While not entirely unexpected, Verizon and Samsung have pulled a bit of a ninja act with the LTE Tab 10.1. We haven't heard a word about it lately, yet an official announcement has just landed in our inbox announcing it will go on sale in two days. The ubertablet will run from $530 for the 16GB model to $630 for the 32GB model, a $30 premium over the WiFi version. As an added bonus, Tab 10.1 purchasers will get a free $25 credit for the Samsung Media Hub.
After 2 weeks of delays, the much anticipated Nexus S 4G update (Sprint only for now, sorry AT&T/T-Mo) to Android 2.3.5 (GRJ90) started rolling out earlier today. If you haven't gotten yours yet but want to apply it immediately to enjoy that nice boost to 4G speeds, among other things, then proceed to our instructions below - you'll be rocking the official 2.3.5 build in no time.
Note: Make sure you're running stock Android 2.3.4, build GRJ22 (the update will likely fail if you're rooted).
If you've been considering grabbing a new tablet, there's little doubt that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has entered your line of sight at least once. If this ultra-thin tablet has become your heart's desire, then you should hop on today's Daily Deal from eBay, as you can score the 32GB version for $530 with free shipping, saving you $70 off the retail price.
The specs of the Tab are nothing to scoff at, either:
- 10.1 Inch 1280x800 display
- 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 3MP rear shooter and a 2MP front camera
- 32GB of built-in storage
- Android 3.1 Honeycomb
As a Tab 10.1 owner myself, I can wholeheartedly recommend this deal to everyone out there - but if that's not enough, take a look at our review of the I/O unit and then take the unit for a test drive on Samsung's new Galaxy Tab simulator.
It looks like the ATRIX Gingerbread update that started over the weekend is just the start of a line of updates set to hit all AT&T 2011 model post-paid smartphones by the end of this year. Ma Bell is standing on the rooftop shouting out this glorious news for all to hear, along with a list of the phones that will see Android 2.3 sometime this year:
- HTC Inspire 4G
- LG Phoenix
- Motorola ATRIX 4G
- Pantech Crossover
- Samsung Captivate
- Samsung Infuse 4G
Once the ATRIX update is complete, the next device to get some Gingerbread lovin' will be the HTC Inspire 4G, with the update rolling out "in the coming weeks."
Where applicable, the updates will be in delivered OTA (over-the-air) fashion, but in some cases may require PC intervention (because we all know how much manufacturers love their proprietary software).
Better late than never, right? Motorola's first dual-core handset, the ATRIX 4G, has finally received the green light for Gingerbread - and the OTA is a go. If you head into your Settings menu, and hit About Phone, then System Updates - the update should be waiting for you. If not, just wait a while - OTA's often take several days or even weeks to complete the "rollout" process.
What does the update bring?
I know, I know. The last one was under $50, and preferably free. But in our attempt to keep you updated with the latest and greatest deals on the latest and greatest devices, we had to make sacrifices. Fortunately, that means there are also no repeat appearances from last month's post, though you should still check it out - a lot of those handsets (aside from the DROID 2) are still viable choices.
After a delay, Sprint has unveiled the much-awaited Android 2.3.5 update for the Nexus S 4G, and it will start rolling out Monday, July 25th. The update brings a much needed fix for bogged-down 4G speeds on the handset, which have plagued users since the phone's release.
Additionally, some Wi-Fi bugs have been exterminated, the speakerphone should sound better, and TTY support for deaf users has been added. You'll also
get a 4G toggle widget (update: maybe not), and NFC will officially be enabled.
According to a leaked roadmap that PocketNow recently got a hold of, it looks like LG may have some pretty big things (okay - maybe just one) in store for the remainder of 2011. Everything from low-end to groundbreaking, LG is looking to run the gamut in the Android smartphone game.
Let's have a look, shall we?
LG Prada K2
The Prada K2 is a super-sleek and thin high-end device rocking some pretty powerful hardware under the hood:
- 4.3 inch NOVA LCD display
- Dual-core processor
- 8MP rear shooter, 1.3 front camera
- 8.8MM thick
- Android 2.3
This Univa appears to be a middle-of-the-road device, as well as somewhat of a sequel to the Optimus One:
3.5 Inch display
5MP rear camera
The Victor is another solid mid-ranger, with equally indifferent specs:
- 3.8 inch OLED display
- 1GHz single-core processor
- 5MP rear camera, VGA front cam
- Android 2.3
LG Gelato NFC
As the name states, this is an NFC capable handset, but it also falls into the mid-range category:
The technology that allowed custom ROMs like CyanogenMod on the Droid X/2 and Atrix - 2nd-Init - has now been ported to the Droid X2 by XDA forum member edgan. According to the source thread, it was a direct port from the Atrix, as the code was not modified whatsoever, only re-compiled.
Before I go any further, let's get one important piece of information out of the way: this does not unlock the bootloader or allow custom kernels; it simply brings full custom ROM support.
The original DROID blew everyone away. It saved Motorola from almost certain bankruptcy, breathed new life into Verizon's smartphone catalog, and made Android a desirable mobile operating system rather than a cheap alternative to iOS. In short, it ushered in a new age of Android devices.
A lot had changed by the time its successor, the DROID 2, launched. The latest Android handsets had larger displays, better designs, and (perhaps most importantly) less buggy custom UIs.