More and more devices are becoming available with NFC - but what does that actually mean? First and foremost, NFC stands for near field communication. Basically, when you get your device close enough to something equipped with NFC - like a tag or a mobile payment center - it invokes an action on your device. Google Wallet is a perfect example of NFC in mainstream use; simply touch your phone to the payment terminal and the rest is done for you.
Everyone screws up at some point in life, but when a company as big as Sprint puts up a front-page banner showing a completely different, highly anticipated phone in place of one that's over a year old, we're going to have no choice but bring it up. And maybe even point the finger. Like so:
I'm sure we all wish the Nexus S 4G looked like that, but that is most definitely not it.
Samsung first unveiled its newest duo of Galaxy Tabs back in February at Mobile World Congress, but left one key element out: pricing and availability. That final veil of mystery has now been removed, as the pair are now officially official.
The Tab 2 7.0 is the replacement for the Tab 7 Plus, but doesn't offer a whole lot in way of upgrade:
- 7-inch 1024x600 TFT display
- 1GHz dual-core TI processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
- 3.2MP rear shooter, VGA front camera
- Android 4.0 with Touchwiz UX
What the Tab 2 7.0 does do, however, is hit a pretty nice price point: $250.
Five days ago, Sprint announced that the Ice Cream Sandwich OTA was finally ready for the Nexus S 4G, but many of you still haven't received the update prompt. Yesterday, Google released the full OS image for the NS4G, but installing it does a full wipe, which may not be ideal for those just itching to upgrade.
Fortunately, the OTA link on Google's servers was finally found today by a number of AC forum members, which means you no longer have to wait for Sprint/Google and instead update your Nexus on your own.
Thanks again to the venerable JBQ of Google, the unmodified factory image of Android 4.0.4 for the Nexus S 4G (sojus, Android 4.0.4 IMM76D) is now available here. As JBQ states on Google+, this image is for those among you who have flashed to custom versions of AOSP and want to get back to factory state. No, by the way, there's still no word on an OTA update yet.
As with all the others, the factory images are available on the Factory Images for Nexus Devices page.
A little over two months ago, AT&T released Gingerbread for the Samsung Infuse 4G. Turns out that it had some "issues," so the update was yanked, leaving many users with half-functional devices and others update-less.
After taking the update back to the lab and Frankensteining on it for a while, Samsung has now made available the new build (UCLB3 for those who are into knowing that sort of thing) for Infuse 4G owners.
The folks over at Fusible have discovered that Samsung has filed a trademark with the US PTO for three new names: Galaxy Sire, Galaxy Perx, and Galaxy Lift. While we don't have any details yet, we do know that we're looking at phones and not tablets - the trademarks were filed under the "Mobile phones; Smartphones" category.
Given the names, I'd guess we're looking at carrier-branded versions of the same device.
How many times have you thought to yourself 'you know, I have this super-fast device on a super-fast LTE connection, but my SD card is just too slow'? Even if you've never actually had that thought cross your mind, Samsung has an answer to this quandary: microSD cards that are four times faster than the current high-end cards.
These 16GB cards will offer a maximum sequential read speed of 80MB/s, which is quite a jump compared to the current high-end cards that are only capable of 21MB/s read speeds.
Sprint just announced the OTA update that all Nexus S 4G owners have been waiting for: the update to Ice Cream Sandwich.
Nexus S 4G owners, we are pleased to announce that Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is now available - bit.ly/HT5kxC
— Sprint (@sprint) April 5, 2012
This OTA brings a whole slew of features, all of which come directly from ICS:
- Customizable favorites tray visible on all 5 home screens just above the hard keys
- Contacts application replaced with a People application that provides improved integration with Gmail, Email, Google+ and other apps
- Multitasking allows users easy access to switch between recently used applications by tapping and holding the Home key
- Create folders on the home screen by dragging and dropping one app onto another to create a folder
- New lock screen actions allow users to jump into the camera or pull down notifications to check messages, without unlocking the device
- Swiping from left to right can dismiss individual notifications, close apps from the recent apps list, and close browser tabs
- Data usage provide controls for monitoring and managing network data usage
- Camera enhancements include capturing panoramic photos, continuous focus, zero shutter lag exposure, stabilized image zoom and decreased shot-to-shot speed
- Android Beam allows two NRC-enabled devices to exchange favorite apps, contacts, music, videos and more
It should be rolling out now and finish up within the coming days.
Do you love good deals? Because we love good deals. Not only that, but we love to share the good deals we find. With that, here are a pair of goodies that we stumbled across just a little while ago.
Asus Transformer TF101
If you really want an Android tablet, but don't want to kill your wallet, then picking up a refurbished model is a great way to save some coin.