung completely abandoned it - I believe mine is still running 3.1 with no updates in sight.
02
Mar

In early January, ARCHOS let everyone know that the update to Android 4.0 would be coming "in the near future" to all G9 tablets, and a week later we saw them demoing a said update at CES. The rep at CES said the update was scheduled to roll out in the first week of February - a target which the company obviously missed. Now they've taken to their Facebook page once again to apologize for the delay and announce that "they fully anticipate deploying the upgrade within the next two weeks."

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While the "anticipate" in that sentence leaves the company some wiggle room, it's nice to see the PR-challenged little company who has a spotty past on Android devices at least try to address both shortcomings.

01
Mar
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Sony brought some sleek new devices to MWC, but we were surprised to see nothing truly groundbreaking - specifically, a lack of quad-core CPUs. CNET Asia got a few minutes with Stephen Sneeden, product marketing manager for Sony Mobile, and he clarified the companies stance, saying that we likely won't see quad-core phones from the company until early 2013.

"We're going to join quad-core when we feel that the performance matches the battery efficiency," he said.

01
Mar
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Back in the early days of Android, HTC's Sense UI really stood out as a much-needed step up in the UI department, compared both to stock Android and to competitors custom UIs. Like a hard-partying rock star, though, it just didn't age well; it went from sleek, helpful, and attractive, to bloated and borderline obtrusive. Sense 4.0 - which we spotted slapped atop of Ice Cream Sandwich - was definitely a step against that direction in some ways, but still offended some people - Cameron included.

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Feb
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Those who are still in the market for Samsung's hotly acclaimed Galaxy Nexus are in luck – Daily Steals Last Call is offering Google's latest flagship device for just $529.99, which is a cool $220 off MSRP. As an added bonus, Daily Steals is offering the phone in either silver or white.

It's worth noting the deal only lasts for 24 hours, so those interested should take action quickly.

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For those who may have already forgotten, here are the Nexus' specs one more time:

  • 4.65" 720x1280 Super AMOLED display
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front shooter
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • TI OMAP 4460 Dual-core processor at 1.2GHz
  • NFC connectivity
  • 1750 mAh battery
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 1GB RAM

If you've been waiting for the right moment to snag an unlocked Galaxy Nexus, just head over to Daily Steals and take advantage of the deal before time runs out.

29
Feb
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The Verizon support docs were recently updated with information on a new OTA that should start hitting Droid 2 Global devices within the coming days (if not sooner). While the update isn't anything major, it still brings some notable enhancements to the D2G:

Device Features

  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
  • A Google Security Patch has been added to improve security level.
  • Fixed issue where the device may power ON without user interaction.
29
Feb
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Update 2/29/12: The Galaxy S II is now available for sale.

Regional carrier U.S. Cellular just announced its own variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is basically a clone of Sprint's Epic 4G Touch in terms of spec:

  • 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Exynos processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB storage with microSD card slot
  • 8MP rear shooter
  • Front camera
  • Android 2.3.x with Touchwiz

Unfortunately, the device is not one of U.S.

29
Feb
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Last Updated: April 4th, 2012

While HTC just officially announced the One X at Mobile World Congress and AT&T shotgunned exclusive rights in the U.S. to the beast for its LTE network (albeit packing a Krait chip instead of the Tegra 3), there's now a rumor floating around that Sprint could be getting a device similar to the One X, codenamed the Jewel.

Details on the Jewel are scarce right now, but rumor has it that the device is packing a large HD display (similar to the One X) and should be one of the flagship devices on Sprint's upcoming LTE network.

29
Feb
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Last Updated: March 1st, 2012

We got a look at the Excite 10 LE's at CES when it was called the Excite X10. Now, Toshiba is bringing the thinnest and lightest tablet* to the US market. The Excite 10 LE is identical to the Excite X10 aside from a couple of letters being rearranged. The slate still packs a "multicore" OMAP processor under a 10.1" LED screen. Unfortunately, the device will be launching with Honeycomb (3.2), but is "upgradeable to Android 4.0."

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Here's the spec sheet:

  • Android 3.2, Honeycomb (upgradeable to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 10.1-inch diagonal LED Backlit widescreen Corning Gorilla Glass display with IPS technology and 10-finger multi-touch support
  • 1280 x 800 resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio
  • Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 multicore processor; 1.2GHz with 1GB LPDDR2 RAM
  • 16GB and 32GB configurations6
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash
  • Micro USB, Micro HDMI ports
  • Micro SD card slot
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Gyroscope, Accelerometer, GPS, eCompass and Ambient Light Sensor
  • Stereo speakers with sound enhancements by Toshiba and SRS Labs
  • Built-in 25 watt-hour rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • 10.1” (W) x 6.9” (D) x 0.3” (H)
  • 1.18 pounds (535g)

  • The Excite 10 LE is set to land on March 6th.

  • 28
    Feb
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    Last Updated: June 2nd, 2012

    Sony officially unveiled the Sony Tablet P at IFA last August, but we have yet to see it here in the U.S. despite its release in other parts of the world. For those of you that don't remember, this unique tablet features two 5.5-inch LCD displays that fold over one another much like a Nintendo DS. What's neat about having two individual screens is that you can use use them for different functions simultaneously, so multitasking is a bit easier.

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