- Motorola Droid 4 and XYBoard Pause for a New Photo Op
- Check to See if Your Device is Running Carrier IQ with This New App: Voodoo Carrier IQ Detector
- Various Galaxy Nexus Accessories Finally Arrive
- Shine Runner Hits Onto Android Market
- Rovio Addresses New Permissions In Angry Birds Seasons
- Another Galaxy Nexus at the FCC Suggests AT&T Will Be Getting One of Their Own
- Amazon Kindle Fire is outselling the iPad at Bestbuy.com
- Gingerbread now on the majority of Android phones
- Verizon Galaxy Nexus gets LTE speed test and update to 4.1.0
- CyanogenMod Posts Update on CM 9 Progress
Posted: 02 Dec 2011 03:42 PM PST
Hey there…. wanna see some new pics of the DROID 4 and the DROID XYBoard’s? Here, we got a few that were just posted by CNET after they spent a couple days of hands on time with the two devices. Unfortunately they don’t have any release date information for us so these new images will have to tide us over for now.
As you can see from the pics, the DROID 4 has a direct resemblance to the new DROID RAZR, plus the addition of the slide out keyboard. If you want to check out the device’s specs, vist our previously leaked info here.
One interesting thing to note about the XYBoard is the appearance of the tablet version of the Moto Blur UI. You didn’t think they wouldn’t eventually slap it on to tablets too, did you? Thoughts? Concerns?
Posted: 02 Dec 2011 02:29 PM PST
This whole Carrier IQ thing just hit us like a storm, didn’t it? All the sudden everyone is up in arms, worried weather or not their beloved Android device is reporting every little move they make. In case you missed this huge Carrier IQ fiasco, check out our previous report explaining the in’s and out’s of the whole ordeal and come back here to learn how to find out if your device is currently harboring the Carrier IQ tracking software.
Today, a new app was released into the Android Market solely designed to check your device to see if the CIQ software is present. For those of you who are Verizon customers, apparently your device is free and clear of the CIQ program (but who’s to say they don’t use something different?), so you need not worry about checking your device. In case you still want proof for yourself, and for all the other peep’s out there, download the new Voodoo Carrier IQ Detector found through the Voodoo link below. Root status is not required and this app should work across all devices and manufacturers. Since this app is fresh off the press, the developer claims that “it’s unfinished” and ”results are not reliable yet,” so don’t get all upset if you are not happy with the outcome, it may be reading a false positive or something similar. App updates will be issued in the near future, and hopefully soon it will be a reliable source, but for now it seems to be producing fairly accurate results (All of my Verizon devices have come up clean). Let us know the outcome in the comments below, I am curious to see which devices/carriers use the software.
Posted: 02 Dec 2011 02:12 PM PST
Even more Galaxy Nexus news, The folks over at MobileFun appear to have gotten their hands on a bunch of different docks and accessories for the Galaxy Nexus. These accessories include a car dock, HDMI dock, spare battery charger, and a pin dock. Hopefully these will be released in the U.S. for whenever the Nexus itself is released. Rather than go into detail, I will let the videos do most the talking. Hit the break below to check these accessories out.
Posted: 02 Dec 2011 01:20 PM PST
Vector Unit is at it again trying to give gamers an alternative experience to racing games. Fresh off their Riptide GP, Vector Unit has created Shine Runner. Shine Runner is a water-based racing game similar to Riptide GP– with a few (humorous) differences. Visually, the game is gorgeous as it has the same fluid gameplay and clean graphics found here as it was seen in Riptide GP. However, users will be able to race through the muddy waters of the backwoods bayou using a fanboat. You’ll be able to smash and crash through a destructible world filled with rickety swamp shacks, fishin' boats, chicken coops, gators, and more. You essentially will race against other fanboats and literally hit anything that impedes your way– docks, chickens, etc. Oh there’s more for those of you who want to act on your secret inner criminal. You can buy and sell contraband goods like Moonshine and Tobacky, smuggling them from one colorful locale to the next in a race for maximum profit. Moonshine? Hitting chickens? Smuggling? Sounds like a tootin’ good time I reckon. You can find Shine Runner in the Android Market now for $1.99. Hit the break to see some screenshots, a nice clip, the Android Market link and QR code.
Posted: 02 Dec 2011 12:49 PM PST
Tis the season to be… concerned? That’s how many people feel when a new update to Angry Bird Seasons arrived to the Market. Apparently included were new levels, a “Big Pig” and wait for it… wait for it– new permission requests! We’re not talking about the ‘prevent phone from sleeping’ permissions either. We’re talking about the game accessing phone states and SMS permissions. Now before everyone becomes skeptical and causes an uproar, Rovio has come out addressed users’ concerns:
Perfectly logical explanations from Rovio. Kudos to them for coming out and addressing this in a prompt manner.
Posted: 02 Dec 2011 12:34 PM PST
The Galaxy Nexus has been making a lot of news lately with various rumors and what not, and if you have missed out on any of the news that the Galaxy Nexus has been making, you can get your fill here. Well you can also add this article to the pile because it appears that the FCC has approved the GT-i9250T. That is, a Galaxy Nexus with 3G frequencies at 850MHz and 1900 MHz, which is what AT&T and other non-US carriers use. The GSM model that has already been imported is lacking T-Mobile 3G (AWS) 1700MHz frequency and given the possible merger, it appears AT&T is trying to cover all their bases.
While we knew that the Galaxy Nexus would be sported by multiple carriers, it appears that things are moving right along to make it an actual reality. Who knows, maybe AT&T will have theirs out by the time Verizon decides to launch theirs. Another question posed to you the readers, would you prefer an AT&T version or a Verizon version of the phone?
Update: While it was said that the 3G (AWS) 1700 MHz frequency was lacking it appears that it does work. Thanks to the readers, crazifyngers and Tenkely for the update.
Posted: 02 Dec 2011 11:33 AM PST
The Amazon Kindle Fire was released with high expectations. How could it not be one of the hottest items this Holiday season priced at $199.99? The real question is how well it will do against the iPad, everyone’s measuring stick. Unfortunately these two devices are completely different, but the Kindle Fire has the ability to get into more hands of mainstream Americans since it costs $300 less.
The results are starting to show as Best Buy is showing the Kindle Fire as the best selling tablet. Is this a shocker to anyone? It all comes down to price and with a name like Amazon the Kindle Fire will have continued success. Eventually Android will take over iOS for tablet market share, and the Kindle Fire will be one of the biggest contributing factors even though it’s not marketed as an Android device.
Posted: 02 Dec 2011 10:54 AM PST
It’s that time of the month again when Google reports what percentage of Android phones have what versions of Android running. Last month Gingerbread was sitting at 44% of all Android phones. For the 14-day period ending December 1, Gingerbread showed up on 50.6% of all Android phones.
So basically it took about one year to get on half of the Android phones. This is not good news folks. With Ice Cream Sandwich just released, does anyone want to take a guess on what percentage of devices will have ICS this time next year? I said it before, and I will say it again, if you want ICS and you’re not a hacker, don’t buy a device unless ICS is already on it. Promises of a month or two down the road don’t mean a thing these days.
Posted: 02 Dec 2011 10:38 AM PST
The saga of the Galaxy Nexus is starting to get real old. This isn’t as long as the DROID Bionic affair, but it’s starting to feel like it. Either way, it continues to dominate the news. We already reported that it hit the Verizon Cellebrite systems again, but the way Verizon is dragging their feet, you might be starting to wonder if the phone really exists. If you need proof, we now have video of a download speed test over Verizon’s 4G LTE. It hit 8667 kbps downloads and 2892 kbps uploads with only 2 bars of signal.
If you’re still clammoring for more Galaxy Nexus news, we can now tell you that the Verizon version received an update to 4.1.0, which includes an update to the radio and a new screensaver, which could be the one we showed you yesterday called Android Dreams.
Posted: 02 Dec 2011 10:25 AM PST
Chomping at the bit for some Ice Cream Sandwich action brought to you by CM9? Then you’re in luck, sort of. The developers of CyanogenMod released an update to their blog showing progress for CM9. As they say things are “slowly starting to come together.” I think however, that given they got the source code a little over two weeks ago, they are moving along pretty well. They have a number of devices running CM9 and they are focusing on getting it on more devices. OMAP4, MSM8660/7×30 and Exynos devices will most likely be the first ones ready for this ROM. Tablets are being shown some love too as both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Asus Transformer are in the “pipeline” early.
Older devices will be seeing CM 9 as well. As the blog put it:
Bad news for those of you with the original Droid. CM9 will not be seen on your device. As the CyanogenMod puts it, “time to upgrade.” Given that the Android framework has had some major changes the CyanogenMod team has had trouble with compatibility with older proprietary camera and graphics drivers, but, they are pretty confident that they will be able to overcome these issues like they have in the past. The CM team has also created a solution to CM7‘s long spin-up time by adding new devices on-demand which saves bandwidth and avoids long start-up time.
CM9 will bring other enhancements too and they will include:
For those with a Nexus S, you can check out the code and the most recent build for yourself today. CyanogenMod promises to send out status updates when they make more progress on this and other devices. This is certainly good news and it appears that the CM team is hard at work. While we do have betas out for some phones, it’ll be nice to see more devices getting CM9. Anyone out there playing with a nightly build yet? Still too soon?
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