Archive for May, 2012

Posted by androidjunkie at 31 May 2012

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New details stemming from DigiTimes indicate that the much-ballyhooed Google Nexus tablet will ship in June with an initial volume of 600,000 units per month.  Expected to be co-designed and developed by ASUS, the tablet may take the stage at Google IO on June 27th.

Reports suggest that Google is anticipating somewhere between 2 million and 2.5 million of the Wi-Fi units in 2012.  Rumors had originally tapped the tablet with a May launch however Google pushed things back a bit because the design didn’t meet expectations and/or the price would be too high.  It’s anticipated that the presumed Nexus tablet would have a quad-core  Tegra 3 processor and that it could cost as low as $199 when it retails.

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Posted by androidjunkie at 31 May 2012

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Google just dropped a brand new, completely redesigned Google+ application into the Google Play and boy is it sharp.  Not only does it look gorgeous and more streamlined, but it’s got a bunch of new features under the hood.  For starters, it’s now possible to start a hangout while on the go, edit your posts inline, and download photos from Messenger conversations or posts.  If you’ve not jumped on the Google+ bandwagon yet then you’d be silly not to do so with this release.

Key improvements to Google+ (v2.6) include:

  • Visual refresh of the stream and improved navigation
  • Initiate a hangout from the main menu
  • Support for ringing hangout notification
  • Support for post editing
  • Messenger suggestions for people you may know
  • Download photos from posts or Messenger conversations

  

Refreshed and sexy: Google+ 2.6 comes to Google Play originally appeared on AndroidGuys.

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Posted by androidjunkie at 31 May 2012

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Amazon Wireless just shot us a quick email to share a few new Android deals that you’ll want to check out.  If you’re in the market for a new smartphone for yourself then you’d be wise to start here first!  Don’t forget that Father’s Day is coming up and nothing tells the guy that you love him like a new Galaxy Nexus. Note that these deals for new, two-year service agreements.

Dads and Grads gift alert! Amazon kicks off new Android sales originally appeared on AndroidGuys.

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Posted by androidjunkie at 31 May 2012

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A hot new rumor just hit the internet which suggests we’ll be celebrating Android’s fifth birthday in a major way this November.  According to a trusted TalkAndroid source, we’ll be getting five Pure Android/Nexus devices come November 5th.  It’s not clear whether this means an announcement or actual release however we wouldn’t care either way.  We’re all for multiple hardware makers getting involved with the Nexus project and this new rumor does little to temper our enthusiasm.

While we must maintain that this is nowhere near confirmed we can’t help but wonder which five we might see.  We’d love to hear from you guys on this one.  If you could pick the top five Android companies for a Nexus device, what would they be?  Sound off in the comments below.

Five Nexus devices to celebrate five years of Android? originally appeared on AndroidGuys.

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Posted by androidjunkie at 26 May 2012

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Amazon has pushed out a new update for their Android Appstore application which adds a pretty handy feature.  Available in version 2.6.53 is the Test Drive option which allows users to instantly try applications and games without downloading them first.  This is the same stuff that some of you have have found on the web/PC version of the Amazon Appstore. Initially a beta feature, this is only offered in a select number of Android devices and for a limited collection of apps.  Additional features for the new release include a bug fix for 3G/4G downloads and stability enhancements.

If you have not had a chance to download the Amazon Appstore for your Android device, we definitely encourage you to do so.  Not only do you get free access to one paid application each day, it’s also a great place for key developers to debut new titles.

Amazon Appstore updated, allows for app test driving originally appeared on AndroidGuys.

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Posted by androidjunkie at 26 May 2012

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Verizon today announced that four of their 4G LTE Android smartphones will soon see software updates which enable world roaming. Expected “this summer”, the update will allow users to take their handset to more than 200 countries and use phone (220) and data (205) capabilities.  The smartphones expected to pick up the software include three Motorola models and one HTC model.

This summer, Verizon Wireless will be updating the following 4G LTE smartphones for global use.
HTC Rezound
DROID RAZR by Motorola
DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola
DROID 4 by Motorola

Customers will see a notification on their device when the software update is available for their device. After the software update, customers will be able to take their smartphone overseas and use voice service in more than 220 countries and receive data in more than 205 countries.

Verizon readying four 4G LTE smartphones for global use originally appeared on AndroidGuys.

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Posted by androidjunkie at 26 May 2012

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The slight delay is over and the HTC EVO 4G LTE is back on track for its Sprint launch. Word hitting the internet just now is that delivery is expected at Sprint warehouses on May 24th and that pre-order cancellations will have been suspended by the time you read this. According to Inside Sprint Now (managed by a customer service division rep), the Android 4.0 handset has been cleared at the border. Less than a week delay is not so bad, huh?

HTC EVO 4G LTE en route to Sprint, delivery expected this week originally appeared on AndroidGuys.

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Posted by androidjunkie at 26 May 2012

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Don’t look for T-Mobile USA to jump on the coming bandwagon that is shared data plans any time soon. Speaking in a blog post late last week, T-Mobiles Andrew Sherrard (Senior Vice President of Marketing) indicated that the “one size fits all” model is not what consumers truly want. What’s more, he and the carrier believe that these new plans will be potentially confusing and expensive to mobile subscribers.

Both Verizon and AT&T have indicated that they will be announcing shared data plans later this summer however Sprint hasn’t made any noise. Considering they are the only carrier to offer an unlimited rate plan with unlimited data they may be the last to do anything on this front. Presumably these shared options will be appealing to those with multiple members of a family who need a bucket of data. Further, they should also speak to those of you who have multiple devices such as a smartphone and tablet.

T-Mobile believes they have the right plan of action with their data options, including the recently announced no-contract plans that range between $15-$50 per month. And even while they throttle the speeds down to a crawl, there’s no worry of overage fees for the user who accidentally goes over the allotted data. Finally, T-Mobile reminds us that their 5GB and 10GB plans include the Smartphone Mobile Hotspot which lets user share 4G data with up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices.

T-Mobile not a fan of shared data plans originally appeared on AndroidGuys.

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Posted by androidjunkie at 21 May 2012

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A new HTC smartphone has leaked online which looks to closely resemble the HTC One S announced earlier this year.  Called (for now) the HTC Ville C, the specs are pretty much identical to the 4.3-inch handset save for some minor adjustments.

For starters, the Ville C is said to feature a Qualcomm MSM8260 S3 processor whereas the One S comes with a MSM8260A S4 chipset.  And while the image accompanying this post suggests a 1.7GHz clock speed, the source advises it will be set at 1.2GHz when it arrives. The other notable difference between the Ville C and the One S is that this newly leaked model is listed as running HTC Sense 4.5 instead of the 4.0 stuff found across the 2012 lineup.

We’re a little concerned that these may be the only major differences between the two models and that this could lead to consumer confusion.  The last thing we want to see from HTC is a string of models that don’t have much disparity between them.

HTC Ville C leaks which suggests slightly modified HTC One S originally appeared on AndroidGuys.

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Posted by androidjunkie at 21 May 2012

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T-Mobile today confirmed that the Ice Cream Sandwich update is now available for the HTC Sensation 4G, matching previous reports from earlier in the week.  Available as an optional download for users, Android 4.0.3 can be manually installed beginning today, May 16th.  Further, T-Mobile also tapped the Amaze 4G with its own Ice Cream Sandwich update just five days from now, May 21.  We were thinking it would be a few more weeks until we saw the latter but we’re not complaining.  For details on either of these updates, please head to their respective support pages.

T-Mobile confirms Android 4.0 updates for Sensation 4G, Amaze 4G originally appeared on AndroidGuys.

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