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Both Motorola Xyboards Receiving Update To Build 1.6.0M_279-MZ609, Brings Several Enhancements And Global Roaming Capability

The first Droid-branded tablet duo, the Droid Xyboard 10.1 and 8.2, are both in line to receive an update from Big Red. The OTA includes basically the same features for both:

Device Features

  • Enhanced browser performance to improve scrolling.
  • Improved touch response.
  • Maintain data connection when switching between Wi-Fi and the Verizon 3G and 4G LTE networks.
  • Successfully connect to 4G LTE network and see the 4G LTE indicator.
  • The Daily application now comes preloaded.
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[Update: Rolling Out Now] Verizon Making Ready Update 6.12.173 For The Droid RAZR/MAXX, Should Begin Rolling Out Soon (No, It's Not ICS)

Update: The word on the street is that this update should be hitting devices today. Hit Settings > About phone > System updates to see if it's available on your device.

An update to the support docs for the Droid RAZR/MAXX just hit hit Verizon's site with details of an upcoming OTA update that should be hitting the airwaves sometime soon. While this doesn't bring Android 4.0 to Moto's newest flagship, it does bring a handful of other useful fixes and tweaks:

Applications:
+  Mobile Hotspot will now successfully allow other devices to connect to all
Internet websites.

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Verizon LTE Xoom Is Getting An Update (HLK75H), But It's Not Ice Cream Sandwich Yet

Yes, we were excited too, but it looks like owners of Verizon's LTE Xoom still have to wait a bit for ICS. The tablet is about to receive a software update (HLK75H) "soon". Verizon's support page doesn't specify when. There's not much to the update, though. Your tablet will now support dual International Mobile Subscriber Identities (IMSI), as well as a bugfix for restoring data connectivity after exiting Airplane Mode.

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In other words, this update is for the subset of the already small group of people who own Verizom Xooms that use their tablets for frequent international travel.

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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] V-Day Giveaway #2: Win One Of Two Motorola RAZR (Unlocked GSM) Or Droid RAZR MAXX (Verizon) Courtesy Of GetJar

Nothing says 'love' like a sleek new Android device, and when it comes to sleek, few meet the very essence of the word the way the Motorola RAZR does. It's fast. It's thin. It's a RAZR. And we have a couple to give away, courtesy of GetJar, the home of GetJar Gold and top-notch free apps.

Free apps. Free phone. What more do you need? Oh, yeah. Details.

This contest is now over.
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Google+ For Android Gets An Update, Brings Major Performance Improvements To The Stream, Adds What's Hot Section And More

Google just dropped an update to its social networking app for mobile. Unlike some other apps, Google's brought a ton of new features that are actually useful. The Stream is now faster, doesn't immediately jump to the top of the feed when the app automatically refreshes, and shortens entries so you can see more of them at once.

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A few other improvements have been made. A new What's Hot! section allows you to follow what everyone is talking about, in an obvious attempt to compete with Twitter's trending topics.

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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] V-Day Giveaway #1: Show Your Valentine That You Care With An ARCHOS 101 G9 1.5GHz Tablet And 35 Home Connect (2 Bundles)

Everyone loves free stuff. Hopefully, everyone loves (at at least somewhat likes) their valentine. Ergo, everyone loves to get free stuff for their valentine - especially if it's super-sick Android gear, right? If you answered yes to those questions, this giveaway is for you.

This one is going to work a little bit differently than previous giveaways. In fact, you won't be winning anything at all, per se. In honor of Valentine's day, love, and Cupid himself, this one is for your significant other/mate/lover/whatever you want to call them.

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New Transformer Prime OTA (Build 9.4.2.13) Update Rolling Out Now, Brings Improved Wi-Fi Connectivity And A New Kernel

Transformer Prime owners in the U.S. are waking up this morning to a notification of a new OTA update that should bring improved Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performance, along with a new kernel. Since there's no official changelog just yet, little is known for sure what else this update packs, but we're hearing that it also brings a fix for the random reboot issue that plagued many users after the update to Ice Cream Sandwich last month.

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Official: Samsung Will Not Hold A Press Conference At Mobile World Congress This Year

After indicating it would not announce the Galaxy S III at MWC last week, Samsung has now all but confirmed to PCMag it won't be showing off anything particularly exciting in Barcelona this month - because they won't be holding any sort of press conference during the event. Yikes.

After the S III unveil rumor was shot down, we had been guessing that Samsung would be using this opportunity to announce some sort of successor to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but that now seems exceptionally unlikely, as well.

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Sony Tablet S Finally Rooted, And Everything You Need Resides In One Little File

Pay attention to the name Dan Rosenberg, it's one that you're going to want to know for the future. He's the guy who brought us root for the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet, and now he's back with a root method for the Sony Tablet S. His blog post on how he figured out the exploit is an absolutely fascinating read, albeit quite technical. Even if you don't understand the post in its entirety, you can still appreciate the genius at work to construct such a clever exploit.

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HP Finally Gives Up Touchpad's Android Kernel Source (From Touchpads Caught Running Android In The Wild)

Remember back when an HP Touchpad was spotted running Android out of the box? Well, it would appear that after some cajoling, the CM team (in association with an attorney) have convinced HP to release the Touchpad's Android kernel source, along with a couple of other GPL components specifically modified for Android-powered Touchpads accidentally released to the wild. In addition to the kernel, HP released code to androidvncserver and i2c-tools.

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