There's no doubt that the Galaxy Nexus is one of the hottest phones on the planet right now. As such, there are quite a few people out there rocking the GN, so how do you make your stand out in the crowd? Adding a case is always an option, but if you really want your device to stand on, you have to check out these custom laser-etched battery doors. There's even one with the AP logo!
Looks like a handful of undisclosed T-Mobile stores will be getting their hands on the recently announced Samsung S Galaxy Blaze 4G on March 21 - a full week ahead of the nationwide release of the device (March 28th). The Blaze is one of the fastest smartphones to hit T-Mo's HSPA+ network, rocking some pretty decent specs (sorry, no word on RAM or storage capacity at the moment):
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread (will likely be updated to Android 4.0)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 Dual-Core Processor clocked at 1.5GHz
- 3.97" Super AMOLED display
- 5MP rear shooter with 720p video capabilities
- 1.3MP front-facing camera
- Expandable storage via microSD slot
If the Blaze sounds like the smartphone for you, you'll be able to pick one up for $149 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and two-year agreement.
We'd heard whispers that the Galaxy S II might be getting an update to Android 4.0 on March 10th. After the announcement was immediately yanked from Samsung's site, we were skeptical. It turns out those suspicions were confirmed tonight via Samsung's official Twitter account. The date was errantly posted by Samsung's Filipino arm.
While the SGSII may not be receiving its update tomorrow, this does at least let us know that Samsung is working on it.
We've been hearing a few rumors about what Samsung had planned for SXSW for a couple of days - supposedly it was some big surprise. We've heard speculations covering everything from the Galaxy S III to an 11.6-inch tablet, but Sammy PR just sent out an email telling us what was really going on. Are you ready for the most anticlimactic news of the year?
It's Angry Birds Space. Yes, we're serious.
Looks like Ice Cream Sandwich update are going to start rolling out in force now. Just this morning we told you that HTC is pushing Android 4.0 to the Sensation/XE, and now Archos has announced that it will be making available ICS to its G9 tablets beginning today.
The update will be rolling out in typical OTA fashion to G9 owners across the globe. Aside from Android 4.0, Archos has also thrown a few changes of its own into the update, including the following:
Unique ARCHOS add-ons for Ice Cream Sandwich include full 1080p support for most video codecs, movies and TV shows description and subtitles automatic download, wireless content sharing between your device and any computer or DNLA compatible TV’ and 3D video support for MKV3D files.
Users from abroad with the HTC Sensation better start hitting that 'Check update' button - according to this thread on the XDA forums, the Ice Cream Sandwich OTA update just started rolling out.
HTC is being unusually quiet about the update, so it's unclear on whether or not the update is official or an accidental push, but many of the XDA members have already received it. As such, there's no official changelog at the moment, but we do know that the OTA is bringing Android 4.0.3 and Sense 3.6 to the handset.
So here's a twist: instead of Apple just continuously suing Samsung and Motorola over patent violations, the Cupertino company is now ready to negotiate terms that would end several of its ongoing suits with the aforementioned companies. The deal in question? Samsung and Motorola pay Apple between $5 and $15 for each Android handset sold.
So, after all this time in the courtroom, all the preliminary injections, counter-suits, and all the other stuff that we've been talking about for the last several months, Apple is ready to just drop it all and, instead of spend its fortune on "destroying Android," actually make a fortune off of it.
Verizon Wireless has just made public an official list of handsets on the network poised to receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OTA updates, most being devices for which such updates were a given at this point:
- HTC ThunderBolt™
- DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
- HTC Rhyme™
- HTC Rezound™
- Motorola XOOM
- DROID BIONIC™
- DROID RAZR™
- DROID RAZR™ MAXX™
- DROID 4
- DROID XYBOARD 8.2
- DROID XYBOARD 10.1
- Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1
- Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 7.7
- Spectrum™ by LG
No timeframe was provided, but this is probably the most authoritative ICS update list you'll see out there, if for only one reason: in the end, it's Verizon that decides whether or not a device on its network gets updated.
The Amazon Appstore is a great alternative to the Android Market. It's not perfect, however, and today the Appstore fixes a few of the most nagging problems. Not the least of which is those blasted app installation notifications. For those unaware, if you install an app on one device with the Amazon Appstore installed, you'll get a notification that you have a new app waiting on any others with the Appstore installed on.
In the past, Android apps have been limited to a 50MB file size. App developers who needed to add extra data, as is the case with most big games, would have to have a secondary, self-hosted download after the user first launched the game. Today, that changes with Google introducing support for up to 4GB of "expansion files". While APKs must still be under 50MB, Google will host two 2GB files that include extra data for developers' apps.