03
Feb
2011-10-21 17h07_01

Holy crap. Brace yourself for some Friday afternoon bad news -- it looks like Google may be washing its hands of all associations with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. No one knows for sure why El Goog would do this, but all signs point to the fact that it is indeed turning its back on the first ICS phone here in the US.

Update x2: Let's see if we can clear this up a bit, shall we?

02
Feb
atrix 2

Motorola Atrix 2 owners on AT&T are receiving an OTA update to v55.13.25, by AT&T reckoning. In Android versions, that would be 2.3.6, so sorry - no Ice Cream Sandwich for you, yet. Before your hopes are completely dashed, though, here are the full release notes:

    • Camera: Enhancements to deliver better overall picture taking experience so you never miss a moment
    • Google Music: Addition of Google Music application so you have greater access to the world of music.
    02
    Feb
    French_Flag

    Let this be a lesson to all major tech companies: if you have a ton of users and you want to enter a new market, you'd better charge some kind of arbitrary fee, lest you end up in trouble with the French judicial system. Google is feeling that sting this week, as a French court ordered the company to pay €500,000 in damages to Maps competitor Bottin Cartographs as well as a €15,000 fine.

    02
    Feb
    2011-10-21 17h07_01

    Looks like someone may have dropped the ball over at Newegg, judging by one of the banner slides on the main page:

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    Do you see what we see? The Galaxy Nexus, now with 800MHz moar processor! It's clearly a typo, but it's pretty lulz all the same. Fortunately, the actual cell phone landing page has the correct specs, so hopefully no one out there will be picking up the good old GN thinking they're going to be clocking the fastest speeds known to man in a mobile device.

    02
    Feb
    2012-02-02 13h31_45

    The Droid 4 is the latest iteration in the venerable Droid series. Sporting Motorola's new trademark slightly octagon-ish shape, a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, LTE, and an 8MP rear-shooter, this device brings the Droid series into the world of the future yet again. That future starts February 10th, if this leaked internal Verizon document is to be believed.

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    An anonymous, but trusted, source sent us this doc from Verizon's internal equipment guide that shows the Droid 4 will launch via all channels February 10th, 2012.

    02
    Feb
    introduction

    A rumor has begun circulating over the past week about the possible existence of an upgraded version of the just-released Galaxy Nexus. At CES, ASUS announced the TF700T, a beefier version of the Transformer Prime (well before the first Transformer Prime has even been released in many countries), leaving a lot of people who bought the first iteration a bit upset. Are Google and Samsung following ASUS's lead and planning on releasing an incremental upgrade to the Galaxy Nexus so soon?

    02
    Feb
    wm_upload

    A new tablet is coming to the Sprint network next month, though it's definitely on the budget-minded side of things. The ZTE Optik will be available to Sprint customers starting February 5th through Sprint's online store, with a brick and mortar appearance to follow on March 11th. Here's a quick breakdown on the need-to-know specs for the Optik:

    • 1.2GHz dual-core processor (we'd expect TI OMAP 4430, but that's a guess - yours is as good as ours)
    • 7" display (resolution unknown - we're predicting 1280x800)
    • 1 GB RAM / 16GB internal storage
    • MicroSD card slot
    • 5MP rear / 2MP front camera
    • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 3G connectivity
    • 4000mAh battery
    • Android 3.2 Honeycomb
    • $99 w/ 2 year agreement, $349 off-contract

    Check it out, below:

    wm_upload wm_upload2

    Thanks, Captain Anonymous!

    02
    Feb
    htc-evo_shift-sprint-keyboard-350

    In Sprint's ever expanding quest to rid its handsets of Carrier IQ, the OTAs just keep on comin'. Today's the day for the HTC EVO Shift 4G, and the update just started rolling out. The changelog looks all too familiar:

    • Security Update (read: CIQ removal)
    • Updated Peep client (to align with Twitter)
    • Battery life improvements

    To manually pull the update, hit Settings > About phone > System updates > HTC software update.

    02
    Feb
    HTC-Sensation-White-1

    The Sensation is one of HTC's most popular handsets overseas, and despite being launched nearly a year ago (May 19,2011), the company just announced a new "Ice White" version. While there are no differences in hardware, the outside will obviously be white (à la Amaze 4G). More importantly, though: it will launch on March 1, and run Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) out of the gate.

    HTC-Sensation-White-2 HTC-Sensation-White-4

    That's a pretty big deal for two reasons: first, because as we discussed yesterday, Sense 4.0 (which HTC will slap over top of ICS) pretty much sucks.

    01
    Feb
    image

    A serious vulnerability that affected the way some popular HTC Android phones handle 802.1x usernames, passwords, and SSIDs was disclosed publicly today by engineers Chris Hessing and Bret Jordan. The bug allowed applications with only an ACCESS_WIFI_STATE permission to read your Wi-Fi SSIDs, usernames, and, most importantly, passwords on at least the following devices:

    • Desire HD  (both "ace" and "spade" board revisions) - Versions FRG83D, GRI40
    • Glacier - Version FRG83
    • Droid Incredible - Version FRF91
    • Thunderbolt 4G - Version FRG83D
    • Sensation Z710e - Version GRI40
    • Sensation 4G - Version GRI40
    • Desire S - Version GRI40
    • EVO 3D - Version GRI40
    • EVO 4G - Version GRI40

    Of course, if a malicious application also happens to have access to the Internet, SMS, or other means of sending out information, credentials could leak out from a vulnerable device to a remote location.

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